LOCAL NEWS

WSIP News 12-2-2016

 

Three People Sentenced to Prison in a Magoffin Co Vote-Buying Case

Three Magoffin Co. residents were sentenced to prison time Thursday at the United States Courthouse in Pikeville, for their involvement in a Magoffin Co. vote-buying case. A Federal jury convicted the three individuals in August of conspiring to commit vote-buying in the 2014 primary and general elections. Gary Risner was a Magistrate in Magoffin Co. and was sentenced to 33 months and more than 500 hours of community service. His ex-wife Tami Jo Risner was sentenced to one year and one day and Larry Shepherd, a deputy clerk, was sentenced to 30 months and a $20,000 fine. Prior to the trial, defendant Scotty McCarty took a plea agreement, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge in exchange for testimony, and has since been sentenced to three years of probation, three months of home detention and a $500 fine. The only other defendant in the case, Mason Daniels, was found not guilty at the end of the four-day jury trial.


Carter Co Man Arrested after trying to meet a Juvenile Online for Sex

The Ashland Police Dept. have arrested a Carter Co. man after they say he tried to get a juvenile to meet him for sex online. Timothy Mosier, 36, of Olive Hill was charged with prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor to engage in sexual activities. Police say Mosier agreed to meet a member of the criminal investigation section who was posing online as a juvenile. Mosier stated his intention was to have sex. He arrived near a playground area and was arrested by APD and Kentucky State Police. Mosier is currently being held in the Boyd Co Detention Center.


Body of Missing Man Found In Letcher Co

A body found in the woods in Letcher Co has been identified as a man missing since the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The discovery was made in the Kings Creek area, about a mile past Roxana. The Letcher Co. Coroner identified the body as 35-year-old Charles Fields. According to Kentucky State Police, a passing motorist saw what looked like a red ATV in a field off KY 160 and discovered Fields' remains. Police say it appears Fields was driving the ATV on KY 160 when it went off the right shoulder of the roadway and overturned in the field. They say Fields was ejected from the ATV, which came to final rest several yards away from his body. His remains have been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy and Police say at this point foul play is not suspected.


Human Remains Identified in Bath Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, the human remains found on November 28th in Bath Co on US 60 East, off of I-64 at the 123 mile marker, have been positively identified as 35-year-old Crystal J. Warner. 52-year-old Craig Pennington, of Springfield, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Murder on July 8, 2016 in connection to the disappearance of Warner and her 38-year-old boyfriend, Robert K. Jones, whose remains were found off KY Highway 60 and Goshen Road near Winchester, KY on Friday, August 5th, 2016. The Medical Examiner's office confirmed the identity through dental records. Pennington remains lodged in the Marion County Jail awaiting trial.  


Martin Co Senior Citizens Center Receives $25,000 Donation

The Martin Co. Senior Citizens Center was presented a check in the amount of $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation Kentucky State Giving Program on Thursday morning. Officials at the Sr. Citizens Center applied for the grant in hopes of purchasing a new Van that will be used with the center’s “Meals on Wheels” program that deliver’s hot lunch to nearly 60 Sr. Citizens residents in Martin Co. According to Jennifer Crum, Program Director at the Martin Co Senior Citizens Center, "We was driving an Astro van and it had like 180,000 miles on it. It was in and out of the shop probably on a weekly basis. We've replaced the doors, we've replaced numerous other parts and just scared us to drive it more or less." Cindy Hackworth, a committee member with Kentucky State Giving and also an employee with the Paintsville Wal-Mart, was present for Thursday’s presentation and she told WSIP news, “this program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations ranging from $25,000 to as much as $200,000, depending on the type of program.” The State Giving Program invests in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Walmart Foundation has a State Advisory Council in each state, made up of Walmart associates representing local communities. Each Council helps identify local needs within its state, reviews all eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. Councils base recommendations on alignment with Foundation focus areas, state or community needs and program eligibility criteria. Applications are accepted during designated periods, or cycles, only. All states have two application cycles annually. Each state is assigned to either application cycles 1 and 3 or application cycles 2 and 4. Organizations may only apply for funding in the designated cycles assigned to their state. Application cycles are highly competitive and based on alignment with preferred funding areas. Crum said the Martin Co. facility is working on a tight budget and she said the center is still in need of several improvements. The Program Director said they are always looking for donations and volunteers.


Heating Assistance

Registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP in Kentucky is currently underway. Applications for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began Nov. 1 and will run through Friday, Dec. 9. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

(December)

2          S
5          S
6          T                                        
7          U,V,W
8          X,Y,Z
9         OPEN Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775


Burning Ban “Lifted” in Johnson Co.

The outdoor Burning Ban for Johnson Co. that was put in place on November 3, has been lifted as of Wednesday afternoon. Johnson Co. Judge Executive says, “we were more fortunate than other surrounding counties with regard to damages to homes and properties and our Prayers go out to those families who lost homes, properties or lives during this time. Dry, Windy days and a lack of rain for weeks all contributed to create highly flammable conditions, perfect for wildfires. We were fortunate that our community escaped without major damage,” Judge Daniel added. The 1.1 inches of rain that fell on Wednesday was sufficient to help lesson the chances of wildfires for the next few days, but residents are urged to be extremely careful when burning outdoors and to monitor any fires on their property. The Statewide Burning Regulations are still “ACTIVE” which means during the current Forest Fire Season (Oct 1 to Dec 15), no one is allowed to burn outdoors between the Daylight hours of 6 AM to 6 PM and 150 feet from any woodland or brushland area. Please use extreme caution when burning and Never leave a fire unattended!


Local Announcements:

* Paintsville’s annual Christmas parade and celebration is set for this weekend. The Christmas in the City festivities kick off on Saturday, Dec 3 at noon with a Christmas Stocking Treasure Hunt. The Historic Stafford House will be open for Santa’s Workshop where participants will enjoy hot cocoa and making Christmas Ornaments. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, a photo booth, Kiwanis Kettle Corn, and a cash giveaway. The Main Street Players will present a live nativity in front of the Historic SIPP Theatre. Also, Paintsville Main Street will present the annual Big Impact Award to LeBrun’s Unique Boutique and a building award to Happy Tailz. The Paintsville Christmas Parade will begin at 5:00 on Saturday.

* Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has announced two free community Christmas Celebrations on December 6-7. The college will host an event on its Mayo campus (auditorium) on Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. The event will feature special entertainment and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A second event will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 7 at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC). The lobby of the MAC will be transformed to a winter wonderland and will be the perfect setting for photos. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors, who will relive a scene from “The Christmas Story” by walking up the staircase and sliding down. For more information, contact Stephanie Abshire at (606) 218-2060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Tina Terry at (606) 886-7374


No School for Johnson Co on Monday, December 5th, 2016

Attention ALL Johnson County Students and Parents from Johnson Co. Schools Superintendent Tom Salyers…Due to the late scheduled start time on Sunday night (12-4, 2016) for the Class 4A Football Championship Game in Bowling Green, Ky. featuring the Johnson Central Golden Eagles, Johnson Co Schools will be CLOSED on MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th!!! This is to ensure safe travel for our students, athletes, parents, and fans to and from the game.

 

WSIP News 12-1-2016

 

KSP Investigating Fatal Collision in Pike Co

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement is currently investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Pike Co. during the morning hours of Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The preliminary investigation indicates that Jerry Leedy was traveling West on KY Route 194E in the Kimper community of Pike Co. Leedy lost control of his Ford F-150 pick-up, crossed into the East bound lane, and collided with a commercial vehicle owned by NJL Trucking. Leedy, 24 of Kimper, and one passenger were both transported from the scene to Pikeville Medical Center before being flown to UK Medical Center. Jerry Leedy succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on November 30, 2016 at UK Medical Center. Evidence at the scene indicates Leedy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Region 6 CVE Officer, Brad Bond.


One Person Arrested, Eight Injured after a School Bus Crash in Hazard

Traffic was backed up on North Main Street in Hazard Wednesday morning, following a crash that involved a car and a Hazard Ind. school bus. According to reports from the Hazard Police Department, the driver of the school bus was turning left from school Street onto North Main in Hazard, when a Silver Volvo hit the bus with 20 students on board. Officials say a total of 8 people (7 students and the bus driver) were treated at an area Hospital for minor injuries and everyone is expected to be ok. Officials said they arrested the driver of the Volvo Justin Pence, on a warrant unrelated to the wreck.


Man Hit and Killed by Car in Greenup Co

A man who was between his parked truck and his garage was killed Tuesday afternoon when a car went off the road and through a fence, hitting the truck and the man. According to the Kentucky State Police, they say the deceased man is 66-year old Earnest B. Johnson. Police say the incident happened in the 3700 block of State Route 2 in Greenup Co. just before 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. KSP say the car that hit Johnson was driven by a 72-year old woman. Reports say the car left State Route 2 westbound, went off the shoulder of the roadway, through a fence and onto a gravel driveway, hitting a parked truck, before hitting Johnson and the garage. The female driver was treated and released from the hospital and no criminal charges have been filed at this time. The crash is under investigation by Kentucky State Police.


Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Carter Co

Three Olive Hill (Carter Co) residents were arrested Tuesday on drug charges that involved heroin and methamphetamine. According to the Olive Hill Police Department, they say officers were serving an arrest warrant in the Cascade Caves area of Carter Co. for alcohol theft from a Rite Aid store and ended up arresting two other people. Olive Hill Police, along with F.A.D.E. Drug Task Force officers, found a meth lab, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Those arrested and their charges are:

* Tracy L. Roe, 40 – manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by unlawful taking under $500.

* Lauren O. Parker, 24 -- manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia

* Joseph A. Johnson, 26 -- manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, including heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Vehicle “Out of Control’ along Main St. in Paintsville

A few scary moments in Downtown Paintsville on Wednesday afternoon as a driver lost control of her vehicle along Main Street and then drove down the sidewalk. The vehicle hit three vehicles that were parked alongside Main St. and the vehicle also shattered the window of a downtown business. Reports say the driver reportedly refused treatment, but she told officials she didn’t know what happened. No one was reportedly injured and no charges are expected to be filed.


Jobless Rates down in 82 Kentucky Counties

State officials say unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between October 2015 and October 2016. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates rose in 33 counties during that span. It says rates stayed the same in Breckinridge, Knott, Laurel, McLean and Powell counties. The agency says Woodford County had the state's lowest jobless rate at 3 percent. Oldham and Shelby counties followed at 3.1 percent each. Fayette and Spencer counties were next at 3.3 percent each, followed by Warren Co at 3.4 percent. It says Magoffin Co had the state's highest unemployment rate at 14.1 percent. It was followed by Leslie Co at 11.6 percent, Harlan Co at 10.5 percent, Letcher Co at 10.3 percent, Elliott Co at 10.1 percent and Floyd Co at 9.9 percent.


Burning Ban “Lifted” in Johnson Co.

The outdoor Burning Ban for Johnson Co. that was put in place on November 3, has been lifted as of Wednesday afternoon. Johnson Co. Judge Executive says, “we were more fortunate than other surrounding counties with regard to damages to homes and properties and our Prayers go out to those families who lost homes, properties or lives during this time. Dry, Windy days and a lack of rain for weeks all contributed to create highly flammable conditions, perfect for wildfires. We were fortunate that our community escaped without major damage,” Judge Daniel added. The 1.1 inches of rain that fell on Wednesday was sufficient to help lesson the chances of wildfires for the next few days, but residents are urged to be extremely careful when burning outdoors and to monitor any fires on their property. The Statewide Burning Regulations are still “ACTIVE” which means during the current Forest Fire Season (Oct 1 to Dec 15), no one is allowed to burn outdoors between the Daylight hours of 6 AM to 6 PM and 150 feet from any woodland or brushland area. Please use extreme caution when burning and Never leave a fire unattended!


Local Announcements:

* Paintsville’s annual Christmas parade and celebration is set for this weekend. The Christmas in the City festivities kick off on Saturday, Dec 3 at noon with a Christmas Stocking Treasure Hunt. The Historic Stafford House will be open for Santa’s Workshop where participants will enjoy hot cocoa and making Christmas Ornaments. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, a photo booth, Kiwanis Kettle Corn, and a cash giveaway. The Main Street Players will present a live nativity in front of the Historic SIPP Theatre. Also, Paintsville Main Street will present the annual Big Impact Award to LeBrun’s Unique Boutique and a building award to Happy Tailz. The Paintsville Christmas Parade will begin at 5:00 on Saturday.

* Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has announced two free community Christmas Celebrations on December 6-7. The college will host an event on its Mayo campus (auditorium) on Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. The event will feature special entertainment and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A second event will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 7 at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC). The lobby of the MAC will be transformed to a winter wonderland and will be the perfect setting for photos. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors, who will relive a scene from “The Christmas Story” by walking up the staircase and sliding down. For more information, contact Stephanie Abshire at (606) 218-2060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Tina Terry at (606) 886-7374 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..