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Gray man holds ex-girlfriend hostage, attempts suicide

Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips

When the Barbourville Police Department responded to what they were told was a burglary in progress, it soon became evident that the situation was much more dire.

Josh Phillips, 23, of Gray, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, by shattering a window. Once inside, Phillips armed himself with a knife from the kitchen and threatened to kill himself. Phillips refused to let the resident leave the apartment, but she managed to escape and called police from a neighbor’s house. Phillips followed his ex to the neighbor’s house, forcing his way inside, still armed with a knife.

Barbourville Police Officer Elijah Broughton was the first to respond to the scene.

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LOCAL children ordering illegal drugs online

It’s one thing for police to arrest a drug dealer during an undercover buy.child with carton package isolated on white

But, whom do you arrest when you never see the product change hands?

That’s the issue Barbourville Mayor David Thompson and Police Chief Winston Tye want to bring to the attention of parents, grandparents and legal guardians.

Adults with children under their care need to be more vigilant of packages being delivered directly to their kids. In the Barbourville Police Department’s investigations into local youth drug problems, Chief Tye said he and his officers have seen a new and substantially growing trend emerge. Children are apparently ordering their drugs online and having the drugs delivered right to their door.

“This is an issue that is getting way out of hand,” said Chief Tye. “Kids in school are talking to their friends and classmates about easy (and quick) it is for them to order something (legal or otherwise) off the Internet.”

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Sunday sales coming

Photo by Emily Baker Barbourville Mayor David Thompson appointed Corey Moren as Barbourville’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator at the second reading of the ordinance Friday. Moren also holds the title of City Code Enforcement Officer. “I think it’s going to be a challenge,” said Moren. “Alcohol is here. We might as well police it, regulate it and enforce it.” Accompanying Corey Moren is his wife Melissa.

Photo by Emily Baker
Barbourville Mayor David Thompson appointed Corey Moren as Barbourville’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator at the second reading of the ordinance Friday. Moren also holds the title of City Code Enforcement Officer. “I think it’s going to be a challenge,” said Moren. “Alcohol is here. We might as well police it, regulate it and enforce it.” Accompanying Corey Moren is his wife Melissa.

The big question on everyone’s mind now that Barbourville residents have approved the sale of alcohol is will it be sold on Sunday. The answer is yes.

The second reading of Barbourville’s Resolution 2016-1 was held last Friday; however, the vote by the city council to approve the ordinance was not unanimous. Council member Wilma Barnes was missing, and Councilmember Sherman Lawson was the sole no vote.

“I voted no because of the Sunday sales clause,” said Councilman Lawson. I feel like the churches deserve their day. If people want to drink on Sunday, they can fill up on Saturday night. That’s the way I feel about it.”

The 20-page ordinance took Mayor David Thompson nearly an hour to read Thursday, but after all was said and done, the hours were officially set for city alcohol sales.

According to the ordinance, alcohol can be sold Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight. Sunday sales will be from 1 p.m. to midnight.

Barbourville Mayor David Thompson said that as Corbin is the closest competing city, the Barbourville’s council followed Corbin’s guidelines as closely as possible.

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