Local News Archives for 2020-01

LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS IN THE REGION

Unemployment rates rose in 56 Kentucky counties between December 2018 and December
2019, fell in 46 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky
Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce
Development Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment rose year-to-year in Adair, Green, and Metcalfe counties, and
was down in Casey, Cumberland, Russell, and Taylor Counties.

 

 

 

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R.S. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Russell Springs, KY Boil Water Advisory on Highway 1545 (Bottom’s Road) has been lifted. 

 

 

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R.S. MAN ARRESTED ON SEX ABUSE CHARGES

 

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody Thursday night on Sexual Abuse charges... 

 

According to Russell County Jailer Bobby Dunbar, Bruce Curtis, age 48, was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center last evening just after 8:30pmCT by Deputy John Wine with the Russell County Sheriff's Office on charges of Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree and Sodomy, 1st Degree. 

 

Curtis remains lodged on a $50,000 cash bond for each charge. 

 

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ADAIR MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES AFTER REPORT OF MALE BEHAVING STRANGELY

 

On Tuesday afternoon, January 28th, 2020 Columbia Police were dispatched to IGA on Jamestown Street on the report of a male subject behaving strangely. Upon arrival, the responding Officer spoke with employees who stated the party had been in and out of the store for over an hour and was currently locked in a bathroom. Contact was made with the male and after he was escorted outside, he was asked if he had anything illegal in his possession. The party took off his hat and began to feel around the inside rim of it. He then attempted to walk away when a small baggie fell out of his hat. The man was detained and placed into custody after attempting to break away from the Officer. There was also suspected marijuana located in the man's socks.


Patrick Stewart, 40, of Columbia, KY was placed into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Officer Drew Conn was the arresting Officer.
 

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R.S. BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 

There is a boil water advisory on Highway 1545 from 127 down to the curve at Mount Olive Road and all the roads in between, this is due to a water main that was hit and will be until further notice.

 

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RUSSELL CO. HOSPITAL BOARD TAKES NO ACTION AT CALLED MEETING

 

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors met in a special called meeting and went into executive session. Upon returning to General Session, no action was taken.

 

The Board continues to work toward the placement of a permanent R.C. Hospital CEO.

 

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KEVIN WILLIAMS HOMETOWN CONCERT INFO. MEETING

 

Kevin Williams, Russell Co. native & Band Director of the Gaither Vocal Band, was in Russell Springs earlier today (Wednesday) for an informational meeting about the upcoming Kevin's Kids Concert. This year, the concert will be held a little earlier, on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the R.S. First Baptist Church on East Hwy 80 in Russell Springs (across from Dollar General Store). Kevin emphasized that 100% of the money raised goes to underprivileged kids in Russell Co. and is distributed through the school system's Family Resource Center. Kevin tells the WAVE's Lisa Clark that he's looking forward to another great concert.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vernie McGaha - Kevin Williams - Lisa Clark

 

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USDA INVESTS $55.3 MILLION IN BROADBAND FOR RURAL KY

 
COLUMBIA, KY. Jan. 29, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $55.3 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects in rural Kentucky. These projects, part of the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments, will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for more than 12,250 rural households and nearly 100 farms and businesses across Kentucky and northern Tennessee. 
 
“High-speed broadband internet connectivity, or e-Connectivity, is essential today to run a successful business or agricultural operation, access specialized health care or education, and connect with loved ones living far away,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has made the deployment of this critical infrastructure in rural America a top priority, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
 
LaVoy announced the following investments in rural Kentucky:
 
  • Ballard Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation will use a $2.4 million ReConnect Program grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in rural McCracken County. The funded service areas include 578 households and a critical community facility spread over 20 square miles.
  • Duo County Telephone Cooperative Corporation Inc. will use an $18.7 million ReConnect Program grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural Adair, Cumberland and Russell counties. The funded service areas include almost 3,650 households spread over 45 square miles.
  • Gibson Electric Membership Corporation will use a $32 million ReConnect Program loan to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural Fulton, Graves and Hickman counties in Kentucky, and in Dyer, Lake, Obion and Weakley counties in Tennessee. The funded service areas include almost 7,400 households spread over 1,056 square miles.
  • Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company Inc. will use a $2.3 million ReConnect Program grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural Breathitt County. The funded service area includes 637 households spread over 109 square miles.

 
Background:
In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America. On Dec. 13, 2018, Secretary Perdue announced the rules of the program, called “ReConnect,” including how the loans and grants will be awarded to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. USDA received 146 applications between May 31, 2019, and July 12, 2019, requesting $1.4 billion in funding across all three ReConnect Program funding products: 100 percent loan, 100 percent grant, and loan-grant combinations. USDA is reviewing applications and announcing approved projects on a rolling basis. Additional investments in all three categories will be made in the coming weeks. 
 
These grants, loans and combination funds enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient service is defined as connection speeds of less than 10 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload.
 
In December 2019, Agriculture Secretary Perdue announced USDA will be making available an additional $550 million in ReConnect funding in 2020. USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. The application window for this round of funding will open Jan. 31, 2020. Applications for all funding products will be accepted in the same application window, which will close no later than March 16, 2020.
 
A full description of 2020 ReConnect Pilot Program funding is available on page 67913 of the Dec. 12, 2019, Federal Register (PDF, 336 KB). To learn more about eligibility, technical assistance and recent announcements, visit www.usda.gov/reconnect. 
 
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). 
 
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. 
 
Photos by Mike Scales.....

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
USDA Deputy Under Secretary Donald "DJ" LaVoy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hilda Legg - U.S.D.A. Rural Development State Director for KY 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tom Preston, DUO Broadband CEO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LWC President Bill Luckey
 

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COMER PRAISES LARGE USDA INVESTMENT IN RURAL KY BROADBAND

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a sizeable, $55.3 million investment in high-speed broadband projects in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District as well as some counties in northern Tennessee. 
 
The project announcements were made on Wednesday morning at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY. Ballard Rural Telephone, Duo Broadband, and Gibson Electric each received funding in round one of USDA’s Reconnect Pilot Program. The projects will equip more than 12,250 homes across the region with high-speed broadband capability.
 
Congressman James Comer applauded the action by the Trump Administration, emphasizing the importance of internet connectivity to success in the modern economy. He appeared at the announcement via video message, where he stated the following:
 
“Reliable, high-speed broadband should not be a luxury. It is a critical infrastructure item that should be afforded to all Americans, including those in rural areas. An investment in rural America is a positive investment for all of America.”
 
Counties in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District that will benefit include Adair, Cumberland, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken, and Russell. The following specific broadband investments were announced:
 
Ballard Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation will use a $2.4 million ReConnect Program grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in rural McCracken County. The funded service areas include 578 households and a critical community facility spread over 20 square miles.
 
Duo County will use an $18.7 million ReConnect Program grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural Adair, Cumberland and Russell counties. The funded service areas include almost 3,650 households spread over 45 square miles.
 
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation will use a $32 million ReConnect Program loan to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural Fulton, Graves and Hickman counties in Kentucky, and in Dyer, Lake, Obion and Weakley counties in Tennessee. The funded service areas include almost 7,400 households spread over 1,056 square miles.
 
“Increasing access to rural broadband is a key infrastructure need in the modern economy and one of my top priorities. With this grant, fiber broadband will be built in some of the most rural parts of western and southcentral Kentucky, providing an economic lifeline to our rural citizens,” Comer added.
 
For more information on efforts by the USDA to stimulate rural development through increased broadband access, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
 

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RUSSELL CO. INDICTMENTS

 

The Russell County Grand Jury met Tuesday and handed up the following indictments…

 

David S. Antle – Burglary 2nd Degree, a class C felony - Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, a class D felony, Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500 – a class A  Misdemeanor.

 

James D. Redmon  - Assault 2nd Degree, a class D felony – Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree a class D felony.

 

Delta York – Speeding, 22 mph over – Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, a class B misdemeanor – Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, a class D felony – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

 

Lemuel Burton – Assault, 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor –  3 counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree a class D felony – Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class D felony – Possession of a Fire Arm by a Convicted Felon, a class D felony – Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree, a class B Misdemeanor – Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.

 

Cortez O. Lawrence – Trafficking in Marijuana under 8 Ounces, a class A misdemeanor – Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class D felony – Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree.

 

Billy Hammond – Assault, 1st degree, a class B felony.

 

Timothy George- Bail Jumping, 1st degree, a class D felony.

 

Charles Sikes – Burglary, 3rd degree, a class D felony – Criminal Mischief, 1st degree, a class D felony – Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500, a class D felony – Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree.

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FORMER RUSSELL CO. DEPUTY FILES AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST COLUMBIA POLICE DEPT.

 
Joey Hoover, former deputy with the Russell County Sheriffs Office, has filed suit against the City of Columbia alleging age discrimination in not being hired as a detective for the Columbia Police Department. Hoover first applied for a position in November of 2018 when he was 51 years old. In 2019, the three available positions with the police department were filled by individuals much younger than Hoover. 
 
A lawsuit only provides the allegations of the Plaintiff, and the defendant City of Columbia has not yet responded to the allegations contained in the complaint.
 
Hoovrer was a deputy when Clete Mcaninch was Sheriff of Russell County.
 
 
 

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ALBANY PHARMACIST PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

 
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – An Albany, KY pharmacist has pleaded guilty to 3 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances, announced the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.   
 
Kenton L. Shearer was charged via an Information on January 10, 2020 with three counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances.
 
Between March 10, 2015, and April 15, 2015, Shearer filled, or allowed his employees to fill, prescriptions containing hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, for patient J.Y., even though Shearer knew that the prescriptions were not written for a legitimate medical purpose. Shearer knew J.Y. was doctor shopping to obtain prescriptions for the same medications from multiple doctors, and because the hydrocodone polistirex (cough medicine) Dr. Michael Cummings prescribed to J.Y. had been prescribed for far longer than recommended in prescription guidelines.
 
Between August 16, 2011 and June 21, 2014 Shearer filled, or allowed his employees to fill, prescriptions containing hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, for patient J.Y., even though Shearer knew that the prescriptions were not written for a legitimate medical purpose. Shearer knew J.Y. was doctor shopping to obtain prescriptions for the same medications from multiple doctors, because the hydrocodone polistirex (cough medicine) Dr. Michael Cummings prescribed to J.Y. had been prescribed for far longer than recommended in prescription guidelines, and because Shearer filled prescriptions early on multiple occasions. 
 
Between August 16, 2011 and April 8, 2015 Shearer filled, or allowed his employees to fill, prescriptions containing alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, for patient J.Y., even though Shearer knew that the prescriptions were not written for a legitimate medical purpose. Shearer knew J.Y. was doctor shopping to obtain prescriptions for the same medications from multiple doctors, and because Shearer filled prescriptions early on multiple occasions.
 
The United States will seek a sentence of 15 months in federal prison followed by a term of 3 years supervised release. The defendant has agreed to forfeit a $200,000 monetary judgment to the United State, which will be due on or before the sentencing date. Sentencing is set for May 14, 2020. 
 
Dr. Michael Cummings was prosecuted by the United States and was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in July of 2019. 
 
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser. The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General. 
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING JAN. 28TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Regular Called Meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
       A.) January 14, 2020-Regular Meeting Minutes                          
3.  DISBURSEMENTS
4.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS
5. TRANFERS 
       A.) LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
       B.) FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS                                    
6.  COURT ORDERS 
7.  READING OF ROADS
 
8.  ACTION ITEMS:                                  
       A) 2nd READING & ADOPTION OF ORDINANCCE TO ALL EMPLOYEES TIME OFF TO VOTE
       B) STARTELL AGREEMENT-911-PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN 
       C) ZULTY’S AGREEMENT-911-PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN 
       D) BANK OF COLUMBIA WIRE TRANSFERS WIRE AGREEMENT
       E) PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR SHERIFF COMPUTER PROGRAM
       F) APPROVAL OF EMPLOYEE LISTING W/WAGES 
 
  9.  OTHER BUSINESS
10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN
                   

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USDA TO ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF BROADBAND INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RURAL KY

 
COLUMBIA, KY. - Thousands of Southcentral Kentucky residents can look forward to faster internet service thanks to a new initiative to be announced on Wednesday at Lindsey Wilson College. 
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy will make the announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. CT, in the Jim and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, Room 129, 411 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, Ky. 
 
LaVoy is expected to discuss the multi-million dollar investment and expansion of high-speed broadband infrastructure that will improve e-Connectivity for thousands of homes in rural Kentucky. Kentucky is one of several states to receive the funding. 
 
The event is free and open to the public and the media is invited to attend. 
 
For more information please call the office of USDA Rural Development State Director Hilda Legg at 1-859-224-7300. 
 

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COLUMBIA-ADAIR CO. CHAMBER SCAM ALERT

 
Attention Adair County Chamber Members:
 
This is a scam alert! Please don’t open any emails from the Chamber that say "County Report" in the Subject Line…it’s a scam. It also won’t have any names of Chamber officers on it. Please delete the email and do not open it! 
 

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SPECIAL CALLED R.C. HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING JAN. 29TH

 
A Special meeting has been called by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors Chairman, Daren Johnson for Wednesday, January 29, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. in the hospital conference room.
 
AGENDA
Executive Session KRS 61.810 (1)(f) Appointment
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP 01/28/20

 
It was another busy meeting for the Russell County School Board Monday night as several items were on the agenda. Board members received special recognition during the meeting and 4 employees were recognized for their dedication and hard work for the Russell County School District.  Mike Scales has more details.....
 

 

Supt. Ford also shared several other items that came before the school board last night...
 

 

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SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN ARREST OF ADAIR CO. MAN

 
This morning (Monday), Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin observed a vehicle at 1:45amCT turn into the parking lot of a closed business. When the Deputy turned in to check on the vehicle, the driver began to pull out. A check of registration revealed the license plates were expired and an insurance indicator was not valid. Deputy Durbin initiated a traffic stop approximately 4 miles north of Columbia on KY 55.   
  
Following a roadside investigation, Officers discovered that 24-year-old Skylar Riggins of Columbia, KY was in possession of illegal narcotics. He was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional jail on the following charges:
 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of Synthetic Drugs 1st degree 
  • Possession of Marijuana 
  • Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree 
  • Expired Registration Plates 
  • No Insurance 
  • Improper Equipment 
  • Outstanding Warrant from Russell District Court

 

Deputy Durbin was assisted by Columbia Police Officer Adam Cravens. 
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 
On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:53pmCT, Adair County Deputy Dereck Padgett initiated a traffic stop on a 2006 silver Ford in the vicinity of Wheeler Hill in southern Adair County. Following a roadside investigation, Deputy Padgett suspected illegal narcotics in the vehicle. K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin, along with K-9 "Nitro", responded to the scene. Nitro alerted to the scent of illegal substances in the auto so a search was conducted. Methamphetamine was found as a result of the search of the vehicle.
 
25-year-old Jared Wheat of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Expired Registration Plate and No Insurance.
 
Wheat was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The investigation is continuing by the Adair Co. Sheriffs Office.
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING SCUFFLE WITH OFFICER

 
On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 1:30pmET. Campbellsville Police received numerous 911 calls in reference to a male laying down in the middle of South Central Avenue and hitting vehicles as they passed by him. Officer Aaron Fields responded and located the male, 44-year-old Jason Hicks of Campbellsville, KY in the area of Dunkin Donuts on East Broadway. As Officer Fields exited his cruiser, Mr. Hicks came up to Officer Fields and shoved him. As officer Fields attempted to place Hicks under arrest, he ran out into the middle of Broadway. After a brief struggle, Hicks was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylor County Detention Center. He was charged with Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd degree (on police officer), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (on foot).
 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/27/20

 
  • Eliseo Rodriguez, 30, Jamestown - arrested by RSPD early Sunday morning for DUI and No Operators License.
  • Ernesto Richards, 31, Jamestown - arrested by JPD early Sunday for DUI; No Operators License; and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle.
  • Lucas McFarland, 34, Jamestown - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Stephanie Joyce Portman, 36, Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Jimmy Owens, 49, Crab Orchard, KY - arrested by CPD on Monday morning for Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000.
  • Tyler Francis, 29, Paducah, KY - arrested by ACSO on Monday morning for 3rd Degree Burglary.
  • Brandon Coomer, 34, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Sunday evening for Speeding; No Registration Plates; No Registration Receipt; Failure to Maintain Insurance; Failur to Produce Insurance Card; and Contempt of Court.
  • Skylar Riggins, 24, Russell Springs - arrested early this morning by ACSO for Disregarding Traffic Signal; Improper Equipment; Wanton Endangerment; No Registration Plates; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Insurance; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Synthetic Drugs.
  • Donnie Campbell, 46, Columbia  - arrested by CPD Officer Adam Cravens for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
  • Johnathan Dale Stovall, 21, Columbia - arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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JAMESTOWN MOBILE HOME FIRE

 
Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to a mobile home fire around 8pm on Sunday night on Valley Drive.  
 
According to Jamestown Fire Chief Jeff Lander's, firefighters responded to a call that involved an overheated electrical plug, There was no damage to the residence that was owned by Asa Russell. 8 firefighters were on the scene for about 15 minutes. 
 

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ADAIR CO. HOUSE SUSTAINS MODERATE DAMAGE FOLLOWING FIRE


The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 1:59pmCT. The residence was located at 66 Bill Turner Road and was occupied by Beverly Kuhn.  Damage was moderate around a wood stove and was contained to the living room area. There were 16 firemen on the scene for approx. 1 hour.  

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING/BOARD MEMBER RECEPTION

 
 
In recognition of "School Board Appreciation Month", there will be a reception for the Russell County Board of Education members and their guest beginning at 5:00pmCT in room 114 at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium. 
 
The Russell County School Board will meet for a Regular Monthly Meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 6:00pmCT at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114).
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Presentation by Jamestown Elementary School Students
5. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition for December: Charlie Anderson, Teacher (RCHS) & Jim Utter, Custodian (RCHS) Recognition for January: Julie Gosser, Teacher (RSES) & Wilma Johnson, Cook (SES)
6. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
7. Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant (SRCL) – Spotlight on Literacy in Russell County Schools
8. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
9. Russell County School District - Wellness Plan
10. Russell County School Nutrition & Physical Activity Report
11. Regular Local School Board Meetings
12. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
13. 2020-2021 School Schedule/Calendar
14. Nonresident Contracts
15. School Facilities Construction Commission Offer of Assistance
16. Contract/Memorandum of Agreement Approval
17. Development of Russell County Schools District Facility Plan (First Step)
18. Public Comment
19. Personnel Reports
20. Adjournment
 

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2 COLUMBIA RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON WANTON ENDANGERMENT CHARGES

 
Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to the Bridgeport Apartments off the Columbia Bypass on Thursday night, January 23, 2020 just before 11:00pmCT for a domestic related disturbance. Upon arrival, there was a 9-year-old juvenile outside in a van unattended while three more children were in the apartment with two adults. Both male and female subjects could be heard screaming at each other as Officers were let in by a 10-year-old juvenile.
 
Officers on scene were able to obtain control of the situation which resulted in both the male and female being taken into custody. David Brandon Runyon, 31, and Rebecca Thrower, 30, both current Columbia residents were placed into custody and both charged with 4 counts each of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree (a class D felony). Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the incident.
 
Thrower was additionally charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries. She is currently on probation for prior charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st, DUI, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident stemming from an arrest in February 2018.
 
Runyon currently has a probation violation warrant from Georgia, however it is listed as "in state extradition only". The children were placed into the care of a grandmother and social services was notified.
 
CPD Officer John Dial was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by CPD Officer Adam Cravens.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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ADAIR CO. JUDGE EXEC.'S YEAR END REVIEW

 
As I sit and reflect on 2019, it was a good year. On January 6, 2019 I took the oath of office to become your new Adair County Judge Executive.  I have tried to see everyone who came in my office and return calls to the ones that came in and I wasn’t available.  I know I haven’t made everyone happy with my decisions, but that was one of the first things I learned…. If you make everyone happy, you probably aren’t doing your job right.  
 
Some accomplishments we have made over the past year are listed below:
 
Green River Animal Shelter: We adopted out 400 animals in 2019 and sent 357 to animal rescues. Our adoptions were down almost 100 animals, but our rescues were up almost 300 animals.
 
Adair Co. 911 Center: The call volume for the 911 Center was up over 2,400 calls from 2018. The incident count was up over 5,100 incidents from 2018. One thing I’m the proudest of is that we went from one dispatcher to two dispatchers per shift 24 hours/7 days a week.
 
Adair Co. Recycling: The recycling center wasn’t one of strong points in 2019. With the decline in price for recyclables and the lack of ability to store full tractor/trailer loads of materials our recycling center took a big hit this year. Closing the center completely is not something I will consider at this time. We are looking at options for the new year to improve our recycling center and program.
 
The Adair County Fiscal Court was able to purchase 4 new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department in 2019. This was a much-needed investment for the safety of our officers and the citizens of Adair Co. The one thing I want to work on in the future is to secure funding so that the Sheriff Department can have 2 deputies on duty at all times.
 
The Adair County Road Department is busy every day. We have had a very wet and windy fall and winter. With that comes a lot of flooding, downed trees, and stopped up tiles. Between discretionary and flex funding from the state and county money allocated we put down over $1.3M in blacktop in 2019 as well. We hear a lot of the time people wanting to know why their road doesn’t get blacktop. Especially on State funds, we submit roads to the state for funding to be blacktopped, but sometimes they remove roads from our list. The state transportation cabinet sends someone to look at the roads we submit, and they may or may not approve those roads.
 
Economic Development: We are in the process of extending the road in the Industrial Park on N55. We are in hopes this will help us get industry and jobs in our area. We have made several contacts over the last year. We have also had a couple visits from the State Economic Development Department to look at our area.
 
As you can see, 2019 was very productive in some areas and not so much in others. But we will continue to work for Adair County and do our best to improve each year. My office is always open to hear the complaints or your ideas. I wish for each of you a prosperous and Happy New Year in 2020.
 
 
Gale B. Cowan
Adair Co. Judge Executive
 

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R.C. AMBULANCE SERVICE BOARD SPECIAL CALLED MEETING JAN. 24TH

 
The Russell County Ambulance Service Board of Directors will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 2:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA
Call Meeting to Order
Establish a Quorum
Executive Session: KRS 61.810 (1) (f) Personnel
Part time EMT Application(s)
Part time Paramedic Application(s)
Adjourn

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ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS 01/23/20

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 21 individuals:
 
  • Delores J. Vance, 47, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Jamey R. Neat, 36, Columbia, KY - Assault, 2nd Degree; Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree.
  • Leah M. Rogers (a/k/a Leah Bohannon), 43, Columbia, KY  - Theft By Unlawful Taking $500 or More; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree. 
  • Eric Rowe, 34, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Persistent Felony Offender (2 counts)
  • Jessica Wilson, 34 and William Brice Gibson, 41, both of Danville, KY - Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm). Gibson also indicted for being a Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; DUI, 2nd Offense; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon. 
  • Sarah Elizabeth Cox, 39, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Benjamin Shroyer, 40, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or Subsequent Offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Wyatt T. Long, 32, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Resisting Arrest; and Public Intoxication.
  • Juan M. Maldonado, 34, Gainsville, Georgia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and No Operators License.
  • Neil Bloyd, 47, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jeremy Harold Kimbler, 46, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Tampering With Physical Evidence; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; and No Brake Lights.
  • Adrian Victor Morales, 32, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Fleeing or Evading Police (on Foot); Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd Degree (2 counts); Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree; (Police Officer); Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Resisting Arrest; Public Intoxication; Receiving Stolen Property
  • Andrew R. White, 31, Columbia, KY - DUI, 4th or Subsequent Offense; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Lewis J. Burton, 56, Liberty, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • William Earl Perkins, 60, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Reckless Driving; and Obstructed Vision/Windshield.
  • Carla Jean Perkins, 54, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • John L. Shelton, 40, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Barney L. Shepperson, 31, Lebanon, KY - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree.
  • James David Burnette, 52, Knifley, KY - Custodial Interference (2 counts); Unlawful Transaction With A Minor (Victim Under 18 Years of Age); and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Disregarding a Stop Sign; Failure To or Improper Signal; Unlawful Transaction With a Minor, 1st Degree, Illegal Sex Act (Victim Under 18 Years of Age); Rape, 3rd Degree; Human Trafficking (Victim Under 18 Years of Age).
  • Shamarie Harper (a/k/a Shamarie Claiborne), 51, Columbia, KY - Custodian Interference.

 

INDICTMENTS ARE LEGAL ACCUSATIONS AND DO NOT DETERMINE GUILT OR INNOCENCE.
 

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LIHEAP CRISIS PHASE UNDERWAY THRU MARCH 31ST

 
The Community Action Agency's Crisis portion of the LiHeap Program is underway. Assistance is available thru March 31st or until funds are depleted. 
 
Clients must meet certain criteria and be in a crisis situation (applicants must provide a utility disconnect notice); have 4 or fewer days worth of fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal available; or, have received an eviction notice citing unpaid rent.
 
Households at or above 75% of poverty level must pay a portion or co-payment of the minimum amount necessary to alleviate the crisis.
 
Call the Community Action Agency in the county you reside for more information. In Russell County, call 270-343-4565. In Adair County, call 270-384-2147.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/23/20

 
  • Cortez Lawrence, 28, Bowling Green - arrested overnight by KSP on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs; Disregarding Stop Sign; and Failure to Signal.
  • John Scott, 37, Columbia - arrested Wednesday afternoon by ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Dustin Gossage, 34, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday night by JPD for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance) 2nd Offense and Failure to Signal.
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.

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AREA ARRESTS 01/22/20

 

  • Bradley Allen Richardson, 43, Russell Springs - arrested by Columbia Police on Tuesday night for Criminal Trespassing and Falsely Reporting an Incident.
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Vanessa Cooper, 27, Jamestown - arrested on Tuesday night by JPD for Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension 2nd Degree
  • Andrew White, 31, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Tuesday night for DUI, 4th or Subsequent Offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Persistent Felony Offender
  • Dylan Shepard, 24, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified) and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • April Dawn Weston, 35, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for TBUT (Shoplifting) Under $500 and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
  • Latisha Goff, 32, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for Bail Jumping 1st Degree; Non-Payment of Fines; Contempt of Court; and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Sammy Gibson, 35, Burkesville - arrested by KSP on Tuesday afternoon for Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree (Victim Under 12 Years Old) and Sexual Misconduct.
  • Fredrick Katon, 25, Russell Co. - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle); Resisting Arrest; Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree; and served a Bench Warrant for Court. 
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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ADAIR CO. FAIR ASSOC. WINS "MOST PROGRESSIVE FAIR AWARD"

 
At the annual 2020 Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows annual convention on January 11, 2020 the Adair County Fair was awarded the 2019 Zone 2, Division B, Most Progressive Fair Award. This award is judged in 4 categories: livestock entries, horse entries, food, crop, and youth entries approved for state aid, plus money spent on entries not approved for state aid. Each of the categories are compared both as a number and percent increase or decrease from the previous year. Also considered are promptness of reports and catalog ratings. 
 
The state is divided into 3 zones with each zone having 2 divisions based on population. Division A is counties with populations under 20,000 and Division B is counties with populations over 20,000. County fairs compete for the Most Progressive Fair Awards within their respected zones and divisions. An overall winner and runner-up are selected from the 6 winning counties using the same comparisons. 
 
Pictured: (front row) Paige Held, Benjamin Coffey, Brandy Held, Fay Davidson, Becky Brockman, and Jennifer Carter. (Back Row) Jamie Hadley, Harriett Hadley, Anthony Held, Thomas Long, Marshall Judd, John Carter, and Dan Held
 
 
General upcoming Fair information
 
Since the Bank of Columbia’s donation of land for use as a new fairground, the public has been asking what’s next. The Adair County Fair Association is happy to announce that they are in negotiations to have a carnival on the donated site in June. During the 2nd week of June, there are plans for a 4 to 5 day carnival at the new location, pageants, and events at the pavilion. Dates will be announced soon for the cattle shows and floral hall. All will tie into bringing back the traditional Adair County Fair.
 
The Adair Co. Fair Assoc. tells WAVE News that they're moving forward in working to have a full fair again, and are excited to provide this for the community. He goes on to say that they're hoping by next summer to have something for the whole family all in one location. If you would like to assist or donate in any way to this community event, please contact Anthony Brockman at (270) 634-4446.
 

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FATAL COLLISION ON VETERANS MEMORIAL HWY IN MARION CO.

 
Lebanon, KY. (January 22, 2020) – Kentucky State Police investigated a fatal collision on Veterans Memorial Highway this morning (Wednesday) at 1:41amET inside Lebanon that closed the road for several hours.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that 29-year-old Richard Spalding of Loretto, KY was operating a 2011 Ford F-250 traveling south on Veterans Memorial Highway. Spalding (for an unknown reason) crossed into the path of a 2000 International semi being operated by 62-year-old Jeffrey Canada of Milltown, IN. Spalding's vehicle struck the semi head-on, which resulted in the roadway being closed for several hours. 
 
Spalding was found to be wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroners Office. Canada was not wearing his seat belt and was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac with critical injuries.
 
Sgt. Randall Honeycutt is investigating and was assisted by the Marion County Sheriffs Office, Marion County Fire, EMS and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.
 

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JURY RECOMMENDS 15 YEARS FOR ALBANY MAN AFTER 4 DUI'S

 
JANUARY 22, 2020 - On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 an Adair County Circuit Court jury convicted 42-year old Buddy R. Longwell of Albany, KY of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Substance (DUI), 4th or Subsequent Offense. The jury also convicted Longwell of being a 1st-Degree Persistent Felony Offender and recommended that he serve 15 years in prison. 
 
According to testimony, KSP Trooper Allen Shirley observed Longwell operating a Dodge truck traveling south on KY 61 near the Breeding community of Adair County on October 13, 2018. Trooper Shirley witnessed Longwell weaving while driving on the road and conducted a traffic stop after Longwell crossed the centerline of the highway multiple times. According to Trooper Shirley, Longwell admitted that he had consumed Xanax earlier in the day. Trooper Shirley administered several field sobriety tests to Longwell and determined that Longwell appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired. Longwell was arrested and taken to TJ Health Columbia where he refused Trooper Shirley’s request to submit a blood test. Trooper Shirley also learned that Longwell’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the traffic stop. Evidence at trial showed that Longwell was prescribed hydrocodone and alprazolam (a/k/a Xanax) at the time of the incident. 
 
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case and presented evidence pertaining to the DUI during the first stage of the trial. During the penalty phase of the trial, Wright introduced evidence concerning Longwell’s prior criminal record, including proof of 5 prior DUI convictions in Russell, Clinton, and Cumberland Counties. After the verdict, Wright said “it is clear that jurors in this community feel that repeat DUI offenders are a danger to the public and should receive significant punishment for such behavior.” Wright further commended Trooper Shirley for his efforts to remove impaired drivers from the roadways and Wright said that his office will continue to aggressively prosecute repeat DUI offenders. 
 
Longwell, who was represented at trial by Albany attorney David Cross, will appear before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for final sentencing.  
 

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FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF LWC STUDENT

 
The accident occurred around 8:00pmET on Sunday, January 19, 2020. According to the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office, the 2-vehicle collision involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle and occurred around the 9000 block on Campbellsville Road. 
 
19-year-old Charles Ishmael of Georgia was the driver of the passenger vehicle. Ishmael and a passenger, 18-year-old D’Jharriah Davis of Lexington, KY (a student at LWC in Columbia) were headed east on Hwy 210 towards Campbellsville, KY. A semi truck, being driven by 41-year-old Darin Powell of Dunnville, KY was headed west toward Hodgenville, KY. As the vehicles rounded a curve on a hill, Ishmael (for unknown reasons) crossed over into the westbound lane & collided with the semi. 
 
Ms. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by the LaRue County Coroner’s Office. Charles Ishmael was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Mr. Powell, the operator of the semi, was transported to the hospital by personal vehicle.
 
Highway 210 was closed for several hours while officials investigated the accident and cleared the scene. The wreck is still under investigation by LaRue County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Sherrard.  
 

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SPECIAL CALLED R.C. HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING JAN. 23RD

 
A Special meeting has been called by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors for Thursday, January 23, 2020 beginning at 5:00pmCT in the hospital conference room.
 
Agenda
Executive Session KRS 61.810 (1)(f) Appointment

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2-VEHICLE ADAIR CO. COLLISION SENDS BOTH DRIVERS TO HOSPITAL


According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, the accident occurred on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:52amCT approximately 7 miles west of Columbia on KY 80. 

Preliminary investigation shows that 18-year-old James Kelsay of Columbia, KY was operating a 1990 Dodge truck westbound on Edmonton Road, when he crossed the centerline, striking a 2013 Honda SUV being operated by 70-year-old Diane Haynes of Columbia. Haynes vehicle then left the roadway and struck an earth embankment.  
 
Both Kelsay and Haynes were treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia. 

Adair County Deputy Chandler Staten 
is investigating the accident.
 

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ARRESTS 01/21/20

 

  • Becky Partin, 46,  - arrested Monday afternoon by RCSO for TBUT Over $500.
  • Nicole Hicks, 35, Columbia - arrested by RCSO on Monday evening for Possession of Marijuana; Giving Officer false Identifying Information; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Christopher Camp, 21, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Monday evening for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES WHILE TAKING EARLY MORNING STROLL

 
On Monday, January 20, 2020 at 3:58amET, Officer Adam Davis with the Campbellsville Police Department saw 28-year-old Alexander D. Hill of Campbellsville, KY walking on South Central Avenue. Upon making contact with Mr. Hill, Officer Davis discovered that he was under the influence of drugs. Hill was also found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. When Officer Davis placed Mr. Hill under arrest, he discovered that Hill was in possession of methamphetamine, suboxone pills, and drug paraphernalia.  
 
Hill was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 2nd offense, (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Suboxone); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Public Intoxication. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 

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2 TAYLOR CO. MEN ARRESTED ON SHOPLIFTING CHARGES

 
On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:05pmET, Campbellsville Police Officer Jonathon Leigh responded to Walmart after receiving a reported shoplifter call. 42-year-old Jason Huff of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Shoplifting. While Huff was being placed under arrest, Officer Leigh discovered Huff was in possession of methamphetamine. In addition to the TBUT (Shoplifting) charge, Huff was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and transported to the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
Arrested on Monday afternoon, January 20, 2020 was 39-year-old Joey Popplewell of Campbellsville. He was arrested by Campbellsville Police Officer Fields and charged with TBUT Under $500 (Shoplifting) and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 

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4 INJURED IN 2-VEHICLE COLLISION

 
Burkesville, KY (January 20, 2020) - KSP Trooper Ricky Cross is investigating a 2-vehicle injury collision that occurred on Friday, January 17, 2020 at approximately 9:45 PM CST on Glasgow Road, 8 miles west of Burkesville at the intersection of KY 100. 18-year-old Lydia Emberton of Tompkinsville, KY was operating a 2010 Honda traveling west, when she rounded a curve and crossed over the centerline into the path of an oncoming east bound 2016 Dodge Ram, operated by 56 year old Lester Gingerich of Burkesville. Gingerich crossed into the west-bound lane in an attempt to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful as Emberton steered back into the west bound lane at the same time, causing the vehicles to collide head-on.
 
Emberton and her 19-year-old passenger, Phillip Ford of Gamaliel, KY and Gingerich, along with his 15-year-old passenger were all transported to Cumberland County Hospital by EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
 
Tpr. Cross was assisted by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, Cumberland County Emergency Management, Cumberland County Fire Department and Cumberland County EMS.

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FORMER RC HOSPITAL CEO TO SERVE AS INTERIM CEO


A former CEO will be serving as interim at the Russell County Hospital until a permanent replacement is found. Former CEO, Bill Kindred will fill the position until the new CEO is named, according to hospital officials. Monday was Kindreds first day on the job. At the regular meeting of the board of directors (last week), board chairman Daren Johnson was given the authority to find an interim for the hospital on an "as needed" basis.

 

 

 

 

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JURY CONVICTS CAMPBELLSVILLE MAN ON CHILD PORN CHARGES

 
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Campbellsville, KY man has been found guilty at trial for attempted receipt of child pornography and accessing the internet with intent to view child pornography, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman. The jury convicted James S. Wolfe after deliberating for less than 30 minutes.
 
“Prey on our kids in the Western District of Kentucky and expect swift and aggressive federal prosecution,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “This outcome is due to the fine work of the United States Probation Office, U.S. Secret Service, and a dedicated prosecutor.”
 
On July 2, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a two-count Superseding Indictment charging Wolfe with attempted receipt of child pornography and accessing with the intent to view child pornography. At the time of the charges, Wolfe was serving a 10-year term of Supervised Release imposed in Criminal Action Number 1:10CR-002 from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. In that case, Wolfe pled guilty to one count of possessing child pornography.
 
On November 29, 2017 Wolfe was released from the Bureau of Prisons and his 10-year term of Supervised Release commenced.  The United States Probation Office in the Western District of Kentucky agreed to accept Wolfe for supervision after changes were made to the conditions of the supervision. Wolfe moved to Campbellsville, Kentucky, where he lived with his mother and older brother. He requested permission to have access to a computer.  The United States Probation Officer assigned to Wolfe’s supervision agreed to the request, but Wolfe was supposed to use the computer with internet access to seek employment and conduct routine business. And, the computer had to have monitoring software loaded on it to keep track of Wolfe’s activities. The supervising Probation Officer met with Wolfe and explained the monitoring process to him and his mother.  Monitoring began on April 24, 2018.
 
Less than a week later, the monitoring company, RemoteCom, contacted the Probation Officer concerning Wolfe’s search activities. On May 7, 2018 the supervising Probation Officer received notification that Wolfe’s computer was not reporting back to RemoteCom’s servers. Two days after the reinstallation of the monitoring software, RemoteCom again notified the Probation Officer of concerning activity on Wolfe’s computer. The search terms clearly referred to children and sexual activity. On May 25, 2018 the supervising Probation Officer conducted an unscheduled home visit. The Probation Officer made contact with Wolfe and his mother.  When confronted by the Probation Officer concerning the online activity, Wolfe stated that he didn’t think anything he had searched or viewed constituted pornography. The Probation Officer seized the computer, an unauthorized cellular telephone and numerous pages of handwritten notes (containing, among other things, lists of web sites).  
 
A forensic examination of the computer conducted by the United States Secret Service revealed search terms indicative of child sexual exploitation as well as shadow copies of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children. The Secret Service agent prepared a report and provided it to the United States Probation Office. The United States Probation Officer submitted the information to the Court to revoke Wolfe’s Supervised Release. United States District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., revoked Wolfe’s Supervised Release. Wolfe’s conduct also led to the filing of the charges for which he was tried earlier this week in Bowling Green, Kentucky, before Chief United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers.
 
The defendant faces a mandatory-minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Wolfe is scheduled to appear before Chief Judge Stivers for sentencing on April 23, 2020 at 10:00amCT in Bowling Green, KY. Wolfe remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.
 
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo Lawless. The case was investigated by the United States Probation Office and the United States Secret Service. 
 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 01/20/20

 
  • Stacy Soloman, 23, Nancy, KY - arrested Sunday afternoon for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (Under $500) Within 6 Month Period. 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Christopher Austin Dickson, 21, Columbia - arrested early this morning for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, No Registration Plates, Driving on a DUI Suspended License.
  • Beth Garmon, 46, Burkesville - arrested Sunday evening for Disregarding a Stop Sign and Driving on a DUI Suspended License.
  • Timothy Alexander, 37, Burkesville - arrested by Burkesville Police on Saturday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and DUI.
  • Lance Humphrey, 23, Burkesville - arrested Saturday by CCSO for Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree and Menacing.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Joseph Claywell, 35, Campbellsville - arrested Friday night by Campbellsville Police Officer Weddle for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Menacing; Resisting Arrest; Promoting Contraband, 2nd Degree; and Disorderly Conduct.
  • Jason Huff, 42, Campbellsville - arrested Friday afternoon by Campbellsville Police Officer Leigh for TBUT (Shoplifting) Under $500 and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Larry Roby, 44, Campbellsville - arrested by KSP on Friday night for 1st Degree Burglary; Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree; Public Intoxication; and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree.
  • Patrick Ford, 24, Campbellsville - arrested by Campbellsville Police Officer Finn on Sunday night for Careless Driving; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Insurance; DUI (Aggravating Circumstance); and Non-Support.
  • Alexander Hill, 28, Campbellsville - arrested early this morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Public Intoxication; and Violation of Conditions of Release.
 
Lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
As of 5:00pmCT on Sunday, January 19, 2020 the Boil Water Advisory for customers of Columbia Utilities District at 61 Montpelier Road to 1533 Montpelier Road, Harlan Brown Road, Keen Wilson Road and Combest Drive has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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R.C. SCHOOL SUPT. SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH MESSAGE

 
It is School Board Appreciation Month and Russell County School Supt. Michael Ford says the community can be very proud of this team of board members...
 

 

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING INTENSE STAND-OFF WITH ADAIR CO. DEPUTY

 
On Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 9:13amCT, Adair County Sheriff's Deputy Chandler Staten responded to 901 Jones Chapel Road to attempt to serve an outstanding warrant on 33-year-old Vincent J. Bach for Adair District Court for Failure to Appear, as well as 2 additional warrants of arrest from Russell County District Court.  
 
Deputy Staten went on the porch and knocked on the door as he announced himself. As the door opened, a pistol (later identified as a Glock 45 caliber) was stuck out the door and into the face of the Deputy. While at gunpoint, Deputy Staten was able to de-escalate the situation by having the subject lower the weapon. The Deputy was able to draw his service weapon at that point and take the subject into custody.
 
During the engagement, Deputy Staten was able to make radio contact with Adair Co. 911 and request assistance. Immediately, Columbia City Police and KSP Trooper Clint Bale (who overheard the call) was enroute. Sheriff Josh Brockman (who overheard radio traffic and was called by dispatch) as well as Deputy Josh Durbin also responded to the scene. 
 
Vincent Bach was arrested on the warrants by Deputy Staten and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Trooper Clint Bale will be filing additional charges related to the incident and the firearm.     
 
On a personel note, Sheriff Josh Brockman wants to thank the Columbia Police Department and Kentucky State Police for their quick response. He says: "this situation could have turned out very badly. These deputies are tasked with serving warrants, most of the time by themselves, and most of the time a good distance out in the county. Training teaches us that we serve warrants with a minimum of two deputies or officers, etc. Unfortunately training does not always meet reality when you only have one person available per shift 80% of the time. These guys are out there by themselves, and most of the time don’t even have radio contact in the rural parts of Adair County because of the lack of repeaters spread through the county". Sheriff Brockman goes on to say: "These guys walk a thin line every day they come to work".
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 01/18/20

 
Issued: 01/18/20
Time: 6:00pmCT
 
 
As of 6:00pmCT on Saturday, January 18, 2020 a Boil Water Advisory is in effect for consumers from 61 Montpelier Road to 1533 Montpelier Road, Harlan Brown Road, Keen Wilson Road and Combest Drive. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore the boil water advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three 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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SEN. MAX WISE'S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 01/17/20

 

The second week of the 154th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly saw a Senate bill become the first piece of legislation to pass out of a chamber. The measure would move gubernatorial elections to the same day Americans go to the polls to pick presidents.
 
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), would save local governments across Kentucky about $13.5 million every four years. The substantial savings would come because SB 3 would also align the elections for all statewide constitutionally elected officials with the presidential elections. That would eliminate an entire election cycle the state currently pays to stage for not only the governor but also treasurer, auditor, attorney general, secretary of state and agriculture commissioner.
 
Supporters of SB 3 said it would also increase voter turnout because more people show up at the polls for presidential races. This, they maintained, would lesson voter apathy in Kentucky and engage more voters in down-ballot state races.
 
SB 3, deemed a priority by majority caucus leadership, passed by a 31-3 vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Since the bill is actually a proposed change to the Kentucky Constitution, it would also have to be ratified by voters before taking effect.
 
Another measure passed was Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), legislation designed to discourage tenants from damaging rental properties after they are evicted. It would clarify current criminal mischief statutes to make it clear intentionally damaging rental properties is a prosecutable crime.
 
Supporters said that, in turn, would help property managers more easily identify people with a history of trashing rental units when vetting prospective tenants through criminal background checks. Opponents said they feared domestic violence victims would be criminally charged for damage caused by abusive partners. They also said it could also be used by unscrupulous property owners to turn local prosecutors into debt collectors.
 
SB 11 passed by a 29-5 vote. It too goes to the House for consideration.
 
On Tuesday, Kentuckians and legislators from both sides of the aisle listened to Governor Beshear proposed policy goals and recommendations to the Kentucky General Assembly in his first State of the Commonwealth Address. The Governor also noted his legislative priorities for 2020, which included fully funding pension obligations, criminal justice reform, and plans to improve Kentucky public education, starting with a statewide teacher salary increase. As the legislature begins to prepare the biennial budget, Governor Beshear will also be delivering a budget address on January 28. Both of these addresses are customarily presented each year by the governor and serve as a beneficial element in our state’s separation of powers. We eagerly await to hear how the Governor plans to execute the ideas he has laid out.
 
Crafting a budget will not be an easy task. Demands placed on state government by our priorities, and other costs continue to outpace revenue growth. In the coming weeks, legislative branch staff and other resources will be utilized to help the General Assembly better determine a path forward for this year’s budgetary balancing act. Per the Kentucky Constitution, budget bills must start in the House. I will keep you informed as the Senate begins to deliberate budgetary matters in the coming weeks. 
 
While the new administration formulates its agenda and presents it to the legislature, the majority leadership in the General Assembly is continuing to move forward with a legislative agenda supported by Kentucky voters. Committee meetings are now in full swing, as this past week legislators began discussing bills recently assigned to their respective committees. 
 
In our first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, in which I serve as Chairman, we received a briefing on the implementation of 2019’s Senate Bill 1, the School Safety and Resiliency Act. I was encouraged by the information that we were provided. I would like to thank the representatives from the Center for School Safety, Dept. of Behavior Health, Dept. of Education, and Dept. of Criminal Justice training for their thorough report. I look forward to continuing to work with these parties and others as we make our students safety our top priority. 
 
A piece of legislation that will positively impact the safety of student’s health is Senate Bill 56 (SB 56). SB 56 was passed unanimously out of the Health & Welfare Committee on Wednesday. The committee actually heard student testimony in favor of the legislation, and received a presentation from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. SB 56 ensures Kentucky complies with federal minimum legal age for the sale of tobacco products and it eliminates purchase, use, and imposes possession penalties for youth up to age 21. This will promote a healthier lifestyle for in young people susceptible to peer pressure, by keeping tobacco products out of their hands.
 
As we head into the third week of the 2020 Regular Session, your input is greatly appreciated. Kentuckians have many avenues to follow the General Assembly throughout the session, including seeing legislative action in person here in Frankfort, or viewing online at KET.org/legislature. 
 
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call the toll-free line at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov.  You can review the Legislature’s work online at www.legislature.ky.gov
 
 
Note: Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) represents the 16th District which encompasses Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties. He is the chairman of the Education Committee; as well as co-chairman of the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee. Senator Wise is also a member of the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee; the Health and Welfare Committee; the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee; the Public Assistance Reform Task Force; the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. 
 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/17/20

 

  • Amy Khan, age 45 - arrested by the ACSO on Thursday for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
  • Carolyn Sue McGaha, 76, of Columbia - arrested Thursday by Columbia Police for Reckless Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs.

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

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KEVIN WILLIAMS HOMETOWN CONCERT FOR KIDS MARCH 28TH

 
The 7th Annual Hometown Concert benefiting "Kevin's Kids" is Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Russell Springs, KY located on Hwy East 80. The WAVE's Lisa Clark spoke with Kevin Williams on Thursday morning...
 
 
Kevin goes on to say that Russell County is #1 in the state doing anything for kids in this way.
 

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP 01/17/20

 

The Adair County School Board met on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Jim Leib has details....

 

 

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TAYLOR CO. ROLLOVER ACCIDENT SENDS DRIVER & 3 CHILDREN TO HOSPITAL

 

According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office the accident occurred at 10:14amET this (Thursday) morning on New Lebanon Road. 26-year-old Amber Brady of Raywick, KY was operating a 2004 Kia Sorrento traveling West on New Lebanon Road when she crossed the centerline, overcorrected, and ran off on the right shoulder hitting a road sign and an embankment. The vehicle then overturned, coming to final rest on the Westbound shoulder. 

 

Brady and 3 passengers: 15-year-old Caspian Brady, 8-year-old Kylie Jones, and 5-year-old Brady Jones were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS and treated for multiple injuries.

 

Taylor County Deputy Brent Burkhead investigated the accident. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Rodney Cox, Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS, and Taylor County Fire/Rescue.

 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/16/20

 
  • Walter Russell, 38, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday afternoon for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Heather Bell, 28, Albany - charged with Promoting Contraband, 1st Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine. She remains lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Katelyn Amox, 24, Albany - arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with Escape, 2nd Degree and 2 counts of being a Fugitive From Another State.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Donald Hitchcock, 43, Columbia - arrested on Wednesday afternoon by ACSO and charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place
  • Brittany Marie Brown, 27, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Wednesday morning for TBUT (Pocket Picking).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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SEN. MAX WISE INTRODUCES BILL REQUIRING SCHOOL SECURITY OFFICERS TO BE ARMED

 
The measure introduced Monday, January 13, 2020 by Senate Education Committee Chairman Max Wise is a follow-up to last year's school safety law that stemmed from a deadly school shooting. Last year's school safety law did not specify whether school police needed to carry a weapon. The follow-up measure would require that all school-based police officers be armed. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. AMBULANCE DIRECTOR RETIRES; MICHAEL REYNOLDS APPOINTED INTERIM DIRECTOR

 

During the January 14th, 2020 regularly scheuled Russell County Ambulance Board of Directors meeting, Director Terry Hancock announced his retirement effective July 1st, 2020. Director Hancock further explained he will be using accrued sick time and will be leaving immediately. The Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Michael Reynolds as Interim Director, effective immediately.

 

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SPECIAL CALLED COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING JAN. 17TH

 
The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 12 noon.  
 
AGENDA  
Motion to grant Mayor Pam Hoots permission to apply for gas expansion funding
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN DROWNS IN LAKE CUMBERLAND

 
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that at 1:43pmCT on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 the Russell County Sheriffs Office, Kentucky State Police, South Russell Fire Dept, Russell County Search & Rescue, and the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife responded to Wolf Creek Dam on the river side to a boating accident. 
 
Several fisherman were near the dam area fishing, when one of the boats capsized causing a Russell County man, 77-year-old Paul E. Wooldridge, to fall overboard. Fishermen near the scene attempted to rescue Wooldridge, but couldn't. Russell County Coroner Mark Coots pronounced Wooldridge dead at approx. 2:20pmCT on Wednesday with preliminary cause of death being drowning.
 
The Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident. The Russell County Coroners office and other area firefighters assisted at the scene. 

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ALABAMA MAN ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA ON FELONY PROBATION WARRANTS

 
The Columbia Police Department with assistance from Kentucky State Police, located and apprehended an Alabama man with felony probation violation warrants on Wednesday afternoon, January 15, 2020.
 
After receiving information the subject had been staying in the former Creek View Trailer Park off Fairground Street, Officers made contact with a tenant at Edna Drive who allowed police to search his residence. Thomas Howell, 23, of Coker, Alabama was found in a back room hiding under a bed. Howell was placed into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Adair County Regional Jail awaiting extradition.
 
Officer Evan Burton was the serving Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jordan Dean and Trooper Levi Scott.

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ADAIR CO. TEEN INJURED FOLLOWING COLLISION; TEEN & VEHICLE OWNER CITED BY CPD

 

An Adair Co. teen was injured following a collision over the weekend after an auto he was driving struck an unoccupied vehicle.
 
On Saturday, January 11, 2020 just before midnight, Columbia Police Dept. Officers were dispatched to an injury collision on Greenhills Roads just outside city limits. The accident occurred when a 17-year-old male juvenile, who was operating a Chevy Cruze, lost control of the vehicle on a wet spot in the road. The vehicle completely left the roadway and struck an unoccupied Ford Ranger at a residence off of Greenhills.
 
A juvenile passenger was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health where he was treated and released. The driver was also cited for operating a motor vehicle without an operators license as well as the vehicle owner for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle.
 
According to investigating Officer John Dial, had the Ford Ranger not been in the path of the Chevy Cruze, it would have made impact with a house trailer at the address and struck a bedroom inside the mobile home.
 
Officer Dial was assisted on scene by Officer Jamie Cole and Deputy Derek Padgett. 

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ADAIR & RUSSELL COUNTIES SUPPORT "TRUST FOR LIFE" IN KEY WAYS IN 2019

 
There are currently more than 2 million people registered as organ donors in Kentucky, and more than 99 percent of them joined the Kentucky Registry at their local Circuit Court Clerks’ Office.  
 
Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life (TFL), said she truly appreciates the registry additions from each county and the financial support to the TFL that residents from across the state give while doing driver’s license business at local offices. 
 
“We are so grateful for our partnership with these dedicated and compassionate public servants,” she said. “We no longer sign the back of our license, so it is most important that people add the heart on their license and register as an organ donor.”  Residents also can join online at donatelifeky.org
 
Dennis Loy, the Circuit Court Clerk for Adair County and Tony Kerr, the Circuit Court Clerk for Russell County, said that supporting the Trust for Life’s mission is one of the best parts of the job. “We want to continue to ask each customer about joining the registry and about making a donation to support the Trust for Life. It is an honor to be a part of this mission that saves lives in the Bluegrass State.”
 
In Adair County in 2019, 432 names were added to the Registry, and $2464 was given to the Trust for Life through public donations at the Circuit Court Clerk’s office. In total, 6262 Adair residents are on the lifesaving donor registry.
 
In Russell County in 2019, 424 names were added to the Registry, and $2313 was given to the Trust for Life through public donations at the Circuit Court Clerk’s office. In total, 8538 Russell residents are on the lifesaving donor registry.
 
For more information, call 1-866-945-5433, email info@trustforlife.org or go to www.trustforlife.org.
 

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HART CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN ADAIR CO. FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 
According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1:58amCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a stop on the LBN Cumberland Parkway on a 2010 Ford car. After a roadside investigation, 32-year-old Hillary Smith of Hart County, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), as well as an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest out of Hart County. Smith was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

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

 

 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/15/20

 

  • Daniel Cagney Burton, 34, Columbia - arrested on Tuesday morning by ACSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Jeremy Thewlis, 39, Columbia - arrested by CPD on Tuesday evening for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified), and served 3 Warrants for other Police Agencies.
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
  • Christopher Michael Austin, 49, Liberty - arrested by the RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for TBUT (Contents from a Vehicle) Under $500.
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Keith David Tackett, 34, Campbellsville - arrested by Campbellsville Police on Tuesday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Heroin).
  • Phillip Sallee, 57, Campbellsville - arrested overnight by TCSO for Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Failure to Appear; and Violation of Conditions of Release.
 
Lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING JAN. 16TH

 

The Adair County School Board will have a Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room
 
AGENDA:
Meeting called to order
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer
1. Approval of Agenda
2. Appointment of School Board Chairperson For 2020
3. Appointment of School Board Vice-Chairperson For 2020
4. Appointment of Secretary to the Board For 2020
5. Approval to Set Date and Time for Regular School Board Meetings for 2020-2021 School Year
6. Public Forum to Address Questions and Concerns on the Nutrition and Physical Activity Report – Carol Roy
7. Approval of Consent Agenda
 
Consent Agenda
  8. Approval of Minutes
  9. Approval of Treasurer's Report
10. Approval of Payment of Bills
11. Approval of Shortened School Day Waiver to Kde For Two (2) Students
12. Approval of Changes to The Local Planning Committee (Lpc)
13. Approval of 2020-2021 Non-Resident Agreements
14. Approval of Admissions and Release Committee Chairperson for the 2019-2020 School Year
15. Approval of Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) School District Assurance Certification for 2020-2022
16. Approval to Write a Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Grant
17. Acknowledgement of Personnel Action
 
Regular Agenda
18. Superintendent's Report
19. Public Comments
20. Approval of Monthly Financial Statements – Renae Smith
21. Buildings and Grounds Update – Steve Burton
22. Approval of School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC) Offer of Assistance
23. Discussion of 2020-2021 School Calendars – Dr. Stephens
24. Approval of Draft Budget for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year – Renae Smith
25. Discussion/Approval to Change April School Board Meeting Date
26. Adjournment
 

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AREA ARRESTS

 

  • John Michael Thompson, 40, Columbia - arrested by RCSO on Monday for Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or more).
  • Daniel Wilkinson, 23, Liberty - arrested Monday by Probation & Parole for Assault, 3rd Degree (Police or Probation Officer).
  • Hillary LeAnn Smith, 32, Munfordville - arrested early this morning for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, and was served a Warrant for another Police Agency.

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING JAN. 14TH

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet for a Regular Called Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
                               
 1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
      A.) December 30, 2019-Minutes-Regular
      B.) January 6, 2020-Minutes-Special Called 
  
 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 
      B.) QUARTERLY 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:                                    
  • APPROVAL OF 2020 FISCAL COURT MEETING DATES
  • 911 ESRI QUOTE
  • ALLOCATION OF EXCESS FEES FOR SHERIFF’S COMPUTER PROGRAM
  • 911 NEW HIRE-PART TIME
  • APPROVAL OF 2020 FISCAL COURT COMMITTEES 
  • DECLARATION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY 
  • PERMISSION TO SET DATE FOR SURPLUS AUCTION/AUCTIONEER
  • WORKERS COMP/LIABILITY INSURANCE - PERMISSION TO RENEW WITH KACO

 

11. OTHER BUSINESS
12. PUBLIC COMMENTS
13. ADJOURN                                                                                
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP 01/14/20

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

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GREEN CO. TEEN INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN TAYLOR CO.


Campbellsville, KY. (January 13, 2020) Trooper Weston Sullivan is investigating a single vehicle collision that occurred on Saturday, January 11,  2020 at approximately 7:20PM EST. Shelby Estes, 19, of Greensburg, KY was operating an eastbound 2018 Mazda on Smith Ridge Road, 1.5 miles east of Campbellsville, KY when she entered a curve, swerved to miss a deer that was in her path, ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  
 

Estes was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by EMS with non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in the vehicle, Denver Olbers, 21, of Greensburg, KY was uninjured. Both occupants were wearing a seat belt. 
 

Trooper Sullivan was assisted at the scene by Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, Taylor County and Campbellsville Fire Departments. 
 

 

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RUSSELL CO. TO CONSIDER 2ND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY RESOLUTION

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will consider passing a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution at tonight's regular monthly fiscal court meeting. Russell Co. Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson was a guest on the WAVE Morning Show today and talked about the proposed resolution.....
Several Kentucky counties have passed a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution. The resolution prohibits or impedes the enforcement of certain gun control measures perceived as violative of the Second Amendment such as universal gun background checks, high capacity magazine bans, assault weapon bans, red flag laws, etc.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/13/20

 

  • James Glen White, 60, Jamestown - arrested Saturday afternoon by JPD for DUI.
  • Nicholas Rogers, 40, Russell Springs - arrested Friday night by KSP for Rear License Not Illuminated; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; DUI; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Served a Parole Violation Warrant.
  • Clinton Asberry, 61, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Friday afternoon for 3 ocunts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Opiates).
  • Joseph Evener, 30, Albany - arrrested Friday morning by CCSO for Burglary, 1st Degree; Assault, 1st Degree; Resisting Arrest; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Nathan Troxell, 28, Somerset - arrested Friday for Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Timothy Ray Dykes, 47, Jamestown - arrested by ACSO on Sunday night for DUI, 3rd offense.
  • Michael Smith, 59, Columbia - arrested Saturday afternoon by KSP for Assault, 4th Ddgree (Domestic Violence)
  • Mark Brady, 54, Columbia - arrested Friday afternoon by Probation & Parole for Possession of a Controlled Substnace, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified); Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol); Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container; and Probation Violation (for Technical Violation).

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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GREEN CO. TEEN DIES IN EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE

 

Greensburg firefighters were called to a house fire on Sunday morning at 6:06amCT in the area of the Old Depot. The Greensburg Police Dept. and the Greensburg/Green Co. Fire Dept were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the house was totally engulfed in flames and it was determined there may be a male juvenile still inside the residence. While working the fire, the remains of a body were located inside the residence. Arson is not suspected. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for positive identification.
 
The Green County Coroner, Greensburg Police Dept., and KSP are conducting a death investigation. The State Arson Investigator responded to the scene, per normal procedure when a death is involved. 
 

 

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LAUREL CO. WOMAN ARRESTED IN RUSSELL CO. AFTER POLICE RESPOND TO COMPLAINT

 
29-year-old Amy Herron of London, KY was arrested after Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ginn received a complaint of a female causing problems at Adanta on Hwy 127N in Jamestown, KY. When Deputy Ginn arrived at the scene, Herron had gone to Minit Mart across the road and was located with items allegedly taken from the store had not been paid for.
 
Herron was charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking (under $500) and Disorderly Conduct. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

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1ST VAPING RELATED DEATH IN KY REPORTED FRIDAY

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky health officials on Friday announced the state's first probable vaping-related death. The man who died was in his late 20s, said Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Angela Dearinger.
 
The Centers for Disease Control website said as of Tuesday, 57 vaping-related deaths had been confirmed in 27 states and the District of Columbia.
 
Kentucky has had 48 reports of possible vaping-related illness, including 13 probable cases, seven confirmed and 15 pending, the state said. Eleven were determined to be not related to vaping, and two were residents of other states treated in Kentucky.
 
Eric Friedlander, acting secretary of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said "To protect public health, we urge Kentuckians - especially young people - to stop using all vaping products!"
 
The state Department for Public Health has been investigating reports of vaping-related illness since September.
 
A probable case means the person has a lung injury believed to be caused by vaping but may have other health issues, such as flu or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the department said.
 
In a confirmed case, there is no other possible cause than vaping for the lung disease.
 
The agency offers assistance to people who want to quit using tobacco products, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
 
For anyone using THC products, https://findhelpnowky.org/ is a real-time substance use disorder treatment availability locator and information center for Kentucky.
 

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REP. JOHN "BAM" CARNEY HEALTH UPDATE

 
Kentucky lawmaker John "Bam" Carney who is hospitalized in Louisville, has had a setback in his recovery. 
 
That's Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson speaking about Representative John "Bam" Carney this morning (Friday) in Frankfort. Rep. Carney has been hospitalized for more than 2 weeks with a severe case of pancreatitis.
 
Carney represents the 51st District which includes Adair & Taylor counties.
 

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SENATOR MAX WISE'S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 1/10/20

 
The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, who performed an extraordinary rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home" and our National Anthem.
 
As with the early stages of any session of the General Assembly, some procedural measures were in order. The Senate Majority has listened to feedback from our constituents and have prioritized several pieces of legislation that are hopeful of passing this session. Those bills, among others, were assigned to their respective committees this week. Committee hearings begin next week and provide the public an opportunity to hear about the legislation.
 
Crafting a budget will not be an easy task. Demands placed on state government by public pensions, criminal justice, education and other costs continue to outpace revenue growth. There has even been talk of a possible $1.1 billion budget shortfall, based on an executive branch memo received by state lawmakers last year.
 
If lawmakers determine that a budget shortfall is likely over the next two years, the next state budget will reflect that, but more data will need to be considered before such a determination is made. That data will come from legislative branch staff and other sources in the coming weeks, giving lawmakers a firm footing for this session’s budgetary balancing act.
 
The governor will give the State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. at 7 p.m. Eastern time. The governor’s budget address will follow on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. That’s when we should know more about the budget.
 
Meanwhile, Senate Bill 1 was filed. That’s a designation given to the legislation of priority to leadership. SB 1 relates to federal immigration cooperation.
 
SB 1 would prohibit law enforcement officials and other public officials from enacting, adopting or otherwise enforcing any sanctuary policy. It would also require these officials to use their best efforts – considering available resources – to support the enforcement of federal immigration law. School district would be exempt. Sections of the proposed law would be named the Federal Immigration Act of 2020.
 
Senate Bill 2 would require voters to present photo identification. Kentucky already has a law that requires identification to vote, but it does not require photographic identification.
 
Senate Bill 3 would move the election of constitutional officers – the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner and state treasurer — to even-numbered years starting in 2028. The Senate has passed similar bills in previous sessions but the legislation hasn’t become law.
 
Senate Bill 4 would strip the governor of his autonomy in appointing the secretary of the Transportation Cabinet, placing some control of the appointment with a nine-member citizen board that would be appointed by the governor. The board would also vet and prioritize statewide transportation projects.
 
Senate Bill 5 would require special-purpose governmental entities, such as a library board, sewer district or volunteer fire department, to get approval from a county fiscal court or city council before increasing taxes. The bill exempts airport boards. Supporters of this change have argued that unelected appointees who run local agencies should not be authorized to raise taxes without the oversight of officials who answer to voters, which is the present situation.
 
As we head into the second week of the session, input is genuinely needed. Kentuckians have numerous ways to follow legislative action throughout the session, including seeing legislative action in person in the State Capitol’s legislative chambers and committee meeting rooms in the Capitol Annex.
 
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call the toll-free line at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.legislature.ky.gov. 
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 
The Russell Springs City Council met on Thursday evening. R.S. Mayor Eddie Thomas tells the WAVE that Taco Bell is scheduled to open on March 28th! With details on this and other topics discussed at the meeting, here's Jim Leib......
1st district congressman James Comer District Director Sandy Simpson was at last nights council meeting....
 

 

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AREA ARRESTS - 01/10/20

 

  • Adam Jake Swindoll, 37, Russell Springs - arrested Thursday night by RCSO for TBUT (Shoplifting) Under $500 and 2 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Steven Swift, 40, Clinton Co. - arrested Thursday afternoon for Posession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Assault 3rd degree (Police or Probation Officer); Promoting Contraband; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Resisting Arrest.
  • George Murphy,  48, Dunnville - arrested Thursday afternoon by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Sidney Foster, 47, Albany - arrested Thursday afternoon for TBUT (Shoplifting) over $500.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Jail.
 
  • Timothy Shafter, 43, Columbia - arrested overnight by KSP for DUI, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators LIcense; Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and was served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
  • Brandon Campbell, 19, Fairplay - arrested Thursday night by KSP for Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000.
  • Greg Lee Allen, 42, Liberty - arrested on Thursday morning for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified).
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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ARMED ROBBERY AT CAMPBELLSVILLE FOOD MART

 
On Thursday, January 9, 2020 at approximately 9:46pmET, a black male entered Convenient Food Mart located at 219 South Central Ave., Campbellsville, KY with a gun and demanded money. Once the suspect obtained an undetermined amount of cash, he fled the scene on foot. The subject is believed to be 5’7’’- 5’9’’ in height, 22-27 years of age, and left handed dominate. The subject is observed wearing a black toboggan, white gloves, and a plain red hooded sweat shirt (with a possible Nike swoosh on left chest). This investigation is ongoing.
 
Anyone with information please contact Campbellsville Police at 270-465-4121 or Campbellsville Pride Line at 270-469-PRIDE (7743). Det. Josh Coffey is investigating the robbery.
 

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"NO CHILD SLEEPS ON THE FLOOR" BED FUNDRAISER

 
Our guests this morning on the WAVE Morning Show were Matt Gosser & Brandon Selby, organizers of the "No Child Sleeps on the Floor" Bed Fundraiser. They are building beds for kids in Russell County who do not have a bed to sleep in. All donations will go towards this ministry so that no child will sleep on the floor in our community.
 

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
The Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Oak St., Richards Dr., Alexandra Dr., and Wilson Street has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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AREA ARRESTS

 
  • Timothy Shafter, 43, Columbia - arrested overnight by KSP for DUI, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators LIcense; Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and was served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
  • Brandon Campbell, 19, Fairplay - arrested Thursday night by KSP for Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000.
  • Greg Lee Allen, 42, Liberty - arrested on Thursday morning for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified).
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
 

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COLUMBIA CITY HALL CLOSED FOR JOYCE HOOTS FUNERAL

 
Columbia City Hall will be closed from 10:30amCT until Noon for the funeral service of Mrs. Joyce Hoots, mother of Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots. 
 

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MONROE CO. MAN STABBED TO DEATH; GIRLFRIEND CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

A 64 year-old Monroe County man is dead after succumbing to his injuries related to a domestic violence incident; his girlfriend has been arrested on murder charges.
 
On Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 2:58amCT, Officers with the Tompkinsville Police Department were dispatched to a residence at 201 W. Carmen St. in Tompkinsville, KY where they found 64-year-old Murrel Pruitt lying in the floor of the home with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. Pruitt was pronounced dead by the Monroe County Coroner.
 
TPD Officer Ricky Shirley, who is investigating the incident, arrested Pruitt's girlfriend, Joanne (Goode) Tooley, 56, also of Tompkinsville. Tooley was charged with murder (domestic violence) and lodged in the Barren County Detention Center. 
 
According to the Tompkinsville Police Dept., the investigation is still ongoing at this time.
 
Stabbing victim Murrel Pruitt
 
 

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MARION CO. MAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION, POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON

 
LOUISVILLE, KY - United States District Judge David J. Hale sentenced Phillip Randolph Johnson Jr. of Marion County, Kentucky, to 180 months followed by 5 years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to a seven count federal indictment.  
 
“Armed drug dealing will not be tolerated in Marion County or the Western District of Kentucky,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “Those who ignore this warning will pay a heavy price, in this case a decade and a half in federal prison.”
 
“Armed felons who illegally possess and use guns to further drug deals are criminals who pose an increased threat to the safety of our communities,” stated ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Tommy Estevan of the Louisville Field Division. “ATF provides investigative resources that lead to arrests and successful prosecutions of these offenders”
 
On October 3, 2019 Johnson, age 38, entered a plea of guilty to all seven counts of the federal indictment.  The federal charges included 2 Counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, 2 Counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, 1 Count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, 1 Count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and 1 Count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.   
 
Johnson was previously convicted in Marion County of reckless homicide and two charges of trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine) in the first degree, all felonies.  
 
The federal charges to which Johnson pleaded guilty are based on conduct which occurred between November 13, 2018, and November 30, 2018, in Marion County.  According to the plea, Johnson sold cocaine and methamphetamine to law enforcement officials on multiple occasions between the above dates and on November 30, 2018, was found in possession of a Taurus, Model PT809, 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol and ammunition, following the execution of a search warrant of the residence from which he had been selling narcotics.
 
Based on the fact that Johnson had two prior felony controlled substance offenses and pleaded guilty to the current drug charges, the Court determined he is a “career offender” for sentencing purposes which made him eligible for an enhanced sentence. 
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon, and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Lebanon Police Department.
 

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ARRESTS

 
  • William E. Miller, 49, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday morning by ACSO for Tampering wiht Physical Evidence.
  • Tonya Dykes, 40, Jamestown - arrested by ACSO on Wednesday night for No Registration Plates and Driving on a DUI Suspended License
  • Charity Gibson, 49, Burkesville - arrested by Cumberland Co. Sheriff's OFfice on Wednesday afternoon for Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, 3rd Degree
  • William K. Miller, 28, Columbia - arrested early Tuesday morning by ACSO and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. He was also served a Warrant for another Police Agency.

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 01/09/20

 
There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory until further notice on a section of Richards Drive, Wilson St., Alexandria Drive and an area of Oak Street due to fire hydrant installation. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.
 

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HELPS 8 COMMUNITIES RECOVER FROM DISASTERS

 
LEXINGTON, KY - Jan. 8, 2020 – In the 3 months since U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg first announced a new pot of USDA money to help disaster-stricken counties recover, 8 communities have taken advantage of her message to the tune of over $332,000.
 
“When a natural disaster strikes, impacted communities often have to put planned projects on hold and divert money to disaster response,” said Legg. “These investments will help our rural communities get those delayed projects back on track.”
 
Legg announced funding for these investment in September, and applications will continue to be accepted at USDA offices on a continual basis until the $6.5 million in disaster funds is exhausted. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds. Grants will be awarded following traditional Community Facilities Program guidelines; for application details and additional information, see page 47477 of the Sept. 10 Federal Register.
 
 
                                                    Rural Development Investment           Project Cost    
Wolfe County Search & Rescue             $50,000 grant                                 $66,666    
Perry County Fiscal Court                      $24,400 grant                                 $69,799    
City of Bardwell                                      $46,100 grant ($15,500 loan)         $61,600    
Breathitt County Fiscal Court                 $46,700 grant                                 $62,292    
City of Columbia                                  $30,600 grant                                 $40,822    
Casey County Fiscal Court                    $50,000 grant                                  $90,995  
City of Edmonton                                   $39,100 grant                                  $52,136    
Owsley County Fiscal Court                  $29,700 grant                                  $39,665  
 

Eligible Kentucky counties include Adair, Ballard, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Clay, Crittenden, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Graves, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Livingston, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Metcalfe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle, Russell, Spencer, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, and Wolfe.
 
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
 
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
 

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TAYLOR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH & MARIJUANA CHARGES

 
On Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 10:57pmET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint that a female was walking in the area of Woodlawn Avenue and Duffy Street in possession of drugs. Officer Jonathon Leigh made contact with 31-year-old Samantha Sears of Campbellsville, KY. Sears was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth), and Possession of Marijuana. She was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
 

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GREEN CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN TAYLOR CO.

 
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 12:22 P.M. Campbellsville Police was dispatched to Bell Avenue in reference to a male passed out in a vehicle. When officers arrived on scene, they found 30-year-old Cody G. Wilson of Greensburg, KY asleep in the vehicle. After an investigation, Wilson was arrested on the following charges:
 
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Defaced Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

 

Wilson was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center by Campbellsville Police Officer Aaron Fields.
 

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3 ARRESTED ON GREEN CO. INDICTMENT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 
A Green county Grand Jury indicted Jonathon Riggs of Greensburg, KY on 20 counts of Rape, Human Trafficking of a Person under 18, Intimidating a Witness and being a Persistent Felony Offender. 
 
Jacky and Laura Underwood of Green County, KY were charged with Complicity to Human Trafficking and Unlawful Transaction with a Minor.
 
All 3 were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 
 
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING 01/09/20

 
The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 6:00pmCT for a Regular Monthly Meeting at City Hall.
 
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
· CLASS ACTION OPIOID LAWSUIT
· MAYOR'S UPDATE
 
ADJOURNMENT
 

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EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT SENDS ADAIR CO. MAN TO LEXINGTON HOSPITAL


On Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 around 3:30amCT, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle accident with injury. 

 
A preliminary investigation determined that Nelson Burton, 30, of Columbia, KY was operating a 2008 Chrysler traveling west on 206, when he lost control of his vehicle and skidded sideways off the roadway. The vehicle then struck a tree on the driver’s side and an earth embankment on the passenger side, with the vehicle coming to rest upright in a creek. 
 
Burton was airlifted from the scene by Air Evac to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY for treatment of his injuries.

Adair Co. Deputy Derek Padgett is the investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by the Adair County and Knifley Fire Departments, and Adair EMS.
 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES; METH, COCAINE & MORE CONFISCATED


An Adair County woman was arrested after a search of her residence in the Millerfield area resulted in the discovery of cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs.
 
On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 6:29pmCT, Adair County Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin along with K-9 Nitro and Deputy Brandon Hitch were investigating a complaint in the Millerfield community in Adair County.  
   
A search of the residence resulted in methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone, and drug paraphernalia being located.  
 
Shallan Bailey, 35, of Columbia, KY was arrested by K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Cocaine) 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of Marijuana 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Hydrocodone)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia  
 
Deputy Durbin and Deputy  Hitch are continuing investigation  
 

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EXPECT DELAYS ON HWY 206 DUE TO ACCIDENT


1/8/2020 - Use caution on Liberty Road (HWY 206) due to an accident near the Adair - Casey County line. Difficult conditions related to the location of the vehicle requires removal of the vehicle in daylight. The roadway is open but expect short delays when the vehicle is removed from the scene near the 18200 block of Liberty Road.  

 
Mike Keltner 
Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management
 

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KET AIRING CREELSBORO DOCUMENTARY


Kentucky Educational Television is broadcasting “Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History” on its Kentucky Channel KETKY (aka KET3). Here is the schedule for January and February, 2020. All times are Eastern Standard Time. 
 
January, 2020
KET3: Tuesday, Jan. 14 @ 4:00am; 12:30pm; and 9:00pm 
KET3: Thursday, Jan. 17 @ midnight; 8:30am; and 5:00pm 
 
February, 2020
KET3: Sunday, Feb. 2 @ 2:00am; 10:30am; and 7:00pm 
KET3: Wednesday, Feb. 5 @ midnight; 8:30am; and 5:00pm 
KET3: Monday, Feb. 10 @ 7:30am; and 4:00pm   
KET3: Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 7:30am; and 4:00pm 
 

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2020 CENSUS JOB FAIR JAN. 10TH

 

The 2020 Census is looking for local residents to help collect information for the 2020 Census. The ONLY requirement is a VALID driver's license and reliable transportation. Workers can set their own hours, pay is $14.00 an hour with .58 per mile! If you are interested, there will be a JOB FAIR at the Russell County Chamber of Commerce (located between Arby's and Long John Silver's) on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 10:00am-2:00pmCT. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE - you must apply in person.  

This Census is VERY important to getting necessary funding for Russell County, our public schools, first responders, non-profit organizations, etc. 

 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP 1/7/20

 

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

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SPECIAL CALLED ACES SITE BASE MEETING JAN. 7TH

 

There will be a "Special Called" Adair County Elementary School Site-Base-Decision-Making Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7th, 2020 at 4:00pmCT. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Asst. Principal & Library Media Specialist vacancies.

 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/07/20

 
  • Hailey Tate, 18, Russell Springs - arrested Monday by RSPD for TBUT (Auto) - $10,000 or More
  • Charles Anness, 21, Hustonville, KY - arrested Monday night for Speeding, Improper Turning and Reckless Driving.

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Justin Wallace, 37, Columbia - arrested Monday night by CPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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KSP POST 15 DECEMBER ACTIVITY REPORT

 
During the month of December 2019, there were 23 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
 
There were no fatal collisions during the month of December in the Post 15 area.
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 23 compared with 30 through this same period in 2018.
Statewide fatality count stands at 720 compared with 724 through this same period in 2018.
 
During the month of December 2019, there were 1102 citations written, 314 courtesy notices written, 519 complaints answered, 104 motorists assisted, 48 criminal cases opened and 270 criminal arrests made.
 

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SEARCH OF ADAIR CO. RESIDENCE LEADS TO ARREST

 

(Columbia, KY) – On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at approximately 11:25amCT, KSP Post 15 received information of a subject trafficking in marijuana at a residence located 6 miles east of Columbia on Harris Road. Upon arrival, Trooper Aron Jones, Trooper Levi Scott, Trooper Clint Bale and Adair County Deputy Chandler Staten noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence. Consent to search was given which resulted in units locating a large amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, firearms, and a large sum of cash.
 
Tpr. Jones arrested and charged 21-year-old Austin Mitchell of Columbia with Trafficking in Marijuana (8 oz to 5 lbs) 1st offense enhancement, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mitchell was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 

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BRIEF SLEET STORM CAUSES MULTIPLE COLLISIONS ON CUMBERLAND PARKWAY

 

On Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 1:04pmCT, Adair County Deputy Chandler Staten and Sheriff Josh Brockman were dispatched to a vehicle vs rock wall collision 9 miles west of Columbia on the Louie B Nunn Cumberland Parkway.   
 
Thu J. Musick, 26, of Nashville, TN was operating a 2008 Honda traveling east on the Parkway when she encountered a brief sleet storm that covered the roadway with ice.  Musick lost control of her vehicle, striking a rock wall off the right-hand shoulder of the roadway. Musick was not injured. A passenger, 22-year-old Nadia Omar of Nashville, TN was treated at the scene by Adair EMS and then transported to T.J. Health Columbia.  
 
During the same time, 3 more collisions were called in for a total of 4 accidents in a 1/4 mile stretch. The other accidents were non-injury and were investigated by the Adair County Sheriffs Office. 
 
Agencies responding included ACSO, Adair EMS, and the Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept. 

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3 MORE ARRESTS AS PART OF RCSO DRUG TRAFFICKERS ROUND-UP

 
Three more individuals who were "hiding out" have been arrested on Russell County warrants, including two individuals from other counties.
 
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, these individuals were wanted by the Russell County Sheriffs Office as part of the Drug Trafficker Round-up called “OPERATION CHRISTMAS JEER” that was conducted on December 19, 2019. 
 
  1. 25-year-old Jeramie Graham was arrested by the Pulaski County Constables Office on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and for being a Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. 
  2. Russell Springs Police Officer Nathan Antle arrested 21-year-old Chris Bunch last Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and for being a Persistent Felony Offender  2nd degree.  
  3. The Casey County Sheriffs Office arrested 31-year-old Justice Ramsey last Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine). 

 

Sheriff Polston says more arrests are forthcoming as part of the "Drug Trafficker Roundup"
 
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. 
 

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HEAVY RAINFALL LATER THIS WEEK; FLOODING POSSIBLE

 
...HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING ARE INCREASINGLY LIKELY LATE THIS
WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND...
 
...A PROLONGED PERIOD OF ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL LIKELY TO CONTINUE
THROUGH MID TO LATE JANUARY...
 
The latest forecasts continue to indicate an increasing likelihood
of heavy rainfall and flooding issues late this week and into the
weekend. A cold front will approach the region on Friday and then
stall out across the region. A secondary storm system is forecast
to develop and then move northeastward along this stalled out
front and will bring multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall
to the region. Some thunderstorms will also be possible in this
setup which could bring locally higher amounts of rainfall to some
areas.
 
The latest forecasts still suggesting an axis of heavy
precipitation will develop over portions of the region. Within
this band 3 to 5 inches of rainfall could occur with locally
higher amounts. At this time, there is still considerable
uncertainty on where this heavy rainfall axis will set up.
 
Soil conditions across the region are nearly saturated due to
recent rainfall events over the past few weeks. The additional
rainfall expected late in the week will likely result in flooding
problems developing this weekend. These flooding problems could
develop very quickly in some areas. The highest risk of flooding
will be in areas that are low-lying and have very poor drainage.
In addition, area low water crossings will be under the threat of
flooding.
 
Water levels on area rivers are high and are running above normal
winter pool levels. The additional rainfall expected later this
week will likely push these rivers higher and some forecast points
will go into flood as early as this weekend and then continue
next week.
 
Looking beyond this weekend, the long range forecasts indicate
that several more systems could impact the region next week with
additional rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall. Should these
heavy rainfall events materialize, there is a high probability
that river flooding will become an increasing problem for the
remainder of January.
 
Stay tuned to 92.7 The WAVE for the latest on this potentially
significant 
heavy rainfall and flooding event.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/06/20

 

  • Timothy Helm, 56, Nancy, KY - arrested by the RCSO early this morning for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
  • Garren Russell, 27, Jamestown - arrested by Jamestown Police early this morning for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence) and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
  • Nicholas Aaron Bray, 27, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday morning by RCSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).
  • Ashley Knight, 31, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for One Headlight, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt, Improper Registration Plate, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License, and Failure to Appear.
  • Chrislyn Gail Decker, 21, Pulaski County - arrested Saturday for 4th Degree Assault and Wanton Endangerment, 2nd Degree.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center
 
 
  • Austin Mitchell, 21, Columbia - arrested Saturday by KSP for Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Brian Fauber, 32, Burkesville. - arrested Friday night by CCSO for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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FRANKFORT WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT DISMISSED

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has dismissed a whistleblower complaint from a former House Republican staffer who alleged she was retaliated against for shedding light on a sexual harassment settlement involving the former House speaker in 2017.
 
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepherd ruled that there was no evidence that Daisy Olivo was fired because of her disclosure. Olivo, the former communications director for the House Republican caucus, filed the whistleblower suit against the Legislative Research Commission.
 
Shepherd wrote that Olivo appropriately reported the existence of the settlement, which included former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, Rep. Michael Meredith, former Rep. Jim DeCesare and former Rep. Brian Linder, all Republicans.
 
In her complaint, Olivo claimed that after she reported the settlement to the Legislative Research Commission, she was relieved of her duties as communications director and later fired.
 
But Shepherd said the decision to remove Olivo from her duties could not be considered retaliation because there was no added penalty, such as a loss of pay or benefits.
 
Shepherd said her termination appeared to be part of "routine staff turnover."
 
The revelation of the settlement, which included allegations of inappropriate sexual contact, led to Hoover's resignation as House speaker. Hoover is not running for re-election to his state House seat this year.
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING JAN. 6TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 10:00amCT in the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. APROVAL OF GOODWILL PARTICIPANT AT RECYCLING CENTER 
  3. ADJOURN

The meeting is open to the public.

 

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AREA ARRESTS 01/03/2020

 

  • Justus Ramsey, 31, Jamestown - arrested Thursday and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Jason M. Lobe, 48, Louisville - arrested by RSPD on Thursday afternoon or Possession of Marijuana and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • James Glen White, 60, Jamestown - Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.


Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Brandon T. Jones, 34, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Thursday afternoon for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), and was served a Bench Warrant for Court and a Warrant for another Police Agency.


Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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PRANK CALLS BEING INVESTIGATED!

 

92.7 The WAVE has learned that several people who called into the Swap Shop this week have received prank phone calls from a man & woman saying they represent the WAVE and were using vulgar langauge. The WAVE takes very seriously anyone who harasses our listeners and we're working with authorities to find out who made these calls. If you received one of these prank calls, please let us know by calling the radio station at 270-866-7979 or 270-384-7979.
 

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J.O.Y. MINISTRIES SURPASSES GOAL!

 
Well, we have not even finished the campaign period for our annual fund drive, and already we have surpassed our $12,000 goal!  The "Brighten Our Community with JOY" campaign has raised $13,100 at the time I write this letter. That is certainly going to put us on strong footing as we head into 2020 with over a third of our annual budget expenses covered for the year. We will be able to continue the Crisis Resource Center, the emergency shelter known as Cally's House, Mission Week, and the after-school and summer program called Camp HOPE. We want to thank everyone who donated and also thank those donors who have given regularly since the beginning. We could not do this ministry without you!
 
 
Maggie Coleman
Treasurer
J.O.Y. Ministries

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AREA ARRESTS

 

  • Christopher Bunch, 21, Russell Springs - arrested Tuesday afternoon, December 31st, 2019 by RSPD for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and for being a Persistent Felony Offender 
  • Larry Ware, 45, Russell Springs - arrested Tuesday night, December 31at, 2019 by RSPD for 4th Degree Assault (Domestic Violence), Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Menacing, and Resisting Arrest.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Jessica May Whitis, 37, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday morning, January 1st, 2020 by RCSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
  • Richard A. Bernard, 41, Columbia - arrested Wednesday night by ACSO for Possession of Marijuana; Promoting Contraband; 2 Bench Warrants for Court; and 3 Warrants for Other Police Agencies).
  • Charles L. Kerr, 57, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Wednesday night for DUI; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 

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