Citizens complaints lead to eight subjects being jailed by LSO

Laurel County, KY - Sheriff John Root is reporting that: eight persons have been arrested at three different locations in Laurel County following citizens complaints received by the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office developed information on the location of a fugitive wanted out of Florida on charges of selling/delivery of morphine.

On Monday morning June 27, 2016 at approximately 6 AM, Sheriff John Root along with Laurel Sheriff's Special Response Unit (SRU) led by Maj. Rodney Van Zant traveled to a location off Locust Grove Road, approximately 8 miles south of London where they located the individual wanted by the state of Florida along with two other individuals who were also wanted on outstanding warrants.

Arrested was:

  • Hershel Bowling, Jr age 32 of Locust Grove Road charged with being a fugitive from the state of Florida wanted on charges of selling/delivery of morphine.
  • Theodore Napier age 52 of Stomp Road, Corbin charged with two outstanding bench warrants of arrest – one from Knox County charging failure to appear in court regarding a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence – second offense and a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court.
  • Amy Smallwood age 38 of Hicks Lane, London charged on a Knox County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court.
  • Sheriff John Root, LSO 's special response unit, and deputies then travel to a room at a local motel in southern Laurel County to investigate a drug complaint which led to three arrests on drug-related charges and an individual wanted on an outstanding warrant.

    Arrested was:

  • Joshua Matthews age 28 of Park Hill Road, Corbin charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Roger Waggoner age 38 of P.O. Box , Corbin charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Rachel Doan age 34 of MLB Drive, London charged on 2 Laurel County bench warrants of arrest for failure to appear in court on charges of theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, and numerous other traffic violations.
  • As the investigation continued, deputies located 2 other individuals in a different motel room and through investigation discovered a convicted felon in possession of a firearm – A 9 mm pistol.

    Arrested was:

  • Ingram Caulk age 42 of Hopewell Estates, Corbin charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. 2 meth pipes were found in this subject's possession.
  • Carrie Hurd age 37 of Boone Way, Richmond, a female subject located in the room and found in possession of a white powder residue and a straw that is used for snorting narcotics. Deputies noted that the female subject had a white powder residue inside her nose-- however the female stated that the powder was her makeup powder. Carrie Hurd was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Investigation continues by: Det. Jason Back,, Det. James Sizemore, and Det. Kevin Berry.

    All eight individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

    Assisting on the investigations for Laurel Sheriff's Office were: Maj. Rodney VanZant, Detective Jason Back, Detective James Sizemore, Lieut. Greg Poynter, Detective Kevin Berry, Deputy Josh Scott and Deputy John Inman.

    Photos of the accused and the seized 9 mm handgun and crack pipes were provided by the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. 

    Sheriff Root stated that drug investigations will be ongoing.

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