WSIP News 12-18-2017


Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office Investigating Drugs Found on Rt 321

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on the night of December 15th around 11:30 PM, Deputy J.P. Primm was dispatched on a call of a suspicious vehicle parked across from RECC on KY Rt 321. When Deputy Primm arrived, the vehicle took off up a drive way. Deputy Primm observed the driver (later identified as Brian Douglas Blair, 37) get out of the driver seat and take off on foot into the woods. Deputy Primm found a baggy of a crystal substance laying on the ground just below the driver side door. Deputy Primm also found a tin can with a large baggy of a crystal substance, a loose prescription pill, several needles, and a leather pouch with several baggies. Deputy Jerry Wiley also assisted Deputy Primm. This case is still under investigation by Deputy Primm. Charges are pending.

Floyd Co Sheriff’s Office Investigating Deadly Crash

According to the Floyd Co. Sheriff's Office, Deputies are investigating a fatal collision that sent two others to the hospital Thursday night. The collision occurred Thursday night on RT 979, in the Grethel Community of Floyd Co, when a 2006 Hyundai driven by 37 year old Chris Hamilton, collided with a 1999 Ford driven by 43 year old Kimberly Akers of Grethel. Both Chris Hamilton and Kimberly Akers were transported to Pikeville Medical Center for medical treatment. 38 year old Heidi Hamilton of Harold, KY was a passenger in the Hyundai and died as a result of the crash. The collision remains under investigation by Floyd Co Sheriff’s Deputies Sgt Kevin Shepherd and Deputy Oliver Little and assisted by Pike Co Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstructionist Deputy Eddie Crum.

Boyd Co. Man Charged in Ashland Burglary and Assault

A Boyd Co man was arrested and another man taken to the hospital following an alleged burglary. According to the Ashland Police Dept. Michael Suttles, 32, of Ashland, has been charged with burglary and assault. Officers responded to a call Wednesday about a disturbance on May Ct. When Police arrived, the suspect had already left the scene. Officers did find the victim who had cuts to their hands. They were taken to a local hospital, but the victim knew the suspect and was able give Police Suttles' name. He was found a short time later and was arrested. Suttles has been placed in the Boyd Co Detention Center.

Officials Announce Hundreds of High-Paying Jobs Coming to the Mountains

A California-based battery maker is moving its headquarters to Kentucky and plans to build a manufacturing plant in Pike Co. to employ hundreds of workers. During a news conference on Friday, several leaders across Eastern Kentucky, along with Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, gathered in Pikeville to make the announcement. The company, EnerBlu Inc. plans to invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with the establishment of a production facility in Pikeville. The company will invest another $40 million and create 110 additional jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Lexington. The company is shifting its headquarters away from Riverside, California. The announcement is welcome news in eastern Kentucky, which has been reeling from a steep decline in the region's coal industry.

2017 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards

On Wednesday, December 13 the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored more than 200 law enforcement officers from across the State for their efforts to target impaired drivers. Officers recognized in our area included:

Pike Co Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Belcher
Johnson Co Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild
KSP Post 9 Trooper Michael Haney
Prestonsburg Police Sergeant Ross Shurtleff
Paintsville Police Officer Zach Stapleton
Pikeville Police Patrolman Russell Blankenship.

The 2017 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency.

Johnson Co. Primary 2018 Election Filings (As of Friday, Dec 15, 2017)

The following is a list of filings for the 2018 Primary Election in Johnson Co. as of Friday, Dec 15, 2017.

* Circuit Clerk: Penny Adams ®

* PVA: Michael “Dip” Stafford (D)

* County Judge Executive: Roger T. “Tucker” Daniel ®, George Burton Spriggs ®, Lyndon Butcher ®, Mark McKenzie (D)

* County Attorney: Michael Endicott ®

* Country Clerk: Sallee Conley-Holbrook ®

* Sheriff: Doug Saylor ®, Brian Keith Bush ®, Dwayne Price (D), Cecil E. Cyrus (D)

*Jailer: Russell Honeycutt ®, Toy L. Blair ®, Steve Rose ®

* County Commissioners: (Dist 1) Kathy Adams ®, Vessie Lee Workman ®
(Dist 2) Paul “Barber” Daniel ®, William R. “Robbie” Fraley II ®, Mike “Mikey” Jarrell ®
(Dist 3) Kenny Cantrell ®, Darren Gamble ®, Tim “Barber tiM” Salyer ®, Delbert Conley (D)

* Coroner: J.R. Frisby (D)

* County Surveyor: None

* Justice of the Peace: None

* Constable: (Dist 1) None - (Dist 2) Jason Golden ®, James Ryan Caudill ®, Bryan Castle (D) - (Dist 3) David Pridemore ®, Raymond Pennington ®, Toby McKenzie (D)

* Mayor: Bill Mike “Coach” Runyon

City Council: Patricia Eileen Nelson, Christopher Pierce

Interested citizens interested in filing for the 2018 Primary have until Jan 30, 2018 @ 4 PM.