Two London Based Cardiologists Reach Settlement

Two London based cardiologists will pay $380,000 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act. Officials with The Department of Justice claim the duo owned Cumberland Clinic and entered into sham agreements with St. Joseph Hospital. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the deal with Satyabrata Chatterjee and Ashwini Anand Tuesday. A news release said the two did not admit liability as part of the deal. Under those agreements, investigators say they were paid to provide management services. They also claim the pair entered into an exclusive agreement with the hospital to refer the clinic's patients to the hospital for services in violation of the Stark Law. St. Joseph previously settled claims with the government in a 16.5 million dollar deal.

Four Arrested On Meth Charges In Knox County In Traffic Stop

A traffic stop in Knox County led to four arrests. An officer says he stopped a truck on Standard Avenue in Corbin. While he was searching the car, he says he found two backpacks in the bed of the truck. Following further investigation, both were filled with items to make meth. The driver, 32 year old Brian Smith and passengers 33 year old Casey Smith, 31 year old Pamela Hensley and 27 year old Anthony Martin all face manufacturing meth charges and possession of meth precursor charges.

Man Charged With Assault After Online Romance Goes Sour

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a Georgia man charged with assaulting a woman has told deputies he thought she didn't match the description she had given on the Internet. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo says 33-year-old Cornelius Jefferson of Monroe, Georgia moved to Laurel County to be with the woman, whom he had met online. Acciardo says the documentation for the assault charge didn't say how the woman described herself online or what Jefferson thought she should be. Acciardo says Jefferson choked the woman, threw food on her and then left with his suitcases. The woman's identity was not released. Deputies arrested Jefferson about seven miles north of London. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

 

Vehicle-Deer Collisions Increase During Breeding Season

This is the main breeding season for whitetail deer, and Kentucky officials say the last three months of the year is responsible for about half of the wrecks involving deer. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Department's Gabe Jenkins says drivers should take into consideration the time of day and surroundings as they travel. He says deer are most active around dawn and dusk as they look for mates. Jenkins says swerving to miss a deer may confuse the animal so only steer to avoid hitting a deer if it can be done safely. Also, wear a seat belt and pay attention to yellow highway signs identifying deer crossing hot spots. Last year, 2,985 vehicle-deer collisions were reported.

 

Deputies Looking For Attempted Break-In Suspect In Laurel County

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is trying to track down an armed man accused of trying to break into a woman's apartment. It happened around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Corbin Manor Apartments. Deputies say a man with a handgun was beating on the back door of a woman's apartment. Deputies said the man wanted to take the woman's children. When officers arrived, the man took off towards some woods near the apartment. The woman told deputies she didn't know the man. The man is described as about six feet tall and around 180 pounds with a dark complexion. He had long, red hair that was pulled up into a ponytail and a long beard. If you have any information contact the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864–6600 or 878–7000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Police Searching For Shoplifting Suspects In Laurel County

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is trying to track down two men in connection to a shoplifting. On Sunday night, deputies say a white male in a brown jacket wearing a ball cap stole some boots from the Corbin Walmart. When employees confronted him, he ran off. Deputies say he also dropped a knife as he pulled it out of his pocket during the chase. They say the second man described as wearing a T-shirt with a jacket draped around his shoulders ran off with him. If you have any information contact the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864–6600 or 878–7000. Callers may remain anonymous.

TECO Coal Sold To Booth Energy

An announcement by TECO Energy to sell its coal mining subsidiary could impact more than 700 miners from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. Cambrian Coal Corporation, which is part of Booth Energy Group, is purchasing TECO Energy's coal mining subsidiary $170 million. Officials said TECO wants to return the company to it's roots, which is electric and gas utilities. TECO Energy Media Spokesperson Cherie Jacobs said the coal market played an indirect role in the decision, but it was not the primary reason behind it. It's still not known if there will be layoffs. TECO Energy representatives expect to close the deal by the end of this year. Booth Energy officials have not commented.

 

London Man Facing Assault Charges After Allegedly Choking A Woman

Laurel County Sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a fight between a man and woman on Dogwood Trace, approximately 5 miles South of London. They were reportedly fighting in the driveway of residence there and the man was allegedly choking the woman. When officers arrived they noticed marks on the woman's neck. The woman told deputies she had been choked. Justin Anders, age 26 of Catching St., London was arrested and charged with assault. He was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.

Laurel County Man Arrested After Deputies Find Meth Under Baby Bed

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting the arrest of a man for possession of a controlled substance. Richard Ehlers, age 39, was arrested after deputies responded to a complaint of a possible active meth lab on Hensley Road in East Bernstadt. Deputies say they searched Ehler's home and found a cooler under a baby bed with bags of suspected methamphetamine, three glass pipes containing methamphetamine, two bags of marijuana and seven packs of suboxone. Deputies say Ehlers told them that he hid the cooler under the infant's baby bed where the child sleeps. A 15-month-old child and a 9-year-old child were also in the home at the time of the arrest. Ehlers was charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; wanton endangerment, theft by unlawful taking and possession of marijuana.

Laurel County Man Arrested On Meth Charges

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested on meth charges. Officers went to Lewiston road, 1 mile West of London and found Douglas Gordon Hubbard age 58 with an active one step meth lab. Hubbard was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.