02-11-16 Kentuckians are being targeted over the phone by scam artists claiming to be county sheriff's deputies who can help residents resolve a federal warrant that has been issued against them - but for a price. Attorney General Andy Beshear and a group of central Kentucky sheriffs have joined forces to raise awareness on the issue and confirm that law enforcement does not contact people over the phone concerning federal warrants and certainly never asks for money. "Over the last month, my office and many sheriffs' offices have seen a huge increase in the number of scams bombarding Kentuckians" Beshear said. "By partnering with our local law enforcement agencies, we are warning consumers not to fall for these scams. These scam artist are using fear to prey on Kentuckians, just remember, if you receive the call, hang up." Beshear and county sheriffs are asking consumers not to engage these scam artists and to contact the Attorney General's office or their local sheriff's department.
02-09-16 State justice officials say Kentucky's juvenile justice commissioner has been relieved of his duties amid an investigation into a teenager's death at a state detention center. Commisioner Bob Hayter was let go as well as an employee who failed to carry out required bed checks. The teenager, 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen of Shelby County, was found unresponsive in her cell at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Hardin County on January 11. State juvenile justice officials recently said a martial arts hold was used on the teenager hours before she was found dead. The cabinet says state investigations into the death are close to being completed.
02-08-16 A Wayne County woman is in jail accused of trying to kill her boyfriend. Deputies in Wayne County arrested Latisha Sartain on Saturday after she had allegedly stabbed her boyfriend. Sartain says that she acted out of self-defense and in defense of her children and her uncle. "On Wednesday, I woke up to my little boy screaming bloody murder," Sartain said. She says she noticed strange spots on her son's neck. She says when she asked her boyfriend, Clarence Dodd, about her son's injuries they ended up getting into an argument on the phone. Then on Thursday, Sartain and Dodd were together in a home on Candy Lane. She says she wanted Dodd to leave, but he would not leave. She claims her uncle tried to help her and that's when Dodd and her uncle started fighting. "I looked around and the only thing I could find were the kitchen knives. I got one of those," Sartain explained. Sartain is charged with attempted murder. She says she was simply trying to defend herself and her family.
02-05-16 A driver is facing serious charges after he led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase Thursday night across three counties. It reportedly started around 10:30p.m. when a trooper noticed the suspect, Lewis Landis, speeding more than 100 miles per hour down Interstate 75. The chase started in Fayette County near the Madison County line on I-75 southbound and ended in Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County. According to State Police, the chase reached speeds in excess of 160 MPH. Ten cars were allegedly run off the road during the chase and eight law enforcement officers were in pursuit of the vehicle. According to police, Landis was intoxicated. No one was injured during the chase. Landis is reportedly facing thirty charges relating to the incident.
02-04-16 A Somerset Fireman has been indicted on multiple felony counts for reported child sexual abuse. A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Russell Burton, 52, of Somerset on charges of rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, criminal abuse and incest. The charges allegedly involved a minor. The charges range from Class A to Class D felonies, and carry penalties of up to life in prison upon conviction.
02-02-16 Police in London, Kentucky arrested two people at a Waffle House Sunday for being under the influence while having three small children with them. London police officers received a complaint about a man and woman at Waffle House knocking things over and passing out. According to a press release, William L. Allen and Amanda N. Porter were under the influence when officers arrived. Allen had two concealed handguns but did not have a concealed weapons license police said. Allen and Porter were arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Allen was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance, second degee wanton endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon. Porter was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance and second degree wanton endangerment.
02-01-16 A Lincoln County Man is facing serious charges after he allegedly attempted to suffocate a constable serving a warrant. According to a criminal complaint, Travis Hancock was pulled over for expired tags by constable Delbert Mitchell. When the constable checked with Bluegrass 911, a warrant for Hancock came back. When Constable Mitchell informed Hancock of the warrant, Hancock reportedly started begging to be let go. Hancock then allegedly exited the vehicle and got into a physical altercation with the constable. Hancock then tried to flee. After the constable pulled Hancock down to the ground Mitchell says the suspect tried to hold his face down in the snow and mud and tried to suffocate him. The documents state that after the assault, Hancock ran back to his vehicle, jumped in and took off. The warrant on Hancock was for failure to pay fines. He is now charged with attempted murder of a police officer and fleeing and evading.
01-29-16 The suspect in a shooting incident that took place during last weekend's snowstorm has been taken into custody by police. Randy T. Kauffman, 25 , of Nancy, was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with first degree assault. According to the Commonwealth Journal the incident took place early last Saturday morning. Somerset Police Officers were dispatched to Sunset Mobile Home Park at 6:13 a.m. where they found Robert Lee Colyer, 38, suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. The days that followed had police seeking leads on Kauffman's location based on numerous tips from the public. Just before midnight on Wednesday police received a tip that the suspect was staying at a trailer near the scene of the shooting. It turned out that Kauffman was at an apartment on West Highway 80 near the Pulaski County Road Department where he was apprehended. The investigation is continuing by the Somerset Police Department.
01-28-16 Kentucky State Police have confirmed the identities of the victims of a house explosion in Adair County. The four victims of the explosion have been identified as Mitchell Coomer, 60, his wife Lori Coomer, 52 their granddaughter Kinley Rogers, 1, and Steven Keltner, 32. When firefighters were able to put the fire out, the deputy coroner confirmed one person was found dead outside the house. Three others were initially unaccounted for. The other three bodies were found Wednesday afternoon.