By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
As the body of a deceased man lay in a residence on Dogwood Lane Saturday afternoon, his alleged girlfriend was taking his personal items, including pain medications.
When Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Scott, Sgt. Josh Gaylor, Deputy Shane Rice and Deputy Kevin Berry answered the call of about a deceased man, they immediately went to the scene, six miles south of London near the Lily community.
What they found were two women at the residence and empty pill bottles with medications prescribed to the deceased man.
Carole Jones, 53, of Echo Valley Road in Lily, told deputies she was the girlfriend of the deceased man and the other woman, 41-year-old Amy Vanover of Sunny Lane in Lily, was her friend. Jones had Xanax pills, morphine and a considerable amount of cash in her possession. She told deputies she had taken the cash from the deceased man prior to their arrival, because she said he would have wanted her to have it.
Vanover was located in a detached garage at the man’s residence, with a spoon and needle in her hand and some morphine that she claimed Jones had given her. Vanover also had several items belonging to the deceased man stuffed in her pants. She told police Jones gave her the items, saying the man “would not be needing them.”
Jones was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree burglary, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; theft by unlawful taking, and theft of a controlled substance.
Vanover was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree burglary, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; prescription of a controlled substance not in the proper container, receiving stolen property under $500, and public intoxication of a controlled substance. She received an additional charge of third-degree criminal mischief en route to the jail when she damaged a radio speaker cord in Deputy Josh Scott’s police car.
Both women were arraigned in Laurel District Court on Monday, with both being held on a $2,500 cash bond. In addition, Vanover was ordered to pay a $243 fine for failing to appear in court on a prior charge. Both women are set for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court on October 1.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation stemming from the incident. The results of a toxicology report are pending.