Pulaski County deputy facing third federal charge

A federal grand jury has added a new charge against a Pulaski County sheriff's deputy, related to an alleged assault in 2008. 48 year old Steven Molen is now charged with an assault out of Russell County. Molen had previously been charged for violating the civil rights of two victims in Pulaski County by using excessive force. Molen entered a not guilty plea to the charges in federal court. A trial is scheduled for December.

A Corbin man is in jail facing numerous of charges following traffic stop

A Corbin man is in jail facing numerous of charges following a Saturday afternoon arrest. A Laurel County Deputy arrested Brandon Phelps, 30, of Corbin during a traffic stop on J. Chesnut Lane. Deputies say Phelps gave the officer a fake name, apparently trying to avoid arrest. The officer found suspected marijuana, rolling papers, and other paraphernalia in Phelps's possession. Some of the charges he is facing include possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Laurel County man arrested after officers say he drove under the influence and hit another car head on

A Laurel County man is in jail after officers say he drove under the influence and hit another car head on. Deputies say 59-year-old Darrell Sizemore of London lost control of his vehicle around 1 a.m. On Kentucky-312. They say Sizemore drove off the road and then over-corrected, crossing the center line and hitting 26-year-old Megan Patterson's car head on. The car flipped upside down when it was hit and Patterson was stuck inside. Crews were able to free Patterson, but she had to be airlifted to UK Hospital. She is listed in serious condition. Sizemore was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility, charged with his third offense of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Laurel County Deputies arrest woman suspected of Friday night stabbing incident

Police arrested a woman they believe stabbed a man multiple times Friday night. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office reports they were dispatched to Line Creek Road, 7 miles west of London around 9:30. Gilbert Smith suffered multiple stab wounds and was flown to UK hospital. Deputies say Michelle Smith of Gotham Lane stabbed Gilbert Smith with a butcher knife following a verbal argument. Deputies arrested Michelle Smith Saturday evening on unrelated charges.

Laurel County Sheriff's Department warns community of phone scam

Over the past three years officials at the Laurel County sheriff's office said they have investigated many cases of phone scammers. Deputies say the most recent incident is no different. The alleged scammer called a man and said he was an attorney in California, attempting to collect on some bad checks. He threatened to have the man arrested if he did not send the money. Public Affairs Officer Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said it is not easy to spot a phone scammer. He encouraged everyone to recognize the alarms and said if you do not know the phone number do, not answer it. Anyone with more information should contact the sheriff's department.

Operation UNITE officials unveil new programs

Operation UNITE officials unveiled the "Hope Wall" and the "On the Move" mobile drug education classroom during a ceremony at the EKU Manchester campus on Friday. The mobile drug education classroom is designed to show students the dangers of drug use and impaired driving. The mobile classroom, which is part of UNITE'S "on the move" program, will have hands on activities for elementary, middle and high school students. The activities will display the dangers of drug use and impaired driving through interactive lessons, such as the use "fatal vision" goggles while attempting to drive tricycles. The hope wall and the mobile classroom will be traveling to schools throughout the 5th Congressional District in September. Operation UNITE is in its 10th year.

Four People arrested in Laurel County on drug charges

The Laurel County Sheriff's Dept. arrested four individuals following an investigation into drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of South Laurel High School. A search warrant was executed at two locations. At the first location on Apartment Complex Road in London two men were arrested.  Joshua L. Hess age 27 and Clayton Blanton age 29 both of London were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana and Trafficking a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Two more people were arrested on Finley Trailer Park Road. Jerry A. Russell age 23 and Michelle Russell age 28 both of London were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 ounces),1st offense. All 4 individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. A fifth person was interviewed and additional arrest are expected.

Laurel County man arrested for assaulting his father

Laurel Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a complaint that a man had assaulted his father and violated an Emergency Protective Order on BW Lane. When deputies arrived at the scene they learned a man there had allegedly violated an EPO to stay away from his mother and that he had struck his father in the head with his fists. The investigation also determined he was intoxicated on pills. Arrested was Jonathon S. Wagers age 32 of Curry Road, London charged with Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence),Violation Of a Kentucky EPO , and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substances. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Police report a former Knox Co. Judge Executive shoots 3 then himself

Kentucky State Police report 3 people were shot Tuesday in Bell county. Michael Smith age 50 died along with his son Mychael Smith age 21. Robin Smith age 21 was airlifted from Middlesboro ARH to Knoxville. Her condition was not released. Police say that all three were shot by former Knox Co. Judge Executive Raymond Curtis Smith. They say 51-year-old Raymond Curtis Smith shot the three and then drove 10 miles to where his father is buried and killed himself. Police say they found the three shooting victims in a home on Laurel Lakes Road in Pineville in Bell County. Piecing together what happened is challenge for state police. Police say Raymond Smith is not related to the victims in Bell County.

Laurel County man arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident

According to the Laurel Sheriff’s Office Deputy Larry Parrott investigated a single vehicle crash on Devil's Neck Road, 9 miles south of London on Tuesday night. When Deputy Parrott arrived at the scene the involved vehicle, a Jeep, was on its side and the road was completely blocked. The driver had left the scene. Following an investigation , Deputy Parrott was able to locate the driver on Adams Road, and learned he had been drinking beer prior to wrecking the vehicle. He stated a possum ran out in front of him causing him to swerve, and lose control, and wreck. Arrested was Brian M. Overbay age 30 of Laurel River Road, London charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence , Leaving the Scene Of an Accident, No Insurance, and other traffic charges. He was also wanted on a Fayette County Bench warrant For Probation Violation. Overbay was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.