Police Searching for Man Indicted in Floyd County Robberies

Police in Floyd County are looking for a suspect after home robberies in the area. Officials say one man, 22-year-old Tanner Spears, is now behind bars and the search is on for another man, 23-year-old Johnathan Weddington. Both men were indicted on robbery charges, along with kidnapping and theft. Spears is now behind bars. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnathan Weddington is asked to call 433-7711.

Boyd County Man Accused of Holding Boy Against His Will

A Boyd County man has been arrested after being accused of holding a boy against his will. Ermel Copley is reportedly accused of luring an 11-year-old boy onto his porch, holding him against his will, and making sexual advances toward the child. Copley has been arrested. No other information has been made available at this time.

2 Injured Following Crash in Wayne County, WV

A three-vehicle crash involving a police cruiser sent four people to the hospital on Monday night in Wayne County, WV. It happened in downtown Ceredo at the intersection of US-60 and Main Street. Officials say of the four people injured, two of those are critically injured. The police officer involved sustained minor injuries. The roadway was closed for a period of time but has since reopened.

Judge Rejects Coal Firm’s Settlement with State

(AP) - A judge has rejected a settlement between the state of Kentucky and a coal mining company over water quality monitoring violations from several years ago. Frasure Creek Mining was accused of falsifying reports on water discharges from its eastern Kentucky mining operations, which are required by law. In December 2010, state officials reached a $310,000 proposed settlement with the company, but environmental groups argued that the fines were not high enough. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd later allowed the groups to intervene in the case. On Monday, Shepherd rejected the proposed settlement, writing in a ruling that it “fails to impose penalties that would deter this conduct.” The same environmental groups filed another court motion earlier this month against Frasure Creek, alleging the company had resumed filing false reports.

High Winds Lead to Power Outages

High winds have caused a few power outages around the area Monday afternoon. Kentucky Power has reported a few outages in Johnson and Lawrence counties. Emergency management crews in Lawrence County say a downed power line started a small brush fire off Pocahontas Road in Louisa. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say isolated wind gusts of over 50 MPH were reported Monday afternoon. A Wind Advisory was in effect.

Six Arrested in Drug Raid at Floyd County Home

Six people have been arrested in Floyd County at a drug raid in a home just north of Prestonsburg. Sheriff’s deputies in Floyd County say this was the result of a joint investigation with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies went to a home on KY-321 looking for 22-year-old Dustin Pennington, 23-year-old John Pennington, and 49-year-old Tammy Pennington. All three were arrested, but three other people-28-year-old Alicia Hill, 30-year-old Lavanna Tackett, and 37-year-old Troy Tackett were also arrested.

Pike County Man Charged with Rape

A Pike County man has been arrested after being accused of rape. Police say 33-year-old Mark T Smith of Kimper has been arrested. They received a complaint of the raping at the Landmark Inn on Sunday morning. Smith was arrested following an investigation.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Conducting November Drug Roundup

Officials with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are conducting their November drug roundup. Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price says “We always offer help to first time offenders that want help in getting clean and staying clean. Many have come a long way and we are proud of the citizens they have become.” Sheriff’s deputies are looking for twelve people this month. View the list: Read More

Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle in Paintsville

A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a car on Wednesday evening in Paintsville. It happened on KY-321 near the Walmart intersection. Paintsville Police say a woman was trying to cross the road and didn’t see the oncoming vehicle. That woman, whose name has not been released, hit the windshield of the vehicle and was thrown several feet onto the pavement. She suffered head injuries and was airlifted to the hospital. The accident remains under investigation.

Explosion Closes US-23 in Lawrence County

Emergency management crews closed US-23 in Lawrence County early Thursday morning after an explosion at a Kentucky Power substation. Crews say the road was closed as a precaution after the explosion near Louisa around 12:30AM. No one was injured and no power outages were reported. There’s no word on what led to the explosion.

W.R. Castle Elementary Receives National Honor

Many schools in our region have reached a high level of academic achievement in recent years, but none have experienced long-term success like one rural school in Johnson County - W. R. Castle Memorial Elementary. The Kentucky Department of Education has already recognized W.R. Castle as a School of Distinction with an accountability index that has climbed to the 99th percentile statewide. It is the only school east of I-75, and one of only four in the entire state to have achieved this feat for three consecutive years. Read More