Monday January 20, 2014

One Perry County Deputy Jailer is on the other side of the bars. Officials say 27 year old Bruce Campbell is charged with official misconduct for bringing drugs and other items into the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. An investigation started when someone complained an employee brought drugs into the detention center. Campbell was taken to the Leslie County Detention Center.
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In front of a crowd of people at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Bell County, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 73 rural Kentucky counties are now part of the StrikeForce initiative. This means the USDA will partner with local organizations, businesses, and universities to invest in the communities. Local officials say this will create new opportunities in light of declining coal jobs. Officials say the StrikeForce initiative is one more way to grow the economy in Eastern Kentucky.
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Kentucky State Police are investigating two armed robberies in Floyd County. Officials say on Tuesday night two men demanded money while showing a weapon at the Fast Lane convenience store in the Eastern community. Then on Thursday night, officials say another armed robbery took place at the Mi-Dee Mart in Lackey. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 at 606-433-7711.
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Officials in Appalachia are gearing up for what they are describing as a one-of-a-kind steam train excursion. The Appalachian News-Express reports that officials from Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia met in Pike County, Ky., last week to discuss details for the 2014 Tri-State Rail Excursion that is planned for April 12-13. Officials say the steam train journey will begin in Grundy, Va., and pass through Pike County and Devon, W. Va. Pike County director of Energy and Community Development Charles Carlton said the train will pass land associated with the Hatfield-McCoy feud and passengers will have an opportunity to see coal mining activities.
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Kentucky State Police say new information led them back to the home of a couple accused of letting their nine children live in horrible conditions. On Thursday State Police executed that search warrant and found the remains of a premature baby Rowan County property belonging to Johnathan Prater and Edith Strange. The couple is currently in jail on  endangerment charges relating to their nine children.