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WSIP News 10-17-2017

 

Minutes from the Johnson Co Fiscal Court Meeting (10-16-17)

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Court also met in regular session on Monday, 10-16-2017 @ 4:30 PM in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the special called meeting of Sept. 6 and approval to pay the monthly bills as presented. The court also approved the monthly transfer of $40,000 from the General Fund to the Jail Fund. Items commissioners approved on the night were:

* Approved a transfer of appropriations in the Johnson Co. Clerk’s Office 2017 Budget in the amount of $2,500 from line item 01-5010-445 to line item 01-5010-566

* Approved an amendment to the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office Budget for 2017. An increase of $36,285.53 to include unbudgeted receipts from KLEPF 411,284.28 and Lake contract $25,001.25. The money will go into the Deputy Gross Salaries Account 01-5015-103

* Approved the Tax Rates for Fiscal Year 2017. The court will use the same rate as last year and for several years. A compensating rate of 9.20 cents per $100 of assessed value (Real Property) and 12.90 cents per $100 of assessed value (Water Craft and Motor Vehicle)

* Approved the submitted Tax Rates for Johnson Co. Public Library 2017. Real Property @ 8.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, Motor Vehicle/Water Craft at 3.66 cents per $100 of assessed value and Personal Property @ 11.75 cents per $100 of assessed value.

* Approved the submitted Tax Rates for Johnson Co. Health Dept 2017. Real Property @ 6 cents per $100 of assessed value, Motor Vehicle/Water Craft at 6 cents per $100 of assessed value and Personal Property @ 6 cents per $100 of assessed value.

* Approved a recommendation from the Johnson Co. Housing Authority to reappoint Mr. Alvin Castle to another 4 year term.

* The court also heard from Paintsville/Johnson Co. Emergency Mgmt. Director Gary McClure who updated them on the news that the 3 Homeland Security Grants submitted for local Fire Departments, had been approved. (1) Flat Gap in the amount of $1,600 for a Gas Detector. (2) Williamsport in the amount of #12,000 for Personal Protective Equipment and (3) Thelma in the amount of $10,000 for Communication Equipment (Radios).

* Approved the Date and Time of Trick-or-Treat in Johnson Co. The date is Tuesday, Oct 31 6pm-8pm.

* Judge Daniel also recognized and congratulated the Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee on winning the Beautify the Bluegrass Contest, announced by the Governor last week. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.


Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Monday (10-16-2017)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Monday 10-16-2017 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of 9-11-2017, approval of the monthly department reports from the Police, F.D. Ambulance, 911, Emergency Management, Utilities and the Treasurer and Council also approved to pay the monthly bills as presented.

When the meeting got underway, Mayor Runyon ask for everyone to have a moments of silence in honor of Councilman Jim Meek, who recently passed away. Mayor Runyon then made his opening comments. He commented on how great the Apple Day Festival was for this year and how proud he was of the city of Paintsville and Johnson Co. He also said the Funding Freeze for the Carter Lane Project had been lifted. Mayor Runyon also invited everyone to this Saturdays (10-21-17) events in downtown from 2PM – 9PM, which include The Mountain of Music, Bushel of Arts and Pints on Paints. Mayor Runyon also congratulated the Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee on winning the Beautify the Bluegrass Contest, announced by the Governor last week.

Items approved on the night by Council Members include:

* Council decided to table a resolution until November, authorizing Bob Pack, General Mgr. at Paintsville Utilities, to execute for and on behalf of Mayor Runyon and/or City of Paintsville, any and all pay requests and/or change orders necessary for the Downtown Sewer I and I Project.

* Council gave approval to award Hinkle Construction to Blacktop Main Street in Paintsville. Hinkle submitted a bid of $13,500 (block to block) and with 4 blocks, the total would be $54,000.

* Approved the Date and Time of Trick-or-Treat in Paintsville. The date is Tuesday, Oct 31 6pm-8pm.

* Approved a recommendation from Paintsville Tourism to appoint Connie Bayes to the Tourism Board

* Approved Shawn Thompson to replace Councilman Tom Daniel, who had recently resigned.

* The council gave Mayor Bill Mike Runyon the go ahead to review the Apple Day Ordinance from the Apple Board. Mayor Runyon had asked council members to be able to look at the ordinance and see what things could be changed to allow the city of Paintsville more say so on how the festival is run and the financial obligations for the city. The city spent close to $11,000 during this year’s festival with workers and only had a revenue of $8,708.

* The final item on the agenda was a discussion of paint colors for downtown buildings. That item was tabled to another meeting in the future. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

 

WSIP News 10-16-2017

 

Authorities Searching for Wanted Man that Lead them on a Car Chase

Local authorities are continuing the search for a man who allegedly led them on a chase after driving away from a traffic stop. According to the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, Deputies pulled over a truck being driven by Shawn Easley, who they recognized from previous encounters. As an Officer was approaching the vehicle, Easley took off and lead Officers on a car chase into Lawrence Co on Rt 201. Officials say Easley eventually wrecked his vehicle into a ditch and then ran away on foot. Deputies managed to catch Easley’s passenger, Kenneth Wells. Wells, 41 of Van Lear was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Serving Arrest Warrant For Court
2) Complicity Fleeing and evading 1st degree motor vehicle
3) Complicity Wanton endangerment 1st Degree
4) Public Intoxication
5) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (needle)

Shawn Easley is facing multiple felony charges from South Carolina and Kentucky and several new warrants have been issued for Easley's arrest. Call 606-789-3411 with any information on his whereabouts.


Deputies Find Stolen Vehicle on Fire with Drugs Inside

According to a news release from the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office, late last week, dispatch received a call of a vehicle that had trespassed on to a coal mine at the bottom of 2 mile hill. The caller advised there were several subjects inside the vehicle and they had gotten stuck in the mud on the active strip job and began throwing out needles and drug paraphernalia. Deputy Byron Fairchild responded to the scene and before his arrival the vehicle was set on fire by the individuals it was through investigation that Fairchild determined the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle a 2002 Pontiac 4 door black in color also can be seen on video at KY201 BMART stealing gas earlier in the day. Through investigation an arrest was made on Shawn Gayheart 28 years old of Boonscamp KY. Fairchild reported that Gayheart was under the influence of Methamphetamine. Gauheart was charged with the following:

1) Theft by unlawful taking automobile
2) Criminal Mischief 1st degree
3) Public Intoxication
4) Possession of concealed deadly weapon
5) Possession of drug paraphernalia
6) Criminal trespassing
7) Menacing

Gayheart was lodged at the BSRDC and the case is still under investigation by Deputy Byron Fairchild.


Police Arrest Man on Harassment and other charges in Paintsville

According to the Paintsville Police Dept, Officers arrested Steven Hess, 36, of Goshen, Ind., Thursday evening after he reportedly went into the Subway Restaurant and ask an employee for money so he could get to Lexington. The employee told him she only had $2, so he said he would go to speak to a friend at Papa John’s. A short time later, he returned and again asked for money. At that time, the employee noticed a gun on his hip and gave him her money. He then left again and returned to Papa John’s, shortly before Police arrived. Officers followed him to Papa John’s and arrested him at gunpoint, due to the weapon in his possession.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun. Officers also reviewed security footage of him making sexual remarks to Papa John’s employees the night before. According to the Police citation, once Hess was in custody, he told police he was in “Seal Team 5” and had killed many people in Afghanistan. Later, he admitted he had never served in the military. Hess was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on charges of robbery, misrepresenting military status, disorderly conduct and harassment.


One Person Dead following Sunday Morning Crash

According to reports, one person was killed in an early Sunday morning crash in Estill Co. Kentucky State Police say the crash happened along Highway 499 Bypass near Irvine. Officials say multiple injuries were reported in the crash. The crash shut down the Bypass for multiple hours. No other information has been provided and the KSP in continuing to investigate.


Climber Rescued After Suffering Head Injury

The Wolfe Co Search and Rescue Team responded to a climber who took a fall Friday afternoon. It happened around 7:30 p.m. at the Graining Fork Nature Preserve. Officials say the climber had apparently missed her first clip and suffered a head injury when she decked out. Team members from rescue teams from Wolfe and Powell counties carried the climber to an awaiting ambulance.


Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office Gives Deadline for Tax Receipt Request

Due to the high volume of requests for receipts in reference to the Johnson Co School Tax Refund, the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office is asking that everyone needing copies of 2014 through 2016 property tax receipts request them before October 31, 2017. The request is being made to allow tax computers and tellers to be free when collecting 2017 Property Taxes in November, and avoid long wait times when paying bills. If you have any questions about your taxes, contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College Named as One of the Best

Big Sandy Community and Technical College has been named as one of only 150 institutions nationally to be eligible for the fifth biennial $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, has brought a new level of public attention to community colleges, defined comprehensive measures of excellence in outcomes for community college students, and uncovered and disseminated practices that help exceptional colleges ensure great outcomes for their students. All prize-winning community colleges were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

• Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)

• Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)

• Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students).

The top-150 is the first step in the process for awarding the prize in 2019. Aspen invites each eligible institution to submit an application to the Aspen Prize. A selection committee of higher education experts will review submitted materials and select 10 finalist institutions. From there, a more intensive review takes place, which will include visits to the selected colleges and the collection of additional quantitative data. A distinguished jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in 2019. The Aspen Prize is supported by the Joyce Foundation, and the Siemens Foundation.

 

WSIP News 10-13-2017

 

Police Pursuit Lands one in Jail and Another on the Run

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                   KENNETH WELLS - ARRESTED                                                           SHAWN EASLEY - WANTED

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on the evening of October 12th Deputy Byron Fairchild attempted to traffic stop a black S-10 pickup truck with 2 wanted individuals inside who were also under the influence and the vehicle had the wrong tags on it. The deputy recognized the driver (Shawn Easley) who was wanted out of South Carolina and a Traffic stop was performed at the KY40 and US460 intersection. When the deputy got out of the cruiser to walk up and make contact with them the vehicle fled off leading the deputy on a chase down KY40 West and on to KY172, The pursuit then came across KY1559 on to KY201 and went on into Lawrence Co where the vehicle hit a ditch line and one subject was apprehended.

The driver punched the driver’s side window out and ran into the hills and the passenger was caught and arrested. We are asking the for public's help in locating wanted persons, Shawn Easley who should be on foot in the Blaine / KY201 area or may have made his way back to Paintsville. Use caution and do not approach him. Through investigation and with items found in the vehicle it was determined both individuals were under the influence of Methamphetamine and alcohol. Kenneth Wells, 41 of Van Lear was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Serving Arrest Warrant For Court
2) Complicity Fleeing and evading 1st degree motor vehicle
3) Complicity Wanton endangerment 1st Degree
4) Public Intoxication
5) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (needle)

Shawn Easley faces multiple felony charges from South Carolina and Kentucky and several new warrants have been issued for Easley's arrest. Call 606-789-3411 with any information on his whereabouts. Assisting at the scene was JCSO Deputy Jerry Wiley, KSP Post 9, KSP Post 14, The Lawrence Co Sheriff’s Office, and Louisa Police Department.


Pedestrian Killed in a Late Thursday Accident on U.S. 23 in Floyd Co

According to the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville, a pedestrian was killed on US 23 in Floyd Co Thursday evening. Officials say the incident happened around 8 PM in the community of Ivel. Troopers say when they arrived on scene, they found a male subject lying in the southbound lanes of US 23 in front of a trailer park located across from the Ivel BP gas station and Alpike Motel. Officials say the pedestrian, identified as 51-year old Berry Allen Reynolds of Charlie Benton Hollow of Mud Creek, was walking across US 23 after leaving Double Kwik and was struck by a vehicle. Floyd Co Deputy Coroner Chuck Hall pronounced Reynolds deceased at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.


Ohio Man Charged after Police Confrontation

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An Ohio man was arrested Thursday morning following an armed confrontation with Police. Police received a call about a man, identified as Tyler K. Sproose, 21, of Jackson, Ohio, walking along the road near Paintsville Lake. When Officers attempted to question him, he allegedly became combative and lunged at them with an open pocket knife in his hand. Officers used a taser on him twice to bring him into compliance. Sproose was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication, wanton endangerment and resisting arrest. He is lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.


Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Magoffin Co

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According to information out of Magoffin Co, a traffic stop lead to arrest of a Salyersville man on drug charges. Reports indicate that the traffic stop happened on Coon Creek Road in Salyersville by the Magoffin Co Sheriff’s Office. A Deputy stopped a Gray Volkswagen Beetle that was possibly connected to a Morgan Co truck theft. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 32-year old Michael Barnett of Salyersville, allegedly told the Deputy that his license was suspended. Several types of narcotics were found inside the vehicle, including syringes, plastic bags and what is believed to be meth and over three-hundred dollars in cash. Barnett was arrested and charged with 3-counts of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance, DUI and other traffic related charges.


Woman Arrested after Police Chase in Perry Co

Kentucky State Police in Hazard say one woman was arrested after a police chase Thursday night. Troopers said they tried to pull the woman over for reckless driving and that's when she took off. The chase started in Perry Co and then went into Leslie Co. Troopers say at some point the driver made a u-turn and headed back to Perry Co. The woman was later arrested. Her identity has not been officially released at this time. The car the woman was driving was reported stolen around the Lousiville area.


Two Injured in a Perry Co Crash, Another Person Arrested

A two vehicle head-on crash occurred on Highway 15 just north of the Chavies community of Perry Co late Thursday night. The only information released thus far says one person was airlifted from the scene, another person was transported to Hazard ARH and another person has been detained as part of the investigation.


Longtime Court of Appeals Judge to Step Down

A longtime Court of Appeals judge will resign from her position at the end of 2017. Janet Stumbo made the announcement on Thursday. She has served on the Court of Appeals since 1989. According to information released, several factors went into the decision, including a desire to help people affected by the ongoing situation with former disability attorney Eric C. Conn's clients and the Social Security Administration.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College Named as One of the Best

Big Sandy Community and Technical College has been named as one of only 150 institutions nationally to be eligible for the fifth biennial $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, has brought a new level of public attention to community colleges, defined comprehensive measures of excellence in outcomes for community college students, and uncovered and disseminated practices that help exceptional colleges ensure great outcomes for their students.

All prize-winning community colleges were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

• Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)

• Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)

• Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students).

The top-150 is the first step in the process for awarding the prize in 2019. Aspen invites each eligible institution to submit an application to the Aspen Prize. A selection committee of higher education experts will review submitted materials and select 10 finalist institutions. From there, a more intensive review takes place, which will include visits to the selected colleges and the collection of additional quantitative data. A distinguished jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in 2019. The Aspen Prize is supported by the Joyce Foundation, and the Siemens Foundation.


Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee named Winner of Gov. Award

Members of the Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee received some very good news on Thursday afternoon, as it was announced they have been named as the winner of the “Beautify the Bluegrass” Initiative. Governor Matt Bevin made the announcement Thursday afternoon in a Facebook video. This initiative calls on people to come together to make their hometown shine. Trail Town members have been working non-stop around Paintsville and Johnson Co. working to walking trails, painting buildings downtown and other projects. The Paintsville/Johnson Co. Trail Town Committee is a non-profit organization that is made up of volunteers with the goal to beautify and promote the wonderful community we live in. Congratulations to everyone involved.