Laurel County, KY


Three plead guilty in connection with 2020 Laurel Co. murder

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Three people have pled guilty in connection with a 2020 Laurel County murder. On December 20, 2020, 32-year-old Jeremy Caldwell was murdered off Highway 490, five miles north of London. Investigators said Caldwell was shot dead in his vehicle. The suspects fled the scene and were later arrested.
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Suspect in Laurel Co. crash that killed three appears in court

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - More information is being released about a crash that killed three people on a southern Kentucky interstate. The California man accused of causing the crash was in court Tuesday morning. A detective testified about the suspect driving the wrong way and being under the influence...
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Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Resumes School Walk Through Program

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says his department is once again is working in cooperation with Laurel County and East Bernstadt schools to conduct their “School Safety and Security Walk-Through Program.” Sheriff Root says it provides an added level of security to the schools. These random, unscheduled safety checks are conducted routinely throughout the school year to help provide a safe learning environment. Sheriff Root asks parents to keep this in mind as you see patrol cars in the school parking lots and when your children tell you about seeing deputies walking the hallways of their school. The sheriff’s office will continue to provide this service regularly throughout the school year.

Laurel County Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

Laurel County Sheriff John Root reports K-9 Deputy Brian France and K-9 “Maverick” arrested two people on drug charges during a traffic stop on I – 75. Deputies pulled over a car headed south about 6 miles south of London. During the traffic stop, deputies found that the driver, 22 year-old Tieyell Harris of Detroit Michigan, was wanted out of Ohio for drug trafficking. Deputy France deployed his K-9 “Maverick” who alerted for the presence of drugs. Deputies found over 10 ounces of Fentanyl and marijuana along with a Glock pistol. Both Harris and the passenger, 25-year-old Dimetri Shortie of Warren Michigan, were arrested. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. The London office of the DEA along with the Laurel County Sheriff’s office will pursue prosecution in US District Court.

London, Kentucky Man arrested following an Investigation after a Female Victim reported that She had been Forcibly Raped by the Suspect

LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's Detective Robert Reed arrested Alejandro Zuniga Gonzalez age 29 of London on July 25th, 2022 at approximately 8:53 AM. The arrest occurred off Parker Road approximately 1 mile west of London following an investigation conducted by Laurel...

Laurel County Public Schools Names Bobby Day Chief Of Police

After the Kentucky state legislature passed a bill mandating every school district in the commonwealth assign a School Resource Officer to every school, the Laurel County Public School district took matters into their own hands. The Laurel County Public School district announced plans in June to comply with the state law by forming their own law enforcement entity. This week the district officially named it’s new Chief of Police, law enforcement veteran Bobby Day. Day has built a law enforcement career within the operational, administrative, and command functions of the Kentucky State Police (KSP). Since 1991, he has served the KSP in various roles, including State Firearms Officer, Team Leader of the Special Response Team, Assistant Academy Commander, and Assistant Post Commander. Beyond his responsibilities with KSP, Mr. Day has taught military and law enforcement personnel throughout the United States and abroad and holds numerous instructor and instructor trainer certifications. He has vast instructional experience in tactical command, critical incident management, dignitary protection, special event planning, sniper training, firearms, defensive tactics, less than lethal, chemical munitions, threat/risk assessment, foreign counter-terrorism, and hostage rescue. Day has received numerous commendations and awards for outstanding leadership, performance, and field operations, including three Trooper of the Year awards, three KSP Ernie Bivens Awards, five Commissioner Commendations, two Life Saving Medals, and the Kentucky State Police Medal of Bravery. Laurel County Public Schools is excited to welcome Mr. Day to our Laurel County School family as Chief of Police. He has served as a school safety consultant for Laurel County Public Schools and was instrumental in the implementation of the Laurel County Schools LEOSA program since its inception in 2018. The Laurel County Public Schools Police Department will work in coordination with state, local, and federal law enforcement in keeping our students and staff safe.

Laurel County Police Solve Numerous Burglaries And Arson Case And Make Arrest

Laurel County Sheriff John Root reports Detective Robert Reed along with Deputy Brad Mink and Deputy Hunter Disney arrested a burglary and arson suspect alleged to have been involved in burglaries and arson throughout the county. At one residence a video surveillance system captured a picture of the suspect vehicle and information was developed on possible suspects. Armed with this information, a search warrant was obtained for a residence off Slate Lick Church Road belonging to 37-year-old Shannon Hoskins. During the search, numerous items stolen in the burglaries were found including a weedeater, case knives, tackle boxes, fishing poles, power tools, a spy point camera and a chainsaw. As a result, Hoskins was arrested and charged with arson, burglary and receiving stolen property. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. Sheriff Root said as a result of cooperation from area residents, along with an extensive investigation from his detectives and deputies numerous burglaries and thefts in the area were solved. He said more arrests could follow.

Laurel County Health Department Updates COVID Numbers As County Remains In The Red

On their weekly update on Kool Gold’s London News Now, the Laurel County Health Department gave an update on COVID-19. Public Services Supervisor, Tyler Caldwell, said numbers continue to rise in the county and advised everyone to stay up to date on their vaccines and boosters. He also touched on Monkeypox saying that while it’s on the rise, it isn’t as contagious as COVID. LCHD continues to offer COVID vaccinations Monday – Friday from 8-3pm. They also perform the PCR COVID 19 tests on Monday-Wednesday. COVID vaccinations and testing utilize same day scheduling, so you can call the morning you would like a vaccine or a test to make an appointment. You can stay up to date on Laurel County’s COVID numbers by visiting the Laurel County Health Department’s Facebook page.

United Way Of Laurel County Matching Donations Given To Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief During Town Center Concert

United Way of Laurel County has announced they have secured matching funds of up to $10,000 for donations given to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund during the Town Center Concert with The Little River Band this Friday evening. The concert is free and begins at 7p.m. For each dollar donated by the public or local businesses during the event, United Way of Laurel County will match the amount up to $10,000 total. The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund will assist with the long-term needs of those impacted by the historic flooding throughout Eastern Kentucky. Donations are tax-deductible. Checks and Cash will be accepted on site. The Town Center Concert series, presented by City of London Tourism, hosts the award winning Little River Band and local favorites The Worley Brothers beginning at 7p.m. on Friday, August 5th. Town Center Park is located on North Main Street next to London Elementary School. Plenty of parking is available behind the school, on 11th Street and throughout downtown London. Bring a Lawn Chair or a Blanket. Food and Drink Vendors will be on hand. For more information check out