Wednesday August 28, 2013

Some Knott County high school students were involved in a bus accident Tuesday morning.

It happened before school along Highway 7 in the Beaver area.

Knott County Sheriff's deputies said Timothy Howard was driving his pickup truck when he dropped something, leaned over to pick it up and side swiped the school bus.

Brent Hoover, transportation director for the Knott County School District says 33 high school students were on the bus, seven were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Hoover said the driver did a remarkable job on two different issues.

He avoided a head on collision and he did an excellent job of keeping the bus from overturning.

The bus was not seriously damaged.

Sheriff's deputies tell us Howard will not face any criminal charges as a result of the accident.


Deputies in Wolfe County made an arrest after a pharmacy burglary left the suspect bleeding Tuesday night.

Deputies say they got an alarm call from the Wolfe Family Pharmacy in Campton, and as they arrived, they spotted a car leaving the area.

When deputies went inside, they found shattered glass and blood spread throughout the store, and they say prescription pills were missing.

Deputies reviewed surveillance video and got a good look at the suspect.

Deputies say they traced the car they spotted to its owners and learned the couple's daughter had used it.

Investigators say 31 year old Jessica Chambers confessed to the burglary.

Despite the mess, the owner says the pharmacy will open for business today.


A judge denied a motion Tuesday by the Kentucky Department of Education to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Breathitt County School Board.

Breathitt Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher ruled the case should proceed, but both sides should try to settle their differences out of court.

School board members filed the lawsuit after they claim Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday took away their rights as elected officials.

Judge Fletcher ordered the board and state manager Larry Hammond to go on a retreat at a state park to try and settle their differences.

The case is scheduled for review on October 11 in Breathitt County Circuit Court.


Tuesday morning in Bell County Circuit Court 27 year old James Otis Sizemore pleaded guilty to murder.

Prosecutors say he and William J. Anderson killed 61 year old Bobby Wiggins on November 23rd, 2011.

Police found his body on December 2nd, 2011 in a wooded area near the Bell-Knox County line.

Wiggins died from blunt force injuries to the head, neck, and trunk.

Sizemore agreed to a thirty year sentence.

As part of the plea deal, he agreed to testify against the other defendant, William Anderson, 34.

Wiggins' family agreed to the plea deal.

Sizemore will be sentenced after he testifies at Anderson's trial.

The judge scheduled Anderson's trial for February 4th, 2014.


Kentucky State Police are making cuts to make up for a nearly $6 million budget deficit by cutting some of the most experienced troopers on the force.

On Friday, state police cut all 20 members of the Trooper R program, which was designed to keep retired troopers with 20 years of experience in rotation.

Five of those troopers were from Post 13 in Hazard, the largest cut than any other post in the state.

Post 13 Captain Blake Slone says as of Tuesday, 21 troopers were on the road covering a five county radius. That’s down from 26.

State police say more than 60 cadets will graduate from the State Police Academy in November and hope that will help with their numbers.


The state medical board has filed a complaint against a Pikeville doctor.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Thad R. Manning is accused of conspiring to sell prescription drug samples in exchange for office rent and free or discounted prescription drugs for his employees.

The complaint says he's also been indicted for lying to FBI agents.

A bond hearing on the complaint is scheduled for February, 2014.


A man accused of destroying property at Stonecrest Golf Course in Floyd County has been indicted.

Court officials say 23 year old Sean McManus is charged with criminal mischief and tampering with evidence.

Police believe McManus caused thousands of dollars worth of damage by driving on one of the course greens and doing doughnuts.

A pre-trial conference is set for November 14th.

He is out of jail on a $20,000 dollar bond.