Danny Eugene Jewell, 49, Vancleve passed away Mon., March 17 at the Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson. He was a member of the Canyon Falls Church. He was the son of the late Eugene and Doris Jewell. He is survived by wife, Christine Jewell of Vancleve; sons, Thomas Jewell of Vancleve, Danny Ray Jewell of Washington DC, Colton Eugene Jewell of Jackson; daughters, Bonnie (French) Howard of War Creek, Donna (Jerry Jr.) Fraley of Stanton, Destiney Johnson (Chris Lewis) of Vancleve, Tara (Kevin) Ingram of Clay City; brother, Randy Jewell of Columbus, OH; sisters, Buffy Jewell of West Virginia, Lisa Perez of Columbus, OH, Brandi Jewell of Columbus, OH, Rhonda Jewell of Columbus, OH; twelve grandchildren; special granddaughter, Victoria Davis; special aunt, Sharon Bartoe. Funeral services Thurs., Mar. 20, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul “Buddy” Johnson officiating. Burial in the Jewell Family Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers, French Howard, Tom Jewell, Kevin Ingram, Chris Lewis, Marcus Monroe Kidd, Marcus Eugene Kidd, Clarence Walker. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Charles Edward Bowling, 52, passed away Wednesday. He is survived by four brothers, William Bowling, Robert Bowling, Kenneth Bowling, Gary Bowling – all of Jackson; four sisters, Carolyn Howard of Indiana, Gloria Miller, Beth Getson, Sarah Robinson – all of Jackson. Funeral services Sat., Mar. 22, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Patrick Prather officiating. Burial in the Jackson Cemetery. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Twaddle Ordered to Pay Restitution to Victims
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 19, 2014) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection today announced that a roofing contractor accused of failing to perform repair services for Kentucky residents, despite being paid to do so, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception under $10,000, a class D felony. James Twaddle, 41, entered the plea on March 18 in Bullitt Circuit Court. His two-year prison sentence is suspended for five years on the condition that he repays $7,389.96 to the victims. He must pay the restitution in full by June 30, 2014 or he will be taken into custody.
Twaddle was previously indicted on 26 counts of theft by deception in Jefferson, Larue, Scott, and Grayson counties. Many of these cases are still pending and involve victims who were solicited following storm events.
Twaddle was the president of Restore-IT USA, a roofing company located in Columbus, Ohio. Twaddle operated his business in Kentucky from an office located on Forest Green Blvd in Louisville. From May 2012 until Aug. 2012, Restore-IT USA employees would visit neighborhoods and sign residents up for roof repairs, collecting payments prior to any work being completed. Twaddle allegedly deposited the money into a company bank account and transferred the funds to his personal account; however, the roof repairs were never performed. Twaddle has also been indicted in Ohio on 42 counts of theft and insurance fraud related to the same scheme in the Columbus area.
“Consumers who need work done quickly to repair storm-damaged homes and property are at risk of falling victim to unscrupulous fly-by-night contractors, also known as ‘storm chasers,’” General Conway said. “Common scams include fraud, shoddy construction, charity scams, impersonating officials and loan scams, and I urge consumers to report any incidents of possible fraud or shoddy construction work and repair using my Office of Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257.”
General Conway also encourages consumers needing storm repair work or cleanup services to follow these important tips:
- · Never pay in advance for labor. Scam artists often take advance payments from consumers and never return to complete the work. If an advance is needed to purchase materials, offer to purchase the materials yourself.
- · Use local, reputable contractors for repairs, if possible. If local contractors bring in out-of-town workers, ask who will be responsible for their work if it is not satisfactory.
- · Ask if the contractor is licensed, bonded (if required by the city or county), and insured.
- · Check unknown companies out with the Better Business Bureau or call the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection to see if information is available about the company.
- · Demand a written contract. If possible, get estimates from several contractors.
- · Be suspicious of unfamiliar, out-of-state vehicles and those who offer repair work at unreasonably low prices. Contact local law enforcement about your suspicions.
- · For additional information or to file a consumer protection complaint online, visit www.ag.ky.gov.
The Office of Consumer Protection enforces the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act to safeguard the state’s consumers and combat unethical business practices. The office also counsels consumers regarding inquiries and complaints, issues consumer alerts, and conducts consumer education presentations across the state.
HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12 – Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – It is illegal to place a sign on state right-of-way. It is also illegal to attach a sign to a structure already installed on state right-of-way. Highway workers in the seven counties of KYTC District 12 have an ongoing directive to remove such signs from roadsides and intersections. District 12 includes the following counties: Lawrence, Johnson, Floyd, Martin, Knott, Pike, and Letcher.
“There are more political signs this time of year than any other type,” said Mary Westfall-Holbrook, Chief District Engineer. “But the only signs allowed on state property are state signs.”
As examples, Westfall-Holbrook cited sale signs for a business and those advertising a number to call about jobs. “Even posting a sign for a yard sale, taped to a speed limit sign or a stop sign is illegal,” she said.
People sometimes put a lot of money and work into such signs, she noted. “The fact is, though, they create safety problems, such as sight distance issues, and it is our responsibility to make the roads as safe as we can. They interfere with mowing and litter pickup, and recently have interfered with snow and ice removal.”
Warmer weather means that maintenance crews will be cleaning out ditchlines and replacing cross drains. Illegal signs interfere with this work, too.
“In the interest of safety and maintenance, our crews have been directed to remove all illegal signs. We have had a few blitz programs in the past, warning people in advance and then spending an entire week or more taking down signs. By now, though, people should know that putting signs on state right-of-way is not permissible. Now we take them down as we see them.”
Westfall-Holbrook said signs will be at the nearest maintenance facility for about a month in case the sign owner wants them back so they can be put on private property. “We don’t have to keep them or return them, so when we clean out the lot, they will be destroyed,” she cautioned. “We are not responsible for damage to any sign or sign post that we remove, since they were installed illegally to begin with.”
If people want to remove their own signs, rather than run the risk they are damaged or destroyed when the state removes them, that is their choice, Westfall-Holbrook said. “We aren’t trying to sound mean about this. It is simply part of our job, and something we take seriously. We really believe that most taxpayers would rather we spend our time patching potholes or cleaning out ditchlines instead of taking down signs that shouldn’t be there in the first place.”
By Ricky Blair
The Kentucky Wildcats let an opportunity for the championship of the SEC tournament slip away on Sunday afternoon, March 16. Going against the #1 ranked Florida Gators and falling down by as many as 16 points, the Wildcats fought their way back to within one point when they called a time-out with 14 seconds to go in the game. The Cats set up a play for Andrew Harrison to drive and give the ball to a cutting James Young for a running layup. But as Young took the ball from Harrison, his feet slipped out from under him, and with it, a chance for the championship.
Despite losing the game by a score of 61-60, the Wildcats showed improved play throughout the tournament. It was this young team’s third game within a 48-hour period, but they showed a resilience that had been lacking all season long.
A poor shooting night did not help the Wildcats cause – they only made 35 percent of their shots from the field and 27 percent from behind the three-point arc. Even though the ball did not consistently go in for the Cats, these young Cats kept chipping away at the Gators’ lead by playing tenacious defense. After giving up 40 points in the first half, the Wildcats held the Gators to only 21 points in the second half, which helped set up the last second opportunity.
Kentucky saw contributions from several players. Aaron Harrison led the Wildcats for a second straight day in tournament play, pouring in 16 points, while Willie Cauley-Stein recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats will enter NCAA play with a 24-10 record on the season and a number 8 seed, as they battle Kansas State in the first round of the tournament.
By Ricky Blair
This is what the Kentucky fan base has been waiting for all year long, a team that plays with confidence and swagger. For the second straight game in the SEC tournament in Atlanta, GA, that is exactly what the fans received.
The Wildcats disposed of the third seeded Georgia Bulldogs 70-58. This time, it was the Harrison twins that led the way. Aaron finished with 22 points, 15 of those came in the first half. Andrew, who is playing his best basketball of the season, had 12 points and set a career high in assists for the second straight game with 9.
Kentucky went up by as many as ten during the first half, but settled for only a 36-32 lead going into the locker room. Georgia cut the lead down to two early in the second half and this young team started to pick up some of their old habits according to Coach John Calipari, who said “when the lead was cut, they came to the sidelines and were pouting……I told them to just go out and have fun”. The team responded to the message and went on a run that put them up by double digits. Once the Wildcats went back to work, they put the throttle down and looked sharp, finishing with an 18-point victory.
This was a total team effort. In addition to how well the Harrison’s played, Julius Randle had another double-double, going for 12 points and 11 rebounds. James Young was also solid again, putting in 14 points, going 6 of 8 from the field.
Kentucky moved on to play Florida in the SEC championship game.