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June 20, 2018

Operation 'CrumBull'

Twenty suspects nabbed in Webb Road, Riverbend Road, Jennies Creek Road, and Bull Creek areas on drug charges...

Twenty Crum, Dunlow and Ft. Gay residents in a drug arrest sweep planned for months.Twenty Crum, Dunlow and Ft. Gay residents in a drug arrest sweep planned for months.

Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson along with police agencies from across the region -- Local, State, and Federal levels -- conducted multiple search warrants and executed numerous drug warrants in southern Wayne County in the early morning hours today.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West and the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit. The investigation focused on the Crum area of Wayne County including Webb Road, Riverbend Road, Jennies Creek Road, and Bull Creek.

The investigation also led investigators to the Dunlow and Fort Gay area as well.

During the investigation members of the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force and Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit made numerous undercover controlled purchases of primarily Oxycodone and on occasion Crystal Methamphetamine, Heroin, and Marijuana.

Sheriff Thompson stated that during the search warrants and arrests of the suspects a large quantity of money and drugs were seized along with vehicles.

Sheriff Thompson would like to thank all agencies involved for their hard work and assistance during this operation and wants the community to know that we will continue to monitor all areas of Wayne County for drug trafficking and illegal activity.

Additional charges and suspects are pending following the results of the search warrants and arrests.

The West Virginia State Police, Wayne County Sheriff Department, and US Marshals assisted in the arrests of the following for active drug warrants from this investigation:

Crum Area ARRESTS

Ace McCoy - (4) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Monroe Maynard - (4) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Lannie Brown - (3) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

James Holman - (3) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Mable ‘Cricket’ Holman - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance & (2) Counts of Conspiracy

Chris Heath - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Claudine Dillon - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance & (1) Count of Conspiracy

Joseph Bryan - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance & (1) Count of Conspiracy

Kenny Prince - (3) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Eric Brown - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Jesse Messer - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, (1) Count of Conspiracy, & (1) Count of Child Neglect

Leslie Messer - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, (1) Count of Conspiracy, & (1) Count of Child Neglect

Jerry Ratcliff - Jesse Messer - (3) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Larry Blackburn - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Carol Blackburn - (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Heather Entrikin - (4) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Genevive Sturm - (2) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

James ‘Jim’ Sturm - (3) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Dunlow and Ft. Gay

Peggy Marcum, of Dunlow - (2) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Raymond ‘Ray’ Perkins, of Dunlow - (4) Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Sonja Chafins, of Fort Gay – (1) Count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

 

Photos were not available this morning. The Lazer will add them to the story as soon as they are made available.

 

 

June 20, 2018

July 4th Parade is on Saturday the 7th at 10 am and then music and vendors will be set up at Main Street Park right after the parade until about 4 pm

Message from LPD Chief Greg Fugitt

 


"...As the 4th of July holiday approaches please keep in mind that if you plan to have a fireworks display, that the City of Louisa now has a Fireworks ordinance. Fireworks may be used on July 3rd and July 4th between 10:00am till Midnight, any other displays or uses must file for a permit through the city clerks office and be approved by the fire chief and the mayor. Applications MUST be submitted 15 days prior to the display or use of the fireworks. Violations of Ordinance #17-08 “Regulation of Fireworks in the City of Louisa” shall be fined $500.00. If you have any questions please contact city hall at 606-638-4050.

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TOURISM COMMITTEE: "...Planned for the 4th are the fireworks at dusk. The parade is on Saturday the 7th at 10 am and then music and vendors will be set up at Main Street Park right after the parade until about 4 pm. 

Music begins at 11:30am with music acts including Hammertowne, West Liberty Mountain Boys, Diamond Ridge, Dreydon Gordon and Five for the Gospel. 

Games, food, inflatables will be available throughout the day and everyone is asked to bring their own chairs.

No final details yet on whether there will be anything going on at the lake that evening but if I find out anything I will let you know! --Cathi Kise Wells

 

JUNE 18, 2018

Kentucky Power offers cooling tips as temperatures soar...

{NOTE - The cause of yesterday's three hour outage that affected over 1,300 custumors in the Louisa area was: "A large tree outside of the maintained right of way fell onto the lines, bringing down some wire and damaging some poles," -- Allison Barker.}

Temperatures are expected to hover from 95-104 today and tomorrow in the Levisa and Tug Fork area. 

"We're above normal, for sure" NWS Louisville meteorologist Evan Webb said. "For yesterday, June 17, we hit 95. And 86 degrees is typical."

The National Weather Service sent out an advisory Monday morning urging residents to keep an eye on the elderly, people without access to air conditioning, and pets.

"The heat wave is going to continue," Webb said. "If you're working or playing it's definitely best to confine that to the early mornings or late evenings.

During the three hour outage Sunday when temperatures were in the mid 90's Mike Woods and Lawrence County EMS quickly set up a "cooling station" at the Lawrence Co. Community Center for anyone who needed to escape the heat and get water. WHAT A RELIEF! Thanks, Mike.

Stay tuned for announcements concerning future relief efforts if the heat persists.

 

 

ASHLAND, Ky., June 18, 2018 – The first week of summer is bringing a heat wave that has air conditioning units humming and fans turning as Kentucky Power customers try to beat the heat.

“As temperatures climb, air conditioners and fans have to work harder and use more energy to keep homes cool,” said Cindy Wiseman, Kentucky Power’s managing director external affairs and customer services. “During extreme weather, customers may see spikes in their next bill. However, there are lots of ways customers can control their electric bills, even in extreme heat.”

Thousands of customers are faced with temperatures hovering around or above 90 degrees. Temperatures are expected to remain high the next few days as the heat wave moves east across the United States.

There are many simple energy efficiency measures customers can put into place to save money without jeopardizing comfort, including:

*  Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home; up to 25 percent of energy used to cool homes escapes via leaks.

*  Maintain consistent temperatures and monitor your thermostat settings.

*  Install ceiling fans to circulate cool air throughout the house.

*  Close drapes and shades on south-facing windows to block sun and heat during the day.

*  Move furnishings away from floor or return air vents.

*  Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as ovens or dryers during the hottest parts of the day.

Other energy savings ideas are available at https://kentuckypower.com/save/residential/learn/Cooling.aspx. Customers also are encouraged to think ahead and plan for winter when electric bills tend to spike again.

Kentucky Power offers the average monthly payment plan, designed to level out bills over a 12-month cycle so that customers do not experience summer and winter spikes, when usage is typically at its highest. Customers who are experiencing financial hardship should contact the Company’s 24-hour Customer Solutions Center at 800-572-1113.

“With the average monthly payment plan, customers won’t see a sudden jump in their bills just because of the weather,” Wiseman said. “This often makes it easier for customers to budget and plan for their power bills.”

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Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, provides service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties. It is an operating company in the AEP system.

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