Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were contacted by Williamsburg Police Department with information they developed about a large amount of crystal meth at a home on Chippewa Lane in London. Deputies and the London Office of the DEA went to the home with a search warrant and found approximately a half pound of crystal meth and over $100,000 in cash. 32 year old Dustin Higginbotham was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and wanton endangerment. Higginbotham was already under house arrest for drug possession and his eight-year-old son was asleep in the room where the drugs were discovered. The child was released to Higginbotham's parents. Higginbotham was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Office is reporting deputies arrested a woman after they found her passed out in her car on the road with the gas pedal pushed to the floor. Deputies say 37 year old Hope Singleton of Keavy was found in her car with smoke coming from the hood. Deputies said they also found a bottle of liquor in the floor board. She refused to do a sobriety test. When Singleton woke up, deputies said she became combative and kicked the windows of their cruiser. Singleton was charged witg resisting arrest, DUI, assault and disorderly conduct among other things. She was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
A homeless shelter in Laurel County is getting a second chance. A group of pastors are working to, once again, open up the doors of a Christian homeless shelter. Church leaders say they’re excited this shelter will remain where it began back in 2007 where it kept its doors open for 8 years, before closing down in the fall of 2015. Now a group of local pastors are making it their mission to bring it back-all by repurchasing the building in an auction. They say it’s going to be a sigh of relief to a lot of people as they have dozens come to thier churches every week with no place to go. Organizers say the homeless shelter will not only be a shelter, but a means to jump-start a new life.
Laurel County Sheriff's deputies arrested two people after they were dispatched on a domestic violence call. Officers found them in a Walmart parking lot with doughnuts scattered around them. Deputies said a domestic violence call lead them to the scene. They say 48 year old Michael Smith and 42 year old Tonya Mills were found. Both of them had outstanding warrants related to drugs. Deputies found several pills on Smith. Smith was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of meth, manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and paraphernalia. Mills was charged with possession of meth, manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office and London Police Department investigated threats made through Instagram. Detectives Kevin Berry & James Sizemore along with school resource officer Ryan Jackson investigated two male juvenile suspects. The teens were ages 14 & 15. One of the students is a student at South Laurel Middle School and the other at South Laurel High School. Police say that the pair had sent a list of threats to a student at North Laurel Middle School. Police were concerned when they discovered that the screen name for the teens had a reference to Columbine High School. The location of a 1999 school shooting that left twelve people dead and more than twenty injured. Police took the teens into custody. They were transferred to the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center. A detention hearing is to be held in Laurel County Tuesday May 24th. Both teens were charged with harassing communications & terroristic threatening.
A woman has pleaded guilty for her role in the slaying of her ex-boyfriend's father last October. Amanda Braddock was initially charged with complicity to murder. She pleaded guilty to charges of theft and tampering with physical evidence. Braddock's boyfriend Jedediah Vanwormer is accused of shooting and killing Edward Vanwormer. Investigators say the couple buried Edward Vanwormer and then poured concrete on top of him. Edward Vanwormer was reported missing under suspicious circumstances last September. He had not been seen since early August. Police say they went to Edward Vanwormer's home to conduct a welfare check. Jedidiah called police pretending to be his father. Neighbors told police that both Jedidiah and Amanda Braddock were seen removing Edward Vanwormer's property from his home and that they reported newly laid concrete in the garage area. After obtaining a search warrant, police located Edward's body under concrete in the front of the main garage. Police say he had died from a gunshot wound. Prosecutors say Braddock stole property from the senior Vanwormer and then the couple went to North Carolina, Braddock's hometown. Both Jedidiah Vanwormer and Braddock were arrested in North Carolina.
Retired professional boxer Nate Tubbs and his brother Tony are bringing professional boxing to Corbin. Nate, the CEO of Nate Tubbs Events & Promotions sys they're looking to do a lot of shows down here. For the first time in the history of Corbin Arena, professional boxing is coming to town on June 25th. The event is the first of four at Corbin Arena as part of the "Lives Matter, Put Down the Drugs & Pick Up the Gloves" boxing series. Tubbs says a portion of the proceeds from each event will go Operation UNITE; a non-profit charity to fight narcotics addiction in Kentucky. Tubbs' brother Tony, a former WBA Heavyweight Champion and sparring partner of Kentucky native Muhammad Ali, says just like the sport of boxing, battling drug addiction is a fight too. It's a fight the Tubbs' brothers intend on winning one step at a time. Tickets go on sale later this week on Ticketmaster.com.
The London Police Department and Laurel Sheriff's Department joined forces in arresting three teenagers for vandalizing concession stands and a press boxes. Officers say they were alerted about a burglary involving four concession stands and a press box. The burglarized concession stands include South London Little League, North Laurel Little League, North Laurel High School and North Laurel Middle School. The damages are said to be in excess of approximately $1,000 at each location. One of the individuals was caught with a football helmet that was stolen from one of the facilities and was giving concessions away at one of the local restaurants in London. The teen told deputies where to find the other two kids involved in the alleged vandalism. After tracking the boys down, one ran from police and surrendered a couple hours later. The teens, ages 15, 16, and 17, were arrested by London Police. Police said all of them had disciplinary issues in the past and were currently being homeschooled. When asked what caused them to burglarize and destroy these facilities, police said the teens told them they were bored.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were called out to Corbin Walmart on a complaint that two people were in the store that appeared to be intoxicated creating a disturbance with two small children. When deputies arrived they found the two outside near their vehicle and determined that one of them, 23 year old Brandi Leigh Reeves, was intoxicated. She reportedly admitted to taking neurotin that she got from a friend and had smoked meth. Reeves was charged with public intoxication – controlled substances and disorderly conduct. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Corbin News Journal is reporting firefighters were called to Baptist Health Corbin Friday morning to battle a vehicle fire in one of the hospital’s loading docks. Firefighters said the van, belonging to Tri Tech, was destroyed by the blaze. Firefighters were paged to the scene in response to a call of a pressure washer fire. Captain Doug Brock said when they got there the fire was rolling. Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within a few minutes. However, the van and all of the equipment inside was destroyed. Firefighters said the company, based out of Lancaster, had been contracted by the hospital to clean the hood vents in the kitchen. The hospital suffered no damage to the fire