Wolfe County Sheriff's Dept Arrest Burglary Suspect
Wolfe Co. Sheriff Deputies have made an arrest after a break in at a pharmacy in Wolfe Co. The burglary happened Tuesday night at the Wolfe Family Pharmacy in Campton. When officers arrived they spotted a car leaving the area where the pharmacy was located and as officers went insidem they found shattered glass and blood from the suspect, all spread over the store and prescription pills were missing. Deputies were able to review the store's surveillance video and was able to to get a good look at the suspect. Deputies already had a description of the car that they saw leaving the area as they arrived and after locating the car, was able to identify a female from the video. Reports indicate that the suspect was Jessica Chambers, 31, who had borrowed the car from her parents. Chambers was said to have had cuts on her arm and a tattoo matching what deputies seen in the video and they also found the stolen pills in her bedroom. Investigators say Chambers confessed to the burglary and she was arested, charged her with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. The pharmacy was open for business on Wednesday.
Breathitt County School Board Presents Suit Against State
According to WYMT-TV, a judge has denied a motion made Tuesday by the Kentucky Department of Education to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by the Breathitt County School Board. Breathitt Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher ruled the case can proceed, but he wanted both sides to try and settle their differences out of court. The Breathitt Co. B.O.E. members were stripped of their official duties, after the State took over the school system. During a very short meeting on May 28, board members refused to except the board meeting agenda and that prompted Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to take away what he called, "advisory roles" from the board members. School board members decided to file the lawsuit against the Kentucky Dept. of Education and it's Commissioner Terry Holliday, claiming he took away their rights as elected officials. On Tuesday, Judge Fletcher ordered the board and the KDE to settle their differences within 30 days, but if they could not, he would then send the case to mediation. The case is scheduled for review on October 11 in Breathitt County Circuit Court.
Two Men Busted for Oxycodone in Boyd Co.
It's been a very busy week for law enforcement in the Ashland area, as yet two more people have been arrested for selling and possessing drugs. According to the Ashland Police Dept. Cody Osborn, 19, of Ashland, and Scott Maybee, 37, of Greenup, were arrested at about 11:30 Tuesday night, just off Winchester Avenue. Police said they had received a call about two men causing a disturbance in another part of Ashland. When located, Police found the men in possesion of 74 oxycodone pills. Maybee was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Osborn was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. Both were taken to the Boyd County Detention Center.
Medical Board Files Complaint Agasint Pikeville Doctor
The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has accussed a Pikeville doctor of wrongdoing. These allegations stem from an August 2012 federal indictment accussing a Pikeville pharmacy manager, allegedly conspired with Dr. Thad Manning, 46, to illegally sell prescription drug samples. The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure complaint filed last week, accused Dr. Maynard of conspiring to sell prescription drug samples in exchange for office rent and free or discounted prescription drugs for his employees. The complaint says Dr. Manning has 30 days to answer the allegations. A hearing on the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure complaint is scheduled for February 4-5, 2014, in Louisville.
Improvement Made in Regional Jobless Rates
Local unemployment rates for July in our area, show some slight improvement from June, but still remain higher than this time a year ago. Johnson County posted the lowest rate in the region, at 10.1 percent, down from 10.6 percent in June, but up from 9.6 percent in July 2012. Pike County posted a rate of 10.7 percent, Martin County had 11 percent., Floyd County’s unemployment rate in July came in at 11.4 percent. The highest rate in the region was in Magoffin County, which also had the third-highest rate in the state. Magoffin County’s unemployment rate in July was 16.8 percent, but that was down nearly 2 point, from 18.6 percent in June.
Apply for Free Cell Phone Service at BSACAP
Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is now enrolling households in the SafeLink free cellular phone program. SafeLink, a service of TracFone Wireless, Inc., provides phones as well as 1,000 free texts and up to 250 minutes of airtime each month to income-eligible individuals.To qualify for the SafeLink phone service, households must meet income guidelines or participate in one of the following programs:
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
• Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
To apply at BSACAP, individuals must bring proof of income. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at BSACAP’s service offices:
Floyd County – 60 Court Street, Allen, (606) 874-3595
Johnson County – 230 Court Street, Paintsville, (606) 789-6515
Magoffin County – 131 South Church Street, Salyersville, (606) 349-2217
Martin County – Roy F. Collier Community Center, Inez, (606) 298-3217
Pike County – 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville, (606) 432-2775
The SafeLink service is limited to one phone per household. Eligible participants will receive their allotted minutes each month and will not need to re-apply to the program until one year after initial service.