Corbin Middle School Counselor Cited To Court After Several Teens Allegedly Accessed Alcohol While At A Birthday Party At Her Home

A Corbin Middle School Counselor who was cited to court after several teens allegedly got access to alcohol while at a birthday party at her house in June, is now awaiting the appointment of a special judge and special prosecutor. The Corbin News Journal is reporting 43 year old Stephanie Pennington, who is facing one count of endangerment of the welfare of a minor, appeared in court for a pretrial conference in Whitley District Court. Corbin Police were called to the residence on June 1 after a parent of one of the teens complained that Pennington had failed to contact her after the teens had become intoxicated. Corbin Police Captain Coy Wilson, the department’s public affairs officer, said several of the teens had reportedly snuck the alcohol into the home and that Pennington was not aware they had it. A pretrial hearing is set for October 11th.

Pulaski County Man Arrested On Child Exploitation Crimes

Kentucky State Police charged a Pulaski County man with child sex exploitation crimes. Investigators say 24 year old Brandon R. Hoskins was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. A search warrant was executed at a Somerset home and equipment used to commit the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. Hoskins is charged with 15 counts of distribution and one count of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison. He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

Brandon Hoskins

Knox County Man Arrested After Firing Gun Near Children While On Meth

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a man Sunday after they say he fired a gun in a house while he was high on meth. Officers responded to a report that Kristopher Scalf was holding a gun to his head on his front porch in Barbourville. Shortly after deputies arrived, Scalf fired a gun inside the home. Two children were inside at the time. Deputies said Scalf was under the influence of methamphetamine. A gun and a glass pipe were found inside the home. Scalf was arrested and charged with two counts of wanton endangerment and possession of meth. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. Two small children were removed from the home unharmed and released to their father.

Kristopher Scalf

London Police Looking For Thieves Who Took Parts From Car Wash

The London Police Department says officers are looking for two suspects in an unusual theft. Investigators posted surveillance pictures from Logan's Car Wash on their Facebook page. Police say the two took the dust bowls from the vacuum cleaners Tuesday morning. Anyone with information is asked to call the London Police Department at 878-7004.

London Theft

Couple Arrested Accused Of Child Abuse

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says a husband and wife are behind bars after allegedly abusing a child. Deputies say a young girl told authorities Robert Smith sexually abused her. She said he pulled down her shirt and touched her inappropriately. Smith's wife, Candice Smith, is accused of locking the girl outside and denying her food and water. Robert Smith is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12-years-old. Candice Smith faces a charge of criminal abuse in the second degree. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Robert and Candice Smith


Laurel County Police Arrest A Man In Another Unrelated Child Sexual Abuse Case

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a London man was arrested after he allegedly inappropriately touched a child under the age of 12 at a Laurel County fitness center. Deputies arrested 27 year old Justin David Rose and charged him with sexual abuse, 1st Degree. The arrest happened after sheriff's detectives received a complaint from an employee at the fitness center. Rose was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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KSP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting In Whitley County

Kentucky State Police have released more information as an investigation into an officer-involved shooting continues. Public Information Officer Lloyd Cochran says a trooper was involved in a shooting on Gilly Lane in the Rockholds community of Whitley County. Cochran says Billy Barnhill went into the woods on his ATV and a trooper got out of the car to try and find him. Barnhill then came out of the wooded area on the ATV at a high rate of speed and attempted to run over the trooper. The trooper then fired at Barnhill, striking him. Police say he was wanted on several warrants including one in Florida. Barnhill was taken to a hospital in Corbin and then transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment. The State Police Critical Incident Response Team investigated at the scene. The trooper has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

Woman Pleads Guilty In Pulaski County After Drug Deal Goes Bad

A Lexington woman plead guilty this week in Pulaski County accused of robbing and trying to kill a man. Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office say on June 13th, 2016 four women from Lexington met a Nicholasville man at a Dairy Queen in Somerset because he wanted to buy marijuana. Officers say the women took the victim to the woods in eastern Pulaski County where they beat him with a bottle and a mallet. Investigators say one suspect put a rope around the victim's neck and tried to choke him. The victim says he was also robbed before he was able to get away. A judge denied Autumn Coleman's request for probation. Coleman pleaded guilty to facilitation to a robbery. Two women have already pleaded guilty in the case. A fourth woman will be sentenced next week.

Autmun Coleman

Man Arrested After Crashing SUV Into House

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to Amy North Road, off Highway 770, just outside of Corbin, where a Jeep crashed into a house. Tara Cooper said she and her husband had just gone to bed when the crash happened. She said when they walked out to the front of their home, they saw an SUV sticking out of it with no driver in sight. The driver had fled the scene, but police found a wallet and ID in the driver's seat. Deputies later got a call from the Coopers saying a man was on their porch and refusing to leave. When police returned they found the driver of the Jeep, Justin M. Collins, who they say appeared intoxicated. Investigators say the man admitted to using meth. Police arrested Collins and charged him with criminal trespassing, leaving the scene of an accident and public intoxication.

Laurel County Man Arrested After Allegedly Breaking Into Home Claiming His Wife Was A Hostage Inside

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says a man is behind bars after he allegedly broke into a home claiming his wife was being held hostage inside. Deputies arrested Zachary Weber. Deputies say the homeowners found him in their home and fired a shot at him, but missed. Weber faces a second-degree burglary charge and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Zachary Weber