Death Investigation Continues After Woman Found Dead In Yard

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says a death investigation continues after the discovery of a woman found dead off East 80, about 7 miles east of London. Detectives say a neighbor discovered 51 year old Deborah Timmons laying in a yard and notified 911 dispatch. Timmons lived nearby on Cheek Turner Road. Investigators say at this time foul play is currently not suspected.

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Crime Stoppers Offering $2000.00 Reward In Recent Rash Of Vehicle Break Ins In Laurel County

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the London Laurel County Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a recent rash of thefts from vehicles in several areas of the county, especially in the western part. Deputies say several vehicles have been broken into and items stolen from them. In many cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked and purses, wallets, money, cell phones, electronic items, guns and other items were stolen. Sheriff John Root says they have increased patrols throughout the county. Sheriff Root reminds everyone to always lock their vehicles at all times and remove items of value. Anyone with information on these break ins should call the Laurel County Sheriff's office at 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000.

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Vandalism Suspect Turns Himself In

A man surrendered to police after being connected to several cases of vandalism in Corbin. 25-year-old Joseph Walters of Shelbyville turned himself in to authorities. On the night of September 25th, police say Walters spray-painted images in the restrooms of Bojangles, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and the Shell Minit Mart just off Exit 25 in Corbin. Walters was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Sheriff John Root Warning Of Another Phone Scam

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says a new phone scam is circulating in the area. The scam begins with a caller telling the victim that they missed a court date and that a warrant is being issued. They then tell the victim they can pay money and not be arrested. Sheriff Root says this is  an attempt to steal money. In most of these phone scams, the caller requests money be sent by a cashiers check, a green dot card, moneygram, a check or the victims bank routing numbers. Sheriff Root says generally, if citizens have caller I.D. on their phone, screen your calls and don't answer unrecognized numbers. He says, however, scammers can even program familiar phone numbers into their calls. He says you should never give out personal identifying information, and never send money, checks, or other means of cash. The investigation is continuing.

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Clay County Murderer's Case To Go Before Full Parole Board

A woman serving a life sentence for kidnapping and killing her stepson 25 years ago in Clay County went before the parol board this week. Stephanie Spitser took Scotty Baker from his school in Clay County back in 1992. Police say she then strangled him before burning and burying his body in Laurel County to hide the crime. During her hearing, Spitser told the parole board she didn’t deserve to be released. But she also said she never intended to kill ten-year-old Scotty Baker. On Monday, the boy's biological mother, Ruth Rose, and other members of his family went in front of the parole board asking them to keep Spitser in prison. The two member board could have granted Spitser's release, but instead decided to pass the case on to the full board. The full board will meet on Monday. They can either grant her parole or defer it for five years. Spitser’s accomplice, Susanne Baker, who had no relation to Scotty Baker, was convicted of reckless homicide and kidnapping in the case and was sentenced to 25 years. She was released in 2008 on good behavior.

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Woman On Drugs Arrested After Crawling Into Back Seat Of Someone Else’s Vehicle

The Laurel County Sheriffs Office says deputies arrested a woman after they say she crawled into the back seat of someone else’s vehicle at a gas station. A customer at the gas station off exit 49 said she found 29 year old Rosalene Jones in the back seat of her vehicle after she had paid for gas. The customer told deputies Jones had the customer’s wallet in her hands and refused to get out of the vehicle. After others at the station were able to help get Jones out of the vehicle, she ran into the bathroom where she locked herself in until deputies arrived. Deputies found that Jones was under the influence of drugs. She was charged with criminal trespassing, controlled substance and promoting contraband. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Burglary In Knox County Leads To Arrest

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a burglary early Wednesday morning at the S&M Market in Girdler. According to a release, a dispenser containing Kentucky Lotto scratch-off tickets was taken. Deputies learned some of the stolen tickets were cashed in at several locations throughout Laurel County. The investigation lead to the arrest of 27 year old Wesley Hubbard. He was charged with burglary. Hubbard was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. Officials say other arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

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Body Found In Whitley County Pond That Of Missing McCreary County Man

Officials confirm a man found dead in a Whitley County pond is that of a missing McCreary County man. The man has been identified as 38 year old John T. Smith of Whitley City. Relatives reported him missing on September 17. He was last seen at Walmart in London. A farmer discovered the body Monday on private property located off Cox Smith Lane. Medical examiner's confirmed the body belonged to Smith. Officials have not commented on a cause of death.

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Corbin Police Looking For Vandalism Suspect

Corbin police are asking for your help identifying the man in the above photo. Police say the man vandalized several restaurants in Corbin this week. If you know who this man is or have any information about the vandalism, call the Corbin Police Department at (606) 528-1122.

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