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July 8, 2018

Another suspect runs from police, dives in creek and escapes; Cops catch him later

 L TO R. Telby Fields, Cole Gaylord, Collin Tenhundfeld L TO R. Telby Fields, Cole Gaylord, Collin Tenhundfeld

SALYERSVILLE – Three are behind bars now after one woman allegedly tried to sell methamphetamine in a Magoffin County courtroom.

Telby Fields, 24, of Mount Olive, Kentucky, was in court on Monday, July 2, for a scheduled court date in an earlier 2018 case in which she was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening. While sitting in the back waiting for the judge to appear, Fields reportedly asked at least three other people waiting in the courtroom if they would be interested in buying methamphetamine from her.

A security officer overheard the transactions and told Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams.

Adams, followed Fields out of the courthouse, walking around the building to the Church Street side, and witnessed her running down the breezeway that leads to the parking lot behind the courthouse. She reportedly dove into the back of a car parked there and laid down in the back seat.

After talking to the driver, identified as Cole Gaylord, 20 years old of Aurora, Indiana, who acted nervously, Adams asked him and the male sitting in the front passenger seat to step out of the vehicle. Sheriff Carson Montgomery and Kentucky State Police Trooper Haney were standing on the passenger side of the car.

The passenger, later identified as Collin Tenhundfeld, 24 years old of Ohio, tried to run past Montgomery and Haney, but Haney stopped him by his shirt. His shirt then ripped and he was able to maneuver away from the officers, running towards the creek.


According to Adams, Tenhundfeld did a 15-foot swan dive into the shallow creek, eluding police for several hours.


After going through his phone left behind, police were able to identify Tenhunfeld, as well as release pictures of him to the public, which were posted on the Salyersville Independent’s Facebook page. Within less than an hour of the pictures going online, dispatch received calls of a man walking through yards in the East Maple/Back Street area of town.

Salyersville Police Department officers, along with Constable James Rudd, tracked him down on Back Street and apprehended him.

The three were in a car with Indiana license plates, though the plates did not match the car, Sheriff Montgomery told the Independent. Law enforcement found approximately 35 grams of methamphetamine, scales, hundreds of plastic bags, and a BB gun that looked like a real pistol in the car.

They were each taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where they remain at press time.

Telby Fields is charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine, as well as two counts of buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Cole Gaylord faces those same three charges, in addition to menacing, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and an instructional permit violation.

Tenhundfeld picked up a few more charges, with a total of nine: third-degree criminal trespassing; two counts of second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot); menacing; two counts of resisting arrest; second-degree disorderly conduct; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine); and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.

No court date has been set in either of their cases at press time, though Fields is set for a hearing in her misdemeanor case for July 9. She has another case pending in Campbell County, as well, where she faces charges of first-degree promoting contraband and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, opiates.


By Heather Oney
The Salyersville Independent



July 8, 2018



A Pike County woman is suing Walter May, a prominent Eastern Kentucky businessman and the former mayor of Pikeville, for firing her as his caregiver after she allegedly refused to have sex with him.

Walter May Walter May In a six-page lawsuit filed June 29 in Fayette Circuit Court, Karen Elliott, 53, a professional caregiver, said May's sexual advances toward her also caused her to suffer emotional distress. She is seeking an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages.

May, who was mayor of Pikeville from 1990 to 1993, could not be reached Friday afternoon for comment.

He was replaced earlier this year as president and chief executive officer of Pikeville Medical Center and is founder of East Kentucky Broadcasting. May's attorney, Richard Plymale of Lexington, said the lawsuit is without merit.

The lawsuit says Elliott worked from Feb. 12 to March 30 this year as a part-time caregiver to May, usually three or four nights a week from about 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. She also worked during this time as a part-time caregiver for another family, for whom she had worked since 2016.

Elliott said May insisted that she leave her other job and work full time for him, which she did.

On March 30 this year, the suit said, Elliott traveled to Lexington with May in his car as his employed caregiver for an overnight trip.

May is in his early 80s, according to the Appalachian News-Express. He did not arrange for her to have her own hotel room and did not reserve a room with two separate beds, the suit said.

Instead, May reserved a room with a single bed, told her he expected her to sleep in the bed with him and "pressured " her to have sex with him, according to the suit.

While in Lexington, May intentionally touched her breasts and tried to put his hand between her legs without her consent, the lawsuit said.

Elliott said she refused May's sexual advances and slept on a couch in the hotel room.

She also said May fondled her on numerous occasions without her consent. "This touching was uninvited, unwanted and offensive" to her, according to the lawsuit.

On more than one occasion, the suit said, May asked Elliott to marry him.

On other occasions, the suit said, May watched pornographic videos in Elliott's presence and insisted that she get in bed and sit next to him.

Elliott said she made known to May at all times that she didn't want to have sex with him, did not want him to touch her, did not want to marry him and that his comments and actions were unprofessional and unwelcome.

The night before Elliott was fired, the suit said, May, who had been drinking, demanded sex from her but she refused.

She was notified April 29 that she was fired for unsatisfactory job performance.

Elliott's attorney, Joe Childers of Lexington, said she decided to file a civil lawsuit against May instead of pursuing criminal charges.

She has "a right to be free from sexually hostile and abusive work environments, and this right is a matter of public policy," the suit said.

The suit said Fayette Circuit Court is a proper venue for the case because "one of the overt acts of wrongdoing" was committed by May in Fayette County.

Lexington Herald Leader



July 6, 2018

High school students will be required to pass 'financial literacy' test before graduating

FRANKFORT – Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2018 session will go into effect on Saturday, July 14.

That means drivers will soon be required to leave at least three feet of space between their vehicles and cyclists they pass. Children under the age of 17 will not be allowed to get married. And penalties will get tougher for those who post sexually explicit images online without the consent of the person depicted.

The Kentucky Constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature unless they have a special effective date, are general appropriations measures, or include an emergency clause that makes them effective immediately upon becoming law. Final adjournment of the 2018 Regular Session was on April 14, making July 14 the effective date for most bills.


Laws taking effect that day include measures on the following topics:


* Abstinence Education. Senate Bill 71 will require the inclusion of abstinence education in any human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases curriculum in Kentucky high schools.

* Bicycle safety. House Bill 33 will require drivers to keep their vehicles at least three feet away from bicyclists during an attempt to pass. If that much space isn’t available, drivers must use reasonable caution when passing cyclists.

* Breweries. House Bill 136 will increase what breweries can sell onsite to three cases and two kegs per customer. The new law will also allow breweries to sell one case per customer at fairs and festivals in wet jurisdictions.

* Dyslexia. House Bill 187 will require the state Department of Education to make a “dyslexia toolkit” available to school districts to help them identify and instruct students who display characteristics of dyslexia.

* Financial literacy. House Bill 132 will require Kentucky high school students to pass a financial literacy course before graduating.

* Foster Care and Adoption. House Bill 1 will take steps to reform the state’s foster care and adoption system to ensure that a child’s time in foster care is limited and that children are returned to family whenever possible. It will expand the definition of blood relative for child placement and ensure that children in foster care are reunified with family or placed in another permanent home in a timely manner.

* Organ donation. House Bill 84 will require coroners or medical examiners to release identifying and other relevant information about a deceased person to Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates if the person’s wish to be an organ donor is known and the body is suitable for medical transplant or therapy.

* Police cameras. House Bill 373 will exempt some police body camera footage from being publicly released. It will exempt the footage from certain situations being released if it shows the interior of private homes, medical facilities, women’s shelters and jails or shows a dead body, evidence of sexual assault, nude bodies and children.

Prescription medicines. Senate Bill 6 will require pharmacists to provide information about safely disposing of certain prescription medicines, such as opiates and amphetamines.

* Price gouging. Senate Bill 160 will clarify laws that prevent price gouging during emergencies. The bill specifies that fines could be imposed if retailers abruptly increase the price of goods more than 10 percent when the governor declares a state of emergency.

* Revenge porn. House Bill 71 will increase penalties for posting sexually explicit images online without the consent of the person depicted. The crime would be a misdemeanor for the first offense and felony for subsequent offenses. Penalties would be even more severe if the images were posted for profit.

Teen marriage. Senate Bill 48 will prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from marrying. It will also require a district judge to approve the marriage of any 17-year-old.

Terrorism. Senate Bill 57 will allow a person injured by an act of terrorism to file a claim for damages against the terrorist in state court.