WSIP News 3-27-2017


Conn Pleads Guilty to Stealing from SSA, Bribery

On Friday, March 24 Floyd Co attorney Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty to federal charges. Officials from the United States Department of Justice released the news late Friday afternoon. Conn reportedly pleaded guilty to stealing from the Social Security Administration (SSA), as well as bribing a federal judge. Conn was part of a scheme to fraudulently obtain $550 million in federal disability payments from the SSA for thousands of claimants. According to the plea, Conn schemed with former SSA administrative law judge David B. Daugherty and multiple doctors that involved the submission of thousands of falsified medical documents to the SSA, the release noted. Conn admitted to paying Daugherty around $10,000 a month to rule in favor of his clients. The plea said that Conn’s social security fraud scheme covered more than 10 years. Conn is scheduled for sentencing July 14.

KSP Investigates Fatal House Fire in Pike Co

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 23, 2017, the Kentucky State Police, Pikeville Post received a 911 call of a structure fire in the Island Creek community of Pike Co. The preliminary investigation at the scene by KSP Detectives revealed that emergency personnel located one adult female deceased inside the residence. The victim, Connie Holt, 53 of Island Creek, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike Co Coroner, Russell Roberts. The cause of the fire and death remains under investigation. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Detective Chris Phillips and KSP Post 09 Arson Investigator, Nick Endicott.

Woman Dead after Carter Co House Fire

A woman has died after a fire at home in Carter Co early Thursday morning. Officials say Beatrice Carroll, 91, died in the fire that happened in 300 block of Patchwork Lane in the Rattlesnake Ridge area of Carter Co. Emergency Crews says the house was already 90% destroyed by the time they got on scene. Carroll's son lives in a home behind hers and said by the time he got to the house it was already too late. There is no word on what caused the fire at this time.

Man Shot by Deputy in Owsley Co

Officials in Owsley Co. says a sheriff's deputy fatally shot a suspect who was armed with a knife while responding to a domestic dispute Wednesday evening. According to the Kentucky State Police, troopers were dispatched to the shooting around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Their initial investigation found that an Owsley Co sheriff's deputy responded to a domestic dispute at an apartment near Booneville and while investigating found a suspect with a knife. Police say the deputy fired and the suspect died. The man was identified as, 42-year-old Charles Harris.

Boyd Co. Man Arrested for using Social Media for Meeting Underage Girl for Sex

Police in Boyd Co. arrested a man Friday who they say thought he was meeting an underage girl for sex but was met by police instead. David Young, 46, of Ashland, has been charged with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. According to the criminal complaint, Young was in contact with who he believed was a 15-year-old girl through a social media website. Boyd Co Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods says the girl had told her mom about the messages, who then contacted authorities who took over the account and arrange a meet up with Young. Young made arrangements to meet the girl at a park in Ashland and was arrested when he was driving away from the park. According to the criminal complaint, Young and the person he believed he was talking too had talked about having sex. Woods says since teens are always connected and online these days, it's important for parents to monitor what their children are doing online. Woods says he encourages parents to be on guard and make sure they know what their kids are doing online and who they are talking to. Young was placed in the Boyd County Detention Center. He has since bonded out. The Ashland Police Department's Electronic Crimes Unit assisted in the investigation.

New Tax by Lawrence Co. BOE Challenged

As expected, Lawrence Cou Clerk Chris Jobe said Wednesday that a petition has been applied for to demand a vote on the new 'nickel tax' imposed last week by the Lawrence Co Board of Education for the purpose of raising new funds for a new elementary school to replace Louisa East and West. According to the Leviser Lazer website, Jobe said the petition will need more than 600 signatures if it is to put the issue on the ballot in a special election this year. The number of signatures required is based on 10% of the number of votes cast in the latest General election. There will be 30 days after the petition and the signatures are turned in to Jobe’s office to set a date for the special election. There is no regular election this year. "This will cost the school board about $30,000 to hold the special election.

Lawrence Co. Schools Supt Dr. Rob Fletcher said the cost of a new school will be $15 million and the BOE has only $7 million in bonding capacity left after borrowing monies to repair all county schools four years ago. The nickel tax will raise a like amount to match what the BOE can borrow now. Fletcher also said if the 'recallable nickel tax' was not passed this year, it would be 2023 before any school could be built and that many of his contacts in other counties said that the state 'will not even consider' a project unless the nickel tax is in place.

Kentucky Returns $302 Million in Tax Refunds

State officials say they have returned more than $302 million in refunds to Kentucky taxpayers. The Kentucky Department of Revenue said in a news release it has received more than 1.1 million tax returns, with more than 1 million of those returns having been processed. Nearly 98 percent of the returns were filed electronically. The deadline to file state tax returns is April 18. This year, the Department of Revenue required some taxpayers to take an online quiz before filing their tax returns. The three-question quiz is designed to verify taxpayers' identity and combat scams. Anyone who failed the quiz would have to submit additional identification documents.


WSIP News 3-23-2017


Johnson Co Woman Arrested For Allegedly Kicking Child

According to WLEX and other media reports, a Johnson Co woman was arrested after police say she kicked her 10-year-old granddaughter twice. Kentucky State Police responded to a home in Staffordsville Monday evening and troopers found 56-year old Karen Stanley to be under the influence and she was “belligerent.” Reports say Stanley’s son informed law enforcement that his mother had kicked his daughter twice in the hip. Investigators found evidence of bruising on the child. Stanley was arrested and charged with 4th degree assault of a child, alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct.

Manhunt Underway in Floyd Co

According to Floyd Co. Sheriff John Hunt, his department, along with the KSP, are continuing their search for a man who allegedly tried to run law enforcement over with his vehicle following an attempt to serve warrants. Reports say 29-year old James Sexton was located hiding in a field inside a blue Chevy Aveo. When Deputies approached the car, Sexton fled the scene in the care and allegedly attempted to run them over. Floyd Co Sheriff John Hunt says after attempting to run down his deputies Sexton is considered to be dangerous. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of James Sexton you are urged to call the local authorities.

Pike Co School Bus Crashes into Creek

Officials in Pike Co. are investigating a school bus crash that happrened Wednesday morning. Officials say 12 children were on the bus when it crashed in the Blackberry community, just off KY-1056 in Pike Co. Reports say the bus was turning around when the bank underneath it gave way, sending the nose of the bus into a creek. No injuries were reported. The driver took a mandatory drug test. Officials are still investigating this incident.

Former School Aide/Coach Arrested on Child Porn Charges in Greenup Co

A former Russell Middle School aide and coach has been arrested on child porn charges. Donald Adkins, 48, of Ashland, has been charged with possession of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor. According to the arrest citation, Adkins told investigators he tried to solicit nude pictures of a female juvenile and texting with her in a sexual manner. Investigators also found pictures of the juvenile on both his phone and computer. Russell Independent Schools Superintendent Sean Horne says Adkins has been terminated from his position. Horne says he served as an instructional aide for special education at Russell Middle School. Horne says Adkins was also a coach for the middle school boys basketball and baseball teams. Ashland police and Flatwoods police are investigating the case.

Bevin Signs Charter Schools Bill into Law

Governor Matt Bevin signed legislation paving the way for charter schools in Kentucky Wednesday. "This is a truly momentous step forward in providing quality choices for Kentucky’s most vulnerable students," Bevin said. U.S Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) weighed in on the signing in a statement. “I commend the Kentucky General Assembly and Governor Matt Bevin for their work to make charter schools happen in the Commonwealth," McConnell said. "This is great news for Kentucky’s students and parents. The flexibility offered by public charter schools encourages teachers and administrators to use good judgment in innovative ways to produce positive results for Kentucky children.”


Kentucky Power Presents God's Pantry Food Bank with $25,000

Kentucky Power is taking action to help fight hunger in Eastern Kentucky. Tuesday officials with Kentucky Power presented God's Pantry Food Bank with a 25,000 dollar check. So far this fiscal year God's Pantry Food Bank gave out more than one million pounds of food from the Prestonsburg warehouse. Officials with God's Pantry Food Bank said the money will have a huge impact on the work they do. "So that 25,000 dollars will help pay for the operation of this facility," Mike Halligan, Chief Executive Officer for God's Pantry Food Bank, said. "This facility cost us a little over 100,000 dollars annually, so today's grant pays for three month’s worth of operation in this facility." Officials with Kentucky Power said they're excited to help provide to the core needs of people in the community. Officials with God's Pantry Food Bank said one in six Kentuckians are at risk of hunger and they said this grant helps many in need.




WSIP News 3-22-2017


KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Pike County

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, troopers are investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Pike Co during the evening hours of Monday, March 20, 2017. The preliminary investigation indicates that Kenneth Robinson was traveling on KY Route 611 in the Virgie community of Pike Co. Robinson lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet Blazer and struck a utility pole. Robinson suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike Co Coroner Russell Roberts. Evidence at the scene indicates Robinson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Trooper John Gabbard.

KSP Investigating Shooting in Pike Co

According to a separate news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on March 18, 2016 at approximately 12:36 A.M., Kentucky State Police Post 09 received a 911 call from Terry Runyon, 59 of Millard, advising that he had shot Joanna Looney. At approximately 12:39 A.M. an additional 911 call was received from Joanna Looney, 31 of Millard, stating that she had been shot. The preliminary investigation indicates Looney drove to Runyon’s residence. At some point, Runyon discharged a firearm, striking Looney. Looney left the scene and drove to Millard BP to seek help for her injuries and call 911. EMS responded and transported Looney to Pikeville Medical Center where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. This case will be presented to a grand jury for consideration. KSP Post 09 Detective Gary Sykes continues the investigation.

Couple Jailed and Children Removed from Home due to “Deplorable” Conditions

According to media reports, a couple was recently arrested in Floyd Co and had their children removed by social services after officials found "deplorable living conditions." According to the arrest citation, the Department of Social Services along with Kentucky State Police went to investigate a complaint on Myrtle Branch of Prestonsburg. Once inside the home, 29- year old John Lowe of Prestonsburg and 31-year old Danielle Haney of Inez were allegedly found to be under the influence, while Haney's 9 year old and 11 year old children were inside the home. Further investigation led to the discovery of baggies of marijuana, a marijuana smoking pipe, marijuana grinder and what appeared to be pills burnt to the bottom of a pop can, were all allegedly found in plain sight. Haney and Lowe were both arrested and charged with the following:

* Endangering the welfare of a Minor 2nd degree
* Wanton Endangerment

They were both lodged in the Floyd Co Detention Center and the children were placed with a relative. No other information has been provided at this time.

Federal Prison Project in Letcher Co. to Continue Despite Proposed Budget Cuts

Despite proposed significant budget cuts, construction on a federal prison in Letcher Co. is expected to continue. The budget proposal aims to save almost a billion dollars in federal prison construction spending. Letcher Co officials said they were worried when they saw that there would be cuts for new federal prison construction because of the planned prison in Roxana. However, they also said there is no need to worry at this point in time and the prison project will continue as planned.

According to Letcher Co Judge Executive, Jim Ward, the $444 million needed for the prison, has already been set aside and should stay there. Elwood Cornett has worked closely on the project for several years. He said the construction phase should soon begin. Ward also said there could be more than 1,000 construction jobs during the building process. Congressman Hal Rogers said he will work to protect funding for critical services, such as LIHEAP, and economic development opportunities as Congress continues the appropriations process for the rest of 2017 and fiscal year 2018. As of right now, the Letcher Co Prison is still on schedule and the record of decision is expected to be finalized later this year.”

BSCTC to Host Town Hall Meetings in April

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will be hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings beginning the first week of April. The meetings are intended to introduce the college and its services to the community. Members of the college’s admission, financial aid, career/technical education, transfer education and workforce solutions team will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions from visitors. The meetings will be held:

* Monday, April 3, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Pike County Library, 119 West River Drive, Pikeville;

* Tuesday, April 4, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Johnson County Library, 444 Main Street, Paintsville;

* Wednesday, April 5, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Floyd County Library, 161 North Arnold Avenue, Prestonsburg;

* Thursday, April 6, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez;

* Friday, April, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Magoffin County Cooperative Extension Office, 15 Rockhouse Fork Road, Salyersville.

BSCTC offers 30 programs and more than 200 industry-leading credentials. The college has campuses in Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Paintsville (Mayo) and Hager Hill. For more information, contact Jennifer Little at (606) 889-4734 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..