Couple Leads Police in a High Speed Chase in Letcher Co

Police in Letcher Co. were involved in a high speed chase on Thursday. According to the KSP, Joshua Ison was a person of interest in several burglaries in the Premium, Kings Creek and Line Fork communities of Letcher Co. The Letcher Co. Sheriff’s Dept. went to Ison’s house to question him Thursday, about the burglaries and found a tool box a burglary victim identified as stolen. Police said Ison’s girlfriend, Rose Newsome, told police Ison was not home. Neighbors told Deputies they saw him loading items into his car at another location. When Deputies found Ison and tried to box in his vehicle with their cruisers, Ison rammed one of them with his vehicle and led Police on a high speed chase that exceeded speeds of 90 miles per hour. Police eventually were able to stop Ison, after a KSP Trooper used a pit maneuver to stop Ison’s vehicle. Ison ran from Police and hid in a nearby creek where he resisted arrest. Newsome also resisted arrest. Police say they had to taze Newsome. Both Ison and Newsome were treated for non-life threatening injuries and were placed in custody. The Letcher Co. Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Whitesburg Police Dept. and KSP.


Three People Escape Floyd Co House Fire

Three people escaped a house fire Thursday in the Harold community of Floyd Co. Officials say the fire happened on 1st Street in Harold. Three people were inside the home when the fire started, but they were able to escape without injury. The Betsy Lane Vol. Fire Department say the home was a total loss and the fire is believed to be accidental.


Additional Information Released in a Knott Co Police Shooting

Officials released new information about a Police shooting following a Police chase in Knott Co on November 6. Police in Knott Co say 26-year-old Zachery Caudill was chased across two counties before being caught, but during the confrontation, Caudill was shot by Police. A trooper saw Caudill back out onto KY 15, nearly hitting oncoming traffic, and attempted a traffic stop. Caudill refused to stop, and was chased by Police over several counties before he finally stopped on an old coal mine haul road in the Raven community of Knott Co. Police report that Caudill exited his truck, but would not show his hands and get on the ground as ordered by Police. They also say Caudill made an aggressive movement toward his waistband, so Officers fired, shooting him once in the leg. Police said Caudill did have a weapon on his person, but it was not a gun, they also add that the truck Caudill was driving was reported stolen from a residence on KY 15, where State Troopers first saw him. Caudill will be lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail after he is released from the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Charges include theft by unlawful taking, evading Police, menacing and resisting arrest.


Floyd Co Preacher to Change Plea in Child Porn Case

A former Floyd Co. preacher, accused of possessing and distributing child pornography is expected to change his not guilty plea to guilty, in a federal indictment. David Glenn Boyd, 54, of Wheelwright was indicted in September 2017 on one count each of possession and distribution of child pornography. He initially pleaded not guilty in the case. In a motion filed by his attorney Tuesday, Boyd asked to change his plea, saying he has reached a deal with the government.A status hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7.


Powell Co Teacher Carjacked after Stopping to Help Crash Victims

A Powell Co man has been arrested after being accused of carjacking a teacher on her way to work. According to Powell Co. Sheriff Deputy Mike Townsend, a Richmond woman was on her way to work at Powell Co High School on Wednesday morning around 7:30 AM. Deputy Townsend said the woman came upon a wreck on Winchester Road in Irvine, near Estill Co High School and she stopped to see if she could help those involved in the wreck. Investigators say a passenger from the car involved in the wreck jumped into the teacher’s car and forced her to drive him away from the scene. The man allegedly made the woman take him to a home in Powell Co and then forced her to let him use her phone. Officials say somehow the woman was able to escape. Police actively searched for the man and eventually raided a home at 804 Jones Road in Powell Co. where they found28-year-old Freddie Reed, Jr. of Clay City hiding inside and he was arrested. Officers from the Powell Co Sheriff’s Office, Stanton Police Dept. assisted in the arrest. Officials say the woman was not injured in the ordeal.


State Government News

* A Kentucky judge says the state’s Republican governor can reorganize some government boards when the legislature is not in session, but he can’t write new laws. The ruling is a partial win and a partial defeat for both Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Wednesday that Bevin’s order earlier this year shuffling membership requirements for some public education boards is OK. But he said Bevin’s order establishing a new appellate process for teacher disciplinary actions and certification decisions is unconstitutional because it amounts to him creating a new state law. Beshear had sued Bevin, arguing his order earlier this summer was illegal. It’s the fourth time Beshear has taken Bevin to court. Beshear is a potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2019.

* Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday she is starting a task force to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana. According to a release, the group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation of medical marijuana. The task force will include members of Kentucky’s medical community, including doctors, nurses and medical administrators, as well as representatives from law enforcement and state agencies with regulatory oversight, medical marijuana advocates and military veterans. The task force will be co-chaired by State Representative John Sims who is crafting medical marijuana legislation for the 2018 session. The task force is scheduled to meet later this month in Frankfort.


Rest Area Reopens on Mtn. Parkway

Travelers on the Mountain Parkway will be Happy to know that the Junior Williamson rest area at Exit 33 reopened at noon on Thursday. The facility had been closed for the past few months, due to renovations. The rest area had been closed to all but commercial vehicle parking since mid-August for a repair and renovation project. Commercial vehicle drivers may use the appropriate parking lot for federally-mandated breaks and longer-term rest periods. Drivers who need to leave their vehicles unattended for longer periods should use the Park and Ride lot located on the North side of the Mountain Parkway at Exit 33.



Paintsville Police Accepting Donations for ‘Shop with a Cop’ Program

Paintsville Police have announced they are now accepting donations for the department’s Shop with A Cop program. The program helps to make a better Christmas for many children in the Paintsville area. Anyone who would like to help can drop off donations at the Paintsville Police Department, next door to City Hall and the SIPP Theatre on Main Street.


Heating Assistance Subsidy Signups Underway

This reminder that registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, started on Monday, November 6, 2017 and will run through December 15, 2017. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

Nov. 17 – Open Enrollment
Nov. 20 – H
Nov. 21 – H
Nov. 22 – 24 (Closed)
Nov. 27 – I, J
Nov. 28 – K
Nov. 29 – L
Nov. 30 – M
Dec. 1 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 4 – M
Dec. 5 – N
Dec. 6 – O, P
Dec. 7 – Q, R
Dec. 8 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 11 – S
Dec. 12 – T
Dec. 13 – U, V, W
Dec. 14 – X, Y, Z
Dec. 15 – Open Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.

* Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 15.

* The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 8th.To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit or call (606) 789-3641.


Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office Release 2017 Property Tax Info

The 2017 Property Tax Bills are now available for payment in the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office. If a mortgage company should be paying your bill make sure they have a copy of your bill for payment. The collection dates are as follows:

* 2% Discount November 1-30 2017
* Face Amount December 1-January 2, 2018
* 5% Penalty January 3-31, 2018
* 10% Penalty +
* 10% Add-On February 1-April 16, 2018

If you do not receive your tax bill by November 10, 2017, please contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s office at 606-789-3411 and we will check the address on the bill for accuracy and get another bill sent to you. You may view your bill online at and you can pay your bill online with a credit card or check at

The JCSO will be closed on the following dates for holidays

* November 23-26, 2017 Thanksgiving
* December 22-25, 2017 Christmas
* December 29-January 1, 2018 New Years

Office hours during tax season are:

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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