Times-Tribune Staff Report
Children found in filthy living conditions - Removed from Whitley home with urine, feces on floor
Three children were removed from a Whitley County home Tuesday after they were found living in filthy conditions with urine and feces on the floors, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.
Deputy Cody Harrell responded after 2 p.m. to the 1700 block of Black Diamond Road to a welfare check in reference to the children, who are ages 11, 13 and 14. When he arrived, he found the unsanitary conditions and called social services. The children were taken into the custody of social services.
The children’s mother, Christy Thompson, 33, and her boyfriend, Joshua Broom, 25, were arrested and charged with third-degree criminal abuse. They were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Police are seeking two men wanted in connection with a break-in Tuesday at a pharmacy, according to Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens.
About 9:30 p.m., police were called to the Hinkle Hometown Pharmacy on Cumberland Avenue after an alarm went off. Once there, they found the rear door glass had been broken out by a large rock.
Police quickly entered the pharmacy and found no one inside.
Surveillance video shows two white men wearing sweatshirts with pantyhose over their heads hiding behind the pharmacy before they broke the door’s glass. They ran after the alarm was activated.
Officers have located shoe prints, the paths taken to approach and leave the area, as well as the pantyhose worn by the men.
Those assisting in the investigation were Sgt. Kenny Williamson, Patrolman R. Brown and Owens.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call the Barbourville Police Department at 606-546-3441.
Laurel County man dies in crash
A Laurel County man was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle car crash along KY 11 South, according to Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens.
It was the second serious crash police worked after rain began in the area.
The first crash occurred at Manchester Street and U.S. 25E and several people were taken to the hospital. Owens said one woman suffered a broken neck and was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Clinic.
The fatal crash happened about 6:30 p.m. as Robert Tyree, 34, of London, lost control of the 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving on a slippery road. Police believe the truck, which came to rest in a ditch a short distance from where Tyree lost control of it, either turned on its side or partially rolled on the roadway.
A witness said the truck was rounding a sharp curve when the truck’s rear end slid around. The truck slid into a ditch alongside the road before again crossing the road and coming to rest on the opposite side.
Tyree was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle resulting in injuries which likely caused the fatality.
Assisting in the investigation and arrest were Sgt. Kenny Williamson and Patrolman R. Brown.
Shoplifting call leads to arrests for escape
Two London residents were arrested Tuesday as police responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Williamsburg Tractor Supply Store, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.
Officer Brandon White responded to the call and saw a late model gray Chevrolet leaving the parking lot. White stopped the vehicle and found the driver, Jamie Chandler, and his passenger, Emily Chandler, had outstanding warrants for escape related to the removal of ankle bracelets in another county.
Jamie Chandler, 38, was charged with driving under the influence, receiving stolen property under $500, second-degree escape and possession of marijuana.
Emily Chandler, 28, was charged with public intoxication, receiving stolen property under $500, second-degree escape and possession of marijuana. She was also served with four failure to appear warrants.
Both were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.
White was assisted by Assistant Chief Rick Mosley and Officer Jason Strunk.
Accused metal thief arrested
A Woodbine man was arrested Tuesday after he stole parts and metal from Wallen’s Towing in southern Laurel County, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Milford D. Osborne, 38, was seen taking the metal by the business owner, who called police about 3 p.m.
Deputy Robbie Grimes investigated and found Osborne had the stolen items. Osborne said he thought the metal items were just junk.
Osborne was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property under $500. He was jailed at the Laurel County Corrections Center.
State police report scam
Area residents are being cautioned to be suspicious of anyone calling and asking for personal information following reports of a recent scam, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11-London Public Affairs Officer TFC Don Trosper.
The post received a report of the scam that targets victims through a telephone solicitation during which the caller claims to be from Microsoft Corporation and offers to sell anti-virus computer protection.
The victim is then given instructions on data to enter that will give the scammer access to their computer. This can allow the scammer to gather personal information such as names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, bank account information and more.
The London Post urges the public to verify the caller’s identity and to never reveal personal information.
London woman arrested
A London woman was arrested Tuesday at the Laurel County Judicial Center on an outstanding arrest warrant, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Christy Harville, 22, was arrested by Bailiff Brandon Broughton. She is charged with failure to make required disposition.
Harville was jailed in the Whitley County Corrections Center.