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Man Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge in Rockcastle Quarry Beating

11-26-14  A man accused of trying to kill another man during a violent robbery has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Jason Gambrell pleaded guilty to first-degree assault during a hearing Wednesday in Rockcastle County. Police say Gambrell stole $700 from Derek Kissee, 23, and then severely beat him and left him for dead. Kissee of Somerset, was found in July, buried under rocks at the old limestone quarry in Rockcastle County. Gambrell is scheduled to be sentenced on December 22, 2014.

 

Berea Children Found Living In Filthy Conditions

11-24-14  According to Berea police, social services got a complaint about children living in a house having black mold, holes in the floor, trash piled to the ceiling, and animals like racoons and possums coming in and out of the house. Berea police charged Scott Lacock and the childrens mother, Emily Bayless, with endangering the welfare of a minor. Investigators say there were three small children running throughout the house in diapers. Police found trash covering the floors  throughout the house. Police say the kid's room was covered in trash and their bed was a mattress which smelled like feces and had feces stains on it.

 

2 Federal Inmates Charged With Attempted Escape

11-21-14  Two federal inmates have been charged with trying to break out of the United States Penitentiary in McCreary County. A federal grand jury on Thursday charged 29-year-old Corey Adam Baker and 42-year-old Delman Demetrius Davis with attempted escape from the penitentiary at Pine Knot, Kentucky. Grand jurors said the two men tried to escape on August 10, 2014 but gave no details about what happened. Baker is serving 14 months in prison after having his probation revoked. He was convicted in London, Kentucky of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Davis is serving 21 years in prison after being convicted in Greeneville, Tennessee of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

 

Escaped Laurel Co. Assault Suspect Back in Jail

11-20-14  Assault suspect Terry Mullins is in the Laurel County jail weeks after police say he escaped house arrest. Mullins was found earlier this month in Ohio, where he had family according to investigators. Mullins was charged with assault, DUI, and leaving the scene of an accident back in September after deputies said he hit a teenager with his van but did not stop. The crash critically injured 17-year-old R. J. Warren, who was riding his bike at the time. Investigators found Warren's backpack stuck in the grill of Mullins' van. Mullins was placed on house arrest, but police said he cut off his ankle bracelet and ran away in October. Deputies in Hamilton County, Ohio discovered Mullins was wanted in Laurel County after they pulled him over for a routine traffic stop.

 

Apartment Fire Forces Family Out In the Cold

11-19-14  A family of 10 was forced out of their home after an apartment fire early Wednesday morning in Georgetown, Kentucky. The buildig is divided into two separate apartments. A man who lives on the top floor says he smelled smoke around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Fire crews rushed to the scene and found smoke and fire coming from the top floor. Officials say the fire started in the attic and was likely caused by an electrical problem. Ten people including four children and a family pet were inside the building when the fire broke out. Everyone reportedly made it out safely. The tenants said they aren't sure where they'll go because the water and smoke damage is too bad for them to move back into the apartment building.

 

 

Store In Laurel Co. Burglarized By 15-Year-Old

11-18-14  Two teenagers were arrested after an attempted break-in at Hurst General Store in Laurel County. Sheriff's Deputies say both 15-year-old boys admitted to the crime after they were caught in the act. When police officers arrived on the scene they found the two juveniles standing at the front door of the business with glass broken out. During the investigation both juveniles said they were trying to enter the store to steal items. Both suspects are from London. They were arrested and charged with burglary, third degree, and criminal mischief, third degree.

 

Schools Cancel and Delay Classes After Snow Hits Kentucky

11-17-14  Several school districts around Kentucky canceled or delayed classes Monday as snow began to blanket several areas of the State. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for a large part of central Kentucky that called for up to 4 inches of snow in northern areas and around 1 inch in southern areas. A school bus crashed in Breathitt County Monday morning and officials say it was due to slick roads. All 42 students on board were transported to the Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson for evaluation with one child reporting minor injuries. After the snow moves out, the weather service says temperatures are expected to drop into the teens Monday night with highs on Tuesday only in the mid twenties

 

Stabbing Victim Now Listed in "Fair" Condition

11-14-14  The condition of the victim of a stabbing incident that occurred Tuesday in a parking lot outside Meece Middle School, is improving. According to a report in the Commonwealth Journal, a spokesperson for UK Hospital said that 32-year-old Angie Lynn Rodriguez of Somerset is now listed as being in fair condition. Rodriguez was stabbed multiple times by her estranged boyfriend, 30-year-old Marcos Popche, a Guatemalan national who lived on Speedway Drive in Somerset. Officials say the couple had recently separated and that Popche asked Rodriguez to meet him in the school's parking lot to talk. Rodriguez reportedly agreed to the meeting. According to police, Popche sat down in the passenger seat of Rodriguez's car and handed her a hand written note. After Rodriguez finished reading the note, Popche began stabbing her with a "large kitchen type knife". She was flown to UK Hospital in Lexington to be treated for her injuries, where she is now listed in "fair" condition.

 

4-Year-Old Left On Bus in Madison County

11-13-14  A 4-year-old girl from Madison County spent an hour on a school bus all alone after falling asleep. According to Linda Taylor, her daughter, Amelia, fell asleep while being taken to afternoon preschool at the Head Start program in Richmond. After dropping off Amelia's classmates, the driver took the bus home and went inside. It was only when the little girl woke up and began crying that the driver found her. Her mother said said she was, ". . .screaming, crying and banging on a window." She didn't understand why "mommy and daddy didn't come get her." Linda Taylor said they couldn't go get their daughter because they didn't know about the incident until hours after Amelia was found. An official with the Madison County School District says they are investigating to determine what to do going forward. The bus driver has been placed on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.