Thursday June 5, 2014

GUILTY PLEAS IN PIKE COUNTY HEROIN RING

2 people from Pike County have entered guilty pleas for theur roles in a heroin ring with ties to Michigan and Ohio.

Tiffany Caudill could face 20 years in jail and Kevin Maurice Hubbard faces 30 years in prison because he had a prior felony conviction.

According to the Appalachian News Express 12 people await sentencing in what police say was one of the most wide-ranging heroin cases ever investigated.


PERRY COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

No one was hurt when a fire broke out yesterday at a home on Summer Street in Perry County.

Fire officials say most of the damage was to the upper floors of the home but the entire structure had smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it's not believed to be deliberately set.


FUNDRAISERS FOR HAZARD POLICEMAN BATTLING CANCER

As Hazard Police Lieutenant Paul Campbell continues his fight with stage four colon cancer, folks are taking to social media to help raise money to pay for his medical bills.

Videos are popping up on Facebook showing people taking the "cold water challenge" - and here's how it works:

If you brave the icy water, you give ten dollars to help Lieutenant Campbell - and if you don't - it costs $100.

Officers have arranged another fundaiser - the Hazard Police Foot Pursuit 5k.

It's set for July 3rd, with a car show to follow July 4th.


DESTIN KINCER IN MISS USA PAGEANT SUNDAY

A Letcher County woman is making final preparations to represent the state in Sunday's Miss USA Competition.

Destin Kincer from Little Cowan will be one of the 51 contestants vying for the crown at the pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The 2011 graduate of Letcher County Central High School won the Miss Kentucky pageant in January.

Kincer's Miss U-S-A bio says she plans to attend medical school after graduating from the University of Kentucky.


WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR COAL TRUCKS IN PART OF PIKE COUNTY

Pike County's Fiscal Court is getting ready to take action over continued damage to Clevingers Branch from loaded coal trucks using the road.

The Appalachian News Express reports Road Commissioner Frank Hatcher wants to implement an immediate weight restriction so trucks will be forced to use Miller's Creek.

This comes after Assistant County Attorney John Doug Hays reported he has seen no progress between his office and the coal company to work out an arragements to bring the road up to standard.

Pike Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford agreed with Commissioner Hatcher's suggestion, saying that the Court need to balance the needs of the county with those of businesses.


EKCEP RECEIVING GETS GOVERNMENT MONEY

The federal government is sending nearly $8 million to a local organization that helps laid off workers.

Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program  - E-K-C-E-P for short - operates a number of centers giving those out of work access to numerous federal and state programs providing retraining and job search assistance.

Their main office is on North Main Street in Hazard.

The money is to be allocated to EKCEP's help our miners everyday or home initiative.


DICKENSON COUNTY VA CRASH KILLS ONE

A crash in Dickinson County, Virginia killed a man and has a woman fighting for her life.

Police in Clintwood say an S-U-V failed to make a turn at Routes 72 and 83, went through a guardrail and struck a utility pole.

So far there's no word on what caused the crash and the names of the man and woman haven't been disclosed.