Lawrence County Man Arrested for Theft, Multiple Other Charges

On Sunday, May 14, Kentucky State Police Post 14 received a complaint of a prowler near a residence at 9 Griffith Branch Road in Lawrence County. The caller also reported he had located several items on his property that did not belong to him. Through investigation, the rightful property owner was found with items returned to them, and evidence and information led to the arrest of Keith Allan Hammons. Hammons, 50, of Rockholds, was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including theft, drug possession, burglary, resisting arrest, and persistent felony offender. He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

West Liberty Police Seeking Assistance Identifying Theft Suspect

West Liberty Police are seeking assistance with a recent theft. A theft occurred from Lion Apparel parking on Thursday, May 18. The suspects’ vehicle is a black 2003 Pontiac Bonneville with a white passenger door and rear deck lid tied down. The vehicle had a Kentucky license plate with the number 051NWM. Items stolen from another vehicle include a black 3x2x4 Rubber Maid toolbox containing smaller boxes with Craftsman and Proto hand tools; two red boxes, one loaded with standard tools with the other containing metric tools; a white box with metric wrenches, chains, vice grips, jumper cables, line-up bars, and a tire pump. If you have any information on the identity of the thief, contact West Liberty police at 606-743-4385.

East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium Summer Camps

The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium has announced its summer camp schedule. Beginning June, Colorific summer camp will be available to preschool children, with Riverworks’ Make A Splash beginning June 13, both $10 for members or $15 for non-members. Kindergarten through second grade children will have Simple Machines starting June 6, followed by Solar Daze on June 15. Third and fourth grade students can sign up for Elements of the Universe for June 8. These events are $25 and $30. Fourth through eighth grade students can attend Astronautics on June 20 and 21 for $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Finally, fifth through ninth grade students may attend Engineering Technology on June 28 and 29 at a cost of $30 and $40 for members and non-members, with Epic Robots and Programming being the final camp on July 13 for $25 and $30. For more information, contact Susan Scott at 606-886-4766.

Email Scam Involving Kentucky State Employee Addresses

A Scam Alert has been issued warning Kentuckians of an email scam that relies on spoof government employee email addresses to defraud Kentuckians. Five recent reports to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office indicate the spoof email appears to come from a current Kentucky state government employee and solicits money in order to receive a sweepstakes prize the consumer has supposedly won. Beshear said the content of the message might also include an official request for personal or financial information or seek payment for an outstanding debt. Similar instances indicate con artists are taking on the persona of the US Census Bureau, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the IRS and local law enforcement agencies. Citizens are reminded to not give out any personal information, verify by calling the government agency or employee directly to verify the email, do not pay to win a prize, and be cautious of an email request to reset a password.

Knox County Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking

On Thursday, May 18, Knox County Deputies conducted a search at the residence of David Merida on Merida Drive in Flat Lick. During the search, Deputies located a large quantity of crystal meth and a large quantity of assorted controlled pills. Merida, 51, was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. Due to numerous firearms being located inside the residence, he was also charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon. A John Deere 650 Dozer reported stolen from Bell County was also recovered at the Merida residence. David Mullins, 34, of Flat Lick, was present at the time and arrested on a Bell County warrant.

Hazard Man Arrested After Trying to Pass Counterfeit $100 Bills

On Monday, May 15, Hazard Police responded to a report of a person attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 dollar bill at Magic Mart in Lothair. Upon arrival, it was discovered that 41 year old Michael James, of Hazard, had attempted to pay for merchandise with the counterfeit bill. Officers spoke with James, who stated he had received the bill as part of a transaction at another business. Officers seized the bill as evidence and began an investigation. James was again discovered to be trying to pass off a $100 bill at Fast Lane Tobacco on Main Street on May 17. He was located in the Perry County Justice Center and arrested for one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Johnson County Schools Awarded Funding from Work Ready Skills Initiative

The Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee has selected recipients for its second round of funding. Approximately $33.1 million in bond money was dispersed to 15 projects aimed at developing a highly trained workforce to meet the needs of employers and to promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. The 10-member committee Wednesday, May 17 in Frankfort to review the results of applicant interviews conducted in the prior week. Proposals came from several state workforce areas and addressed a wide array of key industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, technology, transportation and construction trades. One of the recipients in the second round include Johnson County Schools, receiving funding of $1, 710,000. Applicants were required to be public-private partnerships that include private sector employers and high schools, secondary technical schools, or postsecondary institutions.


Governor Bevin Announces NGA Partnership to Reduce Child Hunger

Governor Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has selected Kentucky as one of only 10 states to participate in a learning lab on state strategies to reduce childhood hunger. Through participation in the learning lab, state teams will examine leverages on public-private partnerships to ensure school age children have regular access to healthy meals and increased participation in child nutrition programs. They will discuss strategies such as communication and collaborating to reduce hunger, expanding access to school breakfast, supporting innovation in summer meal programs, and streamlining eligibility determination for free meals.

Two Arrested in Allen for Drug Trafficking

On Tuesday evening, Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a complaint in Allen to observe for a 1994 green Chevrolet four door car for possible illegal drug activity. Deputies located the car and found illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and crystal meth inside the vehicle. The driver, Shonda Music, age 32, of Martin, was charged with complicity to traffic methamphetamine. Her passenger, Timothy Thomas, age 25, also of Martin, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence. Both were lodged in the Floyd County Jail.

Two Vehicle Collision Involving Fleming County Deputy

On Tuesday, May 16, at 10pm, Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received information about a two vehicle collision on Morehead Road in Fleming County. Investigation determined that Dana Gulley, 48, of Flemingsburg, Ky, was traveling southbound in a Toyota Camry when she attempted to make a left turn and was struck by a Dodge Charger being driven by Fleming County Deputy Justin Conley. Deputy Conley was responding to a complaint with his emergency equipment activated at the time of the collision. Ms. Gulley was flown to UK Hospital for treatment and listed in stable condition. Two passengers were taken to Fleming County Hospital for treatment and released. Deputy Conley was not injured.