Cross drain replacement on old KY 3 set for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Credit: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12’s Martin County Maintenance crew will replace a cross drain at mile point 14.5 on old KY 3, the two-lane section, on Wednesday, October 25, weather permitting. Traffic will not be able to go through the work zone site during the hours of 9am until 3pm. Pavement will need to be removed to access the drain underneath, with new pavement laid over the work zone site. Motorists can use KY 1884 or KY 3411 as a detour.

Online Flu Surveillance Report

Credit: Kentucky Public Health

Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health have announced the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activitiy circulating in Kentucky. The Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report is compiled by DPH officials and provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of statewide fly surveillance efforts. The weekly report report will be updated each Friday before Noon.   http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm

GM Settlement Adds $1.3 Million to State General Fund

On Thursday, October 19, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced his office secured a $1.3 million settlement for the state’s General Fund against General Motors for violating Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia and GM, concludes a multistate investigation into the automaker concealing safety issues related to ignition switched defects in over 9 million GM vehicles in the US. As part of the settlement, GM will pay fees to each state and district, as well as ensure all applicable recall repairs are complete.

Three Vehicle Injury Traffic Crash in Laurel County

Credit: Laurel County Sheriff’s Office

A three vehicle traffic crash occurred Thursday, October 19, 2017 around 7am in Laurel County. The investigating deputy reports that a white Cadillac was traveling eastbound on KY 80 when it clipped a Jeep that was stopped in the crossover at the Keller Road intersection. The Jeep slid around and across the road, striking a van stopped at Vaughn Ridge Road. The driver of the Cadillac, Sheila Pennington, 53, along with her passenger, 55-year-old Vinia Campbell, were Air Lifted to UK Medical Center in Lexington. A second passenger, Stephen Campbell, 29, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital London. The van driver, Josh Barrett, 38, and the Jeep driver, Christopher Hamilton, 25, were also transported to St. Joseph for treatment of injuries.

Halloween Trick or Treat at Highlands Plaza October 21, 2017

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The Highlands Plaza will be holding a Halloween Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Come dressed in your costume, bring your treat bags and follow the ghoulish trail for devilish treats. Parents must accompany children and treats are available while supplies last. The Halloween Trick or Treat at Highlands Plaza will be from 12pm to 3pm.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Makes Two Arrests, Searching for Third Suspect in Vehicle Thefts

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On Tuesday, October 17, Knox County Deputies responded to several theft calls. Around 10am, the sheriff’s office received a call of a stolen vehicle at the Messer’s Market parking lot in Barbourville. Information determined a 2002 Chevy Venture van was stolen by Mary Dray. Around 10pm that night, a call was received of a complaint of a female intruder at a residence on US 25E in Barbourville. The caller advised that Mary Dray had taken a large amount of cash from his residence. Dray was located with the cash inside her backpack. She was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Through investigation, Deputy Claude Hudson determined the stolen vehicle was now in possession of Jonathan Bargo. Bargo, 19, was arrested on and charged with receiving stolen property. The van was recovered in the Tractor Supply parking lot in Williamsburg. A third subject is currently being sought and identified as Kim Allen Myrick. Myrick is 49-years-old white male, weighing 165lbs, 5’4” tall with brown hair and blue eyes. If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 606-546-3181.

Holiday Stop & Shop Sponsored by Floyd County 4H October 21, 2017

Credit: 4H

The Floyd County 4-H will be sponsoring a Holiday Stop and Shop on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am until 2pm. Vendors include LuLa Roe, The Pampered Chef, LipSense, H2 Crafts, Thirty-one, and many more. All proceeds will go toward the Jack Friar 4-H Camp Scholarship Fund. The Holiday Stop and Shop will be at the Floyd County Extension Office located on Route 321.

Bevin Reveals Plan to Improve Kentucky Pension Systems

On Wednesday, October 18, Governor Matt Bevin, along with Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Jeff Hoover unveiled Kentucky’s comprehensive plan to save the public pension systems. The trio said the plan will meet moral and legal obligations to current and retired teachers and public servants. Highlights of the plans include there will be no increase to the full retirement age, with current defined benefits remaining in place until the employee reaches the promised level of unreduced pension benefit. Current retirees will also not see a clawback or reduction to pension checks, and healthcare benefits are protected. Current and future hazardous employees will continue in the same system they are in now, and a loophole has been closed to ensure payment of death benefits for the families of hazardous employees. The plan is expected to take around 30 years to improve the system overall and the law will go into effect July 1, 2018.

Laurel County Man Arrested After Assaulting Several Women at Residence

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene of an assault complaint on October 18, around 3:30pm. A male subject was allegedly attempting to assault individuals at a residence off Fultz Road. The subject, identified as Brandon Fultz-Ray, 22 of East Bernstadt, had fled into the woods behind the residence when deputies arrived. He was discovered by a K9 unit in the woods, hiding under leaves, where he was arrested without incident. Fultz-Ray allegedly became violent with two females at the residence, and struck a 17-year-old female victim before attempting to strangle her. He was charged with assault and fleeing police.