WSIP 8-23-2017


One Person Dead after Coal Truck and Pickup Truck Crash in Letcher Co

One person was killed Tuesday after a coal truck and a pickup truck crashed. Police say the crash happened on Kentucky Highway 15 in the Isom community when a Chevrolet pickup truck crossed over the centerline and into the path of an unloaded coal truck, causing the coal truck to overturn. Officials with Letcher Co Fire and Rescue say the driver of the coal truck was trapped in his vehicle after the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both sides of Highway 15 were closed for several hours. The name of the deceased has not been officially released at this time. The KSP spent the majority of Tuesday investigating this crash.

Former IRS Officer in Prestonsburg Convicted of Defrauding Government

A federal jury has convicted a former revenue officer assigned to the Prestonsburg office of the Internal Revenue Service of defrauding and making false statements to the United States Government. According to reports, on August 17 the jury returned its guilty verdict against 32-year-old Jason Helton of Louisa. The evidence at trial established that on several occasions, from 2014 to 2016, Helton submitted false time sheets and false travel vouchers to the IRS, in order to receive salary, benefits, and travel expense reimbursements for work that he did not perform. Sentencing for Helton is set for December 18, 2017.

Opioid Disposal Program Launched in Kentucky to Fight State Drug Epidemic

A program has been launched Tuesday with the potential to get ride of more than 2.2 million unused opioids. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear launched the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program to allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of opioid medications at home. The program will begin with a pilot project that will provide 50,000 drug deactivation pouches in four Kentucky counties, including Floyd Co in our area. Kentuckians will be able to place their unused medication into the pouch, fill it with warm water, wait 30 seconds, seal the pouch, and shake the pouch before disposing of it in normal trash. One pouch destroys 45 pills, six ounces of liquid or six patches. According to a release, the pouches will be distributed at the Office of Senior Protection events at local community centers and churches.

State Government News

* A Republican state senator says he is running for attorney general in Kentucky. Whitney Westerfield said Tuesday he will file a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. That means Westerfield can raise money for the election that won't happen until 2019. It will be the second statewide campaign for Westerfield, who lost the 2015 attorney general's race to Democrat Andy Beshear by less than half of a percentage point. Westerfield says Beshear is not doing enough to combat the state's drug addiction problem. He also criticized Beshear's lawsuits against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear has not said if he will seek re-election. A spokeswoman said Beshear has used settlement money to fund drug treatment programs and "had the courage" to check executive power by suing the governor.

Road Repairs Begin on Ky 1690 near Nats Creek in Lawrence Co Today

Shoulder repair work is set to start Wednesday, August 23, on KY 1690 at mile point 1.5 near the junction of Nats Creek Road. Engineer Tim Spencer with Highway District 12’s Paintsville Section Office, said the work could take two weeks or longer to complete. Work zone signs and traffic control will be in place for the duration of the project. “We are not drilling to install railroad steel like we usually do,” Spencer explained. “This process uses rebar underneath the pavement, parallel with the road bed, and fills the drilled areas with concrete. Then a mesh blanket covers the outside of the embankment and that, too, is sprayed with concrete. Drainage pipes are built into the project, which increases the life of the repairs significantly.” “We apologize for the temporary inconvenience,” Spencer said. “And we want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding. Our goals are to make the roads as safe as possible while maintaining a safe work zone environment for the traveling public as well as the contractors and D12 employees who are on site. We appreciate everyone’s help and patience.”



WSIP News 8-22-2017


Three Arrested after Drug Bust in Martin Co

According to reports from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, Deputies arrested three people on drug charges after a bust Sunday morning in Inez. Arrested were:

* Matthew Blevins, 32, of Chattoroy, W.Va – charged with Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess, Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz)

* Jimmy Castle, 40, of Lowmansville – charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz) Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess, No Registration Plates, License to be in Possession

* Sandra Walls, 28, of Lowmansville - charged with Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess, Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz)

Deputies say more than $3,000 was also seized in the bust.

Three Injured After Crash in Floyd Co

Three people were taken to the Hospital in Floyd Co. Sunday evening following a crash. According to the Floyd Co Sheriff’s Office, Deputies report that a vehicle was traveling toward Magoffin Co on KY-114 when it crossed the center line and hit another vehicle with a man and a woman inside. The car that was hit flipped multiple times and the man inside suffered head and arm injuries and the woman suffered a possible broken leg. They were both taken to the Pikeville Medical Center. The other driver was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center for a possible leg injury. Deputies said they believe the driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. Deputies are continuing to investigate, charges for the driver are pending.

1 Dead and Several Injured after Car Hits Pedestrians in Leslie Co

One person was confirmed dead following a crash in downtown Hyden. The crash happened in the early afternoon hours on Monday. KSP said that their preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Lincoln LS passenger car driven by 38-year-old Alyssa Noble was traveling south on Main Street when it crossed the center line and traveled down Sycamore Street striking a utility pole and two women on the sidewalk. 23-year-old Mackenzie P. Hays, of Hazard, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. KSP said that 41-year-old Rhonda Belcher, of Wooton, was airlifted to the UK Hospital. Witnesses reported that the two women hit on the sidewalk were watching the eclipse. Noble was transported to Holston- Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee

Route 7 in Greenup Co Closed for a Short Time Monday after Semi-Truck Crash

Police in Greenup Co. reported late Monday afternoon that State Route 7 near Patton Loop was closed for a short time after a semi-truck accident. At least one person was injured in the accident. Officials says the truck was the only vehicle involved. No word on what condition the driver was in and no additional information has been released at this time.

Police Searching for a Missing Martin Co. Woman

The Martin Co Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. Officials say 24 year old Mary Parsons Jude was last seen in Lexington. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds with green eyes and long brown hair. If anyone has any information as to her whereabouts please call the Martin Co Sheriff’s Department at 606-298-2828. Callers can remain anonymous.

Officials Suspend the Search for Abby Milam and Crew

Here’s an update to a story from last week, the search for a missing Letcher Co woman and four other soldiers in Hawaii has been suspended. Abby Milam, 32, of Jenkins, was on a training mission Tuesday night when the Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was riding in went down. Search crews have been searching from the air and water, but only found the wreckage. On Monday evening, officials said they have suspended the search for the crew.