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Council updated on water
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session last week, the Vanceburg City Council moved to authorize Electric Plant Board
Superintendent Phil Kennedy to apply for loans totaling $1,515,000 for the Southern Lewis
County Water Project.
Kennedy said the $4 million project includes 54 miles of water lines out past Laurel
School to the Carter County line, Indian Creek, Quicks Run and Straight Fork.
The project has already received a $900,000 grant from Rural Utility Services,
$1,177,000 from a Kentucky State Grant 20/20 Program, $450,000 from the Appalachian
Regional Commission, and $135,000 which will be obtained from tap on fees. Kennedy
explained that the ARC grant is on stand-by status and that those funds usually get
He told the council that when this project
is completed the utility company would probably be able to get water lines to the side
roads for about $450,000 to $500,00.
Kennedy pointed out that Governor Paul Patton plans to have water service available to
all Kentuckians where feasible by the year 2020. Kennedy added that Lewis County should
accomplish that goal well before that date.
He asserted that the Vanceburg water system has equipment as modern as anyone and that
with six wells now and one more soon coming in Laurel and maybe another on Quicks Run,
that the county will have the capacity to get water to everyone.
He said the new well at Black Oak is pumping about 650,000 to 670,000 gallons of water
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Deputy injured in Sunday crash
|A Lewis County Deputy was injured early
Sunday when his cruiser was struck by another vehicle being pursued by a State Police
A spokesman with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department said the incident
happened about 2:00 a.m. Sunday on Skidmore Lane near garrison as Deputy Axel Simonetti
was responding to a domestic call in that area. Simonetti was traveling west on Skidmore
At the same time, a vehicle being pursued by Trooper Jeff Lewis for speeding on the AA
Highway was traveling east on Skidmore Lane.
The two vehicles collided head-on on the narrow roadway. Simonetti's cruiser came to
rest on the north side of the road after colliding with a barbed wire fence. The other
vehicle continued on the roadway for several yards before coming to a stop. Both vehicles
were extensively damaged.
The spokesman said the driver and a passenger in the vehicle fled the scene on foot and
were not immediately apprehended.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County
A Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy received
minor injuries but the cruiser was heavily damaged following a collision on Skidmore Lane
at Garrison early Sunday morning.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
Trooper Jeff Lewis checks out a vehicle
that collided with a Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy's cruiser early Sunday. The driver and
a passenger of the vehicle fled the scene. Lewis was in pursuit of the vehicle at the at
the time of the incident.
The spokesman said in the course of the investigation, it as determined that the
driver of the vehicle was thought to be Brian Clark of Garrison and the passenger a
Sheriff Bill Lewis said Clark is on probation and does not have a valid driver's
license. Lewis added that warrants were in the process of being obtained for Clark at
press time Monday.
Simonetti called for assistance following the accident. Trooper Lewis arrived on the
scene immediately following the accident.
Simonetti was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was
treated for minor injuries and released.
A second passenger in the auto that struck the cruiser was also injured and taken to
the Portsmouth medical center for treatment.
Brown/Lewis County Herald
Workers prepare to remove one of the
three vehicles involved in an accident about 8:00 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Ky.
Rt. 57 and the AA Highway at Tollesboro. State Police are investigating.
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Ohio man jailed on drug charges
|An Ohio man has been charged with trafficking in marijuana
after officers were called to respond to a public intoxication incident at Bee Mart in
Vanceburg early Friday.
Vanceburg Police Chief Joe Billman said a worker at Bee Mart on
the AA Highway called the police dispatcher about 1:30 a.m. Friday to report an apparently
intoxicated man that had stopped by the convenience store/gas station to get gas.
Officers Johnny Bivens and Chris Jordan responded to find the man putting gas in his
extended cab pickup. The officers determined that the man, Raleigh C. Campbell, 47, of New
Richmond, Ohio, to be under the influence of an intoxicant and proceeded to charge him
with public intoxication.
In the process of arresting Campbell, officers discovered a small bottle contained a
white powder in Campbell's pocket.
On further examination, officers discovered a duffel bag behind the front seat of the
pickup. In the duffel bag were 8.5 pounds of compressed block marijuana, Billman said.
Campbell was then charged with trafficking in marijuana more than five pounds, a class
C felony, and possession of a controlled substance not in its proper container.
About 8.5 pounds of compressed block
marijuana were seized last week after Vanceburg police arrested an Ohio man at Bee Mart in
Vanceburg. Other charges are pending against the man. His vehicle and a car trailer were
impounded by the department.
A Rottweiler, which was in the bed of the pickup, was turned over to
the animal control officer. The truck and a car hauler trailer were impounded by the
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Four arrested following burglaries
|Four Vanceburg men have been charged following two
separate burglaries last week.
Three were charged in connection with a burglary at
Triple D Lumber Company on the AA Highway west of Vanceburg and one was charged with the
theft of a stereo system from an auto in Vanceburg.
The fourth arrest was a result of information gathered while officials were
investigating the lumber company incident.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said the burglary at the lumber company happened overnight Wednesday
and was discovered about 8:30 a.m. Thursday by David Riffe.
Lewis said an estimated $2,000 worth of items were taken including a pressure washer, a
Stihl chainsaw, a back grinder and assorted tools.
While investigating the incident, Lewis and Deputy Elden Riffe were given information
obtained by Vanceburg Police Officers Chris Jordan and Johnny Bivens.
|The information led to the recovery of the property and
charges being filed against three Vanceburg men.
Lewis said Russell Eugene Edington, 27,
Jerry Allen Flinders, 20, and Kenneth Bruce Flinders, 18, were each charged with third
degree burglary and lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
Officers Bivens and Jordan obtained a search warrant later that night for the home of
Joe Corns on High Street in Vanceburg.
The officers searched the home and recovered a stereo system that had allegedly been
taken from an auto belonging to Daniel Cooper. The officers reportedly received other
items, resulting in additional charges against Corns.
Corns was charged with receiving stolen property over $300, controlled substance not in
proper container, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking n marijuana under eight
ounces. He was also lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
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