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WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

April 4, 2017

Sheriff Thompson with HIDKASheriff Thompson with HIDKA 

Sheriff Rick Thompson is pleased to announce that he will assign a deputy to the Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).  

The 119 Drug Task Force Unit is compiled for the local area, including Wayne, Logan, Boone, and Mingo counties.  The 119 HIDTA Task Force is part of the Appalachia District which include select counties in Western Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.  

HIDTA allows local officers (assigned to the unit) to work freely across county and state lines that are included in the respected districts.  The deputy assigned, while still working primarily in Wayne County will have the ability to work closely and in connection with the adjoining counties.  They also work with other local authorities such as County Drug Enforcement Units, State Police Departments and City Municipalities.

Federally funded programs such as this allow for a much needed focus on drugs being transported across county and state lines.  The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department has participated in HIDTA programs in the past such as the Marijuana Eradication Project however; this is one of the first posts in which an officer has been assigned in this manner

Sheriff Thompson said, “This task force will enable us to more effectively combat drug trafficking within our region that is taking such a heavy toll on our people and our communities.  I look forward to positive results from this much needed collaborative effort.”  

 

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State Auditor Mike Harmon today released the audit of the 2015 financial statement of Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts. State law requires the auditor to annually audit the accounts of each county sheriff.

Sheriff Garrett Roberts 16Sheriff Garrett Roberts 16

In compliance with this law, the auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year: one reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account, and the other reporting on the audit of the fee account used to operate the office.

Auditing standards require the auditor’s letter to communicate whether the financial statement presents fairly the receipts, disbursements, and excess fees of the Lawrence County Sheriff in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

The sheriff’s financial statement did not follow this format. However, the sheriff’s financial statement is fairly presented in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting, which is an acceptable reporting methodology. This reporting methodology is followed for all 120 sheriff audits in Kentucky.

As part of the audit process, the auditor must comment on non-compliance with laws, regulations, contracts and grants. The auditor must also comment on material weaknesses involving the internal control over financial operations and reporting. The audit contains the following comment:

*  The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office lacks adequate segregation of duties. The sheriff’s bookkeeper collects payments from customers, records transactions in the ledgers, prepares deposits, and reconciles the bank account. Inadequate segregation of duties allows for one person to have a significant role in processing and recording receipts and disbursements, which increases the risk of misappropriation of assets and inaccurate financial reporting. Internal control duties should be segregated to decrease the risk of misappropriation of assets, errors, and inaccurate financial reporting to external agencies. Compensating controls such as comparing the daily checkout sheet to the receipts ledger and the bank deposit can be implemented to decrease the risk present in the absence of proper segregation of duties, but they do not eliminate the lack of adequate segregation of duties. We recommend the same person not perform multiple accounting functions. If duties cannot be segregated, then strong oversight over the employee’s work should be provided and documented.

Sheriff’s Response: Ok.

The sheriff’s responsibilities include collecting property taxes, providing law enforcement and performing services for the county fiscal court and courts of justice. The sheriff’s office is funded through statutory commissions and fees collected in conjunction with these duties.

 

The audit report can be found on the auditor’s website.

 

 

 

City Council may renovate city hall

CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY MARCH 28, 2017

LOUISA MAYOR HAROLD SLONE LOUISA MAYOR HAROLD SLONE The Louisa City Council met for a Special Meeting, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6pm. Those present for the meeting were Mayor Harold Slone, Mitch Castle Member, Ron Cordle Member, David McKenzie Member, Lisa Schaeffer Member, Tom Parsons Member, John Nolan Member, Eldred Adams City Attorney and Greg Fugitt Chief of Police.

The meeting was called to order after the pledge and opening prayer.

Annexation was the topic that dominated the meeting. The Mayor and Council discussed the pros and cons of annexing some property that adjoins the City of Louisa after businessman John Clark requested that his marathon station on Rt. 2565 be added to the city so that he can sell alcoholic beverages.

City officials still have no estimate of the number of citizens nor the number of businesses and housing units may be involved in an annexation if it is approved by voters in the area.City officials still have no estimate of the number of citizens nor the number of businesses and housing units may be involved in an annexation if it is approved by voters in the area.

The additional services of Fire and Police protection were the most important pros of being annexed.

A change in paying taxes was also reviewed. The following review was given to the Council to ponder. The current tax rate for Louisa 2016 is 0.0237%, which averages out to $237.00 if your house tax appraised value is $100,000.00. The Fire District rate is 0.010655%, which averages out to $10.66 on a home valued at $100,000. The average home in Louisa is valued at  $110,500.


The chart illustrates the additional charges for sewer, water and garbage rates. 

In city limits      --            Outside the city limits

Water $16.49/1000gal      ....$21.58/1000gal
Sewage $10.07/1000gal   ....$10.90/1000gal
Garbage $10.80                ....$14.00
sen rate $7.20                   ....$10.40

It was also decided that if the City were to proceed it could not force residents to become a part of the city. A PUBLIC FORUM will be held April 25, 2017 at 7pm at the Louisa Senior Citizens Center. All residents with questions and concerns should participate in this most important venue.

Option 1 is to do nothing.

Option 2 - annex the commercial area from Joe Youngs Insurance to past the Clark Oil Gas Station on 2565

Option 3 - annex other adjoining properties (Stella Moore ballfield , Highbottom)

Annexing additional areas would increase the population of the City and allow for seeking additional grant money, mayor Slone said.

Motion made and passed to allow the Mayor to pay an outside contractor to develop preliminary architectural services for the City Hall Building

The meeting was then adjourned.

Multiple cuts and bruises were present on the child, KSP REPORT SAYS

Billy J. KeetonBilly J. KeetonASHLAND, Ky. (March 29, 2017) – On Thursday, March 29, 2017 at 249 p.m. the Kentucky State Police Post 14 Ashland received a report of physical abuse to a four year of age child.

Master Trooper Craig Morella responded and began an investigation into the incident. Visible injuries (multiple cuts and bruises) were present on the child and information received during the investigation confirmed Billy J. Keeton had inflicted the injuries.

The child was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center, treated for the injuries and released.

(At this time no additional details surrounding the incident are available for release.)

Billy J. Keeton, age 29, of Blaine, KY was arrested, lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and charged with:

* Criminal Abuse 1st Degree-Child 12 or Under

The incident remains under investigation by Master Trooper Craig Morella.

 

MARCH INDICTMENTS

The Lawrence County Grand Jury Returns 10 Indictments For March.

Kayla J. Horn HuntKayla J. Horn HuntKayla Hunt, 29 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on BURGLARY 1st DEGREE (class B felony) penalty: 10 to 20 years and POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN BY A CONVICTED FELON (class C felony) penalties: 5 to 10 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before September 5, 2016, Kayla Hunt knowingly and unlawfully entered the dwelling house of Edmond Lambert of Louisa, Ky. with the intent to commit the crime of theft and while affecting entry, while in the dwelling house and/ or in the immediate flight therefrom, she was armed with a deadly weapon. Ms. Hunt also knowingly and unlawfully had in her possession a Stevens 20 gauge, model 94 shotgun while having been convicted of a prior felony from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bail was set at $20,000.

 

 

 

Richard L. MeadeRichard L. MeadeRichard Meade, 64 of Louisa, Ky. Indicted on charges of BURGLARY  3rd DEGREE (class D felony) penalty:  1 to 5 years and CARRYING A CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPON (a class A misdemeanor) penalty: not more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that Richard Meade knowingly and unlawfully entered an outbuilding owned by Richard Preston of Louisa, Ky. with the intent to commit the crime of theft. Mr. Meade knowingly and unlawfully carried a concealed firearm on or about his person. Bond was set at $5,000.

 

 

Joann Kimble, AKA “Candy Kimble”, 26 was indicted on the charges of POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1st DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years,  POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 3rd DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/COMPLICITY (class B misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 90 days and POSSESSION/USE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA/COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Gary Cochran Mills knowingly and unlawfully possessed the Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, possessed Buprenorphine (Soboxone), possessed Marijuana and altered straws, an altered glass tube, baggies and rolling papers. Bond was set at $5,000.

 

 

Gary Cochran Mills, 50 of Auxier, Ky. has been indicted indicted on the charges of POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1st DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years,  POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 3rd DEGREE/ COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/COMPLICITY (class B misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 90 days and POSSESSION/USE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA/COMPLICITY (class A misdemeanor) penalty of no more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Joann Mills knowingly and unlawfully possessed the Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, possessed Buprenorphine (Soboxone), possessed Marijuana and altered straws, an altered glass tube, baggies and rolling papers. Bond was set at $5,000.

 

 

Dalton L. WhittDalton L. WhittDalton Whitt, 29 of Webbville, Ky. was indicted on charges of ASSAULT 3rd DEGREE (class D felony) penalty: 1 to 5 years, ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A MINOR (class A misdemeanor) TERRORISTIC THREATENING 3rd DEGREE (class A misdemeanor) penalty of not more than 12 months, RESISTING ARREST (class A misdemeanor) penalty: not more than 12 months and MENACING (class B misdemeanor) penalty: not more than 90 days in jail.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before March 2nd , 2017 in Lawrence County Ky. Dalton Whitt committed the offense of Assault 3rd degree by assaulting or attempting to assault Deputy Mason Keefer with the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department while acting in his official capacity, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully being a parent or legal guardian of a minor and failing to prevent him or her from becoming neglected or a delinquent child. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully threatened to commit any crime likely to result in the death or serious injury of another while disregarding Deputy Mason Keefer’s commands while preventing the officer, while working in his official capacity fro, placing the defendant under arrest. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully placed another person in the reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

 

 

 

Joseph R. BentleyJoseph R. BentleyJoseph Bentley, 37 of Ashland, Ky. was indicted on BAILJUMPING 1st DEGREE (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 10th, 2017 in Lawrence County Kentucky, Joseph Bentley committed the offense of BAILJUMPING by knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon conditions that he would subsequently appear at a specified time and place in connection with a felony charge of Flagrant Non Support, a class D felony, he failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by the court. Bail set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Percilla A. BoggsPercilla A. BoggsPercilla Boggs “aka Percilla Ramey” 31 of Paintsville, Ky. was indicted on BAILJUMPING 1st Degree (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 24, 2017 in Lawrence County Ky., Percilla Boggs committed the offense of BAILJUMPING by knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon conditions that she would subsequently appear at a specified time and place in connection with a felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class D felony, she failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by the court. Bail set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Amanda ThomasAmanda ThomasAmanda Thomas, 35 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on charges of TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1st degree, less than 2 grams (class D felony) penalty: 1 to 5 years, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, namely HEROIN (class D felony) and POSSESSION/ USE OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (class A misdemeanor) penalty of not more than 12 months.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before December 13th, 2016 in Lawrence County Kentucky, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance, namely Methamphetamine. The defendant committed the offense of Possession of a controlled substance by knowingly and unlawfully being in the possession of a schedule 1 narcotic, Heroin and unlawfully being in the possession of altered straws. Bond was set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Christopher J. HowellChristopher J. HowellChristopher Howell, 33 of Louisa, Kentucky was indicted on BAILJUMPING 1st DEGREE (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 10, 2017 in Lawrence County the defendant committed the offense of BAILJUMPING by knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon conditions that he would subsequently appear at a specified time and place in connection with a felony charge of Flagrant Non Support, a class D felony, he failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by the court. Bail set for $5,000.

 

 

 

Lowell Justin Maynard Lowell Justin Maynard Lowell Justin Maynard, 29 of Louisa, Ky. was indicted on charges of POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1st degree (class D felony) penalty of 1 to 5 years, USE/POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 1st OFFENSE (class A misdemeanor) THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING UNDER $500.00 (class A misdemeanor) and POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 2nd degree (class A misdemeanor).

The Grand Jury charges that on or before December 28, 2016 in Lawrence county Kentucky, the above named defendant committed the offense of possession of a controlled substance by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. The above named defendant committed the offense of use/possession of drug paraphernalia by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a syringe. The defendant committed the offense of theft but unlawfully taking a 3/8 inch snap on ratchet and 1 quart of transfer case oil belonging to Edsel Perry of Louisa Kentucky with a value not exceeding $500. The defendant committed the offense of possession of a controlled substance by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance/Suboxone. Bail set at 5,000.