Local News 9-27-2012

Cooperative Effort Leads to DUI Arrest

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept., on Friday September 21st at approximately 11:49AM, Johnson County 911/Dispatch received a call of a possible drunk driver on US 23 heading into the Paintsville area. The caller stated that he had been following a vehicle with Ohio registration since Catlettsburg, and it was driving erratically. Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Clark advised dispatch that he was near the Floyd county line and would patrol for the vehicle; a silver Nissan being driven by James S. Roberts, age 49 of Teaberry, KY. Clark passed the vehicle near the Bear Hollow area. Clark turned to pursue the vehicle, which appeared to be speeding and driving recklessly. The vehicle crossed into Floyd County. After making contact with Floyd County 911/Dispatch, Clark was advised to assist to Prestonsburg Police Department with the traffic stop. Prestonsburg City Police officers stopped Roberts with additional support from Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies David Pridemore and John Dale. Prestonsburg Police Sergeant Brian Walker administered a Kentucky field sobriety test to Roberts.  Upon searching Robert’s vehicle, Sgt. Walker discovered a cigarette pack containing a quantity of unidentified pills. Sgt. Walker charged Roberts with Driving Under the Influence, Prescription Not in Original Container, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, and No Insurance. Roberts was lodged in the Floyd County Jail.

Johnson Co. S.O Continue to Search for Missing Johnson Co. Couple 

Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, along with his department, are continuing their search for a missing Johnson Co. couple, said to be missing for over 2 weeks, but family, friends and the sheriff, all fear the worst. Reports are swirling that one of the couple's children, Willle Blanton told officials that they were going camping, but told others they were going to florida although according to Sheriff Price, it just doesn't add up. Sheriff Price says the Blanton's Dodge pickup never left their farm and their troubling bank and cell phone records show no transactions and no calls since September fifth. Their son told Sheriff Price they left in a blue Nissan but the sheriff says there's no evidence of that. The Blanton's live on Pigeon Creek road at Oil Springs. The sheriff says Willie is a person of interest in his parents disappearance and they plan to search the property on Sunday. Sheriff Price says his department will continue to investigate the couple's disapearance and ask the citizens of Johnson Co. to keep a look out for the couple, if you know them and if you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Larry and Sandra (Sandy) Blanton, to please call the Johnson Co. Sheriff's office at 789-3411 or call 911.

KSP Investigating a Fatal Accident in Morgan Co.

According to a news release from the KSP, on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 4:29 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead was notified by Morgan County Dispatch of a two vehicle injury accident on the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway near mile marker 63 at the Morgan/Magoffin county line.  Mabel Swafford, 68 of Lexington, was traveling eastbound on the parkway approaching a construction zone.  Ms. Swafford was operating a silver 2004 Saturn Vue when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road, losing control, resulting in the vehicle becoming perpendicular in the westbound lane.  Mrs. Swafford was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced deceased on scene by Morgan County Coroner, Raymond Vancleve.  Tyler Shepherd, 21 of Salyersville, was traveling westbound on the mountain parkway operating a white 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up truck. Mr. Shepherd was wearing his seatbelt.  The front of the Dodge Ram struck the passenger side of the Saturn Vue, causing both vehicles to come to a final rest in the eastbound lane.  Kentucky State Police Post 8 Troopers Mike McPherson and Joseph Zalone as well as KSP Units from Pikeville Post 9 responded to the scene.  Also on scene was Morgan County Coroner Raymond Vancleve, Morgan County EMS responded and transported Mr. Shepherd to Morgan County ARH for non life threatening injures.  Morgan County Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and provided traffic control.  The accident remains under investigation by KSP Post 8 Trooper M. McPherson.

Floyd Co. Woman Dies in a Hunting Accident in Owenton

Reports out of Floyd Co. say a Martin (Floyd Co) woman has died, after she was accidentally shot with a crossbow. Yvetta Reffitt, 59, was hunting with a group Sunday at a farm in Owen County. Police say she was dropped off by herself at around 6:45 a.m., but when she did not show up for lunch, members of her hunting party began looking for her. When the search party located Reffitt around 11:30 am, she was already dead. A preliminary police investigation points to the crossbow shot, along with a pre-existing medical condition, as being responsible for Reffitt’s death. Det. Kurt Buhts, with Kentucky State Police Post 5, in Campbellsburg, is investigating the incident. Buhts was assisted at the scene by the Owen County Sheriff’s Department, Owen County EMS, Owen County Rescue and the Monterey Fire Department. No other information has been released.

"Hit List" Allegedly Found at an Area High School

According to WYMT-TV, they are reporting a hit list was allegedly found at Morgan County High School in West Liberty earlier this week. Morgan County school leaders tell the station that a search was conducted at the school Tuesday morning as part of the investigation, but they would not elaborate on what was founf, if anything. They have not said if any charges have been filed. No further information has been provided.

Morgan Co. Man Arrested After Running Obama Security

An Eastern Kentucky man has been detained by federal officials who say he carried multiple firearms and ran through a roadblock during President Barack Obama's visit to the Cincinnati region earlier this month. A federal criminal complaint unsealed in Covington on Wednesday says Kerry T. Prater of West Liberty had three weapons and a "quantity of ammunition" when he ran through an Erlanger police roadblock on Sept. 17. Obama's motorcade passed through northern Kentucky that day on the way to Cincinnati. The complaint, authored by Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agent Ronald Young, says Prater has a lengthy criminal history and has been previously declared mentally ill.
Ashland, State Name 24 Teacher Achievement Winners

Two dozen Kentucky teachers are being honored by the state Education Department and Ashland Inc. and will compete for Teacher of the Year. The teachers are receiving the 2013 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards at a ceremony Oct. 17 in Frankfort, where the Teacher of the Year will be announced. That person will then go on to represent the state in the national competition. The 24 teachers come from across the state, with three from Jefferson County; two each from Daviess, Fayette, Floyd and Shelby counties; and one each from Clay County, Corbin Independent, Franklin County, Hardin County, Kenton County, McCracken County, Madison County, Menifee County, Muhlenberg County, Oldham County, Paducah Independent, Robertson County and Rowan County.