After a slow period — news wise — we head back into a full day of Floyd County Circuit Court, followed by the evening meeting of the County Board of Supervisors — kicked off by a public hearing on the last part of the new level of taxes we all face in the coming year.
In what has become a regular part of the court docket, a case involving sexual abuse of children with Jack Eugene Lewis of Floyd back before Judge Marc Long on multiple counts of possessing child pornography plus drug charges and possessing a firearm in the commission of a crime involving drugs.
Lewis’ case is long-delayed from indictments first handed down on March 1 of last year and many of those delays stem from his desire to represent himself, his claimed dissatisfaction of a string of court appointed attorneys and many motions which demand, other things, a trial closed to the public and press, removal of Judge Long and Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Branscom and claims that he cannot get an acceptable jury from what he calls “Floyd County Republicans.”
In recent court appearances, he as demanded a specific new court-appointed attorney to stand by and assist him but the woman he wants if not on the court-appointed list and a defendant who pleads poverty to obtain an attorney provided by the Court, at taxpayer expense, cannot pick his or her choice.
In what has become a sideshow of delays and demands for motions that are filed again and again after being denied, the latest hearing should dominate a court docket that kicks off with drug court and is not scheduled to start until 9:30 a.m.
A jury trial for Lewis on his 15 charges if currently set for June 19. Another jury trial is set for next Tuesday — May 29 — for a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge against David Randolph Scarberry of Willis.
For the Supervisors, the meeting kicks off with the public hearing, that starts at 7 p.m., before heading into what could be a long session with more work on the new fiscal year budget that starts on July 1.
A five-cent increase of real estate taxes appeared earlier this month in bills sent to county residents and the hearing tonight will be a public comment period on part of those taxes — the part covering public service authority funding, which is already approved.
Still pending is final decisions on any additions or changes to the county’s six-year secondary road improvement plan, which is currently dominated by changes to how pedestrians are handled at the town’s central intersection of the county’s two primary highways — U.S. 221 and Virginia Rte. 8 — at Floyd’s only stop light in the center of town.
As Emerson, Lake & Palmer sang many years ago: “Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends.”
See you in court and at the Supervisors.