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Two charged after improper
drive-thru at restaurant
|Deputy Johnny Bivens is investigating an
accident early Friday morning at Tollesboro, resulting in extensive damage to a restaurant
and numerous charges against the driver of the vehicle that collided with it.
said he responded to the call at about 12:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Ky. Rts.
57 and 10.
He said a Dodge Neon operated by Michael Williamson, 24, of Tollesboro, was traveling
north on Rt. 57 at an apparent high rate of speed. He said the Neon crossed the
intersection and went through the front wall of Sissy's Country Kitchen, coming to rest at
the rear wall of the restaurant building.
Bivens said that Williamson was apprehended while leaving the scene on foot east on Rt.
10. Williamson was charged with second offense DUI with aggravating circumstances, leaving
the scene of an accident, disorderly conduct, first degree criminal mischief, third degree
assault, and driving DUI with a suspended license.
Bivens said a passenger in the vehicle, Caroline Flemens, 23, of West Union, Ohio, was
charged with alcohol intoxication. Both were lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
Sissy's Country Kitchen in Tollesboro received
extensive damage early Friday when the business was struck by this Dodge Neon. The driver
of the auto and a passenger were charged following the accident.
Bivens said there were no apparent injuries to the two, although the business
sustained substantial damage. He was assisted by Sheriff Bill Lewis, Deputies Jason Hill
and Tom Polley, and Portsmouth Ambulance.
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Two only slightly injured in
|"They were lucky."
Deputy Dwayne Stone said about two of the occupants of a vehicle involved in an accident
Sunday night at Charters.
Stone said the accident happened near the mouth of Salt Lick on the AA Highway at about
He said a 1996 Saturn, operated by Kelly Stamper, 25, of Garrison, was traveling west
on the roadway and was attempting to pass another westbound vehicle.
Stone said while the Saturn was in the passing lane, two vehicles were traveling in the
oncoming lane. He said the lead vehicle reportedly did not have its headlights illuminated
while the second vehicle did.
Stone said Stamper's husband, Brandon Stamper, 20, was sitting in the passenger seat
and noticed the oncoming vehicles. Stone said Brandon Stamper grabbed the steering wheel
and turned the Saturn to the left to avoid both the oncoming vehicles and the vehicle
He said the auto went off the left shoulder of roadway, traveled about 160 feet, struck
an embankment, rolled over approximately four times, and came to rest on its top.
Stone said both the husband and wife were ejected from the vehicle and that the vehicle
came to rest on top of them.
This 1996 Saturn was badly damaged as the result of
an accident Sunday night on the AA Highway near Charters. The driver and a passenger were
thrown from the vehicle and trapped underneath until a second passenger raise the auto and
the two were removed.
He said a passenger in the back seat, Steven Clark, 19, of Quincy, was able to get
out of the auto and then physically raised it up while others who had stopped at the scene
pulled the Stampers from underneath.
They were taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, for treatment of
only minor injuries.
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City Council meets
|By Al Owens
The Vanceburg City Council had no
items on its agenda for the May session last week. The meeting lasted only about 15
Mayor Bill Tom Cooper did note that lawn mowing time is here and encouraged Vanceburg
residents to continue doing a good job mowing and trimming their lawns. He said that folks
had already begun visiting the area and neat landscaping helps attract business and
industry to the community.
Council member Brenda Lykins asked about a problem in
the alley across from Dickerson Funeral Home on Second Street in Vanceburg.
She said that very time she turns up the lane next to the Rouse residence, she hits a
Cooper also mentioned a problem with traffic on Henderson Street and said he would look
into both of those matters.
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Project Drug Free Lewis County
|By Tiffany Stamper
The Lewis County
Sheriff's Department has recently received a grant of $89,415 from the Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention to use to fight the overwhelming drug problem in
communities throughout the county.
Sheriff Bill Lewis says the department is working hard on a new program called Project
Drug Free Lewis County.
The program is a community wide approach to eliminating drug use/abuse and trafficking
in Lewis County. The goal of this project is to alleviate juvenile drug use/abuse in our
The project includes the establishment of a Drug Task Force Council to help raise
awareness and involvement in the fight against drugs. Deputy Dwayne Stone has been hired
as a Drug Task Force Officer in Lewis County.
|A drug free hotline to report suspected drug
use/abuse and trafficking in Lewis County has been established: 606-796-0123. Sheriff
Lewis assures citizens that those who wish to remain anonymous may do so without worry of
the calls being traced.
"The hotline is not equipped with caller
identification," he said. "We want people to feel comfortable about reporting
illegal drug activity in the county."
Lisette Clark, coordinator of the Lewis County Task Force, has sent surveys and other
information home with children at Laurel Elementary and Lewis County Middle School to
provide parents with knowledge about drug abuse and prevention among youth.
The program will run for two years through federal funding. On the completion of year
two, Sheriff Lewis hopes that Lewis County will have a well established Drug Task Force
Council in place.
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