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August 8, 2018

RedmonRedmonState police are investigating Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon

...Kentucky Drug Enforcement and Special Investigation unit Sgt. Dean Patterson confirmed the investigation to multiple media outlets, saying that it was drug-related and that no charges had been filed.

He said the case would go before a Graves County grand jury later this month.

Later Tuesday, Kentucky State Police Post 1 spokesman Jay Thomas sent out a news release saying Redmon was under investigation, but he did not say whether the case was drug-related.




Ohio County woman, man arraigned on child sexual abuse charges

By James Mayse
The Messenger-Inquirer

An Ohio County woman was arraigned Tuesday in Ohio Circuit Court on a charge of human trafficking (victim under age 18) and more than 120 counts of child sex abuse.

Shelly Hayes, 37, of Horse Branch, is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

The charges include complicity to commit first-degree rape, complicity to commit first-degree sodomy and complicity to commit first-degree sexual abuse. In addition, Hayes faces 19 counts of first-degree criminal abuse.

Detective Katie Pate with the Ohio County Sheriff's Department said the investigation began when the office received a complaint from child social workers. Pate said multiple children were victimized.

Pate said the children were interviewed and gave similar accounts of the abuse. Pate said Hayes was being paid by the man while knowing "things were happening to the children."

The children were interviewed by Pate and at the Children's Advocacy Center in Henderson, which specializes in working with juvenile victims of sexual assault. The man believed to have been paying Hayes has since fled the county. Pate declined to identify the man, but said he is being sought for questioning in the incident.

"That investigation is ongoing," Pate said. "There could still be more arrests." Human trafficking is a class B felony in Kentucky if the victim is under age 18.

Hayes is being held in the Ohio County Detention Center.

Also on Tuesday, David Eclipse Wilson, 40, of Beaver Dam was arraigned on 33 counts of use of a minor under age 18 in a sexual performance, 63 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor under age 18, two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor under age 16, third-degree rape and second-degree burglary.

Pate said the investigation began with the burglary charge. Further investigation led to the other charges, Page said.

Wilson was a member of a volunteer fire department, and had a position of some kind at an Ohio County church. Pate said she did not recall what fire department or what church Wilson had positions with, but the contact with the juvenile happened through the church.

"I know they asked him to leave (the church) after this happened," Pate said. Wilson's role was "probably a role in leadership" at the church, but he was not the pastor, Pate said.

Wilson has been on the state sex offender registry before, in Bowling Green, Pate said. Wilson is being held on a $100,000 cash bond in the Ohio County Detention Center.




Photo by Ted Thornburg A distant photo captures the smoke coming form the Miller's Family Sawmill.Photo by Ted Thornburg A distant photo captures the smoke coming form the Miller's Family Sawmill.

Numerous fire departments responded to a fire that destroyed most of the Miller's Family Sawmill on Saturday morning a little after 4 a.m. The mill, which is owned by the Marvin Miller family, is located just a few miles from the city of Lewisburg.

"The cause of the fire is still undetermined," said Lonnie Epley, lieutenant of the Lewisburg Fire Department. Also helping during the fire were the Logan County Burden Bearers, Logan County EMS and many from the Amish community.





August 7, 2018

Kentucky has billions of dollars in wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs, and some state lawmakers are eager to find solutions


Aging sewer systems exist all over the state including in Louisa, a city ready to explode with business if a solution can be found for the sewer system problems which scare mid size companies away..Aging sewer systems exist all over the state including in Louisa, a city ready to explode with business if a solution can be found for the sewer system problems which scare mid size companies away..

FRANKFORT— Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Energy co-chair Rep. Jim Gooch, R-Providence, told Energy and Environment Cabinet officials testifying before the committee yesterday that there is still local water infrastructure in the state dating to the Works Progress Administration of the late 1930s.

“Most cities don’t have the money to make those kinds of investments anymore,” said Gooch, even though water lines regularly break and need repair. “Those kinds of things are problems that we need to address, and they need help.”

He agreed with Deputy Cabinet Secretary Bruce Scott and Division of Water Director Peter Goodmann that local governments need funding to meet their water infrastructure needs. The source of the funding, said Gooch, is “something we definitely ought to look at.”

Investment in Kentucky’s drinking water infrastructure would be the most costly according to Goodmann, who estimated the cost of needed statewide investment at $8.2 billion over the next 20 years. Wastewater infrastructure investment runs a close second at $6.2 billion over the next 20 years, he said.

Also needed is $100 million for work on the state’s dams “in the near-term” based on the state’s 2014 Dam Safety Mitigation Plan, Goodmann told the committee. He was backed up by Scott, who told the committee that water and sewer infrastructure cannot be overlooked indefinitely.

“We have to make an investment. We can’t not make an investment in water and sewer,” said Scott. The outcome would be to be “reactive”—or wait until a major infrastructure failure occurs before some action is taken.

Possible funding options for infrastructure, Scott said, include federal sources like Kentucky Infrastructure Authority loans, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Appalachian Regional Commission grants and Abandoned Mine Land grants. State sources may include state general funds, tobacco settlement funds, or coal severance funds. Local funding and private funding—through a P3 partnership, perhaps—are other possibilities, Bruce said.

Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, asked Scott and Goodmann about the Cabinet’s view of Louisville Metro’s sewer company, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), which he said has had some “serious issues.”

“It is in our interest that the small communities be served, period,” Meeks said, but the state’s view of MSD, he said, is also of interest.

Scott said the state has the authority to deal with an issue if “demonstrative progress” is not being made. “The question becomes what constitutes demonstrative progress?” he said.

Two unforeseen sewer collapses in Louisville have raised the question of whether the collapses “negatively impact Jefferson County’s ability to manage its sewage, stormwater or not,” said Scott. “That’s something we have to talk with them about and see whether or not that’s something we have to get involved in in terms of mandates.”



August 7, 2018



AUGUST 5, 2018 - written by WADE QUEEN



A Martin County man, who has a long criminal history, was arrested by law enforcment, who after, they say, he left his wallet at the scene of a burglary crime.

And the man's arrest came after he had been out of jail for little over 24 hours after being taken into custody a day earlier on unrelated charges.

According to the Kentucky State Police-Post 9-Pikeville, they investigated a reported burglary on Ashwood Drive in Martin County on July 27.

According to an arrest citation, the homeowner told KSP officer, somebody forced their way into the home and stole a weed eater and air conditioner, but left a wallet upstairs in the master bedroom.

Troopers stated, after a brief investigation, they determined the wallet belonged to Jeremy R. Walker, 38, of Warfield, which is in Martin County.

Officers visited Walker's home, where he told them he had been looking for his wallet for two days.

Eventually, police say Walker admitted to breaking into the home through a glass door. He told them he took a plastic bag of Avon cosmetics, a weed eater and a window air conditioner.

According to law enforcement officials, Walker claimed he had been under the influence of Klonopin, (which is an old school tranquilizer), at the time and did not remember what he did with the items.

The KSP charged Jeremy Walker with 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY ( a class C felony - 5-10 years ), and he was taken into custody by trooper Ryan Hale, and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville late Friday night July 27, where he remains incarcerated as Monday morning August 6.

Ironically, Jeremy Walker had only been released out of the BSRDC jail for a just over a day, after he was arrested in the early morning hours on July 26, by Martin County Sheriff department for the charges of public intoxication and criminal trespassing; and the Burglary charge made for Walker's fifth arrest since May 4.

Jeremy Walker has a long criminal record in Martin County, where he has been arrested 33 times since August 2003; for several dozen felonies offenses, misdemeanors charges, and other citations.