Middlesboro Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson conducted a traffic stop Sunday, February 26 on 20 year old Linda Owens of Middlesboro. According to the citation, the stop occurred at Exeter Avenue and 29th street when Johnson observed Owens operating a silver/gold Nissan Altima over the speed limit.
The citation further states that once stopped, Officer Johnson requested assistance from Officers Edward Dray and Michael Smith. The officers confronted Owens observing she showed signs of intoxication and she failed standard field sobriety tests. The officers found her to be manifestly under the influence and she freely admitted to recent use of Methamphetamine, Suboxone, Marijuana, and Xanax. A search of Owen’s purse lead to the discovery of Methamphetamine and found in her vehicle were (2) two glass pipes with residue believed to be Methamphetamine.
A check for warrants revealed Owens had an active bench warrant for failure to appear on several possession of controlled substance charges including obstructing governmental operations, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. At one point during the incident Owens revealed information to the officers leading to other drug activity of a boyfriend at a local hotel.
Owens was also charged by Officer Dray with possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense – Methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs 1st offense, no operator’s license, and speeding 5 mph over the speed limit. Linda Owens was transported to Middlesboro ARH for a blood test and then to the Bell County Detention Center.
A passenger in the vehicle, 28 year old Amanda Hall of Middlesboro, also had an active bench warrant for failure to appear on charges of shop lifting and criminal trespass.
Separate citations state that while Officers Dray and Smith cleared the scene, Officer Johnson along with Officers Kenny Vanover, Barry Cowan, and shortly thereafter Michael Smith, went to room 210 at Days Inn on Cumberland Avenue.
The officers conducted a talk and knock at the room and could hear movement in the room for several minutes before the door was answered. In the room the officers found 38 year old Michael Miracle of Middlesboro, 20 year old Amanda Martin of Middlesboro, and 29 year old Joshua Kyle Ramsey of Pineville. According to the citation, the officers found drug paraphernalia in the toilet, a clear rock-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine in a shoe, in a torn bag, and on a side table. Among the drug paraphernalia were several syringes, aluminum foil, and a mini digital scale.
Due to no one in the room taking ownership of the items discovered, all three were charged with possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense – methamphetamine, buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.
Joshua Kyle Ramsey is a teacher at Knox Central High School and Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles via Knox County Schools District Communications Director Frank Shelton released a statement in regard to the arrest.
“At this time the employee (Joshua Kyle Ramsey) is suspended pending further investigation by law enforcement and the school district. The school district cannot provide comment on pending investigations of its employees.
The Knox County Board recognizes the substance/drug abuse problem in our nation and our communities. The Board and its employees share a commitment to create and maintain a drug-free workplace. It is the policy of the Board that district employees shall not manufacture, distribute, dispense, be under the influence of, purchase, possess, use, or attempt to purchase or obtain, sell or transfer illegal substances. The policy is part of the Board’s Drug Free/Alcohol Free Schools act.”