LOCAL NEWS

Local News 6-6-2013

Name Released in Fatal Lawrence Co. Accident

Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson has released the name of the woman killed in a fatal accident involving a car and a semi on U.S. 23 near Rt 645 Tuesday afternoon. Wilson has identified Della Robinson, 47, of Inez, as the victim. Accordingto the Kentucky State Police, they say the fatal crash happened when Robinson’s car crossed the center line and hit a semi-truck coming the opposite way. Reports indicate the truck driver said he hit his brakes when he saw the car crossing the center line. KSP Investigators say it appears Robinson was not wearing a seat belt and the truck driver was not injured. The crash was reported about 2:45 p.m and close US 23 northbound lanes for several hours Tuesday.

Another Armed Robbery in Floyd Co.  

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 11:37 P.M. Post 9 Pikeville received a 911 call from the McDowell Stop and Shop in the McDowell community of Floyd County stating the business had been robbed. Information obtained at the scene indicated that a tall male entered the business wearing a white handkerchief over his face brandishing a weapon. The unidentified male demanded money from the clerk, the clerk complied and the male exited the business with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a green Buick passenger car traveling West on Ky. 122. Trooper Blake Frasure observed the scene in the area near the business and Trooper Frasure, Tpr. John Dixon and Tpr. Josh Brainard conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle 31 year old Scottie R. Bradley of Blue River, Ky. was arrested and charged with 1 count of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs/Etc. 1st Offense, 1 count Resisting Arrest, 1 count Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon, Robbery 1st Degree and other traffic related offenses. A passenger in the vehicle, Kelly J. Bryant 43 years old of Martin, Ky. was arrested and charged with 1 count of Robbery 1st Degree. Both subjects were transported and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Chris Phillips.

KSP Arrest Floyd Co. Couple on Drug Charges

In a seperate news rlease from the KSP in Pikeville, on Tuesday June 4, 2013 Post 9 Criminal Interdiction Team responded to a residence in the David community of Floyd County to follow up on drug information. While at the residence the Post 9 Interdiction Team located multiple precursors for methamphetamines and a active meth lab. Larry R. Slone and Glenda J. Slone of David, Ky. were arrested for Manufacture of Methamphetamines, Manufacture of Methamphetamines Possessing Precursors, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Buying/ Possessing Drug Paraphernalia. Glenda Slone was also charged with Tampering with physical evidence. Both subjects were transported and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center. This incident remains under investigation by Tpr. Jay Perkins. Tpr. Perkins was assisted on scene by Sgt. David Peppi and Drug Enforcemnet/Special Investigation East section.   

Harlan County Judge Executive Arrested

Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop is facing criminal charges for what the Harlan Co. Sheriff calls retaliation against the Harlan County Sheriff's Chaplain Corps. Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird charged Grieshop with 3rd degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, first degree official misconduct, and 10 counts of retaliating against a participant in legal process. The arrest is the culmination of what the sheriff calls a two year investigation following an incident at a property rented by the Harlan Sheriff's Chaplain Corps, a 501c3 organization. Following Grieshop's arrest, deputies did not take him to jail, instead, the judge walked himself to the Harlan County Justice Center and posted bond, which was set at $10,000.

Meeting Held to Determine Blasting Near Sheldon Clark H.S

A meeting was held Tuesday, June 4 between road construction contractors in Martin Co. and the Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement's Explosives and Blasting Branch to determine a "remediation plan" for work to continue in Martin Co. on a section of road near Sheldon Clark High School. Work on the Inez-to-Warfield Road was haulted after blasting on a mountain near Sheldon Clark H.S. sent a huge boulder and other debris onto the school parking lot. This incident happened on May 20. Accordingto the Mountain Citizen newspaper,Terry Quillen, SCHS school safety coordinator, was at the school at the time of the incident and alerted workers at the site. A formal complaint was filed by Lisa Stayton, who lives near the site, with the Explosives and Blasting Branch and work was immediately suspended. According to the paper, Stayton received an email soon after from the division, stating "the incident is under investigation and personnel are on the way to the site. Tuesday's meeting with state officials, Kokosing Construction and Brandywine Explosives, of Paris, Ky., was intended to come up with a "remediation plan" to continue work at the site. In a statement released to the Mountain Citizen by Linda Potter, spokesperson for the state agency., "Both contractors are expected to submit a remediation plan, which then has to be approved by the Explosives and Blasting Branch." "Our top priority is protecting public safety and ensuring that nothing like this occurs again," Potter stated. The flyrock incident remains under investigation. Findings of this investigation should be made available by the end of the month.   

Magoffin Co. Health Department Urging Residents to Receive Whooping Cough Vaccination

Health department officials in Magoffin County are urging folks to receive the Whooping Cough vaccination. Officials say they confirmed cases of the sickness recently in the county. Whooping Cough can be deadly and is caused by bacteria that causes inflammation of the respiratory tract, leading to a cough. Folks wishing to receive the vaccine can contact the Magoffin County Health Department.

Ky Attorney Gneral says Knott Co. B.O.E. Delay is a Violation of the Open Records Act

According to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's Office, the Knott County Board of Education likely violated the Open Records Act by failing to respond to a request within an alloted three days. This decision was based on the board’s delayed response to a request for records concerning board policies, salaries, postings and employee records by Floyd County resident John Hicks. According to the decision, Hicks claims to have mailed the requests on Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, but received no reply from the KNott Co. B.O.E and he claims he mailed an additional third request, this time by certified mail, on March 28. According to the Floyd Co. Times, postal records indicated the B.O.E. received the last letter April 18, but Hicks did not receive a response until April 22, which was one day later than the three-day window. Hicks said he received a note saying the board was in possession of the records, but would not deliver anything until Hicks paid $1.52 for copying and postage costs, that in itself was not a violation.

Paintsville SBDC to Host Open House for National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week will be celebrated June 17-21. Since the first proclamation was signed by John F. Kennedy in 1963 to officially honor the contributions of small business owners, the face of small businesses have significantly changed. Morehead State University’s Paintsville Small Business Development Center will celebrate with an open house, recognition of area small businesses and signing of the proclamation at its office located, at 224 Main Street in downtown Paintsville. The small business open house will be held on June 17, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. with representatives from the Paintsville SBDC, MACED, Johnson and Floyd County chambers of commerce present to answer questions for small business owners or person’s interested in small business ownership. Snacks and beverages will be served. Additional information is available by calling the Paintsville Small Business Development Center at 606-788-7272; or email Michelle Spriggs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..