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June 8, 2018


PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley said “one nightmare punch” killed an inmate at the Floyd County Detention Center on Tuesday. 

Scotty L. Gibson Jr., 23, of Prestonsburg, is facing a first-degree murder charge for the Tuesday death of Adam Potter, 29, of Prestonsburg. 

First responders were called to the jail at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, following reports of an inmate who was unresponsive. Potter, who had been incarcerated for 32 days, was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

SCOTTIE GIBSON SCOTTIE GIBSON Officials with the KSP Post 9 in Pikeville reported in a press release that they were informed at approximately 2 p.m. about an inmate at the detention center “being injured possibly from an altercation.” 

“The inmate had been transported to Highlands Regional Hospital, and was (pronounced) deceased a short time later,” the press release said.

Dispelling rumors about the cause of Potter’s death, Floyd County Jailer Stuart “Bear”

Halbert and Bartley emphasized that Potter did not die as a result of an extended fight at the jail. 

“There is one fact that I think the world should know, and that is that this was not any type of protracted argument, no protracted fight, anything like that,” Bartley said. “I have personally viewed video and that video shows that essentially there was one punch. One punch that landed, and, unfortunately, it was the nightmare punch that took this man’s life.” 

Bartley said Gibson attempted to strike Potter twice, but he only hit him once on the side of the head, causing him to fall. He would not disclose the specific cause of death issued in Potter’s preliminary autopsy results, but he noted that those results are consistent with what he saw on video. 

“It is the nightmare punch. One punch took a man’s life,” he said. “And that doesn’t make it any less worse than if he give him five punches. But people should know that their lives can change in a snap of a finger, in an instant. In this case, it took the life of one man, destroyed the life of another with one single punch.

“For those out there who appear to think that this was some extended struggle or something, they need to know that’s just not so, and they do need to know that jail staff responded swiftly and appropriately, and made all the right efforts to try to save this boy’s life,” Bartley said. 

He said the jail staff and its medical personnel “responded within seconds” of being informed by inmates that there was a problem. 

He said Potter exhibited “signs of life” prior to his transport to the hospital and “there were efforts to save his life,” but it was not possible. 

Halbert commended his staff for their quick response to the incident, calling it a “bad situation overall for everybody.” 

Bartley said his office has worked alongside the Kentucky State Police, Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner, the coroner’s office and the state’s medical examiner’s office in this investigation. Bartley expects the case to be presented to the grand jury soon. 

Gibson is incarcerated at the Pike County Detention Center where he was taken on June 6 for safety reasons and to prevent any issues with the investigation, which continues under the direction of KSP Det. Jason Dials.

By Mary Meadows
Floyd County Chronicle and Times



June 7, 2018



Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Following a special investigation by Kentucky State Police, a Scott County grand jury has returned indictments on three individuals involved in forgery and theft of KSP property.

According to a KSP news release, Master Trooper Mitch Harris was indicted on two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. Scott County Coroner John Goble was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property over $10,000, receiving stolen property (firearm), abuse of public trust less than $10,000, trafficking in controlled substance and two counts of official misconduct first degree. Michael Crawford, a retired KSP lieutenant colonel, was indicted for receiving stolen property over $10,000 and receiving a stolen firearm.

On Dec. 20, 2017, KSP uncovered evidence that state police ammunition was being misappropriated. KSP initially contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to request their assistance. The FBI declined to investigate and KSP launched an internal investigation through their Special Investigations Branch.

Through the course of the investigation, officials determined that more than $40,000 in ammunition had been unlawfully removed from the KSP Supply Branch in Frankfort and delivered to Goble's residence. Harris was immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave when the investigation began. The investigation also revealed that several firearms were sold to Crawford, who was not authorized to purchase them.

The Scott County grand jury returned the indictments in the form of summonses for all three individuals. More information will follow as court dates are set for this ongoing investigation.


June 7, 2018

Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center and CVS Health to hold ribbon cutting for mock pharmacy program June 15

CARL D. Perkins Training Center, THELMA, KY.CARL D. Perkins Training Center, THELMA, KY.

THELMA, Ky. -- The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma and CVS Health will celebrate the opening of a new program and mock pharmacy store at the center with a ribbon cutting ceremony June 15 at 10:30 a.m.

CVS Health is providing the center with a curriculum, inventory and mock pharmacy setup to start the CVS Retail Pharmacy Collaborative program at the Perkins Center to train individuals with disabilities to work in a retail store. The The folks at CVS Pharmacy are such great partners! Check out the jacket they gave this student during her work based learning experience.The folks at CVS Pharmacy are such great partners! Check out the jacket they gave this student during her work based learning experience.hands-on training, which is the first of its kind in Kentucky, will include job skills such as providing customer service and using a cash register. Individuals who complete the 12-week training program will qualify to apply for a position at a CVS Pharmacy location.

The Perkins Center is one of eight locations across the nation where CVS Health is opening a mock pharmacy program this year as part of a collaboration with the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers (NCSOCRC). The purpose of the program is to help Americans with disabilities find meaningful employment at CVS Pharmacy locations or similar retail stores.

The Perkins Center serves individuals with many types of disabilities to achieve their vocational goals. For more information about the center, visit


WHAT: CVS Retail Pharmacy Collaborative Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center and CVS Health

WHEN: June 15, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Eastern time

WHERE: Perkins Center, 5659 Main St., Thelma, Ky.

WHO: Ray Leathers, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment

Rocky Adkins, Kentucky House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader and Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) Chair

Representatives from CVS Health


Contact: Barbara Pugh, 606-788-7080, ext. 86577