Meth Bust at Motel in Floyd County
A Pikeville man was arrested after a meth bust at the Alpike Motel in Ivel. The Floyd County Chronicle reports deputies with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department responded to a tip of a strong odor coming from one of the motel rooms. That odor, deputies say, was an active meth lab. 36-year-old Shawn Lowe of Pikeville was arrested. He’s facing one count of making meth, 1st degree. He’s being lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.
Fight Leads to Shooting in Letcher County
A man was shot in the leg on Thursday evening at his own home in Letcher County. It happened near Whitesburg on KY-931. Police say Joseph Pack came to Claude Hall’s house and the two got into a fight which led to the shooting. The 20-year-old Pack reportedly shot Hall, who is 28, in the leg and ran away. He’s facing an assault charge. Hall is expected to be okay.
Search Continues for Missing Woman in Knott County
Police and emergency responders in Knott County continue their search for Natasha Fugate Jones, who went missing back in May. On Thursday, crews drained a pond in Clear Creek in search of Jones. No body was reportedly found. Authorities ask that anyone with information call Kentucky State Police at (606) 435-6069.
Unemployment rates drop in 115 Kentucky counties
(AP) - State officials say unemployment rates declined in 115 of Kentucky’s 120 counties between July 2014 and last month. The state Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County had the lowest jobless rate at 4 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Owen counties at 4.1 percent each. The next lowest rates were Boone County at 4.3 percent and Scott County at 4.4 percent. Three counties each had a 4.5 percent rate - Campbell, Jessamine and Kenton. Magoffin County had the state’s highest jobless rate at 12.8 percent. It was followed by Harlan County at 12 percent, Leslie County at 11.1 percent, Letcher County at 10.8 percent and Carter County at 10.3 percent.
Man sentenced to 35 years for killing high school student
(AP) - A man convicted of murder in the shooting death of a Lexington teenager has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Media report 24-year-old Deionta Hayes was sentenced on Friday in Fayette Circuit Court. Prosecutors said he killed 16-year-old Henry Clay sophomore Chaz Black and wounded two others during a dice game in 2012 at a Palumbo Drive apartment. A Fayette County Circuit Court jury convicted Hayes in July on charges of murder, second-degree assault and theft of a handgun. Defense attorneys said Hayes shot in self-defense, but the prosecution asked jurors to reject that because Black was unarmed.
SBA working with FEMA in Johnson County
Officials with the U.S. Small Business Administration are working hand in hand with FEMA at the Disaster Recovery Center in Paintsville. We spoke with Richard Daigle of the SBA earlier. He tells us the SBA disaster assistance comes in the form of low interest disaster loans. Flood victims are encouraged to apply for the disaster assistance. You can do so face to face at the DRC in Paintsville, call (800) 659-2955 or visit www.SBA.gov.
Debris Pickup Scheduled for Next Week
Crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say a second and final round of debris pickup is scheduled for next week in flood damaged areas of Johnson County. Contractors say debris should be placed adjacent to the road on state right-of-way. Residents are cautioned to keep debris they wish to salvage a safe distance away from the roadside so it isn’t picked up. Flood victims should have any debris they wish to be picked up placed on the roadside no later than August 31.
Rebuilding West Liberty to be featured on KET2
It’s been well over three years since tornadoes swept through east Kentucky leaving behind a path of destruction. The Rebuilding West Liberty effort will be the focus on PBS’ Eco-Sense for Living show on August 28-that’s this Friday evening at 6:30 on KET2. The program hopes to bring continued attention to the efforts and to raise money for the project. If you’d like to help, you can get more information at www.fahe.org/west-liberty.
Man Charged with DUI after Crash with School Bus
State Police say a man has been arrested after a crash involving a school bus in Floyd County. The accident happened around 3:30 on Thursday afternoon when police say 37-year-old Anthony A Kiser crossed the center-line on KY-1426 and crashed into the school bus. Children were on board the bus at the time of the accident and one student was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Kiser failed a field sobriety test. Police also found Oxycodone and Xanax in his vehicle. He’s facing several charges including DUI, wanton endangerment, reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance.
New trial ordered in double murder case in Floyd County
(AP) - Kentucky’s Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man who was found guilty but mentally ill of killing two neighbors in Floyd County. The ruling Thursday pointed to 28 crime scene and autopsy photos admitted at trial as the reason for ordering the new trial for Berry Hall. Hall was convicted in 2012 in the shooting deaths of Alan Tackett and his wife, Lisa, outside their home in 2008. Hall also was convicted on four wanton endangerment counts - one for each of the Tacketts’ children, who were home when their parents were killed. Some photos showed fatal wounds in graphic detail. The court’s majority opinion said many photos depicted the same scene and were needlessly cumulative. The opinion called it a rare abuse of a trial court’s discretion in admitting gruesome photos.
Economic Development Group Opens Office in Prestonsburg
One East Kentucky is a group that was formed a few months back in an effort to bring business and jobs to eastern Kentucky. WYMT-TV reports organizers started a five-year initiative to market nine east Kentucky counties to companies all across the nation. The group has opened an office in Prestonsburg to help organize their efforts.