The Kentucky State Police has announced they are accepting applications for children to attend Trooper Island Camp this summer. Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls ages 10 to 12 operated by the troopers on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations. No public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. Applications are due by May 1st and are available on the KSP website at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/island/pdf/campforms2017.pdf Troopers say the camp fills up quickly so parents are encouraged to get applications in as soon as possible.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to Messer’s Market in Barbourville where two women were reportedly fighting. When officers arrived they found 31 year old Becky Grubb and 74 year old Maxine Patterson both of Bimble. As deputies began to investigate Patterson became disorderly and resisted arrest. As she was taken into custody they found a loaded 38 caliber handgun concealed on her. She was charged with disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Grubb was also arrested and charged with public intoxication-controlled substance. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a man was sent to jail and a woman to the hospital after a stolen gun investigation led deputies to a motel room with drugs hidden inside. Officers responded to a report of a stolen handgun at a home on Highway 25. The homeowner told deputies he let a woman into his home because she claimed her boyfriend beat her up and she was looking for a place to spend the night. He told deputies she later told him she was a prostitute. He said she left when he declined her advances. However, after she left he says he noticed a nightstand drawer was open and a .38 caliber revolver was missing. The man told deputies he did not know the woman’s name, but he gave them a description of her. A Williamsburg Police Officer later contacted deputies about a woman matching that description at the Budget Inn Motel. Deputies found the woman, injured, at the motel. They say she admitted to stealing the gun but said she had sold it. Police went to another room at the motel and found 34 year old Travis Partin of Jellico. When police searched that room, they say they found meth hidden under the sink, needles hidden in the toilet tank and a .22 caliber revolver hidden in the motel wall. Partin told police the items all belonged to the woman. The woman was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment of her injuries. Partin was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Police say members of a search party looking for the missing Douglas Middleton found a body, but the coroner identified the body as 51 year old David Farmer of Pineville. While the new discovery likely will not help in the search for Middleton, they are hoping it will provide major answers in Farmer’s disappearance. Farmer had been missing since November 2016. He was last seen at Pineville Community Hospital. The search crew looking for Middleton came across Farmer’s body on a log jam in Knox County Monday afternoon. Crews have been in that area looking for Middleton for almost a week now and have resumed thier search.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to East Pittsburg Church Road where a man had reportedly shot at his neighbor. When officers arrived they found 54 year old Larry Black, Jr. outside the home screaming, cursing, and creating a disturbance. An investigation determined Black had apparently fired a pistol at a neighbor and that two people were in the neighbors house in the line of fire. Deputies arrested black and recovered the pistol. They also found an assortment of pills on him. Black was charged with attempted murder, wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct and prescription controlled substances not in the proper container. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested a couple after investigating an assault at a home on Hopkins Cemetery Road. Deputies say the investigation revealed the victim, a man, was invited there where 35 year old Jamie Gambill hit him with his fist. Gambill was arrested and charged with assault and tampering with physical evidence. Also arrested was Gambill's girlfriend, 26 year old Taylor Brock of Lily, who was charged with tampering with physical evidence. Allegedly Brock and Gambill attempted to clean up the victim's blood at the home following the assault. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
London Police arrested two people while during a traffic stop for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Officers pulled over 33 year old Rebecca L. Mullins for a busted windshield when they noticed the passenger, 22 year old Tyler R. Simpson, trying to hide a glass meth pipe. Police asked Mullins if she had anything illegal on her and she admitted she had meth in her pocket. They found seven bags of meth on Mullins, empty bags and digital scales in her vehicle. Simpson was found with two meth pipes, one which he was trying to hide from officers and another in his front pocket. Mullins was charged with no motorcycle operator’s license, obstructed vision and/ or windshield and trafficking in a controlled substance. Simpson was charged with possession of a controlled substance and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
A developer is making plans to bring a "mini Gatlinburg" to Kentucky. Del Spina Enterprises, who also built Lake Cumberland Resort, is investing $100 million in building another attraction along Highway 80 near Rockcastle River in Pulaski County. They are calling it the "Miracle Mile Complex" and say it would resemble a tourist hot spot like Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The attraction would sit on 300 acres of land. The first 100 acres would have shopping, restaurants, and hotels. The other 200 acres would be part of an outdoor entertainment complex. The idea is to capitalize on the more than four million people who visit the Lake Cumberland area each year. The company is working with the state to get Highway 80 up to interstate standards. The developer hopes to have part of the Miracle Mile Complex built within three years.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a woman after she allegedly used someone else’s check. Deputies arrested 22 year old Tiffany Hamilton of Corbin. She was charged on a Laurel County arrest warrant for theft of identity of another without consent. Hamilton allegedly used someone else’s check to buy $87.46 of merchandise from the Wal-Mart in southern Laurel County. Hamilton was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says they have a suspect in custody following a Friday night shooting. It happened just after 8 p.m. Friday at a home on Pumphouse Road in Somerset. Deputies confirmed 31 year old Erik Hardwick was taken into custody. Coroner Clyde Strunk identified the victim 37 year old Josh Oakes who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say witnesses told them Hardwick and Oakes argued before Oakes was shot and that Hardwick ran from the scene. Deputies searched throughout the night and found Hardwick at a different home on Old Pumphouse Road Saturday. He was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center. The coroner says Oakes' body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.