Local News 7-17-2013

Paintsville Police Discover Large Quanity of Meth Making Items on 6th St.

According to the Paintsville PD, on Tuesday afternoon at around 1:31 PM, the agency received information that some workers had discovered a large quantity of meth making precursors (items) on Sixth Street, along the wood line behind the mid 700 block of the apartments. Police ask that if anyone has any information concerning this incident to please notify law enforcement immediately.

Paintsville Police Arrest 2 Females in Connection with Thefts from Rite Aid

In a seperate news release from the Paintsville POlice Dept. on Monday, July 15, officers with the agency conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that matched a description from an employee witness at Rite-Aid in which two females stole a large quantity of merchandise. During the course of the investigation, four large trash bags were discovered that contained stolen merchandise totaling $1200.00. Managers from the store assisted in processing the items and all items were returned to them. The names of the accused are being with held pending review before the Johnson County Grand Jury. Officer Paul Witten, Asst. Chief Mike Roe and Capt. Bill Holbrook continue to investigate.

Floyd Co. S.O. Arrest Registered Sex Offender from Virginia  

According to the Floyd County Sheriff's Dept,  On Saturday, July 13, Deputy Steve Montgomery was on routine patrol when he noticed a vehicle parked in the back of the parking lot at the Middle Creek National Battlefield. Deputy Montgomery approached the vehicle and observed 43-year-old, Earnest Bradley Hall Jr., engaging in a sexual act with a male minor from Magoffin County. Hall was arrested at the scene and charged with multiple felony charges including use of a minor in a sexual performance. Officials expect more charges to be filed including charges in Virginia, where Hall is a registered sex offender. Officials also say they believe the two met online. Hall has already entered plea of not guilty and his next court appearance is scheduled for July 23rd. Hall is being held at the Floyd County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash bond.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Pleads Not Guilty

 Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop has pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary, official misconduct and theft. Grieshop entered the plea Monday before Harlan County District Judge Ralph McClanahan. Grieshop was not indicted but arrested on a warrant that Sheriff Marvin Lipfird obtained in December. According to the criminal complaint against Grieshop, the Judge-Executive entered a building and took items belonging to others. The complaint further charges Grieshop did this in retaliation to a civil suit filed against him on July 2, 2011. The complaint alleges that Grieshop used his position to retaliate against people involved in the lawsuit. Grieshop is due back in court Sept. 9 for a preliminary hearing

State Treasurer Warns of Unclaimed Property Scams

State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is urging Kentuckians to be alert for scams involving unclaimed property. Hollenbach says several business firms are using the "Freedom of Information Act" to obtain unclaimed property owner information. Their intent, he says, is to "sell" individuals an unclaimed property search. He says there are also businesses, sometimes called "finders" or "locators," that find legitimate lost property for owners and offer to help them obtain it for a fee, usually a percentage of the total. Hollenbach says most of those businesses abide by the law, but he says there are many unclaimed property scams across the country. Through his unclaimed property program, Hollenbach says he has returned more than $84 million of lost and abandoned property to thousands of Kentuckians.

Road Work Underway on KY 32 in Lawrence County

Work to reconstruct a priority section of KY 32 is now underway in Lawrence County. The $17 million project will reconstruct a 4-mile section of Louisa-Sandy Hook Road (KY 32) between U.S. 23 and the end of Corps of Engineers reconstruction at Yatesville Lake. The work will widen the road to 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders, creating a safer route for drivers by improving sight distance and straightening several sharp curves and providing easier access through Lawrence County. It is the first phase of a larger project to reconstruct all of KY 32 in Lawrence County. The current project will complement one to connect KY 3215 to KY 1185, providing access across Yatesville Lake to the boat dock. That project is in the preliminary design stage. The project was awarded in December to Elmo Greer & Sons LLC for $17.06 million. The contract has a completion date of December 2014.

KU Offers Tips To Help Customers Beat The Heat, Save Energy

As temperatures continue to rise across the Commonwealth, so can customers' energy use. Although Kentucky Utilities continues to successfully meet customers' increased energy demand, the companies encourage customers to take simple energy efficiency steps to help lower energy consumption during a heat wave. While record-breaking energy demand isn't forecast this week, KU reminds customers that taking steps to reduce energy use - particularly during the hottest parts of the day - can help the utility better manage peak load on its electric system. As always, it is important for customers on critical life support to maintain a back-up source of energy at all times. Industrial customers should also take high temperatures into account when planning their production schedule.

Customers can help better manage energy demand by taking the following actions:

• Set air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting during the day: 78-80 degrees works for most people. In addition to helping LG&E and KU manage load, raising your air conditioner setting by one degree can save you 4-7 percent on the cooling portion of your energy bill.

• Turn off all unnecessary lights.

• Turn off all unnecessary appliances. If you must run your dishwashers, dryers and washing machines, do so during the evening hours (after 7 p.m.) when energy consumption is lower.

• Use ceiling fans to circulate the cool air. Fans do their jobs by cooling you - not the room, so turn them off when you leave the room. Window fans, ceiling fans or whole-house fans use much less power and are an alternative to air conditioners.

• Cook outdoors on your grill; use a microwave oven or crockpot or prepare cold meals.

Kentucky State Police seeking cadets for 2014

Applications are being taken starting next week for the next Kentucky State Police cadet class, which is scheduled to start next summer. Written and physical fitness tests will be given on the same day. The testing begins in Murray on July 22 and continues through Sept. 24 in Richmond. Applications to take the exam must be submitted several days in advance. Deadlines are listed on the state police website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/recruit/process.htm , along with a link to download a cadet application and study guide. Minimum requirements to become a trooper include being at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen and having at least 60 hours of college credit or two years' active military duty or law enforcement experience.