WSIP News 10-13-2017


Police Pursuit Lands one in Jail and Another on the Run

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                   KENNETH WELLS - ARRESTED                                                           SHAWN EASLEY - WANTED

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on the evening of October 12th Deputy Byron Fairchild attempted to traffic stop a black S-10 pickup truck with 2 wanted individuals inside who were also under the influence and the vehicle had the wrong tags on it. The deputy recognized the driver (Shawn Easley) who was wanted out of South Carolina and a Traffic stop was performed at the KY40 and US460 intersection. When the deputy got out of the cruiser to walk up and make contact with them the vehicle fled off leading the deputy on a chase down KY40 West and on to KY172, The pursuit then came across KY1559 on to KY201 and went on into Lawrence Co where the vehicle hit a ditch line and one subject was apprehended.

The driver punched the driver’s side window out and ran into the hills and the passenger was caught and arrested. We are asking the for public's help in locating wanted persons, Shawn Easley who should be on foot in the Blaine / KY201 area or may have made his way back to Paintsville. Use caution and do not approach him. Through investigation and with items found in the vehicle it was determined both individuals were under the influence of Methamphetamine and alcohol. Kenneth Wells, 41 of Van Lear was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Serving Arrest Warrant For Court
2) Complicity Fleeing and evading 1st degree motor vehicle
3) Complicity Wanton endangerment 1st Degree
4) Public Intoxication
5) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (needle)

Shawn Easley faces multiple felony charges from South Carolina and Kentucky and several new warrants have been issued for Easley's arrest. Call 606-789-3411 with any information on his whereabouts. Assisting at the scene was JCSO Deputy Jerry Wiley, KSP Post 9, KSP Post 14, The Lawrence Co Sheriff’s Office, and Louisa Police Department.

Pedestrian Killed in a Late Thursday Accident on U.S. 23 in Floyd Co

According to the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville, a pedestrian was killed on US 23 in Floyd Co Thursday evening. Officials say the incident happened around 8 PM in the community of Ivel. Troopers say when they arrived on scene, they found a male subject lying in the southbound lanes of US 23 in front of a trailer park located across from the Ivel BP gas station and Alpike Motel. Officials say the pedestrian, identified as 51-year old Berry Allen Reynolds of Charlie Benton Hollow of Mud Creek, was walking across US 23 after leaving Double Kwik and was struck by a vehicle. Floyd Co Deputy Coroner Chuck Hall pronounced Reynolds deceased at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

Ohio Man Charged after Police Confrontation


An Ohio man was arrested Thursday morning following an armed confrontation with Police. Police received a call about a man, identified as Tyler K. Sproose, 21, of Jackson, Ohio, walking along the road near Paintsville Lake. When Officers attempted to question him, he allegedly became combative and lunged at them with an open pocket knife in his hand. Officers used a taser on him twice to bring him into compliance. Sproose was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication, wanton endangerment and resisting arrest. He is lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Magoffin Co


According to information out of Magoffin Co, a traffic stop lead to arrest of a Salyersville man on drug charges. Reports indicate that the traffic stop happened on Coon Creek Road in Salyersville by the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Office. A Deputy stopped a Gray Volkswagen Beetle that was possibly connected to a Morgan Co truck theft. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 32-year old Michael Barnett of Salyersville, allegedly told the Deputy that his license was suspended. Several types of narcotics were found inside the vehicle, including syringes, plastic bags and what is believed to be meth and over three-hundred dollars in cash. Barnett was arrested and charged with 3-counts of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance, DUI and other traffic related charges.

Woman Arrested after Police Chase in Perry Co

Kentucky State Police in Hazard say one woman was arrested after a police chase Thursday night. Troopers said they tried to pull the woman over for reckless driving and that's when she took off. The chase started in Perry Co and then went into Leslie Co. Troopers say at some point the driver made a u-turn and headed back to Perry Co. The woman was later arrested. Her identity has not been officially released at this time. The car the woman was driving was reported stolen around the Lousiville area.

Two Injured in a Perry Co Crash, Another Person Arrested

A two vehicle head-on crash occurred on Highway 15 just north of the Chavies community of Perry Co late Thursday night. The only information released thus far says one person was airlifted from the scene, another person was transported to Hazard ARH and another person has been detained as part of the investigation.

Longtime Court of Appeals Judge to Step Down

A longtime Court of Appeals judge will resign from her position at the end of 2017. Janet Stumbo made the announcement on Thursday. She has served on the Court of Appeals since 1989. According to information released, several factors went into the decision, including a desire to help people affected by the ongoing situation with former disability attorney Eric C. Conn's clients and the Social Security Administration.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College Named as One of the Best

Big Sandy Community and Technical College has been named as one of only 150 institutions nationally to be eligible for the fifth biennial $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, has brought a new level of public attention to community colleges, defined comprehensive measures of excellence in outcomes for community college students, and uncovered and disseminated practices that help exceptional colleges ensure great outcomes for their students.

All prize-winning community colleges were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

• Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)

• Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)

• Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students).

The top-150 is the first step in the process for awarding the prize in 2019. Aspen invites each eligible institution to submit an application to the Aspen Prize. A selection committee of higher education experts will review submitted materials and select 10 finalist institutions. From there, a more intensive review takes place, which will include visits to the selected colleges and the collection of additional quantitative data. A distinguished jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in 2019. The Aspen Prize is supported by the Joyce Foundation, and the Siemens Foundation.

Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee named Winner of Gov. Award

Members of the Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee received some very good news on Thursday afternoon, as it was announced they have been named as the winner of the “Beautify the Bluegrass” Initiative. Governor Matt Bevin made the announcement Thursday afternoon in a Facebook video. This initiative calls on people to come together to make their hometown shine. Trail Town members have been working non-stop around Paintsville and Johnson Co. working to walking trails, painting buildings downtown and other projects. The Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee is a non-profit organization that is made up of volunteers with the goal to beautify and promote the wonderful community we live in. Congratulations to everyone involved.