LOCAL NEWS

Tuesday 6-23-15

By Jerry Adams

A  man who was  arrested and charged with stripping and running crazily though a Pike County Wal Mart says he did it and would do ti again. 24 year old Timothy Smith says it was joke and that he hopes it makes him famous. Police don't agree and they say they will press whatever charges they can. Smith says, he, in his words—lives to make people laugh and decided to pull that stunt on a 50 dollar bet and a night of drinking. Prosecutors have charged him with indecent exposure—he is in jail on $2,000 dollars bail.  His next court appearance is September 22nd.

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More people have joined in a lawsuit against Floyd County attorney Eric C. Conn,    Last month, dozens of his clients temporarily lost their social security benefits amid allegations that Conn committed fraud and while the newest group of about 600 people were never notified that their benefits were in jeopardy,  they will still have their eligibility reviewed. There are now about 1500 in total  people involved in that suit. Conn has never been charged but his conduct has been question by federal investigators.

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The trial of a former State Representative accused of bribing a federal mine safety official  is under way in Pike County. W. Keith Hall is accused of trying to pay off mine inspector Kelly Shortridge to overlook safety violations.  Once jury selection in Hall's federal trial begins, it the case could last through next week.  No comment from Hall or his attorneys.  Shortrdge has already pleaded guilty and is expected to testify.  He will be sentenced in august.

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A man from Bell County is facing charges that he tried to steal another man's cell phone—and then then ran over his hand as he sped off  because he thought the man was cooperating with police .  Police say Kenneth Williams will face several charges.   The victim, Corey McCullough  says he was lucky the situation wasn't worse—because a passing Middlesboro police officer saw the situation unfold and quickly moved in to arrest Williams.

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No injuries—human or horse—in a scary fire that destroyed a truck and horse trailer in Letcher County. That truck caught fire early Monday on U S 119 near the top of Pine Mountain after the driver pulled over because of mechanical problems.  The driver, four passengers and four houses where able to get out of the truck and trailer safely. The driver was on his way from Illinois to a horse stable in the Partridge community.


Monday 6-22-15

By Jerry Adams.  

Yesterday's severe weather has moved on, and officials say there was some damage in McCreary County and scattered power outages in both Bell and Wise Counties. There will be a few spotty showers today and some unsettled weather in the week ahead as well as we enter the first week of summer.

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It doesn't get much more bizarre than this. The Pike County sheriff's deputies have arrested man they is the person shown on   an internet video, running though the South Williamson Wal-Mart on Friday, naked, wearing a Halloween mask, pouring milk on himself and shouting that he was on fire.   Timothy Smith of Phelps, is facing indecent exposure charges They have also picked up David Daniels of Belfry, who police say videotaped the apparent prank, which was posted, and later removed from YouTube.  Sheriff Rodney Scott says while some people might find it amusing, his office doesn't.  He says he only has one question to ask the suspect—-”Why”?

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Police in Bell County say three people were hurt in a crash there on Saturday night. They say a car lost control on Highway 221 in the Right Fork community and then slid into the opposite lane where it hit an oncoming pickup. The driver of the car as well as two people in the truck were hurt. That driver, identified as Catherine Rogers, was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center.

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A new program at the Letcher County farmers market is helping people eat healthy, locally grown food. Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation has teamed up with the farmers market for the program called Farm-acy that lets qualified people receive special vouchers that are good only at the farmers market. MCHC officials say it's good both for the participants who get fresh, healthy food—and for the local farms who can earn additional money selling it. The Farmacy program is scheduled to run through the summer.

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About 80 young anglers had a chance to hone their fishing skills as they cast off their reels at a tournament at Fish Pond Lake in Jenkins over the weekend. This is the fifth year in a row that founder Nick Whitaker has hosted the tournament. He says its a great way to get boys and girls hooked on fishing and help keep them out of trouble by introducing them to a fun outdoor activity they can enjoy for a lifetime. The kids on hand say they had a great time—and they even got awards and a free meal to go along with to their stories about the one that got away.

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Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting that left a man from Barbourville wounded. The victim is identified as Ford Collett. A suspect, identifed as Jason Marsee was arrested at the scene in Barboursville late Saturday . Authorities say an altercation between the two men apparently escalated and ended with shots being fired.

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Johnson County sheriffs deputies are looking for two men involved in a home invasion and assault early Sunday morning. 55 year old William Williams says the two burst into his home, hit him with a crowbar as they ransacked the place and   got away after about 20 minutes inside. Deputies later found Williams on his porch with facial injuries suffered in the beating. Williams says he is happy to be alive and that if those who broke into his house needed money that bad, he would have just given it to them. Officials hope the public can provide more information about that crime.

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Police have tacked on additional charges for a man from Jenkins after he allegedly tried to bribe a police officer after the man was found with more than 1000 pills and a large amount of cash hidden in a high street home. Reports say 42 year old Phillip Tackett asked an arresting officer what it would take to drop or reduce the charges That was the wrong question to ask.   Tackett is now facing charges of bribery of a public servant—in addtion to the drug charges.

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The owners of a cafe and bakery in Hazard have hung up the “closed” sign for good. The Treehouse Cafe and Bakery's last day was Thursday. Co-owner Jenn Noble says the rising cost of business..and the condemnation of part of the buildings led to the decision. She says while her business is closed, she will stay active in revitalization plans for Downtown Hazard—and will keep on baking cakes.

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Wednesday 6-17-15

By Jerry Adams.  

Police have identified a woman killed in a crash in Leslie  County on Tuesday.  State Police say 22 year old Marina Lee died when her car spun into the opposite lane on U.S. 421 in Muncy's Creek and was T-boned by an oncoming vehicle.  They say wet roads were a factor in the crash. The other driver was seriously injured and taken to Hazard ARH. The highway was shut down for several hours for the police investigation.

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No one was hurt when  school bus and a deer had a very close encounter in Floyd County on Tuesday afternoon. The collision  happened around 5 pm on Highway 23 as the bus was carrying students from a basketball game in Pikeville home to Prestonsburg. None of the 22 students on the bus were injured.

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The reward has been doubled now, as a Knott County family seeks information about a missing woman. Natasha Fugate Jones hasn't been seen since May 7th, when she left her home in the Fisty.  Her family says they pay $2000.00 dollars to anyone who helps find her. The say while Fugate Jones has left home for long periods before, she s always made sure to check in with her loved ones. The Kentucky State Police post in Hazard is handling the investigation and is also asking for tips to help them locate the missing woman.

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The search for another missing woman continues in the Cumberland Falls state park.  24 year old Nina Parker was last seen on Saturday night in an area near Eagle Falls. The heat has been taking a toll on the searchers, including several from Knott County. In spite of the rough conditions, searchers say they plan to keep looking for Parker at least through the weekend.

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A Bell County landmark has a new location—but its the same building. Crews have been at work moving Conley's Drive In—intact--to its new site across town. The owners decided to move after the original site was sold and its so far so good. In  fact, the building movers were so careful that some tea left in the refrigerator didn't spill a drop. The New Conley's should open in time for the fourth of July.

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Family and friends of a Harlan County man killed in a work related accident in Frankfort on Monday are mourning their loss. Brandon Cloud was on the job at a construction site when a lift he was operating toppled over. Those who knew him says he was a hardworking man and that they wish they had one more chance to stay goodbye. Services for Brandon Cloud have not been set.

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Officials in Laurel County say they are still stumped by a double murder there earlier this year. Donnie and Sharon Jackson were found shot dead inside their burning home in the Lily community back on March 8th and so far, deputies say all of the leads they have followed have been dead ends. They are hoping that the public will provide new clues to help them solve the crime.  The reward for information has been set at 10 thousand dollars.

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One more day of detours for drivers on a section of Kentucky 413 in Harlan County. Crews have been working on a portion of that roadway between Kentucky 72 and Whites Lane, but, if all goes as planned, that road should re-open sometime today.  There is information about that project, and other roadwork, on the web at 511ky.gov. or by dialing 5-1-1 on your mobile phone.

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Some new laws in Kentucky take effect next week. Among the laws passed by the legislature that will begin on Monday is one aimed at minors who abuse common over the counter medicines.  From now on minors will be banned from buying medicine containing dextromethorphan—like Nyquil and Robitussin.  Authorities have been worried about an increasing number of kids who have been using those products to get high.  Also set to go into effect, a bill that expands the use of ignition interlocks for people convicted of drunk driving. Overall, there will be 117 new laws on the books—98 of them will be in force as of next Wednesday,

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We could be in for some severe weather—and a storm that's now moving into Texas could dampen the weekend too. There is a threat of severe weather again this afternoon, with the possibility of wind, hail, and even the slight risk of a tornado. And the longer range forecast says we could see whats left of tropical storm Bob bring heavy rain over the weekend. Speaking of the weather, a reminder for people with pets in cars when it is hot. Experts say even in moderate heat, a car parked n the sun with the windows up can quickly turn into an over with temperatures well over 100 degrees.

 

Tuesday 6-16-15

By Jerry Adams.  

A former Letcher County Middle School employee is facing charges that he asked an underage girl to send him inappropriate pictures of herself.   Deputies say 39 year old Chester Adams worked at the Fleming Neon school where the 13 year old was a student . They say he asked the girl—who he met on Facebook— for those photos—and then asked her to delete them when school officials found out about them. He is facing several charges and is being held at the Letcher County jail.

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A Bell County man has been charged with lewd acts in the Middleboro Public Library. Jerry Slusher is accused of touching himself in front of three teenagers at the library on Friday, Officials say he is facing sexual abuse and drug charges. Library officials say the incident was handled quickly and professionally..and that the library remains a safe place for children and adults.

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Authorities continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found in Bell County on Monday,.  David Mason's death remains a mystery, but his family is calling it murder.  Mason's body was found not far from his home on state highway 66 in Arjay, after his family became worried that they had not heard from him for several days.  State police think that because Mason was well known there, sonebody will come forward with information that will help them find out just what happened.

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A Harlan County man has died in a work related accident in Frankfort. He is identified as 23 year old Brandon Cloud.  Officials say that accident happened when a forklift flipped over at the Boone National Guard Center. One other employee was hurt. Reports the men were employees of a roofing company.

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The search will resume today a for a woman missing at the Cumberland Falls State Park. She has been identified as 24 year old Nina Parker of Owensboro—who was last seen on Saturday with two other people in the park near Eagle Falls.  Crews from Knott County—including the dive team and k-9 team—nave been involved in the search

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Police have charged a Harlan County Constable with DUI.   34 year old Brandon Haynes was cited after police noticed him acting suspiciously at a  gas station in Cumberland on Saturday. Haynes was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains. Haynes was elected to the  District 3 Constables' job in November

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A funeral is planned this week for a boy from Floyd County who died after he was bit by a train,. Family and friends say they are still in shock after the death of 14 year old Willie Salisbury. He was hit by the CSX freight train as he walked along the tracks on Friday afternoon.

Monday 6-15-15

By Jerry Adams

Officials hope that water tests will allow them to lift a swimming advisory on part of Fishtrapl Lake. The advisory went into effect for the lake from Nigh Bridge to the state line because of high levels of bacteria in the water—the rest of the lake is unaffected. Being in the water could increaease the risk of bacterial illness, so until the all clear, officials have asked people to avoid swimming the the Levisa Fork part of the lake.  The latest tests were done Friday and  results could be back sometime today.

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A woman who wore a shirt saying “I heart Crystal meth” when she was arrested and later  in  her  mug shot won't be indicted. Officials in Laurel County say Deborah Asher won't face drug trafficking charges because no one showed up to testify to a grand jury.

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Searchers will be back out today, looking  for a woman  missing from an Eastern Kentucky state park. Crews from Knott County will join the hunt in Cumberland Falls State Park for the woman who has been missing since Saturday.  So far there is no word on what officials think may have happened to the 24 year old woman, who was with two other people when she was last seen in an area of the park known as Trail 9. He name has not been released.

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Kentucky State Police were working at the car wash this weekend at  fundraiser for one of their own. Former trooper Scott Hopkins has a brain tumor so some of his follow officers were out washing cars in Pike County to help him, They hit their goal of 15 hundred dollars, and say they'll continue to be there to help however they can.   Hopkins says he is touched by the support.

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A teenager who was hit by a train in Floyd County has died. 14 year old Willie Lee Salisbury was hit as he walked along the tracks near the Hueysville community on Friday afternoon. Police say Salisbury may not have seen or head the CSX freight as it rumbled toward him because he was wearing headphones and looking down at an electronic device at the time. The investigation continues, but officials say it appears to have been a tragic accident.

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Some golfers on a 50 state tour made a swing though the area over the weekend to raise money to help veterans. The men are taking part in “Rounds FORE Warriors” which is taking them cross country to play 900  holes in 25 days. Their stop in Prestonsburg at the Stonecrest Golf Course was round 40 and the men say it's been along journey but worth it to help out those who have given much to our country.

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It doesn't get much more fresh and local than it did in Hazard over then weekend. The Perry County farmers market kicked of its season in style with live music cooking demonstrations and of course lots of fresh local produce and other items. The market got a bit of a late start this year because of the wet spring. It is open  on Wednesdays and Saturdays—and officials hope there will be even more booths as we roll into summer.

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Speaking of summer, the temperature will certainly feel that way today. Highs could poke into the 90's sso oofficials say you should keep an eye on people effected by the heat, especially the elderly or those with other health problems- They also say it's important to remember our four legged friends and  make sure they have plenty of water and aren't left anywhere without adequate ventilation.