The London Police Department is reporting officers were called out to a truck stop where an angry intoxicated woman was causing a disturbance. They found 32 year old Sarah Gilbert of London there attempting to climb over a stairwell that led to the roof of the building. The staff staff told police she was yelling at employees and costomers before going outside. Gilbert had to be physically removed by police from the stairwell as she was arrested. She admitted to officers she was a meth user. She was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
A former chief financial officer for the Whitley County Board of Education was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing money from the school. In an arrest warrant, Leigh Burke unlawfully transferred $16,588.94 into personal accounts. Burke later transferred $4,526.80 back to the school, the warrant noted. Burke was charged with theft by unlawful taking and abuse of the public trust.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to the Barbourville ARH Emergency Room where they were treating some ATV accident victims. Apparently 27 year old Derick Lee Roark of Girdler was operating an ATV with two eight year old children riding on as passengers. The accident occurred in the Davis Bend area of Knox County. Deputies determined Roark was under the influence. Roark was arrested and charged with DUI and Wanton Endangerment. Derick Roark was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. One of the eight year olds had a broken leg and was transported by ambulance to UK Medical Center in Lexington. The other eight year old was not injured. Social Services was also contacted.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Office is reporting the recovery of two stolen vehicles. Deputies responded to the I-75 rest area after a person reported a man slumped over a vehicle’s steering wheel. Officers found 36 year old Josh A. Abee of North Carolina and passenger, 31 year old Erin Absher of Indiana in a vehicle there and an investigation found that the car had been reported stolen from Morgantown, North Carolina. Abee was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, public intoxication and possession of a forged prescription. Absher was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. Meanwhile, deputies received information that another stolen vehicle from Knoxville could be found in the Whippoorwill Road area. Officers found the car at a house on Osborne Lane. 29 year old Arnold Lee Fee, Jr. of Bristol, Tennessee was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. All were lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a man after they say his car hit a house. Deputies charged 44 year old John Paul Sizemore with D.U.I. and leaving the scene of an accident. Deputies say Sizemore lost control of his car on Hawk Creek Road, ran off the road, hit a mailbox and then a house. No one was injured. Deputies say Sizemore walked away after the crash but they soon found him nearby. Sizemore reportedly admitted he had smoked marijuana. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
A Whitley County grand jury indicted Sonia Askins on murder and other charges. Police say in July, she was under the influence when she crashed into Teresa L. Ward and Joshua Bennett, killing both. Police say she admitted to taking a shot of moonshine, 10 milligrams of Oxycodone, 15 milligrams of Morphine and other prescribed medication before the crash.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is investigating vandalism at the old CTA building on Robert E. Cox Road, about 9 miles south of London. Deputies say someone broke into the lot there and vandalized a truck and other property. Invesigators are asking anyone with information to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600. Information will be strictly confidential.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of thieves looking to steal fall decorations. Faith Assembly of God in London caught someone stealing a wreath on camera recently. While the theft may not be serious to some, Laurel County Deputy Deputy Acciardo says theft is theft. To deter criminals Acciardo recommends locking your car and your house, have adequate lighting and use security cameras. No matter how many preventative measures you take, thieves may still try to steal something. Acciardo says if you find yourself a victim of theft, report it immediately.
The Kentucky State Police have released the name of a man killed in a Rockcastle County crash earlier this week. Troopers a the car driven by 67 year old Johnny Maybrier dropped off the right side of the road on Highway 70 near the Highway 150 intersection. The car then hit an embankment and flipped. Maybrier was airlifted to UK Hospital, where he later died. Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.
A Jellico, Tennessee man, who was arrested last week for allegedly being an Ohio fugitive in connection with a sex offender registration violation, is fighting extradition back to the buckeye state to answer charges. 31 year old Jason Johnson declined to waive extradition during his arraignment this week in Whitley District Court. A Whitley County deputy received a report of suspicious activity around a gas station near the Kentucky-Tennessee line. The deputy found Johnson there and an investigation revealed he was a wanted fugitive.