TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 3, 2014

COURT ROUNDUP: Man appears in court for murder


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

A Sevierville, Tenn. man charged with murder in a 2012 crash appeared before the Laurel County Circuit Court Thursday in a pretrial conference, where he had a trial date set for Jan. 14.

Austin Meredith, 26, allegedly struck and killed Howard M. “Red” White in July 2012. The crash that killed White occurred when the victim was operating a rollback wrecker during the early morning hours of July 7.

White was on I-75 in Laurel County, north of Exit 29 in North Corbin, when he stopped in the emergency lane at the 30-mile marker to see if his load was secure.

While White was outside, a box truck driven by Meredith crossed the fog line, striking White and the parked wrecker. He was killed instantly.

Kentucky State Police-Vehicle Enforcement officers discovered White dead at the scene after they responded to the crash. They also found two passengers inside the wrecker at the time of the collision who were not injured.

Law enforcement alleged Meredith was under the influence of alcohol, with one officer saying alcohol was a direct factor in the crash. Meredith was charged with murder, wanton endangerment, DUI and several vehicle violations, and was jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center.

A Laurel County grand jury indicted Meredith for murder, as well as two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to maintain insurance on his vehicle. The grand jury also charged him with failing to maintain his log book, failing to have a U.S. Department of Transportation number and failing to have a medical certificate. All three of those charges were misdemeanors.

Meredith’s lawyer says he still has plea negotiations to discuss. Negotiations will be open until noon on Jan. 9.

Meredith remains in the LCCC under a $100,000 cash bond.



Man charged with sexual abuse appears in court

A London man charged with sexually abusing a child under age12 for eight years had his trial in the Laurel County Circuit Court rescheduled to March 10 due to potential new evidence in his case and a final pretrial conference set for Feb. 27.

According to court records, in 2001, Glen G. Alford, 48, allegedly began sexually abusing a child born in 1996. Alford is accused of eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one for each year in the period 2001-2008 in which the abuse is alleged to have occurred.



Trial date set for man accused of rape at gunpoint

A London man who reportedly raped and burglarized a woman in 2012 was given a trial date for Tuesday in the Laurel County Circuit Court.

Donnie Sandlin, 40, was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree burglary when Deputy Joshua Scott responded to a call just before midnight Tuesday in eastern Laurel County. Police were told a woman had been raped in her home by a man who entered the home uninvited and armed with a handgun.

The victim was taken by Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County to Saint Joseph-London hospital for treatment.

Sandlin was identified and then found at his home seven miles east of London. Root alleged that a handgun was found in Sandlin’s home.

Sandlin was jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center June 13, 2012 and released 6 days later on a $90,000 fully-secured bond.



Man charged with wanton endangerment appears in court

A London man charged with wanton endangerment received a trial date of Jan. 14 at the Laurel County Circuit Court.

Anthony Highley, 47, received a three-count indictment in May 2013. The first count indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly engaging in conduct which created a danger of death or serious injury to Jeanne Lawhorn Dec. 19, 2012. The second count indicts Highley on another charge of first-degree wanton endangerment for engaging in conduct that same day which created a danger of death or serious injury to an unnamed party. The third count indicts him for third-degree terroristic threatening for allegedly threatening to kill or injure that same unnamed victim.

Highley was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center Dec. 21, 2012 and released Jan. 22, 2013 on a $5,000 fully-secured bond.



Man charged with attempted murder appears in court

A Danville man charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault had a trial date set for March 10 to allow more time to prepare for his trial, and a final pretrial date set for Feb. 27 in the Laurel County Circuit Court.

William H. Mills, 59, allegedly shot William McDougall of East Bernstadt in August 2012. According to Kentucky State Trooper First Class Don Trosper, just before 11:30 p.m. Aug. 12, officers with KSP, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department and the Laurel County Constable responded to reports of shots being fired into an East Bernstadt home.

When they arrived, officers found McDougall, who had been shot once. Mills and McDougall were allegedly struggling with each other, despite McDougall’s bullet wound.

Laurel County EMS treated him at the scene, then flew him to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for further treatment. Mills was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and first-degree criminal mischief.

Mills was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center the day after his arrest on a $50,000 fully-secured bond.



Man charged with assault gets trial date

A London man charged with second-degree criminal trespassing and bail jumping received a Jan. 16 trial date Thursday in the Laurel County Circuit Court.

Jonathon Brumagen, 22, was arrested in September 2012 after he failed to leave a home when asked, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root. Deputies William Bo Harris and John Inman responded about 7:15 a.m. to the complaint.

When told about earlier charges against him, Root said Brumagen became “belligerent,” so he was charged with disorderly conduct and menacing, as well as bench warrants for theft by unlawful taking and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Brumagen was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center, where he remains without bond.

Negotiations for Brumagen are open through Jan. 10 at noon.