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Testimony comes to conclusion Friday for federal trial
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The trial against Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville continued on Friday, Sept 23 at the United States Courthouse in London with the prosecution continuing to call witnesses.
The trial reconvened with the testimony of David Blankenship, attorney for the Paintsville Utilities Commission. He testified to the jury the process by which legal actions pursued delinquent accounts on behalf of the City of Paintsville upon the recommendation from the Utilities Commission.

Mayor found guilty
Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

After closing statements yesterday afternoon, the jury in the case of the United States vs. Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville, deliberated for four hours before returning with a guilty verdict on counts one, two and four of the superseding indictment. The jury was released after rendering their verdict. A sentencing hearing has been set by Judge Danny C. Reeves, United States District Judge, for Jan. 12, 2017 at the federal courthouse in Pikeville.
Counts one and two are, “… misapplication of property, in reference to at least $5,000 for the payment of various Mayor’s personal expenses and utilities usage that was allowed to go unpaid, which money and property was in the care, custody and control of the city and Paintsville Utilities, all in violation of 18 U.S.C §§666(1)(A) and 2.” Porter faced this charge along with former Paintsville Utilities manager Larry Herald, who had been convicted in July on charges of lying to the FBI during the course of the investigation.

Grand Jury indicts 14
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

A Johnson County grand jury handed down 20 indictments for 14 people last week on a number of charges ranging from trafficking in meth, assault, possession of controlled substance, burglary, fraudulent use of credit card, theft by unlawful taking and flagrant non-support.
Diana Gatewood, 25, of Paintsville and Brittany Music, 21, of Paintsville were each indicted on drug trafficking charges. According to court documents both Gatewood and Music were trafficking in two or less grams of methamphetamine in the 1st degree. Diana Hackworth, 44, of Staffordsville, along with Roy Keith Allen, 38, of Salyersville were indicted on complicity charges of trafficking in two or less grams of methamphetamine in the 1st degree.

U.S. vs. Robert Porter
Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville, and his attorney Mark A. Wohlander depart the federal courthouse in London after the first day of his trial.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A 12-person jury heard opening remarks on Wednesday of the criminal trial of Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville at the Federal Courthouse in London.
Overseen by Judge Danny C. Reeves, United States District Judge, seven women and six men listened as Ken Taylor, assistant U.S. attorney presented his opening remarks of the case, “Robert Porter as mayor of Paintsville misused his authority to use the perks and benefits of his office to which he was not entitled,” said Taylor.

Paintsville’s Interapt paves the way for eastern Kentucky’s future
BSCTC Mayo Campus in Paintsville hosted the ribbon cutting of the Interapt classrooms on Monday. Interapt is a Louisville-based technology company partnering with the college to provide technology training and jobs to eastern Kentucky.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Mayo Campus in Paintsville was the location yesterday for the ribbon cutting of Interapt, a technology based firm out of Louisville.
Interapt is collaborating with the eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) and Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to launch the TechHire Eastern Kentucky Program at BSCTC. The company-based training program is starting with a class of 50 students to teach them computer coding and technology development. Once completed, these coders will be offered jobs with the company. They will be working on projects such as healthcare documentation consolidation and tracking, of app development for human resources, and Google Glass integration with manufacturing industries.

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