Local News Archives for 2017-08

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUES. SEPT. 5TH

 
The Columbia City Council regular called meeting for September will be held on Tuesday September 5th, at 6:00pmCT in City Hall instead of Monday due to the observation of the Labor Day holiday.
 
AGENDA
 
  • Call to Order: Regular called meeting of the Columbia City Council - September 5, 2017, at 6pmCT in City Hall.
  • Roll Call
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Citizen Comments
  • 1st Item: Motion to Approve minutes of the August 7, 2017 regular called meeting.
  • 2nd Item: 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 610.74, an ordinance ammending Ordinance No. 610.71, changing verbage for customer billing and adding rate increase for gas fees.
  • Mayor Announcements
  • Council Comments
  • Motion to Adjourn
 

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BESHEAR WARNS OF HURRICANE HARVEY SCAMS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2017) – Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to warn Kentuckians of fake charity scams related to Hurricane Harvey. Due to the lasting devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Beshear is asking Kentuckians to be wary of scammers attempting to profit from relief efforts.
 
In Kentucky and across the nation, con artists are using bogus charity names or representing themselves as legitimate charities, in order to collect relief funds that they falsely claim will benefit storm victims. Beshear said Kentuckians who are not familiar with a charitable organization and how they use their money can verify what percentage of their income goes to the charity’s purpose on CharityNavigator.org. 
 
The Office of the Attorney General also provides tips on how to avoid a fake charity scam:
· Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone. 
· Beware of sound alike charities and phony websites.
· Be cautious of social media requests for donations. Although some may be legitimate, consumers need to verify before making donations.
· Ask solicitors what percentage of your donation will be given to the relief effort. By law, the solicitor must tell you if you ask.  

Kentuckians who receive a fake charity scam call or online solicitation should contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257 or file a scam report online.
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. CHURCH BURGLARIZED

 
The Russell County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help with an investigation into the burglary of the Faith General Independent Church on KY 76 West in the Webbs Crossroads community.
 
The burglary occurred sometime between the evening of Sunday, August 27th and the evening of Wednesday, August 30th, between church services.
 
Numerous items were stolen including the church’s sound system, guitars, and a karaoke machine. The thief(s) also did considerable damage to the inside of the church.
 
Anyone with any information pertaining to this burglary is encouraged to call the Russell County Sheriff’s Crime Tip Line at 270-566-9111 – anytime, day or night!
 
CALLERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!
 

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LAKE CUMBERLAND NAMED "BEST IN KENTUCKY"

 

Russell County, KY (August 2017) – Each year Kentucky Living Magazine asks readers to select the state’s BEST in travel, outdoor adventure, food, music, shopping and more.  The votes were tallied, and the winners were announced at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair.  Lake Cumberland was the 2017 1st Place winner for “Best Houseboating Lake” and was also in the Hall of Fame for “Best Boating Lake or River” as well as Hall of Fame “Best Fishing Lake.”  (Hall of Fame is awarded for consistently placing 1st for 3 consecutive years).   In the category of “Family Getaway”, Lake Cumberland placed 2nd in the state just behind Mammoth Cave.  “We are so proud that Lake Cumberland was recognized for so many awards.  4 million people come to Lake Cumberland to vacation each year and enjoy houseboating, fishing, or just have a family getaway in one of our beautiful Cabins, Hotels or Lodges,” says Tourism Director, Janette Marson.  She went on to say, “There are more rental houseboats in one location right here in Russell County than anywhere else in the United States; we are the mecca for houseboating.  In addition, all across Lake Cumberland there are beautiful marinas with waterfront dining, great fishing spots, natural features such as waterfalls and more.”  Lake Cumberland boasts 1,250 miles of shoreline and is 101 miles long with beautiful coves and crystal clear, very deep water.

 
Coe’s Steakhouse in Russell Springs placed 2nd in the state for having the Commonwealth’s best fried fish. Coe’s opened in 1972 and is one of the most popular dining spots in the Southern Kentucky region. Coe’s serves between 500 and 800 pounds of hand breaded catfish a week.  In addition to famous catfish, Coe’s pies and cobblers are made homemade fresh each day.  Coe’s offers a full menu with additional homemade favorites including steaks, chicken, hamburgers and more.
 
For information on Lake Cumberland outdoor adventure, lodging and dining, go to www.LakeCumberlandVacation.com or call the Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission at (270) 866-4333.
 
 

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"TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN"

 
As a flash flood watch remains in effect from this evening into Friday night we would like to remind Adair countians to use caution while driving and around water.  We have coordinated with county agencies in preparation of the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.  We expect flash flooding to impact the usual low lying areas and pooling of water is a risk on roadways.  Please plan ahead for a flooding risk over the next few days. 

Remember to "TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN"  when roadways are flooded... 
 
Mike Keltner 
Director, Adair Co. Emergency Management
 
 

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COLUMBIA-ADAIR COUNTY FIRE DEPT RESPOND TO FIRE ON PAGE STREET

 

The Columbia - Adair County Fire Department responded to the call of a fire at 801 Page Street Sunday Night.  21 firefighters were on scene for approximately an hour and a half.  The call came in at 10:21 am CT.  No other details were yet available. 

 

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TWO RUSSELL COUNTY MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES TUESDAY NIGHT

 

Two Russell Springs men were arrested on drug related charges Tuesday night.

 

Around 9:45 p.m. Deputy Ethan Pike stopped a car on Weston Road for an equipment violation. While approaching the vehicle, Deputy Pike observed the driver making movements that caused the Deputy to believe the driver was attempting to conceal something.

 

Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Bobby M. Beard, 46, of Russell Springs. Beard was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Tampering with Physical Evidence and having an Obstructed Windshield. Approximately six grams of Methamphetamine and $1,886 cash was seized as evidence.

 

Additionally, Michael A. Johnson, 35, of Russell Springs, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear in court after Deputies observed Johnson in a vehicle near the initial traffic stop. Johnson was also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Deputy Evan Burton, Deputy Dustin Bunch and Sgt. Mark Cromwell assisted with the investigation and subsequent arrests.

 

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COMMODITIES GIVEN AWAY IN RUSSELL CO. SEPT. 7TH

 
On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the Russell County Judge’s Office in conjunction with the Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland program, will be giving out commodities at the Russell County Rescue Squad Building on HWY 127 from 11am-1pm or until all commodities are given away.
 
To qualify for this program:
 
You must be a Russell County Resident, which means you must supply a proof of residency, that can be done by bringing with you a copy of a utility bill or if you are a renter who has your utility bills included with your monthly rent, a statement from the landlord will suffice.
 
You must be within the stated income guidelines, an example of the guidelines; is a family of 4 earning less than $2,665 a month qualifies.
 

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2-VEHICLE INJURY ACCIDENT ON HWY 55 NORTH IN ADAIR CO.

 

On Monday, Aug. 28th, Adair County EMS and the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle injury accident on HWY 55 North.

Marian Melton of Columbia was operating a 2013 Nissan Altima south bound on HWY 55 when Sherri Giles of Campbellsville, Ky. (who was operating a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am) attempted a U-turn and pulled out into the path of Melton.

 

Marian Melton was treated at the scene and transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment. Her passenger, Rodger Melton, was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health and then flown to the University of Louisville Hospital. 
 

Sherri Giles and a passenger, Drew Cato, refused treatment. Adair Search and Rescue also assisted at the scene.

 

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CASEY COUNTY DEATH INVESTIGATION

 
Casey County dispatch contacted Kentucky State Police post 15 in Columbia at 1:11 am CT Sunday, August 27, 2017 and requested assistance at 104 Cannon Road in Liberty, KY.  53-year-old Thomas Robert Moser of Stanford, had arrived at the residence where his estranged girlfriend and others were working.  The investigation revealed Moser became involved in an argument with 71-year-old Leonard Walls, of Liberty.  The argument escalated when Moser physically threatened Walls who fired a gun shot that struck Moser in the chest.  Moser was transported to Casey County Hospital where he later died from his injury.  
 
No arrests were made but the finding will be presented to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.  Detective BJ Burton is investigating.
 

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MARION CO. MAN ARRESTED IN R.C. CHURCH PARKING LOT ON DRUG CHARGES

 
An investigation into a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church late Saturday night resulted in the arrest of a Marion County man and the seizure of several grams of Methamphetamine.
 
While patrolling the Sano – Mt. Olive community, Deputy Evan Burton observed a 2002 Saturn car in the church parking lot just before 9:00 p.m. After making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, Deputy Burton utilized his partner, K-9 Matt. Subsequent to K-9 Matt alerting to the presence of the odor of illegal drugs, Deputy Burton discovered three baggies containing Methamphetamine on one of the passengers.
 
Emory L. Miller, 26, of Lebanon, was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Miller was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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2 PEOPLE ARRESTED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AFTER AN ALTERCATION WITH SHOTS FIRED AT A PARTY

 
Columbia Police arrested two individuals after responding to a large party that resulted in shots being fired and a police cruiser being stolen and wrecked.
 
At 1:00 a.m. this morning (Saturday), it was reported to Adair County 911 that an altercation had occurred at the party on Tutt Street in the limits of Columbia. Columbia Police Dept. officers were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, as officers were exiting their vehicle, they were notified that shots had been fired and officers heard at least one shot. Officers ran to the backyard to investigate and as a result, 36-year-old James Haywood of Columbia was arrested on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1 st degree and Public Intoxication. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
 
During the time officers had scrambled to the back of the residence due to a possible active shooter, another male had made his way around the house and jumped into Ofc Drew Conn's assigned patrol car, activated the emergency equipment and fled the scene in the stolen cruiser. The suspect wrecked the cruiser approximately 1 mile from the scene when he lost control of the vehicle at a high rate of speed in a curve on Bomar Heights and struck a utility pole at the intersection of Allen Street and fled on foot. As a result, five additional officers were called out to assist the two officers already on scene in dispersing the party and searching for the suspect.
 
At 2:47 a.m. this (Saturday) morning, an investigation led police to Heartland Circle, just outside the limits of Columbia, to the possible location of a suspect in the theft of the police cruiser.  At 3:42 a.m. CPD Officers took 20-year-old Lova Johnson into custody on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking (an auto) over $10,000, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Theft of a Firearm and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.  Additional charges are pending.
 
Both Haywood and Johnson were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Officers Drew Conn and John Dial are continuing the investigation. They were assisted by Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross, Sgt. Jr Murphy, Ofc. Josh Brockman, Ofc. Jordan Dean, Deputy Josh Durbin and Constable Jason Rector.
 

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WEST NILE VIRUS IN KY

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 25, 2017) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting four human cases of West Nile virus infection in Kentucky residents. Kentucky’s four human cases include residents of Fayette (1), Hopkins (2), and Jefferson (1) counties. All cases have occurred in adults. 

To reduce the likelihood of West Nile virus infection, residents are advised to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends the following precautions:
 
Avoid Mosquito Bites
  · Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions. 
  · When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
 
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
  · Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. 
  · Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths on a regular basis.
 
Individuals who think they may have a West Nile Virus related illness should visit their healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to human cases, West Nile virus infections have been reported in horses and mosquitoes in Kentucky. Four horses have tested positive in the following counties: Bourbon, Franklin, Hart, and Russell. 
 
 

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TEENAGER CHARGED WITH MURDER OF A WAYNE COUNTY MAN

 
Police have charged a teenager with murder following a deadly shooting in Wayne County.
 
Monticello police found 20-year-old Matthew Young dead from a gunshot wound Wednesday night. The investigation led police to a 16-year-old, who is being held in the juvenile detention center in Adair County.
The teenager is to return to Wayne County on Friday to appear in court.
 
According to Young's fiance, the shooting happened after the suspect had been fighting with one of the victim's friends earlier in the day. She also said Young was shot after he was first hit in the face with the gun.
 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN RUSSELL CO.

 
*BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED AS OF 9:38 A.M. SATURDAY, AUG. 26, 2017*
 
A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for a section of Bluebird Drive that was without water due to a water line repair. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice. Boil your water for at least 3 minutes if using for drinking & cooking purposes.
 

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COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE DEBRA HEMBREE LAMBERT TO RUN FOR KENTUCKY SUPREME COURT

 
Judge Lambert tells 92.7 WAVE News that she will run for a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court. Lambert currently is a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, representing the 3rd Appellate District, Division 1. She was elected to the court in November 2014 for an eight-year term commencing on January 5, 2015, and expiring on January 1, 2023.
 
Lambert is married to former Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert, who retired from the supreme court in 2008. Judge James Lambert of the Kentucky Court of Appeals is brother to former Chief Justice Joseph Lambert. Consequently, Judge James Lambert and Judge Debra Lambert are brother- and sister-in-law.
 

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TENNESSEE MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING MULTI STATE PURSUIT

 
Albany, Ky. (August 24, 2017) – 26-year-old Andrew Maxfield, of Allonn, TN was arrested on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM CST on KY 738, 2 miles west of Albany.  Maxfield was arrested following a pursuit that was initiated in Tennessee by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  The pursuit crossed into Kentucky in Clinton County and came to an end when Maxfield wrecked his 2015 Toyota SUV in the city limits of Albany near the fairgrounds.  
 
Maxfield then fled on foot and was later apprehended and charged with Speeding 26 MPH or greater, Driving DUI Suspended License-1st Offense, Failure of non-owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer) and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.  Maxfield was lodged in the Clinton County Jail.
 
11 Troopers from Post 15, including 1 Canine unit and officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Albany Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff's Department assisted with the apprehension.  A passenger in the Maxfield vehicle was not charged.   
 
 

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DEATH INVESTIGATION IN RUSSELL CO.

 

Russell Springs, KY, August 22, 2017 - Russell County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources are conducting a joint investigation into the death of a 70 year old male, Kenneth E. Ducklo, a resident of Hamilton, OH. He was discovered by other boaters just after 17:00 CST on August 21, 2017. He was pronounced dead on August 21, 2017 at 17:53 CST by Russell County Coroner, Michael Reynolds.

 

An autopsy conducted on August 22, 2017 at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, KY, revealed preliminary cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma injuries as a result of an apparent boating accident on Lake Cumberland East of  Campbell's Landing in Nancy, KY.

 

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COMER TOWN HALL MEETING SEPT. 1ST

 
Congressman James Comer (KY-01) will host a town hall meeting in Cumberland County on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 9:00 am CDT at Cumberland Co. High School at 912 N Main St., Burkesville, Ky. The Congressman has already held town hall events in 26 counties so far, this year.  Rep. Comer will host a town hall in all 35 first district counties by the end of the year.
 

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