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CSX: Two crew members injured when train hits tree

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Two CSX crew members were injured in an accident as a train was traveling through Prestonsburg Saturday night. CSX spokesman Bryan Tucker tells Mountain Top News that the train was going through the city just before 7 p.m., when it struck a large tree limb. Tucker said the two crew members working on that train were injured. Rescue crews were able to get them to the hospital to be checked out. While he didn’t have an update on their current condition, Tucker did say their injuries were not life-threatening.

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Year-old stabbing case moving forward after suspect’s arrest

Johnny GibsonPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County man will now answer allegations from a year ago that he stabbed a woman, following his release from jail for a probation violation. Johnny Gibson, 50, of Virgie, is charged with second-degree assault and persistent felony offender. Last February, police were called to a home in Virgie, after a woman called 911 to report she had been stabbed. When police arrived on the scene, they found the woman with a belt and bandages wrapped around her leg. The woman told police she and Gibson had been in an argument, and she was afraid, because […]

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Child porn suspect released from jail without bond

Avery NewsomePRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A Floyd County man indicted on child porn charges earlier this month has been held without bond since he was first arrested back in December. On Friday, a special judge filling in on the case allowed him to go free without bond. Avery Newsome, 38, of Grethel, is currently charged with three counts of possession of child porn involving a victim younger than 12 years old.When police raided his home Dec. 27, they seized 18 electronic devices and at least 3,500 files suspected to contain child pornography. During an interview with police, court records say he gave […]

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Former doctor, nurse sentenced to prison for drug scheme

Crystal Compton and Kayla LambertPIKEVILLE, Ky. — A former doctor who practiced in Pike and Floyd counties will spend more than eight years in prison, and a nurse working for her was sentenced to five years, following their conviction on charges related to a drug distribution conspiracy. Crystal Compton, 43, of Pikeville, practiced medicine out of Pikeville and has been affiliated with Eastern Kentucky Medical Group, Betsy Layne Primary Care and The Good Doctor. Kayla Lambert, 36, of Regina, was a registered nurse working in her practices. Back in September, each was convicted conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to use another […]

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Coeburn man faces at least 20 years following armed meth trafficking conviction

Rodney Allen PickettABINGDON, Va. — A Wise County man faces will spend decades in prison, after being found guilty by a federal jury of eight drug and gun charges. Rodney Allen Pickett, 51, of Coeburn, was convicted on Friday, following a three-day trial. The jury found him guilty of five counts related to the distribution of more than 500 grams of meth, as well as three gun charges. He had been charged with nine counts in all, but the jury found him not guilty to possession of a machine gun. With the conviction, Pickett now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 […]

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