CORBIN — By John L. Ross Staff Writer
Charges pending in Laurel wreck
Charges are pending against a Middlesboro man after a two-car crash east of London sent him and another driver to the hospital.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said John E. Napier, 46, was westbound on KY 80 near Tom Cat Trail Tuesday night driving a 1971 Ford pickup.
Root said Napier apparently swerved into the eastbound lane, crashing head-on into a 2009 Toyota Camry driven by 51-year-old Stacy R. Torres, of London.
Torres was transported to Saint Joseph London hospital by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County with minor injuries.
Napier was flown to the University of Kentucky in Lexington with serious injuries. He has been upgraded to fair condition as of press time.
Deputies Robbie Grimes and Josh Scott and Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, who are investigating the crash, learned a witness had followed the Ford for several miles.
The witness reported the driver of the Ford was “all over the road,” weaving badly.
Napier allegedly told emergency responders at the scene he had consumed eight beers prior to the crash.
Blood test results will determine what charges Napier may face.
Root said London-Laurel County Rescue Squad and Bush Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Three arrested for drug trafficking on Church Lane
Three Laurel County residents are set to appear in court Jan. 15 in connection with drug trafficking on Church Lane in Laurel County.
Sheriff John Root said Ashley Sulfridge, 29, of Corbin, Jackie Sulfridge, 37, of Williamsburg, and Jimmie Canada, 64, of Williamsburg, remain jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center.
All three are under a pending $10,000 cash bond.
Detectives Jason Back and Brad Mitchell charged the trio after an investigation revealed they had allegedly worked together to first obtain, then sell 10 Oxycodone to a fourth unidentified individual for $440.
After their Tuesday arrest, the three now face charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
Both Sulfridges were being sought by Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies as well. They both were indicted in Whitley County for manufacturing methamphetamines, first offense. Jackie Sulfridge also faces persistent felony offender charges.
Sheriff’s investigators also seized a large sum of U.S. currency.
Assisting in the investigation were Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes.
Two of five wanted suspects nabbed
Two of five suspects wanted by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department are now jailed at the county detention center.
Brenda J. Garland, 66, of Gray, was arrested by Laurel County detectives Jason Back and Brad Mitchell Wednesday afternoon. She faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
She remains jailed under a pending $10,000 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
The second suspect turned herself in Tuesday. Gladys Webb, of Laurel County, was arrested by Sgt. E.R. Rudder and jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility.
She faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
As of press time Wednesday, Webb had already bonded out of jail.
Deputies still seek suspects David Lee Clark, Erma McGraw and Johna Gail Gilbert. Clark faces charges of second- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense on both counts. McGraw and Gilbert each face charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of any of these wanted suspects, contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department at 606-864-6600. All information gathered is strictly confidential.