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Lynch woman allegedly runs from kidnapper, hurts child in process

A Harlan County man and woman were recently arrested after one allegedly kidnapped the other, leading to a fight in front of Big Lots.

Destiny Adams, 18, of Lynch, was arrested by Harlan City Police Department officer Travis Freeman on Oct. 31. Christopher Engle, 43, of Grays Knob, was arrested by Harlan PD officers on Nov. 1.

According to Freeman’s citation, Harlan PD received a call stating Adams and Engle were fighting in the parking lot in front of Big Lots. Freeman said when he arrived on scene, Adams was sitting on the curb arguing with a woman, who told the officer Adams unlawfully entered her vehicle and injured her child.

Freeman said Adams appeared to be heavily under the influence and she allegedly told Freeman she had been fighting with Engle over drug money. She added Engle held her against her will at gunpoint for two days before coming to meet another person near Goodwill. Adams said she tried to run away and entered the closest vehicle she could to get away from Engle.

Adams allegedly entered a crew cab truck where two young children were waiting on their mother to return from the store. Adams sat on a boy in the front passenger seat, whose sister exited from the back and tried to get him out of the vehicle while Engle was attacking the woman.

Freeman said the boy was hit and kicked multiple times after being sat on and the girl received a cut on her finger while trying to get her brother out of the truck.

Freeman arrested Adams and charged her with second-degree wanton endangerment, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, public intoxication of controlled substance and failure to appear. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $500 full-cash bond.

On Nov. 1, Freeman was able to obtain a warrant for Engle’s arrest, which he used the same day.

Engle was charged with kidnapping (adult) and first-degree wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full-cash bond.

In other police activity:

• Bobbie Johnson, 44, of Baxter, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Oct. 21. She was charged with operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, endangering the welfare of a minor, no registration receipt, failure to notify address change to the department of transportation, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, driving too fast for traffic conditions, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree terroristic threatening, reckless driving and failure to wear seat belts. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond and $3,500 full-cash bond;

• Billy McBee, 27, of Lynch, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 21. He was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, resisting arrest, two counts failure to appear, operation of motor vehicle with expired operator’s license and failure of owner to maintain required insurance. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $500 full-cash bond and $677 pay-or-stay;

• Rebecca Sims, 39, of Cawood, was arrested by Harlan County Detention Center officials on Oct. 22. She was charged with second-degree burglary and was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full-cash bond;

• Randall Sturgill, 29, of Bledsoe, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Oct. 22. He was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 full-cash bond;

• Cullen Petrey, 32, of Wallins, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Oct. 22. He was charged with second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but under $10,000) and two counts first-degree criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 full-cash bond;

• Larry Huff, 33, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 23. He was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of controlled substance. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $7,000 bond (time served with jail credit);

• Gracie Huff, 34, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 23. She was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $7,000 bond (time served with jail credit);

• Misty Smiley, 46, of Cawood, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Oct. 24. She was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, no registration receipt, license to be in possession, no operator’s license, failure to notify address change to department of transportation, improper equipment, rear license not illuminated, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, resisting arrest, menacing, endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree fleeing/evading police (motor vehicle) and reckless driving. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 unsecured bond;

• Kelly Coker, 37, of Cumberland, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Oct. 29. She was charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (methamphetamine). She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $3,500 full-cash bond with bail credit;

• Joanna Harris, 41, of Corbin, was arrested by Harlan City Police Department officers on Oct. 31. She was charged with theft by unlawful taking (under $500), possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified). She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with no bond set;

• Amanda Whitehead, 34, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 31. She was charged with failure to appear, second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full-cash bonds totaling $3,500;

• Derrick Polly, 29, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 31. He was charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full-cash bond.