LOCAL NEWS 9-3-2013

Johnson Co. Fire Departments Battle Tuesday Morning Fire

Fire fighters from several fire departments in Johnson Co. were called to a house fire Tuesday morning. According to reports, at around 9:52 am, Paintsville/Johnson Co 911 received a call of heavy black smoke coming from a residence on Ky 3224 at River, which is known as Wiley Branch road. Dispatch toned out members of the River VFD and W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue to this location and upon arrival, fire crews immediately called for mutual aid from members of Rockhouse Fire and Rescue and Thelma VFD. Reports from the scene say the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and was owned by Rocky Caudill of River, who is the Fire Chief for the River VFD. Fire crews spent at least 3 hours fighting the blaze and reports indicate the structure was heavily damaged. There where no reports of injuries associated with the fire. No further information has been made available at this time.

Emergency Crews Respond to a Logging Accident in Johnson Co.

According to reports at around 9:52 am Tuesday morning, Paintsville/Johnson Co 911 received a call from a man who said he had broke his leg whole logging on Hargess Creek in the Oil Springs area of Johnson Co. Dispatch toned out members of the Oil Springs  Fire and Rescue at around 9:54 AM  to Ky Rt 1409. Upon arrival, emergency personel found a male  about a mile off the road by himself. The man said when he cut a tree, it snapped back, hit his leg and broke it. Due to the location of the man, the Johnson Co Rescue Squad were also called to the scene, to transport the man by 4-wheeler to a waiting ambulance with Paintsville EMS and then he was taken to a neaby LZ (landing zone) to be transported by air med flight to the Hospital. No further information has been released at this time and the name of the injured person has also not been officially released.

Paintsville Police Dept Investigating Counterfeit Money, Found in a Business Parking Lot

Paintsville Police Dept are continuing their investigation of counterfieit money that was found in a parking lot at a local business in Paintsville. Reports indicate that someone was at the Speedway gas station on Rt. 321, looked down and found two 50 dollar bills in the parking lot late last week. According to WYMT, officers are not sure where the bills came from or if there is more "fake" money out there. Police knew they where dealing with fake money, because both of the bills had the same serial number on them. Paintsville Police are asking the publisc that if they have any information on this incident or any illegal activity, to please call them at 789-2603.
ATV Accident in Johnson Co. Sunday

Although information has not officially been released, reports indicate there was a serious ATV accident in Johnson Co. on Sunday afternoon. According to reports WSIP news has received, the accident happened around the Oil Springs area on Ky Rt. 1409 Sunday evening. We were told at least two people had to be flown out from the scene, there names have not been officially released at this time. we hope to bring you further information when it becomes available.

ATV Accident in Breathitt County

Another ATV accident happened over the weekend, this one in in Breathitt Co.  According to WYMT TV, police say Garland Million was traveling down a log road near Jackson early Sunday afternoon when he went off the road. As a result of the wreck, Million has fractured ribs, cuts on his arms, and an injury to shoulder. He was flown to UK hospital in Lexington. No further information has been made available.

KSP Investigating Accident on Mtn. Parkway

According to a news release from the KSP, at 09:11 a.m. on Sunday, September 01, 2013 Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received a report of a single vehicle injury accident near the 19 mile marker on the Mountain Parkway in Powell County. Rickey D. Trent, age 57, of Mt. Sterling was traveling east in a 2009 Dodge Caliber when veered into the median and overcorrected striking the eastbound guardrail and then the eastbound embankment. Mr. Trent was transported to Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester by Powell County E.M.S. for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained during the accident. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Jason Brown.    

Pike County Man Arrested and Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

A man is behind bars in Pike Co. after police executed a search warrant at his home. According to the Pike County Sheriff's Department, they conducted an investigation for possible illegal drug activity in the Raccoon Creek area of Pike County. This investigation would lead them to serve a search warrant on 70-year-old James Phillip West, who officials say was in possession of illegal firearms, ammunition and prescription medication in his home. West was not aloud to be in possession of firearms because he is a convicted felon.  West was taken ot the Pike County Detention Center for violating his parole.

Arrest Made in String of Thefts in Pike Co.

A Pike Co. man has been arrested for a string of break-ins in Pike County. Johnathan Pugh, 22, was arrested early Monday morning at around 1:306 AM. Pikeville Police say Pugh was in possession of a stolen cell phone. Officers say Pugh admitted to several additional thefts that were reported on Sunday and told officers where they could find the stolen items. Police were able to recover a large amount of items and are currently trying to find the owners and get the items returned. Pugh is being held in Pike County Detention Center, charged with Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500 and more charges are possible.

Perry County Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Child Abuse Charges

A Perry County woman has pleaded not guilty to sodomy and sexual abuse charges. Brenda Noble, 40, also known as Brenda Bales, of Big Creek in Perry Co. was indicted in early August. Noble is accussed of abusing two children between 2001 and 2008, confining them in a small attic and preventing them from getting medical attention and going to school. She remains behind bars at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a $75,000 bond and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing January 8th, 2014.

Wanted: Funding for Kids First

With low-income families facing funding cuts to critical child-based programs, Kentucky lawmakers are hearing about the devastating effect. The state has made cuts this year to the Child Care Assistance and Kinship Care programs, and according to Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, the funding reductions have hurt families. "It's that dad who can't enroll in the community college this year because he has to find a way to take care of his kid," he said. "It's that mom who was making some progress in her work who had to quit, because, again, they couldn't afford quality child care." Lawmakers will draw up a new two-year state budget when they return to Frankfort in January for their 2014 regular session. Since April, no new low-income working families have been added to the program which helps pay for child care. Additionally, the income eligibility limits were increased, forcing 8700 families to give up their child care assistance. Christina Stopher's job promotion has put her in that situation. She is a single mother of two boys, ages three and four. She said the loss of the state's help will probably derail her career and cost the state more. "To stay at home with my kids and get on the welfare programs that they have" is the prospect facing her, she said. "It's holding me back from bettering myself, because I won't have anybody to take care of my child." Governor Steve Beshear said he made the cuts after exhausting all available options. He has challenged lawmakers to effect comprehensive tax reform to help Kentucky's children and their education. Terry Brooks agreed that tax reform is a must, but he said the governor could have used discretionary money to protect the child-care programs. "There was enough money for theme parks, bourbon and business, but apparently not enough money for kids," Brooks charged. The cuts have also stopped new applications to the kinship program, which helps grandparents or other relatives raising children who cannot live safely with their parents.