Bell County Man’s Family Say He Was Murdered

In Bell County, 38 year old David A. Mason was found dead near his home in Arjay, and his family is saying they believe he was murdered. While police investigating have not said they consider the case a murder investigation, they have not ruled out the possibility of foul play. Mason’s family and friends began a search for him after no one heard from him for days and his body was later found on Monday in a wooded area near his home. Investigators looked through the area where his body was found and it’s unknown what caused his death at this time. An autopsy was scheduled in Frankfort and Police are asking anyone with information to phone 606-573-3131.

Name Revealed For Missing Woman in Cumberland Falls State Park

Officials in McCreary County have released the name of the woman who went missing at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park this weekend. 24 Year old Nina Parker of Owensboro was with friends when she went missing at the park. A search has been going on to find her ever since. Search crews first began to look for her on Saturday and have yet to find her. She was last seen in an area called Trail 9 near Eagle Falls.

Two Arrested in Connection to Jackson Robbery

Police in Jackson have arrested two men in connection with a gas station robbery that took place early Sunday morning. The Shell Mart on KY 15 North reported a robbery around 3:30am and the clerk first told police he was taking out trash when three men jumped him and then robbed the store. However, police determined during the investigation that the safe had been opened without using force and the combination was used. 21 year old William Combs, then admitted he and two others had committed the robbery. 20 year old Trevor Hays, who was also employed by the store, was picked up with a juvenile with backpacks containing merchandise and cash from the store. Hays was off duty at the time of the robbery. Hays and Combs were arrested and then charged with Robbery 1st. The juvenile was taken to the juvenile detention center.

Search Continues for Missing Woman in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

The search for a missing woman was suspended last night at 8:00pm and was expected to reconvene this morning at 7am. The woman went missing at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park on Saturday. She was last seen in an area called Trail 9, near Eagle Falls, with two other people. The woman is said to be 24 years old and it’s unknown what she was doing at the time of her disappearance. A Knott County dive team has joined the effort. We’ll provide more information when it becomes available.

Kentucky Reptile Zoo Now Home to Rare Venomous Snake

A rare new snake has been added to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Powell County. The Zoo already contains one of the largest collections in the world of venomous snakes and now, the Mang Mountain Viper from China is one of them. The snake is native to a few areas in China, but nowhere else. Zoo curator Kristen Wiley said the viper was donated to the Slade Zoo by a reptile factory in Illinois. The snake is so rare that before coming to the mountains, a person would have to visit St. Louis to see one. Wiley said it’s estimated that only 500 of the species are left in the wild, and it was only discovered in 1989.

Pulaski County Man Arrested on Heroin Charges

A Pulaski County man is now facing federal drug charges after being arrested as the result of a four month investigation. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and others had been looking into a heroin distribution going on in the county. Adwele Hammond, 37, has been charged with trafficking large amounts of the drug. Hammond led police on a chase before being stopped in an Oakhill Road parking lot. He told officers he had consumed the drug and was taken to a hospital for treatment. A search warrant of his home on Beecher Street turned up more than half an ounce of what was suspected to be the drug as well as one firearm. Hammond was revealed to have a large criminal record in both Kentucky and Ohio.

Pike County Jewelry Store Robbed

Police in Pike County are investigating a robbery at Hefner Jewelers in Coal Run that took place yesterday. Coal Run Police are currently looking for the person responsible and are asking anyone with information about the robbery to phone them at 606-437-6032.

Magoffin County Farm Nominated for National Register of Historic Places

In Magoffin County, a 100 plus acre farm has been selected for the National Register of Historic Places. The Gardner Farmstead in Salyersville has been home to the Gardner family for six generations and is currently inhabited by 81 year old Ben Gardner and his wife. Gardner said at one time the farm had 10,000 acres but is now down to about 150. Work still continues on the farm that used to produce tobacco, corn, hay, and cattle. In the civil war, the farm was used as a safety house for soldiers on both sides of the war. The nomination must now be approved by the National Park Service.

Three Injured in Bell County Car Crash

Three people were injured in a car crash that happened around 9pm last night in Bell County. A helicopter was called to the scene near Pineville on Kentucky 92 and all three were taken to a local hospital. One person had been trapped in the vehicle and the names of the three people and the hospitals they were taken to is unknown at this time.

Huge Marijuana Growing Operation Found in Ashland

Police in Ashland found hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana yesterday while conducting an investigation into a burglary. A vehicle that was believed to be connected to the robbery was spotted at a home on Palmer Street. A search warrant was obtained and when police entered the home, they began to find the marijuana. More than 150 plants were seized with a believed street value of over 300,000 dollars. The person suspected in the burglary and now, the marijuana operation, is still being searched for.