Local News 12-21-2012

Accidents a Plenty in Johnson Co. Thursday

* Emergency crews from around Johnson Co. were kept on their toes Thursday, with several accidents, mostly minor, but their were some injuries. At around 2:40 pm Thursday, 911 dispatch received a call of a single vehical accident involving a truck that had lost control and rolled over. This accident was located on Rt 40 West, about a mile to a mile and a half from the old Oil Springs School. The Oil Springs VFD were called to the scene. The occupants of the vehicle managed to exit the vehicle, without the help of emergency crews, but the road was blocked for a short while. EMS transported 2 patient's to the hospital with unknown injuries.  Assisiting at this scene was the Oil Springs VFD, Johnson Co. S.O. and EMS.

* As 911 was toning out emergency personel for the accident on Rt 40, they received another call of a single vehicle accident located on Rt 201, near the race track. Reports indicate that a car lost control and exited the roadway into a ditch. When emergency crews arrived at this scene, they found the male occupant standing near the vehicle. There where no reports of injuries in this accident. Assisiting at this scene was W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue, Johnson Co. S.O., KSP and EMS. Officlas are continuing to invetigate both accidents. Wet roads could have played a factor in both accidents.

JCSO Along with Other Law Enforcement Conduct Drug Roundup Friday

On the morning of Friday, December 21st 2012, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug round-up on individuals with outstanding warrants. 23 separate indictments were issued by the Johnson County Grand Jury as the result of a seven 7 month investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Operation Unite. Law enforcement officials arrested 11 subjects on 20 warrants. Charges were for Trafficking of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacturing of Meth. Other charges stemming from the investigation were: Receiving Stolen Property, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Persistent Felony Offender. The subjects were arrested at their residences and transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Kentucky State Police, the Paintsville Police Department, and Operation Unite.

JCSO Host Big Sandy TIED

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept., on December 13, 2012, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office hosted the organizational meeting of the Big Sandy TIED (theft, information, exchange and distribution) group. This team is comprised of law enforcement agencies from other counties, including Fort Gay WV, probation and parole officers, local pawn shop owners and locally elected officials. The proposal of this group is to ensure timely and correct information is communicated among participating agencies and businesses. Sheriff Price stated “We may talk to Pike County and hear about a theft that we also have a similar case of here in Johnson County.” “But, by the time we hear of their case, the thief may have already hit another county or have pawned everything and a pawn shop is left losing money when the stolen property is retrieved.” Deputy Tim Clark who organized the group said “We first thought that we would focus on the theft.” “But after meeting as a group, we realize that we have many more areas of concern that we all share and we will also focus on those crimes or issues when needed.” Deputy Clark went on to state “Over 25 people representing several organizations and many counties are here today.” “We all want the same thing. We want timely information that will assist in crime prevention, arrests and recovery of property.”
This collaboration will be fostered through a central email distribution list and database that each of the participating agencies and pawn shops will be able to access. TIED will meet on a quarterly basis to share pertinent information of trends and discuss cases that are multi-jurisdiction. Sheriff Price said, “If we can stop one crime in our county or another county by knowing the habits and traits of a criminal then this group will be successful.”

Two Martin Co. Women Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Connection with Martin Co. Clerk's Missing Money

Two former deputy clerks in the Martin County Circuit Clerk’s office, who are also the daughters of current Circuit Clerk Carol Sue Mills, were arraigned Thursday morning in court. Tonya Mills (Delong), 47, and Tamberlyn Sue Hairston, aka "Tammy Perry", 41, both of Lovely, Ky., were recently indicted following an investigation by the Kentucky State Auditor's office that found more than $20,000 in unaccounted funds in the clerk's office. Mills is charged with one count of abuse of public trust over $10,000 and Hairston is charged with one count of abuse of public trust less than $10,000 and four counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged instrument. Both women pleaded not guilty to the charges during Thursday’s arraignment and are set to return to court for their pre-trial on January 17.

KSP Investigating Deadly Fire in Morehead

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Thursday December 20 2012, Kentucky State Police in Morehead received a request for assistance in reference to a fatal fire investigation at 106 Fall Lane in Morehead. Upon arrival Kentucky State Police discovered a deceased resident at this location. Five other residents were transported from the scene to St. Claire Medical Center by Rowan County EMS. Four of the residents were later transported from St. Claire Medical Center to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and one was transported to Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. An autopsy will be performed to determine the identity of the resident found at the scene. The names of the remaining victims will be released at a later date. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. This case is under investigation by Kentucky State Police Arson Detective Shane Barnes and Detective David Zimmerman. Any new information will be released when available.

Man Arrested after Reporting Armed Robbery at Carter Caves

KSP have arrested a Carter Co, man, who happened to be an employee at Carter Caves State Park, on burglary charges. KSP say Shawn Knipp, 19, of Olive Hill claimed he was the victim of armed robbery while on the job, but on Wednesday, Police charged him with theft by unlawful taking. Troopers say Knipp was the on-duty clerk who reported he was the victim of an armed robbery in the early morning hours of Aug. 25. Following the incident investigators said they were told an unknown subject entered the lodge, assaulted the desk clerk and took money from the register before fleeing the scene. The clerk was reportedly treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators said they were working to figure out how the person got inside since the lodge doors are locked overnight. The case was presented to a recent Carter County grand jury.

Sec. of State Grimes To Explore Early Voting In Kentucky

Kentucky's secretary of state is planning to explore whether the state should permit early voting. Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a news release Wednesday she plans to hold meetings statewide next year to discuss whether Kentucky should change its election laws to allow early and unexcused absentee voting. Grimes says 32 states and the District of Columbia allow such types of voting. The dates of the meetings will be released in January.

Check on Mom and Pop and the Elderly

With the holidays approaching, checking on an elderly relative can be the perfect gift. AARP says this is a good time to make sure mom and dad, or any older relative, are doing okay living on their own. Charlotte Whitaker offers timely advice based on her experience as her late mother's caregiver for 19 years. "Unless you ask, you don't always know how things really are." Whitaker, who is an AARP volunteer, advises checking the elderly family member's home, their ability to drive, their finances and their health. Pay special attention to their medications, she says. "If she got meds - 90-day supply - in August and this is December and she has pills left, she's not taking them right or else she's splitting them because of financial reasons." Whitaker says check the mail to make sure it is not piling up, and glance in the refrigerator and pantry for outdated food. The holidays can also be the perfect time for a needed gift for an aging relative, Whitaker says. "Maybe some new glasses or maybe their having a hearing loss. Hearing aids are very expensive. So, that might be a nice present for a group of grandchildren to go in and get grandmother some hearing aids so she can hear better and enjoy life a little bit better." Whitaker suggests that mom and dad can give a gift back too, by having their estate planning and living wills prepared. According to AARP, there are 42 million family caregivers in the U.S. - if you aren't among them now, you either have been - or will be. AARP tips for helping elderly family members are available online at www.aarp.org.