Pulaski County Police Say Arrests Likely Soon In The Case Of An Elderly Man's Murder

Pulaski County Police revealed new information in the June 20th murder of an elderly man. Investigators discovered the body of 72-year-old Ronald Mundy inside his Tateville home near Loop 5 off U.S. 27. Fire destroyed the home, but not the evidence of what happened to Mundy. Police believe Mundy was killed several days before anyone found him. A member of the Tateville Fire Department driving by noticed the house on fire. Firefighters were able to put out the flames before the fire destroyed evidence of the crime. Police do not believe this was a random act and think the killers knew Mundy very well. In fact, investigators believe they know who killed Mundy. Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck says they are waiting on more evidence before they make the arrests. Police say more arrests could happen based on the outcome of the investigation.

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Barbourville Woman Charged With Burglary After Stolen Shotguns Found In Pawn Shop

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a woman after she allegedly stole two shotguns and then pawned them. Officers received a report that two shotguns had been taken from a home on Charcoal Lane in Barbourville. The next day they were told those two shotguns had been found in a local pawn shop. After investigating the complaint, deputies arrested 37 year old Jennifer Elaine Valentine of Barbourville and charged her with first degree burglary. While processing Valentine at the Knox County Detention Center, authorities say they found a used meth pipe in her possession. She was then charged with promoting contraband and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Laurel County Police Investigating Stolen ATV

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Laurel County Couple Arrested After Smoking Marijuana While Caring For Baby

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a couple were arrested after allegedly smoking marijuana while caring for a baby. Police and Social Service workers were checking on a physical abuse complaint when they say they saw Stephanie Lynne Smith outside the home under the influence. Deputies found bongs used for smoking marijuana, two pipes with residue, rolling papers and other drug paraphernalia in the home. An 11-month-old boy was inside the home. Police say Smith and her live-in boyfriend, Jason Darrell Smith, smoked marijuana inside the residence while the baby was there. Both were charged with public intoxication – controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and wanton endangerment. Social Services placed the 11-month-old with other family members.

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London Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Drug Trafficking

A Laurel County man will spend 12 years in prison for drug trafficking. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says 25 year old Mark Gavin of London pleaded guilty in Laurel Circuit Court to a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine. In December 2016, deputies arrested Gavin and one other person off Keavy Road west of London. Sheriff John Root, detectives and deputies were conducting a drug investigation there when they found 11 bags of crystal meth, two sets of digital scales, cash, a shotgun and a loaded .45 caliber Taurus handgun.

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Two People Behind Bars In Whitley County Murder Case

Kentucky State Police released the identities of those involved in a Whitley County murder. Chris Lowe and Lori Mattie were arrested. Investigators say they were called about a woman lying in the middle of Mud Creek Road unresponsive. Troopers followed a trail of blood to a home where they found Michelle Marlow dead. Lowe and Mattie were found in the home with blood on them. Lowe also had an injured hand. Neither could explain to police why they had blood on them. Police say witnesses saw the two hitting a woman with a stick and Lowe dragging her out of the street. Mattie is charged with murder. Lowe is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

Whitman Branch Shooting Range Closed After Recurring Vandalism

After months of reported vandalism, the United States Forest Service closed a popular recreation area until repairs are made. The Whitman Branch Shooting Range near Laurel Lake was closed this week due to extensive damages at the site. District Ranger Jason Nedlo said due to inappropriate use and vandalism over time, the recreational shooting range had deteriorated to an unsafe and unsightly condition. U.S. Forest Service officials plan to renovate the shooting range and Nedlo says it’ll be a significant price to do everything they’re looking to do, probably 20 to 30 thousand dollars, and if you add employee pay in that you could easily double that number. The range will have an awning among other things. They hope to have it back open sometime this fall.

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KSP Investigating Whitley County Shooting

Kentucky State Police are trying to find out what led to a death in Whitley County. It happened Sunday night on Mud Creek Road, south of Williamsburg. Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says one person is dead and another was detained in the case. More information will be released later.

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Laurel County Store Clerk And Two Others Arrested In Staged Robbery

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested three people Monday in relation to a staged robbery case. Deputies say a reported armed robbery at East 80 Grocery Sunday morning was the work of a store clerk and two others who wanted to steal money from the store. Investigators say 47 year old Bobby Lee Goins allegedly entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, 50 year old Jeffery Minton, implying he had a gun and left the store with a large amount of money. Police said Goins was driven to and from the store by his daughter, 27 year old Bertha Ann Isgrigg. Minton is accused of taking money from the cash register before the fake robbery and calling 911 to report he was robbed. Minton is charged with complicity to commit robbery, falsely reporting an incident and theft by unlawful taking. Goins is charged with robbery. Isgrigg is charged with complicity to commit robbery. They were all lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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High Speed Chase In Knox County Ends In Officer Involved Shooting

Kentucky State Police are investigating after a high speed chase on 25E in Knox County ended in an officer involved shooting. The chase ended near the Rite Aid in Barbourville. Several Barbourville Police officers and Knox County sheriff's deputies were involved in the chase. Police say 29 year old Brandon Moses of Bledsoe was driving when he failed to stop after police turned on their emergency lights, resulting in the chase. The Kentucky State Police says Moses ended the chase, got out of the car with his hand behind his back and threatened to harm officers on the scene. Officers say he would not respond to commands and police shot him. Moses was taken to Barbourville ARH and flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and was, at last report, in serious condition.

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