WSIP News 1-19-2017


Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Investigating Weekend Shooting

According to news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. on the night of Friday, January 13th, 2017 Johnson Co 911/Dispatch received a complaint of a male subject shooting into a residence on Rothwell Branch in the Stambaugh community. Johnson Co Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Caldwell responded to the call, but the subject had already fled from the scene. Deputy Caldwell observed approximately eight bullet holes, one of which had entered through the front door of the residence. He also observed damage to the victims’ vehicles, where some of the windows had been shot out. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. Assisting Deputy Caldwell at the scene was the Kentucky State Police. This case is currently under investigation by JCSO Deputy Caldwell.

Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Release 2016 Activity Totals

In a separate news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Sheriff Dwayne Price has released data that allows citizens of Johnson Co. the 2016 activity totals for responses, citations, arrests, and indictments. Sheriff Price said he was also pleased to say that the number of felony arrests, especially in the area of drugs, has continued to steadily decline and says his department has made it their priority to aggressively seek indictments with undisputable evidence and well explained case reports.

* The Johnson County Sheriff’s office received 4,267 calls in 2016. This excludes personal contacts and community relations presentations and contacts.

* The following are misdemeanor citations or warrants. Misdemeanor cases are through district court.

* 296 Bench Warrants in 2016.
* 2, 126 driving related citations in 2016.
* 330 other misdemeanor citations in 2016.
* 78 Possession of a controlled substance citations in 2016.
* 19 Wanton Endangerment arrests in 2016.

The following are felony counts and are through the circuit court.

* The JCSO participated in one FBI multiple state drug round up case that was over one year in surveillance and evidence collection in 2016.

* The JCSO presented to the grand jury and obtained 153 drug related indictments in 2016.

* The JCSO presented to the grand jury and obtained 33 non-drug related citations in 2016.

Community Interaction:

* The JCSO participated or conducted 52 community interaction programs or projects involving over 1000 students or citizens in 2016.

Sheriff Price encourages residents to feel free and contact his office with information or tips regarding any criminal activity.

Knott Co. Residents Vote No to Alcohol Sales

On Tuesday, voters in Knott Co decided not to allow alcohol sales. 1,981 people voted to stay dry, and 1,589 voted to go wet, a margin of 392 votes. This is the not the first time a wet-dry vote was on the ballot in Knott Co. In 2012, the county voted to stay dry, 789 votes short of going wet. Supporters of this measure argued that alcohol sales will spur on new business and bring in more tax revenue, but opponents worry that permitting alcohol sales would encourage alcohol use. Supporters also say they plan on getting another petition signed in three years (the minimum for wet/dry votes) and try again in 2020.

Drug Company to Pay Millions for Supplying Opiates to Eastern Ky Pharmacies

Acting U.S. Attorney Carlton Shier announced Wednesday what he called a "historic" settlement in a drug case. The case, involving multiple U.S. attorney and DEA offices across the country, ended with McKesson Corporation agreeing to pay a $150 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This pharmaceutical company supplied opiates to pharmacies in Eastern Kentucky, Shier said. “McKesson’s failure to report suspicious orders fueled the opioid epidemic in eastern Kentucky,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Shier. “Opioid abuse has devastated our community, and the investigation of drug distributors, like McKesson, is one aspect of the United States’s multifaceted fight against this epidemic.” The settlement is considered DEA’s largest civil penalty ever for violations of the CSA. As part of the settlement, the company’s Ohio-based office is suspended from selling controlled substances for two years.

Marlana Vanhoose to Perform at Presidential Inauguration Concert

Johnson Co. resident Marlana VanHoose is scheduled to perform Today (Thursday, Jan. 19) between 1:30-3:30 PM at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration festivities. She will be one of only a dozen performers to leave her mark on this historic event. Marlana said, “I am so honored & thrilled to be performing at the presidential concert on January 19 at the Lincoln Memorial in DC!! Thanks to David L Cook & the AMG for helping me get there.” Marlana will also be singing one song and playing the piano this Saturday, Jan 21 at the National Prayer Service at the Washington Cathedral between 10:00-11:00 AM.

Marlana is well known throughout the State and Country for her singing capabilities, singing the national anthem at several sporting events and organizational meeting, as well as performing at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year. Congratulations Marlana…You continue to make Johnson Co. and All of Eastern Ky Very Proud of You!

WSIP News 1-18-2017


Deadly Accident in Floyd Co involving a Backhoe

Emergency crews responded to the scene of an accident Monday evening in the Prater Creek community of Floyd Co after a Backhoe overturned and trapped a person underneath. Officials say when emergency responders arrived at the scene the man had already succumbed to his injuries. The man has been identified as 69-year-old David Hamilton. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Floyd Co Coroner Greg Nelson. No further information has been released at this time.

Perry Co Home Destroyed by Fire

The Vicco/Sassafras Fire Department volunteers responded to a house fire Monday night in the Vicco community if Perry Co. Fire officials are unsure of when the fire actually started, but they were toned out around 9:00 PM that night. When they arrived at the home located on Montgomery Creek Road, the house was fully engulfed in flames. According to WYMT reports, the homeowner told investigators that a man actually started the fire. No other homes were damaged as a result of this fire and the investigation into how the fire started or who might have set it is ongoing.

Truck Hits Two Cars and a Building in Powell Co

Investigators in Powell Co are trying to figure out what caused a truck to hit two cars and a building Monday night. The crash happened along East College Avenue in Stanton. Firefighters say the truck hit a car, then sideswiped a state police cruiser before running off the road and hitting a building. Firefighters report two people in the car were taken to the hospital, but their conditions have not been released. The state trooper in the cruiser was not injured.

Reward Offered For Information on Conservation Officer's Truck Shooting

Officers with the Department of Fish & Wildlife are trying to bring justice for a conservation officer whose truck was shot into. Conservation Officer Glenn Smith works in Breathitt County and lives in Wolfe Co. The shots shattered the back window and damaged the interior of his Dodge Ram. No one was inside at the time. While the agency said that they have increased patrols in that area, they want to do more to help find the culprit. Law Enforcement Director of Fish & Wildlife Rodney Coffey told LEX 18 that they will be going door-to-door handing out fliers about the incident to try and get people to talk. State Police will also do road checks with them. They are also offering a reward of $2,500 for information that could help solve the case.

New Bill could get Coal Counties a Larger share of Coal Tax

If State Rep. Jim Gooch has his way, Kentucky’s coal producing counties will be getting a bigger boost in the near future. Gooch pre-filed BR 296 on Oct 25, 2016, just prior to the general election. The legislation addresses how and when the state doles out coal severance funds to coal producing counties. The bill revision, if passed, would mean a major overhaul to the handling of coal severance dollars. Coal severance money, which Kentucky’s coal mining counties use to support and repair their infrastructure, have been declining for several years. When the coal severance fund was initially set up, coal mining counties were supposed to get roughly 50 percent of coal severance tax dollars back to improve roads, drinking water and other infrastructure related items. More recently, the state legislature has come under fire for "off the tops," a process by which it spends part of the coal severance tax revenue before giving the counties their half. Most notably was the 2013 decision to spend $2.5 million in Lexington to help pay for the planning and design of renovations at Rupp Arena. Lexington is in Fayette County which is not a coal mining county. BR 296 would increase the counties portion of the funds from 50 percent to 100 percent over the next five years. It would also similarly increase the amount of coal severance to local governments through the local government economic development fund (LGED) and LGEAF. Those would increase to 60 percent and 40 percent of taxes collected, from the current 35% and 15%, respectively, over the same five-year period.

Ky. Health Officials: Flu Level Widespread

The level of flu activity in Kentucky has been raised from 'regional' to 'widespread' according to Kentucky health officials. Officials say widespread is the highest level of flu activity, which means there has been an increase in activity or outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. According to the latest activity map from the Center for Disease Control. Health officials warn this is the time when flu is the most rampant. It will stay this way until early February. The most common symptoms for the flu are runny nose, cough, and a fever. Doctors say as soon as you detect these symptoms you should see a doctor immediately. Doctors add if you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, now is the time to get it because it takes at least two weeks for the vaccine to get into your system. Patients who are at the highest risk of getting the flu are young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic health issues.

Loretta Lynn to Receive Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

Johnson Co. native Loretta Lynn has been named the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN. The exhibit is scheduled to open on August 25, 2017 and continue through June 2018 and will feature costumes, heirlooms, personal material and other items spotlighting Loretta’s singing career through the years. Lynn said she was happy to be featured as one of the Hall of Fame’s main exhibits for the museum’s 50th anniversary. Additional exhibits announced with Lynn include Jason Aldean and Shania Twain.