Tip Leads to Arrest of 3 Individuals on Meth Charges
According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., on the evening of Tuesday, February 4th 2014, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible Meth Lab located in a vacant mobile home on Hyden Branch in Van Lear. Deputies went to the location to investigate. Upon the deputies’ arrival, they saw a black Dodge Pick-up truck parked in the driveway of the mobile home. They also observed a strong chemical smell, and could hear people inside of the mobile home. A male subject opened the door of the mobile home and let the deputies enter. Upon their entry into the mobile home, the deputies located multiple “shake & bake” meth labs, meth precursors, and a quantity of finished meth product.
The three subjects located inside of the mobile home: Frank Music, age 44 of Cadiz, John P. Lemaster, age 34 of Van Lear, and Amanda Johnson, age 26 of Lowmansville, were taken into custody and charged with Manufacturing of Meth 1st. Johnson was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana. Additionally, Lemaster was served with an outstanding Johnson County bench warrant for Disorderly Conduct 1st, Menacing, and Resisting Arrest. All three were transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center for decontamination, and then lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The Kentucky State Police DESI Unit was contacted to assist in the destruction of the Meth Labs. Also assisting at the scene was Deputy David Pridemore, and Constable District-2, Bob Hyden. This case is currently under investigation by Johnson County Deputy Tim Clark.
If you have knowledge of any illegal activity, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411. Remember, we need your information, not your name.
Two Bodies Found Near ATV in Letcher County
According to the Letcher County coroner’s office, the bodies of two men were found dead along Authors Loop road near the Jeremiah community of Letcher Co. around 11AM Thursday morning. Their bodies were found near an ATV. Officials believe the ATV ran off the road and over an embankment.
The body of Tracy Adams, age 34, of Jeremiah, KY, was located underneath the ATV, while the body of his father, 70 year old Carlos Adams, also of Jeremiah, KY was lying next to the ATV, with his leg trapped between the ATV and a tree. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Letcher County Coroner’s Office. It has yet to be determined which subject was driving, or how long the subjects had been deceased.
The coroner believes the bodies were there for a few days and he expects no foul play. Both bodies were sent to Frankfort for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and proper identification. The investigation continues.
One Person Killed in a Breathitt Co. Crash
Officials in Breathitt Co. say one person was confirmed dead, after emergency personnel located a vehicle in a creek along highway 476 in Breathitt Co. The Breathitt Co. coroner’s office identified the victim as Jeanette Sizemore, 43, who was reported missing Wednesday night by family members.
Officials say the crash is believed to have happened sometime early Wednesday evening around mile point 6 on Highway 476 in the Clayhole community of Breathitt Co. The investigation continues into the cause of the accident.
Police Continue Investigations for Suspects in Recent Area Robberies
The KSP in Pikeville continuing their investigating into recent robberies across our portion of Eastern Ky, primarily in Pike and Floyd Counties. Late last week, Bella's Gas & Go in the Freeburn community of Pike County was robbed by two unidentified males, who entered the store, demanded money then fled the scene on foot. One of the suspects was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black pants and gloves. A second individual was described as wearing a black sweatshirt with a fluorescent yellow baseball cap.
On Monday January 13 at 11:59 P.M. the Bella's Gas-N-Go was robbed once again by two males wearing dark colored clothing and wearing masks. The intruders brandished a weapon, demanded money then fled on foot.
On Tuesday, January 14 at 10:49 P.M. the Fast Lane located in the Eastern community of Floyd County was robbed by two males brandishing a weapon and demanded money. They too fled on foot after getting the money.
Then on Thursday January 16 at approximately 8:12 P.M. at the MI-DEE Mart in the Lackey community of Floyd County was robbed when a male entered the business, brandished a weapon, demanded money and then fled the scene on foot. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents. KSP in Pikeville ask that if anyone has any information pertaining to any of these robberies, to please contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous.
State Senate Passes Abortion Bill
FRANKFORT (AP) - The Kentucky Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant women. Doctors failing to comply would face fines of up to $100,000 for a first offense and up to $250,000 for subsequent violations. The requirement would be added to Kentucky's existing informed-consent law.
"It's a life," said Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville, the bill's lead sponsor. "And if ever we're going to have all the information to make that best decision, this is the time to do that." Senators voted 33-5 to send the measure to the House, where similar proposals have died in past years.
Kentucky House Panel OKs Smoking Ban Bill
FRANKFORT, Kentucky. (AP) - A proposed statewide smoking ban at work and in public has sailed through a Kentucky House committee. Supporters said the bill would protect nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The measure was approved by the House Health and Welfare Committee on a 10-3 vote Thursday. Committee Chairman Tom Burch says nonsmokers shouldn't have to suffer from being in the same place with smokers willing to endanger their own health. Opponents include Republican Rep. Tim Moore. He says the bill would restrict personal freedom to use a legal product.
The measure drew bipartisan support. Republican Sen. Julie Denton says she hopes the spread of information about the risks of secondhand smoke will give the bill enough momentum to get through the General Assembly. The legislation is House Bill 173.
State Education Board Considering New Teacher Evaluations
The Kentucky Board of Education is getting closer to voting on new evaluations for teachers and principals. The panel said the new system would hold teachers accountable in new ways that would be consistent across the state. Currently, different school districts use different means of evaluating educators. The proposal before the board would use a variety of means, including student test scores and observations by peers and supervisors, to rate teachers as exemplary, accomplished, developing or ineffective. The board will hold a work session in April before voting on the measure.
BBB Warns of Phone Scam Involving Kentucky Bank
The Better Business Bureau of Central & Eastern Ky is warning the public about a Kentucky Bank phone scam. The BBB said consumers are receiving calls overnight with an automated call saying their account with Kentucky Bank has been "discontinued," and being asked to press "1" to continue.
The BBB said this is a phone scam using the name of Kentucky Bank. The following notice has been posted on their website: "FRAUD ALERT: Please be aware that Kentucky Bank has received reports from customers and non-customers receiving automated phone calls asking you to reactivate your debit card by entering your card number. DO NOT respond to this request as it is fraudulent. Kentucky Bank will never contact you regarding your card numbers or accounts using an automated service."
KSP Warns of Phone Scam
The Kentucky State Police is warning cell phone users to be aware of a new scam called “The One-Ring Scam.” Better Business Bureaus (BBB) across the country are seeing a rash of reports of ‘ring and runs’ on cell phones where returning a missed call from an unknown number may cost you.
KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says scammers profit from individuals who are curious enough to return that missed call. “A computer program originating outside the U.S. dials American customers and lets the phone ring one or two times before hanging up,” says Webb. “This is enough time to register on a phone’s missed-calls screen, but typically not enough time for a user to actually answer.” “Many people who receive a missed call will return the call and that is when their account is charged approximately $20 for the call and $9 for every additional minute.”
BBB experts say this is called ‘phone cramming,’ when automated dialers send out thousands of calls to random numbers. Most of the area codes are from the Caribbean Islands, but BBB says there is no way for them to really know where the calls are coming from. Webb advises citizens to refrain from returning calls they do not recognize. “We are encouraging people to review their cell phone statements and contact their cellular carrier immediately if they notice unauthorized charges,” adds Webb.
The following is a list of area codes the BBB said is connected with the scam:
• Dominican Republic – 809
• Jamaica – 876
• British Virgin Islands – 284
• Grenada – 473
• Aruba – 297
• Antigua – 473