Thursday December 26, 2013

A woman is on the run after escaping from a hospital. Whitesburg police say Amanda Yonts took a 2002 F-150 pickup truck belonging to Whitesburg ARH Hospital.  Police say Yonts broke out of the Whitesburg ARH around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. Officials tell us Yonts has warrants out of Pike County, and was admitted to the hospital for a drug overdose. Police say they recovered the stolen ARH vehicle in King's Creek community of Letcher County around 9:00 Tuesday night. Police have not found 24 year old Amanda Yonts.
 
Health officials say heroin abusers have a higher risk of contracting serious infections, including HIV. They say this disease may be on the rise in Kentucky. The sharing of needles is a major factor in spreading illnesses. Some health officials in Perry County say they have treated HIV cases but not many have been linked to drug usage. This may change, however, as law enforcement officers say they have noticed an increase in the popularity of heroin. Police say within the last six to eight months they have caught more heroin users than ever before.
 
A Letcher County woman serving life in prison for the 1991 slaying of her husband will get a chance to argue for her freedom in February. The Mountain Eagle says that the Kentucky Board of Probation and Parole will hear from 73-year-old Rebecca Kincer in February. A judge sentenced Kincer to life in prison for the May 1, 1991 shooting of 67-year-old Vernal L. Kincer at the couple's home in Mayking. Police say Rebecca Kincer used a 16-gauge shotgun to shoot her husband as he lay on a mattress in couple's home.
 
Police say it is an apartment complex with a history of drug-related offenses. A tenant faces charges after a multi-agency investigation in Letcher County. The search netted pills and 32 packets of synthetic marijuana. Police say they are working with informants and the apartment complex's management to keep drugs out of the neighborhood.
 
Two people are facing charges after police say they stole from a donation jar, and then tried to make a quick escape. Police say David Humphrey, 19, and Cody Mullis, 23, grabbed the donation jar for Shop With A Cop at the Xpress Station off Exit 15 in Williamsburg. That's when police say the two fled the scene, all while nearly causing several accidents. One man is accused of taking the donation bin. The other is accused of driving the getaway vehicle.