Local News 1-9-2013

Accident in Johnson Co. Shuts Down Road in Johnson Co. Power Pole Snapped

Around 2:12 pm Tuesday, Paintsville/Johnson Co 911 dispatch received a call concerning a single vehicle accident in the Thelma community with unknown injuries. The accident was located near Ky Rt. 1107, past the golf course on Davis Branch. The Thelma VFD and Johnson Co. Rescue Squad were toned to this scene and found a car had hit a power pole and snapped it in half, causing power to that part of the county off. Crews worked several hours to clean up the debree and to restore power. It is currently unknown what caused the accident or who was involved and if injuries occurred. The Johnson Co. Sherif's Dept. is continuing to invesitgate this wreck and WSIP news will have more information when it becomes available.

Man Charged In a Magoffin County Shooting Death

A man has been arrested and charged with murder after a man was found dead outside of his Magoffin County home Monday afternoon. The incident happened at a home on Route 40 about one mile outside of Salyersville. Police say the victim, has been identified as 49-year-old Donnie Allen. Allen's body was found in the yard outside his Salyersville home on Route 40 around 4:30 pm and investigators said he had been dead for several hours. According to 911 tapes released Tuesday, indicate that the caller said someone told him there was a body laying behind a barn, that person who told the caller of the discovered body, turned out to be the killer, identified as Daniel Hackworth. Salyersville Police say there was an altercation of some sort between Allen and Hackworth, before the shooting, but police are not sure of the exact motive. Police also said Hackworth was drunk when he killed Allen. Hackworth is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, charged with murder. Family members say Allen was set to be married this week.

Tuesday Morning Fire in Floyd Co. Damages Convenience Store

According to reports, a Tuesday morning fire in Floyd Co. severely damages a small town convenience store. Officials in Floyd Co. say the fire happened in the Weeksbury community, at Compton's Quick Stop convenience store. The blaze began shortly before 3:00 am.and firefighters from the Southeast, Wheelwright, and Left Beaver Fire Departments battled the blaze for about two hours. The building the store was located in, also had apartments in the upstairs portion and suffered extensive water and smoke damage. Authorities are not sure what caused the blaze and it's expected that an arson investigation will be conducted within the next few days. The store's owner says the building was insured and he hopes to reopen as soon as possible. The store has operated in the small Floyd County community for 28 years. No reports of any injuries with this fire.

Felony Drug Arrest- Greenup County

The Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested a Greenup County resident after conducting an investigation into illegal drug activity by the suspect. The Kentucky State Police received information that Frank W. Basenback was engaging in Trafficking illegal prescription narcotics. On Monday January 7, 2012 Troopers and Detectives from the Kentucky State Police Post 14 Ashland conducted a controlled buy and bust operation.  Arrangements were made to purchase oxycodone prescription pills from Mr. Basenback.  Contact was made and Basenback produced 3 oxycodone pills and completed an illegal transaction.  During the course of the investigation   search warrants were executed and over $20,000.00 in cash was also seized. Frank W. Basenback, age 25, of Flatwoods , KY was arrested, lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense. The investigation is ongoing by Detectives from Post 14.

Tax Reforms Could Affect Costs on Consumer Services

Kentucky lawmakers returned to Frankfort Tuesday to kick off a 30-day general assembly and Governor Steve Beshear is hopeing to sit down with them to talk about taxes. A commission recently recommended changing Kentucky's tax system, and the proposals could affect everything from your income tax to how much you pay for some familiar services. Having to pay taxes on a salon blow out could soon be common in Kentucky - so could paying for the labor on a car repair. University of Kentucky's Dr. William Hoyt. Dr. Hoyt was a consultant on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tax Reform, a group that made recommendations to state leaders recently and he says a new tax code would bring in more than $600 million dollars in revenue.

Challenge Offers Chance To Win $1,500 For College

Kentucky students in kindergarten through sixth grade have a chance to win $1,500 toward college in a competition sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust. Participating students in the "Dream Out Loud Challenge" will submit an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: "How will I change the world after I go to college?" Six winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges. The winners will receive a $1,500 college savings account from the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust, and their schools will win $500. The contest runs from Jan. 21 through March 22. Details about the competition are available at www.kysaves.com . The Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust is the state's official college savings plan and is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

Longtime Pike County Educator Passes Away

WSIP news would like to send out our condolenses to a longtime Pike Co. educator passed away. Frank Welch died on Tuesday at the age 78. Welch began his tenure in 1957 as a teacher at Belfry High School where he later became principal. In 1998 he stepped down as principal from the high school and assumed the position of superintendent. He served in that role until his retirement.