Corbin Man Indicted After Deadly Crash

A Corbin man faces multiple charges stemming from a deadly Knox County crash in 2016. A grand jury indicted Joseph Clark Friday. Clark is accused of driving at a high rate of speed and passing in a no-passing zone, causing the death of Roger Daugherty. Clark is charged with reckless homicide, operating a motor vehicle without a license and failure to maintain insurance.

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UPDATE: Escaped Laurel County Inmate Back Behind Bars

UPDATE: Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley says an escaped inmate is back behind bars. 36 year old Melvin D. Haggard walked away from work release Wednesday. Haggard was tracked down by the Laurel County Correction's Special Response Team Thursday. Mosley said he couldn't be more proud of his team.

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Eight People Arrested In Corbin Drug Bust

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home on Adams Road near Corbin on a disturbance complaint. During the investigation officers found eight people there in possession of crystal meth, assorted pills and drug paraphernalia or wanted on warrants. Those arrested included Jody Melton age 31 of London, Savannah Minton age 28 of Corbin, Vanessa Lowe age 26 of Corbin, Harry Day age 26 of Corbin, Jewona Roark age 45 of London, Michael Thomas age 54 of Corbin, Kattie French age 24 of Corbin and Damien Wilson age 22 of Keavy. All eight individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Clay County Sheriff Says He Wont Seek Re-election

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson says he will not seek re-election in 2018. He says he plans to step down from his post. Johnson was first elected 12 years ago and started his carrer in law enforcement more than 28 years ago. Sheriff Johnson says he is contemplating challenging 90th District Representative Tim Couch in next year’s Republican primary.

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London Police Department Announces Annual National Night Out This Tuesday

The London Police Department says Tuesday, August 1st, marks the 34th Anniversary for the Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event that will be held locally by the Department at the London-Laurel County Farmer’s Market from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is designated for communities throughout America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. The community is invited to come out for a free, family friendly safe night out with food, games, live music from Frontier, giveaways, and more. The Department is one of 10 participating police agencies in Kentucky. Public Service Officer Magen Zawko says the event showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement on our fight to build a safer nation. For more information call 878-7004 or go to the website londonpd.com/nno.

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Man Killed In Whitley County Motorcycle Crash

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of a man killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday. Sheriff Colan Harrell said they were called just before noon to Kentucky 1064 also known as Whetstone Road, for a motorcycle crash. Deputies say 36-year-old Scott B. Bray died at the scene. Investigators say he apparently had gone around a curve, lost control, went over the embankment and struck a tree. Police are not sure if drugs or alcohol were a factor in Bray's death. Witnesses at the scene tried to help, but one woman had ulterior motives. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered a woman, identified as Alisha McElfresh, stole Bray's wallet while other officials were responding. She was arrested and lodged in the Whitley County Jail.

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Two Laurel County Women Arrested In Drug Bust

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies and their K-9 "Edge" arrested two women on Terry's Drive off Old Way Road. An investigation there uncovered over 13 grams of suspected crystal meth, three sets of digital scales, two boxes of new plastic bags and 4 glass pipes used to smoke meth. 31 year old Whitney Wright was charged with conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was 25 year old Chelsea Roark charged on a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear in court. Both were lodged in Laurel County Correctional Center. Sheriff Root says his "War on Drugs" continues.

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Knox County Police Make Another Arrest In Connection To Burglary

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies made another arrest in connection to a burglary earlier this month at a home on Hinkle Branch Road in Flat Lick. 33 year old Lisa Michelle Branson was arrested after police last week spotted a stolen antique cast iron stove taken from the burglary in the front yard of her house on Payne Hollow Road in Bimble. Deputies had been looking for her husband, 37 year old Gary Branson, ever since. Deputies pulled over a vehicle this week and the driver turned out to be Branson. Officers say he gave officers a fictitious name, so in addtion to burglary and criminal mischief, he was also charged with giving officers false information. Branson was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Police Looking For Escaped Inmate

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is looking for an inmate that walked away from work release. 36-year-old Melvin D. Haggard was last seen off Kentucky 472 or Johnson Road around 1:40 on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies say Haggard is 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs around 205 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, a goatee and was wearing a detention center jumpsuit. If you see Haggard or have any information on his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600 or the Laurel County Detention Center at 878-9431.

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East Bernstadt Man Arrested After Alcohol Fueled Disturbance

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to a home off E B Gross Road where an intoxicated man was reportedly yelling, trying to fight everyone and pointing a shotgun at people. Officers arrived and found the man, 56 year old Roy Marcum Smith of East Bernstadt, there and could smell alcohol on him. Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening and alcohol intoxication in a public place. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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