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WSIP News 12-13-2017

 

Mason Co. High School Placed on Lockdown Tuesday Due to Threat; Student Arrested

The Maysville Police Department posted on Facebook that Mason Co High School was placed on a temporary lockdown after officials became aware of a social media threat on Monday. School officials called Maysville Police. Police say that a male student in the school had made a threat while posing as another student. This male student was taken into custody and charged with Terroristic Threatening and Theft of Identity.


Investigation Launched into Malfeasance at Boyd Co Detention Center

According to reports from WSAZ, a criminal malfeasance investigation has been opened against the Boyd Co Detention Center. The investigation involves several law enforcement agencies who are looking into recent incidents at the jail including escapes, overdoses and a riot that closed the jail for almost a month in August 2017. WSAZ reported that Boyd Co. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney David Cathers stated the case is being prepared to be taken to a grand jury, but it will probably take around 30 days to go through. The charge is only a misdemeanor, and if convicted, the person would face a $100 to $1,000 fine, but no jail time. According to Cathers, all district judges in Boyd Co have recused themselves from this case should it go to trial, so a special judge would need to be brought in.


Gov. Bevins Visits Johnson Co. Tuesday

As promised back in October, Governor Matt Bevins and Lt. Gov. Jenean M. Hampton visited Johnson Co. on Tuesday to host a Barbecue Luncheon for members of the Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee and other local dignitaries. The luncheon was in honor of the Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town being announced as the winner of the 1st Annual “Beautify the Bluegrass” Initiative. Governor Matt Bevin made the announcement in October. This initiative calls on people to come together to make their hometown shine and that certainly fits the definition of these Trail Town committee members, who have worked non-stop around Paintsville and Johnson Co. on fixing and maintaining walking trails, painting buildings in downtown and other various projects. The Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee is a non-profit organization that is made up of volunteers with the goal to beautify and promote the wonderful community we live in. On making the announcement in October, Gov. Bevins promised that the Lt. Gov and himself would travel to the winning community and host a Barbecue. Congratulations once again to everyone involved in the Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town. For more information on this committee, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PJCTrailTown/?ref=br_rs.


East Kentucky Science Center Awarded Grant

Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) was recently awarded $1,000 through the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) Mini-Grant Program to help bring Racing Robotics Summer Camp to the EKSC. This marks the fourth year in a row for this grant, administered by the University of Kentucky (UKY) on behalf of the KGSC and will allow the EKSC to host a one-day summer camp using the equipment purchased. They will also be able to extend outreach programs to schools in surrounding counties. “Each year the EKSC submits an application to the Kentucky Girls Stem Collaborative Project requesting a mini-grant in the amount of $1,000. This award goes toward the purchase of equipment and materials used to develop programs intended to engage girls in STEM/STEAM subjects at an early age, said Susan Scott, Instructional Specialist at the EKSC. This year our mini-grant award is intended to go toward the purchase of technology equipment that will be used during our 2018 summer camp entitled “Racing Robotics” which will include a variety of robotic ‘gadgets’ with Bluetooth control capabilities, among others. Racing Robots will join littleBits, acquired from the same grant last year as well as BeeBots, Cubelets and Snap Circuits already available at the EKSC. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Pauletta Burke at (606) 886-7398 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Heating Assistance Subsidy Signups End Friday, Dec. 15

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, will end this Friday, December 15th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county before 4:30 p.m. on Friday. LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. By ensuring proper heating, the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction is reduced. This important federal program helps provide heating assistance to over 100,000 families in Kentucky each year. It operates in two components: the subsidy component and the crisis component. Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them when they sign up:

1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.

2. Proof of ALL household's (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.

3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.

4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the subsidy component of LIHEAP. Applicants should bring their documents to the Community Action office in their county. If an applicant cannot apply in person, contact the office to make other arrangements.

• Floyd County

60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

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

• Magoffin County
131 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

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type. Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household. 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 12-12-2017

 

Lawrence Co. School Bus Involved in Monday Morning Crash

A Lawrence Co School Bus was involved in a Monday morning accident. Officials report that the accident happened around 8 a.m. Monday morning on Blaine Hill along Route 32 in Louisa. No children were on the bus at the time of the accident and the driver did suffer some minor injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital for observations. No other information has been released at this time.


Lawrence C. Sheriff’s Office Arrest 19 in Drug Investigation

According to a news release from the Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office, a drug investigation that began in May 2016 has led to a case involving multiple co-defendants being presented to the Lawrence Co Grand Jury. On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler with the Lawrence Co Sheriff’s Office presented a case involving 19 co-defendants who were involved in trafficking controlled substances in Lawrence Co. During the year and a half long investigation it was learned that some of the subjects had been working together since at least 2015 to bring crystal methamphetamine and other controlled substance into the county for distribution. This investigation consisted of numerous hours of interviews as well as processing a large amount of recorded information relating to the operation.

The investigation found that several of the individuals would gather money from other involved individuals as well as others outside the group and travel to Louisville, KY, Huntington, WV and numerous other locations to purchase the methamphetamine and other substances to bring back to Lawrence Co. Once they arrived back with the drugs they would distributed them. Some of the individuals would arrange the sell of drugs while others would deliver the product, provide the transportation, or a location to hang out and come for the transactions. A few other substances that were found to have been distributed were Heroin, Molly, Suboxone and Oxycodone.

Those subjects involved and charged with Engaging in Organized Crime – Criminal Syndicate are: Paul “Shane” Hackney, Nicholas Hackney, Matthew Caudill, Alexis Boyd, Randy “Tap” Justice, Prince Stevens, Jasmine Mullins, Keith Penix, Amanda Thomas, Broderick “Nathan” Cyrus, Johnny Gibson, Zachary Gibson, Robert “Dusty” Powers, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Joey Thomas, Jeramie Vanover, Joann Collins, Brian Roop and Katlin Roop. The investigation is continuing with more charges and arrests possible. If anyone has information related to illegal drug activity they can report it to the Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office at 606-638-4368. As always you can remain anonymous.


Former Floyd Co Preacher Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

A former Floyd Co. Preacher has pleaded guilty in a child pornography case. According to media reports, during a hearing last week in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, David Glenn Boyd, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, but Boyd will likely receive less in exchange for his guilty plea. The minimum sentence is five years. Boyd allegedly admitted to having a laptop with 42 pictures and 35 videos showing child pornography. Officials say some of the children were under 12 years of age. The federal charges came after a Floyd Co grand jury indicted Boyd on March 7 on a charge of first-degree distributing a matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. He has pleaded not guilty to that charge. Boyd is expected back in court on March 13 for sentencing.


Pike Co Woman Arrested after Overdosing with Child in a Car

A Pike Co woman was arrested over the weekend, after Police say she was discovered unconscious in her vehicle with her child. Police say Heather Pennington was allegedly passed out behind the wheel of her car in the Pikeville Walmart parking lot. When Officers arrived, they discovered a small child in her lap. The child was not wearing pants or a jacket and was visibly shivering. The passenger window was rolled down and the car was not running. Pennington's friend, Tiffany Lewis was also arrested at the scene. Police say Lewis had slurred speech and glassy eyes. After transporting her to the hospital, police say they found a pill bottle in her underwear. Pennington has been charged with public intoxication and wanton endangerment.


Officials Urging Customers to be Prepared for Propane Shortages

Officials are urging people who use propane to be prepared for supply shortages this winter. Leaders with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the propane industry issued the warning last week after the discovery was made that on hand supplies across the country are 27 percent lower than this time last year. Tod Griffin, the executive director for the Kentucky Propane Gas Association said that while supplies are still within the five year average, there are issues with storage and transportation. Griffin said the propane industry strongly encourages customers to sign up for automatic delivery instead of calling when they run out. He says you can also sign up for budget payment plans and to know how much propane you have in your tank and call for a delivery when you get down between 10% and 15%.


Heating Assistance Subsidy Signups End Friday, Dec. 15

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, will end this Friday, December 15th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county before 4:30 p.m. on Friday. LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. By ensuring proper heating, the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction is reduced. This important federal program helps provide heating assistance to over 100,000 families in Kentucky each year. It operates in two components: the subsidy component and the crisis component. Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them when they sign up:

1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.

2. Proof of ALL household's (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.

3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.

4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the subsidy component of LIHEAP. Applicants should bring their documents to the Community Action office in their county. If an applicant cannot apply in person, contact the office to make other arrangements.

• Floyd County

60 Court Street
Allen, Ky
606-874-3595

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

• Magoffin County
131 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

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type. Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household. 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.