Local News 7-16-2013

Federal Charges Filed Against Johnson Co. Man

According to reports, a criminal complaint from the US District Court on July 10, a Johnson Co. man recently arrested on several drug realted charges, will be facing Federal charges. John T. Kline has been charged with carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone). He was arrested July 5 by the Johnson County Sheriff's Dept. as well as several other law enforcement agencies after selling 100 pills to an informant. Due to these Federal charges, the local charges were dropped against Kline. According to the criminal complaint, Kline allegedly told the undercover informant that he was "one of the largest pill dealers in Johnson County," and said that Kline carried a 9 mm gun on him. The undercover agent also said Kline asked about acquiring explosives. Investigators also say Kline traveled to Indianapolis and talked about going to Georgia to get prescriptions filled and he )Kline) had Soma and Xanax pills delivered to his house. A date for when Kline will appear in court to face these charges, is still pending.

Paintsville Police Warn of Possible Scam

According to a news release from the Paintsville POlice Dept. the agency received a complaint of a possible scam involving home repairs from a citizen on Ponderosa Drive in Paintsville. The citizen advised officers that two males where in a dark blue or black small Ford pickup with 4 extension ladders in the back. When the subjects were told that the citizen owned the property and they needed to leave, they inquired about other properties up the road, they were again advised to leave the property and they left in a reckless manner. Anyone encountering an incident like this is urged to notify law enforcement.

Possible New Information on a Missing Floyd Co. Attorney

According to a story from the Floyd Co. Times, information obtained by Floyd Co. attorney Ned Pillersdorf, says he has uncovered new information that indicates missing Martin city attorney Clyde Johnson possibly could be traveling out west. Pillersdorf has been leading the effort to find out what happened to Johnson. Pillersdorf was granted permission from Johnson's wife and got a court order, allowing him to access Johnson’s KOA Value Kard Rewards Program account online, where he discovered Johnson had stayed at a campground in Bowling Green the day he left using his real name and that Johnson had stayed at another campground in Little Rock, Ark., the following night, but no further entries. According to the paper, Pillersdorf says, “It sounds like he wanted to get away." Johnson has been missing since June 24, leaving with his dog and towing a recently purchased camper. Johnson's secretary was the last person to speak with him and he told her he was “going fishing” and would return July 1. KSP has said the only items Johnson took was his clothes, a television and an Xbox video game system, further giving support to the theory that Johnson left willingly and intended to disappear due to a recent personal problem. The Floyd Co. Times stated that two private investigators are working on the case and Pillersdorf, as well as family and friends, urge anyone with any information about Clyde Johnson’s whereabouts to contact the Kentucky State Police, at (606) 433-7711 or (800) 222-5555. KSP spokeperson Sahun Little told WSIP news that Johnson has officially been entered into the NCIC (National Crime Information Center)." The NCIC is a computerized index of criminal justice information (i.e.- criminal record history information, fugitives, stolen properties, missing persons). It is available to Federal, state, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Six Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (July 8 through July 14)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, July 8 through Sunday, July 14, 2013. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Casey, Jefferson and Scott. The victim in Casey County was not wearing a seat belt and the crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. The crash in Scott County also involved the suspected use of alcohol. One single fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in Logan County. The victim was not wearing a helmet. One single fatality, ATV crash occurred in Barren County. The victim was not wearing a helmet. One pedestrian was killed in Scott County. Through July 14, preliminary statistics* indicate that 332 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 86 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.

Benefit Planned For Family Of Missing Madison County Teen

Organizers are planning a bike-riding benefit to raise money for the family of a missing Madison County teen. Brookelyn Farthing was last seen in Berea at a friend's house on June 22. State Police say the man who lives at the home told them the 18-year-old was there when he left, but he returned to find her gone and a fire inside. Investigators say that fire is being looked into as suspicious because the home had no electricity for weeks. The benefit for Farthing is scheduled for August 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hog Trough in Richmond. The cost is ten dollars per bike, and five dollars per extra hand. T-shirts are also for sale for ten dollars, and food will be available for five dollars a plate after the ride. Organizers are also planning a bake sale and silent auction. Police ask that if you have any information on the wherabouts of Brookelyn Farthing, to please call 1-800-222-5555.

Grants Awarded To 5 State Law Enforcement Agencies

 Five law enforcement agencies in Kentucky will share nearly $33,000 worth of grants. The grants are being awarded through the state Law Enforcement Protection Program. Gov. Steve Beshear says the grants will provide essential protective equipment for law enforcement officers. The funds can be used to acquire body armor, weapons, ammunition and Tasers. The grant recipients are the cities of Bardwell, Irvington and Pippa Passes, along with the Crittenden County and Pike County fiscal courts. The Law Enforcement Protection Program is administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.