Local News 7-6-2015



KSP Continue Search for Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit and Run in Floyd Co

The Kentucky State Police are continuing to search for the vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run that occurred in Floyd Co. last month. According to reports, the incident happened on June 18, on Kentucky Route 80 in Martin. Jeffrey Turner, of Martin, was found lying in the road and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators say Turner’s injuries were the result of being hit by a vehicle and the driver left the scene of the accident. KSP was able to get surveillance footage of a white car in the area at the time of the incident. KSP ask that if anyone has any information to please call the KSP at 606-433-7711. You can remain anonymous.

ATV Crash in Rowan Co. Kills an Ohio Man

An Ohio man was killed Friday in Rowan Co. following an ATV crash. According to Rowan Co. Coroner John Northcutt, he said the crash happened along KY 504 at 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 3. Northcutt said the man had been fishing in a remote, wooded area of Rowan Co. As he was traveling out of the woods, the man reportedly drove over a steep dirt embankment and lost control of his ATV. The ATV rolled and the man was ejected. The victim was identified as William Dameron, 58, of Lebanon, Ohio. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Dameron was in Rowan Co to visit family for the holiday weekend. The Kentucky State Police and the Rowan Co Coroner's Office are investigating the crash.

KSP Investigate Shooting in Wolfe Co.

On July 3, 2015 at 9:46 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead was contacted by Wolfe County 911 in reference to a shooting that had taken place near Smith Lane in Campton. Trooper Luke Goodwin, Trooper Grant Faulkner, and Trooper Leslie Strong responded to the scene. Upon arrival, it was determined Fendrick Spencer, 43, of Campton, fired multiple shots, at Matthew Banks who was operating an ATV on the roadway near Mr. Spencer’s residence. Mr. Spencer was arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree and is lodged at Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County. Mr. Banks was transported to Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson for treatment, and then transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. This case remains under investigation by Trooper Luke Goodwin.           

Sprinkler System Extinguishes Apartment Building Fire in Pike Co.

According to reports out of Pikeville, a sprinkler system quickly extinguished a fire at the Myers Towers apartments on Hambley Boulevard. The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning on the 9th floor of the apartment building. The Pikeville Fire Department arrived on scene and found a small fire in one of the apartments, but the sprinkler system had already knocked it down. The apartment building was evacuated while fire crews searched the building. The Myers Towers apartments has 200 units and houses the elderly and disabled. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Magoffin Co. Judge Executive Trying to Halt Removal from Office

According to the Associated Press, Magoffin Co Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin has filed a motion for reconsideration with the state Court of Appeals, disputing a three-judge panel's June decision that the judge-executive's election last year was corrupt and the position should be vacated. Hardin's motion will allow him to stay in office while the request is being considered. Hardin, the incumbent, defeated John Montgomery by 28 votes in the November election, but Montgomery sued, offering evidence of vote buying and bribes. The appeals court found evidence of violations and said a special election should be held for the position. Hardin has denied being involved in any vote fraud.