February 25, 2013

Wanted on warrants - and captured

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Two people wanted on warrants were among those captured this week by officials with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

The first came just after noon Tuesday when Deputies Shane Rice and James Sizemore answered a complaint about a male subject at a apartment complex in southern Laurel County. When deputies questioned the man and ran a criminal check, they learned he was wanted in Bourbon County on a prior felony charge.

Gary W. Brewer, 29, of Walker Ave. in Paris, Ky., was charged with the bench warrant from Bourbon County for conditions related to felony criminal possession of a forged instrument and failure to appear in court. Brewer was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center after his arrest. He was arraigned in Laurel District Court on Wednesday morning and jail records indicate that his bond was set for $554.82 cash.

The second wanted person was arrested just two hours later by Detective Jason Back and Capt. Rodney Van Zant after they received information on the whereabouts of 40-year-old Joetta Benge. Benge had addresses of Shackle Road, Hatcher Road and Victory Greenmount Road in Laurel County and was wanted for several charges of writing bad checks.

At the time that Back and Van Zant made the arrest, Benge had six outstanding warrants for theft by deception for writing worthless checks totaling over $2,000.

In a press release from the sheriff’s office, Benge reportedly wrote a check for $1,395 at S & S Tire and for $179 at London Farm Service in Laurel County. She was wanted in Pulaski County and Knox County for failing to appear in court on a theft by deception charge on another cold check. In addition, Benge was wanted in Knox County for writing a worthless check for $2,500 to buy a 2011 Volkswagen vehicle from Pickard Chrysler Inc.

Benge was taken to Laurel County Detention Center following her arrest. She was arraigned in Laurel District Court on Wednesday and was placed under a $5,000 fully secured bond on one of the charges. Cash bonds on other charges were $1,500 cash, $250 cash, an $1,000 cash and $500 surety. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court on Feb. 26.