Times-Tribune Staff Report
Parents charged with child endangerment
Two parents were charged with child endangerment early Thursday after they walked to Wal-Mart in North Corbin with a toddler, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
James Clemons, 41, and Tasha House, 26, both of Corbin, told deputies they had left their Ball Avenue home about midnight to walk three miles to Wal-Mart with the 3-year-old.
Deputies Kevin Berry and Brandon Broughton responded about 7:30 a.m. to a complaint about a small child walking on Cherry Avenue with two adults. Root said the deputies noted the child was shivering in the below-freezing temperatures. The parents admitted they had almost been struck multiple times by cars as they walked.
Clemons and House were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. They were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Pot found during traffic stop
An Independence man was arrested Wednesday after marijuana was found in his car during a traffic stop, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 — London Public Affairs Officer Trooper Lloyd Cochran.
Nathan E. Valerius, 34, had committed a minor traffic violation while driving a red Toyota Camry on Interstate 75 about 10:30 a.m. that led Detective Ryan Loudermilk to stop him. Cochran said Valerius was “extremely nervous and evasive” during questioning, so a canine was used to search the vehicle. The search yielded about three ounces of processed marijuana and $3,945 cash.
Valerius was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana, less than three ounces and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Loudermilk is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Michelle Lunsford, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Duffy Sutton and the London City Police Department.
Man arrested for shoplifting from Wal-Mart
A Williamsburg man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly tried to shoplift items from the Corbin Wal-Mart, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Matthew Woolever, 30, was arrested about 3 p.m. and charged with theft by unlawful taking — shoplifting.
Root said Woolever failed to scan more than $90 merchandise at the self-checkout. He put some items in bags without scanning them. He also reportedly didn’t remove some items from the shopping cart and tried to conceal them by covering them with shopping bags.
Deputy Larry Parrott, along with Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes, made the arrest after Woolever was detained by the store’s loss prevention team.
As Woolever was being led to the police car, Root said he began cursing loudly. He also struggled with deputies as they tried to handcuff him. Woolever was also charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
London man arrested for assault
A London man was arrested Wednesday after he reportedly cursed, verbally abused and assaulted a woman, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Ronald Phelps, 52, was charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) by Deputy Robbie Grimes.
Grimes noted the attack left bruises on the woman’s arms.
Phelps was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Deputies assisting at the scene included Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and deputies Daniel Grigsby and Andrew Lawson
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