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RSFD Responds to Single Vehicle Rollover Accident

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Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department Responds to One-Vehicle Rollover Accident

Russell Springs, KY – May 27, 2024 – The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident that occurred at 10:47 AM on North Hwy 127.

The incident involved a vehicle that left the roadway, crossing a ditch line, and coming to rest on its top in a nearby field. Emergency services were dispatched, and the sole occupant of the vehicle was quickly attended to and subsequently flown to a medical center for their injuries.

RSVFD was on scene for approximately one hour, providing crucial support and ensuring the safety of the area. The department received assistance from multiple agencies, including Russell County Emergency Medical Services, the Russell County Sheriff's Office, Air Evac Medical Services, and Russell County Emergency 911.

Fire Chief Bobby Johnson stated, "Our thoughts are with the injured individual and their family. We commend the coordinated efforts of all responding agencies which ensured that the victim received the necessary medical attention as quickly as possible."

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Russell County Sheriff's Office. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on State's Response to Strong Storms

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing response to strong storms that moved through the commonwealth yesterday.

 

“Communities across Kentucky experienced storms that produced strong winds, multiple tornadoes and hail in some places. The storm knocked out power for thousands of Kentuckians, temporarily shut down numerous roads and interstates, and caused massive damage to homes and businesses,” Gov. Beshear said. “But like we always see after severe weather events, first responders and everyday Kentuckians rallied to help each other in those toughest moments.”

 

Sadly, the Governor reported there are four confirmed fatalities related to the storms. The deaths occurred in the city of Louisville as well as Hardin, Hopkins and Mercer counties.

 

“That means we know that there’s at least four families this morning that suffered the loss of a loved one less than 24 hours ago and are hurting,” Gov. Beshear said. “We ought to rally around and do everything we can to carry them in the days, the weeks and the years to come.”

 

In addition to the four deaths, a Hopkins County man was injured and is currently in the hospital in critical condition.

 

Today, the Governor is traveling to the hardest impacted areas in Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties to view storm damage and speak with local officials and family members. He also urged those who have experienced storm damage to take photographs before cleaning up and report the damages to local county emergency management officials.

 

Kentucky Emergency Management Director Eric Gibson and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray joined the Governor at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort to provide updates.

 

“Crews mobilized yesterday and worked through the day and overnight to help clear roads of trees on state-maintained routes and to support first responder and utility restoration efforts,” said Secretary Gray. “Clearing roadways could take time, especially if it requires clearing downed power lines first. Our Team Kentucky crews are dedicated to keeping travelers safe. Please watch out for them on the roads, drive alert and slow down.”

 

KYEM Director Gibson stressed that help remains available, “The number I wanted to make sure that I shared with you is to our 24-hour watch center that is staffed around the clock here, and this number is not only good when we are in the middle of a storm but if there’s something that you need that you think that Kentucky Emergency Management can provide, we keep staff here 24-7. 1-800-255-2587 – that will be something you want to use if you’re having trouble making contact with your KSP post or local emergency management, as we know they are extremely busy right now.”

 

Key Updates 

  • Last night, the Governor declared a state of emergency and implemented the state’s price gouging laws as storms produced multiple waves of heavy showers and thunderstorms, bringing strong winds, large hail and strong tornadoes. Consumers in the commonwealth can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General.
  • The Emergency Operations Center was activated to a Level 3 status and response efforts by: Kentucky Emergency Management, Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police, the Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Department for Public Health, the National Weather Service, Kentucky State Parks, Forestry, Red Cross and many others.
  • State officials are aware of at least a few tornadoes that touched down, with one confirmed in Hopkins County, and are awaiting confirmation from the National Weather Service.
  • Currently, over 180,000 customers are without power, and crews are working around the clock to make sure power is restored. At its peak, this storm knocked out power to 215,144 customers.
  • Fourteen counties have declared a State of Emergency. Emergency declarations in: Bullitt, Caldwell, Clay, Clinton, Hopkins, Knox, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McLean, Muhlenberg, Simpson, Todd and Trigg counties. The five cities with declarations are: Albany, Cadiz, Dawson Springs, Manchester and Russellville.
  • Owensboro Health in Muhlenberg County lost power and was operating on back-up generators before power was restored. There are also four long-term health care centers on generators, including two in Dawson Springs, one in the city of LaCenter and one in the city of Greenville.
  • The Division of Forestry has deployed seven saw teams to remove fallen trees and debris. The Kentucky National Guard has stepped up to help once again to join the Division of Forestry in Christian and Muhlenberg counties.
  • Our Kentucky State Police worked around the clock answering calls and responding to calls of distress. Unfortunately, KSP communication was hit hard by last night’s storms and several KSP post phone lines were knocked out. Several KSP posts have phone lines down and alternate numbers are being provided. These numbers are available at KentuckStatePolice.org and on KSP social media channels.
  • The Red Cross has one shelter open in Clay County after a tree fell on an apartment building and is currently sheltering six residents and is working to identify any additional needs.
  • High water, downed trees and other damage have been reported in about 45 counties, mainly in Western Kentucky.
  • Nearly 100 state highways were affected by overnight storms, the bulk in the Paducah, Madisonville, and Bowling Green highway district regions. This morning, there are still reports of blocked lanes along multiple highways due to downed trees and powerlines, and high water. Drivers are urged to check traffic conditions before traveling at GoKy.ky.gov.
  • Transportation crews, with assistance from forestry chainsaw teams, will continue to cut trees and clear debris as quickly as possible today to maintain access for emergency responders. Clearing roadways could take time, especially if it requires clearing power lines first.
  • Motorists should avoid travel, especially in heavily damaged areas, to keep themselves safe and give crews room to work. If you must travel, stay safe by buckling up, watching for debris still alongside highways, and never drive through high water – turn around don’t drown. 

 

Gov. Beshear added, “Kentucky has been through so much, and we continue to remain grateful for our first responders and transportation employees who are working to keep all our families safe and clear roadways.”

 

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, year-round, confidential crisis counseling and emotional support resource for survivors, responders and anyone in the U.S./territories struggling with distress or other mental health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call or text 800-985-5990

 

The Governor provided an update to Kentuckians after he attended and offered remarks at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Day Ceremony in Frankfort.
 

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges


Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of a Russell Springs man on Drug Trafficking Charges. 
 
Chris Bernard, 48, was arrested on the following charges on Friday afternoon around 4 PM:
#1 Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) more than 2 Grams
#2 Tampering with Physical Evidence
#3 Resisting Arrest and 
#4 Promoting Contraband
 
He was also served a Parole Violation Warrant from previous charges and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The case will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury. 
 
The investigation continues by Deputy Nathan Bradshaw. 
 
If anyone suspects possible Drug Activity in your neighborhood, contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.
 

Adair County Emergency Mgt. Monitoring Radar; Adair Annex Open for Storm Shelter

 

Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner and Sheriff Josh Brockman are watching the radars and listening to weather reports as we brace for potential storms this afternoon and later tonight. The ACSO, 911 dispatch, road crews, and all fire departments are on standby should they be needed. Also, the Adair Annex basement is open for storm shelter for anyone who may want to utilize it.

 

EM Director Mike Keltner is briefing Sheriff Josh Brockman on potential weather events.

 

Tornado Watch Until 3PM Today; Flood Watch Until 7AM Monday

 
Multiple waves of strong to severe storms are possible today and tonight. Storms during the day will be capable of producing gusty winds and localized flooding. Storms later tonight could produce widespread damaging winds and flash flooding, and tornadoes and large hail cannot be ruled out either.
 

KSP Trooper Indicted on Theft Charges

 
A KSP Trooper has been indicted for TBUT over $10,000 but less than $1 million and Abuse of Public Trust, both Class C Felonies.
 
The indictments against 42-year-old Daniel S. Forbis of Salem Church Road, Campbellsville, KY were filed on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Franklin Circuit Court.
 
COUNT 1
The Grand Jury charges that between on or about the 17th day of June 2023 and on or about the 18th day of February 2024 in Franklin County, KY, Daniel S. Forbis committed the offense of Theft by Unlawful taking of Property valued at over $10,000 but less than $1,000,000, when he unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property belonging to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and/or the Kentucky State Police, with the intent to deprive such entity or entities thereof.
 
COUNT 2
The Grand Jury charges that between on or about the 17th day of June, 2023 and on or about the 18th day of February 2024 in Franklin County, KY, Daniel S. Forbis committed the offense of Abuse of Public Trust when he, acting as a public servant entrusted with public property by reason of his employment with the Commonwealth of Kentucky or a governmental instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, or exercising the  functions of a public officer or employee or participating in a governmental function, obtained public property in excess of $10,000 from or through the Kentucky State Police, subject to a known legal obligation to make specified disposition thereof, and intentionally dealt with such public property as his own and failed to make the required disposition. 
 

Forbis graduated from the KSP Academy in August 2017.
 

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

 

Crusade for Children Roadblocks begin Sunday in Columbia

 

The Columbia - Adair County Fire Department's annual WHAS Crusade for Children roadblocks will begin this Sunday, May 26th, 2024 from 8am-12pm (weather permitting) on the Public Square in Downtown Columbia.

 

Roadblocks will also be set up on Tuesday, May 28th in the area of Campbellsville & Merchant Streets from 12pm-6pm; Friday, May 31st from 3pm-8pm & Saturday, June 1st from 8am-4pm all across the City of Columbia. 

 

As always, 100% of donations collected come back to the community to assist special needs children.

 

Adair County Man Arrested for Arson, Auto Theft, and other Charges

 

Joshua Dylan Norris, 32, of Breeding was arrested on Wednesday night by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Arson 3rd degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (an Auto), Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravating Circumstances) 2nd offense, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Obstructing Emergency Response Violations, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

 

He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

Adair Man Arrested after Not Allowing Wife & Children to Leave the Home

 
On Friday morning around 7:00amCT, Deputy Gary Roy and Sheriff Josh Brockman was dispatched to the 9000 block of  KY 80 East to check on the safety of the residents. Initially, Columbia Probation Officer Dustin Harvey had received a call from a female stating that Robert Myerhoff was holding her and 4 children in their home and was not allowing them to leave. 32-year-old Robert Cody Myerhoff is under the supervision of the KY Department of Probation and Parole.  
 
Upon arrival by the ACSO, they found the doors of the home had been padlocked and reinforced, with Mr. Myerhoff refusing to open the door. Eventually, he was spotted by Deputy Roy exiting another door of the house and was taken into custody at that time.
 
Robert Myerhoff was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges: 
  • Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd degree
  • Wanton Endangerment 3rd degree  
  • Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol) and
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

RCHS Graduation is Tonight

The Class of 2024 at Russell County High School will walk the line at tonight’s graduation ceremony.

Tickets were allotted for the event, but those who aren’t able to attend in-person can watch the ceremony live on the Russell County High School Facebook page.

The graduation ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at Russell County High School.

ACMS Recognizes Employees

Adair County Middle School is proud to recognize a few outstanding employees for furthering their education:

Nick Coe MA in Instructional Technology

Kate Cowan MA in Instructional Technology

Brett Farmer MA in Special Education

Jade Holt MA in Teaching

Jessica Montgomery Associates in Arts

Brandon Roark MA in Secondary Business Education

We appreciate their dedication to their profession and our students!

ACHS Graduation is 5/24/24

 

The Adair County High School Class of 2024 will hold its commencement exercises on Friday, May 24, 2024 at 7:00pmCT in the John Burr Memorial Gymnasium. Each senior has been given 10 tickets for their guests to attend. All guests who are age four and older must have a ticket to enter. Doors will open at 6:00pmCT.

In addition to remarks from the Senior Class Officers, the keynote address will be delivered by the Honorable Pamela Hoots, Mayor of the City of Columbia. The Adair County High School Choir will be performing Butterfly Fly Away along with the National Anthem and the Adair County High School Band will be performing Too Beautiful for Words along with Pomp and Circumstance as the graduates enter. The Adair County High School Cadet Corps will be presenting the colors.

The class of 2024 is made up of 173 students. Eighty-eight students in the class have achieved a Latin honor academic recognition. Twenty students have earned a Summa Cum Laude designation (weighted GPA of 4.0 or greater), 36 students have earned a Magna Cum Laude designation (weighted GPA of 3.5 to 3.99), and 32 students have earned a Cum Laude designation (weighted GPA of 3.0 to 3.49).

Additionally, 145 students in the graduating class have earned the designation of Postsecondary Ready. Postsecondary Ready students have met requirements established by the Kentucky Department of Education indicating they are ready to successfully transition to their next step after high school. Eighty-three of these students have met the requirements for both Academic Readiness and Career Readiness, 27 students have met the requirements for Academic Readiness, and 35 students have met the requirements for Career Readiness.

The motto for the Class of 2024 is, "Ever Forward." The class chose Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield as the class song, the yellow poppy as the class flower, and red, white, and blue as the class colors.

 

Story from Chad Parnell, ACHS Principal

 

Rediscover the Joy of Fishing with Free Fishing Days June 1-2

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 23, 2024) — Gather the family and fish for free in Kentucky the first weekend in June.

 

Free fishing weekend is June 1-2. It’s an annual celebration that allows anyone to fish without a license or permit during the two days. Have relatives visiting from afar? They can fish for free, too.

 

If you haven’t wetted a line in a while, it’s a great time to rediscover the joy of fishing.

 

While licenses and permits are free this weekend, you still must follow the rules on the size and number of fish that you can keep. You’ll find all the regulations in the online fishing and boating guide.

 

Need a place to fish? Several communities around the state offer special free fishing events with kids in mind on Saturday, June 1. Find a link to free fishing weekend activities on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website homepage at fw.ky.gov.  

 

Need help getting started? Type “Learn to Fish” in the search box on the department’s website (fw.ky.gov) and you’ll find instructional videos covering knot tying and preparing a fish for the table.

 

Looking for more places to fish? Click the “Fishing” tab on the site to access the annual fishing forecast for great tips and places to try.

 

The fishing page also includes a link to the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) lakes. The FINs program offers dozens of easily accessible, specially stocked lakes near population centers throughout the state.

 

If you’re paddling a river or stream during the first weekend in June, don’t forget to take along your fishing gear and a life jacket. You’ll find great floats and get expert fish catching advice when you check out Lee McClellan’s Blue Water Trails series. McClellan, the fishing editor for Kentucky Afield magazine, travels throughout the state in search of new places to fish.

 

All boaters, whether paddling or using a gas motor, should remember to use their life jackets when on the water. Learn more about boating safety and locate ramps into Kentucky’s waterways in the “Boating” section of the department’s website.

 

For those on the go, there’s a new app anglers can use to find directions to local lakes, read fishing reports, learn about regulations, find stocking schedules, locate the nearest boat ramp and more. To download the app to your phone, search for “Fish Boat KY” in your preferred app store. Remember to insert spaces between words.

 

If you haven’t enjoyed the fun that angling offers yet this year, take a test drive with a fishing pole during Kentucky’s free fishing days June 1-2.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 5/23/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 23, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on economic development; Juneteenth as an Executive Branch holiday; a federal disaster declaration following April tornadoes; funding to improve cleaner water infrastructure; Kentucky’s Counterdrug Program; funding for electric vehicle charging stations; progress on orphan well capping; and progress on school safety projects. The Governor also recognized Public Works Week. He named public works employees as well as the leaders who have worked to establish Juneteenth as a state Executive Branch holiday and add CROWN Act protections as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development
The Governor announced that State Budget Director John Hicks reported April’s General Fund receipts hit nearly $1.8 billion, the second-highest month of General Fund collections in Kentucky history. This is the 20th consecutive month in which collections have exceeded $1 billion.

 

The Governor announced continued momentum within the state’s surging manufacturing sector as SRC of Lexington will be expanding its operation with a new facility in Fayette County, investing $15.3 million and creating 60 quality, Kentucky jobs.

 

The Governor also congratulated Flottweg Separation Technology Inc., a producer of centrifuges and other liquid-solid separation equipment, as the company celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded warehouse facility in Boone County, a $1.75 million investment creating 12 high-wage Kentucky jobs.

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted Rip Technologies, a manufacturer specializing in the printing and production of art pieces and picture frames, on its new $4.3 million Mt. Sterling facility creating 46 full-time positions.

 

The Governor highlighted Kentucky’s continued investment in workforce training initiatives as he announced over $1.6 million in state support has been approved through the Bluegrass State Skills Corp. (BSSC) to assist with the training and development of nearly 5,000 Kentucky workers.

 

Juneteenth as a State Executive Branch Holiday
The Governor declared Juneteenth – a day that commemorates African Americans’ many contributions and long struggle for freedom, justice and equality – as an Executive Branch holiday in the commonwealth. The Governor signed an executive order stating that, beginning this year, each June 19 shall be observed in Kentucky as Juneteenth National Day of Freedom.

 

The Governor also signed an executive order that expands protections in state hiring and employment to include certain hairstyles. Among the provisions of the order, it prohibits discrimination based on “traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to natural hair texture and protective hairstyles, such as braids, locs and twists.”

 

For more, see the full release.

 

Federal Disaster Declaration Approved Following April Tornadoes
The Governor announced that the state has received approval on a federal disaster declaration following the 19 tornadoes that swept across the commonwealth on April 2 and 3. The Governor declared a state of emergency and requested a federal disaster declaration in April. Wednesday’s approval by President Joe Biden makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Boyd, Carter, Fayette, Greenup, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Mason, Oldham, Union and Whitley.

 

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA App. Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, can give FEMA the number for that service. 

 

Cleaner Water Infrastructure Funding
Gov. Beshear announced $13.2 million to improve public water and sewer infrastructure statewide. The funding will go to 10 projects across Kentucky. The funding comes from Kentucky’s Community Development Block Grant – Public Facilities program. The Public Facilities program provides funding to primarily develop Kentucky’s water and wastewater systems. 

 

Counterdrug Program
Gov. Beshear approved the continued work of Kentucky’s Counterdrug Program, which has helped save Kentuckians’ lives by supporting the seizure of 265,170 fentanyl pills and 208.3 pounds of fentanyl during the 2023 federal fiscal year. The team increased the number of fentanyl pills seized by more than 5,000% and seized more than 100 pounds of fentanyl compared with the 2022 fiscal year.

 

Awards to Build Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Solidifying Kentucky’s position as a leader in the fast-growing electric vehicle sector, Gov. Beshear announced the state has completed its third round of awards to private developers to build an additional 18 federally funded electric vehicle charging stations. Combined with the first two rounds of awards announced late last year, Kentucky has now approved 42 charging stations from 11 developers for a total of $27.2 million in National Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure program funds.

 

Orphan Well Capping
The Governor announced that Kentucky has received a second $25 million grant from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to cap orphan wells in 2024. The commonwealth previously received a $25 million grant from the BIL in 2022. These funds were used to plug 635 legacy wells and restore nearly 49 acres for farming and other uses. This made significant improvements to the commonwealth’s environment, creating about 90 jobs plugging abandoned oil and gas wells in 27 counties.

 

“We’re making it a priority to protect our environment while also creating some really good jobs for our people,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have reclaimed nearly 49 acres of land through this effort so far, and we plan to restore a lot more in the future. And this grant will go a long way toward getting that done.”

 

Progress on School Safety Projects
The Governor announced that construction is set to begin next week on two projects aimed at improving road safety near Kentucky schools. In Hopkins County, a more than $2 million project near the James Madison Middle School Campus will widen Kentucky Highway 254 (Brown Road) to three lanes. Additional turn lanes and a new on-campus access road will also be constructed. In Crittenden County, a nearly $1.9 million project will widen U.S. Highway 60 and add turn lanes to increase traffic capacity and access for the Crittenden middle and high school complex as well as the county hospital. These projects represent the latest of more than 60 projects totaling $24.5 million dollars to improve highway safety near schools to protect Kentucky families.

 

Public Works Week
The Governor recognized Public Works Week and thanked this group for all their hard work to improve Kentucky.

 

“In Kentucky, we are expanding access to high-speed internet and cleaner water and improving our major roadways for generations to come. None of that would be possible without the folks in our public works,” said Gov. Beshear. “Because we have folks like you working on these projects, I know we will get it done. So, thank you — Team Kentucky cannot do it without you.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named public works employees as well as leaders who have worked to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday and advocates who have worked to add CROWN Act protections as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“Today is a really special day, because a lot of folks have been working toward this for a long time,” said Gov. Beshear. “As Governor, I want to personally thank you for your advocacy on behalf of our people. Your voices have truly made a difference. It is because of y’all that we are working toward that better, more inclusive and loving commonwealth that we all want for our kids.”

 

Two Russell County Residents Arrested by Columbia Police After Breaking & Entering Call

 

On Wednesday night, May 21, 2024 the Columbia Police Department responded to a possible breaking and entering at TNC Apartments on Russell Road after 11PM. Upon arrival, two subjects at the scene were quickly detained and placed into custody.
 

 

  • Richard Rodgers, 44, of Russell Springs has been charged with criminal mischief 3rd degree as well as being taken into custody with active warrants. Officers also seized a firearm located in Mr. Rodgers vehicle.
     
  • Mary Ann Rodgers, 40, of Russell Springs was found to have numerous narcotics on her as well as being under the influence. She has been charged with public intoxication, possession of marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified).


Officer Bradley Bates made the arrests. He was assisted on scene by Officer Elliot Smith and Sgt Justin Cross.

 

ACHS Class of 2024

 

Congratulations ACHS Class of 2024!

 

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Cross)

 

Tompkinsville Woman Sentenced to Over 3 Years for Stalking and Mail Threats

 
Bowling Green, KY – A Tompkinsville, Kentucky woman was sentenced yesterday to 3 years and 3 months in federal prison for stalking and mailing threatening communications to a government official in 2023. 
 
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael E. Stansbury of the Louisville Field Office, and Chief Michael Delaney of the Bowling Green Police Department made the announcement.  
 
According to court records, Tara K. Thomas, 32, was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison, followed by a 3-year term of supervised, for one count of stalking and one count of mailing threatening communications.
 
There is no parole in the federal system.  
 
Thomas sent multiple threatening communications to a government official via Facebook Messenger on September 21, 2021.  In January 2023, while an inmate at the Warren County Detention Center, she sent multiple threatening communications to the same government official through the United States Postal Service.
 
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bowling Green Police Department investigated the case.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond McGee, of the U.S. Attorney’s Paducah Branch Office, prosecuted the case.
 

RSFD Responds to Non-Injury Accident

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was called to the scene of a non-injury vehicle accident at 918 E Highway 80 in Russell Springs on Monday, May 20, 2024. The incident occurred Monday morning and involved two vehicles. No injuries were reported.

 

Three volunteer firefighters from the RSVFD responded to the emergency call and arrived at the scene to assist the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.

 

RSVFD personnel were on-site for approximately one hour, working alongside law enforcement to assess the situation and help with traffic control.

 

Matthew Leveridge Re-elected Commonwealth Attorney

 

Matthew Leveridge will continue to serve Russell and Wayne Counties as the Commonwealth Attorney in the 57th Circuit

 

Unofficial results from the Secretary of States Office...

 

 

RSFD Called Out to Single Vehicle Accident

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Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department Responds to Vehicle Accident on Highway 80

Russell Springs, KY – May 21, 2024 – The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched at 9:08 AM today to a motor vehicle accident involving one vehicle with injuries at 2500 West Highway 80, Russell Springs.

Upon arrival, RSVFD crews worked with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) and Russell County Emergency Medical Services (RCEMS) to provide immediate assistance. The team employed the jaws of life to safely extricate the injured party from the vehicle.

Thanks to the rapid response and skilled coordination among the emergency services, the operation on the scene lasted approximately 30 minutes. The injured individual was promptly provided with necessary medical attention and transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Speeding & No License Charges

 

Hilario Toj Suar, 40, was taken into custody by Officer Adamson with the Russell Springs Police Department on Monday night. He was charged with Speeding and No Operators License. Mr. Suar was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

RCMS Welcomes New Assistant Principal

 

RCMS welcomes new assistant principal, Mrs. Sarah Aaron

 

Mrs. Aaron has been an integral part of Russell County Middle School since 2020 and has nearly a decade of experience as an instructor of 8th grade and high school Mathematics. Mrs. Aaron is a Russell County High School alumnus. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Math from Lindsey Wilson College, a Masters in Instructional Leadership and a Rank I in Educational Administration and Supervision - both from Eastern Kentucky University.

 

Mrs. Aaron believes that by becoming assistant principal it will give her the opportunity to teach, guide, and make a difference with all students at Russell County Middle School. She will take great pleasure in continuing the positive trajectory for our school.

 

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