LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--WED. JAN. 28


KY charges have been filed against an FBI fugitive captured in Lincoln County on Wednesday.

25-year-old Robert Caldwell, formerly of Danville, KY and a FBI fugitive was charged with Fleeing & Evading Police, Criminal Mischief, Kidnapping, Robbery and Theft by Unlawful Taking/Auto.

At approximately 12:55pmET yesterday, two KSP detectives in an unmarked car, indicated that he had been involved in a hit-and-run, sideswipe collision with a white Jeep that was traveling west on Thomas Ridge Road in Casey County. The Detectives pursued the 2005 Jeep Wrangler but were unable to locate it.

During the course of looking for the Jeep, it was discovered that the Jeep had been stolen from a residence on Turkey Creek Road in Casey County. The accused came out of the woods onto the property and found a 13-year-old male outside the residence. The male juvenile was made to get in the Jeep with the accused, at gunpoint, and was taken. The juvenile was released a short time after being abducted and found unharmed.

The vehicle was located after multiple agencies engaged in several hours of searching and a second pursuit ensued and ended in Lincoln County where Caldwell was taken into custody by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. He is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on multiple local, state and federal charges.

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The Adair County Clerk's office has joined Adair County School schools as a drop off point for Shoes for H.O.P.E. You'll be able to contribute shoes for the drive six days a week here, including Saturdays.

The Adair County Clerk’s Office is open on Saturday’s from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon.

There will be some instances, when we will be closed; example when the Saturday follows a holiday or in front of a holiday, the state offices are closed; therefore we have to be closed due to no computers. We will make sure to let the public know in advance.

The Saturday hours are in addition to the regular Monday-Friday schedule of 8am-4pm.

The Clerks webpage: adair.clerkinfo.net.

 

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Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Jamie Comer, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Kentucky, will be in Greensburg on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3pmCT at the old Green Co. Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.

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The Adair County High School Career and Technical Education Showcase will be held on February 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CT at ACHS.

The showcase will feature opening remarks from student leaders and Superintendent Alan Reed. All CTE departments (Agriculture, Business, the Energy Academy, Family and Consumer Sciences, Graphic Arts, Health Sciences, Information Technology, and Welding Technology) will be available for guests to visit to view student work and to see the CTE programs available to ACHS students.

The highlight of the evening will be the opportunity for you to see the new Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center Satellite Campus featuring Health Sciences and Welding Technology.

Also featured will be previews of two new career pathways scheduled to debut in the 2015-2016 school year: Aerospace and Broadcast Journalism.

For more info. contact high school principal Troy Young at 270-384-2476.

 

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Adair County PRIDE Clubs have been awarded funding.

Student groups that explore nature and serve their communities have received a boost from Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., the nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky.

PRIDE announced Monday that it had awarded $30,277 to PRIDE Clubs across the 42-county region. The PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contracts are worth up to $750 each. They were awarded through a competitive application process.

In Adair County, the Adair County Elementary School PRIDE Club received $750. The Lindsey Wilson College PRIDE Club received $650.

PRIDE Clubs are student groups dedicated to environmental education.

 

 

LOCAL NEWS-- MON. JAN. 26


A Monroe County woman has been charged with Criminal Abuse by KSP.

36-year-old Elizabeth W. Jones, of Tompkinsville, has been arrested and charged with Criminal Abuse 1st Degree. KSP Detective Mike Dubree is investigating the complaint in which a 7-month-old infant sustained serious head trauma while being left in Jone's care at her residence.  Jones was arrested on Wednesday, January 21st and lodged in the Monroe County Jail.  The investigation is ongoing.

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A Tennessee man is dead following a 1-vehicle accident on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in Russell Co. over the weekend. Police say speed may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

According to the Russell Co. Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015  near the Russell-Pulaski County line when 34-year-old Jessie James Davis of Nashville, TN lost control of his 2013 Chevy car, left the roadway & overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its top. Davis and a passenger, Romaine Ross, age 42, also of Nashville, were both ejected from the vehicle. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by Russell County Coroner Mike Reynolds. Ross was airlifted from the scene to the U.K. Medical Center where she remains in serious condition.

 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

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A Russell Co. woman was arrested on Friday for deceiving an elderly man in order to get money from him.

According to the Russell Co. Sheriff's Office,  45 year old Judy Walters of Russell Springs was arrested on Friday afternoon and charged with Theft by Deception.  A complaint was received from relatives of an elderly man alleging that an unknown woman, under false pretenses, had convinced him to give her money last Thursday.

The female suspect reportedly contacted the elderly man again on Friday.  After a short investigation, Judy Walters was arrested as she was leaving the victim’s house on John Street in Russell Springs about 1:30 p.m. Friday and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

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The Adair County Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 136 Hector Curry Rd. at 1:36 AM Saturday morning. The fire started as a result of a wood stove. There was minor damage to the mobile home. There were 15 firemen on the scene for approximately 25 minutes. The property was owned by Randy Curry.

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The Adair Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in that ccurred early Friday morning, January 23, after 1:00 a.m. at Breeding County Mart near the Adair/Cumberland County line on HWY 61 South.

 

The two burglars gained entrance by breaking a glass door. Once inside, they made their way to the cash register, taking it as well as several inventory items.

 

It is believed that the perpetrators may try to resell much of the inventory stolen which includes several brands of cigarettes.

 

Anyone who has any information on the break-in or aware of parties attempting to sale cigarettes are asked to notify either the Adair Sheriff's Office or Kentucky State Police

 

Fri.

A Lexington man is in jail after robbing a Campbellsville bank on Friday

 

The Campbellsville Police Department responded to the bank robbery at Forcht Bank in Green River Plaza. Prior to officers arrival, the suspect left driving a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with an undetermined amount of cash and armed with a handgun. Officers were able to stop the vehicle at the intersection of Broadway and Federal Place and take the suspect into custody without incident. 51-year-old Thomas Riley of Lexington was charged with Robbery 1st degree and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


The investigation is ongoing and future charges are possible.

 

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A Taylor Co. man is behind bars after fleeing from police following a domestic violence report.

 

Taylor County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 911 call in reference to a domestic situation on Thursday at 10:27 p.m.  Deputy Mark Dickens arrived on the scene at the intersection of Fairview and Friendship Pike in Taylor County. According to the sheriff's report, 25-year-old Diaz Douglas of Lebanon gave a false name to Deputy Dickens and then fled on foot.

 

Douglas was apprehended by Sheriff's Deputies moments later on Friendship Pike. He was charged with Fleeing/Evadiing Police on foot and giving officer false name and address. Doughlas was also served four outstanding warrants from Marion County and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.

 

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A fatal accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Green County on Hwy 61 South.

According to the Green Co. Sheriff's Office, 21 year old StevenTyler Murphy of Summersville was killed in the crash when he overcorrected and was struck by a  pickup truck being driven by 44 year old James Hack of Hodgenville, KY.

Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene; Hack was transported by Green County EMS to Taylor Regional Hospital.

The Green Co. Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.

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A  Marion County man is dead following a farming accident on Wednesday.

The Taylor Co. Sheriff's Dept. along with the Taylor Co. Fire/Rescue, Taylor Co. EMS and the Lebanon Fire Dept. responded to Merrimac Road in Mannsville after a caller reported a person trapped in a grain bin at 3:41 p.m. EST.

64-year-old Joseph Gary Blandford of Holy Cross had climbed into a grain bin to attemp to unclog the auger when the soybeans caved in on top of him causing him to be buried in the soybeans. Blandford was pronounced dead at the scene.  Extrication of Mr. Blandford lasted for approx. 6 hours due to the stability of the beans in the bin and the oxygen levels inside the bin.  The death investigation is ongoing by the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office.

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The Heartland Parkway Board of Directors is meeting today (Thursday) to hear an update on the status of the Heartland Parkway project and to make plans for 2015-2016 in terms of building support for the project.

Adair Co. Deputy Judge Exec. Holly Grimsley attended the meeting and states "we are hopeful that there will be future support for this project from the state level. Deputy Judge Grimsley went on to say "we believe if this project is successful, it would be such an asset for Adair County and Economic Development."

The Heartland Parkway involves the upgrade of the approx. 60 miles of the 55/555 corridor connecting the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway north of Springfield with the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in Columbia. A year ago, a decision was made by the Heartland Parkway Board of Directors to move from advocating a 4-lane corridor, which was projected to cost between $400-$500 million to a modified 2 + 1 option-thereby reducing the projected cost to between $65-$70 million. Some progress has been made on the Columbia-Campbellsville portion of the project.

Adair Co. Judge Exec. Mike Stephens is attending a meeting of "Kentuckians for Better Transportation" in Campbellsville, Ky.

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An Adair Co. man was flown to a Louisville hospital following an accident on Wednesday evening 9 miles south of Campbellsville on Hwy 55 (New Columbia Road). Three others were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, a  2003 Volkswagen Jetta being operated by 30 Christopher Richardson of Campbellsville, rear- ended a Pontiac G6 being driven by 47 year old Tim Beard of Columbia who was stopped for construction. The impact knocked Beard's vehicle into a 2012 Ford van being driven by 30 year old Christpher Gabbert of Campbellsville who was also stopped in traffic.

 

Tim Beard was flown by Air Evac to the Univ. of Louisville Hospital. Two of his passengers, 44 year old Katherine Beard and 2 year old Ian Cross along with Christopher Gabbert were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A $160,000 grant will make it easier and safer for LWC students to walk in Columbia-Adair County.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday a $160,000 grant in federal funding for a project to that will expand sidewalks on the west side of the A.P. White Campus.

The funding -- through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program -- will be used to build sidewalks from campus to Jamestown Road and from the campus to the Lindsey Wilson College Sports Park.

The money will also be used to place crosswalks on streets surrounding the campus, making travel safer for students and staff that walk and drive around the campus.

"Enhancing a community's transportation choices also enhances the quality of life for its citizens," Beshear said. "We are confident this project will provide positive benefits for residents."

LWC officials requested the grant to provide students with a safer path to the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park and also to Columbia-Adair County businesses on Jamestown Hill.

"A lot of our students said they had a hard time reaching businesses on Jamestown Hill because there wasn't an easy and safe path from campus," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. "This grant will bring the campus and community closer together, and it also should increase the number of times students shop at local businesses.


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The Adair county Fiscal Court will have a special called meeting on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the basement of the Adair County Annex Building.  Items on the agenda are Hiring a Replacement for Part Time Recycling Employee and Adoption of a Resolution to Refinance Bonds.   

 

There will be a meeting of the Adair County Public Properties Corporation on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:45 a.m. in the basement of the Adair County Annex Building. 

The meetings are open to the public.

 

TUES

A 2-vehicle accident on Monday morning in Russell Springs has claimed the life of a Russell Co. man and injured a Russell Co. woman.

 

58-year-old Derrick Cox of Russell Springs died at the UK Hospital in Lexington after being flown there following the accident.  

 

Witnesses say Cox was operating a 1998 Ford Ranger and was traveling westbound but was in the eastbound lane of HWY 80 near First Baptist Church and Wilson Funeral Home when he struck a 2002 Ford Explorer head on being driven by 32-year-ld Jessica Kelsey of Russell Springs.   Cox was airlifted from the scene, while Kelsey was flown to UK from the Russell County Hospital for further treatment.   Cox was pronounced dead by the Fayette County Coroner a short time after arriving at UK hospital.  
 

 

The Russell Springs Police Dept. investigated the accident.

 

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An Adair Co. woman and 2 Russell Co. women have been arrested for Possession of Methamphetmine.

25 year old  Sonnie Seratt of Columbia and 30 year old Jaedee Warner of Jamestown  were arrested on Sunday for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth). Serrat was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Darla Gossage age 44 of Jamestown was arrested on Monday for Poss of Meth.

All three women were lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.

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Congratulations to Miss Adair County Fair Shelbie Pettey who competed over the weekend in Louisville at the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant. Out of 92 girls, Shelbie was named 1st runner-up.  In two days she was judged in interview, swimsuit, and even gown.

Also, the Adair County Fair & Horse Show won 1st place for their 2014 Fair Catalog in the Class B Catalog Division, Glossy/Slick Finish at the Kentucky Association of Fair and Horse Show’s 68th annual convention.

Judging criteria is based on overall appearance, organization, information, and other miscellaneous items in the catalog.

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A Taylor County man has been arrested at a Campbellsville hotel for trafficking in Meth.

According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, on Friday, Jan. 16, the Sheriff's Office located a quantity of methamphetamine at Super 8 Hotel while serving an arrest warrant. As a result, 39-year-old Rickey Spaw was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Trafficking ina Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd offense, Methamphetamine.  Spaw was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.

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State regulators have fined the City of Campbellsville Fire Department $25,000 for improper training and equipment in an incident that killed one firefighter and injured three more while trying to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.

The Kentucky Office of Occupational Safety and Health issued the citation last week. The fire department has until Feb. 2 to contest it.
State officials say the department did not make sure firefighters wore protective helmets designed to reduce electric shocks and allowed untrained people too close to a power line.

41-year-old Tony Grider died after the ladder he was on got too close to a power line while firefighters were attempting to spray water on the Campbellsville University marching band.

 

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Tpr. Kenny Brown is investigating a fatal collision that occurred Wednesday at approximately 1:42 PM CST, 2.5 miles east of Columbia on KY 206. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

 

38-year-old Bryan Harvey of Columbia and 40-year-old Ina Copley of Russell Springs were traveling east on KY 206 in a 2004 Toyota SUV.  The SUV traveled off the shoulder, causing the driver to lose control and travel over an embankment.  Both were ejected from the car due to not wearing a seatbelt. 

 

Copley was pronounced dead at Westlake Regional Hospital by the Adair County Coroner.  Harvey was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where he is in critical condition.

 

It is unclear as to who was operating the vehicle and alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor.  Tpr. Brown was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff's Department, Adair Co. Fire, Adair EMS and Adair Search & Rescue. The investigation is ongoing.

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A Green County man was killed as a result of icy roads Wednesday morning.


According to K-Country News Director Austin Yates, the accident occurred when 32-year-old Ricky Greer of Greensburg was operating his vehicle on Edmonton Rd (close to Greasy Creek Church), when he lost control of the auto striking a utility pole. Greer died as a result of that accident.
 

A second accident occurred when Margaret Tucker, who was driving on 218 towards Greensburg, lost control of her vehicle and overturned. Tucker was entrapped in her vehicle and had to be freed by the Green County Fire Dept.  Green Co. EMS assisted at the scene along with the Green Co. Sheriff’s Department. Tucker was taken to TJ Sampson Hospital for treatment of her injuries.