Donation Box in Pikeville Vandalized

June 28, 2017

Police in Pikeville say a donation box that provided items for those in need was vandalized Monday night. The Blessing Box outside Church of God Militant Pillar and Ground of the Truth had its door ripped off and glass broken. The church’s pastor said she does not think the vandalism was racially motivated, and they plan to repair the box. 



Increase in Number of Annual Drug Overdose Fatalities

June 28, 2017

More than 14-hundred people died for drug overdose in Kentucky last year, which is a 39% increase over the past three years. State Health officials say doctors need to look at other ways to treat pain; the overuse of prescription painkillers is blamed for the increase in drug addiction. 



Asplundh Employees Protest

June 28,2017

Employees from Asplundh stood along US 23 in Pike County hoping to bring attention to their requests for higher wages, and better safety conditions. Nearly two dozen workers lined the street in Coal Run, holding signs and asking for supportive honks from passers-by. The workers say the company’s Kentucky employees make several dollars less per hour than their counterparts do in other states. 



Camp Blanton in Harlan County Campers Possibly Exposed to Rabies

June 28, 2017

The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness wants to speak with anyone who may have camped at Camp Blanton in Harlan County earlier this month. Officials say that there have been reports of bats flying in people’s faces while they were sleeping in cabins, and the officials say that as many as 100 people could have been exposed to potentially rabid bats. If anyone was bit or scratched, they may not realize it, and they should immediately seek medical advice if there is any chance they came near the possibly rabid bats. Rabies is usually fatal, and exposure to the virus requires immediate treatment. 



Former Pikeville Attorney Flees Country Before Sentenced on Fraud Charges

June 26, 2017

Eric Conn says he has no plans to return to the United States after fleeing the country before being sentenced on fraud charges. The former Pikeville attorney was supposed to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to charges related to defrauding the government. In email transactions with the Lexington Herald-Leader, a man claiming to be Conn said that he left the country with a fake passport the day after removing a monitoring device. He says he took the time during his home detention to learn two foreign languages, and he got a job in a country that does not have an extraction agreement with the United States.