Laurel County Dispatch is reporting Southbound I-75 was shut down in Laurel County due to a crane blocking the road. Officials say the driver of the crane lost control in a curve near mile marker 48, and the rig went sideways across the highway and became stuck. The driver was not hurt. Police set up a detour at exit 49 while crews worked to remove the crane.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting the discovery of over 60 meth labs at a home on Paris Karr Road, 12 miles south of London Wednesday night. The road was closed for safety reasons while officials dismantled the labs. Deputies say they found 62 meth labs, 12 HCL generators and 200 pounds of meth related byproducts. Police arrested David Heard, age 41, of Richmond and Scotty Lewis, age 37, of Corbin. Both were charged with 74 counts of manufacturing meth and trafficking in a controlled substance. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Detectives Jason Back and James Sizemore Continue to investigate.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting deputies responded to a robbery complaint at Emma Apartments on Robert E Cox road, 10 miles South of London. Apparently a Pepsi employee was refilling a pop machine when a man attempted to take his money bag. After a short struggle the suspect fled on foot. Deputies determined the suspect was 26 year Roger Ramey, a resident of the apartments. During a search of the area Ramey was spotted near I- 75. He tried to flee but after a brief scuffle deputies took him into custody. Deputies also found a needle on Ramey. He was charged with robbery, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, tampering with physical evidence and criminal trespassing. He was also wanted on a Bell County bench warrant for failure to appear in court; and a Knox County bench warrant for fleeing or evading police. Ramey was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office responded to a non-injury collision involving a Pulaski County school bus Tuesday morning. Deputies were dispatched to Dahl-Elrod Road in eastern Pulaski County. Reportedly a car driven by Roger Johnson, age 48, of Shopville Road was north bound approaching a curve in the road. Johnson's vehicle was across the center line when he met the school bus. The bus, driven by Darla Mink, age 41, of Public Road, attempted to avoid the collision. Johnson lost control and skidded into the left side of the bus. The bus was carrying seven elementary students- none of which were injured. Neither of the drivers were hurt in the collision.
The London Police Department is reporting an accident on the Hal Rogers Parkway Tuesday morning. According to the report Billy Allen told officers he was sitting in the turning lane waiting to turn on to Moren Road when he was struck from behind by Kelly Smith of Richmond. Smith reportedly told police she had her phone in her hand and was adjusting her radio. Smith had to be extricated from the vehicle with the "Jaws of Life" and was airlifted from the scene to UK Hospital for treatment. Allen was reportedly not injured in the collision. Officer Jordan Hopkins is continuing the investigation.
A Knox County house explosion led to an arrest. Kentucky State Police arrested 28-year-old Christopher Wyatt. Wyatt is facing 3rd degree arson charges for a fire that happened near Corbin a little before eight Monday night. The home was destroyed, but West Knox Volunteer Fire Rescue Chief Darryl Baker said no one was hurt. Chief Baker said their focus is on the arson investigation. Christopher Wyatt was taken to the Knox County Detention Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a woman is facing shoplifting charges after she was accused of stealing from the Corbin Walmart. Deputies arrested Mandy Rice early Monday morning. They say Rice was concealing items and attempted to leave the store without paying. Rice also had two outstanding bench warrants for shoplifting, one in Laurel County and in Knox County. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
A Clay County woman will go on trial in less than one month for murder. A grand jury indicted Kristy Hicks last year. Police say she was driving on the wrong side of Kentucky 80 in Clay County when she hit a car driven by Sammy Gregory in 2012. Samantha Gray died in the crash. Along with murder, Hicks faces DUI and three counts of wanton endangerment. A trial date is set for September 23rd.
Students and staff at the University of the Cumberlands say it's a lesson in humility. Tuesday morning, the campus came together giving needy kids across Whitley County a day of fun and a brand new pair of shoes. More than 300 elementary school students packed the University of the Cumberlands gymnasium. When the Barefoot for Barefeet event was over, organizer Wes Chandler said each child walked away sporting a new pair of sneakers. The university partners with Samaritan's Feet, an organization giving hope to the nation's needy one step at a time. Organizers spend most of the year raising money for this annual event. Kids also took home a new pair of socks and a backpack full of school supplies.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies responded to a complaint that a burglar alarm had activated at a residence on US 25 approximately 6 miles North of London. When Deputy Larry Parrott pulled into the driveway he saw a man by a barn at the rear of the home. The man fled on foot into a field when Deputy Parrott got out to confront him. As Parrott investigated he noticed a vehicle parked nearby at a church and found items nearby that had apparently been stolen from the home. He also found a cell phone in the car and using information from it was able to locate the suspect a short time later near the house that had been burglarized. Arrested was David McQueen age 33 of Devil's Neck Rd., Corbin charged with burglary, fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication in a public place, and a Laurel County bench warrant for failure to appear in court on a shoplifting charge. McQueen was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.