Wednesday June 11, 2014

LETCHER COUNTY PROSECUTORS DECIDING JUVENILES CHARGES

Letcher County Letcher County prosecutors are deciding whether to charge a 16 year old murder suspect as an adult.

On Friday police found the body of 4 month old Blayze Alexander Smith down a ravine behind the fanily's home on Turner Drive.

The teenager suspected of killing Smith was arrested that same day and taken to a juvenile detention center.

Prosecutors haven't set a date for their decision on filing charges against the boy and his name is being withheld.

 

SHOTS FIRED AT WIFE AND DAUGHTER IN HARLAN COUNTY

Tense moments Monday night at a Harlan County home as police rescued a woman and her five year old daughter after shots were fired.

According to investigators Johnny Irvin was highly intoxicated and had barged into his nephew Jason Jones's home.

The 2 argued and eventually Jones shot Irvin in the leg. The mother and daughter hid out in a bedroom closet and called 9-1-1 - and while on the phone dispatchers heard gunshots.

Officers safely evacuated them through a window, then went inside and confronted Irvin - who first refused to leave, but was taken into custody after police tazered him.

He is facing multiple charges including D-U-I. Jones was not charged.

 

NEW TRIAL POSSIBLE IN JOHNSON COUNTY DUI CASE

A Johnson County suspected drunk driver who was convicted of manslaughter may end up getting a new trial.

The attorney for Myra Castle says one of the jury members wasn't truthful about their knowledge of the case during the jury selection process.

A judge ordered an evidentiary hearing for this morning.

 

PIKE COUNTY CAR CRASH

A 2-car crash in Pike County involved a City of Prestonsburg Public Works Department pickup truck.

Police say it happened at the intersection of Mays Branch and North Lake Drive late Monday morning.

When first responders arrived they found a minivan had run over a stop sign and the Prestonsburg truck was near Porter Lane.

Both drivers were taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

The Kentucky State Patrol is investigating the crash because a Prestonsburg city vehicle was involved.


WHITAKER BANK FOUNDER PASSES AWAY

Tributes are pouring out for Elmer Whitaker - the Leslie County-born businessman who founded the bank that bears his name.

Elmer Keith Whitaker says his grandfather died from complications due to diabetes.

He went to work in the coal mines right after high school graduation and ended up going in with his father to buy their own mine - which ended up being the cornerstone of what would become Whitaker Bank, which now has branches in 17 Kentucky counties.

Whitaker was 85.


ANIMAL CRUELTY IN PERRY COUNTY

A Perry County man is due in court at the end of the month on suspicion of animal cruelty.

Sheriff's deputies say Paul Melton neglected the care of a horse by not feeding  - and it became so weak that it had to be euthanized yesterday morning.

Melton says the horse was already sick when he got it and he was working on preparing an area to nurse it back to health.

Perry County chief deputy Tony Everson says this is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he has seen recently.


HARLAN COUNTY NATIVE NAMED VP AT LMU

A woman from Harlan County was named vice president for administration at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

Lisa Blair-Cox joined L-M-U 12 years ago as executive assistant to the President, and her new job makes her a member of the President's cabinet.

Most recently Blair-Cox was dean of administration - a position she began in 2011.