Local News Thursday March 16, 2017

Police in Laurel county stopped a car for a traffic violation Tuesday, and as usual, used a radio to relay information about the driver to dispatchers. Kentucky State Police drug agents happened to hear this particular transmission, and joined local officers. The 46-year old man was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Ohio. He was also driving a stolen car. Randy Chaney was booked at the Laurel County Detention Center on charges of receiving stolen property, along with traffic citations.

Two people were arrested on drug charges after Harlan City Police say they were called out to a hotel because a man had stolen some food. 27-year old Joshua Starrett and 26-year old Melinda Starrett from Lejunior were arrested after Melinda let officers into their hotel room where they found a white crystal substance, several syringes, and a 2-year old child. Police also found a handgun. Both face a long list of new charges. Joshua Starrett had been arrested last week on forgery charges, when he tried cashing checks belonging to a man who’s been missing since December.

Two two bodies found in a burned home last week have been tentatively identified as the couple who lived in the home. Kentucky State Police say they have still not been able to positively identify the bodies, believed to be 61-year old Joseph Maggard, and his wife 51-year old Donna Maggard. Their body’s were found in the burned remains of their home Thursday morning when Joseph’s son went to the house to check on them. Officials say the home had probably burned at least two days before the remains were found. A memorial service for the Maggards was held yesterday.

Should students in Kentucky be required to pass a civics test to graduate high school?  State lawmakers think they should. The Kentucky House this week approved a plan to require high schoolers in the Commonwealth to take the same civics test that new citizens must pass.  Kids can take the test as many times as needed until they pass.

A Letcher County businesman was sentenced to 30 months in prison for not being truthful on his federal tax returns. Jarrod Breeding admitted that he had underreported his income by more 5-million dollars three years in a row. Breeding own Southern Steel Recycling, as well as 201 Speedway Racing in Sitka.

A Clay County man faces more than 2-dozen counts relating to possessing and distributing child pornography.  Kentucky State Police say an undercover Internet crimes investigation led them to arrest Douglas Gibson Tuessday night in Manchester.  Police discovered the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.  He was booked into the Clay County Detention Center. 

Governor Matt Bevin has promised that if passed… he’ll sign a bill that would lift a ban on theuse of nuclear power in the state. He says he doesn’t believe nuclear power would replace coal as the dominant source of energy in Kentucky. Coal-fired power plants provide 83-percent of the state’s electricity… down from 93-percent three years ago.

The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands has agreed to pay to repair damage cuased by a landsline that damaged Sunday Drive. The repairs could cost about 400-thousand dollars, and will include replacing water and sewer lines. Construction will start as soon as the weather calms down.

Workers could start the task of stabilizing the Daniel Boone Hotel before summer. Whitesburg City officials say the Kentucky Department for Local government will help the city manage a one million dollar grant received to help pay for the project.

A freeze warning has been extended again… the National Weather Service now says we can expect another hard freeze overnight tonight. The freeze warning is in effect from 9:00 tonight (Thursday) until 9:00 tomorrow morning. Temperatures will dip to the 20s, which will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.