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WSIP News 7-28-2017

 

Pike Co. Football Coach Shot in W.Va

According to multiple reports out of Pike Co., a former H.S. All-State and UK football player and current H.S. football coach remains in the Hospital recovering from a gunshot wound he received in W.Va. Pike Co School officials say Phelps head football coach David Jones was injured in a shooting on Wednesday. Ancie Casey, the district's Athletic and Transportation Director, said Jones went to Pikeville Medical Center and is currently listed in stable condition. Police say Jones was shot in the stomach at his home in Red Jacket, West Virginia, which is in Mingo Co., W.Va. around 1 AM Wednesday after an argument got out of hand. Reports say Police have a suspect in the case, but no arrest have been made at this time. Jones played for Belfry, UK and for the Baltimore Ravens. He had been an assistant coach at Belfry before taking the head coach position at Phelps. No additional information has been released at this time.


One Dead following 3-vehicle Crash in Letcher Co

Police in Letcher Co. say one person was killed Thursday following a 3-vehicle crash. The crash involved a commercial vehicle and happened near the Mayking area of Letcher Co. Police say a car was stopped at the Golden Apple Fruit Market when another car hit it from behind, pushing it into the path of a tractor-trailer. U.S. 119 was shut down in both directions at the scene of the crash. A total of six people were taken to Whitesburg ARH with unknown injuries. One boy had to be taken from Whitesburg to Pikeville Medical Center and a 14-year-old girl was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in TN. Officials say the person killed was and 8 year old girl. There has been no official release of the name of the deceased. The KSP is investigating and WSIP will have additional information as soon as it is released.


Two Arrested in Floyd Co on Drug Charges

According to a news release from the Floyd Co. Sheriff's Office, Deputies along with the Martin Police Dept. executed a search warrant at a residence on Chestnut Street in Martin on Wednesday evening. The search was a result of an investigation into suspected illegal drug trafficking from the residence of Edgar Brown. During their investigation, deputies say they bought illegal drugs from Brown on two or more occasions. Multiple drugs, electronic devices along with cash money were taken as a result of the search. Arrested were:

* Edgar Brown age 55 of Martin on charges of Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree; Trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd degree, Trafficking in a legend drug and tampering with physical evidence and

* Bobby Murphy age 29 of Martin on 3 counts of trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd degree

Both men have been lodged in the Floyd Co Jail.


Former Pike Co Official Charged with Assault

A former Pike Co official has been charged with assault after police said he allegedly hit his wife with his car. According to WYMT reports, 76-year-old Charles Carlton's wife said he knocked her down by driving forward as she was walking around the couple's vehicle with her hand on the car. Officials said Carlton denies the charges. Charlton was a high ranking appointee in former Pike Co Judge Executive Rutherford's administration and he also served as the county's Energy and Economic Director.


KSP Announces Top Post 09 (Pikeville) Trooper, Detective, and other Awards

Justice Secretary John Tilley joined Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders in recognizing 79 KSP troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers for bravery, life-saving acts, and dedication to duty, at a ceremony held July 21. “The past few years have been challenging times for law enforcement,” said Sanders. “With attacks on police across the country, it can negatively impact the morale of our Officers. So when we have opportunities to recognize our officers for their dedicated service, it reaffirms our support for them and what they do on a daily basis.” “Those who protect and serve put their lives on the line every day for the safety of our families and communities,” Secretary John Tilley told the gathering of officers, family and friends at the ceremony. “These awards recognize troopers and officers whose actions have demonstrated bravery above and beyond expectations, and for that the Commonwealth is grateful.”

Four Troopers from Post 09, Pikeville were honored at the ceremony.

* Trooper Jeffery ‘Paul’ Johnson, a Floyd Co resident, was named 2016 Post 09 Trooper of the Year. A two year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is currently assigned to the Floyd Co area.

* Detective William Petry, a Prestonsburg resident, was named 2016 Post 09 Detective of the Year. A seventeen year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, Detective Petry has been in his current assignment of detective for five years. He is the son of the late William Bosh Petry and Willie DeRossett.

* Two Troopers from Post 09 received the Lifesaving Medal, awarded to Officers who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances. Trooper John Gabbard, a Prestonsburg resident, and Trooper Shane Hurt of Johnson Co, both received the Lifesaving award.

* The 2016 KSP Safe Driving Award, which recognized the KSP post with the highest average number of safe driving miles between assessable collisions, was presented to KSP Post 9 in Pikeville.

For a complete listing of the troopers, officers and individuals who received these awards, visit http://kentuckystatepolice.org/2017/pr07_24_17.html


Slide Repairs Start on Chandlerville Road in Johnson Co

Motorists can expect long delays on KY 3387 (Chandlerville Road) in Johnson Co for the next 10 working days as Highway District 12’s contractor repairs embankment failures at three locations: mile point 0.113, 0.242, and 4.295. D12 Engineer Tim Spencer said that the pneumatic hammer drill used to install the railroad steel that stabilizes the embankment takes up more than one lane of the roadway. “It is not safe to allow traffic through when the drill is set up and operating,” he explained, “This means that there will be frequent delays. People who do not want to wait in traffic should look for an alternate route during the next two weeks. We understand that this is an inconvenience, albeit temporary, but it is necessary if we are going to get the roadway fixed before cold weather sets in.” Spencer said the crew appreciates everyone’s patience and cooperation. “This is a work zone, so please stay alert in the area, be prepared to slow down, and observe all signs and flaggers.”


Dates and Times for Johnson Co. Schools “Back To School Night/Open House”

The following is a list of “Open House/Back to School Night” in the Johnson Co. School System.


* W.R. Castle Elem. – Monday, July 31st (4 PM – 6 PM)
* Highland Elem. – Wednesday, Aug 2nd (3 PM -6 PM)
* Porter Elem. - Wednesday, Aug 2nd (4 PM -6 PM)
* Flat Gap Elem. - Wednesday, Aug 2nd (3 PM -6 PM)
* Central Elem. - Wednesday, Aug 2nd (4 PM -6 PM)
* Johnson Co. Middle School – Tuesday, Aug 1st (6 PM – 8 PM)
* Johnson Central H.S. – (Freshman Orientation) - Wednesday, Aug 2nd (5 PM – 7 PM)

* 1st Day of School in Johnson Co. is Thursday, August 3rd.

 

 

WSIP News 7-27-2017

 

Escaped Inmate Re-captured after Nearly a Month on the Run

An escaped inmate from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center is finally back behind bars. According to the Kentucky State Police, on Tuesday evening, troopers arrested Thomas Wade Price, 30 of Paintsville. Price had been on the run for nearly a month after escaping from custody during a court visit. Reports indicate that Police in Magoffin Co. began chasing Price around 9PM Tuesday evening. Kentucky State Police said Price crossed into Johnson Co and they (KSP) met him on Mill Creek Road. Kentucky State Police Trooper Spokesman Trp. Steven Mounts, said, "Price did a u-turn and came back at the trooper and to avoid collision swerved and hit the hillside crashing his vehicle." Trp. Mounts said Price was not wearing a seatbelt and hit his head on the windshield. Kentucky State Police arrested Price and he was taken back to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Price escaped from Magoffin Co Jailer Bryan Montgomery upon returning from court on June 26th at approximately 1:20 PM. He reportedly escaped shortly after exiting the transport van upon his return from Magoffin District court. The Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office said for weeks they received tips that Price was seen in Johnson Co, but Deputies say every time we would go to a location Price had been spotted, he would always be gone when we arrived. Price was originally arrested on June 14 at the Louisa Walmart, on two Magoffin Co warrants. He has now been charged additionally with fleeing or evading police and wanton endangerment.


Commercial Vehicle Crash Closes Floyd Co Road

According to reports from the Prestonsburg Police Dept. on Tuesday evening around 8:45 PM, a commercial vehicle (2017 Freightliner) was traveling from the Lanzer (Floyd Co) community toward Prestonsburg on Rt. 1428 near Greer Street, when the truck dropped off the roadway. When the driver tried to get back onto the roadway, the truck overturned and came to a rest on its side, blocking both lanes of Rt. 1428. Police say nobody was hurt in the crash, but the vehicle was carrying several types of chemicals which spilled onto the roadway. Police say those chemicals were no danger to the community and they were able to quickly contain the spill. The roadway was closed as emergency crews cleaned up the scene.


Family Dispute Leads to Arrest

According to the KSP in Pikeville, troopers were called to a residence on KY 680 in Floyd Co on Tuesday evening about a disturbance complaint. When troopers arrived on scene, they found 22-year old Emily Williams of Pikeville at the residence who was allegedly found to be under the influence. Williams told Police she had been attacked by family members when she came to the residence to see her children. Police say Williams was given a field sobriety test 3-timew, which they say she failed. The Department for Social Services were called to the scene to place the children with someone else. As the Social Workers were picking up the kids, Williams allegedly became irate and attempted to attack the Social Workers, as well as swinging her fists at the State Trooper while being placed under arrest. Williams was placed under arrest and charged with public intoxication, endangering the welfare of a minor, disorderly conduct, menacing, 3rd degree assault of a police officer. She was taken to the Floyd Co Detention Center and has since been released.


Ashland Pair Arrested after Doing Drugs in City Park Bathroom

Two people were arrested Ashland Tuesday after undercover detectives say they saw two people abuse suspected heroin in a bathroom at Central Park in Ashland. According to the Ashland Police Dept. they arrested Flora Pennington, 30, and Andrew Albertson, 40. Pennington faces wanton endangerment charges, while Albertson also faces public intoxication charges and both face possession charges. They were lodged in the Boyd Co Detention Center. Kentucky State Police also assisted in the investigation


State Government News

State Sen. Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort) says he will not resign after allegations surfaced he groped and propositioned a man in 2005, the Herald-Leader reports. Senate Democrats ousted Carroll from his position as Minority Whip and asked for his resignation after the news broke. “Absolutely no resignation, no resignation,” Carroll said. Carroll declined to comment on the allegations.


Johnson Co Sheriff's Office get Animal Protection Truck

The Johnson Co Sheriff's Office has announced the addition of a new truck to their force that will allow them to help more animals in the county. Recently the Sheriff's Office received a new animal protection truck from an anonymous donation through a member of the community, the first type truck for the department. Johnson Co Sheriff Deputy Terry Tussey said this truck is a vital asset to the department and will be an asset to help animals in the community. Along with the truck, two animal crates were donated from Walmart and Tractor Supply.



WSIP News 7-26-2017

 

Guilty Pleas Entered in a Floyd Co Murder Trial

A Floyd Co. murder trial has ended in a surprise turn of events. On Tuesday morning, Ronald and Loretta Wright both entered guilty pleas. Ronald Wright pleaded guilty to murder, first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment. He will serve a 25-year sentence. He will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Ronald’s wife Loretta pleads guilty to facilitation of murder, first-degree wanton endangerment and facilitation of assault. She will serve a 15-year sentence. She will serve 10 years in prison and five years on probation. The trial got underway last week in Floyd Circuit Court as jurors heard testimony about how the pair conspired to kill Famer Halbert back in 2013 while also shooting and injuring Halbert’s wife Lorene. Formal sentencing for Ronald and Loretta Wright is set for Thursday, October 26th. Loretta will go to prison after her formal sentencing and Ronald will remain in prison.


Competency Hearing Held for Former Mayor after Suffering Strokes

A competency hearing was held Tuesday morning for former Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin after suffering two strokes last year. Fannin is accused of misusing thousands of dollars in city funds. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in March. On Tuesday Family members argued that Fannin was not able to remember events from his indictment or recognize family members, making him unable to testify, however Allyson Wood, a doctor of psychology, argued Fannin was competent to testify. She said she does not believe test results were consistent with observations. The judge is expected to make a decision within the next couple of weeks.


Judge Delays Conn Ruling to Review Case

A judge heard arguments in court earlier this week in an effort to decide whether Eric C. Conn's malpractice insurer should have to pay $1.5 million to those affected by Conn's social security fraud. The main argument from Conn's malpractice insurer was that they did not begin covering Conn until August 2013. They believe there is no proof Conn destroyed, lost or misplaced clients' documents after they began representing him and they should not be held responsible for anything that happened prior to their representation. According to WYMT reports, Attorney Ned Pillersdorf said he believes the malpractice insurer should still be liable to pay and hold Conn accountable. Pillersdorf said, "Simply losing records is legal negligence and that's why we think there ought to be at least $1.5 million coverage to the $31 million judgment we already have." Pillersdorf went on to say that malpractice insurance is there for a reason. "He simply lost people's medical records. Losing clients' records, in my view, is straight ole legal malpractice. The judge in the case said he will take some time to review the case and should have a decision within the next two to three weeks.

Operation UNITE Seeking Employees for Prestonsburg Treatment Center

Operation UNITE is seeking individuals to fill the following job positions for a Treatment Call Center. The Treatment Call Center will be located at the Big Sandy Area Development District in Prestonsburg, KY.

Office Supervisor– Will be required to supervise a staff of six people, answer phone calls from persons needing information or referrals sources for SUD services in KY, complete treatment assessments for persons with a SUD, make appointments, assist with referrals, attend meetings in KY as needed, compile monthly reports, possess ability to attend meetings in the state of KY, and other duties. Must have one of the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Registered Nurse with training or experience in behavioral health; Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor; or any other licensee in a behavioral health field. Must have working knowledge of MS Word & Excel and possess good communications skills.

Screening and Referral Specialists– There are three positions available. Responsibilities include: Answering phone calls from persons seeking information about, or referral sources for, SUD services in KY, complete treatment assessments for persons with SUD, assist with referrals, do monthly reports and other duties. Must have one of the following: Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor; Licensed Practical Nurse; Licensed Registered Nurse; social worker possessing a bachelor degree; or bachelor degree in a human services-related field. Must have computer skills with working knowledge of MS Word & Excel and possess good communication skills.

Outreach Specialist– Will be required to provide follow-up to individuals receiving information and treatment referral services, complete monthly reports, and other duties for the Treatment Call Center. Must have one of the following: Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor; Licensed Practical Nurse; Licensed Registered Nurse; licensed Peer Support Specialist; or bachelor degree in a human services-related field. Must have computer skills with working knowledge of MS Word & Excel and possess good communication skills.

Administrative Assistant– Will be required to perform duties that include general office duties that include, but are not limited to, the following: answering the phone; filing and scanning documents; operating copier and fax machine; working knowledge of MS Word & Excel and possess good communication skills. Must have one of the following: Associate degree from a college or university in accounting, management, or other related field; 2 years experience in financial, budgetary, or programmatic work experience in federal or state programs; and knowledge of modern office terminology, practices and procedures, business English, spelling, grammar and math. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a human services-related office.

Operation UNITE is a nonprofit organization that works on solutions to the substance use disorder (SUD) problem in a 32-county region of southern and eastern Kentucky. Send cover letter and resume via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Resumes will be accepted through Friday, August 4, 2017. Operation UNITE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KYTC District 12 Announces Bridge Closure on KY 1100

Today, July 26, 2017, the highway department will begin prepping the roadway break on KY 1100 in Johnson County for repairs. There will be a two to three foot drop-off at the end of the bridge on the Johnson County side. Barricades have been placed on the Floyd County side of the bridge on KY 1100 (picture shown). There have been individuals who have been moving the signs and barricades - PLEASE STOP! Barricades are put up for a reason. The site conditions will be changing today and we want to keep everyone safe.


Hundreds of Kids Served at “Redi-Fest” in Johnson Co.

As students and their parents prepare for the start of the 2017-2018 school, buying new clothing and school supplies, many in the local community struggle with finding the “extra money” that is needed to get these items. One way Johnson Co. schools tries to help out is the annual “Redi-Fest”. This event is hosted by the Johnson Co. Family Resource and Youth Services Centers that brings together local businesses and helpers, supplying school supplies and hygiene items for the students of all ages, to help these kids get off to a great school year. Shaunna Patton with the Johnson Co. School System said “this event takes months of planning and organizing, but in the end the smiles that these kids have on their faces is proof all the hard work is worthwhile.” Nearly 500 kids showed up on Tuesday to receive these school items and most received a backpack from “Operation Backpack” until supplies ran out. Organizers said they expect to receive additional backpacks and hope to get them to the kids who left without one. This year’s “Redi-Fest” was held at the Highland Church of Christ. If you know of a child that is needing help getting school supplies and other items, contact your local school Family Resource and Youth Services Centers.



WSIP News 7-25-2017

 

2-Vehicle Crash in Johnson Co.

Emergency crews in Johnson Co. responded to a 2-vehicle crash in Rt. 201 near Tick VanHoose Branch. According to officials, the call came into 911 around 3:30 PM on Monday, July 24. Members of WR castle Fire and Rescue, Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and Paintsville EMS all responded to the scene. It was determined that due to the location of the accident that Rt 201 needed to be shut down for a short period of time to allow for the emergency crews to work the scene. There has been no official word on how many people were injured in the crash, nor how the crash happened. The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. is investigating this crash.


Special Called Paintsville City Council Meeting 7-24-2017

The Paintsville City Council held a special called meeting on Monday, July 24 at city hall in downtown Paintsville. The first two items on the agenda passed concerned the 2nd reading of an amended ordinance (land usage, property maintenance code) and the 2nd reading of the code enforcement board to enforce all of the city’s building and property codes. Next the council heard the 2nd reading of the Bond Ordinance for city utilities, combining utilities, revenue bonds in the principal amount of $4,900,000.00. Ordinance for the city of Paintsville authorizing and providing issuance of the sale of $4,900,000 principal amount, for the purpose of financing the cost or otherwise provided of the construction of extensions, additions and improvements to the existing water, sewer and gas systems for the city. Setting forth terms and conditions upon which said bonds may be issued and outstanding, providing for the collection, segregation, distribution of the revenues of the said water, sewer and gas system and providing for an advertised public competitive sale of said bonds (KRS 83A.060).

Next the council approved the adoption of the utilities floodplain order. This is in reference to the rural development loan that utilities already participates in. The program that does not allow for the building in the floodplain. Next the council approved the adoption of the sale order accepting USDA’s bid on bonds, pursuant to the $4,900,000 loan. Next the council approved the low bid from Boca Enterprises for the Teays Branch property in the amount of $117,297.50, which was already accepted by the Paintsville Utilities Commission. Next the council amended a city ordinance regulating the sale of alcoholic Beverages amending the section pertaining to the types of licenses issued so as to provide for a “Special Sunday Retail Drink License” in accordance with State Law. The final item was to allowing Mayor Bill Mike Runyon to speak with the business owners that have businesses in the Parking Lot behind city hall and allowing him to speak with them about signing easements. With nothing further on the agenda, the meeting adjourned.


Stolen ATV Recovered in Pike Co

According to information from the Pike Co Sheriff's Office, Deputies recovered a stolen ATV over the weekend. Deputies say they received a call about the ATV on Saturday, which was originally stolen from Floyd Co. When Deputies got to the Greasy Creek area of Pike Co, they found the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver reportedly took off on foot and abandoned the stolen ATV. Deputies searched for the man, but have not been able to find him. The ATV was returned to the owner and the Pike Co Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate this incident.


KSP Investigating Theft of a Letcher Co Business

KSP troopers are continuing their search for the man they say is responsible for a weekend theft. On Saturday, July 22 treeopers report that a man stole $1,293.43 from the Family Dollar store in the Isom community of Letcher Co. Police have identified the suspect as Dakota Bates. Surveillance video from the Family Dollar store shows the suspect crawling behind the counter and grabbing the money while employees were not looking. Officials said Bates did not steal the money directly from an employee and no one was threatened or injured. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Dakota Bates, please call the KSP Post 13 at (606) 435-6069. You can remain anonymous.


Ashland Man Wanted in Several Ky. Counties Arrested on Drug Charges

An Ashland man was arrested on Friday on drug related charges, but Police say this same man was wanted on multiple warrants out of several different Kentucky counties. Stephen Cleaver, 42, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance. An undercover Deputy with the Boyd Co. Sheriff’s Office bought more than 4 grams of crystal meth from Cleaver, according to a news release. Cleaver was wanted on warrants out of Meade, Breckinridge and Boyd counties for DUI, criminal trafficking, criminal conspiracy, being a persistent felony offender, possession of a controlled substance and flagrant nonsupport. Deputies say another man was arrested during the execution of a search warrant along Trace Road where Cleaver was taken into custody. That man was wanted on an arrest warrant for failure to appear on charges of resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police, and public intoxication.


Unemployment Rates Increase in June 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the office of Employment and Training. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May 2017. The preliminary June 2017 rate was also up from the 5 percent rate recorded in June 2016. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for June 2017 was 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, also rising 0.1 percentage point from May’s 4.3 percent.


Free School Supplies

Summer break is almost over for kids here in Johnson Co. and to help get the kids ready for the new school year, volunteers are coming together to help give out free supplies to the kids in need. One such event is “Operation Backpack” where citizens have been donating backpacks for students. These backpacks will be handed out Today, July 25 at Ready-Fest at the Highland Church of Christ Life Center from 9 AM – 12 PM. Ready-Fest is hosted by Johnson Co. Family Resource & Youth Service Centers and Local Community Partners. Snacks will also be available.

* Another event will be held Tonight at the First Baptist Church in Paintsville beginning at 6 PM. Free school supplies will be available to kids in Pre-school through 12th grade. Remember the students must be present and accompanied by an adult. There will be free snacks and drinks available, as well as games. School begins in Johnson Co. on Thursday, August 3.



WSIP News 7-24-2017

 

Missing Woman Located in Huntington, W.Va

A local woman who had been reported missing for nearly a week after vanishing from the hospital has been found. Family members say Heather Dawn Charles, of Louisa, was found around 4:15 p.m. Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. outside of El Ranchito, along Hal Greer Boulevard. Investigators say she is okay. Charles was involved in a serious accident on US 23 near the Lawrence/Boyd Co. on Saturday, July 15. Officials say she had to be extricated from her vehicle then taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital. Family members say Charles left the hospital the next day, against medical advice and had been missing ever since. Charles was spotted at a gas station along Hal Greer Boulevard, next to the hospital, on Monday wearing a hospital gown. Reports say she had cuts and bruises on her face, neck and legs. On Saturday, family and friends of Charles located her sitting in front of the El Ranchito Apartments and were able to bring her back home, ending the week long search. There has been no additional information into Charles’ disappearance. The Huntington Police Department is investigating.


Crash in Lawrence Co. Sends 1 to the Hospital

According to Lawrence Co Emergency Management, a man was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital after a motorcycle crash in Louisa Friday night. Officials say the crash happened around 11 p.m. along Maynard Branch Road. No other cars were involved in the crash. The Cherryville Fire and Rescue, Netcare Ambulance Lawrence Co and the Air Evac Lifeteam from Inez responded to the accident. The victim's name or the extent of his injuries have not been released.


Martin Co Home Destroyed by Fire

Inez firefighters responded to a house fire Saturday evening at a home on Setser Branch, which is located off of Davella Road in Inez. When firefighters arrived on scene, there were flames coming from the roof. Officials said no one was home at the time of the fire. A neighbor witnessed fire and smoke venting from the home and called 911. Martin Co Rescue Squad also assisted on scene with traffic control. No other information has been provided.


KSP Investigating Theft of a Letcher Co Business

KSP troopers are searching for the man they say is responsible for a weekend theft. On Saturday, July 22 treeopers report that a man stole $1,293.43 from the Family Dollar store in the Isom community of Letcher Co. Police have identified the suspect as Dakota Bates. Surveillance video from the Family Dollar store shows the suspect crawling behind the counter and grabbing the money while employees were not looking. Officials said Bates did not steal the money directly from an employee and no one was threatened or injured. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Dakota Bates, please call the KSP Post 13 at (606) 435-6069. You can remain anonymous.


KSP Investigating Fatal Collision in Bath Co

According to a news release from the KSP, on July 21, 2017 at approximately 7:24 pm, KSP Troopers responded to a single vehicle collision near the five mile marker of Wyoming Road in Bath Co. Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead, Bath Co Sheriff’s Department, and Bath Co Fire & EMS responded to the scene. After further investigation, it was determined Shawn Patrick, 48, of Owingsville, Ky, was traveling southbound on Wyoming Road when he lost control of his motorcycle and left the roadway. Mr. Patrick and the motorcycle came to final rest after striking a fence in a neighboring field. Mr. Patrick was pronounced deceased at the scene. The collision remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead.


KSP Charges 4 Men in Theft of Property

According to a separate news release from the KSP, on July 19 and 20, Kentucky State Police Morehead with the assistance of KSP Post 9 in Pikeville, West Liberty Police Department, and many tips from the surrounding communities arrested four men in connection with the theft of over $50,000 in copper wiring and other miscellaneous items from the Hinkle hot mix plant in West Liberty, Ky. Kenneth Mullins, 47, and Ricky Salyer, 44, both of Salyersville, were arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree, Burglary, 3rd Degree, and Theft by Unlawful Taking $500 or more but under $10,000. Frank Seagraves, 39, of Olive Hill, and Richie Gilliam, 19, of West Liberty were charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000 but under $1,000,000. They have been lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Johnson Co. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Donnie McGraw.


KSP Charges Lewis Co Man with Child Exploitation Offenses

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, at approximately 11:15 AM, KSP arrested Joshua K, Hehner, age 29 of Petersville, Ky. and charged him with (10) ten counts of Possession of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor. Hehner was lodged in the Mason Co Detention Center. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Brian Cooper KSP.


Storms Cause Major Flooding in Mason Co.

A State of Emergency was declared for Mason Co on Sunday after floods severely damaged the area. “It’s devastation,” Maysville Mayor David Cartmill told the Lexington Herald Leader. “It’s an epic flood for us, we’ve never had anything like this.” More than one dozen people were rescued from the water by crews in Mason Co early Sunday morning. The rescues were from both mobile homes and cars. Reportedly, in one response to a water rescue, authorities found a man standing on a kitchen table with water up to his neck. The Herald-Leader reports that rain swept one house off its foundation and sent numerous cars at dealerships floating into creeks and onto roads. According to Mason Co's Emergency Director, there were 122 calls for various services between 11 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday. There were a number of power outages in the area. KY 1449 between KY 10 and the AA Highway were closed due to the road being washed out, as well as Marshall Station Road was shut down because the road was washed out. Officials say there were no reports of anyone being seriously injured due to the incidents so far.


Judge Awards Couples who Sued Rowan Co Clerk over $200,000 in Fees

A judge has issued a ruling in federal court requiring the state to pay money to couples who were denied marriage licenses by the Rowan Co clerk. In June of 2015, Kim Davis refused to issue a marriage license to several same-sex couples on the heels of a federal ruling legalizing gay marriage. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of the couples. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ruled against Davis, awarding the couples more than $222, 695 in attorneys' fees and $2,008.08 in costs to the plaintiffs. Woody Maglinger, Governor Matt Bevin's press secretary, released a statement saying: "The states outside counsel in the case are reviewing the opinion, and no determination has been made regarding an appeal."


WR Castle Fire and Rescue Awarded Grant

Members of the WR Castle Fire and Rescue are very excited to announce their department has been awarded $228,572 to purchase a new tanker truck. As part of the grant, the department must contribute $11,428, making a total project cost of $240,000. The funding comes from a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant that will allow for the replacement of a tanker that is 21 years old and has nearly 200,000 miles. The new vehicle will be safer to drive, more reliable, and could help us improve our insurance rating, lowering your homeowner's premiums, continuing the efforts by the department to improve the service they provide to the community.


PBH to Host Pre-Season Sports Expo in Magoffin Co

Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center will host a pre-season sports expo Today (Monday, July 24, 2017) at 6:00 p.m. at the Magoffin Co High School Gymnasium. Free sports physicals will be available along with refreshments and several injury prevention education sessions with various medical professionals. The event is free to all students. For more information, please call 606-789-3511 ext. 1229.


J
ohnson Co. “Operation Backpack”

Summer break is almost over for kids here in Johnson Co. Many throughout the community are collecting backpacks as part of helping students go back to school. “Operation Backpack” has already collected more than 300 backpacks for students and volunteers are hoping to collect at least 200 more backpacks. The backpacks will be distributed at Ready-Fest which will be on Tuesday, July 25 at Highland Church of Christ Life Center 9 AM – 12 PM. Ready-Fest is hosted by Johnson Co. Family Resource & Youth Service Centers and Local Community Partners. To donate backpacks, you can drop them off at the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office or for more information call your School Family Resource Center. School begins in Johnson Col on Thursday, August 3.