Concerns about child not being in school lands pair in jail

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two men were arrested Tuesday afternoon when deputies went to check on a child who had missed school that day.

According to Bell County Sheriff’s deputies, 42-year-old Jeremiah Fleming, of Hulen, Ky., was arrested on drug and weapons charges and 56-year-old Earl O’Hara, of Arjay, was arrested on drug charges.

According t deputies, at about 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Bell County K-9 Deputy Adam Southern was dispatched to a residence on Knuckles Christopher Lane in regard to a welfare check of a child not attending school.

When he pulled into the driveway, Southern saw Fleming come out of the home, look at him and quickly run back inside, the department said in a release.

Southern, knowing warrants were pending against Fleming, got permission from O’Hara t enter the home and found Fleming hiding behind a dresser in a bedroom holding what later was identified as a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun, according to the department.

Fleming came from behind the dresser and was wearing a holster matching the size of the gun. During a search, Southern also found a small bag of suspected methamphetamine and a metal vial containing Xanax pills.

Fleming was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 2nd offense (drug unspecified). He was also served two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.

O’Hara was charged with possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, and was served an outstanding warrant.

Assisting on scene was Deputy Frank Foster and Chaplain Ricky Dorton.

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