Knox County Police Make Two Arrests In Theft Investigation

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies made two arrests after complaints of stolen car batteries in the Bryants Store area. The investigation lead to the home of 29 year old Randal Abshire, where officers found two stolen batteries outside. When deputies knocked on the door a woman told them Abshire had left, but when they searched the home they found him hiding behind a washer underneath a stack of blankets. Deputies say he refused to raise his hands and had to be tazed to be taken into custody. Abshire is charged with theft by unlawful taking, disorderly conduct, menacing and resisting arrest. Another man there, 31 year old Travis Rutherford of Pineville, was arrested for failure to pay fines and three Bell County warrants for failure to appear. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Study Shows Four Easten Kentucky Counties Among Worst In The Nation For Opioid Abuse Hospitalization

Four U.S. senators have introduced a bill to prioritize federal funding for states that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. It would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to take into account mortality rates and lack of access to treatment and services when allocating grants to states, rather than making determinations based on population size. Meanwhile, a new study shows four Eastern Kentucky counties topping the list of highest opioid abuse hospitalization rates in the nation. Perry, Leslie, Knott, and Breathitt counties are in the top ten of counties across America. Perry and Leslie are one and two, with Perry leading by a staggering six percent.

KSP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting In Whitley County

The Kentucky State Police says a man was injured after a police chase and shootout. A state trooper and a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife official saw 28 year old Earl Reynolds III driving recklessly on KY-92 in Williamsburg. When they tried to pull Reynolds over, they say he didn't stop and led them on a chase along KY-92, onto I-75 Northbound and up to Corbin before they say Reynolds made a loop back to I-75 Southbound and back onto KY-92. At that point, police used spike strips to blow out his front tires. However, they say Reynolds kept driving, stuck a gun out the car window, and began shooting at the officers behind him. A Williamsburg Police Department cruiser was hit with several rounds of gunfire from Reynolds. The Williamsburg police officer returned fire, hitting Reynolds in the neck. The chase finally came to an end when Reynolds crashed his vehicle into a ditch near the McCreary County line. Kentucky State Police told WYMT-TV Reynolds was taken to Baptist Health Corbin with non-life threatening injuries and then airlifted to UK Hospital. No police were injured. Reynolds is from Florida and police tell us the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen out of Florida. They also believe he was driving under the influence. At this time, the case is still under investigation and charges against Reynolds are pending.

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Knox County Deputy Resigns After Posting Picture On Social Media

WYMT-TV is reporting a Knox County deputy resigned following an investigation into a picture he posted on social media. Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith was made aware of the picture this week and began an internal investigation. Findings from that investigation indicated John Luttrell, the deputy involved, took the photograph and posted it to social media. The picture shows an officer next to a car with an unconscious woman in the driver's seat and a caption reading, "Another day at work." During the investigation, Sheriff Smith accepted the resignation of Deputy Luttrell.

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Whitley County Police Warn Of Another Phone Scam

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a phone scam targeting the area after an elderly man was scammed out of approximately $4,000. Officers warn these scams play on people’s emotions, often stating a loved one is in legal or medical trouble and needs money electronically transferred or 'loaded' onto a prepaid debit card or gift card. Scammers prefer these methods of transferring money because they make it difficult to track or recover the victim’s losses. The scammers may also use fear or intimidation, falsely identifying themselves as an IRS official. The IRS will never request credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to involve local law enforcement. If you have any reason to doubt the legitimacy of a caller, hang up and call the person, business or office they claimed to be associated with directly. If you do receive a scam call, do not give out any personal or financial information and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here or by calling the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

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Laurel County Police Looking For Missing 16 Year Old

 

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Laurel County Man Arrested After Domestic Violence Incident

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to Blakely Road on a domestic violence report. The investigation revealed 35 year old Ryan Carpenter had allegedly assaulted a woman, held her down and bit her arm. Deputies noted visible injury to the woman's arm. Carpenter was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Another Laurel County Man Arrested For Domestic Violence

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off Echo Valley Road on a report of domestic violence. Upon arrival at the scene they found that 50 year old John K. Feltner had allegedly choked and slapped a female victim. Feltner was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Clay County Man Arrested Accused Of Beating His Mother

Police in Clay County say a man has been arrested for beating his mother. Officers say 50 yaer old Paul Duncil used his fists to hit his mother several times all over her body. The mother, Betty Conner, told officials that Duncil assaulted her causing significant bruising on both her face and her body. Officials say that Duncil also threatened to kill his mother with a knife. Duncil was arrested and charged with first degree assault and terroristic threatening.

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Four Pulaski County Men Identified As Those Killed In Plane Crash

Officials have identified the four people who died in the crash of a small plane in south-central Kentucky as Dr. Kyle Stewart, Doug Whitaker, Scott Foster and his fifteen-year-old son. All four are from Pulaski County. Stewart was a dentist. Whitaker was a chaplain for the Somerset Police Department. Foster was an attorney. Friends say the four were returning from a hunting trip in Tennessee. The Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement that a Piper PA32 crashed near Glasgow Sunday afternoon. The FAA says the plane was heading to the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset. Kentucky State Police say three people were pronounced dead at the scene and a fourth victim was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Bowling Green. Part of the plane was lodged between large branches in a tree. The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate.

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