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Former Paintsville doctor pleads guilty to federal drug conspiracy charge

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Two-and-a-half years after the clinic he helped manage was raided by authorities, a former Paintsville doctor has pleaded guilty federal drug charges. Don Bryson served as medical consultant for Appalachian Family Medicine, despite having previously surrendered his medical license following an investigation into his prescribing of controlled substances. Appalachian Family Medicine typically saw large numbers of patients who paid $75 in cash to get prescriptions for opioid painkillers. Because Bryson did not have a license, the clinic would use doctors from a temp agency, usually on a short-term basis. But Bryson and the owner of the clinic […]

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Police call off dangerous chase, catch drug trafficking suspects later

Ahmad Moore, Navaeh Twitty and Dean BlairSHELBIANA, Ky. — One week after a high-speed chase involving out-of-state suspects ended with a fatal crash in Wise County, a similar chase in Eastern Kentucky ended without injury. State troopers attempted to pull over a Kia Optima in Prestonsburg just after 4:30 a.m. Thursday, only to have the car speed away instead. The vehicle traveled south on U.S. 23 at speeds over 120 mph. At Ivel, police saw someone toss a package out of the car. Officers later retrieved the tossed package and found it to contain between 3 and 4 lbs. of meth inside, along with an ounce […]

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Burglary investigation results in five arrests

David Bowling, Jessica Wells, Joshua Maggard, Robert Hollon and Paxton MaddenWHITESBURG, Ky. — A Letcher County property was burglarized repeatedly over a period of two months, resulting in the property owner installing a trail camera. As a result, five people were arrested Sunday in connection with the incidents. The property owner contacted Kentucky State Police about the burglaries, which resulted in the theft of a pickup truck, an ATV and numerous other items. He then showed a state trooper pictures from a trail camera, which showed several people taking items from the property. The trooper recognized two of the people in the pictures as David Bowling, 48, and Jessica Wells, […]

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Paintsville man arrested after police find more than a pound of meth

Edward Carl RameyPAINTSVILLE, Ky. — A Johnson County man is in jail, after police raided his home and found more than a pound of meth. Kentucky State Police’s Drug Enforcement Special Investigations unit obtained a search warrant for the home of Edward Carl Ramey, 45, of Paintsville, as part of a drug investigation. During their search, KSP and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office found between 1 and 2 lbs. of meth along with several thousand dollars in cash. Ramey was arrested and charged with first-degree meth trafficking. That charge carries a sentence of 5-to-10 years in prison, if he is convicted. Ramey […]

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Lane switch begins tomorrow on Mountain Parkway

CAMPTON, Ky. — Continuing progress on the Mountain Parkway will mean a change in traffic patterns, beginning tomorrow. Eastbound and westbound traffic in Wolfe County, from Mile Marker 45 to Mile Marker 49, will switch over to the newly constructed eastbound lanes starting Wednesday, June 19.  The switch will be in place for several months to allow crews to complete bridge construction. Message boards, barricades, barrels and arrow signage will be in place to alert motorists to the change.  Drivers should reduce speeds and use caution when traveling through active work zones. Construction schedules may be adjusted due to weather […]

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