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February 11, 2014

Police Roundup - Feb. 11, 2014


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CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

East Bernstadt gas station burglarized

A Shell station on Ky 490 in East Bernstadt was burglarized at some point Wednesday night through Thursday morning, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Unknown subjects reportedly forced entry into the front door of the business, and stole an undisclosed amount of money from an ATM, money from the business, and a large quantity of Marlboro cigarettes. They then fled through the back door of the building.

The surveillance video is being analyzed by deputies. Anyone who may have seen a suspect vehicle or suspects in the area of East Bernstadt Shell is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department at 864-6600 or 878-7000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Deputies Kevin Berry and Shane Rice assisted Detective Josh Scott in the investigation of the scene. Scott continues the investigation.



Woman arrested for shoplifting

A London woman was arrested Saturday for shoplifting at a Walmart in southern Laurel County, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Judy Lawless, 42, was detained by Walmart’s loss prevention team after she was allegedly seen concealing body wash in a personal handbag and another item underneath her personal handbag. Lawless reportedly proceeded to a checkout register and paid for an item, but failed to pay for the concealed items.

Lawless was arrested by Deputy Larry Parrott and charged with shoplifting. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.



Woman arrested on multiple warrants

An East Bernstadt woman was arrested Saturday on two arrest warrants, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Paula Watkins, 41, was wanted for third-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree wanton endangerment. She was arrested by deputies Larry Parrott and Robbie Grimes, and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.



Man arrested for DUI

A Rockholds man was arrested Saturday after sliding into a ditch in his vehicle, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Matthew Sage, 22, told Deputy Kevin Berry that he had drank three beers before driving his vehicle, according to Root. Sage’s vehicle then slid into a ditch, where it remained partially on the roadway. After the crash, Sage reportedly climbed into the back seat of the vehicle and passed out.

Berry determined that Sage was under the influence and charged him with alcohol intoxication in a public place. Sage was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.



Woman arrested for shoplifting

A Corbin woman was arrested Saturday for shoplifting at a Walmart in southern Laurel County, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Vickie Blanton, 50, was detained by Walmart’s loss prevention team after she was reportedly observed concealing clothing items in her purse. Blanton then selected items in the store, paid for those items, but failed to pay for the clothing concealed in her purse.

Blanton was arrested by Deputy Larry Parrott and charged with shoplifting, as well as two Laurel County bench warrants for failure to appear in court. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.



Two arrested for marijuana use

A Smithfield, Penn. man and an East Bernstadt man were arrested Sunday after a traffic stop, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Wiley Gambrel Jr, 27, of Smithfield, Penn. was driving a green Honda Civic with Larry Proffitt, 22, of East Bernstadt as his passenger when he reportedly made a hard right turn without using a turn signal. Deputy Mikey Ashurst conducted a traffic stop, and upon examination of the two detected the odor of what appeared to be marijuana in the vehicle. Gambrel and Proffitt allegedly told Ashurst they had smoked marijuana prior to driving, and Ashurst determined that they were under the influence.

Gambrel was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to signal, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, and failure to wear seatbelts.

Proffitt was charged with public intoxication–controlled substances. Both were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.



Woman arrested for public intoxication

A London woman was arrested Monday after she came to a residence where deputies were conducting an investigation, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Sarah Strawn, 35, was obviously intoxicated, according to Root. She was arrested by Detective Jason Back  and charged with public intoxication–controlled substances. Strawn was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Deputy James Sizemore assisted at the scene.