Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a man has been indicted on a warrant related to a drug investigation. Deputies arrested 55 year James Helton at his home in East Bernstadt. He is accused of conspiring to distribute five grams or more of meth. He also faces a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge. While at the home, three other people were arrested, 33 year old Melissa Helton, 53 year old Carl Helton, and 33 year old Debra Vaughn are also facing meth charges. All four were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting two people have been arrested on unrelated shoplifting charges this week at Walmart in Corbin. Deputy Larry Parrott and Constable Keith Dinsmore arrested 35 year old Gary Neal of Corbin after officers received a complaint that a man had allegedly stolen items from Walmart and had driven away. Deputies found the vehicle and recovered the reported stolen items nearby. In addition to the shoplifting charges Neal was also charged with DUI and other traffic offenses. In the other case Deputy Milton Storm arrested 44 year old Martha Gray of Barbourville after she was detained by Walmart's loss prevention team. Gray was charged with shoplifting. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reporting a car crash near Science Hill sent three people to the hospital Monday. It happened at the intersection of Highway 1247 and North 27. Deputies say 86 year old Robert Hyden was driving when he pulled out in the path of a car driven by 54 year old Sherman Meece. Meece had two passengers, 23 year old Christopher Meece and 40 year old Kathy Meece. Hyden was flown to UK Hospital in Lexington. Christopher and Kathy were taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
A judge has rejected a settlement between the state of Kentucky and a coal mining company over water quality monitoring violations from several years ago. Frasure Creek Mining was accused of falsifying reports on water discharges from its eastern Kentucky mining operations, which are required by law. In December 2010, state officials reached a $310,000 proposed settlement with the company, but environmental groups argued that the fines were not high enough. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd later allowed the groups to intervene in the case. On Monday, Shepherd rejected the proposed settlement, writing in a ruling that it "fails to impose penalties that would deter this conduct." The same environmental groups filed another court motion earlier this month against Frasure Creek, alleging the company had resumed filing false reports.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting the arrest of a Beattyville man after he led police on a chase and tried to pull a gun on them. Deputies were called out to the dollar store on Johnson Road just east of London where a man was reportedly under the influence falling over several times, with a shopping cart ending up on top of him. As they arrived the man, later identified as 25 year old Justin Cater, was leaving the scene in an SUV and refused to pull over and tried to elude officers. Cater continued onto 192 at speeds of up to 90 mph. He eventually lost control on Mardis Street crashing into an embankment. As officers tried to get him out of the vehicle he reportedly tried to get a .22 revolver out. During the scuffle Cater dropped the gun to the floor and was taken into custody. Cater was charged with fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, assault, wanton endangerment, and several traffic and weapons charges. Cater was transported to UK Medical Center for treatment of injuries from the crash. No photo is currently available.
WKYT-TV is reporting in the past week or so, several dogs have been reported stolen in Pulaski County and surrounding areas. Over the weekend, a woman in Rockcastle County says four boxers have gone missing just on her street alone. Last week seven dogs were reported stolen in Garrard County, now owners in Pulaski County are opening up about similar situations. Investigators say it seems the missing dogs are mostly boxers. Many fear they're being taken for breeding, selling or fighting. The director of the Garrard County Animal Shelter says she’s heard of about 20 dogs between Lancaster and Somerset where the owners believe the dogs were stolen. In Pulaski County a Facebook group has been created to try and find the missing dogs.
Kentucky State Police Post 11, in London, has kicked off their fifth annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive. The campaign runs through Dec. 16 and is designed to collect non perishable food items for needy families. The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need during the holiday season. Public Affairs Officer Lloyd Cochran says suggested donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. Last year KSP collected 124,000 pounds of food.
Two coal companies have announced the layoffs of 190 workers in Kentuckyand West Virginia. A statement from St. Louis-based Patriot Coal says 130 workers have been idled immediately at its Corridor G Mining Complex. Patriot cites the struggling coal market and a difficult regulatory environment for the layoffs. Alpha Natural Resources says in Kentucky, 12 workers will be idled from Alpha's Taylor Fork mine while 26 others will work for an undetermined amount of time to remove equipment and close the mine. In a statement, the Bristol, Virginia-based company cited an oversupply of thermal coal.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of two people after a domestic violence call. Deputies were dispatched to Mansfield Lane, 3 miles west of London where Daniel Mansfield age 40 of Decatur, Georgia was allegedly intoxicated and reportedly had pushed his mother and cursed her. Deputies also learned Mansfield had an outstanding warrant out of Clay County. Following a brief struggle deputies arrested him and charged him with assault – domestic violence; terroristic threatening; resisting arrest and menacing. Also arrested was Lisa West age 29 of Barbourville who was there with Mansfield. She had reportedly barricaded herself inside a room with Mansfield. West was charged with terroristic threatening and resisting arrest. Both were lodged in the Laurel County detention center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a resident got a call from someone saying they had won $368,000 and a Mercedes-Benz. The caller said the person would have to purchase a $390.00 prepaid debit card to cover taxes and processing. The caller reportedly had a heavy eastern accent and claimed to be an FBI agent. Sgt E.R. Rudder continues to investigate. Sheriff Root says do not give out any personal identifying information about yourself over the phone. Do not send money if requested to do so for any reason, for instance if you are told you have won a prize and need to send money to pay a processing fee or taxes. Contact the Laurel County Sheriff's office if you have any questions at 864-6600.