LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--MON. APRIL 20

Campbellsville Police arrested a man on charges of Child Abuse.

 

Officials say that 28-year-old Johnny Turner was arrested by Campbellsville Police on Friday afternoon. He was charged with 1st degree abuse of a child age 12 or under.

 

Turner was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center, no bond has been set.

 

 

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The Columbia Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of the Veterans Bypass and KY 61 south on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

 

The collision occurred when a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer car operated by 34-year-old Heather Jimenez of Columbia was travelling north on KY 61 and according to witness statements failed to stop at the traffic control device at intersection.  Jimenez proceeded thru the red light into the intersection where she struck 45-year-old Dewayne Wilson of Nicholasville, KY who was operating a 2013 Ford Focus traveling east on the Veterans Bypass.

 

The impact resulted in Wilson’s 2013 Focus rolling over and coming back to rest on its upright position aprox. 124 feet from the impact, leaving Jimenez's vehicle in the middle of the intersection nearly causing additional collisions.

 

Heather Jimenez, along with her passengers 41-year-old James Krapft and 34-year-old Erasmo Jiminez of Columbia were all treated at the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to Westlake Region Hospital. Wilson was also treated at Westlake Regional Hospital.

 

The accident was investigated by CPD  Ofc. Josh Brockman.  

Other agency’s responding to assist include: Adair County EMS, Adair County Sheriff’s Department, and Adair County Emergency Management.

 

 

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There WILL BE a new election for Mayor of Columbia!

 

In a ruling issued by Circuit Judge Judy Vance and released to the media late Friday afternoon, the Court is NOT convinced that the election for the office of Mayor of the City of Columbia on November 4th, 2014 was a free and equal election.  The Order issued by Judge Vance goes on to say that a combination of numerous errors committed on Election Day constitute a constructive fraud upon the voters of Columbia and that the election for Mayor of Columbia must be declared VOID. The Adair County Clerk, with the assistance of the Adair County Board of Elections, is ordered to conduct a new election for Mayor of Columbia.

 

Mayoral candidate Curtis Hardwick received the most votes in the November General Election and is currently serving as Mayor of Columbia. Plaintiff Ben Arnold, a write-in candidate for Mayor of Columbia, filed a lawsuit after the election stating numerous irregularities occurred and that many potential voters were not able to vote.

 

This matter came before the Court for a Bench Trial on February 26, 2015. The Court heard lengthy testimony from 13 witnesses for the Plaintiff's and 6 witnesses for the defendants and reviewed numerous exhibits supporting the contentions of each party.

 

Two other Plaintiffs (William Burton and Ruth Smith) testified they were not given the option of voting for City candidates when they arrived at the polls even though they reside in city limits.

 

During Election Day and the days following, election officials and poll workers received numerous complaints from voters. The majority of the complaints centered around the fact that some polling locations had run out of paper ballots, and that many voters who were actually city residents were denied their right to vote in city races and some county residents were permitted to vote in the city races.

 

Judge Judy Vance's Order states that a close review of the precinct rosters reveals several clerical errors regarding identification of individual voters, as well as classification as to city or county residency. The integrity of at least two of the voting machines is questionable due to broken seals on the portion of the machines containing the actual ballots.

 

The Order goes on to say that due to numerous errors, omissions and apparent acts of negligence committed on Election Day, an indeterminate amount of votes in the mayoral election were unaccounted for and it was undisputed that this number could have easily exceeded 100 votes.

 

Again, after examining all the evidence including precinct rosters, Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance has ruled that a NEW ELECTION for Mayor of Columbia be held.

 


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The annual Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce was held last evening (Friday)at Lindsey Wilson College.

 

The speaker was former professional baseball player Doug Flynn, sponsored by WAIN Radio.

 

Awards were presented to outstanding nominees in various categories.

 

The award winners were:

Outstanding Business Professional Woman -- Susan Loy, co-owner of Barger Insurance Agency

Outstanding Business Professional Man -- Michael Lee Stephens, Adair Co. Judge Executive and local pharmacist

Outstanding Volunteer -- Mary Knight, who is involved with many organizations including volunteering to help plant flowers and maintain the landscaping on the Public Square

Outstanding Business -- Lynn's Service Center located at the bottom of Jamestown Hill in Columbia

Outstanding Employee -- Debbie Selby who works at the Bank of Columbia

Outstanding Agriculturist -- Terry Partin who manages a 650 acre family farmer and founder of the South Central Ky. Outdoor Expo

Outstanding Educator -- Jennifer Kemp, a teacher at Adair Co. Middle School

Outstanding Health Advocate -- Jelaine Harlow who works at the Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. Jelaine is Health Educator in Adair & Casey County's. She was instrumental in getting many Adair County restaurants to become "smoke-free."


Several door prizes were given away and a great meal (prepared by the Lindsey Wilson College Cranmer Dining staff) was enjoyed by the large crowd in attendance at the 2015 Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

 

 

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A Lincoln County man was found dead in Casey County on April 10. 2015. Police say the man was to be arrested for parole violation.


36 year old James Blakey was found dead at a residence on Lee Graham Road. The Casey County News reports officers had recently attempted to arrest Blakey for violating his parole.


Blakey was released on parole last fall after being sentenced to 5 years for Theft by Unlawful Taking and Unlawful Transaction with a Minor.

 


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A Campbellsville man was arrested last week by police on child abuse charges.


26 year old Kevin Jones was arrested by Campbellsville police on Thursday night. He was charged with Abuse of a Child 12 years old or younger.  Jones was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

 

LOCAL NEWS--FRI. APRIL 17


After several weeks of searching, the body of a canoeist who was reported missing in March has been found.

 

Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney says the body of Niles H Lawlor, 66 of Sulpher Wells, was found yesterday afternoon at 3:30 washed into a tree stump on Green River. Lawlor’s body had drifted ½ a mile from where his canoe capsized in late March.Initial reports say Lawlor was canoeing on Green River with Melvin Corman, 68 of Edmonton, when his canoe capsized 8 miles down Green River. The Central Kentucky News Journal reports Lawlor was not wearing a vest at the time of the incident.

 

The Coroner says recent rains and high waters have played a factor in search efforts.

 

Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home is in charge of Lawlor’s arrangements.

 

 

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An Amber Alert issued after a man drove away with a 5-year-old girl in his SUV early this (Thursday) morning has been canceled.

 

Officials say Bowling Green Police found Aubrey Madison Johnson safe. They did not release any information about where they found the child or the man she was with.

 

Police say the little girl and her mother where in a vehicle with Rique' R. Griffin, 21. Officers say Griffin and the woman got into an argument while traveling along Morgantown Road. Police say Griffin then assaulted the woman. She was able to get out of the vehicle and call 911. Officers say Griffin drove off with Aubrey still inside the SUV.

 

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A reward is being offered in a Marion County animal cruetly case.

 

The Marion County animal shelter is offering a $1000 reward for information in the case of a dog that starved to death after being tied up and abandoned on a river bank. A man walking along the river discovered the remains.

 

The dog's legs had been bound and its mouth had been tied shut with twine.

 

Susan Lowery with the Marion County Animal Shelter said she does not know where the animal came from but believes the animal had been dead quite a while and thinks more than one person was involved in the crime because of the large size of the dog. Lowery says this is one of the worst cases of animal abuse she has ever seen.

 

 

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The Adair Co. Fiscal Court met on Tues. evening for its monthly meeting.

Presentations were made by the Breeding & Knifley Fire Dept.'s concerning annual fire dues. The departments are requesting the dues be added to the resident's tax bills. The ordinance would have to be county-wide, not just affecting the tax bills of those in Breeding & Knifley. Court approval was given to have County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin draft an ordinance and bring the matter up for discussion and possible vote at the May, 2015 Adair Fiscal Court meeting.  

 

The Green River Animal Shelter has received a $1,700 grant to be used for renovations and repairs at the Shelter. We do remind our listeners that adoption fees have been reduced until further notice.  The cost is $50 per dog and $40 per cat. This one-time fees includes spaying/neutering.  

 

3 Board Appointments were made by the Court:

Greg Caldwell and Darryl Flatt were appointed to the Safety & Health Committee.

Dean Adams from Lindsey Wilson College was appointed to the Economic Development Authority Board.

 

Tracy Holmes was hired part-time at the 9-1-1 Center at $8.75 per hour.

The Court hired Donald Meek as Recycling Director at  $8.65 per hour.

Mike Keltner was appointed Adair Co. Emergency Management Director replacing Greg Thomas who resigned on Monday. Keltner (who was already serving as asst. EMS Director)was oficially sworn in as EMS Director on Tuesday night.

Sheila Keltner and Rachel Phipps were hired as part-time employees in Judge Stephens office at $8.75 per hour.

The Court voted to discontinue county fuel pumps and voted to go with a proposal by the SPI gas company to provide fuel for county purposes.

 

In other action, the Fiscal Court voted to interface County website computers in order to more efficiently process work orders and purchase orders.  

 


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The water in the fountain of the John B. Begley Chapel will run teal, and lanterns will be released from the Lindsey Wilson College Campus Quadrangle on the evening of April 21 to help raise awareness about sexual violence.

The activities are part of the college’s fourth-annual “Take Back the Night,”, which begins at 5 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 21, on the Campus Quad. The event, sponsored by the LWC Women’s Student Union, is free and open to the public.

“Take Back the Night,” which dates nationally to the 1970s, has two main purposes, according to LWC Associate Professor of English Kara Mollis.

“First, is to take a collective stand against sexual violence, on and beyond college campuses,” said Mollis. “And second, it’s to provide important information about sexual violence itself, as well as information about information available to students.”

Hannah Sewell a woman from a documentary called The Invisible War will speak. Sewell was in the military and was assaulted.

The April 21 event will also include a paper lantern release, refreshments and door prizes. LWC Assistant Dean of Students Andy McAllister, who is the college’s Title IX coordinator, will also speak.

The Adanta Community Mental Health Center’s will also provide information about sexual assault.

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Kentucky has opened a special enrollment period through April 30th for the state-based health insurance exchange, so Kentuckians can avoid possible tax penalties.
 

If you don't have coverage in 2015 you’ll pay the higher of these two amounts: two percent of your household income or 325 dollars per adult.   Gov. Beshear says the percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 9.8 percent last year. He says that moved Kentucky from 40th to 11th best in the country.  
For more information log on to kynect.ky.gov.  

 

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A Marion Co. man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at the Pines Bar in Lebanon, Ky.

 

KSP Post 15 in Columbia received a call for Marion County dispatch at approximately 1:25amET, on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in reference to a stabbing that occurred at the 3 Pines Bar. 34-year-old Jeremy Cox of Campbellsville and 50-year-old Leonard Mattingly of Bradfordsville had been involved in a verbal argument inside the establishment before going outside where the confrontation became physical.

 

During the fight, Mattingly stabbed Cox with a knife and fled the scene. Cox was taken to Springview Hospital and then transferred to University of Louisville Hospital where he was treated and remains while recovering.

 

An Assault 1st degree warrant was issued for Mattingly who was arrested Tuesday at 10:43 AM EDT at Fuel Total Systems in Lebanon and was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Tpr. Logan Smith is investigating.