A woman charged with killing her husband and two daughters allegedly told police that she shot her husband over a $264,000 cash settlement that she had deposited in August that had been depleted. A Kentucky State Police Detective testified that Courtney Taylor wrote a six page letter saying she shot her two daughters because she didn't want them growing up without a mother. All three of them were found in their beds with gunshot wounds to the head. That case is now being sent to a grand jury.
Big Sandy Community and Technical College has received a $30,000 grant to help establish a a new Community Dental Health Coordinator certificate program and to train dental hygienists. It will provide 15 students with a $2,000 scholarships to help pay for the cost of certification classes. The program is the first of its kind in Kentucky and should provide more of in demand dental hygienists to the area. BSCTC is still waiting on approval from the Southern Association off Collages and Schools to begin the classes.
A stabbing has beeen reported out of Pike County. Kentucky state police say they have a person of interest in custody. No names have been released.
A Knox County woman will spend the next ten years behind bars. Melissa warren pleaded guilty to manslaughter and DUI in connection to a crash in December of 2015 that killed Ryan Baker. Baker left behind a wife and a 2-year-old son.
Corbin Police are investigating a deadly hit and run accident. Officers say 62-year-old Roscoe Jones was hit while walking along Highway 25 east overnight. He was taken to UT Medical Center where he later died. THe only evidence left behind of the crash is a park light where Jones was hit. Police say they believe a car seen near the area on a security camera that was missing a headlight may be to blame.
Floyd County Sheriff's Deputies say Dustin Stanley sold synthetic marijuana to deputies. THey say they suspected Stanley of dealing drugs for months and finally had the proof to get a warrant. Officials also found drugs, guns, and money inside Stanley's home. SHeriff John Hunt says he hopes putting Stanley behind bars helps to get drugs off the street.
A doctor who owned multiple pain management clinics in Georgia and Eastern Kentucky has agreed to pay the government for violating the False Claims Act. Dr. Robert Windsor agreed to enter a $20 million consent judgement to clear up the allegations against him. He was accused of charging for services that he did not perform and giving unnecessary tests.
The Republican Controlled house approved a measure that doe away with a regulation approved under PResident Barack Obama that prevented coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Republicans say the rule was a job killer and was poorly crafter. House speaker Paul Ryan says the rule ignored dozens of federal, state, and local regulations already in place.
A lawsuit from former House Speaker Greg Stumbo challenging the legality of Governor Matt Bevin's budget vetoes has been dismissed. A state judge ruled that Stumbo cannon sue the governor because he lost his seat in the legislature. Last year Bevin used veto power to erase part of the state spending plan including an expanded preschool program and a community college scholarship for high school graduates.. Stumbo had argued that the vetoes were illegal because Bevin technically filed copies instead of original documents with the Secretary of State.
Three people were seriously injured Wednesday morning in a serious crash near Ramey's Qwik Stop in Vicco. Two people were flown to Pikeville Medical Center another was taken to a hospital in Hazard.
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for lower gas and electric bills in Eastern Kentucky. Many Kentucky Power residents say they feel nickel and dimmed by fees and say the winter months are tough on many people. Many customers specifically had questions about the Big Sandy Retirment Rider that added fees to every power bill.
For the last week and a half sheriff's deputies in Knox County have been training on a virtual decision that is designed to help them make the right decisions about when and if to use deadly force. The virtual reality simulator puts law enforcement officers in real life do or die situations. Following each training exercise is an analysis of what the officer did right or wrong in the given situation. They hope that kind of training will prepare them and make them more likely to make good decisions when confronted with tricky situations in real life.
The loss of coal and mineral severance funds has hit most counties in Eastern Ke ntucky hard, causing a variety of problems. Floyd County officials Say the loss of 4 million in funding per year since 2012 and the high likelihood that the number is even lower next year is making it hard to keep the jail open. Floyd County Judge Executive Ben Hale says fiscal court is trying to figure out how to cover the cost of the jail in the next fiscal year and into the future. Jailer Stuart Halpert says the number of inmates in the Floyd County Detention Center has increased despite continued budget cuts. Some of the options that the county is looking at to keep the jail open and ease budget restrictions include a three percent increase to transient room Tax on motels or a tax on insurance companies that do business in Floyd County. Hale says he wont consider an occupational tax, though other members of the fiscal court might.
A Perry county man is facing charges for allegedly forging signatures on multiple prescriptions. Pikeville police say they got a tip that Travis Hicks was using her name to get prescription medication. Police say Hicks forged the signatures of three doctors on five prescription blanks and had them filled at the Food City in Shelbiana. Hicks, who is a Registered Nurse at Pikeville Medical Center used the forged prescription slips to get oxycodone and nor could. He's charged with five counts of forgery of prescription, theft of prescription blanks, and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Elaine Chao, the wife of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnel has been confirmed as Transportation Secretary in the Trump Administration. She was conformed with overwhelming support. The vote was 93-6. Trump has promised to invest $1 trillion in improving highways, rail service, and other infrastructure projects.
A drug roundup yesterday landed 21 people behind bars. Indictments were served for 21 people in Perry and Knott COunties. The indictments stemmed form several different investigations all related to drug trafficking. More arrests are expected.
Last night Voice Winner Jordan Smith of Harlan sang the National Anthem at the UK vs. Georgia men's basketball game in Rupp Arena.
Yesterday in Lee County Teleworks USA hosted a job fair for people working from home. Concentric, a business services company facilitated the fair virtually. There will be another Job fair in Perry County February 9th.
Chuck Sexton, President and CEO of One East Kentucky has been chosen of a 40 under 40 award. The award program was managed by Development counselor international, a firm specializing in economic marketing.
Governor Matt Bevin is planning a visit to Virginia to help Republican Ed Gillispie's bid for Governor. THey'll campaign together in Lynchburg and Staughton on February 9th.
After two straight losses the Kentucky men's basketball team got a much needed win, though it was hard fought. Kentucky outlasted Georgia last night winning 90-81 in Overtime. It looked like the cats would be headed to a third straight loss until a jumper from Malik Monk with 8 seconds left in regulation tied the game up at 76 all.
A 13 year old Girl in McCracken County allegedly robbed a clothing store while armed. Investigators say a 13-year old girl and 14 year old boy robbed The Pink Tractor in Grand Rivers at around 12:30pm. They say the girl, wearing a mask fired a gunshot into the ceiling before demanding cash. Both juveniles are charged with robbery. The girl is also charged with wanton endangerment.