Many alleged drug dealers in Jackson County got an unexpected wake up call Tuesday morning. Police showed up at thier homes warrants. The arrests are the result of a five month investigation by Jackson County Police and Kentucky State Police. 36 warrants were issued; the majority of those for crimes related to drug trafficking. Jackson County Police managed to arrest 23 alleged offenders by Tuesday afternoon. One of the last stops in Tuesday's roundup was at a home in the Sandgap Community where police seized property that will be turned over to Kentucky State Police. Officers report they confiscated cash and a large amount of drugs ranging from marijuana to heroine. Right now, they say the most popular drug in Jackson County is suboxone. Police say after netting nearly two dozen alleged drug traffickers, they consider the drug roundup a huge success. More arrests are expected to be made in connection to the latest investigation.
According to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office Deputy Kenny Jones arrested Corina Jastal age 24 of Stony Fork Rd., Corbin. Jones was dispatched to Littontown road, 6 miles North of London after Jastal was found in a vehicle off Litton town road under the influence. Deputy Jones determined she was a danger to herself and others. She was arrested and charged with public intoxication – controlled substances, and lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies arrested a wanted man Tuesday night. The arrest occurred off Ky 312, approximately 11 miles South of London after deputies received information on the whereabouts of 41 year old Willie Cox. He was located hiding under a mobile home. Cox was arrested and charged with felony theft, and terroristic threatening. He was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.
Barbourville will have a new police chief soon. Barbourville Mayor Darren West says Chief Mike Broughton plans to retire September 1st. Broughton has served as chief for the last three years. He has spent more than 20 years with the department. Mayor West says there is no word yet on who will replace Broughton.
The London Police Department is reporting a Keavy man has admitted to having relations with a 15-year-old he met through Facebook. Officers arrested 32-year-old David Lester Monday following three-month investigation by Detective Stacy Anderkin. Anderkin said Lester and the minor met through the social media site and had been communicating that way for several months before they met in person and engaged in sexual activity. Under Kentucky Law, a 15-year-old cannot legally consent to sex with an adult. Anderkin added that Lester allegedly sent obsene phone text messages and pictures to the teen. Lester is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond. Anderkin said the case will be presented to a Laurel County grand jury when it next meets on Aug. 11. The grand jury is scheduled to return indictments on Aug. 15.
The Corbin News Journal reports four Corbin Police officers in danger of being laid off are keeping their jobs, for now. At this weeks meeting of the Corbin City Commission, a motion to eliminate the positions currently held by officers Jonathon Dean, Kyle Gray, Aaron Peace and Lonnie Sawyers was put forth in an effort to keep the department within budget. Some business owners in attendance asked if there was no other way to balance the city budget, noting the police department is one of the city’s essential services and should be among the last to suffer because of budget issues. Police Chief David Campbell complimented the four officers, noting from the time they were hired, they have been among the four hardest working officers he has. Campbell said the uncertainty about the future of the officers has sent morale in the department plummeting. In the end no one would second the motion, leaving it to die.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were called out on a verbal domestic complaint at a home on Old Crab Orchard Road. Deputies in route located a man and woman, later identified as Buddy Allen age 28 and Christina wagers age 28 both of East Bernstadt, walking along
WKYT-TV is reporting a Knox County Couple were arrested after a child was allegedly scalded in hot water. Sierra Shephard and Tyrone Person were lodged in the Knox County jail after, police say, they put Shephard's child in scalding water. From jail, Shephard says the only thing she did wrong was wait to tell police what happened and get her son the help he needed. She said he has to have skin grafts done on his feet and possibly the back of his legs. Shephard's two-year-old son, Bryce, is at a Lexington hospital. Shephard is charged with criminal abuse, but claims the child was injured at the hands of her boyfriend while she was away from their Knox County home. Person said it happened as he was giving him a bath. Shephard says she wanted to get her son help but Person told her not to call anyone or he would hurt her. Several days later Shephard said she decided he needed medical care and took him to a Corbin hospital. She says she no longer believes the bath story. Both Person and Shephard face charges of criminal abuse. Police say a mother doesn't have to be present when the abuse happened to be charged.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies arrested a man on intoxication and resisting arrest charges. The Sheriff's Office recieved a complaint from a woman on East Pittsburg Church Road who said her son was at her house drunk, disorderly and tearing up her house by breaking items in the home. When deputies arrived the man,
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office investigated vandalism at the Borden's lot along US 25 North. Deputies say they found thousands of dollars worth of damage. Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo said at least 10 trucks had broken windows and windshields and damaged computers inside trucks. He said they took things out of the trucks and threw them on the ground. Acciardo says a worker nearby noticed people in the parking lot early in the morning and called it in. They say they followed tracks from the scene to a nearby home and found a group of suspects. He said they ended up arresting six juvenile males ages 8 to 15. They charged all six children with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, then released them to their parents or grandparents. Deputies say that wasn't the only case of vandalism they're investigating. They say they're also looking into another case at East Bernstadt Elementary. Acciardo said someone used a fire extinguisher to damage a school bus. It's about a mile from the other vandalism scene. Acciardo said there may be more charges toward the juveniles and maybe some charges toward the parents for not taking care of their children like they should.