Laurel County Couple Behind Bars After Police Find 4 Year Old Crawling Around Drugs And Needles

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says two parents are in jail after they found their child crawling around drugs and needles. Deputies were called out on a 911 call about a couple fighting at a home on Pepperhill Drive. Officers say Raymond and Stephanie Elam were taken into custody. While there they found white crystal residue on pop cans, a glass pipe and marijuana. In the kitchen they found a 4-year-old child crawling around where there was also hyperdermic needles and pills nearby. The couple face numerous drug-related offenses. Raymond Elam was also charged on an outstanding warrant on failure to appear for court. Police say the child was placed in the custody of Social Services.

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Laurel County Man Arrested For Burglary

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a reported theft at a storage building off Echo Valley Road. Officers were told furniture and household appliances had been stolen. Deputies learned a red Ford F-150 pickup had been seen there and further investigation led them to 77 year old Robert Cole of Lily. Cole was arrested and charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Traffic Stop Leads To DUI And Drug Arrests

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a traffic stop resulted in two arrests. Deputies noticed a truck outside London with an expired tag and pulled it over. Both the driver and the passenger were found to be under the influence. The passenger, 27 year old Kellie Jo Baker, also had several needles. Baker told officials she was using those needles to shoot Suboxone. The driver, 26 year old Anthony Shepherd, was charged with driving under the influence and numerous other traffic violations. Baker was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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KSP's 'Cram The Cruiser' Drive Kicks Off

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their eighth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 22. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.11. Collection sites for donations have been established at all of KSP’s 16 posts and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region offices throughout the state as well as the agency’s headquarters in Frankfort. KSP is also teaming up with Kroger and Pepsi for special collection events on Dec. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at designated Kroger stores throughout the state including the south Corbin location and south 27 in Somerset. Suggested donations include non-expired canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations in the areas where they are collected.

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London Homeless Shelter Hosts Open House After One Year Anniversary

Recently, the Good Samaritan House in London celebrated its one year anniversary with an open house. The Good Samaritan House is a homeless shelter that helps people get back on their feet through a job search and Christian ministries. Director at the Good Samaritan House, Dorothy Reimer, says it isn't your average shelter. She said one of the requirements is to work to get back on their feet. She said they like to look at it as extending a hand up and not a handout. The Good Samaritan house has helped around 113 people since it opened its doors in 2016. Reimer says the shelter runs completely on donations. If you would like to donate to the Good Samaritan House, you can stop by their London location on 4th Street. If you have clothing donations, Reimer asks you to take them to the local GoodWill and ask for the clothing to be donated into the “The Good Samaritan House” section.

Man Arrested After Stolen Items From Scott And Harrison Counties Found In Laurel County

A Scott County man was arrested after investigators say he stole items from Scott and Harrison counties, then took the items to Laurel County to sell them. According to his arrest citation, Ronald Burke told investigators that he and another person went out to Muddy Ford Road twice to steal items. Investigators say the victim reported two dirt bikes, an air compressor, gas cans, tools and other items missing from his barn. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says investigators found some of those items at a home off Parker Road, west of London. Burke reportedly told investigators that he another person drove the items to Laurel County to sell them. Burke is charged with third-degree burglary. Laurel County deputies as well as those in Scott and Harrison Counties continue to investigate.

Christmas Holiday Events Offered At Kentucky Parks

The Kentucky State Parks system is gearing up for the Christmas season by offering candlelight tours, special meals and entertainment. Parks officials say special Christmas tours are planned at such historic homes as Waveland, White Hall and My Old Kentucky Home. Resort parks are planning special meals and events for children. Officials say the resort parks have restaurants, meeting areas and gift shops that offer unique gift ideas. That includes Kentucky Unbridled Spirit gift cards, which are valid at Kentucky State Parks, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Officials say all resort parks will be open for lodging seven days a week this winter. Many of those resort parks will also hold New Year's Eve parties and dinners Dec. 31.

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Laurel County Police Recover Stolen Items From Two Counties

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies, working with their counterparts in Scott County, have recovered several stolen items in a string of recent thefts. The items were stolen from Scott and Harrison counties. Deputies found two mini bikes, some power tools, a ladder and other items at a home on Parker Road just west of London. Investigators say there have been no arrests in the case yet, but deputies are looking for suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.

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Whitley County Deputy Credited With Saving A 4 Year Old Boy And Arresting The Boy's Father

A Whitley County deputy is credited with saving a four-year-old child and arresting his father after finding them sitting in a stopped SUV on the interstate. The deputy responded to a call about a driver needing assistance. The deputy found the SUV parked in the left lane of I-75 northbound without any headlights on about a mile from the Tennessee border. When the deputy turned on his blue lights, the driver, 28 year old Robert Cook of Knoxville, put his hands out the window and shouted that he was complying. When the deputy approached the SUV, he says Cook was chewing on a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana and appeared to be under the influence. The deputy detained Cook and came back to the SUV where he found a white crystal substance, which field tested positive as methamphetamine, in the floorboard and a four-year-old boy seated in the backseat. Cook was arrested on drug possession, tampering with physical evidence, driving on a DUI suspended license, endangering the welfare of a minor and wanton endangerment charges. A Williamsburg police officer took Cook to the Whitley County Detention Center while the Whitley County deputy stayed with the four-year-old unto social services arrived. While waiting for social services, the deputy experienced physical affects associated with exposure to the drug fentanyl, so the four-year-old and the deputy were both medically evaluated at Jellico Community Hospital.

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Trooper Injured In Laurel County Crash Returns Home

A Kentucky State Trooper from Hazard has returned home after spending more than a month in the hospital recovering from a car crash. He had nearly 20 broken bones. Back in September, 26 year old Trooper Ethan Lewis lost control of his cruiser and went off a 150-foot embankment in London on I-75. Lewis found himself trapped in the wreckage for hours and called for help himself. Lewis' KSP brotherhood along with his wife and daughter honored him with a celebration at KSP Post 13. During his time in the hospital, Lewis said he did not spend a moment alone, as his family members or one of his KSP brothers were always with him. But, now that he is back home he said he is glad to be closer to going back to work.