Corbin Times-Tribune, 11/08/06
POLICE: No Charges Filed in London Snake Bite Case
Law enforcement officials said no charges will be filed in the case of a London woman (my note: I believe she actually resided in Harlan County KY) who died from a snake bite Sunday during a church service.
Linda Long, 43, a member of East London Holiness Church, died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center about four hours after being bitten by a yellow timber rattlesnake Sunday.
Laurel County Sheriff's Detective Brad Mitchell said snake handling is a violation of Kentucky Law but it is a class "B" misdemeanor.
Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) XL, Chapter 437 states, "Any person who displays, handles, or uses any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering shall be fined not less that fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00)."
Mitchell said that Long was a consenting adult and the family and church were close.
"Under the circumstances, they have been through enough, " Mitchell said.
The funeral was scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Arthur's Chapel Church in Rosehill, Va., according to the Rosehill Funeral Home, the Associated Press reported.