Local News 10-24-2012

Two Area Police Deartments Working Together to Solve Burglaries

In a story we broadcast Tuesday on WSIP news, we told you about the Paintsville Police dept. searching for answers in a rash of car break-ins, that have been happening since Apple Day weekend. We also told you about the Prestonsburg Police Dept. searching for a wanted individual, possibly involved in a rash of car break-in's in that city. Now according to both the Paintsville and Prestonsburg Police Department's, both agency's have been coordinating information concerning the recent rash of car break-ins in both communities. They ask the public that if anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of a Mr. David L. Crace, who is wanted for questioning, to please notify law enforcement immediately. You may call the Prestonsburg Police @ (606) 886-1010 and/or the Paintsville Police @ (606) 789-2200 or you can leave a message on the Paintsville P.D. facebook page.

Inmates Caught Trying to Dig Out of Jail

According to reports out of Floyd Co. two inmates in the Floyd Co. Detention Center have been charged with allegedly trying to escape from the Detention Center. The Floyd County Times is reporting the men where identified as Travis Hall and John Maynard. Officials say the two men were caught trying to dig their way through the wall of a cell. According to the filed complaint, the two men took a metal piece off a mop and used it to dig a hole in the shower,causing damage in the amount over $500.00.” before being caught. Hall was serving time on a host of charges including third degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and being a persistent felony offender. Maynard was being held on charges of fourth degree assault, as well as additional charges from Pike County. Both men have been charged with criminal mischief and one count of second degree attempted escape.

KSP Begins Investigation Into Elkhorn City Financial Problem

Kentucky State Police where in Elkhorn City on Monday to begin their investigation into the cause behind the outstanding amount of bills owed by the city. Mayor Mike Taylor recently fired City Clerk Karen Cantrell, whom he says did not inform him of the unpaid bills which amounted to approximately $222, 000, including more than $35, 000 owed to Mountain Water District. Taylor says he doesn't understand why the bills had gone unpaid.

KSP Execute Search Warrant

According to a news release from the KSP, on Monday, October 22, 2012, Kentucky State Police responded to 600 Greenbrier Hollow Road, in Garrison, Ky, to execute a search warrant in conjunction with Lewis County Sheriff’s Department after receiving a tip of drug activity. During the search warrant Detectives with the Kentucky State Police and Deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, located and seized 53 marijuana plants, several firearms, and miscellaneous marijuana manufacturing items. James M. Halterman was arrested and charged with Cultivating Marijuana 1st degree, Trafficking Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and has been lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center. The case remains under investigation by Detective Chad Bowling.

Knott Co. Judge Requests Continuation of Bail in Vote-Buying Case

Reports say Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson will report to a federal prison next month unless a judge rules that he can remain free while a federal appeals court considers a request for a new hearing. Thompson along with three other men, John Mac Combs, Phillip Champion, and Ronnie Adams, were each convicted in 2008 of using public funds to influence the general election of 2006, during which Thompson was first elected county judge. He won a second full term in office in 2010. Thompson and the others appealed their convictions, which were recently upheld by a three-judge panel in September. Thompson is now requesting a new hearing with a federal appeals court, though his request has not yet been ruled upon, and as of press time no new hearing has been scheduled. Thompson recently received notice from the U.S. Marshall’s Service that he is to report to the Federal Correctional Institute in Lewsiburg, Pn. on Nov. 6, but in a request filed Friday, Oct. 19 in U.S. District Court, Thompson’s attorney, Kent Wesberry of Louisville, notes that his client has remained free for a number of years after he was indicted on federal vote-buying charges in 2007, and has proven that he is not a flight risk, even after his conviction. Wesberry requests that Thompson remain free on the same bond until a ruling is issued on their petition for a new hearing. In the event that a new hearing is declined or his request for an extension of bail is denied, Wesberry requests that Thompson remain free until at least the first of the year in order to prepare for a transition of his duties in Knott County. Similar requests for a continuation of bail pending the appeal have also been made in the cases for Combs, Champion, and Adams, according to court records.