A TV production company is looking to film in Casey County.
Tom McConnell is the Executive Producer of a show called Coomer’s Country. He addressed civic leaders at Liberty City Hall yesterday.
McConnell proposed three days of filming, which could cost up to $45,000 to produce. The shows could air on Discovery Network’s “Destination America” or on RFD TV for a lesser amount. The programs would bring attention to Liberty and Casey County on a national level.
Mr. McConnell is also a promoter of vintage truck/tractor pulls and suggested a two year contract to host events at the Ag/Expo Center, which could potentially bring thousands of visitors to our community.
Members of the Liberty City Council, Tourism Board, and Economic Development Authority are taking the proposal under consideration. Look for a special City Council meeting next week to vote on the matter.
McConnell said he needed a decision by next Friday.
Albany, Ky. (March 22, 2018) – 39-year-old Charlie K. York, of Albany, was arrested on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 following a pursuit that lasted approximately 30 minutes while traveling through Clinton County and ending in Wayne County at the intersection of KY 200 and KY 167. York was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (methamphetamine) and numerous other traffic violations.
York was transported to the Wayne County Hospital to be medically cleared for admission to the jail due to his level of intoxication. He was cleared and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
The pursuit began on KY 0090 when Tpr. Jason Warinner attempted to stop the York vehicle due to the rear license plate not being illuminated. The pursuit traveled along KY 90, KY 1009 and KY 200. Tpr. Warinner was assisted in the pursuit by the Clinton County and Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Monticello City Police and Troopers from Post 11.
Columbia Police investigated an accident that resulted in a man falling from a bridge.
At approximately 8:15 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Columbia Police were called to Burkesville Road to a reported single vehicle accident. Upon arrival, police found 37-year-old Paul Huffman of Glasgow, KY was headed south when he lost control on the bridge due to ice. Huffman struck the bridge but was uninjured in the collision.
During that time, a passing motorist had stopped to offer assistance to Huffman when a third vehicle lost control on ice and struck Huffman’s vehicle. During the chain of events, Huffman lost his footing and began to stumble on the ice slick bridge. Huffman was unable to gain stability before he fell over the side of the bridge falling approximately 50 ft to the ground below. He was treated by Adair County EMS and taken to TJ Health Columbia for additional care. He was then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital.
The incident is being investigated by CPD Ofc John Dial who was assisted by Ofc Drew Conn.
Jacob C. Biddle, age 35, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, One Headlight, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator’s License, Failure to Transfer a Motor Vehicle, No Insurance, & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container.
Adam C. Taylor, age 35, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Failure to Illuminate Headlamps, & No Brake Lights.
Kevin D. Ison, age 36, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A school bus vs vehicle accident occurred on Tuesday morning in front of RSES.
Just before 7:00amCT on Tuesday, March 20th a school bus being operated by 59-year-old David McDonald, was southbound and had stopped to turn into the school. Another bus traveling north had stopped and motioned McDonald to go ahead and pull into the schools parking lot. The driver didn’t notice a northbound vehicle, being operated by Tabitha Cross of Columbia, KY, and turned into her path. Cross tried to avoid the bus, but was unable to do so and the vehicles collided.
Tabitha Cross was injured after her airbag deployed and was transported to R.C. Hospital by private vehicle. The bus driver, Mr. McDonald and the 26 students on the bus at the time of the collision, escaped injury.
The Russell Springs Police Dept. investigated the accident.
Ronnie Steven Means, 39 of Bethelridge: Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Matthew D. Weddle, 32 of Liberty: Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500).
Zackary D. Montgomery, 23 of Yosemite: 2 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500).
Katherine M. Kirby, 21 of Stanford, & Joshua Wayne Pruitt, 26 of Liberty: 2 counts of Complicity to commit Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500).
Linda Sue Maynard, 37 of Liberty, & Jeremy Ryan Sears, 26 of Hustonville: Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
Kegan S. Posey, 24 of Liberty: Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree, Assault-4th Degree/3rd Offense (Domestic Violence), & Violation of a Ky EPO/DVO.
William Dean Brown, 55 of Liberty: Driving on a DUI Suspended License-3rd Offense, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Expired Registration Plates, No Insurance, Resisting Arrest, & Menacing.
Victor Alfonzo Gonzales, 33 of Liberty: Sexual Abuse-1st Degree (victim under 12).
Michael J. Hopkins, 36 of Lancaster, & Brandi Mae Keith, 20 of Liberty: Bail Jumping-1st Degree.
Jamie Burl Cochran, 40 of Liberty: Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Danny Wayne Price, 61 of Hustonville: Trafficking in Cocaine/Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, & Possession of Methamphetamine.
George S. Webb III, 30 of Moreland: Receiving Stolen Property (over $500), & Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree.
Hubert Preston Skipper III, 50, & Regina Erin Skipper, 39, both of Gravel Switch: Receiving Stolen Property (over $500), Persistent Felony Offender, Tampering w/Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Trafficking in Marijuana (over 5lbs), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
An indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.
Adair County Lady Indians Softball game scheduled for today against Larue County has been cancelled
Adair County Indians baseball game scheduled for today has been cancelled
Today’s C-ville Lady Eagles Softball game at North Hardin has been cancelled
Lindsey Wilson’s previously-scheduled baseball games with Freed-Hardeman at 4pmCT today and Union at 4pmCT on Wednesday have been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. There is no makeup date for the games at this time.
The Adair Co. Extension Homemaker's Leader Training scheduled for 5:30pmCT today has been cancelled due to impending weather.
Campbellsville Univ. Chapel & Endowment Luncheon canceled for Wednesday
CU Baptist Heritage Lecture Series canceled for tonight (Tuesday)
..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EDT /1 PM CDT/ WEDNESDAY...
Snow is expected this evening through Wednesday morning. There could be slick and slushy roads later this evening through Wednesday morning. Snow totals are expected to vary from 4 to 6 inches across north central KY, 2 to 3 inches across central KY, and 1-2 inches across west central and south central KY.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Somerset woman was arrested by Deputy Ricky Shirley on various charges after a short foot chase Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2018.
Deputy Shirley along with KSP Trooper Willie Cowan located Amy N. Meece, age 35 of Sulphur Springs Hollow Road at her residence Sunday afternoon. She was being sought on a Pulaski County District Court Warrant for the following: 1. Burglary, 1st Degree. 2. Theft by Unlawful Taking-Firearm. 3. Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (All Others) $500 or More But Under $10,000. 4. Burglary, 3rd Degree. 5. Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument, 2nd Degree.
When officers arrived at Ms. Meece's residence, she fled out a window and was apprehended after a short foot chase. Amy N. Meece was placed under arrest and a search of her person yielded a plastic baggie containing 5 pills later identified as hydrocodone. Ms. Meece was additionally charged with: 1. Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified). 2. Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (On Foot). 3. Prescription Substance Not in Proper Container, 1st Offense.
Amy N. Meece was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center without further incident.
The investigation continues by Deputy Shirley and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
THE CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY.
HOLLY SCOVILLE, WITH LEDCOR GROUP, ADDRESSED THE COURT CONCERNING THE KY WIRED PROJECT, WHICH IS BRINGING A HIGH SPEED BROADBAND FIBER NETWORK TO THE STATE. THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO COVER KENTUCKY IN A SIX RING NETWORK DESIGN. CASEY COUNTY IS INCLUDED IN RING THREE, WHICH COULD BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 2020. THE FIBER OPTIC NETWORK WOULD BRING CAPABILITY OF DOWNLOADING A THREE HOUR MOVIE IN ABOUT 15 SECONDS, ACCORDING TO MISS SCOVILLE. INITIALLY, REPRESENTATIVES OF DUO-COUNTY TOLD THE COURT THAT ONLY CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE COUNTY WOULD BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE HIGH SPEED NETWORK, MAINLY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AND SOME BUSINESS AREAS. THE COURT QUESTIONED IF THAT WOULD BE THE CASE AND MISS SCOVILLE SAID NO. ONCE INSTALLED, THE SERVICE WOULD POTENTIALLY COVER ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTY THROUGH ISP PROVIDERS. DUO COUNTY TELECOM IS SEEKING A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH CASEY COUNTY AS A SERVICE PROVIDER. THE COUNTY MUST GRANT ACCESS TO EASMENTS AND RIGHT OF WAY SO THAT WORKERS CAN ACCESS THE EXISTING POLES TO MAKE READY FOR THE NEW CABLE. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN LAST NIGHT. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON LINE AT KENTUCKY WIRED PROJECT DOT COM.
TWO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE LAW FIRM OF McBRAYER, McGINNIS, LESLIE & KIRKLAND ADDRESSED THE COURT TO OFFER CASEY COUNTY THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN LITIGATION IN THE OPIOID LAW SUIT AGAINST MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF THE DRUGS, WHICH HAVE RESULTED IN AN EPIDEMIC OF ADDICTIONS, AND CONSEQUENT EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROBLEM. JARON BLANDFORD, AND DAVID GUARNIERI PRESENTED INFORMATION TO THE COURT THAT NEARLY 2.6 MILLION AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING FROM THE ADDICTION TO THESE DRUGS. THE PROBLEM HAS LED TO MASSIVE EXPENSES ON EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT, DOWN TO THE COUNTY LEVEL INCLUDING ARRESTS, INCARCERATION, PROSECUTION, AND MEDICAL TREATMENT IN RELATION TO OPIOIDS. COUNTY ATTORNEY, TOMMY WEDDLE, ASKED, IF SUCCESSFUL, HOW THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SUIT WOULD BE SPLIT UP. GUARNIERI SAID IT COULD WORK A NUMBER OF WAYS, INCLUDING BASED ON A COUNTY BY COUNTY NUMBER OF USERS OF THE DRUGS, WHICH IS ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THE SUBJECT LAST NIGHT.
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT'S PRE-AUDIT EXCESS FEES, IN THE AMOUNT OF JUST OVER $33,400 WAS ACCEPTED AS THE DEPARTMENT'S QUARTERLY REPORT WAS APPROVED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE.
IN ROAD BUSINESS, THE COURT WILL SOON ACCEPT DUMP TRUCK BIDS, AND APPROVED RURAL SECONDARY RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH INCLUDED RESURFACING AREAS OF TWO COUNTY ROADS, KY 1649 AND KY 501.
An ATV stolen early Friday morning in Russell County has been recovered and one person arrested.
On Sunday evening around 7:45 p.m., R.C. Deputy Evan Burton located the stolen Polaris ATV at a residence off East West-Wilson Road resulting in the arrest of Brandon G. Chapman, 29, of Russell Springs, KY on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000 in value.
The 4-wheeler and a farm truck belonging to Jeff Loy were stolen from his barn at the end of Akers Lane off KY 379 in the Esto community. The truck was recovered early Friday afternoon off Oaks Road by Sheriff Clete McAninch and Deputy Nathan Ginn.
Chapman was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.
A fire over the weekend damages home & destroys a barn.
The Adair County Fire Department responded to the fire at 4340 Liberty Road on Sunday afternoon at 2:06 PM to property owned by David & Eva Rigney. The property was being occupied by Eric Smith & Gage Schell. The house sustained damage and the barn was a total loss. 18 firemen were on the scene for approx. 2 hours.
Assisting at the scene were Adair Search & Rescue, Adair Co. Sheriff's Office and Constable Jason Rector.
The Columbia Police Department investigated a 1-vehicle injury accident on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:28amCT.
28-year-old Joshua Ford of Columbia, KY was operating a 2009 Kia Optima traveling north on Jamestown Street. Ford lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway striking a brick head wall, then striking and breaking a utility pole. The impact knocked down live utility lines.
Ford was treated and transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair County EMS. Jamestown Street was shut down until 6:00amCT in order to clear live utility lines that were knocked down as a result of the crash.
The collision was investigated by CPD Officer Drew Conn. He was assisted by Ofc Jamie Cole.
Stephen B. Bernard II, 28 of Liberty, arrested by KSP for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
Joseph W. Cooper, 19 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police for Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Possession of Methamphetamine.
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
Amy N. Meece, 35 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Burglary-1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking-Firearm, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Burglary-3rd Degree, & Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument-2nd Degree.
Bobby J. Inman II, 27 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, DUI-1st Offense, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving, Improper Passing, Following Too Closely, Disregarding Traffic Control Device, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
Hunter M. Morgan, age 32, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia, Receiving Stolen Property, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), Theft by Unlawful Taking, & Burglary-3rd Degree.
Kevin Rocha, age 23, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Department for Trafficking in Cocaine & Marijuana.
Dalia N. Perez, age 23, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Traffickingin Cocaine & Marijuana, & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
Edgar Sanchez, age 38, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Disregarding a Traffic Light, No Moped Operator's License, & Trafficking in Cocaine & Marijuana.
Ernest Hardy, age 32, arrested by Danville Police for Sodomy-3rd Degree, & Prohibited Use of Electronic Communications to Procure a Peace Officer Posing as a Minor for Sex.
Jason L. Asbury, age 35, arrested by Junction City Police for Criminal Trespassing-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), Burglary-3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
An Adair Co. family lost everything in a house fire last week.
The Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire on Thursday night at 8:30 PM, at 719 Mack Street to property owned by Mark Coomer. Upon firefighters arrival, the home was completely engulfed in flames. The origin is unknown at this time and the home was total loss. There were 20 firemen on the scene for 1 hour.
Vicki Anderson & her 16-year-old grandson Isaac, occupied the home and lost all their belongings. If you have anything you would like to donate to help out this family, please call 270-250-4799.
VICKI - Pants: size 5-7, Tops: Med. to Large, Shoes 8 to 8 1/2
There will be a rally to protest Senate Bill 1, on the Jamestown Street front of the historic Adair County Courthouse on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 3pm-6pmCT. Organizers are requesting all employees affected by SB1 and their pension issues to attend this rally and to wear Red, and to bring signs to support need to say "No" to Senate Bill 1. Similar rallies are being held across the Commonwealth.
The Columbia Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Thursday night at 8:30 PM, at 719 Mack Street to property owned by Mark Coomer. Upon firefighters arrival, the home was completely engulfed in flames. The origin is unknown at this time and the home was total loss. There were 20 firemen on the scene for 1 hour.
Campbellsville Independent Schools will be hosting a Public Forum on School Safety on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6pmET in Hamilton Auditorium adjacent to Campbellsville High School. The event is FREE and open to the public. Local law enforcement and public officials, Campbellsville Board of Education members and Campbellsville elementary, middle and high school staff members will attend the forum. Superintendent Kirby Smith will discuss the District’s safety procedures, including additional measures taken this school year and proposed changes for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information call 270-465-4162.
Four people were arrested on drug & other charges after Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a possible stolen vehicle located at 145 Snow Lane in Campbellsville on Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2018.
Upon arrival, officers observed the stolen vehicle in the back of the residence and four persons running out the back door. All four were apprehended a short time later. 29-year-old Dennis Lyons, 29-year-old Martell Briscoe & 21-year-old Angelo Brooks all of Michigan, along with 20-year-old Robert Simpson of North Carolina were arrested for: Trafficking in Heroin, Marijuana and Hydrocodone, Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000, and Fleeing & Evading Police. Lyons was also charged with Burglary 3rd degree and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, a search of the residence turned up a large amount of heroin, marijuana and hydrocodone along with multiple scales, cutting agents and other paraphernalia. Also found was a large amount of cash and an S-K-S semi-automatic rifle.
Officers with the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office were assisted by the Campbellsville Police Dept., several KSP Troopers, and "Lily" the TCSO K9 unit.
As of 8:25amCT on Friday, March 16, 2018, the CAUD Boil Water Advisory: Burkesville St & Side RoadsMarch 15, 2018 boil water advisory from the Square to Bomar Heights, any side roads on the left side of Burkesville Street, all side roads off of Tutt Street, all side roads off Bomar Heights, Harvey Street, and S Reed Street has been LIFTED by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
Mt. Eden Road will be closed from East 80, 2/10's of a mile to Yellow Apple Ridge Road. Any access will be from Yellow Apple Ridge Road to S. Hwy 76. The closure is due to reconstruction of the bridge at Cooper Creek. The closure will be April 1, 2018 thru June 15, 2018.
A Taylor County husband & wife are facing multiple counts of Animal Cruelty.
Bobby and Rebecca Phillips, who own a dog breeding business in Campbellsville, KY have been charged with 82-counts of Animal Cruelty. Police allege 82 dogs were left without adequate food, water, shelter, and health needs at the breeder facility.
Taylor County Attorney John Bertram says the allegations being described appear to rise to the level of a potential criminal charge. Bertram quickly called an investigation after hearing the allegations, but then removed himself from the case after learning the identity of the suspects, who he represents through his private practice. A special prosecutor from the Marion County Attorney's office was assigned to the case and filed charges in court.
Bobby Phillips told WHAS11 the breeder business belongs to his wife, Rebecca, and that they've owned the business for more than 30 years and never had any complaints until now. He went on to tell the Louisville TV station that the court will reveal the truth.
The Phillips are scheduled to appear in court on March 26, 2018.
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers from the Public Square to Bomar Heights, any side roads on the left side of Burkesville St., all side roads off of Tutt St., all side roads off Bomar Heights, Harvey St., and S Reed St.
The advisory has been issued due to tying in new water line. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.
This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a Somerset man was arrested on several drug related charges following a traffic stop by deputies, on Tuesday evening, March 13, 2018.
While conducting routine patrol at approximately 11:15 PM Tuesday night, Deputy Brandon Smith observed James Brad Townsend, age 48 of Stevens Drive, Somerset, Kentucky leaving a local motel with a female companion. Deputy Smith recognized Mr. Townsend as an individual who was wanted on a Circuit Court Indictment Warrant for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Deputy Smith conducted a traffic stop where he placed Mr. Townsend under arrest for the outstanding warrant. The warrant resulted from an investigation by the Somerset Police Department charging James Brad Townsend with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, (Methamphetamine) and Persistent Felony Offender. The female passenger, who was also questioned by the Deputy, granted permission to search the motel room occupied by her and Mr. Townsend.
The search of the room by deputies and KSP Trooper Adam Childers led to the discovery of 30.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Further investigation by Deputy Smith led to a search of another room at the motel. In that room, officers discovered 24.75 grams of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, suboxone, and gabapentin (Neurotin).
James Brad Townsend was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on the following charges: 1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense, (>2 grams Methamphetamine). 2. Trafficking in Marijuana (Less than 8 ounces), 1st Offense. 3. Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree-Drug Unspecified. 4. Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree-Drug Unspecified. 5. Drug Paraphernalia-Buy or Possess.
Restaurants in Russell & Adair counties have recently been contacted by someone posing as a Health Inspector, wanting payment from the restaurants.
According to Lake Cumberland District Health Department Health Director Stewart Spillman, one restaurant in each county has had someone come in claiming to be a heath inspector. The person said they would be coming back, and that the restaurant would have to make a payment to them. Spillman said that if official L.C. District Health Dept. restaurant inspectors come by, they would identify themselves and have an I.D. badge (issued from the health dept.) with a phone number on it in order for restaurant employees to call and verify that the person is actually a Health Inspector. Spillman says the health department usually never asks for payment on-site. The only instance where inspectors may accept payment is if the restaurant had not paid their permit fee and wanted to make the payment to the Health Inspector, but he says that rarely ever happens.
Restaurants are urged to report any suspicious incidents to the Lake Cumberland District Health Dept., or to local authorities.
The Adair County School Board's Regular Monthly Meeting will be Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6pmCT at the Adair County Board of Education building in the Conference Room at 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.
***Adair County High School will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
Meeting will be called to order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Consent Agenda
Approval of Minutes of February 13, 2018
Approval of Treasurer's Report
Approval of Payment of Bills
Approval to Waive Fees for Use of Adair County High School and Adair County Elementary School for an Outdoor Expo
Approval to Waive Fees for Use of Adair County Elementary School for an Farm, Home, and Garden Expo
Approval 09.425 AP Policy Revisions
Acknowledgement of Personnel Action
Approval of Monthly Financial Statements - Renae Smith
Buildings and Grounds Update - David Jones
Approval of 2017-2018 Audit Contract with Mike Jones, Mather & Company - Renae Smith
Approval of Revised 2017-2018 School Calendar - Robbie Harmon
A 1-vehicle accident this morning (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) in Taylor County, KY claimed the life of an Elk Horn, KY man.
According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred at 8:01amET on Liberty Road. 63-year-old Bruce Rule was operating a 2002 Chevrolet S10 on Liberty Road and struck an icy spot, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, leave the roadway and strike a tree. Mr. Rule then continued on and began rolling over with the vehicle coming to rest on its top. Rule was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers and no other vehicles involved in the collision. No seat belt was in use.
T.C. Deputy Rodney Cox investigated the accident. He was assisted at the scene by Taylor Co. Rescue and EMS, T.C. Coroner's Office and T.C. Deputy Bobby Gribbins.
Jamestown, KY, March 14, 2018 - The body of a male discovered near School House Hollow and Lowgap Island on Lake Cumberland by a fisherman at approximately 12:53 CST on Monday, March 12, 2018 has been identified as Edward B. Grady, a resident of Lexington, KY. A missing persons report was filed by family with the Kentucky State Police on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. His boat was recovered by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Officer on Friday, February 23, 2018. Both the Russell County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources are still conducting a joint investigation into the cause of death but preliminary autopsy results revealed findings consistent with drowning and hypothermia.
If you're receiving Spam Calls, you know how annoying they are. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission received over 375,000 complaints about spam calls each month. WAVE News discovered a few tips from iDROPNEWS that may help stop some of those calls.
How to Help Stop Robocalls
1 Use Your Carrier’s Built-In Service
If you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, then you might be able to take advantage of built-in scam call blocking for free.
AT&T’s service is called Call Protect, and it’s a free app available for all postpaid customers.
T-Mobile has its network-level Scam ID and Scam Block services, which are also free to postpaid subscribers.
Sprint and Verizon customers will need to pay an extra fee ($2.99 a month), however, to activate their carrier’s call-blocking feature: Premium Caller ID and Caller Name ID, respectively.
2 Just Try Blocking the Number
Alternatively, you can just try blocking an individual scam number. This won’t stop calls from other numbers, but it could be useful if you receive a slew of calls from a single one.
If you don’t receive too many scam calls, you can block the ones that do come in. The end result, at the very least, is that you won’t receive repeat calls from those offenders.
On iOS, just go to your recent calls in the Phone app.
Find the perpetrator tap the corresponding blue (i) icon.
Scroll down and tap Block this Caller.
3 Use a Third-Party App
There are several apps that claim to automatically block scam phone calls. Unfortunately, a lot of them cost money (but there are a few that are free that work pretty well).
Most of them rely on a regularly updated list of scam numbers. And, in iOS at least, some of these apps will have the ability to stop these calls from ever ringing your device.
RoboKiller and Nomorobo are two paid options, while Hiya and Mr. Number are two good free ones.
You will need to grant the app access to the Phone app and Caller ID within Settings.
4 Consider Using Do Not Disturb
If you’re on iOS, you can also simply activate Do Not Disturb for more of a “scorched earth” solution.
The upside is that all non-solicited calls will be blocked, except those who you pre-designate ahead of time. The downside is that you might not receive important calls from actual legitimate sources.
You can turn on Do Not Disturb via the Control Center, while setting preferences for the feature is done via Settings > Do Not Disturb.
Don’t blindly trust local numbers. Scam callers have gotten good at spoofing numbers with your local area code. A good rule of thumb is to ignore calls from unknown numbers and just wait for a voicemail to roll in. If it doesn’t, it might have been a scam call.
Don’t let scammers know you exist. The last thing you want to do is let scam callers know there’s a real person on your end of the phone. Don’t push any keys or say anything, whether it’s a real person or a robocaller.
Add yourself to the Do Not Call registry. You can do so here, though the caveat is that it’ll only affect calls from legitimate telemarketers. The FTC says it takes about a month for telemarketers to stop dialing your number once it’s been added.
Today (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) marks one month since the deadly shooting at a Parkland Florida high school.
As a way to honor those who lost their lives and raise awareness about gun violence, students across the nation plan to walk out of the classroom today. Students at schools around the country will be participating, most of them at 10 a.m. The students will return to class after the walkout.
Adair Co. High School students participated in a planned walkout yesterday (Tuesday, March 13th). A.C. School Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens said the walkout was student-organized with ACHS Asst. Principal Travis Gay working with students to plan the rally. Some students spoke and then released balloons. Supt. Stephens tells WAVE News they made sure there was security, and traffic was held up in order to keep everyone safe.
Jennifer L. Sims, 41 of Liberty, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff, Jerry Coffman, for Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, & Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence/Minor Injury).
Nicholas C. Turpin, 26 of Hustonville, arrested by Deputy Chad Weddle w/Casey County Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Criminal Abuse-2nd Degree, Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, & Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm).
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
Elizabeth A. Kramer, 30 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense.
Calvin D. Flynn, 58 of Bronston, arresetd by Burnside Police for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
Tara L. Bray, 43 of Bronston, arrested by Burnside Police for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, No Registration, No Tail Lamps, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
Johnny D. Turner, 18 of Bronston, & Cedric B. Roy, 19 of Somerset, both arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in Marijuana, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
Clyde Miller, age 42, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
Torie B. Sallee, age 38, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, Tampering w/Physical Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
KYTC Maintenance Crews will be conducting Road work on KY 1799 between mile points 0-0.8 (Liberty Road and Chapel Cove) for upcoming resurfacing. Work will begin on Wednesday, March 14th through March 16th and into next week, March 19th through 23rd. Work will be performed 8:30am to 3:30pm. During these hours, local traffic will be permitted to access the area, however only emergency vehicles will be allowed to travel through the area.
The Liberty City Council met in regular session Monday.
The main item on the agenda was a motion to accept a Federal Grant for a new Police vehicle for the city's K-9 unit.
Mayor Steven Brown says the cost of the vehicle, a new Chevy Tahoe, is just over $37,000, plus another $12,000 for outfitting with necessary equipment. The total investment for the city of Liberty is $11,000.
The motion to accept the matching grant was approved by unanimous vote.
The Taylor County Sheriff Department investigated a one vehicle accident on Bengal Road Monday afternoon.
According to Deputy Dickie Benningfield, 19-year-old Dylan Lile was traveling east on Bengal Road in a Chevy pickup when he stated his vehicle rounded a curve where he met a west bound vehicle traveling over the center line. Lile was forced off the right side of the road. His truck traveled up the ditch line and struck an embankment.
Lile was treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and transported to Taylor Regional with a possible head injury. He was later released.
Deputy VanCleave and Taylor County Fire and Rescue assisted on the scene.
The Russell County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources are conducting a joint investigation into the discovery of a body on Lake Cumberland.
The body of a male was discovered near School House Hollow and Lowgap Island on Lake Cumberland by a fisherman at approximately 12:53pmCT on Monday, March 12, 2018. At this time, the identity and cause of death is unknown. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, KY to determine the cause of death and for identification. Further information will be provided at a later date.
The Russell Co. Fiscal Court met for a regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, March 12, 2018. Russell County Sheriff Clete McAninch requested the fiscal court help fund another officer for R.C. schools. McAninch spoke to the WAVE's Jim Leib following the meeting. Also in the following cut, R.C. Judge Exec. Gary Robertson gives Jim Leib a recap of the meeting.
The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening, March 12, 2018 for a regular monthly meeting (that was rescheduled from Monday, March 5, 2018). Lisa Clark has details.
The Columbia City Council also approved of a request from the Green River Cruisers Car Club for use of the Public Square for car shows this summer, and a plaque was presented to former City Attorney Marshall Loy prior to the council meeting in recognition of Loy's 26 years of dedicated service as Columbia City Attorney.
On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Columbia Police Department Officer Josh Brockman attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 1995 Lincoln Town Car for suspicion of impairment. The vehicle had been reported as being operated by an intoxicated driver that had just left a local business. Officers received additional complaints on the vehicle as they began to look for it.
After attempting a traffic stop with emergency equipment activated, the operator of the Lincoln Town Car began to accelerate in an attempt to elude officers, reaching speeds of 90 mph. The pursuit ended 7 miles east of Columbia on KY 80. As a result, 52 year old Freda Whittle of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree, Reckless Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol (aggravated circumstances).
Whittle was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman who was assisted by Ofc. Darnell.
Over 6,000 customers of InterCounty Energy woke up without power this morning. One listener in Moreland (Lincoln Co.), reported his power went out shortly after 4am. The company's information line had now prediction of a restoration time, however, reports that crews are out, working as quickly as safety will allow. To report an outtage, or for information, call 1-888-266-7322, find them on face book, or visit their website to view their current outtage map at www.intercountyenergy.net.
There were multiple victims in a single vehicle accident in Casey Co. yesterday.
According to a social media post by a family member, the accident occurred on KY-78, near Ellisburg.
Derek & Tina Evans' vechile went out of control & over a bluff shortly before 6pm. They were transported by ambulance to a Danville hospital. The post goes on to say that the injuries were not life threatening. The couple are expecting and a planned C section will go on as scheduled today. Another passenger received only minor bruising. A third passenger may of been partially ejected and may have suffered some broken bones.
The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Columbia City Hall at 6:00pmCT.
1ST ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 5, 2018 REGULAR CALLED MEETING.
2ND ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 13, 2018 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING.
3RD ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION NO. 2018-01
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING AND APPROVING THE EXECUTION OF A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COLUMBIA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, TRANSPORTATION CABINET, DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS IN THE AMOUNT OF $39,375 FOR DOHONEY TRACE PROJECT (CS-1201)
4TH ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE REQUEST FROM THE GREEN RIVER CRUISERS CAR CLUB FOR USE OF PUBLIC SQUARE
5TH ITEM: MARY ANNE LOY – SIDEWALK COMMITTEE
6TH ITEM: 1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.109
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA ZONING REGULATIONS AND COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICTS MAP
7TH ITEM: 1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.110
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA ZONING REGULAITONS AND COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICTS MAP
8TH ITEM: BRENT BILLINGSLY – CAMPBELL, MYERS AND RUTLEDGE TO PRESENT THE FY 16/17 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2018) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month. The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way.
The Cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock, marestail, Japanese knotweed and kudzu.
Left uncontrolled, noxious weeds can grow so large that they interfere with a driver’s line of vision on highways. They can also damage pavement and embankments and clog ditches, causing drainage problems.
Noxious weeds often invade and destroy the roadside turf grass, leaving these areas vulnerable to erosion. They can also smother native plants through rapid reproduction and long-term persistence.
Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when crews spraying for weeds are out on the roadways.
Property owners who are actively treating noxious weeds on private property may request the eradication of nuisance weeds found on adjacent state-owned right of way. A written application must be submitted to the property owner's local highway district office. To request an application, please contact the appropriate district highway office. For district highway contact information, click here: https://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/ContactUs.aspx
An Adair Co. Grand Jury has returned several indictments.
Jennifer D. Rogers, 25, Columbia, KY - Criminal Abuse 1st degree
Shane Allen Bottoms, 33, Columbia, KY - Bail Jumping 1st degree
Mark Lee Aaron, 36, Columbia, KY - Theft by Deception over $500
Benjamin Lewis Harmon, 30, Columbia, KY - Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence)
Dylan L. Burton, 24, Breeding, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Carl Harrison, Jr., 42, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jonathan Lee Siler, 32, Williamsburg, KY - Receiving Stolen Property more than $500 & less than $10,000, Persistent Felony Offender
Carlos Foster, 33, Columbia, KY - Receiving Stolen Property more than $500 & less than $10,000, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joseph A. Elders, 30, Louisville, KY - Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree, Possession of a Forgery Device
Kristie M. Weson (a/k/a Kristie Passmore), 31, Russell Springs, KY - Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree, Possession of a Forgery Device
Adrian E. Stotts, 36, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense, Ten or more dosage units of a Schedule II Narcotic, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Promoting Contraband 1st degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Schedule III narcotic Buprenorphine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, Operating on a Suspended/Revoked License
Darius Dornes, 24, Campbellsville, KY - 9 Counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (for firing an assault rifle at the victims), Assault 4th degree
Joshua A. Burton, 22, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Schedule I or II narcotic), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Improper Registration Plate, No Registration Receipt
Parita S. Thompson, 25, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Schedule I or II narcotic), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.
During the month of February 2018, there were 7 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 three fatal collisions during the month of February in the Post 15 area:
James T Spires, 31, of Adair County, KY was killed on 02/22/18 in Russell Co.
Olivia S. Ford, 17, of Marion County, KY was killed on 02/25/18 in Marion Co.
John F. Wright, 46, of Marion Coounty, KY was killed on 02/25/18 in Marion Co.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 6 compared with 0 through this same period in 2017.
Statewide fatality count stands at 762 compared with 1 through this same period in 2017.
During the month of February 2018, there were 966 citations written, 298 courtesy notices written, 1033 vehicles inspected, 709 complaints answered, 90 motorists assisted, 63 criminal cases opened and 222 criminal arrests made.
Danny L. Conley, 65 of Eubank, KY arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office on charges of Murder, & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
Dustin L. Tucker, 29 of Somerset, KY arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified).
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
Joshua C. Walker, age 30, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine/Marijuana/Drug Paraphernalia, & Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
Dalyla A. Russell, age 33, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine/Marijuana/Drug Paraphernalia, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, & Criminal Abuse-2nd Degree (child 12 or under).
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The regular scheduled meeting of the Russell County Fiscal Court will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, in the Russell County Fiscal Courtroom beginning at 6:00 pm.
Special Called Meeting in Conjunction with Road Committee - 5:30 P.M.
AS REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE RUSSELL COUNTY ROAD COMMITTEE WILL HAVE THEIR QUARTERLY MEETING TO DISCUSS ROAD REPAIRS AND SAFETY AND OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF THE ROAD DEPARTMENT.
Russell County Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting - 6:00 P.M.
WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER
DETENTION CENTER REPORT
TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT
AE TRANSFERS & PRE-APPROVAL OF END OF QUARTER AE TRANSFERS
INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT – RC SHERIFF & CLINTON SHERIFF
TRACY TAYLOR & KAYLA FRYE – KY DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION RURAL & SECONDARY ROADS
RESOLUTION 18-03 – DUMP TRUCK LOAN
RESOLUTION 18-04 – TVA
RC HEALTH DEPARTMENT – UPDATE ON NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are removing illegally placed items along state maintained right of way areas. Political candidates, residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of way other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process. In particular, as we head through an election cycle, campaign signs must be placed beyond right of way limits. Right of way fence is included with this restriction. On roads with a right of way fence, no signs may be attached. Trash cleanup cycles begin soon and mowing cycles begin in early May. Items placed on right of way areas create significant delays for mowing crews and are potential hazards for mowing operators and passing motorists.
As we head into spring, KYTC takes this opportunity to educate citizens on right of way issues. In addition to elections, the restriction often becomes a problem with regard to yard sales and real estate advertising. Illegally placed materials along roads can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections.
It is also illegal to attach items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole. Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers.
Removed items will be taken to each county’s KYTC maintenance facility and held for a month. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled.
An Adair County man has been arrested on receiving stolen property charges in Taylor County.
According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a complaint late last night of a subject sitting in a parked truck at the Allstar Food Mart on Highway 55 at South Columbia Avenue. The person was identified as Brandon T. Jones, age 32, of White Oak Church Road, Columbia. Jones was arrested on an Adair County bench warrant. It was also determined the vehicle he was in, was reported stolen vehicle out of Adair County on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Jones was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000. Deputy Tim Coppage investigated.
Scammers are now going to the Social Security Administration website and setting up “my Social Security” accounts of workers that are of retirement age in an attempt to steal their retirement benefits. People age 62 and older face the highest risk of this scam.
Scammers get a hold of personal information, including Social Security numbers, and head to www.ssa.gov to open a “my Social Security” account in victims’ names. They apply for funds, requesting a lump sum payout for any amount due to the victim, and direct the automatic deposit to their own bank account. The scammer then withdraws the stolen funds and closes out the bank account, then transfers the funds to gift cards (so they can’t be tracked).
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Only one “my Socials Security” account is permitted for each Social Security number, so signing up early is key.
While it’s important to set up your account before a scammer can, it’s also a useful resource. Through it, you can view your estimated benefits (retirement, disability, and family benefits), review your earnings record and order replacement documents.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
Set up your own “my Social Security” account today at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
If you are a victim of this scam, you will probably have to visit your local Social Security Administration office to resolve it. You can find contact information at https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.
When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Please share this alert with friends and family.
Frankfort, KY - (Wed 6 Mar 2018) - The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW), are reporting a hepatitis A-related death of a Louisville resident.
The individual had symptoms and laboratory test results that met the case definition for acute hepatitis A virus infection and also had additional health issues. This is the first known death from acute hepatitis A in Kentucky since the hepatitis A outbreak began in 2017, and most outbreak cases have been reported from the Louisville Metro area. Specimens were sent for further laboratory testing to confirm if this case is associated with the outbreak.
The multi-county outbreak of Hepatitis A remains ongoing with the DPH now reporting 150 cases to date. According to DPH, 124 of the cases were reported in Jefferson County. Outbreak-associated cases were also reported in Anderson, Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Hopkins, Kenton, Leslie, Marion, McCracken, Russell, Spencer and Taylor counties.
DPH first reported the outbreak on Nov. 21, 2017. Similar to hepatitis A outbreaks in other states, the primary risk factors for Kentucky cases have been illicit drug use and homelessness. A single source of infection has not been identified and virus transmission is believed to be occurring through person-to-person contact. The 10-year average number of acute hepatitis A cases has been approximately 20 cases per year in the Commonwealth.
With DPH support, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has given more than 4,700 immunizations against hepatitis A at homeless shelters, homeless camps and at agencies, such as the Phoenix Health Center, that provide medical services for the homeless. It has also been providing immunizations at its syringe exchange sites and in the Louisville Metro corrections facility to target drug users and prevent the spread of hepatitis A in the prison system.
Laboratory specimens for some cases have been sent for specialized genetic testing of the hepatitis A virus at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta to determine if Kentucky's cases are associated with outbreaks in other states. To date, 38 cases from 45 specimens submitted to CDC had hepatitis A virus that genetically matched outbreaks in California and Utah.
People are at increased risk for hepatitis A if they have traveled to a country where the virus is common, are homeless or lack access to adequate bathing and restroom facilities, use illicit drugs, are men who have sex with other men, are any individual with sexual contact with someone who has hepatitis A, have a clotting disorder such as hemophilia, or are household members or caregivers of a person infected with hepatitis A.
The CDC recommends Hepatitis A vaccine for adults at increased risk and for any adult who wants to be protected from acute hepatitis A virus infections. The hepatitis A vaccine has been routinely recommended for children in Kentucky aged 12 through 23 months since 2006. Officials also recommend catch-up immunizations to prevent hepatitis A for children aged 2 through 18 years. Children in all public and private schools in Kentucky will need to be immunized with hepatitis A vaccine before starting school on or after July 1, 2018 unless their parents or legal guardians assert an exemption based upon religious beliefs.
Other than age-appropriate vaccinations, the best way to keep from getting hepatitis A is to wash your hands using warm water and soap, to handle uncooked food appropriately, and to fully cook food. Always wash your hands before touching or eating food, after using the toilet, and after changing a diaper.
The virus is found in the stool of people infected with acute hepatitis A and is usually spread from person to person by putting something in the mouth (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with the stool of a person infected with hepatitis A. A person infected with hepatitis A virus can transmit the virus to others for up to two weeks before they develop acute illness.
Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and grey-colored stools. Persons with symptoms should seek medical care for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Additional information about hepatitis A can be found from the CDC at cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm.
Amber D. Walls, 52 of Burnside, arrested by KSP for Speeding (26 mph over limit), Reckless Driving, & DUI-2nd (Aggravated Circumstance).
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
Colin J. Montgomery, age 29, arrested by KSP, he's charged with Murder.
Jeffrey S. Frye, age 32, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, No Moped Operator's License, License to be In Possession, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
Jarod E. Douglas, age 26, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Wanton Endangerment, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
55-year-old Jeffrey Jones of Campbellsville, KY was arrested on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 9:43 PM EST on Maple Road, 12 miles north of Campbellsville and charged with Assault 1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest.
KSP Post 15 received a call on March 4th at approximately 6:28 PM EST in reference to a male being assaulted with a hammer at a residence on Maple Road. Prior to responding units arriving, KSP was notified that the victim was being transported to the Taylor Regional Hospital and was unconscious. The victim, later identified as 48-year-old James D. Burdine of Campbellsville, KY regained consciousness and was later transported by ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital where he remains in stable condition.
Jeffrey Jones was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and the investigation is ongoing. KSP were assisted by the Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Office and the Taylor County EMS.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, an automobile accident on Sunday, March 4, 2018 claimed the life of a Nancy, Kentucky resident.
At approximately 6:31 PM Sunday evening, Deputy Zach Mayfield responded to a 911 call of a single vehicle accident four miles west of Nancy on Highway 1664.
Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Mayfield found a single vehicle and one victim of the accident.
Investigation at the scene determined that the 2013 Honda Fit was located just off the roadway and its driver, Gary R. Howell, age 40 of Nancy, Kentucky on the ground some distance from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the Honda was westbound on 1664 when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over several times ejecting the driver.
Mr. Howell was pronounced dead at the scene by Pulaski County Deputy Coroner Danny Karriker.
Assisting officers at the scene were Constable Danny Weddle, the Faubush Fire Department, and Pulaski County EMS.
Speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in the cause of the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the Coroner's Office.
The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.
A citizen addressed the court concerning poor road conditions on Nubbin Ridge...
Director of the Casey County Soil Conservation District presented the Annual Report for 2017.
In Road buisness, the Annual Salt Auction is coming up. Judge Executive, Randy Dial recommended reserving an additional 200 tons of salt...
The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Also under road buisiness, Judge Dial told the court that two road crews have been busy the last few days repairing winter damage. The crews will continue working as long as weather and funding permits.
During the recent Statewide Tornado Drill, Judge Dial told the Fiscal Court that 5/6 of the warning sirens didn't sound, and are currently under repair. He suggested the court consider hearing a presentation by Code Red, an early warning system currently being used by some neighboring counties...
In miscellaneous business, Excess Fees from 2017, in a pre-audit amount of $115,000 was received from Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis' Office. The Court voted to accept the excess fees.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) will be sponsoring a field trip for Jamestown Elementary and Cumberland County Elementary 5th graders to Frankfort this month.
“As an educator, I’d like to show my appreciation for school staff in Senate District 16 and all they do to ensure each and every student receives a quality education in an environment that promotes creative and critical thinking,” said Senator Wise. “My Senate district, as well as many others, struggles economically, and helping to assist with travel expenses will allow 5th graders the opportunity to visit the capitol and get a first-hand experience of their state government in action.
“Most of our public schools have faced budget cuts, and field trips are low on the list of priorities. That is why I contacted each school district back home to offer assistance for elementary schools in my district by covering transportation costs to Frankfort.”
Senator Wise sent the sponsorship letter to the school districts in September in preparation for the trip. Jamestown Elementary plans to meet Senator Wise on Tuesday, March 6, while Cumberland County Elementary will visit March 19. The students will tour the State Capitol, visit the History Center, and meet with a number of elected officials.