March 23, 2010,
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Stolen equipment recovered
- Officials present February activity reports - Vanceburg
woman injured in accident - Soldiers return after deployment
- New PSHH home progressing well
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Forty-three pieces of
heavy equipment stolen in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio
by two separate theft rings and valued at an estimated $1.3 million were
recently recovered by the joint efforts of the Kentucky State Police, the FBI,
the Carter County and Lewis County Sheriff’s Departments and the Scotio
County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Dept.
A spokesman with the
Kentucky State Police said the investigation started on March 5 when Carter
County Deputy Sherriff Richard May, acting on information from the FBI office in
Huntington, West Virginia, located 19 vehicles with their VIN
numbers obscured at a private residence near Grayson.
The discovery led to
the arrest of one male suspect on two charges of receiving stolen property,
according to the spokesman.
Sgt. Bobby Motley, Det.
Bill Riley and Det. Ryan Judd, of the Kentucky State
Police Vehicle Investigations Unit, were called in to assist in the
investigation on March 8 and identified 16 of the vehicles as having been stolen
in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.
The number of vehicles
recovered in Carter County eventually totaled 23 including one 2008 Cargo
Express enclosed trailer, one 2003 Haulmark enclosed trailer, one 2008
Pitts flatbed trailer, one 2004 Cronkhite
flatbed trailer, one 2004 Melrose excavator, one 5x12-foot flatbed trailer, one
5x10-foot flatbed trailer, one 2002 Big Tex flatbed trailer, one1992 Ford
truck, one 1982 Ford dump truck, one 1994 Ford dump truck, one 2000
Freightliner truck, one 2007 Winston flatbed trailer, one 2005 Talbert
flatbed trailer, one 1994 Freightliner truck, one 2006 Cat track hoe, one
2002 Volvo grader, one 2008 Cat dozer, one Cat 5DMXL dozer, one 2005 Cat
dozer, one 2008 Kubota tractor, one 1999 Raven semi trailer and one Cat
jackhammer attachment, according to the spokesman
On March 11, Det.
Riley and FBI agent Jeff Long joined Lewis County Deputy Sheriff Dwayne
Stone in recovering a Cat D4G dozer that had been stolen from Ohio.
then traveled to a private residence on the outskirts of Portsmouth, Ohio,
where, with the help of Scotio County Sheriff’s Department Investigator
Denver Triggs, they located 11 stolen vehicles and pieces of equipment
including one 2006 Cat excavator, one John Deere
dozer, one Cat 580M backhoe, one Interstate flatbed trailer, one John Deere
skid steer, one Komatsu mini excavator, one
black flatbed trailer, one Vermeer wood chipper, one Bobcat sweeper
attachment, one Bobcat bucket and one Komatsu bucket, the spokesman said.
On March 14,
investigators returned to Lewis County where
they recovered eight additional pieces of equipment including one 2005 John
Deere backhoe, one Cat D3G dozer, one Bobcat skid steer, one John
Deere 310G backhoe, one John Deere 310SG, one Ditch
Witch, one Hudson equipment trailer and one 2007 Takeuchi excavator.
continuing by all the agencies involved and further charges and arrests are
expected, the spokesman said.
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Officials present February activity reports
By Dennis Brown
Lewis County officials
presented their monthly activity reports during the March meeting of Lewis
County Fiscal Court.
Sheriff Bill Lewis filed
his department’s report for activities from February 8, 2010, to March 8,
* Subpoenas Served
* Domestic Related Calls
* Civil Summons Served
* Felony Arrests
* Misdemeanor Arrests
* Criminal Summons
* Prisoners Transp. to
Secure Facility 263 miles
* Juveniles Transported
* DVOs and EPOs
* Court Bailiff Hours
* Auto Inspections
* Funeral Escorts
Property Taxes Collected
* Yamaha 4-Wheeler
Lewis County Emergency
Management Director Carl Chaney reported the following activities:
* Performed all routine
administrative/office tasks as required by KyEM.
* Turned in all monthly
reports for KyEM.
* Participated in
* Attended a Hazmat
Meeting in Fleming County.
* Provided dispatch
* Working on FEMA
* Working on 911 issues.
* Working of Flood Plain
The Lewis County E-911
Dispatch Center received a total of 384 calls for service for the following
* Sheriff’s Department
* Vanceburg Police
* Traffic Stops
* Injury Accidents
* Non-injury Accidents
Fire Department and
* Lewis Co. FD
* Camp Dix FD
* Garrison FD
* Vanceburg FD
* Firebrick FD
* Black Oak FD
* Kinniconick FD
* Tollesboro FD
* Med Corp Ambulance
* Emergency Medical
* Non-CAD Events
Road Supervisor Dane
Howard reported that more than 1,734 tons of had been hauled over the
previous month. He added the department had hauled 100 tons of salt.
Graded roads included
Griffith Hollow, Pine Grove, Gerike Road, Cooper Fork, Long Branch and
Howard reported that
pipe had been installed or repaired at Quicks Run, Hackworth Branch,
Birchwood Lane and Craycraft Road.
Signs were painted
and/or installed in the Garrison area, East Bentley Street, West Bentley
Street, Charles Street, Dan Street and Jamison Street. Drainage repairs were
made on Clear Creek Road.
Other repairs were made
on Rock Run Road, Andrew Mason Road, Lions Club Road, Ben Willim Branch, Elk
Lick Road, Long Branch, Lower Kinney, Thorp Ridge Road, Fuller Branch Road
and Griffitt Cemetery Road.
Lewis County Jailer Tim
Underwood filed the following activity report for February 1 – 28, 2010:
* State Inmates CC/CD/CI
* Served Out
* County Inmates
* Inmates Booked In
* Average Daily Jail
* Booking, Housing,
Medical, Damaged Property $1,491,03
* Telephone Commission
* Class D/CC/CI Pay for
* Somerset Food in
* Check from Commissary
Traveled 0 Miles
Underwood reported that
23 Class D inmates participated in the work program totaling 2,880 man
hours. The agencies they assisted included The Lewis County Courthouse,
Justice Center, Sheriff’s Department, City of Vanceburg, Solid Waste
Program, Clean Highways Program, Garrison Little League, Garrison Boat
Docks, Tollesboro Little League, Lewis County Historical Society, Lewis
County Board of Education, Corps of Engineers, Helen Rayburn Library, and
the Black Oak, Tollesboro and Camp Dix Fire Departments.
Underwood reported the
commissary account at the jail totaled $14,597.25 and the inmate account had
a balance of $5,110.05.
No report was submitted
for the Lewis County Animal Control Office.
County Treasurer Kathy
Dillow reported the total of all county funds for the month of February had
a beginning balance of $1,019,274.01 and an ending balance of $1,004,633.47.
Receipts for the month totaled $515,258.89 while disbursements totaled
The next regular meeting
of Lewis County Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m. April 12, 2010, in the
third floor courtroom of the Lewis County Courthouse.
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Accident injures Vanceburg
Vanceburg woman was airlifted following a single vehicle accident last week on
Ky. Rt. 59 in Vanceburg.
Police Chief Joe Billman said the accident happened shortly after 9:00 a.m.
Thursday near Moore and White Lumber Company as an auto operated by Dennis E.
Flinders, 52, of Vanceburg was traveling north on the roadway.
said Flinders apparently lost control of the vehicle. He said the auto dropped
off the right side of the roadway and struck a drainage pipe, causing the
vehicle to overturn and land on its top in the roadway.
passenger in the vehicle, Betty Kennard, 66, was extricated by rescue workers
utilizing the Jaws of Life. She was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in
Huntington, West Virginia. Billman said Flinders was not injured in the
said Flinders was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the
influence of alcohol with aggravating circumstances. He was lodged in the Lewis
County Detention Center. Billman said Flinders' blood alcohol content was
measured at 0.177. The legal limit is 0.08.
who is continuing the investigation into the accident, was assisted at the scene
by members of the Vanceburg Fire and Rescue Squad and MedCorp Ambulance.
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Soldiers return after deployment
of friends and family members cheered on as Task Force Dragon Warrior arrived at
Keeneland Race Park Friday following a 10 month deployment in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
was all part of a welcome home ceremony honoring the 167 Soldiers assigned to
Task Force Dragon Warrior comprised of the 299th Chemical Company
based in Maysville and the 301st Chemical Company from Morehead.
Several of the troops are from Lewis County.
told these soldiers thank you, but I also must say thank you to the families of
these fine soldiers as well. We recognize the sacrifice you made as well
by not having your
with you this year,” said Maj. General Edward Tonini, the Adjutant General of
force arrived in Iraq June 2009, and was assigned to run
protective service details for the United Nations and the U.S. Department of
State, as well as security missions at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
most rewarding part of this deployment would witnessing how much the country has
improved since we first began this war,” said 1SG James B. Coyne.
gradually preparing this country to take back control of their country and begin
to operate effectively,” he said.
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home progressing well
newest home under construction in Vanceburg is moving along right and on
schedule, according to People’s Self-Help Housing Executive Director Dave
are getting the
LEED home on Rowley Avenue framed up,” Kreher said last Wednesday.
“Our construction crew, with the assistance of Glenmary Farm volunteers, put
up the exterior walls yesterday and will start putting up the trusses today.
We plan to finish the roof this week and possibly install the windows and
exterior doors on Friday.”
Kreher said the home will be one of the
“greenest” homes in Kentucky. The construction centers around energy and
workers and Glenmary volunteers completed the foundation for the new structure
earlier this month.
said the new home is being built according to standards set by the Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes, an internationally
recognized green building certification program.
Kreher says the LEED program awards points for
energy efficient and environmentally friendly building practices as verified by
a third party inspector. The more points that are awarded, the higher the level
of certification the house receives.
rolled onto the driver’s side and traveled
another 24 feet, coming to rest on the driver’s side between two trees.
Horsley was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center
in Portsmouth, Ohio, by MedCorp Ambulance. Stone said the accident happened
about 1:25 p.m. Tuesday.
The levels of certification from lowest to highest
are: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Kreher expects to
achieve the Platinum level of certification for the Rowley Street home, making
it the first home in the entire state of Kentucky to achieve this level of
“In light of increasing
energy costs, PSHH realizes the importance of constructing extremely
energy-efficient homes to reduce energy usage and keep costs affordable,”
“ During the past 18 months, PSHH has constructed
seven affordable Energy Star certified new homes in Lewis County that have been
rated to use one third less energy than new homes using standard construction
methods,” he added.
Kreher invites people to drop by and see the home
under construction. For more information
about the home, or services offered by PSHH, call
606-796-6333 or visit their website at www.pshhinc.org.
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