Local News 7-9-2014

Gas Leak Causes Evacuations for a Short Time in Louisa

Emergency crews in Louisa were busy Tuesday after city workers accidentally cause a gas leak. Reports indicate the leak happened on Tuesday morning when the workers ruptured a gas line on Franklin Street. The evacuations took place at the following locations:

West Franklin Street from South Lock Avenue to South Water Street
West Powhaten Street to South Water Street
South Lock Avenue from Madison Street to West Powhaten Street
South Main Cross Street from Madison Street to West Powhaten Street
South Water Street from Madison Street to West Powhaten Street

The leak was stopped by Columbia Gas workers, who made repairs to the line in the early afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Accident Leads to DUI Arrest in Floyd Co.

A two-car accident on U.S. 23 near the Tiger Mart in Floyd Co. on Monday, sent two people to the Hospital and one in handcuffs. According to the Floyd Co. Times, Police responded to a call of an accident involving a Toyota Tacoma pickup and a Chevrolet Cobalt. Officials say the Tacoma pulled out of a side road and onto U.S. 23 in the southbound lane, causing the collision. One occupant from each vehicle was sent to the hospital for their injuries, but none of these injuries were thought to be severe. Upon investigation, Prestonsburg Police officers decided to give the driver of the Tacoma a field sobriety test, then arresting the unidentified man on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officer John Howard with the Prestonsburg Police is continuing to investigate this accident.

Morehead Man Airlifted from Accident Scene

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 5:59 a.m. Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead responded to a single vehicle injury accident at the 12 mile marker on US 60 East in Morehead. Barry P. Hinton, age 33, of Morehead was traveling west in a 2000 Chevy Impala when he dropped off the right shoulder struck a concrete culvert and a tree causing the vehicle to overturn on the right shoulder. Barry P. Hinton was airlifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Keith Howard.  

Names Released in Fatal Crash in Carter County

A car crash in Carter Co. Monday night, claimed the life of a 70-year-old man. The accident happened Monday night on Grahn Road near Olive Hill. According to Carter County Coroner, George Sparks, the victim was Richard Mullins. Mullins was pronounced dead at the scene around 9:30 p.m. The Carter County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate the accident.

KSP Continuing to Investigate a Shooting in Pike Co.

The KSP in Pikeville are continuing to investigate a shooting that took place Monday July 7. Troopers received a call of a shooting complaint in the Stopover community of Pike County around 4 am Monday morning. Trooper Jason McClellan responded to the area and located four individuals with gunshot wounds, three men and one woman. They are not calling anyone victims or suspects just yet as the investigation continues. All four individuals were airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center for their injuries. Kentucky State Police Post 9 Detectives are still conducting their investigations. Names of the parties involved are not being released at this time due to ongoing investigation.

Highlands Regional and Union Officials Approach Critical Deadline in Contract Negotiations

Time is almost up in reaching a new contract between Highlands Regional Medical Center and a union, representing 207 of its employees. The hospital and Service Employees International Union, which represents licensed practical nurses, certified nursing aides, service and maintenance workers, and other support staff, have been trying to negotiate a new contract for over a month, but today is the deadline in reaching a new deal, or the union will issue a 10-day strike notice. Several items have been discussed between the two sides, but indications suggest they are far apart of coming to an agreement. Representatives for the union say they are fighting to protect workers from a hospital proposal she said would result in an “astronomical cost” for health insurance, while also freezing wages.

The hospital currently provides health insurance to their employees and their spouses, but HRMC is proposing to eliminate spouse coverage, while at the same time doubling premiums, deductibles and total out-of-pocket costs. Employees of the Hospital say they want to work, but are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect themselves from the hospital’s demands. Union reps say the hospital’s proposed cuts to employee benefits are too severe, but the hospital counters that it must reduce costs to remain competitive and cope with financial stress. The two sides are scheduled to resume talks today, but if no deal is reached by the end of today, the union could issue a strike notice as early as Thursday.         

Three Federal Case Appeals Cost Tax Payers

The process to appeal three federal cases by the state is costing tax payers a hefty price. A spokesperson for the Governor's office says a state contract currently pays attorneys $125 an hour. Of the three cases being appealed involve two gay-marriage rulings. Just last week, a federal judge ruled a state-wide ban is unconstitutional. The same judge ruled earlier this year, the Commonwealth must recognize same sex marriages from other states. Already Kentucky has dished out 68,000 dollars to pay attorney's working on the state's appeal.