Dispatcher facing official misconduct charge

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County dispatcher is facing a criminal charge after allegedly giving law enforcement false information. 

According to the arrest warrant, on May 30, Salyersville Police Department Officer Jeremiah Watson asked Magoffin County 911 dispatcher Ramona Conley, 36, of Coon Creek, Salyersville, to run an operator’s license number for him. Conley allegedly told Watson the driver in question had a valid Michigan operator’s license.

Upon further investigation, Watson discovered the driver did not have a valid operator’s license from Kentucky or Michigan. Watson also later obtained a recording from dispatch, in which the Conley reportedly is clearly advised the license is not valid and no mention of Michigan is ever made.

During the traffic stop, the driver told police that the dispatcher advised him to tell the officers he had a valid Michigan license, according to the warrant requested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Haney on June 7. 

Conley was arrested the same day the warrant was issued, and housed and quickly released on her own recognizance from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, under the conditions that she not violate any laws, notify the court of any changes, and make all scheduled court appearances. Her next court date is slated for June 26 at 9 a.m.

She is currently facing one count of second-degree official misconduct, a Class B misdemeanor.

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