Laurel County Man Missing Since Thursday Found Safe

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says a man missing since just before noon Thursday has been found safe. 44 year old Jerry Caldwell, Jr. was found safe over the holiday weekend.

Jerry Caldwell Jr

Laurel County Woman Caught With Drugs At Judicial Center

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies, along with Court security officers, arrested a woman for drug possession at the Laurel County Judicial Center. Police say 58 year old Rhonda McWhorter of East Bernstadt was going through the sheriff's office security checkpoint and was found in possession of a small black container. Inside the container was a plastc bag with a white crystal substance in it believed to be methamphetamine. McWhorter was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

rhonda mcwhorter

London Police Looking For Two Men Responsible For Recent Vehicle Break Ins

The London Police Department says officers are looking for two men accused of breaking in to several cars at two motels. Officers say two men, possibly driving a dark colored Chevy SUV, are accused of breaking into four vehicles at the Red Roof Inn and one at the Econo Lodge on Melcon Lane. Anyone with information about the two men is urged to call London Police at 878-7004 or 878-7000 or message them on their Facebook page.

London Break Ins

Clay County Woman Arrested After Allegedly Buying Swimming Pool And Other Items With Stolen Credit Card

Manchester Police arrested a woman after they say she used another woman’s credit cards to purchase a swimming pool, numerous pairs of shoes and a large amount of tobacco products. The theft happened when a woman was filling her car with gas and left her purse on top of her car. Officers say she drove a couple of miles before her purse fell into the road and was found by Lukeshia Collett. Police say they pulled credit card records and talked with people from businesses to find Collett. Collett faces fraudulent use of a credit card over $500 and theft of property. She was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center and has since been released.

Lukeshia Collett



Daughter And Boyfriend Arrested In Rockcastle County Couple's Murder

Police say a Rockcastle County man and woman were killed by their daughter's boyfriend. Both the daughter and boyfriend are charged. Chara and William Bryant were found shot to death in their home June 8. Kentucky State Police arrested Christopher Evans. According to an arrest citation, Evans admitted shooting the the couple with a .38 and destroying evidence by washing blood from his shirt and burning his tennis shoes. Evans is charged with two counts of murder, tampering with physical evidence and burglary. Also charged was the daughter, a 16-year-old. She was placed into the Adair County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with two counts of murder.

Christopher Evans

Jackson County Man Arrested For Growing Marijuana

Kentucky State Police arrested a Jackson County man for growing 20 marijuana plants. Paul Borntraeger was cultivating the plants in the middle of the woods, right off Walkers Branch Road in Jackson County. Kentucky State Police aerial surveillance spotted the plants. Police say they arrested Borntaeger on a warrant. He is charged with Cultivation of marijuana (five plants or more). Borntraeger was taken to the Jackson County Detention Center.

Paul Borntraeger

Family Of Rockcastle County Man Found Dead Looking For Answers

The family of a man found dead in Rockcastle County are raising questions about his death. The body of 31-year-old William Hayes Junior was discovered June 12 in Rockcastle County. Investigators say Hayes’ body was severely decomposed. Now, the family is looking for closure. The Hayes family isn’t satisfied with the answers they have received. They believe someone did something to their son based on the last phone call they received from him saying he was in a thicket and that someone was going to kill him. Officials say the preliminary autopsy does not indicate any obvious signs of trauma, but the case is still under investigation. Family members say they just want justice for their son.

William Hayes Jr

Laurel County Couple Jailed Accused Of Child Abuse

Kentucky State Police say a mother and her boyfriend face charges of criminal child abuse. Jennifer Venable and Cozar Celestino are in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Investigators says people at a church noticed bruising on the arm of an eight-year-old girl when she and her siblings got off the church bus. The members of the church then reached out to police, who started an investigation. Social services placed the children, ages 8, 6, and 5, in protective custody. Police say they determined Venable caused the bruising on the eight-year old's arm by punching her with her fist. The citation says Venable also caused injuries to the children by hitting them with a belt. According to the children, they were not allowed to cry. The arrest citation for Celestino says he would tie up the children with a belt and strike the children with a belt. Police say the children were forced to sleep in a closet and bathroom and were only allowed out when the adults fed them or to use the bathroom.

Kentucky Natural Land Trust Purchases Land In Order To Save Native Beetle Species

The Kentucky Natural Land Trust has purchased 353 acres of land in order to save a native species. Keith Bowling, Pine Mountain State Park’s Naturalist, says the Ice Box Beetle is native to Kentucky, and only Kentucky. It is found in a specific cave located along the Pine Mountain. Bowling said along with saving the beetle this purchase will save some of the land in the Commonwealth that was found by Daniel Boone for future generations. Once they acquire all of the land they’re planning to, the entire trail will be a whopping 1,800 miles stretching from Alabama to New York.