Local News Monday March 6, 2017

A bunch of wildfires broke out across Eastern Kentucky yesterday, scorching dozens of acres of forest land. Officials with the Division of Forestry say they were called out 18 fires yesterday, the largest being a 45 acre blaze in Perry County. There are no burn restrictions in place right now, but you can’t start a fire within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland from 6am to 6pm. Officials are still trying to find out how the fire started. Similar blazes were reported in Knott County, Lauren County, and Harlan County. There were no reports of any injuries or buildings damaged in any of the fires.

A man who fell about 80-feet down a cliff in Wolfe County Saturday night… is expected to survive his injuries. Emergecy crews say the man was camping near the edge of the cliff when he tripped and fell, suffering a number of traumatic injuries.

A Wallins man faces a long list of charges after State Police say he fell asleep behind the wheel… then resisted arrest. Kentucky State Troopers say they found 24-year old Leslie Saylor asleep at the wheel of a car that was running in the Walmart parking lot. He had a handgun in his hand, finger on the trigger, then refused to drop the weapon when police told him to. It took nearly two hours for Troopers to convince him to drop the weapon, which ended up being a BB gun made to look like a pistol. Saylor admitted that he had taken some drugs.

Kentucky U-S Senator Rand Paul is not happy with House Republicans, who he accuses of hiding their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Kentucky Republican tweeted that he's been told the bill is, quote, "under lock and key." The secrecy reportedly is aimed at preventing leaks. Paul says that's unacceptable because repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now.

A motorcyclist was flown to a hospital in West Virginia after being seriously hurt in an accident in Lawrence County yesterday afternoon. Emergency Management officials say the biker was driving along Kentucky One when he lost control and went off the road and over an embankment, falling about 50 feet and landing in a patch of trees and brush.

53-year old Walter Reed was taken into custody after a body was found buried in a shallow grave in his front yard outside of Clintowood
on Thursday. Dickenson County Sheriff’s deputies identified the victim as 40-year old Crystail Gail Stanley. Investigators say they believe she may have been killed last Sunday, but they haven’t said how she died. Reed is charged with second degree murder and is being held without bond.

Republican lawmakers reached an agreement on a bill last week that would allow charter schools to operate in the state for the first time. House Bill 520 would allow local school boards to approve an unlimited number of the schools. Governor Matt Bevin has said he will sign the legislation if it passes the full State House and Senate.

Residents are still cleaning up after last weeks devastating storms that hit parts of Eastern Kentucky. Volunteers from the American Red Cross have been out helping folks in Floyd and Estill Counties and other areas, making sure they have somewhere to sleep, and access to basic necessities. The Red Cross does offer some financial assistance for those impacted by disasters.

A food drive at the Save-A-Lot stores in Hazard collected more than 4-thousand pounds of food that was delivered to a local charity. Employees have been selling 5-dollar food bags, and 5-dollar non-food bags to customers since February first. All of the items were donated to the Bluegrass Care Navigators