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KSP: Johnson Co. shooter killed four before taking own life
A Paintsville Herald Staff Report
February 12, 2018

     Detectives with Kentucky State Police and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate a multiple homicide case in which police say a man killed his parents, girlfriend and girlfriend’s mother before killing himself over the span of several hours on Saturday.

     In a statement, Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said he and his deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting at a residence on McKenzie Branch near Volga. They found Arlene and Wayne Nickell deceased in the kitchen, and contacted Kentucky State Police Post 9.

     Law enforcement officers with both agencies, as well as Paintsville City Police, began attempting to locate a black Toyota Camry believed to be the shooter’s vehicle, the statement said. They located the vehicle following a 911 tip reporting it on Mill Street in Paintsville. Inside a nearby apartment, the statement said, police found three more deceased: The alleged shooter, Joseph Nickell, as well as Nickell’s girlfriend, Lindsay Vanhoose, and Vanhoose’s mother, Patricia Vanhoose.

     For the complete story , pick up the Wednesday, Feb. 14 edition of The Paintsville Herald.

KSP: Anonymous tip leads to meth-trafficking charges
By Waylon Whitson
Staff Writer
January 17, 2018

     An anonymous tip led Kentucky State Police troopers and Paintsville Police Department officers to the arrest of a Paintsville man Wednesday on charges including that he was allegedly trafficking in methamphetamine.

     Court documents said KSP Trooper Dustin Thompson responded to the tip, which said there was a wanted person at a residence on... More »

Paintsville receives most recent audit
By Aaron K. Nelson
January 12, 2018

     On Monday, the City of Paintsville received a clean, unmodified audit for its prior fiscal year, ending June 30, 2017, with no compliance issues found.
     Auditors with Wells and Company, PSC determined that the city's general fund operated with overall revenue totaling $6,194,953, and total expenses of $6,136,759, leading to a net $58,194 difference. With other city departments and funding sources factored in... More »

Council takes no action on marijuana resolution

By Aaron K. Nelson
January 10, 2018

    Reactions were mixed, but the Paintsville City Council ultimately took no action Monday on a proposed letter of resolution establishing support for state legislative action on a medical marijuana bill.
     When the meeting opened for public comment, former council member Justin Lewandoski presented the case for the city to draft a letter of support.
     “What I’m asking from the City of Paintsville, is to draft a letter to Frankfort, asking them to pass... More »

Fyffe given final sentencing on child porn charges

By Waylon Whitson
Staff Writer
January 10, 2018

     A Hagerhill man who was arrested and charged with child porn-related offenses in April was sentenced Friday in Johnson County Circuit Court to serve one year in jail for the crime.
     An investigation by the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch (KSP-ECB) resulted in the arrest of Joe S. Fyffe, 66, of Hagerhill on March 30 on charges related to the alleged distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Fyffe was charged with one count of distribution of material portraying sexual performance by a minor and 14 counts of... More »

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