Tuesday September 10, 2013

Letcher County Central High School was closed for over 2 hours Monday morning after school officials learned of a possible bomb threat.

Letcher Schools Supertindent Tony Sergent said all Letcher Central students were safe while officials investigated the possible threat.

Sergent says a comment made to another student got back to school officials and he was notified of the comment at 6:35 a.m.

Whitesburg police officers were then dispatched to inspect the Letcher Central campus.

Students already at the high school were loaded onto buses and taken to the old Whitesburg High School campus.

Other buses arriving later were also directed to the WHS campus.

A clean sweep of the building turned up nothing and students were allowed back in school starting about 9:30am.

Sergent said it is part of the district’s emergency plan to keep students out of the building when an incident occurs.

He said all threats must be checked out.

Officials are still investigating the incident.


A Perry County man known for his singing and dancing routine while selling newspapers was the victim of a hit-and-run Monday.

49 year old Larry "Love" Jackson, 49, sold newspapers in downtown Hazard for more than 20 years.

He was hit by a truck while crossing the street Monday around 10 a.m.

Jackson said he was hit by a red truck at a crosswalk in front of the Perry County Hall of Justice.

Jackson suffered a twisted ankle and a cut above his right eye. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

As of Monday night, police said they had not located the person who hit Jackson.


Two people have now died from injuries received in a Friday afternoon car accident on U.S. 23 in Prestonsburg.

It happened near the 23 and 80 intersection close by the Bull Creek Flea Market.

The driver of one of the vehicles, Paula McConnell, died the day of the accident and now a passenger in her vehicle, 10-year-old, Donovan Floyd, has also died.

McConnell was Floyd's great-aunt.

The 10 year old was a student at Highland Elementary and had been on life support since the accident.

Funeral arrangements have not been set.


Troopers with the Kentucky State Police along with federal agents collected evidence and questioned individuals at the Ace Clinique of Medicine on Roy Campbell Drive in Hazard and the Kentucky Pain Physicians Clinic on Morton Boulevard, also in Hazard, as part of what has been confirmed as a federal investigation.

State Police are directing questions about the raids to Kyle Edelen at the Eastern District of Kentucky's U.S. Attorney's Office.

No other information was given.


The Kentucky Corrections Department says a probation and parole officer has been wounded in Knott County where he was trying to arrest a man accused of not complying with the terms of his probation.

The agency says Brian Melvin and three other probation and parole officers were in the community of Mousie in Knott County on Monday afternoon to try to serve a 2010 warrant on 28-year-old Rocky Wicker Jr.

The agency said Wicker's father, Rocky Wicker Sr., allegedly opened fire on Melvin, hitting him in the arm.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said Melvin is recovering at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center.

Rocky Wicker Sr. was later arrested without incident.

Rocky Wicker, Jr. has still not been arrested.


Pineville city leaders have approved annexing parts of Pine Mountain State Park into city limits.

Leaders say this will benefit both the town and the state.

After more than one year of discussions, Pineville City Council has passed the second reading and approved annexing parts of Pine Mountain State Park including the lodge and restaurant.

The annexation means city leaders can collect occupational and restaurant taxes at the lodge.

The restaurant tax dollars will go to the tourism fund.

Officials say the annexation also means the state can sell alcohol at the restaurant because Pineville allows restaurant alcohol sales.