LOCAL NEWS

Local News 12-3-2012

Local Law Enforcement Officials Investigating False Insurance Salesman Incidents

According to the PPD, all citizens need to be alert concerning a number claims of citizens saying there are people going aroud claiming to be insurance salesmen coming door to door, then committing crimes against the citizens. Officials say they have interviewed several people and have description of these individuals and have obtained two licence #s and are following up on those. PPD ask the public that if you have any information concerning these incidents, DO NOT HESITATE to call law enforcement at these numbers : 911, 789-3411, 789-2200 or 789-4221. Paintsville Police and Johnson County Sheriff's Office can be reached at the numbers listed. Officials say last year, a similar incident happened in the Cross Creek community. Upon locating the individuals, it was proven that they were representing a security company and selling systems. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

KSP Activity Reports

The Following are news releases from the KSP

* On Saturday December 1, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a two vehicle accident on U.S. 23 in the Ivel community of Floyd County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that Peggy Case 53 years old of Prestonsburg, Ky. was traveling South on U.S. 23 in a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix when she lost control of her vehicle, overcorrected and crossed the median and traveled into the Northbound lanes of U.S. 23. Case's vehicle was then struck by a 2007 Suzuki SUV operated by Carl Ray Johnson of Kite, Ky. Peggy Case and her passenger, a 16 year old juvenile of Prestonsburg, Ky. were pronounced deceased at the scene by Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson. Johnson and two passengers in his vehicle were transported to Pikeville Medical Center for their injuries. This accident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Jonathan Dixon. Trooper Dixon was assisted on scene by KSP Trooper David Watkins, Sgt. Chris Hollon and Betsy Layne Fire Department.

* On Thursday November 29, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a possible D.U.I. complaint on U.S. 23 traveling Northbound.  Kentucky State Police Trooper Jamie Rose located and observed the vehicle. Tpr. Rose activated his emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop. As Tpr. Rose approached the vehicle the operated accelerated and pulled onto U.S. 23 Northbound fleeing the area. Trooper Rose and Tpr. Marcum then attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle which led to a eight mile pursuit. Sgt. Chris Hollon and Detective Jimmy Anderson responded to the area to assist in trffic control. As the fleeing vehicle approached Sgt. Hollon and Det. Anderson, the operator lost control of the vehicle striking the ditch on the Northbound shoulder of U.S. 23. The operated identified as 30 year old Gary Fletcher of Jacksonville, Florida. and three passengers fled the scene on foot. Fletcher and his three passengers were later located in the area. Gary Fletcher was transported to Pikeville Medical Center for injuries he sustained in the automobile accident where he was treated and released. Fletcher was then lodged in the Pike County Detention Center for 1 count of Operating a motor vehicle under the influence and 1 count of Fleeing or Evading Police. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Tpr. Jamie Rose.

* On Thursday November 29, 2012 The Kentucky State Police in Ashland received a tip of suspected drug usage at a residence on Josephine Lane in Danleyton , KY. Upon trooper’s arrival, they located numerous illegal items in the residence.  A small quantity of unspecified pills, marijuana and numerous types of drug paraphernalia were located in the residence.  During the course of the investigation it was determined that a juvenile and elderly female were being cared for at the residence. The following individuals were arrested; charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree.  Both were lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center .
Earl R. Jenkins, age 46 of Danleyton , KY
Jo E. Jenkins, age 35 of Danleyton , KY
The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Nathan Carter.

Meth Bust in Olive HIll, 7 People Arrested 

Seven people are now facing charges after police made a major meth bust. The Olive Hill Police Department along with the FADE Drug Task Force made the arrests late Friday night. Officers say when they responded to a house on Chili Street in Olive Hill two meth manufacturing labs were found along with methamphetamie, hydrocodone and marijuana. A loaded firearm was also seized. Jack D. Binion,33, Timmy Oakley, 48, Natasha Parsons, 23, Philip Johnson, 27, Krista Binion, 32, Sarah Terry, 35, and Eric Barker, 36, all of Olive Hill were arrested. Police say 22 charges were filed total. All suspects have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Police say this is Jack Binion's second time being charged with manufacturing meth, which is a Class A felony. The case remains under investigation.

KDE Possibly Could Take Over Breathitt Co. School District

The Breathitt County School District has been plagued with financial, legal and personnel issues recently. In the past year alone, the district has changed superintendents three times but the district could be under state control very soon. The findings of a new state audit could have a huge impact on the future of the district. “Districts become state-managed if there seems to be a pattern of problems in the district relative to management,” says Lisa Gross with the Kentucky Department of Education. After conducting an audit, State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said there was a “lack of efficiency and effectiveness in the governance and administration of the school district.” Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Education conducted a management audit of the school district. After interviewing 78 employees, they found there was a great want for change within the district. If the district becomes state-managed, all aspects of the school district will be handled by the Chief State School Officer instead of the local school board or superintendent. Next Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education will meet to decide whether the district will formally be named a state-managed district.

Beshear Expects Good Relationship With Senate

Plagued by strained relations with the former Republican leader of the state senate, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Friday he expects a better rapport now that a new GOP leader is in place. Beshear told reporters Friday he's "excited" about the prospects for collaboration. The Senate's GOP majority earlier this week elected Robert Stivers of Manchester as president to replace David Williams of Burkesville. Beshear had enticed Williams out of the Legislature by offering him a judicial appointment in southern Kentucky. Beshear and Williams had a long history of political confrontations that grew worse after the two faced off in last year's gubernatorial race. Stivers' promotion to Senate president left open the job of majority floor leader. Republican Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown was elected to that post. Beshear and Thayer had worked closely earlier this year in an unsuccessful push to legalize casino-style gambling in Kentucky. Stivers pledged after his election on Tuesday to have an open dialogue with Democratic leaders, including Beshear. Senate President Pro Tem Katie Kratz Stine was unopposed for re-election to her leadership post. GOP senators also elected Brandon Smith of Hazard as whip and Dan Seum as Republican caucus chairman. Williams, an anti-gambling lawmaker, had led the Senate for more than a decade. He had been a hindrance to Beshear on some of his top legislative priorities, including a push to lift a constitutional ban on casinos. Beshear has a record of appointing anti-gambling Republicans to more lucrative government positions to get them out of the Senate. Beshear said Friday he and lawmakers have much to accomplish in the upcoming legislative session, which begins on Jan. 8. He said he wants the Legislature to take up reforms of the state's tax code and pension system.