Local News 9-18-2013

Carter County Police Involved in Standoff

Accordingto a news release by the KSP, on Monday, September 16 at 10:41 a.m. the Kentucky State Police, Post 14 Ashland received a report of an individual making threats and discharging a firearm in a reckless manner.  A female relative of Larry L. Price had responded to the Kentucky State Police, Post 8 in Morehead to file a report.  She advised Troopers Larry was armed with a shotgun and had made numerous threats to harm both she and any law enforcement officers that came to the residence.  It was also reported Mr. Price had recklessly discharged the firearm. Troopers began an investigation into the complaint and obtained arrest warrants on Larry L. Price, age 47, of 15 Trumbo Road Olive Hill, KY for Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree. Troopers responded and made contact with Mr. Price.  Mr. Price made several threatening statements to Troopers and was armed with a firearm.  He refused to comply with all requests from law enforcement and barricaded inside his residence.

The Kentucky State Police, Special Response Team was contacted and responded to the scene.  Communication with Mr. Price began and when he failed to exit the residence non-lethal gas rounds were deployed into the residence.  On Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at approximately 300 a.m. entry was made into the residence.  Mr. Price again refused to comply with requests from law enforcement and Tpr. Jonathan Sizemore deployed his agency issued TASER. At this point, Price became compliant and was then arrested. Larry L. Price, age 47, of 15 Trumbo Road Olive Hill, KY was arrested, charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing by Detective Ben Cramer.

Over 500 Miners in E.Ky Furloughed from Their Coal Mining Jobs

Bad news for some E.Ky miners, as officials with James River Coal Company furloughed 525 coal miners at three different mines across our region. According to WYMT-TV, the Richmond, Virginia based company said the layoffs occurred at operations at the McCoy Elkhorn complex in Pike and Floyd counties, the Bledsoe complex in Leslie and Harlan counties and the Long Branch Surface mine in London. The Eastern Kentucky coal industry has seen a steady decline in jobs over the last little bit and officials say losing over 500 more jobs will definettly hurt the area. There is no word if these latest layoffs will be permanent ot temporary.

Pike Co. Family Offering a $10,000 Reward for Missing Man

A Pike Co. family is offering a $50,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of Jimmy Kelly, who has not been seen for more than three months. Kelly's wife, Valerie says she last seen her husband on June 12th, as he left their residence to to run errands. Mrs. Kelly has stated that his car was discovered in the Kelly Mountain area of Shelby Gap in Pike County. Officials with the Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville say they are actively investigating leads in the case. Family members of Kelly said they will not give up finding him and they will never give up until we've got some answers. Officials with the KSP ask that if anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Jimmy Kelly, to please contact the Pikeville KSP Post 9 at 1-606-433 -7711.

Louisa Voters Petition for Wet-Dry Vote

According to WSAZ, they say Lawrence County Attorney, Michael Hogan says the wet-dry petition for the City of Louisa is invalid. Hogan said after a review of the wet-dry petition submitted to the Lawrence County Clerk to set a wet-dry election is invalid under Kentucky law. Hogan says that under changes to Kentucky law earlier this year, only the first four class cities are permitted to sell alcohol. Louisa is a class five city. The classes are primarily based on population. Hogan says the petition can be rewritten and it be called a "moist vote", which means alcohol could be sold in some restaurants, organizers can ask for the city to be reclassified, or they can challenge it in court. The city of Louisa has been dry since the 1940s.

Report: Deep Cuts to Education Hurting Students and the Economy

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Deep cuts to education continue in Kentucky even as the nation pulls out of the recession, according to a report released Thursday. The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that after adjusting for inflation, Kentucky has had the 14th largest drop in core funding for schools since 2008. Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, says the cuts undermine Kentucky's ability to educate its children, threatening the state's future. "Kentucky has always lagged behind in that area," he points out. "We've made some progress in the past 20 years, but we've hit a wall. And the wall has been we don't have the resources to make the expansions in investment and education that we need." The report shows that after adjusting for inflation Kentucky has cut its per-pupil core funding for K-through-12 schools by almost 10 percent since 2008. That's $477 per child. Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, the state's largest teachers' group, says the cuts have had a negative impact on instruction and schools are struggling to keep up with technology. "We're way far behind in using technology in ways that can save money," she says. "We shouldn't be buying tons and tons of textbooks because we should be moving to providing kids tablets - those textbooks, you know, digitally - so that we don't have to recur those costs any more." The report found that even as revenues began to recover, Kentucky cut funding from last year to this year, the fifth biggest cut in core education spending. The report says that nationwide, 15 states have cut funding in the current year. Michael Leachman, co-author of the report, says the cuts should concern everyone. "So these spending cuts are just making it more difficult for states to implement the kinds of basic, promising education reforms that we know work and, in fact, at least in some states they are going backwards," he explains.

Lexington Humane Society Taking In 22 Neglected Dogs From Elliott County

According to reports, 22 dogs found in terrible conditions at a home in Elliott County are being taken to Lexington for care. The dogs were discovered in a filthy, possibly abandoned home in Elliott County and according to neighbors, the house had been abandoned since July. Officials in Elliott Co. said the house where these animals where found had feces all over the inside, no air conditioning, and several dead animals where located. All of the dogs will be checked out by the on-site veterinarian with the Lexington Humane Society to determine when they can be adopted out.

Strong Progress Report For Kentucky Schools, Students

On Tuesday, Governor Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced dramatic improvement in the state's graduation and college- and career-readiness rates. The data is the latest proof of measurable, transformational improvement over the past four years in the state's education system. For 2013, preliminary figures show Kentucky posted an 86 percent graduation rate. This year Kentucky is using a more accurate way to measure the number of students who graduate - the same way nearly every other state measures graduation rate. Comparing with the most recent data available from other states (2011), even accounting for their improvement, Kentucky's rate is among the highest.

The college-and career-readiness rate, a measure of whether students are prepared to be successful after high school graduation, is up 20 percent from 2010. While only about a third of high school graduates were considered ready three years ago, initial data now show more than half - 54 percent -- are ready to take the next step into credit-bearing college courses or a postsecondary training program. State leaders pointed to the passage and implementation of Senate Bill 1 (SB1) in 2009 as the beginning of the latest and most significant round of focused improvements in Kentucky, not only for student achievement, but also for student expectations, meaningful assessments, and college and career preparation.