Former Pikeville Attorney Flees Country Before Sentenced on Fraud Charges

June 26, 2017

Eric Conn says he has no plans to return to the United States after fleeing the country before being sentenced on fraud charges. The former Pikeville attorney was supposed to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to charges related to defrauding the government. In email transactions with the Lexington Herald-Leader, a man claiming to be Conn said that he left the country with a fake passport the day after removing a monitoring device. He says he took the time during his home detention to learn two foreign languages, and he got a job in a country that does not have an extraction agreement with the United States. 

 

 

Alpha Man Jailed after High-Speed Boat Chase

June 26, 2017

A high-speed boat chase landed an Alpha man behind bars over the weekend. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials say 25-year-old Kyle Matthews was driving his boat recklessly on Saturday (June 24). The officers turned on their emergency lights to approach the boat, but Matthews hit the gas, nearly colliding with several boats and finally hitting an officer’s boat. He is charged in Russell County with DUI, resisting arrest, and other charges. 

 

 

Boyd County Man Jailed

June 26, 2017

A 54-year old Boyd county man is in jail on drug charges after he allegedly sold heroin and cocaine to Boyd County Deputies. After the buy, deputies got a warrant to search the home of Paul Crisp, where they found more drugs, including oxycodone, along with some cash. Crisp was injured while resisting arrest, and was taken to the hospital to be treated for those injuries before being booked into jail. 

 

 

Elderly Man Missing in Wise County, Virginia

June 26, 2017

The Wise County Virginia Sheriff’s office is looking for an 80-year-old man who was reported missing late last week. Billy Joe Miller was last seen Thursday at a home on Orby Cantrell Highway in Wise. Mr. Miller has medical conditions that require medication, and he suffers from dementia. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, khaki pants with suspenders, and a white hat. He drives a maroon Ford Ranger. 

 

 

New Legislation Concerning School Board Members

June 26, 2017

Several new laws go into effect in the Commonwealth starting on Friday (June 30). The state’s constitution requires newly passed legislation to go into effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session. Among the new laws, House Bill 277 allows individuals to serve on a local school board if they have an aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law working for the school district. State law had banned anyone with those relatives that work for the district from serving on the school board because of a potential conflict of interest. One still cannot serve on a local school board if they have a mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, or daughter working for the district.