LOCAL NEWS

Local News 1-16-2014

 

Pike Co. Man Killed in a Tuesday Accident in Pike Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Tuesday January 14, 2014 at 3:46 P.M. Post 9, Pikeville received a 911 call of a single vehicle accident on US 460 in the Ferrells Creek community of Pike County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that 55 year old Lawrence Fleenor of Prestonsburg, Ky. was traveling West on US 460 when the 2010 Jeep Wrangler he was operating struck a large boulder in the roadway. The boulder was in the roadway as a result of a rock slide that occurred just prior to the collision. Mr. Fleenor was transported to Pikeville Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The collision remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Austin Brashear. Tpr. Brashear was assisted on scene by Tpr. Derek Sturgill, Ferrells Creek Fire Department and Elkhorn City Ambulance.

KSP Investigating Two Separate Armed Robberies in Eastern Ky

The following two news releases are from the KSP in Pikeville.

- On Monday January 13, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. Post 9 Pikeville received a call of an armed robbery at Bella's Gas N Go in the Freeburn community of Pike County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that two unidentified males entered the business wearing dark colored clothing and masks covering their faces. One of the males brandished a weapon and demanded money. The two males fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported during this incident. The incident remains under investigation by KSP Tpr. Jason McClellan. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous.

- On Tuesday January 14, 2014 at approximately 10:49 P.M. Post 9, Pikeville received a call of an armed robbery at the Fast Lane located in the Eastern community of Floyd County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that two unidentified males entered the business, one male brandished a weapon and demanded money while the other male watched the entrance to the business. The two unidentified males fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash traveling in the direction of KY. 550. One male was described as wearing a red hooded shirt, dark colored scarf covering his face, khaki jeans and work boots. The second male was described as wearing a black hooded shirt, dark colored scarf covering his face, and blue jeans. No injuries were reported at the time of this incident. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Jake Roberts. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or (606) 433-7711.

Pike County Man Facing Assault Charges

A Pike County man faces a felony assault charge when police say he stabbed a man. Court officials say 20 year old Kyle Slone pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first degree assault charges which is a Class B felony. Police say early Monday morning, they found Slone stabbed a man twice during an altercation. Class B felonies carry a potential prison sentence between 10 and 20 years. Slone is held on a $15,000 dollar cash bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 23rd.

Powell Co. Man Arrested Underage Sexual Contact

In a separate news release from the KSP, this time in Morehead, on January 10, 2014, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch, assisted by troopers from KSP Post 7 in Richmond, arrested William Scott Hall, 31, of Stanton, Ky., for charges related to traveling to meet an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old female for sex. Hall was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. KSP began investigating the case after discovering a posting on a popular website. The subject was arrested when he traveled from his residence in Powell County to Richmond to meet someone he thought was a juvenile for the purpose of having sex.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Hall’s residence in the early morning hours of January 11, 2014. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. Hall is currently charged with one count of prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor/peace officer for sex. Hall was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

Gov. Beshear Unveils Plan to Extend Mountain Parkway

Gov. Steve Beshear has unveiled a $753.6 million plan to widen and extend the Mountain Parkway. The project will eventually create a four-lane highway from the Bluegrass Region to Pikeville in eastern Kentucky. Beshear said Wednesday the proposal is part of the state highway plan he'll present to lawmakers.

To finance the Mountain Parkway projects, the Recommended Highway Plan proposes to use $595.6 million of conventional state and federal highway funds over the next six years and $158 million from the sale of toll revenue bonds. Although a tolling plan has not yet been devised, it is expected that tolls would be collected on the entire parkway, from Winchester to Prestonsburg.

The authorization to issue the bonds and collect the tolls will not be sought this legislative session – although part of the overall project, they would not be needed until toward the end of the entire project, Gov. Beshear said.

The work on the Mountain Parkway being proposed by Gov. Beshear would likely be broken down into four parts for the purposes of contracts:

Construction Sequence 1 – Mountain Parkway from KY 205 in Morgan County to Burning Fork Bridge near Salyersville, in Magoffin County.

Construction Sequence 2 – U.S. 460 from Burning Fork Bridge at Salyersville, through a congested retail district, to KY 114.

Construction Sequence 3 – KY 114 from U.S. 460 at Salyersville to KY 404 at Prestonsburg.

Construction Sequence 4 – Westernmost part of the project area: Mountain Parkway from KY 191, Wolfe County, to KY 205, Morgan County.

Several Arrested on Meth Related Charges in Floyd Co.

Police in Floyd Co. say they have arrested several people after finding a substantial amount of meth and meth precursors at a home in Prestonsburg earlier this week. Based on an anonymous tip that was made, police went to a residence on Old Cliff Road and discovered several items used for making meth stored under a house and some already made that had been put in the toilet. Neighbors say there has been suspicious activity going on at the residence for quite sometime.

A total of six people were taken into custody and five of those are facing charges. Those five are Debra Hall, Alisha Blackburn, David Blackburn, Whitney Blackburn and Summer Stanley. All five were booked in the Floyd County Jail. Police say they are also searching for two other persons of interest related to this case. They have not released their names.

State 911 Call Centers to Share More Than $2.9 Million

Gov. Steve Beshear says Kentucky's 911 call centers will receive more than $2.9 million as a result of a ruling on litigation initiated by a state board. The governor's office said Tuesday the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that TracFone Wireless Inc. improperly withheld payment of 911 service fees to the state's Commercial Mobile Radio Services Board.

The company disputed the application of the state 911 fee on prepaid cellphone service. Beshear's office says that in total, the state has recovered more than $4 million in unremitted state-required 911 cellphone fees. The recovered funds will be divided based on a formula used to distribute funds received by the CMRS Board from a state 911 fee of 70 cents per month on cell phones.