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Man leads police on highspeed chase
WILLIAMSON — A Williamson man lead police on a high-speed chase down US-119. According to a criminal complaint, Byron Young, 39 was driving KIA Optima when he was pulled over as part of an ongoing drug investigation. During the traffic stop, Trooper Ziegler of the West Virginia State Police could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the compartment area of the vehicle.
Martin County Arrest Report
INEZ — Martin County Sheriff John Kirk’s Office reported the following arrests:. John Sammons, 46, of Prichard, West Virginia, was arrested Monday in Inez on a bench warrant for failure to make required disposition of property $1,000. Sheriff Kirk made the arrest. Casey Webb, 36, of Inez, was...
Martin County Court Docket for Nov. 28
INEZ — Judge Brett Butcher heard the following cases Nov. 28 in Martin District Court:. Mary Christian (arraignment) — No operator’s/moped license; operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license; license to be in possession; failure to produce insurance card; failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first: Pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference 1/23/24 at 10 a.m.
Pike man accused of stealing two cars from UPike students
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County man has been arrested after police say he stole two cars from students at the University of Pikeville. Pikeville Police were originally called to the second theft just after midnight on Monday, when they received a report that a car had been taken from the top floor of the Hambley Boulevard parking garage. While investigating that case, police learned that UPike Public Safety had received several reports of cars being broken into over the weekend, as well as another case of a car being stolen, only to be returned to the same parking lot a short time later.
South Williamson Food City set to open
The new Food City in South Williamson, Kentucky, will be opening Dec. 6. According to a statement from the company, the 51,330-square-foot supermarket replaces the original location, which was torn down earlier this year to make way for the construction of the new store. “We’re proud to have served the...
Woman arrested following high-speed chase
A Delbarton woman was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase earlier this week. According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 26, an officer was on routine patrol on U.S. 119 near Borderland when he spotted a vehicle in the southbound lanes traveling at a high rate of speed.
Deadly Week for Fires Across Mountain State as Five Individuals Lose their Lives in Four Separate Blazes
The past week has been a deadly one in West Virginia, as five people have lost their lives in four separate fires. The first fatality occurred Nov.29th in the town of Cabins in Grant County. The victim in that fire was a 58 year old male. WV State Fire Marshal investigators have ruled the fire as undetermined in cause but most likely accidental in nature.
Man dies in Logan County house fire
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man, 41, dead in a house fire on Dec. 3, according to the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office. The house fire happened in the town of Bruno. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined, according to the Fire Marshal. The victim...
Friends of Tug Fork River founder wants Martin County to seek funds to repair boat ramps
INEZ — Pete Runyon, founder of Friends of the Tug Fork River, wants to partner with Martin County to secure state funding during the 2024 Kentucky Legislative session to repair boat ramps at Huntleyville and Mount Sterling along Route 292 in Martin County. He attended a Martin County Fiscal Court meeting Nov. 21 and announced his hope to Judge/Executive Lon Lafferty and the magistrates.
Combating Respiratory Illnesses: Pike County's Strategy for Peak Season Preparedness
As the chill of fall sets in, signaling the advent of the respiratory illness peak season, the Pike County Health Department is placing a strong emphasis on community preparedness. The department is alerting the public to the heightened risk of pneumonia, COVID-19, influenza, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). To mitigate the spread of these diseases, they are underscoring the necessity for vaccinations, good hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and the importance of staying home when exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
WSAZ Investigates | Tragic Turn: On Course for Change
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - April 8, 2022, changed Kaylee Bannister’s life forever. “It still feels like it happened last month,” Bannister said. Bannister dropped to the floor when she got a call that her mother and grandmother were involved in an accident at the intersection of Old Logan Road and U.S. 119. Deputies said their car was hit by a truck that failed to yield the right-of-way.
Sewer board sets pumping fee
“We’re grateful for the fiscal court’s support of our sewer system. We know it stinks and we want to fix it. We’re grateful that they were able to help us and pay for that pump so we can get it repaired.” –Craig Miller, Alliance manager.
Cause of fatal fire unknown, no foul play suspected
INEZ — A tragic house fire early Friday morning on State Route 292 south of Turkey Creek in Inez resulted in the loss of two young children, 1-year-old Jason Lee Mollette and 4-year-old Greyson Marcum. A third child, age 6, and the children’s grandmother, 66-year-old Vera Hammond, narrowly escaped...
Fatal Fires in West Virginia: A Reflection of Larger Socioeconomic Challenges in Rural Fire Safety
As winter approaches, West Virginia reels from a series of fatal fires that have claimed five lives, casting a somber shadow over the festive season. These incidents, occurring between late November and early December, began with a fire in Cabins, Grant County, and extended to Burnsville in Braxton County, Wayne County, and finally Bruno in Logan County. With most causes undetermined or accidental, these tragedies underscore the urgency for heightened fire safety awareness as temperatures drop and heating needs increase.
Martin County civil suits and deeds
INEZ — Martin Circuit Clerk Denise Gauze reported the following civil suits filed in her office:. Midland Credit Management Inc. vs. Amanda Jude. Midland Credit Management Inc. vs. Carmel Cline. Riverside Apartments-Martin County Housing Authority vs. Lajeana E. Parsons. Kayla Jude vs. Charlene Horn. Mid South Capital Partners LP...
Death investigation in progress in Wayne County, W.Va.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WYMT) - A death investigation is underway in Wayne County, West Virginia, according to West Virginia State Police. A deadly shooting happened in the Dunlow community of Wayne County, along Blue Moon Hollow Road, according to a dispatcher at the West Virginia State Police post in Wayne. The...
Local business hosting Christmas drive
Cash Express in South Williamson, Kentucky, along with its numerous other local branch offices, is currently seeking donations for its 20th Annual Coal and Toy Drive. “We are pairing up with our local school programs to be a blessing to families in our communities,” a press release from Cash Express stated. “Once again we have the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else and we ask our community to join with us.”
4-year-old, 1-year-old die in eastern Kentucky house fire
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. — Two small children died in a fire in eastern Kentucky Friday, according to the Martin County Coroner's Office. The children were identified as 4-year-old Greyson Marcum and 1-year-old Jason Lee Mollette. They were pronounced dead at the scene of a Martin County fire on Tug...
Tug Valley Panthers ready to battle again
NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — The Tug Valley Panthers are ready to defend their Class A regional title and return to the state tournament in March 2024. The Panthers are coached by veteran mentor Garland “Rabbit” Thompson and are coming off an outstanding season that saw them make it to Charleston before losing in the state semi-finals. Tug Valley finished last season with an outstanding 23-4 record.
Tragic House Fire in Martin County Highlights Rural America's Fire Safety Challenges
On December 1, 2023, a serene morning in Martin County, Kentucky, turned tragic when a house fire on Tug River Road claimed the lives of two young children. The Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville responded to the incident, with the Inez Volunteer Fire Department and others at the scene. The children, 4-year-old Greyson Marcum and 1-year-old Jason Lee Mollette, were found deceased, leading to an investigation headed by Detective Joseph Coleman. While the community grapples with this loss, the cause of the fire remains under investigation, with no suspicion of foul play.