LAUREL COUNTY GRANDMOTHER CHARGED WITH MURDER OF GRANDCHILD IN CRASH
Laurel County deputies say that they arrested 46-year-old Melissa Worstell, of London, on Monday night after being dispatched to a wreck on Parker Road in London. A six-month-old child died following in the accident. Deputies say Worstell's vehicle dropped off the shoulder, struck a culvert, flipped and hit a utility pole. Investigators learned that after the crash the woman tried to swallow a piece of a cigarette pack containing several pills. Worstell said she had taken neurotin and methadone earlier. Deputies determined that Worstell's six-month-old grandchild wasn't restrained properly at the time of the crash. The infant was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in London where she was pronounced dead. Worstell is now in the Laurel County Detention Center and charged with murder along with other charges.
COUNTERFEIT MONEY SHOWS UP IN FLOYD COUNTY
Counterfeit money has been passed at a business in Floyd County. Officials say the purchase made with a fake fifty dollar bill was made Sunday evening at the IGA gas station in McDowell. The incident could be linked to other counterfeit bills being passed in the area. Officials encourage business owners to mark their money as it comes through to prevent counterfeit bills from being passed around. Any business owners who think they might have seen counterfeit bills or if anyone has information in this case, you are asked to contact the Floyd County Sheriff's Office at 606-886-6171.
POLICE LOOKING FOR PERSON AFTER BELL COUNTY STABBING
Police in Bell County are looking for a man following a stabbing Monday. The Bell County Sheriff tells us 25 year old Jessica Sweeney lured a man to a home on Knot Hole Road near the Arjay community. The man thought he was going to look at a heater, but when he arrived, he was attacked. Sweeney gave another man a knife and he cut the victim's wrist and stomach. The victim was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Police will not release the name of the man they are looking for, but they do believe he is 31 years old.
BAD CHECKS CAUSING LOSS FOR BUSINESSES IN THREE COUNTIES
Bad checks continue to cause losses for local businesses in Bell, Floyd, and Johnson counties. Police are trying to find the man responsible for cashing fraudulent checks at several stores in Eastern Kentucky. A man has passed the checks in at least four stores in the region, passing off fake payroll checks and getting away with more than $1,000. One of the stores victimized was the Paintsville Smart Stop on Nov. 19. The store's manager, Rachel Blair, said the man was wearing an AT&T shirt and had an AT&T credential badge clipped to his shirt. The phony checks all appear to be from AT&T in the amount of $367.54. They're made out to a Robert Martin in Prestonsburg - an identity Prestonsburg police said is fake. The suspect is white, around 5-11 and 240 pounds and wears a cell phone earpiece, police said. He may be driving a green, four-door car. If you have any information, call Prestonsburg Police at 606-886-1010.
APPALACHIAN WIRELESS COPPER THEFT ON CELL TOWER IN JOHNSON COUNTY
The Johnson County Sheriffs Office received a call from Appalachian Wireless November 25th saying they were missing wire from a cell tower off Highway 460 near Paintsville. Deputies say the wire was taken sometime from November 11th through the 25th.The estimated value of the items stolen from the tower is said to be around $6,000. The wire is fiber active cable which has four or five strands of fiber active cable in the middle incased with copper power line and then it has aluminum sheet around that wire to protect it. Deputies are asking for help to find the thief. If you have any information about the theft deputies ask you to call the Johnson County Sheriffs Office at (606) 789-3411.
HARLAN POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN WHO MAY HAVE SET AN OLD MOTEL ON FIRE
Police in Harlan are seeking the public help in finding a man they believe set an old motel on fire. The fire broke out at the motel early Monday morning. The Old Jones Motel has been closed for years and police say there was no electricity running to the building. Witnesses told police they say a white man riding a bike around the motel and he had a green pull over tied around his waist. Only the lobby area was damaged by the fire. Anyone with information is asked to call 606-573-1121.
POPULAR BRITISH DRAMA SERIES TO BE SHOT IN EASTERN KY
The creator of popular British drama series 'Call the Midwife' is writing a series based on Mary Breckenridge and frontier nurses in 1920's Appalachia. The series is expected to be shot in Eastern Kentucky. Breckenridge started the Frontier Nursing Services in Leslie County, bringing healthcare to the people of Southeastern Kentucky. Producers of the show have not announced the exact locations of the shoot or who will star in it.
PERRY COUNTY MAN INDICTED AFTER MULTI-COUNTY CHASE
A Perry County man will be indicted by the grand jury after a high-speed, multi-county chase with a stolen license. Larry W. Ratliff, 61, of Vicco, was indicted last month on one count of first-degree fleeing or evading police, one count of theft of identity of another without consent, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment, and one count of reckless driving. Documents at the Perry County Courthouse show Ratliff is also facing unrelated charges of trafficking in controlled substances in another case.
HARLAN COUNTY WOMAN DIES IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
An Evarts woman died after she lost control of her vehicle in Harlan County Monday afternoon. Police say 85 year old Evelyn Philpot was driving on Highway 38 when she lost control, hit a guardrail and hit another car. The driver of the other car was not hurt. Police believe wet roads contributed to the crash.
TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN POUND/JENKINS MOUNTAIN FOR A TIME LAST NIGHT
A crash involving a tractor trailer closed down both the north and southbound lanes U.S.-23 on Pound/Jenkins Mountain in Letcher County for several hours Monday night. It happened just before seven ‘o'clock Monday evening near the Virginia state line. Police say no one was hurt in the accident and both lanes of the road is now back open.
HARLAN COUNTY AMBULANCE INVOLVED IN LEXINGTON WRECK
Five people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries after an accident involving an ambulance in Lexington. It happened sometime before 3:00 p.m. Monday on Alumni Drive near the New Circle Road exit. The accident involved two vans and a Harlan County ambulance. Lexington fire officials say five people were transported to the hospital by the Lexington Fire Department with minor injuries.
MAN FOUND DEAD AT HARLAN COUNTY CHURCH WAS THE PASTOR
Woodrow "Woody" Fields, 52, Pastor of Evarts Free Pentecostal Holiness Church in Harlan County, died on Friday night at the church. The cause of death has not been determined, awaiting autopsy results, but those close to him say he died following a snake bite. The congregation had a service on Friday night and the Harlan County Coroner reports that Fields died during the service.
PERRY COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH INDECENT EXPOSURE
61 year old Frank Fraley faces a charge of second degree indecent exposure after he exposed himself to a woman Saturday. Kentucky State Police report indicates a woman said a man jumped out from behind some bushes naked. Fraley has not been charged in connection with other similar incidents in Perry County.
2 HARLAN COUNTY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS HAVE FINANCIAL SUCCESS
Harlan County’s two major tourist and recreation attractions have had a successful year. The Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area and the Black Mountain Thunder Zipline are also making plans for expansion in the coming year. Together, the two attractions draw thousands of visitors a year to Harlan County giving the local economy a boost. 15 full or part-time workers will be hired during the year. Overseeing their operations is the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority, comprised of volunteers appointed by the Harlan Fiscal Court, which will celebrate its 10th year of existence next year. It was formed by the fiscal court in 2005 to promote recreation and tourism opportunities in the county. Ken Crider, a board member and treasurer of the HCORBA, says the organization is not only fiscally sound, it is also becoming a major factor in Harlan County’s economic well-being.
HARLAN COUNTY DEATH INVESTIGATION
Police received a call from the Harlan County Coroner around 11:15 Friday night after Woodrow Fields, 58, was found dead at Evarts Pentecostal Holiness Church. Police are still investigating at this time. Autopsy results are pending.
MISSING JACKSON COUNTY MAN FOUND SAFE
Kentucky State Police said a man missing from Jackson County has been found safe. Ronald L. Tincher, 73, was last seen Saturday morning . State Police Tincher reported he was found on Sunday afternoon by his family.
MURDER TRIAL BEGINS TUESDAY IN HARLAN COUNTY
Timothy Turner, 38, is set to face trial for the murder of Stephen Gibson. Gibson, 58, was found dead in his residence at 610 South Main Street in Harlan on June 2, 2011. The long-awaited trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Harlan Circuit Court. The victim was found when Harlan City Police Department officers assisted by members of the Harlan City Fire Department performed a well-being check at Gibson’s residence. Another person, Rachel Osborne, was originally charged with murder in the same case, but entered a plea of guilty. She is scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday. Osborne and Turner were arrested in June 2011 by Kentucky State Police on charges of murder, first-degree robbery kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence. Turner is charged with murder, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, first-degree robbery, kidnapping (victim death), and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
2 ESCAPE FROM BLACKBURN IN LEXINGTON-ONE HAS EASTERN KY CONNECTIONS
The Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington says two inmates walked away from the facility and one has eastern Kentucky connections. Employees discovered Michael Fleet and Joshua Stephenson were missing just after 8:00 pm on Saturday. Fleet was serving a 13-year sentence for burglary charges out of Bell County here in Eastern Kentucky. He would have been eligible for parole in March 2015. Stephenson was serving a 13-year sentence for burglary charges out of Campbell County. He would have been eligible for parole in May 2015. We're told Fleet is 26-years-old, 5'8", 185 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Stephenson is 23-years-old, 5'4", 135 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information should contact police.
HARLAN ARH ADVISORY COUNCIL RECOGNIZES SEVERAL
Two outgoing members of The Local Advisory Council of Harlan ARH Hospital met recently and recognized Rev. Larry Toner, of Bledsoe, was recognized for his eight years of service to the council and hospital, as well as for his many years of work as Harlan’s representative to the ARH President’s Representative Advisory Council that meets four times per year. Randall Brock, of Harlan, was recognized for his seven years on the council as well as for his services the past two years as council chairman. The council noted the addition of three new members: Rev. Ronnie Hampton, of Lynch; Edna Burkhart, principal of Harlan County High School; and Rev. Nathan Boggs, of Pine Mountain.
HARLAN IND HIGH SCHOOL HONORED
Harlan Independent High School has been recognized as an exceptional academic institution by Carnegie Mellon University’s Niche.com. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students, Niche.com provides reviews and rankings of more than 120,000 K-12 schools across the country. Among Kentucky’s best was Harlan Independent High School, ranked No. 22. Other schools in the region making the ranking were Hazard High at No. 35 and Corbin High at No. 19. US News & World Report has routinely rated Harlan Independent High School as “One of America’s Best High Schools.” Categories used to determine the Niche.com ranking include Academics, Health and Safety, Student Culture and Diversity, Teachers, Resources and Facilities, Sports and Fitness, Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience and Extracurricular and Experience.
3 VEHICLE CRASH IN PERRY COUNTY SENDS ONE TO THE HOSPITAL
An accident on Kentucky Highway-15 in Perry County sent one person to the hospital Monday afternoon. Police Officers say it happened around 2:00 p.m. near the Bluegrass Exit in Hazard when one vehicle pulled onto Kentucky-15, causing a crash that involved three vehicles. The driver of one of the vehicles was transported by ambulance to ARH, with non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor, and police do not expect to file any charges.
FLOYD COUNTY POLICE ARREST ONE AND STILL LOOKING FOR ANOTHER IN SEVERAL ROBBERIES
Police in Floyd County are still looking for a suspect in connection to robberies and they have arrested 21 year old Tanner Spears who was indicted on multiple charges including kidnapping, robbery, and theft of more than $10,000 . 23 year old Johnathan Weddington is still wanted, indicted on the same charges. Anyone with information is asked to call 606-433-7711.
POLICE LOOKING FOR SERIAL FLASHER IN PERRY COUNTY
A serial flasher has been reported near Avawam and Perry County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for the person. Investigators received a complaint two weekends ago but have not found the flasher yet. Perry County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Eversole says the individual may be a homeless person. Several witnesses have reported the flasher, described as a while male in his sixties, over six-feet-tall and wearing only a black knit cap. Investigators believe they know the man responsible and say he is dangerous, with a history of assaults. Police are cautioning the public to not approach the individual.
HARLAN COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES
Sylvia Chasteen, 40, of Loyall, was arrested on multiple charges by Kentucky State Police Trooper Rodney Sturgill on Sunday after police received a complaint about stolen medication. According to the citation, police received a call that Chasteen had stolen medication from her mother’s residence and was fighting with her niece. Chasteen was arrested on a Bell County warrant. Chasteen was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, public intoxication by controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. Chasteen was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 full cash bond. The case is being investigated by Sturgill.
HARLAN COUNTY OFFICIALS APPROVE USING COUNTY PROPERTY TO HELP PAY FOR ZIP LINE LOAN
At a special called meeting held on Monday. members of the Harlan Fiscal Court approved using county property as collateral to help the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority refinance a zip line loan. Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop said Harlan Revitalization Association Inc. is in the process of closing their loan program and have requested their borrowers refinance their loans with them through another financial institution. downtown, but Harlan County was included. Grieshop said the fiscal court got involved because the recreation board wasn’t able to make their payments and the court was subsidizing them for several years.
PIKE COUNTY COAL MINE IDLED
A Pike County mine has been idled and will eliminated 48 jobs. Steve Hawkins who is media relations director for Alpha Natural Resources said Friday that the company has idled its Sidney Coal Company Taylor Fork Energy underground mine. According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Mine Data Retrieval System, through the first three quarters of this year, the mine has produced more than 282,000 tons of coal.
CRAM THE CRUISER DRIVE UNDERWAY
The Fifth annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive sponsored by Kentucky State Police is in full swing. Food collection sites have been established at all 16 posts throughout the state and at the agency’s headquarters location in Frankfort. The campaign extends through Dec. 16, 2014 and is designed to collect non-perishable food items for needy families.
MURDER ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED IN FLOYD COUNTY
In Floyd County, warrants have been issued by Police for the arrest of Floyd Junior Sexton, John Tate Maggard and Jennifer Gayle Jernigan. Sexton is wanted on a murder charge, while Maggard and Jernigan both face a complicity to commit murder charge steming from the death of Bill Russell Collins, earlier this month. Anyone with information is asked to State Police at 606-433-7711.
A HARLAN WOMAN'S MONTH OLD CORPSE FOUND INSIDE APARTMENT WITH SON
A 63-year-old Harlan City woman was found a woman dead inside her Holly Point Apartment Thursday. Police report that her son lived with her corpse for about one month after she died of natural causes, and did not report her death because he was praying for a miracle. The deputy coroner ruled that Hall died of natural causes, but her body was to Frankfort for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
HARLAN MAYOR LOOKS FOR FEDERAL MONEY FOR KHIC
Mayor Danny Howard told members of the Harlan City Council at a recent meeting, that he had met with Sandi Curd, program coordinator of the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation’s (KHIC) Promise Zone, hoping to get federal money. Curd will be in Williamsburg this week assisting those who want to submit grants. Harlan Center Executive-Director Brandon Pennington said that Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley are a part of the Promise Zone and will receive extra points for grants submitted. Pennington also met with Curd and will attend the meeting in Williamsburg.
ROAD CLOSURE SATURDAY IN LETCHER COUNTY
KY1469, Long Fork in Letcher County, between mile points 0 and 1 will close at 8 a.m. Saturday, November 22, for installation of a new cross drain to improve drainage at that site. The project requires that a trench be cut through the pavement from one side of the road to the other. Highway District 12 Section Engineer Paxton Weddington said the road will be closed to all traffic and weather permitting, will re-open about 4 p.m. the same day. Local traffic will be able to access the road on either side of the work zone but traffic will not be able to go through the work area.
LONG TIME BUSINESS TO CLOSE IN BIG STONE GAP VA
A 65-year-old family operated business in Big Stone Gap will close its doors at the end of the year leaving the oldest business building vacant. Wilma James who opened Powell Valley Builders and Supply in 1969 with her late husband Walter, plans to close up shop after 65 years of business in the Nickels building which dates back to the towns earliest years.
JENNY WILEY THEATRE'S WHITE CHRISTMAS IS UNDERWAY
The Jenny Wiley Theatre is being packed out with people for "White Christmas" the musical.Ned Donovan, is cast as Bob Wallace. Director and choreographer Brian Swasey said the performance is right from the classic film, about a song and dance duo that goes up to Vermont to help another sort of female duo save an inn that a friend is running. The inn is not doing so well and they decide to put on a show. It features familiar Christmas songs and runs about 2 hours. For more information on "White Christmas," visit http://www.jwtheatre.com.
CONCEAL CARRY CLASS TO HE HELD