On Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at approximately 9:47 AM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report of a two (2) vehicle traffic crash, with injury, at the intersection of KY 149 and US 421 south in the Lockards Creek Community of Clay County.
Lockard's Creek Fire Department and Clay EMS responded to the scene of a fatality.
Upon arrival Trooper Josh Wilson determined that a maroon, 1988, Oldsmobile, Cutlass, passenger car, operated by John R. Russell, 24, of Lockards Creek was turning southbound onto US 421 from KY 149 when it entered the path of a northbound, black, 2004, Jaguar, X-type, passenger car, operated by Betty Bailey, 58, of Big Creek.
Russell, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was fatally injured in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner Danny Finley.
This is according to Alcohol Beverage Control Officer Patrick Robinson, who received official word from State ABC Distilled Spirits Administrator Danny Reed Tuesday evening.
The licenses will not be officially issued until Wednesday, says Robinson.
A Clay County legend was laid to rest Friday. Though he is gone, his legacy will remain a staple of Clay County’s history.
Pat House, 90, of Manchester, passed away at his home Tuesday.
Pat was well known in the Manchester community as the owner and operator of Pat’s Snack Bar. Established in 1949, Pat’s Snack Bar was, for many years, one of the only restaurants where you could get a burger, chips, and a pop for one dollar.
Pat’s reputation for grilling up delicious burgers has been fastened in Manchester’s past for over 60 years, and will carry on after his death.
Pat is described by his son, Maurice House, as a man of great work ethic and integrity.
“He was a great father, a man of great integrity,” said House.
A long-time friend of Pat, James Phillips, says Pat House was a man he looked up to.
“I looked up to him because he was a basketball player, a business man, and a friend. Pat worked very hard and always had good advice, whether it was about life or finances,” says Phillips.
Baby Clarissa was laid to rest Monday at the Ball Cemetery on Sextons Creek the same day the man accused in her death pleaded not guilty in court.
A preliminary hearing has been set for November 28 for Bobby Sester, 23, of Oneida, for the charges of second-degree manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Clarissa Danielle Burkhart, the 14-month-old daughter of Curtis and Jessica Burkhart, died Thursday after she was run over by a truck driven by Sester.
A month and a half long investigation into recent thefts from the State Highway Garage led to the arrest of Joseph Slone Monday.
Slone, 27, of Manchester, was charged with two counts of third degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking, says Sheriff Kevin Johnson.
Early in October, Kentucky State Police received a report that various items had been stolen from the State Highway Garage. More than a week ago, the State Highway Department reported even more tools missing, says Sheriff Johnson.
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