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LOUISA, KY -- 911 and Emergency Responders from all over the county were kept busy last night answering calls from storm damage.

The Lawrence County Emergency Management office reports damage to at least two homes, automobiles, and garages as well as several downed trees and power lines. One mobile home had the roof blown off leaving it inhabitable.

“These situations can pose all kinds of dangers to the public said Harold Slone, Director of EM, everything from downed wires on homes and buildings to trees causing accidents to motorist. S
ince  more accidents occur after the storm, this is a very vulnerable time and we ask everyone to call for help instead of tackling it yourself if it involves large trees or power lines”. 

Approximately  13% of Lawrence County residents were without power well into the night last night, Slone said, but there were no emergency situations which arose from the outages.

Lawrence County Emergency Management asks everyone to prepare for these types of storms. “ This is the time of year when we can expect severe storms and high wind, and remember BE PREPARED-HAVE A PLAN your life may depend on it.

Homes, carports are damaged in Spring storm;



LOUISA -- Monday morning brought the wind and Monday afternoon the heavy rain as Kentuckians suffered through a Spring wind and rain storm typical of the season yesterday. We have a slideshow of damage done in Louisa and the LVFD's quick response to those in need.

The first set of pics are at Tom Parsons' house on Public Way and Lock (shown above) where the wind turned over a metal carport on top of two vehicles along with tearing down power lines. In The second group of pics on Berry St., the firefighters placed a tarp over an elderly woman's roof after the storm ripped the shingles off.

Across the state, the fast moving storm system injured eight, destroyed part of a factory and damaged homes in western Kentucky.

Ballard County Deputy Sheriff Cary Batts said a man was seriously injured after a collapsed roof left him trapped under rubble Monday.

Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham said that some farms to the east of the Toyoda Gosei Automotive Sealing Kentucky plant had minor damage to their homes in addition to more severe damage to outbuildings such as barns and equipment sheds. Officials said seven employees at the Toyoda Gosei plant suffered minor injuries.

In Muhlenberg County, the sheriff’s department says strong winds have brought down power lines and trees, but no injuries have been reported.

Temperatures in the mid-70s are expected to plunge into the 30s by dawn Tuesday.

In neighboring Martin County the front of the Family Dollar Store in Inez was damaged extensively. (See photo below)

Search for stolen guns leads to discovery of Meth Lab

FALLSBURG -- On April 2, 2011  the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about the location of guns stolen from a residence in Fallsburg on March 28. When Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler arrived at the location on Spankem Branch Road just off North Hwy 3 in Fallsburg, he found the victim of the burglary in the driveway of Robert D. Caudill’s residence.

Robert D.CaudillRobert D.CaudillUpon speaking to the victim and others at the scene it was learned that it was believed that Robert Caudill and another subject had been trying to sell guns matching the description of their stolen guns.

After gathering information and speaking to Mr. Caudill, Chief Deputy Wheeler obtained a search warrant for the residence, surrounding building and vehicles located there. During the execution of the search warrant, officers located an active “Shake and Bake” Methamphetamine Lab in the trunk of a vehicle. Officers also located several items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine inside and Rhonda J. CornetteRhonda J. Cornettearound the residence along with several items of drug paraphernalia.

Robert D. Caudill, 32 and Rhonda J. Cornette, (left) both of Louisa were arrested by Deputy George Williams and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine first Offense which is a Class B Felony. If convicted they could receive 10-20 years in prison. They were then taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center to be decontaminated due to the hazardous chemicals use in the manufacturing process before being lodge in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Caudill also was served with a fugitive bench warrant from Boyd County. Sheriff Garrett Roberts and Deputy William Mynhier also responded to the scene to conduct the search. No guns were found during the search. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation into possible related subjects.