LOCAL NEWS

Friday May 16, 2014

Two men are behind bars, facing charges related to a Knott County robbery.  Police say Jason Sexton robbed the Redi-Mart Thursday morning around 6 a.m. in Hindman.  Larry Slone is accused of driving the getaway vehicle.  Officers arrested Slone and Sexton a short time later at a home in Garner.  Sexton is facing a robbery charge, Slone is charged with complicity.Police say they are investigating a separate attempted robbery nearby to determine if the incidents are connected.
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Kentucky added more than 3,500 jobs in April as the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent - but a new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says those are mostly low-paying jobs replacing high-paying ones. Kentucky lost 104,000 jobs during the recession and has added 65,000 jobs during the recovery period. The biggest job losses have come in construction and coal mining, two industries that pay above average wages.
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The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Bullitt County during storms on Wednesday. no injuries were reported, but some damage occurred to buildings and trees. The weather service says on the scale used to rank tornadoes, the twister was an EF0, which is the mildest, and carried winds of about 80 mph.
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Officials in Wolfe County are looking for a man they say escaped the judicial building on Wednesday. Kentucky State Police, Wolfe County Sheriff's Department, Mt. Sterling Police and Mt. Sterling K-9 units looked for John Trent all afternoon around the judicial building and the wooded area nearby, including behind the courthouse and the Wolfe County Senior Citizens building. KSP says Trent has several outstanding warrants.
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A candidate on the ballot for Letcher County Sheriff may be spending the day of the primary election in jail. "Walking Tall" Jon Hall of Neon was arrested on April 28th on a contempt of court charge for not showing up for a jury trial where he faced third-degree Terroristic Threatening charges; misdemeanors, Hall says, he has been falsely accused.
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A mother is in jail, accused of not giving her children enough food.  Lisa Wolfe, 55, of Irvine, is charged with criminal abuse. Neighbors tell us that Wolfe has lived in a house just outside Irvine home for many years. According to the indictment, Wolfe had three small children, all under the age of 12, and did not have enough food provided for them. Kentucky State Police say the children are now in the care of their foster parents.

Thursday May 15, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said yesterday that northern Kentucky is the epicenter for the nation's heroin addiction problem. The Republican Senate minority leader's comments came during the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing in Washington, D.C. McConnell said Kentucky has the third highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country.
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Police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old Isom man who was hit by a train Sunday afternoon. Michael Fields was lying between railroad tracks near Tipple Road in Isom when a train struck him. Fields was pronounced dead by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker.  An autopsy was performed in Frankfort by the state medical examiner’s office. Visitation is at Letcher Funeral Home.
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A Democratic candidate for Letcher County Sheriff has been jailed on a contempt of court charge with less than a week remaining until the May Primary Election. Jon Hall, 36, of Neon, was arrested April 28 and charged with contempt of court after he missed his jury trial. Hall said he walked into the re- ception area of the district judge’s office and the bailiff escorted him across the street to the sheriff ’s department where he was arrested. The judge sentenced Hall to 60 days in the county jail.
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A crash involving a school bus in western Kentucky has sent 9 children and two adults to the hospital. McCracken County Sheriff says that the driver of a car hydroplaned and hit the front of the bus at an intersection causing both vehicles to run off the road. All the students aboard as well as both drivers were taken to local hospitals. Police say all injuries appear to be minor. The students were from Heath Elementary School.
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The Whitesburg City Council and Mayor are looking for a way to bring the city’s highly successful “BikeNite” into compliance with state law. At the council’s May meeting Tuesday, representatives of the Whitesburg Bike Nite committee asked the council for a letter of support from the mayor to include as part of an application to the Kentucky Department of Transportation for a permit to allow the organization to continue to block off Main Street for the event, which is held on designated Saturdays.
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Frontier Airlines will add nonstop service from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to the nation’s capital beginning this fall.  Cincinnati airport officials say the service to Dulles International Airport near Washington will be offered four times a week beginning Sept. 8. Denver-based Frontier already offers nonstop service from the Cincinnati airport to Denver and to Trenton, New Jersey.

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Harlan County police are trying to help residents enjoy their summer vacations by giving them a little extra peace of mind. the police department has started offering a service in which officers will keep an eye on homes while residents are vacationing. all people have to do to sign up for the service is fill out a form. Officers will also be able to give out security tips.
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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has urged federal officials to release a batch of imported hemp seeds meant to gauge the crop's potential as a moneymaker for farmers. Comer's chief of staff  says state agriculture officials had discussions with federal Justice Department and drug enforcement officials on Tuesday. She says drug enforcement officials eventually agreed to expedite the process to release the seeds to Kentucky.
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For the first time in at least two years, the Bell County Fiscal Court approved funding for the volunteer fire department. The fiscal court agreed to pay this month's bills. Bell County Volunteer Firefighters say the only funding the department receives comes from state grants. Money is dwindling and they need help. The Bell County Fiscal Court cut funding more than two years ago during a dispute.
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Some students banned from walking at one Eastern Kentucky high school graduation ‘may’ be able to walk after all. School leaders presented a contract at a meeting that wrapped up just after 5:00 pm at Breathitt County High School. The agreement would allow students at the high school that currently have 95-percent attendance to participate in graduation, as long as they show up to school on time, from here on out until the end of school on June 6th.
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Drivers who travel along Kentucky 257 in Leslie County will need to take a detour Friday.  Transportation Officials say they will close a portion of the road to widen the shoulder of the road.  The work will affect the area between mile marker one and two from 8 to 6 p.m. Officials say detour signs will be posted for drivers.

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.