Local News 11-4-2013


Arrest Made in a Double Homicide in Martin Co.

The KSP have made an arrest in a deadly shooting in Martin Co. Troopers arrested Orie Spence Jr., of Martin County, charging him with two counts of murder. The shooting took place around 9 pm Friday evening on Rockhouse Road in the Tomahawk Community of Martin Co and the victims have been identified as April Hedrick, age 37 and her husband Edger Hedrick, age 40 of Tomahawk, both found shot in the head at their residence by KSP troopers. KSP detectives are continuing to investigate the deadly shooting and a motive is not yet known. Orie Spence Jr. was taken and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. No further details have been released at this time.

KSP Investigating Deadly Hit and Run

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 7:04 p.m. Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead responded to a fatal traffic accident on KY1010 near the Ezel community. Elizabeth Thornsberry, age 41, of Ezel and Tony Ross, age 48, of Clearfield were at Jaspers Bar in Maytown, KY. Mr. Ross left Jaspers Bar on foot and was followed by Mrs. Thornsberry in her 2001 Pontiac Bonneville traveling East toward Ezel. It is believed that Mrs. Thornsberry stopped and exited the vehicle to speak with Mr. Ross. Both Mr. Ross and Mrs. Thornsberry were standing in the westbound lane when a vehicle traveling West struck and killed Mr. Ross and Mrs. Thornsberry. The vehicle is believed to be a full size Blue GMC pickup with damage to the front grill and bumper. At this time the vehicle and driver have not been located. Kentucky State Police in Morehead is requesting that anyone with information on this investigation call (606) 784-4127. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Donnie McGraw.

4 Arrested in Boyd Co. after Police Discover as Active Meth Lab

Four people were arrested Friday by the Boyd Co. Sheriff Dept, after deputies find an active meth lab in Boyd County. Officials say they got a tip about a meth lab located on Ike Patton Road in the Summit community of Boyd Co. When deputies arrived on scene they found an active meth lab and morphine tablets, along with two old meth labs in a dumpster outside. Arrested were Doug Menshouse, Brent Johnson, Derrick Caudill, and Angela Bailey, all charged with manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of meth precursors, and trafficking controlled substance. All four were lodged in the Boyd Co. Detention Center.

Police: Several Thousand Dollars in Items Recovered, Man Arrested

Police in Mason and Fleming Counties said several thousand dollars worth of stolen items were recovered from a home in Morehead Friday. Police say that at about 5 p.m. on Friday, State Police in Morehead obtained and executed a search warrant at a home on Alhambra Road in Mays Lick. Police at the scene say they made contact with James D. Doyle, 48, of Mays Lick. Police say they recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen items, including, firearms and chainsaws. Doyle was arrested and charged with Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Marijuana. Doyle is being held in the Mason County Detention Center.

About 280,000 Kentuckians Losing Current Coverage

About 280,000 Kentuckians will have to give up their current insurance policies in the months ahead and enroll in alternatives that comply with the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform law. Kentucky Department of Insurance spokeswoman Ronda Sloan said individual policies for about 130,000 people will be discontinued, as will small group policies for about 150,000 more. Those affected, Sloan said, will receive discontinuation letters when their policies come up for renewal. "This is because their current plans do not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act," Sloan said in an emailed statement. "Instead, they are being transitioned to new ACA-compliant policies. This is not a 'cancellation' or a 'termination.' No one is losing coverage."

Kentucky has been receiving good reviews for its handling of the health care reforms so far. A month into the rollout, more than 31,000 Kentuckians have signed up for medical coverage, the vast majority of whom will become Medicaid recipients. Coverage is set to begin Jan. 1. Kentucky's online insurance marketplace has avoided the widespread technical glitches that have plagued the federal health benefit exchange.

Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order last year calling for Kentucky to create its online marketplace where residents can shop for insurance coverage. The state received more than $250 million from the federal government to set it up. Beshear has said four out of five Kentuckians will be eligible federal subsidies to help cover the cost of coverage. Those subsidies, based on income, range from less than $100 to more than $500 a month to help pay premiums.

Floyd Mine Among 3 to Receive POV Notices

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that three mining operations have been put on notice of a pattern of violations of mandatory health or safety standards under Section 104(e) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The POV screening is the first one conducted since MSHA’s revised Pattern of Violations rule went into effect on March 25. These revisions improve MSHA’s ability to act when it finds a pattern of violations.

One of the three mines that received POV notices includes a Floyd County mine, Tram Energy LLC’s Mine No. 1. According to MSHA, the mine received 120 S&S violations during the POV review period, with more than half of those violations involving elevated levels of operator negligence. MSHA issued 40 closure orders at Tram Energy during the POV review period, the most of any mine in the country. The company has incurred approximately $170,000 in civil penalties since it began operating in 2012, but to date has paid only $666.

The other two mines cited included Brody Mining LLC’s Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, W.Va., and Pocahontas Coal Company LLC’s Affinity Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va.