Laurel County Man Charged After Teen Accidentally Shoots Another Teen In Car

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting a man is behind bars after a shooting involving teenagers in Laurel County. The shooting happened Monday afternoon in the Pittsburg area. Deputies say a 16-year-old girl was driving a car when a 15-year-old girl in the back seat shot her in the back. The driver was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Police say her injuries are not life-threatening, but serious. Investigators say it appears the shooting was an accident. Deputies say 25 year old Shawn Perkins is charged with unlawfully allowing a minor to possess a gun. Perkins was a passenger in the vehicle and owned the gun.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Announces Public Hearing On Ky 30 Reconstruction

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed reconstruction of KY 30 in Jackson and Owsley counties. The proposed project begins at the new US 421/KY 30 intersection near Tyner in Jackson County and extends east to KY 847 near Travellers Rest in Owsley County. The public meeting will be held Thursday, June 8th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tyner Elementary School Gymnasium. The purpose of the hearing is to present the preferred alternative for review and to ask for feedback from attendees regarding the project. KYTC representatives will be available to receive comments and respond to questions. The hearing will be conducted in an open format, meaning that people may attend at any point of the hearing’s duration.  Both written and oral statements will be accepted at the hearing.  A court reporter will be available to accept and document all oral comments.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

London PD Says Recent Booster Seat Event Was Busiest Yet

The London Police Department recently partnered with the Cumberland Valley Area Developement District to provide and install free booster seats. Organizers said providing the free booster seats help families in need and keep children safe. While the giveaway has been held in Laurel County before, organizers said this was the busiest one yet. They gave away 18 booster seats free of charge. Police say children should be in a booster seat until they're eight years old or 57 inches tall. They also said proper installation of a booster seat, is crucial. For more information on booster seat safety, you can call the Cumberland Valley Area Development District at 864-7391.

London PD Child Safety Seat

Two Laurel County Women Arrested For Shoplifting

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Walmart near Corbin where the store's loss prevention had detained two women. Allegedly 22 year old Stephanie Hensley and 24 year old Cheyanne Wagner, both of Keavy, were seen using the self checkout lane scanning some items and not others, but still putting them in the bag. Hensley and Wagner were arrested and charged with shoplifting. They were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Hensley Wagner

Intoxicated Woman Arrested In Laurel County After Allegedly Knocking On Doors And Getting Into Vehicles

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says Deputies were called out to Esquire Lane where a woman was reportedly knocking on people's doors and getting into vehicles. Deputies found 28 year old Whitney Broughton of Keavy and determined during an investigation that she was under the influence. Broughton was arrested and charged with public intoxication – controlled substances. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Whitney Broughton

Woman Arrested In Laurel County For DUI After Crash

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle traffic crash on Keavy Road. Officers found a vehicle partially in the ditch. The driver, 39 year old Mary Partin, said a fox ran out in front of her causing her to swerve off the road. During the investigation deputies detected an alcohol odor on Partin and determined she was under the influence. Partin was arrested and charged with DUI. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Mary Partin

Grand Jury Indicts Two Men In Connection With Laurel County Murder

A grand jury indicted two men in connection with the murder of a woman in Laurel County this week. The five-count indictment charges Jeffery Scott Taylor with murder, tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender. Boyd Simpson is charged with tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender.Taylor is accused of killing Shannon Vaughn Saylor with a rock and dumping her body in Clay County. Simpson is accused of helping Taylor cover up the murder.

Taylor Boyd

Lawsuit Accuses former Knox County Sheriff And Others Of Framing A Man For Murder

The Corbin News Journal is reporting a former Knox County Sheriff and half a dozen other law enforcement officers have been sued after a man was acquitted of murder charges last year. 37 year old William “Bill” Anderson of Campbell County, Tennessee, filed a lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in London against former Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, former deputy Derek Eubanks, as well Kentucky State Police officers Jason York, Brian Johnson, Mark Mefford, Jackie Joseph and Tyson Lawson. Anderson alleges officers framed him for the 2011 murder of Bob Wiggins in Bell County. Anderson was acquitted of the murder charges by a jury in 2016. Co-defendant James Sizemore later pleaded guilty to Wiggins’ murder. In April of this year another lawsuit was brought against Kentucky State Police Detectives Jason York, Brian Johnson, Mark Mefford, Dallas Eubanks, Kelly Farris, Jackie Pickrell, Jason Bunch, former Knox County Sheriff John Pickard and Officer Derek Eubanks, and former Barbourville Police Officer Mike Broughton. Knox County and the City of Barbourville were also named as institutional defendants. That lawsuit, filed on behalf of Jonathan Taylor and Amanda Hoskins, alleges they were arrested for the 2010 murder of Catherine Mills of Flat Lick. Both their cases were dismissed in 2016.

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Corrections Officers In Clay County Assaulted By Inmate

A man already in jail in Clay County is now facing additional charges after he allegedly assaulted two corrections officers. The Clay County jailer says officers were escorting Danny Stewart to the visitation area. The jailer says something happened, and Stewart was no longer allowed to go to visitation. Officers then placed Stewart in a holding cell. The jailer says Stewart threatened another inmate in the cell, so the officers went into cell to try to resolve the issue. At that point, the jailer says Stewart assaulted the officers. Both officers have minor injuries. Stewart is now charged with two counts of assault of an officer. He was in jail on multiple charges, including murder.

Danny Stewart

Laurel County Police Searching For Missing Teen And Her Baby

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies are searching for a missing girl and her five-month-old baby. 17 year old Shelby Booker went missing Wednesday around 4 p.m. at some apartments off County Farm Road, just west of London. Booker is around five-feet-tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.