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Former psychiatrist sentenced to prison

Jason Noah StamperPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A former Pikeville psychiatrist has been ordered to spend more than two years in prison, for illegally prescribing ADHD medications to patients without a legitimate medical need. Jason Noah Stamper, 52, pleaded guilty in March to a single count of distributing amphetamine. In his plea agreement, he admitted to improperly prescribing Ritalin and Adderall to an undercover DEA agent, after the agent asked for something to give him “a kick in the britches.” On Monday, U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves ordered him to serve 32 months in prison. In his sentencing order, the judge recommended that he […]

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Inez man charged with desecrating religious object

Devin MorrisINEZ, Ky. — Police have arrested a Martin County man who they say was one of three people responsible for setting fire to a religious display last month. The incident happened June 7 on the God’s Promise Trail in Inez. Police say the trio set fire to a prayer altar on the trail. On Monday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Devin Morris, 24, for the crime. Morris is also accused of climbing a radio tower to take a camera and throw it over the hill. He is now charged with a felony count of willfully setting a fire to […]

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Suspect arrested after running from police, jumping into Pikeville Pond

Nicholas RitchiePIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pikeville man who called police to report a stolen bicycle ended up leading officers on a chase, after they discovered he was wanted on a pair of warrants. Nicholas Ritchie, 33, called to report the theft around 10:30 p.m. Monday. But when the responding officer ran his information, he discovered Ritchie was wanted for failing to pay a fine in Harrison County and a probation violation in Pike County. When the officer informed him that he was being placed under arrest, Ritchie reportedly first said, “Okay, that’s fine, man,” then allegedly took off running, pulling a […]

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Attorney’s murder trial ends in hung jury

Donald Kyle DeskinsPIKEVILLE, Ky. — The murder trial of a former assistant Pike County attorney has ended without a decision. Donald Kyle Deskins, 55, of Kimper, had been accused of killing his wife, Judith, in April 2021, then concealing evidence of the crime. He was indicted last August on single count of murder and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. But after deliberating, jurors informed special Judge Alison Wells, of Perry County, that they were hopelessly deadlocked. Attorneys will return to court next month to discuss where the case goes from here.

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N.C. woman arrested for child endangerment in Pikeville

Jamie WoodPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A North Carolina woman was arrested Friday night, after police found her stopped in the roadway, apparently under the influence, with two small children in the car. Pikeville Police received a call around 9 p.m. Friday, reporting the woman for possibly being under the influence and blocking traffic. They found Jamie Wood, 46, of Granite Falls, N.C., sitting in her car, which was parked in front on the Redd, Brown and Williams office on North Mayo Trail, blocking both lanes of traffic. Police say Wood appeared to be unable to sit still or control her arm movements, […]

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