A motorcyclist was flown to UK Hospital Tuesday after a serious crash in Laurel County. The sheriff's office says the crash happened on KY 552 at Tackett Road, south of London. Around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, a car heading west on KY 552 turned in front of a motorcycle going eastbound and collided. Deputies say the motorcycle driver laid the motorcycle down, trying to avoid being hit, but did not avoid it. The driver of the car, Courtney Stacy, age 23, was not injured. The motorcycle rider, Greg Bateman, age 28, of Lily was flown to UK Hospital with critical injuries. Stacy was cited for driving on a medically suspended license.
A trio of Memphis, Tenn. residents were caught in Corbin allegedly trying to defraud Kroger stores in towns all along I-75 by attempting to cash fraudulent payroll checks. Taken into custody by Corbin Police were: 36-year-old Ulysses Hentz, 24-year-old Marcus Simmons and 35-year-old Patricia Johnson. All three were charged with two counts of theft by deception including cold checks under $10,000 and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Jones said when they tried to cash the checks at the Kroger store on Cumberland Falls Hwy. they were refused. Management from that store contacted the other Kroger store, at Corbin Station on US 25E, and warned them of the potential scam. Rob Jones, Public Information Officer for the Corbin Police Department said when the three arrived at the Corbin Station Kroger Store, authorities were alerted. Hentz, Simmons and Johnson were all lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
The City of Corbin will receive a $250,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Justice that will pay for two police officers to work as school resource officers with the Corbin Independent School System. According to the Corbin News Journal the announcement for the grant award came Monday. Corbin is one of only three communities in Kentucky to receive the grant funds from the Building Safer Communities grant. Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams said he thinks its a win-win situation for both the schools and the city. Mark Daniels, Director of Support Services for the Corbin Independent School District, said the officers could be in place soon.
A new bust of former Kentucky Gov. Bert T. Combs has been unveiled at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, where Combs graduated in 1930 and where a scholarship in his name is established. Combs' widow, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Sara Combs, unveiled the bust along with university President Jim Taylor in an event leading up to 125th homecoming activities over the weekend. Combs said there's no other place where her husband is remembered and respected as he is in Williamsburg. Bert T. Combs was governor from 1959 to 1963. He died in 1991. The bust was unveiled in the foyer of the Cumberland Inn.
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation received a federal grant for the expansion of American Health Management. Officials with KHIC say they expect the more than $740,000 grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services will create 40 new jobs in Southeastern Kentucky. Senator Mitch McConnell contacted the department in support of KHIC's application to help secure the funds.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of two people on drug charges. Deputies were called out to investigate a possible meth lab on Dow Adkins Lane, 9 miles South of London. Deputies arrested James Wagers age 44 of Wagers Road, Lily after he was found with several bags of a crystal substance in a makeup bag, along with digital scales, and 15.7 grams of methamphetamine and Suboxone strips. He was also charged on a Whitley County bench warrant for failure to appear on drug charges. Also arrested was Vickie Bolton age 57 of Dow Adkins Road, Lily after she was found in possession of suboxone strips, Xanax, two digital scales, a Glass pipe with residue and several small bags. Both were lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting an arrest following a hit and run accident. Deputy Larry Parrott arrested Joshua Chapel age 29 of Corbin on KY 770, approximately 11 miles South of London following an investigation into a non-injury crash at the intersection of KY 312 And Martin St. Allegedly Chapel ran through a stop sign and struck another vehicle and then fled the scene. Deputy Parrot eventually located Chapel and determined he was under the influence. Chapel was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid or assistance; and failure to maintain required insurance. Chapel reportedly said he fled the scene because he was scared. He was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.
A Corbin woman has been indicted on charges she intentionally exposed several people to hepatitis C at a hospital. 29-year-old Tiffany Myers faces charges including second-degree assault. Police say Myers was arrested earlier this month after she forcefully removed an IV from her arm August 5th at Knox County Hospital, knowing she suffers from hepatitis C. Police say she purposefully slung her infected blood across the room, potentially exposing officers and medical personnel. One nurse reported having blood land in her eye. Police say Myers also allegedly attempted to spit on law enforcement and medical staff while they tried to restrain her. Myers is being held at the Clay County Detention Center.
Firefighters credit an alert from a local coroner on an early morning run for helping to prevent more severe damage to a landmark building Monday. The building in downtown Williamsburg houses a flower shop, a beauty shop, an attorney's office, and a Masonic lodge. Were it not for a late night coroner's call that led to the county coroner hearing what the fire chief said was the sound of an explosion, the block might not have housed anything come Monday morning. Randall Partin of the Masonic lodge noted the lodge had just begun renovations on the building that has been around for close to 100 years.
Two Knox County men have been arrested in Maryland after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars of Ginseng root. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Terry Blankenship of Dewitt and Daniel Warren of Cannon were arrested after Maryland State Troopers say they found them digging up ginseng from a garden in Western Maryland. Troopers say the men had extracted more than 10 pounds of ginseng root, which is used in a variety of nutritional supplements and energy drinks. Warren and Blankenship have been charged with felony theft and trespassing.