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February 1, 2018

GAS FLARE UP FIRE!

When: January 31st, 2018 @ 3:45 p.m.

Where: Lost Branch Road Martha, KY

Injuries: One injury

Damage: Minor fire damage at site

Cause: Kentucky State Fire Marshal and Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas are investigating the incident.

 

Details: Lawrence County E-911 received a call of a subject receiving burns from a flash fire at the site of an oil and gas drilling site on Lost Branch Road in Martha around 3:45 p.m. this afternoon.

The subject was being transported by private vehicle and they were requesting an ambulance meet them on the way to the hospital.

The fire was extinguished prior to the report to 911. The reporting party stated the scene was secure and no oil or gas leaked at the site.

Netcare Ambulance Lawrence County was dispatched to the scene and they in turned requested aeromedical to respond to due to the patient having suffered significant burns to his face.

LC-E911 requested aeromedical and dispatched the Blaine Fire Department to establish a landing zone at Rich Creek boat ramp. E-911 notified LC EMA of the incident and in turn the LC EMA notified the State Emergency Operations Center of the incident.

Due to no response from BVFD LC-E911 notified Louisa Fire Department to respond to handle the landing zone. Patient was transported for KY 32 to the landing zone by Netcare and then transferred to Healthnet Aeromedical. Patient was then flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV.

The Kentucky Fire Marshal’s Office and the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas are handling the investigation into the cause of the incident.

 

January 30, 2018

 

LAWRENCE CO. CIRCUIT DOCKET FOR FRIDAY JAN. 26TH


While Tri-State Clinic, LLC. still faces fraud charges, along with operators Kevin and Janice Gauze, Dr. Alfred Baldera has been cleared of all charges and is hereby granted expungement, which is all charges taken off of his record.

Meth still dominated the charges as heroin begins to trickle in our community from larger cities.

Court docket from Circuit Clerk Jodi Webb Parsley:


DR. ALFRED BALDERA DR. ALFRED BALDERA Alfred Baldera, 65 was on for a MOTION FOR EXPUNGEMENT. The Judge agreed with the order and was reset for 2/9/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Joseph R. BentleyJoseph R. BentleyJoseph Bentley, 37 was arraigned on Bail jumping, 1st degree, bond to remain the same and Pretrial set for 2/23/18. Defendant is already incarcerated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Percilla A. BoggsPercilla A. BoggsPercilla Boggs, 31 was present on two cases for a MOTION TO SUSPEND FURTHER EXECUTION OF SENTENCE. Motion on both cases were denied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Barrett Branham Barrett Branham Barrett Branham, 33 was on the docket for a Motion for PROBATION REVOCATION HEARING. The defendant was not present and a bench warrant to be issued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tyler L. BranhamTyler L. BranhamTyler Branham, 34 was sentenced to 3 years for FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 1ST DEGREE ON FOOT, PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER, ENHANCED TO 5 YEARS, 2 YEARS FOR COMPLICITY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST degree, FIRST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE), 90 DAYS FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN REQUIRED INSURANCE/ SECURITY, 90 DAYS FOR NO OPERATORS LICENSE. FIVE YEARS SUPERVISED PROBATION with all cases concurrent but consecutive to Boyd County case. The charges of expired Kentucky registration, failure to wear seat belts and possession of an open alcohol beverage in a motor vehicle were all dismissed.

 

 

 

 


Brandon L. BurchettBrandon L. BurchettBrandon Burchett, 26 was arraigned on 1st degree POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/COCAINE, FIRST OFFENSE.

Pre-trial set for 2/23/18. Defendant to remain on bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sierra CaudillSierra CaudillSierra Caudill, 32 was arraigned on PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER, 1ST DEGREE, CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A FORGED INSTRUMENT 2ND DEGREE, AND THEFT BY DECEPTION/INCLUDE COLD CHECKS UNDER $10,000. The defendant remains incarcerated, defendant has retained Attorney Michael Curtis and bond remains the same. Pre-trial set for 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 


Gary Haven Mills CochranGary Haven Mills CochranGary Haven Mills Cochran, 50 was sentenced to 1 year for THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OVER $500 BUT UNDER $10,000. Case to run concurrent with other cases. PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER, 1st degree was dismissed.

On a separate case: The defendant was sentenced to 3 years for COMPLICITY THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING $500 OR MORE BUT UNDER $10,000 AND PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER 1ST DEGREE ENHANCED TO 10 YEARS (probation supervised over 5 years). Defendant to serve 365 days in jail, all cases to run concurrent.

Separate case: Gary Cochran Mills, 50 sentenced to 12 months for COMPLICITY 1ST degree POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE DRUG UNSPECIFIED, 1st OFFENSE, 12 MONTHS FOR COMPLICITY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 3RD DEGREE, 90 DAYS FOR COMPLICITY POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, 12 MONTHS CONCURRENT TO ALL OTHER CASES FOR COMPLICITY POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

 

 

 

 


James Kirk, 33 was present for a MOTION TO REVOKE PROBATION.

Hearing set for next month on 2/9/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Joshua Q. CyrusJoshua Q. CyrusJoshua Cyrus, 43 was present for a motion per bond decision on complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, 1st offense and complicity receiving stolen property, firearm.

Hearing set for 2/9/18


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Matthew Diamond, 32 pled guilty and received 3 years of supervised probation and $200 a month to work toward arrearages to FLAGRANT NON SUPPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Erin EvansErin EvansErin Evans, 47, Pled guilty to a misdemeanor, criminal possession of a forged instrument, was sentenced to pay restitution of $75.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Melissa FrazierMelissa FrazierMelissa Frazier-Allen, 37 was arraigned on FRAUDULENT USE OF ID CARD OF ELECTRONIC CODE FOR BENEFITS.

Pre-trial date set for 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Janice gauzeJanice gauzeJanice Gauze, 47 was present on COMPLICITY AND UNAUTHORIZED PROCUREMENT OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE and COMPLICITY PRESENT FRAUDULENT CLAIMS TO DEFRAUD KMAP.

The judge agreed to an order to reset for rearrangement on 2/9/18 and continued trial.

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin GauzeKevin GauzeKevin Gauze, 48 was present on charges of 2 COUNTS OF COMPLICITY PRESENT FRAUDULENT CLAIMS TO DEFRAUD KMAP, COMPLICITY FORGERY OF A PRESCRIPTION, COMPLICITY TO DISPENSE / PRESCRIBE /ADMINISTER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, COMPLICITY WRONGFULLY FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS AND COMPLICITY AND AUTHORIZE PROCUREMENT OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

Order agreed upon to reset for re-arraignment and continued trial.

 

 

 

 

 


David Bryan Johnson David Bryan Johnson David Brian Johnson, 40 was present for a bond hearing on ASSAULT, 3rd DEGREE (POLICE OFFICER) DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 2ND DEGREE, FALSELY REPORTING AN INCIDENT AND PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER. The defendant to be held without bond.

Separate Case: ESCAPE, 2nd degree and FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 2nd degree, RESISTING ARREST AND PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER. The defendant will be held without bond.

 

 

 

 


Tri State Family Medical Center, LLC, charges with 2 Counts of COMPLICITY PRESENT FRAUDULENT CLAIMS to KMAP, first offense and COMPLICITY FORGERY OF A PRESCRIPTION, 1st offense. Reset by agreed order for 2/9/18.

 

 

 

 

 


Timmy MullettTimmy MullettTimmy Mullet, 38 Pled guilty to an amended charge of POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1st degree (sentenced to time served) and FAILURE TO WEAR SEATBELTS was dismissed.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin MurphyKevin MurphyKevin Murphy, 22 was present for a motion to remove from supervision. Motion was granted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chasity L. NicholsChasity L. NicholsChastity Nichols, 32 was arraigned on 3 counts of THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING, over $500 but under $10,000.

Pre-trial set for 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 

 


Jocelyn N. PickardJocelyn N. PickardJocelyn Pickard, 32 was arraigned on TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST DEGREE, METHAMPHETAMINE, TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, HEROIN.

Pretrial set for 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 


Nathaniel M. PackNathaniel M. PackNathaniel Pack, 34 was present for a motion to dismiss 1st Degree POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, COCAINE, 1st offense.

The judge to make a ruling.

 

 

 

 

 


Rebecca PinsonRebecca PinsonRebecca Pinson, 41 was arraigned on TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1st offense, methamphetamine. Pretrial set for 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ronald RatliffRonald RatliffRonald Ratliff, 50 was present for a PROBATION REVOCATION HEARING, the case was reset for 3/23/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Winfred S. ScottWinfred S. ScottWinfred Scott, 27 pled guilty and was sentenced to 5 years (diversion over 5 years) and drug court for THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OVER $500 and 5 years concurrent for RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY (firearm)

 

 

 

 

 


John C. SpillmanJohn C. SpillmanJohn Spillman, 34 was on the docket for a MOTION TO REVOKE PROBATION for A probation violation.

The defendant was not present and a bench warrant to be issued.

 

 

 

 

 


JasonWallerJasonWallerJason Waller, 37 a diversion completion was granted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Webb, 32 was present on COMPLICITY ROBBERY, 1st degree, COMPLICITY BURGLARY, 1st degree and COMPLICITY ASSAULT, 1st degree. Continue to trial, status hearing to be held on 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 


Ronnie Webb, 50 was present on COMPLICITY ROBBERY, 1st degree, COMPLICITY BURGLARY, 1st degree and COMPLICITY ASSAULT, 1st degree and PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER, 2nd degree.

Continue to trial, status hearing to be held on 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 


Crystal G. WheelerCrystal G. WheelerCrystal Wheeler, 40 was arraigned on TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1st degree, methamphetamine.

Pre-trial to be held on 2/23/18.

 

 

 

 

 


Michael A. WilksMichael A. WilksMichael Wilks, 41 was arraigned on TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST DEGREE, METHAMPHETAMINE AND PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER, 1ST DEGREE. Pretrial to be held on 2/23/18.

 

 

 


STATUS HEARINGS SET:

Dustin Fyffe, 28
Charles Perkins, 25


PRETRIAL CONFERENCES:

Alexis Boyd, 23 For Engaging In Organized Crime/Criminal Syndicate

William Chafin, 29 For Fraudulent Use Of Id Card Of Electronic Code For Benefits

Danny Colegrove, 31 For Theft By Unlawful Taking Or Shoplifting $500 Or More, Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

April Harper, 33 For Fraudulent Use Of ID Card Of Electronic Code For Benefits, 1st° Possession Of A Controlled Substance And Theft By Unlawful Taking Or Shoplifting.

Carlos Hayes, 49 For Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000 And Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree

Seth Rigsby, 25 For Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st°, Second Or Greater Offense, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol/Drugs, And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

Roger Barnes, 32 For 3 Counts Of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property, Complicity Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine And Complicity Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

 

January 27, 2018

Joseph Currie, 28 of Ft. Gay passed away this morning (Thursday) due to extensive head injuries after being hit by a 2006 Ford vehicle that was gold in color.

Joseph and his son who just turned 7 just days before the accident. Joseph and his son who just turned 7 just days before the accident.

After repeated requests, the information released by the State Police Post #9 in Pikeville has been minimal.

The identity of the person driving the car has not been made public, nor the circumstances for some reason.

The accident happened on Route 23 near the 201 turnoff while Currie was walking North toward Louisa. The accident is still under investigation and as of now, no charges have been filed.

Currie’s family has set up a go fund me account as they do not have the money to finance his funeral at this time. Currie leaves behind a 7 year old son (seen in the picture).

See obituary information HERE

January 29, 2018

LOUISA, Ky. (January 23, 2018) Lawrence County Fiscal court members decided to wait three months before voting on a somewhat controversial syringe exchange program proposed by the Lawrence County Health Dept. and backed by the health community at last Thursday's postponed regular January meeting.

District 2 magistrate John J. Lemaster ultimately, after a long discussion and answer session, motioned to table the vote until he (and possibly other magistrates) had an opportunity to visit other local syringe exchanges. The second was by Morris Howard. The court agreed unanimously.

"The health department asked to be put on the agenda because we have presented this information at numerous community forums, but Lawrence co. Health Dept. director Debbie MillerLawrence co. Health Dept. director Debbie Millerhad never presented it to the Fiscal Court and not all of the magistrates had attended a community forum," Lawrence Health Dept. director Debbie Miller said. "We simply wanted to provide the most up-to-date information available so that they could make an educated and informed decision."

State Health Dept. rep. Greg Lee gave a comprehensive description of the program which has been accepted in the forums held so far in Lawrence Co. Ms. Miller said the response has been positive.

Greg Lee shared his Lawrence County specific slides. Here are some LC rankings he shares:


* Population (2015) – 69th of 120 counties
* Drug overdose deaths (2015) – 34th
* Controlled substance prescriptions (2010-2014) – 31st
* Per capita income (2009-2013) – 84th
* White population (2013) – 10th
* Unemployment (2017) – 15th
* Buprenorphine prescribing (2010 – 2014) – 10th

It is also interesting that LC ranks 105th of 120 counties for HIV testing. I think that may be changing because the recovery centers do some testing. 

But County Attorney Mike Hogan predicted it to be a "hot issue" going forward because of resistance from citizens who feel like syringe exchange is inviting the use of drugs.

"Pursuant to statute the local city and fiscal court must give the go ahead (for the needle exchange program)," Hogan noted. "The city already has and the county has agreed to look at it but tabled it to the March meeting."

$20,000 grant coming

Miller said funding is in place to pay for the syringe exchange program which is designed to stop the spread of disease.

"We also wanted them to know that we have received a grant from KY-ASAP for $20,000 to operate a Harm Reduction Program, however we cannot do so until we obtain approval from the Fiscal Court. We have Board of Health and Louisa City Council approval now," Miller said.

According to Miller the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control are currently investigating a cluster of new HIV cases in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area.

"Because of this, I believe there is a real sense of urgency to get this program operational. Everyone seems to lose focus on the main reason for having a Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange Program. We are trying to prevent the spread of diseases, such as Hepatitis C and HIV, by eliminating sharing of needles," Miller added.

Chaffin gets go ahead to file opiate lawsuit on behalf of county...

Truman Chafin presents his proposal to a session of the Lincoln County, WVa. Commission on jan. 19.Truman Chafin presents his proposal to a session of the Lincoln County, WVa. Commission on jan. 19.

W.Va. attorney and former state official Truman Chaffin appeared at court to speak on possible opioid lawsuit and won the court over after a pitch two months ago from Huntington, WVA law firm Green, Ketchum was rejected by the court.

Many counties and cities in the "opiate belt" in eastern Ky. and southern WVA are filing class action lawsuits against drug manufacturers who allowed prescription levels to skyrocket contributing to widespread addiction. Millions of dollars in damages have been assessed on major pharmas since it was announced recently on 60 Minutes that 900 million opioid pills had been sent to Kermit and Williamson for less than a 3,000 population.

Co. Attorney Mike Hogan explained it like this:

"The court agreed to hire Truman Chafin.  He cut his fee from 33 1/3 to 25%. Also, Green/Ketchum had a clause that if they lost the case then they got reimbursed their fees. The Chafin Law Firm agreed to take on all costs and eat them if we lost.  I insisted on this change and they agreed."

Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by John J. Lemaster, vote unanimous.

In other fiscal court business:

 

*  Judge/Exec. John Osborne appointed a member to the LC Recreation Board, Donnie Parson. The court agreed unanimously.

*  Judge/Exec. John Osborne appointed two (2) members to the Big Sandy Water District Board, William Hardin and Charley Shockey. The court agreed unanimously.

*  The court unanimously approved to promote Dennis Moore to Mechanic ($1.00) pay increase. Motion John J. Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn. Vote unanimous.

*  The court unanimously approved Osborne's request to promote Clyde Burchett to Asst. Foreman. Motion Morris Howard, second John J. Lemaster. Vote unanimous.

*  Approved Proclamation Declaring January as School Bd. Recognition Month

*  Chuck Sexton spoke About One East Kentucky
*  Voted unanimously to authorize Treasurer to Open a non interest bearing Bank Account for CDBG Funds for the New Blaine Fire Dept. Signature will be Judge and Treasurer. Motion Earl Boggs, second John J. Lemaster. Vote unanimous.
*  Voted unanimously to Authorize Fiscal Court to Grant Blanket Authority to Release Funds from the CDBG Bank Account; all Checks Must be Approved by the Fiscal Court. Motion John J. lemaster, second Morris howard. Vote unanimous.

*Public Comments
*Adjourn

 

January 26, 2018

New cop in Town...

LOUISA, KY. (January 26, 2018) – The Louisa Police Department would like to congratulate and welcome Patrolman Shane James after his completion of the basic training with the Department of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy.

At the Police Academy Ptl. James was awarded “Recruit of Distinction Award”, Academic Achievement Award”, “Fit for Duty Award” and the Kentucky Veterans Award”At the Police Academy Ptl. James was awarded “Recruit of Distinction Award”, Academic Achievement Award”, “Fit for Duty Award” and the Kentucky Veterans Award”

 

Patrolman James, a member of the 488th class, completed the 23 week course today and received several awards for his accomplishments. Ptl. James was awarded “Recruit of Distinction Award”, Academic Achievement Award”, “Fit for Duty Award” and the Kentucky Veterans Award”. Following his graduation Ptl.

James will now receive 8 weeks of training and direction within the Louisa Police Department's in house training by the department's Police Training Officers.

“I am very proud of the success that Ptl. James has worked so hard for and how well he represented our department and the citizens of Louisa while a recruit" stated Chief Greg Fugitt.

Ptl. James brings the department back up to six full time officers. 

NEW LOUISA POLICE OFFICER:Sgt. Steven Wilburn, left,  welcomes  new Ptl. Shane James.NEW LOUISA POLICE OFFICER:Sgt. Steven Wilburn, left, welcomes new Ptl. Shane James.

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