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‘Operation Spring Cleanup’

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

“Operation Spring Cleanup” was initiated early Thursday morning when Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies gathered up several indicted on Wednesday for a number of drug charges.
Among those picked up as of presstime were: Bobby Dale, 25, of Paintsville; Angel Dorton, 28, of Paintsville; Jonathan Mollette, 28, of Meally; Candi Price, 42, of Hager Hill; and, Henry Lowe, 29, of Hager Hill.
Sheriff Dwayne Price said Thursday afternoon that deputies continue to look for the following individuals: Kelly Lemaster, 24, of Paintsville; Jami K. McDaniel, 21, of Paintsville; Charles David Lemaster, 27, of Leander; Amanda Johnson, 27, of Lowmansville; John Powell Lemaster, 34, of Van Lear; Frank A. Music, 26, of Cadiz; and Connie S. May, 50, of Leander.

County collects, disposes of, thousands of waste tires
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Johnson County is much cleaner following the recent success of the county waste tire amnesty program — about 41,500 tires cleaner, according to Willard Burton, director of the county road department.
“The program was an enormous success,” Burton said Thursday. “The last time we conducted a waste tire amnesty program was about three years ago. We gathered about 2,100 or 2,500 tires then. This year was just incredible,” he said.
Burton credits the overwhelming success of the program to increased public awareness. “The public education programs the Johnson County Fiscal Court implemented, along with help from local media, just created an enormously successful program,” he said.
Burton said as of Thursday, contractors hauling the tires away from the grounds of the state highway garage had provided the estimate of approximately 41,500 tires. He added, however, that not all the waste tires had yet been removed. Burton said he believed that by the time all the waste tires are picked up, the actual number of tires removed will be closer to 53,000. “We still have about two tractor-trailer loads of both passenger and coal truck tires,” he said early Thursday afternoon.
The waste tire amnesty program is a joint effort between the Johnson County Fiscal Court and the state Division of Waste Management.
sh it to be, or reckon it should be, or feel it should be,” said Pfc. Joshua A. Gray.
The body of Pfc. Joshua Allen Gray, 21, of Van Lear, who died Feb. 10, in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident, returned home to Johnson County Monday.
Gray was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He was a satellite communications system operator/maintainer. He joined the Army in November 2012 and completed training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He was assigned to Fort Drum in October, and deployed with his unit in January to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Early morning accident outs power in community

According to law enforcement officers, Gregory L. Hunter, 43, of West Van Lear, was reaching to retrieve his cell phone when his vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck two power poles in the West Van Lear area at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Tussey reports that a total of three utility poles were damaged in the accident. “Two poles came down and were broken, with three transformers, and damage was done to a third pole,” Tussey said. According to reports, all three poles had to be replaced and utility services were out in the area for several hours after the accident.

Deputies retrieve fugitives from Ohio
Deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office traveled to parts of Ohio late last week to locate and take custody of two Johnson County fugitives.
According to Dep. Terry Tussey, George Green, 30, of Paintsville, and Zackary Jude, 28, of Lakewood, Ohio, were each picked up on April 10 and transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center where they remained lodged as of presstime.
Green was located, Tussey said, in the upper Sandusky, Ohio area where he was arrested by Tussey. Green was wanted on charges of tampering with a prisoner monitoring device, second degree escape, public intoxication/controlled substances, and bailjumping.
Jude, who was taken into custody by Dep. David Pridemore, was picked up in Lorraine, Ohio, on charges of bailjumping and failure to appear.

From Paint Creek to Normandy — and back again
Approaching his 90th birthday this coming weekend, Elwood Ramey took a few minutes this past Wednesday to review memorabilia from his days as a World War II machinegunner. Pictured with him are his daughter, Charlotte, and son, Don.

it would be expected that the memories of one about to celebrate their 90th birthday would many and varied, filled with the usual childhood days of school and pranks and followed by adulthood reminisces of romance, work and family.
Elwood Ramey, of Paintsville, has many such memories — and more. A decorated veteran of World War II, Ramey was among the men that charged the beaches of Normandy on the never-to-be-forgotten D-Day in June 1944.
He recalls the oily film of the water’s surface — “it was all mixed in, gas and oil ... and dead bodies laying all in the water,” he added.
A member of the Fifth Infantry Division ETO (European Theater of Operations) “Red Diamonds,” Ramey also recalls being left alone to man an outpost overlooking a German camp. “I was tired and my commanding officer told me to go on and sleep awhile. Well, I did, and when I woke up, the others had all pulled out,” he said.

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