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February 22, 2013

Police Report - Feb. 22, 2013

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London man injured following crash

A London man was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center Thursday after he was injured in a crash along Tom Cat Trail, or Hwy. 1305, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The crash happened about 1 p.m. as Eddie Nolan, 53, drove a blue Chevrolet east along the highway five miles east of London. Witnesses told officers Nolan was driving at a high rate of speed when he crossed into the westbound lane on a curve, lost control, ran off the road, overturned, struck a tree and came to rest in a ditch.

Nolan was seriously injured and was airlifted to the Lexington hospital.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Sgt. E.R. Rudder.

Assisting at the scene were Deputy Shane Rice, Constable Tim May, Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County, London-Laurel County Rescue Squad and Bush Volunteer Fire Department.

Two injured by same bullet

Two Whitley County men were struck and injured by the same bullet Wednesday as they attempted to clear a jammed handgun, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11, London, Public Affairs Officer Trooper First Class Don Trosper.

The accidental shooting happened about 11 p.m. along Hwy. 904, about four miles east of Williamsburg.

The men, both 22, had been target shooting when the handgun jammed. When they tried to clear the jam, the weapon fired, shooting one man in the hand and the other in the leg.

Both men were taken to Baptist Health Corbin for treatment of minor injuries, Trosper said.

The shootings are considered accidental and no charges will be filed, Trosper said.

Troopers Tony Dingess and Les Moses responded and Dingess continues the investigation. The troopers were assisted at the scene by Trooper Les Moses, KSP Sgt. Bill Elliotte and the Whitley County EMS.  

Child, meth labs found in home

A 7-year-old was taken from a Laurel County home after police found four methamphetamine labs inside the house, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11, London, Public Affairs Officer Trooper First Class Don Trosper.

Trooper Lloyd Cochran responded about 5:30 p.m. to the home on Seeley Road to assist the Laurel County Department of Social Services with a complaint. Cochran smelled a strong chemical odor emanating from the home. Inside the home, he found the labs as well as items needed to manufacture the drug.

Teresa A. Clontz, 39, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors, second-degree wanton endangerment and four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Clontz was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

The child was taken into protective custody and released to a family member. The child was also taken to the Saint Joseph London hospital as a precaution.

Cochran continues the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Chris Roberts and the Laurel County Department of Social Services.  

Three arrested for drug trafficking

Three people were arrested Thursday after they were found to have more than 300 pills they apparently intended to sell, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Those arrested were Timothy J. Storms, 26, of Corbin, Moreta Miguel Fernandez, 19, of Detroit, Mich., and Mark Jeffrey, 21, of East Bernstadt.

The arrests came about 9:45 a.m. along Hwy. 192 in London after Detective Jason Back, along with Detective Brad Mitchell, Deputy James Sizemore and the London Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, obtained information that morning that led them to the three suspects.

Officers found the men had 258 Xanax and 115 hydrocodone pills. Root said the suspects were apparently traveling from Michigan with the intent to sell the pills.

The men are charged with second- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. They were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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