Local News--Wed. April 16

Tpr. Adam Likins is investigating a collision that occurred Tuesday at 10:45 AM CST, 4 miles east of Russell Springs on KY 619.

74-year-old Bobby Stephens was operating a 2000 Chevy Pickup, traveling east on KY 619 when he ran off the shoulder of the roadway. Stephens lost control of the vehicle and it overturned before coming to rest in a field.  He was wearing a seatbelt and was treated and released at Russell County Hospital.


An Adair County woman has been arrested on drug charges.

39-year-old Cindy Gay Smith-Rowe of Columbia was arrested Monday after a warrant was issued for her arrest for Trafficking in Cocaine (2nd or subsequent offense) and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.


Attorney General Jack Conway Tuesday announced that three former employees of Oakwood Manor in Somerset have pleaded guilty to felony charges of abuse and neglect.

22-year-old Coty King, of Pine Knot, pleaded guilty April 9 to two counts of abusing or neglecting an adult; 21-year-old Cody Burton, of Burnside, pleaded guilty March 28 to one count of abusing or neglecting an adult; and 22-year-old Timothy James Ball, of Pine Knot, pleaded guilty February 23 to one count of abusing or neglecting an adult.

Both King and Burton were first arrested in September 2013 after King allegedly enticed a developmentally disabled adult patient at Oakwood Manor to hit another patient while King used his cell phone to record the incident.  Burton was accused of participating in the incident and failing to report it.  Further forensics review of video recovered from the cell phone also led to the indictment of Ball for his involvement in another incident staged by King.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery handled the prosecution of this matter.  King was sentenced to four years imprisonment with the sentence diverted for four years.  Burton was sentenced to three years in prison, which will be diverted for three years.  Ball was sentenced to two years in prison, which will be diverted for a two-year period.  Additionally, all three individuals were ordered not to volunteer or work in any capacity involving the supervising of developmentally disabled persons.  As a result of federal law, all three will be prohibited from working in any federally-funded health care capacity.

General Conway said.  “As always, I encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a patient in a nursing home, Medicaid facility or personal care home to immediately report it to our office using our tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP.”