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Fatal Crash in Louisa

Authorities in Lawrence County responded to the scene of a fatal crash on Sunday afternoon. It happened in Louisa near the intersection of US-23 and KY-3. Officials say a semi and car were involved. One person died and another seriously injured in a West Virginia hospital.

 

One Person Dies following a Logging Accident in Lawrence Co

According to Officials in Lawrence Co., the victim of a logging accident on Friday morning, passed away. Lawrence Co Emergency Management says the person died late Friday afternoon after the accident on the Left Fork of Cains Creek Road just west of Blaine earlier that morning. According to a release, the person was cutting a tree and when it fell, it hit another tree causing limbs to fall and hit the person. The name of the victim hasn’t been released.

 

Burglary Arrest after Suspect caught on Camera Stealing from Laundromat

A suspect has been arrested for allegedly stealing merchandise from a laundromat Saturday in Martin Co. According to the Martin Co Sheriff’s Dept., they report that Rush Fletcher, 47 of Inez was seen on surveillance stealing from Cardinal Laundry on Thursday, Feb 23. Deputies report they got a warrant for Fletcher’s arrest and searched the home of another man Jerald Castle of Debord, Ky. While at that home, Deputies say they determined that Castle was involved with drug trafficking and was charged with receiving stolen property under $500, possession of marijuana and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Fletcher was charged with second-degree burglary. Both men are currently being held at the Big Sandy Detention Center.

 

Martin Co. Man Arrested for firing several Gunshots at a Housing Complex

In a separate news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Dept., a man was arrested Saturday afternoon after firing off several gun shots at a residential housing community. Deputies said Brandon L. Puckett, 25, allegedly fired three shots at the Dempsey Housing Complex around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Sheriff John Kirk and Deputies said they found Puckett hiding inside an apartment closet. They also found a loaded handgun inside the closet and several shell casings at the housing complex. Puckett was arrested and was charged with wanton endangerment. He was lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

 

Two Eastern Kentucky Banks Plan Merger

Two historic Eastern Kentucky banks announced plans to merge. Officials with First Commonwealth Bank and First Guaranty Bank made the joint announcement of a definitive agreement and plan of merger. President and CEO of First Commonwealth Bank; Greg Wilson, says the merger will join together two strong community banks that will allow them to better serve the region. The merger creates total combined assets of nearly 350-million-dollars. Though both banks have approved, the union is still subject to regulatory approval. It is anticipated that the merger of the banks could occur as early as the second quarter of this year.

 

Former Prestonsburg Mayor Indicted on Misuse of Funding

An indictment filed this week accuses former Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin of spending city funding on a football team. WYMT-TV reports the money in question was reportedly for the benefit of the Eastern Kentucky Drillers, a semi-professional football team Fannin not only invested in, but also played for. The accusations date back to 2015 when the state auditor accused Fannin of misusing city funding.

 

Floyd County Man Arrested for Setting Wildfires

A Floyd County man has been arrested after allegedly setting wildfires in the area. 36-year-old Johnathan Shepherd of David reportedly set fires along KY-1210 in Floyd County. The fires spaned 271 acres. He’s been lodged in the Floyd County Jail on charges of wanton endangerment and two counts willingly setting a fire.

 

Greenhouse To Bring Jobs to Area

Construction is expected to begin this summer on a greenhouse in Pikeville that is expected to create 140 new jobs. Governor Bevin made the announcement this week for AppHarvest greenhouse who is planning on building the facility on a former coal mine site. Fresh vegetables will be grown year round in the 2 million-square-foot greenhouse.

 

Possible Self-Defense Shooting

No charges are currently filed in a possible self-defense shooting in Carter County. WKYT-TV is reporting that the incident happened yesterday at a home on U.S. 60 in Olive Hill. The injured person was airlifted for treatment.

 

Deadly Crash In Laurel County

Authorities in Laurel County are trying to determine the identity of a person who was killed in a crash outside of London. Police say the accident happened yesterday afternoon on KY 472. The driver left the roadway on a curve, hit a tree and the vehicle caught on fire.

 

Kentucky Senate Okays License Rollback Plan

A criminal record may soon not automatically disqualify someone from cutting hair or becoming a nurse in Kentucky. The state’s senate yesterday approved a plan to allow some people with felony convictions to get certain jobs that require a state license. Supporter say the new law would make it easier for people to get their lives back on track.

 

Robbery at Floyd County Restaurant

Shots were fired in a robbery at a Floyd County business on Tuesday afternoon. It happened at the Zippy’s Pizza in Betsy Layne. An employee at the restaurant told WYMT-TV a man busted the register and ran outside – then a woman came in and got the money. Moments after shots were reportedly fired in the parking lot. Christian Lyons and Davonna Wallen were reportedly arrested on robbery and drug charges. They were taken to the Floyd County Detention Center.

 

Forest Fires Reported in Floyd County

Those travelling through Floyd County on Tuesday afternoon noticed several forest fires burning in the Prestonsburg area. Smoke from at least three of them could be seen along the US-23 corridor. Crews have reportedly been working hard in an effort to keep the fires from impacting power lines. The public is reminded a statewide burning ban remains in effect during daylight hours for the next several weeks.

 

Five Facing Charges in Undercover Investigation

Five people are facing prostitution charges following an undercover investigation by Ashland Police. WSAZ-TV reports detectives posted a personal ad online and a meeting was arraigned – and when the respondent arrived, they were met by a detective. The five people arrested reportedly face misdemeanor charges.

 

Fire Destroys Home Outside of Louisa

According to officials in Lawrence Co. a fire destroyed a home along Red Branch Road around 3:45 a.m. Monday morning. Reports say when fire crews arrived at the scene, the home was already engulfed in flames. Lawrence Co 911 dispatchers say the home was occupied, but no one was injured. Fire officials are working to identify what sparked the fire.


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