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Suspect found hiding in a trunk

McCreary County Deputies received a surprise when they found a man hiding in the trunk of a car following an early morning traffic stop over the weekend.

According to the arrest citations Deputies Odell Smith, Milford Crrekmore and Charles Smith initiated a traffic stop on Bob Musgrove Road around 1:07 a.m. Saturday, pulling over a vehicle driven by Michael Scott Tapley, 32, of Oneida.

The citation stated Tapely and his passenger, Tonya Nichole Corder, 25, of Whitley City, appeared nervous.

The two subjects claimed there was nothing illegal in the vehicle, but upon further questioning later admitted someone was hiding in the trunk.
The officers opened the trunk of the vehicle and found William J. Patton, 40, of Pine Knot hiding there.

Patton, of Pine Knot, was indicted on two counts of Criminal Abuse First Degree by the McCreary County Grand Jury last month for allegedly intentionally abusing two minor children under the age of 12 by administering cruel punishment and causing physical injury.

Patton was arrested on the outstanding warrants, while Tapley and Corder were also taken into custody and charged with Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension.

A second fugitive was arrested by the department Tuesday evening after Sheriff Waters received a request from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brandon Cochran, 28, who was using the alias of Ronald Crosely, was wanted on a fugitive warrant from Ohio for failing to report a change of address and failure to appear.

Upon obtaining information to his possible location, Hamilton County officials contacted the Sheriff’s Office and asked for help in attempting to locate the subject.

Deputy Milford Creekmore went to the residence on West 92 in Smithtown where he located the subject and placed him under arrest and is awaiting extradition.

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