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Jellico Man Killed In Hostage Situation

At around 1:26 AM on Monday morning September 24th Kentucky State police were called into a domestic situation in Whitley County’s Saxton Community. Reports indicate the call was stated that a man, later identified as Ronald W. Leach of Jellico, threatening to harm his 1-year-old child inside a vehicle at his residence. When Kentucky State Police arrived the report indicates that the man had exited the vehicle and attempted to barricade himself inside of the home.

Reports indicate that the trooper entered the home and that there was a physical altercation with Leach and that Leach attempted to assault the trooper with some manner of weapon. The trooper shot Leach with his service weapon and killed him. According to the report neither the trooper nor the child were injured in the event.

The trooper is currently on administrative leave, as is standard operating procedure when such an incident takes place, while it is under investigation by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team

Saylor Busted By Kentucky Police On Drug Charges

Last week Kentucky State Police Officer James Creekmoore arrested Kayla Saylor, 21 of LaFollette, in Whitley County, Kentucky. Saylor has been charged buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 1st offense.

Saylor is being held in the Whitley County Detention Center without bond

Sheriff’s Department Makes Drug Raid In Jacksboro

On September 24 th 2018, The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics
Team executed a narcotics search warrant at 114 Island Ford Road apartment 204 in
Jacksboro, Tennessee, the residence of Valzora May Thomaston. Sheriff’s Office investigators
conducted an investigation into the tenant of apartment 204 for selling illegal narcotics and
prescription medication. Investigators conducted several undercover investigations,
purchasing narcotics from this residence prior to the execution of the search warrant.
Investigators and Sheriff’s K9 Santo located quantities of illegal narcotics inside of the
residence and other paraphernalia that was used in the facilitation of the sale of narcotics. The
suspect in this investigation will be facing charges of: felony possession of a schedule VI
controlled substance, the sale and delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance, the sale and
delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff’s Department’s Release On Discovery Of Body

On September 16th 2018 at 1:00PM, investigators with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office were made aware of a body that was located by a kayaker in Norris Lake off of Queener Road in Caryville, Tennessee. Sheriff’s Investigators recovered the body of 20 year old Jeffrey Austin Anderson, Anderson had previously been reported missing on Saturday by his family, that’s when investigators began looking into his whereabouts. Anderson’s truck was also recovered from Norris Lake in 40 feet of water near Anderson’s body. Sheriff’s Investigators at this time do not believe foul play was the cause of death.

Bartley Case Heads To Grand Jury

Yesterday Kenneth Bartley appeared before Judge Amanda Sammons in the case where he reportedly assaulted a woman with a rubber mallet at his father’s home. This occurred in late August. Judge Sammons bound the case over to the Grand Jury. In addition Bartley was ordered to have no contact with the victim or his father.

Bartley remains incarcerated in the Campbell County Jail on a $30,000 bond.