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KSP INVESTIGATE FATAL CRASH IN MADISON COUNTY

 

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, was contacted just before 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 19, 2024, in reference to a two-vehicle collision on Mt. Vernon Road in Madison County.

 

The initial investigation indicates a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Jackson Curtis, 44, of Berea, KY, was traveling on Slate lick Road and attempted to make a left-handed turn onto Mt. Vernon Road (US-25), crossing into the path of a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Jeffrey Crowe, 25, of Berea, KY, traveling north on Mt. Vernon Road. 

 

As a result of the collision, Jeffrey Crowe, 25, of Berea, KY, was fatally injured and pronounced deceased on scene by the Madison County Coroner. Jackson Curtis, 44 years old of Berea, KY, operator of the other vehicle, was transported to Baptist Health in Richmond with non-life-threatening injuries. 

 

Lieutenant Hunter Martin with the Critical Incident Response Team is conducting the ongoing collision investigation. He was assisted on the scene by Kentucky State Police Post 7 personnel, Madison County EMS, Madison County Fire, and Madison County Coroner's Office.

 

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS FAILURES DISCUSSED AT MONDAY'S MEETING OF THE CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT

 

The Casey County fiscal court meeting regular session Monday.

 

Before opening the floor for comments judge executive Randy Dial discussed the procedure for getting included on the meeting agenda...

 

Brandon Long addressed the fiscal Court representing a large group of first responders concerning radio communication problems. Long told magistrates emergency Communications have failed five times within the month...

Judge Dial acknowledged there has been communications problems...

 

Russ Clark representing Bluegrass 911 addressed the communications problems. Clark says $52,000 has been invested just for Casey County emergency communications...

Clark introduced Travis Shelton from Southern Communications to discuss possible reasons for the communication failures which could include tower light interference, Grounding issues, as well as wind damage to a communications panel...

Both Clark and Shelton expressed concern and stated they would do whatever is necessary to correct the problems

 

The fiscal court went into an executive session for about 45 minutes to discuss the possible acquisition of property. No action was taken.

 

Magistrates approved a second reading and adoption of a budget amendment to the jail fund.

 

Magistrates also approved a cost of living adjustment for County employees of 3.5%. Judge executive Randy Dial...

 

Magistrates also voted to continue a maintenance agreement for a generator with Cummin's Sales and Service.

 

They also approved the transfer of funds up to $75,000 from the General fund to the jail fund as needed.

 

Casey County sure if Chad Weddle gave his department's monthly activity report for January...

 

Click below to hear full audio from this meeting...

 

LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL MET IN SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY

 

Liberty City Council met in a Special Session Monday afternoon.
Here's Mayor, Doctor Sam Haddad...

 

The next regular meeting for the City Council will be
Monday, March 11th.

 

CASEY COUNTY MOTHER & SON CHARGED WITH STEALING CATALYTIC CONVERTER

A mother and son were arrested for stealing and selling a diesel catalytic converter from a hardware store in Casey County on Tuesday.


According to the Casey County Sheriff's Office, Kyle Rowe, 23, and Amanda Hutchenson, 49, both of Highpoint Rd., Liberty, took the converter from True's Electric property without permission. The converter was lying on a metal platform behind the store on the 127 bypass. The value of the converter was over $2,700.


The pair allegedly then drove to Atwood Recycling and sold the converter for $53.00. Video footage shows them going inside Atwood Recycling with the converter. They were also seen driving a Jeep when getting the converter and the same Jeep at the recycling center.


On Thursday, February 15th, Sheriff Chad Weddle questioned Amanda Hutchenson. She claimed that some guy gave her the converter a week ago, but she did not know his name or where he worked. She said he was behind True's on a forklift and told her and her other son, Rodney Rowe, that they could have the junk while they were dumpster diving. However, Rodney Rowe denied knowing anything about the converter or the guy.


The owner of the converter, Mike True, identified the converter and paid Atwood Recycling the $53.00 that they had paid Rowe. He got the converter back in his possession. He also said that they were closed on Sundays and no one would have been there working at the store or on a forklift.


Kyle Rowe and Amanda Hutchenson were arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking over $1,000. Both were lodged at the Casey County Jail.

 

KSP PEACEFULLY RESOLVE BARRICADE SITUATION IN MADISON COUNTY

 

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, was contacted just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2024, in reference to a shots fired complaint that occurred outside of a residence on Riney B Drive in Madison County.

 

The initial investigation indicates Ryan E. Oller, 39 years old, of Richmond, had discharged several rounds from a firearm outside of a residence on Riney B Drive. The Kentucky State Police was able to make contact with Mr. Oller by phone. After lengthy negotiations, Mr. Oller refused to cooperate and discharged several more rounds from a firearm inside the residence.

 

The Kentucky State Police Special Response Team responded to the scene and was able to place Mr. Oller under arrest without incident. He is charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct, and was lodged at the Madison County Detention Center. No citizens or officers were injured during the incident.

 

KENTUCKY RESIDENTS REMINDED OF FOREST FIRE HAZARD SEASONS AND BURNING RESTRICTIONS

 

As the spring season approaches, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is reminding residents of the forest fire hazard seasons and the burning restrictions that are in place to prevent wildfires.

 

According to KRS 149.400, the forest fire hazard seasons are from February 15 to April 30 and from October 1 to December 15. During these periods, it is illegal to burn any flammable material within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland, except between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM, local time, or when the ground is covered with snow.

 

The law applies even if the person has taken the precautions required by KRS 149.375, such as clearing a firebreak, having firefighting equipment on hand, and notifying the local fire department.

 

The KDF said that the burning restrictions are necessary to reduce the risk of wildfires, which can threaten lives, property, and natural resources. The KDF also said that wildfires can worsen the air quality and contribute to climate change.

 

The KDF urged residents to follow the law and to check local ordinances and the KY Divisions of Air Quality and Waste Management before conducting any outdoor burning. The KDF also advised residents to attend all fires until they are completely extinguished and to report any wildfires to 911 or the local fire department.

 

The KDF said that anyone who violates the law may be fined up to $500 or imprisoned for up to six months, or both. The violator may also be liable for the cost of suppressing the fire and any damages caused by the fire.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL KENTUCKY DIVISION OF FORESTRY OFFICE: https://eec.ky.gov/Natural-Resources/Forestry/wildland-fire-management/Pages/Outdoor-Burning-Laws.aspx

 

 

2 PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, FEB. 19TH

 

  • Casey County Fiscal Court regular monthly meeting, 5pm, Monday, Feb. 19th at the Casey Co. Judicial Center, downtown Liberty.

 

  • Liberty City Council will host a SPECIAL meeting Monday, Feb. 19th at 5:30pm at City Hall. The purpose for the meeting is a 2nd reading of an Ordinance for a Budget Amendment.


These meetings are open to the public.

 

2 MEN ARRESTED AT CASEY COUNTY SAFETY CHECKPOINT

 

On Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Casey County Deputies Tyler Luttrell and Jake Atwood were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Ky 1547 and Ky 1859. A black Chevy pickup approached the check point and Deputy Atwood requested the driver's license and vehicle documentation.

 

The driver stated that he did not have a license and would have to look for his vehicle documents, while speaking with the driver, Atwood could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and noticed the driver had glassy eyes. He asked the driver about the odor and the driver stated that he had some open beer bottles in the floor. Atwood requested that the driver pull off of the roadway. He provided an I.D. and said his name was Jared Allen, age 35 of Scotts Chapel Rd., Liberty, KY.

 

Allen had two passengers in the vehicle with him, in the passenger front seat was Felipe Medellin, age 74 of KY-1547, Liberty, KY, and in the rear passenger seat was Judith Lane. Atwood asked Mr. Allen to step out and perform field sobriety tests and he did, he consented to an eye test and showed 3 of 6 clues, he stated that he did not feel comfortable taking a balance test due to having screws in his ankle. Atwood administered ARIDE sobriety test and lack of convergence was not present, during the modified romberg test Allen stated that 30 seconds had passed at a stopwatch time of 36 seconds. Allen advised that he had 3 beers after work but had drank them pretty fast and stated that he had gotten off of work at 3:15 p.m. A field breathe test was administered and it showed the presence of alcohol.

 

Deputy Atwood asked Allen if he had anything illegal in the vehicle and Allen stated that he did not so Atwood asked for consent to search and consent was granted. The Deputy asked Allen if he had any knives or anything on his person and he stated that he did have a pocket knife and handed it to Deputy Atwood. Allen began emptying out his pockets and showing the items he had, and Atwood advised him that he was going to check and make sure he didn't have anymore pocket knives or weapons.

 

When the Deputy patted Allen's right pocket he felt a small object that appeared to be hard and asked him what it was, Allen removed the object from his coin pocket and it was a white, oblong pill with the marking M367 on it. He stated the pill was a lortab. He advised that he was prescribed lortab's but they were 7.5 mg and not 10 mg like the one in his pocket.

 

Allen developed cotton mouth the more he talked and stated that he had taken a lortab after he had gotten off work. Allen's eyes were constricted, and Deputy Atwood asked him if he was still feeling the effects of the pill and he stated well his foot isn't hurting anymore. Atwood advised Allen that he was being placed under arrest and transported him to Casey County Hospital.

 

Upon arrival at the hospital, Deputy Atwood advised Allen of the implied consent warning and requested he take a blood test and he consented to the test.


Horizontal gaze nystagmus tests indicate: Operator showed equal pupil size; and equal tracking. Operator did not show resting nystagmus. Officer observed distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in right eye; and onset of nystagmus at angle prior to 45 degrees in both left and right eyes. Operator showed 3 of 6 clues on HGN.


Allen was charged with Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License, DUI-2nd Offense, and Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Hyrdocodone).


Deputy Luttrell asked Medellin and Lane to exit the vehicle. Deputy Atwood began to frisk Lane and Deputy Luttrell frisked Medellin. After completing the frisk on Lane, Atwood noticed a white pill similar to the one Allen had on his person, lying on the ground below the passenger side of the vehicle. Deputy Luttrell picked it up and as Deputy Atwood walked to the passenger side of the truck there was another half of a white pill in the seat where Medellin was sitting. Atwood also located a straw underneath Medellin's seat and the straw had an additional white oblong pill inside of it along with a white residue. The markings on the pills were M367.

 

Medellin advised that he was prescribed the medication that we had located but his prescription was at home. Deputy Atwood advised Medellin that he was supposed to carry his medication in a proper container. Atwood advised Medellin he was being placed under arrest.

 

Medellin is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Hydrocodone), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
 

Both men were transported to the Casey County Jail.
 

LIBERTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING STOLEN VEHICLE AFTER TUSSLE WITH POLICE

 

On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, Deputy Jacob Atwood with Casey County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a reckless driver on West Ky 70.

 

He observed a silver Dodge Ram flatbed truck on old West Ky 70 traveling at a high rate of speed, got behind the vehicle and initiated emergency equipment in attempt to get a traffic stop. The vehicle made a right hand turn at the courthouse square as if they were headed to the jail. Sheriff Chad Weddle intersected the vehicle and the vehicle stopped.

 

The operator exited the vehicle and began yelling. She was identified as Sherri Hayes, age 39, of KY Hwy 551, Liberty. Hayes had thick foamy spit in the corners of her mouth and when asked what she had used, she stated that she had used methamphetamine and marijuana. Hayes had to be told several times to stop yelling and she Deputy Atwood to place her inside of his cruiser.

 

She advised that she did not know whose vehicle that she was driving, Sheriff Weddle had spoken with some one on the phone and advised their truck had been taken from Columbia, Ky. The vehicle returned to B&B Fencing.

 

Hayes began kicking the door of Atwood's cruiser, & had to be told to stop multiple times.

 

Hayes consented to field sobriety testing. When Atwood began to administer the eye test, Hayes began yelling again and was placed in the cruiser and transported to the Hospital.

 

Upon arrival at the hospital, Hayes consented to a blood test, however, while at the registration desk, Hayes changed her mind and began to walk out. Deputy Atwood told her to stop and she continued to the first set of doors. Once she got through the first door she began to walk faster. When she made it to the second set of doors she began to run. Hayes was taken to the ground until she became compliant.

 

While walking back towards the police cruiser, Hayes began yelling and causing a disturbance. Deputy Atwood advised her that if she didn't calm down that he was going to pepper spray her. Hayes continued to yell and cause a disturbance so he administered pepper spray.

 

Hayes then took off running towards the Emergency Room. Hayes ran into the ER doors and began kicking them as if she was attempting to get inside. Deputy Atwood again took Hayes to the ground to gain control of her then transported her to Casey County Jail.


Charge 1: RECKLESS DRIVING
Charge 2: DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 2ND DEGREE
Charge 3: OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Charge 4: RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY $10,000 OR MORE
Charge 5: FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 2ND DEGREE (ON FOOT)

 

4 PULASKI COUNTY MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the arrest of four men, and the seizure of Fentanyl,
Methamphetamine and Suboxone following an attempt to serve warrants at a Somerset
residence.


On February 9, 2024, at approximately 6:25pm, Deputies Tyler Pearson and Ronnie
Golden responded to 135 Deerfield Ln., Somerset, KY, on a report of individuals inside the
residence with warrants. Once at the residence, deputies were granted permission to search the
home for the individuals.


Deputies located James R. Carrender, 34 years of age, Eubank, KY, inside a bathroom in
the home. Carrender was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest out of both Pulaski
County Circuit and District Courts. During a search of Carrender at the time of his arrest, a bag
that contained a gray powder-like substance was located. Carrender told deputies the substance
was Fentanyl, a Schedule II narcotic. The substance was placed on the sink in the bathroom
while a search of Carrender continued. While completing the search, and with Carrender
handcuffed, he grabbed the bag in an attempt to destroy the substance inside.


Carrender was arrested at the residence and charged with Possession of Controlled
Substance 1 st Degree-Fentanyl and Tampering with Physical Evidence along with two counts of
Failure to Appear and one count of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines.


During the search of the residence, deputies also located Gregory Brown, 38 years of age,
Crab Orchard, KY, in the living room. Brown was found to have a Pulaski County District Court
warrant for Contempt. Arwin D. Dalton, 43 years of age, Somerset, KY, was located hiding in a
closet. Dalton was found to have a Pulaski County and Lincoln County warrant for Failure to
Appear.


During the initial search of the residence, a second man was located in the bathroom with
Carrender. At the time of questioning the men, it was determined the second man did not have
any warrants for his arrest. Deputies later discovered the man had given deputies false
information as to his identity, and was further identified as Kyle Wright, 57 years of age,
Somerset, KY. Wright did have warrants for his arrest, and deputies responded back to the
address to attempt to locate him.

 

Upon deputies’ arrival, they located Wright hiding behind a door and went to place him under arrest. During the arrest of Wright, he dropped a metal container that opened upon impact and was found to contain what is believed to be Methamphetamine and Suboxone.

 

Wright was arrested at that time and charged with a Pulaski County District Court
warrant for Non-Payment of Court Costs and a Pulaski County Indictment for Possession of
Controlled Substance 1 st Degree, 1 st Offense-Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.

 

The investigation into the discovery of the supposed Methamphetamine and Suboxone is ongoing.
All subjects were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.


Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to
contact our tip line at 606-679-8477. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at
http://www.pulaskisheriff.com.

 

You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.

 

CASEY COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES WAS PREPARING TO FLEE THE U.S.

 

A Liberty man arrested Friday with a huge amount of drugs and cash in his residence, was apparently getting ready to flee the country.


73-year-old Roger Mullins was the target of a joint operation by the Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Kentucky State Police, and Casey County Sheriff's Office.


Agents executed a federal search warrant at his home on Brinson Place, where they found approximately 50 pounds of methamphetamine, 3 kilos of cocaine, 4 pounds of heroin, a loaded 9mm handgun, several containers of marijuana, baggies, a marijuana crusher, joints, and a set of digital scales in Mullins' bedroom and safe.


Mullins confessed to trafficking in narcotics and said he had buried $100,000 in cash in his backyard, which he dug up three days prior because he planned to go to Mexico soon.


Mullins was charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking, possession, and paraphernalia.


He is being held in the Casey County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

ADAIR COUNTY WOMAN INDICTED FOR MURDER IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF HER TODDLER

 

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Detective B.J. Burton presented the results of an extensive death investigation to the Adair County Grand Jury which has returned an indictment for murder.  

 

The Adair County Grand Jury has returned an indictment on Jamie Hendriksen, age 24 of Columbia, charging her with Murder.  The charge stems from the investigation into the death of Ms. Hendriksen’s 3-year-old child that occurred on the evening of August 29, 2023 at a residence on Jay Wheeler Road in Adair County.

 

On February 12, 2024, Senior Trooper Brandon Roark served the indictment on Jamie Hendriksen at a residence in Adair County.  Ms. Hendriksen was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Detention Center. 

 

The investigation is being led by Detective B.J. Burton.  Detective Burton was assisted by other KSP Post 15 Troopers, Detectives, and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

 

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY MAN KILLED IN CRASH WITH TOUR BUS

 

On February 13, 2024, The Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London investigated a two-vehicle fatal collision that occurred approximately 10:28 pm in Rockcastle County on South Wildness Road.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Toyota Rav4, operated by James M. Mcpheron, 53 years old of Mount Veron, KY, was traveling westbound on South Wildness Road when he lost control of his vehicle and veered into the path of a 1997 Vanhool (Tour Bus). The Bus was operated by Roger D. Miller 43 years old of Lancaster, Ky.  

 

As a result of the collision, Mr. Mcpheron was transported by Rockcastle EMS to the Rockcastle Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Rockcastle County Coroner.

 

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 11 Trooper Aron Jones. He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 Personnel, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Mount Vernon Police Department, Rockcastle EMS, Mount Vernon Fire Department, and the Rockcastle County Coroner.

 

LIBERTY MAN FACING DUI CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 

A Liberty man was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance on Friday night.
 

According to the Casey County Sheriff's Office, Cyrus W. Davidson, 23, was pulled over on Shop Hill Road by Deputy Jacob Atwood for having one working headlight on his black SUV.


Deputy Atwood noticed that Davidson had bloodshot, glassy eyes and dilated pupils.


Davidson admitted to drinking one Raspberry Twisted Tea and smoking half of a joint.


He failed field sobriety tests and was charged with one headlight and DUI.


He was taken to the hospital for a blood test and then to the Casey County Jail.


Deputy Tyler Luttrell assisted in the arrest.

 

CASEY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD REPORT

 

The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night.
Superintendent, Barry Lee...

 

 

LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 

Liberty City Council met in regular session Monday.

 

The city has secured a $2 million grant for the water rehab project Mayor, Dr. Sam Haddad…

 

The council also voted to eliminate some scrap metal through a surplus sale.

 

The Council approved an ordinance amending the budget there will be a special meeting for a second reading of that ordinance on Monday at 5 o’clock.

 

Council members also approved an amendment to an ordinance adjusting city employee personnel pay rate.

 

There was a lengthy discussion concerning the flood study with no action taken.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD EXPLOITATION CHARGES

 

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested William Aaron Mattingly, 39, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

 

Mr. Mattingly was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

 

The investigation resulted in an interview at a residence in Springfield on February 8, 2024. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Mr. Mattingly is currently charged with ten counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and one count of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Mr. Mattingly was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations.

 

This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

 

73 YEAR OLD CASEY COUNTY MAN ARRESTED DURING MASSIVE DRUG BUST

 

A Waynesburg man was arrested in a massive drug bust over the weekend.

 

According to Casey County Sheriff, Chad Weddle, on Friday, Homeland Security Investigations out of Louisville, KSP Desi West, Casey County Sheriff's Office, and DEA out of Lexington executed a federal search warrant at 618 Brinson Place in the Eastern part of Casey County.

 

The search warrant led to the following items of evidence being found approximately 50 pounds of methamphetamine, 3 kilos of cocaine, 4 pounds of heroin, a 9mm handgun, and approximately 100+ thousand dollars in cash.

 

Roger Mullins age 73 was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Mullins remains lodged in the Casey County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

KSP: DUNNVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD EXPLOITATION CHARGES

 

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch located, interviewed, and arrested Tyler Glen Stamper, 25, on charges related to a child sexual abuse material investigation.

 

Stamper was interviewed as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect was saving sexually explicit images of minors to an online social media account.

 

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Dunnville, KY on February 8, 2024. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.

 

Stamper is currently charged with 20 counts of possessing matter portraying a minor under the age of 12 in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class-C felony punishable by five to ten years in prison. Stamper was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations.

 

This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

 

The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

 

KAVFD MOURNS LOSS OF TEAM MEMBER

 

The Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department is grieving the loss of one of their own.


Terrie Drake passed away on Monday.


Terrie was a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years and was honored as the Firefighter of the Year in 2021.


She was known for her service and compassion for others in need.


The Southeast Casey Fire Department expressed their condolences and asked the community to pray for her family, friends, and fellow firefighters.

 

BOYLE COUNTY FIRE STATION #9 OPENS

 

Residents in Boyle County will benefit from a new fire station.


Fire station #9 recently opened in Boyle County, improving fire protection and emergency services for the northeast end.


As an added benefit, residents in that area will now enjoy lower insurance rates, as their fire rating drops from class 9 to class 5.


The Boyle County Fire Department posted on social media, "Our newest addition to Boyle County Fire! Thanks to everyone that made this possible, and the work everyone involved has put in."


Fire Station #9 is located at 343 Walter Reed Rd, Danville.

 

2 PEOPLE FACE NUMEROUS CHARGES FOLLOSING A TRAFFIC STOP IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports two individuals are in custody following a traffic stop that occurred on Friday February 2, 2024.
 
The investigation began when Detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were conducting interdiction on Boat Dock Road. Detective Trent Massey observed a white Pontiac commit a traffic violation and conducted a stop of the vehicle on Boat Dock Road.
 
Detective Massey approached the vehicle and upon making contact with the driver, Desmond Scruse, age 32, of Louisville, observed a bag of marijuana in plain view. Detective Tan Hudson arrived on scene to assist.
 
Detectives removed Scruse from the vehicle, along with a female passenger, Brittany Scheiman, age 26, of Macon, Georgia. Detectives searched the vehicle. Upon searching, Detectives recovered the marijuana from the driver’s door, a large quantity of methamphetamine in a bag in the center console, digital scales, glass pipe, syringes and baggies. Detectives located $300.00 Cash on Scheiman.
 
Both Subjects were transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center for booking. While being booked at the Pulaski County Detention Center, Deputy Jailers located $2,350. In U.S. Currency hidden on Scruse’s person.
 
Scruse was charged with the following:
• Driving Motor Vehicle using Hand-Held Mobile Telephone
• Careless Driving
• Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd of greater offense (> 2 grams of methamphetamine)
• Trafficking in Marijuana (Less than 8 oz.) 2nd Offense
 
Scheiman was charged with the following:
• Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st offense (> 2 grams of methamphetamine)
• Trafficking in Marijuana (Less than 8 oz.) 1st Offense
• Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess
 
Both subjects were lodged at the Pulaski County Detention Center.
 
In total, Detectives recovered approximately 351.4 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 23.9 grams of marijuana, and $2,657.00 in cash.
 
The case remains under investigation by Detective Trent Massey of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. The Pulaski County Narcotics Division was assisted in the investigation by Deputy Brett Thomas of the Patrol Division.
 
Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our tip line at 606-679-8477.
 
You can also leave a tip on our webpage at http://www.pulaskisheriff.com. You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.
 

TAYLOR COUNTY MOTHER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF HER BABY

 

A Campbellsville woman was arrested Friday night for the death of a 6-month old baby girl.


Haley Jade Fisher, 24, was the mother of the baby, who was found not breathing at her home.


Campbellsville Police and Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS responded to a call of a baby in distress at around 10:00 p.m. They arrived at the scene and found the baby dead.


The police, the Taylor County Coroner, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services conducted an investigation and determined that the baby died of abuse and neglect. They also found drug paraphernalia at the home.


Fisher is charged with criminal abuse, manslaughter, wanton endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Taylor County Jail.

 

CASEY COUNTY MAN FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES AFTER RUNNING FROM DEPUTIES AND CAUSING A DISTURBANCE AT THE HOSPITAL

 

A Casey County man was arrested on Jan. 4th, after he crashed his truck, resisted arrest, and caused a disturbance at the hospital.


The Casey County Sheriff's Office says Joseph W. Cooper, 28, of Liberty, was involved in a domestic disturbance at a residence on Dry Ridge Rd. He left the scene in a green Chevy truck and drove recklessly.


Deputy Jake Atwood pursued Cooper and found the truck, stuck in a wooded area behind a pasture off Noe Road. Cooper had damaged a fence and left a lunch box with his name on it. Liberty Police Officer Cody Roy helped Atwood and found Cooper walking near the pasture. Cooper was reportedly drunk and uncooperative. He refused to get in the car and screamed and cursed at the officers.


Cooper was taken to the ambulance, where he continued to be aggressive and non-compliant. He said he had drunk a fifth of liquor and admitted to driving the truck. He refused treatment by EMS and was taken to the hospital by Deputy Atwood.


At the hospital, Cooper became violent and lunged at Deputy Atwood. He was restrained and cuffed by the deputy and was screaming, cursing, and disrupting the hospital staff. He was given medication to sedate him and was medically cleared.


Cooper was charged with multiple offenses, including reckless driving, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, DUI, menacing, and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Casey County Jail.

 

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