LOCAL NEWS

Wednesday September 11, 2013

The search is over for the son of the man accused of shooting a parole officer Monday in Knott County.

Rocky Wicker Jr. was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a home in the Mousie community following a tip.

According to State Police, Wicker Jr. tried to run, but authorities were able to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

Investigators said state probation and parole officers were looking for Wicker Jr. Monday afternoon at the home of his father, Rocky Wicker Sr. in connection with a parole violation from 2010.

As Officer Brian Melvin approached the home, Wicker Sr. is accused of shooting the officer in the arm, then firing at a car with three other officers inside.

Wicker Sr. was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

Officer Melvin is expected to spend at least another day at Hazard ARH but a full recovery is anticipated.

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The U.S. Department of Justice says a 30-year-old inmate at the U.S. penitentiary in Jonesville, Virginia in Lee County was found dead in the gymnasium.

Demetrius Hall was serving a 152 month sentence for armed assault on a police officer and armed robbery.

Staff responded to the gym and found Hall unresponsive.

He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Foul play is not suspected.

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A woman was taken to the hospital and two others are behind bars after a stabbing Tuesday in Harlan County.

According to police, the fight took place near a food stamp distribution office in downtown Harlan around noon and spilled over into the building's parking lot.

21 year old Ginger Pendleton and 26 year old Ashley Massey were fighting when Pendleton pulled a knife and stabbed Massey twice.

Harlan Police Chief Mike Thomas said it appears the two women had been taunting each other and had exchanged threats over Facebook about an ex-boyfriend.

Police also arrested Massey's niece, 20 year old Dominique Thomas, 20, for causing a disturbance at the scene.

Massey was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

Her condition was not immediately available, but police said her injuries were not life-threatening.

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On Tuesday afternoon officials at the Leslie County Detention Center contacted law enforcement after 26-year-old Ricky Hendrix escaped a second time.

Hendrix was just caught early Saturday morning after escaping the first time in May.

Around 11:40 am Tuesday, jail coordinators said Hendrix kicked out the jail van window, rolled onto Kentucky Route 118 and ran away.

This incident occurred near Detention Road, which is the jail's driveway.

Court Security Officer Bryan Adams said Hendrix was coming from court, wearing leg irons and a belly chain.

Local law enforcement and two state troopers checked up and down the Hyden Spur and surrounding communities.

Hendrix was caught near the Hyden Spur getting in a vehicle and is now in custody.

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A southwest  Virginia court reporter has been sentenced for obstructing justice.

66 year old Ernest Benko of Norton, Va. was accused of lying to investigators in the case of a Wise County attorney charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Benko was hired by that attorney in May 2009 to record sworn statements in the attorney's case.

Investigators later determined those statements were false.

The U.S Attorney said Benko lied during interrogations with FBI agents and Virginia State Police.

Benko pleaded guilty in June.

A judge sentenced him Tuesday to 15 months in prison.