Local News 10-29-2012

Meth Lab Located in Johnson Co.

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept., on Thursday, October 25th the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a request from an individual who owned rental property in the Brown Branch area of Sitka to check the property for a possible meth lab. Upon deputies’ arrival, they were granted permission to look at the home. Once inside the residence, deputies discovered an active meth lab in a bedroom in the home. They also discovered the remnants of an older lab, and various items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The residents of the home were arrested at the scene. Robert L. Parker, age 29, and Tiffany R. Beverly, age 23 were both charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors. They were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The case remains under investigation by Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey and Deputy Terry Tussey. If you have knowledge of any illegal activities, please contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411. As always, you will remain anonymous.

Accident in Martin Co. Sends 1 to Hospital and 1 to Jail

According to reports, the Warfield VFD were called to the scene of a single vehicle accident in Martin Co. on Route 292 (Riverfront Rd) at around 7:30 PM Saturday evening . Reports indicate that a Chevy Camaro was traveling north on Route 292, lost control, striking a utility pole and a sign, then went over an embankment. The vehicle landed on a drive way at 9477 Riverfront Rd. Emergency crews found the female driver inside the vehicle when they arrived and found a male passenger out of the car. Emergency crews removed the woman from the car and she was taken to a nearby hospital via Net Care Ambulance Service. It is not known what injuries the driver suffered at this time, but reports indicated they did not seem to be life treating. The male passenger found at the scene, appeared to suffer no injuries. Officials are still investigating the accident, trying to determine if wet roads, excessive speed, or intoxication, were to blame for the accident. The Martin Co. Sheriff Dept. did however arrest, Harold Baisden 56, of Elkins, WV., eho was the male passenger. He was taken to the Big Sandy Detention Center, charged with alcohol intoxication in public. Deputies reported that they found beer at the scene, which Mr. Baisden said belonged to him. No further information has been released at this time, as the investigation is continuing by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department. WSIP news would like to Thank Donald York, a member of the Warfield VFD and owner of the Mountain Wolf for information supplied for this story.

Martin Co. Forest Fire Beleived to be Arson

Officials in Martin County beleive several Forest Fires have been intentionally set. They say it's been haooening for a week now, that once fire crews get one of the fires out, another starts in or near the place it ends. Officials say they have not been able to catch whoever is setting the blazes and it is becoming increasingly frustrating. Thankfully, none of the fires have been close to houses, but they do want to urge people to be careful when they are in the area and keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Eastern District forestry officials say six fires were burning Friday in Pike, Floyd, Magoffin, and Martin Counties and 3 have been ruled as arson.

Perry County Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

A Perry County man was killed Friday, following a motorcycle crash. Police say Shaun Allen Sizemore died while in the hospital. Reports say he collided a car on north Main Street in the Walkertown area of Hazard. No further information has been released at this time.

Morgan County Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

Officials in Morgan Co. have charged a man with over 20 counts of animal cruelty, after locating dozens of dogs at a Morgan County home. A total of 82 dogs were found at the home of Gary Roberson on Friday. Dozens of the animals were taken to the Morgan County Animal Shelter, but 26 had to be euthanized. Officials say Roberson could no longer care for the animals, due to financial problems and he just couldn't care for them anymore.

Man Jailed for Threat to Blow up Courthouse

Floyd Co. officials have arrested an elderly man after they said he allegedly assaulted a sheriff’s deputy and threatened to blow up the Old Floyd County Courthouse. Reports say the man was identified as Joe Hall, 72, of Minnie. Hall was said to have entered the Floyd County Attorney’s office Tuesday and demanded $300 he claimed was owed to him from a few years back, from a man he could not identify.
According to the Floyd Co. Times, Floyd Co. assistant county attorney, Tyler Green, said another attorney in the office tried to explain to Mr. Hall that the statute of limitations had likely run out on this claim and Hall allegedly made a statement to the effect that “he would get his money or blow the place up.” Reports also indicate that when a Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Deputy was called to the scene, Hall “took a swing” at the deputy and was then placed under arrest. Hall has been charged with one count of second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, and third-degree assault on a police officer.

Williams Appointed to Judgeship in Southern Ky.

Republican Senate President David Williams will end a contentious legislative career to take a judicial position offered to him by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Beshear appointed Williams circuit judge in southern Kentucky on Friday morning. The move allows Beshear to rid himself of his chief political foe in the Legislature. Williams, a Burkesville attorney, ran against Beshear last year in a vitriolic gubernatorial election that showed the two men clearly disliked one another. However, Beshear has a record of appointing Republicans to higher-paying government positions to get them out of the Senate. The salary for Williams' new job is about $124,000 a year, more than double what he makes as a lawmaker. Taking the position could also double state pension benefits for the 59-year-old after he retires.