, Corbin, KY

February 20, 2014

Wallet thief sought by Laurel County Sheriff’s office, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

The public’s help is needed to identify a man who stole a wallet that was accidentally left on a Walmart counter by a shopper Friday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

After the man realized he had left his wallet inside the store about 10:30 p.m., he returned only to discover it was missing. He alerted the store’s loss prevention team, who was able to find surveillance footage of the man who is believed to have taken the wallet, which contained $765 cash. The man left in an older model black Toyota pickup.

Deputy Kevin Berry is investigating the theft and is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man shown in the surveillance footage. Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff’s office at 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Corbin man arrested for antique store thefts

A Corbin man was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing numerous antiques from Ona Whim Antiques, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Jerry Fuson, 36, was arrested following an investigation by Detective Billy Madden and Deputy Shane Rice that was launched after the thefts, which occurred sometime overnight Friday.

Fuson was identified using a suspect and vehicle description developed from reviewing video surveillance footage.

Root said more than half of the stolen property was recovered.

Fuson was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Knox County Constable Carl Bolton assisted Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies.

London woman arrested on warrant

A London woman was arrested Wednesday on a Laurel County bench warrant, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Latosha Batchelor, 33, is charged with false statements/misrepresentation to receive benefits over $100. She was arrested about 9 a.m. by Detective Jason back.

Batchelor is jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Root: Lily man damages sheriff’s office

A Lily man was arrested Wednesday after he drove his truck into a ditch while driving under the influence, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

After Jason Singleton, 34, drove a blue Dodge Dakota pickup into a ditch along Slate Ridge Road, he went to a nearby home and beat on the door, Root said. When deputies arrived, they found him walking on the road. Singleton said he had run out of gas.

Deputies Mikey Ashurst and Shawn Boroviak as well as Sgt. Brett Reeves smelled alcohol on Singleton. After they determined he was under the influence, Root said Singleton became “belligerent and combative” and tried to fight the deputies. After he was placed inside the police cruiser, he kicked the inside of the vehicle. Once at the sheriff’s department, he refused to exit the vehicle. After he was taken inside the sheriff’s office, he caused about $200 damage to a wall.

Singleton was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal mischief. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.