Wednesday October 2, 2013

Authorities in Perry County have charged two people after they say a man was beaten over the head with a cinder block and dumped in the Kentucky River.

Hazard Police were called to the home of Teresa Karr, the victim's wife on Monday afternoon for an unrelated situation.

Officers said a man there made the startling confession, telling them he watched Larry Yocum "murder" Jeff Karr by the basketball courts in town.

Investigators searched the area, eventually discovering Jeff Karr alive, but suffering from cuts, a broken nose, and he appeared to have brain and skull fragments on the back of his head.

He was rushed to UK Hospital for treatment.

Yocum is charged with attempted murder and tampering with evidence.

According to police, Teresa Karr helped clean Yocum's clothes after the attack on her husband.

She was charged with tampering with evidence.

According to UK Hospital, Jeff Karr was released from their care on Tuesday.

Police are describing the case as a love triangle gone bad.


The search is continuing for two Leslie County inmates who escaped during work release on Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials are asking everyone for their help in order to find 22-year-old Taylor Brewer and 27-year-old Adam Warner.

Liz Morgan, a captain at the detention center, said the pair were weed-eating in the Greasy Creek area when they walked away.

Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Collett said Brewer and Warner could be heading to Knott County, where they are from.

Collett said the inmates do not have violent charges, however the community should remain alert.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the sheriff's department or KSP.


There's been a drug round-up in Wise County.

The Wise County Sheriff's office says local police joined state and federal law enforcement for "Operation Up In Smoke."

Officers targeted local businesses they say were selling synthetic drugs, commonly known as Bath Salts.

Authorities searched seven businesses and one home, with the owners' consent.

Officers say they recovered thousands of packages of synthetic drugs, tens of thousands of dollars in cash, along with firearms and illegal alcohol.

Deputies have not yet named any suspects.


A Bell County judge sentenced a Detroit man to 15 years in prison on kidnapping and other charges.

Last year, Middlesboro Police said Jerry Lee Oliver went to a home and took a 13-year-old boy.

Police say Oliver and another woman were involved in a dispute involving stolen property and thought the boy had some information about it.

Oliver was also charged with drug trafficking and possession.

Court officials say the 15 year sentence is for all charges.


Patriot Coal was part of a job fair hosted by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program and the Kentucky Coal Association on Tuesday in Hazard.

Forty jobs are set to be filled quickly from yesterday's job fair along with another, scheduled for 10:00am today at the Hampton Inn in Pikeville.

The jobs are with Patriot Coal, for a mine near Henderson in Western Kentucky.


The fall wildfire hazard season has started in Kentucky.

The season runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15.

During that time, outdoor burning is prohibited from 6:00am to 6:00pm within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.

State Forestry Division Director Leah MacSwords says that with the last several weeks of dry weather, conditions are favorable for outdoor fires to spread into wildfires.

The agency says human activity causes nearly all of the wildfires, and that most of them are preventable.