04-24-15 Kentucky State Police received a call Thursday night, the caller reported they had made a "suspicious discovery" in a creek bed. Investigators were sent to Southend Loop Road near Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County. Police confirm they discovered the remains of a human. Not many details are available but according to police, a mushroom hunter stumbled upon the remains and then called State Police.
04-22-15 The Franklin County Grand Jury indicted nine individuals allegedly involved in the Pappy Van Winkle Boubon heist that has made international headlines. According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, five of the the indicted individuals where arrested and booked at the Franklin County Jail. All five have bonded out. The indictment refers to the nine individuals as a "criminal syndicate." Listed in the organized crime indictment were Mark S. Searcy, Ronnie Lee Hubbard, Dusty H. Adkins, Christopher L. Preston, Joshua T. Preston, Shawn Ballard, and Robert Mckinney. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsingser, who is already facing charges in the theft of several barrels of whiskey, and his wife Julie were also indicted. Authorities say more that 300 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle were stolen over the years and sold for $800 per bottle.
04-21-15 The Somerset Police Department has posted a photo of a man suspected of theft as he was being apprehended. The photo shows the man laying on the ground, surrounded by police officers in front of a "Dead End" street sign. Police say Eric Muse was discovered by a homeowner inside her vehicle on Calumet Drive. When officers arrived they found out Muse had fled the scene just before their arrival. He was spotted walking away in a nearby field. Muse attempted to flee on foot before he was captured by officer Matthew Gates in front of the dead end sign. Muse was charged with theft by unlawful taking, fleeing or evading police, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication. Muse was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
04-20-15 A Laurel County man is behind bars and police are crediting neighbors for helping solve the crime. On Sunday, Laurel County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a complaint that several items had been stolen from a garage on Parker Road, just west of London. Deputies learned that two neighbors in the area saw a man drive away from the garage where the burglary happened. The neighbors had taken pictures of the vehicle and license plate and confronted the man. They say he unloaded several items from his truck and drove away. Deputies caught up with and arrested Randy Campbell, 43, of London Sunday night.
04-17-15 A routine traffic stop in Laurel County Friday morning led to discovery of a large amount of crystal meth. A Kentucky State Trooper made a traffic stop of a Ford Explorer for minor traffic violations along west Highway 80 in Laurel County. Shawn B. Asher, 26, of London, was taken into custody for DUI but police say they found methamphetamine while searching the vehicle. In a press release, State Police stated that 28 grams of suspected crystal meth along with two handguns, a bulletproof vest, a police scanner and a set of scales were found in the vehicle. Asher was charged with drug trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon, DUI and several traffic charges. He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.
04-16-15 Whitley County Schools were on lockdown for a while Thursday morning due to an online threat. Whitley County Schools Superintendent, Scott Paul, was contacted shortly before 10 a.m. by police. Dispatchers had received an anonymous report that statements had been made in an online chat room indicating there was a person on the Whitley County Central campus with a gun. The Whitley County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the campus and all of the schools on the main campus were placed on lockdown. The school's technology department was able to determine that the online post came from a computer at Whitley County Middle School. Through further investigation, police and school officials confirmed the identity of the student responsible for the post. The student was taken into custody by the Whitley County Sheriff's Department. The school system says they are investigating to determine if any other students were involved.
04-15-15 Authorities in Madison County have identified a man who died after his vehicle was submerged in high water near Paint Lick Road. Eugene Paul Wren, 42, has been identified as the man who's vehicle was spotted sticking up out of high water Tuesday afternoon. Search crews recovered the body at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday. The body was pushed up against heavy vegetation in the middle of the high water. Wren's body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy.
04-14-15 Eleven different County, State and Federal agencies took part in an early morning drug roundup in Pulaski County on Monday. Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck says they arrested almost 30 people and plan to make more arrests in the coming weeks. The Pulaski County Grand Jury handed down 47 indictments which led to the operation. Officers in teams of three traveled the length of Pulaski County arresting people police say either had drugs on them or had sold to undercover officers. Most of the charges are for oxycodone, methamphetamine, and buprenorphine. Sheriff Speck says most of the arrests were for dealers of those drugs.
04-13-15 A traffic stop of a tractor trailer for reckless driving in Laurel County led deputies to stolen vehicles. Kentucky State Police said on Sunday at around 9:00 a.m. a Vehicle Enforcement officer was called to assist the Laurel County Sheriff's Department after a deputy spotted a driver driving recklessly, speeding and hitting construction barrels in an active work zone on Hal Rogers Parkway. The trooper says he noticed numerous commercial vehicle violations and discovered the license plate on the trailer was removed and the VIN plate had been tampered with. After running the vehicles identification number, the trooper discovered the tractor trailer was reported stolen. James Morris, 39, of London and his passenger Jerry W. Bowling, 36, of London were arrested on numerous commercial vehicle violations as well as receiving stolen property over $10,000. Troopers then went to Morris' home on Cole Road and reportedly found a second stolen commercial vehicle.