Local News Archives for 2019-01

GREEN CO. MURDER/SUICIDE

 
Greensburg, Ky. (January 31, 2019) – This morning (Thursday) at approx. 9:50amCT, Kentucky State Police Post 15 was contacted by the Green County Sheriff's Office requesting assistance with an investigation on Bill Jones Rd, 12 miles southwest of Greensburg.  
 
Upon arrival, Units from Post 15 located three victims, 59 year old James London, his wife 59 year old Carolyn London, and their 40 year old son, Jasper London, all of Greensburg, KY deceased in the residence. The victims died of apparent gunshot wounds and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Green County Coroner, Carol Ray.   At this time it is being investigated as a murder/suicide case.  Autopsies are scheduled to be performed on all three victims at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY.  Detective B.J. Burton is leading this investigation.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING IN METH

 

Zachary Paul Derman, 23, Columbia - arrested Thursday morning, January 31, 2019 & charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine)

 

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WAVE POLAR REPORT 01/31/19

 

WAVE POLAR REPORT - THURS., JAN. 31, 2019
Sponsored by: Napa Auto Parts, Barger Insurance AND Jack & Jack Insurance
 
  • Adair Co. Lady Indians basketball game - Cancelled
  • The Borne Learning Academy scheduled for tonight at Adair Co. Primary Center has been rescheduled for next Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pmCT
  • The Jamestown & Russell Springs Head Start parent meeting has been canceled for tonight
  • The warming location at the Adair County Courthouse Annex will be available again tonight (Thursday).  

SCHOOLS:
  • Clinton County - Closed thru Friday due to illness

 

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ONE PERSON ARRESTED AFTER ALTERCATION IN SPARKSVILLE AREA

 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported physical altercation with shots being fired in the Sparksville community of Adair County yesterday.
 
On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 1:08pmCT, Adair County 911 received information of two males fighting and that shots had been fired on Maxie Lane. Upon Sheriff Brockman’s arrival, both parties were located in the vicinity and a shotgun that was used was secured. After investigating, it was found that an employee of Taylor County RECC (John Edwards) was at the residence of Patrick Stotts completing a work-order, when Stotts came out and fired a shot in the air from a shotgun. An additional shot was fired in the direction of Edwards. Stotts then went toward Mr. Edwards and struck him with the barrel of the gun; a physical altercation then ensued. 
 
Patrick Stotts was arrested by Sheriff Brockman and lodged in the Adair County Jail on charges of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree; Menacing, and Assault. 
 
Assisting at the scene was Chief Deputy Cross and KSP Trooper Martin Wesley.
 

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KSP POST 7 SAFETY CHECKPOINTS

 

RICHMOND, Ky. (January 31, 2018) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.  These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.  A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/.

 

 

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ARRESTS ON WEDNESDAY

 

Arrested in Adair County Wednesday, January 30, 2019:


James David Burnette, 51, of Knifley - trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense, drug paraphernalia, disregarding stop sign, failure to or improper signal, unlawful transaction with a minor 2nd degree, custodial interference felony.

 

Frederick Miles, 50, Columbia - driving on dui suspended license 1st offense, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no registration plates.

 

Patrick L. Stotts, 38, Columbia - assault 2nd degree, menacing, wanton endangerment 1st degree.

Tyler Salmon, 21, Columbia - trafficking in marijuana 1st degree.

 

All were lodged in the Adair Regional Jail.

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/31/19

 

George L. Coffey Jr., 49 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police Officer Smith for DUI, & Failure to Wear Seatbelts.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

Justin S. Wilson, 31 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Probation Violation, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Katrina J. Montgomery, 37 of Ivel, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Parole Violation, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

Eddie R. Pierce, 30 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell County Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

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

 

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CASEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office made a couple of arrests Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Bryan Shepard served a bench warrant on William Wethington, 24, of Poplar Hill. Wethington was served on a warrant for failure to pay child support.

Deputy Robin Lynn served a bench warrant for a drug court violation on Daphne M. Crowe, 44, of KY 49. Crowe was served on charges of possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 3rd offense (methamphetamine), no operators license, & possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia.

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RUSSELL CO. VEHICLE FIRE

 
The Russell Springs Fire Department was called out to a vehicle fire this afternoon (Wednesday) at the Stop and Save #3 Shell near the junction of 619 and US 127 in Russell Springs. No one was injured; the vehicle sustained extensive damage.
 

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TAX SCAM WARNING

 
As Kentuckians begin to file their taxes this week, the attorney general is warning them to be prepared for a spike in scam calls. The callers pretend to be an IRS agent who claims they need to verify the victim's personal and financial information over the phone...or they claim the victim owes back taxes. Prosecutors recently worked with a Clark County resident who sent more than $9,000 to an IRS scammer. The attorney general says never share any personal or financial information over the phone, and know the IRS will never call and request money over the phone.
 

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ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT INJURES 3 PEOPLE

 
On Thursday, January 24, 2019 at approximately 5:40pmCT, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2-vehicle injury accident around the 5900 block of Campbellsville Road (Hwy 55N).  
 
61-year-old Sheila Krahn of Columbia, KY was operating a 2013 Ford Fiesta traveling south, when she attempted to make a left turn onto Steve Breeding Road and turned into the path of a north-bound 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan being driven by 82-year-old Robert Ginter of Campbellsville, KY. 
 
Sheila Krahn & a passenger, 57-year-old Russell Krahn of Columbia, KY were transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of their injuries; Robert Ginter was treated at the scene. 
 
The collision was investigated by Adair County Deputy Padgett and Sheriff Josh Brockman.  They were assisted by Adair EMS, the Columbia-Adair Co. Fire Department, and KSP.
 

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JUDGE DEBRA LAMBERT TO BE SWORN IN FEB. 4

 

Justice Debra Hembree Lambert will be invested formally on the Kentucky Supreme Court in ceremonies conducted in the Kentucky Supreme Court Courtroom, 700 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, KY on Monday, Febrary 4, 2019 at 1:30pmET/12:30pmCT.
 
Justice Lambert will serve the 3rd Supreme Court District, which is comprised of 27 counties, including Adair and the surrounding counties.
 
She came to the Supreme Court after four years on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Her election to the 3rd Appellate District, Division 1, in November 2014 made her the first woman from the 3rd District to serve on the Court of Appeals, and she will also be the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court from the 3rd Supreme Court District.
 
Prior to taking the appellate bench, Justice Lambert was a Circuit Judge, Family Court Division for the 28th Judicial Circuit, comprised of Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties. She was appointed to that seat in 1999 by then-Gov. Paul E. Patton. While a Family Court judge, she created the first Drug Court in the area. She was recognized for her efforts in 2002 when the National Association of Drug Court Professionals inducted her into the Stanley M. Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame. She also volunteered in area middle schools, working 10 weeks each semester with at-risk children and families in an effort to help them avoid truancy charges.
 
Justice Lambert grew up in Bell County, KY. She earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University, where she graduated with distinction. She went on to graduate in the top 25 percent of her class from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1989. After completing a juris doctor, Justice Lambert practiced law in Mount Vernon, KY. During that time, she also served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney and City Attorney for the city of Mount Vernon. In 2007, Justice Lambert resumed her private practice of law in Mount Vernon until her election to the Court of Appeals in 2014.
 
Justice Lambert and her husband, Joseph Sharpe, reside on Lake Cumberland in Burnside in Pulaski County. She is the mother of two sons, Joseph Patrick Lambert and John Ryan Lambert, and two step-daughters, Jessica Sharpe and Chelsea Sharpe Woolums. She is also the nonna of Sam Stringer.
 

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CONGRESSMAN COMER NAMED TOP REPUBLICAN OF 2 HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEES

 
WASHINGTON – Congressman Comer has been named the top Republican of two House Subcommittees for the 116th Congress:  The Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on the Environment, and the Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services.
 
Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Environment will conduct oversight on a number of issues including public health, environment protection, international agreements and energy policy. Congressman Comer will have a significant role in helping oversee regulatory affairs and federal paperwork reduction legislation.
 
Republican leader for the Oversight and Reform Committee Jim Jordan commented, “Mr. Comer brings a unique set of talents to the Oversight Committee. I look forward to working with him to find and defend the truth and conduct serious fact-based oversight.”
 
Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services includes jurisdiction over a variety of matters related to equal employment opportunities and civil rights, adolescent development programs, care and treatment of at-risk youth and child adoption. The subcommittee also includes some agriculture jurisdiction, including the school lunch program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
 
Republican leader of the Education and Labor Committee Virginia Foxx stated, “Committee Republicans are fortunate to have Representative James Comer join our ranks, and I am delighted that we will all benefit from his leadership on the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Resources. We must take on the civil rights and human resources issues under our jurisdiction with a visionary and farsighted approach, and I believe Representative Comer will be an important voice in those conversations.”
 
“I’m excited to take on the role of serving as Ranking Republican of two important subcommittees. I feel like I proved my abilities as a freshmen member of Congress, and now I’m eager to get the opportunity to lead,” Congressman Comer said. 
 

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RUSSELL COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments.
 
  1. Billy Joe Bennett, 42, Russell Springs -  Has pleaded guilty to 144 counts of Rape, Sodomy & Incest. The Commonwealth recommends a sentence of 30 years. Formal sentencing is April 23, 2019 at 9:00amCT.
  2. William Earl Miller, 49, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Tampering with Physical Evidence; Giving Officer False Identifying Information; Persistent Felony Offender
  3. Justin W. Turner, 23, Jamestown - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Marijuana
  4. Dakota Sullivan, 25, Jamestown - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; No License in Possession; Escape, 3rd Degree; Promoting Contraband; Persistent Felony Offender
  5. Jamie L. Mann, 37, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  6. Brandon Knight, 38, Jamestown - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Public Intoxication
  7. Tretn W. Tieman, 54, & Brittany Holt, 28, both of Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Brittany Holt also indicted for Possession of Buprenorphine (a schedule III narcotic)
  8. Jared Lloyd, 41, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  9. Teresa Daniel, 29, Russell Springs - Promoting Contraband; Tampering with Physical Evidence; Persistent Felony Offender
  10. Christopher S. Collins, 19, Russell Springs - Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500
  11. Joseph Baker, 31, Columbia - Assault, 2nd Degree; Persistent Felony Offender
  12. Sarah Cook, 22, Russell Springs - Tampering with a Prisoner Monitoring Device; Escape, 2nd Degree
  13. Ricky L. Tucker, 44, Russell Springs - DUI, 4th or Greater Offense
  14. Christy D. Lambert, 43, Jamestown - Assault, 4th Degree
  15. Kyle Piercy, 36, Jamestown - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree
  16. Chad Davis, 23, Russell Springs - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree
  17. Orville Slavey, 40, Somerset - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree
  18. Carrie Bernard, 39, Somerset - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree; Persistent Felony Offender

Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

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R.C. MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 144 COUNTS OF RAPE, INCEST & SODOMY; 30 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE RECOMMENDED

 

Billy Joe Bennett, 42, of Russell Springs, KY has pleaded guilty to 144 counts of Rape, Sodomy & Incest. 

 

Bennett was arrested in October, 2017 and indicted on these charges in November, 2017. According to the indictment, the victim was less than 12 years old when the crimes were committed. The Commonwealth has recommended a sentence of 30 years in prison; formal sentencing is set for April 23, 2019 at 9:00amCT.
 

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CASEY CO. MAN ARRESTED AFTER TAKING PICKUP FROM RUSSELL CO. RESIDENCE

 
A Casey County man was arrested in Russell County this week after reportedly taking a 2007 Chevy pickup from a Russell County residence.
 
27-year-old Kody S. Chadwell of Liberty, KY was arrested on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 just before 10:00pmCT on Mt. Eden Road by Russell County Deputy Sheriff Evan Burton. He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000 and No Operators-Moped License. Chadwell was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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FEB. 1ST MARKS 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL IN 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR; CELEBRATION PLANNED!

 
BY: Chloe Thomas
 
Making it through 100 days of school is always something to celebrate! This Friday, February 1st, 2019 will mark the 100th day of school for the 2018-2019 Russell County school year. Everyone in the district will be celebrating all day long. The elementary and middle schools will allow their students to demonstrate 100 days of school through their attire, along with various other activities.
 
Students, faculty, and staff at RCHS will be celebrating the 100th day of school for the first time in many years. According to new Guidance Counselor, Shanna Darnell, there’s a lot to be excited about this week.  In her new role as counselor, she favors increasing an emphasis on celebrating “the little things,” and that celebrating the 100th day of school is a perfect place to start.
 
Everyone here at RCHS is encouraged to participate in a “Dress Like a 100-Year-Old” challenge. In addition, each grade level, along with faculty and staff members will be challenged and encouraged to bring in $1 each. The goal is for each grade level, along with faculty and staff to raise at least $100 each. Once the money is raised, each grade will have the opportunity to decide where they want their money to go. Whether it be a charity, giving it back to their school, or to a class member in need, Mrs. Darnell hopes that this challenge will teach students a little something about giving back.
 
The administration is very excited to provide everyone with the chance to take part in a celebration, a few challenges, and of course…lots of fun! Don’t forget to dress up and participate in all the fun and challenges that will be taking place this Friday in honor of our district reaching its 100th day of school for the 2018-2019 school year.
 

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BREEDING FIRE DEPT. RECEIVES MANIKIN DONATION FROM T.J. HEALTH COLUMBIA

 
The Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department recently received a donation of new American Heart Association-compliant CPR Manikins from T.J. Health Columbia.
 
The Manikins, valued at more than $1000, will be used to teach CPR to firefighters and other first responders. The Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department currently has one American Heart Association Instructor on staff to teach these classes. 
 
The American Heart Association is requiring instructors to have access to AHA compliant/approved Manikins that have CPR feedback devices (rate monitors). In the past, the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department has had to borrow CPR Manikins from other agencies to host classes.
 
"We are extremely grateful of the donation from T.J. Health," says Chief Terry Harvey, continuing, "T.J. donating these manikins to our department strengthens our relationship with them. CPR is a requirement for new firefighters achieving their 150 hour Certification, and it is also a department requirement for us and each firefighter must certify every 2 years. Regardless of firefighters needing to certify every 2 years, from time to time we will have CPR drills as a refresher. Our department responds to medical calls, we want to provide the best patient care possible, this is one way to strengthen our relationship with T.J. Health Columbia."
 
The Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank T.J. Health Columbia for the donation of the Manikins.
 
 

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CASEY COUNTY ARREST WARRANTS SERVED 1/29/19

 

Three people were arrested Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as a result of Casey County deputies serving warrants.

 

Sheriff Chad Weddle, Deputy Geoffrey Brown, Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett, Officer Tyler Martin, and K9 Mako arrested:
 

William Norris, 41, of Calvary Ridge, arrested on 2 warrants. One for Assault-4th degree (minor injury), and another for Probation Violation on charges of:
-No Operators License 
-Failure to Signal
-Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and
-Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia

 

Evette Norris, 35, of Calvary Ridge, arrested for Assault-4th Degree (minor injury)
 

Carolyn Luttrell, 63, of Calvary Ridge, arrested on a bench warrant for Failure to Appear on five counts of Theft by Deception - include cold checks under $500

 

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ADAIR ANNEX - TEMPORARY WARMING CENTER

 

The Adair County Courthouse Annex will remain open as a temporary warming center during the extremely cold nights forecasted over the next 3 evenings.  

 

The Centers for Disease Control has tips for dealing with extreme cold, click on following link:

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/extreme-cold-guide.pdf

 

 

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RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZED AT JANUARY MEETING

 

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RUSSELL CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

On Monday, January 28th, 2019 the Columbia Police Department responded to a trespassing complaint at Wal-Mart on Burkesville Rd. Upon officers arrival, contact was made with a female in the parking lot area and it was discovered that she was in possession of an amount of suspected methamphetamine.

 

Arrested was Amy Mcelroy, 33, of Russell Springs, KY. Mcelroy was charged with Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st offense; and Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess 1stoffense. Mcelroy was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD officer Sgt. JR Murphy and assisted at the scene by Adair County Sheriff Deputy Josh Durbin.

 

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS IN ADAIR/RUSSELL

 

Adair/Russell Weekend arrests . . .


Brandon Lee Meece, 30, of Windsor was arrested by KSP just after midnight Sunday and charged with operating a motor vehicle unde the influenc of alcohol or drugs 1st offense, reckless driving, possession of controlled substance (heroin), drug paraphernalia and other charges.


Miriam A. Hoots, 51, of Coumbia was served a bench warrant and arrested by Adair County Sheriff Deputy Joey Keith. 


Timothy W, Franklin, 47, of Columbia turned in to serve 6 days.


Skylor N. Turner, 28, of Columbia was arrested by Adair County Sheriff Deputy Brandon Hitch ona violation of KY EPO/DVO


Breanna Taylor, 19, of Columbia arrested on bench warrant by Adair County Sheriff Deputy Joey Keith.


Dustin Tyler Witt, 32, of Columbia to hold for court. Arrested by Adair Co Sheriffs Office.


Daniel Cagney Burton, 33, of Columbia was served a warrant for another agency by Fish & Wildlife.


James C. Rowell, 54, of Columbia was arrested on a warrant for another agency by KSP Trooper Scott.


Connie Miller, 54, of Columbia on probation violation (for technical violation).


Jerry W. Compton, 45, of Columbia on probation violation (for technial violation).

 

All were lodged in the Adair Regional Jail over the weekend. 

 

Zachariah Bunch, 26, Russell Springs was arrested Friday by Russell County Deputy Nathan Ginn and charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon and parole violation. Bunch was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 

 

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CASEY CO. AREA WEEKEND ARRESTS 1/28/19

 

  • Ronnie F. Parton, 42, of Liberty, KY arrested by Deputy Grider with Casey County Sheriff's Office for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
  • Timothy W. Passmore, 39, of Russell Springs, KY arrested by Liberty Police Chief Garrett for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Assault-4th Degree.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • Carl E. Dowell, 34, of Tateville, KY arrested by Burnside Police for Rear License Not Illuminated, No Registration Receipt, No Insurance, License to be In Possession, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, License Plate Not Legible, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), & Obstructed Windshield.
  • Derrick J. Newell, 25, of Somerset, KY arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Ricky Robbins, 51, of Liberty, KY arrested by Stanford Police for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer).
  • Vonda Rigdon, 52, of Junction City, KY arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, No Insurance, No Registration Plates/Receipt, & Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

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

 

 

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BRADFORDSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS

 

A Bradfordsville man was arrested Friday on several outstanding warrants.


Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle arrested 29 year old Jeffrey Johnson around 2pmET on Friday on Button Knob Road. Johnson was wanted on Casey County warrants charging him with...

 

  • Several counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking (including Farm Equipment & Auto)
  • Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree
  • DUI (Aggravated Circumstance)
  • Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License
  • Burglary-2nd/3rd Degree
  • Bail Jumping-1st Degree
  • Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree
  • Failure to Appear
  • Non-Payment of Court Costs/Fines
  • Operating an ATV on the Roadway
  • Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000)
  • No Insurance
  • No Rear View Mirror
  • Probation Violation

Johnson was lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

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UPDATE ON ADAIR CO. MAGISTRATE TERRY HADLEY

 

Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan is happy to report improvements in Magistrate Terry Hadley's health.  Hadley had a stroke Thursday night. Judge Cowan said he's doing much better. His famiky told her he has amazed the doctor with how well he has done and the progress he has made. He has been up walking. Cowan says to continue the prayers for him and his family.


If anyone in District 7 of Adair County has a concern or issue, they can call the Adair County Judge's office at 270-384-4703. Judge Cowan, the court road department,  and the entire fiscal court will work together to handle issues during Magistrate Hadley's illness.

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY OWN GUN FOLLOWING SCUFFLE WITH KSP TROOPER

 
GLASGOW, KY. (AP) - Police say a Columbia man in custody was shot by his own handgun during a scuffle with a trooper outside a jail in Barren County.
 
State Police said in a news release 26-year-old Matthew A. Stapleton of Columbia was taken to a hospital in critical condition Saturday night. The statement says Trooper Ricky Cross had transported Stapleton from Metcalfe County to the Barren County Detention Center. Stapleton started fighting the trooper as he exited the patrol car. Stapleton pulled out a handgun from his waistband and it discharged, striking Stapleton. The trooper was not injured; he has been placed on administrative leave.
 
An investigation is ongoing.
 

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R.C. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING JAN. 28

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will have a Called Meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:00amCT.
 
AGENDA:
  • DISCUSSION ON SURPLUS SALES
  • PERSONNEL COMPLIMENT ADJUSTMENTS
  • PERSONNEL COMMITTEE HIRING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • RESOLUTION 19-01 – KACO LOAN - BACKHOE
  • RC CLERK - REPORT
  • RC CORONER MARK COOTS – DEPUTY CORONERS
  • ADJOURN

 

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ADAIR MAGISTRATE HAS STROKE

 

Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan is sad to inform the constituents of Adair County District 7 that Magistrate Terry Hadley had a stroke on Thursday night. He is stable at this time and Judge Cowan along with the family would ask you to keep him in your prayers.

 

If anyone in District 7 of Adair County has a concern or issue, they can call the Adair County Judge’s Office at 270-384-4703. Judge Cowan, the Court Road Department, and the entire Fiscal Court will work together to handle issues in Magistrate Hadley’s illness. 

 

Again, we ask that you keep Magistrate Hadley and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

 

Adair County Judge Executive 

Gale Cowan

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
The Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Shepard Drive, the Gentry Mill Road area and Old Columbia Road has been lifted.

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UNEMPLOYMENT FELL IN 69 KY COUNTIES

 

Frankfort, KY - Unemployment rates fell in 69 Kentucky counties between December 2017 and December 2018, rose in 38, and stayed the same in 13 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

 

Locally, unemployment was down in Adair and Casey counties year-to-year, remained the same in Cumberland County, and was up year-to-year in Green, Metcalfe, Russell, and Taylor Counties.

 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.6 percent.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent.

 

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CAVE CITY POLICE LOOKING FOR ESCAPED MAN

 

The Cave City Police Department is asking for help in finding Jarrell Boyd. He was last seen in Cave City on North 2nd Street wearing a red hoddie, blue jeans, tan timberland boots and a gold chain necklace. Boyd has tear drop tattoos underneath both eyes.

 

Boyd is wanted for several felony warrants, including escape.

 

You’re asked not to approach or try to apprehend Boyd, to please call 911 or Cave City Police Department at 270-773-2441 or 270-651-5151. Boyd could possibly still have handcuffs on his hands.

 

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3 ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN CASEY COUNTY THURSDAY

 

Three people were arrested on drug charges in Liberty Thursday afternoon.

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office tells us Officers went to the Beford Inn on the 127 bypass in reference to 40 year old Rabecca J. Hobbs, of Elkatawa, KY being wanted on a warrant detainer from Probation & Parole.  Officers found 2 syringes, loaded with Methamphetamine, on the bathroom sink. A third syringe, a set of digital scales, and a baggie with Meth residue were also found inside Hobb's purse.

 

Hobbs and two others at the room, 32 year old Warren Atwood of Liberty, and 28 year old Ethan Chad Whited, of Stanford, were all charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

They were lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle, investigated, along with Deputies Grider & Davis, and Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett. 

 

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CHILD FOUND ALONGSIDE ROAD IN ADAIR CO.; CHILD'S BROTHER ARRESTED

 

At 1:55pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to Milltown Church Rd. Adair County 911 advised they had received a call from a female who had located a small child in the roadway.  Upon Deputy Hitch’s arrival, he located the female who had pulled to the side of the road and placed the child in her vehicle due to the child being cold and wet from the rain. After an investigation, the location the child may have walked from had been determined and deputy’s proceeded to that location which was approximately .3 tenths of a mile down the road. No one was home at the residence; however, while officer's were there, the brother of the child pulled into the driveway. The brother had left and went to town to run an errand and get gas. He admitted he left the child at home.
 
Tyler Butler was arrested on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Wanton Endangerment. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 
Deputy Hitch was assisted on scene by Sheriff Brockman, Deputy Durbin, and Child Protective Services.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY - RUSSELL COUNTY -OLD COLUMBIA RD

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County in affect on Sherri Drive, Rose St., Sherry Lane, part of Gentry Mill Rd, Old Columbia Road, from Tonkin Drive down to the end of old Columbia Rd. and the roads that are off Old Columbia Rd. The Boil Water Advisory was issued due to a water main break.

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS 1/24/19

 

  • Casey County (NTI #3)
  • Adair County
  • Boyle County (NTI)
  • Danville Christian Academy
  • Lincoln County (NTI)
  • Marion County
  • Metcalfe County
  • Pulaski County
  • Russell County (NTI)
  • Taylor County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County

* Danville Independent (1 Hour Delay)

* Cumberland County (1 Hour Delay)

* Clinton County (1 Hour Delay)

 

 

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LIBERTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES 1/23/19

 

A Liberty man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday.

 

Sheriff Chad Weddle, along with Probation & Parole Officer Patrick Campbell, conducted a home visit on 40 year old Gregory S. Crew at 837 Brook Drive in Liberty.  Mr. Crew gave consent to search his room. Liberty Police Chief Garrett brought his K9 "Mako", which alerted to possible drugs in the room.  

 

A search resulted in the discovery of a baggie with a white crystal substance, as well as numerous syringes. Mr. Crew was arrested on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Casey County Deputies Geoff Brown & Brian Sears assisted.

 

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LIBERTY MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING EPO/DVO

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of an assault, shortly before 3pm Wednesday at 36 Brook Drive.

 

When deputies arrived, they found the suspect, 44 year old Donald Propes Jr., of Liberty, KY had left the scene. Witnesses stated he had assaulted Freddie Carman. He was later located in a driveway on Dry Ridge Road with a bottle of alcohol in his hands. The officer noted Mr. Propes had slurred speech and was very unsteady on his feet. 

 

Propes was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Violation of a Ky EPO/DVO, & Assault-4th Degree.

Deputy Grider investigated.

 

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KY ATTORNEY GENERAL AT LWC JAN. 24

 
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be in Columbia on Thursday evening, January 24, 2019 at Lindsey Wilson College. The WAVE's Lisa Clark will be interviewing Mr. Beshear via telephone at approx. 4:00pmCT on Thursday on 92.7.

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BLACK ICE CAUSED ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT ON MONDAY

 
On Monday, January, 21, 2019 at 6:13pmCT, Adair County Sheriffs Deputy Brandon Hitch responded to a single vehicle collision on the Cumberland Parkway at mile marker 43. A 2007 Toyota Avalon, being driven by 34-year-old Tyler Pollitte of Owensboro, KY had hit black ice and lost control. The vehicle, which was traveling east, had spun around, traveled across the median, and struck the guardrail in the westbound lane of traffic. 
 
Adair County EMS responded and treated Pollitte and his passenger, William Long of Owensboro, KY at the scene before transporting them to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.  
 
Deputy Brandon Hitch is the investigating officer.
 

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RSES SPECIAL CALLED SITE BASE COUNCIL MEETING JAN. 24

 
The Russell Springs Elementary School Site Base Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at 4:30pmCT in the school library.
 
AGENDA
  1. Call to Order 
  2. Roll Call 
  3. Adoption of Agenda 
  4. Public Comment 
  5. Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes (January 11, 2019) 
  6. Review Results/Input from Principal Survey 
  7. Discussion with Possible Action: Final Principal Selection Criteria 
  8. Discussion with Possible Action: Final Principal Interview Questions and Performance Response Tasks 
  9. Executive Session (Personnel-Principal Candidate Application Reviews / KRS 61.810 (1)(f)) 
  10. Resume Open Meeting 
  11. Discussion with Possible Action: Principal Interview Dates 
  12. Adjourn 

 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
As of 8:37 a.m. on January 23, 2019 the boil water advisory for customers from 9135 Burkesville Road to 9970 Burkesville Road, Bird Road and all side roads, Felton Fudge Road, Blue Ridge Road has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE ACCIDENT SENDS 2 PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL

 

On Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9:11amET, the Campbellsville Police Department responded to an automobile accident with injuries at the intersection of East Broadway and Lebanon Avenue. After an investigation, it was determined that a 1996 GMC pickup, operated by 86-year-old David Johnson of Campbellsville, KY turned into the path of a 2003 Ford Mustang operated by 18-year-old Melvin Shelton of Hodgenville, KY.

 

Shelton was transported by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was treated and released. Johnson was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle. 

 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY & AUTO THEFT

 

On Monday, January 21, 2019 the Campbellsville Police Department responded to Buckhorn Block on Martin Luther King Blvd. in reference to a burglary. Officers determined that an unknown person entered the premises of Buckhorn Block, and while on the premises committed a theft from one of the buildings. As the suspect left the scene, he stole a truck and drove it through the chain-link fence. 
 
Following an investigation, 33-year-old Nickolas Snow was arrested and charged with Burglary, 3rd degree; Theft of Auto; and Criminal Mischief, 1st degree.  He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. The stolen vehicle was recovered.

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AREA ARRESTS TUESDAY

Several area arrests Tuesday . . .


James McGuffin, 25, Columbia arrested by probation & parole on a probation violation for felony offense.

 

Lanky Graves, 52, Greensburg, arrested by Adair County Sheriff Deputy Josh Durbin and charged with operating on a suspended license, failure to maintain insurance, criminal littering, and disorderly conduct 2nd degree.

 

Ricky Pyles, 28, Columbia, arrested by KSP for contempt of court.


Ashley Allen, 38, Campbellsville  and Perry Bell, 31 of Campbellsville arrested by Columbia Police Dept to hold for court.

Cory Gadberry, 41, Campbellsville - served bench warrant for court.

 

Kristopher Daniel Torbett, 31, Columbia was arrested by Adair County Sheriff Deputy Joey Keith on a bench warrant for court. 

 

All were lodged in the Adair Regional Jail Tuesday. 

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METCALFE COUNTY SCHOOLS ONE OF 50 TO RECEIVE $10,000 FROM POWERADE, INC.

EDMONTON, Ky. (January 22, 2019) – Metcalfe County High School received a $10,000 check Tuesday from POWERADE to benefit the school’s athletic program.

 

MCHS students, with the help of Library Media Specialist Anita Love, submitted a video describing why the school deserved to win the “Power Your School” top prize. Entries were judged on creativity/originality, school need, incorporation of POWERADE, and quality.

 

The MCHS video described how sports at Metcalfe County High School is “about so much more than the time spent on the field and the court, it shapes the adults they will become.” The video was chosen as one of 50 grand prizes worth $10,000 each. There were 150 schools that won prizes worth $2,000 each.

 

Timmy Garrett and Daniel Trowbridge, representatives from Clark Beverage Group, Inc., presented the check to Principal Clint Graham and Athletic Director Matt Shirley during a pep rally at the school. 

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NEW COLUMBIA CITY ATTORNEY

 

The City of Columbia has hired Derrick Helm of Russell County as the new city attorney. Derrick is affiliated with Helm, Shearer and Wilson Law Firm and began his practice in 2009 with Bertram and Wilson. Derrick has worked with several agencies and is currently the legal counsel for the Lake Cumberland Area Development District as well as the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency. He is the son of Larry and Wanda Giles Helm. Derrick’s ties to Adair County include his father Larry being a long time employee of the Westlake Regional Hospital Radiology Department and his mother Wanda who is a native of Adair County.

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Russell County Boil Water Advisory in the Campground Road area has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 
Date Issued: 01/22/2019
Time Issued:  9:00 A.M.
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers from 9135 Burkesville Road to 9970 Burkesville Road, Bird Road and all side roads, Felton Fudge Road, and Blue Ridge Road. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.
 
Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 

The Russell County Sheriff'S Department made an arrest on Monday night just after 7:30 pm.

 

Richard L Eads, 31, Russell Springs, KY was arrested at 7:37pmCT by Deputy Nathan Ginn and was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, 1st offense. Eads was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS 1/22/19

 

Casey County schools are CLOSED today. Also closed are Lincoln and Marion County. 

Adair County, Boyle County, Danville independent schools, Danville Christian Academy, and Taylor County will operate on a one hour delay.

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT 1/22/19

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.

 

County Coroner, Curt Demrow, addressed the court with a review of the activity for his office, which included a disturbing increase in the number of drug & alcohol related deaths in our county...

Mr. Demrow told the court he has formed a Child Fatality Review Board...

Mr. Demrow then asked the court to hire a 2nd paid deputy for his office at a salary of $250 a month. The court voted to table the matter for further discussion at the next meeting.

 

Under Miscellaneous Business, Judge Executive Randy Dial asked the court for permission to declare some obsolete office supplies as surplus & marked for destruction. The court voted in favor.

 

Judge Dial also addressed the magistrates about an environmental study, concerning the 9-1-1 Tower project...

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court will be Monday, Feb. 4th.

 

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CASEY CO. INJURY ACCIDENT 1/21/19

 

Three people were injured in a 2-vehicle accident in Casey County around 11:30am Monday morning.

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office tells us that a 2002 Buick Century, driven by 77 year old Randall Estes of Dunnville, KY attempted a left turn from KY 910, onto KY 80, & pulled into the path of a '96 Toyota pickup, operated by 44 year old Tony Owens, of Russell Springs. 

 

Owens and a passenger, 44 year old Brian Jasper, also of Russell Springs, along with a passenger in the Buick, 83 year old Irene Estes, were all treated on scene by Casey County EMS then transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

 

Sheriff Chad Weddle investigated.

 

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CASEY TEEN ARRESTED ON INDICTMENT WARRANTS

 

A Casey County teen was arrested on several outstanding warrants Friday.

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office tells us, 19 year old Tara K. Duncan, of Liberty, was a passenger in a vehicle operated by 30 year old Chansey Whited. Sheriff Chad Weddle met their Jeep traveling in the middle of the road on Shugars Hill Road and initiated a traffic stop. 

 

Miss Duncan was arrested on Casey County indictment warrants for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Bail Jumping-1st Degree, & Non-Payment of Court Costs/Fines.

 

Whited was arrested for Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.

 

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METCALFE CO. MISSING JUVENILE

 

Kentucky State Police is seeking assistance from the public in attempting to locate 15-year-old Amber Shirley of Edmonton, KY.  Amber is a white female, 5’2” tall, weighs 195 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on Robert Wilson Rd on January 18th at approximately 11:00pmCT wearing pajama pants and a t-shirt.

 

If anyone has information regarding her whereabouts, please contact Kentucky State Police, Post 15 at 1-800-222-5555 or your local law enforcement agency. Tpr. Jordan Carter is investigating.

 

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2 INJURED IN ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT

 
(Columbia, KY January 21, 2019) – Trooper Clint Bale is investigating a collision that occurred on January 19, 2019 at approximately 1:00 PM CST on the Cumberland Parkway near the 46 mile marker. Michele Antle, age 42 of Jamestown, KY was eastbound operating a 2006 Saturn, when she hydroplaned, lost control of the vehicle and entered into the median. Antle then struck a culvert and overturned. The operator and a juvenile passenger were not belted. Both were transported by Adair County EMS to TJ Health Columbia where they were treated and released.
 

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CASEY CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

A Casey County man arrested over the weekend on drug charges.


Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle met a 1996 Jeep in the middle of the road on Shugars Hill Road on Friday & initiated a traffic stop. A K-9 unit alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. The driver, 30 year old Chansey Whited, of Snake Ridge Road, admitted to having Marijuana & Pipes in the vehicle. He was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.

 

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RUSSELL-ADAIR CO. WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

Weekend arrests . . .


Sara Bethany Cook, 22 of Jamestown was arrested Sunday night by Deputy Cain with Russell County Sheriff's office for contempt of court.


Becky S McClintock, 34, Columbia was arrested Sunday just after 9 pm and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alchohol or drugs aggravated cirumstances 1st offense, rear license not illuminated, failure to wear seatbelt, failure to produce insurance card and improper or no windshield.


Tony E Huff, 36, Russell Springs was arrested Friday morning early just after midnight and charged with criminal trespassing 3rd degree, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance meth, drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and probation violation. Huff was arrested by Russell Co Sheriff Deputy Bunch.

 

All lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

William E. Wilcoxson, 66, of Columbia was arrested at 7:34 pm Sunday by Adair County Sheriff Deputy Brandon Hitch on a charge of public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol).

 

Preston Sneed, 25, of Russell Springs was arrested Saturday just before 9pm by Deputy Cross of Adair Co Sheriff's Dept and served a bench warrant for court. 

 

Robert Brown, 48, Jamestown was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with failure to appear.
 

All were lodged in the Adair Regional Jail.

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 
There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory in affect on Campground Rd, Delphia Street & Sharon Ann Road due to a water line break. Boil your water used for human comsumption for at least 3 minutes before using.

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CHURCH CANCELLATIONS JAN. 20

 

NO EVENING SERVICES AT THE FOLLOWING CHURCHES:

 

 

 

 

  1. New Hope Separate Baptist Church 
  2. Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Russell Co. 
  3. Word of Life Family Church on Greensburg Rd in Columbia 
  4. Temple Hill Community Church in Jamestown 
  5. Gradyville Baptist Church
  6. Summershade United Methodist Church in Green Co. 
  7. Fairview Separate Baptist Church in R.C. 
  8. Hadley Community Church in Fairplay 
  9. Bloomington Chapel 
  10. Plum Point Baptist Church
  11. Living by Faith Church 
  12. White Oak Community Community Church
  13. Columbia Church of the Nazarene
  14. Old Concord United Methodist Church 
  15. Jamestown Church of Christ - The morning service was postponed until 3pm this afternoon

 

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KNIFLEY HOUSE FIRE JAN. 17

 

The Taylor County Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 2:28pmET on Thursday, January 17, 2019 reporting a house fire at 5996 Knifley Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 2-story wood frame house with heavy fire through the roof in the rear portion of the residence. Firefighters had the fire under control within 15-20 minutes and remained on the scene for 3 hours. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature. No one was at the residence at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The Adair County Fire Department, Knifley Fire Department and Campbellsville Taylor County EMS assisted at the scene.

 

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TAYLOR CO. TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 

On Thursday, January 17, 2019 at approximately 1:32pmET, KSP Trooper Jonathan Houk responded to assist a motorist on Black-Gnat Rd, 5 miles west of Campbellsville, KY. When Tpr. Houk arrived, he made contact with the driver, 55-year-old Brad Smith of Campbellsville. Tpr. Houk noticed that Smith showed signs of impairment. Consent to search the vehicle was given resulting in 3 small bags of suspected methamphetamine and a large sum of cash being located. Smith was arrested and charged with Failure of Non-Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, DUI 2nd, and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (2nd or greater offense) 2 grams methamphetamine. 

 

Smith was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. KSP Trooper Houk was assisted by Green County Sheriff Robbie Beard.

 

 

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD RE-CAP

 

The Adair County School Board met on Thursday evening. Here's the Wave's Jim Leib . . .

 

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SEMI OVERTURNS IN CASEY CO. WEDNESDAY

 

A Metcalfe County man escaped injury Wednesday when the Semi truck he was driving went into a ditch and overturned.

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office tells us 61 year old George Adams, of Summer Shade, was driving a 2018 Peterbilt Tractor/Trailer, headed West on Dry Fork Road, about 12 miles South of Liberty. Adams stated he was watching his outside mirror and drifted into the left lane, then ran off the left side of the road into the ditch, causing the rig to flip on it's side & onto a fence, owned by Mr. Jacob Hurst. There were no injuries reported. There was moderate damage to the semi, owned by E & Y Transport, out of Marrowbone, KY. The accident happened shortly after 11:30am Wednesday. Casey Co. Sheriff Chad Weddle investigated.

 

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MISSING CASEY CO. TEEN

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a Missing Teen.


15 year old Avel Gundorin is described as a White Male, Height: 5'10", Weight: 170 lbs, Hair: dark brown. He was last seen at his residence on South 127. Investigators say he left on foot, wearing a grey hoodie, black leather jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes. Anyone with information as to the where-abouts of Avel Gundorin is asked to call the Casey Co. Sheriff's Office at 606-787-6821 or 606-787-9411.

 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/17/19

 

Christina L. Templeman, 39 of Somerset, KY arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.

James C. Ledford, 37 of Somerset, KY arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon.

Raymond K. Nevels, 54 of Bronston, KY arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

Cortney M. Broaddus, age 29, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

Gary H. Crowe, 29 of Lancaster, KY arrested by Lancaster Police for Arson-1st Degree, & Murder.

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

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

 

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RUSSEL CO. FISCAL COURT RECAP

 

The Russell County Fiscal court met in regular session Monday, January 14, 2019.  The constables requested to have permission to have blue lights on their vehicles once they have the proper training required.  The court voted in favor.

 

The court had a request from Greg Shaw of Lakewood Country Club to reconsider Sunday alcohol sales.  They polled the court and no vote was taken.  The court will start the process with a first reading of the ABC Sunday ordinance scheduled for the February meeting.  A second reading and vote will be in March. 
 

Some funds were transferred to handle the payment of safe rooms in the county.  The court made their regular yearly payments ot the fire deparments, as they do the first of each year.  They also had the first reading of the occupational tax with no changes made. The rate remains .75 percent. 

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT CALLED MEETING RECAP

 

The Wave's Jim Leib was at Tuesday's special called Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting . . .

 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/16/19

 

Sierra D. Coe, 21 of Monticello, arrested by KSP for Unlawful Access to a Computer-2nd Degree, Burglary-2nd Degree, & Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500).

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

Amanda Hilborn, 28, & Ryan D. Ellis, 25, both of Nancy, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

Martaevio D. Buster, age 33, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Office for 4 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine/Heroin/Unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

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

 

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SOMERSET MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES 1/16/19

 

A Somerset man was arrested by Deputies on a Pulaski County Circuit Court Warrant at his residence on drug charges at approximately 3 PM on Monday, January 14, 2019.

 

Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputy Brett Thomas located Justin D. Mofield, age 26 at his residence on Mardis Street, Somerset, KY on Monday afternoon. Mr. Mofield was being sought on a Circuit Court Warrant for possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine). During the course of the arrest, Deputy Thomas discovered a syringe containing methamphetamine as well as a drug pipe in the residence. Mr. Mofield was additionally charged with: 1. Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine). 2. Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.

 

Justin D. Mofield was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center without further incident.

 

 

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ONE INJURED IN 2-VEHICLE CUMBERLAND CO. COLLISION

 

(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.

 

 

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RUSSELL/ADAIR CO. ARRESTS

 
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. 
 

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SENATOR MAX WISE ANNOUNCES TOWN HALL DATES

 
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.

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CASEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING RECAP 1/15/19

 

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.

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL 1/15/19

 

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. 

 

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RED CROSS ISSUES EMERGENCY CALL FOR BLOOD DONORS

 
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.
 

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CASEY CO. AREA WEEKEND ARRESTS 1/14/19

 

  • 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.

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
The Boil Water Advisory in the Hwy 76 area of Russell County, KY has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 

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. 

 

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ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT SENDS 4 PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL

   

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. 

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL 2019-2020 CALENDAR SURVEY


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. 

 

Survey link: 

https://www.russell.k12.ky.us/News/121

 

 

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2-VEHICLE HEAD-ON ADAIR CO. COLLISION INJURES 2 PEOPLE & AN INFANT

 

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.

 

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ALLEGED ABUSE AT LINCOLN CO. HIGH UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

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.

 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS 1/11/19

 

  • 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.

 

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PULASKI HOMEOWNER SHOOTS BURGLAR

 

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.

 

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MONROE CO. MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

 
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).
 

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ADAIR FIRE DEPT. RESPONDS TO HOUSE FIRE

 

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.

 

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CASEY CO. INJURY ACCIDENT 1/10/19

 

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.

 

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LIBERTY METH ARREST 1/9/19

 

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.

 

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LIBERTY MAN ARRESTED ON INDICTMENT WARRANT

 

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.

 

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LIBERTY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

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.

 

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ADAIR CO. JUDGE EXECUTIVE GALE COWAN PRESIDES OVER 1ST FISCAL COURT MEETING

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session January 8, 2019. The Wave's Jim Leib was at the meeting...

 

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CCSO ARRESTS 1/9/19

 

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.

 

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TWO ARRESTED DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN CASEY COUNTY

 

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.

 

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ADAIR CO. INDICTMENTS - 01/08/19

 

 

 

 

 

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned several indictments:
http://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/ADAIR-CO-INDICTMENTS-JAN_2019.pdf
 

Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

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METCALFE CO. GOLDEN ALERT CANCELED

 
*************UPDATE***************
 
The missing Metcalfe County man has been located; Golden Alert has been cancelled.
 
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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.
 

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CASEY CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON ADAIR & BOYLE CO. WARRANTS

 

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.

 

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KSP CHARGE GREEN CO. MAN WITH MURDER

 

(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.

 

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CASEY COUNTY ROAD CLOSURE

 

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.  

 

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CASEY CO. FISCAL COURT 1/7/19

 

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.

 

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BILL SHARP RESIGNS AS RUSSELL CO. LAKERS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

 

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 

https://russellcountyhigh.com/index.php/2019/01/06/breaking-bill-sharp-resigns-as-laker-football-coach/?fbclid=IwAR0kqwjI4smv7D7CCtnBV9yPIi5Ys-0mxXn7mxIZm3BP0MERp5CVn-YIis8

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ADAIR CO. RESIDENTIAL FIRE

 

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.  

 

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GREEN CO. MAN KILLS STEP-FATHER WITH HAMMER

 

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.
 

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BODY OF MISSING MONROE CO. WOMAN FOUND

 

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. 

 

*************UPDATE*************

 

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.

 

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PULASKI CO. TEEN TAKES GUN TO SCHOOL

 
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.
 

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KY FLU ACTIVITY LEVEL RAISED TO WIDESPREAD

 
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
 

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KSP RAFFLING CORVETTE TO SUPPORT SUMMER CAMP

 

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.

 

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KY SEEKING CONSERVATION OFFICERS

 

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.

 

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PULASKI TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO METH BUST

 

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.

 

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METCALFE CO. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURES DRIVER

 
(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.
 

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ONE PERSON INJURED IN 2- CAR CASEY CO. ACCIDENT

 

(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.

 

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ADAIR CO. TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 

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.
 

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CHARGES AGAINST FORMER COLUMBIA MAYOR DISMISSED

 

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.

 

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ONE ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT & CRASH

 

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.

 

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CASEY COUNTY ARREST NEW YEARS DAY

 

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.

 

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CASEY COUNTY DRUG ARREST

 

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.

 

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2nd ARREST IN CASEY COUNTY CHURCH VANDALISM INVESTIGATION

 

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.

 

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TAYLOR COUNTY STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 

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. 

 

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ADAIR & RUSSELL CO. WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

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.

 

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CASEY CO. AREA ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 48HRS

 

  • 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.

 

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CASEY CO. CHURCH VANDALIZED

 

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.

 

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MISSING MONROE CO. WOMAN

 

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.

 

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