CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
12-year-old airlifted after crash
Five people were seriously injured in a head-on crash Thursday, including a 12-year-old boy who was airlifted to a Lexington hospital, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
The crash happened about 5 p.m. as Ruth Marcum, 39, of Corbin, drove a GMC Sierra pickup west on Hwy. 770 about 15 miles south of London. Marcum lost control of the truck, which crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a Chrysler 300 driven by Danny E. Barnett, 63, of Corbin. The vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane.
Marcum was injured and Barnett and his four passengers were all seriously injured, Root said. All were taken by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and Whitley County Ambulance to Baptist Health Corbin hospital for treatment.
Marcum was treated and later released from the hospital.
Barnett and three of his passengers were admitted to the hospital. The boy was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.
Following an investigation, Marcum, whom Root said appeared to be under the influence, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and prescription controlled substances not in proper container. Root said an assortment of prescription pills were found in an allergy pill bottle.
Marcum was arrested Friday by the investigating officer, Deputy Robbie Grimes. She is charged with five counts of first-degree assault. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Lt. Chuck Johnson assisted with the continuing investigation and arrest.
Keavy Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Two men charged in Barbourville crash
Two Barbourville men have been charged in connection with a two-vehicle crash Thursday in Barbourville, according to Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens.
The crash happened about 10:35 p.m. at the intersection of Daniel Boone Drive and U.S. 25E when Colin Kelly, 39, who was driving a Ford Ranger, struck another vehicle that had stopped for a red light.
When police arrived, they found Kelly and a passenger but learned that three other passengers, a father and two children, who had been in the bed of the pickup, had fled.
Police found both full and empty beer containers in the cab and bed of the truck.
The father, Tony Broughton, 44, and his children were found a short time later, examined by Knox EMS and transported to the Knox County Hospital.
Both passengers of the vehicle Kelly struck were treated by Knox EMS.
Kelly was arrested and jailed in the Knox County Jail. He is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence (aggravating circumstances), two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and contempt of court.
Broughton was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, alcohol intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid.
Assisting in the investigation and arrest were Barbourville Police Chief Mike Broughton, Assistant Chief Bill Swafford, Sgt. Winston Tye, Owens, Patrolman J. Lawson, who is the investigating officer, and patrolmen J. Knuckles and C. Helton, who were the arresting officers.
Five injured in interstate crash
Five people were injured in a single-vehicle crash along Interstate 75 Wednesday evening, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
The crash happened about 6 p.m. about nine miles north of London when Joyce Annaie, 71, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., who was driving a Ford Freestyle SUV, lost control of the vehicle in heavy rain and struck the concrete median barrier.
Annaie and her passengers, Katheryn Brown, 31, of Aurora, Ill., and her children ages 2, 6 and 7 were all injured. They were taken by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County to Saint Joseph London hospital for treatment.
Deputy Larry Parrott investigated the crash.
London/Laurel County Fire Department assisted at the scene.
77-year-old woman robbed at gunpoint
A Barbourville man was arrested Wednesday after he robbed a 77-year-old widow at gunpoint at her home, according to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard.
The robbery happened about 6:30 p.m. in Flat Lick. Deputy Claude Hudson took a report from the woman, then began to canvas the area. During his investigation, it was speculated that Franklin B. Rains, 43, of Barbourville, was the person responsible for the robbery. At Rains’ home, Hudson located the pistol used in the robbery along with the perpetrator’s wet boots near the rear door. He also found a ski mask and gloves in the dryer.
Hudson arrested Rains. During a more thorough search he found the victim’s stolen property on Rains and in the residence.
Rains was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and third-degree criminal mischief. Hudson executed an additional three warrants on Rains for failure to appear and probation violation.
Pickard cautioned that some people can target their neighbors for crimes, particularly in those cases when the victims live alone, are elderly, and may have prescription drugs in their homes.
Woman arrested after ‘violent disturbance’
A Lexington woman was arrested Thursday after a deputy was told she had caused a “violent disturbance” after she was left at a relative’s camper, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter was dispatched about 4:30 p.m. to Payne Trail Road, located about five miles east of London. He was told Kimberly Ann Hubbard, 26, was intoxicated.
Hubbard was arrested and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.