Drug Bust in Johnson County
Six people were arrested in a Thursday morning drug bust in Johnson County. Deputies had a list of ten people who have been indicted by a grand jury and eight of the ten have been accounted for, two of which were brought in from other counties. Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price says roundups like Thursday’s will continue each month in the county. The names of those accounted for on Thursday include James Fredrick Blanton, Brandon Bolden, Brandie Gibson, Charlene Flannery Hensley, Mary Shaina Kestner, John F King, Jr., Melissa A Tackett, and Michael Walters.
US 23 in Lawrence County to be Closed on Sunday Morning
A portion of US-23 in Lawrence County will be closed for periods of time on Sunday morning for power crews to perform work. Kentucky Power will be removing power lines from over the roadway, which will require closing the road during each removal, estimated to take about 15 minutes each time. Officials say the road will open between the removal of each power line to allow traffic to flow through. The closure will be at the intersection of US-23 and KY-32 in Louisa. In the event of rain, the work will be rescheduled to next Sunday morning.
Man Arrested for Exposing Himself at Prestonsburg Walmart
Prestonsburg Police say a man was arrested earlier this week after exposing himself in the parking lot of Prestonsburg Walmart. 52-year-old Larry Orosz of Perry County was arrested on Monday. He was reportedly exposing himself to two women in the parking lot and wearing a woman’s thong that was too small. WYMT reports he was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent charges, but pleaded not guilty to those charges in court on Wednesday.
Prestonsburg Police Looking for Gas Station Robber
Police in Prestonsburg are looking for a man they say robbed the Marathon station on US-23 beside Bull Creek Trade Center. It happened on Sunday morning before 4AM. The man reportedly brandished a weapon and got away with several hundred dollars, but no one was hurt. Witnesses say the man was well over 6′ tall. If you have any information, you are urged to contact Prestonsburg Police. A reward is being offered.
UPDATE: Fatal Crash on Mountain Parkway
An update on a story we brought you earlier this week…an accident on the Mountain Parkway in Magoffin County has taken a woman’s life. We now know the name of those involved in the accident. 34-year-old Christy Mullins died as a result of the accident. Merion Phillips of West Liberty was in the other vehicle involved in the crash, and is in critical condition at Pikeville Medical Center. The accident occurred about two miles west of Salyersville on Monday morning.
Johnson County Fiscal Court Meets
The Johnson County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Monday afternoon. For full details of the meeting, click HERE.
Troopers: Drivers using unfinished road
(AP) - Kentucky State Police troopers in eastern Kentucky say some drivers are using the new US 460 in Pike County before construction on the road is complete. Lt. Jennifer Sandlin told WYMT-TV in Hazard that the road is marked as closed, but signs and construction barrels aren’t enough to keep some motorists away. The new highway creates a quicker route between areas toward Elkhorn City and US 23 in Pikeville. Officials say they understand folks are anxious to use the new road but until it is officially open to traffic it is a huge safety risk because of a lack of markings and guard rails. Sandlin says troopers have already written more than 100 tickets. Officials expect the road to open between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Two Injured in Morgan County Crash
A crash in Morgan County on Monday has left two people injured. It happened near the West Liberty exit on the Mountain Parkway. 61-year-old Brenda Boyd and 59-year-old Dudley Stafford were taken to the hospital. Boyd had to be taken to UK Hospital in Lexington, but she reportedly has non-life threatening injuries. Officials say Boyd was attempting to pass a car when she crashed into Stafford’s car.
Apartment Fire in Catlettsburg
Everyone is okay after an apartment fire this morning in Catlettsburg. It happened around 7AM on 26th Street. Everyone made it out of the building and were treated for minor smoke inhalation. The building was heavily damaged by the fire. Officials believe a cigarette started the blaze.
3 Arrested after Deputies find Marijuana in Home
Three people are facing drug charges after deputies in Johnson County say they were growing and smoking marijuana in a house with children inside. It happened on Sunday at a home on Route 40 in Staffordsville. Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild says when he entered the home he smelled the marijuana. 4 plants were found growing in a closet in the home. Shalious Hall, Elizabeth G Lemaster, and Kyle B Lemaster all admitted to smoking marijuana in the home where 2 juveniles were sleeping. All three subjects are facing several drug charges and are being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville. The Department of Social Services has taken custody of the children.
Attempted Church Burglary ends with Arrests
Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies received a tip on Saturday night regarding two men acting suspicious at the East Side Freewill Baptist Church in Thelma, possibly attempting to break in. When Deputy Byron Fairchild arrived he found Constable Bob Hyden and several community members on the scene to help. The two men fled the scene on foot but the Chevy Trailblazer they left behind helped officials to identify the two men. Their names have not yet been released but we’re told they’ve been charged with criminal mischief and attempted theft by unlawful taking.