Local News 4-22-2013

Morgan Co. Man Killed in an ATV Accident

For the second consecutive weekend, a person has died as a result of a 4 wheeling accident. This accident happened in Morgan Co. on Saturday evening on off Highway 519. According to the Morgan Co. coroners office, they have identified the deceased as 30-year-old James Lewis. Officials say Lewis was killed was killed around 8:00 pm Saturday evening, but information on how the accident happened has yet to be releases. Officials believe however, that Lewis died of internal injuries resulting from the accident. They also add that a passenger, a 5-year-old boy, was not seriously hurt. No further information has been released and the investigation is continuing.

Pikeville KSP Arrest a Perry Co. Ambulance Driver

According to a news release from the KSP Post 9 in Pikeville, on Saturday April 20, 2013 Post 9, Pikeville received a 911 call that an ambulance had struck the guardrail and was weaving on the roadway while traveling South on Ky 319. Trooper First Class Shannon Jones was dispatched to the area and located the ambulance owned by Appalachian First Response. TFC. Jones made contact with the operator of the ambulance, Jeffrey J. Hignite of Hazard, Ky. Hignite was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center on 1 count of Driving Under the Influence 1st offense. KSP officials are continuing to investigate this incident.

Three People Found Dead in Two Seperate Fires in Eastern Ky
* Two people were found dead in a fire in Perry County Friday night. The fire burned through a home in the Busy Community on Couchtown Road just north of Hazard. Although the fire was put out Friday night, Kentucky State Police investigators came back out Saturday morning to sift through the heavily damaged home. A team of investigators spent much of the day digging through the rubble of the Couchtown Road home. Friday night, as local firefighters fought to put out the blaze, a man's body was discovered between the home and a burned up car. Later Friday night, when the fire was finally put out, a woman's body was also discovered, this time, inside the home. Both people were pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors of those killed talked about the loss. "I don't know, it's pitiful, I know that. It's heartbreaking to heart," says James Toler. Both bodies were taken to Frankfort for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and to positively identify them.

* A separate blaze in Harlan County on Friday killed 81-year-old Marjorie Boggs and injured her son, 63-year-old Robert Boggs. Police say Robert Boggs was treated at a hospital and released. Police say they are investigating the causes of both fires.

KSP Make Arrest in a Greenup Co. Murder

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police in Ashland, troopers have arrested two Boyd County, KY residents after conducting a missing person investigation which led to the recovery of human remains. On April 8, 2013 the Kentucky State Police received a missing person report for Christopher M. Frazier, age 29, of Westwood , KY.  During the missing person investigation Post 14 Detectives conducted multiple interviews of persons connected to Mr. Frazier. On April 19, 2013 information was received which led to the recovery of a deceased male.  The remains were located near the roadway, but over an embankment on Happy Ridge in Greenup County .  Positive identification of the remains is currently pending and an autopsy has been scheduled for April 20, 2013 in Frankfort , KY. Post 14 Detectives continued to receive information the murder had occurred on or about March 25, 2013 at 807 Rockgate Road in Greenup , KY.  Arrest warrants were obtained on Carlton Gallman for Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  An additional arrest warrant was also obtained on Aaron Gallion for Tampering with Physical Evidence. On April 19, 2013 Post 14 Detectives and Troopers located Mr. Gallman in Westwood , KY.  Mr. Gallman observed the Troopers and attempted to flea from the area.  Troopers were unable to make an initial traffic stop due to being in an unmarked vehicle not equipped with emergency equipment.  Mr. Gallman was followed and additional authorities were notified the vehicle had crossed into Ohio .  Numerous law enforcement agencies from Ohio responded and Mr. Gallman was arrested after being involved in a single vehicle collision. 
Carlton T. Gallman, age 36, of Ashland , KY was arrested and lodged in the Lawrence County Ohio Jail. On April 19, 2013 Aaron W. Gallion, age 35, of Ashland , KY was located at a residence on Oxcart Road in Boyd County .  Mr. Gallion was arrested, charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center. The following agencies responded and assisted during the course of the investigation: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, Coal Grove Police Department, South Point Police Department, Lawrence County Ohio Sheriff’s Department and Ohio Highway Patrol. The case is still under investigation by Detective Christopher Carter.

Area Business to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

According to Operation Unite officials, Food City stores all across Eastern Ky. will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Food City has partnered with Operation UNITE to collect and safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications on Saturday, April 27. Six Food City Pharmacy locations in five counties will accept medications from residents between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for this service.

UNITE Coalition members, along with law enforcement officials, will staff drop-off locations at Food City stores located at:
            • 330 North Mayo Trail, Paintsville (Johnson County)
            • 2138 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville (Pike County)
            • 28093 Thompson Plaza, South Williamson (Pike County)
            • 102 North 12th Street, Middlesboro (Bell County)
            • 2478 South U.S. Highway 421, Harlan (Harlan County)
            • 429 University Drive, Prestonsburg (Floyd County)

In addition, all Kentucky State Police Posts will serve as drop-off locations. In this region KSP Posts are located in Ashland (Post 14), Harlan (Post 10), Hazard (Post 13), London (Post 11), Morehead (Post 8), Pikeville (Post 9) and Richmond (Post 7). All medication turned in at Food City or other locations will be turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for disposal. If you are unable to attend Saturday’s event, and still wish to safely dispose of your medications, Operation UNITE and other agencies have placed permanent medication drop boxes in most southern and eastern Kentucky counties. A list of locations is available on the UNITE website. View list of locations.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back events were initiated by the DEA two years ago to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. The DEA, in conjunction with state and local partners, has removed more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications from circulation in five previous take-back events. Learn more at 1-800-882-9539 or visit the DEA Take-Back Day website. For information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.

Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept Issue "Scam Alert"

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to make everyone aware of a new scam being run in our area. The caller may identify himself as Michael Collins. He will be calling from a number with an 876 area code. This is a Jamaican phone number. He will tell you that you have won a prize, but, in order to claim it you will have to mail him a check or money order first. He will then tell you someone will be by your home to deliver your prize money to you. Do not send this man any money. Sheriff Price stated, “You’ve heard it a hundred times before, but I’ll say it again. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” If you receive a call from this man, or any similar call, please notify the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

Paintsville Police Dept. Thankful for Residents Generosity

The following comes from the Paintsville PD concerning their recent charitable money drive for a young local cancer patient.

On behalf of the P.P.D, we would like to extend our deep appreciation to our fellow citizens for making the "roadblock" for Caleb a HUGE success. We got to hang out with Caleb and his family at city hall for awhile after the event. Thanks to all police personnel (Chief Steve Sluss, Asst. Chief Mike Roe, officers Jerry Wiley, Nathan Caudill, Paul Witten), to the PPD wives ( Karen Sluss, Lorie Wiley, Gina Holbrook, Delorise Roe, Ciara Caudill), Mayor and Bonnie Porter, Constable District #1 James Castle, Southside Church youth group (Tyler Perry, Santana Fannin, April Cruz). Also a Big Thank You to Mike Preston of the Preston Funeral Home, Wal-mart, S&S signs, Ron Blackburn of Mann Toyota, Ciara Caudill and the staff at First Commonwealth bank. Thanks to Caleb's mom, Cheryl for allowing us to be a friend to Caleb and Courtney and your family.

Paintsville PD reminds everyone that Donations can still be made directly to Caleb by mail:: Caleb Cook P.O. Box 57 Wittensville, Ky 41274 or by contacting him through his Facebook page.