The Somerset Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in Kentucky authorized to use unmanned aircraft. Captain Shannon Smith said thier primary platform is taking aerial photos with it. Authorized by the FAA, Captain Smith says the three pound, $1,800 drone is limited to only 400 feet up in the air. The drone's battery life only allows for about 20 minutes of flight. Smith says while some people may think otherwise, it will not be used to violate privacy and will only be used on a case by case basis. He says the drone's first flight should come sometime late next month.
More information is coming to the surface in a Clay County murder. The Clay County sheriff says 24 year old Trevor Dykes was shot multiple times Monday morning in the Goose Rock community as he was leaving his home for work. Family members say Dykes was a father who was passionate about working on cars at Hot Rods Service Center. Sheriff Kevin Johnson says they are looking into whether Dykes was targeted because of a child custody case. Johnson says they are interviewing several people of interest but had not arrested anyone yet. He says he hopes to file charges soon.
The Kentrucky State Police report a traffic safety checkpoint on Highway 72 in Bell County ended up leading troopers on a chase and an officer injured. Troopers say a truck accelerated through the checkpoint and attempted to strike the two officers. A press release from Post 10 said the driver of the truck, Basil Gilpin, turned out to have an active warrant for his arrest. Gilpin had a female passenger with him. Troopers took off after the truck and chased it until it left the road down into a railroad embankment. Gilpin and his passenger then took off on foot. Trooper Josh Messer sustained a non-life threatening injury during the foot pursuit. He was airlifted to the UT Medical Center.
Somerset Police report a Pulaski County woman is accused of crashing her truck into a motorcycle while under the influence. Officers say 35-year-old Amber Scales faces five felony charges for the crash on Highway 27. It happened in front of the Center for Rural Development. Police say the motorcycle hit the car in front of it. A 19-year-old passenger was sent to the hospital for surgery. Police say Scales was also driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash.
A Knox County Grand Jury has indicted an ambulance driver for a deadly accident. Investigators say 25 year old Kevin French, was allegedly operating an ambulance "while under the influence of intoxicants" last August on U.S. 25 when he hit 14 year old Sampson Callender and two of his friends. Police say Callender and his friends were riding their bikes in the median of U.S. 25 before the wreck. Callender was killed. The two other teens were treated for non-life threatening injuries. French faces four counts. The first count is second-degree manslaughter. The second and third counts are second-degree assault for hitting the other teens with the ambulance. The fourth count is speeding. The indictment says French was driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office is reporting a man was shot and killed in Clay County Monday morning. It happened near the Goose Rock Elementary School. Officers say they got on the scene a little after 8:00 a.m. Clay County Coroner Danny Finley says 24-year-old Trevor Dykes is dead. Sheriff Kevin Johnson reports deputies are interviewing a person of interest. No other information is available at this time.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies arrested a man wanted in Knox County on robbery, wanton endangerment and assault charges. On July 17th loss prevention officials at Belk Department Store in Corbin allegedly caught 30 year old Anthony Sizemore shoplifting. As Sizemore was fleeing the scene he allegedly shoved an elderly woman outside knocking her to the ground injuring her ankle and shoulder. When the loss prevention officer and a customer approached Sizemore outside his vehicle, he threatened them with a semi automatic type gun he pulled out of his waistband. He then drove off in a van. Officers developed information on Sizemores location and found him behind a business building off Keavy road. After a short foot chase Sizemore was taken into custody. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
U.S. 25 E was shut down for hours over the weekend near Pineville due to a crash involving an ATV and car. Police say two helicopters were called to the crash site. The crash happened on U.S. 119 in front of First State Financial Bank. They say the ATV pulled out in front of the car and into the path of another car. The two people on the ATV were thrown from it. Both were flown to the hospital. The driver of the car was not injured. They closed U.S. 25 E to make a helicopter landing zone. The names of those involved were not reported.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone stole a utility trailer from the East Bernstadt Volunteer Fire Department. The theft happened early Saturday morning. The trailer was parked at the East Bernstadt Fire Department station and is described as a red 6'x16' utility trailer. It's missing it's front rails and has a fold down gate with 'East Bernstadt Fire Department' spray-painted on the floor. Officials say the fire department couldn't respond to a rescue call Saturday because of the missing trailer. Another agency was able to respond in their place. Surveillance photos show a suspect vehicle leaving with the trailer. Anyone with information regarding the suspect vehicle or persons involved in the theft is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.
A federal judge has sentenced a Clay County man to life in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs that caused the death of another person, the first such case in Kentucky. Terry Smith, age 54, will go to prison for the rest of his life following his sentencing in federal court in Lexington. Federal prosecutors say Smith distributed a controlled substance that resulted in the death of Patty Smallwood in 2011. Smith's wife, Gerry Smith, will spend 90 months in prison for conspiring with her husband and others to distribute Oxycodone. Federal prosecutors said Terry Smith sponsored Smallwood and others to travel out-of-state to a Georgia pain clinic to get prescriptions for Oxycodone. Smith then paid them to fill the prescriptions at a Manchester pharmacy. Smallwood overdosed on four times the therapeudic level of Oxycodone. This case marks the first time in Kentucky that a life sentence was imposed in an overdose death case involving prescription drugs.