Local News 3-5-2014


Drugs, cell phone found in jail cell

According to a report from the Floyd Co. Times, an investigation by staff members at the Floyd County Detention Center, as well as officers with the Prestonsburg Police Department, has turned up several types of contraband in an inmate’s cell at the jail. According to the report from Wednesday, Feb. 26, officers searched a cell after it was discovered that an illegal cell phone was reportedly being used in the facility by an inmate. The search turned up no phone, but officers did discovered marijuana, drugs and drug paraphernalia in one of the cells.

The report went on to say that officers returned for another search the very next day a special electronic device used to detect phones. Officers would later discover the phone located between two bunks. At last report, charges were pending against the two inmates who occupy the cell in question. Their names, and the charges against them, have not yet been released, pending the ongoing investigation by the Prestonsburg Police Department.        

Four Floyd Co. Men Arrested in Two Meth Cases

Police in Prestonsburg have made two separate meth busts over the last week and several arrest have been made/

According to reports, the first incident, officers discovered Donald E. Leckrone, 54, of Prestonsburg, allegedly attempting to destroy evidence related to methamphetamine production. Officers say they found at least three meth precursors and materials used in the manufacturing process. Leckrone was booked into the Floyd County Detention Center on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence.

The second case included the Kentucky State Police, who were tipped off to possible drug activity taking place at a residence on Route 321. When officers arrived at the scene, police found Christopher L. Blevins, 46, of Prestonsburg. Inside his residence they discovered ingredients used to produce meth. Police also found a metal container containing plastic bags of what appeared to be meth.

Also arrested was Jennifer Hannah, 40, and Alexandria K. Hannah, 23, both of Prestonsburg. All three suspects were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Blevins is also facing charges for the possession of a controlled substance and criminal littering.

Greenup Co. Man Sentenced after Threatening Judge

A Greenup County man has been sentenced to two years in prison after he threatened to kill the U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, as well as the attorneys involved in a child pornography case that landed his father in federal prison.
19-year-old Michael A. Collins has been in custody since he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in January 2013 after being indicated in December 2012.

Reports say that Collins told a counselor at the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy, a National Guard program in Harlan County that he planned to spend Christmas with his family, then kill U.S. District Judge David Bunning, U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Atkins and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Denney. Collins' father, John Collins, is currently serving an 11-year sentence for child pornography.

Harlan Co. Man Arrested on Wanton Endangerment Charges

A Harlan Co. man was arrested earlier this week, after Police say he abandoned his wheelchair bound mother in a tent during frigid temperatures. According to the Harlan County Sheriff’ Office, the woman was found in the Possum Hollow area without any covers and showing early stages of hypothermia. Arrested was Brandon Buell, who faces 1st degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

Gov. Beshear Says Kentucky Will Appeal Order on Gay Marriage

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a judge's decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries. Beshear's announcement on Tuesday came moments after Attorney General Jack Conway said he would not ask a higher court to review the decision.

Their moves come four days after a federal judge in Louisville gave the state 21 days to implement a ruling overturning a voter-imposed ban on recognizing same-sex unions. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn issued a Feb. 12 opinion that Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages violated the Constitution's equal-protection clause in the 14th Amendment because it treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."

Applications Being Excepted for Area Home Repair Program

Applications are now being excepted for an area home repair program. Hand in Hand Ministries has begun taking applications for their 2014 Low Income Home Repair Program throughout Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin counties.

One of the Ministries’ foremost projects in the Appalachian region is aiding homeowners in Eastern Kentucky who would otherwise could not make necessary repairs to their home. Hand in Hand Ministries is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in Louisville, but they maintain offices in the area, based out of the Auxier Center in Floyd County. The Auxier office also offers programs in adult education, computer classes, a food pantry, and other outreach services.

Those seeking information or an application to the Low Income Home Repair Program, or any of their other services, are urged to contact the Hand in Hand Ministries at their office at 21 South River Street in Auxier, or by calling (606) 886-0709.