Campbellsville, KY (September 30, 2019) Kentucky State Police investigated a single vehicle fatal collision 13 miles East of Campbellsville on KY70 today at 6:05 am ET.
Preliminary investigation indicates 68 year-old Donald Sparks of Shepherdsville was operating a 2003 Freightliner semi-truck and trailer traveling east on KY70. Sparks was traveling too fast for the terrain of the roadway causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The trailer he was pulling struck the guardrail overturning over an embankment, which caused the truck to then overturn.
Donald Sparks was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner's Office. KY 70 remained closed for nearly 10 hours while units on scene reconstructing the collision.
The collision is being investigated by Sgt. Randall A. Honeycutt and was assisted by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, Campbellsville Fire and Rescue, Taylor County Fire Department and Kentucky Department of Transportation.
- Joshua Eugene York, 32, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD Sunday afternoon for Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO
- Donald Carroll, 57, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Sunday afternoon for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration
- William Grabel, 51, Lafollette, TN - arrested by RSPD on Saturday afternoon for Robbery, 2nd degree
- Anthony Smith, 63, Russell Springs - arrested late Friday night for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st & 2nd Offenses)
Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.
- Christopher Forton, 28, Columbia - arrested by CPD early this moring for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)
- Anthony Wilson, 58, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Saturday evening for Menacing; Harassment; Disorderly Conduct, 2nd degree; Resisting Arrest; and Terroristic Threatening
- Beth Garmon, 46, Burkesville - arrested early Saturday morning by CCSO and charged with DUI & Failure to Wear Seatbelt
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
A tractor trailer accident has closed Highway 70 near Stoner Creek Road just past Mannsville in Taylor County. According to Campbellsville 9-1-1, the tractor trailer overturned. Big Dawg news has learned that one person died in the crash. We'll have more details as they are made available.
At approximately 5:00pmCT on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 51-year-old William Grabel of Lafollette, TN was transported from a Pennsylvania jail and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by RSPD units. Grabel was served with a Russell County warrant for Robbery, 2nd degree stemming from a June 2019 RSPD investigation into the Robbery of the BB&T bank in Russell Springs. RSPD Det. Chasity Shirley is heading the investigation.
Campbellsville 911 notified 99.9 The Big Dawg tonight that some residents on Greensburg Road have no water due to a main line break. Green/Taylor Water is working to repair the line.
Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that 45-year-old Paula Jill Rainwater was operating a Toyota Camry, traveling on Greensburg Rd. when she struck an embankment between Campbellsville and Greensburg. The auto then overturned, ejecting Rainwater. She was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. A passenger, 55-year-old James Bridgewater of Campbellsville, KY refused treatment.
The Friday night accident occurred at approx. 11:00pmET and was investigated by Deputy Paul Pinson with the Taylor County Sheriffs Dept.
A traffic stop in the Middletown community of Russell Co. just after midnight on Thursday night, September 26, 2019 resulted in two drug arrests.
RSPD Officer Lucas Justice initiated the traffic stop on a 2001 Ford truck for expired tags. Throughout the course of the stop, items of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and suspected methamphetamine were located. The driver, 42-year-old Troy Paige of Jamestown, KY and a passenger, 49-year-old Edythe Long of Somerset, KY were taken into custody.
Troy Paige was charged with No registration plates, No registration receipt, Driving on DUI suspended license, Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, Possession of Drug paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine).
Edyth Long was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, (Methamphetamine).
Both individuals were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Officer Justice was assisted on scene by JPD Officer Jeremy England and RCSO Deputy Dustin Bunch.
Springfield, KY September 27, 2019) On Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at approximately 12:50pmET, Units from Kentucky State Police Post 15, along with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, responded to Mount Zion Rd. in Washington County in reference to a deceased male who had been located in an abandoned building. The ongoing investigation has revealed that the victim was shot three times and then set on fire. Charges are being sought against the suspect for murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse. An autopsy was performed by the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville, KY and dental records have confirmed positive identification of the 18-year-old victim as Joseph Davidson of Upton, KY.
This incident remains under investigation by Detective Kevin Roberts. Det. Roberts was assisted on scene by the Nelson and Washington County Sheriff’s Departments and the Washington County Coroner’s Office.
Traffic Alert: I-65 Southbound in Hardin County Between Elizabethtown and Sonora
Update: 9:30am Eastern
A secondary southbound crash has occurred near Mile Marker (MM) 83. For clarification, the interstate is blocked at MM 79 and 83. Both locations involve fatalities so reconstruction is taking place at each incident scene. Estimated time to clear all blockages is now 5-7 hours.
The mandatory detour is now Exit 86 (Glendale) to US 31W and back on I-65 at the Exit 76 Interchage (Upton) to continue south.
Motorists stuck in the queue between each scene and an exit ramp are slowly being turned around.
Motorists approaching the area are strongly encouraged to plan alternate routes in advance of the mandatory detour. For those traveling through toward Bowling Green, the best option is Exit 91 to Western Kentucky Parkway Westbound, to I-165 Southbound and rejoin I-65 in Bowling Green. This route is only an approximate 20 minute deviation from a normal southbound trip down I-65 between the two locations.
Local traffic along US 31W and intersecting routes is also congested. Please be aware of increased volumes and use additional caution at intersections and entrances.
Given conditions of multiple commercial vehicles and personal occupancy vehicles involved and a high volume of traffic to manage on an interstate facility, emergency responders and assisting agencies are working as safely and quickly as possible to clear the area.
State Senator Ralph Alvarado (Winchester, KY), who is running for Lt. Governor with Governor Matt Bevin, will be in Columbia today (Friday). Senator Alvarado will be at the Adair Annex around 11:00amCT to meet with local officials. He will then head over to the Columbia/Adair Co. Chamber of Commerce building on Burkesville St. at approx. 1:30pmCT to talk with EDA board members.
- Edyth Long, 49, Russell Springs, KY - arrested by RCSO early this morning (Friday) and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Troy Paige, 42, Jamestown, KY - arrested by RSPD early this morning (Friday) for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia; Driving on a DUI Suspended License; Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle; No Registration Plates; and No Registration Receipt
- Travis Passmore, 24, Russell Springs - arrested Thursday afternoon by RCSO for Receiving Stolen Property Under $500
- Anthony Smith, 63, Russell Springs, KY - arrested by RSPD on Thursday for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center
- Stephen Boyd, 29, Columbia, KY - arrested on Thursday evening by CPD for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; Failure to Use Child Restraint Device; and served a Bench Warrant for Court
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail
The "ALL IN FOR LWC" Challenge a Success!
The Adair County Fair Association is proud to announce that the Bank of Columbia has made a generous donation to enable the organization to bring the tradition of the full county fair back to our community.
The Fair Association has been searching for a new location to hold the fair since 2016, when the former location became unavailable. The volunteer organization has continued to host staple fair events like pageants and livestock showing, but has never given up hope to return the fair to its former glory, complete with a carnival and exciting events that have always been a popular draw for the community.
The Bank of Columbia Board of Trustees is pleased to donate 10.23 acres located on the southeast side of Industrial Park Road to the Adair County Fair Association for the development of a new Adair County Fairgrounds.
“It is important to the Bank of Columbia to give back to Adair County,” Bank of Columbia President/CEO Mark Dykes explains. “We have complete faith in the dedicated volunteers of the Adair County Fair Association and their vision for the future fairgrounds.”
The Adair County Fair Association and the county have a rich history together with the first fair being a four-day fair in August of 1884. The fair influences restaurants, hotels, stores and businesses of all types with a boost to the local economy around the week of the fair. Pageants, floral hall exhibitions and various competitions bring recognition to local talent, as well as thousands of dollars in prize money.
As with any property, there is going to be a lot of site preparation work needed for a county fair, from earth work, water and electric, buildings, bleachers, and much more. It will take several years to have the resources enjoyed in the past, but the Fair Association plans to have some events and a carnival on the new fairgrounds in 2020.
Planning and organizing a bigger and better Adair County Fair requires financial support and many volunteer hours. The Bank of Columbia is optimistic that this donation will encourage other businesses and individuals to get involved and support the Fair Association either by making a financial contribution or as a volunteer.
The Adair County Fair Association is extremely grateful to the Bank of Columbia for their support and extend their highest gratitude and appreciation for such a donation.
“We are pleased to help the people of our community grow their families, businesses and dreams,” Bank of Columbia board member Greg Hill says. “It is our hope that by donating this property, we can watch many more generations make memories in their hometown.”
As of 8:54 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019, the Boil Water Advisory for customers from Fivestar on Campbellsville Road, including Grant Lane down to Russell Creek and all side roads in between, has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumptio and you no longer have to boil your water.
The Adair Co. Fiscal Court met on Tuesday. Jim Leib has details.....
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2019) – The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu, as the official flu season begins Sept. 29 and runs through May 16, 2020.
DPH officials are reporting 154 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in regions across the state since Aug. 4.
"Getting the flu can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening," said Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner of DPH. “Vaccination is the best tool we have to prevent the flu. It is also extremely important to take simple preventive steps to avoid the flu and other illnesses that tend to circulate at this time of year – wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and stay home when you are sick.”
Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Flu can be very contagious. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective, so it is very important to get the flu shot as soon as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include:
- Children age 6 months through 59 months (less than 5 years)
- Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season
- Persons 50 years of age or older
- Persons with extreme obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater)
- Persons aged 6 months and older with chronic health problems
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged ≤59 months (i.e., aged
- Household contacts and caregivers or people who live with a person at high-risk for complications from the flu
- Health care workers, including physicians, nurses, and other workers in inpatient and outpatient-care settings, medical emergency-response workers (e.g., paramedics and emergency medical technicians), employees of nursing home and long-term care facilities who have contact with patients or residents, and students in these professions who will have contact with patients.
The flu vaccine has been changed to better protect against the types of flu that were seen last season. Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year’s flu season. Vaccination can be given any time during the flu season, but providers are encouraged to administer the vaccine as soon as possible.
The flu vaccine is especially important in light of the longest flu season the nation experienced last year. The CDC reports that more than 647,000 flu-related hospitalizations occurred and more than 61,000 people died as a result of the flu. In Kentucky, there were 194 flu-related deaths, two of which were children.
It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated before or during pregnancy. Antibodies cross the placenta and provide immunity to infants up to 6 months of age, when the infant is eligible to receive their dose of flu vaccine. Last season in Kentucky, there were infants less than one month old that had the flu.
DPH relies on sites such as doctors’ offices, hospitals and health departments to help track the level of influenza activity in the state and to identify which strains of the flu are circulating in Kentucky. These voluntary sites collect data and report influenza-like illness (ILI) cases according to age groups each week. This sampling represents only a small percentage of influenza cases for the state, but contributes to the ongoing assessment of flu activity in the commonwealth and helps determine the weekly level of flu activity.
DPH officials report weekly influenza activity to the CDC as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. The weekly report will be issued October 11, 2019 and posted online at https://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/FluActivity.aspx. The report will be updated by noon each Friday. The report consists of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results. Rapid positive influenza tests are not included in this report, but are used as an indicator of flu-like illness circulating across the state.
For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical provider or local health department. Influenza information is also available online at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Fiscal Court meeting Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The public is invited to attend.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. TAX RATES
Date Issued: 09/25/2019
Time Issued: 9:30 A.M.
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers from Fivestar on Campbellsville Road including Grant Lane down to Russell Creek 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.
Wedneday, Sept. 25, 2019 is "All In For LWC Day" as proclaimed by the Columbia Mayor & Adair Co. Judge Exec.
Two Russell Co. men were indicted on burglary & other charges in connection with several area churches being broken into. The churches include: Creelsboro Christian Church, Temple Hill Community Church, Mt. Vernon Church, Grider's Chapel, Coffey's Grove, First Baptist Church, Good Tidings Church, & Faith Independent Church.
Noah Adam Foley, 18, and Luke Lawhorn,19, both of Jamestown, KY - indicted for 7 counts of Burglary, 3rd degree; 7 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500; 8 counts of Criminal Mischief, 1st degree; 7 counts of Unlawful Transaction With a Minor, 2nd degree; 3 counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary, 3rd degree
William K. Miller, 28, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parahernalia; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; No registration Receipt; No Registration Plates; Failure of Non-Owner to Maintain Insurance; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and No Operator's License
Mark Deel, 39, Jamestown, KY and Carrie Johnson, 40, Russell Springs, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Tampering With Physical Evidence; Posssession of Drug Paraphernalia; and for being Persistent Felony Offenders
Ronnie Lawless, 63, Jamestown, KY - Crminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 1st Degree. According to the indictment, Lawless possessed a forged $100 dollar bill and passed the bill at McDonald's knowing it was forged.
Melissa Pike, 40, Russell Springs, KY - Theft of Property Delivered by Mistake; Tampering with Physical Evidence
Christopher Austin, 44, Liberty, KY - Receiving Stolen Property over $500; DUI, 2nd Offense; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; No registration Receipt; Terroristic Threatening; Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle
Jonathan Davis, 37, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Phillip Bernard, 57, and Ricky D. Bernard, 55, both of Jamestown, KY - 2 counts of Trafficking in Marijuana, 2nd or Greater Offense; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Gabapentin); Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Clonazepam); Tampering With Physical Evidence; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Phillip Bernard also indicted for Resisting Arrest.
Brenda J. Hammond, 56, Jamestown, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Tampering With Physical Evidence; and for being a Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd Degree
Sarah Cox, 39, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
Donald Carroll, 57, Russell Springs, KY - Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry
Nicholas Fields, 38, Jamestown, KY - Burglary, 3rd Degree; Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree
Jeffrey D. Milburn, 50, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Promoting Contraband, 1st Degree; Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; No Operator's License; and No Tail Lamps
Heather Coffey Gosser, 34, Russell Springs, KY - Flagrant Nonsupport
Austin Blackwell, 21, Lebanon, Indiana - Flagrant Nonsupport
Latisha Goff, 32, Jamestown, KY - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree
Damian Anderson, 45, Russell Springs, KY - Bail jumping (2 counts); Pesistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
The Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Mount Eden Road has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water!
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
- September 10, 2019-Regular Meeting Minutes
- LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
- FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
5. COURT ORDERS
6. ACTION ITEMS:
- SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT TAX RATES
- ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR CONTRACT
- BOOM MOWER & TRACTOR SEALED BID OR REVERSE AUCTION W/ KACO
- RECYLING CENTER DISCUSSION
- FALL BLACKTOP MONEY
- COURTHOUSE SIGN
- KACO GRANTS-PERMISSION TO APPLY
- JAIL-UPDATED PAY SCALE
- SET COUNTY TAX RATES
7. OTHER BUSINESS
8. PUBLIC COMMENTS
On Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 6:18pmET, Trooper Jake Harper was on routine patrol on HWY 910 when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2017 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Consent to search the vehicle was given resulting in Tpr. Harper locating a syringe containing suspected methamphetamine.
The operator, 40-year-old Tabatha Allen of Liberty, KY was arrested and charged with No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, No Operators License, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Required Insurance (1st offense), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Allen was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.
An on-going investigation by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in another arrest for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
According to R.C. Sheriff Derek Polston, 18-year-old Brooklyn Beard of Magnolia, KY was arrested for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine). She was lodged in the Russell County Jail.
Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating officer.
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County Citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.
9-1-1 lines are down in Adair County due to a Windstream outage! In case of an emergency, call 270-384-6466.
Lisa Redmon, 36, of Russell Springs was arrested by Russell Springs Police early this morning and charged with Cruelty to Animals, 2nd degree and lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
Armando Palagio, 25, of Columbia was arrested by KSP on Sunday night for DUI; Alcohol Intoxication in a Pulic Place; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; No Operators License; Rear License Not Illuminated; Failure to Wear Seat Belt; No Registration Receipt; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card
He was lodged in the Adail Co. Regional Jail.
There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Mount Eden Road from 870 Mt. Eden Rd. up to 1629 Mt. Eden Rd. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this man/vehicle. These photos were taken on Friday, September 20, 2019 around 12 noon in the Pinewood Shopping Center area. If anyone has any information, please contact the Sheriffs Office at 270-384-2776 Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. After hours, call Adair County Dispatch at 270-384-6464. Information will be confidential.
On Friday, September 20, 2019 the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a burglary in progress on Eastport Road. The victim came home to discover his front door kicked in. The victim gave a description of the vehicle that left prior to Deputies arrival. That vehicle was located at Campbellsville Housing, Anna Court. 33-year-old Wesley Spalding of Loretto, KY was found hiding inside a residence and was in possession of stolen property matching items taken from the burglary, including a handgun. Spalding also has 12 warrants from four different counties. He was arrested and charged with Burglary, 1st degree and transported to the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
Taylor Co. Deputy Brent Burkhead made the arrest. He was assisted by the Campbellsville Police Dept.
Chris Lynn Pelston, 41, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Friday morning, September 20, 2019 by KSP and charged wtih Sexual Abuse, 1st degree (Victim Under 12). Pelston was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
There is a "Burning Ban" in Russell County, KY. Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson declared the burning ban effective Saturday, September 21st, 2019 until further notice due to the extremely dry conditions. According to the Executive Order, no one shall light or maintain an open fire at any location in Russell Co. while the ban is in effect. Any person violating the ban shall be subect to fines and penalties.
The Adair County School Board met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has details....
The Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Oak St., Richards Dr. and Alexandra Dr. has been lifted.
Adair County is now under an "Open Burning Ban". Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan signed the proclamation earlier today.....
- Timothy McWhorter, 32, Russell Springs, KY - arrested Wednesday afternoon by Probation & Parole for Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 ounces); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); and a Parole Violaton (for Techical Violation)
- Christopher Dalton Smothers, 35, Russell Springs, KY - arrested Wednesday afternoon by RCSO for 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possesssion of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lodged in the Russell County Jail.
- Carla Perkins, 53, Columbia, KY - arrested by KSP on Wednesday afternoon for DUI; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Improper Windshield; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Vicki Hodges, 38, Elizabethtown, KY - arresed Wednesday night by ACSO for Leaving the Scene of an Accident; DUI; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Ricky Melton, 32, Burkesville - arrested Wednesday night by BPD for Disregarding a Stop Sign and DUI
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
The Russell County Sheriff's office phone lines are down for the day (Thursday). In case of emergency, call dispatch at 270-343-6600 or 911.
Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman & Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston were guests on the WAVE this morning. Here's the interview in case you missed it.........
On Wednesday, Sept. 18th, Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson and the Fiscal Court issued a proclamation recognizing Russell County 911 Telecommunicators as first responders.
Currently, Telecommunicators are classified as Office and Administrative Support Occupations. Recently, Texas became the first state to pass legislation recognizing 911 Telecommunicators as first responders and classify them as Protective Services, which includes police, fire, EMS, etc. The 911 Saves Act is a national bill that would reclassify 911 telecommunicators nationwide as Protective Services. Currently it has passed the House and is being considered in the Senate.
Item #7 in the local proclamation states, "The Russell County Fiscal Court recognizes that a 911 Telecommunicator is far from clerical and supports the national movement to reclassify 911 Telecommunicators as First Responders, to truly recognize the work they do. Additionally, the Russell County Fiscal Court supports the 911 Saves Act to properly classify the proffession of 911 Telecommunicators."
Full time Telecommunicators are required to complete an intensive 5-week academy through the Dept of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, KY. The academy is considered among the best in the nation. Telecommunicators also are required to receive ongoing training each year to maintain this certification. In addition, they are certified in Telephone CPR and Criminal Justice Information System, which houses sensitive data such as Driver License, Vehicle registration, Criminal History, Wanted Persons, etc.
Russell County 911 employees 11 Telecommunicators (7 full time and 4 part time). They want to thank the Russell County Judge Executive and Fiscal Court for this recognition and will continue to strive to provide the best possible 911 service to the citizens and tourists of Russell County.
Pictured front row left to right: Kori Skaggs (911 Training officer), Gary Robertson (County Judge Executive), Gary Wheat (911 Supervisor). Back row left to right Valerie Baker (911 Telecommunicator), Nichole Simpson (911 Telecommunicator), Derek Polston (Sheriff/911 Board), H M Bottom (911 Board Chair), Penny Jones (911 Telecommunicator), Ashley Pearson (911 Telecommunicator). Not pictured are: Laura Willis, Elizabeth Skaggs, Krystal Redmon, Carrie Burton and Nicole Bradshaw.
In the continued battle to combat the drug epidemic in Russell County, 2 Russell Countians were arrested on Wednesday.
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, a search warrant was executed at 3372 West Hwy 76 in the old Foley store area of Russell County. Arrested at the scene were Christopher D. Smothers, age 35, who was charged with Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine). Rebeka Devore, age 37, was charged with Possession of Marijuana (less than 8oz) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sheriff Polston says more arrests are forthcoming.
The sheriff reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.
September 17th, 2019
Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management
While in discussion with the National Weather Service (NWS) and Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, in regard to the dry conditions of the county, it was decided to bring attention to the elevated risk of fire spread. The majority of Adair County remains out of the abnormally dry conditions indicated on the included drought monitor infographic and further information from the NWS expects the conditions to remain the same through the end of the week. Many counties around Adair are experiencing moderate drought conditions and have enacted local burn bans. We will continue to monitor conditions along with our government partners and make determination on a local ban if conditions change.
Please use caution if you must burn in Adair County and consult with your local government if out of the county.
LEXINGTON, KY, Sept. 17, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg today announced 72 counties in the commonwealth (including Russell, Adair, Casey, Cumberland & Metcalfe) are eligible to apply for grants to help recover from natural disasters.
The announcement comes after U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers announced that USDA is making $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program.
The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery number.
Grant applications will be accepted at USDA state offices on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds.
Eligible counties: Adair, Ballard, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Clay, Crittenden, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Graves, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Livingston, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Metcalfe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle, Russell, Spencer, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, and Wolfe.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/.
There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County, KY on Oak St., Richards Dr. and Alexandra Drive due to water main repairs. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.
On Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 3:23pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a single vehicle collision on KY 704. Upon arrival, it was found that Sandra Loy of Columbia, KY was operating a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox traveling south on KY 704, when she dropped off the shoulder of the roadway, traveled through a residential yard, with the vehicle rolling over.
Loy and a juvenile passenger were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and then transferred to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.
The collision was investigated by Chief Deputy Justin Cross.
- Ricky Barnett, 65, Campbellsville - arrested by the TCSO on Monday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Drug Unspecified)
- Ester Hunt, 56, Columbia - arrested Monday evening by KSP for DUI (Aggravating Circumstance) 3rd Offense; Driving on a DUI Suspended License; Reckless Driving; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card
- Maverick Parr, 30, Glasgow - arrested on Monday afternoon for Rape, 3rd degree; Ppossession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor; Use of a Minor (under the age of 16) in a Sex Performance; Sodomy, 1st degree (Victim under 12 years old); and Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd degree (on foot)
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The Russell County School Board met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has information.....
FRANKFORT (September 16, 2019) - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s high-tech Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC) will visit Adair County Middle School September 17-19, 2019 to teach students about agriculture and its vital role in their everyday lives.
3 MSACs travel to schools throughout the Commonwealth to give students the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments related to agriculture using current educational standards and core content.
The MSACs use tablet computers, a 70-inch LED monitor, and an all-in-one touchscreen desktop computer to interact with students. The mobile units contain internal generators; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and handicapped-accessible ramps.
The mobile units are administered by the Education and Outreach Division in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of Marketing.
If you plan to cover a visit, please contact the school in advance.
The City of Columbia, in conjunction with local churches and organizations, will be sponsoring a "Day of Caring" this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 in Columbia and Adair County.
Projects are to be completed for the elderly, disabled, and community on that day. This past week, Don Neat and Dwan Hadley have been delivering wood to residents in the county that burn wood for heat in the winter.
Bobby Morrison and the Band of Brothers from the Columbia Christian Church will be working with an activity at the Rosenwald School near Santa Fe Church.
The Columbia Baptist Church will be overseeing a project at Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor. Projects include: cleaning gutters, tree trimming, cleaning windows, and other smaller household chores throughout the day.
If you or your church would like to participate, please contact Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.
“We hope that this will become a biannual event for our town,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots, “The support of the community has been amazing.”
Governor Matt Bevin, along with a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) official, will attend the Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 to make a transportation funding announcement. The meeting will be held at the Central KY Ag/Expo Center, 678 S. Wallace Wilkinson Blvd., Liberty, KY at 2:00pmET.
- Jeffery Milburn, 50, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD early this morning (Monday) for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Promoting Contraband; No Tail Lamps; No License in Possession; Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; and 2 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines
- Justin Withers, 18, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for Careless Driving; Communication Device Violation; No Rear View Mirror; Improper Windshield; Possession of Marijuana; and DUI
- Chris Dunlap, 32, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for Cruelty to Animals, 2nd degree
- Christopher Lawrence Glover, 24, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for DUI
- Wilson Perez-Aguilar, 22, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for DUI and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Oscar Alfaro, 49, Campbellsville - arrested by ACSO on Sunday night for Reckless Driving; no Operators-Moped License; and DUI
- Hugo Vasquez, 38, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Sunday night for Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot) and Alcohol intoxication in a Public Place
- Susan Jasper, 47, Columbia - arrested by ACSO and charged with Assault, 4th degree (Minor Injuries)
- Bryany Pelt, 23, Campbellsville - arrested by KSP in Columbia early Sunday morning for DUI (Aggravating Circumstance); Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and Assault, 4th degree (Minor Injuries)
- LeRoy Spencer, 51, Columbia - arrested by CPD on Saturday night for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence)
- Brandon Beldon, 21, Liberty - arrested by KSP early Sunday for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, 1st offense
- Matthew Miller, 30, Albany - arrested by CCSO on Saturday for Reckless Driving; Fleeing or Evading Police; DUI; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
- Austin Lewis, 23, Greensburg - arrested by GPD on Friday afternoon for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree
Lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that on Sunday evening, September 15, 2019 a search warrant was executed at 100 Walnut Lane (Hwy 1680) in the Bernard Ridge/Pleasant Hill area by members of the Russell Co. Sheriffs Office. Three individuals were arrested at the scene. 47-year-old Phillip Sutton and 55-year-old Kathy Sutton, both of Jamestown, KY were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana (less than 8oz), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Phillip Grider, age 41, was also arrested and served with 3 outstanding warrants for Flagrant Non-Support.
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity or anything suspicious, to contact the Russell County Sheriff's Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.
The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Russell County High School (Library)
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition: Melissa McGowan, SES Guidance Counselor & Marvin Sullivan, RCHS Custodian
5. Recognition of Lakers 15U Baseball Team (Representing the Ohio Valley Region in Bismark North Dakota for the Babe Ruth World Series Championship)
6. Presentation: Engineering Program at Russell County High School, Mrs. Carol Ackerman
7. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
8. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
9. Approval of Working Budget for SY 2019-2020 (FY 20)
10. Employee Trainer Payment Fee
11. Revised Section 6 Fund Allocations "KERA Money"
12. Contract Approval-Family Resource & Youth Service Centers
13. Fundraiser Approvals
14. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
15. Executive Session (Employee Discipline KRS 61.810 (1)(f))
16. Resume Meeting
17. Public Comment
18. DUO BroadBand Donation
19. Personnel Reports
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. 2ND READING OF ORDINANCE 2019-04 - AN ORDINANCE LEVYING THE ANNUAL AD VALOREM TAX ON REAL, PROPERTY, MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTOR BOATS AND OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY FOR CITY PURPOSES IN THE COPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSSELL SPRINGS, KENTUCKY FOR THE YEAR 2019
- Charles Sybert, 50, Knifley - arrested Thursday night by KSP for Theft by Deception - Including Cold Checks (Under $10,000), and a Fugitive From Another State Warrant. Sybert was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
- Douglas Gilbert, 31, Nancy, KY - arrested by KSP on Thursday night for Assault, 3rd degree (Police or Probation Oficer); Disorderly Conduct, 1st & 2nd degree; Resisting Arrest; Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place; Menacing; and Resisting Arrest. Gilbert was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Corey Giles, 37, Knifley, KY - arrested by Campbellsville Police on Thursday afternoon for Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Meth); and Outstanding Taylor County District Court Warrant. He was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center. Giles was arrested after he was observed acting suspicious and appearing to be under the influence in the Druthers restaurant parking lot on Main St. in Campbellsville.
- Thomas Gene Moore, 57, Burkesville - arrested by BPD for Cultivating Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
- Thomas Gene Moore Jr., 23, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO for Cultivating Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
- Lance Humphrey, 23, Burkesville - arrested by BPD for Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
- Trista Reynolds, 25, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO for Cultivating Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
All four were lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
On Thursday, September 12, 2019 at approximately 11:00pmCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin observed a red Dodge truck, being operated by Kyle Leishner of Columbia. The deputy also observed a passenger in the vehicle that he believed to be 32-year-old Wyatt Long, also of Adair County. Deputy Durbin had knowledge that both individuals had outstanding Circuit Court Warrants for their arrest in Adair and Casey Counties.
Deputy Durbin initiated contact and Kyle Leishner was taken into custody without incident. When Long was being arrested, he began to resist. Deputy Durbin was able to gain control of Long and place him in custody without injury to either party. Long was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Wyatt Long was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Outstanding Adair County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant.
Kyle Leishner was arrested on an Outstanding Casey County Warrant.
K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin was assisted by Deputy Joey Keith. The investigation is continuing.
The Russell Springs City Council met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has details....
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. Lisa Clark has details.....
September 12, 2019 – On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Michael Dewayne Corbin, 43, was sentenced by Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy for several drug-related offenses. Judge Murphy accepted the recommendation of Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright and sentenced Corbin to a total of 21 years in prison for his crimes, which occurred in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Adair County Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin first charged Corbin with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and other crimes in November 2017, following an investigation on L. Hancock Road. Later, on February 2, 2018 Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Begley and Deputies Brandon Hitch and Derek Padgett with the Adair County Sheriff’s Department arrested Corbin on an indictment warrant related to the November 2017 charges. At the time of the arrest in February 2018, Corbin was found to be in possession of multiple baggies of methamphetamine, a set of digital scales, and other items of drug paraphernalia, and was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).
Corbin later appeared in Adair Circuit Court on March 26, 2019, and pled guilty to the 2017 and 2018 charges and agreed to a recommended sentence of 10 years in prison on each case. Following the entry of his guilty plea, Corbin was released on bond pending final sentencing. Adair County Deputy Sheriff Justin Cross arrested Corbin on April 12, 2019 after finding him in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine in Columbia. Cross later presented evidence regarding his investigation to the Adair County Grand Jury, resulting in an indictment charging Corbin with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and with being a Persistent Felony Offender.
When Corbin appeared in court this past Tuesday, Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright recommended that the sentences on the 2017 and 2018 cases be served consecutively (one after the other) based on Corbin’s conduct while on bond awaiting final sentencing. Wright further recommended an additional year in prison for the 2019 offense. Judge Murphy agreed with Wright’s recommendation and imposed a total sentence of 21 years in prison and Judge Murphy denied probation.
Wright commended the Kentucky State Police and the Adair County Sheriff’s Department for their continued efforts to combat the drug epidemic in Adair County. Wright said, “thanks to the joint efforts of officers with these agencies, another drug dealer will be removed from our community for a long time.”
Renaissance Columbia is happy announce that country music group "Ricochet" will be performing a free concert at the 2019 Downtown Days Festival on Saturday night, October 12, 2019. Ricochet will be the headlining concert of this year’s festival held annually on the Square in Columbia. The ACM award winning band is often referred to as “the hardest working band in country music” with hit songs such as “What Do I Know”, “Love Is Stronger Than Pride”, “Ease My Troubled Mind” and their #1 hit “Daddy’s Money”.
Downtown Days will begin on Friday, October 11th and will continue on Saturday, October 12th featuring live music both nights, arts & crafts booths, food court, pageants, car show, kid’s carnival, 5K and Kid’s Fun Run, kiddie train rides and much more!
If you are interested in setting up as vendor or have questions about the festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to like the Downtown Days Facebook page for festival updates and announcements.
- Joshua Montville, 25, and Austin Blankenship, 21, both of Jamestown, KY were arrested by Jamestown Police on Wednesday afternoon for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries.
- Melinda Weind, 54, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested Thursday morning for Theft of Services.
- Clayton Sexton, 25, of Monticello, KY - arrested Wednesday night by CCSO for Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; No Registration Plates; and Served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
The Columbia Police Department executed a search warrant on Carrie Bolin Drive in Columbia on Wednesday night, September 11, 2019 just after 9:00pmCT. Once inside the apartment, Officers found and seized several forms of narcotics as well as a large some of cash and firearms.
19-year-old Tyree Devontae Lotts of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana less than 5 pounds, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Cocaine), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin), all felonies.
CPD Officer Evan Burton was the investigating Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officers Jamie Cole and Adam Cravens.
CITY OF RUSSELL SPRINGS
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
III. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
IV. OLD BUSINESS
V. NEW BUSINESS
- CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION APPROVING WATER PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH CITY OF JAMESTOWN
- CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION APPOVING WASTEWATER TREATMENT AGREEMENT WITH CITY OF JAMESTOWN
- 911 AGREEMENT
- 2019 PROPERTY TAX RATE DISCUSSION
- MAIN STREET RENEWAL PLAN
- MAYOR'S UPDATE
The Adair Co. Fiscal Court met on Tuesday. Jim Leib has more details....
According to the Adair County Sheriffs Office, this morning (Wednesday) at 2:46amCT, Adair County Deputy Joey Keith was dispatched to the 2000 block of KY 55 South. The original complaint was that someone was ringing doorbells of multiple residents in that area.
Upon Deputy Keith’s arrival, he saw a male subject walking and stopped to check him out as he was in the area of complaint. When Deputy Keith exited his vehicle and identified himself, the male subject fled. A foot pursuit ensued, leading across the roadway into a nearby field. Deputy Keith was eventually able to bring the pursuit to an end by deploying his taser. The suspect was them taken into custody and identified as 32-year-old Adrian Morales of Columbia.
After Morales was secured, with the assistance of Columbia Police Officers Adam Cravens and Jamie Cole, a search of the overgrown field was conducted in an attempt to locate a backpack. During chase, Deputy Keith observed Morales take it off and throw it. They were able to recover the backpack and inside was a loaded 40 caliber Glock handgun.
Morales was lodged in the Adair Co. Jail on the following charges:
- Wanton Endangerment of a police officer
- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon .
- Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine
- Possession of Stolen property
- Fleeing and Evading Police
- Public Intoxication
The investigation is continueing by the Adair County Sheriffs Office.
The 20th annual R.C. Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was held last week and a total of 21 teams participated and 23 sponsors. The Chamber would like to thank EVERYONE who participated and/or sponsored this annual event!
1st: Baldett's Auto Sales (David Turner, Rob Bertram, Daniel Johnson & Capt. Bob King)
2nd: Mighty Dollar (Jeremy "Hog" Wilson, Zach Wilson, Kenny Wilson & Alex Mann)
3rd: McDonald's (David Branscum, Randy Baird, Buddy Coe & Jordy Veach)
TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Congressman James Comer’s District Director, Sandy Simpson, will host office hours on behalf of the Congressman in Russell County to help 1st district residents with federal casework issues.
Friday, September 20th
10:00am - 11:00amCT
Russell County Courthouse
Fiscal Courtroom, 2nd Floor
410 Monument Square
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, Ky. 42728. The public is invited to attend.
Pledge of Allegiance
Call to Order
1. Approval of Agenda
2. Approval of Minutes
- August 27, 2019-Minutes-Regular
- Sheriff's Report
- Road Department Report
- G.R.A.S. Report
- Committee Reports
- Jail Report
5. Treasurer's Report
6. Budget Amendments
- Line to Line Transfers
- Fund to Fund Transfers
8. Court Orders
9. Reading of Roads
10. Action Items:
- Neil Gold-Hospital Board
- Hosptial Board Tax Rates
- Jail-Updated Pay Scale
- 2nd Reading Admin Code Change Preg. Worker's Act
- Set County Tax Rates
- RCS Contract Renewal
- Monica Phillip-911 Move FT from PT
- Ambulance Tax Rates
11. Other Business
12. Public Comments
The meeting is open to the public.
The Russell County Fiscal Court met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details.....
Liberty, KY (September 9, 2019) - Trooper Jake Harper is investigating a collision that occurred Sunday, September 8, 2019 at approximately 6:52amET, 3 miles north of Jacktown on KY 243. Ashley Coulter, age 33 of Bardstown, KY was operating a 2008 Nissan Altima northbound on KY 243 when she ran off the right shoulder of the roadway, overcorrected, and struck a tree. Coulter was not belted and was ejected from the vehicle. Coulter was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Casey County Coroner.
Tpr. Harper was assisted at the scene by additional members of the Kentucky State Police, Casey County Sheriff’s department, Casey County Fire, EMS and Rescue.
- Amber Ruby, 22, Dunnville - arrested Sunday afternoon by RCSO for Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree
Steven Allan Huff, 35, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO Sunday afternoon and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Tampering With Physical Evidence; and 2 counts of Contempt of Court
- Nathaniel Robert Martin, 32, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Sunday night for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place
- Joshua Eugene York, 32, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Saturday evening for Violation of a Ky Emergency Protective Order; 4th Degree Assault (Domestic Violence); Resisting Arrest; and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree
- William Wilson, 54, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for DUI and Cultivating Marijuana (5 Plants or More)
- Tyler White, 33, Albany - arrested Saturday morning and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer), and 3 counts of Persistent Felony Offender
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Rachel Pitcock, 34, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO on Sunday evening for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence)
- Zachary Tyler Reinersman, 28, Burkesville - arrested overnight by CCSO for Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Reckless Driving; Speeding; DUI; and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle
- Cody Willis, 30, Burkesville - arrested early Sunday morning by CCSO for Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; DUI; and Rear License Not Illuminated
- Tyrus Harvey, 49, Louisville - arrested by KSP and lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail on the following charges: DUI; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Insurance; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
On Sunday night, September 8, 2019 CPD Officers responded to a single vehicle injury accident on Burksville Street.
23-year-old Adam Ralph of Columbia, KY was operating a 2002 Ford Taurus, traveling south on Burkesville Street when he left the roadway on the right hand side, dropping into a culvert and ditchline, with the vehicle coming to a stop several yards away, just before Westwood Drive.
Adam Ralph was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of his injuries. Ralph has been charged with No/Expired Registration Plates, Failure of Non-Owner to Maintain Insurance, and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol.
CPD Officer John Dial was the investigating Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Adam Cravens and members of the Adair Co. Fire Department. No other parties were injured in the accident.
Columbia, KY - Lindsey Wilson College will recognize a very special anniversary Sept. 12-15, 2019 during the college’s Homecoming Celebration festivities.
The 116-year-old liberal arts college will celebrate 10 seasons since the return of the LWC football program during the college’s 88th homecoming. LWC football returned to Lindsey Wilson in the fall of 2010 after a 75-year absence.
“We are excited about partnering this special weekend with football,” said LWC Director of Alumni Relations Hannah Peck. “The football team is held to a high standard of character and always represents the college well. Coach Oliver is not only coaching but teaching these young men how to behave as good citizens of the world. We are so proud of everything he has accomplished in a very short time.”
The event packed weekend will also feature a reunion for current and former members of the football program, as well as reunions for the wrestling program, the Bonners Scholars program and a 50-year reunion for the Class of 1969.
Six alumni and one longtime member of the LWC college faculty will be honored at the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at 11:00amCT in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.
The 4 individuals to be honored are:
- Valerie Murrell Adams ’90 of Columbia, KY - Distinguished Alumna Award
- Josh Conner ’04 of Mt. Juliet, TN - Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
- Chris Wells '01 of Columbia, KY - Distinguished Service Award
- Susan K. Minton of Columbia, KY - Honorary Alumna Award
The new members of the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame are:
- Amy Lankford Jones ’99 from London, KY - Women's Basketball
- Ronyeld Shirley '02 from Louisville, KY - Women's Basketball
- Chris Lashley ’92 from Buckner, KY - Baseball
The week of events kicks-off on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 with LWC men's soccer taking on John Brown University at 2:00pmCT and women’s soccer taking on Spring Arbor University at 7:00pmCT. The matches will be held at Walter S. Reuling Stadium. On Friday, the LWC Volleyball team plays Life University at 5:00pmCT in Biggers Sports Center.
The Alumni & Friends Homecoming 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 2019 at the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams St. Registration begins at 7:30amCT with the race starting at 8amCT.
The crowning of the 2019 LWC homecoming king and queen will be held at halftime of the football game between LWC and Faulkner University at Blue Raider Stadium, Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, 820 Hanley Lane. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30pmCT.
An encore performance of Theatrefest! 2019 Summer Series production of "Black Comedy" begins at 7:00pmCT on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in V.P. Henry Auditorium.
The Green County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the Skyline Drive-In Theatre in Summersville, KY on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Accoring to Sheriff Robby Beard, two juveniles (one from Green County & the other from Taylor County), allegedly committed a hoax of a serious nature at 7:45pmCT on Saturday evening. The juveniles were taken into custody and released to their parent/guarian and charges are forthcoming.
The Green County Sheriff's Dept. along with Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.
The Taylor Co. Sheriff's OFfice investigated a 1-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon, September 6, 2019 at 4:32pmET, approx. 3 miles north of Campbellsville on Old Lebanon Road.
Janice Atwood, 56, of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2000 Toyota traveling north on Hwy 289, when she lost control of the vehicle, striking an earth embankment and overturning, with the vehicle coming to final rest upright. Atwood was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS complaining of abdomen pain.
Sgt. Mark Dickens investigated the accident. The Taylor Co. Fire Dept. & EMS also responded and assisted at the scene.
The 3-vehicle accident occurred just after 4:00pmET on Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2019. According to a Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office news release, 83-year-old Margaret Parson of Campbellsville, KY was traveling west on Spurlington Road, operating a 2008 Chrysler van. Another auto, a 2011 Ford pickup truck being driven by 48-year-old Roy Curry of Campbellsville, KY was traveling west on US 68 East. A 3rd auto, a 2010 Cadillac SUV being driven by 24-year-old Samantha Arnett of Campbellsville, KY was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Old Spurlington Road and US 68 East.
As Margaret Parson approached the intersection, witnesses stated she failed to stop and pulled onto US 68 East into the path of Roy Curry's pickup. Curry struck Parson's auto, with the impact causing Parson to strike Samantha Arnett's vehicle. Margaret Parson's auto then overturned.
A passenger with Parson, 83-year-old Samuel Parson of Campbellsville, KY was trapped in the overturned vehicle and had to be freed by Taylor County Fire & Rescue. He was treated by Taylor Co. EMS and flown from the scene by Air Evac.
A passenger in the Curry auto, 41-year-old Susie Cox of Campbellsville, KY was also injured. She was treated at the scene by Taylor Co. EMS and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where she was treated and later released.
Two passengers with Arnett, 1-year-old Savannah Arnett and 22-year-old Katharen Clements were not injured.
The accident was investigated by Taylor Co. Deputy Dickie Benningfield. The Campbellsville Police Dept., Taylor County Fire & Rescue, and Taylor County EMS assisted at the scene.
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports a second search warrant was executed on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at a residense just outside the city limits of Jamestown. This comes a few short months of a previous search warrant at the same residence.
Two individuals were arrested: 55-year-old Ricky Dale Bernard and 57-year-old Phillip M. Bernard. Both were taken into custody at their residense off Fox Point Road in Jamestown and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (over 8 ounces & less than 5 pounds) 2nd offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug/suspicious activity to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.
On Friday afternoon, September 6, 2019 CPD Officers responded to a hit and run collision on Jamestown Street in the vicinity of United Citizens Bank.
The accident occurred when a red 2012 Ford Fusion failed to stop behind a blue 2010 Subaru Forester that was waiting in line with traffic flow. After striking the Subaru, the operator of the Ford Fusion pulled around the Subaru and continued west on Jamestown Street toward the Public Square. The vehicle was observed by witnesses pulling into Southern Adair Auto Sales at the bottom of Jamestown Hill and was quickly located.
The operator was identified as 35-year-old Yevonda Popplewell of Columbia, KY. She was taken into custody and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid, as well as Operating on a DUI Suspended License, 2nd offense, and Failure to Notify KY Dept. of Transportation of Address Change.
The operator of the Forester and a 6-year-old passenger were checked by Adair EMS and released.
CPD Officer Adam Cravens was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jordan Dean as well as Officers with Probation and Parole and Adair EMS.
As of 9:22amCT Friday morning, the Boil Water Advisory for Jamestown water customers on South Hwy. 127 has been lifted. The advisory was issued on Tuesday afternoon for customers from the new Greasy Creek Bridge to Lake Cumberland State Park (including Wooldridge School Rd, Ballenger Rd, Clifty Creek Rd, and all side roads off of State Park Road) due to a main line leak.
- Adam Swindoll, 37, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Thursday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and a Probation Violation (for Felony Offense)
- Joshua Eugene York, 32, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Thursday evening for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 1st & 2nd Offenses
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Antonio Perez, 20, Russell Springs - arrested by ACSO early this morning (Friday) and charged with Speeding; Careless Driving; Giving Officer False Identifying Information; and No Operators - Moped License
- Nathan Popplewell, 36, Columbia - arrested Thursday morning by ACSO and charged with Terroistic Threatening, 1st Degree
- Houston Hestand, 20, Columbia - arrested Thursday night by KSP for Speeding; Reckless Driving; DUI; and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
Tuesday, October 7, 2019 is the last day to register to vote in the November 5th General Election.
- How do I register to vote? Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square Suite 3, Columbia, KY (by submitting a voter registration card by mail or in person), Russell County Clerk's Office, 410 Monument Square, Jamestown, KY, or online at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky
- Do I have to register before each election? No, once you have register to vote, you do not have to re-register for each election. Re-registration is necessary only if you have moved or legally changed your name, or failed to vote in 2 presidential elections.
- I recently moved, do I have to update my registration? Yes, updating your registration is necessary if you have moved or legally changed your name. You can make updates to your registration online, or by submitting a voter registration application by mail or in person.
- The deadline to register has passed; can I still update my registration? No, once the voter registration deadline has passed, the voter registration rolls are frozen until after the next election. Any changes made after the deadline please come into the Clerk’s Office or call 270-384-2801 for directions.
- I am U.S. Citizen residing overseas or military, how do I register to vote? For information on how to register or obtain a ballot, visit Military and Overseas Voters (http://govoteky.com/voters/pages/military-or-overseas-voters)
- I am 17 years old, can I register to vote? State law allows for pre-registration at 17 years of age, but you must be 18 years of age on or before the next General Election Day (November 5) to vote.
For additional information or questions, call your local county clerk's office. In Adair County, 270-384-2801. In Russell County, 270-343-2125.
Lebanon, KY (September 5, 2019) - On Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at approximately 11:00 AM EST, Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a residence on Helm Schoolhouse Road in Lebanon, KY regarding a 1-year-old child who had went missing from a residential daycare and was located in a nearby pond. The victim, Lincoln Spalding, was transported to Spring View Hospital by EMS and pronounced deceased by the Marion County Coroner.
Detective Kenny Brown is investigating along with Social Services Special Investigations Division and the Inspector Generals Office.
(Columbia, KY September 5th 2019) During the month of August 2019, there were 10 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 3 fatal collisions during the month of August in the Post 15 area:
- Joseph A. Curry, 42, of Metcalfe Co. was killed on 08/04/19 in Cumberland Co.
- Susan J. Harper, 41, of Metcalfe Co. was killed on 08/04/19 in Cumberland Co.
- Keith D. Jewell, 44, of Green Co. was killed on 08/23/19 in Taylor Co.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 15 compared with 17 through this same period in 2018.
Statewide fatality count stands at 493 compared with 473 through this same period in 2018.
During the month of August 2019, there were 490 citations written, 115 courtesy notices written, 329 complaints answered, 37 motorists assisted, 27 criminal cases opened and 205 criminal arrests made.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Congressman Comer hosted Congresswoman Virginia Foxx from North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District in Taylor County on Wednesday. They made several stops in the area to learn more about issues related to workforce development, higher education and K-12 in Kentucky.
Dr. Foxx is the Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor. Congressman Comer serves as a member of the Committee, which has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues related to workforce development and higher education.
Congressman Comer and Dr. Foxx visited Taylor County High School to hear from students and educators about performance-based learning, followed by a workforce development roundtable at Campbellsville University. The roundtable was attended by over a dozen members of the Campbellsville faculty, administration, school community members and local government officials. Congressman Comer and Dr. Foxx concluded the day with multiple stops at educational centers in town, including the CKPrep Center and the Campbellsville University School of Barbering.
“As members of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Comer and I are aware of how closely related education is to the strength of our nation’s workforce. A student's success in the classroom will help lead to success in the workplace. Today’s visit was an opportunity to learn from educational institutions, private companies, and community leaders about their efforts to ensure students and workers are given more pathways to have lifelong success. I want to thank Congressman Comer for the opportunity to hear from students and educators before we begin our work this Congress to reform the Higher Education Act,” Congresswoman Foxx said.
“It’s been an honor to host Dr. Foxx in Taylor County. I’m glad she had the opportunity to visit and share her insight on ways we can improve educational and workforce outcomes here and beyond. We had great discussions with Dr. Michael Carter, President of Campbellsville University, and others from the school board about the importance of developing a strong Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill. I look forward to heading back into session with Dr. Foxx, working on HEA reauthorization and ultimately creating better opportunities for our students and workforce,” Congressman Comer said.
Pictured (L to R): Dr. John Chowning, Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Congressman James Comer, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Dr. Shane Garrison
Early this morning (Thursday), Columbia Police were asked to come to the Adair Regional Jail after contraband was discovered on a recently booked inmate. The inmate was brought in on active warrants by Burksville Police, and when searched by jail staff was found to have 2 clear baggies with a powder substance concealed on him. Contents of the baggies were field tested positive for methamphetamine.
John Carter, 28, of Burksville, KY was charged with Promoting Contraband and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). CPD Officer Adam Cravens was the investigating Officer.
Chad Spears, 38, of Breeding, KY was arrested Wednesday evening by the Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; DUI; and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator's License. Spears was lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
The Columbia Police department responded to an injury collision on Tuesday evening, September 3, 2019 at the intersection of Greensburg Road and the Columbia Bypass.
The accident occurred when 57-year-old Larry Humphrey of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2004 Honda Odyssey on Greensburg Road traveling north, and failed to stop at the Bypass intersection. Humphrey was struck by a 2013 Chevy Sonic operated by Audreanna Alley, 30, of Columbia, KY.
A female passenger with Humphrey was ejected from the vehicle and transported by ambulance to TJ Health Columbia before later being taken to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY. Other parties were treated and released.
Sergeant Jr Murphy was the investigating Officer.
On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 the Adair County Sheriffs Office initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 maroon Chevrolet traveling on Jamestown Street.
Upon investigation it was suspected that illegal narcotics were being possessed by occupants of the vehicle. A roadside search of the auto yielded approximately 16 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine along with digital scales and other drug paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. In addition to the illegal narcotics, over $1,000 in cash was seized by Deputies.
- William Perkins, 59, of Columbia - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstructed Windshield and Reckless Driving.
- Carla Perkins, 53, of Columbia - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She also had an outstanding Warrant of Arrest from Adair District Court .
- John Shelton, 49, of Columbia - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
All three were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Chief Deputy Justin Cross and Deputy Chandler Staten.
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at approximately 7:48pmCT, Trooper Levi Scott was patrolling on the Cumberland Parkway in the limits of Columbia, when he initiated a traffic stop on a 1995 Ford Ranger for a traffic violation. Consent to search the vehicle was given resulting in a large amount of suspected methamphetamine and a set of digital scales being located.
The operator, 21-year-old Donovan Morton of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Improper Equipment, No Operator-Moped License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (more than 2 grams of methamphetamine.) Morton was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
There's a Boil Water Advisory for Jamestown Water customers on South Hwy. 127 from the new Greasy Creek Bridge to Lake Cumberland State Park, including Wooldridge School Rd., Ballenger Rd., Clifty Creek Road, and all side roads off of State Park Road. The Advisory was issued this afternoon (Tuesday) due to a main line leak. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.
- Brandon Russell, 37, of Russell Springs - arrested Sunday for DUI and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License
- Nicholas Fields, 38, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD early Monday morning for DUI and TBUT ($500 or more)
- Bobby Smith, 55, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD for Public Intoxication and Failure to Appear
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
On Monday, September 2, 2019 at approximately 1:00amCT, Adair County Sheriff K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin and KSP Trooper Alan Shirley initiated a traffic stop 4 miles north of Columbia on KY 61N. The stop was on a blue, 2004 Chevrolet operated by 33-year-old Juan Mulderuado of Georgia. During the roadside investigation it was suspected that narcotics may be in the vehicle, so Deputy Durbin deployed his K-9 "Nitro". The K-9 indicated a positive hit for the odor of narcotics, and as a result methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the auto.
Juan Mulderuado was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
- No Operators License
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
Columbia, KY. (August 3, 2019) – On Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 Joshua David Gayde, age 36 of Columbia, KY appeared in Adair Circuit Court and was sentenced after entering a guilty plea to 9 charges involving sex crimes against a minor child that occurred between January 2014 and December 2017. Gayde pled guilty to 4 counts of 1st-Degree Rape involving a child under 12 years old and 5 counts of 1st-Degree Sexual Abuse involving a child under 12 years old.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Gayde will serve a total of 23½ years in the state penitentiary. Upon his release from prison, Gayde will be required to register as a lifetime sex offender on the Kentucky State Sex Offender Registry.
The investigation in this case was led by Kentucky State Police Detective Nick Davis.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sep. 3, 2019) - The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following this year’s theme of Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters during September – National Preparedness Month (NPM).
This nationwide effort is organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare and plan for emergencies in their homes, business and schools. This yearly observance was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness awareness in the U.S., a fitting time to join the effort to help communities prepare for emergencies, such as natural disasters and potential terrorist threats, and to encourage individuals to take action.
“Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, often without notice and can leave us scared and confused,” said Jim House, Preparedness Branch Manager at DPH. “By taking the time to follow the ten steps outlined below, we all can better prepare ourselves and our communities should emergencies or disasters strike. Remember that preparedness is a shared responsibility- it takes a whole community to prepare and respond to emergencies.”
The following ten steps of Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters can encourage households, businesses and organizations to prepare for emergencies during National Preparedness Month by taking the following actions:
- Assemble a Go Bag with supplies in case of an emergency.
- Prepare digital forms of important documents for an emergency.
- Have extra supplies in case of an emergency.
- Download the FEMA app (https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app) to provide emergency information at your fingertips.
- Have an alternative power source for devices during emergencies.
- Set up an In Case of Emergency (ICE) emergency contact in your cell phone.
- Choose an emergency contact when out-of-town.
- Find a local, pet-friendly evacuation center.
- Update your social media to tell loved ones you are safe during an emergency.
- Remember that in an emergency – text and don’t call. Phone lines will be backed up with calls reporting important information. To let your loved ones know you are safe, send them a text message instead.
For more information about preparing for and responding to emergencies, visit https://www.ready.gov/
According to a published report from the Lebanon Enterprise, a Raywick man has died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident on Saturday afternoon, August 31, 2019 just west of Lebanon, KY.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Dept., 55-year-old Phillip W. Lamkin of Raywick, KY was traveling on St. Mary's Road when another vehicle, operated by 24-year-old Benjamin P. Thomas of Raywick, KY was pulling a utility trailer with two zero turn mowers, when he lost control & collided with the Lamkin vehicle. Following the impact, Lamkin's vehicle burst into flames. Lamkin was pulled from the burning auto and airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville, KY with severe burns over most of his body. He died on Monday at the hospital. Benjamin Thomas was treated and released from Springview Hospital in Lebanon.
The mishap occurred just before 2pmET on Saturday and was investigated by the Marion County Sheriff's Dept.
WAVE News has more information on two drug arrests made over the weekend.
Sheriff Derek Polston reports that on Saturday, August 31st, two subjects were arrested on drug charges in his Department’s continuing efforts to combat Russell County’s drug epidemic. The first complaint and investigation at 136 Frost Road in the Royville Community resulted in the arrest of Cody McNay, 26, of Russell Springs. McNay was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) and Tampering with Physical Evidence,1st Degree. He additionally was served with 3 Outstanding Warrants.
The other drug related complaint was at 25 Branchview Lane in the Ono Community of Russell County and resulted in the arrest of Ted Michael Ricketts, 24, of Russell Springs. Ricketts was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Both cases will be presented to the Russell County Grand Jury for possible indictments.
Deputy Kenny Perkins is heading the investigation. He was assisted by other members of the Russell County Sheriffs Office and Kentucky State Police.
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity or any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.
The regular called meeting of the Columbia City Council will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:00pmCT in City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.
1st item: 2nd reading of ordinance no. 220.177 - an ordinance providing for the levying and collection of an ad valorem tax for the city of columbia, kentucky for the year 2019
2nd item: 2nd reading of ordinance no. 110.43 - an ordinance annexing territory located at the city of columbia's northwestern boundary of highway 55 into the city of columbia
3rd item: 2nd reading of ordinance no. 840.3 - an ordinance relating to the duties of dog warden and providing for the control of animals running at large
4th item: 2nd reading of ordinance no. 1010.5(a) - an ordinance amending section 12 of ordinance 1010.5
5th item: Motion to approve recommendation of the city of columbia planning and zoning commission decision to deny a request to change property located at 511 burkesville street from r2 low-moderate density residential to c2 highway oriented commercial. Property owned by Dustin Brockman.
6th item: Motion to approve recommendation of the city of columbia planning and zoning commission decision to deny a request to change property located at 172 parrott avenue from r2 low-moderate density to c2 highway oriented commercial. Property owned by Charles Tarter.
7th item: motion to approve minutes of the august 5, 2019 regular called meeting of the columbia city council
Russell Springs City Hall will be closed Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. City Hall will reopen Tuesday, September, 3rd at regular business hours. On behalf of Mayor Eddie Thomas, City Council and staff, we would like to wish everyone a blessed and safe Labor Day!
- Cody McNay, 25, Russell Springs - arrested overnight on Saturday night by RCSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Tampering With Physical Evidence, & Served Bench Warrant for Court
- Ted Michael Ricketts Jr., 24, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday night by RCSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Tampering With Physical Evidence
- David Tyler Weind, 22, Russell Springs - arreseted overnight on Friday night by RCSO for TBUT (Under $500)
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
On Friday evening, August 30, 2019 Columbia Police initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Pontiac on Burksville Street. Upon making contact with the operator, Officers detected a strong odor of marijuana and K9 "Matt" signaled that drugs were in the car. 32-year-old Adrian Morales of Columbia, KY was arrested on numerous traffic and drug related charges. Morales was additionally charged with Giving Officers a False Name and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; a class C felony. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
CPD Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by CPD Officer Jordan Dean and Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin.
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, 18-year-old Noah Foley and 19-year-old Luke Lawhorn, both of Jamestown, KY were arrested on numerous charges involving 9 different churches across Russell County.
Several churches were burglarized August 9-23, 2019. The churches include Temple Hill, Creelsboro Christian, Griders Chapel, House Upon A Rock, Russell Springs First Baptist, Coffey's Grove, Faith indepence; Good Tidings, and Mt. Vernon.
Noah Foley & Luke Lawhorn were charged with: 6 counts of 3rd degree Burglary, 3 counts of Attempted Burglary; 5 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking (less than $500); 8 counts of Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree; 1 count of Criminal Mischief, 1st degree; and 1 count of Theft By Unlawful Taking (over $500). Both were lodged in the Russell County Jail. Sheriff Polston says a female juvenile will also be charged with the same offenses at a later date.
Deputy Jerry Melton is heading the investigation.
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
5:30pmCT at Russell Co. Board of Education
The Russell County Board of Education will hold a tax hearing beginning at 5:30pmCT on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The proposed tax rate is 52.2 for real estate and personal property (tangible) with the motor vehicle (52.2) and utility (3%). The proposed rates will keep the current rates unchanged.
Russell Co. School Board
Special Called Meeting Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
6:00pmCT at Russell Co. Board of Education
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. August 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes
5. Public Comment
6. 2019-2020 Tax Rates (Propose To Leave Rates Unchanged)
The Columbia Police Dept. received a complaint on Saturday, August 31, 2019 of a female subject passed out in a vehicle, parked in a gravel lot near Sleep Inn and Goodwill in Columbia. A male and small child were also in the auto. Officers responded, however the vehicle was no longer in the area. A vehicle matching the description was later located at FiveStar on Hudson Street in Columbia. Officers made contact with the occupants, a Casey County man & woman and a 3-year-old male child. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of narcotics, drug paraphernalia and a crystal substance consistent with methamphetamine.
22-year-old Brandi Roberts and 21-year-old Joshua Wethington, both of Liberty, KY were arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance (unknown), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Social Services was notified because of the presence of the child, who was later placed in the care of his grandmother.
CPD Officer Evan Burton made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by CPD Officers Jordan Dean & Adam Cravens, and KSP Trooper Allen Shirley.