Laurel County Couple Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen After Getting Her Intoxicated

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a couple is in jail, accused of getting a 14-year-old girl intoxicated and sexually assaulting her. Deputies say 26 year old Chelsea Jackson picked the teenager up at her home in East Bernstadt and took her back to Jackson's home. According to an arrest citation, that's where Chelsea Jackson and her husband, 28 year old Dustin, gave the teen alcohol and marijuana. The documents say both Chelsea and Dustin Jackson admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana with the teen. Once the girl was under the influence, that's when deputies say the sexual assault took place. According to the sheriff's office, this all took place while the couple's children, ages six, four and three were at home. Chelsea Jackson is charged with sodomy, custodial interference, and criminal abuse. Dustin Jackson is charged with rape, custodial interference, and criminal abuse.

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Rockcastle County Water System Sale Approved

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the sale of the Eastern Rockcastle Water Association (ERWA) Friday. The association will be sold to Kentucky American Water Company (KAWC) for no more than $770,000. The PSC says the sale will benefit Eastern Rockcastle with greater resources for system improvements. ERWA serves more than 600 people, while KAWC serves nearly 131,000. The PSC says the sale is supported by Eastern Rockcastle's member-customers, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of the change. The current water rates are expected to stay the same.

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Economic Leaders Talk About Bringing Jobs To Eastern Kentucky

Business leaders and economic developers talked about bringing companies to Eastern Kentucky during the Economic Development Community Forum in Hazard last week. Community members were encouraged to ask questions. Economic developers said companies look at several things when considering a location, like if a location has the land to build on, a ready workforce, and what the cost will be for the company. Officials say when an industry comes to visit no one knows where one county starts and another county stops. If an industry has 200, 400 or 1,000 employees they're going to come from the region. During the forum many speakers said Eastern Kentucky is a great place for businesses because there is already a large number of people ready to work.

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Laurel County Police Investigating Stolen SUV

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Woman Running Outside Screaming Leads to A Laurel County Man's Arrest On Assault And Drug Charges

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to a home off Cole Road where neighbors reported a woman was running outside screaming for help saying a man was going to kill her. When deputies arrived they found the woman outside with no coat or warm clothes in temperatures below zero and that apparently a man there had threatened to kill her causing her to run outside. Deputies found the man, later identified as 60 year old Marvin Johnson, inside hiding under the covers in a bed. When they uncovered him he grabbed a deputy. After a short scuffle he was taken into custody. Police also found 2 glass pipes with suspected meth residue near Johnson. He was charged with assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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London Man Arrested After Walking In The Middle Of The Road While Intoxicated

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Ky 30 where a man was reportedly walking in the middle of the road. Officers found 27 year old Joshua R. Parsley of London there and determined he was under the influence. He admitted to deputies that he had been doing meth and suboxone. Parsley was arrested and charged with public intoxication – controlled substances. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Arrested After Home Break In

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a home off Paris Karr Road on a possible burglary in progress. A neighbor was watching a house while the owner was away and noticed someone inside and called police. Deputies found 28 year old Daniel Branham inside and arrested him. In addition to criminal trespassing he was also charged on a warrant for failure to appear in court regarding several traffic offenses. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Arrested In Laurel County After Assaulting Disabled Woman

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off Cole Road where a disabled woman had been assaulted. Officers found that a family member, 51 year old Billy Robinson, had hit the woman several times with his fists and had taken her cane and beat her with it. Deputies say she had extensive marks and bruising. Robinson was found hiding in a closet and after a short scuffle with police was taken into custody. Robinson was charged with assault and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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London Man Arrested After Threatening To Kill Neighbors

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man for terroristic threatening in London. Officers encountered 45 year old Kenneth Morgan on Ponderosa Drive. Morgan told deputies he was going to kill his neighbors. Morgan was arrested and charged with third-degree terroristic threatening. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Police Suspect Foul Play In Deaths Of Two People Found After Jackson County Car Fire

Kentucky State Police now say they suspect foul play in the deaths of two people found after a car fire in Jackson County in December. The bodies of Whitney Venable and Joey Marcum were found in a remote area on Rock Lick Creek Road. The fire was out when authorities arrived. They say one body was found inside the vehicle while the other was found outside the car. Both bodies were burned beyond recognition. Police still have not said how the pair died. They do not have anyone in custody in connection to the deaths at this time. The investigation is continuing.

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