Gray man sentenced to 12.5-year prison term for child porn

More than four years after he was initially charged, a Gray man was formally sentenced Tuesday to 12.5 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Forty-nine-year-old Jerry Luke appeared in U.S. District Court in London Tuesday for the sentencing hearing in his case that began May 21, 2013 in Knox County Court.

Luke had pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in January. In exchange, the agreement called for Luke to be sentenced to 150 months in prison.

In federal court, defendants are advised of the sentencing guidelines in the case, but advised the judge has the power to deviate from the guidelines in either direction.

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Lawsuit accuses former Knox County sheriff of framing man for murder

A former Knox County Sheriff and half a dozen other law enforcement officers have been sued after a man was acquitted of murder charges last year. William “Bill Bill” Anderson, 37 of Campbell County, Tennessee., filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in London against former Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, former deputy Derek [...]

Knox County home lost to flames

Woodbine, Bailey Switch and Barbourville firefighters were called to battle this mobile home fire on Ky. 459 Monday morning. No one was home at the time. A Knox County man has lost his home to a fire that started Monday morning. The mobile home, located on Hwy 459, caught fire when tenant Sonny [...]

Unemployment rate drops statewide, locally

Unemployment rates dropped in 115 Kentucky counties, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, between February 2016 and February 2017, rose in three and stayed the same in two counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate fell from 8.2 [...]

Whitley unemployment rate 59th in Kentucky

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between January 2016 and January 2017, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, but rose in 23 counties and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, which is an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment [...]

Corbin man to get five years for wild pursuit

A Corbin man indicted in August on charges that he was under the influence of intoxicants when he led Kentucky State Police on a high-speed chase, pleaded guilty Monday in Knox Circuit Court.

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SHERIFF: Corbin man arrested for prowling around car lot had shotgun, drug pipes

A suspected prowler who was reportedly running around the area near Legacy Auto Group in Knox County early Monday morning was under the influence of drugs, according to Knox County Sheriff’s deputies. Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith said deputies arrested 32-year-old Joshua Lee Wilson of Corbin after finding him hidden in a wooded area behind [...]

Knox Grand Jury returns rape indictment against former CHS assistant basketball coach

A former Corbin High School assistant basketball coach, who has been accused of the statutory rape of a 16-year-old student, has been indicted by a Knox County grand jury. Twenty-six-year-old Madison Johnson was indicted Friday on charges of third-degree rape and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or [...]

Gray man that led police on motorcycle chase receives diverted jail sentence

A Gray man arrested in April after he attempted to outrun police after they clocked him riding his motorcycle in speeds excess of 125 mph on U.S. 25E can avoid five years in prison if he stays out of legal trouble for the next five years. Jason McGuire was sentenced to five years in prison, [...]

Tip from EMS crew leads Knox County deputy to drug bust

A traffic crash in Gray led to a London man facing drug trafficking and possession charges when the ambulance crew taking him to the hospital told deputies they found drug paraphernalia on his person. According to Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith, Deputy Keith Liford arrested 40-year-old Joshua Angel Wednesday morning. The incident began about 10 [...]