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MARCH INDICTMENTS

The Lawrence County Grand Jury Returns 10 Indictments For March.

Kayla J. Horn HuntKayla J. Horn HuntKayla Hunt, 29 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on BURGLARY 1st DEGREE (class B felony) penalty: 10 to 20 years and POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN BY A CONVICTED FELON (class C felony) penalties: 5 to 10 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before September 5, 2016, Kayla Hunt knowingly and unlawfully entered the dwelling house of Edmond Lambert of Louisa, Ky. with the intent to commit the crime of theft and while affecting entry, while in the dwelling house and/ or in the immediate flight therefrom, she was armed with a deadly weapon. Ms. Hunt also knowingly and unlawfully had in her possession a Stevens 20 gauge, model 94 shotgun while having been convicted of a prior felony from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bail was set at $20,000.

 

 

 

Richard L. MeadeRichard L. MeadeRichard Meade, 64 of Louisa, Ky. Indicted on charges of BURGLARY  3rd DEGREE (class D felony) penalty:  1 to 5 years and CARRYING A CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPON (a class A misdemeanor) penalty: not more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that Richard Meade knowingly and unlawfully entered an outbuilding owned by Richard Preston of Louisa, Ky. with the intent to commit the crime of theft. Mr. Meade knowingly and unlawfully carried a concealed firearm on or about his person. Bond was set at $5,000.

 

 

Joann Kimble, AKA “Candy Kimble”, 26 was indicted on the charges of POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1st DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years,  POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 3rd DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/COMPLICITY (class B misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 90 days and POSSESSION/USE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA/COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Gary Cochran Mills knowingly and unlawfully possessed the Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, possessed Buprenorphine (Soboxone), possessed Marijuana and altered straws, an altered glass tube, baggies and rolling papers. Bond was set at $5,000.

 

 

Gary Cochran Mills, 50 of Auxier, Ky. has been indicted indicted on the charges of POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1st DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years,  POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 3rd DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/COMPLICITY (class B misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 90 days and POSSESSION/USE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA/COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Joann Mills knowingly and unlawfully possessed the Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, possessed Buprenorphine (Soboxone), possessed Marijuana and altered straws, an altered glass tube, baggies and rolling papers. Bond was set at $5,000.

 

 

Dalton L. WhittDalton L. WhittDalton Whitt, 29 of Webbville, Ky. was indicted on charges of ASSAULT 3rd DEGREE (class D felony) penalty: 1 to 5 years, ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A MINOR (class A misdemeanor) TERRORISTIC THREATENING 3rd DEGREE (class A misdemeanor) penalty of not more than 12 months, RESISTING ARREST (class A misdemeanor) penalty: not more than 12 months and MENACING (class B misdemeanor) penalty: not more than 90 days in jail.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before March 2nd , 2017 in Lawrence County Ky. Dalton Whitt committed the offense of Assault 3rd degree by assaulting or attempting to assault Deputy Mason Keefer with the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department while acting in his official capacity, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully being a parent or legal guardian of a minor and failing to prevent him or her from becoming neglected or a delinquent child. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully threatened to commit any crime likely to result in the death or serious injury of another while disregarding Deputy Mason Keefer’s commands while preventing the officer, while working in his official capacity fro, placing the defendant under arrest. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully placed another person in the reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

 

 

 

Joseph R. BentleyJoseph R. BentleyJoseph Bentley, 37 of Ashland, Ky. was indicted on BAILJUMPING 1st DEGREE (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 10th, 2017 in Lawrence County Kentucky, Joseph Bentley committed the offense of BAILJUMPING by knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon conditions that he would subsequently appear at a specified time and place in connection with a felony charge of Flagrant Non Support, a class D felony, he failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by the court. Bail set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Percilla A. BoggsPercilla A. BoggsPercilla Boggs “aka Percilla Ramey” 31 of Paintsville, Ky. was indicted on BAILJUMPING 1st Degree (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 24, 2017 in Lawrence County Ky., Percilla Boggs committed the offense of BAILJUMPING by knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon conditions that she would subsequently appear at a specified time and place in connection with a felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class D felony, she failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by the court. Bail set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Amanda ThomasAmanda ThomasAmanda Thomas, 35 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on charges of TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1st degree, less than 2 grams (class D felony) penalty: 1 to 5 years, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, namely HEROIN (class D felony) and POSSESSION/ USE OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (class A misdemeanor) penalty of not more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before December 13th, 2016 in Lawrence County Kentucky, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance, namely Methamphetamine. The defendant committed the offense of Possession of a controlled substance by knowingly and unlawfully being in the possession of a schedule 1 narcotic, Heroin and unlawfully being in the possession of altered straws. Bond was set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Christopher J. HowellChristopher J. HowellChristopher Howell, 33 of Louisa, Kentucky was indicted on BAILJUMPING 1st DEGREE (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 10, 2017 in Lawrence County the defendant committed the offense of BAILJUMPING by knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon conditions that he would subsequently appear at a specified time and place in connection with a felony charge of Flagrant Non Support, a class D felony, he failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by the court. Bail set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Lowell Justin Maynard Lowell Justin Maynard Lowell Justin Maynard, 29 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on charges of POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1st degree (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years, USE/POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 1st OFFENSE (class A misdemeanor) THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING UNDER $500.00 (class A misdemeanor) and POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 2nd degree (class A misdemeanor).

The Grand Jury charges that on or before December 28, 2016 in Lawrence county Kentucky, the above named defendant committed the offense of possession of a controlled substance by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. The above named defendant committed the offense of use/possession of drug paraphernalia by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a syringe. The defendant committed the offense of theft but unlawfully taking a 3/8 inch snap on ratchet and 1 quart of transfer case oil belonging to Edsel Perry of Louisa Kentucky with a value not exceeding $500. The defendant committed the offense of possession of a controlled substance by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance/Suboxone. Bail set at 5,000.

 

 

 

Senator McConnell, Rep. Rogers lead bicameral effort for U.S. coalfields;

This bill will release $1 billion from the fund to stimulate new Abandoned Mine Land cleanup and economic development projects where it is needed the most.

Rep. Hal Rogers and Sen. Mitch McConnellRep. Hal Rogers and Sen. Mitch McConnell W.Va. Senators Shelly Moore Capito and Joe ManchinW.Va. Senators Shelly Moore Capito and Joe Manchin

WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2017) – Today, Congressional leaders united across the aisle and the Capitol Dome to reintroduce the bipartisan RECLAIM Act. The legislation aims to accelerate $1 billion in available funding in the Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AML) Fund over the next five years to revitalize coal communities hit hardest by the downturn of the coal industry.

The RECLAIM Act: Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More, was filed today in both chambers by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV.), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.).

As the lead sponsor in the Senate, Leader McConnell worked diligently to ensure the bill focuses on reclamation of the nation’s remaining six million acres of abandoned mine land, while also enabling economic development on those sites through agency support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

“I thank Congressman Hal Rogers for his leadership, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to bring relief to Kentucky’s struggling coal communities through the RECLAIM Act. By working with local leaders and stakeholders, we will be able to provide additional support for vital environmental reclamation, economic development, and job training in Appalachia,” said Senator McConnell. “After suffering eight years of job losses in the coalfields, Kentucky families and communities are in need, and this bill would provide additional resources to these regions. The RECLAIM Act of 2017 would build upon the successful pilot program that Congressman Rogers and I championed to bring assistance to coal communities, and I am proud to sponsor this legislation in the Senate.”

Congressman Hal Rogers led robust conversations in the U.S. House over the last year to ensure the revised RECLAIM Act gives each state the flexibility they need to utilize available funding through a fair and transparent process.

“Over the last eight years, we’ve lost more than 13,000 coal mining jobs in Kentucky alone, and through this bill, we have an incredible opportunity to make sure that our coal producing states can access funding that is readily available to restore our land and revive our economy,” said Congressman Rogers. “I applaud Senate Leader McConnell for leading the charge in the Senate to help this worthy bill make headway in the new Congress.”

While the Department of Interior’s AML program has distributed over $8 billion to these communities for reclamation and other purposes since 1977, approximately $2.4 billion currently remains in the AML Fund’s existing, unappropriated balance.

This bill will release $1 billion from the fund to stimulate new Abandoned Mine Land cleanup and economic development projects where it is needed the most.

“It is no secret that coal communities in West Virginia have suffered significant economic damage after eight years of harmful anti-coal policies,” said Senator Capito. “Strengthening these distressed regions, and creating an environment where job creation and business investment can thrive is one of my top priorities. The RECLAIM Act will help fund local projects that have the potential to help the region’s economy recover. I’m proud to join with my colleagues to introduce this important legislation.”

Under the plan, $200 million will be distributed to participating states annually for five years for the reclamation of priority AML sites, which in turn will empower States and Indian tribes to work with local communities to identify and fund economic development projects on AML sites.

The RECLAIM Act follows the successful implementation of the AML Pilot Project, which was enacted in the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The $90 million pilot – spearheaded in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – provided coal communities with grants to reclaim abandoned mine lands with economic development purposes in mind, create new job opportunities and stimulate the local economy.

The RECLAIM Act requires the public to be notified during the project planning process and be given the opportunity to comment at public meetings near proposed project sites.

The RECLAIM Act requires the Secretary of the Interior Department to report to Congress about all RECLAIM projects and the resulting economic benefits.

 

Quick actions of Louisa Fire Department; 

WITH ONLY MINUTES TO SPARE, FLAMES SUBDUED; ONLY ONE OUT BUILDING LOST

Outbuilding fully involved and had spread to the corner of the house near Five Forks last night. Outbuilding fully involved and had spread to the corner of the house near Five Forks last night.

MARCH 26, 2017 -written by WADE QUEEN


The fire was contained to the outside of the home by LVFD.The fire was contained to the outside of the home by LVFD.

Pictures from the fire Saturday night on Chapel Road. Outbuilding fully involved and had spread to the corner of the house. The fire was contained to the outside of the home. Photos courtesy of Louisa Fire Chief Eddie Preston.

 

A structure fire that erupted on a residential property Saturday evening was stopped from being a worse situation and tragedy for the owners of the property as quick response and efforts of firefighters that prevented the fire from spreading to the adjacent house as well as multiple automobiles and other vehicles nearby, with the only loss confined to one building and minor damages.

At just after 8 P.M. Saturday night, March 25, Lawrence County E-911 received a call of a reported structure fire, involving a large outbuilding on 1143 Chapel Road, which is just off the right fork of Five Forks Hill, turning off by Myrtle Chapel Church, around just over two miles outside of Louisa.

Lawrence County E-911 immediately dispatched the City of Louisa Fire Department to respond to the scene. The fire department crews responded quickly to fire area, arriving within several minutes of the initial call.

At just after 8 P.M. Saturday night, March 25, Lawrence County E-911 received a call of a reported structure fire, involving a large outbuilding on 1143 Chapel Road, with is just off the right fork of Five Forks Hill, turning off by Myrtle Chapel Church,At just after 8 P.M. Saturday night, March 25, Lawrence County E-911 received a call of a reported structure fire, involving a large outbuilding on 1143 Chapel Road, with is just off the right fork of Five Forks Hill, turning off by Myrtle Chapel Church,

Once present at the blaze, firefighters discovered that a large outbuilding was completely consumed in flames, and that the fire was on the verge of spreading, as there was a mobile home adjacent to the burning outbuilding as well as several automobiles and other vehicles around the blazing structure, and all them were getting very hot and preparing to ignite, with fire crews having only a couple of minutes, maybe only seconds, to prevent a full-scale inferno throughout the entire property site.

Louisa fire units sprung into action, going into overdrive to get the tense situation under control and extinguish the fire and bring an end to threat to the remaining properties at in just the nick of time.

Louisa fire units sprung into high action, going into overdrive to get the tense situation under control and  extinguish the fire and bring an end to threat to the remaining properties at in just the right nick of time.Louisa fire units sprung into high action, going into overdrive to get the tense situation under control and extinguish the fire and bring an end to threat to the remaining properties at in just the right nick of time.

After about an hour of arriving and fighting the blaze that was ready to incinerate the scene, the Louisa Fire Department put out the flames, saving the owners the rest of their property from a more somber fate.

With everything finally under control, firefighters inspected everything on the rest of scene, and reported that the outbuilding was a complete loss, and that there was damage suffered to the fronts of two vehicles and minor damage to the eaves of the house. 

There were no injuries reported as result of the fire. No cause as of yet has been reported as to what was the initial cause of the outbuilding to catch aflame.