Busy Sunday arrests for Middlesboro Police
From WRIL/public records -
On Sunday September 22, 2019 at 12:25am Middlesboro Police Officer Nick Capps was attempting to serve a warrant on Chester Avenue on 45-year-old Michael Paternoster of Middlesboro. Officer Capps states in his citation that Paternoster ran from him during the incident into a nearby creek.
Upon catching him, Capps states that Paternoster began resisting arrest while cussing and screaming. The officer had to deploy pepper spray in order to bring the man under control.
Michael B. Paternoster was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with fleeing or evading police – 2nd degree (on foot), resisting arrest, disorderly conduct – 2nd degree. He was also served the bench warrant for a probable probation violation.
At 1:00pm Officer Robin Vanable responded to a call from the Middlesboro Downtown Inn that individuals were living in the woods behind the hotel’s property in a camp.
Upon arrival at the scene Officer Venable made contact with 41-year-old Brian Patrick Stephens who was found to have two outstanding bench warrants.
Stephens was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with criminal trespass – 3rd degree and criminal littering due to trash all around the site.
He was also served the two outstanding warrants.
Later that morning at 9:22am Middlesboro Officer Chris Barnes was patrolling an area on Bellwood Road and observed a 2004 Red 4-door Ford that appeared to have mechanical trouble. The officer stopped to check on the vehicle and it’s occupants. Discovering that there was no mechanical issue he observed the driver, 25-year-old Zachary Tye acting nervous as well as passengers 25-year-old Misty Leigh Spradlin of Pineville, and 35-year-old David Dewayne Howard.
Officer Barnes then asked for Tye’s driver’s license which dispatch returned with two outstanding bench warrants. During a search incident to arrest a backpack was found in the vehicle which contained several syringes, digital scales, clear distribution bags with a crystal-like residue, and glass pipes with a white crystal residue.
None of the occupants would take ownership of the backpack so all three were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with possession of controlled substance - 1st degree (Methamphetamine),and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. Zachary Tye was also served the outstanding warrants.
At 3:57pm Middlesboro Officer Chris Barnes, along with Acting Chief Tom Busic, arrested 41-year-old Travis A Zachary at West End Homes on a parole board warrant.
During a search incident to arrest, Zachary was found to be in possession of a key chain containing a crystalline substance believed to be Methamphetamine. Also found was a substance believed to be Marijuana in a black case. The citation also states that Zachary willingly produced a syringe from his pants pocket.
He was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with possession of controlled substance – 2nd offense (Methamphetamine), possession of Marijuana, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. He was also served the parole violation warrant and two pay or stay warrants.