Local News 9-8-2014

Magoffin Co. Sheriff’s Office Arrest 3 Charged with Credit Card Fraud

The Magoffin Co. Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people after they allegedly used a stolen credit card. According to the Salyersville Independent, Hoker Shane May, 27, of Horse Pen Road, Salyersville, Dudley V. Allen, 29, of Salyersville, along with Chris Green, 22, of South River Road, Salyersville were each arrested and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card $500 - $10,000, second degree forgery and theft by unlawful taking under $500.. All three men reportedly used the stolen credit card, after it was reported missing last month by the owner of the card Chasity Hensley. Several business showed that the card had been used at some point in the last month. All three men arrested and housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, pending future court dates.

Floyd Co. Tire Theft Caught on Camera. Police asking for Publics Assistance

Kentucky State Police are currently investigating a theft at 3D Tires in Prestonsburg that happened early last week. Investigators say the crime was caught a surveillance camera at the business and asking the public to help them identify the culprits. The video shows an older, white man stealing four tires...sliding them under the gate to the business, then loading them into car parked outside that gate. The estimated value of these tires are around $500. The owner of the business is offering a reward for information leading to the man's arrest and conviction. If anyone has any information on this case, you’re asked to contact KSP Post 9 in Pikeville at (606) 433-7711.

Police Investigating a Knife Attack in Pike Co.

According to reports out of Pike County, police say a man was hospitalized over the weekend, after suffering lacerations on his neck from a knife attack. Police say Jordan Price was drunk at Harold Price's home, but was asked to leave, but he refused and the home owner’s son James, got into an altercation with Jordan Price. Harold Price told Police that he remembered grabbing a blue handled box cutter when the two men were fighting, but did not admit to stabbing Jordan because he blacked out and doesn't remember what happened. Jordan Price said he was unsure of who stabbed him but police arrested and charged Harold with 1st Degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, obstructing governmental operations and theft by deception. Police are continuing to investigate this incident.

Pedestrian and Train Collision Leaves One Dead in Ashland

Police in Ashland are investigating a deadly collision between a pedestrian and train that happened near the Ashland Riverfront on Sunday. Full details have not been released at this time, but Police say they are looking at video, collected from the train, to try and figure out what happened. We’ll bring you further details when they are mad available.

Man Wanted in Counterfeit Checks Case

A man is wanted after police say he recently used counterfeit checks to buy items from the Walmart in Ashland. Officers said it happened during the last week. Walmart employees told police the man returned the next day and attempted to get more merchandise with fake checks. Police say the man ran and dropped a forged ID during a police pursuit. Officers chased the man into the Westwood area before losing him. The man is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He has black hair and is believed to be in his 20s. At this time, Police do not know the man's name or where he's from. If you have any information, you are asked to call Ashland Police or 911.

Several Injured in Accident, following Red River Gorge Half-Marathon

Dozens of people were rescued Saturday during the Red River Gorge Half-Marathon in Powell Co. Search and rescue teams from Wolfe and Powell counties, along with several other agencies, were there to help 400 runners along the Gorge's terrain in the intense heat and thunderstorms. According the the Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team's Facebook page, several people were rescued after experiencing severe muscle strains, sprains, thermal emergencies, and an allergic reactions. At the finish line treatment tent, roughly 30 patients were seen for various minor injuries. Personnel also responded to an accident just down the road from the Suspension Bridge staging area during the race. About 30 runners were on a bus that went off the road. There were no injuries reported.

Suggestions Wanted for Ky. Education Standards

Kentucky education officials want to tweak the state's English and math standards and they want help doing it. Officials unveiled a website on Monday where people can view the state's hundreds of English and math education standards. People can rewrite the standards or they can click a green thumbs-up icon, similar to Facebook's "like" button. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said the process is not a referendum on the standards and noted the department would ignore complaints that don't contain suggestions for improving the standards. Kentucky was the first in the nation to adopt the English and math standards, which were modeled after the Common Core standards that have since become a flashpoint in national politics.

Local News 9-5-2014

Martin Co. Pair Charged with Murder, Arraigned Thursday

The Martin Co. man and woman charged with the murders three people in Martin County late last month, appeared in court Thursday morning for their arraignment. Officials say Jack D. Smith, 41, and Amanda Bowen, 26, both of Inez, are accused of murdering Tina Goble, 42, her granddaughter Trinity, 8, and Cannie Johnson Jr., 47. All three bodies were found in Goble’s burned out home in Inez on August 16. Investigators say all three were shot and stabbed before the house was set on fire. Police also add that Smith and Bowen stole various items from the home, including medications and jewelry.

Smith and Bowen have each been charged with three counts of murder/complicity, three counts of robbery/complicity, and one count of tampering with physical evidence/complicity. Smith was also charged with arson and Bowen was charged with being a persistent felony offender. During their court appearance in Martin County Circuit Court Thursday, Smith pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him, while the judge entered not guilty pleas for Bowen after her attorney said his client did not wish to enter a plea. Both are set to be back in court in December for pretrial hearings. Smith remains in the Big Sandy Detention Center, while Bowen is in the Floyd County Jail and their bonds have been set at $5 million cash.

Two Car Accident Investigated in Floyd Co.

According to the KSP in Pikeville, troopers are investigating a two-vehicle accident that happened on Route 80 near Garrett in Floyd Co. that shut down both eastbound lanes on Wednesday. Two people were sent to an area Hospital for their injuries. The accident involved a Toyota Tundra pickup and a Jeep Cherokee. The Kentucky State Police and the Garrett Volunteer Fire Department were first on the scene, directing traffic after the crash scattered broken glass and other debris for hundreds of feet.

Trooper Bryan Layne says witnesses reported that the Jeep was traveling slowly uphill when it was rear-ended by the Tundra truck. Officials say the investigation is in its preliminary stages, and no cause for the wreck could be immediately established.

Martin Vote Buying Case Leads to Probation

A former Martin city employee, who pleaded guilty in April to one count of vote-buying will not spend anytime in prison. Henry Mullins made a plea deal to plead guilty and in return, prosecutors agreed to drop a second charge of conspiracy. According to the Floyd Co. Times, Mullins admitted receiving $30 from James “Red” Robinson, with instructions to use the money to buy votes. He further admitted to paying one voter, identified only as J.H. in the agreement, $10 in order to vote for Robinson’s wife, former Martin Mayor Thomasine Robinson, in her re-election bid. He further said that he kept the remaining $20.

Mullins was one of six people originally charged in the Martin city vote-buying case back in December. Charges against another defendant, Ginger Michelle Halbert Stumbo, were dropped earlier this year as part of a plea deal in another case, while a third defendant, Johnny T. Moore, was found not guilty at trial.Former Mayor Robinson, “Red” Robinson and James Steven Robinson, “Red” Robinson’s son from a previous marriage, were all convicted at their trial in May. The former mayor and her husband were each convicted of one count each of vote-buying and conspiracy, while James Steven Robinson was found guilty of conspiracy and two counts of vote-buying. The jury found James Steven Robinson not guilty of a third count of vote-buying.

“Red” Robinson and James Steven Robinson are scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Former Mayor Robinson’s sentencing, which was originally also supposed to be on the same day, has been postponed until Oct. 7, at which time she will also be sentenced for her conviction in an unrelated disability fraud case.

Detroit Man Arrested in Ashland in Undercover Drug Bust

The Boyd Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested a Detroit, Michigan man following an undercover narcotics operation at the Ashland Bus Station Wednesday night. Kentucky State Police, along with Sheriff Deputies say they observed a man getting off a bus from Detroit, who then walked down a back alley and got into a white Ford SUV. Officers followed the vehicle then conducted a traffic stop at 16th Street and Greenup Avenue in Ashland.

During the search of the car and the occupants, investigators say 22-year-old Jarmayne Geans had large amounts of Oxycodone tablets and Xanax bars on him. Geans was charged with Trafficking of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officials say they found 549 pills with a street value of about $19,500. Geans was arrested and taken to the Boyd County Detention Center.

Beshear Extends Smoking Ban to All State Property

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has banned all tobacco products from most state buildings and grounds in an attempt to create momentum for a statewide smoking ban when lawmakers return in January. Kentucky's state buildings are already smoke-free. But this new policy, effective Nov. 20, bans all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes, from state property both indoors and outdoors. The governor's office says it will impact visitors and 33,000 employees in 2,888 state buildings across Kentucky. Beshear said he made the decision because Kentucky has one of the highest smoking rates in the country leading to nearly 8,000 tobacco-related deaths each year. But the ban exempts outdoor state parks and other tourist areas because Beshear said he did not want to put the state at a competitive disadvantage for tourism dollars.

University Of Kentucky Receives Largest Gift in Its History

The University of Kentucky has received the largest gift in its history, UK President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday morning. The university said it'll be receiving $20 million from graduate and Trustee Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton toward the university's new 330,000-square-foot Student Center. "Bill is helping us meet the challenges we face today so that we can move the University of Kentucky boldly forward into the future," President Capilouto said.

The new Student Center, a $175 million expansion, was authorized by the Kentucky legislature during its 2014 session. It is part of more than $1 billion in campus transformation projects being self-financed by the university. The new Student Center is scheduled to open in 2017. It was originally constructed in 1938 and expanded in 1963 and 1982. The university said the new Student Center will include new student activity and study spaces, dining and retail operations, parking, a bookstore, a fitness and recreation center, and other amenities. Gatton made another record-breaking gift to the university in 1995 when he committed $14 million for the UK College of Business and Economics, which was then named after him. At the time, the gift to the college was the largest one in the university's history.

Transportation Cabinet Awards Contracts for Nine Projects in Area

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded contracts totaling nearly $5 million for nine transportation projects within the Department of Highways District 10. Contracts awarded as part of the August 2014 letting are:

* $1,475,188.88 project to construct phase two of the Dawkins Line trail from Royalton to near Carver Tunnel in Magoffin County, along with trailhead amenities near Royalton and near Hager Hill in Johnson County. Construction is to be completed by May 30.

* $24,685.30 project to install guardrail on KY 1081 in Magoffin County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 30.

* $600,696.75 project to install guardrail on KY 7 in Perry County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 15.

* $497,143.10 project to resurface portions of KY 541, KY 1812 and KY 3193 in Breathitt County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 30.

* $594,349.06 project to resurface portions of KY 134, KY 705 and KY 3333 in Morgan County. Construction is to be completed by June 30.

* $328,026.52 project to resurface portions of KY 746 and KY 1653 in Wolfe County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 30.

* $447,447.44 project to resurface KY 221 in Perry County. This project also includes resurfacing of KY 221 in Leslie County and a portion of Harlan County. Construction is to be completed by June 30.

The Department of Highways District 10 consists of 10 counties – Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe – in east-central and southeastern Kentucky. The district office is located in Jackson. Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to drive with caution in work zones and be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing.

Significant traffic impacts resulting from construction and maintenance projects are posted on District 10’s website (http://transportation.ky.gov/District-10), the district’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict10) and also on the district’s Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict10). Drivers can check these sites prior to traveling to determine if there will be traffic delays for which they should be prepared.

Local News 9-4-2014

Reports of Capsized Boat, Leads to Search in Johnson Co.

According to reports from Paintsville/Johnson Co. Emergency Mgmt. Director, Gary McClure, Rescue Squad workers and members of the West Van Lear VFD were busy Wednesday, after reports of a capsized boat was located in the Big Sandy River in the West Van Lear area of Johnson Co. McClure said emergency workers spent a good portion of Wednesday trying to get to the boat and check to see if anyone might have fell into the River. Around 5 PM Wednesday, Rescue Squad members were able to pull the boat to the shore, in order to get identification numbers for ownership, however the numbers had been scratched off. McClure said it looked as if it was an older boat and at this time, emergency officials think the boat might have come loose from another location, due to the recent heavy rains in the area. The boat was secured and officials notified law enforcement in Pike and Floyd counties, in case the boat had been reported missing. At this time, McClure said his office has not received any word of anyone missing in the area.

KSP Investigating Shooting in Wolfe Co.

On September 2, 2014 at 3:26 p.m. Kentucky State Police received information of a shots fired complaint on Cave Branch Road in Wolfe County. Gregory Richerson, 43 of Vancleve arrived at the residence of Rodney Wilder, 46 of 136 Cave Branch Road. Mr. Richerson stopped in front of the residence, fired 2 shots, striking Mr. Wilder. Mr. Wilder was transported to Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson, KY with non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Richerson left the scene and shot himself in the chest. Mr. Richerson was also transported to the Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson with life threatening injuries. The case remains under investigation by Detective Virgil Rucker.           

Arraignment Dates Set for Martin Co. Pair Charged with Murder

A Martin Co. man and woman will appear in court today for their arraignment, accused with the murders of 3 Martin Co. residents, whose bodies were found inside their burned home. Both Amanda Bowen and Jack Smith will be in court on Thursday, September 4th to answer to the charges of 3 counts of murder, robbery, and tampering with evidence. State Police say Smith and Bowen robbed Tina Goble of medication and jewelry before shooting and stabbing her along with Cainie Johnson, Jr. and Goble’s eight year old granddaughter Trinity Maynard on Saturday, August 16.

Harlan Co Man Accused of Stealing Mining Equipment and Credit Cards

A Harlan County man is behind bars, accused of stealing mining equipment and credit cards from a Mine Safety and Health Administration building. Police arrested Scotty Napier, 25, Monday after Napier allegedly admitted to trying to re-sell the stolen items so he could support his drug habit. Police say Napier broke into the MSHA office in Harlan and stole credit cards, gas cards and mining equipment.

Surveillance video from a nearby convenience store appears to show Napier trying to use the stolen cards. But the clerk recognized the cards do not belong to Napier and he was arrested at his home several hours later, after Police obtained a warrant. Police recovered most of the stolen items and believe Napier was only able to make one minor purchase with a stolen card. Napier has been charged with burglary third degree, two counts of criminal mischief third degree and fraudulent use of a credit card. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sep. 8 in Harlan County District Court. He is currently being held at the Harlan County Detention Center.

Report: Many in KY Still Working to Find Work

BEREA, Ky. - Five years after the recession officially ended, Kentucky workers still are grappling with a scarcity of jobs and continued declines in wages, according to a new report. The study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy found a substantial gap between jobs and job-seekers that still needs to be closed. "The jobs that we're seeing created and the jobs people have aren't necessarily good jobs," said KCEP director Jason Bailey, one of the report's authors. "People are seeing their real wages decline or stagnate." According to the report, Kentucky is nearly 81,000 jobs short of getting back to the same unemployment rate the state had when the recession began in December 2007. While the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has reported the Recovery Act created 3.5 million jobs nationwide, Bailey said he thinks the nation "pulled the plug" on that approach too early. "It stopped us from descending into another Great Depression," he said, "but then we stopped, and we actually put the car in reverse when we should have been moving forward with further investments that help spur faster growth." In its report, KCEP urges the federal government to avoid prematurely raising interest rates. Also, Bailey said, the eroding value of the minimum wage has to be stopped. "It has not kept up with inflation," he said. "It's far below its peak in the 1960s, and increasing the minimum wage back up to at least $10 an hour would help about one in four Kentucky workers increase their take-home pay and better afford their family's basic needs." An attempt earlier this year to increase the state minimum wage failed in the Kentucky Legislature. Bailey said one positive development for the working poor in Kentucky has been expanded access to health insurance. The full report is online at kypolicy.org.

Kentucky Joins Other States in EPA Lawsuit

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway along and others joined an effort to sue the Environmental Protection Agency. Legislators in 12 states joined the suit challenges the EPA's authority to regulate carbon emissions from coal fired power plants. Conway along with others spoke at a news conference in Ashland. Conway and West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrissey appeared at the Ashland Transportation Center with the presidents of the Kentucky and West Virginia Coal Associations, Senate Majority Whip Brandon Smith and House Natural Resources Chair Jim Gooch, who all believe a legal challenge is necessary to prevent the EPA from implementing new rules that could hurt the coal industry. Both Attorney Generals believe the EPA is overstepping its authority. Conway said at the event, “The rules that have been proposed in my opinion are not only illegal but they fly in the face of the tradition of environmental regulation, which is to allow states to develop their own responses in how they deal with what's required by the Clean Air Act.”

The EPA earlier this year proposed regulations cracking down on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. EPA officials argue the measures are necessary to prevent global warming. The EPA's proposal calls for a 30-percent reduction in carbon emissions from the country's power plants by the year 2030, a key piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. Leaders from both Kentucky and West Virginia say those two states will be among those most adversely affected by the proposed regulations. We will have more on this story later tonight.

Local News 9-2-2014

Former Paintsville Pain Clinic Doctor Sentenced

A former Paintsville doctor has been sentenced to serve four years in prison for his role in a conspiracy, responsible for illegally distributing more than 25,000 prescription pills. Rano Bofill, 72, was sentenced Thursday in US District Court in Lexington after pleading guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense Oxycodone. Bofill was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution. Court documents indicate that from January 2009 until December 2012, Bofill conspired with the owners of a Paintsville Pain Management business, to distribute thousands of Oxycodone pills to patients without a legitimate medical purpose.

Bofill admitted in court that he wrote prescriptions for numerous patients after performing little to no examination and, in some instances, even signing off on prescriptions without actually ever seeing the patients. Patients allegedly visited the clinic and would pay $200 for the initial visit and $185 for subsequent visits with all fees paid in cash. Another doctor at the clinic, Richard Albert, also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in July 2012 and was sentenced to 75 months in prison.

Arraignment Dates Set for Martin Co. Pair Charged with Murder

Arraignment will be later this week for the Martin Co. pair, accused in the murders of 3 Martin Co. residents, whose bodies were found inside their burned home. Both Amanda Bowen and Jack Smith will be in court on Thursday, September 4th to answer to the charges of 3 counts of murder, robbery, and tampering with evidence. State Police say Smith and Bowen robbed Tina Goble of medication and jewelry before shooting and stabbing her along with Cainie Johnson, Jr. and Goble’s eight year old granddaughter Trinity Maynard on Saturday, August 16.   

Floyd Co. Pair Arrested on Burglary Charges

A Floyd County man and woman were arrested recently, following a burglary at a hardware store. The Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Billy Gene Osborne Jr., 38, of Banner, has been charged with breaking into the P&H Hardware Store, allegedly stealing a chainsaw and a concrete saw in the process. According to the Floyd Co. Times, Osborne allegedly gained entry into the business by breaking out a window.

Osborne is facing third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree persistent felony offender charges. Officials say he has a lengthy criminal history, mostly consisting of misdemeanors and traffic violations, but does include convictions on felony counts of receiving stolen property, unemployment insurance fraud and theft of services last year. A persistent felon charge filed along with the theft of services indictment was later dismissed.

Reports indicate Katrina Jo Montgomery, 33, of Ivel has also been charged with complicity to burglary, theft and mischief charges. At last report, Osborne was being held on a $5,000 cash bond and Montgomery had $10,000 unsecured bond set, but that was amended to require a 10 percent payment. Osborne is next due to appear in court today, Sept. 2 for a preliminary hearing. Montgomery is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 10.

KSP Conduct Search Warrant. Numerous Drugs Located

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on August 28 the Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant on a residence at 55 Sharkey Road, Morehead, Kentucky. Execution of the search warrant resulted in approximately 3 grams of heroin, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, processed marijuana, and a total of $539.05 cash. Suspects Eben Curtis, Rachard Huffman, and Derrick Barnes were arrested and lodged in the Rowan County Detention center charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offence heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Cultivation of Marijuana less than five plants. Joseph Neely was also arrested and lodged in Rowan County Detention center, charged with Possession Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offence heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and execution of active warrant. Case remains under investigation by detective Chad Bowling.

Man Found Dead In Burning Clay County Home

Officials in Clay Co. are investigating the death of a man found inside a burning home, which they say was intentionally set on fire. According to the Ky. State Police, the body of 30-year-old Mickey Henson was discovered around 5:30 p.m. Friday at a home on Rocky Branch Road in Clay Co. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office where an autopsy. Officials say the fire has all indications as arson.

Investigation Underway for a Third Fire at a Closed Greenup Co Plant

Investigators say for the third time in roughly a month, a fire was reported in Greenup Co. at the old PCI plant in the Wurtland area. According to reports, firefighters received a call at around 12:45 Friday afternoon. Officials say contractors were doing salvage work inside the closed plant. A total of four fire departments were called to the scene. Investigators say they are investigating to discover how this latest fire got started. No injuries were reported with this latest fire.

Tax Forms Could Cause Problems for HealthCare.gov

If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get those forms out in time. That could lead to delayed tax refunds for millions of consumers. The same federal agency that had trouble launching HealthCare.gov last fall faces the heaviest lift. The Health and Human Services Department must send out millions of the forms, which are like W-2s for people getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums. The form is called 1095-A, and it's supposed to be delivered by Jan. 31.

Road Work on KY 40 in Martin Co.

MARTIN COUNTY - As part of new KY 40 construction at Inez, on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, September 2 and 3, the electrical contractor will install new loop detectors on KY 40 for new traffic signals. The site is the intersection of KY 40 and KY 645 and the ramp to Coldwater. Traffic occasionally will be limited to one lane in each direction. Flaggers will direct traffic. At times this will affect folks going to and from Inez Elementary and Martin County Vocational School.

Local News 9-12-2014

JCSO Locate Illegal Liquor Still in Williamsport Community

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, September 9th, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office responded to a complaint of suspicious activity on the Left Fork of Two Mile in Williamsport: the residence of Shawn Gayheart. Deputy Richard Salyer responded to the residence and discovered an operating liquor still behind the residence. The owner of the residence was located near the still. The still had just been put into operation and was starting to produce alcohol. The still was disassembled by Gayheart and a criminal summons was issued for him to appear in court on the charge of Apparatus for Unlawful Manufacturing of an Alcoholic Beverage, 1st Offense, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. Sheriff Price stated this is the third still found in Johnson County this year and he attributes the rise to the television show “Moonshiners”. Owning, operating or possessing a moonshine still is a crime in Kentucky. Assisting at the scene was Sheriff Dwayne Price and Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey. Sheriff Price stated that community tips have been an invaluable tool in stopping crime in our county. He asks that if you have knowledge of any illegal activity, please contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

JCSO Respond to Single Vehicle Accident

IN a separate news release from the JCSO, on Thursday, September 11th, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on KY Rte. 825 in the Riceville Community. A minivan driven by Michelle Williams, age 44 of Riceville had overturned. Williams lost control of her vehicle due to heavy rain in the area at the time. Williams’s vehicle left the road then traveled a distance on the shoulder of the road before hitting an embankment. Hitting the embankment caused the vehicle to overturn, where it came to rest in the roadway. Paintsville EMS and Rockhouse Fire Department responded at the scene, although Williams refused medical treatment. The accident is under investigation by Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey

KSP Investigating ATV Accident

In a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Wednesday September 10, Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a male lying beside the roadway in the Freeburn community of Pike County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and located 40 year old Johnny Gooslin. Upon further investigation it was determined that Gooslin was traveling East on Woodman Creek Road. Mr. Gooslin lost control of his ATV upon entering a curve and was ejected from the ATV. Gooslin was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Deputy Coroner Ernie Casebolt. The accident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Shannon Jones.

Wolfe Co. Man Arrested for Exposing Himself To Children At a Park

A Wolfe County man was recently arrested by the Wolfe Co. Sheriff’s Office, accused of exposing himself to several children at a park and then chasing them. The man has been identified as 25-year-old Mitchell Ratliff. Deputies say Ratliff reportedly exposed himself to at least five children at a park near his home near Plummer and Washington on Monday. He was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with indecent exposure and sexual misconduct. Investigators say Ratliff "denied the incident, but he did admit to playing tag with the kids. A judge has ordered Ratliff to stay at least 100 feet away from the park. Ratliff is currently in Three Forks Regional Detention Center.

Former Martin (Floyd Co) Mayor’s Stepson Sentenced

The stepson of former Martin city mayor Ruth Thomasine Robinson, has been sentenced to 31 months in prison, following his conviction earlier this year on charges related to a vote-buying scheme. James Steven Robinson, 32, was convicted in May of one count of civil rights conspiracy and two counts of vote-buying. He was also acquitted on one other count of vote-buying. Robinson appeared in U.S. District Court earlier this week for sentencing. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar ordered a sentence of totaling 21 months for his conviction, plus an additional 10 months for a probation violation related to Robinson’s 2009 conviction of lying to authorities in an attempt to obtain unemployment benefits.

Robinson’s father, James “Red” Robinson, was scheduled to be sentenced this week for his conviction on one count each of conspiracy and vote-buying, but the judge delayed sentencing until Oct. 7. His wife and former Mayor Ruth Thomasine Robinson, who was also convicted of conspiracy and vote-buying, is also scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7.

Kentucky Attorney General Announces Indictment on the Knott Co. Water & Sewer Mgr.

Attorney General Jack Conway has announced that the former manager of the Knott County Water and Sewer District has been indicted on one count of theft by deception over $10,000. A Knott County grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against 67-year-old Reva Campbell, of Hazard, Ky. Back in October 2013, Attorney General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) began an investigation into this case after receiving a complaint from the state Auditor’s office. The complaint was submitted to the Auditor’s office by an independent auditor who discovered possible forged financial documents during an audit of the Knott County Water and Sewer District.

According to the DCI investigation, from 2009 through 2013, Campbell allegedly allowed approximately $85,000 in questionable charges to be made on a credit card issued to her by the Knott County Water and Sewer District. Theft by deception over $10,000 is a class D felony, which carries a potential sentence of five to 10 years in prison. Campbell is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. in Knott Circuit Court. General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions is handling the prosecution of the case. A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Program Finds Success in Reducing Sexual Violence in KY High Schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky's first lady calls it a game changer - using a program based on bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence among high school-age children. The Green Dot program, which was created and first used at the University of Kentucky, is now being tried in more than a dozen of the state's high schools. Gov. Steve Beshear's wife, Jane, says it's a huge step forward in changing the culture toward sexual violence, dating violence, sexual harassment and stalking. "How are we to stop the cycle of violence and influence on our children?" Jane Beshear asks. "Answers: early intervention, early education, access to treatment and laws that protect our young people."

Over the last five years, more than 100,000 - students from 26 high schools across the state have participated in a research trial. According to the research trial's primary investigator, Ann Coker, preliminary results show that Green Dot has reduced sexual violence perpetration by more than 50 percent. The primary prevention strategy is based on empowering students to reduce violence with their social networks. The idea for the program's name comes from dots on a map, each symbolizing "any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety for all ... and communicates utter intolerance for any form of violence." Eileen Recktenwald, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, says the students' involvement in the project has been invaluable.

"They are the future of a violence-free world," she stresses. "May they carry and share, and the sharing is the important part, the active bystanding skills they have learned with them wherever they go."And maybe, just maybe, within their lifetime sexual violence will only be in history books." Those involved with the project say they hope to implement Green Dot in more high schools around the state.