Local News 4-27-2015


Two Arrested in Massive Marijuana Bust in Martin Co

According to reports out of Martin Co. A massive marijuana operation has landed two people behind bars. Martin Co Sheriff John Kirk stumbled upon the operation when he smelled it while driving by a home on Rockhouse Road. Kirk reported that his department found about 150 marijuana plants growing in a trailer that had been made into a greenhouse and he adds that it was fully stocked with a water system, a ventilation system and heat lamps. It was estimated that with the grow system and everything involved, the find was worth around a quarter of a million dollars. Two people have been arrested in connection with the pot bust, Mardy Mollett Jr. and Pamela Blevins. They each now face charges of trafficking and cultivating marijuana. Mollett and Blevins reportedly lived in an apartment above a garage next door where they were able to keep a close eye on the plants with the use of a security system. WSIP news will bring you further information, as it becomes available.

KSP Investigating Fatal Fire in Floyd Co.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Post 9 in Pikeville, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 just after 2 pm, KSP Post 9 received a 911 call of a residential structure fire on KY Route 2030 in the Honaker community. Linda Akers, 66 of Honaker, was inside the residence at the time of the fire and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Floyd Co. Coroner Greg Nelson. The origin of the fire and the cause of death are still under investigation. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jeremy Giles. Detective Giles was assisted at the scene by KSP Post 9 Arson Investigator Nick Endicott and Deputy Fire Marshall Robert Keith.

Knott Co. Parents to Appear in Court this week for Infants Death

A Knott County couple say they are not responsible for the death of their infant daughter. According to the original police report, 19-year-old Joseph Newsome and 21-year-old Ashley Newsome have been charged manslaughter in the death of their two-month-old girl, who died at her home in the Hindman community last Wednesday, April 22. Preliminary autopsy results indicated that the child died of asphyxiation. The couple was in Knott Co. District Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. They are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, April 28th.

KSP Continue Search for Missing Carter Co. Man

KSP in Morehead are continuing their search for a missing Carter Co. man. As we have reported over the last several weeks, Police say Paul Clifton Sigman, 30, of Grayson has been missing since early December. Family members say he left home on foot, but never returned. Recently, investigators received information from a bank in Carter Co. saying Paul's mother, Sabrina Sigman, 48, of Grayson was trying to cash a tax refund in his name. The bank knew that Paul Sigman had been reported missing. Troopers determined that Sabrina Sigman had forged her son’s state and federal tax documents, and received his refunds. Sigman has been indicted by a Carter Co Grand Jury on first degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. When Sabrina Sigman was arrested at her home this past weekend, troopers found an active meth lab and several meth precursors. Paul Clifton Sigman is currently entered as a missing person and anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Jobless Rates Down in All Kentucky Counties in March 2015

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between March 2014 and March 2015, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.9 percent; Fayette County, 4 percent; Scott County, 4.1 percent; Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Boone and Owen counties, 4.3 percent each; and Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison and Spencer counties, 4.4 percent each. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 14.7 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 11 percent; Harlan County, 10.7 percent; Elliott County, 10.5 percent; Leslie County, 10.2 percent; Letcher and Wolfe counties, 10.1 percent each; Breathitt County, 10 percent; and Clay, Knott and Menifee counties, 9.9 percent each.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

Transportation Cabinet Awards 4 Contracts

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded contracts totaling more than $900,000 for four highway projects within the Department of Highways District 10. Contracts awarded as part of the March letting are:

• A $702,500 project to build a bridge crossing KY 867 and the Licking River in Magoffin County for the Dawkins Trail. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 1.

• A $58,770.25 project to resurface 0.56 miles of KY 267 (Harveyton Road) in Perry County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 15.

• A $117,373 project to resurface 1.25 miles of KY 1146 (Hiner Road) in Perry County. Construction is to be completed by Nov. 15.

• A $34,990.90 project to install guardrail on 0.67 miles of KY 1090 (Bear Branch Road) in Magoffin County. Construction is to be completed by Aug. 1.

The Department of Highways District 10 consists of 10 counties – Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe – in east-central and southeastern Kentucky. The district office is located in Jackson.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to drive with caution in work zones and be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing. Significant traffic impacts resulting from construction and maintenance projects are posted on District 10’s website (http://transportation.ky.gov/District-10), the district’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict10) and also on the district’s Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict10). Drivers can check these sites prior to traveling to determine if there will be traffic delays for which they should be prepared.    

Disaster Preparedness workshop slated for May 5 at MSU

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host “Disaster Preparedness for your Business” workshop to be held Tuesday May 5, from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Innovation Launchpad located at 149 East Main Street. The free workshop is designed to help business owners prepare and re-open after a disaster. Disaster resource booklets will be provided. Topics that will be covered include: Protecting your critical resources; Developing your business continuity plan; Business continuity forms; Post-disaster steps and Checklists for re-opening. The East Kentucky Small Business Development Centers are located in Morehead, Pikeville, Paintsville and Ashland. The centers provide free one on one consulting services and training to new ventures and existing businesses. For additional information or to register, contact Mark Murphy, SBDC general management consultant, at 606-783-2895, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..