Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 23, 2009

Probation and parole searches for absconders

GLASGOW — Local Probation & Parole officers have a message for some of their missing charges — they are not forgotten.

P&P; Officer Chastity McCorkle has a list of 14 absconders local law enforcement officers are looking for currently. The offenders have stopped reporting regularly to their probation & parole officer and are in violation of the terms of their release from custody.

Several have only been missing for a month or so. One has not reported since January 2006. The seriousness of their offenses also varies. The most serious charges include receiving stolen property, anhydrous ammonia, with the intent to manufacture meth; first-degree sodomy; first-degree sexual abuse, victim under 12; and second-degree robbery. Most of the offenses are drug-related. The least serious offense involves child support.

McCorkle believes many of the group are still in the area, up to 75 percent, and said officers need the public’s help in tracking them down.

“So many of them we know are still around here, if we can just get their information out. Whenever they show up someplace, we try to get there and we miss them. We’ve just got to get it out there so someone can call us,” she said.

There are two parolees on the list. The rest are on probation. The difference between the two groups involves how their cases will be handled when they turn themselves in or are caught by law enforcement.

“If someone absconds from parole the parole board handles it,” Barren Circuit Judge Phil Patton said. “After they are found and arrested, (the board) decides to revoke their parole or not.”

Patton said he is not involved in the parole cases. In cases where someone on probation absconds, Patton may or may not hear the case.

“In a typical situation if they quit reporting there is no way for Probation & Parole to do drug testing, to check if they have a job, if they’re staying where they’re supposed to and not cavorting with convicted felons,” he said.

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