Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting the arrest of three people during a traffic stop. Deputies saw a pickup weaving on I-75 and pulled it over. Officers determined the driver, 31 year old Chris Rogers of Williamsburg, was under the influence. Officers say Rogers told them he was taking his prescribed medication – Suboxone and Klonopin. The passengers were also determined to be under the influence, 32 year old Melissa Bennett and 38 year old Casey Adkins both of Williamsburg. Both reportedly admitted to snorting Suboxone. All three were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a Woodbine man, who had three outstanding warrants for his arrest, led police on a foot chase that ended in a wooded swampy area. Deputies developed information on the whereabouts of 32 year old Terry Mullis. They found him walking along the roadway. Mullis led police into a swampy area where they caught him. In a search Mullis was found with a case filled with hypodermic needles, a plastic spoon and small plastic baggies containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine. In addition to the warrants Mullis was charged with fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a man after he allegedly tried to burn down his girlfriend's home. Deputies were called out to a home on Locust Grove Road, about 7 miles west of London, where 22 year old Daniel Boggs allegedly choked and hit his girlfriend before trying to set her home on fire. Boggs had fled the scene before officers arrived. Police eventually found him walking on the side of the road. Deputies say he admitted to drinking vodka and starting the fire. A small part of the house was burned but the Keavy Volunteer Fire Department put it out quickly. Boggs is charged with arson, assault, domestic violence and public intoxication. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
A North Carolina duo, both fugitives, are being linked to a series of daylight burglaries in the area following their arrest last week by local authorities. Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Penland and 21-year-old Brittany Warren are currently facing charges of second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property, as well as for being fugitives from another state. Whitley County Constable Ron "Bubba" Bowling said Penland and Warren were spotted last week acting suspiciously near the Tattersall subdivision near Corbin. When they were pulled over thier car was packed with random items. Police say there have been several home break-ins recently in Whitley and Laurel Counties and they believe the two are responsible for more than a few of them. Why they were in Corbin is a mystery. Bowling says beware of people knocking on doors to see if residents are home. He advises everyone to make sure you lock all doors when you are away and arm any security systems.
Officials say they've found Suboxone strips in several pairs of glasses that were brought into the Clay County Detention Center. Officers say they noticed a lot of their inmates were having issues with their vision, which required reading glasses. But they say those glasses were actually being used to smuggle in narcotics. A tip led officers to take apart a pair of glasses delivered to an inmate. They say with help from their drug dog Suboxone was found stuffed in the hollow ear pieces. In one case the glasses were mailed, but in several others friends and family members were slipping the glasses in during visitation. Officials say those people may now end up in the detention center themselves.
A former Knox County business owner is facing multiple federal fraud charges for allegedly floating funds between the businesses costing National City and Whitaker banks more than $1.4 million when the checks written on one business account and deposited into another was returned due to insufficient funds. The Corbin News Journal is reporting 52 year old Gregory Wilcheck of Corbin was indicted in U.S. District Court in London on two counts of defrauding a financial institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The alleged fraud reportedly occurred between October and November 2008. Wilcheck was majority owner and operator of Myers Chevrolet and some other businesses which have since dissolved. While the maximum prison sentence is up to a year in jail, prosecutors are asking the court to order Wilcheck return all of the money.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a Corbin woman accused of slashing a man with what police describe as, “a large knife.” Deputies were called out to the home of 51-year-old Susan Foley on Berkshire Street off of Standard Ave. Officers noted they had been called to the residence multiple times on domestic complaints. Foley told officers the man, whose name or relationship to Foley wasn't released, spit on her. The man suffered a single wound to the right arm. Due to the loss of blood deputies insisted he go to the hospital. Foley was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. She is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 3 in Knox District Court.
Two people were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center Tuesday morning following a two-vehicle crash just off of exit 29 in north Corbin. Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran, public affairs officer at Post 11 in London, said 37-year-old James F. Jones of Woodbine pulled off of the southbound exit ramp striking a vehicle driven by 65-year-old Douglas G. Holt of Corbin, who was travelling west on 25E. Holt’s vehicle continued across the intersection striking a metal utility pole. Crews had to extricate Jones from his vehicle. Jones and Holt were airlifted from the scene. Jones is listed in fair condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Holt’s condition wasn't available at the time of the report. 26-year-old Natasha L. Melton, who was a passenger in Jones’ vehicle, was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Corbin. Cochran said neither drugs nor alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash. Trooper Millard Root is continuing the investigation.
The London Police Department reports a deadly crash Tuesday morning on the Hal Rogers Parkway took the life of a Laurel County high school student. Officers say the preliminary investigation revealed 17-year-old Jacob Downey was driving a pickup eastbound when he crossed into the west bound lanes of the parkway and into the path of a Utility Boom truck operated by Hunter Bunch of Oneida, Tenn. Downey was pronounced dead at the scene by the Laurel County Coroner’s Office. Bunch was transported to Saint Joseph London. London Police say the investigation is continuing.