April 30, 2013

Possible phone scam; two arrested on morphine charges

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — While phone scams continue to plague the people of the community, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of the newest scam occurring throughout the county.

An individual contacted the Sheriff’s Office earlier this week, after he had been contacted by someone claiming to represent a local electric company. The caller told the man that his service was about to be disconnected and asked for the man’s name and social security number.

The man suspected something was not right about the call and refused to give out personal information to the caller. However, he checked the caller ID on his phone and recorded the number as 1-888-759-6056. A call to that number was listed as Southern California, but personnel at that number denied making such a call.

The man then contacted his local electric company and was told that no such calls had been made from their offices.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo said that under no circumstances should anyone give personal information over the phone, especially if they were not familiar with the number. Acciardo said phone scams have been commonplace throughout the county, usually targeting the elderly.

“The most common phone scam we hear is that you’ve won a sweepstakes and need to send money through Western Union to claim the prize,” Acciardo said.

“If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Acciardo said. “No one should have to send money to claim a prize and no one should ever give personal information over the phone.”

Many of those calls are later re-routed to off-shore areas and are being routed through the United States.

Acciardo said citizens should obtain the phone number of the caller when such calls are received, most of which show up on Caller ID.

“If you don’t have Caller ID, you might consider getting it,” Acciardo said. “But never, ever, ever give out personal information over the phone.”

Drug Arrests - Morphine

A vehicle parked off West Laurel Road, eight miles south of London, on Sunday afternoon aroused suspicion and resulted in the arrests of two people and confiscation of illegal drugs.

Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott and a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer discovered a pickup truck with two persons inside around 5:30 p.m. Inside the truck were used needles that the two occupants -- 53-year-old Frelen D. Roark of Paris Karr Road in Keavy and 38-year-old Lisa Brock of Pine Top Road in London--had reportedly used to shoot up morphine prior to the arrival of the officers.

A can lid containing more morphine was also found, as well as a pipe that contained marijuana.

Both Roark and Brock were charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and public intoxication of a controlled substance. Brock was also charged with possession of marijuana, as the pipe containing the marijuana was in her possession.

Speeder arrested for violations, warrants

When a white Yukon zoomed past Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Berry on Ky. 80, two miles east of London just after midnight Saturday, the deputy immediately began pursuit of the vehicle.

After conducting a traffic stop, Berry determined that the driver -- 34-year-old David P. Thompson of Mill Pond Road in Manchester -- was driving on a DUI-suspended license. In addition, the license plates on the vehicle were cancelled, and there was no insurance on the vehicle, among other traffic violations. He also had two active bench warrants.

Thompson was arrested and charged with driving on a DUI-suspended license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle, and other traffic offenses.

Thompson was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest.