A former employee of the Adair Youth Development Center has been indicted for 1st degree Sexual Abuse and Official Misconduct.
According to the indictment, on December 23rd, 2018 and January 21st, 2019, 31-year-old Rebecca A. Pittman of Campbellsville, being in a position of authority, subjected an unnamed 17-year-old male, and with whom she came into contact with as a result of her position at the Adair Youth Development Center, to sexual contact. The unnamed male turned 18 on January 22, 2019.
Four more individuals were indicted by an Adair County Grand Jury last week (Tuesday, June 25th):
Jerry Dean Garrett, age 45, (address unknown) - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine)
Brandon Lee Meece, 30, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; DUI; Reckless Driving; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Failure to Wear Seatbelt
Randal Scott Conner, 44, Russell Springs - DUI, 4th or Subsequent Offense (Aggravating Circumstance); Reckless Driving; No Operators License; Speeding; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Vehicle
Christopher Patrick Benham, 39, Columbia - Assault, 1st degree; Persistent Felony Offender
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 the Taylor County Sheriff's Office received a complaint in connection to stolen vehicle parts from a business in Taylor County. Following an investigation, the Sheriff's Office was able to identify a suspect in the theft, Richard L. Perry II of Glasgow, KY. An arrest warrant was requested and issued for Perry, who was located at the Taylor Co. Recycling Center in Campbellsville today (Friday, June 28th). Perry admitted to taking the vehicle parts from the victim's property and selling them for money at the Recycling Center.
Perry was arrested and charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking (Over $500 but Under $10,000). He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
The Columbia City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Columbia City Hall.
CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
1ST ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE JUNE 3, 2019 REGULAR CALLED MEETING
2ND ITEM: 1ST READING OF ORDINANCE 730.6 TO ABOLISH ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH COLUMBIA-ADAIR COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD
3RD ITEM: JELAINE HARLOW – ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
4TH ITEM: ADAIR CO FIRE DEPARTMENT LEASE
MOTION TO ADJOURN
In a joint news release today (Friday, June 28, 2019) from Columbia City Hall and the Columbia City Police Department, it was announced that the city will be providing a back to school event for students in the community.
“We realize the needs facing families in our community,” said Pamela Hoots, Mayor, who made the announcement in conjunction with City Police Chief Jason Cross. “We hope that this event will assist with alleviating some of that financial burden.”
The city is sponsoring an event to raise funds to provide backpacks for school supplies. A t-shirt will be sold “Dare to be the Change,” which is a combination of the "Be The Change" and the "DARE" programs in schools.
For further information, contact City Hall at 270-384-2501 or the City Police Dept. at 270-384-4119.
Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July has been observed as a day for patriotism and unity. It is on this day that exemplary visionaries dared to create a new form of government for a new people - a country in which freedom reigned. It is with celebration, reflection, and remembrance that we observe this Independence Day. “We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America.”
The Fourth of July is an opportunity to reflect on our country’s past and to take pride in our nation’s enduring principles. This day marks the first time it was decided that every person is born with certain God-given rights and the Declaration of Independence is still known as one of the most powerful statements of all time. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” –Beginning as America’s foundation for freedom, these powerful words have since been transformed into a blueprint for the greatest nation on earth.
Our nation - and our great Commonwealth - was founded on a simple principle: “united we stand, divided we fall.” Countless Americans have fought on and off the battlefield so that we could enjoy the freedoms and rights that we too often take for granted. Civil and international wars have been fought to expand these freedoms to all people. We are a nation that celebrates our differences; we do not persecute because of them. We must keep these values at the forefront of our minds as we navigate today’s political discourse.
Just as we remember the history of our Founding Fathers and our nation’s past, it is imperative that we honor the brave men and women fighting at home and around the world to preserve our future. Let us celebrate the Americans who put their lives on the line every day so that we may remain the land of the free.
On July Fourth, Americans will gather at picnics, barbecues, and parades in recognition and gratitude for the freedoms we cherish. It is my hope that together, as proud Kentuckians, we will continue to strive for unity and peace for our country and our people. We are one nation, under God, and unitedly we will continue to live the lives our Founding Fathers envisioned.
I wish you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day, and may God bless America.
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call the toll-free line at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.legislature.ky.gov
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Note: Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) represents the 16th District which encompasses Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties. He is the Chairman of the Education Committee as well as Co-Chairman of the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee. Senator Wise is also a member of the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee; the Health and Welfare Committee; the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee; the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection; the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation; and the Public Assistance Reform Task Force.
Albany, KY. (June 28, 2019) - KSP Trooper Billy Begley is investigating a single vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Thursday afternoon at approximately 5:47 PM CST, 10 miles north of Albany on U.S. 127. Jeffrey Price, age 76 of Albany, KY was operating a northbound 2007 Suzuki motorcycle on U.S. 127 when he struck a tree that had fallen in the roadway during a recent storm. Price was transported by EMS to the Clinton County Hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.
Trooper Begley was assisted at the scene by Trooper Zach Scott, and Clinton County Sheriff Jeff Vincent.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 27, 2019) - The Fourth of July holiday offers opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical.
Remember to pack and transport food safely and to keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be stored at 40° F or below to prevent bacterial growth. Meat, poultry, and seafood may be packed while still frozen so that they stay colder longer. Organize cooler contents and consider packing beverages in one cooler and perishable foods in another. That way, as picnickers open and reopen the beverage cooler to replenish their drinks, the perishable foods will not be exposed to warm outdoor air temperatures. Keep coolers closed and once at the picnic site, limit the number of times the cooler is opened as much as you can to help keep the contents cold longer.
Do not cross-contaminate foods. Be sure to keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped to keep their juices from contaminating prepared/cooked foods or foods eaten raw, such as fruits and vegetables. Remember that food safety begins with proper hand cleaning - including in outdoor settings. Before you begin setting out your picnic feast, make sure hands and surfaces are clean. If you do not have access to running water, use a water jug, some soap, and paper towels. You may also consider using moist disposable towelettes for cleaning your hands. Take care to keep all utensils and platters clean when preparing food.
Ensure that food is cooked thoroughly. Use a meat thermometer to make sure you reach safe internal cooking temperatures: 145° F for fresh beef, pork, veal and lamb, with a 3 minute rest time; 160° F for hamburgers and ground pork, veal, or lamb; 165° F for poultry; and 145° F for fish. Grilled food can be kept hot until served by moving it to the side of the grill rack, just away from the coals, keeping it hot but preventing overcooking. Do not reuse platters or utensils. Using the same platter or utensils that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood allows bacteria from the raw food’s juices to spread to the cooked food. Have a clean platter and utensils ready at grill-side to serve your food. If you clean your grill using a bristle brush, check to make sure that no detached bristles have made their way into grilled food.
The Russell County School Board will meet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:00pmCT at Russell County Auditorium -Natatorium (Room 114).
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
5. 2019-2020 District Funding Assurances
6. FY-20 Pay Dates
7. Bond of Depository
8. 2019-2020 Principal's Combined Budgets
9. 2019 KSBA Policy Updates (#42)- Checklist- Final Reading
10. 2019-2020 Student Code of Acceptable Behavior and Attendance Policy
11. Annual Board Action for Emergency Teacher and Emergency Substitute Teacher Certification.
12. Application for Adjunct Instructor Certificate/Rate of Pay
13. Contract/Memorandum of Agreements Approval
14. Revised Job Descriptions
15. Amendment to Classified Salary Schedule
16. Nonresident Contract
17. Declare Surplus/Accept Sealed Bids: School Nutrition Items
18. Waiver of Liability Approval
19. Executive Session (Superintendent Evaluation KRS 61.810(1)(k)/Preliminary Discussions)
20. Resume Meeting
21. Superintendent Ford’s Summative Evaluation
22. Personnel Reports
23. Public Comment
- Brandon Stinson, 26, Jamestown, KY - arrested by RSPD this morning (Thursday) and charged with Burglary, 1st degree and Assault, 1st degree. Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Jonathan Dutton Cooper, 38, Campbellsville, KY - arrested Wednesday night by Jamestown Police Dept. and charged with Public Intoxication in a Public Place (excluding alcohol). Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Brandon York, 32, Russell Springs, KY - arrested by KSP on Wednesday night for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; DUI (Aggravating Circumstance); Rear License Not Illuminated; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; and was served a Warrant (for another police agency). Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
- Shauna Lynne Neat, 41, Liberty, KY - arrested by CPD Officer Adam Cravens on Wednesday evening for Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, 1st & 2nd Offense. Lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 27, 2019) – The Senate Majority Caucus has announced its appointments to the 2019 General Assembly’s Interim Task Forces. Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) will serve as a member of the Public Assistance Reform Task Force.
The purpose of the group will be to study the potential effectiveness of a work-based, drug-free model for public assistance beneficiaries, to replace the current system of administering Medicare and food stamp benefits. The task force will submit its findings to the General Assembly no later than November 29, 2019.
“It is essential that we take a hard look at the effectiveness of our assistance programs in the Commonwealth and determine whether they are properly aiding individuals as they attempt to re-enter the workforce. I look forward to participating in the evaluation efforts of this group, and hopefully we can make the necessary changes that allow Kentuckians to once again be productive members of their community.”
The first meeting of the task force will take place on Monday, July 8, at 3 p.m. in Frankfort.
Somerset, KY - On Wednesday, June 26, 2019 the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Rex A. Doane, 34, on charges related to child sexual exploitation.
Doane was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile online, exchanging illegal files and meeting the juvenile for illegal sexual acts.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a knock and talk at a residence in Somerset on June 26, 2019. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
Doane is currently charged with one count of prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor. This charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Doane was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
- Timothy Eads, 38, Columbia - arrested by the RCSO on Tuesday for Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, 1st offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Failure to Appear. Eads lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Michael Andrews, 40, Breeding - arrested by KSP on Tuesday night and charged with Careless Driving; Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 2nd offense; Failure to Use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle; and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines. Andrews was lodged in the Adair County Jail.
- Becky McClintock, 34, Russell Springs - arrested by the ACSO on Tuesday afternoon for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol); and served a Bench Warrant for Court. McClintock lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
- Kemet Rufus, 25, Columbia - arrested on Tuesday morning by CPD for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Drug Unspecified).
- Daniel Hoover, age 31 and Maryann Hoover, age 29 - arrested Tuesday afternoon by KSP and charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries.
This afternoon (Tuesday, June 25, 2019), Adair County Deputy Sheriff Chandler Staten and Chief Deputy Justin Cross were serving a warrant at a residence on Liberty Road (Hwy 206). Upon making contact with the resident, Deputies noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view. Consent to search the residence was given and that's when suspected methamphetamine was discovered.
Robert Campbell, Jr., age 53, of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The BB&T Bank robbery occurred just before 2:30pmCT on Tuesday afternoon. This particular bank was robbed approx. 1 year ago, in June, 2018. The Russell Springs Police Dept. urges everyone to be on the lookout for the suspect, a white male in his 50's or 60's. Call 911 with any information. You can also call the RSPD anonymous tip-line at 270-566-9111.
- James William Deel, 44, Jamestown - arrested Monday night by RSPD Officer Pritchard and charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree; Disorderly Conduct, 2nd degree; and Resisting Arrest
Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.
- Nichole Whetstone, 28, Columbia - arrested Monday night by CPD Officer Adam Cravens and charged with TBUT (Shoplifting under $500); Burglary, 3rd degree; and Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree
- 18-year-old Charles Dill and 19-year-old Rebecca Dill, both of Burkesville, KY - arrested Monday afternoon by the Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Office and charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence with Minor Injuries)
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, on Monday, June 24, 2019 Deputy Kenny Perkins arrested 44-year-old Brenda Martin of Russell Springs, KY and charged her with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree, 1st offense. This arrest stems from the search of a residence off Old Sano Road at 122 Melissa Drive. More arrests may be forthcoming.
Assisting in the arrest were Deputy's Nathan Bradshaw and Nathan Ginn.
FRANKFORT, KY. (June 25, 2019) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a coalition of attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today (Tuesday) a national sweep cracking down on illegal scam call operations.
The joint effort, “Operation Call it Quits,” includes federal, state and local enforcement actions against more than 94 illegal scam call operations across the U.S. and an educational campaign to help citizens stop unwanted calls.
“Nearly 100 scam call operations from across the country, which are responsible for more than 1 billion scam calls, have now had law enforcement actions taken against them and are being shut down,” said Beshear. “Today is a victory for Kentuckians who want to see more being done to stop the barrage of illegal scam calls.”
The operation includes four new cases and three new settlements from the FTC, bringing the FTC’s total actions against illegal robocallers and Do Not Call (DNC) Registry violators to 145, and 87 enforcement actions from other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
As part of the operation, the Office of the Attorney General is providing tips to help Kentuckians properly respond to and avoid scam calls. Beshear said educating consumers, especially seniors, about robocall scams is the most effective way to protect Kentuckians from falling victim to scams. The tips include:
Scammers may call from out-of-state, but use technology to “spoof” local phone numbers to try and trick Kentuckians into answering.
The best way to avoid scams and robocalls is to not answer calls from unknown phone numbers. If it is important, the caller will leave a message and you can call them back.
- Hang up on Prerecorded Messages
If you do answer the phone and hear a prerecorded message, hang up; it is likely a scam call. If you press any numbers or participate in the call in any way, you might become a target for more calls.
- Use Call-Blocking Technology
Call-blocking technology offered through your phone carrier, internet service provider, call-blocking devices or downloadable apps can help stop most scam calls.
Kentuckians can also watch videos from the FTC to learn more about how to stop unwanted calls on mobile and landline phones, as well as how to stop calls from fake numbers.
The new FTC complaints announced Tuesday include allegations against:
- First Choice Horizon LLC – The defendants are accused of running a maze of interrelated operations that used illegal robocalls to contact financially distressed consumers with offers of bogus credit card interest rate reduction services. The case is pending in a Florida court, where company assets have been frozen and a receiver appointed.
- 8 Figure Dream Lifestyle – The defendants are allegedly using a combination of illegal telemarketing robocalls, live telephone calls, text messaging, internet ads, emails, social media and live events to market and sell consumers fraudulent money-making opportunities. A California court granted the FTC’s request for a restraining order, including an asset freeze.
- Derek Jason Bartoli – The FTC’s complaint alleges Bartoli is the developer and provider of a computer-based telephone-dialing platform, known as an autodialer. He used the autodialer to blast out millions of illegal robocalls and calls to numbers listed on the DNC Registry. The complaint claims Bartoli, in the last six months of 2017 alone, sent over 57 million calls and initiated millions of calls using spoofed caller IDs. The proposed court order settling the charges bans Bartoli from illegal robocall practices and imposes a $2.1 million civil penalty, which has been suspended.
- Media Mix 365, LLC – The complaint alleges the company and its owners made illegal calls to develop leads for home solar energy companies. The defendants allegedly called one number more than 1,000 times in a single year. The proposed court order settling the charges permanently bans the defendants, Nicholas and Nicole Long, from calling phone numbers listed on the DNC Registry and from robocalling. The order imposes a $7.6 million civil penalty, which will be suspended upon payment of $264,000.
Since taking office Beshear has made protecting families from scammers one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, Beshear’s office met with FTC representatives to discuss new ways to stop scammers.
In March, Beshear and 53 state attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging lawmakers to enact legislation to curb illegal scam robocalls and caller ID spoofing. The proposed act would require voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework, which would aid in blocking unwanted calls, reduce scam calls and help hold those who barrage Kentuckians with robocalls accountable.
In January, Beshear sent a letter to Rep. Kevin D. Bratcher of Louisville, supporting his legislation – House Bill 84 – which aims to combat scam callers who spoof Kentucky phone numbers. The bill was signed into law and takes effect Thursday, June 27.
When Kentuckians fall victim to scams and bad business practices, Beshear’s office is there to help them recover. Beshear’s administration has returned more than $2.1 million to Kentuckians, averaging nearly $1,679 a day back in the pockets of Kentucky families.
To stay ahead of scammers, Beshear’s office invites Kentuckians to sign up for the Do Not Call Registry, and scam alerts by texting the words KYOAG SCAM to GOV-311 or visiting https://ag.ky.gov/scams. Beshear said Kentuckians should report scam calls to his office via an online complaint form and to the FTC.
The Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident that occurred in the Breeding community of Adair County. 20-year-old John White was operating a 2009 Ford car, traveling west on Flat Rock Rd. As White's vehicle rounded a curve, he lost control and sideswiped a 1999 Dodge truck, being driven by 41-year-old Jamie Nunn.
Both occupants were treated at the scene by Adair County EMS. White was transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of minor injuries. Nunn was taken later by private vehicle for treatment.
Deputy Brandon Hitch investigated the accident. He was assisted by the Breeding Fire Department.
FRANKFORT, KY. (June 24, 2019) – With the arrival of warmer weather and tick season underway in Kentucky, officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) are reminding people to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses.
“Spring and early summer are peak times for tick bites, which coincide with people venturing outdoors in the warmer weather,” said Jeff D. Howard, Jr., DPH Commissioner. “It's important that people take preventive measures against tick bites and also check for ticks after visiting affected areas.” We encourage everyone to remember these four steps of Protect, Check, Remove and Watch to protect themselves and others from tick bites.
1. Protect – Protect yourself from tick bites by avoiding areas where ticks live, such as wooded and brushy areas, tall grasses, woodpiles, leaf litter, and areas close to the ground. Take action to decrease your risk of infection by wearing an EPA-registered tick repellent containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or one with lemon eucalyptus. When possible, wear protective clothing (light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants tucked into socks) when outdoors to keep ticks off your body. Remember to pretreat clothing with Permethrin, a commonly used insecticide that is safe around many animals, but is highly toxic to cats. Be sure to keep any sprayed items away from cats. If you have pets, talk to your veterinarian about the use of tick prevention treatments.
2. Check – Check yourself and others for ticks after spending time outdoors. Be sure to check your entire body for ticks using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check children for ticks. Check under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in and around the hair. In addition, check your pets for ticks. Be sure to check your gear for ticks because ticks can hitchhike inside clothing where they are not readily visible. If possible, change your clothes and shower immediately after spending time outdoors. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If clothes require washing, hot water is recommended to kill ticks effectively.
3. Remove – Remove any imbedded ticks as soon as possible. Use tweezers to grab the tick close to the skin and gently pull on the tick with steady pressure. Do not jerk or twist the tick. Wash your hands and the bite site with soap and water after the tick is removed. Apply an antiseptic to the bite site. Do not use alcohol, matches, liquid soap or petroleum jelly to remove a tick. Dispose of a tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
4. Watch – Watch for any symptoms of tickborne illness, which can vary among individuals and differ according to the disease. A sudden fever and rash, severe headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea can be signs of tickborne illness. If symptoms arise within several weeks of removing a tick, consult your healthcare professional and tell them about your recent tick bite, when it occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.
To help raise awareness about tick prevention, DPH collaborated with the Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) and Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKHD) to host a 2019 Tick Poster Disease Prevention Contest. In February 2019, DPH invited school-age children across the commonwealth to create and submit original artwork regarding tick borne disease prevention. Submissions had to include at least one of the following prevention methods: Be aware of ticks when in or near brushy areas, check yourself for ticks least once a day, remove ticks as soon as possible, or use an EPA-approved repellent (DEET, permethrin, picardin or lemon eucalyptus). With over 700 submissions received, the judges had to make very difficult decisions as to the winners. Overall, a winner from each grade was selected (Kindergarten-8th grade), as well as three top overall winners and two winners from a drawing that included all participants. NKHD purchased gift cards for the cash prizes. Winners had their artwork displayed at the annual KPHA conference held in Northern Kentucky. Each winner was also awarded a certificate signed by the DPH Commissioner Dr. Jeff Howard. Winning posters can be viewed at: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/dehp/idb/Documents/2019TBDPosterContestWinners.pdf
In another effort to identify tickborne illness, DPH has collaborated with the University of Kentucky Entomology Program to establish the 2019 Veterinarian Tick Submission program. The program, which began in February 2019, allows Kentucky Veterinarians to submit ticks for identification and testing. For more information in participating in the Veterinarian Tick Surveillance Program please contact the Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or the State Public Health Veterinarian: email@example.com.
FRANKFORT, KY. (June 24, 2019) – Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse today announced the guilty plea of a Pulaski County woman on one count of knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult, a Class C felony.
Ashley Grimes, 23, of Somerset, KY pleaded guilty in Pulaski Circuit Court June 20, 2019 acknowledging the abuse of a resident at the CAKY Somerset in Pulaski County, where she worked as a direct care professional. On July 28, 2018, Grimes sat on the victim while the victim was on the floor.
Grimes will be sentenced to a term of seven years with 30 days incarceration with the remainder to be probated. As part of her plea agreement, Grimes also agreed to be placed on the Kentucky Caregiver Misconduct Registry.
“I am proud of the investigators and prosecutors that secured justice in this case,” Beshear said. “Not only will the defendant serve jail time for her actions, she will be listed on our state’s caregiver misconduct registry.”
Grimes is scheduled to be sentenced July 18 in Pulaski Circuit Court.
This case was investigated by the Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office along with the Department for Community Based Services, Adult Protective Services. The case was prosecuted by Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse.
The attorney general’s tip line for reporting allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation in Medicaid facilities is 877-ABUSE TIP (877-228-7384).
Protecting seniors and vulnerable adults from abuse is a top priority for Beshear’s office.
Earlier this month, Beshear called on Kentuckians, organizations and communities to join his office in raising awareness of senior abuse, neglect and exploitation. Beshear urges Kentuckians to learn the signs of physical and sexual abuse, neglect and financial abuse and how to report it if you suspect these crimes.
To date, civil settlements and criminal restitution efforts by Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse have resulted in nearly $88 million in obligations to state and federal Medicaid programs, Medicare, Tricare, commercial payers and other entities.
Over the past three years, the division’s work has contributed to more than 60 convictions related to Medicaid provider fraud or patient abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The effort to combat illegal drugs in Russell County is continuing.
An early morning search warrant has resulted in numerous Pills, methamphetamin, and the recovery of a stolen pickup and the arrest of 2 individuals on C. Weston Road off Hwy 76 in the Fonthill area of Russell County.
Bobby Beard, 48, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine); Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 1st degree; Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also arrested at the scene was Teri Bright, 34, of Missouri. She was charged with Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or more) by having in her possession a stolen 2012 Dodge Pickup truck, stolen out of Missouri. Both were lodged in the Russell County Jail.
The investigation continues by Deputy David Cain and more arrests may be forthcoming. Deputy Cain was assisted by Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and Deputies Kenny Perkins, Nathan Bradshaw, Nathan Ginn, John Wine and Columbia Police Dept. Officer Johnny Dial and his K-9 "Gunner".
On Friday night around 8:00pmCT, a quantity of methamphetamine and numerous narcotics was seized after a search of a residence at 122 Melissa Drive off Old Sano Road in Russell County.
Ralph Neers, 63, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Kenny Perkins and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). The investigation is continuing and more arrests are forthcoming. Neers was lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.
Assisting at the scene were Deputies Luke Hughes & Nathan Bradshaw along with Adair County Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin and his K-9 “Nitro”.
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reminds Russell County residents that if they suspect illegal drug activity in their neighborhood, to contact the Drug/Wanted Persons tip-line at 270-343-8116. Callers will remain anonymous.
OTHER AREA ARRESTS
- William Miller, 27, Columbia - arrested early this morning by RSPD Office Pike and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; No Registration Plates; No Registration Receipt; Failure of Non-owner to Maintain Insurance; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and No License in Possession
- Randy Copley, 48, Russell Springs - arrested early this mornig by R.C. Deputy Sheriff Bradshaw and charged with Assault, 3rd degree (Police Officer or Probation Officer); Tampering With Physical Evidence; and Parole Violation for (Felony Offense)
- Christopher Michael Austin, 44, Liberty - arrested early this morning by RSPD OFficer Ethan Pike and charged with Receiving Stolen Property uner $10,000; DUI; Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and No Registration Receipt
- Neil Bloyd, 46, Russell Springs - arrested Sunday night by RCSO Deputy Cain and charged with License Plate Not Legible; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (less than 2 grams of Methamphetamine); and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle
- Justin Sharp, 30, Russell Springs - arrested Friday night by RSPD for DUI and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance. Sharp was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Columbia Police arrest an Adair Co. man on drug charges.
On Friday, June 21, 2019 CPD officers responded to a call on South Reed Street. While there, they were given consent to search an individual, 54-ear-old Roger Janes of Columbia. Officers found that Janes was in possession of a white crystal substance inside a pill bottle as well as drug paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana, and other narcotics.
Janes was taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified). He was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail by Officer Evan Burton, who was assisted by Officer Anthony Darnell.
The Russell County Fiscal Court will have a "Called Fiscal Court Meeting" on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1000amCT
- PAY BILLS
- AE TRANSFERS
- OPEN BIDS FOR ROLL OFF TRUCK – RESOLUTION 19-08
- ABC VEHICLE
- 2ND READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 19-05
- TRANSFER $4,512.50 FROM GENERAL FUND TO GRANT FUND FOR SAFE ROOMS
- RESOLUTION 19-09 KACO SHERIFF VEHICLES
- FISCAL COURT CLERK
- SURPLUS PROPERTY DISCUSSION
- Roger Allen Janes, 54, Columbia- arrested Friday evening by CPD Officer Evan Burton and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified)
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
- Ralph Neers, 63, Russell Springs- arrested Friday night by Deputy Kenny Perkins with the RCSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)
- Justin Sharp, 30, Russell Springs- arrested Friday night by RSPD for DUI and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance
- Amanda Rosengrant, 40, Eubank, KY - arrested early Sunday morning by KSP and charged with DUI (Aggravating Circumstance); Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator's License; Failure to Surrender Revoked Operator's License; and Failure to Produce an Insurance Card
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
The Adair County Courthouse Annex will be open until this evenings storm front passes as a temporary shelter.
One person was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident on KY 619 this morning (Friday).
Acccording to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, the accident occurred at 10:40amCT near Stephens Pipe & Steel. Josh Wheeler was operating a 1996 Honda motorcycle traveling north on KY 619 when a car pulled out in front of him. Wheeler chose to lay the motorcycle down in order to avoid the collision. He was transported to Russell County Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The accident is being investigated by Russell County Deputy Dustin Bunch and Constable Richard Wooldridge. Assisting at the scene were Russell Co. EMS and the Russell Springs Fire Dept.
The Adair County School Board met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has details......
Roses Express is opening soon in Russell County. Roses is a regional discount with its headquarters in Henderson, North Carolina. The chain has stores in 15 states, primarily in the South. The Russell Co. store will be located in the Key Village Shopping Center where Fred's was at. The WAVE's Lisa Clark talked with District Mgr. Jeff Houck on Wednesday, June 20, 2019 about the opening and the jobs it'll bring to Russell County.
The Casey County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating 56-year-old Joe Goforth of 2507 Calvary Ridge Rd., Liberty, KY. Goforth is wanted for fleeing and evading, wanton endangerment, and also has an outstanding warrant. Anyone with information as to the where-abouts of Joe Goforth are asked to call 606-787-9411, or the anonymous tip-line at 606-787-0288 to leave a confidential tip.
As of 8:50amCT on Thursday, June 20, 2019 the Boil Water Advisory for customers from 15748 Knifley Road to 17665 Knifley Road, J. Wethington Road, Ray Miller Road, Mt. Tussell Road, 3575 Elkhorn Road to 5176 Elkhorn Road, Tucker Woods Road and Crooked Creek 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.
A Flag Dedication was held at Stephens Pipe & Steel (at the former Fruit of the Loom building) on Hwy 127S in Jamestown, KY on Wednesday, June 19th. This American Flag is 20' x 30' and flies at 80' h. The flag was raised for the first time on 6/19/19 at 1:00pmCT by the Russell County Honor Guard/Disabled American Veterans. Local officials were also in attendance. The flag will be lit through the night and cared for by Stephens Pipe and Steel employees who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Largest American Flag in Russell County flying high!
Russell Co. Honor Guard/Disabled American Veterans
Local officials in attendance
A late night search warrant executed at a mobile home off J. Tucker Road in the Eli Community of Russell County resulted in the seizure of 13 marijuana plants growing inside and outside the home. The homeowner is William C. Wilson. Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston says arrests are forthcoming. The investigation is continuing by Deputy Kenny Perkins with the assistance of Deputies Dustin Bunch, John Wine, and Nathan Bradshaw.
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County residents that if they suspect illegal drug activity going on in their neighborhood, to contact the Sheriff's Drug/Wanted Persons tip-line at 270-343-8116.
BONNIEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police say a passenger vehicle traveling the wrong way on Interstate 65 in Kentucky crashed into a charter bus killing one and injuring several others.
KSP Trooper Jeremiah Hodges said the smaller vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when the crash occurred this morning (Thursday) near Bonnieville. He says the driver of the passenger vehicle died, the bus driver was seriously injured and 8 of 39 passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says in a statement that all southbound lanes are blocked in Hart County between Bonnieville and Munfordville. Traffic is detouring via Exit 71 at Bonnieville to US 31W and rejoining I65 in Munfordville.
Investigation and clearing is expected to last through mid-morning. Motorists going through Kentucky on Southbound I65 may wish to utilize Exit 91 at Elizabethtown to Western Kentucky Parkway Westbound to William Natcher Parkway (I-165) Southbound and rejoin I65 in Bowling Green.
Wendell Reynolds, 36, Columbia - arrested Wednesday afternoon by KSP for Reckless Driving; Disregarding a Stop Sign; Driving on a DUI Suspended License
- Kendra Scott Wright, 28, Burkesville - arrested overnight by Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Disorderly Conduct
- Joseph Allred, 28, Albany - arrested Wednesday night by Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office for DUI
These individuals were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
A multi-vehicle crash with fatality has blocked all southbound lanes of I65 in Hart County between Bonnieville and Munfordville. Traffic is detouring via Exit 71 at Bonnieville to US 31W and rejoining I65 in Munfordville.
Motorists caught in the queue between the incident site and Exit 71 will be cleared shortly.
Investigation and clearing is expected to last through mid-morning. Motorists going through Kentucky on Southbound I65 may wish to utilize Exit 91 at Elizabethtown to Western Kentucky Parkway Westbound to William Natcher Parkway (I-165) Southbound and rejoin I65 in Bowling Green.
The Adair County Courthouse Annex will be open as a temporary shelter until this evenings storm front passes.
Adair County Emergency Management
76-year-old Danny L. Malone of Jamestown, KY was arrested earlier today (Wednesday) and charged with Criminal Attempt to commit Kidnapping. The charges stem from an incident that was reported to Jamestown Police on June 12, 2019 in which Malone attempted to lure a 13-year-old female into his vehicle.
Malone was taken into custody by Jamestown Police Chief Jeff Kerns without incident and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Kerns was assisted by Russell Springs Police Officers Matt Parrish and Jeremy West.
The monthly Adair County School Board meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.
Meeting Called To Order
Nick Taylor & Clayton Janes, who received their Pilots License through the ACHS Aerospace CTE Program, will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance
1. Approval Of Agenda
2. Approval Of Consent Agenda
3. Approval Of Minutes
4. Approval Of Treasurer's Report
5. Approval Of Payment Of Bills
6. Approval Of Secondary/Elementary Photography Bids for the 2019-2020 School Year
7. Approval Of Catalog Bids For The 2019-2020 School Year
8. Approval Of Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) With Georgetown College
9. Approval Of Out-Of-State Trip By ACHS Football Team to Clarksville, TN
10. Approval Of Out-Of-State Trip By ACHS Football Team to Cookeville, TN
11. Approval Of Out-Of-State Trip By 5 K-2 Teachers to Brentwood, TN
12. Approval Of Out-Of-State Trip By 4 Teachers to Nashville, TN Retroactive to June 10, 2019
13. Approval Of Certified Evaluation Plan For The 2019-2020 School Year
14. Approval Of Memorandum Of Understanding (Mou) With Lake Cumberland District Health Dept.
15. Approval For ACHS FFA To Host The 2019 Adair Co. Fair Beef Show, Dairy Show & FFA Tractor Driving Contest
16. Approval To Close Out The Fiscal Year 2018-2019
17. Approval Of Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) With Lake Cumberland Head Start Program
18. Acknowledgement Of Personnel Action
19. Superintendent's Report
20. Public Comments
21. Approval Of Monthly Financial Statements - Renae Smith
22. Buildings And Grounds Update - David Jones
23. Approval Of Additional Courses For The 2019-2020 School Year - Phyllis Curry
24. Approval Of 2019-2023 Bank Bids - Renae Smith
25. Approval Of 2019-2020 Bond Of Depository - Renae Smith
26. Approval Of 2019-2020 Bond Of Treasurer And Finance Officer - Renae Smith
27. Approval To Change The Technology Coordinator Position From Certified To Classified
28. Approval To Establish An Assistant Technology Technician Position
29. Superintendent Evaluation Results
Showers and thunderstorms ahead of a cold front could produce
damaging winds, torrential rainfall, lightning, and possibly a
tornado tonight. Flash flooding could occur with any repeated rounds
of heavy rain over the same areas.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday.
Additional storms are possible Thursday through Tuesday. Heavy rain
and localized flooding will be the main threats, though strong to
severe storms may be possible Friday evening and Saturday.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
Spotters are encouraged to report flooding to the National Weather
FRANKFORT, KY – Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2019 session will go into effect on Thursday, June 27.
That means law-abiding adults will be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, employers will be required to make certain reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees and electric scooters will be regulated by state law.
The Kentucky Constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature unless they have special effective dates, are general appropriation measures, or include emergency clauses that make them effective immediately upon becoming law. Final adjournment of the 2019 session was on March 28, making June 27 the effective date for most bills.
During this year’s 30-day session, 786 bills and 502 resolutions were introduced, including 263 Senate bills and 523 House bills. In all, 68 Senate bills and 130 House bills became law. The governor also received six joint and concurrent resolutions. Some of the laws taking effect on June 27 include measures on the following topics:
- Caller ID. House Bill 84 will prohibit telephone solicitations that misrepresent the name or telephone number in caller identification services, increase fines for second offenses and allow for civil lawsuits against violators.
- Concealed carry. Senate Bill 150 will allow concealed firearms to be carried without a concealed carry permit. The measure will allow Kentuckians age 21 and older who are legally eligible to possess a firearm to carry a concealed weapon without a license in the same location as people with valid state-issued licenses. Permitless carry will not be allowed where prohibited by federal law or otherwise prohibited.
- Felony expungement. Senate Bill 57 will expand the number of Kentuckians eligible to have low-level felonies expunged from their criminal records. It will do this by expanding discretionary expungement to all Class D felonies with some exceptions for crimes such as stealing in office, abusing children and sexual abuse. It includes a five-year waiting period to apply for expungement, a $250 application fee and provisions for prosecutors to object and judges to reject the applications.
- Free speech. House Bill 254, dubbed the campus free speech bill, will require the state’s public universities to affirm they favor a free marketplace of ideas where speech is not suppressed because it’s deemed “offensive, unwise, disagreeable, conservative, liberal, traditional or radical.” SB 254 will also expand areas commonly known as “free speech zones” on many campuses to any accessible, open, outdoor venue.
- Government contracts. House Bill 135 will prohibit public agencies from requiring that their contractors on public works projects have agreements with labor organizations.
- Kinship care. House Bill 2, dubbed the kinship care bill, will create a caregiver assistance program for relatives and “fictive kin” – usually close family friends – of abused, neglected or dependent children. The measure will do this by offering different options to the caregivers based on the level of care they provide. HB 2 is designed to address growth in the out-of-home placement of Kentucky children amid the state’s current opioid crisis.
- Lobbying. Senate Bill 6 will require disclosure of executive agency lobbyist compensation. The measure will also prohibit compensation contingent on awarding of a government contract. It will provide oversight, in part, by requiring executive branch lobbyists to register and list their clients. That’s already required of legislative lobbyists.
- Midwives. Senate Bill 84 will recognize, certify and regulate home-birth midwives in Kentucky. The measure would create a council to advise the state Board of Nursing on the creation of regulations regarding qualifications, standards for training, competency, any necessary statutory changes and all other matters relating to certified professional midwives.
- Pregnancy. Senate Bill 18, the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, clarifies employers’ responsibilities when it comes to making reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. It will make it unlawful for an employer to fail to accommodate a pregnant employee and will require employers to provide notice to employees regarding these rights.
- Scooters. House Bill 258 will set operating standards for electric scooters and will allow the machines to legally operate much like bicycles on public streets. It also limits e-scooter speeds to no more than 20 mph.
- Sex crimes. Senate Bill 67 will create the offense of sexual crimes against an animal.
- Strangulation. Senate Bill 70 will make non-fatal strangulation its own felony crime under Kentucky's criminal code.
- Student loan debt. House Bill 118, the Keep Americans Working Act of 2019, will prohibit someone from having an occupational license suspended or revoked because of delinquency on a student loan or work-conditional scholarship. The measure is meant to help keep people with student loan debt out of poverty and in the workforce.
- Tobacco. House Bill 11 will ban the use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping devices on public school campuses, in school vehicles and at school activities beginning with the 2020-21 school year. School districts would have up to three years to opt out of the ban should they choose. The individual districts not opting out will also be able to set the penalties for violating the ban.
A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 5 individuals:
- George W. Akers, 62, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, Oxycodone (a Class D Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Shelly Rose, 42, Campbellsville - Perjury, 1st degree (a Class D Felony)
- Dustin Powell, 32, Liberty - Bail Jumping, 1st degree (a Class D Felony)
- Emily Luttrell, 27, Dunnville - Bail Jumping, 1st degree (a Class D Felony)
- Trent Tieman, 54, Russell Springs - Bail Jumping, 1st degree (a Class D Felony), and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
A 2-vehicle injury accident occurred this morning (Wednesday) at 9:16amCT on Hwy 1058 in Russell County, KY near the old Union Chapel School. 38-year-old Joey Dykes was traveling south on Hwy 1058 operating a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup. Mickey Garner, age 61, a Russell County Magistrate) was also headed south, operating a farm tractor. Mr. Dykes stated he didn’t see Garner due to a distraction and struck the tractor.
Garner was flown from the scene by Helicopter. Dykes was not injured.
The accident is under investigation by Russell Co. Deputy Nathan Ginn, who was assisted at the scene by the South Russell Fire Dept and R.C. EMS.
Campbellsville Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a report of a swift water rescue Tuesday afternoon around 5:00pmET with a vehicle in the water. Upon arrival in the Meadow Creek/Roachville Road area of Taylor County, special operations personnel found a vehicle in Green River with water covering the wheels approximately 150 feet from the shoreline, with a single occupant in the auto. 3 rescuers were deployed to the vehicle and applied a personal flotation device to the victim, then proceeded to remove the victim to shore using a shallow water crossing technique. The vehicle was attempting to cross the Green River from Roachville Ford Road to Thunder Road with higher than normal water levels. There were no injuries and moderate water damage to the vehicle. 14 fire rescue personnel were on scene and 6 apparatus on scene.
With the increased potential of heavy rain and thunderstorms forecasted today and the next several days, Campbellsville Fire/Rescue wants to remind you to “Turn Around Don’t Drown”. Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths in the U.S. claiming nearly 100 lives a year. Most of these deaths are when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Most people underestimate the power of water, especially when its moving. Two feet of water can sweep away a passenger car and it only takes 6 inches of fast moving water to knock a person off their feet!
As of 12:30amCT on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 a Boil Water Advisory is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customer from 15748 Knifley Road to 17665 Knifley Road, J. Wethington Road, Ray Miller Road, Mt. Tussell Road, 3575 Elkhorn Road to 5176 Elkhorn Road, Tucker Woods Road and Crooked Creek 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 the 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.
On Friday evening, May 24th, 41-year-old Adam D. McCoy left his residence on Glen Shaw Road in Metcalfe County, KY. He was driving his 1984 GMC pickup truck, blue & gray in color, bearing KY license plate 251-YZC. Adam’s destination was unknown. He has not contacted any members of his family since he left the residence.
Adam is 6’ tall and weighs approximately 190lbs, with medium build, green eyes and brown/partially bald hair. He has a tattoo of a confederate flag and an eagle on his right shoulder. Adam has family in Metcalfe County, as well as Floyd and surrounding counties.
Anyone with any information as to Adam’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office at 270-432-3041 or Kentucky State Police in Columbia at 270-384-4796.
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, 30-year-old Tiffany Cox of Jamestown, KY was arrested and charged with Arson, 2nd degree in connection with a mobile home fire on Hwy 92 in Jamestown, KY in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Russell County Deputy John Wine is heading the investigation along with members of the Jamestown Fire Dept.
Traffic Advisory: Temporary Signal Installation on KY 61 in Green County (Near the US 68 intersection toward Edmonton)
As part of the US 68/KY 61 intersection realignment project on the south/west side of Greensburg, work phasing will require installation of a temporary traffic signal along the KY 61 approach to the intersection. Short delays will be possible through the area over the next few weeks. The signal is expected to be active on Tuesday, June 18th.
- Sergio Yovani Gomez-Mendez, 25, Russell Springs - arrested overnight by RSPD and charged with DUI; No Operators LIcense; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and No Registration Receipt
- Ormit Kelsey, age 29, and Latisha Bunch, age 30, both of Russell Springs - were arrested Sunday night by RCSO for Assault, 2nd degree
- Jon David Michael Foley, 26, Yosemite - arrested Sunday night for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Drinking an Alcoholic Beverage in a Public Place
- James Chapman, 67, Nancy - arrested Sunday evening for DUI; Reckless Driving; and Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container
- Tony Huff, 36, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon and charged with Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Failure to Maintain Required Insurance; No Registration Plates & Receipt; Failure to Transfer Motor Vehicle; and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License
- Dakota Michael Neathery, 23, Jamestown - arrested Saturday night by KSP for DUI; No Registration Plates; No Registration Receipt; Rear License Not Illuminated; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; and Failure to Notify Dept. of Transporation of Address Change
- Josh Webb, 27, Winchester, KY - arrested by KSP early Sunday morning and charged with DUI; Resisting Arrest; and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle
- Jason Campbell, 44, Somerset - arrested Sunday morning for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs
- Travis Wilson, 24, Liberty - arrested early Sunday this morning for DUI and Possession of Open Alcholic Container in Motor Vehicle
- Rebecca Jane England, 36, Russell Springs - arrested early Sunday morning for DUI; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center
- Cynthia Mann, 54, Columbia - arrested Saturday afternoon by CPD for Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree and Wanton Endangerment, 2nd degree
- Richard Sparks, 39, Columbia - arrested Sunday evening by KSP for No Brake Lights and Driving on a DUI Suspended License
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
On Friday morning, June 14, 2019 Columbia Police Department officers responded to FiveStar on Hudson St, Columbia, KY to a complaint of a female who appeared to be passed out in her vehicle. Upon arrival, officers made contact with Tonya Polston, 34, of Russell Springs, KY. Polston was slumped over the steering wheel of her auto and showed other signs of being under the influence. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered a clear rock substance in a plastic bag, as well as other narcotics.
Polston was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Possession of a Controlled Substance (drug unspecified).
Sergeant Jr Murphy was the arresting Officer. He was assisted by Sergeant Gary Roy.
Two Russell County brothers have been indicted on federal bank fraud charges.
Adam Hill and Jeremy Hill were indicted by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green last Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
According to the indictment, in 2010 Jeremy Hill allegedly tried to obtain a loan for the consolidation of his debts, but was unable to due to having bad credit.
Jeremy Hill then allegedly got a friend to obtain the loan and give him the money. That loan came though Adam Hill (Jeremy’s brother) who worked as a loan officer at the time. Due to non-payment, the loan eventually fell into default and Jeremy’s friend had to declare bankruptcy.
According to the Federal Bank FraudStatute, the maximum penalty a defendant can receive is 30 years and a 1 million dollar fine, with average sentence being 3 to 7 years depending on the specifics of the specific of the case.
Any indictment is an accusation only. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Russell Springs City Council will have a "Special Called Meeting" on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:00amCT at City Hall.
- MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
- 2ND READING - ORDINANCE 19-02 - ORDINANCE FOR ANNUAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020
- 2ND READING - ORDINANCE 19-03 - AMENDED ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019
The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close a portion of East Mount Eden Road at the intersection of KY 910 in Russell County starting Monday, June 17, 2019.
The closure is part of the KY 910/Cumberland Parkway interchange project. During the closure, there will be no access to East Mount Eden Road from KY 910.
The starting date may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.
Campbellsville, Ky. (June 14, 2019) – Trooper Jason Warriner is investigating the 3-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at approximately 4:08pmET in the limits of Campbellsville on KY 55 south. Preliminary investigations determine that 34-year-old Fazliddin Bozorov of Brooklyn, New York was operating a north bound 2018 Volvo Truck on KY 55 when he struck a 2003 Jeep Wrangler being operated by 42-year-old Dawn Miles of Columbia, KY who was stopped in a construction zone. Miles vehicle overturned and struck a 2007 Chevy Silverado being operated by 60-year-old Jeffrey Hubbard of New Albany, Indiana. Miles’ and Hubbard’s vehicles both caught fire.
Miles was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner. Hubbard, along with a passenger in his vehicle, 30-year-old Steven Hubbard of New Albany, Indiana were not injured. Bozorov was arrested and charged with Reckless Homicide, Failure to Render Aid, Reckless Driving, and Failure of Non-owner to Maintain Required Insurance. Bozorov was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Tpr. Warriner was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, State Hwy Dept., and Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire and Rescue.
(Columbia, KY) - The City of Columbia will be having a Food Truck Day on Friday, July 12, 2019. The event will be held in the city parking lot at the corner of Merchant Street and Campbellsville Street.
“We are planning this event to raise funds for handicapped accessible equipment to be utilized in city parks, “ said Mayor Pamela Hoots.
Food trucks scheduled include: Shoguns of Bowling Green; Wild Bill’s Taste Buds from Elizabethtown; Mimi’s Ice of Columbia; Happy Hawg Barbeque of Russell Springs; First Baptist Church of Columbia; and Ben’s Jammin’ Ice Cream of Bardstown.
A wide variety of food will be offered including: hamburgers, fries, nachos, barbeque, rice, hot wings, fish, ice cream, and more.
The event will start at 11:00amCT and will continue through the day. “It is in conjunction with July’s To The Nines event for downtown merchants,” noted Hoots. “We hope that people will eat and shop local.”
For further information, please contact City Hall at 270-384-2501.
Preparation is underway for a Cape Seal pavement preservation project along US 68 in Green County between the KY 61 intersection on the east side of Greensburg and the Taylor County Line. The next phase of the project is a Chip Seal type treatment, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 17, 2019.
Pavement preservation is high priority for roads throughout the state. With reduced resurfacing budgets, we are using these projects to prolong pavement life and quality. When finished, the Cape Seal will provide an extended lifespan for a stretch of road that would likely need resurfacing within the next few years.
Motorists should be aware they will be driving on a surface containing fine gravel until the final phase of the project is complete. The final phase will consist of a thin-layer application of asphalt in a couple of weeks.
Motorists should pay close attention to posted signage and be prepared to stop through the work zone. Flaggers may be present when crews are working. Short delays may be possible.
The project schedule will be impacted by any unfavorable weather conditions.
The Russell Springs City Council met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has details.....
- Toma L. Piantek, 45, Jamestown - arrested by KSP early this morning for Theft By Unlawful Taking from Building ($500 or more but less than $10,000); and Criminal Mischief, 1st degree
- Jeffery Wright, 45, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP overnight for DUI, 1st offense; Failure of Owner to Maintain Required insurance; Operating a Motor Vehicle on a DUI Suspended License; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Hailey Tate, 18, Columbia - arrested last night (Thursday) for DUI, 1st offense; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Dakota Harris, 22, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP last night for DUI, 2nd offense; No Registration Receipt; No Registration Plates; Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and Rear License Not Illuminated
- Tommie L. Bryant, 51, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD last night for DUI, 1st offense; Resisting Arrest; Tampering with Physical Evidence; Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified); and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
Leonard Gerard Smith, 24, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Hydrocodone); Possession of Marijuana; D.U.I.; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
Laramy Conover, 38, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree (Gabapentin); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Defacing a Firearm; Possession of a Defaced Firearm
Angela Sue Rhymer, 37, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree (Gabapentin); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Dustin C. Shofner, 31, Greensburg - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Firearms Enhanced; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: DUI; No License in Possession; Reckless Driving; and Improperly on Left Side of Road
Cody Gadberry, 24, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Hydrocodone); DUI; and Possession of Marijuana
Terry Lynn Noe, 31, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place
Michael DeWayne Corbin, 43, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Less than 2 grams of Methamphetamine); and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree
Terry L. Ervin, 30, Columbia - Defrauding a Secured Creditor more than $10,000; Arson, 2nd degree; and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree (2 counts)
Thomas I. Pennington, 49, Danville - 2 counts of Rape, 3rd degree. According to the indictment, Pennington, who was a Boyle Co. Deputy Sheriff Transport Officer, subjected a female who he knew was incarcerated, to sexual intercourse.
Majid Alshaheen, 26, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Original Container
Becky McClintock, 34, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Hydrocodone); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (Buprenorphine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree (Diazepam); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500
INDICTMENTS ARE LEGAL ACCUSATIONS AND DO NOT DETERMINE GUILT OR INNOCENCE
Larry J. Smith, General Manager of The Big Dawg, FM 99.9 radio, sends word of a fatality accident and fire near Cox Interior in Cambpellsville. Hwy 55 (Columbia Road) was closed at the time of the photo.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 12, 2019) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District invites the public to a meeting to discuss the Lake Cumberland Marina expansion proposal, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Salem Elementary School in Russell Springs, KY.
Salem Elementary is located at 1409 KY-76, Russell Springs, KY adjacent to the intersection of KY-76 and KY-910 near the Eli community. The public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT in the school gymnasium.
The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with an overview of the development project and an opportunity to comment on the proposed expansion of Lake Cumberland Marina to the Russell County Park and Recreation area.
Eastern Kentucky Operations Manager Michael Lapina said that this meeting gives the public the opportunity to hear from the developer and allows the Corps of Engineers to gather public comments.
Written comments and requests will be accepted at the meeting, and can be emailed to LakeCumberland@usace.army.mil or mailed to the Lake Cumberland Resource Manager’s Office at 855 Boat Dock Rd, Somerset, Ky., 42501. All comments and requests must be received by the Resource Manager’s Office no later than Friday, June 21, 2019 to be considered.
For any questions pertaining to the public meeting, please call the Lake Cumberland Resource Manager’s Office at 606-679-6337.
An Adair Co. man was arrested in Russell Co. last night on numerous charges.
47-year-old Kendall Warrington of Columbia was- arrested by KSP and charged with Menacing; Resisting Arrest; Criminal Mischief, 1st degree; Disorderly Conduct; Violation of a Kentucky EPO; Speeding 26 MPH over the limit; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and 6 counts of Failure to Appear. Warrington was lodged in the Russell County Jail.
Russell Springs police made an early morning arrest.
Dustin Allen Webb, 29, of Lexington was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol), and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Arrested by the Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office on Wednesday evening was Jeremy Severe, 36, of Burkesville. He was charged with Menacing; Possession of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Marijuana; Resisting Arrest; Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Severe lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The Russell Springs City Council will meet this evening (Thursday, June 13th) at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
III. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
IV. OLD BUSINESS
- CITY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
- UPDATE ON SURPLUS OF PROPERTY, EQUIPMENT, AND VEHICLES
V. NEW BUSINESS
- SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
- ADOPTION OF SK LANE INTO CITY ROAD SYSTEM
- INTERLOCAL ROAD AGREEMENT WITH RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT
- CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD APPOINTMENTS
- KLC – POLICY & PROCEDURES UPDATES
- 1ST READING – ORDINANCE 19-02 - ANNUAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020
- 1ST READING – ORDINANCE 19-03 - AMENDED ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019
Hodgenville, KY (June 17, 2019) - The victim from the June 12, 2019 fatal house fire is Chasidy R. Wolford, age 30, of Buffalo, KY.
Hodgenville, Ky. (June 13, 2019) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 4 detectives responded to a residential house fire in Larue County Wednesday evening. On June 12, 2019 at approximately 4:45 P.M. EDT, KSP received a call from the State Fire Marshal requesting assistance with a residential structure fire at 618 Otter Creek Road, in the Buffalo community of Larue County. Preliminary investigation revealed that upon the fire departments arrival a deceased victim was located inside the residence. The victim was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy and positive identification. The origination of the fire and cause of death are still under investigation.
KSP was assisted at the scene by State Fire Marshall Deputy Mike Killebrew, Buffalo Fire Department and the Larue County Coroner’s Office. The investigation is ongoing by KSP Detectives Michael Cook and Steve Lowery.
By Sabine Eastham, Director, International Student Program, LWC
COLUMBIA, KY - Lindsey Wilson College/International Student Programs is seeking area families to sign on as host parents for fall 2019.
We are looking for area families to participate in LWC's "International Friendship Program" and serve as host families for LWC's international students.
The liberal arts college usually has an enrollment of about 100 international students from more than 36 countries during an academic year. The "International Friendship Program" matches international students with area families who are willing to host the students during the school year.
When area families get involved with our international students, they become part of a ripple effect; they play a big part in introducing international students to American life. Sharing local and family traditions with international students will help them understand what America is all about. They are young, they are here in Columbia, and they are eager to learn about American life beyond the college campus. Becoming a host family means also that you will bring another culture into your home, open your own children's eyes to the wider world and feel a sense of pride in sharing your traditions.
Host families do not house international students. Rather they agree to have regular contact with the students throughout the school year. It usually involves having them to your house a few times a year for a meal or special event and checking in on them periodically to make sure they are adjusting to American life. When our college's international students return to their home country, they will tell their family all about America and what they have found here in Columbia with their host family.
For more information about LWC's international student host family program, contact Sabine Eastham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-384-8236.
First reading of an ordinance amending the ABC ordinance to include Sunday alcohol sales was approved at last nights Adair Co. Fiscal Court meeting by a vote of 5 to 2. Here's Adair County Judge Exec. Gale Cowan....
Magistrate Chris Reeder made the motion to amend the ABC Ordinance. The two magistrates who voted against amending the ordinance to include Sunday sales were Sammy Baker & Billy Dean Coffey.
- Joshua Tyler Arnold, 28, Russell Springs - arrested Tuesday afternoon by RCSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine)
- Nathan Corey Dixon, 40, New Castle, KY - arrested Tuesday evening by RCSO for Theft of Identity of another without their consent; served a Warrant for another Police Agency; and served a Bench Warrant for Court
- Tonya Conaster - Conner, 38, Albany - arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with Burglary, 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree
- Stephanie R. Miller, 31, Jamestown - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by RSPD and charged with 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and served a Bench Warrant for Court
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
FROM THE ADAIR CO. JUDGE'S OFFICE:
We are so pleased to announce the upcoming fireworks show that will be held at the Lindsey Wilson College/Fairgrounds starting just after dark on the 4th of July. This is the 3rd year that Casey Creek Pyrotechnics has been hired to put on the show for Adair County. Per their contract, no one will be allowed in the fairgrounds for parking or viewing. There will be free parking on a first-come, first served basis at Lindsey Wilson College, Green River Window and Door, and at the Adair County Extension Office. Please be thoughtful of those who allow us to use their facilities and remember to remove any trash from the parking areas after the fireworks display. Public safety arrangements will be provided by the Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department and the Adair County Sheriff’s Department.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors: Adair County Fiscal Court, City of Columbia, Lindsey Wilson College, Bank of Columbia, Community Trust Bank, United Citizens Bank, and First & Farmers National Bank who enable us to enjoy this Fourth of July Fireworks Show and celebrate together as a community.
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Joshua David Gayde, 36, of Dunnville, KY appeared in Adair Circuit Court and entered a guilty plea to 9 charges involving sex crimes against a minor child. Gayde pled guilty to 4 counts of First-Degree Rape involving a child under 12 years old and 5 counts of First-Degree Sexual Abuse involving a child under 12 years old. Gayde appeared in Adair Circuit Court Tuesday morning with his attorney, Bethany Stanziano of Columbia. Gayde stood before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy and acknowledged that he was guilty of all charges contained in the indictment that was returned against him last year.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright is recommending that Gayde serve 23 years and 6 months in prison for these crimes. The investigation in this case was led by Kentucky State Police Detective Nick Davis. Det. Davis’ investigation led to an Adair County Grand Jury charging Gayde with raping and sexually abusing a child between January 2014 and December 2017. The child was less than 12 years old at the time of the crimes. Gayde had been scheduled for trial later this summer.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Wright is recommending a total of 23 ½ years in prison for Gayde. Gayde will be designated as a “violent offender” under Kentucky law, meaning that he will be required to serve over 19 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. Additionally, upon his release from prison Gayde will be required to register as a sex offender.
Final sentencing is scheduled for August 27, 2019 at 9:00amCT before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy.
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Billy Huddleston, Jr., 47, appeared in Adair Circuit Court and entered a guilty plea to multiple charges related to child pornography and video voyeurism. Huddleston pled guilty to 1 count of Video Voyeurism; 1 count of Voyeurism; 2 counts of Promoting a Minor Under Age 18 in a Sexual Performance; and 1 count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Promoting a Minor Under Age 16 in a Sexual Performance. Huddleston appeared in Adair Circuit Court with his attorney, Bethany Stanziano of Columbia, KY and acknowledged that he was guilty of those charges. Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright is recommending that Huddleston serve 20 years in prison for these crimes.
The charges were the result of an investigation led by Columbia Police Officer Charles Greer that began in July 2018. Officer Greer was contacted by individuals at the Wal-Mart in Columbia where Huddleston had allegedly videoed a 16-year old inside the restroom. Investigation by Officer Greer led to the recovery of additional videos that had been recorded by Huddleston on a cell phone. The videos were recordings of teenagers and young adult men inside the restroom and were made without the knowledge or consent of those persons.
Officer Greer was assisted in his investigation by the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. Wright thanked Officer Greer, the Columbia Police Department, and the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit for conducting such a thorough investigation and for performing a very prompt analysis and examination of the electronic devices that were seized in this case.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Wright agreed for two of the charges to be reduced to Class C Felonies and Wright is recommending that Huddleston serve a total of 20 years in prison. Wright stated that “this case serves as a reminder that parents and others must always remain on guard and alert for sexual predators, even in places such as the local Wal-Mart where people often feel safe from such crimes.” Wright added, “children should be taught from a young age to be aware of their surroundings and to always report suspicious behavior to a parent or other trusted adult.”
Final sentencing is scheduled for August 27, 2019, at 9:00amCT before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy.
Russell County, KY (June 11, 2019) - On Monday, June 10, 2019 at approximately 1:58pmCT, KSP Trooper Jacob Harper was on routine patrol in the limits of Russell Springs on KY 430, when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Mercury for a traffic violation. Consent to search the vehicle was given, resulting in the location of a pill grinder and prescription medications.
Edythe A. Long, 48, of Somerset, KY was arrested and charged with Failure to Maintain Insurance 1st offense, DUI 2nd, No Operator’s License, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (drug unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Long was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Jamie Flatt, 26, Columbia - arrested Monday, June 10, 2019 by KSP and charged with No Registration Receipt; No Registration Plates; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Failure to Maintain Required Insurance; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Booster Seat Violations; Failure to Use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle; and Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 3rd offense
- Landan Kirk, 26, Burkesville - arrested by Burkesville Police late Monday night for Disregarding a Stop Sign; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
37-year-old Jason L. Smith, 31-year-old Kourtney Portokalis, and 44-year-old Christian Jones, all of Burkesville, KY were arrested this morning (Tuesday, June 11th) by the Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Office and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).
Jason Smith was also charged with Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance and No Registration Plates.
They were lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
An Adair Co. man has been arrested on multiple charges after a string of residential burglaries.
On Saturday, June 8, 2019 the Adair County Sheriff’s Office started receiving complaints from Oak Grove Rd and Taylor Ford Rd in eastern Adair County of property’s being broken into. The Sheriff's Office intensified their patrol in the area, and around 2:00amCT, Adair Co. Deputy Brandon Hitch met a subject on an ATV on Oak Grove Rd and attempted to stop the individual who immediately fled the scene. The pursuit went off the road and across multiple fields. Deputy Hitch eventually lost the subject once he entered into the woods.
Early the following morning, around daybreak on Sunday, June 9th, a resident of the area saw a suspicious person coming from the woods and alerted the Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Justin Cross and Sheriff Josh Brockman proceeded to the area and located the subject at an abandoned farm house off Christine Rd. He was identified as 33-year-old Wesley Pitcock of Columbia, KY, who was taken into custody. Multiple stolen items were located: chainsaws, weed trimmers, air compressors, jump boxes, miscellaneous tools, a golf cart, and a stolen 2002 silver Mercury Mountaineer SUV that had been reported stolen from Horse Cave, KY.
The investigation revealed that at least 4 seperate residences had been stolen from in that area over a 24-hour period. All of the stolen property has been returned to its rightful owners.
Pitcock was charged with 4 counts of Burglary, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, and Theft by Unlawful Taking. He will also be facing charges of Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree stemming from the pursuit earlier that morning.
The investigation is ongoing by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.
On Thursday night, June 6, 2019 at 11:56pmCT, firefighters responded to a garage fire at 9835 Hwy. 55 South to property owned by Rick Kelperis. Upon arrival, the garage was totally engulfed in flames and was a total loss. 11 firemen were on the scene for an hour and 45 minutes.
On Monday, June 10, 2019 at 8:21pmCT, firefighters responded to a 24ft camper fire at 223 Bill Turner Road. The camper was owned by Casey Norris and located on Donnie Walls property. Upon arrival, the RV Camper was engulfed in fire and was a total loss. 11 firemen were on the scene for 45 minutes.
Cumberland County, KY (June 10, 2019) - On Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at approximately 5:10pmCT, KSP Trooper Jason Warriner was on routine patrol on KY 1880, six miles east of Burkesville, KY when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2010 Dodge Caliber for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle, 46-year-old Charles Dyer of Burkesville, KY was arrested and charged with: Disregarding a Stop Sign, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Failure to Maintain Insurance 1st offense, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operator’s License, DUI 2nd offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License.
Dyer was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
Metcalfe County, KY (June 10, 2019) – Trooper Ricky Cross is investigating a single vehicle injury collision that occurred on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 3:48pmCT, 4 miles east of Edmonton on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway. 59-year-old Terry Taylor of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 1998 Ford church van, traveling east on the Cumberland Parkway, when a back tire blew out. Taylor lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and overturned several times.
6 occupants were transported by Metcalfe County EMS to TJ Sampson Hospital in Glasgow, KY and one by private vehicle. Some passengers were belted and some were not.
The passengers were:
59-year-old Neal Shoemaker of Somerset
34-year-old Jonas Hatcher of Campbellsville
66-year-old Shirley Osbourne of Campbellsville
74-year-old Lucinda Robinson of Campbellsville
72-year-old Shirley Thomas of Greensburg &
33-year-old Christen Anthony of Greensburg
Tpr. Cross was assisted on the scene by Sgt. Adam Likins, Metcalfe County Fire and EMS.
The Adair County Sheriffs Office investigated a 1-vehicle injury accident on Thursday, June 6, 2019 that resulted in one person being treated at the hospital.
The incident occurred around 10:00pmCT on KY 551 near mile marker 3. A 2005 Jeep Liberty, operated by Hannah Berryman, was traveling south on Knifley Road when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the northbound lane of traffic into a large drain and overturned.
Berryman was treated at the scene by Adair EMS and then transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.
Deputy Josh Durbin is the investigating officer.
The Green County, KY Circuit Court grand jury, Greensburg, KY, returned indictments against the following individuals on Wednesday, 5 June 2019:
- Zachary Wayne Bennett, Edmonton Rd., Edmonton, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00021-003. Cahrged with 3 counts. Count 1 - Robbery, 1st degree. Count 2 - Assault, 2nd degree. Count 3 - TBUT or disposition all others under $500. Bond set at $25,000 cash, no contact with victims, no contact with premises, no firearms.
- Derrick Harris, Ford Rd., Magnolia, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00030-001. Charged with 4 counts. Count 1 - Burglary, 1st degree. Counts 2-3 - Theft by unlawful taking or disposition, firearm. Count 4 - Persistent felony offender. Bond set at $35,000 cash, no contact with victim, no contact with premises, no firearms.
- Patricia Jones, Ford Rd., Magnolia, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00030-002. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Receiving stolen property, firearm. Count 2 - Persistent felony offender, 2nd degree. Bond set at $15,000/10%, no contact with victim, no contact with premises, no firearms.
- Derrick Harris, Ford Rd., Magnolia, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00031. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Count 2 - Persistent felony offender. Bond set at $7,500 cash.
- Rachel E. Ray, aka Rachel E. Ray Parker, Windie Lane, Red Boiling Spring, TN Indictment No. 19-CR-00032. Charged with 5 counts. Count 1 - Trafficking in controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense, 2g+ methamphetamine, while in possession of a handgun. Count 2 - Drug paraphernalia, buy/possess. Count 3 - Possession of controlled substance, 3rd degree, drug unspecified. Count 4 - Controlled substance prescription no in original container, 1st offense. Count 5 - Persistent felony offender, 1st degree. Bond set at $5,000 full cash, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
- Samuel Montgomery, E. Lemmons Bend Rd., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00034. Charged with 4 counts. Counts 1-3 - Sexual abuse, 1st degree. Count 4 - Persistent felony offender. Bond set at $10,000 full cash, no contact with complaining witness, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
- Joshua M. Shirley, Ebenezer Rd., Greensburg, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00035. Charged with 3 counts. Count 1 - Assault, 2nd degree, domestic violence. Count 2 - Terroristic threatening, 3rd degree. Count 3 - Persistent felony offender, 1st degree. Bond set at $5,000 full cash, no contact with victim, no use of drugs or alcohol, no violations of the law.
- Rebecca R. Underwood, Gaddis Ridge Rd., Elkhorn, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00036. Charged with 4 counts. Count 1 - Theft of identity of another w/o consent. Count 2 - Fleeing or evading police, 2nd degree, on foot. Count 3 - Public intoxication controlled substance, excludes alcohol. Count 4 - Persistent felony offender, 1st degree. Bond set at $1,500 cash, no contact with victim.
- Larhonda J. Perez, Fairview Dr., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 19-CR-00037. Charged with 10 counts. Count 1 - Wanton endangerment, 1st degree, police officer. Count 2 - Fleeing or evading police, 1st degree. Count 3 - Resisting arrest. Count 4 - Operating motor vehicle under influence alcohol/drugs/etc., .08, aggravating circumstance, 2nd offense. Count 5 - Reckless driving. Count 6 - Improper passing. Count 7 - Failure to wear seat belts. Count 8 - Failure to produce insurance card. Count 9 - Speeding 26MPH over limit. Count 10 - Persistent felony offender. Bond set at $25,000 full cash, no driving, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a "Regular Called Meeting" on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A.) May 14. 2019-Special Regular Called Meeting
B.) May 28, 2019- Monthly Regular Called Meeting
3. DISBURSEMENTS (BILLS)
4. A.) SHERIFF’S REPORT
B.) ROAD DEPT REPORT
C.) G.R.A.S. REPORT
D.) COMMITTEE REPORTS
E.) JAIL REPORT
A.) TREASURER’S REPORT
6. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
7. BUDGET TRANFERS
A.) LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.) FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
8. COURT ORDERS
9. READING OF ROADS
10. ACTION ITEMS:
A.) RON SHUMARD WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE-U.S. CENSUS BUREAU-DISCUSS RESOLUTION.
B.) GREG THOMAS SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION CABINET-DISCUSS COUNTY’S INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS
C.) SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR ROAD DEPT.
D.) OPEN AND AWARD/REJECT ROAD BIDS.
E.) 1ST READING TO AMEND ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
F.) OPEN BIDS AND AWARD OLD ROLLIN COOMER BRIDGE DEMOLITION
G.) BREEDING/KNIFLEY PROPOSED ORDINANCE
H.) REAPPOINT TREASUERER MELINDA QUINN
I.) REAPPOINT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR-MIKE KELTNER
J.) JAIL MEDICAL CONTRACT DISSCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION
K.) 2ND READING OF AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING ADDITIONAL COURT COSTS.
L.) AIRPORT REQUEST FOR ZERO TURN MOWER
M.) 911 SCHEDULE-2 DISPATCHERS PER SHIFT
N.) SOLID WASTE DIRECTOR-GRANT ENFORCEMENT POWERS
O.) LIBRARY BUDGET
P.) RESPONSE TO CITY’S REQUEST TO TAKE OVER PARKS AND REC
11. OTHER BUSINESS
12. PUBLIC COMMENTS
On Sunday night, June 9, 2019 at 11:00pmCT, the Russell county Sheriffs Dept. (along with the Adair Co. Sheriff's Dept. canine) executed a search warrant on Desert Storm Road in Russell County. As a result, 2 people were arrested on drug charges:
- Jason L. Cooper, 46, of 47 Desert Storm Rd., was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine 1st degree (10 grams or more)
- Jimmy L. George, 49, of 47 Desert Storm Rd., was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine 1st degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd & 3rd degree
Numerous quantities of controlled substances were seized and both men were lodged in the Russell Co Detention Center.
If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, please call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons tip-line at 270-343-8116. You can remain anonymous.
Jason Cooper Jimmy George
- Phillip Bardin, 45, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Friday afternoon and charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO; and Stalking, 1st degree
- Wesley Pitcock, 32, Columbia - arrested Sunday by ACSO for Burglary, 3rd degree
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
- Jonathan Hodge, 31, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday afternoon by RCSO for 2 counts of Theft by Deception (including cold checks under $500); and served a Bench Warrant for Court
- Adam Mann, 34, Russell Springs - arrested Friday afternoon by RCSO for 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st & 2nd offense (Methamphetamine); and Poss of Drug Paraphernalia
- Elizabeth Anna Troxell, 43, Albany - arrested by Clinton Co. Sheriffs Office on Friday morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Drug Unspecified)
- Kensey Pruitt, 20, Albany - arrested Friday morning by Clinton Co. Sheriffs Office for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Drug Unspecified)
- Matthew Wray, 30, Albany - arrested Friday morning for Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Metcalfe County Emergency Management says Eli Smith has been found. No other details are available.
METCALFE COUNTY – The Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in finding a missing teen.
15 year-old Eli Smith of Savoyard was last seen around 11:00pmCT on Saturday night, June 8, 2019. He’s described as a missing endangered juvenile.
Smith is a white male, 5’6″, 110 pounds, with blonde hair and braces. He was last seen wearing a hoodie, a blue & white ball cap, and black Under Armour tennis shoes.
If you have any information on Eli Smith’s whereabouts, contact the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office at 270-432-3041.
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...
* Periods of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall
are expected to move over the watch area through this evening.
An additional half to one and a half inches of rainfall can be
expected with locally higher amounts possible where storms cross
* Flash flooding will be likely in the watch area today. Never
drive across flooded roadways as most deaths from flash flooding
are from people getting trapped in their cars. If you live in a
low-lying or flood prone area, keep an eye on water levels and
be prepared to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You
should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
As of 8:30pmCT on June 7, 2019 the Boil Water Advisory for customers starting at 2127 Milltown Rd. - 3475 Milltown Rd and all side roads in between and 55 Portland Rd- 3649 Portland Rd. and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water, Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
Casey County Sheriff's Deputy Jayson Grider responded to the call on South KY 837 where he found 28-year-old David Tucker of Lebanon. Tucker was charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance. He was also arrested on a Marion County warrant for Failure to Pay Court Costs, Fees, or Fines on a charge of Burglary, 3rd degree. Tucker was lodged in the Casey County Jail.
The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a
* Flash Flood Warning for...
Northwestern Clinton County in south central Kentucky...
Southwestern Russell County in south central Kentucky...
Southeastern Monroe County in south central Kentucky...
Cumberland County in south central Kentucky...
Southeastern Adair County in south central Kentucky...
* Until 215 PM CDT
* At 921 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated moderate to heavy rain and
occasional thunderstorms across the warned area. Over two inches
of rain have already fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of one to
two inches of rain are possible in the warned area through the
afternoon. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Jamestown, Burkesville, Leslie, Russell Springs, Littrell, Desda,
Cundiff, Modoc, Royville and Ellington.
Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.
DAY 1...Today and Tonight
Scattered to numerous pulse thunderstorms are expected through late this evening. These slow moving storms could produce locally torrential downpours and flooding. Cloud to ground lightning is also a hazard.
Periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected through Monday as a slow moving low pressure system moves through the outlook area. Locally heavy rainfall will be the primary weather hazard and repeated rainfall over areas may result in flash flooding. The slow motion of storms also increases the risk for flooding.
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
Spotters are encouraged to report rainfall and any instances of flooding to the National Weather Service.
Date Issued: 06/06/2019
Time Issued: 10:00 p.m.
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers on 2127 Milltown Rd. - 3475 Milltown Rd and all side roads in between and 55 Portland Rd- 3649 Portland Rd. and all side roads in between.
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.
- William Rucker, 30, Greensburg - arrested by ACSO on Thursday evening for Flagrant No-support; Persistent Felony Offender; and Failure to Appear.
- Donald Hitchcock, 43, Columbia - arrested Thursday by CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, 1st & 2nd Offense
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
On Thursday, June 6, 2019 many Adair County Emergency Service Agencies played roles in a staged exercise at the Adair County High School. This exercise was developed to simulate a true emergency with a realistic response by first responders. The exercise planning team, consisting of multiple local and state agencies, has been coordinating the execution of this exercise since November of 2018. Using Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program principals the exercise process provided stakeholders with an opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement.
I would like to personally thank the agencies and stake holders participating in the exercise and planning group; Adair County School System, Lindsey Wilson College, Adair County Judge Executive, Kentucky State Police, Columbia Police, Adair Sheriff, Adair County E911, Adair EMS, Columbia - Adair County Fire Dept., Breeding Fire Dept., TJ Regional Health, Air Evac Lifeteam, Air Methods, PHI Air Medical, Adair County Constable District 6, American Red Cross and Adair County Emergency Management Staff.
Adair Co. Emergency Management Director
Green River Animal Shelter is not taking cats or kittens at this time, according to Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan. They are overflowing and have no room for them.
As required by the Dept. of Local Government, the Russell County Road Committee will have their Quarterly Meeting to discuss road repairs, safety, and other issues relating to the operation of the Road Dept. This meeting will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:30pmCT in conjunction with the Fiscal Court meeting.
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at the R.C. Courthouse in Jamestown, KY. The meeting is open to the public.
- WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER
- PAY BILLS
- DETENTION CENTER REPORT
- SHERIFF’S REPORT
- TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT
- AE TRANSFERS & PRE-APPROVAL FOR FISCAL YEAR END AE TRANSFERS
- 1ST READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 19-05
- REVIEW AND ADOPT ADMINISTRATIVE CODE FOR 2019-2020
- APPOINT COUNTY TREASURER
- 2020 CENSUS – RON SHUMARD
- LAKE CUMBERLAND HEALTH DISTRICT – SHIRLEY ROBERSON
- PAY PULASKI COUNTY $11,000.00 FOR REGIONAL SHELTER
- HOSPITAL BOARD APPOINTMENT
- LIBRARY BOARD APPOINTMENTS
- OPEN BIDS FOR D. MANN ROAD SLIDE PROJECT
- INTERLOCAL ROAD AGREEMENT WITH RUSSELL SPRINGS
- ROAD CHANGES
- OTHER BUSINESS
Deer hunters in Kentucky are getting a longer crossbow season, after a proposal to expand the season went into effect May 31.
The new crossbow season will open the third Saturday in September and close the third Monday in January. This year it's Sept. 21 to Jan. 20.
A statement from the state Fish and Wildlife Division says the longer season is a way to tap into the popularity of crossbow hunting in recent years. The state agency says overharvesting is not a concern as bag limits are in place.
The new regulation also allows all youth hunters 15 and younger to hunt deer with a crossbow during the entire archery season. The archery season for deer starts the first Saturday in September and ends the third Monday in January.
Veterans, military service members, world leaders and dignitaries, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump, take part in events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England, according to CNN.
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops invaded Western Europe, overwhelming German forces in what proved to be a major turning point in World War II.
Ahead of the commemorations, 16 countries, including the United States and United Kingdom, issued a historic statement to mark the anniversary. The statement said the countries affirm their shared responsibility "to ensure the horror of the Second World War is never repeated."
Other commemorative events are taking place across the English Channel in France, where Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT. ACTIVITY REPORT FOR MAY, 2019
66 WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
10 CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
1 CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
5 DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
10 NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
2 INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
40 OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS
31 CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
47 CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
4 CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
18 SUBPOENAS SERVED
267 HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
481 VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE
16 ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
14 MOTOR ASSISTS
713 911 CALLS
24 ALCOHOL/ DRUG RELATED
The annual DUO BROADBAND meeting was held Tuesday evening at the Russell County High School gym with a great crowd in attendance. Over 340 members registered with over 425 in total attendance!
After registration, members met in the gym for a quick business meeting where Mr. Tom Preston, Executive VP/CEO, gave an update on the cooperative's very strong operational status with the new name - DUO Broadband - and the same great company with the same great employees to serve you. Refreshments were available and door prizes were given out to 13 lucky members.
- $100 Cash Prize Drawing – TNT Carpet
- LG 65” UHD – 4K SmartTV – Elizabeth McGowan Slone
- WEBER Grill – Lowell & Judy Robertson
- STIHL Trimmer FS56RC – Jerry & Carol Hadley
- STIHL Trimmer FS56RC – Mark Evans
- STIHL Blower BG56C – Lewis Stargel Jr.
- STIHL Blower BG56C – Ricky Helm
- $150 DUO Broadband Gift Certificate – KG Andrew
- $150 DUO Broadband Gift Certificate – Jackie Nation
- BUNN Coffee Maker – Arnold Fletcher
- BUNN Coffee Maker – William & Jeanne Will
- RING – Video Doorbell – Bridgette Kean
- RING – Video Doorbell – Carlie Roy
- Thomas Blackburn, 36, Russell Springs - arrested by Tuesday night by ACSO for Resisting Arrest
- Adam Eastham, 27, of Hamilton, Montana - arrested Tuesday evening by CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, 3rd or more offense in 12 months
- Justin Small, 20, Burkesville - arrested by Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Dept. on Tuesday evening for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence)
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
Roger Pendleton, 47, of Dunnville, KY was arrested this morning (Wednesday) by KSP and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 2 counts of Contempt of Court; and 2 counts of Probation Violation (for felony offense). Pendleton was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
The Circuit Court Clerk’s office in Adair County was among 64 Kentucky counties to receive an accolade of gourmet popcorn for recent support of Kentucky’s organ donor awareness program. This year, in recognition of April as National Donate Life Month, the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life sponsored a challenge for the state’s driver’s license offices to thank you for collecting $1 donations in support of organ and tissue donation awareness.
“Each year, we are happy to honor every office that collected dollar donations from 50 percent or more of the drivers renewing their licenses in April or offices that recorded more than a 10 percent increase from March to April,” said Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. Top Counties receive a tin of gourmet popcorn to celebrate their work. “Lifesaving public education about organ and tissue donation is not possible without the support of our wonderful Circuit Court Clerk offices.”
Trust For Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization that informs, educates, and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ and tissue donors to save lives. It was founded in 1992 as the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. Since inception, the Circuit Clerks have raised over $9 million dollars to help this mission in Kentucky.
Dennis Loy serves as the Circuit Court Clerk in Adair County, “I am proud that my office has been able to encourage many in the community to give the $1 donation to support education programs on organ and tissue donation. It is the law that we ask customers about the dollar donation, but we do it because we know the impact we have on so many families in this community and beyond. This is a vital public service, and my team of deputies work hard to fulfill this duty of helping others.”
The 64 counties honored include Adair, Anderson, Ballard, Barren, Boyd, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Carroll, Clark, Crittenden, Daviess, Fayette (2 locations), Fleming, Floyd, Fulton, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Hancock, Harlan, Harrison, Henderson, Henry, Jefferson (6 locations), Jessamine, Kenton (2 locations), Knox, LaRue, Laurel, Livingston, Lyon, Madison, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Mason, McCreary, McLean, Meade, Menifee, Morgan, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Powell, Robertson, Rockcastle, Russell, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Washington, Wolfe and Woodford.
The dollar donations at Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License counters and other philanthropic partners, including Kosair Charities, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, and Jack Kain Ford, fund the statewide community outreach and public relations efforts to grow the Registry. There is no cost to register as a donor. Currently more than 2 million people have joined the Kentucky Donor Registry. Everyone can register as a donor, there is no cost or medical requirements to register.
For more information, call 1-866-945-5433, email email@example.com or visit www.trustforlife.org. To join the Kentucky Donor Registry online as a potential organ and tissue donor, go to www.donatelifeky.org.
(Photo of Dennis Loy & his family from Columbiamagazine.com)
Today and Tonight
Scattered thunderstorms this morning may produce locally heavy rainfall and lightning. Isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon through late this evening. These storms will be capable of damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall, and lightning.
Thursday through Tuesday
Storm chances will likely continue into early next week as a slow moving low pressure system over the central United States approaches our area. Localized heavy rainfall and a few strong to severe storms will be possible during this timeframe.
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT
Spotter activation may be needed today.
(Columbia, KY June 4, 2019) During the month of May 2019, there were 20 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There was two fatal collision during the month of May in the Post 15 area:
John P. Bailey, 39, and Amanda K. Bailey, 41, both of Mercer County, KY were killed on 05/25/19 in Washington Co.
Bobby G. Arms, 74, & wife, Barbara M. Arms, 67, of Cumberland County, KY were killed on 05/25/19 in Cumberland Co.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 6 compared with 14 through this same period in 2018.
Statewide fatality count stands at 268 compared with 266 through this same period in 2018.
During the month of May 2019, there were 1203 citations written, 344 courtesy notices written, 1660 vehicles inspected, 607 complaints answered, 84 motorists assisted, 41 criminal cases opened and 280 criminal arrests made.
R.C. Sheriff Derek Polston reports that Mark Wilson, 42, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested last evening on warrants for Operating on Expired Tags, Possession of Marijuana, 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree, and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd degree. Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating officer; he was assisted by Deputy Dustin Bunch.
Sheriff Polston reminds WAVE listeners that if you suspect drug trafficking in your neighborhood and want to remain anonymous, to call the Russell County Sheriff's Dept. Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116.
39-year-old Tiffany York was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, 1st & 2nd Offense and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree. York was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
The 1st arrest was made on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 when Deputies responded to a residence 9 miles east of Columbia, KY to investigate a complaint. As a result, 46-year-old Gerald Knight was arrested at 11:43pmCT for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine).
The 2nd arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on the Veterans Memorial Bypass. Adair Co. Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on a 2006 Nissan. During the stop, the deputy suspected there were illegal substances in the auto. Deputy Durbin's K-9 "Nitro" ran through the vehicle and gave a positive indicator of a drug odor detected. A search resulted in Methamphetamine being located inside the auto.
36-year-old Christopher Stephens of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Following Too Close to Another Vehicle.
Both suspects were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details....
On Thursday, June 6th, 2019 Adair County Emergency Services will be conducting a controlled exercise in and around Adair County High School from 8:00am-2:00pmCT. This controlled exercise may involve helicopters, emergency vehicle lights and sirens. Please avoid the area!
Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson and the Russell County Fiscal Court, in conjunction with Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland program will be giving out commodities at the Russell County Rescue Squad Building on South Hwy 127 in Russell Springs, KY on Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pmCT or until all commodities are given away. For more information, contact the office of Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson at 270-343-2112.
Matt Dickinson (center) with Walmart in Columbia, KY presents Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots (right) and City Hall Assistant Tiffany McCloud Collins (left) with a donation to be utilized toward City Parks.
The accident occurred on Sunday at 5:48pmCT when Jacob Hartwell, who was operating a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer, attempted to turn onto Sulphur Creek Road off Hwy 1729 and collided with a Ford F150, being driven by Kenneth Cook, who was rounding the curve on Hwy 1729 in front of Sano Country Store.
Cook was taken to Russell Co. Hospital by Russell County EMS; Jacob Hartwell and 3 passengers were not injured and declined medical treatment.
Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Luke Hughes investigated the accident.
- Nicki Ann Abrell, 37, Jamestown - arrested this morning (Monday) by Jamestown Police Dept. for Theft of Property Mislaid or Delivered by Mistake; and Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Under $500 within a 6-month period
- Allen Dial, 46, Columbia - arrested Sunday evening by RCSO for Cruelty to Animals, 2nd degree
- Corey Hatfield, 39, Nancy - arrested Saturday morning by RCSO for TBUT (Firearm); Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, 1st & 2nd Offense; Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree; and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon
- Ronald Baker, 57, Avon, Indiana - arrested Sunday afternoon by RCSO for DUI, 1st offense (Aggravated Circumstance); Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle
- Zander Lawson, 19, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for Speeding 25 MPH Over the Limit; Reckless Driving; No Registartion Plates; No Registration Receipt; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Improper Passing; Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st degree; Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree (Police Officer); and Resisting Arrest
- Gilbert Pitman, 52, Somerset - arrested Saturday evening for Speeding 20 MPH over the Limit; No License in Possession; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; Giving Officer False Identifying Information; and Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent
- Kirensa Dishman, 42, Monticello - arrested Saturday afternoon for Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree
- Chekiesha Robinson, 40, Albany - arrested by Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Office Saturday afternoon for TBUT (Shoplifting under $500); Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree; 2 counts of Failure to Appear; and Non-payment of Fines
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Terry Ervin, 30, Columbia - arrested Sunday afternoon by ACSO for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries
- Jonathan Owens, 29, Burkesville - arrested just after midnight on Friday night by Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office for DUI, 4th or more offense (Aggravating Circumstance)
- Charles Barton Gaskins, 33, Russell Springs - arrested Friday night by KSP for No Tail Lamps; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; DUI, 2nd offense; and Probation Violation (for Felony Offense)
- Dennis West, 35, Campbellsville - arrested Friday afternon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Contempt of Court, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear
- Jon Lynn, 27, Burkesville - arrested by Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office for Disorderly Conduct, 2nd degree; Resisting Arrest; and Menacing
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
Adair County’s regular 1st Monday monthly siren test will be today (June 3, 2019), but expect 2 to 3 soundings of the siren at the regular time of 10:00amCT as separate systems are tested.
The Columbia City Council will meet this evening (Monday, June 3rd) at 6:00pmCT at Columbia City Hall.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
1ST ITEM: PUBLIC HEARING: CITY OF COLUMBIA, KY EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS (LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE PROJECT), SERIES 2019
2ND ITEM: SPECIFIC ACTION TO BONDING ISSUE
3RD ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE RESOLUTION NO: 2019-03 - RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, KY AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, KY EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS (LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE PROJECT), SERIES 2019
4TH ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE MAY 6, 2019 REGULAR CALLED MEETING
5TH ITEM: 1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.111 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA ZONING REGULATIONS & COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING MAP - From I-1 Light Industrial to R-2 Low-Moderate Density for a Residential lot located at 416 Wain Street (PVA Map No. 000-04 05-013.00) Property owned by John Wethington and Tom Wethington
6TH ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE BID FOR 1ST PHASE OF LIGHTING FOR HOLLADAY PLACE
7TH ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE LEASE AGREEMENT FROM THE COLUMBIA-ADAIR COUNTY FIRE DEPT. FOR A PERIOD FROM JULY 1, 2019 - JUNE 30, 2021
8TH ITEM: MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION: Deliberations on the future acquisition or sale of real property owned by the City of Columbia, the publicity of which would likely affect the value of the specific piece of property to be acquired for public use or sold by the City of Columbia
9TH ITEM: MOTION TO RECONVENE REGULAR SESSION
10TH ITEM: POSSIBLE ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION
11TH ITEM: MOTION TO ADJOURN
The 2019 Columbia-Adair County Fire Department Crusade for Children total is: $36,444.02. The money will be returned to Adair County in the form of grants to help children with special needs.