Local News 2-18-2013

Woman Wounded, Man Arrested in Johnson County Shooting

Police are continuing their investigation of a Johnson County shooting. The incident happened at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday near the Pineview Trailor Ct. in Paintsville  According to the Kentucky State Police, they say Jeffery Irvin, 43, of Paintsville fired a weapon into a residence, striking a female who was inside. The female was transported to Saint Mary's Medical Center for her injuries. Last report received by WSIP News is that the female, whose name has not been released, continues to be listed in critical condition. Irvin was arrested and held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on one count of first-degree assault. Police are still investigating a possible motive.

KSP Searching For Pike Co. Inmate, Who Walked Away From Work Detail

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Thursday February 14, 2013 Post 9 Pikeville received a call from Pike County Detention Center advising that 24 year old inmate Jeremiah Young was on work release and had walked away during his scheduled work release. Young was last seen wearing green pants with inmate written on them. Young is described as 6' tall, 160 pounds, Brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jeremiah Young is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711 OR 1-800-222-5555. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Jamie Rose.

KSP Investigating a Floyd Co. Accident

In a seperate news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Friday Febuary 15, 2013, KSP Post 09, Pikeville received a 911 call of a two vehicle collision involving a commerical vehicle and pickup truck on US 23 in the Harold community of Floyd County. Preliminary investigation indicates that Clarence E. Hayes was operating a 1997 Green Ford F-150 when he attempted to turn right onto US 23 southbound.  Hayes alledgedly pull in the path of a 2004 Peterbuilt driven by Glenn T. Hollyfield. Hayes’ vehicle came to final rest over the embankment on the Northbound lane. Both Southbound and Northbound lanes remand open during the investigation. Hayes was transported to Pikeville Medical Center for his injuries. Sergant Keith Justice, Trooper John Dixon and Officer Todd Mattingly were assisted on scene by Betsy Layne Fire Department and Trans Star Ambulance Service.The collision remains under investigation by Officer Todd Mattingly.

Murder Charges Could Be Brought Against Accused Shooter

A Perry Co. grand jury says there's enough evidence to take an accused killer to trial. According to the Hazard Herald, Dalton Stidham was indicted on three counts of murder. Police say he opened fire on a car parked at the Hazard Community and Technical College last month killing three people. He's being held in the Leslie County Jail without bond and is expected to be back in court this week.

Search Continues For a Wanted Powell Co. Woman

Police in Powell Co. are continuing their search for a woman indicted for allegations of abuse, even forcing a mentally handicapped woman to eat dog food.  She's earned the nickname "Runnin' Ruby," but her real name is Ruby Richardson and she's been avoiding Powell County deputies for more than a week. Powell Co. Deputies say Richardson is dangerous and though they've gotten dozens of tips about where she could be, but have yet to find her. Officials beleive she's probably close by, or maybe even in nearby Montgomery County, Clark County or Wolfe County. The chief deputy in Powell Co.tried to arrest Ruby  February 6 at her home, the day after she was indicted, but found her house empty, cleaned out, and Ruby was gone. The Powell Co. S.O. say's that is Richardson doesn't turn herself in by Wednesday, he'll contact the US Marshal.

Nine People Indicted For Defrauding Medicaid And Social Security Benefit Programs

Nine people have been charged with fraudulently collecting money and benefits from federal and state assistance programs, for more than a decade in some cases. A federal grand jury in Covington returned seven indictments last week charging a man and seven women from Carter, Boyd, Lawrence, Morgan and Bracken County with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fraud and health care fraud. An additional man was charged only with making false statements related to alleged fraud and one of the women was also charged with aggravated identity theft. According to the indictments, the defendants fraudulently obtained benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Medicaid by concealing and intentionally failing to disclose their true living arrangements and financial resources. The indictments allege that over the course of years, many of the defendants told SSA agents that they had divorced or separated from their spouses, when in fact they were living together and sharing living expenses. Had SSA known the defendants' true living arrangements and financial resources, the defendants would have been ineligible for SSI and Medicaid benefits, or their eligibility would have been reduced greatly. SSI is a cash assistance program designed to provide financial assistance to disabled and elderly people who have little or no income or resources. Based on an agreement between Kentucky and the SSA, Kentuckians who are eligible for SSI also qualify for Medicaid coverage. The investigation was conducted by the SSA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Nasson represents the U.S. Attorney's Office in this case. A date for the defendants to appear in court has not yet been set. If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison for the SSI charge and 10 years on the health care fraud charge.

Keeneland Hopes to Buy a Floyd Co. Racetrack

Although nothing is official, racing officials with Keeneland released a statement saying they filed a non-binding letter of intent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to acquire the assets of Appalachian Racing, Inc. which includes Thunder Ridge Raceway in Floyd Co. No further details have been provided.

Operation UNITE Installs a Medication Drop Boxes in Area Counties to Collect Unwanted Medications

To make it easier for citizens to dispose of their expired or unwanted medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – medication drop boxes are available throughout the Fifth Congressional District in conjunction with police agencies and local governments. These collection sites are available to citizens during regular operating hours of the host agencies. Since October 1, 2012, UNITE has collected 257 pounds of medications from these drop boxes. Please remove all identifying labels from prescription pill bottles. Currently liquid medications are not accepted at these locations.
As of February 17, 2013, medication drop boxes are located at the following area locations:

Floyd- Prestonsburg Police Department
Johnson - Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Paintsville
Magoffin - Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office, Salyersville
Morgan - Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
Pike - Pikeville Police Department

These medication drop boxes were purchased with grant funding through CADA. CADA meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Floyd County Health Department. Next week’s meeting will feature guest speaker Linda Spurlock from Mountain Comprehensive Care Center. For more information on the med drop offs, or the location of every box in 5th congressional district, visit the www.operationunite.org.