The Kentucky State Police, London recieved a request for an officer at the Baptist Regional Medical Center ER in Corbin, in reference to an Amber Alert. Hospital officials stated that a man and child were at the ER, but were acting suspicious, and a check of the Amber Alert WEbsite indicated the child was the subject of an Amber Alert, issued at 6PM on November 22, out of Pickens, South Carolina. Upon arrivial Kentucky State Police determined that Donnie Lee Shelton, 46, of Pickens, South Carolina was wanted on the charges of Assault and Bettery 1st degree and Non-Custodial Abduction of a Child. Shelton was arrested and charged with being a Fugitive from another state and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. The child was treated, for a minor illness, and released from BRMC ER into the custody of the Cabinet for Families and Children's Whitley County Office pending arrivial of the childs mother.


At the request of Laurel County district 1 magistrate Roy Crawford, County Attorney Elmer Cunnigan presented an outline of creating a merit system for Laurel County Employees which includes a merit system board, to oversee disciplinary action of the county employees. The purpose of the merit system in to protect county employees from any type of negative action without a cause, this will require the Fiscal Court to appropriate money for the expenses of the board, in order for the Merit System to take effect it will first have to be drawn up into an amendment then read twice and voted on in a Fiscal Court Meeting.


The Laurel County Sherriff Elect John Root presented the Sherriff’s Department 2011 calendar year budget at last night’s fiscal court meeting. Sherriff Elect Root proposed budget is for $2.5 million with $613,000 coming from the Fiscal Court, it was approved.


The fate of the Pennington House is still in the air, however the fate will be known in 2 weeks. Last night the Laurel County Project Development Board had a special called meeting and allowed London Downtown and the Main Street Program 14 days to come up with a concrete plan as to what they can do with this house. Laurel County Judge Executive Laurence Kuhl recapped one of the options. The Second option is to find another location for the Pennington House and move it by December 6th. London Downtown Director Chris Robinson said “we hope that in 14 days we can come back with progress that shows the Project Development Board that this is realistic.” When asked what could go into the Pennington House if London Downtown did obtain the house. He listed Offices for the Main Street Program; Home for the artisan’s center or it could be restored to its original stat and be a great site to see said Chris Robinson, only time will tell if this historic building will be able to remain standing or if a parking lot will replace it.


The Laurel County Board of Education voted last night to create 2 Middle School Volleyball head coaches and two Middle School Assistant volleyball Coaching positions. Head coaches make $1,000 per school year with assistants making $500 per school year. According to District Athletic Director Randy Ledger in middle school girl’s volleyball is a spring sport. The district is hoping to have the programs ready by this spring.


Yesterday the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Somerset men on drug related charges after stopping the vehicle they were operating. While officers were patrolling North US 27 they observed a 1993 Saturn being operated onto Frog Hollow Road. The vehicle was followed and observed to be weaving on the roadway. The vehicle was followed until it made a turn onto East Old Norwood Road and stopped at the intersection of Us 27. The subsequent investigation of the vehicle and its occupants revealed a funnel in the floorboard which had white residue on it. Further investigation revealed in the rear floorboard of the vehicle a one step methamphetamine lab. A search of the driver, after the arrest revealed a marijuana cigarette in his pocket, arrested at the scene was John M. Phelps, 39, of Somerset.


Lane closures will be possible on KY 11 in Barbourville (Daniel Boone Drive) at milepoint 10.788 (the U.S. 25E intersection) from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. today to allow crews to perform signal maintenance. All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the work zone and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.


On Saturday the Kentucky State Police responded to a traffic crash on US 27 north at mile marker 20 North of Somerset. When officers arrived they discovered a 1998, Ford F-150, pickup truck operated by Homer Moore, 57, of Eubank facing southbound on the north bound shoulder of US 27. Due to the minimal amount of vehicle damage, and the condition of the operator was found in, it was believed the operator suffered some type of medical emergency rather than a traffic crash. Moore was transported to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment of his ailment, but was pronounced dead, at 9:00AM, by the Emergency Room Physician. An autopsy is expected to be performed to determine the exact cause of death.


At 12:17AM on Friday, officers with the Kentucky State Police responded to a robbery, with shots fired, complaint at a residence on Skinner Lake, 10 Miles south of London in the North Corbin area of Laurel County. When officers arrived they determined that three unidentified individuals entered a residence when one began striking the victim, Dewayne Byre, 26, of Corbin and demanding money. During the assault, a single gunshot was fired from a handgun with the projectile traveling through the wall and into a nearby apartment. Byre, who was at this residence visiting when the incident occurred, was treated and released at the Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin.


On Friday the Pulaski County Sherriff’s office responded to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Emergency room on a report of a stabbing that had occurred on Faubush Norfleet Road. At 7:51PM Rick Smith, 48, of Faubush Norfleet Road arrived at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital with several deep lacerations to his arm. Mr. Smith stated that his 17 year old stepson had stopped by his residence and a verbal argument broke out. The stepson attempted to strike Mr. Smith in the head with a rock and pulled a knife cutting him several times on the arms. Rick Smith was air lifted to UK Medical Center from Lake Cumberland regional Hospital for his injuries. Saturday officers located the 17 year old juvenile involved in the altercation; the juvenile was taken into custody and is being held in the Adair County Juvenile detention Center.