Police in a Northeastern Kentucky community are looking for a thief

The suspect is described as a male standing about 6 feet tall, with a red goatee and wearing a dark blue jacket over top of a light blue sweatshirt. According to officials the man robbed a gas station on the 28-hundered block of Winchester Avenue in Ashland yesterday afternoon around 3. He made off with some cash, before fleeing toward Green-up Avenue on foot. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the Ashland police, or their silent witness line at 606 329 1771.

A Louisa man is in jail after robbing his former employer

20 year old Tyler Ward of Louisa confessed to breaking the window out of the Milano’s Restaurant on Monday morning and stealing the cash register. Police were able to apprehend Tyler at a convenience store shortly after the incident occurred. He has been charged with Burglary, Theft by unlawful taking and Criminal Mischief.

A message on Facebook changed the course of a Johnson County man’s life

Twenty nine year old Wayne Stambaugh of Paintsville complained on his Facebook wall about the difficulty in finding a job without a GED. A friend called him out and asked why he didn’t get his, and his answer was he couldn’t afford it. After contacting administrators at Big Sandy Community and Technical College Stambaugh was able to receive funding, and completed the test with honors in just three weeks. In a press release Stambaugh claimed that he is going to further his education at the college, and thanked the administration for helping him get something that he takes pride in and that no one can take away from him.

 

Photo Credit: Stephanie Bunyard.

Photo Caption: Wayne Stambaugh is the newest GED graduate from the Johnson County Adult Education program, thanks in part to the support of the Johnson County Farm Bureau. Stambaugh is shown with Dr. Jennifer Leedy, director of the Johnson County Adult Education program, and Greg Meade and Roger Murray of Johnson County Farm Bureau.

A fire leads to an evacuation in Middlesboro

The fire occurred at a Wal-mart store, where an electrical short in the meat department sparked the blaze yesterday evening. The Middlesboro Fire Department was at the store for less than an hour, but decided that it would be better to evacuate the store due to the fumes from the extinguishers. The fire caused minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries.

A Martin County family is willing to pay for answers

William Fannin has been missing for well over two weeks, but his relatives are still looking for answers. Search teams have combed the hills near his home in the Milo community of Martin County, and are currently draining Milo Lake to search for remains. In an effort to gain a lead in the case his family offered a 1-thousand dollar reward for information leading to his discovery, but they have raised that number to 25-hundered. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Martin County Sheriff’s Department.

Parents in London have a leg up in the war on drugs

 

The “Give me a reason” program offers parents a drug test that they can administer at home. According to a spokesman for the London Police, Magen Zawko, the idea behind the programs is to start the conversation about drugs at home. In a statement to WYMT Zawko said that the police do not get the results of these tests, and it allows the family to deal with it before it becomes a legal issue. Test area available through the police department and the school resource office. The “Give me a reason” program offers parents a drug test that they can administer at home. According to a spokesman for the London Police, Magen Zawko, the idea behind the programs is to start the conversation about drugs at home. In a statement to WYMT Zawko said that the police do not get the results of these tests, and it allows the family to deal with it before it becomes a legal issue. Test area available through the police department and the school resource office.

Responders spent hours battling a Lawrence County blaze

Dispatch sent out the call after midnight on Sunday reporting that the Family Foods Building in Lowmansville was engulfed in flames. While several departments worked valiantly to save the building for over 6 hours, they were unsuccessful. According to the store owner, Diane Castle, the fire spread from a truck which someone had lit on fire. In an interview with WYMT Castle said she was unsure if she would rebuild the store.

Photo Courtesy of WYMT

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Officials fear they may have to shut down a recycling center

Like many Counties in eastern Kentucky Letcher is suffering from the decline of Coal severance funds, and is having to take a closer look at where it is spending its money. According to Judge Executive Jim Ward the recycling plant suffered from a nearly 200-thousand dollar shortfall last year, and the county does not have the excess income to cover that kind of loss. The Fiscal Court just recently raised the bill for garbage pickup to 3 dollars, and according to Ward to continue recycling services that would have to increase by another 3 dollars. The Court will discuss the fate of the plant at their December 29th meeting.

A long standing drug lawsuit has been settled

In 2007 The Commonwealth of Kentucky filed the suit against the manufacturer of the painkiller Oxycontin, Purdue Pharma. The State accused the manufacturer of false statements, after it claimed the pill was not addictive since it was a 12 hour time release tablet. This was affected by individuals crushing the pills to create an instant high. WYMT reports that Purdue Pharma will pay Kentucky 12 million dollars upfront and an additional 12 million over the next 8 years. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway presided over the settlement.