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May 6, 2014

Police Roundup


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Knox Central vandalism arrests continue

Rotted fish reportedly thrown in hallways; syrup dumped on floors

Police called it “a prank gone wrong.”

What had been planned as a prank played out by seniors at Knox Central High School on Friday turned out to be vandalism of the school building. Several students were arrested on the charges.

The Barbourville Police Department said Monday more arrests of students and adults could be coming.

The incident happened Friday, shortly before 1 a.m.

Detective Steve Owens reported the vandalism was caused “by a group of juveniles and adults.”

Word of the act came after officers made a traffic stop a little after 11 p.m. Thursday night, with persons involved in the planning of the vandalism which intended to be a prank played by members of the senior class.

“Some were high school students at Knox Central and some adults were involved as well. The driver of the vehicle admitted to the officers that individuals in the stopped vehicle were going to take part in the prank.”

Early Friday morning, police noticed some vehicles parked across the highway from the school that were not previously parked there. While one officer was checking one of the vehicles, the other officer went up to the high school and noticed there were people inside the building.

Officers set up a makeshift perimeter and made entry inside the building, at which time the occupants of the building ran outside, while three of them were caught trying to get away.

Owens said the people tore signs off the wall of the building, dumped sand and syrup on the floors, placed Vaseline on the door handles and threw some type of rotted fish in the hallways.

Police did not list the total number of persons arrested, saying they continue to identify those persons involved.

“Several came to the station to turn themselves in today, and there could be more coming,” Owens noted Monday.

Barbourville police continue to investigate.



East Bernstadt man arrested for two separate charges

A complaint of an alleged assault of a woman found Sheriff’s Deputies arresting a man for assault and a separate warrant Monday afternoon.

Jonathan Coots, 25, of Farris Jones Road, East Bernstadt, was charged with fourth-degree assault - domestic violence, as well as charged on a child support warrant.

He’s jailed in the Laurel County Detention facility.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root reported the arrest came Monday at around 3:23 p.m., off Farris Jones Road, approximately 11 miles north of London.

Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputies Larry Parrot and Daniel Grigsby were sent to the East Bernstadt area after receiving a complaint that a man had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife. When they arrived at the scene, deputies learned that a woman had observed her boyfriend with a needle in his arm shooting up pain medicine, and that he had allegedly pushed her down and threatened her, throwing her stuff onto their porch and telling her to leave.



Corbin woman jailed for drug trafficking, possession

Two separate warrants from Laurel County brought a Corbin woman behind bars Monday afternoon on seven charges — with most of those involving drug trafficking and possession.

Edith Jones, 56, of Corbin, was charged on a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense - methamphetamine, and theft by unlawful taking.

She’s also charged on a Laurel County indictment warrant of arrest for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, theft by unlawful taking, and persistent felony offender II.

She’s jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.

According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Jones was arrested Monday afternoon around 2:55 p.m. by Sheriff’s Detective/U.S.Warrant Task Force Officer Jason Back and Detective James Sizemore.



Laurel man jailed on two bench warrants

A Laurel County man was arrested early Sunday afternoon on two bench warrants — each with a different charge.

Eddie Gilliam, 49, of McWorter Road, London, was charged with fourth-degree assault from one of the bench warrants, and with third-degree terroristic threatening on the other bench warrant.

He was jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.

The arrest occurred around 12:48 p.m. Sunday on Delmas Gilliam Road, approximately three miles east of London.



Colorado man nabbed for public intoxication, disorderly conduct

The quiet of a Saturday afternoon was shattered in Laurel County when a man created a disturbance. In turn, sheriff’s deputies arrested a Colorado man on two charges.

Jesse Lane, 61, of Littleton, Colo., was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and public intoxication — controlled substances.

He’s jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.

The arrest came around 3:37 p.m. Saturday, on Hanes Baker Road, approximately nine miles south of London.

According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Larry Parrott was sent to a complaint of a man on private property creating a disturbance, by allegedly yelling, screaming and jumping up and down on the property.

When Parrott arrived, he located Lane and determined that he was intoxicated, and was a danger to himself and others around him. Lane was then arrested.



Husband and wife arrested near Keavy for assault

A domestic violence complaint led sheriff’s deputies to arrest a Laurel County man and woman on assault charges, during the midday hour Sunday.

Gene Lawhorn, 44, and his wife, Barbara Lawhorn, 53, both of Keavy Road, were each charged with fourth-degree assault.

They were both jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

The arrests happened Sunday around 12:01 p.m. on Keavy Road, approximately five miles west of London.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root reported the arrests came after Deputies Shane Rice and Kevin Berry were dispatched to a complaint of domestic violence in the area. When they arrived, the deputies learned that there allegedly had been an argument over money, and that the husband and wife had gotten into a physical altercation.

A primary aggressor could not be determined.



Two men jailed on alcohol charges at traffic safety checkpoint

A traffic stop of a vehicle Saturday ended with the arrest of a Laurel County man and a Knox County man, both on several alcohol-related charges

The driver, Jim Sanders, 46, of Douglas Lane, East Bernstadt, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, driving on a DUI suspended license, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle prohibited, and failure to wear seat belts.

His passenger, Michael Queen, 33, of Maple Leaf Apartments, Corbin, was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle prohibited, and failure to wear seat belts.

Both were jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

The arrests came Saturday around 9:57 a.m. during a traffic safety checkpoint set up on Ky. 490, three miles north of London.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root reported that Deputies Kevin Barry and Shane Rice were at the checkpoint when they observed a white-colored Ford Explorer pulling a trailer carrying a lawnmower turn around in the middle of the roadway, as it approached the checkpoint.

The deputies were able to locate the Explorer a short distance away and conducted a traffic stop on it, determining that the driver and passenger were both under the influence.

They were arrested afterwards.



Man, woman arrested for drugs at Corbin apartment

An investigation into drug activity at a Corbin apartment early Saturday morning led to the arrest of a man and woman for drug possession and paraphernalia.

William Mitchell, 23, of Frankfort School Road, Corbin, and Martha House, 22, of Corbin Manor Apartment 6, Corbin, were both charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two were jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.

The incident occurred Saturday around 3:30 a.m.

According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies Shawn Boroviak, Mikey Ashurst and Andrew Lawson investigated a complaint of drug activity at an apartment of the Corbin Manor Apartments.

Following an investigation at an apartment there, deputies found a quantity of marijuana, hypodermic needles and small spoons with white residue on them, along with several small plastic baggies.



Corbin man arrested in Moore Hill meth bust

A meth bust in the vicinity of Moore Hill Avenue early Saturday morning landed a Corbin man in jail on several charges, including possession of controlled substances.

Christopher Wells Jr., 31, of Corbin, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance; two counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense; public intoxication; illegal possession of a legend drug; a prescription-controlled substance to in its original container; and tampering with physical evidence.

He’s jailed in the Knox County Detention Center in Barbourville in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

The incident occurred Saturday at 2 a.m.

According to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard’s report, Deputy Brian Hensley of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling the Moore Hill Avenue area in Corbin. Hensley noticed a man acting strange and bent over a car door on the passenger side.

When the Deputy stopped his car to make contact, Wells proceeded to quickly walk away from him in the opposite direction. After Hensley yelled at the man several times, Wells finally turned around and proceeded to throw something to the ground.

Deputy Hensley then made contact with Wells, who appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance. A “Terri Frisk” was performed on Wells, and Hensley located three Hydrocodone pills, two Suboxone Strips, and six Gabapentin in an unlabeled pill bottle in the suspect’s left front pocket.

The deputy also located six Alprazolams in a plastic baggie located in Wells’ right front pocket.

Hensley was assisted by Officer Wade Mitchell of the Corbin Police Department and was able to locate two small baggies of Methamphetamine where the deputy saw Wells throw them down.

Wells was taken by Hensley to the Knox County Detention Center, and when they arrived, Wells was escorted inside as the deputy performed a search of Wells’ back seat, as the deputy always does after every transport. During the search, Hensley located four more Hydrocodone pills inside a candy wrapper and three packs of Suboxone underneath the backseat.



Three Laurel men jailed on outstanding warrants

Friday night saw the arrest of three Laurel County men on outstanding bench warrants.

Cody Swanson, 20, of Ravenwood Estates, London; Thomas  Anderson, 23, of Waterworks Road, London; and Randy Campbell, 42, of Waterworks Road, London, were all charged on outstanding warrants of arrest from Laurel County.

All three were jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.

The arrests were made Friday around 11:36 p.m on Reams Lane in London, by Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Morris.



Corbin woman jailed for disorderly conduct, intoxication

A call to deputies about people fighting in a parking lot ended in the arrest of a Corbin woman Friday night, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Sissy Elliott, 31, of Robert E. Cox Road Apartments, Corbin, was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, and public intoxication of controlled substances.

She’s jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.

The arrest came Friday around 8:59 p.m., on Pine Grove Road, seven miles of London, after Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies Larry Parrott and Andrew Lawson, along with Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, responded to a complaint that people were fighting in the parking lot of Emma Estates.

According to the Sheriff’s Department’s report, when deputies arrived and conducted an investigation resolving the situation, they were confronted by a woman outside her apartment that created a disturbance and that also appeared to be under the influence.

Elliott advised deputies that they were not doing their job correctly. The deputies asked her three times to return to her apartment, but she would not do so.

Deputies asked a final time for Elliott to return to her apartment, but she refused and was arrested.



Campground Court dispute leads to two arrests

After being dispatched to an apartment in southern Laurel County Friday night, deputies arrested a man and woman on separate charges.

David Gray, 58, of Campground Road Apartments, London, was charged with fourth-degree assault - domestic violence.

Jamie Harris, 36, of Combs Avenue, Corbin, was charged with public intoxication - controlled substances.

Both were jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility.

The arrests came Friday around 8:50 p.m. on Campground Court, eight miles south of London.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root reports Deputy Larry Parrott and Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter were dispatched to a complaint of an intoxicated woman in a person’s apartment who would not leave. When they arrived at the scene, deputies determined that Gray had allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the arms, leaving red marks on her arms.

In addition, Harris was arrested there when she attempted to flee from deputies. They determined that she was under the influence. Harris advised deputies she had been taking prescription medication that was not prescribed to her.