Local News 2-13-2014

Pikeville Man Sentenced on Federal Child Porn Charges

A Pikeville man has been sentenced in federal court to 30 years in federal prison for producing videos of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a small child. In April 2013, a U.S. District Court Grand Jury in Pikeville indicted 63-year-old David Campbell on three counts of producing child porn and two counts of distributing child porn. In October 2013, Campbell pleaded guilty to one count producing child porn as part of a plea agreement.

According to court documents, from March 2012 until March 26, 2013, Campbell produced sexually explicit videos of himself with the victim and then distributed them to others over the internet. Under federal law, Campbell will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.  

Greenup Co. Man Busted for Meth

According to the Greenup County Sheriff office, deputies arrested a Greenup Co. man, charging him with manufacturing meth. Sheriff Keith Cooper says Paul David Sergent, 36, of Wutland has been charged with manufacturing meth and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Cooper says not only did deputies find the ingredients for a working meth lab in the back room, but they also found syringes, spoons and tubing for unlawful use. Sergent is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Lee Co. Officials Continue Search for Two Lee Co. Teenagers

Officials in Lee Co. are continuing their search for two teenage girls that have been reported missing for one week. Brittany and Desiree Jewell were last seen the night of February 2nd, at their home in the St. Helens community. Lee Co. Sheriff Wendell Childers says the girls left with very little clothing, taking just a few pictures and other keepsakes. Childers added that Brittany left behind medication she uses for her breathing problems. Police are hoping someone will come forward with information about where the girls went. The Jewells say an argument the night before may have led the two 16-year-olds to run away. Anyone with information about the girls' location is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 606-464-4140.         

Trial for Man Accused of Killing Mingo Co., W.Va. Sheriff, Postponed

A W.Va judge has indefinitely postponed the trial of a man accused of assassinating Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum in April 2013. According to Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell, he has ordered Tennis Maynard to undergo a mental health evaluation. Defense Attorney Rich Weston says the delay involves Maynard's medical records. Sheriff Crum was fatally shot while eating lunch in a downtown Williamson parking lot. Maynard's trial was set to begin March 4th.

Ky. General Fund Revenues Down in January

Tax collections fell slightly in Kentucky last month, contributing to sluggish overall revenue growth in the first seven months of the fiscal year. State Budget Director Jane Driskell said Monday that General Fund revenues totaled $831.2 million in January, down 0.9 percent from the same month in 2013. Driskell says receipts have grown 0.9 percent for the first seven months of the fiscal year. She says tax collections will have to grow by 3.9 percent in the last five months of the fiscal year to meet the full-year revenue estimate. Sales and use tax receipts were up 0.6 percent last month. Individual income tax collections declined 9.4 percent from a year ago, and corporate income tax receipts fell 28.9 percent. Coal severance tax receipts dropped by 14.3 percent last month.

Bill to Expand Booster Seat Use clears House Panel

A bill to increase the number of Kentucky children required to use vehicle booster seats has cleared its first hurdle in the General Assembly. The measure won approval from the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday. State law now requires child safety seats for any youngsters under age 9 or under 50 inches in height. The bill would broaden the height range to include youngsters up to 59 inches. The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Keith Hall of Phelps, says 32 other states have similar laws, including all of Kentucky's neighbors. The measure cleared the committee on an 18-5 vote.

Sinkhole at Corvette Museum Swallows Eight Cars

A sinkhole developed under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, swallowing eight cars Wednesday morning. The sinkhole opened up around 6:30 a.m., setting off an alarm. Nobody was inside at the time. Eight cars were swallowed by the hole, including six Corvettes.

The fire department estimated the hole is about 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep. Pictures of the sinkhole show a collapsed section of floor with multiple cars visible inside the hole. A few feet away, other Corvettes sit undamaged and undisturbed. Museum officials said the sinkhole destroyed the following cars:

· 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
· 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" on loan from General Motors

The other six vehicles were Corvettes owned by the National Corvette Museum:

· 1962 Black Corvette
· 1984 PPG Pace Car
· 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
· 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
· 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
· 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

The hole is in a part of the domed section of the museum that was completed in 1994. That area will remain closed, but the rest of the museum will be open Wednesday, officials said. Structural engineers were called out to the scene to assess the damage, the stability of surrounding areas, and find out exactly what happened. It appears this incident is the first of its kind at the property. The museum is set to host the 2014 Corvette Caravan in September, a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the museum. Officials said they look forward to re-opening the Skydome exhibit area very soon.