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Bacardi
Aug 31st, 2005, 08:02 PM
Heya Guys I had to post this, cuz I just think it's hilarious and proves how redneck this hellhole is that I live in. So I hope it brings you a good laugh :haha:

Stolen pageant dress causes furor at fair
Wednesday, August 31, 2005

By WALTER LITTRELL
Times-News
PENNINGTON GAP - Three members of a Pennington Gap family were arrested Tuesday during the Lee County Fair after a couple entered their toddler in the Wee Little Princess contest in an allegedly stolen dress.

Pennington Gap Police Chief Mike Nunley said before the pageant began he was approached by Carolyn Bloomer, owner of Litton's Uptown, a clothing shop in Big Stone Gap. Bloomer reported that a $500 dress had been stolen from her shop on Aug. 13, and she expected the dress might be worn during the pageant. Nunley said Bloomer advised him she had reported the theft to the Big Stone Gap Police Department.

Nunley said shortly after the pageant started, he was notified that Bloomer had recognized the dress and confronted the mother of the 21-month-old child wearing the dress. By the time Nunley and other officers arrived on the scene, the mother had taken the dress off the child and threw it at Officer Renfro Howard just as he arrived on the scene.

The chief said Howard gave the dress to Bloomer, who was able to identify it because it had belonged to her granddaughter and the garment still contained initials inside. Nunley said after he verified with the BSGPD that the dress had been reported stolen, he was able to locate Commonwealth's Attorney Shawn Hines and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Donnie Williams at the fairgrounds.

After consulting with them, it was decided to charge the child's mother and father, Andy and Summer Pendergraft, and the father's sister, Becky Sexton, with possession of stolen property valued at more than $200.

Nunley said the three were charged because the owner alleged they had been in the store together looking at dresses on the day the garment in question was determined to be missing.

Nunley said the trio claimed to have purchased the dress at a roadside sale, but Bloomer alleges the dress was in the store while the family was there and she noticed it missing shortly after they left her shop.