HARLAN COUNTY MAY HAVE TO PAY FOR FAILED INSURANCE TRUST
The Harlan County school district could be on the hook to pay over $300,000 for a failed school district insurance trust. For years The Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust provided school districts low-cost worker's comp and liability insurance but was dissolved when debts topped $50 million. After some legal wrangling, the county school district was told they owe 293 grand for workers comp and over 11 thousand in property liability. District officials say the ruling will likely be appealed but if the money has to be paid, bonds may be sold to cover the costs.
PERRY COUNTY CHURCH BURGLARY
Police in Perry County have made an arrest in connection with a church burglary. Late last week around a thousand dollars in merchandise were taken from the Big Leatherwood First Baptist Church - including snacks and items for the Vacation Bible School. On Saturday a van belonging to the was stolen. Yesterday police say they found everything - but not in the same condition as it was. The van sustained some exterior damage and one church member says it will need some substantial cleaning both in an out. Police found the merchandise in a foreclosed home next door to the church. 18 year old Shawn Noble is facing multiple charges, and police say there may be 2 other arrests in connection with this crime.
HARLAN COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR USING FAKE MONEY TO BUY MEDICATION
A Harlan County woman is accused of using fake money to pay for medication and other pharmaceutical items. Casey Neal was taken into custody last Thursday. Charging papers say that on June second Neal made two different purchases with counterfeit money. She is at the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond.
3 COUNTIES FORM THE CUMBERLAND RIVER DRUG TASK FORCE
3 Eastern Kentucky Counties have joined forces in the war on drugs. The Cumberland River Drug Task force comprises of police in Harlan, Bell, and Knox counties along with State Police and the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area - H-I-D-T-A for short. Officials say the goal is to go after upper-level drug dealers rather than street suppliers. Local police departments are funding the officers and federally funded H-I-D-T-A will pay for overtime costs.
PIKE COUNTY MAN WANTED FOR USING STOLEN CREDIT CARD
A Pike County man suspected of fraudulent credit card use is now facing a battery of drug charges. Police say Jonathon Holstein of Pikeville was seen last month on a gas station surveillance video using a stolen credit card.He was pulled over a few weeks later and when officers searched his car, they found a number of different drugs along with paraphernalia. Holstein was arrested and booked unto the Pike County Detention Center, but has since been released after posting a $10,000 cash or property bond. A Pike County grand jury is reviewing the case for possible indictment.
HARLAN COUNTY RELAY SETS RECORD
Harlan County Relay For Life organizers say they've raised over $60,000 from this past weekend's event. The annual event raises money for the American Cancer Society. Folks say this year has broken the record for the most money ever raised at Harlan County's "Relay."
TRI CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION WILL BE JULY 5
The 4th of July will come on the 5th this year in one Harlan County city. That's the date for the 25th annual fireworks show put on by the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce and Cumberland Tourist Commission. Chamber President Jeff Wilder says they tried to get the event on the 4th, but the fireworks providers were already committed to larger-scale productions. Wilder says they know the Saturday show will help make a festive Independence Day weekend for everyone. It begins at 10pm.