Constable and wife arrested

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

A Bell County Constable is arrested.

State police, along with the Department of Charitable Gaming arrested Jesse James Hall and his wife, Juanita Hall.

The two run the Bell County Bingo Parlor in Middlesboro.
Police say the funds raised were not going to charities ... but instead in the couple's pockets.

Police collected evidence at the Hall's home.
Jesse's Hall constable vehicle is parked in the yard.
A car that is used to enforce the law, is now being searched by state officials.

Police say he will still be charged just like any other person.

"Even though he wears a badge and has a position of authority in Bell County... that still does not stop him from being arrested for certain things like this," said Walt Meachum with Kentucky State Police.

The Bell County Bingo in downtown Middlesboro might be advertised as charitable place... but police say, that is not the case.

"Funds that were supposed to be used for charitable gaming purposes and to raise money for charity... these funds... they were taking them and used them for personal purposes,"said Meachum.

Police spent Tuesday night at both locations for several hours.
Hall will remain a constable while behind bars.
Hall could lose the constable title if he is convicted.

The couple faces felony charges.
Both are in the Bell County Detention Center.

This investigation started a few months ago when police arrested Juanita Hall.
Police say while Hall served on the Bell County Fair Board, she did not pay vendors.

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