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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) – Nearly two thirds of Kentuckians who participated in a mock election at the Kentucky State Fair over the last two weeks support Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' plan to offer early voting in the Commonwealth's elections.

"Results from our State Fair polls confirm what we regularly hear from Kentucky voters – that they are more than ready for the opportunity to cast their ballots early," said Grimes. "Unfortunately, the Kentucky Senate did not act on our legislation that would give Kentuckians that opportunity, which passed the House with bipartisan support earlier this year. We will be backing that bill again, and it's time that it's made law."

Sixty-five percent of the voters who participated in the Secretary of State's mock election at the office's State Fair booth said they support allowing all eligible Kentucky voters to cast absentee ballots in-person without an excuse before Election Day.

Grimes backed early voting legislation, House Bill 290, before the General Assembly earlier this year.  The legislation carried the endorsement of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett (R) who joined Grimes to speak before a House committee on the bill. He told lawmakers that his state sees tremendous success with its early voting program.

"I encourage all Kentuckians who support early voting to contact their county clerks and ask them to support our plan," said Grimes. "They should also call or email their state legislators and tell them that it's time to pass this important election reform."

August 30, 2016 

 

UPDATE: LAZER, In reference to person of interest , just FYI we have identified the suspect. Thanks for your help. --CHIEF GREG FUGITT

wanted for questioning in reference to theft of a purse from a vehicle in the Speedway parking lot.

The Louisa Police Department is seeking information on the subjects in the photos. Both the male subject in the red t-shirt and the female in the blue baseball cap are wanted for questioning in reference to theft of a purse from a vehicle in the Speedway parking lot.

If you have any information on whom the subjects are, please call 911 or contact Chief Greg Fugitt 606-638-4058 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Due to a mistake in communication between the Lawrence County Sheriff's dept. and The Levisa Lazer.com an arrest was reported of Lester K. Finley on April 28, 2016 that listed the incorrect charges against Mr. Finley. It should have been reported that he was arrested for unpaid fines. We are sorry for any inconvenience this mistake may have caused anyone.

New Traffic patterns for Septemberfest

 

Every year there is a lot of traffic congestion on Vinson Street which runs behind the old court house.

This year we plan to try something new to see if it helps with the flow of traffic and make it safer for pedestrians.

Vinson Street will be one way starting at the intersection of Madison Street, next to Riverview, all the way through to the corner of Pike and Main Cross next to Kelly Brothers Furniture.

Also Lock Avenue from the fire department too Madison Street will be for pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles only.

All detour traffic from Lock Avenue will be using Lady Washington Street which would still give you access to areas and residences.  Attached is a map showing the new pattern.

Chief Greg A. Fugitt

Louisa Police Department

 

 Cave dweller among 20 arrested in Lawrence Co. in past six days

 

JAIL ARRESTS THIS PAST WEEK WERE HIGHER IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, ALONG WITH THE OTHER SURROUNDING COUNTIES STAYING ABOUT THE SAME WHEN COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS WEEKS; LAWRENCE COUNTY WAS UP MORE THAN DOUBLE ITS USUAL ARREST NUMBER AVERAGE OF 12% TO 15% OF TOTAL ARRESTS PER WEEK BROUGHT TO THE BSRDC, WITH IN LAST SIX DAYS AVERAGING FROM NEAR 25% TO ALMOST 30%.

From 12:01 A.M. August 9, 2016 to 11:59 P.M. August 14, 2016; 87 arrested individuals were brought into the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Kentucky. Out of the 87 arrested individuals brought to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in this last six day period of August 9-15, 20 arrests were from Lawrence County.

In the previous 25 days in Lawrence County, there were 33 arrests total out of 301 total brought to the BSRDC.

The number of people booked each day from August 9 thru August 14 at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville was as following: TUESDAY-AUGUST 9: 15, WEDNESDAY-AUGUST 10: 15, 11, THURSDAY-AUGUST 11: 12, FRIDAY-AUGUST 12: 17, SATURDAY-AUGUST 13: 16, SUNDAY AUGUST 14: 12.

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


Amanda ThomasAmanda Thomas, 33, of Louisa, was arrested on August 9, 2016, at 10:47 A.M., by Chief Greg Fugitt of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE, • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE 1ST OFFENSE (DRUG UNSPECIFIED), • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS, • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION FROM BUILDING UNDER/$500.




Keith Penix

Keith Penix, 25, of Louisa, was arrested on August 9, 2016, at 11:09 A.M., by patrolman officer Steven Wilburn of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE, • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS,

• POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE 1ST OFFENSE (DRUG UNSPECIFIED).

 


Christina CollinsChristina Collins, 30, of Louisa, was arrested on August 9, 2016, at 6:20 P.M., by patrolman officer Steven Wilburn of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • NO OTHER STATE REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • FAILURE TO REGISTER TRANSFER OF MOTOR VEHICLE, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE, • PRESCRIPTION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NOT PROPER CONTAINER 1ST OFFENSE.

 


Brandon BirtBrandon Birt, 29, of Louisa, was arrested August 9, 2016, at 6:36 P.M., by deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • PROBATION VIOLATION (FOR FELONY OFFENSE), • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE).

 

 

Joey StapletonJoey Stapleton, 38, of Genoa, West Virginia; was arrested on August 9, 2016, at 9:58 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS, • NO OTHER STATE REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • POSSESSING LICENSE WHEN PRIVILEGES ARE REVOKED, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE.


 

 

Joshua TriplettJoshua Triplett, 23, of Webbville, Kentucky; was arrested August 9, 2016, at 11:37 P.M., by deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY UNDER /$500.

 

 


David W. ThompsonDavid W. Thompson, 56, of Fort Gay. West Virginia; was arrested August 10, 2016, at 11:40 A.M., by deputy Charlie Curnutte of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • SERVING BENCH WARRANT FOR COURT, • MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE, 1ST OFFENSE.

 

 

 

Shawn A. FitzpatrickShawn A. Fitzpatrick, 20, of Louisa, was arrested on August 10, 2016, at 6:47 P.M, by patrolman officer Steven Wilburn of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • FAILURE TO USE CHILD RESTRAINT DEVICE IN VEHICLE, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE, • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 (AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE) 1ST OFFENSE, • SERVING BENCH WARRANT FOR COURT.

 

Misty A. BordersMisty A. Borders, 35, of Louisa, was arrested on August 11, 2016, at 4:30 P.M, by patrolman officer Steven Wilburn of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • SPEEDING 15 MPH OVER LIMIT, • FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS, • OBSTRUCTED VISION AND/OR WINDSHIELD, • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • IMPROPER REGISTRATION PLATE, • FAILURE OF OWNER TO MAINTAIN REQUIRED INSURANCE/SECURITY, 1ST OFFENSE, • LICENSE TO BE IN POSSESSION,
• OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE.

 

Justin FitzpatrickJustin Fitzpatrick, 25, of Louisa, was arrested August 11, 2016 at 9:05 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • SERVING SEVEN WARRANTS (FOR OTHER POLICE AGENCY).

 

 

 

 

Stephen L. RobertsonStephen L. Robertson, 33, of Louisa, was arrested August 11, 2016, at 10:57 P.M., by deputy Mack Wilhite of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • ALCOHOL INTOXICATION IN A PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE), • ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) MINOR INJURY, • SHOCK PROBATION IN MISDEMEANOR CONVICTIONS, • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER, • ALCOHOL INTOXICATION IN A PUBLIC PLACE (1ST & 2ND OFFENSE), • BREAK/FORCE/TAMPER WITH/LOCK/GATE TO ENTRANCE TO CAVE, • ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (MINOR INJURY), • CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER, • FAILURE TO NOTIFY ADDRESS CHANGE TO DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATOR LICENSE.

 


Alexis P. CarterAlexis P. Carter, 26, of Kermit, West Virginia; was arrested August 12, 2016, at 12:00 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), • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS.

 

 


Dianie M. LemastersDianie Marie Lemasters, 51, of Louisa, turned herself in August 12, 2016 at 12:28 P.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department to serve a jail sentence with: CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.



 

 

Natasha A. CalderNatasha A. Calder, 27, of Louisa, was arrested August 12, 2016 at 3:25 P.M., by trooper Eric Homan of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY UNDER/$500, • SERVING BENCH WARRANT FOR COURT.



 

 

Janice GauzeJanice Gauze, 47, of Louisa, was arrested August 12, 2016, at 4:25 P.M., by the Office of Attorney General of the State of Kentucky and was charged with: • UNAUTHORIZED PROCUREMENT OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

 

 

 


Kevin GauzeKevin Gauze, 46, of Louisa, was arrested August 12, 2016, at 4:35 P.M., by the Office of Attorney General of the State of Kentucky and was charged with: • UNAUTHORIZED PROCUREMENT OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, • PRESENT FRAUDULENT CLAIMS TO DEFRAUD KMAP OF > $300, • FORGERY OF A PRESCRIPTION 1ST OFFENSE, • DISPENSE, PRESCRIBE, ADMINISTER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST OFFENSE, • WRONGFULLY FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS 1ST OFFENSE.

 


DR. ALFRED BALDERAAlfred Baldera, 63, of Louisa, was arrested August 12, 2016, at 7:23 P.M., by the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, via an arrest warrant from the Office of Attorney General of the State of Kentucky and was charged with: • PRESENT FRAUDULENT CLAIMS TO DEFRAUD KMAP OF > $300, • FORGERY OF A PRESCRIPTION 1ST OFFENSE, • DISPENSE, PRESCRIBE, ADMINISTER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST OFFENSE, • WRONGFULLY FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS 1ST OFFENSE.

 


Randy T.L. JusticeRandy T.L. Justice, 37, of Louisa, turned himself in August 13, 2016 at 3:00 P.M., to the Lawrence County Sheriff Department to serve a jail sentence with: CONTEMPT OF COURT LIBEL/SLANDER RESISTANCE TO ORDER.

 

 

 



Lisa AlexanderLisa Alexander, 37, of Fort Gay, West Virginia; was arrested August 13, 2016 at 7:10 P.M., by patrolman officer Julius Musick of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 



Alicia D. FitzgeraldAlison D. Fitzgerald, 28, of Louisa, was arrested August 14, 2016, at 4:55 P.M., by deputy Dwayne Bowen of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500, • ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF LEGEND DRUG, • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS.