Mountain Parkway Expansion Project Begins

In spite of some snow, road crews began the first phase of construction on the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project on Monday in Magoffin County. Officials have begun the work on KY-114, which will ultimately be the route of the parkway when the project is complete. Crews are clearing trees and moving dirt during this first phase of construction. Officials say immediate impacts on traffic should be minimal.

Martin County Deputies Investigating Flower Shop Burglary

Deputies in Martin County are investigating a burglary at the Inez Flower Shop. It happened over the weekend. Deputy Chris Todd with the Martin County Sheriff’s Department discovered someone had broken in the door, stole several items, and vandalized the store. Officials are asking anyone with any information of any activity at the store this weekend to call the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 298-2828.

Trio Uses Infant to Shoplift in Louisa

Police in Louisa say three people were arrested on Saturday accused of using a seven-month-old to steal over $100 from Walmart. Clarence Elkins, Amanda Kirk, and Amber Kirk are all facing shoplifting charges. That seven-month-old is now in the care of social services.

Martin County Man Charged with Public Intoxication, Shoplifting

A Martin County man is facing several charges including public intoxication and shoplifting after taking several items from the Inez Dollar General. Officials with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office say Floyd Jude Jr. stole 16 cans of Red Bull and a pack of men’s underwear, among other items from the store on KY-40. Jude was arrested after being found in a nearby creek where he had hidden the items in a sewer meter box.

2 Vehicle Crash on KY-40 in Staffordsville

Highway 40 in Staffordsville was closed on Wednesday morning following a two vehicle accident. Officials with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office tell us a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Brandyn J Reinford of West Liberty crossed the center line striking 27-year-old Kearston D Daniels head on. Daniels was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center then flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. There’s no word on Daniels’ condition. The accident remains under investigation.

Truck Overturns on KY-201 after Tire Blow Out

Deputies in Johnson County are investigating after a single vehicle accident on KY-201 on Wednesday. Officials say Samual Lutz of Blaine was driving his white Ford pickup truck when a tire blew out, causing Lutz to lose control of the vehicle, which then overturned onto it’s side. Deputies say two small children were in the vehicle, but were buckled in car seats and unharmed. Lutz was taken to Paul B Hall Medical Center in Paintsville for treatment of injuries he sustained in the accident.

Two Facing Animal Cruelty Charges in Johnson County

Two people are facing animal cruelty charges in Johnson County. Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office say 43-year-old Curtis Fraley and 45-year-old Lucinda Fraley had eight dogs and a horse that appeared to be in poor health on their property in the Dry Branch area of Oil Springs. Those dogs and the horse are now being cared for by the Kentucky Humane Society and Dumas Rescue. Officials with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office ask the public to report animal neglect and cruelty. Callers into the sheriff’s office can remain anonymous.

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