November 12, 2014 6:43 PM
A Clay County man is accused of trying to set an apartment on fire in Madison County.
Michael Collins adamantly denied the charges of attempted arson in a jailhouse interview with LEX 18.
Collins is accused of trying to set a fire to a Madison County apartment with... more »
October 29, 2014 4:24 PM
The Clay County Sheriff's department is searching for a man who they say struck a school bus and drove off.
Officials say Gary Daniels side swiped the bus Tuesday morning and fled the scene. Both Perry and Clay County deputies have been looking for him since 8:00 a.m.
... more »
October 23, 2014 12:20 PM
A grand jury has indicted two men in a 15-year-old murder case in Clay County. According to court documents, in January of 1999, Robert Snow shot and killed Gladys Sizemore. Another man, Larry Baker shot Sizemore's husband, causing him serious injuries. Snow has been arrested and is charged with murder,... more »
August 25, 2014 11:10 AM
The man charged with shooting at three hunters back in April killing one of them and injuring another pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
61-year-old Dwight Hughes was arrested four months after the shooting and was charged with murder, assault and wanton endangerment. His attorney did not comment on... more »
August 8, 2014 6:21 PM
A man has been arrested in connection to a shooting in Clay County that left one hunter dead and another injured back in April. 61-year-old Dwight Hughes was booked into the Clay County Detention Center Friday afternoon charged with murder, assault and wanton endangerment. According to the Clay County Sheriff's... more »
July 28, 2014 3:57 PM
A Clay County man is dead following a single vehicle crash.
It happened Saturday on Alderson Branch Road around 11:50 a.m. Kentucky State Police say that Brandon P. Watkins, 23, of Manchester was traveling southbound when his 2002 PT Cruiser dropped off the left shoulder of the roadway and... more »
May 22, 2014 5:22 AM
A southern Kentucky business went up in flames overnight, and the manager says it started with a bolt of lightning.
The fire torched one section of Clay Building Supply along US-421 in Manchester, and smoke and water damaged the rest.
A firefighter suffered a minor injury to his... more »
May 21, 2014 9:06 AM
A motorcyclist died in a crash in Clay County Tuesday evening.
Police say John Routh, 35, of Oneida, was riding north on KY-66 when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Routh was not wearing a... more »
April 25, 2014 8:15 AM
Officials say they expect to file criminal charges in the investigation of shots fired at a group of hunters that left one dead and one hurt last week in Clay County.
Officials say there was only one shot and one shooter, but have not named a suspect.
The... more »
April 22, 2014 11:57 AM
The Clay County Sheriff's Office says they executed a search warrant at a home Monday and have found evidence near the scene where three hunters were shot at last week. Brian Griffin, 28, was killed and Jason Roberts, 21, was hurt while turkey hunting Thursday morning in a wooded area... more »
April 21, 2014 11:23 AM
A Clay County family will lay a hunter to rest Monday, while police are still looking for the person who shot him in the woods last week.
Brian Griffin was shot and killed while turkey hunting with two friends Thursday morning. Police say Griffin and two other friends were... more »
April 18, 2014 1:12 PM
A Carlisle man is behind bars charged with kidnapping and burglary after police say a fight with his girlfriend got out of control.
Jeff Farrow was arrested after he allegedly broke into a home, dragged the woman out by her hair and drove away with her.
It all... more »
April 18, 2014 10:59 AM
Kentucky State Police are still looking for leads in a death investigation out of Clay County after one man was shot and killed, and another hurt while they were out hunting Thursday morning.
KSP in London said Brian Griffin, 28, Jason Roberts, 21, and Chad Bullock, 21, all of... more »
April 9, 2014 10:27 AM
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A former judge and three other officials in eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to charges alleging widespread vote fraud.
A federal judge said during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that three of the defendants - former Clay County Circuit... more »
April 4, 2014 10:43 AM
A man was arrested after he robbed a woman whom he was giving a ride to, police said.
George Wagers, 24, of Manchester was arrested shortly after the alleged robbery occurred Thursday afternoon.
Police say the victim said she got a ride from Wagers on Belles Fork Road... more »
March 27, 2014 12:42 PM
An argument in Clay County ended with a brother getting shot in the leg Wednesday night.
State Police were called to Slusher Town Road around 7:30 p.m. They say 27-year-old Dustin Slusher and his brother, 30-year-old Shaun Slusher, got into an argument when Shaun shot Dustin in the leg.... more »
January 2, 2014 11:00 AM
A salt truck overturned trying to avoid a crash in Clay County Thursday morning.
The driver said he was trying to drive around a small two vehicle collision on Kentucky 66 South on the side of the road when he drove over a patch of ice on the ground.... more »
January 2, 2014 4:57 AM
Deputies say arson investigators will be on the scene of an explosion and fire that happened in Clay County Wednesday night.
The fire in the back side of a home along Mize Branch Road in Manchester exploded outward around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
The sheriff said nobody was... more »
December 27, 2013 11:34 AM
Kentucky State Police say a Manchester man has died after being thrown off an ATV Wednesday.
Police say Glenn D. Hoskins, 44, was driving the ATV eastbound on KY 472 around 10:37 a.m. on Christmas day, when it went out of control and overturned throwing Hoskins off the vehicle.... more »
December 3, 2013 5:27 AM
A judge sentenced a man convicted of killing a Clay County sheriff more than 40 years ago to life in prison Monday.
A jury convicted Oran Brumley of shooting Sheriff Matt Sizemore five times with a high-powered rifle as he was serving warrants in the Ephram Creek area on... more »
November 28, 2013 4:55 AM
A suspected burglar was shot and killed in Clay County Wednesday night.
Kentucky State Police say somebody returned to a home on Otter Creek Road, south of Manchester, around 9 p.m., and found a man had broken in. At some point an unnamed person opened fire on the suspected... more »
November 7, 2013 9:03 AM
(AP) - Five former officials in Clay County have pleaded guilty to charges that alleged widespread vote fraud, bringing the case to a close. Media reported that former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle; former county Clerk Freddy W. Thompson; former school superintendent Douglas C. Adams, former election commissioner Charles Wayne... more »
November 5, 2013 9:32 PM
Clay County officials suspend a manhunt after hours searching for a man who they consider armed and dangerous.
According to the sheriff, Quentin Metcalfe tried to break into a home in Clay County. When deputies confronted Metcalfe, who was armed with a sawed off shotgun and a handgun, he... more »
October 8, 2013 6:19 PM
Once framed by a white Pickett fence in a quiet neighborhood in Manchester, the Smith residence is now draped in caution tape - what's left behind from the crime scene that was Monday evening.
State police say Beverly Smith shot her husband, Douglas Smith, after she says she was... more »
October 8, 2013 10:32 AM
Officials say a woman shot her husband after he held her prisoner and beat her in their Manchester home.
The Clay County sheriff says 52-year-old Douglas Smith refused to let Beverly Smith, 45, leave their Hogskin Road home for several days. She was reportedly badly beaten. The sheriff says... more »
October 8, 2013 10:18 AM
The Clay County sheriff says a store owner shot a man apparently trying break in early Tuesday morning.
The sheriff says the owner was in the store along KY-80 around 1:30 a.m. when he heard noise, then shot the suspect in the leg.
The Sheriff says the man... more »
October 4, 2013 9:43 AM
Police now say they suspect foul play in the shooting death of a Clay County man.
Police say they received a 911 call reporting a man dead inside a home on Ben House Road, near the Laurel County line, just before 6 p.m. The Clay County coroner declared Carl... more »
October 3, 2013 9:02 AM
Kentucky State Police say the man found dead inside a Clay County home was shot to death.
Police say they received a 911 call reporting a man dead inside a home on Ben House Road, near the Laurel County line, just before 6 p.m. The Clay County coroner declared... more »
August 26, 2013 8:51 PM
Funeral arrangements are set for a Clay county businessman and assistant emergency management director who was killed Sunday night after a four-wheeler accident.
It was a four-wheeler ride family members say Jennings Johnson did on a regular basis, but Sunday something went terribly wrong.
Family members said he... more »
August 20, 2013 5:11 AM
A man seriously injured in an accident in Clay County died Sunday night.
Officials say Jacob Lucas, 21, of Russell Springs, was flown to UK Hospital after a crash in a construction zone along the Hal Rogers Parkway on Friday.
August 9, 2013 7:36 PM
The mail room at the Federal Correctional Institution in Clay County was put on lockdown Friday, after some sort of substance was found in a letter today.
The substance was discovered during a routine screening of incoming mail at the Manchester facility.
The regional hazardous material team and... more »
July 23, 2013 6:55 AM
LONDON (AP) - A former judge and six of his co-defendants whose vote-buying convictions were overturned have asked a federal judge to release them from prison while they await a new trial. Former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle and six other people say they should be free on... more »
June 13, 2013 9:07 AM
The NTSB has released its preliminary findings in the crash of a medical helicopter in Clay County that killed three crew members on June 6.
Below is the report released by the agency:
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this... more »
June 7, 2013 9:40 AM
Federal investigators will comb through the wreckage of a medical helicopter that crashed in Clay County killing all three crew members late Thursday night.
Officials say the crash happened around 11:30 p.m. in Manchester. The aircraft crashed into the parking lot of Paces Creek Elementary School, narrowly missing the... more »
May 6, 2013 5:33 AM
A woman died in a head-on crash in Clay County Sunday afternoon.
Police say a Mustang driven by Patricia Lou Hyde, 43, of Gooserock, heading northbound along US-421 west of Manchester, crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming Dodge Durango. EMS took Hyde to Manchester Memorial Hospital... more »
April 17, 2013 9:24 AM
There are reports of high water in Clay County.
The Clay County sheriff says KY-638 is shut down.
Dispatchers say small creeks and ditches are overflowing.
So far, there are no reports of water in homes or businesses.
March 12, 2013 4:42 AM
Rescue crews found a Clay County man missing in the Daniel Boone National Forest dead Monday night.
Forestry Rangers and firefighters found Earl Smith, 49, around 8:30 p.m. Relatives say Smith went out on a four-wheeler Saturday morning and never came back. Officials say Smith was found pinned underneath... more »
December 13, 2012 8:46 AM
The Clay County Coroner has identified the burned body found along a dirt road over the weekend as Eli Marcum.
Officials say Marcum was previously reported missing. His body was found Saturday along Saw Mill Hollow Road in the Crawlfish community.
Police have not made any arrests in... more »
December 13, 2012 5:25 AM
Kentucky State Police say they have arrested two people in connection with a Clay County murder.
Troopers arrested Joshua S. Morsch, 35, and Kathy Stewart, 40, and charged them in connection with the murder of Earl Woods.
The 74-year-old was found beaten and stabbed inside his home on... more »
December 7, 2012 8:35 AM
Kentucky State Police confirm they are investigating a murder in Clay County.
Police say a family member found a man dead inside a home along Belles Fork Road around 7 p.m. Thursday. Investigators did not release any more details, saying the investigation is ongoing.
Officials say an autopsy... more »
August 27, 2012 6:52 AM
Kentucky State Police arrested a man and charged him with trafficking pills at a traffic safety checkpoint in Clay County Sunday night.
Police say troopers stopped a Buick at the checkpoint on US-421 at KY-1350 and determined the driver was under the influence of drugs. Police searched the vehicle... more »
March 9, 2012 11:24 AM
Lincoln County pulled off a 56-50 victory over No. 8 Clay County in the first round of the girls' Sweet 16 on Thursday.
The game see-sawed back and forth in the first half, with Clay County clinging to a four-point lead at the half. The Lady Tigers still held... more »
February 16, 2012 7:02 AM
Police in Texas busted a Clay County couple that spent years on the run with a little detective work on Facebook.
A grand jury indicted Jerry and Rebecca Callahan on several counts of rape, sodomy and incest back in 2007. Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies looked up the fugitives... more »
January 30, 2012 5:20 AM
A woman died and two people suffered injuries in a crash in Clay County Sunday evening.
Police say Sherri Turner, 39, turned in front of an oncoming car at the intersection of HWY-80 and Add Hollow Road around 6:30 p.m. the Clay County coroner pronounced Turner dead at the... more »
December 9, 2011 5:51 AM
Officials call a fire that burned through a building in downtown Manchester Thursday night suspicious.
Firefighters say the two-story building that used to house a hardware store along Richmond Road went up in flames around 11:30 p.m. Eight crews were called in to battle the blaze. Officials say firefighters... more »
November 11, 2011 6:15 AM
Police say a man admitted to drinking and taking prescription pills before he accidentally hit and killed a toddler with his car in Clay County Thursday afternoon.
Investigators say Bobby L. Sester, 23, was leaving a home just north of Manchester and didn't see 14-month-old Clarissa Burkhart, in the... more »
November 4, 2011 6:07 AM
Clay County deputies say a man claims he set a relative's house on fire because God told him to.
The fire destroyed a home along East Couch Road, near Manchester, early Thursday. Deputies say Robert Hoskins was drunk and got into a fight with a family member. He poured... more »
October 31, 2011 12:02 PM
Kentucky State Police opened a child abuse investigation in Clay County after an unresponsive 2-month-old was brought to the hospital.
Police say the infant girl was brought to Memorial Hospital in Manchester Sunday evening, and the child was quickly transferred to UK Hospital for treatment of head injuries. After... more »
October 12, 2011 9:07 AM
One man was stabbed and another shot during an altercation in Clay County Tuesday evening.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Police say Jamie Scott Abner, 40, was at the home of Roy Glenn Wagers, 36, and the two men began arguing. During the altercation, Abner stabbed Wagers. Wagers... more »
August 25, 2011 6:34 AM
Officials say they think a decomposed body found in Clay County Wednesday night is that of a woman missing since last month.
Dispatchers say the body was discovered off Sand Hill Road around 7 p.m. and authorities think it is Stephanie Roark.
Dispatchers confirmed police have one man... more »
July 1, 2011 10:51 AM
A Clay County man is in fair condition after a shooting Thursday night and his uncle is the one accused of pulling the trigger.
State Police say Cloyd Hibbard shot his nephew, Bobby Hibbard, during some sort of dispute. It happened on Otter Creek Road in Clay County.
... more »
May 17, 2011 8:01 AM
A man was taken to UK Hospital after a shooting in Clay County Monday night.
Dispatchers say the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. along HWY-638 in the Greenbrier community. Officials say the victim's injuries were not self-inflicted, but have not released any information on a suspect.
March 11, 2011 2:08 PM
A Clay County couple who owned and operated a local sanitation company were sentenced to long prison terms Friday for their role in a criminal enterprise that made millions of dollars and sought control of the politics in the county.
U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced 52-year-old... more »
March 10, 2011 10:50 AM
A former Clay County circuit court judge described as the leader of a long running criminal enterprise that made millions of dollars and controlled politics in the county was sentenced Thursday to more than 26 years in prison by a federal judge.
U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves... more »
March 9, 2011 11:57 AM
A third former Clay County official was sentenced Wednesday to 12 1/2 years in prison in a conspiracy that allowed him and other officials to gain power and control politics in the county.
Freddy Thompson, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves for conspiring with... more »
February 28, 2011 10:50 AM
MANCHESTER (AP) - A southeastern Kentucky school district is watching the steps of all fourth- and fifth-graders. More than 500 students in Clay County schools will get a pedometer to track how many steps they take as part of a fitness program aimed at creating healthier students. Clay County school... more »
January 24, 2011 9:06 AM
Kentucky State Police continue to search for a man who robbed a Clay County market Sunday night.
Police say a man armed with a handgun entered the Triple R Route 66 Market on U.S.-421 around 9 p.m. The suspect demanded money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount... more »
December 2, 2010 5:21 AM
Kentucky State Police blame slick roads for a Clay County accident that sent two people to the hospital Wednesday night.
Police say Justin Blevins, 24, was driving a Chevy Trailblazer along U.S.-421 about 15 miles south of Manchester when he lost control and collided with a van. Blevins and... more »
November 29, 2010 12:52 PM
A Clay County man accused in the weekend shooting death of his brother-in-law over the weekend was arraigned in the case Monday morning.
Terry Grubb, 43, is accused in the shooting death of 35-year-old Douglas Roberts. The incident happened Saturday night off Beech Creek Road just outside of Manchester.... more »
October 25, 2010 11:25 AM
Officials have released the identities of husband and wife killed and granddaughter injured in an accident over the weekend in Clay County.
The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday Kentucky 2000 in the Carpenter Hollow area of Clay County. Police say a Chevy Silverado carrying Carl Smith, 65,... more »
October 24, 2010 2:28 AM
The accident happened about one-thirty Saturday afternoon on State Highway 2000, in the Carpenter Hollow area of Clay County.
Police say a Chevy Silverado was carrying a couple and their nine year old granddaughter, and was probably going about 55 miles per hour when it slammed into a... more »
October 22, 2010 8:37 AM
Officials say a wildfire in Clay County was likely intentionally set.
The fire started as several small blazes along KY-472. Officials say someone likely set them on purpose. The fire scorched about 150 acres.
Firefighters have been working to contain the fire for two days, but dry, windy... more »
October 1, 2010 3:13 PM
State Police have arrested and charged a man after a Clay County man was stabbed multiple times early Friday morning.
The incident happened at about 5 a.m. outside a home off of Kentucky 1524 near Manchester. Police say Tim Hubbard, 33, was stabbed during an argument with Charles Williams,... more »
October 1, 2010 10:51 AM
State Police are investigating after a Clay County man was stabbed in the chest early Friday morning.
The incident happened at about 5 a.m. outside a home off of Kentucky 1524 near Manchester. Police say Tim Hubbard was stabbed. So far, they have not charged Charles Williams in the... more »
October 1, 2010 7:10 AM
Police are investigating a stabbing in Clay County.
Dispatchers say the think it happened near the Goose Rock post office along HWY-1524.
Officials say one person was flow out from the Manchester Hospital. No word on the victim's name or condition.
LEX 18 has a crew heading... more »
September 22, 2010 8:17 AM
LONDON, Ky. (AP) - An Oneida man is facing multiple charges after a hit and run that left a motorcyclist dead. According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, Herbert Davidson was driving on KY 66 in Oneida at about 8 p.m. Tuesday when made a left turn... more »
September 9, 2010 4:26 PM
This week marks four decades since a Kentucky soldier was killed in Vietnam and his family is getting some extra support during this anniversary.
It's coming from a fellow soldier, Fred Niles. He lost a lot in the Vietnam War, including his closest friend, Kenneth Nolan, who's originally from... more »
August 31, 2010 6:27 AM
At least two people were injured in a Clay County accident. Dispatchers tell LEX 18 that two helicopters landed at the intersection of HWY-80 and HWY-421 and flew two crash victims to UK Hospital. No word on their names of conditions.
August 18, 2010 7:41 AM
Kentucky State Police say a pregnant woman and her unborn child died in a Clay County single vehicle accident Tuesday night. Police say Stacey Bundy, 30, of Manchester, was driving a Chevy Blazer along Buzzard Road around 8 p.m. when she lost control and ran off the road. The vehicle... more »
July 12, 2010 2:11 PM
One person was killed Monday morning after a pickup truck collided with a garbage truck in Clay County. The accident happened about 8 a.m. EST on the Hal Rogers Parkway between mile markers 30 and 31. Police at the scene say the vehicles were merging back on to the highway... more »
June 25, 2010 5:13 PM
A 13-year-old boy was flown to UK Hospital Friday afternoon after he went into diabetic shock at a Clay County public pool. The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. at the Manchester Recreational Parks pool. Officials say the boy, who is severely diabetic, had a sugar level spike while he... more »
June 17, 2010 3:02 PM
A Clay County man was arrested Thursday after police in discovered 150 quarts of suspected moonshine Thursday morning. Police say that at approximately 11 am the Kentucky State Police Marijuana Eradication Strike Force, while eradicating plots of marijuana, located 150 quarts of suspected moonshine in the Paw Paw Community of... more »
June 16, 2010 5:15 PM
The family of a Clay County man who had been missing for several days got the news they didn't want to hear Wednesdaya when his body was found near his truck at the bottom of an embankment. David Bowling, 46, had been missing since early Sunday morning. After three painstaking... more »
May 7, 2010 12:17 PM
A six-year-old boy was critically hurt in a wreck in Clay County Thursday night. The wreck happened at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Kentucky 80 in Manchester. State police say Michael Woods was heading east on Kentucky 80 when he failed to stop at the intersection and hit Sherry... more »
March 25, 2010 2:14 PM
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A jury convicted a former judge and seven others on Thursday of scheming to buy votes for several local offices in an eastern Kentucky county. The jury in U.S. District Court in Frankfort deliberated for nine hours over two days before convicting all eight people in... more »
March 23, 2010 8:04 AM
FRANKFORT (AP) - Lawyers for eight people charged with conspiring to buy votes in Clay County are wrapping up their defense arguments. Prosecutors presented closing arguments Monday in Frankfort, telling jurors the accused schemed to rig elections in 2002, 2004 and 2006. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported jury instructions in the... more »
March 9, 2010 8:12 AM
A Manchester man was killed after he was hit by a car during a confrontation in Clay County Monday night. Kentucky State Police say that Beve Jones, 64, was hit by the car outside of a home on Smith Road as its driver was trying to escape a group of... more »
March 7, 2010 3:57 PM
Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal fire at a home in the Oneida community of Clay County. Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Investigators say Charles Smith, 23, died in the blaze. No foul play is suspected and investigators have not... more »
February 4, 2010 8:08 AM
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - As the trial of eight Clay County residents on vote fraud charges began, a federal prosecutor said others haven't yet been charged. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen C. Smith said a number of people took part in corrupting elections in the county. Smith... more »
January 15, 2010 6:37 AM
Kentucky State Police say that a Manchester man was killed in a single vehicle accident in Clay County Thursday evening. Investigators say 56-year-old Bobby J. Crockett was driving northbound on KY-11 when he lost control of his Dodge Stratus. The car left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and overturned... more »
November 27, 2009 12:49 PM
One woman was taken to the hospital with chest pains after a fire destroyed four apartments in Clay County Friday morning.
The blaze broke out at about 8 a.m. at the Nicholas Heights Apartments on Highway 467 in Manchester. Officials at the scene say they think a stove in... more »
November 5, 2009 4:23 PM
Hundreds of jobs are coming soon to Clay County courtesy of a Florida-based recycling company. A company spokesperson for Waste Not Technology says it plans to move 1,400 jobs to to build a green park in Manchester and hopefully start the project in the next two to three months. For... more »
September 24, 2009 10:41 PM
FBI spokesperson David Beyer says 51 year old William Sparkman's feet were in contact with the ground when he was found dead near a cemetery in rural Clay County. Police say he was found with a rope around his neck that was also looped around a tree. Kentucky State Police... more »
September 24, 2009 4:57 PM
Kentucky State Police said Thursday that initial reports concerning the death of U.S. Census field worker Bill Sparkman in Clay County contained inaccuracies. Sparkman, who was a part time U.S. Census field worker from London and a substitute teacher, was found the night of September 12 by someone going to... more »
September 23, 2009 11:41 PM
The FBI is investigating the death of a census worker in Clay County as a possible statement of anti-government sentiment. 51-year-old Bill Sparkman was found dead September 12th near a cemetary in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Sparkman described his job at the Bureau to a friend as going to... more »