Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 20, 2013

Fugitives apprehended in Carter County

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GRAYSON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department was involved in the apprehensions of two highly sought-after fugitives in three days.

On Friday, Sheriff Casey Brammell and Deputies Greg Gillum and Matt Morrison arrested Billy Barker, 48, of Grayson on outstanding warrants charging him with drug trafficking and threatening or intimidating a judicial officer.

The sheriff’s department, the FADE Drug Task Force and the U.S. Marshal Service had recently distributed wanted posters for Barker via social and news medias. The posters warned that Barker should be considered armed and dangerous because of his extensive criminal background and history of violence.

Acting on an anonymous tip, the sheriff’s department located Barker a home on Fourth Street in Grayson and arrested him without incident. He was lodged in the Carter County Detention Center, where he remained Monday on $125,000 bond.

On Sunday evening, Gillum and Kentucky State Park Ranger Keith Parsons arrested Adam Collins, 33, of Ashland, whom the sheriff’s department said had been on the run for about two weeks.

According to the sheriff’s department, Gillum responded to a call to assist Parsons at the Grayson Lake campground. Parsons approached two individuals there after being told they had failed to pay the campground fee. A routine check revealed that one of them, Collins, was wanted on a warrant issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for a weapons offense and a separate failure-to-appear warrant from Boyd County.

Parsons had been informed Collins should be considered armed and dangerous, the sheriff’s department said.

Collins was also lodged in the CCDC, where he remained on Monday.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2654.