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Green County Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for CARES Act Fraud

A Green County Kentucky woman was sentenced yesterday to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison for submitting nine fraudulent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act applications. 

 

According to court documents, between April 2020 and July 2020, Mandy Ellen Bauer, 41, of Greensburg, Kentucky filed nine fraudulent applications for various CARES Act financial assistance programs, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and advance payment of tax credits, resulting in an attempted theft of over $230,000.  In those false applications Bauer exaggerated the gross revenues, number of employees, and payroll of her company, Family Personal Sales.  All of Bauer’s fraudulent applications were rejected and she did not receive any funds. 

PPP loans were designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.  Under this program, the Small Business Administration (SBA) would forgive all or part of loans if all employees were kept on the payroll for eight weeks and borrowers submitted documentation confirming that the loan proceeds were used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

EIDLs provided loan assistance (including $10,000 advances) for small businesses and other eligible entities for loans up to $2 million. The EIDL proceeds could be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.

“I commend the investigative work of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration,” said Michael A. Bennett, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.  “Together with our federal law enforcement partners we will continue to identify, apprehend, and prosecute fraudsters involved in plots to steal federal relief funds.”

“The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration aggressively pursues those who endeavor to defraud programs afforded to the American people under the CARES Act,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). “We appreciate the efforts of the Department of Justice in this effort.”

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser.

On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by, among other methods, augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts. For more information on the Department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

 

AREA ARREST 5-18-22

Nicolette Hare, age 30, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just before 10 last night. Hare was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Promoting Contraband – 1st Degree, Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order.

 

Kenneth McClintock, age 71, of Casey Creek, was arrested by Trooper Mattingly of the Kentucky State Police. McClintock was charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Menacing and Assault 4th Degree.

Russell County Primary Election Results

 

 

 

 

Unofficial Total

COUNTY JUDGE

 Clarissa Moochie Hart 1,303

 Patrick Loy 202

 Benny Joe Smith 42

 Brad Burch 71

 Landon C Helm 50 

*Randy Marcum 1,909

 Clete McAninch 1,190

COUNTY CLERK

 Sherita Medaris 675

 Amy Riggins Melson 1,259

 Kennedy Coffey 1,062

*Patti Glover 1,437

 Kimberly Fenske 255

SHERRIF 

 Nicholas R Bertram 854

*Derek Polston 3,855

CORONER

 Cliffton Bunch 1,283

*Mark A Coots 3297

MAGISTRATE 1ST DISTRICT

*Terry Waddell 626

 Greg Popplewell 260

CONSTABLE 1ST DISTRICT 

*Jeffrey Aaron 576

 Keith Scholl 232

MAGISTRATE 2ND DISTRICT

 Phillip Aaron 284

*Mickey Garner 698

MAGISTRATE 3RD DISTRICT 

 Darry Flatt 262

*Zach Wilson 544

 Barry Flatt 201

 Chase Antle 41

MAGISTRATE 4TH DISTRICT

 Travis Dixon 114

 Robert Curtis Coppage 383

*Steve Richardson 474

CONSTABLE 4TH DISTRICT 

 John Wayne Grimsley 221

 Dustin Posey 150

*Greg Hammond 520

MAGISTRATE 5TH DISTRICT 

 Vince P White 181

*Larry D Skaggs 332

 Ryan Vaughan 259

Constable 5th District 

 Jeffrey T Wislon 284

*Richard A Wooldrudge 447

 

United States Senate (Democrat)

 Joshua Weslet Blanton Sr 49

*Charles Booker 204

 Ruth Gao 27

 John Merrill 48

 

United State Senate (Republican)

 Arnold Blankenship 67

 Valerie Dr Val Freddick 75

 Paul V Hamilton 70

*Rand Paul 1,588

 John Schiess 16

 Tami L Stainfield 63 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman Arrested on Drug Charges After Being Found Unconscious With Child in Vehicle

05/15/2022

According to RSPD Chief Pierce, K-9 Officer Debra Necessary responded to a call at 5 Star. Once on scene, Necessary observed a female unconscious in her vehicle with the car running, with an infant child in the back seat. After tapping on the car glass several times, the female woke up, denied having any type of medical emergency, yet seemed disoriented. 

Brandie M. Asher, 28, of Clearfield, KY, was charged with the following: Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Off (> or = 2 gms Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Operating on Suspended or Revoked Operator's License. Ms. Asher was lodged at the Russell County Detention Center.

AREA ARRESTS - TUESDAY, MAY 17TH

 
Kenneth Bernard McClintock, 71, of Casey Creek - arrested Tuesday afternoon by KSP for Terroristic Threatening, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, and 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence). McClintock was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Brandy Troxtle, 35, of Huntsville, TN - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by RCSO for 2 counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Troxtle was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Adair County School Board Meeting May 19th

 
The Adair County Board of the Education will meet on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 6:00pmCT. The meeting is open to the public with social distancing guidelines in place.
 
AGENDA
***Superintendent Dr. Stephens and Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
***Prayer***
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
 
CONSENT AGENDA
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT 
5. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
6. APPROVAL OF EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR PER THE KENTUCKY EDUCATOR CREDITIALING SYSTEM GUIDELINES (KECS).
7. APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR A STUDENT
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8. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
_______________________________________________________________________________
REGULAR AGENDA
9. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
10. APPROVAL OF ACHS HOSA STUDENTS TO COMPETE AT INTERNATIONAL HOSA COMPETITION IN NASHVILLE, TN JUNE 21 – JUNE 25, 2022. TRANSPORTATION IS ALSO BEING REQUESTED FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL. Chad Parnell/Jennifer Carter
11. APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FBLA STUDENTS TO COMPETE AT THE NATIONAL FBLA COMPETITION IN CHICAGO ON JUNE 28 – JULY 2, 2022. TRANSPORTATION IS ALSO BEING REQUESTED FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL. Chad Parnell/J.R. Thompson
12. APPROVAL TO CONTRACT AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND A CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL ASSISTANT FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR = Wes Irvin
13. APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR THE GYM RENTAL AT ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOR A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR BLAKE MARTIN’S CHILDREN EDUCATIONAL FUND.
14. APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR THE GYM/CAFETERIA RENTAL AT ADAIR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOOL FOR A BENEFIT FOR ARCHIE REDMON THE FATHER OF MIRANDA BAILEY (TEACHER AT THE ADAIR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL).
15. APPROVAL TO CREATE A FULL-TIME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
16. APPROVAL OF CATALOG BIDS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR.
17. APPROVAL OF THE SCHOOL BASED SATELLITE CLINIC AGREEMENT WITH CUMBERLAND FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER, INC.
18. APPROVAL OF EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHEDULES FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR.
19. APPROVAL TO APPROVE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR – Renae Smith
20. APPROVAL OF THE 2022-2023 TREASURER EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2022 
21. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
22. DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BUS/MAINTENANCE FUEL BIDS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR – Steve Burton
23. DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BUS TIRE BIDS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR – Steve Burton
24. APPROVAL TO SCRAP SURPLUS– Steve Burton
25. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
26. UPDATE ON COVID 19
27. PUBLIC COMMENTS
28. ADJOURNMENT
 

Area Arrest 5-17-22

Paul Abrell, age 42, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Tweedy of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office last night just after 11:30. Abrell was charged with Criminal Trespassing-2nd Degree and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Public Invited to Dedication Service for Veterans Banners on Public Square May 27th

 
A Dedication Service for the banners on the Public Square in Columbia in honor of local veterans will be held on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the front entrance to City Hall. A total of 32 banners honoring veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, active military, and others will be hung around the Square. The public is invited to attend.
 

ACHS Welding Dept. Receives $147,000 Grant

 

The Welding Department at Adair County High School has been awarded a $147,089 grant for a piece of equipment in the welding shop...

 

 

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 5/16/22


Date Issued: 5/16/2022

Time Issued: 9:48 A.M.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers from15748–17665 Knifley Road, Wethington Road, Mt. Tussel Road, Ray Miller, Crooked Creek, 3575–5176 Elkhorn Rd, 170-618 Tucker Wood Rd, 80-125 Caldwell Ridge Rd, R. Beard Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. 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.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Meth and Other Charges


Dylan Burton, 28, of Breeding, KY was arrested by K.S.P. Trooper Young on Sunday night. Burton was charged with Failure to Wear Seatbelt, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Substance 2nd, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Two People Charged with Trafficking Drugs in Church Parking Lot


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of 2 individuals on Drug Trafficking charges from a parking lot of a local church.


Sheriff Polston advised his Deputies responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Sano/Mt. Olive church. Upon arrival, they observed a vehicle with 2 subjects inside, along with a 13-month-old child. 
 

The male subject, 39-year-old Thomas Blackburn from Hwy 1611 in Eli  was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also served with an outstanding Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear.
 

A female in the car, 34-year-old Madonna Hall from Hwy 92 in Russell Springs was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) 2 Grams or more, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree by having a child in the car and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 

Deputies Nathan Bradshaw and Corey Meyer made the arrests. The charges will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury where more charges are expected.


Sheriff Polston reminds all citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity of any kind, to call Russell County Dispatch at 270-343-6600 or call the Drug/Wanted Persons tip line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

2022 Kevin's Kids Concert Raises Over $87,000

 
The annual "Kevin's Kids" concert (hosted by Kevin Williams) was held on Saturday at the First Baptist Church in R.S. and this year over $87,000 was raised to help underprivileged children in Russell County! Funds are distributed thru the Russell County Family Resource Centers. The cities of Russell Springs and Jamestown each donated $2,500 on Saturday night for a total of $5,000 toward the grand total. If you donated to this fundraiser, thank you!
 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Drug Charges Sunday Morning

 

Brandie Asher, 28, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Jamestown Police on Sunday morning for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Control Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Operating on a Suspended License. Asher was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Strong to Severe Storms Possible Tonight & Sunday


.DAY ONE...Tonight.

Strong thunderstorms are possible this evening. The main threats will be frequent lightning, torrential rain, gusty winds, and hail.

 

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Sunday through Friday.

Strong to severe storms will be possible Sunday. While storms will be possible through the night, the best chance for severe weather should be in the evening. The main threats with the strongest storms will be gusty winds and marginally severe hail.

 

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation is requested this afternoon and evening, and may be needed Sunday evening.

 

GENERAL STORM MOTION OF THE DAY:

Storms this evening will move ESE at 10 mph. Any users of this storm motion must be aware that thunderstorm activity can be erratic and constantly evolving. Please use this with caution.and be prepared for changing conditions.
 

AREA ARRESTS - FRIDAY, MAY 13TH

 
  • Kelvin Fredrick Bowers, 35, of Louisville - arrested on Friday by the ACSO for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Anabolic Steroid), Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Persisten Felony Offender, and Probation Violation for a Felony Offense.
     
  • Christopher Trivette, 38, of Bowling Green - arrested by CPD on Friday afternoon for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol). 
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Russell County School Board Meeting May 16th

 
The regular Russell County School Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5:00pmCT in the Natatorium/Auditorium.
 
AGENDA
1. Pledge of Allegiance/Prayer
2. Call to Order
3. Roll Call
4. Adoption of Agenda
5. Public Comments
6. Braxton Smith RCHS Senior in Mrs. Carol Ackerman's Capstone Engineering Class will demonstrate flying a drone.
7. Campbellsville University 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients: Melinda Wright (Elementary) Lindsey Gibson (Middle School) Carol Ackerman (High School)
8. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified Employee Recognition: Shannon Eads
 
9. Consent Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Payment of Bills
  • School Activity Fund Reports
  • Financial Report
  • Field Trips
  • Treasurer's Monthly Report April 2022
10. Russell County High School/Russell County Middle School Band Funding Request
11. Change Orders-Deducts for Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center
12. BG1-Replacement of Dehumidification Unit at Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium Complex
13. Request for Letters of Interest for Professional Engineering Services & Construction Management for Russell County Schools Athletic Facility Upgrades
14. Accept/Reject Bids for Jamestown Elementary VCT Replacement (First Floor)
15. Professional Leave of Absence
16. Amendment to SY 22-23 Intervention/Remediation Teacher Allocations
17. Amendment: 2022-2023 District Staffing and SBDM Allocation Policy
18. Family Resource Youth Service Center Reconfiguration/Additional YSC Director
 
19. Contracts/Memorandum of Agreements Approval
  • Lake Cumberland District Health Department
  • White and Company, PSC
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky- MOU FY23 & FY24 Read to Achieve
  • Lake Cumberland Community Action-Local Education Agency Agreement 2022-23
20. 2022-2023 Principal's Combined Budgets
21. Workers Compensation for School Year 2022-2023
22. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
23. Russell County Schools SY 2022-2023 Certified Evaluation Plan
24. K-12 Lau Plan for Serving English Learners
25. Personnel Reports
26. Public Comments
27. Adjournment

 

NOTE: A special called school board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 3:00pmCT for Fiscal Year 2023 Salary Schedules and Tentative Budget. 

 

Russell County Boil Water Advisory 05/13/22

 

There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs on the end of High Street due to waterline repairs. Boil all water until further notice for 3 minutes before using for drinking & cooking purposes.

 

Adair Clerk's Office Closed Tuesday


The Adair County Clerk’s Office will be closed Tuesday, May 17, 2022 for all business transactions. We will only be handling the Primary Election that day. We respectfully ask that you do not call Tuesday unless it is an Election question, so that our phone lines will not be busy for voters. We are a small office and need all staff that day to take care of the 2022 Primary Election. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will be back open for business like normal on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.


Remember to Go Vote.

Thank you

 

Lisa Greer, Adair County Clerk

 

Adair Man Arrested in Connection with ATV Theft in Millerfield Community

 

On March 27, 2022 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman initiated an investigation into the theft of a Honda four-wheeler taken from a residence in the Millerfield community of Adair County.
 

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Sheriff Brockman obtained a warrant for the arrest of 43-year-old Howard Grigsby of Columbia in connection with the stolen ATV. Grigsby was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on felony charges of receiving/possessing stolen property (over $500 and less then $10,000). 
 

The stolen four-wheeler was recovered in the Glensfork community and was returned to its owner. The investigation is ongoing with more arrests pending.   
 

Assisting in the investigation was Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett and CPD Officer Justin Cross.
 

Jamestown Residents May Experience Drop in Water Pressure


Jamestown Utilities will be flushing the distribution system in the Bernard Ridge and Pleasant Hill areas beginning on Monday, May 16th. This process should take 3 to 4 weeks. You could experience some drop in water pressure due to this operation. It will only be temporary and should return to normal pressure by the afternoon. If you have any questions please call Jamestown City Hall at 270-343-4594

Adair Project Graduation Receives Donation from County

 

Hali Anderson, coordinator for Adair Project Graduation received a check, presented by Sheriff Josh Brockman, on behalf of the Adair County Fiscal Court for $1,000 to go toward the expense and sponsorship of the event.

 

It is the goal of project graduation to provide a safe substance free night for seniors on their graduating night. They provide an evening of activities, prizes (including cash giveaways), food and much more.

 

The funds were made available when Sheriff Brockman made a request to the County Judge Executive and the Fiscal Court at the regular monthly meeting Monday night. Asking that funds be used from the abc account, an account that consists of money that Is generated from the sale of alcoholic beverages in Adair County.  State regulations are very strict on the use of these funds. They cannot be used for general purposes of the county such as payroll, roads, supplies, etc. They must be used directly for law enforcement related to alcohol issues, the prevention of alcohol abuse or educational activities related to alcohol abuse.   
 

Sheriff Brockman stated that the participation of seniors in Project Graduation is large and feels  it is a very worthy event to help provide a safe alternative for the kids instead of attending graduation parties. The Fiscal Court agreed on the importance of the program and voted unanimously for the donation.  

 

AREA ARREST 5-13-22

 

Yoshiya Sotherden, 25, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department on Thursday afternoon. Sotherden was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Assault, 4th Degree (no visible injury) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified.

Sotherden was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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