8-12-05 - a Carter County jailer was arrested Friday morning for pointing a gun at campers at Lake Murray State Park. It all happened early this morning when a group of people happened upon Matthews in a remote camping area at Lake Murray.
Ken Matthews has worked at the Carter County jail since May. Matthews is charged with pointing a firearm at a group of people, unlawful possession of a firearm, and impersonating a police officer.
It all happened early this morning when a group of people happened upon Matthews in a remote camping area at Lake Murray.
"He made some comments or statements indicating that he was a police officer and that there was some law enforcement activity in the area."
But there was no activity, and authorities have no idea what Matthews was doing there or why he wanted the group gone.
The group didn't believe him. He didn't show a badge or have a uniform, but they were scared enough to call park rangers.
"Had his vehicle description as well as the description of him and the tag number."
Authorities arrested Matthews at Martin's Landing just after 4 p.m. Love County jailers say Matthews was proclaiming to inmates and employees where he works, hoping it would have some pull. It hasn't worked with Carter County.
A judge set bond this morning at $12,000. Matthews just bounded out of the Love County jail, now hoping he still has the job of booking inmates instead of being one.
Sheriff Harvey Burkhart doesn't want to go on camera. The sheriff's office will say over the phone that they're still looking into the details.