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Local News 10-24-2014


Third Arrest in Inez Pawn Shop Robbery

The third suspect wanted in an Inez robbery and beating has been arrested. Christopher Maynard, 37, of Pilgrim, was arrested on Thursday. Maynard was charged with second degree robbery and contempt of court. The two other suspects were arrested this past weekend by the Paintsville Police Department, James Maynard, 36, and Matthew Moore, 30, have also been charged with second degree robbery, Moore was also charged with resisting arrest. According to Martin County Sheriff Garmon Preece, he says the three men went into the Inez Pawn Shop and robbed and beat another man, said to be their cousin. Sheriff Preece says the victim was hit and kicked repeatedly while he was playing a poker machine. All three men have been lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detetnion Center.

Floyd Co. Man Facing Several Charges

A Floyd Co. man is facing numerous felony charges following his arrest earlier this week. Christopher Hayden, 25, of Prestonsburg, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree assault and third-degree terroristic threatening, after an incident alleged to have taken place Oct. 7. According to a Floyd Co. Times report, Hayden is accused of assaulting a woman, causing injuries to her head, neck and legs. He also allegedly locked all of the doors of the house they were in, beating her and pointing a shotgun at her legs, telling the woman that if she tried to leave, he would shoot her. Hayden is also accused of forcibly sodomizing the woman.

The sodomy charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The assault charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while the endangerment and imprisonment charges each carry maximum sentences of five years. The threatening charge is a misdemeanor carrying a sentence of up to a year in jail. The paper reported that Hayden has a criminal history showing numerous convictions for theft, burglary and drug charges, but no convictions for violent offenses. Hayden entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment on Tuesday. He continues to be held on a $25,000 cash bond and is scheduled to next appear in court Oct. 28, for a preliminary hearing.

Police Continue Search for Suspect in an Armed Robbery in Whitesburg

KSP in Hazard are continuing their search for the suspect wanted in a Whitesburg robbery on Wednesday, October 22. KSP say the Ermine Double Kwik Convenient Mart in Whitesburg was the apparent victim of an armed robbery early Wednesday morning. Officers responded to the scene around 2:23 a.m., where they contacted employees who were working at the time of the incident. Investigators were advised that a male subject entered the store armed with a long club, and demanded money. The male subject fled the store on foot with the money obtained, and headed north on US 119. The robber is described as being a male subject, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a grey hooded sweatshirt underneath, blue jeans with holes in them, and brown work boots. He was also wearing a dark blue bandana, black work gloves, and had a yellow cloth covering his face. If anyone has information that might aid in this investigation, they are urged to contact KSP Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Burton.

Pike Co. Lawmaker Charged with Bribery

A federal grand jury has charged a Kentucky lawmaker with paying bribes to a mine reclamation inspector to ignore violations. The grand jury in London, Kentucky, named Democratic state Rep. Keith Hall of Phelps in Pike Co. and former state mine reclamation inspector Kelly Shortridge in an alleged scheme to ensure Hall's mines passed inspection. Grand jurors said Hall and Shortridge set up a shell company, DKJ Consulting. Prosecutors say Hall then used a company he owned, S&K Properties, to funnel money to Shortridge. Hall's indictment will not affect the November election. The Democrat lost the May primary election by 209 votes to fellow Democrat Chris Harris. Harris is running unopposed in November. Shortridge was also charged with lying to the FBI. He allegedly told agents that he had no connection to DKJ.

Ky. Sets Record for Number of Registered Voters

Kentucky has set a record of having more than 3 million registered voters, according to information from the Secretary of State's office. The total number of registered voters – 3,147,157 – represents a new record, beating the 3,105,349 registered for the Primary Election held in May. The difference is an increase of 1.4 percent, or 41,800 voters, during five months. Voters may access the Voter Information Center (VIC) on the State Board of Elections’ website to confirm their voter registration status, view sample ballots, and locate their polling place. For complete registration statistics, additional election information, or to access the VIC, visit elect.ky.gov.

Johnson Co. Taxes to be Delayed

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, due to the fact that the Johnson County School System has voted to raise their tax collection percentage rate, and the subsequent petition of protest that was filed against the attempted raise; the 2014 Johnson County Property Tax Bills will not be issued until at least November 15th, 2014, and very possibly later than that. We do not have a definite release date as of yet. We will make an announcement as soon as we have a release date. We at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office apologize for any inconvenience.

Local News 10-23-2014


           

Martin Co. School Bus Evacuated After Student Finds Bullet

According to Martin Co. School Officials, students were evacuated from a Martin County School Bus Monday, after a student found a live bullet on the bus. Superintendent Steven C. Meadows reported that a student found a bullet on the bus around 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. That student then brought the bullet to the attention of the driver, who then contacted school officials. To assure the safety of the students, school officials contacted law enforcement to investigate. The students were transferred to a different bus, which then finished dropping off the kids. Police then cleared the bus after a thorough inspection, which did not turn up any other bullets.

Of course this latest incident, comes on the heels of two recent incidents of a bullet being found at Sheldon Clark H.S. On Sept. 19, SCHS was put on lockdown after a bullet was found in a boy's bathroom, then again on Monday, October 13, SCHS was put on lock down once again after a bullet, was found in a boy’s bathroom. KSP investigated that incident and said the 9mm cartridge was not a live round, but part of a decorative keychain. School Officials along with the KSP are continuing to investigate all of the three incidents. No further information has been provided.

Four People Indicted in Boyd Co. for Falsifying Information for Unemployment Benefits

Four people in Boyd Co have been indicted for falsifying information to get thousands in cash in unemployment benefits. According reports, one of the accused got nearly $5,000 in benefits. Officials in Boyd Co. say the four individuals should had never received benefits. Indicted are Jeffrey A. King, of Ashland, making false statement to obtain increase of benefits more than $100 and received a total of $4,980. Charles L. Johnson, of Ashland received a total of $2,058.Judith Besana, of Ashland, and Gregory E. Bush, of Rush, Ky., were also indicted on the same charges and received more than $1,000 in all. Each of these cases come down to falsifying information or failing to share information that helps the office evaluate claims, according to an investigation conducted 2011 to 2012. All four people named in the court documents have been summoned to court for arraignment Nov. 7.

Police Searching for Suspect in an Armed Robbery in Whitesburg

According to a news release from the KSP in Hazard, on Wednesday, October 22, the Ermine Double Kwik Convenient Mart in Whitesburg was the apparent victim of an armed robbery early Wednesday morning. Officers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 and Whitesburg Police Department responded to the scene around 2:23 a.m., where they contacted employees who were working at the time of the incident. Investigators were advised that a male subject entered the store armed with a long club, and demanded money. The employees complied with the perpetrator, giving him cash from the register.

The male subject fled the store on foot with the money obtained, and headed north on US 119. The robber is described as being a male subject, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a grey hooded sweatshirt underneath, blue jeans with holes in them, and brown work boots. He was also wearing a dark blue bandana, black work gloves, and had a yellow cloth covering his face. Video surveillance of the robbery was also viewed at the store by officers.

Officers were not able to locate the individual in the immediate area of the Double Kwik, and there is no current information to assist with his identification. If anyone has information that might aid in this investigation, they are urged to contact KSP Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Burton.

The David School Receives $175,000 grant

The David School in Floyd County received a grant for $175,000 this week for their Inch by Inch program. The David School in Floyd County received a grant for $175,000 this week for their Inch by Inch program. With 30 students currently enrolled at the school the principal says their goal is to further the education of students who may struggle in a traditional classroom setting. School officials plan to use the money from the Bingham Trust to expand two programs at the school. Principal Diantha Daniels says "This grant is an opportunity for us to build on our 40 year old shop program and our little garden program" Principal Daniels says the school plans to sell the items grown and built in the programs, focusing more on the pre-business skills the students will learn than the money they will make.

Student Allegedly Posts Online Threat against University of Louisville

According to a Louisville TV station, a student was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly posting a threat online. Police told a Louisville TV station that a student at Miller Hall on the University of Louisville campus, made an anonymous threat on 4Chan early Wednesday morning. WDRB says the threat said, "I'm going to shoot up University of Louisville's Miller Hall tomorrow at 10AM. I'm tired of the staffs disrespect and their abuse. I'm pretty high on amphetamines and cough syrup right now and might pass out, but any bros steer clear, or my Mossberg might bite you." The student is in custody but has not yet been charged.

Ky. Hospitals Readying for Potential Ebola Threat

Several Kentucky hospitals are readying for the potential threat of Ebola with protective gear and protocols to stop the spread of infection. Officials at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville hospitals say they have stocked protective equipment suits that cover the entire body, face and eyes. Both hospitals responded in an informal survey from The Associated Press that they have procedures in place for quarantine, isolation and disposal of Ebola-related hazardous waste.

Red Cross to Kentuckians: Take Steps to Reduce Home Fire Deaths

More than 2,300 people die and nearly 13,000 are injured annually in home fires across the United States. With that statistic in mind, the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign this month to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Anne Marie Borrego of the American Red Cross says while installing smoke detectors and regularly changing batteries is an important component of fire safety, your family's escape plan is just as important.

"I would say if there's one thing you can do today it's to go home and really practice that escape plan," she says. "I can't emphasize enough how important it is to sit down and talk with your family and actually see how long it's going to take you to get out of your home." A recent Red Cross survey found people believe they have more time than they do to escape a burning home. Fire experts estimate people have as little as two minutes to escape, while 62 percent of respondents believe they have at least five minutes.

According to a National Fire Protection Association survey, nearly seven in 10 parents believed their children knew what to do if their house caught on fire, but less than one in five families with children have practiced home fire drills. Less than half of them have talked with their children about fire safety. Borrego says fire safety is a conversation worth having with your kids. "My advice would be to do it in a very matter-of-fact manner," says Borrego. "It's important to talk with them about the need to prepare, just in case, and to reassure them that mom and dad are doing this just so everyone stays safe." The NFPA recommends smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom and on every level of a home.

Local News 10-22-2014


Senator McConnell Visits Paintsville as Part of Bus Tour Tuesday

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell made another stop in Paintsville on Tuesday, as his Bus Tour traveled through parts of Eastern Kentucky. The November 4 General Election is now only 13 days away as of today. Senator McConnell was joined on the bus trip by Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith and Bell Co. native and America’s Got Talent contestant Jimmy Rose as the group stopped in (5) five other counties besides Johnson Co. on Tuesday, he also made stops in Floyd Co., Magoffin Co., Martin Co., and Lawrence Co. Alongside McConnell was Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers. Allison Lundergin Grimes spent her Tuesday campaigning with former President Bill Clinton in the Western part of the state.

Two Arrested in Connection with Inez Pawn Shop Robbery

According to reports, two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a pawn shop in Inez. Investigators say a total of three men robbed and beat a man at the Inez Pawn Shop last week. According to the original report from the Martin County Sheriff’s Dept., the victim was apparently hit and kicked repeatedly while he was playing at a poker machine at the business and Sheriff Garmin Preece said the suspects were the victim's cousins. In all, investigators said three men got into a 1968 blue Chevrolet truck and sped off with about $700 in cash. On Saturday, it was reported that the Paintsville Police Dept. arrested James Maynard, 36, of Pilgrim, and Matthew Moore, 30, of Pilgrim for their involvement in the robbery and beating. They were both taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center charged with 2nd Degree Robbery and Moore was also charged with resisting arrest. The third suspect in the robbery and beating is still on the run.

Morgan Co. Mother, Son Plead Not Guilty in Shooting Death

A Morgan County mother and son pleaded not guilty Tuesday, to murder for the shooting death of another Morgan Co. man. Kimberly and Christopher Peyton have both been accused in the shooting death of Randy Williams, who was found shot to death in a West Liberty home on Oct. 16. Police say he had been shot multiple times in the chest the day before and the mother and son were arrested on Friday. 20-year-old Peyton is charged with murder and 55-year-old Kimberly faces complicity to murder charges. Bothe are being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

KSP Investigating Deadly Accident in Morehead

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:49pm Kentucky State Police Post 8 received a call from Morehead Police Department of an injury accident at 455 Big Perry Road, Morehead, Kentucky. Dale Dehart, 55 of Morehead, Kentucky was operating a 2006 Toyota traveling north on Big Perry Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. Marilyn Russell, 50 of Farmers, Kentucky was a passenger in the vehicle and was airlifted to The University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Ms. Russell was pronounced deceased by the Fayette County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Brent Sparks.

Lawrence County Man Facing an Assault Charge

Police in Lawrence County says a man is facing a second degree assault charge for allegedly beating another man with brass knuckles. Police say they arrested Evan Sizemore on Monday, for the beating of Ricky Calisto over the weekend. Reports indicate that Calisto suffered a possible broken jaw, concussion, and swollen black eye with bleeding in his eye. He was treated at Three Rivers Medical Center and Sizemore was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Johnson Co. Taxes to be Delayed

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, due to the fact that the Johnson County School System has voted to raise their tax collection percentage rate, and the subsequent petition of protest that was filed against the attempted raise; the 2014 Johnson County Property Tax Bills will not be issued until at least November 15th, 2014, and very possibly later than that. We do not have a definite release date as of yet. We will make an announcement as soon as we have a release date. We at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office apologize for any inconvenience.

Local News10-21-2014


           

Former Johnson County Teacher Indicted.

According to a news release from the JCSO, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a concerned party in reference to a teacher who had pursued an inappropriate relationship with a student at Johnson Central High School. The teacher in question, Robert L. Cantrell, age 25 of Prestonsburg, KY was immediately suspended, and later dismissed from employment by the Johnson County School Board after concluding an internal investigation by school administrators.

A criminal investigation was conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Kentucky Attorney General's Electronic Crimes Unit. The investigation resulted in charges being filed on Cantrell for: Use of a Minor in a Sexual Performance (two counts), and Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, 1st degree. An indictment warrant has been issued for Cantrell’s arrest. Cantrell is also facing possible criminal charges in Floyd County relating to this investigation.

The criminal investigation revealed that Johnson County Schools had absolutely no indication of any questionable actions by Cantrell prior to the investigation. Deputy Tim Clark stated he has full confidence in the Johnson County School system. If they (the school officials) ever find anything questionable or illegal, he has no doubt they will follow protocol and report to the proper authorities immediately. This case is currently under investigation by Deputy Tim Clark and Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

Monday Accident Forces One Lane of US 23 to Close in Lawrence Co.

According to Lawrence Co. emergency officials, one northbound lane of US 23 near Louisa was closed Monday for a time, following an accident involving a log truck that flipped over. Police say the accident happened just before 12 noon on Monday and the log truck was the only vehicle involved in the crash. No one was hurt in the accident and no further information has been provided.

Two Boyd Co. Teens Injured in ATV Accident

According to the Boyd County Sheriff's Dept. emergency personnel responded to an ATV accident on the 2500 block of Hearthstone Lane in Summit on Sunday afternoon. Deputies say two 14-year-old girls were riding the ATV when it appeared the driver of the ATV lost control of the vehicle as its tires dropped off the road and when the driver over-corrected, it caused the ATV to flip on the road. Neither of the girls were said to be wearing helmets and officials say both suffered head injuries. Both young ladies were flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital for medical treatment. There has been no information released on their conditions at this time.

Report: Education Funding in Kentucky Not Keeping Up

Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the economic crisis hit. Ashley Spalding, a research and policy associate for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, said that has serious consequences beyond the classroom. "Investments in education are investments in the economy," she said. "Budget cuts threaten our ability to grow our economy." The report compared core funding for local schools, state by state, and found that when inflation is factored in, Kentucky has cut its per-student investment by 11.4 percent from 2008 to the present. That's $561 per student.

The Kentucky Legislature did increase core funding, known as SEEK, in this year's state budget by $37 per student. While that increase is "certainly an improvement," Spalding said, years of flat funding have been especially hard on the state's poorer school systems. "With funding cuts at the state level, compounded by cuts at the federal level," she said, "you see inequality grow because of the wealth disparities in the local school districts." Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, said public-school employees, especially those in far eastern Kentucky counties, still are grappling with the impact of the recession. "It's hard for those school systems, with such low socio-economic status, to keep up with what they need for 21st-century learning," she said. Winkler said a lack of broadband infrastructure is a prime example. The report is online at cbpp.org.

TECO Coal Sold to Booth Energy

It was announced on Monday that TECO Energy reached an agreement to sell its coal mining subsidiary, TECO Coal, to Cambrian Coal Corporation of the Booth Energy Group. TECO Energy Chief Executive Officer John Ramil said, “This transaction will result in a complete exit from the coal mining business. TECO Coal has been an important component of TECO Energy’s business mix since the mid-1970s, contributing strong earnings and cash flow for many years. We appreciate the dedicated team members at TECO Coal and the contributions they have made to TECO Energy’s success.” The sale was for a total of $170 Million, including a $50 million benchmark if coal sales reach a certain benchmark.

Another Year, Another Small Social Security Bump

For the third straight year, millions of older Americans who rely on government benefits can expect historically small pay increases come January. Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees will be less than 2 percent. That translates to a raise of about $20 a month for the typical Social Security beneficiary. The government is scheduled to announce the increase Wednesday, when it releases the latest measure of consumer prices. By law, the increase is based on inflation, which is well below historical averages so far this year. More than 70 million people receive benefits affected by the annual increase. The average monthly Social Security payment is a little less than $1,200 a month.

Johnson Co. Taxes to be Delayed

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, due to the fact that the Johnson County School System has voted to raise their tax collection percentage rate, and the subsequent petition of protest that was filed against the attempted raise; the 2014 Johnson County Property Tax Bills will not be issued until at least November 15th, 2014, and very possibly later than that. We do not have a definite release date as of yet.  We will make an announcement as soon as we have a release date. We at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office apologize for any inconvenience.

Local News 10-20-2014


Officials Searching for Suspects Wanted in a Martin Co. Robbery

The Martin County Sheriff's Dept. are searching for those responsible who beat a man and robbed a pawn shop in Inez. According to Sheriff Garmon Preece, he says a man was hit and kicked repeatedly, before he was robbed by his cousins. It appears that the man playing on a poker machine Thursday at the business, when the other men came into the business and hit him, then took his money. Investigators said the men got into a 1968 blue Chevrolet truck and sped off with about $700. Sheriff Preece says the men now have warrants out for their arrest. Officials ask that if anyone spots the blue truck, or knows the men involved, please call the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office.

KSP Investigating a Murder in Morgan Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehad, on Friday, October 17, 2014 Kentucky State Police Morehead made two arrests in connection with the Murder of Randy Williams. Christopher S. Peyton, 20 of West Liberty was arrested and charged with murder. Kimberly D. Peyton, 55 of West Liberty was arrested and charged with Complicity to Commit Murder. Both were arrested without incident and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Police say on October 16, 2014 at 2:27pm Kentucky State Police received a call from an anonymous caller in regards to a deceased male subject on Dyer Branch in West Liberty, Kentucky. With further investigation Trooper Charlie Bolin located Randy Williams, 33 of 684 Dyer Branch, West Liberty, Kentucky, murdered at his residence from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Troopers and Detectives from Post 8 Morehead, Morgan County Sheriff Deputies, and Morgan County Coroner responded to the scene. The murder remains under investigation by Detective Donnie McGraw.    

Thieves Steal Jewelry in a Hazard Home Invasion

Two Perry Co. men were arrested Saturday for their connection in a Hazard home invasion. Police say 34-year-old Eddie Boyd and 36-year-old Billy Caress broke into a home in the Woodland Park community Saturday morning and made off with more than $10,000 worth of jewelry. The owner of the home says what the thieves didn't count on was anyone being home at the time. Perry County coroner Jimmy Maggard says he was working, when his wife called him multiple times from home saying someone was in the house.

Hazard Police say Eddie Boyd and Billy Caress forced their way into the home though the screened back porch and took thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry, before exiting the home after they realized someone was home. Fortunately no one was hurt in this robbery. Eddie Boyd and Billy Caress have been charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000, as well as several drug charges. Police say the two may end up facing other charges as well.

           

Former Boyd Co. Jail Employee Charged with Sodomy

A former Boyd County Detention Center jailer has been arrested, charged with sodomy. According to the KSP in Ashland, they say James F. Robertson engaged in sexual misconduct with the two inmates while employed as a deputy jailer. Robertson turned himself in late last week. He was terminated from his job Wednesday. Robertson has been charged with two counts of sodomy.

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Dropped Last Month

Kentucky’s Office of Employment and Training (OET) says the latest unemployment numbers shows the biggest drop since 1976. Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in September 2014 at 6.7 percent from a revised 7.1 percent in August 2014. It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted. “A steep drop in unemployment combined with gains in hiring and consumer spending are clear indicators of a growing economy,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET. “All signs point to a robust recovery from the financial crisis in 2008.”

Appeals Court Rules in Kentucky Electioneering Ban

A federal appeals court has issued a ruling that will allow Kentucky to enforce its buffer zone prohibiting campaign activity on public property near polling places but not on private property. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday on a ruling by U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman, who said the state law violates First Amendment speech rights. He issued a permanent injunction Tuesday blocking the law's enforcement. But a three-judge appeals panel lifted the part of the injunction that applies to public property or polling locations, allowing the state to enforce the electioneering ban on such property within 300 feet of the polls. The case was brought in June by John Russell, a Campbell County businessman who had campaign signs pulled from the yard of his business.

Watch Out For Deer on the Road This Fall

The last three months of the year are when the most collisions involving deer on the road are reported, according to Kentucky State Police. Road officials warn drivers across the Bluegrass to be careful this time of the year, especially during dusk and dawn, when whitetail deer are more active searching for mates. Officials say about half of all crashes involving deer happen between October and December, with the most occurrences in November from 5 to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight.

Officials encourage drivers to slow down if you see a deer on the road, but only swerve if you are sure it can be done safely. Otherwise, swerving abruptly can scare the animal. Officials say 2,985 vehicle-deer collisions were reported in 2013. Some of the highest collision rates are found Boone County with an average of 154 vehicle-deer collisions per year, followed by Hopkins with 116, Campbell 103, Jefferson with100 and Hardin with 95. Biologists estimate Kentucky has about 1 million deer and attribute the increased movement in fall to breeding activity, not hunting pressure. More information about vehicle collisions with deer, including statistics and driving tips, is available online at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/deerauto.htm.