Local News Archives for 2018-11

REPRESENTATIVE BAM CARNEY ELECTED MAJORITY FLOOR LEADER OF KY HOUSE

 
Frankfort, KY - Representative John "Bam" Carney of Campbellsville has been elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Floor Leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives.
 
The position is responsible for moving legislation to the floor of the House and serving as the leader of the Majority Caucus, which is currently controlled by Republicans.
 
"The opportunity to serve my colleagues and the Commonwealth in this role is a great honor," said Carney, an educator from Campbellsville. "We've tackled tough challenges to help our state, and I will give 110% to make sure that we keep moving Kentucky in the right direction."
 
Carney has led the way on many of the reforms of the past two years. He has served as chairman of the House Education Committee and also on the General Assembly's 2018 Budget Conference Committee, which hashed out the Commonwealth's budget for the next two years.
 
The House will convene on January 8 for the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
 

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RESIDENTIAL SEARCH LEADS TO FELONY ARRESTS

 

Clinton County, KY (November 30, 2018) - On Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at approximately 1:00pmCT, Trooper Jason Warinner assisted the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and the Probation & Parole office in searching a residence 2 miles south of Albany on KY 738. The homeowner, Wesley Brumley, 27, of Albany, KY allowed units to search the residence, which is a condition of his parole release. While searching the residence units located small plastic baggies with one bag containing a white powdered substance, marijuana, glass smoke pipes, and syringes. Brumley, along with two females at the residence, Erica Lovett age 39 and Ashley Baker age 34, both of Albany, KY were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 

The subjects were lodged in the Clinton County Detention Center.  Baker received additional charges of possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense and promoting contraband 1st degree as a result of two baggies of methamphetamine being located on her. 

 

 

 

 

 

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ADAIR CO. TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO TWO DRUG ARRESTS

 

(Adair County, KY November 29, 2018) - On November 27, 2018 at approximately 10:46pmCT, Trooper Levi Scott was on routine patrol 3 miles east of Columbia on TP Cundiff Rd when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2004 Pontiac for a traffic violation. As Trooper Scott was making contact with the driver, 25 year old Zachery Janes, and a passenger, 40 year old Richard Bernard, both of Columbia, a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle and Janes appeared to be under the influence. Trooper Scott and Trooper Jonathan Carlock searched the vehicle resulting in digital scales, a small glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine in it, and several prescription pills being located. The driver stated that he had used methamphetamine earlier that day.  

 

Janes was arrested and charged with failure to use turn signal, operating on suspended or revoked license, DUI 2nd, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine), illegal possession of a legend drug, failure to produce insurance card, and prescription controlled substance not in proper container.  Trooper Carlock arrested and charged Bernard with public intoxication, illegal possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine), and prescription controlled substance not in proper container.  Both subjects were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

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CHRISTMAS IN COLUMBIA DAYTIME EVENTS WILL BE HELD!

 
All Christmas in Columbia daytime events will proceed as planned tomorrow, Saturday, December 1, 2018, even in the rainy weather. A decision about the 6pmCT parade, however, will be made by mid morning. 
 
Please monitor all local media outlets to receive information concerning the parade. As soon as the decision is made, media will know and will get the word out. 
 
It's Christmastime and we hope everyone has a fun and enjoyable Christmas in Columbia Saturday and remember as you 'Shop Local.'
 
Merry Christmas...and we'll see you on the Square in Columbia! - Ellen Zornes
 

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DEC. 1-7 IS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

 
FRANKFORT, Ky: (November 30, 2018) –  As the winter weather season approaches, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the National Weather Service (NWS) and Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) have designated December 1 – 7 as Winter Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.  
 
Kentucky has already experienced an early season of sleet, freezing rain, snow and frigid temperatures, offering a glimpse of what to expect through the winter months.  It is important to remember that snow, ice and freezing rain often blanket much of the Commonwealth, causing widespread traffic problems, power outages, and school and business closings.
  
Michael Dossett, Director for KYEM said, “Winters in Kentucky can range from mild sunny days to historic snowfalls like we have seen in past years.  Kentuckians need to know the risks associated with severe winter weather and ways to prepare ahead of time for winter events.”
 
Joe Sullivan, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Louisville NWS office, said, “We’re expecting an active weather pattern through the winter.  We’ll have our typical fluctuations of warm and cold spells through December, and if the current patterns hold, we’ll likely have above normal wintry precipitation from late January through early March.”  Normal snowfall for most of Kentucky is 12”-18” with up to 24” in the eastern mountains.  
 
Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to the cold.  Even more winter weather related fatalities occur in vehicle accidents, fires caused by heaters, or due to carbon monoxide poisoning from the improper use of generators during power outages.  Severe winter storms can impact a community for days, weeks or even months, as we witnessed in the 2009 ice storm. 
 
Winter Weather Awareness Week is the perfect time to prepare yourself, families, communities, schools and business for the upcoming winter season.  Review your emergency plan, build or resupply your emergency kits and educate others on the hazards of winter weather.
 
For additional information and helpful links, please visit KYEM’s website at www.kyem.ky.gov where you can follow us on social media and sign up for alerts. Winter weather resources and safety tips can also be found at NWS’s Winter Safety website at www.weather.gov/safetycampaign. 

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2-VEHICLE CASEY CO. CRASH INJURES TWO PEOPLE

 

Two people were injured in a 2-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, November 29, 2018.

 

Casey County Sheriff's Deputies Bryan Shepard and Geoffrey Brown responded to the scene shortly before 4pmET at the intersection of West KY 70 and South US 127. Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries. That intersection, near the Casey County Extension Office, has been the site of numerous vehicle crashes.

 

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SOMERSET MAN FLOWN TO UK FOLLOWING 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 

Sheriff Greg Speck reports that deputies responded to a 911 Dispatch of an injury accident on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the intersection of Highway 70 and Old Cuba Road.

 

At approximately 3:20 PM Wednesday, Deputy Danny Pevley arrived at the scene of a two vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Old Cuba Road and Highway 70.

 

Preliminary interviews of the vehicle operators indicated that Doug Peace, age 34 of Rainbow Terrace, Somerset, Kentucky was northbound on Old Cuba Road in a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon.  As he proceeded through the intersection with Highway 70, he was struck on the driver's side by an eastbound 1991 Nissan pickup truck operated by Ruth A. France, age 41 of Eubank, Kentucky.

 

Pulaski County EMS personnel treated a passenger in the Hyundai, James Peace, age 31 of Somerset, Kentucky at the scene for injuries he sustained in the accident.  He was flown from the scene by Air Methods to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for further treatment.

 

Deputy Pevley was assisted at the scene by volunteers of the Eubank Fire Department.

 

The accident remains under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

 

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2 PEOPLE ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES IN CAMPBELLSVILLE

 

The Taylor Co. Sheriff's Dept. made two arrests in connection to a theft. 

 

On November 13, 2018 the Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a theft of a trailer. After conducting an investigation, Jarrett McCamish and Dalton Kent, both of Campbellsville, KY were charged with the theft and were arrested. The investigation is ongoing by Deputy Rodney Cox.

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TAYLOR CO. REPORTS NUMEROUS VEHICLE BREAK-IN'S

 

The Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office is reporting numerous vehicle break-in's in and around the Taylor Co. area.

 

The Sheriff's Office is urging citizens to remove items from vehicles or place them where items cannot be seen. Also, get in the the habit of locking your doors when parking at home and in & around businesses while shopping. Help make this Holiday Season "Worry Free".

 

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CLINTON CO. TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST 

 
Clinton County, KY (November 29, 2018) - On Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at approximately 10:16pmCT, KSP Trooper Jason Warinner was on routine patrol 6 miles east of Albany on KY 90 when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2000 Ford F150 for a speeding violation.  As Trooper Warinner made contact with the driver, 36 year old Michael Points of Louisville, KY, a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. A search of the auto was conducted resulting in digital scales, 3 small bags of marijuana, cash, and several small bags of suspected cocaine weighing approximately 3.7 grams being located. 
 
Points was arrested and charged with Speeding 26 MPH > speed limit, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Careless Driving, DUI 1st, Failure to Maintain Insurance 1st, Failure to Give Right-of-way to emergency stopped vehicle, Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, No Insurance Card, Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense, (cocaine,) Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 2nd or more offense (4 grams cocaine,) Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8 oz. 1st offense, and Possession of Marijuana. 
 
Points was lodged in the Clinton County Jail.  The following morning, Jail staff contacted Trooper Warinner stating they had located another bag of suspected cocaine outside his jail cell. Points stated he had hidden it between his toes. He received an additional charge of Promoting Contraband 1st degree. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO REVIEW FOSTER CASES

 
Frankfort, KY - Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 41 Kentucky counties, including Russell, are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care, according to a state news release. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
 
Volunteers are not required to live in the counties in which they volunteer, but all volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session, and consent to a criminal record and Central Registry check. A recommendation is then made to the chief judge of the District Court or Family Court for appointment.
 
Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they can be screened and, if approved, scheduled for training in their area. To get more information and apply to be a volunteer, visit the CFCRB web page on the Kentucky Court of Justice website at courts.ky.gov.
 
Training sessions for the counties listed below are scheduled for Dec. 13 in Frankfort and Feb. 21 in Grayson. 
 
The Kentucky General Assembly created the state CFCRB in 1982 to decrease the time children spend in out-of-home care. CFCRB volunteers review Cabinet for Health and Family Services files on children placed in out-of-home care and work with the cabinet and courts on behalf of the state's foster children. The court-appointed volunteer reviewers help ensure that children receive the necessary services while in out-of-home care and are ultimately placed in permanent homes.
 
The counties in need of volunteers are Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Bullitt, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Grant, Greenup, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Robertson, Rowan, Russell, Trimble, Washington, Wayne and Woodford.
 

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OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT ON FATAL TAYLOR CO. ACCIDENT NOV. 27

 
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 3:27pmET, the Campbellsville Police Department responded to an automobile collision on KY 55 in the area of Swan's Landing. 
 
A 2017 GMC Yukon operated by 50-year-old Kathy Begley of Campbellsville, KY was stopped on KY 55 waiting to make a left hand turn into Swan's Landing when a 2003 Dodge dually pickup operated by 29-year-old John Yoder of Columbia, KY who was pulling a gooseneck trailer loaded with logs, failed to see several vehicles stopped in front of him waiting for Begley to turn.
 
Yoder struck a 2007 Chevrolet Impala in the rear operated by 48-year-old David R. Coop of Albany, KY which caused a chain reaction collision. The Coop vehicle (which was a taxi owned by Smith's Taxi LLC of Albany, KY) then struck a 2003 Honda Element operated by 30-year-old Sarah A. Hedgespeth of Greensburg, KY causing the Hedgespeth vehicle to strike Begley's vehicle which was stopped waiting to turn. 
 
Coop's vehicle (taxi) had several passengers, 55-year-old Rosa A. Muse, 61-year-old Earl W. Muse, and 31-year-old Steven K. Taylor all of Burkesville, KY. 
 
All parties involved in the collision (except Yoder) were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS. A 3-year-old male in the Hedgespeth vehicle was later transferred by EMS to Norton's Hospital in Louisville and 31-year-old Steven K. Taylor of Burkesville, KY was pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital.
 
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Kentucky State Police, Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Campbellsville Fire, Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, Taylor County Fire, Taylor County Coroner's Office, State Highway Department, and Campbellsville Street Department.
 
Update...
The 3 year old child injured in the fatal mishap has died Hunter Hedgespeth Wednesday in Louisville, Foster Toler and Curry Funeral Home in Greensburg is in charge.
 
LjS
 

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R.C. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCAM

 
Russell County Chamber of Commerce members are receiving fake emails. 
 
The following is an email to all chamber members from the Russell Co. Chamber of Commerce:
 
It has been brought to my attention that several businesses have received FAKE emails claiming to have originated from this office and stating that an invoice is attached or that your payment is late.  Those emails did NOT come from this Chamber office. 
 
I am SO thankful that you have been diligent in checking the email address and/or phone number and seeing that it isn’t a local address/number.  I have contacted Duo County and they are aware of this problem, but unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done other than continue to be aware before opening any email and/or attachment. 
 
Please continue to be mindful of all emails that you receive as I will soon be sending out information regarding membership for 2019 with an application attached.  I will only send an invoice if you request one.  
 
Thanks,
Rhonda  
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
As of 8:31 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 the boil water advisory starting at 966-1125 Campbellsville Rd. and all side roads in between 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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FATAL T.C. ACCIDENT LEAVES 1 DEAD & CHILD IN CRITICAL

 
TAYLOR COUNTY, Ky. - A fatal crash occurred Tuesday afternoon in Taylor County. One person was killed in the accident and a child is in critical condtion.
 
The wreck occurred at approx. 3:30pmET on Highway 55 about 3 miles south of Campbellsville. A passenger in a taxi, 31-year-old Steven Kyle Taylor of Burkesville, KY, died as a result of the accident. Several others, including a child, were hurt. The child is in critical condition.
 
The coroner said that it appears the crash happened when a vehicle that was stopped was rear-ended, causing a chain-reaction. One of the vehicles involved was hauling logs.
 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS 11/28/18

 

  • CASEY COUNTY - CLOSED
  • BOYLE COUNTY - 1 HOUR DELAY
  • LINCOLN COUNTY - CLOSED (NTI DAY)

 

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RUSSELL CO. INDICTMENTS - NOV. 27, 2018

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 8 individuals.....

 

  1. Jason W. Clark, 42, Jamestown, KY - Murder (for shooting and killing Brandy Johnson in the parking lot of Coe's Steakhouse); Tampering with Physical Evidence
  2. Jennifer L. Meece, 39, Russell Springs, KY - Theft by Failure to make Required Disposition of Property over $500; Persistent Felony Offender 
  3. Jerry R. Douglas, 37, Russell Springs, KY - Assault 3rd degree; Persistent Felony Offender
  4. Nicklas Kelsey, 18, Columbia, KY - Burglary; Theft by Unlawful Taking, Firearm (3 counts); Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500
  5. Randall P. Justice, 64, Nashville, TN - Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree
  6. Jerry N. Rady, 50, Greenfield, IN - Fraud of False Statement in Obtaining Benefits over $100
  7. David R. Lynn, 35, Liberty, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Tampering with Physical Evidence; Persistent Felony Offender
  8. Tyler S. Vessels, 28, Louisville, KY - Receiving Stolen Property over $500; Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card under $500; Persistent Felony Offender

We remind our listeners that indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

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R.C. SHERIFF RESIGNS; NEWLY ELECTED SHERIFF WILL BE APPOINTED

 
 
Pursuant to Executive Order, effective December 1,  2018 Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson is appointing Derek Polston as Russell County Sheriff from December 1, 2018  through January 6, 2019 at which time he will be sworn in as Sheriff. This is due to the retirement of Clete McAninch which will take place on November 30, 2018.
 
The following is a letter from McAninch to R.C. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson:
 
 
To Whom It May Concern:
 
Please accept this letter as a notice of my formal resignation and retirement from my position as Russell County Sheriff. My last day of employment will be on Friday, November 30, 2018.
 
It has been my pleasure to serve our county as sheriff over the last four years.  I have never taken the job as sheriff lightly. One of the highlights serving as your sheriff is being able to collaborate with other law enforcement to help eliminate some of the drug problems our county has faced.  The job as sheriff has been much more than just helping to stop the drug problem. As sheriff, it has taught me how important a work ethic is and has given me opportunities to provide programs to our county and our schools to help keep the citizens safe. I regret not being able to finish out the last month of my term as your sheriff. But, due to the circumstances advised by the Division of State Retirement it would be best for me to retire effective November 30th rather than December 31st.
 
I  have been blessed to serve the citizens of our county for over 26 plus years in law enforcement and thankful for all of your support of the Office of Sheriff and me the last 4 years.
 
Sincerely,
Clete McAninch, Russell County Sheriff
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

(Adair County, Ky November 27, 2018) - On September 16, 2018 Troopers from Post 15 responded to an assault complaint at a residence located four miles east of Columbia on Reynolds Rd. When units arrived the victim, Andy Loy, along with witnesses, identified the assailant as Lacy Grant. Grant had left the residence prior to units arrival; he was located a couple of weeks later hiding on a farm in Cumberland County and arrested by the Sheriff’s Department.  Grant was transported to the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Trooper Allen Shirley presented the investigation to the Adair County Grand Jury on November 19th, 2018 resulting in an indictment being returned on 46 year old Lacy Grant of Glensfork, KY for Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Assault 2nd degree, and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree. The indictment warrant was served and Grant remains lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 
 

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PULASKI CO. MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a traffic stop for expired registration plates led to the arrest of a Eubank, KY man on several charges on Friday, November 23, 2018.

 

Deputy Marcus Harrison was conducting routine patrol duties around noon Friday on West Hwy 635 when he observed a 2004 Grand Prix automobile with an expired registration sticker. After verifying registration with the driver, Deputy Harrison requested identification from the front seat passenger.  Anthony Mullins, age 50 of Sandige Road, Eubank, Kentucky was unable to produce any personal identification for Deputy Harrison.  A Social Security number provided by Mr. Mullins came back to another individual.

 

Shortly after providing the Deputy with false information, Mullins fled the scene on foot.  Deputy Harrison, along with Lieutenant Jon Williams and Deputy Zach Mayfield, were able to apprehend Mullins after a foot pursuit through a nearby neighborhood.  Apparently the subject had fled due to 3 outstanding warrants for his arrest.

 

Anthony Mullins was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on the following charges:
 

1.  Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot).

2.  Criminal Tresspassing-3rd Degree

3.  Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree

4.  Resisting Arrest

5.  Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree

6.  Theft of Identity of Another W/O Consent

7. Giving Officer False Identifying Information

8. Carrying a Concealed Weapon

9.  Menacing

10.  Failure to Appear (Lincoln County Circuit Court Warrant).

11.  Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order (Pulaski County District Court)

12.  Failure to Appear (Pulaski County District Court)

 

Units were assisted at the scene by Trooper Willie Cowan of the KSP.

 

Anthony Mullins remains in the Pulaski County Detention Center awaiting an initial court appearance.

 

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CASEY COUNTY INDICTMENTS 11/27/18

 

Several indictments handed down this week by the Casey County grand jury...

 

Adam Jeremy Ford age 25 of Liberty indicted for using electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity, persistent felony offender 2nd degree, promoting a sexual performance by a minor under 16, possession and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and criminal solicitation to commit rape first-degree.

 

Joshua Trent Roy age 37 of Liberty indicted for flagrant non-support (2 counts).

 

 

James Edward Stacy age 26 of Yosemite indicted for flagrant non-support.

 

 

Tanya Leeann McQueary age 31 of Kings Mountain indicted for making false statements to receive benefits over $100.

 

 

Mark Edward Cheesman age 57 of Windsor indicted for wanton endangerment 1st degree (4 counts), and violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

 

 

Kyle T Mattox age 38 of hustonville indicted for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree first offense methamphetamine.

 

 

William Michael Wethington age 23 of Liberty indicted for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree first offense methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

Michael O Huff age 31 of Liberty indicted for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 3rd offense methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

 

 

Joseph L Goforth age 56 of Liberty indicted for trafficking in marijuana less than 8 oz second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, and bail jumping 1st degree.

 

 

Joshua Dwight Gamble age 31 of Liberty indicted for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree first offense methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a legend drug, reckless driving, and bail jumping 1st degree.

 

 

Alan Lee Gaddis age 40 of Liberty indicted for possession of controlled substance 1st degree 3rd offense methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

 

 

Ryan Joseph Sheene age 36 of Liberty indicted for possession of controlled substance 1st degree 3rd offense methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and Criminal Trespass third degree.

 

 

Christopher Eads age 18 of Windsor indicted for wanton endangerment 1st degree, and criminal mischief 3rd degree.

 

 

Lori A Harmon age 52 of Hustonville indicted for possession of controlled substance 1st degree first offense methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, DUI aggravating circumstance, no insurance, and careless driving.

 

 

Chad Allen Peyton age 34 of Liberty indicted for fleeing or evading police 1st degree, persistent felony offender 1st degree, and disregarding a stop sign.

 

 

Rebecca Jean Hobbs age 40 of Elkhorn indicted for theft of identity, persistent felony offender 1st degree, giving a peace officer faults ID, driving on a suspended or revoked operator's license, no insurance, and expired registration plates and receipt.


We reminder listeners, an indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.

 

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SPAM EMAILS BEING SENT TO CHAMBER MEMBERS

 
ATTN: Columbia-Adair Co. Chamber Members
 
SPAM EMAILS with an invoice attached claiming to be sent from the Chamber has risen it’s ugly head again. The Chamber does NOT send invoices by email, unless specifically requested from our members. Please be aware of this problem.
 

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SCHOOL DELAYS & CLOSINGS 11/27/18

 

  • CASEY COUNTY SCHOOLS - CLOSED
  • BOYLE COUNTY SCHOOLS - CLOSED
  • LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOLS - CLOSED (NTI DAY)

 

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ADAIR CO. INDICTMENTS

 
An Adair County Grand Jury returned indictments against 16 individuals on Tuesday, November 13, 2018:
 
  1. Melinda S. Young, L&N Turnpike, Magnolia, KY -  Receiving stolen property, $500 or more but less than $10,000; Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense, methamphetamine; Possession of drug paraphernalia. 
  2. Joshua E. Cochran, Thrasher Ct., Russell Springs, KY - Receiving stolen property, $500 or more but less than $10,000; Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 3rd or subsequent offense, methamphetamine; Possession of drug paraphernalia; Giving a peace officer false identifying information. 
  3. Jason Guy Perkins, Bloomington Chapel Rd., Columbia, KY - 2 counts of Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon
  4. Coy D. Morrision, Jr., Jay Wheeler Rd., Columbia, KY - Tampering with a prisoner monitoring device; Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; Escape, 2nd degree; Persistent felony offender, 1st degree. 
  5. Dana Rochell Campbell, TP Cundiff Rd., Columbia, KY - Promoting contraband, 1st degree; Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense, methamphetamine.
  6. Ricky Allen Jones, Slater Rd., Edmonton, KY - Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense, methamphetamine; Possession of marijuana; Possession of drug paraphernalia; Public intoxication.
  7. Buddy R. Longwell, S. Hwy. 639, Albany, KY - Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., .08, 4th or subsequent offense, aggravating circumstance; Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; Operating on a suspended/revoked operators license; Reckless driving; Failure to produce insurance card. 
  8. Lacy L. Grant, KY Hwy 900, Glensfork, KY - Wanton endangerment, 1st degree; Assault, 2nd degree; Terroristic threatening, 3rd degree. 
  9. Joseph P. Baker, Ed Irvin Rd., Columbia, KY - Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Tampering with physical evidence; Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense, methamphetamine; Possession of marijuana; Operating ona suspended/revoked operators license; Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, 1st offense.
  10. Timothy R. Riggs, Old Caven Bend Rd., Greensburg, KY - Wanton endangerment, 1st degree; Persistent felony offender, 2nd degree; Assault, 2nd degree; Persistent felony offender, 2nd degree; Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; Criminal mischief, 2nd degree.
  11. Johnathan K. Hutcheson, Enid Leiby Rd., Glensfork, KY - Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, $500 or more but under $10,000. 
  12. Tony George, Old Sulphur Springs Rd., Columbia, KY - Receiving stolen property, $500 or more but less than $10,000. 
  13. Erik James Novak, Osage Avenue, Campbellsville, KY - Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, $500 or more but under $10,000. 
  14. Chasity Lynn Williams, Harris Rd., Columbia, KY - False statement/misrepresentation to receive benefits, over $100. 
  15. Tara Lynn Hoover, Happy Hills Dr., Campbellsville, KY - Assault, 1st degree; Wanton endangerment, 1st degree; Wanton endangerment, 1st degree; Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., .08 (aggravating circumstance), 1st offense; Failure to produce insurance card. 
  16. Jeremy L. Wethington, Calvary Rd., Lebanon, KY - Theft by failure to make required disposition of property, $500 or more but less than $10,000. 

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING NOV. 28

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet for a Special Called meeting on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in the basement of the Adair County Annex building. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
AGENDA                                 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. BUDGET AMENDMENT-2ND READING
3. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORT 
4. PERMISSION TO HIRE FT EMPLOYEE FOR RECYCLING DIRECTOR 
5. ADJOURN
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 
Date Issued: 11/26/2018
Time Issued: 10:00 a.m.
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District starting at 966-1125 Campbellsville Rd. and all side roads in between. 
 
The advisory has been issued due to main line break. 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, bring the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using. The 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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DEER CAUSES ACCIDENT IN ADAIR CO.

 

On Saturday, November 24, 2018 at approximately 2:00pmCT, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle accident 8 1/2 miles south of Columbia on Hwy 900. The accident occurred when 20-year-old Tyler Helm of Columbia, KY was operating a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and a deer crossed his path. Helm swerved to avoid the deer and  overcorrected and overturned.

 

Helm was treated by Adair EMS and transported to T.J. Health Columbia for injuries sustained.

 

Deputy Hitch is the investigating Officer.

 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING NOV. 27

 
The Columbia City Council will meet on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 5pmCT for a Special Called Meeting at the Municipal Building, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. All meetings are open to the public.
 
AGENDA
Call To Order: Special Called Meeting Of The Columbia City Council - Tuesday, November 21, 2018 At 5pmCT In City Hall
 
First Item: Motion To Approve Bid From Miller Contracting For The Old Burkesville Loop Gas Line Extension Project
 
Second Item: Motion To Hire The Lake Cumberland Area Development District To Compile The Workforce Analysis Study Being Funded By A USDA Feasibility Grant Received By The City Of Columbia
 
Motion To Adjourn
 

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4-VEHICLE TAYLOR CO. ACCIDENT INJURES TWO PEOPLE

 

The Taylor Sheriffs Dept investigated a 4-vehicle accident on Friday, November 23, 2018 on Hwy 55 (New Columbia Rd).

 

According to Taylor Co. Sheriff Allen Newton, a 2014 Subaru SUV being driven by 33-year-old Joel Yarberry of Columbia crossed the center line, sidewiping a 2011 GMC picup truck being driven by 76-year-old Charles Noe of Summersville. The Yarberry vehicle then sideswiped a 1982 Mercedes being operated by 27-year-old Alexander Vaughn of Campbellsville, then struck a 2000 Pontiac being operated by 66-year-old Arthur Goins of Campbellsville.
 
Joel Yarberry was entrapped and had to be extricated by Campbellsville Fire and Rescue. He was treated at the scene by Taylor Co. EMS and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for further treatment. Arthur Goins was also injured and was treated at the scene then taken to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of a possible chest injury. The other two drivers & their passengers were not injured.
 
The accident occured at 5:46pmET and was investigated by Dickie Benningfield with the Taylor County Sheriffs Dept.

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SENATOR MAX WISE TO SPEAK AT C.U.

 

Max Wise, senator for Kentucky's 16th District, will speak at Campbellsville University on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Badgett Academic Support Center Banquet Hall, 110 University Drive, Campbellsville, KY. Senator Wise is one of the many speakers being hosted by CU's Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) and will speak about ethics in politics.

 

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LINCOLN CO. SANITATION RECEIVES RECOGNITION

 

The Lincoln County Sanitation District has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program. The project received honorable mention.

 

The recognized project, funded through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s (KIA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund, involved construction of a sanitary sewage collection and conveyance system to serve 535 residential customers and 50 commercial customers in Lincoln County that had no sanitary sewer system.

 

The EPA called the project a “critical upgrade” for the area. Before the new system, sewage was disposed of through a combination of septic tanks and straight pipes, which resulted in discharges of raw sewage into waterways.

 

The project eliminated more than 220 failing septic tanks, 101 raw sewage discharges and two package treatment plants, affecting homes and businesses along U.S. 127 starting south of Junction City and proceeding to Hustonville.

 

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SNAP BENEFITS-WORK REQUIREMENTS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 10,000 low-income Kentucky adults no longer have access to a federal program that helps them buy food after state officials slowly reinstated rules requiring them to either get a job or do volunteer work to keep their benefits.
 
The rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, have been in place since 1996 when they were signed into law by former Democratic President Bill Clinton. Kentucky was exempt from those rules following the Great Recession that began in 2008.
 
As the economy has improved, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has slowly let most of those exemptions expire. Of the roughly 54,000 adults eligible for the requirements, slightly more than 10,000 have lost access, according to data analyzed by the Kentucky Center for Economy Policy.

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SENATOR FILES BILL THAT WOULD RAISE KY'S MINIMUM WAGE

 
A state senator has pre-filed a bill that would raise Kentucky's minimum wage... 
 
Lexington Democrat Reggie Thomas pre-filed the bill that would gradually raise the minimum wage over the next seven years. By July of 2026, the minimum wage would be up to $15 an hour. Senator Thomas noted that Arkansas just enacted a $12 minimum wage, adding if Arkansas can do it, so can Kentucky. He says "We need to make sure that everyone has a livable wage." The 2019 general assembly convenes on January 8, 2019.
 

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NEW RULES FOR KY'S MEDICAID PROGRAM

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration has again approved new rules for some of Kentucky’s Medicaid population, requiring them to either get a job, volunteer in the community or go to school to keep their government-funded health coverage.
 
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced the approval on Tuesday, nearly five months after a federal judge blocked the state’s first attempt. State officials say the new rules can begin as soon as April 1 and will be phased in regionally over several months. They will require adults ages 19 to 64, with some exceptions, to complete at least 80 hours per month of “community engagement” to keep their health benefits. That includes getting a job, looking for a job, going to school, volunteering for community service or taking a job training course.
 
Kentucky is one of 37 states that has expanded its government-funded health insurance program to include low-income adults with no children and no disabilities. More than 400,000 people signed up for the program, dramatically dropping the state’s uninsured rate and propping up some rural hospitals who depend on the revenue.
 
But Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has criticized the program, saying it is too expensive and does not make Kentucky’s citizens healthier as the state is still behind most of the country in some key health indicators.
 
Bevin proposed requiring some Medicaid recipients to take action to keep their benefits. In January, Kentucky became the first state ever to win federal approval for such a plan. But in June, a federal judge blocked it, ruling the government did not adequately consider how the plan would impact people who receive coverage.
 
The judge’s ruling re-started the application process, which was completed Tuesday. It’s possible the program could wind up in court again.
 
The new rules will be in place for five years. The Bevin administration predicted the requirements would save taxpayers more than $2 billion during that time, including $300 million in state dollars. State officials estimated at least 95,000 people would lose coverage, either through not complying with the rules or by getting jobs and earning enough money to make them ineligible for the benefits.
 
Arkansas was the first state to implement work requirements for Medicaid. Last week, the state announced more than 12,000 people had lost coverage in the past three months for not complying with the new rules. The Arkansas Department of Human Services said another 6,000 people are at risk of losing coverage by December if they do not comply.
 
Bevin, in a statement posted to his official Twitter account, said the approval means the state can “continue to provide services for traditional Medicaid beneficiaries, while also offering a path toward improved health outcomes for all recipients.” Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier said in a news release the new rules will help people have “success through long-term independence.”
 
Kentucky Voices for Health, an advocacy group, said they were “deeply disappointed” with the decision. Executive Director Emily Beauregard said during the public comment process, thousands of Kentuckians said access to health care was vital to their ability to be productive and successful.
 
“Reapproving a waiver that makes hardworking Kentuckians jump through hoops to keep their coverage will no doubt have the opposite effect,” she said.
 
The new rules do not apply to pregnant women, full-time students, former foster care youth, survivors of domestic violence, and primary caregivers of children and the elderly, among other exemptions. It would also exempt the “medically frail,” a broad term that includes people suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.
 
Some benefits, including dental and vision, are no longer included. But people can earn those benefits back through a rewards program.
 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL 11/21/18

 

The Liberty City Council met in a special called session yesterday to discuss the purchase of a new piece of equipment. Mayor Steven Brown...

 

The Council voted unanimously to proceed with the purchase.

 

Another special called meeting is scheduled for 5pm today for a second reading of a budget amendment, necessary for the purchase. The meeting will be held at City Hall and is open to the public.

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CRAM THE CRUISER HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE DEC. 1ST

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10.
 
“Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” says KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where it does not exist. Through this program, we have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of our neighbors and participate in the spirit of the season.”
 
Collection sites for donations have been established at all of KSP’s 16 posts and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region offices throughout the state as well as the agency’s headquarters in Frankfort. Visit the KSP website at kentuckystatepolice.org for a listing of the locations. 
 
KSP is also teaming up with Kroger and Pepsi for special collection events on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at designated Kroger stores throughout the state.
 
LOCATIONS INCLUDE: 
302 Brighton Park in Frankfort
300 Trademore Center in Morehead
890 Richmond Plaza in Richmond
1650 Bryan Station Road in Lexington
1265 Goss Ave. in Louisville
808 N. 12th St. in Murray
1670 Starlight Drive in Owensboro
1019 Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin
181 S. Highway 127 in Russell Springs
2835 S. Highway 27 in Somerset
106 Marketplace Circle in Georgetown 
311 Boone Station Road* in Shelbyville
 
Suggested donations include non-expired canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. 
 
The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations in the areas where they are collected says Lawson.
 

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MARION CO. MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER & OTHER CHARGES

 

SPRINGFIELD, KY - Springfield police believe they stopped a man planning a mass shooting at a Washington County business. 
 
Officers were called to LB Manufacturing on a report of a suspicious vehicle and trespassing complaint Monday afternoon, November 19, 2018. Police say the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Matthew Smith, became combative and raised a gun toward an officer. After a brief scuffle, the officer took Smith to the ground and handcuffed him. Police said Smith had several guns in his vehicle, including one that appeared to be a fully automatic weapon. Police say all of the handguns on Smith’s body were fully loaded with a round in the chamber. Police also found a Colt AR 15 A-2 with a 40-round magazine in the front passenger seat and a .308 rifle was under that firearm. While clearing the AR-15, police realized that it had been modified to be fully automatic. 
 
Smith is being held on charges of Attempted Murder of a police offficer, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Trespass and Wanton Endangerment. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is assisting in the investigation. 
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING REPORT

 

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

 

 

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BUCKLE UP FOR THANKSGIVING

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2018) – With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining in a national effort to send Thanksgiving travelers an important lifesaving reminder to buckle up – every trip, every time. 

 

“The upcoming holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, so we’re asking motorists to always wear a seat belt,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “If you buckle up, your risk of injury or death in a crash is greatly reduced. A seat belt is your best defense against an impaired, speeding or distracted driver.” 

 

There were 1,090 crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday last year in Kentucky, resulting in 231 injuries and four fatalities. Of those fatalities, one was not wearing a seat belt and one involved alcohol. 

 

“As we reflect on gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving, we asked fellow Kentuckians to share why they are thankful for their seat belt,” said Siwula. “These are real stories of lives saved just by taking a few seconds to buckle up.”

 

Of the 614 motor vehicle fatalities so far this year, 53.3 percent were not restrained.

 

“There is only so much the law can do,” said Siwula. “Personal responsibility behind the wheel is the key to saving more lives. We hope when people hear these stories on the radio, it will encourage motorists to use a seat belt – every trip, every time.”

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.

 

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DRUG ARREST IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Somerset, Kentucky resident was arrested on Saturday, November 17, 2018 following a traffic stop by Deputy Zach Mayfield.

 

Roscoe Sheerwood Godby, Jr.,  age 45 of Shopfield Road, Somerset was operating a 1998 Toyota Camry on Allens Way when Deputy Mayfield conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Paul's Carwash South.  Pulaski 911 Dispatch confirmed that Mr. Godby was being sought on a Kentucky Probation and Parole Warrant for violating the terms of his parole.

 

Deputy Mayfield placed Roscoe Godby, Jr. under arrest and with the assistance of Deputy Marcus Harrison began a search of the vehicle.  The search produced 23.77 grams of suspected methamphetamine in a clear plastic baggie, 5 small baggies containing suspected methamphetamine totaling 9.17 grams, a small quantity of marijuana, four and a half xanax bars, eleven hydromorphone pills, two sets of digital scales and two glass pipes.  In the trunk of the vehicle, deputies found 16 white pills later identified as promethazine. A search of Mr. Godby produced $213.00 cash which was also seized. A set of brass knuckles was located in the subject's back pocket.

 

Additionally, a Police Scanner was located in the vehicle at the time of the search.

 

Mr. Godby was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on the following charges:

1.  Carrying a Concealed Weapon

2.  Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug

3.  Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree. 1st Offense (>or =2 gms.Methamphetamine).

4.   Possession of Marijuana

5.  Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree-Drug Unspecified

6.  Drug Paraphernalia -Deliver/Manufacture

7.  Possess/Use of Radio that Sends/Receives Police Messages.

8.  Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Off. (<10 D>U> Drug Unspecified Sch. 1 & 2).

9.  Absconding Parole Supervision (Warrant)

 

Sergeant Cary York and Deputy Aaron Curtis of the PCSO also assisted at the scene.

 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT 11/20/18

 

At last night's meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court, a visitor addressed the court.

Albert Thomas Jr., presented a petition from some of his neighboring residents, requesting black topping for School House Road.

Judge Executive Randy Dial explained the reasons why that would not be feasible...

Under General Business, a member of the Ethics Board, Jim Vaught, requested to be removed from that board. Judge Dial recommended Jennifer Collins to fill that seat. Collins is the Director of the Ag Center. The Court voted to accept Collins to replace Vaught.

The Court also accepted Excess Fees from the Casey County Sheriff's Office totalling just over $8,150. 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for December 3rd.

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KSP HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

 

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10.

 

“Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” says KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where it does not exist. Through this program, we have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of our neighbors and participate in the spirit of the season.”

 

Collection sites for donations have been established at all of KSP’s 16 posts and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region offices throughout the state as well as the agency’s headquarters in Frankfort. Visit the KSP website at kentuckystatepolice.org for a listing of the locations.

 

KSP is also teaming up with Kroger and Pepsi for special collection events on Dec. 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at designated Kroger stores throughout the state. The locations include:

 

302 Brighton Park in Frankfort;

300 Trademore Center in Morehead;

890 Richmond Plaza in Richmond;

1650 Bryan Station Road in Lexington;

1265 Goss Ave. in Louisville;

808 N. 12th St. in Murray;

1670 Starlight Drive in Owensboro;

1019 Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin;

181 S. Highway 127 in Russell Springs;

2835 S. Highway 27 in Somerset;

106 Marketplace Circle in Georgetown and

311 Boone Station Road* in Shelbyville (*11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

 

Suggested donations include non-expired canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices.

 

The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations in the areas where they are collected says Lawson.

 

“The holidays are a time when people come together to support one another. Last year, 419,507 pounds of food were donated from individuals, businesses, school groups, social clubs, scout troops and civic organizations throughout the state,” he notes. “Feeding our neighbors is a noble cause, but it takes a team effort. Together we can take a stand against hunger and help make the holidays bright for families in need this year.”

 

Click on the following link to view a video about the Cram The Cruiser program: https://youtu.be/s82XudR4698

 

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ADAIR CO. ESCAPEE LOCATED & ARRESTED

 

Adair County (November 19, 2018) - On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Post 15 was notified of a prisoner who had escaped while being transported to an Adair County Court proceeding. Units from the Kentucky State Police and Columbia Police Department responded to assist the Adair County Sheriff’s Department in locating 25 year old William Loy of Columbia but were unsuccessful.  On Sunday, November 18th, 2018, Trooper Clint Bale received information that the escapee was possibly armed and staying at a residence on Spring Street in Columbia. Trooper Bale along with several other units responded to the residence and attempted to call Loy out on the P.A. The home owner gave consent to search resulting in Loy being located hiding behind several mattresses. Loy was arrested and charged with escape 2nd degree and resisting arrest. Loy was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Trooper Bale was assisted at the scene by the Columbia Police Department, Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

 

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LOUISVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE IN TAYLOR COUNTY

 

On Thursday, November 15th, 2018 Detective Josh Dicken responded to the Taylor County Hospital Emergency Room to speak with a victim regarding an alleged rape that occurred Wednesday night. After collecting evidence and obtaining a statement from the victim, Detective Dicken along with units from the Campbellsville Police Department located the suspect, 33 year Christopher Roark of Louisville, at a residence in the city limits of Campbellsville. Roark was charged with Rape 1st degree; non-related outstanding warrants were executed by the Campbellsville Police Department. Roark was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 

 

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PULASKI COUNTY DRUG ARRESTS 11/19/18

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on November 1, 2018 Samantha Poynter, age 26 of Somerset was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Poynter’s arrest concluded a year-long investigation into a heroin ring operating in Pulaski County. Numerous agencies participated in the investigation including the Somerset Police Department, the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

 

In December of 2017 Narcotics Detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office developed information that Samantha Poynter, along with numerous other individuals, was currently operating a heroin enterprise in Pulaski County.  An investigation started into the drug trafficking organization which ultimately led Detectives to the source of Poynter’s heroin supply in Cincinnati.

 

The Sheriff’s Office contacted the DEA for assistance and discovered they were familiar with the source of Poynter's supply of heroin.

 

On January 11, 2018, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office received information that Poynter was on her way back to Somerset, from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She was allegedly transporting a quantity of heroin. Law Enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Somerset Police Department, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and DEA located heroin when they executed a search warrant at her residence later on the same date.

 

Law enforcement then focused their investigation into the alleged source of the supply of heroin, Stephen Ushery, age 35 of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Ushery, also known as "Vito", had a residence in Pulaski County as well. Surveillance began on the Ushery residence as investigators continued to gather evidence into his drug enterprise. On September 13, 2018, Ushery was traffic stopped on East Highway 80 by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and the DEA. Ushery, along with a female in the vehicle, Kimberly Sweeten, age 35, was taken into custody.  Ushery had a large amount of cash on his person at the time of the stop. A search warrant was then issued for Ushery’s Rosemont Avenue address in Pulaski County. Upon searching the residence, Detectives located approximately 40 grams of heroin inside of the residence.

 

Suspects in this case were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in October 2018.

 

The following individuals were indicted and have been arrested:

 

  • Samantha Jade Poynter, Age 26, Somerset, KY – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

  • Stephen W. Ushery, Age 35, Cincinnati, OH – Conspiracy to distribute over 1000 grams of heroin

  • Kimberly Sweeten, Age 35, Cincinnati, OH – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

  • Diana Chiree Sullivan, Age 26, Somerset, KY – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

  • James T. Hargis, Age 31, Somerset, KY – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

 

Sheriff Greg Speck stated, “Organizations like these have created drug problems for residents of our community and surrounding communities.  Drug traffickers, from other states, with a supply of dangerous drugs infiltrate our neighborhoods with the sole purpose of profiting from the vulnerabilities of drug addicts.”  Sheriff Speck also added “We are fortunate enough to have established great relationships with federal agencies, along with local agencies, to fight the flow of drugs. These partnerships are essential to the continued fight to combat the constant flow of heroin and other dangerous drugs, at their source, from entering our community.”

 

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KSP CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE AWARD HONOREES

 

Fourteen civilian employees were honored today by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony in Lexington highlighting their performance and public service during the past year.

 

“The Kentucky State Police has a wide array of individuals with diverse talents and skills who contribute to our public safety mission on a daily basis,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “Without them, our success would be impossible. I thank each of them for their service.”

 

Somerset resident Randall J. Adams was named 2018 KSP Civilian Employee of the Year. A 29-year veteran of the agency, Adam is a Police Telecommunicator II at KSP Post 15 in Columbia.

 

Adams distinguished himself during a 2017 incident when a military veteran, who suffered from PTSD, told his family that he was going to commit suicide somewhere in Cumberland County. Unable to make contact with the subject by phone, Adams left a voice mail message that he was also a veteran and just wanted to help. A short time later, the subject returned the call stating that he had already shot himself in the chest. Through labored breathing, the subject described his surroundings and Adams was able to direct troopers to the location. The subject was transported from the scene and received medical treatment that saved his life.

 

A Columbia, Ky. native, Adams is a 1978 graduate of Adair Co. High School and a 1983 graduate of Campbellsville University. He is the son of the late Jessie Adams of Columbia and Verlene Adams of Somerset. 

 

Other KSP civilian employees who received awards included:

 

Administrative Services Award

Alicia Parham, Internal Policy Analyst III, Strategic Planning Branch

 

Supervisor of the Year Award

Heather Ellis, Administrative Section Supervisor, Intelligence Branch

 

Forensic Services Support Award

Carolyn Trader-Moore, Forensic Scientist Specialist II, Eastern Lab

 

 

Commercial Vehicle Support Award

Matthew Lawson, CVE Inspector II, Region 1-Henderson

 

Post Operations Support Award

East

Gary Hopperton, Maintenance Worker II, Post 6- Dry Ridge

 

West

David Maes, Administrative Specialist II, Post 1-Mayfield

 

Driver Testing Award

Harold Masden, Certified Driver’s Test Administrator I, Driver Testing Branch-Louisville

 

Police Communications Support Award

Randy Adams, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 15-Columbia

 

Megan Smith, Police Telecommunicator I, Post 12-Frankfort

 

Eric Smith, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 9-Pikeville

 

Supply/Properties Management Award

Charles Breidert, Automotive Technician IV, Supply Branch

 

Information Technology Award

Kim Bradley, Forensic Computer Examiner III, Electronic Crime Branch

 

Records Technical Support Award

Shane Adams, Administrative Specialist III, Criminal Identification & Records Branch,

Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons Section

 

Special Enforcement Support Award

Lynne Spencer, Criminal Intelligence Analyst II, Drug Enforcement/ Special Investigations West

 

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DIST. 8 TRANSPORTATION CABINET READY FOR WINTER

 

With more than 22,000 tons of salt on hand, combined with more than 80 snow plows, salt spreaders, and other equipment ready in Russell, Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, and Wayne counties.
 
Since October, district crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep District 8 state roads passable during inclement weather.
 
When weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.
 

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MOCK TRAINING EXERCISE IN RUSSELL CO. NOV. 19

 

The Russell County Ambulance Service in partnership with Russell County Schools, Lindsey Wilson College of Nursing and PHI Air Medical will be conducting a training exercise on Monday, November 19, 2018 at approximately 9:30amCT. The training exercise will include a simulated school bus accident involving another vehicle and several patients. There will be other agencies involved such as the Jamestown Police Department, Jamestown Fire Department, and the Kentucky State Police. This simulated event will occur near the Russell County Ambulance Station on Ferco Way in Jamestown. This will be a training exercise that will provide students with a hands on, real world “Mock” emergency. All agencies involved strive to provide a learning environment that will prepare students for true emergencies they may encounter as future healthcare providers. This event is a training exercise only, and there is no reason for concern or alarm. Thank you for your encouragement and support of our youth.
 

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ADAIR CO. INJURY COLLISION

 

(Adair County, KY November 17, 2018) - Trooper Daniel Forbis is investigating a two vehicle collision that occurred November 16th, 2018 at approximately 8:29amCT in the limits of Columbia at the intersection of North KY 55 and the Veteran’s Memorial Highway.  Charles Shirley, age 75 of Columbia, was traveling south on KY 55 in a 2005 GMC truck.  Shirley was slowing down for a red light when his vehicle was struck in the back by a 2015 Chevy Tahoe being operated by Brandy Hancock, age 40 of Greensburg.  Both occupants were wearing a seat belt.  Shirley was treated and released from TJ Health Columbia Hospital.  Trooper Forbis was assisted at the scene by Adair County EMS. 

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NOV. 19

 

The Russell County Board of Education will meet on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Russell County Board of Education Central Office.
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Recognition: Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Teacher of the Month: David Boger
5. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. School Activity Fund Reports
D. Financial Report
E. Personnel Reports
F. Field Trips
6. Presentation of Fiscal Year 2018 Audit
7. Revised Job Description-Early Childhood Community Liaison
8. Addendum: Educational Consultant Services Contract-Sharon Mudd
9. Pre-Apprenticeship Program
10. Shortened School Week for Student I.D.#S19-02
11. Liability Insurance for Bus Fleet
12. Fees/Charges
13. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Checklist for Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center
14. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
15. Public Comment
16. Adjournment
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING REPORT

 

The Adair Co. School Board met on Thursday evening.....  

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Russell County Boil Water Advisory that included Dowell Rd, Charles E Peck Rd, Steve Dr and Joe T Petty Dr. has been lifted.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY


There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County on Dowell Rd, Charles E Peck Rd, Steve Dr and Joe T Petty Dr. for anyone who was without water due to a water line break. The Advisory is until further notice.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER APPEARED IN COURT NOV. 14

 

A Russell Co. man accused of shooting and killing his step-cousin last month was in court on Wednesday.
 
At a preliminary hearing on November 14, 2018 in front of Judge Scarlett Latham, 42-year-old Jason W. Clark had his case waived to the grand jury. Clark is charged with Murder in the shooting death of 35-year-old Brandy Johnson on Oct. 28, 2018 outside of Coe’s Steakhouse in Russell Springs, KY where she was a waitress.
 
Clark pled not guilty earlier this month. His bond remains at $1 million. Police said Clark bought the gun the same day of the shooting with the intent to kill Brandy Johnson. According to Kentucky State Police, Clark confessed to the shooting.

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ADAIR INMATE ESCAPES

 
An Adair County inmate escaped last night while being transferred from the Adair Judicial Center to the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
According to police, the inmate escaped just before 11:00pmCT Tuesday night. He is 25-year-old William Loy, who is 5’6” tall, weighs 140 pounds and has brown hair. Loy was last seen wearing a red & black jacket and no shoes. If you have any information on Loy’s whereabouts, call 911.
 
 
 
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NOV. 15

 
The Adair County School Board will meet for a "Regular School Board Meeting" at 6:00pmCT on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at the Adair Co. Board of Education Conference Room.
 
***Meeting called to order***
***Adair County Elementary students will open the meeting with the Pledge of  Allegiance***
***School Showcase presented by Adair County Elementary School Students***
 
AGENDA
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
 
CONSENT AGENDA
  3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER'S REPORT
  5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
  6.   APPROVAL TO WRITE WHAS GRANT FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
  7.   APPROVAL OF REVISED PROCEDURE 09.12 AP.2
  8.   APPROVAL OF PURCHASING PROCEDURE GUIDELINES FOR FUND II FEDERAL  GRANTS
  9.   APPROVAL OF SHORTEND SCHOOL DAY/WEEK FOR FOUR (4) STUDENTS
10.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
 _________________________________________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA
11.   SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
12.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - David Jones
14.   PRESENTATION OF AUDIT REPORT FOR 2017-2018 - Mike Jones, Mather &  Company
15.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE - David Jones
16.   REPORT ON EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810(1)(F) STUDENT  DISCIPLINE
17.   ADJOURNMENT
 

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NOVEMBER - AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH

 
November is recognized as American Diabetes Month here in the United States.  November 14th is World Diabetes Day across the globe.  County Judge Executive, Gary Robertson, has signed a Proclamation declaring November 14th as Diabetes Awareness Day in Russell County.  If you have diabetes, take steps today to improve your control -- it is not always easy, but it is worth it!  If you don’t have diabetes, talk to your health care provider to see if you are at risk.  For additional information about diabetes contact your local health department and speak to the diabetes educator.  
 
Pictured is: Judge Robertson, signing the Proclamation for Diabetes Awareness Day, November 14th  and Jamie Lee, RN, CDE, Diabetes Education Coordinator for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department
 

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ADAIR CO. BOMB THREAT UPDATED

 

Columbia Police are investigating a bomb threat to the Adair Judicial Center.
 
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 11:54amCT, Adair County 911 received a call that the Adair Judicial Center would blow up in 20 minutes. Court Security Officers along with the Sheriffs Department and Columbia Police, immediately began evacuating the building. The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department and other emergency services were placed on standby. Officers conducted a search of building and the building was reopened in approximately 1 hour. Circuit Court was in session at the time of threat. 
 
Once the building was opened, Officers turned their focus toward the origin of the call.   Officers were able to track down the call and after investigation determined that 36-year-old Nathan James Popplewell of Jamestown, KY had purchased a non-contract phone on Tuesday morning and placed the call. The call was an attempt to keep his wife from appearing in court as she was on the docket for 1pm. 
 
Popplewell was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Columbia Police Sgt. Jr Murphy who was assisted by Sgt Gary Roy. Popplewell was charged with Terroristic Threatening 1st degree. The charge is a Class C felony and can carry a sentence of a minimum 5 years up to 10 years if convicted. 
 
Columbia Police are continuing the investigation. 
 

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FATAL ACCIDENT NEAR GREEN/LARUE CO. LINE ON TUES.

 

Hodgenville, KY (November 13, 2018) - Kentucky State Police Post 4 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle collision in Larue Co. on Tuesday morning, November, 13, 2018.  
 
At approximately 11:33amET, KSP received a call of the 2-vehicle collision on Campbellsville Road (KY 210) in Larue County.  Joseph Bell (29) of Radcliff was traveling east on Campbellsville Road in a 2012 Honda Accord. Jose A. Gonzalez-Tigane (31) of Louisville was traveling west in a semi-tractor trailer on Campbellsville Road. For unknown reasons Bell crossed the centerline and into the path of Gonzalez-Tigane’s vehicle. 
 
Bell and a passenger, Jeffery Holtzclaw (33) of Radcliff, KY, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Larue County Coroner’s Office. Gonzalez-Tigane was not injured. The affected area of Campbellsville Road was shut down for approximately 4 hours to allow troopers to investigate the collision.
 
The collision is still under investigation by Trooper/Reconstructionist Brandon Brooks.
 

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JURY SCAM

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck warns the residents of Pulaski County of a scam that has affected some members of the community.

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has had two complaints today (Tuesday). In this scam, the caller will tell people that they have missed a court date; failed to show up for Jury Duty; or failed to appear at a Grand Jury hearing. They will usually want you to buy prepaid credit cards, such as Green Dot cards. The scammer will give a phone number for you to call. When you call, the scammer will ask you to read the numbers off the card. When you do this, they have your money. The scammer uses threats to make you think you have no other option but to pay or you will be arrested. Today’s incidents involved the scammers telling the potential victim that they are from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. You should know that the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office does not operate that way.

 

Sheriff Speck advises the public to “NOT SEND MONEY OR ANYTHING OF VALUE TO THESE INDIVIDUALS!” “DO NOT GIVE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL INFO. TO ANYONE OVER THE PHONE". You should contact authorities in the area (law enforcement) to ascertain the validity of any call like this. Authorities would not contact you by phone to get money to keep someone out of jail.

 

Since many of these scam operations are located outside the continental United States, prosecution or recovery of the victim’s money is very difficult.

 

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HEP-A CLINIC

 

The Casey County Health Department will have a walk In Hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Monday November 19th from 8-3:30. No appointment necessary.

The Casey County Health Department has vaccine available for insured and uninsured individuals.

Please call the health department at 606-787-6911 for more information.

 

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KY GETTING $2.5 BILLION FROM TOBACCO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky is on track to get $2.5 billion as part of a 20-year-old Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
 
According to KNN, since the first payment in 1999, Kentucky has collected more than $2 billion under the agreement reached by the tobacco industry and state attorneys general. According to Kentucky's Attorney General, the Settlement Agreement has helped early childhood education, health programs, cancer research and more. Kentucky received $102 million in April and is on pace to collect another $5 million over the next five years, bringing the total for Kentucky to nearly $2.5 billion.
 
 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED AFTER ADAIR CO. BOMB THREAT

 

A bomb threat was called into the Adair Judicial Center today (Tuesday) and a Russell Co. man has been arrested in connection with the threat.  

 

According to Columbia Police Dept. Sgt. Jr. Murphy, the bomb threat was called in around 11:00amCT. A Jamestown, KY man was taken into custody just after 2:00pmCT in connection with the threat. 35 year old Nathan James Popplewell was arrested in the City Hall parking lot (across the street from the Judicial Center) and charged with Terroristic Threatening, 1st degree. A female, Yevonda Popplewell, was arrested on a bench warrant. According to police, the Popplewell's were scheduled to appear in Adair Circuit Court on Tuesday. Both were lodged in the Adair Co. Detention Center by Sgt. Murphy, who was assisted by Sgt. Gary Roy and the Adair Co. Sheriff's Office.

 

 

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CASEY CO. MAN CHARGED WITH RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY

 
(Casey County, KY November 12, 2018) - On November 11, 2018 at approximately 9:38 AM EST Trooper Zach Scott, Deputy Chad Weddle, and Liberty Police Chief Steve Garrett responded to a residence 10 miles north of Liberty on Neff Road after receiving information that a stolen Ford truck was parked at that residence. When units arrived Trooper Scott observed the possible suspect, 20 year old Joseph Cooper of Liberty, flee from the residence.  Trooper Scott apprehended and arrested Cooper charging him with receiving stolen property under $10,000, fleeing or evading police, 1st degree, (on foot), menacing, resisting arrest, criminal mischief 1st, criminal mischief 3rd, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Cooper was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center. 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell Co. Fiscal Court met on Monday evening, Nov. 12, 2018 for a regular monthly meeting. Here's R.C. Judge Exec. Gary Robertson..... 

 

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3-VEHICLE COLLISION IN LIBERTY MON.

 

3 vehicles were involved in an injury accident in Liberty, KY on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.

 

It happened around 12:00pmET at the intersection of Wallace Wilkinson Blvd & Scanion Drive. The accident involved a Chevy Silverado Pick Up, an SUV, and a Mercedes car. Two Casey County EMS units responded, along with local law enforcement. No other information has been made available.

 

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ONE LANE OF KY 49 BLOCKED THIS (TUES.) MORNING

 

There is an accident this morning (Tuesday) on KY 49, about 1 mile out of Liberty. No injuries, however, the truck is in a dangerous position. Please use extra caution!

 

***UPDATE...

Wet road conditions led to a single vehicle accident near Liberty early this morning. The accident happened shortly after 5am on KY 49, about a mile out of Liberty. The driver of a Ford Ranger pickup failed to negotiate a curve and went into the ditch, blocking one lane of travel. No injuries were reported.

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HWY 55 REOPEN AFTER ACCIDENT

 

****UPDATE****

 The roadway (Hwy 55 in Cane Valley) has now reopened to normal traffic. 
 

Cane Valley, KY (November 12, 2018) Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle collision on KY55 at Cane Valley Mill Road today at 12:07p.m. CST. 

 

Preliminary investigations indicate that 21 year-old Aaron Richey of Glasgow was operating a 2018 GMC box truck traveling west on Cane Valley Mill Road, when his vehicle malfunctioned causing him to enter the path of a 2019 Peterbilt being operated by 32 year-old Mitchell Hughes of Bowling Green.  Richey’s vehicle struck the side of the semi-trailer causing the vehicle to run off the roadway striking the guardrail.  The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours causing motorists to detour onto Cane Valley Road. 

 

Richey was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.  Hughes was wearing his seat belt, he was treated and released at the scene by the Adair County EMS.  

 

Officer First Class Casey Tooley is investigating and was assisted at the scene by KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement units, units from Post 15 Columbia, Adair County Sheriff, Fire, EMS and Rescue.

 

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ROAD CLOSED DUE TO INJURY COLLISION IN CANE VALLEY

 
Kentucky State Police are currently on the scene of a 2-vehicle injury collision involving commercial motor vehicles at the intersection of KY55 and KY633.  The roadway has been closed to allow for crews to clean up the collision scene.  All motorists are being detoured onto Cane Valley Road and back onto KY55.  The road is estimated to be closed for up to 4 hours.  Once the roadway is open, WAVE News will have more information. 

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RUSSELL CO. INJURY COLLISION

 
(Russell County, KY November 12, 2018) – Trooper Zach Scott is investigating a 2-vehicle collision that occurred Friday, November 9, 2018 at 4:37pmCT approx. 3 miles south of Russell Springs at the intersection of KY 92 and KY 379.  Kyle Dalton, 26, of Russell Springs, KY was traveling south on KY 379 in a 2013 Nissan Rogue when he slowed down to turn into a parking lot.  Rodney Snow, 69, of Jamestown, KY was also traveling south on KY 379 in a 2006 Trailblazer; he failed to observe Dalton had slowed down and struck the back of Rogue's vehicle.
 
Dalton and Snow were wearing seatbelts and were treated and released from the Russell County Hospital. Trooper Scott was assisted at the scene by Trooper Allen Shirley, Russell County EMS, and the Russell County Sheriff’s Department.
 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 
An Adair County woman was arrested last week following a traffic stop.
 
On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at approximately 4:13pmCT, Columbia Police Officer Drew Conn initiated a traffic stop on a red 1994 Mustang on KY 55 north.  As a result of the stop and investigation, Officer Conn called for assistance from Officer John Dial and his K-9 "Gunner".  A positive hit was made by the K-9 and a search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine,  digital scales, syringes and additional separate baggies. 
 
Jessica Parson, 25, of Columbia, KY was placed under arrest on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Officer Drew Conn is continuing the investigation. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. ROAD CLOSURE POSTPONED

 

The temporary closure of KY 910 in Russell County originally set to begin Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 has been postponed and will now begin on Monday, Nov. 19. 

 

The route will be temporarily closed to through traffic beginning at KY 3525 (Gosser Ridge Road) and extending to the intersection of East Mt. Eden Road (mile point 6.5).

 

The closure is to allow crews to make the necessary improvements to the existing bridge structure for the ongoing Cumberland Parkway/KY 910 interchange project. The closure will be in place until all necessary work is completed on the structure. Signed detour routes will be posted via KY 80 and KY 910. 

 

The closure date may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application. 

 

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CASEY CO. MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY & OTHER CHARGES

 

A Casey County man has been arrested in connection with a break-in at local grocery store.


Acting on information received from a Facebook tip Deputies Chad Weddle and Bryan Shepard identified Joseph "JoJo" Cooper as a suspect in the Davenport Grocery burglary. Deputies along with Liberty Police Officers Steve Garrett, K-9 Mako, Jayson Grider and Kentucky State Trooper Zach Scott, located Mr. Cooper on Neff Road. Officers located a stolen truck from Adair county along with several items stolen from the store and a theft that occurred on Tennessee Ridge. 


Cooper is charged with Burglary 1st, Criminal Mischief 1st, Theft by unlawful taking of an automobile (3 counts), Criminal mischief 2nd, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property and Fleeing or Evading Police 1st along with several other charges. Additional charges are pending. Cooper was lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

 

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PULASKI CO. MEN ARRESTED IN ARKANSAS WITH OVER 100 POUNDS OF COCAINE

 

Two Pulaski County men, accused of possessing about 125 pounds of cocaine at the time of a traffic stop last month in Hempstead County, Ark., will remain free while their cases proceed.

 

Johnnie Adams, 37, and Curtis Troxtle, 33, appeared in Federal Court Friday morning for detention hearings. The men were riding in a rented Ford Explorer Oct. 29 when stopped by Arkansas State Police for following too closely behind an 18-wheeler. A canine unit alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the car while performing a free air search. A black hard-backed suitcase containing 32 packages of suspected cocaine was found along with a duffle bag containing another 24 packages of suspected cocaine. Each of the packages weighed approximately 2.2 pounds. Police also recovered two pistols from the vehicle.
 

Ultimately the judge granted both men release. They will be supervised by U.S. Probation officials based in London, Ky. Each man must wear a GPS leg monitor and restrictions on their travel were imposed. Prosecutors say its likely the men will be indicted for an offense which carries a mandatory minimum 10-year prison term, if they're found guilty.

 

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DANVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE FIND HIM COVERED IN BLOOD

 

Danville Police have charged a man with assault after finding him hiding in a residence covered in blood.


Officers were called to Halladay Drive on a report of an assault there, but when they got to the scene, they say no one would respond to police. Investigators were able to look through a mail slot on the door, and saw a man later identified as Javier Lopez-Villareal, who had blood all over him. Further, police say Lopez-Villareal could be seen pushing a woman and holding her in a position where she could not open the door. Officers eventually forced entry into the home, and arrested Lopez-Villareal on assault, unlawful imprisonment, and criminal mischief charges. Police say he was highly intoxicated at the time and was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center to be treated for a laceration to his eye. He was lodged in the Boyle County Jail following treatment.

 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING NOV. 12

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. 
 
AGENDA 
 
WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
MINUTES 
PAY BILLS 
DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT 
1ST READING - BUDGET AMENDMENT 18-06 
TRANSFER $300.00 FROM GENERAL TO GRANTS FOR SAFE ROOMS 
KY TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT 8 – JEFF DICK – RESOLUTION 18-13 
HEALTH INSURANCE – OPEN ENROLLMENT 
RUSSELL COUNTY SHERIFF 
PAY PULASKI COUNTY $11,000.00 FOR REGIONAL SHELTER 
PAY KY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION $11,500.00 FOR KY HWY 558 PROJECT 
ABC INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF JAMESTOWN 
E-911 INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT 
TP MECHANICAL AGREEMENT 
OTHER BUSINESS 
ADJOURN 
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING NOV. 13

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Special Regular Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at 1:00pmCT at the Adair Annex basement meeting room.
 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES      
  • October 9, 2018 Regular
  • October 25, 2018 Special      
3. DISBURSEMENTS
4. REPORTS 
  • SHERIFF'S REPORT
  • ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
  • G.R.A.S. REPORT 
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS (Nuisance, Solid Waste)
  • JAIL REPORT
5. TREASURER
  • Approval of Treasurer’s Report
  • Line change in receipts for Transfer Station Franchise Fee
  • Line change in appropriations for Sales Tax
6. BUDGET AMENDMENTS 
7. TRANSFERS
  • LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  • FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
8.    COURT ORDERS
9.    READING OF ROADS
 
10. ACTION  ITEMS:
 
A.) Approval to sign Supplemental Flex Agreement
B.) Resolution adopting Supplemental Flex
C.) Columbia-Adair County Airport Board request for annual funds
D.) Search and Rescue request for annual funds
E.) Accept National Recycling Trailer bid for Cardboard Receptacles (Recycling Grant)
F.) Implementing Sales Tax
G.) Approval for Sales Tax to be retroactive to July 1, 2018
H.) Service contract for 911 with RCS Communications
I.) Approval to sign JOY Ministries contract
                                                                                                                      
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 
This meeting is open to the public.
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

Jim Leib has news from Thursday night's regular monthly Russell Springs City Council meeting . . . 

 

 

 

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CASEY CO. MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY IN CONNECTION WITH 2016 DEATH

 

A Casey County man has been found Not Guilty of Murder charges in connection to the death of another man following an altercation two years ago.
 

Jason Buis, of Yosemite, was accused in the death of Mark Ponder, also of Yosemite. Ponder suffered a heart attack hours after a fight with Buis in June of 2016. Three days later Ponder was taken off of life support and died. Buis was found guilty of 4th Degree Assault (a misdemeanor).

 

 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 11/9/18

 

  • Jody K. Padgett, 42 of Liberty, arrested by Officer Jayson Grider with Liberty Police for Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, & Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500).

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • Jerrod W. Mikel, 33 of Louisville, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin).
  • Lauriston J. Lynch, 45 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Reckless Driving, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Insurance, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), No Operator's License, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Ozzie Barron, 52 of Bronston, arrested by Burnside Police for No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance, License to be in Possession, No Operator's License, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Possession of Marijuana, & Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Christopher J. Risner, age 25, arrested by Danville Police for Speeding (20 MPH over limit), & DUI-3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance).

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • Timothy L. Poynter, 43 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford Police for Possession of Controlled Substance (Heroin), & Resisting Arrest.
  • Michael A. Coleman, 29 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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CASEY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 11/12/18

 

The Casey County Board of Education meets in regular session Monday at 7pm at the Casey County Middle School.

The meeting is open to the public.

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ADAIR CO. PROPERTY TAX BILLS HAVE BEEN MAILED

 

The Adair Co. Sheriff's Office would like to remind property tax payers that tax bills were mailed 3 weeks ago. To receive a 2% discount, you must have them paid on or before Nov. 15, 2018. If you did not receive your bill, call the office and they will be happy to give you the amount due. Office hours are 8:00am-4:00pm, closed from 12:00-12:30pm for lunch. Call 270-384-2776.
 

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

 

Julie Spinx (Operation Christmas Child Regional Coordinator) and Mark Fudge (Community Relations Coordinator) were guests on 92.7 The WAVE on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

 

Here’s the interview from the “LISA LIVE 3 to 5” afternoon show:  

 

 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOV. 8

 
The Russell Springs, KY City Council will meet on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 6pmCT
 
AGENDA:

PRAYER
  • MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
  • ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
  • ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
  • OLD BUSINESS
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • 2017-2018 AUDITOR'S REPORT
  • ADJOURNMENT

 

 

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CHILD INJURED IN RUSSELL SPRINGS

 

A Russell Springs mother accidentally backed over her 4 year old son Wednesday morning.


Russell Springs Police say the 28-year old mom was backing her vehicle up to the apartment when she ran over the toddler. Investigators say she was unaware the child was out of the apartment. The boy was air lifted to UK Hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries, but officials say he was conscious and alert.

 

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COMMODITIES AVAILABLE TO RUSSELL COUNTY RESIDENTS - NOVEMBER 8, 2018

 

Thursday, November 8, 2018 Judge Gary D. Robertson and the Russell County Fiscal Court in conjunction with the Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland program will be giving out commodities at the Russell County Rescue Squad Building located on South Hwy 127 from 11 am - 1 pm or until all commodities are given away.


For more information please contact the office of Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson at 270-343-2112.
Please share this announcement with those in need of basic food assistance.

 

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ELECTION NIGHT INTERVIEWS - RUSSELL CO.

 

POST ELECTION INTERVIEWS - RUSSELL CO.

 

Rusell County Circuit Clerk Tony Kerr:

 

 

Russell County Constable District 5 Richard Wooldridge:

 

 

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ELECTION NIGHT INTERVIEWS - ADAIR CO.

 

Post election Adair County Candidate interviews.

 

Newly elected Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan

 

 

New Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman 

 

 

Newly elected Mayor of Columbia Pam Hoots

 

 

New Columbia City Council member Sharon Payne

 

 

Current Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick 

 

 

Adair County PVA Candidates Landon Edwards & Scotty Neat

 

 

Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin 

 

 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED AFTER ROAD RAGE INCIDENT

 
A Russell Co. man was arrested on Tuesday night after a road rage incident.
 
The incident occurred on Lakeway Drive just after 8:00 pm.  45-year-old Patrick Mark Kimes allegedly got into a verbal dispute with another motorist and parked his vehicle in a residential yard on Lakeway Drive. Kimes was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, 1st offense and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.  He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 
 
The Russell Springs Police Department investigated the incident and was assisted by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.

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ADAIR CO. ELECTION RESULTS

 

ADAIR COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS 

 

 

 

 

US Representative, 1st Congressional District
James R. COMER (REP), 5624 Votes
Paul WALKER (DEM), 1273 Votes
 
State Senator, 16th Senatorial District
George Maxwell "Max" WISE (REP), 5691 Votes
Nicole Britton (WRITE-IN), 339 Votes
 
State Representative, 51st Representative District
John "Bam" CARNEY (REP), 5353 Votes
Richard Steele (WRITE-IN), 629 Votes
 
PROPERTY VALUATION ADMINISTRATOR
Jeffrey Scott NEAT (REP), 2954 Votes
Landon EDWARDS (DEM), 4292 Votes
 
COUNTY JUDGE/EXECUTIVE
Gale Burris COWAN (REP), 3964 Votes
Michael Lee STEPHENS (DEM), 3281 Votes
 
COUNTY ATTORNEY
Jennifer HUTCHISON-CORBIN (REP), 6088 Votes
Bethany STANZIANO (DEM), 1093 Votes
 
SHERIFF
Josh BROCKMAN (REP), 4637 Votes
Harrison MOSS (DEM), 2705 Votes
 
MAGISTRATE - District 1
Harold BURTON (REP), 647 Votes
Lloyd ALLEY (IND), 282 Votes
 
MAGISTRATE - District 3
Sammy L. BAKER (REP), 671 Votes
Matthew HADLEY (DEM), 284 Votes
 
CONSTABLE - District 4
Jeff DICKSON (REP), 650 Votes
John G. WADDELL (DEM), 321 Votes
 
Justice of the Supreme Court, 3rd Supreme Court District
Debra Hembree LAMBERT, 3333 Votes
Dan BALLOU, 2091 Votes
 
ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD - DISTRICT 5
Troy H. GRIDER, 589 Votes
Michael George PAYNE, 568 Votes
 
COLUMBIA MAYOR 
Ben ARNOLD, 341 Votes
Pamela J. HOOTS, 496 Votes
Curtis HARDWICK, 443 Votes
 
CITY COUNCIL City of Columbia (Top 6 Vote Getters Win)
  1. Sharon Lorene PAYNE, 739 Votes
  2. Mark D. HARRIS, 737 Votes
  3. Ronald "Butch" ROGERS, 698 Votes
  4. Craig DEAN, 697 Votes
  5. Linda WAGGENER, 660 Votes
  6. June PARSON, 617 Votes
  7. Anthony "Craig" LASLEY, 604 Votes
  8. Amy PIKE, 406 Votes
  9. Taft NEAL, 250 Votes
 
Constitutional Amendment: Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and the right to be informed and to have a voice in the judicial process?
 
YES, 3062 Votes
NO, 3064 Votes

 

Link to Adair County Statewide totals on Secretary of State website:
https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/…/…/en/summary.html

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. ELECTION RESULTS

 

RUSSELL COUNTY WINNERS
 
 
 
US REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
James R. COMER (REP) 6,013
Paul WALKER (DEM) 1,118
 
STATE SENATOR, 16TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT 
George Maxwell 'Max' WISE (REP)  5,894
Nicole Britton (WRITE-IN)       5 
 
CIRCUIT CLERK 
Tony D. KERR (REP) 5,822
Barry K. McKINLEY JR. (DEM) 1,524
 
COUNTY JUDGE/EXECUTIVE
Clarissa 'Moochie' HART (REP) 3,693
Gary D. ROBERTSON (DEM)       3,713
 
SHERIFF 
Derek K. POLSTON (REP)    6,162
Michael 'Toe Joe' BRAY (DEM) 1,257
 
JAILER 
Bobby S. DUNBAR (REP)    6,355
Harold Michael MILAM (DEM) 898
 
CORONER
Mark A. COOTS (REP) 5,528
Clifton BUNCH (DEM) 1,631
 
MAGISTRATE - 3RD DISTRICT 
Ronald D. JOHNSON (REP)  1,127
Jesse L. ROY (DEM) 543
 
CONSTABLE - 5TH DISTRICT 
Richard A. WOOLDRIDGE (REP) 1,004
Aron HOUDINI (DEM) 250
 
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, 3RD SUPREME COURT DISTRICT 
Debra Hembree LAMBERT      4,282
Dan BALLOU 1,521
 
MAYOR CITY OF JAMESTOWN 
Nicholas J. SHEARER 349
Richard BENNETT 192
Harold POWELL 22
 
CITY COUNCIL CITY OF JAMESTOWN 
Terry ROBERTSON 365
Barry COFFEY 358
Regena HINTON 335
Larry Joe MURRAY 334
Mitchell MARCUM 281
Tony Huston WRIGHT SR. 275
Joey BELL 253
Robert E. BURTON II. 110
Larry APPLEBY JR. 103
 
 
MAYOR CITY OF RUSSELL SPRINGS 
Eddie THOMAS 533
Eric SELBY 464
 
CITY COUNCIL CITY OF RUSSELL SPRINGS 
Dean 'Julio' BURTON 277
Sherry Bottom DANIEL 515
Timmy HUDSON 568
David C. BLAKEY 598
Larry D. SKAGGS 573
Charles 'Chuck' GOSSETT 341
Ricky BARNES 585
Tommy HOLT 572
 
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT: ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF PROVIDING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO VICTIMS OF CRIME, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED FAIRLY, WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT, AND THE RIGHT TO BE INFORMED AND TO HAVE A VOICE IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS? 
 
YES 3,271
NO 3,060

 

 

 

 

Link to Russell County Statewide Races:
https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/…/…/en/summary.html

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. MURDER SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY

 

The Russell County man accused in the shooting death of Brandy Johnson outside Coe's Stekhouse in Russell Springs last month has pled not guilty to murder Monday in Jamestown.

 

42-year-old Jason W. Clark will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, November 14th. Clark is lodged in the Russell County Detention Center with a bond at $1 million.

 

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TORNADO CONFIRMED IN ADAIR CO.

 
Initial damage assessment reports indicate an EF1 tornado, with an approximate path length of 3 miles, passed through part of Adair County last night (Monday), according to Adair Co. Emergency Management Director, Mike Keltner. More accurate information will be made available as data is reviewed and a report is made from the National Weather Service.   
 

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ADAIR CO. TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN 2 ARRESTS

 
(Adair County, KY November 5, 2018) On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at approximately 11:05pmCT, Trooper Billy Begley was on routine patrol in the limits of Columbia, KY when he observed a 2006 Equinox traveling on the Columbia Bypass with a rear license plate not illuminated. Trooper Begley initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 48 year old Jo Ann Torres and a passenger 29 year old Samantha Grider, both of Russell Springs. Trooper Begley had information that Torres had been selling methamphetamine. Columbia Police Officer Johnny Dial and K9 Gunner assisted resulting in the canine making an alert on the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle units located a small glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue and a couple small bags of suspected crystal meth.
 
Trooper Begley arrested Torres charging her with rear license plate not illuminated, failure to produce insurance, trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (> or = 2 grams methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Grider was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (> or = 2 grams methamphetamine), promoting contraband- 1st degree and possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree – drug unspecified. Both subjects were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Trooper Begley was assisted by Columbia Police Department and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. 
 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT 11/6/18

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met regular session last night. 

Under General Business there were two seats opening on the Extension Board.  Barry Stringer's term was set to expire & he was reappointed to hold that seat for another term.  Judge Executive Randy Dial recommended Brent Pennington to fill the second seat, being vacated by Brian Johnson. Both appointments were approved. 

 

Judge Dial requested the court's permission to sign an emergency management grant program contract. 

Casey County may be getting more discretionary funds from the state Department of Transportation. Here’s Judge Randy Dial...

Under miscellaneous business Judge Dial informed the court that the county did purchase a Back Hoe at the recent consignment sale held at the Casey County Egg Expo Center. Judge Dial said this saved the county quite a bit of money over purchasing a new one. 

 

One other item of business at last nights meeting concerned a recent request by Hinkle Construction for the county to sign a contract agreement for payment of any future construction jobs. 
Judge Randy Dial...

County attorney Tommy Weddle suggested the proposed contract by Hinckle was unacceptable, and he stated he would  draw up a contract that will be more acceptable to both parties.

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19th.

 

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STORM DAMAGE IN ADAIR COUNTY OVERNIGHT

Situation Report - 01:40 11/6/18... from Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner
 
Multiple trees have been reported and roadways cleared starting at Cane Valley Mill Rd heading due East impacting Cane Valley Rd / Beechtop Rd area, Mt Carmel Rd / Holmes Bend Rd area.  
 
Several barns and outbuildings are damaged near Mt Carmel Rd and Holmes Bend Intersection. 

 

Several single trees have been reported down and cleared on White Oak Church Rd, Greensburg Rd and Knifley Rd. 

The National Weather Service has not confirmed a site visit but a site visit has been mentioned on NWSChat. 

Please use caution during the morning commute as unknown hazards or work crews may be present.  

 

 

Photo of Mt Carmel Road debris by Bryan Coffey - Adair SAR and Adair EMS.  

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ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT RESULTS IN ARREST OF DRIVER

 

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to the 1000 Block of Green Hills Road to a single vehicle accident with injuries.


A preliminary investigation determined that Theresa Savage, 49, of Louisville, KY was traveling west in a 2005 Nissan Maxima, when she failed to navigate a left hand curve. Savage then overcorrected, resulting in the vehicle flipping several times until coming to a stop. Savage was transported by Adair County EMS to T.J. Health Columbia for treatment of injuries sustained.
 
Upon being medically cleared and released from the hospital, Savage was placed under arrest for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol .08 or higher. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Alcohol is believed to be the determining factor in the collision.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the scene by Columbia Police Department, Adair County EMS, and Constable Jason Rector.
 

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INJURY COLLISION IN CASEY CO. CLOSES 1 LANE OF US127 FOR HOURS

 

Dunnville, KY (November 5, 2018) Kentucky State Police investigated a single vehicle injury collision that closed one lane of US127 in the limits of Dunnville today around 12:01 p.m. ET. 

 

Preliminary investigations indicate that 67 year old Steven Warfel of Portland, TN was operating a 2006 Peterbilt tractor-trailer traveling north on US127.  Warfel failed to negotiate a curve, overturning his vehicle running off the roadway.  A telephone pole was damaged causing the lines to fall across US127 closing one lane of the roadway. 

 

Warfel was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to the Casey County Hospital and was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

 

Sergeant Randall Honeycutt is investigating and was assisted on scene by members of the Kentucky State Police Post 15, Casey County Fire, EMS and Rescue Departments.

 

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CASEY CO. ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 
(Casey County, KY November 5, 2018) On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at approx. 7:19pmET while on routine patrol, Trooper Zach Scott initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Pontiac for a cancelled registration plate violation. Upon contact with the driver, 25 year old Jesse Galloway of Liberty, KY, Trooper Scott discovered a small glass pipe in plain view in the center console with suspected methamphetamine residue inside of it. Consent to search was given resulting in 4 small bags of suspected methamphetamine, scales, prescription pills, 2 firearms and a large sum of cash being located. 
 
Trooper Scott arrested and charged Galloway with No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree 1st offense (amphetamine), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (2 grams methamphetamine), DUI 3rd aggravating circumstance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Defacing a Firearm and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance. Galloway was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center. Trooper Scott was assisted by Trooper Allen Shirley. 
 
 

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KY 910 ROAD WORK IN R.C. BEGINS NOV. 12TH

 
Beginning, Monday, Nov. 12, KY 910 in Russell County will be temporarily closed to through traffic beginning at KY 3525 (Gosser Ridge Road) and extending to the intersection of East Mt. Eden Road (mile point 6.5).
 
The closure is to allow crews to make the necessary improvements to the existing bridge structure for the ongoing Cumberland Parkway/KY 910 interchange project. The closure will be in place until all necessary work is completed on the structure. 
 
Signed detour routes will be posted via KY 80 and KY 910.
 
The closure date may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.
 

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ROAD WORK ON CUMBERLAND PARKWAY IN ADAIR CO.

 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has temporarily reduced the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway westbound to one lane in Adair County as crews perform maintenance operations to the Russell Creek bridge (mile point 56.25). Speed limits are also reduced from 70 to 55 mph through the work zone. In addition, lane widths are restricted to 12 feet.
 
The lane closure will be in place until all necessary operations have been made. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

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STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING; ADAIR ANNEX OPEN FOR SHELTER

 
A very strong storm system will impact the area from this evening into tonight. Strong to severe thunderstorms are likely. The main storm threat will be damaging winds. Other threats include brief tornadoes and flash flooding from heavy rainfall.
 
The Adair County Courthouse Annex Basement will be open tonight (Monday) for temporary storm shelter. 
 

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SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TONIGHT

 

THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER LATE TONIGHT.

WEATHER SPECIALIST CRYSTAL SALLEE HAS AN UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...

STAY TUNED TO 98.7 THE BUCK & 92.7 THE WAVE FOR THE LATEST WEATHER UPDATES & POSSIBLE ALERTS TONIGHT.

 

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TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT NEAR DUNNVILLE CLOSES US 127

 

A SEMI TRUCK OVERTURNED NEAR DUNNVILLE THIS AFTERNOON, SPILLING A LOAD OF MULCH AND CLOSING BOTH LANES OF US 127. CREWS WORKED FOR SEVERAL HOURS CLEARING THE MESS AND TRAFFIC WAS RE-ROUTED TO KY 206 & 910. NO WORD ON WHAT CAUSED THE WRECK & NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

 

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SIREN TEXT CANCELLED TODAY

 
The Adair County audible siren test for today (Monday) has been cancelled to avoid any confusion. The sirens were tested silently this morning.  
 
Mike Keltner - Director, Adair Co. Emergency Management
 

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ADAIR & RUSSELL CO. WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

Arrests made in Adair & Russell counties over the weekend . . .


David Wheat, 25, Columbia . . .operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs - 1st offence, careless driving, failure to use child restraint device in a vehicle, and numerous other charges.


Samantha Jo Grider, 29, Russell Springs . . . trafficking in a controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense meth , possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting contraband, possession of a controlled substance -drug unspecified 


Jo Ann Torres, 48, Russell Springs . . . trafficking in a controlled substance -1st degree, 1st offense meth, possesion of drug paraphernalia and other charges. 


Lagena Bottoms, 47, Russell Springs . . . possession of controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges. 


Darrin Walters, 51, Columbia... operating motor vehicle under the influence of alchohol and/or drugs 4th offense, operating on a suspended or revoked license, fleeing or evading police, and numberous other charges. 


Christy Lawless, 43, homeless . . .assault 2nd degree -domestic violence, giving officer false identifying information 

 

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CASEY CO. AREA WEEKEND ARRESTS 11/5/18

 

  • William R. Rowland, 29 of Kings Mountain, arrested by Casey County Deputy Brown for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Randy L. Bloodworth, 37 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police Chief Garrett for Theft by Unlawful Taking-Auto (Over $500).
  • Jesse D. Galloway, 25 of Liberty, arrested by KSP Trooper Scott for No Registration Plates/Receipt, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (Amphetamine), DUI-3rd (Aggravated Circumstance), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Defacing a Firearm, No Insurance, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, License to be in Possession, Permitting Operation of Motor Vehicle with Improper Registration, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, & Improper Equipment.
  • Dixie A. Turpin, 30 of Bethelridge, arrested by Casey County Deputy Brown for Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • Walter B. Smith II, 32 of Science Hill, arrested by KSP for Reckless Driving, No Insurance, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operators License, DUI, Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine & Heroin), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Roberta L. Estep, 48 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for DUI-2nd. 

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Leonel Mendez, age 53, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-2nd, Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid/Assisance, No Insurance, Failure to Give Right of Way to Emergency Vehicle.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • Dylan T. Walls, 18, & Kesandra L. Williams, 18, both of Waynesburg, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking-Auto (over $10,000), Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, & Criminal Trespass-1st Degree.

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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"KNOW BEFORE YOU GO" (ELECTION INFO.)

 
Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 6, 2018) is Election Day. 
 
Here are some things you need to know:
 
  • Polls will be open from 6:00am- 6:00pmCT
  • Be prepared to show ID
  • If you’re not sure you’re registered or where to vote, know before you go by calling the Clerk’s Office in your county or go to https://elect.ky.gov
  • Voters in the city please make sure to check both sides of your ballot
  • Absentee machines are open today (Mon.) from 8:00am-4:00pmCT for anyone who qualifies to vote absentee
 
The Adair County Clerk’s Office will be closed for any vehicle transactions tomorrow (Tuesday) due to the Election. The Deed Room will be open as usual.
 

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KSP MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT - OCT. 2018

 
During the month of October 2018, there were 16 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 October in the Post 15 area:
  1. Odellia Jones, 88, of Russell Co. was killed on 10/03/18 in Russell County, KY.
  2. Aaron Petranek, 38, of Metcalfe Co. was killed on 10/06/18 in Metcalfe County, KY.
  3. Joseph Bailey Smith,18, of Marion Co. was killed on 10/18/18 in Marion County, KY.
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 26 compared with 17 through this same period in 2017.
 
Statewide fatality count stands at 598 compared with 665 through this same period in 2017.
 
During the month of October 2018, there were 803 citations written, 184 courtesy notices written, 814 vehicles inspected, 513 complaints answered, 56 motorists assisted, 54 criminal cases opened and 317 criminal arrests made.
 

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RUSSELL CO. ARRESTS INVOLVING UNLAWFUL TRANSACTION WITH A MINOR

 

Police in Russell County made some arrests overnight involving unlawful transactions with a minor.  Those arrested overnight include:

 

  • Roy Ogle, 18, Russell Springs
  • Steven Tyler, 19, Dunnville
  • Jessica Burton, 21, Dunnville
  • Bailey Sullivan, 19, Russell Springs 

 

Russell County Sheriff Deputies Nathan Ginn and Mark Cromwell made the arrests. All were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell County Sheriff's office is investigating and WAVE News will have more details when available.

 

 

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PULASKI COUNTY WOMAN KILLED IN HER HOME

 

The Pulaski County Major Crimes Task Force is conducting a homicide investigation involving a Eubank woman who was found deceased inside her home early this morning, November 1, 2018 on Goodhope Church Road in Eubank. The victim has been identified as Johnnie Faye Davis, age 59.

 

The Task Force identified a suspect in the case by the name of Brad Allen McMahan, age 34 from Maryville, Tennessee (Blount County) in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Officers from the Task Force had been searching for Mr. McMahan throughout the day as well as following up on tips concerning the investigation.

 

At approximately 3:36 PM, acting on a tip, the Somerset Police Department stopped a pickup truck being operated by Brad McMahan. Mr. McMahan was subsequently arrested for the murder of Johnnie Faye Davis.

 

An autopsy will be performed in the morning (November 2, 2018) in Frankfort. McMahan will be lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

The investigation continues by the Major Crimes Task Force.

 

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GO FUND ME ACCOUNT SET UP FOR CASEY COUNTY MAN

 

A Casey County man will be wheelchair bound for several months while he recovers from a crash involving a school bus. His friends are trying to help him and his three children. They say “He’s got three broken ribs, a broken arm, a broken hip, a broken leg, two broken ankles, and his pelvis is crushed.”  Mazen Homsi was on his way to work last week when he collided with a bus that was backing out on Highway 127. Homsi had to be cut from his car. He remains in the ICU.  Friends have stepped in to help by building a ramp and widening doorways so he can get around in his home.

 

If you'd like to make a donation, there is a GoFundMe account set up on line for Mazen Homsi:  https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-mazen-homsi

 

 

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN GETS 30 YEARS FOR ARSON & INSURANCE FRAUD

 
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Columbia, Kentucky man was sentenced today in United States District Court by Judge Greg Stivers to 360 months of imprisonment on charges of arson and insurance fraud.  Steve Allen “Boo” Pritchard, 44, started a fire that completely destroyed his rental home to collect on a recently purchased $50,000 rental insurance policy. Columbia/Adair County Fire Department Assistant Chief Charles Sparks died fighting the fire.
 
“While this 30 year sentence does not return a devoted public servant, friend, and family member to the Adair County community, it should give crystal clear notice to those who would engage in arson for profit that the United States Attorney’s Office will seek significant punishment for such conduct,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman. 
 
Brandi Pritchard, Steve Pritchard’s co-defendant and then girlfriend, purchased a $50,000 renter’s insurance policy on June 24, 2011.  Shortly thereafter Steve Pritchard, of Columbia, Kentucky, hatched a plan to set fire to their Columbia rental home, and the fire was set during the early morning hours of June 30, 2011.  The Columbia/Adair County Fire Department arrived on scene at approximately 3:12 a.m.  Assistant Chief Charles Sparks suffered cardiac arrest while fighting the fire on the second floor of the home.  He was rushed to the hospital but never regained consciousness and died eight days later, on July 8, 2011, at the age of 49.  In addition to his volunteer fire fighting, Sparks was also a longtime Kentucky State Fire Marshall.  Mr. Sparks was survived by both of his parents, his wife, and his son.  
 
At his July 2018 trial, Pritchard provided an alibi that he was in Louisville delivering glass for his employer during the fire.  However, his alibi was disproved by cell phone location data obtained by the FBI.  Several witnesses also testified that Pritchard had bragged about starting the fire to collect on the insurance policy.  It was also established at trial that Pritchard was involved in setting four previous fires to collect insurance proceeds, including two other residences and two cars.  The jury found Pritchard guilty as charged after a four day trial.  
 
At Pritchard’s sentencing, Sparks’ mother, Mrs. Helen Sparks, told Judge Stivers, “Our lives have never been the same since the early hours of June 30, 2011.”  Judge Stivers called Pritchard’s crime a “dastardly and depraved act” before imposing Pritchard’s 30-year term of imprisonment.  
 
Pritchard’s co-defendant, Brandi Pritchard, who remains free on bond, has already pled guilty to arson and wire fraud and will be sentenced by Judge Stivers in Bowling Green on November 13, 2018.  
 
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Weiser and Nute Bonner and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kentucky State Police.
 

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CASEY COUNTY REBEL FOOTBALL 11/2/18

 

The Casey County Rebel Football team travels to Powell County Friday night.

They are coming off a big win last week, 37-0 over Adair County.

Coach Steve Stonebraker...

Catch the play by play action Friday night with Steven Brown & Dan Johnson here on your home for Casey County Rebel Football, 98.7 The Buck & Chasing The Buck Dot Com. Pre-game starts around 7:15 with the kick-off set for 7:30pm.

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VETERANS CAFE

 

The Taylor County Public Library will host their very first Veteran's Cafe this Friday morning.

One of the organizers of the event, Bill Perkins, dropped by our studio this week to extend the invitation to all area veterans...

For more information, contact the Taylor County Library at (270) 465-2562.

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