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Local News 4-17-2015

 

           

Ky. AG Investigation Leads to Two Drug Indictments in Floyd Co

Two people have been indicted on drug trafficking charges after an investigation by the Attorney General's statewide prescription drug task force. According to information, on April 7, investigators from the Attorney General's Office, along with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at a home in Harold. During the search, investigators say they found 360 pills, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and tramadol, with an estimated street value of $4,300. They also say they found multiple handguns, worth more than $7,600.

* Karen Clifton, 43, of Harold, was indicted on three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

* James J. Adams, 33, of Prestonsburg, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Both have been indicted by a Floyd Co Grand Jury this week. They have both been released on $1000 bonds and are expected to be in court next month.     

Knott Co Mother and Father Charged with Manslaughter in Infant Death

According to WYMT reports, a Knott Co mother and father are facing manslaughter charges in the death of their 2-month old baby. Police say the two-month-old girl died at her home in the Hindman community Wednesday Afternoon and was pronounced deceased by the Knott Co. Coroner’s office at Hazard ARH. The couple has been identified as 19-year-old Joseph Newsome and 21-year-old Ashley Newsome. KSP say a cause of death has not yet been released and the body was been sent to Frankfort Thursday for an autopsy. The results of that autopsy has yet to be released.

Ashland Police Investigate Attempted Robbery

An attempted robbery Wednesday evening at the Bluegrass Community Federal Credit Union is under investigation, Ashland Police say. It happened just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at the business in the 2300 block of Carter Avenue. Police say a man came to the credit union after the lobby had closed, attempting to get inside. Witnesses tell police the man had a weapon. When the man realized he couldn't get into the lobby, he ran off, according to police. The man will be charged with attempted robbery when he's identified.

Letcher Co Woman Indicted for Arson, Animal Cruelty

A Letcher Co. grand jury has indicted a woman for allegedly burning down her ex-husband's home. The indictment charges Billie Anne Kincer, 44, of Whitesburg, with arson for intentionally setting fire to her ex-husband's home on Licking Rock Branch Road in Letcher Co. Kincer has also been charged with criminal mischief and cruelty to animals after two dogs were injured in the fire. Portions of the alleged crime were caught on home security video. Investigators with the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office testified during the investigation.     

KSP Continue Search for Missing Carter Co. Man

KSP in Morehead are continuing their search for a missing Carter Co. man. As we reported earlier this week Paul Clifton Sigman, 30, of Grayson has been missing since early December. Family members say he left home on foot, but never returned. Recently, investigators received information from a bank in Carter Co. saying Paul's mother, Sabrina Sigman, 48, of Grayson was trying to cash a tax refund in his name. The bank knew that Paul Sigman had been reported missing. Troopers determined that Sabrina Sigman had forged her son’s state and federal tax documents, and received his refunds. Sigman has been indicted by a Carter Co Grand Jury on first degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. When Sabrina Sigman was arrested at her home this past weekend, troopers found an active meth lab and several meth precursors. Sabrina Sigman now faces several charges including:

Forgery 1st Degree
Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree
Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors 1st Offense
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container

She is being held in the Carter County Detentions Center. Paul Clifton Sigman is currently entered as a missing person and anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Drops to 5.1 Percent in March

Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in March, the lowest rate since June 2001. The state office of Employment and Training said Thursday that Kentucky's jobless rate has been below the national rate for eight straight months. The state agency says Kentucky's preliminary jobless rate for March fell from the revised 5.3 percent rate in February. It says last month's rate was well below the statewide 7.2 percent jobless rate in March 2014. The agency says Kentucky's professional and business services sector added 3,100 positions in March compared to the prior month. Employment in the other services sector - which includes repairs and maintenance and personal care services, rose by 700 in March from a month earlier.

Hearing Set for Next Week on Proposed Utility Rate Increases

People who want to comment on proposed rate increases for Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will have a chance during a hearing next week in Frankfort. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, April 21st at the Public Service Commission's offices at 211 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. The hearing is for witnesses in the cases to give testimony to the PSC. KU is seeking an adjustment of its electric rates, and LG&E wants an adjustment in its electric and natural gas base rates. The hearing will also be shown on the PSC's website at http://psc.ky.gov. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the PSC.

Local News 4-15-2015

 

Fire Leaves House Heavily Damaged

On Tuesday, April 14 at around 4:30 PM, the Paintsville Fire Dept. responded to a structure fire, located on Rt 40 East next to the Highland Church of Christ. The house was said to be owned by the Church and received heavy fire and smoke damage, but was not completely destroyed. According to tPaintsville Fire Chief Rick Ratliff, he said 2 off duty firemen was near the scene and started fighting the blaze, as fire trucks and other personnel were responding. Ratliff said the quick actions by the 2 firemen helped control the amount of damage the house received. No injuries reported with this fire. A house located next to the house on fire also received minor damage to the siding. A cause of the fire has yet been determined at this time and the investigation continues.

Eastern Ky. Residents Once Again Deal with Flooding Problems

Rain, Rain go AWAY, Come Again Some Other Day…that’s the feeling many residents in E.Ky have right now, as another bout of rain caused more flooding across the area on Tuesday. We’ve all heard the old saying, April showers will bring May flowers, but this is getting kind of ridiculous. Rain began late Monday evening and continued all day Tuesday, causing many creeks and streams to flow out of their banks, covering many roads, as well as getting up in peoples yards. Since the heavy snows from February, we have seen rain amounts as much as 7 to 10 inches, if not more all across Eastern Ky. Area schools, including Johnson Co. either had to cancel classes all together, or dismiss early Tuesday, because of the high water covering the roadways. The extended forecast for the rest of the week shows more rain possible and one thing is for certain, these May flowers better be BEAUTIFUL!

Michigan Man Arrested for Stabbing a Magoffin Co. Man

According to reports from WYMT, a Michigan man has been arrested following a Tuesday morning stabbing in Magoffin Co. Magoffin Co. Sheriff Deputies say the stabbing took place at a home on Old Garner Trail in Salyersville. Police say Ralph Edward Enix and Eric Fletcher got in a fight that ended with Enix stabbing Fletcher in a nearby driveway. Fletcher was reportedly stabbed twice in his back, resulting in a collapsed lung that filled with blood. Enix, age 38 of Woodhaven, Michigan, was charged with first-degree assault and is in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Officials Search for Man Who Made Threat to set a Floyd Co Home on Fire

According to the Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement officials are searching for a man, accused of threatening to set a Floyd Co home on fire. The man showed up at a house near Abner Mountain with a shotgun and said he would set the house on fire. The family then called police and now Sheriff Deputies and KSP Troopers are looking for him. The man’s identity has not been released at this time. Anyone with information about this incident, is asked to call the sheriff's office at 606-433-7711.

Mother of a Missing Carter Co. Man Charged with Forging His Taxes

The mother of a missing Carter Co. man has been arrested and charged with forging his tax returns and then trying to cash a refund check. Paul Clifton Sigman, 30, of Grayson was reported missing in early December. Family members say he left home on foot, but never returned. Investigators with the Kentucky State Police say they were contacted by a bank in Carter Co. in February, saying Paul's mother, Sabrina Sigman, 48, of Grayson was trying to cash a tax refund in his name. The bank knew that Paul Sigman had been reported missing. Troopers determined that Sabrina Sigman had forged her son’s state and federal tax documents, and received his refunds. Sigman has been indicted by a Carter Co Grand Jury on first degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges.

Then on Sunday, when troopers went to arrest Sabrina Sigman at her home, they found an active meth lab and several meth precursors. Sabrina Sigman now faces several charges including:

Forgery 1st Degree
Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree
Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors 1st Offense
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container

She is being held in the Carter County Detentions Center. Paul Clifton Sigman is currently entered as a missing person and anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Search Continues for 2 Escaped Inmates with Ties to Paintsville

The search continues for two escaped inmates with ties to Eastern and Central Kentucky. According to the Kentucky State Police, 28 year old Nicholas Salyer and 23 year old Justin Fields walked away from the "Dismas" charities in Louisville on Friday, April 10. Fields has ties to the Paintsville area and Salyer has ties to the Georgetown area. Troopers say they do not have much information on the individuals, like what they were wearing or what car they could be driving. KSP is asking anyone that might have information on these two individuals, you’re asked to call your local law enforcement agency.

Court of Appeals Hears Magoffin Co. Election Appeal in Frankfort

The Kentucky Court of Appeals heard the appeal concerning the 2014 Magoffin County election for judge-executive on Tuesday, April 14, in Frankfort. Circuit Judge John David Preston ruled in February that the results of the Magoffin County judge-executive race must be thrown out due to election violations and he declared the office vacant. Incumbent Charles Hardin had been in office after winning the disputed election by 28 votes over challenger John Montgomery. Hardin is appealing the court’s decision. A three-judge panel comprised of Court of Appeals Judges Kelly Thompson, Debra Hembree Lambert and Irv Maze heard the cases of CHARLES HARDIN MD v JOHN MONTGOMERY and Montgomery’s cross-appeal and the cross-appeal of MAGOFFIN CO BOARD OF ELECTIONS v JOHN MONTGOMERY. We will bring you updates from those proceedings later this afternoon.

Health Insurance and Taxes in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Unlike some states, Kentucky has embraced the Affordable Care Act, along with expanding Medicaid and aggressively pushing the state-based health insurance exchange Kynect. The commonwealth has also opened a special enrollment period through April 30. In a message to Kentuckians without insurance, Governor Steve Beshear says it will give them another chance to avoid possible tax penalties. "Some Kentuckians may not have realized that not obtaining health coverage could mean significant tax penalties," says Beshear. Residents who don't have health care coverage in 2015 will pay the higher of two amounts: two percent of household income, or $325 per adult. According to Beshear, the percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 9.8 percent last year, moving Kentucky up from 40th to 11th in the nation.

Rob Jones, executive director of the poverty fighting network Community Action Kentucky, says the "biggest surprise" is that demand for the state-based health exchange has not fallen off in the second year. "When you consider you have people in the low-income community that move in and out of various income brackets across the year," says Jones, "the demand does not seem to be dwindling." Community Action Kentucky is among the agencies that supplies trained helpers, known as "kynectors," who facilitate enrollment in the state-based health exchange. Jones says the agency has enrolled roughly 34,000 people this fiscal year. According to Jones, low-income Kentuckians who do not qualify for Medicaid should realize they can still get a subsidy to help cover the cost of their health insurance premium. "This is what makes plans affordable for lower-income people," he says, "that might otherwise have found insurance to be out of reach financially." For more information, log on to kynect.ky.gov or call 1-855-4-KYNECT, or 1-855-459-6328.

Paintsville Police Station Moving

The following comes from Paintsville Police Chief Bill Holbrook, the agency is in the process of moving to our new station, which will be located at 344 Main Street (beside City Hall). The administrative lines have been disconnected from the old location, but police personnel can still be reached by calling the dispatch center. Police personnel are still working out of the Euclid Avenue location until the transition is complete. Chief Holbrook said the department feels this move will better serve the citizens of the community and they will inform the citizens when the move is complete. He Thanks Everyone for their patience and trust.

Local News 4-14-2015

 

Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Monday (4-13-2015)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of 3-10-2015, a special called meeting from 3-20-15 and another special called meeting from 3-23-15. City Council members also approved the monthly department reports from the Police, F.D. Ambulance, 911, Emergency Management, Utilities and the Treasurer and they also approved to pay the monthly bills. First item on the agenda was the 2nd reading of the ordinance updating the pay/classification plan for the city. Council members approved this reading. Next the council approved the renewal of the golf course lease from the Paul B. Hall Foundation. Mayor Porter also announced that the P.B.H Foundation had made a request to the city to have the golf course bridge repaired and would donate $30,000 to help with these repairs. Next the council discussed possible annexation of property into the city limits along US 460 and US 23, but this was in the early stages and nothing was voted on. With nothing else scheduled on the agenda, the meeting adjourned.

Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting 4 -13-15

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Ct. met in regular session Monday, 4-13-2015 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the previous special called meeting on 3-6-2015 a regular meeting on 3-9- 2015 and another special meeting from 3-18-2015. The court also approved to pay the monthly bills as presented and approved the transfer of $40,000 from the general fund to the jail fund. First item of business was to recognize the JCHS cheerleaders on winning the 2015 Boys Sweet 16 Cheerleading title. Judge Daniel then proclaimed April 13, 2015 as JCHS Cheerleader Day. Next, the court approved to advertise for drilled steel, to use in repairs of several hillside slips along county roads. Judge Daniel said he has asked for FEMA funds to help buy the materials due to all of the rainfall we have received over the last couple months.

Next the court approved an amendment to the Sheriff’s budget, to increase the general fund by $8,118.41. This increase comes from KLEPF money in the amount of $6,998 and another $1,120.41 from travel expenditures not used. Next the court approved to pay for mandatory coroner’s training for Johnson County Asst. Coroner, Bill Robinson. The court then ask Regina McClure to apply for a grant of $2,061.84 from the Ky. Ambulance Block Grant. If awarded, this money would be given to Paintsville EMS, which also serves the county. The final item on the night was the approval to amend the county road map for newly acquired roads into the county road system, as well to make changes to other roads. Before the meeting adjourned, Regina McClure explained to the court that the state had additional money from the sale of confiscated items from drug raids across the state and counties could apply for some of this money to be used for law enforcement items. McClure said they would like to request some of this money to be used for body armor for Sheriff Department. The court approved this request. With nothing else scheduled on the agenda, the meeting adjourned.

Search Continues for 2 Escaped Inmates with Ties to Paintsville

The search continues for two escaped inmates with ties to Eastern and Central Kentucky. According to the Kentucky State Police, 28 year old Nicholas Salyer and 23 year old Justin Fields walked away from the "Dismas" charities in Louisville on Friday, April 10. Fields has ties to the Paintsville area and Salyer has ties to the Georgetown area. Troopers say they do not have much information on the individuals, like what they were wearing or what car they could be driving. KSP is asking anyone that might have information on these two individuals, you’re asked to call your local law enforcement agency.

Pike Co. Man Pleads Guilty to Shootings at a Motorcycle Club Meeting

A Pike Co. man has pleaded guilty to murder charges, following a 2014 deadly shooting at a motorcycle club meeting in Pike Co. According to the original Kentucky State Police report, Daniel Ward, 25 of Kimper in Pike Co., shot and killed 29-year-old Bradley Coleman at a motorcycle club off of Pond Creek Road on Straight Hollow in Pike Co. in the Stone community on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Troopers say they found a total of three people with gunshot wounds, James D. Justice and Sherry Chapman were both taken to the hospital and 29-year-old Bradley Coleman was pronounced deceased at the scene. Evidence collected by investigators indicates, Daniel Ward was the man responsible for shooting and killing Coleman and injuring the other two. Ward was arrested at a later time, following a traffic stop on US 119 in Pike Co. on an unrelated charges. He was originally charged with murder, attempted murder, DUI, fleeing and evading, and carrying a concealed weapon (brass knucles). According to court records, Ward pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder and assault during a hearing in Pike County Circuit Court earlier this month. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8.

KSP Arrest Man in a Child Sexual Exploitation Case

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on April 9, 2015, at approximately 11:15 a.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Post-14, Ashland, arrested Anthony Butler, 46, for charges related to prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor / police officer for sex. Mr. Butler was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile on a popular social networking site. Mr. Butler was asking the juvenile for explicit photographs and agreed to meet the juvenile if she complied. The investigation resulted in the execution of an arrest warrant at Mr. Butler’s residence on April 9, 2015. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination; the investigation is ongoing. Mr. Butler is currently charged with one (1) count of prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor / police officer for sex. Mr. Butler was arrested and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center.

Official 2014 Highway Fatality Count Released

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) has released the final highway fatality statistics for 2014. Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased in 2014 after a record low in 2013. There were 672 fatalities last year which is 34 more than the 2013 total. It was, however, the second lowest total since 1949, when 573 fatalities were recorded. Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who is Gov. Steve Beshear's designated representative for highway safety, said saving lives and reducing serious injuries is a top priority of the administration. The Executive Committee includes representatives of 18 highway safety agencies and organizations such as KOHS, Kentucky State Police, federal highway agencies, local law enforcement and emergency services. Its goal is to work cooperatively to update and implement Kentucky's Strategic Highway Safety Plan – “Toward Zero Deaths.” KOHS Executive Director Bill Bell said two highway safety bills that recently passed the legislature will help Kentucky make progress toward its goal of zero deaths. Ignition Interlock: Senate Bill 133

Senate Bill 133 requires repeat DUI offenders to blow into the ignition interlock device, which is installed on the vehicle. The vehicle will not start if the person's blood-alcohol concentration exceeds a 0.02 level. First-time DUI offenders are not required to have the device installed unless there is an aggravating circumstance, such as speeding or driving drunk with a child in the car. Booster Bill: House Bill 315 The previous law required children under 7 years old and between 40 and 50 inches tall to ride in booster seats. The enhanced bill increases the height requirement to 57 inches and the age requirement to 8 years old. Children younger than 8 but taller than 57 inches will not have to ride in a booster seat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts do not properly fit children under 57 inches, and an improperly placed seat belt may cause serious injuries in a crash. According to the final statistics for 2014, of the 672 fatalities last year, 521 were in motor vehicles. Of those killed in motor vehicle crashes, 61 percent were not buckled up and 18.9 percent of fatalities involved alcohol. Motorcyclists accounted for 76 fatalities, with 59.4 percent not wearing helmets, and 7 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involved alcohol.

Martin Co. Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam

According to a news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, he Martin County Sheriff's Office has been made aware of several scams happening in our area again. Individuals are receiving calls from someone identifying themselves as the IRS. Please do not give out any personal information such as social security numbers, banking or credit card information over the phone. If you receive such a call, you may contact the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office at 298-2828 and or you can contact the local Attorney General Office at (606) 889-1821.

Public Meeting Set for Discussion of Mountain Parkway Plan

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is holding a public meeting today, April 14 to present information and gather feedback about options for extending the Mountain Parkway from Salyersville to Prestonsburg. Two possible ways of creating a four-lane road will be discussed. One proposal would widen the existing corridor, Kentucky 114, while the second plan is to build a new road along a cross-country corridor to the north of Kentucky 114. The cabinet said in a news release it will use public feedback to help decide which option to take. Kentucky 114 is a two-lane state highway that winds about 14 miles through the hills and valleys of eastern Kentucky. The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tonight (Tuesday 4-14-2015) at Prestonsburg Elementary School in Floyd Co.

Locall News 4-13-2015

 

Paintsville Police investigating Recent Car Break-ins

In a news release from the Paintsville Police Dept., the agency is currently investigating where several vehicles were broken into, located in the Richmond Village area of KY RT 40. If anyone has any information to share about this case, please contact the agency @ 789-2603. This investigation is being conducted by Officer Scott Wheeler.    

Olive Hill Man Faces Child Sex Charge

According to the Kentucky State Police an Olive Hill man has been arrested on a child sex charge. Reports indicate the arrest took place on Wednesday, April 8, arrested was Anthony Butler, 46. The arrest came after an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch says they began their investigation after discovering that Butler was allegedly communicating with a juvenile on a popular social networking site. Investigators say Butler was asking the juvenile for explicit photographs and agreed to meet the juvenile if she complied. Butler is currently charged with one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor/police officer for sex

Undercover Sting in Boyd Co. Leads to Arrest

A Greenup Co man was arrested Friday in Ashland, after the Ashland Police conduct an undercover drug sting operation. Arrested was Clarence Tincher of Russell. He has been charged with first-degree trafficking of methamphetamine. Investigators say Tincher sold 11 grams of "ice," a form of methamphetamine, to an undercover agent. Boyd County Sheriff Jack Woods said it's the biggest bust they remember for that type of drug. He said "ice" is much more potent and made in a lab. The street value of the drug seized is about $1,300. He called the bust a team effort with Ashland Police. Ashland Police Lt. Darren Wilson said, "We're so much more effective when we work together by pooling both manpower, resources, equipment."

KSP Make Meth Arrest in Fleming Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Thursday, April 9, 2015 Kentucky State Police in Morehead was conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on KY 32 in Flemingsburg. Johnathon C. Litterall, (18), of Morehead was operating a 2005 Dodge passenger car with three passengers in it. After speaking with Litterall, Trooper Jared Wagner obtained consent to search the vehicle. While searching, Trooper Wagner located several methamphetamine precursors inside the vehicle. Litterall was charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor 1st Offense. Trooper Wagner also charged Tracy Petersen (41) of Flemingsburg, Mauvoreen O. McKee (29) of Flemingsburg, and Robert Spencer (41) of Flemingsburg with one count of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor 1st Offense. All subjects were lodged in the Mason County Detention Center. The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Wagner.

Martin Co. Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam

According to a news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, he Martin County Sheriff's Office has been made aware of several scams happening in our area again. Individuals are receiving calls from someone identifying themselves as the IRS. Please do not give out any personal information such as social security numbers, banking or credit card information over the phone. If you receive such a call, you may contact the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office at 298-2828 and or you can contact the local Attorney General Office at (606) 889-1821.           

Governor Asks for Review of Workforce Development Money

Gov. Steve Beshear has asked for an investigation into allegations of mismanagement of federal money by the state Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development. According to The Lexington Herald-Leader, Beshear asked the Finance and Administration Cabinet Office of Policy and Audit to look into allegations that the Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development mismanaged federal workforce investment dollars that are used to help people find work. The allegations surfaced in Auditor Sam Edelen's statewide audit in January. The audit questioned if the cabinet was incorrectly charging staff time to the wrong federal workforce grants. The investigation comes as the state debates how to redraw workforce investment area districts. Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for Beshear, said he thought it was best to ask a separate agency to review the program.

Budget Director says Kentucky Likely to Avoid Shortfall

Kentucky's tax collections had another strong month in March, a sign the state is likely to avoid another budget shortfall. State officials predicted revenues would increase by 3.6 percent in the budget year that ends June 30. With just three months left, state revenues have grown 4.1 percent. State Budget Director Jane Driskell said the prospects of hitting the official forecast are solid. Kentucky ended the 2014 budget year with a $90 million shortfall. The largest increase in March came from individual income tax collections, which rose 18.7 percent from last year. Corporate income tax collections grew 12.7 percent. State gas tax collections fell slightly in March giving the road fund a 0.1 percent growth for the year. But state officials planned for an overall drop of 0.9 percent.

UPIKE Partners with Hemp Company

UPike officials say a new partnership with a Hemp company, could allow hemp to make its way back to eastern Kentucky. The University of Pikeville officially linked up with "Freedom Seed and Feed" on Thursday. The two sides will collaborate to form the "Institute for Regenerative Design and Innovation." Through student-based research, the IRDI will promote the development of industrial hemp, with hopes of improving the economy in central Appalachia. There are not many hemp-based products available in eastern Kentucky right now. However, the possibilities include anything from paper to cars. There is no word on when the industrial hemp pilot projects will begin.

Country Music Highway Museum Celebrates Ten Years

The Country Music Highway Museum celebrated its 10 year anniversary on Sunday, with free tours and performances. Up and coming artist from around the area we're on hand Sunday to honor the artist who were born along US 23 have made a name for themselves in Country Music. Superstars like Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Ricky Skaggs, The Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakum, Keith Whitley and Chris Stapleton.

Performances included Nicole Pennington, Kelsie May, Jason Goble, Maranda Finney, Sarah McCoart, Charlie Hall, First Time Around, Larry Pancake, Marlana VanHoose, Tim Elkins and Jacob Chaney. Guest speakers were also on hand to celebrate the event, including the Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter, Ky. State Representative Hubert Collins and a representative from Congressman Hal Roger’s office in Washington, D. C. Cake and refreshments were served and a big crowd was on hand to help celebrate this event.

2015 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon a Success!!!

The 2015 Premier Auto Sale/Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon has come and gone for another year at WSIP and this year turned out to be one of the most successful. Our TOTAL raised was.........$42,646, with a few donations still yet to be counted. THANKS goes out to ALL of OUR LISTENERS!!! Without you, this could not be possible. ALL MONEY donated will go directly to the Children and Families @ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. We APPRECIATE EVERYONE for their Help and Generosity and we look forward to next year, as we celebrate our 11th Anniversary. Again THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to YOU, OUR LISTENERS for a JOB WELL DONE!!!!

Local News 4-9-2015

 

KSP Investigating Deadly Accident in Johnson Co.

The following is the official news release from the KSP, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Divison of the Kentucky State Police is investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred on US23 in Johnson County, on Wednesday, April 8, 2014, at approximately 3:36am. The preliminary investigation indicated that Mr. Danny L. Rice, of Stambaugh KY, was operating a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer southbound, in northbound lane of travel on US 23. Mr. James Kern, of Salyersville KY, was operating a 2015 Peterbuilt, traveling northbound, also in the northbound lane of travel on US 23. The Trail Blazer struck the driver’s side of the tractor-trailer combination and came to final rest. There were no other vehicles involved in the collision. Mr. Rice was pronounced deceased at the scene by Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby. Mr. Kern was declined medical treatment. The collision was investigated by Officer Dennis Hutchinson of the Kentucky State Police, Division of CommercialVehicle Enforcement. He was assisted by KSP Sgt. Keith Justice, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the W.R. Castle Volunteer Fire Department, and the Johnson County Coroner.

Paintsville Police Dept. March 2015 Activity Report

The following is a monthly activity report for the Paintsville Police Dept. during the month of Marchs 2015.

Theft Complaints – 9
DUI – 5
Traffic Citations – 25
Controlled Substance Violations – 8
Alcohol Intoxication – 2
Domestic Disputes – 5
Accident without injury – 31
Accident with injury – 2
Warrants served – 18
Mentally ill complaints – 2
Disorderly conduct – 1
CAD (dispatch calls) – 508
Assault complaints – 3

Again that was a monthly activity report for the Paintsville Pole Dept. for March 2015.

Paintsville Police investigating Recent Car Break-ins

In a separate news release from the Paintsville Police Dept., the agency is currently investigating where several vehicles were broken into, located in the Richmond Village area of KY RT 40. If anyone has any information to share about this case, please contact the agency @ 789-2603. This investigation is being conducted by Officer Scott Wheeler.

According to a report in the Floyd County Times, on Monday, April 6, Floyd Co. Sheriff John Hunt along with Deputies and agents from the KY Attorney General’s Office and the DEA, executed a search warrant at 620 Toler Creek Road in the Harold community of Floyd County. During the search officers seized approximately 360 prescription pills, including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam and Tramadol. The drugs have a combined estimated street value (ESV) of approximately $43,000. Also seized were four (4) handguns; one (1) rifle, and $7,662.00 cash. Arrested at the scene was, Karen Clifton, 43 of Harold and James J. Adams, 33 of Prestonsburg. Both were taken to the Floyd County Detention Center charged with:

* 2 counts of Trafficking in Controlled Substance – 1st Degree
* 2 counts of Trafficking in Controlled Substance – 3rd Degree

The 360 Pills seized had an estimated street value of $4,291.00.

* 106 Oxycodone $2,210.00
* 181 Hydrocodone $1,810.00
* 69 Alprazolam (Xanax) $ 345.00
* 4 Tramadol $ 16.00

The seizure remains an on-going investigation between the three agencies and other arrests are possible.

Federal Inmate Enters Guilty Plea in Death of another Inmate

Reports indicate that a federal inmate, charged with the 2013 death of another inmate in Martin Co. has pleaded guilty to the crime. Eric Williams pleaded guilty in the death of Gregory Kittle. In the plea agreement, Williams admitted to stabbing Kittle to death in 2013 at the United States Penitentiary at Big Sandy. Court documents suggest a fight between Denardo Hoskins and Kittle led to the stabbing. Prosecutors dropped charges against Hoskins. Williams now faces up to 15 years in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing on April 29th.

Morehead State University Schedules Open house

Morehead State University’s Office of Enrollment Services has rescheduled its Open House program for Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. until noon in the Adron Doran University Center on the Morehead campus. According to enrollment services, the Open House events are excellent opportunity for students and families to discover why MSU has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report for the 11th year running. University representatives will be available to meet students and their families, answer questions, lead campus tours and share information concerning college life. On one such measure of success, MSU graduates are consistently accepted into professional schools, including medical, dental and pharmacy programs, at rates well above state and national averages. Students and families are encouraged to register for the Open House. To learn much more about this event or to complete an online registration, you may visit www.moreheadstate.edu/openhouse/. Additional information is available by calling enrollment services at 606-783-2000 or 800-585-6781.

Public Meeting Seeks Input on KY 114 Corridor

Citizens are invited to learn more about plans to extend the Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky. Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its consultants will discuss alternatives to develop a four-lane, high-speed route along the KY 114 corridor between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

WHO: Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and engineering consultants for the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

WHAT: Officials will show preliminary maps of roadway routes being considered to improve safety and mobility along the KY 114 corridor. Project leaders will be on hand to answer questions about planned improvements and gather comments and feedback about the alternatives being considered.

WHEN: 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14

WHERE: Prestonsburg Elementary School, 140 South Clark Road, Prestonsburg, Ky.

ABOUT THE PROJECT: The Mountain Parkway Expansion, proposed by Gov. Beshear and funded by the Kentucky General Assembly, will close the only gap in a 400-mile, four-lane, high-speed corridor for commerce and mobility across Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah.

The 46-mile project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway from two lanes to four lanes and extend the parkway between Salyersville and Prestonsburg. The entire Mountain Parkway Expansion, which is expected to be completed in six to 10 years, has a preliminary price tag of $753 million. FOR MORE DETAILS: Visit the project website, http://www.MtnParkway.com.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2015 edition of the WSIP/Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon begins today. All day today April 9 and again on Friday, April 10 we encourage you to tune into 98.9 FM or listen live on our website www.wsipfm.com and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 10th year hosting this event. Last year, Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2014 radio-thon raised a total of nearly $43,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2015 event a success! You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.