Woman wanted out of Texas arrested in Morristown

Rolling through Morristown with a wanted man cost three Newport residents their freedom, but the predicament for one of them, 35-year-old Kristina Lynn Kirk, appears lots worse than her two companions, according to Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators.

Kirk, who gave an Edward Street address, is wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Arlington, Texas for being a fugitive from justice, and authorities there said they will extradite, according to Sgt. Marti Wolfe. Kirk allegedly was holding 3.7 grams of methamphetamine and a meth pipe.

She’s charged with possession for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia and will be held in the Hamblen County Jail without bond.

The other two defendants are James Allen Murphy, 31, and Matthew Shane Kennedy, 24, who live together on Epley Road in Newport.

The bond for Kennedy, who is charged with simple possession of meth and possession of a prohibited weapon, was set at $10,000. He allegedly had slightly under a half-gram of meth and a set of brass knuckles, according to Watson. Kennedy also had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

The rider that got Watson and Wolfe’s attention and triggered the traffic stop on Pinecrest Drive on Monday is named is named Timothy Lovell, according to arrest warrants, which do not state why Lovell was wanted.