Local News 12-10-2012

Paintsville PD  Investigating Burglary

According to a news release from the Paintsville PD, officers are currently investigating a Burglary that occurred at a residence in the Forest Park Lane area of the city. Unknown person(s) made entry through a side door to the garage and stole a table saw. The homeowner was at home and startled the intruders. No injuries were reported as law enforcement was on scene rapidly and conducted an entire search of the area. Anyone with information is urged to contact the agency. This incident remains under investigation by Officer Billy Ramey. The agency was assisted at the scene by KSP Trooper Dustin Thompson.

Attempted Robbery at a Floyd County Pharmacy

Police in Floyd Co. are investigating an attempted robbery at a Floyd County pharmacy. The incident occurred at the Wheelwright Family Drug on Thursday afternoon at around 4:30 pm. Officials say a man entered the pharmacy and demanding money, but employees say he left without taking anything. The man is described as a white male, wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a black and white bandana. No customers where in the store at the time of the attempted robbery and employees say was only in the store for about three or four minutes, and they say at first they thought it was a customer trying to play a joke on them. According to KSP Trooper Shaun Little, the suspect seemed to second guess his actions, "I think the time that had passed while he was inside the business I guess he decided that it wasn't worth the wait." The incident is being investigated by State Police, the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, and the Wheelwright Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police.

KSP Arrest Morgan Co. Woman on Child Abuse Charges

On Friday, December 1, 2012 Kentucky State Police in Morehead received a complaint of child abuse at 6174 Highway 772 in West Liberty, KY. Through further investigation Trooper Grant Faulkner was able to obtain a warrant and arrest Mrs. Shanna Helton, 33 of West Liberty on December 7, 2012. Mrs. Helton is charged with Assault 4th, Child Abuse and is currently lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Jail in Paintsville. The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Grant Faulkner, Unit 279.

Felony Drug Arrest- Lawrence County

The Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested a Lawrence County resident after conducting an investigation into illegal drug activity by the suspect. The Kentucky State Police received information that numerous packages containing several pounds of marijuana had been shipped from California to the residence of Steven A. Davis on Wheeler Branch Road in Blaine , KY.  On Friday December 7, 2012 Troopers from the Kentucky State Police Post 14 Ashland made a controlled delivery of the intercepted marijuana to the residence of Mr. Davis.  Search warrants were executed at the residence and several pounds of marijuana, firearms and drug paraphernalia items were seized at the residence. Steven A Davis, age 39, of Blaine, KY was arrested, lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Jail and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana – 8oz to < 5 lbs – 1st Offense. KSP Detectives are continuing the investigation.

Reports of Possible Counterfeit Money in Martin Co.

According to reports out of Martin Co., authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for possible counterfeit money. Martin Co. Sheriff Garmon Preece siad he has taken a couple of reports about fake $20 bills. Where these fake bills came from or how many are out there, is still a mystery, but Sheriff Preece says for the public to take a closer look at their money, when you receive it and if you find anything you feel is suspicious, give the Martin Co. Sheriff's Dept a call at 606-298-2828. The Martin Co. S.O. will continue to investigate and will will release futher information when it becomes available.  

Audits Led To Rare State Takeover Of Schools

The results of two audits led state education officials to take over day-to-day management of an eastern Kentucky school district. A financial audit that found improper spending led to a management audit that found such disarray that it was hindering efforts to improve student achievement. The findings led the Kentucky Board of Education to approve a state takeover of a school district for the first time in 15 years. The decision this week means all decisions on spending, administration, personnel and instruction in the district will be made by Education Commissioner Terry Holliday or his designee. David Karem, chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education, told the Lexington Herald-leader (http://bit.ly/11YwV97) on Friday that the audits' findings were frustrating, in part because the state offers so much assistance to districts.

KSP Commissioner: State Police Against Hemp

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said his agency opposes proposals to grow industrial hemp in Kentucky even though he sees the benefits for the agriculture industry. Brewer said after a meeting of the newly restarted Kentucky Hemp Commission that state police are concerned the agricultural pluses will be offset by law enforcement minuses such as distinguishing between hemp and its cousin, marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, cannabis sativa, but are genetically distinct. Hemp has a negligible content of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. The commission, led by Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, held its second meeting since it came out of a decade-long dormancy. Comer is aggressively pursuing state legislation that would allow hemp, which is illegal to grow in the United States, to be grown in Kentucky with federal approval. Comer says the crop could provide agriculture and manufacturing jobs in Kentucky, as it once did during World War II. U.S. retail sales of hemp products exceeded $400 million last year, according to industry estimates. The versatile crop can be turned into paper, clothing, food, biofuels, lotions and many other products.

The two men met privately after the meeting. Afterward, Comer said while he would like law enforcement support, he doesn't think opposition from Kentucky State Police will derail his proposal. He added he hoped assurances that Kentucky would not attempt to grow the crop without federal approval would help alleviate law enforcement concerns. The panel is considering draft legislation for the 2013 session of the General Assembly that would include requiring local sheriffs to monitor hemp fields. It also approved plans for an economic study that would determine the potential per-acre profit for farmers and the potential for manufacturing jobs. The study would be paid for by the commission without using public money, Comer said. The hemp commission has received $100,000 in seed money to help pay for its advocacy for the plant. The commission was created in 2001 to oversee industrial hemp research in Kentucky and make recommendations to the governor. Last month, Comer convened the now-20-member panel for the first time in a decade.