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2 VEHICLE INJURY ACCIDENT IN RUSSELL COUNTY

 

Jamestown Police responded to the scene at the intersection of US 127 and Old Clear Springs Rd.

 

The investigation revealed that 78 year old Jan Webber of Columbia, driving a 2012 Dodge Caravan, failed to stop at the red light and collided with the 2023 Kia Rio driven by 75 year old Mary Woodrum of Jamestown.

 

Woodrum was transported to the local hospital by Russell County EMS for treatment of non life threatening injuries.

 

CASEY COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIGHTING DEPUTIES

 

A Liberty man was arrested after fighting with Officers.


On Monday around 2 p.m., Casey County Deputies responded to a domestic dispute between mother Jan Penix and her son, Daniel L. Elliott, age 31, in Liberty.


The incident occurred on Three Angles Drive, approximately 6 miles east of Liberty. Upon arrival, Deputy Jason Grider made contact with Ms. Penix, who reported that Elliott had struck her in the head four times and also grabbed her by the neck.


Mr. Elliott was sitting on the porch, and Deputy Grider instructed him to come off the porch and talk in the yard. Daniel refused, asserting that he wouldn’t leave the property. Grider informed Elliott that he was under arrest, prompting an expletive-laden response from Daniel.


When Grider deployed his Taser, Elliott pulled out the probes and hurled them at the deputy, using offensive language. Daniel even threatened to kill Grider and retrieve a gun.


Sheriff Chad Weddle arrived, and despite further Taser deployments, Elliott continued to resist arrest. Ultimately, officers had to physically force his hands behind his back.


Daniel Elliott faces charges including Assault-4th degree (domestic violence), Strangulation-1st degree, Terroristic Threatening-3rd degree, Disorderly Conduct-1st degree, and Resisting Arrest.

 

KSP INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASH IN NELSON COUNTY

 

Kentucky State Police (KSP) responded to a single-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle in Nelson Co. Tuesday afternoon that resulted in the death of an Oklahoma man.  

 

On May 21, at approximately 2:06 P.M. EDT, KSP Post 4 was advised of a single-vehicle collision on the Bluegrass Parkway near the 34 mile-marker. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Kevin Long, 58, of Norman, OK, was operating a 2023 BMW R1250 motorcycle eastbound on the Bluegrass Pkwy when, for unknown reasons, he exited the shoulder of the roadway and was ejected from the vehicle. 

 

Long was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Nelson Co. Coroner’s Office. 

 

The roadway remained open while troopers worked to investigate the collision. KSP Post 4 was assisted at the scene by the Nelson Co. Sheriff’s Office, Bardstown Police Department, Nelson Co. EMS and the Nelson Co. Coroner’s Office.

 

The collision remains under investigation by Master Trooper Kevin Davis.

 

PRIMARY RESULTS FOR CASEY COUNTY

 

Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis, gives a final tally from yesterday's Primary Election returns...

2 PEOPLE ARRESTED WHEN DEPUTIES RESPOND TO A DISTURBANCE CALL

 

Deputy Austin Harris and Special Deputy Billy Duncan, both from the Casey County Sheriff's Office, were dispatched to a location on KY 1649, approximately seven miles east of Liberty. The call came in around 5:30 PM on a Friday. According to reports, a male and female were engaged in a heated argument, screaming, and throwing objects.


Upon arrival, the deputies spoke with the property owner, who told them that Jacob Elmore, had been yelling and behaving erratically. Jacob and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Lawrence, had apparently been arguing for some time before the situation escalated into a full- blown confrontation with boards and other items being thrown. Deputies then interviewed Jacob, who admitted to his actions but claimed he was upset because Elizabeth wouldn't be reasonable. Jacob S. Elmore, 26, of Poplar Hill Rd., Liberty, was arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct-2nd degree.


While speaking with Miss Lawrence, the deputies noticed signs of impairment. Elizabeth A. Lawrence, 27, from Poor Ridge Pike in Lancaster, admitted to using methamphetamine the day before. She rated her level of impairment on a scale of 1 to 10 as about a 3. She was arrested on charges of Public Intoxication (controlled substance) and Disorderly Conduct-2nd degree.


Both were transported to the Casey County Jail.

 

CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY

 

The court recognized Mary Carter the new field representative for James Comer‘s office in Boyle County.

 

Under general business magistrates approved the first reading of a budget ordinance for fiscal year 24-25. Judge Executive Randy Dial...

 

The court approved yearly bids including: road oil to Hudson Material; fuel for the Ag center & Road Department went to White Oil; food service to the jail was awarded to Brown Food Service; cleaning supplies for the jail also went to Brown Food Service; chip and seal labor was awarded to Gaddie Shamrock; hot mix asphalt went to Hinkle, washed eight stone went to Gaddie Shamrock; other stone went to Hinkle. The bid for road tiles was reserved; pest control contract went to R&R Termite and Pest Control; cleaning for the judicial Center went to B & H Cleaning, and there were no bids for milk and bread for the jail.

 

Judge Dial presented a budget amendment...


That amendment was approved.

 

Todd Harne was voted as a new member for the extensions Board to fill a vacancy there.

 

Under Road Business Judge Dial presented the rural secondary road recommendations for couple of road projects...

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle gave his department monthly report...

 

The court also heard the monthly jail report...


Magistrates voted to advertise for bids for repair or replacement to the main fire panel at the jail.

 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for June 17th at 5 o’clock.

 

Full audio from the meeting may be heard below...

 

KSP ~ OPERATION SafeDRIVE

 

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement will participate in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Operation SafeDRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) from May 21-23, 2024. This enforcement campaign targets unsafe driving behavior that often leads to crashes involving passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It complements national efforts to educate all drivers on safely sharing roads with large trucks.

 

The national SafeDRIVE initiative cracks down on dangerous interstate driving behaviors such as aggressive driving, speeding, tailgating, failing to wear a seat belt, distracted driving, and driving under the influence. During this effort, KSP Commercial Vehicle Inspectors will open scale facilities, ensuring commercial drivers follow safety regulations, including hours of service compliance, commercial driver license compliance, medical certification, and commercial motor vehicle credentialing.

 

Sgt Jason Morris, West Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Spokesperson, said 62 percent of fatal large truck crashes involve two or more vehicles.

 

“With warmer weather, traffic on our highways increases leading to the possibility of crashes from dangerous driving behaviors like aggressive or distracted driving,” said Morris. “Crashes are preventable, and this initiative will remind drivers to focus on the road and keep everyone safe as they travel through Kentucky.”

 

KSP encourages all motorists to take the following advice while driving on the roads:

  • Stay out of blind spots: Large trucks and buses have big blind spots on all four sides.
  • Pass safely: Make sure you can see the truck driver in their side mirror. Use your turn signals, and don’t linger in the blind spot. Make sure you can see the CMV vehicle in your rearview mirror before pulling in front.
  • Don’t cut off large vehicles: It takes a large truck traveling at 65 MPH the length of two football fields to stop.
  • Don’t tailgate: Tailgating a commercial vehicle puts you in a blind spot.

 

Operation SafeDRIVE coordinates with a national campaign run by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration called “Our Roads, Our Safety,” which educates all motorists on how to share the road safely.

 

The mission of KSP is to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY CLIFF RESCUE

 

On Saturday evening, multiple agencies sprang into action following reports of a boy falling over a cliff near Jabez. Responders from Russell and Pulaski counties converged on an area off LaFavers Cemetery Road, where the boy had tumbled into a creek bed deep within the woods.

 

First responders, including the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County Rescue Squad, Russell County EMS, Faubush Fire Department, Nancy Fire Department, Air Evac, and Pulaski County Rescue Squad, collaborated tirelessly for several hours to safely extract the boy.

 

Subsequently, he was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment. Social media updates indicate that while the boy sustained broken bones and bruises, none of the injuries are life-threatening.

 

PUBLIC MEETING TODAY

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court meets today at 5pm at the Judicial Center in downtown Liberty.

 

The meeting is open to the public.

 

LANCASTER POLICE ARREST A MAN AFTER A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE IN DANVILLE

 

In the early hours of Thursday, May 16th, Danville Police were summoned to a Baughman Avenue residence for a domestic incident.

 

The investigation revealed that Joseph T. Jones, the ex-boyfriend of the 24-year-old female resident, had forcefully entered her home and assaulted her. After observing her through a window, Jones shattered the front door, confronted the victim, and destroyed her phone before escaping. A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of assault and burglary.


Later that morning, Jones unlawfully re-entered the damaged residence, leading to another confrontation and physical assault on the victim. Police tracked him down to his workplace in Garrard County, where he was apprehended by Lancaster Police and the US Postal Service.

 

Jones was charged with multiple offenses, including two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault, theft, and criminal mischief, and was detained at the Boyle County Jail.

 

MIDDLEBURG MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALTERCATION

 

Just before 8pm on Thursday, Casey County Deputy Austin was called to Lynn Street due to a reported altercation.


Upon his arrival, he encountered Landon Carman, who alleged that Brandon Richards had damaged his door in an attempt to engage in a physical confrontation. Richards countered, claiming that Carman had verbally abused him and threatened eviction, which incited his anger. In response, Richards rushed toward Carman’s residence, but Carman had already secured the door. Richards admitted to forcefully knocking on the door, causing it to open, but asserted that he did not enter the premises.


During the interaction with Richards, Deputy Harris observed signs of impairment, including Richards’ unsteady stance and slurred speech, accompanied by the strong odor of alcohol. When questioned about his alcohol consumption, Richards confessed to having consumed several beers.
Subsequently, Deputy Harris arrested Richards and escorted him to the Casey County Jail.

 

Richards, 33 of Middleburg, now faces charges of third-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication due to alcohol.

 

CASEY COUNTY MAN CITED FOR DUI FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

 

A Casey County man was cited for DUI after a single vehicle accident Thursday evening.


Shortly after 8pm, Deputies Austin Harris and Eric Pruner from the Casey County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, approximately five miles north of Liberty on Caney Fork Road. The driver had been ejected from the vehicle.


EMS had already secured the individual in an ambulance. Deputy Harris entered the ambulance to talk with the driver, identified as 51-year-old Benny D. Scott from Liberty. Due to the severity of the accident, Scott was undergoing a comprehensive medical evaluation and was unable to converse.


While outside the ambulance, the officers overheard a paramedic asking Scott how much he'd had to drink. Scott declined to specify the amount but admitted to being intoxicated. His speech was noticeably slurred, and there was a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him. Subsequently, Scott was airlifted for further medical attention. He was cited for driving under the influence (DUI).

 

SPD: SCAM ALERT!

 

The Somerset Police Department is wanting the public to be aware of a utility scam. The scammers are contacting individuals by phone and posing as an utility company (they are either doing business with or have done business with) telling the individual that they have overpaid on their bill. Then the caller continues wanting the individuals credit/debit card information, so they can refund the supposed overpaid amount back on the credit/debit card. Once having the information, instead of giving back money they are taking it away.
 
Please be cautious before giving out this information or any other sensitive information out over the phone or internet/email.
 
If you are unsure it is a scam, after hanging up with that particular caller; contact the utility company they said they are with on their main business phone number or go there in person to see if there are any issues with your account.
 
Majority of utility companies will either apply the overage back automatically from the account it came from, apply a credit on the next bill, or send a check by mail back to the person who had the overage.
 

PULASKI WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUGS/WEAPONS CHARGES

 

Sheriff Bobby Jones report on Sunday May 12th, 2024, a Pulaski County woman is in custody following a warrant execution.
 
The incident began when Detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a search warrant on April 23rd at a residence in Science Hill, belonging to Vicki Allred, age 39. Once inside the residence, Detectives discovered the only person in the residence was a juvenile. During the search of the property, Detectives located the following: Five bags of marijuana with an approximate weight of 123.5 grams, approximately 297.2 grams of suspected methamphetamine, $309.71 in U.S. Currency, four firearms, ammunition, multiple baggies, and digital scales.
 
Allred was contacted via phone by Detective Tan Hudson and made aware of the search warrant being executed at her residence. Detective Hudson explained to Allred she needed to make arrangements to have someone take custody of the juvenile. Allred refused to return to the residence and the Department of Community Based Services was contacted. The juvenile was placed with an immediate family member by DBCS.
 
Detectives collected the items located inside at the residence and logged them into evidence at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office. The drugs located were sent to the Kentucky State Police Lab for further testing. Detective Trent Massey applied for, and received, a warrant of arrest through Pulaski District Court for Allred.
 
On May 12th, 2024, Detective Trent Massey saw Allred in Lowes. Allred was taken into custody by Deputy Marcus Harrison and transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center, where she was served with the active warrant.
 
Allred was arrested and charged with the following:
• Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) (Firearm Enhancement)
• Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8oz) 1st offense (Firearm Enhancement)
• Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess
 
Allred was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing by Detective Trent Massey. The Narcotics Division was assisted by the Patrol Division and, DCBS.
 
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.
 

LIBERTY RECEIVES GRANT FOR PICNIC TABLES AT LAKE LIBERTY PARK

 

On May 13, 2024, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that $847,878 will be awarded to 23 counties for projects using recycled rubber. Mayor Housam Haddad is pleased to announce that the City of Liberty is one of those recipients. Mayor Haddad said that grant funding in the amount of $17,957 has been awarded to the City to purchase seventeen 6-foot and one 8-foot wheelchair accessible picnic tables for installation in Lake Liberty Park, which is currently in the design phase.

 

These durable, low maintenance picnic tables are made from crumb rubber produced from waste tires generated in Kentucky, making them a perfect fit for the park’s planned shelter and campsites.

In April, the city applied for a Crumb Rubber/Tire-Derived Products Grant through the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch. These grants provide financial assistance to projects that further the purposes of the Kentucky Waste Tire Program by developing beneficial end-use markets for waste tires generated in Kentucky.

 

“This grant program promotes innovative uses for recycled tires,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “As a result, we’re able to help grow tire recycling markets across the state, encourage proper management of waste tires, and minimize illegal dumps.” Grant funding comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established in 1998 by the Kentucky General Assembly to receive fees collected from new tire sales. The fund helps manage the approximately 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

 

“Installing these durable picnic tables at Lake Liberty Park is more than just about providing seating,” said Mayor Haddad. “It's about fostering community, encouraging outdoor recreation, and promoting sustainability. These tables, made from recycled tires, not only offer a comfortable place for families and friends to gather but also help reduce waste and cut down on our carbon footprint.”

 

“I want to extend my gratitude to the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet for their generous grant that made this project possible,” said Mayor Haddad. “Their support not only enhances the recreational experience at Lake Liberty Park but also shows the importance of partnerships that make our planet greener. Together, we’re creating a brighter, more environmentally conscious future for our community.”

 

MAY 2024 INDICTMENTS

 

The Casey County Grand Jury has handed down several indictments, including:

 

-Jordan Wheat, 28 of Liberty indicted for no tail lamps, rear license not illuminated, failure to produce insurance card, failure to maintain required insurance, operating on a suspended/revoked OL, & license plate not legible.

 

-Felipe G Medellin, 75 of Liberty, indicted for possession of drug paraphernalia & prescription-controlled substance not in proper container.

 

-Glen Baird, 83, indicted for violating graves.

 

-Jacob Eads, 22, indicted for possession of meth 1st degree/2nd offense.

 

-Michael Eno Abell, 57 of Dunnville, indicted for possession of meth 1st degree/3rd or subsequent offense & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

-Melissa Lynn Haste, 47 of Science Hill, indicted for careless driving, possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of substance – aggravating circumstance, trafficking in methamphetamine over 2 grams 1st degree, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

-Shawnee Suzanne Crawley, 31 of Liberty, indicted for possession of methamphetamine 1st degree & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

-Travis D Sanders, 29 of Liberty, indicted for one headlight, no OL, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine 1st degree, operating motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, & tampering with physical evidence.

 

-Ginifer Rachelle Fair, 41 of Liberty, indicted for possession of cocaine 1st degree, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ozs, possession of methamphetamine 2nd degree, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

-Tiffany Marie Isbell, 30 of Stanford, indicted for possession of methamphetamine 1st degree & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

-Tesla Abell, 26 of Liberty, indicted for possession of methamphetamine 1st degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, & wanton endangerment 1st degree.

 

-Amber Ann Fowler, 37 of Hustonville, indicted for trafficking in methamphetamine over 2 grams 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence, persistent felony offender 2nd degree, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

-Adam Colt Wayne Bishop, 35 of Lebanon, OH, indicted for failure to/Improper signal, inadequate silencer – muffler, failure to wear seat belts, operating motor vehicle while under the influence of controlled substance – aggravating circumstance 2nd offense, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ozs, possession of methamphetamine 1st degree, possession of opiates 1st degree, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

-James M Terry, 38 of Liberty, indicted for possession of methamphetamine 1st degree & possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

We remind our listeners an indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.

 

EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY FOR THE PRIMARY

 

Early voting begins TODAY for the May 21st primary election.


I spoke with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis this morning as workers were setting up equipment in the Pork Producer's Building at the Ag/Expo Center south of Liberty...

 

 

MAILBOX IMPROVEMENT WEEK

 

Each year the United States Postal Service designates the third full week of May as Mailbox Improvement Week.

 

This year the dates are May19th - 25th.

 

Now that the weather is warmer please get out and fix your mailboxes so that your mail carrier can safely deliver your mail each and every day.

 

We THANK YOU SO MUCH!

 

www.usps.com

 

 

CASEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING REPORT

 

The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night.
Here's Superindentent, Barry Lee...


The Board went into executive session to discuss Superintendent evaluation, and hearings concerning appointment, discipline, or dismissal of an individual employee, member, or student. No action was taken.


Superintendent Barry Lee received evaluations of exemplary and accomplished in every catagory.

 

LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL NARROWLY PASSES 1ST READING OF ORDINANCE TO BAN MARIJUANA DISPENSORIES

 

Liberty City Council met in regular session Monday.
Mayor, Dr. Sam Haddad...


There was a heated discussion concerning an ordinance relating to prohibiting Cannibus Businesses in the City of Liberty, but the 1st reading passed by a vote of 4-2, with councilmen Nick Turner and Richard Montgomery voting "No" ...


More audio of the meeting is posted below.

 

AGENDA
Liberty City Council Regular Called Meeting May 13, 2024 5:00 p.m.
- Minutes
- Second Reading of Ordinance No 24-0-05 Relating to the Employee Handbook
- Resolution No 24-R-03 Municipal Road Aid
- Municipal Order 24-MO-01 Establishing an Anti-Drug and Alcohol Policy
- Property Maintenance Code


- First Reading of Ordinance No 24-0-06 Amending Budget 2023/2024
- First Reading of Ordinance No 24-0-07 Adopting Budget 2024/2025
- First Reading of Ordinance No 24-0-08 Relating to the Prohibition of Cannabis Business     Operations

 

VOTER REGISTRATION SWELLS AHEAD OF PRIMARY

 

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that voter registration continued to grow ahead of the May primary, with 8,306 new voters registering April 1 through the April 22 pre-primary registration deadline.

 

“It’s time for Kentuckians to have their say for President and other important offices,” said Adams. “It remains easy to vote and hard to cheat in the Commonwealth.”

 

In April, 4,593 voters were removed – 3,349 dead voters, 562 voters who moved out of state, 543 felony convicts, 59 duplicate registrations, 48 voters who voluntarily de-registered, and 32 voters adjudged mentally incompetent.

 

Republican registrants constitute 46 percent of the electorate, with 1,615,451 voters. Republican registration rose by 2,684 voters, a .17 percent increase. Democratic registrants make up 43 percent of the electorate, with 1,511,242 voters. Democratic registration dropped by 716 voters, a .05 percent decrease. There are 364,312 voters registered Independent or third-party, 10 percent of the electorate. “Other” registration went up by 1,745 voters, a .48 percent increase.

 

Kentuckians are eligible to vote early with no-excuse on May 16-18. In addition, polls will be open from 6 am to 6 pm on May 21. Polling locations can be found at govote.ky.gov.

 

KSP: ADAIR COUNTY MAN INVOLVED IN 2 CAR CRASH, SHOOTS OTHER DRIVER/PASSENGER

 

On May 11, 2024 at approximately 07:55 A.M. CT, The Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a call from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office requesting investigative assistance with a vehicle collision and shooting that occurred on KY 704 in Adair County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Gregory Willis, age 50 of Columbia, and Mark Hatcher, age 46 of Columbia, were involved in a vehicle collision on KY 704.  Immediately after the collision, Mr. Willis armed himself with a firearm and discharged it, striking Mr. Hatcher.  A passenger in Mr. Hatcher’s vehicle, William Feese, age 23 of Columbia, was also injured during the vehicle collision.  Both Mr. Hatcher and Mr. Feese were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  Mr. Willis fled from the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival and a search for him ensued.

 

As a result of the preliminary investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Gregory Willis for Assault 1st Degree.  On May 11, 2024 at approximately 1:56 P.M. CT, Troopers located Mr. Willis in a wooded area on Paul Frankum Road in Adair County.  Mr. Willis was arrested without incident by Trooper Jake Smith and charged with Assault 1st Degree.  Mr. Willis was lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.

 

The case remains under investigation by Detective Mike Dubree.  Det. Dubree was assisted by other KSP Troopers and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

5 MEN SENTENCED IN FEDERAL CASE INVOLVING DRUG TRAFFICKING/FIREARMS/MONEY LAUNDERING

 

This week the last of five defendants was sentenced in a case involving methamphetamine and fentanyl trafficking conspiracy, illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, money laundering, and retaliating against a witness. 

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Acting Special Agent in Charge Erek Davodwich of the DEA Louisville Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Karen Wingerd of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. of the Kentucky State Police, and Ron Eckart of the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force made the announcement.

 

According to court documents, Steven Edlin, 50, of Loretto, Kentucky was sentenced on May 8, 2024, to 1 year in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for one count of retaliating against a witness.

 

Chaz Hughes, 31, of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced on April 18, 2024, to 10 years in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, for one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 40 grams of fentanyl, two counts of money laundering, and one count conspiracy to commit money laundering.

 

Bryson Sleet, 26, of Lebanon, Kentucky, was sentenced on April 18, 2024, to 5 years and 6 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for one count of possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Sleet was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

 

On November 20, 2018, in Taylor Circuit Court, Sleet was convicted of possession of cocaine. 

 

On December 22, 2021, in Marion Circuit Court, Sleet, was convicted of possession of a controlled substance. 

 

On January 7, 2021, in Marion Circuit Court, Sleet was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.

 

Curtis Cunningham, 27, of Lebanon, Kentucky, was sentenced on February 14, 2024, to 6 months home detention, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

 

Joshua Salazar, 34, of Lebanon, Kentucky, was sentenced on February 8, 2024, to 12 years in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, for one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 40 grams of fentanyl, one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, six counts of money laundering, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Salazar was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

 

On July 29, 2011, in Marion Circuit Court, Salazar was convicted of trafficking in cocaine.

 

On August 19, 2016, in Nelson Circuit Court, Salazar, was convicted of trafficking in cocaine, felon in possession of a handgun, and felon in possession of a firearm.

 

There is no parole in the federal system.   

 

This case was investigated by the DEA, the IRS, the ATF, the KSP, and the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Ansari prosecuted the case.

 

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation.

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED AT 5 STAR


At 1 a.m. on Monday, Deputy Austin Harris of Casey County responded to a disturbance at the FiveStar convenience store. A man, identified as Logan Lloyd, had been causing a commotion for two hours, shouting incoherently about his wife hiding notes in hats and camels being meant for humans.

 

Upon Deputy Harris's arrival, he found Lloyd sitting on the floor, drenched in sweat and mumbling. Lloyd abruptly stood up and announced his departure when Harris approached.


Lloyd claimed he was being framed and alluded to undisclosed street incidents. Harris, noting Lloyd's erratic behavior, suspected substance use. Lloyd admitted to taking Suboxone earlier and was arrested after a needle was found in his possession.

 

The 31-year- old Russell Springs resident now faces charges of public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia at Casey County Jail.

 

DANVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER CRASHING INTO DPD K9 VEHICLE

 

On Monday May 6th, 2024, at 11:47 p.m. an on-duty Danville Police officer was involved in a collision at the intersection of S. 4th Street and W. Walnut Street. 

 

Danville Police K-9 Officer Keith Addison was operating his patrol vehicle traveling south on S. 4th Street approaching the intersection of W. Walnut Street.  Officer Addison had a green light and proceeded through the intersection.  While in the intersection Officer Addison’s vehicle was struck by a 2006 Dodge Charger that was traveling west on West Walnut Street.  The Charger was being operated by 21-year-old Brandon Fearing of Danville.

 

Investigators determined that Fearing had disregarded the traffic control device and was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision.  This was confirmed by witness statements and video evidence. 

 

Officer Addison was treated as a precautionary measure at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and released.  Danville Police K-9, Samu, was in the vehicle at the time and was uninjured. 

 

Fearing failed a series of field sobriety tests and was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence (controlled substance), reckless driving, disregarding a traffic-control device, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and no insurance.  Fearing was lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center. 

 

Danville Police are continuing the investigation.

 

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