February 9, 2010,
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Suspension upheld for Vanceburg
Police Officer - Underwood no longer judge
executive candidate - Tollesboro woman charged following
house fire - City to upgrade Boat Dock Recreation Area
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of Vanceburg Police Officer upheld
suspension of a Vanceburg Police Officer for two days without pay will stand
following a ruling by Vanceburg Mayor Angie Patton.
returned her decision February 2 after reviewing the transcript of a public
hearing held on the matter at the request of the officer. Hull was represented
at the hearing by Vanceburg attorney Lloyd Spear.
Hull requested the hearing and answered questions concerning three incidents
which were classified as insubordination by Patton and Vanceburg Police Chief
wrote that she had given considerable thought to the matter. “The cumulative
evidence of these incidents shows a pattern of interpreting orders so that you
do not have to follow them. This is insubordination, and I believe the
discipline you received was appropriate. I see no reason to change my decision
regarding the discipline given to you.”
the hearing Spear outlined the three charges and questioned witnesses concerning
the incidents and how the matters occurred.
said an incident September concerned Hull’s failure to complete an incident
incident in December was over the amount of time
spent at the 911 Dispatch Center. Another December incident, which prompted
Hull’s suspension, was for his alleged failure to carry out a direct order
by not getting a petition signed and returned to the Mayor’s Office by a
her ruling Patton wrote that Hull “. . . failed to complete a report, you
failed to obey an order not to spend excessive time in the dispatch office,
and you failed to obtain a signature on a petition within the time clearly
specified. In all three instances, you interpreted the orders rather than
the hearing Spear said that Hull was anything but an insubordinate officer
and that a set of circumstances had come together with the incidents brought
to light which resulted in the disciplinary action being taken against him.
said the two shift suspension without pay was “… much too harsh for what
has occurred here.” He said Hull didn’t willfully disregard the orders
given to him.
the hearing City Attorney John Holder said that the evidence was clear.
“There was an order in each and every instance and he (Hull) admitted the
orders weren’t followed.”
told Hull there was no doubt that he was a fine police officer. “It has to
do with you being a compliant city employee. That’s what this is about,”
“I hope that you
take it for the reason it was issued to you and that you will comply with
orders in the future,” Patton wrote in her ruling.
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Underwood no longer a candidate for judge
By Dennis Brown
candidate for Lewis County Judge Executive has pulled out of the race citing
health reasons for prompting his decision.
Underwood announced Friday he is no longer a candidate for judge executive in
the May Republican Primary.
considerable prayer and consulting with family, doctors, other pastors and
preachers, as well as a brief stay in the hospital on January 30 and 31, the
decision to not run for this position has been made," he said.
who is currently Lewis County Jailer, didn’t elaborate on his health concerns.
His term as jailer will end this December.
to thank the citizens of Lewis County for their
and encouragement as I spoke with many of you in recent months concerning my
running for Lewis County Judge Executive," Underwood said.
more time to my wonderful family, the blessed church that Almighty God has
graciously give me to pastor, my health, and the present position I hold as
your elected jailer will be my focus for the time,” Underwood added.
humbly ask for your prayers and continued support as I will always keep the
needs and concerns of Lewis County upon my heart," Underwood said.
candidates remain in the Republican Primary for judge executive; incumbent
Steve Applegate, Bill Tom Cooper and Thomas H. Massie. The winner in the
primary will face Anita M. Gilbert in the November General Election. Gilbert
is unopposed in the Democratic Primary.
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Tollesboro woman charged
following house fire
Tollesboro woman has been charged in connection with setting a house fire that
destroyed the home she shared with her boyfriend.
spokesman with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said the incident
happened Friday night on Ky. Rt. 10 in Tollesboro as the department received a
complaint of an out-of-control female at a residence there.
spokesman said Deputy Jason Hill responded to the call and was told the woman
was on the second floor of the residence. As Hill tried to gain access to the
second floor he discovered the structure was on fire.
spokesman said the woman apparently left the residence through a back door of
the second floor. He said Hill found the woman on the porch of a next door home
after she had reportedly broken a window in the door.
said Carol Chambers, 41, of Tollesboro, was arrested and charged with first
degree arson, a class A felony, first degree criminal mischief. A class D
felony, third degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, and five counts
of first degree wanton endangerment, class D felonies.
spokesman said deputies believe Chambers started the fire on a couch in a
bedroom on the second floor. He added that witnesses reported Chambers had made
threats prior to the fire and directed aggression toward the family.
was lodged in the Lewis County Detention under a $50,000 cash bond.
from Tollesboro, Lewis County, Orangeburg and Washington-Maysville Fire
Departments responded to the fire call and were on the scene for about four
spokesman said the residence sustained heavy damage. Hill is continuing the
investigation into the incident. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Joe
Templeman, Deputy Dwayne Stone and Constable David Lancaster.
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City to upgrade Boat Dock Recreation Area
City Council met in a brief regular session last week approving a resolution to
apply for funding to improve the Boat Dock Recreation Area.
meeting followed a public hearing on applying for a Land and Water Grant to
construct a new shelter, replace picnic tables and repair benches at the
recreation area. The 50/50 matching grant will allow for the city to provide
labor for part of their contribution to the project.
Angie Patton said the cost of replacing the 24X36 shelter was estimated at
$22,600 and would include a concrete floor for the shelter building. She said
the estimated cost of eight new picnic tables and repairing the benches at
said the carpentry class at the vocational school would help out with building
the picnic tables and replacing the wooden planks on benches.
commercial charcoal grill will also be installed near the shelter at a cost of
$600 and Patton said refitting a swing for an infant seat would cost about $250.
recommended applying for $25,000 for the project and said the city would take
responsibility for dismantling the old shelter and black-top, installing the
other items and doing some painting.
members approved a resolution to apply for the grant funding for the project.
other business members approved the reappointment of Gayle Massie to the
Vanceburg Electric Plant Board.
told council members she had spoken with Utility Superintendent Eric Bloomfield
earlier in the day about utility bills which had just been received by Vanceburg
said Bloomfield outlined several reasons for the higher bills including
additional days on the billing cycle, a rate increase last year, extra usage for
holiday lighting and the several days of cold temperatures.
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Utility Superintendent explains utility bills
Here to view December & January Temperature/Usage Charts PDF
the utility bill you received in the mail last week from the Vanceburg Electric
Plant Board was higher than you expected, you aren’t alone.
Superintendent Eric Bloomfield said several things came together to form “the
perfect storm” making the January electric bills higher for customers of the
Electric Plant Board system.
said the bills covered a 33 day period, rather than the typical 29 or 30 day
period for utility bills. Cold weather, holiday lighting and a June 2009 rate
increase also played a part in the higher than expected bills sent out to
customers at the end of January.
said the average temperature during the billing period was 31 degrees. Windy
conditions also played a part in keeping furnaces and heaters operating
said Christmas lights also add to the electricity usage and with schools on
break the utility consumption is increased at home. Holiday entertaining can
also add a few extra dollars onto the utility bill.
utility board voted last May to increase electricity rates by 15.58 percent
effective June 1, 2009. That move was brought about by an increase in the rate
the Electric Plant Board is charged for electricity by its supplier, Kentucky
Power increased the rate it charges the local utility system by about 37 percent
and also increased the annual payment. Bloomfield said at that time the local
increase would amount to a break-even year for the utility company.
added that higher utility bills may become more of a norm than the occasional
He said the said
the current presidential administration is pushing for stronger legislation for
cleaner electricity generation and that the electricity consumers will be the
ones footing the bill for the cleaner energy.
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