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JANUARY 12, 2016

 UPDATE: BOE CHAIRMAN, SUPT. FLETCHER, LCHS PRINCIPAL ADD COMMENTS...

 

CECIL SAYS HE IS 'FOLLOWING THE LORD'S WILL'

LC head Bulldog Joey Cecil resigned this morning as the school's football coach. He will remain as the school's assistant principal.

HOW WILL NEW BULLDOG COACH BE CHOSEN?

Louisa, Ky. --  Lawrence County High School head football coach Joey Cecil turned in his resignation as coach this morning.

Cecil is a man of faith and says he does what the Lord wants. And in this case he says he is doing just that.

I have prayed about it and asked God what to do and He had laid it on my heart that it is time to step down from coaching a game and team that I love," Cecil said. "It has been a pleasure the last five years, especially the relationships with the players and coaches."

Coach Cecil went 36-26 in five years as the Bulldogs Head Coach and in each of those five years his team was knocked out of the Playoffs by the Belfry Pirates, a team that went on to play in the State Championship game each of those five years and win the last three state titles.

"My coaching staff was great. The number one characteristic you look for in an assistant is loyalty, and they exceeded all expectations. The majority played here, so it is important to them. The best thing to say is I consider them friends Cecil said.  "

 

By most accounts coach Cecil did a great job as the head man for the Dawgs and will be tough to replace.

Lawrence Co. went 5-7 in the first two years under Cecil, who has also served as an assistant coach at the school. and then won at least 8 games the last three years under Coach Cecil. The Dawgs will graduate 17 seniors off the 2015 team. "This senior class was talented, had depth, that contributed to a couple successful years, Cecil said."

Cecil will remain as LCHS asst. principal and refuses to say his coaching career is over.

"I will never rule out coaching again, just want to do what the Lord leads me to do," Cecil said. "I wanna be the best husband, father, and asst principal I can be."

Lawrence Supt. Robbie Fletcher will be the one who chooses a replacement for Cecil since the school does not have a Site Based Decision Making Committee.  

BOE chairman Heath Preston, who is also the President of the county's Youth Football League issued the following statement:

"...Coach Cecil has been an excellent leader for our football program. He brought much more to the program than football. He's a man of great character and faith and instilled that into each young man that he coached. He will be missed on the field but I'm glad our students still have the opportunity to learn from him in our school system. Coaching changes are never easy for the students who cherish them. But we have built this program a solid foundation with many years of success and even more to come. The next coach will have big shoes to fill. They will be lucky to be the head of such a great program and be a part of such a great school. I thank Coach Cecil for his great service and I'm excited to continue to build with our next head coach."

Dr. Fletcher has had a very busy day but he just sent this quote:

 "...Mr. Cecil has made a very positive impact on many young men's lives not only on the football field but also in our school buildings.  While I respect his decision to resign, I do appreciate the time that he has dedicated to the student-athletes on the field.  While we will miss him as coach, we are thankful that he will continue to serve students in his role as Lawrence County High School's assistant principal.  Moving forward, we will chose our next coach in the same manner that we have chosen our staff members to fill vacant positions at the high school.  We will post the coaching position, receive/review applications, and interview selected applicants.  Mrs. Moore and her advisory council will make recommendations to me, and a decision will be made from those recommendations.  (As a side note:  A time frame for the hire has not been set at this time.)  Lawrence County football is a proud tradition, and we want to continue to put a quality product on the field just like we do in the classroom.  Finally, our next coach will have to demonstrate the same "ALL IN" spirit that Mr. Cecil has given to our program and, more importantly, to our students."

Christy Moore, principal of LCHS:

"...Mr. Cecil is an asset to Lawrence County Schools at many levels.  He serves as a mentor to many students both on and off the field.  LCHS has been lucky to have Mr. Cecil as the Lawrence County head football coach over the past five years. His dedication to Lawrence County students is evident daily.  Lawrence County football has always been a proud tradition and has never been more evident than with Coach Cecil at the helm.  It will certainly be a challenge to fill this position with someone who has the same morals, values and integrity as Coach Cecil."

 

JANUARY 8, 2016

LOCAL RESIDENTS GIVE DETAILED ACCOUNTS OF WHAT UNFOLDED AT SCENE...

The force of the blast blew the back window out of a nearby Martha U.S. Post Office. One local man’s daughter, who works there, rushed out to see the damage. The two burned men told her they'd pulled themselves out from under debris. Part of the home had been blown on top of them.

Two Floyd County men in their mid 70s were critically injured after a Martha area mobile home they were doing contract remodeling on suddenly exploded in a major detonation that was felt and heard by neighbors up to three miles away on Thursday afternoon.

Those two victims, Earl Rogers, 75 and Charles Hunt, 74, were flown to Cabell Huntington hospital, according to fire crews at the scene.

The mobile home is next to the Martha post office, a well known staple in the western Lawrence County area. However, smoldering rubble is all that was left after the explosion Thursday afternoon.

"We heard something like a loud boom, then the foundation of our home shook," Charlene Mollett, who lives half a mile from where the explosion occurred, said. "At first I thought it was a small tremble or maybe an earthquake."

"I was standing in my kitchen when I felt the foundation of my house shake. And I ran in to check on my mother to see if she had felt the same thing that I did," said Kelly Mollett, who also lives nearby.

Thinking it could be a bad wreck or even an earthquake, it didn't take long before Mollett discovered that an explosion took place, not far away from her house.

"It's devastating to think something minor could've caused this much damage," said Mollett.

"I hope that their families are okay, and that the men make it out alive," said Mollett.

Marcella Staniford lives a quarter of a mile away from the site of the explosion. She raced down the road after she heard and felt the boom a little before 3:30 p.m.

"One was lying on the ground, one was standing there," neighbor Marcella Standiford said.  "They had a lot of debris and stuff on them."  The two burned men told her they'd pulled themselves out from under debris. Part of the home had been blown on top of them.

 

Staniford says the victims told her they were from Floyd County and were 74 and 75 years old.

"They said they'd turned the propane gas on," Staniford said. "They had a furnace inside the home, and they had gone in the back door, and as soon as they opened the back door they heard a click, and then the explosion."

She says it was apparent they were in shock and were badly burned.

"One man, the top layer of skin was burned off the top of his head," she said. "The skin on one of his hands was removed."

Blaine Fire Chieft, Butch Smith, says the victims are 'extremely lucky to be alive'

Chief Smith said the two male victims were both responsive and talking before they were flown out to a Huntington, West Virginia trauma center. He said one man was in critical condition, and the other had serious injuries.

After rescuing the men inside, fire crews quickly put out the small fire at the center of the trailer.

The blast caused windows of the vacant house across the street to shatter, said chief Smith.

The force of the blast blew the back window out of a nearby Martha U.S. Post Office. One local man’s daughter, who works there, rushed out to see the damage.

While the cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, investigators said the Kentucky State Fire Marshal thinks a propane gas leak may have played a role. The fire chief also said they found live power and gas lines on the property, which were later shut off.

The investigation into what caused the powerful blast has just gotten started, but the state fire marshal said the bulk of that work will be done starting early Friday when there is more light.

The state fire marshal plans to return to the scene Friday to investigate the cause.

JANUARY 6, 2016

Louisa woman charged with seven offenses 

Helen A. DavisLOUISA, Ky. -- On January 4, 2016 at 11:20pm Officer Julius Musick stopped a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser when the driver of the vehicle ran a red light. Upon approaching the vehicle the officer noticed that the subject was under the influence.

Officer Musick then placed Helen Davis, 59 of Louisa, under arrest charging her with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence 3rd offense. During the arrest time Officer Musick, while at Three Rivers Medical Center, requested that the subject submit to a blood alcohol test. As he went to get Mrs. Davis from the vehicle he noticed that she had slipped the handcuffs off her wrists due to her being petite in stature.

Mrs. Davis refused the test and began cursing and being combative toward the officer. When Officer Musick attempted to place the cuffs back on her she began pulling away and then kicked him in the chest.

In addition to the DUI 3rd Mrs. Davis was charged with Disregarding Traffic Control Device, Assault 3rd - Police Officer, Menacing, Criminal Mischief 3rd, Disorderly Conduct 2nd and Resisting Arrest.

Mrs. Davis was lodged into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

 

EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL PAST OF HELEN DAVIS

by WADE QUEEN

Helen A. Davis, who is 5' 4" and weighs 100 pounds; has an extensive criminal record, as this latest arrest marks her second arrest in as many months, and her fifth in under a year. Davis has been arrested a total of 15 times for 44 charges in Lawrence and Martin Counties since June 2002. It is also possible that Davis has an even longer criminal record before June 2002.

Helen Davis arrest history summaries is listed as follows:

On June 18, 2002, Helen Davis was arrested at 5:55 P.M. in Martin County for : • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE.

On June 25, 2002, Helen Davis was arrested at 5:50 P.M. in Martin County for : • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE.

On July 9, 2002, Helen Davis was arrested at 5:45 P.M. in Martin County for : • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE.

On July 13, 2002, Helen Davis was arrested at 3:00 A.M. in Martin County for : • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE, • DRIVING ON DUI SUSPENDED LICENCE-1ST OFFENSE (AGGRAVATED CIRCUMSTANCE).

On June 12, 2005, Helen Davis was arrested at 9:27 P.M. by the Louisa Police Department for: • ALCOHOL INTOXICATION IN A PUBLIC PLACE-1ST AND 2ND OFFENSE.

On December 27, 2005, Helen Davis was arrested at 11:20 P.M. by the Louisa Police Department for: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE, • DRIVING ON DUI SUSPENDED LICENCE-1ST OFFENSE (AGGRAVATED CIRCUMSTANCE).

On August 5, 2006, Helen Davis was arrested at 7:50 P.M. by the Louisa Police Department for: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE, • FALSE SWEARING.

On September 6, 2013, Helen Davis was arrested at 9:20 P.M. in Martin County for: • ESCAPE 3RD DEGREE, • ASSAULT 3RD DEGREE-POLICE OFFICER OR PROBATION OFFICER, • ALCOHOL INTOXICATION IN A PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE), • MENACING, • ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (MINOR INJURY).

On March 29, 2014, Helen Davis was arrested at 4:50 A.M. by the Louisa Police Department for:
DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IN PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE), • OPERATING NON-MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS.

On August 28, 2014 Helen Davis was arrested at 9:10 P.M. by the Louisa Police Department for: • DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IN PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE), • ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (MINOR INJURY), • DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 2ND DEGREE.

On February 05, 2015, Helen Davis was arrested at 7:30 A.M. by patrolman Hunter James of the Louisa Police Department for: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • NO TAIL LAMPS, • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE, • REAR LICENSE NOT ILLUMINATED, •FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS • FAILURE TO OR IMPROPER SIGNAL.

On February 15, 2015, Helen Davis was arrested at 9:24 P.M. by the Louisa Police Department for: • OPERATING NON-MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS, • DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IN PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE).

On August 28, 2015, Helen Davis was arrested at 8:46 P.M. by deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department for: •ALCOHOL INTOXICATION IN A PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE), • RESISTING ARREST.

On December 2, 2015, Helen Davis was arrested at 2:46 A.M. by patrolman officer Hunter James of the Louisa Police Department for: • FAILURE TO ILLUMINATE HEAD LAMPS, • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER /INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 2ND OFFENSE, • FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS. • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD.

On January 5, 2016, Helen Davis was arrested at 1:03 A.M by patrolman officer Julius Musick of the Louisa Police Department for: • DISREGARDING TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE-TRAFFIC LIGHT, • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 3RD OFFENSE, • ASSAULT 3RD DEGREE-POLICE OFFICER OR PROBATION OFFICER, • MENACING, • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3RD DEGREE, • DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 2ND DEGREE, • RESISTING ARREST.

JANUARY 7, 2015

EXPLOSION DESTROYS MOBILE HOME AT MARTHA

A mobile home exploded today at approximately 3:45 on Rt. 369 near the post office at Martha. Two persons were airlifted to area medical centers with severe burns. Lazer photo by Jennifer Ferguson.

The condition of two Floyd County men who were in the trailer working when the explosion occurred could not be determined tonight. The Lazer will have more information as soon as it is available. Stay tuned.

 

UPDATE: 10:25 PM -  Jennifer Ferguson reports that the two men involved in the exposion today at Martha are Earl Rogers, age 75 and Charles Hunt, age 74. Both are from Floyd County. No information as to the condition of either of the men was available at Cabell-Huntingtom Medical Center tonight. As of 7:30pm the fire departments were still on the scene along with a State Fire Marshal.

 

by Jennifer Ferguson and Wade Queen

MARTHA, KY. -- A mobile home was completely destroyed after a massive explosion critically injured two people in the Martha area of Lawrence County.

The explosion happened just before 3:30 P.M. on Kentucky Highway 32 near Highway 469.

The mobile home was located directly beside the Martha, Ky post office, which is just down the road past Ralph's Market grocery store

The mobile home was located directly beside the Martha, Ky post office, which is just down the road past Ralph's Market grocery storeLawrence County Emergency Management reported the explosion is thought to have been caused by propane gas and that the home was completely destroyed.

One person suffered critical injuries while the other had serious injuries and both patients were flown to a trauma center in Huntington, West Virginia via two air medical ambulance helicopters from Healthnet Aeromedical Services.

The Blaine Fire Department, along with the Isonville Fire Department and Red Bush Fire Department from Johnson County, along with Lawrence County Emergency Management responded to the explosion.

Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts was also at the scene. He referred all questions to Blaine Fire Chief Butch Smith. 

Lawrence County EMS reports tonight said: "It is possible that the explosion was caused by a build up of propane gas inside the structure. The exact cause is not known at this time and the incident remains under investigation by Blaine Volunteer Fire Department and the Kentucky Fire Marshal's Office. Responders were told that the home was being remodeled and that no one was living in the residence at the time. The two individuals hurt in the explosion have apparently being working on the remodel."

The Levisa Lazer will provide further updates on any new information, including the identities of the injured, once they become available.

 

The condition of the two persons injured in the explosion which demolished the trailer nor their identities are not known at this time. The Lazer is on the scene and we will update this story as soon as information is available. Lazer photo by Jennifer Ferguson

 

More info coming soon... 

JANUARY 6, 2016

 LVFD receives notice of new fire rating

LVFD CHIEF EDDIE PRESTON explained what needed to be done at the September 2015 City Council meeting including upgrading the city's insurance policy. The council agreed and Preston and his firefighters did the rest. Louisa is one of the only Kentucky cities its size to have such a good rating. Lazer file photo. 

LOUISA, Ky. -- Recent fire department and infrastructure improvements have allowed Louisa Fire Department to receive a new Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Services Office, potentially creating lower insurance premiums for residents. 

During their recent Public Protection Classification survey (PPC), the Insurance Services Office (ISO) lowered their classification of Louisa Fire Department from a Class 5 for areas served in city limits and class 7 for areas outside of town, to a Class 4 for both areas, a major, and rare accomplishment for a small volunteer fire department. 

The PPC Classification system is a 1 to 10 scale,  Class 1 being the best classification attainable, with only 132 fire departments in the country receiving this classification. Louisa’s class 4 grade was only attained by 6.455 other fire departments nationwide. 

Several factors play a role in determining a fire department's classification, including, incident response times, 911 dispatch capabilities, Fire hydrant flow, maintenance and testing, fire suppression equipment and staff. 

This LVFD truck is part of a full station of trucks and well trained firefighters which has led to the department earning a better rating in its latest ISO survey which should save city homeowners thousands of dollars in insurance premiums.This new classification could be significant for the citizens of Louisa and the Louisa Fire Department services area. Insurance companies use the classification assigned by ISO as a factor in calculating property insurance rates for the area,

Louisa’s improved ranking could result in lower insurance rates for homeowners, depending on several other factors used in the calculation of insurance premiums. 

Louisa Mayor Harold Slone had this to say about the new classification: 

“ I am very proud of our Fire Department, The professionalism and dedication by this group of volunteers is simply second to none… I would like to thank the current and prior council members and Fire District Board for wise investments into new engines and a ladder truck that made this accomplishment possible. The vehicles were bought used from other larger cities that get new equipment often and even though they were used, they are very adequate and made great improvements to our fleet. Many of the vehicles the fire department had, were getting to be several years old.“