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NOVEMBER 6, 2015


On November 4, 2015 Louisa Police Department received a call of drug activity involving a maroon Ford Car in the Louisa Plaza. Sgt. Wilburn and Patrolman Miller responded to the plaza and located a maroon Ford Taurus parked in front of a Louisa Plaza business with 3 men inside.

Upon making contact with the men, officers observed two of the passengers trying to conceal items from the officer's view. Upon conducting a search of the vehicle officers recovered from the car several items of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, 134 Oxycodone pills and two baggies containing a white powder substance believed to be Methamphetamine.

Allen was in possession of a 5 hour energy bottle containing urine that he was going to use to pass a drug test at the clinic to attempt to obtain a prescription. Another bottle was also located in the vehicle. All 3 men were arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

This case is currently under investigation by Sergeant Steven Wilburn. If you have knowledge of any illegal activity, please contact the Police Department at 606-638-4058. Remember, we need your information, not your name.


Title of Investigation:   Possession of Controlled Substances                 

Location: Louisa Plaza                                          

Date of Offense:  11/04/2015                       Time of Offense: 12:00pm 

Investigating Officer: Sgt. Steven Wilburn   Other Officer/Agency:  Ptl. Jordan Miller

  Arrest Data      1) Name: Billy R. Greene   Age:  40             Address: Gunlock Ky 

  Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Complicity to Attempt/ Obtain Controlled Substance by fraud/false statement, Public Intoxication, Tampering with Physical Evidence.

   Lodged:  Big Sandy Regional Detention Center

  2) Name: Grover J. Allen   Age: 34                    Address: Salyersville Ky

Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree, Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Attempt/ Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud/ false statement. Bench warrant served for failure to pay fines   

Lodged: Big Sandy Regional Detention Center

  3) Name: Michael Bailey                  Age:  48                  Address: Salyersville, Ky

  Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Complicity to Attempt/Obtain Controlled Substance by fraud/false statement.                  

Lodged: Big Sandy Regional Detention Center




Date: 11-06-2015

Brown-Forman exec to chair Bevin transition

Mac BrownFRANKFORT, Ky. - Brown-Forman executive J. McCauley "Mac" Brown will chair Gov.-Elect Matt Bevin's team of advisers working on the transition to a new administration.

Bevin announced the members of his transition team Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Gov.-elect Jenean Hampton will serve on the team as will many people from Jefferson County, including former Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, Councilwoman Julie Denton and state Rep. Jerry T. Miller.

Bevin said in the announcement that he was honored that Brown agreed to chair the transition.

"Mac is highly respected for his business acumen and strategic planning experience with one of Kentucky's most successful companies," Bevin said.

Brown is quoted in the announcement saying that Bevin is "assembling an administration staffed by the best and brightest to usher in a fresh state for Kentucky." Brown said the transition will be "deliberate, inclusive and efficient."

Bevin also said in the announcement, "We have been given a clear charge by the people of the Commonwealth to lead with conservative principles."

Heiner, who lost the Republican primary for governor to Bevin in May, will oversee transportation issues for the transition. He declined to comment on whether he would join the Bevin administration in a full-time leadership role, referring questions to Jessica Ditto, the spokeswoman for Bevin's gubernatorial campaign and transition team.

Hal Heiner, who ran unsuccessfully against Matt Bevin in the Republican gubernatorial primary, was in the Kentucky Capitol on Thursday, two days after Bevin's win in the general election.

Likewise, Denton declined to comment. She will oversee "Public Protection and Labor" issues for the transition.

Miller could not be reached for comment Thursday. He is identified in the announcement as director of what Bevin has named the "Transition Steering Committee."

Members of a new governor's transition committee often become members of that governor's administration. The announcement said that no member of the steering committee is a candidate for a job associated within the area they are overseeing during transition. But the announcement did not rule out an appointment to other areas in the Bevin administration.

Here are the other persons named to the Transition Steering Committee and the areas they will oversee for the committee:

»Kristen Webb-Hill, transition director. She is a Louisville attorney who chairs the Republican group Kentucky Opportunity Coalition.

»Vivek Sarin, Governor's Office. He is from Louisville and owner of Shelby Industries.

»John Hodgson, Budget and Operations director. He is from Fisherville and is a manager for UPS Airlines.

»John Roach, general counsel. He is a Lexington attorney who worked in Gov. Ernie Fletcher's office.

»State Rep. Tom Kerr, R-Taylor Mill, Economic Development.

»Billy Harper, Education and Workforce Development. He is a Paducah contractor and former unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor.

»Kathy Walker, Energy and Environment. She is owner of Elm Street Resources in Paintsville.

»Bonita Black, Health and Family Services. She is a Louisville attorney with Steptoe & Johnson.

»Mark Sommer, Justice and Public Safety. He is a Louisville tax attorney.

»Garth Kuhnhein, personnel. He is an Edgewood engineer.

»Brett Gaspard, Tourism, Arts & Heritage. He is from Union and works for Rumpke Consolidated Waste.

»Maj. Gen. Donald Storm, Department of Military Affairs. He is the former adjutant general in the Ernie Fletcher administration.

»John Farris, Kentucky Retirement System. He is a Lexington economist.

»Frank Farris, Finance and Administration. He is a Louisville CPA.

»Tom Stephens, transition personnel director. He is a former personnel official in the Ernie Fletcher administration.

The transition to a new administration will be a major job, and the state budget sets aside $220,000 to cover its costs.

In addition, a new governor has hundreds of important jobs to fill quickly. The number could be as many as 800, Senate President Robert Stivers said on Wednesday.

25 key jobs to fill

Here's a list of 25 key jobs that Matt Bevin must fill immediately after his Dec. 8 inauguration:

»Secretary of the governor’s executive cabinet

»Governor’s office chief of staff

»Governor’s general counsel

»State budget director

»Adjutant general (commander of Kentucky National Guard)

»Finance and Administration Cabinet secretary

»Health and Family Services Cabinet secretary

»Medicaid commissioner

»Public Health commissioner

»Community-based services commissioner

»Transportation Cabinet secretary

»State highway commissioner

»Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary

»State police commissioner

»Department of Corrections commissioner

»Education and Workforce Development cabinet secretary

»Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary

»Natural resources commissioner

»Environmental Protection commissioner

»Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet secretary

»Public Protection Cabinet secretary

»Insurance commissioner

»Financial institutions commissioner

»Personnel Cabinet secretary

»Labor Cabinet secretary

By Tom Loftus
The Courier-Journal

Frankfort and county officials hope to keep ties with new governor

Frankfort insiders, many of them Democrats,  have no idea about what changes in come about when Gov. elect Matt Blevins takes over on December 8.

Following his election to the office of governor Tuesday, Republican Matt Bevin has only a month of transition before assuming Kentucky’s highest office.

And while the future may be unpredictable, Franklin County and Frankfort officials say they are looking forward to maintaining a good working relationship with the state under Bevin’s new administration.

“Transitioning is hard for any administration,” Franklin County Judge-Executive Huston Wells said.

Wells said that while rumors are circulating about the changes Bevin could make to state government, which for the past eight years has been led by Democrat Steve Beshear, what will actually happen and how it will affect the county is still unclear.

“I think we’ll be OK in the long term, but in the short term there will be a lot of apprehension,” Wells said. “The unknown is what brings fears.”

Both Wells and Frankfort Mayor Bill May said they are reaching out to Bevin to offer assistance during the transition.

Watching the big projects

Wells and May both said that they don’t foresee any major changes under the new administration as far as state funding for local governments are concerned, including municipal aid money to assist with road maintenance.

“There’s no Democrat or Republican way to fix a pothole,” May said.

Rather, Wells said that the changes at the state level that could have an adverse affect on the county would likely happen indirectly, and they would be tied to planned future projects.

“The biggest project now that we’ve been having meetings on is what’s going to happen to the Capital Plaza and tower,” he said.

The demolition of the tower, which houses office space, could potentially lead to state workers leaving the downtown area. Many local representatives are opposed to moving the state workers because of the economic impact they have on the surrounding restaurants and businesses.

“The major, big projects that have been on the horizon, that’s what’s going to be interesting to watch and see if they continue,” Wells said.

Bevin will take office Dec. 8.

By Seth Littrell
The State Journal



Rural voters the difference in Ky. gubernatorial election; GOP winner to revise Medicaid expansion...

Kentucky, which has been at the forefront of Medicaid expansion, the "war on coal" and the battle over same-sex marriage, on Tuesday elected a conservative Republican as its next governor, only the second time the state has elected a Republican governor since 1971. The credit, or blame, depending on your opinion about Governor-elect Matt Bevin, goes to the state's rural voters, who have now turned the state red. Both of the state's U.S. senators are Republicans, and five of its six House members are Republicans. The state Senate is Republican-controlled, while the state House is Democrat-led, the last such chamber in the South.

Bevin, who won overall with 52.5 percent of the votes to 43.8 percent for Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, scored big in rural areas. He earned 50 to 59.9 percent of the votes in 56 counties; 60 to 69.9 percent in 32 counties; 70 to 79.9 percent in 12 counties—mostly in Eastern Kentucky coal country—and 83.4 percent in Jackson County, a solidly Republican county in Eastern Kentucky. Kentucky, which has 120 counties, had a voter turnout of about 31 percent.

Conway won in Rowan County—where county clerk Kim Davis waged her war on same-sage marriage—by a count of 49.7 percent to 46.7 percent. But President Obama carried that county, and in heavily Republican Casey County, where the county clerk has also refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Bevin scored 79.3 percent of the vote to 18.1 percent for Conway. Bevin had called for current Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, "to issue an executive order freeing Davis of the responsibility of issuing the licenses and even had his photo taken with Davis," Joseph Gerth reports for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Bevin's hometown.

Bevin at first said he would abolish Medicaid expansion "but for the last three months has said he would seek a federal waiver to revise it," reports Kentucky Health News, published by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which also publishes The Rural Blog. In Kentucky the uninsured rate dropped from 20.8 percent in 2013 to 9.8 percent in 2014, reports Kentucky Health News. The state had the nation's largest decrease of number of uninsured residents from 2013 to 2014, KHN reports.

"As governor, Bevin has called for an austere budget to pay down Kentucky’s state worker pension program’s unfunded liability, and he has promised to move new teachers over to a 401k type program rather than a traditional pension," Gerth writes.

By Tim Mandell
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

NOVEMBER 2, 2015

Sullivan University holds meet and greet at LCHS...nearly 150 people turn out, many others voice their support...

Sullivan reps from the financial planning department were on hand to discuss payment options for students

Louisa, KY -- Despite the heavy rain last Tuesday evening, nearly 150 people came out to the Lawrence County High School to show their support for an extended campus in Louisa, from Louisville's Sullivan University. Many others have expressed their support via phone calls and social media.

Twelve representatives from the prestigious college were on hand from 4-7 pm, to present their ideas for a satellite sight in Louisa. Although nothing is set in stone yet, they have expressed heavy interest in partnering with Lawrence County.

Dr. Robbie Fletcher introduced the Sullivan staff and said "We had the pleasure of touring their campus in Louisville a few months ago, and they rolled out the red carpet for us. We are happy to have now them here, and the opportunity for the community to meet them as well.

"We are excited about the possibility of establishing a Sullivan presence in Louisa" said Allen Rose, Vice President of Government and Business Relations for the school. "We have been communicating with county government, school and business leaders some time now, and have a good feeling about it" he said.

If Sullivan does in fact commit to the project, they will locate in the annex building adjacent to the downtown courthouse in Louisa which has been vacant since the Lawrence County Circuit Court Clerk's office moved into the new judicial center on U.S. 23. Ever since the move took place, County Judge John Osborne envisioned the space being used for some sort of educational facility. "We need more opportunities for our young people as well as adults, education is so important" Osborne said.

People sign in as they enter LCHS last week to hear representatives from Sullivan University discuss possibilities for an extended campus in Louisa, material was available on various programsThe Tuesday meeting was for the public to have a chance to hear what the school has in mind, to ask questions, and to comment. During the three hour window, many people came by, some were not able to stay for the entire presentation, but did have a chance to talk one on one with the Sullivan reps.

Dr. Jay Marr, CEO of Sullivan University, said he realized tuition is always a concern with any school, but said Sullivan was prepared to offer reduced cost for their programs in this area. After the session was over, Jan Gordon, Executive Director of Spencerian, the medical college under Sullivan, received several sign ups for possible classes.

If it all goes through, the extended campus would start out small, and most likely offer a hybrid program; a combination of online and physical classes, beginning with a nursing/medical program, and possibly technology and design. A welding program has also been discussed. Other programs would be added later, if it continued to grow.

Economic Development Coordinator, Catrina Vargo said if the project goes through it would be a big plus not only for Lawrence County, but for the entire region. "Sullivan does not have a presence in eastern Kentucky at this time, and that alone will create a huge draw. We love and appreciate our partnerships with other schools, but this is just one more opportunity for our kids as well as our economy.
When recruiting new business and industry into the area, a physical college in town does make a big difference."

Vargo has been in contact with Sullivan since last Tuesday's meeting and said they were pleased with the meeting. They will present the Lawrence County-Sullivan project to their board next week, and expect to have a definite answer by the end of November.

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

'Twenty somethings' dominate circuit court...charges run the gamut 


Louisa, KY -- Charges ranging from bail jumping, complicity, and manufacturing meth, to theft, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and more, were heard by Judge John David Preston in Lawrence Circuit Court last week.  Most all of the defendants were in their twenties, including one female:

Leanna Nicole Blackburn, 25, pled guilty to charge of Bail Jumping 1st Degree and sentenced to 3 years probation, supervised 3 years, 365 days home incarceration.  In a separate case, Defendant also pled guilty to Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine and sentenced to 2 years,probation 3 years.  For Complicity Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Blackburn was sentenced to 12 months Home Incarceration.  Final sentencing Nov. 25.

Travis Cordle, 29, was arraigned on charges of Manufacture Meth, Trafficking In Controlled Substance 1st Degree, and Drug Paraphernalia. Pre-trial conference Nov. 25.

Randal Donta II, 25, was arraigned on charges of Burglary 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, and Persistent Felony Offender.  Pre-trial conference Nov. 25.

David Geitzen, 25, pled guilty to Theft By Unlawful Taking, and sentenced to 3 years.  An amended charge of Persistent Felony Offender enhanced the sentence to 10 years, to be served consecutive to time on parole.  Final sentencing  Nov. 25.

Johnathan Lester, 26, was arraigned on a charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking-Shoplifting.  $5,000 cash bond set, pre-trial conference Nov. 25.

Tony J. Moore, 40, pled guilty to a charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and sentenced to 3 years probation on condition of 180 days home incarceration.

John Curtis Spillman, 32, was arraigned on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree.  Pr-trial conference Nov. 25.

Cody Williams, 37, was arraigned on charges of Assault 1st Degree, and (2) counts of Wanton Endangerment.  Pre-trial conference Nov. 25. 

Information taken from Lawrence County Court Clerk's Office

Date: 11-01-2015


Lawrence County could be key in 'close' Governor's race

LOUISA, Ky. With key Lawrence County Republican leaders putting up a much stronger fight than local Democrats, the voter party registration numbers could go out the window Tuesday as GOP candidate Matt Bevin and Attorney General Jack Conway race to the finish line neck and neck according to most state polls.

Local officials in some counties are expecting a light turnout for Tuesday’s general election as Kentucky elects its next governor. “I’m going to say 14 to 16 percent,” said Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly of expected county voter turnout. Donnelly said there is so much talk about the presidential race and the myriad of candidates, voters are completely overlooking the election in Kentucky.

Bevin has led constantly in the Lazer Poll, a totally unscientic barometer of how candidates are faring, with Conway close behind.

Lawrence County has 18 precincts with Democrats hanging on to the majority 6,350 to the GOP's 4,931 (a diference of 1,419 with 689 registered Independent voters according to the latest statistics. Females outnumber males in Lawrence County 6,113 to 5,855  men.

GOP growing 3x as fast as DEMS in state

Statewide, the total number of registered voters – 2,980,009 – beats the previous record of 2,944,603, set during the 2011 General Election, by more than 35,000 voters. Each of the political parties has seen an increase in registered voters since the November 2011 General Election. Democrats have grown their ranks by 0.48%, or 7,922 voters, from 1,639,005 to 1,646,927. Republicans have added 21,517 voters, growing 1.95% from 1,100,930 to 1,122,447. “Other” has increased by 5,967 voters, or 2.92%, from 204,668 to 210,635.

Bevin, Conway claim lead as election nears

By Joseph Gerth and Tom Loftus
The Courier-Journal

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. -- Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway continued their sprint to the finish line in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election as they campaigned in different parts of the state Saturday in an effort to get voters to the polls in a race that appears so close it will be decided by turnout.

Campaigning in Northern Kentucky, Bevin told groups of 30 to 50 people in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties that his latest poll shows that he has grabbed a slim point advantage despite most public polls showing Conway with a 5 percentage point lead.

"The momentum has shifted. The gap has been closed," Bevin told his core backers at the Boone County Republican Party headquarters. "We're actually up a point as of yesterday."

Bevin, who declined to release details of his tracking polls, traveled the region with 4th District Congressman Thomas Massie in an effort to rally Republican troops.

Conway, showing similar confidence as he campaigned east of Lexington, told crowds that their vote is a choice between the “mainstream and the extreme” and he, too, predicted a win on Tuesday.

Told of Bevin’s claim that he had taken the lead, Conway said his internal polls show him up by more than five points and then added, “It wouldn’t be the first time (Bevin) didn’t tell the truth.”

The campaign has grown heated in recent days as the two candidates sparred last Sunday in a debate at Eastern Kentucky University and then faced off again at Kentucky Educational Television in their most contentious meeting yet.

At each stop on his swing through Northern Kentucky, Bevin pleaded with his audience to do all they can to turn out the conservative vote on Tuesday. As they go door-to-door, Bevin said, his supporters should simply tell voters to "vote their values, not their party."

To illustrate his point, he noted repeatedly that he has won the endorsement of Right to Life organizations while "Planned Parenthood is phone banking right now for Jack Conway."

Bevin drew cheers from his audiences when he mocked Conway's performance in Monday night's debate on Kentucky Educational Television, a performance in which some criticized the attorney general for laughing repeatedly.

"Our side was proposing solutions and the other side was led by Mr. Gigglepants," Bevin said. “Whenever there was a topic that was worthy of ... discourse, he would just giggle and twitch and sweat a little. Can you imagine this man leading on behalf of our state, sitting down with the CEO of a large corporation?"

Conway began the day in Pikeville where he grew a crowd his campaign estimated at 150 at a breakfast, then moved on to Mount Sterling where he addressed about 60 people at a steakhouse.

There, he talked about his record, claiming responsibility for helping save the state’s tobacco settlement, closing down half of the state’s pain clinics and cracking down on child pornography on the Internet.

He also criticized Bevin for him performance on KET, which some said was overly confrontational, and for flashes of anger he’s exhibited in recent days, including an event in Glasgow where he publicly accused one of his attorney general’s staff members and her brother of lying about him and another incident after Sunday’s EKU debate in which he refused to answer questions from one reporter and then refused all reporters’ questions the next night.

“In these last few days, I’ve shown I’m the one who has the proper temperament to be the governor of Kentucky,” he said.

In an interview later, Conway said Bevin “has done a lot of yelling on this campaign and you don’t get to storm out of a Republican Senate caucus meeting when things aren’t going your way when you’re trying to work with the legislature when you’re the governor.”

In an interview after his stop in Boone County, Bevin rejected the suggestion that he has been hostile toward the news media.

"Now, do I always take questions from every person? No, I don't," he said.

Bevin said the dialogue between a gubernatorial candidate -- or a governor -- and the news media "needs to be done in a healthy, constructive and professional manner. And the members of the press corps who understand that will always have my ear."

Bevin has refused to answer questions from several members of the media after their reporting angered him.

At a meet-and-greet event at the Firehouse Deli in Winchester where about 40 supporters gathered, Conway noted that he had an active “Republicans for Conway” organization that is headed by Tommy Willett, the judge-executive in Monroe County -- the home of Bevin’s chief primary opponent, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

And he noted that Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr., another Republican, was in the back of the Deli as a show of support. Perdue said in an interview that the state Fraternal Order of Police had endorsed Conway and he believes they made the right decision.

“I support Attorney General Conway,” he said. “I think he’s our best choice for the future of law enforcement in the state. He has stood beside us and he’ll stand beside us in the future. … I just personally and professionally feel he’s our best choice.”

At both stops, Conway highlighted the fact that Bevin has twice said or suggested he wants to begin drug testing those who receive Medicare, the federal health insurance program for retirees. Bevin’s campaign has said that Bevin misspoke and was talking about Medicaid.

“I don’t think you should have to pee in a cup … in order to get Medicare,” he said.

Bevin, for his part, called on conservatives to deal a fatal blow to the political careers of three political families in Kentucky.

"With a simple check of the box we can remove from the political landscape of Kentucky forever all of the Conways, all of the Lundergans, and all of the Beshears in one fell swoop," he said.