Local News Archives for 2018-03

KY TEACHERS RETURNING TO CAPITOL TO RALLY AGAINST PENSION REFORM BILL

 
Kentucky teachers say they'll return to the capitol on Monday, April 2, 2018 to rally against the pension reform bill passed by the Republican-led legislature. 
 
KY Teachers Association President Stephanie Winkler says "a bomb has exploded on public service." She says any lawmaker who voted "yes" for the pension bill will need to pack up their legislative office. 
 
Winkler supports the teachers' right to call in sick if they are ill, saying they are "sick to death." 
 
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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he will a lawsuit to stop a pension reform bill from becoming law. 
 
Beshear tweeted a video, saying he was "outraged" over the bill's passage Thursday night. He says it violates a contract the state made with teachers. 
 
Angry teachers returned to the capitol rotunda Friday morning, chanting "We've had enough." 
 
Many school districts across the state, including Jefferson and Fayette, were closed Friday because so many teachers called in sick to protest the pension bill. 
 

 

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3 CASEY CO. WOMEN INDICTED IN TAYLOR CO.

 

A Taylor County Grand Jury has indicted three Casey County women on burglary charges.
 
Crystal G. Cruse, 697 Carrsasser Rd., Liberty, KY: Burglary-3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), & Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree.
 
Anna E. Wethington, 429 Cherry Lane, Liberty, KY: Burglary-3rd Degree, & Theft by Unawful Taking (under $500).
 
Vicki Jo Middleton, 226 Creston Watertower Rd., Liberty, KY: Burglary-3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), & Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree.
 
An indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.
 

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98.7 THE BUCK: ARRESTS 3/30/18

 

Nathaniel D. Whitis, 30, of Somerset, KY arrested by Somerset Police for Burglary-1st/3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Theft of a Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property, & Theft by Deception (cold checks).
 
Austin D. Parris,19, of Somerset, KY arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Colton W. Snow, 24, of Kings Mountain, KY arrested by Somerset Police for Burglary-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, No Registration Plates, & No Insurance.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
John R. Bess Jr., 31, arrested by Danville police for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree, & Assault-3rd Degree of a Police Officer.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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UPDATE ON CUMBERLAND PARKWAY INJURY COLLISION

 
******UPDATE*******
 
Edmonton, KY (March 29, 2018) Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle injury collision this morning at 5:01am CT on the Cumberland Parkway near the Metcalfe, Adair County Line, resulting in the parkway being closed for more than 10 hours.

 

Preliminary investigations show 58 year-old Randy Johnson of Glasgow was operating a 2017 Volvo traveling east on the parkway.  Johnson for an unknown reason lost control of his vehicle entering the median traveling into the west bound lanes.  Johnson’s vehicle traveled off the roadway striking an earth embankment leaving his trailer crossways in the roadway.  47 year-old William Davis of Madisonville was operating a 2010 Freightliner traveling west on the parkway when he struck the trailer trapping him in his vehicle.  Davis was extricated from the vehicle by the Adair County and Metcalfe County Fire and Rescue Squads.  Johnson and Davis were wearing their seat belts and were transported to T. J. Samson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

 

Sergeant Randy Honeycutt is investigating the collision and was assisted on scene by the Metcalfe County Sherriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue, Adair County Fire and Rescue, and Barren-Metcalfe County EMS. 

 

 

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REP. CARNEY SPONSORS PENSION BILL

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have resurrected a bill to overhaul one of the nation's worst-funded pension systems. 
 
The proposal was approved by a legislative committee moments after it was released publicly. It preserves most benefits for current teachers and state workers, but would move new hires into a hybrid cash balance plan. 
 
The bill was written so quickly it has not been reviewed by actuaries, so lawmakers don't know how the bill will financially impact the retirement system. Republican Rep. John Carney -- the bill sponsors -- says it will save $300 million over 30 years. 
 
Kentucky's retirement systems are $41 billion short of the money that will be required to pay benefits over the next 30 years. 
 

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EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 
One person was arrested on drug charges following an early morning traffic stop in Adair County.
 
At approximately 5:00amCT on March 28, 2018, the Adair County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle at Bettys OK Country Cooking. Adair county Deputy Josh Durbin responded and located the vehicle driving down Keltner Road. Durbin conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and placed the passenger, 39 year old Freddy Burress, under arrest for three outstanding Taylor Co. warrants. Once Burress was taken to the Adair County Jail, it was discovered that he had concealed a small bag of suspected meth in his clothes. Buress then attempted to destroy the bag of meth by attempting to eat and flush it but was unsuccessful. Buress was then charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Promoting Contraband.
 
Deputy Durbin is the investigating officer and was assisted by Columbia Police officer Jorden Dean and Deputy Brandon Hitch and Jail Deputy Diorian Coleman.
 

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EASTBOUND LOUIE B NUNN/CUMBERLAND PKWY CLOSED AT ADAIR/METCALFE LINE

 
>>> UPDATE >>>
(6:30amCT) Westbound lane traffic on the Louie B Nunn/Cumberland Parkway is now being allowed thru. 
 
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The eastbound lane of the Louie B Nunn/Cumberland Parkway is blocked near the Adair/Metcalfe line due to a traffic accident involving two semi trailers. Cleanup may take up to 4 hours. Take HWY 68-80 to Ky EAST 80 as an alternate route.  No word yet on injuries. It was initially report the crash was with entrapment. Kentucky State Police is investigating. 
 

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98.7 THE BUCK AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS - 3/29/18

 

Daniel T. Abell, 26 of Liberty, arrested by KSP for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
 
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Amery D. Mort, 31 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance, Driving on a Suspened/Revoked Operator's License, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Promoting Contraband.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Elizabeth Tevis, age 40, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified).
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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ADAIR CO. SHOOTING

 
The Columbia Police Department is currently investigating an incident that resulted in one man being shot.
 
The incident occurred at 200 Church Street when 28 year old Donte Sangster went to the home of 46 year old Michael Ed Dial. During the encounter, Sangster was shot in the neck and was flown to University of Louisville Hospital where he is currently in critical condition. Micheal Ed Dial is with officers but not under arrest. Dial is cooperating with the investigation. 
 
Police Chief Jason Cross is on the scene along with multiple CPD Officers and Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff's. The investigation is being handled by CPD Sgt. Jr. Murphy. 
 
More details will be released as they are made available.
 

 

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ADAIR CO. MOTHER & GRANDMOTHER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN R.C.

 
An Adair County mother and grandmother were arrested Sunday night after being found inside a pickup truck with Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a four-year old child.
 
At approximately 8:25 p.m. Deputy Evan Burton and Officer Zach Carney of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife made contact with Connie Marie Miller, 53, and Kelly Marie West Foster, 31, on property about 4.5 miles north of Russell Springs off U.S. 127.
 
The investigation resulted in both women being charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. Additionally, Foster was charged with Giving Police Officer False Name or Information and Miller was charged with Promoting Contraband after being found in possession of a small baggie of “crystal meth” while being processed in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
A preliminary hearing was held in Russell District Court on March 27th with “probable cause being found” on all charges. The cases against Miller and Foster were bound over to the Russell County Grand Jury.
 

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PULASKI CO. ARRESTS 3/28/18

 

Kenneth W. Gill, 36 of Burnside, KY was arrested by the Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree, Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree, Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Impersonating a Peace Officer & Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
 
Glenn A. Huff, 54, of Nancy, KY was arrested by Drug Enforcement Officers for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Degree/1st Offense (drug unspecified).
 
Both men were lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. INDICTMENTS 03/27/18

 

A Russell Co. Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. Lisa Clark has details:  

 

 

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TOWN HALL MEETING

 
1st District Congressman James Comer (KY-01) will host a Town Hall Meeting in Adair County on Wednesday, March 28th. Congressman Comer will give a Washington update and then take part in a question and answer discussion with participants at the meeting.
 
Wednesday March 28th
9:00 am CDT
Adair County Town Hall
Adair County Judicial Center
201 Campbellsville Street
Columbia, KY
 

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98.7 THE BUCK: ARRESTS 3/27/18

 

Jimmy R. Purdue, 43 of Somerset, arrested by Burnside Police for Speeding 17 MPH over the limit, Reckless Driving, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Registration Plate/Receipt, No Insurance, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving too Fast for Traffic Conditions, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & License to be in Possession.
 
Michael L. Adkins, 54 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Jordan E. Young, 33 of Sterns, arrested by Somerset Police for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Paula B. Turner, age 25, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Disorderly Conduct, & Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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UNOCCUPIED FARMHOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE IN RUSSELL CO.

 
A farmhouse was destroyed by fire over the weekend in Russell County.
 
According to the Jamestown Fire Department, the fire occurred on Saturday, March 24, 2018 just before 9:00pm on Hwy 832 (off Hales Highway) at an unoccupied farmhouse that was being used for storage. The structure was fully engulfed in flames by the time firemen arrived and was a total loss. 
 
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 14 firemen were on the scene for approx. 2 hours.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED IN GREEN CO.

 
An Adair Co. man was arrested over the weekend in Green Co. 
 
According to the Greensburg Police Dept., 33 year old Justin K. Coomer of Columbia, KY was arrested just after midnight Sunday night by Officer Matt Matney on Adair Co. District Court Warrants on the charges of: 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property - Firearm, 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and 1 count of Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree. 
 
Coomer was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 

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2 PEOPLE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING ACCIDENT IN JAMESTOWN ON MARCH 23

 
The Jamestown Police Dept. investigated a 1-vehicle injury accident on Friday, March 23, 2018.
 
The accident occurred at 4:21pmCT when a 2005 Jeep Liberty operated by 25-year-old Jessica Jones of Russell Springs, KY was traveling north on 127 and lost control of her vehicle. Jones then crossed US 127 South, continued off the roadway, jumped the sidewalk and struck several vehicles at Hillside Motors. Jones and a passenger, 32-year-old James Redmon of Russell Springs, KY were transported by Russell Co. EMS to Russell County Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
 
Jamestown Police Officer Todd Wood investigated the accident.
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE ELEM. SCHOOL PRE-SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES

 
Campbellsville Elementary School staff members have made some changes to the preschool calendar for the remainder of the school year. 
 
Students will attend class on their regular schedule on Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th. 4 & 5-year-old students will attend class on their regular schedule, releasing at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 13th, Friday, April 20th and Friday, April 27th. The three Fridays in April will be used for students to focus on kindergarten readiness. Students will work on skills they need to be successful when attending kindergarten. Preschool students will end their school year on Thursday, May 10, 2018. 
 
For more information, contact Ricky Hunt, preschool director, at 270-465-4561.
 

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ADAIR MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT

 

An Adair County man is lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on multiple felony charges stemming from a domestic violence complaint.  
 
On Thursday, March 22, 2018 the Columbia Police Department responded to a reported altercation on Jamestown Street in the limits of Columbia. Upon arrival, they found a female sitting in the driveway who had been physically assaulted. 38-year-old Zachary Jensen of Columbia, KY exited the house holding a knife in each hand. At that time, Officer Dean and Deputy Padgett began moving into position to attempt deployment of  taser’s while Officer Dial provided them cover. After repeated demands for him to drop the knives, Jensen attempted to throw one of them at Ofc Dean. A taser was deployed by Dean with no effect, and a second taser was deployed by Deputy Padgett bringing the suspect down. Officers then moved in and following a small scuffle were able to take Jensen into custody.  
  
Zachary Jensen was charged with Assault 3rd degree (police officer), Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Menacing,  Resisting Arrest, Assault 4th degree (Domestic) and Disorderly Conduct.  
 
The case is being investigated by CPD Ofc Jordan Dean.
 

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98.7 THE BUCK WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

Courtney N. Turpin, 29 of Lancaster, arrested by Deputy Chad Weddle with Casey County Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree, & Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500. 
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Kendra C. Goins-Kingsley, 42 of Nancy, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Ferlando M. Denny, age 32, arrested by Danville Police for Possession/Trafficking in Marijuan, Tampering w/Physical Evidence, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, License to be in Possession, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Kristen N. Hembree, age 31, arrested by Danville Police for Changing Drivers-Car in Motion (Reckless Driving), Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Tampering w/Physical Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
 
Lloyd N. Graham Jr., age 49, arrested by Danville Police for Changing Drivers-Car in Motion (Reckless Driving), No Operator's License, & Improper Turning.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN INJURED AFTER STRIKING CHURCH PARSONAGE

 
An Adair County man was injured after striking an Adair County church parsonage.
 

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle injury accident on Hwy 55 South in Glens Fork, KY.

 
A preliminary investigation determined that a 2003 black Lincoln Navigator operated by Billy Dean Andrew, Jr. of Glens Fork, had left the roadway at 7735 Hwy 55 South and traveled across Hwy 768. Andrew's vehicle then traveled into the yard of 7803 Hwy 55 South and struck the residence at that address, which is the Glens Fork Church of the Nazarene church parsonage. 
 
Andrew was taken by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia and later sent to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY for injuries sustained. 
 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the scene by Adair County EMS and members of Glens Fork Church of the Nazarene.
 

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING MARCH 27

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:00amCT in the Adair Annex basement meeting room.
 
AGENDA
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
                      
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  • APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR CMRS GRANTS
  • APPROVAL TO ADVERTISE FOR CMRS GRANT EQUIPMENT    
  • BUDGET AMENDMENT – 2ND READING
  • BUDGET TRANSFERS – LINE TO LINE
  • APPROVAL TO PAY DISBURSEMENT FROM B & B COMMUNICATIONS ON COMPLETION OF JOB FOR HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR PRIDE GRANTS FOR HHW & RECYCLING EQUIPMENT
  • PERMISSION TO SIGN PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH AOC RECOMMENDED VENDOR
  • APPROVAL TO SUBMIT INFO FOR USDA GRANT FOR SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
  • ADJOURN
 
 
This meeting is open to the public 
 

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GOLDEN ALERT ISSUED FOR A CASEY CO. MAN 3/23/18

 

GOLDEN ALERT #20181317 has been issued for a missing Casey County man.
 
According to the Casey County Sheriff's Department, 60-year-old Danny Hatter has now been missing for three weeks. He is described as a white male, approx.150 pounds, bald, and wears glasses. Hatter may be driving a dark red or blue, 2003 Ford Ranger pickup with KY tag # 917-PEV.
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Casey County Sheriff's Office at 606-787-6821.
 

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CASEY COUNTY TV SHOW

 

A TV production company is looking to film in Casey County.

 

Tom McConnell is the Executive Producer of a show called Coomer’s Country.  He addressed civic leaders at Liberty City Hall yesterday.

 

McConnell proposed three days of filming, which could cost up to $45,000 to produce.  The shows could air on Discovery Network’s “Destination America” or on RFD TV for a lesser amount. The programs would bring attention to Liberty and Casey County on a national level.

 

Mr. McConnell is also a promoter of vintage truck/tractor pulls and suggested a two year contract to host events at the Ag/Expo Center, which could potentially bring thousands of visitors to our community.

 

Members of the Liberty City Council, Tourism Board, and Economic Development Authority are taking the proposal under consideration.  Look for a special City Council meeting next week to vote on the matter.

 

McConnell said he needed a decision by next Friday.

 

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CLINTON CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT

 
Albany, Ky. (March 22, 2018) – 39-year-old Charlie K. York, of Albany, was arrested on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 following a pursuit that lasted approximately 30 minutes while traveling through Clinton County and ending in Wayne County at the intersection of KY 200 and KY 167.  York was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (methamphetamine) and numerous other traffic violations.  
 
 
York was transported to the Wayne County Hospital to be medically cleared  for admission to the jail due to his level of intoxication.  He was cleared and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.  
 
 
The pursuit began on KY 0090 when Tpr. Jason Warinner attempted to stop the York vehicle due to the rear license plate not being illuminated. The pursuit traveled along KY 90, KY 1009 and KY 200.  Tpr. Warinner was assisted in the pursuit by the Clinton County and Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Monticello City Police and Troopers from Post 11.      
 

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GLASGOW MAN FALLS FROM SLICK BRIDGE AFTER AUTO ACCIDENT IN COLUMBIA

   

Columbia Police investigated an accident that resulted in a man falling from a bridge. 

 

At approximately 8:15 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Columbia Police were called to Burkesville Road to a reported single vehicle accident. Upon arrival, police found 37-year-old Paul Huffman of Glasgow, KY was headed south when he lost control on the bridge due to ice. Huffman struck the bridge but was uninjured in the collision.  

 

During that time, a passing motorist had stopped to offer assistance to Huffman when a third vehicle lost control on ice and struck Huffman’s vehicle. During the chain of events, Huffman lost his footing and began to stumble on the ice slick bridge. Huffman was unable to gain stability before he fell over the side of the bridge falling approximately 50 ft to the ground below. He was treated by Adair County EMS and taken to TJ Health Columbia for additional care. He was then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital.

 

The incident is being investigated by CPD Ofc John Dial who was assisted by Ofc Drew Conn.
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BUCK AREA ARRESTS 3/22/18

 

Jacob C. Biddle, age 35, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, One Headlight, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator’s License, Failure to Transfer a Motor Vehicle, No Insurance, & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container.

 

Adam C. Taylor, age 35, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Failure to Illuminate Headlamps, & No Brake Lights.

Kevin D. Ison, age 36, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, & 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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WAVE POLAR REPORT - CANCELLATIONS & CLOSINGS MARCH 22, 2018

No School for Thursday, March 22, 2018:

Adair Co.

Adair Co. Head Start

Russell County

 

1 hour delay - Cumberland Co. & Burkesville Head Start

2 hour delay - Casey Co.

1 hour delay - Clinton Co. (bus driver discretion)

 

OTHER:

Adanta in Columbia is on a 2 hour delay

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SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT IN RUSSELL CO.

 
A school bus vs vehicle accident occurred on Tuesday morning in front of RSES.
 
Just before 7:00amCT on Tuesday, March 20th a school bus being operated by 59-year-old David McDonald, was southbound and had stopped to turn into the school. Another bus traveling north had stopped and motioned McDonald to go ahead and pull into the schools parking lot. The driver didn’t notice a northbound vehicle, being operated by Tabitha Cross of Columbia, KY, and turned into her path. Cross tried to avoid the bus, but was unable to do so and the vehicles collided. 
 
Tabitha Cross was injured after her airbag deployed and was transported to R.C. Hospital by private vehicle. The bus driver, Mr. McDonald and the 26 students on the bus at the time of the collision, escaped injury.
 
The Russell Springs Police Dept. investigated the accident.
 

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WAVE POLAR REPORT - CANCELLATIONS & CLOSINGS MARCH 21, 2018

Wave Polar Report - March 21, 2018

brought to you by: Napa, Jack & Jack Insurance, Barger Insurance 

NO SCHOOL:

Adair Co

Adair Co Head Start 

Russell Co

Green Co

Metcalfe Co

Metcalfe Head Start

Cumberland Co

Burkesville Head Start 

Clinton Co

Casey Co

Taylor Co

Hart Co

 

1 hour delay - Campbellsville Independent

2 hour delay - Larue Co

 

Other:

Active Day in Russell Springs - 2 hour delay and will open at 8:00 am

 

 

 

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY INDICTMENTS 3/21/18

 

  • Ronnie Steven Means, 39 of Bethelridge:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Matthew D. Weddle, 32 of Liberty:  Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500).
  • Zackary D. Montgomery, 23 of Yosemite:  2 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500).
  • Katherine M. Kirby, 21 of Stanford, & Joshua Wayne Pruitt, 26 of Liberty:  2 counts of Complicity to commit Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500).
  • Linda Sue Maynard, 37 of Liberty, & Jeremy Ryan Sears, 26 of Hustonville:  Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
  • Kegan S. Posey, 24 of Liberty:  Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree, Assault-4th Degree/3rd Offense (Domestic Violence), & Violation of a Ky EPO/DVO.
  • William Dean Brown, 55 of Liberty:  Driving on a DUI Suspended License-3rd Offense, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Expired Registration Plates, No Insurance, Resisting Arrest, & Menacing.
  • Victor Alfonzo Gonzales, 33 of Liberty:  Sexual Abuse-1st Degree (victim under 12).
  • Michael J. Hopkins, 36 of Lancaster, & Brandi Mae Keith, 20 of Liberty:  Bail Jumping-1st Degree.
  • Jamie Burl Cochran, 40 of Liberty:  Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Danny Wayne Price, 61 of Hustonville:  Trafficking in Cocaine/Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, & Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Clyde Edmond Miller, 42 of Hustonville:  Receiving Stolen Property (over $500).
  • George S. Webb III, 30 of Moreland:  Receiving Stolen Property (over $500), & Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree.
  • Hubert Preston Skipper III, 50, & Regina Erin Skipper, 39, both of Gravel Switch:  Receiving Stolen Property (over $500), Persistent Felony Offender, Tampering w/Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Trafficking in Marijuana (over 5lbs), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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An indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.

 

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BUCK SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS 3/21/18

 

  • ADAIR
  • BOYLE (NTI)
  • CASEY (NTI-9)
  • LINCOLN
  • MARION
  • RUSSELL
  • TAYLOR
  • WAYNE

 

...also Just Family Adult Day Care in Liberty is Closed.
 
**Campbellsville Independent (1 hour delay)
 

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WAVE POLAR REPORT - TUESDAY, MARCH 20

 

CANCELLATIONS - TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018
 
Adair County Lady Indians Softball game scheduled for today against Larue County has been cancelled
 
Adair County Indians baseball game scheduled for today has been cancelled
 
Today’s C-ville Lady Eagles Softball game at North Hardin has been cancelled
 
Lindsey Wilson’s previously-scheduled baseball games with Freed-Hardeman at 4pmCT today and Union at 4pmCT on Wednesday have been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. There is no makeup date for the games at this time.
 
The Adair Co. Extension Homemaker's Leader Training scheduled for 5:30pmCT today has been cancelled due to impending weather.
 
Campbellsville Univ. Chapel & Endowment Luncheon canceled for Wednesday 
 

CU Baptist Heritage Lecture Series canceled for tonight (Tuesday)

 

 
 
 

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

 
..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EDT /1 PM CDT/ WEDNESDAY...
 
Snow is expected this evening through Wednesday morning. There could be slick and slushy roads later this evening through Wednesday morning. Snow totals are expected to vary from 4 to 6 inches across north central KY, 2 to 3 inches across central KY, and 1-2 inches across west central and south central KY. 
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
 

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RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD REPORT

 

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

 

 

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PULASKI DRUG ARREST 3/20/18

 

Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Somerset woman was arrested by Deputy Ricky Shirley on various charges after a short foot chase Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2018.

 

Deputy Shirley along with KSP Trooper Willie Cowan located Amy N. Meece, age 35 of Sulphur Springs Hollow Road at her residence Sunday afternoon.  She was being sought on a Pulaski County District Court Warrant for the following: 1. Burglary, 1st Degree. 2. Theft by Unlawful Taking-Firearm. 3. Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (All Others) $500 or More But Under $10,000.  4. Burglary, 3rd Degree. 5. Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument, 2nd Degree.

 

When officers arrived at Ms. Meece's residence, she fled out a window and was apprehended after a short foot chase.  Amy N. Meece was placed under arrest and a search of her person yielded a plastic baggie containing 5 pills later identified as hydrocodone.  Ms. Meece was additionally charged with: 1. Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified). 2. Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (On Foot).  3. Prescription Substance Not in Proper Container, 1st Offense.

 

Amy N. Meece was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center without further incident.

 

The investigation continues by Deputy Shirley and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT 3/20/18

 

THE CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY.
 
HOLLY SCOVILLE, WITH LEDCOR GROUP, ADDRESSED THE COURT CONCERNING THE KY WIRED PROJECT, WHICH IS BRINGING A HIGH SPEED BROADBAND FIBER NETWORK TO THE STATE.  THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO COVER KENTUCKY IN A SIX RING NETWORK DESIGN. CASEY COUNTY IS INCLUDED IN RING THREE, WHICH COULD BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 2020.  THE FIBER OPTIC NETWORK WOULD BRING CAPABILITY OF DOWNLOADING A THREE HOUR MOVIE IN ABOUT 15 SECONDS, ACCORDING TO MISS SCOVILLE.  INITIALLY, REPRESENTATIVES OF DUO-COUNTY TOLD THE COURT THAT ONLY CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE COUNTY WOULD BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE HIGH SPEED NETWORK, MAINLY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AND SOME BUSINESS AREAS.  THE COURT QUESTIONED IF THAT WOULD BE THE CASE AND MISS SCOVILLE SAID NO. ONCE INSTALLED, THE SERVICE WOULD POTENTIALLY COVER ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTY THROUGH ISP PROVIDERS.  DUO COUNTY TELECOM IS SEEKING A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH CASEY COUNTY AS A SERVICE PROVIDER.  THE COUNTY MUST GRANT ACCESS TO EASMENTS AND RIGHT OF WAY SO THAT WORKERS CAN ACCESS THE EXISTING POLES TO MAKE READY FOR THE NEW CABLE.  NO ACTION WAS TAKEN LAST NIGHT.  MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON LINE AT KENTUCKY WIRED PROJECT DOT COM.
 
TWO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE LAW FIRM OF McBRAYER, McGINNIS, LESLIE & KIRKLAND ADDRESSED THE COURT TO OFFER CASEY COUNTY THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN LITIGATION IN THE OPIOID LAW SUIT AGAINST MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF THE DRUGS, WHICH HAVE RESULTED IN AN EPIDEMIC OF ADDICTIONS, AND CONSEQUENT EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROBLEM.  JARON BLANDFORD, AND DAVID GUARNIERI PRESENTED INFORMATION TO THE COURT THAT NEARLY 2.6 MILLION AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING FROM THE ADDICTION TO THESE DRUGS.  THE PROBLEM HAS LED TO MASSIVE EXPENSES ON EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT, DOWN TO THE COUNTY LEVEL INCLUDING ARRESTS, INCARCERATION, PROSECUTION, AND MEDICAL TREATMENT IN RELATION TO OPIOIDS.  COUNTY ATTORNEY, TOMMY WEDDLE, ASKED, IF SUCCESSFUL, HOW THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SUIT WOULD BE SPLIT UP.  GUARNIERI SAID IT COULD WORK A NUMBER OF WAYS, INCLUDING BASED ON A COUNTY BY COUNTY NUMBER OF USERS OF THE DRUGS, WHICH IS ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.  NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THE SUBJECT LAST NIGHT.
 
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT'S PRE-AUDIT EXCESS FEES, IN THE AMOUNT OF JUST OVER $33,400 WAS ACCEPTED AS THE DEPARTMENT'S QUARTERLY REPORT WAS APPROVED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE.
 
IN ROAD BUSINESS, THE COURT WILL SOON ACCEPT DUMP TRUCK BIDS, AND APPROVED RURAL SECONDARY RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH INCLUDED RESURFACING AREAS OF TWO COUNTY ROADS, KY 1649 AND KY 501. 
 
THE BOARD THEN WENT INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION.
 

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STOLEN ATV RECOVERED IN RUSSELL CO.

 
An ATV stolen early Friday morning in Russell County has been recovered and one person arrested.
 
On Sunday evening around 7:45 p.m., R.C. Deputy Evan Burton located the stolen Polaris ATV at a residence off East West-Wilson Road resulting in the arrest of Brandon G. Chapman, 29, of Russell Springs, KY on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000 in value.
 
The 4-wheeler and a farm truck belonging to Jeff Loy were stolen from his barn at the end of Akers Lane off KY 379 in the Esto community. The truck was recovered early Friday afternoon off Oaks Road by Sheriff Clete McAninch and Deputy Nathan Ginn.
 
Chapman was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.
 

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ADAIR CO. FIRE DAMAGES HOUSE AND DESTROYS BARN

 
A fire over the weekend damages home & destroys a barn.
 
The Adair County Fire Department responded to the fire at 4340 Liberty Road on Sunday afternoon at 2:06 PM to property owned by David & Eva Rigney. The property was being occupied by Eric Smith & Gage Schell. The house sustained damage and the barn was a total loss. 18 firemen were on the scene for approx. 2 hours.  
 
Assisting at the scene were Adair Search & Rescue, Adair Co. Sheriff's Office and Constable Jason Rector.   
 

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COLUMBIA ACCIDENT EARLY LAST THURSDAY SHUT DOWN A STREET & KNOCKED DOWN POWER LINES

     
The Columbia Police Department investigated a 1-vehicle injury accident on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:28amCT. 
 
28-year-old Joshua Ford of Columbia, KY was operating a 2009 Kia Optima traveling north on Jamestown Street. Ford lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway striking a brick head wall, then striking and breaking a utility pole. The impact knocked down live utility lines. 
 
Ford was treated and transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair County EMS. Jamestown Street was shut down until 6:00amCT in order to clear live utility lines that were knocked down as a result of the crash. 
 
The collision was investigated by CPD Officer Drew Conn. He was assisted by Ofc Jamie Cole. 
 

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CASEY CO. AREA WEEKEND ARRESTS 3/19/18

 

Stephen B. Bernard II, 28 of Liberty, arrested by KSP for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
 
Joseph W. Cooper, 19 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police for Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Possession of Methamphetamine.
 
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Amy N. Meece, 35 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Burglary-1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking-Firearm, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Burglary-3rd Degree, & Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument-2nd Degree.
 
Bobby J. Inman II, 27 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, DUI-1st Offense, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving, Improper Passing, Following Too Closely, Disregarding Traffic Control Device, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Hunter M. Morgan, age 32, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia, Receiving Stolen Property, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), Theft by Unlawful Taking, & Burglary-3rd Degree.
 
Kevin Rocha, age 23, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Department for Trafficking in Cocaine & Marijuana.
 
Dalia N. Perez, age 23, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Traffickingin Cocaine & Marijuana, & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
 
Edgar Sanchez, age 38, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Disregarding a Traffic Light, No Moped Operator's License, & Trafficking in Cocaine & Marijuana.
 
Ernest Hardy, age 32, arrested by Danville Police for Sodomy-3rd Degree, & Prohibited Use of Electronic Communications to Procure a Peace Officer Posing as a Minor for Sex.
 
Jason L. Asbury, age 35, arrested by Junction City Police for Criminal Trespassing-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), Burglary-3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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CASEY CO. FIRE 3/19/18

 

Fire fighters from three departments responded to a structure fire early Saturday morning in Casey County.
 
Responders from South East Casey County Fire Department, Poplar Springs Fire Dept, and East Casey Fire Dept responded to the scene on Dry Ridge. 
 
A vacant house was fully involved upon arrival and was a total loss.
 
No injuries reported.
 

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FAMILY NEEDS ITEMS FOLLOWING FIRE

 
An Adair Co. family lost everything in a house fire last week.
 
The Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire on Thursday night at 8:30 PM, at 719 Mack Street to property owned by Mark Coomer. Upon firefighters arrival, the home was completely engulfed in flames. The origin is unknown at this time and the home was total loss. There were 20 firemen on the scene for 1 hour.   
 
Vicki Anderson & her 16-year-old grandson Isaac, occupied the home and lost all their belongings. If you have anything you would like to donate to help out this family, please call 270-250-4799.
 
SIZES NEEDED
VICKI - Pants: size 5-7, Tops: Med. to Large, Shoes 8 to 8 1/2
ISAAC - Pants: 32,30, Shirts: Large, Shoes: 12
 

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RALLY TO PROTEST SENATE BILL 1 ON MARCH 22

 

There will be a rally to protest Senate Bill 1, on the Jamestown Street front of the historic Adair County Courthouse on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 3pm-6pmCT. Organizers are requesting all employees affected by SB1 and their pension issues to attend this rally and to wear Red, and to bring signs to support need to say "No" to Senate Bill 1. Similar rallies are being held across the Commonwealth. 

 

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HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE IN ADAIR CO.

 

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Thursday night at 8:30 PM, at 719 Mack Street to property owned by Mark Coomer. Upon firefighters arrival, the home was completely engulfed in flames. The origin is unknown at this time and the home was total loss. There were 20 firemen on the scene for 1 hour.   

 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE IND. SCHOOLS SAFETY FORUM MARCH 20

 
Campbellsville Independent Schools will be hosting a Public Forum on School Safety on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6pmET in Hamilton Auditorium adjacent to Campbellsville High School. The event is FREE and open to the public. Local law enforcement and public officials, Campbellsville Board of Education members and Campbellsville elementary, middle and high school staff members will attend the forum. Superintendent Kirby Smith will discuss the District’s safety procedures, including additional measures taken this school year and proposed changes for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information call 270-465-4162.
 

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OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN TAYLOR CO. ON SEVERAL CHARGES

 

Four people were arrested on drug & other charges after Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a possible stolen vehicle located at 145 Snow Lane in Campbellsville on Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2018.

 

Upon arrival, officers observed the stolen vehicle in the back of the residence and four persons running out the back door. All four were apprehended a short time later. 29-year-old Dennis Lyons, 29-year-old Martell Briscoe & 21-year-old Angelo Brooks all of Michigan, along with 20-year-old  Robert Simpson of North Carolina were arrested for: Trafficking in Heroin, Marijuana and Hydrocodone, Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000, and Fleeing & Evading Police. Lyons was also charged with Burglary 3rd degree and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 

 

According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, a search of the residence turned up a large amount of heroin, marijuana and hydrocodone along with multiple scales, cutting agents and other paraphernalia. Also found was a large amount of cash and an S-K-S semi-automatic rifle.

 

Officers with the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office were assisted by the Campbellsville Police Dept., several KSP Troopers, and "Lily" the TCSO K9 unit.

 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

As of 8:25amCT on Friday, March 16, 2018, the CAUD Boil Water Advisory: Burkesville St & Side RoadsMarch 15, 2018 boil water advisory from the Square to Bomar Heights, any side roads on the left side of Burkesville Street, all side roads off of Tutt Street, all side roads off Bomar Heights, Harvey Street, and S Reed Street has been LIFTED by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 3/16/18

 

Casey L. Cox, 26 of Junction City, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Department for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
Susan M. Monroy, 40 of Stanford, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine & Marijuana, & Public Intoxication.
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
Dale R. Jackson, 54 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER RESIGNS

 

A long-time Adair County school board member has resigned.

 

 

Adair County School Supterintendent Dr. Pamela Stephens announced at Thursday evening's school board meeting that board member Mike Harris has resigned. Here's Jim Leib with details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Mike Harris resigns from School Board)

 

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MT EDEN ROAD CLOSED APRIL 1 - JUNE 15

 
Mt. Eden Road will be closed from East 80, 2/10's of a mile to Yellow Apple Ridge Road. Any access will be from Yellow Apple Ridge Road to S. Hwy 76. The closure is due to reconstruction of the bridge at Cooper Creek. The closure will be April 1, 2018 thru June 15, 2018.
 

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TAYLOR CO. COUPLE CHARGED WITH 82 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

 
A Taylor County husband & wife are facing multiple counts of Animal Cruelty.
 
Bobby and Rebecca Phillips, who own a dog breeding business in Campbellsville, KY have been charged with 82-counts of Animal Cruelty. Police allege 82 dogs were left without adequate food, water, shelter, and health needs at the breeder facility.
 
Taylor County Attorney John Bertram says the allegations being described appear to rise to the level of a potential criminal charge. Bertram quickly called an investigation after hearing the allegations, but then removed himself from the case after learning the identity of the suspects, who he represents through his private practice. A special prosecutor from the Marion County Attorney's office was assigned to the case and filed charges in court.
 
Bobby Phillips told WHAS11 the breeder business belongs to his wife, Rebecca, and that they've owned the business for more than 30 years and never had any complaints until now. He went on to tell the Louisville TV station that the court will reveal the truth.
 
The Phillips are scheduled to appear in court on March 26, 2018.
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY - MARCH 15

 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers from the Public Square to Bomar Heights, any side roads on the left side of Burkesville St., all side roads off of Tutt St., all side roads off Bomar Heights, Harvey St., and S Reed St.
 
The advisory has been issued due to tying in new water line. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.
 
This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181. 
 

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LOVE KY PUBLIC EDUCATION WEEK MARCH 12-16

 

March 12th thru March 16th, 2018 is "Love KY Public Education Week", according to R.C. School Supt. Michael Ford.

 

 

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PULASKI DRUG ARREST 3/15/18

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a Somerset man was arrested on several drug related charges following a traffic stop by deputies, on Tuesday evening, March 13, 2018.

 

While conducting routine patrol at approximately 11:15 PM Tuesday night, Deputy Brandon Smith observed James Brad Townsend, age 48 of Stevens Drive, Somerset, Kentucky leaving a local motel with a female companion.  Deputy Smith recognized Mr. Townsend as an individual who was wanted on a Circuit Court Indictment Warrant for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

 

Deputy Smith conducted a traffic stop where he placed Mr. Townsend under arrest for the outstanding warrant.  The warrant resulted from an investigation by the Somerset Police Department charging James Brad Townsend with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, (Methamphetamine) and Persistent Felony Offender.  The female passenger, who was also questioned by the Deputy, granted permission to search the motel room occupied by her and Mr. Townsend.

 

The search of the room by deputies and KSP Trooper Adam Childers led to the discovery of 30.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine.  Further investigation by Deputy Smith led to a search of another room at the motel. In that room, officers discovered 24.75 grams of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, suboxone, and gabapentin (Neurotin).

 

James Brad Townsend was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on the following charges:  1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense, (>2 grams Methamphetamine). 2. Trafficking in Marijuana (Less than 8 ounces), 1st Offense.  3. Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree-Drug Unspecified. 4. Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree-Drug Unspecified. 5. Drug Paraphernalia-Buy or Possess.  

 

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PEOPLE POSING AS RESTAURANT HEALTH INSPECTORS IN THE AREA

 
Restaurants in Russell & Adair counties have recently been contacted by someone posing as a Health Inspector, wanting payment from the restaurants. 
 
According to Lake Cumberland District Health Department Health Director Stewart Spillman, one restaurant in each county has had someone come in claiming to be a heath inspector. The person said they would be coming back, and that the restaurant would have to make a payment to them. Spillman said that if official L.C. District Health Dept. restaurant inspectors come by, they would identify themselves and have an I.D. badge (issued from the health dept.) with a phone number on it in order for restaurant employees to call and verify that the person is actually a Health Inspector. Spillman says the health department usually never asks for payment on-site. The only instance where inspectors may accept payment is if the restaurant had not paid their permit fee and wanted to make the payment to the Health Inspector, but he says that rarely ever happens.
 
Restaurants are urged to report any suspicious incidents to the Lake Cumberland District Health Dept., or to local authorities.
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MARCH 15

 
The Adair County School Board's Regular Monthly Meeting will be Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6pmCT at the Adair County Board of Education building in the Conference Room at 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.
 
***Adair County High School will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance*** 
Meeting will be called to order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Consent Agenda
 
CONSENT AGENDA
Approval of Minutes of February 13, 2018
Approval of Treasurer's Report
Approval of Payment of Bills
Approval to Waive Fees for Use of Adair County High School and Adair County Elementary School for an Outdoor Expo
Approval to Waive Fees for Use of Adair County Elementary School for an Farm, Home, and Garden Expo
Approval 09.425 AP Policy Revisions
Acknowledgement of Personnel Action
 
REGULAR AGENDA
Superintendent's Report
Public Comments
Approval of Monthly Financial Statements - Renae Smith
Buildings and Grounds Update - David Jones
Approval of 2017-2018 Audit Contract with Mike Jones, Mather & Company - Renae Smith
Approval of Revised 2017-2018 School Calendar - Robbie Harmon
Adjournment
 

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FATAL ACCIDENT IN TAYLOR CO. WED. MORNING CLAIMS 1 LIFE

 

A 1-vehicle accident this morning (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) in Taylor County, KY claimed the life of an Elk Horn, KY man.

 

According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred at 8:01amET on Liberty Road. 63-year-old Bruce Rule was operating a 2002 Chevrolet S10 on Liberty Road and struck an icy spot, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, leave the roadway and strike a tree. Mr. Rule then continued on and began rolling over with the vehicle coming to rest on its top. Rule was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers and no other vehicles involved in the collision. No seat belt was in use. 

 

T.C. Deputy Rodney Cox investigated the accident. He was assisted at the scene by Taylor Co. Rescue and EMS, T.C. Coroner's Office and T.C. Deputy Bobby Gribbins. 

 

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DEATH INVESTIGATION UPDATE

 

Jamestown, KY, March 14, 2018 - The body of a male discovered near School House Hollow and Lowgap Island on Lake Cumberland by a fisherman at approximately 12:53 CST on Monday, March 12, 2018 has been identified as Edward B. Grady, a resident of Lexington, KY. A missing persons report was filed by family with the Kentucky State Police on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. His boat was recovered by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Officer on Friday, February 23, 2018. Both the Russell County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources are still conducting a joint investigation into the cause of death but preliminary autopsy results revealed findings consistent with drowning and hypothermia.

 

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HOW TO STOP ROBOCALLERS & SCAMMERS FROM FLOODING YOUR iPHONE

 
If you're receiving Spam Calls, you know how annoying they are. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission received over 375,000 complaints about spam calls each month. WAVE News discovered a few tips from iDROPNEWS that may help stop some of those calls.
 
How to Help Stop Robocalls
 
1 Use Your Carrier’s Built-In Service
If you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, then you might be able to take advantage of built-in scam call blocking for free.
 
AT&T’s service is called Call Protect, and it’s a free app available for all postpaid customers.
T-Mobile has its network-level Scam ID and Scam Block services, which are also free to postpaid subscribers.
Sprint and Verizon customers will need to pay an extra fee ($2.99 a month), however, to activate their carrier’s call-blocking feature: Premium Caller ID and Caller Name ID, respectively.
 
2 Just Try Blocking the Number
Alternatively, you can just try blocking an individual scam number. This won’t stop calls from other numbers, but it could be useful if you receive a slew of calls from a single one.
 
If you don’t receive too many scam calls, you can block the ones that do come in. The end result, at the very least, is that you won’t receive repeat calls from those offenders.
 
On iOS, just go to your recent calls in the Phone app.
Find the perpetrator tap the corresponding blue (i) icon.
Scroll down and tap Block this Caller.
 
3 Use a Third-Party App
There are several apps that claim to automatically block scam phone calls. Unfortunately, a lot of them cost money (but there are a few that are free that work pretty well).
 
Most of them rely on a regularly updated list of scam numbers. And, in iOS at least, some of these apps will have the ability to stop these calls from ever ringing your device.
 
RoboKiller and Nomorobo are two paid options, while Hiya and Mr. Number are two good free ones.
 
You will need to grant the app access to the Phone app and Caller ID within Settings.
 
4 Consider Using Do Not Disturb
If you’re on iOS, you can also simply activate Do Not Disturb for more of a “scorched earth” solution.
 
The upside is that all non-solicited calls will be blocked, except those who you pre-designate ahead of time. The downside is that you might not receive important calls from actual legitimate sources.
 
You can turn on Do Not Disturb via the Control Center, while setting preferences for the feature is done via Settings > Do Not Disturb.
 
Additional Tips
Don’t blindly trust local numbers. Scam callers have gotten good at spoofing numbers with your local area code. A good rule of thumb is to ignore calls from unknown numbers and just wait for a voicemail to roll in. If it doesn’t, it might have been a scam call.
 
Don’t let scammers know you exist. The last thing you want to do is let scam callers know there’s a real person on your end of the phone. Don’t push any keys or say anything, whether it’s a real person or a robocaller.
 
Add yourself to the Do Not Call registry. You can do so here, though the caveat is that it’ll only affect calls from legitimate telemarketers. The FTC says it takes about a month for telemarketers to stop dialing your number once it’s been added.
 
 
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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

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

 

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ACHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN WALKOUT

 
Today (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) marks one month since the deadly shooting at a Parkland Florida high school.
 
As a way to honor those who lost their lives and raise awareness about gun violence, students across the nation plan to walk out of the classroom today. Students at schools around the country will be participating, most of them at 10 a.m. The students will return to class after the walkout. 
 
Adair Co. High School students participated in a planned walkout yesterday (Tuesday, March 13th).  A.C. School Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens said the walkout was student-organized with ACHS Asst. Principal Travis Gay working with students to plan the rally. Some students spoke and then released balloons. Supt. Stephens tells WAVE News they made sure there was security, and traffic was held up in order to keep everyone safe.  
 
 
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUPT. DR. PAMELA STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 3/14/18

 

Jennifer L. Sims, 41 of Liberty, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff, Jerry Coffman, for Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, & Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence/Minor Injury).
 
Nicholas C. Turpin, 26 of Hustonville, arrested by Deputy Chad Weddle w/Casey County Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Criminal Abuse-2nd Degree, Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, & Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm).
 
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Elizabeth A. Kramer, 30 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense.
 
Calvin D. Flynn, 58 of Bronston, arresetd by Burnside Police for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Tara L. Bray, 43 of Bronston, arrested by Burnside Police for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, No Registration, No Tail Lamps, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
 
Johnny D. Turner, 18 of Bronston, & Cedric B. Roy, 19 of Somerset, both arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in Marijuana, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Clyde Miller, age 42, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
 
Torie B. Sallee, age 38, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree/1st Offense, Tampering w/Physical Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

 

Snow from Sunday Night/Monday Morning, left thousands of Inter-County Energy customers without power. 
 
Company spokesperson, Dan Hitchcock said 10,000 customers didn't have power as of yesterday morning. Multiple crews worked around the clock to restore service, and many are still working.
 
This morning just over one thousand customers were still without power, that's according to the company's outage map at www.intercountyenergy.net.
 

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY - KY 1799 IN TAYLOR CO.

 
KYTC Maintenance Crews will be conducting Road work on KY 1799 between mile points 0-0.8 (Liberty Road and Chapel Cove) for upcoming resurfacing. Work will begin on Wednesday, March 14th through March 16th and into next week, March 19th through 23rd.  Work will be performed 8:30am to 3:30pm. During these hours, local traffic will be permitted to access the area, however only emergency vehicles will be allowed to travel through the area.
 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL 3/13/18

 

The Liberty City Council met in regular session Monday.

 

The main item on the agenda was a motion to accept a Federal Grant for a new Police vehicle for the city's K-9 unit.

 

Mayor Steven Brown says the cost of the vehicle, a new Chevy Tahoe, is just over $37,000, plus another $12,000 for outfitting with necessary equipment. The total investment for the city of Liberty is $11,000. 

 

The motion to accept the matching grant was approved by unanimous vote.

 

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CASEY CO. BOARD OF EDUCATION 3/13/18

 

The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night.
 
Superintendent, Marion Sowders, started the meeting by presenting the Board's Community Champion award
 
Included with the Staff Reports, Mr. Kevin Stephens presented this month's Attendance award to Liberty Elementary with a rate of 95.92%. Most Improved attendance went to the Casey County High School.
 
The Board considered a Middle School Athletics Proposal from Mr. Summers in the amount of $7,050, an increase of about $2,000.
 
The proposal was approved along with the other consent items by unanimous vote.
 
Ms. Deana Richerson presented the Financial Report.
 
The Board then went into Executive Session.
 

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INTERCOUNTY ENERGY OUTAGES

 

Crews with Inter-County Energy worked through the night to restore power to thousands of people around Central Kentucky.
Dan Hitchcock gave an update yesterday around 5pm, alerting some to prepare for a night without power.
 
  • 10,000 customers were without power yesterday afternoon. 
  • Nearly half of those had power restored as of this morning.
  • Crews continue to work as fast as they can to restore power to every customer.
 
For more information, to report an outage or view the current outage map, visit http://www.intercountyenergy.net
 
 

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TAYLOR CO. TEEN INJURED IN 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

     

The Taylor County Sheriff Department investigated a one vehicle accident on Bengal Road Monday afternoon. 

 

According to Deputy Dickie Benningfield, 19-year-old Dylan Lile was traveling east on Bengal Road in a Chevy pickup when he stated his vehicle rounded a curve where he met a west bound vehicle traveling over the center line.  Lile was forced off the right side of the road. His truck traveled up the ditch line and struck an embankment.

 

Lile was treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and transported to Taylor Regional with a possible head injury. He was later released.

 

Deputy VanCleave and Taylor County Fire and Rescue assisted on the scene.

 

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RUSSELL CO. DEATH INVESTIGATION

 
The Russell County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources are conducting a joint investigation into the discovery of a body on Lake Cumberland.
 
The body of a male was discovered near School House Hollow and Lowgap Island on Lake Cumberland by a fisherman at approximately 12:53pmCT on Monday, March 12, 2018. At this time, the identity and cause of death is unknown. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, KY to determine the cause of death and for identification. Further information will be provided at a later date. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Russell Co. Fiscal Court met for a regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, March 12, 2018. Russell County Sheriff Clete McAninch requested the fiscal court help fund another officer for R.C. schools. McAninch spoke to the WAVE's Jim Leib following the meeting. Also in the following cut, R.C. Judge Exec. Gary Robertson gives Jim Leib a recap of the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 
The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening, March 12, 2018 for a regular monthly meeting (that was rescheduled from Monday, March 5, 2018). Lisa Clark has details. 
 
 
 
The Columbia City Council also approved of a request from the Green River Cruisers Car Club for use of the Public Square for car shows this summer, and a plaque was presented to former City Attorney Marshall Loy prior to the council meeting in recognition of Loy's 26 years of dedicated service as Columbia City Attorney.
 

 

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R.C. WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DUI & OTHER CHARGES AFTER POLICE CHASE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 10

 
On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Columbia Police Department Officer Josh Brockman attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 1995 Lincoln Town Car for suspicion of impairment. The vehicle had been reported as being operated by an intoxicated driver that had just left a local business. Officers received additional complaints on the vehicle as they began to look for it.
 
After attempting a traffic stop with emergency equipment activated, the operator of the Lincoln Town Car began to accelerate in an attempt to elude officers, reaching speeds of 90 mph. The pursuit ended 7 miles east of Columbia on KY 80. As a result, 52 year old Freda Whittle of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree, Reckless Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol (aggravated circumstances).
 
Whittle was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman who was assisted by Ofc. Darnell.
 

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CASEY CO. AREA POWER OUTAGES 3/12/18

 

Over 6,000 customers of InterCounty Energy woke up without power this morning. One listener in Moreland (Lincoln Co.), reported his power went out shortly after 4am. The company's information line had now prediction of a restoration time, however, reports that crews are out, working as quickly as safety will allow. To report an outtage, or for information, call 1-888-266-7322, find them on face book, or visit their website to view their current outtage map at www.intercountyenergy.net.

 

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CASEY CO. INJURY ACCIDENT 3/12/18

 

There were multiple victims in a single vehicle accident in Casey Co. yesterday.
According to a social media post by a family member, the accident occurred on KY-78, near Ellisburg. 
Derek & Tina Evans' vechile went out of control & over a bluff shortly before 6pm. They were transported by ambulance to a Danville hospital. The post goes on to say that the injuries were not life threatening. The couple are expecting and a planned C section will go on as scheduled today. Another passenger received only minor bruising. A third passenger may of been partially ejected and may have suffered some broken bones. 
No further information is available.
 

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WAVE POLAR REPORT - MON., MARCH 12, 2018

 
 
 
NO SCHOOL TODAY:
Adair Co., Adair County Head Start, Russell Co., Green Co., Metcalfe Co., Cumberland Co., Taylor Co., Campbellsville Independent, Hart Co., Casey Co.
 
Other closings, cancellations, delays:
Adair County Health Dept open at 10 a.m.
Russell County Health Dept open at 10 a.m.
Family First Healthcare open at 10 a.m.
Russell County Courthouse open at 10 a.m.
No district or circuit court today in Russell County. 
 

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

 
..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT THIS EVENING TO 8 AM EDT /7 AM CDT MONDAY...
 
 
* WHAT...2 to 4 inches of snow, localized higher amounts possible
  between the KY Parkways. The snow will be heavy at times
  overnight.
 
* WHERE...Portions of central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...This evening through Monday morning. Heaviest snow
  overnight.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,
  including during the morning commute on Monday. Be prepared for
  reduced visibilities at times. Expect northeast winds gusting 20
  to 30 mph at times.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING MARCH 12

 
 
The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Columbia City Hall at 6:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA
 
ROLL CALL
 
1ST ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 5, 2018 REGULAR CALLED MEETING.
 
2ND ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 13, 2018 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING.
 
3RD ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION NO. 2018-01 
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING AND APPROVING THE EXECUTION OF A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF COLUMBIA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, TRANSPORTATION CABINET, DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS IN THE AMOUNT OF $39,375 FOR DOHONEY TRACE PROJECT (CS-1201)
 
4TH ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE REQUEST FROM THE GREEN RIVER CRUISERS CAR CLUB FOR USE OF PUBLIC SQUARE
 
5TH ITEM: MARY ANNE LOY – SIDEWALK COMMITTEE
 
6TH ITEM:  1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.109
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA ZONING REGULATIONS AND COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICTS MAP
 
7TH ITEM:  1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.110
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA ZONING REGULAITONS AND COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICTS MAP
 
8TH ITEM:  BRENT BILLINGSLY – CAMPBELL, MYERS AND RUTLEDGE TO PRESENT THE FY 16/17 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.
 
MOTION TO ACCEPT FY 17/18 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
MOTION TO ADJOURN
 

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KY TRANSPORTATION CREWS TREATING FOR WEEDS THIS MONTH

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2018) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month. The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way. 
 
The Cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock, marestail, Japanese knotweed and kudzu.
Left uncontrolled, noxious weeds can grow so large that they interfere with a driver’s line of vision on highways. They can also damage pavement and embankments and clog ditches, causing drainage problems.
 
Noxious weeds often invade and destroy the roadside turf grass, leaving these areas vulnerable to erosion. They can also smother native plants through rapid reproduction and long-term persistence.
 
Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when crews spraying for weeds are out on the roadways.
 
Property owners who are actively treating noxious weeds on private property may request the eradication of nuisance weeds found on adjacent state-owned right of way. A written application must be submitted to the property owner's local highway district office. To request an application, please contact the appropriate district highway office. For district highway contact information, click here:  https://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/ContactUs.aspx
 

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ADAIR CO. GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS - 03/09/18

 
An Adair Co. Grand Jury has returned several indictments.
 
  1. Jennifer D. Rogers, 25, Columbia, KY - Criminal Abuse 1st degree
  2. Shane Allen Bottoms, 33, Columbia, KY - Bail Jumping 1st degree
  3. Mark Lee Aaron, 36, Columbia, KY - Theft by Deception over $500
  4. Benjamin Lewis Harmon, 30, Columbia, KY - Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence)
  5. Dylan L. Burton, 24, Breeding, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  6. Carl Harrison, Jr., 42, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  7. Jonathan Lee Siler, 32, Williamsburg, KY - Receiving Stolen Property more than $500 & less than $10,000, Persistent Felony Offender
  8. Carlos Foster, 33, Columbia, KY -  Receiving Stolen Property more than $500 & less than $10,000, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  9. Joseph A. Elders, 30, Louisville, KY - Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree, Possession of a Forgery Device
  10. Kristie M. Weson (a/k/a Kristie Passmore), 31, Russell Springs, KY - Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree,  Possession of a Forgery Device
  11. Adrian E. Stotts, 36, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense, Ten or more dosage units of a Schedule II Narcotic, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Promoting Contraband 1st degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Schedule III narcotic Buprenorphine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, Operating on a Suspended/Revoked License
  12. Darius Dornes, 24, Campbellsville, KY - 9 Counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (for firing an assault rifle at the victims), Assault 4th degree
  13. Joshua A. Burton, 22, Columbia, KY -  Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Schedule I or II narcotic), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Improper Registration Plate, No Registration Receipt
  14. Parita S. Thompson, 25, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine),  Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Schedule I or II narcotic),  Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.

 

 

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KSP ACTIVITY REPORT FOR FEB. 2018

 
During the month of February 2018, there were 7 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 February in the Post 15 area:
  • James T Spires, 31, of Adair County, KY was killed on 02/22/18 in Russell Co.
  • Olivia S. Ford, 17, of Marion County, KY was killed on 02/25/18 in Marion Co.
  • John F. Wright, 46, of Marion Coounty, KY was killed on 02/25/18 in Marion Co.
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 6 compared with 0 through this same period in 2017.
 
Statewide fatality count stands at 762 compared with 1 through this same period in 2017.
 
During the month of February 2018, there were 966 citations written, 298 courtesy notices written, 1033 vehicles inspected, 709 complaints answered, 90 motorists assisted, 63 criminal cases opened and 222 criminal arrests made.
 

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CASEY CO. MISSING PERSON 3/9/18

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Department is asking for the publics help in locating a missing person.
 
Danny Hatter is 60 years of age. Authorities tell us he was last seen Friday, March 2, 2018 at his residence on Old Dry Ridge Road. He is described as a white male, 150 pounds, bald and wears glasses.
 
Danny may be driving a dark colored 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck with Kentucky License Plate #917-PEB.
 
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Danny Hatter are asked to contact the Casey County Sheriff's Office at 606-787-6821.
 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 3/9/18

 

Danny L. Conley, 65 of Eubank, KY arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office on charges of Murder, & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
 
Dustin L. Tucker, 29 of Somerset, KY arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified).
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Joshua C. Walker, age 30, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine/Marijuana/Drug Paraphernalia, & Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
 
Dalyla A. Russell, age 33, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Methamphetamine/Marijuana/Drug Paraphernalia, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, & Criminal Abuse-2nd Degree (child 12 or under).
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING MARCH 12

 
The regular scheduled meeting of the Russell County Fiscal Court will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, in the Russell County Fiscal Courtroom beginning at 6:00 pm.  
 
Special Called Meeting in Conjunction with Road Committee - 5:30 P.M.
AGENDA
AS REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE RUSSELL COUNTY ROAD COMMITTEE WILL HAVE THEIR QUARTERLY MEETING TO DISCUSS ROAD REPAIRS AND SAFETY AND OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF THE ROAD DEPARTMENT.
ADJOURN
 
Russell County Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting - 6:00 P.M.
AGENDA
WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER
MINUTES
PAY BILLS 
DETENTION CENTER REPORT
TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT
AE TRANSFERS & PRE-APPROVAL OF END OF QUARTER AE TRANSFERS
INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT – RC SHERIFF & CLINTON SHERIFF
TRACY TAYLOR & KAYLA FRYE – KY DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION RURAL & SECONDARY ROADS
RESOLUTION 18-03 – DUMP TRUCK LOAN
RESOLUTION 18-04 – TVA
RC HEALTH DEPARTMENT – UPDATE ON NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
ADJOURN 
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING MARCH 8

 
The Russell Springs City Council will meet Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
 
AGENDA
PRAYER
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
PAYMENT OF BILLS
OLD BUSINESS
  • HWY 127 FENCE REMOVAL
  • POLICE ROSTER UPDATE
  • 2ND READING – ORDINANCE 2018-01
  • 2ND READING – ORDINANCE 2018-02
 
NEW BUSINESS
  • ARTWORKS
  • RUSSELL SPRINGS CEMETERY
  • CEMETERY BOARD
  • FIREFIGHTERS LIFE POLICY
 
ADJOURNMENT
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL CALLED MEETING MARCH 9

 
The Russell County School Board will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 12:00PM at the Russell County Board of Education (Central Office). 
 
 
 

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NO SIGNAGE ALLOWED ON RIGHT-OF-WAY

 
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are removing illegally placed items along state maintained right of way areas.  Political candidates, residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of way other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process.  In particular, as we head through an election cycle, campaign signs must be placed beyond right of way limits.  Right of way fence is included with this restriction.  On roads with a right of way fence, no signs may be attached.  Trash cleanup cycles begin soon and mowing cycles begin in early May.  Items placed on right of way areas create significant delays for mowing crews and are potential hazards for mowing operators and passing motorists.
 
As we head into spring, KYTC takes this opportunity to educate citizens on right of way issues.  In addition to elections, the restriction often becomes a problem with regard to yard sales and real estate advertising.  Illegally placed materials along roads can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections.
 
It is also illegal to attach items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole.  Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers.
 
Removed items will be taken to each county’s KYTC maintenance facility and held for a month. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled. 
 

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ADAIR MAN ARRESTED FOR RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY

     

An Adair County man has been arrested on receiving stolen property charges in Taylor County.  

 

According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a complaint late last night of a subject sitting in a parked truck at the Allstar Food Mart on Highway 55 at South Columbia Avenue. The person was identified as Brandon T. Jones, age 32, of White Oak Church Road, Columbia. Jones was arrested on an Adair County bench warrant. It was also determined the vehicle he was in, was reported stolen vehicle out of Adair County on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

 

Jones was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000. Deputy Tim Coppage investigated. 

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SCAMMERS ARE GOING AFTER YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

 
Scammers are now going to the Social Security Administration website and setting up “my Social Security” accounts of workers that are of retirement age in an attempt to steal their retirement benefits. People age 62 and older face the highest risk of this scam. 
 
Scammers get a hold of personal information, including Social Security numbers, and head to www.ssa.gov to open a “my Social Security” account in victims’ names. They apply for funds, requesting a lump sum payout for any amount due to the victim, and direct the automatic deposit to their own bank account. The scammer then withdraws the stolen funds and closes out the bank account, then transfers the funds to gift cards (so they can’t be tracked).
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
  • Only one “my Socials Security” account is permitted for each Social Security number, so signing up early is key.
  • While it’s important to set up your account before a scammer can, it’s also a useful resource. Through it, you can view your estimated benefits (retirement, disability, and family benefits), review your earnings record and order replacement documents.
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
  • Set up your own “my Social Security” account today at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
  • If you are a victim of this scam, you will probably have to visit your local Social Security Administration office to resolve it. You can find contact information at https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.
 
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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PENSION BILL CLEARS SENATE STATE & LOCAL GOVT. COMMITTEE

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A pension bill cutting benefits for retired public school teachers has cleared a key hurdle in the Kentucky legislature despite protests from educators chanting ``vote them out!'' 
 
The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 7-4 to approve the measure, which cuts annual cost-of-living raises for retired teachers to 1 percent from 1.5 percent. 
 
Republican Sen. Joe Bowen, who sponsors the bill, says it would save the state about $3.2 billion over the next 20 years. 
 
The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. If it passes, it would then need to be approved by the state House before it becomes law. 
 

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HEPATITIS A CASES REPORTED IN RUSSELL, TAYLOR & MARION COUNTIES

 
Frankfort, KY - (Wed 6 Mar 2018) - The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW), are reporting a hepatitis A-related death of a Louisville resident.
 
The individual had symptoms and laboratory test results that met the case definition for acute hepatitis A virus infection and also had additional health issues. This is the first known death from acute hepatitis A in Kentucky since the hepatitis A outbreak began in 2017, and most outbreak cases have been reported from the Louisville Metro area. Specimens were sent for further laboratory testing to confirm if this case is associated with the outbreak.
 
The multi-county outbreak of Hepatitis A remains ongoing with the DPH now reporting 150 cases to date. According to DPH, 124 of the cases were reported in Jefferson County. Outbreak-associated cases were also reported in Anderson, Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Hopkins, Kenton, Leslie, Marion, McCracken, Russell, Spencer and Taylor counties.
 
DPH first reported the outbreak on Nov. 21, 2017. 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 virus transmission is believed to be occurring through person-to-person contact. The 10-year average number of acute hepatitis A cases has been approximately 20 cases per year in the Commonwealth.
 
With DPH support, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has given more than 4,700 immunizations against hepatitis A at homeless shelters, homeless camps and at agencies, such as the Phoenix Health Center, that provide medical services for the homeless. It has also been providing immunizations at its syringe exchange sites and in the Louisville Metro corrections facility to target drug users and prevent the spread of hepatitis A in the prison system.
 
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 had hepatitis A virus that genetically matched outbreaks in California and Utah. 
 
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. 
 
The CDC recommends Hepatitis A vaccine for adults at increased risk and for any adult who wants to be protected from acute hepatitis A virus infections. The hepatitis A vaccine has been routinely recommended for children in Kentucky aged 12 through 23 months since 2006. Officials also recommend catch-up immunizations to prevent hepatitis A for children aged 2 through 18 years. Children in all public and private schools in Kentucky will need to be immunized with hepatitis A vaccine before starting school on or after July 1, 2018 unless their parents or legal guardians assert an exemption based upon religious beliefs.
 
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 acute 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. A person infected with hepatitis A virus can transmit the virus to others for up to two weeks before they develop acute illness.
 
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.
 
Additional information about hepatitis A can be found from the CDC at cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm.
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 3/7/18

 

Amber D. Walls, 52 of Burnside, arrested by KSP for Speeding (26 mph over limit), Reckless Driving, & DUI-2nd (Aggravated Circumstance).
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Colin J. Montgomery, age 29, arrested by KSP, he's charged with Murder.
Jeffrey S. Frye, age 32, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, No Moped Operator's License, License to be In Possession, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
Jarod E. Douglas, age 26, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Wanton Endangerment, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING VICTIM IN THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER

 
55-year-old Jeffrey Jones of Campbellsville, KY was arrested on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 9:43 PM EST on Maple Road, 12 miles north of Campbellsville and charged with Assault 1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest.  
 
KSP Post 15 received a call on March 4th at approximately 6:28 PM EST in reference to a male being assaulted with a hammer at a residence on Maple Road. Prior to responding units arriving, KSP was notified that the victim was being transported to the Taylor Regional Hospital and was unconscious. The victim, later identified as 48-year-old James D. Burdine of Campbellsville, KY regained consciousness and was later transported by ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital where he remains in stable condition.
 
Jeffrey Jones was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and the investigation is ongoing. KSP were assisted by the Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Office and the Taylor County EMS.
 

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PULASKI CO. FATAL ACCIDENT 3/6/18

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, an automobile accident on Sunday, March 4, 2018 claimed the life of a Nancy, Kentucky resident.

 

At approximately 6:31 PM Sunday evening, Deputy Zach Mayfield responded to a 911 call of a single vehicle accident four miles west of Nancy on Highway 1664.

Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Mayfield found a single vehicle and one victim of the accident.

 

Investigation at the scene determined that the 2013 Honda Fit was located just off the roadway and its driver, Gary R. Howell, age 40 of Nancy, Kentucky on the ground some distance from the vehicle.  Further investigation revealed that the Honda was westbound on 1664 when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over several times ejecting the driver.

 

Mr. Howell was pronounced dead at the scene by Pulaski County Deputy Coroner Danny Karriker.

 

Assisting officers at the scene were Constable Danny Weddle, the Faubush Fire Department, and Pulaski County EMS.

 

Speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in the cause of the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the Coroner's Office.

 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.
 
A citizen addressed the court concerning poor road conditions on Nubbin Ridge...
 
Director of the Casey County Soil Conservation District presented the Annual Report for 2017.  
 
In Road buisness, the Annual Salt Auction is coming up.  Judge Executive, Randy Dial recommended reserving an additional 200 tons of salt...
 
The motion carried by unanimous vote.
 
Also under road buisiness, Judge Dial told the court that two road crews have been busy the last few days repairing winter damage. The crews will continue working as long as weather and funding permits.
 
During the recent Statewide Tornado Drill, Judge Dial told the Fiscal Court that 5/6 of the warning sirens didn't sound, and are currently under repair.  He suggested the court consider hearing a presentation by Code Red, an early warning system currently being used by some neighboring counties...
 
In miscellaneous business, Excess Fees from 2017, in a pre-audit amount of $115,000 was received from Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis' Office. The Court voted to accept the excess fees.
 

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EDUCATION CHAIRMAN MAX WISE TO SPONSOR LOCAL SCHOOL VISITS TO THE CAPITOL

 
Senate Education Committee Chairman Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) will be sponsoring a field trip for Jamestown Elementary and Cumberland County Elementary 5th graders to Frankfort this month.
 
“As an educator, I’d like to show my appreciation for school staff in Senate District 16 and all they do to ensure each and every student receives a quality education in an environment that promotes creative and critical thinking,” said Senator Wise.  “My Senate district, as well as many others, struggles economically, and helping to assist with travel expenses will allow 5th graders the opportunity to visit the capitol and get a first-hand experience of their state government in action. 
 
“Most of our public schools have faced budget cuts, and field trips are low on the list of priorities. That is why I contacted each school district back home to offer assistance for elementary schools in my district by covering transportation costs to Frankfort.”
 
Senator Wise sent the sponsorship letter to the school districts in September in preparation for the trip. Jamestown Elementary plans to meet Senator Wise on Tuesday, March 6, while Cumberland County Elementary will visit March 19. The students will tour the State Capitol, visit the History Center, and meet with a number of elected officials.
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL SAFETY FORUM MARCH 8

 
The Adair County Board of Education will hold a community-wide forum to discuss school safety on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Adair County High School. 
 
Attendees will include the Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, Columbia City Police, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, Judge Michael Loy, Judge Judy Vance Murphy, members of first responder groups, mental health counselors, along with school personnel. 
 
The meeting will provide an opportunity for all to communicate with one another to discuss school safety. Each person attending will be asked to register as they enter the gymnasium. Doors for registration will open at 5:30 p.m. 
 
There will be an opportunity for questions and suggestions during and following the forum.
 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 3/5/18

 

Bobby A. Whitlock, 30 of Louisville, arrested by Officer Doug Tarter with Liberty Police for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000).
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
Travis D. Roberts, 33 of Eubank, arrested by KSP for Reckless Driving, Improper Signal, DUI, & Possession of Methaphetamine.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Cynthia Cox, age 25, arrested by Danville Police for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument-2nd Degree, Unlawful Access to a Computer, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
Brock J. Beasley, age 39, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Possession of Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia.
Teddy E. Freeman, age 52, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking (shoplifting under $500), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
Spencer C. Williams, age 23 arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
Terry L. Eddins, age 51, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-2nd Offense, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, No Moped Operator's License, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, No Registration Plates.
Bryan K. Whitehouse, age 35, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid, & Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree.
Marcus D. Beasley, age 25, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Disregarding a Stop Sign, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & DUI.
Adrian A. Lawless, age 26, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Marijuana, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, & Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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MISSING JAMESTOWN TEEN HAS BEEN LOCATED

 
A missing Jamestown teenager has been located and she is unharmed. 
 
15-year-old Shaylyn Mackenzie Collins was reported missing on Feb. 28, 2018 by her mother. Shaylyn was located over the weekend and she is safe.
 

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TAYLOR CO. WOMAN CHARGED WITH WANTON ENDANGERMENT FOLLOWING DISPUTE WITH DAUGHTER

 

A Taylor Co. woman was arrested today (Friday) following a dispute with her daughter.

 

Deputies with the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office responded to 53 Black Road in reference to a dispute with shots fired at that location. Upon further investigation it was learned that 50-year-old Bridget Jones of Campbellsville had been into a verbal altercation with her daughter. Jones reportedly discharged a firearm inside the residence and followed her daughter and the daughter's boyfriend outside of the residence and discharged the firearm a second time. Bridget Jones was placed under arrest for two counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center. The incident occurred at 11:21 a.m. EST on Friday.

 

Deputy Branden Wilson was assisted on scene by Deputy Dickie Benningfield.

 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 12

 
The Regular Called Meeting of the Columbia City Council scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2018 has been cancelled. A special called meeting will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
 

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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT. ACTIVITY REPORT FOR FEB. 2018

 

The Adair Co. Sheriff's Dept. has released its Activity Report for the month of February, 2018.

 

  • 84           WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
  • 13           CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
  • 1             CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
  • 2             DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
  • 9             NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
  • 0             INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
  • 23           OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS
  • 12           CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
  • 40           CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
  • 10           CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
  • 8             SUBPOENAS SERVED
  • 131.45    HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
  • 241         VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE
  • 14          ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
  • 11           MOTOR ASSISTS
  • 511         911 CALLS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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KY-BASED CANDLE CO. JOINS FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

 
Goose Creek Candle Company, a Liberty, Ky.- based home fragrance company, has partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in the fight against cancer. From March 1-31, Goose Creek will give $8 from each online sale of a specially designed line of candles to ACS as part of its Goose Creek Cares campaign.
 
Goose Creek has pledged a minimum donation of $50,000, and $8 for every candle sold beyond that amount. A series of 12 popular Goose Creek fragrances such as Butter Cookie, Cinnamon Spice, Old Time Lemonade and Soft Linen Breeze will feature limited-edition designs with messages of courage and hope. These 24-ounce glass jar double wick candles retail for $24.99 each (or $20 each when you buy 5 or more) and will be available March 1-31 with free shipping at https://goosecreekcandle.com/cares. 
 
Goose Creek is owned and operated by the Liberty-based Meece family: Chuck Meece, founder and owner; his wife, Tamara Meece, executive vice president; and their children, sons Micah and Jordan, who are both brand executives; and daughter Madison, the social media assistant. The Meeces are longtime supporters of the ACS Relay For Life of Casey County. The family has dedicated the Goose Creek Cares campaign to the memory of Billie Ruth Wilson, who died of cancer in 2013, and was such a dear friend, the Meeces consider her family.
 
Funds raised by the Goose Creek Cares campaign will go toward ACS-funded research, support programs like Hope Lodge Lexington, and early detection and prevention programs. 
 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 3/2/18

 

Dustin M. Meece, 30 of Yosemite, arrested by Somerset Police for Giving Officer False ID, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, & a Warrant for Parole Violation.
 
Troy J. Burton, 43 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Speeding (10mph over limit), Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Careless Driving, No Insurance, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, No Registration Plates/Receipt, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance).
 
Donald E. Miller Jr., 42 of Crab Orchard, arrested by KSP for Escape-2nd Degree, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Resisting Arrest, Theft by Unlawful Taking, & Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Adrian A. Lawless, age 26, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Marijuana, Driving on a Suspended Operator's License, & Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance.
 
Troy D. Johnson, age 46, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Rear License Not Illuminated, & Improper Signal.
 
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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PULASKI CO. ACCIDENT 3/2/18

 

Pulaski Co. Sheriff Greg Speck reports that deputies responded to a single vehicle injury accident on Wednesday afternoon, February 28, 2018 in Eubank, Kentucky.

 

Lieutenant Jon Williams arrived on the scene of the accident at approximately 1:40 PM Wednesday on Highway 1247 in Eubank. According to the operator of the 2002 Ford Ranger Pickup truck, Hope Hardwick, age 31 of Parker Road, Eubank, Kentucky, she was southbound on Highway 1247 when the vehicle spun out of control.  The truck left the roadway and struck a large concrete culvert.

 

Ms. Hardwick was treated for her injuries by Pulaski EMS personnel and was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center from the scene by PHI Air Ambulance Service.

 

Volunteers from the Eubank Fire Department assisted units at the scene.

 

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MISSING JAMESTOWN TEEN

 

The Jamestown Police Dept. is searching for a missing teenager. 15-year-old Shaylyn Mackenzie Collins was reported missing on Feb. 28, 2018. Collins was last seen by her mother on Feb. 23, 2018 around 9:00 p.m. and last had contact with her mother on Feb. 24, 2018 around 7:00 p.m. 

 

Shaylyn Collins is 5'4" tall, weighs 140 lbs., blue eyes, brown shoulder-length hair, but could have cut it shorter and bleached it blonde. Collins also goes by the name of "Shay" at times. It has been reported that Collins could possibly be in the company of Michael Whitaker. If anyone has any information of Collins whereabouts, please contact the Jamestown Police Dept. at 270-343-3300 or Russell County Dispatch at 270-343-6600.

 

 

 

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HOUSE PASSES 2-YEAR BUDGET PLAN THAT INCLUDES HIGHER-THAN-EVER FUNDING FOR PUBLIC PENSIONS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 1, 2018) – Today, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a funding package aimed to set Kentucky on a robust path for the future. The two year budget plan, presented on the House Floor by Appropriations & Revenue Chairman Rep. Steven Rudy, is a comprehensive, thoughtful plan that includes full, and higher-than-ever funding for the state’s ailing public pension plans, which have widely become known as among the country’s worst funded systems. Simultaneously, House Leaders created historic funding levels for the SEEK formula, which is responsible for allocating funds for local school districts. The package, made up of House Bills 200, 203, 204, and 366, also funds a substantial $246 million investment in the rainy day fund, which is the state’s emergency savings fund. 
 
“The House Majority’s budget commitments are largely in-line with the Governor’s proposal and goals,” said Rep. Rudy. “This two-year proposal reflects a strong commitment to fully fund for the first time in history our public pensions while keeping our debt service below the target mark. It restores and wisely invests funding in the rainy day fund, and sends it down the right path. We are making government smaller and more efficient, and that takes very hard decisions. I’m proud to present this budget to Kentucky, and I look forward to Senate consideration.”
 
Over the biennium budget, the House package increased the full funding of the Kentucky Retirement System by $774.5 million and the Teachers Retirement System by $89.1 million, to fully fund the ARC at a level never before seen in Kentucky, and for a total of $4.8 billion.  
 
Among the major takeaways, the House budget plan ensures health care coverage for retired teachers throughout the next two years, to the tune of $59.5 million in year one. In FY19, it provides $11.8 million and in FY 20, it provides $3.2 million to KTRS to fully fund the teacher match for health benefits. Additionally, the plan provides $129 million over the next two years to fully fund health insurance accounts for active teachers.
 
The package, for the first time in history, funds SEEK at $4,055 per pupil in the first year and $4,056 per pupil in the second year, to the tune of $60 million each year. Transportation funding for school districts has been restored to current levels with a $127,800,000 investment. And, loan commitments, Nickel Equalization, and funding for the Governor’s Scholar Program and the Adult High School Pilot Program are all intact. In total, the two-year House budget package contains a more-than $600 million total increase over the Governor’s proposal. 
 
House leaders, while working to craft the well-rounded proposal, took an innovative approach to find funding to fuel top-priorities, and came away with two major components that the vast majority of Kentuckians will support. The first, a 50 cent increase in the cigarette tax, will generate nearly $240 million over the next two years, and the second - a 25 cents per dose opioid tax - will generate an additional $70 million each year. Unlike the consumer-driven cigarette tax, the opioid tax will only affect distributors, and not Kentuckians who suffer from ailments and are prescribed pain-management drugs for serious diseases and ailments. 
 
“The two tax proposals are duel threats: curb the dangers of both tobacco and opioids, and raise revenue to fund pertinent programs and services in Kentucky,” said Rep. Rudy. “We are losing children and adults to opioid overdoses, and the opioid tax is expected to curb the dumping of dangerous opioids into Kentucky. One of our greatest, and growing, problems is the rising cost of health care, including Medicaid. We believe the increase in the cigarette tax will help hold the line on health costs due to smoking, and do no harm to merchants doing cross-border sales, while creating an even greater revenue stream.” 
 
Funding for the landmark House Bill 1, or the Adoption and Foster Care reform proposal, includes $12.5 million for social workers and $86.2 million over the two years to support an additional 354 positions to support caseloads. Funding for the well-known Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) is included at an increased rate of $185 per child, and kinship care and relative placement are funded by almost $30 million. Additionally, $4.8 million general fund dollars are included for Community Living Programs and also $1.5 million each year for substance abuse programs for pregnant women. 
 
The Kentucky State Police took precedent, and will receive funding for 260 cruisers, 800 rifles, and $35.1 million to upgrade antiquated communications systems to new, better-public serving systems. Operation Unite, Kentucky’s substance abuse prevention program, will receive $1.9 million a year to fight one of the nation’s most compelling opioid epidemics. The plan includes funding for anticipated rises in prison population, Department of Juvenile Justice treatment facilities, and monies for the Access to Justice Program. To add new county and commonwealth attorneys, the House package includes $7 million in funding. 
 
Across the board, the proposed 6.25% cuts to higher education institutions in Kentucky have been restored in the House package, along with $150 million each year to the University Asset Preservation Pool. KEES Scholarships will receive more than $210 million over the two years, and numerous other programs associated with post-secondary education receive funding shots in the arm. 
 
Under the House package, cuts in the Governor’s proposal to the Department of Veterans Affairs will be restored, along with restorations in cuts to the Commission on Human Rights. Funding is included for Local Government Economic Development and Assistance Funds for Local Communities, for the Agricultural Development Fund, the Early Childhood Development Fund, and the United Prosecutorial System. Additionally, PVA’s are set to receive $2.7 million in the current year to avoid layoffs, and $9.7 million in year two to restore funding to current levels. 
 
Under the House funding package, Kentucky’s debt service ratio is under the target of 6%. The measure now heads to the Senate. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

 
The Russell County Democratic Party has announced that it will award a $500.00 scholarship to the winner of a special essay contest, according to Lou Ann Flanagan, Chairperson of the group. “The contest will be open to any Russell County High School senior who is a registered Democrat, or who has a parent or guardian who is a registered Democrat, and who will be enrolling in college or other post high-school training school for the 2018 – 2019 school year,” Mrs. Flanagan said. Applicants must submit an essay on the topic “What can be done to improve the tone of political discourse in our county, state and nation?” “We hope this topic will cause students to think about how divisive our political views are these days, and what might be done to improve the situation,” Mrs. Flanagan said. “Some of our best ideas come from young people,” she added. 
 
Scholarship contest applications are available from Robin Rixon, College and Career Counselor at RCHS. Essays should be at least 300 words but no more than 500 words long. Deadline for entry is April 12, 2018. Application forms and essays should be submitted no later than 4:00 P.M. that day to Lou Ann Flanagan, KEA Office, 2370A Highway 127, Russell Springs, KY 42642. The winner will be notified by May 14 and will receive the scholarship toward the college or technical school of the winner’s choice. Payment of the scholarship will be made to the student before the student’s 2018 enrollment. The Russell County Democratic Party reserves the right to publish any or all of the essays submitted.
 

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TAYLOR CO. HIGH SCHOOL ON LOCK-DOWN THIS MORNING; STUDENTS ARE SAFE

 
Students at Taylor Co. High School were placed on lock-down earlier today (Thursday, March 1, 2018).
 
 
 
The following message was posted on Facebook by Taylor Co. School Superintendent Roger Cook:
 
"Everything is fine in all of our school buildings. Someone wrote on the bathroom wall that TC is next. I have locked down the students in class and we are doing a sweep of the building. There was not a bomb threat but we are checking the building as a precaution. We do not know what "TC is next" means, but we are doing a safety check anyway.
 
I have just made an announcement to all students from this point that any threat is made toward our schools that we would remove them from school for one calendar year. We will also charge them with terroristic threatening which is a felony.
 
Again all students are fine, this is a safety check of our school.
 
Also, any threat made from anyone student or adult outside the school will he met with felony charges. Even if the threat is not made while on school property."
 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 3/1/18

 

Jacob A. Baugh, 18 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police Officer, Kerry Patton, for Burglary-1st Degree, & Assault-2nd Degree.
Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.
 
James H. Jones Jr., 46 of Ferguson, arrested by KSP for DUI, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 
Martin J. Carrier, age 31, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-2nd Offense, & Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
Brandy N. Ransdell, age 28, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine & Marijuana, Trafficking in Controlled Substance, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
Wayne J. Johnson, age 38, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in Methampetamine-2nd Offense, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-2nd Offense.
Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.
 
All suspects are considered innocent unitl proven guilty in a court of law.
 

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