Representatives with Shaping Our Appalachian Region or SOAR took a day long bus tour across southern Kentucky this week. According to Congressman Hal Rogers thier goal was to visit companies that utilize broadband internet along Interstate I-75 to learn what opportunities there are for job growth in the region. SOAR Broadband Working Group Chair Lonnie Lawson said they want to add on and give everybody the capability of having high speed, high access broadband. That project, which should get underway by the end of the year, is projected to take about 18 months. SOAR's Executive Director Jared Arnett said once a fiber optic network is in place, companies should flock to the area.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office reports that they have located and interviewed a possible eyewitness in the murder case of 34-year-old Monica Wells. Freddy Pennington, brother of Johnny Hendrix who is suspected of killing Wells, was questioned for more than two hours last week according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. Details of the interview were not released but Pennington is still being considered as a witness in the on-going investigation. Detectives will continue to follow up on the information obtained from the interview with Pennington.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says Deputy Kenny Jones will continue to hold self-defense classes for realtors. The class will consist of three nights of training. Each night will last three hours and include classroom work and exercises. Deputies say 10 Laurel County realtors took part in the first class that was offered. They expect 45 realtors to take the 9-hour-course. The classes teaches realtors how to be prepared, take control and fight to protect themselves. Deputies say they're conducting the training after an Arkansas realtor went missing after going to show a home to a possible client. She was found dead several days later after being abducted. The class is free and will soon be available to the public. To sign up or for more information call 864-6600.
Police in Bell County began serving warrants on more than two dozen people in a drug roundup Wednesday. Officials say the arrests stem from a year-long investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs conducted by the Kentucky State Police, working with the Cumberland River Drug Task Force and the Pineville Police Department. Police say all of the 26 suspects face at least one count of drug trafficking.
Here is a list of 18 people arrested Wednesday provided by KSP.
1. Frankie Gambrel, 53, of Pineville charged with 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree 1st offense.
2. Anthony Cooke, 39, of Pineville charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree and 2nd degree.
3. Charles Owens, 41, of Pineville charged with 2 counts of trafficking controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense and 3 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree.
4. Hershel Knuckles, 43, of Beverly charged with 4 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
5. Andre Cloud, 33, of Pineville charged with 3 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
6. Amy Eldridge, 41, of Pineville charge with 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 1st degree and 4 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
7. Christopher Miracle, 28, of Pineville charged with 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree.
8. James Shipley, 53, of Pineville charged with 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense, 3 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree 1st offense, 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree 1st offense (drug unspecified)
9. Anthony Cloud, 54, of Pineville charged with 2 counts of trafficking controlled substance 1st degree and 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
10. Jerome Fergerson, 38, of Pineville charged with 3 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
11. Connie Rutherford, 56, of Pineville charged with trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
12. Jeremiah Fleming, 36, of Middlesboro charged with 2 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree and 1 count of trafficking controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school
13. Steven, Turner, 40, of Pineville charged with 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 1st degree and 4 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
14. Samuel Partin JR, 35, of Tazewell TN charged with 3 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
15. Jenny Carnes, 44, of Pineville charged with 3 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
16. Donald Lingar, 39, of Fourmile, charged with 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
17. Brownell Partin, 61, of Middlesboro charged with 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree
18. Gary Wilson, 52, of Pineville charged with 2 counts of trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree and 1 count of trafficking controlled substance 1st degree
A record number of Kentucky voters have registered, for November's general election. The Secretary of State's office says more than 3.1 million people are now registered to vote. That beats the previous election record, which was set in May. State leaders say nearly 42,000 new voters have registered, since then. They also say around 53% of Kentucky voters are registered as Democrats, while 39% are Republicans and only 8% identify as other.
The Lexington Herald Leader is reporting two London based cardiologists will pay $380,000 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act. Officials with The Department of Justice claim the duo owned Cumberland Clinic and entered into sham agreements with St. Joseph Hospital. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the deal with Satyabrata Chatterjee and Ashwini Anand Tuesday. A news release said the two did not admit liability as part of the deal. Under those agreements, investigators say they were paid to provide management services. They also claim the pair entered into an exclusive agreement with the hospital to refer the clinic's patients to the hospital for services in violation of the Stark Law. St. Joseph previously settled claims with the government in a 16.5 million dollar deal.
A traffic stop in Knox County led to four arrests. An officer says he stopped a truck on Standard Avenue in Corbin. While he was searching the car, he says he found two backpacks in the bed of the truck. Following further investigation, both were filled with items to make meth. The driver, 32 year old Brian Smith and passengers 33 year old Casey Smith, 31 year old Pamela Hensley and 27 year old Anthony Martin all face manufacturing meth charges and possession of meth precursor charges.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says a Georgia man charged with assaulting a woman has told deputies he thought she didn't match the description she had given on the Internet. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo says 33-year-old Cornelius Jefferson of Monroe, Georgia moved to Laurel County to be with the woman, whom he had met online. Acciardo says the documentation for the assault charge didn't say how the woman described herself online or what Jefferson thought she should be. Acciardo says Jefferson choked the woman, threw food on her and then left with his suitcases. The woman's identity was not released. Deputies arrested Jefferson about seven miles north of London. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
This is the main breeding season for whitetail deer, and Kentucky officials say the last three months of the year is responsible for about half of the wrecks involving deer. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Department's Gabe Jenkins says drivers should take into consideration the time of day and surroundings as they travel. He says deer are most active around dawn and dusk as they look for mates. Jenkins says swerving to miss a deer may confuse the animal so only steer to avoid hitting a deer if it can be done safely. Also, wear a seat belt and pay attention to yellow highway signs identifying deer crossing hot spots. Last year, 2,985 vehicle-deer collisions were reported.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is trying to track down an armed man accused of trying to break into a woman's apartment. It happened around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Corbin Manor Apartments. Deputies say a man with a handgun was beating on the back door of a woman's apartment. Deputies said the man wanted to take the woman's children. When officers arrived, the man took off towards some woods near the apartment. The woman told deputies she didn't know the man. The man is described as about six feet tall and around 180 pounds with a dark complexion. He had long, red hair that was pulled up into a ponytail and a long beard. If you have any information contact the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864–6600 or 878–7000. Callers may remain anonymous.