The Knox County Sheriffs Office is reporting a school bus was forced off the road. The bus from the Knox County Community Action Agency was headed to the Gray Minton Center in Gray, just outside Corbin when it ran off the road. Police say the bus had just turned around in a driveway on Johnson Hollow Road and there wasn't enough room on the road for both it and an approaching car. The car did not yield to the bus and police say the driver of the bus had to run off the road. The bus went into a ditch. Police say the children, mostly 4 and 5 year olds were scared. Deputies said it appeared the children did not have any physical injuries but they were brought to Baptist Regional hospital for observation anyway. A spokesperson at Baptist Health in Corbin said the children were looked at in the emergency room and that all were considered in 'stable' condition. Police say they don't know if the driver of that car will face any charges, but they do want to find that driver and talk to him about what happened.
The Corbin News Journal is reporting a Williamsburg man, who was apparently suffering from some kind of psychological episode, thought people were trying to kill him and jumped from a moving vehicle, died about 90 minutes after police handcuffed him. Kentucky State Police Sgt. Tony Dingess, who is the investigating officer, said the matter is currently just a death investigation and there is no criminal investigation into the incident. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced 47 year old Jeffrey Jackson dead about 9 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Health Corbin. Croley said late Tuesday afternoon that preliminary autopsy results showed there was no traumatic or pathological cause of death at this point. Until the state medical examiner's office completes its examination, Croley said that the case would remain open. Dingess said that state medical examiner's office is now examining Jackson's blood toxicology in their search for a cause of death.
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Law enforcement agencies and the community is mourning the loss of Trooper Jason Vanhook. Trooper Vanhook served with the Kentucky State Police and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office for many years, and following a year long battle with leukemia passed away Wednesday. Trooper Vanhook leaves behind a wife, son and daughter.
The Corbin Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find thieves who broke into Sav-Rite Pharmacy in Corbin last week and made off with a bin full of narcotics. Detective-Lt. Rusty Hedrick said the two masked individuals are believed to be white males, one about 6 feet tall and weighing over 300 pounds and the other about 5’8”. Surveillance video shows the men pulling up in a black Range Rover SUV with tinted windows and gray spoke rims about 7 a.m. March 14th. After circling in the parking lot, the vehicle pulls in cross-ways in the parking lot just feet from the door. The larger man jumps out of the driver’s seat and goes to the door where he uses a crowbar to pry it open. The other man jumps out with a blue tote and enters the store while the driver stays outside on lookout. Hedrick said the driver has a walkie-talkie in his hand and is seen on video using it several times. Hedrick said they think there may have been a third individual involved serving as a lookout somewhere nearby. Video inside the store shows the other man busting open a locked cabinet containing narcotics and cleaning it out into the tote. The license plate is not visible in the video. Anyone with information is asked to contact Corbin Police at 528-1122. Callers may remain anonymous.
The London Police Department is reporting the arrest of a man on drug charges during a traffic stop. Officers pulled over a vehicle on South 25. During the investigation the passenger, David Brannon of London reportedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs. After consent was given to search the vehicle a K-9 unit was called in and alerted on the rear passenger door. Officers then found what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette, needles and a handgun in the vehicle. Brannon was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Public Intoxication. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. The driver, Jeffrey Brummett of London recieved a citation for traffic violations.
The London Police Department is reporting officers were called out to London Wamart on a complaint of a shoplifter. Officer Greg Turner observed a man, later identified as Landon Collins of Keavy, cutting open packages in the electronics section. During a search Collins also had several items concealed in his pockets. Other items were on the shelves that had been removed from their packaging. According to Walmart Asset Protection, the value of the concealed and damaged merchandise totaled nearly $1,500.00. Collins was arrested and charged with one felony count of Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
One person died and another seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding struck the side of a vehicle in Knox County. Investigators say 21 year old Michael Caldwell and a passenger were on the motorcycle when it struck the passenger side of a car that was attempting to make a left turn into a driveway on Ky 3436. Neither Caldwell or his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the collision. Caldwell was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroner. His passenger, 29 year old Jamie Sibley was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. The Driver of the car was taken to Baptist Health of Corbin for observation. The two other passengers in the car did not receive any injuries. The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.
Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith is reporting deputies were called out to a report of three men wearing hoodies carrying items out of a home on KY 3438 in Cannon. When they arrived at the scene 21 year old Kyle Reel and 34 year old Jason Bailey both of Barbourville coming out of the house carrying items. Reel and Bailey were arrested and charged with burglary and criminal trespassing. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting another shoplifting arrest. Deputies were called out to Walmart in Corbin where thier loss prevention team detained 31 year old Mindy Dugger of Corbin. Dugger had allegedly been observed under ringing and bagging items at a self checkout lane, paying for some items but not others. Dugger was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting. She also had a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear on drug charges. Dugger was lodged in the Laurel County detention Center. Photo is courtesy of the Laurel County detention Center.