Law Enforcement

Pike dispatcher/deputy arrested

PIKEVILLE – A Pike County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher and deputy was one of two individuals arrested Thursday morning following an undercover drug investigation by Operation UNITE. Matthew Blanton, 33, of Rocky Road, Pikeville, and 34-year-old Bradley Childers of Rocky Branch, Pikeville, were each charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and lodged in the Pike County...

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UNITE funded for 44 AmeriCorps members

FRANKFORT – Operation UNITE’s AmeriCorps program is one of 12 programs across Kentucky to receive grant funding, Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, announced this week. “With this grant, the UNITE Service Corps will continue to provide 44 full-time AmeriCorps members to schools in southern and eastern Kentucky for the upcoming term,” stated...

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Smoot to head KACP

LEXINGTON – Operation UNITE President/CEO Dan Smoot will head the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police for the next year. Smoot was sworn in by 27th District Circuit Court Judge Thomas Jensen during the organization’s annual banquet on Wednesday, July 31. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to work with law enforcement agencies across Kentucky,” Smoot said. “One of the themes...

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Indiana city to model Camp UNITE

WILLIAMSBURG, KY – Three officials from a southwestern Indiana community are participating on staff this week at Operation UNITE’s Camp UNITE to get a feel for how things operate – just in time for their inaugural camp program in Evansville next week. From left, Kyle Phernetton, director of public relations at the Vanderburgh County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office; Detective Brock...

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Heroin moving into region

BEATTYVILLE – As new laws make it increasingly more difficult to obtain painkillers, drug users are beginning to turn toward heroin for their high. While northern Kentucky and major cities, such as Lexington, are struggling to get a handle on problems related to this new drug of choice, most southern and eastern Kentucky counties are just beginning to see heroin crop into their area. The most...

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Smoot to replace Kelly as UNITE CEO

LONDON – Dan Smoot, who has been part of the Operation UNITE team since its inception a decade ago, will step up to lead the organization effective May 15. The UNITE Board of Directors voted Tuesday, April 30, to elevate Smoot to President and Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Karen Kelly, who helped create UNITE in 2003. “The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the hiring...

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