Woodbine Man Arrested Accused Of Sexual Abuse Of Child

The Kentucky State Police says a Woodbine man has been charged with sexual abuse and sodomy of an eight-year-old. 31 year old James LaForest was arrested in connection with the alleged incident. Troopers wrote in the arrest citation that they were contacted after the juvenile claimed to have been raped by LaForest. During the investigation police reportedly got a recorded confession from LaForest. He was charged with sexual abuse and sodomy of a victim under the age of 12. LaForest was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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KSP Urging Caution On I-75 Duing Rockcastle County Construction

A section of Interstate 75 that's currently under construction to improve the roadway has been the scene of several accidents. The Kentucky Department of Transportation is widening I-75 in Rockcastle County to six lanes. Right now, the work is happening in a five-mile stretch that begins just north of the 62-mile marker. Over the years, there have been numerous crashes on that stretch of interstate prompting the state to approve millions of dollars in spending to widen the roadway. Trooper Lloyd Cochran with the Kentucky State Police says congestion, inattention, and other factors have caused significant travel delays for drivers. Earlier this week, police closed I-75 southbound for about four hours when a truck hit a barrier wall and collided with two other vehicles. Kentucky State Police say drivers need to be aware of the road construction, pay attention, and slow down. Road construction is taking place in five-mile increments and includes new bridges at both Mt. Vernon exits. The project is expected to be completed by October 2018.

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Whitley County Coroner Releases Identity Of Body Found In River

Whitley County Coroner, Andy Croley, says a body found in the Clearfork River in Whitley County is that of a missing man, 54 year old Randall Walker of Ohio. Walker was last seen back in January at the rest area off I-75 at the Kentucky Tennessee line. Sheriff Colan Harrell said someone driving on US 25 noticed the body in the Clearfork area around 9:00 Monday morning. Authorities say the body was caught on a limb just above the river. Crews were able to recover the body by boat. Croley says the manner and cause of Walker's death is still pending further investigation.

Solar Farm Group Interested In Locating In Mountaintop Coal Mining Sites In Eastern Ky

What can you do with a former coal mine? Make it a solar farm. The Berkeley Energy Group, EDF Renewable Energy and former state Auditor Adam Edelen announced this week they are looking at two mountaintop removal sites in the heart of Kentucky's coal country. Berkeley Energy Group Development Executive Ryan Johns said the solar farm would generate between 50 and 100 megawatts of electricity that would be sold to power companies along the east coast. He said the project would cost tens of millions of dollars and include "hundreds of thousands" of solar panels. The project is the latest effort to diversify Kentucky's energy resources. Earlier this month, the Kentucky Coal Museum installed solar panels on its roof.

Mountaintop Coal Mine

Laurel County Police Arrest A Man Wanted On Several Warrants

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies caught a man wanted on a variety of warrants. Officers say they received a tip about the whereabouts of Marvin Spencer who had numerous warrants for burglary and persistent felony offender. Deputies went to a home on Highway 1376 in East Bernstadt to look for Spencer. Spencer's wife said he wasn't there, but during a search deputies found Spencer hiding behind an air vent in the wall. Deputies believe he planned the hiding place in advance. During the search they also found nine syringes in an open cookie jar and drugs. Two small children were also inside of the home. Spencer's wife, Julie was also taken into custody and charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension for lying about Spencer's whereabouts. Both Marvin and Julie Spencer face drug paraphernalia and wanton endangerment charges. They were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Laurel County Crash Sends Several Kids To The Hospital

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office has released more information on a crash that left several children injured. The crash happened on U. S. 25 about 3 miles north of London at the intersection of Ky-3094. Deputies say a minivan turned left off US 25 at the intersection into the path of an SUV. An ambulance took the driver of the minivan, 29-year old Teresa Sturgill of East Bernstadt, a 10-year old boy and a 16-month old girl in her vehicle to St. Joseph-London for treatment. Emergency crews also took the driver of the SUV, 42-year old Rachel O'Neal of London, a 14-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy in her vehicle to St. Joseph-London for treatment. Medical helicopters had to take a six-year-old girl, a four-year-old boy and an eight-year-old boy to UK Medical Center in Lexington with critical injuries. The investigation is continuing.

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Railroad Officials Appear In Court Over Violation Of Blocking Pulaski County Roads

A railroad company was cited in southern Kentucky amid allegations of trains stopping at crossings. The Pulaski County sheriff cited Norfolk Southern twice after trains were stopped for longer than 10 minutes at a Burnside private crossing. An attorney representing Norfolk Southern was in the Pulaski County District Courtroom Monday morning answering to charges. People who live on Richardson Lane say they can be trapped near their homes for hours at a time when trains stop. A spokesperson for the company says due to federal laws trains stop to change conductors when they have surpassed their hours.

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Corbin Woman Arrested After Leaving 4 Small Children Alone

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call about children left by themselves at a home in Corbin. When officers arrived they found four children alone. The oldest was ten-years-old and the youngest was 11-months-old. The mother later returned to the house while a deputy was there. 30 year old Melissa K. Preston was arrested and faces public intoxication and wanton endangerment charges, among others. The Corbin Police Department helped at the scene. Social Services also responded, and the four children were released to a family member.

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Possible Threat Prompts Knox County & Barbourville Independent Schools To Close Tuesday

Knox County Schools were closed Tuesday after they were told about a threat. A statement from the school board didn't specify where the threat came from. LA Police called the Knox County Sheriff's Office to advise them of the possible threat. The threat was traced by the Los Angeles Police Department. After an investigation, the school system says the threat was false and there is no safety concern for students. However to help discourage further threats and rumors, school was canceled Tuesday for an NTI Day. 

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Corbin Man Arrested Domestic Violence Complaint

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off Ky 1223, south of London, on a domestic violence complaint. When officers arrived they found 42 year old Dennis Stewart causing a disturbance. They also noticed a possible weapon on him and while attempting to disarming him he scuffled with deputies and broke away fleeing on foot. Stewart ran into the house and locked himself inside. As more officers arrived on the scene Stewart was taken into custody. He was charged with disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest and fleeing or evading police. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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