Child Welfare Check Results In Drug Arrest

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies went along with child services to check on the welfare of a child at an apartment on Greeting Card Road. During the investigation officers found used needles, rolling papers and 2 types of prescription drugs in the same container. Deputies say 29 year old Donna Kaye Farmer admitted she had been shooting up with the needles. Farmer was charged with prescription drugs not in the original container, possession of drug paraphernalia and others. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Traffic Stop For Speeding Leads To DUI Arrest

Laurel County deputies say a traffic stop for speeding led to a DUI arrest. Officers say they pulled a car over off 25 south of London after it was clocked going 17 miles over the speed limit. When the deputy approached the car window, he said he smelled alcohol and noticed the driver had slurred speech. The driver, 33 year Richard Joshua Davis of Williamsburg, was determined to be under the influence. Davis was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding 17 miles over the speed limit, which is considered a serious traffic offense in Kentucky. Davis was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Two People Arrested In East Bernstadt During Investigation

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested two people as part of an investigation in the East Bernstadt area. Officers say 39 year old Shanda Finkbonner of Jones lane was found with 2 used needles and 5 baggies with meth residue. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. 36 year old Brian Harris of highway 3094 was charged on a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear in court on criminal trespassing and public intoxication – controlled substance charges. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Organizers Say Clay County Days On Hold

WYMT-TV is reporting organizers of the Clay County Days have put the festival on hold because new utility poles installed in Manchester lack the necessary plugins for vendors to use. At the height of the festival those putting it together expected 10,000 people to flow into the city. One store owner in Manchester said she has a love-hate relationship with Clay County Days. She said while the weekends were big money makers for her, she says it lost a bit of its luster because of some unsavory characters. Officials with Clay County Days say they are looking at options to make sure the festival returns in 2018.

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Woman Charged With Shooting A Dog During A Whitley County Burglary More Than Two Years Ago Is Finally Answering To Those Accusations

A woman charged with shooting a dog during a Whitley County burglary more than two years ago is finally answering to those accusations. Dena Baird is in jail in Whitley County after serving time on unrelated charges in a Tennessee detention facility. Back in November of 2014, police say Baird and Daniel Meyers broke into a home on Tyes Ferry Road in the Rockholds community. In addition to stealing multiple items, police say the pair shot a dog in the face. The dog survived. Police in Jellico, Tennessee arrested the couple after finding them in a stolen car. A judge in Tennessee sentenced them in that case. Baird just finished her sentence and was released from the Campbell County jail. She's now in jail in Whitley County to finally answer to the charges in Kentucky. Police say Daniel Meyers is still serving time for his crime in Tennessee, and like Meyers will be extradited to Whitley County once he is released from the Campbell County jail. Police say the couple stole more than $2,500 worth of items from the victims during the 2014 break-in.

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Knox County Police Arrest Man In Sexual Abuse Case

Knox County police arrested a man in connection with a May indictment. A grand jury indicted William Buchanan on sexual abuse charges. Investigators say between March 2016 and March 2017, he sexually abused two children younger than 12 years old.

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Laurel County Sheriff's Office Gets New Body Armor For Their K9 Edge

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office K9 "Edge" has recieved new body armor. The armor was donated by State Farm Agent Phil McDonald and Emma McDonald. Sheriff John Root and K9 Handler Deputy Daniel Grigsby thank the McDonalds for thier donation and say the support from businesses and citizens for the sheriff's office is overwhelming.

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Laurel County Police Again Investigating Rash Of Vehicle Break Ins

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says detectives and deputies are again investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles around the county. Investigators say in most cases the vehicles had been left unlocked and purses, wallets, money, cell phones and electronics were stolen. Sheriff Root says deputies will be increasing their patrols throughout the county. He reminds citizens to always lock their vehicles at all times and items of value should be removed. Deputies say the thieves attempted to use stolen credit and debit cards at Walmart in Williamsburg. Walmart is working with the sheriff's office providing pictures. Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.

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Laurel County Theft Investigation Leads To 5 Arrests

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested five people after investigating the theft of air-conditioners and rolls of linoleum flooring from a job site. They were arrested on various charges including recieving stolen property and drug offenses. Those arrested were 43 year old Charles Mobley,  46 year old Steven Hammons, 48 year old Leona Warfield, 25 year old Christine Diane Johnson of Corbin and 44 year old Clinton Jackson. All five were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Woman Accused Of Setting Fire To Her Husband Appears In Court

The woman accused of setting her husband on fire went before a judge this week. Vera Rosanne Wooten pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree assault during her arraignment in Laurel District Court. Wooten is accused of setting her husband, John, on fire. Police say she caught her husband in a car with another woman and then poured gasoline on him before setting him on fire. According to police, John Wooten suffered burns to over fifty percent of his body from his knees to his head. At last report he was in critical condition at a specialized burn unit hospital in Cincinnati. Vera Wooten didn't say much in court, and the judge entered the not guilty plea on her behalf. The judge also set Wooten's bond for $100,000 cash. If she gets out, she is not allowed to have any contact with the victim. Wooten will be back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

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