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July 22, 2018

ROBERTS SAYS PARTING WITH WILHITE WAS CORDIAL AFTER SEVEN YEARS

DEMOCRAT NOMINEE MARK WHEELER, REPUBLICAN NOMINEE CHUCK JACKSON AND DEPARTING DEPUTY MACK WILHITE.DEMOCRAT NOMINEE MARK WHEELER, REPUBLICAN NOMINEE CHUCK JACKSON AND DEPARTING DEPUTY MACK WILHITE.

LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF GARRETT ROBERTS THOUGHT THIS LAST YEAR OF HIS SUCCESSFUL FOUR TERM RUN AS LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF WOULD BE EASY. BUT THEN THREE OF HIS LONGTIME DEPUTIES SIGNED UP TO TAKE HIS PLACE...

Roberts was faced with thin air within the department and an atmosphere of professional competition. But nothing new erupted in a decent campaign with limited mudslinging, especially for a sheriff's race.

Two of those deputies, Mark Wheeler and Chuck Jackson have worked for Roberts for much of his tenure as sheriff. And although things seemed to be quiet during the Primary, some signs of side taking came up this week when the odds out deputy, Mack Wilhite, who was sworn in in 2011, abruptly resigned and announced he will be moving to Greenup County for a similar job.

There is speculation that Wilhite, who came within less than 200 votes of beating Wheeler in the Republican Primary, could be siding with Jackson although he is a Republican.

Louisa Police Chief Greg Fugitt, who ran a close race with Jackson for the GOP nomination has said he will remain neutral.

Sheriff Roberts did not immediately answer questions as to whether he will hire a replacement for Wilhoit at this time.

 

Sheriff Roberts gave the following statement at noon today (Monday)

Sheriff Garrett Roberts Sheriff Garrett Roberts "...Wilhite came into the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office 15 minutes before his shift was supposed to start on July 16, 2018. He stated he was leaving and turned in his assigned equipment, he also stated he was looking to join the Greenup Co Sheriff's Office. He thanked me for the opportunity to work as a Lawrence Co. Deputy, I wished him well and told him to be safe.

---Sheriff Roberts

 

"...Wilhite was not a Sgt. he was just a road deputy, I would like to replace him but it would only be with someone who has already been academy trained, it takes 20 weeks for someone to finish the academy and 3 more months to get them POPS certified, so that would put it well past the 1st of the year to hire a brand new rookie, someone who is already trained can go to work immediately, with school starting on Aug 8th and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office committed to providing a deputy to the Blaine and Fallsburg Schools this year, we are working the schedule around to provide the most coverage we can as close as we can to what we had.

Mason Keefer with be the Deputy who will be the new School Resource Office for the 2 schools, he will work along with the dayshift Deputy to provide what we can for the schools.

 

Stay tuned to this one, folks...

 

 

 

July 22, 2018

WELL KNOWN LAWRENCE COUNTY DEPUTY, AND RECENT SHERIFF CANDIDATE, RESIGNS SUDDENLY

REASON FOR LEAVING POSITION UNKNOWN, BUT IN STATEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA STATES WILHITE WILL SOON JOIN GREENUP COUNTY, KY SHERIFF'S DEPT 

JULY 21, 2018 - WRITTEN BY WADE QUEEN


Sheriff's Deputy Mack Wilhite and Cheryl Thompson Wilhite both made statements on Social Media this Week.Sheriff's Deputy Mack Wilhite and Cheryl Thompson Wilhite both made statements on Social Media this Week.

Mack Wilhite, a well known, and as of now, former Lawrence County Sheriff's deputy, resigned from his position in the Lawrence County Sheriff Department earlier in the week.

The reason(s) for Dep. Wilhite quitting the sheriff's department, are still unclear.

Wilhite announced his decision on his Facebook social media account on Tuesday July 17, along with his new future employment endeavor.

Wilhite is a Lawrence County native, and had been a deputy for several years with the sheriff's department. He is also the owner and CEO of Max Medical Equipment Inc., a company he started at the beginning of this year.

He ran as Democratic candidate for sheriff this year, losing in the May primary by 106 votes to chief deputy Mark Wheeler, who will be facing their fellow deputy Chuck Jackson in the November election to replace the retiring Sheriff Garrett Roberts.

Wilhite, in his brief statement said the following:

"...Hello folks, I’m writing this to let everyone in Lawrence County know how appreciative I am for your friendship, support, love & acceptance as a deputy here. The backing of a community for a peace officer is very important and Lawrence county has never failed me while working here. As of Yesterday I am no longer employed by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office. An opportunity has been presented to me that I have prayed about & I will be serving the communities of Greenup County as a deputy."

"...It has truly been an honor & blessing to serve you. God bless you all".

Wilhite's wife, Cheryl Thompson Wilhite, also posted a note of support for her husband on her Facebook account page.

"...Beginning a new chapter.  The one thing that will forever be constant is change. We must embrace what life offers us and pray for protection and guidance along the way. I am proud of you, Mack, and I am honored to be by your side supporting you in all that you do", said Mrs. Wilhite."

The Wilhite's statement took many of the family and many friends in the Lawrence County community who know the couple by surprise, with Mack Wilhite receiving on his social media statement 220+ comments. along with several dozen comments on his wife social media account, all of them 100% positive in support of the couple and well-wishes in missing them here in Lawrence County as the changes in their future in their move to Greenup County.

With Mack Wilhite's resignation and now open deputy position, that leaves the Lawrence County Sheriff Department with only 4 deputies to patrol the county. That will likely mean only one deputy on duty at any time of every hour to cover the 426 square miles of Lawrence County.

 

{Sherifff Garrett Roberts could not be reached for comment today but we will post it as soon as we get it.}

 

 

 

July 20, 2018

Mysterious fire brings in state officials;

INVESTIGATION OF WEDNESDAY'S MOBILE HOME FIRE ONGOING

JULY 20, 2018 - written by WADE QUEEN

Local and State fire officials are still looking into what caused a fire that damaged a mobile home Wednesday along U.S. 23 in the Lowmansville area,.

According to the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency it happened Wednesday morning, July 18, across from the former Old Family Foods store location, which also was destroyed by a fire in late December 2015.

Lawrence County E-911 received a call just after 11 A.M., that a mobile home had caught fire, with people inside. E-911 then sent a contact alert dispatch to the Lomansville Fie Department to respond to the fire call

The Lomansville Vol. Fire Department arrived in a few minutes after the fire call came in.

After accessing the fire scene, the LFD determined that the fire was threatening adjacent mobile homes and another structure, which led to Lomansville fire officers contacting for a request of mutual aid from the Louisa Vol. Fire Department, and also from the W.R. Castle Vol. fire department.

Both fire department units arrived within a half a hour, and once in place, they helped in extinguishing the blaze.

Everyone in the mobile home when it caught on fire managed to make it out OK., with only suffering minor cuts that were reported.

An investigation is still ongoing in determining what was the initial source that led to the eruption of the mobile home fire.



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