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Pleas wrap up cocaine ring case
A Hazard Herald
Staff Report

The defendants indicted by the federal government in connection with their involvement in a cocaine ring in Scott and Perry counties have all pleaded guilty, with the final defendant pleading guilty Nov. 6 in U.S. District Court.
Peter Combs, the final defendant, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in London to charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substance (cocaine) and conspiracy to distribute cocaine Nov. 6.


PSC hears comments on Kentucky Power rate proposal
Commissioners from the Kentucky Public Service Commission await public comments at the meeting held Monday in Hazard. Some of the audience members held signs protesting the proposed base rate increase by Kentucky Power.


By Sam Neace
Staff Writer

Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) officials held a public meeting in Hazard Monday to discuss the application for a rate increase Kentucky Power filed earlier this year. Kentucky Power is requesting a base rate adjustment of $63.3 million, which would equal a 15 percent increase on power bills for residential customers, according to officials with Kentucky Power.
The meeting in Hazard gave PSC officials the opportunity to explain the process the application will go through before being approved or declined. Local residents also had the opportunity to address PSC officials with their comments.


Former deputy jailer gets nine years in prison
A Hazard Herald
Staff Report

A former supervisory deputy jailer at the Kentucky River Regional Jail received a sentence of nine years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, at a hearing held Oct. 19 at the U.S. District Court in London. Kevin Eugene Asher, 32, was convicted by a jury on April 12 of obstruction of justice and violating the civil rights of an inmate, stemming from incidents that occurred in 2012 and 2013, according to the federal indictment.
The indictment said that in August of 2013 Asher falsified information he entered into records at the Kentucky River Regional Jail detailing an incident from November of 2012. That incident involved Asher, former deputy jailer Damon Hickman and Gary Hill, who was a pre-trial detainee in the jail at that time, being held on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, according to officials with the Department of Justice.


Trunk-or-treat events held

The Perry County Public Library held a Trunk or Treat event Saturday with local businesses and groups giving candy to kids dressed in their Halloween costumes. Viper Elementary held a Trunk or Treat event in the school’s gymnasium Monday evening.


Hazard gets ARC grant
By Sam Neace
Staff Writer

The Kentucky Dept. for Local Government (DLG) announced last week that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved $480,000 to be used by the City of Hazard for the replacement of sewage collector lines and improvements to two lift stations in the sewer system.
“I am pleased the ARC approved funding to upgrade the City of Hazard’s sewage system and further increase infrastructure development in the community,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “This project will help reduce operating costs, increase overall capacity and ensure that Hazard is poised for further growth in the future.”