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.


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.