KSP Calls Off Search For Missing Jackson County Boy And Make Arrest

The Kentucky State Police say they have called off the search for missing 5 year old James Spoonamore in Jackson County, but didn't say why. The family says the boy's mother, Jessica Spoonamore, is in critical condition at UK Hospital. Police have now charged Lonnie Jay Belt with assault, kidnapping an adult, kidnapping a minor, and tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say he kidnapped Spoonamore and her son. Police say he beat her and threw her over a cliff off Highway 89. Hikers eventually found Jessica Spoonamore. Police say she had injuries to her head and possible broken bones. She was able to tell investigators that her son was with her during the assault. According to his arrest citation, Belt admitted that he got into an argument with Spoonamore about money and hit her in the head, tied her up, took her to the cliff and beat her again. Investigators say Belt also admitted James was with Jessica when he took her to the cliff. State Police have not indicated what they believe has happened to the missing boy.

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Four People Arrested On Drug Charges In Knox County

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies went to a home in the Sunny Brook area of Heidrick in an attempt to execute arrest warrants on 31 year old Kevin Malone of London. He had warrants out on on him from Knox and Whitley Counties. While there officers found suspected crystal methamphetamine, xanax bars and $900.00 in cash. Malone and three others, 29 year old Amy Brock of Gray, 24 year old Dylan Grubb of Barbourville and 24 year old Jeremy Sandlin of Bryants Store, were arrested on drug and other charges. All four were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Lexington Man Arrested In Laurel County On Fourth DUI Offense

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested a Lexington man on his fourth DUI charge. Officers responded to a complaint about two men passed out in an SUV at a business on West Laurel Road in London. Deputies found the keys in the ignition and had to beat on the window to wake the men up. The investigation determined both the driver and passenger were under the influence. The driver, 46 year old Jeffrey Ray Caudill of Lexington was arrested and charged with DUI – fourth offense, which is a Class D felony, as well as operating on a suspended or revoked license and other traffic violations. The passenger, 55 year old Wendell Burkhart Baker of Keavy, was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Man Arrested After Driving Under The Influence At Night With No Headlights

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man on a DUI charge after they say he was driving without his headlights on and ran a stop sign. Police stopped 39 year old Danny Hammons of Keavy on Horse Creek Road south of London. During the stop, they determined Hammons was under the influence. Hammons was arrested and charged with DUI, disregarding a stop sign and other traffic violations. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Arrested After London Police Find Drugs In Vacant Apartment

The London police Department says officers found several drugs while searching a vacant unit at North Hill Street Apartments. Police found a sock with a container, digital scale, pills, and six baggies with methamphetamine inside. Officers arrested 47-year-old Junior W. Asher, who was hiding in a closet in the apartment. Asher was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and criminal trespassing. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Former Jackson County Sheriff Arrested On Drug Charges

The Kentucky State Police says a former sheriff of Jackson County is facing charges. Troopers arrested Dennis Peyman for cultivating marijuana and trafficking a controlled substance (anabolic steroid). According to an arrest citation, police executed a search warrant at Peyman's home after they previously found 61 marijuana plants growing on his farm. Investigators say Peyman had an agreement with two other people to harvest the marijuana which police found drying in a barn. While searching inside of Peyman's home, officers found eight vials of anabolic steroids that he didn't have a prescription for. Investigators also say they found three loaded firearms that may have been strategically placed to defend the marijuana grow operation. In January of 2014, Peyman made headlines when he interrupted a fiscal court meeting to arrest the county judge executive and the county treasurer. A prosecutor later dismissed the charges against both, leading to a lawsuit against Peyman that resulted in a roughly $62,000 settlement. Peyman served as the sheriff of Jackson County for several years before leaving office at the end of 2014.

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Laurel County Police Arrest 3 In Drug Bust

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says three people are behind bars after deputies find drugs in their car. Police arrested 43 year old Johnny Arthur and 30 year old Amara Creech after finding them in a vehicle in the parking lot of a motel off West Cumberland Gap Parkway. In a search of the vehicle deputies found crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a BB gun. In a nearby motel room police found 41 year old Damas Osborne with cash, drugs and paraphernalia. Police said Osborne resisted arrest and was charged with trafficking, possession of drugs and resisting arrest among other things. Arthur was charged with DUI, trafficking and possession of drugs among other things. Creech was charged with public intoxication, possession of drugs, trafficking and giving officers a false name. All three were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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London Police Department Continues Offer Free Drug Test Kits To Parents

Officials with the London Police Department continue to give parents in the area the tools necessary to help fight the drug epidemic. The "Give Me a Reason" drug prevention initiative began last year. It is a program that allows parents to pick up free drug test kits from the London Police Department to make sure their children stay drug-free. School Resource Officer Sergeant Travis Dotson said parents have already picked up 430 drug tests from the department since the program started last year and says he has seen fewer juvenile drug crimes in that time. The oral drug test kit also comes with some helpful tips for parents on how to talk to their kids about drug use. Dotson said parents can pick up drug tests from the London Police Department Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

London City Council Decides Future Of Economy Inn

London City Council decided the fate of the Economy Inn which has reportedly caused many problems in the city. Police in London say they have received many complaints about the Economy Inn. Chief Derek House said since August 17th they've been there a total of 4 times. He said since January 1, 2016, they have received about 100 complaints ranging from theft to drug issues. Community members also say the Inn has been an issue in the area. The Inn’s owner appeared before the council and said that he was doing all he could to stop the issue. He mentioned installing ten security cameras and increasing parking lot security. The council allowed the Inn to keep its doors open if they hired a security guard. In the meantime, the council will draft an ordinance detailing exactly what a public nuisance is for future issues.
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Four Men Arrested In London Accused Of Raping 16 Year Old Girl

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says four men are under arrest they allegedly raped a 16 year old girl. Deputies say Marty Phillips, Jerricho Taylor, Calvin Baker and Tristan Oakley, all age 19, were arrested at a residence on Chippewa Lane in London after reports the four men were drinking with girls, including a 16 year old. Police say the minor was extremely intoxicated when the four men allegedly had sexual intercourse with her. All four men are charged with first degree rape. They were all lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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