Berea Man Arrested for Public Intoxication in Laurel County

On Sunday, September 24, around 4:56am, Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of a passed out individual in front of a business off West Cumberland Gap Parkway. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies located the subject, identified as 37-year-old Jerry Smith of Berea. Smith had allegedly smoked meth earlier and was determined to be under the influence. He was charged with public intoxication and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

KSP Make Drug Arrest in Pulaski County

On Friday, September 22, around 8:30am, Kentucky State Police Detective Ben Graves arrested Roger Creech, 56, of Somerset, on numerous drug charges after a lengthy joint investigation with the Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Creech’s residence on Squib Ano Road in Pulaski. Approximately one ounce of methamphetamine and one pound of marijuana were recovered, along with cash and paraphernalia. Creech was charged with trafficking and possession. Also arrested at the residence was Tracy Hamblin, 37, for similar charges.

Road Break Repair to Begin this Week in Pike County

Road work to fix breaks on three routes in Pike County is expected to begin early this week. Work will begin on KY 611, which will close the road to traffic while the drill is operating. The work is expected to take only one day. Upon completion, work will then move to KY 881 at mile point six. Drivers are encouraged to use Ford Mountain to avoid delays. The road will be closed in the work zone during the two day operation. At the end of the week, or possibly next week, weather pending, District 12 crews will move to KY 3227, drilling two sites close to the fish pond. These locations are expected to take no longer than two days. While roads will be closed at each site during the work, school buses will be accomodated. Following drilling completion, each site will be excavated and backfilled.

Floyd County Sheriff’s Department K9 Places 3rd Overall in Drug Detection Competition

Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Waller and his K9 partner Litta recently attended a week long training and competition conducted by the National Narcotic Drug Detection Association. During the competition, teams from 33 different agencies trained and competed in human trafficking, plus drug search scenarios, including schools, buildings, and vehicles. Other areas of competition included tactical entries with gun fire, pursuits, and take downs. K9 Litta place 3rd in the competition overall.

Stolen Vehicle Chase in Harlan County

On Tuesday, September 19, Harlan County Deputy Dakota Torstrick attempted to stop a vehicle while patrolling the Coldiron community. Upon activation of emergency equipment, the vehicle attempted to flee and drive in a reckless manner. A short pursuit occurred before the vehicle was stopped on US 119. Nathanial Hollin, 19, of Gray, was arrested and charged with fleeing police, speeding, reckless driving, no driver’s license and other traffic violations. Further investigation determined the vehicle had been stolen from a car lot in Knox County. Hollin was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

Big Sandy Small Business Expo at Mountain Arts Center

On Tuesday, September 26, the Mountain Arts Center will host the 2017 Big Sandy Small Business Expo from 4-7pm. Information at the event will be available resources, the role of small business in attracting industry, collaboration, and effective websites. Food will be provided, and guests will have the chance to win door prizes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 606-886-2374 or 1-800-737-2723.

Beshear Partners with Law Firms to Combat Opioid Epidemic

On Friday, September 22, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced his office will partner with the legal firms Morgan & Morgan; Motley Rice; the Lanier Law Firm; and Ransdell, Roach, & Royse PLLC for the investigation and prospective litigation against drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers if there is evidenced they contributed to Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. In June, Beshear issued a public request for proposal for legal services to assist in the lawsuits. Evaluators assessed and scored 17 bids for the contract. The contract provides that the bidder, not the state, will pay the costs of the litigations, with attorneys receiving a share of any verdict or settlements. Beshear said he looks forward to working with the experienced team of local and national lawyers, adding they need the best team possible to repair the harm caused by those who played a role in the opioid crisis.

Paving Project on KY 15 in Breathitt County

Drivers using KY 15 south of Jackson in Breathitt County should prepare for delays beginning Monday, September 25. A paving project will begin with the work zone stretching eight miles, from the KY 1110 intersection at Haddix to the KY 1812 North Main Street intersection in the Jackson city limits. Lane closures will be in effect, and one-lane traffic will be controlled by flaggers while the project is underway. This will impact traffic between Jackson and Hazard.

DUI Crash in Laurel County

On Friday, September 22, around 5:10pm, Laurel County Deputy Rick Cloyd responded to a motor vehicle crash on US 25W. A gold colored 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by Norma Lewis Smith, allegedly crashed into another vehicle in the rear. The other car was stopped in traffic at the time. AN investigation determined Smith was under the influence. She was arrested for DUI and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Floyd County Fiscal Court Adopts Resolution for Fort Beaver

On Friday, September 15, the Floyd County Fiscal Court adopted a resolution granting Judge Executive Ben Hale permission to sign any and all document pertaining to the Fort Beaver. The resolution was brought up after Floyd Davis with the Friends of Middle Creek recommended the to the fiscal court that the City of Martin and Floyd County should petition the state and federal government to dedicate the site of Fort Beaver as an historic treasure. The Fort was the home of the Governor-General Stephen Gano Burbridge, who served the Union during the Civil War.