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Columbia-Adair Economic Development Authority Board Meeting August 16th


The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 8:00amCT at 201 Burkesville Street (lower level), Columbia, KY.



Presiding – Bobby Morrison, Chairman

          Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Pledge of Allegiance & Prayer


        Approval of Minutes as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary
        Approval of Treasurer's financial report - Roger Meadows

New Business:
1. Update of Board Members, Terms, etc.
2. KPI (Kentucky Product Development Initiate). Letter of Intent sent 08.02.2022
3. There is a lot of work to prepare the extensive application to be submitted by September 16th. Awards decisions are to be decided by December 23rd and announced in January. It is a 50/50 match but TVA & ARPA funds can be used to match. We are applying for the total amount shown for Adair County, $459,441, no guarantee. The Fiscal Court voted to allocate $150,000 and hopefully City of Columbia will also allocate ARPA funds.
4. Discuss ME engineering cost to prepare extensive information for application and approval.
5. Update on 2nd road project
6. Update on service road project & possible delay
7. Other business
8. Motion to adjourn


The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at 8:00amCT.


Russell County School Board Meeting 8-15-22


The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 5:00pmCT at the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium Complex in Room 114. 



Weekend Arrests 08-14-22


  • Dallas Hayes, 31, Burkesville, KY - arrested late Saturday night by the ACSO for Public Intoxication, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Bryan Lee Kelsey, 29, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Saturday night by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Failure to Signal, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, DUI, and License to be in Possession.
  • Wendell Roberts, 39, Campbellsville, KY - arrested on Saturday by KSP for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Anabolic Steroids.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

  • Jacobo Salvador, 33, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested early Sunday morning by the RSPD for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravating Circumstances).
  • Anthony Drury, 38, of Stanford, KY - arrested on Saturday night by the RCSO for Fleeing or evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment (Police Officer), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Heroin, DUI, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Possession of Marijuana, 2 counts of Persistent Felony Offender, and Contempt of Court.
  • Pamela Johnson, 32, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday night by the RSPD for Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Traffic Pattern Changes at KY 461 and KY 80 Intersection in Pulaski County

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that significant traffic pattern changes will take place Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the intersection of KY 461 and KY 80 in Pulaski County as part of a transformative project to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and support economic development.
Traffic changes include lane shifts and travel on a ramp. This is necessary for the ongoing KY 461 improvement project, which includes the replacing of the intersection at KY 80.
Motorists should be prepared for the following changes:
Westbound KY 80 traffic will be switched on the new alignment traveling under the bridge and take the ramp to loop around toward Somerset.
Westbound KY 80 traffic seeking to access KY 461 will turn right at the current intersection.
Southbound KY 461 traffic will continue straight onto the new alignment, cross the bridge and continue on toward Somerset.
Southbound KY 461 traffic traveling to London will exit left onto old KY 461 and make a left turn at the current intersection.
Eastbound KY 80 traffic will be unchanged.
Motorists should exercise extreme caution and are advised to slow down, avoid distractions and obey directional signage.

Adair Transfer Station Now Open Following Repairs


UPDATE:  All equipment issues have been repaired and the Transfer Station is open.


Due to mechanical issues, the Adair County Transfer Station will be closed temporarily. They are working on getting the equipment fixed, but it could be Monday before repairs are finished. Please call before you go to see if they are open at 270-384-6014.

Russell County Head-On Collision Sends Both Drivers to Hospital; Charges Expected Pending Release of One Driver

The Russell County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle accident with injuries on Thursday, August 11, 2022 on Hwy 910 in the Salem Community.

Unit #1, Matthew Green of Russell Springs, was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Cobalt on Ky 910. Unit #2, Donald Lucas of Ohio, was operating a 2012 Cadillac on Ky 910. The vehicles collided nearly head-on and both drivers were transported to Russell County Hospital and later taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.
Pending release from the hospital, charges are expected to be filed on Matthew Green. 
Deputy Dustin Bunch is the investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Deputies Corey Meyer and Nathan Ginn along with Sheriff Derek Polston. Also assisting were Coroner Mark Coots, the Eli Fire Department, Russell County EMS, Petey's Towing and Coe's Towing.

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update Focused on Flood Response


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear focused his weekly Team Kentucky update on the continuing efforts in Eastern Kentucky following historic flooding, noting that the state is now moving from the emergency phase to the stabilization phase.


“I see our response to this flooding in three phases: emergency, stabilization and rebuilding,” said Gov. Beshear. “This was the most devastating and deadly flooding our commonwealth has experienced in my lifetime. But the good news is, we are likely out of the emergency phase of responding to this disaster. Now we move into the stabilization phase, and then we can start rebuilding.”


The Governor also updated Kentuckians on new economic development projects, a surplus in the General Fund, the ongoing decline in gas prices and COVID-19. He also named those who have donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund as this week’s Team Kentucky All-stars.


Eastern Kentucky Flood Update

The Governor said there are 38 confirmed fatalities in five counties. The increase is due to the loss of Aaron “Mick” Crawford, a Knott County High School student who died after assisting with cleanup efforts in the area.


Missing Persons
Kentucky State Police (KSP) reports there are two missing persons from Breathitt County they are still searching for after the flooding in Eastern Kentucky:

  • Vanessa Baker, a 60-year-old woman from the Lost Creek Community, is described as white, 5-feet-7-inches tall, weighing approximately 215 pounds and having dark-colored hair. Her last known location was at her residence in the area of Lower River Caney Road.
  • Nancy Cundiff, a 29-year-old woman from the Lost Creek Community, is described as white, 5-feet-1-inch tall, weighing approximately 280 pounds and having dark-colored hair. Her last known location was at her residence in the area of Lower River Caney Road.
  • Anyone with information about either woman is asked to contact Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

Search and Rescue
A total of 1,334 rescues were completed between July 28 and Aug. 2 by the Kentucky National Guard, the Tennessee National Guard, the West Virginia National Guard, the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.


Twenty local organizations – including state parks, churches, schools and community centers – are housing 483 survivors.

Congregate Shelters – 162 survivors.

Kentucky State Parks – 321 people housed.

  • Jenny Wiley State Park: 177 people
  • Paintsville State Park: Four people
  • Pine Mountain State Park: Four people
  • Buckhorn Lake State Park: 136 people


Travel Trailers
The commonwealth immediately began transporting unoccupied trailers purchased for the December tornadoes in Western Kentucky to Eastern Kentucky after the floods.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has delivered 82 travel trailers to four sites:

  • Jenny Wiley State Park (Floyd County): 25 trailers on scene.
  • Carr Creek State Park (Knott County): 18 trailers on scene.
  • Mine Made Campground (Knott County): 30 trailers on scene.
  • Crockettsville Campground (Owsley County): Nine trailers on scene.


Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225 to register.


Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

  • Total number of donations: 31,667
  • Donated amount: $5,246,022
  • Distribution update: A total of 35 funeral payments have gone out totaling $350,000.
  • The Governor asked Kentuckians not to donate clothing. These donations are overcrowding much-needed storage space. He said to please focus on monetary donations through trusted funds.

To donate online, visit TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.


Kentucky National Guard
The Kentucky National Guard has distributed nearly 39,094 bottles of water and 43,882 meals.


Power Outages
Due to storms overnight Wednesday, power outages rose to 749 from 230 reported the day prior in impacted counties. The overnight storms did not cause significant damage to infrastructure, and the additional outages are expected to be resolved quickly. On July 25, there were 25,111 reported power outages.


Water Outages
Drinking Water:

  • One water system not operational;
  • 6,325 service connections without water, down from 40,000 almost two weeks ago;
  • More than 35,000 service connections under Boil Water Advisory, down from 46,194 about a week ago; and
  • Five water systems under limited operations, down from 18 on almost two weeks ago.



  • Five wastewater systems not operational;
  • Six wastewater systems under limited operation, down from 18 almost two weeks ago;
  • Three wastewater plants are experiencing bypasses; and
  • Six systems are experiences discharges from portions of their collection systems, down from the 13 reported a week ago.


FEMA Programs and Updates

  • To learn more about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs and updates for flood survivors, see yesterday’s release.
  • The fastest way to apply for all of these programs is through DisasterAssistance.gov. Kentuckians can also apply through the FEMA mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362.
  • Kentuckians can also visit the FEMA Mobile Registration Centers traveling through the affected counties or one of the Disaster Recovery Centers in impacted counties. To find lists of locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.


Roadways and Bridges Update

  • 100% of assessments on public bridges have been completed, with 1,098 bridges inventoried: 27 state and county bridges remain impassable; 32 bridges have been identified for replacement, and an additional 52 bridges have been identified as needing repair.
  • At least 153 landslides and mudslides that were blocking roadways have been removed and repaired.
  • KYTC assisted overwhelmed county road departments by reopening at least 96 county routes.



  • Debris removal began Saturday, Aug. 6. Through close of business yesterday, 227 truckloads of debris had been removed from six counties.


Disaster Unemployment Assistance

  • Residents in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties are now eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits and can file an application online through the Kentucky Career Center website (kcc.ky.gov) or by phone at 502-875-0442.
  • Since July 28, six mobile (DUA) mobile offices have been opened and 1,000 claims have been processed.
  • The application deadline for all claimants has been extended until Sept. 6, 2022. To learn more, see the full release.


Disaster Recovery Center Resources
For a full list of Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), locations that provide both state and federal resources in one place to best serve flood victims, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources. Unless otherwise noted, DRCs are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.


Complete List of Executive Actions
To see a full list of the Governor’s executive actions in response to Eastern Kentucky flooding, click here.

Economic Development Update
Today, the Governor highlighted four economic development projects that are investing over $38 million and creating 259 jobs.


“We are keeping the economic momentum going with more exciting news each week – and it’s critical we continue these announcements across our state, and especially in the areas that have been hit by natural disasters,” the Governor said. “We want to help these Kentuckians rebuild and remain in the communities they love by providing good jobs that people can see a future in.”


Tuesday, the Governor announced leaders at third-party logistics provider Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLC (BSC) will locate a new operation in Warren County with a $25 million investment creating 110 full-time jobs as the company expands its logistics capabilities to serve the automotive and food and beverage markets.

On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the state’s metals and manufacturing sectors with the announcement of Skilcraft LLC’s expansion in Boone County, an $8.4 million investment that will create 14 well-paying jobs for local residents.


Today, the Governor announced continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing sector as STOBER Drives Inc., a producer of gearbox and servo motors, will expand operations in Maysville with a $5 million investment that will create 35 full-time jobs.


And earlier today, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman welcomed the opening of Ellie Diagnostics LLC’s flagship laboratory as leaders at the full-service veterinary wellness and diagnostic services provider held the grand opening of the company’s national hub, which will create up to 100 full-time jobs for Kentuckians.


General Fund Surplus
Yesterday, the Office of State Budget Director announced that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of the 2023 Fiscal Year, totaled almost $1.08 billion. This is a 9.7% increase compared to July 2021 receipts. Gov. Beshear said that this is the fifth consecutive month in which collections have exceeded $1 billion.


“I don’t think we have ever seen five consecutive months, or even two consecutive months, with over $1 billion in receipts,” Gov. Beshear said. “The increase in revenue proves that Kentucky’s economy remains strong, with payrolls increasing and consumers continuing to make purchases.”


Gas Prices Continue to Decline
The Governor shared the good news that gas prices have dropped by 77 cents over the last month in the commonwealth. The average price for gas in Kentucky is almost 40 cents lower than the national average of $3.990 at $3.594, according to the American Automobile Association.


COVID-19 Update
Gov. Beshear noted that most Kentucky counties have a COVID-19 Community Level that is medium or high (orange or red). However, there are 9 counties with a Community Level that is low (green).


Although the number of Kentuckians hospitalized or in the ICU for COVID-19 has increased over the past several weeks, hospitalizations remains much lower than what was observed during other surges. The positivity rate is also continuing to increase.


The Governor encouraged those who are sick to stay home to avoid spreading disease to others. If you are sick or have had a known close contact to someone with COVID-19, please test yourself to lower the risk of spreading the virus unknowingly to others.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor recognized everyone who has donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. He also recognized corporate and community partners who have donated more than $10,000 to the fund:

  • HCA Healthcare - $100,000
  • New York Life - $100,000
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield - $50,000
  • Brown-Forman - $30,000
  • Chevron- $25,000
  • The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels - $25,000
  • Duke Energy - $12,500


“These are just a couple of groups that have stepped up and we wanted to make sure that we acknowledge them and anyone else who wants to help. The fund is fully transparent, and every dollar is going to help,” Gov. Beshear said.


Area Arrest 8-11-22

Area Arrest 8-11-22
Leah Pigram, age 49, of Burkesville, was taken into custody by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 8; 30 last night. Pigram was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Publica Place (1st and 2nd Offense) and Menacing. 

James Atwood, age 59, of Columbia was arrested just after 8 last evening by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Atwood was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense. 

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail. 

KSP looking to repeat in Best-Looking Cruiser competition

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is gearing up for a repeat win to be named 'America's Best-Looking Cruiser' and asks Kentuckians to cast their vote in support of the agency. The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) host an annual calendar contest and encourages state police agencies across the nation to submit a photo entry that is unique and represents their state.

KSP has placed in the 'Top 3' in the past three years. The agency took top honors in 2021 with 77,944 total votes and earned the coveted calendar cover spot on the 2022 calendar.

Voting began Monday at www.surveymonkey.com/r/QHXV8ZS. Voting ends on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 5pmET. The top 13 finishers will earn a spot on the 2023 calendar.

Road Work in Casey County

The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close part of KY 70 in Casey County on Wednesday as crews replace a cross drain beneath the roadway.

Today KY 70 will be closed to through traffic between the intersection of KY 206 (mile point 9) and V. Goode Road (mile point 9.2). Work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and will be complete approximately 3:30 p.m.

Motorists will detour via KY 206. The date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.

Two Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges Following Investigation


The Columbia Police Department concluded a contraband and drug trafficking investigation which had previously began on May 4 of this year. Officers were notified by Adair County Regional Jail after suspected narcotics were found by Deputy Jailers. 

After a preliminary investigation, evidence was presented to a Grand Jury with two indictments being returned. Skylar Riggins, 26, of Russell Springs has been charged with conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance as well as persistent felony offender. Brent Grimsley, 40, of Dunnville has been charged with trafficking in a controlled substance methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance drug unspecified, promoting contraband, and persistent felony offender. Grimsley was located in Russell County and taken into custody before being transported to the Adair County Regional Jail. Riggins was served his indictment warrant while lodged within the Adair Regional Jail. 

Sgt Evan Burton was the investigating Officer. He was assisted during investigation by Officer Justin Cross and Adair Regional Jail staff.

Jamestown Woman Arrested on Trespassing Charges


April Roy, 46, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Officer Tarter with the Jamestown Police Department on Monday. Roy was charged with Criminal Trespass – 1st Degree and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Recap

Jim Lieb with Wave News has details about the meeting...



The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Monday, August 8, 2022.  This was a very productive meeting that will benefit the citizens of Adair County in many ways for a long time.


The Old Glensfork Road Bridge project had final approval tonight to remove the existing structure and build a new bridge.  We have been allotted $200,000 from the State of Kentucky Emergency Funds to go towards this project.


The fiscal Court approved tonight to move forward on the removal of the additions (or wings) of the old historic courthouse. Central Kentucky Design Inc. out of Berea Kentucky will be overseeing this project.


The Fiscal Court also approved tonight the purchasing of the property and the Transfer Station located on L. Willis Road.  We have looked at many options such as relocating and building a new transfer station, but feel this is the best option for everyone. The property will have to be surveyed and hopefully this will be complete in the next couple months. But we are happy to say that the transfer station will be staying at the current location.


The Adair County EDA Board came to the court tonight requesting $150,000 to go towards a grant match and that request was granted. The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Board will be applying for a Kentucky Product Development Initiative Grant in the amount of $459,441. This is the maximum amount allotted for Adair County. This grant is a 50/50 match grant and if the full amount is awarded, the Fiscal Court will be putting forth $150,00 to help match the grant. The EDA Board will be asking the City of Columbia for $150,000 and the EDA board will put forth $150,000 to make up the match amount.

“I want to commend our EDA board for the accomplishments they have made over the past 3-4 years at our Green River Commerce Park. The park sat stagnant for many years and we are finally seeing improvements made. Along with those improvements, we are getting lots of interest in our Industrial Park and hopefully we will be able to make announcements of business coming to Adair County in very near future.”


The final thing addressed tonight is that we are happy to announce the re-opening of the Recycling Center in the very near future. We have to get some employees hired and trained and get a few other things done first, but the recycling center will be opening soon.



Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive


Russell Fiscal Court Meeting Recap

Russell County Judge Gary Robertson discussed what took place following last night's meeting...



Area Arrests 8/8/22


  • Travis Passmore, 27, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Monday afternoon by the RCSO for Bail Jumping and 2 counts of Failure to Appear. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Brent Grimsley, 40, of Dunnville, KY - arrested on Saturday by the RCSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Promoting Contraband, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified) and 3 counts of Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County Boil Water Advisory 08/08/22


Date Issued:  8/8/2022

Time Issued: 9:45 a.m.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers for customers at 597- 4590 Little Cake Rd, Treetop Ln., Avery Rooks Rd, and Neat Hollow Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. 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 3 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.


Columbia City Council Meeting Recap


Jim Lieb attended Friday's Called Columbia City Council Meeting and files this report for WAVE News...


Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 8/8/22


The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session Monday, August 8, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend.


               Regular Called Meeting – July 25, 2022
          A.)   SHERIFF’S REPORT 
          C.)   G.R.A.S. REPORT 
          E.)   JAIL REPORT
          A.)  TREASURER’S REPORT                      
 6.   BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                                
          B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS                                    

10.   ACTION ITEMS:                                    
           E)   911 GENERATOR DISCUSSION
13.   ADJOURN 


Adair County Man Arrested on Felony Drug & Firearms Charges Following Traffic Stop



On Saturday, August 8, 2022 at 11:57pmCT the Adair County Sheriffs Office initiated a traffic stop on Pelly Lane. After a roadside investigation, a search of the vehicle resulted in the location of a large amount of methamphetamine, suspected cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun.  


Arrested was 33-year-old James Burris of Columbia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Cocaine)
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 


The arrest was made by Deputy Chandler Staten and his K-9 "Nitro".   


President & First Lady to Visit Kentucky Next Week

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A presidential visit to the Commonwealth is planned for next week. 
On Monday, August 8, 2022 President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Eastern Kentucky to visit families affected by recent flooding. They'll join Governor Beshear to survey recovery efforts at a FEMA State Disaster Recovery Center.  
The death count from the eastern Kentucky floods remains at 37 across five counties. Kentucky State Police are reporting two missing persons. 
The Team EKY Flood Relief Fund is now up to over $3.6 million. The first of those dollars have paid for funerals for flood victims.
(Story from KNN)



  • Crystal Loften Kemp, 46, of Russell Springs - arrested on Thursday afternoon by RSPD for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Kanissa'ai Thompson, 28, of Columbia - arrested on Friday by CPD for TBUT over $1,000, Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
  • Barksdale Miller, 68, of Columbia - arrested on Friday morning by the ACSO for Possession of Cocaine 3rd or greater offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Nicki George, 37, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday night by CPD for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair Man Arrested on Theft Charges

The Adair County Sheriffs Office arrested 39-year-old Christopher Helm of Columbia after a lengthy investigation. Helm was arrested after Deputy Tracy McCarol secured an indictment for his arrest stemming from a theft that occurred at a farm off Milltown Church Rd. where a fuel pump (valued at $1800.00) was stolen out of a barn. The pump was located by the ACSO and returned to the owner undamaged.  

Helm was charged with Theft by unlawful taking (over $1,000 but under $10,000) and Burglary 3rd degree and was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail

Deputy McCarol was assisted by Deputy Gary Roy and Sheriff Josh Brockman.

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