Knox County Police Recover Stolen Heavy Eqipment Parts And Make Arrest

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies recovered a piece of heavy equipment and made an arrest in the case. The department recieved a complaint from a victim reporting a stolen “C-Frame” from his dozer taken from his work site in Artemus. The “C Frame” valued at $3,800.00 connects the blade to the dozer. The victim had information that the stolen part was now on a dozer owned by Dallas Brown and was being used at a job site on Paint Branch Cemetery Road near the Clay County line. Investigators found the dozer and was able to identify the stolen part. Deputies seized the dozer at the site and arrested 42 year old Dallas Ray Brown at his home. Police also found a 22 rifle. He was charged with receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also had three warrants out for his arrest. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Knox County Firefighters Call In State Investigators In String Of Abandoned House Fires

Firefighters in Knox County want answers about who is setting fires in abandoned homes. Volunteer firefighters at West Knox Fire Department say they have responded to four fires inside abandoned homes within the past month. They say each fire looks to be suspicious. Fire officials say the four fires have occurred at two separate locations of abandoned homes. Chief Darryl Baker says the fires have taken his volunteer firefighters away from their paying jobs and forced them to fight the fires. Along with the total of 12 hours it has taken to put out the fires, Baker says they are forced to use valuable resources. They say the Kentucky State Police have been called to investigate the fires.

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This Year's Toys For Tots Campaign A Huge Success

Officials with the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots, servicing Whitley, Knox and Laurel Counties, says this year's campaign was a huge success. Greg Sims of the JC Paul Detachment, said the effort brought Christmas to nearly 1,500 needy children in our communities, delivering approximately 9,000 toys, books and stocking stuffers.  he said they had over 90 collection boxes at local businesses and had Toy Drives at several locations. Sims said they are thankful for the generosity of the citizens and businesses in the Tri County area who helped make this year’s Campaign a success, by donating toys, money and support. He said they will begin in the spring to make the 2018 campaign bigger and better, in the hopes of serving every needy child. Sims reminds you donations can be made year round on their national website, their local website or through their Facebook Page. He says 100% of everything donated stays in the Tri County area.

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Laurel County Police Catch Up To Woman Wanted On 4 Outstanding Warrants

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a woman this week wanted on 4 outstanding warrants. Officers say 40 year old Julie A. Meade of Corbin was taken into custody on Silver Eagle Road, about 3 miles south of London. Her charges range from failure to appear in court, falsely reporting an incident, disorderly conduct, DUI, theft and drug trafficking. Meade was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Police Arrest Woman Wanted On 5 Warrants

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies caught up to a woman wanted on 5 outstanding warrants. Officers say 28 year old Joanna M. Mattingly of Lily was arrested this week on charges ranging from failure to appear, escape, theft and drug charges. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Somerset Police Make Arrest In Stabbing And Robbery

Somerset Police say a man is recovering from serious injuries he suffered in a stabbing this week at a home on Barnett Street. Police made an arrest in connection with the attack. Officers say Marty D. Colewell admitted to the crime. He is charged with first degree assault. The victim, Nathaniel Pence, says he and his roommate were at home when Colwell and another man burst in to rob them. Pence told investigators he and his roommate fought with the men and said he was stabbed 20 times. At last report he was at UK hospital receiving treatment for a punctured lung. Police say they are continuing to investigate. They collected several pieces of evidence at the scene and have sent it to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Police say they are interviewing several people and they believe this was an isolated incident where the victims were targeted for a specific reason. Pence said he did not know the men.

Knox County Woman Sentenced To 10 Years For Killing Her Father's Fiance

A judge this week sentenced a Knox County woman to ten years behind bars. Hailey Bond pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter last month. She killed Lilly Sizemore, her father's fiance in 2016. Sizemore tried to stop an argument between the pair.

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Whitley County Woman Arrested After Children Were Found Bruised And Burned

Kentucky State Police say signs of child abuse led them to arrest a Whitley County mother. Officials say they saw bruises and burns on the bodies of Desirae Leach's children. The children are one, two and three-years-old. Leach reportedly told police their father abused them for weeks. She also admitted to using meth. At last report he father of the children had not yet been arrested. Desirae was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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Doctors In The Region Say Colds And Flu Are On The Rise

Doctors in Eastern Kentucky say they've seen an uptick in respiratory illnesses such as colds, sinus infections and sore throats. They say another illness that's spreading is the flu, which they say is something to keep in mind as Christmas and New Year's quickly approach. They say if you think you're ill, stay home, except to see your healthcare provider. Healthcare officials say the best defense against the flu is to get your flu shot, but they say it's important to remember the vaccine does not work right away, nor does it protect you from getting sick in general. Doctors say some reports indicate the current flu vaccine is only ten percent effective, but, they say it's still important to get the shot, as it can still help protect you. As always, the best way to prevent sickness is to cover your cough, wash your hands and get treated by a doctor if you do get sick.

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Bizzare Call Leads To Whitley County Arrest

Whitley County Police say a man was arrested after an unusual phone call led them to investigate. A man called 911 saying that people were in his front yard committing murder and rape and threatening arson. When officers arrived they didn't find anyone outside. When they checked out the house, Matthew Thomas broke out a window and ran away holding a knife. Police caught Thomas and arrested him. Thomas was charged with fleeing police, carrying a concealed weapon, public intoxication and drug possession. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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