Laurel County Sheriff Department arrests two different suspects for DUI

According to Sheriff John Root, Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Boroviak arrested two different suspects for DUI at two different unrelated traffic stops both on Friday night 8-8-2011.

The first occurred at 7:50 P.M. on Keavy Road, 3 miles south of London and the suspect was driving a blue Dodge Caravan , and reportedly, was weaving across the centerline. Arrested following an investigation was: Dewayne Johnson age 56 of Sunshine Hill Road, London charged with DUI and Lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Deputy Greg Turner assisted on the investigation and arrest.


In a traffic stop later that night, Deputy Boroviak conducted an investigation on black Ford Taurus driven by Timothly L. Ford age 35 of Elihu Cabin Hollow Road, Somerset whose vehicle was reportedly weaving in and out of traffic, on I-75, in London at 10:31 P.M. Following the investigation , the suspect was arrested and charged with DUI, and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.




Kentucky State Police conducting death investigation in Whitley County

(LONDON, KY.) – On Sunday, October 09, 2011 at approximately 9:31 AM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report, from the Whitley County 911 Center, of a male subject found deceased inside his residence on KY Highway 26 in Whitley County.


Upon investigation into the incident, it was determined that the victim, Harold Pennington, 87, had been cleaning a 357 revolver when it accidentally discharged.


The victim was fatally wounded from a single gunshot to the torso.


No foul play is suspected and not autopsy will be performed.

Detective David Lassiter is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Sergeant Tom Atkin, Detective Mark Allen, Trooper Mike Witt, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and the Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley.

Laurel County Sheriff Department along with D.E.A. investigate drug trafficking suspect after crash

According to Sheriff John Root, Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Brad Mitchell, assisted by Sgt Greg Poynter, Deputy James Sizemore, Deputy Greg Turner and the London Office of D.E.A. conducted an investigation into illegal drug trafficking on Friday (10-8-2011) at 4:12 P.M. following an investigation into a non injury traffic accident that occurred at a parking lot off Cherry Avenue , 13 miles south of London . A suspect there at the accident was determined to be under the influence , and pills (Roxycet) were located in the vehicle (a silver Chrysler Concorde) and that suspect was arrested. He is identified as: Jason E. Collins age 22 of Old Bell High Road, Pineville. Suspect stated he was taking pain medication roxies earlier in the day. As the investigation continued , information was developed, and a subject was contacted in Bell County by the cooperating witness who arranged to meet the suspect in a business parking lot on U.S. 25 E, 10 miles south of London. When the suspect arrived from Bell County, he was in possession of 50 Roxycet pills, and was immediately arrested by Laurel Sheriff’s Department deputies and D.E.A.  A large amount of cash was also seized. The suspect is identified as: Scott Browning age 36 of Fourmile, Ky (in Bell County), Driving a blue GMC Jimmy SUV.

Following the arrest, a search warrant was obtained and executed By D.E.A. at Brownings’ home in Bell County at Fourmile, and 150 assorted pills including hydrocodone, methadone , and xanax were confiscated. Marijuana was also seized. Scott Browning has been charged with: Trafficking A Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, and Driving on DUI Suspended License. It is estimated that he has illegally supplied as many as 50, 000 pills in the past 18 months.

Both Scott Browning, and Jason E. Collins were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

As the investigation continues more charges are expected to be filed.





Kentucky State Police investigate fraudulent use of a credit card incident

(LONDON, KY.) – On Friday, October 7, 2011, at 11:00 AM, KSP Post 11, London received a request for assistance from the New York State Police in reference to an investigation into the Fraudulent use of a Credit Card.


Their investigation into the fraudulent usage led to the discovery of numerous items, purchased using the card, being shipped to an address on Sextons Creek in Clay County Kentucky.


Trooper Nick Metcalf responded to the residence and learned that several items had been delivered to the residence and then re-shipped to Africa.


Further investigation led to the recovery of numerous items (electronics, clothing, jewelry, etc.) that had been received from the same individual.


This particular scam appears to target persons that utilize online dating sites, with the perpetrator posing as a person in the military that is stationed over seas.


Items are then purchased with stolen funds (credit cards, bank accounts, etc.) and shipped to this person to be re-shipped to another country.


Charges will be dependent on the outcome of the investigation.


Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 1-606-878-6622.


Trooper Metcalf is in charge of the investigation here in Kentucky and was assisted, at the scene, by TFC Don Trosper.



Funday was held at the London Optimist Club celebrating a time with special needs children within our area! "This event is so important to these kids, their familes and caregivers," said Butch with the Optimist Club.  The event had many police, fire, ambulance and military personnel in attendance along with many activities and lunch.

*All children photographed had prior approval to be photographed*

KSP respond to possible meth lab on Deep Branch Road in Whitley County

(LONDON, KY.) – On Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 12:03 AM, KSP Post 11, London received an anonymous tip of an active Methamphetamine Lab on Deep Branch Road in Eastern Whitley County.


KSP Trooper’s Tony Dingess and Les Moses were dispatched to the area, and upon arrival, detected a strong chemical odor.  Further investigation into the incident led the troopers to a camper trailer where they observed a male subject, later identified as Cecil B. Hamblin, 52, of Williamsburg, actively working a meth lab.


Upon knocking on the door and identifying themselves as police officers, the troopers observed Hamblin arm himself with a modified “sawed off” shotgun.


After a brief standoff the accused exited the residence, without incident, and was taken into custody.


Located, at the scene, were two active one step Meth Labs, along with the loaded modified “sawed off” shotgun.


Hamblin and another person, Heather L. Lebanion, 35, of Corbin were both arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1ST Degree 1ST Offense and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.


Trooper Dingess is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Les Moses.

Laurel County Sheriff responded to complaint of a possible DUI Vehicle

According to Sheriff John Root, Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy James Sizemore was dispatched to a complaint of a possible DUI vehicle that pulled in behind a business off Ky312 , 9 miles south of London on Thursday morning (10-6-2011) at 11:07 A.M. Deputy Sizemore arrived at the scene, and located the suspect vehicle—a silver Toyota Camry, and conducted an investigation . The driver was sitting in the driver’s seat, door of car open, and as he stepped out of vehicle , Deputy Sizemore observed probable drug paraphernalia protruding out the back pocket of his pants.—Located was: a pink bag with a needle, and two small baggies with white powder. Also discovered on his person was a glass container with brown fluid. In the vehicle Deputy Sizemore found 2 baggies with coffee filters , 5 needles , and two spoons with white residue. (all were items suspected to be associated with Meth.) Arrested was: Joshua T. Fields age 23 of Worley Lane , Corbin---charged with Possession Of A Controlled Substance 1st Degree(Meth), and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

Another person in the vehicle in the passenger seat was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia after a baggie was found in his possession with coffee filters and a medicine vile, as well as a needle and spoon found near him in the vehicle. Arrested was: Samuel H Burkhart age 40 of Hwy 312, Keavy, charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both men were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility

KSP accepting applications for Fourth Citizen's Police Academy

(LONDON, KY.) – Kentucky State Police, Post 11, is now accepting applications for the 2012 Citizens Police Academy. The 11-week academy is slated to begin on Thursday March 22, 2012 and will conclude Thursday May 31, 2012.  Students will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 PM where they will learn about the many facets of the Kentucky State Police including patrol, criminal investigations, and drug investigations.

The Academy will be held in the downstairs classroom at the Laurel County Health Department Building at 525 Whitley Street in London.  Applications can be obtained by contacting the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 at (606) 878-6622. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 9, 2012. Applications can also be obtained by visiting Anyone 18 years of age, or older, living within the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 District is welcome to apply. The KSP Post 11 District consists of the following counties: Laurel, Clay, Rockcastle, Pulaski, Whitley, McCreary and Wayne.  There is no cost to attend and participants must attend 80% of the classes to graduate.

Once completed, applications can be mailed to:

Kentucky State Police

Attn: TFC Don Trosper

11 State Police Road

London, KY 40741

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Laurel County Sheriff Department locate a parole violator on Hopper Creek Road

According to Sheriff John Root, Laurel Sheriff’s Sgt Rodney VanZant located a Parole Violator following an investigation conducted on Tuesday (10-3-2011) at 11:00 A.M. , on Hopper Creek Road , 9 miles south of London . The suspect was located at his brother –in-laws residence following notification from Kentucky Probation and Parole officials. Suspect was on parole for Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st degree, and was listed as a wanted person parole violator. He is identified as: Kenneth E. Dezarn, age 37 of Hopper Creek Road, London arrested and charged with Parole Violation and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Kentucky Probation and Parole was notified that he had been captured.

Laurel Sheriff Deputy William Bo Harris responsed to a possible domestic disturbance

According to Sheriff John Root, Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy William Bo Harris was dispatched to a possible domestic disturbance where the caller stated that an intoxicated man was there and would not leave.-on Joel Lane , 7 miles south of London on Monday night 10-3-2011 at 9:07 P.M. When Deputy Harris arrived at the scene, he observed the suspect man in the yard of the residence holding a beer and creating a public disturbance with his wife(who was holding their 3 year old daughter). As the man was being arrested and handcuffed , he was told to put his cigarette down, but he flipped the lit cigarette in the direction of his wife striking his child in the face causing a burn on the child’s right cheek. EMS was notified and responded to the scene to check the child whose burn was blistering. Arrested was: Robert Chivers age 30 of Joel Lane , London charged with: Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Assault 4th degree(Child Abuse), Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Drinking Alcoholic Beverages in A Public Place, Assault 4th Degree, Disorderly Conduct, and Menacing. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.