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Robin Webb to seek fourth term
|State Representative Robin L. Webb, has
announced that she has filed to seek her fourth term in the Kentucky House of
Representatives 96th District which consists of Carter and Lewis counties.
Grayson attorney presently serves as Vice-Chair of the powerful Appropriations and Revenue
Committee, and Chair of the bipartisan House Women's Caucus. She is a member of the Budget
Sub-Committee on Judiciary and Corrections, Judiciary, Tourism and Energy, and Agriculture
and Natural Resource Standing Committees. She has been appointed to serve on the Tobacco
Task Force, Oxycontin and Drug Strategy Task Force, Task Force on the Economic Status of
Women, and the Local Jail Standards Commission.
On the national level she represents Kentucky on several committees, as a member of the
Council of State Governments Public Safety and Justice; National Council of State
Legislatures Law and Justice; and the Southern Legislative Council Energy Committee.
Webb states, "I have spoken with my family about the decision and look forward to
pursuing another term in the House. I have enjoyed much support from the 96th District and
hope to continue to serve."
|Further, stating, "I hope that my
seniority and placement as Vice-Chair of A and R, will continue to benefit my
Representative Webb was instrumental in the negotiation and passage of
HB 611, the tobacco master settlement monies distribution, and fought to maintain monies
to be paid directly to tobacco impacted counties.
She is the lead plaintiff in the pending lawsuit against the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
in U.S. District Court to provide equity for state employee health insurance. Her work is
done primarily in public safety issues such as corrections, drug diversion and addiction,
domestic violence, health insurance, and other issues affecting rural Kentucky and
families and children.
Representative Webb is the mother of Lindsay and Troy who attend East Carter Middle
School and serves on the Carter County Soccer Board and serves as coach of the Under 12
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Tasers added to LCSO arsenal
|By Tiffany Stamper
The Lewis County
Sheriff's Department attended a training session last Friday at the Lewis County
Courthouse for a new non-lethal weapon called a Taser X26. Six of these weapons were
purchased by the department at the price of $750 each.
The weapon is the most modern non-lethal weapon on the market. It is a small,
light-weight "shocker-like" weapon that subdues a suspect for a short period of
time, allowing officers to make the arrest.
The gun releases 50,000 volts and causes absolutely no injury, even in cases of heart
problems or high blood pressure. The weapon is equipped with nighttime illumination and
stores the time and date of each shot.
"The purpose of purchasing the guns is, number one, for the protection of injury
to the officer," said Lewis County Sheriff Bill Lewis, "and number two, to
protect the suspect that is being taken into custody."
Lewis went on to say that deputies currently have a baton a baton and pepper spray as
non-lethal weapons, but the two have many disadvantages. Using a baton requires an officer
to be close to the suspect.
The Taser allows an officer to stand up to
21 feet from the suspect. Also, a baton can cause injuries to the suspect. Pepper spray
allows the suspect to continue to move and fight even though temporarily blinded.
According to statistics provided by Deputy Dwayne Stone, certified Taser X26 trainer,
the non-lethal weapon has reduced injuries to officers by 80 percent and injuries to
suspects by 69 percent. The weapon has save $2.5 million in liability savings and 1,740
lives have been saved.
School resource officers will be armed with the Taser to protect students from unwanted
visitors. Also, each deputy in the department will be armed with a Taser while on duty.
The weapon will improve officer safety, avoid litigation and save lives, Lewis said.
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City Council meets in special
|By Al Owens
Meeting in a special session last
November 20, the Vanceburg City Council adopted a resolution to accept Downtown
Revitalization Funds of $250,000 from the Renaissance Kentucky Alliance and to authorize
Mayor William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper to execute all documents necessary between
the city and the Kentucky Housing Corporation.
The council then entered a lengthy discussion on the problems with the radio system for
the Vanceburg Police Department and the city and county fire departments.
Dispatcher Richard Evans told the council that since the ice storm last February the
system has not worked well and has become worse.
Evans said that communicators could not talk on the south end or the east end and could
not even talk in front of the courthouse on the radios.
He said that the cure is a new repeater and that someone is going to get hurt if
something isnt done to correct the problem.
Vanceburg Police Chief Joe Billman echoed that sentiment.
Dennis Brown of Brown Communications stated that the ice storm caused a lot of problems
for a lot of people.
The mayor said, "Weve got to have the best communication we can get because
these people put their lives on the line." The mayor referred to local law
enforcement personnel and fire fighters.
Brown had presented a letter to the mayor informing the
council that an invoice for the second of two repeaters he had installed had not been
paid. One repeater was installed in 1998 at a cost of $8,772. The invoice on another that
was installed in the year 2000 had not been paid.
Mayor Cooper assured him that that bill would be paid and told him the city could not
find an invoice for that second repeater. He said that by law the city could not pay any
bill unless it first has an invoice in hand.
Brown agreed to remove the repeaters from the WKKS Radio tower and said that other
companies wanted to rent that space for other communications equipment such as cell phones
and wireless Internet service.
A communications company from Pikeville advised the city to put one antenna up on the
fire tower and another on the citys water tower.
Chief Billman told the council that he would have the equipment checked to see what
repairs need to be done.
Brown told the council that the antennae were damaged from the ice storm and
recommended that they be replaced.
The council adjourned until its next regular session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday,
December 1. The sessions held in the City Building are open to the public.
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Heavy rains in West Virginia last week resulted in
Ohio River flood warnings and watches downstream in Kentucky and Ohio. At Veterans
Memorial part in Vanceburg, on Sunday afternoon, ample evidence of the floodwaters can be
seen in the piles of debris deposited on the riverbank.
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