Local News 4-9-2014

Evidence Gathered in a Lawrence Co Death Investigation. Looks Suspicious

Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation about a man’s mysterious death. The body of Brandon M Burnett, 30 of Denton, Ky in Carter County was found on a logging road just off of Cains Creek Road in the Blaine area of Lawrence County on Monday, March 31. Officials are saying the death looks very suspicious. Burnett’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, but the results did not show any signs of trauma to Burnett’s body.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff Garrett Roberts said they found shoe and tire tracks in the mud where the body was located, he added the only people who regularly travel the dirt road are workers with a gas and oil company, who found Burnett's body. Officials are waiting for the results of the toxicology test to help in determining the cause of death and whether drugs might have been involved. The Sheriff's Office is following up on leads reference to who Mr. Burnett was with prior to his death. Anyone with information as to how Burnett's body got to the location is asked to contact the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office 606-638-4851 or Lawrence County 911.

Investigation Underway in a Deadly Shooting in Floyd County

According to a news release from the KSP on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:15 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a shooting complaint in the Bypro community of Floyd County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and upon arrival Troopers located 43 year old Rodney Mullins of Melvin, Kentucky deceased from gunshot wounds. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. Tyler Shehan 23 years old of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Murder and four counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.

Ex-Judge Facing Sentencing in Vote Fraud Case in Clay Co.

A former eastern Kentucky judge is scheduled for sentencing after pleading guilty to charges alleging wide spread vote fraud in eastern Kentucky. Former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle is set to face U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell on Tuesday in federal court in Lexington. Maricle pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to control local politics by means of vote fraud. Seven other people have also entered guilty pleas in the case that involved using the county Board of Elections in an effort to buy or steal votes in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last year overturned the convictions of the group after determining that a jury heard evidence it shouldn't have during a trial.

June Trial Set For Man Charged With Online Threats

A trial date has been set for a Kentucky man charged with threatening to kill the state's governor, first lady and their family in a series of Facebook postings. U.S. District Judge scheduled 22-year-old William Collin Bordt of Lexington to face a jury on June 5 in Lexington. Bordt has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Federal agents believe Bordt may have also posted threats to a former employer and a political figure in South Carolina. Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Romagnoli wrote in an affidavit that Bordt posted "Your both dead if he doesn't step down" and other messages on the governor's Facebook page. Kentucky State Police arrested Bordt in March.

New Report Shows Kentucky Rates Low for “Well-Being”

A new report shows Kentucky is one of the worst states for well-being in the nation. The survey, by Gallup Organization and Healthways, ranked the bluegrass 49th in the perception of well-being. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and other state leaders have been working to turn around these numbers and several new initiatives to help improve areas where Kentuckians suffer most.

The survey looks at emotional and physical health, behavior that affects health, job satisfaction, access to basic needs and outlook on life for Kentuckians. For years, the state has struggled in these areas, especially here in Eastern Ky. With the coal industry dwindling, many agree the region needs a new strategy to help local economies in the mountains. In December, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region imitative was created to help find ways to expand and diversfi an economy that’s depended on coal for decades. Another is ‘kyhealthnow’ created in February, which unites state government cabinets along with public and private groups to improve the overall health of Kentuckians within the next five years.

The goal is to cut smoking and obesity rates, reduce the number of people without health insurance as well as the number of kids with untreated dental problems and cut down on the number of deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease and drug overdoses. Kentucky has ranked 49th each year, except for 2008 (when the index began) when it was ranked 48th. To view the full report or for more information about SOAR, kyhealthnow or kynect, click the attached links.

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).

Deadline to Register to Vote is April 21

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 20 Primary Election is Monday, April 21. County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 21. Grimes also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:

To be eligible to vote, you must:

1. Be a U.S. citizen,
2. Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,
3. Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election,
4. Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights,

5. Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent”
6. Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

· Minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the General Election on November 4, 2014, are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary; however, they are not eligible to vote in special elections until they are 18 years old.

· Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 21, 2014. Pursuant to KRS 116.025(6), individuals who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

· Changes in party affiliation for the 2014 Primary Election were due by December 31, 2013. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the May Primary ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after December 31, 2013, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.

· Under the Secretary of State’s recently established Address Confidentiality Program, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can register and update their registration while keeping their names and addresses out of publicly available voter records.

You can check your current registration status on the Voter Information Center, https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp. To obtain a registration card or for more information about registering to vote, visit www.elect.ky.gov or contact your county clerk or the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100. To learn more about the Address Confidentiality Program, visit www.sos.ky.gov.

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.

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

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is now just one day away, here at WSIP. Beginning 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.