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Traffic delays start January 7 on KY 321 in Johnson County;


JOHNSON COUNTY – January 4, 2013 – Traffic delays begin January 7 on KY 321 in Johnson County as part of preliminary work to correct a long-time rockfall problem along this stretch of highway.

Core drilling activity above the road on either side of Christian Appalachian Project’s facility could result in debris rolling onto the roadway, according to Richard T. Wilson with Horn and Associates, the Winchester firm hired by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to provide drilling services to support redesign of the rock cut.

Wilson explained that the borings, or core holes, are located above the existing rock cuts on either side of CAP’s building, and require the construction of dozer trails for moving drilling equipment to the boring locations. This activity will result in disturbance of the soil and may cause debris to roll over the existing cut slope and onto the highway.

“These roadway closures are for the safety of the traveling public,” said Project Manager John Michael Johnson of Highway District 12. “We expect them to be brief and intermittent. We do not expect to hold up traffic for any significant amount of time.” Johnson pointed out that the area has been prone to rockfalls, which have been a problem for years. “This temporary inconvenience is not much to put up with compared with the end result, which is to eliminate future rockfalls along this stretch of highway. We apologize for the delays, but we know that folks who travel this road regularly will be patient and understanding.”

Motorists can expect traffic delays during daylight hours after school opens in the mornings. There will be a window each afternoon to allow school dismissal traffic to travel through the area. Otherwise, traffic delays will generally be limited to 20 minutes or less while dozer trails are being constructed, drills are being moved from location to location, and during cleanup. Equipment will be on site to clean up any debris before reopening the highway.

Lawrence County Sheriff's arrest Report

January 2, 2013


A couple from Lovely, Kentucky were arrested December 28 and charged with theft by unlawful taking/auto after deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of an auto theft at Hardin's Used Cars on KY 2565.

According to the sheriff's report, Joetta Marcum, 30, and Larry Brewer, 38, asked to drive a mini van. After getting in the vehicle they drove off the lot at a high rate of speed toward KY 644.

Witness information led to the recovery of the van on Gene Wilson Boulevard. The subjects that matched the description were taken into custody and they told deputies they had stolen the van because they had recently been kicked out of their homes.

Both were also served with bench warrants from Martin County for failure to pay fines.

Also arrested in the past week was Tonya Zeek, 40, of Beauty. Zeek was arrested December 29 and served with a warrant for a charge of alcohol intoxication in a public place. She is under a $228 cash bond.

James West, 39, of Louisa was arrested December 27 and served a bench warrant on charges of operating a motor vehicle on suspended license, no insurance and no registration plates.

David Blake, 56, of Blaine was arrested December 27 and served with a bench warrant on a charge of operating a motor vehicle on suspended license.

Date: 01-02-2013

KSP: No fatalities reported during New Year's holiday period...

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

But all seven fatalities occurred prior to the start of the New Year’s holiday reporting period, which started at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, according to a state police news release.

One single fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of these counties: Garrard, Grant, Jefferson, Jessamine, Pike and Warren. The victim in Jefferson County was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol was involved.

One single fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in Laurel County.

In 2011, three people died in two separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the New Year’s holiday period.

Through Dec. 31, preliminary statistics indicate that 737 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 17 more than in 2011.

Of the 586 motor vehicle fatalities, 321 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 77 motorcycle fatalities, 39 were not wearing a helmet. Twelve of the 14 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet.

Fifty-two pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and seven bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 140 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol, the KSP news release said.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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