Two Blood Drives in Floyd County on Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Kentucky Blood Center will be holding two blood drives on Thursday, July 19, 2018. The first will be at Floyd County Public Library in Prestonsburg from 9:30am to 11:30am, followed by a drive at Appalachian Wireless in Ivel from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Both will be on the KBC Bloodmobile. Donors will be entered to win a 2018 Toyota 4-Runner, as well as receive a 50th anniversary t-shirt. For more information on donating, visit

Laurel County Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct Following Domestic Disturbance Complaint

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic dispute at a residence off KY 1006 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Deputies were advised that a male subject there was breaking property and creating a disturbance. Upon arrival at the scene, an investigation was conducted after deputies contacted the suspect outside and detected the odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from the subject. The individual, identified as 50-year-old Robert Ruggles, created a disturbance while deputies were present. He was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Kentucky State Police Seeking Assistance with Locating Leslie County Man

Investigators with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard are seeking assistance from the public in locating Tyler North of Leslie County. North was reported missing to KSP on Monday, June 25, 2018. He was last seen around 10:15pm on Sunday, June 24, 2018, near the Cawood Recreations Area off of KY 421 near the Leslie and Harlan County line. His truck was discovered on a strip mine road off of KY 1850 on the Leslie and Clay County line on July 1. The truck was burned, but North was not located. Troopers, Detectives, and KSP Canine personnel have searched several locations for Tyler North while acting on tips from the public. Tyler North is described as a white male who is approximately 5’9” tall and weighing around 190 pounds. He has blue eyes, short brown hair, a goatee, and his right arm has full sleeve tattoos. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue and white shorts, red and black shoes, and a camouflage hat. KSP investigators encourage the reporting of any information, regardless of how minimal it may seem. Anyone with information is urged to contact KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069.

Annual Floyd County Commonwealth Health Fair Thursday, July 26, 2018

The annual Floyd County Commonwealth Health Fair presented by Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 10am to 2pm at the Graceway Methodist Church located at 8410 KY Rt. 80 in Langley. The event is free and open to the public and will offer the chance to connect with area healthcare providers and programs geared toward enhancing health. In addition to healthcare information, there will be free health screenings, outreach materials, giveaways, and a variety of door prizes. Big Sandy Area Community Action Program representatives will be on hand to help visitors learn more about their employment and training services for people of all ages, their Weatherization program, Garden Seed program, and a host of other services aimed at helping eastern Kentuckians achieve self-sufficiency. For more information about the Floyd County Community Health Fair, contact Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Resource Representative Wendy Bolen at 606-874-3595.

Kentucky’s Division of Apprenticeship Transitioning from Labor Cabinet to the Office of Employment and Training

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the transition of the Division of Apprenticeship from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet to the Office of Employment and Training. The division, in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Apprenticeship and Training, oversees the Commonwealth’s registered apprenticeship program. In his executive order, Governor Matt Bevin noted this action will for expansion of the apprenticeship program by pairing it with the infrastructure and resources of the Office of Employment and Training within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Man Arrested in Knox County for Driving Golf Cart Under the Influence

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, around 7:40pm, Knox County Deputy Hunter Luttrell received a complaint of an intoxicated man on a golf cart on Highland Street in Artemus. Upon arrival at the scene, the deputy observed the individual operating the golf cart on Highland Lane. Deputy Luttrell activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to make a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop until he approached the old railroad bridge on Old Railroad Lane. The driver was identified as 44-year-old James McNeil of Artemus. He was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, as well as fleeing or evading police. McNeill was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Laurel County Business Owner Turns Over Shipment of Prop Money to Sheriff’s Office

Photo: Laurel County Sheriff’s Office

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call to pickup movie prop money at a business in London on Monday, July 16, 2018. The owner of Pallets R Us on North Main Street, James Jones, said he received a large amount of fake $100 bills used as movie prop money on one of his shipments, and wanted the sheriff’s office to get them. The fake bills were turned over to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of preventing them from being put into circulation in the area. Distinguishing features of the fake bills include dash marks on the front and back near the $100 denomination, the wording B2 copy on the front, and the word Speiman in red letters on the back. In addition, the bills are an off color to an actually $100 and no fiber threads interwoven in the paper.

Escaped Martin County Inmate Apprehended

Photo: Big Sandy Regional Detention Center

An escaped inmate has been located. Mark Crouch, 32, was found in the Wayne County West Virginia. Crouch had escaped custody of Martin County Deputy Jailer Larry Maynard on Monday, July 9, 2018, while being transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Johnson County. The suspect assaulted the jailer and stole his vehicle. The vehicle was recovered in Lawrence County on Monday, July 16, 2018. With assistance from several law enforcement agencies, including the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and US Marshalls Service, Crouch was apprehended and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Lexington Man Sentenced for Theft of over $490,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

On Monday, July 16, 2018, a Lexington resident was sentenced to 18 months in prison for exceeding authorized access of a protected computer, a felony. Thomas Scott Taylor, 38, had previously admitted to unlawfully abusing his authority to access certain protected databases of his employer, IntelliSurvey Inc., for personal gain. He further admitted that he knew that IntelliSurvey purchased and maintained a set of gift cards for use in rewarding IntelliSurvey’s survey participants and that some survey participants failed to redeem their gift cards. Taylor identified those unredeemed gift cards and used them to credit his personal Amazon account. In total, from December 16, 2011 through August 8, 2017, Taylor admitted he unlawfully stole $492,689.58 in gift cards from IntelliSurvey and used them to make 3,300 purchases.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Shooting

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred the morning of Monday, July 16, 2018. The shooting occurred just after midnight in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, where a man, identified as 25-year-old Corey Ellis, was shot in the arm and leg. Ellis left the scene and met an ambulance before being transported to an area hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Detectives have developed leads through witness interviews and evidence collected at the scene. Anyone with additional information may call the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at 304-357-0169.