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Local News 7-7-2014


Perry County Woman Arrested after Cutting another Woman's Neck

Reports out of Perry Co say a woman was arrested over the weekend after puncturing another woman's throat in an altercation. Police say the incident happened around 2:30 am Saturday morning along a surface mining road in the George's Branch community of Perry Co. The victim is identified as Sonya Caudill, age 25 of Viper, KY. She was taken to the Hazard ARH Emergency Room with a puncture wound to her neck after being involved in an altercation with Betty Jo Fields, age 25 also of Viper. Police found Fields walking along South Kentucky Highway 15 in the Happy Community of Perry County when they made the arrest. The motive for the attack is not know at this time and Fields has been charged with Assault First Degree.

KSP Investigating Farming Accident in Rowan Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on July 4th, 2014 at 1438 hours Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt in reference to a farming accident. Lonnie Curtis Davis, 47 of Morehead, Kentucky was operating a farm tractor on private property at 4255 Bullfork Road in Morehead when the tractor flipped and pinned him underneath. Family was notified on scene by Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt.   Trooper Keith Howard, Trooper Michael Armstrong, Detective David Zimmerman, and Sergeant Brian Evans, responded to the scene. Incident remains under investigation by Detective David Zimmerman.

Ashland Man Charged with Manslaughter in Ashland Motel Death

An Ashland man is wanted by police for in connection with the death of a man whose body was found last month in a motel room in the on Winchester Avenue in Ashland. Joe Bentley, 52, is wanted on first-degree manslaughter charges for the death of Russell Chandler, who is also 52. Chandler's body was found June 21 in a room at the Bluegrass Inn in Ashland. Police say Bentley is on the run and described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. If you have any information about where Bentley may be, you're asked to call your local 911 center or Kentucky State Police Post 14.      

One Dead, Two Injured Following a Crash in Breathitt Co

Officials in Breathitt Co. say one man was killed and two others injured following a Breathitt County crash over the Fourth of July Holiday. Police say 47 year old Felix Randolph White died at the Pikeville Medical Center as a result of his injuries. White was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Jordan White age 20. Reports indicate Jordan White lost control of his car, hit a tree, then flipped and landed on the roof. The accident happened on Miller Branch Barwick Road near the Alto Community in Breathitt Co. around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Felix White and Jordan White were both flown to Pikeville Medical Center, were Felix White died. Another passenger, 19 year old Ashley Harold was taken to Hazard ARH. The extent of Jordan White’s or Harold’s injuries have not been released. Police are continuing to investigate the cause of this accident.

Ashland Man Arraigned in Shaken Baby Case

The 20-year-old man arrested for what police say is a case of Shaken Baby Syndrome was in court last week. Joseph W. Blankenship, of Ashland, has been charged with Criminal Abuse of a child less than 12 years of age. Blankenship was arraigned on the charge during a hearing in Boyd District Court. Blankenship entered a not guilty plea and had his bond was set at $10,000. Ashland Police says Blankenship admitted to shaking his girlfriend's 2-month-old son while babysitting. Police said he told them the baby was crying and wouldn't stop. Investigators said the mother was at work when it happened. The baby remains in critical condition. Blankenship remains in the Boyd County Detention Center.

New State Laws go into Effect Soon

New state laws, approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 regular session, will go into effect on July 15. That means victims of domestic violence who want concealed carry permits for protection will find them easier to obtain. Adult care employers will soon be able to check a new adult abuse registry to see if prospective employees are listed. And some Kentucky nurses will have broader prescription writing authority.

The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature, except for general appropriation measures and those containing emergency or delayed effective date provisions. (For example, a bill to prevent electronic cigarettes from being sold to children contained an emergency clause that allowed the measure to take effect as soon as it was signed into law on April 10.) The General Assembly’s 2014 session adjourned on April 15, making July 15 the day that most laws will take effect.

Laws taking effect that day include measures the following topics:

* Acupuncture. Senate Bill 29 will require acupuncturists to be licensed.

* Adult protection. SB 98 will create an adult abuse registry to help employers in the adult care profession determine if a prospective employee has a previous history of substantiated adult abuse, neglect or exploitation.

* All-Terrain vehicles. House Bill 260 will allow an ATV operator 16 years of age or older to cross a public roadway if the speed limit is 45 miles per hour or less without protective headgear in order to get from one ATV trail to another.

* Boaters. SB 66, known as the “Boater Freedom Act,” will require boating enforcement officers to have a reasonable suspicion of violation of the state’s boating laws before boarding and inspecting a boat on Kentucky waterways.

* Bullying. SB 20 will designate October as Anti-Bullying Month and a purple and yellow ribbon as the symbol for anti-bullying awareness. The bill was the idea of students at Madison Middle School in Richmond.

* Child abuse. HB 157 will require more training for doctors on recognizing and preventing abusive head trauma among children.

* Concealed weapons. HB 128 will allow anyone who has been granted an emergency protective or domestic violence order to receive a provisional concealed carry permit in one business day. The petitioners would undergo the same background checks and application requirements as other applicants but would have up to 45 days to complete the necessary training for a full concealed carry license.

* Consumer protection. HB 232 requires businesses and other entities to notify consumers if a security breach might have resulted in the unauthorized acquisition of consumers’ personal or financial information.

* Diabetes. HB 98 will allow school staff trained by health professionals to assist diabetic students with insulin administration.

* Driver safety. HB 90 will require parents or guardians to make a court appearance when a driver under 18 is cited for a traffic violation.

* Ethics. HB 28 will tighten legislative ethics rules to prevent a lobbyist from buying food or drink for an individual legislator. It will also prevent interest groups from paying for lawmakers’ out-of-state travel and prohibits legislators and legislative candidates from accepting campaign contributions during General Assembly sessions from political action committees or organizations that employee lobbyists.

* Health care. SB 7 will broaden the prescribing authority of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

* Human trafficking. SB 184 will allow a person’s record to be cleared of a non-violent offense if a judge determines the offense resulted from being a victim of human trafficking.

* Invasive plants. SB 170 will update and expand the state’s list of invasive and noxious plants, such as kudzu and poison hemlock, targeted for eradication from roadsides and public right-of-ways.

* Jobs retention. HB 396 expands eligibility for Kentucky Jobs Retention Act benefits to include manufacturers of appliances. The legislation is expected to help GE invest up to $325 million in its Appliance Park operations in Louisville.

* Newborn health. SB 47 will require periodic reporting of health statistics relating to drug-addicted or dependent newborns.

* Road plan. HB 237 outlines the state’s $5.2 billion plan for road and bridge projects throughout the state for the next two fiscal years.

* State parks. HB 475 will allow residents near state park lodges and golf courses in counties where alcohol sales currently aren’t allowed to vote on whether by-the-drink alcohol sales should be allowed at the facilities.

* Tax zappers. HB 69 would make it a Class D felony to possess a “tax zapper,” a device that could be used on a computerized cash register to help a retailer hide sales subject to tax from tax collectors.

* Veterans. HB 337 will make it easier for veterans with applicable military experience to become licensed as an HVAC professional.

* Voyeurism. SB 225 will update the state’s voyeurism laws to outlaw a practice called “up-skirting” in which a cell phone is used to take pictures underneath a woman’s skirt without her consent.

* Wineries. SB 213 will allow Sunday alcohol sales at small farm wineries if authorized by a fiscal court vote or a local option election.Floyd Co.

Officials to Unveil Bus Crash Memorial

In February 1958, the worst bus accident in United States history took place in Floyd Co. Bus number 27 was headed towards Prestonsburg with 48 elementary and high school students on board, 26 of those students and their driver, died after their school bus plunged into the cold, muddy water of the Big Sandy River. More than 50 years after that tragic day, Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad are getting set to unveil a new memorial statue in the victims honor. 27 bricks will hang on the wall at the new swift-water rescue training center. The Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad formed right after the crash and was the first of its kind in Kentucky. The unveiling ceremony for the new memorial statue will be held during the building dedication for the new Alexander-Goble-Willis Rescue Training Center on August 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone involved said they are trying to turn possibly the worst day in Floyd County's history into something positive.

State Animal Control Board Offering Funding For Animal Shelter Construction or Improvement

The Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board (ACAB) is seeking applications for grants for animal shelter construction and improvement projects. Applicants will compete for $60,000 in grant funds. Twenty percent of the total project cost must be contributed locally. Contributions may include cash, land, and/or labor. Only county or urban-county governments may apply. An application may be submitted by one county or by multiple counties under one application. The proposed project must be on land owned by the applicant government and must be completed within one year of receipt of grant funds. Applications and more information may be downloaded from the ACAB website at www.kyspayneuter.com. The deadline for submitting an application is July 15. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For more information, contact Joyce Parman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..