LOCAL NEWS

News 8-21 & 22 -2012

Oil Springs F & R Respond to a Possible ATV Accident

Acording to the Oil Springs Fire and Rescue Dept., on Tuesday afternoon around 1pm, crews responded to the scene of a possible ATV accident on Little Mine Fork at Oil Springs just off Rt. 1409. Upon arriving at the scene, it was determined that the patient was suffering from a medical condition and had not been involved in an accident as first thought.. The patient was assessed and treated by FD personnel and transported from an off road location to Paintsville EMS who began ALS treatment and transport the victim to the old Oil Springs School to an awaiting air medical helicopter for rapid transport. No other information has been provided at this time.

KSP in Pikeville Investigating Another Bank Robbery in Eastern Ky.

* According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Tuesday August 21, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a armed robbery at US Bank in the South Williamson community of Pike County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that two unidentified males entered the bank, brandished firearms and demanded money. The two unidentified males left the scene on a green ATV with a undisclosed amount of cash. One male was described as dressed in dark clothing, the other dressed in light clothing. Both males were described as having their faces and heads covered. There were no injuries involved in this incident. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Detective Kevin Newsome. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555.

A Monday Bank Robbery in Floyd Co. Has Police Asking for Publics Help

* Police are continuing to search for a man, they say, robbed a Floyd County bank on Monday. According to reports, around 2 p.m. a man walked into the Citizen's National Bank building in the Allen community of Floyd Co. with a knife and demanded money from the tellers. Bank personel did exactly as commanded by the robber and gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and he left the bank on foot. The man is described as 5'6", last seen wearing a white thermal shirt, blue jeans, gloves and a mask. Bank officials, along with the KSP say no injuries occurred during the robbery. The incident also remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police and they ask that if anyone has any information pertaining to this investigation, you are asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555.

Fire in Martin Co. Destroys Business

Reports out of Martin Co. say a long time resturant is no more, after a Sunday night fire destroys most of the building. According to the Mountain Wolf website, the Inez VFD responded to the fire, located at Grand Dad’s Restaurant on Black Log road at around 1:30 am. Firefighters did all they could to try and save the business and as much of the building as they could, but the fire was to much and to extensive. This resturant had been a fixture in Martin Co. for several years, but now the current owners have to decide if they want to try and rebuild or move on. Fire officials are investigating the scene to try and determine a cause of the blaze.

Update on Plane Crash in West Liberty

Around 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon, rescue workers responded to the West Liberty Airport to investigate a plane crash. According to reports, two men were taking off from the airport around, when the pilot reported hearing a strange noise coming from the plane's engine, like the engine was stalling. Quickly the pilot decided to abort the takeoff, but there was not enough runway left to stop and the plane ended up going down a hill and into a ditch below. Firefighters and other Emergency personel hurried to the scene and found the two men still inside the plane. Thankfully, both the pilot and his passenger were alive, but did have some cuts and abrasions. Emergency officials took the two men to the hospital in West Liberty for treatment. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating this accident.

KSP Needs Publics Help in Locating a Father Charged with Abusing a 2-Month-Old Lawrence Co.Child

According to reports from the KSP in Ashland, a manhunt is currently underway for a child abuser. Officials say the victim is now 14-month-old and blind for life and is the abusers son. Information on the Louisa man whereabouts have been sketchy according to Police, after he was indicted on charges of first degree assault. Troopers are looking for Nicholas Ballou, 24, who was indicted last week by the Lawrence County Grand Jury. Police say the incident was said to happen on the charge stemming from an incident that occurred when Ballou was home alone with his son on August 3, 2011 The child suffered from three skull fractures. Amy Ballou said her ex-husband did not abuse drugs however, he had a temper and had changed and become abusive after their first child was born. Ballou is facing 10 to 20 years on the abuse charge and may now be facing additional charges. Ballou should be considered armed and dangerous.  The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case or the location of Ballou.  Callers may remain anonymous and can call the Kentucky State Police at 606-928-6421. TFC Michael Murriell is the investigating officer.

Eight  Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week                                                    

Preliminary statistics indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Aug, 13 through Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Six of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and four were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities occurred in Jefferson County. One fatality occurred in each of the following counties: Fayette, Owsley, Pike and Spencer.  One fatality was the result of a motorcycle crash in Whitley County. One pedestrian was killed in Jefferson County in a crash involving the use of alcohol. Through Aug. 19, preliminary statistics* indicate that 460 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 16 more than reported for this time period in 2011.Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

Four People Accused of Unemployment Fraud

Four Eastern Ky. residents have landed in hot water in Floyd District Court, after being charged with unemployment fraud. According to the Floyd Co. Times, Patrick Lee Hall, 30, of Melvin; Brian L. Kidd, 40, of Banner; Ronnie Joe Endicott, 32, of Prestonsburg; and Donna J. Jewell were each charged with one count of making false statements to receive unemployment benefits to which they were not entitled. The complaints filed against the four say, each committed the offense of knowingly making false statements to obtain/increase benefits over $100. Allegedly failing to disclose material facts in order to obtain unemployment insurance benefits. Jewell is accused of trying to obtain the largest sum of $2,707.54. Making false statements to obtain benefits is a class D felony, and if found guilty, each of the four accused could be imprisoned for up to five years.

Logger Killed In Rowan County Accident

A loggin accident took the life of a man in Rowan County Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened just after noon off of Kentucky 1722, also know as Lower Licking Road. Officials say Josh Ferguson, 30, was logging in the area when a tree fell on him and pushed him into a bulldozer blade. Officials say Ferguson, who was also the captain of the Elliotville Fire Department, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say no foul play is suspected, and that the incident was a tragic accident.

Investigations Lead to 9 Drug-Related Indictments in Breathitt Co.

According to a news release from Operation Unite officials, Police continue their search for five of nine Breathitt County residents wanted on drug-related charges. Undercover drug investigations over the past year by Operation UNITE resulted in indictments by a Breathitt County Grand Jury on August 10. Most of the cases were developed through undercover drug purchases in Breathitt County and involved the sale of Percocet, OxyContin or heroin. Law enforcement officers from the Jackson Police Department assisted Operation UNITE detectives in attempting to serve the arrest warrants last week, but only four of the individuals have been located. As of Monday afternoon, the four people arrested and lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail were:

• Robin Conner, 36, Fontaine Road, Lexington, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Ralph Hayes, 59, Miles Lane, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Chris King, 25, of Picnic Hill, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Jessica Noble, 26, Sewell Street, Jackson, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Police continue to search for the remaining suspects – Geneva Coomer, James Coomer, Crystal Spicer, Robin Stamper and Baylis Ritchie. Anyone with information should contact the Jackson Police Department. For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.

116 Kentucky Counties Now Declared Drought Disaster Areas

Governor Steve Beshear announced additional Kentucky counties have been classified as drought disaster areas by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack .In a letter to the Governor, Sec. Vilsack declared an additional 68 Kentucky counties as primary disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred April 1, 2012 and continuing. Counties included in this disaster in our area are as follows:
Johnson, Bath, Boyd, Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Martin, Morgan, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Lawrence, Magoffin, Menifee, Pike and Rowan. Kentucky now has 116 counties as either primary or contiguous disaster areas due to drought. "We are pleased that Sec. Vilsack has issued this disaster designation for the benefit of additional farm families in Kentucky. While some areas have seen rain in recent weeks, it did not arrive in time to mitigate agricultural losses in these counties," said Gov. Beshear. "The widespread impact this drought has had on the Commonwealth can be seen in that 97 percent of the state is covered by a disaster designation. I appreciate Sec. Vilsack's continued support of our farm families."