The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a man after his child was found unresponsive. Deputies responded to a complaint from St. Joseph-London that a seven-week-old baby girl had sustained severe injuries and was being transported to UK Hospital. The mother of the child had taken another child to school early Tuesday morning and returned to find the baby unresponsive. The father, 34 year old Gary Nicely, who was caring for the child, had no explanation as to the cause of the injury. Nicely was arrested at St. Joseph Tuesday afternoon. When arrested, deputies say Nicely became irate, clenching his fists and failing to comply with the officers. Nicely is charged with assault, wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and menacing. He is booked in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
A Laurel County woman is behind bars after her two young children were found playing in the road unsupervised. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office responded to a complaint that two children were playing in the road with no adults around. When a deputy arrived, he contacted social services who came and took custody of the kids, one three-year-old and a one-year-old. The deputy then located the mother of the children, 25 year old Jennifer Asher of London, asleep inside a nearby home. She said the children did not wake her up. Asher is charged with wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor and abuse or neglect of a child. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
A Clay County man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. A jury this week found 27 year old Rodney Wayne Bowling guilty of murder and assault stemming from a DUI crash earlier this year. In October of 2014 Bowling was under the influence when he crashed head on into another vehicle driven by driven by 50 year old Ronnie Mitchell. Mitchell died at the scene. The passengers in Mitchell's vehicle, 48 year old Melissa Smith and a juvenile were both flown to University Of Kentucky Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root says his office is investigating a phone and text scam circulating in the area. The bogus text advises the intended victims that there is a problem with his or her debit card, and a web site is listed to unlock it. In most scams like this Sheriff Root says money is requested to be sent by a cashiers check, a green dot card, money gram, a check or the victims bank routing numbers, or they request credit information or personal identifying numbers. He says citizens need to be alerted that these are scams and recommends that you never give out personal identifying information or send money over the phone. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo continues to investigate.
A Clay County man has been sentenced this week to 20 years in prison. In July, a jury found Phillip Thompson guilty of assault and criminal abuse charges. Thompson and Amber Willoughby allegedly abused a child in 2014, seriously injuring the child. Willoughby pleaded guilty to an amended second degree criminal abuse charge.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is reporting deputies found a shoe with drugs in it last week. Knox County Detention Center officials tipped off deputies that an inmate, Jason McCulley, had drugs hidden in a pink shoe at his mother’s home in Flat Lick. Deputies found the shoe filled with suspected crystal meth, three yellow tablets and a used syringe. McCulley was charged with drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. McCulley was arrested earlier that morning for violating an emergency protective order or domestic violence order.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says that deputies are conducting a death investigation after an ATV crash on Maple Grove School Road. They say the crash happened around 7:12 p.m. Investigators report that a Kawasaki four-wheeler was going west on Maple Grove School Road when it went off the roadway in a sharp curve and struck an embankment, ejecting the driver and passenger. 17-year-old Christopher Slusher was killed. He was driving the ATV. He was pronounced dead on scene. The 16-year-old female passenger was airlifted to UK Hospital.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting deputies located and arrested a wanted fugitive. Officers found 37 year old Austin Johnson of London in a garage off East Laurel Road. Deputies say as they took Johnson into custody he began yelling, cursing, and causing a disturbance and had to be placed in the police cruiser. A search of Johnson also turned up a baggie of crystal meth. Upon arrival at the Sheriff's office he became combative attempting to fight and kick deputies. Johnson admitted to officers he had been doing meth and drinking. Deputies say he possibly had Flakka in his system as well. Johnson was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
The Kentucky State Police say detectives arrested 53 year old David B. Haas of London on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Haas was arrested after an undercover Internet Crimes against Children investigation where he was allegedly discovered sharing images of child exploitation online. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and will be taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. Haas was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. The investigation continues.
Clay County Judge-Executive Joe Asher and Road Foreman Bufford Jarvis pleaded not guilty to nine counts in Clay County court Monday. They are charged with abuse of the public trust, bribery and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Clay County deputies arrested the pair August 5th on warrants. Investigators claim Asher and Jarvis installed tile owned by the county on private property and put a concrete wall up at another private property. They were allegedly paid thousands of dollars for the work and pocketed the money. The men will return to court for a pretrial conference December 5th. Attorneys for both men declined to comment.