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Local News 9-17-2012

A Johnson Co. Mother Pleads Guilty in Death of Her Child

A Johnson County mother says she is guilty of reckless homicide in the death of her infant. Heather Stambaugh made the plea Thursday. Her five-month old son, Draven, died from an overdose of Benadryl and a muscle relaxer. Earlier in the year, a jury also found Stambaugh's mother guilty of complicity to manslaughter.

Breathitt County Man to Serve 4 Months in Federal Prison

A Breathitt Co. man, who pleaded guilty in a vote buying scheme, will spend four months in federal prison followed by four months of home detention. Darrell Raleigh admitted that former Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Arch Turner asked him to run for office in the May 2010 primary. He said in a court document that he got several thousand dollars and used it to buy votes. Arch Turner also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month.

Missing Morehead State University Student Found

Emergency management officials in Rowan County say rescue crews located a missing Morehead State University student early Friday morning. Officials say 20-year-old Robert Vander-Laan went into the woods near Eagle Lake Thursday evening while it was still light out. Although familiar with the area, he got lost when it got dark outside. Friends got very concerned when the student's cell phone died. Several rescue teams fanned out in the woods and two boats deployed in the lake. Rescuers found the student in a deep ravine when he heard them yelling his name and responded. Vander-Laan was not hurt in the ordeal. His cell phone apparently went dead because he was using it as a flashlight.

Pike Co. Officials Suspect Arson in Fires of Abandoned School Building

Officials in Pike Co. have been busy investigating 2 seperate fires at an old school building in Pike Co. The old Turkey Creek school has been sitting empty for seven years and has been vandalized on several different occasions. During the last week officials say the building has been intentionally set on fire twice in the past week and they say enough is enough. People living near the school say the way it is being vandalized scares them and think the building needs to go. Members of the Turkey Creek VFD have responded to thes fires during the past week and at least 7 different times in the past and they expect this will not be the last time they are called to the school. Officials say there used to be gates to try to keep people off the property, but those have been taken too.

State Personnel Board Clears House Floor Leader Adkins

The State Personnel Board has concluded that House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins did nothing improper in writing a letter recommending a prison worker for a job promotion. The worker, Charles Pennington of Sandy Hook, will lose the promotion because the board found that the Department of Corrections didn't follow appropriate policies in appointing him to the position of operations manager at the Little Sandy Correction Complex. The Personnel Board ordered Friday that the job be reposted. Pennington can reapply, as can others, including Hershel Adkins, who filed a complaint with the Personnel Board alleging the hiring process was flawed. Hershel Adkins charged in his complaint that Rocky Adkins, no relation, had unduly influenced the selection process by writing a letter of recommendation for Pennington.

Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says this week is Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week, and volunteers from the more than 800 groups that participate in the program will be out cleaning up their stretches of roadway. The cabinet, which established the program in 1988, spends about $5 million and 200,000 workers hours annually to remove 96,000 bags of litter from the state's roadsides. The agency says volunteers clean some 5,100 miles of roadside every year