Two London Police Officers Promoted To Detectives

The London Police Department says two Sergeants at the department have now gained the title of “Detective.” Daniel Robinson and Jessie Williams will now join Special Victims Detective Stacy Anderkin in the Criminal Investigations Unit at the Department. Robinson began working at the Department in 2002 as a patrolman. He became a K-9 handler in 2007 and was promoted to sergeant in that same year, supervising a variety of shifts. In addition to his many certifications he’s been a D.A.R.E. Instructor for approximately six years. Williams began working as a patrolman for the Department in 2007. He worked night shift for approximately 13 years total and supervised as a sergeant for six years, during that time. He’s Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Certified and is the Department’s Firearms Instructor.  For more information about the London Police Department, visit or visit their Facebook page.

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KSP Investigating Shooting In Clay County

Police are investigating a shooting in Clay County. Kentucky State Police officials say Jesse D. Barrett reportedly went to check on what he thought was someone breaking into a vacant home in the Portersburg area. Troopers say Barrett approached a man who then turned and fired at him. The suspect then fled into the woods. Police searched the area but could not find him. The man was reportedly wearing a ski mask with blue jeans and a black shirt. Barret was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. At last report his family said he was in stable condition. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police at 878-6622.

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Forest Camp Fees Waived For People Displaced By Flooding

National forests in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia are among more than a dozen across the South waiving campground fees for people displaced by recent flooding in Texas and elsewhere. The Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service said areas included are Daniel Boone National Forest, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Cherokee National Forest and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, which span the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and cross into parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. The Forest Service recommends calling ahead or checking websites to determine what's available. And people requesting campsites should check in with campground hosts at each site.



Sheriff Root Says Deputies Will Be Out In Force During Labor Day Weekend

Laurel County Sheriff John Root would like to remind motorists that this upcoming weekend is the East 80 yard sale and Labor Day weekend, so expect heavy traffic and slowing and stopping, especially along Hwy 80 through Somerset, London, and Manchester. He says deputies will be out in full force to assist motorists and crack down on drunk drivers as they join with law enforcement agencies across the state in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign which runs through Monday, September 4th. Sheriff Root reminds everyone this Labor Day Holiday, and always, to drive defensively and expect the unexpected.

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Knox County Crash Results In One Person Taken To Jail And Another To Hospital

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a three vehicle crash at the junction of 25E and 830. Two of the vehicles involved were stopped at the traffic light in the southbound lane of 25E when a another car driven by 36 year old Crystal Roberts of Corbin failed to stop hitting both vehicles in the rear. The driver of one of the vehicles hit was taken by ambulance to the hospital with possible neck and ankle injuries. Roberts was arrested and charged with DUI, no insurance, no registration plate and others. She was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. Members of the West Knox Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation.

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Drug Investigation Nets Couple In Laurel County

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies arrested two people during a drug investigation on Adams Road near Corbin. The department's K-9 "Edge" alerted on a vehicle resulting in the discovery of suspected meth, scales, Suboxone, marijuana, and a large sum of US currency. The two people in the vehicle, 45 year old Thelma Karr and 42 year old William Karr both of Keavy were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Mother Accused Of Abandoning Child At Hotel

A Laurel County woman is facing charges after police say she ditched her child at a hotel. State police arrested Sharon Thompson Friday at the Hampton Inn in Corbin. Police say Thompson left her 7-year-old boy with an employee at the front desk, saying he was there for a pool party. The employee escorted the child to the pool but learned there was no planned party.  When the two returned to the lobby, police say Thompson had already left. Thompson returned about two hours later and appeared to be high. Police say she admitted to taking pills. Police charged Thompson with Public Intoxication and Criminal Abuse. Social Service agents were called to the scene to find placement for the child.

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Group In Clay County Taking Donations For Harvey Victims

As water continues to rush through Houston, people everywhere, including our area, are looking to help. Rev. Ken Bolin, along with other members of Manchester Baptist Church, decided to do something. They started an organization called Hope for Houston. The group is collecting items for infants and toddlers. Items are already piling up. Bolin says they're sending diapers and wipes to Houston to help alleviate some of the burden. Bolin said they plan on filling a whole semi with items. Hope for Houston still needs diapers, wipes, and water. The group will not leave until the semi is full. You can also make cash donations or fill out a check to Manchester Baptist Church. You can drop items off at God's Closet at 107 Dickinson Street in Manchester or call 599-6820 for more information.

Former Corbin Police Officer Indicted In Meth Conspiracy

A former Corbin police officer is facing more legal trouble, this time in federal court. The Corbin News Journal is reporting 43 year old Charlie Bronson Fugate is one of three individuals named in a federal indictment. Fugate and co-defendants 32 year old Tiffany Hamilton and 42 year old Richard Stanley, all of Corbin, were each indicted for conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. According to the indictment, the alleged conspiracy occurred between April and July in Laurel and Whitley counties. Fugate was also indicted on charges of possession of firearms in the furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of firearms. Hamilton and Stanley were also indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by an individual convicted in a court of a crime punishable by more than a year in prison. The indictment was the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Kentucky State Police and Williamsburg Police Department.

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No Injuries Reported In Lumber Company Fire In Laurel County

Emergency crews say there were no injuries following fire Wednesday at a Laurel County business. The owner of Chaney Lumber Company says the fire started in a wood grinder in the fuel storage building around 5 a.m. A night watchman noticed it and tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but was not successful. He then called 911. The fire was reportedly contained to the one building, but there was significant damage to that building, which led the collapse of the roof. Several departments responded to the scene.

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