Johnson County Animal Shelter to Open in 40 Days

Less than 40 days away from a goal becoming a reality. Whiskers or Wags: The Johnson County Animal Shelter Project says the shelter is set to open in less than 40 days. Organizers met at the Paintsville Recreation Center on Thursday evening to discuss the needs to get the doors open once and for all. W.O.W. President Lisa Trusty expresses her appreciation to county officials for working to get contracts signed, kennels purchased and gravel poured. An April fundraiser at the Paintsville Country Club was a huge success for the organization, which says they are at the point where they simply need donations to begin operating the shelter. Read More

Fatal Plane Crash in Perry County

A Thursday evening plane crash in Perry County has left at least one person dead. No names have been released but we’re told the coroner has confirmed that a death occurred when the small plane crashed near the Wendell Ford Airport in Lost Creek. Crews continue to investigate. We’ll have more on this story as information becomes available.

Inmate of Little Sandy Correctional Complex Dies

An inmate of the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Sandy Hook has died. Police say 35-year-old Justin Hilbert was assaulted at the facility by another inmate last week. Hilbert was taken to the hospital. We’re now being told he has died. No other details have been released at this time.

Transportation Cabinet Reviews Alternatives for Parkway Expansion

Based on positive feedback from a recent public meeting, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will carry forward its preliminary evaluation of a cross-country corridor for extending the Mountain Parkway from Salyersville to Prestonsburg. Read More

State Police Participating in Multi-State Enforcement Initiative

The Kentucky State Police is participating in a combined enforcement effort with other state police agencies to target seatbelt use and proper child safety seat use. This combined initiative, known as the 6-State Trooper Project, runs from Monday, May 18, through Monday, May 25. In addition to the Kentucky State Police, other participating agencies will be the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police, Indiana State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Michigan State Police.

11-month-old baby found crawling in road during rainstorm

(AP) - An 11-month-old baby has been found crawling in the road during a rainstorm in eastern Kentucky. WYMT-TV reports Bryan Hall and his friend Melissa Hall say they were driving in Floyd County on Monday afternoon when they spotted the baby crawling alone in the middle of the road. Both say the child was soaking wet and dirty. Paramedics took the baby to the hospital to be checked out, but police say the boy had no significant injuries. Police arrested the boy’s grandmother, 48-year-old Tammy Cooper, and charged her with second-degree wanton endangerment. Police say Social Services is involved, but would not reveal who is now taking care of the baby.

Rockcastle County crash kills 2, closes southbound I-75

(AP) - Kentucky State Police in central Kentucky have identified one of two people who died in a crash that shut down southbound Interstate 75. Police say six 18-wheelers and a passenger car were involved in the crash Tuesday afternoon around mile marker 71 in northern Rockcastle County. Officer Steven Douglas of state police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement said the passenger car driver who was pronounced dead on the scene was 34-year-old Jonathan D. Roark of Barbourville.

Martin County Fire Injures Two

Two people have been injured and a trailer has been destroyed by a fire in Martin County. It happened on Sunday morning in Warfield at the Ward’s Trailer Court, according to 911 officials. We’re told a woman and her baby sustained burns in the blaze. There’s no word on what started the fire.

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