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WSIP News 5-22-2017

 

Martin Co. Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison

A Martin Co. woman learned her fate in a triple murder case. Amanda Bowen appeared in Johnson Co Circuit Court on Friday for her sentencing and Judge John David Preston followed the jury's recommendation, life in prison without the possibility of parole. Bowen and her boyfriend, Jack David Smith, killed Tina Goble, Cainie Johnson Jr. and Goble’s 8 year old grand-daughter Trinity Maynard. They were all three found in a burned home in 2014. Bowen received three life sentences without parole, two 20 years sentences and one five year sentence. Last week Smith was also sentenced to life in prison without parole.


Sunday Morning Crash Kills Woman in Magoffin Co

A woman was killed in a single vehicle crash Sunday morning in Magoffin Co. According to Magoffin Co Coroner Mark Jenkins, the crash happened Sunday around 8:00 AM on Route 7. Jenkins said he believes the car veered off the road and into a ditch. The woman’s name has not yet been officially released at this time and the official cause of the crash is not known at this time. The body has been taken to Frankfort for an autopsy. WSIP news will bring you further information, once it becomes available.


Morehead Man Killed in a Lexington Crash

A Rowan Co man was killed and a woman injured following a head-on crash in Lexington. Officials say the crash happened around 1:45 AM Saturday morning on Leestown Road. The Fayette Co Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Kenneth Bry Wilson, 55, of Morehead. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Pending toxicology, no autopsy will be scheduled. Police say the vehicles were going opposite directions when Wilson’s car crossed the center line and hit the woman’s vehicle head-on. The woman was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay. Her name has not been released. Officials say speed likely played a factor in the crash.


Hiker Rescued in Wolfe Co after Falling 30 Ft

Rescue crews in Wolfe Co. and surrounding counties responded to Swift Camp Creek after a hiker fell 30 feet. Officials report that this incident happened around 12 noon Saturday. Powell Co, Wolfe Co, Clark Co and Morgan Co Search and Rescue crews responded to help in the rescue. Reports say that a male hiker was able to walk out with team members and is expected to be OK.


Kentucky Unemployment Rate Rises

Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate rose slightly in April. The Office of Employment and Training says last month's preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate was 5.1 percent, up from the 5 percent statewide rate in March 2017.The statewide rate in April 2016 was 5 percent.Officials say the state's leisure and hospitality sector had the largest month-to-month increase last month, growing by 1,600 jobs. They say the construction sector and the education and health services sector each added 1,500 jobs last month.Manufacturing declined by 2,900 jobs since March 2017. But since April 2016, officials say the manufacturing sector was up by 4,200 jobs.The trade, transportation and utilities sector decreased by 1,300 jobs from March to April of this year. Government employment declined by 500 jobs in April.


Special Election to be Held Tuesday for Recallable Nickel Tax in Johnson Co

On Tuesday, May 23 citizens within the Johnson Co. School District will have the opportunity to vote Yes or No to the already implemented “recallable nickel” school board tax that was set in September of 2014. The cost of the election to the school district is an estimated $50,000. However, the impact if the “recallable nickel” school board tax is revoked is an estimated $800,000 of county tax funds and considerably more in matching state education funds according to the Tom Salyer, Johnson Co School District Superintendent. “We want what is best for Johnson Co students,” said Salyer. “We are known here for our top facilities and our development programs, and we want to keep that trend moving forward.”

“However, recalling this tax will have a negative impact on students. We will no longer be able to have a quality classroom experience, or hands-on-educational experiences to prepare students for real-world work experiences,” said Salyer. “Johnson Co residents are already paying a lower tax than surrounding counties, and this tax has been implemented by many other districts across the state. We can only use these funds for construction, remodeling, and debt services.” Salyer continued, “One of the things we are working toward is the construction of a new high school to supplement Johnson Central High School which was built in 1968. It’s a long term project to work toward, but without the support of the community through this tax, we will not be able to provide the students with what they need.”

The ballot, dictated by Judge John David Preston of the Johnson Co Circuit Court says, “Are you for or against the Johnson Co Board of Education’s levy of an additional equivalent tax rate of five ($.05) cents on each one hundred ($100) valuation of real and property to raise funds that would be dedicates strictly to new construction, major renovation of existing school facilities, and debt service?”


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.



WSIP News 5-19-2017

 

Former Paintsville Mayor to Remain in Prison during Appeal

Former Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter will remain in prison while he appeals his sentence, according to court documents filed on Thursday. According to WYMT reports, on January 12, a federal judge sentenced Porter to four years in prison. In September, Porter was found guilty of theft of federal funds, aiding and abetting and bribery. It was ruled that Porter knowingly received $7,000 worth of utility services provided to properties he owned in Paintsville for free and used thousands of dollars in city and federal funds to pay for personal expenses. After his release, Porter must spend two years under supervision. He was also fined $4,000.


Former 911 Dispatcher Arrested for Sex Crimes

After a long investigation, a Former Paintsville/Johnson Co 911 dispatcher was arrested Thursday, accused of sex crimes. According to reports, Johnson Co Sheriff Deputies said a 15-year-old juvenile claimed he/she received pornographic images from the man. Warrants were then issued for the cell phone and social media accounts of Michael Hamilton, 30, of Sitka. Hamilton was arrested and charged with prohibited use of electronic communication to procure a minor for sex and possessing or viewing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor. Hamilton was booked into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center early Thursday morning, but has since been released.


Two Jailed in Floyd Co on Meth Charges

A tip led to Floyd Co Sheriff Deputy’s arresting two men for drug charges late Tuesday. Deputies checked on a complaint in Allen about a car possibly involved in illegal drug activity. Deputies found the car and found illegal drugs inside, including methamphetamine and crystal meth. The driver, Shonda Music, 32, of Martin, was charged with complicity to trafficking methamphetamine. Deputies also charged the passenger, Timothy Thomas, 25, of Martin, with Trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.


Police Arrest Whitley Co Man on Multiple Felony Charges in Lawrence Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Ashland, on Sunday May 14, 2017 the Kentucky State Police Post 14 received a complaint at 9 Griffith Branch Road in Lawrence Co of a prowler near the residence. The caller also reported he had located several items on his property, which did not belong to him. Trooper Forest Newsome responded and began an investigation. During the course of the investigation he was able to locate the rightful property owner and return the stolen items. While conducting a neighborhood canvas information and additional evidence was obtained which led to the arrest of Keith Allan Hammons, age 50, of Rockholds, KY, (Whitley Co). He was arrested on May 14, 2017, lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and charged with the following: Burglary 1st Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot), Giving Officer False Name or Address, (Execution of Knox County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Assault 3rd Degree-Police Officer or Probation officer, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol/Drugs/Etc. .08 (Aggravating Circumstances), Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st degree (On Foot), Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Resisting Arrest, Persistent Felony Offender (Execution of Whitley Circuit Court Indictment Warrant), Theft by Unlawful Taking $500 or More but under $10,000, Persistent Felony Offender (Execution of Kentucky Parole Board Violation Warrant)

The investigation remains ongoing by Trooper Forest Newsome.


KSP Arrest Couple on Felony Charges

In a seperate news release from the KSP in Ashland, on January 26, 2017 the Kentucky State Police Post 14 received a complaint involving the possible abuse and neglect of three juveniles at a residence on Lucerine Lane in Greenup Co. KSP Trooper Patrick Hamilton responded with Greenup Co Department of Social Services and began an investigation into the allegations. Evidence and information obtained at the scene and during the course of the investigation were consistent with the allegations. It was determined Franklin and Sandra Torres had failed to report allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate authorities. The couple had also placed bars on the windows and used a padlock to secure the door of a bedroom at the residence with the intent of keeping a juvenile locked in the room. The incidents occurred over an extended period of time dating back to 2016.

* Sandra Torres, age 53, of Greenup, KY was arrested on May 17, 2017, lodged in the Greenup Co Detention Center and charged with the following: Unlawful Imprisonment 1st Degree, Failure to report Child Neglect/Abuse 1st Offense

* Franklin Torres, age 52, of Greenup, KY was arrested on May 17, 2017, lodged in the Greenup Co Detention Center and charged with the following: Unlawful Imprisonment 1st Degree, Failure to report Child Neglect/Abuse 1st Offense

The investigation remains ongoing by Trooper Patrick Hamilton.


Kentucky's Retirement Debt Soars after Pessimistic Outlook

Kentucky's public pension debt grew by roughly $2 billion on Thursday when state regulators made dramatic changes to long-held investment assumptions. The changes mean the unfunded liability for the Kentucky Employees Retirement Systems Non Hazardous system grew to $13 billion from $11 billion. State taxpayers will have to pay significantly more into the system to keep it solvent. Just how much will not be known until later this year. The changes happened because the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees decided to lower estimates on payroll growth, inflation and investment returns. It means Kentucky now has 13 percent of the money it owes to its retirees over the next 30 years, which means it is among the worst funded systems in the country. Board members delayed changes to a retirement system for local government employees.


State Government News

* Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has created a new position in the Cabinet for Economic Development that comes with an annual salary of $250,000 to improve workforce development strategies. Economic Development Secretary Terry R. Gill and the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board named Vivek Sarin as an executive officer in the cabinet on Monday. Gill and Sarin will earn the same salary. Gill says the goal is to make Kentucky a national leader in engineering and manufacturing. Sarin led Shelby Industries LLC, a manufacturer of towing and trailer equipment that closed recently. He is the president of a professional services firm and has contributed to Bevin's campaigns. State Democratic Party spokesman Daniel Lowry said Sarin's salary was an affront to state workers who haven't received raises.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Paintsville High School – Tonight (Friday), May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School – Tonight (Friday), May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.



WSIP News 5-18-2017

 

Four People Arrested on Meth Charges in Martin Co

Four people were arrested Tuesday evening in Martin Co. following a meth bust. According to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept. the arrest happened Tuesday night at a home on Rockcastle Road in Inez. Deputies say they had received an anonymous tip that led them to the scene and once they got there and identified themselves, Deputies said all of the suspects started running through the house in an attempt to hide the drugs. According to WYMT reports, the homeowner, Christopher Bowen, 45, gave Deputies permission to search the home and meth and other items used to smoke meth were located. Arrested at the scene was James Setser, 30, Ray Marcum, 32, and Christopher Mollette, 29. All 4 are facing a host of charges and are being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.


2-Month Investigation leads to Drug Arrests in Floyd Co

According to the Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Office, Deputies arrested two individuals Monday evening in the David Community of Floyd Co. after conducting a more than two month investigation into illegal drug trafficking activities in the Open Fork area of David. Sheriff John Hunt says that as a result of this investigation, Deputies charged 71 year old Martin Shepherd and 18 year old Jacob Estep both of Open Fork with trafficking in methamphetamine (meth/ice). Both have been lodged in the Floyd Co Jail.


One Dead after Crash in Wolfe Co

Emergency officials were called to the scene of a deadly crash in Wolfe Co on Wednesday morning. According to reports from the Wolfe Co. Sheriff's Office, a car was pinned underneath of a tractor-trailer hauling a load of scrap metal on Highway 15 near the Shell station in Campton. Two people were inside the car that was involved in the crash. Witnesses say they think the passenger in the car had just left his pickup in the nearby park to ride with his friend to work. The truck driver did not sustain any injuries in the crash. The roadway was closed as police reconstruction investigated the scene. There has been no additional information released at this time.


Death Penalty Sought against Woman Charged with Killing Family

The Commonwealth Attorney's Office says prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Courtney Taylor. Kentucky State Police say Taylor shot and killed her husband Larry, and her two teen daughters, Jolie and Jessie on Friday, January 13th. Police say she also raised a gun at two Whitley Co Sheriff's deputies when they entered her home. Taylor pleaded not guilty during her circuit court arraignment to three counts of murder and two counts of wanton endangerment. Back in February, a detective testified that Taylor told them she shot her husband after he depleted a cash settlement of more than $264,000 she had deposited in June.


KSP Investigates Injury Collision Involving a Fleming Co Deputy

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 10:00 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received information about a two vehicle collision on Morehead Road in Fleming Co. Trooper Jared Wagner responded to the scene. After further investigation, it was determined that Dana Gulley, 48, of Flemingsburg, Ky. was traveling southbound in a Toyota Camry when she attempted to make a left turn and was struck by a Dodge Charger being driven by Fleming County Deputy Justin Conley. Ms. Gulley’s vehicle came to final rest on the northbound shoulder of Morehead Road while Deputy Conley’s police cruiser went into a nearby ditch. Deputy Conley was responding to a complaint with his emergency equipment activated at the time of the collision. Ms. Gulley was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment and is listed in stable condition. Two other passengers in Ms. Gulley’s vehicle were taken to Fleming Co Hospital for treatment and then released. Deputy Conley was not injured in the collision. This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Jared Wagner.


Tuesday evening Crash Closes Portion of Mountain Parkway

Emergency crews in Magoffin Co. responded to a crash on the Mountain Parkway Tuesday evening involving a tractor trailer. Officials say the parkway was closed between mile points 72 and 75 near Salyersville for about two hours. Reports indicate that a dump truck hit a doublewide trailer that was being moved to a new location. At least one person was taken to the hospital, but they are expected to be okay. Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) and the Magoffin Co Sheriff's Dept. responded to the scene. No other information has been released.


State Government News

* Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has created a new position in the Cabinet for Economic Development that comes with an annual salary of $250,000 to improve workforce development strategies. Economic Development Secretary Terry R. Gill and the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board named Vivek Sarin as an executive officer in the cabinet on Monday. Gill and Sarin will earn the same salary. Gill says the goal is to make Kentucky a national leader in engineering and manufacturing. Sarin led Shelby Industries LLC, a manufacturer of towing and trailer equipment that closed recently. He is the president of a professional services firm and has contributed to Bevin's campaigns. State Democratic Party spokesman Daniel Lowry said Sarin's salary was an affront to state workers who haven't received raises.


Special Election for School Board Tax set for Tuesday, May 23

On Tuesday, May 23, citizens in Johnson Co. will take part in a special recall election for the property tax increase that was set in place September of 2014 by the Johnson Co School Board.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Paintsville High School - Friday, May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School - Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.

 

WSIP News 5-17-2017

 

Ex-Kentucky Clinic Doctor Charged with Fraud

A grand jury has charged a northeastern Kentucky doctor with defrauding Medicaid and illegally prescribing an addiction-treatment drug. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Monday that 57-year-old Curtis Edens was charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of improperly prescribing a controlled substance and five counts of theft by deception. Media outlets report that in 2016, Edens operated a clinic in Louisa that prescribed Suboxone - a drug used to treat addiction to opioids, but is often abused itself. Edens allegedly fraudulently charged people cash for services. Providers cannot bill cash for services covered by Medicaid. Edens was arrested in South Carolina. He waived extradition on Monday and will be returned to Kentucky for arraignment. It's unclear if Edens had an attorney.


Two West Virginia Men Indicted in Connection with a Pike Co. Robbery

Two West Virginia men have been indicted in connection with a Pike Co robbery. Police say the robbery happened on April 21st at the 7-11 in the Belfry community. Surveillance footage shows one of the men throwing coffee on the clerk, then both men taking money from the cash register before fleeing. The use of force elevated the incident from what likely would have been a misdemeanor, to one that now could include a significant prison sentence. According to the indictment, 20-year-old George Runyon Junior and 22-year-old Justin Runyon, both of Delbarton, are charged with first-degree robbery.


Man Breaks into Mother's House on Mother's Day

An Elkhorn City man was arrested over the weekend after he tried to break into his own mother’s home on Mother's Day surprise. Police identified the man as Michael Anderson. As troopers arrived on scene Sunday, they found Anderson walking out of a camper near the home toward officers in an aggressive manner. Police say Anderson ignored commands from police pulling away from them while being detained. In route to the Pike Co Detention Center, Anderson made threats to harm himself and others. Anderson now faces multiple charges including resisting arrest, terrorist threatening and menacing.


Martin Co. Woman Arrested on Burglary and Drug Charges

According to media reports, a Martin Co woman is facing criminal charges after calls of an intruder inside a residence. Officials say the incident happened on Coldwater Road in Inez. When Martin Co Sheriff's Deputies arrived, 20-year old Cheyanne May of Deboard was standing in the roadway and appeared to be under the influence. Witnesses say May allegedly entered a home and a van in the area illegally. She allegedly told Deputy Billy Patrick she had been using heroin. Once in custody May was found to have four syringes in her possession. May was charged with 2nd degree burglary, criminal trespassing, public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.


Thieves Strike at Inez Car Wash

Authorities in Martin Co are investigating after someone reportedly broke into an Inez car wash. Police say someone broke into the Fast Change Car Wash’s maintenance room and stole money, a weedeater, and the car wash’s DVR system. WYMT-TV reports police plan on using video camera footage from nearby businesses in an effort to catch who is responsible.


Mother and Child Seriously Injured in Logan Co, WV Dog Attack

A Logan, West Virginia mother and her 5 year old child were both injured Saturday in a vicious dog attack. According to the West Virginia State Police, a neighbor's dog got out his fenced-in-yard and attacked the little boy, playing a few homes down the street. Reports indicate that the boy’s mother, Belinda Mitchell ran to her 5 year-old’s son when she heard his screaming. When she got outside, the dog had the boy in the hip area and was violently slinging him back and forth in the air. As Mitchell was trying to free her son, the German Shepherd turned on her. Police say the dog had chewed Mitchell's arm down to her bone, breaking two bones and even chewing off parts of her bone.

Mitchell's son had several lacerations and was “bruised up” but has been released from the hospital. Mitchell has already had one surgery and doctors say she will need at least two more. The dog's owner said she is apologetic for what happened and explained that a family member had left the gate to their yard open and the dog, who she has owned for four years, got out. Mitchell calls her son's playmate, who alerted her to the attack, a hero.


Floyd Co Girl Scout Leader Accused of Stealing Thousands of Dollars of Cookies

A Girl Scout leader in Floyd Co is accused of stealing over $26,000 worth of cookies. Police say Leah Ann Vick stole from the troop during February and March. Officials say she reported false information pertaining to the number of girls in her troop participating in the cookie sales. Vick is charged with theft by unlawful taking.


State Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Click It or Ticket Campaign

In 2016 there were 629 deaths on Kentucky roads. According to the National Highway Transportation Agency, 61 percent of people who died in motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky in 2016 were not wearing their seatbelts. The same statistics found the number of people who died in crashes at night, and were not buckled up was 70 percent and Police say most crashes happen within a few miles of your home. With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, state law enforcement is hoping their Click It or Ticket campaign, May 22nd to June 4th will encourage people to buckle up.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Paintsville High School - Friday, May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School - Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.




WSIP News 5-15-2017

 

Stabbing Investigated in Lawrence Co.

According to a news release from the Louisa Police Dept. on Sunday, May 14 at 12:32 AM, the Louisa Police Department responded to the call of an intoxicated woman, identified as 35 year old Stacey Keesee, not wanting to leave and arguing with Ex-Boyfriend Marco Cortes about his live in girlfriend/victim Melissa Dixon being at the residence located on Pearl Street in Louisa. According to the arrest report, before they arrived Mrs. Keesee lunged toward Mrs. Dixon while Mr. Cortes attempted to hold her back. Officers noticed a stab wound in the center of the victims chest. Cortes was able to restrain Keesee until officers arrived and took her into custody. Dixon was treated by Net Care Ambulance and then flown by helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va where she remains in ICU listed in stable condition. Keesee was arrested and charged with Assault 1st and Criminal Trespass 1st. She was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. This case is still under investigation.


Martin Co. Man Sentenced to Life w/o parole in Triple Murder Case

A man will spend the rest of life behind bars for his role in the murder of three people in Martin Co. Jack Smith received three life sentences without the possibility of parole. Smith pleaded guilty last month to shooting and stabbing Tina Goble, her boyfriend Cainie Johnson Jr. and Goble's 8-year-old granddaughter Trinity Maynard. The three were found inside a burned-out house in Inez back in August 2014. Amanda Bowen was convicted of murder in the case last month and is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, May 19.


Floyd Co Woman set to Testify against Murder Suspects

A Floyd Co woman is set to testify against two people charged in a murder case in exchange for pleading guilty to a lesser charge. According to WYMT reports, Jennifer Jernigan was charged with complicity to commit the murder of Bill Collins. Jernigan pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension and/or prosecution. Jernigan's plea deal calls for a five-year sentence with probation after her release. Jernigan admitted to driving Floyd Junior Sexton and John Maggard after the alleged murder. As part of the plea deal, she agreed to testify in Sexton and Maggard's trial.


Social Security Administration Judge Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges

Longtime Social Security Administration judge David Black Daugherty pleaded guilty to two felony charges of accepting illegal gratuities Friday. Daugherty admitted to taking more than $600,000 in bribes in fewer than seven years to award disability benefit to thousands of Eric C. Conn's clients. The charges carry a maximum of four years in prison. He also agreed to pay back $609,000 to the government as of his plea. Conn pleaded guilty earlier this year. His is set to be sentenced in July. Documents show, they both ran a scheme to defraud the federal government of disability statements.


Former Hazard Deputy Jailer Convicted of Beating Inmate who Died

A federal jury convicted a former Eastern Kentucky deputy jailer of using excessive force against an inmate, who died. The U.S. attorney's office said 60-year-old William Curtis Howell was also convicted Thursday in London, Kentucky, of deliberately ignoring the serious medical needs of the inmate, 54-year-old Larry Trent, who was in jail on a DUI charge. Howell and Damon Wayne Hickman were deputy jailers at Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. Prosecutors say the two men beat Trent in 2013 and left him in his cell injured and bleeding. Hickman pleaded guilty last fall and testified against Howell. Another employee noticed Trent lifeless and emergency personnel were called. Prosecutors said in a news release that Trent was pronounced dead at a local hospital that afternoon. Howell is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 16.


Hiker Rescued in Lee Co

A hiker was rescued Saturday in Lee Co after falling. According to reports, the Powell Co Search and Rescue team said they were called to assist in the rescue Saturday afternoon near Highway 52 at Cathedral Church Camp. Officials said they used low-angle ropes and a basket in the rescue. The extent of the hikers injuries have not been released, but they were flown to UK Hospital. No other details have been released.


State Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Click It or Ticket Campaign

In 2016 there were 629 deaths on Kentucky roads. According to the National Highway Transportation Agency, 61 percent of people who died in motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky in 2016 were not wearing their seatbelts. The same statistics found the number of people who died in crashes at night, and were not buckled up was 70 percent and Police say most crashes happen within a few miles of your home. With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, state law enforcement is hoping their Click It or Ticket campaign, May 22nd to June 4th will encourage people to buckle up.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Paintsville High School - Friday, May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School - Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.