Man Arrested On Third DUI Offense Following Crash

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man for his third DUI after a car crash. Deputies responded to a call about a car crash with injuries off South Laurel Road at the intersection of Highway 1189. When they arrived on the scene, deputies say they determined 32 year old Christian Wessel of Winchester was driving the vehicle responsible for the crash. They say Wessel smelled strongly of alcohol and determined he was under the influence. He was also driving on a DUI suspended license. Wessel was arrested and charged with DUI (third offense), driving on DUI suspended license and failure to produce an insurance card. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Jury Recommends Nearly 20 Year Sentence In Knox County Murder Case

The jury announced their recommended sentence for Patrick Baker early Friday morning. They recommended 5 years on the reckless homicide count, 12 years on the robbery count, one year on the tampering with physical evidence count and one year for impersonating an officer. Prosecutors say he was the trigger man when a group of people busted into Donald Mills’ home in 2014 to rob and kill him. If the judge decides to go with their recommendation, Baker would be sentenced to 19 years in prison. Baker will be back in court on December 1st for formal sentencing.

London Officials To Unveil New Town Center Project

The City of London and City of London Tourism have unveiled plans for a new public space in the heart of downtown. The new project, appropriately called Town Center, will be unveiled on Friday, November 3rd at 11 a.m. at the park site, which is now a vacant lot on Main Street next to London Elementary. The city recently purchased 1.42 acres from Catholic Health Initiatives, who acquired the property in the early 2000’s to use for parking for Marymount Hospital just up the hill. The lot became available when a new St. Joseph London hospital was constructed. Mayor Troy Rudder said while the park will have many uses it will still be used for entertainment purposes. City and tourism officials, along with other stakeholders, will have the opportunity to define the scope of the project at a design workshop, with a detailed master plan to follow within six months.

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Two People Arrested In Laurel County Assault And Robbery Case

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a home off EB Gross Road where an assault and robbery had taken place. The investigation revealed the live-in girlfriend, 33 year old Amber Fields, and the victim got into a fight. Allegedly Fields called others to the home where the victim was struck with a metal pipe causing a reported skull fracture. The victim's hands were apparently bound with tape and his wallet containing cash, an EBT card, and a cell phone were taken. The victim was able to make his way to a neighbor's house and called 911. Fields was arrested and charged with assault and robbery. Officers also arrested 25 year old Robert Maddox of Lexington and charged him with assault, robbery, unlawful imprisonment and leaving the scene of an accident. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Four People Arrested In Laurel County Meth Bust

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies went to a home off KY 229 to investigate drug activity. While there they found meth, scales and needles. Officers arrested 22 year old Jacob Halcomb, 54 year old Randall Ward, 32 year old Aaron Jones and 21 year old Austin Wagoner. They were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wagoner was also charged on a Laurel County warrant for flagrant non-support. All four were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Drug Bust Nets Four People In Laurel County

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says four people were arrested after detectives and deputies executed a drug search warrant. Officers went to search a home off Star Hill Road near East Bernstadt. When officers arrived, a vehicle leaving the house almost hit deputies cruisers. After stopping the car, those inside told police they had just got meth from the house deputies were getting ready to search. Inside officers found a large amount of what they believe to be crystal meth and drug paraphernalia including scales and pipes. Deputies arrested 45 year old James Scalf who was the owner of the home. He faces several charges including conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle that almost hit deputies cruisers, 56 year old Richard Andrew Smith was also arrested. He faces several charges including operating a vehicle while under the influence, careless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, among others. 41 year old David Ellis Pennington faces charges including possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, tampering with physical evidence, among others. They also arrested 37 year old James Bradley Smith who faces a parole violation charge. All four lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Corbin Man Arrested After Allegedly Hitting 6 Year Old Girl

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says a Corbin man has been arrested after allegedly abusing a child. Deputies say 31 year old Curtis Helton hit a 6-year-old girl during a fight with his girlfriend. Helton is charged with criminal abuse and domestic violence. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Officials Confirm Earthquake In Bell County

Officials with the United States Geological Survey say an earthquake was recorded in Bell County Thursday. The quake measured a 2.3 on the Richter scale and started around 5:49 a.m. Quakes registering below 2.5 may not be felt in some areas. The epicenter of the quake was near Frakes, around 12 miles west of Middlesboro.

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Laurel Man Arrested After Allegedly Beating Car With Pipe

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to South Stewart Road where a man was reportedly damaging a woman's vehicle with a pipe. As officers approached the man, 28 year old David Edgar Sizemore, fled the scene, but was caught nearby. Sizemore was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and fleeing or evading police. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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