WSIP News 4-28-2016


Stabbing Investigation Underway in Johnson Co

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a recent stabbing incident that took place in the in Thelma community of Johnson Co. According to reports, Sheriff Dwayne Price says a man was stabbed in the back early Friday morning, April 22 around 5 a.m. along Blanton Drive off SR 1107. Sheriff Price says the man is in serious but stable condition. Witnesses near the scene told deputies that the man heard a noise outside his home and, when he went outside, he was stabbed in the back. The alleged victim says he saw someone run away, according to Price. Price says they do not currently have any suspects and he is asking the public for any information that would be beneficial to please call the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office at 606-789-3411.

Magoffin Co. Sheriff’s Dept. make Drug Arrest during Traffic Stop

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                   Buddy N. Meade                                   Richard L. Caldwell

The Magoffin Co. Sheriff’s Office made a drug arrest Tuesday evening, following a traffic stop. According to Sheriff Carson Montgomery, he said his department had been investigating this individual, who was arrested Tuesday evening, for several months. Sheriff Montgomery says his deputies stopped a car on new US 460. Upon investigation deputies say the driver, Richard L. Caldwell, 39 of Salyersville was driving under the influence and was arrested a passenger in Caldwell’s car, identified as Buddy N. Meade, 24 of Oil Springs, was also arrested.

Deputies obtained consent to search the vehicle at the scene and upon investigation discovered several items that led them to believe there were drugs and paraphernalia in the car. Due to darkness, deputies seized the vehicle and obtained a search warrant and did detailed search on Wednesday. Upon that investigation, deputies located 20 plus grams of “high quality” crystal meth, as well as 50 plus variety of pills. Deputies said the way these illegal items were hidden involved Mountain Dew bottles that had been altered and hollowed out large bolts. Both Caldwell and Meade was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

* Caldwell has been charged with:

Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess (3 counts)
Prescription not in Proper Container (1st Off)
Trafficking in Controlled Sub. (1st Degree, 1st Off) or = 2 GMS Methamphetamine
Trafficking in Controlled Sub. (1st Degree, 1st Off) = 10 D.U. Drug Unspecified SCH 1 & 2
Trafficking in Controlled Sub. (1st Degree, 1st Off) or = 20 D.U. Drug Unspecified
Trafficking in Legend Drugs (1st Off)

* Meade has been charged with:

Public Intoxication-Controlled Sub. (Excludes Alcohol)
Serving Warrant (For another Police Agency)

Ky Supreme Court Hears Arguments involving Magoffin Co Judge Executive

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case involving the contested 2014 Judge Executive race in Magoffin Co. If the Supreme Court upholds the ruling of lower courts, current Judge Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin would be forced from his office. The court heard oral arguments for an hour Wednesday, surrounding the November 2014 general election in Magoffin Co. Charles Hardin won the 2014 election by just 28 votes, with a strong showing from absentee voters. His opponent, John Montgomery, challenged the results in court. Montgomery's attorney told justices both the volume of the absentee ballots and the way they were counted are red flags for election fraud. "The law is very clear," Montgomery's Attorney Gordon Long began. "There must be substantial compliance with the voting statutes regarding absentee ballots, because fraud generally occurs in absentee ballots. That didn't occur in this case," he concluded. Hardin's attorney told justices the election was voided based on speculation, and suspicion, with no evidence of any wrongdoing. "They did not bring in one witness, not one witness, to say that my absentee ballot was forged or irregular or anything else," Eldred Adams, Dr, Hardins Attorney, said. "This is a case with no proof." Though his office was ordered vacant, Hardin has been able to remain in office through the appeals process.

Competency Evaluation Ordered for Floyd Co. Man Charged with Attempted Murder

A Floyd Co judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a man facing charges in a stabbing case. Thurston Sturgill is charged with attempted murder. Police say in December, Sturgill stabbed his wife and left her for dead. Sturgill has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Grand Jury set to hear a Floyd Co Double Murder Case

Ronnie Lee Hall

A grand jury is set to hear a Floyd Co double murder case against Ronnie Lee Hall, faces two counts of murder. Investigators say he shot and killed Daniel Harvill and Rodney Whitaker earlier this month. Another man, Ricky Goble was also injured, but survived. The shooting happened in the Hueysville community of Floyd Co.

Perry Co Man Indicted on Child Sex Related Charges

A Perry Co man has been indicted on child sex related charges. Bobby Stacy, 46 of Hazard is facing an 8 count indictment on charges including sodomy, sexual abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor. Investigators say that beginning in 2004 Stacy forced an 11 year-old girl to perform oral sex on him and on two separate occasions forced a 12 year old to also perform oral sex on him. Stacy also attempted to engage in sexual activity with the girls "to prepare them for marriage". KSP Detective Joe Dials testified in the case.

Attorneys in Eric C. Conn Case ask for Trial Date to be Delayed

The federal case involving Floyd Co. Attorney Eric C. Conn could drag on for some time. A motion was filed this week by Conn's defense team, along with attorney's representing David Daughtery, and Doctor Alfred Bradley Adkins, asking for the June trial date to be vacated. Prosecutors said in court filings they do not oppose the motion. Both sides say the case is complex. The trio is accused of working together to defraud the Social Security Administration out of millions of dollars. A judge has not ruled on the motion.

Strong Words from a Former Ky Gov. to the Current Ky Gov.

Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear went on the attack Wednesday, picking apart allegations made earlier this month by current Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. During a Wednesday press conference, Beshear defended his administration and his family, calling Bevin a bully and accusing him of using his position to intimidate people who did not contribute to his campaign. The former governor said Bevin has a history of bullying people to get his way, all while he refuses to answer tough questions. He said Bevin is "petty" and "vindictive."

Beshear also accused Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of threatening to cancel road projects in Democratic districts unless state representatives switched to the Republican party. He said Bevin has fired state employees simply for making political donations to Democrats. And he said Bevin threatened to refuse agency bond requests for colleges unless they agreed to his budget cuts. Beshear did not offer specific examples. Bevin was traveling in Europe on Wednesday. But Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto called Beshear's accusations "wild" and "baseless" and said they were "not corroborated by any facts whatsoever." Beshear said Bevin is using people to pay off debt from his campaign. Beshear said that maybe Bevin sees the current attorney general, his son, as a threat -- someone who might run for governor in four years. Or maybe he's just a bully, he said. Last week, Bevin accused Beshear of breaking state ethics and procurement laws and announced he was hiring a private law firm to investigate.

Burning Ban Lifted in Johnson Co.

This message comes from Johnson Co. Judge Executive R.T. "Tucker" Daniel....The outdoor Burning Ban in Johnson Co. issued on April 18, 2016 HAS BEEN LIFTED! Burning is permitted between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM. This limited burning time is State mandated and will run through April 30, 2016. All outdoor burning must be attended to and with exercised caution at all times. Any other state ordered precautions must also be adhered to.


WSIP News 4-27-2016


Floyd Co. S.O. Need Help in Locating Stolen Utility Trailer

The Floyd Co Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a utility trailer that was stolen on Friday, April 22nd between the hours of 2 and 5 PM from a residence located on RT 680 near the Minnie community of Floyd Co. If anyone has any information that would assist deputies in recovering this stolen trailer, please call 606-886-6171 or call the Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Office, anonymous tip line at 606-949-2020.

Lawrence Co. Man Recovering after Suffering Burns from a Garage Fire











According to the Levisa Lazer website, a Lawrence Co man suffered significant burns to his body after trying to put out a garage fire. The incident took place on Sunday, April 24 just after 12 P.M. Lawrence Co 911 said they received a call in regards to a reported structure fire on Blaine Creek Road, which is a few miles outside of Louisa. The Fallsburg Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and upon arrival discovered a full-size garage outbuilding engulfed in flames. Fire crews requested mutual-aid from the City of Louisa Fire Department to help battle the fire.

Firefighters also discovered that the owner of the building had suffered burn injuries while he was trying to dowse the blaze with a garden hose. The Levisa Lazer identified the man as Lester Ward. He was treated at the scene for his burns, then transported by Netcare Ambulance to a nearby Hospital for additional treatment. It is not known at this time the significance of those injuries. Officials say the garage was a total loss and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office Searching for Wanted Man

The Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their search for a wanted individual and Sheriff Deputies are asking for the public’s help. Deputies are searching for Jamie L. Runyon, age 31. Runyon is wanted in Martin Co. on 2 indictments:

* 16-CR-00028 (Bail Jumping – 1st Degree)
* 16-CR-00014 (Engaging in Organized Crime)

Runyon also has 2 Martin Co. bench warrants and 1 Johnson Co. bench warrant.

* (Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree)
* (Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot – 1st Degree)

* (Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place – 1st and 2nd Offense)
* (Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Drugs/Etc. 3rd Degree)

* (Flagrant Non-Support)

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Jamie Runyon, please feel free to contact the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Department at 606-298-2828.

Man Accused of Robbing 3 People at Gunpoint in Perry Co

Deputies with the Perry Co. Sheriff’s Office spent a good part of Tuesday searching for a man, accused of robbing 3 people at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon. Deputies say Derrick Mullins, 30, stole a gun and robbed 3 people of cash and goods on Shucky Bean Hollow in the Bonnyman community of Perry Co around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Mullins was said to have tried to fire the weapon, but the safety was on, so the gun did not discharge, deputies said. On Tuesday evening, Mullins turned himself in. He was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

Burning Ban Lifted in Johnson Co.

This message comes from Johnson Co. Judge Executive R.T. "Tucker" Daniel....The outdoor Burning Ban in Johnson Co. issued on April 18, 2016 HAS BEEN LIFTED! Burning is permitted between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM. This limited burning time is State mandated and will run through April 30, 2016. All outdoor burning must be attended to and with exercised caution at all times. Any other state ordered precautions must also be adhered to.