Whitley County Police Warn Of Another Phone Scam

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a phone scam targeting the area after an elderly man was scammed out of approximately $4,000. Officers warn these scams play on people’s emotions, often stating a loved one is in legal or medical trouble and needs money electronically transferred or 'loaded' onto a prepaid debit card or gift card. Scammers prefer these methods of transferring money because they make it difficult to track or recover the victim’s losses. The scammers may also use fear or intimidation, falsely identifying themselves as an IRS official. The IRS will never request credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to involve local law enforcement. If you have any reason to doubt the legitimacy of a caller, hang up and call the person, business or office they claimed to be associated with directly. If you do receive a scam call, do not give out any personal or financial information and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here or by calling the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

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Laurel County Man Arrested After Domestic Violence Incident

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to Blakely Road on a domestic violence report. The investigation revealed 35 year old Ryan Carpenter had allegedly assaulted a woman, held her down and bit her arm. Deputies noted visible injury to the woman's arm. Carpenter was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Another Laurel County Man Arrested For Domestic Violence

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off Echo Valley Road on a report of domestic violence. Upon arrival at the scene they found that 50 year old John K. Feltner had allegedly choked and slapped a female victim. Feltner was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Clay County Man Arrested Accused Of Beating His Mother

Police in Clay County say a man has been arrested for beating his mother. Officers say 50 yaer old Paul Duncil used his fists to hit his mother several times all over her body. The mother, Betty Conner, told officials that Duncil assaulted her causing significant bruising on both her face and her body. Officials say that Duncil also threatened to kill his mother with a knife. Duncil was arrested and charged with first degree assault and terroristic threatening.

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Four Pulaski County Men Identified As Those Killed In Plane Crash

Officials have identified the four people who died in the crash of a small plane in south-central Kentucky as Dr. Kyle Stewart, Doug Whitaker, Scott Foster and his fifteen-year-old son. All four are from Pulaski County. Stewart was a dentist. Whitaker was a chaplain for the Somerset Police Department. Foster was an attorney. Friends say the four were returning from a hunting trip in Tennessee. The Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement that a Piper PA32 crashed near Glasgow Sunday afternoon. The FAA says the plane was heading to the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset. Kentucky State Police say three people were pronounced dead at the scene and a fourth victim was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Bowling Green. Part of the plane was lodged between large branches in a tree. The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate.

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Suspicious Vehicle Complaint Leads To Drug And Firearms Charges

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Ky 638, approximately 6 miles east of London, to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Officers found the vehicle, a Toyota Celica, driven by 30 year old Aaron Hayes of McKee. During the investigation Hayes was determined to be under the influence. Officers also found drug paraphernalia and a concealed weapon. As officers took him into custody Hayes resisted. He was charged with DUI, operating on suspended or revoked license, no insurance, possession, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. Hayes was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Indicted In Connection With Fatal Shooting Of Corbin Man

A man faces an indictment in the fatal shooting of a Corbin man while both were Western Kentucky University students. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, 21 year old Peter G. Gall was formally indicted by a Warren County grand jury on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the September 3rd death of 21-year-old Kenneth Davis. Gall entered a not guilty plea during a September initial court appearance. An arrest citation says Gall reported the shooting with a shotgun. The citation said Gall "wantonly caused the death of the victim," listing alcohol as a factor. Previous court testimony has called it an accidental shooting and said the death resulted from horseplay. Gall was released from jail September 8th on a $100,000 bond. An arraignment is set for December 11th.

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Whitley County Police Arrest Woman Wanted Out Of Madison County In Stolen Car

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a woman is behind bars after allegedly stealing a vehicle from another county. Deputies were called out to a Dollar General store in the Goldbug community where a woman was reportedly sitting in the vehicle and was believed to be under the influence. Officers say 29 year old Carrie Durham of Richmond tried to flee but was caught and taken into custody. The vehicle had been stolen from Madison County. Deputies cahrged her with resisting arrest and receiving stolen property. She was also wanted on other charges in Madison County. She was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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Knox County Police Nab Purse Snatcher

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to Happy Lane near Barbourville on a purse snatching complaint. The victim told officers 44 year old Michael Sampson grabbed her purse and ran off. She said when she tried to stop him, he punched her in the face. When deputies went to Sampson's home he denied taking the purse, but police saw the purse partially uncovered under a blow up mattress on the living room floor. Sampson was arrested and charged with robbery. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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