, Corbin, KY

June 17, 2013

London Man Dies in Crash

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

A London man died Friday after he swerved to avoid stopped traffic and struck a creek bank, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. as Daniel R. Clontz, 41, drove a Lincoln Navigator east on Hwy. 1006. He came across the stopped traffic after the top of a hill near Hick Lane, a witness reported to Sgt. Matthew Moore.

Clontz was in critical condition when he was treated at the scene and taken by Laurel County EMS to Saint Joseph London hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Stewart said Clontz wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

Assisting Moore at the scene were officers Mike Holliday, Shannon Morgan and Eric Stallard, as well as Bald Rock Fire Fighter Joey McIntosh, the London City Fire Department, London Laurel County Rescue Squad and Laurel County EMS.

 ‘Most wanted’ man arrested

A Gray man who was on the Kentucky State Police’s “most wanted” list was captured Wednesday after he was spotted by a Corbin Police officer, according to Corbin Police Department Public Affairs Officer Major Rob Jones.

Matthew Cornett, 22, was seen near 5th and Stamper streets by Sgt. Jason Moore, who was on a routine patrol. Moore recognized Cornett as a wanted man and arrested him.

Cornett was wanted for second-degree escape out of Kenton County. He also had an outstanding bench warrant from Knox County District Court.

Cornett was arrested without incident and taken to the Knox County Detention Center.

Moore continues the investigation.

Man found with gun at hospital parking lot

A London man was arrested Wednesday after deputies found him in the Saint Joseph London hospital parking lot with a pistol, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

A 911 call was made after the suspect, Richard Bryant, 37, went to his father’s home to get the pistol. While there, he made threats to kill himself and others, it was reported.

Deputy Larry Parrott responded about 7:30 p.m. to the call. Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes located Bryant sitting in his truck, armed with the pistol. Bryant refused to put the gun down when Poynter asked him to. Poynter negotiated with Bryant, who eventually put the weapon down.

About that time, Bryant’s wife arrived. Root said Bryant yelled threats at his wife. After a brief struggle, deputies arrested Bryant.

He is charged with third-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and menacing. He was also charged on an outstanding assault warrant and was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Man with stolen goods arrested

A Corbin man was arrested Monday after it was determined he had items stolen during several burglaries at local businesses, according to Corbin Police Department Public Affairs Officer Major Rob Jones.

Brian McKeehan, 34, was arrested after the police department was told he was driving a car that contained stolen items. Sgt. Jason Moore stopped the vehicle along Cumberland Falls Highway near the Corbin Bypass. McKeehan was arrested on various traffic offenses and, through further investigation, officers determined the items in his vehicle had been stolen from several businesses located around Corbin High School that had reported thefts.

McKeehan had various eight sets of tools stolen from Sears, which had been burglarized the previous day. Officers responded to the business and found its front door had been busted out. Also located were items stolen from the Corbin High School bus garage, Myers Collision Center, Williams Auto Sales, Kmart, and a residence located in the 2000 block of Early Street. Those items were returned to their owners.

McKeehan is charged with third-degree burglary, five counts of receiving stolen property, second-degree criminal mischief, driving on a DUI suspended license (2nd offense), second-degree possession of a controlled substance and no registration plates.

Detective Rusty Hedrick continues the investigation.

Assisting officers were patrolmen Wade Mitchell and Kyle Trosper.

Passed out man found on porch

A London man was arrested Saturday, June 8, after the residents of a McNeil Road home found him passed out on their porch, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Curtis B. Brewer, 34, was arrested after Deputy Robbie Grimes determined Brewer was was under the influence of drugs.

Brewer was charged with public intoxication — controlled substances and was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Motorcyclist dies in crash

A London man died Tuesday after he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving along a curve and struck a gate post, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 — London Public Affairs Officer Trooper First Class Don Trosper.

The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. as Larry A. Worley, 54, drove a 1987 Kawasaki motorcycle south on Anders Road.

Worley, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Laurel County coroner.

No drug or alcohol usage was suspected.

Trooper Shaler Jones is in charge of the investigation. He was was assisted by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.