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.

Laurel County Police Search For Burglary Suspect

Police is Laurel County are asking the public to help find a man who burglarized Macs Filling Station on US 25 E. The burglary happened on May 31st and police have released surveillance video showing the person who appears to be wearing a light hooded sweatshirt. The thief stole several cartons of cigarettes in addition to other tobacco and lottery tickets. Anyone who could provide information is asked to phone the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600.

McCreary County Man Killed After Being Hit By Car

A man is dead in McCreary County after being struck by a car on Tuesday night. 27 year old Mickey Hatfield was walking on Wilburn K. Ross Highway in Stearns when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Hatfield died on the scene and police say alcohol or drugs are not suspected factors in his death.

Leslie County Fire Department Hold Benefit For Underprivileged

In Leslie County, members of the Thousandsticks Volunteer Fire Department held a benefit yesterday for underprivileged families, providing food and clothing. HANDS program worker Laura Evans said her company provide assistance to the fire department, providing clothing and supplies to new mothers as well as pregnant women. The Fire Department said 55 families received items yesterday, but they are always taking donations from the public. Anyone who would like to donate can call 606-672-4911.

Pulaski County Fire Truck Totaled After Crash

In Pulaski County a fire truck was completely totaled in a wreck yesterday around 4:30pm. The crash happened on the Cumberland Parkway when the truck was stopped on the scene of a vehicle fire. Another driver on the parkway approached but failed to stop and crashed into the truck. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was treated at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and none of the firefighters on the scene were injured.

Laurel County Men Facing Possible Meth Charges

In Laurel County, two men are facing charges after a search of their car produced several baggies which are believed to contain meth. Lenham Farmer and Stanley Elliott were arrested on Saturday. Police also found a gun and close to 200 dollars in the vehicle. Both are facing a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance. Farmer also faces possession of a firearm and other charges. Elliott also faces an open container charge.

Eric C. Conn Court Hearing Cancelled

A court hearing that was scheduled for this morning in Floyd County where attorney Eric C. Conn was ordered to appear has been cancelled. It is currently unknown when the case, which was scheduled to take place today in Floyd County Circuit Court, will be rescheduled.

Letcher County Skate Park Faces Closing

In Letcher County, the community is debating on whether or not a local skating park should be closed. Safety concerns have been discussed by parents saying some children are preyed on at the Letcher County Skate Park. Others are saying such accusations are blown out of proportion. One parent said her daughter went to the park a few weeks ago and came home drunk. Another parent said he son was assaulted there recently and has filed a second degree assault charge against a Whitesburg resident. A frequent skater at the park, however, said he has never seen such behavior and rumors are being spread to give the park a negative outlook. The park currently closes at 11:00pm and a petition has been started urging officials to keep it open.

Mountain Empire College Offering UAV Courses

In Big Stone Gap, Virginia, a new course is being offered at Mountain Empire Community College where students can learn how unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAV’s, could possibly create economic growth in the region. The drones have become more affordable and instructors at the school say now is the best time for people to get involved while the technology is still new. Video cameras on some of the drones provide a pilot view from inside the cockpit, and students will learn this summer how to build the drones. Instructors said the drones could be used for economic purposes by working mine reclamation sites or farms. While exciting, students must also take into consideration privacy issues that come with the new technology. The course is set to be offered this summer, and again in the fall.

Martin County Man Arrested For Accused Theft of Deceased Couple

In Martin County, a man has been arrested after being accused of stealing electronic items that belonged to a couple who died last week in a Pennsylvania car accident. Jonathan Mollett was arrested yesterday by the Martin County Sheriff and charged with theft. Virgil Perry and Sharon Newsome were killed in the car crash last week and Mollett is a cousin of Newsome. Officials say they found a television and weed eater that belonged to the couple.