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AUGUST 4, 2015

Lawrence County Residents Arrested For Drug Dealing... 

Louisa residents arrested for drug offenses in Martin, Wayne Counties

Peggy Music

Brian GandttFour citizens from Louisa were arrested for illegally dealing prescription pills last week. But ironically all four people were caught beyond their native Lawrence County residences.

In the first case, on Monday July 27, the Martin County Sheriff's Office stated they received several complaints about pills being sold from a home in the 3800 block of Big Elk Road in Inez.

Deputies got consent from the owner and searched the home about 1 a.m.

Inside, they say Peggy S. Music, 54, who lives in the home, had a bottle of Oxycodone hidden under the drawer in the bathroom sink, as well as a bottle of Gabapentin hidden in a suit case in the kitchen. Investigators say she also had a small change purse hidden under the couch. There were two 10mg Vallium pills in the change purse, as well as $750 in cash.

Music is charged with two counts of trafficking controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one county of trafficking legend drugs.

Also in the home at the time of the search was Brian Gantt, 28, of Louisa.

Gannt is charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count of trafficking controlled substance, and one count of trafficking legend drugs.

Deputies say Gantt was sitting on the living room couch, and bent over and placed something under the couch. Under the couch, they found two bottles of pills, and one bottle under the cushion where he was sitting.

According to the criminal complaint, a bottle of Gabapentin that was found in the home was prescribed to Gannt on July 24, and contained only 40 of the 90 pills prescribed to him. Deputies also say a bottle of Morphine pills prescribed to Gannt was in the home and only 45 of the 60 pills prescribed to him were in the bottle. That prescription was also filled on July 24. Both were prescribed to Gannt by a doctor in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office stated that more arrests and charges are pending.

In the second case, on Tuesday July 28, three people are facing charges after an undercover drug buy in Wayne County.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit set up the buy in Fort Gay, West Virginia Tuesday evening.

Deputies stated Nikita Vanhoose sold them 17 Oxycodone pills for $680.

Investigators also arrested Kenneth Anthony "Tony" Stepp and Joey Vance. All three are from Louisa, Kentucky.

The Wayne County DEU stated all three played a role in the sale, including setting up the deal, supplying transportation to deliver the pills and being in possession of the pills.

Vanhoose is charged with possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy.

Stepp was charged with aiding and abetting and conspiracy.

Vance was charged with possession with intent to deliver.

AUGUST 2, 2015

FB photo TheMountainWolf/ Morgan Prater

FT. GAY, -- There were no injuries this morning in a blaze that drew at least three fire departments to the scene in Ft. Gay. At least two mobile homes were destroyed in the fire that broke out around noon. The LVFD has its own Facebook page now but there are not many details added about the fires as of yet. Great photos, however and you can see them HERE

 Ft. gay Vol. Fire dept. was joined by LVFD as well as Chapmanville department.

JULY 28, 2015

 This medical evacuation helicopter is just short of landing Sunday on Rt. 23 north of Louisa.

An accident at a private racetrack in northern Lawrence County left a man with significant injuries that required that he be flown out to an area hospital.

The Big Sandy Fire Department and Net Care EMA responded to a motor cross track on Quarry Branch Road, off of Brushy Fork Road, a few miles from Route 707, at around 4 P.M. Sunday after a call was made to local 911 reporting an accident at the track.

Details were scarce about the circumstances of the racing accident, but it was apparent that the man, whose identity was not released; reportedly sustained injuries that were serious enough that rescue officials made a call for a air medical helicopter evacuation.

Emergency officials scrambled to set up a landing zone for the helicopter, by briefly blocking off all four lanes of US 23/Route 707 near the Boyd/Lawrence County line, at a median intersection of 23 so that the air ambulance would have enough smooth asphalt blacktop to safely land.

The injured patient was transported by ambulance to the waiting helicopter, and and he was airlifted to an area hospital

There is no further word on what injuries or what is the current condition of the racing driver at this time.

JULY 30, 2015

Lawrence County BOE Holds Special Meeting

Two new assistant football coaching positions this season

Finance Officer Edris Humphrey, left and Lawrence. Co. SuptDr. Robbie Fletcher had good news for the public at Monday's meeting.

LOUISA, KY – The Lawrence County Board of Education met in special session Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. and on the agenda were various items, including the financial report on the most recent fiscal year, the approval of emergency personnel positions and updates to the salary schedule as well as a preview of the upcoming AEP Credits Count grant announcement and reception. (See agenda on separate Lazer story)

Humphrey announces $2.3 million surplus

Some of the best news is that the Lawrence County school district finished the last budget year in the black. According to Financial Officer Edris Humphrey, the district experienced a couple of unexpected funding boosts and some strategic savings that allowed it to finish with a $2.3 million carryover from last year.

“This is a really positive thing,” said Board Chairman D. Heath Preston. “This gives us a chance to make an impact for the first time in a while and I think it helps that the whole attitude of the district is positive. Between some unexpected funds and things this board did to save money we have more to work with and a chance to make an impact like we haven’t for a long time.”

Part of the surprise revenue was from unmined minerals taxes as well as from higher than projected collections on franchise taxes. Humphrey pointed out to the board that those were not likely to be repeated at the same level in the future.

“One source was a minerals company that fought an assessed tax but ended up having to pay, so you can’t count on that money every fiscal year,” she noted.

Fletcher says sizeable grant coming from AEP

Additional positive news came when Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher informed the board that on August 19 the district would host an announcement by AEP of the Credits Count grant, an event that would involve a catered reception at Lawrence County High School that would be sponsored and provided by AEP. The announcement will involve Lawrence County receiving a substantial grant for use in academic enhancement with 2015-16 being a planning year and 2016-17 a year of implementation.

In some personnel action, Director of Personnel Vernon Hall was credited by Dr. Fletcher for having devised a plan to provide LPN nursing services to each school building by converting 6 instructional assistant positions to LPN positions which would allow those individuals to work in each building assisting students with special medical needs. The cost increase would be approximately $6,500 per position, but no current instructional aide would lose a job as a result and each building would gain substantial services at the increased cost. It was unanimously approved by the board.

The board approved contracts, expenses and fundraisers as itemized and adjourned at 5:41 p.m.

 

Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

July 20, 2015

 

Hiring

Larissa Gauze- Teacher at Lawrence County High School

Angel Ward- Teacher at Fallsburg Elementary School

Substitute Bus Monitor

Janice Hewlett

Recalled

Debra Call- District Special Needs Nurse

Change of Position

Rebekah Scott- From Teacher at Louisa West Elementary School to Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School

Donna Turner- From LBD Teacher at Louisa Middle School to Itinerant LBD Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School and Louisa Middle School

Deanna West - From Lawrence County High School/Louisa Middle School Youth Service Center Home Community Liaison to Teacher at Lawrence County High School

Molly Webb- From Instructional Assistant at Louisa Middle School to School Secretary II at Louisa Middle School

Glenda Kay Kelly-From Cook/Baker at Louisa West Elementary School to Food Service Manager at Louisa West Elementary School

Pam Newsome-From Cook/Baker (4.5 hrs/day) at Lawrence County High School to Cook/Baker (7 hrs/day) at Lawrence County High School

Resignations

Sarah Gue - Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School

Leslie Blevins- Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School

Chris Blankenship- Teacher at Fallsburg Elementary School

Sarah Rankin- Instructional Assistant at Louisa West Elementary School

Leslie Boyer- Cook/Baker (4.5 hrs/day) at Louisa Middle School

Wayne McDowell- Bus Driver

Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Changes regarding Positions and Abolishment and Creation regarding Extra Duty Service

Request the following position be changed:

(1) LBD Teacher at Louisa Middle School to (1) Itinerant LBD Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School and Louisa Middle School

Request the following Extra Duty Service be abolished:  

(1) Football Head Coach Middle Grades at Blaine Elementary School

(1) Football Middle Grades Assistant Coach at Blaine Elementary School

(1) Football Head Coach Middle Grades at Fallsburg Elementary School

(1) Football Middle Grades Assistant Coach at Fallsburg Elementary School

Request the following Extra Duty Service be created:

(2) Football Assistant Coaches at Lawrence County High School

 

July 28, 2015

Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Abolishment, Creation, and Changes regarding Positions

Request the following positions be abolished:

(1) Instructional Assistant at Blaine Elementary School (vacant)

(1) Instructional Assistant at Fallsburg Elementary School (vacant)

(1) Instructional Assistant at Louisa Middle School (vacant)

Request the following position be created:

(2) Teachers at Louisa East Elementary School (1-Year; if needed)

(1) Teacher at Louisa Middle School (1-Year; if needed)

(1) FMD Teacher at Lawrence County High School (1-Year; if needed)

(1) District School Health Nurse / District Special Needs Nurse at Blaine Elementary School         (1-Year; LPN or RN; Pay Scale E; 8 hrs/day; 185 days)

(1) District School Health Nurse / District Special Needs Nurse at Fallsburg Elementary School    (1-Year; LPN or RN; Pay Scale E; 8 hrs/day; 185 days)

1) District School Health Nurse / District Special Needs Nurse at Louisa Middle School   

(1-Year; LPN or RN; Pay Scale E; 8 hrs/day; 185 days)

(1) Instructional Assistant at Louisa East Elementary School (1-Year; if needed)

(1) Instructional Assistant at Lawrence County High School (1-Year; if needed)

Request the following position be changed:

From (1) District School Health Nurse / District Special Needs Nurse (1-Year; if needed; Registered Nurse preferred) to (1) District School Health Nurse / District Special Needs Nurse    (1-Year; if needed; LPN or RN; Pay Scale E; 8 hrs/day; 185 days)

Change of Position

Sheila Gollihue- From Instructional Assistant at Blaine Elementary School to Teacher at Blaine Elementary School

Resignations

Sherry Greene - LBD Teacher at Blaine Elementary School

Donnie Shapaka- Instructional Assistant at Fallsburg Elementary School

 

2015-16 school year personnel by school


Personnel by Site/Category                                                  

DISTRICT-WIDE CERTIFIED

Bradley, Vicki

Chaffin, Dina 

Mullins, Betty

Prichard, Lana

Short, Alan

York, April

DISTRICT OFFICE

CERTIFIED

Colvin, Rhonda

Hall, Vernon

Humphrey, Edris

Webb, Cassandra

CLASSIFIED

Adkins, Kim

Brooks, Tiffany

Collins, Barbara

Hammond, Brettia

Hay, Cindy

Jenks, Shawna

Simpson, Paulette

VACANCY

DISTRICT  IDEA - CERTIFIED

Gauze, Dwana

Halfhill, Stephanie

Kessinger, Leah

Queen, Cindy

Ratcliffe, Terry

Rose, Jennifer

Shields, Megan

Webb, Maida

DISTRICT IDEA - CLASSIFIED

Marcum, Curtis

Smith, Donetta

ITINERANT 

CERTIFIED

Crittendon, Jessica

Stambaugh, Haven

Turner, Donna

VACANCY

CLASSIFIED

Caudill, William

Pigmon, Walter

DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICES

CLASSIFIED

Call, Debra 

Marcum, Ariana 

Moore, Victoria

VACANCY 

ADULT EDUCATION CENTER

CLASSIFIED

Adkins, Becky

Ellis, James

VACANCY 

VACANCY

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM

CERTIFIED

Caudill, John

Feltner, Melinda

Parsons, Sharon

CLASSIFIED

Sammons, Diana

Teachers and classified by school SEE HERE 

JULY 27, 2018

 

LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF GARRETT ROBERTS REPORTED ARRESTS THIS WEEK INCLUDING A 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY CHARGE

HERE ARE THE ARREST REPORTS:

Ashley BurrisJack BowenAshley Nicole Puskas, 27, of Louisa, KY, was arrested on July 23 in Louisa city limits and charged with 1st Degree Burglary.

According to the arrest report, Officer Dwayne Bowen was working a burglary report at a residence in Lawrence Co. where three firearms were stolen along with various other items. Pictures were shown to the officer of Jack Bowen and Ashley Puskas whom Jack Bowen identified as his niece. Upon interviewing Ashley Puskas, she admitted to breaking into the residence and stealing the items along with Jack Bowen Jr. to support their drug habit.

Jack Bowen Jr. 26, of Louisa, KY, was arrested on July 23 in Louisa city limits and charged with 1st Degree Burglary.

According to the arrest report, Officer Dwayne Bowen was working a burglary at a residence in Lawrence Co. Where three firearms was stolen along with various other items. Pictures were shown to the officer of Jack Bowen Jr. and Ashley Puskas whom Jack Bowen identified as his niece. Upon interviewing. Jack Bowen Jr, he admitted to breaking into the residence and stealing the items to support his drug habit.

Amanda Burchette, 36, of Webbville, KY, was arrested on July 20 in the Diamond Ridge area of Lawrence Co. and charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.

According to the arrest report, officers were called to a disturbance on Diamond Ridge and upon arrival, Mrs. Burchette was in the middle of the roadway. She had an extremely strong odor of alcoholic beverage and admitted to drinking, and was manifestly under the influence. She was extremely argumentative and would not calm down.

Joshua BurrisJoshua William Burris, 31, of Martha, KY, was arrested on July 15, about 23 miles west of Louisa, KY., and charged with Manufacturing Meth 1st Degree, (3) counts of Controlled Substance Endangerment to a Child 4 the Degree, and Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree. A bench warrant was served. Arresting officer, Deputy Mack Wilhite.

On a separate case, Burris was also charged with Harassment (no physical contact) and served a bench warrant in that case as well.

Gene A. Pack Jr. 40, of Louisa, KY, was arrested on July 16, in Louisa city limits and charged with Flagrant Non Support. Indictments were served for this charge. Arresting officer, Sgt. C.T. Jackson.