Local News 4-2-2013

Paintsville Police Dept. Releases Monthly Report for March 2013

According to a news release from the Paintsville PD, the following is a monthly activity report for the month of March 2013.

Theft complaints(includes shoplifting) – 18
Alcohol intoxication – 7
Controlled substance violations –9
D.U.I. – 2
Accident without injury – 16
Accident with injury – 2
Warrants served – 25
Traffic violations – 52
Dispatched calls (CAD) – 532
Mentally ill complaints – 0
Domestic disputes – 6
Assault complaints – 3
Disorderly conduct – 3
Burglary – 1
Robbery - 0
Alarms – 46

Salyersville Man Sentwenced to 6 Years in DUI Death

A Salyersville man has excepted a plea deal to second-degree manslaughter in exchange for a potentially shorter prison term. According to the Kentucky Enquirer, they report 29-year-old Jonathan Keeton was sentenced to six and a half years in prison last week. He had pleaded guilty in the death of a passenger in his car, 31-year-old Connie Sutherland of Salyersville. Sutherland died along Interstate 71/75 after Keeton’s car veered off the road and struck a culvert in July 2012. Police said neither Sutherland nor Keeton wore seat belts and Keeton’s blood-alcohol level was 1.9 - more than twice the presumed level of intoxication. He could have faced 10 years in prison if convicted during a jury trial.

Police Continue Investigation into a Weekend Armed Robbery in Floyd Co.

KSP are continuing to investigate a robbery that occurred at the Velocity Market in the Betsy Layne community of Floyd Co. Kentucky State Police say the market was robbed just after 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Troopers say a woman walked in, pulled out a weapon and demanded cash. She then ran off on foot. The woman was last seen wearing a green shroud covering her face, along with black pants and a tan coat and described as approximately 5' to 5'3'' in height. This incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Detective Jason Dials. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555.

Felony Assault Arrest made in Carter County

Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested a Carter County resident on a charge of assault after responding to a call of an altercation between two individuals. On Sunday March 31, 2013 The Kentucky State Police responded to 1227 Greenbriar Road, Olive Hill KY at the request of the Olive Hill Fire Department. It was reported the Fire Department was on scene of a structure fire and witnessed what appeared to be an altercation between individuals at a neighbor's residence. Information obtained during the investigation revealed Johnny Canterbury and Curtis Sloan engaged in a verbal argument over the structure fire and a physical altercation then occurred. Sloan was transported to St. Claire Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries sustained to his head and facial area. Canterbury refused any medical assistance on scene and was arrested without incident. The cause of the structure fire is currently under investigation and no additional details are available for release at this time. Johnny Canterbury, age 27, of Greenbriar Road in Olive Hill, KY was arrested, charged with Assault 2nd Degree and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center. The case is still under investigation by Trooper Bryant Marcum.

Tax Time - Do You Need Help?

FRANKFORT, Ky. - April 15. It's a day not loved like New Years Day or the Fourth of July, but it's reality. With the tax return deadline closing in, the coordinator of a program that provides free tax-preparation help says you may be surprised. According to Vickie Johnson of the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative, if you haven't filed your taxes in recent years, because you weren't required to, you could be missing out on hundreds of dollars. "If they worked in that tax year it can benefit them to file their return," Johnson said. "If they had taxes withheld from their paycheck, it's likely that they'll get those back in a refund. And, they may also qualify for some credits that they could claim." Johnson noted that there's no penalty for filing a return late if you are due a refund. The IRS estimates that $917 million in refunds from 2008 remain unclaimed. Taxpayers have three years to claim a refund before it becomes the government's property, which means the deadline for filing a 2009 return is April 15, two weeks hence. The free-help program that Johnson coordinates, the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative, is available to families making less than $51,000 a year. "It's a volunteer-run program, so we can do simple returns. We can do itemizations. We can do self-employment with some restrictions," she said. "So, there is a wide range of tax returns that we can help people with." Last year's free tax prep helped more than 11,000 Kentucky families get back nearly $19 million in federal and state refunds. For more information you can call 1-800-456-3452, or for help go to assistance.ky.gov or to KACA.org.

JCSO Reminds Citizens of 2012 Property Taxes Deadline

According to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, they would like to remind everyone that the deadline to pay the 2012 Property Tax bills is April 15th, 2013. After the 15th, the taxes will be turned over to the County Court Clerk’s Office, where additional penalties will be applied. Also, April 15th is the last day to pay the 2012 Gas and Oil bills, before they are turned over to the Clerk’s Office. Just a reminder, 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.

Paintsville Mayor Signs Proclamation to Increase Efforts to Fight Child Abuse

The following is a copy of a proclamation signed by Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter on April 1, 2013.

Whereas, child abuse is a common problem and finding solutions depends on involvement among people throughout the community; and
Whereas, the effects of child abuse are felt by whole communities and need to be addressed by the entire community; and
Whereas, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, religious and civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community; and
Whereas, all citizens should become more aware of the negative effects of child abuse within the community and become actively involved in its prevention:
Now, Therefore, Mayor Bob Porter and members of Paintsville City Council call upon all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to preventchild abuse, therby strengthening the community in which we live.

Given under my hand as Mayor of the City of Paintsville on this the 1st day of April 2013. - Bob Porter, Mayor of the City of Paintsville.