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Edelen Releases Audit of Lawrence Clerk's Fee Account; No deficiencies detected... 


JobeJobeFRANKFORT, Ky. – State Auditor Adam Edelen today released the audit of the 2012 financial statement of Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe. State law requires the auditor to conduct annual audits of county clerks and sheriffs.

Recent changes in auditing standards require the auditor’s letter to communicate whether the financial statement presents fairly the revenues, expenditures and excess fees of the Lawrence County Clerk in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

The report found that the financial statement of the Clerk did not follow this format; however, the Clerk’s financial statement is fairly presented in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting, which is an acceptable reporting methodology.

The auditor noted no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control over financial reporting and its operation that were considered to be material weaknesses.

The county clerk’s responsibilities include collecting certain taxes, issuing licenses, maintaining county records and providing other services. The clerk’s office is funded through statutory fees collected in conjunction with these duties.

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

Deadline is August 28 to pay county taxes, Jobe says; property will be sold at auction to highest bidder...

JobeJobeLOUISA, Ky. -- The deadline to pay tax bills has been set for August 28. According to Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe the unpaid bills will go on sale at that time.

Jobe said there have been more bills unpaid this year than last year and urges those who still owe to pay them by the deadline or make payment arrangements with Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan.

"I know times are hard but this is something we have to do and there have already been some bills that have been sold and companies inquiring about other bills," Jobe said. "Once these buyers purchase the bills they may tag on more fees and even force the sale of the property if the bills aren't paid."

According to KRS 134.490 "within 50 days after issuance of a certificate of delinquency to a private purchaser the private purchaser can give the same notice as required of a county attorney in KRS 135.500 (2). The notice shall advise the owner that the certificate ia a lien record against all property of the owner and bears interest at the rate of 12 percent per annul and the certificate not paid it will be subject to collection of property by provided by law.

Jobe also added that even if the bills aren't sold by August 28,2013 people can still come back later and buy them as long as they are registered through the revenue cabinet and have their registration fee paid at the county clerk's office.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff's arrest Report

June 25, 2013


The Lawrence County Sheriffs Office made several arrests over the last week.

BurchettBurchettAmong those arrested was Gilbert Burchett JR., 33, of Louisa. Burchett was arrested June 21 and charged with domestic violence and abuse of duties of law enforcement agency.

According to the arrest report, deputies responded to Ash Branch Road around 11 p.m. after receiving a call that Burchett had a knife and was threatening to kill his wife and himself.

When deputies arrived Burchett met them at the gate of his residence and let them in. He told deputies he and his wife had an argument and that the knife in question was a kitchen knife that had been broken and thrown in the living room area. His wife stated he had gotten in her face arguing and grabbed her by the throat  and had been holding her arms.

Burchett said the argument started over his wife wanting him to get a cell phone and escalated from there.

PenningtonPenningtonDustin Pennington, 21, of Meally, was arrested June 21 and charged with fourth degree assault with minor injury after deputies responded to a call on Horse Pitcher Road around 4:30 p.m.

The victim was trying to call 911 and kept losing service so once deputies were finally able to locate the residence the mother of the victim told deputies that her daughter was forced in to a truck by Pennington and left the scene.

Deputies found the victim walking on US 23 where she told them that Pennington had gone crazy hitting his truck and hitting her with a fishing pole on her legs. She also told police he jerked her purse off her arm causing injury to her left arm.

Randall Bowen, 20, of Louisa was arrested June 17 and charged with DUI, no insurance, no registration and careless driving.

According to the arrest report, Bowen ran a stop sign while making a turn almost hitting another vehicle. When deputies stopped him he had red glossy eyes and failed a field sobriety test. Bowen told police he had smoked marijuana earlier.

James "Doug" Ison, 33, of Louisa was arrested June 20 and charged with menacing and domestic violence and abuse of law enforcement agency.

According to the arrest report, deputies received a call on Red Branch Road that Ison was beating his wife while on his way home from Texas in a vehicle.

When deputies arrived at the residence, Ison came out and told them it didn't happen and to get off his property using profanity at the deputy.

The deputy searched Ison because he said he had a 9 mm in his pocket.

Ison's step daughter told police she was scared and his wife confirmed he had been hitting her. The deputy also stated with Ison's actions he also posed a threat to him as well. So he was placed under arrest.

Michael Wilks, 37, of Louisa was arrested June 22 and served an indictment. He has a bond of $25,000.

melanie Dotsonmelanie DotsonDennis DotsonDennis DotsonMelanie Dotson, 37, of Tenn., was arrested June 18 and served with two warrants of indictment for first degree burglary and second degree burglary.

Dennis G. Dotson, 46, of Tenn., was arrested June 18 and served two indictment warrants.




Paul ParkerPaul ParkerElaina ParkerElaina ParkerBartramBartramPaul Edward Parker, 47, of Louisa was arrested June 19 and served an indictment warrant for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Elaina Parker, 35, of Louisa was arrested June 19 and served with a warrant for indictment on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine ( complicity).

Christopher Bartram, 28, of Louisa was arrested June 19 and served four bench warrants for unpaid fines totaling $198, $318, a fine of $353 for operating a vehicle on suspended license and a fine of $183 for receiving stolen property.

Robert Castle, 60, of Louisa was arrested June 19 on a bench warrant.

James Williamson, 22, of Louisa was arrested June 20 and served a bench warrant for unpaid fines.

Richard Jordan, 41, of Louisa was arrested June 20 and served an indictment. Jordan's bond is $5,000.

Eric Mosley, 40, of Louisa was arrested June 20 and served an indictment. His bond is $15,000.

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