Local News 4-4-2014

New Charges Added in a Floyd Co. Assault Case

More charges have been added against a Floyd County man, who is accused of assault. Shaun Brown, 31, of Martin, is charged in the March 21 assault of Clara Williams. According to the arrest warrant, Williams sustained two black eyes, bleeding on the brain, scratches, and a cigarette burn. The Floyd Co Times ads that the responding KSP Trooper Derek Coleman, added that Williams also suffered facial fractures and had been kicked. Williams was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center and later taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Prosecutors have made a motion to amend the charge of second-degree assault to one of first-degree assault, after they included unpublished details that Brown allegedly “pistol-whipped” Williams, using a .44 caliber Magnum handgun. The motion was accepted by District Judge Jimmy Marcum. The case is now being referred to a grand jury for indictment.

In a separate case, Brown is also alleged to have violated a court-issued no contact order by trying to reach Williams by phone, while he was in jail. Williams says that she did not answer, but that Brown had left a message stating that he would get “5 to 10 years” for the case and that he was sorry. Brown is currently forbidden from all phone usage at any jail until a separate hearing can be held on the matter. In response to the heightened assault charge and the allegations surrounding his violation of the no contact order, Brown’s bond has also been raised to $50,000 full cash.

In all Brown faces five counts of harassing communications. With the enhancement to first-degree assault, a class B felony, Brown now faces 10-to-20 years on the assault charge alone, instead of the 5-to-10 years that second-degree assault would carry.

Oil Spill Causes Concerns for Water Supplies in Floyd Co.

A Thursday morning oil spill in Pike Co. has caused a major concern for resident’s water supplies in Floyd Co. The spill happened just inside of Pike County at the Floyd Co. line, at Harmon’s Branch. Kinzer Drilling owns the property where the spill occurred, they said a landslide knocked a line loose from a storage tank, causing a spill of 75 barrels, or 3,150 gallons.

Officials said some oil did get into the Big Sandy River, but they believe most of it was recaptured. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett, said the spill itself should not have posed much risk to humans, but it could have cause problems for wildlife and the environment. Booms were quickly put into the river to corral the oil and try to soak it up.

Officials with the Southern Water and Sewer District in Floyd Co. shut down their intake, saying the decision was regrettable, but unavoidable, due to the impact the spill could cause to the water system. All officials say they can do right now is continue to monitor the situation and hope they contain all of the leaked oil before it travels farther down the Big Sandy River.

Pike Co. Woman Convicted of Killing Husband, Gets Parole Hearing

A Pike Co. woman, convicted of killing her husband by poisoning him with antifreeze back in 1998, is set to appear before a parole board to find out if she will get out of prison early or remain in custody. 47-year-old Alissa Rose Damron is currently behind bars at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley. Damron was found guilty in 1998 of killing her husband, Danny K. Damron, who was killed in 1997. Police say Danny Damron drank more than a half-cup of antifreeze during a two-week period leading up to his death. Damron was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. She was originally eligible for parole in 2009, however the board deferred the decision for five years.

Former Harlan Teacher Arrested on Child Porn Charges

A child porn case has landed a former Harlan teacher behind bars. According to a Kentucky State Police investigation, Kevin Crider 41, a former Harlan Middle and High school teacher, was arrested and charged with eight counts of distribution of obscene matter to minors, fifteen counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, and one count of using an electronic device to entice a minor. State police executed a search warrant at his home in Evarts during the arrest, seizing computers and other electronic devices from his home. Bond for Crider is $150,000 full cash. He is being held in the Harlan County Detention Center. State police say Crider, 41, resigned in February from his job in the school district.

Bus Accident Investigation Underway in Morgan Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call for service from West Liberty Police Department, in reference to a two vehicle non-injury collision on KY 1162 in West Liberty, Kentucky involving a school bus. Trooper Brett Kirkland responded to the scene. Jonathon Patton, 21 of West Liberty, was operating a 2009 International school bus and was attempting to turn around when he backed into a parked utility truck. Mr. Patton nor any of the students on the school bus sustained any injuries. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Brett Kirkland.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.