Haven King found guilty

After a video surfaced of him confronting a Hazard Community College student in regards to her license plate,  Perry County Clerk Haven King was found guilty of  official misconduct and harassment.  He will not be serving jail time, however has been ordered to pay $750 in fines.  Sentencing for King will start on May 19th .   It is not known as of yet if King will resume the duties of County Clerk or if he will resign.

The KSP encourages citizens to partake in ‘Take Back’ program

Kentucky State Police (KSP) is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on April 30, 2016 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets.  Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in every KSP Post area across the state.  Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box located at the drop off location.

Haven King testifies in his own defense

It all began when a video came out of King confronting Hazard Community and Technical College student, Kali Bentley after she says, he followed her to school, blocked her in a parking space and began confronting her after allegedly nearly hitting her car in a construction zone.  She said she feared for her life, and had a panic attack shortly after the confrontation. When asked if she had been threatened or cussed at she said “no”. In King’s testimony, he stated it was not his intention to scare Kali, however admitted he was irritated when she flipped him off, but his only intentions were to talk to her about her plate, which he says he thought was illegal for her to drive with a disabled veterans tag, and it wasn’t until later he’d seen he made a mistake. The prosecution argued he had been serving his county since 96, therefore, should know the rules, or contact someone else before assuming otherwise. King has denied the charges.

Officials investigating the death of a toddler

A 2 year old boy was spotted in a parked car outside of Gutermuth Elementary School, the child has been identified as Lavontae Swain of Louisville, when spotted in the vehicle, he was observed to have been in cardiac arrest. The Jefferson County Corner’s office states the boy’s death was consistent with hyperthermia. Officials state the car was parked, and the boy was in it alone. Police are still investigating.

A former judge pleads not guilty

At the time of investigations, David B. Daugherty lived in Huntington, he was arrested in South Carolina which is where he is currently living. He was indicted earlier in the month, alongside Eric. C. Conn, disability attorney. They are both involved in a 18 count court indictment, where Conn is accused of a 600 million dollar social security fraud scheme. Where he is alleged to have scammed his way into receiving millions in federal disability payments, for thousands of claimants. Daugherty was in federal court, yesterday in Lexington, where he was heard to have been very quiet during proceedings, and answered all question in short, while maintaining  his not guilty plea. Daugherty is expected to be back in court on May 18th. A trial date has been scheduled for June 7th .

2 Pike County families loose their homes to a fire

Yesterday afternoon, flames broke out at Tug Fork Apartments in Belfy, a resident, Allison Tincher said a maintenance man tried to put out the fire, but the flames were too high, and they all got out as quickly as possible. The families were able to salvage little, but not very much at all of what the fire took away, the complex has since then offered another apartment they can live in permanently.  The Kentucky State Police, as well as the State Fire Marshall are investigating to see what could have started the fire.

Business decorate to raise awareness for autism,

According to an article from WYMT, Every year a Autism Awareness Advocates pick whichever business they think does the best job at decorating.  And Mountain of Scraps and Fugate Chiropractic are heating up the competition. 2 Years ago Mountain of Scraps won, but last year they ended up tied with Fugate Family Chiropractic, this year, it can be said that neither are messing around! In conclusion, both will admit, it’s all friendly competition and the message, the awareness is what really counts.

Asplundh Employee Electrocuted in Breathitt County, later dies

According to a Press Release from KSP, we’ve just received word an employee with Asplundh Tree Expert Company died yesterday morning after being electrocuted while trimming a tree in Breathitt County.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call at around 9:40 a.m., advising of the incident in the Whick community.  Troopers responded to the scene along with Arrowmed Ambulance, Wolfcoal Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department, and American Electric Power.  Upon arrival, investigators located the victim, 23 year old Justin Miller of Lost Creek Road in Perry County, still in the tree.  According to witnesses at the scene, Miller was cutting tree limbs when he somehow made contact with a power line.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Breathitt County Coroner George Griffith.       An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on the victim in Frankfort at the Medical Examiner’s Office.

A Perry County Student is a fairy god mother

 

Stacie Fugate, a student at Hazard High School created a program there, and plans to open another one at Perry County Central High School As well as Knott County Central High School.  The program is called  “No princess left Behind. ” She provides everything every girl needs to go to prom, no charges, absolutely free. According to an article from WYMT, she came up with the idea after a lifelong friend didn’t have the means to go to prom. Several people in the area donated dresses for the girls to pick from. This is the first year for the event.

The Kentucky State Police are investigating a Fatal Collision in Pike County.

The initial investigation indicates that Matthew Thacker, 17 years old of Pikeville, Kentucky, was traveling east on Zebulon Highway in the Zebulon community and was struck head-on by an oncoming vehicle.  The oncoming vehicle was attempting to avoid a collision with the rear of another vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn into Winns Branch Road.  Thacker was flown from the scene to Pikeville Medical Center.  On April 18th, Thacker succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at PMC.  Evidence at the scene indicates Thacker was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision and alcohol does not appear to be a factor.