Pulaski County Police Still Looking For Clues 23 Years After Double Murder

Family and friends of two young murder victims in Pulaski County are not giving up hope that the crime will be solved. Someone murdered 21-year-old Linda Gibson and her half-brother, four-year-old Cody Lee Garrett in July of 1994. Someone picked up the siblings at what is now a convenience store on Bourne Avenue in Somerset.  Their bodies were lying along a fence row off Jarvis Avenue in Somerset. Even in the 23 years since their deaths, their family has not given up hope that police will make arrests in the case. Police have said they believe the person who killed the two had a personal vengeance against Gibson and the 4-year-old was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says they are actively investigating this case.

Prosecutor To Seek Death Penalty For Man Accused Of Murder At Somerset Church

The man charged in the death of a woman in a church activity center appeared in court this week, and prosecutors announced they would be seeking the death penalty in the case. Dwight Mitchell Bell is charged with murder, robbery, theft, evidence tampering, and being a persistent felony offender. Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery says he will seek the death penalty if a jury finds Dwight Bell guilty. Investigators say he went into the Denham Street Baptist Church and killed 70 year old Carolyn New in August. A detective testified that Bell went to the church while New was there asking for food because he was homeless. When New returned with food, police say Bell killed her. Bell’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The tentative start date for his trial is April 9th. The judge set a pre-trial conference date for November 6th.

While Many Applaud The President's Opioid Crisis Announcement, Others Say More Needs To Be Done For Recovering Addicts

Congressman Hal Rogers, Senator Mitch McConnell and other lawmakers and health professionals applaud the President's declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency, but some say more needs to be done. Ryan Stanton, an emergency room physician, says he sees an overdose every single shift. He says he's afraid we risk losing entire generations in Kentucky's poorest areas. Stanton says Kentucky is the epicenter of the problem and action has to be taken to save lives. He says the big thing Kentucky needs is more recovery resources. He said we have Narcan. We have needle exchanges. We have law enforcement. We have health care. But what we are missing, in terms of large enough volume, is the ability to recover addicts. Stanton says the supply is already here, the key is to get rid of the demand.

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Stolen ATV Investigation Leads To Arrest In Knox County

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says an investigation into a complaint of two runaway juveniles that had stolen an ATV resulted in the arrest of Barbourville man. During the investigation, officers recieved information that the ATV was at a residence on King Town Hill Road in the Popular Creek area. When they went there the property owner, 36 year old Elden Jay North, denied having any knowledge of the juveniles or the ATV. Police eventually found the two juveniles in Harlan County and on a return visit to North's property found the ATV hidden in the woods. The orange ATV had been painted black. North was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Three Investigations Lead To Six Arrests At Apartment Complex

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department arrested six people on three different drug and disturbance complaints this week at Corbin Manor Apartments in Corbin. The first complaint led to officers arresting Keaton Hubbard and Alesha Morgan, both from Corbin. Hubbard was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a pipe was found used for smoking narcotics. Morgan was charged with disorderly conduct as officials arrested the father of her child. The second complaint led to officers arresting Andrew Storm, Lori England, and Jeremy Clark. Storm was charged with criminal trespassing. England was charged with disorderly conduct as deputies arrested Clark. Clark was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The third complaint led to the arrest of Kali Stewart. Stewart was charged with possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct, seven counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and wanton endangerment. Officials arrested Stewart after finding pills, spoons, glass pipes with residue and many more drug-related items. Stewart also admitted to using the drugs the night before and earlier that day. They were all lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Drug Investigation Leads to The Arrest Of East Bernstadt Man

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a drug investigation led to the arrest of an East Bernstadt man. Detectives and deputies arrested 50 year old Ronnie Gene Davis after finding him in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Davis was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Sheriff John Root reminds citizens to report drug activity to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office by calling (606) 864-6600, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or personal message the department's Facebook page.

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Knox County Pair Arrested With Drugs In Stolen Truck

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies received a report of a stolen vehicle being driven in the Flat Lick area. While searching for the vehicle, a yellow Ford F150 pick-up, officers recieved a report that it had been seen behind a barn on Coles Branch in Hammond. They found the truck there with 44 year old Frank Hensley of Flat lick and 40 year old Vanessa Hensley of Hinkle inside. Deputies also found marijuana and suspected meth. Both were arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and drug possession. They were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Drug Take Back Event To Be Held Saturday In London

Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day and several locations across the region will be taking part. Here in Laurel County the London Police Department, along with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, DEA and KY-ASAP are all encouraging citizens with outdated or unwanted medications to safely drop them off at the Laurel County Health Department on Whitley Street in London Saturday from 10am until 2pm. If you would like more information about the event, you can visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.

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Laurel County Drug Bust Nets 7 People

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested seven people on drug charges after several complaints in the Kentucky Hollow Road area. Officers found crystal meth and drug paraphernalia. Jimmie McWhorter, Christina Wagers, Freda Tincher, Troy Miller, Buddy Allen and Brian Engle were all charged with possession of a controlled substance and six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Tincher was also charged with possession of Marijuana. Kenny Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance and seven counts of drug paraphernalia. Buddy Allen also was charged on two Laurel County warrants for failure to appear in court on various charges. They were all lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Shoplifting Investigation Leads To Drug Charges In Corbin

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to Corbin Walmart where the store's loss prevention team had detained a woman for shoplifting. When Officers arrived they learned 43 year old Lisa Brock tried to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. Also during the investigation, Brock was found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Brock was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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