CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Sheriff’s office seeks driver who fled crash scene
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for a London man who left the scene of a crash Monday that injured four people.
They are looking for the driver of a black-colored Chevy Blazer pickup truck. He is Elmer E. Oakley, 30, of Moriah Road, London. When caught, he will be charged with DUI (third offense in five years), leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, having no insurance, having no registration receipt, and second-degree wanton endangerment. He has not been located.
The wreck happened at approximately 8:46 p.m. Monday night. Sheriff John Root reports Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott and Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter were investigating a one-vehicle injury crash on Hawk Creek Road, eight miles west of London.
When they arrived at the scene, the deputies learned that the truck had apparently been traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving all over the roadway prior to the truck running off the road, spinning around sideways, and hitting a tree, causing severe damage to the truck.
Oakley is suspected of being extremely intoxicated, and ran away from the scene prior to the deputies arriving. Out of five people who had been in the vehicle, only one person was actually at the scene of the crash. A woman and her two children were found about a quarter-mile from the scene at a house.
Those in the crash who were located and injured were Jody Vaughn, 27, of Hawk Creek Road, London; Amber Oakley, 24, of Moriah Road, London; a 9-year-old boy; and an 8-year-old boy. All were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph-London hospital.
The owner of the vehicle, Linda Vaughn, 53, of Hawk Creek Road, London, came to the scene, but was not involved in the crash.
Deputies found beer cans and whiskey bottles in the truck.
Kentucky State Police - Post 11 in London, the Swiss Colony Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County assisted at the scene.
The investigation is continuing by Parrott.
Man arrested for trespassing at Walmart
A trespassing complaint at a major retailer Tuesday afternoon ended with a Corbin man arrested on several charges.
Roger W. Ayers, 61, of Haskew Avenue, Corbin, was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing, first-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and third-degree assault toward a police officer. He was jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility.
The incident occurred Tuesday at 4:57 p.m. Sheriff John Root reported Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes investigated the complaint of trespassing at the Corbin Walmart in southern Laurel County.
After deputies had a brief struggle with Ayers, he was arrested and taken into custody.
Break-in on KY 830 at Corner Market
At least two thieves broke into a market on KY 830 Monday night, and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office needs your help.
The burglary happened Monday around 11:45 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputy Mikey Ashurst is investigating the incident where thieves got into Corner Market, located 10 miles south of London on KY 830, by breaking the glass on the store’s front door to get inside.
According to Sheriff John Root, the store’s owner lives in the same building, and when he came home, he noticed the break-in. The store’s owner then observed two male thieves run out the front door carrying white garbage bags (with possibly the stolen items inside the bags) and fleeing the scene.
The thieves stole cigarettes and money.
The first thief is described as a white male, 5’11” tall, weighing 160 pounds, with a bushy beard and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a beany hat.
The other thief is described as a white male, 5’8” tall, weighing 130 pounds and wearing a dark red jacket.
If you have any information on the thieves and their whereabouts, you can contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-660, or 606-878-7000. You can remain anonymous when you call.
Hit and run driver being sought after two-vehicle crash last week
The driver of a car involved in a two-vehicle wreck late last week in Laurel County continues to be sought by law enforcement.
The crash happened around 4:55 p.m. Friday afternoon on U.S. 25, six miles south of London. According to Sheriff John Root, a silver-colored Chevy Cavalier pulled out in front of the path of a northbound Ford Fusion, driven by Ronnie Hicks, 28, of Manchester. The Ford swerved to avoid a collision, but the Chevy struck the Ford in the side. Afterward, the Chevy left the collision scene for unknown reasons.
A short time later, Berry received information that the silver Chevy had been spotted on Happy Hollow Road, several miles from the crash site. He located the Chevy hidden behind a mobile home on Happy Hollow Road, covered with road signs, bed springs, sheets, blankets and bags — apparently in an attempt to hide the car.
Berry was unable to get anyone to come out of the mobile home to speak with him, but was able to locate a part of the Ford stuck on the Chevy as a result of the crash.
The Chevy Cavalier is registered to Ashley Howard, of Mildred Road, McKee. The Chevy was impounded by Berry, and he continues to investigate.
Hit and run driver tracked down
A London man is behind bars, the result of a hit and run crash involving his SUV and a pickup truck Tuesday night.
Thomas E. Brock, 32, of Redbud Lane, London, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, having no insurance and other traffic offenses. He was jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.
The crash happened Tuesday at 9:55 p.m. According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, Deputy Josh Scott and Deputy Shawn Boroviak were investigating a hit-and-run wreck five miles north of London on KY 490.
Scott learned that a small blue-colored pickup truck driven by Randy Cunagin, 49, of East Bernstadt, had been struck in the rear by a white-colored Chevy Tahoe full-sized SUV driven by Brock on KY 490, while the blue truck attempted to turn into the post office parking lot from South KY 490. Scott also learned Brock’s Tahoe had failed to stop at the scene, and attempted to flee the scene.
According to the report, Brock drove more than four miles in an attempt to avoid the crash investigation. Cunagin, who had two passengers in the truck with him, followed the Tahoe driven by Brock until deputies caught up with Brock’s vehicle.
Brock said he fled the scene of the accident because he had no insurance on the Tahoe, had failed to transfer the vehicle into his name, and added that the other driver acted upset over the accident.
No injuries were reported in the hit-and-run accident.
The investigation continues by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.