Friday January 3, 2014

Several people were injured following a crash Thursday afternoon on the Hal Rogers Parkway between London and Somerset. It happened around 5:30 near mile marker 33 about 10 miles from Somerset. Two cars were involved and five or six people were injured, none of them seriously. They were taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset for treatment. Police say slick roads were a factor in the crash.

A woman from Chapmanville, West Virginia was killed in an two vehicle crash in Pike County, Ky. Thursday morning. Kentucky State Police say Lillian Raines, 50, died in the crash on US 119 just after 7 a.m. Troopers say Raines lost control and struck a bridge twice before crossing the center line and hitting an on-coming vehicle. Raines died at a hospital in South Williamson. The driver of the other car was initially taken to a local hospital, before being transferred to a hospital in Huntington.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say ice caused a crash that killed a woman near Barbourville. Deputies say 62-year-old Ruby Miles died in a five car pile-up on South KY-11 early Thursday morning. Officials say she was on her way to work at Knox Central High School. She worked in the Food Service Department. Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say Miles was driving to school when her car slid on ice into the guardrail on South KY-11 and was part of a five car pile-up.

A three-vehicle crash involving a fire rescue truck and an ambulance also pushed a pickup truck into a creek early Thursday morning. That crash was part of at least three on Highway 28 in the same area. Ice caused another crash on Highway 15, near the intersection of Highway 7 Thursday, according to the Viper Fire Department.

Sheriff Kevin Johnson say they have reason to believe the fire is a case of arson. It happened around 9:30 Wednesday night on Mize Branch Road in the Burning Springs community.
Officials say there was some sort of an explosion that led to the fire, which crews were able to quickly contain. No one was injured. The cause of the blast is still under investigation.



Breaking News Wednesday January 1, 2014

Breaking News from WYMT:

The Letcher County coroner tells WYMT 24 year-old Mike Hogg was stabbed to death last night in Whitesburg.

His cause of death is listed as multiple stab wounds.
WHITESBURG, Ky (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police report one person is dead and two others are injured following an overnight stabbing in Whitesburg.

Officials tell WYMT the altercation happened after 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday on Main Street near the StreetSide Bar and Grill in Whitesburg.

The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

KSP said two people were questioned in connection to the stabbing but no charges have been filed at this time.

We hope to update this story as more information becomes available.



Tuesday December 31, 2013

Ten states report widespread flu activity, which is the highest level described by the Centers for Disease Control. Kentucky joins 22 other states in the regional activity level, which is the second highest on the CDC scale. A person is diagnosed with the virus through a flu screen and can be treated with a prescription. Health officials say hand washing is a great way to help prevent yourself from coming down with the flu.

The new year could bring layoffs at the Harlan County Sheriff's Department. The Harlan County Fiscal Court approved the Sheriff's budget in a special-called meeting on Monday morning. Records show the budget is about $100,000 dollars less than the past year's budget. Sheriff Marvin Lipfird says he originally planned for a $1.06 million salary budget, but due to reduced coal severance funds coming in, he says the Fiscal Court asked him to trim the budget to $900,000.

It is a store many Pike County families go to for affordable furniture, clothes, and other items, but The Charity Thrift Store in Shelbiana is forced to close. For about eight years folks in Pike County have been going to thrift store on US 460 to buy discounted items. Now, with local donations dwindling and their main merchandise supplier in Maryland cutting off their monthly shipments, owners say the store is forced to close.

Pike County deputies say a man is behind bars for selling drugs while he had his young child with him. Deputies say 44-year-old Christopher Irick sold undercover officers Suboxone strips in the parking lot of the Shelbiana Food City. Rhey arrested Irick and say they found more prescription pills when they searched him. They also say his five-year-old child was with him at the time. Irick is charged with drug trafficking and wanton endangerment.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit the home turf of a potential presidential rival to headline a fundraiser that's part of a strong push by Kentucky Republicans to flip control of the state House in their favor in 2014. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, will speak at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner set for March 15 at Murray State University in western Kentucky, Kentucky's junior senator.  Rand Paul, has been invited to attend.

Monday December 30, 2013

Four counties in western Kentucky are joining together to create the Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement. The regional economic development organization is being launched Jan. 2 by leaders in McLean, Henderson, Webster and Union counties. It is a merger of Northwest Kentucky Forward and the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. The organization will be called KYNDLE.

Kentucky State Police say a woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle while walking in Rowan County Saturday night. The accident happened around 6:30pm on KY 377 just 12 miles north of Morehead.  Brooke Justice, 23, was walking south in the northbound lane when she was struck by a Pickup truck driven by Joshua Cooper, 26 of Morehead. Justice was flown to UK Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition.

Pulaski County paid a former detention center employee $137,500 to settle a lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed by Jailer Mike Harris. The Commonwealth Journal reports Rebecca Moses sued Harris and other county officials in September in federal court in London. The lawsuit claims Harris subjected Moses to "sexually charged comments, innuendo, inappropriate touching and other demeaning. It claims the harassment began during Moses' first week of employment in June 2012 when Harris allegedly told her to wear mini-skirts and stilettos to work. The suit says Moses was terminated in August 2012 when she refused to submit to Harris' sexual advances.

Two Magoffin County construction firm owners accused in a kickback scheme with a judge executive from another county will be in court today. Kenneth and Ruth Gambill will be arraigned in Federal Court tomorrow morning. An indictment accuses the Gambills of working with Morgan County Judge Executive, Tim Conley, to steer contracts worth $1.1 dollars to their company. U.S. Attorneys say this was all in exchange for county construction projects.

Nearly $30,000 worth of AT&T aerial copper telephone cable has been stolen in Letcher County since November, according to an AT&T spokesperson. Copper thefts have occurred along Highway 7 South and Highway 931. The steady rise in the market price of copper over the last few years and the state of the economy has led some people to extreme measures, including stealing copper cables from houses and telephone poles.


Thursday December 26, 2013

A woman is on the run after escaping from a hospital. Whitesburg police say Amanda Yonts took a 2002 F-150 pickup truck belonging to Whitesburg ARH Hospital.  Police say Yonts broke out of the Whitesburg ARH around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. Officials tell us Yonts has warrants out of Pike County, and was admitted to the hospital for a drug overdose. Police say they recovered the stolen ARH vehicle in King's Creek community of Letcher County around 9:00 Tuesday night. Police have not found 24 year old Amanda Yonts.
Health officials say heroin abusers have a higher risk of contracting serious infections, including HIV. They say this disease may be on the rise in Kentucky. The sharing of needles is a major factor in spreading illnesses. Some health officials in Perry County say they have treated HIV cases but not many have been linked to drug usage. This may change, however, as law enforcement officers say they have noticed an increase in the popularity of heroin. Police say within the last six to eight months they have caught more heroin users than ever before.
A Letcher County woman serving life in prison for the 1991 slaying of her husband will get a chance to argue for her freedom in February. The Mountain Eagle says that the Kentucky Board of Probation and Parole will hear from 73-year-old Rebecca Kincer in February. A judge sentenced Kincer to life in prison for the May 1, 1991 shooting of 67-year-old Vernal L. Kincer at the couple's home in Mayking. Police say Rebecca Kincer used a 16-gauge shotgun to shoot her husband as he lay on a mattress in couple's home.
Police say it is an apartment complex with a history of drug-related offenses. A tenant faces charges after a multi-agency investigation in Letcher County. The search netted pills and 32 packets of synthetic marijuana. Police say they are working with informants and the apartment complex's management to keep drugs out of the neighborhood.
Two people are facing charges after police say they stole from a donation jar, and then tried to make a quick escape. Police say David Humphrey, 19, and Cody Mullis, 23, grabbed the donation jar for Shop With A Cop at the Xpress Station off Exit 15 in Williamsburg. That's when police say the two fled the scene, all while nearly causing several accidents. One man is accused of taking the donation bin. The other is accused of driving the getaway vehicle.