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Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to the Bridgeport Apartments off the Columbia Bypass on Thursday night, January 23, 2020 just before 11:00pmCT for a domestic related disturbance. Upon arrival, there was a 9-year-old juvenile outside in a van unattended while three more children were in the apartment with two adults. Both male and female subjects could be heard screaming at each other as Officers were let in by a 10-year-old juvenile.
Officers on scene were able to obtain control of the situation which resulted in both the male and female being taken into custody. David Brandon Runyon, 31, and Rebecca Thrower, 30, both current Columbia residents were placed into custody and both charged with 4 counts each of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree (a class D felony). Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the incident.
Thrower was additionally charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries. She is currently on probation for prior charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st, DUI, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident stemming from an arrest in February 2018.
Runyon currently has a probation violation warrant from Georgia, however it is listed as "in state extradition only". The children were placed into the care of a grandmother and social services was notified.
CPD Officer John Dial was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by CPD Officer Adam Cravens.



As I sit and reflect on 2019, it was a good year. On January 6, 2019 I took the oath of office to become your new Adair County Judge Executive.  I have tried to see everyone who came in my office and return calls to the ones that came in and I wasn’t available.  I know I haven’t made everyone happy with my decisions, but that was one of the first things I learned…. If you make everyone happy, you probably aren’t doing your job right.  
Some accomplishments we have made over the past year are listed below:
Green River Animal Shelter: We adopted out 400 animals in 2019 and sent 357 to animal rescues. Our adoptions were down almost 100 animals, but our rescues were up almost 300 animals.
Adair Co. 911 Center: The call volume for the 911 Center was up over 2,400 calls from 2018. The incident count was up over 5,100 incidents from 2018. One thing I’m the proudest of is that we went from one dispatcher to two dispatchers per shift 24 hours/7 days a week.
Adair Co. Recycling: The recycling center wasn’t one of strong points in 2019. With the decline in price for recyclables and the lack of ability to store full tractor/trailer loads of materials our recycling center took a big hit this year. Closing the center completely is not something I will consider at this time. We are looking at options for the new year to improve our recycling center and program.
The Adair County Fiscal Court was able to purchase 4 new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department in 2019. This was a much-needed investment for the safety of our officers and the citizens of Adair Co. The one thing I want to work on in the future is to secure funding so that the Sheriff Department can have 2 deputies on duty at all times.
The Adair County Road Department is busy every day. We have had a very wet and windy fall and winter. With that comes a lot of flooding, downed trees, and stopped up tiles. Between discretionary and flex funding from the state and county money allocated we put down over $1.3M in blacktop in 2019 as well. We hear a lot of the time people wanting to know why their road doesn’t get blacktop. Especially on State funds, we submit roads to the state for funding to be blacktopped, but sometimes they remove roads from our list. The state transportation cabinet sends someone to look at the roads we submit, and they may or may not approve those roads.
Economic Development: We are in the process of extending the road in the Industrial Park on N55. We are in hopes this will help us get industry and jobs in our area. We have made several contacts over the last year. We have also had a couple visits from the State Economic Development Department to look at our area.
As you can see, 2019 was very productive in some areas and not so much in others. But we will continue to work for Adair County and do our best to improve each year. My office is always open to hear the complaints or your ideas. I wish for each of you a prosperous and Happy New Year in 2020.
Gale B. Cowan
Adair Co. Judge Executive



The Russell County Ambulance Service Board of Directors will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 2:00pmCT.
Call Meeting to Order
Establish a Quorum
Executive Session: KRS 61.810 (1) (f) Personnel
Part time EMT Application(s)
Part time Paramedic Application(s)



An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 21 individuals:
  • Delores J. Vance, 47, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Jamey R. Neat, 36, Columbia, KY - Assault, 2nd Degree; Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree.
  • Leah M. Rogers (a/k/a Leah Bohannon), 43, Columbia, KY  - Theft By Unlawful Taking $500 or More; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree. 
  • Eric Rowe, 34, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Persistent Felony Offender (2 counts)
  • Jessica Wilson, 34 and William Brice Gibson, 41, both of Danville, KY - Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm). Gibson also indicted for being a Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; DUI, 2nd Offense; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon. 
  • Sarah Elizabeth Cox, 39, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Benjamin Shroyer, 40, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or Subsequent Offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Wyatt T. Long, 32, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Resisting Arrest; and Public Intoxication.
  • Juan M. Maldonado, 34, Gainsville, Georgia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and No Operators License.
  • Neil Bloyd, 47, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jeremy Harold Kimbler, 46, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Tampering With Physical Evidence; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; and No Brake Lights.
  • Adrian Victor Morales, 32, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Fleeing or Evading Police (on Foot); Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd Degree (2 counts); Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree; (Police Officer); Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Resisting Arrest; Public Intoxication; Receiving Stolen Property
  • Andrew R. White, 31, Columbia, KY - DUI, 4th or Subsequent Offense; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Lewis J. Burton, 56, Liberty, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • William Earl Perkins, 60, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Reckless Driving; and Obstructed Vision/Windshield.
  • Carla Jean Perkins, 54, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • John L. Shelton, 40, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Barney L. Shepperson, 31, Lebanon, KY - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree.
  • James David Burnette, 52, Knifley, KY - Custodial Interference (2 counts); Unlawful Transaction With A Minor (Victim Under 18 Years of Age); and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Disregarding a Stop Sign; Failure To or Improper Signal; Unlawful Transaction With a Minor, 1st Degree, Illegal Sex Act (Victim Under 18 Years of Age); Rape, 3rd Degree; Human Trafficking (Victim Under 18 Years of Age).
  • Shamarie Harper (a/k/a Shamarie Claiborne), 51, Columbia, KY - Custodian Interference.





The Community Action Agency's Crisis portion of the LiHeap Program is underway. Assistance is available thru March 31st or until funds are depleted. 
Clients must meet certain criteria and be in a crisis situation (applicants must provide a utility disconnect notice); have 4 or fewer days worth of fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal available; or, have received an eviction notice citing unpaid rent.
Households at or above 75% of poverty level must pay a portion or co-payment of the minimum amount necessary to alleviate the crisis.
Call the Community Action Agency in the county you reside for more information. In Russell County, call 270-343-4565. In Adair County, call 270-384-2147.



  • Cortez Lawrence, 28, Bowling Green - arrested overnight by KSP on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs; Disregarding Stop Sign; and Failure to Signal.
  • John Scott, 37, Columbia - arrested Wednesday afternoon by ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
  • Dustin Gossage, 34, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday night by JPD for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance) 2nd Offense and Failure to Signal.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.




  • Bradley Allen Richardson, 43, Russell Springs - arrested by Columbia Police on Tuesday night for Criminal Trespassing and Falsely Reporting an Incident.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
  • Vanessa Cooper, 27, Jamestown - arrested on Tuesday night by JPD for Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension 2nd Degree
  • Andrew White, 31, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Tuesday night for DUI, 4th or Subsequent Offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Persistent Felony Offender
  • Dylan Shepard, 24, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified) and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • April Dawn Weston, 35, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for TBUT (Shoplifting) Under $500 and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
  • Latisha Goff, 32, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for Bail Jumping 1st Degree; Non-Payment of Fines; Contempt of Court; and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Sammy Gibson, 35, Burkesville - arrested by KSP on Tuesday afternoon for Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree (Victim Under 12 Years Old) and Sexual Misconduct.
  • Fredrick Katon, 25, Russell Co. - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle); Resisting Arrest; Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree; and served a Bench Warrant for Court. 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



At the annual 2020 Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows annual convention on January 11, 2020 the Adair County Fair was awarded the 2019 Zone 2, Division B, Most Progressive Fair Award. This award is judged in 4 categories: livestock entries, horse entries, food, crop, and youth entries approved for state aid, plus money spent on entries not approved for state aid. Each of the categories are compared both as a number and percent increase or decrease from the previous year. Also considered are promptness of reports and catalog ratings. 
The state is divided into 3 zones with each zone having 2 divisions based on population. Division A is counties with populations under 20,000 and Division B is counties with populations over 20,000. County fairs compete for the Most Progressive Fair Awards within their respected zones and divisions. An overall winner and runner-up are selected from the 6 winning counties using the same comparisons. 
Pictured: (front row) Paige Held, Benjamin Coffey, Brandy Held, Fay Davidson, Becky Brockman, and Jennifer Carter. (Back Row) Jamie Hadley, Harriett Hadley, Anthony Held, Thomas Long, Marshall Judd, John Carter, and Dan Held
General upcoming Fair information
Since the Bank of Columbia’s donation of land for use as a new fairground, the public has been asking what’s next. The Adair County Fair Association is happy to announce that they are in negotiations to have a carnival on the donated site in June. During the 2nd week of June, there are plans for a 4 to 5 day carnival at the new location, pageants, and events at the pavilion. Dates will be announced soon for the cattle shows and floral hall. All will tie into bringing back the traditional Adair County Fair.
The Adair Co. Fair Assoc. tells WAVE News that they're moving forward in working to have a full fair again, and are excited to provide this for the community. He goes on to say that they're hoping by next summer to have something for the whole family all in one location. If you would like to assist or donate in any way to this community event, please contact Anthony Brockman at (270) 634-4446.



Lebanon, KY. (January 22, 2020) – Kentucky State Police investigated a fatal collision on Veterans Memorial Highway this morning (Wednesday) at 1:41amET inside Lebanon that closed the road for several hours.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 29-year-old Richard Spalding of Loretto, KY was operating a 2011 Ford F-250 traveling south on Veterans Memorial Highway. Spalding (for an unknown reason) crossed into the path of a 2000 International semi being operated by 62-year-old Jeffrey Canada of Milltown, IN. Spalding's vehicle struck the semi head-on, which resulted in the roadway being closed for several hours. 
Spalding was found to be wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroners Office. Canada was not wearing his seat belt and was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac with critical injuries.
Sgt. Randall Honeycutt is investigating and was assisted by the Marion County Sheriffs Office, Marion County Fire, EMS and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.



JANUARY 22, 2020 - On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 an Adair County Circuit Court jury convicted 42-year old Buddy R. Longwell of Albany, KY of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Substance (DUI), 4th or Subsequent Offense. The jury also convicted Longwell of being a 1st-Degree Persistent Felony Offender and recommended that he serve 15 years in prison. 
According to testimony, KSP Trooper Allen Shirley observed Longwell operating a Dodge truck traveling south on KY 61 near the Breeding community of Adair County on October 13, 2018. Trooper Shirley witnessed Longwell weaving while driving on the road and conducted a traffic stop after Longwell crossed the centerline of the highway multiple times. According to Trooper Shirley, Longwell admitted that he had consumed Xanax earlier in the day. Trooper Shirley administered several field sobriety tests to Longwell and determined that Longwell appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired. Longwell was arrested and taken to TJ Health Columbia where he refused Trooper Shirley’s request to submit a blood test. Trooper Shirley also learned that Longwell’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the traffic stop. Evidence at trial showed that Longwell was prescribed hydrocodone and alprazolam (a/k/a Xanax) at the time of the incident. 
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case and presented evidence pertaining to the DUI during the first stage of the trial. During the penalty phase of the trial, Wright introduced evidence concerning Longwell’s prior criminal record, including proof of 5 prior DUI convictions in Russell, Clinton, and Cumberland Counties. After the verdict, Wright said “it is clear that jurors in this community feel that repeat DUI offenders are a danger to the public and should receive significant punishment for such behavior.” Wright further commended Trooper Shirley for his efforts to remove impaired drivers from the roadways and Wright said that his office will continue to aggressively prosecute repeat DUI offenders. 
Longwell, who was represented at trial by Albany attorney David Cross, will appear before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for final sentencing.  



The accident occurred around 8:00pmET on Sunday, January 19, 2020. According to the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office, the 2-vehicle collision involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle and occurred around the 9000 block on Campbellsville Road. 
19-year-old Charles Ishmael of Georgia was the driver of the passenger vehicle. Ishmael and a passenger, 18-year-old D’Jharriah Davis of Lexington, KY (a student at LWC in Columbia) were headed east on Hwy 210 towards Campbellsville, KY. A semi truck, being driven by 41-year-old Darin Powell of Dunnville, KY was headed west toward Hodgenville, KY. As the vehicles rounded a curve on a hill, Ishmael (for unknown reasons) crossed over into the westbound lane & collided with the semi. 
Ms. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by the LaRue County Coroner’s Office. Charles Ishmael was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Mr. Powell, the operator of the semi, was transported to the hospital by personal vehicle.
Highway 210 was closed for several hours while officials investigated the accident and cleared the scene. The wreck is still under investigation by LaRue County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Sherrard.  



A Special meeting has been called by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors for Thursday, January 23, 2020 beginning at 5:00pmCT in the hospital conference room.
Executive Session KRS 61.810 (1)(f) Appointment



According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, the accident occurred on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:52amCT approximately 7 miles west of Columbia on KY 80. 

Preliminary investigation shows that 18-year-old James Kelsay of Columbia, KY was operating a 1990 Dodge truck westbound on Edmonton Road, when he crossed the centerline, striking a 2013 Honda SUV being operated by 70-year-old Diane Haynes of Columbia. Haynes vehicle then left the roadway and struck an earth embankment.  
Both Kelsay and Haynes were treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia. 

Adair County Deputy Chandler Staten 
is investigating the accident.


ARRESTS 01/21/20


  • Becky Partin, 46,  - arrested Monday afternoon by RCSO for TBUT Over $500.
  • Nicole Hicks, 35, Columbia - arrested by RCSO on Monday evening for Possession of Marijuana; Giving Officer false Identifying Information; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Christopher Camp, 21, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Monday evening for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



On Monday, January 20, 2020 at 3:58amET, Officer Adam Davis with the Campbellsville Police Department saw 28-year-old Alexander D. Hill of Campbellsville, KY walking on South Central Avenue. Upon making contact with Mr. Hill, Officer Davis discovered that he was under the influence of drugs. Hill was also found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. When Officer Davis placed Mr. Hill under arrest, he discovered that Hill was in possession of methamphetamine, suboxone pills, and drug paraphernalia.  
Hill was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 2nd offense, (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Suboxone); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Public Intoxication. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 



On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:05pmET, Campbellsville Police Officer Jonathon Leigh responded to Walmart after receiving a reported shoplifter call. 42-year-old Jason Huff of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Shoplifting. While Huff was being placed under arrest, Officer Leigh discovered Huff was in possession of methamphetamine. In addition to the TBUT (Shoplifting) charge, Huff was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and transported to the Taylor County Detention Center.
Arrested on Monday afternoon, January 20, 2020 was 39-year-old Joey Popplewell of Campbellsville. He was arrested by Campbellsville Police Officer Fields and charged with TBUT Under $500 (Shoplifting) and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.



Burkesville, KY (January 20, 2020) - KSP Trooper Ricky Cross is investigating a 2-vehicle injury collision that occurred on Friday, January 17, 2020 at approximately 9:45 PM CST on Glasgow Road, 8 miles west of Burkesville at the intersection of KY 100. 18-year-old Lydia Emberton of Tompkinsville, KY was operating a 2010 Honda traveling west, when she rounded a curve and crossed over the centerline into the path of an oncoming east bound 2016 Dodge Ram, operated by 56 year old Lester Gingerich of Burkesville. Gingerich crossed into the west-bound lane in an attempt to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful as Emberton steered back into the west bound lane at the same time, causing the vehicles to collide head-on.
Emberton and her 19-year-old passenger, Phillip Ford of Gamaliel, KY and Gingerich, along with his 15-year-old passenger were all transported to Cumberland County Hospital by EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Tpr. Cross was assisted by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, Cumberland County Emergency Management, Cumberland County Fire Department and Cumberland County EMS.



A former CEO will be serving as interim at the Russell County Hospital until a permanent replacement is found. Former CEO, Bill Kindred will fill the position until the new CEO is named, according to hospital officials. Monday was Kindreds first day on the job. At the regular meeting of the board of directors (last week), board chairman Daren Johnson was given the authority to find an interim for the hospital on an "as needed" basis.







BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Campbellsville, KY man has been found guilty at trial for attempted receipt of child pornography and accessing the internet with intent to view child pornography, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman. The jury convicted James S. Wolfe after deliberating for less than 30 minutes.
“Prey on our kids in the Western District of Kentucky and expect swift and aggressive federal prosecution,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “This outcome is due to the fine work of the United States Probation Office, U.S. Secret Service, and a dedicated prosecutor.”
On July 2, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a two-count Superseding Indictment charging Wolfe with attempted receipt of child pornography and accessing with the intent to view child pornography. At the time of the charges, Wolfe was serving a 10-year term of Supervised Release imposed in Criminal Action Number 1:10CR-002 from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. In that case, Wolfe pled guilty to one count of possessing child pornography.
On November 29, 2017 Wolfe was released from the Bureau of Prisons and his 10-year term of Supervised Release commenced.  The United States Probation Office in the Western District of Kentucky agreed to accept Wolfe for supervision after changes were made to the conditions of the supervision. Wolfe moved to Campbellsville, Kentucky, where he lived with his mother and older brother. He requested permission to have access to a computer.  The United States Probation Officer assigned to Wolfe’s supervision agreed to the request, but Wolfe was supposed to use the computer with internet access to seek employment and conduct routine business. And, the computer had to have monitoring software loaded on it to keep track of Wolfe’s activities. The supervising Probation Officer met with Wolfe and explained the monitoring process to him and his mother.  Monitoring began on April 24, 2018.
Less than a week later, the monitoring company, RemoteCom, contacted the Probation Officer concerning Wolfe’s search activities. On May 7, 2018 the supervising Probation Officer received notification that Wolfe’s computer was not reporting back to RemoteCom’s servers. Two days after the reinstallation of the monitoring software, RemoteCom again notified the Probation Officer of concerning activity on Wolfe’s computer. The search terms clearly referred to children and sexual activity. On May 25, 2018 the supervising Probation Officer conducted an unscheduled home visit. The Probation Officer made contact with Wolfe and his mother.  When confronted by the Probation Officer concerning the online activity, Wolfe stated that he didn’t think anything he had searched or viewed constituted pornography. The Probation Officer seized the computer, an unauthorized cellular telephone and numerous pages of handwritten notes (containing, among other things, lists of web sites).  
A forensic examination of the computer conducted by the United States Secret Service revealed search terms indicative of child sexual exploitation as well as shadow copies of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children. The Secret Service agent prepared a report and provided it to the United States Probation Office. The United States Probation Officer submitted the information to the Court to revoke Wolfe’s Supervised Release. United States District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., revoked Wolfe’s Supervised Release. Wolfe’s conduct also led to the filing of the charges for which he was tried earlier this week in Bowling Green, Kentucky, before Chief United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers.
The defendant faces a mandatory-minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Wolfe is scheduled to appear before Chief Judge Stivers for sentencing on April 23, 2020 at 10:00amCT in Bowling Green, KY. Wolfe remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo Lawless. The case was investigated by the United States Probation Office and the United States Secret Service. 



  • Stacy Soloman, 23, Nancy, KY - arrested Sunday afternoon for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (Under $500) Within 6 Month Period. 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Christopher Austin Dickson, 21, Columbia - arrested early this morning for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, No Registration Plates, Driving on a DUI Suspended License.
  • Beth Garmon, 46, Burkesville - arrested Sunday evening for Disregarding a Stop Sign and Driving on a DUI Suspended License.
  • Timothy Alexander, 37, Burkesville - arrested by Burkesville Police on Saturday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and DUI.
  • Lance Humphrey, 23, Burkesville - arrested Saturday by CCSO for Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree and Menacing.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
  • Joseph Claywell, 35, Campbellsville - arrested Friday night by Campbellsville Police Officer Weddle for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Menacing; Resisting Arrest; Promoting Contraband, 2nd Degree; and Disorderly Conduct.
  • Jason Huff, 42, Campbellsville - arrested Friday afternoon by Campbellsville Police Officer Leigh for TBUT (Shoplifting) Under $500 and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Larry Roby, 44, Campbellsville - arrested by KSP on Friday night for 1st Degree Burglary; Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree; Public Intoxication; and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree.
  • Patrick Ford, 24, Campbellsville - arrested by Campbellsville Police Officer Finn on Sunday night for Careless Driving; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Insurance; DUI (Aggravating Circumstance); and Non-Support.
  • Alexander Hill, 28, Campbellsville - arrested early this morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Public Intoxication; and Violation of Conditions of Release.
Lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.



As of 5:00pmCT on Sunday, January 19, 2020 the Boil Water Advisory for customers of Columbia Utilities District at 61 Montpelier Road to 1533 Montpelier Road, Harlan Brown Road, Keen Wilson Road and Combest Drive has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.



It is School Board Appreciation Month and Russell County School Supt. Michael Ford says the community can be very proud of this team of board members...





On Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 9:13amCT, Adair County Sheriff's Deputy Chandler Staten responded to 901 Jones Chapel Road to attempt to serve an outstanding warrant on 33-year-old Vincent J. Bach for Adair District Court for Failure to Appear, as well as 2 additional warrants of arrest from Russell County District Court.  
Deputy Staten went on the porch and knocked on the door as he announced himself. As the door opened, a pistol (later identified as a Glock 45 caliber) was stuck out the door and into the face of the Deputy. While at gunpoint, Deputy Staten was able to de-escalate the situation by having the subject lower the weapon. The Deputy was able to draw his service weapon at that point and take the subject into custody.
During the engagement, Deputy Staten was able to make radio contact with Adair Co. 911 and request assistance. Immediately, Columbia City Police and KSP Trooper Clint Bale (who overheard the call) was enroute. Sheriff Josh Brockman (who overheard radio traffic and was called by dispatch) as well as Deputy Josh Durbin also responded to the scene. 
Vincent Bach was arrested on the warrants by Deputy Staten and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Trooper Clint Bale will be filing additional charges related to the incident and the firearm.     
On a personel note, Sheriff Josh Brockman wants to thank the Columbia Police Department and Kentucky State Police for their quick response. He says: "this situation could have turned out very badly. These deputies are tasked with serving warrants, most of the time by themselves, and most of the time a good distance out in the county. Training teaches us that we serve warrants with a minimum of two deputies or officers, etc. Unfortunately training does not always meet reality when you only have one person available per shift 80% of the time. These guys are out there by themselves, and most of the time don’t even have radio contact in the rural parts of Adair County because of the lack of repeaters spread through the county". Sheriff Brockman goes on to say: "These guys walk a thin line every day they come to work".



Issued: 01/18/20
Time: 6:00pmCT
As of 6:00pmCT on Saturday, January 18, 2020 a Boil Water Advisory is in effect for consumers from 61 Montpelier Road to 1533 Montpelier Road, Harlan Brown Road, Keen Wilson Road and Combest Drive. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore the 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. 




The second week of the 154th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly saw a Senate bill become the first piece of legislation to pass out of a chamber. The measure would move gubernatorial elections to the same day Americans go to the polls to pick presidents.
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), would save local governments across Kentucky about $13.5 million every four years. The substantial savings would come because SB 3 would also align the elections for all statewide constitutionally elected officials with the presidential elections. That would eliminate an entire election cycle the state currently pays to stage for not only the governor but also treasurer, auditor, attorney general, secretary of state and agriculture commissioner.
Supporters of SB 3 said it would also increase voter turnout because more people show up at the polls for presidential races. This, they maintained, would lesson voter apathy in Kentucky and engage more voters in down-ballot state races.
SB 3, deemed a priority by majority caucus leadership, passed by a 31-3 vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Since the bill is actually a proposed change to the Kentucky Constitution, it would also have to be ratified by voters before taking effect.
Another measure passed was Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), legislation designed to discourage tenants from damaging rental properties after they are evicted. It would clarify current criminal mischief statutes to make it clear intentionally damaging rental properties is a prosecutable crime.
Supporters said that, in turn, would help property managers more easily identify people with a history of trashing rental units when vetting prospective tenants through criminal background checks. Opponents said they feared domestic violence victims would be criminally charged for damage caused by abusive partners. They also said it could also be used by unscrupulous property owners to turn local prosecutors into debt collectors.
SB 11 passed by a 29-5 vote. It too goes to the House for consideration.
On Tuesday, Kentuckians and legislators from both sides of the aisle listened to Governor Beshear proposed policy goals and recommendations to the Kentucky General Assembly in his first State of the Commonwealth Address. The Governor also noted his legislative priorities for 2020, which included fully funding pension obligations, criminal justice reform, and plans to improve Kentucky public education, starting with a statewide teacher salary increase. As the legislature begins to prepare the biennial budget, Governor Beshear will also be delivering a budget address on January 28. Both of these addresses are customarily presented each year by the governor and serve as a beneficial element in our state’s separation of powers. We eagerly await to hear how the Governor plans to execute the ideas he has laid out.
Crafting a budget will not be an easy task. Demands placed on state government by our priorities, and other costs continue to outpace revenue growth. In the coming weeks, legislative branch staff and other resources will be utilized to help the General Assembly better determine a path forward for this year’s budgetary balancing act. Per the Kentucky Constitution, budget bills must start in the House. I will keep you informed as the Senate begins to deliberate budgetary matters in the coming weeks. 
While the new administration formulates its agenda and presents it to the legislature, the majority leadership in the General Assembly is continuing to move forward with a legislative agenda supported by Kentucky voters. Committee meetings are now in full swing, as this past week legislators began discussing bills recently assigned to their respective committees. 
In our first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, in which I serve as Chairman, we received a briefing on the implementation of 2019’s Senate Bill 1, the School Safety and Resiliency Act. I was encouraged by the information that we were provided. I would like to thank the representatives from the Center for School Safety, Dept. of Behavior Health, Dept. of Education, and Dept. of Criminal Justice training for their thorough report. I look forward to continuing to work with these parties and others as we make our students safety our top priority. 
A piece of legislation that will positively impact the safety of student’s health is Senate Bill 56 (SB 56). SB 56 was passed unanimously out of the Health & Welfare Committee on Wednesday. The committee actually heard student testimony in favor of the legislation, and received a presentation from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. SB 56 ensures Kentucky complies with federal minimum legal age for the sale of tobacco products and it eliminates purchase, use, and imposes possession penalties for youth up to age 21. This will promote a healthier lifestyle for in young people susceptible to peer pressure, by keeping tobacco products out of their hands.
As we head into the third week of the 2020 Regular Session, your input is greatly appreciated. Kentuckians have many avenues to follow the General Assembly throughout the session, including seeing legislative action in person here in Frankfort, or viewing online at KET.org/legislature. 
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call the toll-free line at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov.  You can review the Legislature’s work online at www.legislature.ky.gov
Note: Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) represents the 16th District which encompasses Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties. He is the chairman of the Education Committee; as well as co-chairman of the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee. Senator Wise is also a member of the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee; the Health and Welfare Committee; the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee; the Public Assistance Reform Task Force; the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. 


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