According to Jackie Steele, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Knox and Laurel County, announced today that Roger Sevier age 42, of Corbin Kentucky, was convicted of the offense of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, after the entry of a guilty plea on April 6, 2011.

According to Michael D. Pratt, the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney who prosecuted the case, the Defendant was in possession of the materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including a HCL generator, on February 19, 2010 when the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Corbin City Police Department and Laurel County Sheriff’s Department searched the residence where the Defendant was hiding.  Law Enforcement had been patrolling the area and determined a methamphetamine laboratory was present in the area.  A search of the area led Law Enforcement to the residence where the Defendant was present.  The search of the residence led to the discovery to the materials that led the charges against the Defendant.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is recommending a sentence of fifteen years in prison.  Sevier’s sentencing is set for April 22, 2011.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele stated that this case is just another example of the sentences that people convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in the 27th Judicial Circuit can expect.  Individuals involved in the illegal production and distribution of methamphetamine will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and the evidence.

Agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution of Roger Sevier were the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Corbin City Police Department, Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, the Laurel County Department of Public Safety and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office for the 27th Judicial Circuit.


According to the Laurel County Board of Education, for the next school year 2011-2012 a 10 cent increase will be implemented for school breakfast and lunch.  According to Assistant Superintendent Greg Smith, the increase is due to rising food cost and what the State is asking the school system to do.  Other school districts have larger costs and this is the first time since 2007 the Laurel County School District has had an increase.  Breakfast will go up to $1.25 and lunch will increase to $1.50, according to the Board of Education.


According to Corbin City Police Department, a 10 year old female juvenile was injured at the Corbin Skate Park when a 19 year old male Timothy A. Rains intentionally charged the juvenile knocking her to the ground. Upon police arrival the violator had already left the skate park.  Victim and witnesses reported that the incident began as the juvenile was verbally harassing the skaters.  Minutes later the violator lost control of his board and the juvenile attempted to retrieve it at which time the violator can be seen on video surveillance charging the juvenile and knocking her to the ground.

Police later discovered that part of the incident was posted on YouTube by one of the skaters present.  Parents of the juvenile stated that the juvenile suffered a broken shoulder and was scheduled to have surgery yesterday.  Timothy A. Rains was cited for Assault 4th and is scheduled to appear at Knox District Court where charges could be escalated to Assault 2nd pending victim’s recovery and prosecuting attorney’s request.



Local citizen Hilda Legg receives leadership award


According to Sheriff John Root,  the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department and the Laurel County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the death of Kenneth V. Keney age 84 of Keney Lane , London. The victim was found by a neighbor outside his home on Keney Lane, one mile west of London (off County Farm Road) on Saturday (4-9-11) at approx. 5:15 P.M.

The cause of death is not known at this time, and remains under investigation. As part of the investigation , an autopsy has been scheduled.  Assisting was: Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County and Laurel Deputy Coroner Kris Vanover .

Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis is leading the continuing investigation.



Patriots Baseball Take 3 of 4 from Lindsey Wilson


University of the Cumberlands (UC) baseball team had a lot at stake as they hosted Mid-South Conference (MSC) foe Lindsey Wilson College for a 4 game series at Doyle Buhl Stadium in Williamsburg, KY this past weekend.  The Patriots held a slim 1game lead on 2nd place in the MSC Western Division as they prepared to face the Blue Raiders.  Every game was competitive, but it was the Patriots that came out on top when it was all over.


“We played a solid series,” said UC Head baseball coach Brad Shelton.  “We had solid pitching, excellent defense and some timely hitting.”


On Friday April 8th in game 1 it was Cumberlands that jumped out to the early lead in the first inning.  Jake Martin (Morgantown, KY) led off the inning with a single to reach base.  The next batter, Andrew Fox (Seymour, TN), fell behind in the count 1-2 before crushing a 2 run homerun deep over the left field fence to put the Patriots up 2-0.  


The Patriots sent Keita Murakami (Wailuku, HI) to the mound for the game 1 start going the first 4 innings allowing 3 runs on 3 hits.  The Blue Raiders were able to get on the board in the 3rd inning when Jeff Murphy reached first on a single and Jeff Kerian followed that with a 2 run homerun to tie the game up at 2-2 apiece.  In the 5th inning, after Keita hit Lindsey’s batter Heath Barnes, the Patriots made the call to the bullpen for reliever Trey Anderson (Lexington, KY) to take over.  The Blue Raiders were able to score Barnes on a single from Kerian to take the 3-2 lead, but Anderson was able to take control of the game afterwards.

In the bottom half of the 5th the Patriots answered back with a run of their own to tie the game at 3-3 apiece after Jake Martin was able to score on an error by the third baseman.


Both teams would be held scoreless for the next 2 innings sending the game to extra innings.  Trey Anderson was on top of his game as he continued to dominate the Blue Raider batters all the way through the 11th inning stopping every attempt for them to win the game.


In the bottom half of the 11th the Patriots showed the will to win and got the big spark it was looking for from freshman shortstop Jared Martin (Cynthiana, KY).  With 1 out in the inning and facing a full count, Jared got a fastball from Daniel Pulliam and slammed it over the left field fence for the walk-off homerun to give the Patriots the 4-3 win.


Getting the win for Cumberlands was Trey Anderson (4-1) who went 7 innings allowing no runs on 5 hits.  The loss went to the Blue Raiders Daniel Pulliam.

In game 2 it was the Blue Raiders that came out in full force as they were able to even the series at 1 game apiece heading into Saturday.  Lindsey Wilson’s starting pitcher Derek Cape threw a complete game going 7 innings allowing no runs and holding the Patriots to 2 hits the entire game as he picked up the win.  The two hits for Cumberlands came from Sean Mahley (Cambridge, OH) with a single in the 1st inning and a double from Jared Martin in the 2nd inning. 

The Blue Raiders were able to knock around Patriots starter Shane Stancil (Elizabethtown, KY; 6-1) for 7 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings of work as he picked up his first loss of the season.  The Blue Raiders were led by Ryan Williams who had 3 hits, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored as they won 8-0.


On Saturday for game 3 the Patriots turned to veteran Brandon Williams (Catlettsburg, KY; 8-1) to propel them to victory.  Brandon would go 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 9 hits as he picked up his 8th win of the season.  Through the first 5 innings the Blue Raiders were able to get the lead after scoring 2 runs in the 3rd inning and adding another one in the top of the 5th inning to go up 3-0.


Things were looking rough for the Patriots until the bottom of the 5th when the bats woke up.  The Patriots were able to score 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.  The highlight of the inning was from Jeff Davison (Brentwood, TN) who got the Patriots on the board with a 2 run homerun to cut the lead to 3-2.  Then it was Charles Hyde’s (Fort Mitchell, KY) walk that scored on a single from Jake Martin to tie the game and a single from Andrew Fox gave the Patriots the lead for good as he hit Thomas Noll (Petersburg, KY) in after he reached base by way of a walk.  Evan Bennett (Winchester, KY) would increase the lead with a 2 run single to right field to give Cumberlands the 6-3 lead going into the 6th inning.


Brandon Williams returned to the mound and got three quick outs to keep the momentum on the Patriots side.  The Patriots would add 1 more run when Charles Hyde scored from third on an infield bunt single from Thomas Noll in the 6th inning.


Coming in relief for Williams was the Patriots closer Quentin Bowman (Knoxville, TN) who shut the door and secured the 7-3 win.


Game 4 was a pitchers’ duel between the Patriots Sean Mahley (4-3) and the Blue Raiders Rob Kurtz.


Cumberlands grabbed the lead in the 1st inning when Jake Martin scored on a single from Sean Mahley who later scored on a double by Jared Martin as the Patriots went up 2-0.


In the top of the 2nd inning Lindsey Wilson answered back with a run of their own to cut the lead to 2-1 when Lance Harrington scored on a single from Dustin Murphy.  That would be all the runs the Blue Raiders would manage to score as Mahley shut them down over the next 3 innings allowing no hits.

In the bottom of the 5th inning the Patriots would tack on one more run when Josh Wood (Winchester, KY) demolished a full count pitch over the left field fence for the solo homerun to put Cumberlands up 3-1.


After going 6 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, Mahley turned the game over to closer Quentin Bowman who finished the game in the 7th inning to get his 7th save of the season and secured Cumberlands the 3-1 win.  Sean picked up his 4th win on the season and Rob Kurtz got the loss going 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits.


“Lindsey Wilson has very good starting pitching,” said Shelton.  “This was a key series win for us and we have another big one coming up. We are starting to get healthy and hopefully we will be playing our best baseball going in to the post season.”


The Patriots are currently sitting at 30-17 (14-10 MSC) on the season as they look to put themselves in position to make a deep run in the playoffs. This week the Patriots will host Berea College on Tuesday April 12th with the game set to begin at 4:00 p.m. Then the Patriots will be on road for a 4 game series at MSC foe St. Catherine College to close out the MSC regular season schedule. Games on Friday April 15th are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and games on Saturday April 16th are set to begin at 12:00 p.m.


For more information on the University of the Cumberlands baseball team you can follow them on twitter @uccoachshelton or visit the athletics website


According to Sheriff John Root,  The Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch will be raffling off a Jeep Wrangler at the Kentucky State Fair in August of 2011.  Raffle tickets are $ 10.00 per ticket.  If you would like a chance to win a Jeep Wrangler contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s office for tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch.  You do not have to be present to win.



According to Sheriff John Root,  Laurel Sheriff’s Sgt Greg Poynter received information from a fisherman on Laurel Lake that had found a boat in the lake at approx. 3 :00 P.M. on Saturday (4-9-11) near Marshes Branch, 10 west of London. Sgt Poynter ‘s investigation revealed the boat  to be a reported stolen boat reported stolen on March 25, 2011 from Nu Legend boats on U.S. 25 South. The boat was there to be worked on when it was stolen. The owner is identified as Clark Susong of Wyatt Road, London. The boat is a 1995 Pro Craft Fiber Glass Boat . The boat, it’s trailer (a double axle Pro Craft), and a 150 HP Evenrude Outboard motor all valued at $10,000 had been reported stolen. Only the boat was recovered. Assisting on the recovery was: Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers, and DPS Emergency Management Director Abbey Hale. Sgt Poynter continues to investigate.



According to Sheriff John Root,  the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department received information from a citizen reporting a possible scam in the Laurel County area. Apparently a phone caller is phoning and is identifying themselves as an area phone company and is saying that they are with Receivable Preference, and that they are trying to collect an overdue bill of $60. They further ask to confirm the last four digits of the social security number which is always not correct---then they try to get the person to give out their correct last four digits of their social security number. This is obviously an attempt to retrieve personal confidential information from that person.

We advise citizens to not give out any personally identifiable information to unknown phone callers. Citizens are asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 606-864-6600 to report any suspicious phone call activity.


According to a WKYT Report, people who say they know the young parents that are the subjects of the abuse investigation, were caught off guard by the allegations.

“It surprises me they would actually do something like that .Doesn’t seem like something they would do at all,” said a neighbor who asked not to be identified.

But police say the 21 year old mother and father basically beat their 1 and 2 year old daughters.

“It’s our understanding through the investigation that the children were being struck, physically, both with fists and belts,” said Lt. Shannon Smith with Somerset Police.

Social services and law enforcement were called to 202 1/2 College Street after police say they received a complaint about the toddlers’ welfare. Then….a neighbor says she saw the children taken away…and she says it was interesting to her that the kids were not crying for their mother.

Both parents were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center and charged with criminal abuse first degree. They declined an offer to give their side of the story from jail. Their children are now in the custody of foster care.

“My understanding is that the foster care they are in, it’s being done by really capable and good hearted people,” said Lt. Smith.

The children were checked out by medical personnel and are doing fine now. Police are still investigating why they kids were hurt.

“What the root cause of the behavior was, we may never know,” said Lt. Smith.

Police say the children suffered bruises and cuts to their torsos, legs, head and face areas.