Local News 1-7-2013

JCSO Arrest 2 People for Marijuana

According to a news release from the Johnson Co Sheriff's Office, on the night of Thursday, January 3rd 2013 Deputies Byron Fairchild and Bill Meade of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received information of a possible marijuana growing operation in the community of Wittensville, KY. Acting on information relayed from the Paintsville Police Department, the deputies arrived at 141 Wilcox Branch. A search of the property yielded 66 marijuana plants, firearms, processed marijuana, money, and indoor growing equipment. David Mullins, age 54 and Karen Mullins, age 44 were both charged with Cultivating Marijuana 5 Plants or More 1st. They were taken into custody and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.  The Kentucky State Police assisted at the scene. This case is currently under investigation by deputies Fairchild and Meade.

Martin Co. Man Sentenced in a 2012 Accident that left His Passenger Dead

Here's a corrected story from today's newscast. I apologize for the error. - Scott

According to reports out of Martin Co. Billie J. Evans will spend the next 10 years in prison, after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of Irvin Spaulding Jr. Evans was the driver of a vehicle that crashed on Rt. 292 in Martin Co. back in early 2012. The Chevy S-10 the two men were traveling in was traveling north on Rt 292 when it went off the road and hit a tree head-on. Irvin Spaulding Jr. 21 was pronounced deceased on the scene by Martin County Coroner Joe Mullins. Reports after the accident said the two men had allededly been drinking. Evans was originally arrested for DUI and later charged with murder. The DUI charges were dropped and Evans was sentenced to the 10 year prison term for manslaughter.

FireFighters Battle a Morehead State University Campus Fire Sunday

Fire Investigators in Rowan Co. along with Morehead State University officials are trying to determine what caused a fire on the MSU campus at Downing Hall, which is located near the baseball and softball fields. The fire happened early Sunday morning and according to initial reports, the fire started on the top floor at the west end of the building. Officials say four firefighters were also injured battling the blaze and were taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center for treatment. MSU officials say Downing Hall was built in 1967 as a residence hall for student-athletes, the two-story facility was named for George Dewey Downing, the University's first coach and athletic director, but at the time of the fire, was used for various offices and storage. The University will continue the process of assessing the damage and further details will be made available as the investigation continues.

Man Charged With Robbing Same Business Twice

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Polices, a man subdued while trying to rob a check-cashing business was returning for a repeat performance. 39-year-old Eric L. King of Leburn was arrested Friday at Ameri-Cash in Hindman (Knott Co), where police say an employee called police to report an armed robbery. KSP toopers say King was disarmed and subdued by a citizen until law enforcement arrived. After further investigation, police also charged King with the Dec. 18th armed robbery of the same business. KSP say King has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

Two People Killed in a Fleming County Crash

Two drivers were killed Friday afternoon in Fleming County's first traffic fatality of 2013. The fatal accident happened around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 57 about a half-mile outside the community of Mt. Carmel. Kentucky State Police say both Timothy Doyle, 52, and Roger Utterback, 66, were declared dead on the scene. While the cause of the accident is still under investigation, troopers say Doyle's truck was heading southbound toward Flemingsburg when it crossed the center line and collided with a minivan driven by Utterback who was heading in the opposite direction. Doyle was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, troopers said.

Beshear's State Of State Address Set For Feb. 6

Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver the annual State of the Commonwealth address on Feb. 6. Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson announced the date on Friday for the speech to a joint session of the Legislature. In the televised speech, the governor is expected to highlight his legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Lawmakers are set to arrive in Frankfort on Tuesday to start the legislative session. But after a week to get organized, they're scheduled to adjourn until Feb. 5 when they return to get down to business.

Traffic delays start January 7 on KY 321 in Johnson County

Traffic delays begin January 7 on KY 321 in Johnson County as part of preliminary work to correct a long-time rockfall problem along this stretch of highway. Core drilling activity above the road on either side of Christian Appalachian Project’s facility could result in debris rolling onto the roadway, according to Richard T. Wilson with Horn and Associates, the Winchester firm hired by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to provide drilling services to support redesign of the rock cut. Wilson explained that the borings, or core holes, are located above the existing rock cuts on either side of CAP’s building, and require the construction of dozer trails for moving drilling equipment to the boring locations. This activity will result in disturbance of the soil and may cause debris to roll over the existing cut slope and onto the highway. “These roadway closures are for the safety of the traveling public,” said Project Manager John Michael Johnson of Highway District 12. “We expect them to be brief and intermittent. We do not expect to hold up traffic for any significant amount of time.” Johnson pointed out that the area has been prone to rockfalls, which have been a problem for years. “This temporary inconvenience is not much to put up with compared with the end result, which is to eliminate future rockfalls along this stretch of highway. We apologize for the delays, but we know that folks who travel this road regularly will be patient and understanding.” Motorists can expect traffic delays during daylight hours after school opens in the mornings. There will be a window each afternoon to allow school dismissal traffic to travel through the area. Otherwise, traffic delays will generally be limited to 20 minutes or less while dozer trails are being constructed, drills are being moved from location to location, and during cleanup. Equipment will be on site to clean up any debris before reopening the highway.