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Date: 08-11-2017


(FLIR DJI Zenmuse XT Drone)

Georgetown Police Department's drone helped officers locate a third suspect in a Aug. 6 attempted burglary at the old Kroger building.

Officers called to the scene at Washington Square Park nabbed two suspects and believed a third was still in the area, Assistant Chief of Police Robert Swanigan said.

Swanigan said they called the drone unit it, flying above the building gave officers a visual on where the third suspect was hiding.

"We would have caught the two guys on the ground, but the alarm company indicated more suspects," Swanigan said. "Our guys did a complete ground search and didn't find anything, but the drone immediately located the third suspect hiding in the corner on the roof."

Using a black-and-white heat signature FLIR camera, officers were able to post video footage the drone captured on their Facebook, showing the third suspect as a moving white figure on the roof.

Georgetown droneGeorgetown droneIn the video, the suspect followed the officer's order and was taken into custody with the other two suspects during the early morning response.

All three were arrested and charged for varying crimes, Swanigan said.

Chase Thomas Moody, 20, of Georgetown, was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools.

Nathaniel Burl Tanner, 24, of Georgetown, was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing.

Derek Everett Harris-Dotson, 24, of Georgetown, was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place (first and second offense) and third-degree criminal trespassing.

Swanigan said a man on the roof had burglary tools on his person.

He also said none of the individuals gave a "legitimate reason" for being outside the old Kroger at Washington Square around 2 a.m. Aug. 6.

Swanigan said this was the first arrest made from direct help from the drone, and the department continues to bring in the drone unit for suspicious activity, search and rescue and accident reconstruction cases.

By Amanda Kelly
Georgetown News-Graphic


The All American Total Solar Eclipse to be observed the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium

Partial Solar Eclipse photo courtesy Fred EspenakPartial Solar Eclipse photo courtesy Fred Espenak

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – On Monday August 21st, the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host an event to celebrate the All American Total Solar Eclipse.

A solar eclipse happens when the “new moon” moves in between the Earth and the Sun creating two shadows, a lighter shadow called the penumbra, the area of partial eclipse and a darker smaller shadow called the umbra the area of the total eclipse.

Here in Prestonsburg area the eclipse will begin at 1:06p.m. with the maximum at midpoint at 2:34p.m. The eclipse will end at 3:57p.m, although the Eclipse will not be “total” here in Eastern Kentucky at maximum eclipse, 94% of the sun will be covered.

“A total Solar eclipse hasn’t been visible in the contiguous 48 states in 38 years, and the next one will be in April of 2024. So we wanted to give everyone a chance to experience this event”, said Steve Russo, Science Center Director.

The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium will be open from Noon until 5pm free of charge, the eclipse will be webcast on the planetarium dome and weather permitting, there will be outdoor observations using special sunspotter instruments and guests will receive free solar eclipse glasses! The Hubble exhibit will also be available for viewing until September 9, 2017.

For more information about the eclipse event call 606-889-8260 or visit them on the web at


Legend Outfitters is a growing business in Lawrence County area. Their mission and desire is to showcase Lawrence County’s natural beauty and help build a platform for adventure tourism.

The Cove at Yatesville Lake has been steadily growing and is making an impact on tourism dollars brought to the area. Legend Outfitters is expanding its business to Lawrence County Park, Paintsville Lake, and servicing Paddlefest in Prestonsburg. Legend Outfitters supports Lawrence, Johnson, Floyd, and other surrounding counties in their efforts to gain Trial Town Classification.

Recreational trails and rivers can really help boost a community’s tourism traffic. A benefit of being a 'Trail Town' is to take advantage of the economic opportunity brought by the attraction of trails and rivers.

Jamie Smith part owner of Legend Enterprises relates, “It will help our community transform our town into a more inviting and memorable tourist destination as well as a better place for residents to live, work and play.”

“We have amazing natural resources we just need to polish them up a bit and look at our resources with a tourist's eye. We want the region to Re-Discover Lawrence County,”  Smith said.

Legend Outfitters will be hosting “Jaws on the Water” August 4th at dusk. At The Cove only at Yatesville Lake. Sponsored in part by Back Yard Movies. Admission is $3 per person. Bring your own float. If you can stay in the water the entire movie you will receive a bracelet, #isurvivedjawsonthewater!