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Sheriff details events leading up to Floyd Co. mass shooting

Sheriff details events leading up to Floyd Co. mass shooting

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) — During a press conference Sunday, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt shared events that led up to a violent, deadly standoff that occurred Thursday evening in the community of Allen.

The incident described by officials as a ‘war zone’ claimed the lives of three officers, a K-9 officer and injured four other people, including additional police officers.

Lance Storz is in the Pike County Detention Center on a $10 million cash bond facing several charges, including two counts of murder of a police officer. He also faces charges in connection with the death of K-9 Drago who served with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. A not guilty plea was entered on Storz’s behalf during a virtual court hearing.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said Sunday the incident began Thursday, June 30 after the sheriff’s office received a phone call about a woman being held against her will.

When deputies arrived at the home in question near the intersection of Main Street and Railroad Street for a welfare check, a woman was waiting outside and ran to their cruisers, according to Sheriff Hunt.

The woman told deputies Lance Storz was inside the home and she was only able to leave because he was asleep.

Deputies retrieved the woman’s daughter who was at another home and took them both to a safe place, Sheriff Hunt reports.

While being interviewed, the woman accused Storz of taking her phone and holding her hostage inside the home for days.

Sheriff Hunt said the woman told deputies the only time she was able to use a phone was when Storz was sleeping. That is when she said she was able to contact a relative for help. That relative then called the sheriff’s department, Sheriff Hunt says.

Following the woman’s interview with officials, an Emergency Protection Order was filed.

Details about why protective order filed against mass shooting suspect

The woman accused Storz of emotional and physical abuse, including rape. She also warned deputies by telling them that Storz had guns inside the home, the press conference Sunday revealed.

“The woman did say that Mr. Storz had firearms in the house. Deputies didn’t know at that time, obviously how many or to what extent his training was or if he had any,” said Sheriff Hunt.

An examination at the hospital did show signs of physical assault, deputies say.

Sheriff Hunt said Sunday a total of four deputies went to the home Thursday to serve the Emergency Protection Order and arrest Storz for fourth degree physical assault.

Deputies got their first glimpse of Storz in a window behind blinds when they first approached the home.

Deputy William Petry, a victim of Thursday’s shootout, was the first to go up to the house, Sheriff Hunt reported.

Hunt said Storz opened the door ‘like he had been waiting for police’ and started firing.

Sheriff Hunt tells Storz was wearing a bullet proof vest and backpack when he started firing at police.

“The suspect opened the door like he had been waiting for them,” said Hunt. “He knew they were coming.”

Sheriff Hunt said at least one officer was forced to hide underneath his police vehicle for hours to avoid being shot.

“Deputy Lawson would have been the fourth car,” said Hunt. “Deputy Hall was the third car. Deputy Hall was able to roll out of his car and he was to the rear of the K-9 vehicle driven by deputy Newsome. Deputy Hall rolled under the car and remained hidden there for hours to come. When Deputy Lawson rolled out of his vehicle he was immediately shot.”

Names of others injured in mass shooting released

Deputy William Petry with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, Capt. Ralph Frasure with the Prestonsburg Police Department and Prestonsburg Police Officer Jacob R. Chaffins all died as a result of their injuries sustained during the shootout.

Three law enforcement officers were shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday.
Three law enforcement officers were shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday.(WSAZ)

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A vigil is planned Sunday evening to honor Petry, Frasure and Chaffins at the Prestonsburg High School.


Officials described Thursday’s shooting as the deadliest law enforcement death in Kentucky since the prison riot in Eddyville in 1924 and the deadliest law enforcement event to happen in Eastern Kentucky.

This is a developing story.

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John Grady: Summer faith events

John Grady: Summer faith events

With the summer months closing in on us and as we prepare for some potential holiday time there are a couple events worth noting for those looking at faith related schedules.

With the summer months closing in on us and as we prepare for some potential holiday time there are a couple events worth noting for those looking at faith related schedules. This is not to take away from the local churches hosting a multitude of events this summer which can be found on their church websites.

One of the major events to attend in Western Canada is the Canadian Badlands Passion Play that is taking place on weekends July 1 to 17. It is held at the Amphitheatre in Drumheller, covering six acres of space with a cast of 35 professional theatre crew, along with volunteer actors rehearsing on weekends for two months in preparation.

It is in its 27th season with the epic story of faith, hope, and love of the life of Jesus Christ in a theatrical presentation, in an amazing outdoor stage. You need to purchase your tickets beforehand, check the weather, holiday parking facilities, time, cost, but it is well worth considering.

The other event is the Peace River Gospel Jamboree to be held Friday evening July 29; day and evening on the 30th, and day on the 31st at the South Peace Centennial Museum. It is a special event hosting Gospel artists from around the Peace River area as well as some outside performers.

Even if you can’t take in the full weekend, it is well worth a day drive and is suited for the entire family. It is great to be part of the bigger family of God. If you can’t make it to this one go to Canadian Gospel Jamboree concerts on the web and perhaps you can find one you can attend. 

Travel safe and be blessed.

John Grady lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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Saint John drag king has no plans to stop hosting events for kids, despite online hate | CBC News

Saint John drag king has no plans to stop hosting events for kids, despite online hate | CBC News

Alex Saunders loves doing drag storytime for kids and has no plans to stop, even after being the target of online hate.   

Saunders, a Saint John drag king whose stage name is Justin Toodeep, has been a drag performer for 12 years.

They’ve also been a dedicated volunteer with the YMCA and the Salvation Army, as well as spending the past five years reading books and making crafts with kids through the public library with drag storytime.

“Doing drag is about first and foremost giving back to your community,” they said. 

The past week, though, Saunders experienced something they say they’ve been through before.

Alex Saunders, also known as Justin Toodeep, helped host a drag storytime with the Saint John Free Public Library on June 5. This is a photo from the actual event. (Supplied by Alex Saunders)

They’ve been receiving hate messages, some even threatening their life, after Saint John People’s Party of Canada candidate Nicholas Pereira made an online post about a drag storytime event.

Saunders was part of that event last weekend through the Saint John Free Public Library in Market Square.

Pereira paired the event’s information with an unrelated image of a young person tipping a burlesque dancer by putting money in their underwear, spreading misinformation about what drag story time is all about. 

He has since deleted the post, but not before it reached hundreds, causing both strangers and people Saunders knows to attack them online.

“I haven’t been letting it get me down too much,” Saunders said. “But it makes me feel very unsafe in my own community.” 

No plans to stop

Although they fear for their personal safety, Saunders has no intention of stepping back from drag performances, including events for kids.

Support from the community has kept pace with the hatred they’ve been experiencing, they said, and they plan to keep going and perform at more Pride celebrations in Saint John in August.

“The outpouring of love from my own community, and from supporters and allies has been unreal, absolutely unreal.”

The library said it has hosted four drag storytime events, intended to celebrate diversity during Pride Month, and people have been “very supportive.”

“Activities such as this are a healthy part of a child’s development as they develop an understanding of and respect for differences, while feeling free to explore identities,” head librarian Laura Corscadden said in an email.

“Programs such as this have been offered successfully over the past several years in many other public libraries in other jurisdictions around North America.”

Saunders said they want to be part of events for kids because kids don’t have very many queer role models.

“They see me out there, being my weird self and living my best life. And, you know, they fall in love with that,” Saunders said.

Saunders said because they have a charisma kids are drawn toward, the least they can do for the community is read to children and show them there are different kinds of people in the world.

“People need to know that they’re not alone. And that’s what I like about drag story time. Plus, how cool is it to read stories to kids, make them happy and give them cookies?”

What happens at drag storytime?

Blair Richardson and her family moved to New Brunswick from Toronto a year and a half ago.

Richardson, who has a young daughter nicknamed Mouse, said her family was always connected with the queer community in Toronto, going to events like drag storytime and drag brunches. 

“I think a lot of youth need to not only hear it if they are part of that community, or will eventually be, but also the kids that will just grow up to be straight,” said Richardson, a supporter of the drag storytime series in Saint John.

“It’s important that they hear the regularity of the stories that are presented here, the inclusion, the messages of love.”

While she’s noticed a difference in how many queer-friendly places are available in Saint John — there are no gay bars, for example — she said attending events like drag story time has helped her family find friends when they didn’t know anybody in the city.

She even worked with the library to expand storytime events beyond just Pride week in August.

Richardson said the drag storytime events themselves are always full of colour and costume — all outfits are appropriate for kids, she added.

Her daughter also loves books and reading.

“It really combines a lot of the passions that a five year old should have, which are, you know, stage and entertainment and literacy.”

Blair Richardson’s daughter, Mouse, plans to try out drag herself for the first time this summer — using the name ‘Mouse-tache’. (Supplied by Blair Richardson)

The stories the drag kings and drag queens read to kids usually focus on themes of acceptance and being yourself — Richardson pointed to a recent story by Michael Hall called Red: A Crayon’s Story about a blue crayon inside a red wrapper that goes on a journey to find its true colours.

On top of reading stories, kids get to do crafts and have a snack at drag story time. 

“It’s just a really beautiful event for kids to be a part of,” Richardson said.

Her daughter, who looks forward to drag storytime “more so than anything else in life,” is even trying out drag for the first time later this summer.

“Mouse just wants to be just like Alex, in kind of every aspect of life, and really looks up to them.”

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Ronnie O’Sullivan ‘unsettled’ at World Championship after unusual events vs John Higgins

Ronnie O'Sullivan 'unsettled' at World Championship after unusual events vs John Higgins

“I was a bit unsettled tonight to be honest. I forgot my chalk, which wasn’t ideal preparation.” O’Sullivan added. he did however, agree with White’s assertion that the same things wouldn’t happen when he faces Trump in Sunday’s final.

Trump himself had a far more dramatic semi-final against Mark Williams. The 32-year-old, a world champion in 2019, had to hold his nerve to win the final two frames of the clash to come through 17-16, in what proved an all-time classic.

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The ‘lighters at rock concerts’ trend started at a legendary event right here in Toronto

The 'lighters at rock concerts' trend started at a legendary event right here in Toronto

Phone flashlights may have passed the proverbial torch, but for decades fans attending concerts would wave lighters in the air to cheer on their favourite act. It’s a phenomenon seen around the world, but like the sphynx cat and insulin, many may be unaware that the tradition originated right here in Toronto.

Toronto was a changing city in 1969, and so was the world around it. The Vietnam War was grinding on, FLQ terrorists bombed the Montreal Stock Exchange, the Science Centre opened in Toronto, and The Beatles were on the verge of breaking up.

The impending collapse of what was then the world’s biggest music act was already being witnessed in the form of breakaway solo acts like John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band.

Lennon and Ono would be among the performers of the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival on Sept. 13, 1969. The 12-hour show at Varsity Stadium included the likes of Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice Cooper, The Doors, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard, a guest list that has since elevated the concert to legend status among classic rock fans.

But even with all of those big names to take the pressure off, and the comparatively light crowd of 20,000 compared to the massive stadiums The Beatles sold out on U.S. tours, Lennon was suffering from stage fright and needed a bit of coaxing to get out on stage.

Acclaimed producer and cult icon Kim Fowley was MC for the night, and needed to get the Plastic Ono Band out on stage, and fast.

Gripped with stage fright, the famously cool and collected John Lennon was furiously hacking away through a pack of darts backstage, but Fowley had an idea.

Stepping out onto the stage, Fowley addressed the audience with a simple request:

“Everyone, get out your matches and lighters, please. In a minute, I’m going to bring out John Lennon and Eric Clapton, and when I do, I want you to light them and give them a huge Toronto welcome.”

It clearly worked, as the performance that followed went down in history as the live album, “Live Peace in Toronto 1969.” It also introduced many to Yoko Ono’s trademark shrieking, which was served up through a bag inexplicably placed over her head. Something that still defies explanations over a half-century later.

And with that, a rock and roll tradition was born steps from St. George Subway Station on familiar ground to many longtime Toronto residents.

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Fort St. John North Peace Museum update: Back to more events and programs

Fort St. John North Peace Museum update: Back to more events and programs

Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Masks are recommended and attendance will be capped at the first 50 people to arrive. For more information, call 250-787-0430.

We were excited to host some programs and guided tours for camps over spring break and we have just released our program information to schools. Information on all our programs can be found at

Lastly, we are very happy to be updating our display case in the hospital lobby again with a brand new exhibit.

Access has been limited during the pandemic and we are thrilled to be teaming up with the Fort St. John Hospital Arts Committee once again. This new display looks at surgery in the North Peace from the 1930s to the 1970s through equipment, photographs, and stories. Look for it in the lobby between reception and Cool Beans Café.

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Tigers Win Four Events at John McDonnell Invitational – University of Missouri Athletics

Tigers Win Four Events at John McDonnell Invitational - University of Missouri Athletics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Missouri track and field finished the John McDonnell Invitational with three student-athletes setting new Mizzou top-10 marks.

The Tigers had another strong showing in the women’s javelin. Ava Curry (Liberty, Mo.) finished second with a throw of 50.25m (164-10). Erin Zimmerman (Malvern, Pa.) was third with a throw of 49.54m (162-6) followed by Atina Kamasi (Novi Sad, Serbia) in fifth with a throw of 48.61m (159-5) and Taylor Ciccolini (Lewistown, Pa.) in sixth with a throw of 46.57m (152-9).  Zimmerman, Kamasi, and Ciccolini each set new top-10 school marks.

Jayson Ashford (Fairview Heights, Ill.) won the men’s 200m for the second meet in a row with a time of 21.19 and placed second in the men’s 100m with a 10.51. Emily Stauffer (Reinholds, Pa.) won the women’s shot put with a throw of 15.44m (50-8). The men’s 4x100m team of Ashford, La’Rue Martin, Isaiah Vigliano, and Blake Hays also won with a time of 41.56.

The Tigers finished the meet strong in the 1,500m, with Mikayla Reed (Washington, Mo.) winning the women’s race with a personal best of 4:31.14. Isabelle Christiansen took silver with a time of 4:31.96. On the men’s side, Angus Beer (Rozelle, Australia), William Sinclair (Tauwhare, New Zealand), and Jonathan Schmidt (Dresden, Saxony, Germany) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.


The Tigers will take a week off before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Crimson Tide Invitational April 22-23.


For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MizzouTFXC).


Field Events

Hammer throw (M) — 10. Ethan Hanson, 58.72m (192-8) PR  // 17. Dylan Johnson, 52.46m (172-1)

Hammer throw (W) — 2. Sydney Oberdiek, 58.23m (191-0) // 6. Emily Stauffer, 55.83m (183-2) // 11. Olivia Evans, 45.27m (148-6)

Discus (W) — 3. Emily Offenheiser, 47.33m (155-3) // 6. Sophia Rivera, 45.27m (148-6)

Discus (M) — 3. Mitchell Weber, 52.84m (173-4) // 4. Rece Rowan, 51.41m (168-8) // 13. Jason Petko, 45.71m (149-11)

Shot put (W) — 1. Emily Stauffer, 15.44m (50-8) // 10. Emily Offenheiser, 13.34m (43-9 ¾)

Long jump (W) — 8. Isabella Sokolova, 5.62m (18-5 ¼)

High jump (M) — 7. Quinton Brown, 1.95m (6-4 ¾)

Javelin (W) — 2. Ava Curry, 50.25m (164-10) // 3. Erin Zimmerman, 49.54m (162-6) PR // 5. Atina Kamasi, 48.61m (159-5) PR // 6. Taylor Ciccolini, 46.57m (152-9) PR // 12. Kaesha George, 39.76m (130-5), 14. Blair Widmer, 33.20m (108-11)

Shot put (M) — 9. Rece Rowan, 15.73m (51-7 ¼)

Javelin (M) — 4. Jason Edwards, 59.88m (196-5) // 8. Aaron Hoffman, 44.43m (145-9)

Track Events

3,000m Steeplechase (M) — 2. Nathan Hall, 9:23.46 // 4. Royce Fisher, 9:40.91

4x100m Relay (M) — 1. Jayson Ashford, La’Rue Martin, Isaiah Vigliano, Blake Hays, 41.56

3,000m (M) — 4. Ryan Mata, 8:44.18 // 6. Quentin Worley, 8:50.37

3,000m (W) — 4. McKenna Revord,10:01.06 // 15.  Abby Hake, 11:01.43

110m Hurdles (M) — 13. Chris McKinzy, Jr., 15.21 PR

100m Hurdles (W) — 15. Isabella Sokolova, 14.21 // 16. Mira Baccile, 15.48 PR

400m (M) —10. Blake Hays, 49.73 // 14. Isaiah Vigliano, 50.57 // 19. Marc Poland, 52.05 PR

400m (W) — 5. Rondajai Washington, 56.61

100m (M) — 2. Jayson Ashford, 10.51 // 17. La’Rue Martin, 10.95

100m (W) — 13. Mya Drayton, 12.47

400m Hurdles (M) — 10. David Buckner, 55.81 // 12. Zachary Charles, 56.26

400m Hurdles (W) — 9. Mira Baccile, 1:08.03

800m (M) — 3. Davis Helmerich, 1:51.95 PR // 11. Jack Warner, 1:55.14 // 12.  Johnny Martin, 1:55.43 // 16. Cason Suggs, 1:57.40 PR  // 20. Quentin Worley, 1:57.84 // Ryan Mata, 1:59.42

800m (W) — 3. Melissa Menghini, 2:11.56 PR // 4. Kelsey Schweizer, 2:12.59 // 5. Reilly Revord, 2:13.25 // 11. McKenna Revord, 2:19.22 PR // 12. Allison Newman, 2:19.88 // 13. Andi Bowman, 2:21.35 // 15. McKenna Butler, 2:22.05 PR

200m (M) —1.  Jayson Ashford, 21.19 // 13. Blake Hays, 22.08 // 18. Isaiah Vigliano, 22.28 // 19. La’Rue Martin, 22.30 // 27. Marc Poland, 23.12 PR

200m (W) — 2. Rondajai Washington, 24.25 // 6. Savannah Nevels, 24.91 // 10. Isabella Sokolova, 25.22 // 13. Mya Drayton, 25.37 PR

1,500m (M) — 3. Angus Beer, 3:51.16 // 4. William Sinclair, 3:53.45 // 5. Jonathan Schmidt, 3:55.24 // 7. Mitchell Small, 3:55.97 // 9. Jacob Nicholson, 3:57.73 // 11. Trevor Peimann, 3:58.39 // 16. Blake Morris, 4:00.45 PR // 17. Luke Winkler, 4:00.49 PR // 18. Nathan Hall, 4:01.16 PR // Royce Fisher, 4:04.34 PR // Austin Popplewell, 4:04.99 PR

1,500m (W) — 1.Mikayla Reed, 4:31.14 PR // 2. Isabelle Christiansen, 4:31.96 // 6. Ginger Murnieks, 4:36.34 // 9.  Jenna Schwartz, 4:43.14 // 10. Abbey Wilson, 4:44.38 // 12. Renee Lewis, 4:45.75 PR // Abby Hake, 5:08.09 // Anna Sullentrup, 5:13.37

4x400m Relay (M) — 5. Jayson Ashford, David Buckner, Blake Hays, Chris McKinzy Jr., 3:19.80