Local News 7-15-2014

One Dead, Another Injured in Accident on Mtn. Parkway

Emergency personnel in Magoffin Co. were busy Monday morning, working an accident that caused the Mtn. Parkway to be closed for nearly 4 ½ hours. The KSP, as well as the Magoffin Co. Sheriff’s Department and Magoffin Co. Rescue Squad were on scene of the fatal accident that officials say happened around 11 AM Monday Morning. The accident occurred near exit 72 on the Parkway involving a car and a truck. Along with the fatality, another person was injured, but information on the severity of the person injured or the identity of the deceased has not been released at this time.

Community Involvement Prevents a Johnson Co. Church Burglary

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on the night of Saturday, July 12th at approximately 10 PM, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call regarding suspicious activity at the East Side Freewill Baptist Church in the Thelma community of Johnson County. The caller stated that two (2) men were acting questionably, walking around the church and possibly attempting to break in. Deputy Byron Fairchild responded. Upon Deputy Fairchild’s arrival, he found Constable District 2 Bob Hyden and several members of the community were at the scene to offer assistance. Constable Hyden advised the suspects had fled the scene on foot, but had left their vehicle, a Chevy Trailblazer, behind. The perpetrators had cut the church’s air conditioning unit hoses loose from the church in an attempt to steal it.

The perpetrators had fled the scene and could not be located at the time of the incident, but a search of the Trailblazer left behind allowed Fairchild to identify two (2) suspects. They are facing charges of Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, and Attempted Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 (felony). They will also be asked to make restitution to the church. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Church Pastor Harry Frisby, Constable Bob Hyden, and the residents of Thelma for helping to halt the actions of these subjects. Sheriff Price stated, “Community involvement is vital in stopping crime in our county. We can’t do it alone.” The names of the suspects are currently being withheld pending Grand Jury Indictment. If you have any additional information on this incident, please contact Deputy Byron Fairchild or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

Anonymous Tip leads to Drugs, Arrest

According to a separate news release from the JCSO, on Sunday, July 13th, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip from a caller concerned about children that were possibly being exposed to drugs at a residence located at 3921 KY RT 40 West in Staffordsville. Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild responded. Upon the deputy’s arrival, he smelled an odor that appeared to be Marijuana coming from inside of the residence. He was granted consent from the homeowners to enter the residence and do a preliminary search. Once inside the residence Deputy Fairchild discovered an indoor marijuana grow inside of a closet, where four (4) marijuana plants were growing. Also located inside of the residence was dried marijuana, as well as assorted drug paraphernalia. Fairchild also discovered two (2) juveniles asleep in the residence.     

All subjects inside the house: Shalious Hall, Elizabeth G. Lemaster, and Kyle B. Lemaster admitted to smoking marijuana, and being under the influence of marijuana with the children inside the house. The Department of Social Services was contacted and took custody of the children. All three (3) subjects were charged with: Cultivation of Marijuana less than 5 Plants, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 2 Counts of endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The three were arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Assisting at the scene was Deputy David Pridemore and the Kentucky State Police. This case is currently under investigation by Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild. Sheriff Price urges everyone in Johnson County, if you have knowledge of any illegal activity, please contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 789-3411.

Attempted Robbery at Skeans Marathon in Prestonsburg

Prestonsburg Police Chief Mike Omerod said his department is currently investigating a robbery at the Skeans Marathon @ Bull Creek in Floyd Co. According to Chief Omerod, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning a male individual entered the store and demanded money from the cashier. The man indicated that he had a weapon, but never showed the cashier. The female cashier complied with the intruder as per store policy and gave an unknown amount of money to the man, who then fled the store on foot towards Town Branch Road in Prestonsburg. No one was injured during the robbery. The man was described as average height, last seen wearing black pants, a black mask, and a black sweatshirt with a white skeletal design.

Chief Omerod said his department is investigating this robbery and ask that if anyone has any information pertaining to this robbery, to please contact the Prestonsburg Police Department at 606-886-1010. The owners of Skeans Marathon is offering a reward in the amount of $5000.00 for information leading to the arrest, conviction and subsequent incarceration of this individual.

One Person Injured in a Motorcycle Crash

The Kentucky State Police in Morehead, received a call from Morehead City Police Dispatch requesting assistance with a single vehicle injury collision on KY 801 on Sunday, July 13th at 4:55pm. According to reports, it was determined that a man, identified as Jeffrey Warren, 53, of Morehead, was operating a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Mr. Warren was traveling northbound on KY 801 when he entered into a curve and failed to negotiate the turn. Mr. Warren struck the northbound guardrail face and slid across both lanes of traffic coming to a final rest on the shoulder of the southbound lane. Mr. Warren was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition. Mr. Warren was not wearing a helmet, the collision remains under investigation by Trooper Bryantt Furman.

Johnson Co Fiscal Ct. Minutes 7-14-2014

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Ct. met in regular session Monday, July 14 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the previous regular meeting of July 9 and a special called meetings from June 26 and July 1, 2014. The court also approved to pay the monthly bills, as well as approving to transfer $40,000 from the general fund to the jail fund.

The following are items approved on the night. The court approved an amendment from the Sheriff’s Office for unbudgeted items in the amount of $11,469.80 (KLEFPF $4,621.18 - Sale of Cruiser $1,077.77 – Mt. Comp Grant $500 – Returning a Fugitive $1,778.85 – Lake Grant $3,492). These unbudgeted items will be put into the following accounts. Office Supplies & Equipment $1,289.77 – Deputies Gross Salaries $8,113.18 – Travel Expenses $1,778.85 – Dues $53 – Postage $235, the court approved these increases.

The court also had reports on the following items, a request from Eric Ratliff with Paintsville Utilities to enter into phase 3 of the water line extension with the county. Several areas of the county have been completed and having work currently done and several areas have been approved and are awaiting approval from the State for money out of Coal Severance for completion. Judge Daniel said he would speak with the State about getting that money. The court also heard from a representative with KEKO about cheaper rates for county employee‘s health insurance. Rates are rising and the county is doing what it can by shopping around for cheaper rates that allow similar coverage. The court also discussed possible property acquisition and gave Judge Daniel permission to continue negotiations. Also Judge Daniel told the court that he was trying to see if the money the county has in reserve for industrial development funds can be transferred into the general county fund. With no further items to discuss, the court dismissed.