Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pikeville High School Earns PRIDE Award

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...The Pikeville High School Panther PRIDE Club has earned southern and eastern Kentucky’s PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for educating their community about why and how to recycle. The PRIDE Club, which has 90 members in grades 7-12, spent months planning a local celebration of America Recycles Day, which is sponsored annually on November 15th by Keep America Beautiful. The club led four activities that promoted recycling. They arranged for Pikeville Mayor Frank Justice and Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford to sign a proclamation supporting America Recycles Day and recycling efforts in Pikeville and Pike County. Club members and AP Environmental Science students visited Pikeville Elementary School to teach a lesson on recycling for all 5th and 6th graders. Club president, Taryn Cantrell, and the sponsor, Kelly Scott, spoke to the public through interviews on the radio stations of East Kentucky Broadcasting, where they shared with the audiences the importance of recycling, as well as how and where to recycle locally. From 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on November 15th, the PRIDE Club set up information booths at Food City and Velocity Market where students handed out local recycling information and promotional items from America Recycles Day, Pike County Solid Waste and PRIDE. PRIDE’s Mark Davis says he commends the students and their sponsor, Kelly Scott, for coordinating such a comprehensive outreach campaign.

Louisville Man Sentenced

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Charles Hocker of Louisville has been sentenced to ten years in prison after police say he tried to run over two Pikeville Police officers on August 13, 2010 after they responded to an emergency protection order violation when Hocker was forcibly trying to enter a residence on the North Mayo Trail. The two units were advised by their dispatch that the suspect was intoxicated and suicidal. While en route to the scene, they passed the suspects vehicle coming towards them with no lights on. Officers turned and pursued the vehicle onto Hurricane Creek Road where the suspect turned onto a gravel drive and stopped and reversed his vehicle in a obvious attempt to strike the officers with his vehicle. At that point the two officers responded to the threat by firing at the perpetrator striking him multiple times. The officers removed the suspect from the vehicle and administered aid until EMS arrived. The suspect was transported to PMC and then air lifted to Saint Marys Hospital for his injuries.

Sandy Valley Conference To Discuss Ban

  • {Gulnare, Kentucky}...Leaders at Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church cancelled a scheduled meeting Wednesday and plan to ask for help resolving an issue after the church of about 40 members voted nine to six Sunday to not condone interracial marriage. Stella Harville, whose father, Dean Harville, is a deacon at the church, brought her fiancĂ©, Ticha Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe, to the church she grew up and didn't feel welcome. Stella Harville's mother has written a letter to members at the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church asking them to not ban her daughter and fiancĂ© from church functions. The Harville's say if the church does not change its decision, then they will find a new church. The Sandy Valley Conference will meet Saturday in closed session to discuss the ban.

Reward Offered In Wheelwright Robbery

{Wheelwright, Kentucky}...A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about a robbery at the Cardinal Country Store in Wheelwright. Police say a five feet five inches tall male, wearing a black mask, tan or white hoodie, camouflage pants, and gloves entered the store last week, with a gun, hit the clerk, searched the store, and got all the money from the cash register.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Certified “Storm Ready”

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg has been certified by the National Weather Service as a “Storm Ready” facility. The park is the fifth state park in the nation to be recognized as Storm Ready, meaning the park will provide guests with severe weather information when checking in, including storm shelter locations and a listing of NOAA Weather Radio frequencies that serve the park. Fellow Kentucky resort parks round out the Storm Ready list, including Buckhorn, Dale Hollow, Natural Bridge and Lake Cumberland.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prestonsburg Couple Indicted

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...A Floyd County grand jury returned murder indictments Tuesday afternoon against Jason and Gladys Dickerson. Two year old Watson Adkins, the couple's nephew, died in September after police found him unresponsive at their home in Prestonsburg. The boy's mother, Rhoda Adkins, says Watson and her two other children had been living with her sister Gladys and her husband since March, and her sister was awarded custody in June. Kentucky State Police say Dickerson and his wife were arrested in Elliott County. State records show allegations that the couple abused the toddler.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Black Bear Hunt Set

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...Beginning December 10th, hunters can participate in a two-day quota hunt for black bears in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties. This year the hunt occurs on the second weekend in December, rather than the third weekend as it has since 2009. The hunt is open to any Kentucky resident who purchases an over-the-counter bear permit. Unless exempt, a person must also possess a valid Kentucky annual hunting license. This is the third year of a hunting season for bears in the state. The quota harvest is limited to 10 bears total or five female bears, whichever limit hunters reach first.

Pike County Animal Shelter To Adopt Seized Dogs

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County officials hope that by December 6th they can invite the public to apply to adopt more than one hundred dogs seized from the home of former Pike County deputy judge-executive Randal Good in Grapevine. Kristin Handshoe, Animal Shelter Acting Director, says shelter workers are nursing the dogs back to health, but the shelter needs volunteers to help bathe and feed all of the dogs. They also need donations of food, treats, blankets, and paper to help care for the dogs. If you want to volunteer, make donations, or adopt a dog, you can call the shelter at 606-432-6293.

Missing Floyd County Man Found Safe

{McDowell, Kentucky}...Forty-two year old Brian Keith Prater, who had been missing since being seen last Wednesday night in the McDowell area, was found safe Monday evening. His family says his car was found in Elkhorn Park in Minnie, and police searched the McDowell and Minnie areas for days looking for him. Investigators say Prater contacted state police late Monday afternoon to report he was fine. Troopers then found him and say he is okay. 

Pike County Church Refuses Interracial Couples Membership

(Gulnare, Kentucky) - One eastern Kentucky community is divided after a Pike County church voted Sunday not to allow interracial couples to be members or participate in church services. According to members of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, not everyone is in agreement with yesterday's vote. Melvin Thompson, who actually submitted the proposal to the church, defended his position, and says he doesn't feel this will affect the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church at all. "I do not believe in interracial marraiges, and I do not believe this will give our church a black eye at all. It came before the church on Sunday and the vote was 9 in favor and 6 against," said Thompson. One member of the community whose family attends Gulnare Freewill Baptist, L.J. Harville, says she finds Sunday's vote hard to believe. "I just can't believe that a church, where people go for solace in times of need, can show such a display of racism," explained Harville. East Kentucky Broadcasting obtained a copy of Mr. Thompson's proposal which passed on Sunday.
The following is that proposal : "That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve." Submitted to the church business committee November 9, 2011 for their consideration by Melvin Thompson, member, Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Appalachian Wireless Black Friday Sales

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Appalachian Wireless started its Black Friday sales when its stores opened at 2:00 A.M. Hundreds of people got new cell phones for only one penny with a new one year service agreement. Danny VanHoose says sales surpassed last year's number. If you missed the Black Friday special, Appalachian Wireless will have deals on Cyber Monday. Sales will be online only.

WestCare Residents Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Dozens of people enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast at the WestCare Emergency Shelter in Pikeville. Anna Wakeland, Direct Care Worker at the shelter, says local churches and community groups donated food for the 32 people, and those living in the shelter cooked the meal. The Pikeville Medical Center also sent plates of food.

Former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Charged

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Former Pike County deputy judge-executive Randal Good is now charged with animal cruelty after more than 100 dogs found living in alleged filthy conditions were seized from Good's property in Grapevine. Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall says, "Cruelty to animals won't be tolerated. The statutes may not be as strong as some people would like them to be. It's still going to be pretty serious, and we're going to enforce the law at least to eradicate the problem in this case." Good was sentenced to 180 days probation after more than 100 dogs in filthy conditions were seized in 2004. Kristin Handshoe, Animal Shelter Acting Director, says shelter workers are nursing the dogs back to health, but the shelter needs volunteers to help bathe and feed all of the dogs. They also need donations of food, treats, blankets, and paper to help care for the dogs. If you want to volunteer, make donations, or adopt a dog, you can call the shelter at 606-432-6293.

Body Found In Perry County

{Hazard, Kentucky}... Kentucky State Police in Hazard are investigating after Frank Davidson of Wabaco was found shot to death at his home Thanksgiving morning. Police say it appears Davidson was cleaning his guns when one accidentally fired, killing him.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Two Arrested For Burglary

{Morehead, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police arrested Jonathan Blair, 27, of Lynch, and Joseph Davidson, 25, of Cumberland, after they were allegedly spotted breaking into a home in Morgan County Thanksgiving morning. Police found them while they were driving in downtown Morehead. Blair admitted to the burglary and told police where the stolen items were. Davidson was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and burglary second degree. Four additional warrants were served on Davidson when he was taken into custody. Blair is charged with burglary second degree.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Woman Injured When Train Hits Car

{Banner, Kentucky}...Mary Boyd of Dana was taken to Pikeville Medical Center Wednesday after a CSX train struck a car she was driving on Ky. 1426 in the Banner area of Floyd County. Investigators say crossing signals were working at the time of the incident. The accident remains under investigation.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Police Investigating Deadly Floyd County Shooting

{Hueysville, Kentucky}...Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened late Wednesday afternoon on Raccoon Road in Hueysville just off Route 7 in Floyd County. State police got a 911 call for help, and, when troopers arrived, they found Delmas Slone, Jr. dead outside his home. Police did not arrest the alleged shooter at the scene. They plan to take the case to the Floyd County grand jury to see if any charges will be filed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Floyd County Man Sentenced

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Twenty year old Benjamin Meek of Prestonsburg, in Floyd County, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder, robbery, and several other charges in the death of 20 year old Brian Jacob Gayheart. Police say, in May, Meek and his wife Kaitlyn Crum Meek went to the Goble-Roberts area to rob Gayheart of pills. Gayheart's body was found weeks later in the Big Sandy River in Boyd County. Police say he was beaten before his body was put in the water in Floyd County. In August, Kaitlyn Crum Meek took a plea deal for lesser charges and agreed to testify against her husband. She agreed to a 15 year sentence and was sentenced in September.

ARH Expanding In Hazard

{Hazard. Kentucky}...Appalachian Regional Healthcare officials held a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday to announce plans to expand in Hazard. A new tower will be built that wil linclude a new 24 bed emergency room, 16-bed cardiac critical care unit and 34 more private rooms on the third floor. Officials say it will bring 150 well paying jobs. At the ceremony, Congressman Hal Rogers said, "I only wish Bill Gorman could be here, how he would love this and how he had anticipated this."

Perry County Plans New School

{Hazard. Kentucky}...Talk about a new Dennis Wooton Elementary School in Perry County began in 2005, and school officials are getting the paperwork finalized to present to Kentucky's Board of Education on December 7th. Perry County Schools’ Superintendent John Paul Amis says more funding has been added to go along with the initial $5.7 million for the new school on Highway 80 just past Wal-Mart. If approved, it could be under construction by early next year. The new school will be a kindergarten through eighth grade school.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Floyd County Man Charged With Attempted Murder

{Stone Coal, Kentucky}...Twenty-four year old Wilfredo Domiguez was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond charged with attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence after a shooting on Saturday. Domiguez is accused of shooting Travis Scott in the Stone Coal area of Floyd County.  McDowell ARH officials called police after Scott came to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest. The arrest citation says Scott told police the shooting was drug-related, and Dominguez threw the gun over a hillside off Kentucky Route 7.

Floyd County Inmate's Case Sent To Grand Jury

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Kathy Wills with the Floyd County Detention Center says, when 25 year old Glenda Holbrook was lodged in the jail, jail employees did the routine search for illegal items but found nothing. Corrections officers say another female inmate appeared later to be overdosed on drugs and was taken to the hospital and survived. Corrections officers say Holbrook smuggled the drugs in. During a preliminary hearing Monday, Holbrook's defense attorney argued there was no proof Holbrook brought in the drugs and asked the judge to dismiss the charge. The judge denied the motion and sent the case to the grand jury.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dogs Removed From Former Pike County Official's Home

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}... Friday, animal control officers removed more than 100 dogs from the home of  former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Randal Good and took them to the Pike County Animal Shelter, where they are being cleaned and treated for malnutrition. Current Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive, John Doug Hays, who oversees the animal shelter, called the condition of the dogs "heartbreaking." This is the second time more than 100 animals have been removed from Good's property. The first time was in 2004. Good says most of the dogs were given to him by people who didn't want them anymore, and, although he tried to care for the animals, he became overwhelmed.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Appeals Court Considering Mine In Floyd County

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...An eastern Kentucky coal company has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to reject a ruling that would place restrictions on a 2,000-acre plot of land it wants to mine in Maytown in Floyd County. Local residents and an environmental group have opposed the planned strip mines owned by Laurel Mountain Resources because of concerns about blasting and flooding. Lawyers for the Prestonsburg-based coal company, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the environmental group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth made arguments in front of a three-judge panel Friday morning. The appeals court will issue a ruling at a later date.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pike County Native Retiring

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Eighty-two year old Fontaine Banks Jr., a Pike County native whose public service career spans more than 50 years and involves working in various roles for six governors, is retiring as a senior policy adviser to Governor Steve Beshear, effective December 15th, two days after Beshear is sworn into office for a second four-year term. Banks, the son of a coal miner, graduated from Belfry High School in Pike County and received a bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1951 from Berea College. He also studied at the universities of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Cornell. Banks says he has Parkinson's. Banks has held the $68,298-a-year state job since January 2008 and was a staff member of Beshear's 2007 campaign for governor. In state government, Banks was chief of staff for the late Governor Bert T. Combs from 1960 to 1963 and held the same position from 1963 to 1967 for the late Governor Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt. He also was secretary of the Cabinet for Human Resources from January 1993 to May 1994 for Governor Brereton Jones and deputy human resources secretary for Governor Martha Layne Collins in the 1980s. Banks, who volunteered for the Marines and served in the Korean War, said he will miss state government and would consider a gubernatorial appointment to a state board or commission. Beshear said Banks "will be missed in the halls of Frankfort."

Magoffin County Couple Pleads Not Guilty

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...Forty-two year old James Garcia and 23 year old Cindee Collins, a Magoffin County couple charged with manslaughter for the death of Garcia's four year old son, Cameron Bryce Mullins, last year, pleaded not guilty Thursday. Four year old Cameron Bryce Mullins died two days before Christmas last year. The deputy coroner says the autopsy shows he had a severe head injury and other bruising. Bond is $250,000 cash for both Garcia and Collins. The couple will be back in court on February 20th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Zebulon Double Kwik Robbed Again

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say the Zebulon Double Kwik was robbed Sunday night and again late Tuesday night. Police say surveillance cameras show a man wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, and a gray scarf around his face entered the store Sunday night. The clerk told police the man had a weapon and demanded cash. When the robber got money, he left the store in a dark colored Chevrolet Cavalier, driving toward Meta. Police say a man wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and a white bandana around his face entered the store around 11:30 P.M. Tuesday night with a weapon, demanded cash, then left with money. This suspect had no car. Police are asking anyone who sees a dark color Chevy Cavalier in the area to get a license plate number and call KSP Post 9 in Pikeville at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-433-7711.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Armed Robbery In Pike County

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}... Police are still looking for a male suspect who robbed the Double Kwik in Zebulon in Pike County Sunday. Police say a man wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, and gray scarf around his face came in with a weapon and demanded money. He left in a dark colored Chevrolet Cavalier.

Man Indicted In Fatal Martin County Accident

{Inez, Kentucky}...Twenty-three year old Steven Heller of Kermit, West Virginia was indicted earlier this month in the death of 28 year old James Fletcher, of Martin County, Kentucky. A judge entered a not guilty plea for Heller during his arraignment on Friday. Police say, on June 25th, Heller was driving in the Crum area about 4:00 A.M. when he struck Fletcher’s vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, Heller’s blood alcohol was .223 and he tested positive for Cannabinoids. A passenger in Heller’s car had a blood alcohol content of .184 and also tested positive for Cannabinoids. Emergency crews say Heller was partially in the driver’s seat with his shoe stuck under the gas pedal, and the speedometer was stuck at over 100 mph. The other man told investigators that he, Heller and another person started drinking about 12 hours before the crash. Deputies say Heller told them he had no memory of the crash. The passenger told deputies that he had fallen asleep during the drive and woke up after the crash with blood on him. Heller is scheduled back in court in December.

New Road Planned For Fishtrap Dam Area

{Pikeville, Kentucky}... The Pike County Fiscal Court says construction will start in May on a new road that will connect Upper Pompey to the Fishtrap Dam area, cutting drive time to Pikeville nearly in half. For more than 100 people who live in Upper Pompey, Jonican, and Hurricane, the round trip is now approximately 80 miles. The Pike County Fiscal Court says funding is approved and design plans are made for the new road. The new road, which will only be three-fourths of a mile, will run from Upper Pompey to the Fishtrap Dam area by the RV park, which connects to US-460, but it will cut the drive to Pikeville from 42 miles to 12 miles. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett says it will probably save 20 minutes for ambulances, and maybe even fire response, to get in the area, and every minute counts.

Perry County Murder Waived To Grand Jury

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Timothy Ryan Sizemore, 27 of Hazard, has had his murder case waived to the Perry County Grand Jury after he pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered 31 year old Samuel Louive of Combs. Troopers from KSP Post 13 along with Hazard City Police responded to a report of shots fired on Baker Street in the Combs community on November 5th, 2011. Upon arrival, Troopers discovered Louive on the outside of a residence after being shot multiple times. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. A short time later Troopers located and arrested Sizemore, charging him with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Case Waived To Perry County Grand Jury

{Hazard, Kentucky}...The case of 23 year old Eric Ison of Hazard has been waived to the Perry County Grand Jury. Police say Ison was driving under the influence on Ky 15 in the Bonnyman Community of Perry County on November 4 th when his car ran off the roadway and struck the guard rail. Ison then over corrected, crossed the center line and struck a car driven by 68 year old Bobby Napier of Lost Creek in Breathitt County. Napier was pronounced dead at the scene. Ison could be indicted on murder and DUI charges.

Perry County Fiscal Court Hires Lexington Attorney

{Hazard, Kentucky}...The Perry County Fiscal Court has hired Lexington attorney Bradly Moore from the Boehl Stopher & Graves Lawfirm after Sheriff Les Burgett appealed a ruling that the employment of his wife in the sheriff's department was wrong. Last month, the ethics commission ruled that Lenora Burgett could no longer work in the sheriff's office. Moore has filed a motion to dismiss the sheriff. A special judge will be appointed to hear the case after Perry Circuit judge Bill Engle stepped aside.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pikeville Preparing For Major Business Expansion

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pikeville City Commissioners and a developer say a new 200,000 square foot shopping center is coming to Pikeville. City Manager Donovan Blackburn says the strip mall to be built on Thompson Road will have dozens of new stores. City Commissioners announced all the new plans during a meeting on Monday night. Part of the new shopping center will be built where the main Pikeville Post Office is, and the post office will re-locate in a new space in the shopping center. Plans were unveiled for a new eight story, 114 room  Hilton Garden Hotel to be built next to the Hampton Inn. The hotel will have a restaurant and outdoor event space on the rooftop. Brad Hall with Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says it will create an opportunity to bring in conventions and other tourism events. Developers say, once the new businesses are open, there will be 300 new jobs. Commissioners also approved $175,000 dollars in tax incentives for coal company Alpha Natural Resources to locate its headquarters in Pikeville, bringing 60 new jobs. Alpha still has to finalize a deal with the building's owner.

Arraignment Set In Knott County Murder

{Pine Top, Kentucky}...Twenty-nine year old Shauna Sloan Lopez of Melvin is scheduled to be arraigned in Knott District Court Tuesday on charges of murder, first degree robbery, and tampering with physical evidence in the death of 60 year old Ruby Slone of Mallie. At 11:45 A.M. Saturday, Kentucky State Police at Hazard received a call that a body was lying beside Steer Fork Road in the Pine Top community. Police say Slone was found dead of an apparent gun shot wound. Lopez is being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a one-million dollar cash bond. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Letcher County Accident Kills Two

  • {Haymond, Kentucky}...Two people died in a traffic accident in Letcher County Saturday. Kentucky State Police in Hazard say Jimmy Woods Jr., 19, of Burdine, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt on KY 805 in the Haymond community of Letcher County when he lost control and went off the east bound shoulder of the roadway, collided with a tree, and then came to rest in a creek. Woods, along with his passenger, Whitney Griffin, 22, of McRoberts, were pronounced dead at the scene. No seat belts were in use.

Woman Charged With Knott County Murder

  • {Pine Top, Kentucky}...At 11:45 A.M. Saturday, Kentucky State Police at Hazard received a call that a body was lying beside Steer Fork Road in the Pine Top community of Knott County. Ruby Slone, 60, of Mallie, was found dead of an apparent gun shot wound. Shauna L. Lopez, 29, of Melvin, was charged with murder, first degree robbery, and tampering with physical evidence. Lopez was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. Slone's body was sent to the State Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Prestonsburg Attorney Announces Settlement

  • {Somerset, Kentucky}...Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield and six former employees have settled a lawsuit alleging they were fired in late 2010 or early 2011 because they actively campaigned for former county attorney Bill Thompson in the May 2010 election. Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf, who represented the former employees, said his clients were pleased with the $500,000 settlement. Hatfield says he did nothing wrong and that an insurance company agreed to a settlement over his objections. The six plaintiffs will receive over $83,000 each but will not be reinstated to their former jobs in the county attorney's office.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pikeville Honors Local Veterans

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Local school children and adults took a break from school and work Thursday to line the streets of downtown Pikeville in honor of local veterans. Inside the East KY Expo Center, Lee Greenwood brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of "God Bless the USA." Pikeville Medical Center announced its new emergency room will be named the Veterans and First Responders Trauma Center.

Pike County Detention Center Inmates Indicted

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...A grand jury has indicted eleven Pike County Detention Center inmates on promoting contraband charges. Jailer Rodney Scott says the number of inmate drug smuggling cases is dramatically increasing. In the past three weeks, officers have caught eleven inmates trying to get drugs into the jail. Jailers are working on some new security measures to prevent drugs from getting into the jail. Each suspect could face five to ten additional years in prison. Those charged are:
 Shellie Duncan, Island Creek
James Hylton, Dorton
Bradley Barnett, Middlesboro
Julian H. Gibson, Hellier
Joseph Edward Ratliff, Elkhorn City
Ricky Thomas, Pikeville
Jacqueline Bryant, Pikeville
Margaret Newsome, Banner
Larry Bartley, Teaberry
Christopher Mullins, Ivel
Boyd Campbell, Hazard

Deadly House Fire In Floyd County

  • {Garrett, Kentucky}...Family members say 87 year old Jewell Case and her 63 year old son James Case were killed in a house fire in on Front Street in the Garrett community of Floyd County about 1:00 A.M. Thursday morning. James’ body was found near the front door, while Jewell’s body was found in a bedroom. Family members say James has been living with his mother for the past 20-25 years after being disabled in an industrial accident. The State Fire Marshal is investigating to determine how or where the fire started.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bond Set For Salyersville Couple

  • {Salyersville, Kentucky}...Wednesday, a $250,000 full cash bond was set for 42 year old James Garcia and his girlfriend, 23 year old Cindee Collins of Salyersville, who are charged with manslaughter first degree for the death of Garcia's four year old son, Cameron Bryce Mullins, who died at Cabell-Huntington Hospital two days before Christmas last year. The autopsy report shows the child died from head trauma due to blunt force injuries to the cranium, which is the head, the trunk of the body, and other extremities.

Former Magoffin County Principal/Teacher Sentenced

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Wednesday morning, a federal judge sentenced former Magoffin County principal and teacher Darrell Patrick to 60 months in prison. Operation UNITE investigators say Patrick was trafficking drugs in Magoffin County. As part of his plea deal, Patrick also forfeited 87 firearms to the federal government that he admitted were used to further his drug trafficking. According to his plea agreement, starting in August 2009, undercover investigators with Operation UNITE bought Oxycodone tablets from Patrick on several different occasions. In October 2009, a search warrant was executed at Patrick’s residence and authorities found a small amount of Oxycodone tablets, firearms inside a gun safe and a bulletproof vest next to the gun safe.

Salyersville Man Sentenced

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...In July a U.S. District Court jury in Pikeville convicted 54 year old Randall Salyer of Salyersville on two counts of vote buying during the 2010 general election in Magoffin County. Wednesday, Salyer was sentenced to 21 month in prison. Under federal law, he will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence. Evidence at trial proved Salyer paid two individuals $100 each to bring him their absentee ballots in the general election, which was held in part to select a candidate for the office of United States Senator.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Turkey Creek Fire Department In Danger Of Closing

  • {Turkey Creek, Kentucky}...The Turkey Creek Fire Department in Pike County does not have enough volunteer firefighters and is in danger of closing. The Turkey Creek Fire Department responds to several calls for help each week, mostly car wrecks and house fires. Assistant Chief Matthew Cline says you have to have at least eight to ten people in the fire grounds to successfully fight a fire and sometimes that's not enough. Cline says the fire department only has six volunteers. The closest stations are several miles away in Belfry and Hatfield.

Trial Begins For Clay County Constable

  • {London, Kentucky}...Jury selection is underway in the federal drug trial of Clay County Constable Jack "The Tireman" Roberts. Police arrested Roberts and his wife in July after they both allegedly sold pills to an informant. Jack Roberts' trial is expected to last around three days at the federal courthouse in London. Jennifer Roberts, who pleaded guilty last month, faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced in March.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pike County Receives FEMA Mitigation Grant

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County officials received a check Monday morning from FEMA to relocate some 2009 Mother's Day weekend flood victim property owners in the Zebulon and Winns Branch areas. Kentucky Emergency Management presented Pike County with nearly three and a half million dollars from a FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant. Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says some of these people have been in four or five floods over the years. The money will be used to buyout around 25 properties. The owners will get the value the property was worth the day before the 2009 flood. Officials plan to start the property assessments this week. Anyone in the Zebulon area with questions on the buyout program can contact the judge-executive's office. Officials are working to get more mitigation grants for other areas of Pike County damaged in the 2010 flood.

Elkhorn City Gets Grant

  • {Elkhorn City, Kentucky}... Monday afternoon, state and county officials in Pikeville presented Elkhorn City leaders with checks totaling $100,000. Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor says the grant money will help provide funds for new sewer lines, new water lines, new water hook-ups and new drain lines. Mayor Taylor is applying for more grant money to fix the swimming pool and make other improvements to the city.

Letcher County Mine Foreman Killed

  • {Whitesburg, Kentucky}... Investigators say 47 year old Jerry Britton of Pound, Virginia, a foreman at the Hubble Mining Company's No. 9 mine in Letcher County, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead after apparently being struck by a a personnel carrier Monday morning while inside the mine. It was the state's seventh mine-related death in 2011. Hubble's No. 9 mine has had two accidents this year, including a July incident where a worker was injured by a hydraulic jack. The mine is closed pending an investigation.

Kentucky Receives Heating Assistance

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Kentucky is receiving $24 million in federal funding to help low-income families stay warm this winter. State Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Pat Wilson says households that include seniors, the disabled or young children should take advantage of the assistance, known as Low Income Heat Energy Assistance Programs, or LIHEAP. It is a short-term program that operates its first phase in November and December and is available to customers at or below 130% of federal poverty guidelines. Applications for the subsidy phase of the program will be accepted at all community action agencies from Monday through December 16th, alphabetically based on the first letter of the household's last name. The crisis phase is for families in a home heating emergency and starts January 4th.

TruSeal Closing Knox County Plant

{Barbourville, Kentucky}...More than 200 employees at Barbourville's TruSeal manufacturing plant in Knox County found out Monday they will be laid off as the parent company of TruSeal wants to consolidate its operations into a facility in Cambridge, Ohio. The company will start moving equipment from the plant in January, and, by August, it will be permanently closed. The plant makes sealants for windows.

Letcher County School Board Considers Consolidation

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}...Parents, students, and county officials were in downtown Whitesburg Monday morning to protest against possible consolidation which would close Arlie Boggs Elementary. If the board approves the proposed redistricting plan, Beckham Bates Elementary is another school on the list that would be closed. The school board is expected to make a decision during their January board meeting.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Perry County Shooting Leaves One Dead

  • {Combs, Kentucky}...Timothy Ryan Sizemore, 27, of Hazard, was jailed at the Kentucky River Regional Jail charged with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment after police responded to a shooting at 12:01 A.M. Saturday in  the Combs community of Perry County. Police who responded to a report of shots fired found Sammy Louive, 31, dead outside a house on Baker Street. He had been shot several times.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pike County Interstate Drug Ring Busted

{Mouthcard, Kentucky}...Police have arrested three members of a multi-million dollar interstate drug ring that allegedly brought more than 50,000 pain pills into Pike County last year. Dan Smoot, deputy director for Operation UNITE, says the conspiracy involved importing pills from Michigan. Police arrested Donnie "DK" Kinder, 79, of Mouthcard, Brenda Jo Branham, 50, of Albion, Michigan and Janice Carol Branham, 54, of Springport, Michigan.

Hazard Accident Kills Elderly Driver

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say 20 year old Eric J. Ison of Hazard was traveling south on Kentucky 15 north of Hazard Friday morning when he ran off the road and hit the guard rail, overcorrected, crossed the center line and hit a northbound car driven by 68 year old Bobby D. Napier of Lost Creek in Breathitt County. Napier was pronounced dead at the scene. Ison was treated at a local hospital and released, then lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center charged with murder and DUI.

Magoffin County Couple Indicted

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...Forty-two year old James Garcia and his girlfriend, 23 year old Cindee Collins, have been indicted on charges of manslaughter after the state medical examiner's autopsy report shows Garcia's four year old son, Cameron Bryce Mullins, died from blunt force trauma to the head and also had many internal injuries. Cameron Mullins died two days before Christmas last year. Kentucky State Police and the Magoffin County Coroner have investigated the death for nearly eleven months.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Prather Denies Involvement In Hardin County Project

{Hardin, Kentucky}...The state has paid a company involving former Transportation Secretary Joe Prather $1.17 million for property needed for a road project in Hardin County. Prather says he was not involved with selecting the location of the project while serving as secretary of the Transportation Department from December 2007 to August 2009. He also said he stayed out of discussions his company, Silver Gate Properties, had with the state over the price of the land, which was needed to connect Veteran's Parkway to Kentucky 313. Cabinet records show Prather signed an authorization in 2008 to provide funding to design the project. Later, he said he signed the order by mistake and rescinded it.

Pike County Escapee And Wife Arrested

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County Detention Center escapee 26 year old Nacomah Harmon was arrested Tuesday night after police caught him at his home in Kimper. Police say Harmon was on work release last week, hanging up Christmas lights outside the Pike County Courthouse when a car drove up, he got in, and the car drove away. Police say his wife, 22 year old Kaitlyn Charles Harmon, was driving the getaway car. Pikeville Police found Kaitlyn Harmon at the Social Services office on Monday and arrested her. The couple is charged with felony escape. Corrections officers say his wife had visited him earlier in the day, and jail recordings show the couple planned the escape.

Fatal Head-On Crash In Pike County

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say 22 year old Brandon Boyd of Teaberry in Floyd County was killed in a head-on crash on U.S. 23 near the old Mullins Elementary School in Pike County Wednesday afternoon. A woman was also taken to Pikeville Medical Center.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pikeville Welcomes New Troopers

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police Post 9 Pikeville welcomes eleven new Troopers. On October 30, 2011, Kentucky State Police Academy Class #89 graduated 60 new Troopers. Eleven of these new Troopers were assigned to Pikeville Post and reported to Post 9 on November 2, 2011 for their assignment of counties. Craig Hulsey of Elizabethtown,Ky., Heath Ayres of Lancaster,Ky., Nicholas Hale of Columbia, Ky., Christopher Marcum of Lexington, Ky., Joshua Cox of Corbin,Ky., Jeremy Giles of Columbia, Ky., and Stephen Mirus of Morehead,Ky., will be assigned to Pike County. Timothy Hurtt of Richmond,Ky., Bradley Watson of Flemingsburg,Ky., and Clifton Royal of Berea,Ky. will be assigned to Floyd County. Zachariah Pennington of Richmond,Ky. will be assigned to Martin, Magoffin and Johnson Counties.

Salyersville Water Treatment Plant's Debt Growing

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...Salyersville city officials say, in September, the water treatment plant's debt was $165,000 in the red, and, although the city and county are paying off the debt, it is still growing, and they must figure out how to get it back in the black. In September, AEP threatened to turn off electricity to the plant unless their $87,000 overdue bill was paid. The Magoffin County Fiscal Court loaned the city $25,000 in September and October. AEP has offered a payment plan for the city to pay ten thousand dollars for five months. City council is paying for State Auditor Crit Luallen to audit the water treatment plants books to figure out how it got so far into debt.

Groups Sue Frasure Creek Mining And ICG

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Under the Clean Water Act, a coalition environmental groups challenging a settlement Kentucky officials offered to two coal companies for violations at Appalachian surface mines are suing the companies. The October 25th filings in federal court in Pikeville allow the groups to keep their Clean Water Act legal action going in federal court in case there is a stalemate in mediation. The four groups sought to block a settlement Frasure Creek Mining and ICG reached with Kentucky officials last year over water quality monitoring violations. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, North Carolina-based Appalachian Voices, Kentucky Riverkeeper and New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance say the $660,000 total fine was too light a punishment for falsifying water discharge reports and releasing polluted water. In September, the groups and the coal companies were asked to meet with a mediator to attempt to reach a new settlement. Mediation is set to begin in January.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Body Found In Pike County Identified

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...State Police have identified the decomposing body found Thursday in a garage in the Mouthcard community of Pike County as 40 year old Jonathan Looney of Maxie, Virginia. Looney was reported missing on September 22nd to the Buchanan County Virginia Sheriffs Department. The cause of Looney's death or when he died have not been released.

Former Administrator Pleads Guilty

  • {Jenkins, Kentucky}...The Kentucky attorney general's office says 69 year old James F. Tackett of Jenkins was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Letcher County Circuit Court but instead has pleaded guilty to theft, exploitation of a vulnerable adult and income tax fraud. Tackett, former Golden Years Rest Home administrator, admitted using some of the money to buy personal vehicles. The more than $300,000 was to be used for care of residents at Golden Years. Sentencing is set for February 23rd.