KSP activity

(LONDON, KY.) – On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at approximately 8:25 PM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop on a 2006 Chrysler Sebring for a speeding violation on Interstate 75 at the 45 mile marker.


Upon contacting and communicating with the driver the officers could smell the strong odor of Marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Further investigation determined that the operator, Cornelius Blankenship, 20, of Columbus, Ohio was under the influence of drugs. Cornelius was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Drugs, Possession of Marijuana and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.


Two passengers in the vehicle, Carl Keys, 30 and Ashlea Rawlins, 25, both of Columbus, Ohio were also arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree, Possession of Marijuana and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.


Discovered and seized during the traffic stop were 13 Methadone pills, 10 grams of Marijuana and $18,780.00 in cash. The cash was turned over to the DEA.


A three (3) year old child passenger in the vehicle was taken into protective custody and turned over to a worker from the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children.


All persons arrested were lodged in the Laurel County Detention center.


The KSP Post 11 Criminal Interdiction team consisted of: Laurel County Chief Deputy Eddie Sizemore (who observed the speeding violation), KSP Sergeant Lafe Owens, KSP Troopers Adam Childress, Mike King, Ryan Loudermilk and Jason McCowan.


Trooper Childress is continuing the investigation.

Child unattended on Lily Road

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Turner received a 911 complaint that a 4 year old child was in the roadway unattended on Lily Road, 4 miles south of London, on Monday night 8-20-2012 at 7:15 P.M. When Deputy Turner arrived at the scene, he located a male child very near the roadway, and unattended. While conducting the investigation, the adult male responsible for watching the child came out of the residence and was determined to be under the influence of drugs. Arrested was: Jonathan Davis age 29 of Lily Road, London charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substances. Social Services was called regarding the child. The accused was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Deputy Steve Hoskins assisted on the investigation.

Meth arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back is investigating the discovery of 2 one step meth labs found on Little Pittsburg Road, 2 miles north of London, on Monday afternoon,

(8-20-2012), at 1:22 P.M. Deputy James Sizemore located the one step labs on Destry Grimes property in a van that Grimes was sitting in. Also discovered in another van on the property were components used to manufacture methamphetamine. The meth labs and components were dismantled by Deputy Sizemore, along with Detective Billy Madden, and Deputy William Bo Harris. Arrested at the scene was: Destry Grimes age 56 of Little Pittsburg Road, London charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Assisting at the scene was: Sheriff John Root, Deputy Greg Turner, Deputy Steve Hoskins, and Court Bailiff Shane Rice.

Injury accident on I-75

(London, KY.) –. On Monday August 20, 2012 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Kentucky State Police Post 11 London received a call of an injury collision on Interstate 75 south bound near the 41 mile marker in Laurel County.  Upon arrival it was determined that a 2006 Volvo tractor trailer operated by Ivan Babyak, age 28, of Bensenville, IL was south bound on Interstate 75.  The tractor trailer operated by Babyak rear ended a 2005 Volvo tractor trailer operated by Michael Moreno, age 35, of Miami, Florida which was also traveling south bound.   It took several hours to clear the accident scene. The accident is being investigated by Kentucky State Police CVE Officer Rob Mitchell.  He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Lafe Owens, Trooper Ryan Loudermilk, Trooper Jack Riley, Laurel County Sheriffs Department, Laurel County Emergency Management, State ERT and Eco-Tech.

KSP Promotion

(London, KY) The Kentucky State Police is pleased to announce the promotion of a local resident to the rank of Captain.

Captain Shawn Hines, McKinney Kentucky, is an 11 year veteran with the agency and has held several assignments across the state.  He began his career in 2001 as an Officer stationed in northern Kentucky covering Boone and Kenton Counties and then later transferred home working Lincoln County.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and assigned to the Morehead area, promoted to Lieutenant in 2010 and is currently the Captain and Commander of Region 4 - London.

Captain Hines is a 1992 graduate Lincoln County High School and a 1996 graduate of Somerset Community College.  He is married to Nina Hines and has two children, Autum and Seth Hines.  He is the son of Judy Hines of Science Hill Kentucky.

Winners of KY's Got Talent


Winners from Last Night's KY'S GOT TALENT at the Laurel County Homecoming Festival! 3rd Place; Adam Towe, 2nd place; James Harris and 1st Place FLAT TOP. Included in the picture is Jason Medley of Medleyboys Rockincountry and Brian Sizemore of Kool Gold 96.7 WANV

Crash on I-75

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy James Sizemore is investigating a one vehicle injury traffic crash which occurred on I-75 , 8 miles north of London on Thursday morning (8-16-2012) at 8:15 A.M. in the northbound lanes. Apparently a Mazda car was traveling northbound on I-75 when the driver came upon a slow moving vehicle. The Mazda tried to slow down, but the brakes failed. The Mazda ‘s driver then applied his emergency brake, however, that action caused the vehicles brakes to lock up, sending the car out of control and into the concrete barrier that divides the median .Injured in the crash was the driver, Rauston Rapier age 29 of Hancock Ave, Corbin with multiple serious injuries. His wife, Tiffany Rapier age 23 received serious head injuries. Their 3 month old male son, who was in a child safety seat, was uninjured.

Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County transported the injured to St. Joseph Hospital Of London. Assisting at the scene was: Deputy John Inman, Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, and Trooper John Barnett.

Trafficking controlled substance arrest

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back conducted an undercover investigation into illegal drug trafficking on Delmas Gilliam Road, 1 mile east of London on Wednesday afternoon(8-15-2012) A male subject driving a black colored Malibu car sold 130 hydrocodone tablets . The tablets and a large amount of U.S. Currency was confiscated Arrested was: Jonathon Baird age 23 of Paw Paw Road, Manchester charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, 1st Offense. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Assisting on the investigation and arrest was: Laurel Sheriff John Root, Lieutenant Rodney Van Zant, and Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter.

London man arrested

Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Scott received a 911 complaint that a male subject was threatening bodily harm to himself on Boone Trail, 3 miles south of London early Monday morning (8-13-2012) at 1:00 A.M.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they observed the subject sitting in the middle of the roadway, creating a loud disturbance . As deputies investigated , they determined the subject was under the influence of alcohol. Upon placing him under arrest, he actively resisted, and spit on deputies. Arrested was: Brandon Thorpe age 25 of Boone Trail , London charged with Alcohol Intoxication in A Public Place, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Escape 3rd Degree.- The accused was wearing an ankle bracelet for home incarceration.)

He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

Drive sober or get pulled over

Sheriff John Root, and Laurel County Attorney Jodi Albright are inviting area media to the kick off , of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that kicks off on Friday August 17th and runs for 2 weeks all over Kentucky . The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office will be teaming up with other area law enforcement agencies to crack down on Impaired or Drunk Drivers. Sheriff Root, and other area law enforcement officers will be meeting at the Stab Fire Department located on Ky 80 near the Shopville community in Pulaski County on Friday, August 17th at 10 A.M.to make comments about the upcoming campaign. Sheriff Root will meet with media for comments concerning his deputies upcoming enforcement activities as deputies prepare to locate, and removed impaired drivers from Kentucky’s (and Laurel County’s )roads. Please come and join us for this event!