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High-speed pursuit of local man leads to crash
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

On Jan. 9, Kentucky State Police Trooper Paul Johnson tried to initiate a traffic stop in Floyd County for improper registration and plates on a Johnson County man when the suspect fled in his vehicle kicking off a high-speed chase.
The pursuit wove all over the roadway before turning onto Ky. Rt. 1100 and picked up speed, winding through residential areas at speeds up to 70 miles per hour and driving on the wrong side of the road, ignoring Johnson’s orders to stop. According to Johnson, there is a section of Ky. Rt. 1100 that is closed to through traffic for road repair and the suspect went through that closure, and over the damaged road, partially leaving the roadway, which prompted Johnson’s vehicle to wreck. “My side panel received damage to the front passenger side wheel, the front and rear bumper covers and the undercarriage after the roadway opened back up,” said Johnson. The wreck caused more than $5,000 damage to the cruiser.

Grand Jury hands down 19 indictments

By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Johnson County Grand Jury handed down 19 indictments ranging from burglary, theft, trafficking in controlled substances, fraud, assault, criminal mischief, and flagrant non-support.
Timothy Hall, 23, of Staffordsville was charged with criminal mischief in the 1st degree by damaging property owned by the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center with damage totaling $1,325.11. Hall faces a penalty of 1 to 5 years and a fine of no more than $10,000. Hall was also charged with an enhancement charge of persistent felony offender in the 2nd degree.

Shooting rampage in Stambaugh
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

On Friday, Jan. 13, around 10:30 p.m. the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call that an unidentified intoxicated subject was in route from Morgan County to a home in Stambaugh.
Johnson County Deputy Brad Caldwell stated that Arnold Dickerson was home during the attack as several bullets were shot into his house and property.

Elderly man assaulted in home invasion

By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

On Friday evening Johnson County Clerk Sallee Holbrook received a call that sent fear through her heart as she was told that her father had been beaten and robbed in his own home.
At 6:21 p.m. Friday, the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, Kentucky State Police, and Paintsville EMS were called out to Leander after Wallace Conley, 80, was brutally beaten and robbed in his residence.

Porter receives 48 months
Robert Porter, former mayor of Paintsville, was sentenced yesterday at the federal courthouse in Pikeville.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Former Paintsville Mayor Robert Porter was sentenced to 48 months incarceration followed by two years of probation and a fine of $4,000 to be paid over two years on Thursday at the Pikeville Federal Court building. Judge Danny Reeves, 6th District U.S. Judge also stipulated that Porter would undergo substance abuse counseling during his incarceration and that he would need to abstain from alcohol as a term of his probation.
Porter’s attorney Mark Wohlander opened with a brief statement that his argument for leniency had been made in the pre-sentencing report that has been since been sealed.

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