Thursday June 12, 2014

AUTOPSY RELEASED IN DEATH OF 4 MONTH OLD BABY

The State Coroner's office has released a preliminary autopsy report on an infant boy whose whose body was found over an embankment behind a Letcher County home last Friday.

Blunt force head trauma and an internal chest injury are listed as the causes of Blayze Alexander Smith's death..

Police say they found the body just over an hour after a call came in that the baby was missing.

Later on Friday a 16 year old was arrested and is now charged with murder.

Investigators say the teenager is related to the baby boy.

Funeral services for Smith were held yesterday.


PLEA DEAL FOR 2 PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF EMPLOYEES

2 ex-Pike County Sheriff's Office employees have taken a plea deal and avoid being tried on felony drug trafficking charges.

Deputy Matthew Blanton and dispatcher Phillip Thacker pleaded guilty to first-degree misconduct charges.

Blanton and Thacker along with another person were indicted last year for trafficking in controlled substances.


3RD ARREST IN HARLAN COUNTY HOME ROBBERY

Police in Harlan County arrest a third suspect in connection with a home robbery last month.

Investigators say Carl Collins teamed up with Arbin Shepherd and Cletus Robbins to rob Benji Stout at a home in the Catrons Creek Community.

He faces multiple charges and is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

A police report says that during the robbery the trio threatened to kill Stout's girlfriend if she went to the cops.

The report also says Robbins shot Stout in the chest.


APPLICATION APPROACHING FOR COAL COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP

The application deadline is approaching for a new scholarship awarded to people living in coal-producing counties so they can obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Students need to have already earned 60 hours or more towards their bachelors degree and be in good academic standing.

Maximum award amounts can be as high $6,800 annually but students need to have no past due obligations to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

Applications are due by Sunday.


LCPS-TV CHANNEL GOING OFF THE AIR

Letcher County Public Schools is shutting down its cable TV channel at the end of the month.

Officials say cost reductions are the reason - and it will save the district over $100,000 a year.

This comes at a time when the school budget was already in the red by over a half million dollars and that was made up by dipping into savings.

If the channel had not been shut down - the 2014-15 budget would be in a deficit of nearly $400,000

A federal grant got the channel operational 15 years ago, but that funding ended a while back.


STORMS CAUSE POWER ISSUES

Around 10,000 in Pike County lost power during Tuesday night's storms.

Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour damaged homes, ripped up poles and snapped trees.

Utility crews were out all of yesterday cleaning up the mess and getting power restored.

Officials warn that if a power line is down - treat it as if it's a live wire - even if it looks like the power's out.


SEX OFFENDER CASE GOING TO THE HARLAN GRAND JURY

A Harlan County grand jury will hear the case against a registered sex offender.

Bobby Wayne Johnson pleaded not guilty to a first degree criminal abuse charge.

Police say he grabbed a 15 year old girl's chest at the apartments near the rotary park.

Johnson was previously convicted of sex related charges in Georgia.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 23rd.