Two Men Arrested In Whitley County Accused Of Offering Drugs And Money For Sex

In Whitley County, two men are behind bars accused of offering two women, including a 16-year-old, drugs and money for sex. Police say Brandon Gambrel and Edward Cox were arrested after offering prescription pills and money to the two women in exchange for sex with them. Gambrel and Cox are charged with prostitution and unlawful transaction with a minor. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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Keavy Man Arrested For DUI

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Laurel Lake Shell on Hwy 770 where a man was reportedly intoxicated in a vehicle. Deputies found the vehicle and 34 year old Johnny Branham of Keavy in the drivers seat. An investigation determined Branham was under the influence and took him into custody. He was lodged in the Laure County Correctional Center.

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DUI Arrest Leads To Drug Charges For London Man

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a London man is behind bars, accused of running a drug operation while being intoxicated in a vehicle. Deputies say 22 year old Jamieson Minton was found intoxicated in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. He was placed under arrest and charged with DUI. While searching the vehicle, deputies found a 9mm handgun, a set of scales, numerous small plastic bags, 3 Suboxone tablets, suspected marijuana, suspected crystal methamphetamine and cash. Minton later told deputies he did not have a job because selling drugs was easier and more profitable than working. He is now charged with drug trafficking, drug possession, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, DUI and no insurance. Minton was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Laurel County Man Arrested After Threatening People With A Stick At Business

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a business on North Laurel Road, about 2 miles north of London, where a man was allegedly creating a disturbance and threatening employees and others. The man had reportedly armed himself with a stick and was swinging the stick at people. The man, later identified as 44 year old Christopher Evans of East Bernstadt, was told to leave and not return. Evans reportedly left, but returned about 30 minutes later threatening to burn the building down with people inside. Deputies found Evans there still armed with a stick. Officers convinced him to drop the stick and took him into custody. Evans was charged with disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening and criminal trespassing. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Former Corbin Firefighter Arrested Accused Of Trailer Theft

The Corbin News Journal is reporting a former Corbin firefighter who resigned from the department in 2011 amid accusations that he had stolen two light bars from the department, has been charged in connection with a stolen trailer in Laurel County. Police say 46 year old Eric Brian Isom of Corbin was arrested on a warrant charging him with theft by failure to make required disposition of property. According to the warrant, Larry Benfield Sr. claims Isom borrowed his 6x12 trailer with the understanding that it would be returned the following day. When Benefield asked for the trailer to be returned, the warrant states that Isom refused, saying he had lent it to someone else and it was locked up and he couldn’t get it back. Isom pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment in Laurel District Court.

Man Accused Of Pulaski County Machete Rampage Pleads Not Guilty

A man accused of going on a rampage with a machete in Pulaski County has plead not guilty in court. Wilma Hislope says the problems began early Thursday morning as Cody Hall was walking around with a machete and a hammer. She said she tried to leave, but he blocked the door and then attacked her. Police say Hall would then go on to attack his sister Ashley Coots, and Lilburn Holbrook, who showed up to help the two women. Holbrook died. At last report Coots remained in the hospital with a serious neck injury. Police say Hall stabbed himself. After he was treated at UK hospital he was taken to jail and appeared in district court where his public defender entered a not guilty plea for him. Hislope says she still doesn't know what the motive was for the attack, only that Hall needs help. The judge set a preliminary hearing for Hall for July 17.

Treetop Adventures Continue To Offer Free Admission To Veterans And First Responders

The staff at Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park in London has announced that from now through July 15th veterans and first responders will be able to climb and participate in the Treetop Adventure’s various obstacle courses for free. Whitney Rice, a course monitor at Treetop Adventure, said it is not only a chance for veterans to climb for free but a chance to bring attention to people that may not always receive it. Rice said that there has been a very positive response from the community. Jon Sallee, a jailer in Jessamine County, said that it's a great opportunity for law and military personnel to come out and enjoy the outdoors and destress and be with family. For more information about Treetop Adventure, their website is

Laurel County Police Arrest Man Accused Of Raping A 4 Year Old Child

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested a man accused of raping a 4 year old child. Investigators say 42 year old Ray Stephen Bennett of Day Ridge Road allegedly had sexual intercourse with the four-year-old and on five different occasions engaged in deviant sexual intercourse with the child. Bennett was charged with rape – first-degree and five counts of sodomy – first-degree. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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London Police Arrest Man After Allegedly Threatening Officers

The London Police Department says a man has been arrested after threatening officers following his mother's arrest. Officers say 57 year old Donna Cheek was arrested following an accident in London, charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. During her arrest her son, 35 year old Elijah Cheek, reportedly became beligerent. The next day while his mother was in jail, he allegedly made threats to shoot officers on the phone. He also made threats on Facebook saying police in London were a bullseye and that he was shooting. Police then obtained and executed an arrest warrant for terroristic threatening. Officers also found three marijuana plants outside his home on Cheek Lane. Cheek was also charged with cultivating marijuana. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Whitley County Man Arrested On Drug And Gun Charges

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says deputies, along with probation and parole officers, went to the home of 47 year old Troy Carr on Henry Barton Road in the Rockholds community. Carr, a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of a firearm which turned out to be stolen, approximately two grams of methamphetamine, one marijuana plant and drug paraphernalia. Carr was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, probation violation and drug offenses. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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