Sheriff's order destroys home

Sheriff's order destroys home

There are 217 comments on the Lexington Herald-Leader story from Nov 19, 2008, titled Sheriff's order destroys home. In it, Lexington Herald-Leader reports that:

Frances Barton cried Tuesday as she watched cleanup on what's left of her single-wide mobile home four days after it was overturned while it was being moved along U.S. 68 in Nicholas County near Carlisle.

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Annie Oakley

Dahlonega, GA

#22 Nov 20, 2008
To Justice and Marty:
You don't know DICK obviously. Before you talk about him, you should take a look at some of the surrounding counties' officials. You'd have a lot to talk about!
Justice, I have never heard of the county hiring professionals movers to move anyones' home. What good would that have done for the county to move it and then place a lien on it? The lady would still be homeless. SHEESH!!
sympathetic reader

Cedar Falls, IA

#23 Nov 20, 2008
whats wrong here wrote:
Whats wrong with you people in Carlisle? This is horrible! this Sheriff sounds like a dick! What world are you living in when people are so harsh on the poor. Poverty is the only law that was broken in your town. If this had been some wealth person in your town that had somthing brak down and couldnt move it, ill bet it wouldnt be sitting in crumbles on the side of the road. I was in a Criminal Justice class at EKU wher the professor brought this up and everyone in the class disagreed with the sheriffs order to push the mobile home from the road way. If I were the sheriff in your small town I could grant it to you this would have not been the outcome! I dont think that the whole ordeal should have been drug on for 9 hours I would have a fleet of tractors from farmers to lift the home and remove it from the road way or reached a mobile home hauler to move the single wide. I think that a law suit will be filed!
The attitude displayed by sheriff Garrett appeared to be negative, spiteful, heartless, contemptible, and without serious concern or empathy for the poor victims suffering from the demolishing of their mobil home. Do you think he would react the same if this woman were his sister or daughter, or if the home was his own? I'm pretty sure a better solution could have been worked out, and it wouldn't have hurt him to put aside the tough-as-nails mean image for this one. Maybe he could mention how viewers/readers could help this family with a donation or temporary shelter. A warmer Thanksgiving spirit is in order now.
Judge Mathis

Waltham, MA

#25 Nov 20, 2008
Bring him to my court, I'll make sure you get the whole $5200 back for you house that used to be on wheels
Chris

Westmont, IL

#26 Nov 20, 2008
I've delt with poor people. She needed compassion and understanding, not a tractor demolishing her trailor.

These Rednecks as you call them are some of the nicest people around. They may be dirt poor, but would give you the shirt off thier back in a snow storm.

I hope this poor lady finds a good lawyer and can find the sheriff compassionate enough to hand over at least 1 million dollars and his career !!!
Mercy

Dahlonega, GA

#27 Nov 20, 2008
Ashamed wrote:
I have a few different points for you to ponder upon. The sheriff: if he quit smoking he would have his teeth. If possible, by some chance, someone decides to run against him in the next sheriff election he will be defeated. Everyone that lives in mobile homes will be afraid to move because this sheriff might topple their home over. Why? Because it blocked one side of the road in a very busy city. The city is so busy they have two officers. And they were the ones conducting traffic. I am glad they decided to bring a little light to the Nicholas county. So much so, that they reinforced the stereotypes of Kentucky for the world to see. Even CNN picked up the story. The sheriff has officially shot him self in the foot.
Now who has 12 people living in a single wide? I live in an apartment with 4 rooms with 4 other women. I could not imagine having 12 people living in that small apartment. Its inhumane and sad. It makes me think that people who are more fortunate, like myself, should try to help people out that are living in these situations. If the sheriff isn't careful, this could happen to him. Losing election, living in a tailor, smoking cigarettes... If I was him, I would have used the opportunity for the better. Maybe a road block? I bet a bunch of drunk people drove through watching.
I do not know what to tell the poor lady. Nothing but the grace of God can help here through this. PRAY PRAY PRAY. I feel sorry for her situation, even though it could be viewed as self inflicted.
This very story makes me ponder where humanity has gone. What about the the southern charm? Small town friendliness?
You should show your humanity and contact the county attorney. I am sure she would be able to take and distribute all you would give.
Charles

Gainesville, VA

#28 Nov 20, 2008
I can't believe what I am reading. I would like to see the law giving the sheriff the authority to destroy property without a court order?

That guy should really be in jail. I hope that poor lady sues him personally for 7 figures for emotional distress.
Mercy

Dahlonega, GA

#29 Nov 20, 2008
Ashamed wrote:
I have a few different points for you to ponder upon. The sheriff: if he quit smoking he would have his teeth. If possible, by some chance, someone decides to run against him in the next sheriff election he will be defeated. Everyone that lives in mobile homes will be afraid to move because this sheriff might topple their home over. Why? Because it blocked one side of the road in a very busy city. The city is so busy they have two officers. And they were the ones conducting traffic. I am glad they decided to bring a little light to the Nicholas county. So much so, that they reinforced the stereotypes of Kentucky for the world to see. Even CNN picked up the story. The sheriff has officially shot him self in the foot.
Now who has 12 people living in a single wide? I live in an apartment with 4 rooms with 4 other women. I could not imagine having 12 people living in that small apartment. Its inhumane and sad. It makes me think that people who are more fortunate, like myself, should try to help people out that are living in these situations. If the sheriff isn't careful, this could happen to him. Losing election, living in a tailor, smoking cigarettes... If I was him, I would have used the opportunity for the better. Maybe a road block? I bet a bunch of drunk people drove through watching.
I do not know what to tell the poor lady. Nothing but the grace of God can help here through this. PRAY PRAY PRAY. I feel sorry for her situation, even though it could be viewed as self inflicted.
This very story makes me ponder where humanity has gone. What about the the southern charm? Small town friendliness?
You said to pray. I take it your believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ. The Bible says everything happens for the good of those who love Him. Maybe this lady will find a sizable house ample to accommodate the number of occupants. I am sorry she lost her mobile home, but to hold the sheriff accountable is asinine. If he had been going by the book, he would have stopped her in her tracks and issued citations before she moved her home with a tractor. I am surprised at the accusations of the posts. I am surprised someone hasn't blamed the sheriff for the tire blowing out.
Good grief!

Since: Oct 08

Worton, MD

#30 Nov 20, 2008
This is just another story distorted by the media.As far as i can tell no one has bothered to tell that this family is taken care of by working family's thru wic,and food stamps.Nobody has mentioned that she owns another mobile home.Nobody has mentioned that she has a rebel flag flying at her two storyhouse on north broadway,i would be happy for the lexington paper or cnn to come do an interview there.Nobody mentioned the fact that they had 9 hours to get their belongings out of the home before anything happened.Nobody has said anything about the food thrown out on the ground and wasted because she knew that the state would re-fill her food stamp card {which they did},and their wic card.As i see it this woman thought the laws didn't effect her as they do everyone else.She got exactly what she paid for.It is so sad that people will donate to her just because of a few tears shed on national tv.She would like everyone to believe all those poor pitiful kids are hers when in fact most of them belong to her sister who is going to jail and can no longer take care of them.Really a nice family,so everyone get out those hard earned dollars and make sure this woman never has to work for anything, as for me she gets not one more cent than the state already takes from my pay-check.

Since: Nov 08

Carol Stream, IL

#31 Nov 20, 2008
Ah come on people...THE DICK has no time to help those poor people out. There's a gang of cherry pie stealers running loose that he needs to be roundin' up! BUT...if that was one of dem dare horsey trailers that they got down around dare... THE REST OF YOU ........YOU ALL HAVE YOURSELVES ONE VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVIN' DAY!!!! DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT THOSE POOR PEOPLES' HOLIDAY...NO SIR...
Charles

Gainesville, VA

#32 Nov 20, 2008
Wow, mabye you should change your name to "jimdojudge".

BTW, if your from toronto canada, how does her being on public assistance come out of your paycheck?
Brad

Poolesville, MD

#33 Nov 20, 2008
<laughing with tears rolling down my cheeks> Oh god, I love rednecks!! You sure the General Lee wasn't running from Boss Hogg and accidentally land on this trailer while Cooter was trying to fix it? Long live the south, the world's largest trailer park!
Michellenea Futrell

United States

#34 Nov 20, 2008
This Cop is an ass. Road crews can keep a road blocked for weeks. By his own statements I think he just got angry about what others were saying and decided to do what ever he had to do to clear the road. He is a public servent and should have done all he could to help these people. The family should sue the city and this cop should loss his job.
Bigfoot

East Berlin, CT

#35 Nov 20, 2008
I believe everyone should have a little sympthy for the people that lost their home on us 68 and help them out with a doublewide trailor and little things that they need after all this is the Holidays!!!!!
Howard

Oklahoma City, OK

#37 Nov 20, 2008
Are you kidding me? I don't care if the thing blocked the entire road for a week, the sheriff had no right to destroy her home. He should be fired, run out of town, and the county needs to replace the home with an apology. I'm so sorry some people were so inconvenienced by having the road blocked that they supported destroying someone's home. I bet all those people went back to their own homes to watch the story on TV or read about it in the newspaper (sitting in an easy chair in a warm home). Carlisle and Nicholas County should be ashamed of this behavior and the terrible image it presents to the rest of the country. Some of us have worked very hard to improve Kentucky's image, and then this happens. Thanks for nothing, sheriff.
Michaelangelo

Dahlonega, GA

#38 Nov 20, 2008
Ashamed wrote:
The media distorts so much information nothing is worth watching. Seriously, much foreign news is packaged. It comes from other people, other news sources. Everything is biased, from political campaigns to shootings. So many different aspects of news bias is offered. However, if the truth is told things would be different. Everywhere. If the story of her two story house and food stamps is true. Then yes, she does not deserve pity since the news story makes people believe other wise. I am all for helping people less fortunate. I do not have much, but one day I hope of adopt children. I hope to help those who honestly cannot do any better than they are doing. And those people are out there. But, if the story of her other 'life' that is not shown on TV then I have no mercy to help. However, the fact is still there that her house was destroyed. This world, and that small town, is not to busy to deal with a problem that only occurs once and a while. Rednecks or upper class should all be given an equal chance without underlying facts and lies. If it was him, if it was someone 'important' then this situation would have been handled different. And that just the way society is. And yes, the serif should have stopped the people before hand. But I am guessing no one called him and said "hey officer, people are moving a trailer, maybe you should come check it out." So he should have handled the situation more professionally with concern for just another average family who elected him.
A wonderful post!
Michaelangelo

Dahlonega, GA

#39 Nov 20, 2008
Brad wrote:
<laughing with tears rolling down my cheeks> Oh god, I love rednecks!! You sure the General Lee wasn't running from Boss Hogg and accidentally land on this trailer while Cooter was trying to fix it? Long live the south, the world's largest trailer park!
Brad, Believe it or not, there are some civil and good people in Kentucky.
rot

AOL

#40 Nov 20, 2008
Howard wrote:
Are you kidding me? I don't care if the thing blocked the entire road for a week, the sheriff had no right to destroy her home. He should be fired, run out of town, and the county needs to replace the home with an apology. I'm so sorry some people were so inconvenienced by having the road blocked that they supported destroying someone's home. I bet all those people went back to their own homes to watch the story on TV or read about it in the newspaper (sitting in an easy chair in a warm home). Carlisle and Nicholas County should be ashamed of this behavior and the terrible image it presents to the rest of the country. Some of us have worked very hard to improve Kentucky's image, and then this happens. Thanks for nothing, sheriff.
I dont live in KY but if that had happened in the State that I reside in the mobile home "mover" and the owner of the home would both be worrying how they will pay all the fines that they would received from the state and county for no permits, not using the correct truck to transport a mobile home and the clean up charge.
I would like to know who paid for the large wreckers that attempted to remove the home?
My company would of charge at least 250.00 per truck just to show and 150.00 per hour for each truck and that isn't including the mileage at 3.50 per unloaded miles for each truck from our location to where the mess was located.
Only thing that I see that the sheriff has done wrong is not calling the county to do the clean up the same night it happen and the owner should be billed for the clean up.
She saw how the man was going move her "home" and knew she only paid 250.00 to move it she should of known better and called off the move when she saw how he was going do it.
Any normal person would know that you get what you pay for.
Far as 12 people in the home, the fire marshall should be called being that is a volition
Howard

Oklahoma City, OK

#41 Nov 20, 2008
Earlier I wrote that the sheriff should be fired and the county should replace the home with an apology. Some people judged my entry as "clueless" and "nuts", so I have to assume those people are from Carlisle and are probably related to the sheriff. My question to those who think I'm clueless is this, "If the same thing happened to the sheriff's mobile home (or some of his relatives), would he have pushed it over to get it off the road, or would he have kept the road blocked until someone arrived to safely move the home?" Maybe she deserved to be fined for blocking the road or moving the mobile home without a permit, but having her home destroyed is way too high of a fine, even for Carlisle, Kentucky.
Mercy

Dahlonega, GA

#42 Nov 20, 2008
Brad wrote:
<laughing with tears rolling down my cheeks> Oh god, I love rednecks!! You sure the General Lee wasn't running from Boss Hogg and accidentally land on this trailer while Cooter was trying to fix it? Long live the south, the world's largest trailer park!
I l am from New York State, and now live in Kentucky. I know both cultures, and I hate to burst your bubble, but people are just people, both north and south.
Chris Barton

Mount Sterling, KY

#43 Nov 20, 2008
Why don't you all come over to the Carlisle, Kentucky community site and see what actual members of the community who know every bit of what is going on have to say?

www.carlisleky.com

They're talking about it there, and they are actually from Carlisle and know the Barton lady. She's not exactly a model citizen.

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