, Corbin, KY

Local News

February 25, 2013

Lost boy’s grandma cited by police

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

The grandmother of a four-year-old boy who was left at a Corbin restaurant Thursday has been cited by police with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Joanne Knuckles Lowe, 62 of Chestnut Road, Corbin was given the citation Thursday night after being questioned by police about the situation. She’s due to appear in Whitley District Court in Corbin on March 5 at 9 a.m.

Lowe, who was described by police as the legal mother of the boy, has legal custody of the child.

According to Maj. Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department, Lowe had left her grandson at McDonald’s on the Cumberland Falls Highway (U. S. 25W) Thursday afternoon. She, her grandson and a group of family members went to the restaurant and left around 3:55 p.m. Police say Lowe had thought her grandson had gotten into a vehicle with the rest of the family.

At 4 p.m. employees at the restaurant called Corbin police, saying they found the boy wandering around the property and the parking lot, with his jacket off. Officer Kenneth Proffitt went to pick up the boy at the restaurant, who was safe, and took him to police headquarters.

Police notified the public about the boy’s disappearance, and to help them find his parents on the City of Corbin’s Facebook social media page, as well as on television stations in Lexington. The search for the parents went on for three hours, before police were able to locate Lowe.

State Social Services and the Whitley District Judge who was on call were notified Thursday night about the situation, with the judge awarding custody of the child to Social Services, pending an investigation.

According to WKYT-TV in Lexington, the child was in custody of other family members Friday afternoon, with Social Services checking in on a regular basis.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0731 Brad Connell & Amanda Matthews at Sanders Park FOR WEB.jpg Made to honor

    While lunch hour traffic on Main Street headed north Wednesday, Amanda Matthews and Brad Connell were putting the final touches on their latest work of art.
    Inside Sanders Park — a place where visitors and local residents alike can stop to rest, as well as to honor the Corbin man who brought Kentucky Fried Chicken to the world — five large plaques had just been installed.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man wanted for stealing vehicle

    A Williamsburg man considered “possibly armed and dangerous” continues to be sought by officers with the Williamsburg Police Department.

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 New home of Corbin Educational Center (former St. Camillus Academy) FOR WEB.jpg New life for a storied campus

    A new chapter in the Corbin Educational Center’s history has begun.
    It involves moving to a new location that’s had quite a few chapters of its own for more than 100 years.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Robbery suspect turns himself in

    A man wanted for a Laurel County robbery turned himself in at the Mount Vernon Police Department Wednesday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 31, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Child wandering in traffic nearly struck by two cars

    Two men are facing charges after a child was left alone and wandered into traffic where she was nearly struck by two vehicles, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 31, 2014

  • Indiana fugitive captured in Flat Lick

    An Indiana fugitive was arrested in Flat Lick Sunday and now deputies are searching for the woman that was with him.

    July 31, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 31, 2014

    Five bronze ‘legacy plaques’ installed at Sanders Park

    Man wanted for stealing vehicle

    Robbery suspect turns himself in

    Corbin Educational Center moves to St. Camillus Academy

    July 31, 2014

  • 18 arrested in drug roundup

    An 11-month long investigation into illegal drug activity resulted in 18 arrests Tuesday, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    July 30, 2014

  • Suspect wanted for assault

    Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a suspect wanted for first-degree assault after he allegedly intentionally struck a woman with his vehicle while she was walking Tuesday — and then simply drove away.

    July 30, 2014

  • Laurel service station robbed

    A Laurel County service station was robbed Tuesday and a station employee is the suspected robber, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 30, 2014