(Burkesville, KY January 15, 2019) - Detective Kenny Brown is investigating a collision that occurred on January 14th, 2019 at approximately 2:43pmCT on KY 61 north at the intersection of KY 704. 55-year-old William Durham of Liberty, KY was operating a 2015 Dodge Ram northbound on Ky 61 when he swerved into the southbound lane, into the path of a 2018 Chevrolet operated by 76-year-old James Rowe of Burkesville, KY. Both parties were wearing seatbelts. Rowe was taken by private vehicle to Cumberland County hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Durham refused medical attention; he was arrested and charged with DUI. Durham was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Detective Brown was assisted on scene by Cumberland County Fire, EMS and Rescue.
Recent arrests in Adair County . . .
Arrested Monday . . .William Andrew Durham, 55, Liberty - operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs- 1st offense
Stephanie Perdue, 44, Campbellsville - parole violations (for technical violation)
On Sunday ... Stephen K Edwards, 32 of Columba was arrested by Columbia City Police officer Cole and charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500, carrying a concealed weapon, fleeing or evading police 2nd degree, resisting arrest.
All were lodged in the Adair Regional Jail.
Arrests in Russell County Monday ...
Brently R. Vaught, 35, Russell Springs arrested by Russell Springs City Police Officer Pritchard and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs 1st offense, no registration plates, failure to maintain required insurance
Shane T. Mullins, 34, Eubank arrested by KSP Trooper Likens on charges of manufacturing meth 1st offense and persistent felony offender.
Meredith S. Weiss, 47, Dunnville arrested by KSP trooper Moore on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd degree, 1st offense - drug unspecified, persistent felony offender, contempt of court and failure to appear.
All lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 15, 2019) – Today State Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) announced the dates and locations of his upcoming town halls.
“Town hall forums are a beneficial and transparent way for me to listen to my constituents and gain feedback from them on the issues that the General Assembly plans to tackle this legislative session,” Senator Wise said. “I am proud to have held these meetings every year since assuming office.”
The following are the dates and locations for the town halls:
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Taylor County Town Hall Meeting
Taylor County Public Library
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Central Time
Adair County Town Hall Meeting
Adair County Public Library
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 11:30 a.m. Central Time
Russell County Town Hall Meeting
Russell County Public Library
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 8:00 a.m. Central Time
Cumberland County Town Hall Meeting
Cumberland County Public Library
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11:30 a.m. Central Time
Clinton County Town Hall Meeting
Clinton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Wayne County Town Hall Meeting
Wayne County Public Library
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
McCreary County Town Hall Meeting
McCreary County Public Library
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.
The Casey County Board of Education also held their first meeting of 2019 last night.
Here's Superintendent, Marion Sowders...
The next regular meeting of the Casey County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11th.
The Liberty City Council held their first meeting of the new year.
The first order of business was the swearing in of the council, which has two new members. Casey County Judge Executive, Randy Dial, admimistered the oath of office...
The main item on the adgenda last night was Garbage Collection Rates. Mayor Steven Brown...
Results are back from the smoke testing as part of the city's Sewer Project. Mayor Brown...
The Council also approved a motion for the Liberty Fire Department to accept bids for a new Cascade System.
Former Councilman, Doug Johnson, addressed the council concerning a short list of Maintenance Items from last year. Mayor Brown said he would review the list with City Maintenance in the morning.
The next scheduled meeting of the Liberty City Council will be Feb. 11th.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2019) - A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.
The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.
“Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “When donations decline – as they did around the holidays and may further decline if severe winter weather and flu season pick up – lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed.”
Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
“We hope people can resolve to save lives now – when there is an emergency need – as well as throughout the year,” added Numark.
All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.
Winter weather poses risk to blood supply
With several weeks of winter ahead, severe winter weather poses an additional threat to an already low blood supply. Snow, ice and extreme temperatures last January and February forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing about 23,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In December, winter weather resulted in nearly twice the number of uncollected blood and platelet donations as December 2017.
Who blood donations help
In May 2018, 4-year-old Branson Gibby was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer that affects certain types of nerve tissue after complaining of pain in his arms and legs and running a fever. After many tests, his mother, Erica Austin, was given the news that no mother ever wants to hear: her son had cancer.
Branson’s 18-month treatment plan includes many rounds of grueling chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor near his kidney and spinal cord, stem cell transplants, and possibly radiation. He has already endured several lengthy hospital stays and began receiving the first of his stem cell transplants this fall.
Since his diagnosis, Branson has received 12 blood and 11 platelet transfusions. Of the transfusions, Austin said, “They have been so important to keep him as healthy, active and battle-ready, as possible. This is the hardest thing our family has ever faced. However, there is hope in the generosity of strangers who are helping to heal my brave boy. Blood and platelet donations truly are the gift of life.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 14-Feb. 15
Barren County Family YMCA, 1 YMCA Way Glasgow, KY 42141
1/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bowling Community Park, 1608 W. Stockton St. Edmonton, KY 42129
1/30/2019: 1 - 6 p.m.
Campbellsville Christian Church, 302 Lebanon Ave. Campbellsville, KY 42718
1/15/2019: 2 - 7 p.m.
Campbellsville University, 1 University Dr. Campbellsville, KY 42718
2/8/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Glasgow First United Methodist Church, 500 South Green St. Glasgow, KY 42141
2/5/2019: 1 - 5 p.m.
Greensburg United Methodist Church, 111 W Court St. Greensburg, KY 42743
2/7/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. Columbia, KY 42728
1/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
T.J. Samson Health Pavilion, 310 NL Roger Wells Blvd. Glasgow, KY 42141
2/13/2019: 1 - 6 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age?in most states?(16 with parental consent?where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
- Dewey C. Anderson, 54 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Careless Driving, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
- Timothy J. Davis, 41 of Waynesburg, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Tampering with Physical Evidence, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), Disregarding Stop Sign, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, Improper Registration Plate, Driving on an Expired Operator's License, & Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry.
- Paul T. True Jr., 27 of Somerset, arrested by Burnside Police for Reckless Driving, Failure to Signal, No Registration Receipt, License to be In Possession, No Operator's License, No Insurance, Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License-3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), DUI-3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), & Failure to Wear Seatbelts.
- Ralph M. Morris, 73 of Monticello, arrested by KSP for DUI, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & No Registration Plates/Receipt.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
- Danny T. Pike, age 44, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), Robbery-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (Auto) (over $500), & Assault-4th Degree (Domestic).
Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
- Autumn Voorhies, 27 of Junction City, arrested by Garrad County Authorities for Speeding (26mph over limit), Reckless Driving, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Inadequate Muffler, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin & Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Hershel Adams Jr., 30 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Garrad County Authorities for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin).
- Jeremy Salyers, 36 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford Police for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Cocaine & Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, & Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Boil Water Advisory in the Hwy 76 area of Russell County, KY has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.
There is a Boil Water Advisory on Hwy 76 from the Hwy 76 & 910 intersection, down to Old Eli Road due to a water main break The advisory is for anyone who was without water during the repairs.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office investigated an injury collision on KY 61 south on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
At 4:24pmCT, Adair County 911 dispatched Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett to the intersection of KY 61 south and Wheeler Hill Road to a reported 2-vehicle collision with injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates that a tractor and trailer had stopped on KY 61 to make a left hand turn onto Wheeler Hill Rd. A 2008 Kia, operated by Vonda Fudge of Columbia, KY was stopped in traffic behind the semi. A 2015 Dodge Caravan, operated by 52-year-old Lori Toppings of Columbia, KY was traveling south on KY 61 and was unable stop, striking Fudge’s Kia in the rear.
Vonda Fudge and a passenger, as well as Lori Toppings and a juvenile passenger, were transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputy Padgett was assisted at the scene by Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, members of the Columbia Police Department and Adair County EMS.
Russell County Schools are working on the 2019-2020 school calendar/schedule. The district calendar committee has met once and will meet again on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:30 PM. You can voice your input in the survey found on the school's website. The survey will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The school system appreciates input from employees, students, parents/guardians and community members.
On Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:25pmCT, Adair Co. Chief Deputy Justin Cross was dispatched by Adair County 911 to KY 80 east near the Russell/Adair line for a reported auto collision with injuries.
Preliminary investigation shows that Sierra Miller was operating a 2008 Chevrolet east bound on KY 80 when she crossed the center line, striking a 2012 Lincoln head-on operated by Mary Kearney of Russell Springs, KY who was traveling west. Miller’s vehicle then traveled down an embankment, overturning and striking a building before coming to rest.
Miller (who was unrestrained) was ejected from her vehicle and had to be airlifted by helicopter to the University of Ky. Hospital. Her female infant passenger was restrained and was transported to Russell County Hospital and is in stable condition. Kearney, who was restrained, was taken by private vehicle to Russell County Hospital.
The collision was investigated by Chief Deputy Justin Cross. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Adair County EMS, Russell County EMS and members of the Columbia-Adair Co. Fire Department.
Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating an alleged assault that occurred at Lincoln County High School on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
The initial investigation alleges that two teacher’s assistants taunted, shoved and restrained a special education student while other students and a teacher watched and did nothing. As a result of the ongoing investigation, 50 year old Rebecca Spurlock of Crab Orchard, 52 year old Teresa Sparkman of Waynesburg, and 51 year old Janie Hasty of Stanford have been charged and summoned to appear in Lincoln County District Court.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Trooper Justin Kearney.
- Dale R. Lanham, 39 of Harrodsburg, arrested by Casey County Deputy Geoff Brown for Violating Registered Sex Offender Residence Restrictions-2nd Offense.
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
- Charles L. Merrick, 41 of Nancy, arrested by Ky Fish & Wildlife for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Reckless Driving, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), No Registration Plates, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, & No Insurance.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
- Danny T. Pike, age 44, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000).
- Bradley C. Watts, age 23, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Signal, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Manufacturing Simulated Controlled Substance.
Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
- Garry O. Lemay, 60 of Lancaster, arrested by Lancaster Police for Speeding (18mph over limit), No Insurance, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degre (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 2 Counts of Trafficking in Controlled Substance, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.
Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Bronston, Kentucky man was shot while allegedly burglarizing an outbuilding in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Deputies were dispatched to a building near a residence on Rocky Point Road at approximately 4:50 AM Friday morning where they found a male suspect suffering a gunshot wound to the head. According to the landowner, he discovered the suspect, William Thomas Auxier, age 39 of Highway 790 in Bronston, burglarizing an outbuilding on the property. A physical altercation between the two men led to the suspect being shot. EMS personnel treated Mr. Auxier at the scene and transported him to the Bronston Fire Department where he was airlifted to U.K. Medical Center by Air Methods.
No charges have been filed as the investigation continues by Detective Todd Wilson of the Criminal Investigation Division of the PCSO. William Thomas Auxier remains in the U.K. Medical Center at the time of the Press Release.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – U.S. District Chief Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced James L. Holland Jr., of Monroe County, KY to 108 months imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervision, and ordered him to pay $32,000 in restitution to six victims for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. There is no parole in the federal system.
“Federal prison time awaits those whose desire to possess these horrible images which hurts our kids,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.
Holland, 63, of Gamaliel, KY pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on the morning of the first day of trial, September 5, 2018, without the benefit of a plea agreement.
According to a sentencing memo filed in the case, on July 4, 2016, a Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper conducting an online undercover operation on a peer-to-peer network downloaded child pornography that was tracked back to the IP address associated with Holland. KSP obtained a search warrant for Holland’s residence and executed it on August 11, 2016. During the search of Holland’s home, investigators observed a computer in Holland’s bedroom that was running a peer-to-peer file-sharing program and uploading files to the internet. A preliminary investigation of a hard drive in the home revealed hundreds of files containing child exploitation material.
Several electronic storage devices were seized from Holland’s home; a KSP forensic review of the hard drives revealed approximately 1,943 files of child pornography, including images and videos. Additional child pornography was also found on an external hard drive connected to Holland’s computer. The device contained copies of files that KSP downloaded from Holland between July 4 and July 6, 2016.
Assistant United States Attorney Spencer McKiness prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 3:49pmCT on Wednesday afternoon, January 9, 2019 about a residential house fire at 1240 Sand Lick Road in the Melson Ridge Community of Adair County. Upon arrival, fire was contained mostly in the attic area above the kitchen and living room, which sustained moderate damage. There were 13 firemen on the scene for approx. 1 hour.
Casey County Sheriff's Deputy Geoff Brown responded to a 2-vehicle accident around 1:00pmET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the intersection of KY 837 & East 70.
The report says a 2005 Mercury Sable, driven by 61-year-old Iva Clements of Bethelridge, KY pulled out of the intersection & into the path of a 2007 Chevy Silverado Pickup operated by 53-year-old Teresa Richards of Hustonville, KY who was headed east on KY 70. 13-year-old James Richards of Liberty, KY was a passenger in the Richards auto.
At least one person was treated on scene by Casey County EMS, then flown to University of Kentucky in Lexington for further treatment.
A Liberty, KY man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday morning.
Casey Sheriff, Chad Weddle, Deputy Geoff Brown, and Probation/Parole Officer, Keith Price, went to 183 Weddle Drive to see 39 year old Joshua Weddle, who is on probation. Consent was given to search the residence, which led to the discovery of numerous used syringes, empty baggies, measuring spoon with Meth inside, a Meth pipe, a set of digital scales, as well as a small baggie of Marijuana & seeds.
Joshua Weddle was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Casey County Jail.
A Casey County man arrested Wednesday on an Indictment Warrant.
20 year old Joseph W. Cooper was arrested on KY 2312 by Sheriff Chad Weddle. The indictment charges Cooper with Burglary-1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500) (Automobile), Criminal Mischief-1st/3rd Degree, Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (on foot), Menacing, & Resisting Arrest.
An indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.
A Liberty woman was arrested on drug charges while walking along KY 49.
Casey Sheriff Chad Weddle responded to the call of a woman walking in the roadway Wednesday afternoon around 1:30pm. Upon arrival, he made contact with 35 year old Samantha Dilbeck, who appeared unstable on her feet, and had slurred speach. A search of her purse led to the discovery of two Meth pipes with drug residue in each.
Dilbeck was arrested for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session January 8, 2019. The Wave's Jim Leib was at the meeting...
A LIBERTY, KY MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER CALLING 9-1-1 NUMEROUS TIMES.
CASEY COUNTY DISPATCH NOTIFIED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT THAT THE MAN HAD CALLED 9 TIMES. DEPUTY TIM PRICE RESPONDED TO THE RESIDENCE AT 300 CAUDILL ROAD TO FIND 54 YEAR OLD ROBERT G. WOODS, STAGGERING IN THE FRONT YARD. HE WAS CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION AND LODGED IN THE CASEY COUNTY JAIL.
ALSO ON TUESDAY, SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES BRYAN SHEPHERD & GEOFFREY BROWN SERVED A CASEY COUNTY WARRANT ON DANIEL T. ABELL, 27, OF DRY RIDGE ROAD, LIBERTY. HE WAS LODGED IN THE CASEY COUNTY JAIL FOR DRUG COURT VIOLATION, FLEEING/EVADING POLICE-2ND DEGREE (ON FOOT), POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE-1ST DEGREE (METHAMPHETAMINE), POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, & BAIL JUMPING-1ST DEGREE.
Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop Tuesday (1/8/19) in Casey County.
Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle stopped a 2004 Cadillac on US 127 for speeding. Weddle says the driver, 26-year-old Kaitlyn Peavey of Liberty, KY had slurred speech. Peavey stated she had used Meth on Monday and had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Liberty Police Chief Steve Garrett assisted with his K9 (Mako), which alerted on the vehicle. Officers asked a passenger, 29-year-old Jacob Brewer of Liberty, KY to exit the vehicle. When he got out of the car, a syringe fell to the ground. A search of the vehicle uncovered a baggie of crystal meth, a syringe, and a metal pop can bottom. The items were located under the passenger seat.
Peavey was charged with Speeding (8 mph over limit), & Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. Brewer was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Casey County Jail.
The missing Metcalfe County man has been located; Golden Alert has been cancelled.
Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office and Metcalfe County Emergency Management are issuing a Golden Alert for the 56-year-old Charles Nugent of Edmonton, KY. He was suspected to be heading to Raywick, KY earlier this afternoon and was last seen at the Cornerstone Gas Station in Campbellsville, KY. Nugent was last seen wearing a dark navy shirt & dark jeans. He has blonde hair, blue eyes, weighs ?160 lbs, ?and is 5’6” tall. Medical issues include? Paranoid Schizophrenia. If you come in contact with Nugent, please contact the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office at 270-432-3041 or the Metcalfe County Central Dispatch at 240-432-3271.
A Casey County woman was arrested Monday on warrants out of Adair & Boyle Counties.
Sheriff Chad Weddle arrested 35-year-old Tiffany D. Reid on West KY 70, just after 1:00pmET on Monday. She was lodged in the Casey County Jail on Adair County warrants for Theft by Unlawful Taking (shoplifting) under $500, & Criminal Trespassing -1st Degree, and on a Boyle County warrant charging her with Contempt of Court for failing a drug test.
(Greensburg KY January 7, 2019) On Saturday, January 5, 2018 at approximately 1:35 PM CST Units from Post 15, along with the Green County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a fight complaint at a residence located one mile east of Greensburg on Ralph Vaughn Rd. When units arrived they located 49 year old Richard Gregory of Greensburg, unresponsive with a severe head injury.
The investigation revealed that Gregory had been involved in an altercation with his step son, 31 year old Robert Cundiff of Greensburg. Detective Nick Davis arrested and charged Cundiff with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Cundiff was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. Detective Davis was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Green County Sheriff’s Department, Green County EMS, and the Green County Coroner’s office.
Sloan Fork Road in Casey County to be temporarily closed beginning Monday, Jan. 7; Closure necessary for bridge replacement expected to last four weeks
SOMERSET, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2019) – Beginning, Monday, Jan. 7, Sloan Fork Road in Casey County will be temporarily closed to through traffic at the South Fork Creek overpass for bridge replacement.
Work is expected to last four weeks. Signed detour routes will be posted.
The starting date and duration 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.
Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.
THE CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET IN SPECIAL SESSION THIS MORNING.
IN THEIR FIRST MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR, JUDGE EXECUTIVE, RANDY DIAL, SWORE IN THE MAGISTRATES...
NEXT WAS THE RE-HIRING OF ALL THE COUNTY EMPLOYEES. GARY JOHNSON WAS HIRED AS COUNTY ROAD FOREMAN, PENDING APPROVAL FROM THE STATE. DEBRA VAUGHN WAS HIRED AS F.E.M.A. APPLICANT AGENT. IN OTHER BUSINESS...
THE COURT APPROVED A BID OF JUST OVER $104,000 FOR THE NEW E-9-1-1 TOWER...
THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT WILL BE MONDAY, JAN. 21ST.
After serving 14 seasons as Head Coach for the Russell County Laker Football team, Bill Sharp has decided to step down. Coach Sharp took over a 3-8 team 2005, and quickly turned the program around, going 8-3 in his first season at the helm. He went on to compile a 73-81 record and win three district championship titles in his tenure. In the 2018 season, Sharp’s team posted a 4-7 record and fell in the first round of the KHSAA Class 4A State Playoffs to Franklin County High.
During his time as Head Coach, Sharp led the Laker Football team to three playoff wins during the 2010, 2012, and 2013 seasons. During the three-year stretch from 2011-2013, Sharp’s teams turned-in a 30-5 record, including the three district championships. Before being named the head coach, Sharp had been an assistant with the program since 1989. As an RCHS alumnus, he also played on the Laker Football team from 1972-75.
The Laker Football program will now search for a replacement as head coach.
Credit: Nathan Garland
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire on Sunday afternoon, January 6, 2019 at 4:13 PM to 13197 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. The house was owned by Judith Jeffers and sustained moderate to heavy damage in the kitchen and living room areas. There were 19 firemen on the scene for approximately 1½ hours.
A Green County man died late Saturday, January 5th, 2019 after being attacked by his step-son with a hammer.
49-year-old Richard Gregory of Ralph Vaughn Road in Greensburg, KY was assaulted with a hammer and beaten multiple times by 32-year-old Robert L. Cundiff, Jr. of Greensburg. According to Green County officials, following the attack Cundiff put Richard (who was still alive) under a crawl space under the house. When found, Gregory was taken to Jane Todd Hospital where he died of injuries sustained in the attack.
Cundiff was arrested by Kentucky State Police and charged with Murder and Tampering with Evidence. The case remains under investigation.
Gamaliel, Ky. (January 1, 2019) – On Monday, December 31, 2018 at approximately 6:57pmCT, Monroe County dispatch received a 911 call from 19-year-old Leah Carter of Gamaliel, KY stating that she had attempted to cross a flooded bridge on Lyons Rd in Monroe County, KY when her vehicle stalled out and was being swept away by flood waters. Local Fire and Rescue, as well as Law Enforcement personnel, responded immediately and began searching for Ms. Carter. After unsuccessful search efforts Monday night, Ms. Carter’s vehicle was located Tuesday morning, January 1, 2019 at approximately 5:30amCT. The vehicle was unoccupied and was located approximately 500 yards downstream from the location where Ms. Carter had attempted to cross the flooded bridge.
Gamaliel, Ky. (January 5, 2019) – At approximately 10:47amCT Saturday, January 5, 2019 civilian volunteers searching the area of East Fork Creek and Barren River, located the body of 19-year-old Leah Carter. After 5 days of searching, her body was found on the river bank approximately five miles from the location where her car had been swept off of Lyons bridge on December 31st. Monroe County Chief Deputy Lucas Geralds remains the lead investigator.
A teenager was taken into custody in Pulaski County after reportedly bringing a gun to school.
According to the Commonwealth-Journal newspaper, the 15-year-old was arrested at Pulaski County High School Thursday. Authorities say the gun was not loaded. According to the Pulaski County School superintendent, there was no change to today's (Friday’s) school schedule because no threat was made.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2019) – The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now reports “widespread” flu activity in Kentucky for the first time this flu season. Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu cases or flu outbreaks in at least half of the Commonwealth’s regions.
“We strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t received a flu vaccine, particularly children six months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to get a flu shot,” said Jeff Howard, M.D., commissioner of DPH. “Also remember to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way. Be sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and water and stay home if you are sick with flu-like illness.”
DPH reports weekly influenza activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The weekly report is located online at https://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/FluActivity.aspx and is updated each Friday by noon. Kentucky currently is reporting 1,457 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu. The report consists of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results. Rapid positive influenza tests are not included in this report, but are used as an indicator of flu-like illness circulating across the state.
The number of flu cases to date this season (1,457) is comparable to the number of cases at the same time last season (1,411). One of the hardest hit areas currently is Louisville Metro, which has confirmed more than 550 cases recently. Overall, approximately 882 cases have been confirmed in Louisville Metro this flu season, which is up from just 179 cases confirmed at the same time in the previous flu season.
Four adult deaths and one pediatric death have now been linked to the flu in Kentucky this flu season. At this time in the last flu season Kentucky had twelve flu-related deaths, all adults. During the entire flu season there were 333 flu-related deaths in Kentucky last year, five of which were pediatric.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include:
- Children age 6 months through 59 months;
- Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- Persons 50 years of age or older;
- Persons with extreme obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater);
- Persons aged 6 months and older with chronic health problems;
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
- Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged ≤59 months (i.e., aged <5 years, particularly contacts of children aged <6 months) and adults aged ≥50 years;
- Household contacts and caregivers or people who live with a person at high-risk for complications from the flu;
- Health care workers, including physicians, nurses, and other workers in inpatient and outpatient-care settings, medical emergency-response workers (e.g., paramedics and emergency medical technicians), employees of nursing home and long-term care facilities who have contact with patients or residents, and students in these professions who will have contact with patients.
Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are available for this year’s season. Vaccinations can be given any time during the flu season but providers are encouraged to administer the vaccine as soon as possible.
During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 influenza seasons, ACIP recommended that Flu Mist not be used because of concerns about low effectiveness against influenza A (H1N1). However, ACIP recommends that FluMist once again be an option for vaccination during the 2018-2019 influenza season for persons for whom it is age-appropriate and who have no medical contraindications. The change in recommendation is a result of the influenza A (H1N1) strain being changed in the current FluMist formulation.
Due to the timing of the decision by the ACIP regarding use of FluMist, the Kentucky Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) will not be offering FluMist for VFC or KCHIP patients during the 2018-2019 influenza season. However, some private providers will offer FluMist this season for their patients.
The flu vaccine is especially important in light of the severe season experienced last year across the U.S. The CDC reports that more than 900,000 flu-related hospitalizations occurred and more than 80,000 people died as a result of flu. Of the pediatric flu deaths reported in last year’s season, more than one-third of these occurred among healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years.
It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated before or during pregnancy. Antibodies cross the placenta and provide immunity to infants up to 6 months of age, when the infant is eligible to receive their dose of flu vaccine.
DPH relies on sites such as doctors’ offices, hospitals and health departments to help track the level of influenza activity in the state and to identify which strains of the flu are circulating in Kentucky. These voluntary sites collect data and report influenza-like illness (ILI) cases according to age groups each week. This sampling represents only a small percentage of influenza cases for the state, but contributes to the ongoing assessment of flu activity in the Commonwealth and helps determine the weekly level of flu activity.
Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Flu can be very contagious. For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical provider or local health department. Influenza information is also available online at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police are raffling a Corvette to raise money for a free summer camp.
Trooper Island Camp offers a chance for boys and girls ages 10 to 12 to spend time at Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. The camp is operated by state police and is financed entirely by donations. The program benefits children whose families cannot afford to send them to other camps.
Each year, about 700 children attend the camp. It offers recreation, guidance and activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers.
Raffle tickets for a chance to win the 2019 Corvette Stingray Coupe can be purchased for $10 each at any state police post or online. The winning ticket will be drawn Aug. 25 at the Kentucky State Fair.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking to fill dozens of conservation officer positions.
State officials say in a release that positions are available in 37 counties. The notice went out in December, but the deadline to send in an application for many of the jobs is Jan. 9.
Preferred applicants would be candidates with peace officer professional standards training and two years of law enforcement experience.
Selected applicants will undergo 12 weeks of training in the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Academy before being placed with a field-training officer for 16 weeks of hands-on training.
To apply, go online to personnel.ky.gov and click “Find a Job.” Applicants must be 21 years old and possess a valid driver’s license.
Two Somerset residents were arrested on drug charges after Deputies conducted a traffic stop just after midnight.
Pulaski County Deputy Brandon Smith stopped a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica on Oak Hill Road. He noticed a small baggie of suspected narcotics in the vehicle. A positive indicator from the canine unit led to the discovery of 2.5 grams of methamphetamine and several small baggies on the floor as well as digital scales. The driver, 46 year old William Webster, of Somerset, KY was charged with Failure to Signal, No Registration Plates, & Trafficking in Methamphetamine. A passenger, Lynn Eric Smurr, age 40 of Somerset was also arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Methamphetamine.
Both were lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
(Metcalfe County, KY January 3, 2019) - Trooper Jonathan Paull is investigating a collision that occurred on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at approximately 1:30pmCT on the Cumberland Parkway, 5 miles east of Edmonton, KY. 44-year-old Brian Keller of Acworth, Georgia was travelling east bound on a 2009 Honda motorcycle when he lost control as he was attempting to pass another vehicle. Heller was unable to regain control of his motorcycle and entered the median. Keller was wearing a helmet and was air lifted to Vanderbilt University.
Trooper Paull was assisted at the scene by Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department, Edmonton Police Department, Barren/Metcalfe County EMS, and fire departments from Edmonton, North Metcalfe, and Summer Shade.
(Casey County, KY January 3, 2019) – Sergeant Chase Willis is investigating a collision that occurred on Monday, December 31, 2018 at approximately 2:20pmET on Ky 906 two miles north of Liberty, KY. Anthony Smith, age 34 of Hustonville, KY was operating a 1998 Mazda pickup south bound on KY 906 when a driver side tire blew out, causing his vehicle to be pulled into the north bound lane, into the path of a 2004 Ford Pickup, operated by Brenda Ellis age 53 of Hustonville. Both parties were wearing their seat belts. Ellis was transported to Ephriam McDowell hospital in Danville for minor injuries. Smith was not injured. Sgt. Willis was assisted on scene by Casey county EMS and numerous volunteer Fire and Rescue members.
Adair County, KY (January 3, 2019) - On Friday, December 28, 2018 at approximately 4:00pmCT, KSP Trooper Clint Bale was on routine patrol 7 miles north of Columbia on KY 55 when he initiated a traffic stop on a red 1998 Chevrolet pickup for a speeding violation. As Trooper Bale was making contact with the driver, 30-year-old Bobby Lynn of Russell Springs, KY a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. Consent to search the vehicle was given resulting in marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, prescription pills, snorting straws, and cash being located. Trooper Bale performed standard field sobriety tests and placed Lynn under arrest. Lynn was charged with Speeding 20 MPH over, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine), Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense (opiates), Possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified), Failure to produce insurance card, Failure to wear seat belts and DUI 2nd offense. Lynn was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
Criminal charges filed against Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick in 2017 after city gas customers were overbilled have been dismissed, just over a month after Hardwick was defeated for re-election.
According to the Adair County Community Voice, Hardwick was indicted by an Adair County grand jury in March 2017 on a felony charge of theft by unlawful taking and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.The case started in Adair County but was moved to Circuit Judge David Williams’ court in Burkesville and was being prosecuted by John Gardner, Barren County commonwealth’s attorney. On Dec. 19, Judge Williams accepted a request by Gardner and dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning charges cannot be brought up again.
One person was arrested Wednesday evening following a high speed pursuit that lasted nearly 60 miles.
Investigators say 38-year-old William Joseph Taylor led Boyle County authorities into Casey County on Highway 127 at speeds over 100 MPH. He lost control and crashed his vehicle on Allen Creek Road, near the Bread of Life Cafe. Taylor was arrested by the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office on multiple traffic offenses, along with Wanton Endangerment (Police Officer)-1st Degree, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon. He remains lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
Members of the Casey County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, and Dunnville Volunteer Fire Department also responded.
On January 1, 2019 Casey Co. Deputies Bryan Shepard and Chad Weddle received a call of a vehicle on Dennis Davenport's property and the occupants had stolen a chair from the porch. The vehicle was located on Sloan Fork Rd and a traffic stop was conducted. The operator stated he had gotten the chair, his license was suspended, and he had smoked marijuana prior to operating the vehicle. Gary M. Chadwell, 56, of KY 501 was arrested for operating on suspended or revoked operator license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alc/drugs/etc. .08 - 1st offense, and failure to produce insurance card. Davenport declined to press charges.
On January 1, Casey Co. Deputy Chad Weddle arrested Melissa A. Wilard, 40, of Short Town Rd.
Deputy Weddle, along with Liberty Police Chief Steve Garrett and K9 Mako received a call in reference to possible drug usage. The owner of the property stated that he had seen Ms. Wilard use meth in his home. Mako alerted on two areas and were found to have drugs. Wilard is charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia - buy/possess.
The second person involved in the theft at Middleburg Baptist Church was arrested Wednesday by Casey County Deputy Geoffrey Brown.
Eric S. Herring, 38, of Stanford was arrested on Means Rd. He is charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500, criminal mischief, 1st degree, and theft by unlawful taking auto - $500 or more but under $10000. Herring was also arrested on a Lincoln County warrant for flagrant non support. Assisted by Trooper Mike Woodrum.
A traffic stop in Taylor County leads to a drug arrest.
Around 8:30pm Saturday, December 29, 2018 KSP Trooper Jake Harper was on patrol 2 miles south of Campbellsville on KY 55 when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2014 Dodge Journey for speeding. The driver was 31 year old Andrew Spaulding of Campbellsville. Tpr. Harper noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search led to the discovery of a small bag of marijuana, a small bag containing suspected cocaine, and digital scales.
Spaulding is charged with speeding 22 MPH over limit, DUI, possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia, and trafficking in cocaine. He was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.
Police made the following arrests over the New Year's Holiday weekend . . .
Jose Zacharias, 33, Jamestown, KY was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday (New Year's Day) by KSP trooper Warriner. Zacharias charged with reckless driving, possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle, careless driving, driving on a DUI suspended license 1st offense, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to maintain required insurance. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Miranda Hatter, 38, Liberty, KY was arrested Saturday night after being charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance -methamphetamine. Officer Burton of the Russell County Sheriff's Department made the arrest.
Adam Jake Swindoll, 36 of Jamestown, KY was arrested just after 2:00 am Sunday morning. Charges include possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving officer false identifying information and other charges. Officer Nathan Antle of the Russell Springs City Police Department arrested Swindoll.
Johnny Hensley, 36, of Jamestown was arrested Tuesday night just after 6pm on a warrant from another police agency by officer Nathan Ginn.
All were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Kendall Warrington, 46, of Columbia, KY was arrested New Year's Day and served two warrants from another police agency also violation of EPO/DVO. Warrington was arrested by Deputy Durbin of the Adair County Sheriff's Dept and lodged in the Adair Regional Jail.
- Gary M. Chadwell, 56 of Liberty, arrested by Casey County Deputy Shepard for DUI, No Insurance, & Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
- Melissa A. Wilard, 40 of Liberty, arrested by Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
- Jonathan F. Cannada, 36 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Assault-2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, & Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
- William J. Taylor, age 38, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for Reckless Driving, Failure to Dim Headlights, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Disregarding Traffic Light, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment (Police Officer)-1st Degree, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, & Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.
- Christopher L. Wilson, age 34, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-4th Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License-2nd Offense.
- Derek C. Bernard, age 19, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
- Stephen Salyers, 30 of Danville, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for Driving without a License/Negligence in Accident, No Insurance, Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid or Assistance, No Registration Plates, & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A small Casey County church could be out thousands of dollars after thieves stole gasoline from its van by drilling a hole in the gas tank.
Sunday school was underway at Middleburg Baptist Church when a member noticed suspicious activity. Casey County Sheriff's Deputies Geoff Brown and Bryan Shepard identified two vehicles involved through surveillance video. The vehicles were located on Means Road. The white truck was reported stolen from Lincoln County parks and recreation. Officers arrested Lynette Ballou, but the others got away. Ballou is charged with escape and parole violations, but police say she and up to three others are suspects in the crimes at the church. Police have identified the other suspects, but they are not releasing names at this time.
It is believed the suspects tried to get into cars during the church service. The van can't be driven until repairs are made, and church leaders fear it's going to cost thousands of dollars to fix it.
Gamaliel, Ky. – On Monday, December 31st, 2018 at approximately 6:57pmCT, Monroe County dispatch received a 911 call from 19-year-old Leah Carter of Gamaliel, KY stating that she had attempted to cross a flooded bridge on Lyons Rd in Monroe County, KY when her vehicle stalled out and was being swept away by flood waters. Local Fire and Rescue, as well as Law Enforcement personnel, responded immediately and began searching for Ms. Carter. After unsuccessful search efforts on Monday night, Ms. Carter’s vehicle was located this morning (Tuesday) at approximately 5:30amCT. The vehicle was unoccupied and was located approximately 500 yards downstream from the location where Ms. Carter had attempted to cross the flooded bridge. Emergency personnel are actively searching the area by land, water, and air for Ms. Carter.
Monroe County Emergency Management is leading the search and rescue efforts and are being assisted by the Gamaliel Fire Department, along with fire departments from Summer Shade, Campbellsville, Taylor County, and Barren County. The investigation is being led by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Tompkinsville Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.