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Date: 04-04-2014

Crude oil spilled into Levisa Fork;

Officials said a crude oil spill in Pike County resulted in approximately 4,200 gallons of oil flowing into streams and the Levisa Fork river on Thursday, but efforts are being made to contain the spill.

Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett said the spill originated on Harmons Branch after a storage container was damaged by a rock slide.

“It’s crude oil and the spill originated in the head of Harmons Branch at an oil well,” Tackett said. “There was a slide that came off a mountain and overturned or damaged a storage tank and caused the spill.”

Approximately 4,200 gallons of crude oil was spilled into the creeks and into the Levisa Fork River, Tackett said. He said a majority of the spill has been contained to Harmons Branch.

“They’ve been able to contain most of it there, but some of it did get to the river and we're working on getting that contained right now,” he said.

Tackett said the Pike County Emergency Management was notified by Kinzer Drilling Thursday morning when the spill was discovered and was requested to assist with the spill. 

“We we’re notified by Kinzer drilling when they found the leak this morning,” Tackett said. “They have got a spill response team on their own, but we came in to assist because they needed resources that they didn’t have and we’ve got some resources coming this way from Marathon Oil.”

The spill did not affect any other areas, Tackett said. He said he has notified various water plants about the spill.

“We’ve notified all the water plants down stream to be on the look out for it and if they see it to shut their intakes down,” Tackett said. “We’re staying in touch with them letting them know where it is as it comes downstream until we get our containment in.”

By Elizabeth Thompson

Appalachian News-Express


Louisa Police Department 

Arrest Log

April 4, 2014 

3.4.14 – Randy S. Wright, 25 of Louisa – Public Intoxication, Theft by Unlawful Taking (shoplifting), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Evidence 

3.11.14 – Wayne Reynolds, 22 of Louisa – Lawrence Co bench warrant 

3.12.14 – Roxanna Price Russell, 35 of Louisa – Martin Co bench warrant 

3.14.14 – Susan K. Taylor, 53 of Louisa – Lawrence Co bench warrant 

3.14.14 – Johnny M. Maynard, 53 of Louisa – DUI 1st (aggravating circumstances), Driving on DUI suspended license, Open Alcoholic beverage, Attempted Bribery of Public Servant 

3.15.14 – Timothy Griffey, 45 of Louisa – Alcohol Intoxication 1st 

3.21.14 – Amy Music, 31 of Martin – Johnson & Pike County bench warrants 

3.24.14 – Regan Young, 41 of Louisa – Driving on Suspended License 

3.26.14 – Artie Holbrook III, 30 of Louisa – Theft of Services over $500 

3.26.14 – Michael Davis, 23 of Louisa – Lawrence Co bench warrant 

3.29.14 -- Helen A. Davis, 57 of Louisa – DUI Non motor vehicle, Drinking Alcohol in public 

3.30.14 – Thomas J. Bentley, 29 of Louisa – two Boyd County bench warrants

Lawrence sheriff identifies body of Carter Co. man;

Body found in Blaine area; Discovered by oil well worker

BULLETIN -- On Monday, March 31, 2014 the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a deceased male on a logging road off of Cains Creek Road in the Blaine area of Lawrence County.

Upon arrival deputies discovered the body of a male subject believed to be approximately 25 to 35 years of age.

Subject did not have any identification on his person.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information about this subject to call the Sheriff's Office or Lawrence County 911 at 606-638-4851.

The Lazer will report on any information that comes in as soon as we get it.


UPDATE 4/1/14 @ 2:45 p.m.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. -- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man whose body was found off a logging road Monday by an oil well worker checking oil well on same road where he found the body found him, Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson said.

Deputies say the body of Brandon M. Burnett, 30, of Denton, in Carter County, Kentucky, was found on a logging road off Cains Creek Road in Lawrence County by a oil well worker 

According to the medical examiner's officer, preliminary autopsy reports did not show signs of trauma.

Investigators are waiting for toxicology results to determine the cause of death, and whether drugs might have been involved.

Deputies are following leads to determine who Burnett was with prior to his death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's office at


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