By Jeff Noble/Staff Writer
Corbin police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are asking for your help after they found an explosive device early Sunday morning in the Gordon Hill neighborhood.
The incident happened around 3:16 a.m. on Chestnut Avenue.
According to Major Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department, Police Chief David Campbell heard what appeared to be gunshots around the Chestnut Avenue — Padgett Street area, just off West Gordon Street.
While he was investigating the gunfire, Campbell saw a man dressed in dark clothes leaving the area on foot. Police officers searched the immediate area around Padgett and Chestnut and found three hand grenade fuses lashed together with parachute cord with the pins removed.
The Hazardous Device Unit of the Kentucky State Police was called to the scene along with ATF agents and an ATF bomb dog. KSP’s Hazardous Device Unit took control of the situation, advising they would detonate the makeshift device.
Jones added that KSP detectives advised Corbin Police officers that the grenade fuses would have enough power to puncture a gas tank on an automobile.
When the person or persons who did the crime are found, they’ll be charged with third-degree use of a weapon of mass destruction.
ATF Special Agents Sean Marion and Todd Tremaine are in charge of the investigation. Assisting Campbell at the scene were Sgt. Jim Miller, and patrolmen Mike Bisschop and Wade Mitchell.
If you have information regarding the explosive device, or the person or persons responsible, you’re urged to contact Corbin Police at 606-528-1122, or the ATF Hotline at 800-800-3855.
Device detonated; investigation continues
By Jeff Noble/Staff Writer
- Local News
BREAKING NEWS - High waters close road in Whitley Co.
According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, KY 779 in Whitley Co. at mp. 11.5 - both lanes are covered by water. High water signs have been placed at said location by state personnel.
Ready to prepare for Winter’s air?
Last Thursday, the official high temperature at the London-Corbin Airport was 72 degrees. That tied a record high for Dec. 5 that was set in 2001.
Resident asks for review of pawn shop rules
A review of the city’s rules governing pawn shops — that’s what one Barbourville resident requested of the city council during its regular meeting Thursday.
Like a ping-pong ball being batted around the table, the recent weather in the Tri-County and throughout Kentucky has taken a topsy-turvy turn. And, we’re not out of the woods yet.
Shelter using temporary building
In a large white building located on the outskirts of Corbin, staff from the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter continue picking up debris left inside by the owner from whom they are renting and to repair parts of the building.
Board members updated on airport improvements
Although the bulk of the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport Board meeting’s agenda was tabled for discussion in the January meeting, board members did discuss items pertinent to the airport Thursday.
Police Roundup - Dec. 7, 2013
A London man was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop on American Greeting Road, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Letter discussed by airport board
Negotiations between the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport Board and one of the airport’s private tenants appeared to be going along smoothly Thursday night — but a few sentences from the board’s vice-chairman and those negotiations came to a halt.
Hearings continued in murder case
Competency hearings slated for a husband and wife accused of murdering a father of four were continued Thursday in Knox County Circuit Court.
Couple indicted for murder of 2-year-old
A pair of preliminary hearings slated for Wednesday didn’t happen for a couple accused of murdering the woman’s 2-year-old daughter.
- More Local News Headlines
- BREAKING NEWS - High waters close road in Whitley Co.