Local News 11-14-2012

Man Killed in a Floyd County Car Crash over the Weekend

According to police reports out of Floyd Co. A man is dead after he was involved in a crash in over the weekend. Police say Clifford Hall, 50, was driving along KY-122 near the Melvin community of Floyd Co. when he lost control and drove off the roadway and rolled the vehicle over into a creek. Hall was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd Co. Coroner's office. Police say an investigation into the accident remains open.

KSP in Pikeville Investigating Pedestrian Death

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Thursday November 8, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a single vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on U.S.23 North in the Coal Run community of Pike County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that 43 year old Juan Ortiz of Frederick County Maryland had parked the United Van Lines truck he was operating in the K-Mart parking lot on the side of U.S. 23. Mr. Ortiz crossed the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 23 and as he was returning to his vehicle, Mr. Ortiz entered the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 and was struck by a 2000 Ford passenger car operated by Jamie Young of Virgie, Ky. Juan Ortiz was transported to Pikeville Medical Center for his injuries, but on Monday November 12, 2012 Juan Ortiz passed away at Pikeville Medical Center as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident. This accident remains under investigation by Accident Reconstructionist Trooper Bryan Layne.

Body of a Missing FLoyd Co. Man Found in a Creek

The body of a man, who was reported missing on Saturday, was found floating in an eastern Kentucky creek Sunday afternoon. According to the Floyd County Coroners office, they say 38-year-old Matthew Wayne Wright's body was found near a railroad bridge on Frasure's Creek in the McDowell community of Floyd Co., by a person who had been searching for Wright. Officials say Wright’s body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy. The investigation into what happened to Wright is currently underway.

Home Invasion Reported in Floyd County

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville, officials are investigating a home invasion that took place in the Hueysville community of Floyd County on Friday evening. The KSP say two men, armed with a 2-by-4 piece of lumber, forced the back door open and assaulted a woman and her boyfriend. Both were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Troopers say the men took several items before fleeing the house. The suspects were said to be wearing hooded shirts with their faces covered. If anybody has any information about this case, your ask to please call the KSP @ 606-433-7711.

Police Arrest a Pike Co. Man After Allegedly Finding Explosives in Home

Police have arrested a Pike Co. man after  allegedly finding handguns, explosives and home-made bombs at his Dorton Creek home. According to the Pike County Sheriff's office, deputies say they arrested 48-year-old Anthony Barron after allegedly discovering several explosives in Barron's home. Barron is behind bars facing both state and federal charges. Neighbors say they heard ear-splitting explosions allegedly coming from the home of the 48-year-old Barron. They also say the loud blasts from the explosions' became disturbing and they worried the blasts were also dangerous. Reports indicate back in 2005, Barron was charged with possessing explosives and firearms and sentenced to three years. He is currently being held in the Pike County Detention Center.

Trial Date Set for Man Accused of Murdering his Wife and Burying Her Body

The trial date has been set for a Pike County man accused of murdering his wife, then burying the body in a freezer in the backyard Police charged Bruce Dillon after they say a body believed to be his wife was found buried in the backyard of his home in Aflex. The trial has been set for March 25. He is currently being held in the Pike County Detention Center without bond.

Pike Co. Man Will Spend 20 years Behind Bars for Deputy's Death

A Pike Co. man has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars for causing a car accident that killed a Pike County sheriff's deputy earlier this year. David Wayne Childers pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in August for the accident that killed Deputy James I. Thacker. Childers was charged with murder after police say he was intoxicated and caused that accident. Family members of the deceased deputy, says they are satisfied the plea deal was taken, and they say they are just happy to see the whole thing come to an end. After the Friday ruling, Childers took a moment to speak directly to Thacker's family, saying "Words just can't express how I feel. I can't begin to imagine how you all feel. I pray to god everyday forgiveness in my life, and I pray that you all will find a way to forgive me somehow," he said. Childers is still being held in the Pike County Detention Center and has been credited for 288 days already served.

Charges Filed in a Breathitt Co. Standoff

Charges have been filed in an hours-long standoff in Breathitt County that ended when the resident of a Jackson home finally answered the door around 1 p.m. Police say Jonathon Hayes told them he was asleep, and that is why he didn't respond to repeated phone calls and attempts to communicate with him. The nine-hour standoff began when neighbors reported shots fired in the area. Gary New says Hayes told him to call 911. Because power was out, New went into town and found an officer. When they returned, Hayes was nowhere to be found, and police were unable to contact him. Police now say Hayes has been charged with four counts of Wanton Endangerment and Menacing. Lee's College and Hazard Community and Technical College, called off classes as police surrounded the home along Bay Street, but with the standoff over, the schools will both hold classes as normal Tuesday night.

Former School Chief Sentenced in Vote-Buying Case

A former eastern Kentucky school superintendent was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for leading a vote-buying conspiracy during the 2010 primary elections. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell also levied a $250,000 fine on 66-year-old Arch Turner during his sentencing in federal court in Lexington. Turner was Breathitt County school superintendent from 2005 until his retirement this year after he was charged. The fine is more than six times the maximum recommended under the federal sentencing guidelines, which called for a fine between $4,000 and $40,000. Caldwell ordered the money paid immediately, noting that Turner made $150,000 a year as school superintendent and $75,000 annually for years before being elected as an administrator in the school system. Caldwell also called Turner's crimes "heinous and cynical" because they struck at the center of the democratic process. In this case, Caldwell noted, Turner paid voters out of his own funds and coerced others to lie to a federal grand jury once a federal investigation started.

Turner pleaded guilty in July to distributing money to others to buy votes for candidates he supported in local races. His plea agreement also said he accepted money from another person to be used to purchase votes. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor said Turner headed one of two factions in Breathitt County that were in a struggle for local control and political patronage in the rural area on the edge of Appalachia that is home to about 13,000 people. Turner wasn't on the May 2010 ballot, but races for the Republican and Democratic nominations for U.S. Senate were up for grabs. Eleven others, including a former sheriff, were convicted or pleaded guilty in related cases. They received sentences ranging from probation to a few months in prison. Judge Caldwell ordered Turner to serve 120 hours of community service upon being released from prison. Included in that service, the judge noted, should be educating the public about the consequences of vote-buying. The judge capped the sentence at two years, although she considered extending the prison time. Turner was ordered immediately into federal custody. After being sentenced, Turner briefly chatted with family members in the courtroom and handed over his wallet and tie before being led away by U.S. Marshals.

KY Hunters: Take Aim at Heart Safety

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Thousands of hunters are in the woods of Kentucky as modern gun deer season opens. The American Heart Association is encouraging hunters who will be spreading out across the state to be "heart smart." The combination of the physical activity and excitement of the hunt, plus conditions such as weather, can be strenuous. Cardiologist Dr. Bob Oatfield warns hunters to be aware of the symptoms that could signal a heart attack. "The single biggest thing for most men is going to be chest heaviness, tightness or just discomfort. It may radiate into the neck or the arms, although of all of the places it radiates, that which is most significant usually is the neck." Another health issue that hunters should watch for is the onset of a stroke. Warning signs include slurred speech, sudden dizziness and weakness in the face, arm or leg. Oatfield advises anyone having symptoms of stroke or heart attack to call 911 immediately. People at greatest risk, he adds, are those who do not get regular physical activity and those who smoke. "Smoking increases the carbon monoxide in our blood and it decreases the delivery of oxygen, so you're working much harder to get to the same point as somebody who is a nonsmoker. The second major issues is diabetes. We work under a paradigm now that all diabetics have coronary disease, irrespective of age." In a 2007 study, 25 middle-aged hunters were fitted with heart monitors, and researchers found that all but three had higher heart rates in the field than their maximums in treadmill tests. Some doctors recommend hunters go out with a buddy and carry a cell phone and an uncoated aspirin tablet. More information is available at www.heart.org.