Laurel Man arrested on disorderly conduct and drug charges

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter was dispatched to a domestic complaint on Tuesday night(3-12-13) at 8:40 P.M. on U.S. 25 , 5 miles south of London. When Sgt Poynter arrived at the scene , he could hear a disturbance between the property owner, and a male subject there. An investigation determined that Layton L. McQueen age 30 of Sowder Lane , London had broken a window on the property when the property owner asked him to leave. Mcqueen was charged with: Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, and Possession Of Marijuana---marijuana was discovered at the time of arrest. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Hendering Apprehension Arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back
 along with Deputy James Sizemore, and Detective Brad Mitchell arrested
two individuals on Mt. Zion Road, 12 miles north of London on Monday morning
(3-11-2013) at 10:30 A.M. after conducting an investigation and determining
that the two persons had hindered the apprehension of a female subject they
had allowed her to stay with them, knowing she was under Federal Indictment,
and being actively sought by the D.E.A., and U. S. Marshal Service . Arrested was:
William Cornelius age 43 of Mt. Zion Road, East Bernstadt charged with Hindering
Prosecution or Apprehension, 2nd Degree, and Possession Of a Controlled Substance
,1ST Degree, 1st Offense(Methamphetamine)—had a quantity of methamphetamine
in his possession. Also arrested was: Adam B. McQueen age 45 of Haley Ridge Road,
charged with Hindering the Prosecution or Apprehension, 2nd Degree.

Both subjects were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Laurel County Detention Center inmate dies

28 year old Cortney Renee Beldon was arrested by Kentucky State Police on March 3rd for falsely obtaining a controlled substance without an authorized prescription. Five days later, she was found in her jail cell in distress said Jaime Mosley, Jailer for the Laurel County Detention Center.

 She died an hour later at St. Joseph's Hospital in London.

 The Laurel County Detention Facility is conducting an internal investigation and the Laurel county Sheriff’s department is also conducting an investigation into this matter.

DUI Arrest on Victory Road

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Hoskins arrested a male subject on McWhorter Victory Road, 10 miles north of London on Sunday evening at 6:12 P.M. after investigating 911 complaint of a car parked in the middle of the road, with the driver and passenger slumped over in the vehicle. When deputies arrived, they located the driver with vehicle in gear, and foot on the brake. An investigation determined he was under the influence, and he was arrested—and is identified as Dwight Riley age 56 of Hwy 3630, Annville charged with : Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence, Driving on DUI Suspended License, 2nd Offense, Possession Of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in A Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Wear Seat Belt. Also arrested in the vehicle was the passenger—Lillia D. Vaughn age 54 of Hellard Road Annville charged with Alcohol Intoxication in A Public Place. Both individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Meth Lab arrest on Old Whitley Road

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back along with Deputy Brett Reeves, and Deputy Shawn Boroviak investigated a complaint of individuals manufacturing methamphetamine on Old Whitley Road, 2 miles south of London early Sunday morning at 12:15 A. M. When deputies arrived and conducted an investigation, they discovered the remains of a one step meth lab inside the residence. Also located were components used to manufacture methamphetamine. Additionally, a white powdery substance was found at the scene that tested positive for amphetamines. Arrested was: Clayton R. Morgan, Jr. age 44 and Brenda M. Morgan age 53 both of Old Whitley Road, London charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense; and Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense(Methamphetamine). Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Deputy James Sizemore, along with Detective Brad Mitchell, and Detective Billy Madden dismantled the meth lab and components.

Laurel County jail escapee caught

A Laurel County inmate escaped during work release Thursday morning. Officers say Dale Valentine, 32, walked away during garbage pick-up. However, Valentine is back behind bars. He was found hiding at house near the Laurel-Knox County line.


Records show Valentine was in jail serving time for DUI, drug paraphernalia, and traffic violation charges. He was scheduled to be released on Monday. Now Valentine faces even more jail time. Jail officers charged Valentine with escape and other charges are possible.

Traffic Crash with Injury at the Laurel/Whitley County Line on I-75

On Thursday, March 07, 2013 at approximately 7:17 a.m., the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report of a two vehicle traffic crash, with injury, on KY 312 south of London at the Laurel / Whitley County line.


Upon arrival Trooper Ryan Loudermilk determined that a silver, 2005, GMC, Yukon, SUV operated by Crystal Stidham, 34, of Corbin, was traveling eastbound on KY 312 when it went out of control on the ice covered bridge, crossed the centerline and struck a beige, 2005, Toyota, Camry, operated by Jonathan Patterson, 39, of Corbin. Stidham and her three passengers were taken to the Baptist Health for treatment. Patterson, who was alone in his vehicle, was also taken to the Baptist Health for treatment.


No drug or alcohol usage was suspected.

Black ice blamed for deadly crash in Laurel County

It happened just after 8 a.m. Thursday morning on Kentucky 80 on the bridge at the Laurel-Pulaski line.State police tell us a driver of a Jeep Cherokee lost control of her SUV on black ice, started spinning and was hit by an on-coming semi truck.

Kentucky State Police say the driver of the Jeep was ejected and died at the scene, her identity has not been released yet. The driver of the semi was not hurt.The highway was closed for about two hours while crews cleaned up the wreckage, the road is now back open,


The Laurel County Sheriff's Office had issued a warning to drivers Thursday morning about a black ice causing travel problems on several roads in the county.

Mother of child left at local restaurant arrested on unrelated charges

Police say Victoria Day-Johnson's 4-year-old son was in his grandmother's custody when she left him at the fast food restaurant last month. Joanne Lowe, 62, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Police say they also arrested the mother of the 4-year-old boy left at the Corbin restaurant last month on unrelated charges. According to the Corbin News Journal, police arrested Victoria Day-Johnson, 22, after she bought meth from a police informant. The paper reports she had a 2-year-old relative with her when she and Joshua Walters purchased the drug.

April Pre-trial set for Barbourville Man

Sheriff's deputies arrested 65-year-old Glenn Powell (of Knox County) last year. Officials stated at the time they found nearly 70 guns and an artillery simulator outside his garage along Highway 3440. Now Powell is facing a dozen wanton endangerment charges and will be in court in April. Police say at least one of the guns was reported stolen. He remains free on bond, but will have a pre-trial conference on April 5th.