WSIP News 8-31-2016


K.S.P. Morehead Post Seeking Public Assistance in Locating a Murder Suspect.

The Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead, is continuing their search for Christopher Todd White, age 42, of Owingsville, Kentucky. White is wanted in connection to the death of Judith A. White, age 44, also of Owingsville. Christopher Todd White was last known to be operating a white 2015 Jeep Patriot with Kentucky registration 165VPE. White should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police at (606) 784-4127.

Police Searching for a Stolen Trailer taken from a Letcher Co Church Parking Lot

Church leaders at the Church of God of Prophecy in the Burdine Community of Letcher Co., are searching for answers after someone stole a trailer right out of their parking lot. Surveillance video shows the thieves driving down the road in a white GMC and turning right on Joes Branch. Officials believe the suspects were headed to Pike County or Virginia. Officials say the suspects could face theft by unlawful taking and trespassing among other charges. Officials ask if you have any information, please call Letcher Co Sheriff’s Office at (606) 633-2293. Jeff Slone, pastor of the church, says no matter what he is praying for the culprits.

Mountain Parkway Exit in Magoffin Co to Close Temporarily

The eastbound exit ramp from the Mountain Parkway to KY 30 in Magoffin Co. will be closed from 6 p.m. Tuesday (8-30-2016) through 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12. The closure will allow crews to remove the existing ramp and build a new one. Signs and message boards will alert travelers of the closure. Eastbound vehicles needing to access KY 30 may use the KY 7 interchange (Exit 75), re-enter the Mountain Parkway heading west and then exit onto KY 30. The KY 30 ramp replacement is part of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Currently, about 6 miles of construction work – between mile points 69 and 75 – is underway to widen and improve the Mountain Parkway. The speed limit has been reduced in this area for the safety of construction crews and travelers. Drivers are urged to use caution.

About the Mountain Parkway Expansion

The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth. It is a key transportation project designed to close the only gap in a 400-mile, four-lane, high-speed corridor for commerce and mobility across Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah. The project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway to four lanes and extend the parkway by about 16 miles between Salyersville and Prestonsburg. For additional information, go to www.mtnparkway.com. Project updates may also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mtnparkway) and Twitter (@MtnParkway). A project office is open in Magoffin Plaza in Salyersville; call (606) 349-8160 for hours.

Bevin Voicemail Warns of 'Impact' of not Switching Parties

Democratic Kentucky State Rep. Russ Meyer says Republican Gov. Matt Bevin left him a threatening voicemail after Meyer declined to switch political parties ahead of the legislative session. Meyer released the 42-second voicemail on Tuesday. In the recording, Bevin identifies himself by name and says he wants "to make sure you understand" the decisions Bevin will make and "I want you to be very aware of the impact of those decisions as it relates to you, your seat, you’re district." Meyer said he interpreted the voicemail as a threat to pull transportation projects in his legislative district, which includes parts of Fayette and Jessamine counties. Bevin did not mention any projects in his message. Bevin described the voicemail in a statement as "polite and personal" and said his comments were being misconstrued.

A Closer Look at Who's Still Uninsured in Kentucky

An estimated 300,000 Kentuckians still don't have health coverage, even as Kentucky has gained headlines for having one of the nation's largest drops in uninsured residents. According to the results of a new survey from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, people of Latino heritage are four-times more likely to be uninsured. That doesn't surprise Miranda Brown, health outreach coordinator at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. She said immigrants face a variety of challenges. "Communication is one. They may not hear about it," Brown said. "If they are immigrants, they may not understand that they qualify if they have some kind of status, and they may be just afraid to apply."

Even among documented workers, Brown said, some are denied eligibility because of system errors, while others aren't eligible for coverage because they're on temporary work visas. The goal of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to help advocates improve their outreach programs. Brown said the state's health benefit exchange, Kynect, still needs more Spanish-speaking personal in its offices. "I get calls from western Kentucky, all the way out in Paducah, to help people sign up on Kynect over the phone," Brown said, "because there aren't people that they can go to locally." She said language barriers along with the nuances of immigration often lead to misunderstandings and errors when enrolling people who are eligible. "So, it has consequences for people," Brown said. "If they don't have an assistor to help them through those glitches, it's tricky."

The survey also found that adults between the ages of 19 and 25 are two-times more likely to be uninsured. Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President Susan Zepeda said young adults often don't think about coverage until they have a health problem or a costly accident. "That speaks to how important it is to have as many Kentuckians as possible covered by insurance," Zepeda said. "So that the risk is spread across the broadest possible group." According to Zepeda, most uninsured individuals are working low-income jobs, often without sick leave. She said this raises the question of whether the insurance process is accessible to people who work long hours.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Combs Airport Boat Ramp

Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter and Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapelton would like to invite the public to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Combs Airport Boat Ramp on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM. This event is to celebrate the opening of the new boat ramp near the Floyd/Johnson County line on KY-1428.


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Salyersville Man Charged with Rape and Sodomy

A Salyersville teenager was arrested Saturday by the KSP and was charged with raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl. Media reports indicates that Kentucky State Police troopers found Brandon Williams, 18, in the home of the girl after they were called by the girl’s guardian. Williams reportedly admitted to the police that he had consensual oral sex and intercourse with the girl, according to reports. The girl was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center for a rape kit. Williams was arrested and charged with rape and sodomy and was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. No additional information has been released at this time.

Blaine Motorcycle Crash Injures Law. Co. H.S Student

According to the Levisa Lazer website, the Blaine Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident over the weekend in the Blaine area of Lawrence Co. The accident happened around 4 P.M. in the curve right before the Blaine Community Center. Officials reports Blake Ramey, a 17 year old boy that attends Lawrence Co. High School wrecked and received several injuries. Medics say he has severe “road rash” and a possible head injury. Netcare Ambulance transferred Ramey from the scene of the accident to the Air Evac Lifeteam that landed at the Community Center not even a mile from the accident. Air Evac Lifeteam then flew the boy to a trauma center in Huntington, W.VA.

Semi Fire, Explosion Closes a Portion of Hal Rogers Parkway for Several Hours Monday

The Hal Rogers Parkway was closed for almost three hours Monday following a semi-truck fire. Officials report the closure affected the area between the 20 and 24 mile-markers, near highways 80 and 66. According to the Highway Transportation Cabinet, a trailer hauling spray insulation foam caught fire. Both sides of the parkway were closed and there had been a small explosion. HAZMAT crews were called to the scene due to toxic chemicals in the insulation. No one was reported injured.

K.S.P. Morehead Post Seeking Public Assistance in Locating a Murder Suspect.

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead, Troopers are seeking public assistance in locating Christopher Todd White, age 42, of Owingsville, Kentucky in connection to the death of Judith A. White, age 44, of Owingsville, Kentucky. Christopher Todd White was last known to be operating a white 2015 Jeep Patriot with Kentucky registration 165VPE. White should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police at (606) 784-4127.

Clay Judge-Executive, Road Foreman Plead Not Guilty

Clay Co Judge-Executive Joe Asher and Road Foreman Bufford Jarvis pleaded not guilty to nine counts in Clay Co court Monday. A grand jury indicted Asher and Jarvis at the beginning of August, each accused of using public property for private jobs and pocketing the money. Asher and Jarvis face charges of abuse of public trust, bribery, and criminal possession of a forged instrument. A pretrial conference is set for Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

Floyd Co. Man Dies in Prison Awaiting Retrial

Dwayne Bishop, a Floyd Co native, passed away at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange on August 15. Bishop was convicted of the murder of his estranged wife, Carolyn Bishop. Witnesses said Carolyn Bishop was last seen alive on August 31, 2000 with her estranged husband. Her body was discovered three days later at an abandoned strip mine in Floyd County. Bishop’s conviction of his wife’s murder was overturned in 2009 and was originally scheduled to be retried in 2010. Due to conflicts with his attorneys, Bishop’s retrial suffered numerous setbacks and delays. Bishop’s case was never retired and he remained in prison.

House Republicans to Skip Tuesday Meeting on Pensions

House Republicans say they will not attend a special meeting called by Democratic Speaker Greg Stumbo. The Kentucky House of Representatives adjourned for the year in May. They are not scheduled to reconvene again until January. But last week, Stumbo announced a special meeting of all House members on Tuesday to discuss the state's public pension crisis. On Monday, House Republican leader Jeff Hoover sent Stumbo a letter blaming him for the pension problem. Hoover accused Stumbo of scheduling the meeting on the same day as a nearby Democratic fundraiser, ensuring members would have their expenses covered. Legislators get $188.22 for each day they work. Stumbo said lawmakers who attend the meeting will be paid.

Kentucky Insurance Premiums to Rise

Kentuckians who rely on the state's health exchange for insurance should brace themselves for premiums that will skyrocket as much as 47 percent in 2017. The Kentucky Department of Insurance approved the increases requested by insurance companies selling individual and small group health benefit plans in Kentucky. While Golden Rule Insurance Company wanted a 65.11 percent increase for its customers, it was only granted one for 47.18 percent. The next highest approved increases were 31 percent for Humana Health Plan individual customers; 29.3 percent for CareSource Kentucky's individual customers; and 27.9 percent for Baptist Health Plan's individual customers; and the department blames the increases on "national trends, market forces, an aging population and the general instability injected in the state health insurance market by Obamacare, insurance companies had requested rate increases." Commissioner H. Brian Maynard, commissioner of the Department of Insurance recommends "during this year's open enrollment period, Kentuckians should consult their health insurance policies to determine how the 2017 rates will affect their premiums and shop around to compare those premiums with other available policies." In general, insurers' individual premiums will depend on unique factors that include a consumer's age, whether the consumer smokes and where the consumer lives.


WSIP News 8-29-2016


One Person Killed in a Magoffin Co Crash

One person was killed and another person injured following a crash Saturday afternoon in Magoffin Co. Police say the crash happened around 2 PM on Rt. 30 between two motorcycles and a truck. The victim’s or the driver’s names have not yet been officially released. Kentucky State Police closed the roadway for several hours to conduct their initial investigation. The road was re-opened around 6 Saturday evening. No foul play or use of alcohol is suspected at this time.

Fire Destroys a Home in Pike Co

Reports out of Pike Co. says a fire on Sunday morning completely destroyed a mobile home. The home was located in the Mouthcard community of Pike Co. Officials say there were no occupants inside the home at the time of the fire. Firefighters were able to quickly respond to the fire, but were unable to save it. The home owner said the tenants had recently moved out, so the house was empty/ Officials said the home had electricity hooked to it, but at this time do not know what caused the fire. Officials are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze and foul play cannot be ruled out.

Martin Co Sheriff’s Office Warn Residents about the Rise in ATV Theft’s

According to the Martin Co Sheriff’s Office, two suspects were arrested late last week, in connection to a stolen ATV. Those two suspects turned out to be family members of current Martin Co Sheriff John Kirk. "I arrested two of my fourth cousins for receiving stolen property," Sheriff Kirk told WYMT. The two arrested were Brett and Steven Kirk of Warfield. Authorities said there were two separate ATV's stolen in Martin Co on Thursday and three more recently stolen across the border in Mingo Co, West Virginia. Sheriff Kirk said as the economy gets worse there will be an even bigger problem with crime and now the police are asking for your help. Sheriff Kirk said despite being limited on resources, his Department is doing everything they can to keep people and their property safe.

Rowan Co. Man Accused with the Murder of his Daughter’s Boyfriend Pleads Not Guilty

Teddy Johnson, 59, who is accused of shooting and killing his daughter's boyfriend last week, pleaded not guilty in Rowan Co District Court on Friday morning. Johnson was arrested Tuesday (8-23-2016) afternoon and charged with murder after there was reportedly a domestic dispute at his home on Brown Ridge Road. Kentucky State Police officials say they were first called Tuesday morning to the home for a report of a man causing trouble, but say by the time they got there, he was gone. Police say after they left the man came back and there was another scuffle. At that point, state police say Teddy Johnson shot Marvin Adkins, 24, who is his daughter's boyfriend. Troopers say Adkins staggered across the street before collapsing in a field.

Kentucky Man Wanted on Child Pornography Charges

A Kentucky man is wanted by the FBI for his involvement in child pornography. In a press release, the FBI says 39-year-old Ranger Lacy allegedly engaged in child pornography and traded images as of 2011. More than 40,000 sexually explicit images of child pornography were reportedly found on Lacy's computer. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Lacy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on July 9, 2015. Lacy was charged with distribution and possession of child pornography. Lacy's arraignment was set for July 14, 2015, but he failed to appear and his whereabouts are unknown. There were possible sightings of Lacy in Morehead and Frenchburg. Lacy does not work and is reportedly living off of a family trust fund. He also owns property in Okeechobee, Florida. Lacy is described as a white male, 5'10", 160 pounds with brown hair. If you have any information, please contact FBI Louisville at (502) 263-6000.

Federal Authorities Investigate Computer Virus Affecting ARH Hospitals

Federal authorities are investigating a computer virus affecting Kentucky and West Virginia hospitals in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system. On Saturday, ARH Spokesperson Melissa Cornett released a statement saying they were dealing with technical complications. Cornett said the ARH system of hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia are operating under their Emergency Operations Plan due to a computer virus "that has limited our use of electronic web-based services and electronic communications." Cornett said all ARH computers were shut down to prevent further spread of the virus and all paperwork is being managed manually.

On Sunday, Cornett released another statement saying federal authorities were looking into the situation: This issue is now being investigated by the proper governmental authorities, in close collaboration with ARH. Since this is an ongoing investigation, we are not at liberty to provide further information or comment at this time. Cornett said staff will assess all critical patients to determine if they should be transferred to another facility for care. Officials ask all patients visiting a physician practice bring all prescribed medications to upcoming appointments until further notice.