Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 10, 2013

Local briefs: 1/11/13

Staff reports
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OLIVE HILL — Threat prompts school lockdown

OLIVE HILL - West Carter High School went into lockdown for about an hour Thursday after a threat was found written in a textbook.

The threat, which was written in the front of a book and had Thursday’s date on it, indicated there was a weapon in a locker, authorities said.

Police searched the school, but no weapons were found. The lockdown went into effect about 12:30 p.m. and was lifted about 1:30 p.m.

The school also went into lockdown on Wenesday over a bomb threat.

4 arrested in South Point area

SOUTH POINT - Secret indictments returned by a Lawrence County, Ohio, grand jury resulted in four arrests on drug charges this week in the South Point area.

The indictments stemmed from investigations by the Lawrence County Drug & Major Crimes Task Force, according to a news release from the office of Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson.

Holly Ployer, 32, and Stephanie Tucker, 35, were arrested Wednesday on feony drug trafficking charges, Anderson said.

On Tuesday, Danny Jones, 27, and Rachel Jones, 28, were arrested at the Grandview Inn on U.S. 52, where they had been residing, according to Anderson. During the course of the arrests, police discovered two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen from Huntington in 2005. Authorities also seized 83 oxycodone pills with an approximate street value of $2,490, Anderson said.

Free flu shots will be offered

GRAYSON - Because of the increased level of flu activity, the Little Sandy District Health Department will offer free flu shots for the remainder of January or until the current stock is depleted.

For an appointment, call  departments in Grayson, Olive Hill or Sandy Hook.

Fairview open house Monday

WESTWOOD - The Fairview Board of Education will host an open house at the high school at 4:30 p.m. Monday before its 5:30 meeting to decide the fate of a utility tax.

The open house will not involve discussion or decision-making by the board; its purpose is to show district residents the condition of the high school building, board chairman John Burke said.

Family sues OSU following injury

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The family of an Ohio State University student who lost a leg when he was run over by a dump truck on campus is suing the university and others.

Freshman James Daniel Hughes, a 2012 graduate of South Point High School, was riding his bike to class on Sept. 5 when he was hit by a dump truck near the entrance to a construction site. The 18-year-old lost his right leg and suffered severe damage to his pelvis.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Hughes’ family is suing OSU, the driver of the dump truck and 10 contractors hired by OSU. The action alleges they failed to keep students safe.

OSU officials declined to talk about the lawsuit, other than to say safety remains the highest priority on campus.

Fire damages home in Greenup

GREENUP - Firefighters battled an early morning fire on Lois Avenue on Thursday.

The fire was reported just after 4:30 a.m. at a residence in the 2000 block. It was quickly brought under control and extinguished, according to dispatchers.

 Two were injured, but refused treatment at the scene, dispatchers said.

In addition to the Greenup volunteer department, crews from Wurtland were called to assist. Greenup County EMS and several police units were also on the scene.