Two People Airlifted Following Crash on US 25

Two people were airlifted to a hospital just before noon Thursday morning, following a two car crash on US 25, eight miles south of London. Police said that Betty Epperson, 32, of Flat Lick, was driving south when she attempted to pass two cars and struck another vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle, 20 year-old Ladonna Eaton of McKee, and her passenger, Linda Caudill, 57, of Hudson, FL were flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY for treatment. Epperson, who was alone in her vehicle, was taken to St. Joseph London for treatment. No drug or alcohol usage was suspected in causing the crash.

A Bio-energy company looking at Whitley County as possible site

A Bio-energy company is looking for a site to build a plant which processes sugar beets into fuel and Whitley County might fit the bill. Patriot Bio-energy Corporation already has more than 20 acres of beats growing in Whitley County and is now looking at a Corbin business park for the plant. Patriot CEO Roger Ford says the original site near Williamsburg does not have the infrastructure and highway access the company desires.

London Area Officers Receive Highway Safety Awards

The Kentucky State Police honored nine members of the agency who went above and beyond the call of duty to make highways safer in the Commonwealth.  The sixth annual “Excellence in Highway Safety” award ceremony was held at KSP Headquarters Tuesday. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer presented the awards to four Troopers, three Officers and two civilian inspectors. Three recipients were from the London Post Region. London-resident Sgt. Steve Walker, a 30-year veteran received the award for DUI Enforcement, Somerset-resident Ofr. Travis Rogers, a 13-year veteran received the award for highest number of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) citations and Barbourville-resident Ofr. Dennis Jackson, a 25-year veteran received the award for highest number of CMV safety inspections. Brewer thanked all the award recipients for their desire to save lives and make the Commonwealth safer.

Charges dropped against Whitley Co. grandmother

The case against a Whitley County grandmother accused of leaving her 4-year-old grandson at a fast food restaurant in Corbin has been dismissed, but it can come back if she has any more legal troubles or does not comply with the case plan agreement with social services. According to the Corbin News Journal the agreement to dismiss the case against 62 year old Joanne Lowe was entered in Whitley District Court during a pretrial hearing. Lowe had previously pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Kidnapping suspect arrested in Middlesboro

The search is over for a Michigan man wanted on kidnapping charges in Bell County. Middlesboro Police found 46-year-old Jerry Lee Oliver hiding out at a home in Bell County just down the street from Children Group Home. In July, a grand jury indicted Oliver charging he and a woman kidnapped a 13 year old boy. Police searched for Oliver for 9 months. In addition to kidnapping, Oliver is charged with drug possession and trafficking. He is also wanted in Michigan for a parole violation. Michigan authorities told police they plan to extradite him to face charges there.

Bell co attempted murder and arson trial postponed

A Bell County trial is postponed for a man charged with attempted murder and arson. Middlesboro police say in February of last year, Jonathan Stansbury intentionally set a home on fire with a woman asleep inside. The woman, Clorah Falconer, escaped but her three birds died.The trial was scheduled to begin on Tuesday but was continued until April 18th.

House Fire In Southern Laurel Co.

A house was destroyed during an afternoon fire Monday in Laurel County. Firefighters say they got the call to a house on U.S. 25 between London and Corbin. The house was completely engulfed in flames when they arrived. They say no one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. It took firefighters around two hours to completely extinguish the fire. A cause has not been determined.

Another Armed Robbery At BP insouthern Laurel County

Laurel Co. Sheriff John Root is reporting another armed robbery Monday night (3-25-2013) in north Corbin at the BP/Krystal near I-75. Allegedly, a man armed with a semi automatic pistol robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of cash , and fled the scene on foot. The suspect is described as: a white male, age 40-50, gray beard, and 200 to 210 pounds . This is the second armed robbery there in a 3 day period. The suspect appears to match the description of the suspect in the first robbery Friday night. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 864-6600, or 878-7000 . Callers may remain anonymous.

 

Five arrested in meth bust in laurel co.

Laurel Co. Sheriff John Root reports Detective Jason Back along with deputies from the sheriff’s office investigated a complaint of a possible meth lab , 10 miles south of London Monday evening(3-25-2013). Deputies took a man and two women into costody at the scene. A further search revealed a trap door inside the mobile home leading to the ground, where they discovered two more men hiding. Arrested on meth and other charges were Michael Cornett age 26 of London, Jessika Smith age 37 of Beatty Ave. Corbin, David Moore age 39 of Level Green Road, Corbin, Lisa Smallwood, age 49 of South Highway 1223, London and Thomas Lawson age 39 of South Highway 1223, London.

Meth Lab discovered in Laurel Co.

Laurel Co. Sheriff John Root reports Deputy John Inman was dispatched to a complaint of a meth lab off Hawk Creek Road, 7 miles west of London Sunday (3-24-2013). When deputies arrived they discovered the remnants of a meth lab. Detective Billy Madden, along with Deputy James Sizemore, and Detective Brad Mitchell dismantled the meth lab. The investigation is continuing.