Wednesday, February 29, 2012

UPike Compromise Considered

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell said Wednesday a compromise on the issue of making the University of Pikeville a public school is in the works. Ransdell says the potential plan would use coal severance tax money that had been envisioned for UPike to fund a new financial aid program for aspiring students from coal-producing counties. All eight public university presidents were scheduled for a conference call with Robert King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the matter. Ransdell says there is discussion about using coal severance money to create a loan forgiveness program/financial aid program, and, if a student gets one of these loans, locates or relocates to the region, the loan would be forgiven. Representative Carl Rollins, chairman of the House Education Committee, said he had seen three versions of the compromise, two from the Council on Postsecondary Education, and he thought a final version might be ready for a vote when his committee meets Tuesday. The compromise is being crafted because of growing opposition to House Bill 260, the bill to make UPike the state's ninth public institution, at a time when the other eight are facing 6 percent budget cuts. Representative Leslie Combs, who is co-sponsoring the bill with House Speaker Greg Stumbo, said she wasn't sure the original bill could make it out of committee or the House. Combs and UPike President Paul Patton said this week they would want any compromise to require students to attend college in coal-producing counties.

State Of Emergency In Morgan County

  • {West Liberty, Kentucky}...A state of emergency has been declared in Morgan County after a storm moved through Wednesday afternoon damaging several buildings, homes, barns, and several businesses. West Liberty Police reported damage along Highway 191 and Highway 460. A storm system that caused death and destruction in Illinois and Missouri Wednesday worked its way into Kentucky, roaring through Henderson, Hardin and Larue counties in the western half of the state before hitting Russell and Morgan counties. In Henderson, in western Kentucky, a tornado with winds of 90 mph destroyed five houses near the Ohio River and damaged two others.

Mom Wrecks...Injuring Infant Children

  • {Barbourville, Kentucky}...Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say Shannan Messer was intoxicated when she crashed her car on KY 1304 about 4:30 P.M. Tuesday afternoon, injuring her two infant children. Messer told deputies her twin six week old daughters were also in the wreck, but she took them to a nearby house. Deputy Brian Hensley located the girls. Witnesses told Hensley one of the girls was thrown into the front floor board, and the other was in a baby carrier in the back that fell out when the door was opened. Both girls were flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center where they were admitted in ICU. Messer, who was treated for minor injuries, was taken to the Knox County Jail and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pike County Detention Center Inmate Escapes

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Police say Pike County Detention Center inmate 31 year old James Adams of Pikeville was in a group cutting brush in the Mossy Bottom area just north of Pikeville Tuesday when he was sent to get a tool out of the supply trailer at 12:45 P.M. and never returned. Adams, a white male, about six feet tall with brown hair and weighing 195 pounds, was in jail on receiving stolen property charges. Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Webb is investigating.  If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of James Adams, contact KSP at 606-433-7711 or the Pike County Detention Center at 606-432-6291.

UPike Debate Continues

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...The House Education Committee in Frankfort continued a hearing Tuesday morning about whether the University of Pikeville should be added to the state system. Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne Andrews told the Committee many people agree that a public university in eastern Kentucky is a good idea, but the question lies in how to fund it and how much public money is available. Andrews said that in fiscal year 1999, state support for higher education was $1.17 billion, while today it totals $979 million. If Governor Steve Beshear's budget is approved, that figure will be down to $916 million in 2013. Dr. Andrews said he agrees that educational attainment in the mountains needs to improve, but he says Morehead has already been working towards those goals, and the way to continue the momentum started is to add to the system that is in place and not invest in the creation of another public university because it will cost far more than just coal severance money. Andrews said instead of using money to convert the Pikeville school, money should be used to give students scholarships they can apply toward any state university. Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock was supposed to have spoken at the hearing, but the committee ran out of time, and he will have an opportunity to speak next week. Whitlock says he likes the idea of creating a scholarship program. Representative Leslie Combs, who supports HB 260, quoted Andrews saying, "no single institution can do this by itself."

UMG Takes Over Salyersville Water Board

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...Officials in Salyersville say the city's water district is nearly $200,000 in debt, and it is losing money every day. After almost being taken over by the state, Utility Management Group has stepped in to make some big changes and bring them out of the red. Officials say UMG has already made significant changes, including finding ways to save nearly $38,000 a year in employee overtime. Salyersville Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd says UMG has helped make the water quality in Salyersville better as well.

Johnson County Man Indicted

{Morehead, Kentucky}...A Rowan County Grand Jury has indicted 21 year old Eric LeMaster of Staffordsville, in Johnson County, on one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. On January 31st, a search warrant was executed at LeMaster’s residence at Morehead State University. LeMaster turned himself in to police on February 24th.

Monday, February 27, 2012

UPike Debate To Continue

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...The UPike debate is expected to continue in Frankfort Tuesday. UPike President Paul Patton says eastern Kentucky needs a regional comprehensive university, but Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne Andrews says other state schools are serving the region, and adding a 9th public university could harm those efforts.

Pike County Pharmacy Tech Indicted

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...A Pike County indictment has been issued against 29 year old Sabrina Bowling, a pharmacy tech at the Valley Discount Pharmacy, charging her with theft of a controlled substance and drug trafficking. The  indictment alleges she stole OxyCodone and Methadone and gave the pills to Carl David Trent of Perry County. Trent was also indicted on theft and trafficking charges.

Man Fatally Struck By Ambulance

  • {Vincent, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say 62 year old Billy Smith of Vincent walked into the path of an Owsley County EMS ambulance headed west on Ky. 30 at 4:16 P.M. Monday afternoon. Workers on the ambulance provided first aid, but Smith was pronounced dead at 4:53 P.M.

Accident Kills One...Sends One To Hospital

  • {Jackson, Kentucky}...Police say Brian D. Noble, 39, of Hazard, was driving north on Ky. 15 south of Jackson in Breathitt County Monday when he crossed the center line and hit a southbound dump truck driven by 54 year old Elliott Raleigh of Talbert. Noble was pronounced dead by the Breathitt County coroner, while Raleigh was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

E-Warrant Ready In Pike County

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Officials say around 13,000 warrants lay in the Pike County Clerk's office waiting to be served, some more than ten years old. Starting Wednesday, the new e-warrant computer system will help. With an e-warrant, an officer can now stop someone and search a database, and any officer in Kentucky will know if a person has a warrant. Pike County District Judge Kelsey Friend, Jr. says officers will not be three days behind on a search for a criminal who might commit other offenses in the time it takes to get a warrant in the old system.

Pike County Woman Charged With Forgery

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Prestonsburg Police say 37 year old Mary Adkins of Pike County forged Floyd County Judge Eric Hall's signature on a hardship license application. Adkins is charged with felony forgery charges and is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Attempted Murder Case Sent To Grand Jury

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Police say Bill Collins, 32, of Red Fox, shot at and tried to kill an ex-girlfriend in the Hazard Village shopping center on February 9th. The case was handed over to the Perry County Grand Jury after a court appearance on February 21st. Collins is being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. The jury has until April 21st to formally indict Collins or he will be released.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bodies Found In Burned Knott County Home Identified...UPDATE

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair has identified the bodies found in a burned Knott County home as 49 year old Gerald Thomas and 51 year old Martha Thomas. Firefighters responding to a house fire in the Red Fox community found the bodies Saturday morning. Blair says it appears kerosene heaters might be to blame. No foul play is suspected, but the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation by Kentucky State Police in Hazard.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pike County Prosecutor Disagrees With Early Release

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County Commonwealth Attorney Rick Bartley says a state program to grant about 1,000 prisoners an early release is putting "time bombs" on the streets. The "mandatory re-entry supervision" program was a cost-saving measure approved by state lawmakers last year to allow some prisoners within six months of their release date to leave early under the supervision of Probation and Parole. Bartley says the people being released are not first-time offenders and are inmates that have not been granted parole through normal means, and the chances that these inmates will reoffend are great.

Bodies Found In Burned Knott County Home

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police in Hazard are investigating after two bodies were found in a burned Knott County home. Firefighters responding to a house fire in the Red Fox community found the bodies Saturday morning. The bodies were sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office. Police say foul play is not suspected, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Woman Fatally Struck By Car

  • {Stanville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say 66 year old Sharon Ann Ray of Stanville, in Floyd County, was fatally struck by a car while trying to cross the road at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Mare Creek Road Thursday morning. Ray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mother Charged With Wanton Endangerment

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...During a preliminary hearing Thursday, a Kentucky State Police Trooper testified Vanessa Wood and her live-in boyfriend got into a fight at their home in the Marrowbone community of Pike County on January 14th, and each threatened to shoot the other. Troopers say, weeks later, Woods boyfriend brought them a tape showing Wood's standing on the porch of their home firing a hunting rifle near her boyfriend and their two children who were outside. Wood's defense attorney argued she did not fire the gun toward the children. The case was sent to the grand jury. Vanessa Wood is charged with wanton endangerment.

Man Charged With Impersonating Police Officer

{Elkhorn City, Kentucky}...Elkhorn City Police have charged Willie Pauley with impersonating a police officer after they say he used lights in his truck and pulled over a car. Pauley pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting Deputy Jailer

  • {Hindman, Kentucky}...Stevie Wynn has pleaded not guilty in Knott County Court after being charged with assaulting a Perry County Deputy Jailer and stealing his van. Wynn was taken to Perry County for a court date in August 2011, and while being transported back to jail in Letcher County he allegedly broke through the security screen on the transport van and pushed the driver out of the moving vehicle and in the way of an oncoming truck. Wynn was re-arrested earlier this month following a nearly eight month long search. He is charged with assault, wanton endangerment, escaping, and theft by unlawful taking. Wynn faces charges in Knott, Perry and Letcher Counties. A new court date has not yet been set.

Former Rest Home Administrator Sentenced

  • {Whitesburg, Kentucky}...Thursday, Special Letcher County Circuit Judge Ron Johnson sentenced 70 year old James F. "Chum" Tackett of Jenkins to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay $340,000 in restitution to various victims. Tackett reports to federal prison in April. Tackett, the former administrator of Golden Years Rest Home, pleaded guilty last fall to theft, exploitation of a vulnerable adult and income tax fraud, admitting he used some of the money, which was intended for Golden Years Rest Home residents' care, to buy personal vehicles. Tackett was sentenced on February 16th to two years in federal prison on charges of theft of Social Security funds in connection with the operation of the home. Under a plea agreement, Tackett will be on probation for 10 years after his release from federal prison.

Marijuana Plants Seized From Johnson County Home

  • {Tutor Key, Kentucky}...Johnson County Sheriff Deputies seized 30 marijuana plants, each worth $2,000, from inside a home in Tutor Key. Sheriff Dwayne Price says the department received four tips on Valentine's Day of marijuana being grown at the home. Investigators believe this is part of a much bigger marijuana operation in the region. The suspects were not arrested, but deputies plan to take the case to the grand jury. The next grand jury meets on March 14th.

Stumbo Seeks Morehead State University Records

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed an Open Records Act request on February 17th seeking the travel expenses and other records of Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews, his staff and the 11 members of the Morehead Board of Regents. The request was filed the same day the regents voted for a resolution opposing a bill sponsored by Stumbo that would make the University of Pikeville a public university.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Deputies Raid Martin County Home

  • {Inez, Kentucky}...Sixty-four year old Harold Doug Johnson faces a list of charges including drug trafficking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after Martin County Deputies raided his home on Doug Johnson Lane Sunday and seized 38 guns, 1,976 pills, mostly Oxycontin, Loracet, Hydrocodone, Xanax, and Soma, and $1,900 in cash. Deputies believe Johnson was running a pawn business, trading guns for pills. Johnson also faces charges for the guns because he is a convicted felon. He is also charged with tampering with physical evidence because deputies say when the jailer was booking him, he had pills in his socks and tried to crush them with his shoes.

Pike County Faces Potential Budget Deficit

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...To avoid layoffs, cutbacks or new taxes in Pike County, leaders say the Fiscal Court must find a way to handle a potential budget deficit next year. Magistrates and department heads discussed the situation Tuesday morning. Magistrates say cuts will hurt people in Pike County, but they will have to make a decision in the next few months. Officials say county vehicles with hundreds of thousands of miles and other old, failing equipment needs to be replaced next year, and it could add up to thousands of dollars. Brandon Roberts says most of the equipment is vital to essential services in the county, such as trash pick-up and road maintenance. Finance directors laid out options to save money, such as layoffs, cuts to health insurance, or decrease services like road maintenance and trash pick-up. Options to raise money are new taxes, such as an occupational tax or an insurance premium tax.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cause Of Magoffin County Man's Death Undetermined

  • {Salyersville, Kentucky}...Autopsy results on Jerry Rowe, Jr., a Magoffin County man who went missing in January 2011, have come back nearly a year after his body was found in the Licking River near the Lakeville bridge a few miles away from where Rowe lived. Magoffin County Coroner Mark Jenkins says the cause of death was undetermined. Officials say even though the autopsy came back unclear, they are still investigating.

Patton Makes Personal Appeal For UPike

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...Former Kentucky Governor and current University of Pikeville President Paul Patton made a personal appeal to lawmakers Tuesday to make UPike a public university. Patton, a Democrat from Pikeville who served two terms in the state's highest office, has been championing a proposal he believes can help the region where fewer than one in 10 people have bachelor's degrees. Patton said, "We cannot eradicate the neglect of the past. We can only work to make sure it's not continued into the future." Some critics have complained that the economic recession has pinched the state's existing universities and that Kentucky can't afford a ninth four-year campus. Patton said, by going public, the school could reduce tuition from $17,000 to $7,000 a year, making a college education far more affordable for students in a 12-county service area that would extend from Middlesboro in the south to Inez in the north. The funding source would be coal severance tax revenue that's earmarked for multi-county economic development projects in the region. Patton said the latest estimates show the tax on mined coal could provide nearly $13 million a year.

Monday, February 20, 2012

House Majority Leader Opposes UPike Proposal

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...The House Education Committee is scheduled to begin discussing the bill Tuesday that, if approved, would make the University of Pikeville a state-supported school. House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, who played basketball at Morehead State and received undergraduate and master's degrees there, recorded a telephone message that was sent to alumni of the school over the weekend asking Morehead grads to oppose HB 260, which the school's regents went on record against last week. A key concern among Morehead State supporters is that the school would lose students and money under the UPike proposal. HB 260 would set up a 12-county service area around Pikeville and use coal-severance money to operate the school, while UPike's tuition would drop from about $17,000 this fall to $7,000. Eight of the counties in UPike's proposed territory are in Morehead State's 22-county service area. Adkins says there are 1,900 Morehead State students from those eight counties. Adkins says he has a degree in education and his father was a teacher, so he strongly supports affordable access to education, and, while he does not oppose helping UPike, he believes a measure that helps UPike at the expense of Morehead State is not acceptable. Adkins floated an alternate idea: revise HB 260 to create a pool of money, perhaps from single-county or multi-county coal-severance funds, that would be available for eastern Kentucky students to use at Pikeville, Morehead or other universities.

KSP Make Arrests In Johnson County Robbery

  • {Paintsville, Kentucky}...Monday, KSP Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a theft complaint at Goggans Construction in Johnson County. KSP Trooper Jimmy Stratton responded and conducted an investigation on a theft of a utility trailer containg construction type tools. Trooper Stratton located and recovered the trailer and the contents and located 48 year old Charles Plummer and 21 year old Spencer Nauman, both of Paintsville. Both were each charged with theft by unlawful taking and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Court Sends Floyd County Case Back To Cabinet

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Friday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals struck down a rule state regulators used to restrict surface mining in Wilson Creek in Floyd County, sending the case back to the Energy and Environmental Cabinet. The controversy over mining in the Wilson Creek area dates back several years. Residents began trying to figure out how to respond after learning in 2006 that Miller Bros. Coal was trying to lease land for a surface mine in the community. Residents filed a petition asking the state to declare 2,000 acres of the Wilson Creek watershed unsuitable for mining. The state denied that request, but Cabinet Secretary Len Peters placed several limits on mining in the watershed, by Miller Bros. and other companies. Peters also said companies couldn't use Wilson Creek or Big Fork roads to haul coal. Tom FitzGerald, head of the Kentucky Resources Council, says the regulation struck down by the Kentucky Court of Appeals had been put in place so the state could impose additional safeguards rather than ban mining altogether.

Man Dies At Knott County Sportsplex

{Hindman, Kentucky}...Mike Mullins, executive director of the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack at the age of 63. Mullins was pronounced dead at 6:30 P.M. at the Knott County Sportsplex, where he had gone to work out. Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair says Mullins went to the center as it was preparing to close because of snowy weather, and asked employees if he could stay until the doors were to be locked. Sportsplex workers found him lying unresponsive near a fitness machine and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Snow Hits Kentucky

  • {Jackson, Kentucky}...Snow began falling Sunday afternoon, slamming parts of southern and eastern Kentucky, while part of the state remained under a winter weather warning. National Weather Service forecaster Matt Becker said 6-8 inches could fall in higher elevations in far eastern Kentucky while the Cumberland region was expected to get 2-4 inches of snow, and the Bluegrass region was expected to get around 1 inch. State police were warning motorists in parts of southern Kentucky to limit travel because roadways were covered with snow and ice. Ten to 15 vehicles, including several tractor-trailers and a Greyhound bus, were involved in a wreck Sunday afternoon on Interstate 75 in northern Tennessee, near the Kentucky border, as heavy snow fell in the area. The dispatcher said emergency crews had checked out 56 people, and seven were sent to hospitals, but no one on the bus was hurt. The pileup was the largest wreck in the area, but several smaller wrecks had been reported along a 3-mile stretch of I-75.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Letcher County Man Convicted

  • {Whitesburg, Kentucky}...After six hours of deliberating Friday, a Letcher County jury convicted Samuel Collier of second-degree manslaughter in the 2010 shooting death of Mark Sturgill. Collier says he shot Sturgill in self defense. During the penalty phase, the jury heard from Mark Sturgill's wife Melissa about how Mark's death has affected her family. The jury came back with a recommended ten year sentence for Collier. Commonwealth's Attorney Edison Banks says Collier will be up for parole after serving 20 percent, or two years, of that sentence.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Morehead State Board Opposes UPike Proposal

{Morehead, Kentucky}...The Morehead State University Board of Regents called on lawmakers Friday to reject a bill that would move the University of Pikeville into the state’s university system. The board expressed unanimous opposition to the measure backed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. Board chairman John Merchant said, “We already have very limited resources and have had cuts to the budget time after time, and the governor has proposed more cuts. We just feel like this isn’t the right time to add another public university.” Stumbo fired back in a statement Friday afternoon, accusing the board of failing to serve the people of eastern Kentucky. Stumbo and former Governor Paul Patton, who is UPike president, have proposed using money from the state’s coal severance tax fund, which is designated to benefit counties affected by coal, to support Pikeville as a public university.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Floyd County Pharmacy Burglarized

{Minnie, Kentucky}...Police say three men burglarized the Parkview Pharmacy  in the Minnie community of Floyd County around 3:00 A.M. Thursday morning. The owner and police say they think the same men also tried unsuccessfully to break into a nearby pharmacy in the community of Wheelwright. Co-owner and Pharmacist Kristy Moore says the men got about two thousand pills, the majority being Loricet and Loritab. The store owner says that with a limited amount of time the men had to know where to go to get what they wanted. Surveillance video showed three men getting in through the drive through window. They were only in the store for about one minute.

Pike County Man Indicted

{Freeburn, Kentucky}...Forty-nine year old Scott Blackburn has been indicted on assault and promoting contraband charges. Police say Blackburn was drunk last Saturday morning when he got into a fight with his girlfriend at their home in the Freeburn community of Pike County and used a coal mine roof bolter extension rod to beat her in the head, leaving her skull visible. Blackburn is also charged with promoting contraband because police say once he was arrested, he tried to take some pills into the jail. Blackburn is being held in the Pike County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Magoffin County Man Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charges

  • {Salyersville, Kentucky}...Twenty-three year old Trenton Tackett has been sentenced to ten years in prison. Police say, in May 2011, Tackett was driving under the influence of pills on US-460 in Magoffin County when he hit another car, killing 38 year old Anita Back and seriously injuring her five year old daughter. Tackett was charged with murder and DUI, but he took a plea deal pleading guilty to manslaughter and two counts of assault, while other charges were dismissed.

Meeting To Discuss Millard Curve

{Millard, Kentucky}...A public meeting to discuss proposed plans for a section of US-460 in the Millard community of Pike County will be held Friday night at Millard Middle School from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Millard Middle School sets right next to a curve where there have been several accidents in recent years, including some fatalities. Chief District Engineer Mary Holbrook says officials are creating proposed plans to soften the curve, and they want to move the curve into the mountain to make it less sharp. Holbrook says the plan is to lessen the curve, reduce the speed, maybe widen the shoulders and widen the road.

Rowan County Opposes UPike Proposal

{Morehead, Kentucky}...Officials in Rowan County are taking a stand against a proposal to add the University of Pikeville into the state's higher education system. Rowan County Fiscal Court held a special meeting Wednesday to pass a resolution drafted with help from Morehead State University that urges legislators to reject a House bill that would include UPike in the state system. Rowan County Judge-Executive Jim Nickell says the proposal will not only hurt Morehead State University, which is located in Rowan County, but would hurt the economy in the area as well. Lawmakers are expected to discuss the bill next week.

Letcher County Murder Trial Continues

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}...Samuel Todd Collier's murder trial continued Thursday in Letcher County. Prosecutors say Collier murdered Mark Sturgill, but Collier says Sturgill was getting ready to draw his gun before he shot him in self defense. The first law enforcement officer on the scene testified that when he found Sturgill his gun was strapped in the holster. Jenkins Police Chief Adam Benjamin Swindall later testified that Sturgill's jacket was zipped and only after moving the jacket could he see Sturgill's gun. The defense asked if Chief Swindall was friends with Mark Sturgill, and he agreed they were. Defense attorney James Wiley Craft then asked Chief Swindall if he had told the other officer to let Collier go that night while his gun was out, but Swindall denied doing that. He said he never spoke to Collier the night of the shooting and only walked him up the hill with the other officer. The medical examiner testified that Sturgill had alcohol and Valium in his system, but the prosecution said those levels were low.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Letcher County Murder Trial Continues

  • {Whitesburg, Kentucky}...A murder trial continued Wednesday in Letcher County for Samuel Todd Collier, a man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor Mark Sturgill in October 2010. Collier and Sturgill had long had problems, especially with Sturgill's dog. Sturgill's wife Melissa says he was walking his dog the night he was killed, and that it was not unusual for her husband to be armed. Another neighbor, Garry Haley, who also talked about problems he had with Sturgill's dog took the stand where he testified Collier came to his home the night right after the shooting, sank down in his kitchen floor, and said, "I shot little Marky, I killed little Marky." The prosecution played the 911 call to police in which Collier admits to shooting Sturgill and a taped police interview in which Collier said Sturgill's dog nipped at his leg, and, as he shooed the dog away, Sturgill was trying to pull a gun on him. That's when Collier said he reacted, shooting twice.

Beware Of Tax Scam

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Officials in Pike County say several people have reported getting phone calls from a restricted number in which they are told there was a problem with their tax refund and they are asked to supply personal information like bank account numbers so a direct deposit can be made. Officials are warning people to be cautious of anyone asking for personal information over the phone. If you get such a call, ask for a call back number, call your local bank, call your local tax preparer or ask them to send it to you in writing or just hang up.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Education Committee To Hear UPike Proposal

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday a proposal that would add the University of Pikeville to the state university system will get a hearing before the House Education Committee on February 21st. Under House Bill 260, UPike would receive coal-severance-tax money from a fund normally used for economic-development projects in twelve eastern Kentucky counties, which has received mixed reactions from officials in coal-producing counties. The university would deed over all of its land and buildings to the state, which would use coal-severance money to decrease tuition from about $17,000 this fall to about $7,000. A study on the feasibility of bringing UPike into the state university system is scheduled to be completed by March 15th. The House Education Committee is not expected to vote on the proposal until after that report is released.

Letcher County Double Kwik Robbed

  • {Isom, Kentucky}...Police say a clerk at the Double Kwik gas station in the Isom community of Letcher County was robbed at knifepoint Tuesday. Officials say a male suspect entered the gas station wearing a gray UK hoodie, glasses, jeans, a blue hat, and a green face mask and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. If you have any information, you should call Kentucky State Police at (606) 435-6069.

Trial Set For Former Deputy Judge-Executive

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The trial for former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Randal Good has been set for February 27th. The Pike County Humane Society filed animal cruelty charges against Good after more than 100 dogs were found allegedly living in filthy surroundings with conditions including malnutrition and hygiene problems at his home in Grapevine in November 2011. Good was sentenced to 180 days probation after more than 100 dogs were seized in 2004.

UNITE Pike Meeting Focuses On Addiction

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Speaking at the UNITE Pike meeting Tuesday, Steve Collett from Manchester said churches and faith based organizations need to step up in the fight against drugs. Collett, whose life is featured in the documentary, "An Appalachian Dawn," is a former cocaine and meth addict. Jarrod Hunt, UNITE Pike Executive Director, said our community and particularly our faith community need to step up in Pike County and do a better job reaching out to people who have an addiction. Collett says he will share his story with youth groups or other organizations. Anyone interested can contact UNITE Pike at 606-433-9329.

Teen Dies In Accident

{London, Kentucky}...Sixteen year old Andrew Gregory died after crashing his ATV off Pine Grove School Road near London late Monday afternoon. Police say Gregory had been separated from his friends for about 15 minutes when those friends began to get worried and went looking for him. When he was found, he had been thrown off his ATV, which then landed on him. The coroner says Gregory died at the scene of blunt force trauma to the chest.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Drugs Found In Johnson County Home

  • {Lowmansville, Kentucky}...An investigation is underway after Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies discovered two pounds of marijuana, prescription pills, and nearly $2,000 cash hidden inside some paintings at a home in Lowmansville. Deputies are planning to take the case to the Johnson County grand jury. The suspects names names have not been released.

Johnson County Accident Kills Elderly Man

  • {Paintsville, Kentucky}...Johnson County Deputies say 72 year old John Richard Dollarhide of Van Lear died at Paul B. Hall Hospital after a wreck on Saturday. The sheriff says two cars crashed on US-23, and Dollarhide was thrown out of his vehicle. His funeral is at 2:00 Tuesday at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel in Paintsville.

Man Charged With Attempted Murder

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Police have arrested 32 year old Bill Collins of Litt Carr in Knott County and charged him with attempted murder. They say, last week, he fired shots at a car at the Hazard Village Shopping Center following an argument with a woman. Collins is being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

Sewage Concerns Vicco Residents

{Vicco, Kentucky}...Sewage running into a creek in Perry County has the people of Vicco concerned about the health of the residents and wildlife. Although Mayor Johnny Cummings says sewage does not continuously run into the creek, Billy Banks says water from polluted rivers has been shipped back to residents, the hospital and the restaurants for people to drink. Cummings says the problem stems from bad pumps and switches at the Vicco Utilities Plant, which is very outdated and needs to be fixed, but there's not enough funding to get that done.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Inmate Attempts Escape

  •  {Hazard, Kentucky}...Police say 20 year old Anthony Back of Blackey, an inmate at the Kentucky River Regional Jail, attempted to escape while receiving medical attention at Hazard ARH Hospital Saturday afternoon. Workers say he acted like he was going to the restroom and then ran but was unsuccessful in finding his way out of the hospital. State police in Hazard were called to the scene and assisted jail workers in the capture. Back was charged with second degree escape and transported back to the Kentucky River Regional Jail and placed on a more than $17,000 cash bond.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Attempted Robbery In Laurel County

  • {Keavy, Kentucky}...About 7:00 P.M. Friday, Donald and Brenda Roark answered a knock at their door of their home on Gibbs Lane and were met by a man wearing a full face mask and carrying a shotgun. Police say Earl Hall, 32, of Keavy, pointed the gun at them, and, while Brenda Roark struggled with Hall in the doorway, Donald Roark got his own shotgun, pointed it at Hall and chased him away. Detectives believe Hall drove a four-wheeler to the Roarks' home, about four miles from the home Hall shared with his parents. Hall, a convicted felon, was wearing an ankle bracelet because he was on home incarceration for four counts of fourth degree assault. Police say, after committing the robbery, Hall wrecked the four-wheeler, burned the mask he had been wearing and went home. He was arrested at 9:23 P.M. Friday and charged with first-degree robbery. After being treated at St. Joseph Hospital London for a hand and chest injury, he was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Knott County Armed Robbery

  • {Mallie, Kentucky}... Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a 911 call advising of a possible armed robbery at the Electric Beach in the Mallie community of Knott County.  Upon the arrival of Trooper Randall Riley, Detective Kevin Hurt and the Knott County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined a white male subject had come into the Electric Beach while an employee was cleaning and  demanded money from the employee.  The employee gave the money to the suspect, but was scratched by a knife that the suspect was holding.  The suspect is believed to be a white male subject approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a slender build.  He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a brown ski mask, light colored blue jeans, white ball shoes, and rubber gloves. The investigation is ongoing at this time by the Kentucky State Police Post in Hazard. 



Friday, February 10, 2012

Childers Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...David Wayne Childers appeared in court in Pikeville Friday afternoon, where he pleaded not guilty to murder in connection to the death of Pike County Sheriff's Deputy James Thacker. Police say, on January 23rd, Childers' SUV crossed the center line on US-460 and hit Thacker's cruiser head on. Thacker died at the scene. Police say they found drug paraphernalia in Childers' vehicle. A grand jury indicted Childers on murder and persistent felony offender charges. Judge Steven Combs ordered Childers held without bond, but said he will consider bond if the defense attorney files a written motion. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 27th.

Shots Fired In Hazard

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Officials at the Hazard Police Department are investigating after they responded to reports of several shots fired at the Hazard Village shopping center. Police say someone was shot at while in their car and driving through the parking lot. No injuries were reported. Police have not yet released the names of any suspects or victims in this shooting.

Mistrial Declared In Floyd County Case

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Police say, in August 2008, Chris Newsome, Ivan Gunnels, Stephen Jervis, Matthew Ritchie, and Kevin Woods severely beat fellow Floyd County Detention Center inmate Terry Fisher nearly to death. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jordan Turner told the court that Fisher walked into the cell a normal, healthy man, but, after being harassed and tortured for 72 straight hours, he left on a stretcher, permanently destroyed. Defense attorneys argued there was not sufficient physical evidence to support the charges and questioned the credibility of eyewitnesses, whom they claimed “got deals” to testify for the commonwealth. One such person named by the defense was Larry Thomas Adkins, 30, of Pikeville, who had previously also been charged with complicity to first-degree assault, but is not being tried with the others. Opening statements began Thursday, but it all ended in a mistrial Thursday evening after a jail guard said something on the stand the jury should not have heard. A status conference is scheduled for next month.

Two Arrested In Hazard Thefts

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Police have arrested 28 year old John Scruggs and his cousin 19 year old Joshua Sizemore and charged them with theft after they allegedly stole more than $2,000 worth of quarters from Hall’s Coin Laundry in Hazard on different occasions. Video shows one man standing outside while the other goes to each machine, which he opened with a self made key. It also shows one man's attempts at trying to break into the gaming and vending machines. Bill Hall says the thefts have cost him more than $3,000, both in changed locks and stolen money.

Delayed Fatality In Letcher County

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...On February 4, 2012 Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a 911 call of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 7 in the Isom community of Letcher County. Preliminary investigation indicates 44 year old Lisa M. Gibson of Jeremiah lost control of her vehicle, crossed the center line and struck a vehicle operated by Claude Eldridge. Gibson was ejected from her vehicle during the collision. She was transported to Whitesburg ARH and then transferred to Holston Valley Medical Center. On February 8th, Gibson was pronounced dead at 10:00 p.m. at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Huge Bust In Pike County

{Ashcamp,Kentucky}...On Thursday, February 9th, Detectives with Kentucky State Police Post 9 and DE/SI East, conducted three search warrants in the Ashcamp community of Pike County. Detectives conducted the searches as a result of an 18 month investigation where the subjects involved had been trafficking prescription Oxycodone pills. The search warrants resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of Oxycodone and Xanax pills with an estimated street value of over $1,000,000. Detectives also seized approximately $80,000 in cash, as well as several firearms that were found in the residences. KSP Detectives were assisted on scene by Detectives with Operation UNITE as well as agents from the FBI. This case remains under investigation by KSP Detectives and federal indictments are pending.

Sentencing Set In Pike County Case

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...In May 2011, Millard Thornhill of Hatfield was found dead inside his burned trailer. Police say Thornhill was shot to death before his home was set on fire. Jeffery Lowe, Randy Thomas, Cynthia Ryan, and Shannon Turner were indicted on murder and robbery charges. This week, Randy Thomas and Shannon Turner both took plea deals, while murder charges were dismissed. Wednesday, Randy Thomas told the judge he was not the person who killed Millard Thornhill but admitted he was involved in a plot to rob him. Tuesday, Shannon Turner was declared competent for trial and pleaded guilty to robbery. The commonwealth’s attorney recommended a ten year sentence for both Thomas and Turner. They will be sentenced in March. Jeffery Lowe is serving a twenty year sentence. Cynthia Ryan is serving a ten year sentence.

Senator Johnny Ray Turner Receives Education Award

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg, has  received the second annual Paul Patton Education Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative Board of Directors. Senator Turner was honored for his efforts on behalf of public education in the eastern Kentucky Region while serving in the General Assembly. "As an educator for 28 years, education has always been a top priority while serving in Frankfort," said Senator Turner, who serves on the Senate Education Committee. A retired educator, Senator Turner has sponsored successful legislation to give fair treatment to teachers and other school personnel for the time they work.

Invitation To UNITE Pike Meeting

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The UNITE Pike Coalition meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2012, on
Valentine's Day, in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Pikeville at 12:00 noon.  Lunch will be provided.  Please feel free to bring a guest. Our guest speaker will be Steve Collett, a Clay County resident, whose life has been totally transformed, as seen in the documentary "An Appalachian Dawn."   We know, once any type of a problem has been identified and the more we learn about the problem, the more equipped we are to solve it.  Who better can give us direction and insight than one who has been there?

We look forward to seeing you. Your presence is important to the coalition, and we
sincerely thank you for giving your time and services as we work together to make
our communities and county safe and drug free.

Sincerely,
Roger Wagner, Superintendent
Pike County Schools

Knott County Meth Lab Busted

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard along with DESI East and the Knott County Sheriff's Department responded to a complaint at 313 Hickory Withe Road in the Fisty community of Knott County in reference to a possible meth lab. Preliminary investigation led police to 7 individuals at the scene in a small pull along camper trailer. Police obtained consent to search and located meth precursors in the camper trailer.

 Arrested were:
Ellis Ritchie, 37 of Fisty
Daniel Ramey, 33 of Fisty
James Mosley, 23 of Fisty
Michael J. Smith, 31 of Fisty
Elsie Collins, 22 of Fisty
Chrystal Ritchie, 28 of Fisty
Tamara Mosley, 19, of Bulan

All were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st and Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center. DESI East removed the hazardous materials for proper disposal. The investigation is continuing by Tpr. Joe Dials.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pike County Declares Highway State Of Emergency

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County has declared a state of emergency for two winding highways that carry a high volume of coal trucks. The Pike County Fiscal Count unanimously passed the measure for Kentucky 194 and Kentucky 632 Tuesday. Magistrate Hilman Dotson, who requested the declaration, said it could help the county get the highways included in the state's 6 year road plan for widening. Dotson says the number of coal trucks on the narrow roads is creating a traffic hazard.

Jones Drafting Copper Theft Bill

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...In a letter sent to Senator Ray S. Jones II, D-Pikeville, on January 31st, Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford encouraged him to introduce legislation during the current legislative session that will increase the penalty for those convicted of stealing copper to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Jones says he is drafting legislation that would make it a felony if, while stealing copper, an individual disables 911 communications, interferes with communication with medical providers or causes loss of power for healthcare providers. Rutherford and Jones agree thieves are stealing copper in an attempt to continually support their drug habits. Rutherford says there must be harsher laws against these vandals.

Knott County To Hold Wet/Dry Election

{Hindman, Kentucky}...Knott County voters will decide this year if they want to allow alcohol sales. Judge Executive Randy Thompson says a petition had more than the 675 signatures needed to put this issue on the ballot but voters will have to wait until April 10th to make their choice. Thompson says you must get twenty five percent of the voters who voted in the last general election, and there were roughly 2,400 registered voters who exercised their privilege to vote in the last election. Thompson says the election will cost the county around $25,000.

Martin Sues Floyd County Fiscal Court

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...The city of Martin has sued the Floyd County Fiscal Court, claiming the court owes them nearly $60,000. Martin city officials say the county used their wastewater treatment plant for wastewater from the county landfill and did not pay part of the contract. County officials say they ended the contract and owe them nothing. The contract shows the City of Martin and Floyd County Fiscal Court had an interlocal agreement for the city's wastewater plant to handle waste from the county landfill, and the contract expired at the beginning of 2010. The two sides worked out a new agreement in February 2011. A few months later, the county cancelled the agreement allegedly due to the higher rate and claimed the treatment plant was polluting Floyd County waterways. An investigation into the the city of Martin’s water treatment plant shows multiple violations since November 2005 for polluting the waters of Floyd County. City officials say the county knew about the problems, and it should not be an issue in the lawsuit which is scheduled for a hearing Friday.

Johnson County Man Pleads Guilty

{Paintsville, Kentucky}...Sentencing is scheduled for March 2nd for Clayton Clouse Jr., 40, of Thelma, who pleaded guilty Friday to rape, sodomy, and assault charges. Police say Clouse approached two 12 year old girls on 6th Street in Paintsville on June 6, 2011 and took them to an area called "Hanging Rock" where he attacked them.

Paintsville Woman Denied New Trial

{Paintsville, Kentucky}...Alice Stambaugh, 66, of Paintsville, was denied her motion for a new trial last Friday in Johnson Circuit Court after she was found guilty of second degree manslaughter in the death of her infant grandson. Stambaugh was sentenced to five years. She says the court erred in not allowing her to introduce as evidence a two-page list of documents she felt shed guilt in the matter on her daughter, Heather Stambaugh, who is also facing trial in April regarding the child’s death.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Martin County Murder Sent To Grand Jury

  • {Warfield, Kentucky}...Police in Martin County say 26 year old Billie Evans was driving on Route 292 in Warfield Saturday morning when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line, and slammed into a tree, killing his passenger, 21 year old "Bubby" Irvin Spaulding. The arrest citation says Evans failed field sobriety tests and admitted he had been drinking vodka earlier in the day. Evans is charged with murder and DUI. Tuesday morning, Evans waived his preliminary hearing, and the case went to the grand jury. Bond is set at $100,000.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Public Forum Focuses On UPike

{Pikeville, Kentucky}... The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, the consultants asked by Governor Steve Beshear to study whether UPike should become a state university, held an on campus public forum Monday to gather input. Some University of Pikeville students told the panel they have a hard time paying the 17,000 dollars in tuition, and making UPike a state school and reducing tuition would help. UPike President Paul Patton said that would enable more people to stay in the region and grow the economy. Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Director Brad Hall said having an affordable four year university in Pikeville would create a trained, educated and skilled work force for future industry. Several Eastern Kentucky Judge-Executives say they are opposed to using coal severance funds to make UPike a state school. Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford and Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson were the only ones to speak at the forum. They told the panel they are in favor of it. Those conducting the study say they will be objective and consider all opinions from all parts of the state as part of the study which will take five weeks.

Tanker Overturns In Pike County

{Robinson Creek, Kentucky}... Kentucky State Police say a tanker hauling nearly 43,000 pounds of Ammonium Nitrate turned over into a creek on Kentucky 3415 in the Robinson Creek community of Pike County Monday, leaking a powder substance, which was a premixed fuel and Ammonium Nitrate blasting agent, into the creek. Police say 58 year old Karl Ashley lost control of the tanker on Little Robinson Creek Road. As a precautionary measure, Emergency Management Services evacuated a one-half mile area around the spill until they could get it cleaned up.

Meeting To Discuss Goff Curve

{Millard, Kentucky}... A public information meeting about upcoming highway improvements to Goff Curve at Millard is set for Friday, February 17th, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Millard Middle School. Last year, QK4 was hired as design consultant on the project. John Michael Johnson, Project Manager for Highway District 12, and Interim Chief District Engineer Mary Holbrook will have right-of-way plans and other drawings that show what the improvements will be. They will also explain the road-building process that is required by both state and federal laws as well as the Federal Highway Administration guidelines that apply to US 460. The next steps are right of way acquisition and utility relocation. In addition, graves from a small family cemetery will have to be moved before any construction can begin.

Amis...Superintendent Of The Year

{Louisville, Kentucky}...In Louisville this past weekend, Perry County Schools Superintendent John Paul Amis was named Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky School Board Association. Each candidate up for consideration must have served as a superintendent for at least five years and meet certain criteria ranging from budgeting to leadership.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Woman Sentenced On Robbery Charges

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Cynthia Ryan was sentenced Friday in Pikeville to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty earlier to robbery charges, while murder charges against her were dismissed. Police say Ryan, Jeffrey Lowe, Randy Thomas and Shannon Turner robbed and shot Millard Thornhill last May 19th and then set his trailer in Hatfield on fire. Jeffrey Lowe was sentenced to 20 years in January on manslaughter and robbery charges after agreeing to a plea deal in December that dropped the original murder charge. Randy Thomas and Shannon Turner are awaiting trial.

Pikeville Fires Suspected To Be Arson

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...A vacant home on Poplar Street is the fifth suspected arson case in Pikeville in less than a year. Firefighters say, when they arrived at the house early Thursday morning, flames were at least ten feet in the air, even burning the overhead power lines. Holly Day and Eric Clifton, who live next door, say they were walking their dog when the fire started, and they saw someone rumbling in the bushes, but they just thought it was homeless people. It took firefighters four hours to put out the flames. Since April, four vacant homes have burned on Fife Fork. Pikeville Police are asking anybody with information to call them. Robert Lindsey with the Pikeville Fire Department says, if whoever is responsible is found, they will be indicted and his department will seek the maximum penalty it can by law.

Man Who Abused Toddler Sentenced

  • {Van Lear, Kentucky}...Nineteen year old Dustin Crum was sentenced Friday to five years in prison after being convicted of second degree criminal abuse. Crum was arrested last July after deputies were called to a home in the Van Lear community after getting a tip, and found a one-year-old child with bruises and injuries on its body.

Man On Parole Busted For Drugs

{Marrowbone, Kentucky}...A Pike County man on parole has been busted for drugs. Pike County Sheriff Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee says police had reason to believe Michael O. Bartley was selling drugs when they went to his home in Marrowbone and found nearly $5,000 hidden behind a washing machine, along with various types of pills, syringes and cocaine. Bartley, his mother Givelene Bartley, his sister Whitney Bartley, and her boyfriend, Christopher Adkins, were all arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Codell To Build Jenny Wiley Theatre

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Friday morning, Pikeville City Commissioners and other board members hired Codell Construction to build a new 300 seat indoor Jenny Wiley Theatre on Hambley Boulevard in downtown Pikeville. City Commissioner Barry Chaney says, for the school system, the college and the entire community, the theater is an unbelievable once in a lifetime opportunity. Officials are now looking at design plans and compiling ideas of how they want the theater to look.

Lawsuit Heats Up In Floyd County

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Floyd County officials have answered a recent lawsuit filed by city of Martin officials seeking unpaid fees they say are associated with the treatment of water from the county's landfill at Garth Hollow. The city of Martin claims the county owes an outstanding balance of $57,0895.55. The county accused the city of fraudulently leading the county to believe it was incurring costs associated with the treatment of water flowing from the county landfill, when the city was actually piping the the county’s water and the city’s sewage directly into Beaver Creek. Floyd County officials say, "The city is believed to be one of, if not the largest, polluter of waterways in the history of Floyd County." The county claims the city owes them $91,000, and in violation of multiple criminal statutes “as a result of its conversion of county’s garbage collection payments to city’s personal use."

Thursday, February 2, 2012

UPike To Hold Public Forum

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...A public forum is scheduled to take place Monday, February 6th, from 10:00 A.M. to noon in Booth Auditorium Record Memorial Building to discuss the proposal in the Kentucky State Legislature to include the University of Pikeville in the state university system. The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems has been selected by Governor Steve Beshear to study the feasibility of House Bill 260, which, if passed, would  make UPike Kentucky’s seventh regional four-year university. According to the bill, the multi-county coal severance tax revenue derived from participating counties would drop the University’s tuition from $17,050 to about $7,000.

Letcher County Escapee Arrested

{Mayking,  Kentucky}...Stevie Wynn was re-arrested early Thursday morning and lodged in the Letcher County Jail after allegedly assaulting a Perry County deputy jailer and stealing his van in August. Officials found Wynn hiding under a bed in a home in the Mayking community. Police say Wynn was being returned to Whitesburg in Letcher County from a court hearing in Hazard in Perry County when he escaped. The van was found on Route 7 near Isom in Letcher County.

Perry County School Bus Collides With Pick-Up

Several people were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon, mainly as a precaution, after a Perry County school bus collided with a pick-up truck on Highway 80, near the Knott County line, just before 4:00 P.M. Officials say a passenger in the pick-up was flown to Holsten Valley Hospital in Tennessee.

Naked Man Burglarizes Store

{Neon, Kentucky}...A naked man who burglarized a Neon grocery store has been identified. Kentucky State Police say Andrew Allen Michael Toothman, 23, was completely nude and wearing only a pair of black boots while inside Neon Food World IGA when the manager arrived at work early Tuesday morning. Toothman was covered in peanut butter and chocolate and had written “Sorry” on the floor with NyQuil.

Fire Sends Man To UK Medical Center

{Artemus, Kentucky}...Fire Chief John Bays says an apartment fire in the Artemus community of Knox County that started around 1:30 A.M. Thursday morning left ten families without a home. A fire fighter and infant were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, while Keith Bays was flown to the UK Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pike County Man Indicted

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Wednesday afternoon, a Pike County Grand Jury indicted David Wayne Childers on charges of murder and being a persistent felony offender. Childers will be arraigned on February 10th. Police say they found drug paraphernalia in Childers SUV after his vehicle hit head-on with a cruiser on US 460 near the Marrowbone area of Pike County on January 23rd, killing Pike County Sheriff's Deputy James I. Thacker.

Police Bust Meth Lab

  • {David, Kentucky}...Forty-seven year old Ronnie Hicks, 25 year old Randall Hicks, and 46 year old Teresa Moore were arrested and charged with meth possession and trafficking after two active meth labs were found Tuesday night at a house on Route 850 in the David community of Floyd County. Sheriff John K. Blackburn said deputies went to the home to serve a warrant and discovered the two meth labs.

Floyd County Checkpoint Nets Arrests

{Auxier, Kentucky}...Police in Floyd County set-up a safety checkpoint in Auxier Wednesday afternoon, looking for drugs. Officers checked every car and driver on Route 3051, and in just the first hour, they arrested three people on suspicion of being under the influence. The checkpoint is part of the new Floyd County drug interdiction program designed to find drug dealers and abusers. Officers say new Kentucky laws designed to reduce jail over-crowding made undercover operations too expensive.