The Laurel County Sheriff's Office and London Police Department teamed up to arrest a car thief. Police say 24 year old Joshua Karr was arrested on Little Lane in London after he was found in a white Hyandai that had been reported stolen. The theft occured at a home on Hemlock Lane where Karr allegedly took the keys of the vehicle and stole it from the driveway. Karr was charged with theft by unlawful taking. A search also turned up a used needle on him and was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Karr was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting another arrest as deputies continue to hunt down suspects in thier "Operation Fresh Start" drug roundup. The latest is 39 year old Tammy Peters of London on a warrant for trafficking in a controlled substance, namely oxycodone. The initial roundup began January 6th where deputies sought 35 people on drug trafficking charges based on undercover investigations. So far, 20 persons have been arrested, and additional arrests are expected. Peters was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Sheriff Root says his "war on drugs" continues.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a home on Sanderlin Avenue in Corbin where a man was reportedly posing a threat to himself and potentially others. When officers arrived they found 28 year old Matthew Bolduc of Corbin and through an investigation discovered he was wanted in Virginia for a heroin-related offense. Bolduc was also charged with violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO and non-payment of fines. He was arrested and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
The Barbourville Police Department says officers arrested three people this week on drug charges. Officers responded to a burglary-in-progress tip in Barbourville, where they found an active meth lab. 28 year old Nicholas Jones was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, 38 year old Rodney Bullock was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of methamphetamine and 39 year old Benjamin Strong was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Officials in Frankfort say Corbin’s unemployment office will not be completely shut down, but confirmed the staff will be transferred as part of a statewide reorganization of the Office of Employment and Training. Andy Hightower, senior policy advisor at the Education and Workforce Cabinet, said the plan calls for reducing or eliminating services at 31 offices and transferring them to 12 hub centers, effective February 16. Hightower said the nearest hub center would be in Somerset. Those that need to apply for unemployment benefits, build a resume or search for a job, may still do so online. Hightower said OET staff might return to staff the office on a limited basis, depending on the need. Overall, 95 OET employees across the state will be transferring, either to a hub center, or another position within state government.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says two Jackson County men are facing multiple charges after they found them with a stolen vehicle and drugs. Deputies responded to a complaint about two men asking for money at a business off Johnson Road. Officers discovered the Jeep Cherokee the two men had driven there was a reported stolen vehicle. Drugs and burglary tools were also found in their possession. 24 year old Jesse Smith of Tyner admitted to shooting Suboxone earlier in the day, and both men were determined to be under the influence. Both men were also wanted on outstanding warrants. Police arrested Smith and charged him with receiving stolen property, DUI, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance not in the proper container and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was also charged on a Jackson County bench warrant. 24 year old Andrew Hacker of McKee was also arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication - controlled substances and other traffic violations. Hacker was also charged on a Kentucky parole board violation warrant.
The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying a man who may be connected to a vehicle theft. Police say a 2002 black Jeep Liberty was stolen Friday morning at the Friendly Food Mart in the Woodbine community of Whitley County. Police are trying to identify the man in the photo below as part of their investigation into that vehicle theft. Anyone with information is asked to call Whitley County E911 at 549-6017.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were called out to a home off Lake Road where a burglary was in progress. Officers found 36 year old Bambi Adams and 45 year old Samantha Elza at the home with property apparently taken from the residence sitting outside and in their car, including DVDs, clothes, make up and tools. Deputies found forced entry through the front door. Both were arrested and charged with burglary and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
The Kentucky State Police is investigating the shooting deaths of three people at a home in Williamsburg. Police say a woman shot and killed her husband and two daughters Friday night. Troopers say the Sheriff's Office had received a call from another family member who had went to check on them. Sheriff Colan Harrell said deputies forcibly entered through the back door and found Courtney Taylor with a pistol in her hand. Harrell said deputies told her to put the weapon down and she didn't. Taylor was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the abdomen. Taylor's 56-year-old husband Larry, 18-year-old daughter Jesse and 13-year-old daughter, were found shot in separate rooms. All three of them were in the bed, with the covers pulled up around them, all shot in the head. Officials took Courtney Taylor to UK Medical Center, where she is in critical condition. The case was turned over to Kentucky State Police for further investigation since it is an Officer Involved Shooting.
A Clay County man is accused of drugging and raping a 15-year-old girl he met on Facebook. 28 year old Michael Todd Lewis was arrested and charged with rape, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor, custodial interference and kidnapping. According to a criminal complaint, Lewis met the girl on Facebook and brought her to his house where he drugged and raped her. He reportedly also had a gun with him at the time of the incident.