Local News Friday August 9, 2013


The two Perry County deputy jailers facing manslaughter charges faced a judge for the first time on Thursday.

Damon Hickman and William Howell both pleaded not guilty in Perry County Circuit Court.

Earlier this month a grand jury indicted the duo for the death of inmate Larry Trent.

Trent was serving time in jail on a DUI charge.

The state medical examiner wrote in a preliminary autopsy report that Trent suffered skeletal and visceral injures as a result of a "jail beating".

The two will appear in court again on August 15th.

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The Knott County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help to find a missing man.

Lawrence “Larry” Mardis is a resident of Golden Years Rest Home which is an assisted living facility in Knott County.

It was reported to the Sheriff’s Department at 2:40pm Thursday that Mardis had walked away from the facility.

Officers responded by filing a missing persons report and entering the subject into the National Crime Information Center and issuing a Golden Alert.

Emergency management personnel were also notified of the occurrence.

Mardis is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds.

He is 49 years old, has gray balding hair, blue eyes, a dark complexion and medium build.

Mardis is clean shaven and was wearing a gray hoodie over a green t-shirt, green athletic shorts, and white New Balance shoes.

He was last seen leaving the Redi-Mart in Lackey walking toward Garrett on Highway 7.

Information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Mardis should be relayed to the Knott County Sheriff's Department at (606) 785-5354 or the KSP at 1-800-222-5555.

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Police say a Clay County man died Thursday in a lawn mower accident.

According to police, 49-year-old John Campbell was operating a zero turn lawn mower when it traveled over an embankment, trapping the victim underneath.

Te accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday along Sacker Road in Manchester.

Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say drugs and Alcohol are suspected.

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A Paintsville man about to join the army could be paralyzed after a weekend skydiving accident in Mississippi that killed his instructor.

26 year old David Meek, 26, was in a tandem dive, strapped to his instructor, when the parachute and backup parachute both failed to open.

The two fell almost three miles, slamming to the ground.

Meek was found still strapped to his dead instructor about six hours after the jump.

He was flown to a hospital in Hattiesburg, where he remains on life support.

Doctors say Meek has a severed spine and it's unlikely he will walk again.

A fund in his honor is set up at City National Bank.

You can send donations to the 'David The Miracle Meek' fund at any branch.

The accident is under investigation.

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Earlier this week, Buchanan County Virginia Sheriff's deputies say they discovered 335 marijuana plants in The Upper Elk Creek section of Buchanan County near Grundy.

Deputies say the plants were about 10 to 12 feet high and the street value of those plants total around one-million dollars.

No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing.