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Local News 10-13-2014


Perry County Man Facing Child Abuse Charges

A Perry County man is facing child abuse charges, after a one month old was taken to UK Hospital with several broken bones. Police report they arrested Henry Clemons in September after they say he actually placed a call to 911 in August, reporting a baby was having trouble breathing. Following a police investigation, officials said Clemons admitted he abused the child. Clemons was originally with criminal abuse, but a judge has amended those charges to three counts of assault. Clemons has pleaded not guilty and will be back in court December 2nd.

Three People, including a Hazard Doctor, Indicted in Federal Drug Case

A Hazard doctor and staff members at the Ace Clinique of Medicine in Hazard have been indicted in a federal drug case. According to reports, prosecutors claim Doctor James "Ace" Chaney, his wife Lesa and Physicians Assistant Gregory Hoskins worked together from June 2006 to September 2013 to distribute and unlawfully dispense drugs. If convicted, they will have to forfeit money, property, numerous cars and an airplane and could face up to 50 years in prison. All three have pleaded not guilty. A trial date is set in London for December 9th.

KSP Arrest Boyd Co. Man after Spotting Marijuana from Air

Kentucky State Police made a marijuana arrest after using a helicopter to spot plants. KSP says they saw a number of plants growing at a Jacks Forks home in Rush, Kentucky. When they went to the home, they found $123,000 worth of marijuana, in plant form and processed. Norman W. Vanderpool, 47, of Rush, was arrested and charged with cultivating and trafficking marijuana. He is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.   

Ashland Chiropractor Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

According to WSAZ news, an Ashland chiropractor was arraigned Friday on child pornography charges. Officials say James Coursey, 43, of Ashland, was arrested in September after police received information that he had child pornography on his home computer. He was recently indicted on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor. Investigators say when Coursey was arrested, he tried to delete files from his computer. Coursey pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday and will be back in court on December 12.

Dawkins Trail Rescue Training held on Sunday

Emergency crews from both Magoffin and Johnson Counties met on the Dawkins Line Rail Trail Sunday for emergency training exercises. During the day, crews were put into emergency situations that could be possible on the new trail trail that runs through both counties. According to Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure, these emergency simulations are very important to understand and to deal with different scenarios that could be possible on the trail. “This training allows us to understand the terrain and this location and have to use ATVs for access to transport patients," says McClure. McClure said he was pleased with the way teams from both Magoffin and Johnson Counties were able to work together and he hopes they never have to put this training to actual use.

Safety Behind the Wheel for Seniors

While many Kentuckians think of driver's ed as something just for teenagers, experts say a refresher course makes good safety and financial sense, even for those who have had their driver's licenses for several decades. AARP Kentucky's Driver Safety Program coordinator, Leon Morrow, says driving a car today isn't the same as it was when many older Kentuckians first got behind the wheel. "The roads have changed, the cars have changed, the laws have changed and most importantly, the senior citizen himself has changed. My eyesight is not what it used to be, my hearing is not what it used to be, and critically, the reaction time is way off." In honor of "Drive Safely Work Week," AARP Kentucky is offering members and non-members alike a 30-percent discount on its online Driver Safety course. Morrow says to check with your insurance agent to see if they honor the online course. Mary Tillman, state coordinator, AARP Missouri Driver Safety Program, says brushing up on driving skills is first and foremost about saving lives by preventing accidents. But she says it can also save drivers money. "We have found in a lot of cases, your personal insurance agent may be willing to give you a discount because you have taken a defensive-driving course," Tillman says. Since it first launched in 1979, 13 million drivers age 50 and older have completed the AARP Driver Safety program. Details and registration are at www.aarpdriversafety.org

Martin Co. Firefighters Recognized at Weekend Event

On Monday, September 29 members of the Warfield VFD were responding to a house fire on Blackburn Cemetery Rd. in the Pigeon Roost community of Martin Co., but the fire truck firefighters were riding in, fell into a creek. The fire truck was attempting to cross a wooden bridge, when the bridge gave way on one side, causing the fire truck to flip on its side and into a creek. The firefighters who were about to risk their lives to help someone else, suddenly needed help of their own, as the cab of the truck started to fill with water quickly.

If it weren’t for the bravery of three men, Sheriff's Deputy Cory Cook, Firefighter Chase Kirk, and civilian Ethan Delong, the fire truck might not had been the only thing lossed that day. Cook, Kirk and DeLong each helped rescue the two injured and trapped fire fighters, pulling them out of the flooded cab and to safety. On Saturday, everyone involved was recognized in front of an audience at the Martin County Harvest Festival for their heroism, bravery and courage that day to help their fellow man.

Pre-Registration for Heating Assistance begins this week

The Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is preparing to serve more people this year by offering preregistration for some LIHEAP applicants. The applications process for those who qualify for pre-registration will be the same as normal applicants. Pre-registration is set to begin October 15th. The agency helped heat about 15,000 households last year in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin counties and officials expect an increase this year. Pre-registration will run through October 31st. The statewide LIHEAP subsidy program begins November 3rd. Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30pm.

Floyd County

60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595.

Johnson County

230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Magoffin County

131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County

387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County

478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775

Local News 10-10-2014

 

           

Floyd County Man Charged with Drug Possession in Magoffin County

A Floyd Co. man is facing drug charges in Magoffin Co., after officials in that county received complaints on the man. The Magoffin Co. Sheriff’s Dept. arrested 50 year old Robert Burchett Thursday after they were told a man was possibly violating a domestic violence order. Upon locating Burchett, deputies say he admitted to them that he had marijuana and pills in his pocket. They also found a pipe and grinder on Burchett. He now faces several drug possession charges. He was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Virginia Man Sentenced in a Kentucky Cockfighting Case

A Wise County, VA man is joining his father in prison for participating in a major cockfighting enterprise in Kentucky. A federal judge in Abingdon, VA on Wednesday, sentenced Jonathan Robinson to one year and one day in prison. Robinson's father, Wesley Robinson, was sentenced last month to six months in prison, both had previously pleaded guilty to charges including possessing an animal for use in an illegal fighting venture. An eastern Kentucky, also couple convicted in the case, is also scheduled to be sentenced this week in Abingdon, VA. Walter Stumbo of Floyd County, Kentucky, pleaded guilty in July and his wife, Sonya Stumbo, was convicted by a jury in August. Their son, Joshua Stumbo, has also pleaded guilty in the case. Authorities say the cockfighting enterprise in the McDowell community of Floyd Co., featured arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.

Man Arrested on Florida Drug Charge

A man wanted by federal authorities in Florida on several drug related charges, has been arrested here in Kentucky. According to the Floyd Co. Times, Michael Sanders was arrested last Thursday, Oct. 2 in Eastern Ky. He was wanted in the Southern District of Florida, after being indicted Sept. 25 on a single count of attempting to possess a controlled substance. The indictment says that back in January 2012, Sanders attempted to possess an undisclosed a quanity of oxycodone in Florida. Sanders appeared Thursday, before Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins, in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, to answer the charge against him. Atkins ordered Sanders to be released, on the condition that he appears in U.S. District Court, in Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 20. All further action on the case will take place in Florida.

Pike Officials Sue State over Coal Severance Tax Process

Officials in Pike County have filed suit against state officials over a new process it must go through to receive coal severance tax proceeds. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the lawsuit filed by Pike County Fiscal Court in Frankfort on Oct. 1 says the change was included in the budget bill approved by lawmakers during the 2014 session. The lawsuit says the change is unconstitutional because it affects only one county. Pike officials say the change will "severely hamper" the county. Democratic State Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville said one reason for the change was that Pike County asked for $11 million in coal severance proceeds and had only about $4 million to spend. He said lawmakers wanted to make sure money approved would be used for "viable projects."

NWS Confirms Tornado in Pike Co.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Pike County on Tuesday. The NWS says an EF1 tornado with speeds around 90 mph hit the Buffalo Creek Road area of Pike County. The NWS also confirms that six other tornadoes touched down across the state during Tuesday’s severe weather. Those counties are Bourbon, Bath, Scott, Harrison and Owen.

City Fire Dept. Receives Revised Classification for Insurance Services

The following is a news release from the City of Paintsville, officials are pleased to announce that on Friday, October 3, 2014 the Paintsville Fire Dept. received notification from the insurance Services Office (ISO) of a revised classification for the City of Paintsville.

Earlier in the year, ISO completed an analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system within the City. ISO's Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process of insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers use PPC information as part of their decision making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or rates to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.

Communities whose PPC improves may get lower insurance rates. We are pleased to announce that Paintsville improved to a 3/3y Public Protection Classification under the new system. Previously, Paintsville had maintained to 4 classification for many years. The 3/3y classification places the Paintsville Fire Department among a small group of elite fire departments in the State of Kentucky. The new fire rating will take effect in January 2015.

Dawkins Rail Trail Exercise

Paintsville/Johnson Emergency Management, Magoffin County Emergency Management, and Kentucky State Fire/Rescue Training Region 11 will be conducting a First Responder Training Exercise on the Dawkins Trail on Sunday October 12th beginning at 8:00 a.m. The trail will be closed to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Swamp Branch to Royalton during the exercise.

 

Local News 10-8-2014


Paintsville Woman Arrested on Several Charges, Including Child Neglect

According to information obtained through the Paintsville Police Dept. On Tuesday, October 6, 2014 a call came into the Police Dept. around 9 AM from Dept. of Social Services (AKA. D.S.S.), concerning an 18 month old male child found walking on Main Street near the Paintsville Utilities building. Patrolman P.D. Witten and Assistant Chief Mike Roe responded to the call and located the child and upon further investigation, found the front door of the apartment wide open and the child’s mother sleeping in her bed. Officer Witten stated that he began to question the woman and she said she did not know the child was gone. In the Police report, officers found in plain sight, two (2) plates/dishes with straws and a white powdery substance on them. Further investigation led Police to locate two (2) white pills in her wallet. Officer Witten said that the subject, Stacy Marie Cottle, 26 of Paintsville was slow to respond to officers questions and stated that she only drinks alcohol after work. Officers located alcohol in the kitchen. Cottle was arrested and charged with the following.

Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd, 1st Offense
Prescription Controlled Substance not in proper container
Public Intoxication

She was taken to and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Patrolman P.D. Witten and Asst. Chief Mike Rowe are continuing to investigate this incident.

Boyd County HS Student Hit and Killed Monday Night

A student at Boyd County High School was killed Monday evening on Rt 60 in the Summit community of Boyd Co. According to the Boyd Co. Sheriff’s Office, Victory Bryant 18, of Ashland, was walking across the eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 60 when she was hit by two vehicles. The accident happened about 8 p.m. Investigators says weather played a factor in the incident, with rain reducing visibility at the time. Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this fatal accident. Bryant was a senior at Boyd Co. High School and counselors are available for students. The Boyd Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this accident.

Man Charged with Murder in Knott Co. Pleads Not Guilty

The Floyd Co. man Police say is responsible for the shooting death of another Floyd Co. man pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday morning. The shooting took place just after midnight on Sunday (10-5-2014) at a crowded campground in Knott County. According to the KSP in Hazard, Zachary Murphy, 19, of Langley and Miles Hamilton, 21, of Wayland allegedly got into a fight/argument at the Knott County Trail Ride just after midnight Sunday, October 5, 2014. Investigators said Hamilton shot Murphy once with a handgun and Murphy was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials said Hamilton took off after the shooting, but he returned several hours later and turned himself in to authorities. Hamilton has been charged with murder and is being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Knott County officials said that more than 3,000 campers were at the trail ride for a concert at the time of the shooting. The KSP are continuing to investigate this incident.

Powell County Fatal Crash Likely Caused By Medical Emergency

Officials in Powell Co. have identified the victim that died in a single vehicle accident on Monday. According to the KSP, John C. Lane, 60, of Lee County died in the crash, but they say the accident most likely occurred because of a medical emergency. The accident happened around 5:00 p.m. Monday on Natural Bridge Road in Powell County. Police say Lane was very slowly driving his red GMC truck near Middle Fork Campground when he hit the guardrail then drove partially up the side of the hill, according to witnesses. Two witnesses, who were members of the Air Force, attempted to render aid to Lane, but they were unable to save him. KSP say they are continuing to investigate.

Kentucky Homeland Security Projects Draw Funding

Federal grants totaling more than $2.8 million have been announced for Kentucky Homeland Security Programs projects. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security funds will be used for training programs, citizen preparedness and awareness initiatives, and essential communication, critical infrastructure and first-responder equipment. Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release the grants will help first responders do their work and keep the state prepared. The funds will be used for 103 projects across Kentucky.

The approved grants for our surrounding area are:

Johnson Co – $16,600 for Search & Rescue
Paintsville – $8,000 for Detection
Floyd Co (Big Sandy ADD) – $4,200 for Search & Rescue
Wheelwright – $12,000 for PPE
Magoffin Co – $24,000 for Siren
Pike Co – $40,000 for Search & Rescue
Boyd Co – $54,000 for 911
West Liberty – $49,000 for Siren
Martin Co – $30,000 for PPE

UNITE Announces Anti-Drug Clubs of the Year

Fourteen anti-drug UNITE Clubs in schools across the Fifth Congressional District have been named “Clubs of the Year” for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year. UNITE Clubs receiving recognition are:

Region 1:

Mt. Vernon Elementary           Rockcastle County
Rockcastle County Middle       Rockcastle County
Rockcastle County High           Rockcastle County

Region 2:

Highland-Turner Elementary         Breathitt County
Dorton Middle (tie)                           Pike County
Whitesburg Middle (tie)                Letcher County
Belfry High                                    Pike County

Region 3:

Highlands Elementary (tie)           Johnson County
Meade Memorial Elementary (tie) Johnson County
James D. Adams Middle               Floyd County
Magoffin County High                      Magoffin County

Region 4:

Red River Elementary           Wolfe County
South Laurel Middle           Laurel County
Wolfe County High          Wolfe County

In addition to a trophy, each of these clubs will be allocated $750 from the UNITE Foundation to fund anti-drug activities during the current school term. Last school year there were 105 registered UNITE Clubs in 26 counties with a total of 8,639 student members – the second highest number of students since clubs were first established during the 2005-06 school year. To qualify for Club of the Year honors, students submitted scrapbooks showcasing their monthly activities, service projects and mentoring activities. Scrapbooks were judged in elementary, middle and high school categories to determine regional winners. Participation in a UNITE Club increases a student’s protective factors, such as providing positive role models for other students, building self-esteem, engaging in healthy lifestyles, striving for high student achievement, and creating positive relationships.



Local News 10-7-2014


           

Motions Presented Against Johnson Co. Man Involved in a Deadly Motorcycle Accident

According to the website, the Levisa Lazer, motions were presented last week against a Johnson Co. man who faces a murder charge following a motorcycle accident. Joshua A. Fitzpatrick, 35 of Paintsville is accused of causing the death of Johnny K. Maynard, 40, of Catlettsburg, KY. Maynard was operating a motorcycle near Rt. 644 and E Street in Louisa, when Fitzpatrick who was traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control of his vehicle and struck Maynard. Maynard died shortly after being transported to TRMC with his injuries. In all, Fitzpatrick has been charged with Murder, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Operating on Suspended or Revoked Operators License and Persistent Felony Offender.

The motions presented, was to exclude evidence of the defendant's activities in Johnson Co., to exclude any reference to statutory presumptions of intoxication, to exclude those portions of KSP reconstruction report which contain legal conclusions and reference the events occurring in Johnson County of the date of accident, and to redact certain portions of the statement given by defendant to KSP Detective Ben Cramer on the night of the accident. An order was signed granting the motions.

West Virginia M Arrested on Assault Charges in Martin County

Reports indicate that a West Virginia man was arrested over the weekend, after he allegedly barged into a home in Martin Co. and beat up two individuals. According to Police, they say they received a call about a fight at Moore's Trailer Park in the Lovely community of Martin Co. on Saturday. Arrested was 21 year old John Judd. Police said Judd was fighting with the son of a woman who says Judd had hit his mother. Following an investigation, police determined Judd went into a residence and started to beat up two people living there in their bed. Police are continuing to investigate this incident and further charges could be possible.

Domestic Call Leads to Drug Charges in Magoffin Co.

According to reports, a Magoffin man remains in jail, following his arrest last week on drug charges after a domestic dispute call. The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a domestic call on Thursday, September 25, when they were told that Troy J. Adams, 33, of Spurlock Road, Salyersville had stolen suboxone. The officer found the stolen Suboxone on Adams, as well as six suspected Xanax tablets and a small bag of marijuana that he had allegedly tried to hide under the front seat of the sheriff’s office vehicle.

Adams is still being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, charged with one count of theft of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (second degree - Suboxone), possession of a controlled substance (third degree- Xanax), and possession of marijuana.

Trial Date Set for Lawrence Co. Man Accused of Brutal Beating of his Wife

A trial date has been set for a Lawrence Co. man, who was arrested earlier this year on charges he beat-up his wife. According to reports, Aaron Uhlmann, 44, of Webbville, KY allegedly severely beat his wife Jennifer Priddy and left her tied up at her home on Dec. 20 after a domestic incident. He was also charged with robbery and kidnapping. Uhlman will go to trial August 24, 2015 for these charges as well as murder, after Priddy died as a result of the injuries sustained from the beating. He will report for court on June 26, 2015.

Three Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Greenup Co.

Three men are facing drug charges in Greenup Co. after the vehicle they were in nearly hit a Greenup Co. Sheriff’s Deputy in the 100 block of Big Hollow Road on Saturday. Reports indicate that the Deputies were executing a warrant. Sheriff Keith Coppers says once the vehicle was stopped by the deputies, they found heroin, hypodermic needles, and several items used of the ingestion narcotic. Arrested was:

* Matthew Miller, 37, of Wheelersburg was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

* Robert Roe, 27, of South Shore, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

* Byron Brown, 31, of Greenup, was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest.

All three men were taken and lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Bluegrass Poll: Grimes takes lead over McConnell

In a political poll just released, Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, has regained a two-point edge over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's U.S. Senate Race. Grimes leads McConnell 46 percent to 44 percent in the poll of 632 likely voters, with Libertarian David Patterson claiming 3 percent. Seven percent remain undecided. A month ago, the Bluegrass Poll showed McConnell with a four-point advantage over Grimes. The latest poll was conducted Sept. 29-Oct.2 by Survey-USA for the Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington and The Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV in Louisville. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Local News 10-6-2014


Scores Released by KDE on State Assessment Testing

School and District results for overall assessment accountability were released Friday, (October 3rd) by the Ky Dept of Education. These results are from the Spring 2014 Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness Assessment program which includes achievement scores, growth scores, gap scores, college and career readiness scores, and graduation rate.

* Overall, the Johnson County School District earned a Distinguished Rating for student performance on the state assessment, with a total district score in the 96th percentile ranking. (Only 4 percent of the 173 school districts performed better than Johnson County). School districts scoring in the 90th percentile and above receive the "distinguished" honor. Johnson County is the sixth highest scoring COUNTY system in Ky. out of 120 county school systems and the 13th highest among all 173 school districts.

Individual County School results showed:

1) Porter Elementary (99th Percentile), Meade Memorial Elementary (98th Percentil) and W.R. Castle Elementary (99th Percentile) are receiving Distinguished ratings, as well as being identified as Schools of Distinction and Schools of Progress.

2) Highland Elementary (93rd Percentile) is also receiving a Distinguished rating as well as being identified as a School of Progress and a High Performing School.

3) Central Elementary (87th Percentile), Flat Gap Elementary (86th Percentile), Johnson County Middle School (83rd Percentile) and Johnson Central High School (88th Percentile) all received Proficient rating classifications for scoring above the 70th percentile. (CES and FGES are also called progressing schools for their gains made).

Johnson Co. Schools Superintendent Tom Salyer says, “We are extremely proud of our students, our faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication.” He adds, “It takes an entire community working together to produce such high achievement scores.”


* Overall the Paintsville Independent School District earned an overall 94th percentile ranking, which is classified as Distinquished. They are also are considered a High Performing as well as a High Progressing District.

Individual Results are as follows:

1) Paintsville High School scored at 97%, which is in the top 4% of high schools across the state and earned them the title of Distinguished and School of Distinction.

2) Paintsville Middle School scored at 71st Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing

3) Paintsville Elementary scored 77th Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing.

* Here are Results from the 2013/2014 Unbridled learning: College and Career Readiness for other area schools:

Overall State Percentage is 77 which is a Proficient Rating.

Pikeville Independent                     98th Percentile – Distinguished
Floyd Co.                                       98th Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Carter Co.                                      91st Percentile – Distinquished/High Performing Hazard Ind.                                   91st Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Ashland Ind                                      86th Percentile – Proficient
Boyd Co                                         83rd Percentile – Proficient/Progressing
Letcher Co.                                       79th Percentile - Proficient/High Progress
Pike Co                                          77th Percentile – Proficient
Rowan Co.                                         76th Percentile - Proficient/Progressing
Morgan Co                                    59th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Martin Co.                                     55th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Knott Co                                         51st Percentile – Needs improvement
Magoffin Co                                   33rd Percentile - Needs Improvement
Breathitt Co                                   30th Percentile - Needs Improvement/Focus Dist.
Lawrence Co                                  28th Percentile - Needs Improvement
Perry Co.      

Man Gunned Down At Crowded Knott County Campground

According to the KSP in Hazard, a murder investigation is underway, after a man was gunned down at a crowded campground in Knott County. Zachary Murphy, 19, of Langley and Miles Hamilton, 21, of Wayland allegedly got into a fight at the Knott County Trail Ride just after midnight Sunday, October 5, 2014. Investigators said Hamilton shot Murphy once with a handgun and Murphy was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials said Hamilton took off after the shooting, but he returned several hours later and turned himself in to authorities. Hamilton has been charged with murder and is being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Knott County officials said that more than 3,000 campers were at the trail ride for a concert at the time of the shooting. The KSP are continuing to investigate this incident.

Remains Found in Fleming Co.

In a separate news release from the KSP, on October 1, 2014 the remains of an unidentified male was located in the Grange City area of Fleming County. At this time one arrest has been made, Charles Black, 55 of Hillsboro was arrested in connection with the investigation. Mr. Black was charged with Murder, two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Theft by Unlawful Taking Auto-Over $500. Mr. Black was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center. Kentucky State Police in Morehead is requesting assistance in locating, Kevin L. Howard, 37 of Owingsville. Mr. Howard is wanted on charges of Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Theft by Unlawful Taking Auto-Over $500. If anyone has any information as to the where about’s of Mr. Howard please contact Kentucky State Police in Morehead at 606-784-4127.

Hearing held in a Martin County Murder Case

An evidentiary hearing was held Thursday, October 2, 2014 in a Martin County murder case. Orie Spence Jr. was in court because he filed a motion to preserve the crime scene. The commonwealth's attorney told WYMT they did not object, they just wanted to show more evidence to the judge. Spence is accused of killing April and Edger Hedrick at their home in the Tomahawk community in November.

SOAR Executive Director Named

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) executive board has announced the hiring of Jared Arnett, of Harold, as the regional initiative’s founding executive director. Arnett, the CEO of the Southeast Kentucky (SEKY) Chamber of Commerce, has been involved with the SOAR initiative since its start last December and currently serves as the chair of the business incubation working group. He will begin the new position Nov. 1. SOAR co-chairs Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers cited Arnett’s passion for the future of eastern Kentucky, energy, vision and entrepreneurial business skills as key factors in his hire.

Voting Registration Deadline Looms for November General Election

In anticipation of the November 4th General Election, politicians are reminding Kentuckians of the voting registration deadline. County Clerks' Offices will accept voter registration cards until the close of business today Monday, October 6th. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by that date. Before registering, there are some rules to remember. To be eligible to vote, you have to have lived in Kentucky for at least 28 days before election day. You cannot be a convicted felon or have the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.