Monday August 26, 2013


Friday morning officials in Letcher County responded to calls of a possible explosion. But, as it turned out, it may not have been an explosion after all.

Kentucky State Police say they received a call of a possible explosion at the Isom Double Kwik just before 10 a.m. on Friday.

Letcher County Emergency Management Director, Paul Miles says contractors were about to inspect an underground storage tank from the inside, when the pressure in one of the tanks blew, shooting a vent cap off into the air.

Witnesses says the ground and even the building shook.

Investigators continue to look for the cause of the pressure release.

State Fire Marshals are leading the investigation.


A victim has been airlifted out of the Harlan area Sunday afternoon.

We do not have many details about the incident but officials say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle around 3:50 p.m yesterday.

That individual was airlifted to a hospital.

We do not know any further conditions or details at this time.


The assistant director of emergency management in Clay County was killed in an ATV accident Sunday evening.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson saysJennings Johnson died around 6:00pm when he was going up an embankment and his 4-wheeler flipped, pinning him underneath.

It happened on Twin Oak Lane in the Burning Spring area.

The sheriff says a neighbor found Jennings and called for help.

He was taken to Manchester Memorial Hospital then to UK Hospital where he later died.

Jennings was 54-years-old.


A Knott County man has been arrested after an anonymous tip phoned in to Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard.

Officials say they arrested 34 year old Casey Barnett a little after 3:30 pm Saturday in the Lotts Creek Community of Knott County.

Troopers say they found 18 marijuana plants in plain view around Barnett's house.

Barnett is in Kentucky River Regional and is charged with cultivation of marijuana five plants or more.


In Jenkins, Lakeside Center Pool officials hosted their opening ceremony Saturday afternoon even though the pool first opened on Aug. 16th.

There are 13 employees at the site and city officials say the new pool will benefit the community.

Officials say the rest of the Lakeside Center, including an exercise room, coffee shop, restaurant and internet cafe, should be completed by the fall and at that point more employees will be hired.


The former town manager of one Southwest Virginia town is facing a more than 130 count indictment on charges she embezzled thousands of dollars from a local arts center.

The Bristol Herald Courier says 46 year old Loretta Mays of Norton, Virginia was indicted by a Wise County grand jury on Wednesday on 135 counts ranging from forgery to felony embezzlement.

The indictment states Mays, who was at one time a city official in Coeburn, wrote and cashed nearly $30,000 dollars in checks from the Lays Hardware Center for the Arts account, dating back to February 2009.


Former City of Martin Police Chief Brian Baldwin died Thursday night.

Coworkers say the 51-year-old never returned to work after getting sick earlier this year.

Before coming to Martin Baldwin worked at the Salyersville Police Department, Magoffin County Sheriffs Office, Salyersville Fire Department and Middle Fork Fire Department.

Baldwin's Funeral will be today.