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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Approval of Agenda
Approval Of Minutes
- A.) January 12, 2016
- B.) January 26, 2016 "Special Called Meeting"
Bills for Payment/Additional Bills
- 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
- 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
This meeting is open to the public.
Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross has released the department's Activity Report for January 2016.
507 Calls for Service
18 Motorist Assists
33 Accidents Investigated
3 Injury Accidents and
10 Cases Opened
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.
A Russell Co. man has been arrested on drug charges after an early morning search of his residence.
Early this morning (Tuesday), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Columbia City Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting on Monday at 6pm. Among items on the agenda is Second Reading of an ordinance prohibiting panhandling within the City Limits of Columbia without permission.
The meeting is open to the public.
Two drivers involved in an accident on Hwy 55N Friday afternoon are in critical condition at a Lexington hospital. The accident shut down the road for most of the day.
The Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement responded to the two vehicle injury collision that occurred at approximately 9:33 a.m. 2 miles north of Columbia.
The preliminary investigation indicated that 66-year-old Brenda Stephens of Columbia was operating a 2014 Chrysler when she pulled into the path of a 2015 Freightliner being driven by 48-year-old Lester Price of Olympia. Price’s vehicle overturned causing the trailer loaded with milk to spill resulting in KY55 being blocked for most of the day.
Stephens and Price were both transported to Westlake Regional Hospital where they were flown to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington by Air Evac. Price was wearing his seat belt, while Stephens was not wearing her seat belt. Stephens and Price are listed in critical but stable condition.
Senior Officer Derek Cundiff is investigating the accident and was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Police Sgt. John Barnett, the Adair Co Sheriff’s Office, EMS, Rescue, Fire and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.
2 Russell Co. men were arrested on drug charges on Friday.
At approximately 9:20 a.m., Russell County Sheriff Clete McAninch and Deputies, along with members of both the Jamestown and Russell Springs Police Departments, assisted Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Keyton in apprehending 18-year-old Alfonso Morales formerly of Versailles.
Alfonso Morales was being sought on a Burglary 1st Degree warrant in connection with a burglary on September 16th of last year at the home of Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael. Alfonso Morales was found hiding in a closet in his brother’s apartment at the ABC Apartment complex on Airport Road, just west of Jamestown. He was taken into custody without incident.
Based on evidence observed while locating and apprehending Alfonso Morales, a Search Warrant was obtained for Jesus Morales’ apartment. The subsequent search resulted in the discovery and seizure of more than a pound of marijuana and nearly $1,400 cash.
Jesus Morales and Alfonso Morales were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, over 8 ounces – less than 5 pounds, a Class “D” felony. Both men were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Additionally, a “detainer” was placed on both for the U.S. Department of Immigration & Naturalization.
Those taking part in the investigation and arrests include: Sheriff Clete McAninch, Chief Deputy Nick Bertram, Sgt. Mark Cromwell, & Det. Joey Hoover of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department; JPD Chief Derek Polston; Russell Springs Police Dept. Chief Joe Michael Irvin & Officers Matt Parrish and Bobby Pritchard.
FRI. JAN. 29
KY 55 North in Adair County is currently blocked at mile marker 17 due to an overturned tractor trailer. Crews are on the scene but it is unknown how long the road will be blocked. Adair County Maintenance personnel on the scene advised that the Rescue Squad was diverting traffic via KY 530/Keltner Road. WAIN News will have more details when further information becomes available.
The 2-vehicle injury accident involved a semi and a passenger car. No fatalities were reported.
A bill to raise the minimum wage is moving forward in Frankfort.
According to our affiliate, the Kentucky News Network, the bill sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo would raise the minimum wage state wide to $10.10 an hour by July of 2018.
Stumbo says the bill is just an attempt to raise the wage to help low income Kentuckians.
The bill was opposed by industry lobbyists who says the bill will hurt businesses and will force companies to neighboring states where the minimum wage is lower.
The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.
A Kentucky Senate committee has passed a bill that protects religious expression in public schools and universities.
The measure was born out of a recent presentation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at a Johnson County elementary school. A scene that quotes lines from the Bible was removed from the play for fear of a lawsuit.
Senate Bill 15 would permit students to express religious or political viewpoints in school assignments free from discrimination.
THURS. JAN. 29
KSP investigators have now recovered the remains of 4 people from the scene of the fire at 401 M. Coomer Rd. Two of the bodies were recovered outside the residence and two were recovered from within the residence.
The recovered remains of the 4 individuals are believed to be those of 60-year-old Mitchell Coomer; his wife, 52-year-old Lori Coomer; their granddaughter, 1-year-old Kinley Rodgers and 32-year-old Steven A. Keltner. The Coomers and Keltner are from Adair County. Kinley Rodgers had been living in Casey County. Investigators identified the individuals from evidence recovered from the scene and from surviving witness, 34-year-old Jason Coomer, the son of Mitchell Coomer. Jason Coomer was in the basement on the opposite side of the home from where the explosion occurred and was able to make it to safety sustaining minor injuries.
"Official" confirmation on the remains from the State Medical Examiner is not expected until sometime next week after DNA test results are received. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
The Adair County Board of Education will meet for a special regular meeting this evening (Thurs.) at 6:00pm at the Board Conference room.
***Adair County Primary Center students will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
Meeting will be called to order by Superintendent Alan Reed.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPOINTMENT OF BOARD CHAIRPERSON FOR 2016
APPOINTMENT OF BOARD VICE-CHAIRPERSON FOR 2016
APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY TO THE BOARD FOR 2016
PUBLIC FORUM TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ON THENUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REPORT - Carol Roy
APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
APPROVAL OF TREASURER'S REPORT
APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION BILLS:
- ATLAS METAL PRODUCTS - PAY APP #2
- REXEL USA - PAY APP #5 - BRANSCUM CONSTRUCTION COMPANY - PAY APP #2
APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #1 TO EXTEND BUS GARAGE PROJECT COMPLETION DATE DUE TO ELECTRICITY
APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #2 FOR ELECTRICAL TRENCH
APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #3 ON BUS GARAGE CONSTRUCTION - CREDIT FOR CHANGE OF WALL TYPE
APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PLAN
APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR USE OF ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR A BENEFIT SINGING/AUCTION
APPROVAL FOR USE OF ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL CAMPUS FOR A RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER
APPROVAL OF UPDATE TO INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY AND APPLICATION
APPROVAL TO AUTHORIZE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH SOMERSET COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO OFFER ADULT CLASSES AT ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Renae Smith
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE - David Jones
UPDATE ON ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BOILER AND APPROVAL OF BG-1 FORM - David Jones/Renae Smith
REVIEW/APPROVAL OF DRAFT BUDGET FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR - Renae Smith
DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM - Carla Perkins
APPROVAL TO SET REGULAR BOARD MEETING'S DATE AND TIME
EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810(1)(F) STUDENT DISCIPLINE
Adair Co. Relay for Life is June 17, 2016.
This year's theme is "Curing Cancer Around the World" with the kick-off set for Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at House of Styles. Adair Co. Relay for Life Chairperson Peggy Lawson tells WAIN News that this years event will be held inside.....at the LWC Holloway Health & Wellness Center.
For more info. or to sign up a team, call Peggy at 270-634-2882 or 270-384-3229.
A bill filed in the Kentucky legislature would add more responsibilities to the lieutenant governor.
According to the Kentucky News Network, Democratic State Representative George Brown, Jr. of Lexington is proposing a bill that would put a measure before the voters this November that, if approved, would make the lieutenant governor the president of the state senate. Brown says his bill would bring Kentucky's legislature in line with what the federal government does with the Vice President and the U.S. Senate. The legislation also clarifies the chain of command should the governor and lieutenant governor get impeached, die or are otherwise unable to continue in their roles.
A fatal house fire occurred Tuesday afternoon in Adair County. One person is dead and three others are unaccounted for. The investigation continues today.
Kentucky State Police, Post 15 received a call Tuesday at approximately 1:30pm in reference to an explosion at a residence on M. Coomer Road, 6 miles east of Columbia, off Hwy. 206.
The explosion led to a house fire. Firefighters stayed on the scene late last evening to prevent the fire from reigniting. State Police secured the area through the night and investigators will begin working the scene early this morning. The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.
1 fatality has been confirmed and 3 persons have not been accounted for at this time. Multiple local, state and federal agencies are assisiting in the investigation.
Investigators said one man made it out and is expected to be OK. Officials said nothing suspicious or criminal is suspected.
There were 28 firefighters on the scene for the Adair Co. Dept for 5 hours. The cause and origin of the fire is under the investigation of Kentucky State Police, ATF, and KY State Fire Marshall's Office.
Other agencies on the scene assisting were: Adair County EMS, Adair County Sheriff's Department, Adair County Coroner's Office, Breeding Fire Department, Knifley Fire Department, Edmonton Fire Department, Clemetsville Fire Department, Adair County Constable's Office, Adair County Emergency Management, and The Adair County Red Cross.
TUES. JAN. 26
The home of Mitchell Coomer was destroyed by fire today. Several fire departments are on the scene including the Adair Co. and Breeding Fire Dept.s, along with other emergency & law enforcement personnel. The home is located on M. Coomer Rd. off Hwy 206 across from Bearwallow Cemetery. It is unknown if anyone was at home at the time of the fire.
That's a question citizens in Adair Co. will answer on Tues., March 22, 2016. Thats the date for the local option county wide election that was set by Adair Co. Judge Exec. Mike Stephens this morning (Tuesday).
The County Clerk's Office certified 1,583 signatures received from PAC (Progress in Adair County). A total of 1,038 certifield signatures was required in order to have an election. Judge Stephens was officially notified of the certication this morning.