LOCAL NEWS

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.

Tuesday May 6, 2014

A crash involving a school bus in eastern Kentucky has led to more than 20 children being taken to a hospital. Magoffin County Schools Superintendent says all the students, the bus driver and a monitor had been released early Monday afternoon after being examined at the hospital. the driver of a car involved was also released. the students complained of neck or back pain but none suffered traumatic injuries.
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Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard is investigating a collision that occurred in Cornettsville on Saturday which has resulted in the death of a Perry County child.  It happened on KY 699, in the Cornettsville community of Perry County. The initial investigation determined that a side by side ATV, driven by Eulene Caudill, pulled from a private drive, onto KY 699.  The ATV crossed the path of a Toyota pickup being driven by 22 year old Jonathan Shepherd, of Slemp, resulting in the collision. Caudill and a child passenger were ejected from the ATV, resulting in injuries to both.  Eulene Caudill and Jonathan Shepherd were taken to Hazard ARH with non life threatening injuries.  The child passenger was flown from the scene to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he later died as a result of injuries sustained in this collision.
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Work continues for the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium which is set to be complete by the start of the 2015 UK football season. When the stadium is finished, it will have more luxury suites, boxes, and club seats at the field and mezzanine levels.
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State officials were surprised Monday to find more than 400 people showed up to bid on 29 knives and guns that led to the imprisonment of former Kentucky agriculture commissioner and basketball star Richie Farmer whose jersey hangs in Rupp Arena. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources made more than $21,000 for charity by auctioning off 16 knives and 13 rifles that once belonged to Farmer. The former Republican agriculture commissioner is serving a 27-month sentence in federal prison.
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The Middlesboro Bell County Airport has re-opened following Friday's plane crash. Middlesboro police say the FAA was there during the weekend investigating the crash. Police say on friday, a 71-year-old pilot from took off from the airport bound for Texas but had a problem develop and returned to land. police say he lost control and a wing struck the runway, causing the plane veer off the runway and catch fire.

Monday May 5, 2014

Kentucky has spent nearly $18 million over the past six years to bus students to private schools, most of which are religious. That's despite the fact that the state constitution prohibits state funds from aiding any "church, sectarian or denominational" school. state financial records show that 8,375 private school students were bused last year using a subsidy of $2.9 million. In addition, many local governments kick in their own funds because the state subsidy does not cover the entire need.
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The Woodford County coroner has identified Timmothy Saunders, 51, as the man who was found dead after being dragged behind a vehicle a mile and a half down a highway. Versailles police say someone who was driving on Troy Pike about 6:30 a.m. Sunday spotted the man's body on the side of the road. Police arrested 56-year-old Vernon Saunders. He was arrested and charged with murder.
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Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe said Saturday the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash at the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport. Sharpe said around 1 p.m. a Beech-Bonanza V-35B crashed and caught on fire. Officers said the pilot received burn injuries, but was conscious and able to talk to first responders at the scene. He was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
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Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of six goats after they were found dead alongside a creek in Kite Saturday morning. Owners of a farm in Knott County say what began as a typical Saturday morning quickly took a shocking turn. A family discovered the remains of their six goats early Saturday morning.
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The Kentucky Lottery plans a new advertising campaign this summer that focuses on how ticket purchases support college scholarships. The move comes after the General assembly voted last month to remove a prohibition on mentioning scholarships in ads. About $400 million will go toward scholarships over the next two years, but about $81 million will help a variety of other government functions.

Friday May 2, 2014

The secretary of state says a record 3.1 million Kentuckians are registered to vote for the May 20 primary elections. The number beats the previous record of just over 3 million registered voters for the 2012 general elections. Registered Democrats grew by 0.41 percent while registered Republicans grew by 3.9 percent. Democrats still outnumber Republicans by more than 476,000 voters.
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Dalton Stidham opened fire January 15, 2013 in the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College killing the mother of his child, Caitlyn Cornett, her uncle Doug Cornett and Doug's daughter Taylor Cornett were all killed.  Stidham has agreed to three life sentences that be served consecutively without the possibility of parole in exchange for a guilty plea. He accepted the plea deal to avoid the death penalty.  A judge will decide to accept or deny the plea deal at Stidham’s sentencing set for June 5th.
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A community member's tip led police to multiple meth labs in Perry County Thursday.  Perry County sheriff's deputies say Freddy Kennedy III, age 32, will face meth making charges.  They say they found Kennedy with an active meth labs and at least eight more labs Thursday afternoon in an abandoned basement below an apartment complex in Christopher.  Deputies say the lab was especially dangerous because the room was not well ventilated, and tenants could have been exposed to the fumes.
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Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the May 1-4 Knott County Spring Trail Ride at the Mine Made Paradise Adventure Park just outside Hindman.  More than one thousand riders hit the trails for opening day on Thursday. The campground opened on Sunday because many campers choose to come early and spend the entire week. The cost for the event is $20 per person.  Those 12-years-old and younger will get in free.  To learn more about the spring or fall trail rides in Knott County, visit http://www.knottcountyadventure.com/horseback.html
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Bell County Forestry Camp officials report Joshua Woodall, 29, is back in custody. Prison officials say the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department found and arrested him Wednesday evening. Investigators say Woodall walked away from the Bell County Forestry Camp on Wednesday morning. He was serving a twenty year sentence for Receiving Stolen Property, 3rd Degree Burglary and Theft from Pulaski County.
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Stopping the drug problem one pill bottle at a time is a key part of Operation UNITE's mission to fight eastern Kentucky's addiction to prescription drugs. With the help of local law enforcement agencies, they made some serious progress last weekend as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back-Day. In total, Operation UNITE collected nearly one ton, which is almost 2,000 pounds, of unwanted or outdated medication.
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The Council on Postsecondary Education will allow universities and community colleges across the state to increase tuition.  Paying for college is usually the main concern for students.  Members on the CPE approved Tuesday to allow Kentucky community colleges and universities to increase tuition. The panel says that the increase is necessary due to less state funding and higher university expectations.