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Flash flood results in fatal
|Three young Vanceburg men have died and a
young woman is missing following an accident last week in the rain swollen waters of
The storms that swept through the northern portion of Kentucky dumped
heavy rains and caused flooding that resulted in rapidly rising waters in the western part
of the county.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said the four and another young man were in a 2000 Chevrolet
Silverado extended can pickup and were driving along Crooked Creek Road late Thursday and
came upon a water covered portion of the roadway.
He said that the vehicle was apparently overtaken by the quickly moving water or that
the vehicle went off the roadway and into the creek.
Crews continued searching for Crystal Renae Rigdon, 21, of Vanceburg, throughout the
day Saturday and again on Sunday and Monday. There were numerous rescue personnel and
volunteers carrying out the search, some with dogs, and others with boats.
Jason Heater, 20, Jason Reed, 19, and Brent Allen Lewis, 22, all of Vanceburg, were
pronounced dead at around 2:00 p.m. on Friday, said Lewis County Coroner Tony Gaydos.
Gaydos said he believed the men drowned.
|Their bodies were taken to the state medical
examiner's office in Ft. Thomas for autopsies to determine an exact cause of death, Gaydos
Gaydos said he was called to the scene by rescue workers at 11:40 a.m. on Friday.
The men were found by rescue workers in the Crooked Creek area, said Ryan Hull, a state
police dispatcher who also worked on the rescue team that found the bodies. Heater's
brother, Josh Heater, 17, survived the incident with only minor injuries.
The accident was reported at 6:04 a.m. Friday after Josh Heater was found sitting on
the front porch of Robert Nash's home about two miles from where the truck entered the
"He said he'd been walking up and down the road all night looking for them,"
said Joella Mason to the Lexington Herald-Leader. "He appeared to me to be in
"They were in the wrong place at the wrong time," Hull said.
Hull said the bodies were found within 150 yards of each other, and the truck was found
about 1-1/2 miles from the point where it was swept up by water.
News Update: The body of Crystal Rigdon was recovered Wednesday
afternoon, June 2.
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Two charged following ATM break-in
attempt and pursuit
|By Dennis Brown
Two have been
arrested and charged in connection with the attempted theft of money from an automatic
teller machine early Friday at Tollesboro.
Deputy Johnny Bivens said he was responding to a call at about 3:30 a.m. of a
suspicious vehicle at the pallet mill on the AA Highway at Tollesboro and just as he was
arriving there, was dispatched to the ATM alarm at Tollesboro Citgo.
Bivens said when he arrived there, a vehicle on the lot left and traveled south on Ky.
Rt. 57. Bivens said he began pursuit and at times the vehicle reached speeds of up to 90
miles per hour.
He said that the pursuit ended about four miles later when the driver of the suspect
vehicle lost control and wrecked.
Bivens said Michael Irwin, 22, of Tollesboro, and Alexis Luman, 20, of Maysville, were
taken into custody. Irwin was charged with second offense DUI, first degree fleeing or
evading police, first degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and third
degree possession of a controlled substance.
Luman was charged with alcohol intoxication, first degree criminal mischief and
possession of burglary tools. Both were lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
Sisson/Lewis County Herald
This ATM at Tollesboro Citgo sustained extensive
damage early Friday when someone tried to break into it. Two were arrested and charged in
connection with the incident. No money was taken from the machine.
Bivens said that although the ATM was heavily damaged, no money had been removed. He
said tools believed used in damaging the machine were found in the suspect's vehicle.
He said the suspects apparently were not injured when the car crashed and had refused
Bivens was assisted at the scene by Sheriff Bill Lewis and Deputy Tom Polley.
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Two die in separate accidents
|A Garrison man died late Saturday as the result of
injuries sustained in an auto accident on Ky. Rt. 784 near the Head of Montgomery.
spokesman with the Ashland Post of the Kentucky State Police said the accident happened
about 10:30 p.m. on Three Prong Road (Rt. 784) in Greenup County.
The spokesman said Charles Roscoe Sparks Jr., 24, of Garrison, was traveling west on
the roadway in a 1994 Oldsmobile when the vehicle dropped off the right shoulder of the
roadway. Sparks apparently overcorrected and lost control of the auto, which left the
roadway on the left side and struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn.
Sparks was pronounced dead at the scene by the Greenup County Coroner.
|Cullen A. Stanfield, 20, of Mt. Carmel Road in Fleming
County, died Wednesday afternoon as a result of an accident at around 3:20 p.m. on Ky. Rt.
165 in Fleming County.
A spokesman with the Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police
said Stanfield was operating a 1986 Ford Ranger pickup truck south on the roadway when he
was struck in the southbound lane by a northbound 2003 Chevrolet full-size pickup.
Stanfield was pronounced dead at the scene by Fleming County Coroner Joe Denton.
The two occupants of the Chevrolet, Ryan C. Dials, 21, of Ewing, and Savanah N. Davis,
18, of Flemingsburg, were taken to Fleming County Hospital where Dials was treated for
minor injuries and released, and Davis was admitted with multiple injuries.
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A small town dedicated to helping
|By Elwood Howe
"Hey, do you
have any money for me?" asked Phil Kennedy, Superintendent of the City of Vanceburg's
Electric Plant Board when he called the USDA Rural Development Area Office in Morehead to
discuss an application he had just submitted to extend service to more residents of rural
The city had just filed an application to bring water to 43 more households in the
County. This is on the heels of the recently completed Southern Lewis County project that
provided water to 421 households in the Laurel, Indian Run and Quicks Run areas of the
A few days later during a visit with the Electric Plant Board Office to discuss the
most recent project, Emeril Roe of Tar Fork was in the office. When asked about having
public water Emeril said, "Water is the greatest thing to happen to us ever. We have
had good things before, but this is the best. We used a well plus a cistern. The well
would go dry in the summer and we would have to haul water."
Chad Clark, manager for the water system went to Quicks Run to visit Joe and Linda
McCann. An old hand pump was by the back door of the McCann house. It was a reminder of
how hard it used to be to obtain water. During the visit Linda and Joe talked about how
much better life is with public water. "We had a good well, but had to haul water in
the summer," said Joe.
"I really like the water now. It's good tasting water. We are tickled to
death," Linda said.
Next Clark headed to Straight Fork Road. During the long drive from Quicks Run to
Straight Fork he talked about how much their system has grown and how difficult it was to
keep up with everything.
"The new telemetry system helps me manage the system better," Clark said.
"With a laptop computer I can check on and control the system anytime of the day or
night, even from home."
This telemetry system was a part of the Southern Lewis County project. A system the
size of Vanceburg's needs these types of innovations to be able to provide good quality
water at reasonable prices.
|Forty minutes later, he arrived at Robert and
Sue Ann Buckner's house on Straight Fork. Sue Ann was busy cleaning a mess of creasy
greens. They talked about the problems of not having good dependable water and how much
public water improves life. Sue Ann was one of the persons pushing to get water on this
road. "We were one of the lucky few who had an adequate well, but we knew that public
water is needed for everyone," said Sue Ann. "I really like the city water for
washing," she said.
The day was concluded with a short meeting with Phil Kennedy.
Phil discussed what has transpired in the last eight years. The Electric Plant Board has
completed four major water projects that have built 138 miles of water lines, built six
water storage tanks drilled a new well and built a modern water treatment plant. The
cooperation of the city and the USDA Rural Development has allowed over 2,100 residents in
rural Lewis County to receive public water from these projects. The Garrison, Quincy,
KY-O-Hts. Water District and The Fleming County Water Association are receiving a portion
of their water from Vanceburg as a result of these projects.
It was commented to Kennedy on just how much has been accomplished in the last few
years with the multiple projects they have completed and the acquisition of the Salt Lick
Water Association system. Phil was asked why the City has tried to accomplish so much in a
relatively short amount of time.
"It's our moral obligation to get water to people," said Kennedy.
Vanceburg Mayor William T. Cooper was called to congratulate him on the recent
"I like the fact that we have been able to serve these people" said the
mayor. "We have a modern treatment and pumping facility now."
The mayor discussed how important water is for the community. "In the next 24
months we hope to have more industry move in to help reduce the high unemployment rate in
Lewis County. This could not be possible without the help from USDA Rural Development in
providing the needed funding for these water projects," he said. "We are trying
to be as aggressive as we can be in pursuing water."
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