November 30, 2010,
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lab discoveries at an all time high - Home heating fires a
leading cause of deaths - Three
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ahead on new library
Meeting in regular session this
month the Trustee Board of the Helen H. Rayburn Public
Library of Lewis County took further
steps in the process of having a new library constructed for the benefit of the
The board moved to acquire a Fidelity
Bond for Board President Lena Fugate and Treasurer Sandra Rouse for $1.1
million with Bertram-Hull Insurance Agency in Vanceburg. The law requires that
any person authorized to sign checks or who has access to the bank accounts in
such projects be bonded.
Sandy Bivens was nominated and
elected to be the new Vice President of the board. She replaces Ron Mays, whose
term expired on June 30.
Library Director Marilyn Conway
reported that Attorney Lloyd Spear has written a letter to the Fiscal
Court in behalf of the Library Board requesting that the county fairly
compensate the library for $18,123 of revenue lost due to an error in recording
the tax rates last year. The letter asks that fiscal court contact their
insurance carrier to see if it has coverage for such errors
Due to the resignation of
Theresa Rizzo, the board is looking for an accountant to serve as payroll clerk.
One person was suggested for the position, and Conway plans to ask if that
accountant will take the part time job.
Architect Jeff Pearson explained
his responses to a Correction Letter received from the Public Protection
Housing, Buildings and Construction; Division of Building
Codes Enforcement. Fourteen items were on the list, and they have all
Conway announced the board will
enjoy its annual Christmas Dinner during the
next meeting on Tuesday, December 14 at the library at 1:00 p.m.
Two important events pertaining
to the Library Project have been added to the calendar. On Monday, November
22, at 1:00 p.m. a pre-construction meeting is scheduled to be held
at the library. Ground breaking will take place on Friday, December 10, at
11:30 a.m. on the construction site next to
the Vanceburg Post Office.
Conway’s monthly director’s
report shows that 809 patrons checked out books last month. That total does
not include everyone who came to the library for other purposes, only those
that checked out books. Many others come to the library to read the
newspapers and magazines, or to make copies or send faxes. Some do research
in the library or take advantage of the free computer usage without being
added to the patron count.
The public checked out 4,639
books from the library and 1,184 from the Bookmobile.
Of the 1,450 times patrons signed in for computer usage the Internet was
accessed 722 times.
An ongoing effort is underway to
begin a “Friends of the Library” group in the county. Anyone interested
in fostering the work of the library may call 606-796-2532
for more information.
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submit monthly reports to magistrates
By Dennis Brown
County officials presented their monthly activity reports during the November
meeting of Lewis County Fiscal Court.
Bill Lewis filed his department’s report for activities from October 11, 2010,
to November 8, 2010:
Subpoenas Served 61
Domestic Related Calls 104
Civil Summons Served 29
Felony Arrests 20
Misdemeanor Arrests 11
Accident Investigations 8
Juvenile Investigations 14
Criminal Summons 12
Prisoners Transp. to Secure Facility 410
Juveniles Transported 637
DVOs and EPOs 12
Court Bailiff Hours 450
Prescription Deliveries 1
Auto Inspections 70
Funeral Escorts 8
Stolen Property Recovered
Chevy Suburban $2,000
Honda ATV 8,200
County Emergency Management Director Carl Chaney reported the following
Performed all routine administrative/office tasks as required by KyEM.
Turned in all monthly reports for KyEM.
Working with FEMA public assistance.
Attended a Hazardous Materials meeting in Fleming County.
Met with a FEMA representative at Morehead.
Taught Hazardous Materials Class at Maysville for two days.
Working on FEMA paperwork for May and July flooding.
Responded to a dump truck accident with possible diesel spill.
Provided dispatch coverage.
Working on 911 issues.
Working of Flood Plain issues.
Lewis County E-911 Dispatch Center received a total of 336 calls for service for
the following agencies:
Sheriff’s Department 147
Vanceburg Police Department 68
Traffic Stops 31
Injury Accidents 8
Non-injury Accidents 17
Department calls including fires, traffic accidents and EMS assistance:
Lewis Co. FD 4
Camp Dix FD 2
Garrison FD 7
Vanceburg FD 4
Firebrick FD 2
Black Oak FD 1
Kinniconick FD 2
Tollesboro FD 15
Med Corp Ambulance 82
Emergency Medical Assistance 2
Non-CAD Events 520
Supervisor Dane Howard reported that nearly 1,819 tons of gravel and nearly
234 tons of asphalt had been hauled over the previous month.
roads included Elk Lick, Black Lick, Paint Lick, Burnt Cabin, Stamper
Branch, Golden Ridge, Emerson area, Camp Dix area, Straight Fork and
Blankenship Cemetery Road.
reported that pipe had been installed or repaired at Garden Branch, Rose
Mountain Road, Holly Road and Cabin Creek. Ditching/road widening was
performed on Esham Fork.
were repaired at Buck Lick, Toller Hollow, Meadowbrook, Bradford Lane, River
View, Fannin Lane, Sand Branch, Tar Fork, Beechy Road, Little Sulphur Road
and Evans Lane approach.
cutting/mowing/tree and debris removal projects were completed for Waring
Cemetery, Amish House Lane and Firebrick Indian Run.
and other road repairs were made on Old Trace Ridge, Toller Hollow, Elk
Lick, Holly Road, Fingerboard Road, Evans Lane entrance, Rock Run Road and
Heddleston Church Road.
redecking/repairs were made on Aills Road.
County Jailer Tim Underwood filed the following activity report for
September 1– 30, 2010:
State Inmates CC/CD/CI 24
Served Out 0
County Inmates 52
Inmates Booked In 61
Average Daily Jail Population 68
Booking, Housing, Medical, Damaged Property
Telephone Commission $N/A
Class D/CC/CI Pay for April $11,658.48
Somerset Food in October $7,580.52
GPS System $985.00
300 Miles during the month to Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center and
Larue County Detention Center.
reported that 18 Class D inmates participated in the work program totaling
1,280 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.
said 162 bags of waste were picked up in various locations for the Clean
reported the commissary account at the jail totaled $15,285.40 and the
inmate account had a balance of $2,264.56.
Lewis County Animal Shelter reported 11 total animals picked-up and 28
dropped off; 7 adopted; 22 put down or died; and 56 calls received.
Donations amounted to $140 for the month.
Treasurer Kathy Dillow reported the total of all county funds for the month
of October had a beginning balance of $653,405.877 and an ending balance of
$536,565.25. Receipts for the month totaled $433.892.74 while disbursements
next regular meeting of Lewis County Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m.
December 13, 2010, in the third floor courtroom of the Lewis County
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discoveries at an all time high
Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky is on track to record more than 1,000 illegal methamphetamine
labs in 2010, despite years of escalating efforts to control production and
abuse of the highly addictive drug.
That would be the most labs ever found in the state.
That record is certain to help drive debate in the 2011 legislative session
about a proposal to require a prescription for the cold and allergy drug that
addicts and traffickers use to make meth.
"That's going to probably be a very controversial bill if the
pharmaceutical companies are not happy with it," said the sponsor, state
Rep. Linda Belcher, a Democrat from Bullitt County.
That's probably a given, Belcher said.
Police found 111 meth labs in October, the most ever in any single month,
Kentucky State Police reported Wednesday.
As of November 23, police had found 919 meth labs in the state.
That's already more than the 741 found last year — which was a record — and
this year's final number will likely top 1,000, state police said.
The number of labs is up because people have found ways to evade restrictions on
purchases of an ingredient needed to make meth, and because they have found
simpler ways to convert that ingredient to meth in small, homemade labs, police
The ingredient at issue is pseudoephedrine, a decongestant found in some
over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines.
Meth "cookers" amass piles of pills that contain the drug, then use a
chemical process that involves toxic substances such as drain cleaner to convert
the pseudoephedrine to meth in labs often fashioned from plastic bottles.
Each small lab doesn't produce much meth, so cookers create more labs, said
Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force.
There are limits on how much pseudoephedrine a person can buy in a month, and
Kentucky has an electronic tracking system that pharmacists have used to block
thousands of attempts to buy more than the legal limit.
However, that system has not driven down the number of meth labs in the state.
Meth makers are increasingly circumventing the limits with a tactic called
"smurfing" — getting a number of people to buy their limit of pills
containing pseudoephedrine and turn them over to the cooker.
The smurfers get paid in cash or meth.
The National Methamphetamine and Pharmaceuticals Initiative, made up of police
and prosecutors, says smurfing is at "epidemic proportions" across the
The tactic is helping drive the spike in meth labs in Kentucky, Loving said.
"That's not going to stop until we eliminate smurfing," Loving said.
The best way to do that is to require a prescription for medication containing
pseudoephedrine, Loving said.
and other supporters of that move point to Oregon as an example.
Oregon was the first state to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine,
beginning in 2006.
This year, Mississippi became the second state with a similar requirement.
Oregon had far more meth labs than Kentucky at one point — 587 to 175 in 2001,
But the rule requiring a prescription for products containing pseudoephedrine
has wiped out meth labs in Oregon, said Rob Bovett, a prosecutor there who wrote
the state's law.
Only five small meth labs have been found in Oregon this year, Bovett said.
There has been a corresponding, significant drop in abuse of meth and in crime,
"We're seeing meth driven down, down, down," Bovett said.
Police would like to cut the number of meth labs in Kentucky not only because
they feed drug abuse, but because the labs can blow up or expose children,
cookers and police to noxious fumes, and because used-up labs are hazardous
waste, costly to clean up.
A prescription was required for pseudoephedrine before 1976, when Congress
changed the law.
However, the Consumer Products Healthcare Association, which represents makers
of over-the-counter medications, opposes requiring prescriptions for
Among other things, the industry group argues that requiring prescriptions would
mean inconvenience and higher costs because people would have to get
prescriptions from doctors for common cold and allergy medicines such as
The association spent $307,777 on lobbying in the 2010 legislative session in
Kentucky against bills that would have placed additional restrictions on
That was more than any other group spent during the session.
Belcher, who sponsored a bill the association lobbied against, said she got
calls from people who said they'd been told she was trying to get rid of all
cold and allergy medicine. That was not correct, she said.
In reality, the bill she has pre-filed for the 2011 session would require a
prescription for pills containing the drug. A prescription would not be needed
for gel caps, because those can't be converted to meth, Belcher said.
Belcher said she doesn't think requiring a prescription for the pills would
cause a big problem for consumers.
The Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children says Oregon's law did not cause
major inconvenience for consumers or drive up state Medicaid costs. Many people
simply switched to cold and allergy medicine without pseudoephedrine, according
to the alliance.
Even if there is some inconvenience, however, it would be worth it to combat the
harm meth does to addicts and families and the costs it imposes on taxpayers,
"I think we may have to deal with a small amount of inconvenience to get
rid of this problem," Belcher said. "It's a horrible drug."
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heating fires a leading cause of deaths
As temperatures drop, home heating systems
will fast kick into gear. However, some of the heat sources that make us feel
warm and toasty also represent a leading cause of U.S. home fires and fire
According to the nonprofit National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA)’s latest U.S. home heating fires report, heating equipment -
primarily space heaters and fireplaces - caused an estimated 66,100 home
structure fires resulting in 480 civilian deaths, 1,660 injuries and $1.1
billion in direct property damage in 2008. The estimated home heating fire total
declined 0.5% from 2007.
Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s
vice president of communications, says the latest home heating fire statistics
signal that while we’re seeing a downward trend, there’s still much room for improvement.
certainly witnessed some declines in home heating fire rates over the short- and
long-term, which is encouraging,” says Carli. “But in spite of those gains, the actual number
of home heating fires and their devastating impact on people and property each
year is simply way too high. There’s still much more we can do become safer from
these types of fires.”
Space heaters result in far more fires and
losses than central heating devices. On average, between 2004 and 2008, fixed
(stationary) and portable space heaters (excluding fireplaces, chimneys, and
chimney connectors, but including wood stoves) annually accounted for one-third
(32%) of reported U.S. home heating fires, four out of five (82%) associated
civilian deaths, nearly two-thirds (64%) of associated civilian injuries, and
half (51%) of associated direct property damage.
In addition, an estimated 15,200 reported
creosote fires (23% of all home heating fires) resulted in four civilian deaths,
17 civilian injuries, and $33 million in direct property damage, on average,
each year from 2004-2008. Creosote is a sticky, oily, combustible substance
created when wood does not burn completely. It rises into the chimney as a
liquid and deposits on the chimney wall. It’s suspected that most creosote fires combine “failure-to-clean”
fires that were confined to a chimney or flue, or involved solid-fueled space
heaters, fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors.
Half (49%) of all home heating fires
occurred in December, January and February, with most heating equipment fires
starting due to a failure to clean equipment (25%), placing a heat source too
close to combustibles (14%), and unclassified mechanical failures or
malfunctions (13%). The leading cause of home heating fire deaths (52%) was
heating equipment being placed too close to things that can burn, such as
upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding.
“Because home heating fires are largely the result of human error,
the majority of them are preventable,” says Carli. “By following basic safety precautions and
making some simple modifications and adjustments, people can greatly reduce
As everyone prepares for the upcoming
heating season, NFPA offers the following advice to stay warm and fire-safe:
All heaters need space. Keep things that
can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating
Use heating equipment that has the label of
a recognized testing laboratory.
Install stationary space heating equipment,
water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and
manufacturer’s instruction. Have a qualified professional install the equipment.
Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is
vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is created
when fuels burn incompletely. CO poisoning can cause illness and even death.
Make sure the venting for exhaust is kept
clear and unobstructed. This includes removal of snow around the outlet to the
Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms
inside your home to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by
having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
Turn space heaters off when you leave a
room or go to sleep.
In an effort to reduce winter fires, NFPA is
partnering with the U.S. Fire Administration on a special campaign –
Put a Freeze on Winter Fires. For more information, visit NFPA’s
website at http://www.nfpa.org/winter.
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Three hurt, one dead
following Rowan County crash
accident on Ky. Rt. 377 near Morehead involving three vehicles resulted in the
death of an Olive Hill woman and injuries to three others. Two of those injured
are Vanceburg residents
spokesman with the Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police said the accident
happened about 7:10 p.m. Sunday.
spokesman said KSP received the report of a multi-vehicle fatality accident from
Morehead Police Department Dispatch. Trooper David Zimmerman, Trooper Jason
brown and Sgt. Rob Conn responded to the scene along with Det. Toby Gardner, an
accident reconstruction specialist.
spokesman said Justin A. Robinson, 25, of Olive Hill was northbound on Ky. Rt.
377 in a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu when he crossed the center line and struck a
southbound 2002 Chrysler sedan operated by Lance O’Cull, 24, of Vanceburg.
spokesman said after striking O’Cull’s vehicle, the Malibu came to rest in
the northbound lane facing southbound.
said a 1998 Oldsmobile sedan, operated by Anna M. Richmond, 18, of Vanceburg,
was traveling north and collided with the Malibu causing the vehicle to turn
back northbound and come to rest on the northbound shoulder. The Richmond
vehicle continued traveling northbound across the southbound lane, coming to
rest in a culvert.
spokesman said a passenger in the Malibu, Karie L. Hyunh, 21, of Olive Hill
suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at St. Claire Medical Center in
Morehead by Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt.
and O’Cull were airlifted from the scene and flown to the University of
Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where they are both listed in serious
condition, according to the spokesman.
was taken to St. Claire Medical Center where she was treated and later released,
Toby Gardner is continuing the investigation into the accident.
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