LOCAL NEWS

August 3, 2012

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Paintsville Police Dept. Activity Report for the Month of July 2012


* The following is a look at the monthly activity report fro the Paintsville Police Dept. for the month of July 2012.

Warrants served- 26
Controlled Substance violations - 29
Alcohol intoxication- 9
DUI- 6
Burglary - 2
Theft Complaints - 24
Accidents w/o injury - 27
Accidents with injury - 4
Traffic violations - 42
Dispatched calls (CAD) - 672
Mentally Ill complaints - 1
Driving on suspended- 2
Domestic disputes - 8
Disorderly conduct- 4
Alarms - 5

Two Men Involved in Fatal Crash Indicted

Reports out of Floyd Co. say two men involved in a wreck that killed a Breathitt County woman have been indicted on charges related to activities before the wreck happened. James Mace and Johnathan Crider were allegedly stealing copper prior to the wreck back in May. Police say the two then ran from the scene, hopped into a car, sped away along Route 114 in Floyd County and hit 63 year old Brenda Montgomery head on. After the crash police found that mace was an escaped inmate.

KSP Investigating a Shooting in Elliott Co.

According to a news release from the KSP, on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 12:58 a.m., Kentucky State Police, Post 8 in Morehead received a request for assistance from the Elliott County Dispatch concerning a domestic dispute at 65 Glen Carter Road in Sandy Hook. Jamie Roseberry, age 39, was reported to be under the influence of drugs and had made threats to kill his wife. Elliott County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and made contact with Mr. Roseberry and informed him that he was under arrest. Mr. Roseberry brandished a knife and approached the deputy in an aggressive manner. The deputy drew his weapon and shot Mr. Roseberry twice in the chest. Mr. Roseberry was airlifted to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia and was listed in serious condition. At the request of the Elliott County Sheriff, Jimmy Stephens, the Kentucky State Police was asked to conduct the shooting investigation. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Donnie McGraw.

Man Acquitted In Toddler's Death

An eastern Kentucky jury has acquitted a man accused in the death of a 15-month-old girl. Boyd County prosecutors had alleged that Brian Brewster was responsible for the death of Cally Erica Jobe on April 30, 2011. The child died at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia of what authorities determined were head injuries from abuse. The girl's mother testified during the trial that Brewster was watching her daughter while she ran errands, and when she returned the child was unresponsive. Brewster's attorney argued that the injuries were inflicted before the child was placed in his care. Prosecutor David Justice told The Independent that he was disappointed with the verdict, but knew it would be difficult because the case was based on circumstantial evidence.

Former Floyd Co. Chamber Of Commerce Director Indicted

On July 18th, a Floyd County grand jury indicted Amanda Stumbo, 32, of McDowell, charging that, while she was serving as director of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, she committed two felony offenses of second-degree forgery and theft by unlawful taking. The indictment states that, from September 2010 though November 2011, Stumbo signed the names of board members of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce to checks without their knowledge or consent and that she took property that belonged to the chamber valued at more than $500. Stumbo left her position as director in October 2011. If convicted, she could receive 1-to-5 years imprisonment for each charge and fines of $1,000 to $10,000.

Pain Clinic Owner Set For Sentencing In Drug Case

A Louisiana businessman convicted of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and methadone in eastern Kentucky through pain clinics in other states is set to be sentenced in federal court. Michael Leman, the 48-year-old owner of Urgent Care Services in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove on Thursday afternoon in Lexington. Van Tatenhove will also hand down a criminal penalty for the company. A jury in March convicted Leman and the clinics of conspiring with several of his employees to prescribe methadone and oxycodone to bogus patients who were working with drug dealers to distribute the medications in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, where prescription drug abuse is rampant. The jury also ordered Leman to forfeit $825,000 as the profits of the scheme.

Gov. Beshear Calls EPA Ruling A Victory For Miners

In response to a lawsuit filed by the National Mining Association against the EPA and Administrator Lisa Jackson, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington, D.C. ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its powers by setting up water-quality criteria for coal mining operations in Appalachia. Last year, the EPA tightened guidelines on the practice of dumping waste into Appalachian valley waterways from surface mine blasting. Walton said the EPA infringed on the authority given to state regulators by federal clean water and surface mining acts. Governor Steve Beshear voiced his support of Walton's decision, saying the action is a victory for coal miners who have seen mines close and their jobs put in jeopardy. Beshear said the regulations had essentially halted three dozen pending coal permits in Kentucky.

EKU Issues Campus Bulletin Due To Escaped Estill County Prisoner

Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday issued a campus bulletin because of an inmate who escaped from police custody in Estill County. Kentucky State Police advised EKU Police that Daniel Patterson, the estranged husband of a employee of EKU, escaped from custody in Estill County on Wednesday. They say Patterson may have stolen a black 1991 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck with a red pin-stripe with Kentucky license 668-EAB in Estill County. Patterson escaped from custody outside the Estill County courthouse as he was entering with other inmates. Patterson is charge with first-degree robbery of a Cash Express in June, but was due in court Wednesday on an unrelated EPO involving his estranged wife. Police say Patterson picked the lock on his handcuffs. Patterson remains at-large and considered to be dangerous. He is described as a white male, 36 years old, 5'5", 136 pounds with short gray hair.

Morgan County Football Program Gets $10,000 Donation

The Morgan County High School football team got a helping hand from a rival territory this week. The Morehead Optimist Club donated $10,000 to the Cougar football program to help replace equipment lost and repair damage to their field during the March 2 tornado that ripped through West Liberty. The twister littered the Morgan County football field with shards of glass, burying some several feet into the ground. "It means a lot because they're rivals - Morehead and Rowan county. Whenever it comes time they'll step up and help us and support us, just like we would for them if anything ever happened to them. It shows a lot of character," Morgan County senior fullback/linebacker Walker Crase said. The Morehead Optimist Club regularly donates to youth groups and programs.