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HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK IN KY

 
Kentucky health officials say more than 3,000 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in an outbreak that has entered its second year.
 
Kentucky Department for Public Health statistics show 19 people have died in the outbreak. Patients have been hospitalized in more than half of the state's 3,122 reported cases from August 2017 through the first week of December 2018.
 
Officials in Jefferson and Fayette counties have recommended that all residents get vaccinated against the disease. Previous vaccination efforts were targeted at people with a high-risk of contracting hepatitis A, including those who use illegal drugs and the homeless.
 
Hepatitis A is transmitted by oral contact with fecal matter. It attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice.
 

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COLUMBIA-ADAIR CO. CHRISTMAS PARADE FLOAT WINNERS

 
IN-COUNTY FLOAT WINNERS
Froedge Trucking & Damon CTA
ACHS FFA
Great Oaks
 
NON-FLOAT CATEGORY
Kathy Keith 
Caitlyn Bryant 
 

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ONE PERSON INJURED IN 2-VEHICLE METCALFE CO. COLLISION

 

(Metcalfe County, KY December 13, 2018) - Trooper Bobby Maxwell is investigating a collision that occurred on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at approximately 3:35pmCT on Ritters Mill Rd, 2 miles east of Summershade. 23-year-old Charles Sherman of Edmonton, KY was operating a southbound 2018 Ford van when he met a northbound 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Metcalfe County Deputy Sheriff Charles Massey, 57, of Edmonton, KY. Sherman struck Massey’s vehicle head-on on the narrow roadway. Massey was wearing his seatbelt and was transported by Barren-Metcalfe EMS to TJ Samson Hospital where he was treated and released. Sherman was belted and was not injured. Trooper Maxwell was assisted at the scene by the Summershade Fire Dept., Barren-Metcalfe EMS and the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department.  

 

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COLUMBIA SHOP LOCAL MONEY WINNERS!

 
Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce "Shop Local" $100 prize winners: 
 
 
  1. Eva Cooley
  2. Allison Bardin
  3. Rita Dial
  4. Jo Janes
  5. Steven Hubbard
  6. Keri Burton
  7. Janice Karnes
  8. Daren Smith
  9. Charla Vander Myde

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES

 

On November 29, 2018 the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office receuved the complaint that property had been stolen from two vehicles, one in the Sha Lawn Village are and the other on Tabernacle Road, After an investigation, evidence was located which led deputies to Justin Skaggs of Campbellsville, KY. During an interview, Skaggs admitted to the theft of property from the two vehicles. A warrant was requested and received. Skaggs was picked up on the warrant charging him with one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking - contents from auto over $500, and one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking - contents from auto over $500. Skaggs was arrested and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center, The stolen property has been recovered.

 

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TAYLOR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES IN ADAIR CO.

 
On Thursday, December 13, 2018 Columbia Police Officer Drew Conn responded to a complaint in the area of Wal-Mart on Burkesville Rd. Arrested was 38-year-old Ashley Allen of Campbellsville, KY. Allen was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st offense 1st degree (Drug Unspecified),Promoting Contraband 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree, Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, and Resisting Arrest. 
 
Allen was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Officer Drew Conn.
 

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ONE PERSON INJURED IN 2-VEHICLE METCALFE CO. COLLISION

 

(Metcalfe County, KY December 13, 2018) - KSP Trooper Bobby Maxwell is investigating a collision that occurred on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at approximately 3:35 PM CST on Ritters Mill Rd, 2 miles east of Summershade. 23-year-old Charles Sherman of Edmonton, KY was operating a southbound 2018 Ford van, when he met a northbound 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Metcalfe County Deputy Sheriff Charles Massey, 57, of Edmonton. Sherman struck Massey’s vehicle head-on on the narrow roadway. Massey was wearing his seatbelt and was transported by Barren-Metcalfe EMS to TJ Samson Hospital in Glasgow, KY where he was treated and released. Sherman was belted and was not injured.
 
Trooper Maxwell was assisted at the scene by Summershade Fire and Barren-Metcalfe EMS and Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Dept.  
 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING DEC. 13

 
The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 6:00pmCT. 
 
PRAYER  
 
AGENDA
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER 
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES 
III. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 
IV. OLD BUSINESS 
V. NEW BUSINESS 
  • HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL 
  • 911 INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT 
ADJOURNMENT
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
 

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RCHS DRAMA STUDENT JUSTIN BURTON ACCEPTED INTO AMDA

 

Russell County High School Drama is proud to announce that RCHS student Justin Burton has been accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City and Los Angeles! Justin recently auditioned in Nashville and despite the 21.8% acceptance rate, he made it in. If Justin chooses to earn his BFA here, he will spend 2 years in NYC and 2 years in LA. 


Justin currently stars as Charlie Brown in a A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS being peformed at the Star Theater in Russell Springs again this weekend!

 

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ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET TUESDAY

 

The Wave's Jim Leib has news from Tuesday night's Adair County Fiscal Court meeting . . .

 

 

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ADAIR CO. TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 

On Saturday, December 8, 2018 at approximately 11:37pmCT, KSP Trooper Clint Bale was on routine patrol 8 miles north of Columbia on Ky 55N when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Dodge Dakota for a traffic violation. The Columbia Police Department’s canine unit arrived and alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle. Trooper Bale searched the side of the vehicle where 26 year old Tara Corbin of Columbia, KY was seated and located several small plastic bags, with one containing a white powdered substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

 

Trooper Bale arrested and charged Corbin with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1stdegree 1st offense (drug unspecified) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Corbin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. A short time after Trooper Bale left the jail, he was notified by jail staff that a glass smoke pipe had been located on Corbin. Corbin received an additional charge of Promoting Contraband 1st degree. Trooper Bale was assisted on the scene by the Columbia Police Department.

 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

Jim Leib has the news from last night's regular monthly Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting . . .

 

 

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TN MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL TRANSACTION WITH ADAIR CO. MINOR

 
On Monday, December 1, 2018, KSP Post 15 received a complaint of an adult male having sexual relations with a 14-year-old juvenile in Columbia. Troopers Marvin Blakey and Billy Begley spoke with the victim and she stated that she had been talking to a man on Snapchat. He showed up at her residence, she met him outside, they had sexual intercourse and he left. The female stated that the perpetrator was coming back to meet with her on December 8th, 2018. The snapchat messages confirmed that the male subject knew he was meeting with a juvenile and they awaited the subjects arrival. Kentucky State Police and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office located and detained 39-year-old Samuel Hicks of Marysville, TN operating a 1999 Toyota Avalon. Hicks was advised of his Miranda rights by Trooper Begley and he confessed to having sexual relations with the juvenile.
 
Hicks was arrested and charged with Sodomy 3rd degree, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st degree, Illegal Sex Act with someone under 16 years of age, and Prohibited Use of an Electronic Communication System to Procure a Minor (sexual offenses). Hicks was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. This case remains under investigation by Trooper Billy Begley who was assisted on the scene by Troopers Marvin Blakey & Clint Bale along with Adair Co. Sheriff's Deputy Joey Keith. 
 

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MICHIGAN MAN FLOWN TO LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING ACCIDENT IN ADAIR CO.

 

On Monday, December 10, 2018 at approximately 6:00amCT, Adair County Deputy Joey Keith responded to a single vehicle injury accident 7 miles west of Columbia on Edmonton Road. 56-year-old Mark Rheinschmidt of Michigan was traveling eastbound on Edmonton Road when for unknown reasons went off the right side of the road and struck a tree head-on. Rheinschmidt was treated on the scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Heath Columbia where he was taken by Air Evac to the University of Louisville hospital.
 
Deputy Keith was assisted on the scene by Deputy Durbin and Adair County EMS.
 

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1 PERSON INJURED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT IN ADAIR CO. MON. MORNING

 
On Monday, December 10, 2018 Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury accident 8 miles east of Columbia on Russell Springs Road. The accident occurred when 82-year-old Joe Conover of Columbia, KY was westbound in a 1996 Dodge Dakota when he attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway and pulled into the path of a 2005 Chrysler being operated by 52-year old Robert McCann of Columbia, KY. A passenger, Patricia McCann of Columbia, KY was taken by Adair County EMS to TJ Heath Columbia for treatment of her injuries.
 
Deputy Durbin is the investigating officer and was assisted on the scene by Adair County EMS.
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING DEC. 11

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 6:00pmCT in the Adair Annex Basement.
 
AGENDA
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES      
  •  November 13 2018 Special-Regular
  •  November 28, 2018 Special    
3. DISBURSEMENTS
 
4. REPORTS  
  • SHERIFF'S REPORT
  • ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
  • G.R.A.S. REPORT 
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS
  • JAIL REPORT
 
5. TREASURER
  • TREASURER'S REPORT
  • APPROVAL TO ADD LINE IN BUDGET FOR SHERIFF CONTRIBUTION
 
6. BUDGET AMENDMENTS 
 
7. TRANSFERS
  • LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  • FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
 
8.    COURT ORDERS
9.    READING OF ROADS
 
10. ACTION  ITEMS:
  • Approval of County Clerk 2019 Budget
  • Approval of County Sheriff 2019 Budget
  • Rescind Motion on Federal Grant for Co. Attorney
  • Appointment of 2 Extension Board Members
                                                                                                                     
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 
This meeting is open to the public.
 

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MAN SLITS THROAT OF 3-YEAR-OLD NIECE IN CLINTON CO.

 

CLINTON COUNTY - According to officials, a man is being held in the Clinton County Jail after being accused of attacking his three-year-old niece and slitting her throat.

 

The local sheriff told reporters in Lexington that the little girl is in critical condition at a hospital.

 

According to authorities, Emanuel Fluter slit his niece's throat on Saturday at a home on Beatty Creek Road in Albany.

 

According to Fluter’s arrest citation, the victim’s father heard the child screaming over a baby monitor.

 

Neighbors told reporters they were shocked.

 

"They're such a beautiful family the kids, mom, and the dad, they are very friendly the kids are out in the yard playing a lot. It was just extremely heartbreaking. I just can't imagine someone being able to do that."

 

Fluter was charged with first degree assault and first degree wanton endangerment. Officials say more charges are possible.

 

The jail told Lexington reporters that no mugshot is available because Fluter has been acting too violent to have his picture taken.

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Boil Water Advisory on Milton Heights and Park View Estates in Russell County has been lifted.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR ANIMAL TORTURE, ASSAULT & WANTON ENDANGERMENT

 

A Russell County man was arrested on Friday for animal torture, assault & wanton endangerment.
 
Brently Ray Vaught, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested after he reportedly beat a cat to death with a baseball bat, and then held a loaded rifle to the heads of a woman and 4 year old son.
 
Vaught was charged with Animal Torture, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Russell Springs Police Officer Nathan Antle.
 

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FORMER GREENSBURG ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING FROM CLIENTS TO PAY GAMBLING LOSSES

 
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Campbellsville, KY, man pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Greg N. Stivers today (Friday, Dec. 7, 2018) to five counts of wire fraud as part of a scheme to obtain money from clients of his legal practice, by means of misappropriating funds, in order to pay personal expenses including gambling losses, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
 
Danny Butler, 72, was indicted on November 15, 2017. According to the indictment, Butler was an attorney licensed with the Kentucky Bar Association who was authorized to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He operated a legal practice in Greensburg, located in Green County, Kentucky, and provided clients with a broad range of legal services including probate, general civil, and government benefits.
 
According to the plea agreement before the Court, from August 2009 through October 2016, Butler obtained money by false pretenses from the clients of his legal practice by not performing work for his clients and by stealing funds belonging to estates of his clients. 
 
Butler misappropriated funds from the following clients:
 
· Approximately $148,106 from the estate of L.A.;
· Approximately $29,987.07 from the estate of L.P.;
· Approximately $401,500 from the representation of B.M.;
· Approximately $50,000 from the representation of D.M.;
· Approximately $50,000 from the estate of D.B.;
· Approximately $90,000 from the representation of J.R.B.;
· Approximately $90,000 from the estate of E.U.;
· Approximately $25,000 from the estate of E.M.;
· Approximately $59,000 from the representation of J.W.S.;
· Approximately $25,000 for the representation of E.S.; and
· Approximately $125,000 from the estate of L.P.M.  
 
Butler could be sentenced to a maximum 100 years in prison, fined $1,250,000, and be required to serve a three year period of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4, 2019. 
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Calhoun, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Kentucky State Police. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 

A Boil Water Advisory is in effect until further notice in Russell County, KY in the area of Milton Heights and Park View Estates due to water line repairs.  

 

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ADAIR CO. FIREMEN AWARDED "FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR"

 

Congratulations to firefighers Kurt Klingberg and Tyler Solum. Klingberg and Solum were recently recognized as "Firefighters of the Year" on behalf of the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department.  

 

 

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SCAMMERS POSING AS RETAILERS; STEALING PERSONAL & FINANCIAL INFO. VIA FAKE EMAILS

 

Kentuckians shopping online this Christmas season should be on the lookout for scam emails, Attorney General Andy Beshear warned recently.
 
With Christmas shopping in full swing, and the National Retail Federation predicting spending to increase by more than 4 percent this season, Kentuckians say they are receiving what appear to be legitimate emails from popular retailers that are actually scams. The scam email is often personalized and includes a logo of a retailer such as PayPal, Apple or Amazon, and instructs the receiver to resolve an issue with their online account or order by reentering their bank, credit card or Social Security numbers.
 
Beshear said it is sad that con artists take advantage of the Christmas season to trick folks into handing over their personal and financial information. “I want Kentuckians to enjoy the Christmas season and not end up checking off a con artist’s Christmas wish list,” said Beshear. “Kentuckians should always take the time to scrutinize every email and financial transaction closely, especially throughout the Christmas shopping season.”
 
Beshear said Kentuckians should also be wary of emails, apps and social media posts that offer too good to be true deals, discounts and sales, as those offers could be a ploy to collect information. To spot a scam email, website or app Kentuckians should:
 
  • Watch for misspelled words. 
  • Avoid clicking on email hyperlinks. Always independently type in the actual retailer website and sign in.
  • Pay attention to the sender’s email address. Scam emails are often from an email address that looks very similar to an official company account, but may have a couple of letters or words that are different. 
 
Beshear asked Kentuckians to report these types of email scams to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 and complete an online report. 
 
To receive text message alerts, text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468-311) or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select either text message or email alerts.
 

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FORMER CONTAINER COMPANY EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO 60 MONTHS

 
BOWLING GREEN, KY – United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Waylon J. Horton, a former employee of a container manufacturing plant located in Hart County, KY to 60 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release for tampering with consumer products, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. 
 
“Mr. Horton did real harm, placing both families and a major local employer at risk,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman, “And for that, federal prison time is just punishment.”
 
In 2016, Horton, now age 44, worked on printers on production lines for Styrofoam drinking cups at the container manufacturing plant in Horse Cave, KY. On two separate dates in July 2016 Horton, with reckless disregard for the risk of death or bodily injury it might cause, placed pieces of broken glass into Styrofoam drinking cups that were then shipped to fast food restaurants. Glass pieces were subsequently found in cups at three different restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. After receiving complaints, the container manufacturing plant put the distribution of Styrofoam cups that were produced in its facility on hold and seven additional boxes containing Styrofoam cups with broken glass were ultimately found. 
 
Horton pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products on July 13, 2018. 
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda Gregory and Marisa Ford, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hart County Sheriff’s Office.    
 
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL ON LOCK-DOWN TODAY

 
 
A note found at Campbellsville High School caused a lock-down situation Thursday.
 
Both the Campbellsville High School and Middle School campuses were locked down at approx. 1:30pmET while Resource Officer Charlie Houk & local law enforcement officials investigated. All students were safe during the lock-down & extra law enforcement were on the scene to aid in the investigation. 
 
The lock-down was lifted at 2:20pmET. School was dismissed at 3pmET with increased law enforcement presence.
 

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