Fireworks are a central part of 4th of July celebrations, but the National Fire Protection Association attributes nearly 20,000 fires a year to firework misuse. Every year, new fireworks are invented, and with those new inventions come new ways to be cautious. Some safety measures seem redundant, like always supervising children when they are using fireworks, or never smoking cigarettes around unlit fireworks, other measures can go overlooked. Officials say fireworks should always be fired off from concrete or black top. They advise people to never shoot from the grass and always find level ground. They say to always keep a bucket of water around or a water hose and never try to relight a dud. Leave it in place for 20 minutes before you touch it, then douse it with water or drop it in a bucket of water. Officials say that you should always hold things like sparklers and roman candles at least a foot away from your body and never point them at other people. Firework sales are restricted to those ages 18 and up. The NFPA says that children ages 0-4 are at the highest risk of firework related injury.
Manchester Police are reporting a man is facing several charges after a high-speed chase over the weekend. 20 year old Ralph Hall Jr was arrested Saturday night. Police say they first noticed Hall riding a dirt bike on Memorial Drive. Reportedly when Hall saw the police, he sped off. Police say they tried to stop Hall, but he drove through an apartment complex where several people were in the parking lot. Officers eventually boxed him in and took him into custody. Hall was charged with fleeing and evading, wanton endangerment and reckless driving among others.
People from all across the region gathered in McKee on Friday afternoon to honor those who have served, are serving, and will serve, in the United States armed forces. The memorial lists the names of service men and women in Jackson county dating all the way back to the early 1900's. A large group came together to pay their respects. County judge executives, Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen and World War II veteran Earl Coffey were in attendance. Jackson County Judge Executive Shane Gabbard was moved by the large group that came out to witness the ceremony saying it was a spotlight event. The Monument took about four years to build and cost "six-figures" to construct. It was funded by both donations, and coal severance funds.
More detailes are imerging from a deadly crash that killed six people in Tennessee. Police now say a Kentucky truck driver was involved. They say 39 year old Benjamin Brewer of London wasn't able to stop his semi-truck in a construction zone and slammed into eight other vehicles. Investigators say six people, including two children, were killed. Brewer was not injured. The crash happened Thursday night on I-75 in Chattanooga. Police say they've interviewed Brewer and they're still working to figure out why his truck wasn't able to stop.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a man is accused of carrying items to make meth. Deputies arrested 29-year-old Andrew Barton. Barton reportedly crashed his moped on Henry Barton Road on May 18th. They then found a backpack full of items used to make meth. Barton was taken to the hospital because of safety issues surrounding the meth, and was not taken to jail. He now faces a manufacturing meth charge.
The name of the woman killed on a scooter in Bell County has been identified. 46-year-old Deanna Miller was confirmed dead at Middlesboro ARH, shortly following a crash on 31st Street in Middlesboro. Miller was traveling south on 31st street on a scooter when she collided head-on with a truck driven by 43-year-old Arvil Anderson of Middlesboro. Middlesboro Police believe Miller crossed into the opposite side of the road, where Anderson attempted to veer away, but collided. The case remains under investigation.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting several arrests on Felts School Road this week after an investigation. Those arrested were: Dewayne Mills, age 45, was charged on a parole violation warrant, Theresa Jarvis, age 52, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication, and warrants out of Laurel, Whitely and Knox Counties, Crystal L. Edwards, age 36, charged on a Laurel County warrant and Eddie D. Hoskins, age 35, charged on a Knox County warrant. All were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a London man on shoplifting and theft by deception charges. Wal-Mart's loss prevention team allegedly observed 30 year old Jonathan D. Dawson attempting to wear a new pair of shoes out of the store without paying for them. Dawson had apparently put the new shoes on and then attempted to check out and pay for some other merchandise with a counter check. The total of the merchandise that he was trying to purchase was $622.61. Dawson admitted to deputies he knew the check was no good. Dawson was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies were called out to a home on Echo Valley Road on a domestic violence complaint. Upon arrival, they found two female victims, mother and daughter. They said they had been assaulted by the 45 year old Darren Eldridge. Eldridge is the estranded husband and father of the two. The mother said Eldridge shoved her and the daughter said her father grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground. Both had visible signs of abuse. Eldridge was found and arrested charged with Assault - Domestic Violence. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The Kentucky State Police are reporting a missing Rockcastle County man has been found alive. 77 year old Gerald Chandler walked away from his home in Livingston on Tuesday. Troopers didn't have any other details on his condition or how he was found.