LOCAL NEWS

Tuesday May 13, 2014

A new ad from an independent political group is giving voters a peek of the unrelenting barrage of negative ads linking likely Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes with the as-unpopular-as-ever the President. The ad - which cost $552,000 - began running on Friday and will continue through Kentucky's May 20 primaries. It is paid for by the Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, an independent political action committee run by Scott Jennings, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.
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After months of hard work and planning, a way to help single parents receive a college education became a reality in Downtown Pikeville. Nestled in the middle of town, within walking distance of of both the University of Pikeville and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, the Scholar House of Central Appalachia provides a place for single parents and their children to not only live...but thrive.
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Highland Mine complex near Henderson is being idled while repairs are made to a preparation plant damaged by a structural failure last week. Patriot Coal announced Monday that the complex was stopping all coal production and expects full production to be restored by June 30. limited production may resume earlier when sufficient repairs have been made to the preparation plant to resume partial coal processing operations. More than 500 people work at the complex at full operation.
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The Whitley County coroner says 26-year-old Robert Young drowned about 8 p.m. Sunday at the Laurel Lake Spillway. Rescue crews believe Young was swimming with a friend when he tried to swim out to a buoy. He was last seen about 200 feet from shore, where the water is more than 60 feet deep. When he didn't make it back to the beach, divers searched the water for five hours. They finally found his body around 1 a.m. Monday.
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Hundreds of Kentucky bikers are honoring one of their own that was killed in a crash last week in Laurel County. Randolph Scott, 71, was died after the crash Wednesday night on Highway 25, north of London.Investigators say a car pulled out from Hazel Patch Road onto southbound U.S. 25 in front of a Harley Davidson motorcycle heading northbound. Scott was thrown from his bike. He died Wednesday night. Scott was from Lexington.

Monday May 12, 2014

A man is dead after he was hit by a train Sunday in Letcher County.  Officials say 36-year-old Michael Shaun Fields was on foot when the CSX train struck him.  The CSX freight train came to a stop on the tracks behind the Isom shopping center on Kentucky Route 7.  When they got to the scene, investigators found 36-year-old Michael Shaun Fields dead.  "Preliminary impression is just multiple trauma due to being struck by the train," Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker said.  More questions remain as investigators work to find out why this deadly accident took place.  Fields's body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy. The coroner says he expects to have those results Monday.
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Police are investigating after a roadway incident in Breathitt County led to one man attacking another with a knife and subsequently being shot. Police said a man ran another vehicle off Highway 15 near the Walmart in Jackson Friday morning. After running the other man off the road he approached and attacked him with a knife.  Police say his intended victim had a gun and shot his attacker, who then fled.  Police are not sure what led to the attack and shooting.
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Kentucky State Police shot and killed 50-year-old Neil Saylor following an hours-long standoff. Police say he robbed the Coldiron(Cold-eye-ern)Dollar General Store late Friday night, stealing $250 cash and cigarettes at gunpoint. The incident is still under investigation by Kentucky State Police.
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Marlow Tackett the well-known country music singer from Eastern Kentucky, has died. For 35 years, he organized "Marlow Tackett's Christmas for the Needy," which provided toys, clothes, furniture, and other necessities to thousands of area children.  Family and friends say Tackett never met a stranger, and would do anything he could to help anybody.
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Officers with the Manchester Police Department are asking for help finding the people who stole three trash bags full of pills from a Clay County pharmacy Thursday. Police officers say they are working on a few leads. In the meantime, they are asking anyone with information to contact the dispatch office directly.
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A woman involved in a collision with a school bus is now facing a DUI charge. Sherry Wilson was driving along "Dead Man's Curve" on Highway 38 and was going around the curve when she crossed the center line, side-swiping a school bus full of children. Though injuries were not reported, police say they consider the roadway one of the most dangerous in their jurisdiction. Wilson admits she was on prescribed nerve medication and Loratabs.
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The Taylor County coroner confirms that a 19-year-old drowned while on a church outing in Green River Lake State Park. Jose Zambrano, of Lebanon, was found around 5 p.m. on Sunday. Zambrano was at Green River Lake for a baptismal service and church picnic. The coroner confirms he swam fifty feet away from the shore and drowned in twenty feet of water.

Friday May 9, 2014

 

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he raised more than $1 million in the month before the GOP primary. McConnell's campaign announced Thursday it raised over a million in April. Kentucky's Republican Senate primary is May 20. McConnell will face Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who lags McConnell in fundraising and public polling. But McConnell's overall cash balance did not increase much. The Republican Senate leader's campaign said it still has more than $10 million in cash available, roughly the same amount it had at the end of the first fundraising quarter in March.

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An eight-year-old Jenkins boy died Wednesday night from head and chest injuries he suffered in an accident. Police say the accident occurred when Trent Carty lost control of his bicycle while riding down a hill on Williams Street in the Muddtown community of Jenkins. The mishap occurred around 8 p.m. Trent was transported to the Whitesburg hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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State Troopers in Morgan County believe a string of fires were intentionally set.  They say the fires happened at the beginning of the month along Dyer Branch Road. Troopers say a cabin, barn, and abandoned building were set on fire. There's a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonist.

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Investigators want to find a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash. Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies say a Dodge Neon pulled into the path of a motorcycle on U.S. 25 Wednesday night.  71 year old Randolph Scott was thrown from the bike.  He was flown to UK where he later died. The other driver ran into the woods and hasn't been found.

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Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson, who championed efforts to reduce adult illiteracy and ran a brief campaign to succeed her husband as governor, has died. She was 72. Her husband, Wallace Wilkinson, had an eventful term as governor from 1987 to 1991. Voters approved creation of the Kentucky Lottery, which the Democatic governor had pushed as an alternative to higher taxes, and lawmakers overhauled public schools.

 

Thursday May 8, 2014

 

An eight year-old Letcher County boy was killed in a bicycle accident Wednesday night.  According to Jenkins City Police, the crash happened around 8:00 p.m. on Williams Street in the Muddtown area of Jenkins.  The Jenkins Police Chief said the boy was biking down a steep hill, somehow lost control and hit his break too hard. Investigators are not sure if he was wearing a helmet when he crashed.  Police said emergency crews quickly got to the scene and tried to airlift the boy, however he was not stable enough to fly. Police said he was instead taken to Whitesburg ARH and pronounced dead at the hospital.  The 8 year old's name has not been officially released.

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Kentucky State Police have arrested a man in connection with a series of copper wire thefts in Harlan County.  Timothy Shepherd, 34 of Cumberland is facing charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking and Criminal Mischief first degree.  According to detectives, the thefts happened at an Appalachian Wireless cell phone tower over the past few weeks.  A portion of the stolen copper was recovered after officers located Shepherd at a residence stripping wire May 3.  Shepherd is being lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

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A crash involving a school bus in Lincoln County has sent 20 students and the driver of a pickup truck to area hospitals. Lincoln County Schools Superintendent told media outlets the crash happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday on Kentucky 78. She didn't know what caused the crash. the bus had at least 38 children aboard and those who were taken to hospitals didn't appear to be seriously injured. The driver of the pickup truck was air-lifted from the scene.

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A local community is seeking volunteer firefighters in an effort to reopen two stations that closed nearly three years ago. The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department board shut down stations in the Colmar and Brownies Creek communities during a funding dispute with the county. Each station would need between six and 12 volunteers, who must pass training courses before they can be firefighters.

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The Funeral Service Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College has gained full accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Soon, 10 students from the program will receive their associate’s degree marking the end of a two year program as they achieved a total of 68 credit hours of learning. With degrees in hand, graduates of the Funeral Service Program will be eligible to sit for the national board examination. Additionally, graduates are required to take a state law test in order to practice in a particular state.

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The Evarts Police Department, the Harlan County Sheriffs' Office, and the Harlan County Detention Center are looking for an inmate who walked away from work release in the Black Mountain section of Harlan County. 28-year-old Micheal Day escaped work release around 2:30 Tuesday. Day was last seen on Old School House Road.  Officials said Department of Corrections Officers approved Day to work outside Monday.

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A handicap pool lift was recently installed at the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool. To use the lift, a person must be mobile enough to sit in the chair and use the remote control to lower himself or herself into the water. The equipment cost $5,500 and labor totaled nearly $4,000. The pool lift was paid for by a partial grant awarded through the Kentucky River Area Development District and the City of Whitesburg’s general fund.

 

Wednesday May 7, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority says 750 employees have retired or resigned through a voluntary incentive program, another 1,000 vacant positions are being eliminated and more cuts are on the way. it will be the largest staff reduction at the federal utility in more than 20 years. Cuts also are planned in TVA's nuclear program and involuntary layoffs are expected later this year. The cuts are being made so staffing levels and electric rates will be more in line with other utilities as power consumption growth slows.
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A Pike County man has died after his ATV was struck by a train on Monday. Gary Williams, 66 of Pikeville, was riding his ATV near some railroad tracks and was attempting to cross them when he was hit by a CSX train.  Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is currently under investigation by Kentucky State Police.
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About 40 Breathitt County students are not allowed to walk across the stage at graduation in a couple weeks because they didn’t meet the 95% attendance criteria.  State Manager Larry Hammond says they will still receive a high school diploma, but will not be allowed to walk across the stage.  Even more high school students weren’t allowed to attend prom over the weekend for that same reason.
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An inmate who walked away last month from a work detail is back in custody. Officials with the Powell County Detention Center say Joshua Sparks is now back in their facility. They say that Sparks was captured at a home in Powell County by a sheriff's deputy late Monday night. Sparks walked away from the transfer station on Highway 15 in Stanton on the morning of April 28th. Sparks was serving time in Powell County for theft by unlawful taking.
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Kentucky State Police at the Pikeville Post are investigating what led to one woman’s death and a man’s injuries. According to authorities, the incident occurred Sunday evening in the Little Robinson Creek Community in Pike County. Authorities say both had suffered apparent stab wounds.  The names of the victims have not been released.