Local News 5-10-2013

Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. Arrest Martin Man on Receiving Stolen Property Charges

On April 26th, 2013, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a stolen wallet in the West Van Lear area.  After an extensive investigation, Deputy Tim Clark was able to recover several stolen items from three separate counties.  Deputy Clark coordinated efforts with other Johnson County Deputies Terry Tussey and Rodney Minix, the Martin City Police Department in Floyd County, and authorities in Magoffin County.  Several leads in each jurisdiction pointed officers to items that had been stolen as far back as early April, primarily utility trailers. Further investigation uncovered evidence that led Deputies to a residence on Caudill Fork, in Oil Springs, where they found Thurman Caudill, 35, of the City of Martin.  Evidence discovered at the scene prompted Deputies to arrest and charge Mr. Caudill with Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000, a felony in Kentucky.  This investigation is ongoing by Deputy Tim Clark and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.  The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to ask anyone with information about this case to contact Our Office at 606-789-3411 or your local 911 dispatch center.

KSP Executes Arrest Warrants in Magoffin County

Accroding to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Tuesday May 7, 2013 Post 9 Criminal Interdiction Team as a result of Post 9 Street Level narcotics investigations, executed arrest warrants in Magoffin County. Billy J. Helton of Bloomington, Ky., Gary Arnett of Salyersville, Ky., John Baldridge of Salyersville, Ky., Samantha Baldridge of Salyersville, Ky., and Nicole Riser of Salyersville, Ky. were arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Each individual was arrested on indictments of Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree. Kentucky State Police is continuing investigations to identify and arrest subjects that are involved in the illegal sales and purchases of narcotics. Anyone with information about the illegal sales of narcotics in their community is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 at 1-800-222-5555 or (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous.

Martin Co. Sheriff's Dept Investigating Accident

According to reports out of Martin Co., the sheriff's dept. is investigating what caused a car to loose control and flip onto it's top. The accident happened Thursday morning on Route 292 in the Hode community of Martin Co. The Warfield VFD got the call at around 9:30 AM and responded to the scene. When emergency crews arrived on scene they found the vehicle (aInfinity G20) had been traveling South along Route 292 when, according to reports, the vehicle left the roadway, into a ditch, hen hit a nearby drive way, which caused the car to flip. Along with the driver, two small children were inside the the car. Lucily though, there were no injuries, although emergency personel wanted the children to be taken to the Hospital for observations and be checked out. The Martin Co. Sheriff's Dept. say it appears this was simply an accident and they do not suspect any alcohol or drugs to be a factor. The accident is still under investigation by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department. No other details are known at this time. 

Arrest Warrant Issued for Floyd Co. Man Who Crashed into a House Last Week

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Floyd Co. man who pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge last week after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a Prestonsburg home. Travis Lee Goble, 22, of Cow Creek, was arrested on Monday, May 7 and charged with DUI.(first offense), failure to maintain required insurance, and failure to wear a seatbelt, after plowing his truck through the wall of a home owned by Ralph Sr. and Ann Davis. The Davis' told Police that after crashing through the wall of the house, Goble attempted to back up and leave the residence. According to the Floyd Co. Times, Police said they did not expect any other charges to be forth coming against Goble who, after pleading guilty a few days after the accident, was sentenced to $1,000 in fines, loss of his driver’s license for 90 days, and forced to attend ADE classes. Any restitution sought by the Davises would be a civil matter according to Police. Now an arrest warrant has been issued for Travis Lee Goble on two counts of first degree wanton endangerment, first degree criminal mischief and attempting to leave the scene of an accident. First degree wanton endangerment, and criminal mischief are both class D felonies. Leaving the scene of an accident is a class A misdemeanor. Police ask that if anyone has any knowledge of the whereabouts of Travis Lee Goble, to please contact them at (606) 886-1010.

Man and Woman Arrested in Heroin Bust in Ashland

During an undercover heroin buy overnight in Ashland, Police say they have arrested two people on drug charges. Police raided house in the 3200-block of Park Street around 3 a.m. Wednesday following a controlled drug buy. Arrested was Jon Pinkney, 27, of Toledo, Ohio, and Staci L. Stewart, 27, of Ashland. Each have been charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance. Stewart was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. During the search, police say they seized heroin, drug paraphernalia and over $14,000 in cash. Both were taken to the Boyd County Detention Center. No further information has been released.

Magoffin Co Man's Sentencing in Child Death Case on Hold

A manslaughter case against a Magoffin County man accused in the death of his 4-year-old son, has  been put on hold once again. James Garcia was originally arrested in November 2011 on a charge of manslaughter in connection to his son's death, 4-year-old Cameron Bryce Mullins, who died on December 22, 2010. Autopsy report's indicated trauma to the head and many internal injuries led to the child's death. Garcia's girlfriend, Cindy Collins, was also charged with manslaughter in the case, but she accepted a plea deal last year to falsely reporting an incident, serving time concurrently with a non-related case in Johnson County. During court proceedings on May 2, Judge Kim Childers discussed with Garcia's attorney and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Cameron Adams, whether the victim's family had been contacted. Due to the fact that no evidence could be gathered to show the family had been given the opportunity to go on record before the sentence can be decided. Judge Childers set the formal sentencing hearing for May 16. The Court has not ruled at this time whether it will be bound to the charge of reckless homicide, to which Garcia has already pleaded guilty, or to the original manslaughter charge.

Gov. Steve Beshear Says Medicaid Will Expand

Kentucky's Medicaid program will expand to cover hundreds of thousands of additional people, Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday. The program already provides medical coverage to some 800,000 low-income residents. The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand coverage to some 308,000 additional Kentuckians with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or nearly $15,860 for individuals. The expected move drew praise and criticism even before Beshear made the announcement during an afternoon news conference. Nationally, about 15 million people - mostly adults with no children living at home - could eventually be covered if all states expand. But the Supreme Court last year gave states the right to reject the expansion without jeopardizing the rest of their federal Medicaid funds. Expanded Medicaid will be available starting Jan. 1, and uninsured people can start signing up this fall. So far, 21 states plus Washington, D.C., have accepted the expansion, while 14 states have turned it down. Another 15 states are still weighing options.

Cystic Fibrosis Walk to be Held This Weekend in Magoffin Co.

Everyone is invited to join Magoffin County for the first local Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis this weekend. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that can lead to serious complications or even put your life at risk. It may cause severe problems in the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestine. A person with Cystic Fibrosis has a life-long battle with the disorder. Daily medications and frequent physician visits encompass their life. The generosity of community financial support will help fund research and hopefully find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The community can help support Cystic Fibrosis awareness during the month of May and participate in the Great Strides Walk at Ramey Memorial Park this Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m.