Monday September 9, 2013

A Leslie County escapee is now behind bars.

Leslie County Sheriff's deputies say they caught 26 year old Ricky Hendrix around 4:00am Saturday.

Hendrix was arrested back in April on multiple charges including burglary and manufacturing methamphetamine.

In May he walked out of the Leslie County Detention Center and had been on the run ever since.

We are told deputies caught up with Hendrix when they received a tip about his possible location.

Deputies say they found Hendrix just off of Leeco Road in Leslie County.

Hendrix is facing multiple charges, including some felony charges.

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Some students in Letcher County had a bumpy ride home Friday afternoon.

Officials say a bus ran into a ditch along Highway 588 at Ice just outside of Whitesburg.

The bus was loaded with students and officials say at least four of them were taken to the hospital, but no serious injuries were reported.

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A Pike County school bus ran off the road and over an embankment also on Friday afternoon.

The accident happened on Stone Coal Road around four o'clock Friday afternoon.

School officials say the driver swerved to miss an oncoming car.

All seven students and the driver were checked by medical officials, and no injuries were reported.

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An apartment building has burned in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

The Big Stone Gap fire department tells us the fire happened on the corner of Wood Avenue and East 5th Street.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire.

Firefighters say they made an initial sweep of the building and did not find anyone inside, however they did have reason to believe the old building was not safe and could collapse.

Police say arson has not been ruled out.

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Lawsuits accusing two energy companies of cheating southwest Virginia landowners out of royalty payments for natural gas siphoned from coal seams are headed for a showdown that could dramatically expand the scope of the legal action.

At a hearing in Abingdon, a U.S. district judge will consider a recommendation from a U.S. magistrate judge that four lawsuits be certified as class actions representing thousands of property owners who've had the gas extracted from their land.

The judge isn't expected to rule immediately.

The plaintiffs name EQT Production Co. and CNX Gas Co., companies with thousands of wells in Appalachia.

CNX parent CONSOL Energy said it supports the "fair and efficient" distribution of royalties held in a state escrow account to property owners.