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Local News 1-21-2013

Police Arrest One In Death Of Knott County Man

State Police in Hazard have made an arrest in the death of a Knott County man. According to KSP reports, Eric Tysen Fugate of Hindman was reported missing Thursday morning and on Friday morning KSP announced that the 30-year-old's body was discovered in an abandoned truck along a surfance mining road in the Triplett Branch community of Knott County. KSP said on Friday night they arrested Jerry B. Combs, 34, of Floyd County, and charged him with murder. Kentucky State Police say their investigation revealed that Fugate and Combs had been in a fight before Fugate's death. Combs is being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail. An autopsy on Fugate will be performed at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort and a final cause of death is pending. No further information has been released.

Pike Co. Authorities Searching for Alleged Stalker

According to Pike Co. authorities, a Lexington man has been indicted in Pike County on1st degree stalking charges. Officials say they are searching for Harry Martin Chapman and they say they need to find him as soon as possible. "According to our newest indictment, he is terrorizing this woman, and the stalking of her has begun since December of last year, so for about 60 days," said Pike County Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley. Reports say Chapman has been charged with stalking before with the same victim and has been convicted two times of stalking her. He has served time in prison over it, but officials say he just will not leave her alone," said Bartley. Police currently do not have any idea were Harry Martin Chapman is. Chapman was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2008 on a combination of charges, but he got out early last year and started stalking again. Bartley says the victim and the alleged stalker used to have a relationship many years ago. Police ask that if anyone knows Harry Martin Chapman, to please contact the KSP at 606-433-7711.

Two West Virginia Fugitives Arrested In Kentucky

According to the Kentucky State Police in Ashland, they have arrested two people from West Virginia after learning both were wanted on charges of child neglect resulting in death. KSP officials say they learned from Virginia State Police that Byron Morrison and Pearl Christian may be attending services at Evans Funeral Home in Raceland, KY. Troopers and Detectives from the state police post showed up and arrested the two. Morrison, 38, and Christian, 45, were both charged with being fugitives from another state. They're now at the Greenup Count Detention Center.

4 People Arrested and Charged in a Greenup Co Double Murder

Officials in Greenup Co have arrested 4 people releated to a double murder case from 2008. According to the Greenup County Sheriff Dept. they say they case stems from  a robbery over drugs and money, which led to a fire that killed two people, 45-year old Jeffery Long and 21-year old Pamela Wills. Five years later, those people are now behind bars. Law enforcement did make an arrest in the case in 2010 and since then, one of the suspects Mitchell Royster, has been in the Greenup County jail. Officials say that Royster agreed to a plea deal and will testify against four other people involved in the arson. Last week, Greenup Co. officials arrested. Royster's wife, Chrissie Bertram- Royster, Sammy Bertram, and Willie Burns, all 3 were charged with murder and another suspect, Ashley Craft was charged with complicity to commit robbery. Mitchell Royster pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges and will have his sentencing hearing in February. He is expected to receive 22 years in prison, with a credit for those two years he's already served and as part of the plea deal, will avoid the death penalty and life in prison.

Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Announces Water Projects

The Department for Natural Resources’ (DNR) Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced Friday, the award of a contract and the start of construction for the Frozen Creek Phase 1AML water supply project in Breathitt County. “We are working very hard toward getting potable water to the portions of Breathitt County that qualify for AML assistance,” said DNR Commissioner Steve Hohmann. “The entire project will involve the installation of approximately 13.7 miles of water main in various sizes from 8 inches to ¾ inch, one duplex booster pump station, a 132,000-gallon water storage tank, valves and the installation of water meters at 100 residences.” .AML has found that agency-eligible pre-1982 mining has impacted much of the ground water along state routes 1812 and 378 in Frozen Creek, making these areas eligible for AML waterline assistance. This phase of the project includes the portion of Cope fork along Route 1812 to its junction with route 378 and the main stem of Frozen Creek from Route 15 upstream to areas near the community of Taulbee. The project, with a memorandum of agreement between the Breathitt County Water District and AML, totals $3 million. The project will be operated by the Breathitt County Water District. BRC Group LLC of London, Ky., was awarded the waterline contract with a low bid amount of $1,999,795. American Structures Inc. of Menomonie, WI., was awarded the storage tank contract for $292,522. Nesbitt Engineering of Lexington, Ky., will provide engineering services. AML is authorized under Kentucky law (KRS.350) to abate hazards to public health, safety, and the environment from abandoned mine lands. To date, AML has expended more than $105 million for waterline improvements and has provided more than 14,426 households with potable water supply in 24 coalfield counties in eastern, southern and western Kentucky.

Expect Traffic Delays in Martin Co., Along Rt. 40

According to the KSP, on Thursday January 17, Post 9, Pikeville received a call that a section of Ky Rt. 40 had fallen away. Information received indicates that approximately 100 feet of roadway between the 0 and 1 mile marker had fallen away. Department of Transportation states that this section of Route 40 is down to one lane and a traffic signal has been installed. Department of Transportation states there will be periodic road closures starting the week of January 21, 2013. Department of Transportation says roadwork will be completed by January 25, 2013. Kentucky State Police asks motorists to use caution when traveling on this section of Route 40.

Public Invited to Annual Blood Drive in Honor of Fallen Hero, Christa Burchett

The public is invited to the Annual Blood Drive in Honor of a Fallen Hero, Christa Burchett. Christa served the City of Paintsville Fire-Rescue-EMS as Assistant Chief and EMS Director. She was tragically killed in the line of duty on January 22, 2008. For the past 4 years, family members along Christa's co-workers and numerous friends have held a blood drive to try and collect 106 units of blood (106 was Christa's badge # with the Paintsville Fire Dept). This year will mark the 5th year of the blood drive and will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Paintsville Elementary Family Resource Center beginning at 12 noon until 6 pm. Following the blood drive, family and friends will gather at the Paintsville Fire Station 1 (on Main Street) for a Candle Light Ceremony, which begins at arouns 7 pm.