04-27-16 An arrest has been made in the case of a little boy who died after being left in a hot car. Jacquelin Thomas, 71, is at Louisville Metro Correction facility facing one count of second-degree manslaughter. Investigators said 3-year-old Lavontae Swain had been picked up at his home last Monday but was never dropped off at his day care. He was discovered later in the day in a parked car, at Gutermuth Elementary School. According to officials he died from hyperthermia.
04-25-16 The husband of a Wayne County woman, whose body was found in a well, has been arrested. According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, 29-year-old Joseph Jones was arrested Saturday on charges of murder-domestic violence and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death of his wife, 28-year-old Rachel Jones. The body of Rachel Jones was found at the bottom of a well in the Jonesville community near Monticello on Friday morning. Authorities have not said how long the woman's body was in the well.
04-22-16 The Pulaski County Sheriff has confirmed that Somerset businessman Ward Correll died, Thursday night. According to officials, Correll was at his home alone on Wednesday, March 9 when, just after midnight, they believe he accidentally shot himself. Correll called a relative, who then called 911. Correll was rushed to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, then to UK hospital where he was listed in critical condition. After the shooting, police were called, which is protocol in all shootings. No foul play was suspected. Relatives say they believe the shooting was just an accident.
04-20-16 The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified a 2-year-old boy who was found dead Monday in a van outside an elementary school in Louisville. Deputy Coroner Larry Carroll said Lavontae Swain's cause of death was consistent with hyperthermia, when the human body produces or absorbs more heat than it can release. The child was found around 4 p.m. Monday by carpool attendants at Gutermuth Elementary School. The death is being investigated by Louisville Metro Police Department's Homicide unit, according to a press release from the coroner's office.
04-18-16 The former police chief of Science Hill, Kentucky has pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with public records. The Kentucky Attorney General's office alleges former police chief Robbie Gossett had pocketed cash payments from city water customers. As part of a plea agreement, Gossett will be required to pay $30,000 in restitution to the city. He also has to surrender certification as a police officer and serve 21 days of home incarceration. In court last Friday, Gossett admitted to taking cash from citizens intented to be deposited as payment for their water bills. Gossett's illegal actions took place between 2008 and 2009. He was indicted in December, 2015.
04-14-16 A driver is facing a murder charge after officials say he ran over a man who was walking his dog down a Whitley County roadway. Adam Childress, 31, is accused of striking Richard Perkins at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 25. Childress' vehicle allegedly ran over the curb, onto the sidewalk, striking and killing Perkins. Childress is said to have then fled the scene. Childress is facing a murder charge, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
04-13-16 The Laurel County Sheriff says a mother was arrested after being found in such a state of intoxication that she did not know where her 9-year-old child was. 45-year-old Tracy House of London, was arrested Tuesday at her home. The sheriff says a deputy was sent to the home on Pine Top Road after receiving a complaint call about a woman passed out on her front porch from inhaling aerosol cans. The deputy says upon arrival, he found House unresponsive but breathing. After an ambulance was called, the deputy entered the home looking for the woman's child. As he was entering the home, House awoke. According to the deputy, House said her child was inside the home, but it was later determined that the child was at school. House was charged with public intoxication, among other charges. She was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.
04-12-16 a Corbin, Kentucky woman has been identified as one of the people found dead in a hot tub in Gatlinburg over the weekend. At this point, foul play is not suspected but authorities are waiting on autopsy results to determine how the couple died. The two people have been identified as 62-year-old, Myra Smith-Findell from Corbin and 63-year-old, Jon Levin of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They were found dead on Saturday morning at a rental cabin owned by Gatlinburg Falls Resort.
04-11-16 The former Science Hill Police Chief accused of theft and abuse of public trust has had his guilty plea rejected by the court. According to court documents, sometime between July 2008 and October 2009, William "Robbie" Gossett allegedly stole city funds of at least $10,000, therefore abusing the public's trust. The court documents said Gossett "committed the offense of Abuse of Public Trust when, as a public servant/employee of the city of Science Hill, he obtained funds belonging to the city. . . and failed to make the required disposition of said funds, and dealt with them as his own, in an amount of $10,000 or more." Gossett appeared in court Monday to plead guilty to ammended charges of two counts of tampering with public records, but judge David Tapp shot down the deal. The judge ruled that Gossett will be held in custody with no bond. The case will now go to trial.