Whitley County Police Arrest Woman Wanted Out Of Madison County In Stolen Car

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a woman is behind bars after allegedly stealing a vehicle from another county. Deputies were called out to a Dollar General store in the Goldbug community where a woman was reportedly sitting in the vehicle and was believed to be under the influence. Officers say 29 year old Carrie Durham of Richmond tried to flee but was caught and taken into custody. The vehicle had been stolen from Madison County. Deputies cahrged her with resisting arrest and receiving stolen property. She was also wanted on other charges in Madison County. She was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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Knox County Police Nab Purse Snatcher

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to Happy Lane near Barbourville on a purse snatching complaint. The victim told officers 44 year old Michael Sampson grabbed her purse and ran off. She said when she tried to stop him, he punched her in the face. When deputies went to Sampson's home he denied taking the purse, but police saw the purse partially uncovered under a blow up mattress on the living room floor. Sampson was arrested and charged with robbery. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Knox County Police Arrest Escapee And Find Drugs

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies received information that an escapee from the Bluegrass Career Development Center in Madison County was at a residence on Trent Hill in Girdler. When officers arrived at the home, they saw someone looking out of a window. They could also here someone moving around inside. After several minutes knocking they attempted to open the front door. They encountered a person inside pushing against the door trying to keep police out. Deputies finally got in and found the escapee, 24 year old Jeremy Gregory, and took him into custody. They also arrested 54 year old Joanne Gregory for hindering prosecution or apprehension. While they were there, deputies found two used syringes and a case containing several baggies of suspected methamphetamine. Both were also charged with drug offenses. They were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Harlan County Woman Arrested For DUI After Whitley County Crash

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a Harlan County woman crashed her car while driving drunk, all with an 8-year-old in the car. Deputies say they found a car on the side of I-75 following a crash with a tractor-trailer. An investigation determined 38 year old Crystal Miller from Cumberland was under the influence. Miller was arrested and charged with DUI, endangering the welfare of a minor and other charges. Her passenger, 44 year old Terry Sibrava of Cumberland, was also arrested. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. The child was not injured.

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Laurel County Police Arrest Woman For DUI After Crash

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a woman after she crashed her car while driving under the influence. Officers were called out to High Moore Laurel Road just west of London where 20 year old Kayla Lynn Cornett crashed into another car. The passenger in her car and the driver of the other car were injured. During the investigation, deputies discovered Cornett was under the influence. When they got her to jail, they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in her possession. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Pulaski County Murder

A judge sentenced a man this week who admitted to killing a woman inside a Somerset church. Dwight Bell pleaded guilty to killing and robbing 70 year old Carolyn New. The judge sentenced Bell to life without the possibility of parole. The death penalty would have been an option had a jury considered the case. Bell told the court doctors he was once diagnosed with psychological problems during a previous prison stint but that he was currently in his right mind and able to make a plea. He also stated he killed Carolyn New in a "psychotic outburst." The pastor of Denham Street Baptist Church found New's body on August 24. Bell went to the church while New was there asking for food because he was homeless. When New returned with food, Bell killed her. Investigators said Bell left in New's car, stopping in Lexington before eventually driving to Indianapolis and ditching the car. Police in Dandridge, Tennessee, which is east of Knoxville, picked Bell up and arrested him on September 12.

Police Searching For Man Accused Of Trying To Lure Children Into Vehicle

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office is warning people to be on the lookout for a man trying to lure children into his vehicle. Deputies say they have received complaints that a man in a dark-colored SUV is behind the incidents in the Emlyn community. Police are asking for your help in the case. They say if you see a vehicle matching that description involved in suspicious activity call the Whitley County Sheriff's Department at (606) 549-6006.

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Laurel County Police Investigating Vandalism And Theft At Levi Jackson

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is investigating vandalism and theft at Levi Jackson State Park. Deputies say about $1,000 worth of camping equipment was stolen from a campsite at the park. Items stolen include a Big Green Egg smoker grill, a griddle, and a cooler. Along with the theft, deputies said a camp dryer was destroyed and the change from the dryer was stolen. Public Information Officer Gilbert Acciardo said he believes that these thefts may be part of a larger string of thefts in the county. Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's office at (606) 864-6600.


Teen Arrested For Vehicle Theft In Knox County

Police have made an arrest in a stolen vehicle case in Knox County. The vehicle was reported stolen from EZ Pawn in Bimble October 31. The theft was caught on video. Investigators say 19 year old Jonathan Bargo broke into two vehicles on EZ Pawn's property. Bargo damaged the ignition and steering column in one of the vehicles, and then stole the second. The stolen vehicle was recovered several days later with parts missing. Bargo confessed to officers and told them he would pay for all damages he is accused of. Two of Bargo's family members tried to help officials locate some of the missing vehicle parts. Bargo was arrested November 7 and charged with auto theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief.

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Former Rockcastle County Attorney Employee Accused Of Stealing

A woman who used to work for the Rockcastle County Attorney’s Office is accused of stealing money from people paying fines. Patty Kirby faces three charges, including a felony count of abuse of public trust. According to Kentucky State Police, Kirby would pocket the cash people gave her to pay fines and then change court documents to hide her actions. Investigators said the scam went on for more than six months. Kirby has been fired from her job with the county attorney.

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