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AFTER A BLITZ OF ARRESTS IN BOTH LAWRENCE COUNTY AND THE OTHER COUNTIES THAT USE THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER, ARRESTS DECLINED IN THE OTHER COUNTIES, BUT LAWRENCE COUNTY REMAINED AT WAY ABOVE LEVELS AGAIN, ACCOUNTING FOR NEARLY A THIRD OF ALL ARRESTS OVER THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY PERIOD. NEARLY A MAJORITY OF THE ARREST OCCURRED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH.
The number of people booked each day from January 13 thru January 16 at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville was as the following: FRIDAY-JANUARY 13: 18, SATURDAY-JANUARY 14: EIGHT, SUNDAY-JANUARY 15: SEVEN, MONDAY-JANUARY 16: FIVE.
Those individuals arrested in Lawrence County in the past four days are the following:
Shawn A. Fitzpatrick, 19, of Louisa, was arrested on January 13, 2017, at 1:36 P.M., by deputy Rodney Lycans, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • SERVING TWO BENCH WARRANTS FOR COURT, • SPEEDING 17 MPH OVER LIMIT, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE ( TWO SEPARATE COUNTS).
Elmer L. Marcum Jr., 34, of Genoa, West Virginia; turned himself in January 13, 2017, at 2:24 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.
Kenneth L. Fitch, 43, of Blaine, Kentucky; turned himself in January 13, 2017, at 5:39 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.
Green W. Ramey, 36, of Louisa, was arrested on January 13, 2017, at 6:04 P.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION - AUTOMOBILE - $10,000 OR MORE BUT UNDER/ $1,000,000, • WANTON ENDANGERMENT-1ST DEGREE.
James Stephen Burchette, 37, of Louisa, was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 11:44 A.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • WANTON ENDANGERMENT-1ST DEGREE.
Lowell G. Hayes, 55, of Louisa, was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 2:25 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION - AUTOMOBILE - $10,000 OR MORE BUT UNDER/ $1,000,000, • PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER II.
Michael Kyle Cordle, 21, of Blaine, Kentucky; was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 2:45 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE), • TRAFFICKING IN MARIJUANA ( LESS THAN 8 OZ.) 1ST OFFENSE.
Charles E. Spillman, 53, of Louisa, was arrested on January 14, 2017, at 8:02 P.M., by deputy Dwayne Bowen, of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE U/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE.
JANUARY 4, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN
LOUISA, Ky. -- In what is going to raise a lot of eyebrows in the area, a POTENTIALLY controversial development occurred late in the New Years holiday weekend, involving an ongoing civil case between Lawrence County law enforcement agencies and citizens.
A Lawrence County man, who has filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death civil lawsuit in federal court in Ashland over the May 2015 arrest of his late father, Billy Collins, Jr., was arrested on DUI charges Sunday night - by the same police agency that he says killed his Dad.
The older Collins, who a tape of the arrest show, was repeatedly tasered and physically hit numerous times by four officers from the Louisa Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, which, the suit says led to Collins suffering numerous injuries that the suit says led to his fatal heart attack.
There was a hasty grand jury inquiry but none of the police officers or deputies have been charged in the case.
Billy Collins III, 30, of Louisa, was arrested on 4 charges shortly before midnight Sunday January 1, at what may have been a DUI checkpoint.
Collins was arrested by patrol officer Julius Musick of the Louisa Police Department, on the charges of: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • POSSESSION OF OPEN ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROLLED IN MOTOR VEHICLE PROHIBITED.
At around nearly the same moment Collins was arrested by officer Musick, two other Louisa residents, a 50 year old man and a 58 year old woman, were being arrested individually for DUI by two Lawrence County Sheriff deputies. The 58 year old woman who taken into custody was arrested by deputy Mack Wilhite.
Deputy Wilhite, along with fellow deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, plus LPD officers Steven Wilburn and Jordan Miller, were named in federal civil lawsuit (along with Chief Greg Fugitt and Sheriff Garrett Roberts, as well as both police agencies) that was filed by Billy Collins III in early May 2016.
The Levisa Lazer reached out to the Louisa Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff Department regarding the New Year's arrest of William Collins III, in light of his ongoing federal lawsuit against both police agencies.
In a brief statement by Louisa Police Chief Greg Fugitt, the chief made only this simple remark: "Any information on this arrest can be obtained through the court system same as any other arrest. Hope this answers your questions".
We also reached out to the lawyer representing William Collins III in his lawsuit, well esteemed and high powered Ashland, Ky attorney Mike Curtis, at his office Tuesday. Curtis was out of town (in Carter County on business), His office has not responded further.
This article includes some opinions of its author.
Happy New year Everyone,
The January court meeting scheduled for Jan. 17, 2017 will have to be changed to Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 10:00 am due to scheduling conflicts. Please Post.
Ashland, Ky. (January 3, 2017) – The Kentucky State Police at Ashland will be conducting safety checkpoints at various times and approved locations throughout the Post 14 District, which encompasses Boyd, Greenup, Carter and Lawrence counties.
These safety checkpoints are held in an effort to reduce alcohol and drug related crashes, ensure compliance with operator's license laws, and vehicle equipment safety and registration laws.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Master Trooper Michael Murriell
Public Affairs Officer