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An Adair County Man was arrested Sunday by KSP on Drug, Wanton Endangerment and Tampering Charges

An Adair County Man was arrested Sunday by KSP on Drug, Wanton Endangerment and Tampering Charges

Joel Yarberry, age 39, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Roark yesterday evening, just after 8:30. Yarberry was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).

He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail

Adair Farmers Market set to Open on April 6th

Two organizational vendor meetings have been held at the Adair Extension Office this winter to plan the popular Farmers Market on the Square (FM2) set to open on April 6th.

The Market is located on the corner of Merchant and Campbellsville Streets in Columbia across from City Hall.

Statewide Tornado Drill Next Wednesday

Kentucky Statewide Tornado Drill FAQ

 

The Annual Kentucky Statewide Tornado Drill for 2024 will be conducted Wednesday, March 6 at 10:07 AM EST… or 9:07 AM CST. This will be a great opportunity to practice your tornado safety plan, whether you are at home, school, or work. If there is a threat of severe weather at the scheduled time, the drill will be postponed to a fair-weather day. Here are answers to a few questions that might be on your mind before, during, and after the drill.

 

Q: Will the Tornado Drill set off the Emergency Alert System? 

 

A: Yes it will, including both NOAA Weather Radio, local TV and radio stations, and cable override. The one exception is in northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana, where the message will be sent as a Routine Weekly Test on NWR, per agreement with Cincinnati-area broadcasters. 

 

Q: Will the Tornado Drill set off the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on my mobile phone?

 

A: No. WEA will disregard the message because it is identified as a TEST. In a real Tornado Warning, WEA will recognize the “operational” code and activate as long as you don’t have your alerts turned off. 

 

Q: Will the Tornado Drill set off the outdoor warning sirens? 

 

A: The decision to activate sirens (or not) is made by the Director of each County Emergency Management Agency. 

 

Q: Why not do the drill concurrently with the monthly siren test?  

 

A: Different counties test their sirens at different times. For example, while Jefferson County tests their sirens at noon on the second Tuesday of each month, neighboring Oldham County tests theirs at 10:30 AM the same day. The Statewide Tornado Drill is a coordinated exercise. 

 

Q: You said the Tornado Drill wouldn’t set off the cell phones, so why did my phone alert me anyway?  

 

A: If you are set up to receive alerts through a third-party vendor, some of them may still push the message to your cell phone. Others might not.  

 

Q: Why didn’t my Weather Radio go off?

 

A: There are several possibilities.  We’ll address these individually…  

 

Is it set to the correct channel and programmed correctly? Information on frequencies, coverage areas, and county codes can be found using the links listed at the bottom of the page.

Are you in northern Kentucky? The areas served by NWS Wilmington, OH would have received a Routine Weekly Test (instead of a test Tornado Warning), and your radio should at least be flashing that message. 

Are you near a border between County Warning Areas, and listening to a transmitter that is run by a different office than the one that serves your county? If this is the case, your county may not have been included in the neighboring office’s test Tornado Warning, but just the office that serves your county.  We do this with the drill so that each transmitter broadcasts the test message only once.  However, rest assured that when an actual Tornado Warning is issued for your county, all transmitters that cover your county will broadcast it. 

 

Q: Will there be an evening tornado drill? 

 

A: Unfortunately, no there won’t. Activating the EAS isn’t something that we can do multiple times for a test/drill. But today is a good time to discuss what your tornado plan is at home, or wherever you happen to be in the evenings. And in the Louisville office, we will conduct our Tuesday evening Routine Weekly Test as usual, at 6 PM local time. 

Suspect Arrested for Murder in Connection with Death of CU Student

 

 
UPDATE - 21-year old Charles E. Escalera has been captured...
 
On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 5:15pmCT, the Green County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police received a call of a suspicious male inside a barn located on the Green-Taylor County line. KSP responded and located 21-year old Charles E. Escalera. Escalera was taken into custody without incident. 
 
Escalera has been arrested for Murder and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 
 
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On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 12:43 AM, Campbellsville Police responded to Campbellsville University Campus in reference to an unresponsive male. Taylor County EMS arrived and transported the male to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by Taylor County Coroner, Daniel Cook. The deceased, 18-year old Josiah Malachi Kilman, was transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy. 
 
During the investigation, Campbellsville Police has obtained an arrest warrant for, “21-year old Charles E. Escalera for Murder. Escalera is still at large, however Campbellsville Police, Kentucky State Police, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife are currently attempting to locate Escalera. 
 
The following attached pictures are of 21 year old, Charles E. Escalera, 5’ 7”, 128 lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes. Last seen wearing a black jacket, white hooded shirt, gray toboggan, gray sweat pants, yellowish colored work boots, and a dark colored backpack. Last known was in the parking lot of Lowe’s in Campbellsville. If you see or know the whereabouts of Escalera, do not approach him, call 911 immediately. 
 
 
 

Taylor County Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

 

John McNear, 42, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested on Thursday night by KSP Post 15 for 2nd degree Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, DUI, Non-Payment of Fines and Probation Violation (for a felony offense).

 
He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Campbellsville Man Arrested for Attempted Murder following Altercation

 

On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 8:14amET, Campbellsville Police responded to a report of a stabbing on Buckner Avenue. After an investigation, it was determined that 63-year old Larry Tungate and 53-year old Kimberly Brim both of Campbellsville got into an altercation, with Ms. Brim sustaining stab wounds.
 

Tungate was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Campbellsville Police Sgt. Elliott Taylor is in charge of the investigation.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory LIFTED!


UPDATE: This boil water advisory has been lifted.

 

Date Issued:  2/23/2024
Time Issued: 10:30 A.M.

 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for Columbia-Adair Utilities District consumers from 1290 to 4590 Little Cake Rd, Avery Rooks Rd, Neat Hollow Rd., and 12510 Saw Mill Rd. The advisory was 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 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.

 

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Russell County Man for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

 

Bowling Green, KY - A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky returned an indictment on February 14, 2024, charging a Russell County man with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

 

According to the indictment, on November 23, 2023, Damien N. Wilson, 29, of Russell Springs, KY possessed a Ruger, model SR9, 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. Wilson was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

 

  • On December 16, 2022 in Casey Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense.                            
  • On January 13, 2022 in Casey Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense.              
  • On February 20, 2019 in Russell Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine).                            
  • On March 28, 2018 in Adair Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense.

             

Wilson was arraigned on February 21, 2024, before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. He remains in federal custody pending trial. If convicted, Wilson faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.  

 

The case is being investigated by the ATF Bowling Green Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Nicholas Rabold, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, is prosecuting the case.

 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Edmonton Felon for Illegally Possessing a Handgun

 

Bowling Green, KY - A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, returned an indictment on September 13, 2023, charging a Metcalfe County resident with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.   

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. of the Kentucky State Police made the announcement.

 

According to the indictment, on February 23, 2023, Aaron Dale McKinney, 47, possessed a Springfield Armory (HS Produkt), model XD-45, 45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, and ammunition. McKinney was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

 

On May 25, 2021 in Metcalfe Circuit Court, McKinney was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, first degree, third or more offense (methamphetamine).

 

On September 26, 2017 in Metcalfe Circuit Court, McKinney was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense.

 

McKinney made his initial appearance on February 21, 2024, before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Kentucky. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

There is no parole in the federal system.

 

This case is being investigated by the ATF Bowling Green Field Office with assistance from the Kentucky State Police.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Nicholas Rabold, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, is prosecuting this case.

 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

More Details on Arrest of 2 Lexington Men in Connection with Theft at Walmart


Columbia Police responded to a theft complaint from Walmart in Columbia onThursday night, February 22, 2024. The caller stated that the subjects had taken merchandise and threatened an employee before leaving the property. Officers located a vehicle matching the description given, leaving Speedway and getting on the Cumberland Parkway. The vehicle attempted to elude CPD Officers.

 

The operator attempted a make a u-turn on the Parkway with the vehicle becoming stuck. That's when two male subjects were taken into custody without incident. Also in the vehicle was a 17 year old and a 2 year old passenger.

 

Shelby Ronald, 26, of Lexington has been charged with robbery 1st degree, fleeing and evading police, and wanton endangerment. Kyle Hooten, 26, also of Lexington has been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and fleeing and evading police.

 

Sgt Justin Cross and Officer Bradley Bates made the arrests. They were assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police. The juveniles were released to a family member.

 

Casey County Man Arrested for Tampering with Physical Evidence

 

On Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2024 at 4:25pmCT, Deputy Chandler Staten received a call for assistance from Officer Katie Burton with the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole. As a result of the investigation, Christopher Luttrell, 28, of Liberty (who is  supervised by Probation & Parole) was arrested.and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for tampering with physical evidence (a felony).

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug Charges & Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration

 

A Russell County man was arrested on multiple charges, including felony drug charges and failure to comply with sex offender registration.

 

On Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2024 around 4:30pmCT, Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin received a call of a disturbance at a home off East 80 near the Russell County line. It was reported that the individual at the residence had warrants for his arrest. 


Upon arrival, the male attempted to elude Deputy Durbin but was quickly caught and a struggle ensued. The male, identified as Heath Neccessary age 42, was taken into custody and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on charges of fleeing and evading police 2nd degree (on foot), resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served warrants of arrest from Adair and Russell Counties for failure to comply with sex offender registration, persistent felony offender, and failure to appear 2 counts

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Another Lexington Man Arrested on Robbery Charges

 

Ronald Shelby, 26, was arrested Thursday night by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department. Shelby was charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police (motor vehicle) and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Lexington Man Arrested on Theft Charges

 

Kyle Hooten, 26, was arrested by Officer Bates with the Columbia Police Department on Thursday night. Hooten was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (under $500) and Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on foot). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Trespassing, Menacing and Other Charges

 

David Harvey, 53, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night. Harvey was charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Criminal Trespassing – 3rd degree, Menacing and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Senator Max Wise introduces Next School Safety Focused Measure

 

FRANKFORT, KY. (Feb. 22, 2024) Today, Senator Max Wise, representing Campbellsville and a member of the Republican Party, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) aimed at fortifying school safety measures and advancing trauma-informed care in Kentucky's educational institutions. Following the Senate's adjournment, Senator Wise filed SB 2, underscoring its status as a priority legislation crucial for fostering a secure learning environment for students and staff across the Commonwealth.

 

A pivotal feature of SB 2 is the establishment of the Kentucky Guardian program, empowering school districts to engage employees to bolster safety and security on school premises. Beginning with the 2025-26 school year, local school boards facing challenges in meeting School Resource Officer (SRO) coverage prerequisites may contract one or more guardians. These guardians, who may be honorably discharged military veterans, retired Kentucky state troopers, retired law enforcement officers, and former federal agents, are designated to provide temporary safety measures until certified SROs become available. Subsequently, school districts may opt to retain guardians to augment existing security infrastructure, with no obligation for participation if SROs are already in place.

 

"SB 2 represents the logical progression in safeguarding Kentucky's students, educators, and school staff,” said Wise. Feedback from teachers and parents underscores our commitment to enhancing safety measures, allowing them to focus on educating our youth and fostering their development."

 

Guardians will undergo rigorous screening processes, including background checks, medical examinations, and proficiency assessments. They will be identifiable by a unique uniform and authorized to carry concealed weapons on school premises. Additionally, SB 2 requires collaboration between local boards and law enforcement to ensure ready identification by external agencies.

 

In addition to enhancing security measures, SB 2 addresses trauma-informed care by integrating school psychologists, social workers, SROs, and mental health service providers into a comprehensive team. This multidisciplinary approach aims to support students affected by trauma, identify mental health issues, and promote resilience and wellness among all students.

 

Moreover, SB 2 mandates increased suicide prevention awareness and training for teachers and students, expanding the scope of intervention and support for at-risk students. It also permits the implementation of secondary locking mechanisms on classroom doors, provided they comply with the Kentucky Building Code.

 

SB creates the School Mapping Data Program to be administered by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. This program will establish a single verified source of mapping data for school campuses that will be standardized and accessible to public safety agencies to ensure efficient response to any school campus emergency.

 

"SB 2 represents a holistic approach to school safety and mental health support. By prioritizing prevention, intervention, and collaboration, we are laying the foundation for a safer educational environment where our children can achieve,” said Wise.

 

SB 2 also directs the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to provide technical assistance, professional development, and training on childhood trauma experiences. It also requires the maintenance and updating of anonymous reporting tools in each district by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, facilitating community engagement in ensuring school safety.

SB 2 underscores Kentucky's commitment to proactive measures aimed at safeguarding its educational institutions and nurturing the well-being of its students and staff.

 BACKGROUND

Keystone effort by the General Assembly was the School Safety and Resiliency Act of 2019, Sponsored by Senator Max Wise

  • Filed in response to the shooting at Marshall County High School that had two deaths and more than a dozen wounded
  • In 2020, the School Safety and Resiliency Act was amended by SB 8 where School Resource Officers were defined in statute
    • Essentially a clean-up bill that sought to clarify and specify the responsibilities of SROs (School Resource Officers)
    • Clarified when a person is guilty of Terroristic Threatening
    • 250:1 (School Counselor : Student) ratio for mental health services, as a goal
  • In 2022 the School Safety and Resiliency Act was amended by HB 63 which:
    • Amended KRS 158.4414 to require the assignment of school resource officers to schools by August 1, 2022
    • Notably allowed the formation of police departments by the schools themselves to help in the hiring process of SROs
  • In July of 2023, Senator Wise told members of the Task Force on School and Campus Security that 28 other states had adopted part or all of the School Safety and Resiliency Act
    • 1st Meeting: Presentation of SB 1 of 2019 (School Safety and Resiliency Act)
      • An information session establishing background, concerns, and thoughts put into the 2019 bill as well as a recent history of its amendments
    • 2nd Meeting: Kentucky Center for School Safety & Office of the State School Security Marshal
      • Lengthy discussion on SRO training and how it would be absorbed by the Department of Criminal Justice (DOCJ)
    • 3rd Meeting: Strengthening Trauma-informed Schools for Prevention and Resiliency
      • Revolved around the need for specialized mental health services within Kentucky schools 

 

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Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, represents the 16th Senate District, including Adair, Allen, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Taylor Counties and eastern Warren County. He is Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee chair. Wise also serves as a Senate Education Committee member and is a member of the newly formed Families and Children Committee and Health Services Committee. Additionally, he is an Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee member.

 

Special Day for Military Kids at State Capitol 2/27/24

 

Military children still have a chance to use flight simulators, participate in a scavenger hunt and take a tour of the Kentucky Capitol as part of the annual Military Kids Day in Frankfort. The Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee hosts the event each year. It will begin at 9amET on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 23, 2024. To participate, complete an online application form at legislature.ky.gov or by clicking HERE
The application can be submitted via email to: Donna.Holiday@lrc.ky.gov.

 

Adair County Tourism Hosting Short Term Rental Informational Meeting 2/22/24

 

Adair County Tourism will host a short term rental informational come and go for those with short term rentals on Thursday, February 22, 2024. It will be held from 6pm-7pmCT at the Tourism/ Chamber/EDA office (downstairs), 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Mayor Hoots Signs Proclamation Honoring Black History Month

Black History Month has been proclaimed in Columbia as a result of a proclamation issued by Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots.  The proclamation says in part, “Whereas, Black History Month recognizes the achievements of annually by African Americans and a time for recognizing their role in history.”

The proclamation was done in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Black History Month 5K and 1 mile walk being sponsored by The Weathers Foundation in Danville, Kentucky. Proceeds from that event will benefit the Agape House PSC, a non-profit Pregnancy Resource Center, located in Columbia, Kentucky.

Adair County Extension Master Gardeners Conducting Survey

 

The Adair County Extension Master Gardeners are conducting a survey to identify and prioritize educational efforts for future programs. This survey will only take a few minutes and does not ask for your identification. Priority will be placed on topics that receive the most responses and can be addressed with the current resources available. The survey may be completed here: uky.az1.qualtrics.com.

 

Burkesville Man Arrested on Drug & Driving Related Charges

 

Chad Faulkner, 40, was arrested by Deputy Stockton of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, February 19, 2024. Faulkner was charged with Careless Driving, No Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, (Meth), Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance and Improper Display of Registration Plates. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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