Local News 7-10-2014


Sheriff’s Office Searching for I.D. Thieves

According to the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. they are currently searching for two individuals wanted in connection with using a credit card at multiple locations without the consent of the rightful owner. According to Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey, the Sheriff’s office received a complaint about a “stolen” credit card from John Stapleton of Nippa. Pelphrey said that Stapleton advised him that he lost the card while working in the Mayo Plaza. The card was not cancelled and Stpaleton said whoever had the card was making purchases at several local businesses, as well as locations in the Huntington, W.Va. area. Chief Deputy Pelphrey says they do have video footage of the suspects at one of the businesses, but they are continuing to gather information. The suspects are described as a black female, approximately 5’6 to 5’8 tall with a heavyset build and the other suspect is described as a black male approximately 5’7 to 5’9 tall with a medium build. Video footage shows them in a 1990 to 1994 Blue Lincoln Town Car. The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking the public that if they have any information regarding these individuals, to please contact the JCSO at 606-789-3411. Callers can remain anonymous.

Paintsville Police Dept. Investigating Meth Lab on Mill Street.

Paintsville Police officers discovered multiple meth labs in the Mill Branch area of Paintsville late last week, while searching for individuals wanted on bench warrants. As officers were searching for the wanted individuals, they witnessed someone tossing items into the front yard of a residence. Upon investigation, Capt. Bill Holbrook found these items to be used in a “one step” meth lab. Upon investigation Capt. Holbrook and Asst. Chief Mike Rowe visited the residence were Holbrook witnessed the meth lab and found multiple bottles around the home. Search Warrants were obtained to further search the home and officers discovered multiple methamphetamine precursors and active active one-step meth labs. The KSP DESI unit was contacted to clean up the methamphetamine. Officers were not able to locate the individuals living at the location upon first discovery, but would be able to track down those responsible on Sunday, July 6. Arrested and charged with possession of meth precursors and manufacturing meth was 31 year-old Christopher Micheal Tackett and 31 year-old Jennifer Spence. They were lodged in the Big Sandy regional Detention center. Paintsville Police Dept. are continuing to investigate this incident.

Tentative Agreement Reached between Hospital and Union

It looks as if Highlands Regional Medical Center in Floyd Co. and the Union representing 207 employees of the Hospital, have avoided a potential strike, at least for now. Negotiations between HRMC and Service Employees International Union, which represents licensed practical nurses, certified nursing aides, service and maintenance workers, and other support staff, had been in contract talks for the past week and the two sides met into the late hours of Wednesday to try and come to a compromise before the deadline.

There had been several items discussed during these talks, with the main points involving health insurance and a possible freeze in wages. The hospital currently provides health insurance to their employees and their spouses, but to help save money, HRMC was proposing to eliminate spousal coverage, while at the same time doubling premiums, deductibles and total out-of-pocket costs. Both sides were able to hash out a tentative agreement that would prevent a strike by employees that could have possibly stated on Thursday. Now those employees are casting their votes to see whether or not to except the “new deal.” If the employees do not agree on the new items, the two sides will once again go into meetings and try to come up with something else that satisfies each side. HRMC officials says these new contract proposals are essential to the future of HRMC as an independent and locally owned and controlled community health care institution.

Sentencing Delayed for a Former Paintsville Doctor

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar has postponed the sentencing for a former Paintsville Dr., who pled guilty to a drug charge back in March. Dr. Rano BoFill attorney’s requested the sentencing delay, which was originally scheduled for July 14, but is now rescheduled for August 13, 2014. A telephone conference will be held on July 18 to determine if BoFill will be detained prior to the new sentencing date. BoFill pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense Oxycodone in a federal case against a former Paintsville Pain Mgmt. business.


Doctors Indicted for Illegally Prescribing Pain Medicine

Dr’s. James Dustin Chaney and Andrew Krasuski were indicted last month on charges they illegally prescribing controlled substances. The two are accused of working out of a plain clinic, Clarion Health and Wellness, in Hazard. Both have a trial date set for August 12th. According to a Lexington Herald Leader report, the state medical licensure board issued an emergency suspension order for Chaney's license on June 30th.

State Auditor Sets Public Hearings on Rural Hospitals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has set 10 hearings across the state to discuss the fiscal health of rural hospitals. Edelen's office says 45 percent of Kentucky residents receive health care at small, community hospitals and that the facilities help drive local economies. The hearings start next week in Prestonsburg and continue through Aug. 12 in Campbellsville. They kick off a study by Edelen's office to look at challenges facing small hospitals. The auditor's office is seeking financial records of dozens of rural hospitals and plans to issue a report this fall. Edelen's office says hospital administrators and staff, local elected officials, other health care providers and the public are invited. For more information, visit http://auditor.ky.gov.

Water + Rest + Shade = Survival in Extreme Heat

Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken such as drinking water frequently and resting in the shade or air conditioning. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention and can result in death. Heat is a silent killer, unlike such hazards as damaging winds or flooding, many people often don't realize they are in trouble until they need medical assistance.

Here’s some tips to help with working outside in the heat and humidity.

* Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
* Rest in the shade to cool down.
* Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
* Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
* Keep an eye on fellow workers.

Industries most affected by heat-related illness are: construction; trade, transportation and utilities; agriculture; building, grounds maintenance; landscaping services; and support activities for oil and gas operations. Remember "Water, Rest, Shade."