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The following actions were taken in Lawrence Circuit Court on Friday April 28 with the Hon. John D. Preston presiding. A number of cases were reset for trial next month.

Tabitha Bartlett, 23 Was present during motion hour for completion of diversion. Motion was granted.

Christopher Bartram, 32 was present for motion for shock probation. Motion was denied.

Brandon Birt, 30 pled guilty on 1st DEGREE POSSESSION OF COCAINE, 1st offense and received one year consecutive to all other Lawrence County cases.

Percilla Boggs, 31 was present on the charges of COMPLICITY POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine), COMPLICITY DRUG PARAPHERNALIA- BUY OR POSSESS AND COMPLICITY THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING. Defendant stipulates to bond violation and had Pretrial.

Alexis Boyd, 23 was sentenced on COMPLICITY 1st DEGREE POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (COCAINE), 1st OFFENSE received 1 year to serve, and COMPLICITY USE/POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, 1st OFFENSE and received 6 months concurrent, but consecutive to another case.

Barrett Branham, 33 was sentenced on FLAGRANT NON SUPPORT and received 3 years, diversion unsupervised over 5 years and other conditions.

Grover Copley, 41 pled guilty on OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL/DRUGS (2 days in jail, fines and costs) BUY OR POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (12 months, probated over 24 months unsupervised and other conditions), POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1st degree, 2 no or greater offense, drug unspecified AND RECKLESS DRIVING (dismissed) Defendant was released on time served.

Jennifer Fuller, 34 defendant was present on service of bench warrant, hearing scheduled next month on May 12, 2017.

Terri Hensley, 43 defendant was present for a probation revocation hearing, hearing reset for May 12, 2017.

Arthur Holbrook III, 34 defendant was present for a hearing to set aside pretrial diversion. Sentencing scheduled for May 12, 2017.

Mary Howard, 67 defendant was present on a motion to revoke probation. Defendant to remain on ankle bracelet until that time. Hearing set for May 12, 2017.

Wendy Jude, 31 was sentenced on POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (Methamphetamine) received 2 years supervised probation over 3 years with other conditions, and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION WAS DISMISSED.

Wayne Leedy, 22 defendant was present for a motion for shock probation. The hearing was reset for May 12, 2017.

Robert Powers, 24 was sentenced on FLEEING AND EVADING POLICE, 1st degree and received 3 years supervised probation over 5 years, and OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALC/DRUGS received 60 days concurrent. RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY, 4th DEGREE ASSAULT AND RECKLESS DRIVING was dismissed.

Caressa Prater, 28 was present for a probation revocation hearing. A hearing was held and the pretrial diversion set aside. The defendant is set for sentencing on May 12, 2017

Ronald Ratliff, 50 was present for a status hearing. Defendant received a graduated sanction.

Percilla Boggs, 31 entered a change of plea on BAILJUMPING, 1st degree. Case reset for 5-12-17.

James Gartin, 54 was present for a Pretrial conference on RAPE, 1st DEGREE, VICTIM U/12 years of age, and 2 COUNTS OF SODOMY, 1st DEGREE Victim under the age of 12. Case reset for 5-12-17.

Lowell Hayes, 56 was present for a Pretrial conference on COMPLICITY THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING AND PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER. Case reset for 5-12-17.

Lowell Justin Maynard, 29 was present for a Pretrial conference on POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, THEFT BY DECEPTION, INCLUDED COLD CHECKS AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 2nd degree. Defendant changed plea and case set for 5-12-17.

Joe Roberts, 35 The defendant was present for a pretrial conference on FLAGRANT NON SUPPORT AND PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER. Pretrial conference set for 5-26-17,


Jason Vanatter, 35 The defendant was present for a Pretrial conference on 2 COUNTS OF BURGLARY, 3rd DEGREE AND PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER, 2nd degree. Case reset for 5-36-17.

Joseph Allen Warrix, 28 was present for a Pretrial conference on COMPLICITY THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISP SHOPLIFTING, PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. Case was reset for 5-12-17.

Joseph Warrix, 20 was present for a Pretrial conference on COMPLICITY THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISP SHOPLIFTING AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, 3rd degree. Case was reset for 5-12-17.


Citizen group says they must wait for BOE to set election date for 'nickel tax'

Louisa businessman and attorney Gene Wilson has been one of the most vocal citizens pushing for the election. He says there are other means to build a new elementary school besides taxing property owners. Lazer file photoLouisa businessman and attorney Gene Wilson has been one of the most vocal citizens pushing for the election. He says there are other means to build a new elementary school besides taxing property owners. Lazer file photo

A petition has been filed in County Clerk's Chris Jobe's office containing more than 1,000 signatures of local citizens who want the 'recallable nickel tax' recently imposed by the BOE, to come to a vote at the ballot box.

Supt. Dr. Rob Fletcher said the school system is $6-$7 million shy of the bonding capacity needed for a new $14 million facility in or around Louisa to replace the two aging schools that are both more than 50 years old.

But some taxpayers such as Jeff Kinser and Gene Wilson say that property taxes are getting too high and other sources of revenue should be explored instead of "sticking it" to the property owners, many of which are having a tough time surviving in these lean times.

Under state law Jobe has 30 days to certify the names on the petition as voters in Lawrence County. "That's why we got almost twice as many signers as required (620)," said Patty Carter, who has been active in the move to have the issue placed on the ballot. "The people should make the decision on whether they want to pay and average $150 more on the year for school tax on their property," Ms. Carter said.

Jobe said the law allows the BOE the right to have the election in conjunction with the "closest General Election". In Kentucky 2017 happens to be the "off year" when no Primary or General Elections are held. The change was made several years ago to save money on elections which now cost $30,000 or more according to Jobe.

So the BOE could decide to wait until the 2018 General Election to have the vote, or they could conduct a special election within 45 days of the certification of the signatures on the petition.

The BOE will have to pay the $30,000 if a special election is held. If they wait 18 months and have the vote in 2018, there will be no extra expenses, according to Jobe.

Startup producer for aerospace and automotive industries to spearhead E. Ky. regional revitalization, will employ 1,000 construction workers...

Eastern Kentucky’s South Shore chosen over 24 proposed sites in two states

ALUMINUM SHEETING ROLLS for the aerospace industry will be produced at the new plant that will employ 1,000 workers for construction and 550 permanent positions.ALUMINUM SHEETING ROLLS for the aerospace industry will be produced at the new plant that will employ 1,000 workers for construction and 550 permanent positions.

UPDATED: Kentucky will provide up to $10 million in tax incentives to Braidy Industries in exchange for building a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in Greenup County that is expected to employ hundreds of workers in a region beset by job losses in manufacturing and coal mining. The company also is in line to get an additional up-front payment of $15 million that the state legislature authorized last month, said Jack Mazurak, spokesman for the state Cabinet for Economic Development. The project will create 1,000 construction jobs and 550 permanent jobs with an average hourly salary of $38 when the value of benefits is included.

WURTLAND, Ky. (April 26, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. today announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries.

The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty” in Appalachia.

“Braidy Industries’ decision to locate in Eastern Kentucky has the potential to be as significant as any economic deal ever made in the history of Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “This $1.3 billion investment will create enormous opportunity for people in the region, and would not have been possible without our recently passed right-to-work legislation. I look forward to the success of Braidy Industries as they leverage the incredible work ethic found in Eastern Kentucky. The ripple effect of this investment will be significant and will produce positive change in the region for generations to come.”

Braidy Industries will construct a 2.5 million-square-foot aluminum mill on more than 300 acres near South Shore in Greenup County. The company expects construction to begin in early 2018, with completion in 2020. Construction will create about 1,000 jobs.

Initially, the facility will produce about 370,000 tons of aluminum per year for the automotive and aerospace industries, with opportunities to expand over time.

The average wage of workers in the new facility will be about $70,000 per year. The company will also provide low-cost healthy meals, a day care, a fitness center and other amenities to create an employee-friendly workplace.

Craig Bouchard, Braidy Industries chairman and CEO, said the new plant will both revitalize the region and raise the bar for aluminum production globally.

“Our team recognizes an opportunity to make incredible impacts both in the global aluminum industry and in bringing well-paying jobs to Eastern Kentucky in the heart of Appalachia,” Bouchard said. “The state’s willingness to partner closely with private industry makes this a prime location to found and grow our world-class and cutting-edge rolling mill.”

Bouchard, a seasoned executive with a distinguished track record in banking, software development, and aluminum and steel manufacturing, founded Braidy Industries earlier this year. He chose Greenup County for its strengths as a location for metal production as well as to spearhead an economic revival in Eastern Kentucky. Bouchard’s team includes experts in the aluminum industry, metallurgical research, international business and a range of other disciplines.

Dr. Michael E. Porter, professor at Harvard Business School and a global expert on competitiveness and economic development, serves as a Braidy Industries board member. Porter assisted the company in assessing Kentucky’s competitive advantage versus other potential locations.

“Eastern Kentucky has significant competitive advantages, including its proximity to the leading automotive and aerospace customers, low energy costs and a skilled and available workforce for heavy manufacturing,” Porter said. “The decision to locate in Greenup County will provide an opportunity for Braidy Industries and the community to work together to transform the region’s business environment as well as attract related companies.”

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Sec. Terry Gill said the project holds the promise of transforming the region.

“Both in the immediacy and over the coming decades, Braidy Industries’ investment – and the jobs its high-tech mill will create – promise to make a tremendous positive impact on Greenup County and Kentucky’s eastern region,” Sec. Gill said. “In bringing us to today’s announcement, major efforts by local, regional and state partners, including the Legislature’s actions to improve Kentucky’s business climate, proved key. In its entirety, this work helps us deliver the clear message that Kentucky is open for business.”

Matthew J. Satterwhite, president and COO of AEP Kentucky Power, said the company’s presence will set off an economic cascade.

“With this game-changing project in Greenup County, Braidy Industries will positively affect all of Eastern Kentucky, both directly and by attracting other automotive and aerospace-related manufacturers,” Satterwhite said. “I’m enthusiastic about the future of our region and will be working alongside Braidy Industries as an economic development partner to ensure its success. Get ready Eastern Kentucky, Braidy Industries is just the first company moving in for what is the best kept secret in the country – the skilled available workforce in our region.”

Sen. Robin Webb, of Grayson, said the project has been a group effort and comes as welcome news for the community.

“Northeast Kentucky welcomes Braidy Industries to our region where our world-class workforce is ready to contribute to economic progress,” she said. “We have seen decline in coal, river, rail and steel in recent history, but Braidy is poised to be a catalyst in our economic recovery. We appreciate the executive branch and our local partners working with the legislative branch in partnership to make this happen.”

Rep. Danny Bentley, of Russell, expressed gratitude for the company’s decision to locate in Greenup County.

“Kentucky’s business climate is resulting in more manufacturers moving to this Commonwealth,” Rep. Bentley said. “Braidy Industries’ $1.3 billion investment in Greenup County will bring 550 much-needed jobs to the area while also boosting Northeastern Kentucky’s economy as a whole. More manufacturing jobs will have a tremendous multiplier effect on our district, and we commend Craig Bouchard for having the foresight to recognize the great possibilities our great Commonwealth has to offer.”

Greenup County Judge-Executive Robert Carpenter said the project will bring new and long-range opportunities.

“In my 24 years of public services, this is the project I have waited for,” he said. “This project will change the entire region going forward.”

Lawrence Co. Judge/Executive John Osborne attended the announcement today and we will have his comments as soon as he gets home. 

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in a special meeting today preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $10 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

In addition, Braidy Industries can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2016, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for nearly 95,000 Kentuckians and 5,000 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

For more information on Braidy Industries, visit www.braidyindustries.com.

A detailed community profile for Greenup and Boyd counties can be viewed at http://bit.ly/BoydGreenup.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.