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CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Laurel sheriff’s office seeks armed robber

An armed robbery Tuesday has Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies searching for a suspect.

Sheriff John Root said Detective Daryl Zanet continues his investigation into an armed robbery at the BP/Krystal store on KY 770 near I-75.

According to Root, a lone male suspect armed with a silver-colored, semi-automatic pistol robbed the clerk on duty of an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect then fled the scene and has not yet been located.

Root said the suspect is a white male with a gray and white beard. He is stocky and was wearing a black hoodie and a blue bandana.

Anyone with any information on this armed robbery is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600, or (606) 878-7000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Assisting at the scene was Captain Rodney Van Zant, Lt. Chuck Johnson, Deputy Robbie Grimes, Detective Billy Madden, Deputy Josh Scott, Deputy Shawn Boroviak and Kentucky State Trooper Jason McCowan and his tracking dog, as well as other KSP Troopers.

False report lands two in jail

Two Corbin residents were jailed after filing a false report.

According to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, at noon on Monday Deputy Claude Hudson responded to a call of a burglary on Hawe Street in Corbin.

One suspect, Robin Zelenka, told the officer she discovered a rear bedroom window open with the screen bent at about 7 a.m. but waited to call police until hours later.

Pickard said Zelenka told Hudson the perpetrator had not stolen any items from the residence, other than her husband’s lock box containing coins, jewelry and cash. His name is Jason Zelenka.

Through investigation, Pickard said Hudson advised both Zelenkas he didn’t believe the incident occurred and accused the couple of lying about the burglary.

The sheriff said Hudson separately interviewed both accused, and learned the incident was fabricated for insurance purposes. Hudson located the reported stolen lock box hidden in the basement of the residence under clothing and a pool table.

Both were arrested and transported to Knox County Detention Center.

Knox Sheriff seeks information on stolen car

An anonymous tip led deputies to an abandoned vehicle on Golden Creek Road.

Knox County Sheriff John Pickard said he found the completely burned vehicle on that road and determined it was a Chevrolet Impala.

After running the registration tag, he learned the Chevrolet had been reported stolen in Whitley County.

Anyone with any information about this vehicle should contact the Knox County Sheriffs Office, (606) 546-3181.

Deputy fights, arrests intoxicated suspect

Knox County Sheriff John Pickard said that Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a domestic violence call on Callebs Creek April 11 — and that call turned into an arrest.

Once Hensley turned onto Callebs Creek, he observed a white male staggering in the middle of the roadway drinking a beer with his pants unzipped.

When Hensley made contact with the male subject, he could smell an alcoholic beverage coming from his person and the suspect had very slurred speech.

Hensley identified the subject as 48-year-old Roger Ramey Sr., of Fourmile.

According to Pickard, Hensley asked Ramey to sit his beer down — at that point, Pickard said Ramey threw the beer to the ground and placed himself into a fighting stance.

Pickard said Hensley was forced to deploy his Taser, but due to Ramey being in close range and the Taser not getting a good spread, Ramey was still able to fight.

Pickard said a scuffle ensued, but that Hensley was able to take Ramey to the ground and place himself on Ramey’s back and arrest him.

Hensley contacted Knox County EMS, as Ramey had been hit with the Taser and had a small cut above his right eye, but Ramey refused treatment.

Ramey faces charges of his first and second offenses of alcohol intoxication in a public place, menacing, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal mischief. He remains jailed at the Knox County Detention Center under $1,000 surety bond.

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