Times-Tribune Staff Report
Two arrested following child’s welfare check
A welfare check on a child led to the arrest of two suspects in Barbourville Monday.
Frantzy Henry Sejoui, 27, of Barbourville, and Jessica Richardson, 22, of Williamsburg, both now face charges of their first offense of trafficking marijuana. Sejoui also faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
According to Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens, school officials requested the welfare check after the child in question had not attended school.
Owens said Chief Mike Broughton arrived at a residence on Pine Street in Barbourville and discovered a blood trail leading from the apartment, the door had been kicked in and noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the residence.
Further investigation revealed a home invasion had occurred overnight and gone unreported to law enforcement.
Additional questioning and investigation led officers to believe that drug trafficking was conducted from the residence.
Owens said officers obtained a search warrant, which led to the discovery of approximately 60 ounces of packaged and processed marijuana, more than $20,000, anabolic steroids, packaging materials, electronic devices, scales and firearms.
Owens said all items were seized, as well as a Dodge Infiniti car and Dodge Ram pick-up.
Owens said the investigation continues and further charges are expected.
Both suspects remain jailed in the Knox County Detention Center. Sejoui is under a $10,000 cash bond; Richardson is under a $2,500 cash bond.
Other law enforcement assisting in the investigation and arrest were Assistant Chief Bill Swafford, Sgt. Kenny Williamson, Sgt. Winston Tye and Detective Brian Senters.
Four-car crash sends five to UK
Eleven people were involved in a four-vehicle crash on I-75 early Monday.
According to Chief David Campbell with the Corbin Police Department, the crash was just north of mile marker 25 and shut the interstate down for more than an hour.
Campbell explained that the first vehicle traveling in the northbound lane lost control and went through the cable barrier, striking a second vehicle heading southbound.
Campbell then said that vehicle was thrown into a third vehicle, also traveling southbound.
The fourth vehicle sustained damage, as it was traveling southbound and tried to avoid hitting the three other vehicles already involved in the crash.
Campbell said it sustained damage in the median.
A total of 11 passengers were involved in the collision, Campbell said. Five victims were flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and are listed in critical condition.
Three of those were flown directly from the scene, according to Campbell, and one flown was a three-year-old child.
Corbin Fire Department firefighters had to extricate three people from the crushed vehicles. Col. David Maiden with the Corbin Police Department continues to investigate the crash.
Laurel County arrests three on warrants
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Detective Jason Back and deputies James Sizemore and Gilbert Acciardo arrested three suspects on bench warrants Monday on Star Hill Road, north of London.
Root explained the arrests came after the department developed information on the suspects’ whereabouts.
Those arrested were Steven Simpson, 39, Theresa Hall, 23, and Megan Correll, 21, all of Star Hill Road in East Bernstadt.
All three were taken to the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Correll’s warrant, from Whitley County, concerned a traffic offense — she is no longer in jail.
Simpson’s warrant lists several traffic violations, including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He remains jailed under an $819 fine.
Hall’s warrant charges her with second-degree escape regarding home incarceration for possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains jailed under a $10,000 cash bond.
Burglary nets two arrests
Two men remain jailed at the Knox County Detention Center on burglary charges.
Christopher Scott, 24, of Scalf, and Brett Everett Barrett, 29, of Barbourville, both face third-degree burglary charges.
Just after midnight early Sunday, Barbourville Police Department officers got a call about a possible burglary on Cumberland Avenue.
According to Detective Steve Owens, two males entered the garage, stealing cash, car batteries, CD players and a mobile scanner.
Owens said just after 3 a.m., one suspect was located at the Everyday Mart, a short distance away.
He added the suspect was attempting to sell items taken in the burglary, unknowingly, to an employee of the garage.
Owens said Scott was identified and arrested at the scene.
Officers identified the second suspect as Barrett and recovered all items except for the cash. Scott was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center Sunday and remains there under a $2,500 cash bond. Barrett was arrested Monday and also transported to the jail. He remains jailed under $10,000 cash bond. He also faces charges of first-degree criminal mischief.
Officers heading the investigation are Sgt. Randy Clark and Patrolman Clay Helton.
Home incarcerated suspect arrested for more crimes
A London woman was arrested Tuesday allegedly committing the same crime for which she was currently on home incarceration.
April Hoskins, 25, remains jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Detective Jason Back, along with Deputy James Sizemore, conducted a drug investigation on Barbourville Road, 4 miles south of London.
Just before 3 p.m., Hoskins was arrested.
Root said it was determined she allegedly called in a false prescription for 60 hydrocodone pills to an unnamed pharmacy.
Root alleges she did this while on home incarceration for forging prescriptions.
Root explained Hoskins then had someone else pick up the prescription for her, and offered some of the pills to that person.
When arrested, Hoskins allegedly had the pill bottle in her hand.
She now faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, attempting or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and obtaining a controlled substance without a practitioner/patient relationship.
Root said Hoskins has had 8 previous forging prescriptions charges in the past 14 months, for a total of 5,800 hydrocodone pills.