Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies arrested a woman for DUI in the parking lot of the Laurel County jail. A Deputy was taking a prisoner to the jail, when he reportedly saw 47 year old Cynthia Hurley backing out of a parking space erratically. After taking his prisoner inside, the deputy determined Hurley was under the influence. She was arrested and charged with DUI and driving on a DUI suspended license.
A Laurel County man is facing sexual exploitation charges after Kentucky State Police recieved a complaint that the man had used a cell phone to solicit a minor. Detectives arrested 40 year old Boyd Wagers and charged him with prohibited use of electronic communication device to procure a minor. The cell phone was taken by police and sent for a full forensic examination. Detective Justin Oliver continues the investigation.
Two people involved in a Laurel County crash are now facing charges. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says it happened near London on Tomcat Trail. Deputies say 33 year old Crystal Shelton was driving her van when she hit a pickup truck. During a search of the van, they reportedly found a half empty vodka bottle. They say Shelton walked into a home near the crash and the homeowner told her to leave. She faces several charges including possession of an open alcoholic beverage and criminal trespassing. Her passenger, 36 year old Kellie Oliver, was also arrested. She was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and possession of an open alcoholic beverage.
A fight over medication lands a Laurel county man in jail. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 36-year-old William Romaker after they responded to a reported fight along Farris Jones Road eight miles north of London. Deputies say that when they arrived Romaker was outside the residence cursing and a lady there that appeared to have been hit in the face. Romaker was charged with assault, menacing and disorderly conduct. He was lodged in the laurel county detention center.
Laurel Countians had the opportunity this week to review plans for expanding a heavily-traveled stretch of road. Transportation officials want to widen and improve nearly two miles of Kentucky 192 near Interstate-75 in London. They believe upgrading the road will help eliminate some traffic congestion, but some folks are skeptical of the project. Plans call for expanding part of the road from four lanes to six, re-positioning some traffic lights and constructing a concrete median, among other things. London-Laurel County Tourist Commission Director Rodney Hendrickson wants the expansion project to accommodate walkers and cyclists. "London is really emphasizing walking and cycling right now with lots of trails and lots of visitors that come to town to ride their bicycles," Hendrickson said. "And we would like for the project to fit in with that plan." The proposed expansion project spans one-point-eight miles of road right off I-75 and includes many restaurants and businesses. Transportation officials estimate the project will begin no earlier than December and are not sure yet how long it will take to complete. The deadline for submitting comments on the project is February 11. For information contact the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's office in Manchester at 598-2145.
A Corbin man, who is accused of trying to hire a hit man through an internet message board nearly two years ago, is back behind bars over allegations that could violate his bond conditions in both his criminal solicitation to commit murder case and his separate hindering prosecution or apprehension case. The allegations were made in an arrest warrant for harassing communications taken out against Tristan Hall by his now ex-girlfriend Crystal Reeves. Williamsburg Police arrested Hall, age 31 Monday serving him with an arrest warrant for harassing communications. The Corbin News Journal reports currently there is no bond set in his latest case.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting a Corbin woman is behind bars after spitting on a deputy. Jowanna Bachman, age 44, was arrested at her home about 8 miles south of London after deputies were dispatched to a disturbance complaint. Deputies say they found Bachman intoxicated on the side of the road and causing a disturbance. After arresting her, they say Bachman fought with them and spat one deputy's uniform. Bachman was charged with disorderly conduct, alcohol Intoxication, resisting arrest and assault of a Police Officer. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
A former Clay County Detention Center employee is on the other side of the bars. Manchester Police say David Hobbs now faces 18 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $500. The investigation began after jail staff located discrepancies of more than $20,000 in the commissary account. Hobbs was the deputy jailer responsible for purchasing and transporting goods to the jail.
An anonymous tip about drug activity led to the arrest of two people in Knox County. Officers say they arrested 25 year old Jennifer Mills and 43 year old Johnny Mills Saturday in the Scalf community. Police say they found more than 450 pain pills, nearly 150 suboxone strips, and a large amount of cash. They also found a gun. Both face drug charges and a gun charge.
It is being called the first of its kind of conviction in the Eastern District of Kentucky. A federal jury found Terry Smith of Clay County guilty of distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. Prosecutors say Smith would have people travel out-of-state to a Georgia pain clinic to obtain prescriptions for Oxycodone. Smith then paid them to fill them at Community Drug Pharmacy in Manchester. Allegedly one of those people, Patty Smallwood, overdosed on four times the therapeutic level. Terry Smith faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in May. Smith's wife, Gerry, could get 20 years in prison. The jury found her guilty on a conspiracy charge.