How bad is it? --snow plow driver hits ditchline
Both the county courthouse and the courts building will close at 2:00 pm today (Tuesday, Jan. 21. due to the snow storm early this morning according to a press release issued by Judge Executive John Osborne and Circuit Judge John D. Preston.
Vernon Hall, a Lawrence BOE spokesperson said about 2:00pm; "Due to snow covered roads and sub-freezing temperatures, there will be no school in Lawrence County, Kentucky on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014.
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Lawrence County (KY) Board of Education is cancelled, --Mike Armstrong
A special meeting has been scheduled for Monday, January 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lawrence County High School library to address the January, 2014 agenda. A new media notice with accompanying agenda will be e-mailed.
But The Fred M. Vinson birthday celebration originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2014 will be rescheduled for a later date due to inclement weather, a spokesperson said today.
Date: 01-21-2014Snow continues falling over Kentucky
Kentucky Press News ServiceA handful of Kentucky counties have seen their winter weather advisories upgraded to winter storm warnings today. The counties include Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble, Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Pendleton, Boone, Kenton and Campbell. The National Weather Service now predicts this region could receive 3-6 inches of snow before the warning expires this afternoon.
Meanwhile, a large section of central and southern Kentucky is likely to see 1-3 inches of snowfall and gusty winds continue until this afternoon. A winter weather advisory from the weather service continues until 7 o'clock this evening.
Snowfall amounts in Western Kentucky will average 1-2 inches, the National Weather Service said. Strong winds with gusts up to 30-40 mph are also possible.In Eastern Kentucky, snowfall accumulations of 2-3 inches are possible by this evening. And up to 4 inches is possible in the areas of highest elevation.In southeast Kentucky, snow could total 1-2 inches by this evening with wind gusts of 10-20 mph.
"...AS OF 12:00 MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT WE STARTED, 9 TRUCKS ON THE ROAD PLOWING AND SALTING. AT TIMES THE SNOW IS COVERING THE ROADS BACK UP AS FAST AS WE CAN PLOW THEM. WE ARE TRYING TO COVER EVERY ROAD WE CAN BEFORE THE TEMP DROPS TONIGHT." --Todd Moran
Rt. 23 in Lawrence Co. had a slick sheet of ice this morning. Lazer photo by Catrina Vargo.
SPECIAL TO THE LEVISA LASER... Sara George
January 21, 2014, 4:22 PM On Tuesday, January 21, winter weather continued to create treacherous conditions for drivers in Lawrence County as the day wore on.
This Highway District 12 snowplow slid into the ditchline around 12:45 p.m. while traveling eastbound on KY32. No other vehicles were involved and the driver of the plow was not injured, according to Todd Moran, D-12 superintendent for Lawrence County.
Side roads in Lawrence Co. were nearly impassable this morning. Lazer photo by Catrina Vargo.Sara George, D-12 Information Officer, said that motorists should stay off the roads this afternoon and evening.
“When conditions are such that an experienced snowplow operator has difficulty keeping a vehicle on the highway, the rest of us need to stay at the house,” she said. “Seriously, people should think twice about whether they really need to be out in this weather.
Temperatures are dropping. Roads are already slick in spots and bound to get slicker. Below about 12-15 degrees, even liquid calcium chloride does not work. Rock salt quits working below about 22 degrees. Our crews have been out since this weather event started, and we will continue to work until it is over. But we can’t get to black pavement until the snow quits falling, and even then, depending on how cold it is, we may not be able to break up any ice that’s on the roadway. If you absolutely must get out, remember to buckle up, drive slowly, and be safe.”Stay connected on the Lazer...we will post updates as we acquire new information.
You can also see frequently updated weather information 24 hours a day on the Lazer's Weather Chanel connection on main page.
Lawrence Co. grand jury indicts six; Kidnapping, Auto theft, burglary child porn among charges...
UhlmannAaron Uhlmann, 43, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Kidnapping and Robbery 1st Degree. According to the Indictment, on or about Dec. 21, 2013, Aaron Uhlmann knowingly and unlawfully restrained Mr. Peter Woodward of Louisa, KY, with the intent to use that individual to accomplish or advance the commission of a felony crime, and that in the course of committing a theft, used or threatened to intimidate use of physical force with the intent to accomplish theft while armed with a deadly weapon.
PurdomEdgar N. Purdom Jr., 68, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance By A Minor (4 counts) and Possession of Matter Portraying A Sexual Performance By A Minor. According to the Incictment, on or about Feb 24, 25, July 16 and July 17, Edgar B Purdom Jr., had knowledge of said matter, sending or caused to be sent, into the state for sale or distribution , while in this state, he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The Indictment further states that on February 24-October 3, 2013, Edgar N. Purdom Jr. had knowledge of aforesaid matter of content sent or caused to be sent into the state for sale or distribution, while in this state he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. (See separate story from Att. General Jack Conway's office in Lazer)MaynardChristy Maynard, 42, Louisa, KY, was indicted on the charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking (Auto) according to the Indictment, on or about Nov. 20, 2013, Christy Maynard committed said offense by knowingly and unlawfully taking jewelry valued at $990 belonging to Mr. Paul Price, Louisa, KY, namely a diamond ring valued at $180, a 14 kt necklace with pendant valued at $150, and two 10 kt. solitaire rings valued at $200 each. Value of items exceeded $500.
Alison Fitzgerald, 26, Louisa, KY, was indicted on charges of Burglary 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. According to the Indictment, on of about Dec. 20, 2013, Alison Fitzgerald knowingly and unlawfully entered the dwelling house of Ruth Sparks located on Raven Rock Fork of Louisa with the intent therein to commit the crime of theft. Defendant also damaged property owned by Ruth Sparks, namely, a window and window frame.Terry Lynn Jones, 44, Gastonia, NC, was indicted on charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500/Complicity. According to the Indictment, on or about Oct. 10, 2013, Terry Lynn Jones acted alone or in complicity with Tammy R. Hicks and others by knowingly and unlawfully taking $7,500 worth of various models of IPods and IPhones from Wal-Mart of Louisa, KY.Virgil Jason Vanhoose, 36, Louisa, KY, was indicted on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property Under $500. According to the Indictment, on or about Sept. 1, 2013, Virgil Jason Vanhoose knowingly and unlawfully was in possession of an aluminum Starcraft boat , 35 horsepower motor, and a Cherokee boat stolen from Roy and Brenda Murphy of Ashland, KY, and sold at TNB Recycling for $346.
UPDATE 1/16, 2014: Statement from Louisa Community Bank Chairman
"--The recent arrest of Mr. Edgar Purdom, President of Lousia Community Bank, is very unfortunate, but any bad image that could be created should not be a reflection on our bank.
His arrest was of a personal nature and was not connected anyway to Mr. Purdom’s banking duties as our president.
Mr. Purdom has been placed on administrative leave as of 1/14/14.
We wish him the best of luck in proving his innocence.
Since this is a personal matter we have nothing more to say at this time.
Lonnie Hannah, Chairman ---"
Louisa, KY -- According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4:00 pm Monday, January 13, Edgar N. Purdom, Jr., 68, of Louisa, KY, was arrested and charged with four counts of Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor and Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance By A Minor.
PurdomPurdom is the President and CEO of Louisa Community Bank, located in the Food City Plaza in Louisa. The Lawrence County Grand Jury handed down the Indictment on Purdom last week, and requests were given by Attorney General Jack Conway's Office to pick him up today. (Monday).According to Sheriff Garrett Roberts, Kathreen Reed, is the Investigating Agent/Officer in the case.
A pre-trial interview is done at the jail by Pre-trial services on all indictments issued by the Grand Jury and signed by Judge John David Preston. Purdom had a Pre-Trial hearing at the BSDC, and bond was posted at $5,000 cash. The Indictment states that "from a period beginning on February 24-July 17, 2013, Edgar N. Purdom Jr., committed the offense of Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor by having knowledge of its content or character sent or caused to be sent into the state for sale or distribution, while this state he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor." Incidents occurred Feb. 24, Feb. 25, July 16, and July 17 on the Distribution counts, according to the Indictment.The Indictment further states that "on Feb. 24-Oct. 3, 2013, the Defendant committed the offense of Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor by having knowledge of its content or character sent or caused to be sent into the state for sale or distribution, while in the state he exhibited the matter for profit or gain, for distribution or offer of distribution or having been in possession of this matter with intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain or to offer to distribute any matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor."Both charges are a Class D Felony with a penalty carrying 1-5 years and fines not more than $10,000
An indictment is not proof of guilt but that a grand jury believes there is enough evidence for a trial.
Here is the official press release from Attorney General Jack Conway:
FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 14, 2014) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announced that a Lawrence County grand jury has indicted a man on charges involving child pornography. On Jan. 10, the grand jury indicted 68-year-old Edgar N. Purdom on four counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Purdom turned himself in at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Monday afternoon. An investigation by General Conway’s Cybercrimes investigators began in February 2013 following an undercover lead. A search warrant was executed at Purdom’s home in October 2013 with the assistance of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor are Class D felonies. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit -- Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.
For additional information on General Conway’s efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s “Cybersafety in Kentucky” page athttp://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678. You can follow Attorney General Conway on Twitter @kyoag, visit the Attorney General’s Facebook pageor view videos on our YouTube channel.
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