Jackson County Grand Jury Indicts Man Accused Of Murdering 5 Year Old Jackson County Boy

A Jackson County grand jury decided there is enough evidence to send the case against a man charged with the murder of a five-year-old to trial. They indicted Lonnie Belt for murder, assault, kidnapping, evidence tampering, and abuse of a corpse charges this week. A judge set Belt's bond at $1.5 million cash. Police say Belt used a metal object to beat five-year-old James Spoonamore to death last month. According to detectives, Belt lured Jessica Durham to his home and then kidnapped her and her son. Belt told police that after beating Durham, he took her to the woods and kicked her off a cliff. She fell 77-feet. Durham was there for nearly 24 hours before hikers found her. Belt told detectives that he killed the five-year-old boy because he witnessed the assault. Detectives testified that Belt was upset that Jessica Durham's husband stole $200 from him. Court officials say Belt will likely be arraigned on the charges on November 7th.

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Officials Take Aim At The Issue Of Babies Born With Drug Dependency

Babies born with a drug dependency is a growing problem according to health officials. A new study is calling for federal action to address the problem that not only affects Eastern Kentucky, but the entire country. Lawmakers announced the release of a study last week by the Government Accountability Office that outlines what needs to be done to address the issue of babies born addicted to opioids. The NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) Healthy Babies Act called for the study. The House passed it in 2016. The legislation was included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law by the president. Some state health statistics show that nearly 1 in 20 babies (or 5 percent) in 2016 were born drug dependent. The statistics are also alarming on a national scale. The study suggests educating healthcare providers on screening and treating NAS, as well as addressing the stigma that the mothers face that keeps them from seeking treatment.

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DVO Violation Results In Drug Charges In Knox County

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a home on Hubbard Hill in Swan Pond regarding a DVO violation involving 42 year old Orville Brock. While in route officers met Brock on the road and pulled him over. During the investigation deputies found several small baggies of suspected methamphetamine and cash. In addition to the DVO violation, he was charged with trafficking, possesion, DUI and driving on a DUI suspended license. Brock was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Two People Arrested On Drug Charges In Laurel County

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to South Stewart Road on a complaint of two intoxicated people in a vehicle. Officers spotted their car and during the investigation 42 year old Jammy DeWayne Poore of Rockholds and 38 year old Nancy M. Michael of Williamsburg admitted to using Suboxone, Klonopin, and Neurotin. Durind a search deputies found crystal methamphetamine, snorting straws, spoons, a needle, several small baggies, clonazepam, and EBT cards not belonging to either of them. Poore and Michael were both arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Officials Reporting More Confirmed Cases Of Flu

State health officials are seeing more confirmed cases of flu and urge the public to get vaccined. There are now nine confirmed flu cases in Kentucky. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Kentucky says most of those are in Louisville, along with one in northern Kentucky and one in North Central Kentucky. Kentucky's current flu activity level is listed as sporadic. That means there is a small number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases. Health officials say now is the time to get a flu shot.

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Police In Knox County Looking For Escaped Inmate

Officials in Knox County say they need your help finding a wanted man. The jailer says, Victor Marion, Jr. walked away from work release Wednesday morning. He was serving time on theft, drug and public intoxication charges. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call The Knox County Sheriff's Office at (606) 546-3181.

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Man Dies In Fatal Pulaski County Crash

A man is dead after a car crash in Pulaski County. Deputies say 68-year-old Daniel Farr lost control of his truck on the Cumberland Parkway causing it to roll over several times. Officials said Farr died at the scene. Investigators said Farr was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. They believe medical issues may have played a role in the crash.


Whitley County Man Robbed After Meeting Woman He Met Online

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a man reports he set up a date with a woman online, but right after she showed up, he was robbed. It happened at a home near Corbin in the Tattersall Estates subdivision Monday night. The man told deputies he met his date and minutes later four others showed up. The four people came into the man's home and when he ran out they followed. The man says he was then held at gunpoint and dragged back into the house. Police say he was shaken up, but otherwise unharmed. Police say the four people are described as tall with their faces covered in masks. They got away with cash, a PlayStation 4 and two guns. Anyone with information is asked to call the Whitley County Sheriff Department at (606) 549-6006.

Laurel County Police Arrest Woman In Store Robbery Case

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested a woman wanted for burglarizing a store. Officers say 37 year old Elizabeth Sheridan Chamberlain admitted to breaking into Corner Market on Highway 830 on September 29. They say she admitted to destroying security cameras, smoking packs of cigarettes taken from the store and spending money at a local department store. Deputies also found stolen cigarettes, a camo bag and several perfumes in Chamberlain's possession that had apparently been taken from the store. They also found her with a glass pipe. Chamberlain was charged with third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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