Friday June 13, 2014

LETCHER COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTS 5 IN COPPER THEFT

A grand jury has indicted 5 people from Letcher County who are suspected of vandalizing mining equipment to steal copper and other metals from the machine.

They are identified as Michael Morton, John Maggard, Rebecca Lewis, William McFall and Gregory Caudill.

Police say they broke into a Cumberland River Coal Company building 2 months ago and used cutting torches and other tools to remove the metals from the $80,000 piece of equipment.

Investigators say the machine was damaged beyond repair.


NEW RESTAURANT IN JENKINS WITH ALCOHOL SALES TO FOLLOW SOON

A Letcher County city's days as a dry town may soon be coming to an end.

The owners of the newly opened Las Penas restaurant in Jenkins say they've applied for a liquor license and expect it to be issued in the coming weeks.

Jenkins has been an alcohol-free town for over 100 years.


FLOYD COUNTY MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES

A Floyd County man facing multiple drug and endangerment charges is free after a police officer failed to appear in court on Monday.

Michael Lee had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, 13 counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

District Judge Eric Hall dismissed the charges.


WHITESBURG CITY EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED

The Whitesburg City Council recognized a long time employee who died recently and another who has retired.

Steve Taylor worked for nearly 25 years as an operator at the city water plant for 24 years before his recent death.

Long time city worker Wade Dean Adams recently retired due to health reasons.

Mayor James Wiley Craft presented certificates of appreciation to Adams and Taylor’s wife Ann.


LETCHER COUNTY POLICE CHASE

A Letcher County man is in jail on drug charges and for leading officers on a chase.

Police say the responded to a tip about a suspicious car on Thornton Road and when they tried to pull it over, the driver - identified as Jimmy Sandlin - sped away.

He was eventually pulled over and officers say they had to use tazers to get Sandlin into custody.


LETCHER COUNTY COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE MOVING

Phone calls to the Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office may go unanswered today and Monday - but not because no one in's the office.

It's part of the move from Whitesburg City Hall to the second floor of the Letcher County Health Department.

I-T techs from the state are completing the installation of computer and phone connections and phones may be out while the work is completed.

Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks has been working as normal during the move - which is expected to be done by Tuesday.

LONGTIME HARLAN COUNTY POLITICIAN PASSES AWAY

A longtime state politician from Harlan County native has died.

Glenn Freeman served in both the House and Senate and is well known for his work on the state's Coal Mine Safety Analyst Program - the result of a 1976 incident which killed 26 miners.

Freeman is survived by his wife, three sons and 10 grandchildren.

He was 80.


LETCHER COUNTY FARMER'S MARKET BEGIN SATURDAY

The Letcher County Farmer’s Market kicks off tomorrow next to the Veterans Museum in Whitesburg.

It will be open from 9am until 1pm every Saturday through October.

This is the second year for the market.


TODAY AND TOMORROW WRAPS UP LETCHER COUNTY TIRE AMNESTY PROGRAM

Letcher County is running a tire amnesty program which allows folks to get rid of tires at no charge.

You can bring used tires to Swanee Loading Dock in Isom on Highway 7 or Gateway Industrial Park off US 23 in Jenkins.

The tires are ground up and then recycled.

Hours are from 8am until 4:30 pm and tomorrow is the last day for the program.