WSIP News 1-16-2017


Johnson Co Man Recovering following a Friday Assault. 2 People Arrested

A Johnson Co. man was assaulted and robbed at his home Friday night in the Leander community of Johnson Co. Police say Wallace Conley, the father of Johnson Co Clerk Sallee Holbrook and owner of Conley’s Tire at Staffordsville arrived at his home Friday night and located 2 people on or near his property (a man and woman). When Conley stopped and ask if everything was ok, reportedly the 2 individuals said they were just lost and then Conley went on to his residence. A short time later, Conley received a knock on his door and upon answering it, he was met by the female who ask to use his phone. When Conley stated “No, the woman allegedly pulled down a mask over her face and shoved Conley back into the house. The male that was with the female also barged into Conley’s residence and began attacking Conley with a pipe of some sort. Conley did fight back the best he could, but was eventually knocked unconscious. The male and female then allegedly ransacked the house and took some items and money, before leaving the scene, leaving Conley badly bleeding on the floor.

Somehow, Conley mustered up enough strength to walk/crawl to a nearby neighbor’s house for help. When law enforcement and emergency personnel arrived on scene they found Conley in very bad shape, but alert. Conley was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and released a few hours later. Following up on some leads in the case, on Sunday afternoon, Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, his Deputies and the KSP in Pikeville went to a residence on Flatwoods Branch of Van Lear and made contact with a Ronnie H. Webb, 49. According to Sheriff Price, himself and KSP investigators traveled to Prestonsburg and transported Webb’s son Arthur Shane Webb, 31 back to the Van Lear residence. After questioning the pair, both were arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree. Both were then transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Additional charges could be forthcoming and the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office and KSP in Pikeville are continuing to investigate.

Former Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter is sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

Former Paintsville Mayor Robert “Bob” Porter was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Pikeville to 4 years in prison. Back in September, Porter was found guilty of theft of federal funds, aiding and abetting and bribery. Porter was said to have knowingly received $7,000 worth of utility services provided to properties he owned in Paintsville for free and that he used thousands of dollars in city and federal funds to pay for personal expenses. According to information, after Porter is released from prison, he must spend two years under supervision. Porter was also fined $4,000. He has 60 days to report to prison and he has 14 days to appeal his sentence.

Three Dead after a Shooting in Whitley Co

According to reports, Police in the Williamsburg in Whitley Co. said a woman shot and killed her husband and two daughters Friday night. The shooting took place at a home on US 25 West. "The Sheriff's Office had received a call from another family member and had advised the Sheriff's Office that they had located a deceased person inside the residence," Lloyd Cochran who is a Trooper with Kentucky State Police said. Whitley Co Sheriff Colan Harrell said, Deputy Jonas Sanders and Sergeant James Fox, forcibly entered through the back door, which is when they found Courtney Taylor with a pistol in her hand. She was ordered to drop the weapon, but she didn’t, that's when Deputies shot Taylor twice, once in the chest and once in the abdomen. While attending to Taylor, Deputies discovered the three deceased persons inside that residence. Taylor's 56-year-old husband Larry, 18-year-old daughter Jesse and 13-year-old daughter, were found shot in separate rooms in their bed, with the covers pulled up around them. Officials say they were all shot in the head." Courtney Taylor was transported to the UK Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition. Charges have yet to be filed. The case has been turned over to Kentucky State Police for further investigation since it is an Officer Involved Shooting.

Cause of Death of a Martin Co. Man Undetermined

The cause of death of a Martin Co. man, whose remains were found after he was reported missing for several months, has been classified as “undetermined.” According to the KSP, the remains of Scottie Fannin, 37 was found in a wooded area in the Milo Community of Martin Co. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Fannin had been missing since December 2015. Fannin’s remains where initially sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, to determine a cause of death, but where later sent to a Forensic Pathologist in Knoxville, Tenn. Investigators say there were no signs of blunt force trauma to the remains and the case will remain as an open investigation and they will continue to pursue all leads into what caused Fannin’s death.

Fannin’s family members, along with officials in Martin Co. had been searching non-stop for Scottie Fannin, since he was last seen at his residence in the Milo community on Dec 10, 2015. Searchers went so far as to drain Milo Lake in Martin Co as well as bringing in search dogs, but Fannin’s wasn’t located until someone “stumbled upon them” in an area not far from where Fannin was last seen. That person contacted the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, who then contacted the KSP in Pikeville. Police ask that if anyone has any information they can share about this case, to please contact the KSP in Pikeville @ 606-433-7711.

Pike Co. Man Accused of having Missing Teen at a Motel

A Pikeville man is facing a felony charge after a 13-year-old, who was reported missing early Tuesday morning, was located in a room at the Hatfield McCoy Lodge along South Mayo Trail. According to the Pikeville Police Dept. officers allegedly found a backpack and ID for 21-year-old Zachary Sampson, of Ratliff’s Creek in Pike Co. Sampson was located by police at a nearby gas station where he was allegedly running and attempting to get into a moving vehicle. Police also report that Sampson had a strong odor of alcohol, and admitted to smoking marijuana and taking Xanax. He was found with a key to the room where the 13-year-old was located, but he denied ever having been in the room. A second juvenile, a 17-year-old, was also allegedly found in the motel room. Samson has been charged with felony unlawful transaction with a minor, public intoxication, resisting arrest as well as terroristic threatening after telling a jail employee he would burn his home down. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is currently lodged in the pike county detention center on a $5,000 cash bond.

Clay Co Man Drugged, Raped 15-year-old he met on Facebook

A Clay Co man is accused of drugging and raping a 15-year-old girl he met on Facebook. Michael Todd Lewis, 28, was arrested Wednesday and charged with rape, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor, custodial interference and kidnapping. According to a criminal complaint, Lewis met the girl on Facebook and brought her to his house where he drugged and raped her. He had a gun with him at the time of the incident, the complaint noted.

Reward Offered For Information on Conservation Officer's Truck Shooting

Officers with the Department of Fish & Wildlife are trying to bring justice for a conservation officer whose truck was shot into. Conservation Officer Glenn Smith works in Breathitt County and lives in Wolfe Co. The shots shattered the back window and damaged the interior of his Dodge Ram. No one was inside at the time. While the agency said that they have increased patrols in that area, they want to do more to help find the culprit. Law Enforcement Director of Fish & Wildlife Rodney Coffey told LEX 18 that they will be going door-to-door handing out fliers about the incident to try and get people to talk. State Police will also do road checks with them. They are also offering a reward of $2,500 for information that could help solve the case.

Health Officials say Kentucky Flu Activity Widespread

Kentucky health officials have raised the flu activity level in the state from regional to widespread. A statement from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Thursday says widespread is the highest level of flu activity and means there has been increased activity or outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. Department of Public Health Commissioner Hiram C. Polk urged anyone who hasn't been immunized - especially those who have a high risk for complications - to get vaccinated. Those at risk include young children, older adults, pregnant women, caregivers and those with chronic health problems. The flu virus can be very contagious and causes symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat and body aches.