Knox County Sheriff's Department is offering extra patrols around homes for people out of town.

 The Knox County Sheriff's Department is offering extra patrols around homes for people out of town. The Sheriff's Department believes the patrols could cut down on crime. People can request the patrols around their homes for when they are on vacation or away from home for another reason. To sign up, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 546-3181.

Police say they have identified the man who robbed a tobacco store

The search is over for a man who police say robbed a store in Barbourville. Barbourville police say they have identified Shawn Stehlin as the man who robbed Brock's Tobacco store last week. Surveillance video shows Shawn Stehlin walking up to the drive through at the tobacco store. Police say Stehlin pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded all of the money. Police say Stehlin is believed to be involved in two other robberies, including the Unique Tanning and Gifts. Some businesses in Knox County remain concerned. Police remind people that when possible, never work alone.

A speeding stop results in other charges and arrest for Manchester man

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting Deputy Kevin Berry stopped a speeding vehicle 2 miles east of London on Ky 80. During the investigation, Deputy Berry determined the driver David P. Thompson age 34 of Mill Pond Road Manchester was driving on DUI suspended license, had no insurance, and had cancelled license plates on the vehicle, and numerous other violations. Thompson also had two active warrants, for Driving on DUI suspended License, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under The Influence , Open Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle and numerous other traffic offenses. He was arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

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.