News Center 22 8/29/17

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The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports
A man is facing charges including methamphetamine possession after allegedly pulling up to a police safety check with a pipe in his lap.
Brandon Richerson, 30, of Elsmere, was arrested on Sunday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton.

According to the citation, Richerson drove up to a pre-approved traffic safety checkpoint on U.S. 119 at Wallins. When he made contact with Richerson, Burton observed a clear glass pipe with burnt residue laying in Richerson’s lap. Richerson appeared nervous and was sweating. Richerson exited the vehicle and Burton noticed him attempting to place his right hand inside his pocket. A small plastic baggie containing a crystal rock substance was found in Richerson’s right hand. He was given multiple sobriety tests and transported to Harlan ARH Hospital where he submitted to a blood test.

Richerson was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

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WYMT News reports

AT&T arrived in Harlan County Monday to announce it as the first area to experience fixed wireless internet in Eastern Kentucky.

At a Harlan County Economic Development Authority meeting, AT&T Kentucky President, Hood Harris, announced the placement of two cell tower sites in Harlan County.

“Our fixed wireless internet is going to extend internet connectivity to people in rural areas that have previously been unserved or underserved,” said Harris.

These sites are aimed at providing internet to those rural areas, who otherwise would not have internet access. The connection will have a minimum of 10 Mbps.

The connection will work by placing an antenna outside of a house, which will receive a connection from those towers, similar to a cell phone.

This project will eventually be statewide affecting many other rural areas. AT&T predicts they will provide internet to 84,000 new homes and small businesses.

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Also from WYMT News

Court officials have delayed a September trial day for a man accused of killing five people, including an unborn child.

A grand jury indicted Jason Gibson in March 2016 on four counts of murder, fetal homicide, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants, five counts of wanton endangerment and one count of possession of meth.

In December 2015, police said Gibson was high on drugs when he crossed the center line on the Hal Rogers Parkway in Clay County killing five people.

Charlene Lewis, 59, Judy Pennington-Adams, 63, Tiffany Williams, 23, and Williams’ 23 month-old son, Kyson were killed in the crash.

Williams was eight months pregnant. Her unborn child did not survive.
The trial is now set for May 2018.

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Updated: August 28, 2017 — 8:59 PM
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