CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Laurel man dies in crash
An East Bernstadt man died Friday after the truck he was driving left the road and struck several trees, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11-London Public Affairs Officer Trooper First Class Don Trosper.
The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. as Lloyd J. Smith, 27, drove on KY 490 in Laurel County. Trosper said Smith failed to negotiate a curve, struck several trees and came to rest in a field.
Smith, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling.
No drug or alcohol use is suspected, although Trosper said speed is believed to be a contributing factor to the fatal crash.
Trooper John Barnett is investigating the crash. He was assisted by officers from the Kentucky State Police, the Laurel County EMS and the Cross Roads Fire Department.
Woman arrested for stealing from Knox County Hospital
A Barbourville woman was arrested Friday for stealing items from the Knox County Hospital, according to Knox County Sheriff John D. Pickard.
Samantha Phipps, 23, was seen placing hospital products in her purse by Deputy Adam Townsley, who was investigating another matter. When Phipps realized Townsley was watching her, she tried to leave but was pulled over by the deputy.
Townsley found 71 items in Phipps’ vehicle that had been taken from the hospital.
Phipps was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and theft by unlawful taking. She was jailed in the Knox County Detention Center.
Deputies find meth components
Three people were arrested Thursday and deputies found numerous items used to manufacture methamphetamine as well as three bags suspected marijuana, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
The arrests were made about 7 p.m. at a home four miles north of London by Detective Jason Back, Deputy Greg Turner, and Kentucky Probation and Parole.
Arrested were Timothy Fields, 50, of London, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in marijuana; Liza N. Smallwood, 26, of London, charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces); Bradley Fields, 27, of East Bernstadt, charged on two Laurel County bench warrants with failure to appear on the charges of second-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
Smallwood had a small plastic bag of a crystal substance that tested positive for amphetamines, Root said.
Fields has a previous meth-related conviction and was out on bond. He is currently under indictment for trafficking methamphetamine over two grams, and trafficking in pills over 20 dosage units and was scheduled to appear in court on Friday on drug-related charges.
Tennessee residents arrested at truck stop
Two Tennessee residents were arrested Thursday after a deputy was called to the Pilot Truck Stop on U.S. 25E to investigate a report of shoplifting, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
When the deputy arrived about 3 a.m., Anthony S. Baker, 21, was trying to leave in a vehicle along with his passenger, Jodi K. Vizcaya, 27. Both are from of Rogersville, Tenn.
Deputy Brett Reeves determined that Baker was under the influence and arrested him. Baker was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
Stolen property from the truck stop was found in Vizcaya’s possession. She was also determined to be under the influence, so she was arrested and charged with public intoxication-controlled substances and theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting).
Both were jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center.
Man reportedly harassed women at truck stop
A Corbin man was arrested Thursday after a 911 call in which it was reported he was intoxicated and harassing female customers at the Pilot Travel Center, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Jeremy D. Gatewood, 37, was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place. He was jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center.
Deputy Brett Reeves made the arrest.