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December 9, 2017


Sheriff's indictment says some subjects had been working together since at least 2015 to bring crystal meth and other drugs to county


Press Release From Sheriff Garrett Roberts

December 8, 2017

A drug investigation that began in May 2016 has led to a case involving multiple co-defendants being presented to the Lawrence County Grand Jury.

On Wednesday December 6, 2017 Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office presented a case involving 19 co-defendants who were involved in trafficking controlled substances in Lawrence County, KY. 

During the year and a half long investigation it was learned that some of the subjects had been working together since at least 2015 to bring crystal methamphetamine and other controlled substance into the county for distribution.

This investigation consisted of numerous hours of interviews as well as processing a large amount of recorded information relating to the operation.

The investigation found that several of the individuals would gather money from other involved individuals as well as others outside the group and travel to Louisville, KY, Huntington, WV and numerous other locations to purchase the methamphetamine and other substances to bring back to Lawrence County.

Once they arrived back with the drugs they would distribute them. Some of the individuals would arrange the sale of drugs while others would deliver the product, provide the transportation, or a location to hang out and come for the transactions.

A few of the other substances that were found to have been distributed were Heroin, Molly, Suboxone and Oxycodone.

Those subjects involved and charged with Engaging in Organized Crime – Criminal Syndicate are:

Paul “Shane” Hackney, Nicholas Hackney, Matthew Caudill, Alexis Boyd, Randy “Tap” Justice, Prince Stevens, Jasmine Mullins, Keith Penix, Amanda Thomas, Broderick “Nathan” Cyrus, Johnny Gibson, Zachary Gibson, Robert “Dusty” Powers, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Joey Thomas, Jeramie Vanover, Joann Collins, Brian Roop and Katlin Roop.

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The investigation is continuing with more charges and arrests possible.

If anyone has information related to illegal drug activity they can report it to the Sheriff's Office at 606-638-4368. As always you can remain anonymous.

Sheriff Garrett Roberts
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office


An indictment is not proof of guilt or innocence, but a charge that there is enough evidence to take the matter to trial.


December 8, 2017

Ky. Power says new facility with nearly 1,000 jobs coming to Pikeville 'because of work we have done' 

FRANKFORT, Ky., – One day after news of a new manufacturing facility that will employ nearly 1,000 in Pikeville became public, Kentucky Power told the Public Service Commission how its economic development programs helped bring those jobs to eastern Kentucky.

Brad Hall, external affairs manager for Kentucky Power, testifies during a Kentucky Public Service Commission hearing in Frankfort on Friday. Hall oversees the company’s economic development efforts in eastern Kentucky.Brad Hall, external affairs manager for Kentucky Power, testifies during a Kentucky Public Service Commission hearing in Frankfort on Friday. Hall oversees the company’s economic development efforts in eastern Kentucky.

Enerblu, an energy innovation company, plans to employ 875 with an average annual salary of $81,000 at a new facility to be built in at the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park in Pikeville and about 110 in headquarters in Lexington. The manufacturing facility will manufacture storage batteries and other energy solutions when it opens in 2020.


“Enerblu is there because of the work we have done,” Brad Hall, external affairs manager for Kentucky Power said. “Four years ago this site was master planned to be a golf course and subdivision and the mayor would not waiver on that. Through a study (we funded) and the work we did, the city saw the opportunity to rezone it as industrial. … Now there will be well over 1,400 jobs in that park providing great wages in Pikeville and eastern Kentucky.”

Hall’s comments came during the third day of an official hearing before the Commission this week. In June, Kentucky Power filed a base rate review request with the PSC seeking to recover $69.6 million from customers. A settlement reached last month and presented to the Commission for consideration lowered that request to an overall increase of $34.7 million.

On Friday, Hall provided details about the Commission-approved Kentucky Power Economic Growth Grant (K-PEGG) program. The K-PEGG program is a partnership between Kentucky Power customers and stockholders. Each month customers contribute 15 cents through the Kentucky Economic Development Surcharge.

In the settlement agreement, the economic development surcharge for residential customers would decrease from 15 cents to 10 cents and increases commercial and industrial customer contributions to $1. All economic development fees collected from customers will continue to be matched by the company to generate nearly $1.1 million a year to invest back into eastern Kentucky.

“We’re seeing solutions from these programs; we’re seeing results,” Hall said. “When I’m going to put 875 $81,000 a year jobs in Pikeville Kentucky, that’s impactful. That’s real.”

The Commissioners can approve, modify or reject the settlement agreement. If approved, new rates would go into effect in mid-January. During the hearing, Commissions hear testimony, ask questions of witnesses and make comments in the case.

In addition to testimony about economic development, Commissioners also asked about Kentucky Power’s efforts to assist customers on fixed incomes. They also read two letters from customers as examples of many they received. The settlement proposes increasing funding for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to assist low income customers.

Commissioners also heard testimony on a mechanism that would track mandatory federal spending on transmission to maintain and upgrade the grid. Such spending has become more important with the advent of cybersecurity and needed upgrades to maintain reliability. The settlement creates a tracker to allow Kentucky Power to recover 80 percent of those costs. The company had indicated that it would have to file another case immediately if the mandatory federal transmission costs were not accounted for in this case.

Alex Vaughan, a regulatory pricing and analysis manager for American Electric Power, told the Commission that the tracker is a must for Kentucky Power.

“If it is approved, Kentucky Power has a legitimate opportunity to earn a return on its investment,” Vaughan said. “If it is not approved, we have no opportunity. We are still absorbing 20 percent of those costs.”

The compromise reached on transmission costs and other issues illustrate the balance in the settlement agreement, said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite. If approved, Kentucky Power agreed it would not seek an update to its general base rates until at least 2021. This essentially provides customers with a three-year stay out of changes to base rates.

Under the settlement agreement, the residential customer rate would increase approximately 9 percent. The original rate adjustment filing with the PSC had residential customer rates increasing about 16 percent. Commercial and industrial customer rates would increase 3 to 7 percent, down from a requested 7 to 14 percent, based on usage.


Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, provides service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties, including Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Rowan. Kentucky Power is an operating company in the American Electric Power system.

December 4, 2017


Press Release Reference Shooting on Pigeon Roost Road 12/03/17

On December 3rd, 2017 at approximately 2:15 pm the Lawrence County 911 Center received an EMS call reference a 14 year-old juvenile that was unresponsive and possibly under the influence of drugs on Pigeon Roost Road in Lawrence County.

Boyd Co Juvenile Detention CenterBoyd Co Juvenile Detention Center

While the ambulance and fire department were en route to the location
911 received a second call stating that the juvenile had become combative
and had retrieved a firearm, threatening to shoot people and then fired
shots toward subjects.

At that time the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office was dispatched as well as the Kentucky State Police. While law enforcement was en route the caller stated that the juvenile had fired multiple shots.

A short time after the arrival of law enforcement the juvenile was taken
into custody without incident. The juvenile was lodged in the Boyd County
Juvenile Detention Center. No one was injured in the incident.

An investigation is being conducted by Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler and the
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office. They were assisted at the scene by the
Kentucky State Police. Netcare Ambulance Service also responded to the
scene as a precaution and Blaine Fire Department was placed on standby.

Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Phone - 606-638-4368


December 5, 2017

Wayne Co. Sheriff catches heroin dealers 'red handed'

PRICHARD, W.Va. -- Wayne Co. Sheriff Rick Thompson announced today that the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 2 men from Kentucky after they met with the buyer in the Prichard area.

CAUGHT RED HANDED: Charles "Chuck" Marcum, left, and Joshua Andrews were caught handing over the drugs by Wayne Co. Sheriff Rick Thompson and his drug fighting unite Sunday night at Prichard, W.Va.CAUGHT RED HANDED: Charles "Chuck" Marcum, left, and Joshua Andrews were caught handing over the drugs by Wayne Co. Sheriff Rick Thompson and his drug fighting unite Sunday night at Prichard, W.Va.


The DEU watched a hand to hand Heroin transaction and interrupted it.

Heroin and cash were seized.

Heroin bust at PrichardHeroin bust at Prichard


Charles 'Chuck' Marcum, 43, Lawrence Co., Ky.,  was charged with Delivery of a controlled substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and Conspiracy. Joshua Andrews, 30, also from Lawrence Co., Ky. was charged with Aiding and Abetting delivery of a controlled substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and Conspiracy. 

Both men were taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail and booked on December 3, 2017.

Sheriff Thompson was present with the Drug Enforcement Unit. Road patrol deputies assisted.



DECEMBER 3, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN

Jonathan Young, left,  and Randy WrightJonathan Young, left, and Randy Wright

Two Louisa, Ky men were arrested Saturday night by the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit after what started out as a simple traffic stop that later yielded during a search an active meth lab that was actually working in making a new batch of meth; along with other contraband material.

According to the arrest report, the Wayne County DEU made a traffic stop on a Ford Ranger with Lawrence County, Kentucky tags, after observing the Ranger pickup truck having defective equipment.

During the traffic stop, the officers observed an active meth lab in the console area of the truck. A search of the vehicle yielded multiple ingredients and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Finished meth product was collected along with ICE (Methamphetamine) packaged for distribution. Digital scales, packaging material, and cash were seized. 

The Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Jonathan Michael Young, 39, and Randy Scott Wright, 29, both of Louisa, and they were each charged with five felony charges: Operating or Attempting to Operate Clandestine Drug Laboratories, possession of precursors for meth, Pseudoephedrine Altered, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and Conspiracy.

Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson, along with Wayne County Sheriff Department Road Patrol Deputies assisted.

Sheriff Thompson says it's a rare occasion to find an active mobile meth lab and appreciates the hard work of the Wayne County Sheriff Department Road Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Unit.

For more information contact 304-272-6378 for sheriff's office and 304-272-5016 is the TIP line.