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Lawrence County Circuit Court Report 3-25-16

Judge Preston hears cases from Murder to Meth Manufacturing; Williams gets 10 years for assault


Brandon BirtBrandon Birt - 29  Charged with violating his probation on a felony offense, was given 3 days in the county jail, to be released on 3-28-16. Pretrial diversion extended 2 years and to make payments on restitution per order by judge.

Traci L. Hall-Combs - 30 Charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card under/10,000.  Not guilty plea and set for Pretrial on 4-22-16. Remains out on the same bond. 

Jennifer Fuller - 33 Charged with Receiving Stolen Property under 10,000 and 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property (firearm) Sentenced to a  5 year diversion per judgement of The Commonwealth. Was given 10 days of jail credit.

Brittany HicksBrittany Hicks - 28 Charged with one count of Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, 1st offense. Complicity of Possession of Marijuana, Complicity of Possession of drug Paraphernalia 1st offense and Complicity of Illegal Possession of Legend Drug. Ms. Hicks was also charged with Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Trial date set for 5-23-16 and remains out on bond.

Ashley Maynard - 27 Filed a bond reduction motion on a charge of Complicity of Receiving Stolen Property under/10,000. She was ordered to an in-house Rehab when her Attorney prepared the order.

ames G. Moore James Moore - 65, Louisa, Ky Charged with Failure to comply with Sex Offender Registration and Persistent Felony Offender. A not guilty plea was given and Pretrial Conference was set for 4-22-16.

John Oliver - 26, Charged with Probation Violation for Felony Offense was given 3 days in county jail to be released on 3-28-16. His probation was extended an additional 2 years.

Nathaniel Pack - 33, Charged with Probation Violation for Felony Offense. Hearing set for 4-8-16. Defendant remains free on bond.

Wayne A ReynoldsWayne Reynolds - 23, Charged with Probation Violation for Felony Offense. Probation was revoked and he was remanded to the Big Sandy Regional Det. Center.

Stephen Salyers - 47, Charged with Complicity of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 2nd or greater offense, Complicity Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st offense, Complicity to Possess Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. Trial date set for 8-1-16.

Taleka Sesco - 33, Charged with Probation Violation for a Felony Offense. Defendant to enter rehab for at least 180 days with other conditions. 

Jamie Slone - 39, Charged with Complicity to Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense, Complicity to Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st offense, Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, 1st Offense, Complicity to possess Drug Paraphernalia and Persistent Felony Offender. Trial date set for 8-1-16.

Jack D.Smith Jack David Smith - 43, Inez, Ky. Charged with 3 counts of Complicity to Murder, 3 counts of Complicity of Robbery, 1st Degree, Arson 2nd Degree and Complicity of Tampering with Physical Evidence. Defendant is set for a jury trial on 5-1-17. Case transferred from martin Circuit Court.

Jeremy P. Smith - 41, Charged with Probation Violation for Felony Offense. 

Kenneth Anthony Stepp - 32,  Charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 2nd Degree, 2 counts of Complicity of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 2nd degree, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. Defendant sentenced per judgement prepared by Commonwealth with 89 days jail time credit.

Kevin Totten - 38, Louisa, Ky. Charged with 2 counts of Complicity to Burglary, 1st Degree and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun. Defendant sentenced to 10 years per judgement prepared by Commonwealth. All charges to run concurrent and 155 days of jail credit given.

Leslie Scott Triplett - 41, Louisa, Ky. Motion for Shock Probation Denied.

Eric Tyler Ward - 21, Louisa, Ky. Charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking/Shoplifting was present for a Motion to reduce bond. Defendant to be placed on home incarceration effective 4-1-16.

Cody Williams Cody Williams - 38,  Louisa, Ky. Charged with Assault, 1st Degree and 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree. Defendant was sentenced to 10 years per judgement prepared by the Commonwealth. All charges are to run concurrent with 208 days of jail credit.

Regan L. Young - 43, Louisa, Ky. Charged with 4 Counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, 2 counts of Complicity of Criminal Possession of a forged instrument 2nd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft By Unlawful Taking under/500.00 and Persistent Felony Offender. Defendant entered a guilty plea and will be final sentenced on 4-22-16.

Ashley Adkins - 34, Louisa, Ky. Charged with Flagrant Non Support . Defendant is due back in court on 4-8-16.

Michael L. Bailey Michael L. Bailey - 38, Salyersville, Ky.Charged with Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, 1st offense, Complicity Attempt/Obtain Controlled Substance by forgery, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Complicity to Possess Drug Paraphernalia, 1st Offense. Set for Re-arraingment on 4-8-16.

John Fitch - 42, Charged with Flagrant Non Support will report again on 4-8-16. Until then Defendant remains on 5,000 cash bond.


 Billy Greene


Billy Greene - 41,  Gunlock, Ky. Charged with Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, 1st Offense, Attempt to Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud or Forgery, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Complicity of Possession of Marijuana, Complicity of Drug Paraphernalia 1st Offense, and Public Intoxication on Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol). Next Court date set for 4-22-16.





Castle resigns as LMS principal, takes Alternative School job


Lawrence County Supt. Dr. Rob Fletcher announced today that long time Louisa Middle principal Tommy Castle has resigned the job of principal at the school, effective immediately.

"Last week, Mr. Tom Castle resigned as the Principal of Louisa Middle School," Fletcher's press release said.  "While we appreciate the years of service that Mr. Castle had at LMS, we wish him the best of luck as he takes on his new position as Middle Grades Alternative Education Teacher." 

Also, this will require the SBDMC to move forward in the selection process for a new principal at Louisa Middle. The Lazer staff has reached out for a comment from Mr. Castle it is printed exactly as received...


"...When the board of education felt the need to start an alternative program at the middle school, I immediately thought about the possibility of leading this new program.  As a former alternative educator in the early 2000’s, I am well aware of what it takes to run a successful program. 

After 5 years of serving in that capacity, I became the principal at LMS and the district eliminated the alternative program. 

I have been principal at LMS for nearly 11 years. I feel that we have made progress during my time leading this school, which has helped in my decision to step down.   I know that the school has processes in place to continue growing. 

This decision came as no surprise to those closest to me because I had asked each and every one of them to pray for me during this time of consideration.  Although, this decision was not an easy one to make, I am confident that this it is best for me and my family.  I am looking forward to having extra time to spend with them and I am enjoying the idea of less stress in my life.  I do want to thank the LCBOE for this opportunity and I also want to thank the entire past and present staff of Louisa Middle School, the Louisa community, parents and most of all the students, for the support they have shown me over the past 10 plus years.  I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with and for.  I’m not leaving LMS since the location of our program will be housed in the middle school.  My entire career of 23 years has been spent at this school and I plan to continue working in this building until I retire.  I am very happy to remain a part of the LMS family...."

In the meantime Supt. Fletcher says the school is being run by administrative staff.

"The day-to-day operations are being maintained by the administrative staff and teachers at Louisa Middle during the principal selection process," Fletcher said in an email message.  "This was a similar process that was used at Fallsburg earlier in the year. Central office staff members are also being used as a resource for the administrative staff, when necessary."

Fletcher said there have been some applications for the position already, but the decision on a new principal cannot be made until the job is posted for 30 days.


Lt. Governor speaks at Louisa, visits new Sullivan site...

L to R: Sherry Compton, Chris Jobe, Lt. Governor Hampton, Steve Montgomery.

Louisa, KY -- The Louisa Rotary Club had the pleasure of hosting Lt. Governor, Jenean Hampton last week, as their special guest speaker.

Rotary President, Steve Montgomery, opened the meeting, and Economic Development Director, Catrina Vargo, introduced another special guest, Aaron Thompson, Field Aaron Thomoson, DLG Field Representative for Governor Bevin's office was a special guest at Rotary meeting. Representative for the Dept of Local Government of Governor Bevin's office.

After prayer, a wonderful Easter themed dinner catered by Rebel Barn Catering, was enjoyed, then Lt. Governor Hampton spoke to the group. Hampton, who is originally from Detroit, MI, now lives in Bowling Green, with her husband of 16 years, Doyle. "The question most people ask me is 'How did you get here?'" She said.

Growing up in Detroit with her divorced mother during the tumultuous 60's, Hampton and all of her sisters still managed to become 1st generation college graduates. Jenean graduated from Wayne State University with an Industrial Engineering Degree. "I watched my mother make decisions, and learned that the right thing is not always easy, and the easy thing is not always right." That sent a powerful message to Hampton, who has carried that principle throughout her life.

From her upbringing, Hampton said she also learned how to stretch a dollar. "We didn't have a car, washing machine, or even a TV for a while, but said "We were never envious of others. My mom focused on what we did have. We had a community garden, I learned to sew, and I loved to read. Reading expanded my universe. It taught me how to learn other people's perspectives; how others live, think, and feel." Hampton said the media always wants to focus on race; about the first black woman to do this or that, but she said race has never been a driving factor in her life.

Sherry Compton of KY Farm Bureau and County Court Clerk Chris Jobe, show Lt. Governor Hampton local products in her gift basket.As a kid, she said she always wanted to be an astronaut. "I told everyone, including Matt Bevin, that if NASA ever calls, I have to go." She said she always asks kids what their big dreams are, and a lot of them don't seem to have any. She said she felt it was important to have goals and dreams.

Growing up in her Detroit community, she said she was often mocked of her good grades, how she spoke, and even the music she listened to. "Just because I lived in Detroit, didn't mean that Motown was all I listened to. I often wondered when can I just be Jenean? I read the Constitution, and I knew I had rights as an individual."

Hampton said she realized she could make her own way in life, and worked her way through college, then joined the Air Force. "Talk about diverse backgrounds--you definitely will find that in the military. There, what's important is the mission. Nobody cares about your skin color."

She worked 19 years in a corrugated package factory. "I love manufacturing, which has always been big in Detroit." She started on the floor, then became plant manager, worked her way into sales, and eventually earned an MBA from the University of Rochester, NY.

In 2011, Jenean Hampton gave her life to Christ. By this time she was campaigning and working to get people involved in local government. "I prayed that God would help me know where I need to stand. The next day, my job was eliminated, and I just smiled because I knew something else was going to happen."

She met Matt Bevin through the Tea Party in a canvassing pool. She was running for a House seat, Bevin for Senate seat. "I was impressed with who he is. A great father, husband, and entrepreneur." Both of them lost that election. We went from 80 miles an hour to nothing" she said.

Hampton was going to support James Comer in the Governor's race, but Matt Bevin called her to be his running mate. "I thought, what does a Lt. Governor do?"

She visited Lt. Governor Crit Luallen's page, found that they sit on a lot of boards and commissions, and she read the Constitution again. "It's up to the Governor and Lt. Governor to decide what to work on" she said.

Hampton emphasized three things: Entrepreneurship--"I would like to see entrepreneur skills taught in K-12. We have got things that can attract business in Kentucky." she said.

Education--Both formal and vocational education is important in her opinion. "I will be 58 in May, and I am still learning new things. We need to have the mindset of being a life long learner."

Be a good example to others--"I want to let others know they are not stuck in their situation. That's why I share my story."

"The most rewarding, is to be in this position to help the Governor turn KY around,"
Hampton said. "We need to become a Right to Work state and we need to get jobs here."

She said there are parallels of Detroit and the road KY is going down now.

"Detroit never addressed their issues correctly. About half of the people there were illiterate, they were moving out, and there was no workforce development. Taxes were raised on the ones who were left."

Lt. Governor Hampton is excited to be working in her new position and looks forward to the opportunity to get KY moving in the right direction. She thanked the Rotary Club for having her. She was presented with a gift basket filled with local food and crafts. The meeting was adjourned.

While in Louisa, she also visited Trinity Christian School, Mayor Harold Slone and County Judge Executive John Osborne's offices, the Fred M. Vinson Museum, and the new Sullivan University Louisa Learning Center.

 Accidents require multiple agency response


Shortly after 7 P.M. Saturday evening March 26, Lawrence County E-911 received a call of an ATV accident on Irish Creek Road between the Webbville and Blaine area. The caller reported that a single male, (still unidentified by Lawrence Co. EMS) who was the driver of the ATV, had gone over a steep hillside ravine and had suffered "significant" injuries and was mostly unresponsive. 

Multiple fire and rescue agencies quickly responded to the accident scene, where emergency crews and personnel discovered the injured party was located around 150 feet down a steep hillside ravine.

Rappelling equipment was brought in to "help retrieve" in the rescue of the injured man, whose identity has not yet been revealed by emergency officials.

The rescue took well over an hour to bring the injured man from the rough hillside terrain to a waiting ambulance that brought the patient to a landing zone to transport him via an air medical ambulance helicopter from Healthnet 7 / Kentucky 9, out of Debord, Kentucky; in Martin County;  to a hospital trauma center in Huntington, West Virginia. The man's condition remains unknown at this time.

The following fire and rescue departments that responded to help get the the injured ATV rider off the hill and to a landing zone so he could be flown to a trauma center were: Netcare Ambulance Lawrence County, Lawrence County Emergency Management, Fallsburg Fire Department, City of Louisa Fire Department, Lawrence County Search and Rescue, Webbville Volunteer Fire Department and Healthnet 7 / Kentucky 9 air medical transport.

The ATV accident marked the second vehicle accident of the day in the local area

Shortly before 5 P.M., the City of Louisa Fire Department and Netcare Ambulance Lawrence County responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of KY 2565 and U.S. 23.

Two unidentified individuals who were involved in the car accident were transported by ambulances to Three Rivers Medical Center with what was described as "minor to moderate" injuries.

The Levisa Lazer will provide further updates on both accidents (especially the ATV wreck) if any additional information can be gathered. 


 New Utility Board members will get same pay as council members, $50 month

The only new item on on the agenda for the March meeting of the Louisa City council, was the ordinance to create the new Louisa Utility Board.

Following up to a proposal made in January, City Attorney, Bud Adams, gave the city the first preview of the ordinance to create a new Louisa Utility Board. 

The decision to create a new Utilities Board, comes after discussion by Mayor Harold Slone and City Council, decided there was need for more oversight and in depth interaction with the Water and Sewer departments, more than City Council was able to provide with their monthly meetings. 

Some council members expressed some concerns of a new Utilities Board, after the old Utilities one was eliminated by a previous council.

Council Member Lisa Schaeffer, who was a council member at the time the previous Board was dissolved stated that much of the problem in the past was “we were not being kept up to date on things”.Current Council member Lisa Schaeffer, who was a council member at the time the previous Board was dissolved, said much of the problem in the past was “we were not being kept up to date on things.”

But most agreed that the presence of the Mayor and a council member on the new Board would eliminate that concern. 

Some also expressed concern for a spending limit (without council approval) of the new Utilities Board.

Council member Tom Parson’s said, “if the project was under $20,000, they (previous water board) didn't have to go through council.” Parsons was apparently referring to some expenses the previous Utilities Board had approved, namely, the purchase of a truck, without council approval. 

Discussion of the spending limit also determined that the Mayor and Council Member on the new Board would eliminate the need for low limits, as they would keep city council informed of all large expenses.

The spending limit was set at $20,000, for purchases without prior council approval.

Mayor Slone advised council, that his experience with the water and sewer departments is that most projects and purchases for repairs and maintenance are very expensive, and it is not feasible to set a low limit, as most purchases could not wait a month for approval from council. He reassured council, saying, “I will make sure that city council has input any large purchase from the Utilities Board” 

The new Ordinance for the utilities board will contain the following:


  • The Board will be comprised of 6 members, consisting of 4 appointed members, 1 city council member, and the Mayor, In a non-voting role. 
  • The terms of appointment for members will be staggered, so as not all members can be replaced at one time. 
  • Each appointed member will be compensated $50 per month. 
  • The board may spend up to $20,000 without council approval.


The Ordinance was passed by a 5-1 vote by city council, Gloria Johnson being the only No vote. 

The members of the board will be appointed at a future council meeting.