Local News Archives for 2018-01

ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING FEB. 1

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will hold a Special Called Meeting at 9:30amCT, Thursday, February 1, 2018, in the Adair Annex Basement.
 
Pledge Of Allegiance, Prayer
Call To Order
Roll Call
 
AGENDA: 
Approval of Agenda
Personnel Committee Report and Recommendations
Possible Road Department Hire
Adjourn
 
This meeting is open to the public.
 

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LOCATION CHANGE FOR ADAIR COUNTY PRECINCT

 
The Adair County Board of Elections met in regular monthly session on January 25, 2018 and voted to move the location of the Hurt Precinct from the old VFW Building on Fairgrounds Street, to the new VFW Building at 500 Greenhills Road.  Within the next few weeks, voters in the Hurt Precinct will receive postcards from the State Board of Elections notifying them of the change. Voters in that precinct will also be reminded closer to the May Primary of the change of address for the Hurt Precinct.
 
Adair County Board of Elections: Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer, Deputy Josh Durbin, Commissioners Vicky Pike & Ricky Collins.
 

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RUSSELL CO. INDICTMENTS - JAN. 31, 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
A Russell County Grand Jury recently returned the following indictments:
 
  • Skyler R. Ogle, 19, Russell Springs, KY - 5 counts of Rape 2nd Degree. According to the indictment, Ogle committed the offense of Rape by being over 18 years old and engaging in sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old. Ogle was also indicted for 10 counts of Sodomy, 2nd Degree and 5 counts of Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree.
  • Joshua Ward, 23, Monticello, KY - 7 counts of Rape 3rd Degree for engaging in sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old AND 1 count of Sodomy 3rd Degree.
  • Breanna Bryant, 26, Columbia, KY - Public Intoxication; Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st, 2nd & 3rd Degree; Promoting Contraband.
  • Barry Appleby, 31, Jamestown, KY - Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree; Assault 4th Degree; Alcohol Intoxication.
  • Kelly J. Montenegro, 51, Jamestown, KY - 2 counts of Burglary 2nd Degree; 2 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking less than $500.
  • Minnie M. Peterson, 28, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • James W. Pierce, 45, St. Petersburg, Florida - Flagrant Nonsupport.
  • Emory Miller, 26, Lebanon, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Meth); Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • John R. Dearing, 44, Jamestown, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth); Possession of Marijuana; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Lyrica); Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Meth); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; No License in Possession; Rear License Plate Not Illuminated; Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change; Persistant Felony Offender.
 
An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence. 
 

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2 CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIV. STUDENTS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ALTERCATION AT LWC

 
 
Two Campbellsville University students involved with firing shots during an altercation following the LWC vs. Campbellsville Univ. basketball game last week have been arrested.
 
The Columbia Police Dept. confirms that at 1:48pmEST today (Tuesday, Jan. 30th), 23 year old Darius Dornes was arrested in connection to the shots fired following the altercation on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College after the sporting event last Thursday, January 25, 2018. Columbia Police Officer Charles Greer swore out a Warrant of Arrest for 9 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Assault. The warrant was executed today (Tuesday) by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Jaquis Davis was also arrested on Warrants of Assault charges related to the incident. Both arrests were made without incident at Campbellsville University where the two are students.  
 
At approximately 10:13 p.m. on Thursday, January 25th, Adair County 911 received a call that fans at the Lindsey Wilson vs. Campbellsville University basketball game were in an altercation in the parking lot. Additional calls came in that shots had been fired. Once on the scene, officers confirmed that shots had been fired in the parking lot behind Biggers Sports Arena and that nobody had been injured. It was discovered that the perpetrator(s) had left the scene, but officers were able to get a partial plate with vehicle description and a description of the person(s) believed to be responsible.   
 
Columbia Police are continuing the investigation.
 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED IN RUSSELL CO.

 

The Boil Water Advisory for parts of Russell Co. has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

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ADAIR CO. INDICTMENTS - JAN. 29

 

Numerous indictments have been returned by an Adair Co. Grand Jury. Click on links to view.

 

https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/ADAIR-CO_-INDICTMENTS-JAN-29-2018.pdf

 

https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/ADAIR-CO_-INDICTMENTS-2-JAN-29-2018.pdf

 

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RUSSELL CO. CANDIDATES 2018

 

RUSSELL CO. CANDIDATES
 
CO. JUDGE EXEC.
Landon Helm  R
Clarissa "Moochie" Hart  R
Gary D. Robertson  D (Incumbent)
 
SHERIFF
Clete McAninch  R (Incumbent)
Gerald Murray  R
Larry M. Grider  R
Michael "Toe Joe" Bray  D
 
JAILER
Bobby Dunbar  R (Incumbent)
 
CO. ATTORNEY
Kevin Shearer (Incumbent)
 
PVA 
Tim Popplewell  R (Incumbent)
 
COUNTY CLERK
Sue Popplewell Brockman  R (Incumbent)
 
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
Tony Kerr  R (Incumbent)
 
CORONER
Michael Reynolds  R (Incumbent)
Mark Coots  R
Larry Skaggs  R
Clifton Bunch  D
 
CO. SURVEYOR
Robert Bobby Smith  R
 
MAGISTRATE
 
DIST. 1  
Terry Waddell  R
Terry "Butter" McQueary  R
Jeremy "Hog" Wilson  R
 
DIST. 2
Randall Bunch  R
Micky Garner  R
Patrick Loy  R (Incumbent)
 
DIST. 3
Ronald D. Johnson  R (Incumbent)
Jordan Davis   R
Spencer A. Roy   R
Darry Flatt  R
James B. Clark  D
Jesse L. Roy  D
 
DIST. 4
Barry Wilson  R
Steve Richardson  R (Incumbent)
Larry Withers   R
Robert Coppage  R
 
DIST. 5
Larry Holt  R (Incumbent)
 
CONSTABLE 
 
DIST. 1
Keith Scholl  R
Perry Brumley  R
 
DIST. 2
Orvis Roy  R
Roger Russell  R
 
DIST. 3
Kenny Luttrell  R
 
DIST. 4
Greg Hammond  R
John Wayne Grimsley  R
 
DIST. 5
Ralph Hammond  R
Richard Wooldridge R
 
MAYOR - JAMESTOWN  (Non-Partisan Race)
Nicholas Shearer (Incumbent)
Harold Powell
 
SCHOOL BOARD  (Non-Partisan Race)
Sheila Wicker  Dist. 2 (Incumbent)
Richard Dick Kazsuk  Dist. 4 (Incumbent)
 
COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY 
57th Judicial Circuit  (Russell & Wayne)
Matthew Leveridge, Jamestown Ky. - R
 
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE  1ST DISTRICT
Samuel "Sam" Gaskins - Hopkinsville, KY - D  
Alonzo Pennington - Princeton, KY - D
Paul Walker - Murray, KY - D
James R. Comer - Tompkinsville, KY - R
 
STATE SENATOR
16th Senatorial District (Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Wayne, Adair, Russell, Taylor)
George Maxwell "Max" Wise - Campbellsville, Ky. - R
 
DISTRICT JUDGE - (Nonpartisan)
40th Judicial District  (Clinton, Russell, Wayne)
40th/1st
Scarlett B. Latham, Albany, Ky. 
40th/2nd
James E. Mike Lawson, Albany, Ky. 
 
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT - (Nonpartisan)
3rd Supreme Court District (Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Garrard, Green, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Marion, McCreary, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, Whitley)
 
Debra Hembree Lambert - Burnside, Ky.
David Tapp - Somerset, Ky.
Dan Ballou - Williamsburg, Ky.
 
 
If you have questions about filing in Russell County, contact County Clerk Sue Popplewell Brockman's office at 270-343-2125.
 

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ADAIR CO. CANDIDATES 2018

 

ADAIR COUNTY CANDIDATES
 

CO. JUDGE EXEC.
Michael Lee Stephens  D
Brandon "Bo" Biggs  D

Gale Cowan  R
Larry Russell Bryant  R

 

SHERIFF
Harrison Moss  D

Josh Brockman  R
Dallas Luttrell  R

 

JAILER

Joey White  R
Buddy Powell  R

 

CO. ATTORNEY
Jennifer Hutchison Corbin  R

Bethany Stanziano Sparks   D
 

PVA
Jordan A. Burton  R
Ken Hill    R 
Jeffrey Scott Neat  R

Paul Turner R

Landon Edwards   D

 

 

COUNTY CLERK

Lisa Greer  R

Donna G. Hadley R

 

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK

Dennis Loy  D

 

CORONER

Todd Akin   R
 

MAGISTRATE
 

DIST. 1 

Dave Thomas   R
Harold Burton  R
Tony Denton  R
Terry Sullivan  R

 

DIST. 2
Doug Campbell  R
Daryl Flat  R

 

DIST. 3
Sammy Baker  R

Philip Nafziger R

Matthew Hadley  D

 

DIST. 4
Sandra Kerns  R
Chris Janes   R
Ray Fluhr  R
Chris Pennington  R
Chris Reeder  R
LeighAnn Vanarsdale Loy  R

 

DIST. 5
Billy D. Coffey  R

 

DIST. 6
Tony Gabehart Jr.  R
Greg Caldwell   R
Daril Salyers   R

 

DIST. 7
Billy Rowe  R
Stephen Foster  R
Terry Hadley  R
Michael W. Bryant  R

 

CONSTABLE
 

DIST. 1
William Bill Troutwine  R

 

DIST. 2
Craig Bennett  R
Mark Selby  R

Shannon Rowe R
 

DIST. 3

Robert R. Loy  R
John Lee Chicoine  R

 

DIST. 4
Ed Wigal   R
Jeff Dickson  R

John Waddell   D
 

DIST. 5
Timothy Bottoms  R
Kenny Downey  R

 

DIST. 6
Jason Rector  R

 

DIST. 7
Joe Collins Jr.  R

 

COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY 

29th Judicial Circuit (Adair & Casey)
Brian Wright - Liberty, Ky. - R
Roger P. Elliott - Columbia, Ky. R
 
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE  1ST DISTRICT
Samuel "Sam" Gaskins - Hopkinsville, KY - D  
Alonzo Pennington - Princeton, KY - D
Paul Walker - Murray, KY - D
James R. Comer - Tompkinsville, KY - R
 
STATE SENATOR
16th Senatorial District (Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Wayne, Adair, Russell, Taylor)
George Maxwell "Max" Wise - Campbellsville, Ky. - R
 
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT - (Nonpartisan)
3rd Supreme Court District (Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Garrard, Green, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Marion, McCreary, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, Whitley)
Debra Hembree Lambert - Burnside, Ky.
David Tapp - Somerset, Ky.
Dan Ballou - Williamsburg, Ky.
 

 

If you have questions about filing in Adair County, contact County Clerk Lisa Greer's office at 270-384-2801.

 

 

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PULASKI CO. DRUG ARREST 1/29/18

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a Science Hill woman was arrested on drug and firearms charges shortly after midnight on January 27, 2018.

 

At approximately 12:30 am Saturday morning Deputy Richard Shirley performed a traffic stop of a Chevrolet Spark automobile on Ringgold Road after it failed to stop at a Stop Sign.  The Deputy made contact with the driver, Derrick Whitaker and his passenger, Christina Sroufe.  Following a brief interview of both subjects, permission to search the vehicle was obtained.  Deputy Shirley discovered a Ruger handgun under the front seat of the vehicle and a glass pipe as well as 5 baggies containing a white crystalline substance (totaling 4.7 grams) that Ms. Sroufe identified as methamphetamine.  

 

Christina Sroufe, age 51 of Highway 635 in Science Hill, Kentucky was arrested and charged with:  1. Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Off.  (Methamphetamine).  2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  3.  Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

 

Christina Sroufe was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center without incident.  No charges have been brought against the driver of the vehicle, Derrick Whitaker.

 

 

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CASEY CO. AREA WEEKEND ARRESTS 1/29/18

 

Justin D. Bridges, 38 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI, One Headlight, No Insurance, No Registration Receipt, & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.
 
Dalton L. Sellers, 21 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI, No Tail Lamps, & Insufficient Head Lamps.
Dylan R. Sellers Sr., 21 of Somerset, arrested by KSP on a Warrant for Parole Violation, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (on foot), & Escape-3rd Degree.
 
Christina P. Sroufe, 51 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, & Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Janie S. Murphy, age 38, arrested by KSP for DUI, No Registration Plates/Receipt, & No Insurance.
 
Michael T. Carey, age 28, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree.
 
Kari A. Carter, age 26, and Tad J. Shelton, age 31, both arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Parphernalia.
 
They were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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SENATOR MAX WISE'S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - JAN. 26

 
By State Senator Max Wise, (R-Campbellsville)
16th District: Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties
 
Words cannot begin to express the shock and sadness felt throughout the Commonwealth and around the country on Tuesday when an active shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, taking two innocent students' lives and injuring 18 others. It was a senseless act of violence committed by another student that we cannot even begin to understand. We can only pray that this act somehow strengthens the Marshall County community and the state of Kentucky as a whole. I offer my sincerest condolences to all the friends, families, teachers, and students of Marshall County in this most difficult time.
 
Marsy's Law
 
This week marked the first bill to be passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 3, also known as Marsy's Law, was passed by the full House on January 24. The bill, which establishes more protections in the judicial system for victims of crimes, is a constitutional amendment that will be placed on November's ballot for voters to approve. Through this bill's legislative journey, members of the Senate and the House heard compelling testimony from advocates and lawmakers alike on the need for this law, and I was proud to vote for it in the Senate. When Marsy's Law appears on your ballot in November, I encourage you to support the measure.
 
Discussion of Pharmacy Benefit Managers effect on Rural Pharmacies
 
We had a discussion in committee about Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), basically an extension of the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) which have transformed healthcare in Kentucky for the worse. Local Medicaid pharmacists are being denied payments by these PBMs and MCOs at the same time that they are posting record profits. There is zero transparency and accountability for these conglomerates, and rural medicine is paying the cost, literally and figuratively.
 
Testimony in committee shared that PBMs have been strategically denying payment to local pharmacies, which creates extreme financial insecurity. Meanwhile, they simultaneously send out letters offering to buy out local pharmacies to alleviate a financial burden that they caused in the first place. Those letters, by the way, are paid for with taxpayer dollars. They are robbing communities of money by squeezing out local pharmacies and using taxpayer money to do it. Senate Bill 5, which I proudly sponsor, will move pharmacy reimbursements away from PBMs and back under the umbrella of Medicaid Services. This will give us the transparency and accountability we currently lack. I support any legislation that holds the hulking PBMs and MCOs accountable for what they are doing to good people in our state.
 
The Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary also heard one of my bills, SB 57. This piece of legislation allows a person injured by an act of terrorism to file a claim for damages against the terrorist. It also establishes a crime of terrorism as a capital offense that will be punished by imprisonment for life without probation or parole and that a person convicted of terrorism cannot be released early. I am proud to sponsor this bill, which puts in place protections for Kentuckians if there is every a terror attack on our Commonwealth's soil. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed to the full Senate for a vote.
 
The Senate passed a number of bills from the floor this week including Senate Bill (SB) 71. This bill allows health educators to teach abstinence as the best method to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Opposition to the measure tried to paint this bill as preventing other sex education from being taught, which is simply untrue. Abstinence will be taught alongside other methods of STD and pregnancy prevention, and SB 71 will not inhibit the freedom of educators to teach these other methods.
 
Senate Bill 78 would change requirements for licensing electricians
 
The third piece of legislation to pass was Senate Bill 78. It would allow an applicant to sit for the electrician-licensing exam if the applicant has four years of experience or two years of experience plus an acceptable training course in electrical work. Under the current law, the qualifications to sit for the exam are greater.
 
The second clause in SB 78 would also create a nonrenewable provisional license for an applicant with a minimum of six years of experience in the trade. The provisional license holder would then have one year to pass the exam. And a third clause would allow some electricians, whose licenses have lapsed, to retake the exam and get their licenses reinstated.
 
Supporters of SB 78 said it would ease a shortage of licensed electricians across Kentucky. Opponents, however, said the measure amounted to lowering of standards for electricians - a move they said was a public safety risk. We also passed SB 56 which reorganizes the members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to better serve its constituents without government interference.
 
Thanks to First Responders to Marshall County tragedy
As we continue to pray for Marshall County, I would also like to thank our first responders who put their lives on the line every day to ensure the public's safety. Without them, many of these tragic situations could be much worse. This week, hug your friends and family and thank a first responder.
 
People who want to give lawmakers feedback on issues under consideration can call the Legislative Message Line at (800) 372-7181. Those who prefer to offer their feedback in Spanish can call the General Assembly's Spanish Line at (866) 840-6574. Citizens with hearing impairments can use the TTY Message Line at (800) 896-0305.
 
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 also review the Legislature's work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING KING & QUEEN CROWNED

 
Campbellsville High School students celebrated basketball homecoming last week, culminating with the crowning of a king and queen, Friday, January 26, 2018.
 
CHS seniors Caitlin Bright and Ethan Lay received the crowns.
 
During last year's ceremony, Bright and Lay were named prince and princess. This year's prince and princess are junior Taj Sanders and sophomore Victoria Cox. Campbellsville Elementary School kindergarteners Remi Petett and Cash Davis were the crown bearers.
 
Other homecoming candidates were freshmen Anna Clara Moura, Chloe Garrett, Jake Dicken and Reggie Thomas; sophomores Lauryn Agathen, Malachi Corley and Mark Rigsby; juniors Natalie Caldwell, Christa Riggs and Ceondre Barnett; and seniors Sara Farmer, Missy Vanorder, Vonnea Smith, Chanson Atkinson, Connor Wilson and Alex Doss. Homecoming activities began on Monday, Jan. 22, and concluded on Friday, Jan. 26. There were dress-up days and spirit games each day, leading up to the crowning of a king and queen. After counting points earned for dressing up and winning spirit games, CHS senior class was declared the overall winner of homecoming week, with sophomores coming in second.
 
 
 

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2 PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER FOLLOWING DEATH OF INFANT LAST OCTOBER

 
An Adair Co. woman and a Russell Co. man have been arrested for Manslaughter in connection with the death of an infant child.
 
As a result of the death of a 5 week old infant in October, 2017 and a 3 month investigation, a case was presented to the Adair County Grand Jury and indictments were returned against 33 year old Jennifer Russell of Adair County and 37 year old Derrick Neathery of Russell Springs, KY charging them both with Manslaughter 1st Degree.  Russell & Neathery were arrested earlier today (Friday, Jan. 26, 2018) by Adair Co. Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Aaron Rainwater and KSP Trooper Levi Scott. They were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Currently, bonds are set at $50,000.00 cash for Jennifer Russell and $20,000.00 cash for Derrick Neathery. 
 
Chief Deputy Aaron Rainwater is conducting the investigation.
 

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ALTERCATION AT LWC VS CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIV. BALLGAME; SHOTS FIRED

 
Columbia Police responded to an altercation at Lindsey Wilson College where shots were reportedly fired.
 
At approximately 10:13pmCT on Thursday night, January 25, 2018, Adair County 911 received a call that fans at the Lindsey Wilson vs Campbellsville University basketball game were in an altercation in the parking lot. Additional calls began to come in later that shots had been fired.
 
Officers arrived on the scene within minutes. Officers were able to confirm that shots had been fired in the parking lot behind Biggers Sports Arena and nobody had been injured.  It was found that the perpetrator had left the scene, but officers were able to get a partial plate with vehicle description and a description of the person believed to be responsible.
 
 CPD  Officer Charles Greer is heading the investigation and an arrest will be forthcoming.
 
Columbia Police were assisted by KSP Troopers, Adair Co. Sheriff’s Deputies and LWC Public Safety.
 

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GOV. BEVIN ORDERS STATE FLAG AT HALF-STAFF ON JAN. 30

 
FRANKFORT, KY (Thu Jan. 25, 2018) – As a show of support for the Marshall County community following tragic events that transpired at Marshall County High School on Jan. 23, 2018, Gov. Matt Bevin has ordered the state flag be lowered to half-staff until sunset, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
 
"May this serve as a visual reminder to all of us that we must come together in love and solidarity during this time of heartbreak and mourning and in the months and years that follow," said Gov. Bevin. "Together, let us commit to honor the memory of those that were lost and pray for the Marshall County community during the hard days ahead. United we stand. Divided we fall."
 
Gov. Bevin encourages all Kentuckians, businesses, organizations, and government agencies to join this show of support for the Marshall County community.
 

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ROAD CONSTRUCTION ALERT

 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Stotts Construction Co., Inc. will be working on the 200 block of Burkesville Street in front of the Madison Square Building, Save-a-lot and Downey Eye Clinic. Madison Alley will be closed during construction and E. Guardian will be closed between Save-a-lot and Downey Eye Clinic for a short period. We ask that the public avoid these areas where possible, be mindful of the safety of the construction crew and expect some delays in traffic. We want to thank everyone in advance for their patience as we make these necessary upgrades to better serve the customers and improve the quality water service. We will keep the public updated of construction and street closures as construction progresses. 
 
Tammy Stotts, Stotts Construction Co., Inc.
Jennifer Carter, Office Manager, Columbia/Adair Utilities District 
 

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2 CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS 1/25/18

 

Lucas T. Wesley, 18 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-Aggravated Circumstance.
Carl R. Smittle Jr., 55 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree, & Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500. They were lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Andrew D. Greenblatt, age 19, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (Hallucinogen), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia. Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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RUSSELL CO. DRUG ARREST 1/25/15

 

A traffic-stop by Deputy Dustin Bunch led to the arrest of a Russell Springs woman on drug trafficking and other charges.

Rikki Brassfield, 27, was taken into custody around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. 127 and Fruit of the Loom Drive in Jamestown. Brassfield was initially arrested on a warrant charging her with Hindering Prosecution & Apprehension in connection with an incident this past weekend at her residence in the Esto community.

A Search Warrant was executed on the vehicle she was driving Wednesday evening resulting in the discovery of nearly a half-ounce of “crystal methamphetamine”, some prescription pills packaged in small zip-lock bags and a small amount of Marijuana.

Brassfield was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on several charges including Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and Hindering Prosecution & Apprehension.

Deputy Bunch was assisted by JPD Officer Jeremy England, KSP Trooper Billy Begley and KSP Trooper Levi Scott.

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING JAN. 25

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10amCT at the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room.
 
 
AGENDA
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  3. POSSIBLE ROAD DEPARTMENT HIRE
  4. SNOW REMOVAL QUOTES 
  5. SEASONAL TEMPORARY ROAD DEPT EMPLOYEES FOR SNOW REMOVAL
  6. SPRAY LINERS FOR NEW TRUCKS
  7. MAC DUMP TRUCK DISCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION
  8. BUDGET TRANSFERS
  9. ADJOURN
 
 
THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 

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KY REPORTS FLU ACTIVITY NOW EPIDEMIC

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2018) - The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now describes influenza activity in Kentucky as an epidemic. This season’s strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well. Kentucky is in its sixth consecutive week of widespread flu activity which is the highest level of flu activity and indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.
 
“Widespread influenza activity means that Kentuckians are likely to encounter one or more persons shedding influenza virus at work, at school, while shopping, while traveling, at athletic or entertainment events, and in places of worship,” said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. “A person who will develop influenza illness actually can transmit the virus to other persons beginning one day before their illness begins.”
 
The most common flu type identified in Kentucky and in 78% of the 65 influenza-associated deaths this season is influenza A. Of the deaths so far, 7% have occurred in previously healthy individuals with no reported risk factors for severe illness. Healthy persons with influenza also will usually miss three to five days of work, school, or other usual activities, and sometimes may miss seven to 10 days. 
  
“Pneumonia, bacterial bloodstream infections, and sepsis are examples of serious influenza-related complications that may require hospitalization and sometimes result in death of healthy people with no known risk factors for serious illness,” added Department for Public Health’s State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard. “Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu. We especially recommend that all healthy Kentuckians aged six months and older be vaccinated. The flu season typically runs until late spring so it is not too late to get vaccinated.”
 
It takes about 2 weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu. There are ample supplies available throughout the state. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky’s local health departments, pharmacies, and medical providers. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.
 
Health officials invite the public to participate in a Facebook Live discussion about the flu on the CHFS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kychfs/ Thursday night at 6 p.m. eastern, 5 p.m. central. You can submit flu questions beforehand to: chfs.communications@ky.gov or post your question in the comments section during the event. 
 
The flu can be highly contagious and cause potentially life-threatening disease. Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Persons who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice to determine if they should be treated with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.  
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to stop the spread of germs:
 
  •  Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  •  While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  •  If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
  •  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  
  •  Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
     
 
  “Recently the CDC issued a health advisory recommending antiviral treatment to all hospitalized and high-risk persons with suspected influenza and that benefits of antiviral medications are observed even when treatment is initiated beyond two days of illness onset,” concluded Dr. Ballard. 
 
 
Influenza virus can also directly infect the heart and can cause severe and potentially fatal acute changes in the heart’s rhythm and function.
 
Those same serious and potentially fatal complications can also occur in people at high risk for developing influenza related complications. Persons at high-risk include children younger than five years (but especially children younger than two years), adults aged 65 years and older, pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum), residents of nursing homes and other longer term facilities, and persons with chronic illnesses (e.g., asthma and chronic respiratory illnesses, neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions, heart disease, blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease), diabetes, kidney and liver disorders, weakened immune system due to disease like cancer or medications, persons younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and people with extreme obesity (body mass index of 40 or more). 
 

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KSP CHARGES TAYLOR CO. MAN WITH CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OFFENSES

 
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2018) — On January 23, 2018, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Christopher W. Phyfe, 43, on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
 
Phyfe was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.  
 
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Campbellsville on January 23, 2018. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing. 
 
Phyfe is currently charged with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor and 20 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. 
 
He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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SEMI CARRYING CHICKENS OVERTURNS; DRIVER NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED

 
Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss reports that on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at approximately 11:17pm, Deputies were dispatched to the Metcalfe/Adair County line on Burkesville Road for a semi accident.
 
Preliminary investigation determines that 54 year old Jerry Mitchell from Byrdstown,Tennessee was operating a 2012 Kenworth semi with a load of live chickens when he drove off the right shoulder of the road and attempted to bring the semi back onto the road. The semi then overturned, losing the driver to lose his load of chickens on Burksville Road. The accident closed the road for approximately seven hours for clean-up. 
 
Deputy Josh Durbin is the investigating officer and was assisted by Deputy Padget, Deputy Hitch, Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner, and the Breeding Fire Department.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/24/18

 

Mindy L. Polston, 25 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Heroin, Marijuana, & Drug Parphernalia, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
David K. Acridge, 48 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Methamphetamine.
 
Mitzi L. Turner, 49 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
 
Jason P. McFerron, 38 of Burnside, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Failure to Appear.
 
They were lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Johnathan D. Elliot, age 28, arrested by Danville Police for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
 
Justin T. Jones, age 39, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Careless Driving, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, & Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Both lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL 1/24/18

 

The Liberty City Council met for a brief session Tuesday at City Hall.
 
The only item on the agenda for this special meeting was a Second Reading of an Ordinance amending the city's Personnel Policy.
 
The amendment was rendered at an auditor's recommendation to address the pay structure for city employees. It establishes a tier system for salaries, increasing as higher certifications are achieved.
 
The amendment was approved by unanimous vote, and the meeting was adjourned.
 

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RED CROSS WINTER BLOOD SHORTAGE REACHES CRITICAL LEVEL

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2018) — Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. 
 
More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region, which includes Central Kentucky and Southern Indiana, 21 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather this month, causing 572 donations to go uncollected. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to very low turnout at many blood drives. 
 
“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region “Donors are critically needed to restock the shelves for patients in their community as well as areas where donors are unable to give due to inclement weather.” 
 
Every day, no matter the weather, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations to meet the needs of patients like Finnegan “Finn” Olson. Last January, Finn was born with a rare heart condition. He required multiple transfusions before, during and after heart transplant surgery last summer. Transfusions had an almost immediate effect on his personality and skin’s appearance. 
 
“Each time Finn received a transfusion, you could see him pink up right away and have significantly more energy,” said his mother, Ali Olson. “We credit blood donation with making Finn stronger and helping keep him alive long enough to receive a new heart. Finn is living proof that blood helps save lives.”
 
Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 
 
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 23 to Feb. 15
 
  • Glasgow First United Methodist Church, 500 South Green St., Glasgow, KY - 1/23/2018 - 1-5pm
  • T.J. Samson Health Pavilion, 310 NL Roger Wells Blvd. Glasgow - 2/7/2018 - 1-6pm
  • Zaxby's, 810 Happy Valley Road Glasgow, KY - 2/12/2018 -  2-7pm
  • Clarkson City Hall and Police, 213 Millertown St. Clarkson, KY - 2/10/2018 - 12pm-5pm
  • Munfordville Baptist Church, 501 N. West St. Munfordville, KY - 2/1/2018 - 3-7pm
  • St. Charles Church, 675 Hwy 327, Lebanon, KY - 2/11/2018 - 8am-1pm
  • City Hall, 72 School Drive, Loretto, KY - 2/8/2018 - 1-6pm
  • Bowling Community Park, 1608 W. Stockton St. Edmonton, KY - 2/7/2018 - 1-6pm
  • First United Methodist Church, 317 East Main St. Campbellsville, KY - 2/3/2018 - 7:30am-12:30pm
  • Campbellsville University, 1 University Dr. Campbellsville, KY - 2/9/2018 - 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Springfield Baptist, 305 Lincoln Park Road Springfield, KY - 2/12/2018 - 12pm-5pm
 
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
 
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
 

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R.C. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell Co. School Board met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details.

 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORIES LIFTED IN RUSSELL SPRINGS

 

Issued 10:00amCT Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The boil water advisories that were in effect for City Russell Springs water department have all been lifted.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED FOR LIBERTY RD, MILLERFIELD RD IN ADAIR COUNTY

As of 9:38 a.m. on January 23, 2018 the boil water advisory for customers starting at Purdy Church on Liberty Road and stopping at Millerfield Road and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY - ADAIR CO.

 

Date Issued: 1/22/2018

Time Issued: 10:20 A.M.

 

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers starting at Purdy Church on Liberty Road and stopping at Millerfield Road and all side roads in between.

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 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 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.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/23/18

 

James S. Cowan, 50 of Monticello, arrested by Burnside Police for DUI, No Tail Lamps, No Registration Receipt, No Insurance, License to be in Possession, & Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
 
Danny E. Day, 45 of Burnside, arrested by KSP for DUI, Disregarding a Stop Sign, License to be in Possession, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operatator's License, & Reckless Driving.
 
Michael W. Smurr, 37 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Identity Theft.
 
Steven T. Taylor, 37 of Waynesburg, arrested by Somerset Police for Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, & Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Aggravated Circumstance).
 
Tyler W. Merritt, 25 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Marijuana, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
 
All lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Justin T. Jones, age 39, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Careless DRiving, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Parephernalia, & Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
 
Joyce K. Wooford, age 37, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a DUI Suspended Licnese (Aggravated Circumstance), One Headlight, & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.
 
James L. Miller, age 59, arrested by Danville Police for Wanton Endangerment, Criminal Mischief, DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), & Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
 
Ronald D. Daugherty, age 43, arrested by Danville Police for Violation of a KY EPO/DVO, Assault-4th Degree (Minor Injury), Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, & Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree.
 
They were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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RUSSELL CO. ARRESTS 1/23/18

 

 

Two persons were arrested on multiple charges Saturday following an incident in the Esto community.

At approximately 12:20 p.m. Sheriff’s Detective Joey Hoover and KSP Troopers Levi Scott & Jordan Carter went to a mobile home residence on KY 92, just west of Blair Road, to serve three warrants on Aaron Banks, 30, of Jamestown. After locating Banks hiding in a closet, he became uncooperative and claimed to have a gun. After a brief altercation, Banks fled the residence through the rear door.

More than a dozen law enforcement officers from various agencies searched for Banks for several hours in numerous fields, wooded areas and buildings, but to no avail. Approximately an hour after the search had been discontinued, Banks was observed by area residents coming out of a wooded area near the mobile home he fled from earlier. Banks was confronted by two residents who kept him from fleeing again until Sheriff Clete McAninch, Deputy Evan Burton & RSPD Sgt. Bobby Pritchard arrived and took him into custody.

Banks was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on numerous charges including Receiving Stolen Property-Auto, Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Wanton Endangerment from the original warrants he was being sought for. New charges stemming from Saturday’s incident include three counts of Wanton Endangerment of Police Officers, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Banks was also charged with being a Fugitive from Justice on drug-related charges in Montgomery County, OH.

Additionally, 21 year old Ladina Nichole Downing of Enon, Ohio (an acquaintance of Banks) was arrested by Jamestown Police Officer Larry Wesley for No Operators License, No Insurance and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon. Downing was also charged with Hindering Prosecution/Apprehension 2nd Degree by Det. Hoover. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY - HART COUNTY

Traffic Advisory - KY 88 near Hart County/Grayson County Line

 

A rock slide has blocked a portion of KY 88 near the Hart/Grayson County line this morning at 7:33 am CT. A KYTC crew is in route to clear the area. Currently, flaggers are directing alternating one-way traffic around the slide. Both lanes are expected to reopen within an hour or so.

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OVERTURNED TRACTOR TRAILER IN ADAIR CO. CLOSES PORTION OF S HWY 61

 
UPDATE 05:30 01/22/2018 - Estimated 1 hour until clearance.
 
1:55 1/22/2018 - An overturned semi on South 61 in the Breeding Community has caused a temporary road closure.  

A detour operation is being conducted on Breeding Loop, from the most southern entrance to the middle entrance.

The roadway is expected to be open by sunrise. 

 

The driver refused EMS and appeared uninjured.

 

Photo courtesy of Adair County Emergency Management

 

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 1/22/18

 

Trevor N. Roy, 32 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
 
Michael E. Wiles, 41 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Menacing.
 
Harley C. Davis, 20 of Ferguson, arrested by KSP for DUI, Reckless Driving, & One Headlight.
 
Paul A. Wilson, 31 of Nancy, arrested by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.
 
Cody T. Graves, 30 of Bronston, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-3rd Offense, Careless Driving, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
 
Daulton D. Williamson, 22 of Nancy, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI, Trafficking Methamphetamine & Marijuana, Manufacturing Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Meth, Cocaine, & Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Meth Precursor, & a warrant for Failure to Appear.
 
Jennifer L. Mounce, 35 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset Police for Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500, Burglary-3rd Degree, Theft by Deception, & a warrant for Failure to Appear.
 
Joshua P. Jones, 39 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI, No Insurance, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
 
All lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN RUSSELL CO. JAN. 19, 2018

 
A Boil Water Advisory is in affect until further notice for the area of 1046 Lakeway Drive down to 215 Jamestown Street due to a line repair.
 

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PULASKI BURGLARY INVESTIGATION 1/19/18

 

Sheriff Greg Speck

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

P.O. Box 752 Somerset, Kentucky 42502

Phone (606) 678-5145   Fax (606) 679-3119

            

PRESS RELEASE

 

January 19, 2018

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a Ferguson man faces charges resulting from a burglary investigation at a Jacksboro Street residence in Ferguson, KY.

 

Around 3 AM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Deputy David Wesley responded to a Burglary Complaint at a residence on Jacksboro Street. Upon arrival, Deputy Wesley spoke with the resident, who advised he heard noise in his attached garage and went out to investigate. While checking the garage, he discovered items missing. Deputy Wesley learned the residence is equipped with security cameras and while reviewing the footage, obtained an image of the suspect.

 

As the investigation continued, the image of the suspect was displayed on the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Facebook page to assist with identification. Almost immediately the Sheriff's Office received numerous calls identifying the suspect including calls from Somerset City Police Officers.

 

After learning the identity of the suspect, Deputy Wesley obtained a Pulaski County District Court warrant charging Jimmy Cook Jr. age 39 of Brandon Ave, Ferguson with Burglary 2nd Degree.

 

On January 17, 2018 Deputy Wesley, along with several Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputies and the Kentucky State Police arrested Jimmy Cook Jr. at his residence on Brandon Avenue in Ferguson. While attempting to locate Mr. Cook, Deputy Brandon Smith discovered Dale Head, age 41, of Brandon Avenue, Ferguson in a camper behind the residence. During the investigation, Deputy Smith discovered suspected Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the camper. Dale Head was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and other outstanding warrants.

 

Jimmy Cook Jr. and Dale Head were lodged the Pulaski County Detention Center. During processing at the Pulaski County Detention Center, Deputy Smith learned Dale Head entered the detention center with a small bag of suspected Marijuana on his person. As a result of the concealed Marijuana, Dale Head was also charged with Promoting Contraband 1st Degree and Possession of Marijuana.

 

On January 18, 2018, Deputy Wesley learned before his arrest, Jimmy Cook Jr. contacted the burglary victim via Facebook and made threats to the victim related to the ongoing burglary investigation. As a result of the threats, Deputy Wesley obtained a Pulaski District Court Warrant charging Jimmy Cook, Jr. with Intimidating a Participant in a Legal Process. Deputy Wesley executed the warrant while Mr. Cook was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

 

Sheriff Greg Speck would like to thank the citizens of Pulaski County, the Kentucky State Police, and the Somerset City Police Department for their assistance.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/19/18

 

Beverly A. Trotta, 23 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place-1st/2nd Offense, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree, Escape-3rd Degree, & Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree.
 
Nathan M. Purcell, 27 of Somerset, arrested by Burnside Police for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, & Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified).
 
They were lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Brandon C. Schiers, age 33, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Heroin, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Clifton A. Yates-Bryant, age 24, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Synthetic Drugs, & Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
 
They were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS 1/19/18

 

These schools are closed for today (Friday 1/19/18)...

 

  • ADAIR CO.
  • CASEY CO.
  • KY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
  • LINCOLN CO.
  • MARION CO.
  • PULASKI CO.
  • RUSSELL CO.
  • SCIENCE HILL IND.
  • TAYLOR CO.
  • WAYNE CO.

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Adair Co. School Board met on Thursday evening. Here's Jim Leib with details:  

 

                     

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R.C. HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING REPORT

 

The Russell Co. Hospital Board of Directors met for a regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening. 92.7's Lisa Clark has details.

 

                          

 

 

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A 5TH CANDIDATE FILES FOR ADAIR CO. JUDGE EXEC.

 
Another candidate has filed for Adair County's top office.
 

Wid Harris, a Democrat, filed papers on Thursday for the office of Adair County Judge Executive. Harris served on the fiscal court for many years as an Adair County Magistrate representing the 2nd District. Other democratic candidates for county judge executive are incumbent Mike Stephens and Brandon "Bo" Biggs. Two Republicans have filed for the office, Gayle Cowan and Larry Russell Bryant.

 
The May Primary Election is Tuesday, May 22nd.
 

 

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CASEY WOMAN HELD AGAINST HER WILL

 

A Casey County man was arrested earlier this week after allegedly holding his girl friend against her will for two days.
 
Casey County Deputy Sheriff, Chad Weddle, responded Monday to a residence at 1439 Dry Ridge Road in reference to a domestic disturbance.  According to the arrest citation, the victim reported that 43 year old Jeffrey M. McQueary had not allowed her to leave the residence, with the exception of going to a neighbors house to get cigarettes.  She said McQueary told her if she didn't come back, he would hurt the neighbor.  She told the neighbor she was being held, and needed help.  She then attempted to run away, but said McQueary caught her and drug her back inside the residence.
 
The citation also states the woman had marks on various locations on her body, and stated she'd been struck with a ball bat.
 
McQueary is facing charges of Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence-Minor Injury), Unlawful Imprisonment-1st Degree, & Kidnapping of an adult.  He was lodged in the Casey County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.
 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL 1/18/18

 

A handful of people turned out Wednesday to attend a working session of the Liberty City Council.
 
The purpose of the meeting was to fine tune the wording of a proposed ordinance to establish a 1% Occupational Tax for those who work inside the city limits.
 
One point of discussion was an exemption for First Responders & Public Safety Officials, such as Police, Fire, & EMS.  Several council members noted their high respect for these professions, however, in the spirit of overall fairness to the entire community, this exemption was removed.
 
Other high points of the session centered around confidentiality concerns, a possible exemption for Independent Contract Laborers, as well as penalties, interest, & late fees.
 
The ordinance will be re-written in preparation for a second reading & vote. No date was set for the second reading
 
The City Council will host a special called meeting on Tuesday at 5pm for a second reading of an amendment to the personnel policy.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/18/18

 

Dale M. Head, 41 of Ferguson, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, Possession of Marijuana, & Probation Violation for Felony Offense.
 
Jay F. Sellers, 42 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Theft by Unalwful Taking under $500.
 
Jimmy Cook Jr, 39 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Burglary-2nd Degree, & Non Payment of Fines.
 
Dallas W. Morrow, 40 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree, & Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000.
 
All lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
John R. Stagner, age 52, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for No Registration Plates, Possession of Marijuana/Methamphetamine/Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified).
 
Matthew Lewis, age 34, arrested by Danville Police for Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence/Minor Injury), Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (on foot), & Theft of Service.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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BUCK SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS 1/18/18

 

These schools are closed for the rest of the week (Thurs/Fri):
- ADAIR CO.
- CASEY CO.
- KY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
- LINCOLN CO.
- RUSSELL CO. 
- TAYLOR CO.
 
These schools are closed Thursday only:
- CAMPBELLSVILLE IND.
- DANVILLE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
- MARION CO.
- PULASKI CO.
- SCIENCE HILL IND.
- SOMERSET IND.
- WAYNE CO.
 
Somerset Christian - 1 Hr Delay
 
- Just Family Adult Day Care closed Thurs.
 
- Russell Co. Court House opens at 10amCT Thurs.
 

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SPECIAL COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING JAN. 18

 
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Columbia City Council on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4pmCT at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. 
 
The only item on the Agenda is: Personnel.
 

 

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WAVE POLAR REPORT FOR THURSDAY

 
 
WAVE POLAR REPORT 
 
  • NO SCHOOL FRIDAY IN: Adair Co.; Russell Co.; Taylor Co.; Casey Co.; Pulaski Co.; Metcalfe Co.; Campbellsville Ind. Schools; Cumberland Co.
  • Russell Springs, Jamestown & Adair County Head Start Centers - Closed Fri.
  • The Adair County Republican Party regular monthly Meeting for Thursday has been cancelled and rescheduled for next Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex
  • Jones Garbage has cancelled pickup for Thursday & will pick up next week 
  • The Elder Abuse Council's regional meeting in Russell Springs on Thursday has been cancelled
  • The meeting of the Russell Co. School District Calendar Committee was cancelled for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and has been rescheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018 beginning at 4 PM at the Jamestown Elementary School library  
  • The LWC Men's Basketball game with Life Univ. scheduled for tonight at 8pm has been rescheduled to 7pmCT.
  • The Weight Watchers meeting in Columbia cancelled for tonight
 
 
THE WAVE POLAR REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: JACK & JACK INSURANCE, BARGER INSURANCE & NAPA AUTO PARTS
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING JAN. 18

 

The Adair County School Board will meet for a regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:00pmCT at the Board of Education Central Office.

 

AGENDA:  https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/ADAIR-SCHOOL-BOARD-AGENDA-JAN-2018.pdf

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

 
Columbia Police arrest an Adair County man on Distribution of Methamphetamine charges.
 
On January 15, 2018 Columbia Police Detective Brad Scholl served a sealed indictment on 34 year old James Haselwood for 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine.  The arrest stems from an investigation initiated by Columbia PD and led by Det. Scholl.
 
Haselwood was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail where he was placed on a $15,000 bond.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/17/18

 

Mindy L. Polston, 25 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
 
Brandon D. Bray, 33 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine.
 
Dexter L. Johnson, 50 of Eubank, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI-2nd Offense, & Failure to Signal.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Sierra Turner, age 31, arrested by Junction City Police for Menacing, Criminal Trespass-1st Degree, & Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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BUCK SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS

 

School Closings & Delays for Wednesday (1/17/18)...


- ADAIR CO.
- BOYLE CO.
- Campbellsville Independent
- Campbellsville University closed (staff report at 10am)
- CASEY CO. (NTI)
- Danville Christian Academy
- Danville Independent
- KY Christian Academy, Campbellsville
- LINCOLN CO. (NTI)
- Lindsey Wilson College
- MARION CO. (NTI)
- PULASKI CO.
- RUSSELL CO. (NTI)
- Science Hill Independent
- Somerset Christian Schools
- Somerset Independent
- TAYLOR CO. (No school rest of the week due to the flu)
- WAYNE CO.

- Just Family Adult Day Care

- ADANTA (2 Hour Delay)
- Citizens National Bank, Lebanon opens at 10am

 

 

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CLINTON CO. FATAL CRASH

 

Albany, Ky. (January 16, 2018) – Tpr. Jason Warinner is investigating a collision that occurred today (Tuesday) at 12:14 PM CST on the US 127 bypass, 1 mile south of Albany.  44-year-old Joseph Coop, of Albany, was operating an eastbound 1999 Ford Explorer on KY 738 when he failed to yield the right of way to a northbound 2018 Nissan SUV on US 127.  The SUV was operated by 43-year-old Carey Miller of Rickman, TN who was treated for non life threatening injuries at Clinton County Hospital.

 

Joseph Coop was pronounced dead by the Clinton County Coroner at the hospital.  It is unknown if Mr. Coop was belted at the time of the collision.  Carey Miller was wearing a seatbelt.  

 

Tpr. Warinner was assisted by the Clinton County Sheriffs Department and EMS.  

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY ARRESTS 1/16/18

 

Pamela M. Luttrell, 52 of Stanford, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-2nd Offense, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & No Registration Plates.
 
Jeffery M. McQueary, 43 of Liberty, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Assault-4th Degree (domestic violence/minor injury), Unlawful Imprisonment-1st Degree, & Kidnapping (adult).
 
CarolineM. Wilson, 37 of Liberty, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Disorderly Conduct-1st Degree, Assault-4th Degree, Resisting Arrest, & Menacing.
 
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT 1/16/18

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court held their first regular meeting of 2018 last night.
 
The Clerk's Budget showed an increase of about $3,000 over last year. The bump was due to a 2% salary raise for deputies & assistants, voted in for 2017. The Clerk's Budget was approved by unanimous vote.
 
There was also a difference of about $3,000 in the Sheriff's Budget, which was also unanimously approved.
 
Judge Executive, Randy Dial, nominated Ronald Wright to fill a vacant seat on the Casey County Hospital Board. Josh Wethington had resigned the seat a couple of months ago. The Court voted to accept Judge Dial's recommendation. Wright's term will expire June 30th, 2019.
 
There were two seats to fill on the Casey County Extension Board. Judge Dial recommended Tim Goodlett be re-appointed to his seat, because he's done a good job, & was willing to serve. The approval was unanimous.
 
The Fiscal Court then elected Nanette Wright to fill the 2nd seat by unanimous vote.
 
Two checks were approved. One for just over $5,500 to H&H Home, the second for $2,500 to the Evona Fire Department.
 
The members of the Fiscal Court praised the Casey County Road Department for doing a good job keeping the roads open for travel during the recent winter storm. Judge Dial says the Road Crew went through about 50 tons of salt last weekend. He says there is currently about 250 tons of salt on hand, & another 250 tons in reserve.
 
In E-911 business, The Fiscal Court has received one bid for the construction of a new 300 foot communications tower. The bid was from World Tower Company, out of Mayfield, KY for just over $95,600. The issue was table for further negotiation.
 

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BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE IN R.C.

 
A barn was destoyed by fire over the weekend in Russell County.
 
The Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to the fire just before 5:00 pm Saturday on Half Acre Road. The homeowner was reportedly burning a brush pile when the barn caught on fire. It was totally engulfed in flames by the time firemen arrived and was a total loss.
 
Eight firefighters were on scene for approx. 25 minutes.
 

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R.C. SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR COMMITTEE MEETING JAN. 16

 
The Russell County School District Calendar Committee will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at the Russell County Board of Education Central Office at 4:00pmCT.
 
Click on link for Agenda.
 
 
 
 
 

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HERE WE GO AGAIN....

 
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST /9 AM CST/TUESDAY...
 
 
 
 
This Afternoon and Tonight
Another round of snow will begin later this afternoon into tonight. 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected with locally higher amounts up to 3 inches not out of the question. 
 
Tuesday through Sunday
Dangerous wind chill values around 0 will be possible Tuesday morning. Light snow will linger across southern and eastern Kentucky through Tuesday, with flurries and light snow showers possible at times through Wednesday morning.
 
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
Spotter are asked to report any snow accumulations through Tuesday.
 
 
* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions,
  including during the evening commute today and the morning
  commute on Tuesday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches
  are expected.
 
* WHERE...Portions of south and east central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...1 PM today to 10 AM Tuesday.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
  times.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
 

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DRIVE TO SURVIVE THIS WINTER SEASON

 
AAA says being cautious and prepared can help motorists stay safe on slippery roads.
 
Winter can put a damper on driving conditions, especially when snow and ice are involved.  Hazardous storms and inclement weather are a factor in more than half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  AAA urges drivers to slow down, be cautious and prepare their vehicles for the cold days ahead.
 
“Driving in winter conditions can be challenging,” said Lynda Lambert, AAA East Central Safety Advisor.  “Black ice, heavy snowfall, roads that have not been cleared of snow and other bad driving conditions can make it more difficult for drivers to control their vehicle and avoid a crash.”
 
To help keep drivers safe on the road, AAA offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
 
  •  Do not tailgate. Normal following distances of three to four seconds on dry pavement should be extended to a minimum of five to six seconds when driving on slippery surfaces. The extra time will provide additional braking room should a sudden stop become necessary. 
  •  Never use cruise control on slippery roads. If your vehicle hydroplanes or skids, you will lose the ability to regain some traction simply by lifting off the accelerator. It will be harder to recover from the loss of traction if cruise control is active.
  •  Slow down and adjust your speed to the road conditions. Leave yourself ample room to stop. Accelerate, turn and brake as gradually and smoothly as you can.
  •  Don’t slam on the brakes. If your car begins to skid, continue to steer in the direction you want the car to go. Slamming on the brakes will only make your vehicle harder to control.
  •  Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses. Black ice typically forms first in shaded areas of the roadway and on bridges and overpasses that freeze first and melt last. Although the road leading up to a bridge may be fine, the bridge itself could be a sheet of ice.
  •  React quickly. Watch the traffic ahead and slow down immediately at the sight of brake lights, skidding cars or emergency flashers. 
 
Vehicles are more likely to break down if proper maintenance has not been performed.  This winter, AAA East Central expects to rescue tens of thousands of drivers, with the majority facing battery, lock and tire-related issues.  A seasonal checkup could help minimize breakdowns.
 
To prepare a vehicle for the winter ahead, AAA recommends the following tips:
 
  •  Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. The kit should include sand or kitty litter, a small shovel, flashlight, an ice scraper or snow brush, booster cables, a blanket, gloves or mittens and flares or reflective triangles.
  •  Wash and wax your vehicle. To help prevent rust damage, which costs drivers approximately $3 billion every year, thoroughly wash and clean your vehicle prior to the start of winter and apply a coat of wax to protect the finish. During the winter, frequently wash your vehicle (including the undercarriage) to loosen, dissolve and neutralize road salts. Always use a high-quality car wash solution, not a household dish detergent that will strip the wax from your vehicle.
  •  Replace worn windshield-wiper blades. If your climate is especially harsh, purchase one-piece, beam-type or rubber-clad “winter” blades to fight snow and ice buildup. Use cold-weather windshield washer solvent and carry an ice scraper.
  •  Inspect your tires. Make sure tires have adequate tread depth – at least 4/32” – as worn tires can affect a driver’s ability to stop in slick conditions. An easy way to check for wear is by inserting a quarter into your tread groove. If the top of Washington's head is exposed, the tread depth is less than 4/32" and it’s time to replace your tires. Also, check that your car has a spare tire and keep it properly inflated in case you need it. In harsh winter climates, a set of snow tires may be a wise investment.
  •  Have your battery tested. A AAA survey found that two-thirds of American drivers have never proactively had their car battery tested. If a battery is more than three years old have it checked by a professional to ensure it is strong enough to endure cold weather. AAA’s Mobile Battery Service offers free battery testing for AAA members.
 
“If you have no choice but to venture out into ice and snow, remember to pack an emergency kit and drive slowly,” said Lambert.  “However, if you really don’t have to go out, stay home. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.”
 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 1/15/18

 

Brittany R. Bailey, 23 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, & Promoting Contraband.
 
Chelsea L. Burdine, 25 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of & Trafficking in Methamphetamine, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Josh A. Followell, age 26, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Sexual Abuse-1st Degree.
 
David D. Guy, age 49, arrested by Danville Police for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
 
Stacy L. Jones, age 31, arrested by Danville Police for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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RED CROSS BLOOD SHORTAGE - URGENT CALL FOR BLOOD & PLATELET DONATIONS

 
 
 
LOUISVILLE. KY. (Jan. 8, 2018) — January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. 
 
Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. 
 
“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”  
 
While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.
 
While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now: 
  •  Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
  •  Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations. 
  •  Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients. 
  •  Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation. 
 
 
How to help
Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.
 
Who blood donations help
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. 
 
 
UPCOMING BLOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
 
Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. Columbia, KY
1/17/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Barren County Family YMCA, 1 YMCA Way Glasgow, KY
1/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
Glasgow First United Methodist Church, 500 South Green St. Glasgow, KY 
1/23/2018: 1 - 5 p.m.
 
Campbellsville Christian Church, 302 Lebanon Ave. Campbellsville, KY 
1/18/2018: 2 - 7 p.m.
 
Willisburg Christian Church, 2681 Lawrenceburg Road Willisburg, KY 
1/22/2018: 3 - 8 p.m.
 
 
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. 
 

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GREEN CO. MAN ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES

 
A Green Co. man has been arrested on drug charges by the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office.
 
On January 6, 2018 at 10:16amET, Deputy Branden Wilson conducted a traffic stop on a 1995 Ford Ranger truck on East Broadway in Campbellsville. Throughout his investigation, Deputy Wilson located inside of the vehicle suspected methamphetamine. Matthew W. Taylor, age 30 of Greensburg, KY was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Expired Registration Plates, Expired Registration Receipts and Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance 1st Offense.
 

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MANY KY MEDICAID RECIPIENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK TO RECEIVE COVERAGE

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky has become the first state to win approval from the Trump administration requiring many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage. The Trump administration gave the approval Friday. People between the ages of 19 and 64 must complete 80 hours per month of "community engagement" to keep their benefits. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course and community service. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan will save state taxpayers more than $300 million over the next five years. He also estimates about 95,000 people will lose their Medicaid coverage
 

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 3AM CT/4AM ET SATURDAY

 
...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CST/4 AM EST SATURDAY...
 
* Occasional rain changing to occasional light freezing
  rain or drizzle this afternoon. Difficult travel conditions at
  times, especially by early evening. Snow accumulations of 1 to 2
  inches possible and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an
  inch.
 
* Portions of east central Kentucky south of Lexington and
  eastern parts of south central Kentucky.
 
* Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.
 
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. Get the latest road conditions for the state you are calling from by calling 5 1 1.
 

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KY REPORTS FIRST PEDIATRIC FLU DEATHS FOR THE SEASON; FLU ACTIVITY REMAINS WIDESPREAD

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan 12, 2018) – The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports the state’s first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season. 
 
“Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children,” said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. “The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age,” continued Dr. Howard. To protect the family’s privacy, the children’s hometown, county and gender are not being released.
 
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families. These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness, for young and old alike. We strongly encourage people to protect themselves, particularly children 6 months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu. Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with others.”
 
The flu can be very contagious. Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Persons who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice to determine if they should be treated with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.  
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to stop the spread of germs:
· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
· While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
· If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  
· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
 
DPH is reporting “widespread” flu activity for the fourth consecutive week this flu season. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.
 
“The most common flu strain identified in Kentucky and in the 36 deaths is Influenza A, added Department for Public Health’s State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard. “Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu,” Dr. Ballard reports. “Recently the CDC issued a health advisory advising clinicians that antiviral treatment that all hospitalized and high-risk persons with suspected influenza should be treated with antiviral medications, and that benefits are observed even when treatment is initiated beyond 2 days of illness onset. The flu season typically runs until late spring so it is not too late to get vaccinated.” 
 
It takes about 2 weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu. There are ample supplies available throughout the state. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky’s local health departments, pharmacies, and medical providers. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.
 
Another result of the harsh flu season is the number of influenza outbreaks in Kentucky’s long-term care facilities. There has already been 49 outbreaks reported this season. The traditional flu season lasts from October through May. 
 
DPH officials report weekly to the CDC national flu surveillance system. The weekly report is now available online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm and is updated each Friday before noon.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/12/18

 

Rance T. Carman, 21 of Liberty, arrested by KSP for Assault-2nd Degree, & Criminal Mischief.
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
 
Brian L. Broyles, 26 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-3rd Degree/1st Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Improper Equipment, & No Insurance.
Shannon S. Catron, 44 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI, Disregarding a Stop Sign, & License to be in Possession.
Craig A. Sworden, 38 of Science Hill, arrested by KSP for Violation of a KY EPO/DVO.
Deborah A. Denton, 53 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI, Failure to Signal, Possession of Marijuana, & No Brake Lights.
Thomas A. Hamley, 37 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Joshua D. Hagen, 41 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI, Driving with Expired Operator's License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 
The Jamestown City Council met for a special called meeting on Wednesday evening.
 
The Council appointed a new city council member to replace Harold “Frog” Miller who resigned his seat on the council last week. The new council member is Rejina Hinton. The Council had 30 days to fill the vacant seat. 
 
The Council also went into Executive Session to discuss pending litigation, with no action taken.
 

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2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN RUSSELL CO. INJURES ONE PERSON

 
A two-vehicle collision at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday in the Eli community injured one woman.
 
Lt. David Cain’s investigation determined a 2017 Nissan Sentra operated by Chaley Meece, 17, of Russell Springs and a 2014 KIA operated by Connie McFarland, 53, also of Russell Springs, collided head-on on KY 76 in front of the Eli Café. 
 
McFarland was transported by Russell County EMS to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset for treatment of chest injuries. Meece escaped injury.
 

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CASEY CO. INDICTMENTS 1/11/18

 

The Casey County Grand Jury has handed down indictments against five individuals.
 
Christopher D. Woodall (27), of Jamestown:  Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle); Being a Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree; No Registration Plate/Receipt; Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License; Resisting Arrest; & DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravating Circumstance).
 
Steven Gordon Holladay (33), of Lexington:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/1st Offense (Methamphetamine). Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified); Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance.
 
Kelly M. Foster (31), of Liberty:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/1st Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Franklin Scott Faulkner (44), of Louisville:  Theft of Identity; & Criminal Trespass-3rd Degree.
 
Shelly M. Fulton (31), of Ashland:  Bail Jumping-1st Degree; & Being a Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree.
 
An indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.
 

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WALMART HOURLY ASSOCIATES PAY IN U.S. INCREASING

 
BENTONVILLE, AR - (Thursday, 11 Jan 2018) - Today, Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates in the U.S. to $11, expand maternity and parental leave benefits and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000. The company is also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The combined wage and benefit changes will benefit the company's more than one million U.S. hourly associates.
 
"Today, we are building on investments we've been making in associates, in their wages and skills development," said Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO. "It's our people who make the difference and we appreciate how they work hard to make every day easier for busy families."
 
He added, "We are early in the stages of assessing the opportunities tax reform creates for us to invest in our customers and associates and to further strengthen our business, all of which should benefit our shareholders. However, some guiding themes are clear and consistent with how we've been investing -- lower prices for customers, better wages and training for associates and investments in the future of our company, including in technology. Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S."
 
This increase in wages to associates will take effect in February and will be approximately $300 million incremental to what was already included in next fiscal year's plan. The one-time bonus represents an additional payment to associates of approximately $400 million in the current fiscal year, which ends Jan. 31, 2018.
 
While the new law will create some financial benefit for the company, Walmart is early in the process of assessing potential additional investments. That assessment will be done not only through the lens of associates, customers and shareholders, but also within Walmart's financial framework of strong, efficient growth, consistent operating discipline and strategic capital allocation. Further details will be shared, as appropriate, when the company releases quarterly results Feb. 20, 2018.
 
Associates will hear more from their managers in the coming days about details.
 
But, broadly, associates in the U.S. will share in tax savings through: A one-time bonus benefiting all eligible full and part-time hourly associates in the U.S. The amount of the bonus will be based on length of service, with associates with at least 20 years qualifying for $1,000. A discrete one-time charge will be taken in the fourth quarter of the current year to account for the bonus; qualification will be determined before the end of the month and payments will be paid as quickly as practical thereafter. An increase in Walmart's starting wage rate to $11 an hour, effective in the Feb. 17, 2018, pay cycle. The change is in addition to wage increases already planned for many U.S. markets in the coming fiscal year. The increase applies to all hourly associates in the U.S., including stores, Sam's Clubs, eCommerce, logistics and Home Office.
 
An expanded parental and maternity leave policy, providing full-time hourly associates in the U.S. with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. Salaried associates will also receive six weeks of paid parental leave.
 
Walmart will provide financial assistance to associates adopting a child. The adoption benefit, available to both full-time hourly and salaried associates, will total $5,000 per child and may be used for expenses such as adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal or court costs.
 

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KSP POST 15 ACTIVITY REPORT FOR DEC. 2017

 
Columbia, Ky. (January 10, 2018) – During the month of December 2017, there were 17 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
 
There were five fatal collisions during the month of December in the Post 15 area.
 
Danny G. Helm, 71 years old of Adair Co. was killed on 12/01/17 in Russell County
Jimmie Bennett, 74 years old of Adair Co. was killed on 12/14/17 in Adair County
Dwight D. Banks, 60 years old of Russell Co. was killed on 12/14/17 in Adair County
Sue Wilson, 86 years old of Marion Co. was killed on 12/20/17 in Marion County
Donald Ray Carney, 67 years old of Washington Co. was killed on 12/26/17 in Washington County
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 29 compared with 31 through this same period in 2016.
Statewide fatality count stands at 762 compared with 834 through this same period in 2016.
 
During the month of December 2017, there were 1414 citations written, 306 courtesy notices written, 1284 vehicles inspected, 719 complaints answered, 75 motorists assisted, 54 criminal cases opened and 219 criminal arrests made.
 

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PULASKI CO. ACCIDENT 1/10/18

 

Sheriff Greg Speck

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

P.O. Box 752 Somerset, Kentucky 42502

Phone (606) 678-5145   Fax (606) 679-3119

PRESS RELEASE


January 10, 2018



According to Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies responded to a 911 Dispatch of an injury automobile accident at approximately 9 PM on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.


Deputy Brandon Smith arrived on the scene of the accident on Highway 80 in front of Mill Springs National Cemetery to find a single vehicle involved in the accident.


According to the driver, Austin Moore, age 16 of Nancy, Kentucky, he was westbound in a 2002 Ford Windstar when he left the roadway.  The vehicle struck the culvert and flipped several times before coming to rest in the cemetery.  He was treated at the scene by EMS and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center for treatment of back injuries.


Wet road conditions may have contributed to the cause of the accident.  


Units were assisted by volunteers of the Nancy Fire Department.

 

 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday evening. Jim Leib has details:

 

 

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PULASKI CO. ARRESTS 1/10/18

 

Henry K. Thomas, 43 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Menacing, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, & Disorderly Conduct.
Jeffery D. Rouse, 53 of Eubank, arrested by KSP for No Tail Lamps, No Insurance, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, & DUI.
The were lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR CASEY CO. 1/10/18

 

 

 

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE...SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE LATE FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...

 

A POTENTIAL WINTER STORM COULD BRING SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND ICE TO SOUTHERN INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. WHILE PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS RAIN EARLY IN THE DAY ON FRIDAY, IT IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE OVER TO A WINTRY MIX LATE IN THE DAY FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY EVENING AND EVENTUALLY ALL SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT. WHILE THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY ON THE EXACT TRACK OF THIS STORM SYSTEM, SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS LOOK INCREASINGLY LIKELY FOR SOUTHERN INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY LATE FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS FOR THE END OF THE WEEK AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY. THIS WINTER STORM WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT TRAVEL AND COULD CAUSE ISSUES ON THE FRIDAY EVENING RUSH HOUR.

 

 

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SPEAKER HOOVER OFFICIALLY RESIGNS; INTRODUCES AMENDMENT

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An attempt by Jeff Hoover to go after those who he says tried to force him out of the House is tripped up. 
 
According to the Kentucky News Network, a day after a fiery resignation speech from his role as Speaker of the House, Hoover introduced an amendment to the House rules that would make lawmakers who make a complaint against another lawmaker and fail financially responsible. 
 
Hoover specifically called out "the group of eight" when introducing the amendment, citing the eight Republicans who were pushing for his expulsion from the chamber. 
 
One of those eight, Phil Moffett of Louisville, called the amendment a "straw man" that "should be burnt down." 
 
The measure survived a motion to be tabled to only be killed by Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne who said the amendment was void because Hoover had written it based on the wrong version of the rule. 
 

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ADAIR COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

 

Adair County Grand Jury indictments:  https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/image2018-01-08-101235.pdf

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RC FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

Russell Co. Fiscal Court report from Jim Leib:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL 1/9/18

 

The Liberty City Council met in regular session last night.
 
On the agenda was a request to seek a 100% grant for Body Armor for City Police Officers.  
The grant would come from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and would be of no cost to the City.  The request to seek the grant was approved by unanimous vote.
 
Angela Rodgers addressed the Council with a request to consider a new All Inclusive City Park, where children with, and without special needs could play and interact.  She stated that Gateway Park suffers frequent vandalism, and is in an awkward location due to having to cross HWY 127.  She proposed a new park with easier access, and safety as the key components.  Rodgers said there are many grants available to help fund such a project.  Mayor Steven Brown asked about a proposed lot size, and suggested an area already owned by the city near the Head Start.  The issue was tabled for future discussion.
 
The final item on last night's agenda was a First Reading of an Amendment to the City's Personnel Policy.  An issue found in a recent audit of the City's Structured Lay-Out cited no designation for salaries for some city employees.  A Tier System was recommended, which would incorporate certification tests to advance to a higher Tier, with Tier 3 being the highest level.  The motion was approved by unanimous vote.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/9/18

 

James R. Bagby Jr., 38 of Mannsville, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine, Tampering w/Physical Evidence, Fleeing/Evading Police (on foot), Assault-3rd Degree (Police Officer), Resisting Arrest, Escape-2nd Degree, DUI, & Speeding.
 
Tyler W. Barrett, 28 of Yosemite, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of & Trafficking in Methamphetamine, DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
 
Teena M. Lane-Carman, 33 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for DUI (Aggravating Circumstance), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Joshua C. Brown, 37 of Lexington, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Dan C. Blakeman, age 50, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Possession of Marijuana, & No Tail Lamps.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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3 ADAIR CO. MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HOME INVASION

 

Three Adair County men indicted and arrested on charges related to a home invasion.
 
According to the Adair County Sheriff's office, on August 9, 2017, deputies responded to a reported home invasion in the Breeding Community of Adair County. Upon arrival, deputies discovered several items including guns, knifes, and a vehicle had been stolen. Preliminary investigation determined one victim had been assaulted and three men total had items stolen. 
 
Following a 4-month long investigation by multiple deputies involving multiple crimes of similar theft and burglaries, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office presented charges to the Adair County Grand Jury against three men: 
 
  • Lucas Young, age 28 of Adair County was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Jail on January 8, 2018. Young is being held on a $50,000 cash bond pertaining to this case.
  • Robert J Hausdorfer, age 33, of Adair County. Hausdorfer was served a warrant for his arrest at the Adair County Jail on January 7, 2018. Hausdorfer is being held on a $75,000 cash bond.
  • Samuell D Kern, age 28, of Adair County. Kern was arrested and Lodged in the Adair County Jail on January 8, 2018. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.
 
The accused face the following charges:
Kidnapping- Adult
Robbery, 1st degree
Burglary, 1st degree
Assault, 1st degree
Criminal Mischief, 1st degree
Theft by unlawful taking/Disp.-Firearm
Theft by unlawful taking/Disp.-Automobile $500.00 or more but under $10,000 
Theft by unlawful taking/Disp.-All others $500.00 or more but under $10,000 
Theft by unlawful taking/Disp.- Controlled Substance under $10,000 
Theft by unlawful taking/Disp.-contents from vehicle under $500.00 
 
If anyone has any information pertaining to this case call the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. You can remain anonymous.

 

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SOMERSET MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS

Sheriff Greg Speck

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

P.O. Box 752 Somerset, Kentucky 42502

Phone (606) 678-5145   Fax (606) 679-3119

 

Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Somerset man was arrested on three outstanding District Court Warrants after deputies located the suspect near the Beecher House on Saturday, January 6, 2018.


Jonathan S. Whitaker, age 28 of Highway 1003, Somerset, Kentucky was taken into custody by Deputy Dan Pevley with the assistance of Deputy Steven Alexander and Trooper Willie Cowan at approximately 11:20 am Saturday morning while walking on South Vine Street in downtown Somerset.


Mr. Whitaker was sought on a Pulaski District Warrant for a Parole Violation issued on December 12, 2017.  He was also wanted on a District Court Warrant for: 1. Theft by Unlawful Taking (Under $500).  2.  Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot).


Those charges were generated after the suspect allegedly fled on foot from Captain Troy McLin of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.  Captain McLin was conducting an investigation of several automobile break-ins on East Mt. Vernon Street on December 15, 2017.  Mr. Whitaker was being interviewed when he fled from the scene.


A third District Court Warrant was issued for the arrest of Jonathan S. Whitaker on January 2, 2018 after an investigation by Sergeant Jon Williams of the Sheriff's Office.  That Warrant alleged that Whitaker used a victim's credit card at a gas station after breaking into an automobile and stealing the victim's wallet containing $150 cash, personal identification and credit cards on December 26, 2017.  Jonathan S. Whitaker was charged with: 1. Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree.  2. Theft by Unlawful Taking (Under $500).  3. Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (Under $500).  



At the time of Mr. Whitakers arrest on Vine Street, he supplied Deputy Pevely with false personal identification and attempted to flee the scene while being placed under arrest.  Upon a search of his person, a small baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine was found.  Those incidents resulted in the additional charges of: 1. Giving Officer False Identifying Information.  2. Resisting Arrest.  3. Possessing Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st. Offense (Methamphetamine).

Jonathan S. Whitaker was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center without further incidence.

 

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ADAIR COUNTY FIRE DEPT RESPONDS TO BARN FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT

After a busy Sunday afternoon with three fires reported in one after the Adair County Fire Department responded to yet another fire on Sunday night. According to the fire department, the initial call to a barn fire on came in at 11:47 PM  ct to 6550 Liberty Road. The property was owned by James Walker.  The report states the barn sustained moderate damage to the front portion of building.  There were 14 firemen on the scene for around 45 minutes.  

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ADAIR COUNTY FIRE DEPT CANDIDATE FORUM, CHILI SUPPER & AUCTION

 

The Adair County Fire Department will once again hold a Candidate Forum, Chili Supper, and Auction on February 17, 2018. All political candidates will be given time to speak. The meal begins at 5pmCT and candidates will start speaking at 5:30pm. Dale Hayes will conclude the evening with an auction.  ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENING will go to the 2018 WHAS Crusade for Children. Any Business or Candidate that would like to donate to the auction, please contact any firemen or Charlie Crawhorn at 270-634-3512 or Donald Hare 417-505-9241.  

 

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NO SCHOOL TODAY 1/8/18

 

  • CASEY-NTI
  • BOYLE 
  • LINCOLN-NTI 
  • MARION
  • PULASKI
  • RUSSELL-NTI
 

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BUSY SUNDAY FOR ADAIR COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

 

The Adair County Fire Department had a busy Sunday afternoon fighting fires.

 

First call came in at 1:31pmCT at 175 Oak Grove Road to property owned by Sandra George. The occupant was burning a debris pile that got out of control and traveled into a wooded area nearby. Approximately 2 acres burned and 15 firemen were on the scene for 40 minutes.

 

Second call was at 2:55pmCT at 498 Lasley Road where the property owner, Jobe Darnell, had been burning a field off and it had gotten out of control. Approximately one acre burned and there were 13 firemen on the scene.

 

Third fire call came in at 3:13pmCT. While battling  the second grass fire, firefighters responded to 950 Buell Collins Road to property owned by Sherry Hadley and Wanda Rogers. Approximately 2 acres of field burned and also a small out-building.  There were 18 Firemen on the scene for one hour and 15 minutes.  

 

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

 
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT UNTIL  NOON CST ON MONDAY...
 
Freezing rain, sleet, and snow expected. The ice and snow  will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Monday. Total ice accumulations of up to one  tenth of an inch are expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of up to a few tenths of an inch are expected.
 
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain, sleet, and snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
 

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MOBILE HOME FIRE IN ADAIR CO. ON JAN. 6

 
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 7:27amCT Saturday morning at 952 Hwy 768 East, Columbia, KY.  
 
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the fire started around the hot tub area. The mobile home suffered moderate damage to the outside.  The owner of the residence is Katheryn Poynter.  
 
Twelve firemen were on the scene for approx. 30 minutes.   
 

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TAYLOR CO. WOMAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY

 
A Taylor Co. woman has been arrested on burglary charges.
 
On Friday afternoon at 4:49pmET, Taylor Co. Deputy Mark Dickens was dispatched to Sanders Road in connection to a burglary complaint. While enroute, he observed a female walking down the road. Through the investigation it was discovered that the female, 41 year old Helen Jefferson of Campbellsville, KY, had several items matching the description of the stolen items. 
 
Jefferson was arrested and charged with Burglary, 2nd degree and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 

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FATAL ACCIDENT IN TAYLOR CO. FRIDAY CLAIMS 2 LIVES

 
A 2-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon in Taylor Co. claimed the lives of two Casey Co. residents.
 
According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred at 1:58pmET on Hwy 70 in Mannsville. 49-year-old Dewey Sturgell of Liberty, KY was operating a 2001 Ford pickup traveling west on Hwy 70. Carey Stafford, age 65 of Liberty, KY was operating a 1997 GMC Pickup also traveling west on Hwy 70. Sturgell was following Stafford. Near the intersecion of Hwy 70 and Stoner Creek Road, Sturgell passed Stafford. As Sturgell pulled back into the westbound lane, his vehicle made contact with Stafford's causing Sturgell to leave the right side of the roadway and strike a tree. 
 
Both Dewey Sturgell and his passenger, 43-year-old Kerri Sturgell of Liberty, KY were pronounced dead at the scene by the Taylor Co. Coroner's Office. Stafford was not injured. 
 
Taylor Co. Deputy Brandon Wilson, Taylor Co. EMS and Taylor Co. Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.
 

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NWS SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT!

 
...Very Cold Tonight and Wintry Mix Likely Sunday Night and Monday Morning...
 
Low temperatures tonight are expected to fall into the lower single digits with rural and sheltered locations likely to be a few degrees below zero. Combined with light winds, wind chill values are forecast to be as low as -10 by early Saturday morning. For those heading out this evening or early Saturday morning, dress appropriately for the cold temperatures and wind chills.
 
Following the frigid Arctic air, a storm system is forecast to spread precipitation across southern Indiana and central Kentucky Sunday evening through Monday. Precipitation may start as a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain before transitioning to more freezing rain or rain Monday morning.
 
The greatest threat for snow and ice accumulation is across southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, generally along and north of the I-64 corridor. Additionally, given the very cold ground and road temperatures, even if air temperatures warm above freezing Sunday night and Monday, and rain is falling, the water will freeze on ground surfaces, making them slick and hazardous. The Monday morning commute and travel may be impacted.
 
People should prepare for the possibility of winter weather Sunday night through Monday. Stay updated to the latest forecast as slight changes in temperatures can have a significant impact to precipitation type and amounts.
 

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WANTED ADAIR CO. MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED

 

 
A "Wanted" Adair Co. man has been apprehended.
 
The Columbia Police Dept. has cancelled the BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for 38-year-old Jason Opzedec in connection to a New Year’s Day stabbing incident. Police can verify that at approx. 10:30pmCT on Thursday, January 4, 2018, the Adair County Sheriffs Office located and arrested Opzedec on an outstanding warrant that had been taken out by CPD Ofc. Jamie Cole.   
 
The Columbia Police Dept. wants to thank everyone who assisted law enforcement agencies in this matter.
 
Opzedec is accused of stabbing 33-year-old Larin Stotts of Columbia, KY early Wed. morning, Jan. 3, 2018 following an alteracation at Country Place Apartments. Stotts was stabbed in the right torso area and was transported to U of L Hospital for treatment where he remains in stable condition.
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING JAN. 8

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet for a regular monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 6pmCT at the Russell Co. Courthouse.
 
 
AGENDA 
 
  • WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
  • MINUTES 
  • PAY BILLS 
  • DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
  • TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT & QUARTERLY REPORTS 
  • 1ST READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 18-01 
  • 2nd READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 17-08 
  • TRANSFER $534,135.00 FROM GENERAL TO JAIL 
  • TRANSFER $70,873.00 FROM GENERAL TO 911 DISPATCH 
  • TRANSFER $11,026.63 FROM GRANTS TO GENERAL – FOR SAFE ROOMS 
  • PAY FIRE DEPARTMENT & RESCUE SQUAD SUPPORT 
  • APPROVE COUNTY PERSONNEL COMPLIMENT 
  • 2nd READING - ROAD CLOSURE OF PORTION OF WOMACK ROAD 
  • INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH LAKE CUMBERLAND HOUSING 
  • PVA BOARD APPOINTMENT 
  • ROLL OFF TRUCK BIDS FOR RECYCLE CENTER 
  • ADJOURN 
 

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WINTER WEATHER APPROACHING

 

The National Weather Service in Louisville says there is some potential for some wintry, icy weather heading our way, starting Sunday afternoon as a storm system approaches the region. 
Precipitation could start as a wintry mix Sunday afternoon before transitioning to all rain Monday morning. 
We may see the rain transition to freezing drizzle Tuesday morning. 
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/5/18

 

Christopher J. Pierce, 48 of Liberty, arrested by KSP for DUI-1st Offense.
Kaleb R. Compton, 27 of Lebanon, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Criminal Trespass-1st Degree, & Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot).
Ronnie S. Means, 38 of Bethelridge, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine, & Drug Paraphernalia, & Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree.
They were lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Brandon C. Douglas, age 30, arrested by KSP for Resisting Arrest, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
Stephanie A. Wilcher, age 42, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
They were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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ACT OF KINDNESS 1/5/18

 

A Russell County family's home was destroyed in a fire on Christmas Day, but Father Jim Sichko decided to try and lift their spirits with some special gifts.
 
The Christmas morning fire claimed everything in the Sturgill family home. On Thursday, Father Jim gave the family a little bit of hope. He gave them gift cards to several restaurants, a $100 gift card to Home Depot, and a $500 gift card to JC Penney. He also got them a new washer and dryer from Lowe's, as well as a complete $3,000 heating and air system to put in their new home.
 
The family believes an arsonist is responsible for the fire. They say their safe was found pried open in the front yard.
KSP continues to investigate the case. 
 

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WIND CHILL VALUES BELOW ZERO TONIGHT

 
...WIND CHILL VALUES BELOW ZERO TONIGHT...
 
The combination of temperatures down in the single digits, and northwest surface winds between 5 and 10 mph will yield wind chill values below zero tonight and into Friday morning. Most areas should see minimum wind chills ranging between 0 and 7 below zero. Dress warmly if you plan to be outside in the morning, and be sure to have a winter travel kit in your vehicle. Also, bring pets indoors if they do not have adequate outdoor shelter. Wind chills should improve by mid to late morning on Friday.
 

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FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED HOME IN BREEDING; FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION

 
A fire that destroyed an abandoned house in the Breeding area of Adair County is under investigation by the KSP Arson Investigator.
 
On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 6:42pmCT the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department responded to a large fire near the 4500 block of Greenbriar Road in Breeding to property owned by Angelique Firkins. Upon arrival, it was determined the fire was an abandoned house, out-building and brush fire. The house was fully engulfed and had partially collapsed. 10 firefighters and 4 apparatus responded and were on the scene for 3 hours.
 
The Adair County Volunteer Fire Department responded to assist with containment of the brush/woodland fire. No injuries were reported. The fire is currently under investigation by the Kentucky State Police Arson Division. 
 

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TERRY MILLS FILES FOR 24TH HOUSE DISTRICT

 
LEBANON – Former state Representative Terry Mills, who was first elected to the 24th House District in 2010 and served for six years, announced today that he has filed for another two-year term.
 
“After a lot of deliberation and prayerful consideration, and with the support of my family and friends, I have decided to ask the voters of Marion, Green and LaRue counties for another chance to be their voice in the Kentucky House of Representatives,” Mills said.  “I was honored to fight for them and will do all I can to turn back policies that, in just a year’s time, have already taken so much from our working families and schools.  How our current representative can support that, I will never understand, but I know we deserve better.”
 
House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins called Mills “the perfect type of legislator.  He showed up early, stayed late, and did his homework.  His door was always open, and no one worked harder for their district.  It really matters who sits in these seats in the House chamber, and the people of Kentucky need more leaders like Terry in them.”
 
During his tenure, Mills served as House chairman of the Capital Planning Advisory Board, which reviews state government’s long-term infrastructure needs, and the Program Review and Investigations Committee, which produces a handful of extensively researched reports each year on state policy matters.
 
He also was active in promoting the region’s growing bourbon industry and was a leading voice on educational and agricultural legislation and on such issues as banning texting while driving.
 
“My goal this campaign is to make sure the voters know who the candidates really are, what we believe and what each plans to do as state representative,” Mills said.  “I will certainly do all I can to give voters a clear and better choice this November.  I’m looking forward to meeting many of them again in the months ahead.”
 
Terry Mills worked 35 years for the Social Security Administration and has been married 47 years to Patty (Lee) Mills.  They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, and are members of St Augustine Catholic Church in Lebanon. 
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

The Columbia City Council met on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Lisa Clark has details:

 

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT FELL IN 72 KENTUCKY COUNTIES

 
Unemployment rates fell in 72 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in 17 and rose in 31 counties between November 2016 and November 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   
 
The state released county unemployment data for November 2017 today. The statistics are available in the link below:
 

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/KYEWDC/2018/01/04/file_attachments/938006/Nov2017Countycharts.pdf

 

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KYTC GLITCH

 

A computer glitch caused problems for county clerk's offices across Kentucky Wednesday, leading to long lines at county clerk's offices.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet switched to a new point of sale program for motor vehicle transactions on Tuesday. The Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System or KAVIS, began experiencing problems with its server data connections. 
Many county clerk's offices across the state were unable to process motor vehicle transactions because of the glitch. Those included vehicle registrations, transfers and issuing disabled placards.
Casey County clerk, Casey Davis says his office reverted to the previous system and is processing transfers as normal.
 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS 1/4/18

 
NO SCHOOL in Russell or Casey Counties today (Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018). Also closed are Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, & Pulaski Counties. Marion Co. is on a 1-hour delay.
 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS 1/4/18

 

Christy Oiler, age 46, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine.
 
Eugenio C. Tecalco, age 41, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-4th Offense, & Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Aggravated Circumstance).
 
Samantha D. Muse, age 31, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Cocaine.
 
All were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF'S ACTIVITY REPORT FOR DEC., 2017

 
The Adair Co. Sheriff's Dept. has released the Activity Report for December, 2017.
 
86      WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
 
12      CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
 
6        CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
 
14      DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
 
14      NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
 
6        INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
 
18      OUT-OF-COUNTY TRANSPORTS
 
15       CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
 
41       CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
 
7         CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
 
6         SUBPOENAS SERVED
 
125.5  HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
 
212     VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE 
 
21       ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
 
17       MOTOR ASSISTS
 
622     911 CALLS
 
19        ALCOHOL RELATED
 

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WINTER WEATHER POSES NUMEROUS HEALTH THREATS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2018) – With temperatures below freezing, and in some cases near zero, throughout this week, Department for Public Health (DPH) officials emphasize the importance of limiting exposure to the cold and taking steps to prevent hypothermia. 
 
The National Weather Service is reporting bitterly cold air will enter the area this evening, lowering temperatures and increasing risk of frost bite and hypothermia.  Precautions should be taken to protect infants, older Kentuckians, pets and livestock. In addition, poorly protected water pipes will be at continued risk of freezing. Harsh conditions are expected to last through the weekend, the weather services reports. 
 
For additional information and helpful tips, please see the guidelines below from the Department for Public Health to help protect yourself and loved ones from the cold. 
 
 
Hypothermia 
 
Hypothermia occurs when an individual’s body temperature drops below what is necessary to achieve normal metabolism and other bodily functions. In severe cases or when the body is not warmed properly, death can result. The condition occurs most often when an individual is submerged in icy waters. However, people exposed to cold weather and aren’t sufficiently prepared also are at an increased risk for the condition. To prevent hypothermia, DPH advises that Kentuckians:
 
  •       Wear appropriate clothing. Layer clothes made of synthetic and wool fabrics, which are best for keeping warm. Always remember to wear hats, coats, scarves and gloves.
  •       Avoid consuming alcohol if outdoors. Alcohol can actually speed the loss of heat from the body. 
  •       Avoid overexertion from activities that cause excessive sweat. This can lead to damp clothing, which causes chills.
  •       Stay as dry as possible.
 
Individuals working outside during at this time of year should pay extra attention to these guidelines, particularly those susceptible to overexertion. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, altered speech pattern, abnormally slow rate of breathing, cold pale skin and lethargy. Seek medical attention if you or a loved one experiences the signs of hypothermia. 
 
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
 
In the event of power outages, use precaution if using alternative heat sources.  Items such as portable generators, propane gas stoves, ovens heated with gasoline all have been used as heat sources indoors, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. DPH advises taking steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning following guidelines from the National Center for Environmental Health:
 
  •         Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window.
  •         Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
  •         Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented.
  •         Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.
 
Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning. Early symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Be sure to install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall for daylight savings time.  
 
If you are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning or if you have questions, call the Poison Control hotline at (800) 222-1222.
 
Infant Safe Sleep 
 
In general, parents and caregivers should follow the ABCs of safe sleep to prevent injury or infant deaths. -  Alone, on their Back and in a Clean, Clear Crib. Winter months prevent a different – but very serious – threat for babies when parents and caregivers resort to using unsafe sleep practices in an effort to keep babies warm. 
 
Here are a few tips to for safe sleep during the winter:
 
  •       For added warmth, a baby can be dressed in a one-piece pajama or wearable blanket. Wearable blankets can be layered over undershirts or a onesie. Do not let a baby get too hot by overdressing them or wrapping them in heavy blankets. 
  •       Keep the baby’s room at a comfortable temperature and to not overheat the room.
  •       Do not put a hat on your baby to sleep; there is a risk the hat could slip down, covering the baby’s face.
  •        If a blanket must be used to keep a baby warm, make sure the baby’s feet are at the bottom of the crib and the blanket is tucked in around the mattress. The blanket should be no higher than the baby’s chest with the baby’s arms out.
  •       Keep all portable heaters away from the baby and baby’s sleep area. The baby can overheat if too close to a heater, receive burns or become tangled up in cords of small electric heaters.
 
 
More information about safe sleep practices can be found at the SafeSleep Kentucky website http://www.safesleepky.org/. The information is part of a statewide campaign aimed at parents, caregivers, health care providers, advocates and others in the childcare community to stress the importance of safe sleep practices in the prevention infant deaths. 
 
More information about hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning prevention can be found on the Kentucky Health Alerts website at http://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/WinterSafety.aspx
 
 

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COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE COMPUTERS BACK UP & RUNNING

 

According to Adair Co. Clerk Lisa Greer, the office computers are currently back up and running. The computers have been down state-wide since Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN A.C. LIFTED

 
As of 2:45 p.m. on January 3, 2018 the boil water advisory for customers on Bomar Heights and all side streets, Wendy’s, from 706 Burkesville Street to the stoplight at the Bypass 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.
 
Columbia Adair Utilities District
 

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R.C. COURTHOUSE WILL RE-OPEN ON JAN. 4TH

 

The Russell Co. Courthouse will re-open at 8:00amCT on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.  The heat in the building is still not repaired, but space heaters will be set up to help curb the cold.
 

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MISSING PERSON: 40-YEAR-OLD STEPHANIE WOLF

 

A mother reports her 40-year-old daughter is missing. 

 

According to Vickie McClister, her daughter, 40-year-old Stephanie Wolf of Columbia, KY has been missing for a couple of days and that police have been notified. McClister tells WAVE News that if anyone has any information as to her daughter's whereabouts, please contact her or any local law enforcement agency. According to McClister, Stephanie Wolf is from Columbia and had recently been staying in Taylor County.

 

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COLUMBIA POLICE SEARCHING FOR 38-YEAR-OLD JASON ORPZEDEC

 

An Adair County man was seriously injured after an altercation that resulted in the victim being treated for a knife injury.

 

At 1:06amCT on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, Columbia-Adair County 911 notified Columbia Police Officers Charles Greer and Jamie Cole to respond to TJ Health Columbia. They stated a male victim was arriving with a stab wound. Upon arrival, officers observed the victim had been stabbed in the right side of his torso. The victim was identified as 33-year-old Larin Stotts of Columbia, KY.

 

Peliminary investigation revealed that an altercation at Country Place Apartments resulted in Jason Oprzedec, 38, of Columbia, KY pulling a knife and stabbing Stotts in the right side of torso. Air medical was called for Stotts to be transferred to University of Louisville, but due to weather the flight was grounded and Adair EMS made the emergency transport to Louisville.

    

Columbia Police Officer Jamie Cole is heading the investigation and has obtained warrants for the arrest of Oprzedec, who fled the scene. Columbia Police are asking for your assistance in locating 38-year-old Jason Oprzedec. If anyone knows of his whereabouts, call the Columbia Police Department at 270-384-6464 or call 911. You may remain anonymous.

 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24 HRS 1/3/18

 

Jimmy D. Owens, 47 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property (over $10,000), Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia. Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Zachary A. Vanterteems, age 32, arrested by Danville Police for Using Electronic Communications to Procure a Peace Officer posing as a Minor for Sex.
 
Sierra Younger, age 19, arrested by Danville Police for Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), Burglary-3rd Degree, & Possession of Methamphetamine.

Vantermeems & Younger were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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KSP POST 15 TO CONDUCT TRAFFIC SAFETY CHECKPOINTS

 
Columbia, Ky. (January 2, 2018) – Kentucky State Police, Post 15 will be conducting safety traffic checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green, Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton and Cumberland. Troopers will be checking for impaired drivers, children that are not properly restrained in child safety seats and informing the public about the use of seatbelts. These safety checkpoints will be conducted in various locations throughout the Post 15 area that are experiencing a high ratio of vehicular crashes resulting in injury and/or death compared to relatively low safety restraint usage ratio.
 

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ANOTHER LAWMAKER STANDS IN AS SPEAKER "UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE"

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky's House speaker, who said he was resigning from his leadership post two months ago after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim with a female legislative aide, is now having second thoughts, sowing confusion about who's in charge as lawmakers reconvene. As the legislature opened its 2018 session Tuesday, Jeff Hoover instead tapped another lawmaker to stand in as speaker "until further notice."
 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN ADAIR CO.

 

Date Issued: 1/2/18

Time Issued: 10:30AM

 

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers on Bomar Heights and all side streets, Wendy’s, from 706 Burkesville Street to the stoplight at the Bypass.

                                                                          

The advisory has been 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 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 at 270-384-2181.

 

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KY 120 BIBLE READING MARATHON UNDERWAY

 

 
The KY 120 Bible Reading Marathon is underway and a few spots still need filling in Adair County. Call Laura Harris at 270-378-0777 if you'd like to volunteer. It runs thru Thursday at 6pm. 
 
PICTURES FROM 2018 BIBLE READING MARATHON AT ADAIR CO. COURTHOUSE
 
 
 
 
 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY PERIOD

 

 
 
Anthony R. Caron, 48, of Bethelridge, KY arrested by the Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place-1st & 2nd Offenses, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree & Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Travis W. Rose, 31 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for No Registration, No Insurance, Improper Display of Registration Plate, Reckless Driving, DUI-2nd Offense, & Failure to Notify Department of Transportation of Address Change. He was lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Carrie E. Dunham, age 40, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument-1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lee U. Everett, age 37, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Leroy J. Hawkins, age 23, arrested by Danville Police for Receiving Stolen Property (under $500), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle/On Foot), DUI, Resisting Arrest, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Benjamin L. Russell, age 33, arrested by Danville Police for Careless Driving, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Possession of & Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Promoting Contraband, Tampering with Physical Evidence, No Insurance, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Ambert Clements, age 33, arrested by Danville Police for Possessioin of & Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Promoting Contraband, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Prescription Controlled Substance Non in Proper Container.
 
Dunham, Everett, Hawkins, Russell & Clements were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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ADAIR COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

An Adair County man was arrested on drug charges over the weekend.
 

Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss reports that on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at approximately 5:15amCT, Deputy Josh Durbin conducted a traffic stop on a 2001 Hyundai being operated by 24 year old Justin Bledsoe of Adair County, on Knifley Road in the Egypt community. After a roadside investigation, Bledsoe was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. 

 
Bledsoe was arrested and charged with No Tail Lamps, License to be in Possession, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamines.

Deputy Durbin is the investigating officer.
 

 

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