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February 20, 2013

Police Roundup - Feb. 20, 2013

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Knox Sheriff’s Office seeks man wanted on felony warrants

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted on felony warrants, according to Sheriff John Pickard.

Earl Gray was seen riding an ATV about 10 a.m. Thursday on Evergreen Road in Flat Lick by Deputy Claude Hudson, who was aware of the felony warrants for Gray. Hudson tried to stop Gray, but Gray refused to stop.

Hudson began to pursue Gray with the assistance of Pickard and Deputy Keith Liford. When Gray drove the ATV into the woods, Hudson pursued him on foot and kept the other officers updated on Gray’s location.

Liford and Deputy Chad Wagner located the abandoned ATV on a log trail off Ely Station Road several miles from where the pursuit began.

Gray is still wanted by authorities at this time. Anyone with information about Gray is asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 606-546-3181 or Knox County Dispatch 606-546-3441.

Woman arrested for writing bad checks

A Laurel County woman wanted for writing bad checks was arrested Tuesday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Joetta Benge, 40, was charged on six outstanding warrants for theft by deception. In addition to a Laurel Circuit Court indictment, Benge was charged in connection with a bad check for $179 written to London Farm Service, a failure to appear on a cold check charge out of Pulaski County, as well as warrants out of Knox County on a cold check charge and another bad check for $2,000 written to Pickard Chrysler Inc. for a 2011 Volkswagen.

She was arrested at 2:30 p.m. by Detective Jason Back along with Capt. Rodney Van Zant after information was received about Benge’s whereabouts.

Benge was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Coal truck crash causes partial road closure

Traffic along U.S. 25 in Lily was partially blocked Monday after a coal truck driver lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road and came to rest in a ditch, according to Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement Public Affairs Officer Steven Douglas.

The driver, Larry Fields, of Castlewood, Va., lost control of his 2012 International coal truck about 1 p.m.

The northbound lanes of travel were closed for nearly two hours while wrecker crews worked to free the fully-loaded coal truck without spilling any coal onto the road.

Alcohol and drug use are not suspected factors and Fields was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

KSP Vehicle Enforcement Officer Joey Ray Caldwell responded to the crash.

Assisting at the scene were the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, Lily Fire Department and Laurel County Emergency Management.

Man arrested on warrant

A Paris, Ky., man was arrested Tuesday on a warrant out of Bourbon County, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Gary W. Brewer, 29, was wanted in connection with charges for felony criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The arrest came about 12:15 p.m. after Deputy Shane Rice along with Deputy James Sizemore responded to a complaint about a man at an apartment complex in southern Laurel County.

When deputies arrived and checked the man, they learned about the outstanding warrant.

Brewer was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Heidrick man arrested on drug charge

A Heidrick man was arrested Tuesday  as part of an ongoing drug roundup in Whitley County, according to Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Martin Price, 42, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Harrell said Price turned himself in for arrest.

During the Feb. 7 roundup, eight people were arrested. Seven of those people face drug-related charges while the eighth was charged with theft. Not all suspects were located that day and arrests have continued.

Arrest for failure to appear

A London man was arrested Monday on an outstanding warrant out of Knox County, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

David A. Smith, 39, was arrested about 1:44 p.m. by Deputy Shane Rice along with Deputy James Sizemore.

Smith is charged with failure to appear in Knox District Court. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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