Local News 9-11-2013

Two Men Arrested in Knott County Shooting Incident

According to the Kentucky State Police, they say a man whose father is accused of shooting at four probation and parole officers and wounding one while a warrant was being served on the son Monday, has been arrested. Police identified and arrested, 56-year-old Rocky Wicker Sr. charging him with attempted murder of a police officer and wanton endangerment after allegedly opening fire as the officers tried to serve a warrant for his son, 28-year-old Rocky Wicker Jr. Officer Brian Melvin was shot in the arm during the incident in the Mousie community of Knott County. Corrections Department spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said another officer suffered cuts on his arms from being hit by broken glass when the officers' vehicle was fired on. Rocky Wicker Jr. was accused of not complying with the terms of his probation and that's why officials went to arrest him. Police say he was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Investigating Pregnant Womans Stabbing in Harlan County

Police in Harlan Co are investigating the stabbing of a pregnant woman during a fight in Harlan County on Tuesday. Police reports the incident happened around 12 noon in front of the Food Stamp Office in Harlan. Ginger Pendleton and Ashley Massey got into a fight and {endelton stabbed Massey twice with a pocket knife. Massey is nine weeks pregnant and was stabbed once in chest, and once in lower abdomen. She was flown out as a precaution to Holston Valley Medical Center in Tennessee, according to police. Her condition is unclear. Police say after the stabbing, Pendleton ran inside and pulled the fire alarm and the office was put on lock down. At the same time, Domonique Thomas, who is somehow related to Massey, started banging on the door and yelling, police say. He was arrested for disorderly conduct at the scene and Pendleton was arrested and charged with 1st degree assault. Both Thomas and Pendleton are lodged at the Harlan County Detention Center.

Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Sept. 3 through Sept. 8)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that 11 people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Two double-fatality, motor vehicle crashes occurred: one in Oldham County and one in Wayne County. One of the Oldham Co. victims was not wearing a seat belt and the crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. Two single-fatality, motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson County. One of the victims was not wearing a seat belt and one of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Bell, Floyd, Mason and Pulaski. The victims in Bell and Pulaski counties were not wearing seat belts. One single fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in Greenup County. Through Sept. 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 426 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 82 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.

Explosives Company Denies Their at Fault for Damage to a Martin Co. School

According to reports out of Martin Co., Brandywine Explosives Company recently released answers to questions about a lawsuit filed against them last month by residents of Hardin Bottom in Martin Co. a community near the blasting zone for a news road project. According to the Levisa Lazer, Branywine officials denied that their company blasted rock off a nearby mountain onto the Sheldon Clark High School premises, that forced the school to close the 40 year old H.S. and move to a safer location because of damage caused by the blasting. In the report from the Lazer site, the company admitted to drilling and blasting close to teh school, but denied that “large boulders were blasted from the construction site onto the parking lot at Sheldon Clark” or that “such drilling and blasting activities have caused rocks to fly through the air and land on/or around Sheldon Clark High School.” Recent news reports in newspapers and TV station have shown pictures of rocks and debris in front and beside the school.  In addition to Brandywine’s denial that its blasting activities projected rocks and boulders onto high school premises, Kokosing Construction Company, the primary contractor, has filed a motion asking the Court “to strike and seal all allegations concerning Sheldon Clark High School.” Kokosing’s motion will be heard in the Martin Circuit Court on September 19. Residents of Hardin Bottom, Cold Water Creek and Little Black Log are resprestned by Kirk Law Firm,

Beshear: Most Uninsured Kentuckians Get Discounts

Gov. Steve Beshear is touting changes coming under the federal health care reforms, announcing Tuesday that four out of five uninsured Kentuckians will qualify for discounts when purchasing policies. Beshear has been a staunch advocate for the reforms that he says will provide access to medical care to more than 600,000 uninsured Kentucky residents. Nearly half of those will be added to the state's Medicaid program. The remainder, he said, will be able to get insurance through an online health benefits exchange. Beshear said health insurance has been too expensive for too many Kentuckians in the past. And he said that will soon change. The second-term Democrat said individuals earning up to $45,960 a year will qualify for discounts, as will families of four with incomes up to $94,200.

State Auditor Issues Fraud Alert To Kentucky Retirees

State Auditor Adam Edelen has alerted law enforcement authorizes to a fraudulent letter that has been sent to retirees in Kentucky. The letter claims the auditor's office has discovered that some 26,000 people were overpaid and that a field agent would contact them for repayment. Edelen said that isn't true, and he's concerned it could be part of a scam. Edelen said no collections are being sought. He said it's unclear how many retirees have received the letter.