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Local News 4-27-2015

 

Two Arrested in Massive Marijuana Bust in Martin Co

According to reports out of Martin Co. A massive marijuana operation has landed two people behind bars. Martin Co Sheriff John Kirk stumbled upon the operation when he smelled it while driving by a home on Rockhouse Road. Kirk reported that his department found about 150 marijuana plants growing in a trailer that had been made into a greenhouse and he adds that it was fully stocked with a water system, a ventilation system and heat lamps. It was estimated that with the grow system and everything involved, the find was worth around a quarter of a million dollars. Two people have been arrested in connection with the pot bust, Mardy Mollett Jr. and Pamela Blevins. They each now face charges of trafficking and cultivating marijuana. Mollett and Blevins reportedly lived in an apartment above a garage next door where they were able to keep a close eye on the plants with the use of a security system. WSIP news will bring you further information, as it becomes available.

KSP Investigating Fatal Fire in Floyd Co.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Post 9 in Pikeville, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 just after 2 pm, KSP Post 9 received a 911 call of a residential structure fire on KY Route 2030 in the Honaker community. Linda Akers, 66 of Honaker, was inside the residence at the time of the fire and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Floyd Co. Coroner Greg Nelson. The origin of the fire and the cause of death are still under investigation. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jeremy Giles. Detective Giles was assisted at the scene by KSP Post 9 Arson Investigator Nick Endicott and Deputy Fire Marshall Robert Keith.

Knott Co. Parents to Appear in Court this week for Infants Death

A Knott County couple say they are not responsible for the death of their infant daughter. According to the original police report, 19-year-old Joseph Newsome and 21-year-old Ashley Newsome have been charged manslaughter in the death of their two-month-old girl, who died at her home in the Hindman community last Wednesday, April 22. Preliminary autopsy results indicated that the child died of asphyxiation. The couple was in Knott Co. District Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. They are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, April 28th.

KSP Continue Search for Missing Carter Co. Man

KSP in Morehead are continuing their search for a missing Carter Co. man. As we have reported over the last several weeks, Police say Paul Clifton Sigman, 30, of Grayson has been missing since early December. Family members say he left home on foot, but never returned. Recently, investigators received information from a bank in Carter Co. saying Paul's mother, Sabrina Sigman, 48, of Grayson was trying to cash a tax refund in his name. The bank knew that Paul Sigman had been reported missing. Troopers determined that Sabrina Sigman had forged her son’s state and federal tax documents, and received his refunds. Sigman has been indicted by a Carter Co Grand Jury on first degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. When Sabrina Sigman was arrested at her home this past weekend, troopers found an active meth lab and several meth precursors. Paul Clifton Sigman is currently entered as a missing person and anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Jobless Rates Down in All Kentucky Counties in March 2015

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between March 2014 and March 2015, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.9 percent; Fayette County, 4 percent; Scott County, 4.1 percent; Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Boone and Owen counties, 4.3 percent each; and Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison and Spencer counties, 4.4 percent each. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 14.7 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 11 percent; Harlan County, 10.7 percent; Elliott County, 10.5 percent; Leslie County, 10.2 percent; Letcher and Wolfe counties, 10.1 percent each; Breathitt County, 10 percent; and Clay, Knott and Menifee counties, 9.9 percent each.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

Transportation Cabinet Awards 4 Contracts

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded contracts totaling more than $900,000 for four highway projects within the Department of Highways District 10. Contracts awarded as part of the March letting are:

• A $702,500 project to build a bridge crossing KY 867 and the Licking River in Magoffin County for the Dawkins Trail. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 1.

• A $58,770.25 project to resurface 0.56 miles of KY 267 (Harveyton Road) in Perry County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 15.

• A $117,373 project to resurface 1.25 miles of KY 1146 (Hiner Road) in Perry County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 15.

• A $34,990.90 project to install guardrail on 0.67 miles of KY 1090 (Bear Branch Road) in Magoffin County. Construction is to be completed by Aug. 1.

The Department of Highways District 10 consists of 10 counties – Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe – in east-central and southeastern Kentucky. The district office is located in Jackson.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to drive with caution in work zones and be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing. Significant traffic impacts resulting from construction and maintenance projects are posted on District 10’s website (http://transportation.ky.gov/District-10), the district’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict10) and also on the district’s Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict10). Drivers can check these sites prior to traveling to determine if there will be traffic delays for which they should be prepared.    

Disaster Preparedness workshop slated for May 5 at MSU

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host “Disaster Preparedness for your Business” workshop to be held Tuesday May 5, from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Innovation Launchpad located at 149 East Main Street. The free workshop is designed to help business owners prepare and re-open after a disaster. Disaster resource booklets will be provided. Topics that will be covered include: Protecting your critical resources; Developing your business continuity plan; Business continuity forms; Post-disaster steps and Checklists for re-opening. The East Kentucky Small Business Development Centers are located in Morehead, Pikeville, Paintsville and Ashland. The centers provide free one on one consulting services and training to new ventures and existing businesses. For additional information or to register, contact Mark Murphy, SBDC general management consultant, at 606-783-2895, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local News 4-24-2015

 

Fire Crews Battle Structure Fire in Johnson Co.

On Thursday morning at around 11:30 AM, Johnson Co. 911 received a call of a structure fire located in the Middle Creek area of Johnson Co. The West Van Lear VFD were called to this scene and found Trailer fully engulfed in flames. Members from Rockhouse Fire and Rescue along with a tanker from W.R Castle Fire and Rescue were called to the scene for mutual aid. Fire crews battled the blaze upon arrival, but the fire was too intense and the trailer was a total loss. Firefighters would remained on scene for several hours, making sure the fire was out. A cause of the blaze has not been released at this time.

KSP Investigating Fatal Fire in Floyd Co.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Post 9 in Pikeville, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 just after 2 pm, KSP Post 9 received a 911 call of a residential structure fire on KY Route 2030 in the Honaker community. Linda Akers, 66 of Honaker, was inside the residence at the time of the fire and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Floyd Co. Coroner Greg Nelson. The origin of the fire and the cause of death are still under investigation. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jeremy Giles. Detective Giles was assisted at the scene by KSP Post 9 Arson Investigator Nick Endicott and Deputy Fire Marshall Robert Keith.

KSP Continue Search for Missing Carter Co. Man

KSP in Morehead are continuing their search for a missing Carter Co. man. As we have reported over the last several weeks, Police say Paul Clifton Sigman, 30, of Grayson has been missing since early December. Family members say he left home on foot, but never returned. Recently, investigators received information from a bank in Carter Co. saying Paul's mother, Sabrina Sigman, 48, of Grayson was trying to cash a tax refund in his name. The bank knew that Paul Sigman had been reported missing. Troopers determined that Sabrina Sigman had forged her son’s state and federal tax documents, and received his refunds. Sigman has been indicted by a Carter Co Grand Jury on first degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. When Sabrina Sigman was arrested at her home this past weekend, troopers found an active meth lab and several meth precursors. Paul Clifton Sigman is currently entered as a missing person and anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Jobless Rates Down in All Kentucky Counties in March 2015

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between March 2014 and March 2015, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.9 percent; Fayette County, 4 percent; Scott County, 4.1 percent; Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Boone and Owen counties, 4.3 percent each; and Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison and Spencer counties, 4.4 percent each. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 14.7 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 11 percent; Harlan County, 10.7 percent; Elliott County, 10.5 percent; Leslie County, 10.2 percent; Letcher and Wolfe counties, 10.1 percent each; Breathitt County, 10 percent; and Clay, Knott and Menifee counties, 9.9 percent each.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

Power Companies Won't Increase Customers' Basic Service Charge

Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will not be hit with a hefty increase in their basic service charge - the monthly fee they pay before even using a watt of electricity. The sister utilities have agreed to drop their request for a 67-percent increase to that flat monthly fee. The settlement was negotiated with groups that intervened in the rate case, including the Sierra Club and several poverty-fighting nonprofits. "You can't do anything about the fixed charge," said Judy Lyons, who chairs the Sierra Club in Kentucky, "so the fixed charge not increasing is a big victory in terms of low-income people."

The agreement, which still must be approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission, will increase some usage rates. The biggest hit will be on KU customers, who will see their average electric bill go up about $9 a month. LG&E customers will pay around $1.25 a month more for gas, but 10 cents less for electricity. The settlement is expected to give KU an additional $125 million in annual revenue, and another $7 million to LG&E. Lyons called it a fair compromise. "A lot of people said, 'I have some chance at cutting my usage, but I don't have any chance to save if they increase the fixed rate,' " Lyons said. KU serves more than a half-million electric customers in 77 Kentucky and five Virginia counties. LG&E serves nearly 400,000 lectric customers and more than 300,000 natural-gas customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties.

Disaster Preparedness workshop slated for May 5 at MSU

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host “Disaster Preparedness for your Business” workshop to be held Tuesday May 5, from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Innovation Launchpad located at 149 East Main Street. The free workshop is designed to help business owners prepare and re-open after a disaster. Disaster resource booklets will be provided. Topics that will be covered include: Protecting your critical resources; Developing your business continuity plan; Business continuity forms; Post-disaster steps and Checklists for re-opening. The East Kentucky Small Business Development Centers are located in Morehead, Pikeville, Paintsville and Ashland. The centers provide free one on one consulting services and training to new ventures and existing businesses. For additional information or to register, contact Mark Murphy, SBDC general management consultant, at 606-783-2895, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local News 4-22-2015

 

           

Johnson Co. Man Pleads to Manslaughter in Murder Case

A Johnson Co. man has made a plea in connection with a murder that took place in Knott Co. in 2013. Gary Ward pleaded guilty Tuesday to second degree manslaughter. He was originally charged with murder in connection with the death of Christina Hale Barnett, of Sitka, who was reported missing on September 18, 2013. According to the original new release, Barnett had told family members she was traveling to the London, Ky area with a man, but she never returned. On September 25, family and friends were searching along Rt. 80 in Knott County, when they found a decomposed body over a hill that would later be positively identified as Christina Barnett.

KSP arrested Gary Ward 37, of Meally about a month after the discovery of Barnett’s body after he was indicted by a grand jury in Knott Co. Ward was originally charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse. The State Medical Examiner's Office ruled Barnett’s death as "homicide due to unspecified means." They say the ruling was due to the condition of the body and the circumstances on how it was found. Ward is facing 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Martin Co. Man Admits to Stealing Money from a W.Va. Business

A Martin Co. man is facing charges after police say he stole money from a cash register. Police in Kermit, W.Va say the incident happened Monday at Bridge Mart on Kentucky Street in Kermit. According to the criminal complaint, Charles Ray Crum, 32, of Inez, Ky, went into the store and when the employee was in the back cooler, opened the cash register and stole nearly $300. Police say when they caught Crum, he admitted to the crime. He has been charged with misdemeanor petit larceny. The money was returned to the store. No other information has been released at this time.

Crash Kills One in Pike County

According to information from the Pikeville Police, one man was killed Monday evening following a single-vehicle accident on KY1426 near the Chloe intersection in Pike Co. Police identified the man as Michael Adkins, 31, of Phyllis. Reports indicate Adkins crashed his vehicle into a safety barrier sometime before 11 p.m. Monday. The barrier was in place to block the road where Kentucky Highway Department crews are working on a rockslide. Police say Adkins was not wearing a seatbelt and they say speed could have played a factor in this accident. The Pike Co. Coroner’s office pronounced Adkins dead at the scene. Police are continuing to investigate this accident.

Knott Co. Parents Plead Not Guilty in Infants Death

A Knott County couple say they are not responsible for the death of their infant daughter. According to the original police report, 19-year-old Joseph Newsome and 21-year-old Ashley Newsome have been charged manslaughter in the death of their two-month-old girl, who died at her home in the Hindman community last Wednesday, April 22. Preliminary autopsy results indicated that the child died of asphyxiation. The couple was in Knott Co. District Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. They are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on April 28th.

Judge Affirms Kentucky Power Purchase

A judge has affirmed the right of Kentucky Power Company to purchase part of a West Virginia power plant. According to The Ashland Daily Independent, the ruling in Franklin Circuit Court rejected an appeal filed by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, which sought to overturn the approval of the state's Public Service Commission. The order issued April 10 states the Public Service Commission acted within its authority in approving the 50 percent purchase of the coal-fired Mitchell Plant in Moundsville, West Virginia. Kentucky Power chose to purchase the plant rather than the more expensive option of investing in an old generating unit to meet EPA regulations. Kentucky Power President and COO Greg Pauley said the decision is good news for customers.

Some Kentucky Customers to Pay More for Power, Gas Bills

Kentucky Utilities' customers will pay more for their monthly electric bill while Louisville Gas & Electric customers will pay more for their gas bills, according to a settlement reached Tuesday concerning the companies' rate requests. Documents filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission show the average LG&E customer will pay 10 cents less on the monthly electric bill but $1.25 more on the monthly gas bill. The average KU customer's electric bill will go up by about $9 a month. The settlement means KU will get an extra $125 million in revenue while LG&E will see a $7 million increase. Both companies are owned by Pennsylvania-based PPL. The PSC must still approve the settlement.

Local News 4-21-2015

 

KSP Investigate a Deadly Motorcycle Accident in Pike Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Saturday afternoon (April 18, 2015), Post 09 Pikeville received a call of a single vehicle accident involving a motorcycle in the Sidney community of Pike County. KSP Troopers responded, and information obtained at the scene indicates that Christopher Abshire, 34 years old of Zebulon, KY, was traveling on US 119, when the 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle he was operating left the shoulder of the roadway, striking the guardrail face, fatally injuring Abshire. Abshire was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Coroner, Russell Roberts. Investigation at the scene determined that a helmet was not in use at the time of the accident. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Chase Maynard. Trooper Maynard was assisted at the scene by members of the Big Creek Fire Department, and Appalachian First Response Ambulance Service.

ATV Accident Claims the Life of a Pike Co. Man

According to a separate news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Saturday evening, (April 18, 2015), Post 09 Pikeville received a call of a single vehicle ATV accident in the Kimper community of Pike County. KSP Troopers were dispatched, and responded to the accident. Information obtained at the scene indicates that Gary Thacker, 47 years old of Kimper, KY, was traveling on Callahan Branch, when the 2009 Honda ATV he was operating left the roadway, traveling over an embankment before overturning into a creek. Thacker was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Coroner, Russell Roberts. Investigation at the scene determined that a helmet was not in use at the time of the accident. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Mark Branham. Trooper Branham was assisted at the scene by members of the Kimper Fire Department, and Trans Star Ambulance Service.

Crash Kills One in Pike County

According to information from the Pikeville Police, one man was killed Monday evening following a single-vehicle accident on KY1426 near the Chloe intersection in Pike Co. Police identified the man as Michael Adkins, 31, of Phyllis. Reports indicate Adkins crashed his vehicle into a safety barrier sometime before 11 p.m. Monday. The barrier was in place to block the road where Kentucky Highway Department crews are working on a rockslide. Police say Adkins was not wearing a seatbelt and they say speed could have played a factor in this accident. The Pike Co. Coroner’s office pronounced Adkins dead at the scene. Police are continuing to investigate this accident.

'Duct Tape Bandit' Pleads Guilty in Ashland Mugging

The man dubbed the "Duct Tape Bandit" in a previous crime has now pleaded guilty in connection to another case. The trial for Kasey Kazee was supposed to have started on Monday. He and Jeffrey Driver were charged with mugging a man in Ashland in December. Last week, Kazee pleaded guilty to first degree robbery. He now faces 12 years in prison. Back in 2007, Kazee was arrested and nicknamed the "Duct Tape Bandit" for wrapping his face with tape during a robbery at Shamrock Liquors in Ashland.

One Man Dead following a Late Monday Accident in Breathitt Co.

Although police in Breathitt Co. have not released all the information, they say one man was killed Monday afternoon, following a car accident on Monday. According to reports from witnesses at the scene, they say a coal truck was stopped behind a school bus and a car hit the truck from behind which killed the man driving the car. The accident happened on Highway-15 in Breathitt County, at the two-mile marker. We hope to bring you further information later today.

Kentucky Considering New Programs to Help Drug Addicts

Kentucky officials are considering using a drug to help drug addicts come clean. The state legislature approved a law last month that includes an extra $10 million to expand medicated drug treatment programs. The programs include the use of an extended release form of naltrexone that blocks the opioid receptors in the brain. It means opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin would have no effect on addicts, which would help them stop using the drugs. A handful of addicts in Somerset already use the medication under the brand name Vivitrol as part of a special probation program run by Judge David Tapp. Other states, including West Virginia and Ohio, have adopted similar programs.

Right to Work, Right or Wrong?

The Bluegrass has become a battleground state over right-to-work legislation with a handful of counties passing local laws and all four Republican candidates for governor supporting the idea. But, a new economic analysis questions whether right-to-work legislation delivers on its promise of economic growth. The idea is to stop requiring workers who aren't union members, but are still covered by a union, to pay dues. A report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy finds a lack of job growth and lower wages in right-to-work states. Bill Londrigan is president of the AFL-CIO in Kentucky. "It demonstrates what unions and workers have been saying for a long time, that proponents of right to work have been cookin' the books," he says.

The Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate passed a right-to-work bill during this year's legislative session, but it died in the Democrat-controlled House. The National Right to Work Committee claims the 26 right-to-work states "enjoy a higher standard of living" and families in those states, on average, "have greater after-tax income and purchasing power." But, Anna Baumann, policy analyst and author of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy report, says most studies show the law tamps down worker pay. "It doesn't grow jobs in manufacturing or other sectors," says Baumann. "What it does do is it lowers workers' wages. It decreases the chances they'll have employer-provided benefits. "Baumann's report finds when it comes to returning to pre-recession employment levels, Kentucky is outpacing neighboring right-to-work states Tennessee and Virginia. Right-to-work supporters claim allowing workers to decide on whether they want to join a union or pay dues is not anti-union, a stance that rankles union boss Londrigan."It's an insult to workers, it's an insult to unions, it's an insult to the general public because we all know that this is an anti-union strategy," he says.

Tuition Increases Approved at Four State Colleges

State officials approved at or near maximum tuition increases at four state colleges Friday. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education approved a 3 percent hike for the University of Kentucky, 2.9 percent for Eastern Kentucky University, 2.9 percent for Murray State University and 3.1 percent for Northern Kentucky University.

Four Candidates Named in Presidential Search for Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay Box announced today the names of four candidates to be interviewed for the position of president/CEO of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).

The candidates are:

* Christopher C. Ezell, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic and Student Services, Danville Community College; Danville, Virginia

* Larry Ferguson, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Economic Development and Workforce Solutions/interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Kentucky Community and Technical College System; Versailles, Kentucky

* Juston C. Pate, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Maysville Community and Technical College; Maysville, Kentucky

* G. Devin Stephenson, Ed.D., consultant/independent contractor, Summit Higher Education Consulting; Sumiton, Alabama

The new president/CEO of BSCTC will begin the appointment July 1, 2015. For additional information on the search process and candidates visit bigsandy.kctcs.edu.

Local News 4-17-2015

 

           

Ky. AG Investigation Leads to Two Drug Indictments in Floyd Co

Two people have been indicted on drug trafficking charges after an investigation by the Attorney General's statewide prescription drug task force. According to information, on April 7, investigators from the Attorney General's Office, along with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at a home in Harold. During the search, investigators say they found 360 pills, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and tramadol, with an estimated street value of $4,300. They also say they found multiple handguns, worth more than $7,600.

* Karen Clifton, 43, of Harold, was indicted on three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

* James J. Adams, 33, of Prestonsburg, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Both have been indicted by a Floyd Co Grand Jury this week. They have both been released on $1000 bonds and are expected to be in court next month.     

Knott Co Mother and Father Charged with Manslaughter in Infant Death

According to WYMT reports, a Knott Co mother and father are facing manslaughter charges in the death of their 2-month old baby. Police say the two-month-old girl died at her home in the Hindman community Wednesday Afternoon and was pronounced deceased by the Knott Co. Coroner’s office at Hazard ARH. The couple has been identified as 19-year-old Joseph Newsome and 21-year-old Ashley Newsome. KSP say a cause of death has not yet been released and the body was been sent to Frankfort Thursday for an autopsy. The results of that autopsy has yet to be released.

Ashland Police Investigate Attempted Robbery

An attempted robbery Wednesday evening at the Bluegrass Community Federal Credit Union is under investigation, Ashland Police say. It happened just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at the business in the 2300 block of Carter Avenue. Police say a man came to the credit union after the lobby had closed, attempting to get inside. Witnesses tell police the man had a weapon. When the man realized he couldn't get into the lobby, he ran off, according to police. The man will be charged with attempted robbery when he's identified.

Letcher Co Woman Indicted for Arson, Animal Cruelty

A Letcher Co. grand jury has indicted a woman for allegedly burning down her ex-husband's home. The indictment charges Billie Anne Kincer, 44, of Whitesburg, with arson for intentionally setting fire to her ex-husband's home on Licking Rock Branch Road in Letcher Co. Kincer has also been charged with criminal mischief and cruelty to animals after two dogs were injured in the fire. Portions of the alleged crime were caught on home security video. Investigators with the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office testified during the investigation.     

KSP Continue Search for Missing Carter Co. Man

KSP in Morehead are continuing their search for a missing Carter Co. man. As we reported earlier this week Paul Clifton Sigman, 30, of Grayson has been missing since early December. Family members say he left home on foot, but never returned. Recently, investigators received information from a bank in Carter Co. saying Paul's mother, Sabrina Sigman, 48, of Grayson was trying to cash a tax refund in his name. The bank knew that Paul Sigman had been reported missing. Troopers determined that Sabrina Sigman had forged her son’s state and federal tax documents, and received his refunds. Sigman has been indicted by a Carter Co Grand Jury on first degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. When Sabrina Sigman was arrested at her home this past weekend, troopers found an active meth lab and several meth precursors. Sabrina Sigman now faces several charges including:

Forgery 1st Degree
Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree
Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors 1st Offense
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container

She is being held in the Carter County Detentions Center. Paul Clifton Sigman is currently entered as a missing person and anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Drops to 5.1 Percent in March

Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in March, the lowest rate since June 2001. The state office of Employment and Training said Thursday that Kentucky's jobless rate has been below the national rate for eight straight months. The state agency says Kentucky's preliminary jobless rate for March fell from the revised 5.3 percent rate in February. It says last month's rate was well below the statewide 7.2 percent jobless rate in March 2014. The agency says Kentucky's professional and business services sector added 3,100 positions in March compared to the prior month. Employment in the other services sector - which includes repairs and maintenance and personal care services, rose by 700 in March from a month earlier.

Hearing Set for Next Week on Proposed Utility Rate Increases

People who want to comment on proposed rate increases for Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will have a chance during a hearing next week in Frankfort. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, April 21st at the Public Service Commission's offices at 211 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. The hearing is for witnesses in the cases to give testimony to the PSC. KU is seeking an adjustment of its electric rates, and LG&E wants an adjustment in its electric and natural gas base rates. The hearing will also be shown on the PSC's website at http://psc.ky.gov. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the PSC.