Magistrate In Knox County Found Not Guilty Of Federal Charges

A federal jury found a Knox County magistrate not guilty this week. Magistrate Jerry 'Rabbit' Cox's trial began earlier this week in London. A grand jury indicted him in October 2016 for allegedly using county workers to complete private projects. Between June 2013 and June 2014, Cox allegedly had more than $5,000 worth of gravel and culverts installed on private property.

Man Arrested In Knox County After Crashing Moped While Under The Influence

A Knox County man spent three days in jail and must pay $718 in fines and court costs after admitting he was intoxicated when he wrecked his moped. 56 year old Roy Bright pleaded guilty to one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants at his arraignment in Knox District Court. Deputies say they were called to the scene of the crash on Ky. 830 in Corbin. When they arrived they saw four beers on the moped. In addition to the DUI charge, Bright was served with a warrant out of Knox County charging him with public intoxication in a public place and a warrant out of Laurel County on a charge of taking fish under the legal size limit. Bright was arrested and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Prosecutors Seeking The Death Penalty Against Williamsburg Woman Accused Of Killing Her Family

Prosecutors have formally moved to seek the death penalty against a Williamsburg woman, who is accused of killing her husband and her two teenager daughters while they slept in January. Commonwealth's Attorney Allen Trimble filed an official notice of his intent to seek the death penalty against 41 year old Courtney Taylor, who is charged with three counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of 56 year old Larry Taylor, 18 year old Jesse Taylor and 13 year old Jolee Taylor. The notice moves to seek the death penalty and any other penalty provided by law against Courtney Taylor. Those other penalties would include a possible sentence of life without the possibility of parole or life without the possibility of parole for 25 years if she is convicted and jurors opt not to give her the death penalty. Taylor is due back in court on June 5 for a pre-trial conference before special Judge Jeffrey Burdette. She is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.

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London Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says officers are investigating a single vehicle fatal motorcycle crash. It happened on US 25 about 6 miles south of London Tuesday night. The investigating detective reports that apparently a 2009 Harley-Davidson was traveling northbound when it ran off the road causing a fatal injury to the operator. The rider is identified as 50 year old Kenneth Edward Mays of London. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Laurel County Police Say A Shoplifting Complaint Results In Drug Roundup Arrest

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a shoplifting complaint resulted in a drug roundup arrest. Deputies arrested 35 year old Michael Bowling of London at the Family Dollar Store off Highway 30. When deputies responded to a shoplifting complaint at the store, they were told Bowling allegedly shoplifted deodorant then came back and returned the deodorant from his pocket to the shelf. Deputies say they found Bowling had a needle and after further investigation learned he was wanted on a Laurel County warrant charging him with drug trafficking. The sheriff’s office had been looking for Bowling since January 6. He was one of 35 people being sought on drug trafficking charges as part of a drug roundup. So far, 28 of those people have been arrested. Bowling faces several charges, including drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting, among others. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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London PD Partner To Provide Free Child Booster Seats To Families In Need

The London Police Department and Cumberland Valley Area Development District are working together to offer free child booster seats to families in need. The event is Thursday, May 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the London-Laurel County Farmer’s Market. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children one to 13 years old. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by using a properly installed car seat. When child safety seats are used correctly, they are 71 percent effective in reducing infant fatalities, 67 percent effective in reducing the need for hospitalization and 54 percent effective in reducing fatalities for children ages one to four. Under Kentucky law, any child less than 40 inches tall must be in a child and/or infant seat while riding in a vehicle. Any child who is younger than eight years old and between 40 and 57 inches tall must be secured in a booster seat. All children more than eight years old or more than 57 inches tall must be secured in a seat belt.

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KSP Investigating Fatal Jackson County Crash

The Kentucky State Police says Troopers are investigating a fatal crash that happened early Monday morning in Jackson County. It happened on Highway 577 near the intersection of George McQueen Road. Troopers say a 2004 Chevrolet SUV was going east on 577 when it crossed the oncoming lane of traffic and went off the left side of the road. The vehicle hit an embankment and rolled over several times before stopping over a hillside. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner. At last report the identity of the driver had not yet been released.

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Knox County Police Arrest Man On Robbery Charges

Knox County deputies arrested a man on several charges after they say he tried to rob a man and ended up in a fight. Police responded to a call about a fight on the Court Square in Barbourville. They say when they got there 27 year old Nathan Carter of Barbourville had already fled the scene. Police say a business owner told them Carter approached him while he was leaving with the money box after closing his business for the night. Police say the two men got into a fight, but Carter ran off the first chance he got. Deputies found Carter moments later and arrested him. He is charged with second degree robbery, public intoxication, fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.

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Clay County Man Arrested Accused Of Hog Tying Woman To Truck

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man accused of hog-tying a woman to a truck. Police say Frankie Estep tied a woman to the front of a truck and tied a brick to her leg. According to an arrest citation, a witness saw Estep drag the woman to the truck and heard him say, "You ain't gonna die at my house but you're gonna die elsewhere." Clay County 911 received a call about the disturbance on Upper Rader Road. When police arrived at the scene, they found Christina Smith-Hubbard tied up with bricks tied to her and unconscious. Deputies said Hubbard suffered severe injuries. Officers say if the witness had'nt called 911 the victim would'nt have survived. Hubbard was taken to UK Medical Center where she is recovering from her injuries. Estep is charged with unlawful imprisonment.

Three Deputies Assaulted While Responding To Domestic Violence Complaint

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a couple is facing charges after three deputies were attacked while responding to a domestic violence complaint. It happened at a home off Kentucky Highway 1223 in Corbin. Deputies say 42 year old Dennis Stewart was standing in the front yard when they got to the home, but he ran into the home and tried to put his 13-year-old son between himself and the deputies. Officers say when they tried to arrest him he attacked them head butting one deputy and striking another deputy causing serious injury to both. A third deputy was also assaulted. Three deputies were sent to the home because Stewart had a previous altercation with an officer. Two deputies were taken to the hospital to be treated. During the scuffle, deputies say the man’s wife, 49 year old Bozana Stewart, also tried to interfere. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Social services was called and assisted in the investigation regarding the three children that were at the home. They were placed in another home.