Local News 7-27-2015


Information on Flood Relief Efforts in Johnson Co.

The following is an updated list from Johnson County Judge Executive and Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management.

• The primary point of distribution continues to be located in the Mayo Plaza, beside Big Sandy Furniture. They will be open from 8 AM until 8 PM. Here is a list of items that are needed at the Johnson County Flood Distribution Center:

Canned goods/non-perishable items
Laundry detergent
Heavy duty gloves
Heavy duty trash bags
Plastic trash bins
Extension cords
Water hoses

If you have any questions, please call the Johnson County Flood Relief line at contact number is 606-792-5105.

• American Red Cross, Christian Appalachian Project, and other organizations remain in the area to provide immediate assistance to individuals affected by the flood event.

• Jill Stafford has been designated as the Contact Person for those people needing assistance

1. Flood cleanup
2. Debris cleanup
3. Home repairs.

Jill Stafford can be reached at 606-789-8016

• Grief Counselors with Billy Graham Rapid Response Team remain in the area. If you need help, Please call 980-254-3658 or 1-800-335-1337

• From Harold Underwood, any volunteer organization requesting or wishing to volunteer assistance, can reach Mr. Underwood at, 606-477-9371 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• For more information call Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management at     606-789-2260.

• The Johnson County Health Department has given 238 Tetanus Shots to residents, volunteers, and workers in the affected area. Additional shots are available by coming by the Johnson County Health Department.

• Johnson County appreciates the generous outpouring of donations. However we have now reached our capacity of accepting used clothing.

• For more information call Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management at 606-789-2260.

Car on Fire, Crashes into a House in Johnson Co. Two Reported injured

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:42 Deputies responded to a call of a single vehicle collision with Injuries on Delong Road near Industrial Park in Hager Hill. It appeared a 1987 GMC Blazer driven by Charity Donnelly 39 Years old of Thealka, caught on fire then struck a house along Delong road. Deputies reported that a full gas can was being transported inside the vehicle and that the driver reported the can burst into flames causing her vehicle to strike the house. West Van Lear Fire department responded in a timely manner and the house did not catch on fire. Charity Donnelly was cited on scene for failure to maintain insurance and her along with 2 others were transported to medical facilities by Paintsville EMS for burn related injuries. The collision is still under investigation at this time by Deputies Byron Fairchild and Justin Webb.

Breathitt Counties “Biggest” Drug Bust in Years, Nets Several Thousands of Dollars, Drugs

According to reports from the Breathitt Co Sheriff’s Office, deputies made two arrests late last week, in connection to a meth lab off of Kentucky 20 West. Jason Pennington and Zechariah Gross now face meth related charges, as officials say this bust was much different than anything that they have seen in recent years. Breathitt County Sheriff Ray Clemons says this was the biggest drug bust Breathitt County has seen in a while. When deputies began the bust, they expected to find anywhere from "seven to eight hundred" dollars in the house. What they found was quite literally ten-fold that estimated amount. Nearly $8,000, along with meth, marijuana, pills, and guns were found in the house. "Safe had boxes full of money wadded up, hundred dollar bills, fifty dollar bills.... even had 15 two dollar bills," Sheriff Clemons said. Among the strange currency found in the house was an extensive coin collection. Deputies said they were unsure if the collection was used to pay for drugs or if it belonged to the accused. The bust took a total of nine hours to execute. Jason Pennington, Joseph Pennington's brother, was also arrested for a parole violation.           

Police Warn of Phone Scam in Morgan Co

Police need help identifying two people calling people in Morgan County telling them they owe a debt. The telephone caller ID displays West Liberty Police. KSP say the scammers insist the debt must be paid immediately and will give instructions of online payment. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police at 800-222-5555.

"Operation School Shoe/Sock” a HUGE Success

Organizers with Operation School Shoe say over 500 pairs of shoes were given out to Johnson Co/Paintsville school children Saturday free of charge. The event took place at the Johnson Co. Middle School and was the fourth year for the event, put on by local churches, businesses, and private donations. Not only were shoes given away, but for the second year, socks were also handed out to the kids when they received their new pair of shoes, available to any students attending any school in the Johnson Co. and Paintsville Independent School System, who might not otherwise be able to have a good pair of shoes to start the school year. Efforts are already underway for next year’s Operation School Shoe/Sock event. Founders say the event has grown significantly since they started and has even spread to other counties and organizers hope to help even more children in the future. Operation School Shoe was stared in 2011.