KSP Post 9 Pikeville to Host 18th Annual Motorcycle Ride for the Island Saturday, September 8, 2018: Updated

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Kentucky State Police Post 9 will host the 18th annual Motorcycle Ride for the Island on Saturday, September 8, 2018. All proceeds from the event go to support Trooper Island. This year’s event will start at Mineshaft Harley Davidson in Pikeville and end at the Quality Inn in Prestonsburg. Registration will be from 12pm to 1:30am, with the ride beginning at 2pm. The ride will end back at the Quality Inn around 6pm. A complimentary breakfast will be offered at Mineshaft Harley Davidson before the ride. After the ride, there will be a BBQ and live music in banquet room of the motel, free of charge.

Kentucky Secretary of State, County Clerks Participate in National Cybersecurity Exercise

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and county clerks from all parts of Kentucky participated in a national cybersecurity exercise with 45 states across the nation and hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. The national exercise assisted elections stakeholders in identifying best practices and opening lines of communications to facilitate partnerships for cyber incident planning and preparedness. Grimes said election officials must be prepared, vigilant, and actively inspire confidence in the electoral process. In April, Grimes announced an expansion of the partnership with the DHS to train county election officials across Kentucky on cybersecurity and threats to elections.

Two Arrested for Intoxication During Traffic Stop in Laurel County

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop after 7pm on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 on Pepperhill Drive. The stop was conducted on a white Pontiac Grand Prix with expired license plates. During the stop, deputies noted the driver had slurred speech and was uneasy on her feet. An investigation was conducted and the driver was determined to be under the influence. A passenger in the vehicle was also determined to be under the influence. During the arrest, the driver, identified as 41-year-old Emily Taylor Sizemore of London was found to be in possession of meth, suboxone, xanax, additional pills, and marijuana. She was charged with DUI, possession of controlled substance and traffic violations. The passenger, Nora Bowman, 39, was charged with public intoxication. Both were lodge din the Laurel County Detention Center.

UPIKE Team Participates in Archaeological Excavation

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For the first time in the institution’s history, the University of Pikeville sent a team to participate in an archaeological excavation of an ancient site in Israel. Three UPIKE students – Abigail Leavitt, Laura Keeton, and Sylvia Griffith – and UPIKE Alumni Association President Tommy Chamberlain traveled to Shiloh this summer. Located north of Jerusalem, Shiloh’s history dates to the Middle Bronze Age (circa 1700 BC). The site is most famous as the location of the Biblical tabernacle for over 300 years and for having played a role in the lives of biblical figures such as Samuel, Joshua, Hannah and Eli. In addition to digging, UPIKE students spent time sifting, sweeping, analyzing, cataloging, and recording newly-discovered artifacts. The team contributed largely to revealing the fortification wall that surrounds the site. According to Chamberlain, the wall dates to the time before the Israelites came to the land.

Mountain Fest Field Day in Jackson Saturday, September 22, 2018

The UK Robinson Center in Jackson will be hosting the Mountain Fest Field Day on Saturday, September 22, 2018. There will be food vendors, craft exhibitors, agricultural tours and much more. Registration will begin at 9am the day of the event, with the festivities running from 10am to 2pm. For more information, call 606-666-2438.

Woman Arrested for Public Intoxication in Knox County

On Monday, August 13, 2018, around 6:30pm, Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith and Deputy Andrew Lawson responded to a report of a female using drugs on Moore Hill Avenue in Corbin. Sheriff Smith located the female standing outside her vehicle. After making contact with her, 33-year-old Amy Johnson, of Corbin, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. She was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Lexington Man Sentenced for Attempting to Entice Minors into Sexual Activity

A Lexington man, who previously admitted to attempting to entice minors to permit him to engage in illicit sexual conduct, has been sentenced to 150 months in federal prison. On Monday, August 13, 2018, 33-year-old Timothy Poynter II was sentenced for using the Internet, with his cell phone, to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity. Poynter admitted to communicating with two different undercover officers, who portrayed themselves as parents of minors, and indicating his interest in engaging in sexual intercourse with the fictitious minors. Poynter pleaded guilty to the charge in May of 2018. Following his sentence, he will be under the supervision of the US Probation Office for the remainder of his life.

15th Annual Magoffin County Community Day Saturday, August 18, 2018

The 15th Annual Magoffin County Community Day will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 At Ramey Memorial Park in Salyersville. Musical guests include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys and many more. Participating non-profit organizations include Magoffin County Senior Citizens, Salyersville Kiwanis, South Magoffin Community Activists, local fire departments, and more. Community day will begin at 10am August 18, 2018 and is $10. Tickets can be purchased at either location of the Salyersville National Bank. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawnchair.

Upcoming Changes to Kentucky Licenses

On Monday, August 13, 2018, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the launch of the Confident Kentucky initiative to improve the security of state driver’s licenses and introduce a new Voluntary Travel ID credential that meets federal standards to board U.S. flights and enter select federal facilities. Beginning January 2019 and expanding statewide by the spring, all Kentucky driver’s licenses, permits and personal IDs will have new security features, will arrive in the mail 5-10 business days after residents apply at their local Circuit Court Clerk’s office and will transition to an eight-year lifespan. New pricing will be in place to account for the doubles renewal cycle and additional security features. Once implemented, Kentuckians can request a license, permit, or personal ID in one of two versions to best suit their needs: a standard credential or a Voluntary Travel ID credential. For more information about upcoming changes, visit drive.ky.gov/confidentky.

Traffic Stop in Martin Leads to DUI, Drug, and Counterfeit Money Arrest

A traffic stop was conducted at the Martin BP station on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. During the stop, Martin City Police Office Brad Stidham discovered the driver of the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Cody Caroll, was in possession of gabapentin, xanax, a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine that appeared to be recently used, and $6100 in counterfeit money. Caroll was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and criminal possession of a forged instrument.