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April 19, 2018

Lawrence County Circuit Court Docket

Caudill sentenced to 5 years on five separate cases; Harless charged with burglary  

Alleged murderer Nicholas Ballou was present in Circuit Court on Friday, April 13th. The defendant has not yet taken the Commonwealth's plea deal and will now go to trial for the murder of his then five-year-old son Landyn. The incident, which took place in August 2011, will possibly have some closure in 2018 with the new trial.

The docket (from the office of Circuit Clerk Jodi Webb Parsley) included:

 

Nicholas C BallouNicholas C BallouNicholas Ballou, 31 was present on another Pretrial conference.

A trial date has been set for Ballou to face the charge of murder for August, 27 2018.

Ballou, the victim's father who is currently serving time for the horrific injuries that he inflicted upon his then two month old son in August of 2011 was indicted for murder.

The child suffered from cerebral palsy, permanent brain damage and was legally blind after the abuse from his own father. Ballou took an Alford Plea, accepting no responsibility for the child’s injuries that included multiple skull fractures and brain injuries.

Ballou, who went on the run from police for an extended time before being caught in Morgan Co. told his now ex-wife Amy that the baby had choked on his baby bottle. However, the child suffered major head trauma that left him legally blind and with permanent brain damage with three skull fractures.

Landyn has since died from the injuries and the Commonwealth is now charging Mr. Ballou with murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl P. BarnesCarl P. BarnesCarl Barnes, 56 was arraigned on Theft of Services and is set for pretrial on 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon L. BurchettBrandon L. BurchettBrandon Burchett, 27 was sentenced to 2 years, supervised probation with a diversion over 4 years and other conditions on 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew R. Caudill Matthew R. Caudill Matthew Caudill, 36 was sentenced (on 5 separate cases) to: 

* 5 years for Bailjumping, 1st Degree,

* 5 years for Complicity 1st Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine,

* 60 days for Complicity Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,

* 3 years for 1st Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine and

* 60 days again for Drug Paraphernalia,

* 3 years Possession of a Controlled Substance,

* 3 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance and

* 30 days for each misdemeanor.

All of the cases were run concurrent and the defendant was sentenced to five years overall.

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra D. Caudill Sierra D. Caudill Sierra Caudill, 33 was sentenced to 3 years supervised probation over 5 years with other conditions on Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 3 years for Theft By Deception.

All charges to run concurrent with other conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

William W. ChafinWilliam W. ChafinWilliam Chafin, 31 was present on the charge of Fraudulent Use Of ID Card Of Electronic Code For Benefits.

Hearing set for next month on 4/27/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven ComptonSteven ComptonSteven Compton, 25 was arraigned on 2nd Degree Assault, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol/Drugs And Failure To Wear Seatbelts.

Pre-trial set for 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey M. CopleyJeffrey M. CopleyJeffery Copley, 46 was set to enter a plea on Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, Complicity Possession Of Marijuana.

No plea was entered and a date was set for 4/27/18 for next court appearance.

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin L. FyffeDustin L. FyffeDustin Fyffe, 29 was arraigned on charges of Fleeing Or Evading Police, 1st Degree, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol/Drugs, Operating On Suspended/Revoked Operators License, Failure To Wear Seatbelts, No/Expired Kentucky Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Failure To Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle and Failure of Owner To Maintain Required Insurance.

Pre-trial is set for 5/11/18

 

 

 

 

 

Justin W. HarlessJustin W. HarlessJustin Harless, 30 was arraigned on 2 counts of Burglary, 3rd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender.

Pre-trial set for 5/11/18.

On a separate case, defendant was arraigned on Complicity Burglary, 3rd degree and Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking or Pocket Picking and Persistent Felony Offender.

Same Pretrial date.

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda JordanAmanda JordanAmanda Jordan, 37 was present on a Motion For Discovery And Inspection On The Charge Of Complicity Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense.

Motion was granted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cole Frederick MayCole Frederick MayCole May, 35 was present on a status hearing for termination of drug court.

Date for defendant is reset but the docket does not reflect the day the case will be heard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lowell Justin MaynardLowell Justin MaynardLowell Maynard, 31 was sentenced to 1 year, concurrent with another case for Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chastity L. NicholsChastity L. NicholsChastity Nichols, (no age provided) was sentenced to 5 years supervised probation with a diversion and other conditions on each of 3 counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking $500 or more, all concurrent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin L. PackKevin L. PackKevin Pack, (no age provided) was arraigned on Tampering With Physical Evidence, Public Intoxication and Carrying A Concealed Deadly Weapon.

Pre-trial date set for 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacy Lee PackLacy Lee PackLacy Pack, (no age provided) was arraigned on Receiving Stolen Property U/$10,000, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs.

Bond set for ROR/ MCR drug testing.

Pre-trial set for 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley E. ParsleyBradley E. ParsleyBradley Parsley, 40 was arraigned on Tampering With Physical Evidence, Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree And Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Second Or Greater Offense.

Pre-trial set for 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles D. Perkins Charles D. Perkins Charles Perkins, (No age given) arraigned on Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Pre-trial date set for 5/11/18.

On a separate case: A hearing is set for 4/27/18 on the charges of 2 counts of Engaging In Organized Crime/Criminal Syndicate.

 

 

 

 

 

Rodney K. RobertsonRodney K. RobertsonRodney Robertson, 41 was arraigned on flagrant non-support.

Pre-trial set for 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason SkaggsJason SkaggsJason Skaggs, 35 was arraigned on Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Pre-trial set for 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa R. Thompson ChafinMelissa R. Thompson ChafinMelissa Thompson, 42 was arraigned on Complicity Burglary, 3rd Degree And Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking Or Pocket Picking Under $500.

Pre-Trial Set For 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricky VanceRicky VanceRicky Vance, 51 was sentenced to five years probation supervised with in-house rehab for 90 days on Burglary, 3rd Degree, 5 years consecutive to count one for Burglary, 3rd Degree and 3 years concurrent to count one for Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree.

Final sentencing to be held on 5/11/18.

 

 

 

 

 

Hansel WileyHansel WileyHansel Wiley, 48 defendant not present and a bench warrant issued for Criminal Possession Of A Forged Instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David B. Johnson David B. Johnson David B. Johnson, 41 was present for a change of plea but the docket does not reflect any change on charges of Criminal Mischief, Attempt Escape, Resisting Arrest, Wanton Endangerment and Persistent Felony Offender.

On a separate case the defendant is charged with Assault, 3rd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, Falsely Reporting An Incident And Persistent Felony Offender.

No date was given for when he will be back in court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2018

 

 

The Lawrence County Grand Jury met on April, 12th 2018 and returned with several Trafficking Indictments for Meth, Heroin and other drugs. Methamphetamine or Ice is still the prominent drug facing our community.

As of noon today, April 17th, the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center is at least 100 people OVER capacity and growing. With very few jobs, especially after a felony conviction it appears that Lawrence County, along with many other eastern Ky. and southern W.Va. communities are seeking a solution and need to find one fast. We are in a crisis situation.

In other indictments, a Sex Offender fails to comply with the Sex Registry for the 2nd or greater time.

 

Kenneth Conn, 45 of Louisa Indicted On Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or bot trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 

Douglas CastleDouglas CastleDouglas Castle, 53 of Louisa Indicted On Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 

Jason Hale, 37 of Louisa Indicted On Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or bot trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 

Abigail Pinson, 53 of Louisa Indicted On Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree/Complicity, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or bot trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 

 Joseph McCoy Joseph McCoyJoseph McCoy, 20 of Louisa Indicted On Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or bot trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly CollinsKelly CollinsKelly Collins, 40 of Fallsburg indicted on Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st degree (10 dosage units) Class C Felony, penalty of 5-10 years.


The Grand Jury charges that on or before September 23, 2016 the defendant committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully trafficking in a schedule II narcotic, namely Oxycodone.

 

 

 

 

 


Clarence Childers, Jr.Clarence Childers, Jr.Clarence Childers, 46 of Louisa Indicted on Escape, 2nd Degree, 2 Counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $10,000 and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree

The Grand Jury charges that on or before March 21, 2018 the defendant knowingly and unlawfully escaped custody of the 24th judicial circuit community corrections by fleeing his registered residence where he was being monitored on his ankle device, after being placed on court ordered home incarceration as a part of his conditions of bond, the defendant taking a $10,000 sentinel brand ankle monitor belonging to the 24th judicial home incarceration program with the value of $500, the defendant also taking the Sentinel brand of monitor box belonging to the 24th judicial district home incarceration program with a value of $800. Having been charged with prior felonies the defendant is now charged with persistent felony offender.

SEPARATE INDICTMENT: The defendant was indicted on Bail Jumping In The 1st Degree, Class D Felony and Persistent Felony Offender in the 1st Degree. The Grand Jury charges that on March 23, 2018 in Lawrence County the defendant knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court subsequently did not appear in connection with felony charges of fleeing/Evacuating, Wanton Endangerment, Persistent Felony Offender, the defendant failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by court. The defendant being convicted of prior felonies is being charged with persistent felony offender.

 

 

 

 

 

 


James A. MooreJames A. MooreJames Moore, 66 of Louisa Indicted on Failure To Comply With Sex Offender Registration (second or subsequent offense) class C felony with a penalty of 5 to 10 years.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before March 21, 2018 the defendant knowingly and unlawfully failed to register new address with the appropriate local probation and parole officer as stated in the provisions of KRS 17.510, while having to previous convictions of this offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lloyd BrownLloyd BrownLloyd Brown, Jr. 47 of Louisa, indicted on (1) Complicity Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree, Class D felony, (2) Trafficking in a Controlled Substance/Complicity 2nd Degree, Class D felony, (3) Trafficking Within 1000 Ft. of a School/Complicity, a Class D felony and (4) Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree/Complicity, a misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 in Lawrence County (1) The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Jason Hale, Douglas Castle, Kenneth Conn, Sarah Hylton, Abigail Pinson, Joseph McCoy, Christopher Shannon, Sherry Bowen, Robert Chafin, William McCoy and/or Crystal Kincaid committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in the controlled substance, namely methamphetamine and/or Heroin. (2) The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Christopher Shannon, Sarah Hylton and or James Vanhoose committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance, namely Suboxone. (3) The defendant acting alone or in complicity with James Vanhoose, James Castle and or James Hale knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance, namely Neurontin. (4) The defendant acting alone or in complicity with James Castle and Sarah Hylton committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully trafficking a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, namely Louisa East elementary school, (555 feet) and Louisa West elementary school (311 feet).

 

 

 

 

 


Sarah Hylton, 42 of Louisa, Indicted on Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree/Complicity a Class D felony, Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree/Complicity and Trafficking Within 1000 Feet of A School/Complicity

The Grand Jury charges that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or about trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or Heroin. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in a controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance, namely Suboxone. The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. knowingly and unlawfully trafficking a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school namely Louisa West elementary school. (313 feet)

 

 

 

 

 

 


James Castle, 53 of Louisa Indicted on Trafficking Within 1000 Feet of a School/Complicity, Class D felony, Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree/Complicity, a misdemeanor and Persistent Felony Offender.

The Grand Jury charges that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 in Lawrence County the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. knowingly and unlawfully trafficking a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, namely Louisa East elementary school. (555 feet). The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance, namely Neurontin. The defendant having been convicted of a prior felony is now being charged with persistent felony offender.

 


James Vanhoose, 39 of Louisa Indicted on Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd Degree/Complicity And Trafficking In A Controlled Substance In The 3rd Degree/Complicity a misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 and LawrenceCounty the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance, namely Suboxone. The defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance, namely Neurontin.

 


Crystal Kincaid, 40 of Louisa Indicted On Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 


Robert Slone, 65 of Louisa indicted on Theft By Deception Under $10,000. A Class D felony.

The Grand Jury charges that from July 15, 2017 through August 15, 2017 the defendant knowingly and unlawfully engaged in a scheme to defraud Mr. Sam Young, sold him $7,000 worth of fraudulent or counterfeit coins, with the intent to defraud or deprive Mr. Young of those monies.

 

 

 

 

 


Christopher L. ShannonChristopher L. ShannonChristopher Shannon, 33 of Louisa Indicted on Trafficking In A Controlled Substance In The 1st Degree/Complicity, Trafficking In A Controlled Substance In The 2nd Degree/Complicity And Persistent Felony Offender In The 1st Degree.

The Grand Jury charges that From December 8, 2017 to December 30, 2017 and Lawrence County the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Lloyd Brown Jr. knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or Heroin. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance, namely Suboxone. The defendant having been charged in this instant indictment and previously convicted of two prior felonies is now charged with persistent felony offender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry BowenSherry BowenSherry Bowen, 32 of Louisa Indicted On Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Robert W. ChafinRobert W. ChafinRobert Chafin, 40 of Louisa Indicted On Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Class D Felony

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin.

 

 

 

 

 

 


William J. McCoyWilliam J. McCoyWilliam McCoy, 46 of Louisa Indicted On Complicity Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Class D Felony and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree.

The Grand Jury charges: that from December 8, 2017 through December 30, 2017 the above named defendant acting alone or in Complicity with Lloyd Brown, Jr. committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to traffic in that controlled substance or by trafficking in a controlled substance namely methamphetamine and/or heroin. The defendant having been convicted of two prior felonies is now charged with Persistent Felony Offender.

 

 

 

 

 


Matthew Diamond, 33 last known address, Dixon, TN. Indicted on Bailjumping In the First Degree, a Class D felony.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 23, 2018 in Lawrence County the defendant knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon condition that he will subsequently appear at a specific time and place in connection with felony charges, he failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by court.

 

 

 

 

 


William W. ChafinWilliam W. ChafinWilliam Chafin, 29 of Louisa Indicted on Bailjumping In the First Degree, a Class D felony.

The Grand Jury charges that on March 9, 2018 in Lawrence County the defendant knowingly and unlawfully having been released from custody by the court, with or without bail, upon condition that he will subsequently appear at a specific time and place in connection with felony charges, he failed to appear at that time and place as ordered by the court.

 


Travis Falls, 39 of Louisa indicted on Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Class D felony.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before February 1, 2018 in LawrenceCounty the defendant acting alone or in complicity with John Scott committed the offense by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

 


Craig AdamsCraig AdamsCraig Anthony Adams, 30 of Tomahawk KY. Indicted on Possession Of A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, A Class D Felony, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol/Drugs, A Misdemeanor And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, A Misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before October 20, 2017 and Lawrence County the defendant knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs first offense, and possessing drug paraphernalia by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of a syringe.

 

 

 

 

 

John Scott, 32 of Louisa indicted on Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Class D felony.

The Grand Jury charges but on or before February 1, 2018 and Lawrence County the defendant acting alone or in complicity with Travis Falls knowingly and unlawfully possessed methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Constance, 40 of Piedmont, SC. Indicted on Possession Of A Controlled Substance in the 1st Degree, Class d felony.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before December 10, 2017 in Lawrence County the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

 


Trudy Lee HarlessTrudy Lee HarlessTrudy Harless, 37 of Louisa Indicted on Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Class D Felony and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1st Degree, misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that on or before January 20, 2018 the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia by being in possession of altered straws.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert A. WoodsRobert A. WoodsRobert Woods, 37 of Louisa Indicted on Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1st offense, misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges charges that on or before September 30, 2017 the defendant committed the offense of possession of a controlled substance by knowingly and unlawfully being in possession of methamphetamine. The defendant also possessed drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle ShawMichelle ShawMichelle Shaw, 28 of Louisa indicted on Criminal Mischief In The 1st Degree, Class D Felony And Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree, misdemeanor.

The Grand Jury charges that on February 21, 2018 in Lawrence County the defendant knowingly and unlawfully caused damage to property owned by Shana Boggs, namely $1,000 in damages to an automobile owned by the victim. The defendant knowingly and unlawfully entered or remained upon premises owned by Shana Boggs.

 

An indictment is not proof of guilt or innocence but a charge by a grand jury that there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

 

 

 

 

APRIL 16, 2018

Osborne says 'teacher unity' best thing about rallies...job is not finished

Local teacher's assn. president Scott Osborne speaking at teacher rally. Osborne said the best thing about the teacher rallies accross the state and in Frankfort is that it showed more teacher unity than has been demonstrated in years.Local teacher's assn. president Scott Osborne speaking at teacher rally. Osborne said the best thing about the teacher rallies accross the state and in Frankfort is that it showed more teacher unity than has been demonstrated in years.

"Well, we won, and we lost," said Lawrence Co. Education Assn. president Scott Osborne after the override of Gov. Matt Bevin's veto by the Ky. Legislature Friday. 

"Our victories included:

*  a bad budget that was far better than Governor Bevin's destructive budget,

*  the phase-in for KRS payments (which saves local governments and school districts),

*  restoration of transportation cuts,

*  restoration of FRYSC funding, etc.   

*  We also defeated any charter school funding or vouchers for private education. 

 

Our worst losses were

*  the passage of the sewage-pension bill

*  the huge additional cuts to public universities in this state.     

But we hope that the pension issue is settled in court, while the rest will have to be settled in the polling booth in May and November.

Two more major victories, though:   

*  teachers across Lawrence County and across the Commonwealth united for our students and our profession as we haven't in years. 

*  And we succeeded in driving a wedge between this governor and the Kentucky legislature (except for a handful of his cronies whom we must vote out this year and next!)."

 

Osborne and other mostly LCHS teachers held a rally Friday in support of the legislature overriding vetoes by Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin which would have started the entire process over.

The school system opted to not cancel school but to send a delegation of teachers to Frankfort to help lobby for the override which turned out to be successful even though it barely squeaked by the Ky. Senate 20-18.

The decision left graduation and testing dates intact and did not disrupt school activities.

Supt. Dr. Rob Fletcher was asked for a comment concerning where Lawrence Co. stands for next year including number of teachers, bus drivers and other school personnel for this story but we have not received it at this time.

 See original RALLY story CLICK HERE