Tuesday June 24, 2014

STATE TREASURER IN LETCHER COUNTY TODAY FOR SPECIAL UNCLAIMED PROPERTY EVENT

State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach will be in Letcher County today to find the owners of nearly $750,000 in unclaimed property. Judge/Executive Jim Ward will join Hollenbach in directing volunteers to establish a phone bank, review the list of claimants and call them so they know they have possible unclaimed property. Treasury staff will be at the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg to help claimants fill out paperwork. The visit is part of the state's Treasure Finders program that Hollenbach developed to notify potential claimants of cash or tangible property being held by the Treasury.

FLOYD COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER

A Floyd County man has been found guilty of killing his nephew, and abusing the little boy's siblings. Jason Dickerson was charged with the 2011 death of two-year-old Watson Adkins. The sentencing phase is currently underway.  Dickerson's wife is also facing charges in the case.

HARLAN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL PAY FOR SCHOOL NURSE SERVICES

The Harlan County Board of Education has agreed to pay nearly $28,000 for school nurse services provided by the County Health Department for the 2014-15 academic year. Superintendent Mike Howard says the high school and Cumberland elementary are covered by full-time staff, while the other elementary schools share a nurse. Last year, the Harlan County government transitioned the health department from the Cumberland Valley District to independent status - and Howard says that's why the district now has to pay for services it had received at no charge.

PERRY COUNTY MAN INDICTED ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

A Perry County man has been indicted on child abuse charges after school officials found multiple injuries on his girlfriend’s 6-year-old child 2 months ago. Jamie Stamper is currently on home incarceration, and a $50,000 bond was set in the case. The grand jury indictment found Stamper had intentionally shakened, punched, pushed, and beat the child. Police arrested Stamper after the child went to school with injuries so severe they prompted school officials to call police and take the child to a hospital.

CRASH ON FLOYD-JOHNSON COUNTY LINE SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

A crash on Route 321 at the Floyd-Johnson County line sent a woman to the hospital. Police say it happened yesterday afternoon when a car was rear-ended by a pickup truck near the Johns Creek Bridge. There's been no word on if the pickup driver was hurt or if charges have been filed.

METH INDICTMENTS IN PERRY COUNTY

A Perry County man and woman are indicted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. Police arrested Clifton Plowman and Elizabeth Fugate at an abandoned building in Combs that detectives say is a well known drug hangout. Plowman tried to escape on foot but officers apprehended him a short distance from the building. Investigators say a search of Fugate's purse found meth making materials. The two are being held on $75,000 bond each and are due in court next month.

ESCAPED INMATE FOUND IN WISE COUNTY

A Southwest Virginia jail inmate who escaped earlier this month was found in Wise County, Virginia. Police say Ryan Richard Potter was arrested at a home on Nightingale Lane in Coeburn. Deputies in Scott County Sheriff's Office say Potter walked off from an work detail in Pennington Gap. He was due to be released in August for a probation violation and prosecutors have nor charged him with felony escape. Potter is being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.

NEW LOOK FOR FLOYD COUNTY LIBRARY

The Floyd County Library in Prestonsburg is sporting a new fresh look. A year-long renovation has just concluded and with it comes a number of upgrades. One notable feature is in the new children’s book area - the library has put in what it calls a "tree feature", described as like a tree house and a tree under the skylight. The renovations were entirely paid for by the library.