SOMERSET PARENTS CHARGED WITH ABUSING TWO YOUNG CHILDREN

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.

AMERICAN RED CROSS TO HOST DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MEETING TUESDAY

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS HOSTING A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MEETING TO DISCUSS EMERGENCY SHELTER AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANNING AT 7 PM ON APRIL 12TH AT THE LAUREL COUNTY COURTHOUSE, IN THE 3RD FLOOR FISCAL COURT ROOM.  DURING THE MEETING, THE RED CROSS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS.  ALL CHURCH LEADERS AND VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND, AS WELL AS ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN HELPING WITH EMERGENCY SHELTERS.

LAUREL COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT RESPOND TO A COMPLAINT OF A SHOPLIFTER AT TRI COUNTY INDUSTRIAL

According to Sheriff John Root,  Laurel Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Gaylor responded to a complaint of a shoplifter(who apparently was trying to steal a tool set) at Tri County Industrial Supply on U.S. 25E , 10 miles south of London, on Tuesday morning(4-5-11) at 11:20 A.M.  As the officer was enroute to the scene the suspect  allegedly attempted to flee the store , pushed an employee to the ground, and attempted to hit another employee with a hammer. As the suspect was fleeing the rear of the building to the parking lot , Laurel  Sheriff’s Sgt Gaylor arrived at the scene and observed the suspect running to get into his vehicle(a small pickup). Sgt Gaylor chased the suspect to his pickup where he tried to lock  the officer out, and was not successful. Sgt. Gaylor arrested the suspect without further incident. He is identified as Ryan S. Brock age 37 of Rydell Road, Corbin charged with Robbery 1st degree, and Fleeing or Evading  Police , 1st degree (on foot). Laurel Deputy Tim Smallwood assisted at the scene and  on the investigation. The suspect received a minor injury to his face in the scuffle with employees at Tri County Industrial., and was treated and will be released from St. Joseph London Hospital. He will be lodged in the Laurel County Jail.

 

LAUREL COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT ARREST TWO SUSPECTS AND CHARGE WITH THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING


According to Sheriff John Root,  Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy James Sizemore responded to a complaint of  suspects attempting to steal an air conditioner on Rocky Branch Road, 9 miles south of London on Tuesday afternoon (4-5-11) at  1:30 P.m. Apparently, the owner, Robert Dewees, observed two suspects in a Ford Pick up truck that were leaving his residence with his wall unit air conditioner in the bed of the pick up. The owner blocked the road with his vehicle so the suspects could not get away, and notified police. When Deputy Sizemore arrived at the scene , he arrested 2 suspects who are identified as: David W. Smith age 33 of Wesley Lane, Corbin,  and Erin M. Whittington(a female) age 32 of Red Bird Lane , London charging both with Theft By Unlawful Taking under $500, and lodged both in the Laurel County Jail. Deputy William Bo Harris assisted on the case.

BAPTIST REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER PROMOTES A SMOKE FREE CAMPUS


Baptist Regional Medical Center Promotes a Smoke-Free Campus

 

In an effort to promote a healthier environment for our patients, family members, guests and employees Baptist Regional Medical Center will become a smoke-free campus effective May 2, 2011.

 

“Although I respect personal choices, we have made the decision to become a smoke-free campus to promote a healthier environment for our staff, patients and others visiting the hospital,” said John Henson, President.

 

It is BRMC’s decision to prohibit smoking on campus which includes personal vehicles and parking lots at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Baptist Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, Baptist Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Baptist Human Resources.  BRMC is committed to the health and safety of our patients, their families and other visitors to the hospital. In a state that has the highest smoking rate in the nation at 29 percent, compared to the national average of 21 percent, Kentucky’s incidence and death rates for cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and other cancer-related diseases far exceed the national averages. Taking a leadership position on an issue that has such a drastic impact on the health of Kentucky’s residents is a logical progression. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, more than 30,000 Americans – including 8,000 Kentuckians – die each year as a result of tobacco use, and secondhand smoke kills more than 50,000 nonsmokers each year.  Knowing all of the harmful health effects caused by tobacco we feel it is our responsibility to take this initiative. We ask that you refrain from smoking while visiting the hospital and other specified locations.

LAUREL LAKE CAMPGROUNDS UNDER REPAIR, OPEN LATER

Laurel Lake campgrounds under repair, open later

WINCHESTER, Ky., April 5, 2011 – The Forest Service campgrounds at Laurel River Lake will open a little later this year due to ongoing structural repairs. The repair work is necessary after recent theft and vandalism at shower houses and restrooms, which left the facilities in nonoperational condition.

On April 15, 54 campsites are expected to be available at Holly Bay Campground. Twenty-two campsites will be open at Grove. The remainder of each campground will open for use once repairs are completed.

The Craigs Creek Group-use Campground is planned for opening on May 6. The boat-in campgrounds, White Oak and Grove, are expected to open on May 13.
 
For more information, contact the London Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest at 606-864-4163.

LAUREL COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT RESPOND TO DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

According to Sheriff John Root,  Laurel Sheriff’s Deputies received a complaint of a female who had been found dead on Taylor School Road at a residence, 8 miles east of London on Tuesday afternoon (4-5-11) at approx 4:20 P.M. The victim is identified as Elizabeth Irene Hibbitts age 54 of Taylor School Road , London. The cause of her death is under investigation by Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis. Apparently, she was last seen alive on Monday afternoon(4-4-11) at approximately 5:30 P.M. when her nephew dropped her off near her residence which was a cabin on a hill in the woods. Her daughter became concerned about her well being on Tuesday afternoon when she had not heard from her.  She was found deceased in the front yard of her residence on Tuesday afternoon approximately 4:20 P.M.  apparently by some relatives sent by the victim’s daughter to check on her. Laurel Deputy Kris Vanover, Laurel Deputy Coroner pronounced the victim dead.

Assisting at the scene was Laurel Sheriff John Root, Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, Sgt Greg Poynter, London Laurel County Rescue Squad, and the Laurel County Coroner’s Office.

Foul play is not suspected at this time. Cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Investigation is continuing by Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis.

 

 

           

GOVERNOR/LT GOVERNOR CANDIDATES WILLIAMS AND FARMER VISIT LAUREL COUNTY

Kentucky Governor and Lt. Governor Candidates, Senate President David Williams and Commissioner Richie Farmer visited the Laurel County Area yesterday. The two spoke to the group about standing up for values, coal and bringing more jobs into the state. 

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LAUREL SHERIFF DEPARTMENT RESPOND TO COMPLAINT OF POSSIBLE INTOXICATED MAN

According to Sheriff John Root,  Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy William Bo Harris responded to a complaint of a possible intoxicated man who had damaged a pickup truck belonging to someone else on Ky 363(Keavy Road) , 7 miles south of London on Monday afternoon(4-4-11).  Upon investigation , Deputy Harris arrested the man for Alcohol intoxication 1st degree. He is identified as

John Sherman Powell age 34 of Keavy Road London. Apparently, the accused had been drinking alcoholic beverages, and had been in an argument with his girlfriend on the phone, and upon hanging up the phone , rammed his head into the side of a 2000 green colored Dodge pickup parked nearby and belonging to someone else. The pickup had a huge dent in the body as a result. The accused was also charged with Criminal Mischief 1st degree for damaging the pickup.  Deputy Harris also checked the accused through NCIC  and learned that he was a Sex Offender out of Michigan and had failed to register with Kentucky. The accused is also charged with Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry, 1st offense. He was lodged in the Laurel County Jail.

UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS MEN'S BASEBALL ROUNDUP!

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Last week, University of the Cumberlands (UC) baseball team hosted Asbury College on Tuesday March 29th and then was on the road over the weekend as they traveled to Port Smith, OH to take on Mid-South Conference (MSC) foe Shawnee State University.

 

On Tuesday the Patriots played hard, but dropped games, 7-1 and 5-1. 

 

Game one starter Brandon Weir (Stanford, KY) was able to record one out before being taken out of the game after giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  After the 1st inning Asbury managed to score 3 runs total over the last 6 innings.

 

The Patriots lone run came in the 3rd inning.  Alex Ramon (Miami, FL) led the inning with a walk and the next batter Justin Jackson (Jacksonville, FL) hit a double in the gap to score Ramon.

 

The loss went to Cumberlands Brandon Weir and the win was credited to Cody Christopher.

 

In game 2 the Patriots pushed a run across the plate first in the 2nd inning.  Jeff Davison (Brentwood, TN) hit a double deep to left centerfield and then Josh Wood (Winchester, KY) hit a hard ground ball up the middle to get the run in.  That would be all the scoring for Cumberlands in the game as Asbury scored 5 unanswered runs to take the lead and the ballgame.

 

Patriot starter Donovan Feenstra (Calgary, Canada) went 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 strikeouts while picking up the loss.  Getting the win for Asbury was Gardner Adams.

 

Leading the Patriots on the day was Justin Jackson with 4 hits and Jeff Davison with 3 hits.  Asbury was led by Bowling who had 3 hits, an RBI, and a run scored in game 1.

 

Going into the weekend the Patriots faced an uphill battle to take over sole possession of second place in the MSC Western Division.  After Campbellsville came away with a sweep of Georgetown during their weekend series, it left the door wide open for Cumberlands.  The Patriots were determined to not let the opportunity slip through their fingers so they did what it took to get the job done.

 

In game 1 on Friday the Patriots fell behind early after Phillip Butler hit a 2 out solo homer in the bottom of the 1st inning.

 

In the top of the 3rd inning Cumberlands gained the lead after Justin Jackson and Sean Mahley (Cambridge, OH) came around to score to go up 2-1.  Jackson led the inning with a walk and stole second base.  Andrew Fox (Seymour, TN) was up next and hit a single to score Jackson.   Courtesy runner Alex Ramon was thrown out attempting to steal second before Sean Mahley was able to reach second after an error by the left fielder on a fly ball.  Blake Debacher (Miami, FL) was next up and he hit a single to score to score Mahley.

 

With the lead and momentum on their side Cumberlands came out in the bottom half of the inning and gave it right back.  Shawnee State was able to score 6 runs in the inning compiling 5 hits, 1 walk, and 1 hit by pitch. 

 

That would be all Shawnee State would need as they took game 1 by a score of 8-4 after both teams added some runs late.  The highlight for the Patriots came in the 7th inning when Jeff Davison hit a solo homerun to right center field.

 

Getting the loss for Cumberlands was starter Sean Mahley who went 2.2 innings allowing 7 runs on 6 hits.  The win was credited to Andrew Carter.

 

In game 2 Shane Stancil was able to go 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 9 hits with 3 strikeouts while improving his record to 6-0 on the season.

 

The difference in the ballgame was Cumberlands offense that finally woke up.  In the 2nd inning Blake Debacher hit a single followed by a single from Evan Bennett (Winchester, KY).  Jeff Davison then hit a double to score Debacher and 2 batters later Thomas Noll (Petersburg, KY) hit a single scoring 2 to put the Patriots up 3-1.

 

In the 3rd Jared Martin (Cynthiana, KY) got the inning started with a double and later scored on an error by the shortstop to put UC in the lead 4-1.  In the 4th Cumberlands added 2 more runs when Charles Hyde (Fort Mitchell, KY) got hit by a pitch and Alex Ramon hit him in with a double.  Then Justin Jackson hit Ramon in to give the Patriots the 6-1 advantage.

 

Shawnee State would add 3 runs of their own in the next 2 innings to cut the lead to 6-4 going into the last inning.

 

In the top half of the 7th the Patriots Jared Martin led off with a single that was followed by 2 sac bunts from Andrew Fox and Blake Debacher, both being able to get on base.  One run would score on a single form Jeff Davison and another run would score on a squeeze by Charles Hyde.  The Patriots headed into the bottom half with a 9-4 lead.

 

Coming in relief of Shane was Trey Anderson (Lexington, KY) who made things interesting but was able to get out of a jam with runners on third and second.  Shawnee State managed to score 3 runs but Trey got the last batter to ground out to third to end the game.  Cumberlands was able to break a 5 game losing streak as they won 9-7.

 

In game 3 Shawnee State was the team that came out looking to make something happen with 2 runs in the 1st inning and 2 runs in the 3rd inning.  Patriots’ starter Clint Davis (Chico, CA) got the loss as he went 2 innings before being taken out because of injury. 

 

Cumberlands scored 1 run in the game in the 3nd inning when Blake Debacher reached second on a double before Josh Wood scored him on a single to the left side.  The win went to Carter Bledsoe as Shawnee State won 5-1.

 

In game 4 the Patriots were looking to even the series and they ripped the ball in the 1st inning to jump up 6-0.  The highlight of the inning was a 3 run homerun by Josh Wood.

 

Brandon Williams (Catlettsburg, KY) got the win going 6 innings allowing 6 runs on 10 hits to improve his record to 7-1 on the season. Quentin Bowman (Knoxville, TN) came in for the 7th inning and finished the game with 2 strikeouts.  The loss went to Shawnee State’s Austin Dunfee.

 

Leading the Patriots on the weekend was Justin Jackson who had 7 hits, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBIs.  Also contributing on the weekend was Jared Martin with 7 hits, 4 runs scored, and 1 RBI.  Evan Bennett chipped in with 6 hits and Jeff Davison had 5 hits.

 

Shawnee State was led by Danny Gesick who had 5 hits ( 3 homeruns), 9 RBIs, and 5 runs scored.

 

The Patriots go into the week with an overall record of 27-14 (11-9 MSC).  Cumberlands will travel to Barbourville, KY to take on #14 Union College (KY) on Tuesday April 5, 2011 with game time set for 4:00 p.m.  Then on Wednesday    April 6, 2011 the Patriots will host Union College (KY) at 4:00 pm.  For the weekend the Patriots will host MSC opponent Lindsey Wilson College in a 4 game series with games on Friday April 8, 2011 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and games on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m.  The Patriots will also be hosting Alumni Weekend as they have invited all former players back to the ballpark.

 

For more information on the Patriots baseball team you can follow them on twitter @uccoachshelton or visit the athletics website http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com.

 

Article Provided by Shane Anglin, University of the Cumberlands Department of Multimedia and Athletic Services Journalist and Special Events Coordinator