Saturday, July 09, 2011


Brad Keselowski Wins At Kentucky Speedway


Click It Or Ticket Campaign Gets Results


Judge Orders Pulaski County To Take Unclaimed Body


Former Fort Campbell Soldier Faces Premeditated Murder


Paul's State Operations Director Hospitalized


Beckley Escapee Captured In Las Vegas


Lexington Professor To Search For "Lost City"


Child Abuse Conferences Set


Sex Offender Intense Supervision Officers Sworn In


West Virginia University Football Team On Probation


Child Abduction Response Team Underway


Bath Salts Lawsuit Filed

Friday, July 08, 2011


Attempted Murder-Suicide In Perry County

{Kentucky}...An attempted murder-suicide in the Viper community of Perry County resulted in one person being pronounced dead at the scene. Police say, just after midnight Friday morning, 49 year old David Branson shot 44 year old Joy Smith, then shot himself. Smith was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to UK’s Chandler Hospital, while Branson was pronounced dead.


Farmer Reappoints State Employees

{Kentucky}...Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has given political appointments to Danita Fentress-Laird and Kathryn Willis, two state employees at the center of a probe into alleged hiring favoritism in the agency he oversees. The appointments came amid a Personnel Board investigation into whether they had previously been placed into protected "merit system" positions to avoid the possibility of being replaced when a new commissioner takes office next year. Such transfers, known as "burrowing," are illegal in Kentucky. Department of Agriculture attorney Nicole Liberto says Fentress-Laird and Willis resigned from the protected positions voluntarily. The Personnel Board unanimously decided on Friday to continue investigating the department's decision to place the two women in merit jobs, which would protect them from dismissal after Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer leaves office at the end of the year.


Attorney For Croatian Woman Fights Extradition

{Kentucky}...Patrick Nash, an attorney for 52 year old Azra Basic (pronounced bah'-sich), a Croatian woman accused of committing war crimes in Bosnia, told a federal judge Friday in Lexington that she should be allowed to stay in the U.S. instead of facing charges in Europe. U.S. officials want Basic, who is accused of torturing prisoners after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, extradited to Bosnia to face charges of murder and torture. Nash argues a long list of international issues stand in the way of extradition, including the absence of a treaty between Bosnia and the U.S., whether the statute of limitations has expired on the alleged crimes and Basic is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Known locally as "Issabella" in Stanton, Kentucky, Basic worked at a nursing home and a food factory. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Weir said he would rule on the arguments at a later date. Basic's extradition hearing is set for August 22nd.


Beshear Declines To Participate With Williams

{Kentucky}...Governor Steve Beshear has decided not to participate in two events with his gubernatorial challenger Republican Senate President David Williams. Beshear had been invited to attend a panel session Tuesday afternoon at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting in Louisville and a forum Thursday afternoon at the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association summer conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The Williams campaign says Beshear is scared to debate, but Beshear campaign manager Bill Hyers says the governor will be participating in debates once the campaign gets going in the fall. Bryan Sunderland, spokesman for the chamber, says Beshear was invited several weeks ago to participate in a panel discussion between Beshear and Williams at the chamber's business summit and annual meeting, but Beshear's staff informed the chamber last week that Beshear will not be able to attend because of "a prior commitment."


Ky Hires Arkansas Consulting Firm

{Kentucky}...Kentucky officials have hired consulting firm Boyette Strategic Advisors of Little Rock, Arkansas to complete a "statewide economic development strategic plan" looking at how the state can add jobs and attract business. Called "Kentucky's Unbridled Future," the plan is expected to be complete by late October. Boyette will be paid $106,350 for the plan, plus up to $10,635 for expenses.


Kentucky Tobacco Company Sues DC

{Kentucky}...Kentucky-based National Tobacco is suing the District of Columbia over a 2010 law aimed at making it tougher to get materials used to smoke marijuana, arguing the law that curbed the sale of wrapping papers used to roll cigarettes and cigars was vague and unconstitutional. Lawyers for the city say officials have the authority to ban the sale of cigar wrappers, which they say have no legitimate purpose but for illegal drug use.


DEP Denies Blair Mountain Petition

{West Virginia}...The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has denied a petition filed by several groups asking for Blair Mountain in Logan County to be declared unsuitable for mining. Massey Energy, which is now part of Alpha Natural Resources, and Arch Coal have indicated they want to develop mining operations on Blair Mountain. The June 2nd petition was filed by the Sierra Club, Friends of Blair Mountain, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Labor History Association and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.


Former Doctor Pleads To Drug Charge

{West Virginia}...Dr. Angela Basham-Calloway, a former Fayette County osteopathic physician, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempting to fraudulently obtain a controlled substance. West Virginia State Police say, in December 2010, a confidential informant met with Basham-Calloway in her Oak Hill office and obtained prescriptions for a controlled substance in return for $800. These prescriptions were in the names of other individuals who were not Basham-Calloway’s patients. The informant asked Basham-Calloway if she wanted some Adderall back and she responded that she did. The court will reserve judgment on Dr. Angela Basham-Calloway's plea agreement until her October 13th sentencing. If the plea agreement is accepted, Basham-Calloway could face up to 48 months in prison.


Cabell County Magistrate Dismisses Kidnapping Charges

{West Virginia}...During a hearing in Huntington Friday, Cabell County Magistrate Darrell Black dismissed two counts of kidnapping filed against 41 year old Brent Collins of Chesapeake, Ohio. An Amber Alert was issued after Collins abducted two young children of a woman he knew on June 23rd. The kids and Collins were found separately the next morning in Lincoln County. Collins said at the time the kids were hungry and he was taking them to get something to eat. Collins still faces two counts of felony child neglect that will be presented to a Cabell County grand jury for consideration. Collins remains in the Western Regional Jail.


Charleston Man Claims Self-Defense In Stabbing

{West Virginia}...Michael Cleo Jones, a man who claims he was acting in self-defense when he stabbed another man on July 4th, was arrested by Charleston Police Thursday on malicious wounding charges. Jones says he stabbed Andre Hamilton, whom he says he doesn't know, because he broke into his home. Police say evidence indicates Jones stabbed Hamilton in the chest during a fight, and Jones and Hamilton are familiar with each other. In fact, police say Hamilton and his brother went to Jones' home to avenge Hamilton's father's drug overdose. Hamilton is in the hospital in critical condition. Jones is being held at the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.


Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Huntington Man

{West Virginia}...A Wayne County grand jury has indicted 52 year old Clinton Douglas Skeens of Huntington for the stabbing death of former Wayne High School football coach, 73 year old Jess "Scott" Jarrell. Jarrell was found dead in his home on Wilson Creek  on New Years Eve several hours after Skeens told State Police he killed Jarrell. An initial trial date is set for October 3rd. Jarrell coached the Wayne High School Pioneers from 1966 to 1985. He was also a guidance counselor.


City Council Approves Readings For Tax Increases

{West Virginia}...South Charleston City Council took a step forward Thursday to raise several city fees and taxes. Council members unanimously passed the first readings of three separate ordinances under which the municipal service fee would go from $25 per quarter to $40 per quarter, the city's hotel/motel tax rate would go from three percent to six percent and the commercial refuse rate would increase. The municipal service fee hasn't been raised since 1992. Those services cost the city $6.9 million to provide. Council will look at the ordinances for a second reading at a regular meeting July 21st.

Thursday, July 07, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...7-8-'11

Pikeville Police are investigating an ATV crash that killed a man Wednesday night. Police say a husband and wife riding their ATV discovered an overturned ATV, with the driver trapped underneath on a gravel parking lot near Billups Drive. The driver of that ATV, Jerry W. Hunt of Pikeville, was pronounced dead at Pikeville Medical Center. Hunt was not wearing a helmet.

Pike County Sheriff's deputies say Harold Belcher has been arrested on several charges after he tried to buy police equipment at a store in Lexington with a fake sheriff's identification card. The store tipped off the sheriff's department, and deputies were waiting for Belcher when he returned to Pike County. Belcher was taken to the hospital after he faked a heart attack while being arrested. He is lodged in the Pike County Detention Center without bond. Belcher will undergo a competency evaluation before the case moves forward.

Kentucky law forbids child abandonment but does not establish a timeframe for notifying police about missing children. Representative Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, said Thursday he is prefiling “Caylee's Law”  for the 2012 legislative session. The proposal, which would apply to children 12 years old and younger, would require parents of missing children to notify authorities within 12 hours or face a Class D felony charge which can carry a sentence of one to five years in prison. Henderson says the high-profile Florida murder case of Caylee Anthony highlights the need for new penalties against parents who fail to report missing children in a timely manner. Henderson says a stiff penalty could provide protection for those that can't protect themselves.

Kentucky is turning to managed care organizations to run Medicaid, the $6 billion government program that provides health care to more than 800,000 poor, elderly and disabled residents. In a Capitol news conference Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear said the change could save $375 million in the state's General Fund over the next three years and potentially $1.3 billion overall, not only saving money but providing improved medical care to the state's Medicaid recipients. Beshear unveiled three companies that will oversee Medicaid services to about 560,000 people across most of the state. Coventry Health Care of Maryland, WellCare Health Plans of Illinois and Centene Corp. of St. Louis will open offices in Kentucky, creating more than 500 jobs in the state. Passport Health Plan, which already had a contract with Kentucky, will continue to serve about 170,000 Medicaid recipients in the Louisville area. Beshear plans to embark on a statewide tour, beginning Friday, to explain the change to Kentucky residents. Kentucky still needs approval for the change from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If approval is granted, Medicaid would begin enrolling patients in one of the three new managed care plans starting October 1st.

Ford Motor Co. is about to hire 1,800 new workers for its Louisville Assembly Plant to produce the new Ford Escape. Applications were being taken at the Kentucky Office for Employment and Training in downtown Louisville Thursday and will continue through 5:00 P.M. EDT next Thursday. Mayor Greg Fischer's office says people will be chosen for pre-employment testing through a lottery. To participate in the lottery, applicants must fill out a form provided by the employment office. The mayor's office says some of the hires will be made from former Ford workers who were laid off in the past. Starting pay for the production assembly jobs is $15.51.

The Harlan County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Corps, a group of eastern Kentucky chaplains, has sued Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop over comments he allegedly made about the organization, including that the chaplains were selling donated items online. Attorney Robert Melvin, who represents the Corps, says Grieshop accused the chaplains of conducting illegal activities as part of his dispute with Sheriff Marvin Lipfird. Melvin filed the suit in Harlan Circuit Court seeking unspecified damages, saying the comments hurt the group's ability to raise money.

Officials in southeastern Kentucky say a man died of apparent electrocution. McCreary County Coroner Daniel Ridner pronounced 22 year old Steve A. Stevens dead early Thursday morning at the scene. The McCreary County sheriff's office is investigating after copper and a bolt-cutting tool were recovered in bushes near the South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and Kentucky Utilities substations on U.S. 27 South.

The attorney general's office has concluded the city of Paintsville subverted the intent of the state's Open Records Act by trying to charge the Paintsville Herald newspaper $300 for records related to delinquent occupational and restaurant taxes. Paintsville Herald reporter David Wheeler had requested the documents and appealed to the attorney general's office after the city informed him of the charge. In an opinion issued last week, Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver called the fee excessive. City officials can either accept Bensenhaver's finding or appeal to circuit court.

Thursday, Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer retracted his claims after accusing city officials in Hazard of  refusing to change policy after a public employee kicked out a couple with developmental disabilities from The Pavilion pool in Hazard because the couple was gay. Hazard City Attorney Paul R. Collins says claims of the KEF were simply not correct, and new signage will be placed at The Pavilion soon. Collins says the city of Hazard has not refused to change policy and fully intends to carry out an agreement made on June 18, 2011. The city is in the process of securing signage, and the city had already scheduled training promised prior to the claims. The KEF says it requested 'gender identity' be added along with sexual orientation in order to avoid future problems as well as legal action.

Food stamp usage in Kentucky is continuing to rise. In May, some 825,000 Kentuckians were covered by food stamps. That’s a 32 percent increase since the downturn of the recession officially began in December 2007. Nationally, food stamp participation has soared even more. Federal data show a 63 percent increase, to 44.6 million people, since the start of the recession. Kentucky remains one of the states with the highest percentage of residents using food stamps. A February analysis by the Wall Street Journal shows 18.7 percent of Kentuckians getting food stamps, the 8th highest rate among 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the 2011 State Real Property Tax Rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value – the same rate as last year. Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the Department of Revenue to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year. This rate is based on the revenue generated from the increase in taxable real property assessments from 2010 to 2011. If the increase in revenue is more than 4% after the exclusion of new property added to the tax roll during 2011, then the prior year rate must be reduced. Because the assessment increase for 2011 is estimated at 1.05%, the state rate will remain the same as the 2010 rate, 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. All of the revenue generated from the state property tax rate will go into the state’s General Fund.

Visitors can experience what life was like on the frontier with Pioneer Life Week July 25-31 at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The week is dedicated to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River. It will feature re-enactors, musical entertainment and historical programs. The pioneer camp is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Historical programs are scheduled daily throughout the week, including tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstrations, and spinning and weaving demonstrations, primitive fire making, atlatl demonstrations and pioneer clothing interpretation. County Fair Day is on Saturday which includes displays of flint knapping, old time machinery, woodcarving, 18th century naturalist and pioneer food. The park will also have a pie auction, pioneer vittles tasting, pioneer games, tomahawk throwing and finish off with a homemade ice cream social. Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing. The park is located off Interstate 64 at exit 161. Take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...7-8-'11

Cabell County Delegate Kelli Sobonya is proposing a new bill called "Caylee's Law" which will be introduced the first day of the 2012 West Virginia Legislative Session. The law would make it a felony for parents or guardians not reporting a missing child or death of a child, accidental or otherwise, to law enforcement in a timely manner.

Kanawha County Deputies say swimmers pulled Charles Fitzgerlad, 33, from Tennessee, out of the Coal River near Tornado shortly after 4:00 P.M. Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say Fitzgerald swam out to a deep section of the water and started splashing around and screaming for help as he went under. A group of swimmers rushed to the rescue, brought him to shore and tried to do CPR, but he was unresponsive and had turned blue.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas says no one was hurt when a young child found a .22-caliber revolver on the floor of Billy Bob's Wonderland in Barboursville Wednesday afternoon, and it discharged  where dozens of children were roaming about. McComas says it's unsure how the gun got into the restaurant where the Huntington City Mission was conducting a day camp.

Secret Pleasures in Jefferson voluntarily closed its doors after the West Virginia State Police seized synthetic drugs from the store May 19th. Thursday morning, Kenneth Holiday, owner of Secret Pleasures, and the Kanawha County Planning Commission agreed to several conditions agreeing to keep the store closed. Holiday says he has a long-term lease on the building so he will reopen another store there, but the court ordered him to not sell any adult novelty items or anything Secret Pleasures previously sold at that location. Holiday will avoid charges for selling the synthetic drugs. His attorney argued that the items he sold were stamped "legal for sale," so Holiday had no intent to sell an illegal substance.

Charleston Police are looking for a woman who allegedly used a stolen credit card at Wal-Mart and Home Depot in South Charleston, Macy’s in the Charleston Town Center Mall and CVS Pharmacy in Dunbar. Police say they need the public's help to identify the woman. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Charleston Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

At a Thursday news conference in Charleston, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its report into a number of chemical leaks, including one that resulted in the death of Danny Fish at the Belle DuPont Plant in Kanawha County in January 2010. The Chemical Safety Board's lead investigator Johnnie Banks says, during the investigation, it was found that the Teflon-lined stainless steel hoses used in the Belle plant are particularly susceptible to failure when using phosgene because it can seep thorough the permeable Teflon lining and corrode the stainless steel. During normal operations, the hose would have been purged of phosgene as the cylinder emptied and production shifted to a new cylinder. On the day of the accident operators had experienced problems with the flow and switched the tanks before one was completely empty. The phosgene in the idle tank heated up since it was no longer moving and caused pressure to build on the hose where the material was still present. "DuPont's standard operating procedure requires replacement of hoses in phosgene service every 30 days,"  Banks said. "However, by the day of the accident, the phosgene hoses had not been replaced in over seven months.

The office of state Attorney General Darrell McGraw plans to request a rehearing before a federal appeals court in connection with an ongoing battle with the federal government over a 2004 lawsuit settlement with pharmaceutical company Dey, Inc. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that McGraw was wrong in withholding money from Medicaid following the settlement. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say the settlement should have resulted in more than $400,000 for CMS. McGraw's office gave much of the settlement money to the Public Employees Insurance Agency and his office's Consumer Protection Fund. Chief Deputy Attorney General Fran Hughes says she wouldn't be surprised if the fight eventually makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A campground at Little Beaver State Park opened 30 of the planned 46 total campsites on July 1st in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend. The 30 campsites will be first-come first-served. The location is minutes off I-64 in Raleigh County. From I-64, take Exit 129A, It is two miles south on WV 307. These 30 sites have water and electricity, but the remaining 16 sites, when completed, will have water only. For information about Little Beaver State Park, call 304-763-2494 or visit online

Twenty-six applicants in West Virginia have been approved for state Department of Environmental Protection REAP Litter Control Matching Grants totaling $57,241. They were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions and municipalities. The DEP said Thursday that the funding will be used for public awareness, annual town cleanups and other projects.

The following recipients won grants:
Village of Barboursville: $1,500 for dumpster fees for the annual village cleanup
Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority: $750 for county-wide radio advertisements for public awareness
Town of Burnsville: $1,900 for dumpster fees, landfill fees and labor for the town's annual cleanup event
Town of Cowen: $1,500 for containers and landfill fees for the town's cleanup event
Fayette County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000 for the county litter control officer salary and cleanup equipment
Town of Fayetteville: $1,200 for anti-litter educational material and litter receptacles for the town program.
Gilmer County Commission: $3,000 for supervisor wages for a county-wide litter cleanup program
Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority: $1,000 for advertising to promote a county-wide anti-litter campaign
Hardy County Commission: $3,000 for implementation of hay bale plastic wrap recycling program for the county
City of Hurricane: $3,000 to raze dilapidated structures within the city
Kanawha County Commission: $3,000 for off-duty deputies to issue litter citations as part of the county-wide litter control program
Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority: $1,921.50 for equipment and labor for the annual county-wide cleanup events
City of Kenova: $3,000 for the cost associated with the removal of litter for the town's clean-up program
City of Mannington: $1,356 for dumping fees for a town cleanup
Mason County Commission: $3,000 for public awareness campaign materials, litter and ash receptacles, and fuel for the Litter Control Program
Monroe County Solid Waste Authority: $2,022.23 for supervisor's vehicle for the Day Report cleanup program
City of Nitro: $2,000 to assist with the purchase of litter receptacles and signage for the city's litter control program
City of Parkersburg: $1,000 for an anti-littering/recycling newsletter
Putnam County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000 for a demolition contractor for structure razing
Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority: $1,000 for advertisement for an anti-littering campaign
City of Richwood: $1,500 for dumpsters for a city cleanup event
City of Romney: $3,000 for dumpster rentals and landfill disposal fees for a city cleanup event
City of Vienna: $2,796 to be used for recycling receptacles
Webster County Commission: $3,000 will be used for the county litter control officer wages
Wood County Solid Waste Authority: $2,796 will be used for recycling receptacles
Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000 will be used for vehicle maintenance, fuel, and uniforms for the litter control program

Wednesday, July 06, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...7-7-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...7-7-'11

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...7-6-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...7-6-'11

Monday, July 04, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...7-5-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...7-5-'11

Sunday, July 03, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...7-4-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...7-4-'11

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