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AA Highway accidents claim two
|Authorities are investigating a single vehicle
accident early Sunday, November 5, that claimed the life of a Vanceburg man.
spokesman with the Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police said the accident happened
at about 3:15 a.m. on the AA Highway, just west of Herron Hill when a 1991 Chevrolet pick
up truck, driven by Lonnie Smothers, 31, of Vanceburg, was traveling east on the highway.
The pick up went off of the right shoulder of the highway and struck a ditch. The vehicle
then caught fire.
After firefighters extinguished the fire, they discovered a body in the
wreckage. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an
autopsy and positive identification.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
Tollesboro Volunteer Firefighters spray water on a Chevrolet pick up following a single
vehicle accident early Sunday, November 5, near Ribolt.
A collision Tuesday, October 31, at the intersection of Ky. Rt. 1306 (Kinney
Road) and the AA Highway near Garrison, claimed the life of Brittany Nicole Burriss,
the unborn child of Troy Samuel and Sondra Thoroughman Burriss of Garrison.
According to Deputy Bryon Walker, the accident happened about 2:40 p.m. Mrs.
Burriss was a passenger in a Ford Tempo, driven by Stephen Ray Music, 24, of Garrison
south on Rt. 1306.
A 1991 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Brenda Stone, 37, of Vanceburg, was
traveling east on the AA Highway.
Both vehicles collided at the intersection. The accident is under investigation
by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department.
Officials are also investigating several other accident that occurred during
the past week, one of which included a school bus.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
Care First Ambulance workers tend to one of those injured October 31 in a two-vehicle
collision at the intersection of Kinney Road and the AA Highway.
Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Polley said the accident
involving a Lewis County school bus happened about 6:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, when the
bus, operated by Donald Redd, 50, of Tollesboro, and a 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix, operated
by James E. Johnson, 25, of Greenup, were traveling east on Ky. Rt. 8 near Red Gate Farm
Polley said the bus had stopped to unload a passenger when the
Johnson vehicle struck the rear left side of the bus, continued across the roadway and
over an embankment, striking a utility pole.
Polley said there was one student on the bus and no one on the bus
was injured. Johnson was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, with
While returning from that accident, Polley said he drove up on a
second accident about one mile east of Garrison on Rt. 8.
Polley said that at about 9:00 p.m., Thomas Weaver, 46, and Evonna
Gamble, 21, both of Garrison, were traveling west on Rt. 8 when Gamble apparently was
turning left as Weaver attempted to pass, and the Weaver vehicle struck the Gamble
vehicle. Polley said no injuries were reported.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said he investigated an accident Thursday,
November 2, about 7:55 a.m. at Collins' Addition in Garrison. He said an auto operated by
Rebecca Bevens, and a pick up operated by Melissa Magnatta collided at an intersection.
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Suspects charged after Lions Club
|By Dennis Brown
suspects, thought to be part of a multi-county burglary ring, were arrested and charged
early Tuesday, October 31, after allegedly burglarizing the E.V. Holder Jr. Lions Center
and attempting to break into another business.
Vanceburg Police Chief Joe Billman said the department was first alerted at
3:25 a.m. when Rick Switzer Jr. called in to report an attempted break in at Southend
Tavern on Lexington Avenue.
Billman said he and Officer Johnny Bivens responded to the call and did not see
anyone at that location. Bivens had seen a burgundy Mercury Cougar a short while earlier
parked in a lot near the intersection of Ky. Rt. 8 and Lexington Avenue.
When Bivens saw the vehicle traveling in the area a short time later, about
3:45 a.m., he stopped the vehicle and began to question the driver, Stacie R. Jones, 21,
of Decatur, Indiana.
Bivens said the driver gave him information that two male subjects dressed in
dark clothing had earlier broken into the VFW (later discovered to be the Lions Club) and
were attempting to break into the Southend Tavern. He also learned that one of the men was
armed with a sawed-off shotgun and they were using hand-held radios to communicate between
them and the driver.
After charging Jones with possession of burglary tools and lodging her in the
Lewis County Detention Center, Billman drove the Cougar back to the lot and waited.
Billman said one of the suspects Cecil R. Ferguson, 28, of Muncie, Indiana,
approached. As Billman began to exit the vehicle, Ferguson fled into a wooded area.
Ferguson was apprehended a short while later and was charged with first degree
burglary, attempted burglary, and receiving stolen property. He was then taken to
Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville for treatment of a leg injury.
Officials released a description of the third suspect on WKKS Radio and asked
for anyone who may have spotted him to contact authorities.
At 6:15 a.m., as the search for the suspect, Charles M. Youngblood, 18, of
Hartford County, Indiana, continued in an area around Lewis County Central Elementary, a
two-vehicle was reported at the intersection of the AA Highway and Ky. Rt. 59.
Dennis Brown/ Herald
Vanceburg Lions Club member Tim Bowden looks over items removed from a file cabinet when
the E.V. Holder Jr. Lions Center was burglarized early Tuesday, October 31. A UK jacket
and an afghan were taken.
A witness reported that the occupant of one of the vehicles, a blue Geo Metro,
fled the scene on foot, traveling north on Fairlane Drive.
Investigators at the scene discovered a sawed-off shotgun inside the vehicle,
and learned that the vehicle had been taken from near a residence on Harper Avenue. The
driver of the other vehicle, a service truck, was not injured.
At 6:45 a.m., a 1996 Dodge pick up was reported stolen from a lot near the
Vanceburg Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
At 7:20 a.m., Billman radioed back from Maysville, where he was waiting for
Ferguson to be treated, that Maysville authorities had captured Youngblood at a motel
Youngblood was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center on charges of
receiving stolen property, giving false information to police, and fugitive from justice
charges on an outstanding warrant in Indiana.
Later Tuesday authorities determined that the three had a place of residence in
Morehead. Kentucky State Police obtained a search warrant for the residence and several
items, which had been reported stolen in several burglaries, were seized at that location.
KSP said that burglaries had been reported in Bath, Morgan, Elliott and Carter
Officials are continuing the investigation to determine if the suspects may
have been involved in other burglaries around the area.
Billman said additional charges are pending and added that the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had been contacted concerning the sawed-off shotgun.
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Tollesboro burglaries investigated
|Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies and the Kentucky
State Police are investigating three burglaries in the Tollesboro area.
Bryon Walker said the burglar or burglars gained entry to the three homes by forcing their
way through the back door.
Walker said the first burglary was reported Wednesday, November 1, by James and
Pam Cundiff of Rt. 1 Tollesboro.
Walker said a 30-30 Winchester rifle with scope, a 12-gauge Winchester pump
shotgun, a pair of Bushnell binoculars, a hunting knife and ammunition were taken from a
gun cabinet. The items were valued at more than $700.
|Walker said Mack Wright of Tollesboro reported a
burglary he discovered Thursday. Reported taken were a Stevens two-barrel shotgun that had
belonged to Wright's grandfather, along with a 20-gauge Remington pump shotgun and an
Emerson video cassette recorder. The items were valued at more than $900.
said someone had reported a seeing a small red pick up truck in Wright's driveway earlier
in the day.
Walker also said that KSP Trooper Rob Prater is investigating a burglary at the
home of Troy Bane in Tollesboro where two guns were taken.
Anyone having information concerning the burglaries should contact the Lewis
County Sheriff's Office at 606-796-2912. Callers may remain anonymous.
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Leo Club has successful Sight Night
|The Vanceburg Leo Club put a spin on
the usual Halloween routine this year. They decided to participate in Sight Night 2000.
trick or treating this year, we decided to collect used eyeglasses along with our candy.
We satisfied our sweet tooths and served the community!" said Morgan Burriss,
Leo Club secretary.
The old glasses collected on Sight Night will be cleaned, repaired, classified
by prescription and hand-delivered to people in developing countries such as Bolivia,
Thailand and Mexico on LensCrafters and Lions club missions in 2001.
"Our clubs participation had a global impact and really made a
difference!" commented Leo Tera Howard.
The Vanceburg Leo Club had a scream collecting old glasses on Sight
.but they are not done yet!
The Leos will be collecting glasses throughout the year and they can be dropped
off at Rons Food World, Dr. L. Michael Bertrams office and the Vanceburg Lions Club on Monday Night Bingo.
Special thanks to Lions Club President Sam
Howard, Lori Holder, Tina Swearingen and Sue Bloomfield for volunteering their time and
assistance with this project. Other members of the Leo Club include Jasmine Hall, Amanda
Braden, Shannon Jamison, Rachael Jamison, Hannah Jamison.
Members of the Vanceburg Leo Club and their guests, Cory Collins,
Corey Swearingen, Emma Holder, Samuel Holder, Samantha Howard, Morgan Burriss, Tera
Howard, Tatum Holder, Casey Swearingen, Brandi McKee, John Zornes and Derick Stone (not
there yet: Brock "Shaving Cream" OCull), had a successful
Sight Night on Halloween collecting used eyeglasses while trick or treating.
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