Grand Jury Indicts Whitley County Man On Murder Charges

A man charged in connection to a double murder in Whitley County was indicted by a grand jury. Paul Parsons was indicted on two counts of murder and one count of first degree burglary in circuit court. According to his arrest citation, one witness told police that Parsons had threatened one of the victims before the shooting last month. Parsons entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment. He is expected back in court on August 7th.

Paul E. Parsons

10 Year Old Boy Flown Out After Bicycle Collision With Car

The Kentucky State Police says a 10-year-old boy had to be flown out to the hospital after he ran into a car with his bicycle. Troopers say the boy was riding his bicycle through a yard when he rode onto Murphy Avenue in Somerset and hit a car driven by 26 year old Ronald D. Begley of Ferguson. Investigators say alcohol or drug use is not suspected. The boy was not wearing a helmet. He was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. At last report he was listed in critical condition.


London Police Make An Arrest After Meth Fueled Car Chase

The London Police Department says officers arrested a man with a long list of charges after a chase. Officers say they chased 32 year old James Belcher of London at speeds up to 85 miles per hour. Belcher eventually turned onto Wynn Road, drove through some lawns, hit a power station and hit a tree. Belcher admitted to officers hae had used meth. He was arrested and charged with DUI, fleeing or evading police, reckless driving, criminal mischief and several other traffic offenses. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

James Belcher

Man Arrested In Whitley County After High Speed Chase

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a Pineville man is facing multiple charges after he led deputies on a chase. Officers tried to pull over a pickup that had ignored a stop sign in the Canadatown community. Instead of stopping, the truck took off leading deputies on a chase that they say became erradic and dangerous. The driver, 24 year old Darrell Jones, finally stopped, but tried to flee on foot. Deputies caught Jones and took him into custody. After taking Jones to jail, deputies found drug paraphernalia in the backseat of his cruiser. Jones was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police, DUI, drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and several others. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Man On The Run For Two Months Taken Into Custody

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a man who has been avoiding police for nearly two months has finally been taken into custody. The arrest was the result of an investigation into a fatal crash that happened in November 2016. Through their investigation, deputies say they determined 34 year old Eric J. Cassidy of Lily was driving under the influence of drugs when he crossed the center line, hitting another car and killing Sherry King of Barbourville. A warrant was issued charging Cassidy with murder, DUI and persistent felony offender. Deputies say Cassidy has been evading arrest ever since. The US Marshals Service received a tip about Cassidy's whereabouts and contacted the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. Deputies arrested Cassidy on Watch Road southeast of London. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Eric Cassidy

More Information Released In The Case Of A Toddler That Had To Be Hospitalized After Being Exposed To Meth

More information has been released in the case of a toddler that had to be hospitalized after being exposed to meth. Deputies say 36 year old Brandy Mosko took her son to a home where she knew meth was being used. Mosko told deputies that while at the home her son became sick and needed medical attention.  Mosko took the infant to St. Joseph emergency room for treatment where the child was transported to UK Children's Hospital in Lexington. Deputies say the infant tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen. Mosko reportedly told authorities she was a meth user and knew the home had potential dangers for her child when she took him there. Deputies learned about the incident through Social Services. Mosko has been charged with Criminal Abuse 1st Degree, Child Under 12. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Knox County Found Asleep And Naked In Road

Kentucky State Police in Knox County say they found a man lying in the middle of a roadway naked. Troopers say they received a call while also being flagged down about the man, later identified as William Earl Jones, asleep in the middle of Jackson Valley Road. Jones told officers he had no idea how he got there. Jones was arrested and charged with public indecency and failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

William Earl Jones


Clay County Man Arrested After Allegedly Flashing Kids

Manchester Police say a man is behind bars after pulling down his pants in front of children. Officers say Joseph Slone ran onto a porch where children were sitting and dropped his pants. Witnesses called police and when they arrived Slone reportedly began fighting with them. He was arrested and lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

Joseph Slone



Man Killed In Laurel Lake Boating Accident

One person is dead following a boat crash in Whitley County. Kentucky State Police says the crash happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday near Grove Marina. Investigators said the boat hit a rock. The impact threw 60-year-old Lloyd A. Lawson from the boat. Some people who witnessed the accident rushed over to Lawson and tried to administer CPR. They brought the 60 year old back to Grove Marina where Coroner Andy Croley pronounced him dead. Croley said Lawson had been fishing and was not wearing a life jacket. Investigators are looking into the possibility a health issue could also be to blame. The investigation is continuing.

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Laurel County Deputy Recipient Of Governor's Award

Laurel County Sheriff John Root congratulates Deputy Rick Cloyd, the winner of the 2017 Governor's Occupant Protection Enforcement Award.  The awards banquet was held Wednesday in Lexington. Deputy Cloyd received two awards, one for having the most occupant protection enforcement activity in Laurel County and one for having the most occupant protection enforcement activity in Division 3 which includes all law enforcement agencies in the state that have between 26 and 50 officers. Pictured below is Deputy Rick Cloyd and Lt. Greg Poynter with the award he received for being the division winner.

Laurel County Sheriff Award Recipients 2017