Laurel County Sheriff's Office Graduates Another Self Defense Class

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says another self defense class graduated Thursday at East Salem United Baptist Church. Special Deputy Elizabeth Sparks instructed the class. The program is nationally recognized, consisting of three nights of training with each night requiring three hours of classroom work and practical exercises. The class instructs participants on how to be prepared, how to take control, and how to fight to protect themselves. The class is conducted free of charge, and future classes are available to other women. For more information, or to sign up, contact Special Deputy Sparks at 864-6600.

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Woman Arrested On Theft And Other Charges After Laurel County Crash

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on 1223, about 13 miles south of London. When officers arrived several residents of a nearby apartment complex told them the woman driving had allegedly stolen decorations from apartment doors. Deputies say at least two of the victims were at the crash scene and identified their property. The items were returned and the driver, 33 year old Jacqueline Smith of Gray, was arrested and charged with the theft. She also appeared to be under the influence and admitted to officers that she had taken Suboxone. Also, the license plate on her vehicle belonged on a Chevrolet pickup and not the Saturn Outlook she was driving. Smith was also charged with DUI and other traffic violations. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. 

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KSP Release Identity Of Couple Found Dead In Rockcastle County

The Kentucky State Police have released more information on Thursday's death investigation in Rockcastle County. Investigators say 36 year old William H. Bryant and 35 year old Chara L. Bryant, both of Mount Vernon, were found dead with gunshot wounds. The Mount Vernon Police Department contacted state police after finding them inside a home on North Wilderness Road. Police said another woman called 911. Police spent nearly all day collecting evidence in the death investigation. At last report police had no suspects or motive. The investigation is continuing.

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Whitley County Woman Accused Of Killing Her Family Gets Court Date

A Williamsburg woman, who allegedly killed her husband and two teenage daughters while they slept in January, is now slated to stand trial next spring. If convicted, she could receive the death penalty. Special Judge Jeff Burdette scheduled an April 16 trial date following a short hearing in Whitley Circuit Court in the case of 41 year old Courtney Taylor. Taylor is charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of her husband, 56 year old Larry Taylor and daughters 18 year old Jesse and 13 year old Jolee. Taylor is also charged in a separate indictment with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for pointing a handgun at a Whitley County deputy who responded to investigate. The deputy shot her twice. Taylor was in the hospital for about two weeks before being taken to the Whitley County Detention Center. She was later transferred to the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women at Pee Wee Valley, which is a women's prison with a hospital unit. She is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.

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Man And Three Juveniles Arrested For Burglary In Knox County

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a home in the Himyar community on a report of a burglary in progress. When officers arrived they saw a pickup and an ATV and three juveniles in the driveway. Two of the juveniles fled on foot into a wooded area. Deputies say there were several stolen items from the house in the bed of the truck and a clothes dryer strapped to the back of the ATV. Police found the truck belonged to one of the juveniles and the ATV belonged to the adult, 38 year old Allen Honeycutt of Artemus. Honeycutt was arrested and charged with burglary and unlawful transaction with a minor. One of the juveniles was taken into custody and charged with burglary before being released to a family member. The two that fled on foot were identified and later brought in by family members. They were charged with burglary and fleeing or evading police before being released back to family members. Honeycutt was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Man Arrested On Drug And Other Charges After Taking Truck Without Permission

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Pennington Drive on a possible stolen truck complaint. Officers later found out the caller's nephew had taken the truck without permission from his grandfather. As deputies arrived in the area they found the truck in a church parking lot. As they approached the driver, 28 year old Clay Cox, tried to flee but was blocked by a police cruiser. Cox was determined to be under the influence and had a DUI suspended license. A search also turned up a baggie containing a white powdery substance. Cox also admitted to officers he had taken Suboxone earlier. He was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of the motor vehicle, fleeing or evading police, driving on DUI suspended license and drug possession. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. 

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KSP Makes Arrest And Identify Victims In Deadly Whitley County Shooting

The Kentucky State Police have made an arrest and identified the victims in Whitley County's deadly shooting. Troopers arrested 47 year old Paul E. Parsons of Corbin. He faces two counts of murder and a first degree burglary charge. Investigators say 47 year old Denver Nicely of Corbin and 28 year old Joshua C. Wernicke of Keavy were shot and killed Wednesday morning in Corbin. They said a woman called about the shooting on Fred Nash Lane around 2:30 a.m. The coroner said Nicely and Wernicke were shot several times. The investigation is continuing.

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Two Men Found Passed Out At Cemetery In Knox County Arrested On Drug Charges

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to Davis Cemetery in Barbourville where two men were reportedly passed out in a car. Officers found a car there still running and in drive with two men passed out inside. The vehicle had rolled down an incline and stopped on a dirt pile. Deputies also found a used syringe, a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and half of an unknown pill inside the vehicle. The driver, 38 year old Walter Hamilton of Trosper, and passenger, 45 year old Frank K Meeks of Barbourville, were arrested and charged with possesssion of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Hamilton was also charged with DUI. While getting Meeks out of his patrol car at the Knox County Detention Center, Meeks kicked a deputy resulting in additional charges of resisting arrest and assault.

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Man Arrested On Drug Charges In London After Police Find Him Slumped Over In Car

The London Police Department says officers noticed a vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on South Laurel Road with a passenger slumped over inside. Officers say the driver, 50 year old Kenneth Douglas Neat of Russell Springs, appeared extremely fidgety and overly hyper. He was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The department's K-9 Jack was brought in leading to the discovery of 2 baggies containing a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine and a glass pipe. Neat was arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Laurel County Couple Arrested After Meth Bust

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says complaints to probation and parole officers resulted in two drug arrests. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office and officers with Kentucky Probation and Parole went to a home off South Old Whitley Road, south of London, after reports that a man on state parole was trafficking in narcotics. Officers found 32 grams of crystal meth, 27 Suboxone strips, pills, a 100 gram weight, two sets of scales, nine glass pipes used for smoking meth, two spoons with suspected crystal meth residue, hundreds of plastic bags, more than 70 unused needles, six used needles, a bag of marijuana and a bag of Fentanyl. Two people living at the home, 43 year old Benjamin Scott Meade who was on state parole and 40 year old Julie Ann Meade were both arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic in meth and drug and drug paraphernalia possession. They were both lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Sheriff Root says to report a drug tip, call the Laurel County Sheriff's office at 864-6600. All information will be strictly confidential.

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