Thursday October 10, 2013

 A Georgia man has been found not guilty of murdering a friend who died in a home at Premier Subdivision in Jenkins from a gunshot wound in March 2011.

After deliberating for an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon, a Letcher Circuit Court jury made up of 11 women and one man acquitted Alfred “New York” White, 46, of Jonesboro, Ga., in the shooting death of Walter Johnson Jr., 39, of Atlanta.

For details on the verdict see this week's edition of the Mountain Eagle.

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A Sassafras man is accused of trying to sell stolen utility wire to a scrap metal dealer Tuesday morning.

30 year old Joseph W. Sizemore of Yellow Creek  was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property after police found approximately 66 lbs. of copper wire in two five-gallon buckets in the trunk of his 2004 Hyundai.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department was at Southern Steel in Isom early Tuesday morning when an employee told Damron that Sizemore had just left after he tried to sell utility wire and had been turned away.

Damron stopped Sizemore and asked to look through the car.

Damron contacted the Hazard Police Department who confirmed the Elliot company, who contracts for KY Power,  had noticed the wire missing from one of their trucks just a few hours earlier.

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Police say it started out as a get together among friends.

Now, three men in Southwest Virginia are facing attempted murder charges.

It happened late Saturday night at the Super 8 Motel in Norton.

Officers say three people were being held against their will in one of the rooms.

We are told one of them managed to get free and call 911.

When they got to the scene, they found two women and one man tied up and arrested three others.

43 year old David Mark Hill, his brother 45 year old Maynard Hill and 54 year old James Surrett, all of Coeburn, are facing several charges.

All three men are being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

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Appalachian Regional Hospital says it has signed an agreement to buy Williamson Memorial Hospital.

ARH not only plans to buy the 76-bed hospital, but five physician practices owned by Williamson Memorial.

They expect the sale to be finalized by February 2014.

ARH currently has a hospital in South Williamson, KY.

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One person is dead after a crash in Clay County.

It happened Wednesday night on Highway 421 in Manchester. Police tell us two cars collided and they are still investigating how the crash happened.

Names have not been released yet.

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An Eastern Kentucky woman is behind bars, accused of selling a variety of drugs, even her own heart medication!

The motor home 56 year old Nancy Neace lives in used to sit on Typo Road in Bonnyman.

It now sits at the Perry County Garage waiting for a search warrant.

Deputies accuse Neace of selling illegal and prescription drugs to a number of people from a cooler outside her motor home..

Investigators are calling this one of the most significant drug busts of the year and credit the public for tipping them off.

Deputies say they are still investigating this case and say more arrests may come in the future.

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A Kentucky Bar Association official says the agency is reviewing accusations that a Floyd County disability lawyer collaborated with a former West Virginia judge to improperly award disability benefits to hundreds of applicants.

Thomas Glover, chief bar counsel, says the agency is "looking at" the allegations against Eric C. Conn of Stanville, and they could affect his license if proven true.

The accusations against him were in a report released Monday by congressional investigators.

It accused Conn of scheming with retired administrative law Judge David B. Daugherty to approve more than 1,800 disability cases from 2006 to 2010.