A Georgia fugitive who escaped prison in 1979 and was arrested in southern Kentucky last week has agreed to be sent back to Georgia. During a hearing in Laurel County on Tuesday morning, Billy Burchfield waived his extradition back in Georgia. Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies say a man by the name of Billy Burchfield managed to avoid authorities for 37 years. When detectives found the 67-year-old in Laurel County last week, he denied his name was Burchfield and that he was a fugitive. He claims he is a man named Harold Arnold. Deputies said that is an assumed name, which belonged to one of his deceased cousins. Authorities said they ran his prints, confirming his identity as Burchfield. Burchfield was serving a 16-year sentence in Georgia for manslaughter when he escaped from prison. Since then, deputies say he has flown under the radar. Neighbors say the man deputies now say is Burchfield was the owner of a gas station and a restaurant in Laurel County for several years.
The Corbin News Journal is reporting a Williamsburg woman, who is already serving a 10-year prison sentence for manslaughter for her role in the killing of her two-year-old daughter in 2013, was ordered to pay $3,295 in restitution for her role in an unconnected case. 38 year old Trina Michelle White had been scheduled to stand trial in connection with a 2013 indictment that charged her with two counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000. Instead, she pleaded guilty to both charges in exchange for prosecutors recommending a three-year prison sentence that is to be served consecutively, or in addition to her sentence in the manslaughter case. White's co-defendant, Jason Davis, pleaded guilty to the same charges in early 2014 and also received a three-year prison sentence. Davis and White were involved in a relationship and had a child together, Madisyn Davis, who was killed on Nov. 20, 2013, by White's then boyfriend, Mark Shane Hyden.
McKee in Jackson County is now the 14th certified Kentucky Trail Town. State and local officials celebrated the designation at a ceremony Wednesday morning. Kentucky Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Don Parkinson says tourism is the third biggest industry in Kentucky and it's growing. The designation means McKee will now be advertised alongside other Kentucky Trail Towns in the hopes of capitalizing on the area's natural beauty. McKee sits at the crossroads of the Sheltowee Trace Trail that runs from Rowan County into Tennessee and U.S. Bicycle Route 76, also known as the TransAmerica Trail. By making Jackson County a destination for folks with an appetite for the outdoors, officials hope to give local businesses a boost.
The Kentucky State Police are reporting troopers conducted an investigation into suspected drug activity at a residence on West Pine Hill Road in London. During the investigation they discovered Marijuana, prescription medications, drug paraphernalia and cash. There was a woman and two small children at the residence during the investigation. She was not charged, however Shawn Roark was arrested and charged with several drug offenses including endangering the welfare of a minor. The investigation is continuing.
The 2016 Laurel County Relay For Life will be held Saturday at the Laurel London Optimist Complex off West 80 in London. The event will be held from noon until midnight. The Relay For Life is a fun family event where teams and individuals take turns walking the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society. A luminaria ceremony, survivors lap and other events are planned throughout the event. Many teams will also heve items for sale. Again, all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. We will have a live broadcast from the event from 11 until 1.
Laurel County’s Chris McQueen was in Lexington recently, where he was not only recognized as the Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the year for Region 4 based in London, but was named the state’s Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the Year. As one of the six regional award winners, McQueen was nominated for the Jason Cammack CVE Officer of the Year Award. The award is named in memory of the CVE officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2000. McQueen said despite the name “vehicle enforcement,” the job is split 50-50 between vehicle regulation enforcement and law enforcement. He said his favorite part of the job is interacting the public, especially in situations where he can be of help.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a traffic stop resulted in drug arrest. A deputy noticed an SUV pull onto South Highway 25 from a side road without stopping. He pulled the vehicle over and found the driver, 32 year old Micheal S. McCormick of Corbin, had a suspended license. He also appeared to be intoxicated. McCormick had smoked marijuana and had taken Percocet and Suboxone. A search turnrd up a marijuana joint, and an unopened Suboxone strip package. Also in the vehicle with McCormick was his 2 male children ages nine and 12. In addition of the drug and traffic charges he was charged with wanton endangerment. McCormick was lodged in the Laurel County detention Center.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is investigating a phone scam in the county where people receive calls saying they've won a mega million cash prize. The caller says they were selected because they are in a group of people who continuously paid their bills on time. They are told that they need to send some money and call a phone number to collect the prize winnings. Investigators attempted to call the phone number and only got a voicemail. Sheriff John Root says if anyone receives a call like this, disregard it.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies are investigating the theft of a trailer stolen from the Golden Eagle Subdivision, 3 miles south of London off Ky 229 this past Friday or Saturday (June 17th or June 18th). The trailer is described as a red tandem axle box trailer with black letters saying "Sloan's Hardwood and Tile". The trailer contained numerous carpenter tools inside it. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff's office at 864-6600 or 878-7000. Information will be strictly confidential.
The Williamsburg Police Department is warning drug users that Flakka mixed with Crystal Methamphetamine "ICE" is making a second wave through Whitley County particularly in the City of Williamsburg. In the past week officers have seen two serious cases of this deadly synthetic drug. They say if you are not familiar with this drug educate yourself about it's affects. Police Chief Wayne Byrd says dealers will often cut "Flakka" with meth, without the buyer knowing. It can seriously catalyze the effects of a high. He says "Flakka" looks so much like meth users can mistake the two in appearance. Officers say they are putting in extra hours to make sure these drugs, especially "Flakka" is taken off the streets. If you have information about someone who is selling this drug contact the Williamsburg Police Department at 549-6087 or 549-6038.