Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Felony Arrest in Rowan County
Date of News Release: 12/12/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- On Saturday, December 11, 2011 at 4:38 PM Kentucky State Police Morehead Trooper Michael Wathan was on routine patrol on Pleasant Valley Road in Rowan County. Trooper Wathan was following up on an Attempt To Locate of a Wanted Person that Kentucky State Police received the day prior but were unsuccessful in locating them. However, after arriving at the residence on this date (12/11/11), Trooper Wathan spotted the individuals, loading items into a vehicle. Latasha Lynch and Michael Townsend were taken into custody. Mr. Townsend was charged with Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension-2nd Degree, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (On Foot), and Disorderly Conduct 1st Degree. A Warrant for Escape-2nd Degree was served on Ms. Lynch. After apprehending the subjects, the subjects confirmed they had several stolen items in their possession. Trooper Wathan obtained a search warrant and searched the residence and recovered several hundred dollars in stolen items. Additional charges are pending. The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Wathan.