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Kentucky’s Division of Driver Licensing will save the state an estimated $250,000 a year thanks to its decision to stop mailing out license renewal reminder cards.
The decision was announced Thursday and will affect the state’s 3.6 million license holders, said Naitore Djigbenou, the deputy executive director for Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet.
“The move to discontinue the expiration reminder cards is rooted in a desire to steward our Road Fund dollars responsibly,” Djigbenou said. “This courtesy came at an expense. In the future, we will offer text and email reminders to motorists who voluntarily provide that information.”
Drivers have to renew their licenses every four years. The Division of Driver Licensing mails reminder cards to about 900,000 Kentucky drivers each year. The $250,000 will go towards building roads and bridges, Djigbenou said.
“We are in a new administration and under new leadership that is closely examining spending,” she said.
By Fernando Alfonso III
A Magoffin County teen was arrested on Saturday and charged with rape and sodomy after admitting to engaging in sexual contact with a 13-year-old female.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Hale noted in the arrest citation that he received a call from the girl's legal guardian at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, stating that Brandon Williams, 18, of Salyersville, was located inside the residence where the girl lives.
When Trooper Hale arrived, he interviewed Williams, who admitted to meeting the 13-year-old outside at approximately 2:30 a.m., at which time he entered the home. He admitted to engaging in oral sex twice and intercourse, according to the citation.
The victim told law enforcement that it was consensual sex, according to the police report. She was sent to Highlands Regional Medical Center for a sexual assault evidence collection kit.
According to KRS 510.020, a person is deemed incapable of consent when he or she is less than 16 years old.
Williams is currently charged with second degree rape (no force) and two counts of second degree sodomy, all classified as Class C felonies. Each charge carries a potential penalty of 5 to 10 years.
At press time, Williams is currently housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
By Heather Oney
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) – Nearly two thirds of Kentuckians who participated in a mock election at the Kentucky State Fair over the last two weeks support Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' plan to offer early voting in the Commonwealth's elections.
"Results from our State Fair polls confirm what we regularly hear from Kentucky voters – that they are more than ready for the opportunity to cast their ballots early," said Grimes. "Unfortunately, the Kentucky Senate did not act on our legislation that would give Kentuckians that opportunity, which passed the House with bipartisan support earlier this year. We will be backing that bill again, and it's time that it's made law."
Sixty-five percent of the voters who participated in the Secretary of State's mock election at the office's State Fair booth said they support allowing all eligible Kentucky voters to cast absentee ballots in-person without an excuse before Election Day.
Grimes backed early voting legislation, House Bill 290, before the General Assembly earlier this year. The legislation carried the endorsement of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett (R) who joined Grimes to speak before a House committee on the bill. He told lawmakers that his state sees tremendous success with its early voting program.
"I encourage all Kentuckians who support early voting to contact their county clerks and ask them to support our plan," said Grimes. "They should also call or email their state legislators and tell them that it's time to pass this important election reform."
AUGUST 31, 2016
THE HOT WEATHER IN THE RECENT SEVERAL DAYS DEEPLY CURTAILED CRIME, AND APPARENTLY ALSO, CRIME-FIGHTING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AS WELL.
JAIL ARRESTS IN THE LAST TEN DAYS OF AUGUST PLUMMETED IN A STEEP MANNER, ESPECIALLY OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, AND ALONG WITH THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES THAT USE THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER, WHEN COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS WEEKS.
From 12:01 A.M. August 22, 2016 to 11:59 P.M. August 31, 2016; 95 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Out of the 95 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in this last 10 day period of August 22-31, 11 arrests were from Lawrence County.
The number of people booked each day from August 22 thru August 31 at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville was as the following: MONDAY-AUGUST 22: 9, TUESDAY-AUGUST 23: 6, WEDNESDAY-AUGUST 24: 13, THURSDAY-AUGUST 25: 8, FRIDAY-AUGUST 26: 19, SATURDAY-AUGUST 27: 6, SUNDAY AUGUST 28: 3, MONDAY-AUGUST 29: 10, TUESDAY-AUGUST 30: 3, WEDNESDAY-AUGUST 31: 18.
From August 1 thru August 31; 395 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Out of the 395 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in the month of June, 67 arrests were from Lawrence County.
From July 1 thru July 30; 359 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Out of the 359 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in the month of June, 40 arrests were from Lawrence County.
Those eleven individuals arrested in Lawrence County in the past eleven days are the following:
John Moore, 32, of Columbus, Ohio; was arrested on August 22, 2016, at 4:34 P.M., by Chief Greg Fugitt of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE 1ST OFFENSE (HEROIN), • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS.
Janna Henson, 37, Columbus, Ohio; was arrested August 22, 2016, at 10:33 P.M., by deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 (AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE) 1ST OFFENSE.
Crystal V.. Dotson, 31, of Webbville, Kentucky; was arrested August 23, 2016 at 5:21 P.M., by a trooper of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • SERVING BENCH WARRANT FOR COURT.
Angela M. Mosley, 50, of Blaine, Kentucky; was arrested on August 24, 2016, at 1:14 AM., by deputy Dwayne Bowen of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • PAROLE VIOLATION (FOR FELONY OFFENSE), • ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF LEGEND DRUG, • PRESCRIPTION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NOT PROPER CONTAINER 1ST OFFENSE.
Dustin L. Branham, 30, of Louisa, was arrested on August 26, 2016, at 4:24 AM., by deputy Dwayne Bowen of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) MINOR INJURY.
Troy E. Miller, 32, of Louisa, was arrested on August 26, 2016, at 5:34 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) MINOR INJURY.
Patrick Blackburn, 20, of Inez, Kentucky; was arrested on August 26, 2016, at 8:25 P.M., by patrolman officer Jordan Miller of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, • POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.
Marcella G. Spaulding, 45, of Louisa, turned herself in August 27, 2016 at 5:56 P.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department to serve a guilty plea jail sentence with: CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.
Travis Harmon, 21, of Webbville, Kentucky; was arrested August 30, 2016, at 3:50 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE, • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION-AUTO - $500 OR MORE BUT UNDER/$10,000, • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2ND DEGREE, • NO OPERATORS-MOPED LICENSE, • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD, • POSSESSION OF OPEN ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTAINER IN MOTOR VEHICLE PROHIBITED.
Elizabeth A. Green, 46, of Louisa, was arrested August 31, 2016, at 10:09 A.M., by deputy Karl Adkins of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • KNOW FRAUDULENTLY USE ID CARD OR ELECTRONIC CODE FOR BENEFITS.
Joan C. Kimble, 24, of Lomansville, Kentucky, was arrested August 31, 2016, at 5:42 P.M., by deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (EXCLUDES ALCOHOL), • PRESCRIPTION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NOT IN PROPER CONTAINER 1ST OFFENSE, • NON PAYMENT OF FINES. ALSO: TWO OTHER CRIMINAL CHARGES THAT WERE NOT LISTED.
August 30, 2016
UPDATE: LAZER, In reference to person of interest , just FYI we have identified the suspect. Thanks for your help. --CHIEF GREG FUGITT
The Louisa Police Department is seeking information on the subjects in the photos. Both the male subject in the red t-shirt and the female in the blue baseball cap are wanted for questioning in reference to theft of a purse from a vehicle in the Speedway parking lot.