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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to modernize issuance system

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2016) – Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension to come into compliance with federal regulations known as REAL ID was denied today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The denial of the extension comes in spite of recent documented progress the state has made to further enhance the security of its driver’s license and ID card issuance system. Despite the denial, Kentucky will continue efforts to modernize its system of issuance for these credentials.

“It’s disappointing that the federal government is basically turning a blind eye to recent progress we’ve made in improving our systems,” said John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation. “All Kentuckians should be aware that the immediate impact of this decision will not be felt by the vast majority of Kentuckians. We can still use our driver licenses and state ID cards to visit the Social Security offices, Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, federal courts houses and to apply for federal benefits like Medicare.”

On Aug. 31, 2016, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) requested a one-year extension to continue progress toward REAL ID compliance. A revised extension request was submitted on Sept. 29, 2016 outlining the state’s progress on previously unmet provisions and regulations.

The delay in reaching compliance is a culmination of starts and stops at the federal and state level. The act was passed by Congress in 2005 by the 9/11 Commission but regulations were not published until January 2008. The former administration had eight years to reach compliance. In 2009, the House voted 100-0 to halt the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet from pursuing REAL ID compliance. Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed Senate Bill 245 to allow time to investigate the implications of REAL ID after hearing public opposition.

Kentucky is compliant with most of the provisions necessary to be deemed REAL ID compliant. The main area of non-compliance is related to the state’s current system of issuance. Kentucky has a highly decentralized model that allows residents to obtain a driver’s license or ID card over the counter at one of 144 Circuit Court Clerk Office locations. This created challenges in meeting REAL ID provisions that require every issuance facility to meet costly security standards.

Jodie ParsleyLawrence County Circuit Clerk Jodie Parsley:

“...My main concern is for the citizens of Lawrence County and the affect this will have on them. This press release states that Kentuckians will be able to board domestic flights until January 22, 2018 with their current Driver’s license or identification card.  In my opinion, this will be the biggest concern to most.  However, as of January 10, 2017, we will still have the possibility that some federal facilities will not accept Kentucky driver’s licenses and identification cards to gain entry. I will be going to the Transportation Cabinet later this month for a meeting on this same issue and hope to be given some concrete answers for the immediate future.”

--Jodi Parsley

 

October 12, 2016

 

11 arrested in Lawrence County this week


ARRESTS WERE AT AROUND THE NORMAL WEEKLY AVERAGE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, WITH THIS WEEK'S INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE ARRESTED BEING CHARGED WITH UNUSUALLY MORE SEVERE CRIMINAL OFFENSES THAN NORMAL.

BUT FOR THE SURROUNDING AREA COUNTIES, ARRESTS HAVE PLUNGED ONCE AGAIN IN THE LAST WEEK, TO ABOUT HALF THE USUAL AVERAGE FROM EARLIER IN THE YEAR.  

BUT YET AT 7 A.M. WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 12, THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER IS AT BEYOND MAXIMUM CAPACITY. THE BSRDC IS DESIGNED TO HOLD 225 INMATES. AS OF THE MOMENT OF THIS WRITING THERE ARE 232 INMATES.

From 12:01 A.M., October 5, 2016 to 11:59 P.M., October 11, 2016; 66 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. In the previous five day period from September 30 to October 4, there 65 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Jail arrests numbers earlier this year were averaging totaling 90 to 120 suspects per week being brought to the BSRDC.

Out of the 66 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in this last seven day period of October 5 to 11, 11 arrests were from Lawrence County. In the previous five period, out of the 65 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, there were 8 arrests from Lawrence County.

Those eleven individuals arrested in Lawrence County in the past seven days are the following:

James MullettJames Arthur Mullett, 33, of Louisa, was arrested on October 5, 2016, at 11:11 A.M., by deputy Karl Adkins, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • SERVING BENCH WARRANT FOR COURT.

 

 


Christopher Mullett Christopher Paul Mullett, 37, of Louisa, was arrested on October 5, 2016, at 11:16 A.M., by deputy Rodney Lycans, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • SERVING BENCH WARRANT FOR COURT.

 

 

 

Rita WallerRita Waller, 50, of Hamlin, West Virginia, was arrested on October 7, 2016, at 2:50 A.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James, of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 


Devon Perry Devon Perry, 19, of Louisa, was arrested on October 7, 2016, at 2:56 A.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • ROBBERY, 1ST DEGREE.

 

 

 

Anthony BartAnthony Bart, 19, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky; was arrested on October 7, 2016, at 3:00 A.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • ROBBERY, 1ST DEGREE.

 

 

 

Devon SloneDevin Slone, 18, of Louisa, was arrested on October 7, 2016, at 5:38 P.M., by a deputy of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 


Chrystal WheelerCrystal G. Wheeler, 39, of Louisa, was arrested on October 8, 2016, at 11:41 A.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • SPEEDING 26 MPH OR > SPEED LIMIT, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATORS LICENSE, • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS, • PRESCRIPTION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NOT IN PROPER CONTAINER 1ST OFFENSE, • FAILURE OF NON-OWNER OPERATOR TO MAINTAIN REQUIRED INSURANCE/SECURITY, 1ST OFFENSE, • POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.

 

 

Glen FedleyGlen Fedley, 39, of Tallahassee, Florida; was arrested on October 8, 2016, at 6:15 P.M., by trooper Brian Layne, of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 (AGGRAVATED CIRCUMSTANCE) 1ST OFFENSE, • OPERATING ATV ON ROADWAY, • OPERATING ATV W/O HEADGEAR 16 OR > - PUBLIC PROPERTY, • FAILURE OF OWNER TO MAINTAIN REQUIRED INSURANCE/SECURITY, 1ST OFFENSE, • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • NO OPERATORS-MOPED LICENSE, • UNAPPROVED OR NO EYE PROTECTIVE DEVICE(MOTORCYCLE), • ALL OTHER TRAFFIC OFFENSES NOT LISTED, • NO HORN, • IMPROPER OR NO WINDSHIELD, • REGULATION & TITLE REQUIREMENTS VEHICLE NOT OPERATING ON HIGHWAY.

Fedley's arrest was the first arrest made by any KSP officer in Lawrence County since August 23.

 


Joseph McCoyJoseph McCoy, 19, of Louisa, was arrested on October 9, 2016, at 4:22 A.M., by patrolman officer Julius Musick of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • SERVING BENCH WARRANT FOR COURT.

 

 

 


Jeffery BakerJeffery Baker, 39, of Blaine, Kentucky; was arrested on October 10, 2016, at 9:42 P.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • WANTON ENDANGERMENT-1ST DEGREE,  • TERRORISTIC THREATENING, 3RD DEGREE.

 

 

 

Jessica BlevinsJessica Blevins, 33, of Huntington, West Virginia; was arrested on October 11, 2016, at 2:15 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, and was charged with: • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE 1ST OFFENSE (COCAINE), [TWO SEPARATE COUNTS] • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA; USE, POSSESSION, 1ST OFFENSE.

 

 

Grimes Continues Historic Registration Drive

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) – The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election is less than one week away, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminded Kentuckians today. She is continuing her historic voter registration effort and made a stop at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College to encourage citizens to get registered and vote next month. 

"I am counting on Kentuckians to do their duty and vote on Nov. 8," Grimes told a large crowd of students, community members, and public officials. "But you have to be registered. With GoVoteKY.com we are helping to give a voice to even more Kentuckians at the ballot box. With your help, we've surpassed our goal with more than 60,000 Kentuckians registering or update their registration online. Let's make that number even bigger before the Oct. 11 deadline."

The attendees included students, faculty, community members and leaders. Several in the large, standing room only crowd registered for the first time. Grimes led a discussion on the future of Kentucky elections, benefits of online voter registration in cost savings and improvements in accuracy of voter rolls, and her proposal for early voting in Kentucky.

"Voting is a right that we hope Kentuckians will exercise on Nov. 8, especially our students and the voters of Elizabethtown," said Dr. Gwen Joseph, interim President of Elizabethtown Community & Technical College (ECTC). "Many men and women have dedicated and given their lives to defending that right, and we should honor them by going to the polls on Election Day. ECTC was excited and honored to be part of Secretary Grimes' GoVoteKY tour and we are committed to helping turn out the vote."

Grimes asked attendees to help get out the vote among their friends and family. She said the Commonwealth's low voter turnout trends must be reversed. In the 2015 general election, only 30.6% of registered Kentuckians cast ballots statewide. In May's primary election, just 20% of registered voters participated. 

"'We the people' – those are the first three words in our Constitution. They literally mean that it's up to us to make change and to 'form a more perfect union.' That starts at the ballot box. Let's get more people to the polls on Nov. 8," Grimes said.

Grimes has been engaged in a yearlong tour to get more Kentuckians registered to vote and to tout the Kentucky's new one-stop election portal, GoVoteKY.com. She has made nearly 20 officials stops on her tour at Kentucky colleges and universities and has conducted numerous meetings with civic and community organizations.

The deadline to register for the Nov. 8 general election is Oct. 11. 

Louisa City Council

Regular Meeting Agenda

 October 11, 2016--7:00pm

Louisa City Hall

Call to order.

Pledge of allegiance and Prayer.

Mayor comments.          

   Old Business

Approve minutes for September 13, 2016 and September 27, 2016.

Approve second reading of Ordinance 2016-07, “An Ordinance Relating to the Valuation and Taxation of Property within the City of Louisa”.

  New Business

Council comments.

Audience comments

Executive session.

Adjourn.

 

OCTOBER 5, 2016


ARRESTS AT BACK AROUND NORMAL WEEKLY AVERAGE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA COUNTIES; MORE ARRESTS IN THE LAST FIVE DAYS THAN IN THE PREVIOUS EIGHT DAYS.

JAIL ARRESTS IN THE PAST FIVE DAYS HAVE ROSE UP SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE LAST DAY OF SEPTEMBER AND THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF OCTOBER, THAN IN THE LAST SEVEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER-UP TO THE FINAL DAY OF THE MONTH, IN LAWRENCE COUNTY AND THE NEIGHBORING COUNTIES THAT USE THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER. THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS IN THE AREA HAVE BEEN ABOUT AT OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE IN THE FEW DAYS WHEN COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS WEEKS DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS THROUGH THE SUMMER.

From 12:01 A.M., September 30, 2016 to 11:59 P.M., October 4, 2016; 65 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky.

Out of the 65 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in this last 5 day period of September 30-October 4, 8 arrests were from Lawrence County.

For the month of September, 335 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Out of the 335 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in the month of June, 45 arrests were from Lawrence County.

From August 1 thru August 31; 395 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Out of the 395 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in the month of June, 67 arrests were from Lawrence County.

From July 1 thru July 30; 359 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Out of the 359 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in the month of June, 40 arrests were from Lawrence County.

The number of people booked each day from September 30 thru October 4 at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville was as the following: FRIDAY-SEPTEMBER 30: 21, SATURDAY-OCTOBER 1: SIX, SUNDAY-OCTOBER 2: 10, MONDAY-OCTOBER 3: 18, TUESDAY-OCTOBER 4: 10.

Those individuals arrested in Lawrence County in the past five days are the following:

Sean J. SeeSean J. See, 26, of Ashland, Kentucky; turned himself in September 30, 2016 at 10:48 A.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department to serve a guilty plea jail sentence with: CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.



 

 

Sherece N. BaldwinSherece N. Baldwin, 26, of Louisa, was arrested on September 30, 2016, at 8:01 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UN;AWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500, • KNOW FRAUDULENTLY USE ID CARD OR ELECTRONIC CODE FOR BENEFITS.

 

 

Michael NewsomeMichael Newsome, 53, of Ulysses, Kentucky; was arrested on September 30, 2016, at 9:43 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • INADEQUATE SILENCER (MUFFLER).

 

 

Justin McCoyJustin McCoy, 21, of Louisa, was arrested on October 1, 2016, at 10:24 P.M., by patrolman officer Jordan Miller of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE



 

 


Shelly M. TriplettShelley M. Triplett, 32, of Louisa, was arrested on October , 2016, at 10:48 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING ON SUSPENDING OR REVOKED OPERATORS LICENSE, • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE 1ST OFFENSE (DRUG UNSPECIFIED).

 

 

 


Lewis H. PinderLewis H. Pinder, 33, of Louisa, was arrested on October 3, 2016, at 5:11 P.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • NO OTHER STATE REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD, • DRIVING DUI SUSPENDED LICENSE - 2ND OFFENSE.

 

 

Robert E. ClayRobert E. Clay, 53, of Louisa, turned himself in October 3, 2016 at 7:47 P.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department to serve a guilty plea jail sentence with: CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.