Local News Wednesday August 14, 2013

More than one month ago Hazard City employee,  52-year-old Johnny Neace was hit by a car while at work picking up trash beside Gorman Hollow Road.

On July 5th police arrested 29-year-old Misty Bradley.

She pleaded not guilty on Monday for driving on a DUI suspended license.

On August 19th Bradley will go to court for failure to produce her insurance card after the accident.

Neace is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Cardinal Hill.

Family members say Neace could be released on Friday, but will require 24-hour care and supervision for a period of time while he recovers.


The cleanup continues today at McDowell Elementary School in Floyd County.

Monday evening, flood waters tore through the campus forcing officials to close the doors.

Jeff Stumbo, chairman of the Floyd County Board of Education, said this is not the first time McDowell Elementary School has flooded and it normally happens every couple of years.

School officials said they are thankful to everyone that has helped out with the cleanup.

All Floyd county schools except for McDowell Elementary will be open today.

The principal said they hope to have the school back open by Friday and if not, Monday at the very latest.


Emergency crews responded late last night to an accident involving an ambulance and a coal truck in Pike County.

Officials with the Pike County Sheriff's Department say it happened on Red Creek near US-460.

There is no word on injuries at this time and no other details have been released.


A Floyd County man is facing felony charges after the Pike County Fiscal Court paid for a sign they never got.

Officials say they paid more than $16,000 for an LED sign and brick facing to be placed outside the courthouse, but they never got the sign.

They filed a complaint against Lester Lemaster of Action Outdoor Faith Signs and Awnings for theft by deception,  a Class C Felony.

Police have not arrested Lester at this time.


Three people are dead and one is injured after a double murder-suicide in Bell County

The shooting rampage happened on Laurel Lakes Road in Bell County Tuesday morning.

Police said the man responsible, is former Knox County Judge Executive, Raymond Curtis Smith.

Police said after Smith shot and killed two people and wounded another, he killed himself in a Flat Lick Cemetery, about 10 miles away in Knox County, near his father and his nephew's graves.

The victims were 50-year-old Michael Smith, his son Mychael-Dustin Smith, and daughter Robin Smith.  They were all shot at their home.

Robin Smith is the only one who survived.

She was air lifted to the University Medical Center in Tennessee and as of Tuesday night, there was no word on her condition.

Even though they are all Smith's, Raymond Smith is not related to the three victims.

The former County Judge was a controversial figure in Knox County who had several run-ins with the law, including bid rigging allegations while he was in office.

He spent two and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Federal Court to mail fraud.