LOCAL NEWS

November 7, 2017

An investigation continues into the theft of a truck from an automobile dealership which was later found totally destroyed by fire

A 2004 Chevrolet truck was found burning around 4:50 a.m. Monday on B.A. Coffey Road, about two miles east of Russell Springs off KY 619.

Later Monday morning, the truck was reported stolen from IGO Motors on KY 80 near Russell Creek Hill in Adair County.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this case is encouraged to call the Russell County Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111. Callers will remain anonymous!

Commodities Available in Russell County

Thursday, November 9th, Judge Gary D. Robertson and the Russell County Fiscal Court in conjunction with the Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland (@KnockOutHunger) program will be giving out commodities at the Russell County Rescue Squad Building on 127 from 11 am - 1 pm or until all commodities are given away.

For more information please contact the office of Russell County Judge/Executive Gary D. Robertson at 270-343-2112.

A two-vehicle collision late Monday night on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway injured one person and killed livestock being transported

Deputy Dustin Bunch’s investigation determined the collision occurred at 10:50 p.m. when a 1999 Chrysler van operated by Francis Brettnacher, 39, of Nancy, rear-ended a cattle trailer being pulled by a 2013 Ford F-150 truck operated by Logan Smith, 24, of Russell Springs. Both vehicles were westbound near the 64- mile marker when the collision occurred.

Brettnacher was transported by Russell County EMS to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Smith escaped injury. Two of the six cattle being transported were killed, others were injured.

Sgt. Mark Cromwell assisted with the investigation.

A Russell Springs man arrested Saturday night on domestic violence and drug-related charges

Nathan J. Quillen, 39, was taken into custody by Deputy Evan Burton and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center for Domestic Violence 4th Degree Assault.

Later that same night, Deputy Dustin Bunch was called back to the same location for further investigation that resulted in additional charges against Quillen including Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Four persons were arrested on drug and other charges during a traffic safety checkpoint Sunday evening in northern Russell County

Sheriff Clete McAninch & Deputies were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on U.S. 127 near the intersection of KY 76 around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when a Dodge Ram truck was observed turning in a manner that appeared it was avoiding the checkpoint. The truck was stopped moments later in the parking lot of Lakeside Motors.

A computer-check of the four occupants determined the driver and one passenger were wanted on drug-related warrants in Boyle, Bullitt and Jefferson counties.

Deputy Evan Burton utilized K-9 Matt around the exterior of the truck with K-9 Matt alerting to the odor of narcotics emitting from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the interior of the truck resulted in the discovery of approximately 2 grams of “crystal meth” inside a can specially made for concealing contraband, a glass “smoking pipe” and a small quantity of marijuana.

The driver, Jerusha Fitzgerald, 43, of Eminence, KY, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Fitzgerald was also served with an indictment warrant from Boyle County charging her with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-Meth in connection with her arrest in Danville on August 5th (2017).

The front seat passenger, Adam Morris, 50, of Louisville, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Morris was also served with warrants from Bullitt and Jefferson counties on various charges including Possession of Meth.

The rear seat passengers were also arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They are Mackenzie Fitzgerald Holloway, 18, of Eminence and Joshua Smither, 21, of Pleasureville, KY.