Tuesday June 10, 2014

OHIO MAN ARRESTED IN FLOYD COUNTY CASE INVOLVING 12 YEAR OLD

An Ohio man is arrested on charges he had an online relationship with a 12 year old from Floyd County and planned to meet up for a sexual relationship.

Police say James Cotner was being investigated for several months and during the investigation it was learned he discussed traveling to Kentucky to meet with the juvenile.

He is being held in the Floyd County Detention Center.


HARLAN COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED WITH TENNESSEE PHARMACY ROBBERY

A Harlan County woman faces multiple charges from a Tennessee pharmacy robbery.

Police say Holly Zinno held up the Bulls Gap Pharmacy in Hawkins County, Tennessee on April 12th.

Witnesses say she was armed and wore a ski mask as a disguise.

Zinno was arrested as she tried to evade Harlan County officers who were running a safety checkpoint.

Police say she was driving a car stolen in Greene County, Tennessee.

Zinno will be extradited to Tennessee and  has warrants in Harlan and Fayette County, Kentucky.


PRIMARY VOTE BUYING INVESTIGATION

The Kentucky Attorney General's office reported it is investigating over 4 dozen reports of vote buying during last month's primary election.

In a statement the A-G's office says some of those reports came from Pike, Floyd, Harlan, Knott and Perry counties.

A total of 205 complaints came in during the May 20th election.


NEW HOMELESS VETERANS CENTER SET TO OPEN

Homeless veterans will soon have a new place to stay as they get back on their feet.

The Big Sandy Regional Veterans Transition Center in Pike County will officially open Friday.

It has a capacity of 25 people.


VIRGINIA SENATOR ABRUPTLY RESIGNS

The sudden resignation of Virginia senator Phillip Puckett - whose district covers Wise and Dickenson Counties - has politicans scrambling to fill his seat.

Multiple reports say the Democrat resigned to give Republicans control of the state Senate - and that means Medicare expansion - which had been deadlocked - will likely be defeated.

It's an issue that's held up passage of the state budget.

A special election will be held to select Puckett's successor.


HARLAN COUNTY SEXUAL ABUSE CASE

A Harlan County man was arrested on charges he grabbed a 15 year old's chest and made lewd comments to her.

Police say Bobby Wayne Johnson is a registered sex offender from Georgia but now lives in Harlan.

Arrest records show Johnson was arrested in March on similar allegations and last year was charged with failing to register as a sex offender.

PIKE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED IN SHOOTING

A Pike County man is in jail suspected of shooting a man during an argument last week.

Court papers say Roger Johnson shot Tony Chainey after he apologized to Johnson for wrecking a truck he owner.

Witnesses told police say Johnson ordered Chainey several times to leave before pulling out a rifle and shooting Chainey in the stomach.


COAL MINER MEMORIAL VANDALIZED

Police in Harlan County have arrested a man in connection with vandalizing the county's Coal Miner Memorial and other downtown Harlan business signs.

Investigators say a witness told them she saw Mark Mays defacing the memorial and surveillance video captured him damaging signs at Core Fitness and the Harlan Senior Citizens Center.

Mays told Harlan police he owns all the building and they're his.

Police say damage estimates are expected to exceed a thousand dollars.


FAMILY FOLK WEEK UNDERWAY

Family Folk Week is in full swing at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County.

The annual event allows people to learn about the area's cultural heritage and traditional skills through craft workshops, music, dancing and storytelling.

Performances are scheduled each evening and are open to the public.


UPIKE PRESIDENT STAYING THROUGH 2018

The University of Pikeville's president will stay on the job until 2018.

James L. Hurley has recevied a contract extension from the university's board of trustees.

He's the university's first university president who is also an alumnus.


FORMER STATE LAWMAKER PASSES AWAY

Glenn Freeman - a former state lawmaker from Harlan County has died at the age of 80.

He served as a state representative and senator during his over 25 year political career.