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The Fiscal Court met for the monthly meeting Tuesday March 21, 2017. Those in attendance were County Judge John Osborn, Mike Hogan County Attorney, Sheriff Garrett Roberts, Chris Jobe County Clerk, Morris Howard Magistrate, John Lemaster Magistrate, Earl Boggs Magistrate and Rick Blackburn Magistrate. The meeting was called to order after the pledge and opening prayer.
The court then tackled a 22 item agenda including:
⦁ Motion by John Lemaster, second by Morris Howard to approve the minutes of the February 21, 2017 meeting, all were in agreement
⦁ Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by John Lemaster to approve the 2nd reading of the Budget Amendment #3
⦁ Motion by John Lemaster, second by Earl Boggs to approve 1st reading of the Budget Amendment #4
⦁ Motion by Earl Boggs, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the Treasurer's Request and approve the bills
⦁ Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by John Lemaster to approve the treasurer's report. Receipts from all funds $357,782.82.
⦁ Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John Lemaster to allow Eastpark to continue to keep the ad valorem and tangible property taxes.
⦁ Motion by John Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the Jail Fund Budget for FY 2017-2018. The total jail fund will be $474,089.00 which is less than 1% increase from this FY of $439,000. The increase comes in spite of a $200,000 deficit announced in October 2016.
⦁ Motion by John Lemaster, second by Earl Boggs to approve the 1st reading of the Ordinance allowing pipes onto County Road Entrances. County Attorney Mike Hogan said he will modify the ordinance to read that easements on County Road entrances be approved by the Judge Executive and Court
⦁ Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by Earl Boggs to accept the 2016 Yearly Financial Status of the Sheriff. Total receipts $610,826.25 and total expenditures $584,381.03 which has a positive balance of $26,445.22 that will be returned to the county. Report is subject to audit.
⦁ Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John Lemaster to approve the Resolution for Contract between Professional Services and Lawrence Co. Fiscal Court and FIVCO
⦁ Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John Lemaster to approve the agreement between LC Fiscal Court and Legend Outfitters to operate a store at the Lawrence Co. Beach.
⦁ Motion By Earl Boggs, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the Proclamation hereby making April Spring Clean Up Month
Two of the county's garbage haulers were present again asking for a $2 dollar raise for household garbage collected. The court refused to allow them to raise their rates at a recent meeting. Once again the court was reluctant to pass on any increase at this time to consumers.
Ron Thompson of Thompson Sanitation said the haulers can't make a profit without a raise since the landfill in Boyd Co. raised its rates at the first of the year.
"My costs have increased from $27 per ton to $34 per ton and I can't make it without an increase," Thompson told the court.
After an open discussion the Fiscal Court set an agenda item for the April 16th meeting at the request of Morris Howard making it mandatory that all six garbage haulers attend with the hope of finding a compromise.
There being no audience comments the meeting was adjourned.
MARCH 15, 2017 - WRITTEN BY WADE QUEEN
Overcrowding at regional jail in Paintsville, rainy weather and return of major winter cold temperatures put the kibosh on arrest numbers in Lawrence county and surrounding counties this month.
The number of arrests so far this March have dropped significantly in both Lawrence county and the neighboring counties, when compared arrest levels in January and February.
There are likely 2 factors for this:
1. The recent rain and major thunderstorms that had brought back major cold winter weather in one of our most warmest and nearly snow free winters we have ever had, which has led law enforcement locally and the Big Sandy area to take advantage of the unusually warm winter to round up and catch a lot of criminals in the first two months of 2017. That has led to the likely major second factor:
2. In the last week 2 weeks of February and first 10 days of March, the number of inmates at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville has been at extremely higher than normal levels. In fact during the first weekend of March, the number of inmates that were booked and housed reached a record number -270- in a building that was built and designed for a maximum capacity of 225 inmates, and during the most of 2016 usually had a daily average of around 200 inmates.
Jail officials were becoming concerned that the extreme overcrowding was causing rising tensions among the inmate population and that it would lead to one or more serious "disturbance incidents" soon.
With the drop in the arrests in recent days, at the regional jail had dropped, where at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning March 15, the number of inmates is at a more tolerable count of 237.
In Lawrence county, in a 14 day period from February 14-28, there were 33 arrests. Of which 4 or 5 were guilty plea jail sentence contempt suspects.
In a 14 day period from march 1-14, there were 16 arrests of which 3 were guilty plea jail sentence contempt suspects.
There were 8 suspects this past week that were arrested mainly for minor offenses. Those 8 suspects are the following:
John C. Thomas, 27, of Louisa, was arrested on march 8, 2017, at 12:46 p.M., by deputy karl adkins of the lawrence county sheriff department, and was charged with: • serving warrant (for other police agency).
Arthur A. Holbrook III, 33, of Ashland, Kentucky; turned himself in on March 8, 2017 at 12:46 P.M to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, to serve jail time for: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.
William W. Chafin, 24, of Louisa, was arrested on March 9, 2017, at 5:28 A.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department and was charged with: • CRIMINAL TRESPASSING-3RD DEGREE, • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3RD DEGREE.
Green W. Ramey, 36, of Louisa, was arrested on March 10, 2017, at 12:56 P.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with via a grand jury indictment: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION AUTO - $10,000 OR MORE BUT UNDER/$1,000,000.
Steve Mundell, 23, of Hyden, Kentucky, formerly from Louisa; turned himself in on March 10, 2017 at 7:00 P.M to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, to serve jail time for: • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.
Charles Moore, 54, of Louisa, was arrested on March 11, 2017, at 12:42 A.M., by a deputy of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • MENACING.
Thaddeus Henson, 23, of Louisa, was arrested on March 11, 2017, at 7:59 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 (AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE) - 1ST OFFENSE.
LONDON, Ky. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) – have announced a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of Bobby Green.
Green, a convicted felon, is wanted on two outstanding state arrest warrants charging him with wanton endangerment of a police officer, 2nd degree; possession of methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree; fleeing or evading police, on foot and with a motor vehicle, 1st degree; and theft by unlawful taking.
Green is a white male, 40 years old, 5’10,” 175 lbs., blonde hair, blue eyes with numerous tattoos, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not try to engage, call law enforcement.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867) or KSP at (606) 878-6822 or 1-800-555-2222. Tips can also be submitted by visiting www.reportit.com or by using the mobile “ReportIt” app. All information may be given anonymously, and all calls will be kept confidential.
More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- A Martin County family said they couldn't believe their eyes after they say they saw their neighbor shoot a horse.
Mary Maynard and her mother said they saw the horse fall down a hill where it laid for about 30 minutes.
Maynard said she saw the neighbor then tie a strap around the horse and drag it up the hill where she says her neighbor shot it once more.
Police said the horse, which belongs to a home down the road, was shot multiple times and found dead on the back of the neighbor's property.
Maynard said the sight was so awful she had trouble sleeping last night.
"I just, I was in shock because I've never seen anybody do anything like that," Maynard said.
Sheriff John Kirk said others have come forward saying this isn't the first time something like this has happened.
He said there's better ways to deal with an animal that comes on to your property.
"You should either call the sheriff's department and let them know that they're there or or call the animal owner instead of taking the law into your own hands," Kirk said.
(Editor's Note- I saw a FB message from my friend and former student Shaunda Crum last week describing what I suspect is the same incident reported by WYMT above. But she said Sheriff Kirk's deputies came to the scene but said since they didn't see it happen, they couldn't make an arrest.)