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Local News 4-10-2014


Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Tuesday (4-8-2014)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting from March 11, 2014. City Council members also approved the monthly department reports from the Police, F.D. Ambulance, 911, Emergency management, utilities and the treasurer and they also approved to pay the monthly bills. Council members present were: Bill Mike Runyon, Jim Meek, Sarah Hopson Blair, Tommy Trimble and Mark McKenzie, absent was David "Coach" VanHoose.

Only a few items on the agenda for the evening. The meeting got underway with announcements from Mayor Bob Porter. (1) He invited everyone to a public meeting on May 6 at Sipp Theatre @ 5 PM. Items discussed will center around future recreational projects for the city of Paintsville and Johnson Co. (2) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks at the Sipp, there will be Children’s Theatrical meetings. If you have a child interested in theatre, you’re encouraged to bring them to this meeting. (3) Mayor Porter said that the Blacktop Plant will open on April 14 and as soon as it opens, the “Pot Holes” in the city will be fixed. (4) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that Friday, June 13 there will be a Flip Flop Run in Paintsville. On Saturday, June 14 there will be a Bike/Hike at the Dawkins Trail at 9 AM. For more information contact City Hall.

Council members then heard from Regina McClure, as she announced McCort Electric in Lowmansville was the low bidder for Generators to be placed at the Paintsville Fire Dept and City Hall. This item was approved. Next Ms. McClure gave the council information about a new Volted Toilet to be placed on the Dawkins Trail @ Swamp Branch around the Riceville area. This would be a 50/50 Grant that Tourism would purchase, then Kentucky Parks and Recreation would maintain. This Volted Toilet consist of a “Pit” that uses “Sweet Smelling” technology that is good for 15,000 uses before it has to be pumped. This project was highly recommended by the State Park system and is used at some other Parks across the State. This item was also approved.

Finally, City Council approved items for City Utilities to improve waste water treatments in Paintsville. The Federal government would loan $4.9 Million, offer a Grant of $2.1 Million and the City utilities would only have to match $149,000. This items was approved. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Floyd Co. Shooting Suspect Identified

According to a news release from the KSP on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:15 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a shooting complaint in the Bypro community of Floyd County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and upon arrival Troopers located 43 year old Rodney Mullins of Melvin, Kentucky deceased from gunshot wounds. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. Tyler Shehan 23 years old of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Murder and four counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.           

Ex-Clay Co. Judge, 3 others Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case

A former Clay Co. judge and three other officials have been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to charges alleging widespread vote fraud. A federal judge said during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that three of the defendants - former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, former school superintendent Doug Adams and former election officer William Stivers - must serve 100 days of home incarceration.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, they report that all 3 were placed on supervised release for two years, along with the fourth defendant, former county clerk Freddy W. Thompson. Prosecutors said the men used the Clay County Board of Elections to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell described their actions as "nothing short of despicable."

Domestic Violence Victims: Still Time to Sign Up for Health Coverage

The deadline in Kentucky to enroll for affordable health care coverage through the state marketplace, known as Kynect, has been extended to Friday. But, if you are married and a victim of domestic violence, you have until the end of May. According to Andrea Miller, economic justice services coordinator for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the special enrollment period for victims was created because of confusion over how to file for a tax credit under the Affordable Care Act. "You don't want sometimes to be filing jointly for tax purposes, for any purposes," Miller pointed out. "Plus, it also might violate a protective order, because it requires that you have contact with each other in order to do that."

Miller said it's taken time for the IRS and the Treasury Department to exempt victims from a requirement to file jointly to receive a tax credit that helps them pay for their health care premiums. That's why the enrollment deadline for married victims filing separately is now May 31. The tax credit in question is available to individuals and families who earn from 100 to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Even though enrollment for affordable health care coverage began last October, Miller said, the new tax credit guidelines weren't issued by the IRS and Treasury until late last month. "And so what this is allowing them to do, is to be able to keep their credit that they were entitled to receive, without filing jointly," she stated. Through the end of March 370,000 Kentuckians had enrolled for new health care coverage. That's more than one out of every 12 residents of the state. Link to Kentucky's ACA website at Kynect.ky.gov. The Kynect call center is at 1-855-4KYNECT.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon begins today at WSIP. All day today April 10 and again on Friday, April 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune into 98.9 FM and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.

Local News 4-9-2014



Evidence Gathered in a Lawrence Co Death Investigation. Looks Suspicious

Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation about a man’s mysterious death. The body of Brandon M Burnett, 30 of Denton, Ky in Carter County was found on a logging road just off of Cains Creek Road in the Blaine area of Lawrence County on Monday, March 31. Officials are saying the death looks very suspicious. Burnett’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, but the results did not show any signs of trauma to Burnett’s body.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff Garrett Roberts said they found shoe and tire tracks in the mud where the body was located, he added the only people who regularly travel the dirt road are workers with a gas and oil company, who found Burnett's body. Officials are waiting for the results of the toxicology test to help in determining the cause of death and whether drugs might have been involved. The Sheriff's Office is following up on leads reference to who Mr. Burnett was with prior to his death. Anyone with information as to how Burnett's body got to the location is asked to contact the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office 606-638-4851 or Lawrence County 911.

Investigation Underway in a Deadly Shooting in Floyd County

According to a news release from the KSP on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:15 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a shooting complaint in the Bypro community of Floyd County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and upon arrival Troopers located 43 year old Rodney Mullins of Melvin, Kentucky deceased from gunshot wounds. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. Tyler Shehan 23 years old of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Murder and four counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.

Ex-Judge Facing Sentencing in Vote Fraud Case in Clay Co.

A former eastern Kentucky judge is scheduled for sentencing after pleading guilty to charges alleging wide spread vote fraud in eastern Kentucky. Former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle is set to face U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell on Tuesday in federal court in Lexington. Maricle pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to control local politics by means of vote fraud. Seven other people have also entered guilty pleas in the case that involved using the county Board of Elections in an effort to buy or steal votes in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last year overturned the convictions of the group after determining that a jury heard evidence it shouldn't have during a trial.

June Trial Set For Man Charged With Online Threats

A trial date has been set for a Kentucky man charged with threatening to kill the state's governor, first lady and their family in a series of Facebook postings. U.S. District Judge scheduled 22-year-old William Collin Bordt of Lexington to face a jury on June 5 in Lexington. Bordt has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Federal agents believe Bordt may have also posted threats to a former employer and a political figure in South Carolina. Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Romagnoli wrote in an affidavit that Bordt posted "Your both dead if he doesn't step down" and other messages on the governor's Facebook page. Kentucky State Police arrested Bordt in March.

New Report Shows Kentucky Rates Low for “Well-Being”

A new report shows Kentucky is one of the worst states for well-being in the nation. The survey, by Gallup Organization and Healthways, ranked the bluegrass 49th in the perception of well-being. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and other state leaders have been working to turn around these numbers and several new initiatives to help improve areas where Kentuckians suffer most.

The survey looks at emotional and physical health, behavior that affects health, job satisfaction, access to basic needs and outlook on life for Kentuckians. For years, the state has struggled in these areas, especially here in Eastern Ky. With the coal industry dwindling, many agree the region needs a new strategy to help local economies in the mountains. In December, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region imitative was created to help find ways to expand and diversfi an economy that’s depended on coal for decades. Another is ‘kyhealthnow’ created in February, which unites state government cabinets along with public and private groups to improve the overall health of Kentuckians within the next five years.

The goal is to cut smoking and obesity rates, reduce the number of people without health insurance as well as the number of kids with untreated dental problems and cut down on the number of deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease and drug overdoses. Kentucky has ranked 49th each year, except for 2008 (when the index began) when it was ranked 48th. To view the full report or for more information about SOAR, kyhealthnow or kynect, click the attached links.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. Also remember the only times you can burn outdoors is 6 PM – 6 AM. No burning after 6 AM and no burning before 6 PM and you need to be 150 FT away from any woodland area. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

Deadline to Register to Vote is April 21

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 20 Primary Election is Monday, April 21. County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 21. Grimes also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:

To be eligible to vote, you must:

1. Be a U.S. citizen,
2. Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,
3. Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election,
4. Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights,

5. Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent”
6. Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

· Minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the General Election on November 4, 2014, are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary; however, they are not eligible to vote in special elections until they are 18 years old.

· Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 21, 2014. Pursuant to KRS 116.025(6), individuals who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

· Changes in party affiliation for the 2014 Primary Election were due by December 31, 2013. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the May Primary ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after December 31, 2013, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.

· Under the Secretary of State’s recently established Address Confidentiality Program, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can register and update their registration while keeping their names and addresses out of publicly available voter records.

You can check your current registration status on the Voter Information Center, https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp. To obtain a registration card or for more information about registering to vote, visit www.elect.ky.gov or contact your county clerk or the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100. To learn more about the Address Confidentiality Program, visit www.sos.ky.gov.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is now just one day away, here at WSIP. Beginning this Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.

 

Local News 4-8-2014


JCSO Make Multiple Weekend DUI Arrest

According to a news release from the JCSO, on the morning of Sunday April 6th at approximately 4:30 AM while on patrol, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild observed a 1999 Blue Ford F-150 truck swerving into the white lines and hitting the breaks rapidly on US23. Deputy Fairchild performed a traffic stop. Fairchild determined through field sobriety testing and observation that the driver of the truck, 48 year old Bert Bentley of Inez, appeared to be operating the motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. It was determined through further investigation that Bentley was operating on a suspended driver’s license. Bert Bentley was arrested and charged with: DUI, Operating on a Suspended License, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Registration Receipt, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. Bentley was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

In a separate news release from the JCSO, on the night of Sunday April 6th at approximately 8:30PM, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild was patrolling US23 near the Lawrence County line when he observed a blue van speeding into Johnson County. Upon traffic stopping the van at the Cardinal Country Mart in Lowmansville, Fairchild determined through field sobriety testing and observation that the driver of the van, 42 year old Jack Chandler of Paintsville, appeared to be operating his motor vehicle under the influence of both alcohol and drugs. Open beer containers and marijuana cigarettes were found on Chandler’s person and inside of the vehicle. It was determined through further investigation that Chandler did not have a driver’s license. Chandler was arrested and charged with: DUI, Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, No Driver’s License, Speeding, and Failure to Wear Seat Belts. Chandler was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Teen Hit by Car in Rowan County

According to reports out of Rowan Co., Police say a teen was hit by a car early Monday morning. Reports indicate the 15-year-old girl got out of her parent's car and was attempting to cross the street, when a car coming in the opposite direction hit her. Police says the parent noticed the car approaching and tried to blow the horn, but the car didn't slow down. The teen was taken to the hospital for observation, but is expected to be OK. No charges have been filed against the driver. This incident remains under investigation.

Boyd Co. Assault Charge Dismissed after Immigration Agents Pick Up Suspect

Here’s an update to a story we had from last week. An assault charge has been dropped against a man accused of getting into a fight with a co-worker at a restaurant in Boyd Co. The fight took place on March 27 in the parking lot of El Colonial Mexican Restaurant. Police said the incident began as horseplay when Marcelino Pacheo Pedro, 21, was hit in the head with a broom handle, by David Ortiz, 24, who was arrested and charged with assault. The manager of the restaurant said the incident happened after the men got off work.

Russell Police now say the assault charge against Ortiz has been dropped because Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took Ortiz into custody. If he returns to the area, all charges will be reinstated.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. Also remember the only times you can burn outdoors is 6 PM – 6 AM. No burning after 6 AM and no burning before 6 PM and you need to be 150 FT away from any woodland area. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon gets underway later this week at WSIP. This Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.

Local News


Case to be Presented Today against a Magoffin County Woman Accused of Murder

Investigators are scheduled to present their case today, against a Magoffin County woman accused of murder. According to the Kentucky State Police, investigators say Marie Minix stabbed her boyfriend Roy Prater in the leg, which severed an artery. The incident took place Saturday, March 29 on Rt 40 at Prater’s home in the Falcon Community of Magoffin Co. Minix pleaded not guilty last week. She faces a murder domestic violence charge. Right now police do not know a motive. Kentucky State Police Detective Tony Tackett is the lead investigator.

Six-Year-Old Dies after Crash in Pike County

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Thursday April 3 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a two vehicle accident with injuries on U.S. 460 in the Shelbiana community of Pike County. Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstructionist Tpr. Bryan Layne responded to the scene. Information obtained at the scene indicates that Katherine J. Kilgore of Ashcamp, Kentucky was traveling West on U.S. 460 when she came up on a stopped vehicle in the Westbound lane. Kilgore attempted to avoid the stopped vehicle, crossed the centerline into the Eastbound lane of U.S. 460, striking a Eastbound vehicle operated by Dedra Fouts of Virgie, Kentucky. Dedra Fouts and one of the passengers in her vehicle were transported to Pikeville Medical Center for their injuries. A third person in Fouts vehicle (Kyla Fouts) was air lifted to Johnson City Medical Center for her injuries. Kyla Fouts would succumb to her injuries on Friday was at Johnson City Medical Center. Kilgore was also transported to Pikeville Medical center for her injuries. This accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstructionist Tpr. Bryan Layne.

Two Suspects Identified in Meth Fire in Floyd Co.

The identities of two suspects have been identified following a methamphetamine lab explosion in Floyd Co. According to the Floyd Co. Times, last Monday, Prestonsburg Fire Department were called to the scene of an outbuilding fire at 1663 Town Branch Road. The fire reportedly began after neighbors described hearing an explosion, and a second explosion occurred as firefighters worked on the blaze.

Police officers and firefighters discovered “four or more” precursors to the manufacture of meth at the scene and obtained statements that the outbuilding contained an active meth lab that had exploded during the night. The outbuilding was adjacent to a mobile home on the property, where 6 people, including a small child and a pregnant 16-year-old, were sleeping at the time. Firefighters were able evacuate the family and put out the blaze before it spread to the home.

A total of three people were arrested at the scene, but only two of the names have been released at this time. Arrested were Amber A. Coots, 25, and Emil J. McDonald, 25, both of whom live at the address where the fire took place. Each was charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, 13 counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. Both were jailed under $25,000 cash bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Two Perry Co. Deputy Jailers Released from Home Incarceration

Two deputy jailers facing manslaughter charges have been released from home incarceration. Damon Hickman and William Howell were released last week. The two are accused of beating inmate Larry Trent last year at the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. The Perry County coroner listed the cause of death of the inmate, Larry Trent, as a homicide. Trent, 54, was found unconscious in July 2013 at the jail. He had been restrained during a fight with guards and died a short time later at a nearby hospital. 36-year-old Damon Hickman and 57-year-old William Howell were both indicted by a grand jury for manslaughter. Their trial was continued again until September 22.

Ky. Bans E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved. The Senate gave the bill final approval last week. It will become law unless Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes it. Minors are already banned from buying tobacco products in Kentucky. This bill updates that ban to include electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes, except they are battery powered and the person inhales a vapor instead of smoke. The ban would prohibit anyone under 18 from buying, possessing or using electronic cigarettes.

Applications Are Being Taken for 3 New Board Members for BSCTC

Nominations for three board members for the Big Sandy Community and Technical College board of directors are being accepted. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says applications are due by noon EDT April 11. Information from the applications will be presented to the school's Nominating Commission at its upcoming meeting. The open positions were created by expired terms. An application is available at http://www.governor.ky.gov/office/boards.htm or by contacting Cindy Cannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (502) 564-2611.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

Local News 4-4-2014

New Charges Added in a Floyd Co. Assault Case

More charges have been added against a Floyd County man, who is accused of assault. Shaun Brown, 31, of Martin, is charged in the March 21 assault of Clara Williams. According to the arrest warrant, Williams sustained two black eyes, bleeding on the brain, scratches, and a cigarette burn. The Floyd Co Times ads that the responding KSP Trooper Derek Coleman, added that Williams also suffered facial fractures and had been kicked. Williams was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center and later taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Prosecutors have made a motion to amend the charge of second-degree assault to one of first-degree assault, after they included unpublished details that Brown allegedly “pistol-whipped” Williams, using a .44 caliber Magnum handgun. The motion was accepted by District Judge Jimmy Marcum. The case is now being referred to a grand jury for indictment.

In a separate case, Brown is also alleged to have violated a court-issued no contact order by trying to reach Williams by phone, while he was in jail. Williams says that she did not answer, but that Brown had left a message stating that he would get “5 to 10 years” for the case and that he was sorry. Brown is currently forbidden from all phone usage at any jail until a separate hearing can be held on the matter. In response to the heightened assault charge and the allegations surrounding his violation of the no contact order, Brown’s bond has also been raised to $50,000 full cash.

In all Brown faces five counts of harassing communications. With the enhancement to first-degree assault, a class B felony, Brown now faces 10-to-20 years on the assault charge alone, instead of the 5-to-10 years that second-degree assault would carry.

Oil Spill Causes Concerns for Water Supplies in Floyd Co.

A Thursday morning oil spill in Pike Co. has caused a major concern for resident’s water supplies in Floyd Co. The spill happened just inside of Pike County at the Floyd Co. line, at Harmon’s Branch. Kinzer Drilling owns the property where the spill occurred, they said a landslide knocked a line loose from a storage tank, causing a spill of 75 barrels, or 3,150 gallons.

Officials said some oil did get into the Big Sandy River, but they believe most of it was recaptured. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett, said the spill itself should not have posed much risk to humans, but it could have cause problems for wildlife and the environment. Booms were quickly put into the river to corral the oil and try to soak it up.

Officials with the Southern Water and Sewer District in Floyd Co. shut down their intake, saying the decision was regrettable, but unavoidable, due to the impact the spill could cause to the water system. All officials say they can do right now is continue to monitor the situation and hope they contain all of the leaked oil before it travels farther down the Big Sandy River.

Pike Co. Woman Convicted of Killing Husband, Gets Parole Hearing

A Pike Co. woman, convicted of killing her husband by poisoning him with antifreeze back in 1998, is set to appear before a parole board to find out if she will get out of prison early or remain in custody. 47-year-old Alissa Rose Damron is currently behind bars at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley. Damron was found guilty in 1998 of killing her husband, Danny K. Damron, who was killed in 1997. Police say Danny Damron drank more than a half-cup of antifreeze during a two-week period leading up to his death. Damron was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. She was originally eligible for parole in 2009, however the board deferred the decision for five years.

Former Harlan Teacher Arrested on Child Porn Charges

A child porn case has landed a former Harlan teacher behind bars. According to a Kentucky State Police investigation, Kevin Crider 41, a former Harlan Middle and High school teacher, was arrested and charged with eight counts of distribution of obscene matter to minors, fifteen counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, and one count of using an electronic device to entice a minor. State police executed a search warrant at his home in Evarts during the arrest, seizing computers and other electronic devices from his home. Bond for Crider is $150,000 full cash. He is being held in the Harlan County Detention Center. State police say Crider, 41, resigned in February from his job in the school district.

Bus Accident Investigation Underway in Morgan Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call for service from West Liberty Police Department, in reference to a two vehicle non-injury collision on KY 1162 in West Liberty, Kentucky involving a school bus. Trooper Brett Kirkland responded to the scene. Jonathon Patton, 21 of West Liberty, was operating a 2009 International school bus and was attempting to turn around when he backed into a parked utility truck. Mr. Patton nor any of the students on the school bus sustained any injuries. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Brett Kirkland.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.