WSIP News 4-20-2017


Moonshine still, Marijuana Found during Search Warrant

Elkhorn City Police reports they busted an alleged bootlegger Wednesday evening. During a search warrant, Chief Bobby Sexton said he found a moonshine still, six buckets, and other mixer buckets, as well as ten gallons of moonshine in a van. In another vehicle, Sexton said they also found marijuana and suboxone. Police arrested Johnny Stewart. Sexton said Stewart was on probation and is a convicted felon.

Murder Investigation Underway in Menifee Co

According to a news release from the KSP in Morehead, on Tuesday April 18th 2017 at 11:52 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received information about a deceased female near Old State Road in Menifee County. Trooper Jason Brown and Detective Nathan Shortridge responded to the scene along with the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, the body of Mariah Prater, age 18, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., was located in a ditch off the roadway. Shortly after, Austin Prater, age 20, of Frenchburg, was taken into custody by KSP and charged with Murder. Mr. Prater is lodged at the Montgomery County Jail. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Nathan Shortridge.

Two Charged After Child Found Beaten

Another story out of Menifee Co. as officials in that county say that a woman and her boyfriend have been charged with first-degree child abuse after the child was airlifted with severe injuries. Robert Collins and Laura Blanton are in the Montgomery County Jail. Deputies say that Collins brought Blanton's toddler daughter to her place of work with severe injuries. A co-worker of Blanton's called 911. Family members have identified the young child as Aria Blanton. Aria was airlifted to Kentucky Children's Hospital.

KSP Investigating Inmates Death at the Lewis Co Detention Center

In a separate news release from the KSP in Morehead, n Tuesday, April 19th 2017, at 5:56 a.m., Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead was notified that inmate Chris Helphenstine, age 40, of Vanceburg, KY, had passed away during a medical transport. Mr. Helphenstine was discovered to be unresponsive at approximately 3:30 a.m. by employees at the jail. CPR was initiated and EMS was contacted. Mr, Helphenstine was pronounced deceased during ambulance transportation to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. No foul play is suspected and an autopsy has been scheduled to determine cause of death. The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Patrick Zalone.

KSP Looking For Missing Breathitt Co. Woman

KSP in Hazard are searching for a missing Breathitt Co woman. Police say that 58-year-old Debbie L. Lacaria, of Jackson, was reported missing on March 10 by a family member. The relative said that no one had been in contact with her for several weeks. She was last seen by neighbors outside of her residence on Highway 3193 near the end of February 2017. KSP describes her as a white female, 5'5'', around 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown shoulder-length hair. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Debbie Lacaria, they are urged to contact KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069, or any local law enforcement agency.

Settlement with LG&E, KU Saves Kentucky Ratepayers $90 Million Annually

The Attorney General has announced that the Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU that will save Kentucky ratepayers $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential customers. Late last year, the utility companies proposed to the Public Service Commission a nearly $210 million increase in annual revenues. After studying the rate proposal, Beshear proposed the PSC dramatically reduce the rate request. Last week, Beshear’s office began working with the utilities on an agreement to lessen the annual revenue increase. The parties signed a settlement April 19 to limit the companies’ proposed increase and to provide certain other concessions. Beshear said his office was able to work with the utilities to hold the increase in the electric residential customer charge to 75 cents this year and 75 cents in 2018, for a total long-term increase of only $1.50 a month. The utilities originally asked to more than double the customer charge to $22, which would have been an $11.25 monthly increase. Other aspects of the settlement filed today with the PSC include:

· A more than 50 percent decrease to the residential gas rate increase requested by LG&E.

· The withdrawal of a smart meter project, which would cost customers more than $350 million over the life of the meters. The utilities agreed to create a collaborative to work with interested parties to understand and help address their concerns. Beshear’s office is included in the collaborative.

· An agreement by the utilities to provide shareholder contributions totaling nearly $1.5 million a year to help low-income residential customers defer utility costs.

· The creation of a limited rate pilot for schools in both utilities’ territories to help determine whether they use electricity in such a way to necessitate their own rate schedule.

Beshear’s Office of Rate Intervention serves as a watchdog for consumers in matters relating to health insurance, natural gas, water, sewer, electric and telephone rates. Under Kentucky law, the office is responsible for representing the interests of Kentucky consumers before governmental ratemaking agencies, concentrating on utility cases before PSC.

The PSC will review the reasonableness of the settlement at its May 9 hearing in Frankfort. LGE and KU provide nearly 950,000 ratepayers electricity, and LG&E provides natural gas to 325,000 ratepayers.

BSCTC to Host Earth Day Celebration

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will host an Earth Day celebration at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 22 on its Prestonsburg campus. Tammy Ball, LCSW, professor of human services and a member of the college’s community garden, said the event will feature workshops and demonstrations for all ages. The event will feature information and demonstrations on battery recycling, garden demonstrations, sustainability information, tours of the community garden and other activities for the whole family. Ball said she hopes that visitors will see the community garden and want to volunteer or create a garden in their own community.

The 2017 WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon Starts Today

The 2017 edition of the WSIP/Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is underway. All Day Today (Thursday, April 20) and continuing on Friday, April 21, 2017, we encourage you, the listener, to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 12th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2016 radio-thon raised a total of $61,161, for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station located on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2017 event a success!

Today and Tomorrow, you will be able to call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP April 20 & 21, 2017.