WSIP News 12-1-2015


Inmate who Escaped Custody in Pike Co. Recaptured

A Pike Co. man who escaped custody from the Pike Co Detention Center has been recaptured. According to officials at the jail, Arias Silcox, 28, of Elkhorn City, escaped from the Pikeville Medical Center Saturday night. Pike Co. jailer Freddie Lewis said Silcox was caught Sunday in the Ashcamp community. Silcox is facing several charges including failure to produce an insurance card and identity theft, among other charges. Escape charges will most certainly be added to the list.

Fire Destroys a Pikeville Restaurant

Officials in Pike Co. are continuing their investigation into a Sunday evening fire that destroyed the Taco Bell in Coal Run, Kentucky. The fire broke out about 6 p.m. Sunday. According to reports, when firefighters arrived on scene, the fire had already spread into the attic and the roof area and that made it nearly impossible to get the fire out until it went through the roof so firefighters could actively attack it. In all a total of seven fire departments from around Pike Co. helped battle the blaze. No word yet on how the fire started and officials report no one was injured in the fire.

Man's Body Found in River in Breathitt Co

Police are investigating after a body was found Monday in Breathitt County. The body of a man around 50 years old was found in a river near Rt. 1812 - also known as Old Quicksand Road - around five p.m. Monday, Breathitt Co Sheriff Ray Clemons said. A boy found the body near the river bank behind a house about 1.5 miles from Jackson, Clemons said. The sheriff did not identify the body because the man's family had not yet been informed. At this point, it's too early to determine whether foul play was a factor in the man's death, Clemons said. The man's body was taken to to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Ashland Couple Sentenced for Defrauding Social Security

An Ashland couple has been sentenced to jail following their conviction of scheming to defraud the Social Security Administration and the Kentucky Medicaid Program. Diana Lynn Ball, 59, was sentenced to 36 months for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fraud, Medicaid fraud, theft of government property and making a false statement. Her husband, Lawrence Ball, 59, received 24 months for making a false statement. Judge David Bunning also ordered the couple to pay restitution, equal to the amount of the improper benefits received

Prosecutors say from 1996 until December of 2013, Diana Ball intentionally concealed her true living arrangement from the SSA, in order to fraudulently collect SSI and Medicaid benefits. According to testimony, Ball repeatedly told the SSA she had separated from her husband and was not sharing living expenses. In reality, Ball had been living with her husband and was receiving financial support from him. Had the SSA been aware of the true living arrangement, Ball would not have been eligible to receive the benefit payments.

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. 4 and will run through Friday, Dec. 11. 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:


1          N
2          O, P
3          Q, R
4          S                                        
7          S
8          T
9          U, V, W
10        X, Y, Z  
11        OPEN Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.

No school for Johnson County on Monday, December 7th, 2015

Attention ALL Johnson County Students and Parents from Johnson Co. Schools Superintendent Tom Salyers…Due to the late scheduled start time on Sunday night (12-6-2015) for the Class 4A Football Championship Game in Bowling Green, Ky. featuring our Johnson Central Golden Eagles, Johnson County Schools will be CLOSED on MONDAY, DECEMBER 7th!!! This is to ensure safe travel for our students, athletes, parents, and fans to and from the game.


WSIP News 11-30-2015 - UPDATED


Update: Missing Teen found Safe

According to reports from Louisa Police Chief Greg Fugitt, the Louisa teenager who went missing for five days and had police on both sides of the Big Sandy looking for her turned herself in Saturday. According to a statement released on the Levisa Lazer website from Chief Fugate, "On November 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm, the missing/runaway juvenile has been located safe when she turned herself in. We would like to thank everyone for all their assistance in this matter." Bobbie Sue Clay was reported missing Tuesday evening and a missing person’s alert was issued. Fugitt did not give details as to where Ms. Clay had been or if she was held against her will. He also did not say if any charges will be filed in the incident.

Former Johnson Co. Teacher Sentenced for Sexually Exploiting Student

A former high school teacher at Johnson Central H.S, who admitted to sexually exploiting a minor student, has been sentenced to prison. The US Attorney's Office says Robert Cantrell, 26, of Versailles, has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for illegally enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. He must serve 85% of that sentence, which is nearly 12 years. Cantrell was also ordered to serve 15 years of supervised release following his sentence. Earlier this year, Cantrell admitted that in 2014, he enticed a minor student to text him sexually images of the student engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Cantrell also admitted he induced the minor student to engage in sexual acts with him.

Fire Destroy’s a Pikeville Restaurant

A fire early Sunday evening has destroyed the Taco Bell in Coal Run, Kentucky. The fire broke out about 6 p.m. Sunday. According to reports, when firefighters arrived on scene, the fire had already spread into the attic and the roof area and that made it nearly impossible to get the fire out until it went through the roof so firefighters could actively attack it. In all a total of seven fire departments from around Pike Co. helped battle the blaze. No word yet on how the fire started and officials report no one was injured in the fire.

Names Released in Deadly Boyd Co Crash

The names of two young men killed early Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in the Catlettsburg area of Boyd Co. have been released. According to The Boyd Co Coroner’s Office, Matthew Hall, 27, and Seth Watkins, 20 both died in the crash. Police say Hall was the driver, and Watkins was the passenger. The accident happened in the 7200 block of Johnson Fork Road on Wednesday. Boyd Co Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods says Hall’s vehicle went into a ditch and hit a steel culvert that was 10 feet below the ground. After hitting the culvert, Sheriff Woods says the vehicle bounced back up to road level. Investigators believe excessive speed was the cause of the crash.

KSP Investigating Fatal Accident in Powell Co.

According to a news release from the KSP, on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 14:20 hours the Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call of a fatal traffic accident on Campton Road near Nada Tunnel Road in Powell County. Troopers responded to the scene, it was determined that Timothy Addison, 24, of Stanton was traveling south on Campton Rd when he crossed the center line striking a 1995 Mack tractor and trailer operated by Claude E Lowe, 29, of Louisa head on. Mr. Addison was pronounced deceased at the scene by Powell County Coroner Hondo Hearne. Mr. Lowe was transported by Powell County EMS to Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester where he is listed in stable condition. Addison was an assistant director for Powell County Emergency Management. This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Jason Brown.

Father and Son Injured in Lewis County Crash

A father and son are in the hospital after a crash on Thanksgiving Day. The Lewis County Herald reports the accident happened near Dugan's Curve on Ky. Rt. 8, east of Vanceburg, about 9:40 p.m. Thursday. Investigators say Paul Nolen, 41, of Vanceburg, went off the side of the road and tried to overcorrect. They say the van went about 180 feet diagonally, across the road, hit a tree and flipped on its top. Nolen and his 13-year-old son Daven, were trapped inside and crews had to use the Jaws-of-Life to get them out. They were both take to the hospital. There's no word on their conditions.

Grand Jury to Hear Murder Case in Greenup Co.

The case of father charged with killing his adult son is now headed to a grand jury. Elmer "Earl" Kazee, 61, of Greenup, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. Kazee is charged with one count of murder in the shooting death of Gregory Shane Kazee, 41. The shooting happened late last month at a home in the 300 block of Short Branch Road, during a domestic disturbance, according to court documents. Elmer Kazee posted bond following his arrest. A motive for the shooting has not been released.

Fire Destroys a Beattyville Business

A business in the Beattyville community of Lee Co. was destroyed following a late-night fire. Officials say the fire started around 10 PM Wednesday night at Manna Cafe on Main St. When fire crews arrived on the scene, they say there was little they could do to save the building. They were able to enter, but quickly had to exit because of the dangerous situation. Two other buildings, including Kentucky Farm Bureau, were damaged by smoke from the fire. Firefighters say the cafe has been around for about 4 years. It's in one of the oldest buildings in Beattyville. They say the building may have to be leveled. Officials say no one was hurt in the fire and investigators say it's too soon to know how the fire started.

Kentucky Wins $2.65 Million for Medicaid in Settlement

Kentucky has recovered $2.65 million from a San Diego-based urine drug testing company for fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program. Attorney General Jack Conway announced the settlement with Millennium Health on Wednesday. Conway said the company would cause doctors to order an excessive number of unnecessary urine tests, which were then charged to Medicaid. The company also gave free urine testing cups to doctors but only if the doctors returned the specimens to the company for hundreds of dollars' worth of testing. Conway said that violated Kentucky's anti-kickback laws, which bans companies from giving anything of value to a doctor in exchange for referrals. Kentucky was one of 48 states involved in the lawsuit. The total settlement was $256 million and included the District of Columbia and the federal government.