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Local News 3-27-2015

 

Police Searching for 2 Escaped Inmates

Kentucky State Police are searching for two inmates who escaped while being transported back to jail in eastern Kentucky after a court appearance. Police say Dallas Trent and John Trent, who are cousins, apparently jumped out of the transport van Wednesday afternoon when the jailer slowed down for another vehicle along a highway in Lee County. Kentucky State Police Lt. Christopher Crockett said troopers think one of the men was able to get his handcuffs off and unlock the door. Police say the men, who were jailed after a Wolfe County grand jury indicted them on charges of robbery, aren't armed but might be dangerous. Police say anyone who knows their location should call 859-623-2404 or 1-800-222-5555.

Perry County Man Leads Troopers on Multi-County Chase

Police in Hazard are continuing their search in finding a man they say ran off from a traffic safety checkpoint over the weekend. According to the KSP, troopers along with the Knott County Sheriff’s Dept. set up a traffic safety checkpoint Highway 582 and Highway 160 on Saturday night. They say a vehicle driven by Shannon Lumpkins, age 33 of Hazard, pulled up to the checkpoint and Police say it appeared that Lumpkins was under the influence of alcohol. When ask by troopers to step out of his car, he sped away. Lumpkins led police on a chase along several roads before turning onto a strip mining road on Highway 7 North in Letcher County. Troopers say Lumpkins got away and ended up at Collins Branch in Knott County. Warrants have been issued for Shannon Lumpkins and anyone with information can call the Kentucky State Police in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

Jobless Rates Down in 119 Kentucky Counties

Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between February 2014 and February 2015, while Russell County stayed the same, 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 Fayette County, 4 percent; Oldham, Scott and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone and Owen counties, 4.3 percent each; and Anderson, Jessamine, Spencer and Washington counties, 4.4 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 14.3 percent. It was followed by Elliott County, 11.8 percent; Russell County, 11.5 percent; Carter County, 11.1 percent; Harlan County, 10.5 percent; Leslie and Menifee counties, 10.3 percent each; Letcher and Wolfe counties, 10.2 percent each; and Breathitt County, 10.1 percent. 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. Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.

Floyd Co. B.O.E. Announce New School’s Mascot and Colors

Floyd Co. B.O.E. has unveiled the mascot and school colors for the new Floyd Central H.S. During a meeting earlier this week, a team of future students of Floyd Central High School told board members they have decided on the Jaguar as the school’s mascot and the colors will be Teal, Black, Gold and White. Three freshmen from Allen Central and three freshmen from South Floyd made up the group. According to the Floyd Co. Times, the group said one of their foremost goals was “starting fresh,” rather than borrowing, adapting, or merging mascots and colors from either ACHS or SFHS. They also considered the long-term ramifications of the decision, hoping to avoid any sort of controversy like that courted in the past by Allen Central’s use of Confederate imagery.

The paper also adds that Board member Linda Gearheart said this decision brings parity with the county’s other high schools, as the Floyd Central Jaguars will now join the Prestonsburg Blackcats and Betsy Layne Bobcats in having feline mascots.

Billion-Dollar Verdict Rests on Disputed Missed Deadline

A missed court deadline could result in a billion-dollar windfall for Kentucky taxpayers from the manufacturer of Oxycontin. The state is suing Purdue Pharma for misrepresenting its prescription painkiller that resulted in a wave of addiction and increased medical costs across the state. The company had 45 days to respond to the state's claims. But in the middle of that window, the case was moved to federal court, and the deadline vanished. More than five years later, the federal court sent the case back to Kentucky. State officials say that restarted the clock to respond. The deadline passed, and a judge ruled in the state's favor. But attorneys for Purdue Pharma argue the old deadline was not valid. The state Supreme Court heard arguments in the case on Thursday.

Road to Close as Work Continues on Mountain Parkway

Construction on a bridge west of Salyersville that is part of the Mountain Parkway Expansion will require an extended road closure starting next week. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, contractors expect to close Gifford Road beginning Monday. After the road is closed, motorists north of the Mountain Parkway will be able to access U.S. 460 to reach Salyersville, and traffic to the south of the parkway can access the parkway at Exit 72 by traveling Kentucky 3337 to Kentucky 30. The closure will speed construction of the bridge, which will be part of a new interchange near mile point 70 of the parkway, about five miles west of Salyersville. Construction on the bridge is expected to start in a few weeks. The speed limit in the area has been reduced to 45 miles per hour.

MSU News: Alumni Association to visit Paintsville

Morehead State University’s Alumni Association will host an event Saturday, March 28, at the “Bouncing off the Walls” in Paintsville from11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The business is located at 1067 Broadway Ave. Parents and grandparents can enjoy a Saturday afternoon of fun, compliments of the MSU Alumni Association. Adults and children will receive free admission. Free pizza and cookies also will be available. Children will be able to have their picture taken with Beaker. For additional information or to RSVP, call 800-783-ALUM 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 3-26-2015

 

           

Conley Begins Serving Prison Sentence in West Virginia

Former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley has begun serving his seven year prison sentence. Conley reported to the Federal Corrections Institute in Beckley, West Virginia on Tuesday. He has not been in custody since he was sentenced in January. Conley was convicted of receiving more than $100,000 in a kickback scheme from a Magoffin Co. contractor. Conley had asked a Federal Appeals Court to consider a more lenient sentence, but that request was denied. This 7 year prison term is in line with federal guidelines for the crime committed. As part of his sentence, Conley was ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution, $104,000 to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and $26,000 to Morgan County.       

Kentucky Supreme Court Reviews Floyd County Bullying Case

Kentucky’s Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case delving into whether or not teachers and school administrators can be found negligent for the suicide of a bullied student. The case stems from the 2007 death of Stephen Patton, a middle school student in Floyd County who took his own life. Patton’s mother sued teachers and administrators, claiming they were negligent by failing to stop the bullying. During arguments on Wednesday, an attorney for Patton's family said the boy was bullied in front of teachers. The attorney for Patton’s mother, said school officials failed to follow the school district's anti-bullying policy. School officials say Patton never complained of bullying. Patton's family is appealing after losing in circuit court and the state Court of Appeals.   

Family Offering $5,000 Reward for Information in Homicide of an Elliott Co. Man

An eastern Kentucky family is still looking for information that would give them answers into who killed their beloved family member. According to reports, an Elliott Co. family is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing Kelly Glover, who was from Olive Hill in Carter County. The family is promising $5,000 to anyone who has information. Kentucky State Police say Glover was shot and killed Feb. 13 in a secluded part of Elliott County. Family members believe the murder was orchestrated and planned out, luring Glover there by promising him work. They described his death as brutal and are asking for help in catching the killers. State police say there is no connection to drugs, and they are continuing to track down multiple leads in the case.

P.S.C Officials Hear Public Comments on Kentucky Power Rate Increase

Officials with the Kentucky Public Service Commission are giving area residents a chance to speak during a series of public meetings. The first meeting was held in Hazard on Tuesday night and another in Lawrence Co. on Wednesday. These meetings are to receive public comments on a 12.5 percent rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power, which would translate to an average increase of 22 dollars per month for residential customers. While there was some support for portions of the deal, many in attendance, including some local officials, told the PSC the increase would hurt people in the region. Company officials say buying the Mitchell plant instead of installing scrubbers on Big Sandy Unit 2 in Louisa saved customers nearly half a billion dollars, but local officials felt Eastern Kentucky lost out on the deal. There was at least some support for an economic development surcharge included in the proposal. Following this and other public meetings, the PSC will begin a formal evidentiary hearing May 5th in Frankfort. The next PSC meeting on the rate increase will take place April 16th in Pikeville.

Ky. Expands Booster Seat Law to Children Under 57 Inches

More children would have to ride in booster seats under a bill the Kentucky state legislature passed on Tuesday. Current law requires children under 7 years old and between 40 inches and 50 inches tall to be strapped into booster seats. But the bill headed to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's desk would increase the height requirement to 57 inches and the age requirement to 8 years old. However, children younger than 8 but taller than 57 inches would not have to ride in a booster seat. State highway officials say seat belts do not fit correctly on children shorter than 57 inches and can cause serious injuries in a collision. Beshear highlighted the issue in his annual State of the Commonwealth address.

Heroin Bill Passes with Needle Exchange

The months of anguished pleas from parents and former addicts — Kentucky families gripped in a noxious heroin epidemic — found some resolution Tuesday as a landmark bill to improve drug treatment and clamp down on dealers won passage in the legislature. The long-negotiated compromise sailed out of the Democrat-led House on a unanimous vote and was approved by the GOP-controlled Senate 34-4. Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to sign the measure into law on Wednesday morning, allowing it to take effect immediately. After months of debate, the final agreement includes modestly tougher penalties for drug traffickers along with language that will allow health departments to establish needle exchanges.

Kentucky Freezes Gas Tax at 26 Cents per Gallon

Kentucky drivers will not get a tax break at the gas pump on April 1. State lawmakers agreed to effectively halt a scheduled 5.1-cents-per-gallon decrease in the state gas tax because it would have meant a $150 million cut to the state's road fund on top of a $129 million cut from a similar decline in January. Kentucky's gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of fuel. The current tax is 26.2 cents per gallon. It had been scheduled to fall to 22.1 cents per gallon on April 1. Instead, lawmakers agreed to drop it to 26 cents per gallon and freeze it so it could never fall below that. State transportation officials warned the road fund would run out of money by 2016 if lawmakers did not freeze the tax.

Nominations for Kentucky's Top Teachers Available Online

Kentucky's best teachers will be announced later this year, and nominations for the awards are being taken now. The deadline for nominations is May 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years' experience is eligible. Nominations may be submitted at http://kentuckytoy.com. The awards are sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc., combining Ashland's Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs. Judging will be in August, and up to 24 Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced in September. The Teacher of the Year will be announced in Frankfort after site visits and personal interviews. Teacher Achievement Award winners receive $500. Two Teacher of the Year finalists receive $3,000, and the Teacher of the Year receives $10,000.

Local News 3-25-2015

 

           

Police Surround Breathitt Co. Home Following Reported Shooting

Deputies in Breathitt County have surrounded a home on Smith Branch Road where a man is suspected of shooting two people. Deputy Reid Hudson says deputies have the shooter surrounded in a home on Smith Branch Road in South Fork. Hudson identified Tom Allen as the shooter. He says Allen shot at least one person. Kentucky State Police in Hazard say they are investigating but no arrests have been made at this time.        

Pike Co. Pair Arrested in Va. Armed Robbery

Two people from Pike County, Ky. have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Pound, VA. Reports indicates the robbery took place at a Fast Mart about 6 a.m. Saturday morning. According to Pound, VA. Police Chief Tony Baker, Barry Kinney of Ashcamp in Pike Co. entered the store and gave the clerk a note demanding $400. The note allegedly said it was a matter of life or death and that he had a gun. Police also arrested Kayla Kelly, of Shelby Gap in Pike Co. Each has been charged with one count of armed robbery and are being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, VA.

Name of Whitley County Boy Killed In School Bus Accident Released

Investigators have released the name of the 10-year-old boy hit and killed by a school bus in Whitley County Monday afternoon. State police say just before 4 p.m., Jonathan Chatham and three other students got off the bus on Highway 779 and Chatham was somehow hit as the bus drove away. He did not survive the impact. Police say Chatham is from the community and was on his way home from North Whitley Elementary School. Troopers say 33-year-old Amanda Woliver was driving the Whitley County school bus at the time. They tell us they do not suspect that alcohol or drug use was a factor in the accident. A friend of the family said Jonathan was in remission after battling leukemia. He was scheduled to get his wish granted from the Make-A-Wish Foundation this coming weekend. The family friend said he wanted to ride in a limo and get Nintendo D-S games. As of Monday night, no charges were filed in the case. A go fund me page has been established to help with expenses.

Perry County Man Leads Troopers on Multi-County Chase

Police in Hazard are continuing their search in finding a man they say ran off from a traffic safety checkpoint over the weekend. According to the KSP, troopers along with the Knott County Sheriff’s Dept. set up a traffic safety checkpoint Highway 582 and Highway 160 on Saturday night. They say a vehicle driven by Shannon Lumpkins, age 33 of Hazard, pulled up to the checkpoint and Police say it appeared that Lumpkins was under the influence of alcohol. When ask by troopers to step out of his car, he sped away. Lumpkins led police on a chase along several roads before turning onto a strip mining road on Highway 7 North in Letcher County. Troopers say Lumpkins got away and ended up at Collins Branch in Knott County. Warrants have been issued for Shannon Lumpkins and anyone with information can call the Kentucky State Police in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

Former Office Mgr. at Hazard Clinic Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

A former office manager at a Hazard clinic has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Benny Ray Bailey, Jr. made the plea on Monday. Court document s say Bailey admitted he knew his book keeping duties would help conceal money in the clinic generated from improper prescribing practices. Bailey also admitted to improperly receiving $40,000 during about a two year period. As part of the agreement, Baileys Federal drug charge was dismissed. Sentencing is set for July 30, 2015 and Bailey is facing up to 20 years in prison.

MSU News: Alumni Association to visit Paintsville

Morehead State University’s Alumni Association will host an event Saturday, March 28, at the “Bouncing off the Walls” in Paintsville from11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The business is located at 1067 Broadway Ave. Parents and grandparents can enjoy a Saturday afternoon of fun, compliments of the MSU Alumni Association. Adults and children will receive free admission. Free pizza and cookies also will be available. Children will be able to have their picture taken with Beaker. For additional information or to RSVP, call 800-783-ALUM or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Road Work Forces Area Road’s to Close

This reminder that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has started bridge superstructure work will lead to the closing of Kentucky 3390 in Johnson Co., near Hammond Creek. The contractor has seven days to finish the work and during this time, drivers will need to find an alternate route.

Also, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet started work on a bridge near the Martin community of Floyd Co. will lead to a detour for about two weeks. Drivers travelling westbound who want to turn left onto Kentucky 122 will be detoured across the Kentucky 80 spur bridge and will then take Kentucky 1428 to Kentucky 122.

Local News 3-23-2015

 

           

Pike Co. Woman Guilty in Death of 6-Year-Old Girl in Car Crash

A Pike Co. woman has been found guilty in the death of a 6-year-old child. Katherine Joyce Kilgore, 31, was found guilty Thursday of reckless homicide and fourth-degree assault, but the jury was deadlocked on a recommended sentence on the reckless homicide charge. The guilty verdict stems from an April 2014 car crash. According to police reports, Kilgore was driving recklessly on Highway 421 in the Shelbiana community of Pike Co. when the crash happened. Kyla Fouts age 6, died in the crash, and her mother was seriously hurt. Kilgore is scheduled to be sentenced May 8. Reckless homicide carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Kilgore remains in custody at the Pike County Detention Center.  

Four Pike County Residents Face Drug Numerous Charge

Four Pike Co. people have been accused of making meth. According to reports, police arrested Kyle Thacker, Kimberly Crisman, Jeremy Justice, and Jonathan Barley Thursday afternoon. Police say they received a call from the ACE Hardware store in Coal Run Villiage saying two people were trying to steal items. Officers recognized the items were used to make meth. Reports indicate that Police went to a home in the Mossy Bottom area of Pike Co. and found three mobile meth labs, along with marijuana and the four individuals. All four are facing several drug charges.

KSP Investigates Robbery in Floyd County

Investigators with the KSP in Pikeville are continuing to search for suspects in a Floyd Co. store robbery. According to reports, in the evening hours of Sunday, March 15, 2015, Post 9 Pikeville received a 911 call of a robbery at the Allen Subway in Floyd County. Troopers responded to the scene and determined that two unidentified subjects entered the restaurant and demanded money. The employee retrieved an undisclosed amount of money, giving it to the subjects, before the two fled the scene on foot. The initial investigation at the scene indicates one of the subjects, a 6’4’’ white male, with dark brown hair, and a gray beard, was wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt. The other subject, a 5’4’’ white female, with dark brown hair, was wearing a pink T-shirt. The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case, and can call the Kentucky State Police Post 09 at (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Merlo.

Boyd Co. Deputies Searching for Man Accused of Hit and Run on a Deputy

Police in Boyd Co. are searching for a man accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy with his car, as well as a police cruiser and several other cars. It happened about 1:00 p.m., Saturday at Wal-Mart in Cannonsburg. Officials say the man came into the store asking for a refund on some items that were stolen from another Wal-Mart. When Boyd Co Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, the man claimed to have more items in his car, but once he got into his car, dispatchers say he made a run for it. Putting the car in reverse and hitting a deputy. That deputy was taken to the hospital and is believed to have torn ligaments in his arm and leg. Dispatchers say after hitting the deputy, the man also hit a police cruiser along with several other cars. Officers chased the suspect, but he was able to get away. Police ask that if anyone has information on this incident, to please contact the Boyd Co. Sheriff’s Office or KSP in Ashland.

Family Offering $5,000 Reward for Information in Homicide of an Elliott Co. Man

An eastern Kentucky family is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing their loved one. The family of Kelly Glover, who was from Olive Hill, Kentucky in Carter County, is promising $5,000 to anyone who has information. Kentucky State Police say Glover was shot and killed Feb. 13 in a secluded part of Elliott County. Family members believe the murder was orchestrated and planned out, luring Glover there by promising him work. They described his death as brutal and are asking for help in catching the killers. State police say there is no connection to drugs, and they are continuing to track down multiple leads in the case.

Kentucky’s Jobless Rate Drops to 5.2 Percent in February

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2015 unemployment rate plunged to 5.2 percent, the lowest rate since November 2004, and remained below the national rate, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The state rate fell from the revised January 2015 rate of 5.5 percent and was 2.1 percentage points below the 7.3 percent recorded in February 2014. “February proved to be a record-setting month. Temperatures hit historical lows in much of Kentucky and the unemployment rate fell to a 10-year low of 5.2 percent,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the Office of Employment and Training. “We have had seven straight months where unemployment rates in Kentucky have been lower than the national average.” Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.