WSIP News 12-8-2017


Six People Arrested on Drug Charges in Martin Co

According to the Martin Co Sheriff’s Office, six people were arrested Monday night following a drug bust. Information released suggest that Deputies first visited a residence on Jack Cassidy Branch, where the homeowner gave consent to search. Upon searching of the residence, Deputies found marijuana, pills, meth precursors and various items of drug paraphernalia. Arrested at that location was 56-year-old Kathleen Moore of Inez, 37-year-old Sandra Morrison of Inez and 46-year-old Ferman Mcguin of Hager Hill. Deputies then went to the Dempsey Housing Apartments and after conducting what’s known as “knock-and-talks”, they (Deputies) arrested 34-year-old Tommy K. Johnson Jr. of Warfield and 30-year-old Christopher Stampered also of Warfield, after allegedly finding them in possession of pills. Deputies would make one more arrest when they found 34-year-old Jeffrey Moore of Inez, stopped on a bridge on old route 3. Moore allegedly admitted to smoking meth. He was arrested for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. All six people were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Suspect Arrested in a Tuesday Robbery in Hazard

Police in Clay Co arrested a man Tuesday night that is identified as the suspect from Tuesday's robbery at the Hazard Village Rite Aid. According to reports, the Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office, along with the KSP, stopped to assist a vehicle that was broke down. The driver, identified as Michael Scott Ganues and a female passenger. Turns out the car had a stolen license plate from Laurel Co. The woman sat in a Police cruiser while Deputies questioned Ganues. Police then asked the woman to get out of the car. They asked her if she had left anything in the cruiser, and she said no. Upon searching the car, Deputies found two baggies of meth and a white pill where the woman had been sitting. The woman denied the pills were hers. As Deputies placed the woman under arrest, she told them her name was Michelle Davis and gave them a Social Security Number and phone number, but officials say they could not find anyone matching that information. Investigations revealed that the woman’s true identity is Michelle L. Lindsey of Dry Ridge, Ky. and she is a wanted fugitive in Georgia and Kentucky. Ganues was arrested and lodged in the Clay Co Detention Center, charged with theft of a motor vehicle registration plate and robbery first degree. Lindsey is charged with theft of a motor vehicle plate, possession of a controlled substance and giving officers a false identity.

Ashland Man Arrested on Attempted Murder and Other Charges

An Ashland man has been arrested after he shot another man in the head early Tuesday morning. According to WSAZ reports, Michael Kelley, 35, was arrested Tuesday for attempted murder by the Ashland Police Dept. Investigators say the shooting happened at the Winchester Inn in Ashland and a bullet from Kelley’s gun skimmed a man's skull. Police say the man shot has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. Kelley was arrested at the Country Hearth Inn across the Ohio River in South Point about 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Police say a search warrant at that location turned up another firearm and drugs, which led investigators to another location in the 3000 block of Central Avenue in Ashland where multiple stolen firearms connected to a theft ring were seized. Arrested at that scene was Dylan G. Easterling and Kasey B. Childers, both of Ashland, who are facing burglary and criminal trespassing charges.

State Government News

Kentucky GOP House members are asking Republican Gov. Matt Bevin not to call a special legislative session on pension reform before the end of the year. According to The Courier Journal, a large majority of House Republicans sent a letter making the request Wednesday. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne said the letter expressed the lawmakers' desire to address the pension crisis but not during a special session. Majority Leader Jonathan Shell said of the 64 members of the House GOP caucus, at least 45 signed the letter during a retreat Wednesday. He said eight lawmakers couldn't attend the retreat. Bevin has said all year that he would call a session before year's end. His office didn't immediately respond to an email from the newspaper seeking a response to the lawmakers' letter.

PSC Conducts Hearing on Ky Power’s Rate Adjustment Request

An expert witness for the Kentucky attorney’s office on Wednesday told the Kentucky Public Service Commission that his calculations justify a $39.9 million rate increase for Kentucky Power customers. Ralph Smith, a regulatory consultant and a certified public accountant with Larkin & Associates in Livonia, Michigan, made his comments on the first day of a multi-day evidentiary hearing before the PSC concerning the company’s request to adjust its base rates. When asked by PSC if he stood by his filed testimony, Smith said, “Yes.” In June, Kentucky Power filed a rate review request with the PSC seeking to recover $69.6 million from customers. A settlement reached last month and presented to the Commission for consideration lowered that request by $28.6 million to an overall increase of $34.7 million.

The Commission is conducting its official hearing this week on Kentucky Power’s request to ask questions and gather additional testimony before issuing a ruling. Commissioners can approve, modify or reject the settlement agreement. If approved, new rates would go into effect in mid-January. The settlement proposes rates based on the opportunity to earn a return on equity of 9.75 percent, which Kentucky Power consider a vital component to attract investment. The settlement also provides a mechanism for Kentucky Power to recover 80 percent of its mandatory federal transmission expenses. The company had indicated that it would have to file another case immediately if the federal transmission costs were not accounted for in this case. As a result of the balance provided by the settlement, Kentucky Power agreed that if the agreement were approved, it would not seek an update to its general base rates until at least 2021. This essentially provides customers with a three-year stay out of changes to base rates. Under the settlement agreement, the residential customer rate would increase approximately 9 percent.

Kentucky Power provides service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties, including Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Rowan. Kentucky Power is an operating company in the American Electric Power system.


WSIP News 12-7-2017


Some Downtown Christmas Decorations Damaged in Paintsville

The Paintsville Police Dept. is currently investigating the vandalism of some of the City’s Christmas decorations. According to information, the vandalism happened sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday morning at the picnic table in the downtown parking lot near the Red lights on Main Street. Asst. Police Chief Danny Smith said there was about $300 worth of damage done to the decorations. Workers were on site Wednesday trying to fix and in some cases replace the damaged pieces. If anyone has any information on the person or persons responsible, please contact the Paintsville Police Dept. 606-789-2603.

Investigation Underway in a Shooting Death in Martin Co on Wednesday

The Kentucky State Police confirms that a death investigation is underway in Martin Co following a shooting that took place on Electra Glide Lane, just off of Davella Road in the Debord community of Martin Co. Investigators say the shooting happened around 3 AM Wednesday morning and one person is confirmed deceased. The victim has been identified as Rodney Stepp, 46, of Debord. At this time no additional information has been released on the events leading up to this shooting. Assisting at the scene was the Martin Co Sheriff’s Office. The KSP is the investigating agency.

Martin Co. Man Arrested after Shooting

According to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday morning, Dec 6, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint to respond to 117 Davelle Rd in the Deboard community of Martin Co. in reference to a male subject that had been shot. When Sheriff John Kirk and his Deputies arrived on scene, they observed a man, identified as Elwood Six, 66 of Inez standing beside what appeared to be a man with blood on the ground. Deputies say Six ignored commands by Officers to show his hands. According to the criminal complaint, Six told deputies to "shoot me." The criminal complaint went on to say that Six was taken to the ground by multiple Deputies and kept trying to reach for his pockets. A handgun was allegedly removed from his right pants pocket. Deputies had to force Six's hands behind his back and he continued to ignore verbal commands to stop resisting. During this altercation, Sheriff John Kirk was injured and had to be taken to a local Hospital for observation. Elwood Six has been charged with 5 counts of wanton endangerment on a Police Officer along with 1 count each of resisting arrest, menacing and disorderly conduct. Officials say this incident is in relation to the shooting death of Rodney Stepp. Kentucky State Police say that case will be presented to the grand jury for any charges pertaining to the shooting.

Two Brothers Arrested for Fake Crime Scene in Martin Co

In a separate news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, two brothers were arrested Saturday, Dec 2 after they had assaulted a man and then allegedly created a fake crime scene to cover it up. Police say Casey Spence and Jeffery Spence beat a man with a crowbar around 4 AM Saturday morning. Investigators say the man, identified as Fred Daniels, was hit in the head with the crowbar four times in the road near his home. Daniels told Deputies that the suspects stole his truck after hitting him. He had to have around 50 staples in his head. Deputies say the brothers went and created a crime scene at their house. They allegedly said Daniels had assaulted them and had come to their house and fired a shotgun at them. Martin Co Sheriff John Kirk said there was a hole in the wall that the Spence brothers claimed was from a shotgun, and there was blood on the scene. After investigating, Sheriff Kirk said the Spence brothers later admitted that the hole was not from a shotgun and that the blood was actually from a dog. The brothers were arrested for falsely reporting an incident. Both Casey and Jeffrey refused to be cuffed and were charged with resisting arrest. They were also charged with 1st -degree assault, theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespassing. They were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Hazard Police Investigating Armed Robbery

The Hazard Police Dept. is investigating the armed robbery that happened Tuesday. Police say a man brandished a handgun at a drug store. Police described the suspect as a white man in his 20s or 30s standing about 5-foot-9. They said he has tattoos on his neck. The man fled the scene in a black sport-utility vehicle. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Hazard Police Department at 606-436-2222.

Conn Pleads Not Guilty Related to Escape

Former Floyd Co. disabilities attorney Eric C. Conn pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges related to his escape. Conn arrived back on US soil late Tuesday evening after he was captured in Honduras on Monday. Conn had pleaded guilty in March 2017 to stealing from the Federal Government and bribing a judge in a more than $500 million Social Security fraud case. A judge was scheduled to sentence Conn on July 14, but Conn disappeared in June and authorities found his ankle monitor on the side of I-75.