Thursday, May 31, 2012

Scholarship Program Criticized

Some county officials are criticizing Governor Steve Beshear's authorization of more than $4 million from coal tax revenue to provide college scholarships to students from nine Appalachian counties over the next two years. The scholarships will be available beginning July 1st to college juniors and seniors from Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. The scholarships can be used only at the University of Pikeville and Alice Lloyd College as well as off-campus centers operated in the region by Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson College and Lincoln Memorial University. Some county officials in eastern and western Kentucky say the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship Program should include all coal-producing counties.

Pike County Men Plead Not Guilty

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...During a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, attorneys for accused drug dealers Kenneth Gannon, 53, of Aflex, and 42 year old Russell West of McVeigh waived rights to a formal arraignment and entered not guilty pleas on charges of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone. The trial was set for July 16th. Prosecutors say the two men were involved in a pill pipeline operation from Florida. Pikeville attorney Steve Owens, who is representing West, told U.S. District Judge Ed Atkins that Jerrmaine St. Charles Littles, 32, of Clearwater, Florida, is still being held in Florida, where he pleaded guilty, and he may not be brought to Kentucky.

Mountain Water Could Raise Bills

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Mountain Water District customers could end up paying more for the service after theives have stolen thousands of dollars worth of equipment since the beginning of the year. District equipment, such as pumps, aluminum lids, water meters, wiring and other materials have been stolen from district facilities and vehicles. According to an analysis by Grondall Potter, project manager for Utility Management Group at MWD, and UMG’s Kevin Lowe, the district has lost more than $30,000 in equipment and materials over the previous 12 months.

Floyd County Man Convicted

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...A Floyd County jury has convicted Marion Kilburn of first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and DUI and recommended a sentence of 23 years in prison. Prosecutors say, in February of 2011, Kilburn crashed into a car carrying a five-year-old child while he was driving on the wrong side of U.S. 23. Police say his blood alcohol content was double the legal limit.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Floyd County Smoke Shack Raided

{Martin, Kentucky}...Friday, Prestonsburg Police raided the Smoke Shack in Martin, in Floyd County, and found over 700 packets of synthetic marijuana in a safe in a back room of the store. The drugs have a street value of about $19,000. It was the second time in a month the shop has been raided for synthetic marijuana. The Smoke Shack was first raided on May 10th, when $20,000 worth of synthetic marijuana was found and a shipment was intercepted. Emergency legislation was passed April 11th prohibiting the trafficking or possession of synthetic drugs in Kentucky. Michael J. Curtis, the attorney representing the owner of the business, filed a motion saying the items police seized are not covered by the legislation. In an amended motion, Curtis states the products came from a company in Washington D.C., which is also home to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Police say it is absolutely 100 percent against the law. Charges are pending.

Floyd County Man Arrested

{Dwale,  Kentucky}...James Anthony Newsome, 37, of Dwale, is scheduled to appear in court June 13th after being arrested and charged with first-degree assault, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and third-degree assault of a police officer. According to police reports, a Floyd County sheriff’s deputy was at home when Newsome's girlfriend, her face swollen and covered in blood, came to his house and told him Newsome had kicked her in the head with steel-toed boots. She was flown to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Huntington. When police went to Newsome’s residence, they say Newsome kicked and punched at the arresting officer. Newsome pleaded not guilty to assaulting the same victim in January.

Traffic Stop Results In Drug Bust

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Hazard Police Officer Wilson Jones was off duty on May 26th when he reported a man driving a pickup appeared to be under the influence. Officer Arthur Gayheart responded to the scene where he conducted a traffic stop, pulling over 43 year old Larry A. Lewis of Smilax, in Leslie County. Lewis admitted he had been to a Methadone clinic earlier that day and had ingested the drug. During a search of the vehicle, police found several types of pills, including Xanax, Methadone and Oxycodone, totaling 325 tablets, a Highpoint .380 firearm and $795 in cash. Lewis is facing charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

Frasure Creek Mine Could Face Lawsuit

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Two months after the shut down and elimination of several positions at a Frasure Creek mine in Perry County, the former employees claim they have not received severance and are now considering a lawsuit. In a meeting held at Hazard City Hall on Thursday, May 24, employees discussed a possible lawsuit to work toward getting their severance pay. The meeting was hosted by McKinley Morgan, an attorney with Morgan, Madden, Brashear, Collins, and Yeast in Hazard. Morgan will be working with Roy Collins, a lawyer with his firm, and Cheryl Lewis, of a firm in Hyden, on any legal action that may be taken. The company claims the circumstances were sudden and unforeseen, meaning they did not have to give the employees 60 days notice or severance.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarships Approved

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Several officials gathered Tuesday in Pikeville to announce an alternative program which will provide $4 million in scholarship money to students in the area. Governor Steve Beshear has authorized more than $4 million from coal tax revenue to provide college scholarships to students from nine Appalachian counties over the next two years. Beginning July 1st, the scholarships will be available to college juniors and seniors from Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. The scholarships can be used only at the University of Pikeville and Alice Lloyd College as well as off-campus centers operated in the region by Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson College and Lincoln Memorial University. The Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship Program will help Appalachian students obtain four-year degrees. State Representative Leslie Combs says the program’s approval doesn’t end the quest to make UPike a public university.

Floyd County Trial To Continue

{Prestonsburg,  Kentucky}...The trial of a Floyd County man charged with assault will continue Thursday. Marion Kilburn, 51, or Prestonsburg, was allegedly intoxicated when he was driving on the wrong lane on U.S. 23 near Allen in February 2011, crashing his car into another car carrying five year old Olivia Conn. Conn was seriously injured in the crash and transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Conn's father, Joey Conn, was also injured. Kilburn had been released from the Floyd County Detention Center on January 30th, after being arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the third time or more. Kilburn has a 30 year criminal history which includes several DUI charges. Police say Kilburn's blood-alcohol level was 0.25.

Phelps Fire Department Sub-Station Temporarily Closed

{Phelps, Kentucky}...The Phelps Fire Department has temporarily closed its sub-station at Majestic after it was burglarized on May 18th, making it the second burglary in less than a month. The burglaries caused the department to lose between $10,000 and $15,000 in stolen items and equipment. The Majestic station is temporarily closed until a security system is in place or a location and money are available to construct a new station in a more secure and populated area. The department is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the return of the items and the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the thefts.

Scam Alert

{London, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police, Post 11, in London has received a report of a scam that targets victims through a telephone solicitation claiming to be the Microsoft Corporation selling Anti-Virus protection for computers. The victim is given instructions on data to enter that will give the scammer access to their computer. This can allow the scammer to gather personal information such as names, birth dates, social security numbers, bank account information, etc. The Kentucky State Police wants to remind people to never give out personal information.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Holiday Fatalities Up

Kentucky State Police reported an increase in fatal accidents over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. A motorcycle accident Friday night in Breathitt County claimed the life of 28 year old Timothy Roberts of Jackson. Roberts was  pronounced dead at Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson after he lost control of his motorcycle and  hit a utility pole and guide wire while traveling on Quicksand Road. Forty-nine year old Diana Sexton was pronounced dead at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital Saturday after David Jones of Hazard lost control of his vehicle on North Main Street in Hazard and crossed into Sexton's lane, hitting her vehicle head-on. Whitley County Sheriff's Deputies say, Sunday afternoon, 63 year old Wanda Sue Lambtin left her home, fell into a pond on her own property, got stuck and drowned. Her son found her dead about 30 minutes later. Twenty-three year old Matthew J. Pierce, and his passenger, 23 year old Jordan B. Crouch, both of Monticello, died in a motorcycle crash early Sunday when their 2007 Suzuki left the roadway and struck a house. A three-vehicle crash in Russell County Sunday morning resulted in the death of 12 year old Kinley Browning of Glasgow.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

KY Mine Operators Owe Millions In Delinquent Fines

Records from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration show that Kentucky mine operators owe MSHA $29.2 million, which is 40 percent of the $73.6 million total owed to the agency in mine safety fines. Mine operators in West Virginia ranked second, owing MSHA $14.7 million in delinquent fines. The records show many of the fines stem from safety violations in 1993. MSHA chief Joseph Main says the agency has a collection rate of 85-90 percent, and it collected $104 million last year in penalties, which is 84 percent of the fines it assessed. In 2006 and 2007, MSHA collected 90 percent of the penalties it assessed. Former mine safety official Tony Oppegard says MSHA needs more power to collect delinquent fines.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Regional Airline Possibly Coming To Pikeville

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Talks are ongoing with two regional airlines to provide daily service in and out of Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport. Pikeville City Manager Donavan Blackburn and aviation consultant Luke Schmidt say flights could start in 2013. Schmidt says the airlines could connect with commercial hubs in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit. Schmidt said a key milestone in the long-term effort to get commercial air service for eastern Kentucky was the awarding of a federal $750,000 small community air service development grant to the Pikeville Airport last year. The grant is being administered by the U. S. Department of Transportation. Schmidt says, "This is a competitive grant. Pikeville competed with 68 other airports, and Pikeville was the smallest of the 68." City Manager Donavan Blackburn says $100,000 of the grant will be used for marketing with the rest subsidizing an airline that provides service. Blackburn says the airline is expected to operate at a loss for at least two years. Schmidt says the region to be served would include 13 counties, of which nine are in eastern Kentucky, three are in southwest Virginia and one is in West Virginia. Schmidt says work is currently being done to complete a letter of commitment, which he anticipates would be submitted sometime this fall, with commercial air service becoming available in and out of Pikeville Airport nine to 12 months thereafter. Blackburn says the airport does not have a fire station. The requirement for fire protection would be met by having a Pikeville City fire truck and crew of firefighters arrive at the airport one-half hour before a scheduled aircraft arrival and remain until one-half hour after the plane's departure.

Suspect Returned In Cold Case Murder

{Morehead, Kentucky}...State Police have brought Shane Elkins back to Kentucky after a grand jury indicted him on August 18th for the 1998 murder of Michael Dean Bartley in Morgan County. Bartley received several blows to his head and died in his yard. Elkins has been serving time at the Mount Olive Correctional Center for the murder of his father, 56 year old Melvin Elkins, at their home along Lost Creek in Wayne County, West Virginia in the fall of 2007. Police say Elkins shot his father in the chest. Elkins pleaded guilty to the murder of his father and was sentenced in 2009 to a life sentence with parole.

Fatal Crash In Perry County

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Police say 49 year old Diana Sexton was killed Saturday morning in Perry County when David Jones of Hazard lost control of his vehicle on North Main Street in Hazard and crossed into Sexton's lane, hitting her vehicle head-on. Sexton was pronounced dead at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Jones was flown to UK Hospital.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Former Floyd County Candidate Faces Assault Charges

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Stanley Lee of Martin, a former candidate for Floyd County Jailer, is facing assault charges following a recent domestic dispute in which he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. The victim told police Lee got mad when he found out she had information on her phone about an ex. Lee is scheduled to be back in court June 6th. Lee lost his 2010 bid to unseat Jailer Roger Webb, who captured 66 percent of the vote.

Beshear Signs Bill To Help Tornado Victims

{West Liberty, Kentucky}...Governor Beshear signed three bills Friday in West Liberty which will bring more help to tornado victims. House Bill 255 will offer a sales tax rebate for any building materials and supplies tornado victims buy. Beshear also signed Senate Bill 55 which will allow first responders to cross state lines, and House Bill 421 which offers more protection to homeowners.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Committee Sees First Phase Of Jenny Wiley Theater

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...During a meeting Thursday of the Pikeville Theater Committee, New York architect Steve Benesh showed his concept of the first phase of the planned $6 million Jenny Wiley Theater which is expected to be open by the fall of 2013. Benesh says it will take his firm four months to complete the actual design for the theater. The theater site is bounded on the front by Second Street, on the east by Division Street and at the rear by Hambley Boulevard. The theater will be built in three stages and will seat 220 people when it first opens, but, when stage three is completed, it will seat 330 people.

Pike County Man Indicted

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...A Pike County Grand Jury handed down an indictment Wednesday for 64 year old Garry Coleman of Pikeville. Coleman is facing a charge of possession of a matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The indictment alleges Coleman knowingly possessed child pornography between December 26, 2011 and April 19th. Officers executing a search warrant at his Myers Towers home on Hambley Boulevard on May 9th found several computer files in Coleman’s possession. Coleman was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center, where he was released May 11th.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Raise For Floyd County Employees

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...The Floyd County Fiscal Court voted last Friday to add a 2 percent pay increase for all county employees and to restore $70,000 to the budget of senior citizens centers. During a work session two days prior, Magistrate Hattie Owens said that if the court could not afford to give its employees a raise, she didn’t feel like magistrates should be “giving it all away” to senior citizens centers, but, on Friday, Owens made the motion for the raise and the additional money for the centers, and it was unanimously approved. The resolution was passed in connection with the first reading of the 2012-13 budget proposal.

Marijuana Bust In Johnson County

{Staffordsville, Kentucky}...Sunday, May 20th, at around 3:30 A.M., Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies Garrett Spriggs and Darvin Marsillett made a routine traffic stop, and the individual who was pulled over informed officers of a residence in the Staffordsville area, where it was alleged illegal activities were taking place. The deputies followed up on the tip and discovered an estimated four pounds of marijuana, several firearms, a quantity of pills, $206 in cash and assorted drug paraphernalia. The names of the subjects are currently being withheld, pending Grand Jury charges.

Former Paintsville Police Officer Indicted

{Paintsville, Kentucky}...Former Paintsville Police Officer 32 year old Daren Paul Estep has been indicted on two counts of presenting a fraudulent statement to obtain a controlled substance after he allegedly gave forged prescriptions to the Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy on August 3, 2011 and September 1, 2011. Detective Brian Lee of the Pikeville post appeared before the grand jury as a witness in the case.

Johnson County Deputies Getting New Guns

{Paintsville, Kentucky}...Each deputy at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office is getting a new M-16 rifle at no cost. The guns were free to the department through a government program that issues surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. Officials say the new weapons have a better range and capability and hold more rounds.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pike County Arrests

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Two eastern Kentucky men have been charged along with a Florida resident with conspiring to distribute prescription pain pills in an operation that law enforcement officials say resulted in more than 200,000 pills being sold during the past year in Pike County. Tuesday, Operation UNITE arrested 53 year old Kenneth Gannon of Aflex and 42 year old Russell West of McVeigh and lodged them in the Pike County Detention Center. Thirty-two year old Jermaine St. Claire Littles of Clearwater, Florida was charged this month with conspiring to distribute pain pills. Police started investigating because of tips about drug trafficking in the Belfry area, and they were able to make undercover drug buys.

Fatal Shootings In Stanton

{Stanton, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say 50 year old Randy Derrickson shot his ex-girlfriend, Lori Hall, during a series of shootings which began about 4:15 P.M. Tuesday evening in Stanton. Police say Derrickson shot Hall once in the face with a .38 revolver outside her residence as they argued over their breakup. Hall was taken to UK Hospital. Derrickson then drove to another neighborhood in search of Hall’s new boyfriend. A neighbor came outside wielding a baseball bat trying to chase him off, and Derrickson shot her twice in the face. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Derrickson then started driving back toward Hall’s property but was stopped at a roadblock, where he brandished his weapon toward a Stanton police officer in a vehicle in front of him. The officer fired two shots into Derrickson’s wieldshield, but the suspect was not struck. Derrickson then drove away at a high rate of speed headed back to Hall’s neighborhood, where Derrickson also lives. Derrickson stopped short of his house, with police officers in pursuit. He then shot himself in the head. He was taken to Clark County Regional Hospital in Winchester and then airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

Pike County Primary Vote 2012 Results

President of the United States
Newt GINGRICH - 50 - 5.39%
Rick SANTORUM - 70 - 7.54%
Mitt ROMNEY - 662 - 71.34%
Ron PAUL - 107 - 11.53%
"UNCOMMITTED" - 39 - 4.20%

Barack OBAMA - 1391 - 34.68%
"UNCOMMITED" - 2620 - 65.32%

United States Representative in Congress 5th Congressional District
Michael ACKERMAN - 1380 - 40.19%
Kenneth S. STEPP - 2054 - 59.81%

Pike County Circuit Clerk
Ernie NAPIER - 1303 - 26.85%
Anna Gayle PINSON - 3001 - 61.85%
Kim HALL-TACKET - 548 - 11.29%

Monday, May 21, 2012

School Board Approves New Millard School

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The Pike County School Board has approved construction plans for a new Millard School that will combine Millard Middle and Millard Elementary. Pike County Superintendent Roger Wagner says the new school is going to be a state of the art facility, with athletic facilities and technology classrooms, once it's completed. The new school will hold nearly 1100 students. The construction plans have to be approved by the state Board of Education before work can begin.

College Scholarships Proposals Seek Approval

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Two proposals are now vying for Governor Steve Beshear's approval through the Department of Local Government, which distributes grants funded by coal severance dollars. The first, pushed by the University of Pikeville, would provide scholarships for students from nine coal-producing counties. The second, engineered by the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, would include students from all 25 counties in the Southeast Kentucky Coal Region. UPike President Paul Patton's idea would cost $6 million over two years and would serve students in Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Pike, Martin, Johnson, Floyd, Magoffin and Knott Counties. Students who attend a public or private college in those counties and have completed 60 credit hours would receive a scholarship equal to 40 percent of the difference between the institutions' tuition and the total of all state and federal aid the student gets. The scholarships also could benefit students at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, and public and private extension campuses in the area, such as Morehead State University's campus at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg.

Perry County Business Burglarized

{Viper, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police are searching for suspects after Cornett's Mini Mart in Viper, in Perry County, was burglarized Sunday night. Cornett says the thieves got away with 55 cartons of cigarettes, more than $3,000 worth, $500 in quarters, probably $230 in dimes and maybe $100 in nickels. Michael Cornett and his wife Ruby have a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

UPike Announces Future President

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...UPike Board of Trustees Chairman Terry Dotson has announced that current Vice President James Hurley will take over as UPike President in July 2013, when former Governor Paul Patton steps down. Dotson says school officials met in February and again in May to discuss who will lead the university after Patton, who won't be leaving the university but will move to the position of chancellor, where he can help with fundraising, government relations and other issues. Hurley will be the first graduate of the school to become its president.

Hardin County Escapees Captured

{Radcliff, Kentucky}...Two Hardin County Detention Center escapees were captured early Sunday. Police found 21 year old Brandon Board and 37 year old Vance Tate riding bikes on a road in Radcliff. Jailer Danny Allen said the two had been missing since Friday morning. Board had been in the jail since September after being convicted of third-degree burglary, third-degree assault and evading police. Tate was convicted of multiple drug-related misdemeanor charges. He had been in jail for 14 months. They both had been jailed after parole violations.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Elkhorn City Mayor Files Criminal Complaint

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor has filed a criminal complaint against a reporter at the Appalachian News-Express, claiming he told reporter Ron Coleman not to call his home or cell phone but Coleman continued to call. Taylor also made threats of a lawsuit and boycott, claiming the newspaper has a vendetta against him. The News-Express reports that in an interview Friday, Taylor gave contradictory statements about when he told Coleman to stop calling. Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall said Friday that the complaint was not signed by a judge but it could still be examined by police.

Rowan County Grocery Store Robbed

{Morehead, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police were called to Kees Grocery & Deli on U.S. 60 in Morehead just before 7:00 P.M. Friday, after two white males entered the store, brandishing  knives, stole approximately $380 and left in a two door silver sedan heading west towards Morehead. Anyone with information should contact the Kentucky State Police Post 8 at (606) 784-4127.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Alleged Bank Robbers Arrested

{Harold, Kentucky}...Twenty year old Toni Bishop and 25 year old Jessie J. Keathley, both of Harold, were lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center Thursday and charged with first degree armed robbery. Police say, Monday, May 14th, the two robbed the U.S. Bank in Virgie at gunpoint.

Woman's Death Ruled Homicide

{Royalton, Kentucky}...Police began investigating the death of 44 year old Karen Pitts of Magoffin County after her body was found in her home near Royalton on May 5th. They are now calling her death a homicide after an autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma to the head. No toxicology results are in and other tests are pending.

Arraignment Set For Floyd County Man

{Banner, Kentucky}...Randall Charles Dotson Jr., 38, of Banner, will be arraigned on June 13th after being indicted this week on charges which include assault and unlawful imprisonment. Police say, in January, Dotson assaulted his wife and son, before holding them and five other members of his family against their will. Dotson was shot by his 17 year old son. County Attorney Keith Bartley says the boy was defending himself and his family. According to court documents, Dotson held his family at gunpoint and told them, “if anyone tried to leave he would kill them.” Dotson is also accused of assaulting his brother-in-law, Hank Boyd, with the butt of his shotgun.

Perry County Man Arrested

{Krypton, Kentucky}...Wednesday, Craig A. Bailey, 23, was arrested and charged with six counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. He was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. Bailey was arrested as the result of an ongoing undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation that began in January 2012. Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch began investigating after they discovered a suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Bailey's residence in Krypton on March 16, 2012. Equipment used to distribute child pornography was seized. Additional charges are pending.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Three Remain Hospitalized After Floyd County Accident

Three people injured in an accident remain in a hospital in West Virginia. Officials say a fatal crash in the Middle Creek area near Prestonsburg on Tuesday involved 22 year old James "Jimmy Jam" Mace of Pikeville. Pike County Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley says Mace, who was convicted of several felony charges for crimes committed since 2008, had recently escaped from a treatment facility in Elizabethtown and should have not been on the road. Kentucky State Police say Mace's vehicle crossed the center line and struck another vehicle, killing 63 year old Brenda Montgomery of Jackson and sending Montgomery's passenger, Elsie Oakley, to Highlands Regional Center, where she was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mace and his passenger, Jonathan Crider, were also airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital. Thursday, Oakley remained in critical condition. Crider was listed in fair condition, and Mace was listed in good condition.

Judge Appoints David School Board Members

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...During a hearing Thursday, David School Principal Diantha Daniels testified that the school's finances are in big trouble to the point that the school lunch program was cut, employee health insurance was canceled without any warning, and director Daniel Greene told the staff to cut the school year short. She said she thinks that was a strategic move to avoid paying the staff for another pay period. Daniels said she has never had any contact with any board members except Greene, who has allegedly misused school funds. Floyd County Circuit Court Judge Johnny Ray Harris appointed five new board members for the school, saying that the school provides a great need for students in the area. He asked the new board members to meet within ten days. Judge Harris found Greene was acting outside the scope of his authority as director of the David School.

Murder Trial Set For Perry County Man

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Twenty-one year old Cory Carroll of Busy, in Perry County, received a trial date Thursday and was scheduled to be released from jail on home incarceration as part of a reduced bond. Carroll was indicted by the Perry County Grand Jury on May 12th on allegations that he was under the influence of an “intoxicating substance” on August 22, 2011, when his pickup collided with another truck head on, injuring himself and two others and killing 28 year old Arizona Vires of Krypton. Carroll turned himself in to authorities this week, and made his initial court appearance Thursday, where defense attorney Kevin Johnson entered a not guilty plea on Carroll’s behalf to charges of murder, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and reckless driving. Carroll is set to go to trial on November 5th.

Former Perry County Teacher To Be Sentenced

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Former Perry County teacher Elmer Combs will be sentenced in June after pleading guilty Thursday to drug trafficking charges in exchange for a sentence of five years. Combs was arrested on December 12th, as part of an Operation UNITE round up, and charged with four counts of first degree trafficking. He allegedly sold Methadone to a cooperating witness in April of 2011 and OxyCodone three times in November of 2011. He will also be required to pay $460 in restitution to UNITE. Combs was sentenced in a previous case in 2007 to serve four years in prison, also on a charge of first-degree trafficking.

Homeless Shelter Cutting Back

{Hazard, Kentucky}...The Community Ministries Corner Haven Crisis Center in Hazard has helped many people through the years get off the streets and back into a steady job, but a lack of funding is causing the homeless shelter to cut one of their programs. As of May 22nd, the center will no longer offer long-term transitional housing, but will keep offering a nightly emergency shelter which will only be open from dinner until breakfast. Residents will no longer be able to keep their stuff at the shelter, stay there during the day or receive rides to work. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Businesses Coming To Pikeville

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Big plans are in the works for Pikeville. After nearly five years, city officials say new retail stores are coming to Pikeville. City Manager Donovan Blackburn says around 18 to 20 different stores, ranging from 45,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet, will not only improve the overall quality of life in the area but will also provide quality shopping and will hopefully pull people from outlying markets into the community. City officials recently reached an agreement to sell 16 acres behind Walmart to a developer, and they hope by this fall to see their vision becoming a reality. Blackburn says, so far, 10 retailers have signed letters of intent for the development, and the location is already well known by the community and surrounding communities as being the retail hub of the area. The project will be completed in two phases. Officials expect to start construction on the first phase later this year and hope to have it finished in 18 months. They hope to have the entire project done within 36 months.

Corbin Dollar General Store Robbed

{Corbin, Kentucky}...Police in Knox County are searching for two people who broke into the Corbin Dollar General Store, opened the stores safe and took nearly $2,600 and damaged the burglar alarm. Both were dressed in black with gloves and face masks. If you have any information, you should call the Knox County Sheriff's Department.

Hazard Man Allegedly Swallows Pills

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Hazard Police say 28 year old Joseph Sizemore will face several charges after he's released from the the Hazard ARH. Police say, on Monday, May 14th, employees observed Sizemore concealing $87 worth of merchandise in a bag and exiting the Hazard Walmart. Hazard Police Sergeant Randy Napier says he had to take Sizemore to the ground as Sizemore began to chew and swallow a handful of pills in an apparent attempt to conceal them. When released, Sizemore will face charges of tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking under $500, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Robbery In Floyd County

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Tuesday, Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville received a call of a robbery at Patel Quick Mart at Route 321 in the Prestonsburg community of Floyd County. KSP detectives say information obtained at the scene indicates a male and female entered the business, brandished a firearm and demanded money. The suspects then fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

Jones Urges Beshear To Intervene In Coventry Contracts

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Senator Ray S. Jones II, D-Pikeville, has sent a letter to Governor Steve Beshear asking him to step in and ensure the vulnerable citizens of Kentucky on Medicaid will receive adequate healthcare. Coventry Cares of Kentucky has notified Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Baptist Healthcare System and King's Daughters Medical Center that they are going to renegotiate contracts. Senator Jones said that if no agreement is reached, more than 40,000 people who currently receive Medicaid services through Coventry will either have to move to another health plan or switch health care providers. Senator Jones said that Coventry is now sending letters to doctors in eastern Kentucky to notify them that Coventry is terminating their provider contracts. Senator Jones says, "This is unacceptable."  In the letter to Governor Beshear, Senator Jones stated that he is ready to assist in any manner.

Chamber Brings Home State Awards

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The Southeast Kentucky Chamber is proud to be an award winning chamber on the state level. Over the past four years, the Chamber has won various awards, and this year, in Frankfort, Chamber President Brad Hall and Vice President Jared Arnett were present to accept two awards from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives: Newsletter of the Year and Website of the Year. The Newsletter of the Year Award is judged based upon layout & design, professionalism, content of the articles, writing style, and clarity and quality of printing. The Website of the Year Award is judged based upon design, organization, information presented, ease of navigation through the website, professionalism, content, opportunity for advertising, and overall look.

Public Forum Set

{Hazard, Kentucky}...The Hazard Police Department and Operation UNITE officials are teaming up to raise methamphetamine awareness. A public forum will be held at 6:30 P.M. May 29th at the Perry County Library to educate people on what meth is and how to recognize the drug.

Perry County Traffic Stop Brings Drug Charges

{Hazard, Kentucky}...A traffic stop Monday morning in the Cherokee Hills community of Perry County resulted in two arrests. Det. Bradley Couch and Deputy Chief Joe Engle with the Hazard Police Department were patrolling the area when they noticed a seat belt violation and pulled over a vehicle driven by 54 year old Bruce Combs. Det. Couch noticed a pill bottle in Combs’ coat pocket as he exited the vehicle. Couch found 130 Methadone and seven Oxycodone tablets, along with $1,489 in cash. Combs is now facing two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance along with charges of failure to wear seat belts and operating on a suspended license. A passenger, 37 year old Sammy W. Watts, also of Combs, was charged with possession of marijuana and public intoxication after approximately two ounces of marijuana were found next to where Watts was sitting.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pike County Bank Robbed

{Virgie, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police Post 9 Pikeville are investigating a bank robbery which occurred at the U.S Bank in the Virgie area of Pike County around 12:30 P.M. Monday. State police say a man and woman entered the bank and the man brandished a gun and demanded money. The two escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses described the man as white, about 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. He was wearing a black bandana, blue work pants with orange reflective stripes, and black gloves. The woman was white and about 5-foot-4 and 135 pounds and was dressed in black. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-5555 or (606) 433-7711.

Elkhorn City Police Chief Resigns

{Elkhorn City, Kentucky}...Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor says the city has only one uncertified police officer who has not yet attended the state's 18-week police academy after Anthony Maggard's resignation Thursday as police chief. Maggard resigned to take a job as an officer with the Coal Run Police Department.

Former Drug Court Director Pleads Not Guilty

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Teresa Huff pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of embezzlement. Huff is accused of abusing public trust, forging checks, and theft by unlawful taking. In February 2012, unsubstantiated reports began to leak out that Huff, who at the time was director of the Perry County Drug Court, had stolen money from a fund that she controlled as treasurer for the Perry Count UNITE Coalition. It was shortly thereafter that Huff resigned. If found guilty, she could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison. Her bond is set at $20,000. She will back in court in August.

Letcher County Man Pleads Guilty

  • {Whitesburg, Kentucky}...Twenty year old Michael Baker, who was arrested after he posted a picture of himself on Facebook stealing gas from a Jenkins police cruiser, pleaded guilty Monday to theft by unlawful taking. Baker's girlfriend, Joann Sandelin, snapped the picture they say was meant to be a joke. Baker says he only got a little gas, but, in the eyes of law enforcement, it is still the same crime.

Morehead State University Student Found

Daniel Hiser, a 20 year old Morehead State University student from Midgeville, Ohio who disappeared last Wednesday, has been located. Hiser's parents say Hiser called them Sunday morning from somewhere in New Mexico. They say their son gave no explanation of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance but that he is okay. Hiser disappeared after his vehicle crashed into a building near Elliotville, Kentucky.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Five Martin County People Arrested

Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Amanda Preston, 27, Karen Mills, 30, Gregory Scott, 27, Jeremy Harmon, 31, and Elza Maynary, 66, all of Martin County, Friday after they allegedly stole 300 pounds of bark from elm trees from private property on Little Cabin Creek Road in the Tollesboro area. Harmon also faces two outstanding bench warrants from Pike County. The bark is in high demand, especially in the herbal market. The bark is selling for $3.00 a pound. The bark is used as a soothing agent for cougs, gastrointestinal ailments, and skin irritations.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

AT&T Offers Reward

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...AT&T spokesperson Cathy Lewandowski says a $2,500 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for cable theft along Old Route 114 in West Prestonsburg that caused a five-day outage of phone and internet service, leaving many businesses at Prestonsburg Village, Glyn View Plaza and the surrounding area unable to accept credit card payments last week. Service was restored Friday. The reward expires July 1st. Anyone who wishes to come forward with information can report it to to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 886-6171, the Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711 or AT&T Asset Protection at (800) 807-4205.

Elliott County Bootlegging Operation Busted

{Sandy Hook, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say they busted a possible bootlegging operation in Elliott County Thursday. Troopers went to the home of Carlene Gilley on Skaggs Flat Road in Sandy Hook where they found approximately 20 cases of beer and 85 half pints of liquor inside the residence. Gilley was arrested and charged with illegal possession of alcohol in a dry territory. The case remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police in Morehead.

Appalachian Research And Defense Fund Has New Director

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund has a new director. Around June 15th, Johnson County native Lance Daniels, a major in the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to Fort Bragg Trial Defense Services in North Carolina, will take over as head of the agency. Daniels has worked both as an assistant county attorney and as a public defender in Johnson County. During his private practice, he was recognized three years in a row by the Volunteer Lawyers of Appalachian Kentucky for taking the most pro bono cases in Johnson County. The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, now in its 42nd year, is a legal services agency which provides free civil legal representation in a 37-county region, while it serves approximately 6,000 clients a year through a network of 10 offices and volunteer attorneys in eastern and south central Kentucky. It is funded by federal, state, local and private sources.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Elkhorn City Forming Dive Team

{Elkhorn City, Kentucky}...Elkhorn City Volunteer Fire Chief John Moore says the fire department is forming a four-man rescue dive team in the wake of three people drowning in 2011 in the Russell Fork River. The team is going through initial training and should be ready by mid-summer. Moore says the Elkhorn City team will cooperate with the Millard dive team, which has a jet boat, and the Pikeville dive team, which has an air boat. The equipment for each member of the team costs from $1,800 to $2,000. The team has ordered diving equipment for the four team members and a flat bottom, 18-foot, Yamaha G3, jet propulsion boat.

Restraining Order Issued For School Director

{David, Kentucky}...Friday, at the request of the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris issued a restraining order for Daniel Greene, the director of The David School in Floyd County. The David School has been the center of an investigation by Attorney General Jack Conway's office for several months, and Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf says the future of the school is in serious jeopardy. The order bars Greene from interfering in the business affairs of the school, and from being on the grounds or having any contact with the school. State attorneys have expressed concerns that there has been no functioning board to oversee Greene, who is on the board and controls spending from school accounts. Two of the four people Greene listed as board members in an August 2011 report have told the attorney general's office they were not on the board then, and in fact hadn't attended a meeting since February 2009. The attorney general's office has asked Harris to remove whoever is on the board, including Greene, and appoint a new board. Pillersdorf, who said he and others asked state attorneys to investigate their concerns about the school, said Friday he would be a member of that new board. A hearing on that motion is scheduled for this week. Greene says he never misappropriated money from the school.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Several Arrested In Pike County

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...After an eighteen month investigation, Kentucky State Police and agents from the Pikeville FBI office arrested Teddy and Willa Elswick of Marrowbone, Mackie Branham of Elkhorn Creek, Luther Baker and Renae Wright of Ashcamp, Brenda Silcox of Ashcamp, Gregory Hackney of Phyllis, and Justin Blackburn of Marrowbone Creek Road Tuesday and Wednesday after they were indicted last week on various conspiracy and drug trafficking charges. KSP Detectives say, during the investigation, they were able to make several undercover drug buys from each of the people charged. In February 2012, police executed search warrants and located several thousand Oxycodone and Xanax pills, handguns and $120,000 in cash.

Synthetic Marijuana Bust In Floyd County

{Martin, Kentucky}...Prestonsburg Police conducted a synthetic marijuana bust at the Smoke Shack store in Martin Thursday. Det. Trint Combs says police had received information from the FedEx hub that a shipment was headed to the store, so they intercepted and seized the shipment. When they went in the Smoke Shack, they found and seized more, making the bust worth $22,000. Police charged Thomas Jones for possession of synthetic marijuana. Police say many people believe it is still legal to buy and sell the synthetic marijuana in Kentucky, but April 11th legislation made it illegal.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Arrest Made In Pike County

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, KSP Post 9 Detectives Jason Merlo, Ryan Hamilton and Gary Sykes executed a search warrant at the residence of Gary Coleman. Gary Coleman 64 years old of Pikeville was arrested and charged with one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Coleman was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Merlo.

Copper Stolen From Pike County Business

{Pikeville,Kentucky}...On Sunday, April 29, 2012, KSP Trooper Derek Sturgill responded to a burglary complaint at Elliott Contracting in the Green Meadows community of Pike County. Spools of copper were taken from the business and KSP is asking that anyone with information pertaing to the theft contact KSP Post 9 Pikeville at (606) 433-7711.

Perry County Man Charged With Murder

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...On May 9, 2012 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call of an automobile collision on Ky. 2446 in the Lost Creek Community of Perry County. Preliminary investigation indicates that Donald Combs, age 34, of Fisty, was operating a passenger car when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to run over an embankment and come to rest in the creek on it's top. Combs fled the scene of the collision and was later arrested as his residence. A passenger in the vehicle, Burly R. Combs age 51, also of Fisty, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Perry County Coroner's Office. Combs was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center charged with murder, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI and driving on a DUI suspended license. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Brandon Thomas.

Superintendent Allegedly Violates Bond

{Lexington, Kentucky}...Breathitt County School Superintendent 65 year old Arch Turner of Booneville was taken into custody Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Lexington after a court appearance. Prosecutors say Turner, who is charged with conspiracy to buy votes in the 2010 election and obstruction of justice, violated conditions of his bond by meeting with a co-defendant to discuss strategy and testimony at trial. Turner is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center. His trial is set for July 30th in Lexington.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Perry County Woman Indicted

{Hazard, Kentucky}...A former Perry County Drug Court director was indicted Friday. Teresa Huff, 54, of Cornettsville, and Judge Bill Engle formed Perry County's drug court years ago to help drug addicts turn their lives around, but now an indictment charges her with abuse of public trust, eight counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. The indictments state that these offenses took place from February 2010 to February 2012. In February 2012, unsubstantiated reports began to leak out that Huff, who at the time was director of the Perry County Drug Court, had stolen money from a fund that she controlled as treasurer for the Perry Count UNITE Coalition. It was shortly thereafter that Huff resigned. There will be a special judge appointed and a special prosecutor in Huff's case. It will be about a week before Reed finds out who will be working on this case, though it is believed that the circuit court judge from Floyd County, Judge John David Caudill, could be presiding over the case. If Huff were to be found guilty and receive the maximum sentence on all charges, she could be facing up to 20 years in prison.

Man Charged With Burglary And Assault

{Williamsburg, Kentucky}...David Goodin has been arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and and second degree assault. Police say he went to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Delores Bray, in the Williamsburg community of Whitley County early Tuesday morning and attempted to break in. Goodin says he shoved a window or air conditioner in, and Bray says she heard the noise and then pushed the air conditioner unit back outside and closed the window so Goodin could not get inside. When Robert Vanover, Bray's current boyfriend went outside, police say Goodin hit him in the face with a pair of brass knuckles. The case will be presented to the grand jury in June.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Horse Goes Missing At Knott County Trail Ride

{Hindman, Kentucky}...Keith Varney of Pike County says his five year old bay mare, Yankee, went missing Friday night at the spring trail ride in Knott County. Knott County Sheriff deputies are looking into what happened to Yankee, and the Varney Family plans to give nearly $300 for her return. If you have any information about Yankee, call the the Knott County Sheriff's Department at (606) 785-5354.

Two Charged After Meth Lab Found

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Mike Lowe and William Shell, both of Prestonsburg, were arrested Monday and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center after police found a meth lab along the Big Sandy River in the Lancer community.

Pre-Trial Conference Canceled

{Corbin, Kentucky}...A pre-trial conference for former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge on state charges has been canceled due to concerns Hodge allegedly visited people while in Whitley County for his February 6th court date. Another date will be set when the matter is resolved. Hodge is currently serving a 15 and a-half year federal prison sentence.

FBI Agent Testifies In Hate Crime Case

{London, Kentucky}...During a bond hearing in federal court in London Monday for 20 year old Anthony Ray Jenkins and his cousin, 37 year old David Jason Jenkins, FBI agent Mike Brown testified that Anthony Ray Jenkins kicked his pregnant wife, Alexis Jenkins, in the stomach last year, causing a miscarriage, and he hit his wife on other occasions, including pounding her head against a wooden deck in December. Anthony and David Jenkins are set to go to trial June 18th after being charged with a hate-crime attack in Harlan County in which they allegedly kidnapped and beat Kevin Pennington in April 2011, leaving him with a concussion, a damaged ankle and other injuries. Prosecutors say Pennington was targeted because he is gay. Angela Burke, 37, a former girlfriend of David Jason Jenkins, wept as she testified that he beat her with a bat and raped her several years ago. Alexis Jenkins and Ashley Jenkins, both 19, have pleaded guilty to taking part in the crime and are cooperating with prosecutors. Anthony Jenkins and David Jenkins have pleaded not guilty.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Police Investigating Magoffin County Death

  • {Royalton, Kentucky}...The Kentucky State Police in Pikeville are investigating the death of a Magoffin County woman. Police say a male subject called state police early Saturday and said he had found 44 year old Karen Pitts dead inside her home in Royalton. Pitts was pronounced dead at the scene by the Magoffin County Coroner Mark Jenkins.

Floyd County School Could Close

{David, Kentucky}...The David School, a Floyd County high school that serves as an alternative for at-risk students, could be facing closure once again. Attorney General Jack Conway's Office is seeking information on the school's finances and on payments to its founder and longtime director, Daniel Greene. The attorney general's office suspects that Greene may have used his position to misappropriate school assets for his own use. Supporters of the school say the school has no functioning board. Paychecks were late recently, and the school dropped its lunch program. Greene says he has never wrongly taken money from the school, and he is trying to arrange a meeting with the attorney general's office this week to resolve the questions.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pike County School District Faces Projected Budget Shortfall

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...In the coming fiscal year, the Pike County School District could face a projected budget shortfall of about $2.4 million. At a meeting Thursday, district budget committee members unanimously approved a proposed budget which will be presented to the Pike County Board of Education for consideration at their next meeting on May 21st. The budget implies a potential need to lay off district employees and the potential for a state take over of the district. The $48.5 million budget proposal presented by District Finance Director Nancy Grubb includes just more than $46 million in salaries and benefits for the district’s employees, less the cost of worker’s compensation costs, and an additional $2.67 million for other salaries and retirement costs increases. Grubb says only about $46.5 million is available for the tentative budget. Pike County Board of Education member Frank McGuire, who also serves on the budget committee, says he disagrees with the deficit, but it needs a full vote from the board. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

ARH And Coventry Cares Reach Temporary Agreement

{Hazard, Kentucky}...After an almost two-hour hearing in U.S. District Court in Lexington Friday, Appalachian Regional Healthcare and Coventry Cares reached a temporary agreement to keep the status quo until June 30th. If the two can't reach an agreement by then, Coventry will notify beneficiaries then the state will open up enrollment in the region to switch managed care organizations. Coventry Cares had threatened to cancel a Medicaid contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare Friday. The two had been set to go to court to ask a judge to decide whether ARH could force Coventry to allow its members to continue receiving care at ARH facilities. Coventry officials say the state allowed another managed-care provider not to include ARH in its network, which meant a lot of higher-risk, higher-cost patients ended up covered by Coventry.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Company Coming To Pikeville

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Tri-State Laboratories is coming to Pikeville. Tri-State Laboratories is an environmental company that will work on things like testing water for mining companies in the area. Summit Engineering spokesperson Lisa Daniels says Summit Engineering has been working with county officials to get the lab. The company will open with about 12-14 jobs initially, including things like chemists and field technicians, but they hope to double that number within two years. To apply to work at Tri-State Laboratories visit or send resumes to Summit Engineering Inc. Attn: Tri-State Laboratory “Resumes” 131 Summit Drive Pikeville, KY 41501.

Stumbo Calls For ARH/Coventry Cares Resolution

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...House Speaker Greg Stumbo is calling for a resolution to a public dispute between Appalachian Regional Healthcare and Coventry Cares. Stumbo called for a close examination of Coventry and criticized ARH for claiming that the contract termination would force it to cut 300 to 400 jobs through a combination of layoffs and reduced hours. Stumbo said cabinet officials have spoken with Attorney General Jack Conway's office, which investigates Medicaid fraud and upholds the state's consumer protection laws, about the actions of Coventry Life and Health Insurance Co., which operates Coventry Cares. Stumbo said Thursday he is concerned the managed care organizations could trigger layoffs at Kentucky hospitals that don't receive timely Medicaid reimbursements for services to poor, disabled and elderly patients. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokeswoman Jill Midkiff said her agency "is facilitating continuing discussion" between the managed care group and the hospital chain with hopes that a resolution will be reached. Stumbo said lawmakers will be monitoring the situation closely.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Two Allegedly Supply Drugs To Inmates

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Twenty-four year old Justin D. Mosley of Van Lear and 42 year old Clyde Glenn Kennedy of Martin were arraigned before U.S. District Judge Edward Atkins in U.S. Eastern District Court Tuesday afternoon on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and promoting contraband to inmates at the Pike County Detention Center. According to testimony from a federal drug task force agent, Mosley supplied marijuana to Kennedy, who then supplied the marijuana to a work release inmate working at the Pike County Animal Shelter. Federal agents say, during more than a year-long investigation, they found that drugs had been supplied to both federal and nonfederal inmates housed at the detention center several times. The agent testified that the investigation into Mosley began after a female informant said he intimidated her by showing her a gun, and her vehicle was vandalized by someone driving a truck similar to Mosley’s. According to the agent’s testimony, Mosley and Kennedy conspired together to distribute the drugs, which were intended to end up in the hands of Mosley’s mother, Billie Mosley, and his brother, Arnold Mosley III, who were lodged in the jail. Billie Mosley, Arnold Mosley III and Arnold Mosley, Jr., had pleaded guilty to separate drug charges in February and were awaiting sentencing on those charges.

Trial Set For Floyd County Man

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Marion Kilburn, a Prestonsburg man charged with assault and DUI, will go on trial May 29th. Police say, in February 2011, Kilburn's blood-alcohol level was 0.25 when he crashed his car into another car carrying five year old Olivia Conn while he drove on the wrong side of U.S. 23 near Allen. Olivia Conn was seriously injured in the crash and transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Conn's father, Joey Conn, was also injured. Kilburn had just been released from the Floyd County Detention Center on January 30th, after being arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the third time or more. Kilburn has served prison time on previous DUI charges dating back to 1989.

Whitesburg Woman Pleads Not Guilty

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}...Shelia Renae Collins of Whitesburg pleaded not guilty to manslaughter Tuesday in Letcher County District Court after being indicted last month. Kentucky State Police say Collins was driving a 2004 Ford Mustang southbound on KY 7 near Colson at 7:35 P.M. on November 15, 2011 when she lost control of the car went over an embankment and ruptured a natural gas line. A passenger, Pamela Jo Walker, 28, of Frankfort, was pronounced dead at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker after suffering head trauma. Toxicology reports show Collins was under the influence. Collins is expected to be back in court June 22nd.

ARH And Coventry Care Officials To Begin Negotiations

ARH and Coventry Care officials will begin negotiations at 9:00 A.M. Thursday morning. Coventry Life and Health Insurance Company, which operates Coventry Cares, had said it would stop paying for most services for members at Appalachian Regional Healthcare facilities after May 4th, affecting about 25,000 Medicaid recipients in eastern and southeastern Kentucky who are Coventry members. Neville Wise, acting commissioner of the state Department for Medicaid Services, notified Coventry by letter that it has to give members 30 days' notice that ARH will no longer be a healthcare provider for them. A hearing on the matter is set for Friday morning in Lexington. Wednesday, King's Daughters spokesman Tom Dearing confirmed that Coventry also planned to stop paying for services to members at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland after May 26th.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Letcher County Man Arrested

  • {Jeremiah, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police said Tuesday that Lawrence Eugene Halcomb, 28, of Jeremiah, was taken to the Letcher County Detention Center Monday and charged with arson and six counts of wanton endangerment after allegedly firing a shotgun in the direction of his wife and baby before setting their home on fire while the two were inside. Police say Halcomb's wife was holding their 9 month old when the shooting occurred.

System To Help Find Missing People

{Hazard, Kentucky}...The Perry County Sheriff’s Office is now using a system called project life saver to help residents find lost loved ones. The project uses specialized radio responders to find missing people who have wandered off, including people with disorders such as dementia or Down’s Syndrome. The Kentucky River Development District has helped the sheriff’s office to obtain two responders and transmitters that will soon be available to families. The transmitters send a signal out once every second that can only be picked up by equipment tuned to their exact frequency. Equipment is hooked to a deputy’s cruiser and can help narrow the search to within a half mile. A hand held antenna is then used to pinpoint the transponder attached to the person. Other agency's using the system have located more than two thousand missing people since 1999.

FEMA Deadline Nears

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Eastern Kentucky residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes a couple of months ago have until Monday to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance which can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, replacement of essential household items and clothing and other programs to help people and business owners recover. U.S. Representative Hal Rogers' office says registration is also necessary to apply for Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to pay for losses not covered by insurance.

To register by phone, call 621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Or apply online at .

For more information, visit .

Health Care Grants Announced

{Washington, D.C.}...The Obama administration announced more than $16.5 million in grants Tuesday for health care centers in Kentucky. The awards are part of a series of capital investments made to community health centers through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The biggest awards were $5 million for Family Health Center Inc. in Louisville, $4.86 million for Cumberland Family Medical Center in Burkesville, $4.33 million for Grace Community Health Center Inc. in Gray in Knox County and $977,375 for Big Sandy Health Care Inc. in Prestonsburg. Those grants were made through a "building capacity program."

Four other grants were made through an "immediate facility improvement program": $425,000 for Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp. in Whitesburg, $380,000 for Family Health Center in Louisville, $360,863 for Cumberland Family Medical Center in Burkesville and $216,543 for Big Sandy Health Care in Prestonsburg.