May 25, 2010,
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Bank robbery suspect arrested
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arrested following high speed chase - Kidwell will be in
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robbery suspect arrested
man believed to be responsible for the armed robbery of a Lewis County bank has
been arrested and is awaiting extradition to face charges here. At the time of
the robbery the suspect was awaiting trial on charges of robbing a Portsmouth,
spokesman with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said Stanley Purtee, 44,
of Portsmouth, was arrested early Saturday morning after attempting to flee on
foot from police.
was lodged in the Scioto County Detention Center where he will remain until an
extradition hearing. He faces charges of first degree robbery in Lewis County
for the Thursday noontime robbery of the South Portsmouth Office of Citizens
were notified of the robbery shortly before Noon Thursday and Lewis County
Sheriff’s Deputies along with KSP troopers converged on the branch bank,
cordoning it off with yellow crime scene tape and beginning the process of
identifying a suspect and collecting evidence.
spokesman said officials recovered some evidence at the scene along with video
surveillance from the bank lobby and parking area. Lewis said the suspect,
described as a scruffy looking white male, was wearing a ball cap, dark driving
glasses and a white lab coat with a blue emblem on the left chest area.
suspect reportedly fled the scene in a 2000 model black Monte Carlo and headed
east on Ky. Rt. 8. The vehicle was seen crossing into Ohio on the Carl Perkins
spokesman said as deputies were searching for the vehicle, one was located at a
Portsmouth auto dealership. He said a man matching the description of the
robbery suspect had test driven the Monte Carlo and returned it to the
dealership. The auto was impounded and information was gathered on the man who
took the test drive.
to the spokesman, authorities obtained a mugshot of the suspect and placed it in
a photo line-up where he was identified by witnesses.
spokesman said Purtee has an extensive criminal record and at the time of the
Lewis County robbery was awaiting trial on the January robbery at Atomic Credit
Union in Portsmouth.
arrest warrant was obtained for Purtee and area agencies were notified. He was
apprehended about 1:30 a.m. Saturday by officers from the Portsmouth Police
spokesman with the Portsmouth Police Department said they received a report
that the suspect had been sighted and officers set up a perimeter around his
location. Purtee reportedly spotted officers and fled on foot. Following a
short chase through some back alleys he was arrested by an officer with the
Ohio State Highway Patrol.
spokesman said Purtee will likely be tried first for the Portsmouth robbery
before being extradited to Lewis County.
Dwayne Stone said he spent the day Friday working in the Portsmouth area to
flesh-out leads and put together evidence in the case.
Deposit Bank President Mike Mineer praised law enforcement officials for
their quick response and expediency in developing leads in the robbery.
officers did a great job,” Mineer said.
also credited bank employees for following protocol to the letter and
remaining calm during a very stressful situation. “They did exactly as
they had been trained to do and I’m very proud of them,” he said.
said although the tellers were understandably shaken by the incident, no one
was hurt and for that he was thankful.
banking office was closed for the remainder of the day on Thursday and the
drive-through was open for customers on Friday. Regular service resumed at
the bank on Monday.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the robber entered the bank and
displayed a handgun to tellers before demanding money. He said the robber
also reached inside the lab coat and threatened to detonate something if
employees didn’t follow his directions. Tellers placed money from the cash
drawers into a bag and handed it to the robber, who then left without
the exact amount of money taken in the robbery wasn’t officially released,
Mineer said it was minimal.
remains under investigation by Deputy Stone. He was assisted by Deputy Tom
Polley, Deputy Gary Sparks and Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens, the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, Kentucky State Police, Scioto County Sheriff’s
Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Ohio Highway Patrol.
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some choices in Lewis County
By Dennis Brown
Lewis County voters turned out at the polls last
week to cast ballots in several local races, many of those races determining who
will be the next elected official for several offices.
Of Lewis County’s 9,567 voters eligible to
participate in Tuesday’s Primary, nearly 44 percent, or 4,207, made it to
polling places across the county or submitted an absentee ballot. That figure
tops the statewide turnout of 32.73 percent.
Political newcomer Thomas Massie won the
Republican nomination for Lewis County Judge Executive and will face Democrat
Anita Gilbert in the November General Election. Massie defeated incumbent Judge
Executive Steve Applegate and challenger Bill Tom Cooper, garnering more votes
than his components combined.
Glenda Himes easily won in her first race for
Lewis County Clerk. Himes received 73 percent of the votes cast in that race to
defeat challengers Charles “Joe” Hall and George Anderson. Himes was
appointed to complete the term after the retirement of Shirley Hinton. She will
be unopposed in the General Election. Himes received more votes than any other
candidate vying for any office.
With the retirement of Bill Lewis, the county’s
incoming sheriff will be Johnny Bivens, who is currently Chief Deputy Sheriff.
Bivens received 56 percent of the votes to defeat the four other Republican
candidates for the position. The sheriff’s race drew more voters than any
other race on the ticket with 3,693 votes cast in that race. There will be no
opposition in the November election. The other candidates in the race were Tim
Walters, Gary Corns, Joe Paul Gilbert and Jeffrey Himes.
Chris McCane will be the next Lewis County Jailer
after winning that race with 45 percent of the vote. McCane will replace Jailer
Tim Underwood who had filed as a candidate in the race for Judge Executive and
later withdrew from the race due to health concerns. Other candidates in the
race were Larry Mason, Glenn Bannister, Etta Fay Carroll and Charles Ivan
It was a photo finish in the race for Republican
nominee for District Two Magistrate. Incumbent Paul Bruce Swearingen won by one
vote over challenger Harry Carrington. An automatic recount of the race is
triggered because of the thin margin and has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m.
Thursday. Other candidates in the race were Gary Laney and Kasey Nolen. Democrat
Danny McCane will take on the Republican nominee in November.
was also charged separately with a criminal warrant regarding the recent
burglaries around the area. Fannin was lodged in the Lewis County Detention
Center under $50,000 bond.
For District One Constable, David Lancaster
won with 65 percent of the vote over challengers Mark Hershey, Terry
Armstrong and Jason Moore.
The District Two Constable race went to Aaron
Gilbert. Gilbert defeated Arthur “Big Boy” Applegate in the race.
The winner in the race for District Three
Constable was Larry Colley. Colley won over Rafe Gibson. There is no
Democratic opposition for any of the constable positions in the November
Republican Jill York, who won in a special
election to complete the term of State Representative for Lewis and Carter
Counties, easily won the Republican nomination in both counties last
Tuesday. York received 66 percent of the votes in Lewis County and 67
percent of the votes in Carter County over challenger Vernon Messer. York
faces Democrat David Hayes in the General Election. Hayes lost in Lewis
County to Barry Webb but garnered 52 percent of the combined votes to win
the Democratic nomination.
Republican Rand Paul, a political newcomer,
received two-thirds of the votes cast in Lewis County for Republican nominee
for US Senator. He fared nearly as well statewide (58.76%) to win the
Republican nomination. Paul will face Democrat Jack Conway in November.
Conway easily carried Lewis County with 41 percent of the vote, a six
percent margin over Daniel Mongiardo. The statewide margin was less than one
Six candidates had no opposition in the
Primary and will have no opposition in November.
County Attorney Clayton “Buddy” Lykins
Jr. will retire from the position at the end of this term. Thomas M.
Bertram, who was the only candidate to file for the office, will assume the
duties of county attorney in 2011.
Incumbent officeholders without opposition
are Property Valuation Administrator Anthony Silvey, Surveyor Michael
Ruggles, Coroner Tony Gaydos, District One Magistrate Milt Stanfield and
District Three Magistrate Joe Bentley.
See page nine of this week’s edition for a
precinct-by-precinct breakdown of Lewis County returns.
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Three arrested following
high speed chase
search for a suspect in a string of area residential and fire department
burglaries was apprehended last week following a high speed chase that lasted
for more than 60 miles and wound through roadways in Lewis, Carter and Rowan
Dwayne Stone said he had a hunch that the suspect, Brandon S. Fannin, 22, would
be returning to a residence in the Laurel area and happened to be patrolling in
the area Wednesday when he received a tip that Fannin had been spotted in an
orange Ford F-250 pick-up near his location.
said the vehicle was reported traveling South on Laurel Road and he responded to
the location where he spotted the pick-up and attempted to pull it over. He said
the driver of the vehicle refused to comply and sped up. A pursuit ensued and
Stone followed the vehicle, sometimes at speeds around 90 miles-per-hour, across
roadways in Lewis, Carter and Rowan Counties.
said he lost contact with the vehicle and was advised by dispatchers that the
vehicle had been seen and a caller had reported that the vehicle may be coming
back into Lewis County on Ky. Rt. 377.
was discovered during the pursuit that the vehicle had been stolen in
Flemingsburg and belonged to Elden Ginn at Farmers Stockyards.
had notified authorities and Carter and Rowan Counties along with Kentucky State
Police. Lewis County Deputies Gary Sparks and Tom Polley were also enroute to
said at various times during the pursuit other vehicles were forced off the
roadway and at one point the pick-up went through the lawn of a residence and
people who were working in the yard scattered from the vehicle’s path.
said the suspect vehicle pulled out of McCleese Hollow in front of Deputy Sparks
and Sparks pursued it toward the Lewis/Rowan County line where Deputy Polley and
KSP Trooper Jeff Lewis had set up a roadblock.
said the vehicle stopped at the roadblock and Fannin was pulled from the vehicle
at gunpoint and taken into custody. He was charged with receiving stolen
property over $300 (auto) first degree criminal mischief, first degree
fleeing/evading police, and three counts of first degree wanton endangerment,
all class D felonies.
passengers in the pick-up, April Lightner, 22, of Vanceburg, and Nancy Wilson,
22, of Ewing, were also taken into custody at the scene.
said both were charged with receiving stolen property over $300 (auto) and were
lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center, each under $10,000 cash bond.
three appeared in Lewis County District Court on Friday and pled not guilty to
the charges. Preliminary hearings were scheduled for May 25.
said Lightner and Wilson were reportedly took the vehicle, a silver Pontiac
Bonneville that Fannin allegedly used in the burglaries, to Taylor’s Recycling
on Cranston Road in Morehead at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday. By 10:00 a.m., he said, the
vehicle had been crushed and loaded onto a truck and was enroute to another
said the two allegedly sold the vehicle for scrap and walked down the road where
they met up with Fannin who was driving the stolen pick-up.
Stone was questioning the suspects Thursday, Wilson said the money received in
the sale of the vehicle for scrap was used to buy pills to get high.
commended dispatchers for their assistance in coordinating officials from the
three counties and relaying information to officers involved in the pursuit.
have recovered several items taken in burglaries at the Black Oak, Camp Dix and
Kinniconick Fire Departments and well as items taken in residential burglaries
believed to have been committed by Fannin. The items included tools, firearms,
generators, chainsaws and even a Martin guitar valued at more than $3,000. The
guitar was stolen from a residence on May 14.
asks that anyone who may have recently obtained an item that may have been taken
in any of the burglaries to contact to Lewis County Sheriff’s Office to verify
the item’s status.
burglaries remain under investigation by Stone, Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens,
Deputy Joe Templeman and Deputy Jason Hill.
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Kidwell will be in Hall
Kidwell has another award to place in the study of is Southern Manor home.
was notified last week that he will be inducted into the Dawaheres/Kentucky High
School Athletic Association Hall of Fame next year.
is a great honor,” Kidwell said at his home last week. “Not a lot of people
have been named to the Dawaheres/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and I’m proud to be one
KHSAA Board of Control made the announcement Friday. Kidwell will join boys’
basketball legend JR VanHoose and four-time state tennis champion Tim Cooper in
the induction class.
the announcement, Kidwell is described as a longtime supporter of high school
athletics in Northeastern Kentucky, serving as an LCHS basketball coach for 20
years, LCHS baseball coach for 12 years and LCHS football coach for 10 years. He
also is a longtime baseball and softball umpire and served on the KHSAA Board of
has served as Commissioner of the Eastern Kentucky Conference since 2001; Sports
Editor of The Lewis County Herald and author of Kidwell’s Korner since 1975,
and continues to host the Saturday Morning Sports Show on WKKS after 35 years.
He also has a daily radio sports show and has been the play-by-play announcer
for Lewis County sports on WKKS for the past 20 years.
induction ceremony will be held at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in
Lexington on April 16, 2011. A luncheon and golf scramble to honor inductees
will be June 29 at Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.
said he believes he is the first Lewis County native to be named to the
Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, although the legendary Foster “Sid” Meade was
earlier named. Meade was not originally from Lewis County.
is a 1961 graduate of LCHS and received his AB Degree from MSU in 1965. He went
on to receive his Masters Degree in Education in 1972 and Rank 1 in 1986.
was a teacher and coach at Millersburg Military Institute for three years after
graduation from MSU in 1965 and has been with the Lewis County School System
served as LCHS Athletic Director from 1987 to 2004. He was named EKC Coach of
the Year in 1975, Kentucky Athletic Director of the Year and Southern United
States AD of the Year in 1995.
was a top five finalist for National AD of the Year in 1995 and was named
Kentucky’s Fast Pitch Softball Umpire of the Year in 2002, the same year he
received the Kentucky Athletic Directors Association National Merit Award.
served as a member of the State Athletic Directors State Board from 1987 to
2007, serving two years as president. He was a member of the KHSAA Board of
Control from 1996-2000.
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Kidwell has received word that he will be inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall
of Fame next year.
has been a high school baseball umpire for 15 years and softball umpire for 20
years. He has officiated five state tournaments in softball.
has been a member of the 16th Region Athletic Council for 24 years
and has served as its chairman for 16 years. He was Commissioner of the Eastern
Kentucky Conference for 12 years and President of the 16th Region
Softball Association for three years. He was 16th Region softball
training officer for 15 years.
his coaching career, Kidwell served 13 years as LCHS varsity coach garnering 150
wins and three district championships. As head baseball coach at LCHS he racked
up 250 wins, 10 district championships and two regional championships.
coached junior high football for eight years with a 38-5 record and is credited
with reviving the Lewis County High School Football Program in 1967 after a 25
has covered three World Series games, two NFL football playoffs and two NCAA
Final Four games for the media.
many people have contributed to me getting this honor,” he said.
of those I’d like to thank are my family; my grandparents and parents; the
coaches, players, cheerleaders and parents over the years; Superintendent
Maurice Reeder Jr. and former superintendents Sid Meade and Mike Forman; WKKS
Radio and The Lewis County Herald; and all of the listeners and readers,”
wife, Alice, is retired from the Lewis County School system; daughter, Stacy, is
Curriculum Director and Assistant Athletic Director for Bath County High School;
daughter, Tai, is a pharmacist with King’s Daughters Medical Center in
Ashland; and son, Merle, is Head Coach for Russell High School Boys’
Basketball and daughter-in-law Mandy, who is an occupational therapist for the
Boyd County School System. He has two grandchildren, Carson, age nine, and Kate,
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charged in Tollesboro drug sting
suspects have been arrested and charged following a drug sting in Tollesboro
Jason Hill said the sting took place at Tollesboro Chevron about 3:00 p.m.
Monday when Eric Arrasmith, 29, of Flemingsburg, allegedly sold a quantity of
Oxycodone to a confidential informant.
said a search of Arrasmith revealed a hypodermic needle, the prescription
medication Xanax and a quantity of Oxycodone with a street value of more than
$1,200 that was concealed in his shoe.
added that records of drug transactions, appointment cards from pain management
clinics in Florida and over $1,000 in cash were confiscated from Arrasmith.
Additionaly in Arrasmith’s possession, Hill said, was the marked money used in
the drug transaction involving the informant.
was arrested and charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance
and possession of drug paraphernalia.
said Amanda Gaines, 30, of Tollesboro, and Jodi Fowler, 29, of Maysville, were
was charged with first degree complicity to traffic in a controlled substance
and possession of drug paraphernalia after she allegedly attempted to discard
two hypodermic needles onto the parking lot. Fowler was charged with first
degree facilitation to traffic in a controlled substance and the vehicle she was
driving, a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was seized.
three were lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center. Arrasmith was lodged
under a $20,000 cash bond while Fowler and Gaines are under $10,000 cash bonds.
is continuing the investigation into the incident. He was assisted by Deputy Tom
Polley, Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens and Deputy Dwayne Stone.
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