WSIP News 12-7-2017


Some Downtown Christmas Decorations Damaged in Paintsville

The Paintsville Police Dept. is currently investigating the vandalism of some of the City’s Christmas decorations. According to information, the vandalism happened sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday morning at the picnic table in the downtown parking lot near the Red lights on Main Street. Asst. Police Chief Danny Smith said there was about $300 worth of damage done to the decorations. Workers were on site Wednesday trying to fix and in some cases replace the damaged pieces. If anyone has any information on the person or persons responsible, please contact the Paintsville Police Dept. 606-789-2603.

Investigation Underway in a Shooting Death in Martin Co on Wednesday

The Kentucky State Police confirms that a death investigation is underway in Martin Co following a shooting that took place on Electra Glide Lane, just off of Davella Road in the Debord community of Martin Co. Investigators say the shooting happened around 3 AM Wednesday morning and one person is confirmed deceased. The victim has been identified as Rodney Stepp, 46, of Debord. At this time no additional information has been released on the events leading up to this shooting. Assisting at the scene was the Martin Co Sheriff’s Office. The KSP is the investigating agency.

Martin Co. Man Arrested after Shooting

According to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday morning, Dec 6, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint to respond to 117 Davelle Rd in the Deboard community of Martin Co. in reference to a male subject that had been shot. When Sheriff John Kirk and his Deputies arrived on scene, they observed a man, identified as Elwood Six, 66 of Inez standing beside what appeared to be a man with blood on the ground. Deputies say Six ignored commands by Officers to show his hands. According to the criminal complaint, Six told deputies to "shoot me." The criminal complaint went on to say that Six was taken to the ground by multiple Deputies and kept trying to reach for his pockets. A handgun was allegedly removed from his right pants pocket. Deputies had to force Six's hands behind his back and he continued to ignore verbal commands to stop resisting. During this altercation, Sheriff John Kirk was injured and had to be taken to a local Hospital for observation. Elwood Six has been charged with 5 counts of wanton endangerment on a Police Officer along with 1 count each of resisting arrest, menacing and disorderly conduct. Officials say this incident is in relation to the shooting death of Rodney Stepp. Kentucky State Police say that case will be presented to the grand jury for any charges pertaining to the shooting.

Two Brothers Arrested for Fake Crime Scene in Martin Co

In a separate news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, two brothers were arrested Saturday, Dec 2 after they had assaulted a man and then allegedly created a fake crime scene to cover it up. Police say Casey Spence and Jeffery Spence beat a man with a crowbar around 4 AM Saturday morning. Investigators say the man, identified as Fred Daniels, was hit in the head with the crowbar four times in the road near his home. Daniels told Deputies that the suspects stole his truck after hitting him. He had to have around 50 staples in his head. Deputies say the brothers went and created a crime scene at their house. They allegedly said Daniels had assaulted them and had come to their house and fired a shotgun at them. Martin Co Sheriff John Kirk said there was a hole in the wall that the Spence brothers claimed was from a shotgun, and there was blood on the scene. After investigating, Sheriff Kirk said the Spence brothers later admitted that the hole was not from a shotgun and that the blood was actually from a dog. The brothers were arrested for falsely reporting an incident. Both Casey and Jeffrey refused to be cuffed and were charged with resisting arrest. They were also charged with 1st -degree assault, theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespassing. They were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Hazard Police Investigating Armed Robbery

The Hazard Police Dept. is investigating the armed robbery that happened Tuesday. Police say a man brandished a handgun at a drug store. Police described the suspect as a white man in his 20s or 30s standing about 5-foot-9. They said he has tattoos on his neck. The man fled the scene in a black sport-utility vehicle. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Hazard Police Department at 606-436-2222.

Conn Pleads Not Guilty Related to Escape

Former Floyd Co. disabilities attorney Eric C. Conn pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges related to his escape. Conn arrived back on US soil late Tuesday evening after he was captured in Honduras on Monday. Conn had pleaded guilty in March 2017 to stealing from the Federal Government and bribing a judge in a more than $500 million Social Security fraud case. A judge was scheduled to sentence Conn on July 14, but Conn disappeared in June and authorities found his ankle monitor on the side of I-75.