On August 22 at 9:46 p.m. Kentucky State Troopers Jake Harper and Levi Scott were on routine patrol on Arnold’s Landing Road in the Knifley community when they observed two suspicious people standing beside a 2012 Ford pickup. As soon as the subjects observed the state police cruiser they attempted to get in their vehicle and leave.
Trooper Harper and Trooper Scott made contact with Joshua Cochran, 38, of Russell Springs and Melinda Young, 28, of Magnolia. Cochran appeared to be very nervous and agitated and kept asking them what he had done wrong. Trooper Harper observed several fishing rods in the bed of the pickup that had been reported stolen just moments before. Troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and contacted the victims of the stolen property, Arnold and Kenny Patterson who responded to the scene and positively identified the fishing rods as being theirs.
A purse containing several syringes, methamphetamine and digital scales was also located in the vehicle. Cochran was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, first offense (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property under $10,000, giving officer false identifying information and he was charged with several outstanding failure to appear warrants.
Young was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree first offense (methamphetamine,) possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property under $10,000. Both subjects were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.