Pike County Man Indictefor Murder in Virginia
A Pike County man was indicted by a Buchanan County Virginia grand jury for the murder of a Virginia man. 35-year-old Terry Ramey of Mouthcard is charged with first degree murder, robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges stem from the December 12th discovery of the body of 48-year-old Freddie Bailey.
Three Seperate Accidents Keep Martin Co. Emergency Crews Busy Sunday
* According to reports out of Martin Co. the Warfield VFD responded to the scene of an ATV accident Sunday afternoon. The accident happened at around 5:30 PM on Meathouse Road in the Warfield community of Martin Co. Reports indicate that two females were on the ATV when it crashed and the location of the accident left it very difficult to get emergency personel to the crash scene. Crews had to physically carry the injured women on stretchers out of the hills on Meathouse Road to waiting ambulances. Reports did not detail the women's. Air Transport was requested, but due to the weather, this request was denied. No word on the condition of the injured women, nor their names. The Warfield VFD responded to this accident scene.
* Earlier in the day, the Inez VFD were called to the scene of a one vehicle accident at around 2:30 pm. This accident happened on Tomahawk in Martin Co. Not many details have been released, although two men had to be flown from the scene of this accident as a result of their injuries. No other information, nor the identities of the injured have been released.
* While attending to this accident on Tomahawk, the Inez VFD also received a call of another accident located on Rt 645, at the intersection of Rt. 40 (Old State Garage). Reports indicate a single female had to be flown from this scene as well with unknown injuries. No further details has been released at this time and we hope to be able to bring you further updates when they are released .
Powell Co. Teen Charged with Killing Girlfriend's Baby
A Powell Co. teen has been arraigned for the death of his girlfriend’s infant daughter in Boyd Co. Brett Thompson, 18, of Stanton, Ky., appeared in Boyd County District Monday morning to answer to the charges against him. Thompson was arrested and charged with the two-month-old’s murder Sunday evening. According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, the Boyd County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on Caroline Drive in the Westwood community of Boyd Co. Saturday morning about an unresponsive baby. The infant was then taken to King’s Daughter’s Hospital where she died. Troopers say the child was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy, where it was determined the infant had multiple head and brain injuries which resulted in her death. During the investigation, KSP determined Brett Thompson had struck the baby in the head. Thompson's preliminary hearing has been set for later this month and his bond has been set at $100,000 cash. Thompson remains in the Boyd County Detention Center.
Ten Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
Preliminary statistics* indicate that 10 people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Apr. 29 through Sunday, May 5, 2013. Two single-fatality, motor vehicle crashes occurred in each of the following counties: Clay and Jefferson. One of the Clay Co. victims and one of the Jefferson Co. victims were not wearing seat belts. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Harrison, Lewis, Logan and Metcalfe. The victims in Lewis and Logan counties were not wearing seat belts. The Harrison Co. and Lewis Co. crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One double-fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in Warren County. One of the victims was not wearing a helmet. Through May 5, preliminary statistics* indicate that 178 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 54 less than reported for this time period in 2012. 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.
School Districts Seek 'Innovation' Status
Education experts will soon be examining applications from public schools districts across Kentucky that want to become "Districts of Innovation." The Kentucky Education Department says the designation allows the districts to seek exemption from some rules and regulations to try to improve student learning. The idea is to let school districts change the way they teach and students learn with initiatives such as competency-based learning and a modified school schedule. Seventeen districts submitted applications for the designation. Staff from the Education Department, the Education Professional Standards Board and the Regional Education Laboratory that serves Kentucky will review the applications in May and make recommendations to the Kentucky Board of Education. The board will select the districts June 5. Districts could begin implementing plans as early as the coming school year.
DEA Collects 7,100 Pounds of Drugs During Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration collected more than 7,100 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications in Kentucky during a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. During last week's event, agents picked up 50 percent more pills than the previous year in the state. In Kentucky, 72 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies partnered with DEA. They manned 92 collection sites that ranged from retail stores parking lots to police and fire departments. Kentucky's numbers have been on the rise since DEA started the National Drug Initiative in fall 2010 when 3,529 pounds were collected. Nationally, more than 700,000 pounds of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at close to 6,000 locations staffed by state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies partnering with DEA.
KSP Investigating Deadly Accident in Lewis Co.
According to a news release from the KSP, on May 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM, Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Lewis County Dispatch in reference to a fatal traffic accident on KY57 in Lewis County. Trooper Michael Wathen, Trooper Adam Hall, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, Concord Fire and Rescue, and Kings Daughters EMS responded to the scene. Gary Barton, 51 of Flemingsburg, was operating his 1998 Black Chevrolet Pickup south bound on KY57 in Lewis County, Mr. Barton left the north bound shoulder of the roadway and struck a tree with the passenger side of the vehicle. After striking the tree the vehicle partially overturned and came to a final rest on the driver’s side over an embankment. Mr. Barton was airlifted to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia where he is listed in stable condition at this time. The passenger in the vehicle Rita Roberts, 42 of Flemingsburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Lewis County Deputy Coroner. Neither Mr. Barton nor Ms. Roberts were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Wathen.
Leslie Co. Deputies Locate More Than 100 Meth Labs
Sheriff’s deputies in one Eastern Ky county discoverer one of the biggest meth labs in years. According to reports released by the Leslie Co.more than 100 used meth labs was discovered and cleaned up Saturday on Cane Fork. Deputies say they came to the Cane Fork area to follow up on an anonymous meth lab tip, but instead found something similar to a meth factory and with they say by the number of meth labs found, this has been going on for quite some time. In all, more than 160 used meth labs and meth precursors littered the woods hidden under leaves, trees, and some in plain sight. The labs ranged in shape and size and officials say several of them were still active. The Leslie Co. S.O. took all of the labs to KSP Post 13 in Hazard so that those that still had active chemicals inside could be neutralized.
Five Arrested In Letcher County Mine Theft
Law enforcement officials in Lethche Co. have arrested five people after allegedly stealing from a mine. The Cumberland River Coal Company told police someone had stolen copper last week, and the same vehicle was back on their property. Troopers found the vehicle with five people inside, along with property that belonged to the coal company. Arrested was Gary Smith, 56, David Hall, 30, James Fields, 38, Belinda Hall, 49, and 44-year-old Tonda Adams. All have been charged with theft and trespassing.
Ky. Education Department Moves To Paper Tests
After problems with online testing last week, the Kentucky Department of Education is moving to pencil-and-paper tests. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Education Department sent an email to testing coordinators on Saturday saying that ACT Inc. was suspending the online system on Monday. ACT previously said its testing system had been overloaded by the number of students taking the test but that more capacity had been added and testing could resume on Monday. The end-of-course tests are mandatory for high school students taking English II, algebra II, biology and U.S. history. Last week, students taking the online test in 25 about districts in Kentucky experienced slow and dropped connections. Students in other states also were experiencing problems.
Gov. Beshear Directs Rebuilding of Morgan County Nursery
The tornado in March of 2012 destroyed the Morgan County Nursery and now Governor Steve Beshear is having it rebuilt. Governor Beshear has directed the Division of Forestry to rebuild the Nursery. "We will rebuild the nursery to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the production and processing of the more than 3 million tree seedlings each year. The nursery is an important resource for our forest industry, mine and stream reclamation efforts, and land owners and it impacts the regional economy all around Morgan County," said Governor Steve Beshear.
Mining Permits at Middle of Regulatory Tug of War
Kentucky's top Republican politician wants to force the Environmental Protection Agency to start acting on coal-mining permits or they would be approved automatically. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is trying to fast-track permits, claiming the federal agency's inaction is costing the state thousands of coal-mining jobs. However, Ada Smith, who lives in Whitesburg, said the focus should be more about overall job diversification in the region. "I think that most people understand that coal isn't going to be the No. 1 source of employment," she said. "It hasn't been for a really long time. McConnell, the Senate minority leader, said the EPA is "sitting on permits" in a "back-door" attempt to "shut down coal mines permanently." In his words, "if this administration won't rein the EPA in, Congress will. Congress must." McConnell made the legislative threat during stops earlier this week in Pikeville and Hazard. Smith said she's glad McConnell came to southeast Kentucky but is disappointed in his approach to the region's main problem - a scarcity of jobs. "I'd like him to come here with some solutions and some ideas about where we can head in the future instead of this kind of pointin' fingers, name callin' and like, back and forth about who's at fault here," she said. McConnell's legislative proposal, known as the Coal Jobs Protection Act, has the backing of the Kentucky Coal Association and a variety of business groups. Sue Tallichet, a member of the grassroots citizens group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, called McConnell's legislation "a bailout for coal." "McConnell's bill is very deceiving in that it's even called the Coal Job Protection Act," she said. "They're not protecting jobs and miners. They're protecting profits." McConnell plans to introduce his bill in the Senate this week.
Pit Bull Attacks 8-yr-old Girl in Johsnon Co.
The following is the official news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. concerning the dog attack on a 8 yr old Johnson Co. child. On the afternoon of Friday, April 26th 2013, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vicious animal attack in the Nippa community. When Deputy Tim Clark arrived at the scene, he saw that an 8 year old girl had been attacked by a pit bull. She had sustained severe bites to her side and her leg. The little girl, Arrisa, had been playing in her yard when the pit bull that was tied up at a home about 70 feet away, broke its chain and ran toward her, biting her repeatedly. When Deputy Clark spoke with the owner of the dog, Donnie Castle, the owner stated that anyone on his property was “fair game.” Castle then provided Deputy Clark with documentation showing that the dog had attacked another child in February. The girl was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries. She is now recovering at home. Animal Control has seized the dog, which is now being kept in quarantine, while awaiting the results of a rabies test. Deputy Clark is taking the case to the County Attorney. Castle faces charges of harboring a vicious animal.
Recent Burglary at a Magoffin Co. Restaurant Damaged Last Year's Tornado Stuns Owner's
A popular Salyersville resturant, leveled by the March 2013 tornado's, was recently robbed and the news stuns the owner's who say they were just week's away from the re-opening. Ginger Oney, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, said the news was disapointing and will delay the opening a little, but they will not let this setback keep them from opening the doors. Police say at least one person broke in to the Subway on East Mountain Parkway in Salyersville and stole around $3200 in equipment and tools that were being used to rebuild the structure. Police believe the incident happened sometime between six p.m. Tuesday and seven a.m. Wednesday. Officials ask that if anyone has any information on this incident, to please contact the Salyersville Police.
Drunk Driver Crashes Vehicle into a Prestonsburg Home
Police in Prestonsburg arrested a man and charged him with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, after they say he crashed through a homewith his car. The driver was 22-year-old Travis Lee Goble. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to maintain insurance and failure to a wear seat belt. He already plead guilty earlier this week in a court appearance to the incident. Goble must pay a $1,000 fine and he had his license revoked for 90 days.
Pikeville Pair Arrested for Cultivating Marijuana
According to a news release from the Pikeville Police Dept. they have arrested two Pike Co. residents and charged them with cultivation of marijuana. Police say they found an indoor growing operation with 37 plants. Emanuel Hendrix and Jimmy Brookins were both charged with cultivating marijuana and arecurrently being held in the Pike County Detention Center.
Man Arrested for Trying to Set Houses and a Truck on Fire
Police in Hazard say a man tried to set a truck and two homes on fire in the Vicco Community of Perry County this week. Johnny Williams was caught by Police and has been charged with two counts of arson, one count each of criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. Police say Williams has threatened to cause damage with fire before, as recent as a year ago when police say he threatened to set himself on fire, going as far as dousing himself in gasoline, barricading himself in a house, then came out swinging a golf club at Police and others. Williams is claiming he did not try to set a truck and two houses on fire, and denies the most recent charges. The investigation continues by the Hazard Police Dept.
Floyd County Judge to Handle Death Row Case
An Eastern Ky judge has been appointed to Kentucky's longest-running death row case after an Associated Press inquiry into why it had been pending 16 months without one. The case is against 54-year-old Karu Gene White, who was sentenced to death in 1980 for killing three people, but the case had been on hold due to questions about whether White is mentally disabled. Chief Regional Circuit Judge John David Caudill of Floyd County appointed himself Wednesday to oversee White's case, an appeal that has been pending for more than a decade. The Administrative Office of the Courts told The Associated Press the court system had been unaware there were issues in White's case. White was sentenced to death for the killings of 75-year-old Charles Gross; his wife, 74-year-old Lula Gross; and 79-year-old Sam Chaney during a robbery of a small store in Breathitt County in 1979.
Kentucky Dept. of Education Suspend Online Testing
Kentucky Dept. of Education officials suspended online testing earlier this week and the shut down could last for a few more days. KDE officials say glitches with the testing system used to administer end-of-course assessments. Kentucky students are among thousands in four states - including Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma - that have been kicked offline while taking tests in recent weeks. Kentucky Education Department spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez says its vendor, ACT Inc., reported online issues in Kentucky and Alabama. The department says about 25 districts reported slow and dropped connections from the ACT Vantage testing system used to administer the assessments for students taking English II, Algebra II, biology and U.S. history. About 60 percent of Kentucky districts administer the tests online.
Blood Drive Has Record Turnout at BSCTC
The Mayo Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) hosted a blood drive with the Kentucky Blood Center earlier this week on Tuesday April 29. College officials and the Kentucky Blood Center say that the blood drive was a vast success with numerous donations from students, staff, faculty and community members. According to officials, the blood drive brought out a record turnout of thirty-seven individuals whose donations made this blood drive one of the most successful in Mayo Campus history. Bobby McCool, vice president of Institutional Services with BSCTC said “they wanted to thank the many community members who gave so generously. We are blessed to have such caring students, staff, faculty and community members in our midst.” The Kentucky Blood Center provides lifesaving blood and blood products to nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics through generous blood donations in more than 60 counties in Kentucky. For more information about blood donations, contact the Kentucky Blood Center at (800) 775-2522 or visit kybloodcenter.org.
Johnson County Girl Recovering Following Dog Attack
According to WYMT-TV, they are reporting that a young girl in Johnson Co. is recovering from a dog attack. They report that the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the attack occurred Friday, April 29 in the Nippa area of the county and the victim was an 8 year old little girl.. Deputy Sheriff Tim Clark told the WYMT the pit bull that was tied up at a home about 70 feet away from where the child was playing, but the dog broke its chain and ran toward her, then attacked her. Dep. Clark told WYMT there is no evidence at this time to show that the girl provoked the dog. Dep. Clark described the girl's injuries as brutal and graphic on the leg and on her side. The girl was taken to the hospital and is now recovering at home. According to the report, Dep. Clark says this wasn't the first time this dog has attacked a child, saying the owner provided him with documentation, showing the dog attacked another child in February. Animal control currently has the dog quarantined. Dep. Clark told WYMT-TV he has presented the case to the county attorney and has asked for a charge of harboring a vicious animal against the owner, which is a misdemeanor. WSIP news has attempted to contact Deputy Clark for further information on this story, but have been unable to speak with him. We hope to bring you further information, when it becomes available.
Eastern Ky. Anesthesiologist Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Medicaid
An Eastern Ky. anesthesiologist, who was a former owner of two pain clinics in the area, has pleaded guilty to charges he defrauded the Medicaid program. Louisa Dr. Lee Balaklaw entered an Alford Plea to 10 misdemeanor counts of theft by deception under $300 during a hearing in Lawrence Circuit Court late last week. Circuit Judge David Preston immediately sentenced Balaklaw to 12 months in jail on each count to run concurrently. The sentence was suspended for two years providing that the defendant pays restitution in the amount of $140,105, which includes more than $135,000 in restitution to the Kentucky Medicaid program. Dr. Balaklaw is excluded from participation in all federally funded health programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, for a period of at least five years pursuant to federal regulations.
This case dates back to October of 2011, when a Lawrence County grand jury indicted Balaklaw on 20 counts of Medicaid fraud following an investigation into his billing practices at Anesthesia Associates of Louisa. In the indictment, Balaklaw was accused of intentionally and/or wantonly submitting fraudulent and false claims to Medicaid by claiming he treated multiple patients using pain treatment injections into the tendon. The investigation showed Dr. Balaklaw was actually performing another injection treatment which entitled him to a smaller reimbursement from Medicaid. The charges allege that from January 2007 through July 2010, Balaklaw fraudulently billed $90,000 for the 29 patients included in the indictment. Balaklaw was a former owner of two, now closed pain clinics in Louisa and Prestonsburg.
Judge Rejects New Trial for Pain Clinic Owner
A Louisiana businessman, who is currently serving 15 years in a federal prison for distributing drugs through pain clinics in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid for a new trial. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled that there is "sufficient evidence" to support the jury's guilty verdict in the case of 47-year-old Michael D. Leman of Slidell, La. A jury in Lexington found Leman guilty in March 2012 of using pain clinics in eastern Kentucky to distribute medications, such as oxycodone and methadone, to bogus patients. Van Tatenhove also ordered Leman to pay $1 million in restitution to an agency handling crime victim compensation and one dealing with substance abuse. Leman is housed at Forrest City Correctional Complex in Forrest City, Ark. He has appealed to U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Lawmakers Ready To Talk Legislative Redistricting
Pressure is beginning to mount on Gov. Steve Beshear to call lawmakers back to Frankfort this year for a special legislative session on political redistricting. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a letter to Beshear on Tuesday that his chamber "stands ready to act" if called into special session. Beshear said he is considering doing just that. A group of northern Kentucky officials filed suit in federal court last week against Beshear and other state officials to force the Legislature to act. Two judge-executives, a county clerk and nine residents charge in the lawsuit that rapid growth in northern Kentucky has left them without adequate representation in the Legislature. Always a divisive issue, redistricting is supposed to occur every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate. The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down legislators' initial redistricting plan last year, finding that the proposed districts weren't balanced by population and didn't comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate. The House approved a subsequent plan earlier this year, but the Senate opted to wait until next year's legislative session to deal with the issue. Senate leaders said they wanted to pass both House and Senate redistricting at the same time, so neither got final passage. Stumbo said he's hopeful Beshear moves quickly to call a special session.
Smoot Named Successor to Kelly as President/CEO of Operation UNITE
Dan Smoot, who has been part of the Operation UNITE team since its inception a decade ago, will step up to lead the organization effective May 15. The UNITE Board of Directors voted Tuesday, April 30, to elevate Smoot to President and Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Karen Kelly, who helped create UNITE in 2003. “I’ve been here from the start and will continue what we do best – arresting drug traffickers, providing treatment assistance to those dealing with an addiction, and educating our youth about the danger of drugs,” said Smoot, who has overseen the day-to-day operations of UNITE since September 2011. “I feel my time spent as vice president will make the transition to this new role easier.” “Kelly, who is leaving to become District Director for Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers – whose vision led to the creation UNITE – said she can think of nobody more capable of continuing the anti-drug organization’s mission. Smoot is a 1982 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. After completing the Kentucky State Police Academy he was assigned to Post 13 in Hazard, where he served for 22 years – 14 years in the Narcotics Division. That experience led him to being named Director of Law Enforcement for Operation UNITE in November 2003. Under Smoot’s leadership, UNITE’s drug task force became accredited by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police in 2005. For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.
Kentucky Ranks 3rd Most Stressed Out State
Feeling a little stressed out lately? If you answered YES, your not alone. According to a Gallup poll conducted recently, asked people a simple question, "was I stressed yesterday?" By totaling the results from all 50 States, Kentucky ranked third as the most stressed states. The only worse States above Ky. was West Virginia and Rhode Island. Stree can cause a lot of problems such as, headaches, trouble sleeping, chest pain, weight loss, weight gain. According to Dr. Debra Hall with Highlands Health Systems, she says an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but a smile can go a long way, and maybe friends and fun can give Kentuckians a little piece of mind. The poll ranked Hawaii as the state with the least stress.
Johnson County Sheriff Dept. Investigate Collision
According to a news release from the JCSO, on the morning of Friday, April 29th 2013 at approximately 8:02AM, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pridemore received a call of a collision at the intersection of KY Rte. 2039 and US 460. A silver 2006 Jeep Commander driven by Charles L. Wallen, age 33 of Denver, was in the process of making a left hand turn onto Rte. 2039. As he was starting to turn, a Black 2001 Ford Explorer driven by Henry Poston, age 37 of Wittensville, attempted to pass the Jeep. The Explorer struck the Jeep’s front left bumper, causing the Explorer to flip through the air, and roll 3 times before striking the cliff face. Both the driver and the passenger of the Explorer were transported by Paintsville EMS to Paul B. Hall Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. Assisting at the scene was Deputy Scott Hazlette.This incident is still under investigation by Deputy David Pridemore of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Johnson County Sheriff Dept. Make Drug Related Arrest, They Hope Sends a Strong Message to Others
WYMT-TV is reporting that after two months of searching, the Johnson County Sheriff's Dept. located and arrested a man, wanted on drug charges. Arrested was Jeremy Burchett, 37 of Paintsville. He has been charged with posossion of controlled substance (Drug unspecified), escape 2nd degree and non-paymnet of fines. According to Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey, he says "With this arrest we are trying to convey the message to the people of Johnson County that we aren't going to tolerate it (drug activity) anymore" and they hope this arrest sends a strong message to all of Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price says, they had been looking for Burchett for two months, but everytime they would get a tip on his location, he wouldn't be there when they got there, but the S.O. received a solid tip Monday morning and they were able to locate him. Sheriff Price wanted the public to know that his office will offer help to those struggling with drugs, but they have no tolerance for those who continually bring drugs into the community and he says the ultimate goal is to "Rid Johnson County of this prescription drug problem."
Paintsville Police Dept Administer Pepper Spray to Subdue Man
According to Captain Bill Holbrook with the Painteville Police Dept. on Tuesday at around 12 pm (noon) Officer Nathan Caudill and himself where serving a warrant on a Johnson Co. man, but while doing so, the man bolted from his residence and tried to avoid arrest. After a short foot pursuit, Police where able to catch up with the individual, but had to use force, as well as issued pepper spray to subdue the man, identified as David Blevins, 35 of Staffordsville. Blevins was arrested and charged with Resisting Arrest and Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree. He was taken and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. No further information has been released.
KSP Detectives Arrest a Floyd Co. Man on Child Porn
On Tuesday April 30, 2013 Kentucky State Police Post 9 Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the Dana community of Floyd County. The search warrant was obtained as a result of an online investigation conducted by Post 9 Detectives. Bret A. Dunning 50 years old of Dana was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Possession of Matter Portraying Sex Performance of a minor. This incident remains under investigation by Post 9 Detective Jason Merlo.
Two Boyd County Residents Charged With Prostitution
According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police in Ashland, on April 24, 2013, after receiving reports of prostitution in the area of Winchester Avenue in the city limits of Ashland The Kentucky State Police began an investigation into the illegal activity. Troopers responded and located two suspicious individuals in the area. Through investigation and interviews it was determined the two individuals had made arrangements to engage in sexual contact for money. Jamie D. Abrams, age 28, of Catlettsburg, KY has been charged with Prostitution, Prostitution while infected (S.T.D.) and Loitering for Prostitution Purposes.Donna M. Sanchez, age 28, of Ashland , KY has been charged with Prostitution and Loitering for Prostitution Purposes. Specific details of the investigation are currently not available for release, but the investigation is ongoing by Trooper Zach Thompson and Trooper Devan Cleaver.
Three People Hurt in Ambulance Crash on Interstate 64 in Ashland
In a seperate news release from the KSP, on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:18 p.m., Kentucky State Police Morehead received multiple calls of an accident at the 126 mile marker on Interstate 64 in Bath County. An Elliott County ambulance was traveling eastbound operated by Emergency Medical Technician Kevin Smith, 22 of Morehead, when the ambulance lost control, striking a guardrail end cap. The ambulance continued to travel off the roadway striking a concrete culvert. The ambulance was on a non emergency transport from Lexington, KY to Sandy Hook, KY. Emergency Medical Technician Dustin Howard, 20 of West Liberty, and patient Wandalene Smith, 62 of Sandy Hook were also traveling in the vehicle. All three occupants were taken to St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, KY where both EMT’s were treated and released. Wandalene Smith was transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV with non life-threatening injuries and further testing. The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Morehead.
Police Make Arrest After Bomb Threat At Calloway Co. High
Although several miles and counties away from Eastern Ky, Police in Calloway Co.have charged a juvenile in connection with a bomb threat at Calloway County High School Monday. Kentucky State Police say the Calloway County Sheriff's Office contacted them after somebody found a threat in a girl's bathroom indicating there was a bomb in the school. Officials evacuated the school, and officers and a K9 searched the building. Police did not find any explosives. After investigating, police arrested a juvenile on a terroristic threatening charge.
New Position Created In Education Department
The Kentucky Department of Education has created a new administrative position of chief of staff. The announcement came on Monday, that Madison County superintendent Thomas G. "Tommy" Floyd has been named to that position. Floyd's salary will be $131,000 per year. Terry Holliday, education commissioner, says this position is needed because of new initiatives related to state-mandated public school reforms and the No Child Left Behind waiver. The chief of staff will also work with what Holliday called "stakeholders and partner groups." Floyd has worked in the Wayne and Montgomery county school system's as well as the Somerset Independent School system, but been head of Madison County schools for the past 5 years. He has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent during 26 years in education.