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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID 19 UPDATE 6/5/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on case information and encouraged people to follow public health guidance this weekend as Kentuckians continue the fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

Gov. Beshear also noted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday and he asked all Kentuckians to keep her family in their thoughts.

Gov. Beshear said, “We grieve with her mother, Tamika Palmer, and we are committed to building a more just and equitable commonwealth.”

 

Case information


As of 4 p.m. June 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,977 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 289 of which were newly confirmed Friday.

 

“Remember, COVID-19 is still out there spreading aggressively and it can be lethal to certain populations,” said. Gov. Beshear. “Let’s make sure we’re keeping our social distance, let’s make sure we’re wearing masks and let’s protect one another.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported eight new deaths Friday, raising the total to 466 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Friday include a 66-year-old man from Daviess County, a 48-year-old man from Fayette County, an 82-year-old woman from Franklin County, an 86-year-old woman from Graves County and an 89-year-old man and 52-, 77- and 87-year-old women from Jefferson County.

“We’ve lost a third health care worker, and like the first two we lost, this person worked in a long-term care facility,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ll be reaching out to her family to see if they want us to share her story. Let’s make sure that we remember not only the seriousness of COVID-19 but that we continue to show our compassion to these families.”

 

At least 3,316 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

 

Stay Safe This Weekend


This week, the Governor consistently reminded Kentuckians that the novel coronavirus is still in our midst and we need to take precautions to prevent its spread. The Governor and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

 

Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently, covering food and individually wrapping plates.

 

Pharmacy refills update


?Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order that extends previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. This order will be in effect until July 7.

 

Price-gouging update


Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting price-gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.

 

Healthy at Work


To see the state’s full reopening schedule and industry-specific guidance, including updates announced this week, visit healthyatwork.ky.gov.

 

“Follow the rules, be healthy at home and be healthy at work,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s continue to make sure that we work to defeat this pandemic.”

 

Week in Review


To review updates and case information from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday visit https://governor.ky.gov/news.

 

More information


Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

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KSP TROOPER & 2 OTHERS INJURED IN HIGH SPEED CHASE IN ROCKCASTLE COUNTY

 

Troopers chased a stolen car in a high speed pursuit Thursday.


Kentucky State Police attempted a traffic stop on I-75 South near the 72 mile marker in Rockcastle County just after 1pm.


The driver continued a high rate of speed, before taking Exit 62 in Mount Vernon.  While traveling on KY-461, the vehicle drove in the oncoming lane of traffic, that's when Troopers disabled the car.  


The driver, 44 year old James N. Small, of Berea, his passenger, and the KSP Trooper were transported to Rockcastle Co. Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, where they were treated and released.


James Small was lodged in the Rockcastle County Jail on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking U/$500, Fleeing and Evading 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree, No Operator’s License, No Insurance, and No Registration.


Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Vernon Police, and Rockcastle County EMS also responded.

 

 

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PULASKI COUNTY AMONG 7 RURAL COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE FEDERAL WATER FUNDS

 

Pulaski County is one of seven rural utilities to receive $16.6 million in federal loans and grants for water improvement projects, Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg, made the announcement Thursday.

 

Legg says the grants come from the federal USDA water and waste disposal loan and grant program.

 

The grants and projects include:

  • Southeastern Water Association, Inc. – This Rural Development investment ($500,000 loan/$110,000 grant) will be used to complete the replacement of aging, undersized waterlines and three booster pump stations. Another pump station will be upgraded in Pulaski County.


Other areas receiving funds include:

  • City of Caneyville in Grayson County
  • Levee Road Water Association – in Montgomery County
  • Montgomery Co. Water District #1 
  • City of Lancaster in Garrard County
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • City of Auburn in Logan County

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • William E. Brown, 37 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine) (over 2 gms), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • David G. Bridgewater, 36 of Campbellsville, arrested by Somerset PD for 2 counts of Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle & on Foot), No OL, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, & Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Mark A. Stinnett, age 29, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine) (over 2 gms), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Joshua T. Sterner, age 23, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Stephen S. Basham, 48 of Nicholasville, arrested by Lancaster PD for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Opiates).
  • Shonna Alban, 43 of Somerset, arrested by Lancaster PD for Possession of Marijuana, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified).
  • Charles R. Hendrix, 44 of Somerset, arrested by Lancaster PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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COMMUNITY SADDENED AT PASSING OF LOCAL FIRE FIGHTER

 

A beloved local Fire Chief has died.

 

A post on the Brush Creek Volunteer Fire Department's social media page says: 

 

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our Chief Gale Scott. Chief Scott was loved and respected by all in our community and surrounding counties.

 

Gale was also an active member with the Liberty Fire Department, and with Liberty-Casey County Rescue Squad.

 

We ask that you keep the Scott family, Brush Creek Fire Department, Liberty Fire Department, Liberty-Casey County Rescue Squad and Emergency Service Community of Casey County in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

 

Bartle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

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RUSSELL COUNTY COMMODITIES TODAY

 

Russell Co. Judge Executive, Gary Robertson and the Russell County Fiscal Court in conjunction with the Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland program will distribute commodities today at the First Baptist Church, at 392 E Hwy 80 (across from the Dollar Store) beginning at 12pmCT until all commodities are given away. 

 

This will be DRIVE THRU ONLY! NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO GET OUT OF THEIR CAR.

 

For more information call Judge Roberton's Office at 270-343-2112.

 

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2 ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

A Somerset man and another from Warren County, arrested on drug charges.

 

Sheriff Greg Speck says, on May 27th, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office’s arrested Walter B. Smith, age 33 of Bowling Green, and 45 year old James D. Brown, of Aztec Trail in Somerset.

 

The Sheriff's Office received a complaint of possible drug trafficking of pills and heroin in the Antioch area of Pulaski County. Deputies Matt Bryant, & Alex Wesley, located the suspected vehicle on Scenic Trail. During an investigation, Deputies located drugs and drug paraphernalia.

 

Walter Blaine Smith was charged with:
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Opiates)
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Meth)
• Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)
• Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree

 

James D. Brown was charged with:
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Opiates)
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Meth)
• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified
• Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)
• Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree

 

Both were lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

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ARMED PULASKI MAN THREATENS PEOPLE & POLICE

 

A Pulaski County man is behind bars after authorities say he threatened people with a rifle, then ran from Deputies.

 

Sheriff Greg Speck says 33 year old Carl Mark Wells, of Somerset, was arrested around 11pm Monday night on Hilltop Drive in Nancy.

 

Deputy Alex Wesley responded to a call of a man armed with a .22 rifle threatening people
and police. When units arrived, they located Mr. Wells inside, destroying property. Deputies say Wells fled out the back door into a wooded area. He was later located in a creek laying in the water. Mr. Wells resisted the Deputies trying to make the arrest, but he was finally placed into a cruiser. He continued to make threats toward the police that had responded.

 

Mr. Wells is charged with:
• Wanton Endangerment, 2nd Degree – Police Officer
• Fleeing and Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)
• Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree
• Terroristic Threatening, 2nd Degree
• Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree
• Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense)

 

Wells also had a warrant on him for a Probation Violation in Leslie Circuit Court and a Bench Warrant out of Lincoln Court for Failure to Appear.

 

Mr. Wells was lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

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LIBERTY PROPERTY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETS TODAY

 

The City of Liberty's Property Code Enforcement Board, designated by the Liberty City Council, will hold its first meeting today at 4:30pm at City Hall.

 

The only item on the agenda is dilapidated property.

 

The meeting is open to the public, but limited to 10 people.

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Stephanie D. Luttrell, 47 of Russell Springs, arrested by Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), & Failure to Appear.
  • Joshua Gyde, 20 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police Officer Smith for DUI (under 21), Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, No Registration, & No Insurance.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Nicole R. Hicks, 35 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for No Registration Plates, No Brake Lights, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle), No Insurance, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, & Resisting Arrest.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Paul J. Schilling Jr., 43 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Reckless Driving, License to be In Possession, No Insurance, & DUI (Aggravator).
  • Carl M. Wells, 33 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree (Police Officer), Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, Terroristic Threatening-2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Felony Probation Violation, & Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Bria A. Peterson, age 30, arrested by Danville PD for Failure to Wear Seat Belts, DUI (Aggravator), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, No Insurance, & Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change.
  • Stephanie Wilson, age 29, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Criminal Abuse-1st Degree (Child 12 or under).

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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RCSO RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT MONEY FOR NEW OFFICERS

 

Russell County Sheriff's Department, and 18 other Kentucky police and sheriff’s departments were among dozens nationwide to receive part of more than $400 million in federal money Tuesday to pay for police officers on the street.

 

The Department of Justice dispurses the funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). 

 

Russell County Sheriff's Office will receive just over $144,000 for new personnel.

 

Sheriff Derek Polston says...This Money will now allow us to Hire 2 additional Deputies and place them at the Salem Elementary School and Russell Springs Elementary. When we reapply next year I will put a grant in for Jamestown Elementary School as well. I want to Thank Susan Melton for all the hard work she did for writing the Grant, Superintendant Michael Ford and the Russell County School Board, Russell County Fiscal Court, my office Staff and Deputies for everything they do as well. 

 

Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.

 

The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications requesting more than 4,000 law enforcement positions.

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 


Judge Executive Randy Dial welcomed everyone to yesterday's meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court.


 


The Court awarded Yearly Bids yesterday:

  • Road Oil > Hudson Oil
  • Tiles > Atwood Concrete Products
  • Crushed Stone > Hinkle
  • Washed 8 Stone > Gaddy Shamrock
  • Chip & Seal > Gaddy Shamrock at a rate of $6,500 per mile (Labor Only)

Jail Bids:

  • Bread > Bimbo Bakery
  • Milk > Borden Dairy
  • Food Service (Non-Food Items) > Brown Food Service
  • Food Service (Food Items) > Brown Food Service
  • Cleaning Service @ Judicial Center > B&H Cleaning

In other business, Judge Dial recommended reserving some additional Road Salt...


 


The motion was approved.

 

The Court went into executive session for about a half an hour to discusss possible future real estate aquisition. There was no action taken.

 

Judge Dial also encouraged everyone to participate in the Census to benefit our County...

 

 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court will be Monday, June 15th.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID-19 UPDATE 6/1/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Case information


As of 4 p.m. June 1, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,046 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky.

 

“Kentucky has had 131 new positive cases with zero new deaths on Sunday and 214 new cases with eight new deaths on Monday,” reported Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner for Public Health. “We continue our efforts to expand testing, ramp up contact tracing and urge the public to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

 

The total number of reported deaths attributed to coronavirus stands at 439 Kentuckians.

The deaths reported Monday include an 84-year-old woman from Campbell County; an 82-year-old woman from Gallatin County; a 98-year-old woman from Grayson County; three men, ages 33, 53 and 75, from Jefferson County; a 90-year-old woman from Kenton County; and an 88-year-old man from Logan County.

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians to light their homes, places of business and places of worship green for compassion.

 

At least 3,232 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity: for Sunday’s information, click here; for Monday’s information, click here.

 

Monday morning


Monday, the Governor addressed an event that occurred when the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the Kentucky National Guard were dispatched to 26th and Broadway around 12 a.m. Monday. While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon. LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire resulting in a death.

“Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event,” the Governor stated.

 

Gov. Beshear also joined Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, along with attorney Lonita Baker to speak about the search for justice in Taylor’s death and the need for calm on the streets of Louisville. To view the news conference, click here.

 

More information


Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

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KSP: 52 CHILDREN DIED IN HOT CARS LAST YEAR

 

During the first week of June, KSP is sending a plea to parents and caregivers with ‘Keeping Kids Cool’, a statewide initiative to provide awareness about leaving children in hot cars. It may seem like common sense, but statistics show that these deaths are continuing to happen across the U.S.

 

According to the National Safety Council, 52 children died in 2019 of vehicular heatstroke and Kentucky accounted for two of those. One child in Texas has already died this year from being left in a hot car. Since 1998, there have been 850 child-related vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. These include instances where a child has been forgotten in a car, accidentally locks themselves in a vehicle or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car.

 

KSP spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson says the most common reason children are left in a hot car is the parent or caregiver forget they are there. A majority of parents are misinformed and like to believe they could never ‘forget’ about their child.

 

“As both a trooper and a father, I can’t emphasize enough the danger involved with hyperthermia,” says Lawson. “None of us want to believe that we would get so distracted with our day or other activities that we would exit our vehicle without our child. But it happens and it happens too often.”

Lawson continues to say that it can be a matter of minutes before a child is in distress from being left in a hot car.

 

“Temperatures inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes,” adds Lawson. “When you combine that with a warm weather day and the facts that a child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than adult, you have a recipe for disaster.”

 

In 2000, Kentucky passed “Bryan’s Law,” which makes a person liable for second-degree manslaughter or first-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than eight years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death.  The law was named after 11-month old Bryan Puckett, who died July 13, 1999 after being left in a hot car by his babysitter.

 

Lawson offers the following safety tips:

  • Look before you lock. Make this a priority and a habit.
  • Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows down.
  • Make it a habit of opening the rear door of the car every time you park to ensure no one is left inside.
  • To enforce this habit, place an item that you can’t start your day without such as a purse, briefcase, employee badge, phone, etc.
  • When at home, keep your vehicle locked at all times, even in the garage.
  • Never leave keys within reach of children.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the inside, floorboards and trunk of all vehicles in the area.

KSP asks citizens to keep an eye out for children left in vehicles on hot days and to call 911 if they see an unaccompanied child in distress.

 

* https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/motor-vehicle-safety-issues/hotcars/

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Bruce Thompson, 35 of Columbia, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change, DUI-4th Offense, Possession of Marijuana, & Driving on a DUI Suspended License.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • James W. Harrison Sr., 51 of Waynesburg, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for No Registration Plates, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, & DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator).
  • Maranda M. Morris, 24 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change, Criminal Littering, Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Failure to Render Aid/Assistance, DUI (Aggravator).
  • James L. Wilkinson, 56 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office on 2 counts of Murder, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
  • Raul Valdez, 49 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Insurance, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Paul D. Meece, age 44, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Reckless Driving, Improper Driving on the Left Side of the Road, DUI, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Failure to Appear.
  • Joshua L. Denney, age 35, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office, Serving a Warrant for Parole Violation, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified), & Improper Signal.
  • Demarkus K. Masterson, age 31, arrested by Harrodsburg Police for 2 counts of  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin & Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Possession of Marijuana.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Robert J. Tillery, 37 of Berea, arrested by Garrard Co. Police for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (drugs unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Choemae Bradley, 30 of Mount Vernon, arrested by Garrard Co. Police for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Registration Plates, No Insurance, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (drugs unspecified), Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Mark A. Wilson, 50 of Stanford, arrested by KSP for DUI (Aggravator), & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.
  • Derek L. Perkins, 27 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin).

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR DRY FORK

 

East Casey Water has issued a Boil Water Advisory for customers on Dry Fork.

 

Customers in that area should boil any water used for human consumption, bringing to a rolling boil for at least three minutes, and boil water for short-term use only.

 

This advisory is in effect until further notice.

 

If you have any further questions, contact your water provider.

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PULASKI WOMAN AND 3 OTHERS SENTENCED IN MULTI-COUNTY METH RING

 

According to Sheriff Greg Speck, Kathie Huff was sentenced on May 26, 2020 by Federal Judge
Wier in Federal Court in London, KY. She was sentenced to 68 months followed by 4 years of
supervised release. She had previously pled guilty to drug charges related to her involvement
in a drug conspiracy.


Ms. Huff was involved in a conspiracy in transporting methamphetamine from Louisville to
Somerset. Ms. Huff was responsible for nearly 1 kilo (907 grams) (2.2 pounds) of
Methamphetamine. She and her supplier also possessed firearms.


The following co-conspirators have already been sentenced in this case:
1. David Ameral (Louisville Meth Supplier to Huff/Beach/Brasfield): 137 months, 5 years
supervised release
2. Ignacio Brasfield (Traveled to Ameral to Get meth and bringing it to Somerset: 151
months, 8 years SVR
3. Robert Jerome “Cotty” Beach (Traveled to Ameral to Get meth and bringing it to
Somerset: 157 months, 5 years SVR


Kathie Huff, Ignacio Brasfield and Robert Jerome “Cotty” Beach are from Pulaski County. David
Ameral is from Louisville, Kentucky.


DEA Task Force Officer and member of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division,
Chris Lyon, is the agent on the case.


Sheriff Speck credits a multi-agency cooperative effort in stopping this conspiracy and bringing
it to a successful conclusion with these sentences.


Involved in the investigation were the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, the Lake Cumberland Area
Drug Task Force, the Somerset Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, the Louisville
Metro Police Department, and the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

 

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2 PULASKI CO. BOYS FOUND SAFE

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Specks reports that two children reported missing Thursday morning were found safe.


The boys, ages 10 & 7, went missing Wednesday night around 9pm from Hidden Loop Drive in the Slate Branch area of Pulaski County.


Luckily, they were located in a wooded area approximately ½ mile from their residence and appear to be Okay.


The investigation continues by Deputy Tyler Brummett.


Personnel from Somerset/Pulaski County Rescue Squad, the Special Response Team, Somerset Police, Pulaski County Fire Department, and Parker’s Mill Fire Department also responded.

 

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LINCOLN CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN BOYLE CO.

 

On 05/26/2020 around 1850 hours, K9 Deputy Tanner Abbott conducted a traffic stop in the Danville Manor parking lot. After further investigation a search of the vehicle was conducted. Found was a clear bag containing Fentanyl and apparently $1400.00 in cash.


Curtis Cook of Stanford was arrested and transported to the Boyle County Dentition Center. Upon arrival at the jail Suboxone pills and approximately $500.00 in cash were found hidden on Cook’s person.

 

Cook was charged with the following:
? Trafficking Fentanyl
? Drug Paraphernalia
? Operating on Suspended License
? Possession Cont Sub 2nd Degree
? Promoting Contraband
? Parole Violation Warrant

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Corey L. Mounce, 44 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, & Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon.
  • Walter B. Smith II, 33 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset PD for Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Opiates), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), & Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree.
  • James D. Brown, 45 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Dept. for Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Opiates), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), & Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree.
  • Alonzo D. Holbrook, 50 of Nancy, arrested by KSP for Speeding (26 mph or more Over Limit), Reckless Driving, Improper Signal, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Failure to Surrender Revoked OL, DUI, Possession of Marijuana, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.
  • Travis B. Beeler, 35 of Burnside, arrested by Somerset PD for Burglary-3rd Degree, & Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Samuel K. Stallworth, age 55, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Dept. for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Cocaine – over 4 gms), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & Unlawful Transaction with a Minor.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Matthew C. Harris, 27 of Kings Mountain, arrested by KSP for Failure to Wear Seat Belts, License to be In Possession, & DUI.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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LAKE CUMBERLAND STATE RESORT PARK CLOSING JUNE 1ST

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will close on June 1.


It's is one of 4 state parks remaining closed to provide housing for low acuity COVID-19 patients in the event of a resurgence of the corona virus. 


The closing will include Rowena Landing Restaurant, the campground, trails, and picnic areas. The State Dock Marina and access road will remain open.


State Senator Max Wise & Rep. Jeff Hoover say this move will "bankrupt the economy of south central Kentucky".


The two are asking Governor Beshear to reconsider and evaluate alternatives.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 5/27/2020

 
 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“We are going to get through this together because no matter what this virus or anybody else throws at us, we are strong enough, we are united and we are ready to do what it takes,” the Governor said. “This is perhaps one of the most important moments that we will ever face, one of the biggest challenges that we will ever have to rise to. It’s one where we are fighting for the lives of so many and we are rewriting history about how we respond.”

 

Gov. Beshear and other officials also offered updates about the Team Kentucky Fund, a reorganization of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the use of masks.

 

Team Kentucky Fund
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman highlighted the Team Kentucky Fund Assistance application, which was launched a week and a half ago. She said the site already has received more than 1,900 applications for assistance.

 

She said the funds are available to those who have been financially burdened through job loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“The COVID-19 outbreak has caused its own unique set of issues, but what it has also done is exacerbate issues that we know already exist,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “As a rural Kentuckian, I can speak to those from experience, because I know that in lots of places in Kentucky there is not adequate job opportunity for many people. We struggle with health care and infrastructure and internet access in some areas. And what we’ve seen with this fund is that those disparities are showing up in our application process as well.”

 

The Lieutenant Governor urged people in Breathitt, Fleming, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Mason and Wolfe counties to participate in greater numbers.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman said Kentucky’s Community Action Agencies will disburse the money regionally, acting as the “hands and feet” of the Team Kentucky Fund, reaching into communities across the commonwealth.

 

The Team Kentucky Fund currently has raised more than $3.1 million. To access an application, click here.

 

Case information


As of 5 p.m. May 27, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 9,077 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 127 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday.

 

“Our numbers suggest again today that we are no longer in a plateau, but on a decline,” the Governor said.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported six new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 400 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“In Kentucky, we’ve now lost 400 of our own to this pandemic,” the Governor said. “Without all our actions, without heroic actions, would it have been a heck of a lot worse? Yes. But let’s all acknowledge that losing 400 people to anything, at any time, for any reason isn’t OK. It’s just not.”

 

The deaths reported Wednesday include a 71-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman from Boone County; a 78-year-old man from Hopkins County; two men, ages 77 and 79, from Jefferson County; and an 80-year-old man from Oldham County.

 

At least 3,124 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Executive Branch Ethics Commission


Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday that he is reorganizing the Executive Branch Ethics Commission in order to strengthen its mission.

 

“Today, I’ve taken a step to try to restore the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to what it should be,” the Governor said. “As of today, the Commission will no longer be five individuals directly appointed by the governor with no input from others. I am appointing three members, and the other two members will come from a list of nominees from the attorney general and a list of nominees from the state auditor. This is very easy. It’s the right thing to do. I am beyond politics and want to move this state in a better direction.”

 

The goal of the changes will be to increase the strength and independence of the Ethics Commission and the integrity of state governance.

 

Gov. Beshear noted that he was restoring two positions that provide wider participation. He said that in 2008, former Gov. Steve Beshear made two appointments to the Ethics Commission from recommendations by the Kentucky attorney general and auditor of public accounts. In 2016, former Gov. Matt Bevin rescinded those appointments and appointed all new members without recommendations. 

 

The Governor appointed Crit Luallen, David Karem and Roger Crittenden. To view Gov. Beshear’s executive order on the reorganization, click here.

 

Testing expansion


Gov. Beshear continued to urge Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19.

 

Information on how to register at sites throughout the commonwealth visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Absentee Ballot Application Portal online


Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.

 

More information


Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

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VOTE AT THE CASEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

 

Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis, says you can now request a mail-in ballot to vote, or starting today, you can stop by the Courthouse and vote in person over the next few weeks...

 

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Brian K. Medellin, 24 of Liberty, arrested by KSP Trooper Begley for Violation of a Ky EPO/DVO, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Gregory S. Pelfery, 40 of Mount Vernon, arrested by KSP for Failure to Signal, Careless Driving, No Insurance, DUI (Aggravator), & Assault-4th Degree.
  • Jeffery S. Young, 42 of Burnside, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Careless Driving.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Eric I. Garcia Nieves, age 39, arrested by Danville PD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Assault-4th Degree.
  • Curtis W. Cook, age 43, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Carfentanil for Fentanyl Derivatives), Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified), No Operator’s License, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Serving Parole Violation Warrant.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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A PORTION OF KY 501 IN CASEY COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO

 

Casey County Judge Executive, Randy Dial, says Willow Springs Road is closed at the junction of South KY 501 for construction of a new drainage structure beginning today.

 

Weather permitting, the road will reopen within 2 weeks.

 

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