LOCAL NEWS

WSIP News 12-8-2016

 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Pike County

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police Post 09 in Pikeville, troopers are investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Pike Co during the afternoon hours of Tuesday, December 06, 2016. The preliminary investigation indicates that Janice Holbrooks was traveling on US 460 in the Shelbiana community of Pike County. Holbrooks lost control of her vehicle, crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided with a vehicle operated by Tosh Akers.. Holbrooks, 63 of Shelbiana, was transported from the scene to Pikeville Medical Center. Holbrooks succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at Pikeville Medical Center by Pike Co Deputy Coroner Zeb Hampton. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Post 09 Accident Reconstructionist, Detective Jason Merlo.


Kentucky State Police Investigating Fatal Fire in Elliott Co

According to a separate news release from the Kentucky State Police in Morehead, troopers are investigating a fatal fire which occurred at P. Wagoner Road in Sandy Hook. Information released says, KSP was contacted by Elliott Co Dispatch at 1:37 a.m. and advised of a fatal house fire at 146 P. Waggoner Road. Elliott Co Coroner Steven Whitt was contacted after two victims were located in the residence and pronounced them deceased at 1:57 a.m. Whitt removed the victims from the residence and transported their remains to State Medical Examiner’s in Frankfort for an autopsy and positive identification. The cause of the fire is undetermined and foul play is not suspected. The case remains under investigation by Detective Shane Barnes and Detective Royce Collett.


Second Man Charged in a Boyd Co Murder Case

Police in Boyd Co has charged a second man with murder in the case of a missing eastern Kentucky man. Zachary Tarleton, 24, of Kitts Hill, Ohio is charged with killing Justin Reeder during a robbery in October. Tarleton surrendered to police on Monday. Jacob Lane has also been charged with murder in the case. He pleaded not guilty. Police say he admitted to shooting Reeder. Bond for Lane and Tarleton is set at $100,000.


Police Continue Search for Missing Magoffin Co. Man

Law Enforcement Agencies are continuing to search for a missing Magoffin Co. man, who has now been missing for nearly 3 months. According to reports, Scott Standifer, 48, of Salyersville, was reported missing on September 11 by family members, to the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard. According to his sister, Mary Beth Standifer, no one has heard from him since August 28. Standifer is described as having brown and gray hair, with blue eyes and is approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 240 pounds. He drives a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Z71, pewter in color and was said to be a former employee of Rumpke. Family members say they have received very few leads in Standifer’s disappearance and they are asking that if anyone sees Scott Standifer or has any information about his whereabouts, please contact your local authorities or call the KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069.


Two Juveniles Charged In Connection With Gatlinburg, TN Wildfires

During a press conference on Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that two juveniles have been charged in connection with the deadly fires in Gatlinburg. They are currently being held in the Sevier Co/, TN Juvenile Detention Center, but in the press conference, it was announced that they may be transferred to adult court. The two juveniles will be charged with aggravated arson, but they may face additional charges.


Heating Assistance

Registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP in Kentucky is currently underway. Applications for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began Nov. 1 and will run through Friday, Dec. 9. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

(December)
                               
8          X,Y,Z
9         OPEN Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775

 

 

WSIP News 12-7-2016

 

KSP Investigates Assault in Pike Co

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police Post 09 in Pikeville, Troopers are investigating an assault that occurred on Monday, Dec. 05, 2016. At approximately 3:54 P.M. Post 09 received a 911 call from a subject in the Greasy Creek community of Pike County, advising that a female had walked to her residence. She was injured, and requesting help. Troopers from Post 09 responded to the scene and through investigation, determined that the victim and James Thacker were traveling in the victim’s vehicle when Thacker assaulted the female with a weapon. The female exited the vehicle and Thacker drove away. Troopers from KSP Post 09 saturated the area in search of the vehicle. At approximately 6:32 P.M Troopers were able to locate the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop near the intersection of US460 and US23 in the Shelbiana community of Pike County. James Thacker, 38 of Elkhorn City, was arrested, charged with Assault 1st Degree, and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. The victim suffered multiple lacerations as a result of the assault, and is being treated at Pikeville Medical Center. Additional charges are pending and the incident remains under investigation by KSP Post 09 Detective, Gary Sykes.


Harlan Co Mother Charged with Murder after Two-Month-old Found Dead

A Harlan Co mother is charged with murder after her two-month-old child was found dead Tuesday. According to a news release, Social Services received a complaint that 23-year-old Sierra Foster was under the influence of drugs and unable to care for her child. Investigators went to check on the complaint and found the dead child, police said. Sierra Foster was under the influence of drugs and had not cared for her child for at least 12 hours when the child was found, investigators said. Foster was arrested and charged with murder, criminal abuse, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Lawrence Co High School Evacuated after Chemical Spill

Lawrence Co High School has been evacuated after a chemical spill, according to Lawrence Co Emergency Management. According to a Tuesday Facebook post from the Lawrence Co. Office of Emergency Management says the school has been sealed, everyone is safe and there are no reported injuries, according to the post. The school remained sealed until a hazardous materials team from Ashland arrived on scene.


Apartment Building Destroyed by Fire in Perry Co

Officials in Perry Co. are investigating an early Tuesday morning fire at the Jarnigan Place Apartment complex off of Combs road. The apartment building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene. Officials said that one section of the building was destroyed. No injuries have been reported.


Nearly a Dozen People Arrested in a Hazard Drug Roundup

The Hazard Police Dept. conducted a Monday morning drug roundup, arresting nearly a dozen people and still searching for more. Police began serving 19 indictments Monday morning. Those charges stem from a six month long, undercover drug investigation. All but one of those indictments involved drug trafficking charges. As of news time, 11 of the 19 have been arrested. Officers say they will continue to search until the other 8 are found. Here is a list of the arrests conducted so far:

* Tamatha Griffith - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree
* Joseph King -Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication

* Rodney D. Williams - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree
* Janet Stacy - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, Trafficking in Legend Drugs 1st Offense, Trafficking in Marijuana 1st Offense, Trafficking Controlled Substance within 1,000 Feet of a School

* Jason M Combs - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree
* Allen D Williams - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree
* Tonya Victory - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree
* Mary Phillips - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree
* Jonathan Smallwood - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Persistent Felony Offender

* Mart Combs - Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree
* Bobby Wilkins - Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Persistent Felony Offender


Heating Assistance

Registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP in Kentucky is currently underway. Applications for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began Nov. 1 and will run through Friday, Dec. 9. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

(December)
                               
7          U,V,W
8          X,Y,Z
9         OPEN Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775


KY 40 to Close at Paintsville underpass the night of Wednesday, December 7

Repair work continues on KY 40 at the railroad underpass in Paintsville. Tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 7, this section of KY 40 will be closed to all traffic beginning at 11 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. on December 8. All traffic will be required to use an alternate route, according to Mike Blevins, Highway District 12 Engineering Tech. The following routes will be open for normal traffic flow and can be used for alternate routes: KY 581 northbound/southbound, and KY 1107 northbound/southbound. “We apologize for this temporary inconvenience,” Blevins said, “and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.” Blevins also asked motorists to please slow down in this work zone. Workers have had several close calls, despite signs and a temporary traffic signal. “People have run the red light, people are speeding through the work zone, and we are afraid someone is going to be hurt. We don’t want that to happen, but we need the people who travel this section of KY 40 to help us.”



WSIP News 12-6-2016

 

KY 40 to Close at Paintsville Underpass on Wednesday Night, December 7

JOHNSON COUNTY – December 6, 2016 – Repair work continues on KY 40 at the railroad underpass in Paintsville. Tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 7, this section of KY 40 will be closed to all traffic beginning at 11 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. on December 8. All traffic will be required to use an alternate route, according to Mike Blevins, Highway District 12 Engineering Tech. The following routes will be open for normal traffic flow and can be used for alternate routes: KY 581 northbound/southbound, and KY 1107 northbound/southbound.

“We apologize for this temporary inconvenience,” Blevins said, “and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation." Blevins also asked motorists to please slow down in this work zone. Workers have had several close calls, despite signs and a temporary traffic signal. “People have run the red light, people are speeding through the work zone, and we are afraid someone is going to be hurt. We don’t want that to happen, but we need the people who travel this section of KY 40 to help us.”


Three People Sentenced to Prison in a Magoffin Co Vote-Buying Case

Three Magoffin Co. residents were sentenced to prison time Thursday at the United States Courthouse in Pikeville, for their involvement in a Magoffin Co. vote-buying case. A Federal jury convicted the three individuals in August of conspiring to commit vote-buying in the 2014 primary and general elections. Gary Risner was a Magistrate in Magoffin Co. and was sentenced to 33 months and more than 500 hours of community service. His ex-wife Tami Jo Risner was sentenced to one year and one day and Larry Shepherd, a deputy clerk, was sentenced to 30 months and a $20,000 fine. Prior to the trial, defendant Scotty McCarty took a plea agreement, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge in exchange for testimony, and has since been sentenced to three years of probation, three months of home detention and a $500 fine. The only other defendant in the case, Mason Daniels, was found not guilty at the end of the four-day jury trial.


Woman Killed, Child Survives after Car Flips into Creek

A 9-year-old girl survived a fatal crash in Clay Co. The crash happened Monday around 10 a.m. Kentucky State Police received a report of a vehicle submerged and upside down in a creek. 34-year-old Chasity Murphy of Manchester died in the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay Co. Coroner’s Office. According to KSP, Murphy lost control of her vehicle, dropped off the roadway, and traveled about 100 feet over an embankment before overturning in the creek. A passing motorist stopped to look at the crash scene and located Murphy's daughter, 9-year-old Mylee Murphy, over an embankment. Mylee was riding with her mother at the time of the collision. Mylee survived the collision and escaped out of the vehicle, swam across the creek, and climbed up the embankment to try to get help. She later fell asleep until she was located by the motorist. Mylee was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital and later flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she is being treated for her injuries.


Woman Injured after Falling from Pike Co Highwall

First responders worked to rescue a woman who fell from a highwall Monday. Officials say employees from Magic Mart heard the woman yelling Monday morning and called police. Coal Run police officers found the woman. She fell 50-60 feet from a highwall onto a lower portion of the wall. Police called the fire department to help rescue the woman with their ladder truck. Police did not know how or why the woman fell and did not release her name. Her injuries are not life-threatening, officials said.


Five Arrested after Two Month-long Investigation in Boyd Co

Five people were arrested after a two monthlong investigation in Boyd Co. According to the Ashland Police Dept. and the Boyd Co Sheriff's Dept. five people were arrested at the Castle Apartments in the 2000th block of Winchester Avenue. Deputies say they have purchased crystal ice (methamphetamine) and heroin from the apartments on several occasions. Arrested were:

*Jammarius A. Mosley, of Atlanta, Georgia for two counts of trafficking a controlled substance of meth and two counts of trafficking a controlled substance of heroin, as well as resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police and criminal mischief.

*Jack S. Ruggles is charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance of meth and heroin as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia.

*Billy Wellman is charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance of heroin, possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia.

*Jayne R. Damron is charged with two counts of complicity to trafficking a controlled substance of heroin.

*Ronald Damron is charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance of heroin, possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia.

When deputies arrested the five suspects, they seized heroin, money, paraphernalia and a loaded firearm. They are all being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.


Heating Assistance

Registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP in Kentucky is currently underway. Applications for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began Nov. 1 and will run through Friday, Dec. 9. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

(December)

6          T                                        
7          U,V,W
8          X,Y,Z
9         OPEN Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775