LOCAL NEWS

Local News -- Fri. Feb. 12

 

 

The ribbon cutting for T.J. Health-Columbia will be held on Monday afternoon at 2pm in the hospital lobby.

 


Laura Belcher, Chief of Planning and Development at T.J. Regional Health, was Lisa's guest this morning and Laura invites everyone to attend Monday's ribbon cutting and says T.J. Health is committed to being a part of this community.


    
Log on to healthiercolumbia.org to check out the new "T.J. Health Columbia" website and be listening at 4:33pm today to hear comments from Laura Belcher.

 

 


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SOMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews reported for duty early this morning as another round of winter weather has moved into the area.

 

Most roads continue to remain wet with some areas of snow coverage, but crews are working. If snow continues travel conditions could worsen. Motorists need to allow extra time and use caution during their morning commute. Please slow down and allow extra space between vehicles.   

 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 is responsible for maintaining approximately 5,209 lanes miles throughout Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties. When winter precipitation starts to fall, road crews focus on interstates, parkways and other high volume roadways first. Secondary and rural roads will be salted and plowed once the main routes have been cleared. To view the priority network for snow removal, go to http://transportation.ky.gov/Maintenance/Pages/Snow-and-Ice-Priority-Maps.aspx.

 

Road condition updates are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 traffic and travel information website, 511.ky.gov. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.   

 

 

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A Green County Physician was indicted by a grand jury this week.

 

Mark Arnold Kirkpatrick, 60, from Greensburg, Kentucky, was charged with fourteen counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances. Mark allegedly prescribed pain medications to seven patients over a three year period, from his medical practice in Green County.

 

Official Investigators say the incident happened between April, 2009 and August, 2012, when the physician prescribed pain medications such as oxycodon, hydrocodone,  and diazepam outside the course of professional medical practice at his medical practice in Green County.

 

On certain counts, Kirkpatrick could face up to 20 years in prison. He is also subject to a financial penalty, forfeiture of property and a period of Supervised Release.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.

 

 

 

 

THURS. FEB. 11

 

 

An Adair County man is in a Jefferson County Jail after allegedly raping an unconscious woman.

 

According to a report, a nurse at Jewish Hospital in Louisville caught 49-year-old Arthur Garrett having sex with a woman who was unconscious.
Police said he knows the woman.

 

Garrett is being held on a $100,000 bond.

 

 


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Laura Belcher, Chief of Planning and Business Development at  T.J. Regional Health will be at WAIN on Friday at 9:30amCST for a live interview. Laura will discuss the purchase of Westlake Regional Hospital by TJ Samson of Glasgow.

 


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No one under the age of 18 would be able to use a tanning bed in the state of Kentucky—with or without their parent’s permission—except for medical reasons under a bill that has cleared the state House.

 

Under House Bill 196, sponsored by Rep. David Watkins (D-Henderson), tanning beds could only be used by those under age 18 for phototherapy or another medical purpose. Watkins said he filed the bill in response to an increase in melanoma among young people.

 

Current state law requires teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 to have a signed parental consent form before they can use a tanning bed.
HB 196 passed the House by a vote of 55-37 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

 

 


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We now know what former Governor Steve Beshear's major announcement is all about...he's starting an advocacy group to oppose plans by Governor Matt Bevin to dismantle kynect.


 
Beshear is scheduled to announce ``Save Kentucky Healthcare'' during two events today. Beshear said he is troubled by Bevin's plans to roll back what he called Kentucky's nation-leading progress in improving the health of its people. Bevin criticized both programs as too expensive. He will dismantle kynect by the end of the year and is trying to replace the Medicaid expansion with a different program.

 

 

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Kentucky lawmakers have proposed two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples.

 

According to the Kentucky News Network, one form would note the ``bride'' and ``groom'' while another form would note ``first party'' and ``second party.'' Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Stephen West of Paris said couples, both gay and straight, could use either form. The forms would not include the name of the county clerk who issued the license and it would require couples to note their gender.  


 
The proposal has been met with bipartisan support, coming five months after Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to licenses same-sex marriages after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage.  


 
But Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey of Louisville objected, calling it disparate treatment of gay couples.

 

 

 

 

WED. FEB. 10

 

Adair Co. Judge Exec. was WAIN News Director Lisa Clark's guest this morning on the Hot Country Morning Show. Judge Stephens says the Heartland Parkway in Adair County is projected to be finished by August.

 

Judge Stephens goes on to discuss the local option wet/dry election coming up March 22nd in Adair County.  He says this is a matter of what the people of Adair Co. want. Be listening to our next local newscasts at 4:33 p.m. (after KNN News) & at 5:30 p.m. today (Wed.) to hear the Judge's comments on the wet/dry election. The Judge says in his opinion, its the beginning of the North-South Corridor and puts Adair Co. on the map for economic development.

 

The Adair Fiscal Court met on Tuesday evening and Judge Stephens says the court voted to purchase 2 new vehicles for the Adair Co. Sheriff's Dept. and awarded several county surplus property items following the opening of sealed bids.

 


WAIN News will be playing more of the interview with Judge Stephens within the next few days.

 

 

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The Workforce Solutions Department at Somerset Community College, in partnership with Adair County Schools and the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, will be offering a Gas Metal Arc Welding class for adult learners. This class is the first of five classes that will lead to the Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate offered by Somerset Community College.   



Class will begin Monday night, March 14 and will meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for eight weeks.  The course instructors are Karl Watson, Associate Professor of welding at Somerset Community College, and Scott Stringer, Instructional Specialist of welding at Somerset Community College. The classes will be held at the Adair County Vocational Agriculture Shop adjacent to the new satellite welding facility located behind Adair County High School. Upon successful completion of this class, students will receive the Welder Helper Certificate from Somerset Community College.  

 

To find out more about the welding class or to enroll in the class, please contact Karen Plagge, coordinator of career services, at 606-451-6786. All students will be required to complete the Somerset Community College admissions application, submit high school and any college transcripts, and ACT or COMPASS test scores.



Students may contact the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to see if they qualify for possible financial assistance with the tuition and books. Please contact Lisa Gosser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone number 270-866-4200.


Adair Co. School Supt. Alan Reed tells WAIN News that the partnership between Adair County Schools and Somerset Community College represents an important milestone in workforce development for Adair and surrounding counties.  The class will produce immediate returns for adults across the county and region who have a desire to learn a high demand welding trade featuring robotics.

 

Reed goes on to say that the first class for adults will also set the stage for full, two-year degree programs in high paying technical degrees through the KCTCS system and Somerset Community College through a partnership with Adair County Schools.

 

 

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District 8 Road Condition Update - 7AM Central

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2016) – District 8 road crews continue treating routes this morning. Scattered snow showers throughout the night and the low temperatures have resulted in routes being partially to completely covered.

 

If traveling, motorists should take it slow, wear seat belts, eliminate distractions behind the wheel, and use caution on bridges, exit ramps and shaded valleys as those areas are often more prone to icing.

 

Road condition updates are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 traffic and travel information website, 511.ky.gov. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.   

 

 


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At midnight tonight (Wednesday), T.J. Samson of Glasgow will officially own Westlake Regional Hospital and its clinics. The hospital will be called T.J. Health-Columbia.

 


A bankruptcy judge approved of Westlake's Chapter 9 settlement on Jan. 26th which gave Westlake the go ahead to move forward with the sale of the hospital and its clinics to T.J. Samson Hospital.

 


Laura Belcher, Chief of Planning and Business Development at  T.J. Regional Health told WAIN News last week in a phone interview that TJ Samson wants to be transparent and let the community know exactly what's going on therefore a press conference will he held on Monday, Feb. 15th at 2:00 p.m. CT at the hospital.

 


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The Adair County Republican Party would like to remind the Republican Voters of Adair County of the upcoming Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus on March 5, 2016 at the Adair County High School John Burr Memorial Gym. It will be conducted from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This will be the only location to cast your vote in this Presidential Caucus. The Presidential Candidates will not be on the May Primary Ballot.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Shannon Rowe at (270) 634-2345 or Joe Collins at (270) 378-1597.

 

 


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U.S. Senator Rand Paul will be in Adair County on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 4:30 PM in the basement of the Adair Annex for a Town Hall Meeting. The public is urged to attend.

 

 

 

 

TUES. FEB. 9

 

District 8 road crews continue to treat roadways this morning reporting routes ranging from mostly wet to covered pavement throughout the District.

 

Crews are reporting that our higher priority A routes, including I-75 and the Cumberland Parkway are mostly wet with some areas that remain partially covered causing slick and hazardous driving conditions. Secondary B and C routes are also being treated with these routes ranging from partly covered to completely covered in some areas.

 

Allow yourself extra time today to reach your destination and always be prepared to expect the unexpected. While the route your traveling may appear to be wet there remains areas of coverage and black ice on all routes. If traveling, motorists should take it slow, wear seat belts, eliminate distractions behind the wheel, and use caution on bridges, exit ramps and shaded valleys as those areas are often more prone to icing.



Dial 511 or go online at www.511.ky.gov for the latest traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth. You can also get information about District 8 counties by liking us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.



The cabinet’s SAFE Patrol is available to assist motorists whose vehicles become disabled on Kentucky interstates and parkways. For SAFE Patrol assistance, call 511 or toll-free at 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982).



KYTC District 8 serves the counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne.

 

 

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State police break up a cockfighting ring in western Kentucky.  
 
Troopers got a tip that a cockfighting event was happening in a building in Calloway County.  
 
When they arrived, police found 30 dead gamecocks and 35 live roosters and hens.  
 
22 people are facing criminal charges, including 2nd degree animal cruelty. That's a misdemeanor.  
 
The live roosters and hens were turned over to the Humane Society of Calloway County.  

 

 

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There will be a Special Called Adair Co. School Board Meeting on Wed., Feb. 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Adair Co. Board of Education Conference Room.


Agenda

   1.   CALL MEETING TO ORDER

   2.   EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810(1)(C) PENDING LITIGATION
         REGARDING PLACEMENT OF FILL DIRT ON GEO-THERMAL LINES
                                              
   3.   DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #2 INVOLVING
         ELECTRICAL TRENCH FOR NEW BUS GARAGE PROJECT

   4.   APPROVAL OF ANY CLOSING ITEMS NEEDED TO CLOSE OUT PRIOR
         CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

   5.   APPROVAL OF PAY APPLICATION #3 TO PYLES CONCRETE

   6.   APPROVAL OF SFCC OFFER OF ASSISTANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION

   7.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

MON. FEB. 8

 

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM
CST/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM CST/ TUESDAY...

 

* MAIN IMPACT...PERIODS OF MODERATE TO BRIEFLY HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS   WILL IMPACT TRAVEL AT TIMES. ROADS MAY BECOME SLICK AND SNOW   COVERED...ESPECIALLY SECONDARY AND UNTREATED SURFACES.

* OTHER IMPACTS...GUSTY WINDS ALONG WITH MODERATE SNOW SHOWERS MAY  REDUCE VISIBILITY AT TIMES.

 


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MORE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OCCUR WITH AN INCH OR LESS OF SNOW...BEFORE DRIVERS REALIZE THAT TRACTION IS REDUCED. DON`T BECOME A STATISTIC...SLOW DOWN AND LEAVE EXTRA DISTANCE BETWEEN VEHICLES.

 

 

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 The Adair County Hospital District and the Adair County Public Hospital District Corporation Board of Directors will convene a concurrent Special Called meeting of the District and Corporation on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. CST in the Board Room at Westlake Regional Hospital.

 

The purpose of the Special Called meeting is appoint signatories and provide them with authorization to sign all documents associated with the TJ Samson Asset Purchase Agreement.  The Board will also discuss remaining issues with the Chapter 9 Plan of Adjustment.  The following Agenda is how the District and Corporation will conduct their sessions:



Adair County Hospital District Board of Directors

1.    Call to Order:  The Board of Directors will open a concurrent Special Called meeting of the Adair County Hospital District and Adair County Public Hospital District Corporation at 6:30 p.m. CST in order to appoint signatories and authorize them to sign all documents for the sale of Westlake Regional Hospital and associated clinics to TJ Health, Inc.  The Board will also be in contact with legal counsel regarding the Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings.  If necessary, the Board will conduct discussions during an Executive session and will vote on any and all decisions during the open session of the Special Called meeting.

2.    Executive Sessions: KRS 61.810(1)(C) - Discussions of proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the District regarding terms of the Chapter 9 Plan of Adjustment.

3.    Public Session:  voting on any decisions required for the negotiations.

4.    Adjournment

 

 

 

FRI. FEB. 5

 

 

Rand Paul's run for the White House is over.  

 

After low polling numbers and a 5th place finish in the Iowa Caucuses, Kentucky's junior senator bowed out of the GOP race.

Paul says his run was good "for the fight for liberty" and is proud of his effort and the work of his team.

He says if he wasn't in the race, there would not have been the same discussion about foreign policy that there was with him in the race.

Paul now returns to Kentucky to focus on his senate reelection campaign. He faces nine challengers in that race.

 

Paul is reportedly going to make a stop in Adair Co. on Wednesday, Feb. 17th, at 4:30pmCT at the Adair Annex basement meeting room.

 

 

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An account has been opened at Bank of Columbia for the family of Aaron Keltner.  Aaron passed away last week in an explosion on Hwy 206.  If you would like to donate money to the Keltner family,  please see any teller.

 

 

 

THURS. FEB. 4

 

An Adair Co. man has been arrested following a hit & run on Wednesday.

 

At 9:15 a.m., Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff Aaron Rainwater and Sheriff Harrison Moss received a report of a 2-vehicle vehicle accident on Hwy. 206 approximately 2 miles north of Columbia. When they arrived, the operator of a semi advised that a black truck had struck him in the rear causing significant damage to the truck and then fled the scene. After a search of the area, the vehicle (a black 1998 Chevrolet S-10) was located in a business parking lot on Hwy. 206 with significant front-end damages. The vehicle was operated by 31-year-old Herbert Pike Jr. of Columbia.

 

Pike was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Adair County Jail on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol 1st offense, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Render Aid.

 

 


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Westlake Regional Hospital is.currently in the middle of a 14 day apeals period after a bankruptcy judge approved Westlake's Chapter 9 settlement. After the appeals period, WLRH will be allowed to finalize the sale of the hospital to TJ Samson.

 

As of today, no inpatients will be admitted, however outpatient services are still open for business, including the emergency room, Radiology, Mammography, etc.

 

WAIN News spoke with hospital CEO Neal Gold on Wednesday who says he will be working at the hospital 30 to 60 days after the sale is finalized to help with the transition. Then, Gold said he's going back to what he was doing before accepting the CEO position... retirement.


        
The closing date is set for sometime next week. The day after that, WAIN News will have an in studio guest, Laura Belcher, who is Chief of Planning and Business Development at  T.J. Regional Health. Ms. Belcher told WAIN News yesterday in a phone interview that TJ Samson wants to be transparent and let the community know exactly what's going on, but until the probationary period is over, they cannot disclose any information.

 

A bankruptcy judge approved of Westlake's Chapter 9 settlement on Jan. 26th which gave Westlake the go ahead to move forward with the sale of the hospital and its clinics to T.J. Samson Hospital.

 

 


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A former deputy sheriff and fireman in Pulaski County has been indicted on child sex abuse charges.

 

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced the indictment of 52-year-old Randall Burton of Somerset, Ky. on multiple felony counts of child sexual abuse. Burton, a former deputy sheriff and current member of the Somerset Fire Department, was indicted on February 3, 2016, by a Pulaski County Grand Jury on charges of Rape, Sodomy, Sexual Abuse, Criminal Abuse and I ncest, all involving a minor.

 

The charges range from Class A to Class D felonies, and carry penalties up to life in prison upon conviction.

 

The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police, London Post, and is being prosecuted by Barbara Whaley of Beshear's Office of Special Prosecutions.

 

 

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A Lancaster, Ky. man has been arrested on Murder charges in connection with a shooting at the Washington Co. Livestock Center.

 

47-year-old Eric T. Saylor of Lancaster KY, was arrested at the Marion County Jail on Wednesday at approximately 6:31PM EDT and charged with Murder in connection with the death of 53-year-old Shane Thomason of Lancaster, Ky. who died as a result of a gunshot wound that occurred at the Washington County Livestock Center on Monday afternoon.

 

Eric Saylor had been incarcerated at the Marion County Jail on unrelated charges and will remain lodged on a $1,000,000.00 bond issued by the Washington County Attorney's office.  The case remains under investigation.

 

 

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An apartment fire in Campbellsville on Wednesday resulted in one person being taken to the hospital for treatment. The Columbia Fire Dept. assisted with the fire.

 

 

The Campbellsville E-911 Center received a call of a reported apartment fire at 452 Greenbriar Drive Apt. A. Upon arrival, units found a fire in the downstairs portion of a two story triplex. The fire damage was contained to the downstairs apartment. The occupants in adjoining apartments were not injured, nor were their units damaged. The occupant was treated and transported Non- Emergency to TRH by CTCEMS.

 

The Red Cross will be assisting those affected by the fire. Columbia Fire Department provided staffing for their aerial device at their station. Fire department units where on the  scene for a little over an hour.

 

 

 

WED. JAN. 3

 

Second reading of a panhandling ordinance was scheduled for Monday evening at the regular monthly Columbia City Council meeting but the matter was tabled so the Council can look at the wording of the ordinance.

 

Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick tells WAIN News that local attorney Mike Harris does not like the wording of the current panhandling ordinance, calling it "unconstitutional."

 

A committee was appointed by the Mayor including Mayor Hardwick, Mark Harris & Charles Grimsley to look into the "parking issue" in downtown Columbia. The Mayor says some businesses are complaining that their spaces are being occupied therefore their customers have nowhere to park.

 

In other action at Monday evening's meeting, Council members praised the City Street Dept. on the cleanup of snow following the Winter Storm of 2016.

 

The Columbia City Council meets on the 1st Monday evening of each month at 6pm and Mayor Hardwick joins Lisa on the Hot Country Morning Show each Tuesday at 7:30am following the regular monthly meeting.

 

 


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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that would end state funding for Planned Parenthood.  
 
The Republican-controlled chamber voted in favor of the bill, which prohibits state funds from being paid to abortion providers.  
 
The measure now goes to the House, which has blocked legislation that would restrict women's access to abortion. 


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The Adair Co. Fiscal Court will meet for its regular monthly meeting on Tues., Feb. 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Adair Annex Basement meeting room.

 


Agenda

 

Announcements

    Approval of Agenda
    Approval Of Minutes
    - A.) January 12, 2016
    - B.) January 26, 2016 "Special Called Meeting"
    Bills for Payment/Additional Bills
    Reports
    - A.) Sheriff's Report
    - B.) Jail Report
    - C.) Road Department Report
    - D.) G.R.A.S. Report
    - E.) Committee Reports
    - F.) 911 Report
    Treasurer's Report-Motion to Receive
    Budget Amendments
    Budget Transfers
    Court Orders
    Action Items:
    - A.) Reading of Roads
    - B.) Sheriff Department Vehicles Lease
    - C.) Opening of Sealed Bids/Sheriff's surplus cars
    - D.) World Wide Equipment - Mack Trucks
    - E.) Amendment To Administrative Code/Holiday - 2nd Reading
    - F.) 911 Interlocal Agreements
    - G.) Amendment to administrative Code/Compensation Time & Overtime - 1st Reading
    - H.) Approval of Jailer's Policies and Procedures - 2nd Reading
    - I.) Approval for Surplus Property
    Other Business
    Public Comments
    Adjourn

 


This meeting is open to the public.

 


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Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross has released the department's Activity Report for January 2016.

 

There were:

    507 Calls for Service
    18 Motorist Assists
    31 Escorts
    33 Accidents Investigated
      3 Injury Accidents and
    10 Cases Opened

 

 

 

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With members of the Kentucky Senate watching, Governor Bevin signed into law the so-called "informed consent" measure.
 
The bill requires women to meet with a doctor 24 hours before having an abortion. As an option, women can consult with a doctor by video teleconference.  
 
The Democratic-led House passed the bill this session, after having blocked similar legislation in years past.  
 
The ACLU of Kentucky urged Governor Bevin to veto the bill. 

 

 

 

Adair County Chamber meets at Anderson's Pizzeria

County Judge Michael Lee Stevens was guest speaker at Adair County Chamber at Anderson's Pizzeria. ALso there was Linda Fitzpatrick with H & R Block, the Adair County Chamber Corporate Sponsor.

Local News -- Tues. Feb. 2, 2016

 

 

A Russell Co. man has been arrested on drug charges after an early morning search of his residence.

 

Early Tuesday morning Sgt. Mark Cromwell of the Russell County Sheriff's Department obtained a Search Warrant for the residence at 1645 North Hwy. 379 in Jamestown. The Search Warrant was obtained after Sgt. Cromwell conducted an investigation into allegations of methamphetamine being "cooked" inside the residence.

 

The search resulted in the discovery of numerous ingredients and components used in "cooking meth" and led to the arrest of 27 year old Joseph S. Miller. Miller was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Miller was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.‪

 

 

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An elected Adair County official has been arrested following a Grand Jury indictment.

 

48-year-old Jeffrey L. Feese, of Columbia (the Adair County PVA) was arrested Monday around 12:30 p.m. at the Adair County Annex.  Post 15 Troopers executed a warrant, charging Feese with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Tampering with Physical Evidence.


Feese was indicted by the Adair County Grand Jury last Friday, January 29th, following an investigation into Feese leaving the scene of a collision that occurred on Saturday, January 13th, 2016.  Tpr. Clint Bale is investigating and was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff's Department who investigated the collision.


 

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Detectives from Post 15 are conducting a death investigation at the Washington County Livestock Center. Foul play is suspected.

 

Troopers and Washington County Deputies responded to the stockyard Monday at approximately 2:53 PM EDT following a call to 911 in Springfield in reference to a possible shooting.  The victim, 53-year-old Shane E. Thomason of Lancaster, Ky. was taken to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  

 

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Thomason died as a result of a gunshot wound.  The autopsy was performed today at the State Medical Examiner's office in Louisville.  Detective Kenny Brown is investigating and foul play is suspected. 

 

 

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An Adair Co. Grand Jury has returned several indictments.

 

Joseph E. Mattingly Jr., 50, of Columbia, Ky. -- Cultivating Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia and Tampering with Physical Evidence

 

Keisha Gilpin age 21, of Liberty, Ky. -- Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree

 

Jonathan W. Grant, 26, of Cold Springs, Ky. -- Burglary 2nd degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Assault 4th degree, Fleeing or Evading Police & Criminal Trespassing, DUI, Operating an ATV on a Public Highway, Unlawful Imprisonment and for being a Persistent Felony Offender

 

Tyler H. Derman, 25, of Columbia, Ky. -- Theft by Unlawful Taking $500 or more

 

Christopher S. Hadley, 21, of Columbia, Ky. -- Receiving Stolen Property

 

Jonathan E. Hale, 30, of Columbia, Ky. -- Assault 4th degree, Assault 3rd degree (Police Officer), Resisting Arrest, Alcohol Intoxication

 

Jeffery L. Feese, 48, of Columbia, Ky. -- Tampering with Physical Evidence. Leaving the Scene of an Accident

 

Reese A. Wren, 44, of Columbia, Ky. -- Receiving Stolen Property

 

Raheem Maxwell, 20, of Frankfort, Ky. -- Burglary 3rd degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking $500 or more

 

 

An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine Guilt or Innocence.

 

 

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During the month of January 2016, there were 25 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 two fatal collisions during the month of January in the Post 15 area.

 

James L. Thompson, 61 years of age of Marion Co KY was killed on 01/04/16 in Marion Co KY.


James Braden, 66 years of age of Adair Co KY was killed on 01/08/16 in Adair Co KY.

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 2 compared with 1 through this same period in 2015.

Statewide fatality count stands at 40 compared with 75 through this same period in 2015.

 

During the month of January 2016, there were 887 citations written, 45 courtesy notices written, 1094 vehicles inspected, 551 complaints answered, 187 motorists assisted, 48 criminal cases opened and 125 criminal arrests made.

 

 

 

MON. FEB. 1


A 2-vehicle accident over the weekend sent a Jamestown police ofgice and two Adair County mother and daughter to the hospital.

 

Tpr. Jason Warinner is investigating the collision that occurred Saturday at 9:47 AM.  35-year-old Melissa Kessinger of Columbia was operating an eastbound 2006 Pontiac on KY 92 and failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of US 127.  Kessinger pulled into the path of a 2013 Dodge police cruiser operated by Jamestown Police officer, 56-year-old Kent D. McDaniel.  McDaniel was belted and was airlifted to UK Medical center in Lexington where he was treated and released.  

 

Kessinger and a passenger, 55-year-old Wanda Murray of Columbia, Ky. were both belted and were transported to Russell County Hospital with non life threatening injuries.  

 

Tpr. Warinner was assisted at the scene by Jamestown Police Department, Russell County Sheriff's Department, Russell Springs Police Department, Russell County EMS and Jamestown Fire Department.   

 

 

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A Barren County man was arrested following a pursuit over the weekend in Metcalfe Co.

 

32-year-old Brandon C. Nelson of Glasgow, Ky. was arrested on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at approximately 11:17 PM CST following a pursuit that covered approximately 15 miles on KY 70 and KY 1243 in Metcalfe County.  Nelson was operating a 1998 Honda SUV and was charged with Speeding, Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence 2nd offense, Failure to or Improper Signal, Disregarding a Stop Sign, One Headlight, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree - Police Officer.  

 

Tpr. Charles Hedgespeth is investigating and was assisted by the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Department.     

 


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Russell Co. authorities need your help in finding suspects who vandalized property on Friday night.

 

Sometime Friday night (Jan. 29) several mailboxes were damaged or destroyed, on KY 92 West and KY 379 South in the area of the Esto Store and Lakewood Country Club.

 

Anyone with information as to the identity of the perpetrators is encouraged to call the Russell County Sheriff's Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111.
Callers will remain anonymous!