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Local News 11-24-2017

 

KSP Investigating Thanksgiving Day Robbery in Pike Co

According to a news release from the KSP in Pikeville, in the evening hours of Thursday, November 23, 2017, Post 9 Pikeville received a 911 call of a robbery at the Phelps Double Kwik in the Phelps Community of Pike County. Troopers responded to the scene and determined that an unknown male entered the business and approached the clerk. The subject brandished a firearm and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of money was removed from the cash register. The male fled the service station on foot in an unknown direction. The male was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and sunglasses. The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case, and can call the Kentucky State Police Post 09 at (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Michael Coleman.


Floyd Co Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for a 2013 Murder

A Floyd Co. man, who pleaded guilty in a 2013 murder, has been sentenced. Back in July of this year, Ronald and Loretta Wright pleaded guilty to charges in the 2013 murder of Famer Halbert. Ronald pled guilty to murder, wanton endangerment, and assault and Loretta pled guilty to facilitation of murder. Ronald's sentencing was delayed last month after he requested a new attorney and to wished to rescind his guilty plea. Ronald and his new attorney argued that he was coerced into an admission of guilt. The Commonwealth requested that since he had already admitted to his guilt in court and signed a plea agreement that the original recommendation be honored, which the judge agreed and sentenced Ronald to 25 years. Loretta Wright was sentenced to 15 years last month.


Lawrence Co. Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

The man Lawrence Co investigators said is responsible for the murders of 35-year-old Randy Sherman Blevins and Blevins’ mother, 50-year-old Mary Evans-Smith, has pleaded not guilty. Police say the deadly shooting took place at a home on Yellow Creek Road, just outside Louisa, around 5 PM Monday, Nov 20. KSP arrested Elden Shannon Muncy, 21 of Louisa and charged him with 2 counts of murder. Muncy remains lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and the bodies of Blevins and Smith were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, but those results have not been released.


Pike Co Road Shut Down for Several Hours following Thursday Crash

U.S. 460 was shut down for several hours Thursday, following an early morning crash. According to investigators, a tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on US 460 in the Shelbiana area of Pike Co around 4 AM, when the trailer reportedly went off the road and pulled the truck off the side of a hill. Officials say the exact location was at mile marker 2, which is near the Shelbiana Bridge. The tractor-trailer traveled down a 50-foot embankment. Officials said the driver was taken to Pikeville Medical Center with minor injuries.


Boyd Co Jail Escapee Re-Captured

A man is back in custody after Officials at the Boyd Co Detention Center say he managed to escape Wednesday night. The man was identified as Phillip Tolliver, 32, of Wurtland, Ky. Officials said Tolliver escaped around 11 PM Wednesday night, and was arrested after a resident spotted him walking in the area. Catlettsburg Police Chief, Cameron Logan, says nobody knew Tolliver escaped until his officers received calls of a suspicious man in the area. According to Chief Logan, he says Tolliver asked a neighbor to use their cell phone and then logged into Facebook, messaging a couple people to come pick him up. Officials say the resident called police after Tolliver left because Tolliver was only wearing shorts, a t-shirt and was barefoot. Chief Logan says his Officers have dealt with Tolliver and recognized him from his Facebook page. They also knew he was in jail. So Police contacted the jail and had them check Tolliver’s jail cell. That’s when everyone became award he had escaped. Police say Tolliver used a metal object to open the cell door. They say the lock on the door was partially torn. He then managed to get up in the ceiling and leave through a vent. The Catlettsburg Police Dept. searched for Tolliver all night and found him when a resident spotted him walking down a gravel road. Tolliver was originally arrested in October on drug charges. According to WSAZ, this was the sixth reported escape from the Boyd Co Detention Center this year. Four prisoners previously escaped from the facility and one ran from jailers at the hospital.


Pike Co. Man Arrested Trying to Cash Stolen Lottery Tickets

A Pike County man was arrested Monday after he allegedly attempted to cash $150 worth of stolen lottery tickets. According to reports, 28-year old Justin Smith of Pikeville tried to cash lottery tickets at the Millard Double Quick Store that had been stolen from the Chloe Double Kwik. When the store refused to cash them, Mullins allegedly tried to cash them at a lottery machine in the Shelbiana Food City. Smith was arrested and has been charged with lottery fraud, unlawful access to a computer and receiving stolen property. He was lodged in the Pike Co Detention Center.


Big Sandy Area Community Action Offices Closed for the Holidays

This reminder that all Big Sandy Area Community ActionOffices are closed Today, Friday (Nov 24) for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will reopen on Monday, Nov 27 to continue registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP administered. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

Nov. 27 – I, J
Nov. 28 – K
Nov. 29 – L
Nov. 30 – M
Dec. 1 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 4 – M
Dec. 5 – N
Dec. 6 – O, P
Dec. 7 – Q, R
Dec. 8 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 11 – S
Dec. 12 – T
Dec. 13 – U, V, W
Dec. 14 – X, Y, Z
Dec. 15 – Open Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775

* Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 15.

* The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 8th.To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call (606) 789-3641.

 

 

WSIP News 11-22-2017

 

Police Continue Fatal Shooting in Lawrence Co

The KSP is continuing to investigate the fatal shooting that took place in Lawrence Co. Monday morning. Investigators said they arrested a man around 5 PM Monday evening and charged him with 2 counts of murder. KSP arrested Elden Shannon Muncy, 21 of Louisa. Police said Muncy fatally shot 35-year-old Randy Sherman Blevins and Blevins’ mother, 50-year-old Mary Evans-Smith at their home on Yellow Creek Road, which is about a few miles outside the Louisa city limits. Muncy remains in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and the bodies of Blevins and Smith have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.


Lawrence Co Man Killed in a Monday Car Accident

According to the Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office, one person was killed Monday morning following a fatal accident involving a car and a tree-trimmer truck. Lawrence Co Sheriff Garrett Roberts said the crash happened in the South-bound lane of the 8000 block of State Route 3 in Lawrence Co., around the Maynard Branch area. Lawrence Co. Coroner Mike Wilson identified the deceased man as James Marcum, 82, of Louisa. Information released states that Mr. Marcum failed to stop for a flagger who was working in the area. Lawrence Co. Deputies say the flagger tried to get Marcum's attention, but the person flagging had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. Deputies add that Mr. Marcum hit the brakes just before ramming truck, but it was too late. The Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate.


Pike Co. Man Arrested Trying to Cash Stolen Lottery Tickets

A Pike County man was arrested Monday after he allegedly attempted to cash $150 worth of stolen lottery tickets. According to reports, 28-year old Justin Smith of Pikeville tried to cash lottery tickets at the Millard Double Quick Store that had been stolen from the Chloe Double Kwik. When the store refused to cash them, Mullins allegedly tried to cash them at a lottery machine in the Shelbiana Food City. Smith was arrested and has been charged with lottery fraud, unlawful access to a computer and receiving stolen property. He was lodged in the Pike Co Detention Center.


Victim Identified in a Lee Co Shooting

The Kentucky State Police have identified a man who was found shot to death Saturday in Lee Co. Police report they responded to a call around 10:30 AM Saturday morning of a disturbance at a home located on High Point Road. Officials say Jimmy L. Vanover, 34, of Lexington was found fatally shot inside the residence. Police said the death was the result of an altercation with another man. The alleged assailant was located at the scene and that no charges have been filed in the case at this time. Vanover’s body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy, but the results have yet to be released. The KSP is continuing to investigate this incident.


Kentucky Launching Help Line To Fight Opioid Addiction

Kentucky is spending $500,000 to create a phone number people can call to get help with opioid addiction. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said beginning Dec. 1 anyone needing help battling opioid addiction in Kentucky can call 833-8KY-HELP, or 833-859-4357. People who call will be connected to social workers and other programs to help with addiction. The call center will be staffed by six people, plus a supervisor. A person will answer the phone from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any other time, people can leave a message. Bevin said he is in talks with a large corporation to donate another $500,000 to keep the help line staffed all the time. More than 1,400 people died from drug overdoses in Kentucky last year. Most of those were from opioids.


KSP Increasing Enforcement Actions during Thanksgiving Holiday

Kentucky State Police will be stepping up vehicle enforcement actions during the Thanksgiving Holiday. KSP Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement will concentrate their efforts on high traffic areas, such as interstates, parkways, and high crash locations. Officials will be observing for individuals exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, reckless driving, and impaired driving. Statewide, during the 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday period, there were five total fatalities on Kentucky roadways, four involving alcohol.


Big Sandy Area Community Action Offices Closed for the Holidays

This reminder that all Big Sandy Area Community Action Offices are closed Toda, Thursday and Friday (Nov 22-24) for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will reopen on Monday, Nov 27 to continue registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP administered. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

Nov. 27 – I, J
Nov. 28 – K
Nov. 29 – L
Nov. 30 – M
Dec. 1 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 4 – M
Dec. 5 – N
Dec. 6 – O, P
Dec. 7 – Q, R
Dec. 8 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 11 – S
Dec. 12 – T
Dec. 13 – U, V, W
Dec. 14 – X, Y, Z
Dec. 15 – Open Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775

* Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 15.

* The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 8th.To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call (606) 789-3641.



WSIP News 11-20-2017

 

Magoffin Co. Man Arrested after Setting Apartment on Fire

According to reports out of Magoffin Co. a Salyersville man was arrested over the weekend, after Police said he set his own apartment on fire. Magoffin Co. Officials said the fire happened around 12:00 AM Sunday morning at an apartment at the Magoffin Co Housing Authority Apartments on Allen Drive. The Salyersville Fire Department responded to a call and upon arrival, the apartment was fully engulfed in flames. Officials said James Fletcher allegedly set fire to his apartment and he was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Fletcher's unit was completely destroyed and the surrounding units sustained water and smoke damage. Fletcher has been charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance (excluding alcohol), 3rd-degree arson, 2nd-degree disorderly conduct, and menacing. He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Kentucky State Police and Salyersville Police Department are currently investigating.


Boyd Co. Man Arrested after the Death of a Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child

According to WSAZ reports, a Boyd Co. man is facing multiple charges after allegedly selling a pregnant woman heroin that was laced with fentanyl, which killed the woman and her unborn baby. Lee Collins, 30, of Ashland, has been charged with fetal homicide and wanton endangerment. Reports indicate that Collins sold the woman a fatal dose of heroin in June 2017 that was laced with fentanyl. The woman died and so did the unborn child. Collins is being held in the Boyd Co Regional Detention Center and is scheduled to be back in court in December.


One Dead Following Shooting in Lee Co

Troopers with Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened in Lee Co on Saturday morning. The only information that has been released is that Troopers say the shooting happened around 10:30 AM on High Point Rd. off Highway 498 and they are investigating. No one has been charged at this time.


State Government News

* Kentucky's Republican governor said he still plans to call a special session of the state legislature to make changes to the state's troubled public pension system. Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican legislative leaders unveiled the plan last month. But since then, the GOP House Speaker resigned his leadership post following a sexual harassment scandal. Republican leaders in the House have said they do not have the votes to pass the bill unless it is changed. Asked if the pension bill was dead, Bevin told reporters Friday "not at all." He said the pension bill will pass and it will happen soon. He did not say when he plans to call a special session. The state legislature is scheduled to convene its regular session on Jan. 2.

* A former Kentucky lawmaker sent to prison for a bribery scheme is facing new charges. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, ex-state Rep. Keith Hall was indicted on federal charges of using fake documents to convince a customer he had insurance so he could keep a contract. Hall faces up to 20 years in prison on the most serious of the new charges. The 58-year-old Hall is serving a seven-year prison sentence for a 2015 conviction for bribing an inspector to overlook violations at his surface coal mines. Hall now is accused of giving fake certificates showing a Pike Co company had insurance. The grand jury Thursday charged Hall with three counts of wire fraud. Hall was a longtime lawmaker until his re-election defeat in 2014. Court documents do not list an attorney for Hall.


Kentucky Launching Help Line To Fight Opioid Addiction

Kentucky is spending $500,000 to create a phone number people can call to get help with opioid addiction. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said beginning Dec. 1 anyone needing help battling opioid addiction in Kentucky can call 833-8KY-HELP, or 833-859-4357. People who call will be connected to social workers and other programs to help with addiction. The call center will be staffed by six people, plus a supervisor. A person will answer the phone from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any other time, people can leave a message. Bevin said he is in talks with a large corporation to donate another $500,000 to keep the help line staffed all the time. More than 1,400 people died from drug overdoses in Kentucky last year. Most of those were from opioids.


Paintsville Police Accepting Donations for ‘Shop with a Cop’ Program

Paintsville Police have announced they are now accepting donations for the department’s Shop with A Cop program. The program helps to make a better Christmas for many children in the Paintsville area. Anyone who would like to help can drop off donations at the Paintsville Police Department, next door to City Hall and the SIPP Theatre on Main Street.


Heating Assistance Subsidy Signups Underway

This reminder that registration for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, started on Monday, November 6, 2017 and will run through December 15, 2017. To qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)
• Metered utility bill
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the at all BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on an alphabetical basis. Days to submit applications according to your last names are as follows:

Nov. 20 - H
Nov. 21 – H
Nov. 22 – 24 (Closed)
Nov. 27 – I, J
Nov. 28 – K
Nov. 29 – L
Nov. 30 - M
Dec. 1 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 4 – M
Dec. 5 – N
Dec. 6 – O, P
Dec. 7 – Q, R
Dec. 8 – Open Enrollment
Dec. 11 – S
Dec. 12 – T
Dec. 13 – U, V, W
Dec. 14 – X, Y, Z
Dec. 15 – Open Enrollment

Area Offices:

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775

* Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 15.

* The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 8th.To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call (606) 789-3641.