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Helton charged for allegedly making threat to cut men’s heads off

By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

May 14, 2014

A Harlan man is facing charges after allegedly threatening two men who were hanging election signs at the intersection of KY 840 and U.S. 421.


Lee Roy Helton, 68, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jared Boggs on Wednesday and charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.


According to the warrant, Gary Bryant claims that he and Pete Cornett were hanging election signs at the intersection of KY 840 and U.S. 421 on Monday when Helton drove up and began cursing them.


The complaint states Helton was holding a knife and threatened to cut both Cornett and Bryant’s head off. When Helton attempted to get out of the vehicle, one of the victims prevented him from exiting the vehicle by kicking the driver’s door of Helton’s vehicle. Cornett called KSP and Helton left the scene.


Helton was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two $5,000 full cash bonds.


In other police activity, Gillis Howard, 68, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Mike Boggs on Tuesday.


According to the complaint, Claude Monkfield claims Howard entered his home by kicking down the door.


The complaint states Howard was asked to leave and refused. Howard did not leave until the Harlan City Police Department was called, police said.


The complaint additionally states police located Howard later, at which time he admitted to kicking the door too hard. Damages to the door are estimated at $400.


Howard was charged with second-degree burglary and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond secured by 10 percent.


Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde