The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a business about 9 miles south of London off Highway 25 where a woman was reportedly there under the influence. When officers arrived they found 30 year old Lindsay Brown of Corbin and say she had a strong alcohol odor on her. Brown admitted she drank a half of a fifth of liquor and beer. She was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place. Brown was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Whitley County Health Department officials say that it will probably be late December or early January before the county's needle exchange program is up and running. Martha Steele, public health director at the health department, gave an update on the program during the Whitley County UNITE Coalition meeting. Steele said that Knox County's needle exchange program is up to about 30 participants. Steele added that the Whitley County Health Department is applying for an Agency Substance Abuse Policy grant to help fund the needle exchange program. Originally, $20,000 was set-aside for Whitley, Knox and Bell counties. Steele said that a portion of the money would go towards purchasing Narcan for Whitley County EMS, which reverses the effects of drug overdoses particularly ones related to heroin.
A federal grand jury has indicted two men in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine out of a home in Tattersall Subdivision in Corbin. 37 year old Gary Williams of Corbin and 30-year-old Terry Richardson of London were indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of a substance containing methamphetamine. The indictment was the result of an eight-month investigation into drug trafficking conducted by Williamsburg and Corbin Police and a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force.
The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information on the recent or current whereabouts of 29 year old Gary A. Patrick of Gary Hinkle Road in Williamsburg. Patrick was last seen the day before Thanksgiving and was reported missing by family. Patrick is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is estimated to stand around 5′ 10” and weigh around 260 pounds. Deputies are currently investigating multiple leads. Anyone with information is urged to call Whitley County E911 at 549-6017.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting the arrest of a woman was arrested Saturday night after she allegedly stabbed her ex-husband. Deputies responded to a report that a man had been stabbed at a home off Lake Road in London. When deputies arrived at the home, they found a man outside who had been stabbed in the chest. He told them his ex-wife had stabbed him during an argument and was still inside the home. Officers found 29 year old Jenny Love of London and took her into custody. She was charged with assault and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. At the time of the report the man's condition was not known.
A small earthquake was recorded Friday along the Kentucky-Tennessee line about 10 miles southwest of Middlesboro. The earthquake measured 2.5 on the Richter Scale. Some residents in the area say they felt it. Others didn't notice. Kentucky and Tennessee is in the New Madrid Fault Seismic Zone.
Souls’ Harbor Church in London kicked off the Christmas gift giving a little early this year. On Saturday they gave dozens of gifts to local children who may otherwise not receive any. They started the free Christmas event five years ago in an effort to give to those who are less fortunate. Nearly 300 children from more than 15 schools received a gift bag. Each bag was worth at least $100 and contained a winter coat, shoes, clothes and toys for the children. Combined, the bags have around $30,000 worth of items. Church leaders say as the need continues to grow, so does participation. They hope to continue bringing smiles and gifts to children in the mountains.
Last week, people dropped off blankets, food, and more than 2,000 water bottles for victims of the fires in the Gatlinburg Tennessee area to Parkway Ministries in Corbin. Church members made the trip to New Hope Church in Sevier County Saturday morning in a cargo van provided by Aisin Automotive Casting in London. Parkway Ministries connected with the church, who will be giving these items to those impacted by the fires. Church officials said people were stopping by to donate as they were loading up to leave. They said they didn't expect such a huge overwhelming response.
Police have released the name of the woman killed in a Laurel County crash this week. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says Wednesday afternoon an SUV driven by 33 year old Eric Cassidy crossed the center line on KY 229 and hit a car driven by 47 year old Sherry King of Barbourville. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Cassidy was flown to UK Hospital. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.