LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--THURS. OCT. 30


State utility regulators have found no safety violations in connection with a deadly "ice bucket challenge" accident in Campbellsville, Ky.  

 
Several firefighters were burned when their truck ladder got too close to a power line in August. Capt. Tony Grider died a month later. The firefighters were participating in an ALS charity event on the Campbellsville University campus. 

 
The Public Service Commission says the transmission line was in compliance with safety standards. 

 
The PSC did not investigate the underlying cause of the accident. There is a separate investigation being conducted by OSHA.

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An Adair Co. man has been arrested on numerous charges.


27-year-old Michael S. Nichols of Adair County has been arrested and charged with Failure to Wear Seatbelt, No Operators-Moped License, Reckless Driving and Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree. Nichols was arrested after he hid in the woods following a brief vehicle and foot pursuit. He was lodged in the Adair County Jail. Tpr. Levi Scott observed Nichols operating his 2001 Pontiac on KY 80 without his seatbelt and initiated a traffic stop when Nichols fled.

 

Tpr. Scott is investigating and was assisted at the scene by additional Post 15 KSP personnel.

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A Russell Co. man has been indicted on several child sexual abuse charges.

34-year-old Rusty Weddle was indicted for this week by a Russell Co. Grand Jury for Rape, 2 counts of Sodomy, 2 counts of Unlawful transaction with a minor,  4 counts of Possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.

An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.

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Tpr. Adam Likins is investigating a collision that occurred Wednesday at 7:40 AM EDT, 4 miles east of Liberty on KY 70.  

60-year-old Glenita Gail Vannostrand of Clintwood, VA, was traveling west on KY 70, operating a 1998 Jeep.  Vannostrand lost control of her vehicle as she topped a hill, overcorrected, traveled off of the roadway and struck the ditch-line.  She was treated and released from Casey County Hospital.

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The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority, Inc. will meet Friday, October 31 at 8amCT, at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

The agenda will include:

    Welcome & call to order
    Determination of a Quorum
    Business:
        Build-Ready Project/KY Cabinet of Economic Development (Web Site: www.selectkentucky.com/buildready)
        Visit at Green River Commerce Park – Mark Dykes
        Entrepreneurial & Career Expo – Sue Stivers
    Other Business

 

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The General Election is less than a week away and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding all eligible voters to plan ahead for Election Day to make sure their voices are heard on Nov. 4.


Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, and any eligible voter who is in line to vote by 6 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. The morning and evening rush hours and lunch time tend to be busy, so voters who visit the polls during those periods should plan accordingly.


Voters should avoid surprises on Election Day by checking their polling place and viewing sample ballots through the Voter Information Center at https://vr.sos.ky.gov/vic/.

Under Kentucky law, employers must allow employees who are eligible to vote to be absent from work for at least four hours in order to cast a ballot. Kentuckians who will be working on Election Day outside the county in which they reside are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Employers may specify the hours during which an employee may be absent, and employees should request voting leave in advance of the day on which they will vote. Employers have discretion whether to compensate employees for voting leave.


WAIN will bring you complete precinct-by-precinct returns on Tues. (election night) as we broadcast from the Adair Annex on the Public Square.  All candidates (win or lose) are invited to stop by the Judge Executive's office (suite 1) and speak with us on the air after the election results are announced.

 

LOCAL NEWS--WED. OCT. 29


Drugs, stolen vehicles and cash was seized following a drug round-up in Metcalfe County this week.

On Tuesday morning, Kentucky State Police Detectives, Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers along with members of the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team, Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office, Edmonton Police Department and the HIDTA Task Force, executed arrest warrants issued by the Metcalfe County Grand Jury. The indictments were the result of a 9 month long, joint investigation between the Kentucky State Police and the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Department.  

The following were arrested and lodged in the Metcalfe County Jail.

21-year-old Chesaney Dial of Edmonton was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

59-year-old Edward Green of Edmonton was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance

45-year-old Bryan McCue and 39-year-old Pamela Frank of Edmonton were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana

29-year-old Edward Brooks and 36-year-old Lori Brooks of Edmonton were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

22-year-old Jamie Faulkner of Beaumont, 54-year-old Junior Pulliam of Edmonton, and 54-year-old Dorman Dick of Sulpher Well were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana

19-year-old Aaron Faulkner of Edmonton was charged with 3 counts of Trafficking in Marijuana w/in 1000 feet of a school.


56-year-old Kenneth Vibbert of Willow Shade was charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 2nd Degree, Trafficking in a controlled Substance and Trafficking in Marijuana 1st Degree.


15 guns, approximately $1000.00 in cash, over 2 pounds of marijuana and 3 marijuana plants were seized and 2 stolen vehicles were recovered.

 

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This weekend, we'll say goodbye to daylight saving time.

 

The official time change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we all set our clocks back to 1 a.m.

 

The good news is you'll get an extra hour to sleep. The bad news is on Monday we'll be complaining how dark it is on the way home from work.

 

Why do we do this, anyway? Because Congress said so. In 2005, Congress mandated that beginning in 2007 daylight saving time would start the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November.

 

This weekend (either on Sat. night before you go to bed or Sun. morning when you awake) turn your clocks "back" one hour as we "Fall Back" to Central Standard Time.

 

 

LOCAL NEWS--TUES. OCT. 28

 

This is the main breeding season for whitetail deer, and Kentucky officials say the last three months of the year is responsible for about half of the wrecks involving deer.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Department's Gabe Jenkins says drivers should take into consideration the time of day and surroundings as they travel. He says deer are most active around dawn and dusk as they look for mates.

Swerving to miss a deer may confuse the animal so only steer to avoid hitting a deer if it can be done safely.

Also, wear a seat belt and pay attention to yellow highway signs identifying deer crossing hot spots.

Last year, 2,985 vehicle-deer collisions were reported, accounting for less than 3 percent of all vehicle collisions statewide.


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A Taylor Co. woman has been arrested for Trafficking in Heroin and other charges.

On Saturday, October 25, at 1:20 a.m. the Campbellsville Police Department received a complaint of a possible DUI.  After an investigation, 24 year old Sara Marie Teel of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with DUI, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Heroin), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Teel was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.     

 

 
MON.

Both lanes of the Cumberland Parkway have reopened following a tanker truck hauling fuel overturning early Monday morning.


A tanker truck overturned at the 43 mile marker and was fully loaded with diesel fuel.  The driver was not injured.

 

Vehicle Enforcement Officer Derek Cundiff is investigating the accident.

 

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Adair, Russell & Taylor County bands are 3 of the 8 bands from the Class 3A West Region that will be advancing to the State Finals this Sat., Nov. 1st in Bourbon County. The state quarterfinals were held on Saturday in Elizabethtown. A total of 10 bands competed with the top 8 advancing on to Finals.

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Trooper Jonathan Houk is investigating a school bus collision that occurred Friday in the area of Pitman Creek on KY 61 North in Green County that sent several students to the hospital.

 

43-year-old Randall Dobson was operating a 2002 Bus when he rear ended a 2008 Bus operated by 46-year-old Frankie Dobson.  That bus was pushed into a 2000 Ford Pickup operated by 63-year-old Bennie Montgomery.  The 2002 bus was then struck in the rear by a 2007 Bus operated by William Jewell.  All drivers are from Green County and were wearing seatbets. Randall Dobson and Bennie Montgomery were transported to Jane Todd Hospital to be treated for non life threatening injuries.   

 

Collectively, approximately 90-100 students were on the busses with 36 students being transported to Jane Todd Hospital Hospital where they were treated and released. 


Green County EMS & Fire Dept, Green County Sheriff's Department, Summersville Fire Department and the Taylor and Adair County Rescue & EMS assisted at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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On Saturday, October 25, at 4:30 p.m. Officer Jeremy Burris attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle in reference to a traffic violation in the area of East Broadway and South Jackson Street.
 

As Officer Burris initiated his emergency equipment, the vehicle failed to stop and sped away.  After a short pursuit, the vehicle pulled over in the area of Buckner Street and the two occupants of the vehicle fled on foot.  Christopher Tucker age 37 and Stephanie L. Dickens age 18 both of Campbellsville were taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.


Tucker was charged with; DUI, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container in a Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Evading, Criminal Mischief, and several other traffic violations.


Dickens was charged with; Fleeing or Evading on Foot, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Meth), Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz.) 1st offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.


FRI.

 

Tpr. Boston Hensley is investigating a collision that occurred at 5:38 PM EDT on Friday on Springfield Hwy, at the intersection of Radio Station Road.

 

21-year-old Jonathan Freeman, of Georgetown, was traveling south on Springfield Hwy, operating a 2013 Toyota, when he was struck in the rear by a 2004 KIA passenger car.  The KIA was operated by 33-year-old Anthony Cambron, of Springfield. Both drivers were belted and  Cambron was treated and released from Spring View Hospital.

 

Tpr. Hensley was assisted at the scene by Marion County Fire, EMS and Rescue. 

 

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Groundbreaking of the new Sleep Inn Hotel was held Friday morning at Holladay Place next to Walmart in Columbia.  The hotel will have an indoor pool and will employ approx. 20 to 25 people once completed.


Economic Development Director Sue Stivers tells WAIN News that the hotel will certainly be an asset to our community.

        
The owners are Mike Neal, Terry Harvey & Tommy Grider. They anticipate employing approximately 75 workers during the construction phase which should get in a couple of months.

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On Thursday, Oct. 23, Shriners Hospitals for Children in Lexington launched an 8 million dollar capital campaign with an eye towards consruction of a new medical center.  

 


The campaign will help support a new 47-million dollar children's medical center across form the Univ. of Ky. Albert B Chandler Hospital. The new medical center will address the changing and growing healthcare needs of children in the region.

 


Shriners hospitals director of development Dale Wallenius stressed that care is provided for all children who come to the hospital regardless of whether their familes can pay.

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A Taylor County man has pleaded guilty to the murder of his great-grandmother.

Reportedly, 22 year old Jessie Durham (who was 20 years old at the time of the incident) argued with his 77-year-old great-grandmother in February, 2012, striking her several times with a hammer until she died at the woman's home on Daisy Drive in Campbellsville.

Earlier this year, Durham filed notice that he will use a mental health defense in his case.

Durham faces murder, tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking charges. Sentencing is set for Nov.7.

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Social Security checks will rise by 1.7% -- which translates into $22 more each month for the average retired worker.


In 2015, the average worker will receive $1,328 a month, or $15,936 a year, according to the Social Security Administration. More than 58 million recipients will see the bump in their checks starting in January.


Next year's annual cost of living increase is up from 1.5% this year, but still less than 2012's increase of 3.6%. Seniors received no increases to their benefits for two years prior as prices fell due to the recession.

 

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Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between September 2013 and September 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

This is the second consecutive month that Kentucky has seen a year-over-year drop in all counties. Last month was the first time on record this had happened.

Daviess and Warren counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 4.8 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 13.2 percent.


In the 10 county Lake Cumberland District, the average jobless rate was 6.6% in Sept. compared to 7.1% in Aug. 2014.  The unemployment rate in Sept. 2013 was 9.0%.

Adair County had a jobless rate of 5.7% in Sept., the 3rd lowest in the district.  Green County's unemployment rate was 5.5% and Taylor County's rate was 5.4%.

Other unemployment rates for Sept. 2014 in the Lake Cumberland District include: Casey Co. at 6.0%; Cumberland Co. at 6.3%; Pulaski Co. at 6.6%; Clinton Co. at 7.2%; Russell Co. at 7.5; Wayne Co. at 8.1% and McCreary Co. at 9.2%.