Local News 10-9-2012

Johnson Co. Man Arrested on Trying to Fill Prescription on Missing Parents

Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, along with members of the Johnson Co. S.O. arrested a man at the Value-Med Pharmacy in Paintsville Monday afternoon, on charges of attempting to fill prescriptions on the man's missing parents and his girlfriend, who is behind bars. According to Sheriff Price, William "Willie" Blanton of Oil Springs was arrested around 4:30 PM Monday at the pharmacy, after employees of the pharmacy notified the Sheriff that Mr. Blanton was attempting to fill prescriptions that did not belong to him. When the Sheriff and Deputies arrived on scene they arrested Willie Blanton and charged him with illegally trying to obtain narocotics without permission. Sheriff Price told WSIP news that this is a class D felony and Blanton was booked into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Blanton has been called a "person of interest" in the dissappearance of his parents, Larry and Sandie Blanton, who have been missing for nearly a month, with no signs of there location. Sheriff Price has his feeling that something has been done to the Blanton's and thinks their son Willie knows more than he has been letting on, along with his girlfriend Amanda Fannin, who is also behind bars on recent drug related charges. No new information has been released by Sheriff Price, nor his staff on the missing couple.

Monday Afternoon Accident in Johnson Co.

According to reports, Paintsville/Johnson Co 911 dispatch received a call about a 2 vehicle accident on the Van Lear community of Johnson Co. at around 1:30 pm, involving a tractor trailer and a car. Van Lear VFD, along with the JOhnson Co. Rescue Squad, Paintsville EMS and Johnson Co. S.O responded to the scene and discovered that the tractor trailer had collided with the car, pinning the car against the truck and the hillside and trapping the driver of the car inside the vehicle. Emergency crews worked for a while to rescue the trapped driver, who was complaining of back and neck injuries, but it is unknown at this time how severe those injuries actually where. The driver of the tractoe trailer was said to have not received any injuries. No further information has been received at this time, but the Johnson Co. S.O. are cotinuing to investigate the accident. Wet roads are said to be a factor in this accident.

Six Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. One single fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Leslie, Monroe and Robertson. Two of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the crashes involved the use of alcohol. Two fatalities were the result of two ATV crashes in Pike County. One of the victims was not wearing a helmet. One pedestrian was killed in Jefferson County. Through Oct. 7, preliminary statistics* indicate that 550 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. 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.

Remains Of Two People Found In Burned Car In Breathitt County
A death investigation is underway in Breathitt County after the remains of two people were found in a burned vehicle. The gruesome discovery was made Saturday night just off Kentucky 1098 at Southfork near Elk View. Police say they have reason to believe the two are a couple from Michigan who were in town visiting family. The pair had been reported missing shortly before the remains were found. The problem, according to police, is that the bodies, likely those of a man and a woman, were burned beyond recognition, making them impossible to identify on the scene. While investigators have labeled this a "death investigation," they add they are looking into the possibility of a homicide. Investigators have not commented on any suspects or persons of interest. The car and the remains were taken to Frankfort for Autopsies on Monday.

State Police Ask Public For Help In Locating Boyd County Assault Suspect

State Police in Ashland are asking for the public's help in locating a wanted fugitive from Boyd County. Ty Jacob Doolen, 26, is wanted by the Kentucky State Police on the charge of first-degree assault. On Sunday, State Police received about an alleged assault that had occurred at a home on Back Drive in Rush. Amelia Hall, 31, of Rush was located at the residence and was unresponsive. The investigation revealed Hall had suffered multiple injuries which varied in nature and location. Boyd County EMS responded to the scene and Hall was transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where she remains in critical condition. Doolen should be considered armed and dangerous. Kentucky State Police are asking the public for any information relating to this case or the location of Doolen. Callers may remain anonymous and can call the Kentucky State Police at 606-928-6421.

Judicial Centers to Close, Court Services to Shut Down Statewide Oct. 15

Judicial centers will be closed statewide and all court services will be unavailable Monday, Oct. 15, as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the third of three furlough days in 2012. This is the first time since Kentucky’s modern court system was formed in 1976 that the Judicial Branch must close judicial center doors to balance its budget. The furloughs will affect only non-elected court personnel, who will be off work without pay as part of the Judicial Branch’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Reduction Plan. This includes the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, District Court, Offices of Circuit Court Clerk, the Administrative Office of the Courts and all court services, including Pretrial Services, Drug Court, the Court Designated Worker Program, Court Interpreting Services, the State Law Library and driver license branches.
The Supreme Court of Kentucky approved two orders that provide guidance on how the statewide court closures are to be implemented. Below is a summary of what the public and the law enforcement and legal communities should expect on furlough days:
· Trials and other court proceedings will not be scheduled on furlough days as there will be no staff available. Items already on the docket for those days will be rescheduled.
· Driver licenses will not be issued.
· The Supreme Court will suspend its rule requiring pretrial officers to interview a defendant within 12 hours after incarceration. No Pretrial Services staff will be working on furlough days.
· Deputy clerks will not be available to process bonds and no release orders will be issued.
· Existing after-hours protocol will be followed for processing domestic violence orders (DVOs) and emergency protective orders (EPOs).
· Local court designated workers will not be available. The Court Designated Worker Program will have a supervisor available to ensure that law enforcement adheres to its statutory requirements in cases involving the arrest and custody of juveniles.
· Technology Services staff will not be available to recover the CourtNet database in the event the system experiences an interruption in service.
· County offices that share space with the state court system in courthouses and judicial centers will not be affected.
Furloughs are one of several measures included in the Judicial Branch’s FY 2013 Budget Reduction Plan. The 2012 Kentucky General Assembly reduced the total funds available to the Judicial Branch by $25.2 million for FY 2013. This included a permanent reduction to the annual base operating budget of $16.2 million and a one-time transfer of $9 million in payroll to the state’s general fund on June 30, 2012. Since the economic crisis began in 2008, the Judicial Branch has sustained repeated reductions to its budget and has cut 282 employees statewide, eliminated court programs and trimmed operating costs at all four levels of the court system to stay within its budget.  The Supreme Court and leadership from the Administrative Office of the Courts will meet in January 2013 to determine if additional furloughs and reductions are necessary for the remainder of FY 2013, which runs July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. They will also begin drafting a budget reduction plan for FY 2014, which presents an even greater shortfall than in FY 2013.

Kentucky County Raising Money For Feud Memorial

Pike county is raising money to honor the patriarch of one half of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud. Pike County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Tony Tackett says fundraising efforts brought in more than $5,000 toward a memorial for Randolph McCoy, the patriarch of the McCoy family. Tackett told The Appalachian News-Express that the project started in June and the bureau hopes to have the monument purchased and installed within a year. The estimated cost of the project is $80,000 to $125,000. Tackett said donations have increased since the showing of the Hatfield and McCoy miniseries on The History Channel. The donations have come from locals, visitors and members from the Hatfield and McCoy families.