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February 16, 2018

ARREST MADE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY THEFT INVESTIGATION

"When Fallsburg Vol. Fire Department members gathered for their 40 year celebration last year, it was clear that we were more than a Volunteer FD, we are a family," new Fire Chief Chris Jobe said. "And this really hurts our family.""When Fallsburg Vol. Fire Department members gathered for their 40 year celebration last year, it was clear that we were more than a Volunteer FD, we are a family," new Fire Chief Chris Jobe said. "And this really hurts our family."

Ashland, Ky. (February 16, 2018) – In May 2017 the Kentucky State Police Post 14 in Ashland began an investigation into a reported theft of funds from the Fallsburg Fire Department.

William HallWilliam HallDuring the course of the investigation it was determined William Hall, Acting Chief of Fallsburg Fire Department at the time of the theft, had used department funds for personal gain.

Between March 2016 and May 2017 funds totaling over $5,000 had been removed from the Fallsburg Fire Department account and used by Hall.

Evidence was collected which resulted in Trooper Forest Newsome obtaining arrest warrants for William Hall.

William Hall, age 45, of Louisa, KY was located and arrested by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Keefer on February 15, 2018. Hall was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and charged with the following:

*  Theft by Failure to Make Required Disp. Of Property $5,000<

*  Abuse of Public Trust < $10,000

The investigation remains ongoing by Trooper Forest Newsome Unit 762.

Hall has since been released on an undisclosed bond amount.

Fallsburg VFD is 'like a family'

By Tane' Woods Mosley

After visiting the Fire Department for their 40 year celebration,  it was clear and stated that they were more than a Volunteer FD, they were a family. 

Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe, who has taken over as Fire Chief after the investigation into theft of department funds began,  said as much during the group's 40 year anniversary celebration more than a year ago.

Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe showed visitors names of former firefighters during the 40 year anniversary at FVFD.Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe showed visitors names of former firefighters during the 40 year anniversary at FVFD.Jobe isn't new to the job.  He was Fire Chief for 20 plus years before Hall took his place.

Jobe stated that he had dreaded this day since the investigation into missing funds began. "This is one of the hardest things I've ever been through," Jobe said today.

Although it isn't clear how long the other members of the fire department have known about the case, the revelation and arrest has devastated many of them who have strived to keep a good name in the small community.

 

 During the celebration Chief William Hall, right,  posed with State Senator Ray Jones.During the celebration Chief William Hall, right, posed with State Senator Ray Jones.

Comments  

0 #11 Curious 2018-05-05 19:10
What ever happened to this guy?
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0 #10 Wondering 2018-03-28 18:06
Shouldn't there be an update on this. Wasn't he found innocent?
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0 #9 Guest Speaker 2018-02-23 00:33
Future guest for Rotary.
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-2 #8 Ken Akers 2018-02-20 03:48
What happened to innocent until proven guilty ?? Lets wait and see what comes out of this !!
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+2 #7 Mark 2018-02-20 00:09
Ha ha. Oh Brother Bill! Figures. He really thinks the rules do not apply to him. A former landlord sued him for not paying rent and they won. It’s public record. I sincerely hope he can get his act together.
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+3 #6 Everybody nose 2018-02-19 11:07
I'll give you one guess who this John really is. She's caused trouble for people in the city and county for years. Spreading lies and gossip. They need to remove her from any boards she's in and shut her up.
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-1 #5 Columbo 2018-02-18 19:14
Sounds like John is upset that she is not in position to buy new tires for her 82 Chevette and jealous.....oh btw....just saying.
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+9 #4 Idiot 2018-02-18 16:18
Didn’t this idiot think that someone would notice $$ missing, he must not have heard of the word ACCOUNTING? Lol this guy is a complete jackass. That being said, accounting needs to be done at every level, school board $$, courthouse $$, county $$, athletics departments, all of it needs to be checked periodically to stop theft and fraud.
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-1 #3 Paul 2018-02-18 03:04
Quoting John:
Stuff like this has been going on in this county for years and not just with the fire department. Maybe next they will find out what the county treasurer is doing with taxpayer money. They need to investigate her! She's been robbing the county blind for years. She will buy tires for her own personal vehicle on the county's money and then writes it off as the tires are going to the county vehicles not to mention abusing the gas cards and getting free cell phone service on the taxpayer's dollar and giving the phones away and telling the county that they were lost or stolen. I don't think it is right that most of her family works for the county too! Why hasn't anything been done about this! They are stealing the tax payers money!


If you are so sure all this is going on why don't you make an official report instead of getting on a computer and crying using a fake name because you're afraid of a slander suit for spreading lies?
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+13 #2 JUST SAYING 2018-02-17 23:59
This is a guy that walks around like he is better than everyone. Look at you now. They will not do nothing to him.
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+6 #1 John 2018-02-17 19:31
Stuff like this has been going on in this county for years and not just with the fire departement. Maybe next they will find out what the county treasurer is doing with taxpayer money. They need to investigate her! She's been robbing the county blind for years. She will buy tires for her own personal vehicle on the county's money and then writes it off as the tires are going to the county vehicles not to mention abusing the gas cards and getting free cell phone service on the taxpayer's dollar and giving the phones away and telling the county that they were lost or stolen. I don't think it is right that most of her family works for the county too! Why hasn't anything been done about this! They are stealing the tax payers money!
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