Fugitive caught after months on the run

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By Jennifer Caldwell

After nearly two years on the lam, authorities finally caught up with Kathleen Suzanne Tribble.

Last Thursday LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett received information that Tribble, 28, of 167 Bales Lane, was staying at the America’s Best Value Motel in Jellico.

Jarrett first began investigating Tribble in the fall of 2006 for passing fraudulent prescriptions.

In November 2007 Tribble was charged with entering a South Cumberland Avenue residence through a back window and stealing 15 checks which she used at various businesses in the area.

Then in December 2007 Tribble racked up more charges when she was discovered to have used several doctors’ identification codes to call in prescriptions to local pharmacies on 31 separate occasions.

According to a press release issued by the LaFollette Police Department, Tribble ran to Ohio where she was arrested and incarcerated. Tribble was then extradited back to Campbell County where she was subsequently released by mistake.

On Sunday Jarrett along with officers from the Jellico Police Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrested Tribble in her hotel room.

During the incident Jarrett was able to locate over 100 Lortab pills in the room as well as Tribble’s vehicle.

Tribble is currently eight months pregnant and allegedly told officers she was addicted to illegal and legal narcotics and had used them earlier that morning.

She was transported to the CCSD and faces charges of identity theft, viable fetus as a victim, theft of property under $500, forgery, aggravated burglary, violation of probation and possession of a schedule III controlled substance. She is being held without bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 7.