CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Injury crash, fire leads to arrest of two
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Larry Parrott is investigating a one-vehicle injury traffic crash that happened Sunday.
Root said the crash was on KY 472 at the intersection with McKnight Road, east of London, on Sunday.
Root said that a Ford Explorer, driven by Alen Wombles, 30, of Manchester, was westbound on KY 472 when he lost control, ran off the road, hit a culvert, and flipped over.
The vehicle burst into flames upon impact, Root said.
Emergency workers, McWhorter Volunteer Fire Department personnel, and passerby Walter Trebow were able to pull Wombles and his passenger, Crystal Roark, 34, of Manchester, from the burning vehicle.
After an investigation, Parrott determined Wombles had been traveling too fast when a motorcycle pulled out in front of him, and he had to swerve to avoid collision.
Parrott also determined Wombles was under the influence, which contributed to the crash.
Wombles has arrested and now faces charges of his second offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, and driving on a revoked driver’s license.
Roark was charged with alcohol intoxication, according to Root.
Both Wombles and Roark were transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of serious injuries.
Root said Wombles was flown, and Roark was transported by ground.
The sheriff added that more charges are pending on both subjects, as both suspects allegedly were in possession of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine.
Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County, London Laurel County Rescue Squad and the McWhorter Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Cannon man jailed for stabbing
A Cannon man who had allegedly fought with a Barbourville man was jailed for stabbing the victim.
According to Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens, Lonnie Davis, 54, was lodged in Knox County Jail on second-degree assault charges.
Owens explained that at 8 p.m. Sunday night, BPD officers were called to investigate a stabbing reported at Dixon Trailer Park in Barbourville.
Owens said officers found the victim, 57-year-old Charles D. Henson, who was treated at Knox County Hospital for a single stab wound from a knife to the abdomen.
The detective explained that witness interviews revealed Henson was involved in at least one, and likely two altercations with Davis throughout the afternoon and evening hours.
Henson told police the second fight brought the two men rolling around on the ground, and that’s when Henson was stabbed. Witnesses at the scene corroborated Henson’s statement, according to Owens.
Once Davis was located, he met officers at the Barbourville Police Department, where he was interviewed and later charged in the stabbing, Owens said.
He added that Davis did make a statement about the events to officers, but information in relation to that statement is not currently being released.
At the time of the press release, Henson was receiving treatment at the Knox County Hospital and Davis had been charged with second-degree assault and lodged in the Knox County Jail.
The investigation continues.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the altercation, Owens said.
London man arrested for DUI after deputy observed weaving
A report of a sign being knocked down led to the arrest of a London man.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Robbie Grimes was dispatched to Waterworks Road just west of London Friday to investigate the damaged sign.
When Grimes arrived in the area, Root said he met the vehicle and caught up with it — a white pickup, and Grimes observed it weaving across the roadway.
The deputy stopped the truck on Parker Road. Root said after an investigation, Grimes determined the driver was under the influence.
Grimes arrested Steven L. Merida, 38, and charged him with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, no driver’s license, no insurance and numerous other traffic violations, according to Root.
Merida remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Mystery trespassers lead to property’s owner’s arrest
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Josh Scott investigated a complaint early Monday.
According to Root, the complaint was from persons who were flagged down at 4:45 a.m. on Sinking Creek Road, six miles west of London.
Those persons said the woman who flagged them down said several individuals were in a field trespassing on her property, and one trespasser had a small child with them.
Root said then the woman called 911 dispatch and reported the same information to them.
The sheriff said when Scott arrived at the scene, no trespassers could be found, and an investigation determined no one had been on the woman’s property.
Root said it was also determined the woman was under the influence of drugs.
That woman was allegedly Rosemery McDaniel, 46, and she was arrested.
She now faces charges of public intoxication of controlled substances, falsely reporting an incident, resisting arrest and second-degree disorderly conduct.
Root said the last charge came after McDaniel was arrested, when she allegedly refused to walk to the cruiser and had to be escorted.
She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.