KSP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting In Whitley County

The Kentucky State Police says a man was injured after a police chase and shootout. A state trooper and a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife official saw 28 year old Earl Reynolds III driving recklessly on KY-92 in Williamsburg. When they tried to pull Reynolds over, they say he didn't stop and led them on a chase along KY-92, onto I-75 Northbound and up to Corbin before they say Reynolds made a loop back to I-75 Southbound and back onto KY-92. At that point, police used spike strips to blow out his front tires. However, they say Reynolds kept driving, stuck a gun out the car window, and began shooting at the officers behind him. A Williamsburg Police Department cruiser was hit with several rounds of gunfire from Reynolds. The Williamsburg police officer returned fire, hitting Reynolds in the neck. The chase finally came to an end when Reynolds crashed his vehicle into a ditch near the McCreary County line. Kentucky State Police told WYMT-TV Reynolds was taken to Baptist Health Corbin with non-life threatening injuries and then airlifted to UK Hospital. No police were injured. Reynolds is from Florida and police tell us the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen out of Florida. They also believe he was driving under the influence. At this time, the case is still under investigation and charges against Reynolds are pending.

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Knox County Deputy Resigns After Posting Picture On Social Media

WYMT-TV is reporting a Knox County deputy resigned following an investigation into a picture he posted on social media. Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith was made aware of the picture this week and began an internal investigation. Findings from that investigation indicated John Luttrell, the deputy involved, took the photograph and posted it to social media. The picture shows an officer next to a car with an unconscious woman in the driver's seat and a caption reading, "Another day at work." During the investigation, Sheriff Smith accepted the resignation of Deputy Luttrell.

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Whitley County Police Warn Of Another Phone Scam

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a phone scam targeting the area after an elderly man was scammed out of approximately $4,000. Officers warn these scams play on people’s emotions, often stating a loved one is in legal or medical trouble and needs money electronically transferred or 'loaded' onto a prepaid debit card or gift card. Scammers prefer these methods of transferring money because they make it difficult to track or recover the victim’s losses. The scammers may also use fear or intimidation, falsely identifying themselves as an IRS official. The IRS will never request credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to involve local law enforcement. If you have any reason to doubt the legitimacy of a caller, hang up and call the person, business or office they claimed to be associated with directly. If you do receive a scam call, do not give out any personal or financial information and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here or by calling the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

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Laurel County Man Arrested After Domestic Violence Incident

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to Blakely Road on a domestic violence report. The investigation revealed 35 year old Ryan Carpenter had allegedly assaulted a woman, held her down and bit her arm. Deputies noted visible injury to the woman's arm. Carpenter was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Another Laurel County Man Arrested For Domestic Violence

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to a home off Echo Valley Road on a report of domestic violence. Upon arrival at the scene they found that 50 year old John K. Feltner had allegedly choked and slapped a female victim. Feltner was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Clay County Man Arrested Accused Of Beating His Mother

Police in Clay County say a man has been arrested for beating his mother. Officers say 50 yaer old Paul Duncil used his fists to hit his mother several times all over her body. The mother, Betty Conner, told officials that Duncil assaulted her causing significant bruising on both her face and her body. Officials say that Duncil also threatened to kill his mother with a knife. Duncil was arrested and charged with first degree assault and terroristic threatening.

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Four Pulaski County Men Identified As Those Killed In Plane Crash

Officials have identified the four people who died in the crash of a small plane in south-central Kentucky as Dr. Kyle Stewart, Doug Whitaker, Scott Foster and his fifteen-year-old son. All four are from Pulaski County. Stewart was a dentist. Whitaker was a chaplain for the Somerset Police Department. Foster was an attorney. Friends say the four were returning from a hunting trip in Tennessee. The Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement that a Piper PA32 crashed near Glasgow Sunday afternoon. The FAA says the plane was heading to the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset. Kentucky State Police say three people were pronounced dead at the scene and a fourth victim was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Bowling Green. Part of the plane was lodged between large branches in a tree. The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate.

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Suspicious Vehicle Complaint Leads To Drug And Firearms Charges

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Ky 638, approximately 6 miles east of London, to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Officers found the vehicle, a Toyota Celica, driven by 30 year old Aaron Hayes of McKee. During the investigation Hayes was determined to be under the influence. Officers also found drug paraphernalia and a concealed weapon. As officers took him into custody Hayes resisted. He was charged with DUI, operating on suspended or revoked license, no insurance, possession, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. Hayes was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Man Indicted In Connection With Fatal Shooting Of Corbin Man

A man faces an indictment in the fatal shooting of a Corbin man while both were Western Kentucky University students. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, 21 year old Peter G. Gall was formally indicted by a Warren County grand jury on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the September 3rd death of 21-year-old Kenneth Davis. Gall entered a not guilty plea during a September initial court appearance. An arrest citation says Gall reported the shooting with a shotgun. The citation said Gall "wantonly caused the death of the victim," listing alcohol as a factor. Previous court testimony has called it an accidental shooting and said the death resulted from horseplay. Gall was released from jail September 8th on a $100,000 bond. An arraignment is set for December 11th.

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