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Letcher federal prison gets tentative go-ahead

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A proposal to build a medium-security federal prison and prison camp in Letcher County is one step closer to becoming a reality, following an environmental review by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced that development on Friday. He said the BOP has indicated it plans to move forward with the project. The congressman applauded the news, which he said could mean a boost for the local economy. “Building a medium-security prison and camp in Letcher County will add more than 300 jobs in our region, employing people from surrounding counties, and providing other […]

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Man charged with assaulting daughter at basketball game

Robert Jerome WarrenPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Mingo County man was arrested after police say he assaulted his daughter at a high school basketball game. Robert Jerome Warren, 48, of Williamson, was at Pike County Central High School for the 60th District tournament Tuesday night, when police say the attack happened. The arrest warrant says police have video of Warren dragging and pushing his daughter into a stairwell, then putting her in a corner in the stairwell and telling her not to move. The warrant goes on the say he then put his hand around her throat and choked her, then struck her […]

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Letcher drug suspect arrested on more charges

Coy Lee JohnsonNEON, Ky. — A Letcher County man currently under indictment in a pair of drug cases is back in trouble once again, after police raided his home following an undercover operation to buy drugs from him. Coy Lee Johnson, 55, of Neon, was arrested last Friday evening, after officers searched his home. Police obtained a search warrant after an undercover informant allegedly bought 1.5 grams of meth from Johnson on one occasion, and 2 grams on a second. During Friday’s search, police seized meth, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. Johnson is now charged with meth and fentanyl trafficking and possession of […]

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Pike psychiatrist signals he is ready to plead guilty in federal drug case

Jason Noah StamperPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pikeville psychiatrist currently under federal indictment for allegedly distributing drugs without a legitimate medical purpose now appears ready to enter a plea. Jason Noah Stamper, 52, of Coal Run Village, was arrested in December of 2022, after authorities raided his home and office. At that time, he was charged with drug trafficking and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia in Pike District Court. The following May, a federal grand jury indicted him on four counts of distributing amphetamine, a charge which carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. Although he was initially allowed […]

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McConnell to step down as his party’s leader in the Senate

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnellWASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been his party’s leader in the Senate for nearly 20 years, will step down from that position in November. “To serve Kentucky in the Senate has been the honor of my life.  To lead my Republican colleagues has been my highest privilege,” McConnell said in an emotional speech on the Senate floor. “But one of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter. So, I stand before you today, Mr. President and my colleagues, to say that this will be my […]

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