Laurel County Toddler Recovering After Doctors Find Meth In His System

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a 13-month-old toddler is recovering after doctors found drugs in his system. At last report no arrests had been made. Deputies say Social Services received a call about a baby who had possibly ingested Meth. Doctors sent the child to UK Hospital for treatment. Deputies said he tested positive for meth, amphetamines and excessive amounts of Tylenol and ibuprofen. The boy was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

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Intoxicated Woman Arrested After Trying To Get Into A House And Nearly Passing Out At A Nearby Store

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a home on Chess Road in Keavy where a woman was trying to get in. When officers arrived the woman fled into the woods. A short time later, the woman, later identified as 41 year old Kimberly Dawn Lee of Corbin, was found at Roscoe's Market on Ky 312 nearly passed out. She was arrested and charged with public intoxication. Lee was also wanted on a Knox County bench warrant. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Laurel County Man Arrested For Domestic Violence And Terroristic Threatening

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home on Park Subdivision Road, about 2 miles south of London, on a reported shooting. When officers arrived they found there had been no shooting, but a woman who had injuries from a domestic violence incident. She told deputies that she was driving her husband, 43 year old Jason Hoskins, around while he drank. She said he became angry with her and assaulted her causing injuries to her face and ribs. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Deputies found Hoskins passed out at the edge of the wood line where he was taken into custody. While in route to jail, Hoskins threatened deputies. He was charged with assault - domestic violence, alcohol intoxication in a public place and terroristic threatening. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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London Man Arrested On Theft Charges After Being Given A Ride

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man on theft charges after he was given a ride. A woman called dispatch saying she and her husband had given a man, later identified as 30 year old Anthony Allen of London, a ride home from WalMart in London. She said he had a scooter with him and that he rode in the back of their truck with the scooter. After they dropped Allen off, she said they noticed their tool bag was missing from the back of the truck. Deputies went to the location where they dropped him off, about 4 miles north of London on Hwy 1227, and found Allen. Police say Allen admitted stealing the tool bag and that he stole the scooter from Walmart's parking lot. Allen was arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Corbin Woman Accused Of Cruelty To Animals Pleads Not Guilty

A Corbin woman has pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from a complaint made by local animal rights group Justice for Abused Animals. Whitley District Court Fred White read the complaint against 63 year old Saundra Nickels. According to the complaint made last month by Jamie Johnson of the organization, her dogs were neglected so badly that one had to be euthanized and two others may have to be euthanized at a later date. Johnson said the dogs, which she described as mostly Shih Tzu, with several Chihuahuas and a few that were a mix of poodle and terrier, have been legally surrendered to her organization and that she, in turn, has surrendered ownership to various rescue organizations that are assisting. Nickels had allegedly been seen at multiple flea markets and other locations throughout the area attempting to sell the dogs. White set the case for a pretrial hearing on August 15.

Corbin Police Arrest Man After Drug Fueled High Speed Chase

Corbin Police say a high-speed chase came to an abrupt end when the vehicle struck a Knox County deputy’s cruiser. Officers say 24 year old Michael Jones II is facing multiple charges stemming from the incident that began on Old Barbourville Highway and ended on Allison Blvd. off of the Corbin bypass when law enforcement boxed in his pickup truck. The chase started when Corbin Police noticed the truck make a U-turn and spin the tires as it sped away. Officers say the pursuit reached speeds in excess of 85 mphoften on the wrong side of the road. When they finally got him stopped Jones had to be physically pulled from the vehicle and forced to the ground. Jones later admitted he had used meth. He was charged with reckless driving, DUI, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, no plates, no insurance and operating on a suspended license. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Kentucky Official Testifies Before Congress On Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary testified before Congress about the nation's opioid epidemic. John Tilley spoke before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Tilley was one of several state officials scheduled to testify at the hearing. Tilley is a former Democratic state representative who resigned to join Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. More than 1,400 people died in Kentucky last year from drug overdoses. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more powerful than heroin, contributed to nearly half of those deaths. A new state law that went into effect last month limits prescriptions of opioid painkillers to three days, with some exceptions.

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Man Arrested In Knox County After Allegedly Exposing Himself In Front Of The Courthouse

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man after reports he exposed himself and ran into a moving vehicle. Officers were called out to the Artemus community where a barefoot man reportedly ran into a moving vehicle and ran away. Deputies arrested James Baker on Brush Creek Road and charging him with public intoxication - controlled substance. Later that day, deputies received a report that Baker was exposing himself in front of the courthouse. Shortly after, deputies charged Baker with indecent exposure and public intoxication - controlled substance. Baker was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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London PD Announces Upcoming National Night Out Event

The London Police Department says Tuesday, August 1st, marks the 34th Anniversary for the Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event that will be held locally by the Department at the London-Laurel County Farmer’s Market from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is designated for communities throughout America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. The community is invited to come out for a free, family friendly safe night out with food, games, live music from Frontier, giveaways, and more. The Department is one of 10 participating police agencies in Kentucky. Public Service Officer Magen Zawko says the event showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement on our fight to build a safer nation. For more information call 878-7004 or go to the website

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Knox County Woman Jailed After Allegedly Giving Drugs To Kids

Police says a woman has been arrested after allegedly giving five kids drugs in Knox County. Corbin Police officers say Krista Estep was walking when she ran into five kids. Estep said the kids asked for drugs and she gave each of them a Xanax. The youngest of the children was a 10-year-old girl.

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