The Russell County School Board will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Russell County Middle School Library. The meeting starts at 6:00pmCT.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2017) – Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information more easily accessible.
The Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report is compiled by DPH officials and provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. The weekly report is located at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm and will be updated each Friday before noon.
Influenza cases are broken down by specific age groups and counties, the number of deaths resulting from influenza and the current influenza activity level being reported in the state. The report consists of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results, which are reportable in Kentucky. Rapid positive influenza tests are not included in this report.
DPH relies on sites such as doctors’ offices, hospitals and health departments to help track the level of influenza activity in the state and to identify which strains of the flu are circulating in Kentucky. These voluntary sites collect data and report influenza-like illness (ILI) cases according to age groups each week. This sampling represents only a small percentage of influenza cases for the state, but contributes to the ongoing assessment of flu activity in the Commonwealth and helps determine the weekly level of flu activity.
Kentucky’s current flu activity level is classified as “sporadic,” with 18 confirmed cases of flu being reported. Sporadic activity indicates that small numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases or a single laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreak have been reported, but there is no increase in cases of ILI.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals 6 months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include:
Children age 6 months through 59 months
Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season
Persons 50 years of age or older
Persons with extreme obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater)
Persons aged six months and older with chronic health problems
Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged ≤59 months (i.e., aged <5 years, particularly contacts of children aged <5 years, particularly contacts of children aged <6 months) and adults aged ≥50 years
Household contacts and caregivers or people who live with a person at high-risk for complications from the flu
Health care workers, including physicians, nurses, and other workers in inpatient and outpatient-care settings, medical emergency-response workers (e.g., paramedics and emergency medical technicians), employees of nursing home and long-term care facilities who have contact with patients or residents, and students in these professions who will have contact with patients.
Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year’s season. Only injectable influenza vaccine formulations will be distributed in the United States. Vaccination can be given any time during the flu season.
Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Flu can be very contagious. For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical provider or local health department. Influenza information is also available online at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
SOMERSET, KY — Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced today that it will award $2,750 to the Adair County Primary Center for hands-on environmental education projects during the 2017/18 school year.
The Adair County Primary Center will use the grant to create a recycling program for paper, cardboard and plastic. Each classroom will receive a recycling bin. PRIDE Club students will collect paper and plastic from each classroom daily and place it in pickup collection bins outside the school. They will also gather litter from the school campus.
Overall, PRIDE will award $119,155 to educators across 41 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky through the PRIDE Environmental Education Grant Program, which was made possible by a grant to PRIDE from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Educators applied for the grants, and PRIDE selected the grant recipients through a competitive review process. The grant projects may begin after recipients complete a training webinar later this month.
The grants can be used for a variety of educational activities that help students appreciate and care for the environment and to serve their community.
“I want to congratulate the grant recipients and thank the educators who are leading these projects,” said Tammie Wilson, PRIDE President and Chief Executive Officer.
“You are making a difference by opening our students’ eyes, hearts, and minds to caring for our region’s incredible natural resources. You also are helping your students grow academically through hands-on activities that allow them to practice key skills, such as math and problem-solving. Environmental education really is a great investment for students and our region.”
Promoting environmental education is a key mission for PRIDE, which is a nonprofit organization. PRIDE contributes to the economic and cultural growth of southern and eastern Kentucky by improving water quality, cleaning up solid waste problems, and advancing environmental education, in order to improve living conditions for its residents while enhancing the potential for tourism industry growth in the region.
Since 1997, PRIDE has awarded 1,609 Environmental Education Grants that impacted 892,834 students across the region. Schools have used PRIDE funds for a wide variety of activities, such as building outdoor classrooms, nature trails, wetlands, and greenhouses.
For a complete list of 2017/18 grant recipients, please visit www.kypride.org.
Robert L. New, 38, of Bronston, KY arrested by KSP for DUI-1st off, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & Failure to Appear Citation for Misdemeanor.
Erik R. Foster, 37, of Somerset, KY arrested by KSP for Reckless Driving, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, No Insurance, No Registration Receipt, Driving w/Expired Operator's License, Improper Passing, DUI-2nd (Aggravating Circumstance).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Columbia, Ky. (October 20, 2017) – Danny Butler was arrested this morning at approximately 2:00 AM CSTafter surrendering himself to the Larue County jail.
Columbia, Ky. (October 19, 2017) – Investigators from Post 15 are currently attempting to locate 71-year-old Danny Butler, of Louisville, KY in reference to a Felony Extradition Authorization issued in conjunction with an indictment warrant given by the Larue County Grand Jury on October 16, 2017. The warrant charges Butler with 2 counts of Theft by Deception over $10,000 and less than $1,000,000: a class C felony. These charges are the result of an ongoing investigation into Butler's private law practice.
Butler is a 5'10", 170 lb., white male with hazel eyes and gray hair. He last resided in the area of Grand Trevi Drive of Louisville.
State Police are asking for the publics help in locating Butler and they are encouraged to call KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555) if they have any potential information regarding his whereabouts. Detective BJ Burton is invesgating.
A 17-year-old Green Co. High School student was detained Thursday on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Class D Felony) Abuse of a Teacher (Class A Misdemeanor). Subsequent to consulting with the Court Designated Worker (CDW), the CDW advised to release the juvenil to his parent, so he was released.
An investigation by Sgt. Mark Cromwell and Det. Joey Hoover has led to the arrest of a Russell Springs man on Rape and Sodomy charges.
Billy Joe Bennett, 40, of McQueary Road, was arrested at the Russell County Sheriff’s Department just before noon Thursday and charged with Rape 1st Degree and Sodomy 1st Degree after admitting he had sexual intercourse with a female under 12 years of age.
The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are forthcoming.
Bennett was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
A Russell Springs man is facing numerous charges stemming from a family dispute Thursday morning.
Shelby McGowan, 65, was arrested at a residence on C. McGowan Road by Sheriff Clete McAninch and Lt. David Cain.
McGowan was charged with Assault, Wanton Endangerment, two counts of Terroristic Threatening, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.
He was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Multiple officers from both the Campbellsville Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff's Office have apprehended escapee Shawn Cochran, 25, of Louisville, KY. Officials say Cochran escaped from Green County Transportation officers Monday, October 16, 2017. Cochran was arrested this afternoon at approx. 12:45pmET at the Lucky Vista motel on South Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville. Additional charges include: Theft of Identity of another Without Consent and Giving an Officer a False Name or Address. Cochran is currently lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Hope N. Dempsey, 32, of Liberty, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Anthony C. Newell, 46, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Receiving Stolen Property, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Deg (On Foot), & License Plate Not Illuminated.
Freddy W. West, 45, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The boil water advisory on Pine Top Rd., Oliver Thomas Road and a section of 910 in Russell County has been lifted.
The following story is from someone who was at a Metcalfe Co. church when the following event occurred. This person submitted the info. to the Metcalfe Co. Chamber of Commerce, who passed it along to 92.7 the WAVE.
Last Sunday morning, Oct. 15, 2017 in the middle of a church service in Metcalfe County, a man walked in and made his way to the front of the congregation. At first, he sat down, but quickly stood up and shouted that he was possessed by demons. His appearance and the wild look in his eyes was that of someone on drugs. A couple of men escorted him outside and eventually the situation was resolved. The man is now in jail but will most certainly be released because his jail record shows this repeat pattern. The man has been arrested for theft and drugs, released and repeat.
The person submitting the information does not what his name or church mentioned in fear of retaliation. The reason they are sharing is because: the world we live in is dangerous, and to keep our loved ones safe we have to be diligent. The church is now taking precautions to assure that if something like this happens again, they will be better prepared and not caught off guard. Every church should have a safety plan in place should something happen.
Greensburg police are seeking the public's help in finding a missing teen.
Kudejah Whitley, age 17, went missing from her home last Thursday, Oct. 12 and was located by Campbellsville Police on Friday morning. She was returned to her mother at that time; however, Kudejah left home again later Friday afternoon; and was reported missing by her mother.
Kudejah is 5'2" tall, weighs 130 lbs, has a light brown complexion, and shoulder length brown hair. Kudejah may be en-route to Georgia. Kudejah did not leave her home in a vehicle.
If you have any information, please contact Greensburg Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 the Taylor County Sheriff's Office conducted a sting operation in reference to stolen guns from Big Al's Gun Shop on Fairview Road in Campbellsville. During this operation, a vehicle was stopped on West Main Street and three of the stolen guns were recovered. At approx. 7:52pmET, Deputies were able to set up an undercover buy of more stolen guns at the Smith Ridge boat ramp. At that time, four more firearms were recovered and Erik Sanders of Columbia, KY was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary 1st Degree. After speaking with Sanders, the investigation led officers to Adair County where nine more stolen firearms were recovered. Sanders was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center on the charge of Burglary 1st degree.
This case continues to be under investigation. The Taylor County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Campbellsville Police Dept. for their assistance in Taylor County, and the Adair County Sheriff's Office along with KSP Trooper Jonathan Houk for their assistance in Adair County.
Gov. Matt Bevin today (10/18/17) appointmented three people to the Kentucky Housing Corp. Board of Directors including Lisa Mann of Russell Springs, KY.
Lisa Mann is executive director for Lake Cumberland Housing Agency, Inc. She will represent the interests of the homeless and serve for a term expiring October 30, 2020.
The Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, was created by the General Assembly to provide affordable housing opportunities. As a self-supporting, public corporation, Kentucky Housing offers lower-than-market rate home mortgages, housing production financing, homeownership education/counseling, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and supportive housing programs for special needs populations.
The regular monthly meeting of the Adair Co. School Board will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair Co. Board of Education Conference Room.
**Meeting called to order**
***Adair County Elementary School will open the meeting with the Pledge
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
5. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
6. APPROVAL OF SCHOOL-WIDE FUNDRAISER BY ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE
7. APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAYS OR A SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK
FOR THIRTEEN STUDENTS
8. APPROVAL OF REVISED BG-1 FORM ON ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER
9. APPROVAL OF REVISED BG-1 FORM ON ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
VIRTUAL LEARNING LAB
10. APPROVAL OF BG-4 FORM AND BG-5 FORM ON ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
VIRTUAL LEARNING CENTER
11. APPROVAL OF INVOICE 1702 AND INVOICE 1706 TO ALT32 ON
12. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
13. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
14. PUBLIC COMMENTS
15. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
16. PRESENTATION OF 2016-2017 ATTENDANCE AWARD – Robbie Harmon
17. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – David Jones
18. CONSTRUCTION UPDATES – Mike Sparkman
19. DISCUSSION OF TEST SCORES – Phyllis Curry
Judge Gary D. Robertson proclaimed Safe Schools Week in Russell County.
The observance of Safe Schools Week encourages students, parents, educators, and the community to make a personal commitment to get involved in school safety issues highlighting bullying prevention activities themed as "Get Involved and Get It Solved" to promote safe and secure learning climates.
Columbia Police arrested an Adair County man on Monday, October 16, 2017 after an investigation led to an indoor marijuana growing operation.
A search warrant was executed at a residence off KY 704 on Hadley Church Rd. Officer Josh Brockman obtained the search warrant after concluding a drug investigation that led him to the residence where the operation was based. As a result of the the search, over 200 plants of marijuana were seized and over 10 lbs of processed marijuana was found on the property which included an indoor grow, outside grow and multiple buildings used for drying and processing. The street value of all illegal drugs seized exceeds $150,000.
James Dale Boyd, 52, of Columbia, KY was arrested on charges of Trafficking in Marijuana over 5 lbs., Cultivating Marijuana over 5 plants and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Boyd was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
CPD Ofc Josh Brockman is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Chief Jason Cross, Sgt Gary Roy, Ofc Jamie Cole, Russell County Sheriffs K-9 Deputy Ethan Pike and Adair County Emergency Management.
This Thursday, on October 19, 2017 at 10:19 AM, more than 2.6 million people across 14 states will take part in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The regional ShakeOut drill is part of an international effort in which participants simultaneously practice how to stay safe during an earthquake — “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. For most people, in most situations, this means to:
- DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees;
- COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand, as you crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk;
- HOLD ON to your shelter with one hand until shaking stops (remain on your knees and covering your head and neck with your other arm and hand).
Schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households are all encouraged to participate in the drill.
The central and eastern U.S. is home to several active faults, including the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which produced three of the largest earthquakes ever felt in the continental United States in 1811-12. Scientists estimate that there is a 25-40% probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within any 50 year window of time. Michael E. Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management stated, “Kentucky has 25 counties in western Kentucky that would be primarily impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone event. It is imperative for the safety of our citizens that everyone be aware and know what to do should an earthquake occur. We continually exercise with our local, state, federal and private sector partners to ensure we are ready and prepared to respond.”
Although the primary activity of the ShakeOut is based upon a drill procedure similar to a fire or tornado drill, participants are encouraged to take actions to become better prepared for all disasters. This could include:
- Securing heavy items to prevent them from causing injuries during an earthquake
- Creating an emergency plan and/or updating emergency supply kits
- Talking with their families and neighbors about emergency preparedness
Interested citizens, schools, communities, businesses, etc. are invited to visit www.shakeout.org to register to participate in the drill. On the website, many resources are available for participants to use during their drills including drill manuals, videos, audio drill broadcasts, earthquake scenarios, and more.
Great ShakeOut activities are being coordinated by Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and dozens of other partners. ShakeOut is coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center in Los Angeles, California.
The boil water advisory in Russell County on Hwy. 910 from the Fairview area down to Salem School, including Mcclendon Ridge and any side roads, has been lifted.
Also, the boil water advisory for Pine Top Rd. and the Oliver Thomas area of Russell Co. has been lifted.
Seth Oaks has been located and he is alive. Please continue to keep Seth & his entire family in your prayers and please respect their privacy.
Sheriff Clete McAninch
Greensburg Police made a couple of arrests over the weekend.
According to reports, Bobby Wright, 53 of Greensburg, KY was arrested by Officer Matney on a Green County Indictment Warrant charging him with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a school, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, Possesion of Legend Drug and Prescription Drugs not in Proper Container.
George Campbell, 43 of Campbellsville, KY was arrested after a traffic stop in regard to a reckless operation complaint. Officer Rogers arrested Campbell on a Taylor County District Warrant for Failure to Appear on Theft by Deception charges.
Both were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
KSP seeks public assistance in locating escapee in Taylor County
Campbellsville, Ky. (October 16, 2017) – Troopers and local law enforcement are currently attempting to locate 25-year-old Shawn A. Cochran, of Louisville. Cochran was being transported from Green County to the Taylor County Jail when he escaped from the custody of the Green County transportation officer around the Campbellsville Taylor County water company on South Central Avenue in the limits of Campbellsville at approximately 6:20 PM EST.
Cochran is a 5'10", 200 lb., white male with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen in the vicinity of the water company wearing orange pants, a gray shirt, 1 shoe and was handcuffed with his hands in front of his body.
State Police are asking for the publics help in locating Cochran. You are encouraged to dial 911 if you have any information regarding his whereabouts. Citizens can call KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555).
Cochran also fled from police on 9/20/2017 and was charged with Burglary 1st, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking - Auto, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief and Parole violation.
Casey County fiscal court met in regular session Monday.
In general business, a member of the extension board has resigned. Rachel Cundiff has taken a teaching job with the Casey County Board of Education. Barry Stringer was nominated to fill the remainder of the term. The motion passed unanimously.
The Court set trick-or-treating hours from 5 to 8pmET on Oct. 31, 2017 (Halloween).
Casey County Judge Executive Randy Dial and County Attorney Tommy Weddle have consulted an outside attorney to research the franchise agreement proposed by Duo County Telecom, and to compare that request with other county franchise agreements. The matter will be taken up at the next fiscal court meeting.
In Road business, the paving on Gumm Lick Road is complete. A representative for Hinkle Construction says all paving in the county should be done by Friday, weather permitting.
John L. Morgan, 54, of Cookville, TN, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-1st Off, Trafficking in Marijuana-1st Off, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Linda S. Marler, 65, of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Speeding (22 mph over limit), DUI-1st Off, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Careless Driving.
Curtis W. Cook, 40, arrested by Danville Police for Improper Display of Registration Plates, No Moped Operator's License, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Melissa A. Ward, 29, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Improper Turning, No Moped Operator's License, Possession of Marijuana, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
Andrew W. Condit, 27, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-1st Off, & Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid.
All Suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Adair County Sheriff's Office would like your help locating ROBERT J. HAUSDORFER.
Hausdorfer is wanted in connection with an on-going investigation. He is also wanted on Felony Indictment Warrants, and Probation and Parole Violations.
ROBERT J HAUSDORFER is approximately white 5'9'', 135 pounds, Bald, with Hazel eyes and wears glasses.
If anyone may know of the whereabouts of Hausdorfer, please call the Adair County Sheriff's Office or Adair County 911 Center. Tips can remain anonymous.
FRANKFORT, KY. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested on charges of fraudulently obtaining and distributing prescription drugs commonly used to treat opioid addiction.
The investigation involved the illegal distribution of over 1,000 buprenorphine tablets (buprenorphine is a prescription medication typically used for the treatment of opioid addiction) fraudulently obtained in four counties using other people’s identities. These prescriptions were discovered by investigators using the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System, “KASPER”, which is a part of the Office of Inspector General in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The investigation is on-going.
“It’s important for practitioners to know they can help prevent prescription fraud by performing periodic checks of their controlled substance prescribing by reviewing a reverse KASPER,” said CHFS Inspector General Steve Davis. “Practitioners can report suspected prescription fraud to their local police department and the Office of Inspector General.”
Campbellsville resident Kori Posey, 32, was charged with multiple counts of obtaining a controlled substance without a patient/provider relationship and second and third degree drug trafficking. Additionally, 36-year-old Donald R. Thompson of Campbellsville was charged with four counts of obtaining a controlled substance without a patient/provider relationship and being a persistent felony offender.
The arrests were made following a nine-month investigation by multiple agencies. In addition to the Office of Inspector General, the investigation included the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch; the Columbia Area High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Drug Task Force; the Campbellsville Police Department; and the local Commonwealth Attorney’s office. A Taylor County grand jury delivered the indictments.
“Our KASPER program is an important and effective tool in helping providers track scheduled narcotics dispensed in Kentucky. We continue to strengthen its capabilities and identify gaps to assist providers making decisions about patient care and combatting abuse, misuse and diversion,” concluded CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson.
Additional information is available at http://chfs.ky.gov/.
Free disposal of electronics for Adair County residents will be held October 16-21, 2017 at the county road department located at 62 Service Drive in Columbia.
The week of October 16-21 will be electronic waste collection at the Adair County Recycling Center. While electronics are collected at other times at the recycling center, October 16-21 will have bins set up specifically to receive electronic waste. Through Eastern KY PRIDE, Adair County received grant funds dedicated to proper disposal of these electronic recyclables.
The items approved for collection include: laptop and desktop computers, LCD monitors, hard drives, modems, plug and play devices, printers, scanners, copiers, telephone equipment, fax machines, power backups and transformers, misc. office equipment, wires and cables, circuit boards, video game systems, DVD/CD/VCR players, miscellaneous home entertainment systems, small electronic household appliances, CRT monitors and CRT televisions (no white goods).
Bins will be set up for drop-off and assistance unloading will be available during regular Recycling Center hours.
For more details on the collection dates and how to plan, call 270-384-4703.
Travis L. Luttrell, 34, of Dunnville, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Brent M. Dobbs, 35, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Fleeing/Evading Police-1st/2nd Offenses (Motor Vehicle/On Foot), Wanton Endangerment-1st Deg, No Registration Plates, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, & Improper Start.
Jessica G. Willis, 30, of Burnside, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), & Possession of Marijuana.
Rebecca M. Schuler, 31, of Waynesburg, arrested by Somerset Police for Burglary-2nd Deg, & Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500.
Gary L. Phelps, 53, of Bethelridge, arrested by Somerset Police for Receiving Stolen Property, & Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500.
Amber N. Whitt, 24, of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Michael J. Nevius, 34, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Drug Unspecified), & Promoting Contraband-2nd Deg.
Richard E. Arnold, 46, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth & same-drug unspecified).
William C. Poe, 28, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Deg.
Nathan G. Morgan, 39, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument-2nd Deg.
Heidi Strahan, 54, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for No Registration Plates, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (drug unspecified).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Kentucky's attorney general is warning about a new scam that's using his office to try and scare people into sending money over wire transfers.
Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office was contacted after a Louisville resident received what appeared to be a letter from the attorney general's office. It included an official-looking seal, a photo of the attorney general and a fake signature.
It asked for tax payment on a prize the resident allegedly won.
Beshear says the letter states the "Money Monetary Law" applies to Kentuckians receiving a lump sum payment equal to or greater than $500,000.
Beshear says there's no such law in Kentucky that requires the IRS and attorney general's office to work together to collect state income taxes for prize winnings, as the letter claims.
Columbia, Ky. (October 14, 2017) – Trooper Billy Begley is investigating a collision that occurred today at approximately 11:52 AM CST, 6 miles north of Columbia on Holmes Bend Road. 54-year-old John F. Bush, of Columbia, was operating a westbound 1981 Honda Goldwing motorcycle when he failed to properly negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck and embankment. Bush was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tpr. Begley was assisted by the Adair County EMS.
Burkesville, Ky. (October 14, 2017) – Trooper Ricky Cross is investigating a collision that occurred on 10/13/2017 at approximately 9:05 PM CST on KY 1880 in Cumberland County. 44-year-old Paul R. Rose, of Albany, was operating a northbound 2007 Toyota pickup when she crossed the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a tree.
Mr. Rose was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital and listed in critical condition. A passenger, 52-year-old Terry P. Angel, of Albany, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tpr. Cross was assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Fire and Sheriff's Department. The investigation is ongoing.
A new restaurant is coming to Russell County!
At the regular monthly meeting of the Russell Springs City Council on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, it was announced that Huddle House is coming to Russell Springs with a projected opening date of March 1, 2018. Huddle House will be located in the old Taco Bell building in Key Village Shopping Center between Pizza Hut and Sonic. It is the 6th Huddle House in the state of Kentucky.
In other action, Mayor Selby said that property taxes will be mailed out on Monday, Oct. 16th. The Mayor went on to say that in order to receive a 2% discount, you'll need to pay your taxes by Nov. 30th, 2017.
Columbia, Ky. (October 13, 2017) – 31-year-old Reuban Sebastian Paz, of Columbia, was arrested today at 2:38 PM CST on New Concord Road, 7 miles east of Columbia. Paz is charged with the murder of his wife, 25-year-old Linda Sebastian Paz, also of New Concord Road Columbia. KSP received a call from the Adair County Sheriff's office requesting assistance at the residence at 4:20 AM CST.
The investigation revealed that the two had been involved in a domestic dispute that led to the shooting and death of Linda Sebastian. Paz. An autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner's office. Reuban Sebastian Paz was lodged in the Adair County Jail. Detective Bo Hensley is investigating.
A Russell County daycare has been shut down by the state following the discovery of some troubling videos.
An emergency suspension order cites a video from Wednesday of an owner of the Little People's Playhouse hitting a child with her hand, as well as spanking the child with a wooden block.
An October 6th video shows the same owner threatening to hit a child in the mouth to "make his mouth bleed."
The Little People's Playhouse in Russell Springs has been ordered to surrender their license and cease operations immediately.
According to Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies responded to a 911 call of a single vehicle injury accident on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at approximately 6:30 PM.
Upon arrival at the accident scene in the 2000 block of Dixie Bend Road, Deputy Cary York found William E. Fox, age 59 of Valley View Drive, Tateville, Kentucky suffering from injuries he sustained in the crash.
Preliminary investigation by Deputy York found that Mr. Fox was eastbound on Dixie Bend Road. His 1994 Ford F150 truck ran off the right shoulder, hit a pile of large rocks then crossed the road and struck several small trees. The pickup truck came to rest in a ditch on the driver's side.
Pulaski County EMS personnel treated Mr. Fox at the scene and transported him to a landing zone at Grave Hill Church. He was then airlifted to the University Of Kentucky Medical by Air Methods air ambulance service.
Sheriff's units were assisted at the scene by Volunteers from the Tateville Fire Department and the Pulaski County Rescue Squad.
The accident remains under investigation by Deputy York.
Columbia, Ky. (October 12, 2017) – 43-year-old Donald Wayne Christenberry, of Columbia, KY was arrested today (Thursday) at 4:27 AM CST on South Burkesville Road in the limits of Columbia and charged with Assault 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence) Minor Injury. The charges stemmed from an investigation into a stabbing that occurred on an unknown area of Hwy. 206 when Christenberry allegedly stabbed 57-year-old Brent Ollery of Columbia. Ollery was taken to the TJ Sampson Hospital to be treated for a knife wound to the neck area and was then relayed by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries. The ER notified law enforcement of the incident.
Following that incident, Christenberry returned to his residence on Spring Drive in Columbia and was involved in a second altercation with 48-year-old Brenda Lucas which led to the Assault 4th charge. Christenberry was lodged in the Adair County Jail. Detective Nick Davis is investigating.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies responded to a 911 call of an injury accident one half mile out Ringgold Road at approximately10:12 AM on Thursday morning, October 12, 2017.
Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Steven Alexander found a single victim of the one vehicle accident lying in the roadway.
Preliminary investigation by Deputy Alexander found that the driver, Brooklyn Ross, age 19 of Whitley City, Kentucky was northbound on Ringgold Road when she left the roadway for unknown reasons and crashed into a ditch. She was apparently ejected from the vehicle when it left the roadway.
Ms. Ross was treated at the scene by Pulaski EMS and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where she was "hot loaded" on an Air Methods air ambulance and flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Units were assisted at the scene by Trooper Corey Jones of the Kentucky State Police and Somerset Fire Department.
The accident remains under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
A Pulaski County grandmother was accidentally shot and killed by her grandson in a tragic accident.
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck says it happened around 9pm Wednesday on KY 1003, east of Somerset. 68-year-old Eutta Phelps of Somerset, KY was a passenger in the front seat of her own vehicle. One of her grandsons and another juvenile were examining a handgun that had been left in the back seat when it accidentally discharged. Deputies say Phelps received a single gunshot wound.
Phelps was transported by ambulance to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Pulaski Co. EMS, and Fire Departments from White Lily, Mount Victory, and Shopville.
During the month of September 2017, there were 18 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There were two fatal collisions during the month of September in the Post 15 area.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 14 compared with 26 through this same period in 2016.
Statewide fatality count stands at 542 compared with 600 through this same period in 2016.
During the month of September 2017, there were 1124 citations written, 191 courtesy notices written, 1593 vehicles inspected, 691 complaints answered, 77 motorists assisted, 62 criminal cases opened and 291 criminal arrests made.
The search is on for a missing Russell County man.
33-year-old William Seth Oakes was last seen on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 around 3:00 p.m. and no one has seen him or talked to him since then. Oakes is 6'1" and weights about 375 lbs. His vehicle is a white 2003 GMC Sierra Extended Cab. The license plate number is 028-GCR.
If you have information on Seth Oakes whereabouts, please call the Russell County Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111 or any law enforcement agency.
An investigation by Deputy Ethan Pike resulted in the arrest of two persons Tuesday night for trafficking in Methamphetamine and other charges.
At 8:35 p.m., Deputy Pike stopped a vehicle on KY 619, moments after it left the Cumberland Lodge Motel in Russell Springs. 45-year-old Roger Dale Pendleton of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear in Clark District Court and for Operating on a Suspended License. An alert by K-9 Maxo led to the discovery of a small quantity of Methamphetamine and Marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
A passenger, 38-year-old Wendy Dawn McFerron of Stanford, KY was also taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
The roadside investigation led to Deputy Pike to obtain a Search Warrant for a room at the motel where Pendleton and McFerron had just been. That search resulted in the seizure of approximately 5 grams of “crystal meth” and more drug paraphernalia.
In addition to the initial charges stemming from the vehicle stop, Pendleton and McFerron were also charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Meth.
Both were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Deputy Pike was assisted by Deputy Dustin Bunch, Det. Joey Hoover and Officer Bobby Pritchard of the Russell Springs Police Department.
Christopher D. Cundiff, 37, of Dunville, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd Deg (Motor Vehicle, & On Foot).
Glenlee Philhower, 35, of Danville, arrested by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Drug Unspecified).
Nicholas S. Wilburn, 38, of Junction City, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Deg (Motor Vehicle), & Wanton Endangerment-1st Deg.
James H. Cook, 66, of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth).
Carion P. Costelli, 41, of Monticello, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for 3 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500 or more), 2 counts of Theft of a Firearm, Criminal Mischief-1st/3rd Deg, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Deg (On Foot), Failure to Appear, Non Payment of Fines.
Whitney N. Denney, 33, of Russell Springs, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Dept. for Speeding 8 mph Over Limit, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Trafficking in Marijuana-1st Off.
Donald L. Rose, 29, of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset Police for Failure to Illuminate Headlights, No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance-1st Off, DUI-1st Off (Agg Circum), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Notify Address Change to DOT, Contempt of Court.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A Science Hill man was arrested after fleeing from deputies who were answering a domestic disturbance call.
Just before 5pm Monday, Pulaski Co. Deputy Tim Pierce responded to a 911 call on Depot Street. Upon arrival at the residence, a man fled the scene in an SUV. A 20 minute pursuit ensued, ending in a field near Beech Grove Road. The subject then fled on foot and swam across the back waters of Fishing Creek.
Several officers joined the search that eventually ended under the Fishing Creek Bridge with the arrest of 26 year old Matthew Girdler.
He’s charged with: Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury, Fleeing/Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
Pulaski County Constables, EMS, Rescue Squad, KSP, and Somerset Police assisted.
A Somerset man has been arrested for Drug Trafficking following a joint operation by the Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, Kentucky State Police, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Authorities received a tip that illegal drugs were entering Pulaski County from other states. A package was tracked while in transit. Once it reached a residence in Somerset, officers recovered the package containing illegal narcotics. Officers also recovered 7.2 grams of methamphetamine from an individual outside of the residence.
Search warrants were executed on three additional residences which produced marijuana, cocaine, and weapons.
The total amount of drugs confiscated in Friday's operation was:
1. 33.5 pounds of Marijuana
2. 17.5 grams of Cocaine
3. 7.2 grams of Methamphetamine
Alberto Trujillo, age 42 of Rainbow Terrace, Somerset is charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (ver 8 oz). Additional arrests and further charges are expected.
At last night's meeting of the Casey County Board of Education, Chair Michael Turner presented the Community Champion Award to Tarter Industries.
The Board heard a detailed progress report on the old Liberty Gym renovation. The facility has numerous upgrades in design & function. The representative from Branscum Construction says the project should be completed by the end of the month.
Mr. Kevin Stephens presented Attendance awards to Liberty Elementary and Walnut Hill Elementary. Liberty Elementary was also recognized for High Attendance Day for Region 14.
Mr. Boyd Harris gave a lengthy Analysis of the latest K-PREP scores for Casey County Schools. The 2016-17 school year is a transition period away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model, to a new model, expected to take effect in the 2018-19 school year. Harris says the priorities and goals for continuos improvement will continue to focus on Increasing the Proficient percentages and Decrease the Novice numbers, closure of Achievement Gap by boosting lower performing groups, and to focus on Opportunity for all students to engage in each content area.
Mrs. Randolph gave the Financial Report. She stated the overall total cash was up $2 million dollars from last year, due to the sale of bonds. General fund cash is up nearly a half million dollars from the prior year, but down $206,000 from the prior month. General fund balance is at $3.8 million dollars. She told the Board there may be some budget cuts ahead, according to the latest plan submitted to Governor Bevin by the Education Commissioner. Randolph says the current cuts are based on a preliminary proposal and could be rejected by the Gov.
Only a couple of items on the agenda for Monday's meeting of the Liberty City Council.
The first was a 2nd Reading of an ordinance relating to the 2017 Property Tax rate which will stay the same at .219 per $100 of assessed value. The vote was unanimous to leave the tax rate unchanged.
The second item was a 1st Reading of an ordinance to repeal an amendment to the Nuisance Ordinance. Again the vote was unanimous in favor.
Councilman Doug Johnson brought up an issue concerning Mobile Businesses setting up near like-established businesses. He proposed an ordinance restricting such businesses to 2 hours or less, and not to set up within 500 feet of any similar established business. After some discussion, Johnson made a motion for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment with a 2 hour time limit, but without the proximity restriction. Councilman Andy Lawhorn posed some reservations about such an ordinance. The motion died due to no one offering to 2nd the motion.
Sgt. Mark Cromwell is investigating a burglary that occurred early Sunday morning at “The Shack”, located near the Russell-Clinton county line on U.S. 127. Store security video revealed entry was made after a large rock was used to shatter the front door window. The male perpetrator then stole two bottles of bourbon and two bottles of wine.
Anyone with any information pertaining to this burglary is encouraged to call the Russell County Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111. CALLERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Whitley City man was injured in a single vehicle accident on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
At approximately 4:30 pm on Sunday, Deputy Zach Mayfield responded to a 911 call of a vehicle accident on Kentucky Highway 1642 (Slate Branch Road). Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Mayfield found a red 2004 Toyota Tacoma off the roadway in contact with a tree. The operator of the truck, Matthew W. Sargent, age 19 of Whitley City, Kentucky was suffering from leg and shoulder pain and a laceration to his face.
Mr. Sargent was treated at the scene by EMS personnel and was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Wet road conditions and speed may have contributed to the cause of the accident.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by Trooper Travis Thompson of the Kentucky State Police and volunteers of the Parkers Mill Fire Department.
On Sunday October 8, 2017 at approximately 9:25 pm, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle auto accident on Ky North 61 with possible injuries.
The accident occurred when 20-year-old Lesley Ferguson of Columbia operating her 2008 Pontiac failed to notice another vehicle stopped to turn into a residence just passed Milltown road on 61.The other vehicle was a 2004 Ford Focus operated by 47-year-old Pamela Flowers along with two passengers Judy Coffey and Regina French all of Columbia. Both units were traveling North on 61.
Adair County EMS responded and transported 85-year-old Regina French for possible injuries sustained. Deputy Brandon Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff's Office is the investigating officer and was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin and Adair Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner.
Motorists are advised to use caution along KY 70. Phone lines are down between the intersections of KY 1547 & Hwy 127. Prepare for delays and possible detour.
An Adair County man is accused of theatening a public entity.
Columbia Police were notified Thursday of a threat made towards the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
According to investigators, the threatened to "pick off the employees as they left the building."
56-year-old Danny Jeffries, of Columbia, is charged with Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree, and Retaliating Against a Participant in a Legal Process.
He was lodged in the Adair County Jail.
A man arrested over the weekend in Pulaski County, he's accused of burning a dog alive.
KSP responded to the scene on Meadow View Drive in Science Hill, where Troopers found a the dog deceased.
As Trooper William Cowan approached the home, 40-year-old James Calhoun came out holding a hand-gun.
Calhoun was taken into custody after commands from police to drop the weapon.
He was lodged in the Pulaski County on charges of Torture of a Dog or Cat 1st Offense, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree-Police Officer, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree and Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree.
James C. Calhoun, 40, of arrested by KSP for Wanton Endangerment-1st Deg (Police Officer), Torture of a Dog or Cat-1st Off, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Deg, Menacing, & Criminal Trespassing-3rd Deg.
Ryan C. Daulton, 28, of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Drug Paraphernalia.
Charles C. Burkhart, 40, of Burnside, arrested by KSP for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10K), Persistent Felony Offender-1st, Retaliating against a Participant in the Legal Process, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Operator's License, Possesion of Marijuana, DUI-1st Off (Aggravated Circumstance), & Reckless Driving.
John D. Cross, 54, of Bronston, KY, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
Kearstin E. Cross, 21, of Bronston, arrested by KSP for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
Alberto Trujillo, 42, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Marijuana-1st Off.
Krista S. Tucker, 37, of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Alejandro C. Clara, 41, arrested by Junction City Police for DUI-1st Off, No Operator's License, & Reckless Driving.
Todd. E. Boyd, 51, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening-3rd Deg, DUI-1st Off (Agg Circum), & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.
Paul A. McFerron, 22, arrested by Danville Police for Burglary-3rd Deg.
Mitchell Brown, 30, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
All suspects are considered Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Russell Co. Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at 6:00pmCT.
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The Boil Water Advisory for Bluebird Drive, Remington Estates, and an area of Lakeway Drive and Jimmy Avenue in Russell Co. has been lifted!
Columbia Police arrested 2 people on theft and drug charges Wednesday.
According to the police report, officers were dispatched to Columbia Wal-Mart to a reported theft. Officers were advised that a white female wearing a black hoodie had attempted to push a shopping cart with approximately $2,100 in merchandise out the exit without paying. When approached, she left the cart and fled with 2 bags. Once on the scene, officers found the perpetrator had fled in a black 4-door car and headed east on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway. Officers were able to initiate a traffic stop. As a result, over $700 dollars in merchandise was recovered along with illegal narcotics .
Arrested were Paul Meece, 25, of Russell Springs, KY, and Sarah Nicely, 30, of Somerset, KY. Meece was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine. Nicely was charged with Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500. Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The arrests were made by CPD Officer Josh Brockman and Officer Charles Greer.
An Adair County man was arrested on multiple charges after an incident that resulted in a state agency building and staff being put on lockdown.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at approximately 12:36 pm CT, Columbia Police received credible information that a threat had been made by an individual to come onto the property of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which houses the Family Support and Protection and Permanency. The threat went on to state that the individual was going to wait and "Pick off the employees one by one as they left the building".
Columbia Police sent on-duty officers to the building, as well as deputies from the Adair County Sheriff's Office. Off-duty officers were called in to secure the building and staff. Around 1:30pm CPD Sgt Gary Roy and Sgt JR Murphy located the individual and took him into custody where he was transported to the Columbia Police Department. At 3:00pm Sgt Gary Roy secured a warrant for the arrest of Danny Jeffries, 56, of Columbia, KY and placed him under arrest. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Charges include Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree and Retaliating Against a Participant in a Legal Process. The case remains under investigation by Sgt. Gary Roy.
Columbia Police arrested an Adair County Woman after a traffic stop on Wednesday.
Officers received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 just before midnight in the Greenhills Subdivision. Officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 white Honda. As a result of the stop, 31-year-old Laura Franklin of Columbia, KY was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree. Franklin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD Officers Charles Greer and Josh Brockman.
An investigation by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of a Jamestown man Thursday afternoon for trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana.
Deputy Nathan Ginn & Det. Joey Hoover obtained a search warrant for the mobile home residence of Timothy D. McWhorter, age 30, located at 42 Jenny Lane off KY 1680, about three miles east of Jamestown. During the search, Deputies found a quantity of “crystal meth”, Marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
McWhorter was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, over 2 grams and Trafficking in Marijuana, less than 8 ounces.
The search was conducted by Sheriff Clete McAninch, Lt. David Cain, Det. Joey Hoover, Deputy Evan Burton & K-9 Matt, Deputy Nathan Ginn and Deputy Ethan Pike. McWhorter was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
A Campbellsville man was arrested after being found naked inside a residence he broke into.
Lt. David Cain & Deputy Nathan Ginn responded to a burglary call at 8:16 a.m. Wednesday at the residence of McKee Moore, at 29 Lawless Court, off Scotts Chapel Road in Jamestown, after a cleaning service discovered the home had been broken into upon their arrival. When searching the residence for possible perpetrators, Lt. Cain & Deputy Ginn found 36-year-old Joshua Morton sleeping in a bedroom.
Morton was arrested without incident and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespassing charges.
Logan Withaar, 29, Jamestown, arrested by KSP for DUI-2nd (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
Michael G. Ridner, 41, Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Assault-4th Deg (Domestic Violence), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Deg (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-2nd Deg (Police Officer), Speeding in a Restricted Zone, Resisting Arrest, & Menacing.
Michael L. Brock Jr., 43, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-2nd Off, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), No Insurance.
John R. Woods, 42, arrested by Harrodsburg Police for DUI-2nd Off, Driving on a DUI Suspended License-1st Off, & Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Rollercoaster Yard Sale is always the first full weekend in October each year. The route covers over 150 miles of some of the most scenic roads around the area that pass through many small communities – each with their own uniqueness to savor. This will be the 32ndAnnual Rollercoaster Yard Sale scheduled for October 5-7, 2017.
The Rollercoaster Yard Sale is unique in many ways. First it is the oldest and most authentic marathon yard sale in Kentucky and Tennessee. It began in an effort by Sarah Bowers to gain improvements to the “rollercoaster” of a road the original section was. Secondly, it is a destination yard sale. The route encircles the Dale Hollow Lake area – beginning and ending at any point along the route.
It’s a treasure hunter’s paradise with a wide array of finds. Unique items from years past have included covered wagons, anvils, taxidermy items, old signs and much more.The sale route covers over 150 miles through 25 communities/towns and lasts for 3 days with an abundance of yard sales, flea markets, crafts, antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, BBQ, southern food, entertainment, parks, recreation areas, historic sites, picturesque and unique small towns and their squares and so much more!
Be sure to check the events calendar on the www.TheRollercoasterYardSale.com website for all the latest listings. Also, “Like” the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rcyardsale. The brochure is available for download on the website.
An Adair County man died in a single vehicle accident in Pulaski County late Tuesday.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies responded to the scene, 9 miles west on the Cumberland Parkway shortly before 11pm Tuesday. Upon arrival, Sergeant Bryan Shepard found that 68 year old Daniel Farr of Columbia, KY had lost control of a 2008 Nissan pickup truck, veered into the median and rolled over several times.
Mr. Farr was treated by Pulaski County EMS and later pronounced dead at the scene by Pulaski County Deputy Coroner Gerald Collingsworth.
Units from the Nancy Fire Department assisted at the scene. Investigators say medical issues may have contributed to the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Began Sunday; Seasonal Restrictions on Outdoor Burning Are Back In Effect
Frankfort, Ky. (October 2, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, there are nearly 1,500 wildfires in the state of Kentucky, based on a 10-year average.
Last fall, the division responded to 520 fires that burned 52,216 acres with a timber value loss of $20,642,663. The majority of the fires occurred in November.
Wildfires in Kentucky cause damage to homes, private property, trees and landscapes. More importantly, lives are placed at risk. Not only the lives of people where the wildfires occur but also the lives of the firefighters.
Most of Kentucky’s wildfires are preventable. They are the result of human activity - arson and careless open-burning (burning of trash, debris and brush). If people start wildfires, people can prevent them.
Division Director James Wright said the most widely available fuel for wildfires in Kentucky is hardwood leaf litter. "Unlike western fires that burn on the ground and in the canopy, Kentucky’s fires usually stay on the forest floor and burn only what is already down,” Wright said. “Beginning in October, fresh new dead leaf litter begins to fall in the forest.” It is against the law to do any open burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the fall and spring forest fire hazard seasons, which run from October 1 to December 15 and from February 15 to April 30 respectively.
Compounding the risk, during the October to December fire hazard season Kentucky typically sees lower relative humidity (RH) numbers than in summer and winds become erratic due to the seasonal change. Because the humidity rises during the day and winds fall, restricting burning until after 6 p.m. during the fall and spring reduces the chances of outdoor fires escaping.
Arson is a felony offense. Last fire season, 70 people were given citations for illegal burning and 14 were arrested and charged with setting fires in the Commonwealth. The division will again be working with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) who will be assisting with law enforcement. This partnership adds extra eyes in and around the woods. All Kentuckians can help by reporting a wildland fire or an arsonist to their local law enforcement office.
Residents should call the Division of Air Quality at 1-502-782-6592 to learn about other specific regulations before burning anything.
David D. Guy, 48, Misty D. Yankey, 35, & Bryan E. Biggs, 41, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Drug Unspecified).
Tonie L. Matherly, 43, arrested by Junction City Police for Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Deg (on foot), Disorderly Conduct-2nd Deg, Resisting Arrest, & Giving Officer False ID.
George A. Horton, 40, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
All suspects are considered inocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a tractor accident resulted in the injury of a Pulaski County man on Monday, October 2, 2017.
At approximately 6 PM on Monday, Trooper Adam Childers of the Kentucky State Police was called to 658 Highway 1674 to conduct a welfare check of a farmer whose mother reported that he had failed to return home after leaving the house earlier in the day on a tractor.
Trooper Childers and Deputy Bruce Blevins found Roland Price Jr., age 62 in a creek bed with severe head injuries. Deputy Blevins determined that Mr. Price apparently lost control of the tractor and was ejected from the tractor and landed in the creek bed causing significant head trauma.
Mr. Price was treated at the scene by Pulaski County EMS personnel and was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center by Air Methods.
Deputy Blevins and Trooper Childers were assisted at the scene by members of the Somerset Fire Department.
The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday. Judge Executive Randy Dial announced the purchase of a Grade-All machine at a recent state surplus sale in the amount of $10,700. He commented this type of equipment would normally sell for around $300,000 if new, and would be a welcome addition to our county road department.
Representatives from Duo County Telecom addressed the Fiscal Court to propose a Franchise Agreement for public rights of way as part of the Kentucky Wired program, which would bring Fiber Optic broadband service to local government offices and businesses. Judge Dial and County Attorney, Tommy Weddle, posed some questions to the Duo County group concerning future road projects, pavement excavations by the group in the event of service repairs, and the 20 year term of the agreement.
CEO Tom Preston, CFO Darrel Hammond, & Mark Henry, VP of Operations for Duo County emphasized that 90% of the project would be run on existing power poles. Also, that Duo County would pay for any excavation or relocation of their equipment. The group suggested the project would represent a $2 Million Dollar investment by their company, and would benefit Casey County in the areas of recruiting new business to our area while providing superior fiber optic service to certain areas where as now there is none. They also told the court that the project would be completed by June of 2018. The topic was tabled for further study and discussion.
In Road Department business, a ford dump truck was declared surplus property and will be up for bid in the fall consignment sale.
Due to a delay with machinery the paving operations that were set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, will now begin on Thursday, October 5th on Main Street (KY 379) in Russell Springs.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is scheduled to perform milling operations later this week on Thursday and Friday afternoon with full paving operations being performed on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th.
During these operations on street parking will be closed and the roadway will be reduced to one lane with traffic controlled by flaggers. Sidewalks will remain open.
Work will be performed during the day and nighttime hours.
Motorists should expect delays. Take an alternate route if possible.
Today (Monday), Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson declared October as Arts & Humanities Month in Russell County. The arts and humanities play a unique and intrinsically valuable role in the lives of our families and community.
Many thanks to The Star Theater, ArtWorks, The Dance Shoppe, and Russell County High School Art & Theatre Departments for enhancing our community life.
Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has died in a Los Angeles hospital. The legendary musician reportedly suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support, reports TMZ.
Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group put out several hits, including "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Breakdown," "Listen to Her Heart" and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Though Petty and his band debuted their first self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform over the past four decades. Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour. The band wrote on their website that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.