LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--FRI. NOV. 28

 

The Taylor County Sheriff's Department investigated a two vehicle injury accident at the intersection of KY 55 and Milder Creek on Thurs. night at 10:53 p.m. ET.

 

Acccording to statements given and physical evidence at the scene, 18-year-old Marshall Steele of Campbellsville was traveling north on Milder Creek in a 2001 Ford Taurus. 50-year-old Shelley Smith of Bardstown, KY was traveling north on HWY 55 in a 2011 Buick.  Steele failed to stop at the stop sign and attempted to make a left turn, sideswiping the Smith vehicle as it pased the intersection, forcing the Smith vehicle to leave the roadway.

 

Kim Smith, a passenger in the Smith vehicle was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries. Gabby Doerr, a passenger with Steele was not injured

TCSO Deputy Mark Dickens investigated.

 


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An early morning accident on Tuesday in Green County claimed the life of a Greensburg man.

21-year-old Colby Jade Thompson died as a result of the accident that occurred at 5:00 a.m. when Thompson lost control of his vehicle on Ky 88 approx. 4 miles from Greensburg. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Green County Sheriffs Office investigated the fatal accident.

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An Adair County man sustained non-life threatening injuries in a commercial vehicle crash on Ky. 61 on Monday.

 

Robert Jessie of Columbia was driving a combination commercial vehicle about 10 miles north of Burkesville at 1 p.m. Tuesday on Ky. 61 when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a rock wall, then overturned, according to KSP Post 15.

 

Jessie was transported to Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia for treatment of his injuries.

 

The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division is investigating the crash. Sr. Officer Jason Morris is the lead investigator.

 

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KSP are investigating a homicide in Clinton County with one of the suspects committing suicide.

On Monday, November 24, KSP Post 15 was notified that a deceased male had been found outside a residence on IDA Road in Clinton County.  The landowner found the victim at approximately 4:30 PM CST.


Post 15 Troopers and Detectives were dispatched to the scene and determined that the victim, 36-year-old Anthony W. Hargis, of Albany, died as a result of a gunshot wound.


 
The preliminary autopsy results indicate that the victim, Anthony W. Hargis, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
 

Investigators developed information that led them to believe that James D. Polston and Randall L. Wilkinson were at a trailer on KY 127, south of Albany. Upon arrival, Wilkinson fled from the trailer on foot and was apprehended.  The Kentucky State Police Special Response Team also responded to the scene and through the use of a mobile robot and camera, were able to get into the trailer and locate Polston lying in the floor of the residence dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.  

Soon after Randall Wilkinson was apprehended, 19-year-old Desire Riddle, of Albany, who was at the scene, was also taken into custody and charged with Hindering Prosecution 1st Degree.  Wilkinson was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  Both were lodge in the Clinton County Jail.

 

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The holiday travel season is upon us! Better Business Bureau has some tips on how to make your holiday travel a little brighter.

 
Do Your Research. If you are driving, before you hit the road, find alternative routes in case of traffic delays. Also, travel with GPS.

 
Create a Car Safety Kit. Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous winter weather. Snow and ice lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays and road closures. You can prepare for bad weather by creating your own safety kit. Basics for the kit include blankets, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, an ice scraper and warm gloves.

 
Take the Car in for a Checkup. If your car is due for a checkup, take it in before making that long haul. At the very least, check the car’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and, if you plan on driving through serious winter weather, consider getting snow tires.  

 
Stay Connected. Download the latest travel apps on your smart phone.

 
Take BBB with you. When you’re away from home or in the midst of an emergency, it’s hard to know which businesses—such as tow trucks and locksmiths—you can trust. Download BBB’s iPhone App to find businesses you can trust.

 
Start Early and Slow Down. The best way to fight holiday traffic is to give yourself some extra time to make the trip, and don’t speed. Speeding leads to accidents, which slow traffic and cause bottlenecks. Also, if you’re caught speeding by law enforcement, that adds travel time and puts a dent in your holiday spending.

 
Drop the Distractions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. When you’re behind the wheel, don’t text and drive, use a hands free headset when talking on the phone, and get someone else to fumble with the GPS.

 
For more consumer tips, go to www.bbb.org.

 

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On Tuesday, December 2, Adair Co. Primary Center students will be participating in the school's Best-A-Thon.

 

According to school principal Patty Jones, this is an event where students are accepting donations and pledges for being their best at an activity or event of their choice. The money raised from this special event will go toward adding more swings to the new playground at ACPC.

 

This is the #1 thing our students have asked for and we want to give them our best for doing their best, said Jones. All of this is in conjunction with our continuing efforts toward the Leader in Me program and helping our students learn to make good choices to better their lives.

 

Each students gets to choose what they feel they do best. Choices range from reading to dancing to bowling and acting. There are 16 events in all.

 

Families and the community are asked to support students in this effort. If you would like to pledge or make a donation you may do so through any Adair County Primary Center student or call the school at 270-384-3367.  You may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info or to make a pledge/donation.

 

 

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A pedestrian was struck by a car in Adair County on Friday night.

Tpr. Justin Phillips is investigating the collision that occurred at 8:25 PM CST on KY 551 south of Columbia.
 

46-year-old James K. Polston of Columbia, Ky. was walking in the middle of the roadway when he was struck by a northbound, 1995 Ford pickup, operated by 36-year-old Priscilla Greer of Columbia. Greer attempted an evasive maneuver but was unable to avoid the collision.    

 
Polston was transported from the scene by Adair County EMS to Westlake Regional Hospital where he was flown to UK Medical Center.  Greer was belted and not injured.

The collision remains under investigation and it is unknown as to why Polston was in the roadway.  Tpr. Phillips was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department.

 

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Two Russell springs men were arrested on drug charges over the weekend.

On Friday night, 44 year old Harold Richards was arrested by Ky. State Police during a safety check-point in the Beckham Ridge community. Richards was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance –Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Also arrested on Friday night was 62 year old Jonah Gaskins of Russell Springs. Gaskins was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana and with Possession of a Radio that Sends-Receives Police Messages. Russell Co. Sheriff's Deputies Nick Bertran and Evan Burton made the arrest.

Both Richards and Gaskins were lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its review of an Aug. 21 accident that killed one Campbellsville firefighter and injured three others.

The review found that the 69-kiloVolt transmission line involved in the accident was built, maintained and operated in accordance with all applicable safety standards. Therefore, the PSC will take no further actions in the matter, the agency said in a letter to Kentucky Utilities Co., which owns and operates the line.

Two firefighters from the Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Department sustained severe burns in the accident. Information provided to the PSC indicated that both of the firefighters, who were in an aerial truck bucket, came into direct contact with the transmission line.

One of them, Capt. Tony Grider of Columbia, succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 20. Two firefighters on the ground suffered less severe injuries.

Just before the accident, the fire truck had been used in an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) “ice bucket challenge” event at Campbellsville University. The aerial platform, which can extend as far as 95 feet, was being moved when the contact with the transmission line occurred.

Kentucky Utilities submitted information to the PSC showing that the transmission line at the point of contact was more than 40 feet above the ground, which is about twice the minimum required clearance.

The PSC staff review of the information submitted by Kentucky Utilities found that the line met safety standards.
   

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On Saturday, November 22, the Campbellsville Police Department was able to make an arrest involving a person responsible for a vehicle break-in that was reported earlier this month.

John David Smith age 37 of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

The Campbellsville Police Department is currently still investigating several other vehicle break-ins that could result in additional charges and arrests.

Please secure your vehicles when unattended due to an increase in vehicle break-ins around the holiday season and report any unusual foot traffic or suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

 

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A Taylor Co. woman has been charged with 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property.

The Taylor County Sheriff's Dept. arrested and charged 21-year-old Shelby Roberts with three counts of Receiving Stolen Property. According to officers, Roberts was known to have been in possession of and sold a stolen utility trailer on Monday, October 31, 2014. The trailer had been stolen from the Saloma Area.

Shelby Roberts was also charged with Receiving Stolen Property for being in possession of aluminum rims that were stolen from the Wooleyville Road area and a stolen hay baler stolen from the Sportsman Lake Road area.

Roberts was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

FRI.


A statue is being built in honor of a fallen Campbellsville firefighter, and it will be placed at Taylor Regional Hospital.


Brad Shofner, a friend of Tony Grider who is behind the fundraising for a statue honoring the late firefighter, says that they're so close to having all costs to honor a man missed by so many. Captain Tony Grider. who is from Columbia, died from his injuries a month after hitting a transmission line while helping Campbellsville University students with an ice bucket challenge on campus. Now, Grider's friends want to make sure that everyone remembers Tony for the good he did.

Taylor Regional Hospital is helping keep Grider's memory alive by giving his statue a home. It will greet patients as they come into the ER, through those same ER doors Grider rushed through daily in his job.

It was in that ER where some debriefing after the initial incident occurred and now that familiar hall is bringing some closure to those who knew and loved Tony.


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“Christmas Memories” will be the theme of Lindsey Wilson College’s fourth-annual Christmas Carnival, set for Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 299 Williams St.

The event -- which is free and open to the public -- will be held from 1-4 p.m. CT.


The Christmas Carnival will include activities for children, including cookie-decorating, story-book reading, arts and crafts, balloon sculpting, face painting, and inflatable play equipment. Children can also have their picture taken with Santa Claus.

Entertainment will be provided by Christmas carolers from the college and area churches, and area businesses will sell their arts and crafts.

Guests can also donate a new children’s coat, which will be distributed by the Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholars to area preschoolers from underprivileged families.

Booth space is available for organizations and businesses who want to participate in the Christmas Carnival. For more information, contact Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 270-384-7381.

 

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Attorney General Jack Conway announced that six Kentucky counties were chosen in a random drawing this afternoon to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the primary election on Tuesday, November 4. The counties are:


1.)    Owsley
2.)    Gallatin
3.)    Simpson
4.)    Bourbon
5.)    Metcalfe
6.)    Mercer


“These audits ensure a fair and equitable election process in Kentucky and supplement the work our investigators did leading up to and during the primary election,” General Conway said.

 


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Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in October 2014 at 6.2 percent from a revised 6.7 percent in September 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training.

It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in the unemployment rate since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted. It surpasses last month’s record-breaking drop of 0.4 percent and makes the state’s 0.9 percent drop in the unemployment rate since August the largest reduction measured in a two-month time period

According to economist Manoj Shanker of the OET, the trend is definitely going in the right direction. Shanker says we haven't seen this magnitude of year-over-year gains in nonfarm employment since 2000.

 

 

THURS.


The Campbellsville Police Dept. is investigating cases in which unlocked cars are being entered and searched for valuables.  The thief or thieves are targeting residential neighborhoods and vehicles that are left unlocked.

If you have any information on who committed these crimes, please call 270-465-4122. Police say you can help prevent these crimes by locking your vehicles.