Wednesday October 9, 2013


Kentucky Power customers could soon be paying more on their bills.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission Monday approved a request by Kentucky Power to buy a 50-percent share of a plant in West Virginia and shutter the Big Sandy plant in Lawrence County, Ky.

The company wants to close the Big Sandy plant near Louisa in 2015 instead of upgrading the facility to comply with stricter air regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kentucky Power will buy half of the Mitchell plant near Moundsville, W.Va.

Rates will spike about 14 percent, and customers could see bigger bills in the next two months according to PSC officials.

Around 173,000 customers in 20 Eastern Kentucky counties are affected by the decision.

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A state judicial oversight panel publicly reprimanded an Eastern Kentucky judge over comments he made during the sentencing of a teacher convicted of sexually abusing five teenage girls that were his students.

The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission ruled Monday Judge Frank Fletcher's comments showed bias in favor of the male defendant.

The case in question is that of Charles Andrew Mitchell.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to 15 sex-related charges, including sending explicit photos to a student and having intercourse with a minor while he was a teacher at Sebastian Middle School in Breathitt County.

During the sentencing, Fletcher said Mitchell was "not blind" and "only human" and that some of of the girls did not look their age.

The commission ruled Fletcher's comments showed prejudice in the case.

Judge Fletcher sentenced the teacher, Charles Mitchell, to seven years behind bars and later granted shock probation.

Officials say Mitchell is no longer in jail.

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A man is dead after an ATV accident in Wolfe County early Tuesday morning.

Officials say 61 year old Roger Spencer was operating an ATV on his property when he drove over an embankment in his front yard.

Spencer lost control causing the ATV to roll over on him and trap him underneath around midnight.

Family found him around noon Tuesday.

No foul play is suspected.

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A business owner in Clay County shot a robbery suspect who entered his store early Tuesday morning.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson says the incident happened around 1:30am at a store in the Horse Creek area of Clay County off Highway 80.

Johnson says the owner of the store was inside when Dustin Gregory broke in.

The owner shot Gregory in the leg.

Gregory was flown to UK Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff Johnson says Gregory will face burglary charges when he is released from the hospital.

More charges may be filed later.

The store owner, whose name is not being released, has not yet been charged.

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An iconic Pikeville restaurant will soon be closing its doors for good.

Jerry's Restaurant in downtown Pikeville has been in business for more than 50 years.

Jerry's of Pikeville opened in 1960 and is in the 3rd generation of ownership by the Justice family.

Business has been slow in recent months but has been good this week with people eating there one final time.

Jerry's will close its doors for good on Friday.