Local News 10-3-2012

Paintsville Police Release Monthly Activity Report for September 2012

The following release is from the Paintsville PD. It is a detailed monthly report from the department for the month of September 2012

Theft complaints(includes shoplifting) – 32
Alcohol intoxication – 11
Controlled substance violations – 13
D.U.I. – 3
Accident without injury – 21
Accident with injury – 3
Warrants served – 59
Traffic violations – 58
Dispatched calls (CAD) –569
Mentally ill complaints – 0
Domestic disputes – 6
Assault complaints – 0
Disorderly conduct – 7
Burglary – 0
Robbery - 0
Alarms – 2

Paintsville P.D. Investigating Car Theft Complaint

The Paintsville Police Dept. are continuing to investigate an attempted theft of a vehicle from a lot in the 500 block on Broadway. The owner reported that from late Friday night (9/28/2012 through 9/30/2012) that unknown person(s) attempted to steal a 1987 GMC pickup by making entry through the sliding rear glass, causing damage to the glass and ignition column. Anyone with information is urged to contact the agency @ 606-789-2603 or via e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This incident remains under investigation by Capt. Bill Holbrook.

Martin Co. Man Escapes Custody Sunday; Recaptured Monday

According to reports out of Martin Co., Sean Keller age 26 of Martin County, was arrested on Sunday night for a varity of charges. While being transported to the Big Sandy RDC, he told the transport officer he needed some medical attention. When the officer stopped to render help, he was attacked by Mr. Keller, who than escaped. The transport officer received only scrapes and bruises, but is ok.  Martin County Sheriff Deputies searched for Keller for several hours. After no luck in locating Keller Sunday, Martin Co. 911 received a call early Monday morning that Keller was at a residence in the Milo community. Officers went to that location and re-arrested Keller, who was still in his cuffs and shackles. Keller continued to be disordaly with the officers, but was finally detained after officers used pepper spray. Keeler was transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, charged with additional charges such as; Escape 1st, Resisting arrest, Assault 3rd and menacing. The new charges will be added to the original arrest charges. No other information has been released.

Pike Co. Man Arrested after Breaking Pharmacy Window

A Pikeville man has been arrested, after Pikeville police say he attempted to break into a pharmacy late last week. Brandon Kennard, 26, of Pikeville, faces a charge of first-degree criminal mischief for trying to break a window in an attempt to gain entry into the pharmacy early Friday morning. Pikeville Police were called to the Family Drug Center, on Town Mountain Road, after a burglary alarm was triggered at 2:36 a.m. When police arrived, they found evidence that led them to a nearby residence. It was there that they found Kennard. Police say Kennard used a landscape stone to break a window, then fled on foot when the alarm sounded. Kennard reportedly admitted to police he was trying to get into the building. Kennard was arrested and placed in the Pike County Detention Center. Riddle continues to investigate the incident.

Fifteen Die on Kentucky Roadways (Sept. 24 through Sept. 30)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Eleven of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and six were not wearing seat belts. One triple fatality crash occurred in Fulton County and involved the use of alcohol. All three victims were not wearing seat belts. One double fatality crash and one single fatality crash occurred in Carter County. The victim in the single fatality crash was not wearing a seat belt. One single fatality crash also occurred in each of the following counties: Jefferson, Magoffin, Morgan, Pike and Shelby. The victims in Magoffin and Morgan counties were not wearing seat belts. Three fatalities were the result of a motorcycle crashes. One double fatality crash occurred in Hopkins County. One single fatality crash occurred in Clinton County and the victim was not wearing a helmet. One fatality was the result of an ATV crash in Calloway County. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through Sept. 30, preliminary statistics* indicate that 543 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is six 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.

Boyd Co. Woman Charged with  Drug Trafficking

According to reports out of Boyd Co., Sheriff’s deputies have arrested an Ashland woman on drug-trafficking charges. Over the weekend, Deputies executed a search warrant at the home of Melissa B. Greer, 56, in the 1900 block of High Street, about 12:30 a.m. The search turned up oxycodone and marijuana, the sheriff’s department said. Greer had allegedly sold pills to an informant working for the sheriff’s department. She was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.

38 Meth Labs Have Been Found In Last Two Weeks in Montgomery Co.

Police in Montgomery County have kept busy over the last 2 weeks, as they have discovered 38 meth labs in the county during that time frame. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said they normally find about five per month in comparison. Investigators believe three or four people are behind all the labs and have active warrants out for them. The Montgomery County jail is training the cleanup crew how to spot the 'shake-and-bake' meth labs when they are picking up trash on the highway. Police say that at a meth lab bust on Darley Creek that happened two weeks ago there were still empty bottles of charcoal lighter fluid and boxes of Sudafed in the yard.

KSP Asks Citizens to “Text a Tip” to Fight Crime

The Kentucky State Police is initiating a new proactive program where citizens are now able to text confidential tips from their cell phone.  The program, “Text a Tip,” is designed to report criminal activity, assist with neighborhood watch and serve as an additional resource for schools and college campuses. “Text a Tip” is completely confidential and easy to use.  Anyone with texting capabilities from personal electronic devices can simply text 67283 in the address field, then type KSPTIP in the message field, leave a space and then enter information about a crime. If your tip went through successfully, you will receive an instant confirmation text on your phone. Web-based and phone tip lines have been around a while, but have the disadvantage of a perpetrator overhearing the person on the phone or they required Internet access. KSP Spokesperson, Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says “Text a Tip” is gaining ground because text messaging does not require verbal communication or Internet access.  “Everywhere you go, someone has a cell phone with them,” says Saint-Blancard.  “Whether a person is at home or a large venue, like a sporting event or concert, they can text a tip to us without bringing attention to themselves.”

Saint-Blancard says people who live in high-crime neighborhoods are often afraid that if they are seen talking to police, they could be subject to retaliation from drug dealers or other criminals. "So when they have this option of texting us — knowing no one will know who they are — they are more willing to provide specific details and names about the activity,” he adds.  “Text a Tip” messages are sent to a separate, third-party server, where identifying information is stripped out and they are assigned an encrypted alias before being sent to police. KSP reminds citizens to keep safety in mind when texting tips. “If a tipster is driving when they witness suspicious activity, we ask them to safely pull to the side of the road and place their vehicle in park before attempting to text in a tip,” says Saint-Blancard. The “Text a Tip” program is operational 24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week and is received and monitored by the KSP Communications Center.  KSP openly solicits information from citizens on any type of crime occurring but encourages citizens to call “911” if the crime is in-progress or there is an emergency. Detailed instructions of the program can be found on the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org

Elderly, Disabled Can Preregister for LIHEAP Oct. 15

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) will offer elderly and disabled applicants an opportunity to pre-register for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The pre-registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 15, and last until Friday, Nov. 2 BSACAP Executive Director James Michael Howell said pre-registration should prove beneficial to customers. Although these individuals can take part in the pre-registration, no applications will be approved until Monday, Nov. 5, the first day of the Subsidy component. No vouchers will be sent to vendors until after Nov. 5.

To be eligible to pre-register, applicants must bring proof they are receiving disability benefits and/or are at least 60 years of age. In addition, to qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Proof of physical address – bring metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month
• Birthdates for all household members
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky.

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.

All other applicants may begin applying for Subsidy on Monday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Dec. 14. As in past years, applications will be taken alphabetically, according to the applicant’s last name. LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

Kentucky Power Employees, AEP employees and AEP Foundation Donate Funds to Assist Tornado Victims

Recovery efforts for people in areas devastated by the March Tornadoes and Storms are far from over. In their continued effort of helping their fellow man, Kentucky Power employees, employees from other American Electric Power companies, and the American Electric Power Foundation, have combined their efforts to raise and donate more than $19,000 to assist four, non-profit, charitable groups aiding in tornado zone recovery efforts.  The company identified four charitable groups that have been established to aid recovery efforts — the Bluegrass Community Foundation, the Johnson County Tornado Relief Fund, the Gateway Area Development District, and the American Red Cross — and split the money among the organizations. Kentucky Power – Pikeville, made a contribution to the Johnson County Tornado Relief Fund to assist area residents in the natural disaster recovery. In total, $3,827.60 was donated to the Fund, in addition to the money donated by AEP employees ($2,413.80), the American Electric Power Foundation also donated $1,413.80 to the Fund. The funds will be used and administered by the receiving organizations to directly benefit tornado victims. The funds come with no particular designation for their use other than for the best possible benefit to those impacted by the storms.

 Kentucky Power is an operating unit of American Electric Power and provides electricity to approximately 173,000 customers in all or parts of 20 eastern Kentucky counties. American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.