Local News 12-17-2012

UPDATE: Magoffin Co. Drug Bust Leads to 2 More Indicments

Two more people have been indicted in conjunction with a November drug bust in Magoffin Co The joint operation by UNITE, Magoffin County Sheriff's Office and Salyersville Police Department that yielded the indictments of 25 people is still ongoing, with now 17 served. The latest indicments were: Christy Sadler, 30, of Old Burning Fork Road, Salyersville, she was indicted on three counts of  first degree trafficking in a controlled substance under 10 dosage units, first offense (a Class D felony). According to the indictments, she received two of the counts because she allegedly, "knowingly and unlawfully manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold transferred, or possessed with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell a quantity of Oxycodone. Sadler's third count is for a drug unspecified. Allegedly, she committed the offenses on December 17 and 20, 2010, and January 6, 2011.

Joanna Ward, 49, of Kentucky Route 114, Salyersville, was indicted on two counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance over or equal to 10 dosage units of a drug unspecified, first offense (a Class C felony). According to the indictments, she allegedly, "knowingly and unlawfully manufactured, distributed, dispensed, sold, transferred, or possessed with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell a quantity of Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance." The two events happened on October 6, 2010, and September 24, 2011, according to the indictments. Remember, the indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Martin Co. Sheriff's Dept Investigating Friday Evening Accident

According to reports out of Martin Co. at around 5:30 pm the Warfield VFD was called to the scene of a single vehicle accident, located on Route 292 about one mile south of Long Branch. A Dodge Neon was going south and ended up in the ditch. The driver said he swerved to avoid a truck in his lane. He was the only person in the vehicle and suffered only cuts to his face and hand, but refused treatment by EMTs. The driver first told deputies he was not the driver of the car, and the driver ran off. After being questioned further about blood on the driver’s side airbag only, and firefighters having seen him in the driver’s seat, the driver admitted he was the driver, and only person in the car. Reports say the car’s tags were only temporary tags and expired. The car had no insurance and was not registered in the driver’s name.  The man, who's name has not been released,  was citied for unknown violations. On the scene were the Warfield VFD, and Martin County Sheriff’s Department. No other details are known at this time. Thanks to the Mountain Wolf website and Donald York for supplying this information.

Murder suspect faces additional charge

A Letcher Co. man charged with murder in Letcher County is faceing a new charge of promoting contraband.  Jail officials say a hypodermic needle was found taped to a bunk bed assigned to him. James Maggard is in jail for allegedly murdering Drad Fleming earlier this year. Police say Fleming was still alive before Maggard poured gasoline and set him on fire in a truck. He has pleaded not guilty in the case and currently awaiting his trial.

House Speaker Stumbo Says Drug Abuse Numbers Show Encouraging Signs of Decline

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says a new report on prescription drug abuse is a hopeful sign that a new “pill mill” law he sponsored last year is having positive impact. During the 2012 General Assembly, Stumbo was the chief sponsor a bill to tighten regulations on pain treatment clinics and to mandate universal participation by prescribers in the state prescription database. The so-called “pill mill bill” ultimately won approval during a special session immediately following the legislature’s regular session. Last week, Stumbo pointed to figures recently released by managed-care organization CoventryCares, which shows a 22 percent drop in the supply of the five most commonly abused prescriptions over a three-month period, compared to a similar period prior to the new law’s implementation. According to the numbers provided by CoventryCares, the supply of Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl and Opana had dropped from more than 1.3 million days worth to just over 1.1 million. Of the five drugs, Vicodin was the most plentiful, with a 846,219-day supply, compared to a 996,479-day supply in the earlier period, representing a 15 percent drop. Opana showed the steepest decline, at over 32 percent.

Magoffin Co. Child Fighting Late Stage Cystic Fibrosis Continues Christmas Card Wishes

What started out as a small request has turned into something one Magoffin Co. family could only have imagined. Last week WSIP news brought you a story about a Magoffin County boy fighting for his life. Dalton Dingus is fighting cystic fibrosis, a lung disease, and the nine-year-old told his mother he wanted one thing for Christmas and that was to receive Christmas cards. There original number was maybe a couple hundred, then moved into the thousands and then Dalton wanted to break the world recored for most cards received at Christmas. Dalton acheived each goal he set and broke the old record by receiving 35,000, but Dalton doesn't want to end there, he wants to make the record untouchable. Piles of Christmas cards addressed to Dalton fill boxes on the families front porch and his mother said he's gotten cards form almost every continent. The drive started as a post on Facebook after Dalton was taken to the hospital back in October and things didn't look good for the young fella. The FB post by his mother was a simple request, saying simply Dalton wanted Christmas cards for Christmas this year. From there, it became a movement that is inspiring people around the world, from his home in Magoffin County. People everywhere are sending Dalton Christmas cards, something he and is family are so thankful for.Dalton's goal now is 100,000 cards by Christmas Day. Dalton has shown such courage and strength and that courage and strength is touching people the world over. If you would like to help continue Dalton's quest for 100,000 Christmas cards, you may send them to: Dalton Dingus, H.C. 62, Box 1249, Salyersville, KY 41465.