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WSIP News 2-12-2016 - UPDATED

 

Ohio Man Arrested in Martin Co. Wanted for Assault of WV State Trooper

According to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, an Ohio man, wanted by U.S. Marshals for assaulting a West Virginia State Trooper in 2015, has been arrested in Martin Co. Justin Patterson, 30, of Columbus, Ohio was arrested by deputies after a foot chase on Thursday night around 7 PM. Deputies say Patterson, who also went by the false names Justin Jones and Antonio Campbell, was staying at his girlfriend's house on Joseph Lane in the Blacklog community when he was captured. Sheriff John Kirk and his deputies say they caught Patterson by surprise and he did not have time to get a weapon. Sheriff Kirk says Patterson will be extradited back to W.Va to face the charges against him.

Wanted Magoffin Co. Man Arrested

A Magoffin Co. man wanted for an alleged hit and run has been arrested. According to the original report, on January 29, the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Department was called out to the Connelley Farm area in Magoffin, where John R. “JR” Allen and Tim May had reportedly been in an altercation in the parking lot at the vet clinic on Kentucky Rt. 30 when Allen allegedly hit May, who was standing outside of his vehicle, with his truck, in an act that is believed to have been intentional, Sheriff Carson Montgomery said. According to the warrant of arrest, a passerby stopped when they saw May lying on the driveway beside his truck and May told that person that Allen had run over him with his truck and drove off. May’s vehicle had damage to it, indicating it had also been hit, law enforcement noted in the warrant.

Since January 29, law enforcement had been looking for Allen, finding only his truck in Breathitt Co. After following leads, officers with the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Department found and arrested Allen on Saturday, February 6 on KY Rt. 378 (locally known as Far Middle Fork), roughly seven miles from Salyersville. Allen was hiding in a bedroom of his relative’s home on the Lark Arnett Hill, Sheriff Montgomery said. Deputies surrounded the home and the officers were able to locate him with the assistance of the K-9 unit, which is trained in tracking. May was flown out to Pikeville Medical Center for his injuries, then later transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized. Due to the seriousness of May’s medical condition, officers have not been able to get a statement from him.

Allen, 40 years old, of Salyersville, is currently charged with first degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid, though Sheriff Montgomery said last week he expects more charges to be filed. At press time Allen is housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, pending future court dates and with a cash bond set at $100,000.

Two Men Indicted on Meth-Related Charges in Floyd Co.

Two Floyd Co. men, arrested back in December 2015 as part of a Floyd Co Sheriff drug investigation were indicted early last week on charge of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine. Indictments against the 2 were handed down on Tuesday, February 2, 2015 from the Floyd Co Grand Jury naming both Brent Hale and Martin Shepherd in the charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. Both Hale, 40, of Blue River and Shepherd, 69, of David were arrested in December after a Floyd Co Sheriff’s investigation into illicit drug activities. During that search of Martin Shepherd’s residence, deputies found two separate active meth labs including one located under the residence and another, still boiling, inside a clothes washing machine. Deputies also discovered finished product crystal meth and all the pre­cursors including lithium batteries, Sudafed, liquid Drano, cold packs and other materials used in the creating of crystal meth. During the raid two other persons were arrested and charged with the following: Heather Miller, 44, of David, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree; Courtney Nicole Jordan, 29, of Gunlock, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree. Indictments have yet to filed concerning Miller or Jordan.

Fire Destroy Home in Martin Co.

The Warfield VFD was called out to a structure fire on Wednesday afternoon. According to reports, the fire happened at 180 White Oak Rd and was a complete loss. The Inez, and Kermit, W.Va VFD's were called to battle the blaze. There were no injuries. The fire is believed to have started in the attic and thought to be caused by an electrical malfunction. No other information has been released at this time.

Clay Co. Man Killed in a House Fire

The Clay Co Coroner’s Office has confirmed that one person died in a house fire on Thursday. The fire happened overnight at a home on KY 577 near the Clay and Jackson Co line. The coroner recovered remains from the home. He believes they belong to the homeowner 79-year-old Delmar Chester Edwards. The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for positive identification.

Health Dept.: 35 Confirmed Salmonella Cases in Estill Co.

The Estill Co Health Department continues their investigation into the Salmonella outbreak. They are hoping to determine a source or a cause. At this time, 72 people are experiencing gastrointestinal illnesses, 35 of those are confirmed Salmonella cases and eight people were hospitalized due to Salmonellosis. The Estill Co Health Department is continuing to contact and collect information from everyone reported ill and those around them who did not display symptoms. They advise that people make a special effort to wash their hands right after using the bathroom, before preparing food and before eating food. If you have experienced symptoms of Salmonellosis, consult your healthcare provider.

Former Ky Gov. Outlines Plan to Oppose New Gov’s Health Care Policy

A statement from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's opposition to his plan to dismantle the state health care program known as Kynect is an effort to promote his political legacy. Beshear announced "Save Kentucky Healthcare" on Thursday, a tax-exempt organization that will pay for an online campaign that Beshear says will educate voters about what is happening to health care in Kentucky. As governor, Beshear issued executive orders to expand the state's Medicaid program and establish Kynect, a state-operated exchange where people can purchase private health insurance plans with the help of a federal subsidy. More than 500,000 people have gotten health insurance through the programs, with more than 400,000 of them being added to the state's Medicaid rolls. Bevin said in a statement that he is "focused on fixing Kentucky's fiscal crisis," which includes $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for teachers and state workers.

Traffic Impact Advisory; US 23 Delay Planned for Feb 14 to Install Upgrades

Kentucky Power plans to intermittently stop traffic in both directions along U.S. Route 23 in Lawrence County on Sunday, Feb. 14, to allow crews to install new equipment. No interruption of electrical service is expected while work is performed. Workers are scheduled to install a new power line across U.S. 23 as part of circuit upgrades in the Burnaugh/Fallsburg area. The work zone will be near mile marker 22.6 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Workers will make every effort to keep the traffic stops as brief as possible. Kentucky Power has notified highway officials, law enforcement agencies and local authorities of the road closures and power outage, and has obtained all necessary work-related permits. Professional traffic control personnel will be used to manage traffic and lane closures. In the event of inclement weather, the project will be rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21. Kentucky Power is an operating unit of American Electric Power and provides electricity to nearly 170,000 customers in all or part of 20 Eastern Kentucky counties.

 

WSIP News 2-11-2016

 

Ohio Fugitive Apprehended In Johnson Co.

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on the night of Tuesday, February 9th 2016, the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office received a tip that there was a possible fugitive, wanted in Ohio, hiding at a residence in the Hagerhill area. Deputies Danny Martin and Byron Fairchild obtained the fugitive warrant from Sheriff Price, and went to the residence located off US 23 South, near KY Rte. 1750. Deputies parked a distance away from the residence and proceeded on foot. Deputy Fairchild spotted the fugitive, John Milstead, age 43 of Ohio, through a backdoor window. When deputies made entry into the residence, Milstead ran and locked himself in a bathroom. A short time later Milstead came out of the bathroom and surrendered to the Deputies without incident. Milstead was taken into custody and charged with: Fugitive from Another State. He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Milstead will now be extradited back to Ohio. If you have any information about illegal activity occurring in Johnson Co, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411. Remember, we need your information, not your name.

Johnson Co. Fire Crews Respond to a House Fire

Members of W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue, along with members of the Flat Gap VFD were called out to a small trailer Fire Wednesday afternoon along Rt 201. According to Paintsville/Johnson Co. 911, they received a call Wednesday afternoon around 1:57 PM of a reported Trailer fire at 75 Tick VanHoose Branch, which is located off Rt 201 just past the Sitka FWB Church. As firefighters arrived on scene, they located a small fire in the kitchen area of the trailer and were quickly able to put the fire out. The trailer was not destroyed but did suffer some damage, mostly from the thick smoke. No one was hurt, but one of the family’s dogs died. No other information has been released at this time.

Fire Destroys a Floyd Co. Home

According to reports out of Floyd Co. a home was destroyed over the weekend, following a fire. The Mud Creek Volunteer Fire Department received a call about the house fire, which was located at Rogers Branch on Braham’s Creek early Sunday morning. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the doublewide was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters battled the blaze for approximately 3 hours before it was extinguished. The home was a complete loss.

3 Martin Co. Residents Facing Gambling Charges

3 Martin Co. residents turned themselves onto authorities on Monday after a Martin Co Grand Jury indicted them in an illegal gambling case. Wendell, Pricilla and Nellie Williams all face a promoting gambling charge. Martin Co. Sheriff John Kirk said the Williams’ operated an arcade in the Warfield community that had a gambling machine and the poker machine awarded cash to the winners. Paintsville Police Officers served the 3 with the arrest warrants at the Big Sandy Detention Center.

Ashland Man Wanted for Rape and Threatening Police Arrested in Fla.

The man wanted for an alleged rape in Boyd Co. and who later posted a threat to law enforcement on Facebook has been arrested in Florida. According to the original report, Brandon Tyler Scites, 25, of Ashland, was wanted for rape, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor and a parole violation. Scites allegedly had sexual intercourse with a teenage girl, who was mentally capacitated due to being high on marijuana.

On Wednesday morning Fort Pierce, Florida Police contacted the Ashland Ploice Dept and the U.S. Marshalls Service and notified them that they had arrested Scites at around 12:15 a.m. According to the arrest citation, Fort Pierce police went to a residence where they thought Scites was hiding and shortly after their arrival, officers located Scites and made the arrest with no resistance. Scites has been on the run for more than a week after the US Marshals released he was wanted on the rape and sodomy charges. Another person Amire Dayan, 31, of Ashland, was also arrested in the case. Scites had recently posted on Facebook that he would “shoot it out” with Police if they tried to arrest him.

House Committee Approves Anti-Bullying Legislation

A bill intended to add a clear definition to state law books of what constitutes bullying was approved by the House Education Committee Tuesday. House Bill 316, sponsored by Rep. Rita Smart, D- Richmond, would define bullying as “any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated” if it occurs at school, on school busses, at school-sponsored events, or disrupts the educational process in some other way. Clearly defining bullying in the law books will help protect students, said 13-year-old Morgan Guess, who founded the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation in her hometown of Paducah. HB 316 now goes to the full House for consideration.

Bill Passed After Boy Dealing With Illness Addresses State Legislature

A young boy from Pike Co with a serious disease spoke in front of the Kentucky Legislature Wednesday, to encourage leaders to extend health insurance coverage to include the treatment he and others with similar illnesses need. 9-year-old Noah Greenhill has been diagnosed with (eosinophilic esophagitis) a rare condition that attacks his esophagus, making it extremely difficult for him to eat any food beyond nine items doctors have found he can tolerate. As a result, he has to administer an amino acid-based formula into a feeding tube four times a day, at a daily rate of more than $40. His insurance does not cover that cost.

The legislation proposed by Pike Co Senator Ray S. Jones and House Speaker Floyd Counties Greg Stumbo is House Bill 353 and Senate Bill 146 or "Noah's Law" – will change that by including this formula among the therapeutic food that health plans are already required to cover by law for other metabolic and genetic conditions. According to Noah’s family, 17 other states mandate this type of coverage. Noah, as well as his family, Sen. Jones and House Speaker Stumbo appeared in front of two committees in the Kentucky Legislature in Frankfort. Noah spoke to the House Banking and Insurance Committee, while Sen. Jones’ bill was heard in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Both the Senate and the House passed the bill.

Kentucky Republican Caucus 2016 Information

Johnson Co., Clerk Sallee Jo Holbrook, would like to share some information concerning the 2016 Republican Presidential Election. The Republican Party of KY has opted to hold a Caucus to determine The Republican nominee for President. The caucus will be held on 03/05/2016 from 10:00 AM thru 4:00 PM. Johnson County will be voting at Paintsville High School. The Election will be conducted by RPK and the County Clerks will not be involved in this Election in any way. This means if you are a Republican and want to vote for a Presidential Candidate you must show up on 3/5/16 and cast your vote. This will determine who the State of KY will choose for their nominee. The names for Rep Pres candidates will not appear on the May 2016 Primary ballot. However the Democrats will not be having caucuses and they will vote for the Democrat nominee in May. You can go to RPK.org/caucus for more information. If you have questions, Please Call the Johnson Co Clerks Office @ 789-2557.

 

WSIP News 2-10-2016

 

Several Arrested in Martin Co. Charged with Receiving Stolen Property

According to the Martin Co Sheriff's Dept., 7 people were arrested Monday, Feb 8, 2016 and charged with receiving stolen property and other charges. Those people arrested were:

* Carol H. Booth, 71, of Beauty: Charged with receiving stolen property
* Lisa C. Booth, 39, of Beauty: Charged with receiving stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm

* Casey Charles Booth, 18, of Beauty: Charged with receiving stolen property
* Donnie Clay Booth, 32, of Beauty: Charged with receiving stolen property
* April Nicole Hickman, 28, of Inez: Charged with receiving stolen property
* James R. Maynard, 34, of Inez: Charged with receiving stolen property
* Christopher Robert Mollette, 40, of Pilgrim: Charged with receiving stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, probation violations and prohibited activities with intent to defraud food stamp/EBT card.

According to the arrest citations, a home located along Muncy Cemetery Road in the Pilgrim community of Martin Co. was recently broken into and “wiped clean”, (everything was stolen) about two weeks ago. The investigation led deputies to a home in the Beauty community of Martin Co. at 19 Booth Drive. The homeowner (Carol H. Booth) signed a consent for deputies to search her home in reference to that recent robbery and several items were recovered, including a jewelry box, costume jewelry, home decoration pieces, computers, electronics, a picture frame and items with the victim's name on them. Investigators even say the suspects ate the homeowners food and stole sheets off their beds.

Deputies indicate that more arrest are possible. All subjects were lodged in the Big Sandy Detention Center. The Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept. is continuing their investigation.

KSP Investigating Collision in Elliott Co.

According to the KSP in Morehead, on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 4:01 AM Kentucky State Police received a call from Elliott Co 911 about a single vehicle collision on Kentucky 7 in the Sandy Hook community. KSP responded to the scene and upon arrival, determined that Veryl Howard, 31, of Salyersville was traveling North on KY-7 when he lost control of his 2012 Jeep Liberty, exited the roadway and slid into Giovanni’s Pizza. Mr. Howard was transported by Elliott County EMS to Morgan ARH for treatment on non-life threatening injuries. The collision remains under investigation by KSP.

Man Wanted for Hit and Run in Magoffin Co.

Officials in Magoffin Co are continuing their search for a man wanted for an alleged hit and run. According to the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Dept., on Friday, January 29 at 4 PM, deputies were called to the area of Connelley Farm, after they received reports that John R. “JR” Allen and Tim May were reportedly in an altercation in the parking lot at the vet clinic on Kentucky Rt. 30. Reports indicate that Allen allegedly hit May, who was standing outside of his vehicle, with his truck, in an act that is believed to have been intentional.

May was flown out to Pikeville Medical Center, then later transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center. Due to the seriousness of his medical condition, law enforcement have not been able to get a statement from May. Though Allen has not been located since the incident, Magoffin Co. Sheriff Carson Montgomery said they have found his truck in Breathitt Co. The truck has been impounded and they plan to take it to the crime lab, where they hope to gather enough evidence to determine what exactly happened in that parking lot. Warrants have been issued against John R. “JR” Allen for first degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid, though Sheriff Montgomery said he expects more charges to be filed. Montgomery asks that if anyone sees Allen, he or she should call the sheriff’s office at 606-349-2914, or after hours call 911.

Pike Co. Inmate Attacks a Deputy Jailer

Pike Co. Jailer Freddie Lewis says one of his deputies was recently attacked by one of the inmates at the jail. According to reports, Pikeville Police arrested Tina Sampson last week for driving under the influence. She was taken to the Pike County Detention Center. Officials at the jail say when deputies booked Sampson she was intoxicated and very combative. Jail Deputies report Sampson was yelling and banging on the walls, asking to make a phone call. She was asked to stop several times, but refused. Deputies decided to enter the cell where Sampson was being held. Reports say that as soon as deputies opened the door, Sampson became very combative and attacked one of our female officers. Deputies wrestled Sampson to the bed to restrain her and she continued to try and fight with them. The deputies involved say they took the necessary action to get Sampson off the other deputy being attacked.

Officials say Sampson admitted to them she was on several drugs, including, Benzo and Neurontin, but she says she does not remember attacking Deputy Jailer Angie Dotson and accuses the jailers of injuring her. Jail employees said Sampson seen a nurse the day after this incident. She has been charged with assaulting an officer, among other charges. Deputy Dotson received only a few scratches on her face and missing a chunk of her hair, but is expected to be okay.

Feds say Kentucky Must Return Unused Grant Money for Kynect

Federal officials say Kentucky could have to return more than $57 million in unused grant money because of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's decision to dismantle kynect. The federal government gave Kentucky a $289 million federal grant to plan and establish kynect, a health exchange where Kentuckians can purchase private insurance plans with the help of a federal subsidy. State officials have spent all of it except for $57.5 million. A letter from Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt of the federal Department of Health and Human Services to Bevin last month says state officials cannot use that money to move the state to the federal exchange. The money would have to be returned. Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said state officials would return any unused money.

Republican Presidential Election Caucus

Sallee Jo Holbrook, Johnson County, Ky Clerk, would like to share some information concerning the 2016 Republican Presidential Election. The Republican Party of KY has opted to hold a Caucus to determine The Republican nominee for President. The caucus will be held on 03/05/2016 from 10:00 AM thru 4:00 PM. Johnson County will be voting at Paintsville High School. The Election will be conducted by RPK and the County Clerks will not be involved in this Election in any way. This means if you are a Republican and want to vote for a Presidential Candidate you must show up on 3/5/16 and cast your vote. This will determine who the State of KY will choose for their nominee. The names for Rep Pres candidates will not appear on the May 2016 Primary ballot. However the Democrats will not be having caucuses and they will vote for the Democrat nominee in May. You can go to RPK.org/caucus for more information. If you have questions, Please Call the Johnson County Clerk’s Office @ 789-2557.

 

WSIP News 2-9-2016

 

Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting (2-8-16)

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday, 2-8-2016 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting on January 11, 2016 and the court also approved to pay the monthly bills as presented.

First item on the agenda was the approval of the monthly transfer of $40,000 from the Johnson Co. General Fund to the Regional Jail Fund. Judge Daniel told the court last meeting that county attorney Michael Endicott was drafting a letter to the other 3 county Judges and county attorney’s (Lawrence, Martin and Magoffin) asking about the delays. Judge Daniel said they are awaiting a response.

Next the court approved the Sheriff’s 2015 financial statement. Total revenues was $688,000.93 and the total disbursements were the same. Next the court approved the Fiscal Court Audit. Judge Daniel said he was very pleased with all of his staff’s efforts. He also added that the auditors reported it is very rare for an audit to have no issues, but Johnson Co. had a clean audit. Judge Daniel said that was a credit to all the county employees.

Next the court approved Hazard Mitigation Projects. Through a grant, W.R. Castle and Red Bush Fire Dept. will be receiving back-up generators to have at their respective stations in case of emergency. This will be at no cost to the county and both departments agreed to the 13% local match and to pay for all the maintenance.

The court also approved a resolution authorizing the County Judge Executive to enter into an agreement for the county to partner with the Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. Also approved was Dr. Joe Mills to the Jail board and to allow Judge Daniel to advertise for bids to fix the courthouses elevator, which has recently had some major problems. Judge Daniel told the court that they had an elevator company look at fixing the problem concerning a valve, but that would cost upward of $13,000 - $14,000 and once that valve starts deteriorating, other problems are bound to follow. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Floyd Co

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, Pikeville Post, troopers are investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Floyd Co during the evening hours of Sunday, February 07, 2016. The preliminary investigation indicates that Goldsmith Hercule was traveling on KY Route 114 in the Prestonsburg community of Floyd Co. The vehicle operated by Hercule crossed into the oncoming lane, colliding with a vehicle operated by Jeffery Arnett. Kevin Marsillette was a passenger in Hercule’s vehicle, and was transported by EMS to Highlands Regional Medical Center before being flown to University of Kentucky HealthCare. Marsillette, 19 of Prestonsburg, was pronounced deceased at UK HealthCare due to injuries sustained in the collision. Evidence at the scene indicates Marsillette was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Kentucky State Police. The collision is under investigation by Trooper John Gabbard.

Man charged with having $4250 in Counterfeit Bills

A Floyd Co man has been arrested after KSP Troopers say they found 48 counterfeit bills in the car he was a passenger in. According to reports, Bill Frazier, 50, of Printer, was arrested Thursday night at a carryout in Kimper. KSP say the 37 - $100 bills and 11 - $50 bills were found in the backseat of the vehicle. The total amount of the counterfeit bills was $4250. Frazier was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument. He preliminary hearing is set for today (Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016). Frazier remains in the Big Sandy Detention Center.

Knott Co man Killed in ATV Accident

A Knott Co man was killed over the weekend following an ATV accident. According to reports, the crash happened Sunday night at 9:54 PM along Highway 7 in the Topmost community of Knott Co. Officials say the driver lost control of the ATV and crashed into an embankment. Dwayne Keens, 30 of Topmost was driving the Honda Foreman ATV on Kentucky Highway 7 when he drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway. State Police say Keens, who was not wearing a safety helmet was thrown from the ATV into a water-filled ditch line. Keens was taken by ambulance to McDowell ARH where he died. In a release KSP says no autopsy will be conducted, but a blood sample was taken and results are pending. Trooper Micheal Caudill with the Kentucky State Police in Hazard is investigating the crash.

KSP Investigating Armed Robbery in Bath Co

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Sunday, February 7, 2016, Post 8 Morehead received a call of an armed robbery that occurred at the Town and Country Food Mart in Sharpsburg. Kentucky State Police and the Bath County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene and determined that an armed male suspect entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes. The clerk then gave the suspect cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. Statements obtained at the scene indicate that the suspect entered the store wearing a skeleton mask, a gray hoodie sweatshirt, and dark pants. No injuries occurred as a result of the robbery. KSP is asking the public for any information relating to this investigation, and can call KSP Post 8 at (606) 784-4127. Callers can remain anonymous. The case remains under the investigation of Trooper Michael Snowden.

Republican Presidential Election Caucus

Sallee Jo Holbrook, Johnson County, Ky Clerk, would like to share some information concerning the 2016 Republican Presidential Election. The Republican Party of KY has opted to hold a Caucus to determine The Republican nominee for President. The caucus will be held on 03/05/2016 from 10:00 AM thru 4:00 PM. Johnson County will be voting at Paintsville High School. The Election will be conducted by RPK and the County Clerks will not be involved in this Election in any way. This means if you are a Republican and want to vote for a Presidential Candidate you must show up on 3/5/16 and cast your vote. This will determine who the State of KY will choose for their nominee. The names for Rep Pres candidates will not appear on the May 2016 Primary ballot. However the Democrats will not be having caucuses and they will vote for the Democrat nominee in May. You can go to RPK.org/caucus for more information. If you have questions, Please Call the Johnson County Clerk’s Office @ 789-2557.

 

WSIP News 2-8-2016

 

Authorities Continue Search for a Missing Martin Co. Man

The search for a missing Martin Co man is now into its third month and still no sign of the man who's been missing since mid-December. According to the Martin Co Sheriff's Office, family members of William "Scottie" Fannin, 37 of Milo in Martin Co. say they last seen him on Dec 10 when he was seen around his home along Dick Fannin Lane. The search has been non-stop by family members and authorities. Search crews and search dogs have also been used in the search. Milo Lake was even drained because the dogs picked up a scent, but that search ended the same as all the others, with no sign of Fannin. This past weekend dozens of volunteers spent hours searching through woods and up and down the mountain sides of Martin Co, hoping to find any trace left from Fannin. This latest search also had some extra help, as members of Jodi Powers Search and Rescue from Western Kentucky, stepped in to assist.

Authorities believe foul play is involved. Scottie Fannin’s family has increased their reward money to $2,500 for any information that leads to his whereabouts. If anyone has any information to provide officials, you’re asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff's Office at (606) 298 – 2828

More Defendants Possible in Vote Buying Case in Magoffin Co.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed a response in the ongoing federal vote-buying case out of Magoffin Co. and the possibility of adding more defendants to the case. On November 19, 2015, a federal grand jury released an indictment of four Magoffin Co residents on vote-buying charges regarding the 2014 primary and general elections. Magoffin County Magistrate District #1 Gary “Rooster” Risner, along with Tami Jo Risner, Mason Daniels and Scottie Lyn McCarty, were each charged with paying and offering to pay for votes in an election, broken down into 17 counts of felony offenses. A jury trial for the four was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2016. All 17 charges carry the penalty of not more than 5 years prison, $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release, as well as a mandatory special assessment of $100 per count.

According to the Salyersville Independent Newspaper, on January 15, 2016 Tami Jo Risner’s attorney, Willis G. Coffey, motioned the Court to continue an upcoming pretrial conference and the jury trial for 45 days, stating that Risner is undergoing a pretrial psychiatric or psychological examination in Texas. On January 19, U.S District Judge Danny C. Reeves granted Tami Jo Risner’s motion to continue, stating that the pretrial conference (originally scheduled for January 28) and jury trial dates for all defendants in this case are continued generally, pending the receipt of the evaluation report regarding Risner’s competency. A hearing will be scheduled upon the Court’s receipt of the evaluation.

On Thursday, January 28, U.S. Attorney’s Office Kenneth Taylor submitted a response regarding trial dates, explaining that the speedy trial clock will run in mid-May and discusses possible weeks to hold the trial. For the court’s consideration, he further notes, “The United States now informs the Court that a superseding indictment, charging one or more additional defendants, may be forthcoming. In that event, the United States will seek an ‘ends of justice’ continuance as to all defendants under 18 on the basis that the law’s preference for a joint trial of all defendants, coupled with the fact that no defendant is detained, outweighs the public’s and the defendants’ right to a speedy trial.” The 2014 Magoffin Co General Election also included the Magoffin Co judge executive’s race, which remains up in the air. While the incumbent, Dr. Charles Hardin won the election by 28 votes against republican candidate John Montgomery. Montgomery filed an election contest suit in December 2014 against Hardin and the Magoffin Co Board of Elections and in February Circuit Judge John David Preston ruled to throw out the election results in the judge executive race and deemed the office vacant. In June a three-judge Court of Appeals panel agreed 2-to-1 with Preston’s ruling, and in August the same three judges in another 2-to-1 vote denied a petition for rehearing. In October Hardin’s attorney filed a motion for review with the Kentucky Supreme Court, and the case is still pending. Hardin is allowed to hold the office during the appeals process.  

Man Wanted for Hit and Run in Magoffin Co.

Local law enforcement are currently searching for a Magoffin Co man wanted for an alleged hit and run. According to the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Dept., on Friday, January 29 at 4 PM, deputies were called to the area of Connelley Farm, after they received reports that John R. “JR” Allen and Tim May were reportedly in an altercation in the parking lot at the vet clinic on Kentucky Rt. 30. Reports indicate that Allen allegedly hit May, who was standing outside of his vehicle, with his truck, in an act that is believed to have been intentional.

May was flown out to Pikeville Medical Center, then later transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center. Due to the seriousness of his medical condition, law enforcement have not been able to get a statement from May. Though Allen has not been located since the incident, Magoffin Co. Sheriff Carson Montgomery said they have found his truck in Breathitt Co. The truck has been impounded and they plan to take it to the crime lab, where they hope to gather enough evidence to determine what exactly happened in that parking lot. Warrants have been issued against John R. “JR” Allen for first degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid, though Sheriff Montgomery said he expects more charges to be filed. Montgomery asks that if anyone sees Allen, he or she should call the sheriff’s office at 606-349-2914, or after hours call 911.

Ashland Couple Pleads Not Guilty in Son's Death

An Ashland couple has pleaded not guilty to killing their 3-month-old son. According to The Ashland Independent, 27-year-old Leslie Daniels and 28-year-old Nora Sawyers appeared in Boyd Co Circuit Court on Friday and they both pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of their son, Landen Daniels. They are both being held in jail on $100,000 bond. Ashland Police Department has said the child died due to blunt force trauma consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Reports indicate the baby was bleeding in the brain and had a detached retina. The child was taken to a hospital after he was found unresponsive on June 10 and died three days later on June 13.

Authorities Continue Search for an Ashland Man Wanted on Rape and Other Charges.

The US Marshals Service and Police in Ashland are continuing their search for a man wanted in connection with a rape and sodomy case. Investigators say Brandon Tyler Scites, 25, of Ashland, is wanted for rape, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor and a parole violation. Last month, Scites allegedly had sexual intercourse with a teenage girl, who was mentally capacitated due to being high on marijuana. The US Marshals say Scites should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. They believe he could be in the Kitts Hill, Ohio area. The Ashland Police Department is offering a $1000 cash reward for direct information from the public that leads to the apprehension/arrest of Brandon Tyler Scites.

On Monday evening, the US Marshals say an individual using the name Brandon Scites, as well as pictures of Brandon Scites, posted on Facebook that he would shoot it out or kill law enforcement. Investigators say known associates and family members of Scites were commenting on the post. If you have seen Scites, contact the US Marshals at 859-361-5647.

19 Confirmed Cases of Salmonella in Estill Co

Estill County Emergency Management says there are 19 confirmed salmonella cases and 41 people with gastrointestinal illnesses in the county. In a Facebook post, Estill County Emergency Management says the health department is investigating the salmonella outbreak, which began at the beginning of the year, and is still trying to find the cause. Six people have been hospitalized with the infection. All of them are expected to make a full recovery.

Gov. Bevin wants to Downsize Scope of Kentucky Wired Project

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin wants to downsize a proposed 3,400-mile fiber optic network meant to make high-speed Internet possible throughout the state. Bevin told the Saving Our Appalachian Region meeting Friday the project is off track. He said he still supports installing the network in eastern Kentucky. A group of private businesses borrowed $289 million last year to begin constructing the network. Kentucky government officials promised to pay the companies about $28 million a year for Internet service, which the companies would then use to pay off the loan. But a key piece of how Kentucky planned to pay back the loan has fallen apart. Bevin said Friday he wants to try and renegotiate with Macquarie Capital, the Australian-based investment company that is leading the project.