Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 22, 2013

Local in brief: 5/23/13

Staff reports
The Independent

MOREHEAD — Hung jury ends murder trial

MOREHEAD - A Rowan Circuit Court jury deliberated six hours here Tuesday before reporting it was hopelessly deadlocked in the case of Dallas Carpenter, 60, of Emerson in Lewis County, who was on trial for murder in the May 2010 traffic deaths of a Clearfield couple.

A mistrial was declared, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronnie Goldy said he intends to retry Carpenter in the deaths of Roy Boyd, 89, and Lena Boyd, 91.

It was reported the jurors were 11-1 for conviction but unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Morehead police said Carpenter’s blood alcohol level was .21 when he hit the Boyd vehicle on Flemingsburg Road near Clinic Drive.

A level of .08 is considered impaired in Kentucky.

Police also claimed Carpenter was driving 24 miles an hour over the speed limit when his pickup truck struck the Boyds.

Auditions slated next week

ASHLAND - The Paramount Players will have auditions for “Back to the ’80s, The Totally Awesome Musical” at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Auditions are open to those 12 through adult. Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars from a pop or musical theater song with sheet music; accompanist or karaoke CD track will be provided.

Those auditioning also will be asked to learn a dance combination and read from the script. A large cast of all types is needed for the comedy featuring 30 hit songs from the 1980s. Rehearsals will begin immediately and production week is July 29 through Aug. 3.

For more information,  email melanie@paramountartscenter.com.

2 movies set at library

ASHLAND - The Boyd County Public Library will host two free movie showings in the next week.

The first is “Jack Reacher,” a 2012 action thriller, which will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kyova branch at the Kyova Mall. The film, rated PG-13, stars Tom Cruise as a police officer investigating a military sniper turned serial killer.

The second movie is “Parental Guidance,” which is the May Girls’ Night Out feature. The movie, rated PG, is about grandparents whose old-fashioned methods clash with their grandchildren’s 21st century behavior. It will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the main branch, 1740 Central Ave.

For a full movie schedule, visit any branch of the library or thebookplace.org.

South Shore man facing charges

WHEELERSBURG - A Greenup County man is being held without bond in the Scioto County Jail for failure to appear in court.

Jeffery Thacker, 32, of Beechy Creek Road, South Shore, was arrested last week on a charge of petty theft. Four charges of felony theft from an incident involving break-ins into four vehicles at a home supply store will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury, according to Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini.

The victims told authorities several thousand dollars of tools were stolen from their vehicles while they were in the store, according to a news release.

Detectives obtained video from the store’s security cameras prior to the arrest.

The thefts were similar to ones in 2012 which led detectives to believe it was the same suspect, according to the release.

Free skin cancer screenings set

RUSSELL - Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital will offer free skin cancer screenings May 31 and June 4 for National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The May 31 screenings will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the OLBH Women’s Center, on the ground floor of Bellefonte Centre. The June 4 screenings will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Bellefonte Primary Care Center in Grayson.

MEETINGS

Today

Wurtland Elementary School council, 4 p.m.