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The Lawrence Co. Fiscal Court met for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The meeting was called to order after the pledge and the opening prayer.

Several items on the agenda were approved by unanimous vote.

*  Motion by John J Lemaster, second by Earl Boggs to approve the minutes of the January 24th meeting.

*  Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by John Lemaster to approve the !st reading of the Budget Amendment

*  Motion by John J. Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the Treasurer's Request

*  Motion by Earl Boggs, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the bills for the month

*  Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John J.  Lemaster to approve the Treasurer's Report

*  Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by John J. Lemaster to approve the Ky Transportation Rural Secondary Program FY 2017-2018. There are 94,225 miles of State Highways in Lawrence Co that are classified as the Rural Secondary Sustem.  The allotment for the Lawrence Co. Road Secondary Program for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 is $ 1,446,290.

*  Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John Lemaster to appoint Brenda Hardwick to the Lawrence Co. Tourism Board

*  Motion by John J. Lemaster , second by Morris Howard to approve Resolution to Apply for KCHS funds for fire depts.

*  Motion by John J. Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to approve truck lease with Worldwide Equipment so the County can haul its own gravel.

Two motions were tabled for a later discussion.

The bids on the Blaine Fire Dept. Surplus were rejected as they were too low.

The issue of returning funds to the East Park (FIVCO industrial park project in Greenup Co. that supposed to include Lawrence Co.) for revenue to keep the park open was tabled until the County Attorney and Court have questions they have answered.

"I didn't think it was addressed properly," Co. Atty. Mike Hogan said. "I don't see the benefit of the project. I would like to see a profit/loss statement for East Park for the last 5 years. I would like to look at the finances of the park. "

The meeting was then adjourned.

Those in attendance were John Osborne County Judge, Earl Boggs Magistrate, Rick Blackburn Magistrate, John J. Lemaster Magistrate, Morris Howard Magistrate, Mike Hogan County Attorney, Garret Roberts Sheriff and Chris Jobe County Clerk.


 

(Tuesday) February 21, 2017 

Regular Meeting Agenda

10:00 a.m.

 

  1.   Opening Prayer
  2.   Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Call Meeting to Order
  4.   Approve Minutes of the January 24th Meeting                
  5.   Approve 1st Reading of Budget Amendment # 3
  6.   Approve Treasurers Request 
  7.   Approve Bills
  8.   Accept Treasurer’s Report
  9.   Approve Ky. Transportation Rural Secondary Program 2017-2018 F-Y 
  10.   Appoint Member to Lawrence County Tourism Bd.
  11.   Approve Resolution to Apply for KCHS Funds for Fire Depts.
  12.   Accept Bids on Blaine Fire Dept. Surplus    
  13.   Approve Tax Revenue from Eastpark to be Returned to Eastpark for Upkeep     
  14.   Approve Regulations on Pipe on all County Road Entrances
  15.   Approve Truck Lease with Worldwide Equipment 
  16.   Open Bids on Homeland Security Grant for Lommansville Fire Dept.  
  17. Public Comments
  18.   Adjourn 

 

 

RECORD WARM WINTER WEATHER BRINGS RECORD BLITZ OF ARRESTS IN BIG SANDY AREA IN THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF 2017 

Big Sandy Regional Detention Center 2017, Paintsville, Ky. BURSTING AT SEAMS!Big Sandy Regional Detention Center 2017, Paintsville, Ky. BURSTING AT SEAMS!

ARREST RATES CAUSES BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER TO FILL TO NEARLY BURSTING AT SEAMS, INCARCERATION NUMBERS WERE AT RECORD LEVELS OVER THE WEEKEND

20172017FEBRUARY 12, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN

The record warm weather this winter has led to law enforcement in the counties of the Big Sandy Region to going on overdrive, with police agencies arrests at an extremely high level in the month and a half of 2017, even more so especially so far in February.

And all of this extra action finally caught this weekend, as the heavier than normal number of arrests by our local counties that use the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville to incarcerate those arrested individuals caused the jail to be "filled to the gills", with the BSRDC during over this weekend to have a record number of inmates being housed before they could bond out.

From the start of January 1 thru February 11, 2017, just a little over 535 individuals were brought to the BSRDC after they were in the four main counties (Lawrence, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin), along a few nearby counties (Elliot, Morgan, Wolfe, Floyd), that occasionally use the BSRDC for they have no jails and have room available in any neighboring county jails.

And the arrest numbers in the local region have now accelerated into February.

There were 366 individual arrests brought to be booked to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in the 31 days of January 2017.

In the first 11 days of February 2017, 170 individual arrests were booked at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Out of the 535+ individuals brought in to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center so far in 2017, 93 were from Lawrence County. 67 were in January. There have been 26 arrests in Lawrence County so far in February, with 18 of those arrests just since February 9.

The high number of arrests have caused a rising inmate count in recent days, reaching an apex this weekend at the BSRDC as the jail reached a record number of arrested individuals being detained at the jail.

The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center was designed to house a maximum inmate capacity of 225 individuals, and on average holds around 200 to 210 inmates on any given day; but just before midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning February 11, the jail was holding a total of 261 inmates. (That number went down to around 250 inmates Sunday as some of the recent arrested were able to bond out).

It appears this trend of large number of arrests will likely continue for the foreseeable future, as weather forecasts for the next 10 days is for warmer and dryer than normal winter conditions to continue, especially next weekend (President's Day weekend) as it is reported that temperatures will be even warmer than they were this weekend, with temperatures to be from 70 to 75 degrees, with no rain expected until almost the middle of next week.

LAWRENCE COUNTY ARREST LIST - FEBRUARY 8-13, 2017

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN


18 PEOPLE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN 4 DAY PERIOD, 16 OF THEM OF WHICH OCCURRED WITHIN A WINDOW TIME FRAME OF LESS THAN 33 HOURS.

David Smith and Amanda BowenDavid Smith and Amanda Bowen

Jack D. Smith, 43, of Inez, Kentucky;  appeared Friday, February 10, in Lawrence County circuit court, he is scheduled to go on trial for capital murder in a Martin County case where he is accused, along with  of killing two adults and an 8-year-old child.

The trial has been moved to Lawrence County and scheduled for later this year where, along with Amanda Bowen is accused of killing two adults and an 8-year-old child.

Smith's defense team said a medical doctor found evidence of brain damage and other neurological problems. The Commonwealth Attorney's office is requesting their own psychological and neurological evaluations.

State prosecutors say Smith, along with Bowen, shot and stabbed Tina Goble, her granddaughter Trinity Maynard, and Goble’s boyfriend Cannie Johnson, and then set their Martin County home on fire nearly three years ago.

Smith’s trial is set for May 1. Bowen’s is scheduled to begin April 17 in Johnson County, Kentucky.



 

Grover Shawn CopleyGrover Shawn CopleyGrover Shawn Copley , 40, of Fort Gay, West Virginia; was arrested on February 9, 2017, at 2:33 P.M., by Sheriff Garret Roberts, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 2ND > OFFENSE (-DRUG UNSPECIFIED), • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS, • RECKLESS DRIVING.

 

 

 

 

 Randy T.L. Justice Randy T.L. JusticeRandy T. L. Justice, 38, of Louisa, turned himself in February 9, 2017, at 5:23 P.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, to serve a guilty plea weekend jail sentence with: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herman BerryHerman BerryHerman Berry Jr., 54, of Fort Gay, West Virginia; was arrested on February 9, 2017, at 6:14 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James, of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • FAILURE TO APPEAR (2 SEPARATE COUNTS).



 

 

 

 


Harlen Lee HarlessHarlen Lee HarlessHarlen Lee Harless, 31, of Inez, Kentucky; was arrested on February 9, 2017, at 6:21 P.M., by patrolman officer Steven Wilburn, of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION - SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.



 

 

 

 

Joseph McCoyJoseph McCoyJoseph McCoy, 19 of Louisa; was arrested on February 9, 2017, at 10:30 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • NON PAYMENT OF FINES.

 

 

 

 

 

Joni L. MooreJoni L. MooreJoni L. Moore, 38, of Louisa, was taken into custody on February 9, 2017, at 10:37 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James, of the Louisa Police Department, to serve a guilty plea weekend jail sentence with: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.



 

 

 


Keith PenixKeith PenixKeith Penix, 26, of Louisa, was taken into custody on February 10, 2017, at 12:41 A.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James, of the Louisa Police Department, to serve a guilty plea weekend jail sentence with: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ronald Lee WardRonald Lee WardRonald Lee Ward, 37, of Louisa; was arrested on February 10, 2017, at 12:44 A.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • ALCOHOL INTOXICATION IN A PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE).

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Obrien RatliffMolly Obrien RatliffMolly O'Brian-Ratliff, 24, of Louisa; was arrested on February 10, 2017, at 5:07 A.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • NON PAYMENT OF FINES.

 

 

 

 

 


Shawn A. FitzpatrickShawn A. FitzpatrickShawn A, Fitzpatrick, 21, of Louisa, was taken into custody on February 10, 2017, at 12:59 P.M., by the Lawrence County Court, to serve a jail sentence with: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Carlos R. HayesCarlos R. HayesCarlos R. Hayes, 48, of Louisa, was arrested on February 10, 2017, at 1:08 P.M., by Chief Greg Fugitt of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • NON PAYMENT OF FINES, • RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY UNDER/$10,000, • PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert K. CopleyRobert K. CopleyRobert K. Copley, 31, of Crum, West Virginia; was arrested on February 10, 2017, at 4:56 P.M., by patrolman officer Steven Wilburn, of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • TRAFFICKING IN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE - (< 10 D.U. DRUG UNSPECIFIED SCHEDULE 1 & 2), • NON PAYMENT OF FINES.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Amanda ThomasAmanda ThomasAmanda Thomas, 34, of Louisa, was arrested on February 10, 2017, at 8:33 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James, of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION - SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry BowenSherry BowenSherry Bowen, 31, of Louisa, was arrested on February 10, 2017, at 8:35 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION - SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Todd Fitzpatrick Todd FitzpatrickTodd Fitzpatrick, 22, of Louisa, was arrested on February 10, 2017, at 11:00 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James, of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE - FELONY.



 

 

 

 


Justin C. FreelJustin C. FreelJustin C. Freel, 33, of Wellington, Kentucky, was arrested on February 11, 2017, at 4:52 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS, • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles WrightCharles WrightCharles Wright, 47, of West Liberty, Kentucky; was arrested on February 12, 2017, at 4:03 P.M., by trooper Forrest NewsomE, of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • THEFT BY DECEPTION-INCLUDE COLD CHECKS UNDER/$500.

 

 

LAWRENCE COUNTY ARREST LIST - JANUARY 31- FEBRUARY 6, 2017

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN


Jennifer SpenceJennifer SpenceJennifer D Spence, 34, of Wittensville, Kentucky, was arrested on January 31, 2017, at 11:33 A.M., by deputy Karl Adkins, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 


Amy HodgeAmy HodgeAmy Hodge, 32, of Wayne, West Virginia; was arrested on February 1, 2017, at 5:12 P.M., by trooper Michael Murrriel, of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 (AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE) 1ST OFFENSE, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE, • TRAFFICKING IN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE - ( < 2 GRAMS HEROIN), • PROMOTING CONTRABAND - 1ST DEGREE.

 

 

 

 

 


Stephanie McCoyStephanie McCoyStephanie McCoy, 22, of Louisa, was arrested on February 2, 2017, at 12:26 A.M., by deputy Mason Keefer, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • DISREGARD SIGNALS OF OFF DIRECT TRAFFIC/FLEEING, • FAILURE OF OWNER TO MAINTAIN REQUIRED INS/SEC, 1ST OFFENSE, • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • WANTON ENDANGERMENT-2ND DEGREE, • FAILURE TO NOTIFY ADDRESS CHANGE TO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.



 

 


Susy PetersSusy PetersSusie Peters, 32 of Louisa; was arrested on February 2, 2017, at 12:37 A.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • NON PAYMENT OF FINES.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick K. WilliamsonPatrick K. WilliamsonPatrick K. Williamson, 46, of Louisa; was arrested on February 3, 2017, at 1:35 A.M., by deputy Dwayne Bowen, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY UNDER/$10,000 ( 2 SEPARATE COUNTS), • RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY UNDER/$500, • PROBATION VIOLATION (FOR FELONY OFFENSE).

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nancy PattonNancy PattonNancy Patton, 42, of Louisa; was arrested on February 3, 2017, at 12:11 P.M., by a trooper of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • FAILURE TO APPEAR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timothy W. CollierTimothy W. CollierTimothy W. Collier, 35, of Blaine, Kentucky, was arrested on February 3, 2017, at 10:28 P.M., by a deputy of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mattew R. CaudillMattew R. CaudillMatthew R. Caudill, 34, of Louisa; was arrested on February 5, 2017, at 11:06 A.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE 1ST OFFENSE (COCAINE) - [ 4 SEPARATE COUNTS], • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS.



 

 

 

 

Andrew AllenderAndrew AllenderAndrew Allender, 36, of Hardinsburg, Indiana, was arrested on February 6, 2017, at 5:58 P.M., by deputy Mason Keefer, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • FUGITIVE FROM ANOTHER STATE - WARRANT REQUIRED.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy R. FanninBilly R. FanninBilly R. Fannin, 46, of Martha, Kentucky; was arrested on February 7, 2017, at 4:49 P.M., by trooper Forrest Newsome, of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/ INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD.