A Laurel County man is charged with several crimes after police say he gave alcohol to two teenage girls and convinced on of them to have sex with him. London Police say they were called to a Baymont inn where they found a 13 year old and 15 year old with 23-year-old Joshua Wagers. The 15-year-old told police that Wagers had talked her into having sex with him that night, and earlier in the week. The teenage girls were released to their parents. Wagers is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and rape charges. He was booked into the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Wise County Sheriffs office is asking for help finding a missing teenager. They say 16-year-old Brenden Hill was reported missing on February 18th. He’s described as 5’6” tall and around 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone who may know where he is is asked to contact the Wise county Sheriffs office.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says there were more Kentucky voters than ever in the 2016 election, but voter turnout was actually down. 1,955,195 Kentuckians voted, which equated to 59.1 percent of registered voters. That percentage was down from 59.7% in 2012 and 64% in 2008.
A new online petition calls for traffic lights to be put in at Betsy Layne Schools. The Group “The Future of Eastern Kentucky” says they want to see traffic lights on US 23 at both the high school and elementary school. Currently the sheriff’s department helps to direct traffic when school starts and lets out. So far the petition has about 200 signatures.
Five people are facing charges following an undercover prostitution sting in Ashland. Detectives fro the Criminal Investigations Section posted a personal ad on the internet, and would arrange a meeting with responders. When the person arrived at the meeting spot they were immediately arrested. A total of five people have been charged with prostitution.
Anyone in Knott County who has insurance will pay a little more to keep county facilities in business. Due to serious budget constraints the city considered three options, shutting down county-run facilities, implementing an occupational tax, or taxing insurance premiums. Yesterday the insurance tax wom out. Judge Executive Zack Weinburg says he’s hopeful that the tax, which is expected to bring in $600,000-$700,000 annually is only temporary. The tax does not apply to life or health insurance.
There were some scary moments at a Pizzeria in Floyd County yesterday afternoon. Witnesses say a man ran up to the cash register at Zippy’s Pizza, grabbed it and slammed it to the ground shooting money everywhere. That’s when the suspect and employee Johnny McKinney began fighting. McKenny says while they were fighting a woman came inside, got money from the cash register, then the man and woman went out into the parking lot where he heard a gunshot. McKinney says he returned fire. No one was hit. The two suspects drove away, but almost an hour later police arrested Christian Lyons and Davonna Wallen in association with the crime. Both of them used to work at Zippy’s Pizza. They’re both charged with second degree robbery, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A Harlan County man is charged with rape after police say he had sex with an underage girl. 37-year-old Jerry Rhymer was arrested after a brief foot chase with police. He’s also charged with fleeing and evading and disorderly conduct.
A new ambulance belonging to Perry County EMS salutes the Troops. The ambulance features camo print letters, a silhouette of a soldier saluting and more. They say the ambulance is a small way to show their support for so many families in Eastern Kentucky who have children fighting for freedom. It’s not the first cause the EMS company has supported with their ambulances. They already have ambulances bearing designs focused on awareness for heart disease, autism, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.