Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Truck Fire Causes Evacuations Yesterday in Pike County

Emergency Management officials say a truck carrying oxidizer caught fire at a strip mine in the Stopover community.

The Phelps Fire Department then worked to evacuate around 150 people as a precaution.

Fire officials then let the fire burn it self out and were able to reopen the area around 4 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Pike County Emergency Management officials say several agencies are now looking into the cause of the fire.

Morgan County leader pleads guilty to kickbacks

Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a charge of mail fraud.

Conley admitted to his role in a kickback scheme with a Salyersville construction company between 2009 and 2013.

He fought back tears in the wake of a deadly tornado that ravaged Morgan County in 2012.

He broke down again in federal court Tuesday, as he admitted to taking more than $100,000 in illegal kickbacks from a bridge contractor.

Conley is set to be sentenced December 2nd.

He could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Funeral Arrangements made for 3 killed in Martin County fire

The funeral arrangements for three people who were murdered in Martin County have been announced.

Tina Goble, Cainie Johnson Junior and eight year old Trinity Maynard died earlier this month.

Visitation for the victims will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The funeral will be Friday at 11. All services will be held at Phelps and Sons Funeral Home in Inez.

A grand jury has indicted Jack Smith and Amanda Bowen in connection to the triple murder.

Man arrested in Pikeville wanted for sex crimes

Sheriff's Deputies in Pike County caught a Whitley County man wanted for sex crimes.

Deputies found Teague Webb in Pikeville.

Earlier this month, a Whitley County grand jury indicted Webb on rape, sodomy, and two counts of incest and being a persistent felony offender.

Wednesday marks eighth anniversary of Comair flight 5191 crash

Today marks one of the saddest anniversaries in Kentucky history. On August 27, 2006, Comair flight 5191 crashed at the Blue Grass Airport killing 49 people after taking off from the wrong runway.

As with the crash's past two anniversaries, a public memorial or tribute isn't planned to mark the anniversary.

Most of the passengers onboard the Atlanta-bound flight were from central Kentucky. Ranging in age from 16 to 72 years old, the passengers included a University of Kentucky dean and a couple married the day before.

Eleven months later, the NTSB determined the probable cause was "the pilots' failure to use available cues and aids to identify the airplane's location and to cross-check and verify that the airplane was on the correct runway before takeoff."

Those who died on Comair Flight 5191:

Rebecca Adams, Harrodsburg
Lyle Anderson, Ottawa, Ont.
Christina Anderson, Inglewood, Ont.
Arnold Andrews, Tampa, Fla.
Anne Marie Bailey, Vancouver, B.C.
Bobbie and Jesse Benton, Stanford
Carole Bizzack, Lexington
George Brunacini, Georgetown
Brian Byrd, Richmond
Jeffrey Clay, Burlington
Homer and Diane Combs, Lexington
Fenton Dawson, Lexington
Thomas Fahey, Leawood, Kan.
Mike Finley, London
Clarence Wayne Fortney II, Lexington
Wade Bartley Frederick, Danville
Hollie Gilbert, Somerset
Erik Harris, Lexington
Kelly Heyer, Cincinnati area
Jonathan and Scarlett Parsley Hooker, London
Priscilla Johnson, Lexington
Tetsuya and Nahoko Kono, Lexington
Charles Lykins, Naples, Fla.
Dan Mallory, Bourbon County
Steve McElravy, Hagerstown, Md.
Lynda McKee, Richmond
Bobby Meaux, Harrodsburg
Leslie and Kaye Morris, Lexington
Cecile Moscoe, Richmond
Judy Ann Rains, Richmond
Michael Ryan, Lexington
Mary Jane Silas, Columbus, Miss.
Pat Smith, Lexington
Rebecca Adams, Harrodsburg
Tim Snoddy, Lexington
Marcie Thomason, Washington, D.C.
Greg Threet, Lexington
Randy Towles, Watertown, N.Y.
Larry Turner, Lexington
Victoria Washington, Richmond
Jeff Williams, Lexington
Paige Winters, Leawood, Kan.
Bryan Woodward, Lafayette, La.
JoAnn Wright, Cincinnati

Kentucky man charged with threatening congressman

A Richmond man has been charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and officials say he also spoke of wanting to kill former Congressman Ben Chandler.

The FBI released an affidavit on Tuesday saying 40-year-old Russell Little repeatedly phoned Barr's Lexington office over a five-month span and made "both explicit and direct" threats.

Barr, a Republican, defeated Chandler, a Democrat, in 2013 for the central Kentucky seat.

FBI agent Michael Van Aelstyn wrote that Little also called Barr's office on Aug. 4 and "used a variety of curse words" to express his anger with Barr and Chandler.

Kentucky State Police arrested Little later that day and seized a loaded .38 caliber pistol from the front passenger seat of his car.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Former lawmaker given role in governor's office

Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed a former state lawmaker to be director of his office's legislative services.

Beshear says his choice, Roger Thomas, has experience and knowledge of the legislative process that's "second to none." He says Thomas' understanding of the General Assembly will be vital to achieve a successful legislative session next year.

Beshear's office says Thomas will retain his position as executive director of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy. In that role, Thomas serves as CEO of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and executive director of the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation.

Thomas was as the state representative for the 21st District from 1996 to 2004.