Police Investigating Two Deaths In Jackson County

Kentucky State Police are investigating two deaths on Rock Lick Creek Road in a remote area of Jackson County Thursday. The Jackson County Deputy Coroner and State Police were called to the scene where two bodies were found after a vehicle fire. Coroner Melvin Lakes says the fire was out when authorities arrived. Lakes said one person was found inside the vehicle and another outside it. Both bodies were burned beyond recognition, but one victim is a man and the other is a woman. The bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office in Frankfort for autopsies and to be identified. It is unknown if foul play was involved at this time.

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Laurel County Traffic Stop Results In Drug Bust

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a traffic stop on the Cumberland Gap Parkway resulted in a drug arrest. Deputies pulled over a pickup driven by 41 year old Lisa Gail Johnson of Woodbine and during the stop became suspicious. The department's K-9 Edge was brought in and alerted to the presence of drugs. A search turned up methamphetamine, several different narcotic pills, marijuana, a glass pipe, digital scales with residue, a spoon with residue, rolling papers, plastic baggies, cash and an EBT card belonging to someone else. Johnson was arrested and charged with drug and traffic offenses. She was also charged with fraudulently use of the EBT card. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Sheriff John Root says his "War on Drugs" continues.

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Two Wanted Men Arrested In Knox County

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says while patrolling DR Parker Lane in Gray, deputies arrested 32 year old Rickie Blankenship of Corbin. He was wanted on a Knox County warrant for wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, hindering prosecution or apperenhension- and other traffic offenses. The charges stem from a shoplifting complaint at the north Corbin Kroger earlier this month. Blankenship was also wanted on a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear on wanton endangerment and terroristic threatening charges. Also arrested at the scene was 37 year old Fred Phipps of Lily on a Campbell County warrant for failure to pay the fine on a public intoxication/controlled substance charge. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Police Recover Stolen Equipment And Make Arrest

Laurel County Sheriff John Root say deputies made an arrest and recovered a stole mower and pressure washer. Officers had been investigating the theft of the equipment from London Farm Service, which occured earlier this month. The investigation led deputies to McWhorter Road where they found the stolen equipment. 46 year old Wilford Jackson was taken into custody and charged with theft by unlawful taking. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Couple Arrested In Pulaski County Drug Bust

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a drug investigation led to a couples arrest and the discovery of several drugs. Deputies arrested Pamela Henderson and Douglas Henderson after finding heroin, methamphetamine, several needles, glass pipes, scales and baggies. The Hendersons were charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Pamela was also charged for a probation violation for felony offenses. Both were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.



Teen Leads Police On High Speed Chase After Stealing Truck In Laurel County

State Police say a teenager has been arrested after stealing a truck and leading police on a high speed chase through Laurel County early Wednesday morning. The owner of the truck was letting it warm up outside when the 17-year old boy jumped in and took it for a drive. The truck was reported stolen and was later spotted on US 25 by a state trooper. The teenager refused to stop when police gave chase. The boy rammed two police cruisers and ran on foot for a while before he was arrested. The 17-year old was taken to a juvenile detention facility. Among many other charges, he will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

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Laurel County Police Recover Stolen Truck And Arrest Two People

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies recovered a stolen pickup and arrested two people. Investigators developed information on the location of a Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen in Corbin. As deputies arrived at the location near a business on the Cumberland Gap Parkway, the truck was pulling out. Officers stopped the vehicleve and arrested the two people in the truck. The driver, 32 year old Andrew Thomas Rose of Corbin, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. The passenger, 28 year old Jessica A. Rainwater, gave deputies a false name and during the investigation attempted to flee on foot running down the middle of the road. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Arrested After Doing Christmas Shopping Without Paying In Corbin

Deputies in Laurel County arrested a man on Christmas Eve after they were called out to a shoplifting incident at Corbin Walmart. Loss prevention staff at the store told police the man had escaped the store. Deputies located a man matching the discription, later identified as 46 year old Johnny Smith. After a brief struggle he was taken into custody. Smith was charged with fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest. He was also charged on two Laurel County warrants for failure to appear in court, shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Woman's Act Of Kindness Near Corbin Leads To Kidnapping And Assault

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a woman was kidnapped and assaulted after she tried to give someone a ride in her car early Tuesday morning. The woman and her three-month old child stopped near Kentucky Fried Chicken on US 25 W to offer a ride to another woman walking in the cold. Deputies say 35 year old James Moore appeared and climbed into her car. He told the woman he had a gun in his bag and would kill her and the child if she would not drive him to American Greeting Card Road. The woman did what Moore asked and stopped by some apartments. She told police that Moore asked her to get out of the car so he could take it, but she refused because her baby was still in the car. After trying to grab the woman's keys, police say Moore hit her on the side of her face and then started strangling her. The woman said she told Moore there was money in her purse, which distracted him long enough for her to get a handgun out of her purse and put it to the side of Moore's head. The woman had her CCDW permit. She told Moore to get out of the car or she would pull the trigger. Moore took $40 and a pack of cigarettes and left the car. Police say the woman's face and neck were bright red where Moore hit and strangled her. There are no reports of injury to the child. Moore was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping, terroristic threatening, fourth-degree assault and several others.

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