Friday, April 11, 2008


Former Williamson Daily News Worker Faces New Charges

Jason Alan Worley, 30, of Canada, Kentucky, now faces additional copper theft charges from a new source.

He is now charged with theft of a quantity of copper wire from a Norfolk Southern facility in Williamson in February. Surveillance images showed a man, later identified as Worley, taking copper cable from a reel...copper that was valued at over $2500.

Previously, Worley was charged with grand larceny of a copper press roller from the Williamson Daily News.


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East Ridge Teacher Pleads "Not Guilty"

32-year old Lincoln Shane Bentley, a teacher at East Ridge High School, was arraigned in Pike County District Court. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police last month and charged with misconduct in connection with an exchange involving a female student.

He pleaded "not guilty", and his next5 court appearance is set for June 16.


Virgie Man Files Complaint Aginst KSP Trooper

Arnold Coleman of Virgie has filed a complaint against Kentucky State Trooper Adam Hall, who lives in Letcher County.

Coleman claims the trooper shot and killed his two hunting dogs, after their loud barking kept him awake. Coleman said he lost the dogs while coon hunting and a dog tracking system led him to a place near the trooper's home.

Police say there is an ongoing investigation. Coleman said the dogs had trailed a raccoon to a tree near Hall's home and they were trained to stay there until the owner arrives.


Death Row Inmates Could Get A Second Dose Of Lethal Cocktail

The Kentucky Supreme Court released an edited version with protocol details not previously disclosed. The 16 page report now gives rules for visiting an inmate once an execution order has been signed, to how to reverse an execution if it is halted after drugs begin to flow.

Among the information not previously released indicated Kentucky's executions are under instructions to administer a second dose of the three drug cocktail if the inmate isn't pronounced dead after 10 minutes.


Toddler Apparnetly Drowns

An 18-month boy has apparently drowned in Letcher County. Officials have not yet released the circumstances surrounding his death. It appears it happened in Jenkins.

Police do not suspect foul play. The child was identified as Curtis Wayne Anderson III.


West Virginia Druken Driving Law Gets Tougher

Governor Joe Manchin signed a bill in Charleston making drunken driving laws tougher for anyone whose blood alcohol content is .15 or higher.

The new law takes effect in June, 2008.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Former State Representative Begins Work With Transportation Cabinet

Brandon Spencer of Floyd County, a former state representative who resigned just weeks before the 2008 General Assembly session, is now working for the State Transportation Cabinet.

Spencer began his job Tuesday as a field representative in Pike County.


Vote Buying Trial Continues

Testimony continued in the federal trial of Knott County secretary Tammy Brewer and her father Hoey Dobson.

The two are accused of perjury during an investigation into vote buying allegations conscerning the 2006 election involving Judge-Executive Randy Thompson. Prosecutors say brewer and dobson, among several others, had driveways paved using public money in exchange for supporting Thompson.

They face up to five years in prison if convicted. The trial is expected to wrap later this week. Thompson and three others are scheduled to go on trial in May.


Diesel Fuel Leak In Feds Creek

Officials say the diesel leak in Feds Creek has been stopped and the fuel has been cleaned up. Management workers say it appears someone stole a gas pump from the Joshua Enterprise Coal Mine, causing the fuel to leak inot the creek.

Officials say there are no environmental damages, or, no drinking water affected.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Falling Rocks Shut Down Highway 321

Highway 321, a major road between Prestonsburg and Paintsville, was closed bhy transportation officials between the Route 3 intersection and the Johnson County line. This was done when, according to witnesses, large rocks began falling from the cliffs onto the roadway.

Drivers are asked to detour through Jenny Wiley State Park, or, US23.


Martin Hospital Gets A Robot Doctor

Officials at Saint Joseph Hospital in Marin say their patients soon son't have to travel to see a specialist because the specialist will be brought to them through a robot.

The robot will be controlled wirelessly from a computer with the use of a joystick. It will allow doctors from anywhere in the Saint Joseph system who have the proper credentials to see patients.

Robot doctors are now at all seven Saint Joseph facilities in Kentucky.


KSP Highway Fatalities Report

Eleven people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways las week. Ten of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles, and eight of those were not wearing seat belts.

Through April 6, statistics indicate 186 people lost their lives this year. That is eight less than reported for the same time period in 2007. A total of 39 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Gasoline Prices Predicted To Rise

As though we're not already crying "ouch" at the pump, according to Monday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, gasoline prices have hit a record high nationally. The price of regular in Kentucky is now $3.27. In West Virginia the average is $3.41.

The government expects prices to peak near $3.50/gallon later this Spring. Analysts predict it could approach $4.00/gallon. Producers are switching to a less polluting, more expensive grade they're required to sell during the summer months.

Currently, the national average is $3.33/gallon.


Senator Obama Opens Second Kentucky Office

About 400 Obama supporters rallied as the Illinois Senator opened his second Kentucky campaign office, this one in Lexington. The first was opened last week in Louisville.

Additional offices are scheduled to be opened in Paducah, Bowling Green, Covington, Frankfort and Pikeville.


One Million Dollars Bond For Teenager

David Poppiti, 17, who is charged with murder in the death of Bell County Sheriff's Deputy Sean Pursifull, appeared in court and pled "not guilty".

He is being held on a one million dollars cash bond and will appear back in court on May 19. A grand jury indicted him last week. He is accused of deliberately ramming the Pursifull cruiser.

Monday, April 07, 2008


Mingo County Democratic Convention Set

Mingo County Democratic Executive Committee Chair H. Truman Chafin announced that the Mingo County Democratic Convention will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, April 12, at the Delbarton Opry House.

The convention is open to all registered Democrats in Mingo County.


Officials Investigate Cause Of Fire

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire Saturday morning, just before 10am that destroyed several maintenance buildings at Buckhorn Lake State Park in Perry County.

The fire spread near two homes, but, no one was reported injured. It took firefighters from several departments to control the flames.


Johnson County Man Pleads Guilty

Jonathan Crum of Johnson County who as accused of shoving baby wipes down a child's throat, pleaded guilty Friday to lesser charges of second degree assault and criminal abuse.

He faces up to 15 years in prison and will be sentenced May 2.

Shauna Childers, the child's mother, took a plea deal for lesser charges. As part of the deal she will not serve any time in jail.


Teenager To Appear In Bell County Court

The 17-year old driver of the vehicle that deliberately rammed the cruiser of Bell County Deputy Sheriff Sean Pursifull, will now face murder charges. David Poppiti, will appear in Bell County Circuit Court today.

A 16-year old passenger in the car, who was also originally charged with murder, had his charges reduced to complicity to commit murder.


Teen Horse Killers Sentenced

Michael Ross Damron and Jacob Leslie Ratliff, two Pike County teens who pleaded guilty, under a plea deal, to shooting and killing three horses and injuring five others on a strip mine in Beaver near Elkhorn City in January, 2007, were sentenced to six months in jail. With time served, the two have 99 more days.

The plea deal was in jeopardy last month when Damron failed to pay restitution of $25,000 to the horses' owner, Trish Varney.

Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman said a light punishment would depreciate the seriousness of the crime, but, an overly harsh punishment would be detrimental to their future. The remainder of their five years sentence will be served on probation.

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