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Police: AEP scammers trick local hotel out of thousands

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Hazard Police Department warns people and businesses in the Perry County area to watch out for an American Electric Power (AEP) scam. Officials say people are receiving phone calls from people who say they are AEP employees and need to collect money to prevent electricity f

WYMT.COM - 2018-03-21 14:25:00

Race car driver dedicates top of his car to Officer Scotty Hamilton

HI HAT, Ky. (WYMT) - Memorials and donations are still pouring in from across Eastern Kentucky in honor of Officer Scotty Hamilton. Brandon Hutchinson in Hihat dedicated the top of his race car to the fallen officer by adding a decal. As you can see in the video above, the decal features an America

WYMT.COM - 2018-03-21 02:27:00

Man charged in helping Conn escape to plead guilty

A man who allegedly helped former Social Security attorney Eric C. Conn escape the country during the attorney's flight from justice is to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy in the case. Curtis Lee Wyatt, of Raccoon, is a former employee of Conn's law firm in Floyd County, court documents in th

APPALACHIAN NEWS-EXPRESS - 2018-03-20 09:00:00

Police investigate large altercation in Williamson

WILLIAMSON - Police are investigating a "large altercation" that occurred among multiple people in the 100 block of East Second Avenue early Sunday. Williamson Police Chief Grady Paul Dotson said he did not have many details on Monday, but Williamson Police Sgt. James Spence responded and was invest

LOGAN BANNER - 2018-03-20 05:01:01

48 Hours In Prestonsburg, Kentucky

It's no secret Kentucky is a hotspot for outdoor adventure. So it's a good feeling to know about the state's under-the-radar locations - the ones where foot traffic isn't quite as heavy - before the rest of the world finds out. Allow us to introduce you to Prestonsburg. Whether you're chasing more t

BLUERIDGEOUTDOORS.COM - 2018-03-21 13:13:47

Snow continues through the first full day of spring

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Our Severe Weather Alert Day continues through Wednesday as snow continues to fall. Today & TonightA Winter Weather Advisory continues for most of the region through this evening. As the low-pressure system continues to pull off to the north and east, it will continue to throw

WYMT.COM - 2018-03-21 09:48:00

Owner of stolen truck says a Facebook post helped get it back

REDFOX, Ky. (WYMT) - A gravel truck was stolen from a Knott County business Saturday but is now back where it belongs. "Some people could have not even got involved," said the owner of the Gravel Man and Excavating, Richard Carter. When Carter arrived at work and noticed the missing truck, he dec

WYMT.COM - 2018-03-20 00:35:00

Dairy Queen celebrates spring with free cones and donations

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Dairy Queen celebrated the first day of spring by giving out free ice cones to the public Tuesday. Nearly 2,000 cones are expected to be handed out in Hazard and though workers love seeing smiles as folks line up to get their ice cream, owner Eddie Moore says they also hope mo

WYMT.COM - 2018-03-21 02:05:00

Movie prop money acting as legal bills in Eastern Kentucky

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Coming to cash registers and wallets near you: movie prop bills are acting as legal tender in Eastern Kentucky. Hyden Citizens Bank made a public service announcement on their Facebook page Monday morning, warning people to watch their cash closely. The bank says movie prop bill


Police: Woman dies in pickup truck vs. mini-van crash

KIMPER, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal collision in Pike County Saturday. The crash happened on KY Route 194 East in the Kimper area. Police got the call around 12:45 a.m. Police say a pickup truck was traveling west when it entered the eastbound lane and hit a mini-van


Police seeking mother after fetus found at wastewater plant

Johnson City Police are investigating after a human fetus was found in an intake pipe at the municipal wastewater treatment facility. According to information released by the police department, workers at the sewer plant found the fetus Saturday in a pipe that flows from the area south of Science Hi


Accused Pikeville police murderer John Hall pleads not guilty

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - The man accused of shooting and killing Pikeville police officer Scotty Hamilton Tuesday night has pleaded not guilty to murder. John Hall was arraigned in Pike District Court Friday where a judge entered a not guilty plea for him. Hall was appointed a public defender, who w


Kentucky Police Warn Reporters Not to Report News Until Cops Give Them Permission-Or Face Consequences

Pikeville, Kentucky - Local media outlets are speaking out after they received emails from a state police spokesperson demanding that they wait for a press release from the police department before publishing stories about ongoing investigations, which implies that the outlets are prohibited from us


Hundreds pay respect at fallen Pikeville officer's visitation

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WKYT)- A line formed outside the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville Saturday evening as hundreds of people waited to pay their respects to fallen officer Scotty Hamilton Jennifer Bentley says she knew Officer Hamilton since he was a child and described him as being a light to t


Floyd County woman celebrates 104th birthday

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Many family and friends sent wishes to Ada Brabant for her 104th birthday on Friday. Though this birthday was unlike most, nothing stopped her from celebrating her birthday like any other day. Barbant spends her mornings with with a cup of coffee and her favorite, the c


Man arrested, charged for death of Kentucky police officer

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky man was charged Thursday in connection with the murder of a police officer. WSAZ-TV Kentucky State Police said John Russell Hall allegedly shot Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton late Tuesday night. Authorities took Hall into custody around 11 a.m. Thursday. He face


Beaver knocks out power to 1,000 in Kentucky Power territory

PIPPA PASSES, Ky. (AP) - Electric utility Kentucky Power says a beaver had gnawed a tree that fell on a power line and caused an outage affecting roughly 1,000 customers in Kentucky. Kentucky Power says in a statement that the customers' electricity was out for roughly half an hour Thursday after th


Police Officer Killed in Eastern Kentucky

An officer with Pikeville Police Department was shot to death late Tuesday evening in Pike County. According to Kentucky State Police, Officer Scotty Hamilton and Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol on Hurricane Creek when they encountered a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officer


Police make arrest in officer slaying

WILLIAMSON - Police have arrested a 55-year-old man as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Pikeville, Kentucky, police officer Scotty Hamilton. Police arrested John Russell Hall, of the 3900 block of Hurricane Branch Road, in connection to being a felon in possession of a firearm, Kentucky