Friday October 4, 2013

Police are searching for a suspect after a bank robbery in Pike County.

Police say someone came into the Community Trust Bank in Virgie around 2:00 Thursday afternoon with a gun demanding money.

Police say the robber did get away with some cash but dropped some of it in the creek on his way out which several troopers collected while canvassing the creek bank.

Police say the man was approximately six feet tall with a slender build.

He was wearing a white hoodie with his face covered and fled on foot.

The bank was closed for the rest of the afternoon, and employees were held there for several hours.

Police believe the robber may have had someone parked nearby that drove him away.

They are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact KSP Post 9.


A Clay County man, Carl House, is dead and the coroner said he was murdered.

Around six o'clock on Wednesday, Kentucky State Police got a call that a body had been found on Ben House Road along the Laurel-Clay County line/

The Clay County Coroner said House suffered multiple gunshots wounds and that is why he is ruling it a homicide.

House lived alone.  If you have any info contact the KSP.

House's body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's Office.


An eastern Kentucky jail is still missing two inmates.

Taylor Brewer and Adam Warner escaped earlier this week from the Leslie County Detention Center while on work release.

If you have any info on these two men contact police.


A Knox County mother accused of leaving her babies home alone and then driving intoxicated pleaded not guilty to her charges on Thursday.

34 year old Shannon Messer has eleven total charges including DUI, wanton endangerment, and fleeing and evading.

All of the charges are misdemeanors.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say she was under the influence of drugs and hit a car head on Wednesday morning.

Deputies say then they discovered four children under the age three at her home alone.

The judge set a pre-trial conference for October 29th.

Her bond is set at five thousand dollars cash.


More than a dozen people were arrested during a drug round-up in Harlan County on Thursday.

The Evarts Police Department conducted undercover investigations for months.

Officers say they arrested 15 people and served warrants to four others.

The arrests include drug trafficking charges and bench warrants around the Evarts community.

Police say they also have a warrant for one wanted fugitive.


Both public school systems in Letcher County met district goals in the second year of the Unbridled Learning school assessment.

Letcher County Public Schools has been labeled as a high progress district, ranking at the 67th percentile, up from last year’s district ranking of being in the 15th percentile.

With a score of 58, the Letcher County district was four-tenths of a point from being a proficient district.

All schools and districts have a goal to reach proficiency.

Nine of 11 schools in the Letcher school district improved scores from the previous year.

Jenkins Independent also did well on test scores.

For more on this story read this week's edition of the Mountain Eagle.