CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Child welfare check leads to 5 arrests
A welfare check on a child reported wandering near US 25 near Villagewood Court led to the arrest of five Laurel County residents.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said deputies Josh Scott and Shane Rice arrived at Villagewood Court just after 11 a.m. Saturday.
Root said neighbors at the scene directed Scott and Rice to the residence of the child — there, deputies found the child’s parents, as well as a floor covered in dog feces.
Deputies also learned the couple had two children under the age of 6.
Root said the mother, Natasha C. May, 26, of Lily, exited the home and found the older child on the property — but said the younger child was missing.
Deputies contacted London–Laurel County EMS and Laurel County Emergency Management to assist on a land search for the child.
Social Services was called to the scene, also, Root said.
He added that a short time later, a neighbor found the missing child “a good distance away” near a pond in the woods.
EMS treated the child.
While the search was under way, the child’s father, Joseph L. Fentress, 28, of Lily, had asked a neighbor to watch his older child.
That neighbor was 46-year-old Tina Duran, and Root said when social services personnel arrived to review the situation, they also attempted to find Duran and the older child.
The sheriff said that as they approached her residence, they saw an unknown subject enter her home and learned he was a wanted person.
That man was David W. Miracle, 39, of London — he was arrested and charged with a Laurel County bench warrant for failure to appear.
After Miracle’s arrest, Duran allegedly approached deputies and other investigators and began screaming and cursing them about Miracle’s arrest, according to Root.
She was instructed to go inside her residence, but refused and continued creating a disturbance.
Duran was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree disorderly conduct.
Root said that another subject was checked by deputies at the scene — and that subject also had an outstanding warrant.
Deputies arrested Marilyn Mason Cline, 55, of Lily, and charged her on an outstanding Knox County bench warrant for theft by deception.
The parents of the two children were also arrested. May and Fentress face charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.
May told deputies she was cleaning in a back bedroom when the children escaped the residence, Root said, and added that she also had an outstanding warrant from Knox County charging her with failure to appear.
Fentress was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center Monday night on a $2,500 surety bond.
Cline was released from the LCCC less than an hour after she was booked on a $250 cash bond.
Duran was released Sunday on a $1,000 unsecured bond.
May remains in the LCCC under a $2,500 cash bond. Miracle also remains jailed at the LCCC.
Man arrested, charged with domestic assault
Reports of a domestic violence attack led to the arrest of a London man.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said deputies Josh Scott and Shane Rice went to a residence south of London Saturday morning to respond to the reported attack.
Root said Scott saw visible swelling to the female victim’s face and also found some of her hair on the steps of the home.
After an investigation, the sheriff said deputies learned a male suspect had allegedly gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, the female victim, over her daughter’s grades.
Root said the argument escalated, and the man then reportedly kicked in the door, then struck his girlfriend in the face.
Deputies arrested Bijaya Ghimire, 41, and charged him with fourth-degree assault through domestic violence and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center. He was released Sunday on a $1,000 cash bond.
Woodbine man arrested in Laurel County
A London man was arrested Saturday night after the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office received complaints about a disturbance on Echo Valley Road.
Sheriff John Root said Deputy Larry Parrott went to investigate and saw a male suspect flee into a residence and attempt to hide — however, Root said Parrott found him in the basement of the home.
Parrott continued to try to investigate, however, the suspect, who appeared to be intoxicated, began to yell and curse at other people there.
Parrott arrested Michael Cody Westerfield, 21, of Woodbine, and charged him with alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct. He was also served with four outstanding Knox County arrest warrants for failure to appear.
He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $2,500 surety bond.
Drug complaints lead to arrest of Corbin pair
Complaints of possible drug activity on Robert E. Cox Road sent Laurel County sheriff’s deputies Shane Rice and Robbie Grimes and Detective Jason Back to a residence there Friday.
And two Corbin residents were arrested.
During their investigation, Sheriff John Root said deputies found drug paraphernalia, including straws, three sets of digital scales, a spoon and a glass pipe.
Root said all those items allegedly contained a white, powdery residue which tested positive for amphetamines.
The sheriff said further investigation revealed 62 needles and numerous plastic bags with the corners cut out, as well as a large amount of money.
Arrested was Jenny Atkins, 33, and Bret A. Hatfield, 35 — both face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. Atkins was served with an outstanding Knox County bench warrant for flagrant non support. Hatfield was also served with a warrant for a parole violation. Root said Hatfield allegedly told investigators the needles and spoon were used to inject narcotics.
Both suspects remain jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under $20,000 cash bonds each.
East Bernstadt woman arrest on warrant
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Robbie Grimes arrested Pauletta L. Carson, 32, of East Bernstadt, just after 3 p.m. Friday on KY 1394 north of London, charging her on a bench warrant for failure to appear. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center and released the next day.
Three arrested for shoplifting in two separate incidents
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Larry Parrott arrested three people attempting to shoplift at Walmart in Corbin Sunday.
Just after 9:30 Sunday night Parrott arrested 22-year-old Christina C. Baker, of Corbin, and charged her with theft by unlawful taking through shoplifting.
Root said Baker was detained by Walmart’s Loss Prevention staff.
She was also served with a Laurel County bench warrant for failure to appear.
She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center and released Monday afternoon.
Earlier that day around 3 p.m., Parrott arrested James R. Bennett, 40, and Lois A. Maxwell, 41, both of Corbin, and charged the pair with theft by unlawful taking through shoplifting. Bennett was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond. Maxwell was released from LCCC Monday night on a $2,500 surety bond.