With fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways up compared to last year’s statistics, the Kentucky State Police are implementing Operation R.A.I.D. (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted drivers from Kentucky Roadways) in an effort to save lives and reduce injury-related crashes during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.
Through November 19 of 2014, 585 lives were lost on Kentucky’s highways. For the same time period in 2015, 652 people were killed.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by confidentially reporting aggressive or erratic drivers to KSP toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 or by using the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to the state police for a wide range of benefits including weather, road and traffic information as well as voice and photo tip capabilities that can help prevent and solve crimes. Titled KSPOLICE, it is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.
The Adair Fiscal Court met for a special called meeting on Tues. evening.
The Court voted to contribute $35,000 to construct a new sewer line to the Green River Commerce Park. The Columbia City Council and the Columbia-Adair Co. Economic Devlopment Authority have each donated $35,000 as well to help obtain a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) to help pay for the project. The new sewer line will help accomadate an existing business in the Commerce Park, Wilkerson Auto & Mobility Sales. This business plans on expanding which means more people will have a job. They plan on hiring 11 more employees.
The total cost of the sewer line project is approx. $321,000 and will be paid for thru a $215,000 Kentucky Community Development Block Grant.
The court approved of paying $100 for new Train Town signs. The City of Columbia will also be donating the same amount for the signage.
In other action, Waste Connections Inc. will continue to operate the Transfer Station on L. Willis Rd. The Fiscal Court voted last evening to give the company another 10 year contract.
Court approval was given to the Adair County Ambulance service for a change in the use of grant money.
An order from Governor Beshear will allow some ex-felons the right to vote again.
Using an executive order, Governor Beshear restored the right to vote and hold office to thousands of felons who have completed their sentences.
Beshear says the order excludes anyone convicted of a violent crime, sex crime, bribery or treason. He says he waited for the legislative process to run its course but used executive powers when the legislature did not act. He says he spoke to governor-elect Matt Bevin about his plan before executing the order.
Beshear says the ex-felons still do not have the right to own a gun. He says that right can only be restored by a full pardon, which he says this order is not.
Collection week for Operation Christmas Child came to a close Monday afternoon. Adair County set a new record with 3,229 boxes being collected and processed through the relay center at the First Church of the Nazarene Wheet Fellowship Hall. These simple gifts bring joy to children in need around the world, and provide opportunities to introduce them to the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ.
Community Outreach Cordinator Mark Fudge said,"we have been overwhelmed by the number of churches, businesses, and individuals that have stopped by to either make deliveries or to volunteer their time. It is just another example of the generosity of the people of Adair County."
According to Relay Center Coordinator Denise Fudge a record number of volunteers assisted with the project. Over 200 individuals volunteered more than 330 hours at the relay center during the eight days of collection week.
The boxes that were processed at the Wheet Fellowship Hall relay center left the parking lot today (Tuesday) in route to their next destination which is Boone, North Carolina. The boxes will later be shipped to children in Colombia, Botswana, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Ukraine.
TUES. NOV. 24
The Columbia Police Department investigated an injury collision at the intersection of the Columbia Bypass and KY 55 over the weekend that resulted in one driver being arrested for DUI.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 CPD Sgt Gary Roy was dispatched to the intersection of KY 55 south and Veterans Bypass to a reported auto collision with injuries. The preliminary investigation shows that Jordan Moss of Columbia was traveling north on KY 55, operating a 2012 F-150 truck. Perry Combs of Hazard, Ky. was traveling east on the Columbia Bypass in a 1999 Crown Victoria. Combs failed to stop and ran the traffic control devise, entering into the intersection and striking Moss's auto.
Andrew Melson, a passenger in Moss's vehicle, along with Perry Combs were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to Westlake Regional Hospital.
Perry Combs was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 2nd offense, No insurance, Expired Registration Plates and Disregarding a Stop Sign.
CPD Sgt Gary Roy is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Ofc. Charles Greer.
A mobile home fire occurred last week in the Melson Ridge Area of Adair County. The mobile home sustained minor to moderate damage as a result of the fire.
On Thursday, Nov. 19th, at approx. 5:10 p.m., the Columbia -Adair County Fire Department was dispatched to a mobile home fire at 2890 Melson Ridge Rd. Upon arrival firefighters was able to contain the fire to the utility room area of the home. 18 firefighters were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes. The home was owned by Jeffrey Spencer.
MON. NOV. 23
The Adair County Sheriff's Office wishes to make residents aware an individual has been stopping at homes in the county and impersonating a Deputy.
The individual is a white male, under 6ft tall, with a husky build and is bald or going bald. The male has been driving a black pickup or SUV vehicle.
Sheriff Harrison Moss and Deputies want to stress that fleet vehicles in the Sheriff's Office are all marked and Deputies, when on duty, are always in standard brown uniforms.
The Sheriff's Office is investigating and asks residents to notify them at the Sheriff's Office by calling 270-384-2776 or by contacting Adair Dispatch if they have any information or encounter the individual.
A Russell Springs, Ky. woman has been indicted for Murder in connection with a wreck that claimed the life of a Dunnville man.
A Casey County Grand Jury has formally charged 52-year-old Leslie Penrod with Murder in the death of 41-year-old Robbie Howell. According to the Fayette County Jail website, Kentucky State Police arrested Leslie Penrod in Lexington on Saturday. On August 20, 2015 in Dunville, Ky., Penrod's pickup truck crossed the center line of HWY 127 and struck Robbie Howell's motorcycle. Howell died as a result of the accident at Casey County Hospital. Penrod is also charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st degree for injuries caused to Lajuana Wilson, who was a passenger in Penrod's truck.
Penrod was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.
A Scottsville, Ky. man has been arrested in the death of 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin. The girl was found murdered near her brother’s youth football game on Nov. 14, 2015.
Kentucky State Police arrested 38-year-old Timothy Madden on Friday around 11:20 a.m. He was charged with Kidnapping, Rape 1st degree, Sodomy 1st degree, and Murder. Madden told reporters as he was walked to a police cruiser that he was innocent.
The girl's body was found just after 8 p.m. last Saturday night in a creek in a wooded area behind Allen County-Scottsville High School.
Gabriella, known as Gabbi to her friends and family, had been attending a football game to watch her older brother play when she went missing.
KSP investigators said the death was ruled as a homicide due to the state in which she was found and other evidence found at the scene. An autopsy confirmed the evidence.
According to the Associated Press, the arrest warrant for Madden said the child was strangled and drowned. The police citation in the case said Madden's DNA was collected during the investigation and matched that recovered from the child during the autopsy.
Few details about Madden were available. It was unclear why he may have been in the area of the football game, or if Gabbi knew him.
Madden was transported to the Allen County Detention Center where he was processed and then transferred to the Barren County Jail, where he was being held in jail on $1 million bond.
FRI. NOV. 20
As of 6:50 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 the County Wide Boil Water Advisory has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil you water.
The Columbia City Council met for a Special Called Meeting on Thursday.
The Council voted to commit $35,000 as a match to the $215,000 Community Development Block Grant to assist in providing for the construction of sewer lines in the North Hwy 55 Industrial Park. The sewer lines will serve an expanding business, Wilkerson's Transport.
The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority has committed to paying $35,000 towards this project and the Adair Co. Fiscal Court will meet for a special called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24th, to discuss this issue.
Revive Russell, a group committed to getting alcohol sales legalized in Russell County, turned in almost 2,900 signatures to the Russell Co. Clerk on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. The petition is signatures in favor of a special Wet-Moist Election.
In a post on the Revive Russell Community's Facebook page, the group believes this effort is extremely important to all the residents of Russell County. The post goes on to say that our economy is suffering and our unemployment rate is one of the highest in the state. Please help us begin the recovery of Russell County by getting to the polls when this issue is put on the ballot.
Adair Co. also has a group called PAC that is gathering signatures to allow a Wet/Dry Vote.
Kentucky's unemployment rate fell again last month.
The jobless rate dipped to 4.9 percent in October -- down from 5 percent in September.
Kentucky's unemployment rate hasn't been that low since May 2001.
Economist Manoj Shanker says job growth in Kentucky's private sector has been strong. Key factors like low energy prices and near-zero inflation have helped the goods producing industries.
Seeing no growth last month was the mining and logging industry, which has lost 1,800 jobs in the past year.
The labor numbers do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for work within the past four weeks.
THURS. NOV. 19
A COUNTY WIDE BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District.
The advisory was issued at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday due to a line break.
Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.
Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.
This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
Please be advised that Adair County schools will shut off the water fountains and cooking supply water. They will also supply bottled water for the students to drink.
According to Supt. Alan Reed, it is okay for students to bring their own extra bottle of water with them on Thursday, but it cannot be opened while being transported by the bus.
The boil water advisory will not affect the school system's traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and all the trimmings that they have planned to serve today.
A man accused in the deadly shooting of a Richmond police officer has been indicted.
Officer Daniel Ellis was shot at a home in Richmond during a robbery investigation. He died of his injuries on November 6th. A grand jury indicted 34 year old Raleigh Sizemore for several charges including murder and being a felon in possession of a handgun. Madison county court judge Brandy Brown telling Sizemore at his arraignment
WED. NOV. 18
Russell County Sheriff Clete McAninch is investigating a one vehicle wreck that occurred just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday sending a Jamestown man to the U.K. Medical Center.
Daniel Hawkins, age 87, was operating a 2014 Chevrolet car westbound on KY 92 about two miles west of Jamestown when he reportedly lost consciousness resulting in his car side-swiping a bridge, crossing the roadway, leaving the roadway and traveling over an embankment then overturning at least twice.
Hawkins was transported by Russell County EMS personnel to EMS Headquarters and then airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of various injuries.
The Jamestown Fire Department also responded for assistance.
An ACHS student has allegedly been taken into custody following a posting on social media Monday evening that KSP and federal authorities apparently felt was grounds for additional questioning and thorough investigation.
KSP is not releasing further details at this time, but the incident apparently did not occur in school grounds.
Superintendent Alan Reed said he and other school officials take any and all threats seriously and intend to provide assistance to law enforcement.
"Anyone who posts threatening messages of any sort, implied or otherwise, against our district should be fully aware that district and local, state and federal officials are likely going to find you and we will help them prosecute you", said Superintendent Reed.
"Given the tools we have today, social media is no place to hide out for those who make threats."
MON. NOV. 16
The Campbellsville Taylor Co. Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting was held today and the speakers were State Senator Max Wise and State Representative John "Bam" Carney. WAIN News Director Lisa Clark interviewed the two congressmen following the meeting and one issue they were asked about was the Heartland Parkway. Be listening to WAIN Local News this afternoon at 4:30pm to hear more.
During the month of October 2015, there were 22 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 three fatal collisions during the month of October in the Post 15 area:
John Matthew Clark, age 17 of Campbellsville was killed on 10/02/15 in Taylor Co.
Cody Vibbert, age 23 of Glasgow was killed on 10/12/15 in Metcalfe Co.
Michael L. Thompson, age 31 of Tompkinsville was killed on 10/26/15 in Monroe Co.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 30 compared with 29 through this same period in 2014.
Statewide fatality count stands at 603 compared with 553 through this same period in 2014.
During the month of October 2015, there were 871 citations written, 41 courtesy notices written, 1171 vehicles inspected, 599 complaints answered, 59 motorists assisted, 46 criminal cases opened and 144 criminal arrests made.
Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways during November and December.
“Two factors combine to boost the chances that motorists may encounter these animals during this time of the year: mating season and hunting season” says KSP Sgt. Michael Webb. “This results in increased movement that presents hazards to deer, vehicles and drivers.”
Nationally, about 1.6 million vehicle-deer collisions occur each year, resulting in about 150 deaths and $3.6 billion in damage. The national average cost-per-claim is $4,135.
In 2014, Kentucky recorded 3,092 vehicle-deer collisions, an increase of 128 crashes compared to 2013 statistics. Three people were killed and 115 injured.
During the past five years, Boone County led the state in deer collisions with an average of 148 per year. Hopkins County posted 122 followed by Jefferson County with 103, Campbell County with 97 and Hardin County with 96.
According to State Farm Insurance Company, Kentucky is ranked 14th in the country for the most deer collisions. The odds that drivers in the state will hit a deer are one in 113.
To avoid becoming a statistic, KSP offers the following defensive driving tips for motorists to reduce their chances of hitting a deer:
●Be extra cautious in the early morning and evening hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when motorists see worst and reaction time is slow.
●Stay alert when driving through a known deer-crossing zone. If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds.
●Drive at a moderate speed, especially on roads bordering woodlands, parklands, golf courses and streams. However, remember that many deer crashes occur on busy highways near cities.
●Use high beam headlights if there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will reflect in the eyes of deer on or near the roadway, providing increased driver reaction time.
●Upon seeing a deer, immediately slow down. Do not swerve -- this could confuse the deer about where to run. It could also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. It is generally safer to hit the deer rather than running off the road or risking injury to other motorists.
●Deer are often unpredictable, especially when faced with blinding headlights, loud horns and fast-moving vehicles. Don't expect them to stay where they are. They can dart in front of you at the last moment, stop in the middle of the road, cross quickly and return to the road or even move toward an approaching vehicle.
●Deer whistles on cars provide little help and blowing the car horn doesn't always solve the problem. Blowing the horn may cause them to move, but not necessarily in the direction you want.
●Always wear your safety belt. Historically, most people injured or killed in deer/auto collisions were not properly restrained.
Police need your help in finding an Adair Co. man.
On Saturday, Nov. 14th Columbia Police Ofc Josh Brockman and Ofc Jamie Cole attempted to serve a warrant on Tony Curtis Burton. Officers had received word that he was hiding at a residence located off of Greensburg Street and he was wanted in Taylor County. Burton was not located at the residence, but officers did locate a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King that had been reported stolen from Columbus, Indiana. The bike was recovered and placed into impound. Additional warrants are forthcoming.
Anyone with any information on the location of Tony Curtis Burton is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 270-384-4119 or any Law Enforcement Agency. Ofc Josh Brockman is continuing the investigation. Columbia Police were assisted by Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin.
An Adair Co. man was arrested on numerous charges after fleeing from police on Sunday afternoon.
At 4:35 p.m. on Sunday, Columbia Police Officers Jamie Cole and Josh Brockman were attempting to serve a Warrant of Arrest in the 200 block of Oak Street. Upon approaching the residence, a male subject identified as 29-year-old Jonathon Bailey of Columbia, Ky. fled on foot. A foot pursuit ensued and Bailey was apprehended in a field adjacent to Ashley Court on Russell Creek. Bailey was charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 2nd Degree; Giving Police Officer a False Name; and Flagrant Non-Support. Bailey was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Ofc. Jamie Cole. Columbia Police were assisted by Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff Adam Cravens.
The Adair County High School Band wrapped up their season as the 2015 Bands of America Grand National Champions at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis over the weekend. The band captured awards for Best Music, Best Visual Effect and Best Overall General Effect. This is their 4th National title.
The Adair Band also won their 21st state championship this season with their show "Threshold."
The encore performance of the Adair Co. Band's award winning show will be held this evening (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. at the LWC Blue Raider Football Stadium.
Russell County Sheriff’s Det. Joey Hoover is investigating a 2-vehicle collision that occurred Friday, November 13, 2015, injuring two men.
The collision occurred at 11:30 a.m. on KY 2283, one-half mile east of KY 1729 in the Beckham Ridge community. The investigation thus far has determined a 1998 Ford pickup truck operated by 36-year-old Nicholas Kinnett of Russell Springs, Ky. was traveling westbound on KY 2283 and struck a 1986 Chevrolet pickup head-on that was being operated by 40-year-old Chris Flatt of Jamestown, Ky. The impact resulted in Kinnett’s truck going over a bridge and Flatt’s truck spinning completely around.
Kinnett was extricated from his truck by Russell County EMS & Russell Springs Fire Department personnel. He was transported by ambulance to the Russell County Hospital and then airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
Flatt was transported by ambulance to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of his injuries and later released.
The investigation continues.
An Adair Co. man was taken to the hospital after colliding with a deer on Sunday afternoon in the Knifley area.
According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Bradley Miles of was traveling west on Knifley Rd. As he rounded a curve, a deer ran into the path of his 2003 GMC Sonoma. Miles swerved to miss the deer and ran off the right side of the roadway, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and overturn several times. Miles was able to free himself from the overturned vehicle and was treated at the scene by Taylor Co. EMS. He was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of a head injury. Miles was released from the hospital the same day.
Taylor Co. Sheriff's Deputies Dickie Benningfield and Brandon Wilson investigated the accident.
A 2-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon in Campbellsville sent both drivers to the hospital.
The accident occurred at 12:18 p.m. when 23-year-old Austin Osborne of Campbellsville, Ky. was traveling east on Roachville Rd. 29-year-old Kelly Thompson of Campbellsville was traveling west, when the two vehicles collided head-on in a curve. Both were treated at the scene by Taylor Co. EMS and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital, Osborne with an arm injury and Kimberly Thompson with possible injuries to her head and neck. Kimberly Thompson was treated and released at Taylor Regional Hospital Austin Osborne was transferred to the Univ. of Louisville Hospital for treatment to a fractured arm. A passenger in the Thompson auto, 2-year-old Kylie Thompson, was riding in a child safety seat and was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation by the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office.
For a second straight season, the Lindsey Wilson football team is part of the NAIA's Football Championship Series, NAIA officials announced on Sunday afternoon.
The No. 13-ranked Blue Raiders open the 16-team national championship series at No. 3-ranked Grand View (Iowa) on Saturday, November 21, in Des Moines, Iowa. Game time will be announced later today
FRI. NOV. 13
An Adair Co. business sustained moderate damage as a result of an early morning fire.
On Friday at 6:17 a.m , the Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 7393 Campbellsville road to a reported structure fire at a business known as A & M Trading Post. Upon arrival, it was found that the HVAC unit had caught fire, spreading to the attic of the structure. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic area and extinguish it.
12 Adair County fire fighters and 3 fire apparatus' were on the scene for approximately 1 hour. Adair County was assisted by the Taylor County Fire department. The property sustained moderate damage.
The Wet-Dry issue may be put on the ballot in Columbia if enough signatures are obtained. Adair Co. Judge Exec. Michael Lee Stephens and Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick support the idea and feel it will move the City & County forward.
You can sign the petition to have the issue put on the ballot at 805 Jamestown St. next to Advance Auto.
THURS. NOV. 12
Four persons were charged with drug and other offenses early this (Thursday) morning after Russell County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a Search Warrant at 165 Hwy. 1611.
Those charged included:
Buffie Gail Daniel, age 34, of Russell Springs – cited to appear in Russell District Court on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Tenika Pierce, age 25, of Russell Springs – arrested on four warrants including Russell Circuit Court warrants for Bail Jumping, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Mindy L. Polston, age 23, of Yosemite – cited to appear in Russell District Court on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Michael Huff, age 28, of Liberty – was arrested on three warrants from Casey & Boyle District Courts and was also charged locally with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Giving Officer a False Name.
Pierce and Huff were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
A small quantity of methamphetamine, prescription pills not in proper containers, two pistols and numerous items of drug paraphernalia were discovered and confiscated during the search of the residence.
Sheriff’s Deputies involved in the investigation, search warrant and filing of charges included Deputy Evan Burton, Deputy Nick Bertram, Deputy Mark Cromwell, Deputy Ethan Pike, Deputy Nathan Antle and Det. Joey Hoover.
Thousands of people attended the funeral of a central Kentucky police officer who was gunned down last week while investigating a robbery.
Services for 33-year-old Daniel Ellis were held Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University's Alumni Coliseum, which seats 7,000. The service also was streamed to the nearby EKU Center for the Arts, which accommodates another 2,000 people.
Ellis died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, two days after being shot in the head while searching an apartment for a robbery suspect. 34-year-old Raleigh Sizemore pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including murder of a police officer, attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a handgun by a felon.
After the funeral, the procession traveled 100 miles to Adair County, where Ellis was buried.
TUES. NOV. 3
The funeral procession for slain Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis will travel through parts of Russell County on Wednesday afternoon.
The funeral procession will exit the westbound lane of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway at Exit 62 in Russell Springs, turning right, traveling north on U.S. 127 to the intersection of KY 76 at Webbs Crossroads. The procession will turn left onto KY 76 and travel to KY 206 in Adair County to Jones Cemetery on Pellyton Road East near the Adair-Casey county line.
The funeral procession will be lengthy. All intersections along the route will be blocked by Sheriff, Police, Fire & EMS vehicles and personnel.
The public is encouraged to line the funeral procession route in support of Officer Ellis & his family. Motorists should plan for extended travel delays on roads that are part of the funeral procession route and should take alternate routes where possible.
Adair Co. Sheriff Harrison Moss, Russell Co. Sheriff Clete McAninch and Casey Co. Sheriff Jerry Coffman appreciate your support, understanding and cooperation. Our prayers and support continue for Officer Ellis’ family and the Richmond Police Department.
An accident occurred this morning (Tuesday) at the Junction of Greensburg Street and the Columbia Bypass. No other details are available at this time as we are awaiting an official police report.
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2015, Adair Co. Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens along with Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick, will be Lisa's guests at 7:30 a.m. to discuss some issues both are supporting for the future economic development of Columbia & Adair County.
A 1-vehicle accident on Monday evening at approximately 6:00 pm sent two people to the hospital.
According to Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin who investigated the vehicle accident, 16-year-old Darion Taylor of Russell County was traveling west bound on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway when a tire blew out on his 2002 Chevrolet Tracker. Taylor then entered the median, causing his vehicle to overturn. Two passenger's in the vehicle, 38-year-old Madeley Taylor and 16-year-old Amy Coppler were transported to Westlake Regional Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Darion Taylor and two other passenger's, Demetrian Jackson and Melissa Taylor were not injured.
Deputy Durbin was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Fire Department and Sheriff Harrison Moss.
Two Taylor County teenagers were taken to the hospital on Monday following a 1-vehicle accident on Hwy. 70.
According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Zachary Garrett of Elk Horn was operating a 2004 Ford Mustang, traveling west on Hwy 70 around 12:30 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve after skidding on the rain slick roadway. Garrett ran off the right side of the road, side swiped a tree and struck a building at 3500 Elk Horn Rd. The impact caused structural damage to the building.
Garrett and a passenger, 17-year-old Taylor Grapevine of Campbellsville, Ky. were treated at the scene by Taylor Co. EMS and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital with possible back injuries. Both were treated and released.
Officer Dickie Benningfield investigated the accident.
Applications for the LiHeap program will continue today (Tuesday) at you local Community Action Agency.
Last names of heads of households beginning with C may apply today.
In Columbia, the Community Action Agency is at 1115 Jamestown Street. Office hours are 9am-12noon and 1pm-3pm Mon-Thurs and 8am-12noon on Fri. Call 270-384-2147 for more information.
A Not Guilty plea was entered for a man accused of killing a Richmond police officer.
Raleigh Sizemore was arraigned on charges of murder, attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. The 34-year-old Sizemore was arraigned via video conference from Kentucky State Reformatory, where he is being held on a $2.5 million bond. Sizemore is accused of fatally shooting Officer Daniel Ellis during a robbery investigation.
The funeral for the 33-year-old Ellis is Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University's Alumni Coliseum.
Three others are charged in connection with the case.
MON. NOV. 9
An Adair Co. woman was arrested on multiple drug charges over the weekend.
34-year-old Candace Nell Thomas of Columbia was arrested by Campbellsville Police on Sunday on multiple charges. Thomas was charged with: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Synthectic Cannabis, Theft by Unlawful Taking and Public Intoxication. She was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Members of VFW Post 6097 in Columbia want to invite ALL veterans to the breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.CST at the post on Fairground St.
There will be a brief program after the meal, where you will learn about the future of Post 6097. Walmart will be providing a free breakfast for all veterans.
Three Russell County men have been indicted in federal court in Frankfort on health care fraud and conspiracy charges.
According to WJRS in Russell County, an indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on Thursday charging Russell County doctor Robert L. Bertram, Jr, former Russell Springs Mayor Brian Walters, and James Wesley "Wes" Bottoms with one count of conspiracy and 99 counts of health care fraud each. Also named in the indictment were Dr. Robin Peavler and Dr. Brian Wood.
The indictment alleges that the five defendants defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance companies over a period of several months during 2010 and 2011 thru their business known as PremierTox, which is located in Russell Springs. The indictment alleges that urine samples were collected from patients of Drs. Wood and Peavler at a drug addiction treatment clinic, then those samples were provided to Premier Tox for testing. The indictment further alleges that thousands of samples were collected and months went by before testing was done on those samples and bills were submitted for payment, allegedly after persons were no longer patients or were no longer being treated. The indictment alleges all five defendants were paid $600,000 each during a six month period in 2011. The indictment seeks forfeiture of a condo allegedly purchased in Colorado in August, 2011 for $2 million with proceeds the federal government alleges were wrongfully obtained by the defendants. According to the indictment, all defendants face up to 10 years in prison on each count, plus restitution.
Lexington attorney Mark Wohlander issued a statement late Friday afternoon on behalf of the defendants, saying the charges show a misunderstanding by federal prosecutors of treating drug addicts and the differences in types of drug tests. Wohlander said the indictments are “yet another example of the government attempting to interject itself into medical decisions made by qualified physicians”. Wohlander said the defendants intend to plead not guilty and to defend against the charges vigorously.
Our listeners are reminded that an indictment does not mean one is guilty but does mean that probable cause has been established and further court action is warranted.
Governor-elect Matt Bevin has repeated his promise to dismantle Kentucky's health insurance exchange known as Kynect.
During a brief news conference at the capitol, Bevin also said one of his first actions will be to sign an executive order to remove the names of county clerks from marriage licenses.
Asked when he plans to release his tax returns, the Republican governor-elect said "I don't." Bevin had said during the campaign that he would make public his returns after he is elected.
Bevin will be sworn in on December 8th.
The cost of home heating is a problem for many low-income Kentuckians. Your Community Action Agency may be able to help.
LiHeap (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) applications are being accepted today thru Dec. 11th at your local Community Action Agency. Applications are taking in order of the last name of the head of household.
Last names of heads of households beginning with C may apply Mon., Nov. 9 or Tues., Nov. 10.
Last names beginning with D & E may apply Thurs., Nov. 12 and F's on Fri., Nov. 13.
The Community Action Agency office in Columbia is located at 1115 Jamestown Street. The office will be closed on Wed., Nov. 11 in observance of Veteran's Day. Normal business hours are from 9am till 12 noon AND from 1 to 3pm Monday-Thursday. Friday hours are 8am till 12 noon. For more information call 270-384-2147.
FRI. NOV. 6
An Adair County High School teacher "voluntarily resigned" this week after he reportedly texted a student.
Superintendent Alan Reed confirmed there was a voluntary resignation at Adair County High School and there is an ongoing investigation. Supt. Reed tells WAIN News that's all he can say at the moment since the Educational Professional Standards Board will be involved. Reed did say that he has made it clear to all staff that as Superintendent he has zero tolerance for any form of inappropriate contact with students involving social media or any other type of communications.
A traffic stop on Thursday morning resulted in a drug arrest.
At approximately 9:00 a.m. Sheriff Harrison Moss and Deputy Aaron Rainwater initiated a traffic stop on a 2000 Ford being operated by Barbara Hammer age 37 of Columbia. During a search of the vehicle, numerous items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were discovered. Hammer was arrested and lodged in the Adair Regional Jail on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle on a Ssuspended License, No Insurance and Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st offense.
A two vehicle collision in Adair County on Wednesday resulted in one person being injured and one arrested for DUI.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2015 at approximately 3:30pm Deputy Brandon Hitch and Deputy Derek Padgett responded to a two vehicle injury accident at the intersection of Hwy 704 and KY South 55. Deputy Hitch reported that Charles Tooley of Columbia was operating a Suzuki Sidekick traveling south on Ky 55 when Louie Loy of Columbia pulled his 2001 Chevy Tracker from Hwy 704 into Tooley's path.
Tooley was transported to Westlake Regional Hospital for injuries sustained in the collision. Loy was not injured, but was arrested and lodged in the Adair Regional Jail for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol 1st offense.
Deputy Brandon Hitch is investigating the accident.
"Christmas in Columbia" is coming up December 5, 2015 and if you're planning on having a float in this years parade, you need to get registered. Chamber President Brenda Mann tells WAIN News that the theme is: What Christmas means to me" and the Grand Marshall's will be: Korean & Vietnam Veterans.
For more info. on Christmas in Columbia or the Kids Carnival, call the Chamber office at 270-384-6020 or Debbie Selby at 270-384-6433 extension 7224.
THURS. NOV. 5
Governor Steve Beshear has announced that Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer has received a grant totaling $9,600 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) to preserve and manage local government records. KDLA is an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Thirty grants have been awarded for a total of approximately $657,000 for fiscal year 2015-16 Local Records Grant Program Funds.
ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT. ACTIVITY REPORT FOR OCTOBER, 2015.
88 WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
20 CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
16 CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
21 DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
14 NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
4 INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
20 OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS
78 CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
49 CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
17 CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
40 SUBPOENAS SERVED
188 HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
160 VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE
15 ANIMAL COMPLAINT CALLS
511 911 CALLS
A single vehicle accident late Tuesday evening resulted in an Adair County resident being arrested for DUI.
On Tuesday at 8:16pm, Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff Brando Hitch was dispatched to a possible injury accident on the Louie B. Nunn-Cumberland Parkway between the 40 and 41 mile marker. 35-year-old Jonathan Lacy of Columbia, Ky. was traveling west on the Cumberland Parkway when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median and overturned with the vehicle coming to rest against a rock wall. Lacy refused medical treatment and was then arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol 1st offense, aggravated circumstances. Lacy was a CDL License holder. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
Deputy Hitch was assisted at the scene by Columbia Police.
WED. NOV. 4
For only the 2nd time in 40 years, Kentucky has elected a Republican Governor.
Matt Bevin defeated Democrat Jack Conway in Tuesday's election. Conway fell nearly 85,000 votes short of holding on to the governorship for the Democrat Party. Conway told his supporters in Frankfort that he respects the decision of the people but hopes to work with them in the future.
In Adair Co., Democrat Jack Conway got 1,258 votes; Republican Matt Bevin got 2,727 and Independent candidate Drew Curtis got 116 votes.
Along with Matt Bevin's victory in the governor's race, State Republicans are also celebrating a win in the Tresurer's race.
Republican Allison Ball defeated Democrat Rick Nelson by a land slide margin. Ball said to hundreds of supporters in Louisville last night that she's ready to lookout for Kentucky taxpayers. Current Treasurer Todd Hollenbach of Louisville could not run again because of the term limits that restricts office holders to two terms.
In Adair County, Ball got 2,882 votes and Nelson got 1,064 votes.
Andy Beshear, the son of outgoing Governor Steve Beshear, is Kentucky's Attorney General-elect after edging out Republican Whitney Westerfield.
Beshear held on to a 2,200 vote lead in what had become an expensive and argumentative race. Westerfield says he will not ask for recanvass of the result, despite ending the race less than a full percentage point apart. Beshear will now hold the office his father held from 1979 to 1983.
In Adair County, Democrat Andy Beshear got 1,375 votes and Republican Whitney Westerfield got 2,608 votes.
Republican State Representative Ryan Quarles has defeated his Democratic rival in a hard-fought race to be Kentucky's next agriculture commissioner.
The 31-year-old lawmaker from Georgetown narrowly won the Republican nomination and faced Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, an agribusiness executive and host of a long-running weekly radio show on farm issues. The two battled to replace Republican James Comer, who opted to run for governor instead of seeking re-election. He narrowly lost to Matt Bevin in the Republican primary.
In Adair County, Republican Ryan Quarles got 3,028 votes and Democrat Jean-Marie Spann got 903 votes.
According to the Kentucky News Network, the biggest upset by far during election night was in the state auditor's race.
Republican Mike Harmon was able to edge out incumbent democrat Adam Edelen with a 3% margin of victory. Harmon says it was a great race and the victory was possible because of prayers, a solid campaign staff and because they stuck to the issues. Harmon was able gain the victory in spite of being outspent by Edelen's campaign by a sizeable margin. The duties of the auditor's office include oversight of accounts and financial transactions of state government agencies and many county offices.
In Adair County, Republican Mike Harmon got 2,611 votes and Democrat Adam Edelen got 1,271 votes.
It wasn't all bad news for Democrats as Alison Grimes retained her seat as Secretary of State.
In Adair County, Grimes received 1,529 votes and Republican Stephen Knipper got 2,486 votes.
Matt Jones says he'll make a decision "in the next couple of weeks" on whether to run for political office.
The popular radio host has been eyeing a run as a Democrat against 6th District Congressman Andy Barr. Jones says the Democratic party's poor performance in Tuesday's elections "surprised" him, but "it won't be the final thing" in his decision on whether to enter next year's race.
The cost of home heating is a problem for many low-income Kentuckians. Your Community Action Agency may be able to help.
LiHeap (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) applications are being accepted today thru Dec. 11th at your local Community Action Agency. Applications are taking in order of the last name of the head of household.
Last names of heads of households beginning with A may apply today (Wed.)
Last names beginning with B may apply Thurs. or Fri.
The Community Action Agency in Columbia is located at 1115 Jamestown Street across from Speedway. Hours are from 9am till 12 noon AND from 1 to 3pm Monday-Thursday. Friday hours are 8am till 12 noon. For more information call 270-84-2147.
TUES. NOV. 3
Kentuckians will elect a new governor and other consitutional officers on this general election day.
Topping the ballot is the race for governor. Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin are locked in a tight battle that has been filled with negative campaign ads. Independent Drew Curtis also is on the ballot.
Republican State Senator Whitney Westerfield wants to be the next attorney general. He's challenged by Democrat Andy Beshear, the son of the current governor.
Democrat Rick Nelson faces Republican Allison Ball in the election for state treasurer.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is seeking re-election today. Her challenger is Republican Stephen Knipper of northern Kentucky.
Also seeking re-election is Democratic Auditor Adam Edelen. He's facing Republican Mike Harmon.
Republican Ryan Quarles faces Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann in the race for agriculture commissioner.
The ballot also includes a state supreme court race pitting Janet Stumbo against Sam Wright.
The Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline, 800-328-VOTE, opened at 6:00 a.m. and will remain open until 6:00 p.m.CST during today’s General Election. As of 9:30 a.m.CST this morning, the hotline had received a total of 14 calls. Please make sure you exercise your right to vote and if you witness election irregularities or possible election law violations, please call 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).
Polls will be open until 6 p.m. and WAIN 93.5 will bring you precinct by precinct totals with our General Election Coverage 2015 beginning at approx. 6:10pm this evening. Election coverage on WAIN is brought to you by United Citizens Bank of Southern Ky.
The Columbia City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening.
Marty Perry, a representative for the Kentucky Heritage Council, spoke to the City Council about adding Columbia's business district to the National Register.
Advantages of being on the National Register include:
Owners of income-producing properties listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places or of properties that are contributing resources within a National Register Historic District may be eligible for a 20% investment tax credit for the rehabilitation of the historic structure.
Aside from the 20% tax credit, the tax incentive program offers a 10% tax credit for rehabilitation to owners of non-historic, non-residential buildings constructed before 1936.
Some property owners may qualify for grants as well.
The Jim Blair Center does not have an operating budget, but it may have one soon. Mayor Hardwick received the Council's permission to ask Adair Co. Judge Exec. Michael Lee Stephens to set up a fund with matching City/County monies for the Jim Blair Center. The budget would be regulated by the City & County.
The Mayor and City Clerk are working on a Panhandling Ordinance to present to the Council that will prevent people from holding signs or begging for money or anything else.
The Council approved of a change order to the City street paving bid, adding Todd Street and Keen Drive.
MON. NOV. 2
The Columbia Police Department arrested a local man on multiple drug charges early this morning.
At approximately 5:15 a.m. CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman was dispatched to a report of a suspicious person behind a local retail business located on Jamestown Street. Upon arrival, Officers searched the area and located 28-year-old Ryan Sneed of Columbia hiding in a dumpster. After an investigation it was found that he was in possession of illegal narcotics. Sneed was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
1- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine
2- Giving a Police Officer False Name
3- Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st offense
4- Possession of Marijuana
5- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
6- Outstanding Arrest Warrant of Indictment served for Taylor County
7- Outstanding Arrest Warrant for Russell County served
Ofc Brockman is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Deputy Adam Cravens with the Adair Co. Sheriff's Office.
Today (Nov. 2, 2015) is the last day to pay your 2015 tax bills and receive a 2% discount. If you pay your taxes Nov. 3, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015 you pay the face amount; if taxes are paid Jan. 1, 2016 - Feb. , 2016, there is a 5% penalty; if taxes are paid Feb. 2, 2016 - April 15, 2016 there's a 21% penalty.
When mailing your payment, please include your copy of the tax bill or put the tax bill number on your check. If you wish to have a paid receipt returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For more information contact the Adair Co. Sheriff's Office.
The Columbia City Council will meet in regular session this evening (Monday) at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
1.) APPROVE MINUTES FROM OCTOBER 5, 2015 REGULAR CALLED MEETING
2.) APPROVE MINUTES FROM OCTOBER 22, 2015 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
3.) 2ND READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 620.63 – ORDINANCE ACCEPTING DOHONEY TRACE AS A PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
4.) MARTY PERRY – REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE KENTUCKY HERITAGE COUNCIL SPEAKING ABOUT ADDING COLUMBIA’S BUSINESS DIST. TO NATIONAL REGISTER
5.) MARY ANNE LOY – REPORTING TO COUNCIL FOR THE SIDEWALK COMMITTEE
6.) APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER TO THE CITY STREET PAVING BID – ADDING TODD STREET AND KEEN DRIVE.
The Columbia Police Department arrested a Russell County woman on DUI and drug charges over the weekend.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at approximately 4:00 p.m.CT, Officer Josh Brockman observed a 1997 Dodge Ram truck making an illegal U turn on the Louie B Nunn Parkway and initiated a traffic stop. After contact with the driver, it was determined that they were possibly under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The driver, 57-year-old Donna Gosser of Russell Springs, Ky. was arrested on charges of:
1- Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of drugs 1st offense
2- Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree
3- Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container
4- Possession of Marijuana 1st offense
5- Careless Driving
6- Improper turn
Gosser was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The KMEA State Marching Band Championship was held on Saturday.
The class 3 A semifinals were held at Allen County Scottsville and out of 16 bands, the top 4 scoring bands who advanced to Finals at WKU in Bowling Green were Adair, Russell, Bourbon and Boyle Counties.
At the Finals on Saturday night, Adair County won 1st place in Class 3A, Bourbon County came in 2nd, Russell County placed 3rd and Boyle County came in 4th.
Congratulations to all the area bands who worked so hard and really made it a very competitive season!
Adair County will be certified as Trail Town!
According to Ellen Zornes, Trail Town Chair, the Trail Town Committee was notified by email on Saturday morning that Columbia-Adair will be certified as a Trail Town on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. More information will be forthcoming soon.
This has been in the works for well over a year. This will be a wonderful asset for our community and according to Zornes, will literally put Columbia on the map…the Kentucky Adventure Tourism map.
A new program is launched in Kentucky to improve emergency care to those involved in a vehicle crash.
The Yellow Dot program features a yellow sticker on the lower left corner of the driver's side rear window.
Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Executive Director Bill Bell says in the event of a crash, first responders will then know to look in the glove compartment for pertinent medical information. That could include certain medications to avoid, and other conditions, that could affect treatment.
Here's a link to sign-up: