Local News Archives for 2019-08

ARRESTS 08/30/19

 

 

 

  • Dakota C. Harris, 22 of Russell Springs - arrested overnight by RSPD and charged with Disregarding a Stop Sign, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Reckless Driving, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st/2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle/On Foot), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving on DUI Suspended License, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Resisting Arrest.
  • Nolina D. Camp, 44 of Jamestown - arrested by RSPD on Thursday night for Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Possession of Drug Parpahernalia, & Non-Payment of Court Costs/Fees/Fines.
  • Jared McNay, 24, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD early this morning (Friday) for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).

 

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
The Boil Water Advisory in Russell County on Hwy 76 from the 1383 intersection down to the old Alligator 1 boat ramp, has been lifted and you no longer have to boil your water.

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RUSSELL CO. MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR KILLING HIS FATHER

 
42-year-old Eric Wayne Pendleton of Russell Springs, KY received a 10 year prison sentence on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 for murdering his dad, 66-year-old Montie Hale Pendleton of Dunnville, KY. On Friday, August 16th, 2016 police responded to a shooting on Little Clifty Creek Road, just west of Russell Springs. When they got there, they found Montie Pendleton lying in the driveway. He had been shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Eric Pendleton pled guilty in June of this year. That's when the murder charge was amended to 1st degree manslaughter. The Russell County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police investigated the incident.
 

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RCHS HAS NEW SOFTBALL COACH

 

Scott Jones of Russell County has been named the head girls softball coach at Russell County High School. Jones, who has worked at the Galilean Christian Academy in Casey County for many years, was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Lady Lakers softball team on Wednesday. 

 

 

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KSP STEPS UP ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 
WHAT: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Labor Day Enforcement Efforts
 
WHEN: National enforcement effort began on August 16, 2019 and extends through the 2019 Labor Day Weekend
 
WHERE: Statewide enforcement efforts
 
WHO: Kentucky law enforcement
 
WHY: The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign focuses on removing impaired drivers from roadways and safeguarding citizens. KSP will conduct statewide traffic safety checkpoints in an effort to enforce all traffic laws of the Commonwealth. Special attention will be placed on occupant protection (seatbelt/child restraint usage), vehicle safety, insurance compliance, registration violations and speeding.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 08/29/19

 
There is a Boil Water Advisory in effect in Russell County for Highway 76, from the 1383 intersection down to the Old Alligator 1 boat ramp, and all side roads in between. The advisory was issued this morning (Thursday) due to water main repairs. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking for 3 minutes before using.

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TAYLOR CO. INDICTMENTS

 
A Taylor County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. Larry Smith has details....

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SPECIAL CALLED COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING AUG. 29

 
The Columbia City Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at NoonCT in City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.
 
AGENDA
 
Call to Order: Regular called meeting of the Columbia City Council - Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. in City Hall
 
Roll Call
 
1st Item:  1st reading of Ordinance No. 220.177
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE LEVYING AND COLLECTION OF AN AD VALOREM TAX FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, KY FOR 2019
 
2nd Item: Motion to Approve Mural for alley beside City Hall.
 
3rd Item: Motion to Approve Bid for 2018 ADA Sidewalk Project.
 
Motion to Adjourn

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday afternoon. Jim Leib has details....

 

 

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HUNDREDS OF CORVETTES AT COLUMBIA WALMART THIS MORNING

 
Hundreds of Corvettes stopped at the Columbia Walmart store earlier today. The Corvettes are headed to Bowling Green for the 25th anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Often referred to as the world’s largest moving automotive event, the National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America’s Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green,KY and is hosted only once every 5 years. Registered event attendees can enjoy 3 days of activities in and around the Museum including a live concert at the Museum’s Ampitheater on Thursday, August 29, 2019 as Jefferson Starship takes the stage. Go to corvettemuseum.org for a complete list of events.
 
Over 275 Corvettes will be at Walmart in Columbia, KY this morning at 10:30amCT. Lunch will be available with all proceeds going to St. Judes Children’s Hospital. Choose from a hot dog, chips, drink, & a cookie for $3.00 OR Burger, chips, drink, & cookie for $5.00. 
 

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UNSUBSTANTIATED SCHOOL THREAT

 

From Russell County School Supt. Michael Ford.....

 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY

 

On Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:17pmET Campbellsville Police responded to Valero Food Mart on North Central Avenue in reference to a Robbery. Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined that a white male had entered the store with a large knife and demanded money. The suspect had already fled the scene with an undetermined amount of money prior to the officer’s arrival. 

 

After a brief investigation, 42-year-old David Alan Tucker of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Robbery 1st degree. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 
On Friday afternoon, August 23, 2019 at 3:47pmET, Campbellsville Police Officer Ian McCullough arrested 42-year-old Christopher Cooper of Campbellsville, KY on an outstanding warrant. Subsequent to his arrest, Officer McCullough located several pills and suspected methamphetamine in Cook's possession. Cook was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 
 

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KY AG CRACKING DOWN ON SCAM CALLS

 
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced this week that his office is doubling down on recent, successful efforts with phone companies to stop scam calls by urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to compel more phone companies to join the fight.
 
Beshear joined a coalition of 51 attorneys general in sending comments to the FCC in support of requiring voice service providers to implement a caller ID authentication framework if they fail to implement the framework voluntarily by the end of 2019 and to provide free, default call-blocking programs to customers.
 
The comments follow a breakthrough announcement from Beshear, a bipartisan public-private coalition of 51 attorneys general and 12 phone companies last week who reached an agreement to work together to stop illegal and invasive scam calls. 
 
“Working to stop illegal scam calls is a top priority for my office,” Beshear said. “To make sure every Kentuckian is protected, I want to see every phone service provider offer free call-blocking services and implement technology that can block scam calls. If companies won’t voluntarily provide these crucial services, they should be required to.”
 
In their comments to the FCC, the coalition of attorneys general states that phone service providers should be required to:
 
· Offer free, automatic call-blocking services to all customers. The call-blocking services should be based on reasonable analytics and should not block important calls, including emergency alerts or automated calls that customers have signed up for, like medical reminders or school notifications.
 
· Monitor network traffic to identify patterns consistent with scam calls and take action to cut off the calls or notify law enforcement.
 
· Implement caller ID call authentication technology, which will help ensure that telephone calls are originating from secure, verified numbers, not spoofed sources. The coalition supports the FCC’s proposal to take regulatory action against telecom companies that do not comply with this technology.
 
· Develop caller ID authentication to prevent robocalls to landline telephones. This is particularly urgent because the people defrauded by scam calls are often elderly Kentuckians who primarily use landline technology.
 
Attorneys general from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. have joined Beshear in signing these comments.
 
Since taking office, Beshear has worked on the state and federal level to encourage the implementation of new solutions to help stop scam calls.
 
Last year, Beshear urged the FCC to adopt rules that allow phone companies to use new technology to block illegal robocalls. In June, the FCC voted unanimously to let phone companies join the fight. Before this change, companies were required by law to complete known scam calls and now they can legally block them before they ever reach your phone.
 
Beshear has long supported the FCC’s actions to encourage and require service providers to implement a caller ID authentication framework. Some carriers are already helping by identifying a call as “scam likely” or “scam call.”
 
Earlier this year, Beshear’s office was also part of a national sweep with the Federal Trade Commission and other states that cracked down on nearly 100 illegal call operations. These operations were responsible for more than a billion illegal scam calls.
 
Kentuckians wanting to block scam calls to their phone should contact their phone carrier or internet service provider to ask about call-blocking technology, which can help stop many scam calls.
 
Kentuckians can avoid falling victim to scams by signing up to receive new and trending scam alerts from the Office of the Attorney General by texting the words KYOAG SCAM to GOV-311 or visiting ag.ky.gov/scams.
 
Beshear said Kentuckians should report scams to his office via an online complaint form or by calling 888-432-9257.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 08/26/19

 
  • Paul Abrell, 40, Columbia - arrested Monday morning by the ACSO for Assault, 4th degree (Minor Injuries)
  • Jason Thrasher, 47, Burkesville - arrested by BPD on Sunday morning and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Marijuana
  • Kurt Feegle, 51, St. Louis, Missouri - arrested Friday evening by the CCSO for DUI; Reckless Driving; Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance; Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING AUG. 27

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
 
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • August 13, 2019-Minutes-Regular 
3.  DISBURSEMENTS                   
4.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                    
5.  ACTION ITEMS:
  • EXTENSION BOARD TAX RATE PRESENTATION 
  • 911 PART TIME EMPLOYEE-RYAN POINTER
  • 2ND READING PREGNANCY ACT CHANGES FOR ADMIN. CODE
     

6.  OTHER BUSINESS

7.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
8.   ADJOURN           
                                                                    
The meeting is open to the public.
 

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R.C. SHERIFFS OFFICE CITES ONE PERSON TO APPEAR IN COURT; ANOTHER ARRESTED ON THEFT & DRUG CHARGES

 
Two separate calls for police service over the weekend resulted in one person being cited to appear in Court on drug charges and another person being arrested. 
 
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, on Sunday, August 25, 2019 Deputy Kenny Perkins was on routine patrol and stopped a vehicle being operated by 40-year-old Samantha Norton of 73 Luda Street, Russell Springs. The roadside investigation resulted in a consent to search her residence that resulted in the discovery of several ounces of marijuana. Samantha Norton of Russell Springs was cited to appear in Russell District Court. More charges may be forthcoming. 
 
The second incident on Sunday involved a call to 520 East Hwy 619 (Bernard Ridge). The complaint came in as a criminal trespassing call. A neighbor advised they had seen a male subject in the area walking around the property and had taken off on a bicycle. Deputy Dustin Bunch observed a male matching the description and stopped to check him out. Upon further investigation he was identified as Shawn Johnson of Jamestown. A search of the suspect resulted in the discovery of pocket knives, watches and jewelry, all taken from a home that was burglarized by the suspect. Johnson also had 2 Circuit Court warrants for his arrest on previous theft-related charges. He was arrested on those warrants and also charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Russell County Jail. This case will be presented to the Russell County Grand Jury. 
 
Sheriff Polston continues to remind all Russell County Citizens if you suspect drug activity or anything suspicious in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriff's Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tipline at 270-343-8116, or contact Russell County Dispatch at 343-6600. 
 

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6 CHILDREN ABANDONED AT COLUMBIA WALMART; PULASKI CO. WOMAN ARRESTED

 

CPD Officers were dispatched to Columbia Walmart on Friday, August 23, 2019 after a report of a number of children being left at the store by a female. Officers made contact with 6 children, ranging in age from 6-11, who had been taken inside the store by a female identified as Amanda Jardinez. She reportedly told the minors to find a worker to speak with, and began to walk out. Three of the juveniles attempted to follow Jardinez back out of the store before she stopped, turned, and made them go back inside. Jardinez then left with a male subject, later identified as James Alex “Loop” Holovich, in a blue Dodge Caravan. Holovich’s 5-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle.

 

Officers contacted Social Services and the children were able to be placed with relatives. Later that evening a warrant was signed by Columbia Police. Jardinez was located the following evening in Pulaski County by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police and was taken into custody.

 

Amanda Jardinez, 34, of Somerset, KY has been charged in Adair County with 6 counts of Abandonment of a Minor and Wanton Endangerment (both felonies). She was also arrested on an active Failure to Appear Warrant for 4th degree Assault out of Rockcastle County and was lodged in the Rockcastle Co. Jail.

 

The case is still ongoing. CPD Officers John Dial and Adam Cravens are the investigating Officers.

 

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GOVERNOR BEVIN ANNOUNCES $139,000 IN TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR RUSSELL CO.

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2019) – During Friday’s Russell County Fiscal Court meeting, Governor Matt Bevin announced $139,000 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on Tarter Lane, Woolridge Schoolhouse Road and A.B. Roy Road. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. This significant investment supports the Governor’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

 

“We are pleased today to announce $139,000 in discretionary transportation funding that is being made available to the Russell County community,” said Gov. Bevin. “Local officials have worked closely with our Transportation Cabinet team to identify priority projects, as we invest in infrastructure upgrades that will significantly enhance safety, access, and economic opportunity.”

 

Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.  

 

“I would like to thank Governor Bevin and KYTC Rural and Municipal Aid for their continued support in helping the Russell County Fiscal Court keep our county road infrastructure maintained for our citizens,” said Judge-Executive Robertson. 

 

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.

 

“Modernizing local infrastructure is one of the best routes to attracting and keeping businesses in a community,” said Sen. Max Wise. “Through increased safety and roadway improvements, these resurfacing projects are directly impacting Kentuckians and their communities. I would like to extend my appreciation to those involved for prioritizing Russell County in their resurfacing plans.”

 

The roads set to be addressed provide access to more than 40 homes and multiple side roads.   

 

“I appreciate Governor Bevin recognizing the continuing needs of our county and this part of the state,” said Rep. Jeff Hoover. “This money will help address some infrastructure needs.” 

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.

 

Resurfacing work will address:

  • Tarter Lane (County Road 1637) – resurfacing 0.628 miles
  • Woolridge Schoolhouse Road (County Road 1131) – resurfacing 1.04 miles
  • A.B. Roy Road (County Road 1367) – resurfacing 0.722 miles

 

 

 

 

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KYTC EMPLOYEE DIES IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT IN CAMPBELLSVILLE

 

A work zone incident in Taylor County claimed the life of a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) employee on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.


An investigation by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office indicates Keith Jewell, 44, was killed when he was struck by a contractor’s truck in a work zone on KY 70 near Mannsville at approximately 4:50pmET. Jewell was treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and taken to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


“We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Mr. Jewell, following Friday’s tragic accident in Taylor County,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Our dedicated state transportation employees perform vital work every day to ensure safe travel for all Kentuckians. Our hearts are broken for the Jewells and the entire KYTC family during this very difficult time.”


KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas also expressed his sympathy following the incident. “On behalf of the Transportation Cabinet, I want to extend heartfelt condolences to Keith’s family, friends, and District 4 colleagues,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “Keith was a dedicated member of the KYTC family, and we honor his nearly 20 years of service to the Commonwealth. We grieve with the Jewell family as they deal with this sudden and tragic loss.”


A long-time employee of the Cabinet, Jewell worked his way up through the District 4 system, eventually becoming a Highway Superintendent and most recently serving as a Highway Technician.


"Keith's years of dedication and comradery will be sorely missed here,” said District 4 Chief District Engineer Paul Sanders. “It’s nearly impossible to come up with words to convey how hard a loss like this is for the District 4 family. We offer our most sincere condolences to the Jewells as we remember them in the difficult days ahead."


Visitation is at Cowherd & Parrott Funeral Home in Greensburg, KY on Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 2019 from 1:00-8:00pmCT, and Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 2019 from 7:00amCT until the funeral service at 2:00pmCT. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING IN METH

 
This afternoon (Friday, August 23rd) Columbia Police Officers were on a call on Tutt Street when a male subject (40-year-old Tony Hadley of Columbia, KY) arrived on the scene and initiated contact with Officers. After speaking with Hadley, Officers gained consent to search him and his vehicle. Several grams of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia were located in the auto. Hadley was then taken into custody and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as well as Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a class C felony. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Sergeant Jr Murphy.
 

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RUSSELL CO. ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY IS AUG. 29

 
Russell County Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup will be Thursday, August 29, 2019. Please let the Chamber know what time and what section you or your group would like to focus on for the clean-up so the same area isn't the only section covered.
 
Safety vests and garbage bags will be provided and can be picked up at the Chamber office from 8:30am-4:30pm. You will need a pair of gloves and closed-toe shoes...NO SANDALS!!
 
Volunteers must be 13 or older. If you're under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by an adult. Church or school groups are welcome and encouraged to participate!!

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LOAD LIMIT INCREASE ON KY 61 CUMBERLAND RIVER BRIDGE IN CUMBERLAND CO.

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2019) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced an increase in the load limit on the KY 61 Cumberland River Bridge in Cumberland County effective today, August 23. The increased load limits result from a recent bridge rehabilitation project where necessary structural repairs were made. 

 

NEW LOAD LIMITS ON BRIDGE:

  • Type 1: 32 tons
  • Type 2: 33 tons
  • Type 3: 36 tons
  • Type 4: 44 tons
  • Single Unit Vehicle with 5 axles: 39 tons
  • Single Unit Vehicle with 6 axles: 39 tons
  • Single Unit Vehicle with 7+ axles: 41 tons

 

The new load rating signage for the structure is at the bridge end.

 

Motorists are reminded that rehabilitation work continues on the KY 90 structure with temporary traffic signals in place and lane widths reduced to 10 feet. Load limits on the KY 90 bridge remain in place with the lower weight limits. 

 

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2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN RUSSELL CO. RESULTS IN 2 ARRESTS

 
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that at 3:19pmCT on Thursday afternoon, the Russell County Sheriffs Office received a call of an accident with Injuries on Hwy 619, 3 miles east of Russell Springs. A 2008 Chevy being operated by Norma Jean Brown of Columbia, KY pulled into the path of a 2017 Chevy operated by 17 year old Lindsey Wooldridge of Russell Springs, KY. 3 passengers in the Wooldridge vehicle were treated at the scene by Russell County EMS. 
 
Norma Brown was charged with DUI 1st degree. A passenger in her vehicle, Kevin Lawson, age 34 of Windsor, KY was charged with Public Intoxication (including Alcohol). Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 
 
Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Russell County EMS. 
 
 

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GREEN CO MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT

 

Green County, KY (August 22, 2019) - On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at approximately 12:00pmCT, Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call reporting 34-year-old Nathan Wells was holding his 46-year-old wife, Lisa Wells, hostage at their residence in the Hardyville area of Green County. When Troopers arrived to the scene, several attempts to make contact were made before the couple exited the residence. Nathan Wells was arrested without incident and charged with 6 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault 4thdegree (minor injury), terroristic threatening 3rd degree, and unlawful imprisonment 2nd degree. Wells was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Marvin Blakey.

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DRUG ARRESTS IN CAMPBELLSVILLE

 

Date: August 21st 2019

 

Location: 530 North Poplar Street Campbellsville

 

Agencies Involved: Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force, Campbellsville Police Department, KSP DESI WEST, and Columbia Police Department.

 

On Wednesday, August 212019 detectives with the Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force served indictments issued by a Taylor County Grand Jury on 70 year old Henry Godfrey Barnett and 61 year old Carolyn Barnett, both of Campbellsville, KY at 530 North Poplar Street in Campbellsville. These indictments follow a 6 month investigation into complaints of drug trafficking. During the course of serving the indictments, a search warrant was obtained. Additional drugs and 2 handguns were seized. Henry Godfrey Barnett was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on Grand Jury indictments for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (> 4 grams of cocaine) and Possession of a Handgun by a convicted felon. Carolyn Barnett was also lodged on Grand Jury indictments for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (< 4 grams cocaine). The investigation continues and additional charges are expected. 

 

The Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force includes detectives from Kentucky State Police DESI WEST, Campbellsville Police Department, and Columbia Police Department. All agencies were involved in this investigation. 

 

Investigating Officers: Corporal Ryan Jewell and Detective Travis Begley

 

Approving Supervisor: Lieutenant Scotty Perian

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED ON ADDITIONAL DRUG CHARGES

 

A continuing investigation by the Russell County Sheriffs Department for Selling and Trafficking of Illegal Drugs in the Fairview/Fonthill area of Russell County has resulted in additional charges being placed on 51-year-old Torry Ryder of Russell Springs.

 

According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, the investigation which led to a search warrant being executed, started on August 9, 2019 and resulted in Ryder being charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense (Pills), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Warrants executed on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 also charges Ryder with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine) and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense (Pills).

 

The investigation is still ongoing and further arrests are possible. Deputy Kenny Perkins is heading the investigation. 

Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County residents that if you suspect illegal drugs being sold in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

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ADAIR COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 3:31pmCT, K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 Dodge passenger car. During the investigative stop, it was determined there was suspicion of controlled substances in the vehicle.  K-9 “Nitro” was deployed giving a positive hit indicator of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the auto revealed suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

 

Benjamin Shroyer, 40, of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia Possession charges. 

 

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LARUE CO. MAN ARRESTED ON GREEN CO. BURGLARY CHARGE

 

Kentucky State Police arrested 50-year-old Harry A. Brown of Magnolia, KY was charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Fleeing/Evading Police, and Resisting Arrest. Brown was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES

 

Campbellsville Police assisted Probation and Parole with a home visit on Monday and arrested 37-year-old Jason Yocum of Campbellsville, KY. Yocum was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Marijuana and Pills. He was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.

 

 
Officer Jake Hedgespeth made the arrest. 
 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 
A Russell County man was charged with DUI following a 1-vehicle accident over the weekend.
 
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that on Saturday, August 16, 2019 at 9:25pmCT, the Russell County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident just South of Jamestown on Hwy 619. John M. Camp, age 44 of Happy Acre Lane, Jamestown, KY was operating a 2000 Jeep when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed over the roadway striking a culvert, causing the vehicle to overturn, travel down the ditch-line and catch on fire. 
 
John Camp and his passenger, Randal Walker, 41, of Russell Springs, KY were both taken to Russell County Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Camp was treated and released. He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the influence of Alcohol, 1st offense and taken to the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 08/18/19

 
  • Buford Edward Shephard, 47, Russell Springs - arrested Sunday morning by RSPD and charged with Burglary, 2nd degree; TBUT over $500; and Giving Officer False Identifying Information
  • John Martin Camp, 44, Jamestown - arrested early Saturday morning by RCSO and charged with DUI

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 
  • Allan Neil Cape, 43, Columbia - arrested on Saturday evening by KSP for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 2nd Offense; DUI, 2nd Offense; and Failure to Wear Seatbelt
  • Andrew White, 30, Columbia - arrested early Saturday morning by CPD for DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Holly Harris, 35, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO on Saturday night for Escape, 2nd degree; and Resisting Arrest

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AUG. 19

 

 

The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114).

 

AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Presentation of Veterans High School Diploma- Mr. Arvis Stapp
5. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition: Tyler Flatt, RCHS Teacher & Greta Holder, RCHS Registrar
6. Recognition: SCATS Scholarship Recipients- Christian Rara & Carter Wimmer
7. Consent Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Payment of Bills
  • Construction Funds
  • School Activity Fund Reports
  • Financial Report
  • Field Trips

8. 2019-2020 Tax Rates (Propose To Leave Rates Unchanged)

9. Bids for Surplus Property (Food Service)
10. Contracts/Memorandum of Agreements
11. American Red Cross-Facility Use Agreement
12. Over Night Trip
13. Fundraiser
14. Public Comment
15. Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Grant Update
16. DATA Security
17. Personnel Reports
18. Adjournment
 

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RUSSELL CO. WOMAN ARRESTED IN ADAIR CO. ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Linda Crabtree, 49, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by KSP and charged with DUI; Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle. Crabtree was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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KY 90 IN CUMBERLAND CO. REDUCED TO ONE LANE

 
Starting today (Friday), KY 90 in Cumberland County will be reduced to one lane at mile point 9.4 (Allen Creek), between Taylor Road and Allen Creek Road, as crews perform bridge deck restorations. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west approaches for the lane closure. The lane closure is expected to be in place for 4 weeks. The duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.
 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING DOMESTIC DISPUTE

 
A domestic dispute off North 127 in Russell Springs, KY on Thursday, August 15, 2019 resulted in the arrest of a Russell Co. man on drug & other charges.
 
According to Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston, 23-year-old Jaylan Waddell of Russell Springs, KY was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence). Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating officer; Chief Deputy Jerry Melton assisted at the scene. 
 

Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. You will remain anonymous. 

 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN WEBBS CROSSROADS AREA

 
On Wednesday, August 14th, 30-year-old Logan Adam Sprague of Russell Springs, KY was arrested in the Webb's Cross Roads community on a warrant charging him with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine). Deputy Luke Hughes made the arrest that stemmed from an investigation by Deputy Nathan Ginn of the Russell County Sheriffs office. This case will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury.
 
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. You will remain anonymous. 
 
 

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R.C. SHERIFF'S DEPT. "DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN"

 
 
If you choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving in Russell County, be prepared. The Russell County Sheriff's Dept. joins the national crackdown to reduce impaired driving fatalities. “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” begins Friday, August 16th statewide and runs through Sept 2nd, 2019. This campaign is conducted to remove impaired drivers from KY roadways. In Russell County, the Russell Co. Sheriff's Dept. will be conducting sobriety checkpoints across the county in an effort to locate and remove alcohol/drug impaired drivers. 
 
SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT LOCATIONS: 
 1.   KY 55 at KY 379    
 2.   KY 76 In Eli Near Country Cafe    
 3.   Old Rowena and State Park Road    
 4.   KY 80 East and Owenstown Rd    
 5.   KY 196 at KY 3277    
 6.   KY 379 at KY 1058    
 7.   KY 379 at KY 92    
 8.   KY 619 at KY 1680    
 9.   US 127 by Pass Jamestown at Greasy Creek    
10.  Damron Creek & Damron Creek Spur Road    
11.  Decatur & Decatur Spur Road    
12.  KY 1611 & Old Jamestown Rd    
13.  KY 1729 & Sano Mt. Olive Road    
14.  KY 3525 at KY 910    
15.  Jericho Road at Owenstown Road    
16.  Decatur Rd at Passmore Road    
17.  KY 1383 & The Carwash at KOA Campground    
18.  Maple Street & Lakeway Drive    
19.  US 127 at the Casey /Russell County Line    
20.  Blair School Road at Reynolds Creek    
21.  Blair School Road at Acree Road    
22.  US 127 About 500 yards North of Wolf Creek    
23.  Lilly Creek Ramp Road and KY 92    
24.  KY 80 and Patty Ridge Road  
 

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ARRESTS 08/15/19

 
  • Justin Sharp, 31, Russell Springs - arrested by the RSPD early this morning and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and 5 counts of Failure to Appear
  • Stevie N. Sapp, 37, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO for Assault, 4th degree (Child Abuse) 

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
As of 10:15amCT on Thursday, August 15, 2019 the Boil Water Advisory starting at 710-1200 Russell Rd., 803-1337 Jamestown St., Hughes St., Carrie Bolin Dr., Hanley Ln., Office Park Dr., Hurt St., Willis St., Rule St., Harvey St., Appleby Dr., 1561-1746 Hwy 55 South, Industrial Park Dr., Parkview Dr., Orvis Grider Dr., Gaston Ave., Jessie St. has been lifted by the Division of Water, Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 
Date Issued: 8/14/19
Time Issued: 1:30 p.m.
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District on 710-1200 Russell Rd., 803-1337 Jamestown St., Hughes St., Carrie Bolin Dr., Hanley Ln., Office Park Dr., Hurt St., Willis St., Rule St., Harvey St., Appleby Dr., 1561-1746 Hwy 55 South, Industrial Park Dr., Parkview Dr., Orvis Grider Dr., Gaston Ave., Jessie St.
The advisory has been issued due to main line break. 
 
Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. The advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information, call Columbia Adair Utilities District at 270-384-2181.
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED TUESDAY

 
David Smith, 22, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by RCSO on Tuesday evening and charged with Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree and Public Intoxication (Excluding Alcohol). Smith was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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RUSSELL CO BABE RUTH 15U LOSES TO CALIFORNIA AT WORLD SERIES; THANKS COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORT

 

The Russell Co. 15u Babe Ruth team falls to California in the quarterfinals at the Babe Ruth World Series in North Dakota 8-0. The team finishes in the top 6 in the U.S. with a record of 2 wins and 3 losses. This has been a really amazing run for this group of young men. Nick Aaron pitched a really good game through 4 innings today, but the team could never get their bats going. 

 
The players, coaches and their families would like to thank the community for all their support. Without them a trip like this would be very difficult. Thanks again for all you have done for these kids!
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT

 

Taylor County, KY (August 13, 2019) - On August 12th, 2019 at approximately 1:24 AM EST Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified that officers with Lebanon Police Department were in pursuit of a west bound 2005 Hyundai on US 68 operated by 39 year old William Robinson of Campbellsville. Trooper Daniel Forbis took the lead in the pursuit in Taylor County and observed the driver run through several red traffic lights as it continued to flee at speeds in excess of 100 MPH, also driving on the wrong side of the road. Sgt. Adam Likins set up a tire deflation device and was able to successfully disable the vehicle on US 68 in Metcalfe County.  Robinson lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway. Robinson jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot for a short distance before he was apprehended. Robinson was arrested and charged with speeding 26 MPH over speed limit, no registration plate, no registration receipt, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, reckless driving, disregarding a traffic control device, fleeing or evading police 1stdegree (motor vehicle), fleeing or evading police 2nddegree (on foot), and resisting arrest. Robinson was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

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ADAIR CO. GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

 

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against the following individuals:

 

 

  1. Jamie Gail Flatt, 26, of Melson Ridge Rd., Columbia, KY - Driving DUI suspended license, 3rd offense;  No/Expired registration plates; Failure to produce insurance card; Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, 1st offense; Failure to wear seat belt; Booster seat violations; No registration receipt; and Failure to use child restraint device in vehicle.
  2. Carlos R. Grant, 45, of Bomar Heights St., Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; and Possession of drug paraphernalia. 
  3. Christopher Lynn Pelston, 40, of Felton Fudge Rd., Columbia, KY - 3 counts of Sexual abuse, 1st degree
  4. Ruben James Smith, 41, of Gaston Ave., Columbia, KY - 12 Counts of Theft of identity; 5 Counts of Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, $500 or more but under $10,000; and 6 Counts of Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, under $500;
  5. Lisa M. Boston, 40, of Gaston Ave., Columbia, KY - 12 Counts of Theft of identity; 5 Counts of Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, $500 or more but under $10,000; and 6 Counts of Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, under $500
  6. Wesley A. Pitcock, 33, of E. Front St., Columbia, KY - 2 Counts of Burglary, 3rd degree; 2 Counts of Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, $500 or more but under $10,000; 5 Counts of Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; and Criminal mischief, 1st degree
  7. Roger Dean Weston, 33, of S. Hwy 76, Russell Springs, KY - Receiving stolen property, $500 or more but less than $10,000; 4 Counts of Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; Trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree, 2nd or subsequent offense (Methamphetamine); Tampering with physical evidence; and Obscuring the identity of a machine
  8. Dana M. Kinnett, 43, of D. Mann Rd., Jamestown, KY - Receiving stolen property, $500 or more but less than $10,000; Trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree, 2nd or subsequent offense (Methamphetamine); 3 Counts of Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; and Tampering with physical evidence. 
  9. Justin A. Gilpatrick, 26, of Allen Schoolhouse Rd., Columbia, KY - Receiving stolen property, $500 or more but less than $10,000; and Trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine). 
  10. Jonathan W. Loy, 29, of Burkesville St., Columbia, KY - Theft by unlawful taking/disposition, $500 or more but under $10,000. 
  11. Eric D. Rowe, 34, of W. Barbee St., Columbia, KY - Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; Persistent felony offender, 1st degree; Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 3rd or subsequent offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of drug paraphernalia; and Possession of marijuana. 

 

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

 

 

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R.C. BABE RUTH 15U TEAM STORY IN BISMARCK TRIBUNE!

 

The Russell County 15 & Under Babe Ruth Team made the Bismarck Tribune! Check out the article....

 

 

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GLENS FORK MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 
On Saturday, August 10, 2019 the Adair County Sheriff's Office was investigating a complaint of drug activity in the Glensfork community of Adair County. William Perkins, age 58, of Adair County was arrested at 12:49pmCT approx. 8 miles south of Columbia, KY after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located at the residence he was occupying. Perkins was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Chief Deputy Justin Cross. The investigation is continuing. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court met on Monday, August 12, 2019. Jim Leib has details......

 

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AREA ARRESTS 08/13/19

 
  • Tracy Darell Cape, 53, Columbia - arrested by CPD on Monday night for Assault, 4th degree, Dating Violence (Minor Injuries)
  • Lorie Coleman, 49, Knifley - arrested Monday afternoon by KSP on numerous charges including: Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified); Possession of Drug Paraphernali; DUI; Failure to Notify KY Dept. of Transportation of Address Change; No Registration Receipt; No Registration Plates; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card
  • Wendell Stearns, 25, and Annie Bridgeman, 24, both of Burkesville - arrested Monday afternoon for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. 15U BABE RUTH WINS ANOTHER ONE AT WORLD SERIES; WILL PLAY AGAIN TODAY!

 
The Russell Co 15u Babe Ruth team  got a huge win in the World Series against a very good Northern Washington team on Monday by a score of 6-0. Nathan Lawson pitched a complete game shut-out, allowing only 2 hits in the game. Nick Aaron made some big plays on defense as well. This win puts Russell Co. in the single elimination bracket  play which starts today (Tuesday). These games will all be streamed live at https://www.bisparks.org/. Go to the World Series link. The game is set to begin at 5:00pm today. 
 
Russell Co. is one of only 6 teams still playing from all over the U.S.. This is such a great accomplishment, especially for a community as small as ours. These kids have been complimented several times by other teams, including the team and coaches from China, on their sportsmanship and the way they behave. They are representing our community very well. As always, they want to thank the community for your continued support!
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING AUG. 13

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a "Regular Called Meeting" on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair Annex. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
  • July 30, 2019-Minutes-Regular 

3.  DISBURSEMENTS

4.  REPORTS
        A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT 
        B.)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
        C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
        D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
        E.)   JAIL REPORT 
5.   TREASURER
        A.)  TREASURER’S REPORT
6.   BUDGET AMENDMENTS 
7.   TRANSFERS
        A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
        B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
8.   COURT ORDERS 
9.   READING OF ROADS       
     
10.   ACTION ITEMS:
  • AMEND 2019 SHERIFF FEE BUDGET
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR LITTER ABATEMENT GRANT
  • APPROVAL TO SIGN RESOLUTION ON TVA FUNDS 2020-2021
  • LIBRARY TAX RATES PRESENTATION 
  • NEIL GOLD-HOSPITAL BOARD 

11.    OTHER BUSINESS

12.    PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.    ADJOURN
 

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TRANSPORTATION FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT AT TAYLOR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AUG. 13

 
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (Aug 12, 2019) – A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) representative will attend the Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday evening to make a transportation funding announcement. 
 
What:   Transportation funding announcement
 
Who:    Gray Tomblyn II of the KYTC Dept. of Rural & Municipal Aid                       
 
Where: Taylor County Courthouse, 203 N Court St., Campbellsville, Ky.
 
When:  Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 5:00pmET
 

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ADAIR CO. ROAD NOW OPEN FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION

 
Purdy-Sano Rd. in Adair County is now open to thru traffic following road construction.
 

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MISSING TEENAGER

 
The Russell County Sheriff's Office is needing assistance in locating a missing female juvenile who was reported missing on Sunday, August 11, 2019 around 10:30amCT from N. Hwy 127, Dunnville, KY. 17-year-old Karlee K. Irvine is a white female, 5'3" tall, weighs 143 pounds, with brown eyes & brown hair with purple streaks in it. She has numerous tattoos with xxx on the back of her neck and a Batman tattoo from her knee to ankle. 
 
If you have any information on Karlee Irvine's whereabouts, please contact Russell County Dispatch at 270-343-6600 or the Russell County Sheriff's Office at 270-343-2191 from 8am-4pmCT Mon.-Fri. 
 

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AREA ARRESTS 08/12/19

 
  • Jimmie Crabtree, 59, Russell Springs - arrested on Sunday evening by RSPD for Assault, 4th degree (Minor Injuries) and Wanton Endangerment, 2nd degree
  • Christopher Camp, 20, Jamestown - arrested Sunday afternoon by RSPD for Possession of a Defaced Firearm; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Loitering; and 2 counts of Non-Payment of Fines
  • John Fisher, 55, Russell Springs - arrested Sunday afternoon by the RCSO for TBUT and Criminal Trespassing
  • Justin Belt, 28, Jamestown - arrested Sunday evening by KSP on numerous charges including: DUI; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle; Reckless Driving; Failure to Signal; No Registration Receipt; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Endangering the Welfare of a Minor; Failure to Use Child Restraint Device; No Seatbelt; 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment; Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st degree Resisting Arrest; and Menacing
  • Dakota Peterson, 20, Russell Springs - arrested early Sunday morning by the RSPD Officer Justice and charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License; Failure of Non-owner/Operator to Maintain Required Insurance; No Registration Plates; and No Registration Receipt
  • Aldon McQueary Jr., 49, Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified); Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Persistent Felony Offender; Failure to Appear (citation for misdemeanor); and Probation Violation (for felony offense)
  • Melissa Lay, 41, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday morning by KSP and charged with Theft by Deception (including cold checks); 2 counts of Failure to Appear; and Non-payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines
  • Christopher Decker, 38, Jamestown - arrested Friday night by RSPD Officer Parrish and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine)

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Paul Dartt, 54, and Anthony Dartt, 50, both of Columbia - arrested on Sunday evening by ACSO for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence)
     

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

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R.C. FISCAL COURT MEETING AUG. 12

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 6:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA 
  • WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
  • MINUTES 
  • PAY BILLS 
  • DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
  • SHERIFF’S REPORT, 2018 FINAL TAX SETTLEMENT & AMENDED 2019 BUDGET 
  • TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT 
  • TRANSFER $40,504.58 FROM GRANTS FUND TO GENERAL FUND – SAFE ROOMS 
  • 1st READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 19-06 
  • RUSSELL COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT 
  • SET 2018 COUNTY TAX RATES 
  • INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT RC SHERIFF & CLINTON COUNTY SHERIFF 
  • NEW SHERIFF’S VEHICLES – ADOPTED DOCUMENTS FOR USDA GRANT 
  • E911 INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT 
  • ROCKET DOCKET – MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT RENEWAL 
  • MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT – LC RECREATION 
  • LEIN ON PROPERTY CLEAN-UP 
  • OTHER BUSINESS 
  • ADJOURN 

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SPECIAL CALLED R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING AUG. 12TH

 
The Russell Springs City Council will have a "Special Called Meeting" on Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 7:00amCT.
 
AGENDA
  • MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
  • REFINANCING WATER & SEWER BONDS
  • ADJOURNMENT

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING FIREARM

 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office received a report of a stolen handgun on Monday, August 5th, 2019. During the investigation Deputies received information that the gun was at a Russell County residence. Deputy Justin Cross proceeded to that location where he met the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. The firearm was recovered and as a result on Thursday, August 7, 2019 Hunter Young, age 18 of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking (Firearm).  He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Deputy Justin Cross was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin. 
 
 

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BE THE CHANGE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO GROW IN COLUMBIA

 
The “Be The Change” movement continues to grow in Columbia. According to a news release from Columbia City Hall, there will be a day of service to others on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
 
“We realize that people want to be involved in our community and help others,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We will be working with area church volunteers to have a day of service.”
 
The day will be designated to help the elderly, families, disabled, and others in our community who have no support network. People will be doing small projects for others. Churches will be referring people in their congregations and/or neighborhoods who need assistance. Volunteers will meet at the City Park and disburse from that location to do projects for a period of 3 hours. The day will conclude with a picnic lunch. If you and/or your church would like to participate, please contact Ann Marie Austin at Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN JAILED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING SEARCH OF RESIDENCE

 
 
In the ongoing effort to combat the drug epidemic in Russell County, the Russell Co. Sheriff's Dept. executed a search warrant early Saturday, August 10, 2019 at a residence at 2924 East Hwy 80 in the Fairview/Fonthill Community of Russell County. Arrested at the scene was 51-year-old Torry Ryder of Russell Springs, KY. He was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense (Pills), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. More charges may be forthcoming on this individual, according to the R.C. Sheriff's Dept. 
 
Deputy Kenny Perkins is heading the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Chief Deputy Jerry Melton, Deputies Nathan Ginn, Luke Hughes & Nathan Bradshaw, along with Adair Co. Deputy Josh Durbin & his K-9 partner "Nitro". 
 
Sheriff Derek Polston reminds Russell County residents that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, contact the "Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line" at 270-343-8116. You will remain anonymous. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN ADAIR CO.

 
On Thursday, August 8th, 2019 Nicolette Hare, age 27 of Russell County, KY was arrested following a search of her residence. Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman, Deputies Brandon Hitch & Josh Durbin, along with CPD Officer Evan Burton conducted the search on Edmonton Rd.  Located was methamphetamine, scales, and individual packing material commonly used for the distribution of narcotics.  It was also found that Hare had outstanding warrants for her arrest. 
 
She was charged with: 
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 
  • 1 outstanding Bench Warrant for her arrest from Adair Co. District Court 
  • 3 Outstanding Bench Warrants for her arrest from Russell Co. District Court 

 

Nicolette Hare was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Adair Co. K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. BABE RUTH 15U LOSES TO NORTH DAKOTA TEAM; PLAYS AGAIN MONDAY

 
The Russell County 15u Babe Ruth team dropped a close one at the World Series to a really good North Dakota team by a score of 7-4. The team again had bases loaded multiple times but just could not get the runners home. They have the day off tomorrow (Sunday), then it’s back to business on Monday as they take on a team from Northern Washington. Thanks as always to the community for their continued support!
 

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R.C. BABE RUTH 15U WINS GAME 2 AT WORLD SERIES!

 

The Russell Co. 15u Babe Ruth team rebounds for a big win against China at the Babe Ruth World Series in North Dakota. Russell Co. scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and that was enough to get the win. They had runners in scoring position several other times during the game, but the team from China was able to convert on defense to keep the runners from scoring. Great pitching was key in the victory. Russell Co. plays again Saturday at 1pm against Bismarck, North Dakota. Big thanks to the community for their continued support!

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AUG. 12

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 6:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA
  • WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
  • MINUTES 
  • PAY BILLS 
  • DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
  • SHERIFF’S REPORT, 2018 FINAL TAX SETTLEMENT & AMENDED 2019 BUDGET 
  • TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT 
  • TRANSFER $40,504.58 FROM GRANTS FUND TO GENERAL FUND – SAFE ROOMS 
  • 1st READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 19-06 
  • RUSSELL COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT 
  • SET 2018 COUNTY TAX RATES 
  • INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT RC SHERIFF & CLINTON COUNTY SHERIFF 
  • NEW SHERIFF’S VEHICLES – ADOPTED DOCUMENTS FOR USDA GRANT 
  • E911 INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT 
  • ROCKET DOCKET – MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT RENEWAL 
  • MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT – LC RECREATION 
  • LEIN ON PROPERTY CLEAN-UP 
  • OTHER BUSINESS 
  • ADJOURN 

 

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AREA ARRESTS 08/09/19

 
A Russell Co. woman was arrested in Adair Co. yesterday on drug charges.
 
Nicolette Hare, age 27 of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Thursday afternoon by the ACSO and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and served 2 Bench Warrants for Court. Hare was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
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A Cumberland Co. woman was arrested on numerous charges yesterday.
 
Holly Harris, 35, Burkesville - arrested on Thursday afternoon by the CCSO and charged with Menacing; Resisting Arrest; Disorderly Conduct; and Assault of a Police or Probation Officer, 3rd degree. Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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R.C. BABE RUTH 15U TEAM LOSES 1ST GAME; 2ND GAME IS TONIGHT

 

The Russell County 15u Babe Ruth Baseball Team came up a little short in their opener in the Babe Ruth World Series in Bismarck, North Dakota on Thursday, August 8, 2019 falling to a team from Eagle Pass, Texas 8 to 5. Russell Co. got off to a slow start In this one, but came back late in the game to make it close. Russell Co. will play a team from China tonight (Friday) at 8:00pm. The team and coaches want to thank the community for their continued support!
 

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AREA ARRESTS 08/08/19

 
  • Chris Flanagan,  41, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with Burglary, 2nd degree; TBUT or Disposition $500 or More; Criminal Mischief, 1st degree; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Persistent Felony Offender
  • Jerry Douglas, 38, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Wednesday afternoon for Assault, 3rd degree and Persistent Felony Offender
  • Amanda Whittle, 41, Liberty - arrested by RSPD on Wednesday evening for DUI; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified); and Failure to Appear
  • Dewey Lunce, 34, Liberty - arrested by RSPD on Wednesday night and charged with Assault, 4th degree
  • William Copley, 47, Austin, Indiana - arrested in Russell Co. on Wednesday afternoon for Theft by Deception (including cold checks under $10,000)

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • William Owsley, 28, Burkesville - arrested by BPD last night and charged with Possession of Marijuana; DUI; License to be in Possession; and No Registation Plates
  • Corey Sanford, 29, Burkesville - arrested by ACSO for TBUT (Firearm)
  • Jimmy Young, 62, and Barbara Young, 65, both of Burkesville - arrested by BPD Wednesday night for Assault, 4th degree

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING AUG. 8

 
The Russell Springs will meet Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.
 
AGENDA
PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
III. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
IV. OLD BUSINESS
  • UPDATE ON SURPLUS OF VEHICLES

V. NEW BUSINESS

  • EXECUTIVE SESSION – PURSUANT to KRS 61.810, (1)(b)
  • MAYOR'S UPDATE

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COLUMBIA POLICE FIND RUSSELL CO MAN PASSED OUT BEHIND THE WHEEL; HE NOW FACES DRUG CHARGES

 

Columbia Police Officers responded to Carrie Bollin Drive and Russell Road shortly before 6:30amCT on Wednesday morning after someone called to report an individual who appeared asleep behind the wheel at a stop sign on Carrie Bollin Dr. 

 

Upon arrival, Officers made contact with Stephen West, 57, of Russell Springs, KY who was passed out behind the wheel of a 2002 Ford Ranger. After West was awoken, he showed signs of intoxication while speaking with Officers and he admitted to previously using marijuana and methamphetamine. 

 

After a brief roadside investigation, Stephen West was placed into custody and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, 1st offense and Possession of Marijuana, both misdemeanors. West was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), a felony.

 

Officer Charles Greer was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Sgt. Jr Murphy.

 
Info. provided by CPD Officer Adam Cravens
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details.....

 

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RUSSELL CO. STUDENTS MUST HAVE IMMUNIZATIONS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

 
Russell County students will NOT be allowed to start the 2019-2020 School Year without current immunizations.  Here's Patty Meece, District Health Coordinator for Russell County Schools to tell us more....

 

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SGT. GARY ROY RETIRES FROM COLUMBIA POLICE DEPT.

 
Sergeant Gary Roy has officially retired from the Columbia City Police Department effective last week.
 
Roy, who has served over 20 years in law enforcement, started in patrol and gradually was promoted to sergeant. During his tenure with the Columbia City Police Department, he has worked with various patrol units and handled various administrative duties, including the scheduling for all officers.
 
“We appreciate the service of Sergeant Gary Roy,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “His work ethic during his tenure with the Columbia City Police Department was appreciated, and we wish him well as he starts on a new path in his retirement.”
 
A formal retirement luncheon will be held in the near future for Sergeant Roy. 
 
“As he enters this phase of his career,” said Chief Jason Cross, “we want to note his outstanding record and commitment he made to our department.”
 

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CASEY CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING INJURY COLLISION IN WORK ZONE IN CUMBERLAND CO.

 
***UPDATE*** Burkesville, KY (August 2, 2019) - Del Quinton Warner, 49, of Liberty, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail following the injury collision that occurred on KY90 in Cumberland County on Friday night.
 
Warner was charged with:
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs (.04)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree

 

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555). Citizens can call to confidentially report impair drivers or any criminal activity. You may also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice and photo tip capabilities to report criminal behavior. The app is available for IPhone, IPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple or Google Play stores. Download the KSP mobile app by searching “KSPOLICE” in the app store and you can also follow along on twitter @KYStatePolice. 

 

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ADAIR CO. ROAD CLOSING

 
Effective Monday, August 12, 2019 Purdy-Sano Road will be closed until further notice for road construction. 
 

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ARRESTS 08/06/19

 

  • Matthew Alexander, 21, Columbia - arrested Monday afternoon by ACSO for Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree (Police Officer) 
  • Thomas Cruz, 20, Campbellsville - arrested on Monday for Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or more)

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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KSP ACTIVITY REPORT - JULY 2019

 
Columbia, KY (August 5, 2019) - During the month of July, 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 were 2 fatal collisions during the month of July in the Post 15 area:
  • Brad Maddox, 44 of Green County, was killed on 07/01/19 in Green Co.
  • Leslie B. Thrasher, 79 of Cumberland County, was killed on 07/24/19 in Cumberland Co.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 12 compared with 15 through this same period in 2018.
Statewide fatality count stands at 410 compared with 403 through this same period in 2018.
 
During the month of July 2019, there were 1081 citations written, 301 courtesy notices written, 1778 vehicles inspected, 599 complaints answered, 78 motorists assisted, 55 criminal cases opened and 211 criminal arrests made.
 

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2 METCALFE CO. RESIDENTS KILLED IN CUMBERLAND CO. COLLISION

 
Burkesville, KY. (August 5, 2019) – KSP Trooper Jason Warinner is investigating the 2-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Sunday afternoon, August 4, 2019 at approximately 1:22pmCT, 4 miles west of Burkesville on KY90. 
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that 41-year-old Susan Harper, along with her passenger, 42-year-old Joseph Curry, both of Edmonton, KY were traveling east bound on KY90 in a 1995 GEO Tracker. Harper’s vehicle struck rumble strips on the right shoulder of the roadway, causing her to overcorrect and cross the west bound lane into the path of a 2011 Chevy pickup truck, operated by 30-year-old Robert Hostetler of Burkesville. Curry was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Cumberland County Coroner. Harper was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY where she was later pronounced deceased by the Fayette County Coroner. Hostetler was not injured in the collision. All parties were wearing seat belts. 
 
Tpr. Warinner was assisted at the scene by Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Burkesville Police department and Cumberland County Fire and EMS.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 08/05/19

 
  • Toby Grider, 57, Russell Springs - arrested on Friday by the RCSO for DUI (aggravating circumstance); License to be in Possession; Failure to Maintain Insurance; Reckless Driving; and Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Anthony Alley, 42, Columbia - arrested overnight for Assault of a Police or Probation Officer, 3rd degree; Resisting Arrest; Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place; and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd degree
  • James Corbin, 49, Columbia - arrested by the ACSO on Sunday afternoon and charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) and Wanton Endangerment, 2nd degree
  • Jessica Jones, 25, Columbia - arrested around midnight on Saturday night by KSP for Improper Equipment; Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 2nd degree; and only One Headlight
  • Del Warner, 49, Liberty - arrested by KSP early Saturday morning for CDL (under Influence of Alcohol/Controlled Substance); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Wanton Endangerment
  • Willie Gunter, Sunbright, TN - arrested by the CCSO early this morning (Monday) for DUI; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Operating a Vehicle With Expired Operators License

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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COMMUNITY PRAYER & SEND-OFF FOR LAKER BASEBALL 15U TEAM

 

 

A community prayer and send-off parade will be held at Laker Baseball field this afternoon Monday) at 5:50.pmCT for the Laker Baseball 15u team who is headed to the World Series!

 

 

 

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AG DEVELOPMENT FUNDS APPROVED FOR ADAIR CO.

 
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board recently approved $30,000 in Ag Development Funds for an Adair County Youth Agricultural Incentives Program. This is a cost-share program, and youth must be enrolled in elementary, middle or high school, or home school and be at least 9 years of age on January 1st. Applications for the Youth Ag Incentives program will be available August 12-30, 2019 at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY during regular business hours. For information, contact the Adair Co. Extension Office at 270-384-2317.  

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GREEN RIVER ANIMAL SHELTER RECEIVES ANIMAL SHELTER ASSISTANCE FUNDING

 
 
(Lexington, KY August 2, 2019) – The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation awarded the Green River Animal Shelter with a $1000 grant from the Animal Shelter Assistance program on Tuesday.
 
The Animal Shelter Assistance program is in its 9th year and was funded by the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation. Foundation Chairman, Mike Bach recognizes the important role animal shelters serve in our communities and encourages everyone to get involved at the local level. Donations to national organizations do not go back and directly benefit these animals. “Find out who your local shelter is and how you can help” stated Bach, “All cattlemen understand the need to take care of our animals and it is nice to support others who are doing the same thing.”
 
The Green River Animal Shelter plans on using this grant to repair doors and drywall. “This will really help with the repairs that need to be done to our building,” said Roger Firkins, Green River Animal Shelter.
 
If you would like to make a donation to the Green River Animal Shelter, please call (270) 385-9655. They are always in need of cleaning supplies and any support from the community.
 
The Animal Shelter Assistance program received 21 applications from across the state and plans to continue the program in the future.
 
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation mission is to pursue opportunities that promote the profitability of the cattle industry in Kentucky through educational and philanthropic endeavors. For more information, visit www.kycattle.org or call 859-278-0899.
 

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MURDER/SUICIDE IN TAYLOR CO.

 

A Campbellsville, KY woman was shot and killed on Saturday night; the suspect then took his own life.

 

According to Taylor County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at 225 Lyle Road in Campbellsville, KY at 6:36pmET. 42-year-old Jennifer Bennett of Campbellsville, KY was found lying on the ground with a single gunshot wound. Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner's Office. Also found with a self inflicted gunshot wound was 42-year-old Anthony Underwood of 31 Tabor Road, Hodgenville, KY. He was airlifted from the scene to UK Hospital in Lexington, KY where he was pronounced deceased by the Fayette Co. Coroner's Office. 

 

 The Taylor County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by KSP.

 

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STABBING AT LUCKY VISTA MOTEL

 

A Taylor County man is charged with stabbing another person in the neck over the weekend.

 

On Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 7:05pmET, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office responded to Lucky Vista Motel in reference to a male subject with a laceration to the neck. Before arriving on scene, Officers were advised the alleged perpetrator was seen walking down Bell Avenue. Officers made contact with the subject on Gowdy Street where he was detained. After an investigation, 32-year-old Timothy Davis was charged with Assault, 1st degree and lodged in the Taylor County Jail. The victim's name has not been released, but was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

Taylor County Deputy Sheriff Stephen Dobson is the investigating officer. He was assisted on scene by the Campbellsville Police Dept. and Kentucky State Police. This investigation is open and ongoing.

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The boil water advisory on Baldett Road in Russell County has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN INVOLVED IN 2-VEHICLE CUMBERLAND CO. ACCIDENT

 
KSP Trooper Jake Harper investigated the accident that occurred on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at approximately 6:10pmCT on KY 61, six miles south of Burkesville, KY at the intersection of KY 485. 31-year-old John Bernard of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 1996 Peterbilt eastbound on KY 485. As he approached the intersection of KY 61, his throttle stuck. Bernard was unable to stop before he got to the intersection and pulled into the path of a 2012 Dodge Pickup truck, operated by 39-year-old Seth Turner of Burkesville, KY.  
 
Turner and a female juvenile passenger were transported by EMS to Cumberland County Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Bernard and a passenger, 31-year-old James Burris, were not injured.

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BEAR RUNNING AROUND BURKESVILLE, KY

 
Cumberland County 911 has received numerous phone calls about a small black bear running around Burkesville, KY. The bear has been seen at numerous locations. If you see the bear, DO NOT APPROACH IT! Get in your automobile or stay inside your residence. Also, it is illegal to feed the bear or shoot it. According to the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, there's nothing they can do unless the bear becomes a direct threat to people or property.
 
 

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5 INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE COLLISION IN COLUMBIA

 
Columbia, KY (August 2, 2019) – Trooper Clint Bale is investigating a single vehicle injury collision that occurred on Thursday,  August 1, 2019 at approximately 7:18pmCT, 3 miles north of Columbia on Campbellsville Rd. Cheryl Alabusalim, age 47 of Louisville, KY was operating a 2004 Mitsubishi, traveling south on Hwy. 55 (Campbellsville Rd), when she hydroplaned, left the roadway and struck a guardrail. The driver and all 4 passengers were wearing their seatbelts and were transported by Adair County EMS to T.J. Sampson Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The passengers were: 18-year old Fatimah Alabusalim, and three juveniles who were all from Louisville KY.  
 

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TRANSPORTATION CABINET URGES CAUTION DURING 127 YARD SALE

 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has some reminders for 127 Yard Sale shoppers & other motorists.
 
First and foremost:
  • No sales or parking on state right of way. It is a safety hazard and also illegal under KRS.177.106. The Cabinet wants to ensure that drivers have the proper amount of sight distance for intersections, driveway entrances and curves. Any encroachment on state right of way requires a permit from the cabinet.

 

Other reminders:
  • Watch for parked cars, slowed traffic and vehicles turning into or out of side streets and driveways.
  • Park a safe distance from the highway, preferably outside a 22-foot “recovery zone” extending from the white line on the pavement edge. This area gives motorists room in which to maneuver in case of trouble.
  • Watch for pedestrians, and especially for children and pets in the area of yard sales.
  • Use seat belts, obey posted speed limits and other traffic laws, and refrain from drinking and driving.

 

For information about the US 127 Yard Sale please visit: http://www.127yardsale.com
 

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LANE CLOSURES SET TO BEING ON KY 90 BRIDGE IN CUMBERLAND CO. TONIGHT; WORK CONTINUES ON KY 61 STRUCTURE

 
SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2019) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that crews will begin performing bridge rehabilitation on the KY 90 structure over the Cumberland River in Burkesville, tonight.
 
Beginning this evening, Aug. 2, the KY 90 bridge (mile point 14.1) will be reduced to one lane as crews begin work. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers into the overnight hours until barrier walls have been placed, at which time temporary traffic signals will be installed on the east and westbound approaches. In addition, lane widths will be reduced to 10 feet.
 
Work continues on the KY 61 structure with the temporary traffic signals remaining in place. Both lanes on the KY 61 structure are set to open Friday, Aug. 9. Temporary short-term lane closures will take place at later dates to be announced to complete all phases of work on KY 61.
 
Work on both structures is expected to be completely by Nov. 30. The date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.
 
For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at http://www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at http://www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.
 

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CASEY CO. AUTHORITIES CRACKING DOWN ON UNDERAGE TOBACCO USE

 
Casey County authorities are cracking down on under age youth tobacco sales. 
 
According to the Casey County Sheriff’s Office, Vasantkumar Patel, an employee of Sallie’s Country Store, was cited for sales of tobacco products to a person under the age of 18. Sheriff Weddle says his office is involved in an on-going joint investigation, along with Liberty Police, and Alcohol Beverage Control Officers. 
 
Authorities are currently looking for Vijaykumar Patel. He is a former employee at A&D Market in Liberty, who also sold tobacco products to a person younger than 18.
 
Numerous similar complaints have been received about these two stores, and others in Casey County. One such complaint came from the mother of a 13-year-old boy who purchased a JUUL starter kit from the A&D Market. 
 
If anyone has information about any store selling these products to underage customers, please contact the Casey County Sheriff’s Department, Liberty Police, or the Office of Alcohol Beverage Control.
 
We remind our listeners that you must be 18 or older to purchase, or sell tobacco products.
 

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KSP ACCEPTING TROOPER CADET APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC CLASS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 1, 2019) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is now taking applications for its next Academy class, scheduled to begin in May of 2020.  This class will be a historic opportunity as it is the agency’s 100th Academy Class since the creation of KSP in 1948. Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/recruitment/.
 
Information available on the website includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, plus a downloadable application form with a list of required supporting documents, (physical standards requirements and testing information).
 
Application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch at 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601 no later than by the close of business September 13, 2019. 
 
If more information is needed after visiting the website, applicants can email KSPrecruit@ky.gov to contact a Recruitment representative. 

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KSP POST 15 TO CONDUCT SAFETY TRAFFIC CHECKPOINTS 

 
Kentucky State Police, Post 15 will be conducting safety traffic checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green, Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton and Cumberland. Troopers will be checking for impaired drivers, children that are not properly restrained in child safety seats and informing the public about the use of seatbelts. These safety checkpoints will be conducted in various locations throughout the Post 15 area that are experiencing a high ratio of vehicular crashes resulting in injury and/or death compared to relatively low safety restraint usage ratio.

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INDIANAPOLIS RESIDENT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN ADAIR CO.

 

Columbia, Ky. (August 1, 2019) – On Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at approximately 12:58pmCT, KSP Post 15 received a complaint of a possible stolen tractor trailer travelling on the Cumberland Parkway. Trooper Allen Shirley located the vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Columbia. Trooper Shirley made contact with the driver, 55 year old Lawrence Johnson of Indianapolis Indiana, who appeared to be impaired. Officer Evan Burton with the Columbia Police Department and his and canine partner “Matt” assisted. Trooper Zach Scott and Officer Burton searched the vehicle after the canine alerted on the tractor unit. A large amount of a white, crystal-like substance (believed to be methamphetamine), along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located.

 

Johnson was arrested and charged with DUI 1st (aggravating circumstance), Possession of a Controlled Ssubstance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 392 federal safety reg - driving of motor vehicle. Johnson was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

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ARRESTS 07/31/19

 

  • Wesley Pitcock, 33, Columbia, KY - arrested by ACSO for Burglary, 3rd degree
  • Jerry Allen LaRue, 25, Clarksville, TN - arrested on Wednesday afternoon by BPD and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT. ACTIVITY REPORT - JULY, 2019

 
ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT - JULY, 2019
 
  55  WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
    6  CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
    5  CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
    5  DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
    7  NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
    4  INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
  18  OUT-OF-COUNTY TRANSPORTS
  18  CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
  42  CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
    3  CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
  18  SUBPOENAS SERVED
170  HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
402  VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE 
  16  ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
    9  MOTORIST ASSISTS
676  911 CALLS
  11  ALCOHOL/ DRUG RELATED
 

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NEW CONSTABLE APPOINTED IN DIST. 1 IN RUSSELL CO.

 

Russell Co. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson has signed an Executive Order appointing Jeffrey Aaron to fulfill the remainder of the term of Constable for District 1 to replace Perry Brumley who resigned.

 

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ANOTHER RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory on Baldett Road in Russell County due to a water main break. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking for at least 3 mintues until further notice.

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
The Boil Water Advisory in Cooper Mobile Home Park off of Short Street in Russell County has been lifted. The advisory was issued on Wednesday morning due to water line repairs. It has been lifted and you no longer have to boil your water.
 

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LARGE MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATING CUT DOWN BY ADAIR CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE

 

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at approximately 7:30amCT, Adair County Sheriff's Office deputies, along with Sheriff Josh Brockman, responded to a cornfield 12 miles east of Columbia. Acting on information of suspicious vehicle being seen in the area, and with the use of a drone, marijuana was found to be growing between the rows of corn. After more than 3 hours, the Sheriff's Office had cut and packed out 1,017 marijuana plants. The plants ranged from 3 feet to 6 feet in height, with a street value of over $500,000 at full maturity.

 
 
 

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