The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies believe several men took a joy ride in a school utilities truck, and stole tools from inside, Friday evening. The truck was last used on Friday. Police found it in a parking lot near London, Sunday. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said the truck was damaged in the process. The thieves apparently got into the truck by breaking out a window. East Bernstadt Independent School only used the one truck. Now they are forced to use personal vehicles until they can get it repaired or replaced. Deputies say they have leads, but are still asking for the public's help, in finding suspects. Surveillance photos were released showing the men police believe are responsible. If you have any information call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.
Knox County dispatchers say four people were rushed to the hospital following an early morning mobile home fire in the Cannon community. First responders were called to the mobile home on C Mills Road just after 5 a.m. Wednesday. Dispatchers say the four people hospitalized include two and two children. They say all four were transported after suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire is still under investigation.
A Corbin man was arrested after Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies reported finding him passed out in his vehicle while stopped at the gas pumps at an area truck stop. Deputies say 30-year-old Alexander Sizemore admitted he had taken Suboxone and another drug earlier that night. When deputies arrived at the scene they found Sizemore passed out on Adams Road sitting in the driver seat with the keys in the ignition and the motor running. Deputies reported finding 12 Suboxone strips, along with an undisclosed amount of clonzapam and another drug. In addition, deputies found three needles on Sizemore and a fourth in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Sizemore was also charged in connection with a hit-and-run at Campground Court Apartments in Corbin on Jan. 28. Officers say he drove into the complex, struck a pedestrian, three vehicles and finally a fence before fleeing the scene. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries to the legs. Deputies found pieces of the suspects vehicle at the scene, which matched damage to Sizemore’s vehicle. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
It's been more than two weeks since heavy snow caused millions of dollars in damages to marinas on Lake Cumberland. Marina owners are now rushing to make repairs, before boaters arrive in the spring. Lee's Ford Marina was among those damaged, and the managers say they are wasting no time making repairs. J.D. Hamilton, of Lee's Ford Marina, says the marina is now making repairs, and building new docks. The marina hopes to be open April 1. He says all of the docks are now clear, and all boat owners are now able to get down to the marina and get an up-close look at their property.
After using the AliveLock Risk Watch for nearly eight months, jailers at the Laurel County Detention Center consider the $70,000 system a "main staple" in daily operations. Jailer Jamie Moseley says the jail was one of the first in the country to invest in the system. The Risk Watch monitors inmates who are considered to be high risk, by alarming jailers and nurses of high heart rates and/or detox conditions. Lieutenant Mat Deaton says, although it's not comfortable for inmates to wear, the system is a perfect fit for the type of inmates they are used to seeing. Jailers usually check cells in 15 minute intervals, but Deaton says anything can happen within that time frame.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is reporting deputies were dispatched to a used auto dealership on 25E in Barbourville to investigate a complaint of stolen checks. The owner said he had discovered several checks stolen from the car lot check book. He also said 23 year old Ashley Bright had cashed one of the checks at a department store and 25 year old Timothy James Bright had attempted to cash another check at a shoe store in Corbin. Later that evening deputies spotted Ashley and Timothy on KY 6 north of Barbourville and pulled them over. A number of the unused checks taken from the car lot were recovered from the vehicle. Both were arrested. Ashley also had a Knox County warrant on her and at the jail an official found over 50 suboxone strips hidden on her. They were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
The Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London is reporting they have received several complaints lately from people saying they have gotten phone calls from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service and that they owe them money. The caller tells them that if the debt is not paid, legal action will be taken against them. Trooper Lloyd Cochran says the IRS does not contact anyone by phone. He also says they have also received complaints about another scam going around about citizens receiving calls from someone stating that a family member has been arrested and they need to send money to get them out of jail. Trooper Cochran says if anyone receives any suspicious calls, contact the Kentucky State Police or your local law enforcement agency and never give anyone your personal information over the phone unless you know who you’re talking to.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting deputies arrested 29 year old Eric Jarrett of Lily off West Cumberland Gap Pkwy after he was determined to be under the influence. Jarrett admitted to officers he had smoked methamphetamine earlier. He was charged with public intoxication – controlled substances. In addition, he was charged on a Jefferson County warrant for flagrant nonsupport. Jarrett was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies arrested a London woman after investigating a theft complaint claiming the woman, 36 year old Heather Jackson of Old Way Road, had taken items out of the victim's purse on two occasions at a business near London. Jackson was arrested at apartments on Ky 229 in London and charged with two felony counts of theft by unlawful taking. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
State health officials have confirmed 61 cases of the flu in Kentucky this season. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Public Health file a weekly report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Kentucky's flu status. Laurel County Health officials urge people to get a flu shot as soon as possible. It takes about two weeks to develope immunity to the virus after you receive the shot. Officials say they expect Kentucky will not have a shortage of flu vaccines this year.