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June 15, 2018

$4.84 million total includes utilities

Free Sno-Cones at pool today...

LOUISA, KY. -- The regular June meeting of the Louisa City Council was called to order Tuesday, June 12th at 7pm at Louisa City Hall. Mayor Harold Slone, Council members Mitch Castle, Matt Brown, Tom Parsons, and John Nolan were in attendance with council woman Lisa Schaffer arriving during the meeting, as she was held over at work. Mayor Slone called the meeting to order and begin with some comments and announcements.

Slone updated council on current projects, specifically:

*  the sidewalk upgrades on Main Cross Street,

*  playground equipment purchased with proceeds from last year's 'Hoops for Hope' basketball tournament being installed at Lockview Park, and

*  status of the Lock Avenue sanitary sewer and storm drain progress that had been discussed at the Utilities Board meeting the week before. (SEE LAZER STORY)

Louisa mayor Harold Slone presents a certificate of Appreciation to a member of the Albertville First Baptist Church group that will be doing outreach in the area next week.Louisa mayor Harold Slone presents a certificate of Appreciation to a member of the Albertville First Baptist Church group that will be doing outreach in the area next week.The Mayor then presented members from Albertville First Baptist Church with a certificate of appreciation.

The church youth group and leaders are spending the week in Louisa doing outreach for children in the community. They will be at the pool on Friday June 15th to give away Sno-kones and present a puppet and magic show for the children as well as paying for 50 children admissions.


The meeting then continued with old business as follows:

*  Approved second reading of Ordinance 2018-01, establishing the annual budget for the City of Louisa for fiscal year July 1, 2018 - June 30th, 2019. Adopted budget is $1,907,100.00 in revenues and $1,901,582.45 appropriations. Motion was Unanimous.

*  Approved second reading of Ordinance 2018-02, establishing the annual budget for Louisa Public Utilities, for the fiscal year July 1, 2018-June 30th, 2019. Adopted budget is $2,930,738. in revenues  and $2,217,616.00 appropriations with $713,122.00 debt service. Motion was Unanimous.

*  Approved agreement with Summit Engineering for the design, permitting, and construction inspection for the REDISCOVER LOUISA RIVERWALK PROJECT. Agreement is contingent on KYTC funding from previous awarded TAP grant funding at a total cost of $82,950.

New business was as follows;

*  Appointed Kim Burchett to county Board of Assessments.

*  Appointed Mayor Slone as FEMA applicant agent as the city is seeking funding reimbursement from FEMA for damages done to the waste water pumping station during the spring flooding.

*  Visitors to the meeting were Rick Loperfido with FIVCO ADD and Mike Hill, engineer with Summit Engineering.


With no further business meeting was adjourned.



June 14, 2018

First ever county K-9 to aid in fight against illegal drugs



Today in the ongoing effort to eradicate drugs, Sheriff Thompson announced the department's intention to implement a K-9 unit in Wayne Co. This will be the first ever K-9 unit for The Wayne Co. Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Thompson stated:

"...Huntington is ground zero for the Opioid epidemic in the Unites States. It is often overlooked by the public that Huntington is also a large portion of northern Wayne County. In addition, Drugs are prevalent throughout the county. The K-9 will be utilized for search and seizure of narcotics and a tracking dog. The K-9 will not be a bite dog. The K-9 will assist officers in locating lost children, hikers, or elderly persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s."

Sheriff Thompson also stated:

The Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit is one of the most successful drug units in the state. They are however a small unit and Wayne county citizens have always been of great assistance. There are often times the Drug Enforcement Unit makes traffic stops where a K-9 is needed and isn’t available. We have often received assistance by the WVSP K-9 and Huntington K-9 Units but at times they may not be available. A K-9 would greatly enhance the ability to seize drugs and make drug arrests. Thus, we are asking for help from our community with costs of this program.

Sheriff Thompson also stated that His department often encounterS drug dealers from Huntington, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Dayton, Detroit, Atlanta, and Macon in the Huntington and US RT 52 areas of Wayne County. US RT 52 and I-64 is a major drug pipeline that these dealers travel through transporting and distributing narcotics. These dealers are often career criminals who take special precautions to avoid detection. A K-9 sniff would develop probable cause to allow officers to search their vehicles that are often impossible to get permission to search.

We will work closely with the schools in our community to develop a program to utilize the K-9 to eliminate drugs in our schools and to help keep a healthy relationship with our students and law enforcement. We are asking for monetary donations from the community to help with costs of training, the K-9, and the transportation unit for the K-9.

If you would like to help, checks can be mailed to The Wayne County Sheriff Department at P.O. Box 218 Wayne, WV 25570. Please indicate that it is for The K-9 unit. Further questions please contact The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at 304-272-6378.



June 12, 2018

From felonies to misdemeanors is trend... 

Several cases were resolved on Friday, June 8th while others were reset.

And many of the defendants that were charged in recent drug busts had their charges amended to misdemeanor charges. Commonwealth's Attorney-elect Tony Skeens said the court is trying to clean up the drug epidemic by sending offenders to rehabilitation instead of jail.

"Judicial officials are trying every alternative to stop the revolving door and help families in crisis," Skeens said.

Here is the Docket for Friday, June 8, 2018


Roger BARNESRoger BARNESRoger Barnes, 33 was released on bond Friday after court on charges of:

3 counts of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property,

Complicity Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine and

Complicity Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Case was reset for 7/27/18.






Abigail B. PinsonAbigail B. PinsonAbigail Pinson, 54 entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of:

Complicity Trafficking In a Controlled Substance to a Class A misdemeanor based on an offer by the Commonwealth.

Defendant sentenced that day. No note on the sentence.








Jessica Bowen RayJessica Bowen RayJessica Ray, 37 Pretrial on:

Complicity Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree and

Persistent Felony Offender.

Defendant sent to a drug rehabilitation center.






Rodney K. RobertsonRodney K. RobertsonRodney Robertson, 41 Defendant set for trial date for 8-28-18 for jury trial.









Curtis D. RoweCurtis D. RoweCurtis Rowe, 43 set for jury trial on 11-19-18 for Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Persistent Felony Offender.









John Thomas ScottJohn Thomas ScottJohn Scott, 32 was present on charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine.

Case was reset and defendant to be evaluated.








All of these people changed their plea to Guilty and accepted an offer from the Commonwealth on this date (Friday) most if not all will be final sentenced on 8/24/18.




The terms of the plea bargains were not notated in the court record paid for by The, at Circuit Clerk Jody Webb Parsley's office.


Sierra D. CaudillSierra D. CaudillSierra Caudill, 33 Per judgement prepared by the Commonwealth Will pay restitution in the amount of $8,800 at $100 a month on Knowingly Exploit Adult Person.










Eugene L. CochranEugene L. CochranEugene Cochran, 30 took offer on Burglary, 2nd Degree and Possession of Burglary Tools.

Offer not disclosed.










Thomas J. EvansThomas J. EvansThomas Evans, 30 for Complicity Manufacturing











Travis FallsTravis FallsTravis Falls, 39 for Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine












Dustin L. FyffeDustin L. FyffeDustin Fyffe, 29 for Fleeing or Evading, DUI and Operating a MV on Revoked License and other misdemeanors.









Sarah L. HyltonSarah L. HyltonSarah Hylton, 43 was arraigned on

Complicity Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree,

Complicity Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree and

Complicity Trafficking In a Controlled Substance Within 1000 ft of a School.


A public defender was appointed.








 Lonnie L. Marcum Lonnie L. MarcumLonnie Marcum, 37 Pled for Receiving Stolen Property and Persistent Felony Offender









Christina MooreChristina MooreChristina Moore, 32 Pled to an amended charge of Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.











Jonathan C. OwensJonathan C. OwensJonathan Owens, 30 reset for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, 1st offense and Giving Officer Identifying Information.










Charles D. Perkins copyCharles D. Perkins copyCharles Perkins, 26 will be sentenced on

Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, methamphetamine and

Persistent Felony Offender and

Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (to be dismissed)








Christopher L. ShannonChristopher L. ShannonChristopher Shannon, 34 entered a guilty plea based On an offer by the Commonwealth.

Complicity Trafficking , 1st Degree amended to misdemeanor,

Complicity Trafficking, 2nd Degree amended to misdemeanor and

PFO was dismissed.







Michelle ShawMichelle ShawMichelle Shaw, Defendant to be released with Drug testing and entered a guilty plea on Commonwealth’s offer and...

sentencing to be held 7-13-18 for Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree, and

Criminal Trespass, 2nd Degree.








 Gregory Allen Witham Gregory Allen WithamGregory Witham, during Pretrial entered not guilty plea,

a public defender was appointed on Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine.










Cory MooreCory MooreCory Moore, reset for 6-22-18 for

Complicity Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree and

Complicity of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.







Those on the docket for Expungement

Kenneth Conn, 46 - passed generally
Edford Coffey, 36 - passed generally

Crystal Cordle, 46 was present for a Probation Violation Hearing on 3 cases,

Case was reset it for 6/22/18.

Shawn Fitzpatrick, 23 was denied a bond reduction on

Engaging In Organized Crime and Persistent Felony Offender.