Local News 1-29-2013

Paintsville Police Arrest 2 People on Meth Related Charges

According to Paintsville Police Dept. Capt. Bill Holbrook, on Friday afternoon, officers responded to a call for assistance at a residence on Lincoln Avenue in Paintsville. Upon arrival officers found what was described as an active meth lab. Officers where told that during a visit from the State probation & parole to this location, meth making materials where discovered in a bottle and a child was present inside the residence. Paintsville Police officers arrested 21 year old Sarah R. Dennison of Boonescamp, charging her with Controlled substance endangerment to a child 4th degree, manufacturing meth 1st offense and served a bench warrant for court. Also arrested was Joshua A. Cook, charged with Controlled substance endangerment to a child 4th degree, manufacturing meth 1st offense. Both where taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The Paintsville P.D. are continuing with their investigation.

KSP Activity Reports From Across our Area

* KSP Investigating Deadly Accident in Pike Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Friday January 25, 2013 Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a single vehicle accident on River Road in the Draffin community of Pike County. KSP units responded to the scene and information obtained at the scene indicates that Louie B. Stewart 48 years old of Draffin, Ky. was traveling West on River Road. The 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was operating exited the shoulder of the roadway and came to rest on it's roof in the river. A passenger in the vehicle had exited the vehicle and stated that Stewart was still in the vehicle. Fire/Rescue removed the vehicle and Stewart was located inside the vehicle deceased. Stewart was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Deputy Coroner Denver Bailey. The accident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Heath Ayres. Tpr. Ayres was assisted on scene by KSP Trooper J.B. Cox, Ferrells Creek Fire Department, Marrowbone Fire Department, and Millard East Shelbiana Fire Department.

* KSP Investigating Accident in Rowan Co.

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on January 27th 2013 at 10:59 P.M. Kentucky State Police Morehead was notified by Rowan County Dispatch of a single vehicle injury accident on Sharkey Road near the junction of Kentucky 32. Troopers Scott Caudill, Christopher Jones, Michael Wathen and Jay Cottrell responded to the scene. Darren Hogge, 23 was operating a 1998 Nissan Altima traveling east on Sharkey Road, Mr. Hogge vehicle traveled off the west bound lane colliding with a tree, coming to a final rest after striking an earth embankment. Mr. Hogge was extricated from the vehicle by Rowan County Emergency Medical Service. Mr. Hogge was transported from the scene by Rowan County EMS, to Saint Claire Medical Center, where he was transported by ambulance to the University of Kentucky Hospital. Rowan County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and assisted with the investigation. Accident remains under investigation by Trooper Scott Caudill.

Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Jan. 21 through Jan. 27)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that 11 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Two single-fatality, motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson County. One of the fatalities was not wearing a seat belt. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Adair, Christian, Clark, Estill, Laurel, Nelson and Pike. The victims in Christian, Estill, Laurel, Nelson and Pike were not wearing seatbelts. The Pike County crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. One pedestrian was killed in Hardin County and the suspected use of alcohol was involved. One pedestrian was also killed in Metcalfe County. Through Jan. 27, preliminary statistics* indicate that 40 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is eight less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 32 motor vehicle fatalities, 18 victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the two motorcycle fatalities was not wearing a helmet. Five pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of nine fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Law Enforcement Across State Bans Together to Oppose Hemp Bill

Industrial hemp production in Kentucky is not economically sound, would impose an unnecessary financial burden on the state, and could facilitate future efforts to legalize its cousin – marijuana, according to law enforcement officials across the commonwealth. “All of the rhetoric you’re hearing from the small group of proponents seeking to reintroduce hemp cultivation is based on desired outcomes, not reality,” said Dan Smoot, vice president of Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education), an anti-drug organization covering 32 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky. “You have some prominent people supporting Senate Bill 50 and House Bill 33, but they are looking through rose-colored glasses if they believe hemp production would be a good alternative crop or provide an economic boom,” said Smoot, who served 22 years with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), 14 in narcotics investigation. “Hemp is not in demand, would cause more problems than benefits, and is currently not permitted under federal law.” Although industrial hemp contains only a small percentage of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, the plants are indistinguishable to the eye. Without laboratory analysis, you can’t tell them apart,” said Tommy Loving, executive director of the Kentucky Narcotic Officers’ Association (KNOA). Because of this relationship, hemp is considered a controlled substance and is not legally able to be grown in the United States without a permit from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Any imported hemp products must meet a zero tolerance level.

Advocates for the legislation, which is expected to be addressed by the Kentucky General Assembly in coming weeks, maintain that requiring individuals to pass a background check, obtain a license to grow hemp, and plant at least 10 acres would provide safeguards and not inhibit efforts to locate illegal marijuana crops. Loving, who also serves as director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, noted that more than 370 members of the KNOA voted unanimously to oppose hemp legislation at the group’s annual meeting this past November. In addition, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) Executive Board also unanimously voted to oppose hemp production.

Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office Reminds Residence of Johnson Co. about 5% Penalty Phase Ending for 2012 Property Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the 5% penalty phase of the 2012 Property Tax bills will end on January 31st 2013. If you pay your Property Tax bills after January 31st, a 21% penalty fee will be applied. Also, the face amount on the 2012 Gas and Oil bills will end on January 31st. If your Gas and Oil bills are paid after January 31st, a 5% penalty fee will be applied. If you mail your bills in by January 31st, the sheriff’s office will honor the post mark. In addition, you may pay your 2012 Property Tax bills online. Just go to our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov/ click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. You can also print copies of your 2011 and 2012 property tax receipts from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the sheriff’s office at 789-3411.