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Local News 5-30-2013

Johnson Co. S.O. Respond to Early Monday Morning Accident

According to a news release from the JCSO, on the morning of Monday May 27th, 2013 at approximately 7AM, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle accident with injuries on KY Rte.1428 in Hager Hill.  The vehicle was a 2005 Chevrolet truck driven by Jonathan McKenzie (age 32) of Ashland KY.  Mr. McKenzie was traveling toward Paintsville when he lost control of the vehicle.  Mr. McKenzie's vehicle went into the ditch and struck the rock wall.  The vehicle then came back onto the roadway and traveled approximately 57 feet before going back into the ditch, striking the rock wall again.  McKenzie was pinned in the vehicle and to be extracted by the Johnson County Rescue Squad and Paintsville EMS.  McKenzie was then air lifted to the Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington WV.  This incident  is under investigation by Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey.

Another Scam Possibly in the Area

People are being threatened with jail time for debts they do not even owe. Officials in Johnson County say several people are getting phone calls from fake debt collectors saying if they do not pay up in so many hours they will be arrested. But officials say you cannot be arrested for owing money. Officials say the best thing to do is use common sense. If you get a phone call that seems suspicious, hang it up before you lose any money or your identity gets stolen. Officials say if you get one of these calls report it to authorities right away and never give out personal information.

Magoffin woman accused of giving court forged papers

According to the Floyd Co. Times, a Magoffin county woman appeared in court recently, to answer to charghes of allegedly presenting forged documents to the Floyd County District Court. Darlene Russell, 39, of Salyersville, was arrested March 25, for allegedly attempting to obtain controlled substances from a Wal-Mart pharmacy in her daughter’s name. Russell claims Wal-Mart called her to come pick up the prescription, but claims she told Walmart pharmacy that she was unaware of a prescription for her daughter. She also allegedly provided the arresting officer with a false name and Social Security number. Also on May 15, another warrant was issued for Russell's arrest for allegedly presenting two forged pieces of letterhead, purportedly from Dr. Mark Einbecker, to officials in Floyd District Court. Russell has been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for that action and will appear in court again in November. Russell is innocent until proven guilty to all charges and claims.

KSP Investigating Possible Sexual Abuse in Rowan Co.

Accodring to a news release from the KSP, Post 8 Morehead, received multiple reports of a sexual abuse of a juvenile against Robert L. Workman, age 44, of Clearfield that allegedly began in February 2013. After a three month investigation by Detective Toby Gardner a Rowan County Grand Jury indicted Robert L. Workman on May 17, 2013, on the charges of Sodomy 2nd Degree, Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Eavesdropping, and Indecent Exposure 2nd Degree. Robert L. Workman was lodged in the Rowan County Detention Center. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Toby Gardner with more charges pending.

Beshear's Income Tax Returns Show He Made $252K

Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife have released their 2012 state and federal income tax returns showing their total income was just more than $252,000. That includes the governor's nearly $133,000 salary from the state, plus nearly $56,000 in dividends, more than $37,000 in capital gains and more than $25,000 in Social Security benefits. Beshear released his income tax returns on Tuesday, as he has done each year since he became governor in 2007. The Beshears' total income grew by more than $50,000 over 2011.

County Jobless Rates for April 2012 to April 2013

Unemployment rates decreased in 49 Kentucky counties between April 2012 and April 2013, while 63 county rates rose and eight stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.4 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 5.6 percent; Fayette County, 5.9 percent; Ohio and Shelby counties, 6 percent each; Daviess and Scott counties, 6.1 percent each; Franklin and Hancock counties, 6.2 percent each; and Boone, Henderson, Madison and Spencer counties, 6.3 percent. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.9 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 15.8 percent; Fulton County, 15.6 percent; Harlan County, 15.5 percent; Letcher County, 15.3 percent; Bell County, 14.2 percent; Knott County, 14.1 percent; Jackson County, 13.3 percent; Menifee County, 13.1 percent; and McCreary and Perry counties, 12.7 percent each. Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

Kentucky State Police Post 9 Detective receives Detective of the Year Award

Accodring to the KSP, Pikeville resident Det. Jimmy Anderson was named 2012 Detective of the year. An eight year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to KSP Post 9 in Pikeville. During 2012 Det. Anderson had an impressive list of accomplishments including a murder charge stemming from a collision where a local law enforcement officer was fatally injured; the arrest of multiple subjects in a $35,000 forgery case; a murder charge relating to an out-of-state missing person; the recovery of more than $1.5 million in stolen equipment; the location of the body of a missing female and the arrest of her husband and a pending murder indictment in a 16-year old cold case. a 1983 graduate of Johns Creek High School, Anderson is the son of the late Billy Anderson and Helen Anderson of Pikeville. Detective Anderson is a asset to the Kentucky State Police, Post 9 Pikeville, and the communities in which he serves. Detectives Anderson represents the Kentucky State Police by displaying honor, professionalism and a strong work ethic.