Dark Wings owner turns herself in
ASHLAND - The owner of an Ashland novelty shop raided by police earlier this month for allegedly selling synthetic drugs turned herself into authorities on Friday, according to Ashland Police Department Maj. Todd Kelley.
Yvonda Nichols, 56, was charged with one count of use and investment of drug-related income, a Class D felony that carries a one- to five-year prison sentence.
The charge stems from the seizure of suspected synthetic drugs and other items from Nichols’ store, Dark Wings Novelties in the 500 block of 29th Street. APD officers converged on the business the evening of Feb. 13 and executed a search warrant. A large quantity of suspected synthetic marijuana was seized, along with a small amount of marijuana, cash and a 9 mm handgun.
Nichols was released on $5,000 bail.
2 charged with drug trafficking
ASHLAND - Two Ironton women were arrested Thursday after they allegedly sold pills to an undercover informant.
Mary E. McCann, 55, and Bonnie J. Triplett, 59, were lodged in the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, charged with first-degree drug trafficking. McCann also was charged with first-degree drug possession, according to the department.
The undercover transaction occurred at the Winchester Avenue McDonald’s, the department said. Deputies stopped the women as they were leaving the restaurant and recovered additional pills and cash.
Police department topic of meeting
WURTLAND - The Wurtland City Commission will meet in special session at 1 p.m. Sunday for first reading of Ordinance 1, 2013, abolishing the police department.
The second reading will be at 5 p.m. Monday.
Local McDonald’s closes for rebuild
RUSSELL - The McDonald’s at 150 Russell Road will close today in anticipation of a rebuild.
The new restaurant is expected to be open around the first of June and will have a double drive-through. More information about the new restaurant will be available in coming months.
District Cup today at Summit school
SUMMIT - Local elementary schools will gather today to take part in district Governor’s Cup Competition, an academic event sponsored by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition.
Participating schools are Cannonsburg, Ponderosa, Rose Hill and Summit.
Governor’s Cup features eight events, including quick recall, the only one open to the public. Quick recall will begin at 11 a.m.
District winners advance to Governor’s Cup regional competition at Russell on March 23.
Lewis County student arrested
VANCEBURG - A student at Lewis County High School has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats.
The Lewis County sheriff said the arrest was the result of an alleged threat at the school Thursday morning. The sheriff’s office received information a male student was reportedly going to bring a gun to school.
During the investigation, deputies learned the student was actually going to bring an M-80 firecracker to school and detonate it. M-80s are a large class of firecrackers illegal to possess.
Following his arrest, the juvenile, whose name was not released, was taken to the Boyd County Detention Center.
Feds: Man posed as mine electrician
PIKEVILLE - An eastern Kentucky man has been indicted in federal court for posing as a mine electrician while working at a Letcher County underground mine.
An indictment in U.S. District Court in Pikeville said James A. Cress was working for the Cumberland River Coal Co. at the Blue Ridge No. 1 Mine as an electrician from May 2009 to July 2010. It said Cress presented himself to the company as a certified electrician though he was not.
Cress, of Totz in Harlan County, is facing 19 counts for violations of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Act. The indictment said he initialed record books indicating he had examined or tested equipment at the mine.
Cress is facing up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines if convicted on the charges.
Dark Wings owner turns herself in
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Towboat workers exposed to toxic chemical
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3 indicted in horse shootings
A Boyd County grand jury has indicted three in connection with the shootings of several horses earlier this year.
Government requests imposition of sentences in motorcycle theft ring case
Federal prosecutors have filed a motion requesting that two Ashland men convicted nearly a year ago in a case involving an interstate motorcycle theft ring be sentenced “without further delay.”
Ashland man charged with violating graves
An Ashland man has been charged with grave violation for allegedly stealing brass flower vases from graves in Rose Hill Cemetery, destroying them and selling them for scrap.
Options for Russell zip code change
Seven families living on a short stretch of McCown Street have at least a couple options after the U.S. Postal Service changes their zip code and starts delivering their mail from the Flatwoods post office.
Big Sandy Idol ends with tie — winners crowned
The competition was so great, there couldn’t be one winner of the Big Sandy Idol regional competition.
Local woman’s cookbook No. 1 in South on Kindle
Rebecca Revely never considered herself an author, but her cookbook, “Cooking with Mom,” has started out with a bang on Kindle.
The 33-year-old mother of three self-published the book on March 8, and as of Monday morning it was the No. 1 bestseller in American South Cooking.
Woman reports husband threatened her with gun
A woman living in the 2500 block of Hackworth Street on Friday reported her husband grabbed her by the hair, pointed a pistol at her face and made threats against her life because he was upset over the couple’s pending divorce.
News in brief, 03/11/14
According to a news release from Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice’s office, the following defendants were sentenced Friday in Boyd Circuit Court:
ACT rescheduled for Ky. high school seniors
High school juniors in northeast Kentucky and in most districts across the state will take the ACT test March 18, a day that was supposed to be the makeup date.
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