Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Pike County
State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Tuesday morning in Pike County. The preliminary investigation indicates that 24-year-old Jerry Leedy was traveling West on KY Route 194E in the Kimper community of Pike County. Leedy lost control of his Ford F-150 pick-up, crossed into the East bound lane, and collided with a commercial vehicle owned by NJL Trucking. Leedy and one passenger were both transported from the scene to Pikeville Medical Center before being flown to UK Medical Center. Leeby was later pronounced dead. Evidence at the scene indicates Leedy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision; alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Vehicle Looses Control Along Main Street
A few scary moments in Downtown Paintsville on Wednesday afternoon. A driver lost control of her vehicle along Main Street and quickly drove down the sidewalk. Three vehicles parked alongside the road were hit and a business window shattered. The driver reportedly refused treatment but told officials she didn’t know what happened. No one was reportedly injured.
Laurel County Teen Missing Since Monday
The search continues for a Laurel County teen missing since Monday. Authorities there say 15-year-old Briana Rhodes was last seen leaving her home near London. She is described as five-foot-six, 106 pounds, with long brown hair. She was wearing a gray shirt and dark blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office.
Annual KSP Food Drive Underway
The annual Kentucky State Police food drive is underway. The 7th annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive runs through December 12th at all state police post locations. The drive collected over 246-thousand pounds of food for local shelters, churches and organizations last year. They are asking for non-perishable food items like canned fruit and vegetables, cereal and peanut butter and jelly.
Would-Be Thief Caught in the Act
A burglar in Pike County was caught in the act. 50-year-old Randall Kelly was reportedly stealing items from an outdoor building when the building’s owner caught him and confronted him. That led to an altercation involving a knife but no injuries are reported. Kelly is facing burglary and assault charges.
Fatal House Fire in Mingo County
A house fire in Mingo County has taken the life of an elderly woman. It happened in Chattaroy on Saturday afternoon. Fire officials say the woman was in the home with her caregiver when the fire occurred. The caregiver made it out, but the woman (in her 70s) died. No names have been released and the cause of the fire is not known.
Letcher County Man Missing for Nearly a Week
A Letcher County man has been missing for nearly a week. 35-year-old Charles Fields was last seen on Tuesday on his ATV. Witnesses say two other men on ATVs were following close behind Fields when he was last seen. Officials say they plan to continue searching. Anyone with information on Fields’ whereabouts is urged to contact state police.
Paintsville’s Christmas Celebration Set for Saturday
Paintsville’s annual Christmas parade and celebration is set for this weekend. The Christmas in the City festivities kick off on Saturday at noon with a Christmas Stocking Treasure Hunt. The Historic Stafford House will be open for Santa’s Workshop where participants will enjoy hot cocoa and making Christmas Ornaments. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, a photo booth, Kiwanis Kettle Corn, and a cash giveaway. The Main Street Players will present a live nativity in front of the Historic SIPP Theatre. Also, Paintsville Main Street will present the annual Big Impact Award to LeBrun’s Unique Boutique and a building award to Happy Tailz. The Paintsville Christmas Parade will begin at 5:30 on Saturday.
Martin County Fiscal Court Sued by BSRDC Jail Board
The Big Sandy Regional jail board has sued the Martin County Fiscal Court for non-payment of services for housing inmates. The Mountain Citizen reports the fiscal court has been sued nearly $89,000 dollars. Martin County Judge/Executive Kelly Callaham says they sent them a check for $55,000 dollars and assumed it was cashed. Callaham says the county owed them $72,000 and not $88,000. Jail officials say they depend on each county paying its share in a timely matter.
Man Rams Pike Co. Sheriff’s Cruiser
A routine traffic stop Tuesday evening In Pike Co. ended up in a chase. According to the Pike Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Deputies tried to stop a Ford Ranger driving in the Stone community after Deputies seen the vehicle swerving on the road. That vehicle was driven by Michael McGraw. Reports say as they tried to pull McGraw over, he sped away at one point driving 65 in a 35 miles per hour zone. “The vehicle struck Deputy Thacker’s cruiser several times,” said Rodney Scott, Pike County Sheriff. After finally stopping McGraw, Deputies arrested McGraw and charged him with multiple charges including fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Magoffin County Meals on Wheels Receives Grant
The Magoffin County Senior Citizens Center has received a big grant from Walmart to extend their Meals on Wheels program. The Salyersville Independent repots the $25,000 grant will allow the program to be extended to Southern Magoffin. The Johnson County Senior Citizens Center also received a major donation from Walmart back in July.
Search For Rape Suspect In Laurel County
The Laurel County Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in its search for a kidnapping and rape suspect who flagged a driver down with a flashlight in Corbin. They say a man pretended to alert a driver to a traffic accident along 7th Street in Corbin early yesterday morning. He then got into her vehicle and attacked her. The victim was left in her vehicle at a gas station in Lily off of U.S. 25.
Pregnant Woman Climbed Ladder To Perform CPR
A pregnant woman climbed a ladder to perform CPR on a man who had touched a power line in Harlan County. WYMT-TV is reporting Ariel Boggs saw the man become engulfed in flames during the accident that happened while he was installing a trailer on Monday. She is nine-months pregnant and climbed onto the roof of the trailer to help him. The man regained consciousness and had been listed in critical condition.
Arrests After Argument At Mall
Two men are facing charges after a minor scuffle at a mall on Thanksgiving night. WYKT-TV is reporting security at Somerset Mall in Somerset quickly broke up a fight that began to escalate. One of the men allegedly reached for his gun but no shots were fired.