Update: Body Discovered on Paintsville Golf Course Identified

The Kentucky State Police have opened a death investigation following the discovery of a body in a pond on the Paintsville Golf Course in Johnson County. The body was found on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The body was removed by the Johnson County Coroner’s Office and an autopsy has been scheduled. The identity has been revealed as 29-year-old Herbert Blevins of Paintsville. We will update this story when more information becomes available.

Floyd County Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested 25-year-old Kyle McFaddin, of Wayland, on charges related to possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor. McFaddin was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online. The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Wayland on April 18, 2019. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing. McFaddin is currently charged with fifty counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. He was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Kentucky Treasurer Ball Hosts State Financial Officers National Meeting

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball gathered state treasurers, auditors, and controllers from across the United States in Kentucky for the State Financial Officers Foundation National Spring Meeting last week. Twice annually, SFOF members gather to seek fiscally responsible solutions to problems facing the country and the states they serve. Discussions at the 2019 Spring Meeting in Kentucky included financial literacy and cybersecurity. SFOF President Derek Kreifels said Treasurer Ball has been a leader nationally on advancements in financial literacy and awareness of cybersecurity threats, with other financial leaders benefitting greatly from her office’s perspective.

President Authorizes Disaster Assistance for Kentucky

Governor Matt Bevin has received notification that President Donald Trump has authorized assistance for certain Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of the severe flooding event commencing on February 6, 2019 through March 10, 2019. Governor Bevin said this federal assistance will provide nearly one half of the state’s counties with important resources as they continue recovery efforts. The President’s action grants public assistance to impacted counties to repair roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, as well as provide mitigation funding.

Suggestions to Prevent Bear Activity in Your Area

As the seasons change, an increase in bear activity is expected in Kentucky. John Hast, bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife said most bear problems center around food. Residents in bear areas may follow these suggestions in order to decrease bear activity where they live: only feed outside pets what they will eat at one sitting and not leave pet food out overnight; remove birdfeeders in spring and summer; keep grills clean and change drip pans frequently; throw food scraps in the trash, not a yard or fire pit; and surround beehives with an electric fence.

Arrest Made Following Traffic Stop in Martin

On Thursday, April 18, 2019 around 12:21am, a traffic stop was conducted near the Floyd County School Bus Garage on KY 122 in Martin. During the traffic stop, Martin City Police Officer Jonathan Holbrooks discovered the driver, identified as 41-year-old Melissa Lawson, of Printer, was wanted on two outstanding bench warrants in Floyd County charging numerous traffic violations and driving under the influence. She was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Whitesburg Couple Sentenced on Fraud Charges

A Whitesburg couple has been sentenced for defrauding Social Security and Medicaid programs. On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Chief US District Judge Caldwell sentenced 63-year-old Harry Taylor and his wife, 64-year-old Betty Taylor, for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, theft of government funds, and falsifying and concealing a material fact in connection with health care benefits. They were found guilty at trial in September 2018 after evidence established they repeatedly misled the Social Security Administration about their financial resources in order to receive more than $40,000 in direct payments for Supplemental Security Income Disability benefits and more than $150,000 in Medicaid benefits they were not entitled to receive. They were sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Arrests Made in Regional Opioid, Health Care Fraud Takedown

Five in Eastern Kentucky have been charged in connection to health care fraud and controlled substance schemes, including three doctors, a dentist, and an office staff member. The arrests occurred on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and included Dr. Mohammed Mazumder of Prestonsburg, who allegedly provided pre-signed prescriptions for his office staff to prescribe while he was out of his office; Sai Gutti, MD, of Pikeville, was charged with billing for unnecessary urine tests; Scott Akers, MD, charged with prescribing opioids in exchange for cash and prescribing them for people who sent messenger requests to his office manager, Serissa Stamper; and dentist Denver Tackett of McDowell, charged with prescribing opioids that had no legitimate medical purpose and removing teeth unnecessarily. Charges and arrests were made as part of a takedown by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force.

Pursuit Leads to Arrest in Martin

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, around 7pm, Martin City Police Chief Kenny Stidham attempted to make a traffic stop on a gold Honda Motorcycle that was traveling on KY 80 in Martin. Upon activation of emergency lights and sirens, the motorcycle failed to stop, leading to a high speed pursuit on KY 80 eastbound toward Ky 122 Bucks Branch, where the chase came to an end. Arrested was 47-year-old Michael Collins of Prestonsburg on numerous charges, including DUI, fleeing police, reckless driving, and driving on suspended license. He was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Remake Learning Days Event at Allen Baptist Church Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Allen Baptist Church will host a Remake Learning Days Across America event on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The event “Making and Planting Easter Flowers” is a fun, family activity for parents and children to work together making paper flowers and planting live ones. There will also be food and an Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be Saturday from 12 noon to 2pm.