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US 23 Truck Crash That Injured 3 Members Of Fitch Family Settled;

Boyd Case Is Resolved

At Lexington Mediation

CATLETTSBURG—Kirl Fitch was returning to his Inez home after a doctor visit on December 19, 2011, when the vehicle in which he, his wife, Kathleen, and their daughter, Wanda Kirk, were traveling was involved in a collision on US 23 near Catlettsburg with an 18-wheeler owned by Veolia ES Industrial Services and operated by Justin Gillum of Greenup, Kentucky, a crash which caused “very serious injuries” to Kirl and “serious injuries” to Kathleen and Wanda, according to John Kirk, who filed a lawsuit against the truck owner and driver for Kirl, Kathleen and Wanda.

According to Kirk’s complaint filed in the Boyd Circuit Court in 2012, the collision resulted from the negligence of the truck driver and caused extensive hospital treatment for Kirl Fitch and considerable medical treatment for Kathleen and Wanda.

The lawsuit demanded compensation for injuries, medical treatment and pain and suffering. The suit also demanded punitive damages.

“Kirl Fitch, my friend for many years, was hurt very badly,” Kirk said, “and underwent hospitalization. Fortunately, no one was killed, but unfortunately, injuries that Kirl, Kathleen and Wanda suffered will stay with them.”

Recently, the lawsuit was settled at Lexington by Brian C. House Mediations. “Settlement was a very good thing,” Kirk said. “All the parties, the insurance company representation and lawyers convened for mediation and everything was worked out and settled, which is a good thing because, getting ready and going through a long trial would have been a hard thing for Kirl and the others to do, given their injuries.”

Terms of settlement were not given. “That is a normal thing,” Kirk said, “to keep all that information private. I can say, however, that justice has been done for three good people.”

Lawrence County Sheriff's arrest report

June 10, 2013


A Louisa man who was arrested for DUI was also charged with terroristic threatening after he told police he knew someone had called and reported him for drinking and driving and that they were "going to be killed".

CastleCastleRobert V. Castle, 60, was arrested June 6 when he was observed by deputies on the right fork of George's Creek without an exhaust.

When confronted by deputies, Castle could not produce proof of insurance or registration for the vehicle he was driving. Deputies stated in their report that Castle smelled of alcohol and could not pass a field sobriety test.

Castle was charged with inadequate silencer, failure to maintain insurance, no registration, DUI, and terroristic threatening.

Gary Cain, 61, of Inez was arrested June 9 after being observed by deputies swerving into oncoming traffic and the shoulder of the road. He was driving on expired tags and had no insurance. Cain could not pass a field sobriety test and admitted he had been drinking.
He was charged with careless driving, no insurance, expired registration and DUI.

Ronald Young, 48, of Louisa was arrested June 7 and served a bench warrant.

Steven Hunt, 22, of Louisa was arrested June 6 and served with a warrant from the court on charges of fourth degree assault and disorderly conduct..

GriffithGriffithTony Griffith, 36, of Louisa was arrested June 4 and served an arrest warrant for flagrant non support.

All were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Louisa City Council Meeting


June 11, 2013 -- 7:00 PM

Louisa City Hall


1.    Call to order.
2.    Pledge of allegiance and prayer.
3.    Approve minutes for 05-14-13.
4.    Louisa Water & Sewer Commission.
5.    Gene Wilson—Wet Dry Vote.            
6.    Louisa Police Department.
7.    Louisa Fire Department.
8.    Louisa Water and Sewer Departments.
9.    Louisa Street and Sanitation Departments.
10.    Audience comments.
11.    Executive session.
12.    Adjourn.

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