McCreary County Record

March 03, 2015

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor VANOVER RIDGE — McCreary County law enforcement had a tense weekend with the investigation of a stabbing in Parkers Lake. Emergency personnel were dispatched at approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon to a residence on White Pine Drive off Vanover Ridge. According to McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters, Robert Lowe Jr. was at the home of his girlfriend when five people arrived in a maroon Ford Explorer. One of the party — 26-year- old Randal Stevens of Revelo — allegedly stabbed Lowe in the back and side then fled the scene in the Explorer. Sheriff Waters told the Record that the motive currently appears to be drug related based on some witness accounts, though he stressed that the victim has not yet been interviewed. Lowe was transported by McCreary County EMS to the North McCreary Fire landing zone on US 27 at Wiborg where he was then transferred to a PHI helicopter and airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in critical condition. The McCreary County Sheriff's Department continued its investigation, attempting to piece together what happened from various witness statements. Just over 24 hours later, Stevens drove the Explorer to a residence on Loudermilk Road off Strunk Ridge where the other four individuals were and attempted to load an ATV according to Sheriff Waters. Instead, someone at the residence alerted McCreary 911 just before 5 p.m. and Stevens fled on foot. As authorities — including MCSO, Kentucky State Police, US Forest Service and constables — established a perimeter to search, the suspect soon emerged on Jim Barnett Road where he was detained by at least one citizen until officers arrived to arrest him. Sheriff Waters declined official comment on the specifics of Stevens' capture, citing the Stevens accused in stabbing Lincoln man pleads guilty to road rage incident Former MCHS coach indicted for 'sexting' By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — The McCreary County Board of Education's efforts to hit fund its alternative program has hit a snag. In a special-called meeting February 6, board members split 4-1 to transfer $167,436 in excess Capital Funds into the General Fund in order to cover a $105,000 workers' compensation premium and $62,436 toward the salary and fringe for three certified instructors and one classified secretary at McCreary County Academy (which opened this semester in its original location beneath McCreary County Middle School). Board chairman Brandon Kidd, vice-chair Debbie Gibson, Nelda Gilreath and Rhonda Armijo voted to approve the transfer, pending approval from the Kentucky Department of Education. Member Roxanne Shook voted against the measure, stating during the meeting that the district has more than 2,800 students to consider and two focus schools. Gibson, who had vehemently opposed the Academy's move to McCreary Central High School two years ago, stated that it's the Academy which has been done a disservice with the failure to fund the positions as created in January. After the meeting, Shook further clarified her position with a January 20 letter from KDE Associate Commissioner Hiren Desai cautioning the board against spending in excess of the district's revenue. "My understanding from reviewing the board minutes is that the district already has a current projected deficit of $36,000…," Desai wrote. "…[T]he proposed changes to the staffing levels outlined above will increase this deficit significantly and cause the school district's general fund balance to drop below the 2% minimum reserve requirement in KRS 160.470(6)(a), with this action of dipping into the contingency fund putting the district precariously close to a By CHRIS HARRIS Commonwealth Journal SOMERSET — A Lincoln County man involved in a road rage incident from 2013 pleaded guilty to an assault charge in Pulaski Circuit Court on Thursday. Troy A. McAninch, 24, of Stanford, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault, a Class C felony, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery's office, which recommended a sentence of 10 years in prison for the offense. McAninch was charged in the shooting of Luster L. "Levi" Rose, a Parkers Lake truck driver, on August 1, 2013. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department at that time, Rose was driving a semi truck behind a 1995 Nissan pickup McAninch's wife was driving. The couple alleged Rose was tailgating. Mr. McAninch got out of the passenger side of his vehicle at a stoplight at the intersection of Ky. 914 and Ky. 1247, and a confrontation ensued. Rose was carrying a wooden club, but McAninch produced a Glock 9 mm handgun and fired four times at Rose, according to the information from the sheriff's department, requiring Rose to be flown to Lexington for treatment of serious injuries. McAninch first appeared in court the week following the incident, where he pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault, a Class B felony. He would not be indicted until October 2014. According to the Commonwealth's McCreary County Record Nominations Sought for Best of the Best Readers' Choice Awards READERS' CHOICE AWARDS McCreary County Record McCr eary Cre Cou y unty ecor R d ecor , Kentucky Whitley City eary , Kentucky Nominations Sought for the Best Readers' Choice Awards eary 606-376-5356 ominations Sought for the Best Readers' Choice Awards County 606-376-5356 ominations Sought for the Best Readers' Choice Awards ominations Sought for Best of the Best Readers' Choice Awards 2015 est of the Best Readers' Choice Awards Ballots are now being Ballots are now being ballot boxes below and return hi t the McCreary ballot boxes below and return hi t the McCreary County Record, P 48 N. Main Street, .O. Box 9, County Record, P Whitley 48 N. Main Street, complete will be eligible to win W a $100 complete will be eligible to win al-Mart Gift Card. Wa See this year's ballot for the "Best of the Best Readers' Choice Awards." Nominate the 'best' and submit the ballot by Friday, March 13th at 5PM. Winners will be announced in the Record on Wednesday, March 25th. KDE questions Academy funding ▼ ▼ See ACADEMY, Page 2A ▼ ▼ See STABBING, Page 2A McCreary County EMS and PHI crews load Robert Lowe Jr. onto an air ambulance headed for the University of Kentucky Medical Center Friday afternoon. Lowe was stabbed in the back and side at a residence on White Pine Drive off Vanover Ridge. Alleged perpetrator Randal Stevens was apprehended Saturday evening on Jim Barnett Road. Photo by Janie Slaven ■ ■ McCreary trucker injured ■ ■ Grand jury indicts 17 Troy A. McAninch ■ ■ Suspect captured in manhunt, victim recovering at UK VOL. 96, NO. 27 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 18 PAGES 50 ¢ 50 ¢ Established 1919 Pledged to no party's arbitrary sway, we hew to the lines of truth and edification of our people and let the chips fall where they may. ©2015 All Rights Reserved WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 District Tournament See Page 1B ▼ ▼ See PLEA Page 2A By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — A former head coach for McCreary Central High School's girls basketball and softball teams has been indicted after contacting a minor for sex. Toby L. Curry, 38, of Greensburg and currently an assistant coach for the Adair County Indians boys basketball team, was arrested Thursday night right before a district tournament game in Campbellsville. Curry was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond after the Kentucky State Police served him with an indictment returned Monday, February 23, by the McCreary County Grand Jury. The coach has been charged with one count of Unlawful Use of Electronic Means Originating or Received within the Commonwealth to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual or other Prohibited Activities. According to the indictment, on October 21, Curry used his cellular phone to communicate ▼ ▼ See INDICTMENT, Page 2A Toby Curry

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