Friday August 30, 2013


Two people were arrested after their car went into the Sears building at Mayking here in Letcher County on Thursday afternoon.

Police say Wendy Kimbley and Frank Perry were both arrested when their car backed into the Sears building.

There was damage to the bricks and glass in the front of the building.

Kimbley was charged with Wanton Endagerment and operating a vehicle under the influence and Perry was charged with Public Intoxication.

Both were taken to the Letcher County Jail.

No one was injured.


Another arrest has been made in a triple stabbing in Cumberland earlier this month.

Police say 33 year old Lonnie Joe Tippett has been charged with assault.

He is currently in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

Officials say three people were injured during the stabbing.

Curtis Halcomb was arrested last week.

Police are still looking for the third suspect, Wayne Johnson Junior.


A fatal accident occurred on US 119 in the Cumberland River of Harlan County.

51 year Shelia Fuller was traveling south when her vehicle left the roadway.

Police say evidence at the scene indicates Fuller over-corrected her steering, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times.

Officials say she not wearing a seat beltand was ejected from the vehicle.

The use of alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor in the accident.


A man died on Thursday following a crash in Norton, Virginia.

Sgt. Ken Adams from the City of Norton Police Department said  the 34-year-old man was driving on Dorchester Road just after noon when his SUV went off the side of the road, he over corrected. and went back onto the road where the vehicle flipped twice.

The man was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

His name has not been released.


Some people in Jenkins are worried they do not have enough access to emergency medical services.

Jenkins has the ARH clinic already there but Lisa Sanders said she worries that is not enough in the case of emergencies.

Sanders took action in the form of a petition, collecting signatures around town to bring back the city's hospital.

While city hall is one of the places you can stop and sign the petition, Mayor G. C. Kincer said that does not necessarily mean it is an endorsement from the city.

Mayor Kincer says ARH serves the city fine but an emergency room or ambulance service would provide even more services for the residents.

Sanders said she has 950 signatures and she is planning her next move.

She said the petitions will be out until September 3rd.

Mayor Kincer stressed this is not a petition sanctioned by the city.

Sanders said she would like to get another 300 signatures before contacting any hospitals about moving to the area.


Yesterday began the 13th year for the Labor Day checkpoint on US 23 at the top of Pound/Jenkins mountain.  

Police from several departments were looking mainly for seat belt and child restraint violations.

Departments taking part included officers from the Letcher County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police, the Wise County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police along with the Whitesburg, Jenkins, Norton, Coeburn and Appalachia City Police Departments.

The Kentucky State Police campaign' "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" will also be going on this weekend. T

The agency will increase enforcement and use saturation patrols and safety checkpoints to improve this year's Labor Day weekend statistics.

The weekend period begins at 6 p.m. local time Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday.