Tip Called into JCSO Leads to Meth Lab Find
According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. in the early morning of Sunday, April 14th, 2013, Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Byron Fairchild received a tip of a possible Meth Lab in a residence with children. When the deputy arrived at the residence located at 8476 KY Rte. 321 in Hager Hill, he asked to be allowed to check on the welfare of the children. Once inside, Fairchild discovered the remnants of two recently active Meth Labs. A further search of the property was conducted, where Jonathan Fairchild, age 28 of Meally, was found hiding underneath the residence. Also found under the residence was the remnants of several Meth Labs, as well as Meth precursors. Jonathan Fairchild attempted to flee the scene, and led Deputy Fairchild in a foot pursuit. The deputy apprehended the subject, and took him into custody. Jonathan Fairchild was charged with: Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st, Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors 1st, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, and Controlled Substance Endangerment to a Child 4th. The other two subjects in the residence, the homeowner, Betty Preston age 40, and Donney Greathouse, age 23 of West Van Lear, were also taken into custody. Both were charged with: Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st, Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors 1st, and Complicity Controlled Substance Endangerment to a Child 4th. All three subjects were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Assisting at the scene was the Kentucky State Police. This case remains under investigation by Deputy Byron Fairchild of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
Martin Co. Female Arrested, Charged with Arson
A Martin Co. woman has been arrested and charged with Arson related to a structure fire that occurred on Buffalo Horn road last week. The Inez VFD, as well as the Turkey Creek VFD responded to the original call that reported someone was inside the residence. Reports indicate a woman was seen goinf inside the trailor, but had not been seen exiting, but upon arrival the fire departments where told there was not anyone inside. After fire crews worked to extinquish the fire, investigators found two gas cans on the front porch and according to reports, a witness said they seen a female inside the residence with a red gas can. A female was residing at this location and told fire officials that the fire started on a gas stove. After investigation by the Martin Co. Sheriff's dept, a female identified as Wanda S. Ledford, 48 also known as Wanda Fitch was arrested and charged with 1st degree arson, as well as alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st and 2nd degree and a warrant was also served on the female. She was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. No other details have been released at this time. To view the BSDC website click here http://www.bsrdc.com/BigSandy_inmatelist.html
KSP Investigating Attempted Robbery in Floyd Co.
KSP in Pikeville are continuing to investigate an attempted robbery of a business in Floyd Co. last week. It happened on Thursday April 11, 2013 at approximately 9:00 A.M. as post 9 Pikeville received a call of an attempted robbery at the Family Dollar in the Betsy Layne community of Floyd County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that an unidentified male entered the business and demanded cash from the clerk. The unidentified male left the business of foot without taking any cash. The unidentified male was described as approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds, possibly blonde hair, charcoal gray hooded sweatshirt, white shoes and dark jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.
Feds Move Forward With Plans To Build Kentucky Prison
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is moving forward with plans to build a prison in Kentucky, commissioning an environmental impact study on two potential sites in the southeastern part of the state. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers said Monday that both locations are in Letcher County. One site is 584 acres in Roxana and the other 753 acres in Payne Gap. The plan to build a federal prison in Kentucky has been in the works since 2006, when when Rogers secured $5 million in Congress to begin the planning process. A recent Congressional Research Service report said the country's federal prison population is almost nine times what it was in 1980, ballooning from 50,000 to 219,000 in 2012.
Education Fund Launches With $3 Million In Grants
A non-profit foundation that will support innovative teaching approaches in Kentucky's public schools will launch this week using nearly $3 million in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to administer the grants. They will finance programs to help teachers across the commonwealth share new ideas and collaborate on assignments in subject areas such science and math, in an effort to boost student achievement. The foundation is comprised of business, education and government leaders and is headed by Paducah businessman Billy Harper. Harper said Monday that the foundation will continue to raise money to fund more programs that support innovative teaching. He said Colorado is the only other state with a similar partnership.
Greentown-Thealka (Rt 581) Road in Johnson Co. Blocked Today
According to CSX railroad, they will be working on KY 581 today (Wednesday, April 17) at mile point 0.527 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. This is the Greentown-Thealka Road. CSX official George Thompson said the railroad crossing will be impassable while repairs are under way and traffic will have to choose an alternate route.
Paintsville Police Dept. Trying to Raise Money for Young Cancer Patient
The Paintsville Police Department in cooperation with the family of a young Johnson Co. cancer patient, will be collecting donations this Saturday, April 20, 2013. They will be at various intersections in Paintsville from 8am -11am seeking donations for Caleb Cook and his family. Caleb is a brave 6 year old little boy who was diagnosed in September 2012 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. All proceeds go to Caleb Cook and the PPD would likr to Thank the community in advance for any and all donations. If you would like to help before or beyond this event, you may drop your donations off at City Hall on Main St or you can be mail them directly to Caleb at:
P.O. Box 57
Wittensville, KY 41274
Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. Investigating Single Vehicle Accident on Monday
For the second day in a row, the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept. were on the scene of a single vehicle accident, that resulted in a patient being flown from the scene. The accident happened at around 11:50 AM on US 23 in the southband lane, near the entrance of the Johnson Co. Chrisitian School and the Wittensville Post Office. According to witnesses at the scene, a White Trailblazer ran off the shoulder of the roadway and and traveled approximetly 223 ft before rolling another 58 ft before coming to a final rest in a yard. W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue responded to the accident scene and located the subject alert, but trapped inside his vehicle. Emergency crews worked for nearly 20 minutes and used the 'jaws of life" to extricate the injured man, who's identity has not been released, from the vehicle. The man was able to move extremities, but has several cuts and abrasions to his body and was complaining of chest and elbow pain. Emergency crews loaded the patient into a Paintsville Fire Dept. ambulance and transferred him to an L.Z. that had been set up at the Johnson Co. Christian School. He was then airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital. No word on his condition, but it was thought to be non-life threatening. No other information is available at this time and Johnson Co. Sheriff Deputies Terry Tussey is continuing to investigate this accident. He was assisted at the scene by Deputies Tim Clark and Richard Salyers. W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue, along with Paintsville EMS reponded to this accident.
Officials Release I.D. of Child Killed In ATV Accident In Magoffin County
Magoffin Co. officials have released the name of a four-year-old boy who was killed in an ATV accident in Magoffin County Sunday afternoon. Patrick Cleere, 4, of Michigan was riding with five other people on an ATV along Sugar Camp Road around 4 p.m. when the ATV flipped, throwing the child and others from the vehicle. Two juveniles also suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital, but officials have not released any information on their conditions. Officials in Magoffin Co. are continuing to investigate this accident. The young boy was said to have been visiting with his grandparents in Salyersville.
KSP Investigating Accident in Rowan Co.
On Monday, April 15, 2013, at 11:27 a.m. Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Morehead Dispatch in reference to a 2 vehicle head on collision at the entrance to SRG Global on Ky 32 in Rowan County. Thomas Kegley, 54 of Morehead was operating a 1991 Oldsmobile van attempting to make a left hand turn onto Guardian Avenue. While making the turn, Mr. Kegley’s vehicle was struck by a 2003 Toyota Celica operated by Josephine Legge, 54 of Wallingford. Ms. Legge’s vehicle struck Mr. Kegley’s vehicle in the front driver’s side. Both subjects were transported to St. Claire Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Ms. Legge was later transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she was last listed in stable condition. The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Morehead.
Police Chief, Deputy Hurt During Drug Bust in Greenup Co.; 4 Arrested
Two law enforcement officers where hurt during a drug bust in South Shore, Ky. Saturday night. According to the Greenup County Sheriff's Dept, they say the incident began as two deputies assisted the South Shore Police Chief during a traffic stop on Main Street about 9:30 p.m. Sheriff Keith Cooper says following the stop, officers searched a residence on 5th Avenue in South Shore where they found 61 grams of heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of money. Sheriff Cooper says during that search, Charles Fletcher, 24, of McDermott, Ohio became physical the deputies. Cooper says Deputy Cody Fuller broke his hand in the altercation. Chief Bill Swords was also hurt. Both men were treated and released at a local hospital. Arrested was: Fletcher, Joshua Glass, 23, of Portsmouth, Ohio, Aaron Higginbotham, 28, of Circleville, Ohio and Ruby Nunley, 31, of South Portsmouth, Ohio were all arrested. Sheriff Cooper says the charges include trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. All four were taken to the Greenup County Detention Center.
Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Apr. 8 through Apr. 14)
Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Apr. 8 through Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013. One double-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in Warren County. One of the victims was not wearing a seat belt. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Crittenden, Daviess, Jefferson, Oldham, Pendleton and Scott. The victims in Jefferson and Scott counties were not wearing seat belts. The Scott County crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. One motorcycle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Bourbon, Calloway, Mercer, Ohio and Shelby. The victims in Calloway, Mercer and Ohio counties were not wearing helmets. The Bourbon County crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. One bicycle rider was killed in Fayette County. Through Apr. 14, preliminary statistics* indicate that 151 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 39 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 127 motor vehicle fatalities, 62 victims were not wearing seat belts. Four of the nine motorcycle fatalities were not wearing helmets. The one ATV fatality was not wearing a helmet. One bicycle rider has been killed. Twelve pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 28 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. As of Apr. 14, Kentucky has had 27 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013. 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.
Kentucky Leaders Forming Education Foundation
Business, education and government leaders are joining forces in Kentucky to create a foundation that will support innovative new approaches to teaching. The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, headed by Paducah businessman Billy Harper, will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide resources for teachers, schools and school districts. The foundation will raise money to help support innovate schools. The initiative is being unveiled Monday at 11 a.m. EDT at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's Frankfort headquarters. Harper will be joined by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to provide more details about the foundation.
State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws
The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).
2013 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon a Success
The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon has come and gone at WSIP and considered a HUGE success. This was 8th annual event, held Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12 from the studio's of WSIP. Our Final Total for St. Jude kids was $41,037!!! On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You! Thank You to all of the people who become a Partner in Hope or donated what you could. All money donated will go diretly to the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Again Thank You to our loyal listeners and your generosity. Without YOU, this could not be possible. Eastern Ky. is known for many things, some good, some bad, but never let it be known that Eastern Ky people don't help when called upon to help their fellow man or in this case child. WSIP appreciates each and every listener, caller and volunteer who help in any way this year and from the bottom of our Hearts....THANK YOU!
Single Vehicle Accident Sunday Closes Portion of US 23
Although not much information has been released at this time, reports indicate that a single vehicle accident occurred on US 23 South near Rt. 825. Officlas say US 23 was blocked for a short time as emergency crews worked at the scene. Reports say 2 occuopants where flown from the scene for their injuries, but to what extent they where injured, WSIP news does not know. We hope to have further information later today from the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Search Continues for a Missing Magoffin Man
The Magoffin County Sheriff's Office along with the KSP are continuing their search for a missing Magoffin man. Officials say Freddy Brown, also known as Freddy Howard, 29, of Johnson Fork, Salyersville, has not been seen since Wednesday, February 27. Brown is described as 6 foot 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a green hooded jacket. The Magoffin County Sheriff's Office and the Kentucky State Police say they are still actively investigating the case, but no new information has been made available. Officials ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brown, to call Kentucky State Police Post 9 at 606-433-7711 or the Sheriff's Office at 606-349-2914.
Floyd Co.Murder Trial Delayed Until June
The trial of a Floyd County man charged with two counts of murder has been postponed until June 24. The case is against James Slone, of Melvin, who is on trial for murder after a car accident, in which he was allegedly under the influence and claimed the lives of two people. Slone is charged with two counts of murder, four counts of first-degree assault and one count driving under the influence. The victim's, Jeffery Hamilton, 36, of Allen, and Karen Mitchell, 43, of Bevinsville, were both killed when a 2000 Dodge truck driven by Slone crossed the center line and collided with a truck driven by Hamilton. Mitchell was a passenger in Slone’s vehicle. Two other passengers were also involved in the accident, but survived. No other information has been made available at this time.
Accused Greenup Co. Man's Charge Upgraded To Murder
Police in Eastern Kentucky say a man with a lengthy criminal history is now facing a murder charge. Reese Frasure is accused of stabbing another man in Greenup County last month. That man died late last week and Frasure's assault charge has now been upgraded to first degree murder. Investigators say Frasure got into a fight with the victim at Frasure's home and he pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest. Prosecutors are waiting for autopsy results before the case is presented to a grand jury.
Floyd Co. Man Originally Arrested on Heroin Charge, Has Charges Upped to Trafficking
According to the Floyd Co. Times, drug charges against a Floyd Co. man, has grown in severity, after a possession charge was upgrading to trafficking. James Edward DeRossett, 50, of Allen, was arrested in Floyd Co. two weeks ago along Route 1428 by Kentucky State Police troopers. He was found to be in possession of Heroin, but that charge has been dropped, instead DeRossett was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, which is a class C felony and if found guilty, he could be sentenced between 5 and 10 years in prison. According to the court records, DeRossett admitted traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to purchase what has been described as“significant”, with an approximate street value of $23,800. Initial Police reports say DeRossett was pulled over after police noted multiple registration stickers on his license plate, and after the vehicle “appeared to cross the center line.” The report states that DeRossett was acting “very nervous,” as his hands were shaking and he was breathing rapidly. DeRossett was also charged with improper registration plate, failure to or improper signal, failure to produce insurance card and second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).
In a WSIP story last week, officials in Floyd Co. believe DeRossett is linked to another heroin bust earlier this month, when he arranged bail for 47-year-old Melissa Calhoun, of East Point, after she was arrested by Prestonsburg Police Department on Stonecrest hill. Calhoun was found with heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, and two loaded needles. Court records indicate that Calhoun was released from jail on a $20,000 surety bond, which was signed by DeRossett. DeRossett is currently being held in the Floyd County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court May 8 for a preliminary hearing.
Ky. Coal Production Lowest Since 1960s
A new state report says coal production in Kentucky has reached its lowest level since 1965 and mining employment fell by 4,000 jobs in eastern Kentucky last year. Coal-producing counties in eastern Kentucky have suffered in recent years from increased enforcement of federal mining laws, competition from natural gas and the mining out of easier-to-reach, underground coal seams. The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/YQVuoa) that employment at eastern Kentucky mines fell nearly 30 percent from December 2011 to December 2012. The drop was from 13,608 jobs down to 9,450. Production in the region fell to 49.4 million tons, the lowest level since 1965. The report came from the state's Department for Energy Development and Independence. In western Kentucky, production was up slightly last year by 2.5 percent, to 42 million tons.
Expect Delays on KY-40 Near Cross Creek for Roadway Break Repairs
Traffic on KY-40 West in Johnson County will experience long delays for the next week as an embankment failure is being repaired. Motorists who drive the road regularly have noticed the recent roadway break about 100-feet long in Staffordsville near the Cross Creek subdivision. Up to 25 minute delays can be expected as repairs to the roadway are being made between 9AM and 4:30PM. Workers will accommodate school bus traffic in the afternoon.
KSP Investigating Attempted Robbery in Floyd Co.
According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, on Thursday April 11, 2013 at approximately 9:00 A.M. Post 9 Pikeville received a call of an attempted robbery at the Family Dollar in the Betsy Layne community of Floyd County. Information obtained at the scene indicates that an unidentified male entered the business and demanded cash from the clerk. The unidentified male left the business of foot without taking any cash. The unidentified male was described as approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds, possibly blonde hair, charcoal gray hooded sweatshirt, white shoes and dark jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.
Illegal Dump Site Causing Problems in Martin County
A "Big Stink", that's some words officials in Martin County are using when dicussiong an illegal dump site that keeps growing and growing near a highly traveled road in the county. According to reports out of The Mountain Citizen newspaper in Martni Co., they say the dump site seemed to form “overnight” along Buck Creek Hill, which is located off KY-40 east of Inez. According to Mike Crum, who is the Martin County Solid Waste Coordinator, he is concerned because with sites like this, once one person does it, everybody else seems to follow and the dump site grows almost overnight. Various items have been "left" at this site such as, old building materials like shingles, lumber, not to mention garbage. Officials have thought about installing security cameras in the area to try and have evidence of who is leaving there items illegally.
Magoffin Co. BOE Agrees to Purchase Mtn. Parkway Property
The Magoffin County Board of Education has finally received the approval they needed for the purchase of property located off of the Mountain Parkway. According to Superintendent Stanley Holbrook, the BOE received the go ahead Tuesday to purchase property located in the area behind Puckett's truck stop. The property was owned by the Keeth brothers. A few setbacks got in the way for the BOE to purchase this property, mainly the Kentucky Department of Education, who would not approve the purchase because the new maps put the property in a floodplain area, but they eventually were able to get a permit approved to fill in the bottom. Now that BG1 has been approved for site development, the BOE is currently working on bid packages and they hope to begin moving dirt sometime this summer.
The BOE have had flow studies done to ensure building on the property would not negatively impact the water level for neighboring properties and they plan to cut out the property on the creek to allow for more volume of water to flow which is the Division of Water's regulations and no buildings will be located near the creek according to Suerintendent Holbrook. Now the plans are in place, the BOE is set to write a check for the property within the next week. Footprints have already being drawn up, detailing where everything could go. Of course this land purchase is being done to build a new Magoffin Co.High School, complete with an athletic complex, football field, etc., but the scope of the project is dependent on the finances available.
Perry Co. School Board Members Deny Allegations of Misconduct
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is accusing three members of the Perry County Board of Education of interfering with the state's education recovery plan. Holliday sent letters (which are posted in the above link) to board members James Ritchie and Charlene Miller and Chairman John Combs. The three board members are all accused of ordering officials at Perry County Central High School to reinstitute breaks during the school day - a violation of the state's turnaround plan for the school. Miller is also accused of violating the plan by asking the Educational Recovery staff to buy textbooks. Another board member, James Ritchie, is accused of threatening Perry Central's principal, Neal Feltner. Ritchie is also accused of threatening to dock the pay of one school district employee. He denied all of the Holliday's accusations. Board member Jerry Wayne Stacy said in a statement, "The things in these allegations are completely contrary to anything I have seen out of my fellow board members."
Official: Kentucky on Pace to Meet Revenue Goals
Kentucky's General Fund is on pace to meet its tax revenue goals for this fiscal year despite Kentuckians' cautious spending habits, a state official said Wednesday. Overall tax receipts are 2.6 percent higher than they were this time last year, state Budget Director Jane Driskell said in a statement. The uptick is partially attributed to an increase in revenue from corporate and individual income taxes, which jumped 12.7 percent and 5.7 percent respectively. The fiscal year ends June 30. The positive news comes despite lagging receipts in some other tax categories. Collections for the sales and use tax fell 0.8 percent, and revenue from cigarettes dropped 5.4 percent. Driskell attributed the decline to Kentuckians' cautious spending habits, which are linked in part to modest wage growth.
Ky. Power Seeks to Buy Biomass Energy
A reclaimed coal mine could soon be the site of renewable energy and economic diversification beyond coal, if the state Public Service Commission approves a plan by Kentucky Power to purchase electricity from a planned biomass power plant. The utility filed an application Wednesday with the PSC, seeking approval to enter into a renewable energy purchase agreement with ecoPower Generation. Under the agreement, Kentucky Power would purchase up to 58 megawatts of electricity from the planned power plant — its full generating capacity — over a 20-year period after the plant becomes operational. The ecoPower plant would be located in the Coal Fields Industrial Park, in Perry County. Company officials have said in the past that the plant would produce electricity by burning biomass materials, including sawdust, bark, wood chips, tip wood and low-quality logs, and could create up to 30 full-time jobs. The plant is expected to become operational in 2017. Kentucky Power does not have any ownership stake in the biomass plant.
The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon Starts Underway
The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is underway at WSIP!!! We encourage you to give us a call today and Become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 8th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2012 radio-thon raised a total of $33,204 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2013 event a success! You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.
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Minutes from the Tuesday Paintsville City Council Meeting
The Paintsville City Council met in a regular called meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the special called meeting of March 21, 2013. City Council members also approved the monthly department reports from the Police, F.D. Amblance, 911, Emergency management, utilities and the treasurer and they also approved to pay the monthly bills. Before the business meeting began, Mayor Bob Porter and council recognized newly named Paintsville Tourism Director Wendy VanHoose and Mayor Porter told those present that there would be a meeting Thursday at 5PM at City Hall with a group of students from Virginia Tech, who partnering with the division of forestry. The students will be planning some improvements for area's of downtown Paintsville for a beautification project. After opening announcements, business got underway as scheduled. First item discussed was the 2nd reading of the ordinance updating pay/classification plan. Cost of living raised a little to 1.7408%. This item was approved by council. Next, council members heard from Todd Meade, chairmen of the Paintsville Tourism. Mr. Meade informed the council that Paintsville Tourism wanted to get a loan for the purchase of new gold carts to replace the old ones at the Paintsvile Golf course. Under the bylaws of Tourism, city council members need to grant permission by signing UCC forms for Tourism to get such a loan, wich they did. Under no circumstances will the city of Paintsville or the city council be responsible for any money with this loan. This loan will be through Paintsvile Tourism and will be there responsibilty to pay back. Finally, Mayor Porter proclaimed the month of April as spring clean-up month. The mayor encouraged every citizen in the city to participate in this program on April 18th. He asked everyone who could to meet behind city hall on that morning for clean up.With no further item's to discuss the meeting adjourned.
Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting 4-8-13
The Johnson Co. Fiscal Ct. met in regular session Monday, April 8 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. Eight (9) items were listed on the agenda to discuss on the evening. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting on March 11, 2013 meeting and the court approved to pay the monthly bills. The court also approval to transfer $40,000 from the general fund to the jail fund. First item on the agenda was Darrell Blair with Wells & Company CPA office, who was there to discuss the Fiscal Court's Audit and overall, Blair told Judge Daniel and the commissioners that they should be commended for the way they use taxpayers money. Blair said the county is very responsible and Johnson County Fiscal Court was in much better shape than most others counties in the surrounding area. There was a point of discussion between Judge Daniel and Blair, when Blair attempted to explain some issues with the Sheriff's dept and the use of money the court sometimes help supplement to the Sheriff's dept. Blair stated that the Sheriff dept. employees overtime time sheets need to be verified by the court, to which Judge Daniel strongly disagreed with Blair. Daniel said that Sheriff Price was an elected official and is capable of verifying time sheets. Blair also suggested that the court stop giving the Sheriff's dept.extra money because it inflates the Sheriff's budget. Judge Daniel thanked Darrell Blair for his work, but wanted it to be known that he did not agree with all of the statements that Blair gave on the night. The commissioner's approved the audit report.
Next the court approved to advertise for blacktop, as well as approving the county's road aid agreement resolution. The court then approved the MOA resolution which alloes Judge Daniel to work with Paintsville Utilities to help get water lines extended to areas of the county that doesn’t have good drinking water and to build a pump station and extend water lines in the Redbush area off KY-172, as well as extended water lines through Powell Addition into Van Lear. The final item discussed on the night was to approve the county giving some money to the senior citizens center. Judge Daniel said the center needs an additional $1000 to help with the added electrical expenses. In all, the center will receive about $46,752.00. The commissioners approved Daniels request.
Three Men Charged with Drug Trafficking in Magoffin Co.
Three people face drug charges following an Operation UNITE investigation into prescription pills being brought into Magoffin County from Ohio. Elliot Gipson, 32, and his wife, 39-year-old Erma Gipson, both of Lima, Ohio, were arrested by UNITE detectives on Monday, April 8, and charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The couple was out on bond for unrelated charges brought by the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office several months ago, said Keith Napier, Big Sandy Task Force manager for UNITE. Salyersville resident Melissa Wheeler, 33, was subsequently arrested by Magoffin County sheriff’s deputies and charged with third-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. The arrests came following a month-long investigation into reports of Xanax being regularly brought into the county for illegal distribution, Napier said. “They were bringing 200 to 300 pills twice a month into the community.” As a result of their investigation, UNITE detectives were able to set up a controlled purchase of pills on Monday in the parking lot of a local fast-food restaurant. “We recovered a quantity of Xanax packaged for sale and approximately $4,800 in cash,” Napier said, noting they “were finishing up a three-day trafficking binge and preparing to head back to Ohio. Shortly after the arrests, sheriff’s deputies were able to launch a secondary undercover operation that resulted in Wheeler being arrested when she showed up to purchase pills from the Gipsons. All three were lodged in the Johnson County Detention Center. For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.
6 Eastern Ky. Residents Plead Guilty to Defrauding Medicaid and Social Security
Six eastern Kentucky residents pleaded guilty to defrauding state and federal benefit programs out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to reports, Diana Lynn Rice, 66, of Webbville, Ky., Ila Jean Rose, 57, of Olive Hill, Ky., Granvell Windfred Ramey, 73, of Catlettsburg, Ky., Junia Kay Ratliff, 66, of West Liberty, Ky., Randall Dale Ratliff, 74, of West Liberty, Ky. and Linda Lou Tackett, 73, of Grayson, Ky., pleaded guilty to the charges Monday. The six, pleaded guilty, in separate cases, to charges related to SSI fraud. One of the women also pleaded guilty to an additional charge of aggravated identity theft. In their plea agreements, the defendants admitted they fraudulently obtained benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), and in some instances from the Medicaid Program, by concealing and intentionally failing to disclose their true living arrangements and financial resources. As far back as 1998 in one case, some of the defendants lied to SSA agents, telling the agents that they had divorced or separated from their spouses when in fact they were living together and sharing living expenses, according to a news release. Collectively, the defendants defrauded the SSA and the Medicaid Program out of nearly $450,000. Had the defendants’ provided the SSA with their true living arrangements and financial resources, the defendants would have either been ineligible for SSI and Medicaid benefits or their eligibility would have been greatly reduced, according to the release. SSI is an income assistance program designed to provide financial assistance to elderly and disabled individuals who meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Kentuckians who are eligible for SSI also qualify for benefits under the Medicaid Program. The investigation was conducted by the SSA, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Nasson represents the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this case. Sentencing dates have not been announced. Supplemental Security Income Fraud carries a maximum of five years in prison upon conviction. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two years in prison upon conviction.
Jury Selection Underway in a Pike County Murder Trial
Jury selection is underway in the murder trial of the man charged with killing Jesse Church back in June. Everett Paul Norman, 39, of Draffin, is charged with one count of murder. Norman's trial began Monday morning in Pike County Circuit Court. Kentucky State Police say that Church, 30, of Harold, was killed during a shooting at Norman’s residence. Norman was arrested at the scene. There has beenn no word on a motive in the murder. No further information has been released.
Family of a Magoffin Co.Man Supected in a Murder Says He Did Not Commit the Crime
Family members of a Magoffin Co.man accused of murder, say he was framed, but investigators believe they have the right man. Police say Daniel Hackworth shot and killed 49-year-old, Donnie Allen, back in January. Officials say they found Hackworth inside Allen's home with a gun and Allen's body in the yard. Family members and Hackworth's defense attorney say he had no motive to harm Mr. Allen. Public Defender Myles Holbrook explains, "There are very credible allegations that people in the community wanted to bring harm to Mr. Allen...Daniel Hackworth was not one of those people." Hackworth has entered a not guilty plea. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 17th.
KSP Searching for Rowan Co. Man
According to a news release from the KSP, a warrant of arrest for Arson 2ND Degree has been issued for Gene A. Glover of Morehead, Kentucky in connection with an ongoing investigation of two separate structure fires on U.S. 60 East in Bath County, Kentucky. The fires occurred in the early morning hours of March 20, 2013. Mr. Glover’s whereabouts are unknown at this time. Mr. Glover has connections to Olive Hill, KY, Morehead, KY and Lexington, KY. Anyone with information concerning Mr. Glover’s location or information concerning the fires is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Morehead Post at (606) 784-4127.
Three Juveniles Charged In Arson At Powell County Playground
The latest arson fire happened March 28 at Stanton's city park. The first fire was a port-a-potty set fire a few weeks before at Stanton Park, and then the next day another fire set to the playground in Clay City. Luckily, firefighters were able to get to it quickly and knock it out. Police said the latest fire was extremely suspicious because of how quickly the fire caught. The mulch in this playground is actually made out of tire rubber and should not have gone up as fast. Stanton's mayor says it cost $50,000 to build the park and it's going to cost thousands more to replace. The three juveniles have been charged with arson, criminal mischief and burglary. Officials say they believe the juveniles are responsible for all of the park arsons.
Man Charged with W.Va Sheriff Murder was Banned to Own Firearms
According to a W.Va prosecutor involved in the case against a man accused of gunning down Mingo Co. W.Va sheriff Eugene Crum, says the suspect was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks declined to say where 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard bought the gun. But Sparks says "it appears that the system didn't work." Sparks also declined to elaborate on why Maynard was barred from owning a gun. But Maynard's father has said his son had mental problems and had previously been in an institution. Sheriff Eugene Crum was fatally shot April 3 as he ate lunch in a downtown Williamson parking lot.
JCSO Conducts Safe School Program
According to a news release from Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, as part of our Safe School program, joined forces with Paintsville City Police and Johnson Central High School today and conducted a search of the school. Prestonsburg Police Department provided a K-9 unit, handled by officer Aaron Blevins. The dog was used to search the lockers and common areas of the school. At this time no drugs or contraband was located on the school grounds. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office worked with Johnson Central High School Principal Noel Crum to bring this program to the school system. “This is just a part of our effort to make the schools safer for the students and staff of our school system” said Sheriff Dwayne Price. “I feel this will help show people that want to bring drugs and other dangerous items into our school that we mean business and it will not be tolerated.” “The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has been doing programs in our elementary, middle and high schools for some time now and we feel the message is getting across to the students. We have other programs planned for the school right up until school is out for the summer. We feel the programs we provide are the best way to reach the students, and they seem to enjoy the classes put on by Deputy Tim Clark.”
Governor Vetoes House Speaker's Medicaid Bill
Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo that would have set up a process to resolve payment disputes between medical providers and Medicaid managed care organizations. The measure would have set up an appeals process in the Department of Insurance to speed up resolution of payment disputes. Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference the bill could have led to excessive costs to state government and interfered with contracts with doctors, hospitals and the managed care groups. Stumbo had proposed the legislation because of complaints that Medicaid payments weren't always being made promptly. Beshear said a review found that most claims over the past year had been approved and paid.
Analysis – Ryan Budget Big Cost for KY
BEREA, Ky. - An in-depth analysis of the budget recently passed by Republicans in the U.S House shows it would lead to substantial funding cuts in Kentucky. The report claims the budget authored by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan would cut funding to the state and local governments by $3 billion over the next ten years. According to Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, it would "sacrifice" programs that protect people's basic needs. "Education, social services, work-force development and training," he listed. "Things like Title 1; Head Start; housing; Women, Infants and Children program. You know, law enforcement is also affected," Bailey added. The state-by-state report comes from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Supporters argue the Ryan plan is necessary to reduce the federal deficit. But, Bailey pointed out that it also includes big tax cuts for the wealthy, at the expense of programs crucial to a poor state such as Kentucky. "We're in the need of these investments in education, infrastructure and human services, the kinds of things that the federal government helps us pay for," Bailey said. "So, it's a question of priorities and a question of values. And, in a state like Kentucky, where we have so many needs, it's all the more important that we protect the investments that we have." One of the report's authors, Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research for the Center, said the Ryan plan would reverse a very cost-effective expansion of Medicaid. Leachman claimed the program would be slashed by nearly a third in ten years, compounding a state's burden. "The funding levels would fall further behind state needs each year," he declared. "And Medicaid's already a lean program; it costs much less per beneficiary than private insurance does." Leachman said another big cost shift would come in public education, where states have already cut back because of the recession. "States would have to further reduce their spending on K-12, or come up with their own money, or some combination of both of those things." The report is at goo.gl/vlq2J.
The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon Starts Today
The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is underway at WSIP and will also be held on Friday, April 12. We encourage you to give us a call today or tomorrow and Become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 8th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2012 radio-thon raised a total of $33,204 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2013 event a success! You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.