Donations sent to Clay County flood victims

Volunteers from Goose Rock Elementary in Clay County have been sending donations to people stranded by flood damage. Numerous families could not leave their homes because of damaged roads and bridges. Volunteers bagged items such as food, towels and bottled water. The school’s principal opened the school for anyone to collect donations and have access to water. Many of those affected by the flooding said the donations mean a lot. Clay County was one of the hardest hit in the recent flash floods.

KSP mature driver improvement class

The Blue Grass Auto Club Safety Foundation and the Kentucky State Police are offering a free mature driver improvement class for anyone interested in attending. The four-hour class will be held Wednesday May 1st at the Laurel County Health Department Classroom (entrance to the classroom and parking is located at the rear of the building) on Whitley Street in London, KY. The class will begin at 09:00 AM and last until 1:00 PM. There are no tests involved and upon completion of the class students will receive a certificate which, under Kentucky law, entitles anyone over the age of 55 to a three-year discount on their auto insurance. Participants must complete the class to receive a certificate.

Knox County man is in jail accused of shooting at his girlfriend

A Knox County man is in jail accused of firing a gun at his girlfriend. Knox County deputies responded to a domestic dispute at Prewitt Avenue Friday morning. They say 56-year-old Freddie Gregory shot in the direction of his girlfriend as she was walking out the door. The girlfriend said she decided to leave when she realized the argument was going to get hostile. Deputies found Gregory at another house where they say he tried to hide his gun. Gregory faces multiple charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Tammy Wilson named the Interim President/Chief Executive Officer Of Pride

The Board of Directors of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE has named Tammie Wilson as its interim President/Chief Executive Officer until May, when the board will meet to make her selection permanent. Wilson, who is currently the PRIDE Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, replaces Karen Kelly at the helm of PRIDE. Kelly is leaving PRIDE to become District Administrator for Congressman Harold Rogers. Kelly had been directing both PRIDE and the anti-drug initiative Operation UNITE since 2008. For more information about PRIDE visit thier web site at

Hit And Run On US 25

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting Deputy Kevin Berry investigated a two vehicle hit and run crash on U.S. 25, 6 miles south of London on Friday. Apparently, a silver Chevy Cavalier pulled out in front of the path of a north bound Ford Fusion driven by Ronnie Hicks age 28 of Manchester. Hicks reportedly swerved to avoid collision but the Cavalier struck him in the side and fled the scene. A short time later, Deputy Berry received information that the Cavalier had been spotted on Happy Hollow Road –several miles away from the crash site. Berry located the car hidden behind a mobile home on Happy Hollow Road covered with road signs, bed springs, sheets, blankets, and bags –apparently in attempt to hide it. He couldn't get anyone to come out of the home. He also reportedly found a part of the Ford Fusion stuck on the Cavalier from the crash. The Cavalier is reportedly registered to Ashley Howard of Mildred Road, McKee. Berry impounded the car and is currently looking for the driver. Investigation is continuing.

Five Arrested On Drug Smuggling Charges At Clay County Jail

Three Clay County Jail inmates are facing more charges and two additional people were arrested after police witnessed a drug drop where work release inmates were expected to be the next day. The investigation started at a golf course in Clay County Sunday night. Several law enforcement officers were standing in the parking lot when they noticed a car make a loop around the parking lot. Police say it turns out that car was at the golf course to drop off marijuana and suboxone strips for work release inmates. Police say Todd Ruth and James Garner Middleton were the two work release inmates who attempted to smuggle the drugs back into the jail. While at the scene dealing with the two inmates, the father and brother of one of the inmates Steven N. Ruth and Steven Wayne Ruth showed up trying to bring narcotics.  They were also arrested. A third inmate Jason Andrew Cottingim is also facing additional charges. Police say he was orchestrating the drug drops by a cell phone found in his jail cell. Police are still looking for the person who made the initial drop Sunday night. The five are facing multiple drug trafficking and promoting contraband charges.

Couple Dead After Double Shooting In Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood says a woman was shot in the chest and managed to call 911 Tuesday afternoon before she collapsed and died. Officers say the woman and a neighbor reported the shooting, at a rural home on Hunters Camp Road in the Mt. Victory area of Pulaski County, just before 2:00pm. Sheriff Wood says deputies found 33-year-old Paula Barnes and her husband, 34-year-old Vernon Barnes, dead when they entered the home. Deputies say the couple was having marital problems. A news release from the Sheriff's Office says it appears Vernon Barnes shot his wife once with a .22 rifle before turning the weapon on himself. Both bodies were to be sent to the medical examiner's office in Frankfort for autopsy.

Knox County Couple Facing False Report Charges

 A Corbin man and woman are facing charges for filing a false report. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department reports Robin Zelenka told an officer she discovered a bedroom window open and that her husband's lock box, containing jewelry and cash, was stolen. Deputy Claude Hudson interviewed Zelenka and her husband, Jason Zelenka and repotedly admitted they made up the incident for insurance purposes. Both were arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail.

Laurel Lake Cleanup This Saturday (04-20-13)

Whitley County will be out to break Laurel County’s streak on the Cleanup Cup on April 20 when volunteers turn out for the 25th annual Laurel Lake Cleanup. Laurel County is on an 11-year winning streak to claim the prize, which is displayed in the Judge-executive’s office of the winning county throughout the year. Prior to that, Whitley County held the trophy for two consecutive years. Volunteers will meet at the beach of the Laurel River Dam. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. with volunteers receiving a free lunch and T-shirt for their efforts. In addition, there will be various door prizes given out, including a prize for the “Catch of the Day.” The “Catch of the Day” is the most unique item found during the cleanup. The cleanup will take place, rain or shine. The Laurel Lake Cleanup is organized by the Friends of Laurel Lake, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Laurel and Whitley County Governments, PRIDE, London-Laurel County Tourism Commission, and concerned citizens and businesses in the Whitley and Laurel County area.

Prescription Drug Drop Box At Corbin Police Dept. Filled Twice Since February

According to the Corbin News Journal the prescription drug drop box has been filled twice since it was installed in the lobby of the Corbin Police department in February. However, Colonel David Maiden said most of the items are over the counter medications, vitamins and diabetic medications. Very few of the drops are controlled substances, which is the purpose of the box. Maiden emphasized that while the lobby is under video surveillance, medications may be dropped into the box without question. In addition, police ask that any identifying information on the label be removed before the medication is deposited. The box was installed with the goal of keeping the prescription drugs off of the street, out of the hands of those who may abuse it and out of the environment. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.