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Local News 9-4-2013

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.

Carter County Paramedic Terminated For Theft Of Controlled Substances

Police in Carter Co. say an EMS paramedic within the county, has been fired and lost their Emergency Services License after stealing controlled substances from the department. The investigation into the thefts started after a report from an auditor revealed several ampuls of Fentanyl and multiple doses of morphine had been removed and were unaccounted for. Police say Fentanyl was removed from the ampuls and was replaced with an unknown substance. The suspect was initially suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, but has since been terminated and has also lost their Emergency Services License, officials say. They say they will release the suspect's identity once charges are issued. On Monday, poilice say, an additional report was received involving the theft of several doses of morphine. They say this investigation is currently ongoing and is not related to the initial report received in June.

Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Aug. 26 through Sept. 1)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Bell, Clay, Garrard, Harlan, Jefferson, Jessamine and Knott. The victims in Bell, Clay, Harlan and Knott counties were not wearing seat belts. The crashes in Clay and Harlan counties involved the suspected use of alcohol. One of the fatalities reported above occurred during the Labor Day holiday period, which started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2. The crash occurred in Bell County. The victim was not wearing a seat belt. The 2013 Labor Day holiday period statistics are lower than those reported for the 2012 Labor Day holiday period when nine people lost their lives in nine crashes. Eight of last year’s Labor Day Holiday period fatalities were not wearing seat belts or using helmets and four were the result of crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Through Sept. 2, 2013, preliminary statistics* indicate that 410 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 88 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

2nd Annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Sat., Sept. 28 in Prestonsburg

The public is invited to the 2nd annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Prestonsburg, on Sat., Sept. 28, 2013, at 11am. at the walk track of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the United States. We walk for them, and the nearly 26 million Americans that have diabetes. T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age. T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night. Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day. There is no cure. JDRF is the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, and unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research.

The Walk to Cure Diabetes is our largest national fundraising event to help JDRF raise funds to accelerate progress toward the most promising opportunities to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes brings people together in a healthy activity for a worthy goal. Prior to 2012, the closest Walk event was held in Lexington, Ky, with walks also held in Louisville, Bowling Green and Paducah. The families of eastern Ky wanted an event in their home area so that they too could participate and benefit, while enlisting the help and support of area businesses. Several events are scheduled and they'll have inflatables for the children, informational booths, and a variety of live entertainment.  For information, call Paula Fairchild, JDRF Chairman of Advocacy and Government Relations, 606-369-5929, or visit the Walk event page on facebook, under "Big Sandy South walk to cure diabetes".

Faith, Family and Ducks tour coming to Rupp Arena

Now is your chance to see the Duck Dynasty crew live at Rupp Arena! Frankfort Christian Academy is sponsoring the Faith, Family and Ducks Tour. A group with the school came to Wal Mart in Hazard Tuesday to give away a pair of tickets to see the show, which is great for all ages. “Families will be able to get together and laugh and hear stories about what happens inside the Robertson family household. They get to hear from Willie, Korie, Sadie, John Luke, Kay and Allen, the newest member to the show this season,” Frankfort Christian Academy Principal Kim Burgess said. The tour kicks off September 29th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Use promo code HAZARD to receive $10 off. Proceeds benefit Franklin Christian Academy.  http://www.ticketmaster.com/Duck-Dynasty-tickets/artist/1832341?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name