January 26, 2010,
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suspect apprehended in North Carolina
suspect thought to be the triggerman in a shooting incident on Montgomery Road
has been apprehended in North Carolina.
search for the suspect spanned a three state area as officials closed in on his
trail. It ended last night when he was apprehended in Durham County, North
Carolina, according to Deputy Dwayne Stone. The shooting incident happened
County Sheriff Bill Lewis said the suspect was identified last week after a
surveillance video showing Gary Robinson and another man at a convenience store
in Greenup County was shown on WSAZ Television’s website.
30 minutes of the video being released, someone called in to the sheriff’s
office and identified the man who was with Robinson,” Lewis said.
said the video appeared to show Robinson had the man some money.
said the suspect was identified as Wesley Bernard Allen, 45, of Bahama, North
Carolina, a small community near Durham. Allen is thought to be the person who
shot John Jamison at Jamison’s home on Montgomery Road.
said local deputies worked with officials in North Carolina and obtained a
warrant for Allen.
said last week SWAT teams there approached two locations known to be frequented
by Allen but were unable to locate him. “At this time he remains on the
run,” Lewis said on Friday. “But we will
was arrested by Durham County law enforcement Sunday night, according to Stone.
“The authorities confirmed he had an injury to his face,” Stone added.
said he believes Allen received an injury to his face as he and Jamison fired at
each other. “We recovered a blood sample at the scene which does not match the
victim,” Lewis said. He added the sheriff’s department had received reports
last week that Allen had visited a hospital in North Carolina for treatment of a
facial injury and had reportedly been seeking the services of a plastic surgeon.
said reports had also surfaced that Allen had been sighted in Virginia,
resulting in a search for him by authorities there.
said Allen apparently fired 10 rounds at Jamison, 47, from a .40 caliber pistol,
judging from the number of spent cartridges located at the scene. He said
initial reports were that Jamison had been hit by three of those rounds although
family members recently told him Jamison had received seven bullet wounds.
H. Robinson, 62, was arrested January 15 just
inside Greenup County and charged with complicity to commit first degree
assault. He was lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center and was later
released on $100,000 cash bond.
said Robinson was escorted by jail officials back to his home in Ashland and
fitted with a monitoring device. He remains confined to his home.
said Jamison is continuing his recovery from the bullet wounds at Grant
Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
said the sheriff’s department was notified about 9:00 a.m. January 15 of a
shooting incident at the home of John and Dana Jamison on Montgomery Road at
said a suspect reportedly knocked on the front door at the Jamison home and
when Dana Jamison answered the door, he asked to speak with a person who was
not at the home and then asked to speak with John Jamison.
said Dana Jamison warned her husband that something didn’t seem right
about the visitor and he responded to the door with a .357 caliber pistol.
said John Jamison and the suspect fired at each other while Jamison was in
the living room of the home and the suspect was on the front porch. He said
Jamison was struck in the neck and upper torso by shots fired from the .40
said after the shooting the suspect was seen fleeing south on Montgomery
Road in a later model white Toyota Camry.
was taken to the mouth of Montgomery Road by his wife, where they met up
with a MedCorp Ambulance which had been dispatched to that location on the
AA Highway. Jamison was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth,
Ohio, where he underwent emergency surgery, Lewis said. Jamison was
transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus after he had been
said Deputy Dwayne Stone and Deputy Tom Polley soon developed several leads
and obtained a warrant which led to the arrest of Robinson.
said Deputy Stone along with officers from the Greenup County Sheriff’s
Department and Kentucky State Police were waiting for Robinson to arrive at
a school in Greenup County on the afternoon of the day of the shooting. He
said Robinson apparently saw the officers and didn’t pull into the school
was stopped a short time later by a KSP Trooper on Ky. Rt. 8 near the Lewis
County line, Lewis said.
said Robinson and Dana Jamison have a child together from a previous
said the process is underway to begin extradition proceedings to return
Allen to Kentucky to face the charges.
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Former county clerk indicted
By Dennis Brown
Lewis County Clerk Shirley Hinton has been indicted for allegedly
misappropriating office funds and filing false tax returns.
Lewis County Grand Jury handed up the 13 count indictment January 15 which
included six counts of theft by failure to make required disposition over $500
(class D felonies), six counts of filing false income tax returns (class D
felonies), and one count of first degree official misconduct (class A
charges were announced last Tuesday in a press release from Kentucky Attorney
General Jack Conway’s office.
charges cover six years, 1999, 2001 and 2005 through 2008, and are the result of
investigations by the office of Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen, the
Kentucky Department of Revenue and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.
case was presented to the grand jury by the Office of Special Prosecutions, a
branch of the Attorney General’s office, according to the release.
charges allege that in each of the six years Hinton failed to make required
payment or disposition of public funds and filed false tax returns with the
Kentucky Department of Revenue. The misdemeanor charge on official misconduct
covers the period from January 1, 1999, to May 1, 2009.
74, is being represented by Vanceburg attorney Lloyd Spear. Spear said last week
that Hinton is “mortified and heartbroken by the charges.”
regrets that these charges cast her years of public service in this light,” he
said Hinton has reimbursed all funds in question and has also paid back the
costs of the special audits which had been conducted.
is no loss of any tax money whatsoever,” he said.
was never a falsification of records or of the daily sheets,” he added.
said Hinton would have already made an appearance in Lewis County Circuit
Court but that Circuit Judge Robert Conley recused himself because Hinton
had been a long-time local public official and he had had official dealings
with her on several occasions.
said Special Judge John David Caudill has appointed Carter Circuit Judge
Rebecca Phillips to the case.
are working with the Attorney General’s office now to schedule a date for
the arraignment,” Spear said. “Right now we’re looking at an
appearance in Lewis Circuit Court before Judge Phillips in late February.”
began her career in the Lewis County Clerk’s Office in 1954 under then
County Clerk George Martin Plummer. In 1969 she was elected to the office
and served as clerk until her retirement last year.
an audit released last year by Luallen’s office, auditors reported bank
deposits for the first three months of 2007 were short $15,312. In the same
report auditors noted that office records tested for the beginning of 2008
they found the account short nearly $20,000.
responded in the audit that she had repaid those funds from her personal
chief deputy clerk, Glenda Himes, was appointed to complete the unexpired
term which runs through this year.
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Interagency Council hears
report on local substance abuse
Lewis County Interagency Council met last week and heard a presentation
concerning drug and substance abuse issues in Lewis County. The presentation was
made by Connie Richardson and David Green from Comprehend.
two discussed issues related to alcohol and drug abuse both in Lewis County and
throughout the Commonwealth.
said Kentucky currently ranks first in the nation in abuse of prescription
drugs, according to research obtained by Comprehend. Richardson discussed local
resources to address these addictions, including support groups and
inpatient/outpatient treatment facilities.
Drug Tip Hotline has been established which allows individuals to anonymously
report any illegal drug activity or underage drinking. The hotline number is
866-950-3784, and tips are passed along to the appropriate law enforcement
agency for investigation.
discussed the Regional Prevention Center of Comprehend which offers information,
education, referrals and strategies for both individuals and communities to
address problems related to substance abuse.
more information on services available through Comprehend, call 606-796-3021 in.
Informational materials were available at the meeting and are still available at
the Extension Office.
said a regional forum to address the issue of substance abuse is scheduled for
Monday, February 22, 2010, in Morehead.
Johns of Federated Transportation Services of the Bluegrass reported that
ridership on the L-Trans system has remained steady since the service began in
said three L-Trans drivers are now transporting riders between Lewis County and
Maysville. Rides to other destinations may be possible provided that there are
enough riders to go to that destination. A
brochure is now being finalized which will include the bus schedules.
Individuals needing transportation through L-Trans should call
1-888-848-0989 to check route availabilities.
Christmas Committee reported that final numbers from the 2009 Christmas programs
in Lewis County are now being collected. A
meeting will be scheduled for the Christmas committee to review last year’s
programs and begin planning for the upcoming year.
representatives had the opportunity to share information about upcoming events,
special announcements and general program updates.
The Lewis County
Interagency Council will meet again on Tuesday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the
Lewis County Extension Office.
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Public hearing held for Vanceburg police
hearing for an employee of the Vanceburg Police Department that had originally
been scheduled on December 18 was held last week at the Vanceburg Municipal
Ryan Hull requested the hearing to be open to the public and was represented at
the meeting by Vanceburg attorney Lloyd Spear.
Miller, a Lexington attorney retained by the Kentucky League of Cities, was on
hand in an advisory capacity to the mayor and council.
received a two day suspension without pay in December and requested the public
hearing to protest the suspension.
said at the hearing that Hull had been served with papers outlining three
separate disciplinary charges, all treated as insubordination.
those called by Spear to testify in the matter were Vanceburg Police Chief Joe
Billman, Police Lt. Tom Flannigan, Hull and two radio dispatchers.
outlined the three charges and questions to the witnesses concerned the
incidents and how the matters occurred.
said an incident September concerned Hull’s failure to complete an incident
incident in December was over the amount of time officers spent at the 911
Dispatch Center. Another December incident, which prompted Hull’s suspension,
was for his alleged failure to carry out a direct order by not getting a
petition signed and returned to the Mayor’s Office by a certain time.
Billman’s responses to questioning, he said Hull had failed to complete and
return an incident report after saying he would do so.
also said he witnessed Hull’s cruiser parked at the 911 Dispatch Center for an
extended period of time and that he had directed Hull to have a petition signed
by a council member and returned to the office in a timely manner.
testified that he has been with the Vanceburg Police Department for five years
and typically works the 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. shift.
questioning from Spear, Hull said he didn’t agree with the discipline he was
given and didn’t believe he was insubordinate. He said he didn’t have a
problem with following orders from Billman or from Mayor Angie Patton.
the first incident, Hull said he had told Billman he would try to find out
information about the incident report he had been asked about and found that
another officer had been dispatched first on that particular incident.
Hull said that on the second incident he was only at the dispatch center for
less than an hour total when he stopped by that evening to see if those working
at the center wanted something to eat and again later when he returned on his
also explained that on the third reported incident, he was assisting a KSP
trooper and acknowledged Billman had contacted him to tell him to get some
paperwork signed by a council member and that it needed to be done that day.
said he assisted the trooper and was able to obtain the council member’s
signature, but that some delays had resulted in him getting the paperwork
returned to the mayor’s office after 4:30 p.m.
said he was unaware the paperwork needed to be returned before 4:30 p.m. so it
could be faxed to another office.
Michael Justice testified that Hull had stopped by the dispatch center for a
short time and returned later spending a maximum of 30 minutes there on his
Patty Beth Moore told Spear that Hull was at the dispatch center for about 15
minutes that evening when his shift first started. She said her shift at the
center ended a short time later and she didn’t see him again that evening.
Tom Flannigan told Spear that several years ago he recalled that Hull had been
reprimanded for not getting paperwork filed in a timely manner and that there
had been no other problems he was aware of since that time.
questioning by City Attorney John Holder, Hull said Billman was a reasonable
supervisor and gave reasonable orders.
told Holder that in the first instance he didn’t submit the report because he
didn’t have information on the case. He said that in the second instance he
believed he had complied with the order to not spend an unreasonable amount of
time at the dispatch center.
the third incident, he told Holder he would have had ample time to get the
paperwork signed and returned by 4:30 p.m. if nothing else had been going on
that day, adding that he had told both Billman and Patton that he was assisting
a KSP trooper with a juvenile case.
his summarization, Spear said that hull was anything but an insubordinate
officer and that a set of circumstance had come together with the incidents
brought to light which resulted in the disciplinary action being taken against
said the two shift suspension without pay was “… much too harsh for what has
occurred here.” He said Hull didn’t willfully disregard the orders given to
said that the evidence was clear. “There was an order in each and every
instance and he (Hull) admitted the orders weren’t followed.”
told Hull there was no doubt that he was a fine police officer. “It has to do
with you being a compliant city employee. That’s what this is about,” he
the end of Holder’s statement, Patton asked if any council members wanted to
make a motion to go into closed session for discussion. None of the council
members indicated they would make the motion and the hearing was adjourned.
said later it was his understanding that Patton would review a transcript of the
testimony and make a determination concerning whether the suspension would stand
or be overturned.
ruling on the matter had not been made as of press time.
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emergency levels will be advisory
With the recent adoption of an ordinance by
Lewis County Fiscal Court a law went into effect which authorizes the judge
executive to determine levels of snow emergencies in the county and allow for
violators to be fined from $25 to $100.
Applegate said several counties around the state
have similar ordinances in effect and have found it to be beneficial in a number
of ways. He said the purpose of the ordinance is to help reduce the number of
accidents and have less interference with snow removal and emergency vehicles.
The ordinance allows the
judge executive to determine snow emergencies on three levels with the first
level advising cautious driving.
The second level advises
that only motorists whose travel is necessary should be on the roadway and the
third level advises that only essential travel take place.
The ordinance also
includes a section that outlines parking restrictions along roadways and a
section allowing county crews to assist in clearing state-owned roadways.
Applegate said that when
a snow emergency is put into effect the level of snow emergency will be posted
on The Lewis County Herald website and
announcements will be made on WKKS.
“The primary purpose of this ordinance is to
have a system in place to determine countywide how dangerous the roadways are
and to advise the traveling public,” Applegate said.
Applegate said he would make a determination
concerning the level after consulting with the road supervisor and with others.
He said deputies, county employees and emergency workers could have input on the
emergency level and that he would monitor weather forecasts and keep up to date
on roadway conditions throughout the county.
He said the decision would be based on the
safety of the county’s roadways at a given time.
He said although the ordinance allows for
violators to be cited and fined if they travel unnecessarily or park on
rights-of-ways during certain levels of snow emergencies, he won’t call for
enforcement unless motorists are causing problems.
Magistrate Joe Bentley voted against adoption of
the ordinance during the January meeting of fiscal court.
Bentley said he had been approached by several
of his constituents who voiced opposition to the ordinance.
“They said it was a law they felt couldn’t
be enforced,” Bentley said. “I agree that enforcement could be a problem. I
can see where people might think it’s something that could have selective
Applegate said he intends for the ordinance to
allow another level of travel advisory for motorists in the county and could be
utilized to help ensure the safety of road workers who are given the
responsibility of salting and plowing roads after significant snowfall.
“It will primarily be an advisory tool,”
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