Working Moonshine Still Found in a Johnson Co. Kitchen
According to the Johnson County Sheriff Departments, they found a working moonshine still inside a home in the Van Lear community of Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price says the still was found in a kitchen in the home on South Burglar Hollow and says four children were inside the house at the time of the bust.
Price says investigators confiscated more than two quarts of moonshine and arrested one woman at the home and charged her with four counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a minor, and one count of misdemeanor “apparatus for unlawful manufacturing alcoholic beverage". Price says this is the first still they’ve had in years in the county.
Sheriff Price would like to ask anyone with knowledge of any illegal activity to please call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411 and report it. As always, all callers will remain anonymous.
Another Lawsuit Filed in a Floyd Co. Inmates Death
In June 2013, the daughter of a Prestonsburg man, who died while being held in the Floyd County Detention Center, filed a federal lawsuit against Floyd County, former Jailer Roger Webb and numerous named and unnamed jail employees, alleging her father’s (Joey Griffith) death was the direct result of intentional negligence. The complaint was filed on June 20, in U.S. District Court, in Pikeville. The daughter is asking for unspecified compensation for her father’s pain and suffering, his injuries, his lost income, and funeral and burial costs, as well as punitive damages. The lawsuit claims the jail violated her father’s “constitutional and common law rights and his estate should be entitled to recover punitive damages, in order to deter such conduct in the future.”
The lawsuit stems from Griffith’s death on Jan. 27. Reports indicate Griffith was taken to HRMC on January 23 for “reasons that at present time are unknown”. He was released a couple of days later from HRMC and instructions given to jail officials for the care of Griffith. A few days later, Jail guards moved Joey Griffith to another cell because he said he was not feeling well, but nearly 5 hours later was found dead in the cell. A medical examiner determined the death was the result of diabetic causes.
Now another lawsuit has been filed by the plaintiff’s, former Jailer Roger Webb and six (6) other jail employees have filed a third party complaint in US District Court in Pikeville against Dr. Robert A. Hess. In their complaint, they claim Dr. Hess “exhibited a negligent, reckless, wanton and careless disregard” for Mr. Griffith that “resulted in injuries” to him and “caused or substantially contributed” to his death. Webb and the other jail works continue to claim they are not responsible for Griffith’s death.
Mudslide Shuts Down a Rowan County Highway
Road department workers in Rowan Co. spent most of Wednesday cleaning up a part of Kentucky Rt. 801 due to a mudslide brought on by a substantial amount of rain, ice and snow that has hit the area over the last couple of days.
According to Rowan Co. Road Department officials, the mudslide happened sometime last Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Officials added said this is not the first time Rt. 801 has had a mudslide occur and the community seems aware that this kind of thing happens every once in a while at this specific location.
KSP Arrests Jessamine Co. Man on Child Pornography Charges
According to a news release from the KSP, on Feb. 4, 2014, at approximately 1:57 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch assisted the FBI and the Attorney General’s Office in the execution of a search warrant related to child sexual exploitation on Orchard Drive in Nicholasville, Ky.
As a result of the search, KSP charged Jeffery Treadway, 35, with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. The arrest was the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation that began in Colorado. An FBI agent in Colorado had taken over an account belonging to another individual who was arrested on charges related to child sexual exploitation. The agent utilized the account to make contact with others who were possibly interested in the sexual exploitation of children. The agent’s investigation led back to Treadway’s residence on Orchard Drive in Nicholasville. The investigation resulted in the execution of the search warrant at Treadway’s residence, where electronic equipment was seized and is pending a full forensic examination. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
Gov. Beshear Offers Tax Overhaul Plan
Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed sweeping changes to Kentucky's tax code that include lowering tax rates for individuals and businesses and expanding the sales tax to more services. The state's cigarette tax would increase to $1 a pack under the plan. Beshear said Tuesday his package includes 22 changes to the tax system. He calls it a "beginning point" in discussions with lawmakers to modernize the tax system to make Kentucky more competitive.
This proposal expands the sales tax to the labor associated with installation and repair of taxable goods, certain recreational activities, and certain commercial, residential and personal service. The sales tax also would apply to admissions to fitness centers and golf courses under the plan. Beshear says his plan would increase state General Fund revenues by nearly $210 million per year once fully implemented.
Proposal to end Treasurer’s Office clears Senate
The Kentucky Senate has passed a proposed ballot measure seeking to abolish the state treasurer's office. The proposal would amend the Kentucky Constitution to allow the treasurer's duties to shift to the state Finance Cabinet. The measure cleared the Senate on a 23-15 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the state House. Republicans backing the measure say it could save the state $1.4 million each year. State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach disputed that, saying abolishing his office wouldn't save any money. Democrats opposing the bill said the treasurer's office provides needed oversight of state finances. Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer said the treasurer's office generates more revenue than other state constitutional offices. Republicans said the state auditor would provide needed oversight of executive spending. The legislation is Senate Bill 58.
Kentucky State Police Enforcement Effort Underway
Kentucky State Police posts around the state are involved in an effort to bring awareness to dangerous driving behaviors that cause crashes. The program runs through Feb. 15 and is called Operation R.A.I.D., for "remove aggressive, impaired and distracted drivers from Kentucky roadways."
State police Director of Operations Lt. Col. Jack Miniard says the effort has the same objectives across the state but individual plans will take into account local crash activity. He says the focus is to reduce the loss of life on Kentucky highways. The agency cites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies that show that aggressive drivers cause two-thirds of all fatal crashes and more than one-third of all crashes. The agency defines aggressive driving as someone committing a combination of traffic offenses that endanger others.