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One Person Airlifted to Hospital following ATV Accident in Martin Co

According to officials in Martin Co. one person had to be airlifted to the hospital after an ATV accident Saturday. The accident happened on new Route 3 near in the Inez community. Investigators say the ATV flipped over and a man was airlifted from the scene to the hospital in critical condition. No names have been released. The Inez Volunteer Fire Department, Martin Co. Rescue Squad, Netcare Ambulance and the Martin Co Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene.

 

Police in Rowan Co. Arrest 2 for Drugs and Unregistered Guns

According to the Kentucky State Police in Morehead, on Sunday March 26, 2017, at approximately 3:35 p.m., Kentucky State Police Troopers Kris Cox and Brandon Burton, along with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Brad Stafford, located two individuals in a vehicle on an abandoned portion of Freestone Road near the Farmers Community in Rowan County. Upon approach to the vehicle, the passenger, Miranda N. Caudill, age 36 of West Liberty, Kentucky was observed to be actively ingesting a controlled substance into her body. Upon further investigation two loaded pistols were located concealed in the vehicle, as well as scales, a large amount of cash and numerous other drug paraphernalia items.

* Robert H. McKenzie Age 46 of Olympia, Kentucky was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and carrying a concealed weapon.

* Miranda N. Caudill, Age 36 of West Liberty, Kentucky was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, no registration, and no registration receipt.

Both, McKenzie and Caudill were arrested at the scene and lodged in the Rowan Co Detention Center. The case remains under investigation by Trooper Kris Cox.

 

Crews Searching For Missing Pike Co Man

Pike Co Emergency Management and firefighters in Elkhorn City are searching for a man they believe went missing after an ATV ride in the mountains. East Kentucky Broadcasting reports that 53-year-old Richard D. Ramey was last seen Saturday riding a red ATV in the area known locally as Beaver Creek. Ramey was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and blue jogging pants. Searchers ask anyone with information concerning his whereabouts to contact the Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711.

 

Quick Action by Fire Dept. Saves Lawrence Co. Residence

According to the Levisa Lazer website, a structure fire at a residential property Saturday evening in Lawrence Co. was stopped from being a worse situation and tragedy for the owners of the property, thanks to the quick response and efforts of firefighters. Reports indicate that just after 8 P.M. Saturday night, March 25, Lawrence Co 911 received a call of a reported structure fire, involving a large outbuilding on 1143 Chapel Road, which is just off the right fork of Five Forks Hill, turning off by Myrtle Chapel Church, around just over two miles outside of Louisa. Members of the City of Louisa Fire Department to respond to the scene and upon arrival firefighters discovered that a large outbuilding was completely consumed in flames, and that the fire was on the verge of spreading to a mobile home adjacent to the burning outbuilding as well as several automobiles and other vehicles around the blazing structure. Louisa fire units worked quickly to control the situation and extinguish the fire before spreading. After about an hour of arriving and fighting the blaze, the Louisa Fire Department put out the flames, saving the owners the rest of their property from a more somber fate. The outbuilding was a complete loss and there was damage to the front of two vehicles, along with minor damage to the eaves of the house. There were no injuries reported as result of the fire. No cause as of yet has been reported as to what was the initial cause of the outbuilding to catch aflame.

 

4 People Indicted in Scott and Perry County Cocaine Rings

An indictment has been issued in a pair of alleged cocaine distribution rings, based in Hazard and Georgetown. John Paul Tucker, 40, of Combs; Merrill Pelfrey, 65, of Hazard; Jankie Jackson, 66, of Georgetown; and Tony Scott, 45, of Stamping Ground, were all named in the indictment charging them with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. Authorities allege that the Jackson drug ring in Georgetown made contacts in Mexico to import pounds of cocaine into the country for distribution and acted as a supplier for the Tucker drug ring in Hazard. Jackson and Scott are accused of dealing with over five kilograms of the drug, and could face prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life. Tucker is accused of dealing with over 500 grams and faces a potential prison sentence of five to 40 years. Pelfrey faces up to a 20-year sentence. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of over $193,000 dollars that was seized from Tucker and over $226,000 that was seized from Jackson. Pelfrey is not yet in custody. The other men are being held in the Laurel Co Corrections Center.

 

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Down in February 2017

Kentucky’s unemployment rate decreased in February, down 0.3 percent from last year. The February 2017 unemployment rate was down to 4.9 percent, a decrease of .1 percent from January. The state’s civilian labor force increased by nearly 19,000 individuals, with the construction sector seeing the largest gain by 2,800 positions. Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Employment statistics adjust based on weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings.

 

Mountain Parkway Expansion Project

Contractors are continuing to push ahead with construction on Restaurant Row in Salyersville, the busiest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Marshall Carrier, KYTC engineer the project manager for the parkway, urge travelers to use caution and be patient in this area as the seasons change and work increases. Clearing is continuing on the Morgan Co segment with work starting on a culvert between mile points 58 and 59. Drives should not speed limits in work zones have been reduced.

 

New Fire Station Open in Inez

Volunteer firefighters in Inez are now working out of a new facility. The firefighters actually helped build the new facility, which replaces the fire station they’ve been working in for over 40 years. An open house will be held in the near future to show the public the new state-of-the-art facility.

 

Eric C Conn Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

According to a news release, Floyd County Attorney Eric C Conn pleaded guilty to federal charges on Friday. WYMT-TV reports the release noted Conn schemed with former SSA administrative law judge David B. Daugherty and multiple doctors that involved the submission of thousands of falsified medical documents to the SSA. Sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

Potatoes Donated to Area Food Banks

Over 40,000 potatoes were donated to food banks across east Kentucky last week. The potatoes were donated by the Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church’s Mens’ Group. They have held the “Potato Drop” event each year. Food banks, along with churches and senior homes, in Morgan, Pike and Letcher county were among the recipients of the potatoes.

 

Students Learn “Truth and Consequences” in School Sessions

Students from Paintsville and Johnson Central high schools spent the day on Friday learning the importance of decisions and how they can impact their lives. The “Truth and Consequences” sessions showed students real-life examples of how poor choices involving drugs and alcohol have impacted peoples’ lives. The sessions were targeted to high school freshmen; a session for seniors is planned for next month.

 


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