Vehicle Hits Motorized Wheelchair in Paintsville, Kills Man
Police are investigating a fatal collision in Johnson County that occurred over the weekend. It happened on Saturday afternoon in Paintsville when 68-year-old Corvin Salyer of Paintsville drove his motorized wheelchair into the path of a vehicle on KY-321 near the Rite Aid. Salyer was pronounced dead at Paul B Hall Medical Center by Johnson County Coroner JR Frisby. The investigation is ongoing.
Accident Involving Vehicle & Motorcycle in Johnson County
The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a Sunday afternoon accident involving an SUV and a motorcycle. According to information, the accident happened around 5 PM in the Whitehouse community of Johnson Co. Initial reports indicate that a White Suburban went into the path of a motorcycle and caused the motorcycle to then go down about 20 – 30 feet an embankment. The operator of the motorcycle was reportedly seriously injured and following the rescue, was flown to an area Hospital. No word on the extent of those injuries. There has also been no word on any other injuries, but we hope to bring you further information once it becomes available. The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Crews Battle House Fire in Lawrence County
According to Lawrence Co Emergency Management officials, firefighters battled a house fire in Louisa on Saturday afternoon. The fire was reported just after 1:00 p.m. and located on Apple Hollow Road. Officials say no one was in the home at the time of the fire and firefighters worked for at least 2 hours until the fire was extinguished. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Lowmansville Fire Department.
Former Floyd County Sheriff Pleads Guilty to DUI
Former Floyd Co Sheriff John K. Blackburn pleaded guilty on July 8 to driving under the influence, his 2nd offense. In an agreement with the prosecutor, Blackburn’s plea to the DUI charge meant the other charges against him would be dismissed. Among those other charges that were dropped were 2nd degree wanton endangerment, 2nd degree disorderly conduct, and 3rd degree escape. According to Police reports, in September 2015, Blackburn twice allowed his vehicle to roll backwards, nearly striking a police cruiser and an officer standing behind it. Blackburn allegedly told officers “he had 24 years of law enforcement and that (they) did not know who (they were) messing with.” After being taken to a hospital complaining of chest pains, officers wrote that, while still under arrest, Blackburn left the hospital overnight before turning himself in the next morning. Court records also show that on recommendation of the prosecutor, Blackburn was sentenced to serve 14 days in jail for the DUI charge, which he will serve only on weekends in deference to a medical condition. Blackburn is due to return to Floyd Co District Court on July 29 for a review hearing.
One Killed in Perry County Crash
One person was killed Sunday afternoon on Kentucky Route 15 in Perry Co. According to reports, the crash happened around 2:15 p.m. near the old Fugate’s Entertainment Center in Perry Co. The Perry Co Sheriff’s Office say’s the driver of a Toyota Sedan, Jammie Napier, 21, was taken to the Hazard ARH emergency room where and pronounced deceased by the Perry Co. Coroner’s Office. A juvenile in the other vehicle, a Toyota SUV, was also taken to the emergency room, but thus far there has been no information on the juvenile’s condition.
Crews Clearing Land for New High School in Martin County
Another step closer to a new high school in Martin County. Crews with Hinkle Construction have been working at the future site of the new school, performing preparation work including mountaintop removal. The Mountain Citizen newspaper in Inez reports the Lexington-based company began clearing earlier this month, and are working to provide a solid rock base for the foundation of the school. If all goes as planned, concrete footers could begin being poured by late August.
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Applies to Build Solar Farm
The East Kentucky Power Cooperative is applying to build a 60-acre solar facility in Clark Co. The utility has filed its application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to install 32,000 photovoltaic panels on property next to its offices on U.S. Highway 60. Spokesman Kevin Osbourn says the 8.5 megawatt project could be completed by the end of next year if gains approval by the PSC. Funding for the $18 million project would come from New Clean Energy Renewable Energy Bonds with federal incentives to offset interest. The solar facility is part of the utility’s plan to diversify its power generation capabilities and to give customers a choice to buy renewable energy.
New “Pokemon” Game Causing a Stir
The following information comes from a FB post from Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price. Sheriff Price states, “Since the release of ‘Pokemon Go’ we (JCSO) have received several complaints of pedestrians walking in front of oncoming traffic and swerving into the wrong lane while driving vehicles. When we finally made contact with the person(s), in a few instances they did state they were playing the game and not paying attention. I can promise you that the game isn’t worth your life. We (JCSO) urge all citizens of Johnson County to be safe while driving/walking and to not be distracted by a game. Thanks and be safe! Sheriff Dwayne Price
Two Facing Drug Charges in Martin County
Two people were arrested on Wednesday in Martin County following a traffic stop that resulted in a DUI and drug charges. Arrested was Joshua Moore, 18 of Inez and Sasha Newsome, 26 of DeBoard. According to the arrest citation, Moore was pulled over by Deputy Evans with the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI, Poss of Marjuana, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess, No Reg Plates or Receipt and Failure to maintain Ins. 1st Off. Newsome was a passenger in Moore’s car and was also arrested. She was charged with Public Intoxication – Control Substance (Excludes Alcohol), 3 Counts of Poss. of Controlled Substance, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 2nd Off, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess. The arrest citation states that she admitted to Deputies that she had smoked Marijuana and took Xanax. Both Moore and Newsome were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Deputy Evans with the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this incident.
Bevin Administration Argues Patient Payments Could Save Two-Billion In Medicaid
Governor Bevin’s administration says Kentucky could save almost two-billion-dollars by having Medicaid patients pay for part of their care and thinning the care offered. Bevin’s team briefed the legislature’s Health and Welfare Committee yesterday. In addition to dropping dental and vision coverage, the governor wants to stop allergy testing. Critics say the cuts will reverse the gains in health care in the state.
Boyd County Voters To Decide On More Alcohol Sales
Voters in Boyd County will get their chance next month to go from moist to wet. The county is considering a plan to sell beer by the can and liquor by the bottle. The county already allows some restaurants to sell drinks by the glass. The vote is set for August 23rd.
Wednesday afternoon was certainly a Happy and Surprising Day for the Johnson Co. Senior Citizens Center, that’s because they were awarded $40,000 dollars’ thanks to a grant through the Walmart Corporation, called The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program. Read More
Deputies in Floyd County have wrapped up their investigation into an alleged illegal drug trafficking case that has been ongoing for several months. Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt says that deputies began an investigation into illegal drug trafficking allegations in the Lancer community after having received numerous tips on the sheriff’s office anonymous tip line. Read More
One Sentenced In Invasion and Murder Case
A Mingo County man will be headed to prison for at least 40 years and possibly for the rest of his life as part of a plea deal in a home-invasion murder case. William Messer admitted to taking part in the robbery and second-degree murder of Bud Crum nearly two years ago. Messer has agreed to testify against the other two charged in the home-invasion robbery and killing of the home owner. Authorities say the three were looking for prescription meds and money.
Paintsville Police Arrest Female on Several Charges
According to Paintsville Police Detective Jonathan Holbrook, on Monday afternoon around 1 PM, Det. Holbrook said he was on routine patrol when he noticed a female, who he knew had a warrant out for her arrest. Upon stopping the female to question her, she reportedly gave him a false name and then took off running. After a brief chase, Det. Holbrook placed the woman under arrest. Det. Holbrook said he found a syringe and crystal like substance, thought to be Meth, on the female. She was first taken to PBH Medical Center for decontamination and cleared, then transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The identity of the female is Leslie Whitaker, 30 of Thelma. Whitaker has been charged with Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on Foot), Resisting Arrest, Giving Officer False Name or Address, Poss Controlled Substance 1st Degree (1st Off – Drug Unspecified) and Serving Bench Warrant for Court. Det, Jonathan Holbrook is continuing to investigate this incident. Chief Bill Holbrook and Patrolman Shane Cantrell was also on scene during the arrest.
Former Mine Inspector Fined
A former state mine inspector who admitted to taking bribes is now facing a four-thousand-dollar fine. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission ordered the fine for Kelly Shortridge on Monday. Shortridge admitted he took money not to write tickets to a mine owned by former Democratic state Representative Keith Hall. In addition to the fine, a judge sentenced Shortridge to two years in prison. Hall got seven.
Body Found in Pike County
Railroad workers discovered a body in Pike County on Monday. Crews working for CSX found the body around 2PM in the Millard area. The coroner identified the man as 39-year-old Shannon Lee Robinson. Officials say the man may have been hit by a train. The body is being sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.
Truck Overturns in Floyd Co, Sends One to Hospital
According to reports, the westbound lanes of KY Route 80 in Floyd Co were closed for a time on Monday afternoon, following a truck accident. Police say witnesses told them the trucks rear tire blew out, causing the truck to swerve, then it flipped onto its side and into an embankment. The driver of the truck, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital with head injuries. Police describe the injuries as non-life threatening. The crash is under investigation.
The Paintsville City Council met on Monday evening. For full details of Monday’s meeting, click HERE.
The Johnson County Fiscal Court meeting was held on Monday afternoon. For full details of Monday’s fiscal court meeting, click HERE.
Report: Hazing Lead To Concussions On Rowan County Football Team
The superintendent and high school principal in Rowan County are facing charges in a new state report that they didn’t stop a hazing epidemic on the football team that led to more than a dozen player concussions. The state’s Office of Education Accountability issued the report earlier this month. It blames former coach Ray Graham, principal Ray Ginter and Rowan County Schools Superintendent Marvin Moore for not doing enough to stop the hazing. The report says upperclassmen tormented younger players and targeted them at practice and in the locker room.
Distracted Driving Blitz Underway
Kentucky State Police are cracking down on drivers who can’t put their phone down while on the road. Troopers are taking part in a six-state enforcement blitz to stop people from texting while driving, blaming the habit for many fender-benders. The campaign runs through Saturday in Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.