Monday September 30, 2013

A car accident has left one man dead in Floyd County.

The single vehicle accident happened Friday on Ky. 1428 in the Allen community.

Officials say 29 year old Brenan McKinney hit an embankment and his vehicle overturned.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

_____


Rescuers from Powell County and Wolfe County teamed up to help a hiker who fell in the Red River Gorge over the weekend.

Officials say the hiker was climbing Saturday night at the Pistol Ridge Crag on a route known as the "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" when he fell.

His fail-safe gave way, allowing him to hit the ground.

Officials say crews were able to get the hiker safely out of the rugged area without any problems.

He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Officials did not release any information on his condition.

_____


Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies and Detectives carried out undercover surveillances at the World Chicken Festival in London on Friday and Saturday.

Official say the officers in plain clothes operated in downtown London to ensure that the large number of visitors would enjoy a safe, and family oriented atmosphere.

Multiple arrests were made both days mostly for drug and alcohol offenses.

_____


Funeral arrangements have been set for a woman who was found dead in the woods of Knott County last week.

34-year-old Christina Barnett's body was found by her family.

She had been missing and her mother says she was with a man she met online.

State Police are still calling this a death investigation, until they can get more information from the autopsy.

A visitation will be held Tuesday at Phelps and Son Funeral Home in Paintsville and her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

If you would like to help Christina's family with funeral costs, donations are being accepted at any BB&T Bank branch.


_____


Two agencies are seeking to withdraw from the state's troubled pension system.

The Courier-Journal reports the agencies of Frontier Housing in Morehead and Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service also known as HOMES, INC in Whitesburg filed the request last week in Franklin County Circuit Court.

The agencies argue in the complaint that they shouldn't have been allowed to join the County Employees' Retirement System more than 10 years ago.

The system is facing more than $6.2 billion in unfunded liabilities.

Kentucky Retirement Systems Director William Thielen said Thursday that the agency would fight the matter in court.

At least two other organizations have also sought to leave the program.

_____


A Perry County deputy jailer will stay in jail while he waits to go on trial.

A judge denied a motion Friday to amend the bond condition for William Howell.

Howell faces a manslaughter charge in connection with the July 2013 death of Larry Trent at Kentucky River Regional Jail.

His bond is currently set at $75,000.

The trial is scheduled to start on February 17th.