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City Water boss says no fines being levied - yet;

McGuire says city got notice of violation at sewer plant last month...

David McGuireDavid McGuireLOUISA, Ky. -- For a small city in eastern Ky. Louisa seems to get hit hard by violations written up by the EPA and Natural Resources dept.

After shelling out a half million dollars in a lawsuit vs. the Sierra Club last year over a problem at the 43 year old wastewater system, City Water and Sewer supervisor David McGuire informed council that an inspection by state officials has resulted in a certificate of violation, again at the sewer plant.

"Why did the council not know about this if it happened over a month ago?" council member Gloria Johnson asked.

McGuire said he had not mentioned it because he believes he can get it fixed. "But it will take money to fix it and I don't know how the city can afford it,"

McGuire said the inch and a half rain in an hour during the worst of the winter days overloaded the intake valve and allowed untreated sewage to leak into the Big Sandy.

If not repaired the city could face fines of up to $5,000 per day.

Council agreed for McGuire to get an estimate and work with local and state officials on fixing the problem - again. Council member Johnson said the city will probably have to take out a loan to get the sewer plant running properly, money that was not budgeted last year.

"What we really need to do is look for grant help and a small loan and build a new sewer plant outside the city, out of sight," McGuire added.

No official action was taken.

(See other stories about last night's city meeting as they are completed.)

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Ag 'Commish' visits Lawrence Republicans;

Ky. Ag Commissioner James Comer greeted a crowd of Republican voters Friday at the Lawrence Co. Community Center.Ky. Ag Commissioner James Comer greeted a crowd of Republican voters Friday at the Lawrence Co. Community Center.

Comer praises local GOP officials

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, the state's only Republican constitutional officer, spoke Friday to an energized group of Lawrence Co. Republicans.

Commissioner Comer talked about the challenges Kentucky faces and what he has done at the Department of Agriculture to make government more efficient.

Comer, who has been rumored to be eyeing the Governor's office next year,  praised Lawrence County voters for electing great leaders like County Clerk Chris Jobe,  County Attorney Mike Hogan, and Rep. Jill York.

He went on to thank the voters for their support in 2011, adding "that he was humbled to be given the opportunity to serve."


   ************   Circuit Court News this week

Paintsville man charged with Louisa murder goes to court in May; alleged child porn defendant scheduled for pre-trial conference this month...

By Catrina Vargo

Louisa, KY -- A case that made headlines in October of last year will go to court on May 9 at 10:00 am. Joshua A. Fitzpatrick, 34, of Paintsville is charged with murder along with other offenses.   

According to Kentucky State Police, Fitzpatrick was traveling on U. S. 23 in a reckless manner, and after being pulled over, accelerated at a high rate of speed with police in pursuit.  Fitzpatrick lost control of the vehicle on Rt. 644 near Three Rivers Medical Center, where he hit an oncoming motorcycle driven by Johnny K. Maynard, 40 of Catlettsburg, KY who later died at the hospital.

The President and CEO of Louisa Community Bank, Edgar N. Purdom Jr.  who was indicted on child pornography charges, was scheduled for a pre-trial conference on March 14 at 11:00 am.  The charges stem from a cyber crimes investigation beginning in Feb. of last year.  An undercover lead led to a warrant of Purdom's home in October, and he  was placed on administrative leave.  Purdom was formerly the Vice President of Farmer National Bank in Cynthiana, KY.

Following is a list of Circuit Court activity for Feb. 28, 2014


Circuit Court News Feb. 28

FitzpatrickFitzpatrickJoshua A. Fitzpatrick, 34, was scheduled to report for court on May 9 at 10:00 am.  Fitzpatrick is charged with Murder, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Fleeing or Evading Police, Operating on Suspended/Revoked License in an incident near TRMC just before the start of a high school football game.

Alison Fitzgearld, 26, was scheduled for re arraignment on March 14 at 10:00am. Fitzgearld is charged with 2nd Degree Burglarly, and 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief.

Billy Jack Hammond, 36, was scheduled for re arraignment for March 14 at 10:00 am.  Hammond is charged with two counts of Complicity-Theft By Unlawful Taking-Shoplifting.

Jeffery Allen Moore, 30, was scheduled for re arraignment on March 14 at 10:00 am.  Moore is charged with two counts of  Complicity-Theft By Unlawful Taking- Shoplifting and Persistent Felony Offender.

PurdomPurdomEdgar N. Purdom  Jr., 68, was set for pre-trial conference on March 14 at 11:00.  Purdom is charged with four counts Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Peformance By Minor 1st Degree and one count of Possession of Matter Portraying Sex Performance By Minor.

Benjamin Carlos Taylor, 20, was set for re arraignment  on March 28 at 10:00 am.  Taylor is charged with three counts of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking-Firearm and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief.

Brandon West, 27, was set for pre-trial conference on March 14 at 11:00am.  West is charged with Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking -$500 or more, but under $10,000 and Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000

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