Plea Deal Reached in a Deadly Martin Co. Crash
A pleas agreement has been reached in a deadly 2011 Martin Co. car crash that killed a little girl. According to reports, this agreement comes just a few days before a retrial was set to begin for 31-year-old Ross Brandon Sluss. In 2011, Sluss was convicted of murder, assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the fourth degree, tampering with evidence, and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Sluss was originally sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility for parole in 20 years, but in December 2014, the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction and ordered that Sluss get a new trial. During the original trial, prosecutors said that in June 2010, Sluss was driving under the influence when he crashed head-on with a car, killing 11-year-old Destiny Brewer. The crash happened on Black Log Route 40 in Martin Co. The case was moved to Johnson Co after a change of venue for the retrial was granted and during a hearing in Johnson Co. Friday, Sluss pled guilty to 2nd degree manslaughter and 1st degree assault. As part of this plea deal, Sluss will be sentenced to 10 years on each count to run consecutively. Formal sentencing is set for October.
Investigation Continues into Cause of Paintsville Fire
KSP Arson Investigators, along with the Paintsville Fire Dept. are continuing their investigation into fire that destroyed several businesses and apartments along Broadway in Paintsville, across from Citizens National Bank. On Wednesday, investigators were able to get their first good look inside the remains of the building that housed Sparetime Bowling Alley, Castle’s Roofing, the City Barber Shop and Twice as Nice Thrift Store. Investigators have confirmed that the fire started in an apartment above Sparetime Bowling Alley on the front side of the building. According to Paintsville Fire Chief Rick Ratliff, he said the building continues to have some hotspots and will probably do so for the next few days, but Ratliff said his department has turned the building back over to the owners and the fire department will continue to monitor the building as necessary. Ratliff also noted that there is no timetable on how long it will take to determine a cause of the devastating fire, but investigators will continue to interview people and get inside the rest of the building to look for clues. Citizens are ask to use caution when traveling along Broadway.
Paintsville Man Arrested on 2nd Degree Robbery
According to Paintsville Police Chief Bill Holbrook, a Paintsville man was arrested Tuesday night after the man stole a woman’s medication and money. The incident took place around 8:30 PM Tuesday evening along the 300 Block of 3rd Street across from Paintsville Elementary School. According to Chief Holbrook, his department received a call about a male subject, allegedly asking a female for a cigarette and as the woman opened up her purse, the man pushed the female down and took her medication and a small amount of money. The man has been identified as Tyler Trombley, 20 of Oil Springs. Police quickly responded to the scene and located Trombley and arrested him. Trombley has been lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, charged with Robbery, 2nd Degree. The Paintsville Police Dept. were able to return the items to the woman.
KSP Investigating a Wolfe Co. Shooting
According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 8:54 am Kentucky State Police was contacted by Wolfe County Dispatch in reference to shots fired on Sandy Ridge Road. Kentucky State Police Post 8 responded to the scene at 1184 KY15 N in Wolfe County were Blanche Creech, 53 of Campton, KY was located in her vehicle with gunshot wounds. Ms. Creech advised KSP that Teddy Creech, 60 of Campton, KY shot her and left the scene on a Ford Tractor. Mr. Creech was located and arrested at 724 Fallen Water Creek Road. He has been charged with Assault, 1st and lodged in the Three Forks Detention Center in Lee County. Ms. Creech was airlifted to University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY and is listed in critical condition at this time. Shooting remains under investigation by Detective Virgil Rucker.
Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting (9-9-15)
The Johnson Co. Fiscal Court met in a special called session Wednesday, 9-9-2015 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the regular scheduled meeting of 8-10-2015. The court also approved to pay the monthly bills as presented. The following items were approved on the night:
* 2nd Reading of Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
* Health Department Tax Rates for FY 2015. (Rate is set for .06 per $100 of assessed valuation of all real property. (Old rate was .04) Court has no authority to change rates, they can only accept proposed rate.
* FEMA Applicants Agent approved. The 3 chosen are Judge R.T. Daniel, Willard Burton and Sam Auxier. This is for a year term.
* Approved 2014 Tax Settlements from Sheriff’s Office for February 1, 2015 thru July 15, 2015
* Approved the re-appointments of Ben Tackett and Zella Wells to the Library Board
* Approved the designation of Applicant’s Agent Resolution. This is for a Generator project @ Rockhouse Fire Dept. Judge Daniel was appointed in that position.
Also discussed on the night was the projected Van Lear Sewer Project. After 6 or 7 years, this project is to get residents in parts of the Van Lear area. There has been meetings with Engineers and Paintsville Utilities to plan for and get this project underway.
Next Judge Daniel discussed the Natural Resources Conservation Programs. Since the July flood on Rt 172, the area had a lot of debris that the State Highway and County Road Dept has cleaned up or in the process of. The Natural Resources Conservation Program allows for the cleanup in sections of the creeks and streams in that area, that the State has agreed to pay for. Two of the sections have been completed and several more are set to begin. Due to this being a special called meeting, no other business could be discussed on the night.