Local News 11-5-2012

Train Deralement Causes Road Closure in Johnson Co. Sunday

According to officials with the Paintsville Police Dept and Fire Department, Ky Rt 581 had to be closed for several hours Sunday evening because of a an incident that occurred close to the train yard (depot) with some coal cars jumping the tract. There where no injuries reported and no hazordous materials where involved. Emergency personnel stayed on the scene and monitored the situation for several hours, while CSX employees, worked to clean up the scene. This incident happened at around 6PM Sunday evening.

KSP Arrest Wanted Fugitive

The Kentucky State Police in Morehead have located and arrested a wanted fugitive out of Lawrence Co. over the weekend. According to KSP officials, Nicholas Ballou, 24 was located and arrested early Sunday morning at a residence on Wallow Hole Road in Elliott County.   He was wanted by the Kentucky State Police in Ashland on the charge of Assault 1st and Criminal Abuse 1st, stemming from an investigation after an assault to a juvenile. Ballou was arrested without incident and has been lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. TFC Michael Murriell is the investigating officer.

Juveniles Involved in Accident in Morehaed

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 5:30 a.m., KSP received a call for service from Rowan County Dispatch in reference to a single vehicle accident on KY 801 north in Rowan County. Tanya Hamilton, 26 of Flemingsburg, was operating a 1997 Mercury van traveling northbound on KY 801 when she veered off the right side of the roadway. Ms. Hamilton overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross into the southbound lane exiting the roadway. The vehicle came back onto the roadway, overturned and came to final rest in the middle of the roadway. Four juveniles were taken by Rowan EMS to St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, KY. One of the juveniles was then airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY with non life-threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Morehead.

Breathitt Co. Interim Superintendent Now Certified

Breathitt County Interim Superintendent Larry Woods is now certified to serve at that capacity. Thursday we told you the Kentucky Educational and Professional Standards Board's website did not show Woods as being certified for the superintendent position. After checking Friday, however, he is now listed as being certified through June 2015. Woods told us it was an oversight and that he was working to get his certification renewed.

KSP Kicks Off Statewide Safe Driving Program: Operation R.A.I.D.

Kentucky State Police kicks off a six-month fall, holiday, and New Year enforcement campaign called Operation R.A.I.D. (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted drivers from Kentucky Roadways). The effort was developed by KSP Commanders across the state to target driving behaviors that cause most crashes in Kentucky. Operation R.A.I.D. begins Nov. 1, 2012 and runs through April 30, 2013. KSP Director of Operations, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miniard says the unique aspect about Operation R.A.I.D. is that although it will have the same objectives, each post will have a different operational plan based on crash activity in that region. This campaign will have both an enforcement and educational component to assist in getting the message out to motorists, focusing on reducing the loss of life on Kentucky highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as occurring when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property. NHTSA studies show that aggressive drivers cause two-thirds of all fatal crashes and 35 percent of all crashes. For more information about Operation R.A.I.D. in your area, please contact your local post or call the KSP Public Affairs Branch at (502) 782-1780.