Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting the arrest of a Beattyville man after he led police on a chase and tried to pull a gun on them. Deputies were called out to the dollar store on Johnson Road just east of London where a man was reportedly under the influence falling over several times, with a shopping cart ending up on top of him. As they arrived the man, later identified as 25 year old Justin Cater, was leaving the scene in an SUV and refused to pull over and tried to elude officers. Cater continued onto 192 at speeds of up to 90 mph. He eventually lost control on Mardis Street crashing into an embankment. As officers tried to get him out of the vehicle he reportedly tried to get a .22 revolver out. During the scuffle Cater dropped the gun to the floor and was taken into custody. Cater was charged with fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, assault, wanton endangerment, and several traffic and weapons charges. Cater was transported to UK Medical Center for treatment of injuries from the crash. No photo is currently available.
WKYT-TV is reporting in the past week or so, several dogs have been reported stolen in Pulaski County and surrounding areas. Over the weekend, a woman in Rockcastle County says four boxers have gone missing just on her street alone. Last week seven dogs were reported stolen in Garrard County, now owners in Pulaski County are opening up about similar situations. Investigators say it seems the missing dogs are mostly boxers. Many fear they're being taken for breeding, selling or fighting. The director of the Garrard County Animal Shelter says she’s heard of about 20 dogs between Lancaster and Somerset where the owners believe the dogs were stolen. In Pulaski County a Facebook group has been created to try and find the missing dogs.
Kentucky State Police Post 11, in London, has kicked off their fifth annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive. The campaign runs through Dec. 16 and is designed to collect non perishable food items for needy families. The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need during the holiday season. Public Affairs Officer Lloyd Cochran says suggested donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. Last year KSP collected 124,000 pounds of food.
Two coal companies have announced the layoffs of 190 workers in Kentuckyand West Virginia. A statement from St. Louis-based Patriot Coal says 130 workers have been idled immediately at its Corridor G Mining Complex. Patriot cites the struggling coal market and a difficult regulatory environment for the layoffs. Alpha Natural Resources says in Kentucky, 12 workers will be idled from Alpha's Taylor Fork mine while 26 others will work for an undetermined amount of time to remove equipment and close the mine. In a statement, the Bristol, Virginia-based company cited an oversupply of thermal coal.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of two people after a domestic violence call. Deputies were dispatched to Mansfield Lane, 3 miles west of London where Daniel Mansfield age 40 of Decatur, Georgia was allegedly intoxicated and reportedly had pushed his mother and cursed her. Deputies also learned Mansfield had an outstanding warrant out of Clay County. Following a brief struggle deputies arrested him and charged him with assault – domestic violence; terroristic threatening; resisting arrest and menacing. Also arrested was Lisa West age 29 of Barbourville who was there with Mansfield. She had reportedly barricaded herself inside a room with Mansfield. West was charged with terroristic threatening and resisting arrest. Both were lodged in the Laurel County detention center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a resident got a call from someone saying they had won $368,000 and a Mercedes-Benz. The caller said the person would have to purchase a $390.00 prepaid debit card to cover taxes and processing. The caller reportedly had a heavy eastern accent and claimed to be an FBI agent. Sgt E.R. Rudder continues to investigate. Sheriff Root says do not give out any personal identifying information about yourself over the phone. Do not send money if requested to do so for any reason, for instance if you are told you have won a prize and need to send money to pay a processing fee or taxes. Contact the Laurel County Sheriff's office if you have any questions at 864-6600.
A Somerset man violated his probation the day of his release and will face a 20 year sentence. His probationary order stated that he could not drink alcohol. Immediately following his release, Christopher L. Gilmore began drinking a beer. The Commonwealth Journal reports that Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey said, “A person that is drinking beer the same day he receives probation cannot be managed in the community.” He had received a 20 year probated sentence for second degree assault and first degree unlawful access to a computer. During the Spring, he was arrested following an altercation with his father at the family car business in Bronston. He was charged with assault. Gilmore was also charged in connection to a stolen purse in February. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department arrested him after being caught on surveillance video using a debit card from the stolen purse. Due to the probation violation, Judge Burdette imposed the 20 year sentence. He is currently lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
For the 72nd year the Santa Train made stops in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Several people waited for the arrival of Santa Claus and special guest Amy Grant as the Santa Train made stops along the route giving out presents and candy to families. The Santa Train has delivered Christmas presents since the 1940s. The train always runs on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, traveling 110 miles from Eastern Kentucky, on through Virginia and finally arriving in Kingsport, Tennessee in time for thier Christmas parade. Santa carries a heavy load—an amazing 15 tons of gifts, candies, and toys. His helpers—some of whom have been participating for more than 50 years—say the pleasure is all theirs. The train is sponsored in part by CSX Transportation.
Laurel County Attorney J.L. Albright in partnership with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office has announced an amnesty program for parents behind on thier child support payments. Albright says more than 200 parents face the possibility of jail time. The Laurel County Child Support Office is offering amnesty from arrest or judicial action from December 1st through the 12th. To participate in the amnesty program parents need to appear in personat the Laurel County Child Support Office between 8:30am and 4pm and make a payment and enter into a written payment plan with the office and the Laurel County Family Court Judge. For more information contact the child support office at 878-7740.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting Detective James Sizemore arrested Judy Lawless age 43 Fariston Rd., London Wednesday afternoon. Lawless was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation regarding criminal possession of a forged instrument second-degree. Lawless was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.