By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A search for a wanted man landed four people in jail, all accused of assisting him in hiding from the police.
James M. Barlow, 28, of Gross Road in London, is listed as one of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office “Most Wanted,” stemming from an investigation into a meth lab and alleged drug dealing.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, their office has received numerous tips concerning Barlow’s whereabouts. Those tips sent deputies back to Gross Road, eight miles west of London, on Tuesday morning, where Barlow escaped out the back door of his grandmother’s home when deputies pulled into the driveway. Barlow was last seen running from the scene and had not been arrested as of presstime Thursday morning.
However, four other persons in the home who aided Barlow in his flight were arrested and charged with second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension. Those persons were Barlow’s grandmother, 67-year-old Gloria Engle, and 26-year-old Angela Gross, both of Gross Road in London; 33-year-old Daniel Belcher of Grays Cemetery Road in Gray, and 26-year-old Amon K. Barlow, also of Gross Road in London. Amon Barlow was additionally charged with warrants from Laurel County for theft by unlawful taking.
James M. Barlow is wanted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, chemical endangerment to a child, and fleeing and evading police. He ran from his home last week when deputies came to investigate complaints of drug dealing on Gross Road. Janice Middleton was arrested at the residence, charged with manufacturing meth and chemical endangerment to a child.
The press release also stated many concerned citizens have contacted the sheriff’s office concerning the ongoing drug problems in that area. These citizens, it is noted, have pledged their willingness to cooperate with law enforcement agencies to locate Barlow.
Sheriff John Root and deputies will continue to follow up on leads concerning Barlow’s whereabouts. Barlow is described as a white male, age 28, approximately 5 feet 8 inches in height, weighing around 150 pounds. Barlow has light brown hair and brown eyes.
Detective Jason Back is heading the investigation. He was assisted on Tuesday by Captain Rodney Van Zant, Lt. Chuck Johnson and Deputy Greg Turner.
Anyone with information about James M. Barlow is urged to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600 or (606) 878-7000. Callers can remain anonymous and all information will be kept strictly confidential.