Local News 9-24-2013

Johnson Co. Family Needs Help Locating Family Member

According to a reports from WYMT-TV, a Johnson Co. family is asking for help in locating there family member.  The Kentucky State Police says 34-year-old Christina Barnett of Sitka has been missing for several days and they are actively seeking her wherabouts.Family members of Christina Barnett say they last seen her last Wednesday night, when she told them she was traveliong to the London area with a man, but was supposed to be back home a couple of hours later. According to the news report Christina' mother, Donna Hale, said police told her, her daughter was last seen at a gas station in Hazard on Wednesday evening, but that is all the information anyone has to go on at this time. Family members have been posting flyers throughout the Hazard area, asking the public to please contact authorities if they know anything on Christina's whereabouts. Barnett was last seen wearing a pink dress and cowboy boots. She is aroround 5'6" and weighs 130 lbs. with hazel eyes and blonde hair. WSIP news attempted to contact Trooper Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police for additional information, but he was unavailable for comment. If you have information about Christina Barnett, your asked to contact the Kentucky State Police in Hazard at (606)-434-6069.

Louisa P.D. Locate Illegal Moonshine Still

According to a news release from the Louisa Police Dept, on September 23, 2013 Officer Steven Wilburn along with Chief Greg Fugitt of the Louisa Police Department executed a search warrant at residence of Donald Todd & Lacey Johnson-Todd. “We have been watching this residence for some time due to the complaints of heavy traffic in and out.” stated Chief Greg Fugitt. During the search officers discovered a Moonshine Still with some already made product, also officers found plants believed to be left over from a marijuana grow. Chief Fugitt also said that, “No one was home at the time of the search, but several subjects will be facing charges once the case is presented to the county attorneys office”

KSP Continue Search for Robber on the Run in Pike County

According to last reports received from the Kentucky State Police, troopers are searching for a robber, who is still on the run. Troopers say the robbery took place at the Double Kwik in the Virgie area of Pike County about 8:15 p.m. Saturday evening. Reports indicate that a man walked in the store, demanded money and then fled the scene. The suspect is described as about 6' tall, last seen wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. KSP ask that anyone with any information about this robbery, is asked to call KSP at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555

Six Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Sept. 16 through Sept. 22)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died as the result of injuries sustained in six motor vehicle-related crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 22.  One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Boone, Breathitt, Fayette, Hardin and Laurel. The victim in Hardin County was not wearing a seat belt. The crash in Boone County involved the suspected use of alcohol. One single fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in Jefferson County. The victim was not wearing a helmet. Through Sept. 22, preliminary statistics* indicate that 458 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 77 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.

Pike Co. Officials Break Ground on New Business Project

Pike Co. officials broke ground Monday for the new Pikeville Commons Project which is expected to bring 400 to 600 jobs to the area. Construction on the $40 Million project is expected to begin in a few weeks. Pikeville Commons will offer Residential Units along with several retail outlets.  Those retail outlets include Hobby Lobby, Ross Dress for Less, Rack Room Shoes, Ulta Reality Maunces and Marshalls. Pikeville City Manger Donovan Blackburn says this project will provide Jobs, Housing and Improved Quality of Life. Several City and County officials were on hand for the groundbreaking.

Kentucky Attorney General's Office Announces Scholarships For Students Affected By Prescription Drug Abuse

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, along with the Prosecutors Advisory Council (PAC), the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and the parents of two young overdose victims, announced Monday that two $1,500 scholarships will be offered this school year to graduating high school students whose lives have been impacted by prescription drug abuse. The Office of the Attorney General and PAC are able to offer these scholarships thanks to the generosity of NADDI and private donations. The scholarships are in memory of 19-year-old Sarah Shay and 24-year-old Michael Donta. Shay, of Morehead, Ky., died of a prescription drug overdose in 2006. Donta, of Ashland, Ky., lost his battle with prescription painkiller abuse in 2010. Sarah and Michael's parents, Dr. Karen Shay and Mike Donta, now travel with General Conway across the state as part of his Keep Kentucky Kids Safe initiative to warn middle and high school students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

The Sarah Shay and Michael Donta Memorial Scholarships were created this year to help Kentucky students who have excelled in their personal and academic lives despite seeing firsthand the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse. These students have embraced a positive lifestyle and brighter future for themselves and their families. One "Sarah Shay Memorial Scholarship" and one "Michael Donta Memorial Scholarship" will be awarded each year to a graduating high school female and male, who meet the scholarship criteria, to put toward postsecondary education expenses. In addition to receiving funding from NADDI, the scholarships were made possible through donations from Michael and Sarah's families. Completed scholarship applications must be submitted by January 15, 2014. Recipients will be announced by the Office of the Attorney General, in conjunction with PAC and NADDI, in May of 2014. Scholarship applications and eligibility requirements are available at http://ag.ky.gov/rxabuse.

Report: Carbon Pollution from KY Power Plants = 19.6 Million Cars

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Many scientists and environmentalists say climate change caused by carbon emissions is contributing to America's extreme weather of recent years. And a new report finds that Kentucky has six of the 100 dirtiest power plants in the country, in terms of carbon pollution. Environment America Research and Policy Center (EARPC) analyzed data the plant operators submit to the U.S. Department of Energy. According to Brian Magi, an atmospheric scientist who has studied the results, they merit attention. "These numbers aren't coming from anybody with an agenda," he declared. "It's coming from the people that actually have done the emissions, and the reason they're still burning fossil fuels is because we want them. So, at some point, we have to make a choice." According to the report, "America's Dirtiest Power Plants," the facility with the most carbon emissions in the Commonwealth is the Kentucky Utilities plant near Carrolton (Ghent Generating Station). It ranks 26th among some 6,000 plants generating electricity nationwide. In total, the report said, Kentucky's coal-fired plants contribute 63 percent of the state's total climate-changing pollution. The EPA is setting new limits for carbon emissions. Graham Givens, a clean-energy associate at EARPC who analyzed some of the data for the report, said generating electricity with coal doesn't have to be an "all-or-nothing" approach. "We're not asking for power plants to shut down," he said. "We're asking for a carbon reduction. It is possible for power plants to reduce their carbon emissions." According to the data, Kentucky's power plants emit as much CO2 as more than 19 million cars. Brian Magi said reducing carbon emissions at the local level can have a big effect on global warming. "When I see a report like this, I think of how small-scale or grassroots efforts to try to bring attention to CO2 emissions and emitters can have global implications." In addition to supporting the President's request for stricter emissions rules for new power plants, Environment America and other groups are asking that emissions be reduced at existing plants across the country. Link to that report at EnvironmentAmericaCenter.org.    

Elk Viewing Tours Underway at Jenny Wiley State Park

This weekend kicked off the elk tour season at Jenny Wiley State Park in Floyd County. Park officials say each year the tours bring in folks from throughout Kentucky as well as other states to get a close up look at elk that roam the area. Park Naturalist Trinity Shepherd says, "We educate them all about the history of the restoration project and the species. Then take them to the viewing area in passenger vans, they can get close enough to take pictures and this time of year is really special because they are bugling, so they can get out and hear that." The tours run through March. To make a tour reservation call 800-325-0142.