Holiday weekend hijinks

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tires burned in Lake Louisvilla; crestwood man caught with heroin; Police cite drivers who don’t buckle up

By Tracy Harris

It was all work and no play for local police and fire departments during Memorial Day weekend, with numerous arrests, citations and fires throughout the county.

Oldham County Police, La Grange Police and the Kentucky State Police increased patrols this weekend as part of the national “click it or ticket” campaign.

Kentucky State Police arrested a Crestwood man for heroin possession. See sidebar, A2. 

According to Oldham County Police Officer Mike Head, OCPD issued 36 citations for failure to wear seatbelts. Two additional citations were issued for drivers with children improperly restrained.

Exact numbers of weekend citations were not available from other agencies at press time.

Residents reported several police cars patrolling near Falling Rock Park — the quarry — over the weekend.

La Grange Police spokesman Maj. Frank Conway said his department only performed normal patrols in the area but will increase those patrols if necessary.

The quarry has a no-alcohol policy according to owner Joe Clark.

Police are also investigating a fire set late Sunday night in Lake Louisvilla, where an unknown person ignited a stack of several hundred tires.

Volunteers had collected the tires and stacked them at Hemlock and Oak streets so the county road department could pick them up Monday morning, according to Linda Fountain, the county’s recycling and solid waste coordinator.

Fountain said Lake Louisvilla is a known problem area for tire dumping and residents volunteered to collect tires if the road department would transport them. 

Fountain said the project was funded with leftover state grant money that expires in July.

She estimated that at least 300 tires were in the pile and that at least half were destroyed in the fire.

“I wanted to use the money in a positive way,” she said, expressing her disappointment. 

Fountain also worried about toxic chemicals released into the air during the fire, but local Environmental Protection Agency officials visited the site and found no lasting damage.

Pewee Valley Fire Department Chief Bob Hamilton said flames reached about 25 feet into the air before the fire was extinguished. 

LG&E officials inspected several overhead powerlines near the fire and ruled them safe.

Fountain said the tires will still be collected by the road department and transported to a recycling facility in Louisville.

Other fire departments reported no grilling-related fires, although lightning strikes caused several minor fires Tuesday morning.