Local News 7-16-2014

Accident on Parkway in Morgan Co. Sends Two to Hospital

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:35 p.m. Kentucky State Police in Morehead received a call of an injury accident at the 63 mile marker on the Bert T. Combs Parkway. Trooper Charles Bolin, Trooper Bret Kirkland, Morgan County EMS and the Morgan County Rescue Squad responded to the scene. After an investigation of the scene was completed it was determined, Brenda Boyd, age 61, of Pikeville, KY was traveling east in a 2014, Toyota Camry, on the Bert T. Combs Parkway. Mrs. Boyd attempted to overtake a vehicle when she lost control, crossing the center line colliding with Mr. Dudley Stafford, age 59, of Mt. Sterling, KY. Mr. Stafford was traveling west in a 2008, Chrysler Van. Mr. Stafford and Mrs. Boyd were transported to the Morgan County ARH Hospital. Mrs. Boyd was then air lifted by Air E-Vac, to the University of Kentucky Hospital where she is listed in stable condition. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Charles Bolin.

Police Continue Search for Robbery Suspect Who Robbed Business 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.

Bank Robbery Trial Underway in Pikeville

Testimony is underway in the trial of two men, charged with robbing a Pike County bank one year ago. Anthony Gillespie, 26, of Grethel, and Claude Isaac, 35, of Hi Hat, have been charged with robbing the U.S. Bank in Virgie (Pike Co) Nov.13, 2013. Both men face charges of 1st degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and being persistent felon offenders. KSP troopers say one of the men entered the bank, showed a weapon during and actually robbed the bank, while the other man waited outside on an in ATV. The trial started Monday in Pike County Circuit Court.

Prestonsburg Business Sues IRS

It has announced that a Prestonsburg business is suing the IRS in order to get back tax money. The lawsuit was filed last week by Prestonsburg business, Worldwide Equipment, Inc. Worldwide claims the government incorrectly classified a Mack Coal truck the company sells. Court documents indicates that the government took the truck as a highway vehicle, so federal excise taxes can come from it, but the company says the truck is exempt because it is only used for incidental highway use. The lawsuit says Worldwide is hoping to get back $2.5 million from the IRS.

Kentucky Ranks No. 4 in Painkiller Prescriptions

Powerful painkillers are a contributing factor in the rising rate of overdose deaths in the U.S., especially here in Kentucky, where officials have recommended more measures be taken to monitor painkiller prescriptions. Now the government is pointing out the states whose doctors write the most prescriptions, and Kentucky ranks fourth.

The reports are part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign to prevent deaths from prescription opioids such as Vicodin and OxyContin. Drug overdose deaths reached 41,000 in 2011, and 41 percent of them had to do with prescription painkillers. In 2012, Southern states led the list. Kentucky ranked behind Alabama, which had 143 prescriptions for every 100 people; Tennessee, and West Virginia. Southern doctors also prescribed the most antibiotics and stimulants for children. Although chronic disease rates are often higher in the South, research has shown that doesn’t explain the disparity.

To help fix the problem, officials suggest more prescription drug monitoring programs at the state level and laws to stop “pill mills,” which are offices and clinics that prescribe too many addictive medicines. In Florida, pill mills became a big issue in the last 10 years, but from 2010-2011, the state set up stricter pain clinic regulations, and police did some raids. By 2012, prescriptions for oxycodone alone fell 24 percent, and the death rate for prescription drug overdoses dropped 23 percent.

Operation School Shoe (O.S.S) this Saturday

Operation School Shoe will be held this Saturday, July 19th from 10:00-4:00 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. Operation School Shoe provides back to school shoes to Johnson County/Paintsville students who are in need. The student must be a student in Johnson County or Paintsville Independent schools and must be present & fit for their shoe by O.S.S volunteers. O.S.S is sponsored by Local churches, businesses, and private donations. For further information please call (270)-505-5487