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Knott County Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint

A Knott County restaurant was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night. It happened at the Subway in the Mallie community. Police are trying to find the man responsible. Video camera footage shows the robber as a slim man over 6′ tall wearing a grey sweatshirt and a black stocking over his head. He got away with around $500 worth of cash. Police ask that anyone with information to call the Hazard Police Post.


Wild Horse Found Dead in Southeastern Kentucky

(AP) - Kentucky State Police say one wild horse was found dead in southeastern Kentucky. A caller told police 28 horses had been shot, but police said Detective Craig Miller and Trooper Kenny Sergent determined there was only one dead horse. Police said Miller confirmed through witness statements that the rest of the horses from the herd are accounted for. The case remained under investigation.


Weekend Checkpoint Leads to Drug Arrests

(JCSO) - On the night of Saturday, August, 23rd 2014 at 11:46PM Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies Byron Fairchild and David Pridemore were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on KY Route 321 at the mouth of Southside Lane in Paintsville. A 2011 Black Dodge 1500 drove up and the driver appeared to be impaired. The vehicle was stopped, and a standardized field sobriety test was conducted on the driver by Deputy Fairchild. The driver, who was identified as Elija Jones, age 33 of Mississippi, admitted to the deputies that he was under the influence of methamphetamine, and was operating on a suspended driver’s license. Jones gave the deputies consent to search the vehicle, where they discovered several syringes containing a clear fluid substance and a quantity of methamphetamine. Upon searching Jones’ person, it was found that he had two (2) bags of Crystal Methamphetamine and one (1) bag of Black Tar Heroin. Jones’ passengers, Lindsey McIntire age 23, and Nathan Ross, age 25, both of Ohio, were determined to be under the influence, and found to have syringes as well. All three subjects were charged and taken into custody. Jones was charged with 11 separate charges, including but not limited to: Driving Under the Influence, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine, and Possession of Heroin. McIntire and Ross were both charged with: Public Intoxication Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jones, McIntire, and Ross were all arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. This case is currently under investigation by Deputy Byron Fairchild. If you have knowledge of any illegal activity, please contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411. As always, you will remain anonymous.


Local State of Emergency Declared Following Flooding

Paintsville and Johnson County received heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours resulting in flooded roadways and residences, rock and mud slides, and damage to both public and private property. Many roadways have sustained damage throughout the county. Please travel with caution. Some of the roadways are still covered with debris. A local state of emergency was declared by both Judge Daniel and Mayor Porter at approximately 11:45pm last night. Damage assessment teams will be out in the communities today to survey damages. Citizens receiving residential damage or businesses with impacts to commercial properties or if anyone impacted by the storm is in need of additional assistance such as food or shelter, please contact Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Director, Gary McClure at 606-789-2260 or 606-789-4221 to report those damages and/or to request any additional assistance.


Police Checkpoint Leads to Meth Arrest

(JCSO) - On the night of Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at approximately 11:23PM Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies Byron Fairchild and David Pridemore were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on KY Rte. 321 at the mouth of Southside Lane in Paintsville. While conducting the checkpoint, a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Shelby Barnett (aka Burchett), age 23 of Lowmansville came through. When the vehicle came to a stop, Mrs. Barnett was asked for her driver’s license. While shining a flashlight into the vehicle, deputies observed an active Meth lab, lying in the floorboard of the back seat. Deputies stated the Meth Lab was bubbling and very active. Deputies also observed a strong chemical odor coming from the vehicle. Due to the presence of a potentially dangerous substance, the roadway had to be blocked. The Equinox remained on KY321 until the Meth Lab was disassembled by the Kentucky State Police DESI Unit. Meanwhile, all other traffic was routed safely around the scene. Barnett and her passenger James Baldwin, age 33 of Paintsville were taken into custody and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st. Baldwin, who was caught in weeks prior by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office with Methamphetamine, was out of jail on bond at the time, so he was additionally charged with Violation of Conditions of Release. Both subjects were arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. This case is currently under investigation by Deputy Byron Fairchild.


2 Martin County Fair Board Members Plead Guilty to Charges

Two Martin County Fair board members have pleaded guilty to misappropriating nearly $100,000 in funds. 59-year-old Charles Spence of Tomahawk, or and 47-year-old Robin Denise Spence, also of Tomahawk, plead guilty to several charges on Thursday in Martin Circuit Court. The missing money dates back as far as 2011. They were indicted on the charges earlier this year. Prosecutors recommend a 20 year sentence for Robin as part of the plea deal. Final sentencing will be in September.