Woman Arrested After Allegedly Trying To Bring Drugs Into The Laurel County Judicial Center

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a woman after she tried to bring drugs and needles into the Laurel County Judicial Center. Deputies say 44 year old Keresia Botner of London was arrested at the security checkpoint after she was found with three needles as well as three plastic bags with residue and a plastic container with a crystal substance in it. Botner is charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Knox County Man Arrested On Sexual Abuse Charges

Police say a man in Knox County faces a third degree sexual abuse charge. Officers arrested 30 year old Douglas Woodlee of Barbourville after a warrant was issued. According to the warrant, a 15-year-old girl claimed Woodlee fondled her chest outside her shirt in January of this year. Woodlee was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Man Accused Of Clay County Murder Pleads Not Guilty

A man accused of a Clay County murder plead not guilty this week before a judge. Police arrested Kenneth Grubb thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip. Police found Grubb in Butler County, Ohio. Grubb is accused of killing 61 year old Robert Burns. On May 4th, troopers discovered Burns' body in a wooded area off of Sol Hollow Road in the Oneida community of Clay County. Grubb is due in court June 5 for a preliminary hearing.

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Laurel County Man Charged After Teen Accidentally Shoots Another Teen In Car

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting a man is behind bars after a shooting involving teenagers in Laurel County. The shooting happened Monday afternoon in the Pittsburg area. Deputies say a 16-year-old girl was driving a car when a 15-year-old girl in the back seat shot her in the back. The driver was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Police say her injuries are not life-threatening, but serious. Investigators say it appears the shooting was an accident. Deputies say 25 year old Shawn Perkins is charged with unlawfully allowing a minor to possess a gun. Perkins was a passenger in the vehicle and owned the gun.

Three Men Caught In Stolen Vehicle On I-75 In Laurel County

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says three men are facing charges after they were caught driving a stolen vehicle on I-75. While investigating a hit-and-run crash on I-75 Monday, deputies noticed a damaged, white Chevrolet Impala. Deputies stopped the Impala and determined it was not involved in the hit-and-run but discovered it was reported stolen out of Rockcastle County. Deputies arrested the driver, 21 year old Richard Lovell and both the passengers, 20 year old David Bass and 20 year old Jordan McGuire, all three of Mount Vernon, on receiving stolen property charges. They were all lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Announces Public Hearing On Ky 30 Reconstruction

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed reconstruction of KY 30 in Jackson and Owsley counties. The proposed project begins at the new US 421/KY 30 intersection near Tyner in Jackson County and extends east to KY 847 near Travellers Rest in Owsley County. The public meeting will be held Thursday, June 8th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tyner Elementary School Gymnasium. The purpose of the hearing is to present the preferred alternative for review and to ask for feedback from attendees regarding the project. KYTC representatives will be available to receive comments and respond to questions. The hearing will be conducted in an open format, meaning that people may attend at any point of the hearing’s duration.  Both written and oral statements will be accepted at the hearing.  A court reporter will be available to accept and document all oral comments.  

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Laurel County Man Indicted In Deadly Hit-And-Run Case

A Knox County Grand Jury has indicted a man in a deadly hit-and-run crash. 46 year old John Melton is charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. Corbin police say Melton ran over 62 year old Roscoe Jones in February on Highway 25. According to detectives, the victim was walking to the ATM when he was hit. Jones was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he later died.


Summer Boating Season Kicks Off In Eastern Kentucky

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, boating season is in full swing. Law enforcement officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife are making their presence known on the waters. Their goal is to keep everyone safe. They say they're looking to make sure everyone on board has a life jacket, if there is a fire extinguisher, any flammable substances, a flotation device and a horn or sounding device, and of course fishing licenses for those fishing. Officers will continue to patrol the lake through the summer. For more information on boating safety, visit: www.fw.ky.gov/Boat/Pages/Boat-Safety.aspx

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Armadillo Found In Whitley County

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says after 46 years in law enforcement he's never seen an armadillo in this area. Harrell posted a photo on Facebook of an armadillo. Harrell said one of his deputies found and took the photo of the armadillo, which was found dead along Long Bottom’s Road in the Canadatown community. Harrell said he has heard of other parts of the state seeing the animal. Armadillos are typically found in Central America and in the south-central United States.


London PD Says Recent Booster Seat Event Was Busiest Yet

The London Police Department recently partnered with the Cumberland Valley Area Developement District to provide and install free booster seats. Organizers said providing the free booster seats help families in need and keep children safe. While the giveaway has been held in Laurel County before, organizers said this was the busiest one yet. They gave away 18 booster seats free of charge. Police say children should be in a booster seat until they're eight years old or 57 inches tall. They also said proper installation of a booster seat, is crucial. For more information on booster seat safety, you can call the Cumberland Valley Area Development District at 864-7391.

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