Local News 6-7-2013

KSP Conducting Investigation of Deceased Female in Pike Co; Body Found on Roadway

According to a news rlease from the KSP in Pikeville, on Wednesday June 5, 2013 Post 9 Pikeville received two calls of a female lying in the roadway on Lick Fork of Beefhide in the Dorton community of Pike County. The first caller advised Post 9 that the female had been struck by a vehicle. The second caller advised that he was on his way to work when he struck an object in the roadway, the caller stated that he exited his vehicle and found a female lying in the roadway. Tpr. Jake Stinnett responded to the scene and found Jessica L. Hall 30 years old of Virgie, Ky. Deceased. Hall was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Deputy Coroner Greg Hall. An autopsy has been scheduled and the death remains under investigation by Detective Gary Sykes and Reconstructionist Tpr. Bryan Layne.

Graduation Prank Lands Two Ashland Teens in Hot Water

Graduation pranks have been been around for years, but for two teens in Boyd Co. their prank went a little to far and has landed them facing charges of assault.  According to the Ashland Police Dept, Caleb S. Williams, 18, of Ashland, and a 17-year-old youth (name being withheld due to underage) were both charged after they threw smoke bombs during the Paul G. Blazer graduation last Thursday at Putnam Stadium. Police say a band member was burned by one of the smoke bombs. Both teens have been charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and fourth-degree assault, both misdemeanor charges. Police say the two were standing on the home side of the bleachers at the field when they allegedly threw the bombs. Witnesses pointed the boys out to Ashlland Police Officers, who then made the arrest. Both Williams and the 17 yr old told deputies they were just trying to give a friend a good graduation.

Pike Co. Woman Facing DUI & Child Endangerment Charges

A Pike County woman is facing DUI and child endangerment charges. Police say Kayla Williamson wrecked her car in the Upper Johns Creek area of Pike Co, injuring her and her four year old daughter. Officers say Williamson left the scene without contacting police and went to Pikeville Medical Center to receive treatment. Police say the woman admitted to taking drugs prior to the crash. No other information has been released.

Formers Magoffin Co. Elem. Principal Released from Custody

A former Magoffin elementary principal, who was convicted in 2011 on drug and firearm charges, has been released after appealing his firearm plea. Back in November 2011, Darrell Patrick excepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone, possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced to five years and one day, but last month Patrick motioned to withdraw his guilty plea for the firearm charge. According to court documents, due to the magistrate judge's error at the re-arraignment hearing, he did not fully understand that his plea of guilty would result in a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. Earlier this week. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins granted Patrick's motion to withdraw the guilty plea and a jury trial has been scheduled for July 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. in federal court in Pikeville. Pending that trial, Patrick was released from custody.

Environmental Groups at Odds with Governor Beshear on Greenhouse Gas Limits

Environmental groups again find themselves on the opposite side from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear over how to regulate coal-fired power plants. Beshear wants the EPA to reconsider regulations that would force the plants to adhere to the same emission standards as plants that burn natural gas or oil. The governor has claimed that those limits would "effectively ban" new coal-fired power plants. Wallace McMullen, Cumberland Sierra Club energy chair, called Beshear's stance "short-sighted." "We need a quick move to clean energy and a rapid reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases if people are going to have a chance of anything like a normal life in the future," McMullen warned. The governor is "pandering" to the coal industry, he added. In a two-page letter to the EPA acting administrator, Beshear called for an alternative approach that would allow coal to be used in what he called "an affordable and practical manner." The governor claimed that the new emission standards would put Kentucky at "a distinct economic disadvantage." It's an argument McMullen does not buy. "Kentucky has chained itself to a millstone around its economic neck by its over-weighted dependence on coal," McMullen said. Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Louisville Climate Action Network, said the governor is asking for a playing field that is not level. "This idea that we need to give a break to the coal industry at the expense of public health in order to maintain affordability is just not correct," Cunningham said. The public interest should trump special interests, she added.