Wednesday August 21, 2013

Federal investigators spent Tuesday afternoon searching the office of an eastern Kentucky Judge-Executive.

A Morgan County official confirmed to WYMT that federal investigators did search the office of Judge Tim Conley, and confiscated records and a computer from his office but didn't know why.

FBI and Kentucky State Police were the agencies involved with the investigation.

The judge-executive's office was closed Tuesday afternoon.


The only survivor of a triple shooting in Bell County last week has been released from the hospital.

Police say Robin Smith, 21, was shot by former Knox County Judge-Executive Raymond Smith.

Police say Smith also shot Robin Smith's father, Michael, and her brother, Dustin.

Michael and Dustin died, and Smith later took his own life.

Police think 52 year old Raymond Smith was angry over how his relationship with the young girl ended.


A Perry County woman faces child abuse and sex-related charges.

Court officials say a grand jury indicted Brenda Noble - also known as Brenda Bales - last week on sodomy, sex abuse and five counts of criminal abuse.

In the indictment, officials wrote she engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a child younger than 12 years old between January 2008 and 2012.

Prosecutors also argue she abused two other children and confined them in a small attic without plumbing and electricity and prevented them from going to school.


Mile marker 16 of the Hal Rogers Parkway near Manchester is where crews are restoring a concrete bridge deck.

It is also where 21-year-old Letcher County native Jacob "Jake" Lucas crashed into a wrecker on Friday which was stopped at a temporary red light.

Lucas died two days later at UK Hospital.

Jacob was an organ donor and several people have received his organs including a Perry County woman with family in Letcher County that received his heart yesterday.

Funeral arrangements for him are incomplete at this time.

Friends of Jake have declared Thursday Wear Blue Day across Letcher County in honor and remembrance of him.


There was a large show of support on Tuesday for an Air Force Airman killed in an accident overseas.

Services for Sergeant Ryan Austin were held in Corbin.

The 25-year-old was electrocuted while serving in Europe.

After the funeral service in Corbin, Sergeant Austin was buried in a cemetery in Harlan County.


A December trial date has been set for the man charged with killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum earlier this year.

Media outlets report Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell on Tuesday set aside two weeks for the trial of Tennis Melvin Maynard.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Dec. 9 in Mingo County.

Maynard is accused of shooting Crum April 3 as the sheriff ate lunch in his parked vehicle in downtown Williamson.

He also is charged with attempted murder linked to the pointing of a loaded firearm at Mingo County Sheriff's Corporal Norman Mines and fleeing with reckless indifference.

Maynard has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

A motions hearing will be held Oct. 15.