Updated: Pikeville Police Officer Killed in Shooting

Update: Funeral arrangements have been set for Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton, who was shot and killed the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Two visitations will be held Friday, March 16 at 5pm and Saturday, March 17, 2018 from noon to 9pm at the East Kentucky Expo Center. The funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 1pm at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Hamilton will be buried at the Pikeville City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JW Call and Son Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made the Brynlee Hamilton Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Trust Bank, P.O. Box 2947, Pikeville, Kentucky 41502.

Update: An officer with the Pikeville Police Department was shot to death the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Pike County. Officer Scotty Hamilton and Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol on Hurricane Creek when they encountered a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officers spoke with the occupants of a vehicle and assessed the area around a nearby residence for possible subjects on foot. While canvassing the area, Officer Hamilton and Trooper Martin were separated. Gunshots were fired a short time later within close proximity to the residence. Trooper Martin located Officer Hamilton, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Officer Scotty Hamilton was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pike County Coroner’s Office. The perpetrator was not located at the scene. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 9, the KSP Special Response Team, and Pikeville Police have been actively searching for possible suspects. Detective Randy Combs with KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team is leading the investigation along with detectives with KSP Post 9.

Original: A Pikeville Police Officer was killed on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Officer Scotty Hamilton was responding to a call in the Hurricane Creek area of Pike County around 11:30pm when he was involved in a shooting. Hamilton was a 12-year veteran of the Pikeville Police Department. We will update this story when more information becomes available.

School Closings March 14, 2018

Here are your school closings for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Barbourville Independent

Bell County

East Bernstadt Independent

Floyd County

Harlan County

Harlan County Christian School

Harlan Independent

Jenkins Independent

Knox County

Laurel County

Leslie County

Letcher County

Pike County

Red Bird Mission School

On One Hour delay

Johnson County

On Two Hour Delay

Perry County

Piarist School

Wise County, VA

Betsy Layne High School Robotics Team Wins Third Consecutive Regional Championship

Photos: Floyd County Schools

The Betsy Layne High School Robotics team placed first and second at the Robo Challenge Xtreme regional competition on March 10, 2018 at Paul Blazer High School in Ashland. In this year’s competition, Body Works Challenge, missions focused on topics like repairing broken bones, collecting blood samples, and delivering a heart for transplant. The Betsy Layne High School Robotics team is divided into a varsity and a junior varsity team. Both teams will travel to Rupp Arena on March 29, 2018 to compete at the Student Technology Leadership Program state competition.

KSP Stepping Up School Patrols

Due to recent acts of violence and threats in schools, the Kentucky State Police has announced their posts will be stepping up patrols and school visits. In a release, KSP said they have been doing school visits for years, per their policy, but due to recent events, Troopers have been doing several schools visits per day. With an increase in school visits, Kentucky State Police are asking parents to not be alarmed at the site of patrol vehicles at the schools and they should not feel the need to contact the school to see if everything is okay.

Gov. Bevin Sends Letter to President Requesting Disaster Declaration for Flooded Eastern Kentucky Counties

Governor Matt Bevin sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday, March 9, 2018, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 eastern Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe flooding event in February. The flooding caused over $18 million in damages to highways, bridges, and local infrastructure. Some of the counties included in the request are Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties. KY Emergency Management director Michael Dossett said they are hopeful for federal assistance for the counties as they work to repair damages to infrastructure. Since 2009, Kentucky has been granted 19 federally declared disasters resulting from severe weather and flooding events.

Meeting Held at Mountain Arts Center on Annexing Areas into Prestonsburg

Photo: WQHY

A question and answer session was held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Mountain Arts Center to discuss potential annexation of Spradlin Branch and Lakeview Village into the city of Prestonsburg. Mayor Les Stapleton said many citizens had asked to be incorporated into the city in order to receive many of the services offered within the city limits. The mayor also said the annexation was not being looked at as a means to increase tax revenue, but to fill in holes and condense the city into one complete unit. The second reading of the annexation plan will take place at the Prestonsburg City Council meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018.

Women’s History Conference held at Big Sandy Community & Technical College

Photo: Big Sandy Community and Technical College

The Library Seminar Series and the Campus Environment Team at Big Sandy Community & Technical College recently hosted a Women’s History Conference on the Prestonsburg Campus. The Women’s History Conference is presented each March in commemoration of Women’s History Months. The conference, which is in its fifth consecutive year, boasted such titles as “Hitler’s Women,” “Dealing with Toxic People,” and “The Intersection between Science and Society.” Judy Howell, librarian and professor at BSCTC, said they enjoy the wide variety of topics as the Women’s History Conference grows each year.

Laurel County Woman Arrested for Assaulting Son

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance complaint off Pine Grove School Road. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies learned that the subject, 41-year-old Samantha Allen, had allegedly attacked her 20-year-old son, ripping his shirt off. Upon arrest, the subject struggled with deputies and created a disturbance in the neighborhood. In addition, Allen was determined to be under the influence. Samantha Allen was charged with alcohol intoxication, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Knox County Man Arrested Following Pursuit

Around 1am Friday, March 9, 2018, Knox County Deputy Mikey Ashurst received a 911 call that a man, identified as 51-year-old Gary Patterson, was attempting to kick in a door at a residence on Moore Hill Road in Corbin and had left going toward Barbourville in a white Kia. Deputy Ashurst observed the vehicle traveling south on US 25E. Patterson was pursued onto an abandoned strip mining site, crashing through three metal gates and ending up in a pasture field, where his vehicle became stuck in the mud. He was pursued on foot and was arrested after a brief struggle. Patterson was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, evading police, speeding, reckless driving and numerous other charges. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

UPIKE Business Lecture Series March 21, 2018

Jonathan Webb, founder and CEO of AppHarvest, will serve as the featured speaker for the University of Pikeville’s Coleman College of Business Speakers and Leadership Series on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. He will present “Social Entrepreneurship in America.” The event is set for 2pm in Booth Auditorium. AppHarvest is anticipating breaking ground on its first $60 million high-tech greenhouse in Pikeville in April 2018. The campus and the community are invited to attend the March 21, 2018 event. For more information, contact Brenda Maynard, associate professor of business, at 606-218-5005.