Local News 4-11-2014

Pedestrian Dies in a Pike County Accident

According to the KSP in Pikeville, a Pike County woman died Wednesday night after she was hit by a car while walking down the street. Kentucky State Police report the accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Elkhorn City community of Pike County. 46-year-old Johnny Stewart was driving on Kentucky 80 when he hit 21-year-old Samantha Bennett while she was walking. Bennett died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstruction and no further information has been made available.

Ashland Woman Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charge

The Boyd County Sheriff's Department conducted an undercover drug buy Wednesday evening and arrested one woman on drug trafficking charges. Officials report the incident happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Lee Street. Undercover deputies arrested Thelma Wawi, 50, of Ashland at her home, after purchasing heroin from Wawi. Deputies then searched her home, and found additional heroin, other narcotics, drug paraphernalia and cash. Wawi is charged with felony drug trafficking. She is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.

Woman Killed After Single Car Crash in Estill County

One woman was killed Thursday evening, after a single car crash on Highway 213 in Estill County. Police say the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. and the investigation into what caused the accident remains open. Officials said a woman somehow went off the side of the road on a curve and went into a small dirt ditch which caused the car to flip. When the vehicle flipped, the woman was thrown into the road. Troopers believe she may not have been wearing her seatbelt and alcohol may be a contributing factor but they are still investigating. No other information about the driver has been released until after family has been notified.

Woman Sentenced In Stabbing Death of Wolfe County Man

A woman who police say helped kill a Wolfe County man in 2010 was formally sentenced on Thursday. Despite testimony from the daughter of murder victim Robert Bryant, the judge accepted a plea deal before Rebecca Wright's case went to trial. Wright pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. The robbery and tampering with physical evidence charges against her were dropped. She could have faced 40 years in prison had her case gone to trial. Wright's ex-boyfriend and the victim's cousin, Lloyd Bryant, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the robbery and murder. Lloyd Bryant pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the violent stabbing death of his 44-year-old cousin in 2010, with whom Lloyd was living with at the time.

Kentucky Budget Surplus Less Likely

Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus. State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year. State officials predicted Kentucky's revenues would grow 2.1 percent in the 2014 budget year that ends June 30. For that to happen, revenues must grow 3.9 percent in the next three months. Driskell said she is confident the state will meet the estimate but said a surplus is becoming less likely. Road fund revenues increased $22.8 million in March, an increase of 19.9 percent. Road fund collections must increase an additional 2.7 percent over the next three months in order to meet the estimate.     

Kentucky Gov. Signs Cannabis Oil Bill

Doctors at two university research hospitals can now prescribe oil derived from marijuana or hemp to treat patients. Gov. Steve Beshear signed SB.124 into law on Thursday. It allows doctors at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville research hospitals to prescribe cannabidiol to treat patients. Supporters note the oil has been particularly effective in treating seizures in children. In a news release, Beshear said he signed the bill into law because it only allowed the oil with the permission from a doctor at a research hospital or if someone is participating in a trial administered by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

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

Day 1 of the 2014 Premier Auto sales, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is is in the books here at WSIP. Thursday’s total tallied over $13,000 and we expect even a bigger amount today, as 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 is 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.