Johnson Co. lawyer and her son indicted for selling drugs;
FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 22, 2014) – Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictments of a mother and son on prescription drug charges.
On Sept. 18, a Johnson County grand jury indicted 63-year-old Mary Lou Chandler, of Paintsville, on one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance less than 10 dosage units and two counts of complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance less than 10 dosage units.
Both charges are class D felonies.
Additionally, 34-year-old Matthew Chandler, of Paintsville, was indicted on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance of 10 dosage units or more, a class C felony; two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance less than 10 dosage units, a class D felony; two counts of complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance less than 10 dosage units, a class D felony; and a persistent felony offender charge.
According to the indictments, Mary Lou Chandler and Matthew Chandler allegedly sold oxycodone pills to a confidential informant in Johnson County earlier this year. Mary Lou Chandler was arrested on Sept. 18 by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. in Johnson Circuit Court.
A warrant has been issued for Matthew Chandler’s arrest. Attorney General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions is handling this case at the request of Johnson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Melvin.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Council member Brad Stark has consistently asked for Big Sandy Water to pay the city more for treated water. Lazer file photo
Louisa City Council met Friday for a special meeting. Mayor Teddy Preston called the meeting to order
Second reading of Ordinance 2014-02, “Ordinance Adopting the Annual Budget for FY July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 for the City of Louisa” was read.
BUDGET AMOUNTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2014 AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2015 WERE ADOPTED AS FOLLOWS:
CLASSIFICATION GENERAL FUND
ESTIMATED REVENUES TAXES $372,037
LICENSES AND PERMITS $397,924
INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUES $240,328
CHARGES FOR SERVICES $405,711
FINES AND FORFEITURES $5,000
OTHER REVENUE $25,641
TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUE $1,576,248
APPROPRIATIONCLASSIFICATION GENERAL FUND
APROPRIATION OF FUNDS
GENERAL GOVERNMENT $381,568
SANITATION SERVICES $373,742
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS $1,576,248
Gloria Johnson made a motion to accept the budget and a second by Tom Parsons and all were in favor
Second reading of Ordinance 2014-03, “Compensation of City Employees Pursuant to KRS 83A.070” was read and a motion made by Brad Stark to accept it and second by Parsons. All were in favor.
Pay classifications adopted
The following PAY CLASSIFICATION effective July 1, 2014, set for Mayor and Louisa City Council:
MAYOR - $11,522.16 ANNUALLY
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS - $600 ANNUALLY.
The following PAY CLASSIFICATION effective July 1, 2014 (unless otherwise noted) are set for the following City employees:
CITY CLERK (SALARY) $28,277.32 ANNUAL
DEPUTY CITY CLERK $8.66 PER HOUR/$18,012.80 ANNUALLY
POLICE CHIEF (SALARY) $36,637.91 PLUS STATE INCENTIVE PAY
POLICE SERGEANT $28,684.03 TO $34,115.33 ANNUAL/$13.79 PER HOUR TO $16.40 PER HOUR PLUS STATE INCENTIVE PAY
PATROLMAN $24,377.60 TO $24,918.40 ANNUAL/$11.72 PER HOUR TO $11.98 PER HOUR PLUS STATE INCENTIVE PAY (BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND SKILL)
SUPERVISOR $25,374.34 ANNUAL/$12.20 PER HOUR FOR 40 HOUR WEEK
LABORER $16,120 TO $22,189.44 ANNUAL
/$7.75 TO $10.66 PER HOUR FOR 40 HOUR WEEK
DRIVER $22,256 TO $23,634.62 ANNUAL
/$10.70 TO $11.36 PER HOUR FOR A 40 HOUR WEEK (BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND SKILL)
CODE ENFORCER $19,115.62 / $9.19 PER HOUR FOR A 40 HOUR WEEK
The following pay classifications effective July 1, 2014 set for City Attorney:
CITY ATTORNEY $564.35 TWICE PER MONTH PLUS $50 PER MONTH FOR EXPENSES
The next thing on the agenda was to Set Tax Rate for 2014. The Council discussed how much a 4% raise would be and it would be $13,800 more a year or $9 on a $100,000 home. Brad Stark made a motion to keep the current rate and Parsons second the motion. All were in favor.
The Water and Sewer budget was discussed but the council concluded that it should be tabled until someone from the Big Sandy Water, Inc. could be present. Waterworks director Dave Mcguire was asked to contact BSW and request that they come to the next special meeting.
Stark stated that there needs to be an increase on what BSW pays for the water they purchase. Gloria Johnson made a motion to table the Water and Sewer budget until a Big Sandy Water representative could be present and Stark made a second and all were in favor.
See related story about water and sewer budget in another Lazer story.
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