, Corbin, KY


April 10, 2013

Two facing first-degree robbery appear in court

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

Two suspects facing charges in an alleged robbery appeared in Knox County District Court Tuesday.

Shannon Lee Morgan and Michael Dewayne Gambrel, of Knox County, appeared before Judge W.L. “Skip” Hammons for their preliminary hearings.

Both men face charges in connection with the robbery and assault of a Knox County resident.

Morgan is represented by Attorney Jeremy Bryant, while Gambrel’s defense attorney is Randy Jewell.

Neither defendant entered a plea Tuesday — Hammons continued their hearings until April 23.

Knox County Sheriff John Pickard said Deputy Claude Hudson was dispatched to the Knox County Hospital emergency room last week to respond to a report of a man being assaulted and robbed.

The victim, James Mills, told deputies he had been driven to an unknown location by two men who had befriended him earlier in the day. Mills said when they arrived at the location, they began to beat him with their hands, feet and a wrench — and then they placed a pistol in his mouth.

The suspects then stole money, his cell phone and his wallet. Mills told deputies he was left to walk back out from the location and received help once he arrived on KY 6.

Pickard said Mills was treated for wounds to his face as well as a broken nose.

Both men were already jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under other charges — Gambrel and Morgan were both charged with public intoxication under a controlled substance, and Morgan was also charged with theft by unlawful taking.

That’s where deputies made contact with Morgan and Gambrel concerning the robbery.

Pickard said deputies obtained statements from the accused, who said they robbed Mills because they knew he had a large amount of cash on him, and that Mills refused to give them $10 to take him home.

Both men face first-degree robbery charges.

In a separate, unrelated case, two parents face charges of first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Steven A. Campbell and Wannetta A. Campbell were arrested by the Kentucky State Police and appeared in district court for their preliminary hearings.

According to state police testimony, troopers and deputies went to the residence after receiving calls from neighbors reporting children who reside with the Campbell’s were out in the neighborhood “asking people for food.”

The trooper explained that when he got to the home, he made first contact with Wannetta Campbell, who agreed to allow the trooper in the home. The trooper said he followed her to a back bedroom, where Steven Campbell was discovered “passed out on a futon” with a child next to him — and “an active meth lab on the coffee table.”

Once he was questioned, the trooper said Steven Campbell admitted to making meth “for the past three months.”

The trooper also said Wannetta Campbell “said she knew it was going on,” and that she admitted to smoking meth.

He added the home itself was “unlivable” for the kids, stating there was a mattress on the living room floor and old food was laying out.

The Campbells were arrested March 30 all the children in the home were removed from the residence.

During the trooper’s testimony, Wannetta Campbell continuously made physical motions denying what was said.

Both Campbells will now face a Knox County grand jury, scheduled for April 26.

Text Only
0418 Cast of "The Drowsy Chaperone" 2.jpg

Cast of "The Drowsy Chapersone"

  • The Drowsy Chaperone

    It’s called “A musical within a comedy,” and Thursday night at the Betty Hamilton Center for Performing Arts at Corbin High School, CHS Redhound Theatre pulled out the stops for their production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a parody of American musical comedy in the 1920’s.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Local News
Local Sports
0418 SLHS Brittany Vandeventer.jpg

South Laurel's Brittany Vandeventer slides safely in to third base during Thursday's win over Corbin.

  • Driver's Seat

    The South Laurel Lady Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Corbin Lady Redhounds after an exciting play at the plate that secured them the win.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jaguars split home contest with Middlesboro

    The North Laurel boys and girls tennis teams had mixed results when Middlesboro paid a visit.

    April 18, 2014

0412 Keith Decker.jpg

Keith Decker accepts his award for Kentucky Missionary of the Year.

  • Floss, Pyatt to perform at Corbin High

    Promising “An Evening of Fun and Entertainment,” humorist, comedian and storyteller Howard Floss will join multi-award winning singer and songwriter Dale Pyatt on stage in Corbin on Saturday, May 17.

    April 16, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide