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Teacher Resigns After Reports of Inappropriate Behavior

03-26-15  A Russell County teacher has resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior. In a press release, the Russell County School Board says that after receiving reports of innappropriate communications between a teacher and a student they called a meeting where the teacher was confronted with documentation of the events in question. The teacher was suspended at that time. A few days later the person in question tendered their resigation from the school system. The identity of the teacher has not been released. Police in Russell Springs say they are investigating cases in Russell County and Casey County. No charges have been filed in either case.

 

Head Start Bus Crashes in Knox County

03-25-15  A Knox County Head Start school bus crashed into a ditch Wednesday morning. It happened around 10 a.m. on Johnson Hollow Road in Gray, Kentucky. Sources with KCEOC Community Action Partnership say that a car, going in the opposite direction, ran the bus off the road. To avoid hitting the car, the bus driver swerved into a ditch. The bus driver had just picked up a student and was headed to the school. There were six preschool students and two adults on board. They were all reportedly taken to a hospital in Corbin. There are no reports of injuries.

 

Suspect In Laurel Co. Murder Pleads Not Guilty

03-23-15  A Laurel County man pleaded not guilty in court Monday after Sheriff's officials say he admitted to shooting and killing his own cousin. Jonathan Humfleet is accused of shooting 21-year-old, Clifford Humfleet Jr. inside a home on Board Walk Circle in Laurel County. A call came in around 4:30 Sunday morning saying that someone had been shot inside Humfleet's home. Deputies say when they arrived on the scene, everyone inside the home was intoxicated and they were told that Jonathan Humfleet had left the scene after the shooting. Deputies found him a short time later hiding at a nearby church. According to the arrest citation, Jonathan Humfleet said he and Clifford Humfleet and Clifford's brother, River Humfleet got into an argument. Jonathan Humfleet allegedly ended up with River's pistol and shot his cousin, Clifford in the chest. Jonathan is charged with murder, and 18-year-old River Humfleet has been charged with facilitation to commit murder.

 

Truck Driver Arrested On Meth, DUI Charges

03-20-15  A truck driver who police say was DUI and in possession of methamphetamine has been arrested in Pulaski County. The arrest took place Thursday after a Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer made a traffic stop of a tractor trailer along Highway 27 near Science Hill. Police say the truck driver, Eddie Key, 42, of Sparta, Tennessee was DUI. One gram of methamphetamine was discovered in his possession after his truck was searched by police. Key was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center, charged with DUI and several other charges.

 

Man Breaks Into Home and a Church

03-19-15  A woman in Elizabethtown, Kentucky got the fright of her life when she woke up to discover a man sitting on her couch. The News Enterprise reports that a woman heard a noise in her home and woke up to discover David Young sitting in her living room. She told police that he left when she talked to him. Young allegedly ran through the neighborhood knocking on doors and police say he was caught outside a church after breaking out a window. Police say Young smelled of alcohol. He was charged with second degree burglary, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication. Young is being held on a $10,000 partially secured bail and is scheduled to appear in court on March 27th.

 

Bell County Magistrate Arrested On Drug Charges

03-18-15  Police have arrested a Bell County magistrate on multiple drug charges. Police officers executed a search warrant Tuesday at County Gun & Pawn, in the Fourmile community, after a seven-month investigation by the Cumberland River Drug Task Force. Police arrested Ricky A. Goodin, 50, of Pineville. Goodin was allegedly selling prescription drugs and crystal meth from the pawn shop. Officers seized guns and more than $5,000 in cash. Goodin faces multiple drug charges, along with a theft by unlawful taking charge. According to the Middleboro Daily News, Goodin took office in January as the magistrate in District 5. He will remain in office until he resigns or is convicted.

 

Woman Dies As Result of Car Crash

03-17-15  A Pulaski County woman was killed as the result of a traffic accident Sunday afternoon on the KY 914 Bypass. According to the Commonwealth Journal, the Somerset Police Department responded to the accident at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, at the intersection of KY 914 and Enterprise Drive. The investigation determined that a 1993 Geo Prizm, driven by Austin Roark, 19, of Somerset was eastbound on the bypass when a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Opal H. Bryant, 81, of Science Hill reportedly pulled out of Enterprise Drive and into the path of the Geo Prizm causing it to hit the Malibu on the drivers side. Both drivers were treated at the scene by Somerset-Pulaski county EMS, as well as a passenger in Roark's vehicle. All three were transported to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Opal Bryant was pronounced dead by the Pulaski County coroner's office at 9:55 p.m. Sunday at the hospital.

 

Human Remains Found in Whitley County

03-16-15  The Whitley County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of human remains being found near Williamsburg. Sheriff Colan Harrell says fishermen found a human skull near a pond at the end of Happy Hollow Road at approximately 1:15 p.m. Sunday. The sheriff says there is no identification on the remains or how long they may have been at that location. Other law enforcement agencies have been notified, in case they know of anyone that has gone missing that might match the remains. "The first thing is to get them identified and then the second phase is to find out what happened to this individual, whether it's homicide or a freak accident,"  the sheriff said.

 

State Police Investigate Illegally Cashed Checks

03-12-15  The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect that illegally cashed stolen checks in Madison and Rockcastle counties on January 5. The initial investigation indicates that the person seen in the surveillance video cashed three checks that were orginally written and mailed to businesses in Madison County. It is alleged that the names were changed on all three stolen checks, and the dollar amount was changed on one of the checks. The total amount of all three checks that were cashed is over $3,250. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police Post 7 at 859-623-2404.