Letcher County Woman Will Spend Rest of Life In Prison

After several years of filing motions to attempt to win a new trial or have her sentence vacated, a Letcher County woman found out yesterday she will spend the rest of her life in prison. Kathy Walters Williams, who was convicted in April 2005 for the murder of Forrester Caudill in November 2003, was sentenced to life in prison when the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued its final ruling affirming the sentence originally handed down by Letcher Circuit Judge Samuel Wright in 2013.

Two Year Old Killed in Laurel County Fire

Yesterday morning in Laurel County, a two year old boy was killed in a house fire near East Bernstadt. The victim has been identified as Josiah Vickers and authorities are saying the home had several people inside when it caught on fire. The majority was able to escape and were then taken to a local hospital for treatment. Vickers was found inside afterwards by fire officials. Laurel County Police and Fire Department are investigating the incident.

Coal Run Community Center Now Open

The city of Coal Run in Pike County opened a new community center yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Coal Run Community Center was built with a 350,000 dollar loan from USDA Rural Development. Mayor Andrew Scott said the building will hopefully hold weddings and different events. Elwood Howe, with the USDA Rural Development, was on hand for the opening ceremony and said his company help communities build fire stations, hospitals, medical clinics, libraries and much more. To schedule an event at the new center phone 606-437-6032.

Hearing In Suspended Disability Cases To Be Held Today

Attorneys met Tuesday with hundreds of people who are now suing the federal government after losing their disability benefits. Last month, payments were suspended for around 900 former clients of Floyd County attorney Eric C. Conn as the government suspects Conn of fraud by providing false information to secure benefits to his clients. Attorneys have now filed separate lawsuits against Conn and the Social Security Administration in attempt to restore the former clients of Conn with assistance while they await the administration’s review of their cases. Prestonsburg lawyer Ned Pillersdorf has assembled a legal team he will lead to represent hundreds of the plaintiffs in both lawsuits. Conn maintains he is innocent of the claims by the federal government and has not been charged in the incident. Conn has been asked by a judge not to destroy any of his assets, and this morning, a hearing has been scheduled in Floyd County Circuit Court.

Escaped Estill County Inmate Still At Large

Kentucky State Police and the Irvine Police Department in Estill County are currently looking for an escaped inmate who was being transferred to the Estill County Detention Center on Monday. The man has been identified as 37 year old Jason Gay of Berea. He was being transported for a court date when he slipped out of his handcuffs and then stole a pickup truck at a nearby water treatment plant. It is unknown exactly how he managed to get out of the handcuffs. The employee whose truck was stolen said he managed to fire shots at the truck before Gay drove off. The truck was later found near the city library with three blown tires. Gay is said to be armed with a machete that was inside the stolen truck. He was arrested in March on charges of engaging in organized crime, receiving stolen property, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs and being a persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Police Searching For Robbery Suspect

Police in Letcher County are searching for a suspect who is accused of robbing the Isom Double Kwik around 4am Tuesday morning. The masked man entered the store demanding money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash by the employee before running away. He is described as between 5’7 and 5’9 with a slim build and light complexion. No one was injured in the robbery and the man did not appear to be armed during the altercation.

*Morgan County Missing Teen FOUND!*

BRYCEN CRISP HAS BEEN FOUND!!  No longer missing!

 

Search teams are out looking for a missing Morgan County teenager who was reported missing around 11pm last night. 16 year old Brycen Crisp was said to be visiting grandparents in Blaine community of Lawrence County when he disappeared. The Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management is currently searching for the boy along Rockhouse Trace Road which is just off Brushy Creek Road. Authorities currently believe the 16 year old who has Autism walked away from his grandparents’ house.

Bell County Man Killed in Fatal Shooting

In Bell County a fatal shooting took place late Monday night in the Tanyard Hill community. Larry Wayne Posey, 41, was shot and killed at his home on Highway 3482 just before 9pm on Monday. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call and say Posey died at the scene. Police are treating this as a death investigation and are awaiting autopsy results. No further information has been given at this time.

Harlan County Man Arrested For Violating EPO Against Him

A Harlan County man is facing charges after being arrested early yesterday morning. Mark Cox is said to have gotten into an altercation with his wife, Jessica, where she told officers he was verbally abusive toward her. An investigation showed he had violated an Emergency Protective Order she had against him. Mark Cox was also in possession of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

Lawrence County Man Dies After Arrest

In Lawrence County an investigation is underway in the death of 56 year old Bill Collins. The incident began on Friday when an officer attending the Lawrence County High School graduation in Louisa witnessed a car leave the roadway. Collins was driving the vehicle and when the officer approached him, Collins began to verbally assault the officer. He was arrested and taken to the Louisa Police Department where he then locked himself in a room. Collins was tased through a crack in the door, but he removed the taser from his body. Collins was then hit a second time and officers struggled to subdue him. It then became clear he was in need of medical assistance and was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center where he died. Police are investigating the incident but said it does not appear any of the officers did anything criminal. An autopsy of Bill Collins is now pending.