Two Airlifted in Rockcastle county crash

Two people had to be airlifted after a crash Wednesday night on U.S. 150 in Rockcastle County, between Mt. Vernon and Brodhead. The sheriff's office says a driver pulled into the path of an oncoming car. That driver had to be cut from the car and was airlifted to UK Hospital. Officials say five people were in the other car. One person in that vehicle was also airlifted to UK. Two people were taken to a local hospital. Police said none of the injuries were life-threatening. Officials have not said if anyone will face charges.

Laurel Co woman arrested on drug charges

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting Detective Jason Back arrested a woman on drug charges. An investigation determined 3 prescriptions for narcotics had been forged, and the individual was at a pharmacy attempting to obtain a 4th one. April L. Hoskins age 25 of Barbourville Road, London was arrested and charged with falsly obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Williamsburg men arrested after leading police in chase

A Williamsburg man led police on a nearly 90-minute chase that went through the river and into the woods before he was finally apprehended Monday afternoon. KSP Trooper Les Moses charged Ewell Chad Lawson, 36, of Williamsburg, with receiving stolen property under $500, second-degree fleeing or evading police, speeding, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license and other offenses.
Williamsburg Police Detective Bobby Freeman charged Jared Reeder, 21, of Williamsburg, who was a passenger in Lawson's vehicle, with receiving stolen property under $500.

Two arrested in Middlesboro theft

Two people have been arrested following a robbery in Middlesboro Tuesday afternoon. An arrest citation says Joshua Smith and Rachel Farr used physical force to commit a theft. Both have been charged with first degree robbery. Victims claim they were hit with a wooden club.

Whitley Co. Jail Escapee

Whitley County Detention Center officials are looking for a state inmate, who escaped while out on work release Monday afternoon. Jailer Ken Mobley said that Shannon Wynn, 34, was on a work release detail at the Kentucky Department of Transportation Highway Garage when he snuck off about 12:25 p.m. Wynn, who is from Whitley County, was serving a state sentence for manufacturing of methamphetamine. He is 6'0" tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Whitley County Detention Center at 549-6013 or the Whitley County 911 Center at 549-6017.

Three Indicted On Federal Drug Charges

The Corbin News Journal is reporting three Whitley County residents are facing federal charges of conspiring to distribute oxycodone. Breanna Rhoades, 23, of East Siler, Lora Cupp, 35, of Rockholds and Jordan Chute, 20 of East Siler, were each indicted last week in U.S. District Court in London. If convicted they each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. No court date has been set in the case.

A Whitley County couple that pleaded guilty to defrauding Social Security must pay back more than $53,000

A Whitley County couple that pleaded guilty to defrauding Social Security of tens of thousands of dollars must pay back more than $53,000 as part of their sentence. During the sentencing hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in London, Rebecca Johnson was sentenced to three years in federal prison and her husband, Earl Johnson to three months. According to the judgment, the funds are due in a lump sum and must be paid immediately.

Investigation ongoing into fire that killed 7

According to the Corbin News Journal officials at Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan say the investigation into the fire in Gray that killed seven people is active and ongoing but that a definite answer may be months or even years away, if ever. Trooper Shane Jacobs, public affairs officer at the post, emphasized that there is no reason to suspect arson. Calling in the arson investigators is standard procedure when there is a fatal fire. Separate investigations by the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office and the insurance company are ongoing. West Knox Fire Chief Daryl Baker, whose department was initially paged to the scene on March 9, said he has been in regular contact with officials from the fire marshal’s office concerning their investigation. Baker said previously that the fire began in the front room.

Laurel County woman facing several drug charges

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a woman is facing several drug charges. Janice Middleton is charged with manufacturing meth, growing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Sheriff's department responded to a call on Gross Road Tuesday afternoon where they found 3 buckets with marijuana spouts, a meth pipe, and marijuana growing in a flower garden. Deputies also found a one-step meth lab in the backyard where a child was playing. The child was removed from the home by social services. An additional arrest on another person is expected as the investigation continues. Middleton is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center.


Crimestopper Reward Offered in string of robberies

Sheriff John Root is reporting that “Cumberland Valley Crime Stoppers” is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the recent string of armed robberies that has occurred at BP/Krystals, Lakeside Shell and Unique Tanning and Gifts all in southern Laurel County in the past 2 weeks. In each robbery, a lone gunman robbed the attendants using a semi-automatic pistol, and may have fled on foot. Anyone with any information is asked to call crime stoppers at 606-878-CRIM---or 606-878-2746. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.