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Lawrence County Fiscal Court

Special Meeting

October 09, 2015

 9:00 a.m.

 

Opening Prayer

Pledge of Allegiance

Call Meeting to Order

Approve 2nd  Reading of Budget Amendment # 1

Accept Lawrence County Schools 2015 Tax Rates

Discussion from  District 12 KYTC regarding the new road 

Approve District 12 KYTC for Right-of-Way along  the new road

Approve Agreement and Resolution utilizing Rural and Secondary for 2 Bridges in Lawrence County

Approve Agreement and Resolution executing the MOA between KYTC and the Lawrence County Fiscal Court

Approve Re-Prioritized Resolution for HB235 Coal Severance Line-item Projects

Re-appoint Dina Chaffin to the Lawrence County Public Library Trustees Bd.

Adjourn 

OCTOBER 4, 2015

Sex-with-minors prostitution sting nets 18 suspects and counting

(from The Woodbury Bulletin)

Paul Dean SkaggsWOODBURY, MASS. -- Police recently took out multiple ads in the adult services section of two classifieds websites, resulting in 11 arrests in Woodbury during the past week.Eighteen men — including residents of Woodbury, St. Paul Park and Cottage Grove, as well as Hudson, Wis. — were accused after multiple prostitution stings, one of which occurred last Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21-22, at a Woodbury gas station, the largest of which took place Sept. 17 at the Red Roof Inn in Woodbury, and the first of which occurred more than a year ago.

Woodbury Public Safety and Washington County won’t stop there, County Attorney Pete Orput said last Friday. “Got three more yesterday. We thought we had a problem and we’re dealing with it.”

Late last week, Chad Allen Schroeder, 43, of Minneapolis was charged with hiring a minor to engage in sexual conduct after he was arrested at a local gas station, which was unnamed in the court complaint but located along Eagle Creek Lane according to Washington County jail records.

Another man was arrested during the weekend after the Red Roof Inn sting, according to Michelle Okada, Woodbury Public Safety public information officer. The names of the most recent arrestees were not made public, as they await charges, Orput said.

Six of the remaining 13 men charged after the prostitution sting at the Red Roof Inn made recent appearances in Washington County District Court.

Men from Cottage Grove, Hudson, Wis., St. Paul Park and Woodbury were also among those charged` Friday, Sept. 18.

Charged with engagement in prostitution of a 16- or 17-year-old were: Kevin Michael Aylward, 59, of Burnsville; Gordon Patrick Jones, 33, of Clayton, Wis.; and Kyle Michael Segermark, 21, of Gem Lake.

Charged with hiring a minor to engage in sexual conduct were: Nathan John Mravinc, 35, of Hudson, Wis.; Luis Angel Ponce, 20, of Cottage Grove; and Paul Dean Skaggs, 50, of Martha, Ky.

In regard to a 2014 sting at the Red Roof Inn, involving similar Craiglist.com and Backpage.com ads, seven men were charged with agreeing to hire a 14-year-old to engage in sexual conduct, including: Benjamin Charles Beery, 37, of Mounds View; Brent Allen Fredrickson, 38, of Eagan; Christopher Scott Henderson, 29, of Champlin; Ryan Brook Meredith, 33, of Woodbury; Brian Patrick O’Boyle, 34, of St. Paul Park; Michael Leonard Tallman, 30, of Coon Rapids; Ian Laurence Walford, 35, of Lake Elmo.

Seven men — Aylward, Jones, Mravinc, Ponce, Schroeder, Segermark and Skaggs — were in custody at the Washington County jail in Stillwater, as of Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Six arrests took place during a sting on Thursday, Sept. 17, according to the Washington County jail’s daily booking report: Jones at 1:07 p.m.; Skaggs at 2:30 p.m.; Aylward at 2:45 p.m.; Ponce at 2:45 p.m.; Segermark at 5:30 p.m.; and Mravinc at 7 p.m. All of Sept. 17 arrests took place at the Red Roof Inn.

Schroeder’s arrest occurred at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Seven of the men were arrested but never booked, according to jail staff and police.

Woodbury Public Safety worked with Homeland Security, as well as the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and Hennepin and Washington County sheriff’s offices, to conduct an Internet-based sting, targeting juvenile child exploitation and human trafficking.

Law enforcement is not picking on the Red Roof Inn at all, Orput said. There are 80-some hotels in the county and the county attorney and police are working on a comprehensive program that asks for business participation in curtailing prostitution operations.

“It saddens me greatly,” Orput said. “We just threw the rod out in the water and we forgot to bait the hook and we already caught a northern. And we’re getting more. I’m hungry.”

The priority is on protecting children, Orput said. “You want to decrease demand, decrease supply and you want all the help you can get.

“That’s led us to some phenomenal cases.”

ALLEGATIONS

According to the complaints:

Those who replied to law enforcement’s Backpage ads exchanged text messages with an undercover police officer decoy.

Officers placed an ad on the male escort section of Backpage describing a young man and his genitals and stating: “Rainy day blues so I’m waiting for fun guys.”

On Sept. 21, Schroeder responded to the ad with a text message, inquiring about paying for sex. Upon being told he was texting with a 16-year-old, Schroeder said he didn’t “mess with minors,” but ultimately agreed to meet and pay $75 to give oral sex to the minor.

Woodbury police arrested Schroeder at the gas pump after he was recognized from his Facebook page. In his possession were $80 in cash and a cell phone used to communicate with the undercover officer.

Another recent ad on Backpage said: “Bring yur fanesies and $$$$ make me smile and we’ll make you shivver. Two young naughty girls who have nothing better to do today.”

This ad drew a number of respondents, and arrests were made at regular intervals throughout the day of Sept. 17.

Believing that the girls in the ad were ages 15 and 17, Skaggs visited the hotel and agreed to meet the 17-year-old for sex at a rate of $180 a half-hour with both girls or $120 a half-hour with one of them. He was in Minnesota for work and had heard his coworkers talking about paying for sex from the classifieds and decided to try it.

Mravinc knocked on the hotel room door, providing the code word “Skittles,” and was arrested. He had negotiated the purchase of a sex act for $80, urging the decoy, who he thought was a 17-year-old girl, to take a lowered fee “because something is better than nothing,” he said. Mravinc had $80 when he was arrested.

After being told the ages of the girls, Aylward negotiated $200 for sex with both of them, without a condom. He asked to bring them to his home in Burnsville, the decoy agreed but asked him to pick them up at the hotel, and when he arrived he was arrested.

Ponce wanted a so-called car date, with a condom, for $75 a half-hour. He ran from police when confronted, but when apprehended admitted to asking to exchange money for sex in a car. Ponce had been told the age of the girls.

Segermark agreed to pay $125 a half-hour for both girls, and when asked if he was ready stated: “God yes. It’s been awhile.” He stopped at a gas station to buy a box of condoms and brought $194 to the hotel room. The undercover officer had told Segermark the girls were 15 and 17. He told a detective that the police did a good job of portraying a 17-year-old girl.

The undercover officer offered Jones oral sex and “straight” sex — “nothing else so don’t ask.” He said the code word at the door, and showed up with $8,055 in cash.

YEARLONG INVESTIGATION

The investigation has been ongoing since 2014.

On Aug. 19, 2014, Fredrickson was arrested at the Red Roof Inn after responding to a Craiglist ad and expected to share the cost of a $60-a-night room in exchange for sex with a 32-year-old and fondling of her deaf daughter. Fredrickson believed he was about to shower with and receive oral sex from the daughter, age 14.

On the same day, Meredith brought two condoms and a bottle of personal lubricant liquid to the hotel, where after responding to the Craiglist ad, he had agreed to engage in sexual relations with the mother and daughter. He planned to split the cost of the room in exchange for sex. Police had to chase him before he was arrested.

That day, O’Boyle came to the same room looking to pay $80 for a half-hour with two girls, who he believed to be ages 14 and 15. He had responded to a Backpage ad that said: “Let me be your cheerleader … 2 gurlz special today! Both hottt and young, ready to be your best reason to skip work.”

On Oct. 22, 2014, Walford arranged to pay for sex with two girls he believed to be ages 14 and 15. He told officers he “hypothetically” responded to a Backpage ad, which offered: “Come and be the QB for this team YEAH!” This was the only ad to which he received a response. Walford added that it’s “hypothetically” fair to say that even though a person may not be seeking out sex with a 14-year-old and 15-year-old that maybe a person would move forward with it because they have needs and the underage girls are all they have to work with.

On the same day, Beery responded to a Craiglist ad and communicated with an undercover officer through email, text messaging and live voice. He agreed to pay $100 to have sex with a 32-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter. When Beery arrived at the Red Roof Inn, he was arrested with $100 and a cell phone showing intent to have sexual contact with a minor.

That day, Henderson replied to the ad and showed up at the Red Roof Inn, only to be arrested. Communications between the man and the undercover officer made it clear that sexual interaction was to take place between the man and the 14-year-old.

Also on Oct. 22, 2014, via Craiglist, Tallman arranged by email to pay $75 for sex with the daughter or $100 for sex with both the mother and daughter. He then text messaged an undercover officer he thought was the 14-year-old, telling her he would teach her about sex and asking what he could bring her. She answered: “Skittles.” Tallman was arrested upon arrival at the hotel. He came bearing condoms, lubricant and Skittles.

LOUISA POLICE DEPARTMENT

SEPTEMBER. 2015

ARREST REPORT

 

1

9/1/15

Booth, Janie L

Fort Gay

F

W

35

 

A. I.

2

9/1/15

Berry, Bobby J.

Fort Gay

M

W

45

 

Lawrence Bench Warrant, Pike Bench Warrant

3

9/4/15

Chapman, Ronnie

Louisa

M

W

55

 

A.I

4

9/5/15

Caudill, Willie L

Fort Gay

M

W

36

 

Burglary 3rd, shoplifting, P.I., & Pike Co. Bench Warrant

5

9/6/15

Foster, Shawn M.

Charleston

M

W

38

 

Criminal Tresspass 3rd, Drug Paraphernalia, Poss of Marijuan

6

9/6/15

Masters, Mason

Louisa

M

W

19

 

Criminal Trespass 2nd.

7

9/8/15

Martin, Christine

Louisa

F

W

54

 

Lawrence Co Bench Warrant

8

9/9/15

Griffith, Chris

Louisa

M

W

22

 

Lawrence Co Bench Warrant

9

9/9/15

Pinder, Lewis H

Louisa

M

W

32

 

DUI 2nd, PCS 1st, No registration, Obstructed vision

10

9/11/15

Young, Regan L

Louisa

M

W

41

 

Forgery 2nd, poss of forged inst 2nd, tbut shoplifting, theft by deception

11

9/11/15

May, Cole

Louisa

M

W

31

 

2 Lawrence County Indictments

12

9/11/15

Mills, Homer

Louisa

M

W

25

 

2 LC warrants, PCS 2nd, Drug para, P.I., Attempt TCS

13

9/13/15

Sword, John

Louisa

M

W

40

 

Assault 4th Domestic

14

9/14/15

Sword, John

Louisa

M

W

40

 

Violation of Conditions of Release

15

9/16/15

Arnold, Joe

Louisa

 M

W

32

 

Lawrence Co Bench Warrant

16

9/19/15

Chapman, Ronnie

Louisa

M

W

55

 

Disorderly Conduct, A.I. 3rd off

17

9/21/15

Riner, Kaitlin

Louisa

F

W

20

 

Montgomery Co. Bench Warrant

18

9/24/15

Arthur, James

Louisa

M

W

44

 

Rowan County Bench Warrant

19

9/24/15

Calisto, Ricky

Louisa

M

W

48

 

Lawrence Co Bench Warrant

20

9/24/15

Hylton, Sarah

Louisa

F

W

40

 

Dui 1st

 

Sheriff's Arrest Report

Drug deal on 3rd St. results in arrest of two males.....31 year old stuffs bag of marijuana in his undies

Louisa, KY -- Last week's arrest report by the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office consisted of a man arrested on possession of marijuana charge, and the the other with alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct when caught. Other arrests included manufacturing meth and drug paraphernalia charges.

Arrests are as follows:

Jeremy M. Chandler, 31, Louisa, KY, was arrested Sept. 23, .2 miles south of Louisa on 3rd St., and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Trafficking in Marijuana.

According to the police report, a complaint was received about a drug deal going on on 3rd St. When pulling into the residence, subject was speaking with Levi Earle. When they saw police vehicles, Jeremy Chandler put something in his underwear. When asked about it, he produced a bag of marijuana. Subject also had $66 on him. When asked where it came from, he could not say. Levi Earle had a marijuana pipe on his person at the time of arrest. Arresting officer, Mason Keefer.

Levi M. Earle, 29, was arrested Sept. 23, .2 miles south of Louisa on 3rd St., and charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Drug Paraphernalia, and Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree.

According to the police report, a complaint was received about a drug deal on 3rd St. The subject was talking with Jeremy Chandler. When they saw police vehicles, Mr. Chandler placed something in his underwear from his hand. Chandler produced a bag of marijuana. When speaking with Levi Earle, the subject had the odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and was uneasy on his feet. He was manifestly under the influence of alcohol. When asked to empty his pockets, he provided a cartridge that was converted to a marijuana pipe. While placing him in handcuffs, while in custody, he screamed, yelled, and cursed the whole time, causing a scene. Arresting officer, Mason Keefer.

Taleka Sesco, 32, was arrested Sept. 23 at the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office and charged with Manufacturing Meth, Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession.

According to the police report, subject was served an indictment. Sesco turned herself in. Arresting officer, Mack Wilhite.

Christopher Neal Bowens, 33, was arrested Sept. 23 at the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office and charged with Manufacturing Meth, Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession and Persistent Felony Offender. Subject turned himself in and was served an indictment. Arresting officer, Mack Wilhite.

Information taken from police reports by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

Absentee Voting in November 3 General Election Now Open

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 18, 2015) – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that eligible voters may now cast mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s Nov. 3, 2015, General Election.

“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “I hope as many of Kentucky’s voters as possible will make their voices heard in the General Election.”

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:

•           Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens

•           Students who temporarily reside outside the county

•           Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)

•           Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted

•           Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open

•           Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness

•           Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program

Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Qualified military and overseas voters may also use the online portal Grimes established in 2014 to request and receive their blank absentee ballots.

Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the clerk’s office no later than Oct. 27. The completed absentee ballot must be returned by mail and received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote in person prior to Election Day. In-person absentee voting will begin in all counties no later than 12 working days prior to the election, although county boards of elections may permit in-person absentee voting to start earlier. In-person absentee voting is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines similar to those used on Election Day.

Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or call the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100. Additional information about absentee voting is also available on the State Board’s website.