London Police Arrest Woman On Meth Charges During Drug Investigation

The London Police Department says officers conducted a “knock and talk” as part of an investigation into drug activity at the Economy Inn. Police arrested 44 year old Lenore S. Stroming of Ashland, Ky after a search turned up two hidden baggies containing Methamphetamine. Stroming was charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Tennessee Man Hospitalized After Crashing Into Whitley County House

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says a man was seriously injured when his car ran off the road and into a house. Deputies say a car was traveling down busy US 25 when the driver, Mark Chambers of Knoxville, Tennessee, ran off the road and crashed into a house. Matthew Powers was inside about to go to sleep when he says he heard a loud crash. He walked outside to see a car against his house and a man slumped over the steering wheel. Police say Chambers may have had a medical issue and lost control. They say the car went airborne, before hitting Powers' home. Emergency crews had to pry Chember's door open to get him out. He was taken to Jellico Hospital before being transfered to UK Hospital with what police called life threatening injuries.

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Laurel County Police Arrest Man Accused Of Beating A Woman In The Head With A Club

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office arrested a man accused of beating a woman in the head with a club. The incident happened at a home on Somerset Road. Deputies say when they were called to the scene, they found a woman who told them 46 year old William Baker had assaulted her the night before with a wooden object that had nails in it. The victim told officers she was knocked out and woke up having seizures. Deputies say she started having seizures while they were at the home prompting them to call an ambulance. Deputies later found Baker and after a brief scuffle took him into custody. He faces a host of charges. No word on the victim's condition.

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Two Lily Men Arrested After Allegedly Yelling And Threatening To Shoot Each Other

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Slate Ridge road, across from Lily Pits, where two men were reportedly screaming and threatening to shoot each other. When officers arrived at the scene they found 22 year old Michael Philpot and 24 year old Logan North there under the influence. They were both arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing and alcohol intoxication in a public place. Philpot and North were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. 

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Two East Bernstadt Men Arrested After They Were Found With Meth And Xanax

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested two men after a drug investigation in the East Bernstadt area. The men, 33 year old Jr Brock and 47 year old Dwain Bailey were found in possession of crystal meth and Xanax. They were charged with possession of a controlled substance and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.  

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Laurel County Police Looking For Car Wash Theft Suspect

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies are investigating a criminal theft complaint off Ky 192 near Saddlebrook. A lone male suspect was caught on surveillance cutting a cleaning brush from a car wash and fleeing the scene at approximately 1am Thursday morning. The man appears to be driving a white or light colored Cadillac Escalade. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's office at 864-6600. Information will be strictly confidential.

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Coal Mine Deaths Surge Ahead Of Last Years

Deaths in coal mines this year have surged ahead of last year's, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to fatal accidents. But the coal miner's union says the federal agency in charge of mine safety isn't taking the right approach to fixing the problem. Ten coal miners have died on the job so far this year, compared to a record low of eight last year. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has launched a summer initiative to send officials to the mines to observe and train those new to a mine on safer working habits. But the miner's union, the United Mine Workers of America, says that effort falls short. The union says federal inspectors making such visits cannot punish the mine if they see safety violations.

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Five People Arrested After A Disturbance In Corbin

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested five people after complaints that they were causing a disturbance at a bank. It happened on West Cumberland Gap Parkway, near Corbin. Bonnie York, Amy Jones, Clay Mosley, James Weaver and Robert Upham were arrested and face various charges including possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Deputies say when they got to the scene, those involved were in and around a car in the bank's drive through lane. They say some of them were under the influence. All five were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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London Business Cited After Community Complaints

London city officials this week issued a corrective order to the Economy Inn. According to a WYMT-TV report this order comes after complaints of trash dumping off-property by residents at the Inn. Teresa Hodges, who owns the neighboring complex, said this is not the first time she has had problems with the Economy Inn. Hodges said she has had problems with the Inn for almost 25 years and that there have been multiple instances where her complex has been either broken into or vandalized. London’s building official, Douglas Gilbert, said the site where the trash was dumped has since been cleaned up.  He said the area is a “frequent flyer” for complaints. Officials say if the terms from the corrective order are not met after seven days, the Inn may face further citations.

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State Officials Announce Nearly $5 Million In Grant Funding

Congressman Hal Rogers and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet announced three grants this week worth almost $5 million. The grants are designed to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. Two of the grants were awarded by the EEC’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, as part of the 2016 Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region. The announcements are part of a joint effort with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), a grassroots effort to revitalize the future of Eastern Kentucky. Officials also announced a $1 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grant to help construct a new Big Sandy Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant and provide sanitary sewer service to 3,000 families and 300 businesses along the U.S. 23 corridor. Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR, called the projects another step toward success.

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