Laurel County Couple Arrested After Smoking Marijuana While Caring For Baby

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a couple were arrested after allegedly smoking marijuana while caring for a baby. Police and Social Service workers were checking on a physical abuse complaint when they say they saw Stephanie Lynne Smith outside the home under the influence. Deputies found bongs used for smoking marijuana, two pipes with residue, rolling papers and other drug paraphernalia in the home. An 11-month-old boy was inside the home. Police say Smith and her live-in boyfriend, Jason Darrell Smith, smoked marijuana inside the residence while the baby was there. Both were charged with public intoxication – controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and wanton endangerment. Social Services placed the 11-month-old with other family members.

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London Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Drug Trafficking

A Laurel County man will spend 12 years in prison for drug trafficking. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says 25 year old Mark Gavin of London pleaded guilty in Laurel Circuit Court to a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine. In December 2016, deputies arrested Gavin and one other person off Keavy Road west of London. Sheriff John Root, detectives and deputies were conducting a drug investigation there when they found 11 bags of crystal meth, two sets of digital scales, cash, a shotgun and a loaded .45 caliber Taurus handgun.

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Two People Behind Bars In Whitley County Murder Case

Kentucky State Police released the identities of those involved in a Whitley County murder. Chris Lowe and Lori Mattie were arrested. Investigators say they were called about a woman lying in the middle of Mud Creek Road unresponsive. Troopers followed a trail of blood to a home where they found Michelle Marlow dead. Lowe and Mattie were found in the home with blood on them. Lowe also had an injured hand. Neither could explain to police why they had blood on them. Police say witnesses saw the two hitting a woman with a stick and Lowe dragging her out of the street. Mattie is charged with murder. Lowe is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

Whitman Branch Shooting Range Closed After Recurring Vandalism

After months of reported vandalism, the United States Forest Service closed a popular recreation area until repairs are made. The Whitman Branch Shooting Range near Laurel Lake was closed this week due to extensive damages at the site. District Ranger Jason Nedlo said due to inappropriate use and vandalism over time, the recreational shooting range had deteriorated to an unsafe and unsightly condition. U.S. Forest Service officials plan to renovate the shooting range and Nedlo says it’ll be a significant price to do everything they’re looking to do, probably 20 to 30 thousand dollars, and if you add employee pay in that you could easily double that number. The range will have an awning among other things. They hope to have it back open sometime this fall.

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Laurel County Store Clerk And Two Others Arrested In Staged Robbery

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested three people Monday in relation to a staged robbery case. Deputies say a reported armed robbery at East 80 Grocery Sunday morning was the work of a store clerk and two others who wanted to steal money from the store. Investigators say 47 year old Bobby Lee Goins allegedly entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, 50 year old Jeffery Minton, implying he had a gun and left the store with a large amount of money. Police said Goins was driven to and from the store by his daughter, 27 year old Bertha Ann Isgrigg. Minton is accused of taking money from the cash register before the fake robbery and calling 911 to report he was robbed. Minton is charged with complicity to commit robbery, falsely reporting an incident and theft by unlawful taking. Goins is charged with robbery. Isgrigg is charged with complicity to commit robbery. They were all lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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KSP Investigating Whitley County Shooting

Kentucky State Police are trying to find out what led to a death in Whitley County. It happened Sunday night on Mud Creek Road, south of Williamsburg. Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says one person is dead and another was detained in the case. More information will be released later.

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Laurel County Man Arrested After Allegedly Trying To Run Over His Wife With A Truck

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a man is facing charges he allegedly tried to back over his wife with a truck. Deputies say it happened on Maggard Road about 10 miles west of London. Officers responded to a home there on a domestic disturbance complaint. The investigation determined 59 year old Johnny Burdine tried to hit his wife, but she was able to dodge the truck. Burdine then reportedly backed into a neighbors tree, causing substantial damage to the neighbors yard and trees. Deputies say Burdine was at the home in violation of an active emergency protective order and that he had allegedly physically assaulted his wife. He is charged with attempted assault, domestic violence and criminal mischief. He was lodged the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Woman Arrested Accused Of Not Reporting Child Abuse

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested a woman accused of not reporting an incident of child abuse. Officers say 23 year old Amber Ayers is charged with criminal abuse - under the age of 12. The victim in the case told police that Ayers knew about the abuse, did not do anything about it and allowed the abuse to continue. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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High Speed Chase In Knox County Ends In Officer Involved Shooting

Kentucky State Police are investigating after a high speed chase on 25E in Knox County ended in an officer involved shooting. The chase ended near the Rite Aid in Barbourville. Several Barbourville Police officers and Knox County sheriff's deputies were involved in the chase. Police say 29 year old Brandon Moses of Bledsoe was driving when he failed to stop after police turned on their emergency lights, resulting in the chase. The Kentucky State Police says Moses ended the chase, got out of the car with his hand behind his back and threatened to harm officers on the scene. Officers say he would not respond to commands and police shot him. Moses was taken to Barbourville ARH and flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and was, at last report, in serious condition.

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Woman Arrested On Several Charges After Repeatedly Calling Sheriff's Office While Intoxicated

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies arrested a woman after she reportedly called the sheriff's office repeatedly for no legitimate purpose and was abusive to the operators. The woman's husband, who was out of town, contacted the Sheriff's office requesting that deputies conduct a welfare check at their home due to children being there. He also told them she had told him that she would shoot law enforcement if they showed up. When deputies arrived they were unable to get a response from inside the home. Officers forced their way in to check on the children and found Jyll Roxanna Burgett in the living room with a bag of marijuana and rolling papers. A female juvenile was found hiding inside a closet and a male juvenile was found hiding in the bathtub. Deputies determined Burgette was under the influence and after a short scuffle was taken into custody. She also threated to "blow up" deputies during her arrest. Burgette was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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