LOCAL NEWS

Thursday December 19, 2013

Rescue crews have found three hikers who went missing in Red River Gorge. The hikers lost their way Tuesday evening after the sun set. The group had been near the Gladie Historic Site on Bison Way Trail on the Menifee-Wolfe county line. Officials with Menifee County Emergency Management say the rescuers and hikers made it out Wednesday morning. One hiker, who was injured after falling, was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.
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One Whitley County man faces an assault charge. Sheriff's Deputies say they responded to a dispute call along Cripple Creek Road. When they arrived, police say they learned Brandon Smith had cut his stepfather with a kitchen knift and was in an argument with his mother.
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More than 200 people in Floyd County received a free Christmas meal Wednesday. The Garrett Church of God handed out hams and other food items to hundreds of folks. Church members say all of the food was donated by one man who wishes to remain anonymous. They say the man donates food every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some folks stood in line for nearly four hours to get the food.
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A group of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement employees has filed suit against the Kentucky State Police claiming wage discrimination. The civil suit filed in Franklin Circuit Court Monday claims that vehicle enforcement officers are "compensated at a substantially lower rate of pay than Kentucky State Police troopers and cadets" despite performing similar duties. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement is a division of Kentucky State Police. 107 plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
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The Kentucky State Police "Cram the Cruiser" campaign collected 62 tons of food statewide.  Post 10 troopers collected 29,944 pounds of food in Bell, Knox, and Harlan counties.
The food goes to shelters, food banks, and churches in each Post area to help needy families.

 

Wednesday December 18, 2013

State police say they made an arrest in a Harlan County murder case. Police arrested 27-year-old Steven Simpson in Harlan County on Tuesday morning. Troopers say he is charged with complicity to murder for the death of James "Jay" Feltner. Feltner's body was found on an abandoned strip mine in the Blair community a week after he went missing in July 2011. Two others are charged in the case.
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Police are searching for a person who robbed a Pike County Subway Monday night. It happened at a Subway restaurant on US 23 near the Caney area just south of Pikeville.  Kentucky State Police are not releasing many details right now, but detectives say they are following up on several leads. If you have any information about this robbery you are asked to call KSP Post 9 at (606) 433-7711.
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Gov. Beshear said Tuesday he's determined to pump more state money into education and is willing to push for unspecified budget cuts to find money for schools. Looking ahead to the 2014 General Assembly session, Beshear said the state needs to begin restoring funding cuts made during the recession to prevent any backsliding in education. The session starting in January will be dominated by work on a new two-year state budget.
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Harlan County Rescue Squad member Scotty Moore dedicated his life to helping others, but now he needs help. He suffered serious burns last week during an explosion.
The rescue squad is coming together to help him through his recovery. Scotty Moore is hundreds of miles away in a burn hospital in Augusta, Georgia. His fellow rescue squad members saved his life. Captain Chris Allen says 21-year-old Scotty Moore was laid off from his coal job. He did not want to move away from Harlan County, so he and some friends planned to start a logging business.
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Students will earn an associate's degree and a high school diploma at the same time. Every student will have a laptop to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to let students move at their own pace. All are pilot programs the Education Department is funding with $120 million in grants to five school groups. More than 200 school districts applied for the Race to the Top money, part of the President 's economic stimulus package from 2009. This is the second year the department has given funds directly to local schools to implement their own improvement plans.

 

Tuesday December 17, 2013

An investigation is underway into what caused an overnight fire in Perry County. It happened around four Monday morning at the skating rink at Fugate's Entertainment Center on Highway 15 just outside Hazard. Firefighters tell us the building was a loss. We are told there was a home nearby that they were able to save. So far, no word on what might have started the fire. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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One person is dead after a a single vehicle crash Monday afternoon in the Justiceville community of Pike County. Officials say it happened around 3 o'clock when the grey Ford Ranger that was traveling East on US 460 left the roadway hitting a residential fence and then went on to hit a cement wall head on. Police at the scene are looking into what may have caused the driver of the pickup truck to leave the road. The accident remains under investigation by Ketnucky State Police Post 9. Officials are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.
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Police say a Pulaski County teenager has been arrested because he made threats against Southwestern High School. Police say a 15 year old student sent text messages saying the student was planning on shooting up the school and detonating fire bombs. The text messages had specific information to where the bombs were located inside the school. The student has been charged with terroristic threatening.
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A quiet community in Johnson County turned into the scene of a nightmare for one Flatgap family. Two strangers were lurking around his home. His 13-year-old and 8-year-old daughters the only ones there. The girls called their dad. the men did get inside and his daughters hid in a crawl space. He said when he returned home he actually met the two men in his driveway leaving his home, but he says the only thing on his mind at that point in time was checking on his daughters. Thanks to a description by the 13-year-old deputies said they found the culprits. Christopher Shannon and Nigel Sparks both now face burglary charges.
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The group Discover Downtown Middlesboro and National Park Service officials want to build a trail system connecting the city and the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
They hope it will bring more visitors and boost the economy. Officials with Discover Downtown Middlesboro want to make it easier to get from the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park to downtown Middlesboro. The proposed trail could be used for walking or biking to go from downtown to the park hiking trails or go from the park to shops and restaurants in Middlesboro.
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Students at Knott County Central High School are taking on one of Kentucky’s biggest problems: Hunger. One-hundred and 55 families have food on their table tonight thanks to the 2nd annual Patriot Food Drive, put on by the school’s leadership group. For six weeks, students from across Knott County donated about 5,000 food items for folks in their community. On Monday, students handed out three bags of food to anyone who drove up.

 

Monday December 16, 2013

Eight different fire departments battled a fire at a popular Floyd County motel and restaurant causing officials to close a portion of Highway 1428 in Allen for more than seven hours.  Fire ripped through the family owned and operated Seasons Inn, leaving many in the Allen community devastated. Officials say the fire started in the attic area near the main entrance of the restaurant...an area owners say is pretty much all brand new. The owners say all 23 rooms were occupied at the time of the fire, thankfully everyone did get out safely. Fire officials say they were able to save most of the motel rooms and apartments, however many did receive smoke and water damage.
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A Pike County man will spend nearly two decades behind bars for killing his wife. Friday Bruce Dillon was sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges in October.  Sherry Dillon's body was found buried in the couple's yard in Aflex(A-flex)last year.  Bruce Dillon faced murder charges. In October he accepted a guilty plea for manslaughter.  Dillon will spend 19 years of his life behind bars.  Prosecutors also say at trial they would have been forced to put a small child on the stand and wanted to avoid that if possible.
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In Floyd County, State police still need your help to catch a fugitive. Anthony Gillespie is wanted for kidnapping, robbery and other charges. State police say he could be in the Branham's Creek area of Floyd County or in Lexington. They say Gillespie should be considered dangerous. He is one of two people indicted for a Pike County bank robbery.
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A Harlan County man is receiving treatment in a Georgia hospital. Scotty Moore, 21, was burned during an explosion Thursday while working on a bulldozer. He was airlifted to the Holsten Valley Medical Center, and is now listed as in critical condition in Augusta, Georgia. A medical fund has been set up for Scotty Moore; if you wish to donate you may take or mail your donation to the Scotty Moore Medical Fund, The Bank of Harlan, P.O. Box 919, Harlan, KY, 40831.
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The man wanted in a Southern Kentucky murder case surrendered to police in Harlan County. 25-year-old Hubert Dustin Lewis is being taken to Laurel County for questioning. Police say Lewis stabbed a 60-year-old man at a home on Campbell Road, just south of London. Clinton Ray Howard died at the scene, he suffered a stab wound to the neck. We're told a fight between Lewis, his girlfriend Tiffany Jackson and Howard likely sparked the violence.
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A fire heavily damaged two rooms at the Baptist Health Outpatient Rehab building in Corbin. Fire officials say the call came in around 7:45 Saturday morning. The flames caused smoke damage throughout much of the building. a nearby dental office was damaged as well. Investigators were not able to determine the cause of the blaze. No injuries were reported.

Friday December 13, 2013

A forum with northern Kentucky's mayors will explore a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Kentucky cities and counties the authority to impose a local sales tax.The Kenton Mayors Group will offer information to the region's elected officials, who may consider asking the General Assembly to allow a vote on the constitutional change in November. Under current Kentucky law, cities and counties are not allowed to impose sales taxes. But some officials say it's necessary to raise money for local projects when state funding is unavailable.
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High water in city streets is once again a concern for the Fleming- Neon City Council, but this time the culprit is the heavy rains and snow that have fallen on Letcher County for the past few days. Mayor Susan Polis told the council that water standing in the street near the site of the old Maynard Hogg Gulf Station was probably the result of the large amount of rain that has fallen recently and said the situation in Fleming is the same. Mayor Polis said she will speak with the Kentucky Department of Highways to see if there is a solution for the situation in Fleming, where water tends to settle in low spots and create hazardous driving conditions when temperatures fall.
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A U.S. District Court Judge in Pikeville has denied the motion of Arch Coal Inc. to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit filed by Letcher County coal miner Jarrod Sergent and his wife Linda. Sergent lives at Deane with his wife and four children. He was severely injured in a rock fall at ICG Knott County’s Kathleen mine on September 19, 2011, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. Since the accident, Sergent has undergone several surgeries because of problems with his prosthetic leg.
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The Little Shepherd Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Rabbit Hunt for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 28. The group will meet at Raymond Brown’s building just below the Dry Fork Gas Station at 6:30 a.m. After the hunt, the group will go to the Shriners’ building to eat and then to the county park to shoot clay pigeons. There is no charge and all children 17 and younger are welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult and should wear hunter orange. No hunting licenses are required.
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Drenda Crider, who has established a lengthy career in the hotel and leisure industry, has been chosen to lead several of the area’s notable tourist sites. The Harlan native has been hired as Director of External Education at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, and with the job she will be in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Benham School House Inn, the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum and the Portal 31 Mine Tour.
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It is that time of year again! A time when most of us are getting ready for big holiday meals and feeling full. God's Pantry Food Bank just opened a new distribution center in London and they are hoping to help make sure we all have something to eat this Christmas. The Southeast Region Distribution Center services 11 counties, including: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Whitley counties.