LOCAL NEWS

Tuesday December 17, 2013

An investigation is underway into what caused an overnight fire in Perry County. It happened around four Monday morning at the skating rink at Fugate's Entertainment Center on Highway 15 just outside Hazard. Firefighters tell us the building was a loss. We are told there was a home nearby that they were able to save. So far, no word on what might have started the fire. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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One person is dead after a a single vehicle crash Monday afternoon in the Justiceville community of Pike County. Officials say it happened around 3 o'clock when the grey Ford Ranger that was traveling East on US 460 left the roadway hitting a residential fence and then went on to hit a cement wall head on. Police at the scene are looking into what may have caused the driver of the pickup truck to leave the road. The accident remains under investigation by Ketnucky State Police Post 9. Officials are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.
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Police say a Pulaski County teenager has been arrested because he made threats against Southwestern High School. Police say a 15 year old student sent text messages saying the student was planning on shooting up the school and detonating fire bombs. The text messages had specific information to where the bombs were located inside the school. The student has been charged with terroristic threatening.
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A quiet community in Johnson County turned into the scene of a nightmare for one Flatgap family. Two strangers were lurking around his home. His 13-year-old and 8-year-old daughters the only ones there. The girls called their dad. the men did get inside and his daughters hid in a crawl space. He said when he returned home he actually met the two men in his driveway leaving his home, but he says the only thing on his mind at that point in time was checking on his daughters. Thanks to a description by the 13-year-old deputies said they found the culprits. Christopher Shannon and Nigel Sparks both now face burglary charges.
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The group Discover Downtown Middlesboro and National Park Service officials want to build a trail system connecting the city and the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
They hope it will bring more visitors and boost the economy. Officials with Discover Downtown Middlesboro want to make it easier to get from the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park to downtown Middlesboro. The proposed trail could be used for walking or biking to go from downtown to the park hiking trails or go from the park to shops and restaurants in Middlesboro.
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Students at Knott County Central High School are taking on one of Kentucky’s biggest problems: Hunger. One-hundred and 55 families have food on their table tonight thanks to the 2nd annual Patriot Food Drive, put on by the school’s leadership group. For six weeks, students from across Knott County donated about 5,000 food items for folks in their community. On Monday, students handed out three bags of food to anyone who drove up.

 

Monday December 16, 2013

Eight different fire departments battled a fire at a popular Floyd County motel and restaurant causing officials to close a portion of Highway 1428 in Allen for more than seven hours.  Fire ripped through the family owned and operated Seasons Inn, leaving many in the Allen community devastated. Officials say the fire started in the attic area near the main entrance of the restaurant...an area owners say is pretty much all brand new. The owners say all 23 rooms were occupied at the time of the fire, thankfully everyone did get out safely. Fire officials say they were able to save most of the motel rooms and apartments, however many did receive smoke and water damage.
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A Pike County man will spend nearly two decades behind bars for killing his wife. Friday Bruce Dillon was sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges in October.  Sherry Dillon's body was found buried in the couple's yard in Aflex(A-flex)last year.  Bruce Dillon faced murder charges. In October he accepted a guilty plea for manslaughter.  Dillon will spend 19 years of his life behind bars.  Prosecutors also say at trial they would have been forced to put a small child on the stand and wanted to avoid that if possible.
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In Floyd County, State police still need your help to catch a fugitive. Anthony Gillespie is wanted for kidnapping, robbery and other charges. State police say he could be in the Branham's Creek area of Floyd County or in Lexington. They say Gillespie should be considered dangerous. He is one of two people indicted for a Pike County bank robbery.
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A Harlan County man is receiving treatment in a Georgia hospital. Scotty Moore, 21, was burned during an explosion Thursday while working on a bulldozer. He was airlifted to the Holsten Valley Medical Center, and is now listed as in critical condition in Augusta, Georgia. A medical fund has been set up for Scotty Moore; if you wish to donate you may take or mail your donation to the Scotty Moore Medical Fund, The Bank of Harlan, P.O. Box 919, Harlan, KY, 40831.
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The man wanted in a Southern Kentucky murder case surrendered to police in Harlan County. 25-year-old Hubert Dustin Lewis is being taken to Laurel County for questioning. Police say Lewis stabbed a 60-year-old man at a home on Campbell Road, just south of London. Clinton Ray Howard died at the scene, he suffered a stab wound to the neck. We're told a fight between Lewis, his girlfriend Tiffany Jackson and Howard likely sparked the violence.
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A fire heavily damaged two rooms at the Baptist Health Outpatient Rehab building in Corbin. Fire officials say the call came in around 7:45 Saturday morning. The flames caused smoke damage throughout much of the building. a nearby dental office was damaged as well. Investigators were not able to determine the cause of the blaze. No injuries were reported.

Friday December 13, 2013

A forum with northern Kentucky's mayors will explore a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Kentucky cities and counties the authority to impose a local sales tax.The Kenton Mayors Group will offer information to the region's elected officials, who may consider asking the General Assembly to allow a vote on the constitutional change in November. Under current Kentucky law, cities and counties are not allowed to impose sales taxes. But some officials say it's necessary to raise money for local projects when state funding is unavailable.
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High water in city streets is once again a concern for the Fleming- Neon City Council, but this time the culprit is the heavy rains and snow that have fallen on Letcher County for the past few days. Mayor Susan Polis told the council that water standing in the street near the site of the old Maynard Hogg Gulf Station was probably the result of the large amount of rain that has fallen recently and said the situation in Fleming is the same. Mayor Polis said she will speak with the Kentucky Department of Highways to see if there is a solution for the situation in Fleming, where water tends to settle in low spots and create hazardous driving conditions when temperatures fall.
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A U.S. District Court Judge in Pikeville has denied the motion of Arch Coal Inc. to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit filed by Letcher County coal miner Jarrod Sergent and his wife Linda. Sergent lives at Deane with his wife and four children. He was severely injured in a rock fall at ICG Knott County’s Kathleen mine on September 19, 2011, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. Since the accident, Sergent has undergone several surgeries because of problems with his prosthetic leg.
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The Little Shepherd Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Rabbit Hunt for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 28. The group will meet at Raymond Brown’s building just below the Dry Fork Gas Station at 6:30 a.m. After the hunt, the group will go to the Shriners’ building to eat and then to the county park to shoot clay pigeons. There is no charge and all children 17 and younger are welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult and should wear hunter orange. No hunting licenses are required.
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Drenda Crider, who has established a lengthy career in the hotel and leisure industry, has been chosen to lead several of the area’s notable tourist sites. The Harlan native has been hired as Director of External Education at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, and with the job she will be in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Benham School House Inn, the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum and the Portal 31 Mine Tour.
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It is that time of year again! A time when most of us are getting ready for big holiday meals and feeling full. God's Pantry Food Bank just opened a new distribution center in London and they are hoping to help make sure we all have something to eat this Christmas. The Southeast Region Distribution Center services 11 counties, including: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Whitley counties.

Thursday December 12, 2013

 

One person is dead after a two-car crash Wednesday in Knott County. The wreck happened at the intersection of KY-160 and KY-15 near the Red Fox community. Witnesses at the scene advise that a black Pontiac car was on KY-160 and had pulled out onto 15 in the path of a silver Honda traveling north on 15. The driver of the black Pontiac, Jenny Watts, 18, of Isom was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Dustin Bradshaw, 20, of Isom, went to the hospital in a personal car for treatment of minor injuries.
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Officials with the Hazard Fire Department have confirmed that a missing child has been located in the Cherokee Hills Community of Perry County. The Hazard Police Department and the Perry County Sheriff's Office also helped search for the child.
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A Pike County man charged with murder entered a not guilty plea yesterday afternoon. Ervin Smallwood is charged with murder in the death of Gregory Todd Martin. Martin was found unresponsive at his Harless Creek Home back in November. Smallwood's next court date is scheduled for February 7th.
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State police say a shooting injured one man in Knox County. Police say it happened on Pruitt Road in the Woodbine area just before 5:00 yesterday afternoon. Police say the shooting victim is 50-year-old Chris Dinkins of Corbin. Police say he was flown to UK Hospital in Lexington. Police say Dinkins was in his mini-van in the driveway of a home when a person at the home shot Dinkins in the face. A 16-year-old boy was also in the mini-van but police say he was not injured.
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A fire destroyed a Floyd County house Wednesday afternoon. It happened just off U.S. 23 in the Dwale (da-well)community near Allen. Friends of the people who live in the home say they are safe. They also say the couple bought the house less than two months ago. Four nearby fire departments responded to the fire--Allen VFD, Middle Creek VFD, Betsy Layne VFD, and Prestonsburg FD. They say the fire spread so quickly their water supply could not keep up, forcing them to drive up and down the narrow road to fill their tanks at a nearby hydrant. At this time there are no reports of any injuries.
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Investigators in Virginia are ruling a women's death suspicious after a fire at her Dickenson County home. Firefighters say it happened Friday, just before 11pm at a trailer off Camp Jacob Road, just outside of Clintwood. Mary Maggard, 70, died in the fire and was the only one home at the time. they are ruling Maggard's death suspicious, but would not specify why. Maggard's body has been sent off for an autopsy and police are now waiting on test results.

 

Wednesday December 11, 2013

Officials are searching for a missing Pike County woman. Bertha Wolford (pictured) was last seen on Friday in the Majestic Community. Phelps Fire Department and Pike County Emergency Management officials have been searching the area for her. Fire department officials say they have had a good response from the community trying to help find her.  They are asking everyone in the area to keep an eye out for her and call police if you have any information.
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Newly released numbers from the Kentucky budget office show tax collections were up in November. State Budget Director Jane Driskell said Tuesday that General Fund revenue increased 2.4 percent for the month, generating revenue of nearly $803 million. Driskell called the latest revenue figures encouraging. Individual income tax collections rose 6 percent for the month, a sign of fatter paychecks for Kentucky workers. Property tax revenue was up 8.1 percent.
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Police say it was an unusual heist. They say a couple spent one night at a Harlan County motel and then stole nearly everything inside their room. The theft was caught on video at the Mount Aire Motel. Now police need your help finding the culprits. Surveillance video from the Mount Aire Motel shows a man and woman checking in on December 3rd. They stayed one night. Police know who they are because the motel employees got copies of their driver's licenses at check-in. Police say the woman is 37-year-old Crystal Craig of Pathfork, and the man is 43-year old John Rutherford. He has a Michigan address.
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The Harlan County Sheriff's Department arrested a man on sex abuse charges. The arrest citation says 41-year-old Marcus Halcomb abused a 16-year-old girl on Thanksgiving Day in Harlan. The arrest citation says Halcomb admitted to deputies he sexually abused the girl. Deputies believe he also abused her another time earlier this year. Halcomb is in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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Salvation Army officials got a big surprise when they opened a red kettle in Owensboro to count donations. a 2004 Liberty gold coin was found wrapped inside a $10 bill. It was found in a kettle that had been outside a Kroger store on Saturday. The Salvation Army reported last week that it has received more than 400 gold coins in kettles across the nation over three decades. The first was found in Crystal Lake, Ill., in 1982.
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The numbers are in for the Kentucky Kids Count county rankings on child well-being. The index shows a need for stronger investments in Kentucky’s children. Counties that show the most room for improvement include Owsley, Knox, Martin and Clay. The study focused on four major indicators: economic security, health, family and community strength and education. As part of an effort to encourage early success in the classroom, Clay County schools incorporate the nation-wide program “Early Steps to School Success” into their curriculum.