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Rockslide Work Continues Along US-23 in Ivel

Work continues along the rockcliff in Ivel where a short stretch of US-23 remains down to one lane in each direction. Transportation officials say the final phase of the project is now underway. A rockfall barrier fence will soon be installed. One lane of the northbound lanes is expected to open in September, and all four lanes are expected to be open in October.

 

Restaurant Bringing Over 100 Jobs to Pikeville

A job fair was held this week for the new Golden Corral coming to Pikeville in the near future. Dozens of people showed up to apply for jobs and another job fair could be held soon. No restaurant experience is required to be hired. The restaurant expects to employ over one-hundred people.

Benefit Car & Bike Show to be Held on Saturday in Paintsville

A car and bike show will be held on Saturday in Paintsville to help a family with funeral expenses for a Johnson County man who died in a crash last month. The show will be held in the parking lot of the Grandview Outlet, near Central Elementary School on Euclid Avenue. All funds raised will go to family of 23-year-old Shane Auxier, who died last month in a crash. Brother’s Guardians is hosting the event and say they’re helping with funeral expenses and a tombstone for Auxier. Registration for the car and bike show is $10 and will begin at 4PM on Saturday.

Vandalism Reported at Van Lear Historical Society

Vandalism continues to be a problem in Van Lear. Workers with the Van Lear Historical Society and Coal Miners Museum took to social media after vandals struck this past weekend. Now they say they’re installing security cameras in Rucker Park in an effort to prevent this in the future. The historical society is planning a half marathon and 5K next month, and their annual haunted house is coming up in October.

 

Pike Co Deputies Arrest Three following Criminal Complaint

Deputies in Pike Co arrested 3 men on Monday, following an incident at the Walmart store in South Williamson. Officers were responding to a criminal complaint regarding a man vandalizing items at the store which led them to a car with three men. Police said they found stolen tools inside the car that were taken from Auto Zone. Gregory Fields was charged with criminal mischief and shoplifting, Patrick New was charged with shoplifting and several other driving offenses and Danny Dotson, who was also in the car was arrested on a federal warrant.

 

Boyd Co Votes No to Going Wet

Voters voiced a resounding no Tuesday to expanding alcohol sales in Boyd Co. Advocates had started a petition and got enough signatures to hold a special election, but the status quo ended up winning out. 58 percent of the turnout voted no, and 42 percent voted yes. Alcohol sales are legal at certain places in Ashland. This ballot would’ve opened the door for alcohol to be purchased at gas stations and convenience stores across all of Boyd County. Officials say results should be certified within three days. It’ll be three years before this issue can be put back on the ballot.

 

Fatal Crash in Prestonsburg

A fatal crash in Prestonsburg left a busy intersection closed for several hours on Tuesday. It happened on KY-114 at the Prestonsburg Villiage intersection – also known as Walmart Hill in Prestonsburg. 89-year-old Myrtle C Chaffins died in the crash. Another driver, a 73-year-old man, had to be taken to the hospital but is expected to be OK. The roadway has reopened. We will have more information as it becomes available.

 

One Dead in Rowan Co Shooting

Kentucky State Police in Rowan Co. are investigating a fatal shooting that happened Tuesday on Brown Ridge Road near Adkins Road in Morehead. Police say at least one person is confirmed dead in a shooting that reportedly stemmed from a domestic dispute. Reports indicate that a father shot his daughter’s boyfriend after two altercations at the father’s home. Police report they were to this location after one altercation, but the boyfriend ran off before police arrived. A short time later Police said the boyfriend returned and that is when the shooting took place. Police found the man’s body outside in a field. No other information has been released and the KSP is continuing to investigate.

 

Lawrence Co Medical Practice, Employees Charged with Medicaid Fraud Appear in Court

A medical practice in Lawrence Co. and some of its providers have been indicted on charges of Medicaid fraud and forgery of prescriptions. Attorney General Andy Beshear says Tri-State Family Medical Center in Lawrence Co. is the focus of the investigation. Dr. Alfred Baldera, 63, Janice Gauze, 47, and Kevin Gauze, 47, all entered not guilty pleas Tuesday morning before a Lawrence Co judge. Facing up to 20 years, Baldera is charged with four Class D felonies including two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of forgery of a prescription and two counts related to unlawful prescribing of controlled substances. Kevin Gauze also faces up to 20 years, charged with five Class D felonies including two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of forgery of a prescription, two counts related to unlawful prescribing controlled substances and one count related to unauthorized procurement of controlled substances. Janice Gauze faces up to five years for one Class D felony related to unauthorized procurement of controlled substances. Tri-State Family Medical Center LLC faces up to $20,000 in fines for two counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of forgery of a prescription. Pretrial hearings for all three suspects have been set at 11 a.m. Dec. 9.

 

Local Church Honors Law Enforcement & Firefighters

Local law enforcement and firefighters were honored during Sunday morning’s service at Paintsville First United Methodist Church. The church held a Prayer Coin Recognition Day. Each official in attendance was presented with a prayer coin and was served dinner in the Family Life Center. Read More

 

Over $3,000 in School Supplies Given to Floyd County Students

School officials in Floyd County are thanking the Prestonsburg Walmart store for their efforts to collect school supplies in the annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign. Over $3,000 worth of school supplies were donated to the Floyd County Board of Education through the campaign, and the Prestonsburg Walmart contributed an additional $1,000 to the students. Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr Henry Webb says he appreciates “amazing community partners like Brad [store manager] and Walmart.”

 

Flat Gap Elementary School Vandalized

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies need your help in finding who is responsible for vandalism at the Flat Gap Elementary School. When school officials turned on the lights on Monday morning, it wasn’t a pleasant sight. They found paint splattered, books scattered, toilet paper strung out and writing on desks. It is not known how anyone made it into the building, but it doesn’t appear anything was stolen.

 

Animals in Martin County Shelter Finding Better Homes

An update on a story we brought you last month – animals in the animal shelter in Martin County were forced to find new homes fast after toxic mold was discovered in the building. Now, WYMT-TV reports 17 cats have been moved to a healthier home and most all of the dogs have been moved to kennels far from the building. If you’d like to adopt one of these pets, contract volunteers with Stray Hearts Animal Rescue. They can be reached on Facebook.

 

Two Females Missing from Sunrise Residential Care in Morehead

According to a news release from the KSP, on Thursday, August 18th, Post 8 in Morehead received information about two juveniles that walked away from Sunrise Residential Care in Morehead. The two juveniles are Breanna Gregory, 17 of Kenton Co, last seen wearing a blue shirt with gray pants and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and Layla Hood, 15, of Powell Co. last seen wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt and black leggings. KSP ask that is anyone with information on the whereabouts of these juveniles are asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 8 at 606-784-4127.

 

Judge Rules to Allow Wet Vote in Boyd Co, Tuesday

A Kentucky judge ruled Monday morning in favor of allowing Boyd Co to continue with a vote on the expansion of alcohol sales in the county. Judge David Hagerman ruled Monday for the county to continue with the election today (Tuesday, 8-23-2016). A petition had been filed with Boyd Co. Clerk Debbie Jones on June 13 to hold a vote to legalize alcohol sales countywide. A total of 4,294 signatures was filed, only a 2,325 was required. The city of Ashland, along with community member and Pastor Charles Shields, filed motions for a restraining order last week to halt the vote, as well as a complaint and petition for declaration of rights and injunction. Judge Hagerman’s ruling came down during a special hearing on Monday. Now voters in all 46 precincts will cast their votes whether to lift the county from ‘moist’ to wet status.

 

Grand Jury Indicts 6 for Lee Co Murders

A Lee Co grand jury returned indictments for 6 (six) people in connection with the murders of Billy Roark and James Robert Brown. Wesley Johnson, Anthony Taylor, Kasandra White, Kevin Kendall, Raigan Griffin and Jay Shoemaker were indicted Friday on charges ranging from tampering with evidence to kidnapping to murder. It’s important to note that an indictment is an accusation only. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

* Count I: Anthony Taylor & Kassandra White – Murder of James Robert Brown.

* Count II: Anthony Taylor – Murder of Billy Roark.

* Count III: Wesley Johnson Kassandra White, Kevin Kendall, Raigan Griffin & Jay Shoemaker – Complicity to Billy Roark’s murder

* Count IV: Kevin Kandall – Complicity to James Robert Brown’s murder

* Count V: Anthony Taylor – Attempted murder of Wesley Johnson

* Count VI: Anthony Taylor, Kassandra White & Kevin Kendall – Kidnapping James Robert Brown

* Count VII: Anthony Taylor & Kevin Kendall – Tampering with evidence

 

Judge to Issue Ruling in Retirement Case Tuesday

The Kentucky Retirement Systems will decide how to invest millions of dollars in public money on the same day a state judge is expected to rule on whether the new board appointed by the governor that controls those investments has the authority to act. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd says he plans to issue a ruling in the case on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the retirement system’s investment committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to decide how to invest tens of millions of dollars. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin abolished the retirement systems board earlier this year and replaced it with a new board. Thomas Elliott, the chairman of the old board, and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued saying Bevin’s order was illegal.

 

Education Officials find over 200 Violations on State Tests

Kentucky education officials have determined that 241 testing violations occurred on required statewide tests for the 2014-15 school year. Citing records obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that violations were made on tests including the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress and the ACT. Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez says most violations involved procedural errors instead of intentional efforts to cheat. Investigators found that students in the Anchorage Independent Schools district were allowed to use dictionaries during tests. In Grant County, investigators determined that a teacher let students use protractors, which aren’t allowed during testing. As a result of the investigation, officials lowered the tests scores of dozens of students. About 216 educators are required to have extra training.

 

KSP Investigating Armed Robbery in Pike County

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, inthe late evening hours of Thursday, August 18, 2016, Post 9 Pikeville received a 911 call of a robbery at the Phelps Jo Mart in Pike County. Troopers responded to the scene and determined that an unknown male entered the business armed with a firearm. The male brandished the weapon and demanded money. The clerk retrieved an undisclosed amount of cash, and gave it to the male before he fled the scene on foot. The male was described as wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and a mask covering his face.   The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case, and can call the Kentucky State Police Post 09 at (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Kevin Newsome.

 

KSP make Arrest in a Murder Investigation

In a separate news release from the KSP in Morehead, investigators made an arrest in a murder investigation. Troopers arrested Carla S. Hunt, age 31, of Owingsville, Kentucky at 1:23 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016 in Bath Co. Hunt was arrested connection to the Murders of Brandy N. Davidson and Devin J Payton. Hunt is charged with Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence and was lodged in the Montgomery County Detention Center in Mt Sterling, Kentucky and later transported to Three Forks Regional Detention Center in Beattyville, Kentucky. Two other suspects were arrested a few weeks back. Devante L. Hall, age 24 of Dayton, Ohio was apprehended by authorities in Montgomery Co., Ohio and Eugene Edward Wade Jr., age 28, of Shelbyville, Kentucky was arrested by Kentucky State Police in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. He is charged with two counts of Murder, Wanton Endangerment, and two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence and lodged in the Three Forks Regional Detention Center in Beattyville, Kentucky.

 

Two Men Arrested after Active Meth Lab Found in Home

Two men are in jail after police say an active meth lab was found at their home. Kentucky State Police responded to a complaint Saturday night that Brian and Teddy Potter were making meth at their home on Billy Lewis Hollow in Whitesburg. When they arrived, police say the smell of the chemical fumes coming from the home was so strong they were unable to go inside. Investigators say they then removed an active meth lab from the home. They say both Brian, 29, and Teddy, 30, admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine. Brian and Teddy Potter were arrested and booked in the Letcher Co Jail.

 

Six People Injured in a Perry Co Crash

At least 6 people were injured and transported to the Hospital following a crash in Perry Co. Kentucky State Police said Kentucky 15 in Perry Co. was shut down for 3 hours Saturday evening after the head on crash, which happened near the old Fugate’s Entertainment business. No deaths were reported and there is no word yet on what caused the crash. The investigation continues.

 

Man Facing Several Charges after High Speed Chase Man in Boyd Co

A Boyd Co man is facing several charges after leading deputies on a high speed chase Friday evening. According to the Boyd Co Sheriff’s Office, deputies observed Jeffrey Hurn, 48, driving recklessly just after 11 p.m. Friday. Deputies say he was at the intersection of Shopes Creek Road and Midland Trail in the Cannonsburg area. Hurn allegedly failed to pull over when deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop. He then led deputies on a high speed pursuit from Shopes Creek Road all the way to the Shell service station on State Route 180.

During the chase, deputies say Hurn committed several more traffic offenses, including attempting to run the deputies off the road with his car. The suspect’s car eventually ran out of gas and deputies arrested him. Deputies say Hurn resisted arrest but was quickly subdued. Deputies say Hurn had active arrest warrants in Kentucky for absconding, parole violations and possession of dangerous drugs. Hurn is now facing several new charges: Reckless driving, disregarding a traffic control device, attempted assault on a police officer in the 3rd degree, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, failure to wear a seat belt, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle, possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of methadone and possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree. He was lodged in the Boyd Co Detention Center pending court proceedings.

 

Floyd Co. Atty. Eric Conn Appeared in Court Friday

Floyd Co. Attorney Eric Conn was back in court Friday. Conn was fined $1,000 for his failure to comply with prior court orders to answer the question whether he has malpractice insurance. Conn, along with retired administrative law Judge David Daugherty, and Pike Co Dr. Alfred Bradley Adkins, were all accused of fraudulently getting millions of dollars from Social Security claims, a claim Conn and the others have denied. There is another hearing set for Sept 2 at 1 p.m. on a motion to certify the case as a class action. Officials say anyone that was affected is welcome to attend.

 

Officials Hopeful Stretch of US 23 in Ivel will open in October

A stretch of US 23 in Floyd Co that is down to two lanes will hopefully soon be back to four. Officials closed the two lanes of US 23 in Ivel months ago after a rock fall. On Friday, State highway officials approved a plan to finish the rockfall repairs in Ivel. The final phase will start this week with crews scaling the hillside removing the remaining rock and other material. After that, they will put up a rockfall barrier fence, on the mountain next to the highway. “It’s important that once we’re completed here we have a strong degree of confidence in the safety of what’s remaining and this rockfall fence will provide that,” Darold Slone, the engineering branch manager said. Officials expect work to finish the first week of October. While crews are working there may be traffic changes. This phase of the project will cost nearly $275,000.

 


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