LOCAL NEWS

WSIP News 1-16-2018

 

Gas Leaks Detected at Prestonsburg City Hall Monday

The Prestonsburg Municipal Building was evacuated Monday morning after a gas leak was detected. Prestonsburg city hall, dispatch/911, police and fire departments are all housed inside the municipal building. Mayor Les Stapleton reported released information stating the gas leak was detected early and there was never any danger of an explosion, but as precaution, the building was evacuated. Mayor Stapleton said the leak was repaired and the building was reopened later in the day. All emergency calls were re-routed through the KSP until the situation was resolved.


Tanker Crash Causes Traffic Delays in Pike Co

A tanker crash caused some traveling delays in Pike Co. on Monday. The Kentucky State Police said the crash closed Rt. 319 near the Rt. 1056 intersection south of the McCarr community in Pike Co. Officials say the crash was minor and there were no injuries, but the road was closed for several hours because crews had to off-load fuel onto another truck.


Martin Co Water Service Outage Continues

Officials in Martin Co say water problems continue to affect many residents in the county. For the last week, due to several water leaks throughout the county because of the recent cold weather, Martin Co. Water Officials have been forced to shut off water during the overnight hours to some areas of the county to help try and build up water levels in their tanks and to give time to repair broken or busted pipes. Judge Executive Kelly Callahan said the Water District is working non-stop to fix the problems, but officials still could not say when normal service might be restored. Martin Co Water Officials say they must ask for a rate increase because of this dire situation. To paraphrase from a post on the Martin Co. Utilities Facebook page, the primary causes for our current situation are a decrease in customers leading to lost revenue, coupled with an increase in utility costs to repair failing infrastructure. This shortfall has created an accounts payable debt that the utility don’t have the funds to pay. To read a statement from the Martin Co. Water Board, click on the following link. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2091294744492892&id=2001486190140415


KSP Warning Public about a New Phone Scam

The Kentucky State Police are warning citizens about a phone scam in the area. Troopers say the scammers are posing as AEP employees and calling businesses demanding immediate payment of a bill with a prepaid card. The scammers sometime even ask the customer to meet and make a cash payment. Troopers say the scammers often call from numbers that show Kentucky Power on caller ID. KSP says the scam has been seen in other parts of the Kentucky and in Ohio.


Kentucky is First to get OK for Medicaid Work Requirement

Kentucky has become the first state to win approval from the Trump administration requiring many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage. The Trump administration gave the approval Friday. People between the ages of 19 and 64 must complete 80 hours per month of "community engagement" to keep their benefits. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course and community service. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan will save state taxpayers more than $300 million over the next five years. He also estimates about 95,000 people will lose their Medicaid coverage either by not complying with the work and community engagement requirements or by losing their eligibility because they make too much money.


Johnson Co. Primary 2018 Election Filings (As of Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018)

The following is another updated list of filings for the 2018 Primary Election in Johnson Co. as of Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018.

* Circuit Clerk: Penny Adams ®
* PVA: Michael “Dip” Stafford (D)
* County Judge Executive: Roger T. “Tucker” Daniel ®, George Burton Spriggs ®, Lyndon Butcher ®, Mark McKenzie (D)

* County Attorney: Michael Endicott ®
* Country Clerk: Sallee Conley-Holbrook ®
* Sheriff: Doug Saylor ®, Brian Keith Bush ®, Dwayne Price (D), Cecil E. Cyrus II (D)
* Jailer: Russell Honeycutt ®, Toy L. Blair ®, Steve Rose ®, Marissa McCarty ®

* County Commissioners:
(Dist 1) Kathy Adams ®, Vessie Lee Workman ®
(Dist 2) Paul “Barber” Daniel ®, William R. “Robbie” Fraley II ®, Mike “Mikey” Jarrell ®
(Dist 3) Kenny Cantrell ®, Darren Gamble ®, Tim “Barber Tim” Salyer ®, Stephen Ray Grimm ®, Delbert Conley (D), Jimmy R. Castle (D)

* Coroner: J.R. Frisby (D)
* County Surveyor: Clarence Scarberry ®
* Magistrate: (Dist 1) Herbert E. Castle ®

* Constable:
(Dist 1) James “Redeye” Castle ® -
(Dist 2) Jason Golden ®, James Ryan Caudill ®, Bryan Castle (D), Bruce Ritz (D) -
(Dist 3) David Pridemore ®, Raymond Pennington ®, Toby McKenzie (D)

* Mayor: Bill Mike “Coach” Runyon
* City Council: Patricia Eileen Nelson, Christopher Pierce

We will continue to update this list as we receive them. Citizens interested in filing for the 2018 Primary have until Jan 30, 2018 @ 4 PM.





WSIP News 1-15-2018 (2)

 

West Virginia Bank Robber Caught in Louisa

According to a news release from the Louisa Police Dept. on Friday, January 12, 2018 the Louisa Police Department responded to a call made by Inez Deposit Bank on Commerce Drive that a male subject was acting suspicious but had fled the area. While Sgt. Steven Wilburn of the LPD was attempting to locate the vehicle, officers received a second call that the Community Trust Bank in Fort Gay, WV had just been robbed by a suspect matching that description and that Wayne Co Sheriff Department was in pursuit of the suspect. Officers from Kentucky State Police, Louisa Police Department, Lawrence Co Sheriff Office and Wayne Co Sheriff Department joined the pursuit that ended on KY 1690 just before Nats Creek.

During the pursuit the subject began throwing money from the vehicle along HWY 1690. All money located was returned to the bank and the West Virginia authorities. The suspect was identified as 61 year old Steve Meeks of Louisa. He was arrested by Sgt. Wilburn and has been charged with Attempted Robbery 1st (Inez Bank), Fleeing or Evading Police 1st, Wanton Endangerment 1st, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, DUI 2nd, Illegal Registration Plates. Suspect was lodged in Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and also faces charges in West Virginia.


Police Searching for Suspects in a String of Burglaries

Police in Magoffin Co. are continuing their investigation in a string of burglaries and vandalism that stretches from the Floyd/Magoffin Co line to Royalton. Officials report that several businesses in Magoffin Co and one business in Floyd Co., where burglarized or had an attempted burglary and vandalized all on the same night last week. Businesses report finding their doors have been smashed, windows have been broken and items have been taken as well. Magoffin Co Sheriff Carson Montgomery says their investigation into these crimes is going well and they do have several suspects. Sheriff Montgomery said video surveillance footage of the burglaries has been a big part of identifying the suspects. If you have any information regarding these incidents you can call KSP Post 9 at 606-433-7711 or the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Office at 606-349-2914.


Ashland Woman Arrested on Vehicle Theft

An Ashland woman was arrested Saturday after Police said she stole a vehicle from the driveway of a home. According to the Ashland Police Dept. 28-year-old Christy Queen was arrested for receiving stolen property after she was seen by police in that vehicle. Police say the victim was warming the vehicle up in their driveway and during the few minutes it was left alone, Queen is said to have jumped in and took off. She was lodged in the Boyd Co Detention Center. The Ashland Police Dept. Is continuing to investigate this incident.


14 Month Old Treated for Opioid Overdose; Mother Arrested

According to reports out of Boyd Co, a 14-month-old child was treated Thursday for an opioid overdose and the infant's mother was arrested. Ashland Police identified the woman as Jocelyn Smith, 23, of Ashland. She was charged with 1st degree wanton endangerment. The baby was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center and was treated with Narcan and at last report, was doing fine. Police went to Smith’s home where they found drugs. Child Protective Services officials are involved with the investigation, as well as the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Smith was lodged in the Boyd Co Detention Center.


Rock Slide on Hwy 80 in Knott Co Leads to a Weekend Mess

A massive rockslide fell onto the eastbound lanes of Ky Rt 80 in Knott Co Friday evening, shutting down a portion of the highway. The slide closed all eastbound lanes of Rt 80 at the 5.5 mile marker near intersection with KY 1102. Traffic was re-directed with cones and signs to the median. Workers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12 office began removing all the small pieces of rock and other debris before dark on Friday and started drilling the big rock into pieces small enough to haul off on Saturday. No one was injured and no one was traveling eastbound when the rock fell, which was estimated to weigh between 60 and 70 tons.


Kentucky is First to get OK for Medicaid Work Requirement

Kentucky has become the first state to win approval from the Trump administration requiring many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage. The Trump administration gave the approval Friday. People between the ages of 19 and 64 must complete 80 hours per month of "community engagement" to keep their benefits. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course and community service. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan will save state taxpayers more than $300 million over the next five years. He also estimates about 95,000 people will lose their Medicaid coverage either by not complying with the work and community engagement requirements or by losing their eligibility because they make too much money.


Kentucky’s Flu Deaths on the Rise

The Department for Public Health (DPH) reported the first child deaths from the flu for the 2017-2018 season on Friday. A total of 36 deaths have currently been reported in the state. “Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children,” said the Acting DPH Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. “The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age.” This is the fourth consecutive week of widespread flu activity this season throughout Kentucky. “The most common flu strain identified in Kentucky and in the 36 deaths is Influenza A, added DPH’s State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard. “Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu. The flu season typically runs until late spring so it is not too late to get vaccinated.” After vaccination, it takes about two weeks to develop protection from the flu. Many health plans cover flu shots, and the vaccines are available at local health departments and pharmacies. 49 outbreaks of influenza have also been reported in Kentucky's long-term care facilities.


KSP Warning Public about a New Phone Scam

The Kentucky State Police are warning citizens about a phone scam in the area. Troopers say the scammers are posing as AEP employees and calling businesses demanding immediate payment of a bill with a prepaid card. The scammers sometime even ask the customer to meet and make a cash payment. Troopers say the scammers often call from numbers that show Kentucky Power on caller ID. KSP says the scam has been seen in other parts of the Kentucky and in Ohio.



WSIP News 1-12-2018

 

Officials Investigating a “Prowler” in the Flat Gap Area

According to the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, in the early morning hours on Tuesday, January 9, an individual was caught on a homeowner’s security camera in the Flatgap area of Johnson Co. The prowler backed his vehicle into the homeowner’s driveway. He exited the vehicle and began walking around the homeowner’s vehicle. He then walked onto the front porch of the residence. The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying the man. (Video can be seen on the WSIP Facebook page). The prowler appears to be driving a later model Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer. If you have any information regarding this man, please contact the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office at 606-789-3411.

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Police Searching for Suspects in a String of Burglaries

Police in Magoffin Co. are currently investigating a string of burglaries and vandalism that stretches from the Floyd/Magoffin Co line to Royalton. Officials report that several businesses in Magoffin Co and one business in Floyd Co., have been burglarized or and an attempted burglary and vandalized all on the same night. Businesses report finding their doors have been smashed, windows have been broken and items have been taken as well. Magoffin Co Sheriff Carson Montgomery says their investigation into these crimes is going well and they do have several suspects. Sheriff Montgomery said video surveillance footage of the burglaries has been a big part of identifying the suspects. If you have any information regarding these incidents you can call KSP Post 9 at 606-433-7711 or the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Office at 606-349-2914.


Suspects Wanted in a Home Invasion in Rowan Co

According to the Rowan Co. Sheriff's Office, Deputies are looking for two suspects who allegedly tied a women up in her home and robbed her Wednesday night. The incident happened in the 200 block of Old US 60 in the Farmers community of Rowan Co. Officials say two suspects entered the victim's home, bound her, and stole money and her car. The victim was able to get to a neighbor’s home where she called 911. The victim was able to identify the suspects, but they remain on the run. Officials say they should be considered dangerous.


KSP Warning Public about a New Phone Scam

The Kentucky State Police are warning citizens about a phone scam in the area. Troopers say the scammers are posing as AEP employees and calling businesses demanding immediate payment of a bill with a prepaid card. The scammers sometime even ask the customer to meet and make a cash payment. Troopers say the scammers often call from numbers that show Kentucky Power on caller ID. KSP says the scam has been seen in other parts of the Kentucky and in Ohio.


Officials Approve Plan to Keep Radioactive Materials in an Estill Co Landfill

State officials signed off on a preliminary plan on what to do with radioactive materials illegally dumped at an Eastern Kentucky landfill. Radioactive material was illegally brought to the Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill Co back in 2015. The landfill is located near Estill County High School. The State Energy and Environment Cabinet will allow the material to remain at the site, saying that will limit potential exposure that might occur if it was excavated. The cabinet will give final approval on that plan after the landfill comes up with a way for monitoring the waste.


State Government News

* Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes has announced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in the Commonwealth. House Bill 166 was announced Thursday morning in Kentucky's capital city. A task force was formed in 2017 to work towards writing medical marijuana legislation that could be passed by the legislature. According to the bill, people with qualifying debilitating conditions would be allowed to get a prescription. Some of the conditions include terminal illnesses, PTSD and eating disorders. The bill would also allow patients to grow up to 12 plants in a locked and enclosed facility.

* A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky Senate that would help protect dogs and cats left locked in car during extreme weather conditions. Senate Bill 8 would provide civil immunity for damaging a vehicle if a person enters the vehicle with the reasonable, good-faith belief that a dog or cat is in immediate danger of death if not removed. The bill is an extension of a bill passed in 2016 that protects potential rescuers from being sued for any property damage caused in saving the life of a child left in a locked vehicle. Senate minority leader Ray Jones, of Pikeville, said he has had people call him who think SB 8 discriminates against other domesticated animals, such as hamsters and ferrets. The prospective bill unanimously passed out of the committee and will now go in front of the full Senate.


Kentucky Power Awards AEP Foundation Grant

Kentucky Power on Thursday presented a $50,000 American Electric Power Foundation grant to assist low income and senior customers in eastern Kentucky. The grant to Christian Appalachian Project will help fund the nonprofit’s Elder Housing and Family Housing programs. Both programs make home repairs or install weatherization measures to achieve safe, warm and dry living conditions for families and individuals who cannot afford repairs.

“This grant will help Christian Appalachian Project provide much needed assistance in basic home repair and weatherization for the neediest in our in the communities we serve in eastern Kentucky,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite. “This group provides vital repairs and enhancements for hundreds of people living in substandard housing by addressing safety, accessibility and energy efficiency issues. These are immediate needs for many.”

In addition to the Christian Appalachian Project programs, Kentucky Power also assists low-income customers with weatherization through the Targeted Energy Efficiency program. This program through regional area action agencies to customers who meet income requirements. The AEP Foundation grant to Christian Appalachian Project complements the Targeted Energy Efficiency program by offering additional projects that include weatherization, heating upgrades, window and door replacements, roofing and structural repairs other maintenance.

“Christian Appalachian Project provides services to participants on a year-round basis,” Phyllis Caudill, vice president of philanthropy for Christian Appalachian Project, said in the application. “This gift will be put to good use. We have a home repair wait list of about 560 families, and our service projects typically range from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the need.”

For more than 50 years, Christian Appalachian Project has worked in eastern Kentucky to make a difference in the lives of children and their families, individuals with disabilities and seniors living in poverty. The nonprofit touches the lives of more than one million people each year. The AEP Foundation is funded by AEP and its utility operating units, including Kentucky Power. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education in science, technology, engineering, math and the environment and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, provides service to approximately 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.