Two Laurel County Women Arrested In Drug Bust

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies and their K-9 "Edge" arrested two women on Terry's Drive off Old Way Road. An investigation there uncovered over 13 grams of suspected crystal meth, three sets of digital scales, two boxes of new plastic bags and 4 glass pipes used to smoke meth. 31 year old Whitney Wright was charged with conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was 25 year old Chelsea Roark charged on a Laurel County warrant for failure to appear in court. Both were lodged in Laurel County Correctional Center. Sheriff Root says his "War on Drugs" continues.

Wright Roark

Knox County Police Make Another Arrest In Connection To Burglary

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies made another arrest in connection to a burglary earlier this month at a home on Hinkle Branch Road in Flat Lick. 33 year old Lisa Michelle Branson was arrested after police last week spotted a stolen antique cast iron stove taken from the burglary in the front yard of her house on Payne Hollow Road in Bimble. Deputies had been looking for her husband, 37 year old Gary Branson, ever since. Deputies pulled over a vehicle this week and the driver turned out to be Branson. Officers say he gave officers a fictitious name, so in addtion to burglary and criminal mischief, he was also charged with giving officers false information. Branson was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Branson arrest

Laurel County Police Looking For Escaped Inmate

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is looking for an inmate that walked away from work release. 36-year-old Melvin D. Haggard was last seen off Kentucky 472 or Johnson Road around 1:40 on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies say Haggard is 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs around 205 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, a goatee and was wearing a detention center jumpsuit. If you see Haggard or have any information on his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600 or the Laurel County Detention Center at 878-9431.

Melvin D. Haggard



East Bernstadt Man Arrested After Alcohol Fueled Disturbance

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to a home off E B Gross Road where an intoxicated man was reportedly yelling, trying to fight everyone and pointing a shotgun at people. Officers arrived and found the man, 56 year old Roy Marcum Smith of East Bernstadt, there and could smell alcohol on him. Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening and alcohol intoxication in a public place. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Roy Marcum Smith

Laurel County Man Arrested On Burglary Charges After Alleged Home Break In

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off Edgewater Road where a break in reportedly occured. When officers arrived they determined someone had entered the home through a locked rear door. A young girl was in the home at the time and told deputies she saw Paul Jackson, Jr. in the living room holding two firearms which he allegedly took from a gun cabinet. When the girl confronted Jackson he left the firearms and fled. Further investigation revealed Jackson was a relative, but didn't have permission to be there. Jackson was found and arrested. He was charged with burglary and lodged him in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Paul Jackson Jr


Two Men Sought After Meth Operation Busted In Corbin

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says they are looking for two men after busting a meth operation. Deputies say they went to check on a report of meth being made in an out building in a wooded area near Howser Drive in Corbin. When officers arrived, two men ran away. Deputies found an active one-step meth lab and around 30 inactive one-step meth labs. West Knox Fire Department and the Kentucky State Police Haz-Mat Team were called to the location to deactivate the lab. Police have warrants for two men but did not release their names.

Corbin Meth Lab

Knox County Police Arrest Two People In Meth And Gun Bust

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested two people after finding meth at a home on Hales Lane in Flat Lick. After receiving information of possible drug activity, Sheriff Mike Smith and deputies went in to investigate. They found about a half pound of crystal methamphetamine, several Suboxone strips and several unidentified pills along with scales, other assorted drug trafficking items, three weapons, two vehicles and a large amount of cash. Police estimate the meth seized has a street value of $8,000 to $10,000. Deputies say 56 year old Arthur Frank Miller Jr. was charged with trafficking in controlled substance and carrying concealed deadly weapon. Also arrested was 37 year old Barbara Stapleton was charged on a Bell County warrant for failure to pay fines on traffic charges. Miller and Stapleton were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

knox guns and meth bust


Pulaski County Police Say Arrests Likely Soon In The Case Of An Elderly Man's Murder

Pulaski County Police revealed new information in the June 20th murder of an elderly man. Investigators discovered the body of 72-year-old Ronald Mundy inside his Tateville home near Loop 5 off U.S. 27. Fire destroyed the home, but not the evidence of what happened to Mundy. Police believe Mundy was killed several days before anyone found him. A member of the Tateville Fire Department driving by noticed the house on fire. Firefighters were able to put out the flames before the fire destroyed evidence of the crime. Police do not believe this was a random act and think the killers knew Mundy very well. In fact, investigators believe they know who killed Mundy. Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck says they are waiting on more evidence before they make the arrests. Police say more arrests could happen based on the outcome of the investigation.

Ronald Mundy

Barbourville Woman Charged With Burglary After Stolen Shotguns Found In Pawn Shop

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a woman after she allegedly stole two shotguns and then pawned them. Officers received a report that two shotguns had been taken from a home on Charcoal Lane in Barbourville. The next day they were told those two shotguns had been found in a local pawn shop. After investigating the complaint, deputies arrested 37 year old Jennifer Elaine Valentine of Barbourville and charged her with first degree burglary. While processing Valentine at the Knox County Detention Center, authorities say they found a used meth pipe in her possession. She was then charged with promoting contraband and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jennifer Elaine Valentine