(Burkesville, KY January 15, 2019) - Detective Kenny Brown is investigating a collision that occurred on January 14th, 2019 at approximately 2:43pmCT on KY 61 north at the intersection of KY 704. 55-year-old William Durham of Liberty, KY was operating a 2015 Dodge Ram northbound on Ky 61 when he swerved into the southbound lane, into the path of a 2018 Chevrolet operated by 76-year-old James Rowe of Burkesville, KY. Both parties were wearing seatbelts. Rowe was taken by private vehicle to Cumberland County hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Durham refused medical attention; he was arrested and charged with DUI. Durham was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Detective Brown was assisted on scene by Cumberland County Fire, EMS and Rescue.
Recent arrests in Adair County . . .
Arrested Monday . . .William Andrew Durham, 55, Liberty - operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs- 1st offense
Stephanie Perdue, 44, Campbellsville - parole violations (for technical violation)
On Sunday ... Stephen K Edwards, 32 of Columba was arrested by Columbia City Police officer Cole and charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500, carrying a concealed weapon, fleeing or evading police 2nd degree, resisting arrest.
All were lodged in the Adair Regional Jail.
Arrests in Russell County Monday ...
Brently R. Vaught, 35, Russell Springs arrested by Russell Springs City Police Officer Pritchard and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs 1st offense, no registration plates, failure to maintain required insurance
Shane T. Mullins, 34, Eubank arrested by KSP Trooper Likens on charges of manufacturing meth 1st offense and persistent felony offender.
Meredith S. Weiss, 47, Dunnville arrested by KSP trooper Moore on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd degree, 1st offense - drug unspecified, persistent felony offender, contempt of court and failure to appear.
All lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 15, 2019) – Today State Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) announced the dates and locations of his upcoming town halls.
“Town hall forums are a beneficial and transparent way for me to listen to my constituents and gain feedback from them on the issues that the General Assembly plans to tackle this legislative session,” Senator Wise said. “I am proud to have held these meetings every year since assuming office.”
The following are the dates and locations for the town halls:
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Taylor County Town Hall Meeting
Taylor County Public Library
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Central Time
Adair County Town Hall Meeting
Adair County Public Library
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 11:30 a.m. Central Time
Russell County Town Hall Meeting
Russell County Public Library
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 8:00 a.m. Central Time
Cumberland County Town Hall Meeting
Cumberland County Public Library
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11:30 a.m. Central Time
Clinton County Town Hall Meeting
Clinton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Wayne County Town Hall Meeting
Wayne County Public Library
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
McCreary County Town Hall Meeting
McCreary County Public Library
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.
The Casey County Board of Education also held their first meeting of 2019 last night.
Here's Superintendent, Marion Sowders...
The next regular meeting of the Casey County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11th.
The Liberty City Council held their first meeting of the new year.
The first order of business was the swearing in of the council, which has two new members. Casey County Judge Executive, Randy Dial, admimistered the oath of office...
The main item on the adgenda last night was Garbage Collection Rates. Mayor Steven Brown...
Results are back from the smoke testing as part of the city's Sewer Project. Mayor Brown...
The Council also approved a motion for the Liberty Fire Department to accept bids for a new Cascade System.
Former Councilman, Doug Johnson, addressed the council concerning a short list of Maintenance Items from last year. Mayor Brown said he would review the list with City Maintenance in the morning.
The next scheduled meeting of the Liberty City Council will be Feb. 11th.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2019) - A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.
The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.
“Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “When donations decline – as they did around the holidays and may further decline if severe winter weather and flu season pick up – lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed.”
Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
“We hope people can resolve to save lives now – when there is an emergency need – as well as throughout the year,” added Numark.
All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.
Winter weather poses risk to blood supply
With several weeks of winter ahead, severe winter weather poses an additional threat to an already low blood supply. Snow, ice and extreme temperatures last January and February forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing about 23,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In December, winter weather resulted in nearly twice the number of uncollected blood and platelet donations as December 2017.
Who blood donations help
In May 2018, 4-year-old Branson Gibby was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer that affects certain types of nerve tissue after complaining of pain in his arms and legs and running a fever. After many tests, his mother, Erica Austin, was given the news that no mother ever wants to hear: her son had cancer.
Branson’s 18-month treatment plan includes many rounds of grueling chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor near his kidney and spinal cord, stem cell transplants, and possibly radiation. He has already endured several lengthy hospital stays and began receiving the first of his stem cell transplants this fall.
Since his diagnosis, Branson has received 12 blood and 11 platelet transfusions. Of the transfusions, Austin said, “They have been so important to keep him as healthy, active and battle-ready, as possible. This is the hardest thing our family has ever faced. However, there is hope in the generosity of strangers who are helping to heal my brave boy. Blood and platelet donations truly are the gift of life.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 14-Feb. 15
Barren County Family YMCA, 1 YMCA Way Glasgow, KY 42141
1/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bowling Community Park, 1608 W. Stockton St. Edmonton, KY 42129
1/30/2019: 1 - 6 p.m.
Campbellsville Christian Church, 302 Lebanon Ave. Campbellsville, KY 42718
1/15/2019: 2 - 7 p.m.
Campbellsville University, 1 University Dr. Campbellsville, KY 42718
2/8/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Glasgow First United Methodist Church, 500 South Green St. Glasgow, KY 42141
2/5/2019: 1 - 5 p.m.
Greensburg United Methodist Church, 111 W Court St. Greensburg, KY 42743
2/7/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. Columbia, KY 42728
1/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
T.J. Samson Health Pavilion, 310 NL Roger Wells Blvd. Glasgow, KY 42141
2/13/2019: 1 - 6 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age?in most states?(16 with parental consent?where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
- Dewey C. Anderson, 54 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Careless Driving, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
- Timothy J. Davis, 41 of Waynesburg, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Tampering with Physical Evidence, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), Disregarding Stop Sign, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, Improper Registration Plate, Driving on an Expired Operator's License, & Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry.
- Paul T. True Jr., 27 of Somerset, arrested by Burnside Police for Reckless Driving, Failure to Signal, No Registration Receipt, License to be In Possession, No Operator's License, No Insurance, Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License-3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), DUI-3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), & Failure to Wear Seatbelts.
- Ralph M. Morris, 73 of Monticello, arrested by KSP for DUI, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & No Registration Plates/Receipt.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
- Danny T. Pike, age 44, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), Robbery-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (Auto) (over $500), & Assault-4th Degree (Domestic).
Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
- Autumn Voorhies, 27 of Junction City, arrested by Garrad County Authorities for Speeding (26mph over limit), Reckless Driving, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Inadequate Muffler, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin & Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Hershel Adams Jr., 30 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Garrad County Authorities for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin).
- Jeremy Salyers, 36 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford Police for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Cocaine & Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, & Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Boil Water Advisory in the Hwy 76 area of Russell County, KY has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.
There is a Boil Water Advisory on Hwy 76 from the Hwy 76 & 910 intersection, down to Old Eli Road due to a water main break The advisory is for anyone who was without water during the repairs.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office investigated an injury collision on KY 61 south on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
At 4:24pmCT, Adair County 911 dispatched Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett to the intersection of KY 61 south and Wheeler Hill Road to a reported 2-vehicle collision with injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates that a tractor and trailer had stopped on KY 61 to make a left hand turn onto Wheeler Hill Rd. A 2008 Kia, operated by Vonda Fudge of Columbia, KY was stopped in traffic behind the semi. A 2015 Dodge Caravan, operated by 52-year-old Lori Toppings of Columbia, KY was traveling south on KY 61 and was unable stop, striking Fudge’s Kia in the rear.
Vonda Fudge and a passenger, as well as Lori Toppings and a juvenile passenger, were transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputy Padgett was assisted at the scene by Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, members of the Columbia Police Department and Adair County EMS.
Russell County Schools are working on the 2019-2020 school calendar/schedule. The district calendar committee has met once and will meet again on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:30 PM. You can voice your input in the survey found on the school's website. The survey will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The school system appreciates input from employees, students, parents/guardians and community members.
On Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:25pmCT, Adair Co. Chief Deputy Justin Cross was dispatched by Adair County 911 to KY 80 east near the Russell/Adair line for a reported auto collision with injuries.
Preliminary investigation shows that Sierra Miller was operating a 2008 Chevrolet east bound on KY 80 when she crossed the center line, striking a 2012 Lincoln head-on operated by Mary Kearney of Russell Springs, KY who was traveling west. Miller’s vehicle then traveled down an embankment, overturning and striking a building before coming to rest.
Miller (who was unrestrained) was ejected from her vehicle and had to be airlifted by helicopter to the University of Ky. Hospital. Her female infant passenger was restrained and was transported to Russell County Hospital and is in stable condition. Kearney, who was restrained, was taken by private vehicle to Russell County Hospital.
The collision was investigated by Chief Deputy Justin Cross. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Adair County EMS, Russell County EMS and members of the Columbia-Adair Co. Fire Department.
Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating an alleged assault that occurred at Lincoln County High School on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
The initial investigation alleges that two teacher’s assistants taunted, shoved and restrained a special education student while other students and a teacher watched and did nothing. As a result of the ongoing investigation, 50 year old Rebecca Spurlock of Crab Orchard, 52 year old Teresa Sparkman of Waynesburg, and 51 year old Janie Hasty of Stanford have been charged and summoned to appear in Lincoln County District Court.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Trooper Justin Kearney.
- Dale R. Lanham, 39 of Harrodsburg, arrested by Casey County Deputy Geoff Brown for Violating Registered Sex Offender Residence Restrictions-2nd Offense.
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
- Charles L. Merrick, 41 of Nancy, arrested by Ky Fish & Wildlife for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Reckless Driving, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), No Registration Plates, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, & No Insurance.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
- Danny T. Pike, age 44, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000).
- Bradley C. Watts, age 23, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Signal, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Manufacturing Simulated Controlled Substance.
Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
- Garry O. Lemay, 60 of Lancaster, arrested by Lancaster Police for Speeding (18mph over limit), No Insurance, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degre (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 2 Counts of Trafficking in Controlled Substance, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.
Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Bronston, Kentucky man was shot while allegedly burglarizing an outbuilding in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Deputies were dispatched to a building near a residence on Rocky Point Road at approximately 4:50 AM Friday morning where they found a male suspect suffering a gunshot wound to the head. According to the landowner, he discovered the suspect, William Thomas Auxier, age 39 of Highway 790 in Bronston, burglarizing an outbuilding on the property. A physical altercation between the two men led to the suspect being shot. EMS personnel treated Mr. Auxier at the scene and transported him to the Bronston Fire Department where he was airlifted to U.K. Medical Center by Air Methods.
No charges have been filed as the investigation continues by Detective Todd Wilson of the Criminal Investigation Division of the PCSO. William Thomas Auxier remains in the U.K. Medical Center at the time of the Press Release.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – U.S. District Chief Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced James L. Holland Jr., of Monroe County, KY to 108 months imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervision, and ordered him to pay $32,000 in restitution to six victims for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. There is no parole in the federal system.
“Federal prison time awaits those whose desire to possess these horrible images which hurts our kids,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.
Holland, 63, of Gamaliel, KY pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on the morning of the first day of trial, September 5, 2018, without the benefit of a plea agreement.
According to a sentencing memo filed in the case, on July 4, 2016, a Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper conducting an online undercover operation on a peer-to-peer network downloaded child pornography that was tracked back to the IP address associated with Holland. KSP obtained a search warrant for Holland’s residence and executed it on August 11, 2016. During the search of Holland’s home, investigators observed a computer in Holland’s bedroom that was running a peer-to-peer file-sharing program and uploading files to the internet. A preliminary investigation of a hard drive in the home revealed hundreds of files containing child exploitation material.
Several electronic storage devices were seized from Holland’s home; a KSP forensic review of the hard drives revealed approximately 1,943 files of child pornography, including images and videos. Additional child pornography was also found on an external hard drive connected to Holland’s computer. The device contained copies of files that KSP downloaded from Holland between July 4 and July 6, 2016.
Assistant United States Attorney Spencer McKiness prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 3:49pmCT on Wednesday afternoon, January 9, 2019 about a residential house fire at 1240 Sand Lick Road in the Melson Ridge Community of Adair County. Upon arrival, fire was contained mostly in the attic area above the kitchen and living room, which sustained moderate damage. There were 13 firemen on the scene for approx. 1 hour.
Casey County Sheriff's Deputy Geoff Brown responded to a 2-vehicle accident around 1:00pmET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the intersection of KY 837 & East 70.
The report says a 2005 Mercury Sable, driven by 61-year-old Iva Clements of Bethelridge, KY pulled out of the intersection & into the path of a 2007 Chevy Silverado Pickup operated by 53-year-old Teresa Richards of Hustonville, KY who was headed east on KY 70. 13-year-old James Richards of Liberty, KY was a passenger in the Richards auto.
At least one person was treated on scene by Casey County EMS, then flown to University of Kentucky in Lexington for further treatment.
A Liberty, KY man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday morning.
Casey Sheriff, Chad Weddle, Deputy Geoff Brown, and Probation/Parole Officer, Keith Price, went to 183 Weddle Drive to see 39 year old Joshua Weddle, who is on probation. Consent was given to search the residence, which led to the discovery of numerous used syringes, empty baggies, measuring spoon with Meth inside, a Meth pipe, a set of digital scales, as well as a small baggie of Marijuana & seeds.
Joshua Weddle was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Casey County Jail.
A Casey County man arrested Wednesday on an Indictment Warrant.
20 year old Joseph W. Cooper was arrested on KY 2312 by Sheriff Chad Weddle. The indictment charges Cooper with Burglary-1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500) (Automobile), Criminal Mischief-1st/3rd Degree, Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (on foot), Menacing, & Resisting Arrest.
An indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.
A Liberty woman was arrested on drug charges while walking along KY 49.
Casey Sheriff Chad Weddle responded to the call of a woman walking in the roadway Wednesday afternoon around 1:30pm. Upon arrival, he made contact with 35 year old Samantha Dilbeck, who appeared unstable on her feet, and had slurred speach. A search of her purse led to the discovery of two Meth pipes with drug residue in each.
Dilbeck was arrested for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session January 8, 2019. The Wave's Jim Leib was at the meeting...
A LIBERTY, KY MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER CALLING 9-1-1 NUMEROUS TIMES.
CASEY COUNTY DISPATCH NOTIFIED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT THAT THE MAN HAD CALLED 9 TIMES. DEPUTY TIM PRICE RESPONDED TO THE RESIDENCE AT 300 CAUDILL ROAD TO FIND 54 YEAR OLD ROBERT G. WOODS, STAGGERING IN THE FRONT YARD. HE WAS CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION AND LODGED IN THE CASEY COUNTY JAIL.
ALSO ON TUESDAY, SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES BRYAN SHEPHERD & GEOFFREY BROWN SERVED A CASEY COUNTY WARRANT ON DANIEL T. ABELL, 27, OF DRY RIDGE ROAD, LIBERTY. HE WAS LODGED IN THE CASEY COUNTY JAIL FOR DRUG COURT VIOLATION, FLEEING/EVADING POLICE-2ND DEGREE (ON FOOT), POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE-1ST DEGREE (METHAMPHETAMINE), POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, & BAIL JUMPING-1ST DEGREE.
Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop Tuesday (1/8/19) in Casey County.
Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle stopped a 2004 Cadillac on US 127 for speeding. Weddle says the driver, 26-year-old Kaitlyn Peavey of Liberty, KY had slurred speech. Peavey stated she had used Meth on Monday and had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Liberty Police Chief Steve Garrett assisted with his K9 (Mako), which alerted on the vehicle. Officers asked a passenger, 29-year-old Jacob Brewer of Liberty, KY to exit the vehicle. When he got out of the car, a syringe fell to the ground. A search of the vehicle uncovered a baggie of crystal meth, a syringe, and a metal pop can bottom. The items were located under the passenger seat.
Peavey was charged with Speeding (8 mph over limit), & Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. Brewer was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Casey County Jail.