A high speed chase that started in Pike County… ended with a crash near the Floyd County line. Pikeville Police spotted the car speeding in the wrong direction on US 23 at around 2:00 yesterday [Wednesday] morning. An officer tried stopping the vehicle, but he kept going until he crashed into a hillside. The driver was thrown from the car. He was taken to the hospital… there’s no word on his condition.
Storms destroyed about 75 homes in EH-stl County yesterday… more tha 2 dozens others were damaged, along with many businesses. Emergency management officials say severe storms knocked out power to more than 27-thousand customers. The severe weather also damaged seven of the state’s 12 state prisons. The Kentucky State Penitentiary in Lyon County and the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington were the hardest hit. Three staff members at the Kentucky State Penitentiary were injured by flying glass and other debris. The Department of Corrections has cancelled visitation for at least one prison for today [Thursday]. Several counties have declared states of emergency.
Bank Street in Hazard was closed overnight because of a landslide. Hazard Police say mud and other debris was blcoking the road.
County leaders are looking at whether a 1-percent occupational tax could be the ticket to solving a 1.3 million dollar budget shortfall. If county officials don’t find a way to balance the budget, the state could take legal action for force the county to comply with state law, which doesn’t allow a county to carry any debt. The members of the fiscal court voted down a proposed tax on insurance premiums Monday, and will now consider the occupational tax option. The cities of Whitesburg and Jenkins already have an occupational tax in place.
An inmate at the Harlan County Detention Center has died. According to Kentucky State Police, the female prisoner was found unconscious in her cell on Friday. She was taken to a hospital where she died a short time later. An investigation found that the 26-year old Evarts woman died from health-related issues, and there’s no foul play suspected.
A man who had run away from police is now safe behind bard. Harlan City Police say the 31-year old Verda man had a warrant out for his arrest. Officers tried serving the arrest warrant… when he ran away. Police caught up with him a short time later, and waited until he decided to climb out from beneath the house he was hiding under. Police took him into custody and drove to the jail… but once out of the patrol car, he ran off again. Kentucky State Police found him and returned him to the jail where he faces new charges for escape and resisting arrest, in addition to the burglary and criminal mischief charges he had faced.
Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill yesterday that would create panels to review the merits of malpractice lawsuits, in the hopes of reforming the state’s medical malpractice system. The bill passed on a 51-45 vote and now goes back to the Senate. Supporters say the panels don't take away anyone's right to go to court with malpractice claims. Opponents say the panels would be a barrier delaying access to courts.
County leaders are looking at whether a 1-percent occupational tax could be the ticket to solving a 1.3 million dollar budget shortfall. If county officials don’t find a way to balance the budget, the state could take legal action to force the county to comply with state law, which doesn’t allow a county to carry any debt.
Pine Mountain Settlement School hosts a free soup bean supper tonight, following the introduction of a Harlan County Farmer’s market. Several agencies will also be on hand to talk about how the Farmer’s Market can benefit local families. You can register for the dinner at the Pine Mountain Settlement School website.
A Texas-based company plans to get Enterprise Mine back in operation within the next week. The mine is in Knott County on Defeated Creek and Redfox. Kingdom Resources bought the mine from Alpha Natural Resources back in October, but it hasn’t been in operation since July. 85 workers lost their jobs when the mine was idled. Kingdom Resources plans to hire 60 crew members to start, but hopes to hire more down later on.
The Knox Central teacher that was arrested on drug charges Sunday has been suspended. 29-year old Joshua Ramsey was arrested at a hotel in Bell County after police say they got some information during a traffic stop that led them to his hotel room. According to Knox County School Officials, Ramsey has taught math at Knox Central for about a year.
Wise Virginia man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a list of charges, including felony child abuse. The 50 year old man admitted to letting his 12-year old daughter drive his jeep while he was high. He’s also charged with drug possession and probation violation among other crimes.
State-wide gas prices are on the rise, thanks to a pause in production while producers shut down for maintenance and to switch to making summer blends of fuel. The price went up 3 cents per gallon over the past week in Kentucky… to 2.21 a gallon. We’re paying paying 2.15 on average in Letcher County… 2.25 in Perry County.
Letcher county residents won’t see a hike in insurance premiums… but there’s still no plan for taking care of a 1.3 million dollar budget deficit. Judges on the fiscal court voted down the proposal to raise insurance premiums, but no new plan to raise funds to pay off the debt was formally introduced.
The former police chief of Hazard has died. Edgar Bucky Reynolds passed away on Monday. He served on the force for nearly 25 years. He was 79 years old.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was in Washington DC this week, meeting with officials from the Trump administration… along with other governors from across the US. He says as US lawmakers look at ways to change Obamacare, he wants them to keep in mind the 30-percent of Kentucky residents who are on Medicaid, and to not strip it away.
Students gathered at the State Capitol yesterday, asking lawmakers to put an end to corporal punishment in schools. 31 states in the US have already put similar bans in place. The House committee on education will hear testimony on House Bill 393, which would ban paddling in schools.