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(UPDATED) Local News 1-16-2013

Shooting Leaves Two Dead, Another Injured in Hazard

Police in Hazard (Perry Co) are continuing to gather information on a deadly shooting that took place Tuesday evening. The shooting occurred at the Hazard Community & Technical College around 6 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found two people dead and a juvenile wounded in the parking lot outside the First Federal Center. The shooter was not in the area, but officials locked down the college campus as a precaution for several hours. Hazard Police say the deceased victims have been identified as Caitlin Cornett and her uncle, Jackie Cornett.  The unidentified juvenile transported to Hazard ARH then was airlifted to UK Hospital. Officials have not released any information on that victim's condition. Police say the alleged shooter is Dalton Stidham. He turned himself in at a nearby Kentucky State Police post a short time after the shooting. Police say they don't know exactly what led up to the shooting, but is beleived to be a domestic dispute. Investigators say Stidham and Caitlin Cornett met in the parking lot to hand off a young child they have together. After the shooting, Stidham took the child back to his house before turning himself in. Caitlin Cornett was a student at HCTC, but other than the location, the school was not connected to the shooting. Dalton Stidham has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder and additional charges could be added.


Three Men Indicted for Pike Co. Bank Robbery


Three men have been indicted in connection with the armed robbery of a Pike County, Ky. bank last year. According to the Kentucky State Police on August 21, 2012,  two men entered the U.S. Bank in South Williamson, Ky., pulled out guns and demanded money from the tellers. Witnesses say both of the men had their faces and heads covered when they entered the bank and they both fled the bank on an ATV with an undisclosed amount of cash. It's being reported that a Pike County Grand Jury indicted 40-year-old Willard Wooten, 37-year-old Gary McCoy and 43year-old Russell West last week, on one count each of first-degree robbery. All three men were already in the Pike County Detention Center on unrelated charges, when the indictments were released, but which two men entered the bank, or how the third person was involve in the robbery is still in question.  The men are scheduled back in court on the bank robbery charge March 1, innocent, until proved guilty.

Suspect in Ashland Strong-Armed Robbery Sentenced to Prison

One of the two people charged with stealing a woman’s purse while she was loading a wheelchair into her car has been sentenced to prison. Ashland Police said the strong-armed robbery happened last January in the parking lot of the Ashland Children’s Clinic at 700 13th St. A Boyd County Grand Jury indicted 29-year-old Roger Kittle Jr. and 22-year-old Heather Griffith, both of Ashland, on first-degree robbery charges following their arrests. Commonwealth Attorney David Justice says that on Friday, Kittle pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Justice says Griffith is also expected to plead guilty to the same charge later this month.

KSP Find Two Bodies Deceased In a Perry Co. House Fire

According o a news release from the KSP, on January 13, 2013 at approximately 06:15 a.m. Perry County 911 received a call of a house fire in the Scuddy community of Perry County. After the fire was extinguished firemen found two subjects in the house deceased. Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire started in a skillet on the cook stove. Sandra K. Melton, age 64 and Suzy Rebecca Melton, age 35, both of Scuddy Ky., were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroner. No foul play is suspected and both are being taken to Frankfort for an autopsy. The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police.

Eight Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week                                                                          

Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. One single-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Jefferson, Meade, Morgan and Webster. The victim in Jefferson County was not wearing a seat belt and the use of alcohol was involved in the Morgan County crash. One motorcycle crash fatality occurred in Fayette County and one in Scott County. The Fayette County crash involved the use of alcohol. One fatality was the result of a crash involving an animal drawn vehicle in Simpson County. One pedestrian was killed in McCreary County.
 
Through Jan. 13, preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is nine less than reported for this time period in 2012. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

Conway Touts Ky. Crackdown on Prescription Abuse

Attorney General Jack Conway has told political leaders from across the nation that Kentucky is making progress in curbing an epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Conway briefed the National Governor's Association Policy Academy on Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse on Tuesday about Kentucky's efforts via a video link from the Capitol. In particular, Conway touted a law passed by the Legislature last year that has beefed up oversight of the prescribing practices of Kentucky physicians. That law requires most doctors to use a computerized prescription monitoring system that can easily spot "gross deviations" from normal prescribing practices. Those deviations are reported to the Board of Medical Licensure and to law enforcement authorities for action. That, Conway said, is important in a state where more people die from prescription overdoes than car crashes.

Area Schools Closed Due to Sickness

As a precaution, several are school system's in Eastern Ky have decided to cancel classes for the remainder of the week, due to low attendance numbers. The following school's have cancelled classes: NO SCHOOL IN JOHNSON COUNTY, MORGAN COUNTY, MARTIN COUNTY, MAGOFFIN COUNTY and FLOYD CO. Students will return to classes on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, except for Morgan Co., they return on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.