CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Man arrested for officer impersonation
Two people have been arrested after a Facebook post by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office netted a good tip identifying the man who claimed to be a sheriff’s deputy after he was caught shoplifting, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
The man entered the Dollar Store located four miles south of London along Hwy. 229 at Hwy. 1189 about 7:25 p.m. Sunday. He stole some items and, when confronted by store employees, showed a fake badge and said he was a deputy. He then left the store driving what is believed to be a white Crown Victoria.
Deputy Larry Parrott began investigating the shoplifting case.
Root said less than an hour after his department made a Facebook post about the case, they got information about the suspect’s identity.
Deputy Larry Parrott, along with Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and deputies Mikie Ashurst and Robbie Grimes, went to the suspect’s residence, located five miles south of London, about 5:18 p.m. Thursday. They found the suspect, Robert C. Trabish Jr., 28, and arrested him for impersonating a peace officer and tampering with physical evidence.
Also arrested was Trabish’s girlfriend, Marie M. Belle Richardson, 52, of London, who is charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Root said when deputies arrived at the home, Richardson took the badge the suspect had used and ran into the woods trying to conceal it from deputies.
Both Trabish and Richardson were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Pineville man injured in crash
A Pineville man was airlifted to a Lexington hospital following a crash that happened when he fell asleep at the wheel, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
The crash happened about 6:55 a.m. as Martin H. Green, 50, drove a pickup north on Hwy. 229. Root said Green fell asleep and the truck ran off the highway and struck a wooden fence.
Green suffered numerous injuries and was treated at the scene by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County. He was then airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Deputy Greg Turner investigated the crash.
Assisting at the scene were the London Laurel Rescue Squad, Laurel County Fire department and CSO John Harris.