Man Killed In Deady Crash In Rockcastle County Identified

Officials have released the name of a man killed in a deadly crash that had a stretch of I-75 shut down in Rockcastle County Monday morning. The crash happened in the northbound lanes near mile marker 70, between Mount Vernon and Berea around 4:30 a.m. Investigators say a semi hit and killed a man trying to cross the interstate. There were reports of a man walking along U.S. 25 before staggering across a field to I-75. Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement has identified the victim as Ruben Omar Ginenez, 28, of San Bonito, Texas. It's not clear if he left a car somewhere and stumbled onto the interstate or if he'd just left a home on nearby U.S. 25. Investigators say they suspect he was under the influence of alcohol. KVE removed the on board computer from the semi as part of the investigation. State Police also assisted other first responders at the scene.

Barbourville Church Finds Drug Paraphernalia On Property

Barbourville is raising concerns after a church found drug-use items on their grounds. East Barbourville Baptist Church Pastor, Josh Smith, says a syringe, a tourniquet, and another drug use item was found on the property. A few days before these items were found, Pastor Smith said a church bus was vandalized. This is the first time the church has encountered drug items on their property, but a neighboring business says its commonplace. Calvin Manis, owner of Parkway Pharmacy and a City Council member, said they find needles every day. The safety of children is a concern for the area because many attend the church or the daycare across the street. The church offering an alternative path for the users. Pastor Smith said they want to be a place of refuge for them and invite them to come and to take advantage of help that's available. Barbourville Police are investigating.

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Pair Arrested On Drug Charges During Traffic Stop

The London Police Department said officers were called out on a complaint about a suspicious vehicle near Fourth Street and Tobacco Road. Officers found the car and observed it weaving across the line. The car was pulled over and during the investigation officers found the driver, 32 year old Paul B. McQueen of Somerset, had four warrants out for his arrest. The passenger, 45 year old Theresa Carr of Somerset, was under the influence. Meanwhile, a search turned up a cardboard box with 11 baggies containing over 20 grams of methamphetamine inside, a set of digital scales and $395 in cash. Both were arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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London Police Arrest Man Wanted In Pennsylvania

The London Police Department says they received a tip that a man wanted in Pennsylvinia was living in London. Officers went to Plantation Apartments and arrested 41 year old Jose E. Morales who was on Pennsylvania's Most Wanted Absconder List for parole violations. Morales was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Big Rig Driver Arrested For DUI In Knox County

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out on a complaint of a tractor trailer rig driving recklessly on 25E. Officers found the truck and pulled it over in Barbourville. After detecting a strong odor of alcohol on the driver and conducting a field sobriety test, 58 year old John W. Upson of Kings Mountain, KY, was arrested and charged with DUI and open alcohol container. Upson was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. Barbourville City Police assisted in the arrest.

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Laurel County Police Arrest 17 People In "Operation Rolling Thunder" Drug Roundup

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested 17 peopleon drug charges after recieving complaints of drug activity in three different areas of the county. “Operation Rolling Thunder” included the East 80 Grocery area, KY- 770 at West Cumberland Gap Parkway and the area in the Economy Inn in London. The 17 people arrested face charges related to possession of meth to various other things, like outstanding warrants. The following people were taken into custody:

In the East 80 Grocery area:

Nathan Wagoner, 37, of Barbourville Possession of a controlled substance (meth)/ Possession of drug paraphernalia

Aaron Boggs, 25, of London Possession of a controlled substance

Anita Parker, 26, of East Bernstadt Laurel County warrant of arrest for harassing communications/ Laurel County warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court

Jessica Dezarn, 36, of Manchester Controlled substance (meth)

Gino Cima, 31, of London Laurel County district bench warrant for failure to appear in court

In the KY-770 West Cumberland Gap Parkway area:

Michael Smith, 28, of Corbin Possession of drug paraphernalia/ Giving officer false identify/ Wanted for felony parole violation

Samantha Skaggs, 21, of Gray Possession of controlled substance (meth)/ Possession of drug paraphernalia/ Laurel County district bench warrant for failure to appear in court for shoplifting

Patricia Palmer, 54, of Corbin Laurel County district bench warrant for failure to appear on traffic charges

Ricky Ramsey, 27, of London Possession of drug paraphernalia

In the Economy Inn in London area:

Hope Noble, 42, of Hindman Trafficking in a controlled substance

Purdie Gail Jones, 51, of London Possession of a controlled substance (meth)/ Laurel County bench warrant for failure to appear in court/ Possession of drug paraphernalia

Latoshia Vaughn, 24, of London Prescription controlled substance/ Resisting arrest/ Assault of police officer/

Teddy Vaughn, 51, of Barbourville Disorderly conduct/ Menacing/ Resisting arrest

Danya Proulx, 35, of Radford Scott County bench warrant/ Hardin County warrant/ Scott County bench warrant

Austin Earls, 25, of London Laurel County bench warrant/ Possession of controlled substance/ Whitley County bench warrant

Aaron Jones, 32, of London Laurel County district court bench warrant

Josh Morgan, 29, of London Perry County bench warrant



Child Welfare Check Results In Drug Arrest

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies went along with child services to check on the welfare of a child at an apartment on Greeting Card Road. During the investigation officers found used needles, rolling papers and 2 types of prescription drugs in the same container. Deputies say 29 year old Donna Kaye Farmer admitted she had been shooting up with the needles. Farmer was charged with prescription drugs not in the original container, possession of drug paraphernalia and others. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Traffic Stop For Speeding Leads To DUI Arrest

Laurel County deputies say a traffic stop for speeding led to a DUI arrest. Officers say they pulled a car over off 25 south of London after it was clocked going 17 miles over the speed limit. When the deputy approached the car window, he said he smelled alcohol and noticed the driver had slurred speech. The driver, 33 year Richard Joshua Davis of Williamsburg, was determined to be under the influence. Davis was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding 17 miles over the speed limit, which is considered a serious traffic offense in Kentucky. Davis was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Two People Arrested In East Bernstadt During Investigation

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested two people as part of an investigation in the East Bernstadt area. Officers say 39 year old Shanda Finkbonner of Jones lane was found with 2 used needles and 5 baggies with meth residue. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. 36 year old Brian Harris of highway 3094 was charged on a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear in court on criminal trespassing and public intoxication – controlled substance charges. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Organizers Say Clay County Days On Hold

WYMT-TV is reporting organizers of the Clay County Days have put the festival on hold because new utility poles installed in Manchester lack the necessary plugins for vendors to use. At the height of the festival those putting it together expected 10,000 people to flow into the city. One store owner in Manchester said she has a love-hate relationship with Clay County Days. She said while the weekends were big money makers for her, she says it lost a bit of its luster because of some unsavory characters. Officials with Clay County Days say they are looking at options to make sure the festival returns in 2018.

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