By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A stolen steeple was recovered and two men arrested for theft following an investigation by Laurel County Sheriff’s officials.
Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore and Deputy Greg Turner answered a complaint of two men in a red Jeep who were trying to sell an aluminum steeple that had been stolen from its owner on Ky. 490, five miles north of London, Sunday night.
When deputies arrived at the metal salvage company south of London around 2:30 p.m. Monday, they found the two men in possession of the steeple.
Eddie D. Eversole, 25, of Hensley Road in East Bernstadt and a male juvenile from Locust Grove Road in Keavy were charged with theft by unlawful taking. Eversole was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center and the juvenile was taken to the Breathitt County Juvenile Center.
Deputy and Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo said the steeple was privately owned property and did not belong to a church.
The investigation into the incident is being continued by Detective Charlie Loomis.
In an unrelated incident earlier Sunday morning, a drunken man who was fighting with patrons of the Moose Lodge wound up in jail after attacking a deputy.
Richard H. McCrystal, 30, of Ky. 39 in Somerset, was reportedly at the center of a brawl involving approximately 20 people outside the private club, eight miles south of London just before 2 a.m.
Deputy Kirk Mays responded to a call about the fight and once on the scene, learned McCrystal was the instigator of the conflicts. When Mays approached McCrystal to question him, McCrystal attempted to attack Mays, according to a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.
McCrystal was taken into custody and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree assault of a police officer. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.