Laurel County Sheriff's Office Gets New Body Armor For Their K9 Edge

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office K9 "Edge" has recieved new body armor. The armor was donated by State Farm Agent Phil McDonald and Emma McDonald. Sheriff John Root and K9 Handler Deputy Daniel Grigsby thank the McDonalds for thier donation and say the support from businesses and citizens for the sheriff's office is overwhelming.

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Laurel County Police Again Investigating Rash Of Vehicle Break Ins

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says detectives and deputies are again investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles around the county. Investigators say in most cases the vehicles had been left unlocked and purses, wallets, money, cell phones and electronics were stolen. Sheriff Root says deputies will be increasing their patrols throughout the county. He reminds citizens to always lock their vehicles at all times and items of value should be removed. Deputies say the thieves attempted to use stolen credit and debit cards at Walmart in Williamsburg. Walmart is working with the sheriff's office providing pictures. Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.

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Laurel County Theft Investigation Leads To 5 Arrests

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested five people after investigating the theft of air-conditioners and rolls of linoleum flooring from a job site. They were arrested on various charges including recieving stolen property and drug offenses. Those arrested were 43 year old Charles Mobley,  46 year old Steven Hammons, 48 year old Leona Warfield, 25 year old Christine Diane Johnson of Corbin and 44 year old Clinton Jackson. All five were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Woman Accused Of Setting Fire To Her Husband Appears In Court

The woman accused of setting her husband on fire went before a judge this week. Vera Rosanne Wooten pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree assault during her arraignment in Laurel District Court. Wooten is accused of setting her husband, John, on fire. Police say she caught her husband in a car with another woman and then poured gasoline on him before setting him on fire. According to police, John Wooten suffered burns to over fifty percent of his body from his knees to his head. At last report he was in critical condition at a specialized burn unit hospital in Cincinnati. Vera Wooten didn't say much in court, and the judge entered the not guilty plea on her behalf. The judge also set Wooten's bond for $100,000 cash. If she gets out, she is not allowed to have any contact with the victim. Wooten will be back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

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Intoxicated Man Arrested After Fleeing Hospital While Being Treated Following Alleged Assault

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to check on a man who apparently fled St. Joseph Hospital while being treated there following an alleged assault. While there the man, 24 year old Bradley Austin Morris, reportedly ripped off his neck brace, pulled out his IV and created a disturbance. Officers found Morris hiding behind a church off Parker Road nearby. He tried to run from police, but was caught. Morris admitted to deputies he had been drinking and had taken Suboxone earlier. He was taken back to the hospital where he was treated and released back to police. Morris was charged with public intoxication – controlled substances, disorderly conduct and fleeing or evading police. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Two Men Arrested After Police Find Them Passed Out At Traffic Stop

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested two people at the scene of an accident. Officers had traffic stopped on 1803, north of Girdler, while they investigated a vehicle crash. When the road was reopened, one the vehicles waiting in line did not move. When deputies checked the vehicle, they found the driver and the passenger passed out inside. After waking the two men, officers found two Suboxone strips, over 100 assorted pills and a used syringe. The driver, 52 year old William Sizemore, was charged with DUI, third offense, among others. The passenger, 30 year old Arthur McVey, was charged with drug offenses, resisting arrest and others. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Ice Cream Cake Capers Arrested

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested two people for stealing from Dunkin' Donuts. Officers say 18 year old Seth Messer and 19 year old Ajayci Cotton, both of London, were arrested four days after an ice cream cake was stolen from the store in London. Police say Messer stole the cake while Cotton filmed the crime and later uploaded it to social media. Messer and Cotton are both charged with third degree burglary. They were both lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Knox County Man Who Tried To Run Over Deputies Behind Bars

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says a man is behind bars after he tried to run them over. Deputies arrested 36 year old Thomas Gray of Flat Lick after he drove his truck in the direction of a deputy’s patrol car at a gas station. After nearly missing the police car, Gray made a sharp turn onto 25E traveling the wrong way, running serval cars off the road. Police say Gray wrecked the truck he was driving into a ditch and ran away. He was found and arrested on Evergreen Road in Knox County. Police say the truck Gray was driving at the time was stolen and they found a stolen EBT card in Gray’s possession. Gray is charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Wanton Endangerment, Fleeing or Evading Police and several others. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Two People Arrested In Laurel County On Identity Theft And Other Charges

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says two people were arrested on identity theft charges, among others. Deputies arrested 20 year old Destiny Bullard and 21 year old Dustin Lewis after an ongoing investigation into identity theft. Police allege that the two used a computer to change information, steal someone's identity and transfer $7,500 into their own accounts. According to police, neither Bullard nor Lewis had the victim's permission to access those accounts. They were both lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Other arrests are expected in the case.

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Knox County Traffic Stop Leads To Three Drug Arrests

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested three people after a traffic stop turned up drugs and money. Officers charged 56 year old Randall Bays, 42 year old Scott Browning and 46 year old Leslie Browning with drug possession, among other things. Police noticed a vehicle swerving in and out of traffic and following other cars at an unsafe distance on US 25 East in the Gray community and pulled it over. During the stop deputies saw the three passing items to each other. It turned out they were passing drugs and paraphernalia to Leslie Browning so that she could hide them. Police seized two bags of suspected crystal meth, one bag containing suspected Fentanyl, a small amount of suspected marijuana, three “Crack” pipes, two Government EBT cards and over $2050.00 in cash during the arrests. They were all lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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