Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were called out to a family dispute involving a grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter off KY 1223. When deputies arrived they determined the daughter, Julia Lawson age 41 of Williamsburg, was under the influence. Deputies also found she was in possession of prescription drugs not in the proper container. Lawson was arrested and charged with public intoxication and prescription controlled substances not in proper container. Also arrested was the granddaughter, 26 year old Larisa Gordon of Williamsburg charged with terroristic threatening. Gordon was also charged on a Whitley County warrant for drug offenses. Both were lodged in the Laurel County detention Center. Photos attached are courtesy of the Laurel County detention Center.
A manhunt Continues in Laurel County for a man who robbed a bank in London. London Police say a man robbed the Community Trust Bank near Shiloh Landing on West 80 Wednesday morning. They say he had a gun and ordered everyone to the floor. Police say he was dressed in black and wearing blue jeans. Four employees and one customer were inside the bank at the time. He reportedly did not hurt any of them. Police are not sure if he left on foot or if he had a car waiting for him.
The London Police Department is congratulating Officer Rick Cloyd for receiving the 2014 Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Award. The award recognizing law enforcement officers and agencies across the state who have saved lives through their extraordinary efforts to enforce impaired driving laws. The award was presented to Officer Cloyd on Tuesday, December 16th at Embassy Suites in Lexington, Ky. Pictured is Lieutenant Doug Thomas congratulating Officer Cloyd for receiving the award.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting Deputy Mikey Ashurst has received the Governor's Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement. The awards recognize law enforcement officers and agencies from across the state who have saved lives through their extraordinary efforts to reduce impaired driving. Deputy Ashurst represented the Laurel County Sheriff's Office for 2014 following his efforts to remove 55 impaired drivers from Laurel County's roadways this past year. Dui impaired drivers continue to be a leading cause of severe and fatal traffic crashes here and statewide. Pictured is Deputy Mikey Ashurst on the left displaying his award plaque with Laurel Sheriff's Lieutenant Chuck Johnson at Lexington's Award Banquet.
The fall forest fire hazard season has ended in Kentucky, but state forestry officials are urging continued caution when doing outdoor burning. State Division of Forestry Director Leah MacSwords says severe storms in recent years have increased the amount of dead and fallen trees. MacSwords says that's a particular concern for fire-suppression efforts. Forestry officials say timely precipitation this fall kept fire dangers low in the state. Since Jan. 1, 1,399 fires have burned 40,251 acres across the state. Officials say arson continues to be the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky, but many regions also showed an increase in debris fires. Officials say there have been 900 arson-related wildfires this year in Kentucky, 305 debris fires and 194 wildfires due to lightning, faulty equipment and other causes.
The Community Trust Bank located on West 80 at Shiloh Landing off I-75 exit 41 was robbed Wednesday morning. The London Police Department along with several other police agencies are searching for the robber. The suspect reportedly left the bank on foot. The investigation continues.
The Manchester Police Department is reporting a Clay County woman has been arrested after she was caught shoplifting during a shop with a cop event. Officers say Samantha Henson was hiding merchandise in her clothing at Wal-Mart in Manchester during the annual Shop with the Police event. Officer Jeff Couch arrested Henson for theft by unlawful taking. She was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.
The London Police Department reports Detective Sgt. Joe Smith and London/Laurel County Special Victims Detective Stacy Anderkin obtained an arrest warrant for 37-year-old Gregory A. Swartz, charging him with Rape and Assault. Allegedly in October Swartz sexually assaulted a child less than 16 years of age. The detectives received information that Swartz was living in the Van Lear community of Johnson County, Kentucky. Monday the Johnson County Sheriff's Department arrested Swartz. Swartz. At press time he was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center pending his transfer back to Laurel County.
A man has died in a Clay County house fire. The fire happened early Wednesday morning on Curry Branch Road, off Highway 80, south of Manchester. Clay County Coroner Danny Finley says 49 year old Matthew Collins died as a result of the fire. Four of his family members, including a child, were able to escape. Reportedly one of the surviving victims was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with severe smoke inhalation.
Two people are dead after a cattle trailer collided head on with another car in Jackson County. The crash reportedly happened near the Laurel/Jackson County line on Highway 30. Officials say KY 30 was closed for several hours Tuesday morning. Police say a truck driven by 46 year old Jerry “Smokie” McQueen was hauling goats when it collided with a car driven by 29 year old Frankie L. Sizemore just before 7 a.m., killing both drivers. Police report McQueen had just left his home on his way to the stock yards when the crash happened. Police are still investigating the cause the crash. Officials say they’re not sure if the weather was a factor.