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Running a stop sign nets two for trafficking drugs, same officer later arrests sex offender

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On Friday October 2, 2020 Middlesboro Officer Ryan Collins was on routine patrol on Old Pineville Pike just before 10am and observed a green Toyota run a stop sign.


Officer Collins initiated a traffic stop a short distance away and made contact with the driver, 22-year-old Kristen Overbay of Middlesboro. She was found to have no insurance and a suspended driver’s license.


The officer asked for consent to search the vehicle and it was given. During a search of the vehicle there was a large quantity of drugs found along with $90 in cash.


Another passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old Willie Flanary of Middlesboro, was also found to have drugs in his possession and had two outstanding warrants, one for failure to appear and the other from June 21st of this year. That warrant states that a woman lost her wallet on June 19th and that Flanary messaged the woman’s fiancee’ saying he found it and it would be returned, but he had never done so.

Officer Ryan Collins

Both Overbay and Flanary were arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.


Kristen Overbay is charged with trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (greater than 10 dosage units - drug unspecified), no insurance, driving on a suspended license, and disregarding a stop sign.


Willie Flanary was charged with trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (greater than 10 dosage units - drug unspecified), possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (drug unspecified), theft of property mislaid or delivered by mistake, and he was served the bench warrant.

James Bradley Burke - BCDC

Later that afternoon a short time after 4:30pm Officer Collins arrested 37-year-old James Bradley Burke at Hinks Heights Apartment Complex.


Burke was charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry. He is being held without bond in the Bell County Detention Center.

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