Fatal Traffic Crash

Upon arrival Trooper Shaler Jones determined that a 2002, red, Dodge, Caravan operated by William Leo Lynch, 94, of Whitley City, had been traveling southbound on US-27 when it suddenly crossed the center line, the northbound lane and the northbound shoulder striking a large tree head on.


Lynch was seat belted at the time of the crash and there were no other occupants or vehicles involved.


No autopsy is scheduled at this time and the exact cause of the crash is pending the findings of the McCreary County Coroners Office.

Drug and / or Alcohol usage is not suspected.

Trooper Jones in continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Officer King of the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife, McCreary County Coroner Daniel Ridner, the McCreary County EMS, the North McCreary Fire Department, and the Pine Knot Fire Department.

DUI Arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Senior Sgt Greg Poynter , and Deputy Robbie Grimes were dispatched to a complaint that a male subject had taken a blue Ford Explorer without the permission of the owner, on Wyatt Road , 4 miles south of London , on Friday night at 6:40 P.M. When deputies arrived at the scene they observed the blue Ford Explorer traveling down the roadway, and then come to a stop, and the driver exited the vehicle without putting it in park, causing the vehicle to roll forward, and almost causing the driver to be thrown down. As the deputies investigated, they were told by the driver(who appeared to be under the influence) that he was test driving the vehicle. Deputies learned that the driver’s story was not true. Arrested was: David W. Wagoner age 31 of Hopkins Cemetery Road, Lily , Ky charged with: Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle 1st Offense, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence, 1st Offense, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverages Container in a Motor Vehicle, and numerous other traffic offenses. He was also charged on numerous failure to appear in court charges related to Alcohol Intoxication, Assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, terroristic threatening, and assault 4th degree. ,He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Shooting on Memory Lane

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Daryl Zanet is investigating a shooting which occurred early Sunday morning(9-16-2012) at 12:01 A.M., on Memory Lane(off Bob Deaton Road),7 miles east of London. Deputy Shawn Boroviak, and Deputy Josh Scott responded to a shooting complaint on Memory Lane. Upon arrival, deputies had to break up an active fight that was occurring in their presence between two male subjects. Deputies learned that there had been an argument resulting in a fight between a man(Paul Wagers)and his step father, Alton Smith. Apparently, both men used weapons and fired shots at each other prior to deputies arriving at the scene. . During that altercation, the son’s mother attempted to intervene, and she was shot in the hand. Arrested at the scene was: Paul Wagers age 48 of Memory Lane, London charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, and Alcohol Intoxication in A Public Place. Two persons in serious condition were airlifted from the scene to UK Med ---Alton Smith with head and face injuries, and his wife-Ethelene Smith with a gunshot wound to the hand. Cause of the altercation is under investigation. Alcohol involvement is suspected.

Assisting at the scene was : Laurel Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, and Sgt E.R. Rudder. Also assisting was Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County, and Bush Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrest on Knox County indictment warrant

Sheriff John Root reports that on Thursday, 9-13-2012, at approx 4:30 P.M. Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective/US Marshal Warrant Task Force Officer Jason Back arrested Rachel Angel age 23 of London Dock Road, London charging her on a Knox county indictment warrant for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense, 2 counts of Controlled Substance Endangerment to A Child, and Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense(Methamphetamine). She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Stolen items recovered

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Sgt Josh Gaylor recovered reported stolen property outside some apartments on Pepperhill Drive just west of London on Thursday afternoon (9-13-2012) at

1 P.M. A small wooden jewelry box containing assorted jewelry was found by a an area resident, who notified the sheriff’s office. The items had been reported stolen from Short Lane in London. The items were returned to the owner on Thursday afternoon. Investigation is continuing into who may have stolen the items.

Bench Warrant Arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back arrested Timothy J. Robinson age 27 of East Branch Road, London on Thursday (9-13-2012) at 12 P.M. charging him on a Laurel County Bench warrant , and lodging him in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

3 arrested in Pulaski burglaries

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives were called on Wednesday afternoon (9-12-2012) at 3:30 P.M. to assist Pulaski County Sheriff’s Detectives regarding a series of burglaries that had occurred in Pulaski County earlier on Wednesday where a victim(was at home at one of the burglaries)and apparently was able to get license tag information on the suspects’ vehicle(blue Ford Escape)and trace it to an address in Laurel County at Finley’s trailer park , just south of London off Ky 1006. Officers believed the suspects could be inside the mobile home, and possibly could be armed since firearms had been stolen in the burglaries earlier in the day. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Unit commanded by Lieutenant Rodney Van Zant was activated , and responded to the scene . The trailer was searched, and no one located inside. Reported stolen property from earlier burglaries was discovered there. Information was developed that the suspects may have been picked up by a vehicle before law enforcement’s arrival, and that they had been dropped off in Levi Jackson State Park. Senior Sgt Greg Poynter, and Deputy Robbie Grimes located the suspects about 5:59 P.M. and gave foot chase apprehending one of the suspects- a female subject. (Two male subjects jumped a fence and fled into the woods) Arrested was Robin Asher age 40, Waterworks Road, London charged as a wanted person on 6 Laurel County Bench warrants, and charged with resisting arrest in Levi Jackson Park.

Following a search of the Levi Jackson Park area by Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Park Rangers, and Constables, a second suspect was located and taken into custody in the park. He is identified as Covey Lynn Brock age 27 of Finley’s Trailer Park, London arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree regarding a burglary in Pulaski County earlier in the day. As the search continued, Pulaski County Sheriff’s helicopter( Pulaski Air One, and a k-9 unit from Williamsburg Police Department joined the search for the 3rd suspect.) At the edge of dark, approx. 8:45 P.M. Laurel Sheriff ‘s Detectives Jason Back and Detective Brad Mitchell developed information on a location of the 3rd suspect off Ky 1189, approx. 2 miles south of London . Officers located the suspect just off the road and took him into custody . He is identified as : Marty W. Stewart age 35 of Copley Road, Lily charged as a wanted person on a Laurel County Bench Warrant for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense, Failure to Appear In Court on a Theft Charge, numerous Laurel County Circuit Court indictment charges including Persistent Felony Offender, Fleeing and Evading Police, 1st degree , and several traffic violations. In addition, a Laurel County Warrant of Arrest for Flagarant Non Support, and a Bell County Bench Warrant for Failure to Comply regarding numerous traffic offense. The accused was also charged with Burglary 2nd Degree regarding the burglary earlier in the day in Pulaski County. And charged with resisting arrest in Laurel County at the scene of his arrest. All 3 accused were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Officers involved were:

For Pulaski Sheriff’s Office: Detective Steve Cundiff, and Detective Glen Bland, and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Helicopter(Pulaski Air One)

For Laurel Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff John Root, Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, Lieutenant Rod Van Zant,

Senior Sgt Greg Poynter, Sgt Chuck Johnson, Detective Sgt Tommy Johnston, Detective Charlie Loomis, Detective Daryl Zanet, Detective Jason Back, Detective Brad Mitchell, Deputy Robbie Grimes, Deputy Steve Hoskins, Deputy John Inman, Deputy James Sizemore, Deputy Milton Storm, Deputy John Blanton, Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, Bailiff Shane Rice, and Bailiff Brandon Broughton. And the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Unit

Constable Tim May, and Constable Charlie Johnson assisted.

Also assisting was: London Office of the U.S. Marshal Service, Williamsburg Police Department (and their K-9 dog), London Police Department, London –Laurel County Rescue Squad, Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County, and Laurel County Emergency Management. Also—on standby to assist was the Kentucky National Guard in London.

Bench Warrant Arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective/US Marshal Warrant Task Force Officer Jason Back arrested a London man on Wednesday morning(9-12-2012) at 10 A.M. charging him on a Laurel County Bench Warrant. Arrested was: Dustin Higginbotham age 28 of Chippewa Lane, London, Ky charged on a bench warrant for Trafficking in A Controlled Substance ,1st degree, 1st Offense(Methamhetamine), arrested on Chippewa Lane, in London, and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Arrest at judicial center

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Bailiff Corporal Derrick Price arrested a Corbin man on Wednesday morning (9-12-2012) at 10:30 A.M. at the Laurel Judicial Center in London. Arrested was: Jason D. Brown age 27 of Corbin charged on a Laurel District Court warrant of arrest charging Assault 4th Degree, Terroristic Threatening , and Criminal Mischief , 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Court Security Officer Justin Sizemore, and C.S. O. John Harris assisted on the arrest.

Man holds family against will

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Sgt Tommy Johnston is investigating a domestic complaint that apparently resulted in a man’s wife being held hostage, along with the couple’s two children. Sheriff’s deputies received a complaint on Monday night (9-10-2012) at approx. 7:05 P.M. that shots were being fired inside a residence on Johnson Road(Ky 472), 9 miles east of London. Deputy Kirk Mays,Deputy Steve Hoskins, Deputy John Blanton ,Lieutenant Rodney Van Zant, and Bailiff Shane Rice responded to the scene. Also, KSP Trooper Justin Oliver, Trooper Nick Metcalf, and CVE Officer Rob Mitchell responded. Upon arrival at the scene, officers learned that a male subject was inside the residence, and had his wife and two children held against their will. Officers set up a safety perimeter, and within a few minutes, the wife was allowed to leave the residence. A short time later, the two children were allowed to leave the residence. The male subject was then talked out of the residence and was taken into custody. It was learned that prior to the arrival of law enforcement, the male subject had allegedly shot a shotgun off inside the residence several times around the vicinity of his family. He then marched his family outside the residence and fired several shotgun blasts, and then marched his family back inside the residence just prior to deputies, troopers, and a CVE officer arriving at the scene. Arrested was: Donald Dixon age 41, of Johnson Road London charged with:2 counts of Assault 4th Degree(Domestic Violence), and Wanton Endangerment , 1st Degree, and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.