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2016 Occupant Safety Award Ceremony

Lawrence Co. Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler with Dr. Noelle Hunter, Executive Director Kentucky Office of Highway Safety

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored 146 law enforcement officers from 125 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles at the 2016 Governor's Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards ceremony on July 27 at the 2016 Occupant Safety Award Ceremony. 

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office as a whole wrote 161 Seat Belt, child Safety Seat and Booster Seat violations. Chief Deputy, Mark Wheeler wrote 89 of the 161 and received the award for the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Department and its division. 

Plaque states: GOVERNOR'S AWARD for Occupant Protection Enforcement Presented to Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler For Life-Saving Achievement inReducing Highway Fatalities and Injuries Presented on the 27th day of July, 2016

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Louisa officer gets safety award for second straight year

Louisa Patrolman Hunter James receives his award July 27The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) honored 123 law enforcement officers from 103 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles.

One of those officers was Patrolman Hunter James of the Louisa Police Department.

Ptl. James led his department with the highest seatbelt enforcement citations. This is the second year in a row that Ptl James has won the award.

There were 672 highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2014, with 521 killed in motor vehicles.  Of those 521 fatalities, 61 percent (319) were not wearing a seat belt.



Justin Ray Fluty, 21, Kenova, WV. To Allyson Faith Thornsberry, 20, Louisa, KY.

Jeremy Paul Brooks, 29, Huntington, WV. To Chassidy Nicole Marcum, 25, Fort Gay, WV.

Joseph Anthony Posani, 60, Westerville, OH. To Doris Duimstra, 63, Columbus, OH.

Lacy James Hall, 27, Louisa, KY. To Amanda Helen Holbrook, 30, Louisa, KY.

Toney Crawford, 55, Louisa, KY. To Carol Bryant Fann, 56, Louisa, KY.

Daniel Jason Jones, 37, Denton, KY. To Connisa Suzann Fannin, 26, Louisa, KY.

Kody James Adkins, 26, Louisa, KY. To Shelby Kathryn Elayne Blevins, 21, Louisa, KY.



Josh Triplett and Elly Triplett to AEG Mineral, LLC. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Joe Randall Waugh and Debra Jean Waugh to James P. Kelly and Janet Pelfrey. Property located in near Fallsburg, in Lawrence County, KY.

Lydia M. Salyer, Trustee of the Lydia M. Salyer Revocable Living Trust to Barry Robinson. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Charles E. Sammons and Judith A. Sammons to Dennis Ray Williams. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Alfred James Hooper to Kenneth Piper. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Ardys A. Barnett, Phillip Aaron Barnett and Danna Leann Spears, and Wesley Allen Barnett to Edgar Blankenship and Patricia Blankenship. Property located on State Route 2563 (Old US Route #23) near Louisa in Lawrence County, KY.

James Rodney Keaton to Tiffany McDowell. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc., to Rusty S. Whitt and Kristina Marie Whitt. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Harry K. Fisher and Kathryn W. Fisher to AEG Mineral, LLC. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Judith L. Alkire, David Alkire, Bessie Jean Fleming, Dudley M. Fleming, Woodrow W. Adams Sr., Sharon Adams, Chadwick Adams, Roberta Adams, Michael Adams, Cheryl Adams, Don Prince, Greg Prince, Johnna Prince, Trevor Prince, and Jeff Prince to Michael Steven Adams II. Property located on the waters of San Branch, in Lawrence County, KY.

Rita Faye Jordan Sprouse, Howard Sprouse, Jr., Bennie Howard Sprouse, parties of the first part, and Rita Faye Jordan Sprouse and Howard Sprouse, Jr., parties of the second part. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Frances Hobbs as Executrix of the Estate of Alphoretta O’Daniel to Paul O’Daniel and Jennifer O’Daniel and Paul Tyler O’Daniel. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Frances Hobbs as Executrix of the Estate of Alphoretta O’Daniel to Danny Holbrook and Edna Holbrook. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Matthew D. Estep and Julie M. Estep to Bryce Chainey Davis. Property located in Lawence County, KY.

Ernest Webb and Connie Webb to AEG Mineral, LLC. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

David M. Henderson to Michael Smith and Karynn Smith. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Joshua Luke Salmons and Amanda Rae Salmons to James E. Roberts and Tara D. Roberts. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Roy Jude to Ronald E. Howard, Jr. and Connie Howard. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Jerrell Marcum and Maxine Marcum to Joshua Ferguson. Property located on the left fork of Big Blaine Creek in Lawrence County, KY.

Jennifer Hillman to Donald Hillman II and Teresa Hillman. Property located on the middle Fork of Catts Fork in Lawrence County, KY.

Nathan Dale and Carrie Webb to AEG Mineral LLC. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

Bill Lemaster, Amanda Lemaster, Thelma Pauline Lycan, and Joseph Peck Chapman to Bobby Lee Roberts and Krissa Roberts. Property in Lawrence County, KY.

Joshua Lee Cook and Shana Ramey aka Shana Cook to Randall K. Ratcliffe. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.

James Hager and Ivalean Hager to Raymond Hager. Property located in Lawrence County, KY.



American Expess Centurion Bank vs. Jeremy Hazelett – Contract

Christy L. Thompson vs. Donald L. Thompson – Complaint for Child Support and Medical Support

Holly Vanhoose vs. Joshua D. Daniels – Complaint for Child Support and Medical Support

Lori A. Birt vs. James E. Birt – Complaint for Child Support and Medical Support

Amanda J. Bond vs. Brian K. Bond – Domestic and Family

Timothy Chuck Jackson vs. Kasey Rehanne Jackson – Dissolution of Marriage

Shawn Litteral vs. Mary Fannin, ET AL. – Petition for Custody

Mollie Marie Lefever vs. Jason O’Rustus Lefever – Dissolution of Marriage

Jeffery Allen Nezbeth vs. Madonna Nezbeth – Dissolution of Marriage

Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. vs. William A. Jenkins – Contract

Cabell Huntington Hospital, Inc. vs. Lisa M. Stevens – Contract

Tabitha Marie Bowens vs. Tristan Michael Ray Bowens – Dissolution of Marriage

Kentucky Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. vs. Ian Kyle Vanhorn – Personal Injury

21st Mortgage Corporation vs. Phillip Distel, ET AL. – Foreclosure

Eddie Patrick vs. Crystal Patrick – Dissolution of Marriage


Attorney General Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians of a fraudulent phone scam where a caller claims to represent a law enforcement charity.

Beshear said his office is receiving reports of a suspicious call, which appears to be coming from a Kentucky phone number, where a caller requests a donation to supposedly help police officers or law enforcement families.

Reports suggest the caller is seeking an immediate payment via methods that are difficult to trace and track – wire transfer, prepaid card or directly to an individual. When asked for details, the caller declines to answer questions or provide legitimate contact information.

Scam alert

Beshear reminds Kentuckians that not all charitable donation calls are scams and legitimate charities soliciting donations willingly provide information to donors.

“My office is working to ensure that Kentuckians who want to support legitimate charitable organizations are not taken advantage of by con artists,” Beshear said. “When making a charitable donation, I encourage donors to always research the organization before making a contribution.”

Beshear offered the following tips to help protect donors from fraudulent solicitations:

· Visit the Attorney General’s website to find charities registered in Kentucky and to validate active charitable campaigns.

· Verify the charity’s name, location, website and contact information.

· Check what percentage of the charity’s income goes to its purpose on trusted sites like

· Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone.

· Ask for a donation form and charity information to be mailed or sent in writing.

· Do not succumb to high-pressure tactics or send cash.

To report a concern about a charitable solicitation contact the Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

One of Beshear’s top priorities is to protect Kentucky consumers, especially seniors from scams, abuse and exploitation. To help Kentuckians stay up to date on new and trending scams, Beshear launched Scam Alerts – a communication service that alerts Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack.

Beshear urges all Kentuckians to sign up for Scam Alerts by texting the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311). Or, enroll online at and select text message or email alert.

From Attorney General’s Office Communications


Everyone, from the students to the superintendent, can be checked for drugs or other illegal substances...--DR. ROB FLETCHER 

LOUISA – This school year will mark the return of some friendly faces to Lawrence County Schools as Cincinnati-based firm K9 Resources will once again provide safety and security inspections of school buildings with specially trained K9 units and highly skilled experienced handlers in order to enhance the learning environment.

Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher was quick to note the benefit of adding to the safety and security of students and staff.

"Mr. Vernon Hall, the staff of K9 Resources, and the Lawrence County Board of Education has worked very hard to reach an agreement for services to take additional steps in providing another layer of safety for our students.  Everyone, from the students to the superintendent, can be checked for drugs or other illegal substances through the use of this company.  As part of the agreement, no one gets advanced notice of when the group will show up to do a sweep of our schools.  It is our hopes that this will deter anyone from bringing undesirable substances onto school property,” Fletcher said.

Lawrence County Schools turned to K9 Resources in order to provide this service due to the firm’s pedigree of success in providing detection of drugs, weapons and other contraband in serving law enforcement, businesses and school systems across a multi-state area.

From the company president Gene Patet: “We’ve worked with the Lawrence County School District to learn the issues that are facing the community and schools and what we will do is implement a tailored approach for the community and schools designed to their needs.”

The experience and history of the company is broad and deep in the area of interdiction and detection of contraband.

From the website of K9 Resources:

“K9 Resources is a privately owned firm with a primary focus on “Safe and Drug Free” Services to LEA, businesses and schools. Proven protocol and procedures are the cornerstones to providing thousands of sweeps annually using multiple canine teams. Our professionals have trained more than 700 local, state and federal officials, 1200 school administrators 5000 teachers and 400 business leaders. 

 Unlike most, detection work is what we do, all day everyday while working to establish and maintain only the very highest standards using one dog and one handler as one team.  We exceed all local, state, and federal requirements to effectively perform all services provided.”

One of the primary benefits of working with K9 Resources is the specially trained canines at their disposal. These are passive detection animals that are prize for their specifically honed sense of smell, their intelligence and their general friendliness in working among and with the public. Patet said all of the dogs employed in the service are rescues.

Again, from the K9 Resources website:

“With rare exception, we train all of our own canines using documented scientific processes to ensure only the highest reliability. Each of our canines work and train daily using only certified materials and substances. Each team is independently certified by outside sources using blind and double blind techniques.”

The service team wouldn’t be complete without the skilled and dedicated handlers, who have years of experience in public law enforcement and spend more than 1,000 hours in specialized handling and certification training in order to perform these tasks efficiently and safely.


Abandoned at Blaine...

Netcare Ambulance Lawrence Co. & Blaine Volunteer Fire Department responded to a one vehicle motor vehicle accident at KY 32 and Cains Cr Rd.

The call that went through Lawrence County 911 at a little after midnight Tuesday night. Lawrence County Deputy Sheriff Mack Wilhite also responded to the scene.

When the Emergency responders got to the site of the accident, the car was abandoned.

The late model car was traveling out of Cains Creek Rd, toward Rt. 32 when it went off the road into Butch Smith’s cow field ripping out the fence on its way down the hill.

The car belongs to Samantha Lewis; however she was not present at the scene when the responders got there. A 911 spokesman said she later returned and got the car about 1:20 am.

No charges have been filed at this time.   

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