Local News 6-11-2013

Martin Co. Officials Investigate Sunday Acident; Driver Lucky to Escape

According to reports out of Martin Co. emergency officials are investigating a single vehiicle accident, initially reported with injuries on Route 2032 at around 7 pm Sunday evening  Reports say a man was driving a pick up truck pulling a haul trailer traveling towards Route 40, but the man reportedly lost control of the truck went over the hill just past Smith Cemetery Rd. emergency officials indicate that the driver did not suffer any known injuries and he told officials the truck started sliding and he couldn’t stop it. According to a report from the Mountain Wolf website, witnesses behind the truck when it crashed said said he was not traveling fast, so officials do not think speed played a factor in this accident. At the time of the accident, a sever storm was taking place and officials think that played more of a role in the accident. After exciting the roadway, the truck reportedly flipped onto its top, but the trailer stayed up right and the driver was able to escape on his own. On the scene were members of the Warfield VFD and the Martin County Sheriff’s Department. Again no injuries have been reported and no other details have been released.

Isolated (Small) Tornado Confirmed in Lawrence Co. Storm Sunday

According to emergency management officials, a "small isolated" tornado was confirmed to have touched down in Lawrence County during severe storms on Sunday. National Weather Service officials surveyed the area Monday. This short lived" tornado hit along old US-23 in the Ulysses community of Lawrence Co. Lawrence Co. emergency management officials say one home was destroyed and four others sustained damage and it was reported that a church and a business also received some damage. The tornado was rated as an EF-0 with winds of 75 mph. The width was 50 yards and the path was a half mile.

Here in Johnson Co. emergency mgmt director Gary McClure said Johnson Co. did not have any significant damage reported. He did say however that they did receive some calls about toppled trees bringing down power lines in a couple different locations in the county and of course there were several locations that received minor flooding, but again not injuries where reported. Over in Magoffin Co. judge executive Charles "Doc" Hardin said the storms from Sunday caused some damage in parts of the county, expecially along Rt. 1081, where downed trees were reported, as well as debris in the roadway and downed power lines and several homes suffered damage due to the wind, but lucily no body was injured. Martin Co. officials also report they received some minor storm damage in areas of the county.

KSP Investigating a Deadly Weekend Accident in Pike Co.

On Saturday June 8, 2013 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a two vehicle accident on Ky 197 in the Elkhorn Creek community of Pike County. Information obtained at the scene indicates Arnold F. Stapleton 41 years old of Elkhorn Creek, Ky. was traveling North on Ky 197 when a Cadillac traveling North operated by Selina Baker of Elkhorn Creek, Ky. slowed to turn into a private drive. Stapleton's vehicle struck the rear of the Cadillac and traveled over one mile before dropping off the right shoulder of the roadway. Stapleton overcorrected, crossed the roadway and overturned, coming to final rest in the creek. Stapleton was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Deputy Coroner Denver Bailey. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in the collision. The accident remains under investigation by Accident Reconstructionist Bryan Layne.

Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 3 through June 9)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, June 3 through Sunday, June 9, 2013. Two single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson County. One of the victims was not wearing a seat belt and one of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Barren, Boyd, Boyle, Lawrence, Logan, Meade, Pike and Webster. The victims in Barren, Lawrence, Logan, Pike and Webster counties were not wearing seat belts. The crash in Pike County involved the suspected use of alcohol. One single-fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Jefferson, Lincoln and Meade. The victims in Lincoln and Meade counties were not wearing helmets.
Through June 9, preliminary statistics* indicate that 251 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 79 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.

Ky. Atty. General Announces Cybercrimes Unit has 100 percent Conviction Rate

A cybercrimes unit created by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway five years ago has announced a 100 percent conviction rate in child porn cases that it has been involved in. The unit, which operates in a small Frankfort office, helped investigate and prosecute 114 cases. Before the unit was formed, police in Kentucky had long waits for federal agencies to process evidence. Now, they usually have to wait only a week. Conway says work by the unit "has made the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids."

Report; Kentucky's Graduation Rate Among Most Improved In Nation

The graduation rate in Kentucky moved from 63.7 percent for the class of 2000 to 77.2 percent for the class of 2010, according to the latest data available, an increase of 13.5 points and the third most improved among all states. During the same time the national graduation rate improved 7.9 percentage points to 74.7 percent. The data is reported in a special issue of Education Week, a national publication that focuses on P-12 education called "Diploma Counts." The report examines high school graduation and issues related to late-secondary schooling and the transition to postsecondary education and employment. The report can be viewed online at: www.edweek.org/go/dc13. Governor Steve Beshear praised the state's educators for significantly raising the graduation rate among Kentucky students. The upward trend in the graduation rate continues to be driven by strong improvements among minority students. The report indicates that in Kentucky, more than 11,000 students in the class of 2013 will fail to earn a diploma. That translates into 64 students dropping out of high school each day - of which nearly 74 percent are white, 61 percent male and 72 percent are without a job.