Local News 2-19-2013

JCSO Has Collected More Than 40 Pounds of Drugs

According to WYMT V, the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept.reported they have collected more than 40 pounds of marijuana and prescription pills. As part of Operation Unite's Pill Dragon Campaign, the Sheriff's Office continues to encourage folks in the county to get unwanted and unneeded drugs out of their homes. Officials say many folks bring in medicines from loved ones who died or drugs they want out of the reach of children. Johnson County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey says, "No questions asked, bring it in and drop it off, and we bring it back here and secure it until Operation United does a pill burn." Officials will be conducting their next pill burn this Friday.

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

KSP in Pikeville are continuing their search for an inmate, who walked away from a work detail with the Pike Co. Jail. The Pike County Detention Center told KSP in Pikeville, 24 year old Jeremiah Young was on work release on Thursday February 14 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 Armed Robbery in Floyd Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Saturday February 15, 2013 at 10:32 P.M. Post 9 Pikeville received a call of an Armed Robbery at V.I.P. Fuels in the Grethel community of Floyd County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that an unidentified male entered the business wearing a ski mask and a blue hooded shirt. The unidentified male brandished a weapon, demanded cash from the clerk and then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The unidentified male was described as approximately 5'6'' tall. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Kevin Newsome. Anyone with information is asked to contact KSP Post 9, Pikeville at 1-800-222-5555 or (606) 433-7711.

Accident in Magoffin Co. Monday, Leaves One Person Dead

In a seperate news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Monday February 18, 2013 at 4:58 A.M. Post 9 Pikeville received a call a single vehicle accident on Ky 114 in Magoffin County. Kentucky State Police Trooper Jimmy Stratton resonded to the scene, information obtained at the scene indicates that 31 year old Rodney Humphery of Salyersville, Ky. was traveling East on Ky 114 when he lost control of his vehicle. Humphery's vehicle exited the right side of the roadway, entered the ditch and overturned. Humphery was pronounced deceased at the scene by Magoffin County Deputy Coroner Brian Parker. The accident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Jimmy Stratton.

Monday Morning Accident in Morgan Co., Woman Flown From Scene

In a seperate news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 5:42 a.m. K.S.P. Post 8, Morehead received a report of a two vehicle injury accident on KY7 near Wrigley in Morgan County. Trooper Royse Collett responded to the accident scene. Betty Salyers, age 59, of Sandy Hook was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Impala south on KY7 when she struck a 2002 International rollback operated by Sammy Lewis, age 61, of West Liberty. Sammy Lewis was traveling north on KY7 and was attempting to back into a private drive on the southbound side of KY7 when Ms. Salyers struck him in the driver’s side bed. Betty Salyers was airlifted from the accident scene to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia where she is listed as having non-life threatening injuries. Sammy Lewis did not sustain any injuries during the accident. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Royse Collett.

UPDATE: Woman Accused of Extreme Abuse Turns Herself In, In Powell Co.

After authorities say she was on the run for almost two weeks, Ruby Richardson, a Powell County woman accused of abusing and neglecting a woman with the mental capacity of a child, has turned herself in. The abuse and neglect investigation involving Richardson was extreme. Sheriff's deputies said the victim, Mary Rose Swift was beaten and even forced to eat dog food. Richardson says the allegations against her are not true. In January, Sheriff's deputies said they found 53-year-old Mary Rose Swift, a woman with the mental capacity of a child, inside of a home on Martin Street in Stanton. Swift apparently told investigators that Richardson, the woman she had lived with for more than a year, dropped her off two weeks earlier without any food, heat, or medicine. According to court documents, Swift said she had been beaten, forced to eat dog food and table scraps and even had her disability checks stolen. Deputies said almost a dozen witnesses in the case claim to have seen Richardson abusing Swift over the last year and a half. Richardson said she was set up by the Sheriff's Department and by some members of her own family. A grand jury indicted Richardson two weeks ago and when the deputy went to her house to serve the warrant, he said she had moved out. The suspect told LEX 18 that she was not running and left because she was scared that police would kill her. She even claimed the sheriff of Powell County knew she would be moving out. Investigators said they recently learned Richardson had taken out a $10,000 life insurance policy on Swift. Richardson claims Swift asked her to do that. No word on when Richardson will appear in court.

Three Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week     
Preliminary statistics* indicate that three people died in three separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Floyd, Hopkins and Jefferson.  The victims in Floyd and Jefferson counties were not wearing seat belts. The crash in Hopkins County involved the suspected use of alcohol. Through Feb. 17, preliminary statistics* indicate that 57 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 32 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 48 motor vehicle fatalities, 27 victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the two motorcycle fatalities was not wearing a helmet. Six pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 12 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol As of Feb. 17, Kentucky has had 16 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

Beshear Announces Work On Flemingsburg Bypass

Governor Steve Beshear announced that construction work has started on an $8.6 million road project to extend the Flemingsburg Bypass in northern Kentucky. Beshear said in a press release on Monday that the project will improve traffic and safety by providing an alternate travel route for commercial and through traffic using Kentucky Route 11 and Kentucky Route 57. Initial work on the project will not affect traffic, but impacts are expected by mid- to late-March at the Route 11 and Cherry Grove Road intersections. Flemingsburg Mayor Marty Voiers said he expects the bypass project will help grow and expand the city.

Expect Delays, As Road Construction Underway on KY-1409 in Johnson County

According to the Ky. Transportation Dept,  motorists can expect delays beginning this week on KY-1409; that’s Hargus Road in Johnson County. Officials say the work involves drilling rocks too large to be lifted, breaking them into smaller pieces, then hauling them away. The work will begin around 8AM each morning until dark. There will be a break in the afternoon to allow school bus traffic to come through the area. Flaggers will control traffic during work hours. Motorists should expect delays or choose an alternate route.