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August 14, 2014;

East Kentucky Press, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of John David Preston’s...

'Judges of the Twenty-fourth Circuit of Kentucky'

Judge John David PrestonJudge John David PrestonThe Twenty-fourth Judicial Circuit now consists of Johnson, Lawrence and Martin Counties, but those counties have been part of a number of circuits in the eastern part of Kentucky over time.  This book, the first original work published by East Kentucky Press, Inc., includes a history of the circuit in all its configurations.  It also contains biographical sketches of the thirty-four individuals who have served as circuit judge in any of the counties that now comprise the Twenty-fourth Circuit.  

The book contains 125 pages, photographs of the judges as available, a chart outlining the circuits with the dates each county was in a particular circuit and election results in judicial races.  It retails for $30.00, plus $4.00 postage.  The book can be ordered from East Kentucky Press at PO Box 808, Paintsville, KY 41240, on or on our website

John David Preston, President, East Kentucky Press, Inc.

Lawrence County Sheriff's arrest report

August 12, 2014


Gregory Smith, 64, of Flat Gap was arrested August 6, 2014 for Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol and Drugs -08 first offense and Illegal Possession of legend Drug.

Deputy Mason Keefer received a call of a collision on Rt 32. Upon arrival Deputy spoke with Smith. Smith advised he lost control of his motorcycle and went into the ditch. Deputy detected the odor of an Alcoholic beverage on Smith breath. Smith said he had been drinking and smoking Marijuana. Standard feild sobriety test. Smith was unable to do balance test due to level of intoxication. Smith had six pills in his shirt pocket. He consented to a blood test. Smith refused independent test and medical treatment. Blood pending.

James Burchette, 57, of Louisa was arrested on August 5, 2014 for Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Insurance first offense, Expired Registration, Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence Alcohol/Drugs.

Deputy Keefer observed Burchette traveling east on Rt. 32. He was completely in the wrong lane for approximately 100 yards. He ran two other vehicles off of the road. His registration expired in 2011, he did not have insurance. Upon contact Deputy could smell the odor of Alcoholic beverage on his breath. Burchette's eyes were red and glossy. He admitted to drinking. He also explained that he had a broke ankle and could not do the balance test. Blood pending.


August 12, 2014;

Two lawmen from Lawrence Co. garner statewide awards;

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 7, 2014) — The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) today honored 137 law enforcement officers from 119 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles. 

Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office receives his awardChief Deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office receives his awardTwo from Lawrence County were recognized, Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Steven Wilburn with the Louisa Police Department

The fourth annual Governor’s Occupant Protection Awards ceremony was held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. Awards were presented to officers with the most occupant protection citations in each agency and division. There are six divisions, broken down by number of officers within the agency, plus a division for Kentucky State Police. 

“Despite a wealth of data showing that seat belts and child restraints save lives, each year hundreds of unrestrained motorists lose their lives on Kentucky roadways,” KOHS Director Bill Bell said before presenting the awards. “These officers, their Sgt. Steven Wilburn with the Louisa Police Department receives his award.Sgt. Steven Wilburn with the Louisa Police Department receives his award.departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by enforcing our occupant protection laws.” 

 There were 638 highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2013, with 483 killed in motor vehicles.  Of those 483 fatalities, 278 were not wearing a seat belt. 

“Kentucky’s seat belt usage rate increased with the passage of the primary law from 67.2 percent in 2006 to 85 percent in 2013,” Bell said.  “It’s obvious that law enforcement is making a difference. However, there is still a great deal of work to be done — one fatality is too many.” 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts, when worn correctly, are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front-seat occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.  Also according to NHTSA, child restraints reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars, and by 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively, in light trucks.

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