Local News 4-16-2013

Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. Investigating Single Vehicle Accident on Monday

For the second day in a row, the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. were on the scene of a single vehicle accident, that resulted in a patient being flown from the scene. The accident happened at around 11:50 AM on US 23 in the southband lane, near the entrance of the Johnson Co. Chrisitian School and the Wittensville Post Office. According to witnesses at the scene, a White Trailblazer ran off the shoulder of the roadway and and traveled approximetly 223 ft before rolling another 58 ft before coming to a final rest in a yard. W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue responded to the accident scene and located the subject alert, but trapped inside his vehicle. Emergency crews worked for nearly 20 minutes and used the 'jaws of life" to extricate the injured man, who's identity has not been released, from the vehicle. The man was able to move extremities, but has several cuts and abrasions to his body and was complaining of chest and elbow pain. Emergency crews loaded the patient into a Paintsville Fire Dept. ambulance and transferred him to an L.Z. that had been set up at the Johnson Co. Christian School. He was then airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital. No word on his condition, but it was thought to be non-life threatening. No other information is available at this time and Johnson Co. Sheriff Deputies Terry Tussey is continuing to investigate this accident. He was assisted at the scene by Deputies Tim Clark and Richard Salyers. W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue, along with Paintsville EMS reponded to this accident.

Officials Release I.D. of Child Killed In ATV Accident In Magoffin County

Magoffin Co. officials have released the name of a four-year-old boy who was killed in an ATV accident in Magoffin County Sunday afternoon. Patrick Cleere, 4, of Michigan was riding with five other people on an ATV along Sugar Camp Road around 4 p.m. when the ATV flipped, throwing the child and others from the vehicle. Two juveniles also suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital, but officials have not released any information on their conditions. Officials in Magoffin Co. are continuing to investigate this accident. The young boy was said to have been visiting with his grandparents in Salyersville.

KSP Investigating Accident in Rowan Co.

On Monday, April 15, 2013, at 11:27 a.m. Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Morehead Dispatch in reference to a 2 vehicle head on collision at the entrance to SRG Global on Ky 32 in Rowan County. Thomas Kegley, 54 of Morehead was operating a 1991 Oldsmobile van attempting to make a left hand turn onto Guardian Avenue. While making the turn, Mr. Kegley’s vehicle was struck by a 2003 Toyota Celica operated by Josephine Legge, 54 of Wallingford. Ms. Legge’s vehicle struck Mr. Kegley’s vehicle in the front driver’s side. Both subjects were transported to St. Claire Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Ms. Legge was later transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she was last listed in stable condition. The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Morehead.

Police Chief, Deputy Hurt During Drug Bust in Greenup Co.; 4 Arrested

Two law enforcement officers where hurt during a drug bust in South Shore, Ky. Saturday night. According to the Greenup County Sheriff's Dept, they say the incident began as two deputies assisted the South Shore Police Chief during a traffic stop on Main Street about 9:30 p.m. Sheriff Keith Cooper says following the stop, officers searched a residence on 5th Avenue in South Shore where they found 61 grams of heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of money. Sheriff Cooper says during that search, Charles Fletcher, 24, of McDermott, Ohio became physical the deputies. Cooper says Deputy Cody Fuller broke his hand in the altercation. Chief Bill Swords was also hurt. Both men were treated and released at a local hospital. Arrested was: Fletcher, Joshua Glass, 23, of Portsmouth, Ohio, Aaron Higginbotham, 28, of Circleville, Ohio and Ruby Nunley, 31, of South Portsmouth, Ohio were all arrested. Sheriff Cooper says the charges include trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. All four were taken to the Greenup County Detention Center.

Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Apr. 8 through Apr. 14)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Apr. 8 through Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013. One double-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in Warren County. One of the victims was not wearing a seat belt. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Crittenden, Daviess, Jefferson, Oldham, Pendleton and Scott. The victims in Jefferson and Scott counties were not wearing seat belts. The Scott County crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. One motorcycle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Bourbon, Calloway, Mercer, Ohio and Shelby. The victims in Calloway, Mercer and Ohio counties were not wearing helmets. The Bourbon County crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. One bicycle rider was killed in Fayette County.  Through Apr. 14, preliminary statistics* indicate that 151 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 39 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 127 motor vehicle fatalities, 62 victims were not wearing seat belts. Four of the nine motorcycle fatalities were not wearing helmets. The one ATV fatality was not wearing a helmet. One bicycle rider has been killed. Twelve pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 28 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. As of Apr. 14, Kentucky has had 27 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013. 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.

Kentucky Leaders Forming Education Foundation

Business, education and government leaders are joining forces in Kentucky to create a foundation that will support innovative new approaches to teaching. The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, headed by Paducah businessman Billy Harper, will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide resources for teachers, schools and school districts. The foundation will raise money to help support innovate schools. The initiative is being unveiled Monday at 11 a.m. EDT at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's Frankfort headquarters. Harper will be joined by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to provide more details about the foundation.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).