16-Year Old Drowning Victim Identified by Whitley County Coroner

June 28, 2017

The Whitley County Coroner has identified a 16-year old drowning victim as Joshua Antonio Hipolito. The teen attended McCreary County High School. He died on Monday at Laurel Lake, after he and a friend jumped off a cliff into the water, then tried swimming back to the shore. Hipolito went underwater as he tried to swim back and never resurfaced. It took divers about two hours to recover his body. 



Donation Box in Pikeville Vandalized

June 28, 2017

Police in Pikeville say a donation box that provided items for those in need was vandalized Monday night. The Blessing Box outside Church of God Militant Pillar and Ground of the Truth had its door ripped off and glass broken. The church’s pastor said she does not think the vandalism was racially motivated, and they plan to repair the box. 



Increase in Number of Annual Drug Overdose Fatalities

June 28, 2017

More than 14-hundred people died for drug overdose in Kentucky last year, which is a 39% increase over the past three years. State Health officials say doctors need to look at other ways to treat pain; the overuse of prescription painkillers is blamed for the increase in drug addiction. 



Asplundh Employees Protest

June 28,2017

Employees from Asplundh stood along US 23 in Pike County hoping to bring attention to their requests for higher wages, and better safety conditions. Nearly two dozen workers lined the street in Coal Run, holding signs and asking for supportive honks from passers-by. The workers say the company’s Kentucky employees make several dollars less per hour than their counterparts do in other states. 



Camp Blanton in Harlan County Campers Possibly Exposed to Rabies

June 28, 2017

The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness wants to speak with anyone who may have camped at Camp Blanton in Harlan County earlier this month. Officials say that there have been reports of bats flying in people’s faces while they were sleeping in cabins, and the officials say that as many as 100 people could have been exposed to potentially rabid bats. If anyone was bit or scratched, they may not realize it, and they should immediately seek medical advice if there is any chance they came near the possibly rabid bats. Rabies is usually fatal, and exposure to the virus requires immediate treatment.