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Perry prosecutor accused of providing favorable treatment in exchange for drugs, sex

Scott BlairHAZARD, Ky. — The Perry County commonwealth’s attorney has been arrested after being accused of using his position to obtain sex and drugs from defendants his office was prosecuting. Scott Blair, 51, is charged in federal court with one count of honest services wire fraud. An affidavit filed by the investigating officer alleges Blair would communicate with defendants over Facebook Messenger and would offer to help them in exchange for meth or sexual favors. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Facebook to provide Blair’s message history. During a review of the messages, they identified five victims who Blair allegedly pressured […]

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Pike man charged with threatening FBI agent

Gabriel HowellPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County man is facing charges in both Pike District Court and federal court, after allegedly threatening an FBI agent. Court records say Gabriel Howell, 45, of Meta, went to the home of FBI agent Randy Copley back in December, saying he wanted to report a crime. Copley, who was on leave at the time, directed him to call the FBI to make his report, and Howell thanked him and left. On the afternoon of March 30, Copley spotted Howell driving by his house, then a couple of hours later noticed his mailbox had been heavily […]

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Harrodsburg man gets more than 15 years after being found guilty of bringing meth into region

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Harrodsburg man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison, following his drug trafficking arrest in Paintsville in 2022. Aristotle White, 51, was arrested by Johnson County deputies following a traffic stop in May of 2022. During a search of his car, the officers found nearly 300 grams of meth, two loaded guns and more than $2,500 in cash. During his trial in November, witnesses testified that White would routinely obtain large amounts of meth and sell it in Johnson County and other places. On Monday, White was sentenced to 181 months in prison. […]

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SW Va. man sentenced to 30 months in child porn case

ABINGDON, Va. — A federal judge split the difference when sentencing a southwestern Virginia man for possessing child porn. Shannon Michael Robert Gatlin, 21, pleaded guilty back in January, after he was found with sexual images of children on his phone. In separate filings, prosecutors asked the judge for a prison term within the sentencing guidelines of 51 to 63 months, while Gatlin’s attorney argued that he should receive no jail time and instead be sent to a halfway house. The judge opted to go with neither request, instead sentencing Gatlin below the guidelines to 30 months in prison. He […]

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Collins pleads guilty in federal drug case

Casey CollinsPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County man has entered a guilty plea in his federal drug case. Casey Collins, 39, of Frozen Creek, appeared in court Monday, where he pleaded guilty to possession of meth and fentanyl with the intent to distribute. In his plea agreement, he admitted to having 228 grams of meth and nearly 42 grams of fentanyl in his possession when sheriff’s deputies raided a Floyd County home where he was staying last April. He also admitted that he intended to sell the drugs, and that he had sold drugs to undercover informants on four occasions in […]

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