Grand Jury Report Is Calling For Officers To Step Down

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

One eastern Kentucky mayor says this is the first time he has ever heard of something like this happening.

A grand jury report is calling for the resignation of a police chief and one sergeant.

It's happening in Louisa in Lawrence County.

The grand jury report says police chief K. T. Adkins and Sgt. Barry Bellomy aren't doing their jobs.

It claims they're not presenting cases to the grand jury for prosecution and alleged criminals are allowed to go free.

The mayor says their investigating everything before taking any action.

Louisa Police Chief K. T. Adkins and Sergeant Barry Bellomy are both still on the job despite a grand jury asking for them to be fired.

Mayor Teddy Preston says the report and request surprised him.

“It's very unusual for me or any other mayor as far as I've looked at to get a letter from the grand jury to make suggestions or to make determinations about terminating a city officer,” Mayor Preston said.

The report claims the chief and sergeant aren't doing their jobs because it says they're not presenting certain drug cases to the grand jury, and then the alleged criminals are allowed to escape prosecution and possible jail time.

Mayor Preston didn't know that was allegedly going on.

Sgt. Bellomy did not comment to us and Chief Adkins was out of town for a family illness, but the report states the two men said they were not presenting cases because they didn't like how things were being done in court.

The grand jury stated they felt the men were making excuses. Now the mayor is dealing with the issue.

“It will be heard by city council with our city attorney doing an investigation. We won't have any idea what could be the outcome of it, and if anything major or not,” Mayor Preston said.

Louisa City Council meets Tuesday night, but the mayor says he doesn't expect any action then because the city attorney's investigation isn't finished.

He also says any city council discussions on the matter will be in executive session.

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