Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 28, 2012

FADE busts Olive Hill Mayor

Nov. 28, 2012 — The FADE task force arrested Olive Hill Mayor Danny Sparks Wednesday evening after an investigation that had been ongoing for several weeks.

Sparks was charged with trafficking in marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, which is a felony. He was detained near Olive Hill Elementary School.

FADE officers also found an open container of alcohol in Sparks' vehicle, which is a violation.

As he was escorted to the Olive Hill police station for interview, Sparks said the arrest was "a big mistake" when asked for comment.

Sparks was detained with another man, who refused to give his name to media at the scene. The man indicated he and Sparks had an ongoing romantic relationship. FADE officers confirmed the two men had a personal relationship, but declined to elaborate.

Charges are pending on the unnamed man, according to FADE.

According to KRS 83A.040, any person holding elected office, “in case of misconduct, incapacity, or willful neglect in the performance of the duties of his office, may be removed from office by a unanimous vote of the members of the legislative body exclusive of any member to be removed, who shall not vote in the deliberation of his removal. No elected officer shall be removed without having been given the right to a full public hearing. The officer, if removed, shall have the right to appeal to the Circuit Court of the county and the appeal shall be on the record. No officer so removed shall be eligible to fill the office vacated before the expiration of the term to which originally elected.”

The Olive Hill City Council has a special meeting for the second reading of the property tax ordinance Thursday night at 6. However, because it is not listed as an agenda item, the council will not be able to discuss the mayor’s arrest.

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