Tuesday June 3, 2014

 

BY RICH PRICE

 

HARLAN COUNTY TEENAGER LAID TO REST

The Harlan County teenager who was killed the day before he was supposed to graduate from high school will be laid to rest today.

Police say Cody Fultz was killed Saturday when his car went off the road on Pine Mountain, rolled over and burst into flames.

He was trapped in the burning car.

His passenger Bradley Lloyd, survived the crash with minor injuries.

Friends remembered Fultz as a smart and funny person who was also very generous and always ready to help.

Fultz will be buried at the Scott Cemetary in Bledsoe.

 

RETRAIL DELAYED IN LESLIE COUNTY FAMILY MURDER AND ARSON

The retrial of a man charged with murder and arson in the death of a Leslie County family has been delayed.

Clayton Jackson was senteced to life in prison for the 2004 deaths of Chris and Amanda Sturgill's 3 children.

At the time a jury was deadlocked on the murders of the parents.

Jackson's murder conviction was thrown out by the state Supreme County when it ruled one of the jurors should have been removed because he asked not to serve as he was a friend of the victim's brother.

Yesterday a judge said he would need to review a motion before scheduling a date for the re-trial.

 

CHEMICAL SPILL CAUSES FISH KILL IN HARLAN COUNTY

State fish and wildlife officials say hundreds of fish are dead at a Harlan County mine after an accidental chemical spill last Friday.

The mine near Evarts is operated by Harlan Cumberland Coal Company and officials say the chemicals have been contained.

They were being used to clean a sludge pool and are not toxic to people, according to Fish and Wildlife.

A state official says the company's gone above and beyond in regards to clean-up after the fact.

 

TIGHTER EMISSION STANDARDS ANNOUNCED MONDAY FROM EPA IMPACT COAL INDUSTRY

Reaction to President Obama's announcement about tighter emissions standards on coal-fired power plants was met with mostly negative comments from those work work in the coalfields.

Prestonsburg is one city that would be significantly impacted by the new standards, which call for a nearly 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

The impacts aren't just in the coalfields - workers in associated industries like rail along with businesses that serve the community say they too are concerned they'll be out of work because of the tighter restrictions.

Nine-tenths of Kentucky's power comes from coal.

Prosecutors will ask for the death penalty in the murder case against a Clay County couple.

 

CLAY COUNTY COUPLE TO FACE THE DEATH PENALTY

The Commonwealth will seek the death penalty against a Clay County couple accused of killing Earl Woods, 74.

Joshua Morsch is accused of killing 74 year old Earl Woods in 2012 and his girlfriend Kathy Stewart faces charges of complicity to commit murder.

Police say they believe it started out as a robbery that went wrong and ended with Woods being killed in his home.

 

NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN PIKEVILLE; COMING SOON TO OTHER COUNTIES

A heads up for drivers using the bypass in Pikeville.

New left-turn traffic signals have been installed that now flash yellow when oncoming traffic has a green light.

That means turns are permitted, but drivers must yield to not only vehicles but pedestrians.

Studies show crashes are reduced at intersections with the new signals because drivers know clearly they need to only turn when the intersection is clear.

The new traffic signals will also be installed in Letcher, Floyd and Knott Counties.