WSIP News 10-23-2017


Floyd Co Officials Report Counterfeit Bills Circulating

The Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of counterfeit bills being printed and distributed in the area. Deputies said the bills are being circulated around the Left Beaver area of Floyd Co and the money mainly consists of $20 bills and $100 bills. Officials are asking for help in locating those responsible and are asking the public if you have any information to share that could assist law enforcement, please call them at 606-886-6171.

Man Found Guilty in Murder of Former Coal Executive

The jury has returned a verdict in the case of a man accused of murdering former coal executive Bennett "Ben" Hatfield. Anthony Arriaga was found guilty Friday, October 20 on all counts, including first degree murder, first degree robbery and two counts of conspiracy. Hatfield was shot and killed at a cemetery in Mingo Co., W.Va back in May of 2016. The incident happened as Hatfield was tending to his late wife's grave. Another suspect, Brandon Fitzpatrick of Lawrence Co., has also been charged in Hatfield's murder. His trial is set to start November 6.

Man Arrested for Murder of Boyd Co Woman

A man, wanted for the murder of a Boyd Co woman, has now been arrested. According to Lexington Police, U.S. Marshals arrested Valenti Ware on Friday, October 20 in Des Moines, Iowa on murder and tampering with physical evidence charges. Boyd Co native Meghan Lea Acord, 37, was found dead on the morning of Sunday, October 1 near the railway overpass on East Loudon Avenue in Lexington. An autopsy of Acord’s body revealed her cause of death was multiple trauma from an assault. Investigators with the Lexington Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Ware earlier this week for Acord’s murder. According to police, the pair knew each other, but they have not said how. Ware is currently booked in the Polk County (Iowa) Jail.

State Government News

* Some of Kentucky's retired lawmakers living on public pensions of more than $100,000 a year would lose most of that money if a proposal from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin becomes law. While some of Kentucky's public pension systems are almost out of money, the state's lawmakers are part of a separate system that is nearly fully funded. In 2005, lawmakers changed the law to let themselves combine their time in the state legislature with their salary at other public jobs. Bevin's proposal, endorsed by the legislature's top two leaders, would re-calculate those pensions so they would be based solely on the lawmakers' legislative pay, resulting in a big pay cut for some retired lawmakers. National groups that monitor public pension legislation say Kentucky's proposal has never been done before.

Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office Gives Deadline for Tax Receipt Request

Due to the high volume of requests for receipts in reference to the Johnson Co School Tax Refund, the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office is asking that everyone needing copies of 2014 through 2016 property tax receipts request them before October 31, 2017. The request is being made to allow tax computers and tellers to be free when collecting 2017 Property Taxes in November, and avoid long wait times when paying bills. If you have any questions about your taxes, contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

BSCTC Welcomes Dr. Sherry Zylka as New President

On Friday afternoon, Big Sandy Community and Technical College formally welcomed the new president. Doctor Sherry Zylka came to Eastern Kentucky back in July. Zylka said she earned degrees from community colleges in Michigan and Texas before coming to Big Sandy Community and Technical College. She believes higher education is transformational for people and the community. Zylka said she will focus on strengthening the college's involvement in the community. She also wants to help bring new partnerships to the college.

Cross Drain Replacement on Old KY 3 Wednesday, October 25

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12’s Martin Co Maintenance crew will be replacing a cross drain at mile point 14.5 on old KY 3, the two-lane section, on Wednesday, October 25, weather permitting. Traffic will not be able to go through the work zone site during the hours of 9 AM until 3 PM. Pavement will need to be removed to access the drain underneath, with new pavement laid over the work zone site. Motorists can use KY 1884 or KY 3411 as a detour.

Trick or Treat Date Set

* Trick or Treat has been set for Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Paintsville and Johnson Co.