...A COUPLE OF CHANCES FOR SNOW...
Two systems moving through the region this morning and then tonight will bring separate chances for minor accumulations of snow. The first system will bring some light snows through mid morning. A few tenths of an inch are possible with this system. The second system will bring scattered snow showers into the area this evening and early overnight. This system will bring better chances for up to an inch of accumulation...especially for areas that end up with multiple showers. Be prepared for some patches of slick roads. When encountering these patches...slow down...do not use cruise control...and leave plenty of distance between you and other vehicles
Cody Cooper, 28, of Russell Springs, KY (who was recently indicted by the Grand Jury) was taken into custody by KY State Police just after 4pmCT on Thursday afternoon. Cooper is charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified).
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Governor Beshear says there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Kentucky. The immediate risk to Kentucky is low...
A single vehicle accident injured one people just before noon on Thursday in Taylor County. Christopher Mast age 38 of Greensburg and a Passenger Wayne Yoder age 18 of Monfordville, were traveling west on Wise Road when according to Mast, his brakes failed on a 1985 Ford F8000 Crane Truck. The vehicle overturned on the roadway. Both were able to exit the overturned vehicle. Mast was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of an injury in the facial area, Yoder was not injured.
Deputies Benningfield and Burckhead investigated.
The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to 121 Ten Oakes Lane to assist Probation and Parole. When they arrived the deputies made contact with Christopher Grubaugh in front of the residence. Police say Grubaugh was attempting to conceal something in his sleeve, he was found to have a white powdery substance in a plastic bag, along with suspected marijuana. Grubaugh was taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Drug Unspecified, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Taylor County Dentition Center by Deputy Brent Burkhead.
Dr. Pam Stephens, Superintendent of Adair County School s, released the following statement today (Thursday) concerning Elizabeth Smith, an Adair County High School student, who passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Today the Adair County Schools family mourns the loss of Ms. Elizabeth Smith. Elizabeth was a freshman at Adair County High School and passed away yesterday after an extended illness. As a school family we come together to support Elizabeth’s family and friends in this time of loss.
Elizabeth’s faith was something we could all learn from. Throughout her illness she exhibited astonishing faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She never wavered from Him and we rejoice that her faith was such an inspiration to many.
Our staff, students, and school community extend our deepest sympathies to Elizabeth’s family. Today our families, our schools and our community will all be grieving but will support and love one another.
Last night our school system began implementing our crisis response plan. Counselors will be on sight to provide counseling for our students and faculty. We ask parents to please monitor your child’s behavior and let us know if you feel that your child needs to speak with someone.
May God comfort and bless Elizabeth’s family, friends and loved ones in the coming days.
Around 8:00pmCT, the Eli Fire Department was dispatched to a reported Structure Fire at 269 Highway 1383. The first arriving Engine radioed a confirmed Structure Fire with flames showing from side. Firemen were able to quickly attack the flames. The structure was an old church that had been converted into a home and all occupants were accounted for except the family pet who unfortunately perished in the fire. The building was approximately 30’ x 60’ in size with no basement. Crews made a great stop on the fire and additional crews were rotated out for several hours conducting an overhaul and checking for any hidden fires or hotspots.
Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 5 hours and were assisted by members of the Jamestown Fire Dept. (who provided mobile air refilled air cylinders), and Russell Co. EMS personnel.
Displaced occupants of the residence are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
It has been 66 days since John "Bam" Carney of Campbellsville was hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis. Last night (Tuesday), the family reported that "Bam" continues to improve as he passed a swallowing test. Bam has also been able to drink water and is talking and getting stronger. The primary concern are the infection levels, but doctors remain optimistic. The family asks for your continued prayers.
The Russell County Grand Jury met Tuesday and handed up the following indictments...
Kaitlyn Nopp of Campbellsville and Justin Goodin of Lebanon - Knopp: Driving Under the Influence Goodin: Public Intoxication Both were indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree a Class D Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor.
Cody L. Cooper of Russell Springs - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree a Class D Felony a Class D Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree a Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor.
William C. Wilson of Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, a Class D Felony.
Curtis Hendricks of Russell Springs - Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000 dollars, a Class C Felony and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree a Class D Felony.
Wolfgang Burkhart of Edmonton - Bail Jumping 1st Degree a Class D Felony.
Tony Owens of Somerset - Bail Jumping 1st Degree a Class D Felony.
Glen Blankenship of Russell Springs - Criminal Mischief 1st Degree a Class D Felony, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree.
WAVE NEWS reminds listeners that an indictment doesn't express guilt or Innocence in these cases only that further court action is warranted.
The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday. Jim Lieb files this report for WAVE NEWS...
An Adair a County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. Click on link to read each indictment:
Brittney Helm, 30, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Russell County Deputy John Wine on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking/Shoplifting under $500. The arrest was made on Monday evening. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The Russell County School Board met on Monday evening for the districts regular monthly meeting.
The big topic on the agenda was a change in the school calendar for the 2020/2021 school year to now "have" school on Veterans Day. We asked Supt. Ford about the change...
Ford went on to share with WAVE listeners the other items on the agenda...
The Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched out at 2:15pmCT on Monday afternoon to the report of a car on fire just off the Square. When the department arrived on scene they found a vehicle, owned by Jasmine Brooke York, with fire under the hood. The blaze was quickly extinguished.
Firemen were on the scene for approx. 30 minutes and were assisted by Jamestown PD and the Russell County Sheriff's Office.
The Russell Springs City Council special called meeting was brief with only two items on the agenda. City Clerk Chris Ramsey has all the details for WAVE listeners...
Tomkinsville, KY (February 24,2020) - On February 21st, 2019 at approximately 4:30 PM CST Trooper Allen Shirley, along with Officers from Tompkinsville Police Department, responded to an apartment that had been burglarized at the Green Hills Subdivision. Tonya Bartley stated that when she arrived home, she realized someone had entered her apartment, broken several items and stole her microwave. A nearby witness stated that he observed 65 year old Ted Frazier of Tompkinsville, KY leave the apartment carrying a microwave.
Tpr. Shirley located Frazier at his residence on South Main Street and placed him under arrest. Frazier was charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Theft by unlawful taking U/$500, and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree. Frazier was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.
Tpr. Shirley was assisted by Officers Ricky Shirley and Aaron White.
An Elk Horn, KY man dies as a result of a single vehicle collision in northern Adair County on Friday night.
On Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:19pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a single vehicle collision on Elk Horn Rd, approx. 15 miles north of Columbia. Adair County Deputy Joey Keith, along with additional emergency services, responded to the collision.
According to Jamestown Fire Chief Jeff Landers, the department was dispatched out at 4:45pmCT on Saturday, February 22, 2020 to a structure fire on Hwy 1680 South at Pleasant Hill. The structure was a lakehouse owned by Judy Johnson who reported that when she came home, she found heavy smoke in the residence. The first firefighter on the scene found heavy smoke and fire on the main floor. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and discovered the fire apparently had started in the crawlspace under the main floor around the flu. Firemen were on the scene for approx. 3 hours. The home sustained light damage to the floor around the flu and smoke damage throughout the residence.
The Columbia Police executed a search warrant within a room at The Sleep Inn, Friday, February 21, 2020 after beginning an investigation upon receiving a tip of drug activity. After conducting a search, Officers located and seized 5 stolen firearms as well as 4 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, digital scales, $9,742 in cash, Xanax and marijuana.
Jamestown City Council met last evening for their regular monthly meeting.
2 items were on the agenda so the meeting was brief, Mayor Nick Shearer discussed what took place to WAVE NEWS...
The Russell Springs Police Dept. reports an early morning arrest on Thursday after a complaint of a suspicious person.
Just before 1:30amCT on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 RSPD Officer Ethan Pike received a complaint of a male sitting on a motorcycle in the Middletown Trailer Park. Through the course of the investigation, approximately 7.43 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located and seized.
Arrested was 46-year-old Steven G. Allen of Somerset, KY who was taken into custody on the following charges:
Allen was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Officer Pike was assisted on scene by Deputy Dustin Bunch.
The regular monthly meeting of the Adair County School board was held on Thursday evening. Jim Lieb was there for WAVE NEWS and files this report...
The Russell County Hospital has a new CEO after Thursday evenings meeting of the board of directors.
Patrick J. Branco was announced as the new leader of the local hospital, he was unanimously approved by the board members. Branco was born in Texas and raised in Minnesota. He has more than 40 years of professional experience in healthcare and more than half of that time as a Chief Executive Officer.
The Columbia City Council will meet on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at 11:30amCT.....
As of 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020 the Boil Water Advisory for customers from 95 Sulphur Creek Road to 910 Sulphur Creek Road has been lifted by the Division of Water, Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption and you no longer have to boil your water.
Kentucky State Police made a couple of arrests yesterday in Russell County…
Tony Russell age 52 and Deborah Russell age 56, both of Jamestown, KY were taken into custody by KSP Trooper Begley on charges of Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000. Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center just after 3:00pmCT on Wednesday afternoon.
South Kentucky RECC, will have a planned power outage this morning (weather permitting), in the Sewellton are of Russell County. The outage will begin around 9 a.m. central time. The Highway 55 circuit will be out approximately 2 hours while crews change a pole, this will affect more than 900 members.
Mayor Hoots with Mrs. Duvall as a proclamation was signed for African American History Month.
State Auditor Mike Harmon spoke at yesterday's Chamber meeting in Russell County.
Harmon told WAVE NEWS what he shared with the chamber members...
The Kentucky Division of Forestry is reminding Kentuckians of a burn ban now that we are in the Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season. The season started Saturday and runs through April 30. During that time frame no burning is permitted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. local time.
It's illegal to set fire to any flammable material capable of spreading fire located in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry is also reminding people that all fires should be attended until they are extinguished.
Around 1:00amCT this morning (Monday), Adair County Sheriffs K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin observed a vehicle heading westbound on the LBN Cumberland Parkway at a high rate of speed. Deputy Durbin locked speed by radar at 123 mph. He activated his lights and sirens and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however the vehicle (a 2014 Kia), continued on in an attempt to elude the Deputy.
A Russell County man was lodged in the detention center on Rape Charges Sunday.
Lee Stargle, 52, of Russel Springs, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Hughes with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office at 5:18pmCT on Sunday afternoon and booked into the Russell County Detention Center. Stargle is charged with Rape 1st Degree (Victim 12 years of Age).
Rachael Lundy, 24, of Burkesville, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 2 a.m. on Monday morning on several charges. Lundy is charged with Speeding 26mph over the limit, Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs (Aggravated Circumstances) 1st Offense, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. Lundy was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.
NO SCHOOL IN RUSSELL AND ADAIR CO. ON MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2020 DUE TO PRESIDENT'S DAY.
Saturday morning at approximately 7:34AM, Officers Anthony Darnell and Trevor Foster of the Columbia Police Department responded to the intersection of the Adair Veterans Memorial Bypass and Greensburg Road to an accident with injuries.
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. To view each indictment, click on link:
The Russell Springs City Council met last evening for the regular monthly meeting for the city leaders.
Mayor Eddie Thomas sit down with Wave News and discussed what took place…
Thomas during his Mayor Update discussed new business coming to the community…
Another earthquake was reported Wednesday along the Kentucky/Tennessee border.
the 2.8 magnitude earthquake happened just after 12:30 p.m..
Reports from the US Geological Survey, say the earthquakes epicenter was a little over 2 miles from Fincastle Tennessee.
No damage was reported, this is the same general area that had an earthquake last year that was felt in the Lake Cumberland Area.
4 people were taken into custody by Jamestown Police and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Theft and other charges…
The arrests occurred just after 4:00pmCT on Wednesday afternoon. 37-year-old Kyle Piercy and 49-year-old Shaun Johnson, both of Jamestown, KY and 49-year-old Sandra Dix and 39-year-old Nathan Stargel, both of Russell Springs, KY were arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of Burglary, 3rd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500 but under $10,000).
Piercy and Stargel were also charged with Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
The Russell County Emergency Management Office and the Russell County Judge Executive’s Office received information on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers concerning a probability of future rising water that could impact residents in the area of Ray Mann Road, River View Drive, and Little Indian Drive below Wolf Creek Dam. Releases are not anticipated to impact any other locations at this time. They're not expecting these releases to be anything near last year’s flooding. Access for residents in this location could be affected. There is a high probability that this will happen in the coming days or weeks, so we want to assure the residents in this area that we will keep them informed as we receive additional information. Also, we will maintain a detour that was used last year during the flooding that is located between Little Indian Drive and Kauffman Road off of Ray Mann Road.
H.M. Bottom, Emergency Management Director, can be reached at 270-585-1416 and Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson can be reached at 270-343-2112 or 270-566-3205.
Jim Lieb has details of Tuesday evening's Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting...
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office reports a couple of arrests...
Early this morning (Wedneday) at 1:41amET, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a disturbance complaint on Garnett Road. Upon arrival, Officer Stephen Dobson made contact with Ricky Cox, who was standing in the middle of the street. After further investigation, Cox was found to be in possession of suspected Methamphetamine. Cox was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Last night just after 9:30pmET, the Sheriff's Office made contact with 40-year-old Thomas Rawlings of Campbellsville, KY in the driveway of his residence in reference to outstanding warrants. Once contact was made, Rawlings was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana and 2 pills believed to be Suboxone. Rawlings was taken into custody and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Danny K. Bolen age 46, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by the Russell Springs Police Department on the charge of Theft by Unlawful Taking/Shoplifting under $500.
Just after 10:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sean Campbell age 45, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Perkins of the Russell County Sheriff's Office on charges of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Image's without Consent, 1st Offense, Harassing Communications and Contemp of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order.
Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Jerry Dale Sneed, age 71 of Columbia, was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff's Office, just before 7 p.m. last evening on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. Sneed was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The Russell County Fiscal Court met on Monday evening. Russell Co. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson tells WAVE News about a Garbage Ordinance......
Judge Robertson goes on to talk about other items discussed at the meeting......
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the identity of this man. He is a suspect in connection to a break-in and theft in northern Adair County. If you have any information or know the identity of this person, please call the Adair County Sheriff's Office at 270-384-2776.
A traffic stop for expired registration leads to a drug charge for one Russell County Resident.
Just after 9:00pmCT on Sunday, February 9, 2020 RSPD Officer Lucas Justice observed a vehicle traveling North on Hwy 127. Officer Justice determined the vehicles tag to be expired. Upon a traffic stop and contact with the driver, Officer Justice learned the operator to have two outstanding warrants of arrest. Verbal consent to search was granted. Upon a search of the auto, Officer Justice locating suspected Methamphetamine.
Nathan Rooks, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with the following:
Rooks was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Officer Justice was assisted on scene by RCSO Deputy John Wine.
Liberty, Ky. (February 10, 2020) – On February 8, 2020 at approximately 10:08 AM EST, Trooper Jake Harper responded to a residence on Strong Branch Rd in reference to a theft complaint. Upon arriving, Tpr. Harper made contact with 52-year-old Joseph Lynn of Liberty. Lynn appeared to be under the influence and stated his mother was inside the residence disposing of methamphetamine. Tpr. Harper spoke with the home owner, Wanda Henson who consented to a search of the residence. Tpr. Harper located several clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine inside of them.
Lynn was arrested for public intoxication-control substance and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine); he was lodged in the Casey County Jail.
The following is a statement from Adair Co. School Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens on the passing of an ACHS student:
The search for a new CEO by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors continued last night as they met in executive session.
No action was taken during the meeting as the board continues to review applications for the position and conducting interviews with prospective applicants who are seeking the position with the local hospital.
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that just before 9:00amCT on Thursday, February 6, 2020 a 2-vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 80 in the Royville community. Brooklyn Beard, age 18 of Magnolia, KY was operating a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup. She rear-ended a 2002 Ford Van being operated by Russell Antle of Russell Springs, KY as he was waiting to turn into his residence. According to authorities, rain slick highways played a factor in the accident.
Brooklyn Beard was arrested at the scene by Sheriff Polston for Operating on Suspended License and No Insurance. She was also served with a outstanding warrant and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Assisting at the scene were Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and Deputy Luke Hughes.
3 candidates have filed for office in Russell and Adair County according to both County Clerks Office. City Council members as well as a couple of the county seats for school board members will be on the ballot for the November General Election this year. In Russell County 2 incumbent school board members have already filed for re-election... Joy Wilson and Gerald Murray have already filed the necessary paperwork to run. In Adair County, Ben Burris has filed and is seeking a seat on the Columbia City Council. Anyone interested in filing, have until June 2nd to file the paper work to be eligible to be on the ballot in November.
Columbia Christian Church announces that all Upward Sports events for Thursday evening & Saturday morning have been cancelled due to illness. Practices & games will resume next week.
Campbellsville High School has rescheduled its basketball homecoming activities. Homecoming activities will now be Feb. 10-13. This year’s theme is “We Got The Beat!” Students will dress up each day and compete in spirit games.
During the month of January 2020, there were 32 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There was one fatal collision during the month of January in the Post 15 area.
Richard B. Spalding age 29 of Marion Co KY was killed on 01/20/2020 in Marion Co KY.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 1 compared with 0 through this same period in 2019.
Statewide fatality count stands at 35 compared with 51 through this same period in 2019.
During the month of January 2020, there were 1065 citations written, 271 courtesy notices written, 473 complaints answered, 83 motorists assisted, 48 criminal cases opened and 264 criminal arrests made.
Rebekah Devore age 37, of Russell Springs was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center just after 10:30 Tuesday night. Devore was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Driving a motor vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Possession of Marijuana and Reckless Driving. Officer Hughes with the Russell County Sheriff's Office made the arrest.
Cumberland Co. Schools closed rest of week due to illness.....
The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details.....
Liberty, KY (February 4, 2020) - 34-year-old Ed Edwards of Liberty, KY was arrested on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 9:12amET on Industrial Park Drive in Liberty following an investigation by KSP Trooper Billy Begley. Edwards was indicted on January 27th, 2020 by the Casey County Grand Jury and charged with 8 counts of Incest (victim under 12 years of age or serious physical injury), 3 counts of Incest (forcible compulsion/incapable of consent or under 18 years old), 2 counts of Rape 1st degree, 2 counts of Sexual Abuse 1st degree, 7 counts of Sodomy 1st degree (victim under 12), 2 counts of Sodomy 1st degree, and 11 counts of Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under).
Edwards was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.
While schools in surrounding counties have canceled due to illness, Adair and Russell County School districts have remained above the numbers which would warrant it as necessary to close. 92.7 WAVE NEWS spoke to school officials on Monday in both districts on the current number of students in the classrooms. Russell County was at 91.5% and Adair County at 91.69% on Monday. Usually when those numbers drop below 90%, that is when officials take canceling classes into consideration. The Kentucky Department for Public Health says new flu cases reported between January 19 and January 25, 2020 topped 1,700. The WAVE will continue to stay in touch with school officials and if classes are canceled, we'll pass that along to our listeners.
On Friday, January 31, 2020 CPD Officers were dispatched to an injury accident on Walker Street just after 10PM. Upon arrival, units observed a Pontiac G6 which had flipped upside down after making impact with a parked Ford pickup.
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