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Case to be Presented Today against a Magoffin County Woman Accused of Murder

Investigators are scheduled to present their case today, against a Magoffin County woman accused of murder. According to the Kentucky State Police, investigators say Marie Minix stabbed her boyfriend Roy Prater in the leg, which severed an artery. The incident took place Saturday, March 29 on Rt 40 at Prater’s home in the Falcon Community of Magoffin Co. Minix pleaded not guilty last week. She faces a murder domestic violence charge. Right now police do not know a motive. Kentucky State Police Detective Tony Tackett is the lead investigator.

Six-Year-Old Dies after Crash in Pike County

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Thursday April 3 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a two vehicle accident with injuries on U.S. 460 in the Shelbiana community of Pike County. Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstructionist Tpr. Bryan Layne responded to the scene. Information obtained at the scene indicates that Katherine J. Kilgore of Ashcamp, Kentucky was traveling West on U.S. 460 when she came up on a stopped vehicle in the Westbound lane. Kilgore attempted to avoid the stopped vehicle, crossed the centerline into the Eastbound lane of U.S. 460, striking a Eastbound vehicle operated by Dedra Fouts of Virgie, Kentucky. Dedra Fouts and one of the passengers in her vehicle were transported to Pikeville Medical Center for their injuries. A third person in Fouts vehicle (Kyla Fouts) was air lifted to Johnson City Medical Center for her injuries. Kyla Fouts would succumb to her injuries on Friday was at Johnson City Medical Center. Kilgore was also transported to Pikeville Medical center for her injuries. This accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstructionist Tpr. Bryan Layne.

Two Suspects Identified in Meth Fire in Floyd Co.

The identities of two suspects have been identified following a methamphetamine lab explosion in Floyd Co. According to the Floyd Co. Times, last Monday, Prestonsburg Fire Department were called to the scene of an outbuilding fire at 1663 Town Branch Road. The fire reportedly began after neighbors described hearing an explosion, and a second explosion occurred as firefighters worked on the blaze.

Police officers and firefighters discovered “four or more” precursors to the manufacture of meth at the scene and obtained statements that the outbuilding contained an active meth lab that had exploded during the night. The outbuilding was adjacent to a mobile home on the property, where 6 people, including a small child and a pregnant 16-year-old, were sleeping at the time. Firefighters were able evacuate the family and put out the blaze before it spread to the home.

A total of three people were arrested at the scene, but only two of the names have been released at this time. Arrested were Amber A. Coots, 25, and Emil J. McDonald, 25, both of whom live at the address where the fire took place. Each was charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, 13 counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. Both were jailed under $25,000 cash bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Two Perry Co. Deputy Jailers Released from Home Incarceration

Two deputy jailers facing manslaughter charges have been released from home incarceration. Damon Hickman and William Howell were released last week. The two are accused of beating inmate Larry Trent last year at the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. The Perry County coroner listed the cause of death of the inmate, Larry Trent, as a homicide. Trent, 54, was found unconscious in July 2013 at the jail. He had been restrained during a fight with guards and died a short time later at a nearby hospital. 36-year-old Damon Hickman and 57-year-old William Howell were both indicted by a grand jury for manslaughter. Their trial was continued again until September 22.

Ky. Bans E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved. The Senate gave the bill final approval last week. It will become law unless Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes it. Minors are already banned from buying tobacco products in Kentucky. This bill updates that ban to include electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes, except they are battery powered and the person inhales a vapor instead of smoke. The ban would prohibit anyone under 18 from buying, possessing or using electronic cigarettes.

Applications Are Being Taken for 3 New Board Members for BSCTC

Nominations for three board members for the Big Sandy Community and Technical College board of directors are being accepted. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says applications are due by noon EDT April 11. Information from the applications will be presented to the school's Nominating Commission at its upcoming meeting. The open positions were created by expired terms. An application is available at http://www.governor.ky.gov/office/boards.htm or by contacting Cindy Cannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (502) 564-2611.

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.