Former Knox County Jail Employee Accused Of Raping Inmate

WYMT-TV is reporting a former Knox County jail employee faces a sex-related charge. Jennifer Ross was fired in 2014. At that time, a grand jury indicted her for assault. Another former jail employee, Sheila Brown, was also indicted in that case. The two were accused of assaulting an inmate. Tuesday, Ross was indicted again. She was indicted for third-degree rape. Prosecutors said Ross had sex with an inmate while working at the detention center. Because of the circumstances surrounding the case, the name of the inmate wasn't released. Commonwealth Attorney Jackie Steele said he first heard about the allegations about two years ago. Steele could not comment on whether the sex acts were consensual. Ross is scheduled for a pre-trial conference December 1, 2017.

Domestic Violence Call Leads To Another "Operation November To Remember" Drug Roundup Arrest

Laurel Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a domestic violence complaint at a home off Campground Road. When officers arrived they learned that a woman, 39 year old Tonya Parms, had apparently assaulted her husband and had left the scene walking. Police found her walking on 229 and during the investigation found that she had three warrants out on her, one of which was from the "Operation November To Remember" drug roundup. Parms was arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic in the controlled substance – crystal meth and trafficking within 1000 feet of a school. She was also charged with assault and giving an officer false information. Deputies say she used her sister's name during questioning. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Sheriff Root says more arrests are coming.

Tonya Parms

Suspicious Vehicle Check Leads To Two Drug Arrests

The Laurel Sheriff's Office says deputies noticed a suspicious vehicle on the Cumberland Gap Parkway around 3 in the morning. Officers found two people in the car and with the help of their K-9 "Edge" found them in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Deputies arrested 29 year old Josey Cruse of Oneida and 25 year old Amber Smith of Lily and charged them with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Cruse and Smith

Woman Leads Knox County Police On Chase, Hits Police Cruiser And Her 12-Year-Old Daughter

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out on a report of an intoxicated woman at a home on Payne’s Creek Road in Hinkle. When officers got there the woman, Jennifer Gray, ran into the woods. Later that day, a deputy saw Gray driving and tried to get her to stop. Gray refused to stop and was seen punching or smacking a passenger as she drove. Gray lost control of the vehicle while going around a curve, spun completely around and hit the deputy's patrol car. The front seat passenger and the rear seat passenger, Gray's 12 year old daughter, escaped the vehicle while it was still moving. Gray's daughter was hit by the vehicle as jumped out of vehicle. Gray tried to run away but was caught. Gray is charged with fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. Her daughter suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. The Department of Social Services was contacted.

Jennifer Gray


Laurel County Police Make Another Arrest As Part Of "Operation November To Remember" Drug Roundup

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says theyve made another arrest as part of their "Operation November To Remember" drug roundup. Sheriff John Root, along with deputies, arrested 56 year old Ronnie Whicker of East Bernstadt. Whicker was wanted as part of the roundup last week where nearly 30 people were sought on drug trafficking charges throughout Laurel County based on a 3 month undercover investigation. Sheriff Root says over 20 people have been arrested so far and more arrests are coming. Whicker was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Ronnie Whicker


Laurel County Man Arrested After Allegedly Choking Woman Unconscious

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to the Swiss Colony area where two people were allegedly chasing each other around with baseball bats. When officers arrived they found 45 year old Ronald Lockaby who had apparently been a fight with a woman. They learned Lockaby had allegedly reached into the woman's car and choked her unconscious. Lockaby was arrested and charged with assault. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Traffic Stop In Laurel County Results In Drug Arrest Of Tennessee Woman

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a Tennessee woman is behind bars after a traffic stop. Deputies say they noticed a vehicle missing a headlight. That's when they pulled over Brittany Lashea Obrien. When they looked inside of the vehicle, deputies noticed a loaded syringe in the floor under Obrien's feet. They also found a baggie containing meth, pills, a glass pipe with residue, suboxone and three syringes. One of the syringes was loaded with what officials believe to be meth. Obrien was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, among other things. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Brittany Lashea Obrien

Woman Assaulted Inside Her Car Near Corbin

The Whitley County Sheriff's Office released a report of a woman who was assaulted inside her car on the Cumberland Falls Highway Saturday night. The woman told police that a black or dark blue truck passed her and then came to a complete stop in front of her car. She then told deputies she rolled down her window when the man approached her car. That's when she said he struck her. Deputies said the incident happened between Oak Grove Elementary School and Circle K. The woman reportedly drove herself to Baptist Health Corbin. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Whitley County Sheriff's Office at (606) 549-6006.

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Police Investgating Explosives Found In Knox County Woods

The Kentucky State Police say they disposed of explosive items found in a wooded area of Knox County Sunday evening. Officers received a report of a resident finding some type of explosive on their property in the Heidrick community. Knox County Sheriff's Deputies along with Kentucky State Police Troopers responded to the scene. Troopers say they found blasting caps and a small can containing dynamite in a field. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution. Those residents have since been allowed to re-enter their homes. No arrests or charges have been made. The investigation is continuing.

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Woman Flown Out To Lexington Hospital After Knox County Stabbing

The Barbourville Police Department says a woman was flown to a Lexington hospital following a stabbing. It happened at a mobile home on Ruggles Street in Barbourville. Knox 911 received a call from an unknown caller who said they could hear a woman yelling for help and could see blood on the wall inside the trailer. When police arrived, they found both doors pushed together but not closed. Officers say they couldn't get anyone to answer the door but could hear a man inside. Police say 44 year old Fred Brown of Barbourville, eventually came out and was arrested. Once inside, officers could hear a woman in a back bedroom, but she told them she was unable come out. When they went into the bedroom, they found the 39-year-old woman lying immobile in a bed, covered in blood and suffering from blood loss. The woman told police Brown held her against her will, repeatedly stabbed her, raped her and then stabbed her more. The woman had more than 25 stab wounds and dozens of superficial slices, cuts or jab marks. She has been treated and is currently recovering. Brown was charged with attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping and rape. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.