Friday September 20, 2013

Crews are on the scene of an apartment fire in Barbourville.

It happened around 3:00 Friday morning on Pitzer Street, also known as Kentucky 459.

Dispatchers tell no injuries have been reported.

No word on what caused the fire.

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Whitesburg's Mayor James Wiley Craft said dwindling revenue is to blame for their city's proposed payroll tax.

At a special called City Council meeting last night, Craft said a 1.5 percent payroll tax for all employees within city limits is necessary to move the city forward.

Dozens of people gathered on Wednesday night to voice their concern.

Craft estimated this tax could bring in nearly $200,000 per year.

He also said the ordinance would not impact retirement benefits.

Mayor Craft said the council could meet again as soon as Monday for a second reading on the ordinance.

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He was hired to protect people but a Pike County Sheriff's Deputy and dispatcher is behind bars.

An undercover purchase of Oxycodone by Operation UNITE officials in the Marrowbone community on Wednesday, led to the arrest of a Pike County sheriff's deputy on Thursday.

Officials say an undercover officer working with a confidential witness made the purchase from Bradley Childers...Childers was with off-duty sheriff's deputy Matthew Blanton.

During the transaction Childers became suspicious and UNITE officials say threatening phone calls were then made to their witness.

On Thursday, Childers was arrested and gave officials information that led to the arrest of Blanton.

Blanton has been relieved of all duties as a sheriff's deputy.

The sheriff's office referred all questions to UNITE officials who say the office cooperated fully with the investigation.

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A crash in Pike County Thursday morning leaves three people dead and one recovering.

It happened on US 119 in the Belfry area around 9:30am.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Bryan Layne says a white Kia car spun out of control right into oncoming traffic.

After losing control the driver made made sideways contact with a Toyota Tundra.

Two of the people in the Kia died at the scene, 25-year-old Teshia Henry of Prestonsburg and 43-year-old Howard Ravin of Salyersville. The third person in the car, 48-year-old Bambi Davis of Salyersville, died at the hospital.

The driver of the Tundra truck, Steven Douglas Viars II of West Virginia, was also taken to the hospital but is expected to recover.

Police say a combination of speeding, wet roads and worn tires was likely the cause.

Kentucky State Police are investigating.

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A second woman, accused of stealing money from the Martin County Clerk's Office, is headed to prison.

41 year old Tamberlyn Sue Hairston was sentenced Thursday to five years behind bars.

She and her sister, 47 year old Tonya Mills, were charged after auditors found $20,000 in unaccounted funds in the Martin County Clerk's Office in 2012.

The two women are sisters.

Their mother, Carol Mills, is the Martin County Clerk.

Carol Mills said that after learning the money was missing she terminated her two daughters for misconduct.

Mills said she believed Hairston may have been helping her sister with an overwhelming addiction problem.

Tonya Mills was sentenced earlier this month to five years behind bars.