Tribble to serve six months

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By Susan Sharp

Kathleen Tribble is not only facing probation after appearing in court on Monday, she will also spend some time behind bars.

In a late afternoon court session, Tribble plead guilty to aggravated assault on a viable fetus, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, possession of a scheduled III controlled substance for resale and forgery.

The charges stem from two separate incidents but have resulted in Tribble spending the next six months in jail.

After her release, she will be on probation for eight years and must pay nearly $1,300 in restitution along with court costs.

Tribble had been evading police for nearly two years when she was arrested in late July.

LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett became aware of Tribble in the fall of 2006 when she began an investigation where Tribble was accused of passing fraudulent prescriptions.

Then in November 2007 Tribble was charged with entering a South Cumberland Avenue residence through a back window. While at the home she allegedly stole 15 checks and used them at various businesses, police records said.

Within 30 days of those allegations, Tribble acquired more charges when she allegedly used several doctors’ identification codes to call in prescriptions to local pharmacies on 31 separate occasions.

Tribble then absconded to Ohio where she was arrested and incarcerated, according to a press release issued by the LaFollette Police Department. Once extradited back to Campbell County Tribble was mistakenly released from custody, the LPD said.

But on July 31, Jarrett along with officers from the Jellico Police Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Department found Tribble in a room at the America’s Best Value Motel.

During the arrest, Jarrett located over 100 Lortab pills in the room as well as Tribble’s vehicle.

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

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