Counterfeit money found

Published 1:00 pm Friday, December 22, 2017

While on routine patrol at approximately on the morning of Dec. 21, in the vicinity of Hwy. 92 and U.S. 25E intersection in Pineville, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Blain Green said he observed a woman acting suspiciously under a bridge.

According to the citation, Green conducted a traffic stop, making contact with Margaret A. Bransome, 42, of Pineville, trying to purchase a phone from an unidentified man.

The citation stated that the money Bransome was using was counterfeit and was discovered during the booking process after Bransome was arrested for two outstanding warrants.

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During a search incident to arrest Bransome was also allegedly found to have in her possession syringes and two straws she stated were used to snort drugs with.

Bransome was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, possessing drug paraphernalia and was served two warrants for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card over $500 but under $10,000.

In other police news:

• Jerry Saylor, 45, of Arjay, was arrested on Dec. 22 by Pineville Police Department Officer Justin Taylor on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree promotion of contraband and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Gareth Caldwell, 30, of Stoney Fork, was arrested on Dec. 22 by the Middlesboro Police Department on charged of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia, and was served a warrant.

• Josh Nichols, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Dec. 18 by Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole Officer Kevin Naiper on two counts of first-degree trafficking on a controlled substance.

• Billy Brock, 30, of Wallins, was arrested on Dec. 18 by MPD Officer Jeremiah Johnson on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree fleeing or evading on foot, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal trespassing, possessing drug paraphernalia, giving officer false identification information, possession of marijuana, theft by unlawful taking under $500 and was served a warrant for possession of marijuana.

Brian O’Brien of The Big One 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this article.