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WSIP News 7-22-2016

 

Letcher Co Man Seriously Injured in a Thursday ATV Crash

According to the KSP, 1 man was seriously injured following an ATV crash in Letcher Co on Thursday afternoon. The crash happened along Bo Fork off Highway 931 South in the Cowan community of Letcher Co. around 2 p.m. Thursday. Kentucky State Police said the man and his Honda 500 series Foreman ATV went over about a 15 foot embankment. Fire department personnel had to use ropes to rappel down to the man. He was flown to Pikeville Medical Center with serious injuries. The man’s name has not been released, nor his condition. The KSP is continuing to investigate this crash.


Car Crashes into a Pike Co Church

Officials in Pike Co are investigating a Wednesday night crash that involved a car and a Church. Reports indicate that a Maryland woman was driving through the Belfry community of Pike Co. Wednesday night when she lost control of her SUV, went off the roadway and into the Jesus Way Church's parking lot, then hitting the building. Police say no one was at the church at the time of the crash. The woman was taken to the hospital as precaution, but only suffered minor injuries.


Arrest made in Clayton Homes Burglary Case

According to the Floyd Co. Times, the Floyd Co Sheriff’s Department made an arrest in a recent burglary at Clayton Homes. Following an anonymous tip, deputies arrested Gregory “Leelee” Thompson at 2:30 a.m. on July 9 at the Marathon in Stanville. Deputies from the Floyd Co Sheriff’s Department staked out the Stanville gas station where the informant said Thompson visited every night around the same time. The deputies had witnessed Thompson there on an earlier date, but he had fled on foot. According to the complaint warrant, Floyd Co Deputy Landon Hall stated the defendant committed the offense of third degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $500 when he broke into the maintenance van at Clayton Homes and stole numerous power tools valued over $1000. According to the arrest citation, Floyd County Deputy Oliver Little stated that during Thompson’s arrest he told deputies he had committed the theft because he was upset they would not hire him. Thompson was released on $10,000 cash bond on July 9. He is scheduled to appear back in Floyd County District Court at 9:30 a.m. on July 27.


Judge says A.G. Beshear can Sue Gov. Bevin over U of L Board Decision

A state judge says Kentucky's Democratic Attorney General can sue the state's Republican governor over his decision to abolish the University of Louisville board of trustees. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin abolished the board and replaced all of its members last month, saying the university needed a "fresh start." Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Bevin, saying the governor's order is illegal. But last year, former Attorney General Jack Conway issued an advisory opinion saying the governor does have the authority to reorganize the university's board. Chad Meredith, one of Bevin's attorneys, argued Beshear's lawsuit directly contradicts that opinion and violates the state's code of ethics for attorneys. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Thursday morning there was no basis to disqualify the attorney general's office from suing the governor.


Kentucky’s Jobless Rate Drops to 5 Percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2016 dropped to 5 percent from a revised 5.1 percent in May 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary June 2016 jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in June 2015. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for June 2016 was 4.9 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In June 2016, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 1,973,887, a decrease of 6,448 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment was down 4,559, and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,889.


High Temperatures Continue across Area

Another blast of heat and humidity is putting air conditioners to the test across Kentucky this week. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s with high humidity and heat index’s possibly hitting triple digits for the rest of the week and into the weekend. If you’re going to be outside, officials urge you to drink plenty of water, take breaks and seek shade whenever possible. The Centers for Disease Control says heat can be deadly and it's important to pay attention to warning signs such as:

• Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.

• Other conditions that can limit the ability to regulate temperature include old age, youth (ages newborn to 4 years), obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug use and alcohol use.

So if you have to work or be outside, please use caution and check on those who do not have adequate cooling equipment and make sure your outside animals have shade and plenty of drinking water.



WSIP News 7-21-2016

 

Prestonsburg Man Facing Drug Charges

Deputies in Floyd Co have wrapped up their investigation into an alleged illegal drug trafficking case that has been ongoing for several months. Floyd Co Sheriff John Hunt says that deputies began an investigation into illegal drug trafficking allegations in the Lancer community after having received numerous tips on the sheriff’s office anonymous tip line. During the investigation, deputies noticed an unusual amount of heavy traffic at a residence belonging to 50-year-old Mark Dotson, and even witnessed drug transactions being made at Dotson’s residence and also in the parking lot of the Cardinal Country Store and gas station at Lancer. During the course of the investigation, deputies gathered enough evidence to present to a grand jury which led to Dotson’s indictment and arrest. Dotson was lodged in the Floyd Co Jail where he was charged with 2 counts of Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree. Sheriff Hunt says that other arrests could be forthcoming.


W.Va. Woman Arrested for Shoplifting and Drug Charges

According to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept. a call about a shoplifter ended with the alleged suspect busted for having hundreds of pills that did not belong to her. Deputies arrested Sue Bob White, 47, of Dingess, W.Va. at a grocery store in the Warfield community of Martin Co. Tuesday night after they say she shoplifted ear cleaner for pets and roach gel. During a search of White, Deputies say they found 7 different pill containers full of pills that were prescribed for another person. The pills include Diazepam, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolan. Besides the shoplifting charge, White was charged with 3 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, 1 count of Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance, 1 count of Illegal Possession of Legend Drug, and 1 count of having Drug Paraphernalia. White was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.


2 People Arrested on Drug Charges in Martin Co.

In a separate news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 PM, two people were arrested following a traffic stop that resulted in a DUI and drug charges. Arrested was Joshua Moore, 18 of Inez and Sasha Newsome, 26 of DeBoard. According to the arrest citation, Moore was pulled over by Deputy Evans with the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI, Poss of Marjuana, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess, No Reg Plates or Receipt and Failure to maintain Ins. 1st Off. Newsome was a passenger in Moore’s car and was also arrested. She was charged with Public Intoxication – Control Substance (Excludes Alcohol), 3 Counts of Poss. of Controlled Substance, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 2nd Off, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess. The arrest citation states that she admitted to Deputies that she had smoked Marijuana and took Xanax. Both Moore and Newsome were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Deputy Evans with the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this incident.


Major Mtn. Parkway Project in Salyersville nears Start of Construction

The first extension of the Mountain Parkway in more than a half century will begin soon as contractors start to widen the roadway through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row. The 2.4-mile project will improve safety and ease mobility through the busiest and most visible stretch of roadway along the Mountain Parkway corridor. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded a construction contract to Hinkle Contracting Services LLC to perform the work along the Restaurant Row Segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. This project will continue construction already underway to widen and expand the Mountain Parkway immediately west of Salyersville.

When the Restaurant Row project begins, a total of more than 8 miles of the Mountain Parkway roadway will be under construction in Magoffin Co. KYTC Project Manager Marshall Carrier said, “The Restaurant Row Segment is unlike any other part of the project. It serves dozens of Magoffin Co businesses and is a vital connector that links the parkway to Johnson, Floyd, Pike and several other counties in Eastern Kentucky.” Construction will begin later this summer, but no firm date has been set. More details about the project schedule and impacts will be announced in coming weeks.

The Restaurant Row Segment begins just east of Exit 75 of the current Mountain Parkway to just east of the KY 114/U.S. 460 intersection (Rock House Road). The main roadway now has more than 80 access points from private drives and existing intersections. Over the next three years, the main roadway will be widened to four lanes and converted to a partially controlled parkway that will improve the flow of traffic through Restaurant Row while ensuring access to businesses, residences and other facilities. The project also includes improving and expanding a system of local access roads along what will become an extension of the Mountain Parkway. The project is funded in part by a $24 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The federal funding was awarded to speed construction of this crucial segment of the parkway expansion and support economic development in Eastern Kentucky. Preconstruction activities, including utility relocations and demolitions of vacant properties located in the project area, have been underway along Restaurant Row for more than a month.


High Temperatures Continue across Area

Another blast of heat and humidity is putting air conditioners to the test across Kentucky this week. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s with high humidity and heat index’s possibly hitting triple digits for the rest of the week and into the weekend. If you’re going to be outside, officials urge you to drink plenty of water, take breaks and seek shade whenever possible. The Centers for Disease Control says heat can be deadly and it's important to pay attention to warning signs such as:

• Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.

• Other conditions that can limit the ability to regulate temperature include old age, youth (ages newborn to 4 years), obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug use and alcohol use.

So if you have to work or be outside, please use caution and check on those who do not have adequate cooling equipment and make sure your outside animals have shade and plenty of drinking water.


Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center Awarded $40,000 through Wal-Mart

Monday afternoon was certainly a Happy and Surprising Day for the Johnson Co. Senior Citizens Center, that’s because they were awarded $40,000 dollars’ thanks to a grant through the Walmart Corporation, called The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program. Cindy Hackworth, who is a committee member with Kentucky State Giving and also an employee with the Paintsville Wal-Mart, was present for Wednesday’s presentation and she told WSIP news, “this program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations ranging from $25,000 to as much as $200,000, depending on the type of program.” Hackworth also noted that originally the Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center only applied for $28,000, but the foundation decided on giving them a little bit more than requested. Hackworth said the center had “no idea” the amount was as large as it was and she was pleased to be able to present them with these much needed funds that will go towards their “Meals on Wheels” feeding program.

Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center Director Katrina Stewart was more than pleased with the extra funds, which she said will definitely help “keep this center going”. Stewart said she was “ecstatic” when she heard the amount that was actually awarded to the center. When ask what this grant will be used for, Stewart said the money will be used for their home delivery meals, the food cost and their staff. Joining Cindy Hackworth at Wednesday’s check presentation was Paintsville Walmart Store Mgr. Greg Salyer, Co-Mgr. Josh Pruitt, Paintsville Walmart Training Coordinator Teresa Holbrook, Paintsville Customer Service Mgr. Darlene Risner and Paintsville Walmart Community Involvement Coordinator Anna Collins. Also present were members of the Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center Bd. Of Directors, Johnson Co. Judge Exec. Tucker Daniel, Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter, as well the center’s citizens.

The State Giving Program invests in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Walmart Foundation has a State Advisory Council in each state, made up of Walmart associates representing local communities. Each Council helps identify local needs within its state, reviews all eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. Councils base recommendations on alignment with Foundation focus areas, state or community needs and program eligibility criteria. Applications are accepted during designated periods, or cycles, only. All states have two application cycles annually. Each state is assigned to either application cycles 1 and 3 or application cycles 2 and 4. Organizations may only apply for funding in the designated cycles assigned to their state. Application cycles are highly competitive and based on alignment with preferred funding areas. The State Giving Program application is currently closed. The application will reopen on August 29, 2016. For more information you may visit http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/

 

 

WSIP News 7-20-2016

 

KSP Investigating Death in Pike County

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police Post 09 in Pikeville, Detectives are currently investigating the death of Shannon Robinson, 39 of Shelbiana. On July 18, 2016, KSP Post 09 received a call advising that an employee with CSX had located the body of a deceased male. The body was located on the Nelse Bottom railroad tracks in the Millard community of Pike Co. The preliminary investigation at the scene indicated that Robinson suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a train. Pike Co Coroner, Russell Roberts pronounced Robinson deceased at the scene. Robinson’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. This incident remains under investigation by Post 09 Detective, Gary Sykes.


KSP Arrest Stanton Woman on Murder Charges

According to the KSP in Morehead, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 1:04 p.m. Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead arrested Melissa N. Roberts, age 33, of Stanton, KY. Roberts was lodged at the Powell County Detention center on the charge of Murder. A Powell County Grand Jury indicted her on the charge of Murder related to the shooting death of Steven Strange on April 20, 2016. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Toby Gardner.


Floyd Co. Woman Arrested for taking Medication from Her Work

The Prestonsburg Police Dept. arrested a woman at the Jenny Wiley Village last Friday, July 15, after receiving complaints about a woman under the influence. Upon arrival, Officer Will Holbrook found Jaime Bartley lying outside against a building “highly intoxicated”, to the point she was having trouble standing and could not talk. EMS workers were called to the scene and transported Bartley to St. Joseph Martin Hospital, however that did not mark the end of Officer Holbrook's investigation.

Upon further investigation, Officer Holbrook discovered a large amount of medication, still in the package, in Bartley’s vehicle. The medication appeared to belong to Riverview Nursing Home, where Bartley was a nurse. Xanax and hydrocodone were among some of the medications that was found. An arrest warrant was obtained for Bartley, while she was still being treated in the hospital. Bartley was charged with public intoxication, theft by unlawful taking under $500, 3 counts of possession of controlled substance, and theft of alleged drug, as well as reckless exploitation of an adult. A preliminary hearing is set for Monday.


Former Mine Inspector Fined

A former state mine inspector who admitted to taking bribes is now facing a four-thousand-dollar fine. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission ordered the fine for Kelly Shortridge on Monday. Shortridge admitted he took money not to write tickets to a mine owned by former Democratic state Representative Keith Hall. In addition to the fine, a judge sentenced Shortridge to two years in prison. Hall got seven.


Former KRS Chairman set to Argue against Removal in Court

The former chairman of the beleaguered Kentucky Retirement Systems is heading to court to challenge his removal by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Thomas Elliott has sued Bevin for removing him as chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees. Bevin's attorneys say he has the authority to remove Elliott. But Elliott says his term is set by state law and cannot be altered by the governor. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. The lawsuit is one of several challenging Bevin's reorganization of state boards and commissions. Labor unions are challenging the makeup of the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission and Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging Bevin's decision to replace the University of Louisville board of trustees. The Kentucky Retirement System has unfunded liabilities of more than $19 billion.


Distracted Driving Blitz Underway

Kentucky State Police are cracking down on drivers who can’t put their phone down while on the road. Troopers are taking part in a six-state enforcement blitz to stop people from texting while driving, blaming the habit for many fender-benders. The campaign runs through Saturday in Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.


Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center Awarded $40,000 through Wal-Mart

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Monday afternoon was certainly a Happy and Surprising Day for the Johnson Co. Senior Citizens Center, that’s because they were awarded $40,000 dollars’ thanks to a grant through the Walmart Corporation, called The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program. Cindy Hackworth, who is a committee member with Kentucky State Giving and also an employee with the Paintsville Wal-Mart, was present for Wednesday’s presentation and she told WSIP news, “this program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations ranging from $25,000 to as much as $200,000, depending on the type of program.” Hackworth also noted that originally the Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center only applied for $28,000, but the foundation decided on giving them a little bit more than requested. Hackworth said the center had “no idea” the amount was as large as it was and she was pleased to be able to present them with these much needed funds that will go towards their “Meals on Wheels” feeding program.

Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center Director Katrina Stewart was more than pleased with the extra funds, which she said will definitely help “keep this center going”. Stewart said she was “ecstatic” when she heard the amount that was actually awarded to the center. When ask what this grant will be used for, Stewart said the money will be used for their home delivery meals, the food cost and their staff. Joining Cindy Hackworth at Wednesday’s check presentation was Paintsville Walmart Store Mgr. Greg Salyer, Co-Mgr. Josh Pruitt, Paintsville Walmart Training Coordinator Teresa Holbrook, Paintsville Customer Service Mgr. Darlene Risner and Paintsville Walmart Community Involvement Coordinator Anna Collins. Also present were members of the Johnson Co. Sr. Citizens Center Bd. Of Directors, Johnson Co. Judge Exec. Tucker Daniel, Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter, as well the center’s citizens.

The State Giving Program invests in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Walmart Foundation has a State Advisory Council in each state, made up of Walmart associates representing local communities. Each Council helps identify local needs within its state, reviews all eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. Councils base recommendations on alignment with Foundation focus areas, state or community needs and program eligibility criteria. Applications are accepted during designated periods, or cycles, only. All states have two application cycles annually. Each state is assigned to either application cycles 1 and 3 or application cycles 2 and 4. Organizations may only apply for funding in the designated cycles assigned to their state. Application cycles are highly competitive and based on alignment with preferred funding areas. The State Giving Program application is currently closed. The application will reopen on August 29, 2016. For more information you may visit http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/

 

WSIP News 7-19-2016

 

Johnson Co Special Called Fiscal Court Meeting Minutes

The Johnson Co Fiscal Court met in a special called meeting Monday afternoon at the Johnson Co. Fiscal Ct. meeting room. The meeting got underway with the Pledge, followed by the approval of the minutes from June 13 regular meeting and the approval to pay the monthly bills as presented. The first item approved on the night was the transfer of $40,000 from the general fund to the jail fund. Next the court approved an amendment to the Sheriff’s budget. An increase of $28,785.44, $7,135.45 from KLEFPF which will go towards Deputies Gross Salaries, $21,275 from the sale of surplus equip. (a Dozer) which will go towards Police Equip. and $374.99 for returning a fugitive, which will go towards Travel Expenses.

Next the court approved the Sheriff’s Dept. 2015 Tax Settlement Statements for Property Taxes and Oil and Gas Taxes made with the Johnson Co. Treasurer, Johnson Co. School Dist., Johnson Co. Library, Johnson Co. Health Dept., Johnson Co. Extension Service, Johnson Co. Fire Protection, Johnson Co. Soil Conservation and the Local Johnson Co. Fire Department’s. Next the court approved any and all documents associated with processing the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for an acquisition project in the Flat Gap area of Johnson Co. following last year’s devastating flooding event. Also a motion was made and approved to make Judge Tucker Daniel the Applicant Agent for the County.

Next the court approved the Johnson Co. Board of Health’s recommendation for the 2016 Public Health Tax Levi in the amount of 6 cents per $100 of the assessed valuation of all real property and personal property and 6 cents per $100 of the assessed valuation of all motor vehicles in Johnson Co. for the year 2017. Next the court heard from Paintsville/Johnson Co. Emergency Mgmt. Director Gary McClure, who gave an activity rundown for his office over the last month. McClure also spoke about the 1 year anniversary of the Johnson Co. Flood and told the court there is still work to do for the residents and he was pleased with the way the community came together, as well as commending the local Fire Dept. and other agencies for their hard work. The Final item on the agenda was the approval for the County Roads improvement Program. The county will spend nearly $400,000 of their road dept. money to blacktop several roads in Johnson Co.  With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.


Minutes from Special Called City Council Meeting

The Paintsville City Council met in a special-called meeting Monday, July 18 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The evening began with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of June 13 and a special called meeting of June 27. The council also approved to pay the monthly bills as presented and they approved the department reports from the Police, Fire, Ambulance, 911, Emergency Mgmt., Utilities and treasurer. The first item on the night was to open bids on surplus vehicles. The first was a 2002 Chevy Pick-Up Truck (S-10). Raymond Ratliff made a bid of $350 that was accepted. Next was a 1996 S-10, two bids were received and the council approved a $400 bid by Teddy Curtsinger. The other bid was from Raymond Ratliff in the amount of $120. Another vehicle did not receive any bids, a 1992 GMC Garbage Truck.

Next the council discussed the Sewer Rate Adjustment from Paintsville Utilities. After a back and forth conversation with council members and representatives from Paintsville Utilities, it was decided that the council would table this discussion until after a July 27 meeting in Hazard with the Utilities and the Division of Water, then call a special meeting to discuss the rates and any and all approvals. Next the council heard from the owner of CAM mechanics, who wanted to know the city’s wrecker policy and how he could be considered to get on a rotation, if one exist. Mayor Bob Porter said the best of his knowledge that the city did not have a wrecker rotation and that the policy needed to be reconsidered. After a brief discussion, it was decided that Councilman Shawn Thompson and Bill Mike Runyon, along with the City Attorney, Mayor Porter and Paintsville City Police Chief Bill Holbrook will form a committee to look at the city’ wrecker policy and consider having a wrecker rotation. Any decisions would be made at a special meeting or the next regular scheduled meeting.

Next the council approved the hiring of the Wells & Company to audit the city’s books. Mayor Porter said the city has used Wells & Company for a while and was pleased with their work and their rates. Mayor Porter then called for the approval to go into executive session. After 15 minutes or so, the council returned to the meeting and Mayor Porter announced there were no action taken during the executive session. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.


Paintsville Police Arrest Female on Several Charges

According to Paintsville Police Detective Jonathan Holbrook, on Monday afternoon around 1 PM, Det. Holbrook said he was on routine patrol when he noticed a female, who he knew had a warrant out for her arrest. Upon stopping the female to question her, she reportedly gave him a false name and then took off running. After a brief chase, Det. Holbrook placed the woman under arrest. Det. Holbrook said he found a syringe and crystal like substance, thought to be Meth, on the female. She was first taken to PBH Medical Center for decontamination and cleared, then transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The identity of the female is Leslie Whitaker, 30 of Thelma. Whitaker has been charged with Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on Foot), Resisting Arrest, Giving Officer False Name or Address, Poss Controlled Substance 1st Degree (1st Off – Drug Unspecified) and Serving Bench Warrant for Court. Det, Jonathan Holbrook is continuing to investigate this incident. Chief Bill Holbrook and Patrolman Shane Cantrell was also on scene during the arrest.


Body Found in Pike Co.

On Monday afternoon, officials with CSX, said some of their workers found a body in Pike Co. According to WYMT, the Pike Co. Coroner’s Office identified the man as Shannon Lee Robinson, 39, of Shelbiana, Ky. Investigators say Robinson’s body was found around 2 PM near Browns Street in the Millard community of Pike Co. The Pike Co. Coroner said Robinson may have been hit by a train. An autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death.


Truck Overturns in Floyd Co, Sends One to Hospital in Floyd Co

According to reports, the westbound lanes of KY Route 80 in Floyd Co were closed for a time on Monday afternoon, following a truck accident. Police say witnesses told them the trucks rear tire blew out, causing the truck to swerve, then it flipped onto its side and into an embankment. The driver of the truck, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital with head injuries. Police describe the injuries as non-life threatening. The crash is under investigation.


BSCTC Participating in Statewide Express Enrollment July 18-21

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is offering students a one-stop enrollment opportunity during the week of July 18. Express Enrollment week is a statewide event for all community and technical colleges to help with one-on-one advising regarding enrollment, financial aid, scheduling and other items that prospective students need to complete for the fall semester. Additionally, if a student has not taken a required test, that can be scheduled as well. The goal is to make the enrollment process as simple and fast as possible. Most students should be able to complete the process during their advising session.

“We know many of our prospective students are anxious about college, but we want to relieve that anxiety and make enrolling as easy as possible,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC. “We believe if we can simplify this first important step, more students are likely to take advantage of the affordable opportunities Big Sandy Community and Technical College has to offer.” BSCTC will host Express Enrollment from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 18-21 on all campuses (Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Mayo and Hager Hill). Students who enrolled last semester, but have not registered for fall will receive a reminder email and/or call inviting them to Express Enrollment at their local college. Those who have not attended, may schedule an appointment by visiting express.gokctcs.com.



WSIP 7-18-2016

 

Lawrence Co. Man Dies after Car He was Working On, Fell on Him

According to reports, one man was killed Saturday after a vehicle fell on him in Lawrence Co. According to Lawrence County Emergency Management, the incident took place near the Webbville community around 8 AM. Reports say a man was making repairs to a vehicle when the car fell on him, trapping the man underneath the car and he died as a result of his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released at this time. The accident is being investigated by the Lawrence Co Sheriff's Department.


Two Dead in a Knott Co ATV Accident

According to the Kentucky State Police in Hazard, 2 people were killed in an ATV crash in Knott Co on Sunday. Investigators say the crash happened after midnight in the Carrie community of Knott Co. The Coroner’s office said the ATV was carrying a total of 4 people, 2 were killed, 1 was injured and taken to Hazard ARH and another was unharmed. Kentucky State Police are investigating the crash, but they believe the driver lost control of the ATV near an abandoned mine. They said at least two of the four people were thrown from the ATV. Officials say the ATV fell on the two people who were killed. The Knott Co Coroner identified the deceased as Billy Breeding, 54, and Anthony Singleton, 54. Breeding was a firefighter at the Fisty Volunteer Fire Department.


Perry Co Sheriff’s Dept. Searching for Man in Connection to an Attempted Robbery

The Perry Co Sheriff's Dept. is asking for the public's help in locating a man they believed tried to rob another man and shot at him. Deputies are looking for Albert Couch. Couch allegedly attempted to rob a man at gunpoint and shot the gun in the process, deputies said. The incident occurred Wednesday, July 13 around 6 PM on Big Willard Road in the Busy community of Perry Co. Authorities consider Couch armed and dangerous. He was last seen in the Combs area on a stolen motorcycle with a red gas tank and no fenders, deputies said. Couch has an active felony warrant for attempted robbery, wanton endangerment, and terrorist threatening. Anyone with information can call the Perry Co Sheriff's Office at 606-439-4523 and can remain anonymous.


Floyd Co. Police Cruiser Hits Pedestrian

According to reports from WYMT-TV, a Floyd Co man was hospitalized Thursday after he was hit by a police cruiser. The man has been identified as Thomas Baldridge, 63. Reports say he was walking at the intersection of University Drive and state Route 1428 when he was hit by a Police cruiser making a left turn onto University Drive. WYMT reports that Prestonsburg Police Officer Kenneth Prater was driving. A spokesperson for the Prestonsburg Police Department told WYMT, Prater did not see Baldridge in the road. Baldridge was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center and later transported to Pikeville Medical Center, where at last report, he was listed in stable condition. Prater is on administrative leave, which is department policy. Kentucky State Police troopers are investigating the incident and No charges have been filed at this time.


No Criminal Charge, but Lawsuit Filed in Estill Co Landfill Case

The office of the Attorney General Andy Beshear released a statement saying no criminal charges will be filed over the disposal of radioactive waste dumped at the Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill Co. Beshear says the cabinet declined to authorize his office to take civil action against Advanced TENORM Services and its owners. However, on Friday afternoon, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced it will seek significant civil penalties against Advanced TENORM Services, LLC, Fairmont Brine, and all others responsible for the illicit dumping of waste in both Estill and Greenup Counties.

The Estill Co judge executive did file a multi-million dollar lawsuit in the case. The lawsuit against four companies and one individual is based on the allegation that the county's solid waste ordinance was violated 47 times between July and November 2015. State officials say the waste is actually sludge from oil and gas wells that came from West Virginia. Illinois is the only state allowed to dump radioactive waste in Kentucky.


BSCTC Participating in Statewide Express Enrollment July 18-21

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is offering students a one-stop enrollment opportunity during the week of July 18. Express Enrollment week is a statewide event for all community and technical colleges to help with one-on-one advising regarding enrollment, financial aid, scheduling and other items that prospective students need to complete for the fall semester. Additionally, if a student has not taken a required test, that can be scheduled as well. The goal is to make the enrollment process as simple and fast as possible. Most students should be able to complete the process during their advising session.

“We know many of our prospective students are anxious about college, but we want to relieve that anxiety and make enrolling as easy as possible,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC. “We believe if we can simplify this first important step, more students are likely to take advantage of the affordable opportunities Big Sandy Community and Technical College has to offer.” BSCTC will host Express Enrollment from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 18-21 on all campuses (Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Mayo and Hager Hill). Students who enrolled last semester, but have not registered for fall will receive a reminder email and/or call inviting them to Express Enrollment at their local college. Those who have not attended, may schedule an appointment by visiting express.gokctcs.com.


J
ohnson Co. Native to Sing at Republican National Convention

Johnson Co native Marlana VanHoose has been invited to sing at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio tonight. Marlana has become a fixture on the big stage at many local, state and national sporting events, as well as other meetings, churches and gatherings.