Floyd County Health Department Warning of Gray Death Drug

The Floyd County Health Department is warning residents about a new drug that could be in the area that is referred to as “gray death.” “Gray death” is a mixture of heroin, potent painkillers and elephant tranquilizers, which creates a lethal combination of opioids. The cocktail is described as looking like a concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard chunky material to a fine powder. The combination of drugs is too strong for Narcan and has killed people in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky.

Man Arrested in Ashland on Warrant, Suspected Theft

Members of the Ashland Police Department arrested Seth Stroming on Saturday, May 20. Stroming was wanted on an active warrant issued Greenup County, along with felony charges. The charges include felony possession of a handgun, and receiving stolen property. Stroming was suspected in multiple thefts that occurred on Thursday, May 18 in the 13th Street area near Ashland Community and Technical College. A large amount of property was recovered and Ashland Police are attempting to identify the victims. Victims can come to the Ashland Police Department during normal business hours so the property recovered can be itemized and returned on a case-by-case basis, depending on pending charges.

Four Floyd County Early Childhood Teachers in Leadership Academy

Four Floyd County teachers have been accepted into the KY Super Stars Leadership Academy, a new initiative from the Governor’s Office for Early Childhood. The teachers accepted are Tammy Gearheart and Elizabeth Isaac from South Floyd Elementary, Ashley Fite from May Valley Elementary, and April Borowski from Betsy Layne Elementary. The KY Super Stars Leadership Academy includes workshops, resources, and networking to help meet professional goals and improve their craft. The six-month program is at no cost to teachers or the Floyd County School District. Teachers will have personal mentors in addition to regional and state training sessions to help improve instruction.

KSP to Hold Information Town Hall Meetings on New Hiring Qualifications

The Kentucky State Police will now be able to accept more applications than ever thanks to new hiring qualifications established by the legislature. Anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED and has three years of work experience now qualifies to apply for employment as a Kentucky State Trooper. KSP is now accepting applications for Cadet Class 96, which is scheduled to begin in early 2018. All application materials must be completed and returned to the Kentucky State Police Recruitment Branch by Friday, June 23, 2017. Town hall meetings will take place around the state in May and June to provide more information on the application process as well as the day-to-day duties of a state trooper.

Beshear, Other State Attorneys General Seek to Ensure ACA Funding

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Thursday, May 18, that he is seeking to intervene in a federal court case to ensure the Affordable Care Act is properly funded so Kentuckians continue to have access to health care on the private insurance market. Beshear and a group of state attorneys general say if the case before the United States Court of Appeals is dropped millions of individuals, who currently get health insurance through an exchange, would instantly lose their coverage. Beshear said of the attorneys general are not allowed to intervene in this case, the number of uninsured Americans would skyrocket, hurting vulnerable families and causing a direct financial burden on state like Kentucky.

Home Invasion in Laurel County Leads to Sword Stabbing

An apparent home invasion is being investigated in Laurel County. Allegedly, on Friday, May 19, two female suspects knocked on the door of the female victim’s residence on Old Union Church road and forced their way inside. The victim thinks she was able to stab one of the suspects with a sword. One suspect is described as 5 feet tall, small build, with light brown hair, and the other is 5’8” tall, weighing 200 pounds, with red, blue and blonde hair. The suspects fled the scene and nothing was taken from the residence. The victim was transported to St. Joseph Hospital with moderate injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600.

Remains of Clay County Man Identified

Update: An arrest has been made in the murder of a Clay County man. The remains of Robert L. Burns, 61, of Manchester, were discovered by Kentucky State Police Troopers on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and foul play was suspected. An arrest warrant of murder was issued for Kenneth B. Grubb, 41, also of Manchester, in regards to Burns’ death. Grubb was arrested in Butler County, Ohio the evening of Friday, May 19.

Original story: The remains of a body discovered in a wooded area off Sol Hollow Road in Clay County have been identified. The remains have been identified as Robert L. Burns, 61, of Manchester. Upon further investigation, an arrest warrant has been issued for murder for Kenneth B. Grubb, 41, also of Manchester. Mr. Burns’ body was located by Kentucky State Police Troopers on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and foul play was suspected. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Grubb, contact Kentucky State Police Post 11 at 606-878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555. Detective Jesse Armstrong is continuing the investigation.

Paintsville Fitness Friday Night June 2

Paintsville will be holding a Fitness Friday Night at the Court Street steps on June 2 at 7pm. The event is also sponsored by the Johnson County Health Department and Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Free nutritious samples will be offered, as well as group fitness activities, door prizes, dancing in the street, and activities for children. Free health screenings and a nutrition demonstration will also be offered.

Secretary Heiner Announces New Certified Work Ready Communities

Secretary Hal Heiner announced Friday, May 19, that Ballard and Mason counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities, while Jackson, Meade, and Owen counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. Heiner said everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that is ready and able to fulfill the needs of employers. There are currently 37 counties in Kentucky certified as Work Ready Communities, with 51 counties in progress.

Rowan County Makes Compliance Check on Registered Sex Offenders

With schools dismissing for the summer, law enforcement officers in Rowan County met on Wednesday, May 10 to conduct compliance checks of registered sex offenders in the area. Officers located and found 24 of the 25 registered offenders to be in compliance. Criminal charges will follow on the non compliant offender. The list of registered sexual offenders is public record, and a link to the registry can be found at kentuckystatepolice.org.