WSIP NEws 7-28-2016


KSP Investigating Deadly Shooting

KSP is investigating a shooting death, following an attempted burglary at a home in Owsley Co. Police say the shooting took place at a home near Booneville early Tuesday morning. 37-year-old Jamie Farthing, 42-year-old Charles Harris II and 36-year-old Linda Peters, all of Booneville, went to the home in an attempt to rob the unidentified resident. Police say Harris was armed with a gun and was shot by the resident. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say Peters was also shot and taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Officials haven't said what charges she may be facing. Farthing was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. Police say the resident is not currently facing charges.

Family Continues Search for a Missing Martin Co Man

Family members of a missing Martin Co man are continuing their search efforts that now stretch into its 7th month. Search efforts have been non-stop for William "Scottie" Fannin, 38 of Milo in Martin Co. No one has seen or heard from Fannin since mid-December. According to the Martin Co Sheriff's Office, Fannin was last seen on Dec 10 at his home along Dick Fannin Lane. For month’s police, friends, and family members have searched the hills of Martin Co. in hopes of finding some kind of sign of Fannin’s whereabouts, but so far there has been nothing but discouragement. Fannin's family continue to hold onto hope, but prepare for the worst. The Martin Co Sheriff’s Dept. say they are still receiving tips, but they have no new leads and they believe foul play could very well be involved in Fannin’s disappearance. Scottie Fannin’s family is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to his whereabouts. If anyone has any information to provide officials, you’re asked to contact the Martin Co Sheriff's Office at (606) 298 – 2828.

Floyd Co Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse, Criminal Abuse Charges

According to reports, a Floyd Co man has pled guilty Monday to sexual abuse and criminal abuse charges. Prosecutors have recommended a 10 year sentence for Frank Collins, who investigators said sexually abused 3 girls under the age of 12. He did have custody of some of the girls. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Man Arrested on Sex Charges involving Teens in Mingo Co. W.Va

According to WSAZ, a man has been arrested on sex charges involving teenagers in Mingo Co., W.Va. The Mingo Co Sheriff's Office says they received a complaint concerning an allegedly incident involving child pornography that happened in March. Officials say Calvin "Streak" Muncy allegedly filmed a 15-year-old female and 19-year-old female performing sexual acts at his house. Investigators say Muncy provided the teens with alcohol and adult merchandise. He has been charged with use of a minor in filming sexually explicit conduct, two counts of displaying child pornography, and a guardian permitting sexual assault of a minor. He is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on $100,000 cash only bond.

Trial Date Could Be Set For Ky. Disability Lawyer

Well-known Floyd Co. attorney Eric C. Conn, who has been accused of defrauding the social security administration, is closer to having his trial date set. Conn is charged with several counts including mail fraud and wire fraud, conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, victim or informant, money laundering, transactional money laundering and destruction of records. The disability benefits of over 900 eastern Kentucky residents represented by Conn were frozen pending a review by the Social Security Administration.

Conn is also accused of paying alleged co-conspirators Dr. Bradley Adkins and Judge David Daugherty to falsify medical evidence and to rule favorably for Conn's clients, respectively. An unsealed indictment says that Conn, Dr. Adkins and Judge Daugherty's scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration totaled up to more than $600,000,000 between 2004 and 2012. It’s expected that Conn’s trial date could be set for as early as June of 2017. Conn currently remains free on a $1.25 million bond.

School Information for 2016/2017

Here’s some school information to pass along:

First day of school for students in the following school systems:

Johnson County Schools – August 2

* Johnson Central H.S. Open House / Back to School Bash will be Monday, August 1st, 5-7 PM starting at 5:00 with a Freshman Family Meeting in the gym to answer any questions, introduce staff, etc. Counselors will also be available to answer schedule questions for any student or parent.

* Johnson Co. Middle School Open House is scheduled for Thursday July 28) 6pm-8pm

Floyd County Schools – August 3

Lawrence County Schools – August 3

* Freshman orientation at Law. Co. will be Thursday, July 28) 3 PM - 5 PM.

* Grades 10-12 @ LCHS can come 9 AM -11 AM and 12 PM – 3 PM to pick-up schedules

Martin County Schools – August 10

Magoffin County Schools – August 11

* Freshman orientation at Mag. Co. will be August 9th @ 6 PM in the New MCHS. Freshman will pick up schedules, meet teachers/administrators, and discuss school policies.

* Class Schedules Available - 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades - Aug 4 @ New Magoffn County High School 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM

* New Magoffin County High School Open House - 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades - Aug 4 @ New Magoffn County High School 4:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Paintsville Independent Schools – August 11

* The annual Back to School Bash for Paintsville Independent will be on Tuesday, August 9th. The bash will take place at PES at 5 pm and 6 pm at PHS.

New Hope Christian Academy - August 15th


WSIP News 7-27-2016


Murder Trial for a Floyd Co. Man Postponed

Floyd Co murder suspect Ronald Wright’ trail has been postponed. Jury selection for Wright’s murder trial was scheduled to begin Monday. Wright was indicted on March 12, 2013 for the murder of Farmer Halbert. He was also charged with attempted murder for pointing a loaded gun at Lorene Halbert and shooting her with the intent to kill. Additionally, Wright was charged with seven counts of wanton endangerment. According to the Floyd Co. Times, Wright’s attorney, Jerry Patton, entered a motion on July 8 against allowing Kentucky State Medical Examiner Dr. Cristin Rolf, MD, the opportunity to give video testimony in lieu of live testimony at the trial. Patton noted Rolf’s video testimony violates the confrontation clause of the United States Constitution and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rolf resides in Alaska, but, however does from time to time appear live to give testimony in other states including Kentucky. She will testify to certain forensic findings and give her opinion on matters which would necessitate her being present at the trial, in order that counsel can confront her, directly, with exhibits, photographs, diagrams and other written and visual material. A new trail date has not been announced.

2 Teens Arrested for 2 Vehicle Thefts and other Charges

According to reports, 2 teenage boys were arrested in Prestonsburg over the weekend, after fleeing from Police in Pikeville over a stolen vehicle in South Carolina. On Saturday evening around 8 PM, KSP in Pikeville spotted a Van that was reported stolen from South Carolina. After stopping the vehicle, the trooper found 2 teens, the driver a 15 year old juvenile. Upon questioning, the 2 teens took off on foot away from the trooper. While troopers were searching for the teens, witnesses spotted the teens stealing a pick-up truck from the area of Cassidy Blvd. in Pikeville and they took off toward Floyd Co. The Prestonsburg Police Dept. received information that the stolen vehicle was heading toward the Prestonsburg area. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and made a traffic stop. As officers were questioning the teens, the reportedly admitted they had stolen the truck in South Carolina and in Pikeville and was running from the KSP, who were searching for them. They were placed under arrest by the Prestonsburg Police Dept. and transported to a juvenile facility in Breathitt Co.

Man and Woman Arrested on Drug Charges in Lawrence Co

According to the website, the “Levisa Lazer”, a W.Va man and a woman from Lawrence Co. were arrested recently and charged with Operating or Attempting to Operate a clandestine drug laboratory and conspiracy. The US Marshall Cuffed Task Force arrested the two following an investigation by the Wayne Co. W.Va Sheriff’s Department Drug Enforcement Unit. Arrested was Angela “Nikki” Smith of Louisa, and Coty Parsons, 25, of Ft. Gay, W.Va. Smith was arrested in Louisa, Ky. and Parsons in Ft. Gay, W.Va. A third suspect was also arrested earlier last week related to this incident, but the name of the third suspect hasn't been released. According to reports, the suspects were found by a property owner at the owner's autistic son’s campsite. They had been operating a lab at the location for a few nights. Smith was lodged in the Gig Sandy Regional Detention Center and Parsons was lodged at the Western Regional Jail. The Ft. Gay Police Department also assisted in the meth case.

Construction Worker Injured In Fall on Morehead State Campus

A construction worker was injured Tuesday in a fall while working on the campus of Morehead State University. The worker, an employee of Denmark Construction, fell four stories from scaffolding while working on a University residence hall. The worker was taken to St. Clair Hospital and was subsequently airlifted to UK. There has been no information released on the condition of the worker.

Prison Nursing Home Proposed for Prestonsburg

The Floyd Co Fiscal Court recently voted unanimous to support a project that could bring hundreds of jobs to the county. During a special meeting, the fiscal court approved providing a letter of support to a company that is interested in building a skilled nursing facility for ill inmates. If it is built, the project would be the second of its kind in the country. Representatives for the proposed facility said the project started with inquiries from Rep. Greg Stumbo and Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, who were working to find ways to reopen the Otter Creek Correctional Facility which closed years ago in Wheelwright. Officials toured that facility and, after learning that it did not meet the criteria required to establish a nursing facility for inmates because it has two stories, they worked with Floyd Judge-Executive Ben Hale to find other areas of the county on which the project could be built. Nelson reported they toured a site owned by the city at StoneCrest and property owned by the Floyd Co Fiscal Court on U.S. 23, a vacant area of about nine acres near Drains Unlimited and the Kings Daughters Prestonsburg Clinic.

The county site reportedly seems to be more favorable for the skilled nursing unit because of its access to U.S. 23, and its proximity to Highlands Health Hospital, located about three miles away. The site also lends room for future expansion, they reported. The project would be modeled after the only other facility in the country, located in Georgia, which is currently under construction. Prisoners with serious medical issues will be placed as parolees in the facility, where skilled nursing staff will care for them. The medical bills will be paid through Medicaid and Medicare. The prisoners must meet qualifications outlined by Social Security to qualify to be placed in a skilled nursing home. The proposed facility would be between 50,000 and 55,000 square feet and house up to 160 ill parolees and construction will cost between $7 and $8 million, with an annual payroll of around $5 million. The facility will create a “wide spectrum” of 200 jobs, he said, noting that number is conservative and does not include any construction workers who will build the facility. The jobs will include physicians, nurses, nurse assistants, administrative jobs, maintenance and grounds keeping staff, as well as kitchen staff and other employees.

KY Coal Academy to Host Job Fair

The Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) will host a job fair at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (BSCTC) Pikeville Campus 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, to help recruit displaced miners for new jobs with Warrior Met Coal Company in Alabama. Experienced miners, including certified electricians, equipment operators and supervisors from Kentucky and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend the event, at 120 South Riverfill Road, for the opportunity to have a same-day interview. Registration will occur in the Atrium. Staff will be on-hand at the job fair to answer questions and provide additional information about KCA’s programs and services, which teach transferable skills that can be used in a variety of jobs. Attendees will also be able to learn more about other pathways to higher education and careers available through programs at BSCTC. To learn more about the Kentucky Coal Academy, connect with us atCoalAcademy.kctcs.edu, Facebook.com/KyCoalAcademy and Twitter @KyCoalAcademy.

WSIP News 7-26-2016


KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Johnson Co

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville, troopers are investigating a fatal collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian over the weekend. Reports indicate that on July 23, 2016, at approximately 4:11 P.M., Troopers from Post 9 responded to assist Paintsville Police Department regarding a collision on KY Route 321 in the Paintsville. The preliminary investigation revealed that Corvin Salyer, 68 of Paintsville, was struck by a vehicle while operating his motorized wheelchair. Salyer then traveled into the path of another vehicle. Salyer sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at Paul B Hall Medical Center by Johnson County Coroner JR Frisby. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 9 Accident Reconstructionist, Trooper Jonathan Dixon. No other information has been provided.

Officials Continue Investigation in a Sunday Accident in Johnson Co.

The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigating in a Sunday afternoon accident involving an SUV and a motorcycle. According to information, the accident happened around 5 PM in the Whitehouse community of Johnson Co. Initial reports indicate that a White Suburban and a motorcycle collided head on. The impact threw the operator of the motorcycle down a 20 – 30 foot embankment. The operator of the motorcycle was seriously injured and following the rescue, was flown to Pikeville Medical Center. No word on the extent of those injuries. The driver of the SUV did not suffer any major injuries in the crash. No other information has been provided at this time. The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Local Veterans Center Burglarized; Reward Offered

A Reward is being offered for information that leads to the Arrest and Conviction of the person(s) responsible for the Robbery at The Veterans Referral Center in Paintsville. The incident happened either late Sunday night (7-24-2016) or early Monday morning (7-25-2016). The Center's Donation Box was broken into and Money and Checks were Stolen, as well as (2) Guns used as displays (1) AR 16 Assault Rifle and a (2) .38 Pistol and a Bayonet for a M14 Rifle. If you have any information please call the Paintsville Police 789-2603 or the Veterans Referral Center @ 789-7587.

KSP Investigating Fatal Shooting in Boyd Co.

The Kentucky State Police in Ashland say they have arrested 2 suspects in connection with a weekend murder in Ashland. Police say the deadly shooting happened on New Buckley Road just before 10 p.m. Sunday, July 24th. Troopers at the scene report this is an isolated incident and there is no need for public concern. KSP in Ashland is continuing to investigate.

BSCTC Enrollment Skyrocketing for Fall Semester

Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (BSCTC) enrollment for the fall semester has increased more than 12 percent year to date, BSCTC President Dr. Devin Stephenson announced on Monday. The college, which has campuses in Prestonsburg, Pikeville Mayo (Paintsville) and Hager Hill, saw record numbers during an Express Enrollment campaign last week. Prospective students have plenty of time to register for classes, said Dean of Student Services Jimmy Wright. “We are here to assist students through the admissions and financial aid process,” said Wright. “It is important that students seeking admission complete both the admissions application and their FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) as soon as possible.” Wright said that both applications can be completed online, however, there are staff available at each campus to help prospective students navigate the process.

Last year, BSCTC served more than 10,000 students in credit, non-credit and workforce development programs. The college offers 30 programs, more than 200 credentials, online course options and the state’s lowest tuition. For more information and/or to register, call 1 (855) GO-BSCTC or visit www.bigsandy.kctcs.edu. Classes start August 15.