The Joker:

2/7/19 right after 1 in the morning. Officer Christopher Barnes (Big C.) makes a traffic stop on a 1995 Toyota Corolla at the B.P. station out on 25 E. The driver is Mr. William D. Cox of Dayhoit Kentucky. For those of you who don’t know, “Dayhoit” is a rural community just south of Hwy. 119 in Harlan County. Well, anyhow, Big C. smelled weed so he searched the car. Jackpot !!! 16 grams of Meth, some baggies, scales and weed. Guess what? Mr. Cox is going to jail…but wait, there’s more!!! Mr. Cox told Big C. that his name was Kevin Cole and even gave Mr. Cole’s social security number, but when they got back to the station that gig was up. Mr. Cole, if you are reading this…Mr. Cox is not your friend.

Ok, lets now turn to the passenger Ms. Misty Russell of Harlan Ky. Misty has no prior record in Bell County and only a couple of modest arrests in Harlan for nothing serious. Now since I guess no one wanted to take ownership of the meth, Misty is facing a “Trafficking” charge as well as a Drug Paraphernalia Charge and a Possession of Marijuana Charge. She really moved up fast huh? Misty is chilling down at the Bell County Center for Harlan Guests under a 2500.00 dollar bond on the Trafficking Charge and no bonds listed on the others.

Now, back to the meat of the matter. Mr. Cox on the other hand has a previous record in Bell County of 5 Bench warrants. Now he is facing 3 more bench warrants for shoplifting, suspended licence and a pay or stay. His new charges are: Theft of Identity, Possession of Marijuana, suspended licence, Drug Paraphernalia and Trafficking in Meth.

Mr. Cox was escorted down to the Bell County bed and breakfast for those that live in the criminal justice system and housed under a 2500.00 dollar “Cash” bond as well as 125.00 on the “pay or stay” no bonds are listed on the other charges.

Mr. Cox has a really long history of criminal activity in Harlan County which going back to 2008 includes but certainly is not limited to:

Suspended Licence X7
Possession of Meth X1
Child Support X1
Persistant Felony Offender X2
Probation Violation X1
Possession of Controlled Substance X1
Contempt of Court X3
Non-Payment of fines X3
Terroristic Threatening X1
Tampering with Physical Evidence X2
Giving officer False Name X2
Drug Paraphernalia X2
Wanton Endangerment on a Police Officer X2
Possession of controlled substance 3rd Degree X1
Car Theft X1
Cold Checks X2
Shoplifting X4
Fleeing and Evading (Motor Vehicle)X1

You have to give Mr. Cox credit for one thing. In all of that history he never got charged with “Trafficking” until now. He’s really moved up.

It is always pleasant when nice folks from another county come to visit the Boro where the residents are so accepting and tolerable of other’s issues. In fact, if you don’t have at least one druggie in the family folks look down on you. It’s now expected and accepted as the norm. No one judges anyone.

So now back to reality, Big C. took 16 Grams of Meth off the street that could have been sold to your children. Another thing here that the non-judgmental crowd don’t see is that Mr. Cox now has 9 times been charged with suspended licence and no insurance. Do you think he would stop if he ran over your wife, husband, child?

I guess the Harlan justice system is as @#$%#@ (Add your own expletive) as Bell’s is because I can’t for the life of me see how the likes of Mr. Cox can be out among the general population. If one does not recognize him as a danger to the public, one has a permanent set of “Rose Colored Glasses” on.

Thank You Big C. for keeping us safe for a short time before the Pineville Brain Trust turns them loose again.

Also, Lt. Eddie Myers (Mr. Serious) was there as back up.

Go Team Middlesboro !!!

Ps. Anyone with 2 brain cells could tell you not to be driving around the Boro in an old clunker with Harlan County Tags carrying 16 grams of meth at 1 in the morning. Ms. Russell you made a real bad decision to get in that car that night. Ms. Russell I hope you get a lawyer with the good sense to tell you to claim that the dope belonged to him. You still got a chance. He’s gone and ain’t never coming back.

The “Trust” shirt is Ironic.

“The following article is based on open and public records from the Middlesboro Police Department as well as The Bell County Detention Center Website and is written in the style of satire as an opinion piece not associated or based on the opinions of The Polygraph News, Incorporated—it’s founders, owners or staff.”