Monday December 2, 2013

Kentucky State Police say no foul play is suspected in a southern Kentucky animal shelter fire that killed multiple animals. A fire engulfed the Knox-Whitley County Animal Shelter late Friday night, causing the building's roof to cave in and forcing firefighters to end their rescue effort. The shelter is in the town of Woodbine, which is just south of Corbin. 29 of the shelter's 37 cats were killed in the fire, because they were housed in the middle of the shelter, which firefighters could not reach. A cause is not known. Kentucky State Police arson investigators are assisting in the search.

Job creation, entrepreneurship, tourism, lifelong learning, and leadership development will be among the topics discussed at the “S.O.A.R.: Shaping Our Appalachian Region” summit next month. Governor Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have released the daylong conference agenda. Already, more than 1,100 people have registered to attend the summit, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

Help Kentucky State Police cram a cruiser with nonperishable foods for needy families this holiday season. Food collected will be donated to the Letcher County Food Pantry. Items can also be taken to Post 13 in Hazard until Dec. 13. the agency collected more than 100,000 pounds of food during the 2012 campaign. Last year, 2,265 pounds of food items were collected by Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg. In 2011, troopers took 660 pounds of food to the food pantry.

The start of December means plenty of Christmas activities are starting up across the region. One of those is the production of 'A Christmas Carol' taking place at the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City. It is opening weekend for the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens...performed entirely by local talent. Cast members say this production is the perfect way for folks to get into the true Christmas spirit. The show runs through December 22nd Thursday  Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Pine Mountain Settlement School is now taking orders for the 2014 Pine Mountain Grow Appalachia Calendar. The calendars, which cost $15 plus shipping, benefit the Pine Mountain Grow Appalachia project. They feature regional planting dates, national holidays, and pictures of people and produce. To order or for more information, call (606) 558-3416


Friday November 29, 2013

Kentucky State Police say alcohol was likely a factor in a deadly Thanksgiving Day crash.

It happened just before 7:00 Thursday night on Kentucky 30, just east of Booneville in Owsley County.

Police say Luther McIntosh, 46, lost control and hit an embankment, causing his truck to overturn. His passenger, Elizabeth McIntosh, 26, was flown to UK Hospital, but we do not know her condition.


Another robbery and get away in Pike County, but this time Police have some persons of interest. They need your help identifying them.

The call came in just after 1:00 Wednesday afternoon that the U.S. Bank in the Meta community of Pike County had been robbed. Now this makes the third bank robbery in Pike County in just a few weeks.

Police say employees described the robber as about 6’2” with a medium build. He was wearing a black hoodie, black jacket, and black material over his face, with blue jeans and white shoes.

They say he entered the bank demanding money then left on foot. Police say they are not sure which direction he went when he left.

In recent weeks, both the U.S. Bank and Community Trust Bank in the Virgie community of Pike County have also been robbed. Police are not sure if these robberies are related.

If you have any information, you are asked to call State Police at 606-433-7711.


Police say one man was shot to death after breaking into a Clay County home.

It happened at a home on Otter Creek Road, south of Manchester. They Clay County Sheriff says a man broke into a home, then the boyfriend of the woman who lives there shot him.

We do not know the names of the people involved.

We are told State Police are handling the case and so far no charges have been filed.



The Whitley County Coroner is conducting a death investigation.

Officials were called to the Cumberland Inn on 10th Street in Williamsburg late Wednesday night.

Coroner Andy Croley says he was investigating a death near the pool of the hotel. He says the victim is 25 year-old Zachary Richard of Ohio who was with family and friends at the hotel. The coroner says it appears Richard may have hit his head. He says he does not suspect foul play.

The incident happened around 10:00pm Wednesday.


Wednesday November 27, 2013

Some of the 280,000 Kentuckians whose insurance policies don't comply with the Affordable Care Act will be able to keep their plans, at least for another year. Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark told lawmakers yesterday that three major insurance companies - Humana, United Healthcare and Assurant - have chosen to extend existing policies.  Clark said she didn't know how many people that would affect. About 130,000 Kentuckians have individual policies that don't comply with the federal health care reforms.

One Pike County man could spend 17 years behind bars. Court officials tell us Richard Ratliff accepted a plea deal on Monday. Ratliff pleaded guilty to an amended second degree manslaughter charge and first degree assault charge. Last December, police arrested Ratliff for the murder of Ricky Coleman. Officials found Coleman shot to death along Adams Lane in October of 2012.

Police, Harlan County Emergency Management workers, and family members are searching for a missing man in Harlan County. Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill says there is a Golden Alert for 35-year-old Christopher Allen Buell of Middlesboro. He disappeared from the Harlan ARH around 1:00pm on Monday. Officials say he was walking toward the the Tractor Supply store in the Gray's Knob area.

Witley County Sheriff confirms one person is dead and four people are injured after a multiple vehicle crash on Southbound I-75 around the seven mile marker. This is between Williamsburg and the Tennessee state line. Both north and southbound lanes are closed right now. Crews are expected to be on scene for a few hours. There is no work on how many are injured.

Tuesday November 26, 2013

The Martin County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men they say broke into Horn's BP early Monday morning, stealing more than $1,000 worth of cigarettes. Store owners are making repairs at the convenience store after they say the men used a large rock to shatter the front door. Only in the store for about three minutes, but long enough to fill up several large bags, cleaning out one particular section....store owners say is valued at more than $1,000. They got away with about 40-50 cartons.

A Laurel County man will spend more than three decades in prison for the death of his girlfriend. On Monday, a judge sentenced 35-year-old Sean Messer to 35 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to the murder of Pamela Sue Bobbitt. The Laurel County judge then sentenced Sean Messer to 35 years in prison for Bobbitt's death. Bobbitt's family said they are pleased with the outcome. Family members say Messer was Bobbitt's live-in boyfriend.

Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a large fire at an Eastern Kentucky ice plant early Monday morning. Fire crews tell us it happened around 1:30 Monday morning at the Corbin Ice Company on Cumberland Falls Highway. About 40 firefighters were called in to help get the flames under control and ultimately put it out. Corbin Fire Chief Barry McDonald says this particular fire was especially dangerous because of the chemicals inside the factory. No one was inside at the time of the blaze and crews are still trying to figure out what sparked the blaze.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office teamed up with Kentucky State Police hitting the streets early Monday morning going after more than two dozen people facing drug charges.
One by one deputies walked them out, handcuffs in place, a host of drug charges to answer to. Sheriff Price says a combined effort between his office and KSP led to indictments on 28 people--the results of a two and a half year investigation that allowed officers to make more than 80 undercover buys. Officers say most of the people charged are accused of trafficking narcotics. Some of them are facing meth charges.

The mayors of Kentucky's two largest cities made a pitch Monday to increase the number of homegrown engineers, part of a strategy to expand the region's manufacturing clout as Louisville and Lexington put aside their rivalry to team up on economic development. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray floated the goal of doubling the number of engineers produced by the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville within a few years. They urged Gov. Steve Beshear to include money in his budget proposal to state lawmakers next year to ramp up the engineering schools.

Monday November 25, 2013

A man was found dead in his Pike County home Friday and now an investigation is underway. Police are not releasing many details right now. The man, who the coroner says could be in his 30's, was found dead Friday evening inside a home on Harless Creek. Police are not releasing his cause of death and are calling it a death investigation, but detectives have confirmed that foul play is suspected. Detectives say they are interviewing some people of interest. The Pike County coroner took the man's body to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Police are searching for two men they say robbed a gas station at gunpoint. Police say the men robbed the Fast Lane convenient store in the Eastern community in Floyd County Saturday night. It happened around 10:30 pm, police say the men took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. This incident remains under investigation, anyone with information should contact state police.

Fire officials believe a wood-burning stove may be to blame for a Somerset family losing their home Saturday night. It happened around 11pm on Slavey Lane near Ring-Gold Road. Officials tell us there was no one inside the home at the time, but that the homeowners had just started a fire in their wood-burning stove before they left. When they arrived back at the home, the fire had already spread throughout the trailer. Firefighters say it took them around thirty minutes to get the fire out. No one was injured.
Two people in Wise County, Virginia are facing charges, accused of abusing a three week old baby. Police say 19 year old Evan Johnson is accused of hurting the baby on two different occasions. St. Paul police chief Bo Phillips says the baby's mother, Cassandra Wallace, took the toddler to a Johnson City hospital when she noticed one of the baby's legs was swollen. Doctors say the leg turned out to be broken. Wallace was charged later with child abuse. The baby was taken into the custody of social services.

After nine weeks of falling gas prices, the average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline is up 3 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.25. Midgrade costs an average of $3.44 a gallon, and premium is $3.59. it's the first price hike since Sept. 6.