Morgan County Man Found Dead in Home
A Morgan County man has been found dead in his home. Police say the body of Randy Williams was found dead in the home on Dyer Branch Road on Thursday. Investigators say Williams suffered a gunshot wound and his death has been ruled murder. No arrests have yet been made as police are investigating what led to the shooting.
Veterans Meet in Floyd County to Discuss VA Medical Care
Veterans in the Big Sandy area came together this week in Floyd County in an effort to improve the quality of medical care with the Huntington VA Medical Center. Several veterans say they have received great care for years but have been disappointed with recent visits and are becoming concerned. Officials with the Huntington VA Medical Center were on hand to meet with the veterans face to face to discuss the matter. They plan to meet regularly to discuss any future issues that may arise.
Progress in Expansion of Mountain Parkway
Expansion and widening of the Mountain Parkway…it’s been spoken of for years and limited widening has been done. But in the next few weeks, construction is set to begin on a section of the road just west of Salyersville. New signs were unveiled this week on the parkway. State officials say the project is a main component of the SOAR initiative.
Pike County Man Charged with Kidnapping
A Pike County man is facing kidnapping charges. Police say they were told by a woman that 42-year-old Craig Slife was holding her against her will. He was arrested after trying to flea the scene. WYMT-TV reports he’s been charged with kidnapping, fleeing and evading police, and alcohol intoxication. The name of the female victim has not been released.
Appeals Court Upholds Conviction in Big Sandy Inmate Slaying
(AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a federal inmate in the death of a fellow prisoner at a prison in eastern Kentucky. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday concluded there was no basis for overturning 37-year-old Dwaune “Deuce” Gravely’s conviction. Gravely and 31-year-old Darryl “Beast” Milburne were sentenced to life in prison for the Nov. 12, 2006, assault and slaying of fellow inmate Shamoni Peterson at USP Big Sandy in Inez. Prosecutors say the two men beat and choked Peterson to death and covered his nose and mouth until he quit breathing. Both were transferred to ADX Florence, the supermax prison in Colorado, which holds the most dangerous inmates in the federal prison system. Milburne’s case is not part of the appeal.
Corvette Museum Sinkhole Repair Starts Next Month
(AP) - The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green says work will start in about three weeks to fill a massive sinkhole that opened up in February and allowed eight prized sports cars to topple inside. The project’s schedule calls for completion by July. The museum says six of the eight cars that fell into the hole last February are on display in the museum’s Skydome. The museum will move as many as possible into other public viewing areas after Nov. 9 until the Skydome reopens next summer. Video of the hole became an Internet hit, with cars toppling like toys. Museum officials considered keeping part of the hole open and putting a crumpled sports car back inside but said that idea lost favor because of safety feature and maintenance costs.
Kentucky Jobless Rate Falls to 6.7 Percent
(AP) - Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate in September dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training said Thursday the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent last month, down from 7.1 percent in August. It’s the lowest statewide jobless rate since July 2008, when the rate was 6.6 percent. Officials say last month’s decline was the biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976. The preliminary rate for September was 1.6 percentage points below the 8.3 percent jobless rate in September 2013. Officials say job gains occurred in a number of sectors last month, including leisure and hospitality, educational and health services, professional and business services and construction. They say employment in the government and mining sectors remained flat.
Wet/Dry Vote to be Held in Louisa
The Lawrence County Clerk’s Office has approved a petition for a wet/dry vote in Louisa. WSAZ-TV reports the petition needed 204 certified signatures to be filed, and they received just enough. An election will be held in December. This will be the first wet/dry election in Louisa. In the past Louisa couldn’t hold such an election due to it’s status as a class 5 Kentucky city.
Tutor Key Man Charged with DUI after Crash
A Johnson County man has been charged with DUI following a crash on Sunday morning. The crash happened just before 5AM on KY-321 at the bottom of Starfire Hill, just south of Paintsville. The vehicle appeared to have struck a ditch and flipped. The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Lyle Jason Preston of Tutor Key, failed a field sobriety test. Deputy Byron Fairchild with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says Preston smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. He was charged with DUI. He and a passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Rebecca Davis of Prestonsburg, were both taken to Paul B Hall Medical Center in Paintsville for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.
Property Tax Recall Filed in Johnson County
WKLW news has learned that a petition committee affidavit has been filed with the Johnson County Clerks office which means that a petition will likely be circulated to recall a portion of the proposed property tax increase by the Johnson County School Board. The increase as filed would increase the school property tax from 36.9 to 45.3 cents per hundred dollars evaluation which represent an increase of 8.4 cents or a percentage increase of 22.76%. It is expected that any petition would address the 5.7 cents or the “recallable nickel” as it’s referred to placed on the ballot for approval by the voters. The Johnson County Clerks office said that any petition related to the tax recall would have to be filed in their office by November 7th 2014 and have the required number of certified signatures to be valid.
Reports of Phone Scam in Floyd County
Some residents in Floyd County say have been receiving phone calls that are likely a scam. Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt says his office has received several complaints stating the callers are claiming to be with local or state court systems, and seeking money for outstanding debts. The callers are also reportedly telling victims that if they don’t pay immediately, they will be arrested. Sheriff Hunt says if you receive a call of this nature, hang up the phone and do not give out any of you information.
Wanted New York Man Arrested in Magoffin County
A man from New York was arrested Wednesday morning in Magoffin County. Police say they observed a vehicle driven by Mathew McIntosh swerving around on US-460 in Salyersville. They smelled alcohol inside his vehicle and the man reportedly gave police the wrong name. McIntosh is wanted in New York. He’s locally been charged with disorderly conduct and giving an officer a false name, among other charges.
Kentucky Given Grant to Watch Assistance Program
(AP) - Kentucky is receiving federal grant funds to help prevent misuse of a program to provide nutrition assistance. Seven states are sharing $5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants, with Kentucky receiving more than $1.1 million. The funds are to be used to help prevent trafficking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, formerly known as food stamps, for cash or other goods or services. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services and the Office of the Inspector General will administer the grant. The cabinet says about 390,000 households in Kentucky receive the benefits, known as SNAP, each month. To report trafficking or fraud in Kentucky, contact the OIG hotline at (800) 372-2970(800) 372-2970.
Paintsville City Council Meets
The Paintsville City Council met on Tuesday evening at the Paintsville Recreation Center. Topping the news from the meeting, several city streets in Paintsville will be resurfaced. WKLW’s Don Goble was present and has full details of the meeting available by clicking HERE.
Latest on Johnson County Animal Shelter Project
The Johnson County Animal Shelter Project was discussed during Monday afternoon’s Johnson County Fiscal Court meeting. Officials say they are still trying to obtain land to build an animal shelter here in Johnson County but Judge Daniel says every time they think they have it, something comes up. When the county attorney was looking into a recent proposed location, he found there was a lien on the side. The owners now say they have taken care of that. Daniel says they are waiting on the release of the lien on the property in an effort to proceed.
UPDATE: Monday Lockdown at Sheldon Clark High School
School officials say they have identified the student responsible for causing a lockdown on Monday morning at Sheldon Clark High School in Inez. School officials say a bullet was found in a boys bathroom, but a police investigation determined this was a decorative piece and not a live round, causing the lockdown to be lifted around 10AM. Martin County Schools Superintendent Steve Meadows says he thinks the bullet was placed with intent to be found and cause panic. The name of the student responsible has not been released. There’s no word on the student’s punishment.
First Business of Pikeville Commons Opens
The first business of a new shopping center has opened in Pikeville. Pikeville Commons on Thompson Drive is a project in which several nationally known chains will build in Pikeville. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the opening of Hobby Lobby on Monday. Nearly twenty more businesses are expected to be opening in the new shopping center.
4 Arrested Following Meth Lab Busts in Carter County
Two meth lab busts in three days…Officials with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office say the busts have resulted in four people arrested. Those four include William Adkins, Cody Slone, and Traci Moore (all of Olive Hill), and Brian Elliott of Grayson. All four have been lodged in the Carter County Detention Center.
Johnson County Fiscal Court Meets
The Johnson County Fiscal Court met on Monday afternoon. Among many items on the agenda, Trick or Treat was set for Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. for both Paintsville and Johnson County. WKLW’s Don Goble was present at the meeting and has full details of the meeting available by clicking HERE.