Fire Destroys a Johnson Co. Barn
Fire crews in Johnson Co. were called to the scene of an early Monday morning structure fire along Rt. 460. The call came into Paintsville/Johnson Co. 911 at around 3 AM Monday morning. Officials then toned out members of the Oil Springs Fire Dept. Upon arrival, the barn was said to be fully involved and at that point was deemed to be a total loss. Reports indicated that three horses were killed in the blaze. Fire officials say the cause of fire was determined to be faulty electrical equipment. No further information has been made available at this time. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Rockhouse Fire/Rescue.
One Person Killed in Single Vehicle Accident in Wolfe Co.
According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Sunday, February 09th 2014 at 07:48 p.m. Kentucky State Police in Morehead received a report of a single vehicle injury accident on Kentucky 205 in Wolfe County, near Shocky Fork Road. Trooper Brett Kirkland, Trooper Jason Brown, Trooper Joseph Zalone, Hazel Green Fire Department and Aarrowmed EMS responded to the scene. James Smith, 20, of Campton was operating a 1996, Dodge Ram Pickup truck, traveling north on Kentucky 205. Mr. Smith drove off the roadway and overcorrected striking a utility pole, causing Mr. Smith to be ejected from the vehicle. Mr. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene by Wolfe county coroner, Frank Porter. Passenger, Lisa Perkins, 19, of West Liberty, was transported to Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson, Kentucky where she is listed in stable condition. Seatbelt restraints was not in use. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Brett Kirkland.
Police Continue Search for Suspects in Recent Robberies
The KSP in Pikeville are continuing their investigating into recent robberies across our portion of Eastern Ky, primarily in Pike and Floyd Counties. A total of four robberies have taken place over the last month. Bella's Gas & Go in the Freeburn community of Pike County has been robbed on two separate occasions. The first on Monday January 13 at 11:59 P.M. by two unidentified males. The second robbery occurred on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:48 P.M, also by two unidentified males.
The Fast Lane store located in the Eastern community of Floyd County, was robbed on Tuesday, January 14 at 10:49 P.M. by two males and the MI-DEE Mart in the Lackey community of Floyd County was also robbed on Thursday January 16 by one male intruder. No injuries were reported in any of these 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.
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
Transportation Cabinet Launches New Web Portal
FRANKFORT (AP) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a web portal that makes vast amounts of information available to the public. With a click of a mouse, someone can find out how many electric vehicles are registered in Kentucky, how much was spent last year on highway projects in each county and where state-maintained bridges are located.
The new Web portal is called Kentucky Transportation Cabinet DataMart. Other details accessible through the portal will include traffic counts, highway crash data and organizational performance measures. State Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says the information has always been available to the public, but the cabinet has created a single portal through which to access it. The portal was developed by the cabinet's Office of Information Technology.