Local News Archives for 2018-02

A 3RD GREEN CO. TEEN CHARGED WITH TERRORISTIC THREATENING

 
Another Green Co. teen has been charged with Terroristic Threatening.
 
According to the Greensburg Police Dept., a 15-year-old female was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in connection with an incident at Green County High School. The District Judge was contacted by the Court Designated Worker and the juvenile was released to her parents pending a Court appearance.
 
A 15-year-old male was arrested on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 and another 15-year-old male was arrested on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 on charges of Terroristic Threatening in connection with an incident at Green Co. High School.
 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN RUSSELL CO.

 
A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for the Butler Dr.- Robertson Street area of Russell Co. and part of the Key Village area due to a water main break.
 

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PULASKI CO. DRUG ARREST 2/28/18

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, an investigation by the Narcotics Division of the Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of a Nancy, Kentucky man on Monday afternoon, February 26, 2018.

 

Acting on intelligence gathered by Narcotics Detectives, a Search Warrant was obtained for a residence on Hilltop Drive in Nancy, Kentucky.

 

Sheriff Speck and Detectives from the Sheriff's Office, along with officers from the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force and Constable Mike Wallace executed the Search Warrant at approximately 4:30 PM Monday afternoon.

 

Officers located approximately 6 ounces of marijuana, 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a handgun, digital scales, and baggies.

 

Dustin Louthen, age 37 of 306 Hilltop Drive, Nancy was arrested and charged with: 1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (<2grams Methamphetamine).  2.  Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.  3.  Trafficking in Marijuana (Less than 8 ounces) 1st Offense.

 

Dustin Louthen was transported to Pulaski County Detention Center without incident.

 

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2018 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ART COMPETITION

 
Congressman James Comer announced the beginning of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition today. The United States House of Representatives sponsors this competition each year to honor talented young artists from across the district. 
 
High School students in the First District of Kentucky are encouraged to participate. The winning artwork of the First District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page .
 
All entries are due on April 27, 2018. Entries can be sent to the District Office in Tompkinsville, 200 N Main Street Suite F, Tompkinsville, KY - Call 270-487-9509 to schedule appointment. Entries can also be dropped off at the Paducah Office, 3rd S 3rd Street,Paducah, KY - Call 270-408-1865; or Madisonville Office, 67 N Main Street, Madisonville, KY - Call 270-408-1865, if you call ahead of time. For more information on the rules and where to send the artwork, you can visit Congressman Comer's website and the art competition page located here.
 
"We have many talented students in the First District. I look forward to seeing all of the entries and displaying the winning piece in the Capitol for everyone to see," said Rep. Comer.
 
If you have any questions, call the Washington Office at 202-225-3115 and ask to speak to Kaity Wolfe.
 

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TIME CHANGES MARCH 11, 2018

 
Get ready to spring your clock ahead.
 
Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 11, 2018. DST officially starts at 2 a.m. local time, so most people will move their clocks ahead one hour before they go to bed Saturday night.
 
Sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later on March 11 than the day before, meaning there will be more light in the evening hours.
 
The time will change again on Nov. 4 when clocks will move back one hour.
 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 2/28/18

 

Curtis Cook, 41 of Stanford, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Lonnie R. Chaney, 38 of Science Hill, arrested by Burnside Police for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
David M. Hardwick Jr., 32 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree.
 
Richard A. Brewer, 42 of Nicholasville, arrested by Somerset Police for Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $10,000), Burglary-3rd Degree, & Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
 
Chance C. Brewer, 20 of Nicholasville, arrested by Somerset Police for Burglary-3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (Over/Under $10,000), Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree, Theft of Identity, Unlawful Transaction w/Minor-3rd Degree, & Receiving Stolen Property.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Jeffery B. Craig, age 54, arrested by Danville Police for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, & Possession of Marijuana.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL MARCH 1ST

 
On Thursday, March 1st, 2018 the Kentucky Statewide Tornado Drill will be conducted at 9:07AM CST.  The drill will be the time to enact your tornado/severe weather plan for your business or residence.  At this time rain is expected for the day and time of the drill. To avoid confusion, the warning sirens will not be activated as part of the drill.  
 
Please visit the Ready.gov tornado information link: https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes and Kentucky
 
 
Emergency Management tornado preparedness page: https://kyem.ky.gov/Preparedness/Pages/Tornado.aspx
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD REPORT

 

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

 

 

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GREENBURG JUVENILE CHARGED WITH TERRORISTIC THREATENING

     

A Greensburg, KY teen has been charged with Terroristic Threatening in connection to threats involving Green County High School. 

 

According to the police report from the Greensburg Police Department, a 15-year-old juvenile was charged with Terroristic Threating, 3rd Degree on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in connection to an incident at Green County High School. The court designated worker was contacted and the juvenile was released to his parents pending a court appearance. 

 

Greensburg Police were assisted by Kentucky State Police during this incident.

 

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PULASKI ATV FATALITY 2/26/18

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, an off road ATV accident Saturday night, February 24, 2018 proved fatal for a Burnside, Kentucky man.

 

At approximately 11:50 PM Saturday evening, Deputy Ryan Jones responded to a 911 call of a single vehicle accident with injuries near the intersection of Danny Drive and Pine Grove Road in Burnside, Kentucky.

 

Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Jones found a 2017 Polaris Razor off the roadway on its top.  The accident investigation revealed that the Razor was southbound on Pine Grove Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway.  The operator of the vehicle, Garry L. Baker, age 41 of Colleen Drive, Burnside, Kentucky was pinned under the ATV.  Mr. Baker's juvenile son was thrown from the wreckage and sustained minor injuries.

 

Personnel from the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad and Tateville Fire Department freed the victim from the wreckage where he was pronounced deceased by Pulaski County Deputy Coroner Danny Karriker.

 

Pulaski County EMS personnel treated the juvenile victim of the accident for non life threatening injuries and transported him to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for further treatment.

 

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ADAIR CO. NURSE PRACTITIONER ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALTERCATION WITH KSP TROOPER

 
An Adair Co. nurse practitioner received medical care and was jailed following an altercation with a  KSP Trooper. The incident occured in the Adair Annex last  Monday, February 19, 2018. 
 
According to the Adair County Community Voice, 51-year-old Sandra Jones of Columbia is charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd degree; Menacing; Resisting Arrest; and Assault, 3rd degree of a police officer.  Jones was reportedly on the 2nd floor of the Adair Annex, in the public area in front of the county attorney and sheriff offices around 1:30 p.m., when the incident occurred.
 
According to the arrest complaint, Kentucky State Police Trooper Nick Hale states that he was there in reference to an investigation he was working on. When he entered the upstairs lobby, Jones confronted him and said she needed to talk to him. Hale states that Jones began cursing him and was upset about an investigation he is working on that involves her brother.
 
Hale states in the arrest complaint that Jones “balled up her fist” and cursed him so he asked her if she intended to hit him. She became angrier and belligerent, and after giving her a warning, Hale states that he told her she was under arrest. The Trooper says he grabbed her right arm in an attempt to handcuff her and she pulled away. Hale continued trying to gain compliance and he said she started swinging her hands hitting his neck, scratching the left side. Hale said he then did a leg sweep and took her to the ground.
 
Jones was taken to T. J. Health Columbia where she was treated for wrist and rib injuries as well as a cut to the head. When she was released from the hospital last Monday night, Jones was taken to the Adair County Regional Jail and was released Tuesday morning on bond.
 

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ADAIR CO. SUPT. ISSUES ONE-CALL SAYING SCHOOLS ARE SAFE; PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE CALLED

 
 
Adair Co. School Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens issued a "one-call" message to parents at approx. 10:30pm on Sunday urging parents to send their children to school on Monday, and that a post on social media was something made up, and not a threat to Adair Co. schools.
 
Supt. Stephens said in the one-call message that the student who posted the comment had been talked with and disciplined. Stephens did promise to prosecute anyone who attempts to make our schools appear to be unsafe. She went on to say that a community meeting will be held in the near future to discuss school safety and other issues. 
 
According to Columbia City Police Chief Jason Cross, the student involved with Sunday’s incident did not return to school today and may face charges for causing a public alarm. He went on to say that there have been no direct or credible threats made, but of course all threats are taken seriously until proven otherwise. Students are urged not to spread rumors to others students, but to tell parents or teachers if they know of a possible threat. There will continue to be an increased police presence on the school campus.
 

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MARION COUNTY FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS 2 LIVES

 

Tpr. Charles Hedgespeth is investigating a collision that occurred Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 10:51 p.m. EST, 1 mile west of Lebanon on KY 208.  17-year-old Olivia Ford, of Lebanon, was operating a northbound 2015 Chevy Camaro when the vehicle dropped off of the right shoulder.  Ms. Ford overcorrected the Camaro and crossed into the path of a southbound 2011 Buick Enclave operated by 46-year-old John Wright. The Enclave struck the Camaro in the passenger side.

 

Olivia Ford was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner.  Wright and 3 juvenile passengers, 12-year-old Madison McDonald, 11-year-old Olivia Wright and 13-year-old Jasper Wright were transported to Springview Hospital in Lebanon. John Wright was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was not wearing a seatbelt.  Madison McDonald and Olivia Wright were treated for non life threatening injuries. Jasper Wright was transported to the University of Louisville where she is listed in stable condition.  

 

Tpr. Hedgespeth was assisted at the scene by the Marion County Sheriff's office, EMS, Fire and Rescue, Coroner, Lebanon Fire Department and additional KSP units.    

 

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SHARP INCREASE IN HEPATITIS A CONTINUES, REACHES 117 CASES

 
A multi-county outbreak of Hepatitis A remains ongoing with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) now reporting 117 cases, most of which have occurred in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. 
 
According to DPH, 96 of the cases were reported in Jefferson County. Outbreak-associated cases were also found in Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Hopkins, Leslie, Marion, McCracken, and Taylor counties. DPH first reported the outbreak on Nov. 21, 2017. No deaths have been attributed to the outbreak in Kentucky.
 
The 10-year average number of acute hepatitis A cases has been approximately 20 cases per year in the Commonwealth. 
 
Laboratory specimens for some cases have been sent for specialized genetic testing of the hepatitis A virus at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta to determine if Kentucky’s cases are associated with outbreaks in other states. To date, 38 cases from 45 specimens submitted to CDC genetically match outbreaks in San Diego, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.  
 
Similar to hepatitis A outbreaks in other states, the primary risk factors for Kentucky cases have been illicit drug use and homelessness. A single source of infection has not been identified, and transmission is believed to be occurring through person-to-person contact. 
 
People are at increased risk for hepatitis A if they have traveled to a country where the virus is common, are homeless or lack access to adequate bathing and restroom facilities, use illicit drugs, are men who have sex with other men, are any individual with sexual contact with someone who has hepatitis A, have a clotting disorder such as hemophilia, or are household members or caregivers of a person infected with hepatitis A.  
 
Hepatitis A vaccine has been routinely recommended for children in Kentucky aged 12 through 23 months since 2006.  The Kentucky Department for Public Health has also recommended catch-up immunizations to prevent hepatitis A for children aged 2 through 18 years.  Children in public and private schools in Kentucky will need to have received immunization with hepatitis A vaccine before starting school on or after July 1, 2018.  Hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended for adults at increased risk and for any adult who wants to be protected from acute hepatitis A virus infections.
 
Other than age-appropriate vaccinations, the best way to keep from getting hepatitis A is to wash your hands using warm water and soap, to handle uncooked food appropriately and to fully cook food. Always wash your hands before touching or eating food, after using the toilet and after changing a diaper. 
 
The virus is found in the stool of people infected with hepatitis A and is usually spread from person to person by putting something in the mouth (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with the stool of a person infected with hepatitis A.
 
Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and grey-colored stools. Persons with symptoms should seek medical care for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
 
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING FROM POLICE & RESISTING ARREST

 
A Russell Springs man is facing numerous charges after fleeing from a Deputy and resisting arrest.
 
Friday evening around 7:30 p.m. Russell Co. Sheriff's Deputy Evan Burton went to 4497 Hwy. 379 to locate Jesse R. Burchett, 29, on three warrants including one for Parole Violations. Deputy Burton contacted Burchett in the front yard. He then fled on foot but was apprehended a few minutes later in nearby woods. Deputy Burton observed Burchett throw a small bag during the foot chase. The bag contained several items of drug paraphernalia. Burchett fled on foot a second time, however he was quickly caught again.
 
In addition to the original warrants for his arrest, Burchett is now charged with Fleeing from Police on Foot, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Disorderly Conduct, Escape, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Giving Officer a False Name or Information. 
 
While being processed at the Russell County Detention Center, Deputy Jailers found a baggie containing “crystal meth” on Burchett. He has also been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) and Promoting Contraband 1st Degree.
 
Deputy Burton was assisted by Sheriff Clete McAninch, RSPD Sgt. Nathan Bradshaw, RSPD Officer Nathan Antle and JPD Officer Jeremy England.
 
 
 
 

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ANOTHER TEEN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING RCHS STUDENT

 
Another teen arrested for sending a threatening message to a RCHS student.
 

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Friday, Sheriff Clete McAninch received a complaint of a threatening message that was sent to a student. Upon investigation, a 17 year old male (not enrolled in the local school system) was taken into custody by Sheriff McAninch and charged with Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree. He is being held in the Adair Youth Detention Center pending further court action.

 

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GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO HEAVY RAINS

 

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday, February 23, 2018 declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall events which have caused widespread flooding and damage to critical infrastructure across Kentucky.

Beginning on Feb. 9, 2018 severe storms produced heavy rain and strong wind gusts, causing flooding, landslides and mudslides and resulting in injuries and major impacts to infrastructure, agricultural production and governmental, commercial and private properties.


The Governor’s executive order enables state resources to be mobilized and made ready to assist cities and counties should they be needed.
 
Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) on Feb. 22, at a Level 4. To date, the SEOC has received 14 individual county declarations.

“Monitor the threat of heavy rainfall and flooding alerts through your weather radio and media broadcasts to ensure you have awareness of changing conditions in your area,” said KYEM director Michael Dossett. ”Please also be aware of safety concerns for local first responders as they assist citizens in flood-prone areas.”
 
In response to rising floodwaters, search and rescue teams have been placed on standby to provide evacuation assistance as needed. State cabinet partners and the National Guard are also preparing for flood response activities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently assessing damages in 21 Eastern Kentucky counties from the previous flooding event on Feb. 9-12, and is prepared to remain in the state to assess further damages in Kentucky.
 
Gov. Bevin has also activated the state’s prohibitions on price gouging, effective immediately, to protect consumers affected by the severe weather system.

The emergency order triggers several consumer protection measures and will remain in place for 30 days, but may be extended past that time as needed. This order ensures that any instances of price gouging — including for generators, building supplies, chainsaws, hotel rooms and other necessary goods and services at an exorbitant price in a time of disaster — will be fully prosecuted and held accountable.

To report weather-related damage, please contact your local emergency management office. For information about KYEM operations, please contact Monica French at 502-607-5721.
 
 

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PRAYER WALK AT ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS FEB. 25

 

In light of recent events, a prayer walk will be held around the schools in Adair County at 2pmCT on Sunday, February 25, 2018. 

Anyone in the community is invited to come and help pray over students and school employees. Meet in the circle in front of the Adair County High School, 526 Indian Drive, and open and close with group prayer.

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THREATS TO RUSSELL & ADAIR CO. SCHOOLS

 
The Russell Co. High School/Middle School Campus was put on a "soft lockdown" on Friday morning for a short time.  There was no active threat within the building. A "soft lockdown" means that there is an investigation that originated off-campus and extra additional steps are being taken on campus as precautions. WAVE News spoke with R.C. School Supt. Michael Ford about the incident: 
 
 
 
 
Also on Friday, a comment was made that was threatening in nature to an Adair County school. Here's Asst. ACHS principal Travis Gay: 
 
 
 
 

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FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF ADAIR CO. MAN

 

Russell Springs, KY (February 22, 2018) Kentucky State Police investigated a 2-vehicle collision on US 127, 6 miles north on Russell Springs on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 5:21pmCT that resulted in the death of an Adair County man.

 

Preliminary investigations indicate that 31 year-old James Spires of Columbia was operating a 1997 Toyota traveling north on US 127, when he crossed the center line into the path of a 2016 International Tractor-Trailer, being operated by 38 year-old Earl Luttrell of Russell Springs.

 

Luttrell was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision and was not injured.  James Spires was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Russell County Coroner’s Office.

 

Sergeant Randall Honeycutt is investigating and was assisted by Units from Kentucky State Police Post 15, the Russell County Sherriff’s and Fire Department.

 

 

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RCHS 9TH GRADER CHARGED WITH THREATENING OTHER STUDENTS

 
A 9th grade student at Russell County High School has been charged with threatening other students following an investigation on Wednesday by Deputy Evan Burton and school officials.
 
The 16 year old male is currently being held at the Adair Youth Detention Center on charges of Terroristic Threatening, Wanton Endangerment, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear in Russell District Court, Juvenile Division, on Friday.
 
The investigation began after students reported to school officials of seeing threatening comments made by the alleged perpetrator on Instagram, a social media outlet.
 
NO weapons were found at RCHS during this investigation. The drug related charges and Wanton Endangerment charge are the result of Methamphetamine found in the juvenile’s bedroom at his home late Wednesday afternoon.
 
The investigation is ongoing.
 

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CMS STUDENTS EARN CHANGE IN DRESS CODE

 
Campbellsville Middle School students have recently earned a change in their dress code.
 
Starting on Friday, Feb. 23, students will be allowed to wear sweatpants to school. All other dress code regulations remain in force. CMS Principal Zach Lewis said the decision was made based on students' success and leadership this school year. Students will be allowed to wear sweatpants for the next five weeks of school. Should those weeks be successful, Lewis said, a permanent change might be made to the dress code for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
For the complete dress code, visit http://www.cville.kyschools.us/2/Content2/240.
 
 

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CHS MAKES CHANGE TO MORNING DROP-OFF PROCEDURES

 
Beginning on Monday, Febuary 26, 2018, students should be dropped off and enter the school through the main office doors only. The main doors are located at the front entrance to Paul J. Coop gymnasium. Students will no longer be allowed to enter school through any other doors. The change is being made to provide additional security for all students, teachers and parents. CHS officials are continuing to analyze the school’s policies and procedures in an effort to provide the safest environment for all students and staff members. 
 
For more information, contact CHS Principal David Petett at (270) 465-8774.
 

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2-VEHICLE WRECK ON HWY 61 IN GREEN CO. JUST PAST ROCK QUARRY

 

A 2-vehicle accident involving two pickup trucks has occurred this afternoon (4pmCT hour) in Green County on Hwy. 61 just past the Rock Quarry. Please avoid the area if possible. Traffic is being allowed to proceed but is moving very slowly.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 2/21/18

 

William D. Brown, 55 of Liberty, arrested by Deputy Chad Weddle with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Driving on a DUI Suspended License-3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle), Menacing, No Registration Plates, & No Insurance.
Joseph L. Wethington, 36 of Liberty, arrested by Deputy Weddle with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Reckless Driving, No Moped Operator's License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, & No Insurance.
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
Dale R. Jackson, 54 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree.
Eric D. Howard, 45 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Reckless Driving, DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License (Aggravated Circumstance), No Insurance.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
Santiago H. Gonzalez, age 25, arrested by Danville Police for Disregarding a Stop Sign, DUI-3rd Offense, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, & No Moped Operator's License.
Floyd J. Stevens, age 51, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, No Insurance, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
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 2/21/18

 

An investigation by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of a Russell Springs man for trafficking in Methamphetamine and the seizure of nearly three ounces of the drug.
 

At approximately 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, a 2007 Saturn car operated by 47-year-old Dagan Hatter, was stopped on KY 80 at the intersection of College Street in Russell Springs. A few minutes later, Det. Joey Hoover deployed his K-9 partner, Maxo, with K-9 Maxo alerting on the driver’s side of the car to the odor of controlled substances emitting from the vehicle. Subsequent to K-9 Maxo’s alert, R.C. Sheriff Clete McAninch discovered a gray plastic bag tied in multiple knots in the shape of a ball in the front passenger seat. That bag contained a separate clear bag with approximately 2.7 ounces, or 77 grams, of “crystal methamphetamine.
 

Dagan Hatter was arrested and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) over 2 grams, a Class “C” Felony.
 

Deputies/Officers also participating in the investigation, traffic stop and arrest included RCSO Deputy Dustin Bunch, RSPD Sgt. Nathan Bradshaw, RSPD Officer Nathan Antle, RSPD Officer Jeremy West and JPD Officer Jeremy England.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN CHARGED WITH WANTON ENDANGERMENT

     

A Taylor County man was arrested yesterday afternoon after the Taylor County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a domestic dispute on Mt Gilboa Road. 

 

According to the report, when Deputy Dickie Benningfield arrived on the scene, he learned that 32-year-old Bobby Cox of Mt Gilboa Road had discharged a shotgun into the side of a vehicle while the vehicle was occupied by an adult female. Cox was located and charged with first degree wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Taylor County Dentention Center. 

 

Kentucky State Police assisted at the scene. 

 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT 2/20/18

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.
 
Meagan Klee with Casey County 4H, brought several members of the 4H club to observe the meeting.
 
Judge Executive, Randy Dial, discussed recent improvements to Gateway Park. The siding and windows of the Community Center have been redone, and painting and pressure washing operations are underway on the building, decks, and concession stand.
 
New swings & toys have been added.
 
Judge Dial told the court there is still some work to be done, including Safety Mulch to be added around the swings and play area to meet safety compliance standards. A motion was made and carried to add the mulch.
 
In other business, Judge Dial told the court he recently received the Consumer Price Index of 2.1% and recommended a county employee cost of living adjustment of 2% to take effect March 2nd. The motion carried.
 
The meeting was officially adjourned, but the court took time to answer questions from the 4H students.  They asked several questions of the Judge and Magistrates concerning the operations and functions of the court in relation to county government.  Klee said she wanted the students to see processes of local government in action, and is also planning a visit to observe the Liberty City Council. 
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 2/20/18

 

Marshall S. Broyles, 36 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Non Payment of Fines, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Robert L. Collins, 68 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Driving on a DUI Suspended License-2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), DUI-4th Offense, Careless Driving, & Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
William Douglas, age 26, arrested by Danville Police for Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, DUI, & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.
 
Christy L. Mays, 32, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Marijuana.
 
William B. Gibson, age 39, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, & Promoting Contraband.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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2 WOMEN ARRESTED BY GREENSBURG POLICE

 

Greensburg Police arrested two women after responding to a call of a woman locked in a vehicle.

 

On Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 9:25pmCT, Office McCullough arrested Charlotte Alexander, age 54 of Glasgow, KY for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol. Also arrested was Alisha Alexander, age 26 of Louisville, KY for Alcohol Intoxication. Both were lodged in the Taylor Co. Dentention Center. The arrests were made at 216 S Main Street in Greensburg, KY. 

 

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N.C. FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN PULASKI CO.

 

Pulaski Co. Sheriff Greg Speck advises that a North Carolina fugitive was arrested by deputies on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office received a tip that Erica Fike, age 30 of Havelock, North Carolina was staying at a residence on Sugar Tree Hollow Road in Burnside, Kentucky.  Ms. Fike was being sought by the Carteret County Circuit Court in North Carolina on eight outstanding Felony Warrants.

 

Deputy Richard Shirley located the suspect at the residence at approximately 2 am Saturday morning.  Erica Fike was taken into custody without incident by Deputy Shirley with the assistance of Deputy Tim Pierce and KSP Trooper Travis Thompson.

 

Fike was charged with:

 

  1.  Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance within 1000 ft. of a School
  2.  Deliver Heroin
  3.  Sell Heroin
  4.  Maintaining a Dwelling for the Use or Sell of Controlled Substance (Heroin).
  5.  2 Counts of Trafficking Heroin
  6.  Failure to Appear/Possession Schedule IV Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  7.  Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Heroin

 

Erica Fike was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center where she awaits extradition to North Carolina.

 

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PULASKI CO. ACCIDENT INJURES ONE 2/19/18

 

According to Sheriff Greg Speck, on Friday, February 16, 2018 a Parkers Lake, Kentucky resident was injured in a single vehicle accident on South Highway 27 near Keno Road in Pulaski County.

 

At approximately 7 PM Friday evening, Deputy Richard Shirley responded to a 911 call of a single vehicle accident seven miles south of Somerset on Highway 27.  Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Shirley found a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina in the ditch on the northbound side of the highway.  The vehicle operator, Margaret Hall, age 46 of Williamsburg, Kentucky was northbound on Highway 27 when the accident occurred.  According to Ms. Hall's account of the accident, she struck trees and large boulders in the roadway from a recent rock slide.  Her vehicle then left the roadway and came to rest in a ditch.  The front seat passenger, Shirley Petry, age 49 of Parkers Lake, Kentucky was temporarily entrapped in the wreckage.  She was freed from the vehicle by personnel from EMS and the Tateville Fire Department.  Ms. Petry was transported to LCRH for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

 

Neither Margaret Hall, nor a backseat passenger, Mark Petry, age 43 sustained any injuries in the accident.

 

The accident remains under investigation by Deputy Shirley of the Sheriff's Office.

 

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ADAIR CO. INDICTMENTS - FEB. 16

 

An Adair Co. Grand Jury has returned several indictments: https://ridingthewave.com/assets/uploads/ADAIR-COUNTY-INDICTMENTS-FEB-16-2018.pdf

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 2/19/18

 

Regina E. Skipper, 39 of Gravel Switch, arrested by Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle for Trafficking in Marijauna-2nd Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
 
George S. Webb III, 30 of Moreland, & Clide E. Miller, 42 of Hustonville, arrested by Deputy Chad Weddle with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000).
 
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Clayton J. Terrell, 51 of Burnside, arrested by KSP for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operator's License, Insufficient Head Lamps.
 
Jami L. Vaughan, 30 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Theft by Unlawful Taking (under/over $500), Unlawful Access to a Computer, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (under $500), Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, Tampering with Prisoner Monitoring Device, & Escape-2nd Degree.
 
Kyle A. Howard, 26 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespass-1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Giving Officer False ID.
 
Sergio Perez-Lopez, 34 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI, & No Moped License.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Matthew A. Logan, age 31, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Meth, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, & Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
 
Ginelle A. Locke, age 32, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Meth, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Promoting Contraband.
 
Kelly Winek, age 37, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Speeding (10mph over limit), Possession/Trafficking in Methamphetamine, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Shannon B. Bryant, age 31, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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COLUMBIA-ADAIR FIRE DEPT. CHILI SUPPER A SUCCESS

 
The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department would like to humbly thank everyone that took time out to attend our Chili Supper, Candidate Forum and live Auction. We would like to thank each of the businesses and candidates that donated an item for the auction. Also thanks to Dale Hayes and everyone who came out and supported the crusade. By the end of the night, we had an attendance of around 300 people and raised around $6,500 to be placed in the 2018 total for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The most notable sale item that showed the crowds charitable giving was a country ham donated by Terry Hadley,  It sold the first time 14 times with each winner selling it again. It was donated to the fire department and we placed it back on the auction block as the last item of the night. It sold 3 more times with Bro. Ralph Hadley eventually winning it.  
 
Again Thanks Everyone, there is no way we could do this without you.  
 
Donald Hare, Program Director
AE-56 Danville, KY
 

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SPECIAL CALLED RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING FEB. 19

 
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Russell County Fiscal Court on Monday, February 19, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Fiscal Court Room of the Russell County Courthouse House.  
 
AGENDA 
 
WELCOME
PAY BILLS
RESOLUTION 1802 & MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT FOR MT. EDEN BRIDGE
ADJOURN
 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN SENTENCED FOR MAKING METH & ENDANGERING TWO TEENAGERS

 
Today, (Thursday, Feb. 15th) Attorney General Andy Beshear and his office's Special Prosecutions Unit announced that an Adair County woman was sentenced for making meth and endangering two minors in the process.
 
Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance-Murphy sentenced Lisa Cooper, age 43 of Columbia, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to seven years for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and five years for controlled substance endangerment to a child, a Class D felony. 
 
Cooper was placed on supervised probation with conditions, and has already successfully completed a nine-month inpatient substance abuse treatment program. 
 
Officers with the Columbia Police Department originally arrested Cooper for the crimes in 2015 after discovering an active meth lab in a home with two teenage children. At the time, the teenagers received precautionary medical treatment.
 
Beshear's Office of Special Prosecutions handled the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.
 

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2 FUGITIVES WANTED BY KSP

 

Elizabethtown, KY – Kentucky State Police Post 04 is asking for the public's assistance in locating two wanted fugitives. Camryn Hope Cooper (19), left, of Hopkinsville, KY, and Charles Jeremy Keith (20) of Lebanon Junction, KY, are both wanted in connection to a January burglary that occurred in the Iberia community of Grayson Co., KY. Both suspects have active criminal warrants for Burglary 1 st degree in Grayson County. Anyone with information is asked to contact KSP Post 4 at 270-766- 5078 or your local Law Enforcement. - Tpr. Jeff Gregory

 
 
 

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CLINTON CO. MAN INDICTED FOR FIRING HANDGUN IN EX-WIFE'S HOME

 
FRANKFORT, KY (14 Feb 2018) - Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Special Prosecutions announced the indictment of a Clinton County man for firing a handgun in the home of his estranged wife, while their son was present.
 
Daniel R. Guffey, 53, of Albany, was indicted in Clinton County Circuit Court on February 8, on two counts each of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree criminal mischief.
 
Prosecutors in Beshear's office alleged that on November 7, 2017, Guffey kicked in the door to his wife's home, while their minor son was present, and discharged a firearm, damaging her stove.
 
First-degree wanton endangerment and criminal mischief are Class D felonies, and the remaining charges are misdemeanors. Guffey faces a prison sentence of one to 15 years if convicted. (A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)
 
Arraignment is scheduled for 9amCT , March 1, 2018, in Clinton Circuit Court in front of Judge David L. Williams.
 
Beshear said Guffey is currently on home incarceration.
 
Beshear's Office of Special Prosecutions is prosecuting the case with assistance from the Clinton County Sheriff's Office.
 

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DRIVER TESTING CANCELLED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

There will be no driver testing Thursday in Taylor County and no driver testing Friday in Adair County due to sickness. 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Adair Co. School Board met on Tuesday evening. The WAVE's Lisa Clark has the details:

 

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING REPORT

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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POSSIBLE FLOODING THIS WEEK!

 

From the Lousiville National Weather Service:

 

Waves of rainfall across the lower Ohio Valley can be expected through the end of this week. Additional rounds of rain are possible Saturday and then again early next week. Widespread amounts of 2 to locally 4 inches are forecast over the next 7 days, and this could aggravate ongoing flooding problems and also result in new river flooding. Monitor the latest forecasts as the forecast confidence increases in where the heaviest rain will fall over the next several days.

 

If you know that your roadway or private drive has flooding issues, please use this advance notice to prepare.

 

 

 

 

 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE IND. SCHOOL SUPT. NAMED KMEA ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR

 
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith has received an award from the Kentucky Music Educators Association for his support of the arts. Smith recently received the 4th District KMEA Administrator of the Year award for 2017-2018. At the fall 4th District meeting, Campbellsville High School band director Zach Shelton nominated Smith for the honor.
 
Shelton, along with Campbellsville Elementary School music teacher Cyndi Chadwick and Campbellsville Middle School music teacher Jessica Floyd, shared about how Smith strongly supports the choral, band and art programs at Campbellsville Independent Schools.
 
Fourth District KMEA members, who are music teachers from across the region, voted for Smith to receive the honor.
 
The 4th District includes Taylor, Breckenridge, Green, Marion, LaRue, Nelson, Hardin, Meade and Washington counties, along with Bardstown.
 
 
 
Campbellsville High School band director Zach Shelton, at left, nominated Smith for the award, and he and Campbellsville Elementary School music teacher Cyndi Chadwick, second from left, and Campbellsville Middle School music teacher Jessica Floyd, at right, spoke at the 4th District fall meeting about how Smith strongly supports all the CIS arts programs.
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING REPORT

 

The Russell Co. Fiscal Court met for a regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018. Jim Lieb has details:

 

 

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CASEY CO. BOARD OF EDUCATION 2/13/18

 

The Casey Co. Board of Education met in regular session last night.
 
Superintendent, Marion Sowders, started the meeting by presenting the Community Champions Award to Liberty Care & Rehabilitation Center for their outstanding contributions to our school system.
 
There was a large crowd inside the Casey County Middle School Library for Student Recognition night.  The Board honored several students from each school for individual outstanding academic achievement.
 
Casey County Middle School Academic Team was recognized as District & Regional Governor's Cup Winners, ranked 2nd out of 16 district schools. The team will travel to Louisville in March for State Governor's Cup Titles.
 
Board member, Marilyn Coffey was recognized for receiving the highest distinction awarded by the Kentucky School Board Academy of Studies.
 
The month of February was designated as Gifted Education Month at Casey County Schools.
Elizabeth Harne addressed the board with the goals & objectives of the Gifted/Talented Program.
 
Attendance awards were presented to Jones Park Elementary for Most Improved, and Liberty Elementary received the award for Highest Attendance.
 
Career Councilor, Lana Sowders, gave a presentation on the Project Lead the Way Engineering program. The Board donated $300 to the program for consumable materials.
 
The board heard an update on the schools Wellness Policy, concerning Nutrition & Physical Activity. The policy is being revamped. The board indicated that more emphasis should be placed on physical activity for the students. The final policy recommendation will be presented in March.
 
Payment orders were issued for Carter-Barnhart Contruction for the Liberty Elementary School Gym project.
 
Fall & Spring breaks will be unchanged from last year, with Spring Break the first week of April, and Fall Break the first week of October.
 

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SHOTS FIRED IN PULASKI CO.

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a Eubank man was arrested after he allegedly discharged a firearm into a vehicle near his residence on Ben Thompson Road.

 

At approximately 10:24 PM on February 10, 2018, Deputies Richard Smith and Bruce Blevins responded to a shot fired complaint on Smith Ridge Road. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victims. During the investigation, Deputies learned an adult male driver and a juvenile passenger were traveling on Ben Thompson Road when they encountered water across the roadway. As the driver attempted to back up and turn around, someone shot through the back glass of the vehicle. An Examination of the vehicle by Deputies revealed the bullet traveled through the back window, grazed the driver's side headrest, and exited through the frame near the driver's side window. Reportedly the juvenile passenger saw the perpetrator aiming at the vehicle and warned the driver resulting in the driver leaning forward to avoid the shot.

 

Sheriff's Deputies and units with the Kentucky State Police traveled to the residence near where the victims reported the shot was fired through the vehicle. When officers arrived, they encountered Danny L. Conley armed with a rifle. When officers announced their presence, Mr. Conley went back into the residence and shut the door. Danny Conley came out a short time later and surrendered.

 

Danny Lee Conley, age 65, of Ben Thompson Road Eubank, KY was charged with two Counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. 

 

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CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARREST

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a Somerset man was arrested on numerous charges on February 8, 2018 as a result of a Pulaski County Circuit Court Indictment. In September of 2017, Detective Cody Cundiff of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation into allegations concerning Larry Dale Lawson Jr. and two juvenile victims. As a result of a six-month long investigation, Detective Cundiff submitted his findings to the Pulaski County Grand Jury and an indictment was returned.

 

On February 8, 2018, Detective Cundiff arrested Larry Dale Lawson Jr., age 41, of Bullock Cemetery Road on the Pulaski County Circuit Court Indictment charging Lawson with the following offenses:

 

 

  • One count of Sodomy 1st Degree Victim Under 12 Years of Age
  • Two counts of Rape 1st Degree Victim Under 12 Years of Age
  • Six counts of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree Victim Under 12 Years of Age
  • Five counts of Unlawful Transaction with A Minor 1st Degree - Illegal Sex Act Victim Under 16 Years of Age
  • Two counts of Indecent Exposure 1st Degree 1st Offense
  • One count of Distribution of Obscene Matter To Minors 1st Offense
  • One count of Use of A Minor Under 16 Years OF Age In A Sexual Performance Two counts of Promoting A Minor Under 16 Years Of Age In A Sexual Performance
  • Twenty counts of Possession/Viewing Matter Portraying A Sexual Performance by A Minor

 

Mr. Lawson is currently lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. Bond is currently set at $200,000 cash. 

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 2/13/18

 

Joel Gutierrez Sixto, 22 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Cocaine, & Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
 
Juan P. Rosario, 32 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Cocaine.
 
Stephen B. Burdine, 40 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree, & Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $10,000).
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Thomas G. Gibson, age 44, arrested by Danville Police for Trafficking in & Possession of a Controlled Substance (drug unspecified).
 
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. BOAT RAMP CLOSED THRU MARCH 1 FOR MAINTENANCE WORK

 

FRANKFORT, KY - (Mon 12 Feb 2018) — Snake Creek Boat Ramp on Green River Lake in Adair County will be closed through March 1, 2018, for extension and maintenance work.
 
Green River Lake has nine other ramps available to launch boats. For a list of public boat ramps throughout the state, visit the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at fw.ky.gov and search under the keywords, "boat access."
 

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CASEY CO. INDICTMENTS 2/12/18

 

STEVEN RAY CAIN (60), of Yosemite:  Unlawful Distribution of a Meth Precursor; & Persisitent Felony Offender-1st Degree.
 
RICKY DALE GEORGE (49), of Columbia:  Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine).
 
JERRY R. COCHRAN (62), CASSIDY ELIZABETH KEARNEY (32), both of Liberty:  Bail Jumping-1st Degree.
 
WILBUR RIDDLE JR. (38), of Frankfort:  Bail Jumping-1st Degree, & Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree.
 
BRADLEY ADAM FLACHBART (30), of Hustonville:  Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Degree/1st Offense (Methamphetamine); DUI-1st Offense; & No Operator's License.
 
CHRISTOPHER CLARK DAVIS (29), of Dunnville:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine).
 
JAMES L. HINES (53), of Liberty:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/3rd Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
WILLIAM D. NORRIS (40), address not given:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine); No Operator's License; Improper Signal; Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
RONALD J. SHARP (41), of Liberty:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/1st Offense (Methamphetamine); DUI-3rd Offense; No Insurance; & Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
 
STEPHEN D. BROWN (65), of Reading, Ohio:  Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $10,000).
 
PHILLIP MOUNCE (52), of Somerset:  DUI-4th Offense (Aggravating Circumstance); Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License; & Reckless Driving.
 
AUSTIN L. SCOTT (24), address not given:  Assault-3rd Degree (Police Officer); Assault-4th Degree; Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree (threatening the life of a Police Officer); Harassment; & Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree.
 
An indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.
 

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CLOSINGS/DELAYS 2/12/18

 

- CASEY CO. (2 HOUR DELAY)
 
- BOYLE CO. (CLOSED)
 
- LINCOLN CO. (1 HOUR DELAY)
 
-MARION CO. (1 HOUR DELAY)
 

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RUSSELL CO. DRUG ARRESTS 2/12/18

 

Two Russell County men are behind bars following their arrest Saturday on drug trafficking charges.

While on patrol at approximately 11:45 a.m., Det. Joey Hoover turned on a green Ford F250 truck on KY 910 after receiving information that Craig Irvin was a passenger in the truck, which was being driven by Thomas Fortenberry. Irvin was being sought on a drug trafficking warrant.

Fortenberry turned onto Old Hoppertown Road. About a half mile later, as Det. Hoover’s patrol vehicle was approaching the truck, it quickly pulled off the side of the road with Irvin exiting the truck and fleeing on foot. Irvin crossed over a fence and ran down a hill toward the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway. Several city, county and state law enforcement officers searched the area but did not locate Irvin.

Thomas Fortenberry was arrested and charged with Hindering Prosecution & Apprehension 2nd Degree and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Approximately 11 grams of “crystal meth”, 1 gram of a yet to be determined substance, and a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol were seized as evidence.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Craig Allen Irvin was apprehended without incident at a relatives' residence on Rolling Hills Road, just off KY 910.

Irvin was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Sheriff Clete McAninch & Deputy Evan Burton on a warrant for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) stemming from a recent investigation by the sheriff’s department.

Numerous other charges will be filed against Irvin on Monday in connection with Saturday’s incident on Old Hoppertown Road.

 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS HONORS THE LATE BOBBY BROCKMAN

 
There will forever be an empty seat at the Campbellsville High School gymnasium.
 
Campbellsville Independent Schools is paying tribute to the late Bobby Brockman, who was sports editor at Central Kentucky News-Journal when he died last month. Brockman graduated from CHS in 1974, and attended countless sporting events in the gymnasium in his role as sports editor.
 
The section of bleachers where Brockman always sat has been removed, and a plaque has been hung in its place. The plaque reads, “Your passion, enthusiasm and dedication to the coverage of our local and state sports will not be forgotten. Your memory will live with us forever.”
 
Brockman, 61, died on Jan. 7, 2018. The last sporting events he attended were the CHS vs. Taylor County girls’ and boys’ basketball games on Friday, Jan. 5, in which the CHS teams were victorious. At the basketball game following his death, a notebook was placed on the bleachers in his honor. Brockman’s daughters Rachel and Melanie also graduated from CHS, and his youngest daughter, Savanna, is a sophomore at CHS. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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KSP CHARGES TAYLOR CO. MAN WITH CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OFFENSES

 
On Thursday, February 8, 2018 at approximately 5:50 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 15-Columbia, arrested David Allen Clark, 65, for distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
 
Clark was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after observing the suspect sharing child sexual exploitation images online. 
 
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant of Clark’s residence, where electronic equipment was seized and is pending a forensic examination.
 
Clark is currently charged with one count of distribution and 40 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. 
 
Clark was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 
 

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STORAGE BUILDING BURGLARIZED; POLICE NEED YOUR HELP

 
The Russell County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your assistance in solving the burglary of a work/storage building in the Beckham Ridge community. Numerous items were stolen including a Stihl chainsaw, skill saw, battery charger, leaf blower and two industrial strength drills.
 
A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) that committed this crime or to the recovery of the stolen items.
 
Please call or text your information to the Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111. You will remain anonymous!
 

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ADAIR CO. JUDGE EXEC. CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM RACE

 
A candidate for Adair Co. Judge Executive has withdrawn from the race citing health reasons.
 
Wid Harris, a democrat, announced earlier today (Friday) that he is withdrawing from the race. He tells the Community Voice that he found out a few days ago from his doctor that he’s pretty sick and that he won’t be able to campaign due to his health.
 
The other candidates for Adair Co. Judge Exec. are:
Democrats - incumbent Michael Lee Stephens and Brandon “Bo” Biggs 
Republicans - Gale Cowan and Larry Russell Bryant. 
 
The primary election is May 22, 2018.
 

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FLOOD WATCH FOR WAVE LISTENING AREA

 
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY
AFTERNOON...
 
 
The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a
 
* Flood Watch for portions of east central Kentucky and south
  central Kentucky, including the following areas, in east
  central Kentucky, Boyle, Garrard, and Madison. In south
  central Kentucky, Adair, Allen, Barren, Casey, Clinton,
  Cumberland, Edmonson, Green, Hart, Lincoln, Logan, Marion,
  Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, and Warren.
 
* From Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon
 
* A slow-moving frontal boundary will move into the region
  Saturday. Moisture coming out of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of
  this front is expected to bring waves of widespread light to
  moderate rainfall from Saturday through Sunday morning. Forecast
  rainfall totals in the watch area range from 2 to 3 inches,
  with isolated higher amounts possible.
 
* This much rainfall likely will lead to some area creeks and
  rivers rising to near flood stage.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.
 
You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
 

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SENATOR MAX WISE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - FEB. 9

 
Week six of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the books, and bills continued to move steadily through the Senate as work on the budget and pension reform continues. While we have not released a pension proposal just yet, we are hopeful that it will be made public in the coming days as we continue to sort out details on this complex issue. As for the budget bill, its fate currently is in the hands of the House, and we are hopeful that we in the Senate will receive a budget bill by early March.
 
SB 96 - a transparency measure
 
Among the number of Senate bills passed this week was Senate Bill (SB) 96, which cleans up statutory language relating to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Senate Bill 91 is a government transparency measure that updates laws pertaining to city audits and financial accountability.
 
SB 101 - aimed at reducing time to fill school vacancies
 
Senate Bill 101, of which I am the primary sponsor, modernizes laws pertaining to school district vacancies by reducing the vacancy notice required from a superintendent to the chief state school officer from 30 days to 15 days. This shorter notice stems from the ability to post jobs online, allowing school districts to fill them faster than before and creating less long-term open vacancies. Additionally, SB 101 requires electronic publication of the complete school laws of the state, which were previously published in paper form. The bill also requires school board candidates to file a transcript evidencing completion of the 12th grade or certified results of a 12th grade equivalency examination.
 
SB 88 - reduces/ends unfunded mandates for cities
 
Senate Bill 88 prohibits the Kentucky General Assembly from imposing mandates on cities that require city expenditures or tax levies without fully funding the requirement or making the requirements contingent on city legislative body approval. Our cities are already strained without the additional burden of an unfunded financial mandate, and we hope this bill will prevent the waste of taxpayer dollars in such a manner.
 
SB 98 - bill to boost local tourism
 
Senate Bill 98 is a bill aimed at boosting local tourism by creating a new entertainment destination center license for counties not containing a consolidated local government or an urban-county government. We hope this bill will help bolster our smaller Kentucky communities that offer unique destinations.
 
SB 106 - limited license for certain salons
 
Senate Bill 106 would create a limited license for beauty salons that provide only blow-drying and styling services. Under current law, these businesses must obtain a full salon license and employ only trained cosmetologists who have completed 1,500 hours of training. SB 106 passed by a 35-0 vote and was sent to the House for consideration.
 
 
SB 153 - allows cattle, chicken haulers weight variance
 
We also passed a number of House bills this week that are now headed to the Governor for his signature. House Bill (HB) 153 allows for a 10 percent weight variance for vehicles transporting feed for livestock or poultry while establishing permitting fees to do so. House Bill 157 updates campaign finance laws, while HB 146 reorganizes and updates some facets of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
 
To those who have reached out to my office in the past weeks, thank you for staying engaged during these early weeks of session. If you are interested in following legislation online, please visit the Legislative Research Commission's website at www.LRC.KY.gov. You can find out who represents you in the General Assembly, track bills through the legislative process, and learn more about the legislative branch and its numerous purposes.
 
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. 
 
# # # Note: Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) represents the 16th District which encompasses Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties. He is the chairman of the Education Committee; as well as co-chairman of the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. He is also a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee; the Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee; the Health and Welfare Committee; the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee; and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. 
 

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3 DRUG ARRESTS IN ADAIR CO. ON THURSDAY

 
Officers with the Columbia Police Department executed a search warrant on Thursday, February 8, 2018 that resulted in three arrests.
 
At approximately 9:30 p.m. Ofc Josh Brockman obtained a search warrant for a residence in Ashley Court within the limits of Columbia. As a result of the investigation and search warrant for illegal drug activity, two Adair County residents and one Green County resident were arrested.
 
  1. Devon Perkins, age 24 of Columbia, KY was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd degree, Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphenalia.
  2. Jodessi Scholl, age 21, of Columbia, KY was arrested on an outstanding parole violation warrant.
  3. Jarrod Blair, age 27 of Greensburg, KY was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Green County District Court.
 
Seized in the search warrant was a large amount of marijuana, 740 pills (identified as Xanex bars) and cash.  Additional charges are pending.
 
CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman is continuing the investigation. Brockman was assisted by Ofc John Dial, Sgt Gary Roy, Deputy Justin Cross and Deputy Brandon Hitch.
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

The Russell Springs City Council met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 2/9/18

 

Samantha J. Craig, 32 of Somerset, KY was arrested by Somerset Police for DUI, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container. She was lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Jordon M. White, age 30, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, & Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.
 
Mary E. Sparks, age 22, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Michael R. Cavanah, age 31, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
 
Misty Hopper, age 23, arrested by Danville Police for Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
White, Sparks & Cavanah were lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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LAST DEFENDANT IN METH RING IN BARREN CO. SENTENCED

 
BOWLING GREEN, KY - (Wed 7 Feb 2018) - The last defendant in a methamphetamine conspiracy operating out of Barren County, Kentucky, was sentenced in United States District Court this week, by United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to 60 months in prison for the sale of 6.5 kilograms of methamphetamine announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. There is no parole in the federal system. 
 
"Meth and those who trade in that poison are no respecter of lives." stated U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. "Incarcerating its dealers and diminishing its supply are critical to protecting Western Kentucky families and our Commonwealth."
 
Andrea Parks, 37, of Robertson County, Tennessee, was charged by grand jury indictment with co-defendants Teresa Lynn Jackson, 47, Danny Ray Delplane, 46, and Christopher Lynn Thomason, 47, from Glasgow, Kentucky, and Eddie Joe Simpson, 47, of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The defendants were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.
 
According to information presented in court, Parks supplied nearly 11 pounds of meth to Jackson, for distribution in Barren County. Specifically, between May 1, 2015, and October 29, 2015, Jackson would travel to Tennessee to receive meth from Parks, then distribute it to Thomason, Delplane, and Simpson. During that time period, law enforcement made five recorded controlled buys from Jackson. During this time period, Parks directly supplied Jackson with 1.5 and 5 kilograms of meth.
 
Further, Jackson was charged as being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. She was sentenced to 156 months in prison followed by a five year term of supervised release. Thomason was sentenced to 57 months in prison, Delplane was sentenced to 33 months in prison, and Simpson was sentenced to 46 months in prison. All were sentenced in United States District Court in Bowling Green, by District Judge Stivers.
 
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
 
From U.S. Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice, Western District of Kentucky
 

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3 PEOPLE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN RUSSELL CO.

 

Three people were arrested Wednesday evening on drug trafficking and other charges in the parking lot of the 127 One Stop at the intersection of U.S. 127 North & KY 76, about 4 miles north of Russell Springs.

 

  1. Clayton Brown, 29, of Harrodsburg, KY was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) & Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
  2. Kelsey Patten, 25, of Middleburg, KY was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  3. George Randy Grant, 44, of Columbia, KY was charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia & Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm).

 

Approximately 15 grams of “crystal meth”, two handguns, digital scales and $598.00 cash was seized. Brown, Patten & Grant were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

The arrests were made by RCSO Deputy Dustin Bunch, RSPD Sgt. Bobby Pritchard, RSPD Officer Nathan Antle, RSPD Officer Ethan Pike and KSP Trooper Billy Begley.

 


 

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KY FUGITIVE APPREHENDED IN GA

 

Boyle County authorities say a man who is accused to have kidnapped and assaulted a woman is now in police custody.
Sheriff Derek Robbins says Kyle E. Smith, 23, of Danville surrendered in LaGrange, Georgia Wednesday. Authorities found the van Smith was driving burned in the woods, and a witness spotted him leaving the vehicle.
 
Smith is accused of kidnapping a Perryville woman on the Danville Bypass just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Robbins says it happened after the woman dropped her kids off at day care when Smith assaulted her and dragged her into a van. The victim was able to escape the van while it was moving. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.
Authorities say this is not the first time Smith has threatened the victim.
 
There are EPO and DPo paperwork between them. Robbins says Smith will likely be brought back to Boyle County next week to face charges.
 

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AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 2/8/18

 

Timothy Janes, 30 of Columbia, arrested by the Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI & Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License. He was lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Michael S. Todd, 48 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Cody M. Ragle, age 21, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Improper Signal, & Promoting Contraband.
 
Clarrisa A. Yankey, age 27, arrested by Danville Police for Receiving Stolen Property (over $10,000), Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, & Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500).
 
Ragle & Yankey 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 SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING FEB. 8

 
The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
 

AGENDA
 
PRAYER
 
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
III. PAYMENT OF BILLS
IV. OLD BUSINESS
V. NEW BUSINESS
  • a) ANDY LANGE, KENTUCKY RURAL WATER
    WATER AND SEWER PASS THRU FROM CITY OF JAMESTOWN
  • b) PARK VEHICLE
ADJOURN
 

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CHS TO HOST VARSITY BASKETBALL DISTRICT T-MENTS

 
Campbellsville High School will host this year’s varsity basketball 20th district tournaments. The girls’ tournament will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 20, with the championship game Friday, Feb. 23.
 
The boys’ tournament will be played on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 22, with the championship game on Saturday, Feb. 24.
 
Girls’ games will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, with a game between Marion and Taylor counties. CHS will take on Adair County at 7:30 p.m. The winners will advance to the championship game on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
 
Boys’ games begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with a game between Marion and Adair counties. CHS will take on Taylor County on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The winners will square off on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.
 
Tickets for the games are $6 per night. Children in first grade and older will be required to buy a ticket. For more information, contact CHS Athletic Director Tim Davis at (270) 465-8774.
 
 

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BEWARE OF TAX ID THEFT

As we enter tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the signs that point to possible tax identity theft.
 
Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job.
 
What You Should Know:
 
  •  If the IRS receives a duplicate tax return filing using your Social Security number, you will receive a written notice through the mail.
  •  Likewise, the IRS will send a notice if you have unreported income or that you and someone else are claiming the same dependents.
  •  The IRS will not initiate contact with you by e-mail, text or social media.ed By Tax Identity Theft:
  •  Submit your tax return as early in the tax season as possible.
  •  Be careful what you share – don’t give out your personal information unless you know who is asking and why, and don’t be shy about refusing.
  •  Dispose of sensitive information safely – shred it with a micro-cut shredder.
  •  Know your tax preparer.
 
Check the status of your refund after filing at www.irs.gov/refunds. If you think someone filed a fraudulent refund with your information, call the IRS Identity Theft line at 800-908-4490. To learn more, visit www.ftc.gov/taxidtheft. 
 
When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Please share this alert with friends and family.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 2/7/18

 

Amanda N. Reynolds, 35 of Burnside, arrested by KSP for DUI.
 
Whitney N. Denney, 33 of Russell Springs, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Brian S. Foley, age 41, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Michael L. Brock Jr., age 44, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, & DUI (Aggravated Circumstance).
 
Justin T. Allen, age 26, arrested by Danville Police for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance).
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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A WANTED MAN APPREHENDED IN RUSSELL COUNTY

 
A man wanted by authorities in multiple counties was apprehended Tuesday afternoon by Sheriff Clete McAninch.
 
Dennis W. Teague, 40, was taken into custody without incident after being found hiding in the attic of a residence on KY 55 North around 2:30 p.m.
 
Sheriff McAninch had responded to a complaint from property owners that someone had been staying in the rental home without permission or any type of rental agreement.
 
Teague was wanted on a Parole/Probation warrant as well as for Failing to Appear in courts in Pendleton & Rockcastle counties on various charges including DUI, Wanton Endangerment, Suspended License and other traffic related offenses.
 
Teague was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL RECAP

 

The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details.

 

 

 

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ADAIR CO. HOUSE FIRE

 
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire on Tuesday at 1:10 PM at 4326 Pellham Branch Road to a home owned by Tom Turner. The homeowner was cleaning his stove and it caught fire. The fire was able to be contained to kitchen area, and sustained smoke damage. 
 
There were 12 firemen on the scene for approx. one hour.  
 

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FLOOD WATCH FOR WAVE LISTENING AREA

 
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...
 
The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a Flood Watch for portions of south-central and east-central  Kentucky from 9 PM CST this evening through Wednesday afternoon.
 
  •  Up to 2 inches of rainfall overnight and Wednesday morning
  •  Flooding of small streams and creeks, and low-lying areas.
 
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT 2/6/18

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.
 
County Judge Executive, Randy Dial, called the magistrates into Executive Session to discuss Personnel. The closed session lasted just over a half hour, with no action taken.
 
Judge Dial told the court that the county 911 Coordinator, Margaret Brown, had resigned recently due to medical issues. Since that time, Wendy Brown had been acting Coordinator. He recommended appointing her to the position at a rate of $13.40 per hour. The magistrates approved by unanimous vote.
 
In closing, Judge Dial also mentioned that road repair operations were underway to address damaged areas from the recent winter weather. He said those repairs were on track, and should be completed soon.
 
The meeting was then adjourned.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 2/6/18

 

Holly N. Hardwick, 44 of Bronston, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI.
 
Katherina R. Chapman, 20 of Russell Springs, arrested for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
 
Ausin K. HIll, 23, of Ferguson, arrested by Somerset Police for Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Justin A. Thomas, age 26, arrested by Danville Police for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance).
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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SLICK SPOTS CAUSE 2 ACCIDENTS IN TAYLOR CO. ON SUN.

 

Slick roads caused 2 accidents in Taylor County on Sunday morning.
 
The first accident occurred at  5:30amCT when 25-year-old Catrina Mehegan of Campbellsville, who was operating a 2000 Chrysler on Hwy 210-Hodgenville Road, hit a slick spot and skidded off the roadway into a ditch. Mehegan was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Taylor County EMS for treatment of her injuries. 
 
The second accident occurred at 7:43amET when 44-year-old Brian Hampton of Campbellsville, KY, who was operating a 2007 Nissan, skidded off the roadway and struck a tree on Stoner Creek Road.  Hampton was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Taylor County EMS for treatment of injuries and later transferred to the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY. 
 
Deputy Rodney Cox with the Taylor County Sheriff's Office investigated both accidents. He was assisted at the scene by Taylor County Fire & Rescue.
 

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CASEY CO. AREA WEEKEND ARRESTS 2/5/18

 

David D. Thompkins, 37 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Menacing, Assault-4th Degree, Resisting Arrest, & Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree.
 
Robert F. Thornton, 48 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI, Reckless Driving, Inadequate Muffler, & Failure to Signal.
 
Crystal L. Hines, 32 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for GUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Following Another Vehicle Too Closely, & No Registration Plates.
 
Daniel P. Odquist, 24 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in Methampehtamine, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Phillip R. Claunch, 27 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in Methamphetamine & Marijuana, & Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Tonya M. Ramsey, 24 of Bronston, arrested by a Pulaski Co. Constable for Criminal Abuse-1st Degree, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
 
Kristian M. Issacs, 36 of Eubank, arrested by Somerset Police for Violation of an IPO, Possession of Methamphetamine, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, Burglary-3rd Degree, & Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified).
 
Melissa A. Harris, 29 of Burnside, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methaphetamine, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (on foot), Possession of Meth & Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified).
 
They were lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Nathan D. Smith, age 34, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid. Smith was lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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2 PEOPLE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN RUSSELL CO. EARLY MONDAY

 

Two persons were arrested early this morning (Monday, Feb. 5, 2018) after a Russell County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle in the Eli community that had a “meth lab” inside it.

At approximately 3:00 a.m., Deputy Dustin Bunch pulled over a KIA SUV near the Eli Café’ after observing the vehicle being operated in a suspicious manner. A few moments into the vehicle stop, the passenger told the Deputy there was a “meth lab” under his seat.

In addition to the “one step meth lab” underneath the front passenger seat, numerous precursors were also found in the vehicle.

The driver, 26 year old Denisha Brown of Russell Springs, and the passenger, 34 year old Brandon Luttrell of Dunnville, were both arrested and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on numerous charges including Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of Meth Precursors.

Deputy Bunch was assisted by Sgt. Mark Cromwell and Detective Joey Hoover of the sheriff’s department and Officer Ethan Pike of the Russell Springs Police Department.

 
 

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KSP POST 15 TO CONDUCT SAFETY TRAFFIC CHECKPOINTS

 
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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KSP POST 15 ACTIVITY REPORT FOR JANUARY, 2018

 
During the month of January 2018, there were 9 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 three fatal collisions during the month of January in the Post 15 area.
 
Dewey D Sturgell, age 49 of Casey Co., KY was killed on 01/05/18 in Taylor County
Kerri Lee Sturgell, age 43 of Casey Co., KY was killed on 01/05/18 in Taylor County
Joseph P. Coop, age 44 of Clinton Co., KY was killed on 01/16/18 in Clinton County
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 3 compared with 0 through this same period in 2017.
 
During the month of January 2018, there were 1060 citations written, 238 courtesy notices written, 971 vehicles inspected, 654 complaints answered, 130 motorists assisted, 46 criminal cases opened and 272 criminal arrests made.
 

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KY FLU-RELATED DEATHS REACH 100

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2018) – The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reporting 100 flu-related deaths from the flu epidemic in Kentucky. At least four of those deaths have been pediatric cases. This season’s H3N2 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 seventh 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. The flu season runs through late May. During the 2016-17 flu season, Kentucky recorded 76 deaths.
 
     “Tragically, the influenza virus has claimed the lives of 100 Kentuckians so far this season,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner. “During this time of widespread flu activity, we want to remind people to avoid contact with others if you have influenza or an influenza-like illness.  If you are sick, seek care from your healthcare provider early. Lastly, take appropriate measures to protect yourself such as washing your hands with soap and water.”
 
The most common flu type identified in Kentucky at this time is influenza A. A healthy person 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 two 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.
 
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. Individuals 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.  
 
  “Recently the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 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). 
 
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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WEBSITE LAUNCHED TO CONNECT KENTUCKIANS TO SUD TREATMENT CENTERS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a new tool in Kentucky’s fight against the opioid epidemic. FindHelpNowKY.org allows users to search in real-time for a local substance use disorder (SUD) treatment center and will be promoted as part of the Governor’s ‘Don’t Let Them Die’ campaign, which seeks to bring awareness to the opioid crisis.
 
“Kentucky is stepping up, ready to lead the nation as we address the opioid problem that plagues so many,” said Gov. Bevin. “We must all work together to solve this crisis.” 
 
Findhelpnowky.org acts as a search engine for individuals seeking a SUD treatment facility for themselves or family members. Users can locate facilities based on geographic location, facility type, and type of treatment needed. The search results also identify which facilities have current openings for patients. The website is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
 
“Near real-time availability of SUD treatment openings will significantly reduce the time spent by the public, healthcare providers, and other healthcare professionals searching for treatment openings by matching available treatment with individual needs,” said Dr. Terry Bunn, director of KIPRC.
 
As part of the launch of the new website, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, WLKY-TV will sponsor the ‘Find Help Now KY’/‘Don’t Let Them Die’ integrated marketing and advertising campaign challenge for high school students. The contest will raise awareness about the dangers of drug use and addiction and will encourage students to create original campaign advertisements to promote the ‘Don’t Let Them Die’ and ‘Find Help Now’ websites. The winning advertisements will be incorporated in the Commonwealth’s opioid awareness marketing campaign.
 
“Information is critical in the fight against opioids, and the high school challenge will allow students across Kentucky to become actively engaged in raising awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction,” said Andrea Stahlman, news director for WLKY.  
 
“We are excited to unleash the resources of ‘Don’t Let Them Die’ and ‘Find Help Now KY,’" said Gov. Bevin. "By allowing the enthusiasm, intellect and creativity of high school students to aid us in this fight, we are giving them the opportunity to make a lasting impression on their peers about the dangers of opioid abuse. We will lead the way in eradicating the opioid epidemic, because we are Kentucky."
 
More information regarding the contest, including complete rules and guidelines, can be found at http://www.dontletthemdie.com/High-School-Challenge.aspx.
 
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETS FEB. 5

 
The Columbia City Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 6:00pmCT at Columbia City Hall.
 
 
AGENDA
 
CALL TO ORDER:  REGULAR CALLED MEETING OF THE COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL – FEBRUARY 5, 2018 AT 6:00 P.M. IN CITY HALL.
ROLL CALL                     
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CITIZENS COMMENTS
 
  • 1ST ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES FROM THE JANUARY 3, 2018
  • 2ND ITEM: CITY FIRE CHIEF MICHAEL GLASGOW REGARDING PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT. 
  • 3RD ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE STREET LIGHT TO BE PLACED ON PROGRESS DRIVE. 
  • 4TH ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE RECOMMENDATION FROM CITY OF COLUMBIA ZONING COMMISSION TO AMEND THE CITY OF COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING MAP EFFECTING A REQUEST FOR ZONE CHANGE FROM C-1 (CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT) TO P (PUBLIC) FOR A LOT LOCATED AT 307 GREENSBURG STREET.  ALSO TO APPROVE RECOMMENDATION OF ZONE CHANGE FROM R-2 (LOW MODERATE DENSITY RESIDENTIAL) TO P (PUBLIC) FOR LOTS LOCATED AT 107 PAULL STREET.  PORPERTY OWNED BY THE ADAIR COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY. PURPOSE:  TO BRING CURRENT PROPERTY INTO THE PROPER ZONE AND PLANS TO CONVERT 107 PAULL STREET INTO A GENEOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER. 
  • 5TH ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 18, 2018 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING.
     
MAYOR’S COMMENTS
COUNCIL COMMENTS 
MOTION TO ADJOURN
 

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RUSSELL CO. DRUG ARREST 2/2/18

 

An investigation into stolen property by Sheriff Clete McAninch & Deputies led to the arrest of a fugitive from Indiana and the discovery of a “meth lab” near Russell Springs.

 

Danny W. Ingram, 43, was arrested by Sheriff McAninch around 8:30 p.m. Thursday at a residence on Little Clifty Creek Road in the Royville community. Ingram is wanted by Indiana authorities for Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs. Soon after taking Ingram into custody, Sheriff McAninch, Deputy Evan Burton & Det. Joey Hoover began smelling a strong chemical type odor in the area of the driveway. Moments later they observed a plastic soft-drink bottle with what appeared to be “sludge” from a very recent “meth cook”. The tenant of the residence granted permission for a search of the property which resulted in numerous “meth precursors” being found adjacent to the driveway, in a fence row, and at the base of the back porch to the residence.

 

Precursors/chemicals found included: Muriatic Acid, salt, filters, lithium, a two-liter bottle with strong odor of fuel, rubber hoses with bottle caps and two additional plastic soft-drink bottles recently used for “cooking meth”. The hazardous “one step meth lab bottles” were processed and safely decontaminated by Sgt. Mark Cromwell, a certified Meth Lab Technician.

 

Ingram was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on charges of being a Fugitive from Justice and Manufacturing Methamphetamine. The investigation is continuing. Additional charges are forthcoming.

 

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JAMESTOWN DRUG ARREST 2/2/18

 

A Jamestown, KY man was arrested late Thursday night for selling Methamphetamine as part of an investigation by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department.

 

David L. Russell, 35, was taken into custody at 11:30 p.m. at his residence in the ABC Apartment Complex on Airport Road in Jamestown. Russell is charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree - Methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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JAMESTOWN MAN SUFFERS LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AFTER WRECK WED. NIGHT

 
A Jamestown, KY man suffered life threatening injuries following a wreck Wednesday night in Russell County.  
 
According to police, 45-year-old Phillip Gadberry of Jamestown, KY was operating a 2004 Chevy Aveo northbound on U.S. Highway 127, when the vehicle left the roadway, entered the parking lot of Stapp's Trucking Center, side-swiped a flat bed semi trailer and turned sideways. The vehicle continued on through the lot impacting two more semi trailers before coming to rest.
 
Russell County EMS transported Gadberry to Russell County Hospital where he was then flown by Air Evac to UK Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.  Police say speed is a contributing factor in the accident. Gadberry was wearing a seatbelt. 
 
Deputy Dustin Bunch of the Russell County Sheriff's Office investigated. The incident occured at approximately 8:57 pm CT.
 

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ONE AIRLIFTED AFTER TRAFFIC CRASH ON BYPASS IN COLUMBIA THURSDAY MORNING

 
The Columbia Police Department investigated an early morning injury accident at the intersection of Veterans Bypass and Burkesville Street that resulted in one patient being airlifted.
 
Preliminary investigation shows that Paul Thompson, age 37 of Owensboro, KY was traveling east on the Veterans Memorial Bypass in a 2014 Toyota. Thompson failed to stop at a traffic control device and entered the intersection. Thompson’s vehicle struck a 2005 Nissan operated by 43 year old Eric Coomer of Columbia, KY who was traveling south on Burkesville Street with the right-of-way.
 
Coomer was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia, then transferred to UK Hospital in Lexington, KY via Air Evac.
 
Thompson had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department before being transported to TJ Health Columbia.
 
The collision is being investigated by CPD Sgt. Gary Roy who was assisted by Deputy Joey Keith.
 
Responding agencies:  Columbia Police,  Adair County Sheriffs Department, Adair EMS and the Columbia-Adair Fire Department.
 

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