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Police call off dangerous chase, catch drug trafficking suspects later

Ahmad Moore, Navaeh Twitty and Dean BlairSHELBIANA, Ky. — One week after a high-speed chase involving out-of-state suspects ended with a fatal crash in Wise County, a similar chase in Eastern Kentucky ended without injury. State troopers attempted to pull over a Kia Optima in Prestonsburg just after 4:30 a.m. Thursday, only to have the car speed away instead. The vehicle traveled south on U.S. 23 at speeds over 120 miles an hour. At Ivel, police saw someone toss a package out of the car. Officers later retrieved the tossed package and found it to contain between 3 and 4 lbs. of meth inside, along with […]

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Burglary investigation results in five arrests

David Bowling, Jessica Wells, Joshua Maggard, Robert Hollon and Paxton MaddenWHITESBURG, Ky. — A Letcher County property was burglarized repeatedly over a period of two months, resulting in the property owner installing a trail camera. As a result, five people were arrested Sunday in connection with the incidents. The property owner contacted Kentucky State Police about the burglaries, which resulted in the theft of a pickup truck, an ATV and numerous other items. He then showed a state trooper pictures from a trail camera, which showed several people taking items from the property. The trooper recognized two of the people in the pictures as David Bowling, 48, and Jessica Wells, […]

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Paintsville man arrested after police find more than a pound of meth

Edward Carl RameyPAINTSVILLE, Ky. — A Johnson County man is in jail, after police raided his home and found more than a pound of meth. Kentucky State Police’s Drug Enforcement Special Investigations unit obtained a search warrant for the home of Edward Carl Ramey, 45, of Paintsville, as part of a drug investigation. During their search, KSP and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office found between 1 and 2 lbs. of meth along with several thousand dollars in cash. Ramey was arrested and charged with first-degree meth trafficking. That charge carries a sentence of 5-to-10 years in prison, if he is convicted. Ramey […]

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Lane switch begins tomorrow on Mountain Parkway

CAMPTON, Ky. — Continuing progress on the Mountain Parkway will mean a change in traffic patterns, beginning tomorrow. Eastbound and westbound traffic in Wolfe County, from Mile Marker 45 to Mile Marker 49, will switch over to the newly constructed eastbound lanes starting Wednesday, June 19.  The switch will be in place for several months to allow crews to complete bridge construction. Message boards, barricades, barrels and arrow signage will be in place to alert motorists to the change.  Drivers should reduce speeds and use caution when traveling through active work zones. Construction schedules may be adjusted due to weather […]

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Pike man charged with breaking in to dead man’s home

Nicholas PruittPHELPS, Ky. — A Pike County man is in jail after police say he broke into a dead man’s home and stole several items. An arrest warrant accuses Nicholas Pruitt, 49, of Phelps, of breaking into a home on Route 194 June 15 and taking several items, including a shotgun and string trimmer. Police say Pruitt broke the front door to gain entry to the home, and when a state trooper spotted him, he ran away. The next day, police found Pruitt at a home on Abe’s Branch, in Phelps, and arrested him for second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and fleeing […]

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