Jail generates $100K for January, magistrates make decisions


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Logan County’s magistrates met Tuesday, Feb. 9 for their bi-monthly fiscal court meeting. Magistrate Drexel Johnson was absent due to illness.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Jailer Phil Gregory gave a report to the court. As of Tuesday morning there were 191 inmates in the county’s detention center. Out of those 109 are classified as state with 82 as county.

“The county side of the jail is a little high right now, but I expect some of those to be processed in the next couple of days,” said Gregory.

Gregory reported in the month of January the state inmate population generated $100,476. The state pays for a portion of a state inmate’s daily expenses at the jail, whereas the county pays for total cost of a county inmate. A state inmate is one who has been processed through the Judaical system and is serving their sentence.

During reports Tuesday, Ginger Lawrence, director for the emergency communications center handed out- per request from magistrate Dickie Carter- a count of burglaries and thefts in Logan County for the month of January 2016.

According to the request there were a total of 12 calls into the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) in January. Six were in the city limits of Russellville and were worked by the Russellvile Police Department, four were out in the county and worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, one was from another county and transferred to the appropriate agency and one was a prank call.

There were a total of 29 thefts called into the ECC. Eleven were in the city limits of Russellville and were worked by the Russellvile Police Department, six were in the county and worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, two were in the city limits of Lewisburg and worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, six were in the city limits of Auburn and worked by the Auburn Police Department and worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, one was in the city limits of Adairville and worked by the Adairville Police Department, and three were from other counties and transferred to the appropriate agency.

Jacky Hunt, director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force gave his report Tuesday as well.

“There were 60 drug cases opened in the month of January,” said Hunt. “Thirteen for drug paraphernalia, six for marijuana, 13 for methamphetamine, two for cocaine, 23 for prescription drugs and three other.”

During the meeting Hunt handed out a sealed baggy of crystal methamphetamine for magistrates to look at.

This is some we confiscated and are about to have destroyed. It most likely came out of Mexico via California or the south west part of the United States making its way to Logan County,” said Hunt adding, “This is why our burglaries and thefts are going up.”

A deed for a small portion of property holding a spring dating back to 1882 to the citizens of Russellville and Logan County was determined by county attorney Joe Ross as not being owned by the county.

Magistrate Dickie Carter wanted the county to have the property surveyed to show where the county owned it.

“After reviewing the deed I conclude the property is not owned by the county but the citizens of Russellville and Logan County,” said Ross.

Since the county never officially accepted the property and the way the deed is written up the county has no claim on the property.

The East Logan Water Association had purchased property close to the spring and when doing so had the deeded property surveyed as well.

Surveying another possible piece of property near or around the old Logan County Hospital was passed, however. Magistrate Carter thought the county owned some property near the old hospital but wasn’t sure where the lines were.

“What’s the reason for this?” asked magistrate Thomas Bouldin.

“I’d like to know where the county property is,” responded Carter.

Magistrate Jo Orange agreed with Carter. “If we own property and no one knows where it is, we need to find out,” said Orange.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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