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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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.

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KSP Warning Of Scam Involving Fake Social Workers

Kentucky State Police are warning people about a scam involving fake social workers. Police say they've received several complaints since mid-April about people representing themselves as social workers on the phone or in person in an attempt to gain personal or financial information. So far, police say the scammers have not been successful in getting anyone’s personal information. Most of the reports are from McCreary County. Police suggest that if anyone contacts you claiming to be from a government entity, ask for proper credentials or contact the appropriate local agency to verify that person’s identity. Anyone with information about this scam is asked to call Kentucky State Police Post 11 at 878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.

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Two Women Arrested For Public Intoxication And Shoplifting At Dollar Store In Laurel County

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to the Dollar Store off Ky 80 where two women had reportedly been hanging around for nearly 3 hours and appeared to be intoxicated. When officers arrived their investigation determined both were intoxicated and both had taken items from the store without paying. 26 year old Tara Hines of Trosper and 23 year old Courtney Mills of Barbourville were arrested and charged with public intoxication – controlled substances and shoplifting. They were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Knox County Investigation Leads To Drug, Firearm And Auto Theft Arrests

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says a drug investigation lead deputies to a home on Merida Drive in Flat Lick. After a search David S. Merida was arrested on drug and firearms violations. Later deputies returned to the area for a follow-up investigation and made more arrests. They went to the home of David S. Merida and Margaret Merida's son, David C. Merida. Police found suspected meth, assorted drug paraphernalia, a vehicle with the VIN number removed, guns and a stolen road sign.  David C. Merida was arrested on various drug charges. He was also wanted on a Knox County warrant. Margaret was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking regarding the stolen vehicle. Another person there, Tasha N. Abner, was arrested. She was wanted on a Knox County warrant. All were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Man Killed In Head-On Crash In Jackson County Identified

Kentucky State Police have released the identity of a man killed in a head on collision in Jackson County. Troopers say the driver of a pickup lost control while traveling north on US-421 around 11 p.m. Sunday. According to police, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with another truck, killing that driver. The Jackson County coroner pronounced 55 year old Jack D. Jones of McKee dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Emergency crews transported the other driver and passenger to St. Joseph-Berea for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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Accused Robber Held At Gunpoint By Victims In Clay County Until Deputies Arrive

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says several people in Oneida were victims of a string of burglaries over the past couple months until a group of residents held 42-year-old Charles Ray at gunpoint in a home until deputies arrived. Sheriff Kevin Johnson said they don't want individuals taking law enforcement matters into their own hands, but in this particular case everything turned out okay. One victim, Lee Etris, who previously worked for the Department of Criminal Justice, said his property was burglarized and said he hopes to testify against Ray in court. Ray is charged with Burglary and Receiving Stolen Property. Sheriff Johnson said more charges are pending. Ray was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

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London Man Arrested After Police Responds To Overdose Call

Laurel County Sheriff Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off Upper Indian Camp Road on a possible overdose complaint. When they arrived they were unable to get anyone to come to the door. Officers looked in the windows and could see syringes in plastic bags on the floor an unresponsive man. Deputies were finally able to wake the man by yelling through the partially open window. Deputies later determined the man, 28 year old Benjamin David Wilson, had not overdosed. However, deputies found him in possession of three syringes (one appeared to be loaded), three baggies (one that appeared to have meth inside it) and a snorting straw. Wilson was arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Laurel County Police Find Large Quantity Of Meth And Pills

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a drug investigation resulted in the discovery of a large quntity of drugs on Walnut Ridge Road, about 7 miles south of London. Detectives and deputies found approximately 7 ounces of crystal meth, assorted pills, marijuana and cash. Sheriff John Root says the investigation is continuing and arrests are expected.
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Area Police Agencies Announce Ramped Up Patrols And Checkpoints As Part Of The Annual "Click It Or Ticket" Campaign

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office, London Police Department and Kentucky State Police are ramping up patrols and conducting traffic safety checkpoints this week. The checkpoints are being conducted during the annual statewide "Click It Or Ticket" campaign which runs from May 22nd through June 4th. Police hope the campaign will result in a safer Memorial Day Holiday.

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