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Local News 2-27-2015


Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Searching for 2 Individuals

According to a news release from The Johnson County Sheriffs Dept., deputies are searching for 2 wanted Individuals related to a Feb 23, 2015 situation where, according to reports, they stole a vehicle and fled from deputies. Wanted is James Neal Sisco of Meally KY and Suzanna K. Moore of Lowmansville KY. Warrants for their arrest were issued on Feb 23, 2015 on the following charges:

* James Neal Sisco

1) Theft by unlawful taking Automobile under $10,000
2) Fleeing or evading Police 1st degree motor vehicle

* Suzanna K. Moore-

1) Theft by unlawful taking automobile under $10,000 (Complicity)

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these individuals please call The Johnson County Sheriffs Dept. @ 606-789-3411. Callers can remain anonymous.        

KSP Investigating Robbery of a Floyd Co. Restuarant

KSP in Pikeville are continuing to investigate a robbery at a business in Floyd Co. Reports indicate that on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, just before noon, Post 9 Pikeville received a 911 call of an armed robbery at the Stanville Subway in Floyd County. Troopers responded to the scene and determined that an unidentified male entered the restaurant demanding money. An employee retrieved an undisclosed amount of money, giving it to the male, before he fled the scene. The initial investigation at the scene indicates that suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a gray mask covering his face. No injuries occurred as a result of the robbery.   The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case, and can call the Kentucky State Police Post 09 at (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective William Petry.

Three Dead in Greenup County House Fire; Names Released

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police in Ashland, a fatal fire claimed the lives of three individuals in Greenup Co. on Thursday. The fire was located at along State Route 7 in the Load community of Greenup Co. On February 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm the Kentucky State Police received a request from Greenup County 911 to investigate a residential fire with three possible fatalities. Upon arrival it was determined three victims had been located in the fire and were deceased.

Wilma Osborn, age 48 and Jensyn Archey, age 6, both of 14368 State Route 7 Load, KY have been positively identified as victims of the structure fire. At this time the third victim has not been positively identified. (Identity will be released as soon as positive identification has been made.) Autopsies are scheduled for each of the 3 victims for later today at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, KY. Information obtained suggests all three victims are related and did reside at the residence. (Specific relationship details are not available for release at this time.) The investigation is currently ongoing, but in the early stages. Foul play is not suspected and the deaths do not appear to be suspicious in nature. At this time the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but will be released when it is available. The following agencies responded and assisted during the course of the investigation: Greenup County Coroner’s Office, Load Fire Department and Maloneton Fire Department. The death investigations are ongoing by Detective Chris Carter. The fire investigation is ongoing by Detective Jason Greene.

Man Charged with Arson in Car Lot Fire

A Greenup Co. man has been arrested for allegedly setting a fire at a car lot in Russell. According to the Kentucky State Police, Richard J. Andre, 54, of Flatwoods was arrested on Tuesday. Andre has been charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. The fire happened Feb. 22 at Tara's Car in the 400 block of Russell Road in Russell, Kentucky. The building and a number of vehicles were seriously damaged in the fire. Troopers say that investigators were able to determine that Andre unlawfully entered the premises with intent to commit a crime. Andre is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Governor Urges for Homeland Security to be Funded Immediately

As Kentuckians recover from a statewide snow emergency, Congress is threatening to allow funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to lapse. Governor Steve Beshear has called on each member of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation to take immediate action to approve funding for this department, as those funds also support Kentucky’s emergency preparedness in every county. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) depend on federal preparedness funding that is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In federal fiscal year 2014, Kentucky received almost $9.5 million in federal preparedness funding from two primary FEMA grants.

A delay in this year’s FEMA funding may have critical impacts on the state’s emergency management operations. KYEM provides support and training for local emergency management staff in all 120 counties in addition to maintaining the Commonwealth’s Emergency Operation Center (CEOC). The CEOC has been the coordinating center for the state’s response to the recent winter storm, managing response to needs as varied as snow removal, water delivery, and medical transports. The lack of a budget also affects grant programs for the state’s first responder community and the Kentucky Department for Public Health for statewide training and exercise activities. Other funds support statewide search and rescue efforts, hazardous materials response programs, and updating communication infrastructure.

MSU Open House set for March 7

Morehead State University’s Office of Enrollment Services will host its next Open House program Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Adron Doran University Center on the MSU campus. According to enrollment services, the Open House events are excellent opportunity for students and families to discover why MSU has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report for the 11th year running. University representatives will be available to meet students and their families, answer questions, lead campus tours and share information concerning college life. On one such measure of success, MSU graduates are consistently accepted into professional schools, including medical, dental and pharmacy programs, at rates well above state and national averages. Students and families are encouraged to register for the Open House. To learn much more about this event or to complete an online registration, you may visit www.moreheadstate.edu/openhouse/. Additional information is available by calling enrollment services at 606-783-2000 or 800-585-6781.

Local News 2-26-2015


Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Searching for 2 Individuals

According to a news release from The Johnson County Sheriffs Dept., deputies are searching for 2 wanted Individuals related to a Feb 23, 2015 situation where, according to reports, they stole a vehicle and fled from deputies. Wanted is James Neal Sisco of Meally KY and Suzanna K. Moore of Lowmansville KY. Warrants for their arrest were issued on Feb 23, 2015 on the following charges:

* James Neal Sisco

1) Theft by unlawful taking Automobile under $10,000
2) Fleeing or evading Police 1st degree motor vehicle

* Suzanna K. Moore-

1) Theft by unlawful taking automobile under $10,000 (Complicity)

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these individuals please call The Johnson County Sheriffs Dept. @ 606-789-3411. Callers can remain anonymous.

Martin Co Man Arrested on DUI and Other Charges

According to a news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept, on Tuesday, Feb 24, a complaint came into the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept. of a male individual passed out in his car at the Inez Exxon. Upon arriving at the scene, Michael McCoy, 52 of DeBoard in Martin Co., was found passed out in the driver's seat of his vehicle with the motor running and a syringe in his right hand. He also had a string tied around his leg. Reports indicated that McCoy was awakened by deputies, but was slow to respond. A field sobriety test was then administered at the scene. Upon further investigation by the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept. McCoy was found to have a suspended license and no insurance for the vehicle. Subject was found to be in violation of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, 3rd offense, driving DUI on suspended license, 3rd offense and failure to maintain insurance, 1st offense. Chief Deputy, P.D. Witten was the arresting officer with Sheriff John H. Kirk and Deputy Cory Cook as witnesses. McCoy was arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

4 Arrested in Martin Co. on Robbery Charges

In a separate news release from the Martin County Sheriff's Dept., on Thursday Feb 25, 2015, deputies received a call from Mingo County, WV. asking them to be on the lookout for a grey Chevrolet Cavalier with several subjects wearing pink, blue and black hoodies. They had advised us these individuals had just shoplifted from the Kermit, W.Va Dollar General Store. Deputies found the car at the Warfield Dollar General Store and found 3 persons inside the car wearing blue and black hoodies and another occupant of the car was wearing a pink hoodie. Reports indicate that one one of the subjects, identified as Robin Perry, 38 of Lovely, was inside the Warfield Dollar General. When deputies approached Perry, they found she had several packs of Reese's candy bars in her purse. Deputies say the car had several items that the subjects stated were stolen from several places. Another suspect, Barbara Crabtree was said to have sold several packs of candy bars to the owner of a variety store for 79.00 cash at about 7 PM on Tuesday, Feb 24. Items stolen in the car totaled approximately 500.00 dollars in value. Other occupants in the car were Vicky McWilliams and Ashley Copley. All subjects where housed in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Man Arrested, Admits to Selling Pills

In yet another news release from the Martin County Sheriff's Dept., on Tuesday, Feb 24 47-year old Nebert Lee Horn, Jr. was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st offense. Subject admitted he had sold 150.00 worth of suboxone tablets. He was a passenger in a vehicle where the officer was called and told the occupants of the vehicle had no driver's license and was on their way to Williamson to sell pills. When the officer stopped the vehicle, a bottle containing 29 suboxone that was filled earlier in the day for 45 pills, was located in the driver's purse. Subject admitted he had placed the bottle in her purse. Sixteen pills were missing from the bottle. Sheriff John H. Kirk was the arresting officer. Deputy Markitta Maynard was also on scene.

KSP Investigating Robbery of a Floyd Co. Restuarant

According to the KSP in Pikeville, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, just before noon, Post 9 Pikeville received a 911 call of an armed robbery at the Stanville Subway in Floyd County. Troopers responded to the scene and determined that an unidentified male entered the restaurant demanding money. An employee retrieved an undisclosed amount of money, giving it to the male, before he fled the scene. The initial investigation at the scene indicates that suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a gray mask covering his face. No injuries occurred as a result of the robbery.   The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case, and can call the Kentucky State Police Post 09 at (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective William Petry.

Pike Co Man Arrested, Girlfriend Wanted for Theft from a Letcher Co. Clinic

A Pike County man is in jail after police say he stole furniture outside a Whitesburg Medical Clinic. According to Kentucky State Police reports, Trooper Adam Hall arrested 63-year-old Frank Fathergill of Right Fork Three Mile Creek in Pike County for his role in the theft. He was lodged in the Letcher County Jail. Trooper Hall says Fathergill admitted to his role in the theft and he has been charged with theft by unlawful taking. Trooper Hall has also obtained an arrest warrant for Fathergill's girlfriend Thelma Mullins from Right Fork Three Mile Creek in Pike County. The stolen furniture is believed to have been taken to their Pike County residence. Fathergill returned the tables to Mountain Comprehensives Health Corporation earlier Wednesday. Anyone with information on Thelma Mullins is ask to contact Kentucky State Police in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

School Locked Down as Precaution Wednesday Morning in Boyd Co.

A precautionary lockdown has been lifted at Ashland Blazer High School. Ashland Police say the lockdown was put in place after a teacher saw a person shooting a rifle near Building 3 at the school. Police say the person was confronted and walked away, but was quickly located by police near Floyd Street. Police say he had a pellet rifle and was aiming at a portable target. Police say charges have been filed against the suspect. The charges and the name of the person have not been released.

Kentucky House Votes to Update Oil, Gas Rules

A bill to update environmental protection rules applied to drilling companies has drawn strong bipartisan support in passing the Kentucky House. House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says the bill creates a strong regulatory foundation ahead of expected growth in oil and natural gas production in Kentucky. Adkins says some of the oil and gas laws are more than a half-century old. The bill passed the House on a 98-0 vote Wednesday and now goes to the Senate. It moves amid concerns among some landowners about the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking. The legislation would require companies to disclose what chemicals they use. However, they would not have to say how much of the chemical they use if they can prove the information is a trade secret.

State Officials Report Drastic Reduction in Number of Residents without Health Insurance

Kentucky has the second greatest drop in the number of uninsured residents in the country, according to information from Gov. Steve Beshear's office. “Once again, the tremendous success of our efforts to reduce the number of uninsured Kentuckians through kynect has been independently validated by Gallup," Beshear said in a news release. "Gallup updated their report from last summer to measure rates of insured for all of 2014, and just as before, Kentucky has the second greatest drop in the number of uninsured in the nation." Beshear went on to say in the release: "In 2013, our state ranked 40th in the percentage of people who lacked health insurance, at 20.4 percent. In just one year, we dropped to just 9.8 percent uninsured, catapulting us to 11th best in the country. Our decision to expand Medicaid and enact a state-based health insurance exchange, kynect, have helped hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians find affordable health care, many for the first time."

Local News 2-25-2015


Judge Rules in Favor of Johnson Co. BOE Tax Hike; Nickel Tax to be Billed

As reported earlier this week, Judge John David Preston has ruled that a signed petition by Johnson Co. voters is invalid, thus meaning that a proposed tax increase will stand and citizens will not have the opportunity to vote. Back in September, the Johnson Co. school board voted to increase the levied tax rate from 36.9 to 45.3 cents per hundred dollars, which includes the “Recallable Nickel Tax”. This “Nickel Tax” is what citizens demanded be taken off of the tax increase, thus a petition was filed with Johnson Co. Clerk Sallie Conley Holbrook in November, requiring at least 800 signatures who are certified to vote within the county school district.

According to a press release from Sallee "Conley" Holbrook, the Johnson County Clerk, a petition with 1346 legal signatures was filed, requesting the tax increased be placed on the ballot for voters to decide. Holbrook then certified the petition, but the B.O.E. sued Holbrook in her capacity as Johnson Co. Clerk, over problems with the petition. The case went before Judge John David Preston, who ruled Tuesday that the petition was improperly prepared because many of the voters did not list their proper precinct and due to the improper preparation, the tax increase will stand. The decision can be appealed to a higher court, but that process could take a year. County officials says a second petition cannot be filed, because there is only a 45-day window after the tax is approved to file a petition and that window of opportunity has expired. Officials say residents will receive an additional tax bill in the future for the money owed for the tax.

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Investigators Set to Outline Case in a Pikeville Murder Case

More information could be made available concerning a murder case in Pikeville. According to WYMT, investigators plan to outline their case against Robert Adkins on Thursday. Police reports indicate that earlier this month, Adkins shot and killed James Kevin Pratt, 37 at a home on Jay Street in Pikeville. 36-year old Adkins has already pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. Witnesses say the two had been fighting over a few dollars at Adkins' house before the shooting. Information has still not been released, if drugs or alcohol played a role in the murder. Neighbors say the two men were friends, and have no idea what could have led to such violence.

Man Charged With Murder In Rowan Co.

On Tuesday, Dale Dehart, 55, of Rowan County was indicted and arrested for the murder of Marilyn Russell, his passenger in a crash over four months ago. Troopers say Dehart was behind the wheel on Big Perry Road on Oct. 20, 2014, when it went off the road and hit a tree. Marilyn Russell, 50, later died from her injuries. Troopers have not released details about what led to the murder charge.

Massive Mudslide Destroys Home in Floyd Co.

The weather may be to blame for a huge mudslide that tore through a home in Floyd County. Thankfully the elderly couple inside made it out safely, but the home near Prestonsburg on Haywood Branch Road was severely damaged. Floyd County Officials say they have never had a land slide strong enough to tear through a brick house. However, that's what happened in Spurlock late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, while the elderly couple were still asleep inside the home. The debris was described to be as tall as the house. County officials said the home is insured and the elderly couple is staying with family.

Booster Seat Bill Clears House Committee

Children between 40 inches and 57 inches tall and younger than 9 years old would have to ride in a booster seat in Kentucky under a bill that cleared a House committee on Tuesday. Current state law requires children under 7 years old who are between 40 inches and 50 inches tall to ride in a booster seat. Democratic state Rep. Steve Riggs said studies have shown that seat belts do not fit correctly on children shorter than 57 inches, which can cause serious injury in a collision. Riggs noted that every state that borders Kentucky has updated their laws to 57 inches. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said in his annual State of the Commonwealth address the bill was a top priority in his final year as governor. Similar efforts in previous years have failed to pass the legislature.

Telephone Deregulation Bill Passes Kentucky House

Telephone companies would be freed from maintaining their landline networks in Kentucky's urban areas under a bill that passed the state House by a wide margin. Supporters, led by Democratic Rep. Rick Rand of Bedford, said the bill guarantees that landline phone customers in rural areas can keep their service if they wish. The measure passed the House on a 71-25 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the Senate. Gov. Steve Beshear hailed the House vote and called on the Senate to pass the bill quickly. Beshear says the measure strikes a balance between providing consumer protection and creating economic development opportunities spinning off from expanding broadband access. Rand says the bill will spur more investment in broadband networks across Kentucky. Opponents say there's no guarantee of added investments.

Local News 2-24-2015


Fire Destroys Paintsville Business

A Paintsville business was destroyed by fire Monday night. According to 911 reports, the Paintsville Fire Department was toned out to this fire at around 8 PM, to the area of 8th near the City Pool. Reports also indicate that the business was Peace of Mind Therapeutic Services. Firefighters say when they arrived on scene, flames were already shooting from the roof of the building. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and there were no reports of injuries. Fire crews said the single-digit temperatures hampered their ability to quickly knock down the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Paintsville Police Continue Investigation of a Theft at Local Car Dealership

The Paintsville Police Dept. is continuing to investigate a Burglary that took place at the Browns Ford dealership in Paintsville. Reports indicate that unknown person or persons made forced entry into the business on sometime late last week and stole a red 2007 Toyota Camry, as well as petty cash and other valuables. Police is asking the public for any information and if anyone has such information, you’re urged to contact the agency. Incident remains under investigation by Officer Scott Wheeler.

 

Sheriff’s Dept. Arrest One Man, Search for Another After Traffic Stop

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., on 02/23/2015 Johnson County/Paintsville 911 received a call of a suspicious vehicle identified as a black passenger car in the KY825 Swamp Branch area, caller advised vehicle was driving slowly in front of homes with the vehicle lights out. The caller also advised the vehicle had left and was on KY2039 heading towards US460. Deputy Byron Fairchild, Deputy Kenneth Prater and Deputy Justin Webb quickly responded. Deputy Byron Fairchild Observed the vehicle on US 460 Speeding 61 MPH in a 45 MPH zone near Paintsville. After stopping the car, deputies made contact with the driver and identified the male driver as Jerry W. Preston of Boonscamp. Preston was found to be driving under the influence of drugs after field sobriety was conducted, and was also found to be driving on a DUI suspended license. While Deputy Fairchild was communicating with the driver a back seat passenger of the vehicle jumped into the driver’s seat and fled from the traffic stop. The vehicle is a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue Black in color with a sticker on the front window that says "little man" Below are photos of the vehicle and if you have any information or see this vehicle do not attempt to make contact with them and Call 911. The vehicle has been entered as Stolen. Deputies have identified a suspect and will be obtaining a warrant for his arrest. Deputies are currently searching for the suspect and the vehicle that fled the traffic stop. Jerry W. Preston was arrested and Lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Martin Co. Sheriff Arrest Couple Wanted in W.Va.

According to a news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept., on Friday night 2/20/15 a vehicle fled from Mingo County Sheriff's Department into Martin County. Martin County Sheriff's office was dispatched to locate the vehicle which fled onto 292. It exited 292 onto Evans Hill at Long Branch and the 2 occupants abandoned the vehicle. Sheriff Kirk requested assistance from deputies with 4WD and Deputies Paul Evans, Jonathan Patrick, Justin Chapman and a Mingo Co. deputy sheriff tracked 2 subjects in the snow to Long Branch Road. Sheriff Kirk was also joined by Deputies Chris Todd, Zach Callaham and Everett Kirk along with Kermit Police Chief Ernie Chambers. After hours of tracking in the snow, officers lost the tracks. Sheriff Kirk went to a nearby home and asked the occupants of that home to call 911 if they saw or heard anyone through the night. Officers were dispatched back to the home later in the night but were unable to locate the subjects. At approximately 9:30 am Saturday morning 2/21/15, Sheriff Kirk and Deputy Cory Cook were dispatched to a home on Long Branch. Upon their arrival they were advised that 2 subjects, 1 male and 1 female, had come to their house soaking wet and cold, asking to come in and warm up. They refused to let them come inside and called 911. Sheriff Kirk, Deputy Cory Cook, and Deputy Paul Evans tracked the subjects to another nearby home. Jason Perry and his wife, Melissa Perry, of Williamson, WV were arrested. Jason Perry advised he fled because he had no driver's license and warrants on him from another state. Sheriff Kirk would like to thank each officer who endured the bitter cold to apprehend these subjects.

Man and Woman Arrested in Martin Co.

According to a separate news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept., on Friday, 2/20/15 Sheriff John Kirk had deputies execute an indictment warrant at an apartment at Dempsey Housing. Lester Wellman was arrested on an indictment warrant from Lawrence Co. for manufacturing meth. He was also charged with possession of meth, criminal trespassing, and drug paraphernalia. The resident of the apartment, Jessica Hickman, was also arrested for hindering apprehension and prosecution when she tried to assist him in exiting the back door. Sheriff Kirk asks anyone that has any knowledge of persons with warrants or illegal activities contact the Sheriff's Office at 298-2828.

State Board Approves Permit for Sun-Coke Electric Plant

The Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting has granted a construction certificate for an electric generating plant and associated electric transmission line at a planned coke plant in northern Greenup County. Sun-Coke Energy South Shore plans to build a 90-megawatt (MW) plant in conjunction with a coke plant on a 250 acres site along the Ohio River. The entire plant will cost $450 million and have 100 to 120 employees, with an estimated annual payroll of about $9 million. Construction will require as many as 600 workers with total construction wages and benefits of about $150 million, according to a news release. Sun-Coke Energy South Shore is a subsidiary of Sun-Coke Energy Inc., which produces coke for use in steelmaking.

Smoke-Free Decision Now in KY Senate's Hands

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Laura Tarakam has asthma and has lost one of her sons to an asthmatic attack. She wants Kentucky's Senate to do what the Kentucky House did a week ago - pass a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. "Someone with as sensitive lungs as my family has, secondhand smoke causes a trigger," she told lawmakers. "And, you know, unfortunately seeing firsthand how quickly asthma attacks turn fatal, that trigger can be the last trigger." Tarakam's son, Christopher Ledford, died in 2012 at age nine. She notes it was seasonal allergies that took his life, not secondhand smoke. But she says smoke bothered him, too, and her family does everything it can to avoid places where smoking is allowed. She says 13-year-old son Nicholas also has asthma. On the same day the House passed its smoke-free bill, Sen. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville filed a similar bill, SB 189, in the Senate. Adams, a Republican, is pushing the cost savings the law would deliver. "I submit to you that saving taxpayer dollars is one of the most conservative things that we can do as members of the General Assembly," Adams told her Senate colleagues. "So, I hope that we can show leadership for the taxpayers of Kentucky." According to Smoke-Free Kentucky, healthcare costs as a result of secondhand smoke exposure top $100 million annually. But several senators have voiced concerns that prohibiting smoking in workplaces and public places infringes on personal rights. Tarakam disagrees - citing the Smoke-Free Kentucky coalition statistic that an estimated 950 Kentuckians die each year from secondhand smoke. "There are times that I can step away from it, and there are times that I needed my inhaler and I needed to just leave," she explains. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lead federal agency on tobacco control, smoke-free laws "can reduce the risk for heart disease and lung cancer among nonsmokers."

Senate OKs Bill to Bolster Computer Science in Schools

A bill aimed at carving out a bigger role for computer programming in Kentucky's public schools has won approval from the state Senate. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens took a different approach with his latest bill on the subject. The measure passed the Senate on a 33-0 vote Friday and now goes to the House. Givens dropped his push to have computer programming classes count toward fulfilling foreign-language requirements in public schools. His latest bill tries to increase the number of computer science teachers and calls on local and state education officials to beef up network capacities at schools. The bill would allow adjunct computer science instructors to be certified. It also calls on state education officials to start teacher academies to foster professional development among computer science instructors.