CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Five arrested in Laurel County for organized crime
A drug investigation led to the discovery of a meth lab, an organized crime bust and five arrests, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Detectives Jason Back and James Sizemore made the arrests around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning about seven miles north of London.
Arrested were Steven Simpson, 40, Lisa Downs, 50, and Frankie Murray, 53, of East Bernstadt. Also arrested were Kristopher Engle, 32, and Michael Lantos, 37, of London.
All subjects face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, and engaging in organized crime.
Murray also faces a first-degree persistent felony offender charge.
All subjects were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Assisting were deputies Sgt. Brett Reeves, Mikey Ashurst and Shawn Boroviak. Also assisting was Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Rob Mitchell.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s office will continue the investigation.
Fights occur at apartment complex
A Laurel County apartment complex saw its fair share of fighting Tuesday night before deputies made an arrest, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter responded to an altercation between a female and several residents at an apartment complex around 8:30 p.m.
When Poynter arrived he forced all subjects to stop arguing and return to their apartments. Poynter completed an investigation and left without making any arrests at that time.
However, Poynter was soon called back to the scene and saw Christina Eaton, 42, of Corbin, on the ground choking and punching a female in the face. Poynter had to forcefully remove Eaton from the fight, Root said.
Eaton was charged with fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct. She was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
DUI arrest near Fariston Road
An overly nervous driver tipped off deputies to her intoxicated state Thursday evening, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Deputy Kevin Berry was at a location near Fariston Road when he observed a red Pontiac Grand Am pull into a driveway at his location. When the driver appeared overly nervous with Berry’s presence, an investigation was conducted and determined Brandy Wagers, 35, of East Bernstadt to be under the influence.
Wagers was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, driving on a DUI suspended license, first offense, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, failure to wear a seatbelt and numerous other traffic violations. Wagers was also charged on two Laurel County bench warrants for failure to appear in court.
Wagers was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.