Monday, December 31, 2012

Two arrested for Knox County murder

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. --- State Police say two people have been charged with murder after a shooting last week in Knox County.

Officials say they have arrested 45-year-old Jessie Jaynes, and 39-year-old Angela Jaynes. Both are charged with murder.

Police say 35-year-old James Cox was shot and killed on Thursday at their home in the Walker community.
Ky. lawmakers still wrestling with redistricting

FRANKFORT, Ky. --- Lawmakers are at odds on whether to postpone redistricting for a year to avoid gumming up an upcoming legislative session that's already chock-full of hefty issues.

Robert Stivers, the incoming Republican Senate president, says lawmakers aren't rushed to redraw boundaries around legislative districts because the next round of elections isn't until 2014. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants the process over as quickly as possible after lawmakers convene Jan. 8.

The last legislative redistricting effort ended in political turmoil, eventually making its way to the state Supreme Court. Justices concluded that legislative districts redrawn by lawmakers were not balanced by population. The justices ruled they had to be redrawn to comply with the "one person, one vote" mandate in federal and state law.
Man who killed UK football player hurt in accident

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- A man who pleaded guilty in the 1994 slaying of a University of Kentucky football player has been seriously injured in an auto accident.

Shane Ragland was hurt Saturday afternoon in an accident that shut down part of the Snyder Freeway. Louisville police say Ragland was traveling on a freeway ramp to Interstate 64 when he lost control of his Dodge Durango and it struck a guardrail.

Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said Ragland was ejected and the Durango came to rest on its roof. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Ragland was taken to University Hospital and was in serious condition Sunday.

Ragland pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of football player Trent DiGiuro, after Ragland's original murder conviction was thrown out in 2002.
Settlement grants net $11.2M for Ky. recipients

FRANKFORT, Ky. --- Grants totaling $11.2 million over five years have been awarded to 13 Kentucky organizations under an agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced the grants this month and said the money will go toward projects in schools, universities, private industry, agriculture, nonprofits and local government to help continue the state's energy and environmental goals. The grants stem from a 2011 settlement covering alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

Receiving grants are Kentucky School Boards Assocation, Pennyrile RECC, Kentucky Housing Corp., Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy, Murray State University, Fayette County Public Schools, Perdue Farms Inc., Bowling Green Independent Schools, Southern Tier Housing Corp., Hickman-Fulton Counties RECC, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Department for Local Government and Lord Corp.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

KSP Warning Of Craigslist Scam

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…Kentucky State Police in Pikeville are warning the public of an Internet scam that originates from the Craigslist website. Police say scammers are purchasing items from people online, sending cashier checks in the mail for an amount that is greater than the negotiated price, then asking the seller to keep $50 dollars for their troubles and to send the rest back to the United Kingdom. Kentucky State Police are asking anyone who has received these requests to contact them at 606-433-7711.

Inmate Allegedly Assaults Guard

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}…Thirty-nine year old Jeremy Ison of Pikeville was charged last week with four counts of third-degree assault for allegedly attacking Floyd County Detention Center guard Parker DeRossett. DeRossett alleges that, on December 12th, he opened Ison’s cell door to give him his tray of food, and Ison ran forward and attempted to spit on him. Ison was forcibly restrained and during the confrontation allegedly bit DeRossett’s left hand. Third-degree assault is a class D felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and $10,000 in fines.

Woman Accused Of Writing Cold Checks

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}…Tracy Lynn Oaks, 39, of East Point, in Floyd County, is charged with 16 counts of theft by deception. Police say Oaks wrote 16 bad checks to Food City in Prestonsburg from August 4th through August 15th. The checks totaled more than $1,000. Oaks, who has been charged on at least three previous occasions for writing cold checks, is being held in the Floyd County Detention Center without bail.

Fatal Shooting

{Talcum, Kentucky}…Kentucky State Police say an initial investigation indicates that two men went to the home of Ricky Sweet in the Jamestown Village Trailer Park in Talcum, on the Perry-Knott County line, Tuesday night and asked to borrow gas. Police say, after Sweet got some gas from a storage building, one of the men took out a gun and demanded money. Sweet and the other man exchanged gunshots, and 45 year old Aaron Pratt of Topmost was fatally shot. The other man fled the scene. Pratt was pronounced dead at the scene, while Sweet was taken to Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital and then transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. His wounds were not life-threatening.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Family Brings Christmas Joy To Shelter

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…Cody James and his family went to the Westcare Shelter in Pikeville Tuesday to help make a difference in someone else’s life and help them have a good Christmas. The James family brought turkey, dressing, cupcakes, and gifts in hopes of bringing joy to the residents.

"College Goal Sunday"

Seventeen Kentucky cities, including Morehead and Prestonsburg, will have centers set up January 13th to help high school seniors apply for college financial aid. "College Goal Sunday" is an effort to get more seniors to pursue higher education by helping them find the money they need. Financial aid counselors will be available that day to help seniors fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA. Sites will open at 2:00 P.M. local time. For more information, visit

Sites will be set up in Ashland, Barbourville, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Henderson, Highland Heights, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg and Somerset

Monday, December 24, 2012

KY Trucker Arrested In New York

Forty-four year old Ricky Counts of London, Kentucky was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest after a state trooper in New York pulled over his tractor-trailer Saturday on Route 20 in the Allegany County town of Amity and determined he was intoxicated. Police say while being taken into custody by two troopers, Counts resisted arrest, and one of the troopers used his Taser to subdue him. A January 2nd court date has been set. 

Sentencing For Iraqi Nationals Reschedule

{Bowling Green, Kentucky}…U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell has rescheduled the sentencing of Iraqi nationals 30 year old Waad Ramadan Alwan and co-defendant, 24 year old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi for January 3rd in federal court in Bowling Green. They were charged with conspiring to send weapons, including rifles, rocket propelled grenades and Stinger missile systems, cash and explosives to al-Qaida in Iraq. Alwan pleaded guilty in December 2011, while Hammadi bypassed a trial and entered a guilty plea in August. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pike County Man Pleads Not Guilty

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…Friday, 49 year old Richard C. Ratliff of Harolds Branch, Pikeville pleaded not guilty before Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman to murder, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. Ratliff was arrested Wednesday for the October 7th shooting death of 50 year old Ricky Coleman of Adams Lane, Pikeville. Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley ordered Ratliff held in the Pike County Detention Center without bond and set a January 25th pretrial hearing. If convicted, Ratliff could face the death penalty.

Shock Probation Sought

{Hazard, Kentucky}…Perry County defense attorney Gerald Teaster has filed a motion for shock probation on behalf of 43 year old Sarah Melton. In July, Teaster was found guilty of reckless homicide and assault under extreme emotional disturbance. Prosecutors say, in June 2011, Teaster fatally shot Cindy Caudill, of Brownsfork and shot her brother, Bill Couch. The jury recommended six years in prison, and Melton was sentenced in August. Teaster was set to argue his motion for shock probation on Thursday, but a witness he intended to call is currently hospitalized. Circuit Judge Bill Engle reset the hearing for January 10, 2013.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Perry County Murder Trial Stalled

{Hazard, Kentucky}…Timothy Ryan Sizemore, 28, of Hazard, is accused of fatally shooting 31 year old Samuel Louive during an incident in the Combs community on November 5, 2011. In January the Perry County grand jury returned an indictment charging him with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Reed withdrew from the case once the indictment was returned, and Henry Johnson, the commonwealth’s attorney in Harlan County, was assigned as the special prosecutor. Sizemore pleaded not guilty in January, and his attorney, Gerald Teaster, subsequently requested Louive’s medical and psychiatric records from the ARH psychiatric center and Kentucky River Community Care in Perry County. Thursday, Johnson announced he would be leaving office next month, a date for a pretrial conference or jury trial has not yet been set and the case will not progress any further until a new prosecutor is assigned.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Drug Roundup In Johnson County

{Paintsville, Kentucky}…Friday, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department teamed up with UNITE, the Kentucky State Police Criminal Interdiction Team and the Paintsville Police Department to serve 18 indictments for drug charges on people allegedly selling drugs in Johnson County. Connie Arnett, Jon Blair, Daniel Clark, Matthew Goble, James Jones, Anthony Rasmussen, Michael Stafford and Mandy Wireman were arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nursing Home Fills With Sounds Of Christmas

{Robinson Creek, Kentucky}…One local nursing home filled with the souds of Christmas as students at Valley Elementary School went from floor to floor spreading Christmas cheer to residents at the Parkview Nursing Home Thursday. While distributing hand made Christmas cards and filled gift bags with magazines, coloring books, slippers, stuffed animals, and various hygiene products, the group filled the hallways with Christmas carols, while residents looked on, and all remembered the true reason for the season.

Kentucky Bands In Inaugural Parade

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}…Letcher County Central Marching Band members are practicing after being chosen out of more than 2,800 applicants to perform during the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. The parade, which follows President Barack Obama's and Vice President Joe Biden’s inaugurations on January 21st, will step off at 2:30 P.M. and will cover the 15 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. The school's ROTC cadet honor guard will accompany the band. The Frankfort High School Falcon Marching Band out of Short Gap has also been selected to participate in the parade.

Former Martin County Clerks Arraigned

{Inez, Kentucky}…Tonya Mills Delong, 47, and Tamberlyn Sue Hairston, also known as "Tammy Perry", 41, both of Lovely, were arraigned Thursday morning after being charged with abuse of public trust. The former deputy clerks in the Martin County Circuit Clerk’s office, who are also the daughters of current Circuit Clerk Carol Sue Mills, were recently indicted following an investigation by the Kentucky State Auditor's office that found more than $20,000 in unaccounted funds in the clerk's office. Both women pleaded not guilty, and a January 17th pre-trial was set.

Fatal Fire In Rowan County

{Morehead, Kentucky}…Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal fire that happened Thursday in Morehead. Police say when they arrived at the home they found one person dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine the identity of the victim. Five other residents were taken to the St. Claire Medical Center, where four were sent to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the fifth person was taken to Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Reward Offered In Home Invasion

{Catlettsburg, Kentucky}…A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two men who robbed and assaulted 88 year old Kate Thacker, who was attacked at her home in Catlettsburg. Boyd County Sheriff’s Deputies say the two men knocked on Thacker's door Monday night, and when she opened it, they punched her to the floor, and one of the men held her face down on floor, while the other vandalized her home.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SVTS Seeks Support Letters

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}…Sandy Valley Transportation Services, Inc. is in the process of preparing Federal Transit Act grant applications for the 2014 fiscal year, and officials are seeking letters of support as the agency puts forward a proposal to continue its service as the Region 14 broker of Kentucky’s Human Service Transportation Delivery Program. Sandy Valley Transportation has served as the area’s transportation broker since 1998, and officials say these grants are vital for it to continue its work providing transportation services to residents in the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin and Pike. Those who wish to offer support, can fax letters to (606) 886-1969, (606) 886-1934, (866) 406-7887, or mail it in to Sandy Valley Transportation Services Inc., 81 Resource Court, Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653.

Man Arrested For Pikeville Murder

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…At approximately 8:26 A.M. Wednesday morning, 49 year old Richard C. Ratliff of Harold’s Branch, Pikeville was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. Ratliff was indicted for assault, robbery and murder in the October 7th shooting death of Ricky Coleman of Adams Lane Pikeville. Lacy Smith, who was also shot at the same location, survived his injuries.

Possible Suicide At Technical College

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…The Pikeville Police Department is investigating after a male was found dead inside a vehicle in the back parking lot of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College around 10:20 A.M. Wednesday morning. Police say a preliminary investigation indicates the victim sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As a precaution, nearby Model City Daycare was placed on a voluntary lockdown, but police believe there was never any danger nor threats related to the daycare center nor the Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The campus was secured, and classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Teens Charged With Terroristic Threatening

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}…Prestonsburg Police say two teens have been arrested and charged with terroristic threatening after making threats of violence towards students and teachers at Prestonsburg High School. Police say one of the teens made threats before the shooting in Connecticut. An investigation was conducted this weekend to determine if the student intended to carry out the threat, but police say they do not believe he intended to follow up with his plan. Police say the cases are not directly related. School officials say all threats will be taken seriously.

Nurse Gives Gift Of Life

{Hyden, Kentucky}…Ben Pratt was born at Mary Breckenridge Hospital in Hyden three years ago, and, when doctors quickly transferred him to the UK Medical Center in Lexington because he was having trouble breathing due to a collapsed lung. At UK, they realized he was in kidney failure. Pratt stayed for over four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UK, where he was cared for in part by Beth Warren, his primary nurse. He has spent the last three years undergoing dialysis treatments. One day, Warren called the family and offered to donate one of her own kidneys. The surgery was performed on November 20th at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Both Warren and Pratt and doing well.

Perry County Murder Trial Delayed

{Hazard, Kentucky}…Police say, on December 8, 2009, 46 year old John Carlos Combs of Red Fox, in Knott County, was arrested after he walked into the Leatherwood-Blackey Clinic in Perry County and fatally shot Dr. Dennis Sandlin. Combs was set to go to trial January 7th, but, during a hearing Monday in Perry Circuit Court, special Judge John David Caudill approved a motion for a continuance filed by the defense and scheduled the trial for May 13, 2013. Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Reed had filed to seek the death penalty, though she will not prosecute the case after losing her bid for re-election to John Hansen. In October 2010, Judge Caudill declined to approve a defense motion that would have disqualifed the death penalty, and in March 2011 declined a defense request for a change of venue.  Combs has pleaded not guilty and remains lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a $1 million bond.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Investigation Into Nude Photos

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}…Letcher County Prosecuting Attorney Jamie Hatton says the arrest last week of 19 year old Koree T. Stewart is just the tip of the iceberg of the probe into the sharing and distribution of nude photos involving teen girls in the area. Stewart, a one-time basketball standout at Letcher County Central High School, is charged with distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Hatton says he can’t provide details of the investigation because juveniles are involved, but his office is mainly targeting individuals who are forwarding nude photos of juveniles to other people via cellular phones.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Flags At Half-Staff…Update On Massacre

{FrankfortKentucky}…Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until Friday, December 21, 2012, in honor of the victims in Friday’s school shooting tragedy in NewtownConnecticut. The mass shooting happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where gunman Adam Lanza opened fire, leaving 26 dead, including 20 children. All the victims were shot with a high-power rifle, at least some of them up close, and all were apparently shot more than once.
Governor Dannel Malloy says Lanza shot himself as police entered the building. Principal Dawn Hochsprung was among those shot to death. Authorities say she lunged at Lanza in an attempt to overtake him. Victoria Soto, a 27 year old teacher, apparently died while trying to hide her pupils.

H.O.M.E. Event Set

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. is hosting an Open Enrollment Event Monday, December 17th, in Pikeville so that qualified laid-off coal miners and their spouses can sign up to get in place to receive free expert career advising, job and career placement, short-term skills training, on-the-job training, and certification and licensing for skilled trades needed to get back into the workforce through the new Hiring Our Miners Everyday initiative. The event will take place at the Pikeville Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

“Shop With a Trooper” Event

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…Friday, nearly 80 children, joined by Kentucky State Police, stormed the Pikeville Wal-Mart in search of the perfect Christmas gifts. The “Shop With a Trooper” event gave each child $100 to spend any way they chose. KSP and Wal-Mart partnered to provide each child with a basket of food for a Christmas dinner. After shopping, the children were treated to a free meal at McDonald’s on Cassidy Boulevard.

Court Date For Martin Lawsuit

{Inez, Kentucky}…Martin Mayor Thomasine Robinson filed a lawsuit last month in Floyd Circuit Court seeking both a recount in the 2012 mayor’s race in which she lost to challenger Sam Howell by a margin of three votes in a recanvass and for the election results to be set aside. The suit claims there were several irregularities including improper assistance, a failure on the part of election officials to respond to voter challenges, that at least 19 people who were not residents of the city voted and that Howell used voter intimidation when he allegedly promised political favors to a Martin city police officer and tenants of a federal housing project. On December 10th, Howell’s Attorney, James D. Adams II, filed a motion to dismiss the suit. A court date has been set for December 28th.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Red Cross Focuses On Pike County

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…Cathi Blair, disaster coordinator of the Big Sandy Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, says, in order to better prepare for a disaster, the Red Cross needs a bigger presence in Pike County. Blair says, although the Pike County office is still located in Pikeville, it is mostly inactive, and that needs to be changed to provide all the services Pike County residents need and deserve. Blair says the county needs more volunteers.

Fatal Accident On Mountain Parkway

{Campton, Kentucky}…The Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway will be closed in Wolfe County from approximately 10:00 A.M. until around noon Monday, December 17th, to allow for the reconstruction of a fatal automobile accident which occurred just East of Campton. Police say, shortly after noon Friday, a driver of a car lost control, slid into another car, then hit a guardrail before hitting a third car head on. The accident killed 51 year old Victoria Stommel. Police believe black ice is to blame for the crash.

Flags Ordered At Half-Staff

{Frankfort, Kentucky}…Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until Friday, December 21, 2012, in honor of the victims in the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Beshear also encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

KSP Settle In Fatal Crash

{Frankfort, Kentucky}…A deadly accident involving a state police spokesperson in Bowling Green happened on September 15, 2011. The family of Nurcan Ceylan received $550,000 for signing a release to drop Kentucky State Police from all legal liability for the accident. Police say a cruiser driven by Trooper Jonathan Biven crossed the center line and slammed into Ceylan's driver side on a rural stretch of Highway 31-W in Barren County. She died of multiple blunt force injuries. Her boyfriend Samuel Parker was in the passenger seat. KSP's collision report faulted Trooper Biven for "inattention" and not keeping his cruiser under control. The final investigation concluded the collision occurred due to Trooper Biven crossing into the oncoming lane and striking Ceylan's driver side. A $550,000 settlement was paid to Ceylan's family, $350,000 coming from KSP's insurance policy and $200,000 was paid by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Both are the maximum amount the family could receive in a settlement from the State.

Children Of Older Parents Score Higher

A study at the University of Virginia shows that children of older moms score higher than other kids in math and reading tests. And for every year older the first-time mother is, the scores go higher. Also, kids can help their older parents be more active. A 2005 study showed that older moms may have had problems during pregnancy, but ended up living longer than women who are not raising children late in life. Older parents tend to practice healthier lifestyles in order to care for their kids. Kentucky officials are looking closely at the study and trying to determine if there is any application for Kentucky older parents.

Affordability Of A Pet

Dogs are great — but they're not cheap!
In fact, the ASPCA says the average yearly cost for a big dog is about $1,000.
That includes food, heartworm medication, and a yearly vet checkup. And that's if you're lucky. Emergencies and serious 
illnesses can cost you hundreds or even thousands more. Before you take the plunge and get a dog, crunch the 
numbers. After all, it's worse to get a dog and realize you can't afford it than not to get one at all. 

Farm Tractor Attack On KSP

{Farmington, Kentucky}…A western Kentucky man faces attempted murder charges for trying to run over two Kentucky State Police troopers with a tractor. KSP in Mayfield say the troopers were called to a home in Farmington Tuesday on a report of a domestic dispute. Upon arriving, the troopers discovered the woman who had called 911 had locked herself inside the home, and 45 year old Michael A Rose had climbed onto a tractor and was threatening to use it to destroy vehicles parked at the residence. Rose then fled the scene on a tractor with an attached front-end loader. The troopers tried to stop the tractor but Rose refused and continued to drive west on KY 1890 before exiting the roadway and entering a field. Investigators said Rose tried to ram the troopers with the tractor, but the troopers managed to get out of the way. Rose drove into another field as the troopers followed him on foot. He then turned the tractor around abruptly, lowered the front-end loader and tried to run over the troopers, who fired their service weapons, striking the tractor.


EQT Grant

{Pikeville, Kentucky}… Members of the Pike County Board of Education, the Pike County Government, the University of
Kentucky and the EQT Corporation were on hand Wednesday, December 12th, when EQT presented a check for $50,000 to the University of Kentucky College of Education.

The funding will be matched by a James Graham Brown Foundation Grant that helped establish the P20 Lab’s Next Generation Leadership Academy.

The P20 Innovation Lab is an incubator for identifying, implementing and evaluating ways to redesign and rethink current policies, practices and programs to support 21st century learners.

The grant money will be used to provide innovative technology in eastern Kentucky Schools. Pike, Letcher, Knott, Floyd and Perry county school districts, along with Jenkins Independent, will participate in the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab’s Next Generation Leadership Academy, which is in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s College of Education.

Murder Indictment In Knott County

{Hindman, Kentucky}…Eugene Slone has been indicted after being accused of  killing Davey Sparkman and Keisha Sexton in the Topmost community of Knott County in July. The indictment says Slone killed Sparkman and Sexton in a retaliation against them for providing information to a law enforcement officer after Slone and 11 others conspired to distribute Oxycodone in Knott, Letcher, Clay and Perry Counties. Slone could face the death penalty for the two murders.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Former Martin County Clerks Indicted

{Inez, Kentucky}…The Martin County Grand Jury has indicted 47 year old Tonya Mills and Tamberlyn Sue Hairston, both of Lovely, with one count of abuse of public trust. The indictment comes following an investigation by the Kentucky State Auditor's office that found more than $20,000 in unaccounted funds in the Martin County Clerk's office. Clerk Carol Sue Mills says, after learning the money was missing, she terminated her two daughters for misconduct. Mills says she believes Hairston may have been helping Mills with an overwhelming addiction problem.

Drug Arrest In Pike County

{Belfry, Kentucky}…On Monday December 10, 2012 Post 9, Pikeville Criminal Interdiction Team executed an indictment warrant for the arrest of 52 year old Kendell Webb of Belfry. Webb was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center on one count of first-degree trafficking controlled substance and one count of prescription controlled substance not in proper container. This was a result of an investigation conducted by Troopers of the Post 9 Criminal Interdiction Team and Detectives from Operation UNITE after receiving complaints of the illegal sale of prescription narcotics from within the business where Webb was working. Webb was contacted at the business and a quantity of narcotics and money were seized. 

Coal Severance Tax Funds At Work

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The Breaks Interstate Parks Commission recently received a check for $500,000 in coal severance tax funds to be used for park upgrades and expansion. These funds are a match with money from Buchanan and Dickenson counties in Virginia. The Pike County Golf Course Management Board recently received $250,000 in coal severance tax funds, which will be used for clubhouse renovation and expansion. Elk Run (formerly Mountain Pub-Links) Golf Course is a partnership among the county, the University of Pikeville and the Pike County Board of Education.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Counterfeit Bills In Martin County

{Inez, Kentucky}…Deputies in Martin County are looking for a woman who spent more than 100 dollars in counterfeit bills at the Save-A-Lot in Inez. When the cashier counted the $20 bills she noticed the paper quality was not the same, and, as standard procedure, she marked them with a counterfeit pen. Employees called police, but the woman got away.

Committee Focuses On Managed Care

{Frankfort, Kentucky}…During a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that too many hospitals and doctors are still not being paid promptly by the companies who began managing Medicaid care in Kentucky a year ago. Senator Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, said the amount of money owed to hospitals has doubled since the state moved more than 500,000 people to managed care in November 2011. Many GOP legislators echoed Bowen's concerns. Kentucky Medicaid Commissioner Lawrence Kissner told the committee that WellCare and Kentucky Spirit have been cited by the state Department of Insurance for failing to pay claims promptly. WellCare was cited in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, while Kentucky Spirit was cited in the first quarter of 2012. Coventry Cares has not been cited by the department.

"Shop with a Trooper"

{Barbourville, Kentucky}…Tuesday, Kentucky State Police took students on a shopping spree in Barbourville during the annual "Shop with a Trooper" event. Sixty-five children got to spend $120 each at Wal-mart. Once shopping was over, Forcht Bank in Barbourville provided the children with lunch, and Santa Claus showed up with more gifts.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Appalachian Wireless Announces Scholarship

Appalachian Wireless CEO Gerald Robinette said Monday the company is pleased to announce it will continue its scholarship program at the $8,000 level, meaning eight students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship this year. Only students who are customers or whose parent or guardian is a customer of Appalachian Wireless will be eligible. Eligibility standards can be found at The announcement of winners will take place at year-end awards ceremonies at each school. For further information concerning this competition contact Appalachian Wireless at 606-339-1126 or 800-438-2355.

Debate Continues Over Pike County Animal Shelter

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…In response to a press release from Pike County Government, quoting Becky Reiter, Director of the Boone County Animal Shelter, acting as an evaluator of the Pike County Animal Shelter, lauding its facilities and efficient operation, the president of the local Appalachian SPCA, Cindy May Johnson took exception to the intimation that the Pike County Animal Shelter was a “no-kill” facility. The ASPCA continues to advocate for an Animal Shelter that does not have a policy of euthanization based on overcrowding. 

Dying Boy Seeks Christmas Cards

{Salyersville, Kentucky}…Nine year old Dalton Dingus has stage 4 Cystic Fibrosis. Before what could be his last Christmas, he has one request: To get the most Christmas cards ever so he can be in the Guiness Book of World Records. The current record sets at 35,000 cards. The last reported number Dalton has received is approximately 24,000.

To join in on the efforts you can send Dalton a Christmas card to this address:

Dalton Dingus
H.C. Box 1249
Salyersville, Kentucky

Man Arrested For Attempted Robbery

{Wheelwright, Kentucky}…Thirty-two year old Anthony King of Kite was arrested Saturday and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center charged with an attempted robbery at the Wheelwright Family Drug on Thursday. King was arrested during a traffic stop in Knott County.

Teen Arrested After Bomb Threat

{West Liberty, Kentucky}…Police arrested West Liberty High School student 19 year old Brittany Fletcher Monday and charged her with terroristic threatening after a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom stall saying, "Bomb in school. You have until 2:55 to get everybody out. Good luck." The teen also allegedly sent a bomb threat to WKYT-TV threatening to kill an anchor. Morgan County schools dismissed at 1:00 P.M., but no bomb was found.

Perry County Murder Trial Considered

{Hazard, Kentucky}…Police say John Charles Combs of Redfox, in Knott County, fatally shot Dr. Dennis Sandlin in December 2009 while he was working at the Leatherwood-Blackey clinic in Cornettsville. Perry County Commonwealth's Attorney Teresa Combs Reed says the trial has been slow in coming because death penalty cases typically take longer to get to trial, and there has been a request from the defense for funding for expert witnesses although Combs did not use a public defender. A status conference is set for January 2nd, and the trial could begin January 7th.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Codell Paid Millions In Extended-Service Fees

{Frankfort, Kentucky}…According to documents from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Kentucky's court system has paid Codell Construction an extra $3.1 million in extended-service fees on 60 percent of the courthouse projects, 17 of 26, that it has managed since 2006 because the company did not complete construction of courthouses on time. An attorney for Codell says construction delays were not caused by the company, and the company was entitled to the extended-services fees under the state's courthouse construction rules. The rules on extended-service fees were changed in 2012 by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton after an extensive audit of Kentucky's controversial program to build 65 courthouses at a cost of about $880 million. However, the more stringent rules don't apply to the half-dozen current courthouse projects because no new projects have been approved since 2008.

Black Lung Signup Event Set

{Belfry, Kentucky}…A black lung signup event will be held Monday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the Belfry High School cafeteria. Tommy Curry, a benefits representative with Tug River Black Lung Clinic, says recent changes to the law brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have streamlined the process for obtaining black lung benefits and could allow some who have been turned down in the past to be approved. The law now presumes that black lung disability was caused by coal mining, if a miner worked for 15 years or more. Widows of miners who have previously received black lung benefits also no longer have to prove their husbands’ cases again. Those attending are asked to bring Social Security numbers for themselves, as well as their husbands, and/or wives, along with their work history and doctors’ contact information. Miners can also call the Department of Labor’s Pikeville office, at (606) 437-0400 or (800) 366-4599, to find an agency that can provide assistance. 

Floyd County Group Seeks To Acquire Questcare

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}…According to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Consolidated Health Systems Inc. of Prestonsburg has filed to purchase Questcare EMS, effective January 1, 2013. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett says such an acquisition would have no effect on the transporting of patients to area hospitals because law requires patients be taken to the nearest appropriate hospital. Questcare provides services in Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin and Pike Counties

Pikeville Outdoor Warnng System

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…The Outdoor Warning Siren System will complete installation next week. The sirens will be set off individually Tuesday December 11th one at a time for initial startup and should only last a few seconds at a time. Then on Wednesday, December 12th, any sirens that still need the initial startup will be done in the morning hours, and then around noon a full system test will be conducted with all eight sirens being set. After the Wednesday activation, the sirens will be online for use by the Public Safety Department. The system will be tested once a month on the first Thursday of the month at 1:00 P.M. with the first test being January 3, 2012. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

{Frankfort, Kentucky}…According to the National Fire Protection Association, December is the peak month for home candle fires, and U.S. fire departments respond to about 230 home fires caused by Christmas trees each year. One of every three is caused by electrical problems and one in five results from a heat source that’s too close to the tree. Kentucky State Fire Marshal Bill Swope, the director of the state Division of Fire Prevention, says holiday cooking, Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires, but the holiday season can remain festive and fun by taking preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb. Swope says to stay in your kitchen while cooking, consider using flameless candles and follow the rules for placing and lighting your Christmas tree. He says most keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop, turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. When using a live tree, Swope says place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source, add water to the tree stand daily, do not use lit candles to decorate your tree and always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Perry County Miners Laid Off

{Hazard, Kentucky}…Perry County Coal Corporation laid off 156 workers Friday at its three underground mines in Hazard. Company officials say the cuts were made to match expected sales in 2013, and, if depressed market conditions recover, the employees will be rehired.

Historic Movie Theater Closing

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}…The Strand Twin movie theater in Prestonsburg is preparing to close after more than 60 years. Officials say declining ticket sales and digital upgrades that would cost more than $200,000 dollars are just too much to keep the theater going. The last film will run Sunday, January 6th.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Community Center Gets Coal Severance Funds

{Kimper, Kentucky}…The national award-winning Kimper Community Center recently received a check for $100,000 in coal severance tax funds for building completion and upgrades. The Kimper Community Center is the result of a partnership among the county government, the school board and the citizens of Kimper.

Adoption Fees Half Price

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…The Pike County Animal Shelter is currently overrun with puppies. As a result, adoption fees are half price for dogs until further notice. That would make the adoption fee $25.

Murder In Clay County

{Manchester, Kentucky}…Kentucky State Police were called to a residence in Clay County Thursday evening after a family member found 74 year old Earl Woods dead inside his home. Autopsy results show Woods died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries. Family members say Woods was in poor health, and he was beaten and also robbed. Police said Friday that details in the case are limited because of the investigation, but they urge anyone with information about the case to call (606) 878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.

Marijuana Bust In Lawrence County

{Blaine, Kentucky}…Thirty-nine year old Steven A. Davis of Blaine, in Lawrence County, was arrested Friday and charged with trafficking marijuana. State Police in Ashland say they received information that numerous packages containing several pounds of marijuana were shipped from California to Davis' residence on Wheeler Branch Road. Friday, troopers made a controlled delivery of the intercepted marijuana to the suspect's home, where they executed search warrants and seized several pounds of marijuana, firearms and drug paraphernalia.

Drug Arrest In Floyd County

{Garrett, Kentucky}…On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, Post 9 Criminal Interdiction Team went to the residence of 27 year old Jason K. Chaffins in the Garrett community of Floyd County to execute arrest warrants for Chaffins. Once inside the residence, troopers found drugs and paraphernalia, multiple items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines and two handguns. Chaffins was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on charges including bench warrants, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Armed Robbery In Floyd County

{Wheelwright, Kentucky}…Floyd County Police officials and Kentucky State Police are investigating an armed robbery of a pharmacy in the Wheelwright community. Details of the case are still being developed, but it appears a lone individual entered the establishment and demanded money and drugs. Police are still searching for the individual. 

Judge Executive Reports To Prison

{Hindman, Kentucky}…Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson has reported to a prison in Pennsylvania after being convicted in 2008 on federal vote buying charges. Thompson gave county homeland security director Greg Mullins, who will act as judge-executive, the authority to approve spending requests, but Mullins will not be able to vote at fiscal court meetings. Thompson, along with John Mac Combs, Phillip Champion and Ronnie Adams, was convicted by a federal grand jury in Pike County, in part, on allegations that he had directed county blacktop and gravel be applied to private drives in exchange for votes in the months leading up to the 2006 general election, during which Thompson became the first ever Republican elected to the county judge’s office in Knott County. Thompson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in 2009 to serve 40 months in prison, but remained free as he and his co-defendants appealed their convictions to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which recently upheld the conviction.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Letcher County Family Indicted

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}…Teresa Maggard and her three children, Serenna Maggard, Sherman Maggard, and Matthew Maggard, have been indicted on charges of complicity to abuse an adult and complicity to neglect an adult. The indictment says Teresa Maggard and her children inflicted unreasonable confinement on the children’s grandmother, Mildred Hughes, resulting in physical pain and injury. Hughes died last month. An arraignment is set for January 9th.

Search For Johnson County Couple Continues

{Paintsville, Kentucky}…Police in Johnson County and family members are continuing to search for clues after Larry and Sandara Blanton were reported missing in September from their home in Oil Springs. Officials say they have followed up on every lead and are at a point where all they can do is wait for evidence testing to be finished or wait for any lucky break in the case. The couple's son, Willie Blanton, is still being called a person of interest in the case along with his girlfriend Amanda Fannin. They are both behind bars on other charges. Police are still asking the public for any information they might have.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fiscal Court Honors Belfry Pirates

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…At its December 3rd meeting, the Pike County Fiscal Court honored the undefeated (18-0) Belfry Middle School Pirates for their Kentucky Middle School Football Association Division II State Championship. The Belfry Middle School Pirates defeated the Martin County Cardinals, Greenup County, Mason County, No. 1 seed Corbin, TT Knight in the state semifinals on Saturday, November 3rd, and Christian Academy of Louisville on Sunday, November 4th, to claim the Division II State Championship. The Belfry Middle School Cheerleaders also won first-place in the Kentucky Middle School Association Cheerleading competition, and Pirate fans won the Pep Award for best cheering section.

Rescue Squad Gets Coal Severance Funds

The Shelby Valley Rescue Squad recently received $67,650 in coal severance tax funds. The money will be used to fix the station and construct an addition.

Executive Order Signed

{Hindman, Kentucky}…Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson has signed an executive order under which no purchases can be made on the counties behalf with the exception of food prepared and served by the senior citizens program or purchased for re-sale by the Sportsplex. Also exempt are services and materials funded by grant receipts.

Open House Meeting Set

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 extending the National Flood Insurance Program’s authority through September 30, 2017. Under the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA has re-mapped Pike County’s floodplain areas, and residents in the newly zoned creeks and hollows are urged to buy flood insurance before the new map takes effect in April 2013. In an effort to notify all those who will be affected, the Pike County Government will sponsor a community open house meeting in the fiscal court room at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 18th. Representatives from FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partners in Kentucky, Carey Johnson, Kentucky
Flood Map Coordinator from the Division of Water, representatives from the engineering firms who the federal government contracted to create the new maps and county officials will be in attendance. Pike County Floodplain Coordinator Jimmy Kiser says parts of the county that were never flooded will be considered in a floodplain, and, flood insurance will be three or four times higher if you wait until the new map takes effect.

The following is a comprehensive list of places taken into the floodplain as a result of the recent re-mapping:

Island Creek, both forks, Compton Branch, Raccoon
Hurricane Creek, to the county line
Turkey Creek, South Williamson
Forest Hills
Mullen Fork (Tierney)
Coburn Hollow
Runyons Branch
All of Pond Creek past Ballfork
Dial Branch, Blackberry
Narrows Branch, Hardy
Mudlick, Hardy
Blackberry Fork, Hardy
Hatfield Branch/Toler Road
Peter Branch/Peter Fork Road
Right Fork, Blackberry
Left Fork, Blackberry
Rockhouse Branch of Right Fork, Blackberry
Old House Branch of Left Fork, Blackberry
Little Blue Springs
Barrenshee Creek
Right Fork, Peter Creek
Poplar Creek
Big Branch off Tug Fork, Woodman Road
Turkey Creek at Stopover/Knox Creek
Lower Elk
Andy Trent Branch off Tug Fork, east of Knox Creek
Pounding Mill off Tug Fork, east of Knox Creek
Fords Branch
Upper Johns Creek Road to Gabriel Branch
Calloway Branch, Right Fork of Peter Creek
Road Fork, Right Fork of Peter Creek
Beech Creek
Left Fork of Peter Creek
Smith Fork
Paw Paw
Hurricane Creek off Knox Creek
Camp Creek
Middle Elk

State Takes Control Of Breathitt County Schools

{Frankfort, Kentucky}…Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education approved taking over day-to-day management of the Breathitt County school system. The most recent time a Kentucky school district was designated for state management was in 1997, in Floyd County. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will run the Breathitt County district, making all decisions on spending, administration, personnel and instruction. Holliday will likely appoint a state manager to act for him in Breathitt County.  The state school board also approved implementing state assistance in the Monticello Independent school district. That last happened in 2000 in Covington.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

U.S. 460 Contract Awarded

{Pikeville, Kentucky}…Governor Steve Beshear has announced that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a nearly $25 million contract to Bizzack Construction LLC for the next step in a project to carve a new U.S. 460 corridor from KY 195 to east of Pond Creek Road in Pike County. It is one of the largest remaining pieces of a new U.S. 460 corridor that will cover nearly 17 miles from U.S. 23 south of Pikeville to the Virginia state line and a connector to the Coalfields Expressway. Construction of the new U.S. 460 corridor began in 2001. The contract calls for the project to be completed by November 30, 2016. U.S. 460 was built through eastern Kentucky in the 1930s and '40s. Of all the roads and corridors designated in the 1960s as the Appalachian Development Highway System, U.S. 460 in Pike County and U.S. 119 in Letcher County are the only routes left to be constructed or reconstructed in Kentucky.