News 9-10-2012


Scott Ratliff-News Director

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Paintsville Police Dept. Warns of Scam

According to a news release from the Paintsville P.D. the department is currently investigating a complaint in regards to a SCAM where a citizen received two phone calls wanting him to pay taxes on large sums of money that he had won, listed below is the phone numbers : 1-876-409-3774 stating they were calling from Jamaica and wanted $350.00 sent on a green card for taxes on $850,000 he had won from Publishers Clearing House. 1-210-591-8685 stating they were calling from Texas and needed the taxes paid on a Mega Millions jackpot. The citizen did not fall victim to this and immediately notified law enforcement. Chief Steve Sluss wants to remind all citizens to be weary of calls in this nature and to report such complaints to law enforcement. This incident remains under investigation by Capt. Bill Holbrook.

Monthly Activity Report for the PPD Released

According to a news release from the Paintsville PD, the following is a monthly activity report for the month of August 2012.

Theft complaints - 26
D.U.I. - 3
Alcohol intoxication - 6
Accident without injury - 19
Accident with injury - 2
Warrants served - 33
Traffic violations - 78
Domestic disputes - 1
Burglary - 1
Assault complaints - 0
Robbery - 0
Mentally Ill complaints - 3
Disorderly conduct - 4
Alarms - 10
Dispatched calls(CAD) - 614

If there is any questions or concerns for the Paintsville P.D. Chief Sluss welcomes you to call the dept. at 789-2603 or call 911 if there is an actual emergency.

Another Robbery in Floyd Co.

Accordingto reports, the KSP in Pikeville are continuing to investigate another robbery of a gas station in Floyd Co. The Minnie BP Double Kwik is the latest target is a series of robberies that have hit Floyd and Pike counties in the past 18 days. Shortly after 3:30 a.m, Friday, Kentucky State Police in Pikeville received a report of the robbery. Troopers responded to the scene to learn that a masked man entered the store, brandishing a weapon and demanding cash. He then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Police describe the thief as white male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black mask and black gloves. KSP Det. Jason Dials is investigating the incident. Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact them at (606) 433-7711 or (800) 222-5555. No one was injured in this latest robbery.

Police Searching for Man Who Robbed Tiger Mart in Floyd Co.

A Floyd Co. store was robbed once again, earlier this week. The Exxon Tiger Mart was robbed late Tuesday night, when a man entered the store with a knife and demanded money. According to reports, the man entered the Prestonsburg Exxon Tiger Mart on U.S. 23 a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, brandished a knife and demanded money of the cashier, who complied with the man's demand. The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and also took the store’s phone, presumably so they would not be able to contact police.The man was last scene fleeing the store on foot, headed north along U.S. 23. Police say they currently do not have any suspects. They ask if anyone has any information on this robbery, to please contact them at 606-886-1010.

Lawrence Co. S.O. Find 70 Marijuana Plants

According to a news release from the Lawrence Co. S.O., on September 7, 2012 the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office went to Contrary Creek Road in the Chapman area where marijuana had been spotted growing. Upon arrival Sheriff Garrett Roberts, Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler and Deputy Chuck Jackson located approximately 70 marijuana plants growing in several plots. The majority of the plants were between 6 and 8 feet tall and already budding. The plants were cut down and destroyed. The Sheriff’s Office is examining photos and video taken from cameras that had been placed in the area. Anyone with information on marijuana grows is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 606-638-4368 and they can remain anonymous.

KSP in Morehead Investigating Motorcycle Accident

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm Kentucky State Police Morehead was notified of a two vehicle injury accident on US 60 West in Morehead, Ky. William Young of Virginia was operating a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on US 60 West in Morehead when he attempted to make a left hand turn into a private drive. While attempting to turn into a private drive MR. Young was struck by a 1999 Jeep Cherokee being operated by Kevin Morgan of Grayson, Ky. Mr. Morgan was traveling eastbound on US 60 West when he failed to acknowledge Mr. Young attempting to make a left hand turn. Mr. Morgan attempted to pass Mr. Young on the left hand side and struck Mr. Young as he was turning. Mr. Young was air lifted from St. Claire Medical Center to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Trooper Eugene Robinson, Unit 753, PHI, and Rowan County Fire and Ems responded to the scene. Incident remains under investigation by Trooper Eugene Robinson.

Michigan Doctor, 2 Others, Charged With Running Pill Distribution Ring to Eastern Kentucky

A Michigan doctor and two of his patients, suspected of operating a pill distribution ring to Eastern Kentucky, were arrested by federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials last week. Dr. Anthony Choe, 45, of Chelsea, Michigan, was arrested at his office Wednesday, September 5, on a federal indictment warrant charging him with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone. Two of Choe’s patients – 47-year-old Clarence D. Bentley and his wife, 46-year-old Kelly Bentley, both from Albion, Michigan – were each arrested at their home Thursday, September 6, on the same charge. he Bentleys, along with approximately four other individuals who have not been identified by authorities, are believed to have delivered thousands of Oxycodone pills to dealers in Pike County, Kentucky, over the past two years, according to Dan Smoot, vice president/director of law enforcement for Operation UNITE. Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) has worked with the DEA throughout the investigation. Several of the Kentucky dealers have been arrested over the course of the investigation, which began as street-level cases by Operation UNITE. A single 30mg Oxycodone pill has a street value of approximately $50, according to Smoot. All three are currently free on bond and will be required to make further court appearances at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in Pikeville.

“Road to Fame” Winner Logan Hall Walks the Country Music Highway to Raise Awareness of Coal Mining Situation in Eastern Kentucky

Logan Hall, winner of the Country Music Highway “Road to Fame” competition, will be walking one mile in each of the counties along the Country Music Highway Sept. 12 and 13, ending at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, Ky., where Logan is opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The purpose of “Logan Hall’s Walk for Awareness,” sponsored by Superior Drug Center, Community Trust Bank and Highbridge Springs Water, is to bring much-needed attention to the plight of the coal miners not just in Eastern Kentucky but all across America. Since winning the competition this past June, Logan, signed to Unbridled Entertainment, has been busy touring and spending time with Kentucky’s beloved singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall at his ranch in Nashville to record in his studio. But no matter what happens and where his career takes him, his heart is with the people of Kentucky many of whom recently lost their jobs in the mines. He is hoping to use his newfound celebrity to bring awareness to the many who are struggling desperately to provide for their families and to inspire them to never stop believing, to never lose hope. In addition to the walk, Logan Hall will also be releasing his self-penned single “Treasures from the Ground,” with a portion of proceeds being donated to Coal Mining Our Future, an organization made up of coal companies in Southeastern Kentucky with the sole purpose of keeping the people of Kentucky informed about the facts concerning coal mining. “Treasures from the Ground” will be available on Google Play on Sept. 11. 

Education Commissioner Warns Of Low Test Scores

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is warning districts to expect low scores in reading and math when the results of new state tests are revealed. In a blog post Tuesday in a newsletter for teachers, Holliday said scores will be lower in reading and math because the tests are based on benchmarks from new guidelines the state has adopted for English and mathematics. Holliday encourages the teachers not to be discouraged by the low scores, but to use them as a basis for improvement. He said the science and social studies results should be in line with past scores because that content has remained the same since 2007. Holliday said results of the new K-PREP tests will be released next month. Students took the tests in the Spring.

Lawmakers Could Get Chance To Opt Out Of Pensions

Lawmakers could get an opportunity early next year to opt out of the state's pension system. State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, has drafted a bill for consideration when the Legislature convenes in January that contains the opt-out provision for incumbent lawmakers while ending pensions for all future lawmakers. The debate over pensions has become more heated in Frankfort because of an ever-increasing shortfall that, by some estimates, could be as much as $30 billion in retirement plans covering lawmakers, teachers, judges, police officers, and other state and local government workers. Floyd said Kentucky lawmakers work only part time and, therefore, shouldn't be eligible to participate in the state's financially troubled retirement systems. A legislative task force that has been exploring potential ways to cover Kentucky's public pension shortfall will explore the idea of borrowing enough money through the sale of government bonds to resolve the crisis. The group is expected to review that option in a meeting later this month, though lawmakers appear cautious. Floyd said he's hopeful lawmakers will give his proposal serious consideration. The Pew Center for the States said in a report last week that Kentucky's pension shortfall is more than twice the amount of all revenue generated from state taxes last year. Lawmakers have been aware of the pension funding crisis for years, and have agreed to only minor modifications that have had little effect on whittling down the shortfall.