Local News 5-27-2015



Trial Date Set for Former Johnson Co. Teacher in Sexual Abuse Case

According to reports, the date has been set that a former Johnson County teacher will go before a federal jury in a sexual abuse case. Robert Cantrell’s trial is set for June 22nd. According to the original news release from October 2014, the JCSO received a complaint from a concerned party in reference to a teacher who had pursued an inappropriate relationship with a student at Johnson Central High School. The teacher in question was Robert L. Cantrell, age 25 of Prestonsburg. Cantrell was immediately suspended, and later dismissed from employment by the Johnson County School Board after concluding an internal investigation by school administrators. Cantrell has been charged with knowingly receiving a visual depiction on his phone of a juvenile engaging in sexual explicit conduct and he’s also accused of using his phone to persuade a juvenile to engage in sexual activity. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Kentucky Attorney General's Electronic Crimes Unit investigated the case and determined the charges. It is important to note that Johnson County Schools had absolutely no indication of any questionable actions by Cantrell prior to the investigation. If found guilty on the charges, Cantrell could face up to life in prison.

KSP Investigating Fatal Collision in Pike Co.

The Kentucky State Police, Pikeville Post, is continuing their investigation of a fatal collision that happened in Pike County on May 23, 2015. The initial investigation indicates that Jimmy Mullins, 24 years old of Elkhorn City, Kentucky, was driving on Regina Belcher Highway in the Regina community, when the vehicle he was operating left the roadway and overturned into a creek. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Deputy Coroner Denver Bailey. Information obtained at the scene indicates that Mullins 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 Trooper Jacob Spurlock.

Disability Checks Stopped for Clients of Floyd Co. Attorney

Hundreds of clients of a Floyd Co. attorney at the center of a national disability fraud investigation, have been informed their disability payments have been suspended. In reports released on Tuesday, clients of attorney Eric C. Conn’s received letters from the Social Security Administration as part of fallout from a 2013 Senate investigation. The Floyd County Bar Association plans to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss the latest developments. The 2013 congressional report accused Conn of scheming with retired administrative law Judge David B. Daugherty to approve more than 1,800 disability cases from 2006 to 2010.

Allegations in the more than 160-page report from a U.S. Senate committee included that Conn "used his law practice to exploit key vulnerabilities in a critical federal safety net program and became wealthy in the process. The report went on to say that Conn was involved with a "collaborated scheme” with retired administrative law Judge David B. Daugherty to approve more than 1,800 disability cases from 2006 to 2010. Judge Daugherty was said to have awarded an unusually high number of benefits totaling $ 2.5-billion while Conn would seek out doctors with suspicious credentials. During the time, Conn received $4.5 million in lawyer’s fees paid by Social Security. We will bring you further updates when they become available.

Grandmother Facing Meth Charges after Grandson's Murder in Carter Co.

A Carter Co. woman who just lost her grandson in a gruesome murder, and advocated life behind bars for the suspect in the case, is now behind bars herself. Wilma McDavid, 62, of Grayson, was arrested Tuesday by Kentucky State Police. She's facing several charges including first-offense manufacturing meth, according to online jail records. State troopers also arrested another family member, Phillip Joseph McDavid, 39, on several meth-related charges, including first-offense manufacturing meth. The arrests come after investigators searched the McDavid home, after her grandson, Marcus McDavid, was shot to death Sunday night. Troopers said these two arrests are not linked directly to the murder case. Kentucky State Police said they still have more interviews to do in the case.

Perry Co. Clerk Indicted on Seven Counts

A grand jury has indicted Perry Co. Clerk Haven King, saying he overstepped his authority, when he allegedly followed Kalie Bentley in his car for miles and then harassed her. King is facing several charges including stalking, wanton endangerment and official misconduct. On Tuesday morning, a grand jury decided to indict King on seven charges. Commonwealth's Attorney John Hansen said the grand jury felt they had enough evidence to move forward with a criminal case. The charges include wanton endangerment, harassment, reckless driving, menacing, stalking, unlawful imprisonment and official misconduct charges. The majority of those are misdemeanors. However, one is a Class D felony. King is scheduled to be in court on June 11th at 9 a.m.


Local News 5-26-2015


Pike Co. Woman Killed while Walking

A 30 year old Pike County woman was hit and killed by a vehicle while walking along a roadway Sunday evening in Pike County. Kentucky State Police say 30 year old, Hope Fields of Phelps was found lying in the roadway on Highway 194 in the Freeburn community. KSP did not release any information about the driver of the vehicle. Kentucky State Police in Pikeville say the investigation is still ongoing at this time.

ATV Accident in Lawrence Co. Sends 1 to Hospital

A man was flown to the hospital after an ATV accident early Monday morning. Lawrence County Emergency Management says crews responded to the accident in Cherryville about 2 a.m. Monday. They say a man flipped his ATV off a log road and fell 40 feet down a hill. Emergency officials say the ATV rolled on its top, partially into a tree. They say the man was over the hill for about an hour and a half before crews could locate him and get him out. Officials say he was 42 years old and received a leg injury. He was flown to a Huntington hospital. His name and condition have not been released. Cherryville FD and Lawrence County Search and Rescue assisted in getting the man out of the woods.

Elliot Co. Inmate Assaulted, Killed

Police are investigating an inmate death in Elliott County. State Police say 35 year old Justin Hilbert was assaulted by another inmate last week. He was taken to the hospital, but Thursday night, officials say he died. It happened at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Sandy Hook.

Police Determine Death was Suicide

Ashland Police have ruled the death of a person, who's body was found in the Ohio River Saturday night as a suicide. Police say the body was seen about 500 yards below the Ben Williamson Bridge, which connects Coal Grove, Ohio to Ashland. Police say it is not suspicious and has been ruled a suicide. They are deferring identification to the coroner's office.

Deadly Fire in Elliot Co.

Kentucky State Police are investigating a deadly fire in Estill County. The fire started around 6:30a.m. on Saturday in Irvine. Kentucky State Police say 83 year old, Tracy Gabbard and his wife, 79 year old, Dorothy Gabbard were both killed in the fire. Firefighters say that when they arrived to the fire, they found a man in the front yard. They say that the neighbors went into the burning home and rescued Tracy Gabbard from the home. The neighbors told firefighters that the fire became to big for them to reach Dorothy, who was still inside the home at the time of the fire. Firefighters say they were unable to save the Tracy, and when they put out the fire, they found Dorothy's body inside the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but state police say they do not suspect foul play.

Morgan Co. Sued for Non Payment following Tornados

Morgan County, who was hit by a 2012 tornado is being sued for nearly $1 million by a Lexington company that provided rented trailers, generators, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment. Morgan County officials agree they owe something to Emergency Disaster Services for the rental equipment. But they say the bill should be less than the $954,935 that the EDS is demanding. The company is owned by Jerry Lundergan, a past state Democratic Party chairman. Lundergan says his company provided the help that then-Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley requested when West Liberty was in ruins. Conley is now serving a prison sentence for an unrelated bribery scheme. The March 2012 tornado leveled downtown West Liberty and killed a half-dozen people.

Officials Investigating Accident Involving Train in Knox Co.

Fire fighters in Knox County say a train hit a car around 2:40 p.m. Friday in the Gray community. They say there are no fatalities at this time, but a chopper was called in for an injured woman. Another woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Two women and a child were in the car at the time of the crash. The child was not injured and in a car seat.



Local News 5-22-2015



Accident in Floyd Co. Sends 4 to the Hospital

A Wednesday afternoon accident sent 4 people to the Hospital, some with serious injuries. Reports indicate the accident involved two-vehicles and happened on US 23 near Highlands Regional Medical Center around 1 PM Wednesday, May 20. According to witnesses at the scene, a red Ford Mustang had slowed to a stop at a Red light when a Ford Ranger seemed to make no noticeable attempt to slow down and rear-ended the Mustang, pushing it reportedly 37 feet. Three occupants inside the Mustang and the driver of the pickup all received various injuries. According to Prestonsburg Police, the truck had no license plate. The pickup driver is possibly facing multiple charges and Police are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol could have been a factor in the crash.

KSP Investigating Inmates Death in Elliott Co.

According to a news release from the KSP, on Friday May 15th 2015, inmate Justin Hilbert, 35, of Louisville was assaulted by another inmate at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Sandy Hook. Mr. Hilbert was taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead and later transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. On Thursday May 21st 2015, at 1:16 P.M. Mr. Hilbert died from the injuries he sustained during the assault. The incident is being investigated by Detective Donnie McGraw.

Deadly Plane Crash in Perry County

Police in Perry Co. are continuing to investigate a plane crash that happened in in the Lower Lost Creek community near the Breathitt County line. The accident happened sometime around 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening near the Wendell Ford Airport. When emergency crews arrived at the wreckage, they found at least one person dead. Officials have not released what kind of plane it was or how many were aboard. There has been no other information released at this time. We will bring you further information, once it is officially released.

Recanvass Requested in Two Races Following Ky. Primary

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says her office received a written recanvass request following the primary election this week. Grimes say Richard Heath, Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, filed the request, seeking a recanvass of all precincts in all Kentucky counties. Unofficial vote totals show Heath with a 1,427-vote deficit to his opponent, Ryan Quarles. Grimes is forwarding the request to all county clerks. The Secretary of State's office has also received a statewide recanvass request from James R. Comer and Chris McDaniel, Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. County boards of elections will convene on May 28 at 9 a.m.to recheck and recanvass the voting machines. Immediately upon completion of the recanvass, the county boards of elections will file their recanvass reports with the Secretary of State.  

Kentucky's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5% in April

Kentucky's unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in April, the lowest it has been in 14 years. It is the ninth straight month Kentucky's unemployment rate has been lower than the national average, which was 5.4 percent in April. Kentucky's labor force increased by more than 3,500 people in April while an extra 4,984 people found work. State government jobs jumped 1.7 percent, with one-third of those in administration jobs and the rest in state educational institutions and hospitals. Construction added an extra 1,900 jobs while manufacturing added an additional 1,100 jobs. The unemployment rate is based on an estimate of the state's current population survey of households and is designed to measure trends and not say definitively how many people are working. The rate includes those who are self-employed and work in agriculture.

Marshall University Offers Scholarship in Honor of Area Educator

Attention parents in Carter Co., Marshall University has created a new scholarship for students seeking a degree in education from Carter Co. The scholarship is in honor of Larry Prichard, who was an educator for 35 years before his death. Prichard's wife donated $101,000 to establish a scholarship in her husband's honor. Larry Prichard received a master's degree in education from Marshall in 1975. He was superintendent of schools in Carter County, Kentucky from 1997 to 2006.