Robbery of Papa Johns Driver

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Turner is investigating a robbery reported to have occurred on Thompson Poynter Road, just west of London on Sunday night (10-15-2012) at 8:45 P.M. Deputies who responded to the complaint found that a male victim delivering pizzas for Pappa Johns Pizzas of London had allegedly been robbed at knife point by a male subject. Deputies learned that a pizza deliveryman had pulled off the roadway to set his GPS for a delivery when a lone male subject grabbed the deliveryman’s arm , pulling him out of the car and held a knife to his neck, robbing him of his wallet, and Pappa Johns Wallet. The suspect fled the scene on foot and is described as:a white male, approx 6 foot tall, wearing a black hoody and bluejean pants.

The male victim is identified as: John David Richards age 27 of London. He received some cuts to the arm.

Deputy Steve Hoskins, and Deputy Josh Scott assisted on this investigation, which is continuing.

Anyone with any information about the suspect, his identity, or this case is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600., and can remain anonymous.

Cold Checks Arrest

Sheriff John Root reports that on Monday October 15th, 2012 at approx 1:30 P.M. Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective/US Marshal Warrant Task Force Officer Jason Back arrested Joetta Benge age 40 Greenmount Bond Road, London on 4 warrants of arrest regarding 5 charges of Theft by Deception (Cold Checks)-check amounts were-$493.23, $387.50, $2,100, $9,339.80, and $19.38. Victims included the Knox County Clerk, and some area businesses. The accused was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Also arrested during the service of the warrants on Benge was John B. Davis age 34 of Hickory Road, London., charged with Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension-2nd Degree. When deputies arrived at the residence to serve the warrant on Benge, Davis answered the door of the residence advising deputies that Benge was not home(but Deputy Josh Scott observed her through a window as she attempted to hide under a deck).John Davis was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility also.

Domestic Violence arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Senior Sgt Greg Poynter was dispatched to a domestic violence complaint on Friday night(10-12-2012) at 7:47 P.M., on Roaden Lane, near Keavy. When deputies arrived at the scene, they learned that a male subject had been outside his mother’s residence fighting with his girlfriend. The girlfriend advised that her boyfriend had been drinking and taking illegal substances, and that he became angry and slapped her, and choked her. Deputies observed red marks on her throat, and on her face. Arrested was: Richard J. Elkins II age 38 of Roaden Lane, London charged with Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence).He was also charged with Failure to Appear in Laurel District Court, and Failure to Appear on a Boone County warrant.. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Meth Arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Brad Mitchell is conducting a drug investigation into the discovery of components used to manufacture methamphetamine at a residence on Moriah Church Road, 5 miles west of London on Wednesday evening(10-10-2012) at 5:13 P.M. Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, along with Deputy Greg Turner, Deputy Robbie Grimes, and Deputy Steve Hoskins received information about a persons in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine on Moriah Church Road. When deputies arrived there, they located numerous components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside the residence. Arrested was: Alex Hoskins age 47, Brian K. Lewis age 33 and Jeanie S. Lewis age 28 both of Moriah Church Road, London, all charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense, and all lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Social Services was called to the scene, and two children were removed from the residence.

Death Investigation in Clay County

(LONDON, KY.) – On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at approximately 11:19 AM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report of a job site accident at a construction site just off of the Hal Rogers Parkway in Clay County.

 

Upon arrival Trooper Josh Wilson determined that the victim, Billy L. Phillips, 65, of Mount Vernon, was walking behind a dump truck when the truck began backing up. The truck driver, Rocky W. Shepherd, 48 of Manchester was unaware that Phillips had walked behind the truck and struck him causing injury.

 

Phillips was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

No drug or alcohol usage was suspected.

 

Due to the incident occurring at a construction site not on a highway it is considered a death investigation and not a traffic crash fatality.

 

Trooper Wilson has begun an investigation into the death and was assisted by officers from the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the Clay County EMS and the Big Creek Fire Department.

Domestic Violence arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Scott was dispatched to a domestic violence complaint, on Sunday afternoon( 10-7-2012) at 2:30 P.M. on Slate Lick Road, 3 miles north of London . Upon arrival at the scene, deputies learned that a male subject had assaulted his 16 year old daughter causing possible injury to her chest. Arrested was: Ronnie D. Ratliff age 40 of Slate Lick Road, London charged with: Assault 4th Degree, and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Deputy Steve Hoskins assisted on the complaint and arrest.

Abandonment of Child Arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Turner along with Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, and Deputy Robbie Grimes responded a complaint that two under age children had been left not attended by a parent or guardian , at Cornett Subdivision Road, 5 miles south of London on Wednesday night (10-3-2012) Deputies received their complaint to check the children at 9:00 P.M. When deputies arrived at the home where the children lived, they checked with neighbors , and learned the children were 2 residences away. Persons there advised the children had been there since 3:45 P.M. and they did not know where the mother of the children was located. The children’s grandmother was contacted , and learned that the mother was supposedly on down the road looking for her children. While deputies were in the area, the mother was located two residences away, and was determined to be under the influence. Deputies spoke with her about her children, but were told numerous conflicting accounts of where she had been. Social Services was called to the scene, and the children were released to their grandmother. Arrested at the scene was the mother of the children identified as: Joyce A. Blanton age 35 of Cornett Subdivision Road, London charged with Abandonment of A Minor, and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substances. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Shoplifting complaint

Sheriff John Root reports that on Wednesday, 10-03-2012, at approx 8:13 P.M. Laurel County Sheriff’s. Senior Sgt Greg Poynter investigated a shoplifting complaint in southern Laurel County, on West Cumberland Gap Parkway, 12 south of London. Investigation revealed a male subject tried to leave a store with unpaid merchandise. When arrested , deputies discovered Xanax pills on his possession, and the male subject stated he had taken several pills before attempting to shoplift. He was determined to be under the influence. Arrested was: Johnny L. Sandridge age 20 of Catfish Road, Woodbine charged with : Shoplifting, Public Intoxication-Controlled Substances, and Prescription Controlled Substances Not in Proper Container, 1st Offense. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Shoplifting complaint

Sheriff John Root reports that on Wednesday, 10-03-2012, at approx 8:13 P.M. Laurel County Sheriff’s. Senior Sgt Greg Poynter investigated a shoplifting complaint in southern Laurel County, on West Cumberland Gap Parkway, 12 south of London. Investigation revealed a male subject tried to leave a store with unpaid merchandise. When arrested , deputies discovered Xanax pills on his possession, and the male subject stated he had taken several pills before attempting to shoplift. He was determined to be under the influence. Arrested was: Johnny L. Sandridge age 20 of Catfish Road, Woodbine charged with : Shoplifting, Public Intoxication-Controlled Substances, and Prescription Controlled Substances Not in Proper Container, 1st Offense. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Tools stolen

Sheriff John Root reports that on Tuesday, 10-02-2012, at approx 5:34 P.M. Laurel County Sheriff’s. Deputy Robbie Grimes investigated a theft of some power tools from an outbuilding belonging to Billy Walters, on Lon Chadwell Road, 12 miles south of London. The theft apparently occurred earlier in the day, and thieves broke off a lock to gain entry to the building. Items stolen included: Castman Chainsaw, Poulan Chain Saw, and a Weedeater Trimmer. On 10-4-2012 , following investigation, the Poulan Chain Saw was recovered at a local pawn shop. Investigation into the case continues. Suspects are being sought.