Suspicious Vehicle Complaint Leads To Meth Arrest In London

The London Police Department says officers responded to a complaint of a vehicle parked on private property on West 13th Street. When officers arrived 33-year-old Amber N. Fields of London stepped out of her vehicle. Officers asked for consent to search her vehicle and Fields told them she had a marijuana pipe inside. She then handed over a bag which contained a glass pipe and what appeared to be marijuana residue. A search of the vehicle turned up a white crystal substance that field tested positive for meth in a container. Fields was arrested and charged with buying and/or possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Amber N. Fields


Woman Arrested In Laurel County On Multiple Charges Following Domestic Dispute

Deputies in Laurel County arrested a woman on multiple charges, including first degree criminal abuse. They were responding to a call about a possible domestic dispute on East Laurel Road when they say they saw 33 year old Alesha Wagers of London, walking with a child in the middle of the road. Wagers and the child had apparently been involved in that domestic dispute. According to deputies, Wagers ignored their commands to get the child out of harm’s way and got into a struggle with them before being arrested. Deputies went to the home were the domestic dispute happened and found the child’s grandparents. The deputies then learned the grandparents had temporary custody of the child and Wagers had left with the child without the proper authorization. Deputies also learned Wagers had outstanding warrants and had smoked marijuana and used Roxicodone earlier in the day. Wagers faces several charges, including first degree criminal abuse, felony custodial interference, resisting arrest and outstanding warrants. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Alesha Wagers


Newly Released Information Reveals How A Five Year Old Jackson County Boy Was Murdered

An arrest citation reveals new information about how a five-year-old Jackson County boy was murdered. According to an arrest citation for Lonnie Jay Belt, Belt admitted to taking Jessica Durham and her son, James Spoonamore, against their will. He told police he took them to a secluded wooded area on Friday morning. Police say Belt then assaulted Durham and pushed her off a cliff. The citation also says Belt then admitted to taking the boy to a separate area. It was there that he struck the five-year-old in the head multiple times with a metal object. Police say Belt then left Spoonamore’s body which was found by State Police on Monday morning around 180 feet off Sparks Ridge Road. His body was found less than a mile from where hikers found Durham. Durham survived the attack, however, family says she is currently in critical condition at UK Chandler Medical Center. The family says says Jessica's husband became worried about his wife and stepson when he returned home from a doctor's appointment and his family was gone. Police charged Belt with murder after finding Spoonamore's body. They also charged him with assault, two counts of kidnapping, and evidence tampering for an attack on the boy's mother. Belt is scheduled to appear in court on September 18, for a preliminary hearing. Family and friends of the victims are planning on having a vigil on Saturday night. It will be held at Bond Memorial Park in McKee at eight.

Jessica and JamesLonnie Belt

South Carolina Man Arrested In Corbin In Stolen Vehicle

A South Carolina man, who is behind bars in Whitley County after being caught in a vehicle that had been reported stolen, told Corbin police that he was unaware he was in Kentucky and thought he was in North Carolina. Officers charged 21 year old Joshua T. Henderson with receiving stolen property, public intoxication, operating on a suspended license and theft of a vehicle registration plate. He was arrested behind the Best Western Inn after police received a report that he was allegedly approaching patrons and staff attempting to sell an Xbox system and a Taser for $5. When police arrived at the scene, they found Henderson sitting in the driver's seat of the stolen vehicle with the keys in the ignition. Henderson also had an empty Oxycodone bottle in the vehicle that had been filled two days earlier. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

corbin police cruiser

KSP Trooper Injured In Crash On I-75 In Laurel County

A Kentucky State Police trooper was injured in a crash on I-75 in Laurel County Tuesday. KSP dispatchers confirm the trooper's vehicle was the only vehicle involved in the crash in the northbound lanes near the 41-mile marker. London police say the trooper lost control of his cruiser and went down a 150-foot embankment. Dispatchers say Trooper Houston E. Lewis was removed from the cruiser by the London/Laurel County Rescue Squad and later flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for his injuries. At last report was in critical condition. The northbound lanes of I-75 were shut down due to the crash. 

Trooper crash scene

Two Charged In New Year's Day Shooting In Laurel County

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says detectives charged two people in connection with a shooting that happened more than eight months ago. At approximately 5:17 p.m. on January 1st, deputies responded to a breaking and entering in progress with shots fired on Adams Raod south of London. Officers found 32 year old Charles Rogers of Corbin, with gunshot wounds. He was taken to UK Hospital for treatment. Bruce Aldridge of Tennessee was also injured. The investigation at the scene indicated the shooting stemmed from a dispute between Rogers and another man. The other man involved in the fight ran off before detuties arrived. This week detectives charged 45 year old Zachary Lee Thompson of Corbin with assault, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Detectives also charged 31 year old Sarah Renay Mills of Corbin with tampering with physical evidence. They say she removed a handgun used in the shooting and gave it to someone else.

Thompson Mills


Corbin Man Arrested After Hit And Run Crash

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a two vehicle hit and run crash on Liberty Church Road in Corbin. The driver and three passengers in the vehicle that did not flee were injured. While on the scene deputies noticed the hit and run vehicle left the scene on a flat tire. They were able to follow the marks on the highway to a home on Highway 1232 in Corbin. Officers found the damaged vehicle there and arrested the driver, 35 year old Roy Lee Garland, who also had three outstanding warrants. Garland was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Garland hit and run arrest

More Information Released In Jackson County Kidnapping And Murder Of 5 Year Old Boy And Assault Of His Mother

The Kentucky State Police Commissioner, Richard Sanders, announced Monday that the 5-year-old boy crews had been searching for since Saturday was found dead. Dozens of emergency workers, some mounted on horses, spent Sunday looking for five-year-old James Spoonamore. The family says there was a bizarre situation that led up to Spoonamore's disappearance. Police say a confrontation over money led to a family friend kidnapping the boy and his mother, Jessica Durham. Jessica was assaulted and pushed over a cliff in a wooded area. The family says the boy's mother is in the hospital recovering from serious injuries. Reports indicate the last time she saw James, he was in the woods and she didn't know where he went. His body was found a little more than half a mile from where his injured mother was found. Police have confirmed that 40 year old Lonnie Belt of McKee was arrested and charged with murder, first-degree assault, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence. Police say he painted over the walls to hide Jessica Durham's blood from the assault.

Jessica and JamesLonnie Belt

Manchester Man Arrested After He Was Found Laying On The Side Of A Laurel County Road On Meth

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to the Highway 30 bypass, about 1 mile north of London, where a man was laying in the roadway and jumping out in front of traffic. Deputies found 38 year old Jason E. Smith of Manchester laying on the shoulder of the road and several vehicles parked on the side of the road. An investigation determined Smith was under the influence. He admitted to police he had snorting methamphetamine earlier in the day. Smith was arrested and charged with public intoxication – controlled substances and disorderly conduct and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Jason Smith

Manchester Woman Arrested After She Was Found Intoxicated In A Laurel County Ditch

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to Pine Top Road where a woman was reportedly laying in a ditch. Officers found 45 year old Traci Mays of Manchester there in a ditch, obviously very intoxicated. Mays admitted to deputies she had drank an entire bottle of whiskey. She was arrested and charged alcohol intoxication in a public place and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Traci Mays