Trooper Injured In Laurel County Crash Returns Home

A Kentucky State Trooper from Hazard has returned home after spending more than a month in the hospital recovering from a car crash. He had nearly 20 broken bones. Back in September, 26 year old Trooper Ethan Lewis lost control of his cruiser and went off a 150-foot embankment in London on I-75. Lewis found himself trapped in the wreckage for hours and called for help himself. Lewis' KSP brotherhood along with his wife and daughter honored him with a celebration at KSP Post 13. During his time in the hospital, Lewis said he did not spend a moment alone, as his family members or one of his KSP brothers were always with him. But, now that he is back home he said he is glad to be closer to going back to work.


Kentucky To Launch Help Line For Opioid Addiction

Governor Matt Bevin made an announcement during a recent press conference about a new help line that will help those struggling with addiction get help. Bevin said we are not intervening early enough. Starting Dec. 1, people will be able to dial 8338-KY-Help or 833-859-4357 to get access to resources. The line will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bevin said it's to help get people to available resources. Bevin said $500,000 has been donated toward the project. Operation UNITE will help with the project. Nancy Hale, President/CEO, believes the help line will save lives. The call center will be located in Prestonsburg.

East Bernstadt Man Arrested After Assaulting His Pregnant Girlfriend

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off O. Johnson Road on a domestic violence report. When deputies arrived they found that 36 year old Brandon L. Karr had allegedly choked and hit his girlfriend breaking her arm. He also reportedly tried to run her over with his truck in the front yard. Deputies also noted Karr's 6 year old son was there and that the woman was pregnant. Social services was called and the child taken into protective custody. Karr was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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London Police Arrest Four People In Ongoing Theft Investigation

The London Police Department says officers arrested four people as part of an ongoing theft investigation. The arrests began when officers pulled over a vehicle for a registration violation. They then found out that the driver and his passenger, 39 year old Toby Radcliffe and 27 year old Brandy Radcliffe, were involved in an investigation and the car they were driving was thought to have been used in some thefts. Through investigation officers found out that the Radcliffes were living with 41 year old Joseph White, who was wanted for violating parole. Police searched White's home and found suspected stolen property linked to a pawn shop theft. Police arrested White and his wife, 40 year old Tanya White, for retaliating against a participant in a legal process. All four were taken to the Laurel County Detention Center. London Police ask the public to come forward if they believe that they have been victimized by anyone involved in the case. They are known to drive a silver Chevy Cobalt and a 2016 Black GMC Terrain. You can call the London Police Department at (606) 878-7004.

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Kentucky's Jobless Rate Falls To Five Percent In October

Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in October. The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics says last month's seasonally adjusted preliminary rate was down from the revised 5.2 percent reported for September. The October rate was up slightly from the 4.9 percent recorded for the state in October 2016. State officials say Kentucky's education and health services sectors added 1,400 jobs from September to October of this year. The information services sector gained 500 jobs, while the government sector increased by 300 jobs. Employment in mining and logging did not change in October. Officials say construction employment declined by 1,600 jobs from September to October of this year. The financial activities sector lost 800 jobs in October. Manufacturing employment dropped by 300 jobs.

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Laurel County Police Recover Stolen Scooter And Make Arrest

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies recovered a stolen scooter and made an arrest in the case. Officers arrested 59 year old Larry Wayne Miller off Blackwater Road. Miller, who is a convicted felon, was found in possession of a .40 caliber handgun and a scooter that had an altered VIN number. He was charged with possession of a handgun by convicted felon and receiving stolen property. Miller was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Drug Bust Nets Two

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says a drug investigation off Morentown Road resulted in the arrest of two people. Deputies received numerous complaints about a home there where they had made drug arrests two weeks ago. When officers arrived a woman, later identified as 37 year old Candice Kirchheimer, ran inside the home and locked the door. When deputies got in they found suspected crystal meth, drug paraphernalia and pills. Kirchheimer was arrested, as well as 40 year old Gary Wagers, who was on home incarceration from the earlier drug bust there. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Corbin Teen Charged After Police Say He Called In Threats To Knox County Schools

A 16-year-old from Corbin has been charged by Kentucky State Police after detectives say he threatened to harm students in the Knox County school district. Investigators say the boy, who is a student at Lynn Camp High School, called the board of education and made the anonymous threats on November 8th. Troopers were stationed at local schools on the next day in response to the threats, but at the time, police say they did not believe the threats were credible. The 16-year-old has been charged with terroristic threatening. Police say he confessed to the crime.

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Study Shows Four Eastern Kentucky Counties Among Worst In The Nation For Opioid Abuse Hospitalization

Four U.S. senators have introduced a bill to prioritize federal funding for states that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. It would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to take into account mortality rates and lack of access to treatment and services when allocating grants to states, rather than making determinations based on population size. Meanwhile, a new study shows four Eastern Kentucky counties topping the list of highest opioid abuse hospitalization rates in the nation. Perry, Leslie, Knott, and Breathitt counties are in the top ten of counties across America. Perry and Leslie are one and two, with Perry leading by a staggering six percent.




Knox County Police Make Two Arrests In Theft Investigation

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies made two arrests after complaints of stolen car batteries in the Bryants Store area. The investigation lead to the home of 29 year old Randal Abshire, where officers found two stolen batteries outside. When deputies knocked on the door a woman told them Abshire had left, but when they searched the home they found him hiding behind a washer underneath a stack of blankets. Deputies say he refused to raise his hands and had to be tazed to be taken into custody. Abshire is charged with theft by unlawful taking, disorderly conduct, menacing and resisting arrest. Another man there, 31 year old Travis Rutherford of Pineville, was arrested for failure to pay fines and three Bell County warrants for failure to appear. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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