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Harlan man arrested after allegedly assaulting girlfriend

A Harlan man was arrested on several charges, including assault, after allegedly attempting to throw his girlfriend from a two-story porch.

Lyndon Sweatt, 56, was arrested by Harlan City Police Department officers on July 15.

According to the citation, officer Mitch Alford stated he received a call that Sweatt was allegedly attacking a female subject identified as Latonya Vick. The caller said Vick was screaming for help while Sweatt was beating her with what appeared to be a belt, punching her and trying to push her off a porch that was two stories in the air. The caller also said Sweatt had ripped Vick’s clothes off.

On his way to the scene, Alford received a call from dispatch notifying him Sweatt left the residence in a red Pontiac. Alford had passed the vehicle and turned around to pursue Sweatt, as stated in the citation. Sweatt allegedly turned the car up a hill and went off the road, disabling the vehicle. Alford said Sweatt was unsteady on his feet and had a strong smell of alcohol.

Sweatt told the officer “he could not believe his lady done this to him.” Alford confirmed Sweatt was also charged with DUI and other traffic charges.

Alford talked with two witnesses who gave the same account of Sweatt’s behavior. Vick also told the officer that Sweatt attempted to throw her from the porch, and he was screaming that he was going to kill her. Vick had a large cut on her forearm and multiple marks on her back, Alford said in the citation.

Sweatt was charged with first-degree assault (domestic violence), first-degree wanton endangerment, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license (DUI; second offense), failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no registration receipt, third-degree terroristic threatening and menacing.

Sweatt was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full-cash bond.

In other police activity:

• Charlie Smith, 40, of Harlan, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on July 12. He was charged as a persistent felony offender with first-degree criminal mischief and non-payment of court costs/fees/fines. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on an unsecured bond of $3,500 and a pay-or-stay bond of $158;

• Jamie Harris, 34, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on July 14. He was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), second-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified) and public intoxication of controlled substance (excluding alcohol). He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full-cash bond;

• Ashley Slusher, 34, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on July 14. She was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree fleeing/evading police (on foot), possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with a $1,500 full-cash bond;

• Melanie Gross, 52, of Harlan, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on July 14. She was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), prescription controlled substance without proper container and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with a $1,500 full-cash bond;

• Eric Foster, 40, of Harlan, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on July 14. He was charged with two counts flagrant non-support, failure to appear and two counts contempt of court. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $3,500 full-cash bond;

• Robert Stewart, 44, of Pikeville, was arrested by Harlan County Detention Center officials on July 15. He was charged with second-degree assault. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with a $2,000 full-cash bond;

• Gregory Smith, 37, of Partridge, was arrested by Harlan County Detention Center officials on July 15. He was charged as a persistent felony offender with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $3,500 full-cash bond;

• Billy Henry, 40, of Baxter, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on July 15. He was charged as a fugitive from another state (warrant required) with first-degree fleeing/evading police (motor vehicle), failure to wear seat belts, obstructed vision/windshield, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s licenses, operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol and two counts non-payment of court costs/fees/fines. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full-cash bonds totaling $2,236;

• Amanda Wynn, 37, of Evarts, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on July 16. She was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication of controlled substance (excluding alcohol). She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with no bond set.