Local News 7-1-2014

Magoffin Judge Exec. “Doc” Hardin Appeals Recount Judgment

Magoffin County Judge Executive and candidate in the democratic judge executive primary race, Dr. Charles Hardin, has filed a notice of appeal, after Judge Kim Childers filed documents that H.B. Arnett won the May 2014 Democratic Primary for Magoffin Co. Judge Executive over Hardin. According to the Salyersville Independent, Judge Kim Childers filed a document on Thursday, June 19, stating that on Election night and in the recanvass, the election results as reported by the Magoffin County Board of Elections indicated 2,019 votes for Charles "Doc" Hardin and 2,022 votes for Haden "H.B." Arnett.

Within the findings of facts and conclusions , Childers reiterated what happened during the recount, held in court on June 13, stating the results from the voting machines of the various precincts, as well as the absentee voting machine, were all consistent with the original and recanvass totals for the judge executive primary race. Judge Childers says the court cannot direct the Magoffin County Board of Elections to issue a certificate of nomination due to the difference in the absentee vote count between the initial count on election night and the statutory recount conducted by the Court.

On Monday, June 23, attorneys James Deckard and Eldred Adams, representing Hardin, filed a notice of appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals from the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment. Without the recount results certified, currently Arnett is the democrat nominee for judge executive, as certified by the Magoffin County Board of Elections. The election materials are in the custody of Kentucky State Police.        

Floyd County Man Found Guilty of Murder and Criminal Abuse

Floyd Co. jurors reached a verdict last week in the trial of Jason Dickerson, convicting him in the death of Watson Adkins. Prosecutors say Dickerson and his wife Gladys are responsible for the 2011 death of their two-year-old nephew Watson. Jason Dickerson was found guilty of murder and four counts of criminal abuse. Prosecutors maintained throughout the case Dickerson's nephew Watson Adkins died from internal injuries caused by repeated beatings. The jury recommended a life sentence for the murder of Watson Adkins, as well as a total of 40 years for four counts of criminal abuse. Jason Dickerson will be formally sentenced July 31st. Gladys Dickerson will go on trial at a later date.

Investigation Underway into Stolen Farm Equipment in Knott County

According to the KSP, thousands of dollars in farm equipment is missing from a farm in Knott County. Reports indicate thieves stole 3 walk-behind Gravely Model L tractors from Charlie Maggard's garden on Hollybush Road in Knott Co. Police say someone cut the heavy chains that tied the tractors together and took off with them. The owner of the stolen equipment is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the stolen items. KSP asked that if anyone has any information about the theft, contact Kentucky State Police.        

Letcher Co. Deputies make BIG Drug Bust

Police in Letcher Co. say they have made the biggest drug bust in that county, $50,000 worth to be exact. Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said they had received several reports of drug activity at a residence and upon arrival on Sunday at that home, discovered drugs and synthetic drugs. Deputies arrested Russell Peaks and Lawrence Sexton in connection with the bust. Peaks has been charged with being a fugitive from another state, according to an arrest citation and Sexton is facing one count each of possession of controlled substance in the 2nd degree, possession of synthetic drugs, and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, according to another arrest citation. The Letcher Co. Sheriff’s Dept. is continuing to investigate this case and say more arrest are possible.

Hot Summer Temperatures Put Pets in Peril

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Dogs left in hot cars are an all too common summertime sight. Animal experts say it's extremely dangerous for animals, and could land their owners in hot water. Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said animals left in cars can suffer heatstroke within minutes. Temperatures can soar inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked. "The side effects of that can ultimately result in the death of the pet," said Thomas. "Other neurological and sometimes permanent situations can arise as well." Signs of heatstroke in animals include panting and seizures. Thomas said it's critical to get an overheated animal to a veterinarian as quickly as possible, and to cool them down on the way. She recommended cold, but not icy, water and compresses. Under Kentucky law, it's illegal to leave a child under the age of eight unattended in a motor vehicle. But there are no such laws pertaining to pets. But, the state driver's manual warns that a pet's life can be threatened by leaving it unattended in a hot car. Thomas agrees. "You may park your car in what you believe to be the shade," said Thomas. "By the time you get out of the store, your dog or cat may be sitting in direct sunlight. You wouldn't leave a child in the car, and pet owners really shouldn't do it with their pets." Thomas added it's important to ensure animals have access to water in the summer, as their body temperatures naturally run high. That makes them particularly susceptible to heat-related issues.

Police Issue Alert on Home Improvement Scams

State Police have issued an alert about home improvement scams. Police say they've been receiving many complaints about these scams, many of them involving unsolicited contractors who show up at your home, claiming it needs repairs. Police say you should never agree to have work done on the spot. They also suggest getting at least two written estimates from different contractors. They say you should never pay with cash and don't make a final payment until the job is finished.

BSCTC Launches Fall Enrollment Blitz

Big Sandy Community and Technical College has launched a Fall Enrollment Blitz for prospective students, featuring the website (www.go4less.bigsandy.org). On the site, students can complete an inquiry form and be entered to win an ipad air. BSCTC offers 27 programs and more than 200 credentials. The college's Go2Transfer program allows for easy transfer of credits to four year universities, while its Go2Work program allows students to earn industry-leading credentials in high-wage, high demand fields in two years or less. BSCTC will hold registration for the fall semester on August 11-12 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm each day on all of its campuses. For more information visit www.bigsandy.kctcs.edu.