Laurel County Police Find Missing Woman

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies have found a woman who went missing Wednesday May 11, off Ky 770. Deputies say Destiny Bullard was found safe. During the search police believed she may have been with Jim Bart Brown, but they have not said where she was found or if Brown was connected.

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KSP Says Troopers Will Be Conducting Traffic Safety Checkpoints In Laurel County

The Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London has announced troopers will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the East Bernstadt,
Pittsburg, McWhorter, Bush, Colony, Lily, Keavy and North Corbin areas. The checkpoints will be between 4:00 PM and 4:00 AM. The checkpoints are part of an effort to enforce traffic laws, especially seatbelt adherence, sobriety, insurance and registration violations.

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Man Found Dead In Burning Knox County House

The Kentucky State Police says a man is dead following a Knox County house fire. Investigators say 33 year old Charles Phipps was found dead in a burning Kayjay home off of Kentucky 225. Trooprs say the Artemus Fire Department was already on the scene when they arrived. Crews found Phipps in the living room of the house. Multiple investigators were called to the scene including an arson investigator and a fire marshall. Police say at this time they do not suspect foul play but that the investigation is ongoing. Phipps' body has been taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Laurel Jail Bids Come In $8 Million Less Than Expected

Laurel County officials are “thrilled” to learn that the county’s biggest construction project in a generation, a new 700-bed detention center, will cost about $8 million less than anticipated. With a room full of contractors in attendance recently, bids were opened for construction of the Laurel County Correctional Center, which is being built in the Fariston Industrial Park. After the low bids were tabulated and options were added, total cost of the detention center will be about $26 million—slightly over one quarter less than a preliminary estimate of $34 million. Site excavation and footer work has already been completed under two bids that were awarded earlier. For Jailer Jamie Mosley and his staff, the new detention center can’t come fast enough because of overcrowding at the current facility in downtown London. Because of the overcrowding, Mosley said he had to transfer 58 state inmates to other facilities recently at a loss of about $60,000 in state reimbursement. He said they plan to be operationally self sufficient the day they open in about 20 months.

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KSP Arrest Man In Knox County Kidnapping Case

Kentucky State Police troopers report the arrest of a man in connection with a Knox County missing person case. 21 year old James Davis is accused of kidnapping Douglas “Bub” Middleton. Police reported Middleton missing in February. In March, someone found Middleton alive in the woods near Noeville Hollow Rd. Middleton was taken to Knox County ARH and then flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center. He suffered from frostbite, and doctors amputated his legs. Police said Davis kidnapped Middleton from his house and forced him onto an ATV. They also said Davis kept Middleton in a building in the woods for 17 days. Middleton said a second person was also involved, but police have not released that man’s name and, at last report, had not found him. Police say Davis admitted to playing a role in the kidnapping but claims he was just the lookout for the other man they have yet to charge. The investigation is continuing.

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Couple Arrested After Tresspassing And Fighting Incident

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to home off Roy Dugger Road where numerous neighbors there had reported people fighting outside. Upon arrival, deputies found a woman on the front porch armed with a crowbar and that apparently several people had fled the scene prior to their arrival. The investigation revealed the woman, 37 year old Ashley Jackson, and her husband, 22 year old Derek Mullins, had both been advised to not be at there by the home owner. Both were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. They were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Laurel County Man Arrested On Child Abuse And Drug Charges

The London Police Department says officers arrested a man on a warrant for wanton endangerment and assault of a child. 34 year old Brian D. Kinney of Keavy allegedly forced  a 10 year old child to stand beside him as he covered a spark plug in gasoline and then ignited it with a lighter. As a result the child's shorts caught on fire, causing second-degree burns to the child’s leg. Kinney did not seek immediate medical attention for the child. Due to the severity of the burns, the child is having to receive skin graphs from a burn center. When Kinney was located by police a search revealed a pill bottle containing a crystal substance and an empty suboxone package. Kinney was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Pair Arrested In Whitley County After High Speed Chase

A pair was arrested after allegedly leading police on a pursuit in a stolen car in Whitley County. A constable noticed 35 year old Michael D. Rogers of Williamsburg driving without a seatbelt and attempted to pull him over. Instead, Rogers took off leading a wild high speed pursuit on 25W. Rogers reached speeds in excess of 70 mph, colliding with another vehicle, running up on a sidewalk nearly hitting a pedestrian and traveling into oncoming traffic. Rogers finally ran into a concrete curb disabling the vehicle where he was taken into custody. His passenger, 31 year old Laura Beth McBrayer of Corbin, was also arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence. When the vehicle came to a stop, McBrayer allegedly threw a needle out the window. A needle was also found by the drivers seat. Rogers admitted to using meth and other drugs throut the day. A registration check of the vehicle revealed it had been reported stolen to the Richmond Police Department. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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Traffic Stop Results In Drug Arrest For Lily Man

The London Police Department says officers pulled over a pick-up truck for failing to use a turn signal on the Hal Rogers Parkway. During the stop, methamphetamine, pills, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun were discovered. 43 year old David M. Jones, 43, of Lily was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and others. Jones was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Williamsburg Man Allegedly Caught In Robbery And Detained By Propert Owner

A Williamsburg man is facing a burglary charge after allegedly being caught and detained by the property owner on Highway 511. Kentucky State Police troopers arrested 37 year old James Daryl Gipson, charging him with burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and public intoxication controlled substances. The property owner reportedly caught Gipson in a building where he had taken items and damaged property including a truck. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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