Monday, October 31, 2011

Kentucky Power Workers Helping In Northeast

{Hazard/Pikeville/Ashland, Kentucky}...Kentucky Power workers from Hazard, Pikeville, and Ashland left from Paintsville Monday afternoon headed to Hartford, Connecticut after a rare October snowstorm left more than two million people in the northeast without power. Forty-eight Kentuckians will be in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut working to repair downed lines. They are returning the favor to the power crews who helped repair lines in eastern Kentucky during the snow storm the week of Christmas in 2009. Kentucky Power crews estimate it will take at least one week to restore power to everyone. Forty-two tree trimmers from our region are also going to help.

Accident Kills Martin County Man

  • {Inez, Kentucky}...Kevin Baker of Inez, formerly of Paintsville, was killed in a car crash on Route 645 in Inez in Martin County Sunday. Police say Baker was ejected from his car after it went off the road near Save-a-lot and flipped several times before stopping 300 feet from the road.

Kentucky State Police Academy Graduates 60 New Troopers

(Pikeville, Ky) - This past weekend, 60 new troopers graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort, which brings the agency's total strength to 914 troopers. The new troopers started a 23-week training cycle on May 22nd which consisted of constant mental and physical challenges. Eleven of the 60 graduating troopers were assigned to Post 9 in Pikeville, which covers Pike, Floyd, Martin, Magoffin and Johnson Counties. The Post 9 Commander, Captain Todd Kidd, says the new troopers are definitely needed. "These eleven troopers are a huge addition to our manpower. We could get 50 more troopers and it wouldn't be too many," said Kidd. The new troopers, who report for their first day of work Wednesday, will be supervised by a training officer for 6-8 weeks. KSP is currently recruiting for a new cadet class to begin in the fall of 2012. For more information, visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org.
The new troopers assigned to Post 9 are :
Heath L. Ayres of Lancaster, Ky
Joshua B. Cox of Corbin, Ky
Jeremy H. Giles of Columbia, Ky
Nicholas T. Hale of Columbia, Ky
Craig T. Hulsey of Elizabethtown, Ky
Timothy S. Hurtt of Richmond, Ky
Christopher D. Marcum of Lexington, Ky
Stephen B. Mirus of Morehead, Ky
Zachariah T. Pennington of Richmond, Ky
Clifton T. Royal of Berea, Ky
Bradley K. Watson of Flemingsburg, Ky

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Government Seeks Property Forfieture

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The government is seeking forfieture of property owned by Michael Randall Crager, a Floyd County man  indicted this week in United States District Court in Pikeville on a charge of knowingly and intentionally growing 100 or more marijuana plants. As part of the indictment, the grand jury also made a forfieture allegation which states that the property used to grow the marijuana, 20 acres located in Hueysville, be forfeited to the federal government. If convicted, Crager could face more than 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine, and three years of supervised release.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Floyd County Business Owner Robbed

{Minnie, Kentucky}...Thursday night, Brenda Hicks, who has owned the restaurant Brenda's Place in Minnie for 20 years, was getting out of her car at her home when she says a man confronted her with a gun and demanded her purse and car keys. The man then left the scene in her car. Police are looking for a male suspect around 5'8". He has a slender build and was wearing camouflage and a green ski mask.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Magoffin County Post Office Closed

  • {Royalton, Kentucky}...The Royalton Post Office in Magoffin County is closed. U.S. Post Office officials issued an emergency suspension on the building, ordering it closed immediately after mold was found inside it, making it unsafe for the workers or people in the community. All of its operations are now being handled in Salyersville. U. S. Postal officials say a flood a few years ago caused mold to start growing inside the building. U.S. Postal officials say people can buy stamps or handle other business through their mail carriers instead of driving to Salyersville, and anyone who had a P.O. box in Royalton can get one in Salyersville. The postmaster retired and other workers were moved to the Salyersville Post Office.

Salyersville Requesting Audit

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...The Salyersville City Council is asking State Auditor Crit Luallen's office to investigate the water company's records. Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd says the water treatment plant owes $165,000 in overdue bills. Shepherd says the city council tried to go through the books to find the problems but they could not find some records. The city council approved paying the state for the independent audit.

Jenkins Independent Hazing Charges Dismissed

  • {Jenkins, Kentucky}...Charges against the Jenkins Independent School District, their superintendent and football coach Larry Maggard have been dismissed. They were all charged with failing to report an alleged hazing incident last fall. Judge Prator ruled that Jenkins Independent School District is an entity and not a person, and, according to the law, you have to be a person to commit the alleged crimes and the recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision involving this statute limits the reporting requirement to abuse from a parent, guardian or other person exercising custodial control and does not apply to a child abusing another child. Jenkins Independent School District's attorney Jonathan Hall says the Court's analysis was correct and dismissal of this matter was proper and consistent with well established Kentucky law. Howard Keith Hall, Pike County Attorney and prosecutor in the case, says he does not agree with the ruling, and he is hoping the Supreme Court will take another look at this law due to the fact that the facts of this case are totally different. Hall says he will decide in the next few days if he will appeal the decision to the Letcher County Circuit Court.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pike County Detention Center Inmate Escapes

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...On Wednesday, KSP Post 9 in Pikeville was notified by the Pike County Detention Center that an inmate had escaped. Kentucky State Police are searching for 26 year old Nacoma Harmon, of Pikeville, who walked away Wednesday while on work release. Police say Harmon was last seen around 1:30 P.M. jumping into a blue four door Oldsmobile between the Hall of Justice and courthouse in downtown Pikeville. He was wearing a green jumpsuit.

Notice Filed Against Johnson County Mine

  • {Paintsville, Kentucky}...The Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth say they have filed a legal 60-day notice of intent to sue Laurel Mountain Resources, the operator of the Bear Hollow surface mine, accusing the company of discharging selenium without a permit, polluting waters in Johnson County. The groups, which filed the notice in federal court in London, say selenium is harmful to aquatic life and at high levels can harm humans. The notice gives Laurel Mountain a two-month window to address problems before a suit is filed.

MSHA Cites Letcher And Harlan County Mines

{Harlan/Whitesburg, Kentucky}...MSHA announced Wednesday that, during September's special impact inspections at 18 coal mines and two metal and nonmetal mines, federal inspectors issued 374 citations and orders. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday the coal mines were issued 292 citations, 28 orders and one safeguard. Three Kentucky mines were on the list, including two in Harlan County and one in Letcher County. Inspectors targeted D&C Mining Corp. in Harlan County, seizing phone lines to prevent workers from learning of their arrival. That inspection resulted in 19 orders and citations, 16 of which were designated significant and substantial violations. An imminent danger order was issued when the inspection team found a cigarette lighter near the continuous mining machine. It was the second time since February that smoking articles were found underground at the mine. MSHA also issued two withdrawal orders after finding inadequate roof and rib supports and inadequate rock dusting in the mine.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tombstones Stolen From Knox County Cemetery

  • {Kentucky}...The Knox County Sheriff's Department is investigating after six tombstones, dating back to the late 1800s, were stolen from the Hawn Cemetery this past weekend. Family members say whoever is behind the theft could not have done it alone because the tombstones weigh more than one hundred pounds each.

Floyd County Man Pleads Not Guilty

  • {Kentucky}...James Slone, 33, of Melvin, was arrested earlier this month after being indicted by a Floyd County Grand Jury on  two counts of murder. During a hearing Tuesday in Floyd County Circuit Court, Slone entered a not guilty plea, and the judge set a January 12th per-trial date. Slone's bond remained at $1 million. Investigators say, in June, Slone was driving east on Ky. 122 when he crossed the center line, colliding with a truck driven by Jeffrey Hamilton, 36, of McDowell. Hamilton and 43 year old Karen Mitchell of Hi Hat, a passenger in Slone's vehicle, both died at the scene. Besides the two counts of murder, Slone is charged with four counts of assault and one count of DUI. Slone is being held in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Monday, October 24, 2011

KSP Respond To Floyd County Robbery

  • {Kentucky}...Sunday, KSP responded to a robbery at Hamilton Enterprise in the McDowell area of Floyd County. Police say a man entered the business, showed a gun, demanded money and fled on foot. The man is described as 5’5” tall and was wearing a blue or black hooded sweatshirt. If you have information you are asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 Pikeville at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Ryan Hamilton.

Man Killed In Harlan County Accident

  • {Kentucky}...State police say 22 year old John Kelly was traveling north on U.S. 421 in Harlan County early Monday morning when he left the roadway, over-corrected and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Transportation Cabinet Seeks Owner For Bridge

  • {Kentucky}...The 82 year old, 450-foot, three-span steel Parker truss bridge over the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Perry County on Ky. 80, is set to be replaced next year. Through a new program, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is willing to give the 1929 bridge, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, to a new owner rather than demolish it. H.B. Elkins, public information officer for the Kentucky Department of Highways District 10, says the cabinet would pay for marking the bridge, disassembling it and transporting it to a new site. The new owner would have to pay all other costs, including reassembling and maintaining the bridge. To be eligible for the program, recipients must re-erect the bridge so its original characteristics are retained. Those interested should contact Jeff Allen, environmental coordinator for the Department of Highways District 10, at (606) 666-8841. Written proposals and letters of interest for the bridge will be accepted through December 20th.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

eWarrants System Expands

  • {Kentucky}...Attorney General Jack Conway has announced the successful implementation of an electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in the 41ST (Clay, Jackson and Leslie counties) Judicial Circuit. The Attorney General's Office funded implementation of eWarrants in Franklin, Harlan and Letcher counties under a $3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded to the Office of the Attorney General in 2009. This brings to 107 the number of Kentucky counties utilizing eWarrants. Ninety-four of the counties received eWarrants under the Attorney General's ARRA grant.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thousands Show Support For Coal

{Kentucky}...Thousands of people gathered Saturday at the Stop the War on Coal Rally held at the Knott County Sportsplex. U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he believes coal is one of our great natural resources, and we ought to be proud of having coal in Kentucky and all of the jobs it provides. Todd P'Pool, who is running for Kentucky Attorney General, told the crowd that, for four generations, Kentucky coal put food on his family's table. Country music singer Stella Parton, who has an album titled American Coal, said the only way she knows to fight back as an American and Appalachian child is to use her music to get the message out.

Pulaski County Man Killed

{Kentucky}...Police in Pulaski County say 48 year old Roger Burdine was cutting down a tree Friday afternoon on Cotton Gin Cemetery Road when it fell on him, killing him instantly. The coroner says Burdine, of Burdine Logging Company, was performing the work with his brother when the accident happened.

Prestonsburg Couple Arraigned

{Kentucky}...Shawn and Amber Cordle of Prestonsburg were arraigned Thursday in Floyd Circuit Court after being indicted on five counts of first-degree criminal abuse, a class C felony, five counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of unlawful imprisonment, a class D felony. Prestonsburg Police say five children were found in the home where human and animal feces was on the floors and walls. Officers say three of the children were downstairs, while two “special-needs children” were locked in an upstairs room, lying in a bed soaked in urine and feces. Police say prescription medication was also scattered throughout the house in reach of the children. A pretrial hearing is set for January 13th.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Knott County Fiscal Court Corrected Problems

{Kentucky}...Ezalee Pigman filed a complaint with Attorney General Jack Conway's office after a special called fiscal court meeting in Knott County on September 21st. Pigman says written notice of the meeting was not sent to the members of the fiscal court, and the court continued to discuss public business after the meeting adjourned. Pigman claimed the meetings were improper, and Conway agreed, saying it was an "inadvertent" violation of the Open Meetings Act, and it "violated the public good." Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson said, "We try every was possible to comply with every rule, law and regulation. On occasions, we are small staffed and we screw up, and this time we did." Thompson says they have corrected the problems. Everything from the illegal meeting was voided and another meeting was held with the proper notification.

Alleged Drug Dealers Arrested In Johnson County

After a ten month undercover drug investigation, Operation UNITE, Kentucky State Police, the Sheriff's Department, and Paintsville Police had warrants for 28 alleged drug dealers in Johnson County. Friday morning, police arrested 17 of them and charged them with drug trafficking. Investigators say most of the people charged sold Oxycodone or Hydrocodone.

Those arrested are:
Robert Page, age 56, charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Billie Page, age 48, charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Robbie Page, 29, charged with one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Mile Eldridge, age 38, of Pine Street, Paintsville, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Michael Green, 24, of 6th Street, Paintsville, one count each first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Melissa Rife, age 44, of KY 40, Oil Springs, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
James Smith, age 45, of KY 40-West, one count each of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Ollie Whitt, age 27, of KY 40, Oil Springs, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Larry Williams, age 44, of KY 302, Van Lear, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.
Rosa Sexton, no age available
Josh Haney, no age available
Jenny McKenzie, no age available
Jessica Obrian, no age available
Kristian Mollett, no age available
Alicha Meek, no age available
Virginia Thompson, no age available
Samantha Baldridge, no age available

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Laurel County Sex Offender Paroled

{Kentucky}...Anthony L. Carroll, 53, a Laurel County sex offender was paroled from prison earlier this month after serving less than 13 years of a 100-year sentence. Carroll was eligible for parole under the law that was in place when he committed the crimes in the early 1990s, but Commonwealth's Attorney Jackie Steele, the felony prosecutor for Laurel and Knox counties whose office opposed the parole, says a jury essentially said Carroll should spend the rest of his life in prison, and the state Parole Board didn't have to let him out of prison. Verman Winburn, chairman of the board, says the board took into consideration the fact that he has made changes in his life and taken responsibility for his crimes. Winburn said Carroll had completed sex-offender treatment and will receive aftercare treatment, and will be supervised for the rest of his life.

Former Golden Years Employees Seek Pay

{Kentucky}...Former employees of the Golden Years Rest Home in Letcher County say they haven't been paid for the final weeks they worked before the home was shut down. They say they worked 20 days for nothing. Workers say they were told either the state was going to pay them or when the building was sold they would get paid. Officials with Attorney General Jack Conway's office say they have no role in this moving forward, and that the receiver Linda Bell was acting on behalf of Golden Year's Inc. and under the court's guidance. They say Golden Years has no money, only assets.

Ferus Corp. Officially Opens Outside Of Jenkins

{Kentucky}...Ferus Corp. has officially opened in the Gateway Industrial Park, just outside of Jenkins. The plant has created 33 jobs so far and officials with Ferus say they expect that number to grow. The plant takes the air we breathe and cools and compresses it to make liquid nitrogen, which is used in gas wells. Ferus is capable of producing 300 tons of liquid nitrogen per day which is stored in large units at the plant. Joe Ladouceur, Vice President for External Affairs, says they looked at several different locations to build on, but decided Jenkins would be ideal for the company to produce liquid nitrogen and deliver it to its  customers.

Pike County Detention Center Drug Smuggling

{Kentucky}...Thirty-five year old Shellie Duncan of Island Creek, who was already facing theft charges, is now also facing charges of promoting contraband. Officers say she had dozens of prescription pills on her when she attempted to smuggle them into the Pike County Detention Center. Jailer Rodney Scott says it's a growing problem as more and more people are trying to smuggle drugs into the jail. Sheriff deputies say they are also catching more and more people trying to bring in drugs to the Hall of Justice.

Pikeville Medical Center Voted 5th Best Place to Work in the Nation

(Pikeville, Ky) - Modern Healthcare, the industry's most respected business publication, has announced the individual rankings of its annual "Best Places to Work" list. In early September, the organization notified Pikeville Medical Center that for the third year in a row, PMC was on the top 100 list. However, at a banquet Tuesday night in Chicago, PMC officials learned the hospital ranked number 5 nationally, and 1st in Kentucky in the large organization category. Last year, PMC was number 7 nationally.
Chief Operating Officer, Juanita Deskins was thrilled when Pikeville Medical Center's name was called. "This award is a reflection of the quality of people who work at Pikeville Medical Center, and is an incredible statement from our employees. I honestly think we have the best staff in the entire country. This is exactly why PMC has been named "National Hospital of the Year" for the past two years," said Deskins.
To determine the Best Places to Work in Healthcare, information was collected from both the organizations themselves and the employees.

Competency Exams Ordered In Pike County Murder

  • {Kentucky}...Cynthia Ryan and Shannon Turner, two of the four Pike County suspects accused of killing 65 year old Millard Thornhill of Hatfield and then setting his home on fire in May, will undergo mental competency exams to see if they are competent for trial. Jeffrey Lowe and Randy Thomas are also charged in the case. Their trial is scheduled for February.

Knox, Perry, Pulaski Among Persistently Low-Achieving Schools

  • {Kentucky}...The Kentucky Department of Education has identified an additional 19 Kentucky public schools as persistently low-achieving, including Knox Central, Perry County High School and Pulaski County High. The schools will be eligible for federal School Improvement Grant funding for the 2012-13 school year and will receive assistance to improve student achievement. The new list brings the state to a total of 41 schools that have been identified as low-achieving since the state began the list in 2010.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pike County Man Sentenced

  • {Kentucky}...A Pike County judge has sentenced 28 year old Kenny Scott to 15 years in prison after police say he fatally shot 48 year old Dwight Vincent Kelly. Scott was originally charged with murder, but he accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Last September, Dwight Kelly was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound to the head. Scott received credit for the year he's already served in jail.

Letcher County Fundraising

  • {Kentucky}...Maxine Bates Quillen of Isom, fundraising chair of the Letcher County Historical Society, is trying to raise $84,000 to have a bronze statue made of her great uncle Captain Martin Van Buren Bates, who was born in Kona in 1837. Bates, who was seven feet, nine inches tall and weighed more than 500 pounds, joined the circus in 1864 and met Anna H. Swan, of Nova Scotia, who was seven feet, 11 inches tall. Queen Victoria paid for their London wedding on June 18, 1871 and gave Bates a gold watch and his wife a diamond ring. The Letcher County Tourism Commission obtained a $10,000 grant from Berea College's Brushy Fork Institute to complete a study on how much it would cost to have a bronze statue made of Bates and build a welcome and history center on the Whitesburg bypass. Part of the grant funded the creation of a papier mache statue of Martin Bates holding his pocket watch by an art class taught by Doug Adams at Letcher County Central High School. The piece is located in the front window of the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library on Main Street in Whitesburg. The couple still holds the record for tallest couple in the Guinness Book of World Records. Anna Bates also holds a world record for giving birth to a boy weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces and being 30 inches long at her home in Seville, Ohio on January 19, 1879. The baby died 11 hours later.

Reward For Missing Knott County Man Increased

  • {Kentucky}...The wife of 51 year old Richard Strong, a Knott County man missing since February, has increased her reward from $5,000 to $10,000 hoping someone will come forward with information about his disappearance. According to his wife, he called her the night of February 18th to say he’d be home around 10:30 that night, but he never came home. She says he was waiting for money from a guy he’d sold a truck to. If you have information on the disappearance of Richard Strong, you are asked to contact state police at 606-435-6069.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Whitley County Attorney Appointed

{Kentucky}...Whitley County Judge/Executive Pat White has appointed Don Moses as Whitley County attorney, filling the vacancy created by the recent appointment of Paul Winchester to 34th Circuit Court Judge. Moses has been an attorney for 39 years and has served as assistant attorney for Whitley County.

Floyd County Man Accepts Plea Deal

{Kentucky}...A Floyd County man has accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to murder, robbery, assault, and tampering with physical evidence in exchange for a 23 year sentence. Police say, in May, Benjamin Meek fatally beat Brian Jacob Gayheart and then threw him into the Big Sandy River in Prestonsburg. His body was found weeks later in Boyd county. Meek will be sentenced on November 22nd.

Former KY Governor Joins Democratic Tour

{Kentucky}...With less than a month until the November election, democratic candidates are on a statewide bus tour. Former Governor Paul Patton joined Secretary of State Nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes, State Auditor nominee Adam Edelen, Agriculture Commissioner nominee Robert "Bob" Farmerand First Lady Jane Beshear as the Democratic campaign tour bus made a stop in Hazard Monday.

Prestonsburg Mother Arrested In Ohio

{Kentucky}...Prestonsburg Police say 30 year old Rachel Ousley, a mother wanted in a severe child abuse case in Floyd County, was arrested near Akron, Ohio Friday. Prestonsburg Police say, in January, her seven week old baby had severe head trauma and broken legs. After Ousley was arrested, police say she bonded out of jail and then disappeared after she was indicted. The baby's father, 35 year old Gary Hensley, was also indicted in the case and arrested earlier this year.

Floyd County Couple Admits To Robberies

{Kentucky}...Police in Floyd County say Joshua and Velma Blanton have admitted they robbed the Prestonsburg Tiger Mart and convenience stores in Minnie and Grethel on July 13th and 14th for drug money. Investigators say Joshua Blanton robbed the stores and his wife, Velma Blanton, drove the getaway car. Joshua Blanton, who was arrested in July, was recently indicted on robbery charges. Velma Blanton was recently indicted on complicity charges and arrested on Friday. Officials say the couple had no criminal history before the three robberies.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Police Searching For Indicted Perry County Man

{Kentucky}...Ronald Clark Junior, a Perry County man accused of shooting his father, Ronald Clark Senior, in September has been indicted. A Perry County grand jury indicted Clark Junior for assault, two counts of wanton endangerment and criminal mischief after police say he shot his father at Clark's Liquor Store in the Avawam community. Police are still searching for Ronald Clark Junior.

Police Search For Harlan County Escapee

{Kentucky}...State police were searching Monday night for 28 year old Joshua R. Holden, a man who escaped from their custody after trying to start fights in the East Brook area of Harlan County. Police say Holden was under the influence of illegal drugs and trying to fight with residents when they were called at 2:32 A.M. Monday morning. Holden was only in custody for a short time before he escaped. He was last seen in the East Brook and Black Joe areas. He is five-foot-eleven and 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. State police say charges are pending. Anyone with information should call state police at (606)573-3131.  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thunder Ridge To Cut Live Betting Dates

  • {Kentucky}...Last Tuesday, the race dates committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved racetrack requests from Thunder Ridge Raceway in Prestonsburg to cut its live betting during the 2012 season by three days, down from 24 to 21. The decision comes after live betting at the Floyd County harness racetrack was less frequent in 2010. Track general manager Anita Ratliff says money was the reason for the request to cut the dates. Ratliff says the track lost thousands of dollars on the extra days this year and some days the total money wagered on live racing was only $18 for the day. The proposed calendar has Thunder Ridge hosting harness racing April 12th-May 26th, 21 dates in all. The pending schedule is very similar to the 2010 slate. The full racing commission will take up the race dates at a meeting on October 24th. During the race dates committee meeting, the state’s five Thoroughbred tracks asked for 210 days of racing. Three Standardbred tracks, Thunder Ridge, Players Bluegrass Downs and The Red Mile, asked for 65 days.

Lawmakers To Visit Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers and Senator Rand Paul will be in eastern Kentucky this week, when the Southeast Kentucky Chamber hosts two events in Pike County. U.S. Representative Hal Rogers will be in Pikeville Wednesday for a reception and session at the University of Pikeville. The reception will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. at Booth Auditorium and is free to the public. The second event will be a membership luncheon on Friday, that will feature U.S Senator Rand Paul as the keynote speaker. The luncheon will be at the Hampton Inn in Pikeville, and will offer a full lunch buffet. This event will be sponsored by Coal Operators and Associates, East Kentucky Independent Oil and Gas Associates and the Pike County government. Tickets are $15 for members of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and $25 for future members and community members. Paul is also expected to be the featured guest speaker at a “Stop the War on Coal” rally the following day, at the Knott County Sportsplex, near Hindman. Brad Hall, Chamber president and CEO, says, “This is a tremendous opportunity for our community to have a direct connection with the very people who are making decisions every day in Washington that affect our region.” Rogers, who has been serving Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981, is currently in his 16th term and is the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office. Rogers currently serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Paul is a freshman Senator from Bowling Green, where he has owned his own ophthalmology practice and performed eye surgery for 18 years. Paul is credited as being a cofounder of the Tea Party caucus and has recently played the part of chief obstructionist in Washington, blocking legislation for pipeline safety, and benefits for elderly and disabled refugees.

For information please call the Southeast Kentucky Chamber at (606) 432-5504 or (877) 738-4400, or visit www.sekchamber.com.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Johnson County Jury Awards Estate Of Big Sandy Inmate

{Kentucky}...After a week’s worth of testimony, a Johnson County jury has awarded over $1,700,000 to the estate of 43 year old Sherry McFaddin, who died March 27, 2009, while incarcerated at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Administrators of her estate claimed, in a suit brought against the jail, its employees, and Dr. Sarah Belhasen, that McFaddin’s death was the result of medical negligence. McFadden died at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville, suffering from pneumonia like symptoms. Paintsville attorney Chris Bowlin, who represented the McFaddin estate, said the Regional Jail had been dropped as a defendant and that Dr. Belhasen, the jails's nurse, and other jail employees were responsible for McFaddin's death. McFadden had been in jail since March 3, 2009 charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, non-payment of fines and promoting contraband. This is the largest monetary award ever granted in Johnson County courts.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pulaski County Man Indicted

{Kentucky}...A Pulaski County Grand Jury has indicted 83 year old Raymond Faehr on charges of assault and cultivating marijuana. Police say that, on August 25th, Faehr shot Matthew Anderson when he caught him allegedly stealing pot plants from behind his house.

State Representative Recovering In Atlanta

{Kentucky}...State Representative Dewayne Bunch, who was injured six months ago during an incident at Whitley County High School, where he is a teacher, has had surgery to remove an infection from his brain and is still recovering in Atlanta, Georgia. Bunch, who was trying to break up a fight between two students, was hit during the fight and suffered a head injury when he fell to the floor.

Mingo County Accident Kills Pike County Man

{Kentucky}...Police say a Mingo County man killed a passenger and injured another after wrecking along U.S. 119 while under the influence of alcohol. Police say Joshua Bly Miller, 25, of Williamson, crashed along Corridor G near Borderland about 5:00 A.M. Thursday morning. Twenty-one year old Adam York of Belfry died from his injuries, and 21 year old Zachary Smith, also of Belfry, was flown to St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington with serious injuries. Miller and a fourth passenger were not seriously injured. Miller has been charged with DUI causing death.

KSP Investigating Deadly Pike County Fire

{Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate after Charlotte Scott and Kenny Hamilton both died as a result of a fire at a trailer in Justice Bottom in the Phelps community of Pike County. Scott and Hamilton were found unresponsive in the home when the Phelps Fire Department and KSP units arrived on scene. Charlotte Scott was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Deputy Coroner Ernie Casebolt. Kenny Hamilton was taken to Pikeville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Letcher County Mine Issued Violator Notice

{Kentucky}...Thursday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a repeat violator notice to Vision Coal's Mine No. 2 in Letcher County for failing to report injuries or underreporting lost work time. The designation allows MSHA to shut down and evacuate any section of a mine when a serious violation is found. The agency says audits found that 19 out of 39 mines either failed to report injuries or underreported lost time from reported injuries. Four of the 19 met the criteria for the repeat violator designation, but the Letcher County mine was the only of the four that wasn't already on the list.

Floyd County Man Appears In Court

{Kentucky}...Thursday, Malen Mitchell Jr. of Floyd County entered a not guilty plea to DUI murder and fleeing the scene. Prosecutors say Mitchell was impaired in July when he crossed a center line, killing 22 year old Tiffany Adams, the mother of four. Mitchell will be back in court in January.

Breathitt County Man Sentenced For Stealing Ambulance

{Kentucky}...Shane Hale, a Breathitt County man arrested in March after he stole an ambulance at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital and drove it to Breathitt County, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Police said Hale was "highly intoxicated" at the time.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Letcher County Deputies Investigating Phone Scam

  • {Kentucky}...The Letcher County Sheriff's office is investigating after receiving reports of a phone scam in which a caller says they have won money and-or a vehicle. The caller, identifying himself as Jimmy Jones, requests that the winner send in money for shipping and handling to a Barbara Gayle via Western Union or money order. Police say you should always be aware of suspicious calls, report them to police and never give personal information to the callers.

Floyd County Daycare Shut Down

{Kentucky}...The State Inspector General has closed the Dinosaur Playland Daycare in Prestonsburg as an investigation continues into the death of two year old Watson Adkins, who died on September 30th from alleged child abuse. The emergency license suspension from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services states daycare workers noticed injuries to the toddler and his siblings days before Watson's death but did not report suspicious injuries to authorities. The emergency suspension order states that, on September 26th, workers found an injury on the back of the toddler's head and it appeared sutures were removed. Two separate staff members allegedly asked the guardian about the injury and got different answers. The report claims the staff also noticed red scabs on the four year old sibling and did not report it. Officials say, on September 28th, the daycare staff noticed bruising under the chin on the five year old sibling. The report says the child told workers, "my uncle hurts me" and begged the staff member to go home with her. Director Alice Karen Martin says the toddler was only at the daycare for two days, and workers did give the information to authorities during the death investigation, and daycare workers did nothing wrong. Jason and Gladys Dickerson are now in jail, charged with criminal abuse. Workers at the daycare have 20 days to appeal the suspension.

Golden Years Former Administrator Pleads Guilty

{Kentucky}...James Tackett, the former administrator at the Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins in Letcher County, has pleaded guilty to 19 counts of theft of government funds. Tackett was accused of taking more than $90,000 in government funds from the home.

Accused London Killer Seeks Change Of Venue

{Kentucky}...An attorney for Lisa Gilliam, the London woman accused of killing her well-known attorney husband, Larry Gilliam, filed a motion last week requesting a change of venue for her trial, along with a motion to reduce Gilliam’s bond. The motion states the trial should be moved to another county due to the publicity of the case and the fact that Larry Gilliam was well-known throughout the community. Larry Gilliam was found dead in his office of a single gunshot wound to the chest, and police say he and his wife Lisa were the only two people in the office at the time of the shooting. Lisa Gilliam entered a not-guilty plea before special judge Robert McGinnis on September 1st. A trial is scheduled for March 2012.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Beshear, Williams And Galbraith Debate

{Kentucky}...Less than a month before the November 8th general election, Republican David Williams, Independent Gatewood Galbraith and  Democrat Governor Steve Beshear sparred over jobs, the economy and gambling during a fast-paced, hourlong debate at Eastern Kentucky University's Center for the Arts in Richmond. During opening remarks, Galbraith looked at Beshear, then turned to Williams and said, "I told you it was him." The debate was sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and Kentucky League of Women Voters. Beshear frequently touted his tax incentive plan to create jobs and said twice during the debate that Williams' father-in-law, businessman Terry Stephens of Russell County, has received $1 million in tax incentives for his pipe and steel company to create 25 jobs. After the debate, Williams said the state approached Stephens about the incentives and Stephens never asked for or received money from the state. Williams referred to Beshear as a cheap-shot artist. Throughout the debate, Beshear said his top priority was creating jobs, and he defended his handling of the state's economy during the difficult financial times of the past three years. Williams said the state needed to replace the corporate and personal income tax with a consumption tax that would make Kentucky "the best place in America to keep and retain jobs." Galbraith touted his plan to give every high school graduate a $5,000 voucher for higher education. He said that would help create jobs and improve education. Williams was the only candidate who opposed the expansion of gambling in Kentucky.

Man Indicted In Fatal Floyd County Accident

  • {Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police arrested 33 year old James Slone of Melvin Tuesday after he was indicted by a Floyd County Grand Jury on two counts of murder in connection with a fatal traffic accident in Floyd County. Investigators say Slone was driving east on Ky. 122 in the Printer community on June 1st when his vehicle crossed the center line, colliding with a truck driven by 36 year old Jeffrey Hamilton of McDowell. Hamilton and 43 year old Karen Mitchell of Hi Hat died at the scene. Besides the two counts of murder, Slone is charged with four counts of assault and one count of DUI.

Marijuana Found In Bell County Home

  • {Kentucky}...Bell County Sheriff’s Deputies made a controlled buy of marijuana Monday at a home on Faye Miracle Road, where they confiscated nearly ten pounds of marijuana. Deputies arrested Jeremy Traxler, 37, and Mary Traxler, 35, on charges of trafficking in marijuana and cultivating marijuana.

Operation UNITE Kicking Off New Campaign to Fight Meth

(Pikeville, Ky) - With the number of methamphetamine incidents at an all time high in Kentucky, Operation UNITE is kicking off a new campaign to fight the meth epidemic. "One Step Misery : Kentucky Meth Epidemic" is a campaign spearheaded by Operation UNITE, Kentucky High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Narcotics Officers Association. Knowing that pseudoephedrine is the only ingredient that cannot be substituted in the manufacturing process, UNITE is wanting to require a prescription for any product that contains it. Dan Smoot, Deputy Director of Operation UNITE, explains that there are only 15 products that contain pseudoephedrine and 137 products that are just as effective, but do not contain it. In the two states that now require a prescription for pseudoephedrine, Oregon and Mississippi, there has been no public outcry. And, in both states, the number of meth lab incidents has decreased by 96% and 80%, respectively. Kentucky is currently fourth in the nation when it comes to meth production. And, here is something else to think about. Emergency medical responders are very vulnerable to the toxic chemicals. In fact, if a meth-exposed person is placed into an ambulance, the crew AND the ambulance must be removed from service for several hours so they can be decontaminated. If multiple calls are received at the same time, this coule delay response time for law abiding citizens...especially in rural areas where there are fewer ambulances.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pikeville City Commissioners Approve Restaurant Tax Hike

  • {Kentucky}...Monday night, Pikeville city commissioners voted unanimously, 4-0, to raise the restaurant tax from 1.5 percent to 2 percent. Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn says the tax collected on the sale of all food and beverages in city limits will help pay for the construction of the new Jenny Wiley Theater building in downtown Pikeville, as well as some other recreational, convention and tourism activities.

Abramson Visits Floyd And Martin Counties

  • {Kentucky}...Monday, Democrat Lieutenant Governor candidate Jerry Abramson visited parts of Floyd and Martin Counties to campaign for Governor Steve Beshear's re-election. Abramson walked the streets of Prestonsburg and talked to people, visited a barber shop, and met county officials at Billy Ray's Restaurant, discussing issues ranging from education and coal to the drug problem. The former mayor of Louisville pointed to Governor Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway's lawsuit against the EPA regarding mining permits. Abramson says he will keep meeting with voters until election day.

Inez Man Dies After Work-Related Injury

{Kentucky}...Bradley Stafford, 20, from Inez, died Friday morning, two weeks after being injured while working for a company that was weed eating the right-of-way on US 460. Stafford was in the back of a pickup truck with some other employees, and the driver says, when the truck started moving, the clutch "jumped" causing Stafford to fall out and hit his head on the highway. Stafford was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington where he died.

Knox County Residents Sue Coal Company

{Kentucky}...More than 70 people in Knox County have filed a lawsuit against Nally & Hamilton Enterprises, claiming the coal company's improper surface-mining practices caused or worsened flooding that killed a man and destroyed or damaged numerous homes in Knox County on June 20th. The lawsuit alleges the company did not properly reclaim its mine and failed to keep drainage ponds cleaned out, which reduced their holding capacity and allowed excess water to rush off the site during heavy rainfall. Early morning flooding in Kayjay washed the home of Joe and Shirley Senters off its foundation and carried it across a road several hundred feet from its original foundation. Fifty-five year old Donnie Joe Pate, died after the swift water swept him from a mobile home where he lived with his mother, Wilma Ruth Pate Hamilton, who was 79 at the time. The lawsuit claims  Nally & Hamilton's negligence and reckless conduct caused Pate's death.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pikeville Medical Center Expanding Services

  • {Kentucky}...Pikeville Medical Center is positioned to be one of the only hospitals in the world to have two of the fastest and most accurate CT scanners on one campus. Pikeville Medical Center has installed an Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system in the Emergency Department and will be completing this project by adding the second system in the Imaging Department. Walter May, President and CEO of Pikeville Medical Center, says, “We are fortunate to have the only dynamic volume CT system in the world, the Aquilion ONE. It offers faster, more accurate diagnosis, better patient outcomes and ultimately lower health care costs.” Along with the addition of two advanced CT systems, Pikeville Medical Center is also adding a new 1.5T MRI system to the existing outpatient diagnostic center as well as expanding services in the Cardiac Catheterization department.

Whitley County Man Fatally Shoots Himself

  • {Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police in Whitley County say 87 year old Harold Pennington died at his home Sunday morning after he had been cleaning a .357 revolver and it accidentally discharged. Kentucky State Police in London say Pennington died from a single gunshot to the torso. No foul play is suspected and no autopsy will be performed.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Investigation Leads Police To Clay County Home

  • {Kentucky}...The New York State Police and Kentucky State Police have teamed up in an investigation of a financial scam involving online dating sites that led to the discovery of electronics, clothing, jewelry and other goods Friday at a home on Sextons Creek in Clay County. After receiving a call from New York State Police, KSP Trooper Nick Metcalf went to the home allegedly receiving the fraudulently obtained goods and discovered they were being reshipped from there to Africa. Police say the person behind the scam apparently poses online as a military service member stationed overseas. Criminal charges will depend on the outcome of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 1-800-222-5555 or 1-606-878-6622.

Friday, October 7, 2011

FEMA Grant To Buy Pike County Homes

  • {Kentucky}...Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $2.5 million grant to Kentucky to buy 26 homes in the Raccoon Creek area after two floods struck the area in recent years. Homes in the area were most recently hit by flooding in May 2009. Rutherford says FEMA inspected the structures and determined the cost of repairing the homes to be greater than 50 percent of the market value. The grant comes from one of two applications from Pike County. The other application, which is for the 2010 flood, is still under review.

Mining Fatality In Letcher County

{Kentucky}...State mining officials are investigating a mining fatality in Letcher County that killed 23 year old Richard Coots Jr. around 2:00 A.M. Friday while he was repairing a conveyor chain that had broken. Officials say Coots crawled under a mobile bridge that fell, pinning him underneath. Coots was an electrician/repairman who worked for Owlco Energy LLC.

Eastern Kentucky Circuit Judge Appointed

{Kentucky}...Governor Steve Beshear's office has announced that Paul K. Winchester of Corbin will be judge for the 34th Judicial Circuit serving McCreary and Whitley counties. He will fill the vacancy left in June by the death of Judge Paul Braden. Winchester has been assistant commonwealth's attorney and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and law degree from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Knott County Horse Trail Ride Attracts Thousands

{Kentucky}...The Knott County Horse Trail Ride has grown every year since it started. The ride officially starts Friday, but hundreds of people are already out on the horse trails. Horse trailers have been pouring in to Knott County since Sunday, and Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson says thousands of people come from all over. Friday, country music singer Joe Diffie will be performing at the trail ride, followed by Paul Bogart on Saturday and Ricochet on Sunday.

Knott County Cuts

{Kentucky}...At a special called fiscal court meeting Thursday, the Knott County treasurer explained there is no money to pay county employees. A resolution was passed to finish laying off all people in the county that do not hold positions mandated by the state. Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson says the last two departments to be cut are the senior citizens and the road department. There was also a reading of the occupational tax that Thompson says could help the county's financial situation. He says a vote will be held at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Man Surrenders To Johnson County Deputies

{Kentucky}...Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price says, Thursday, Kie Castle turned himself in to Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, saying he was tired of running. Castle had been on the run since October 3rd when police say he assaulted Elvie Daniels and held her against her will at a home on Route 581 in Tutor Key. Castle called the sheriff after Price left several messages on his cell phone. Castle is charged with escape third degree, fleeing or evading the police second degree, on foot, and assault.

Finley Coal Miners' Memorial To Be Unveiled

{Kentucky}...A memorial will be unveiled Saturday in remembrance of 38 miners who died and one that survived a mine explosion on December 30th, 1970 when a blast ripped through two shafts of the Finley Coal Company's Mine on Hurricane Creek in Leslie County. State Representative Tim Couch, the son of survivor A. T. Collins, designed the new memorial. The Hurricane Creek Mine site is now a state historic site with a monument in memory of those killed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Groundbreaking For New Virgie School

{Kentucky}...A groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday for a twenty five million dollar project which will consolidate George S. Johnson Elementary, Robinson Creek Elementary, and Virgie Middle School. The new Virgie School will house head start through eighth grade and be a new home for nearly nine hundred students. State Representative Leslie Combs says a new facility for learning is a dream come true. Officials believe features like a state of the art library, smart boards, and a brand new gym will better the school system and their students. The new school, which will be located next to Shelby Valley High School, is expected to be completed by December 2012.

Hazard Police Investigating Counterfeit Bills

{Kentucky}...Hazard Police are investigating after receiving a call this week about a counterfeit bill being passed at a local business. Hazard Police Captain Jason Duff says it happens several times a week. Duff says the bills they have seen have been of poor quality, with incorrect colors, weight, length and width. To use a fake bill is considered theft by deception, but manufacturing false currency is a felony.

Telephone Scam In Knox County

  • {Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police are warning residents in Knox County about a telephone scam. In an effort to obtain personal information or money orders, the caller identifies himself as "Mr. Clark" and claims to be a representative of a sweepstakes, such as Publisher’s Clearing House, and promises gifts and prizes in exchange for payment or payment information. State Police detective Jason York of the Harlan post, who has been working the case, learned that the company is based in Kingston, Jamaica. Police are again urging residents to never give personal information such as checking account or credit card numbers over the phone. If you have any information regarding this scam or others, call Kentucky State Police toll-free at 800-222-5555.

Williams Visits Eastern Kentucky

  • {Kentucky}...Gubernatorial candidate and current Senate President David Williams visited several cities in eastern Kentucky Wednesday debuting his new jobs and economy agenda which he says will create and maintain jobs in Kentucky. Williams says he wants to reform personal and corporate income taxes to entice businesses into the state. Williams' plan includes a strong stand on coal and broadband access in rural areas. Polls show incumbent Steve Beshear with a nearly 30 point lead, but Williams says five weeks is forever in a political race, especially when there is a considerable lack of interest, and the race is not over yet.

Controversy At Whitley County Detention Center

  • {Kentucky}...Saturday night, Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Harrell took Johnny Satterfield to the Whitley County Detention Center on public intoxication charges, but Deputy Jailer Donald McElroy refused to accept the prisoner because he needed medical attention. Deputy Harrell was told he could not leave the jail without Satterfield in the car. Video shows Deputy Harrell putting Satterfield into his car then leaving through the sally port. But, the deputy lets Satterfield out. Satterfield said he walked into the jail parking lot and down the hill, finally ending up at a church where he got help. Jailers looked for him but could not find him. Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says Deputy Cody Harrell was doing what he was told to do by his immediate supervisor. Hours later deputies came back with a criminal summons charging the deputy jailer with unlawful imprisonment for holding the deputy inside the sally port. Deputy Cody Harrell is the son of Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Floyd County Toddler's Death Waived To Grand Jury

{Kentucky}...The case for Gladys and Jason Dickerson of Prestonsburg, each charged with four counts of criminal abuse, was waived to a grand jury Tuesday during their preliminary hearing in Floyd County District Court. Kentucky State Police arrested Jason and his wife Gladys Saturday night after their two year old nephew, Watson Adkins, was found dead at their home along Town Branch Road in Prestonsburg Thursday evening. Watson’s mother, Rhoda Lewis, says Watson and her other children had been living with her sister Gladys and her husband since March. She was awarded custody in June. The couple remains in the Floyd County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. Judge Danny P. Caudill placed several restrictions on the couple and personally requested they be monitored with GPS monitoring if they meet the set bond. The Dickersons requested separate attorneys.

Town Hall Forum In Prestonsburg

(Prestonsburg)  A Town Hall Forum was held Tuesday on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Techinal College in Prestonsburg.  The featured speakers were Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, and Senator Robert Stivers, Senate Majority Floor Leader.  The two discussed the area economy and the workings of the Kentucky General Assembly.  The General Assembly convenes on January 3, 2012.  Because it is an even numbered year, this will begin a sixty-day session.  Stivers and Stumbo answered questions posed by East Kentucky Broadcasting News Director Homer Owens, followed by questions generated by the audience.

Traffic Signal Work

(Pikeville)  Work on the traffic signals at the Buckley's Creek and US23 intersection will be ongoing for three weeks.  However, traffic flow on US23 will not be affected during the hours of 6a-6:30p.  Work will only be done after 6:30p.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Johnson County Deputies Respond To Assault

  • {Kentucky}...Sunday night, Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Clark, along with other deputies, went to a home on Route 581 in the Tutor Key area where a woman told him she had been assaulted while being held against her will. Deputy Clark says he was attempting to explain to Kie Castle, who appeared to be intoxicated, that he was going to jail when he fled out the door and into the hills.

Pike County Man Leads Police On Chase

  • {Kentucky}...Police say 35 year old Michael Bartley of Elkhorn City was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center on fleeing and evading and resisting arrest charges after he robbed a Westwood Pharmacy in Buchanan County, Virginia and then led police on a chase through Virginia and Kentucky. Investigators say Bartley rammed a Buchanan County Deputy's cruiser, when the officer attempted to stop him, then continued down Rt. 604 in Virginia where deputies fired shots, hitting a tire. The chase then crossed into Kentucky on US-460 in Pike County where Bartley abandoned his car in Mouthcard and started running. Kentucky State Police later found and arrested Bartley at Motley Fork of Feds Creek. Bartley faces robbery charges in Virginia.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Floyd County Couple Arrested

{Kentucky}...Police responded to a call of a non-responsive two year old in Floyd County Thursday evening. Kentucky State Police arrested 30 year old Jason Dickerson and his wife, 26 year old Gladys Dickerson, Saturday in Elliott County after the couple's two year old nephew, Watson Adkins, was found dead at their home along Town Branch Road in Prestonsburg. Watson’s mother Rhoda Adkins-Lewis says Watson and her two other children had been living with her sister Gladys and her husband since March. She was awarded custody in June.

Telephone Wire Theft

(Letcher County) Kentucky State Police Detectives arrested two individuals in the Blackey community of Letcher County.  Detectives were in Blackey conducting an investigation related to recent telephone wire thefts, when they
encountered these subjects. Cecil J. Slone, 31, and Wade Engle, 46, both
of Blackey, were charged with one count each of complicity to commit
theft by unlawful taking over $500.00.  Both were lodged in the Letcher
County Jail.  Detectives Joel Abner and Bill Pollard, of Kentucky State
Police Post 13 in Hazard, are continuing this investigation.

Fire Fatality

(Perry County) An early morning structure fire on Saturday claimed a life in Perry County.The fire, which was reported at 4:45 A.M., resulted in a home at 6268 Kentucky Highway 451 in the Busy community of Perry County being destroyed. The Avawam Fire Department responded, and, while fighting the fire, located human remains inside the  residence. Detective Clayton Stamper along with a Deputy State Fire Marshall responded to the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No Foul play is suspected at this time. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy, and the incident remains under investigation

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Golden Years Rest Home Shuts Down

{Kentucky}...Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins, which has been cited for numerous health and safety violations regarding its care of residents, began shutting down Friday. Troubles at Golden Years include felony charges against former administrators James Tackett and Jonah Tackett, the death of Larry Bruce Huff, 64, who had schizophrenia and a history of alcoholism, who walked away from Golden Years and later froze to death in 2007, and several state health violations. Former administrator James Tackett faces federal and state charges for allegedly taking more than $500,000 from money intended for the residents who lived at Golden Years. He has pleaded not guilty. His state trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Letcher Circuit Court. James Tackett has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals twice to halt proceedings to liquidate and dissolve the corporation that formerly operated the home. Those actions are pending. Former administrator Jonah Tackett was charged in July with two counts of bribing a witness and other felonies.

The home's 27 residents, many of whom had mental illness, were being moved to new homes Friday under the guidance of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. At the request of Attorney General Jack Conway's office, Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright granted an emergency protection order against Golden Years in June. Linda Bell was appointed receiver and took over day-to-day operations at the home as a volunteer. Bell told Wright in August that the home's debts exceeded its revenue and that the building was in disrepair. Deputy Attorney General Patrick Hughes said Friday that an agreement could not be reached for a new owner to take over the home.