LAUREL COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC CRASH

According to Sheriff John Root,  Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Milton Storm investigated a traffic crash on Thursday afternoon (3-24-11) at approx. 4:19 P.M. on Ky 312 West , 10 miles south of London. Apparently, a 2009 Nissan Sentra driven by Mearle Lipps age  72  of Green Lake Road, Corbin, was westbound on Ky 312 when he stated he met a vehicle on his side of the roadway. He steered away to avoid collision, lost control and ran into a ditch , and struck a culvert.The vehicle received very severe damage. The driver received chest and abdominal injuries, and was transported to BRMC , Corbin by Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County for treatment. Seat belts were in use , and airbags deployed.

EAST BERNSTADT AND SUBLIMITY SCHOOLS HOLD ARTS AND CAREER FAIRS


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Gilbert Acciardo of The Laurel County Sheriff Department spoke with

children about the Department and safety.

 

 

 

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Kids enjoyed the Career Day as they looked at items and asked questions

about careers!

 

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Sam Dick of 27 WKYT was in attendance speaking with children about

becoming newscasters!

PULASKI SHERIFF DEPT ARREST CORBIN MAN ON FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE CHARGE

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, sheriff units arrested a Corbin, KY man on a Fugitive from Justice Charge, Wednesday. 

Christopher L. Carter age 36 of Swan Street, Corbin, KY was arrested and charged with Fugitive From Justice following issuance of a warrant from Pulaski District Court.

The warrant was issued after an investigation revealed that Mr. Carter was wanted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office in Ocala, FL.  Mr. Carter fled the State of Florida to avoid prosecution for the charges of Burglary of a Structure - Entry without consent and Grand Theft - $300.00 or more but less than $20,000.

Mr Carter was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center with no bond.

FORMER WHITLEY COUNTY SHERIFF COULD HAVE BOND REVOKED

According to a WKYT report, former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge could have his bond revoked.

Hodge is facing 21 charges of abuse of public trust and evidence tampering.

The Corbin Times Tribune reports that the commonwealth's attorney is considering evidence that came out of a federal case involving Hodge.

The prosecutor also says that the federal evidence could mean Hodge would have to undergo required drug testing.

The Times Tribune is also reporting that the Kentucky Bar Association has suspended the license of Williamsburg attorney Ronnie Reynolds.

Reynolds admitted in federal court last week that he and Hodge conspired to extort money from defendants in felony drug cases.

SEVERE WEATHER HITS AREA WEDNESDAY

 

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Severe weather hit the tri county area Wednesday with severe thunderstorms, high winds, reports of golf ball sized hail and a tornado warning issued for the area.

The national weather service reported a 1/2 inch of precipitation during the thunderstorms.

Fallen trees in East Bernstadt and some hail damage in the Keavy area were reported.

INFORMATION DEVELOPED IN JANUARY ROBBERY OF H AND S STORE ON KY 80

 

According to Sheriff John Root, On Wednesday, 3-23-2011 at approx. 5:00 P.M. , information was developed through a joint investigation between Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson, Manchester Police Department , Ky State Police, and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Dept. leading investigators to question a female suspect being held in the Clay county jail(on unrelated charges). She is a suspect in the armed robbery of H and S Store, 8 miles east of London on Ky 80  on January 31st, 2011. The suspect vehicle, a small car, fled the scene of the robbery headed toward Clay County on Ky 80. The female suspect is identified as Tasha Nicole Treadway age 24, of Manchester. A male suspected in the robbery is identified as Robert Travis Napier age 34 also currently of Manchester who is in the Laurel County Jail on unrelated charges. The two suspects are also being questioned regarding other area robberies, and crimes.

Investigating for the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department is Detective Charlie Loomis and Detective Tommy Johnston. Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore Assisted.

The investigation is continuing.

GOODY'S RE-GRAND OPENING

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Members of the London-Laurel Chamber, Mayor Troy Rudder, Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield, and members of the Goody's Staff.

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Members of the London-Laurel Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Troy Rudder, Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield, Goody's Manager Sonja Padgett and Regional Manager Jim Ewing.

WIFE OF MURDERED ATTORNEY BONDS OUT OF JAIL SHORTLY AFTER BEING ARRESTED

ACCORDING TO THE LONDON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, ON JANUARY 07, 2011 LONDON CITY POLICE RESPONDED TO A SHOOTING INCIDENT AT LARRY GILLIAM’S LAW OFFICE LOCATED AT 129 EAST 4TH STREET LONDON, KY.  WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED ON SCENE, THEY FOUND THAT MR. GILLIAM HAD SUFFERED A SINGLE GUN SHOT WOUND TO THE CHEST. MR. LARRY GILLIAM WAS TRANSPORTED TO SAINT JOSEPH HOSPITAL LONDON WHERE HE LATER EXPIRED AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD BY LAUREL COUNTY CORONER DOUG BOWLING.

THE SHOOTING INCIDENT WAS INVESTIGATED BY LONDON CITY POLICE DEPT., LONDON-LAUREL COUNTY MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE, KENTUCKY STATE MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFICE AND KENTUCKY STATE POLICE CENTRAL FORENSIC LABORATORY.  

MR. LARRY GILLIAM AND HIS WIFE LISA GILLIAM WERE THE ONLY TWO PERSONS PRESENT WHEN THE SHOOTING OCCURRED.

THE FACTS AROUND THIS SHOOTING INCIDENT WERE PRESENTED TO THE LAUREL COUNTY GRAND JURY ON MARCH 14TH, 2011. ON MARCH 18, 2011 THE LAUREL COUNTY GRAND JURY RETURNED AN INDICTMENT ON MRS. LISA GILLIAM “ACTING ALONE OR CONCERT WITH OTHERS COMMITTED THE OFFENSE OF MURDER”. 

 A GRAND JURY INDICTMENT DOES NOT IMPLY GUILT, BUT MEANS THAT THERE WAS SUFFICIENT PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT A CRIME HAD BEEN COMMITTED.

ON TUESDAY MARCH 22, 2011 AN ARREST WARRANT WAS ISSUED FOR THE ARREST OF LISA GILLIAM FOR THE MURDER OF HER HUSBAND LARRY GILLIAM.

LISA GILLIAM TURNED HERSELF IN TO DETECTIVE ALAN HARRIS AT THE LONDON POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 11:11AM. LISA GILLIAM WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER. GILLIAM IS LODGED IN THE LAUREL COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

SHORTLY AFTER BEING ARRESTED GILLIAM BONDED OUT OF JAIL.  HER BOND HAD BEEN SET AT $100,000.

DEPUTY JAILER ARRESTED FOR GIVING CONTRABAND TO AN INMATE

According to a WKYT Report, a deputy jailer found himself on the wrong side of the law Tuesday. Police arrested Laurel County Deputy Jailer Jack Moore, after investigators say he gave tobacco to an inmate.

Authorities say Moore has been working at the Laurel County Detention Center for almost three years.


Police arrested him on a single charge of giving contraband to an inmate, but investigators believe he could be behind more cases as well.

"This is a tobacco free facility," Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley said, "through our investigation and our intelligence, we also believe that this has been a prolonged activity for several months, maybe even years."

Mosley says investigators used an inside informant to pin Moore to the crime, along with some recorded calls.

Investigators say there is one more charge pending against Moore.

DRUGS, COMMUNITY AND UNITY TOPICS DISCUSSED AT 1ST TOWN HALL MEETING HOSTED BY SHERIFF DEPT

The Laurel County Sheriff Department held its first Town Hall Meeting at Lily Fire Department, beginning a series of quarterly meetings within Laurel County.

Laurel County ranked second in the state, behind only Jefferson County, in the number of meth labs found in the state. Also, Laurel County was in the top ten counties in the nation for the most meth labs.  The consensus believes that the reason Laurel County is ranked so high is because of the amount of arrests that have been made due to the new administrations "War on Drugs".

 "In 74 days your Laurel County Sheriff's Department has taken down 336 meth labs," Root told the crowd.  "That is a problem," Root said, "I-75 runs right through the center of our county, and I would say if people knew what went down through there daily, you'd probably be afraid to get on 75."

 

Root went on to say, "there was some people talking the other day and said, well, it's all new. First two or three months these guys are going to be hitting it hard, and then they're going to lay down," Root recalled, "I got news for you, you can tell anybody that deals drugs, they've not seen nothing yet."

The next quarterly meeting according to the Sheriff will be in Northern Laurel County.  In attendance was other elected officials showing much support for the meetings and the Sheriff Department.  County Judge Executive David Westerfield, County Clerk Dean Johnson, Jailer Jamie Mosley, County Attorney Jodi Albright and many others were in attendance. 

 

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