Freed from charges of reckless homicide, man faces drug count

Jason Ray Ison is accused of selling pills, assaulting woman just days after release

A 24-year-old Letcher County man whose release from state prison stirred considerable controversy earlier this year is back in trouble again. Jason Ray Ison, the UZ man whose conviction on three counts of reckless homicide was overturned by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, is now being accused of entering the illegal drug trade less than a month after his January […]

Police say OxyContin ring stopped



Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb announced Tuesday afternoon that police have broken up an interstate OxyContin trafficking operation responsible for the illegal sale of “tens of thousands” of tablets of the highlyaddictive painkiller in Letcher and surrounding counties. Pictured above is one of five suspects arrested here Tuesday, 33-year-old Joseph A. “Gotti” Tucker of Warren, Michigan. Tucker is being escorted […]

Wreck fatal to man, 37



Funeral services were held Tuesday for a 37-year-old Neon man who died Saturday in a three-vehicle accident on the Whitesburg bypass. Douglas Baker was traveling north on KY 15 around noon May 9 when his subcompact 1996 Ford Aspire crossed the center line and hit the left rear of a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe driven by Autumn Morris, 21, of […]

Jury indicts 8



The Letcher County Grand Jury has named eight people in indictments, including five men charged with bail jumping. The indictments are: • Thomas Neneveh Yonts — speeding, reckless driving, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, and being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Yonts, 34, of 288 Highland Branch, Cromona, was […]

Ohio man arrested here after mother of 2 killed



Police in Letcher County have arrested a northern Ohio man who is accused of murdering a woman and leaving her body burning in a wildlife refuge. “I think every officer in Letcher County was looking for him,” Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Michael Burton said of the accused, 50-year-old Timothy Keith Tyree of Sandusky, Ohio. Burton and Whitesburg City Patrolman […]

Will health care savings add up?



WASHINGTON The White House trumpeted the news: health care providers taking a $2 trillion scalpel to their costs and pushing the U.S. toward Barack Obama’s vision of health coverage for all. But don’t line up yet for those insurance cards. First, a reality check for the nation’s 50 million uninsured. Medical providers have a long track record of avoiding fiscal […]

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Honest debate about court?



WASHINGTON The coming battle over President Obama’s first Supreme Court nomination could be an enlightening debate over what direction the court should take. It could also be a nasty and hypocritical fight that obscures more issues than it clarifies. Which will it be? When George W. Bush was president, Senate Republicans who are now proposing to raise an ideological ruckus […]

There is funny, there is not funny



The president was funny at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Wanda Sykes, the host, was not. I hate to say that, because I have enjoyed many good laughs watching Wanda Sykes, the actress. Maybe she just got her lines from the wrong person this time. Maybe someone with more of an ear for the world of politics and media should […]

Oversharing, exhibitionism, loneliness



It pains me to take Elizabeth Edwards to task for anything. She is suffering from terminal cancer and from assertions that her cheating husband fathered a child with a party girl. So my first instinct is to totally lay off. The only rap against her, it seems, is that she knew of an affair after John Edwards announced his presidential […]


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