CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Possible identity scam investigated by Laurel sheriff’s office
A probable scam, intended to gain personally identifiable information from residents is being investigated by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is being done by Sheriff’s Sgt. E.R. Rudder after Sheriff John Root reported a man contacted the office saying he received a call from a person who claims to represent the electric company. The man was told that his service was about to be disconnected, and that they needed some information to be sure they had the right account. He said he was asked for his name and his Social Security number.
The man who was called said he suspected something was not right and refused to divulge his personal information, adding the caller ID gave the phone number at 1-888-759-6056.
When the number was queried, it came back to Southern California Edison — the primary electricity supply company for much of the southern part of that state.
When he called that number, the man was told they had made no such call. In addition, he reported the incident to his local electric company.
Any person that receives a similar request should not give out personal information about themselves over the phone.
Rudder continues to investigate the incident.
Laurel man, woman arrested for possession of morphine
It wasn’t a needle in a haystack, but needles in a truck that led to the arrest of two Laurel Countians on drug charges Sunday.
Frelen D. Roark, 53, of Paris Karr Road, Keavy, and Lisa M. Brock, 38, of Pine Top Road, London, were both charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication-controlled substances.
Brock was also charged with possession of marijuana after marijuana was discovered in a pipe in her possession.
Both were jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.
The incident occurred Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. Sheriff John Root reports Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott and a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer investigated a suspicious vehicle off West Laurel Road, eight miles west of London.
They discovered inside the truck some needles that both Roark and Brock apparently used to shoot up morphine. Also found was some morphine in a can lid.
Both said to officers they had been looking for mushrooms in the area, and admitted they were shooting up morphine before the officers arrived at the scene.