Local News--Wed. April 23

The Adair Co. Sheriff's office investigated a 1-vehicle crash early Sun. morning that occurred on Edmonton Road near Brock Burris Road.

Jeremy Cooper, age 27 of Russell Springs, was operating a 2007 Dodge truck when he traveled off the roadway striking an embankment and overturning. Cooper was not injured and the accident was investigated by Deputy B.J. Bray who wants to thank the motorists who stopped and assisted with picking up the nails and screws that were scattered along the roadway.


Over 1300 students representing 47 schools from across the state (including Adair Co. High School) recently attended the 42nd annual U.K. 4-H/FFA Agriculture Field Day in Lexington

28 competitive events assessed students core academic knowledge in the area of agriculture.

The Adair Co. FFA chapter participated and placed in several events including Seed ID, Dairy & Livestock Judging, Welding, Job Interview, Forestry, Floriculture, Nursery & Soil Judging, as well as Tractor Driving.


9 year old Dawson Fisher who was badly burned in a garage fire last December, came home Monday evening with police, firefighters & Search & Rescue, & EMS escorting him to Westlake Regional Hospital where a celebration was held.

Dawson wanted to thank everyone for their support and for saving his life during the celebration.

He has come a long way and is really a miracle after suffering serious burns over 95 percent of his body in a garage fire last December when a fuel tank being removed from a van caught fire and engulfed the young boy.  Since that time, Dawson has been at a Cincinnati hospital and has had 20 surgeries.

Dawson still has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but thankfully he is back in his hometown. Welcome home Dawson!


Governor Steve Beshear Tuesday announced Frost-Arnett Company plans to grow its operations in Taylor County.

Frost-Arnett, an accounts receivable management company specializing in office solutions for health care organizations, will create 70 new full-time jobs and invest $620,000 to expand its Campbellsville facility.

Frost-Arnett will expand its 10,000-square-foot call center on East Broadway Street to 12,000 square feet. The company is growing as a result of the booming health care industry and needs additional space and employees to meet the demand.

Hiring for the new positions is already underway. Frost-Arnett will hold a job fair at the Kentucky Career Center on East Broadway in Campbellsville April 26-28.

To encourage the investment and job creation in Campbellsville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.  

For more information on Frost-Arnett Company or the job fair, visit www.frost-arnett.com.


Lindsey Wilson College's annual Founders' Day Dinner will be held at 6pm, Thursday, April 24, at the Cranmer Dining Center. The keynote address will be given by LWC alumnus Bruce Harris of Birmingham, AL.

Harris, who is a professional affairs specialist with Alabama-based American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc., graduated from LWC in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in biology with minor in chemistry and Christian ministries. He earned a doctorate of pharmacy from Samford (AL) University, where he attended its McWhorter School of Pharmacy.


Local News Mon. April 21


The Adair Co. Sheriff's Office investigated a single vehicle crash on Saturday, April 19,  that occurred on Hwy. 55 South in front of Glensfork Community Church approx. 7 miles from Columbia.

Tammy Jacobs, age 41 of Lebanon, Ky. was operating a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix traveling south when a vehicle in front of her slowed to turn into a driveway. Jacobs told officers she did not see the car turning and attempted to stop. That's when she lost control of her auto with the vehicle rolling onto it's top. Jacobs and four passengers were able to exit the vehicle. One of the passengers, 18 year old Austin Cochran, was transported to the Westlake Regional Hospital Emergency Room by Adair County EMS for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.  

Jacobs was charged with No Insurance. The crash was investigated by Deputy BJ Bray.


A & S Proteins in Russell County on Hwy 127 South has been ordered to cease operations at its meat rendering facility and to remove all animal carcasses and other noxious odor producing substances and objects from its property in Russell Springs.

Thursday’s ruling by Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard Jr followed testimony given by Plaintiffs and A & S officials during a lengthy hearing on April 3RD.

A&S Proteins was sued by the state, the county, the schools and neighbors back in March. Then a judge ordered the business to be closed on Thursday until the lawsuits are settled.


Friday, April 18,  was the 10th presentation of the Safety Zone DUI Awareness Program that Ellen Zornes coordinates for the junior class just prior to Prom each year. This year as always there was huge support provided by the community, including police & fire dept.'s, search & rescue,  ambulance service and other local busiensses & individuals.

Each year a student is picked at random to be the drunk driver who caused the crash.   This year Sarah McQuaide was the guilty party. The students witnessed the extraction from the scene and life flight along with the legal consequences. The hope of all those involved in the day was to make students aware of the dangers and consequences of drinking and distracted driving.  Also presentations were made concerning different aspects of safety.

A special thanks to everyone olved in the 10th presentation of the Safety Zone DUI Awareness Program.



During the third week of April, Kentucky State Police telecommunications personnel at Post 15 in Columbia will join more than 200,000 fellow communicators throughout the United States being recognized for their long hours and dedication to public safety.
Often called “the unsung heroes of public safety” or the “first” first responders, since they are usually the first to receive requests for emergency services from the public, they play a vital role in the successful delivery of public safety services to those in need. Every day, Kentucky residents depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of these special men and women.
KSP employs 163 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2013, they handled 529,179 calls. Post 15 in Columbia has 8 telecommunicators on staff who handle calls from an 11county area. Last year, they responded to 14,385 calls.
The Post 15 telecommunications team includes: Darron Bunch, Stacey Estes, Tammy Wheeler, Heather Reliford, Chad Bivens, Zack Giles and Mike Tester, all of Columbia; Miranda Luttrell of Russell Springs and Randy Adams of Somerset.





2 people were killed in Russell County on Thursday morning following a 2-vehicle accident.

Tpr. Kevin Roberts is investigating the collision that occurred at 5:38am on KY 80, 7 miles east of Russell Springs.

66-year-old Bacilio C. Salamanca of Russell Springs was operating a 2004 Pontiac when he pulled onto KY 80 from KY 76 and into the path of a 2008 Chevy pickup. The Chevy was operated by 52-year-old Scott D. Anderson of Somerset who was west bound.

Salamanca was not belted and was transported to Russell County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A passenger, 36-year-old Jose F. Otanendi of Russell Springs was not belted and pronounced dead at the scene.

25-year-old Jose Hernandez of Mannsville, Ky and 29-year-old Angel Solis of Russell Springs, were also not belted and were flown to University of Kentucky Hospital where they remain in critical condition.

Anderson was wearing a seatbelt and was treated and released at Russell County Hospital.


3 Adair Countians were arrested on Thursday after the Adair County Sheriff's Office received a tip of meth manufacturing at a residence on Ross Cemetery Road in the Melson Ridge area

Upon arrival at the home, Deputies searched and found various evidence around the property consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing as well as a positive field test of methamphetamine on scene.

Patricia Haskiell, 23, Joshua Tweedy, 22, and Linda Ashbrook, 27 all of Columbia were charged with one count each of Manufacturing Methamphetamine1st Offense, a class B felony.

Deputy Jared Conover is the lead investigator. He was assisted by Deputy Justin Cross, Deputy Adam Cravens and Sheriff Harrison Moss.


Four Russell Countians have been arrested after police say they found a small child inside a home with two meth labs.

Jamestown Police received the call just before 10 p.m. Thursday night about possible drug activity in a home with a small child on West Cumberland Avenue in Jamestown.

Police say after executing a search warrant of the home they located a 2-year-old child inside the home and two active meth labs.

The child was taken into emergency custody and taken to Russell County Hospital as a precaution. The child was later placed with a family member.

Police say Nicholas Fields, Robin Shelton, Angela Shelton and Kathy Canter were all arrested. All four were charged with Manufacturing Meth and Wanton Endangerment.

Angela Shelton and Robin Shelton were both charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and Robin Shelton was also charged with Trespassing.


A child, who was reported missing on April 15 from Green County, has been found unharmed in Chattanooga, Tn.

The child's non-custodial mother had taken the child from Arnett Bishop Road where the child resided with his court-appointed custodian, Tom Davis, and where the mother, 42 year old Cindy Richardson was temporarily staying.

Richardson was charged with Custodial Interference and Theft of a Vehicle and will be returned to Ky.  The child will be returned to his guardian.


The Campbellsville Police Department responded to a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver on Thursday at 10:15amET.

Officers located the vehicle  on South Central Avenue and upon further investigation arrested Cory J. Gadberry age 36 of Campbellsville and charged him with Burglary, Controlled Substance not in Original Container, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Driving on a Suspended License, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Receiving Stolen Property, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug.

Officers also arrested Michael Brandon Moss, age 33, and Roy Lee Dyer, age 58, both of Campbellsville. Moss was charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dyer was charged with Public Intoxication.

Officer Ryan Jewell and Offier Charlie Houk investigated the incident.