Friday May 30, 2014

PERRY COUNTY ROBBERY

Police continue their search for a Perry County robbery suspect.  State Troopers say the person robbed the BP Supermart in the Grapevine Community around 10pm Wednesday night.  They say the person walked in with a knife and demanded cash.  No one was hurt.  If you have any information, you can call Kentucky State Police at 606-435-6069.

HARLAN COUNTY DEPUTY ARRESTED

Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipford said he had no choice but to suspend one of his own deputies.  Deputy Hunter Luttrell is facing an assault charge after his girlfriend told Kentucky State Police he hit her, choked her, and then threw her to the ground by the hair.  Kentucky State Police took Deputy Luttrell  to the Harlan County Detention Center and after being released from jail the deputy was placed on suspension without pay by Sheriff Lipford.  If found guilty Lipford says further action will be taken.  KSP said the girlfriend, Destiny Moore,  is also facing an assault charge for allegedly hitting Luttrell.

JACKSON COUNTY BANK ROBBED

The search continues for a woman who police say robbed a Jackson County Bank Thursday afternoon.  Police say around 3:30pm Thursday, a woman captured on surveillance walked into the Sand Gap branch of the Jackson County Bank, demanded money, then took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police say the woman then got into the passenger seat of a gold colored car waiting across the street which was last seen traveling toward US 421 in Sand Gap. 
This is the third time the bank's been hit in the last month.


FORMER TOWN MANAGER SENTENCED

Former Coeburn VA Town Manager Loretta Mays will spend time behind bars.  Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Elkins says that Mays was sentenced to eight months in jail, followed by four to six months at a women's detention center.  Mays pleaded guilty to 13 counts of embezzlement and 13 counts of forgery.  She was fired from her job as town manager after being accused of taking money from Lays Hardware Center for the Arts.

FLOYD COUNTY POLICE CHIEF PASSES AWAY

People in Floyd County gathered Thursday to mourn the loss of a longtime law enforcement officer.  Former Martin police chief Jim Slone died Wednesday from a heart attack.  Slone worked for the Martin Police Department for more than 20 years and served as its chief from 2002 to 2011.  A visitation will be held today in his native Wheelright at the Wheelright Freewill Baptist Church.  Funeral services are at one p.m. Saturday at the church.  Jim Slone was 61.