Tuesday July 1, 2014

LETCHER COUNTY DRUG BUST

The Letcher County Sheriff's office says they made the biggest synthetic marijuana bust in county history. On Sunday officers confiscated around $50,000 in drugs and cash from a Payne Gap home. Russell Peaks of Wise County Virginia and Lawrence Sexton of Jenkins were taken into custody and face multiple charges. Peaks is also wanted on a narcotics and probation violation warrant from Wise County. Sheriff Danny Webb says this raid should help take some of the synthetic meth off county streets.

FARM EQUIPMENT STOLEN IN KNOTT COUNTY

A Knott County man is offering a reward for the return of thousands of dollars of farm equipment stolen last week. Police say 3 walk-behind tractors were stolen from a shed at a property on Hollybush Road when someone cut a heavy chain securing the doors. The equipment was used at a garden tended to by 3 men, including Larry Hall, who is the one offering the $1000 reward. All 3 men say they started the garden as just something to do, and some of its crops were donated to neighbors and friends. If you have information about the theft, contact Kentucky State Police.

CAR BREAK-INS AT KONA

Police arrested a man suspected of breaking into a number of cars in Letcher County. Dylan Wright was taken into custody and faces over 20 charges associated with the car break-ins in the Kona area of Letcher County. Sheriff Danny Webb says nearly all the stolen property was recovered and they’ve worked to get the items back to their rightful owners.

PERRY COUNTY POLICE CHASE LEAVES MAN ON THE RUN

Police are asking for tips to find a man who escaped following a chase in Perry County. Investigators say an officer pulled over a driver early Saturday in downtown Vicco. When he got out of his patrol car, the driver took off, reaching speeds around 65 miles an hour during the 3 and a half mile long pursuit. Investigators say at one point the driver tried to ram the patrol car. The pursuit ended when the driver crashed through a fence at a property off Route 7 in Fusonia, then fled on foot, evading capture. The man is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, with short hair and cleanly shaven.

FLOYD COUNTY ROCKSLIDE

A rockslide shut down part of a Floyd County road yesterday afternoon. Police say it happened on Kassidy Drive in Prestonsburg, going toward the StoneCrest Golf Course. No injuries were reported.

STUDY SAYS LESLIE COUNTY ONE OF TOP 10 HARDEST PLACES TO LIVE

Leslie County has made it to the top 10 in New York Times’ list of the hardest places to live. In fact 6 out of the top 10 spots are in Eastern Kentucky, with Clay County at number one. The Times used factors like median household income, life expectancy and unemployment rates as indicators of how hard it is to live somewhere. The easiest place to live – according to the Times – is Los Alamos County in New Mexico.

COUNTERFEIT BILL SHOWING UP IN HARLAN

Harlan City Police say there’s been an increase in counterfeit bills being passed at area businesses. Investigators say the bogus bills are tens and twenties and all have the same serial numbers, which shows they are coming from the same place. So far the counterfeiters haven’t been found.

FLOYD COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER NEEDS HELP WITH ANIMALS

The Floyd County Animal Shelter is asking for help in reducing its animal population.  The shelter takes animals in daily and has up to 100 dogs and 70 cats – and the shelter manager says some of those animals may be euthanized if they can’t find forever homes for them. Last weekend’s adoption event at the Floyd County Farmer's Market resulted in zero animals finding a home – but 13 animals were brought in.