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July 7, 2014

Two men stabbed, another hurt

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Two people were stabbed, a third injured, and a fourth jailed after an altercation late Friday night.

Around 9 p.m. Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on a call of a stabbing in the Upper Mulberry area — allegedly prompted by an argument.

Deputies were notified after the fight ended. Julia Lawson, 41, of Mud Creek, who contacted 911, told dispatchers she was driving toward town seeking medical help for her husband, Clarence J. Lawson, 44, who had been stabbed several times.

Lt. Millard Root, Detective John Hill, K9 Deputy Kirk Mays and Deputy Bo Harris responded, as well as crew members with Whitley County EMS and troopers with Kentucky State Police.

Clarence Lawson was initially treated by EMS for multiple laceration and puncture wounds, then airlifted from the parking lot outside the Williamsburg Fire Department to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A preliminary investigation revealed the Lawsons were traveling with two grandchildren and two men when an argument started within the car.

That conflict turned physical, however, the events leading to the fight remain under investigation.

While Clarence Lawson received treated in Williamsburg, the two other men from the vehicle were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in London for treatment.

George Saylor, 44, of  Harlan, apparently sustained laceration and puncture wounds and was airlifted from St. Joseph’s to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

The second man in the vehicle, Thomas G. Mills, 57, was treated at St. Joseph’s for a head injury.

Once the injured were under treatment, deputies focused their attention on the scene and the reported driver of the vehicle, Julia Lawson.

In the vehicle and around the area where the fight occurred was a large amount of blood and a wooden walking stick, which was broken in half.

A Department of Social Services official assisted deputies in the investigation, and Julia Lawson was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

She remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $2,500 cash bond.

Hill continues the investigation.

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