Local News 3-5-2013

Search Crews Looking for More Information for a Missing Magoffin County Man

Search and rescue crews from across the region where in Magoffin County Sunday, searching for a Magoffin County man that has been missing going on five days now. The man they are searching for is Freddie Howard, aka Freddie Brown, who is 29 years of age and has been missing since Wednesday, Feb 27. According to WYMT-TV, family members say they fear the worse because they have been told by an unknown man that he had had a fight with Brown and if if he wasn't already dead, he would shoot him. That call from this unknown individual came on Thursday, according to Brown's father, Sambo. Officials have not commented on that allegation, but are investigating this incident. They have said that Brown was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green hooded jacket and work boots. They also say he was last seen by his mother  off of Johnson Fork Road, but she tells officials that she's not sure which direction he was going. Officials had to suspend the search late Sunday because they have a lack of information to go on, but say they are continuing to look for clues and will resume searching once they have more details on his location. Search Crews from all over the area are or have been involved with this search: East Kentucky Trackers, Morgan County Search and Rescue, Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office and the Magoffin County Search and Rescue team. Officials with the sheriff's office do not suspect any foul play, and is asking anyone that may have information to contact them at 606-349-2914.

Meth Lab leads to Multiple Arrests

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. on the evening of Tuesday, February 26th, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pridemore received a call for assistance from the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole. Deputy Pridemore responded to a residence located at 1133 KY Rte. 1750 in East Point; the home of David Billiter. An initial search of the residence yielded a “shake and bake” meth lab in Billiter’s living room. Billiter, age 54, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 2nd, Possession of Meth, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Assisting at the scene with the removal of the meth lab was the Kentucky State Police DESI Unit. When Deputy Pridemore was arresting Billiter, a male and female subject came out of their residence, located next door to Billiter’s, to see what was happening. Pridemore recognized the individuals, and knew they had active warrants. William F. Hudnall, Jr. age 30 was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for Driving on a DUI Suspended License. Rachel McCoy age 29 was taken into custody for outstanding warrants for DUI 1st and Theft by Unlawful Taking. All three subjects were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Paintsville Police Release Monthly Activity Report for February 2013

The following is a monthly activity report from the Paintsville Police Dept. for the month of February 2013. 

Theft complaints(includes shoplifting) – 6
Alcohol intoxication – 0
Controlled substance violations –8
D.U.I. – 1
Accident without injury – 16
Accident with injury – 2
Warrants served – 33
Traffic violations – 29
Dispatched calls (CAD) – 462
Mentally ill complaints – 0
Domestic disputes – 2
Assault complaints – 1
Disorderly conduct – 0
Burglary – 1
Robbery - 0
Alarms – 36

KSP Make a Drug Arrest in Pike Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Monday March 4, 2013 Post 9 Pikeville received information of a possible drug transaction on South Mayo Trail in Pikeville. As units from the Kentucky State Police Post 9 Criminal Interdiction Team arrived on scene they witnessed an apparent drug transaction. Post 9 Criminal Interdiction units made contact with the occupant of the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle. An undisclosed amount of illegal prescription narcotics and what is believed to cocaine and marijuana were located in the vehicle. Johnathan Estrada of Detroit Michigan was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. Estrada was charged with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st Degree, Trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd Degree, Trafficking in a controlled substance 3rd Degree and Trafficking in Marijuana. This incident remains under investigation by Tpr. Zach Bryson. Trooper Bryson was assisted on scene by TFC Jay Perkins and TFC Bo Cure.

Neighbor Cathches Burglary Suspects at Gunpoint; 3 Arrested in Boyd Co.

According to reports from the Boyd Co. Sheriff's Dept. three people have been arrested after Boyd County Sheriff’s Deputies say they tried to break into a house in Ashland early Saturday morning. Deputies also say two of the suspects were actually held at gunpoint by a neighbor of the victim until officers arrived at the scene. The incident happened at a house in the 6300-block of Route 5 in Ashland about 1:30 a.m Saturday. Deputies arrested Zachery Stevens, 20, of Flatwoods, Sharon Kitchen, 18, of Ashland, and William Bailey, 19, of Ashland. Each was charged with third-degree burglary. Kitchen was also charged with possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana. According to Sheriff reports, a neighbor alerted the elderly homeowner about people prowling around her house. The homeowner then called 911. Deputies say another neighbor also heard noises outside and observed the three suspects on the victims’ porch. That neighbor then got a handgun and confronted the suspects, holding Kitchen and Stevens at gunpoint until deputies arrived. The Sheriff’s Office says Bailey took off, but turned himself in a short time later. Deputies say a bolt cutter was used to cut the lock of an outbuilding at the victim's house.

Jailed Knott Judge Executive Files Response to Lawsuit to Have Him Removed from Office

Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson has filed a response to a lawsuit seeking to remove him from office. In the response, Thompson's attorney says the court has no alternative other than dismiss the lawsuit due to the commonwealth's lack of constitutional and statutory authority. They request an immediate dismissal of the lawsuit and to have a jury trial on the allegations in it. Thompson is in prison after being convicted in a vote buying case.

Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week                                           

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Preliminary statistics* indicate that 11 people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013. One six-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in Hardin County. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Calloway, Jefferson, Madison, Powell and Pulaski.  The victim in Madison County was not wearing a seat belt. The crash in Powell County involved the suspected use of alcohol and resulted in one pedestrian being killed. Through Mar. 3, preliminary statistics* indicate that 87 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 27 less than reported for this time period in 2012. 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.

House Discuss Redistricting Proposal

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- House lawmakers continue to work on the always politically divisive issue of legislative redistricting. State Rep. Brent Yonts, chairman of the House State Government Committee, said last week a redistricting bill is nearly complete and will be unveiled soon. He had included the issue as an agenda item before pulling it. Lawmakers will need to rush to get the matter resolved. Only a few working days remain in the current legislative session. Redistricting is supposed to occur every 10 years to account for population changes found by the U.S. Census Bureau. Legislation that passed last year was struck down by the state Supreme Court. Justices found the new districts weren't balanced by population and didn't comply with the "one person, one vote" mandate in federal and state law.

Johnson Co. Schools to Dismiss Early Thursday/No School Friday

The following is a message from Johnson Co. Superintendent Steve Trimble:

In order to accommodate players, parents, students and staff, attending the Johnson Central boys basketball game in the KHSAA Sweet 16 on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm in Lexington, School will be dismissed on Thursday, March 7 @ 12:00 PM for Elementary and 12:30 PM for Middle and High School. There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 8, 2013!