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Local News 4-8-2014


JCSO Make Multiple Weekend DUI Arrest

According to a news release from the JCSO, on the morning of Sunday April 6th at approximately 4:30 AM while on patrol, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild observed a 1999 Blue Ford F-150 truck swerving into the white lines and hitting the breaks rapidly on US23. Deputy Fairchild performed a traffic stop. Fairchild determined through field sobriety testing and observation that the driver of the truck, 48 year old Bert Bentley of Inez, appeared to be operating the motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. It was determined through further investigation that Bentley was operating on a suspended driver’s license. Bert Bentley was arrested and charged with: DUI, Operating on a Suspended License, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Registration Receipt, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. Bentley was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

In a separate news release from the JCSO, on the night of Sunday April 6th at approximately 8:30PM, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild was patrolling US23 near the Lawrence County line when he observed a blue van speeding into Johnson County. Upon traffic stopping the van at the Cardinal Country Mart in Lowmansville, Fairchild determined through field sobriety testing and observation that the driver of the van, 42 year old Jack Chandler of Paintsville, appeared to be operating his motor vehicle under the influence of both alcohol and drugs. Open beer containers and marijuana cigarettes were found on Chandler’s person and inside of the vehicle. It was determined through further investigation that Chandler did not have a driver’s license. Chandler was arrested and charged with: DUI, Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, No Driver’s License, Speeding, and Failure to Wear Seat Belts. Chandler was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Teen Hit by Car in Rowan County

According to reports out of Rowan Co., Police say a teen was hit by a car early Monday morning. Reports indicate the 15-year-old girl got out of her parent's car and was attempting to cross the street, when a car coming in the opposite direction hit her. Police says the parent noticed the car approaching and tried to blow the horn, but the car didn't slow down. The teen was taken to the hospital for observation, but is expected to be OK. No charges have been filed against the driver. This incident remains under investigation.

Boyd Co. Assault Charge Dismissed after Immigration Agents Pick Up Suspect

Here’s an update to a story we had from last week. An assault charge has been dropped against a man accused of getting into a fight with a co-worker at a restaurant in Boyd Co. The fight took place on March 27 in the parking lot of El Colonial Mexican Restaurant. Police said the incident began as horseplay when Marcelino Pacheo Pedro, 21, was hit in the head with a broom handle, by David Ortiz, 24, who was arrested and charged with assault. The manager of the restaurant said the incident happened after the men got off work.

Russell Police now say the assault charge against Ortiz has been dropped because Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took Ortiz into custody. If he returns to the area, all charges will be reinstated.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. Also remember the only times you can burn outdoors is 6 PM – 6 AM. No burning after 6 AM and no burning before 6 PM and you need to be 150 FT away from any woodland area. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon gets underway later this week at WSIP. This Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.