Commonwealth Journal

News Live

June 13, 2014

Citizens aid SPD in solving hit-and-run

Somerset —

Sharp-eyed citizens helped Somerset Police nab a couple of alleged car thieves on Friday, stopping the suspects from potentially breaking into more vehicles.
Anthony J. Johnson III, 20, and Joshua S. Phelps, 19, both of Somerset, were taken into custody and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and receiving stolen property over $10,000. 
According to the Somerset Police Department (SPD), at 8:39 a.m. Friday morning, SPD officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run incident on Lookout Street, near the Tradewind shopping center. 
Witnesses reportedly saw two young males lose control of a red pick-up truck, crash it into a utility pole, and then flee the seen.
Not long afterward, SPD officers learned that a 2005 Ford F-150 pick-up had been stolen from a residence on nearby Grove Street, matching the description of the one involved in the earlier incident.
Multiple individuals called the Pulaski County 911 Center to offer updated information on the location of the suspects, according to SPD. This led to Sgt. Billy Bolin discovering Johnson and Phelps in the parking lot of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, allegedly checking a car to see if it was unlocked.
The suspects were observed by witnesses identifying them as the ones that fled from the earlier hit-and-run, according to SPD.
Johnson and Phelps were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
The case will be presented to an upcoming session of the Pulaski Grand Jury, and the investigation is continuing.
SPD was assisted at the scene by Kentucky Utilities and the Somerset Fire Department.
Capt. Shannon Smith stated that the Somerset Police Department thanks those people who took time to call 911 and reported what they saw, as their assistance made a significant impact on this case.
 
Chris Harris is a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached at charris@somerset-kentucky.com.
 
 

1
Text Only
News Live
  • eubank school1.jt.jpg New cafeteria coming soon to Eubank Elementary

    Students at one elementary school in northern Pulaski County will be taking their lunches in the classroom for a bit while construction to its cafeteria continues. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rift over firefighter pay finally history

    Somerset officials are closing the books on a years-long disagreement between the city and the state labor cabinet over overtime pay and other benefits for firefighters and EMS workers. 

    July 31, 2014

  • BURNSIDE LODGE-TURNER FOTO.jpg Turner to meet with commissioner on Burnside Island

    A state representative unhappy over secrecy surrounding possible privatization of General Burnside Island State Park said he will respond positively to an invitation to meet with Elaine Walker, commissioner of Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Ca

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Derek Kissee.jpg Science Hill man charged in Rockcastle County beating

    A Science Hill man has been accused of beating and leaving another Pulaski County man for dead in an abandoned Rockcastle County rock qu

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kingsford Fire 07-29-2014 KS 09.jpg No injuries, minimal damage at Kingsford Plant

    A normal production day at the Kingsford Charcoal Plant in southern Pulaski County was halted for a few hours while firefighters worked to put out a small blaze at the plant. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 020313 SCC Rogers BLdg-0286.jpg SCC tabbed as one of top places to work

    A national publication dedicated to all things secondary education has named Somerset Community College one of the best in the nation to work for. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Warning: Robo phone scam targeting local residents

    Authorities are warning local residents of a possible phone scam.

    July 28, 2014

  • Baskin Robbins Reopens 07-29-2014 JT 17.jpg Baskin Robbins is back in Somerset

    Even with two Dairy Queens, a new Orange Leaf and an ice cream truck, Somerset residents have still been screaming for more ice cream.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK FOTO.JPG Heated sidewalks provide sparks for workers
    A heated sidewalk to melt snow and ice was “quite the thing” a half century ago in a small town like Somerset. This town’s first and only electrically warmed sidewalk was installed facing Fountain Square alongside First and Farmers National Bank when the bank’s downtown headquarters building was constructed in 1963-64.
    As snow fell, the warm sidewalk melted a walkway about 2 feet wide alongside the bank. It was the talk of the town; quite a gimmick.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 021614 Citizens 11 Boyd randolph.jpg Somerset Schools will fight ruling

    The recent hearing regarding the conflict with county schools over non-resident students might not have gone Somerset’s way, but that doesn’t mean they’re done fighting.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

News Live
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks