The Knox County Sheriff's Office is reporting nine people were arrested in thier "Operation Fall Harvest" drug round-up. The arrests are a result of an undercover investigation. Drugs like Oxycodone, Meth, and Suboxone were purchased from those arrested. Those arrested were:
Donald Broughton age 44 of Cannon, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1ST Degree
Allen Honeycutt age 37 of Artemus, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1ST Degree
Stephen Bridges age 33 of Barbourville, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree
James Donaldson age 48 of Barbourville, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree
Wendell Carter age 51 of Barbourville, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree
Carl Scott Merida age 36 of Flat Lick, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree
Donald Ray Smith age 59 of Barbourville, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree
George Bradley Jones age 45 of Cannon, KY with charged Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Prescription Controlled Substance not in Original Container.
Letha Jones age 37 of Girdler, KY charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
They were all lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Kentucky State Police continue to investigate another shooting in Clay County. Troopers say a man entered the home of his ex-wife and shot her current husband. Officers say the current husband then returned fire and injured his attacker. Police say both men are expected to live. The 911 call came in Thursday morning from a home in the Lockard's Creek community. Police say the ex-husband of the woman on the phone came into the house and shot her current husband in the head with a shotgun. Reportedly the husband was able to return fire with two handguns, hitting the ex-husband. The woman was not injured. Both men were airlifted to area hospitals for treatment. Police say charges are pending against the ex-husband. The woman has a child that was not home at the time of the shooting. Clay County has seen its share of gun violence in recent weeks. Police say the shootings are unrelated, but they say the trend is troubling.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a mother is facing charges after she allegedly used her son to help her shoplift. Deputies say 28 year old Kasey King was arrested Friday night at Corbin WalMart. Investigators say employees saw King hiding items on her and on her six-year-old son. They say King then tried to leave the store without paying for them. The items were valued at more than 60 dollars. King has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and endangering the welfare of a minor. Her son was released to a family member.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the proposed reconstruction of KY 30 in Jackson and Owsley counties. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 5-7 p.m. in the Tyner Elementary gymnasium. The proposed project begins at the new US 421 / KY 30 intersection near Tyner in Jackson County and extends east to KY 847 near Travellers Rest in Owsley County. The purpose of the meeting is to show the preliminary alternatives currently under study. Anyone having an interest in the project is urged to attend. Transportation Cabinet representatives will be available to receive comments and respond to questions. The meeting will an open format, meaning you can attend at any point in the meeting’s duration.
A Rockholds woman’s plea for mercy fell on deaf ears as she was sentenced to 90 months (seven-and-a-half years) for her part in the mail-order delivery of methamphetamine and heroin from California to Williamsburg, where it was then resold. The Corbin News Journal is reporting 41 year old Mary Cureton was found guilty of distributing a quantity of a mixture containing methamphetamine in May. Cureton, along with co-defendants 53 year old Larry Gutierrez, 41 year old Tony G. Petrey, 46 year old David W. Powers and 33 year old Jessie C Mays were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and using the U.S. Mail to facilitate the commission of a felony.
The findings of an audit of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department have been referred the the office of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway for further investigation. In the audit which was released Tuesday morning the Kentucky State Auditor among other things that The former Sheriff did not manage the financial activities of his office, did not comply with the Uniform System of Accounts, lacked adequate segregation of duties, should have ensured monies collected were secured and handled properly and should have properly accounted for forfeiture monies and filed appropriate reports.
Law enforcement is facing a new challenge. They're asking for your help to crackdown on what they call a potent and dangerous drug. It's a potentially deadly mix of synthetic drugs and the purest form of meth. Williamsburg Police Chief, Wayne Bird says he's never seen a drug spread as fast as ice has in this area and a synthetic drug, often mistaken for 'Ice' (the purest form of meth), is even more deadly. It's a form of bath salts, called "Flakka", and the main concern is the behavior it causes. Bird says users hallucinate and becoming extremely violent. Police are concerned because they say there is no way for a user to tell the difference between the two drugs. They say they've already seen the effects of these drugs that are relatively new to the area, but they believe it's important they get a hand-up on the issue before it becomes bigger than it already is. Anyone with an anonymous tip, can call the Williamsburg police department, at 606-549-6038.
A Berea man died while hunting in Laurel County Tuesday. Deputies say Stanley Wayne Pearson, 69, and another man were squirrel hunting in an area off Martin Road, approximately 11 miles south of London. Officials say the two men separated during the hunt, and Pearson never came out of the woods. A London-Laurel Rescue Squad dog found Pearson's body around 6:40 p.m. Officials say it appears Pearson shot a squirrel and fell down an embankment as he tried to retrieve it. Deputies say the death appears accidental.
The man who gunned down a prominent Pulaski County attorney just over a year ago was sentenced on Monday. Before Clinton Inabnitt was sentenced for the murder of well known attorney Mark Stanziano, he had to listen to heartwrenching testimony from Stanziano's loved ones. Stanziano's daughter and widow say they agreed to a plea deal because they were afraid a jury might have found Inabnitt insane and not sent him to prison. Inabnitt pleaded guilty but mentally ill. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He could be eligible for parole in 17 years.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested a London man on burglary charges after the owner of a business called saying he had located one of the suspects who had been stealing from his home and store. Officers arrived and learned that the suspect, 39 year old Dave Cooper, had allegedly stole items from the store and residence beginning in February 2015 and continuing until recently. Investigators say tile saws, a miter saw, a welder, a metal cutting saw and other items were taken valued in excess of $10,000. Cooper was charged with burglary and theft by unlawful taking. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing.