Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were able to identify and arrest a man who had escaped a traffic stop last month. On April 16th an officer passed by a speeding car and attempted to pull it over. The car sped up and drove erratically leading the deputy on a high speed chase. The driver finally stopped and as the officer got out of his cruiser and approached the car it sped off again and wasn't located. An investigation led to identifying the driver as 20 year old William Karr of Lily and an arrest warrant was issued. Karr was arrested and charged with fleeing or evading police and several other traffic offenses. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The London Police Department is reporting the arrest of three people after a high speed chase. An officer noticed a Dodge Charger driving without headlights at 1:20 in the morning. When the officer tried to pull them over they sped off initiating a pursuit across several roads. The car reportedly rounded curves on the wrong side of the road made turns at high speeds. The chase finally ended at the roundabout on 363 where officers had blocked the road. The driver, 25 year old Jonathan Barrett of London, was arrested and charged with several traffic offenses. His passengers, 46 year old Keithland Barrett and 46 year old Tracy McCowan both of London were also arrested after officers found them to be under the influence. They also found narcotics on them not in the proper container. Along with the drug charges Barrett was also charged with resisting arrest. All three were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
A Clay County man has answered to charges after police say he shot his pregnant girlfriend. The woman, 35-year-old Alisha Tye, later died and police say 52 year old Samuel Cornett will face murder and fetal homicide charges. Cornett is being held on a $750,000 cash only bond. Relatives say Cornett and Tye had been arguing because she had told him that she wanted to leave him. Tye sought refuge from the fight at Cornett's aunt's home near the home the couple shared on Skull Branch road. Amanda Ross says Cornett broke in and hit her and several others and then went to the back bedroom where he found Tye. Tye was taken to UK hospital where she died. Right now Cornett is charged with murder, domestic violence, 5 counts of wanton endangerment, assault, and burglary.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office say deputies were called out to a home off Roy Dugger Road where a people were allegedly fighting. When officers arrived they found 49 year old Stephanie Deible who was obviously very intoxicated. Deible had apparently been fighting with her brother and her sister and had allegedly punched her sister. During the investigation Deible continued to scream and curse at her neighbors and her sister and asked a deputy several times if he had a Roxy 30. She reportedly attempted to get EMS personnel to give her drugs in an IV. She told officers she had used drugs within the last 24 hours and had drank beer all day before fighting with her siblings. Deible was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence, public intoxication – controlled substances and disorderly conduct. She was also charged on a Laurel County warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court. Deible was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, in London, which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at various locations. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce traffic laws, especially seatbelt adherence, sobriety and insurance and registration violations.
Kentucky State Police continue to investigate after a Clay County woman was fatally shot after fleeing her home and her boyfriend now faces charges. The Fayette County coroner's office said in a statement that 35-year-old Alisha Tye was pronounced dead Sunday of a gunshot wound at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Trooper Lloyd Cochran in London says in a statement that the shooting occurred early Saturday during a domestic dispute. Cochran says Tye fled her Manchester home to a neighbor's house to get away from her boyfriend, 52-year-old Samuel Cornett. Cochran says Cornett allegedly followed her, forced his way inside the neighbor's home and shot her. Cornett was arrested on numerous charges and held in the Clay County Detention Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a man is facing charges after police say he crashed his jeep while driving drunk. The crash happened on Highway 472 near London. Deputies say 56 year old Robert Bundy lost control of his SUV and it went down an embankment. Bundy was airlifted to U.K. Hospital and his passenger was taken to St. Joseph-London. Deputies say Bundy admitted to drinking 14 beers before the crash. At last report Bundy was still in the hospital, but has been charged with DUI and having no operator's license.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says two men were jailed after deputies found crystal meth during a traffic stop. Officers report 33 year old Ricky Smith of Gray was stopped by deputies after they saw his vehicle cross the center lane. Smith passed a field sobriety test but a hypodermic needle was in plain sight in the vehicle’s floorboard. Police said the needle prompted a search that revealed more needles, digital weighing scales and small plastic bags. In a driver’s side compartment, deputies found approximately seven grams of a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. They also found more than $4,000 cash on Smith. Smith was arrested and charged with trafficking meth, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and improper equipment. A passenger in the vehicle, 35 year old Jerry Smith, was arrested for a warrant for failure to appear in court. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a trespassing complaint at the KU substation on East Pittsburgh Church Road. Officers found 32 year old Christopher Johnson of London inside the fenced in and gated electric substation. Johnson had allegedly been seen breaking into the chain link fenced in area by cutting a hole in it. Deputies say Johnson told them he saw some items laying on the ground inside the fence and was going to take them. He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. He was also charged on a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear in court. Johnson was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were called out to a home on Braxton Lane where people were allegedly fighting. When deputies arrived at the scene they found 36 year old Eric Lee Smith of London outside and determined he was under the influence. An investigation revealed Smith had allegedly pushed his girlfriend down after they had been arguing. He was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence, public intoxication – control substances and disorderly conduct. He was also charged on a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear in court. Smith was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.