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Local News 7-29-2015

 

Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office Searching for Wanted Individual’s

Yesterday, WSIP news reported on the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office continued efforts in locating a wanted individual. That person was Jessica L Spradlin, 29 years old of Offutt KY. Spradlin is wanted for 7 active Arrest Warrants ranging from Felony Indictments to Misdemeanor Bench Warrants on Theft and Drug related charges. This effort in locating these wanted individuals in Johnson Co. started a few weeks ago by Sheriff Dwayne Price and his Deputies on Facebook. The hope was to get allow the public to get the word out and put the “pressure” on these people. Sheriff Price said this will continue to be a weekly release that will be shared on the Department’s Face-Book page.

In addition to the search for Jessica Spradlin, the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is also searching for Jody Sizemore, 26 years old of Oil Springs KY. Sizemore is wanted on 3 Active arrest warrants through Johnson Co Circuit and Johnson Co District court for drug related charges. Sheriff Price said Sizemore has been on the run since November of 2012 and is said to be back in Johnson Co after fleeing to Kendallville Indiana.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Jessica Spradlin and Jody Sizemore, you’re ask to call the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office at 606-789-3411. Sheriff Price said All information will be kept confidential.

Paintsville Woman Arrested on Public Intoxication and Endangerment Charges

According to information from the Paintsville Police Dept., on Tuesday, July 28 around 1 PM, Sgt. Nathan Caudill responded to a call from a Social Worker to meet them at the Pineview Trailer Park concerning a woman who was reportedly under the influence and had a small child with her. Upon arrival, Sgt. Caudill located the woman outside the office and she was indeed under the influence of “something,” according to Caudill. After questioning the female, Sgt. Caudill said she admitted to taking Meth “frequently.” The woman, identified as Angela Brooks was arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center charged with Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The 6 year old child was taken into Protective custody by Social Services. Sgt. Nathan Caudill was assisted at the scene by Officer Danny Smith. This incident remains under investigation.

Martin Co Woman Reported Missing

According to Martin Co Sheriff John Kirk, his office had been searching for a missing Martin Co. woman for the last few days, but late Tuesday, the woman was found safe.The missing woman was identified as Chrissy Newsome Harless. Sheriff Kirk said Harless was found in West Virginia safe.  Family members had become worried, due to the fact they had not heard from Chrissy Newsome Harless for the past 5 days and say that was not like her.

Pike Co Sheriff's Office Searching for Counterfeit Money

According to Pike Co Sheriff Rodney Scott, he says his deputies have been investigating reports of counterfeit money circulating around Pike Co. Sheriff Scott says there has been at least four incidents of counterfeit bills since late last week and he is advising businesses to start taking a closer look at the cash given to them before completing a transaction. Sheriff Scott says some businesses continue to use a counterfeit pen, but others do not do so enough. When using the counterfeit pen, after marking on the bill, if the pen makes a dark brown or black mark, the money is most likely a fake. These bills are usually larger and in this case, the paper is not as good of quality. Sheriff Scott is urging the public to be on the lookout and if anyone comes across one of these counterfeit bills, please contact the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 606- 432-6260.

Study Names Kentucky School System Number 5 in the Country

A new study from WalletHub has named Kentucky's public school system among the best in the nation. According to a press release from WalletHub, the study compared the quality of education in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia by analyzing 13 key metrics. Our data set includes such metrics as the pupil-teacher ratio, dropout rates, standardized-test scores and bullying incidents rates. The results are as follows:

States with the Best School Systems

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Colorado
  3. New Jersey
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Kentucky
  6. Vermont
  7. North Dakota
  8. Minnesota
  9. Connecticut
  10. Illinois

States with the Worst School Systems

42. New Mexico
43. California
44. West Virginia
45. South Carolina
46. Oregon
47. Louisiana
48. Arizona
49. Nevada
50. District of Columbia
51. Alaska

Information on Flood Relief Efforts in Johnson Co.

The following is information on Flood Relief Efforts in Johnson Co.

• The primary point of distribution is located at Mayo Plaza, beside Big Sandy Furniture, they will be open at a new time starting today. The new hours of operation are 8 AM until 5 PM. If you would like more information, the contact number is 606-792-5105. Here are some suggested items to donate:

Extension Cords
Coolers
Laundry Detergent
Air mattresses
Sleeping bags
Water Hoses
Paper Plates
Cereal
Non Perishable Items/Foods
Light bulbs
Fans
Gatorade
Spaghetti Sauce

Volunteers are also needed. If you are interested, Please stop by the Center during business hours or call the center @ 606-792-5105

• American Red Cross, Christian Appalachian Project, and other organizations remain in the area to provide immediate assistance to individuals affected by the flood event.

• Contact Information, Jill Stafford, she will be the contact person for people needing assistance for;

1. Flood cleanup
2. Debris cleanup
3. Home repairs.

She can be reached at 606-789-8016

• Harold Underwood, any volunteer organization requesting or wishing to volunteer assistance, can also reach Mr. Underwood at, 606-789-8016

• Grief Counselors with Billy Grahm Rapid Response Team are in the area. If you need help please call 980-254-3658 or 1-800-335-1337

• The Johnson County Health Department has given 238 Tetanus Shots to residents, volunteers, and workers in the affected area. Additional shots are available by coming by the Johnson County Health Department.

• Johnson County appreciates the generous outpouring of donations. However we have now reached our capacity of accepting used clothing.

• For more information call Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management at 606-789-2260.

           

Local News 7-28-2015

 

Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office Searching for Wanted Individual

The following news story is a reminder from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Sheriff Dwayne Price has released information on one of the department’s most recent wanted individuals. Sheriff Price said this will be a weekly release that will be shared on their FaceBook page. This week’s most wanted individual is Jessica L Spradlin 29 years old of Offutt KY. Sheriff Price said Spradlin is wanted for 7 active Arrest Warrants ranging from Felony Indictments to Misdemeanor Bench Warrants on Theft and Drug related charges. Sheriff Price and his department is asking the public for any information to the whereabouts of Jessica Spradlin. All information will be kept confidential and you may call the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office at 606-789-3411.

2 Arrested in Martin Co. on Drug Charges

According to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, 2 people were arrested early Monday morning following a home search and their now facing several drug charges. After receiving numerous complaints about pills being sold from a home along Big Elk Road in Inez, deputies went to this home around 1 AM and were granted consent from the owner to search the home. Once inside, deputies say the woman who lives at the home, Peggy Music, 54, had a bottle of Oxycodone hidden under a bathroom sink, as well as a bottle of Gabapentin hidden in a suit case in the kitchen. Investigators say she also had a small change purse hidden under the couch and deputies found two 10mg Vallium pills in the purse, as well as $750 in cash. Music was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of trafficking legend drugs.

Also at this location, deputies found another individual identified as Brian Gantt, 28, of Louisa. Gannt was arrested and charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count of trafficking controlled substance, and one count of trafficking legend drugs. Gantt was said to have been sitting on the living room couch, when he bent over and placed something under the couch, which was found to be three bottles of pills. According to the criminal complaint, a bottle of Gabapentin that was found in the home was prescribed to Gannt on July 24, and contained only 40 of the 90 pills prescribed to him. Deputies also say a bottle of Morphine pills prescribed to Gannt was in the home and only 45 of the 60 pills prescribed to him were in the bottle. That prescription was also filled on July 24. Both were prescribed to Gannt by a doctor in Nashville, Tennessee. The Martin County Sheriff's Office says more arrests are pending.

2 Pike Co. Inmates Face Contraband Charges

Two Pike Co jail inmates are facing charges of promoting contraband. Back on July 6, Derek Nunemaker and Ronald Skeens tried to escape from jail by drilling a hole into the wall. Turns out, according to Pike Co. Jailer Freddy Lewis, he says the inmates had actually planned to have outsiders pass drugs through a hole in the wall. Lewis told WYMT news, “After we talked to the ones that was actually involved in it we finally figured out that that's what they was doing. They'd already had it set up in fact they already had a couple of people that had agreed to push the drugs through the hole of the jail for them.

Disability Hearings Create Crushing Demand for Attorneys in Eastern Ky

A federal review of 1,500 Social Security benefit awards has created a crushing demand for attorneys in eastern Kentucky. The Social Security Administration is reviewing the benefits awarded to clients of attorney Eric Conn because of suspected fraud. Those cases are likely headed to hearings before administrative law judges that could start as soon as September. Most of the people being reviewed say they cannot afford an attorney. The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky has received requests from 400 people so far asking for representation. Executive Director Robert Johns said it is an unprecedented level of demand that has caused the agency to scramble to find attorneys. Attorneys in the cases likely will not be paid. Johns said so far about 80 attorneys have volunteered to help.

Information on Flood Relief Efforts in Johnson Co.

The following is an updated list from Johnson County Judge Executive and Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management.

• The primary point of distribution is located at Mayo Plaza, beside Big Sandy Furniture, they will be open from 8 AM until 8 PM, contact number is 606-792-5105 (Beginning Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the hours of distribution will change to 8 AM until 5 PM). Suggested items:

Extension Cords
Coolers
Laundry Detergent
Air mattresses
Sleeping bags
Water Hoses
Paper Plates
Cereal
Non Perishable Items/Food
Light Bulbs
Fans
Gatorade
Spaghetti sauce

Volunteers are also needed. If you are interested, Please stop by the Center during business hours or call the center @ 606-792-5105

• American Red Cross, Christian Appalachian Project, and other organizations remain in the area to provide immediate assistance to individuals affected by the flood event.

• Contact Information, Jill Stafford, she will be the contact person for people needing assistance for;

1. Flood cleanup
2. Debris cleanup
3. Home repairs.

Jill Stafford can be reached at 606-789-8016

• Any volunteer organization requesting or wishing to volunteer assistance, can contact Mr. Harold Underwood at 606-789-8016

• Grief Counselors with Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are in the area. If you need help please call 980-254-3658 or 1-800-335-1337

• The Johnson County Health Department has given 238 Tetanus Shots to residents, volunteers, and workers in the affected area. Additional shots are available by coming by the Johnson County Health Department.

• Johnson County appreciates the generous outpouring of donations. However we have now reached our capacity of accepting used clothing.

• For more information call Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management at 606-789-2260.           

 

Local News 7-27-2015

 

Information on Flood Relief Efforts in Johnson Co.

The following is an updated list from Johnson County Judge Executive and Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management.

• The primary point of distribution continues to be located in the Mayo Plaza, beside Big Sandy Furniture. They will be open from 8 AM until 8 PM. Here is a list of items that are needed at the Johnson County Flood Distribution Center:

Canned goods/non-perishable items
Tools
Wheelbarrow
Shovels
Rakes
Crowbars
Laundry detergent
Heavy duty gloves
Heavy duty trash bags
Plastic trash bins
Toiletries
Extension cords
Water hoses
Pillows

If you have any questions, please call the Johnson County Flood Relief line at contact number is 606-792-5105.

• American Red Cross, Christian Appalachian Project, and other organizations remain in the area to provide immediate assistance to individuals affected by the flood event.

• Jill Stafford has been designated as the Contact Person for those people needing assistance

1. Flood cleanup
2. Debris cleanup
3. Home repairs.

Jill Stafford can be reached at 606-789-8016

• Grief Counselors with Billy Graham Rapid Response Team remain in the area. If you need help, Please call 980-254-3658 or 1-800-335-1337

• From Harold Underwood, any volunteer organization requesting or wishing to volunteer assistance, can reach Mr. Underwood at, 606-477-9371 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• For more information call Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management at     606-789-2260.

• The Johnson County Health Department has given 238 Tetanus Shots to residents, volunteers, and workers in the affected area. Additional shots are available by coming by the Johnson County Health Department.

• Johnson County appreciates the generous outpouring of donations. However we have now reached our capacity of accepting used clothing.

• For more information call Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management at 606-789-2260.

Car on Fire, Crashes into a House in Johnson Co. Two Reported injured

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:42 Deputies responded to a call of a single vehicle collision with Injuries on Delong Road near Industrial Park in Hager Hill. It appeared a 1987 GMC Blazer driven by Charity Donnelly 39 Years old of Thealka, caught on fire then struck a house along Delong road. Deputies reported that a full gas can was being transported inside the vehicle and that the driver reported the can burst into flames causing her vehicle to strike the house. West Van Lear Fire department responded in a timely manner and the house did not catch on fire. Charity Donnelly was cited on scene for failure to maintain insurance and her along with 2 others were transported to medical facilities by Paintsville EMS for burn related injuries. The collision is still under investigation at this time by Deputies Byron Fairchild and Justin Webb.

Breathitt Counties “Biggest” Drug Bust in Years, Nets Several Thousands of Dollars, Drugs

According to reports from the Breathitt Co Sheriff’s Office, deputies made two arrests late last week, in connection to a meth lab off of Kentucky 20 West. Jason Pennington and Zechariah Gross now face meth related charges, as officials say this bust was much different than anything that they have seen in recent years. Breathitt County Sheriff Ray Clemons says this was the biggest drug bust Breathitt County has seen in a while. When deputies began the bust, they expected to find anywhere from "seven to eight hundred" dollars in the house. What they found was quite literally ten-fold that estimated amount. Nearly $8,000, along with meth, marijuana, pills, and guns were found in the house. "Safe had boxes full of money wadded up, hundred dollar bills, fifty dollar bills.... even had 15 two dollar bills," Sheriff Clemons said. Among the strange currency found in the house was an extensive coin collection. Deputies said they were unsure if the collection was used to pay for drugs or if it belonged to the accused. The bust took a total of nine hours to execute. Jason Pennington, Joseph Pennington's brother, was also arrested for a parole violation.           

Police Warn of Phone Scam in Morgan Co

Police need help identifying two people calling people in Morgan County telling them they owe a debt. The telephone caller ID displays West Liberty Police. KSP say the scammers insist the debt must be paid immediately and will give instructions of online payment. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police at 800-222-5555.

"Operation School Shoe/Sock” a HUGE Success

Organizers with Operation School Shoe say over 500 pairs of shoes were given out to Johnson Co/Paintsville school children Saturday free of charge. The event took place at the Johnson Co. Middle School and was the fourth year for the event, put on by local churches, businesses, and private donations. Not only were shoes given away, but for the second year, socks were also handed out to the kids when they received their new pair of shoes, available to any students attending any school in the Johnson Co. and Paintsville Independent School System, who might not otherwise be able to have a good pair of shoes to start the school year. Efforts are already underway for next year’s Operation School Shoe/Sock event. Founders say the event has grown significantly since they started and has even spread to other counties and organizers hope to help even more children in the future. Operation School Shoe was stared in 2011.