Wednesday September 25, 2013

Cumberland Police have arrested the third man wanted for a stabbing last month.

Officers found 37-year-old Wayne Johnson walking on a road in Cumberland on Saturday night.

He is facing several charges including assault.

Investigators say Johnson stabbed Lonnie Tippett during a fight.

Johnson also received stab wounds and went to the hospital.

Police say he hid from officers when he was released from the hospital last month.

Tippett and Curtis Halcomb are also charged in the case.

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Officials at Eastern Kentucky University are investigating the death of a Floyd County student on campus in Richmond.

University spokesman Marc Whitt said the student was found dead in his dorm room.

Whitt said in a news release that 24-year-old Benji Fish was found in his Telford Hall room.

Fish was a senior environmental health science major from Prestonsburg.

No foul play is suspected.

University police and the Madison County coroner's office are investigating.

A final toxicology report is expected in two weeks.

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The Kanawha County, West Virginia prosecutor's office will represent the state in the trial of a man accused of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Police say the Kanawha County prosecutor's office has the resources to take over the case of Tennis Maynard.

Maynard is accused of shooting Crum twice in the head on April 3 as the sheriff ate lunch in his parked vehicle in downtown Williamson.

Maynard is scheduled to go on trial in December.

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The Perry County Sheriff's department is working again at full force.

Chief Deputy Tony Eversole says all employees were brought back thanks to projected income from the collection of local property taxes.

While all road patrol Deputies will be brought back full time, some court house security employees will only work part time schedules.

In July, Sheriff Less Burgett announced the department would be forced to cut their staff to only four deputies because of a budget deficit.

Perry is one of a handful of counties in eastern Kentucky, including Letcher County, forced to lay off employees.

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A federal appeals court has upheld the two-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine of a former eastern Kentucky school superintendent who pleaded guilty to leading a vote-buying conspiracy during the 2010 primary elections.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found Monday that one-time Breathitt County Superintendent Arch Turner's socio-economic status had not been taken into consideration when he was sentenced.

Turner ran Breathitt County schools from 2005 until his retirement in 2012 after he was charged.

Turner pleaded guilty in July 2012 to distributing money to others to buy votes for candidates he supported in local races.

Eleven others, including a former sheriff, were convicted or pleaded guilty in related cases.

The 67-year-old Turner is being held in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

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On Tuesday, 37 year old Michael Shawn Bartley of Elkhorn City, Kentucky plead guilty to one count each of armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of robbery, eluding police, and attempted assault of a law enforcement officer and was sentenced to serve 16 years and 5 months in a Virginia prison.

Police say Bartley robbed the Westwood Pharmacy in Grundy, Virginia in October of 2011.  

Bartley collected what police estimated to be between 500 and 1000 narcotic hydrocodone and oxycodone pills during the robbery and led police on short chase along US 460 back into Kentucky.