Local News 12-24-2012

JCSO Along with Other Law Enforcement Conduct Drug Roundup Friday

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. ,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 12 subjects on 20 warrants (names have not been released to WSIP news). Charges range from Trafficking of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacturing of Meth., 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. (The number of those arrested could have increased over the weekend, but WSIP news has not received any further details, but will update as new information is released.)

Pike Co. Man Indicted for Murder in Fatal Car Accident

A Pike County man was indicted last week on a charge of murder, resulting from a police chase that ended with a fatal car accident. James E. Mace, 22, of Pikeville, has been indicted on one count of murder and one count of first-degree assault for his part in a May 15 car accident which claimed the life of 63-year-old Brenda Montgomery. Mace was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu which crashed into Jackson resident Montgomery and her passenger, Elsie Oakley. Montgomery was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead by Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson. Oakley was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital. Officials said, at the time of the accident, Mace was fleeing from sheriff’s deputies who had spotted him and his passenger, Jonathan Crider, melting copper at an old strip mine. Deputies reported losing track of the vehicle when they reached the main road. Moments later, Mace’s vehicle collided head-on with Montgomery’s on Route 114. Mace was previously charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property, first-degree fleeing or evading police, criminal trespassing, and tampering with physical evidence. As emergency crews worked to free Mace from the vehicle, they first had to wade through and remove a large quantity of stolen wire that the two had allegedly been stripping on a nearby strip mine. Mace and Crider were also airlifted to Cabell Huntington. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 18. Mace is currently serving time in the La Grange State Penitentiary.

Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges in Rowan County

A Rowan County man is behind bars after police say they found child pornography at his home. Officials say they were serving a search warrant against 35 year old Ranger Lacy in Morehead Thursday night and found the materials. Lacy is facing a number of charges and is being held in the Rowan County detention center. No other details have been provided.

Surveillance Video Released from Knott Co. Robbery

Law enforcement officials in Knott Co. are reviewing surveillance video trying to get more information about who is responsible for an armed robbery in Knott County. Last week, the Ameri-Cash in Hindman was robbed at gunpoint. During their investigation, Police learned two people were involved in the robbery and they say they how the suspects got away. KSP Trooper Jody Sims says after revieing video, it shows a white utility van pull up and a unidentified man gets out and walks straight past a security camera, unfortunetly the quality is not the best to get a clear description of what the suspect looks like or license number on the van. Now Police know for certain that there where a second suspect.  Police ask if you have any information about this incident, you should call state police.

Boyd County Man Charged with Sexual Abuse

According to the Kentucky State Police, they have arrested a Boyd County resident after receiving a report of sexual abuse involving a female under 12 years old. Troopers say on November 27, a 17-year-old female now living in Connecticut reported that between 1998 and 2007 she was sexually abused at a residence on Linda Circle in Boyd County. On Thursday, investigators say that during an interview with 47-year-old Clyde A. Diamond, of Burnanugh, they learned that he had sexual contact (touching in a sexual manner) with the juvenile. KSP says the Diamond’s were family friends of the victim’s mother and were assisting with babysitting when the abuse occurred. Diamond was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center. The KSP are continuing to investigate this incident.

Housing Funds Available From BSACAP

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program has received funding to aid in homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing and is now taking applications in its service area of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. Short-term (up to three months) and medium-term (from four to six months) rental assistance will be provided to eligible applicants to allow time to secure stabilized housing. To receive assistance with homelessness prevention, the applicant must present an official court-documented eviction notice. Individuals applying for rapid re-housing must be coming directly from a homeless shelter or a domestic violence shelter or present a letter from a person of authority (for example: a police officer, a clergy member, etc.) documenting homelessness. Eligible applicants also must verify income and present social security cards and birth certificates for everyone in household. To apply for assistance or for more information, contact one of the following service offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky.

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.

The program is funded through the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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