Grand Jury Indicts Two Men In Connection With Laurel County Murder

A grand jury indicted two men in connection with the murder of a woman in Laurel County this week. The five-count indictment charges Jeffery Scott Taylor with murder, tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender. Boyd Simpson is charged with tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender.Taylor is accused of killing Shannon Vaughn Saylor with a rock and dumping her body in Clay County. Simpson is accused of helping Taylor cover up the murder.

Taylor Boyd

Woman Arrested In Laurel County For DUI After Crash

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle traffic crash on Keavy Road. Officers found a vehicle partially in the ditch. The driver, 39 year old Mary Partin, said a fox ran out in front of her causing her to swerve off the road. During the investigation deputies detected an alcohol odor on Partin and determined she was under the influence. Partin was arrested and charged with DUI. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Mary Partin

Intoxicated Woman Arrested In Laurel County After Allegedly Knocking On Doors And Getting Into Vehicles

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says Deputies were called out to Esquire Lane where a woman was reportedly knocking on people's doors and getting into vehicles. Deputies found 28 year old Whitney Broughton of Keavy and determined during an investigation that she was under the influence. Broughton was arrested and charged with public intoxication – controlled substances. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Whitney Broughton

Two Laurel County Women Arrested For Shoplifting

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Walmart near Corbin where the store's loss prevention had detained two women. Allegedly 22 year old Stephanie Hensley and 24 year old Cheyanne Wagner, both of Keavy, were seen using the self checkout lane scanning some items and not others, but still putting them in the bag. Hensley and Wagner were arrested and charged with shoplifting. They were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Hensley Wagner

Laurel County Police Searching For Missing Teen And Her Baby

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies are searching for a missing girl and her five-month-old baby. 17 year old Shelby Booker went missing Wednesday around 4 p.m. at some apartments off County Farm Road, just west of London. Booker is around five-feet-tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.


Lawsuit Accuses former Knox County Sheriff And Others Of Framing A Man For Murder

The Corbin News Journal is reporting a former Knox County Sheriff and half a dozen other law enforcement officers have been sued after a man was acquitted of murder charges last year. 37 year old William “Bill” Anderson of Campbell County, Tennessee, filed a lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in London against former Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, former deputy Derek Eubanks, as well Kentucky State Police officers Jason York, Brian Johnson, Mark Mefford, Jackie Joseph and Tyson Lawson. Anderson alleges officers framed him for the 2011 murder of Bob Wiggins in Bell County. Anderson was acquitted of the murder charges by a jury in 2016. Co-defendant James Sizemore later pleaded guilty to Wiggins’ murder. In April of this year another lawsuit was brought against Kentucky State Police Detectives Jason York, Brian Johnson, Mark Mefford, Dallas Eubanks, Kelly Farris, Jackie Pickrell, Jason Bunch, former Knox County Sheriff John Pickard and Officer Derek Eubanks, and former Barbourville Police Officer Mike Broughton. Knox County and the City of Barbourville were also named as institutional defendants. That lawsuit, filed on behalf of Jonathan Taylor and Amanda Hoskins, alleges they were arrested for the 2010 murder of Catherine Mills of Flat Lick. Both their cases were dismissed in 2016.

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Corrections Officers In Clay County Assaulted By Inmate

A man already in jail in Clay County is now facing additional charges after he allegedly assaulted two corrections officers. The Clay County jailer says officers were escorting Danny Stewart to the visitation area. The jailer says something happened, and Stewart was no longer allowed to go to visitation. Officers then placed Stewart in a holding cell. The jailer says Stewart threatened another inmate in the cell, so the officers went into cell to try to resolve the issue. At that point, the jailer says Stewart assaulted the officers. Both officers have minor injuries. Stewart is now charged with two counts of assault of an officer. He was in jail on multiple charges, including murder.

Danny Stewart

Truck Driver Arrested In London Accused Of Hitting And Pushing Car With His Truck While Drunk

The London Police Department says a drunk man pushed a car with his tractor-trailer in London Wednesday morning. Around 12:21 a.m., police received a complaint about a man who left a restaurant drunk. The man, 32 year old Thomas Hensley of Siler, is accused of getting into his tractor-trailer and hitting a car with someone inside. A witness says Hensley hit the car, backed up and hit it again, pushing it sideways across the parking lot. The witness climbed up to to the driver’s side door and removed the keys while Hensley was still in the truck. Officers say a man and woman were in the car Hensley hit. They were traveling and parked to rest. Police said Hensley was extremely intoxicated. He was arrested and charged with C.D.L. under the influence of alcohol, DUI with aggravated circumstances, first-degree wanton endangerment and failure of the owner to maintain required insurance. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Thomas Hensley

Keavy Man Arrested On Drug Charges

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a man is facing several charges after police say he stole several items and ran from police while high on drugs. Deputies responded to a complaint about someone possibly breaking into a semi trailer at a Pilot truck stop off West Cumberland Gap Parkway. Deputies say, when they got there, they saw 32 year old Jason David Blevins of Keavy coming from between two tractor trailers carrying a backpack. When Blevins saw them, he ran into a nearby business. Once inside the business, deputies say Blevins refused the deputy’s commands but was arrested a short time later. Deputies determined Blevins was high on drugs and also found he had hypodermic needles, a baggie of suspected crystal methamphetamine and several stolen items in his backpack. Blevins was charged with fleeing or evading police, disorderly conduct, drug possession (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication by controlled substances and theft by unlawful taking. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Jason David Blevins

London PD Gets New K-9

The London Police Department has a new dual purpose K-9 who just completed his two-month training with handler Officer Jacob Bormann. Jack, a Belgian Malinois is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, article and building searches, handler protection, and criminal apprehension. Bormann, who’s been with the department for seven years, said his main job will be helping them find narcotics, but he’ll also be able to assist in tracking potential suspects along with criminal apprehension. Jack will also assist with building searches, which can be a dangerous situation for an officer. Ofc. Bormann says being a K-9 handler is something he’s desired to do since he was a child. The London Police Department currently has another narcotics K-9, Tyson, who is handled by Officer Greg Turner. The addition of Jack will benefit the department by having a K-9 present on both day and night shift. Each K-9 works a maximum of eight years with the Department before they retire.

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