Knox County Man Arrested On Theft Charges

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man following a theft investigation. Officers say several people told them Tracy Satterfield stole items from them including guns, which he pawned. Satterfield told police he stole from people to fuel his drug habit. He admitted to the crimes and told deputies he wanted long-term help with his addiction. Satterfield faces burglary and other charges.

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Five People Arrested In Laurel County Drug Investigation

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested five people this week, four of them on drug charges. Officers were conducting a drug investigation on Morentown Road in London after numerous complaints. Deputies found crystal meth and drug paraphernalia. Austin Earls, Zachary Jarvis, Rocky Whitaker and Gary Wagers were all charged with conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Earls was also charged on a Whitley County warrant for failing to appear in court on a theft charge. Candace Kirchheimer was also arrested. She was charged with driving on a DUI suspended license. They were all lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Low-Income Emergency Heating Funds In Jeopardy

LIHEAP shelters millions from weather’s extremes but costs billions. Lawmakers in D.C. are in the midst of debating how to fund a program that pays for heating and cooling bills, when those in the home can’t. The President proposed cutting the multi-billion-dollar program as part of his budget plan. Government estimates suggest six million people rely on it to heat, cool, or weatherize their homes. Tom Schatz runs Citizens Against Government Waste. He argues for phasing out LIHEAP but said it’s unrealistic to expect it to be cut completely. Schatz points to a government audit that showed instances of prisoners, dead people, and even wealthy individuals receiving the benefit. He said the program should be phased out – with the responsibility and cost for helping low-income residents shifted to states.  That he said would cut down on fraud. Government reports indicate the federally-run program only has the cash to serve one of every five households that qualify.


Knox County Woman Facing Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor And Animal Cruelty Charges

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says a woman is facing multiple charges after deputies say she left her dog locked in a car for several hours while she was passed out on a couch. Officers were called out on a report of a dog locked inside a car at a home on Payne Hollow Road. When deputies arrived, they say they found the dog locked inside a car outside and 34 year old Lisa M. Branson inside the home passed out on the couch. Two children, ages four and ten, were also at the home. When they woke Branson up, they say she seemed disoriented and told them she had taken meth and suboxone. Police say the dog had been locked in the car for several hours without food and water. Deputies also learned Branson’s mother had temporary custody of the two children and Branson didn't have permission to have them at her house. Branson was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Stepping On A Child's Stomach

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man after he allegedly seriously injured a child. Officers say 23 year old James Bailey of East Bernstadt was charged with criminal abuse. According to deputies, Bailey admitted to stepping on a five-year-old child’s stomach, causing serious injury. Deputies say the child was taken to the emergency room for treatment. Bailey was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Found At Motel With A Pound Of Crystal Meth, Nearly 100 Ecstasy Pills And A Teenage Girl

Police in Williamsburg say a man was found in a hotel with a pound of crystal meth and nearly 100 ecstasy pills. Williamsburg dispatch received a call about a teenage girl in a motel parking lot asking for a ride to Indiana. The girl told officers she was left at the motel by a friend and was staying in a room with a man she did not know. Allen Jewell Bradley, of Louisville, was in the room and told officers the girl was staying there but he did not know her name. Officers asked for permission to search the room and found one pound of crystal meth along with 29 grams of marijuana and 95 ecstasy pills. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said when they contacted the mother of the girl, he was shocked to find out she was not surprised and didn't care. Jewell was charged with trafficking, unlawful transaction with a minor and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. The juvenile was also charged with trafficking. She was lodged in the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.

Laurel County Police Looking For Suspects In Store Break In

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating suspects who broke into the Dollar Store on KY-363 south of London early Saturday morning. Investigators say the break-in happened before 5 a.m. Saturday. Deputies have not released any other information about the break-in, but they have released a surveillance photo. Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 606-864-6600.

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Corbin Woman Arrested On DUI And Drug Charges

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a woman on DUI and drug charges. Officers responded to a complaint about a car that had been stopped at a green light on the West Cumberland Parkway at the intersection of US 25 for a long time. When deputies arrived at the scene, the car was still sitting at the light, and they found the driver, 32 year old Stephanie R. Hubbs of Corbin, under the influence. Deputies say they also found a glass pipe and suspected crystal meth on her. Hubbs was charged with DUI, drug trafficking (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic violations. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Couple Arrested After They Were Found With Stolen Vehicle And Drugs

Deputies in Laurel County arrested a two people after they say they found the couple with drugs and a stolen vehicle. A deputy was walking into a grocery store off Pine Top Road when he noticed a suspicious, tan Ford Explorer in the parking lot. The deputy ran a check on the license plate and VIN number and determined it the vehicle had recently been reported stolen. Inside the store, the deputy found 40 year old Elisha Carpenter and her husband, 36 year old William Malicoat, both of London. When the deputy asked Carpenter about the vehicle, he learned she was the driver. But while he was talking to her, Malicoat ran outside and down the road. Carpenter was arrested, and Malicoat was found and arrested by deputies just a short distance from the store. In addition to the stolen vehicle, deputies say they found a large quantity of suspected meth in the couple’s possession during the investigation. Both Carpenter and Malicoat are charged with receiving stolen property and drug possession. They were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Pedestrian Struck And Killed By Vehicle In Laurel County

The Laurel County Coroner's Office says a pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle on Sunday. Apparently 64 year old Paul Thomas was trying to cross the road on foot near the intersection of Highway 1006 and Lily Road when he was hit. The coroner's office says Thomas died at the hospital. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says the driver of the car was 19 year old Trevor Angel of London. The investigation is continuing.

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