Saturday, March 31, 2012

Letcher County Water Issues Continue

  • {Whitesburg, Kentucky}...For those in Mill Creek, in Letcher County, where water issues started five months ago, officials say it will not be fixed until July. Getting by until then is going to be a challenge with water they cannot drink, cook with, or bathe in. Many in the area hold the coal companies responsible. Funding from the state and county is in writing to provide these people with tap water, so they no longer depend on wells. Letcher County Judge-Executive Jim Ward says not being able to get water faster to the people is the worst part.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bedbug Infestation Closes Pikeville Facility

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Westcare Kentucky Vice President Leslie Balonick says bedbugs were found in a room in the men's dormitory, and an exterminator advised closing the Pikeville clinic and shelter for 10 days while exterminators treat the entire facility. Balonick says the facility, which can house up to 30 people, should reopen April 4th.

Second Shooting Victim Dies

{London, Kentucky}...Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies say 22 year old Eric Partain of Williamsburg died at University of Kentucky Medical Center about 15 hours after a shooting at a home about a mile east of London. Partain was wounded and 25 year old Kevin McElrath of London was killed when a .45-caliber pistol that McElrath was handling accidentally discharged early Thursday. Deputies say the same bullet shot both men in the head.

Knox County Man Arrested

Kentucky State Police have arrested 65 year old Glenn Powell on multiple charges ranging from menacing, terroristic threatening and wanton endangerment after the Kentucky State Police bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, ATF were called to his home in Knox County Wednesday after several complaints of an obscene sign displayed in his yard on Kentucky 3440. The sign referenced a “Hillside Daycare” and had obscene words on it and at the end said “Come one, come all, bring your cat.”
Police say they had also been called about his wife who had been allegedly missing for two weeks. They located her, and she just had not been staying at the residence. Police found an explosive device on an outside attached garage and 68 rifles and handguns in the home. One of the guns had been reported stolen. Powell is scheduled to be in court April 3rd.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Man Fatally Shot...One Injured

{London, Kentucky}...Twenty-five year old Kevin McElrath of London has died of a gunshot wound to the head, and 22 year old Eric Partain of Wiliamsburg was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head. Laurel County Sheriff John Root says the two men, along with others, were in a house early Thursday morning unloading a magazine from a .45 pistol when the gun accidentally discharged, with a bullet hitting McElrath and killing him, then striking Partain and injuring him.

Woman Allegedly Threatens Community College

{London, Kentucky}...Thursday evening, Kentucky State Police charged 22 year old Taylora Smith of Manchester with terroristic threatening after she allegedly posted a threat against Somerset Community College in Laurel County with a reference to bombing the school. The charge carries a sentence of 5 to 10 years upon conviction.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Taiwan Government Contributes To Tornado Victims

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...The Taiwan government has contributed $30,000 for tornado relief efforts in Kentucky after tornadoes on March 2nd claimed 24 lives and destroyed homes and businesses. Anna Kao, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta, delivered a check to the Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Wednesday. Taiwanese officials also contributed $20,000 for storm recovery in Kentucky last year after storms caused widespread wind damage and flooding in the state. Governor Steve Beshear says the contribution is appreciated.

Renters Eligible For Assistance

FEMA officials want people to know they don't have to be a homeowner to be eligible for federal assistance with temporary housing as well as assistance to replace items that were destroyed by recent tornados. FEMA Public Information Officer Mary Margaret Walker says disaster assistance is for renters, homeowners, and business owners. Small Business Administration loans are also available for renters. Renters can borrow up to $40,000 to replace goods lost, including automobiles.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

UofL And UK Fans Fight

{Georgetown, Kentucky}...Police went to the Georgetown Dialysis Clinic Monday after a fight broke out between a University of Kentucky and University of Louisville fan. Dialysis patient Ed Wilson, a self-proclaimed die hard UK fan, says Charles Taylor, who was waiting to get hooked up to a machine, who happened to think UofL would beat UK, started to run his mouth. Taylor says he was talking to another man about the game when Wilson told him to shut up and gave him the finger. Offended by Wilson, Taylor went up to him and hit him. Wilson says he's not filing charges against Taylor, but he does hope the Cats win.

Kentucky Power Sets Public Hearings

Kentucky Power's request for state permission to retrofit its aging coal plant is the subject of upcoming public hearings. Last year, the utility's parent company, American Electric Power, said the burden of meeting new federal pollution standards would likely cause it to retire many of its coal-fired power plants, including its Big Sandy plant, in favor of other options such as perhaps natural gas-fired power generation. Since then, Kentucky Power has done an about face in favor of coal, which has historically signified its service territory of more than 170,000 homes and businesses in all or parts of 20 eastern Kentucky counties. The company has proposed installing a scrubber to meet the more stringent EPA standards. It says the coal-fired plant will remain cheaper than natural gas.

The meetings are scheduled for:
Hazard: 5:30 P.M. April 5th, Perry Central High School auditorium, 305 Park Drive.
Louisa: 12:30 P.M. April 4th, Lawrence County Community Center, 205 Bulldog Lane.
Pikeville: 5:30 P.M. April 4th, Pikeville High School auditorium, 120 Championship Drive.
Whitesburg: 12:30 P.M. April 5th, Letcher County High School auditorium, 435 Cougar Drive.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Drug Trial Begins For Pike County Man

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The trial of a man accused of selling drugs along with several members of his family in Pike County started Monday. Police arrested Michael Bartley after police went to his home in Marrowbone in February and found nearly $5,000 hidden behind a washing machine, along with various types of pills, syringes and cocaine. Bartley, his mother Givelene Bartley, his sister Whitney Bartley, and her boyfriend, Christopher Adkins, were all arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Deficit In Magoffin County Sheriff's Department

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...An audit of the Magoffin County Sheriff's Department found former Sheriff Randall Bob Jordan, who lost his re-election bid in November 2010, should repay more than 57 thousand dollars. The audit says the deficit accumulated over several years because of disallowed expenditures such as bank overdrafts and late fees. Jordan sued soon after losing the election, alleging vote buying, but a judge dismissed the suit.

Knox County Couple Arrested

{Barbourville, Kentucky}...Knox County Deputies have arrested Elizabeth Osario and Leroy Boatwright on several charges including manufacturing meth and wanton endangerment after police found two small children, ages three and five, walking down the highway alone. Deputies took the kids back to their house, where they found their mother, Elizabeth Osario, and Boatwright, asleep in the doorway and several working meth labs in the bathroom.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Highway Construction In Pike County

{Pike County, Kentucky}...Motorists driving state routes KY 80 and KY 195 will face one-lane traffic on one and long delays on the other as construction season gears up in Pike County this week. New US 460 work at the mouth of Beaver (KY 1373) on KY 80 near Elkhorn City will reduce traffic to one lane all week, Monday, March 26th, through Friday, March 30th. The contractor, Hi-View, will be clearing trees adjacent to the highway near the entrance to Beaver Creek. Shawn Ray of Highway District 12 says tree removal will be under way between 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. and then again between 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. On KY 195 at mile point 11.1 near the mouth of Marrowbone on the US 460 side, motorists should expect delays of 30-45 minutes or more. To avoid the delays, said Elmer Keathley of Shelby Maintenance, Highway District 12, people who need to travel through this work area should take an alternate route, if possible.

Budget Problems Blamed On Judge-Executive’s Office

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Some officials are blaming unchecked spending from Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall's office for Floyd County’s financial woes. District 2 Magistrate Hattie Owens says, during the course of a fiscal year, magistrates adjust the budget according to increases in spending, but unilateral spending by the judge-executive’s office has made it hard to keep track. Owens says H&C Construction received a payment of $50,000 after it had threatened to sue the county if they did not receive a payment for work they had performed. They are still owed an additional $43,000. Owens says the owner contacted each of the magistrates and provided them each with a copy of the bill and said, if the county didn’t pay it within 30 days, he would file a lawsuit. Owens says workers in the judge’s office have been instructed not to give the magistrates any information, but to direct them to the judge if any of the magistrates inquire about bills. Marshall says the troubles the county is currently facing will force the court to either cut back or find a way to increase revenue. Owens says the county is going to have to start living within its means.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Synthetic Drugs Case Sent To Grand Jury

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}...The case against Keith Maschino, a Letcher County store owner accused of allowing the sell of synthetic drugs, has been sent to the grand jury. Officers say former TFX Shop manager was charged with possession of synthetic drugs after the Mayking store continued to sell bath salts after a county ordinance was passed banning the substances.

Chop Shop Case Waived To Grand Jury

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}...The case against Roger Tolliver, Henry Hall and Goldie Pierce, three people in Letcher County accused of running a chop shop, has been waived to the grand jury. The investigation began when police say they received a tip from a company in Tennessee about a possible stolen truck in Letcher County. The alleged chop shop was found just outside of Neon where more than one million dollars in stolen property was recovered.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Men Indicted For Posing As Mine Officials

  • {London/Pikeville, Kentucky}...Federal grand juries have indicted two men in separate cases for allegedly posing as mine officials. Timothy Allen Hurd of Vicco was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in London on nine counts of false certifications. The indictment says Hurd posed as a mine foreman and signed safety records but was never certified in Kentucky. A federal grand jury in Pikeville indicted Paul Jaston Arnett on seven counts of false statements and posing as an underground mining instructor and an eighth count for making false statements on federal mine safety forms that certify training for new miners. Both men face up to five years in prison and $250,000 fines if convicted on all counts.

Pike County Courthouse Workers Facing The Heat

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...This week's unusually high temperatures are causing people working in the Pike County Courthouse, where the air conditioning is not working, to face the heat. One quote they got to fix the unit is around $52,000, but officials say, when they created this year's budget two years ago, they did not have enough money to put into an emergency fund. Sometimes in the afternoon the temperature in the building gets up to 100 degrees, so they have started turning off some of the lights and using fans to make it as bearable as possible. Officials say they will probably have to call an emergency fiscal court meeting in an effort to find a way to cool things off.

Dozens Show Respect For Fallen Officer

  • {Sand Gap, Kentucky}...Dozens of officers came together Thursday in a last effort to show their respects for a fallen fellow ofiicer. Heads hung low as the static of the last call for Unit 301 Arthur Adams traveled through the radios of the public servants in Jackson County. Adams served as the McKee Police Chief since 2007. “Unit 301, may he rest in peace, March 22nd 2012 15:33. Dispatch clear,” were the last words spoken as the officer who served the bluegrass for four decades was laid to rest at the Lakes Cemetery in Sand Gap.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Budget Problems In Floyd County

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Floyd County Judge-Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall says the county is way over budget, and jail overcrowding and the high cost of repairing roads are among the biggest problems. Officials say they are working to trim spending wherever they can, as quickly as they can, but, if they do not do something by by the end of this fiscal year on June 30th, layoffs may occur. They hope to have a plan in place before the next fiscal court meeting on April 20th.

Knox County Fiscal Court Votes On Hospital Lease

  • {Barbourville, Kentucky}...In an effort to ease financial problems at Knox County Hospital, the Knox County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to dissolve the current hospital lease with Cumberland Pacer. The court plans to bring in a new management group to get the hospital ready to sell. Since Cumberland Pacer took over in 2009, financial problems have plagued the hospital that employees close to 300 people. After the meeting on Tuesday, CEO Craig Morgan was served with a restraining order saying that all hospital assets and records must be preserved. The restraining order also mentions issues with the IRS. The CEO says they currently owe $800,000 as well as penalties and interest.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Johnson County Family Indicted

  • {Paintsville, Kentucky}...Marty Welch, 46, Madeline Welch, 43, and Ian Welch, 22, were indicted last week on charges of receiving stolen property, theft, trafficking stolen vehicles and fraud. Police say they were operating a chop shop at their home in the Hager Hill area of Johnson County. Sheriff's Deputy Tim Clark says the family was using their wrecker service and wrecker equipment to operate the shop. They will be arraigned on April 6th.

Physician Testifies In Pain Clinic Owner's Trial

{Lexington, Kentucky}...Dr. Robert Marshall of Lafayette, Louisiana, took the stand Tuesday in federal court in Lexington as the defense began presenting witnesses in the case of 46 year old Michael Leman and his businesses, Urgent Care Services of Philadelphia and Urgent Care Services of Cincinnati. Prosecutors say Leman conspired with two doctors and others to distribute Methadone and Oxycodone to people in Floyd and Pike Counties from 2004 through 2008. Marshall testified that a patient's background wasn't fully checked out and, for a while, no effort was made to see if the patient had been barred from another clinic. He also said  it isn't unusual for pain clinic patients to travel hundreds of miles to obtain treatment and medications because so few doctors work in pain management.

Perry County Mining Company Files Lawsuit

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Trinity Coal Corporation has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the South Carolina Public Service Authority, known as Santee Cooper, of reneging on a deal for Trinity to sell coal to the utility. Trinity says nearly all the coal it produced at its Perry County mine was shipped by rail to Santee Cooper, but the utility has refused this year to take the coal or pay for it, so Trinity was forced to idle the mine and lay off 260 of its 300 employees. Trinity Coal and Trinity Coal Marketing say they signed a deal in 2007 to provide 14 million tons of coal to Santee Cooper from 2008 through the end of 2013, and the coal company had shipped 7 million tons of coal to Santee Cooper without a complaint before the controversy arose. Trinity claims Santee Cooper moved to cancel the contract after a sharp drop in coal prices in early 2012. The complaint says the utility began refusing to take Trinity's coal because the coal allegedly did not meet the quality specified in the contract, but Trinity says that was not justified.

Martin County Schools Violated Open Records Law

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver released findings to the public Monday after ruling last week that the Martin County school district violated the state's open records law by not publicly releasing all forms of written communications between the superintendent and board members since January 2011 after The Mountain Citizen editor Gary Ball requested them. Superintendent Mark Blackburn said that information is protected by federal law and the correspondence may contain private information about employees or students. Bensenhaver said Blackburn's response "constituted a procedural violation" of the state's open records law. She said the district should redact protected information and turn the rest over to the newspaper.

Tornado Relief for East KY Radio-thon Fund Distribution Begins

  Randy Johnson from Pike Ministerial Association presented Johnson County Judge Executive R.T. “Tucker” Daniel and Johnson County EMS Director Gary McClure a check in the amount of $30,000 to assist families affected by the recent tornadoes.

 Randy Johnson from Pikeville-Pike County Ministerial Association presents Magoffin County Judge Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin a check in the amount $30,000 to assist families affected by the recent tornadoes.
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Randy Johnson from Pikeville-Pike County Ministerial Association presents Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley a check in the amount of $75,000 to assist families affected by the recent tornadoes.


Magoffin, Morgan and Johnson County Judge Executives each received checks today from the recent Tornado Relief for East KY Radio-thon organized by East KY Broadcasting and Pikeville Medical Center. Johnson County Judge Executive R.T. “Tucker” Daniel said of the money donated “In a world where it is easy to sometimes become cynical, in the aftermath of this disaster we’ve seen the good that is in our fellow man.” Magoffin County Judge Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin shared a similar view as well saying, “This tornado was one of the worst things that has ever happened in Eastern KY but it has brought out the best in our people.”  Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley said, “Words cannot begin to tell you what it means to all of us in Morgan County to receive the support we’ve been given from our neighboring counties. We were dealt a blow that destroyed or damaged an estimated 700 homes in only a matter of seconds. But I’ve encouraged all people in each county affected by these tornadoes to rely on their faith. I ask them to remember the story of Job in the Bible, and how he lost everything except his life. Job kept his faith and God blessed him to be restored with double what he lost. I’ve thought a lot of that lesson recently and that is the advice I give to all those people who are starting over after this storm...keep the faith and we will become even stronger than before.” The Tornado Relief for East KY Radio-thon was held Wednesday March 7th and was broadcast across most every radio station in Eastern Kentucky.

Monday, March 19, 2012

KSP Investigating Fatal Pike County Shooting

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police in Pikeville say 44 year old James E. Bowling and 46 year old Phillip Silcox, both of Elkhorn City, were fatally shot in the Marrowbone community of Pike County Sunday evening. State police were called at 9:51P.M. and found Bowling dead at his house. Silcox was taken to the Pikeville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Fatal Accident In Pike County

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...A Perry County man was killed Monday in a single-vehicle wreck in the Zebulon community of Pike County. A preliminary investigation showed that Joshua Hurd, 29, of Hazard, was driving north on U.S. 119 when his vehicle left the right side of the road and hit a guardrail. Hurd was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morgan, Magoffin Students Return To School

  • {West Liberty/Salyersville, Kentucky}...Public schools reopened in Morgan and Magoffin counties Monday. In Morgan County, students from West Liberty Elementary School returned to class in a temporary school that was put together in an old Boneal factory building. Several Kentucky school districts sent counselors to the temporary school to help any students who needed encouragement. Students are expected to use the temporary building for the next year until a permanent new West Liberty Elementary School is built. Magoffin County Public Schools lost the Salyersville Grade School and the Herald Whitaker Middle School in the March 2nd storms. For now, middle school students are attending class at Magoffin County High School, while kids from the Salyersville Grade School are attending classes in other elementary schools.

Knox County Hospital Struggles With Budget

{Barbourville, Kentucky}...Crag Morgan, the CEO at the Knox County Hospital, had a private meeting Monday with his employees to explain why some of their checks bounced Friday afternoon. Morgan says debt left over by a previous management staff to late Medicaid payments is an issue they will have to get through together. Morgan says the checks have been cashed, and he takes the blame for the billing issue and had all people in administration hold their checks so other employees were paid as soon as possible. Ever since Medicaid was implemented, Morgan says the hospital has struggled financially.

Perry County Assistant Attorney Charged With DUI

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Cordell "Buddy" Williams, the assistant Perry County Attorney and a candidate for Perry County Commonwealth's Attorney, was arrested by Hazard Police Saturday and charged with DUI. A witness told police Williams hit a stone wall and drove off. Police say his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Audit Says Perry County Clerk Owes Money

{Hazard, Kentucky}...According to an audit released Monday from state Auditor Adam Edelen's office, Perry County Clerk Haven King has not repaid nearly $30,000 after prior audits covering 2007, 2008 and 2009 concluded King improperly spent $29,290 on a variety of items including paying employees extra for working at the local Black Gold Festival using office money to buy items imprinted with his name, giving money to charity, using office funds for year-end employee dinners and paying employees and others to write letters to state legislators on behalf of the county. King told auditors he thought the spending was proper because it was not primarily personal in nature. King says the county fiscal court approved the spending for work at the Black Gold Festival. Auditors say the employees received their normal pay for the time they worked at the festival during their normal workday, plus additional money, the extra pay was not processed as part of the regular payroll and King did not withhold payroll taxes or report it on employees' W-2 forms.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Wildcat Fans Can Bleed Blue

(Lexington)  In March, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) invites all donors
to be part of the Madness and receive a Bleed Blue in the Bayou T-Shirt
after donating blood. Like all Wildcat fans, KBC hopes the Cats will go
all the way to the Final Four in New Orleans.


"We know many of our donors will be excited about the Cats in March and
we will be, too. But we can't forget our mission of providing
life-saving blood products to Kentucky patients who need transfusions.
We hope our special Bleed Blue T-shirts will encourage donors to come
see us -then they can wear their shirts to support the Cats," said
Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.


To find a donation location or to schedule a donation, visit
kybloodcenter.org <http://www.kybloodcenter.org/>  or call 800.775.2522.

New Head Of Abandoned Mine Lands

Frankfort, Ky.  (March 16, 2012) - Kentucky Energy and Environment
Cabinet Secretary Len Peters today named Robert F. Scott as the new
director of the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML).
Scott, a civil engineer, most recently created mine and waterline
designs for a Lexington engineering firm.  Prior to that position, he
worked for more than 26 years for AML as a design engineer, a design
branch manager and served as the assistant director.
        "The abandoned mine land program ensures that Kentucky's
citizens receive protection from potentially unsafe, pre-law mine
sites," said Peters. "The AML division is tasked with an important job
and I believe Scott will serve the state and its citizen's well."
AML is authorized under Kentucky law (KRS.350) to abate hazards to
public health, safety, and the environment caused by mining that
occurred prior to 1982.  The abandoned mine land program is a 100
percent federally funded, state-implemented program.  In addition to
expending funds to reclaim safety hazards posed by past mining, AML has
expended more than $94.3 million for waterline improvements and has
provided more than 13,400 households with a potable water supply in 24
coalfield counties in eastern, southern and western Kentucky.        
        "Bob's engineering background, his integrity and his experience
at AML gives the department the expertise we need to accomplish our
mission," said Steve Hohmann, commissioner of the Department for Natural
Resources. "He will be a great addition to our team of directors."
Scott replaces Hohmann who was named commissioner in February of this
year. His appointment is effective March 16, 2012.

Martin County Disaster Recovery Center Opens

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...A disaster recovery center is open in Martin County to help survivors with property damage and other hardships caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding occurring February 29th through March 3rd. Beginning Monday, March 19th, hours for the recovery center are 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday.

The center is located at:
Roy F. Collier Community Center
387 E. Main Street
Inez, KY 41224

Recovery centers also are at the following locations:
 Johnson County:
  Paintsville Recreation Center
  232 Preston Street
  Paintsville, KY 41240
  
  Magoffin County:
  First Baptist Church
  134 Dixie Avenue
  Salyersville, KY 41465
  
  Kenton County:
  Goshen Christian Church
  1773 Bracht Piner Road
  Morning View, KY 41063
  
  Menifee County:
  Menifee County Fire Station
  44 McCausey Ridge Road
  Frenchburg, KY 40322
 
   Laurel County:
  CD Ward Masonic Lodge
  201 School Street
  East Bernstadt, KY 40729
  
  Morgan County:
  Kentucky Housing Corporation
  1084 Highway 7
  West Liberty, KY 41472

  Lawrence County:
  Lawrence County Community Center
  180 Bulldog Lane
  Louisa, KY 41230

  Pendleton County
  Butler Baptist Church
  107 Peoples Street
  Butler, KY 41006

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, Kentucky State Unemployment Services and other agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. Survivors are encouraged to register for federal assistance prior to visiting.

There are three ways to register with FEMA for help or information regarding disaster assistance: call 800-621-FEMA (3362), register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or register using a tablet or Smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov. Help is available in many languages.

Disaster applicants who use TTY should call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service should call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. local time, every day.

 Kentucky Emergency Management urges anyone who has storm damage, to their residence or other property, to document the damage by photographing or videoing it, if possible, and maintain a list of any repairs and keep repair receipts. Report the damage and location to your county emergency manager. Survivors must still register with FEMA to be considered for federal disaster assistance.

Specific information can be found on the Kentucky Emergency Management website at www.kyem.ky.gov.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fatal Accident In Pike County

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Police say 35 year old Mark Scott was a passenger in a car that ran into the back of a coal truck Thursday night along U.S. 119 near Pike Central High School in Pikeville. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene, while William and Crystal Akers were taken to Pikeville Medical Center.

Fundraiser Held For Cancer Victim

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Nearly $1,000 was raised for Sandy Smith, a teacher at the Hazard Lions Club Montessori School who was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Smith's coworkers raised money for Smith by providing five-dollar spaghetti dinners Saturday afternoon. All of the proceeds went directly to Smith to help pay her medical expenses.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Prosecutor Seeks Order In Pike County Deputy's Death

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley wants Circuit Judge Steve Combs to order that the evidence in the case against 47 year old David Childers of Ashcamp be kept safe and to set guidelines on how long the defense may have to examine the vehicles involved in the January accident that killed Pike County Deputy James Thacker. Bartley, who is prosecuting Childers on a charge of murder, is also seeking an order requiring Nissan Motors to provide Kentucky State Police Troopers with the software necessary to remove digital information from Childers' SUV.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Kentuckians in the 21 counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred February 29th - March 3, 2012, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. The counties in which DUA is currently available are: Bath, Campbell, Carroll, Grant, Grayson, Kenton, Johnson, LaRue, Lawrence, Laurel, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Rowan, Russell, Trimble and Wolfe. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2012. Farmers and self-employed people who normally are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits also may qualify for disaster unemployment assistance.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Letcher County Chop Shop Busted

{Neon, Kentucky}...The Letcher County Sheriff's Office got a report a few days ago from a Tennessee company that a GPS system in a stolen truck was tracking to Letcher County. Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb says deputies went to a location just outside of Neon where they found over $1 million worth of equipment, including cars, trailers, campers, ATVs and excavators, and arrested Henry Hall and Goldie Pierce in connection with a chop shop. At another location in Deane, they recovered more than $300,000 worth of stolen vehicles and arrested Roger Tolliver. Webb says the suspects took parts from both stolen and salvaged vehicles to make usable cars that were taken to a salvage yard and sold. Police say everything at the chop shop was stolen including the camper where Hall and Pierce were living.

FBI Takes Over Harlan County Case

{London, Kentucky}...The FBI has arrested 37 year old David Jason Jenkins of Cumberland, 20 year old Anthony Ray Jenkins and his wife, 19 year old Alexis Leann Combs Jenkins, of Partridge and 19 year old Mable Ashley Jenkins of Partridge and charged them with kidnapping and aiding a kidnapping. The four had their initial appearance in federal court in London Wednesday. FBI agents say, on April 4, 2011, the four took Kevin Pennington, 28, of Letcher County, against his will into Kingdom Come State Park near Cumberland in Harlan County and beat him, while yelling slurs about his sexual orientation. The kidnapping charge carries a maximum of life in prison. Prosecutors have 30 days to bring the case before a grand jury. The Kentucky Equality Federation, a civil rights group, pushed to have the four charged under a 2009 federal hate crimes law. FBI Special Agent Anthony M. Sankey indicated in an affidavit that the investigation started out as one into a hate crime because of sexual orientation, but that the four have only been charged with kidnapping. Harlan County Commonwealth Attorney Henry Johnson says the March 27th trial in state court will be called off and the charges likely dropped now that federal authorities have stepped in. Johnson says it makes sense to let the case go federal because the potential penalties are greater.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Appalachian College Scholarships Bill Passes House

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Tuesday, the House voted 89-7 in favor of a proposal that provides grants of up to $6,000 a year to students attending a handful of private colleges in the Appalachian region. The proposal is a spinoff from an earlier recommendation to turn the private University of Pikeville into a public university to boost educational levels. The funding for the scholarships would come from coal severance tax revenue that is intended for economic development.

Tornado-Damaged Schools Get Insurance Payment

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Chartis, which insures Kentucky schools through the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust, made an initial $5 million payment Tuesday to cover losses to Kentucky school systems from recent severe weather, including the deadly March 2nd tornadoes. Of that, the Magoffin County and Morgan County schools will get $500,000 each. Tornado damage displaced more than 1,000 students in Magoffin County, where officials are trying to find other classroom space for students and hope to reopen March 19th. The insurance trust is a member-owned trust that provides insurance to more than 100 Kentucky school districts and is administered by the Kentucky League of Cities. Several other districts have filed claims for storm damage, including the Fulton, Hart, Johnson, Lawrence, Meade, Morgan, Rowan and Whitley County districts and the Paintsville Independent system.

Monday, March 12, 2012

State Governor's Cup Awarded

  • {Lexington, Kentucky}...Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington and Johnson County Middle School were the big winners in the 2012 Governor's Cup academic competition which wrapped up Monday in Lexington. More than 2,500 middle and high school students from across Kentucky took part in the academic competition, which began Saturday. The competition included contests in quick recall, individual subjects like science, math and written composition and a category called future problem solving.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

College Offering Free Training For Miners

The Kentucky Coal Academy and Workforce Solutions of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College are offering a free training course for miners. The eight-week program, which begins Monday, offers certification in underground and surface mining. Classes are being held at the Kentucky Coal Academy in Cumberland, the Knox County area Technology Center in Barbourville and at community college campuses in Whitesburg, Middlesboro and Harlan.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared Lawrence County a disaster area. Those affected by the recent tornado now may get help from FEMA by registering by phone at 800-621-3362. A disaster relief center has not yet been established in the Lawrence County area, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police. Those needing assistance may visit the center located at 232 Preston St., Paintsville. A disaster recovery center has opened in West Liberty at the Kentucky Housing  Corporation on Highway 7. A disaster recovery center opened Sunday at the Menifee County Fire Station 1 at 44 McCausey Ridge Road in Frenchburg. They will be open seven days a week until further notice.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Counties Added To Federal Disaster Assistance List

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Governor Steve Beshear announced Friday that residents and business owners in Campbell, Carroll, Grant, Bath, Montgomery, Rowan, Martin, Magoffin and Wolfe counties have been added to the federal disaster relief assistance list. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property and other programs. Individuals can apply for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.

Friday, March 9, 2012

FEMA Declares Disaster For Lawrence County

  • {Louisa, Kentucky}...Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared Lawrence County a disaster area. Those affected by last week's tornado now may get help from FEMA by registering by phone at 800-621-3362. A disaster relief center has not yet been established in the Lawrence County area, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police. Those needing assistance may visit the center located at 232 Preston St., Paintsville. A disaster recovery center has opened in West Liberty to help survivors of recent tornadoes. It will be open seven days a week until further notice.

Mining Lawsuit Settled

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...A lawsuit that blamed mountaintop mining for damages to a community in Pike County has been settled. The suit claimed rainwater runoff from Cambrian Coal Corp.'s surface mine turned nearby Harless Creek into a "raging river" during a July 17, 2010 storm. The flooding engulfed homes and carried away cars and other property. A hydrological analysis entered as evidence in the suit said the mining contributed to a 44 percent increase in peak stormwater runoff during the rains. Attorney Ned Pillersdorf said Friday that the terms of the settlement were confidential. A trial was scheduled for Monday.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Floyd County Pharmacy Robbed

  • {Eastern, Kentucky}...Thursday, Kentucky State Police received a call of an armed robbery at Howard Family Pharmacy in the Eastern community of Floyd County. Police say, at approximately 3:12 A.M., four males wearing masks approached the night security officer outside of the Howard Pharmacy. While one of males brandished a weapon, the men forced their way into the pharmacy, where an undisclosed quantity of prescription narcotics were taken. Three of the males were described as following: 5'10" tall / 220 pounds; 5'9'' tall / 190 pounds; and 5'7" tall / 150 pounds. The four males were seen leaving the scene in a late 1990's or early 2000's black Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup. No one was injured in the robbery. The incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Tony Tackett. Anyone with information is asked to contact KSP Post 9 Pikeville at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555. 

Beshear/Abramson Tour Eastern KY

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...After visiting storm-ravaged communities in five counties Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear and Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson praised the outpouring of support and donations to help affected families recover from Friday's deadly tornadoes. Governor Beshear visited Menifee, Morgan and Laurel counties, while Lt. Governor Abramson traveled to Lawrence and Johnson counties. Lt. Governor Abramson was in the Hager Hill community of Johnson County to survey the damage from Friday's storms that took the lives of 20 year old Greg Perry and 16 year old Sean Shepherd. Beshear and Abramson say everything that can be done at the state level will be done.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

PRIDE Announces Spring Cleanup Funding

PRIDE has announced that $202,000 is available to counties and cities in southern and eastern Kentucky to lead PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April. PRIDE will reimburse Pike County, Pikeville, Elkhorn City and Coal Run up to $10,750 for leading the local PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April. Pike County is eligible for $9,750, and $500 is available to Pikeville. Elkhorn City and Coal Run are eligible for $250 each. The funding levels are based on the number of road miles in the county and cities. The PRIDE funds will offset costs to counties and cities for removing litter and dumps and for offering free trash drop-off events. The funds also may help communities clean up debris from recent storms and help local governments pay contractors to remove dumps that are too big or dangerous for volunteers. PRIDE also will give local governments T-shirts and cleanup supplies to distribute to Spring Cleanup volunteers. Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, a nonprofit organization, organizes the annual Spring Cleanup campaign in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. Tammie Wilson of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE says volunteers have picked up 699,442 bags of trash since 1997, and 2,869 illegal dumps have been eliminated. To volunteer to pick up litter during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month, please call your local PRIDE Coordinator. PRIDE Coordinators' names and phone numbers are available by calling PRIDE, toll free, at 888-577-4339 or by visiting www.kypride.org/service-area.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Possible Mine Blowout In Pike County

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...MSHA officials say thousands of gallons of water are gushing onto Highway 468 in Pike County due to a possible mine blowout. Witnesses say the water started coming down around 4:00 P.M. Tuesday across the street from the Hatfield Fire Department. Pike County Emergency Management officials say no property is damaged and there are no evacuations, but they want everyone to be aware there is a threat of creek flooding.

School Secretary Charged With Theft

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Hazard Police charged 43 year old Vivian Pulliam, a secretary at Roy G. Eversole Middle School, with felony theft Tuesday after police say she confessed to stealing thousands of dollars from the school’s parent-teacher organization. Hazard Superintendent Sandra Johnson said the school’s principal noticed a discrepancy in the fund and informed central office which contacted the Hazard City Police. Major James East opened the investigation into the missing money on Tuesday, and after reviewing the fund’s records determined that $6,190 was missing. East said he traced the thefts back to October 15, 2011, and had found several more since that date.

Storm Relief Locations And Activities

Radio-A-Thon

Prayers have and will keep going up, but now we need to rise off our knees and roll
up our sleeves...East KY Broadcasting along with Pikeville Medical Center and area
Corporate partners will broadcast a live Radio-A-Thon on Wednesday March 7th beginning
4pm at East KY Expo. The Radio-A-Thon will benefit families affected by the deadly
tornadoes that hit our region Friday March 2nd. Our neighbors are in need and together
we will answer their call for help...Stayed tuned to the stations of EKB for further
details.

Appalachian Wireless Locations

Families are in need of storage bins in Morgan, Magoffin, Martin and Johnson Counties
to store what can be salvaged from their homes and the items that are being donated.
Monday March 5th we will begin collecting Storage Bins/Totes to deliver to designated
officials who will distribute them to families. You may drop off storage bins beginning
tomorrow Monday March 5th until Wednesday March 7th from 10am till 6pm at the following
locations:

Appalachian Wireless, Pikeville -Weddington Plaza location only.

Appalachian Wireless, Prestonsburg -Glyn View Plaza.

Appalachian Wireless, Whitesburg

Appalachian Wireless, Williamson, Southside Mall location only

Highland Elementary School, Paintsville--MONDAY ONLY!!!

* Please take note of locations!...Only the locations of Appalachian Wireless mentioned
will be used as drop off points!

**Highland Elementary will be open for drop off MONDAY ONLY!!!

For info please contact Wendi VanHoose (606) 793-1074

Knott County Locations

In need of bottled water and personal hygene items i.e. deodorant, shampoo, diapers,
baby wipes, trash bags, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, socks, bedding etc....the
Knott County Human Service/Senior Citizen Center in Hindman is now accepting items
of this nature between the hours of 8-4 or the Ball Creek Fire Department after
5pm to take to the affected counties....if you would like to make a contribution,
please drop your donation off at one of these locations before this Thursday, as
we will be delivering all donations to various counties Friday.

Pike County

East KY Expo-Main Street Entrance

Unite Pike is partnering with the City of Pikeville to collect items for those affected
by the storms in Salyersville and West Liberty. Items needed are diapers, wipes,
bottles, batteries, tupperware containers, coats & blankets, and any non-perishable
food products, items for clean up --push brooms, shovels, pry bars, safety goggles,
sledgehammers, caution tape and hardhats...take donations to Main street entrance
lobby.

Elkhorn City City Hall & United Steelworkers Office

Items needed non perishable food, personal hygiene items, & blankets

The Mingo County Commission and the Judge's Work Program

Currently accepting donations of items that tornado victims can use in the clean
up process. Non-perishable food items, bottled water, cleaning supplies, plastic
storage totes and tarps are desperately needed right now. Donations are being accepted
at the county commission garage located at 122 East Second Avenue in Williamson.
The donations will be collected from 8-4 until Thursday. The donated items will
then be delivered to the affected areas on Friday. Those who would like to make
a donation but cannot make it to the garage can call (304)235-4279 and arrangements
will be made to pick up the items.

Johnson County Locations

Pastor, Paul Aiken of Tabernacle world Church

Relief for Salyersville, KY

There is a tractor trailer parked at the old Save-A-Lot building in Prestonsburg
. They are collecting much needed items for the victims of the recent tornado's.
They need: cleaning supplies, baby items and food, blankets, gloves, etc...Contact
info: Amanda May606-226-1792. You can also call the Tabernacle Church at 606-363-1619
or 606-874-7054 or for Johnson County, call 606-297-1527

Donations also it being accepted at Prestonsburg City Hall 24/7.

Lawrence County Locations

Items needed - Cleaning Supplies, trash bags, canned food, and toiletries

Churches - Cherryville Mission, Unity Baptist in Blaine, Blaine Community Center,
First Baptist church, Spencer Church.

Drop off site - Appalachian Mission, 3232 Riverbend Rd, Louisa, KY 41230

Louisa Relief Fund, Louisa Community Bank - (606) 638-0007

For drop off locations and needs please contact Lawrence County Emergency Management
at  606-638-1011

Appalachian SPCA

We are accepting donations for the Morgan County Animal Shelter and the displaced
animals currently housed in a vet clinic. They are in serious need of cleaning supplies
(Dawn, bleach, paper towels, etc) as well as food, bowls, pee pads, litter, water,
etc. please send an email to http://multimail.se-tel.com/webmail2/src/compose.php?send_to=info%40appalachianspca.org if you would like to make
a donation. Donations may be dropped off at East Kentucky Animal Clinic on Buckley's
Creek, Valley Veterinary Clinic at Robinson Creek and The Jewelry Dr in Crossroads
Plaza.

Volunteers and Donations

Perry County - Hazard

Hazard National Guard Armory accepting donations through 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, March
4

Breathitt County  - Jackson
Jackson National Guard Armory accepting donations through 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, March
4
651 Armory Drive
Jackson, KY 41339
606-666-2440

Kenton County - Independence
Sprint Store - Accepting clothing, children's items, water, food, cleaning supplies
through 7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
2081 Centennial Blvd.
Independence, KY 41051
859-363-9000

Laurel County - East Bernstadt
East Bernstadt Fire Department - accepting volunteers and donations
2541 N US Highway 25
East Bernstadt, KY 40729
606-843-6511

American Red Cross
SAFE AND WELL PROGRAM

A service for survivors to register and leave an "I'm safe" message so loved ones
can search for them to check their status:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
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DONATIONS TO THE KENTUCKY CARES CAMPAIGN

Text "Redcross" to 90999

Drop off a check at any Central Bank location

Shelters

Elliott County - Sandy Hook
Elliott County High School
Main Street
Sandy Hook, KY 41171

Grant County - Dry Ridge
Grant County High School
715 Warsaw Rd.
Dry Ridge, KY 41035

Laurel County - London
Laurel Fire Department
911 TLC Lane
London, KY 40741

Laurel County - East Bernstadt
First Baptist Church - East Bernstadt
226 School St.
East Bernstadt KY 40729
606-843-6211

Lawrence County - Louisa
Lawrence County High School
100 Bulldog Lane
Louisa, KY 41230

Magoffin County - Salyersville
Magoffin County Health Department
132 E Mountain Parkway
Salyersville, KY 41465

Menifee County - Frenchburg
Menifee County High School
119 Indian Creek Rd
Frenchburg, KY 40322

Morgan County - West Liberty
Morgan County High School
150 Road to Success
West Liberty, KY 41472
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Patton Open To Education Proposal

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...The House Education Committee is expected to consider a proposal Tuesday to fund scholarships for Appalachian college students with revenue from a coal severance tax. The proposal is a spinoff from an earlier recommendation to turn the private University of Pikeville into a public university. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who released the compromise plan, said the scholarship proposal could help eastern Kentucky residents attend one of several private colleges in the region. Students who obtain four-year college degrees from a private, four-year school in the region could get grants as high as $6,000. Students who attend a state university with a qualified satellite campus in the region could earn grants as high as $2,000. University of Pikeville President Paul Patton says he still believes a private university is needed in eastern Kentucky, but he's open to the proposal. Representative Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, says she will keep trying to bring UPike into the state higher education system, but, for now, this middle ground will still help meet the same goal of getting the region's college-graduation rate up.

Trial In Pike/Floyd Pain Pill Scheme

  • {Lexington, Kentucky}...Trial got underway Monday in U.S. District Court in Lexington in the case of 46 year old Michael Leman of Louisiana and his businesses, Urgent Care Services of Philadelphia and Urgent Care Services of Cincinnati. Leman is charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder funds. Prosecutors allege Leman conspired with two doctors, a clinic CEO and another clinic employee to distribute Methadone and Oxycodone to people in eastern Kentucky, particularly Pike and Floyd counties from 2004 through 2008. Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger West told the jury Leman intentionally hired doctors with legal problems to staff the clinics, including Stanley Naramore, who lost his medical license in Kansas after being convicted of overdosing a terminal patient. That conviction was overturned. Naramore served four years in federal prison for his role in the pain pill scheme. Defense attorney Rick Simmons described Leman as an aggressive businessman but told jurors his client was not the cause of the problems at the urgent care clinics. Simmons said the doctors were overprescribing drugs on their own and staff members were making side deals with patients.

Tornado Death Toll Rises

{Jackson, Kentucky}...Kentucky's death toll from Friday's wave of storms has risen to 22 with another fatality in Kenton County. State officials say six people died in Morgan County, where West Liberty was pounded by an EF-3 tornado packing winds up to 140 mph. Forecasters say the tornado that hit West Liberty was on the ground for about 60 continuous miles. West Liberty saw nearly a half-foot of snow fall overnight Sunday, and utility workers were bundled as they restrung power lines and put up new poles. Five people are reported dead in Laurel County, four in Kenton County, three in Menifee County and two each in Lawrence and Johnson counties. National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Edwards in Jackson says the storm tracked through Menifee, Morgan, Johnson and Lawrence counties was on the ground for about an hour. It was the strongest tornado in the region in nearly a quarter-century. Edwards says another tornado that first touched down in Wolfe County, then ripped through parts of Magoffin, Johnson and Martin counties, was on the ground for nearly 50 continuous miles before it strayed into West Virginia, where it went airborne. A deadly tornado in Laurel County was on the ground for about six miles.

Tornado Probably More Than 90 Miles Long

{Jackson, Kentucky}...Shawn Harley, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Jackson, says the tornado that started in Menifee County, then ripped through Morgan County, the northern tip of Johnson County and Lawrence County before crossing into West Virginia probably traveled more than 90 miles as it shredded houses and toppled trees in a path that stretched 60 miles through Kentucky and more than 30 miles into West Virginia. Harley says, when the Jackson and Charleston weather service offices confer on Tuesday, the official path of the tornado is expected to extend as much as 93 miles. At its peak, the storm was an EF3 tornado, with wind speeds as high as 165 mph and a maximum width of a mile. Harley says the tornado's length would not be a national record, but "for our area it will be, no doubt."

Sunday, March 4, 2012

National Weather Service Confirms Tornadoes

  • {Jackson, Kentucky}...The National Weather Service in Jackson, Kentucky has released its preliminary findings from Friday's fatal storms. The survey team has concluded that an EF3 tornado touched down in Menifee and Morgan Counties. A separate EF3 tornado also ripped through Salyersville in Magoffin County. Finally a third EF2 tornado caused damage in Laurel County. Winds in an EF2 tornado can be as high as 135mph, and, in an EF3 tornado they can be clocked as high as 165mph. Saturday, officials with the Paintsville-Johnson County Emergency Management confirmed the two people killed in Friday's storm in Johnson County were Shawn Shepherd, 16, of Floyd County and Gregory Perry, 20, of Middle Fork in Johnson County. State officials said the number of dead rose by one Sunday to 21. More than 300 people were injured in the storms. The state has deployed almost 400 National Guard troops to help the hardest-hit areas.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Coal Mining Fatality

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...A mining accident in Harlan County has claimed the life of 32 year old James A. Bailey of Loyall. Preliminary reports indicate Bailey was repairing a canopy, the protective covering over a shuttle car, when the canopy collapsed on him.

The accident occurred at the Timber Tree Mine near the community of Blair. The mine is owned by Parton Brothers Mining. Investigators from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing are at the mine leading the investigation. This is the first mining fatality reported in Kentucky in 2012.







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Missing Floyd County Deputy

 (Garrett,Ky.)-On Thursday March 1, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received a complaint in
the Garrett community of Floyd County. It was reported that 60 year old Terry
Triplett of Garrett left his residence on Tuesday February 28, 2012. Triplett, a
special Deputy, left his residence wearing a Floyd County Sheriffs Department
uniform. Triplett left the residence driving a 1999 white Ford Crown Vic with a
red emergency bar light on top. Triplett's vehicle was last seen traveling West on
Ky 80 in the Garrett community of Floyd County. This incident remains under
investigation by KSP Trooper Adam Hensley. Anyone with information on a possible
location of Terry Triplett is asked to contact KSP at (606) 433-7711 or
1-800-222-5555.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Good Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Thursday, former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Randal Good pleaded guilty to 120 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 dogs were found in filthy conditions at his home last year. Good planned to take a plea deal in the case, but Judge Kelsey Friend, Jr. did not accept the plea deal, saying this was Good's second animal cruelty offense. Good was charged in 2004 and received probation. Judge Friend said he reviewed pictures from the 2004 case and could not accept the plea deal this time. Friend said Good could enter a blind guilty plea or choose a trial. Good was sentenced to 365 days in jail, but the sentence was probated for two years, which is the maximum allowed in Kentucky laws. Good is not allowed to own any animals and must give all of his kennels and cages to the Pike County Humane Society. The Pike County Animal Shelter employees will conduct random inspections at his house each month to ensure he does not have any animals. He must undergo psychiatric care. Judge Friend added 500 hours of community service at the animal shelter. Good also agreed to pay the Pike County Fiscal Court $4,623.23 for restitution for money the county spent caring for the seized animals.

Charges Reduced For Man Accused Of Impersonating Officer

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County volunteer firefighter Willie Pauley was charged with impersonating a police officer last week after Elkhorn City Police say he used his emergency lights to pull over a car. In court Thursday afternoon, Pauley and a woman that was in his car said the driver of the other car was driving recklessly and nearly ran them off the road. Pauley claimed he used his lights to stop the car and then called police. The judge reduced the charge to attempted impersonation of a police officer, which is a misdemeanor. If Pauley is not charged with anything in the next three months, it will be dismissed.

Woman Busted Near School

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Prestonsburg Police arrested Whitney McCourt after undercover officers conducted a drug buy from her early Wednesday morning. Police say, during a search, they found methadone, adderall, hydrocodone, and xanax, along with a large amount of money at her friend's apartment where she was staying, just yards from Prestonsburg High School. McCourt is charged with several counts of drug trafficking. Police say they are investigating to determine the exact distance from the school. If the location is within 1,000 feet from the school, there will be additional charges. She is being held in the Floyd County Detention Center.