Thursday September 5, 2013


The Letcher County Coroner's Office has confirmed one person has died after a fire near the Mayking community of Letcher County.

Coroner Marty Baker has told WYMT that 66-year-old Bettie Joe Fields died this morning after a single-wide trailer she was in caught fire. Baker's preliminary findings indicated that she died of smoke inhalation.

Kentucky State Police have dispatched an arson investigator to the scene of the fire but no cause of the fire has been determined at this point.


Family members of a missing Perry County woman are still looking for her one month after she disappeared.

Diana Roberts, 31, was last seen on August 4.

She told her family that she had a doctor's appointment in Ohio and was going with a friend but no one has heard from her since.

She was last seen at a home in the Jamestown Village trailer park on the Knott County-Perry County line.

Anyone with information should call the Kentucky State Police post in Hazard.


Seven children were removed Wednesday from a Perry County home where deputies said they found methamphetamine and its precursors.

Deputies arrested 40 year old Shannon Hurt.

Hurt also faces several charges including fleeing and evading.

He tried to run from the scene while he was handcuffed.

None of the children removed suffered serious injuries, according to officials at Hazard ARH.


Four employees of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department were laid off Tuesday.

Those cut include a fulltime officer, a part-time officer and two office personnel.

One of the office personnel was a fulltime dispatcher.

The sheriff ’s department is mostly funded by property taxes it collects.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb hope tax bills can be mailed out by October 1 to generate revenue.

After this week’s staff reductions, Webb said the sheriff ’s department now consists of himself, three fulltime deputies, two bailiffs, one administrative lieutenant and one part-time deputy.

All remaining employees have agreed to work fewer hours, said Webb, and each will work 32 hours a week instead of 40.


A Harlan County man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a truck at a motel.

Harlan City Police arrested 32-year-old Jason Peace on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say surveillance video from the Mount Air Motel shows the suspect and the theft.

Police say the thief stole tools, camping supplies, and other items.

The victim, a man visiting the Off-Road Adventure Park, discovered his items missing the next day.

Police were able to recover all of the stolen items and return it to the owner who lives in Ohio.


One man was arrested for the recent string of burglaries at car washes in Cumberland in Harlan County.

Cumberland Police say 34-year-old Timothy Shepherd was arrested on Tuesday on warrants regarding the thefts at a car wash on Kingdom Come Drive and the Cumberland Car Wash on Main Street.

Officers say they saw Shepherd and the vehicle matching the surveillance video.

He was taken to the Harlan County Detention Center on theft charges. Bond is $15,000 full cash.


In West Virginia,  the Mingo County Commission has appointed a new interim sheriff.

The commission at their Wednesday morning meeting appointed Pam Dixon to the position.

Dixon is the chief tax deputy for the department.

Dixon is taking over for Rosie Crum who resigned last month.

Rosie is the widow of Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was murdered earlier this year.

Dixon will serve as interim sheriff until a new sheriff is hired.

Interviews currently being conducted and are expected to be completed by September 18th.