Local News 4-29-2013

Rowan Co. Fire Leaves House Destroyed

According to reports, a house fire reported over the weekend has destroyed a Rowan County home. Reports indicate the fire broke out at a residence on Dry Creek Road late Friday. Initial reports say at least one person had to be airlifted to UK Hospital for burns they suffered in the blaze. There has been no recent report on the condition of the person injured, nor if any other injuries were sustained in the fire. This fire is still under investigation and we hope to bring you firther updates, when they are mad available.

Arson Investigation Leads To Arrest In Bath County

According to the KSP, on April 26, 2013 at 1:10 P.M., Kentucky State Police Post 8 arrested Gene A. Glover of Bath Co. Glover was charged with two counts of Arson 2nd Degree, two counts of Burglary 2nd Degree, and 21 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. The charges stem from two fires that occurred on March 20, 2013 on U.S. 60 East in Bath County. Glover is lodged in the Montgomery County Regional Jail.

KSP Say Two Deaths in a Perry Co. House Fire, Homicides

Kentucky State Police say their investigation into two deaths at the scene of a house fire in Perry Co. has turned into a homicide probe. Firefighters were called to a home in the Busy community of Perry County last week. They found a man, already dead, outside the burning residence and later found the remains of a woman inside the structure. Police said in a statement Friday that the case is being investigated as a double homicide. They said the causes of death are not being released. Police said the state medical examiner's office has identified one victim as 58-year-old Garfield Herald. The statement said officials are still trying to determine the identity of the female. Police are asking anyone with information about the blaze to call 800-222-5555 or 606-435-6069.

Thousands Of Feet Of Copper Stolen From Local Business

Police are looking for the people responsible for stealing more than a mile of copper tubing from a work site in Rowan County. The employee who found the damage says more than 7,000 feet of copper wiring was taken from a portable asphalt plant owned by Hinkle Company in Morehead. Police say the plant was in storage and hadn't been in use for some time. Fixing the damage will cost an estimated $45,000.

Magoffin Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Recent reports out of the Salyersville Independent say an 18 year old Magoffin County man has been arrested for reportedly selling a marijuana joint to a 15-year-old student at Magoffin County High School 
The 18-year-old has been identified as Luther Wayne Keeton, Jr., of Salyersville. Police reports indicate Keeton still was in possession of marijuana at the time of his arrest. He has been charged with Trafficking Marijuana (Less than 8 oz) 1st offense, Trafficking Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of a School, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st - Illegal Controlled Substance - Under 18 and Possession of Marijuana Keeton was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and has a preliminary hearing set for this week.

State Officials Facing Lawsuit Over Redistricting

The Governor is among several state officials and politicians facing a lawsuit over redistricting. The Boone County clerk, two judge executives and nine northern Kentucky residents filed the suit saying the lack of a redistricting plan is leaving the region 'without' adequate representation in Frankfort. Redistricting happens every ten years to account for population changes. Lawmakers failed to pass a redistricting plan during this year's session.

W.Va. Motorcycle Ride To Honor Slain Sheriff

A motorcycle rally in Mingo County will take on a special meaning this year. The Rally in the Valley set for May 3-5 in downtown Williamson will hold a motorcycle ride to honor the late Sheriff Eugene Crum. The Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. on May 5. Organizer Paul Price of the Sidney, Ky.-based club Appalachian Brotherhood says the route is still being worked out. He expects at least 200 motorcyclists will participate.Price says the cost is $15 per motorcycle. Proceeds will benefit the sheriff's department. Crum was fatally shot on April 3. His widow, Rosie, was appointed interim sheriff the next day. The Rally in the Valley debuted last year as a one-day event.

Nearly $200K Ready For Early Childhood Initiative

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood is making nearly $200,000 available to strengthen early childhood advisory councils and to promote school readiness. The money is being divvied up in grants of nearly $50,000 each to fund four regional initiatives to improve education and health services for Kentucky's youngest citizens. Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that Clinton, Adair, Cumberland and Russell counties will share one of the grants. Morehead State University will work with Bracken, Lewis, Lawrence and Martin counties on another. Madison, Estill, Powell and Lee counties also will receive a grant, as will Todd, Christian, Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties. Governor's Office of Early Childhood executive director Terry Tolan said the intent is to create regional councils that include representatives from school districts, health departments, child care providers and libraries.