WSIP 7-18-2016


Lawrence Co. Man Dies after Car He was Working On, Fell on Him

According to reports, one man was killed Saturday after a vehicle fell on him in Lawrence Co. According to Lawrence County Emergency Management, the incident took place near the Webbville community around 8 AM. Reports say a man was making repairs to a vehicle when the car fell on him, trapping the man underneath the car and he died as a result of his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released at this time. The accident is being investigated by the Lawrence Co Sheriff's Department.

Two Dead in a Knott Co ATV Accident

According to the Kentucky State Police in Hazard, 2 people were killed in an ATV crash in Knott Co on Sunday. Investigators say the crash happened after midnight in the Carrie community of Knott Co. The Coroner’s office said the ATV was carrying a total of 4 people, 2 were killed, 1 was injured and taken to Hazard ARH and another was unharmed. Kentucky State Police are investigating the crash, but they believe the driver lost control of the ATV near an abandoned mine. They said at least two of the four people were thrown from the ATV. Officials say the ATV fell on the two people who were killed. The Knott Co Coroner identified the deceased as Billy Breeding, 54, and Anthony Singleton, 54. Breeding was a firefighter at the Fisty Volunteer Fire Department.

Perry Co Sheriff’s Dept. Searching for Man in Connection to an Attempted Robbery

The Perry Co Sheriff's Dept. is asking for the public's help in locating a man they believed tried to rob another man and shot at him. Deputies are looking for Albert Couch. Couch allegedly attempted to rob a man at gunpoint and shot the gun in the process, deputies said. The incident occurred Wednesday, July 13 around 6 PM on Big Willard Road in the Busy community of Perry Co. Authorities consider Couch armed and dangerous. He was last seen in the Combs area on a stolen motorcycle with a red gas tank and no fenders, deputies said. Couch has an active felony warrant for attempted robbery, wanton endangerment, and terrorist threatening. Anyone with information can call the Perry Co Sheriff's Office at 606-439-4523 and can remain anonymous.

Floyd Co. Police Cruiser Hits Pedestrian

According to reports from WYMT-TV, a Floyd Co man was hospitalized Thursday after he was hit by a police cruiser. The man has been identified as Thomas Baldridge, 63. Reports say he was walking at the intersection of University Drive and state Route 1428 when he was hit by a Police cruiser making a left turn onto University Drive. WYMT reports that Prestonsburg Police Officer Kenneth Prater was driving. A spokesperson for the Prestonsburg Police Department told WYMT, Prater did not see Baldridge in the road. Baldridge was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center and later transported to Pikeville Medical Center, where at last report, he was listed in stable condition. Prater is on administrative leave, which is department policy. Kentucky State Police troopers are investigating the incident and No charges have been filed at this time.

No Criminal Charge, but Lawsuit Filed in Estill Co Landfill Case

The office of the Attorney General Andy Beshear released a statement saying no criminal charges will be filed over the disposal of radioactive waste dumped at the Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill Co. Beshear says the cabinet declined to authorize his office to take civil action against Advanced TENORM Services and its owners. However, on Friday afternoon, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced it will seek significant civil penalties against Advanced TENORM Services, LLC, Fairmont Brine, and all others responsible for the illicit dumping of waste in both Estill and Greenup Counties.

The Estill Co judge executive did file a multi-million dollar lawsuit in the case. The lawsuit against four companies and one individual is based on the allegation that the county's solid waste ordinance was violated 47 times between July and November 2015. State officials say the waste is actually sludge from oil and gas wells that came from West Virginia. Illinois is the only state allowed to dump radioactive waste in Kentucky.

BSCTC Participating in Statewide Express Enrollment July 18-21

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is offering students a one-stop enrollment opportunity during the week of July 18. Express Enrollment week is a statewide event for all community and technical colleges to help with one-on-one advising regarding enrollment, financial aid, scheduling and other items that prospective students need to complete for the fall semester. Additionally, if a student has not taken a required test, that can be scheduled as well. The goal is to make the enrollment process as simple and fast as possible. Most students should be able to complete the process during their advising session.

“We know many of our prospective students are anxious about college, but we want to relieve that anxiety and make enrolling as easy as possible,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC. “We believe if we can simplify this first important step, more students are likely to take advantage of the affordable opportunities Big Sandy Community and Technical College has to offer.” BSCTC will host Express Enrollment from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 18-21 on all campuses (Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Mayo and Hager Hill). Students who enrolled last semester, but have not registered for fall will receive a reminder email and/or call inviting them to Express Enrollment at their local college. Those who have not attended, may schedule an appointment by visiting express.gokctcs.com.

ohnson Co. Native to Sing at Republican National Convention

Johnson Co native Marlana VanHoose has been invited to sing at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio tonight. Marlana has become a fixture on the big stage at many local, state and national sporting events, as well as other meetings, churches and gatherings.