The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 20, 2012

Trail leads to arrest for Elkmont man

By Jean Cole

— An Elkmont man was arrested Monday on a litany of charges after he allegedly cut his cousin with a box cutter, rammed his cousin’s vehicle, stole a fishing boat, fled from deputies and, when finally arrested, had illegal drugs in his possession.

Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Gary Leon Cox, 49, of 22651 New Garden Road, on charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, first-degree theft, third-degree receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

Chief Deputy Randy King said the department received a report Saturday night about Cox getting in an altercation with his cousin and cutting him in the left shoulder and side with a box cutter.

“When (the cousin) left to got to the hospital, Cox rammed him with his vehicle,” King said.

On Sunday, a man on Bick Jock Road reported the theft of his 15-foot fishing boat. Because the complainant had installed a wheel lock on the boat, the thief left a telltale trail in the road when he moved it, King said. The man followed the trail to Cox’s home on New Garden Road, saw his boat and called the Sheriff’s Department, he said. Cox fled into the woods when deputies arrived but they were able to recover the boat as well as a stolen lawn mower, King said.

On Monday, Investigator Josh Hinton located Cox and, while arresting him, found him in possession of numerous pills, King said.

Cox was taken to the Limestone County Jail. Bail is set at $17,000.