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December 27, 2013

Police Roundup - December 27, 2013

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Woman arrested for abandoning child on highway

An Edmond, Okla. woman was arrested Monday for abandoning her 10-year-old daughter on the highway, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Jeanette A. Oleary, 30, allegedly argued with the child before stopping the car and telling the child to get out of the vehicle. When Deputy Daniel Grigsby arrived, the child was standing in the road and witnesses said they had to swerve to avoid striking her in their truck, Root said.

According to Root, when Grigsby spoke with the child, she said her mother had told her to get out of the vehicle following an argument and drove off without her.

When Grigsby made contact with Oleary, she confirmed her daughter’s story but said she had only been gone for about two minutes.

Witnesses said Oleary had been gone for five minutes, Root said.

Oleary was arrested and charged with abandonment of a minor, second-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center. The child was placed with another family, Root said.

Man arrested for drug trafficking

A Corbin man was arrested Monday following an undercover investigation into drug trafficking, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Dewey Bowling Jr., 61, was arrested when Laurel Sheriff’s Office Special Response Unit executed a search warrant at Bowling’s residence.

An undercover investigation began after Oxycodone was brought to a residence in the area on two occasions. Deputies seized firearms, cash and numerous prescription medications.

Bowling was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

The unit was lead by Capt. Rodney Van Zant, and assisted by Lt. Chuck Johnson, Sgt. Brett Reeves and deputies Josh Scott and Tyler Morris.

Also assisting deputies were two investigators — Deputy James Sizemore and Detective Jason Back, who are continuing the investigation.

Man arrested for indecent exposure

A London man was arrested Tuesday for alcohol intoxication and indecent exposure, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Norwin L. Elsasser, 41, was reportedly hitch hiking when he was picked up by a woman.

According to Root, Elsasser became belligerent after the woman picked him up, so she drove to the sheriff’s office to get a deputy to get him out of her car.

Elsasser allegedly urinated on the sidewalk, then jumped back into the car as Sgt. Brett Reeves approached him. Reeves briefly struggled with Elsasser when he refused to get out of the car, Root said.

Elsasser was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication, second-degree indecent exposure, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Woman arrested for shoplifting

A Williamsburg woman was arrested Monday for shoplifting at the Walmart in Corbin, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Ashley K. Baker, 21, was detained by Walmart’s loss prevention team after she paid for only part of her items at a self-checkout and attempted to leave the store without paying for items valued at more than $150.

Baker was arrested by Deputy Daniel Grigsby and charged with shoplifting. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Man arrested for assault

An East Bernstadt man was arrested Monday for assaulting his wife, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Nicholas R. Weddle, 31, reportedly showed up at his wife’s house to get his child, which resulted in an argument between them, Root said.

Allegedly, Weddle grabbed the woman’s arm, twisted it behind her back and shoved her. Deputies learned Weddle and his wife were separated.

Weddle was arrested by Deputy Daniel Grigsby and charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Man arrested for drug possession

An East Bernstadt man was arrested Wednesday for drug possession, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

James L. Lorence, 30, was found in a white van with drug paraphernalia visible to deputes, Root said.

A snort tube containing a white powder residue and a small amount of what was suspected to be marijuana were found.

Lorence allegedly claimed the items in the vehicle were not his, but belonged to a female friend who had been in the van earlier.

Lorence was arrested by Deputy Kevin Berry and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

The items containing the white powder residue have been sent to the KSP crime lab for analysis, and appropriate charges will be filed when those results come back, Root said.

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