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April 5, 2018



Suspect was hiding at Blaine under assumed name


District 1 Constable Paul Wells and Sheriff's Deputy Mason Keefer arrested a dangerous wanted felon from Michigan that had dug in on 1601 Tark Hill Rd. in Blaine, KY on Monday, April 2nd.


Donald Sanders Donald Sanders A new couple had moved in about a month ago and the complaints began.

Wells had visited the couple's trailer on a few occasions already, once on a complaint about the man driving recklessly, another when a complaint was made that household items and gas had been stolen.

Both times he was contacted by Constable Wells the man gave the name Ricky Spellman, after Wells ran him and he came back clean with no warrants, Wells' hands were tied. 

“I just knew that something didn’t seem right," Wells said. "So I went home and began to research him on the computer. I looked him up on Facebook."

Wells continued with his arrest story.

"After three hours I realized that Ricky Spellman was not the guy who I had been talking with, however he did have a friend who’s name was Donald Sanders that matched the man who I had encountered, tattoos and all matched,” Wells said.

Wells, now equipped with the correct name for the man and his birthdate, ran it again and came back with a warrant for Auto Theft out of Campbell County, which is located in Northern Kentucky. He then ran the same name through NCIC and found that he was a fugitive from justice with a felony warrant for Home Invasions out of Michigan.

Tattoos on the body of dangerous Michigan fugitive  Donald Sanders led to his arrest by Dist. 1 Constable Paul Wells and Deputy Sheriff Mason Keefer Monday evening.Tattoos on the body of dangerous Michigan fugitive Donald Sanders led to his arrest by Dist. 1 Constable Paul Wells and Deputy Sheriff Mason Keefer Monday evening.Warrants in hand, Constable Wells and Deputy Mason Keefer went to the residence but it was unoccupied.

Upon leaving, the couple's vehicle was spotted and pulled over. Without incident Wells arrested Donald Sanders and he is lodged in the BSRDC awaiting extradition.

The woman who was with Sanders has been identified as Ashley Warrix but no other information about her is yet available. She was not arrested.


April 4, 2018

The Louisa Water and Sewer Commission met in regular business session April 3, 2018 with Mayor Harold Slone presiding. In attendance were Board Members Jeff Kinser, Steven Lycans, Mitch Castle, Heath Preston, and Sam Lester. Others in attendance were Martin Wright, Mary Muncy, Brandon Leedy, Jim Smiley, Bob Martin, and Jason Helton.


  1. Call to order, 6:01pm

  2. Motion to approve minutes from March 2018 meeting made by Steven Lycans, Second by Heath Preston. All approve.

  3. Map for the planned Storm Sewer and Sanitary Sewer replacement coming up in 2019. The areas highlighted in Yellow will be getting a new sanitary and storm sewer line. Mainly Lock Avenue, Pike Street, and Main Cross Street. Map for the planned Storm Sewer and Sanitary Sewer replacement coming up in 2019. The areas highlighted in Yellow will be getting a new sanitary and storm sewer line. Mainly Lock Avenue, Pike Street, and Main Cross Street. Board heard update on Sewer Infiltration Reduction project. Presenting updates were Bob Martin, Chris Martin and Jim Smiley. Engineers advised they have storm drain designs complete at this time with new design to have enough capacity to handle all drainage from the streets. They are currently in the process of redesigning the sanitary sewer for the areas needing replaced. Main areas of concentration were North Lock Ave., Pike Street, and a portion of Main Cross St. All were determined to be problem areas in the initial camera inspection. Currently the storm sewer along these streets are running into the sanitary sewer and causing wash outs and violations at the sewer plant. The current lines are several decades old and were designed for both sanitary and storm sewer runoff, which was common practice at the time, but no longer meets code. Replacement could prevent millions of gallons of street runoff from running into the sewer plant during rain events. This project will qualify for 50% principal forgiveness ( a grant) from Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

  4. Board heard update on Cynthia Chapel pump station. A customer from The area,  was also present to inquire of completion date of pump station installation. Customer advised that there are currently pressure issues still with several customers on Plata Zoro Rd. Mayor Slone advised that the current pressure issues were due to a leak in the water main. He also advised that the pump station is currently not up and running due to delays in getting AEP to hook power up to the pump station. Power is now hooked up but it is having issues with the pressures of the pump station. Wascon will be servicing the station to correct the problem.

  5. Reviewed additional water tank inspection quote from Elite National Coatings & Inspections, LLC. Quote total was $16,500 for clean-out and inspection. Motion by Heath Preston to approve quote from Pittsburg Tank & Tower, with a quote price of $14,800. Second by Jeff Kinser. All approve.

  6. Mayor updated on KIA Water Main Replacement project, Project is scheduled to go before the KIA Board for approval on April 9, 2018, after which engineering design can be completed and project can go out for bid. This will replace some of the oldest water lines still remaining in the downtown area. Most of which are nearing 80 years old and have frequent leaks. A large portion of this project is being paid by grant monies from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

  7. Mayor updated on water meter changeout project. Advised that there were multiple problems discovered by meter manufacturer, Neptune. Mayor met with CEO of NECO, the contractor for installing meters, and Perfection Group, the performance contracting company. Mayor Slone stopped installations until NECO corrected problems with the meters that were already installed.

  8. Mayor updated on Lift stations at the sewer plant. The station has been underwater twice due to river flooding in the past month. Both pumps were broken at one time. One has been repaired and is operational. The second pump is currently being rebuilt at this time. Currently waiting on guide rails to be repaired. Also updated on various other projects being completed by the sewer department. Including replacing Chlorine and SO2 delivery system and various other lift station repairs.

  9. Martin Wright discussed new Dollar General on 2565 requesting new tap for the new building being built. Inquired if they would need to pay for a new tap and if they would need to pay for larger meter they requested. Customer will be required to pay normal tap fee if they use a 3/4 in. Meter or will need to pay the cost of the meter plus tap fee if needing a larger meter.

  10. Discussed tanker truck conversion to dump truck. Will need to auction the tank from the current truck, in a previous meeting the City Attorney determined a trade in was not permissible under law. Council will need to declare the tank surplus and advertise for bid to be sold. Dump truck can be completed by August 2018.

  11. Board also discussed changing the disconnect date for customers that have failed to pay their bills. No final determination was made. Office Supervisor will provide several different options to the board at the next meeting. The board is hopeful to make a new policy that is more customer friendly as well as prevent loss of revenue to the Department.

  12. Adjourned at 8:37pm


April 4, 2018


Inmate turns out to be felon wanted for drug dealing...

INMATE Shelley Ferguson has more than five alias' and is wanted on several charges. She bit and stabbed a female detention officer Monday evening.INMATE Shelley Ferguson has more than five alias' and is wanted on several charges. She bit and stabbed a female detention officer Monday evening.After a recent inmate escape and others in the past the latest attempt was different in at least two ways.

First, it was prevented and the attempted escapee was captured during the attempt, and secondly this time it was a female.

A somewhat heroic effort by BSRDC Corrections Officer, Debra Pennington to prevent Shelley Ferguson, who was hospitalized and receiving extended treatment at a Pikeville, KY hospital, from escaping custody on Monday, April 2nd.

Here's a press release from BSRDC this morning (Wednesday)

"...Based upon and internal investigation and report by the staff of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, inmate Shelly Ferguson attacked Sgt. Pennington at around 3:00 P.M. at the hospital in an attempt to escape.

The attack was later determined to be premeditated due to the use of surgical tape and a plastic knife that the inmate had concealed in her bed.

Ferguson, who was in custody at the time for a Failure To Appear, a misdemeanor charge, had returned to her bed after a restroom break and was in the process of having her restraints reapplied when she tried to wrap tape around the officer's face and mouth while threatening her with a plastic knife.

During the struggle Pennington was punched in the head and received several bite wounds on her hands and fingers. Sgt. Pennington was able to alert the hospital staff who helped restrain the inmate back to bed.

BSRDC Chief Lieutenant Clarence Dingus and Lieutenant Tori O’Connor responded to the scene and met with Pikeville police officers, Det. Virgil Ray and Chad Branham who are investigating the assault and attempted escape case for criminal charges.

Sgt. Pennington was taken to the ER where she was treated and released. She is expected to return to work this week.

Inmate Ferguson was released from the hospital and transported back to the BSRDC by Lt. O’Conner and C/O Laura Jude.

After having been finger printed by the staff at the jail it was revealed that she was running from more than a Failure To Appear charge.

She is known to go by several other names which included Louelle R. McCarty, Lovelle McCarty as well as Michelle Ferguson. Those names revealed an outstanding warrant out of Lawrence County for a FTA on the charge of Alcohol Intoxication along with a Fugitive From Justice warrant on a felony drug Trafficking charge from Franklin County, Ohio.

She is currently awaiting an extradition hearing and is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.