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Corbin Theater to do encore show of ‘Paul’s Case’— A-6 the out Where You Live! It’s All Ab News Journal HIGH AND LOW Liquor stores interested in Corbin City officials say liquor store owners are lining up to do business in Corbin — page A-3. Showing their skills Corbin High School’s JROTC program hosts 15th Annual Skills Challenge — page A-3. Corbin! This Week Lady Colonels win district, upset in Region opener Check us out online at WWW.THENEWSJOURNAL.NET See SPORTS Section C Supreme Court takes pass on Corbin tax lawsuit For subscription info: 606.528.9767 ■ By Dean Manning dmannning@corbinnewsjournal.com After four days of testimony and more than five hours of deliberations a jury found Doyle Stanford Fritts guilty of federal charges of conspira cy t o t r a ffi c Oxycodone, t r a ffi c k i n g i n Oxycodone and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, while his Jerry Lee brother,finding Lee Jerry Fritts Fritts not guilty o n c h a rg e s o f conspiracy to traffic Oxycodone and aiding and abetting in the After over a year of mulling the issue, the Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a long-standing occupational tax dispute between the city of Corbin and the Knox County Fiscal Court, moving the issue one step closer to a final resolution. The Supreme Court first got the case in Jan. 2011 when Knox County filed an appeal following a confusing Court of Appeals ruling that did little to decide the case. On Feb. 15, the court notified both sides it would refuse to hear the case. Photos by DEAN MANNING Head-on: Nancy Salzar of Keavy was pronounced dead on arrival at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Sunday night after her pickup truck, above, ran off the road and hit a tree on Ky. 312 in Keavy. Keavy woman dies after running into tree on KY 312 ❛❛ It’s a positive thing for us, but it’s not over. It is still pending litigation …❜❜ — WILLARD MCBURNEY MAYOR OF CORBIN See FRITTS, page A-7 Bad Hair Bandit, wife, face more criminal charges ■ By Dean Manning dmannning@corbinnewsjournal.com ■ By Dean Manning dmannning@corbinnewsjournal.com Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney said now the lawsuit will move back to Knox County Circuit Court when the issue of the county’s population in 1999 must be decided. “I don’t know how long it will take for them to get that on the docket. We’d like to have it happen sooner rather than later. We need to get some sort of final decision on this case so we know what we can do,” McBurney said Tuesday. “It’s a positive thing for us, but it’s not over. It is still pending litigation.” A Keavy woman died from the injuries she sustained when her pickup truck slammed into a tree Sunday night. According to witnesses, Nancy Salzar, 49, who lives on Mill Creek Road in Keavy, was traveling east on Ky. 312 about 6 p.m. when she ran off the road, scraped by one tree and then slammed into another. Despite the fact that the truck, a Dodge Dakota, was a 1998 model, emergency personnel noted the airbags did not deploy. See LAWSUIT, page A-7 “She was wearing seat belts, but the vehicle had been worked on and, for whatever reason, the airbag did not deploy,” said Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the department’s public affairs officer. Keavy Firefighters established a landing zone for a helicopter in a nearby clearing and a helicopter was brought in. The decision was made to take Salzar to St. Joseph-London for treatment to stabilize her condition. Acciardo said emergency personnel had to resuscitate Salzar at least once while en route to St. Joseph. Up in smoke … Man says he’s ‘lucky’ he didn’t perish in Monday garage fire ■ By Mark White mwhite@williamsburgnewsjournal.com See FIRE, page A-8 75¢ Federal jury has split verdict for brothers in drug case DEADLY CRASH ■ By Trent Knuckles tknuckles@corbinnewsjournal.com Monday was Ray Johnson’s lucky day. He had gone to the doctor and then went to visit a relative. Otherwise, he probably would have been inside his cousin’s garage at 100 Cool Camp Road taking a nap Monday afternoon when a fire broke out destroying the building, which he helped build more than a decade ago. “I know I would have been asleep. I’d have been dead,” he said. Johnson said he first learned about the fire after hearing about it on the scanner, and couldn’t believe what he was hearing at first. “They thought I was in it. I could have been in it,” he said. “I came very close to being in it.” Pleasant View Fire Chief Matt Witt said the blaze was reported about 4:30 p.m. Monday at a garage, WS STA ND FEBRUARY 29, 2012 VOL. 104, NO. 9 • WILLIAMSBURG, KY. NE INSIDE NEWS The Whitley Republican .net Photo by MARK WHITE Hard at work: Williamsburg firefighters James and Natosha Moses worked unsuccessfully along with more than a dozen other firefighters from two other departments to extinguish this garage blaze Monday afternoon. Salzar was then taken by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Medical Center but Acciardo said she died while en route and was pronounced dead on arrival by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office. Ky. 312 between Mill Creek Estates and the west side of Rooks Branch Road was closed to traffic as emergency personnel worked to clear the scene. Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies, Keavy Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and the London/Laurel County Rescue Squad responded to the scene. T h e Wi l l i a m s b u r g c o u p l e charged with robbing seven banks in southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee are now facing federal charges in connection with the five robberies that occurred in Whitley, Knox and McCreary counties and will be arraigned today in U.S. District Court in London. Jason Fox, 30 and Tasha K. Fox, 26 were indicted on federal charges in December in connection with the Dec. 1 robbery at L&N Federal Credit Union in Williamsburg. A federal grand jury handed down a superseding indictment last See BANDIT, page A-8 Meat cleaver suspect had long history of violence Victim had DVO against Privett in 2010 ■ By Mark White mwhite@corbinnewsjournal.com assaulted his wife, Erica Privett, including at least two blows to the head with a meat cleaver during a A Williamsburg man, who alleg- domestic dispute, police said. “Ironically, after he struck her edly attacked his wife with a meat cleaver last week, is still lodged several times with a meat cleavin the Whitley County Detention er, he tried to get her to go to a Center in lieu of a $1 million cash neighbor’s house after he did all bond, and court records indicate this to her, and he physically took her most of the way to the that he has three prior conneighbor’s house where he victions for fourth-degree broke into the neighbor’s assault/domestic violence. residence,” said Sheriff James B. Privett III, Colan Harrell. 26, was scheduled to Their neighbor, Donna have a preliminary hearCunningham, noted that ing Monday afternoon in contrary to initial reports, Whitley District Court on James Privett didn’t take charges of attempted murany clothing from her der, second-degree burhome, but did kick the glary and resisting arrest, Privett door in and tried to clean but instead he agreed his wife up at her trailer. to waive his case to the Erica Privett was flown to the Whitley County Grand Jury, which University of Tennessee Medical will meet on March 5. Whitley District Judge Cathy Center because of the extent of her Prewitt rejected a motion by injuries, but she was released by Privett’s attorney Monday after- Thursday afternoon. She appeared in court for noon to reduce his bond to $100,000 cash. See PRIVETT, page A-7 On Feb. 20, Privett allegedly

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