Friday, April 10, 2009


Medical Examiner Attempting To Identify Skeletal Remains Found In Pike County

Pikeville KSP Post 9 and the state Medical Examiner's Office are attempting to identify human skeletal remains found Thursday night in a wooded area of Ridge Line Road near Kimper. After a dog was discovered carrying a human skull in its mouth, detectives and forensic experts searched the area and found other bones over an embankment. The remains have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. Investigators say it could take a few weeks to determine the identity and cause of death.


Alleged Attacker Held Without Bond

Thirty four year old Cynthia Mullins of Elkhorn City is being held without bond at the Pikeville Regional Detention Center after being arrested Thursday morning and charged with assault. She's accused of attacking 24 year old Lora Hall Damron, who is seven months pregnant, while inside the Pikeville Wal-Mart. University of Kentucky Hospital spokeswoman Amy Ratliff said Damron was in fair condition Friday morning and said the unborn baby would be fine. Mullins had been released Wednesday evening after being jailed on a charge of terroristic threatening and is on a four year probation for a 2005 stabbing.

Thursday, April 09, 2009


Convicted Drug Dealer Sues Mingo County Judge

Robert "JJ" Warren of Williamson, who was found guilty Tuesday on two counts of drug related cocaine charges, is suing Mingo County Chief Judge Michael Thornsbury, the Mingo County Commission and the West Virginia Department of Highways. Thornsbury, who had previously set bond for Waren at $75,000 for drug charges, placed him on home confinement and ordered him to report to the "Judge's Work Program" every morning. The complaint states, on or about March 27th., Warren was struck on his right shin by a chainsaw being used by another worker. He suffered a deep cut requiring many stitches with possible damage to the bone. He's being represented by Latitia Neese Chafin of the H. Truman Chafin Law Firm. Latitia Chafin is the wife of Senate Majority Leader H. Truman Chafin. Thornsbury is set to sentence Warren in May.


Danville Stepmother Pleads To Lesser Charge

Twenty seven year old Virginia Holsinger of Danville, a stepmother accused of starving two of her stepsons, ages 9 and 12, pleaded guilty Thursday (today) to amended charges of two counts of second-degree criminal abuse, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Instead of serving jail time, she must meet the terms and conditions of a pretrial diversion program, which includes forty hours of community service for each of the next five years. Final sentencing is set for June 2nd.


Stabbing At Pikeville Wal-Mart

The Pikeville Wal-Mart Supercenter was the site Thursday (today) of a stabbing involving two females. Shortly before 10:00 A.M., 24 year old Lora Hall Damron was assaulted with a knife wielded by 34 year old Cynthia Mullins of Elkhorn City. Mullins was arrested on the scene by Pikeville City Police Detective Phillip Reed, at which time she admitted to the stabbing. Lora Damron, who was pregnant, was transported to Pikeville Medical Center with multiple lacerations. Mullins also indicated she obtained the knife from a display rack inside Wal-Mart. According to witnesses, no words were exchanged prior to the assault, and there has been no connection established between the two women at this time.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Morehead KSP Investigating Inmate Death

Morehead KSP report they're investigating the death of 33 year old Kenneth E. Dearing, who was an inmate at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in Morgan County. Dearing died in the Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital emergency room after being taken there complaining of chest pain. KSP began an investigation after being notified early Tuesday morning, and, while speaking with an on-duty physician, learned Dearing had no history of heart problems and had a knot on his head, along with a bruise on the small of his back.


Virginia Man Dies In Pike County Crash

Kentucky State Police report 17 year old Brandon Ryan Hurley of Hurley, Virginia died at Cabell Huntington Hospital Tuesday from injuries suffered in a single vehicle accident which occurred Monday on Route 1056 at McCarr, Ky. Authorities say Justin Hurley was driving eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle on a wet road and struck a tree. Justin Hurley was treated and released at Williamson Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital.


Crude Oil Drops Worldwide

Worldwide crude oil prices dropped by over a dollar a barrel Wednesday (today). Pikeville pump prices find Speedway at $1.89 a gallon for regular unleaded.


Wet Or Dry---Paintsville Will Decide

Paintsville residents will, through a special election on June 9th., have the opportunity to decide whether to allow alcohol sales within the city limits.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Alleged Johnson County Kidnappers Extradited

Pamela Castle and Bonnie Blair, both of Johnson County, have been extradited from Georgia to Paintsville to face kidnapping charges. Investigators say on January 28th. they took Castle's daughter, 9 year old Alissa Castle, of whom she does not have custody, from the home of the girl's aunt and legal guardian, Terecia Meade, and fled to Georgia where they were arrested. Castle has been indicted for kidnapping, and Blair has been indicted for complicity to kidnapping. They're being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.


Floyd County Schools To Extend Days

According to the Floyd County Board of Education, beginning April 13th., students will be staying an extra thirty minutes per day to make up three days missed due to extremely bad winter weather. The board has requested six days from the Kentucky Department of Education, and, if granted, the school closing will move back from June 16th. to June 3rd.

Monday, April 06, 2009


Police Investigate Death Of Mingo County Man

West Virginia State Police say a drug overdose, not a train, may be to blame for the death of 36 year old Roger Darrell Smith whose body was found Sunday afternoon on the railroad tracks in Wharncliffe of Mingo County. Police requested the tracks be shut down as they surveyed the area and found drug paraphernalia near the body.


KSP Search For Armed Robber

Kentucky State Police are continuing to search for a male suspect described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, who, while wearing a blue and white jersey, a black mask and latex gloves and being armed with a gun, entered Boyd's Grocery Store in Banner of Floyd County Saturday and demanded cash before escaping with approximately $1,000.


KSP Searching For Suspects Who Robbed Perry County Home

Kentucky State Police are searching for two male suspects who allegedly entered a home around 1:50 A.M. Monday on Upper Second Creek Road in the Darfork community of Perry County and stole prescription drugs and cash at gunpoint. One suspect is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. No description of the second suspect has been given.


KSP Investigate Double Shooting

Kentucky State Police are investigating a double shooting after two bodies, a male and a female, and a handgun were found in a home on Fullers Ridge Road just outside of Louisa Monday (today).

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Federal Funding To Update Flood Maps

The federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $5 million in federal funds to help update flood maps in counties, including Pike, Boyd, Greenup and Magoffin along with others. The updated Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps will track actual risk more closely and assist new development and rebuilding efforts.


Former Ky. First Lady Undergoes Triple-Bypass

Former Kentucky first lady, 68 year old Judi Patton, is recovering after undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery Saturday at Pikeville Medical Center after awakening Saturday morning with chest pains. Her family says Patton, who was first lady from 1995 to 2003, has never had heart problems before.


Another Delay For Man Accused Of Abusing Corpse

For the second time within a month, a status hearing was rescheduled Friday morning for 30 year old Timothy Allen Brown of Georgetown, when his attorneys once again asked for additional time while awaiting medical records. Brown was arrested in October after police found the mummified body of his sister, Penny Michelle Brown, in the trunk of his car which was found in St. Louis. He faces several charges including interstate flight to avoid prosecution and abuse of a corpse. The hearing is set for May 1st.


Body Found Submerged In Pond Near West Liberty

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of 35 year old Guy Nantell of West Liberty whose body was found Saturday morning around 10:30 A.M. submerged in a pond near Justice Lane, ten miles north of West Liberty. Nantell was reported missing around 4:00 P.M. Friday afternoon.


kentucky Doctor Who Resides In West Virginia Under Federal Investigation

Federal authorities are investigating Dr. Augusto T. Abad, a Charleston resident who allegedly commutes to his practice in South Williamson, Ky. and rubber stamps prescriptions written by mid-level medical workers at a Mingo County facility. He's accused of routinely spending only a few hours at the facility during a week and rarely seeing patients. Authorities have searched the facility, two pharmicies near the Ky. border and his home in Charleston.


Trial Delayed For Kentucky Man Accused Of Abusing West Virginia Girl

The kidnapping and sexual assault trial for 29 year old Joshua Michael Ridings of Owensboro, Ky. has been postponed. Ridings is accused of kidnapping an eleven year old Wheeling, West Virginia girl and taking her into Belmont County, Ohio, and sexually assaulting her. In October, he pleaded guilty to crossing a state line with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a person under the age of 12. A new trial date will be set May 21st.

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