Two Knox County Deputies Shot In The Line Of Duty Expected To Make Full Recoveries

Two Knox County Sheriff's deputies shot in the line of duty are recovering. The wife of Deputy Claude Hudson shared a photo of the badge that stopped a bullet from hitting her husband, and the injury it caused him. Deputies Keith Liford and Deputy Claude Hudson are expected to make full recoveries. Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith says both deputies are incredibly lucky. The two deputies were trying to enter a home when they say John Wesley Bays opened fire. Sheriff Smith says the training and experience for both deputies kicked in. They returned gunfire killing Bays. The shooting seriously injured Liford; four of the rounds hit him in the torso area. Sheriff Smith says bullets hit both deputies' badges, likely saving both their lives. Hudson is out of the hospital. Liford reportedly could be released from UT Hospital in Knoxville as early as Wednesday. Both deputies remain on administrative leave which is standard in all officer related shootings. Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting.

Man Arrested After Laying Intoxicated In Laurel County Parking Lot

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a parking lot off East US 25, about 12 miles south of London where a man was reportedly laying in a parking lot reeking of alcohol. Officers found 53 year old Billy Ray Moore there and determined he was under the influence. He was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and was lodged in the Laurel County Correction Center.

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Three Missing Children Found Safe In Custodial Interference Case

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says the three missing children in a custodial interference case has been found safe. The children were found Tuesday morning. The children were reported missing Monday and was last seen at Byrd Trailer Park in East Bernstadt. At the time of the original report, the children were believed to be in the company of 39 year old Jamie Cole of Byrd Trailer Park, possibly in a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan, but it was not reported where or with whom the children were found.

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Whitley County Deputies Suffer Minor Injuries In Collision

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a driver was cited following a crash with one of their cruisers. The crash happened on New Zion Church Road. The deputies had minor injuries, and so did the driver of the other vehicle. Williamsburg Police investigated the crash. The driver of the other vehicle crossed into the deputy's lane. Williamsburg Police say that driver was cited for failure to wear seat belts and driving without insurance.


Body Found In Knox County Identified

Kentucky State Police say a body found in Knox County is that of a man reported missing back in March. Police say a man living in the area found remains near a camper on Highway 1304 in the Hinkle community, about four miles north of US 25 near Barbourville. A search and recovery team went to the area and found more remains. On Tuesday, the Knox County Coroner's Office said the remains belong to Willie Hobbs. Hobbs went missing on March 28. The coroner says the autopsy revealed no trauma to his body and that no foul play is suspected at this time.

Police Investigating After Body Is Found In Rockcastle County

The Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office says they're investigating after a body was found near an old rock quarry. The body was reportedly found near Mullins Station off U.S. 25, east of Mount Vernon. Deputies say the body was badly decomposed and they could not tell if there were any signs of trauma. No other details were reported.

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KSP Asking For Help Identifying 1985 Murder Victim

Police say they need help identifying a murder victim from a 1985 cold case. In 1985, the body of a woman was found inside a refrigerator at a rural dumpsite alongside US-25E in Knox County. The body was found in the Gilliam Hill area. The woman was estimated to be between 25-35 years old. She was wearing two different necklaces: one with a heart pendant and the other with an eagle pendant. Witnesses reported seeing her the day before  at a truck stop in Corbin. She was reportedly trying to get a ride to North Carolina. If you have any information, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 10 at 573-3131.

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London Police Arrest A Man On Burglary Charges

The London Police Department says officers were called out on a burglary in progress on Survey Lane.  When they arrived a man ran on foot. The homeowner said she had returned home to find an intoxicated man there. Officers brought in their K-9 Jack to track the burglar. They found 31 year old Eric C. Williams of London hiding in the weeds. Williams was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and public intoxication. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional  Center.

Human Remains Found In Knox County

Kentucky State Police say they have located human remains in the Hinkle community of Knox County. Police received a call from a man who said he had found partial human remains on his property on Kentucky 1304 Sunday morning. Police found more remains and called in the Knox County Search and Rescue team to assist with the investigation. The Knox County Coroner was notified and the remains were gathered and sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy and identification. Kentucky State Police are continuing the investigation.

Two Knox County Deputies Shot While Trying To Serve Warrant

Two Knox County deputies were injured in a shooting Monday. A Kentucky State Police spokesman said Deputy Claude Hudson and Deputy Keith Liford were trying to serve a warrant when someone shot them. Deputy Liford was shot multiple times and flown to UT Medical Center. He is currently in surgery but is expected to recover. Deputy Hudson was shot in his badge and bulletproof vest and has been released from the hospital. The person who shot the deputies, John Wesley Bays, was shot and killed at the scene. Court officials tell us they show 43 cases involving Bays, dating back to 1999. All charges involved drugs, theft, and burglary. In March, a grand jury indicted Bays on six counts, including burglary and receiving stolen property charges. The cases stem from investigations from November until December 2016. According to the indictment, investigators believed Bays to be involved in three separate theft and/or burglary cases. During the thefts, he allegedly stole clothes, a television and other items.