London PD Graduates Another RAD Self Defense Class

The London Police Department recently graduated another RAD class at the Laurel County Public Library. Officer Kenny Jones and Courtney Woods conducted the class along with help from Angie Bowling from the Williamsburg Police Department. Officers say thirty-five percent of women in Kentucky have been assaulted or stalked by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. They say women's self-defense is an important tool not only for teens but also adults. For more information on the RAD self defense classes call London PD at 878-7004.

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Whitley County Fire Suspected To Be Arson

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says police are investigating an early morning fire as a case of suspected arson. Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire on Letha Petrey Road near Williamsburg on Thursday morning. Crews put out the fire. There are no reports of injuries. Officials did not say why they suspect the fire is arson. Sheriff Harrell says his office has turned over the investigation to Kentucky State Police.

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London Woman Facing Several Charges After Stealing Van And Running From Police

A woman in Laurel County is facing several charges after deputies say she stole a van and then tried to run from police while high on drugs. Deputies responded to a complaint that a van belonging to a TV and internet service had been stolen off Pine Top Road west of London. The stolen van was equipped with GPS that the deputies used to track it to a wooded area off Green Meadow Drive, about 7 miles from where it was stolen. When deputies arrived there, they say 32 year old Lee Ann Hammack of London got out of the van and ran into the woods. The deputies used a K-9 unit to find Hammack and arrested her after a short struggle. Officers found the keys to the van and items stolen from the van in Hammack’s possession. They also determined she was under the influence of drugs. Hammack also had numerous outstanding warrants, including an indictment warrant for the theft of another vehicle. Hammack was charged with theft, criminal mischief, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and public intoxication by controlled substances, among other things. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Police In Pulaski County Investigating After Body Is Found In Camper

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in a camping trailer. Deputies were acting on a tip they received when they found the body in the camper near Loop 5 off U.S. 27 south of Burnside. Their preliminary investigation revealed someone killed him within the past few days. It appears whoever killed the man tried to cover it up by intentionally setting fire to the camper trailer; however, the fire was quickly put out by the Tateville Fire Department. Deputies say they are pursuing several leads. At last report the man's identity had not yet been released. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 678-5145, the Somerset Police Department at 678-5176 or the Kentucky State Police at 878-6622.

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Man Accused Of Punching And Head Butting Laurel County Deputies Indicted

A Corbin man accused of punching and head butting Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies who were investigating a domestic violence complaint at his residence in May has been indicted on assault and multiple other charges. A Laurel County grand jury returned the indictment against 42-year-old Dennis Jay Stewart. Stewart is facing two counts of third-degree assault on a police officer, two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police – on foot, second-degree disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest stemming from the May 11 incident on South Ky. 1223. Deputies say while Stewart was allegedly under the influence of some type of drug, they didn't find any at the residence. The deputies were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph – London for treatment of injuries.

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Cumberlands Baseball Player Reportedly Murdered In An Online Purchase Of A Cell Phone

The family of a murdered University of the Cumberlands baseball player, Zachary Finch, says he was murdered when he tried to buy a cell phone and hopes anyone with information will come forward. The family joined investigators at news conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. His family says Finch drove to a Charlotte apartment complex to buy a cell phone from someone through an app called "LetGo," but the deal turned into a robbery that went tragically wrong. Police found Finch in the front yard of an apartment complex. He was pronounced dead on scene. Police are investigating Finch's death as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 704-334-1600.

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Laurel County Police Investigating Apparent Murder-Suicide

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide. Officers were called out to a home off Hwy 229, about 2 miles south of London Tuesday evening. The investigating detective reports there apparently was a domestic argument and the husband, 33 year old Joseph B. Mills, apparently shot his wife, 34 year old Shannon M. Mills,  multiple times and then shot himself. Both were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in London. Both were pronounced deceased a short time later.

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The Search Continues For The Driver Who Hit And Killed A 10 Year Old Boy A Year Ago

A year has passed, and a Pulaski County family still doesn't know who hit and killed their son. 10 year old Stanley Turner walked off from playing with his brother and washit by a car that then drove off on Rock Lick Creek Road. Investigators say they have been chasing leads in the year since the hit-and-run, but so far nothing has led them to the driver who hit the 10-year-old and left him for dead. A detective with the sheriff’s office says a case like this gets harder to solve as time passes, but they are still getting leads and following up on them. They just don’t have a lot to go on right now. In September, family members put up a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible. Detectives say the case has been assigned to the major crimes task force made up of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the Somerset Police Department and Kentucky State Police.

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Burglary In Progress Call In Laurel County Leads To The Arrest Of Wanted Man

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched on a possible burglary in progress off Vanzant Road. When officers arrived they found 38 year old Anthony Lawson of Lily. After investigating it was determined there was no burglary, but that Lawson was wanted for failure to appear in court on a Laurel County warrant on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and driving on DUI suspended license. Lawson was arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Laurel County Man Arrested After Allegedly Falsely Reporting An Incident

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home on Adams Road where people were on the caller's property refusing to leave. When deputies arrived at the scene no one except the caller was there and as the investigation progressed it was determined that the complaint was false. The caller, 33 year old Tyler Hall, was also determined to be under the influence. Hall was arrested and charged with public intoxication – controlled substances and falsely reporting an incident. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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