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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  • by Officer Location: Kentucky on Jan 8, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    I can actually see where there coming from. Is it the right thing to do, NO but its very dissapointing when you put in all those long hours and hard work and spend thousands of tax payers dollars to catch these criminals/drug dealers and then you watch them walk away with a pat on the hand or just probation. Do you really know how hard it is to get a drug dealer caught? First you have to pay another druggie to buy drugs from the dealer " its usually $100.00 a buy" It has to be on audio and video and one time aint going to get it, The commonwealth attorney usually wants it on video/audio 3 times before he will even try to convict the dealer. If its not handed to them on a silver platter they wont even attempt a trial. After all that work I would say that the Officers have spent around $4000. this number includes the drug money to buy the drugs and plus over time money and equiptment used and in the end the dealer is just let go, gets probation or pays a 100 fine. Then you do it all over.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    The Chief and Sgt didn't like how things were being done in court? They don't have to like it. It is their job to capture alleged criminals and present cases for prosecution. As far as I know, they have the option of speaking with the county attorney about what needs to be done to better prosecute crimes. But the reason stated in this article just smacks of an excuse and not a valid reason. If they cannot do their job or don't like it, either go work somewhere else or find another line of work. That is what people usually do. There is no excuse for these men to not be doing the job they are tasked to do, which is protect the public, part of which is presenting crimes to be prosecuted to the county attorney. I realize that I may not have all the facts and am basing this opinion on the article above, but I still find this type of behavior unacceptable in law enforcement officer.
  • by johnny Location: east ky on Jan 8, 2008 at 03:37 AM
    sounds like this may start all acrose eastern ky.people are sick of all of drug dealers.something hast to be done.but as long as doctors keep giving perscriptons to people that dont need them it will not stop.iam not saying that all doctors do that. but some of them do.maby the grand jury needs to look at some of the doctors.but that is just my thought
  • by Bill on Jan 7, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    As I have said theres no justice in Eastern Ky.No matter what county your in.Its all the same.Boss hoggs.


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