Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual Golf Outing

The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing was held at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Eleven teams participated, with prizes for first, second and third place, “Longest Putt,” “Longest Drive,” and “Closest to the Pin.” Names were also drawn for door prizes. The McDowell ARH team of Charlie Rose, Ben Hall, Russ Barker, and Gary Mullins placed first, followed by the Turner Technologies team of Senator Johnny Ray Turner, Neil Turner, Josh Turner, and Glen Turner placing second. Brett James, Melissa Pacovich, Scott Furcolow and Timmy Miller, playing for Fairway Outdoor Advertising, placed third. Longest Drive went to Jacob Goble, with Timmy Miller winning Longest Putt. Gary Mullins won the Split the Pot putting contest, and Ben Hall and Dustin Stephenson both won for Closest to the Pin. The outing was sponsored by Appalachian Wireless, with Big Sandy RECC sponsoring lunch, which was prepared by Carl D. Perkins Job Corps.

Ohio Man Sentenced for Crossing into Kentucky for Sex with Minor

An Ohio man was sentenced to 360 months in prison on Thursday, September 20, 2018, for crossing a state line with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a person under 12 years of age. David Robert Dunn, 60, of Beavercreek, Ohio, admitted earlier this year that in September 2016, he traveled from Ohio to Scott County, Kentucky to have sex with a minor. He posted an internet ad, which was responded to by an undercover investigator with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. Dunn must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for five years upon release.

One Injured, One Dead in Knox County Shooting

A fatal shooting incident occurred in Knox County on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan received a call from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office around 4:52pm requesting assistance on Higgins Hollow Road in reference to a shooting complaint. At the scene, it was discovered two male individuals had been shot. There was a brief barricade situation until the individual came out of his residence. Glenn Edwards, 57, of Gray, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Glenn Powell, 71, of Barbourville, the individual who barricaded himself inside the residence, was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of injuries and listed in critical condition. Charges are pending at this time.

KSP Announces Testing for Cadet Troopers

The Kentucky State Police is testing for Cadet Class #98, which is scheduled to begin in May 2019 for the top 90 candidates. To be eligible, applicants must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and three years of full-time work experience or 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university. Applicants will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate, driver’s license and high school diploma. Deadline for the May 2019 cadet class is October 8, 2018. Links for more information provided below.

Toxicology Laboratory Ordered to Pay $1.3 Million Settlement for Healthcare Fraud

The U.S. District Court has entered a civil judgment of $1,374,058, in favor of the United States and against Calloway Laboratories, Inc., a clinical laboratory based in Woburn, Massachusetts, holding Calloway liable for submitting false claims to federal healthcare programs, including Medicare and TRICARE. This civil judgment, announced on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, is part of a settlement agreement resolving False Claims Act allegations that, during the period May 2014 to November 2014, Calloway submitted false claims for payment for urine drug testing referred by physicians whom Calloway provided free testing supplies.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Church Bus Theft

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a church bus. The bus was stolen from Victory Baptist Church off Hammons Lane. The vehicle was last seen on Sunday and it was noticed missing on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. The vehicle is described as a navy colored Chevrolet 3500 church bus with the name of the church painted on the side of the bus. Reports have been received of a similar vehicle seen in the Laurel County area, but with a brown stripe painted over where the wording for Victory Baptist Church would have been. If you have any information regarding the theft of the vehicle, contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600.

Man Arrested on Charge of Rape with Minor in Scioto County

An arrest has been in a rape investigation in Scioto County. The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Monday, September 17, 2018 from another police agency, stating a 15-year-old female had been sexually assaulted in May 2018 and recently learned the incident occurred in Scioto County. Detectives responded to a residence on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 to a Piketon Road address looking for the suspect, who was not at home. The suspect later that day came to the sheriff’s office as requested, which resulted in his arrest without incident. Griffin Diaz, 18 of Lucasville, Ohio, was charged with one count of rape and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He was lodge din the Scioto County Jail.

Volunteers Needed in 24 Kentucky Counties to Review Cases of Children in Foster Care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers are not required to live in the counties in need. The court-appointed volunteer reviewers help ensure that children receive the necessary services while in out-of-home care and are ultimately placed in permanent homes. All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session. Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so then can be screened, and if approved, scheduled for training in their area. Training sessions are scheduled for September 21, 2018 in Elizabethtown and October 25, 2018 in Bowling Green. The counties in need of volunteers are Allen, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Hickman, LaRue, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McLean, Todd, Trigg and Warren. Volunteers are not required to live in these counties. To get more information, including more training dates, and apply to be a volunteer, visit https://courts.ky.gov/courtprograms/cfcrb/Pages/default.aspx

Two Arrested in Laurel County on Burglary Charge

Two were arrested in Laurel County on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 on burglary charges. The arrests occurred around 8:27am off Little Arthur Ridge Road after deputies were dispatched to a burglary complaint. A male and female subject were located at the scene who had unlawfully entered the residence. The two were found in possession of needles. Deputies arrest 45-year-old Michael Whittemore and 22-year-old Amber Hedrick on charges of burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

West Virginia Couple Arrested for Multi-State Crime Spree

A West Virginia couple has been arrested in Scioto County, Ohio, following a multi-state crime spree. The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office began investigating events after they received a call on August 30, 2018 of money being stolen from machines at the Splash & Go carwash in Wheelersburg. During the investigation, the suspect’s vehicle and tag number was identified as being from West Virginia. It was learned the subjects had been involved in break-ins at car washes in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. The suspects were located at a Walmart in New Boston, Ohio on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, cashing in coins at a coin exchange machine. The couple, identified as 44-year-old James Ransom and 44-year-old Amy Daniels, were arrested and charged with theft and vandalism. They were lodged in the Scioto County Jail.