Local News Archives for 2019-12

TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING & ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICER

 
On Monday, December 30, 2019 at 6:25pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to Indian Trail Trailer Park on East Broadway in Campbellsville, KY in reference to someone trespassing and starting a fire behind a residence. After a brief investigation, Officers came into contact with 54-year-old Danny Tungate, who resides in the Trailer Park. As Officers were attempting to place him under arrest, Mr. Tungate became disorderly and ran back into his residence. As Officers entered the residence after Mr. Tungate, they were met by Tungate swinging a shovel and a knife at them. 
 
With the assistance of Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies and speaking with Danny Tungate for several minutes, he was finally taken into custody without incident was charged with: Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and Assault 3rd degree (on a police officer). Tungate was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
Campbellsville Police Officer Elliott Taylor is the investigating officer. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
 
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT RECAP 12/31/19

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Monday afternoon, December 30, 2019. The Court approved of a resolution declaring Adair County a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"
 
Jim Leib has details....

 

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ADAIR CO. VEHICLE VS SEMI ACCIDENT SENDS 2 PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL; SPEED BELIEVED TO BE CONTRIBUTING FACTOR

 

The accident occurred on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 3:11pmCT. According to the Adair County Sheriffs Office, they received a call from Adair 911 to respond to the 3000 block of Cane Valley Road to a vehicle vs. semi collision.  
 
Preliminary investigation shows that Jason Paul Jones Jr. was traveling north on Cane Valley Road and topped a rise on the wrong side of the roadway, striking a tractor trailer being driven by Edward Hughes. Mr. Hughes had pulled from a private drive and was traveling south on Cane Valley Road. The Jones vehicle slid approx. 294 feet before striking the trailer part of the semi. Mr. Jones was entrapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by the Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept. He was then treated on scene and transported to the Somerset Airport due to weather conditions, where he was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY. A passenger with Jones, Cameron Carson, was transported to TJ Health Columbia and also later transferred by EMS to the University of Kentucky Hospital. Edward Hughes, the semi operator, was not injured.   
 
Speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision and all parties involved were wearing seatbelts. 
 
The collision was investigated by Deputy Chandler Staten who was assisted by Sheriff Josh Brockman. Agencies responding were Adair EMS, Columbia-Adair Fire Dept., and Constable Jason Rector. 

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ARRESTS 12/30/19

 

  • Kenny Robertson, 64, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday afternoon by RCSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Drug Unspecified); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified); and Disregarding a Stop Sign.
  • Shannon Dean Wooten, 45, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) 2 counts; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified); Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container; and Failure to Appear.
  • Erica Riedmueller, 40, Eli - arrested by KSP on Saturday morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) 2 counts; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Failure to Appear.
  • Patrick Mark Kimes, 46, Russell County - arrested on Friday night by RCSO for DUI; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 3rd offense (Aggravated Circumstance); Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree; and Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug.
  • Michael Dean Blakey, Sr., 54, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Friday afternoon for TBUT (Shoplifting) under $500, and was served 5 Bench Warrants for Court.

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 
  • Brian Dewitt, 25, Columbia - arressted by KSP on Saturday evening for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd degree.
  • Gordon Feese, 62, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Saturday morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED AFTER LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT

 
Columbia Police Dept. Officers responded to property damage on Fairground Street after a vehicle took out several feet of fence row bordering the former VFW building and fled the scene. The incident occurred Saturday night, December 28, 2019 just before 9:00pmCT.
 
After a brief search, the vehicle and operator were located on HWY 61 South near Walmart. 19-year-old Alexander Evans of Columbia, KY was placed into custody and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and DUI, 1st offense.
 
Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer John Dial, Adair Co. Deputy Justin Cross and KSP.

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING DEC. 30TH

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Regular Called Meeting on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex on the Public Square.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
AGENDA
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
     A.)  December 12, 2019-Minutes-Regular
3. DISBURSEMENTS
4.  A.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS
5. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
6. TRANFERS
     A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
     B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS           
7. COURT ORDERS 
8. READING OF ROADS
9.  ACTION ITEMS:
     A.)  ANNUAL ORDER SETTING MAXIMUM AMOUNT FOR SHERIFF DEPUTIES
     B.)  SHERIFF ADVANCEMENT BOND
     C.)  MONTHLY AMOUNT OF ADVANCEMENT
     D.)  2019 CLERK BUDGET AMENDMENTS
     E.)  CLERK 2020 BUDGET
     F.)   ANNUAL ORDER SETTING MAXIMUM AMOUNT FOR CLERK DEPUTIES
     G.)  TRACTORS/BOOM MOWER PAYMENT DISSCUSSION 
     H.)  911 PART TIME HIRE
     I.)  JEFF COOPER WITH STARTELL-VOIP PHONE SYSTEM
     J.)  AMERICAN RED CROSS FACILITY USE AGREEMENT
     K.)  APPOINT SOLID WASTE COORDINATOR
     L.)  PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN SB66 GRANT FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE
 
11. OTHER BUSINESS
12. PUBLIC COMMENTS
13. ADJOURN                                                                                
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN INJURED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT IN ADAIR CO.


Columbia Police Dept. Officers responded to the single vehicle injury accident on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway on Friday evening, December 27, 2019.

 

46-year-old Trevor Smith of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 1994 Toyota truck, getting on the Parkway in the eastbound lane, when he lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway, hitting a rock wall and overturning.

 

Trevor Smith was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair EMS for treatment. 

 

CPD Officer Drew Conn investigated the accident. He was assisted on scene by CPD Officers Evan Burton and Trevor Foster.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION

 

Mark Jonczy, 59, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested overnight by RSPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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JURY FINDS CASEY CO. MAN GUILTY OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING MINORS

 

By Elizabeth Kuhn
 
Frankfort, KY - Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced today that a Casey County jury found a Windsor, KY man, 44-year-old Jason Alexander Reusser, guilty of 28 counts of first, second, and third-degree rape, first and second-degree sodomy, incest, first-degree criminal abuse, and intimidation of a participant in a legal process.
 
The Casey County jury recommended a maximum penalty for each count to be served consecutively, totaling 865 years. Circuit Court Judge Judy D. Vance-Murphy will issue final sentencing on March 9 in Casey Circuit Court.
 
"Our Office of Special Prosecutions is committed to working closely with local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of complex cases," said General Cameron. "We work hard to provide these resources to our communities so that, together, we can be a voice for the voiceless and ensure that child sexual abuse is prosecuted to the fullest extent."
 
Office of the Attorney General Special Prosecutor Dana Todd has prosecuted the case since 2018, working with multiple agencies, including the Casey County Sheriff's office, the Department of Community Based Services, and Children's Advocacy Centers in various counties.
 
Brian Wright, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 29th Judicial Circuit, covering Adair and Casey counties, stated, "I commend the work of Ms. Todd in the case and appreciate the Office of Special Prosecutions for their assistance."
 

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ARRESTS 12/26/19

 

  1. Evans Momanyi, 41, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Wednesday night for DUI, Reckless Driving and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  2. Roy Flores, Jr., 21, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Wednesday night for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

 

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REP. JOHN "BAM" CARNEY IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

 
KY State Legislator John Bam Carney is in the ICU with a severe case of Pancreatitis, according to a family member. KNN has more details.

MARK CARNEY'S FACEBOOK POST:


On behalf of my entire family, we want to thank everyone for your prayers of healing and words of encouragement and support for Bam and our entire family during this sudden sickness he is dealing with.


He is in Norton’s hospital with a severe case of pancreatitis and lots of infection. After he had went to church Sunday he was eating lunch at moms house and after only 2 or 3 bites he started getting real sick and we thought it was a virus. Went to emergency room around 4 am Monday morning. Quickly diagnosed as a very sick man with pancreatitis, sugar level at 590 and white blood count real high. Sent to Norton’s. They had five cases that day and said his was by far and away the worse they had. Had two surgeries late Monday. Been in ICU since then. Some things got critical today. Have started dialysis to assist the kidneys in their work and clean the blood. Doctors say he is probably the sickest patient they have in hospital now. We have a cousin who is a nurse who came up today and gave the family some positive encouragement. Could have feeding tubes for weeks and drain tubes for months.


We are so thankful to God and His healing powers and so grateful for everyone who is praying. God Bless you all.

 

The family of Bam Carney.
 

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WINCHESTER MAN ARRESTED IN ADAIR CO.; TODDLER IN VEHICLE PLACED IN MOTHERS CARE

 

On Tuesday, December 24, 2019 just after 4PM, Columbia Police Officers located a red Chevy pickup truck on Tutt Street after receiving complaints on the vehicle in the area. When Officers approached the vehicle after initiating a traffic stop, an open alcoholic beverage container was in plain view. There was also a 19-month-old male child in the truck with the driver.

 

After conducting on sight field sobriety tests, Officers placed James Taulbee, 49, of Winchester, KY in custody. Taulbee was transported to TJ Health Columbia where he refused blood draw. He was then transported to the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of DUI (2nd offense), Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle, and Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree. 

 

The mother of the 19-month old toddler was contacted and was placed into her care. 

 

CPD Officer Evan Burton made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jordan Dean.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN CASEY CO.

 

Liberty, KY (December 24, 2019) - On Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 3:20pmET, Trooper Billy Begley was on routine patrol 5 miles west of Liberty on KY 206 when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 Dodge pickup for a registration violation. Tpr. Begley made contact with the driver, 32 year old Buddy Bernard of Russell Springs, KY. Consent to search the vehicle was given, resulting in Tpr Begley locating several small bags containing suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, syringes and prescription medications. 
 

Bernard was arrested and charged with No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plate, No Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st offense, Failure to Notify Address Change to the Dept. of Transportation, Owner to Notify Clerk of Residence of Name Change, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine), and Possession of Marijuana. Bernard was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.

 

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ARRESTS 12/24/19

 

  • Staysha Darby, 29, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Monday evening for Speeding; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Reckless Driving; Failure to Give Right of Way to Emergency Vehicle; Reckless Driving; Improper Lane Usage; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; and DUI.
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention.
 
  • Quentin Labrant Lane, 20, Columbia - arrested overnight by ACSO for Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree.
  • Lance Humphrey, 23, Burkesville - arrested by Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office for 4th Degree Assault (Domestic Violence).
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 12/23/19

 

  • Kevin Lawless, 42, Russell Springs - arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with No Tail Lamps; Menacing; Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree; and Resisting Arrest
  • Glen Blankenship, Jr., 51, Russell Springs - arrested Friday afternoon for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Tamara Willis, 28, Richmond - Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm).

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • William Jennings, 45, Glasgow - arrested Saturday night by Burkesville PD for Speeding, DUI, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. 
  • John Dedmon, Cookeville, TN - arrested by CCSO on Sunday afternoon for TBUT Over $500

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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KY 90 BRIDGE IN BURKESVILLE CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC DEC. 26TH-27TH

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2019) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that the KY 90 bridge (mile point 14.1) over the Cumberland River in Burkesville will be closed to through traffic beginning Dec. 26 as part of the ongoing bridge rehabilitation project.
 
The closure will begin at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, Dec. 26, and will reopen approximately 5 a.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 27. Motorist will detour via KY 449. 
 
The date and duration of closure may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.
 
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 www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  
 

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2 TAYLOR CO. RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN ADAIR CO. ON METH CHARGES


The Adair County Sheriffs Office and Columbia Police Department arrested 2 Taylor Countians on Trespassing and Methamphetamine charges early Sunday morning.

 
Officers responded to an incident at Walmart at approx. 3:00amCT yesterday morning. An individual, who had been previously banned from the Walmart property, was at the location. The individual, along with another Taylor County man, had left the store and was located in the parking lot by K-9 Sheriffs Deputy Josh Durbin and Columbia Police Officer Jamie Cole.  
 
During the investigation, Officers suspected narcotics were in the vehicle, so Deputy Durbin deployed his K-9 ”Nitro”. As a result, methamphetamine was located in both the drivers compartment and the passengers compartment. 
 
31-year-old Thomas Brown of Elkhorn, KY was arrested by Deputy Durbin on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Criminal Trespassing, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and was served a Bench Warrant for Court.
 
The passenger, 25-year-old Tyler Nichols of Campbellsville, KY was found to be in Possession of Methamphetamine and was arrested by CPD Officer Jamie Cole for Possession of a Controlled Substance, (Methamphetamine).

Both individuals were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The Adair County Sheriffs Office and Columbia Police Department are continuing the investigation.
 

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FLU ACTIVITY WIDESPREAD IN KY; 6 FLU DEATHS REPORTED

 

On Friday, December 20, 2019 the Dept. for Public Health reported that flu was widespread in Kentucky. Widespread is the highest level of flu activity and means there are increased flu cases or flu outbreaks in at least half of the Commonwealth’s regions. Six deaths in Kentucky have been linked to the flu this season.
 
People with the following conditions may be at higher risk for complications and are urged to get the flu vaccine:
 
  • Children age 6 months through 59 months
  • Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season
  • Persons 50 years of age or older
  • Persons with extreme obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater)
  • Persons aged 6 months and older with chronic health problems
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged ≤59 months (i.e., aged
  • 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.

 

Plenty of vaccines are available this year, according to health officials.
 

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DRUG ROUNDUP IN RUSSELL COUNTY; SEVERAL PEOPLE ARRESTED!


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston releases this a statement concerning one of the biggest Drug Trafficking Roundups in the history of Russell County named “OPERATION CHRISTMAS JEER”. 

The Russell County Sheriffs Office, with the assistance from KY State Police and K-9 Units from the Casey County Sheriffs Office and Burkesville PD, along with assistance from the Russell County Attorneys Office, executed 3 Drug Trafficking Search Warrants and arrested numerous individuals on Drug Trafficking and other charges. Sheriff Polston stated that the Pre-Christmas and Pre-New Years roundup was part of his Department’s continued efforts in fighting the Drug Epidemic in Russell County, and one of his campaign promises if elected Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office has executed over 35 Search Warrants or Consent to Search since Sheriff Polston took office. This Drug Trafficking Roundup consisted of many hours of hard work from Deputies, office staff, and Sheriff Polston in a continuing effort to keep drugs off the streets and the drug traffickers behind bars!
 
The following is a partial list of individuals who were arrested during the roundup, with more arrests to come. These individuals were charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and/or Marijuana or other drugs. Some have been arrested twice within a year for the same offense by members of the Russell County Sheriffs Dept., and some are Persistent Felony Offenders. 
 
   1. Rebeka Devore, 37,  Hwy 76 Webb’s Crossroads and Foley store area - Trafficking in a controlled substance (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

   2. Kathy Sutton, 54, Apple Lane/Bernard Ridge/Pleasant Hill area - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Persistent felony offender. 

   3. Greg Luttrell, 53, Bernard Ridge Area - Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8 oz. 

   4. David Weiand, 22, Old Sano Road Melissa Drive area - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500.

   5. William Curt Wilson, 54, Eli Community - Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8 oz. 

   6. Charlotte Miller,42, Russell Springs City Limits - Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8 oz. 

   7. Sandy Mann, 47, Bernard Ridge, Pleasant Hill area - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine).

   8. Cody Cooper, 28, Carlos Foley Road/Webb’s Crossroads area - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of a  Controlled substance 3rd degree (Pills).

   9. Forrest Wayne Tarter, 63, Eli  community - Trafficking in Marijuana 2 counts (8oz. to 5lbs) and Possession of marijuana. 

   10. Phillip Grider, 41, Apple Lane/Bernard Ridge/Pleasant Hill Area - Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense. 

   11. Rebecca England, 37, Parks Ridge area of Eli - Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine).
 
Arrested and served with outstanding warrants and charged with additional drug charges were:

   12. Shane Cottrell, 19,  Webb’s Crossroads/Foley store area - Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Illegal possession of a Legend Drug; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

   13. Andrew Rhodes, 33, Bernard Ridge/Pleasant Hill area - Theft by unlawful taking under $500.

   14. Jonathon Taylor, 18, Webb’s Crossroads/Foley store area - Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 

   15. Christopher Decker, 39, Bottoms Road area - 2 outstanding warrants. 

   16. Jairus Israel Burton, 41, Webb’s Crossroads/ Foley store area - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
All of these cases will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury where additional charges are possible. 

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 or Russell County Dispatch. All callers will remain anonymous.
 

 
 
 
 

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AREA ARRESTS - 12/19/19

 

  • Jarius Burton, 41, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Rebecca Devore, 37, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
  • Jonathon Taylor, 18, Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Shane Cottrell, 19, Corydon, Indiana - arrested by KSP this morning for Possession of Marijuana; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug; and 2 Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Michael Kerr, 49, Louisville (formerly of Russell County) - arrested by RCSO on Wednesday afternoon for Burglary, 2nd Degree and served a Parole Violation Warrant

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

 

  • Timothy Dykes, 47, Jamestown - arrested by KSP overnight in Adair County for Speeding, Reckless Driving; Failure to Appear; Possession of an Open Alcholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; and DUI, 2nd Offense (Aggravating Circumstance).
  • Chelsea Otto, 31, Louisville - arrested by Columbia Police early this morning for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol) and Disorderly Conduct, 3nd Degree.

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. INDICTMENTS 12/18/19

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against three individuals:
 
  • Brenda Marsaw, 33, Chicago, ILL - Theft of Identity; Theft by Deception over $500; and Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd Degree
  • Jonathan Huddleston, 29, Columbia, KY - Flagrant Nonsupport (failing to provide child support)
  • Dana Carter, 45, Waynesburg, KY - Bail Jumping 1st Degree; Persistent Felony Offender

 

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

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AREA ARRESTS

 

  • Tabitha Watt, 31, Lexington - arrested by the Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Office on Tuesday for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Opiates)
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
 
  • Adrian Lunsford, 42, Campbellsville - arrested by KSP on Tuesday night following a traffic stop. Charges include: Speeding; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and DUI (Aggravating Circumstance)
  • Carolyn Marie Carter, 22, Campbellsville - arrested by Campbellsville Police on Tuesday for Theft of Services
  • Jacob Montgomery, Campbellsville - arrested by Campbellsville Police on Tuesday night for Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries


Lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.

 

 

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AREA SCHOOL DELAY

 

Casey County Schools are on a 2-hour delay this morning due to fog & freezing temperatures.

 

 

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KANSAS MAN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT LAST WEEK

 
On Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5:59pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a single vehicle collision 7 miles west of Columbia, KY. Dispatch advised Deputies that a vehicle had struck a tree and the driver was pinned in the vehicle. Preliminary investigation reveals that 20-year-old Tanner Toothaker of Kansas was operating a 2007 Chevrolet truck, headed toward Columbia on KY 80 west.  Toothaker lost control of the vehicle (for unknown reasons at this time), left the roadway, traveled over an embankment and struck a tree head-on.  
 
Tanner was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by mechanical means by the Columbia -Adair County Fire  Dept.  He was then treated on scene by Adair EMS. Emergency officials requested a helicopter, but due to inclement weather, all Air Medical services were grounded. Adair EMS transported Tanner to TJ Health Columbia, where he was quickly transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital by Adair EMS.  At this time, he is still in a coma listed in critical condition. 
 
The collision is being investigated by Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett who was assisted on scene by Deputy Chandler Staten and Columbia Police Officer Drew Conn. 

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DAIRY QUEEN REPORTEDLY COMING TO COLUMBIA

 

In a release from the City of Columbia, work is continuing to progress on the proposed Dairy Queen location in Columbia. 
 
According to Mayor Pamela Hoots, "We have been informed that the work is progressing; and, they are hoping to be in our town soon."
 
Justin Kraus, Chief Investment Officer with Fourteen Foods from Minnesota, says, "Fourteen Foods appreciates the hospitality and ongoing communication with the City of Columbia."
 
Mayor Hoots would also like to extend appreciation to realtor Elliott Burton for working with the city on this project.
 
More details will be announced at a later date.
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 12/19/19

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at the Board of Education Conference Room at 6:00pmCT.


 
BOARD AGENDA
**Meeting called to order**
 
***Elizabeth Cook and Samuel Hoffman, Adair County students who attend The 
      Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, will open the meeting with the 
      Pledge of Allegiance***
 
***Prayer***
 
  1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA   
 
CONSENT AGENDA
  3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
  5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS           
  6.   APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR USE OF ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 
        CAFETERIA BY ADAIR COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE    
  7.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION 
 _________________________________________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA  
  8.   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
  9.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
10.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith 
11.   APPROVAL OF ADDITION TO POLICIES 03.13251, 03.23251, AND 06.221 –  
        Robbie Harmon
12.   APPROVAL OF ADDITION TO POLICY 09.4232 – Robbie Harmon
13.   APPROVAL OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR COMMITTEE – Robbie 
        Harmon
14.   DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF BG-2 FORM FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SOFTBALL
        AND BASEBALL PRESS BOX/CONCESSIONS/RESTROOMS - David Jones
15.   DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF BG-3 FORM FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SOFTBALL 
        AND BASEBALL PRESS BOX/CONCESSIONS/RESTROOMS - David Jones
16.   DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF THE OWNER-ARCHETICT AGREEMENT FOR THE 
        ADAIR COUNTY SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL PRESS BOX/CONCESSIONS/             
        RESTROOMS - David Jones
17.   APPROVAL OF DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION 
        DOCUMENTATION FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL  
        PRESS BOX/CONCESSIONS/RESTROOMS – David Jones     
18.   ADJOURNMENT
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

As of 9:43 a.m. on December 17, 2019 the boil water advisory for customers from 6168 Greensburg Road to 7180 Greensburg Road and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell County School Board met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details....

 

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CASEY CO. MAN RESCUED FROM HIGH WATERS MONDAY

 

A Casey County man is safe after first responders rescued him from rising waters. KNN's Paul Miles has details....

 

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STILL SOME ADAIR CO. FLOODED ROADS THIS MORNING

 

According to Adair County Judge Exec. Gale Cowan, there are still some flooded roadways this morning (Tuesday)....

After we talked with Judge Cowan, she called back to let us know that Charlie Morrison Road is impassable this morning.

 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING DEC. 18TH

 

The Russell Springs City Council will meet for a "Special Called Meeting" on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:00amCT.
 
AGENDA
  • MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
  • MUNICIPAL ORDER 2019-01: ADOPTION OF OFFICIAL CITY HOLIDAYS
  • ADJOURNMENT

 

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ADAIR CO. FLOODED ROADS - MONDAY, DEC. 16TH

 

From: Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan
 
Below is a list of roads that we know are flooded. There could be more. Just because we haven't been notified doesn't mean there aren't more. If it's a low lying area that is prone to flood, it probably is. Please be cautious!
 
  • Taylor Ford Rd
  • L Hancock
  • Old Gradyville (2 locations- at both bridges)
  • James Karnes Rd
  • Pelham Branch Rd
  • Howard Dublin Rd
  • Sulphur Creek Rd
  • Knifley Rd
  • Liberty Road (at Tower Rd) coming from ditch line
  • In Green Co., Hwy 61 at the S-curves
  • Milltown Road at Russell Creek - STILL FLOODED (according to A.C. Emer. Mgt. Dir. Mike Keltner)


If you know of other roads please call Adair County 911.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR ENDS MEDICAID WAIVER - PROTECTS HEALTH CARE OF THOUSANDS OF KENTUCKIANS

 

 
Frankfort, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2019) – In his first week in office, Governor Andy Beshear eliminated roadblocks created to make it more difficult for nearly 100,000 Kentuckians to access critical health care and pharmacy benefits.    
 
Gov. Beshear did so by having his administration notify the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ending the 1115 demonstration project, known as “Kentucky HEALTH,” that required Kentuckians to meet certain work requirements in order to have health insurance coverage. Gov. Beshear also signed an executive order to protect the state’s Medicaid expansion program. The governor effectively ended Kentucky’s litigation involving the waiver in federal court (the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia), and has asked the court to dismiss Kentucky from the lawsuit.    
"Health care is a basic human right and every Kentucky family deserves to see a doctor and receive treatment when they are sick,” Beshear said. “I will not allow burdensome roadblocks and unnecessary red tape to stand in the way of the health and well-being of Kentuckians. If we are going to move forward as a Commonwealth, and build a bigger and brighter future for all our families, we must first ensure they have access to health care.”    
 
Gov. Beshear believes that Kentuckians and the Commonwealth’s health care systems are better served by repealing the waiver.    
 
A report of The George Washington University concluded that between 86,000 and 136,000 Kentuckians could lose their Medicaid health insurance coverage under the work and volunteer requirements of the Medicaid waiver project. The Government Accountability Office has provided that waiver project would cost Kentucky an estimated $271.6 million in 2019 and 2020 to implement. A recent University of Kentucky study also revealed that the Kentucky Medicaid expansion program resulted in a 230% increase in the number of Medicaid patients in Kentucky who received colon cancer screening, which resulted in a 27% decrease in risk of death after Medicaid expansion.    
 
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander, along with urban and rural health care advocates, joined Gov. Beshear at the Capitol Monday in support of rescinding the Medicaid waiver.    
 
Secretary Friedlander said, “I believe in building on success and success is getting people health care coverage and keeping them covered. This is not only good for the individuals across the Commonwealth, but for all our health care providers as well.    
 
“This is wonderful news for Kentucky, but especially for areas like mine in eastern Kentucky where our health is poorer, our incomes are lower and jobs are sorely needed,” said State Rep. Angie Hatton of Whitesburg. “Medicaid expansion grants access to health care for those who need it the most so that people can live longer and more productive lives, but just as importantly, it provides jobs in the health care industry as local clinics expand to take advantage of this funding. I’m grateful that our governor understands that.”    
 
“As a faith leader, it is my conviction that it is just as unacceptable to simply stand by and do nothing, as it is to actively work against the good of our neighbor,” said Rev. Timothy Findley, Jr. of Kingdom Fellowship in Louisville. “When it comes time to make decisions that will change the course of health care in Kentucky - we must translate love into action. Today is about rescinding an uncompassionate Medicaid waiver and beginning to show compassion to those in need in our great state.”    
 
“As the Kentucky Rural Health Association, we are deeply committed to ensuring that all Kentuckians have access to quality health care benefits,” said Ashley Gibson, president of the Kentucky Rural Health Association in Morehead. “So we’re pleased that Gov. Beshear and his administration is rescinding the Medicaid waiver that could have hurt thousands of Kentucky families.”    
 
“If we've learned anything from the past six years of Medicaid expansion, it's that people are able to improve their health, keep a job and be better parents exactly because they are covered in the first place,” said Emily Beauregard, executive director of Kentucky Voices for Health in Louisville. “Gov. Beshear's decision to withdraw this waiver means that more than 400,000 hard-working Kentuckians and their families can have peace of mind knowing they will have access to health care without barriers.”    
 
Kristen Arant of Newport, who is on expanded Medicaid said, “It’s not an exaggeration to say the expansion of Medicaid has saved my life and the lives of thousands of Kentuckians. Since becoming covered in 2014, I’ve received treatment for substance abuse disorder and earned a college degree. Medicaid expansion has been vital to my family.”    
 
The waiver project would have allowed Kentucky to charge monthly premiums and copayments and required many able-bodied adults to work or volunteer 20 hours a week. Research shows that at least 60% of adults on Medicaid already work, and usually in low-wage jobs that do not include health benefits. The waiver project also striped dental and vision coverage for Kentucky’s able-bodied citizens, but those Kentuckians were allowed to earn points for such coverage through a rewards program by volunteer work, attending classes or other activities.    
 
Fifteen Kentuckians who were Medicaid enrollees filed a lawsuit challenging the waiver project in the case of Stewart v. Azar, and in June 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated CMS’ approval of the project.  In response, CMS began a 30-day comment period and in Nov. 2018 reapproved Kentucky’s project. The project was scheduled to begin in April 2019, but Kentuckians again challenged it in federal court. In March 2019 – before Kentucky’s waiver project became effective – the same federal court again struck down the waiver project, and at the same time struck down similar work requirements in Arkansas.    
 
The prior administration appealed the decision and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral argument Oct. 2019 regarding both Kentucky’s and Arkansas’ work requirements.  
 
Even though the Kentucky Medicaid expansion program insures more than 479,000 adults, the former governor issued an executive order directing the state to end the program if the waiver project did not succeed in court after all appeals. Gov. Beshear rescinded that executive order today.  
 
Ensuring access to affordable health care is a top priority for Gov. Beshear and his administration. Beshear said his administration is taking a close look at the $8 billion in Medicaid managed care contracts that the previous administration awarded with just 11 days left in the administration. Those contracts were awarded based on the waiver.    
 
In addition to ending the Medicaid wavier, in his first five working days in office, Beshear reset the Kentucky Board of Education with members focused on public education and restored voting rights of more than 140,000 nonviolent Kentuckians who have paid their debt to society.
 

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AREA WWII VETERANS RECEIVE CHRISTMAS PACKAGES

 

On Friday, December 13th, 2019 members of Columbia VFW Post 6097 delivered a Christmas fruit basket and a blanket to nine shut-in/WWIl veterans in Adair and Russell Counties. 
 
According to Joe Hare, they are aware there are other WWII veterans and Post 6097 hopes to honor more of them in the future. If you know of a WWll veteran, please call Columbia VFW Post 6097 at 270-384-3988 and leave their information. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pictured is 98-year-young Warren "Buck" Perkins, a member of Post 6097 and past Post Commander. 

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ADAIR CO. MAN SENT TO LEXINGTON HOSPITAL FOLLOWING ROLLOVER ACCIDENT

 

On Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2019 at 2:20pmCT, Deputy Chandler Staten was dispatched to White Oak Church Road to a structure fire. The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department was already on the scene trying to extinguish the fire. While enroute to the fire, Deputy Staten came upon an overturned 1999 Freightliner fire truck that was shuttling water to the pumper trucks at the scene of the fire. The preliminary investigation shows the driver, Jeff Hadley of Columbia, KY had dropped off the shoulder of the roadway. He attempted to recover the truck, but due to the weight of the truck and water shift, was unable to recover it. The truck struck an earth embankment and overturned.
 
Hadley was treated by Adair EMS then transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY for treatment. Hadley was released from the U.K. Hospital on Saturday night.
 
 

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DEC. 31ST IS LAST DAY TO CHANGE POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 is the last day for anyone wanting to change their political party affiliation and be eligible to vote in that political party’s upcoming primary election, pursuant to KRS:116.055. You may change your party affiliation by coming into the Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 3, Columbia, KY during normal business hours Monday-Friday (8:00am-4:00pmCT) and Saturdays (8:00am-12:00pmCT). You may also go online at  https://sos.ky.gov, and click on GoVoteKy.com to register to vote or change your party affiliation. 
 
Due to the New Year’s Holiday, the Adair County Clerk's office will be closed on December 31st, therefore Dec. 30th will be the last day to come into the office and change your party affiliation. Please remember that you can go online until Dec. 31st, 2019.

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CHARLES ESCH NAMED FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

 

The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department would like to congratulate Charles Esch on being named the 2019 Fireman of the year.  Esch has been a member of the local fire dept. for 3 years. Congratulations!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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ADAIR CO. HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE

 
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire on Saturday afternoon, December 14, 2019 at 12:22pmCT on White Oak Church Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home at 3271 White Oak Church Road was fully engulfed in flames. The home was occupied by Donald, David, and Mike Schweppe and was a total loss. The cause of fire is unknown at this time. 16 firemen were on the scene for approximately 2½ hours. 
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 
On Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2019 Adair County Deputy Chandler Staten responded to the collision 7 miles north of Columbia on KY 551. Upon arrival and contact with the operator, Deputy Staten observed an odor of alcoholic beverages. Following a roadside test, 30-year-old Aaron Hobaugh 30 of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravated circumstances). Hough refused any medical attention from Adair Co. EMS personnel.
 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.   
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 
Date Issued:  12/16/2019
Time Issued:  11:15 A.M.
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers from 6168 Greensburg Road to 7180 Greensburg Road and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply, therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 12/16/19

 

  • Porter Ayers, 39, Albany - Speeding, Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield; Operating a Vehicle with Expired Tags; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parahernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and DUI.
  • Carrie Michelle Rogers, 46, Albany - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Brandon Mosley, 35, Columbia- arrested Thursday night by ACSO for Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence).


Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

  • Carrie Renee Johnson, 40, Burkesville - arrested Friday for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, Shock Probation in Felony Convictions, Persistent Felony Offender, and Served a Parole Violation Warrant.
  • Wesley Taylor, 31, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Thursday evening for Violation of a KY EPO and a Probation Violation (for Technical Violation).
  • David Antle, 49, Jamestown - arrested Friday night by Jamestown Police for 2nd Degree Burglary, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, TBUT Under $500, and Contempt of Court.


Lodged in Russell County Detention Center.

 

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DOLLAR GENERAL STORE ROBBERY SUSPECTS CAPTURED IN ILLINOIS EARLY THIS MORNING

 

Just after 6:00pmCT on Sunday, December 15th, 2019 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman received a call from White County authorities in Illinois stating they had information that the Adair County Dollar General Store robbery suspects were heading to their county. The Sheriff's offices exchanged information, including details of the case, along with photos of the suspects and the vehicle they was believed to be in.

At 1:33amCT this morning (Monday), Sheriff Brockman received another call from White County Sheriff Doug Maier in Illinois stating that they had both Timothy & Brittni Smith in custody. He also stated that the Smith’s had robbed a station in the neighboring county of Edwards, Illinois prior to them being captured. The suspects will now have to answer to charges of Robbery in Illinois. 
 
According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, White County, IL Sheriff Doug Maier will serve Adair County warrants, which will place a holder on the suspects. They will be transported back to Adair County to face charges here as soon as Illinois releases them to us.   

Since Friday, the Adair County Sheriff's Office has been In contact with the Wise County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee where the Smith’s robbed a gas station, and Kentucky State Police at the Mayfield Post where they robbed a gas station in Grand Rivers, KY the same day after robbing the Adair County Dollar General Store. The Smith’s identities were given to these agencies and warrants will be obtained in those respective counties. 

The Smith’s crime spree included 4 armed robberies across 3 states: Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois.
 

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SUSPICIOUS PERSON CALL LEADS TO EARLY MORNING ARREST


Early this (Sunday) morning just after 4:00amCT, Columbia Police Dept. Officers were dispatched to a suspicious person call in the Crestview subdivision off Rice Drive. Upon making contact with a female dressed in black and walking barefoot, it was determined the subject was intoxicated. 

 

When attempting to place her into custody, she began to flee on foot before quickly being apprehended and arrested.

 

Candace Hough, 34, of Glasgow, KY was charged with Public Intoxication, Criminal Trespassing, Fleeing and Evading on Foot, and Disorderly Conduct. 

 

Officer Adam Cravens made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Josh Durbin.

 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell Springs City Council met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has info. on the meeting.....

 

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ADAIR MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH OF HIS RESIDENCE


An Adair County man arrested after a search of his residence on KY 61 North around the 4000 block.

At 12:41amCT this morning, Sheriffs Deputy Chandler Staten and KSP Trooper Jacob Harper conducted a search of a residence occupied by 39-year-old Brandon Blair. Located and seized was marijuana, baggies, scales, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. 


Blair was arrested and charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine; Trafficking in Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Blair was also served an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Flagrant Non-Support of a Child.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

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RUSSELL COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP


At 1:05amCT this morning, Adair Co. Sheriffs Deputy Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2019  silver Jeep 4 miles north of Columbia.
 

As a result of the roadside investigation, Justin Antle, 34, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine); Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 
 

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ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED; WARRANTS SWORN OUT FOR THEIR ARREST


The Adair County Sheriffs Office obtains warrants for the arrest of armed robbery suspects at Dollar General Store.


On Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8:14amCT, an unknown white male entered the Dollar General store located at 7775 Campbellsville Rd in Adair County. Upon entering the store, he went behind the counter, produced a handgun and demanded cash.
 
The suspect then fled in a silver Chevrolet Equinox, along with a female, toward Taylor County where they stole two additional vehicles.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office has swore out warrants this morning (Friday), with Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin, for the arrest of 34-year-old Timothy Smith and 31-year-old Brittni Smith of Evansville, Indiana. The warrants are for Armed Robbery, 1st degree. 
 
Commonwealth Attorney Brian Wright has authorized full extradition of Timothy Smith and Brittni Smith, who are married, to be brought back to Adair County to face these charges when they are caught.
 
Chief Deputy Justin Cross and Sheriff Brockman are investigating incident. They were assisted by Kentucky State Police and Campbellsville Police Officer Ryan Jewel.
 
 
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS DEC. 16TH

 

 

 

The Russell County School Board will have a Working Meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5:00pmCT at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114). This will be a School Test Scores/Improvement Planning meeting. No Action Will Be Taken.
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Presentation of School Improvement Plans/Test Scores/Title I Schoolwide Programs
4. Adjournment
 
 
The regular monthly Russell County Board of Education Meeting will start at 6:00pmCT on Monday, December 16, 2019 at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114).
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Gifted & Talented Program Update
5. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
6. Overview of Federal Programs
7. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
8. Comprehensive District Improvement Plan
9. Use of the Auditorium/Natatorium Complex (ANC) for Innovative Readiness Training (IRT)program in July 2020.
10. FY-21 Draft Budget
11. 2020-2021 School Schedule/Calendar
12. University of Kentucky-Student Teacher Agreement
13. Overnight and/or Out of State Trips
14. Public Comment
15. Board Meeting Times
16. Personnel Reports
17. Adjournment

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ACES STUDENT WINS STATE POSTER CONTEST

 

Students had an opportunity to create a poster illustrating Kentuckians working together on something to accomplish for their communities. One of the six students who placed in the "Team Kentucky" inauguration poster contest was from Adair County.
 
A panel of judges, including First Lady Britainy Beshear, selected the winners. The winning posters were on display in the Capital during the inauguration and currently remain on display.
 
Congratulations to Lane Kelsay from Adair County Elementary School who won in the ages 10-13 category.
 
 

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ADAIR CO. STUDENTS ATTEND STLP REGIONALS

 

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs. STLP provides a means for students to design, make, connect and learn.
 
Student products, projects, and services are showcased through local, regional, and state events.
 
This year Adair County Middle School and Adair County High School STLP Students showcased at Regionals in Pulaski County hosted at the Center for Rural Development.  Adair County Middle School Students project was "Chromebook Keeper" allowing a means for a school to effectively check in/out Chromebook devices/carts through Google resources. Adair County High School project was "Indian Cleanup Initiative" efforts with the usage of media arts in distributing their vision toward recycling among the school and community. Both schools advance on to State which will be hosted April 2020 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
 
The Adair County Primary Center and Adair County Elementary School is also participating in STLP via online competition which is currently still ongoing and will be judged and announced in 2020.
 
The Adair County Schools would like to extend a huge thank you to ATS and Bank of Columbia for their donations toward the students T-Shirts.
 
 
 
 

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ADAIR CO. ARMED ROBBERY AT DOLLAR GENERAL STORE

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred this morning (Thursday) at 7775 Campbellsville Road.  At 8:14amCT, an unknown white male, approximately 5'7"- 5'9" tall, weighing approx. 250lbs, entered the Dollar General store located near the Adair/Taylor County line. He produced a black handgun and demanded money from the employee. The suspect left the business with approximately $150 in cash. He got into a gray SUV believed to be a Chevy Equinox (around a 2012 model) with a female who was waiting. The vehicle them sped toward Taylor County.   
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is currently working with KSP and Taylor County authorities on the armed robbery investigation. If anyone has any information, please contact the Adair County Sheriffs Office or your nearest law enforcement agency.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

UPDATED PHOTOS - Pulled from footage from Cornerstone Market in Campbellsville where suspects stole a Chevy truck after robbing the Dollar General Store in Columbia
 
 
 
Suspect who entered Dollar General with gun.... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The vehicle the suspects fled in....
 

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NEW RUSSELL CO. PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENS TODAY!

 

The Russell County Public Library is excited to announce that it will be open to the public in the newly constructed library building starting Thursday, December 12, 2019 and will hold the official Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 with a variety of activities planned that the entire community is invited to take part in.

 

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 9:00amCT, a massive, framed World War II-era American flag will be unveiled, given on permanent loan to the library by the Russell County Honor Guard. A special ceremony will be held to honor our veterans and celebrate the freedoms they fought for, including the freedom to read. All veterans are invited to attend.

 

At 10:30amCT on Tuesday, everyone is invited to the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, where those who have made this building possible will be recognized and the library will be dedicated to the county.

 

At 12:00pmCT on Tuesday, the library will host the Russell County Chamber of Commerce for their December meeting, sponsored by Branscum Construction. The meeting will feature a performance by the Lake Cumberland Community Orchestra and the guest speaker will be Senator Max Wise. 

 

 

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ARRESTS 12/12/19

 

  • Phillip Scott Gadberry, 46, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday afternoon by RCSO for Bail Jumping and Persistent Felony Offender

 

  • Steven McCormack, 26, Sparta, TN - was booked into the Russell County Jail yesterday after an arrest by the RCSO for Failure to Appear; Failure to Maintain Insurance; Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle; and No Seatbelt.

 

  • Jessica Carol Murphy, 39, Columbia - arrested Wednesday evening by CPD for DUI and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. Murphy was lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING DEC. 12TH

 

The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
 
AGENDA
PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
IV. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS &FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
V. OLD BUSINESS
VI. NEW BUSINESS
• HEALTH INSURANCE DISCUSSION
• PVA BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT APPOINTMENT
• EXECUTIVE SESSION PER KRS 61.810(1)(f) –DISCUSSION OR HEARING WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO THE APPOINTMENT, DISCIPLINE, OR DISMISSAL OF AN INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE
• MAYOR'S UPDATE
ADJOURNMENT
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER PARDONED BY GOV. BEVIN

 

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued dozens of pardons as his final acts as governor. Among the pardons are 5 people convicted of murder. One of them was an Adair Co. man convicted in 2002 of murdering his parents, Blake Peterson Walker. 
 
In Bevin's pardon he states Walker couldn't capture his full thought process as he weighed the decision of how to handle commutation and the pardon of Walker. Bevin went on to say that Walker "committed a crime for which only God can provide true forgiveness", and that Walker is "blessed by a loving and forgiving family" and it is this alone that tips the delicate balance in the direction of his request.
 
Walker's pardon was filed in the Secretary of State's Office on Dec. 11th, 2019.
 

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TAYLOR CO. HEAD-ON COLLISION SENDS ONE PERSON TO LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL

 

A head-on collision occurred just west of Campbellsville at 12:30pmET on Wednesday afternoon. Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that 31-year-old Latasha Thompson of Campbellsville, KY was traveling west on U.S. 68 (Greensburg Road) when she turned into the path of 80-year-old Wendall Gilbert of Campbellsville,KY. The vehicle's hit head on. Thompson's vehicle waws then forced into a 3rd vehicle being driven by Teddy Wright.

 

Latasha Thompson was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Gilbert & a passenger, Judith Gilbert, were ransported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Wright was not injured.

 

Sgt. mark Dicken investigated the accident. The Taylor Co. Fire Dept. also responded and assisted on scene.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 12/11/19

 

  • Jennifer Lynn Rogers, 26, Columbia - arrested Tuesday afternoon by ACSO for 1st Degree Criminal Abuse of a Child 12 or under.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
 
  • Steven Yager, 41, Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine; Traffikcing in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Meth); and Trafficking in a Controled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Robert Fisher, 54, Campbellsville - arrested for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Perry Bryant Bishop, 25, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD overnight for Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injuries).
  • Anthony Gilbert, Burkesville - arrested on Tuesday for Burglary, 3rd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor; and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.
 

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TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN ARREST OF 4 JEFFERSON CO. RESIDENTS


The Adair County Sheriffs Office recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested 4 Jefferson County residents on various charges early this morning (Wednesday, Dec. 11th).

 
At 12:44amCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on a 2015 Ford F-150 on Dohoney Trace Road. A roadside investigation revealed the truck was entered as missing from Jefferson County, KY.  K-9 “Nitro” also had a positive indicator that narcotics were in the auto. A search of the vehicle resulted in methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia being located. 

Kenneth Asbury, 30, of Louisville, KY was arrested on the following charges:
Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine), Receiving Sstolen Property over $10,000; No Operators License; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A passenger, 42-year-old Tiffany Cochran of Louisville, KY was also arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 
Columbia Police Officers Jamie Cole and Trevor Foster arrested 2 additional passengers: Cassidy Davis, 21, and Stephen Harris, 47, both of Louisville, KY on Shoplifting and Public Intoxication charges. 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

UPDATE: The Boil Water Advisory has been LIFTED!

 

 

Date Issued: 12/10/2019
Time Issued: 11:50 A.M.
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers from 346 Caldwell Ridge Road to 2165 Barnett’s Creek Road and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to tank maintenance.
                   
Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using.This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at  Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
 

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LWC'S 110th COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY IS DEC. 14TH

 
Lindsey Wilson College will award 368 degrees, Saturday, Dec. 14 at its 110th commencement ceremony. 
 
The liberal arts college's 2019 winter commencement ceremony will be at 10 a.m. CT Saturday, December 14, in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive.
 
The first half of the 2019-20 class will include 188 undergraduate degrees and 180 graduate degrees. 
 
LWC will confer its third doctorate degree on Saturday. Livinus Uba of Ashland, Ky., will become the third-ever graduate of the Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision Program.
 
To accommodate the large crowd expected for winter commencement, the ceremony will be shown on closed-circuit television in the Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive. The ceremony will also be carried live on DuoCounty Channel 2 and on lindsey.edu via its Stretch channel at bit.ly/lwcstream.
 
For more information about LWC's 2019 winter commencement ceremony, contact the LWC Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@lindsey.edu or 270-384-8400.
 

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RUSSELL CO. FARM BUREAU RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL KFB MEETING

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2019) – Russell County Farm Bureau was recognized during the 100th Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville for its outstanding membership and program achievement in 2019. The award honors county Farm Bureau offices who meet the company’s profitability requirements and whose insurance policy growth meets or exceeds its annual growth goal. 
 
 
Photo Cutline: On behalf of Neal Dalton, President of Russell County Farm Bureau, Victor Rexroat (center left) accepts the award from John Sparrow, Executive Vice President and CEO of KFB Insurance (left), Mark Haney, President of Kentucky Farm Bureau (center right), and Drew Graham, Executive Vice President of the KFB Federation (right), during a Dec. 6 recognition and awards program.
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

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

 

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COLUMBIA RECEIVES $30,000 USDA GRANT

 

The City Of Columbia has been notified by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture State Director Hilda Legg, that Columbia has received $30,000 from USDA Rural Development to aid in the purchase of a truck & trailer to be used as a Drug Education Vehicle that'll be utilized throughout the community, specifically within the Adair Co. School System to promote awareness of the dangers of abuse and addiction.
 
Mayor Pam Hoots stated she would like to thank USDA for their support and involvement during this grant process. She went on to say that the staff at USDA is always a pleasure to work with.
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has info.....

 

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AREA ARRESTS 12/10/19

 

  • Dylan Shepard, 24, Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO on Monday night for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and no Registration Receipt
  • Miranda York, 24, Russell Springs - arresed by KSP on Monday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified); and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Gary Wayne Harmon, 53, Columbia - arrested Monday night by KSP for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place; Menacing; Resisting Arrest; Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia; Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
  • Malaki Bond, 18, Greensburg - arrested on Green Co. Indictment Warrants for Burglary, 2nd Degree and Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm).

Lodged in the Taylor Co. Dentention Center. 
 
 

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R.C. COURTHOUSE CLOSED TODAY

 

The Russell County Courthouse will be closed today (Tuesday, December 10, 2019) to observe the inauguration ceremonies of Governor Steve BeShear. All state offices will be closed as well.

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1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS COLUMBIA WOMAN TO LEXINGTON HOSPITAL

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to the single vehicle accident this morning (Monday, Dec. 9th) at 7:25amCT, 10 miles south of Columbia on Hwy 55 South.
 
Patricia Williams of Jamestown, KY was traveling north on KY55 and failed to negotiate a curve. Williams lost control and the vehicle went into a skid, traveled across the southbound lane, over an embankment and overturned. 
 
Williams was treated by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia, where she was then flown by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY for treatment of head injuries.
 
Deputy Brandon Hitch investigated the collision. He was assisted on scene by Sheriff Josh Brockman.
 

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2-VEHICLE ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT SENDS 4-YEAR-OLD TO HOSPITAL

 

A 2-vehicle accident over the weekend sent a 4-year old Adair Co. juvenile to the hospital.
 
The accident occurred on Sunday, December 8, 2019 Hwy 900 in Adair County. Heather Rowe (and a 4-year-old female juvenile passenger) were traveling east on KY900 when she lost control of the auto, striking a westbound vehicle being operated by Andrew Klingberg of Columbia, KY. The Rowe vehicle overturned following the impact. 
 
The juvenile passenger in the Rowe vehicle was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for further treatment of her injuries. Heather Rowe and Andrew Klingberg were not injured. 
 
The collision was investigated by Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff Brandon Hitch.
 

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THANK YOU FROM ADAIR FAIR ASSOC.; PLEASE PAY FOR AUCTION ITEMS

 

The Adair County Fair Association would like to thank the business’ that donated and the citizens who purchased items during the 2019 Radio Auction. They would like to also thank all the media outlets in Adair County that helped make this event possible. If you purchased an item during the auction, please stop by Flowers and Things on Campbellsville Street in Columbia and pay for your item. If you know of a family that might need assistance during the holiday season, please contact Jamie Hadley at 270-250-3075 before Friday, December 13th, 2019.  

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RECORD NUMBER OF DEER KILLED IN KY DURING GUN SEASON

 
FRANKFORT, KY. (AP) - Hunters killed a record number of deer in Kentucky during the recent gun season, surpassing last year's record.
 
Hunters killed about 107,000 deer during the 16-day season that ended on Nov. 24, up from the approximately 106,800 deer killed a year ago, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said in a news release.
 
The increase in kills over the past 2 years has coincided with longer seasons in some areas where previously only 10 days were allowed for hunting. Hunters requested the increase to 16 days, which now happens across all zones in Kentucky.
 
Acting Deer and Elk Program coordinator Kyle Sams said bag limits in place for deer ensured herd numbers remained in good shape.
 
The muzzleloader season for deer runs from Dec. 14 to Dec. 22, 2019.
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING DEC. 10TH

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Regular Called Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at 6:00pmCT in the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room. The meeting is open to the public.

 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
        A.) November 26, 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. TRANFERS 
       A.) LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
       B.) FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
                                    
8.   COURT ORDERS 
9.   READING OF ROADS
 
10. ACTION ITEMS:                                    
        A.) OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARD OF GALSOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL BIDS
        B.) APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY CORONER
        C.) SHERIFF BUDGET-1ST READING 
        D.) 911 DIRECTOR-ESCRAP/SURPLUS ELECTRONICS
 
11. OTHER BUSINESS
12. PUBLIC COMMENTS
13. ADJOURN                                                                                
 
Remember: The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 4:00pmCT due to the holidays. 
 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 12/9/19

 

  • Angela Jo Garrison, 32, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Sunday afternoon for Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance; No Opertators License; No Brake Lights; and only One Headlight.
  • Dakota Sullivan, 26, Jamestown - arrested Friday afternoon by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd OFfense (Methamphetamine); Tampering With Physical Evidence; Giving Officer False Identifying Information; Non-Payment of Fines; and Probation Violation (for Misdemeanor Offense)
  • Johnny Hensley, 37, Jabez - arrested Saturday afternoon for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol)

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Jane Shannon Young, 44 - Arrested by Columbia Police on Sunday night and charged with Possession of Marijuana and served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
  • Christopher Cash, 45, Columbia - arrested Saturday night by KSP on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant
  • Daniel Logan Hill, 20, Burkesville - arrested late Friday night by Burkesville Police  for Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence); Speeding; No License in Possession; DUI; Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree; Wanton Endangerment, 2nd Degree; Assault, 3rd Degree (Police or Probation Officer)

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
  • Kenneth Burress, 53, Campbellsville - arrested by Campbellsville Police Friday night for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, TBUT over $500, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, and No Registration Plates
  • Randall Lewis Jones, age 68, was arrested by the Green Co. Sheriffs Office on Friday afternoon and charged with Cruelty to Animals, 2nd Degree

 

Lodged in the Taylor Co. Jail.
 

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ACCIDENT SENDS ADAIR CO. MAN TO LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL


The Columbia Police Department responded to a 2-vehicle sideswipe collision on Sunday evening that sent one driver to a Louisville hospital.

 

The accident occurred just before 5:00pmCT on Bomar Heights. Diontae Ennis, 30, of Columbia, KY was operating a 2019 Dodge Charger rental car from Ohio when he met a 2008 Ford Focus in a curve, being operated by 84-year-old Cassius Beard of Columbia, KY and the vehicles had a nearly head-on side swipe.

 

Mr. Beard was taken by EMS to TJ Health Columbia and was later airlifted to UofL Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Ennis was not injured.

 

CPD Officer Evan Burton investigated the collision. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jordan Dean and KSP.

 

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RUSSELL CO. PARADE WINNERS

 

SCHOOL CATEGORY
1st - Russell Co. Special Olympics
2nd - Russell Co. Bus Drivers

 

BUSINESS CATEGORY 
1st - Cash Express
2nd - South Ky Recc

 

CLUB/CIVIC ORGANIZATION CATEGORY
1st - RCHS Drama Club
2nd - Russell Co. Jaycees

 

CHURCH CATEGORY
1st - Friendship Baptist church
2nd - Russell Springs Christian church 
3rd - Cumberland Baptist church

 

MISC. CATEGORY
1st - Artworks

 

Abby Wolford was named "MISS SANTA"

 

 

Russell Co. Schools 1st Place Float Winner - R.C. Special Olympics

 

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ADAIR CO. PARADE WINNERS

 
FLOAT DIVISION
1st Columbia Church of Christ
2nd Froedge Trucking
3rd Great Oaks Ministries
 
NON-FLOAT DIVISION
1st Katelyn Bryant
2nd Elizabeth Meyers Golden Acres Farms
 
There were no out-of-county floats. 
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN FACING STRANGULATION CHARGES

 

26-year-old Sterling Duckworth of Campbellsville, KY was arrested by the Taylor County Sheriffs Office and charged with Assault and Strangulation of another person. Duckworth was arrested on Friday, December 6th, 2019 and taken to the Taylor County Detention Center. 

 

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TAYLOR CO. INDICTMENTS

 

  • Kevin Wesolowski of Campbellsville - Robbery & Theft
  • William J. Hays of Gravel Switch - Burglary & Theft
  • Brandon Skaggs of Campbellsville -Theft, Tampering with Evidence & Possession of Marijuana
  • Justin R Matthews of Campbellsville - Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief & Forgery
  • Joey D. Murphy of Russell County - Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
  • Daniel C. Davis of Campbellsville - Forgery & Identity Theft
  • Christopher H. Tucker of Campbellsville - Trafficking in Cocaine
  • David Bridgewater of Campbellsville - Receiving Stolen Property & Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Brittany Sammons of Campbellsville - Possession of Heroin
  • Antionette E. Brown of Campbellsville - Possession of Methamphetamine & Giving Officer False Information
  • Jennifer F. Holderfield - Possession of Methamphetamine

 

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ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS


An Adair County Grand Jury has returned Indictments against 5 individuals: 

https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/Adair-County-Indictments-Dec-2019.pdf
 

 

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AREA ARRESTS 12/6/19

 

  • Terri Garner, 37, Russell Springs - arrested this morning (Friday) for Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) and Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000.
  • Dillon Bozell, 26, Jamestown - arrested by RSPD overnight for Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot; Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree; Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified); Tampering With Physical Evidence; Failure to Appear; Non-Payment of Fines; and Probation Violation (for Felony Offense).
  • Lucas McFarland, 34, Jamestown - arrested Thursday morning by RCSO for Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.
  • Trisha Welch, 36, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD overnight for Faiure of Owner to Maintain Insurance; No Registration Plates; Rear License Not Illuminated; No Operators License; and No Registration Receipt.

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.
 
  • Jimmy Robbins, 36, Liberty - arrested by CPD on Thursday evening for Promoting Contraband, 1st Degree and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
 

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COLUMBIA OFFICER GRADUATES BASIC TRAINING

 

Columbia Police Officer Trevor Foster graduated from The Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond on Thursday, completing 20 weeks of basic training. Foster was hired in May of this year before being sent to DOCJT.  While in the academy Foster received awards in physical fitness and defensive tactics.

 

Foster pictured center with Chief Jason Cross (left), as well as Officer Evan Burton (right).
 

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2 ADAIR CO. OFFICERS GRADUATE FROM BASIC TRAINING

 

RICHMOND, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2019) – Thirty law enforcement officers from agencies across the state, including 2 from Adair County, graduated Thursday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.
 
The graduates of Class 506 completed 20 weeks of training, which consisted of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid and CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families and the mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.
 
Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers to comply with the state’s Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998. The Department of Criminal Justice Training provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police and others. 
 
The agency also provides in-service and leadership training for Kentucky law enforcement officers and public safety dispatch training.
 
The Department of Criminal Justice Training is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The agency is the first in the nation to be accredited under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ public safety training program designation. DOCJT also earned accreditation through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training in 2013.
 
Class 506 graduates and their agencies are:
Joseph R. Bufford Hopkinsville Police Department (Recruit of Distinction)
Zachary M. Burford Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
Hunter Carroll Glasgow Police Department
Caleb K. Conley Scott County Sheriff’s Office
Tyler C. Daniels Hopkinsville Police Department (Outstanding Performance Award for Physical Fitness)
Hunter R. Disney Laurel County Sheriff’s Office
Charles B. Elmore Clarkson Police Department
Adam B. Fauver Greenville Police Department
Sean M. Fentress Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (Academic Achievement Award and Recruit of Distinction)
Joshua K. Foster Brodhead Police Department
Trevor D. Foster Columbia Police Department (Most Improved Award for Physical Fitness and Defensive Tactics)
Matthew I. Frias Providence Police Department (Coordinator’s Award)
Jeffrey C. Hartman McCracken County Sheriff’s Office
Austin D. Howell Mt. Sterling Police Department
Ricky Hill Fayette County Schools Police Department
Elliott B. Hutton Georgetown Police Department
Jacob K. Johnson Maysville Police Department (Outstanding Performance Award for Physical Fitness)
Hunter C. Martin Powell County Sheriff’s Office
Jeremy L. Moore Fayette County Schools Police Department
Aaron J. Moss Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
Hayden Phillips Glasgow Police Department
Brandon A. Shirley Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Kyle M. Simmons Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Chandler Sirls Graves County Sheriff’s Office
Zachary D. Smith Graves County Sheriff’s Office
Wesley C. Staten Adair County Sheriff’s Office
Joshua Stigall Fayette County Schools Police Department
Austin M. Swartz Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
Walter J. Wetzel Nelson County Sheriff’s Office (Firearms Proficiency Award)
Quintin O. Wright Simpson County Sheriff’s Office
 
 

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ADAIR CO. DEPUTY GRADUATES FROM POLICE ACADEMY

 

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Deputy Chandler Staten in his graduation from the Department of Criminal Justice Police Academy. 
 
On Thursday, December 5th, 2019 Deputy Staten, along with 29 other deputies and officers, walked across the stage to receive their certificate from Commissioner Alex Payne. Staten completed 20 weeks with over 800 hours of classroom instruction on topics such as (but not limited to) Penal Code, Defensive Tactics, Emergency Driving,  Firearms, and applying the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 
 
Sherrif Josh Brockman says they are very proud of Chandler and feel he will be a great asset to the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. 
 
Staten was joined Thursday in Richmond  for his graduation by family, friends, and co-workers from the sheriffs office.  
 
Pictured: Staten & wife Hailey, Staten with Sheriff Josh Brockman, and Staten with Commissioner Alex Payne  
 

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R.S. ACCIDENT SENDS 1 PERSON TO HOSPITAL

 

Russell Springs Police investigated a 2-vehicle injury accident on Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Hwy 127 & Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs, KY.
 
18-year-old Natalie Robertson of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2006 Hyundai, traveling south on Hwy 127. 53-year-old Robert Kerr of Russell Springs, KY was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry. Kerr attempted to make a left turn onto Lakeway Drive and turned into the path of Robertson, striking her auto in the side.
 
Kerr was transported to Russell Co. Hospital for treatment. No one else was injured in the accident.
 

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ARRESTS 12/5/19

 

  • Joey Murphy, 38, Russell Springs - arrested on Wednesday night by RSPD for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (over $500)

 

  • Melissa Vincent, 39, Albany - arrested Wednesday morning and charged with Tampering With Physical Evidence; Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card; Theft-Receipt of Stolen Credit or Debit Card; TBUT (under $500); and Burglary, 2nd degree.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH OF RESIDENCE

 
In the continued battle against the trafficking of illegal drugs in Russell County, the Russell County Sheriff's Office executed a Search Warrant at a residence on Cameron Snow Road in the Indian Cave Hill area of Bernard Ridge off Hwy 619. Arrested at the scene was 61-year-old Herbert Owens. He was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Owens was lodged in the Russell County Dentention Center. 
 
Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by other members of the Russell County Sheriffs Office. 

Sheriff Derek Polston 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. 
Sheriff Polston goes on to say "Working together, we can get the drug traffickers behind bars." 

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ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS - DEC. 5TH

 

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 5 individuals:
 
 
  1. Kelvin F. Bowers, 32, Columbia - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Subsequent Offense (Methamphetamine); Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree; Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd Dgree (2 counts)
  2. Tyrone Antonio Smith, 41, Louisville - Theft by Unlawful Taking $500 or More but under $10,000; Persistent Felony Offesnder, 1st Degree
  3. Alexandria Foster, 25, Columbia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)
  4. Margaret Zimmerman, 26, Columbia - 31 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 2nd Degree; Theft by Unlawful Taking (Firearm)
  5. Derek Brown, 30, Columbia - Assault, 1st Degree (Domestic Violence); Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree

 

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

 

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ADAIR COUPLE SENTENCED ON TRAFFICKING CHARGES; PROPERTY TO BE SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION

 

Pursuant to an Order of Forfeiture that was recently entered by the Adair Circuit Court in separate criminal drug trafficking cases, the Master Commissioner of the Adair Circuit Court will sell at public auction a house, garage, and approximately 2.014 acres of property located at 2343 Millerfield Road, Columbia, KY.  
 
This real estate was forfeited to the Commonwealth of Kentucky as part of a plea agreement entered into by the owners, James Timothy Cook and Tammy Cook, after they were each convicted of multiple counts of trafficking in marijuana out of the residence. Investigations led by the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI), with the assistance of numerous other law enforcement agencies, revealed that undercover agents purchased a total of approximately eight (8) pounds of marijuana from the Cooks through at least seven (7) separate transactions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. A search of the property was later conducted in September 2018, with officers recovering several items of evidence including cash, a handgun, and ninety-four (94) separate bags of marijuana weighing a total of over four (4) pounds. The Cooks were indicted by an Adair County Grand Jury and later appeared in Adair Circuit Court with their attorney, Hon. Joseph Stewart of Lebanon, KY and pled guilty.
 
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright recommended that James Timothy Cook serve 10 years in prison and Wright opposed probation for James Timothy Cook, who had multiple prior convictions for drug trafficking and other crimes.  Wright recommended that Tammy Cook receive a sentence of 4 years and he did not oppose probation for Tammy Cook, who had a very limited prior criminal record.  Wright also pursued a forfeiture of the real estate based on the Cooks’ repeated use of the property to further the sale of large quantities of marijuana in Adair County.
 
Both individuals were sentenced on September 10, 2019. Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy sentenced James Timothy Cook to serve 10 years in prison. Tammy Cook was placed on probation for 4 years. Pursuant to the plea agreements that were entered into with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Cooks agreed to a forfeiture of the real property that was used to facilitate the drug offenses, and Judge Murphy entered an order directing that the property be forfeited and sold.  
 
The real property will now be sold at public auction by the Master Commissioner, J.D. Zornes. The sale is open to the public and is scheduled to take place at the Adair County Judicial Center on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00amCT. The proceeds of this sale will be distributed among the various law enforcement agencies that assisted in this drug investigation, including KSP, Adair Co. Sheriff’s Dept, and other law enforcement agencies in south central Kentucky, as well as the 29th Judicial Circuit’s Asset Forfeiture Account that is maintained by the Attorney General’s Office.
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MORE DETAILS ON A.C. DRUG ARREST MON. NIGHT

 

On Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019 at 8:16pmCT, Adair County Deputy Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Toyota on Hwy East 80 in Columbia. A roadside investigation led Deputy Keith to believe there was illegal narcotics in the vehicle. Following a search of the auto, methamphetamine was located. 
 
31-year-old Joanna Logson of Columbia, KY was arrested on the following charges:
  • Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia   

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

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2019-2020 LIHEAP SCHEDULE

 

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is underway. There are a few days left to sign up for heating assistance. Applications are accepted by the last name of head of household. For info:
 

https://www.capky.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-2020-LIHEAP-Fact-Sheet.pdf

 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED FOR WRITING COLD CHECKS

 

Donnie Kimbler, 52, Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Tuesday afternoon by RCSO and charged with Theft By Deception (including Cold Checks under $500). Kimbler was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 

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H.M. BOTTOM DAY IN RUSSELL COUNTY


Today is "H.M. Bottom Day" in Russell County, as proclaimed by Russell County Judge Executive Gary Robertson. The proclamation comes after R.S. Mayor Eddie Thomas announced that the R.S. Fire Station would be renamed the "H.M. Bottom Fire Station". Mr. Bottom has dedicated his life to public service, and it would be hard to find someone who is more well respected in Russell County.

 

A large crowd of friends, family members, firefighters, public officials, and others gathered at the R.S. Fire Dept. earlier today (Tuesday) for the renaming ceremony. 
 


 

 

 

 

 

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AREA ARRESTS 12/3/19

 

  • Joanna Maxine Logsdon, 31, Columbia - arrested Monday night by ACSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified); and was served a Warrant for other Police Agency
  • Daniel Davis, 39, Campbellsville - arrested on Monday morning by KSP for Criming Possession of a Forged Instrument (Identity Theft)
  • Charles Goldstein, 41, Gradyville - arrested Monday afternoon by ACSO for DUI and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License
  • Roy Ingram, 40, Columbia - arrested Monday morning by ACSO for Fleeing or Evading Police; Resisting Arrest; and was served 2 Warrants for other Police Agency

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP 12/3/19

 

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

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING VEHICLE PURSUIT

 

According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, the pursuit began in the city limits of Jamestown, KY and ended on KY 92 (Boat Dock Road) at Pumpkin Creek Resort. The vehicle pursuit started after a blue Nissan SUV passed a Sheriff's Deputy and several cars at a high rate of speed near the Dollar General Market on Hwy. 127 in Jamestown. 
 
42-year-old Brandon Cade of Russell Springs, KY was arrested after the pursuit ended. Cade was charged with: No Operators License, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs (2nd Offense), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree, and Driving on a DUI Suspended License (2nd Offense). Cade was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
The case will be presented to the Russell County Grand Jury. Deputy Sheriff John Wine is the investigating Officer. He was assisted at the scene by other members of the Russell County Sheriff's Dept., Jamestown Police Dept., KY Fish and Wildlife, and KSP.
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS SCAM CALLS

 

Reportedly, the Russell Springs Police Department phone number 270-866-3636 was used in scam calls last week. If you have received any calls from this number, be advised that RSPD is NOT calling, threatening with warrants to obtain your social security number, or any other personal information! This is a SCAM! DO NOT share any of your information with people who are making these calls!
 

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CITY HALL CLOSED 10:30AM-12PM ON DEC. 3RD FOR FIRE DEPT. CEREMONY

 

Russell Springs City Hall will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10:30am-12:00pm to celebrate the naming of the Russell Springs Fire Department after Fire Chief H.M. Bottom. The ceremony is open to the public and will start at 11:00amCT.
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL SYSTEM 1-CALL 2019/2020

 

It’s that time again for students in Russell County Schools to bring home NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction) Day lessons. NTI days are used during inclement weather or emergency days when school is not in session.  The NTI plan allows for students to complete assignments at home so that a continuation of learning occurs when school has to be cancelled.  The state may approve up to 10 NTI days each year.
 
Today, Monday, December 2nd, Russell County students in grades K-12 will bring home NTI materials in a large, brown envelope.  
 
The envelope will contain:
  • a parent newsletter
  • 2 stapled packets (days 1-5 stapled in one packet; days 6-10 in a second packet)
  • parent signature sheets (when applicable for some grade levels)  

 

Preschool students will NOT receive NTI materials.
 
Keep this brown envelope in a safe place at home. When you are notified of an NTI Day, simply have your child complete the assignments for that day. Then, when school is back in session, tear off the completed assignments and send to school with your child.  
 
Superintendent Michael Ford will notify parents and students using School Messenger, local radio, and social media when school is cancelled and if an NTI day has been designated.
 
If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the school.  
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 

 

On Saturday, November 30, 2019 Adair Co. Sheriff's Deputy Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop of a 2006 Pontiac for unsafe driving infractions. Following a roadside investigation, it was found that 62-year-old Gordon Feese of Columbia, KY was believed to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Feese was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  
 
Feese was placed under arrest at 12:32amCT on the following charges:
  • DUI
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) &
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.   
 
Deputy Joey Keith was assisted by Columbia Police Dept. Officer John Dial and K-9 "Gunner". The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

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MORE WEEKEND ARRESTS 12/2/19

 

  • Amber Ruby, 22, Dunnville, KY - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Tampering With Physical Evidence; Resisting Arrest; and Harrassment - Physical Contact - No Injuries
  • David Smith, 58, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Saturday morning for Menacing and TBUT (less than $500)
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Allen Crouch, 54, Columbia - arrested overnight by Fish & Wildlife Officers for Driving on a DUI Suspended License; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle; and Fleeing or Evading Police.
  • Gary Wayne Harmon, 53, Columbia - arrested by the ACSO on Saturday afternoon for DUI; Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Aggravating Circumstance); Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; and served 4 Bench Warrants for Court.

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Kayla Oakes, 26, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Friday evening, November 29, 2019 by Russell County Deputy Corey Meyer who was checking for local warrants. During the course of his investigation, Deputy Meyer discovered Oakes was in possession of illegal drugs. 
 
Kayla Oakes was arrested at the scene on a Russell County Bench Warrant and was also charged with 4 counts of Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug (pills), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 
 
The case remains under investigation and will be presented to the Russell County Grand Jury. Deputy Meyer was assisted at the scene by Russell Springs Police Officer Matt Parrish and Constable Kenny Luttrell.
 
Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, to contact the Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 
 

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