February 2, 2010,
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Two shooting suspects in custody
- Several candidates file before deadline - One
injured in accident/fire under investigation - Harry
Carrington files for District Two Magistrate - Gary
Laney files for District Two Magistrate
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shooting suspects in custody
As local officials work with North Carolina
officials to have a shooting suspect extradited back to Lewis County, a second
suspect in what officials are calling an attempted “murder-for-hire” remains
on house arrest at his Ashland home.
Gary H. Robinson, 62, appeared last week in Lewis
County District Court for a preliminary hearing on the charges of complicity to
commit first-degree assault. His case was bound over to the Lewis County Grand
Authorities believe Robinson hired Wesley B.
Allen, 45, to shoot John Jamison, 47, at Jamison’s home on Montgomery Road.
The shooting incident happened January 15.
Robinson was arrested just inside Greenup County
later that same day and lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center. He was
later released on $100,000 cash bond. As a condition of the release, he is to
remain confined to his home.
Allen was arrested in Durham County, North
Carolina, on January 24. Deputy Dwayne Stone, who is lead investigator in the
case, said authorities in North Carolina reported Allen had facial injuries when
he was apprehended.
Allen is under a $500,000 secured bond as a
fugitive from another state in a Durham County jail while he awaits extradition
Stone said Allen may have been injured when he
and Jamison exchanged gunfire. “We recovered a blood sample at the scene which
does not match that of the victim,” Stone said. “We will have it tested
against a sample from the suspect to see if it matches.”
Sheriff Bill Lewis said the incident happened
shortly before 9:00 a.m. on January 15. “We received a call about a shooting
incident at the home of John and Dana Jamison on Montgomery Road,” he said.
said the 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 caliber gun.
said after the shooting the suspect was seen fleeing south on Montgomery Road in
a later model white Toyota Camry.
said Jamison reportedly fired five rounds at the
He added that Jamison was struck by seven of the ten bullets fired by the
suspect. “We recovered 10 bullet casings from the .40 caliber gun,”
said initial reports were that Jamison had been struck by three bullets but
family members later reported to him that Jamison had been struck seven
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, Ohio, after he had been
said Deputy Stone and Deputy Tom Polley soon developed several leads and
obtained a warrant for 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 where he was arrested, Lewis said.
was identified after a surveillance video showing Robinson and another man
at a Greenup County convenience store was shown on WSAZ Television’s
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.
is believed the two knew each other from their work, Lewis said.
said the video appeared to show Robinson hand the man some money.
said local deputies worked with officials in North Carolina and obtained a
warrant for Allen.
said SWAT teams there had approached two locations known to be frequented by
Allen but were initially unable to locate him.
cause was determined at Robinson’s preliminary hearing last week on the
charge of complicity to commit first degree assault. His case will be bound
over to the Lewis County Grand Jury.
said Robinson and Dana Jamison have a child together from a previous
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Several candidates file before deadline
By Dennis Brown
Several candidates have filed to run in the May 2010 Primary Election in
January 26 was the last day to file as a candidate in the upcoming
primary, although most candidates in Lewis County filed prior to the deadline.
Candidates who have filed for the local races are:
County Clerk - Glenda Himes, R
County Clerk - Charles Joe Hall, R
County Clerk - George Anderson, R
Judge Executive - Anita M. Gilbert, D
Judge Executive - Bill Tom Cooper, R
Judge Executive - Steve Applegate, R
Judge Executive - Tim Underwood, R
Judge Executive - Thomas H. Massie, R
Sheriff - Tim Walters, R
Sheriff - Johnny W. Bivens, R
Sheriff - Gary Corns, R
Sheriff - Joe Paul Gilbert, R
Sheriff - Jeffrey K. Himes, R
PVA - Anthony W. Silvey, R
County Attorney - Thomas M. Bertram, R
Jailer - Chris McCane, R
Jailer - Larry E. Mason, R
Jailer - Glenn D. Bannister, R
Jailer - Etta Fay Carroll, R
Jailer - Charles Ivan Blevins, R
Constable, District 1 - Mark E. Hershey, R
Constable, District 1 - Terry Armstrong, R
Constable, District 1 - Jason A. Moore, R
Constable, District 1 - David Lancaster, R
Constable, District 2 - Aaron Gilbert, R
Constable, District 2 - Arthur "Big Boy" Applegate, R
Constable, District 3 - Rafe Gibson, R
Constable, District 3 - Larry Colley, R
Surveyor - Michael Ruggles, R
Magistrate, District 1 - Milt Stanfield, R
Magistrate, District 2 - Kasey Nolen, R
Magistrate, District 2 - Paul Bruce Swearingen, R
Magistrate, District 2 - Danny McCane, D
Magistrate, District 2 - Gary Laney, R
Magistrate, District 2 - Harry Carrington, R
Magistrate, District 3 - Joe Bentley, R
Coroner - Tony Gaydos, R
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One hurt in accident/fire
A Vanceburg woman was injured last week when the
auto she was traveling in went off the roadway and struck a ditch.
Lewis County Deputy Sheriff Dwayne Stone said the
incident happened about three miles west of Vanceburg on Ky. Rt. 3037 Tuesday
morning as a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, operated by Jack M. Dyer, 50, of
Vanceburg was traveling east on the roadway.
Stone said Dyer told him a small maroon car was
in his lane and that he “ . . . cut to the right and traveled 105 feet down
the guardrail face.” The vehicle then reportedly crossed both lanes of Ky. Rt.
3037, traveling 63 feet before leaving the roadway.
Stone said the auto then traveled another 90 feet
through the ditch line and a yard before striking a sidewalk and driveway
culvert. He said the vehicle went airborne, traveled 42 feet and struck a
hillside before rolling over a road sign and coming to rest in the ditch.
Stone said a witness reported that he saw the
maroon car and that Dyer reported the maroon car had passed another car just
before the incident happened.
Stone said no one in the other vehicles stopped
and he is now attempting to identify the maroon car and its driver.
A passenger in the Crown Victoria, Barbara M.
Dyer, 53, of Vanceburg, was injured and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in
Huntington, West Virginia, by Air Met medical helicopter. He said the helicopter
had landed near Lewis County Middle School on Lions Lane, near the scene of the
Stone is continuing the investigation into the
accident. He was assisted at the scene by Lewis County Fire and Rescue, who
utilized the Jaws-of-Life to help extricate Mrs. Dyer from the auto, and MedCorp
Fire officials are working to determine the cause
of a fire last week that destroyed a Vanceburg home.
Firefighters were called to Slate Church Road in
Vanceburg Thursday afternoon to respond to a fire at the home of Dennis Plummer.
Firefighters from Vanceburg, Black Oak, Lewis
County and Camp Dix Fire Departments responded to the call.
Vanceburg Fire Chief Carl Chaney said the first
firefighters to arrive on the scene reported they saw fire around the mid-area
of the structure near where a heating stove was thought to be located.
Tanker trucks ferried water from a nearby hydrant
to the home where a pumper supplied hoses to the firefighters.
Chaney said the efforts to douse the fire were
hampered for a while as firefighters waited for a utility crew to arrive on the
scene to disconnect electricity.
The home was totally destroyed by the fire.
Chaney said that although the cause of this fire
hasn’t yet been determined, many fires during extreme cold spells are caused
by heating stoves.
He advises residents to take all precautions when
using any heat source and to follow all manufacturer recommendations.
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Harry Carrington is Dist. 2 Magistrate
Harry Mitchell Carrington has announced he is a
Republican candidate for District Two Magistrate in the upcoming primary
“The experience I have acquired during my
tenure with the City of Vanceburg has developed my hands-on knowledge of
roadways, culverts and many other various projects, to a level where it will
enable me to serve you well,” Carrington said on making his announcement.
Carrington is the son of the late Mitchell
Carrington and Goldie Carrington Monteith. He is a lifelong resident of Lewis
County and presently resides about a mile west of Vanceburg on Ky. Rt. 8.
“My wife (Tena Clark Carrington) and I have
been happily married for 26 years,” he said. “She is also a lifelong Lewis
County resident. We have one daughter, Sarah Carrington Carpenter, of whom we
are very proud.”
Carrington has been employed by the City of
Vanceburg for more than 25 years and has been a full-time bus driver for the
Lewis County School System for more than five years. He is the owner and
operator of Carrington Lawn Service, which he describes as having been a very
successful business for several years.
“One of my primary goals is to improve these
roadways, bridges and culvert systems in a manner that will make them safer.
That, along with implementing a long-term plan for these repairs and
replacements with realistic expectations without burdening the citizens with any
additional costs,” he stated.
“Another one of my goals, and probably the most
important, is to pursue any and all avenues to bring jobs to Lewis County,”
Carrington said. “In this rapidly changing economy, I am very aware of the
needs of families struggling to survive. I give you my
word that I will do everything within my
power to make a change for this county and its people.”
“The people of District Two are very important
to me,” he said. “I will always try to make time for your concerns and do my
best to talk to each of you personally. We must have open, honest and insightful
communication between one another if we plan on decisively accomplishing the
tasks within our district.
“I think we need to be very optimistic about
what we can achieve. However, maintaining our objectivity and well grounded,
no-nonsense approach to realistic goals for our county, not only our district,
is of upmost importance,” he said.
“We need all of Lewis County to succeed. It is
imperative that we have a healthy balance of both optimism and common sense,”
would be very appreciative of your support in the upcoming primary election,”
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is Dist. 2 Magistrate candidate
Gary Laney has announced he is a Republican
candidate for District Two Magistrate in the May 2010 Primary Election.
“I have made my decision to run after receiving
much encouragement and support from many friends and acquaintances,” he said.
“At this time I am asking the residents of District Two for their support and
Laney is the son of Shirley Laney of Black Oak
and the late Denver Laney. He has been a Black Oak resident of 47 of his 50
years. Rhonda Laney, his wife of 14 years, is the daughter of Glen and Ruby
Kegley of Petersville. They have three children, Miranda Dearing, 25, Lakin
Highfield, 21, and Waylan Laney, 21.
Laney is self-employed, having started Laney
Services, an excavation and trucking business, in 1997. In 2005 the Laneys built
Black Oak Storage Shack, a 28 unit storage building. In 2007 they added another
34 unit building.
In 2008 the couple purchased Kleen Rite Car Wash
in Vanceburg and in March 2009 renovated and improved the facility to better
serve customers. It was renamed East End Car Wash.
“Being self-employed I will be available to
check on roads when needed during emergencies such as flooding,” he said. “I
would make it a priority to travel the county roads in a timely manner to check
on the condition of them.”
“While monitoring the road conditions is an
important part of being a magistrate in Lewis County, I believe there are things
the county can do that would create jobs which the county could profit from,”
“I would also like to see another fiscal court
meeting during evening hours that would give day-shift workers an opportunity to
attend. This county belongs to the people and everyone should have the
opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas,” Laney stated.
“I would be honest and truthful with the
residents of District Two on issues that would be coming up. I will keep in mind
the concerns of the people when placing my/our vote.”
“I would be honored to serve as your magistrate
to be a part of the fiscal court, to work with the public, judge executive,
other magistrates, and other county officials in making decision that would
better the county and the citizens herein,” he said.
“Again, I ask for your vote. Your vote would be
greatly appreciated,” he said. “I will work for you.”
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