Local News 3-13-2014


Johnson Co. Man Sentenced to Federal Prison

A Johnson Co. man has been sentenced to Federal prison for armed drug trafficking. According to reports, on Tuesday, during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, John Kline, 43, was sentenced to seven years in a federal prison. Back in December 2103, Kline admitted during his guilty plea, he sold Oxycodone pills to several undercover officers with the Kentucky State Police and during one transaction, Kline was said to be in possession of a loaded semiautomatic pistol. According to the plea agreement, authorities searched Kline’s residence and found hundreds of Oxycodone pills and 17 firearms.

KSP Investigating Robbery at a Pike Co. Business

On Sunday March 9, 2014 at 7:07 PM Post 9, Pikeville received a call of an armed robbery at Big Lots in the South Williamson community of Pike County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that an unidentified male entered the business, handed an employee a note that stated he had a weapon and demanded money. The unidentified male did not brandish a weapon and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The unidentified male was described as approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, medium build, wearing a dark green jacket, dark colored pants, brown jersey gloves, dark toboggan, and sunglasses. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Derek Welch. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555.

Man Charged with DUI in Fatal Pike County Crash

A Pike Co. man is dead and another in jail after a crash over the weekend in Pike Co. According to the Kentucky State Police, about 1:50 p.m. Saturday, Barry Shortridge, 45, of Mouthcard, was driving on US 460 in Feds Creek area, when he lost control of his vehicle. Troopers say Shortridge ran off the side of the road, hit a guardrail, overcorrected and crossing the center line of the road and into an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that vehicle, Terry Sawyers, of Mouthcard, died in the crash, while a passenger in Sawyers vehicle was injured and taken to Pikeville Medical Center.

Shortridge was arrested for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. He is currently being held in the Pike County Detention Center and scheduled to be back in court at a later date.

Woman Killed after Her Vehicle Ran Her Over

According to the KSP in Pikeville, one woman was killed late Tuesday, after her car ran her over. The Pike County Coroner pronounced 54 year old Roberta Ratliff dead just before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Officials says Ratliff had pulled into her pick-up into her driveway, but apparently left the truck in gear and it rolled back on top of Ratliff and pinned her underneath. No further information has been made available at this time.

Missing Eastern Ky. Man Found in Charleston

According to WSAZ and WYMT-TV, on Wednesday morning, a missing Pike Co. man was found in Charleston, W.Va. Reports indicated, 34-year-old Gary Runyon called family members about 1 a.m. informing them of his location. Family members say Runyon has some mental health issues and needs his medication. Gary said he had taken a cab to Charleston, but also said he had been out west to the Denver, Colorado area and Las Vegas, Nevada. Family members traveled to Charleston Wednesday and picked Runyon up and taking him to the doctor to be checked out.

Alcohol Sales Get Voters Approve in Olive Hill, Ky

Voters have decided to allow alcohol sales in the city of Olive Hill. According to unofficial results on Tuesday, the measure passed with 257 voting in favor of it and 206 voting against it. Turnout was said to be 39 percent -- heavier than expected by city officials. Businesses now will have to get a license to sell alcohol from the ABC administrator and the state's regulatory body. Businesses could sell packaged liquor, and restaurants that seat at least 100 customers, with 70 percent of sales coming from food, could sell alcohol by the drink. Stand-alone establishments that serve alcohol by the drink cannot serve drinks.

Careless Online? Many in KY Show "Risk Behaviors" for Fraud

People's moods and financial situations can make them more likely to fall for online scams, according to results of a survey about Internet safety from AARP. The survey identified 15 "key risk behaviors" that make people more susceptible to fraud, from clicking on pop-up ads to opening email from unfamiliar sources.

According to AARP's Doug Shadel, people are even more likely to make bad choices online when they feel isolated or are under financial stress. "I liken it to the idea of catching a cold. Germs are everywhere, right? Well, it's the same with scams. Scams are all over the Internet: some people fall for 'em, some people don't," he said. "We think that these negative life experiences can weaken your immune system, in effect, and that's what makes you vulnerable."

The Federal Trade Commission says scams that start online now make up nearly 40 percent of the fraud complaints it receives. And they're some of the toughest to prosecute, because the perpetrators often are in other countries. The AARP survey also revealed that even scam-savvy Internet users don't take enough precautions to protect themselves from fraud. Shadel said the survey posed ten simple questions about online safety, and most respondents didn't get the answers right for half of them.

"We found that something like one third of the people we surveyed had never changed their password on, like, their online banking accounts or their personal emails," he said. "And so, there's some just common-sense things people need to do to stay safe online." You can sign up at AARP.org for the "Fraud Watch Network" where you can share information and issue alerts about scams as they show up. See the report at www.aarp.org/onlinefraudWA.