Local News 3-27-2013

Magoffin Co. Grand Jury Indicts Man on Murder Charges

The Magoffin County grand jury recently released two seperate indictments for murder and sexual abuse. According to reports, Daniel H. Hackworth, 34, of Salyersville, was indicted on one count of murder in the first degree  for his alleged involvement in the January 7 murder of  Donnie R. Allen. Donnie Allen, 49, was fatally shot January 7 at his home on Route 40 in Magoffin County.  In a seperate released indicment Ricky Rife, 29 of Litteral Fork Road in Salyersville, was indicted on one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, which is a Class C felony. Rife allegedly subjected another person to sexual contact who was incapable of consent because she is less than 12 years old from January 18 through 22, 2013. Police records say Rife was arrested on January 23 for allegedly sexually assaulting an eight year old girl. Law enforcement officials were called to Paul B. Hall Medical Center regarding a possible sexual assault and made contact with the girl, who while staying at Rife's home, he had allegedly inappropriately touched her under her clothing, even though she had told him to stop several times. Both men have plead not guikty to the charges and are awaiting their day in court. Both are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Magoffin Co. Man Still Missing After Nearly 4 Weeks

It's been nearly 4 weeks since the search began for a missing Magoffin man and law enforcement officials continue to have little to go on. Freddy Brown, also known as Freddy Howard, 29, of Johnson Fork, Salyersville, has not been seen since Wednesday, February 27. Brown is 6 foot 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a green hooded jacket.
According to Magoffin County Sheriff Carson Montgomery, he said his office is still following all leads and investigating, but the investigation has been turned over to the Kentucky State Police and Detective Jason Dials continues working the case. Family members of Brown beg the public for any information they can supply authorities and anyone to please come forward. Officials ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brown, to call Kentucky State Police Post 9 at 606-433-7711 or the Sheriff's Office at 606-349-2914. 

More Witnesses Come Forward In a Powell Co. Adult Neglect Case

Investigators in Powell County say more witnesses have come forward in the case against a woman accused of abusing a mentally-challenged adult. Ruby Richardson turned herself in last month after sheriff's deputies say she spent two weeks on the run. The alleged victim told police that Richardson beat her, stole from her, and fed her dog food. Sheriff's deputies say two additional witnesses have now come forward in the case, bringing the total to more than a dozen.

Two Area Hospitals Partner Together on Cardiology Clinic

Despite a history of rivalry, two local hospitals are joining forces to provide cardiology services in Floyd County. On Monday, Highlands Regional Medical Center and Pikeville Medical Center announced they are partering together on the new “Pikeville Cardiology Clinic which will be located at the medical office building.on the fourth floor at Highlands Regional.  In a joint press conference in the HRMC atrium, Highlands CEO Bud Warman and Pikeville CEO Walter May said that as the medical industry continues to evolve, it is important for community hospitals to embrace cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition. Warman said Pikeville will staff the medical office of the new clinic, while Highlands would continue to operate diagnostic services. He further explained that the agreement between the two hospitals does not include any cost- or revenue-sharing provisions, but that Pikeville’s medical office would be a tenant of the office building.

Magoffin Co. Awarded State Money to Repair Roads

The Magoffin County Fiscal Court has announced that the county has been awarded money allotted from the Transportation Cabinet's for road maintenance and resurfacing. Roads included in the improvements are KY 867 in Lakeville, Royalton, Gun Creek and Ivyton Road (1.462 miles W. Jct. KY 1888 m.m. 8.872 and Jct. KY 1888 m.m. 10.334) and KY 378 at the Middle Fork - Breathitt County Line Road (at the Jct. Ky. 1094 m.m. 0.000 and Jct. Johnnie Collingsworth Rd. m.m.3.341).
New Person Appointed Chief District Engineer for KYTC District 12 

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock has appointed Mary Westfall-Holbrook as Chief District Engineer for Department of Highways District 12, in Pikeville. “Mary brings a wealth of experience to the demanding job of chief district engineer,” Secretary Hancock said. “She has a background in construction, system preservation and project delivery, and she knows the district well.” District 12 is the easternmost highway district of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). It is made up of Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Martin and Pike counties. Westfall-Holbrook has been serving as interim chief district engineer since September 2011. Westfall-Holbrook, a professional engineer and professional land surveyor, had a private engineering practice prior to joining the Cabinet in 2001. Other posts she has held in District 12 include project manager, construction engineer, and three branch manager positions – Construction, Project Development, and Project Delivery and Preservation (Branch 1). She also is a graduate of the KYTC Advanced Leadership Academy. “District 12 is a great district to work in, and the employees are among the most dedicated I have had the privilege to work with,” Westfall-Holbrook said. “I look forward to continuing our work together on improving and maintaining our roadways for the public in District 12 and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” Westfall-Holbrook earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1982 and her professional engineer license in 1991. She and husband Tim Holbrook live at Banner, in her native Floyd County. They have two sons, Victor and Alex.