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FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS TWO LIVES

Liberty, KY (April 19, 2021) Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified on April 16th, 2021 at 5:55 AM of a three vehicle fatal collision that occurred on west KY 70 in Casey County.

 

Preliminary investigations indicate that Donald Cocanougher, age 26 of Harrodsburg, KY was operating a 2007 Dodge pickup east bound when he entered into the west bound lane, side swiping a 2020 Dodge pickup operated by 41 year old Joseph Cooper of Hustonville, KY. Cocanougher continued into the west bound lane striking a 1994 Ford dump truck head on, operated by 32 year old Derek Cochran of Stanford, KY.

 

Cocanougher and a rear passenger, 26 year old Michael Reeves of Burgin, KY were pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner. A third passenger in that vehicle David Brady age 36 of Harrodsburg, Ky was airlifted to UK hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

 

Cochran received minor injuries and was treated at the Casey County hospital. Cooper was not injured.

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Dean Lunz. Tpr. Lunz was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Adam Likins, Casey County EMS, and the Casey County Coroner. 

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CASEY COUNTY INDICTMENTS

 

? Randall Lee Atwood, age 58 of Liberty; Murder, & wanton endangerment first- degree.

? Nickolas Tyler Carman age 34 of Yosemite; possession of controlled substance 1st degree, second offense, methamphetamine.

? Kaleb Ryan Compton, age 30 of Lebanon; possession of controlled substance first-degree, methamphetamine, possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia.

? Cheyenne Haggadone, age 28 of Columbia; burglary third degree, theft by unlawful taking under $500, and criminal attempt to commit burglary second-degree.

? Megen Elizabeth Hardin, age 35 of Columbia; burglary third degree, theft by a lawful taking under $500, and criminal attempt to commit burglary second-degree.

? Lonnie A Harris, age 44 of Louisville; trafficking controlled substance 1st degree, 2 grams or more of methamphetamine, persistent felony offender first degree, promoting contraband first degree, possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI aggravated circumstance, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, careless driving, no insurance, no registration plates or receipt.

? Rance Eddie Cole Kidd, age 28 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

? Christopher Grant Land, age 37 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, wanton endangerment first- degree, Possession of drug paraphernalia, bail jumping first degree, and DUI-controlled substance.

? Omer Lee Long, age 45 of Elkhorn; theft by failure to make require disposition of property over $500, and resisting arrest.

? William Delmar Luttrell age 46 of Dunnville; trafficking controlled substance 1st degree, 2nd offense over 2 grams of methamphetamine, persistent felony offender first degree, trafficking marijuana over 8 ounces-2nd offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

? Kyle Thomas Maddox, age 40 of Hustonville; possession of controlled substance first-degree second offense methamphetamine, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

? Bryan R Monday, age 31 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st degree-3rd offense methamphetamine, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

? Chad A Peyton, 37 of Liberty; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, persistent felony offender 1st degree, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-3rd offense methamphetamine, DUI aggravated circumstance, & no operators license.

? William Scott Phelps, age 40 of Liberty; theft by unlawful taking over $500, persistent felony offender 1st degree, criminal trespass 3rd degree, trafficking controlled substance 1st degree-over 2 grams of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and promoting contraband 1st degree.

? Christopher S Schubert, age 37 of Liberty; trafficking controlled substance 1st-degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, 2 counts of possession of controlled substance 2nd degree, receiving stolen property under $500, possession of controlled substance 1st-degree meth, possession of Marijuana & drug paraphernalia.

? Rachel L Woodrum, age 33 of Kings Mountain; 2 counts of possession of controlled substance 1st-degree, 2nd offense-meth, prescription controlled substance not in proper container, driving on a suspended/revoked operators license, fleeing evading police 2nd-degree, failure to wear seatbelts, & possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

? Jeremy D Wilson, age 32 of Liberty; arson 2nd degree, persistent felony offender 1st degree, criminal mischief 1st degree.

? Shaunda Kyleen Brown, age 42 of Hustonville; possession of controlled substance 1st-degree drug unspecified, promoting contraband 1st-degree receiving stolen property over $10,000, possession of controlled substance 1st-degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing evading police 2nd-degree.

? Michael Bilby Blakey Jr, age 40 of Stanford; receiving stolen property over $10,000, persistent felony offender 2nd degree.

? Katie D Hundley, age 27 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st-degree meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance 2nd-degree-drug unspecified, DUI, & speeding 7 mph or more over the limit.

? Christopher Michael Austin, age 45 of Liberty; criminal possession of a forged instrument second degree.

? Donita Louise Luttrell, age 54 of Liberty; possession of a controlled substance 1st degree-2nd offense methamphetamine, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

? Dustin M Sheene, age 34 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st-degree-2nd offense methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

? Bradley Shane Luttrell, 38 of Windsor; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, persistent felony offender 1st degree, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-3rd offense methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

? Brian O’Neal Padgett, age 39 of Liberty; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, DUI, driving on a DUI suspended license, wanton endangerment 2nd degree, failure to register transfer of a motor vehicle, failure to surrender revoked operators license, expired registration plates, no registration receipt.

 

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

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.

 

Under the treasurers report, Judge Executive Randy Dial says the jail is still operating at a deficit...

 

 

Judge Dial says the inmate count is up at the jail, revenue was also up, however the jail is still operating about 100 inmates short, that's a loss of revenue of about $100,000 per month. Judge Dial says there has been talk of federal ARCA funds, however the Department of Justice advised him to not budget for those funds.

 

Under road business Judge Dial says the rural secondary recommendations have changed...

 

 

A request will be made for more information concerning the new recommendations.

 

Also under Road business the court approved the low bid for road salt from Detroit Salt Company at a rate of $101.50 per ton.

 

The court went into executive session for about 45 minutes to discuss personnel and acquisition of property. No action was taken. Upon returning to regular session the court voted to purchase property at 137 Courthouse Square for price of $100,000. A portion of that building will serve as a child support office. With grant money, and rent from the rest of the building, that should cover the cost of the acquisition. 

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle gave his monthly activity report for the month of March...

 

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court will re-convene next Friday to present a budget.

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

The Liberty City Council met in special called session Monday to discuss water and sewer rates. 

After over a year of debate, there was finally some action taken last night. 

 

Councilmen Richard Montgomery and Andy Lawhorn, gave comments after the meeting... 

 

 

Mayor Steven Brown...

 

 

There will be a 2nd Reading of the ordinance Thursday at 5pm at City Hall.

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CLOSURE OF SLOAN FORK ROAD IN CASEY COUNTY - 4/26

Beginning, Monday, April 26, Sloan Fork Road in Casey County will be temporarily closed to through traffic at the South Fork Creek overpass for bridge deck replacement project.

 

Work is expected to last four weeks. Signed detour routes will be posted.

 

The starting date and duration of the closure may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.

 

For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

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ARCA $$$

 

Liberty/Casey County schools, water treatment, and jail, will benefit from ARCA money.

 

Senator Jimmy Higdon gives an update of Kentucky Legistlator's dispersal of American Rescue Plan Act funds...

 

 

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PULASKI COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Pulaski County Fiscal Court met in regular session this week.

 

Jeff Henderson covered the meeting...

 

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

Samantha R Jackson, 37 of Williamstown, was arrested for escape 2nd degree, receiving stolen property under $10,000 & possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense.

 

Krystal S Gibson, 35 of Williamstown, was arrested for flagrant non support, bail jumping 1st degree, & trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense.

 

Samantha A Cunningham, 28 of Covington, was arrested for 2 counts possession of drug unspecified 1st degree/1st offense, 2 counts bail jumping 1st degree, & possession of opiates 1st degree/1st offense.

 

Lindsay L McComas, 25 of Dry Ridge, was arrested for possession of opiates 1st degree/1st offense.

 

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

Toni S Gray, 30 of Science Hill, was arrested by Pulaski Co SO for possession of meth & heroin 1st degree/1st offense, drug paraphernalia, & tampering with physical evidence.

 

Christopher L Harper, 33 of Somerset, was arrested for DUI, tampering with physical evidence, & drug paraphernalia.

 

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

Mark A Anderson, 25, was arrested by Danville PD for operating on a suspended/revoked OL, possession of marijuana, possession of handgun by convicted felon, & no insurance.

 

David D Young, 46, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for operating on a suspended/revoked OL, trafficking in heroin 1st offense, trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense, drug paraphernalia, & 8 counts of failure to appear.

 

Merry E Duncan, 49, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & promoting contraband 1st degree.

 

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

Shonda L Falconberry, 38 of Eubank, was arrested by Stanford PD for trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

 

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

Jared C Lloyd, 43 of Russell Springs, was arrested by Russell Springs PD for contempt of court, fleeing/evading police 2nd degree – on foot, possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, & drug paraphernalia.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

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

 

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CASEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING REPORT

 

The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night at Jones Park Elementary.

 

Comments from Superintendent, Marion Sowders...

 

 

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SOMERSET CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 

The Somerset City Council met in regular session last night.

 

Jeff Henderson has the story...

 

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL TACKLES WATER/SEWER, STILL NO ACTION

 

The Liberty City Council met in regular session yesterday.

 

A city police cruiser was declared surplus property and will be sold in an on line auction.

 

The Council has been debating water & sewer rates for over a year. Operating at a deficit, the antiquated system continues to hemorrage water and money. Bill Bartle, with the Water Department, told the Council that the current PLC system, which was upgraded in 2010, now must be converted from analog, to a digital system. The cost estimate was around $50,000. The Council voted to request bids for proposals to make the switch.

 

It was also reported that the city is facing a fine of $7,500 from the Division of Water Enforcement for infiltration to the sewer lines. Further bad news, half of the oxidation ditch at the sewer plant is down. That could cost another $150,000. The water treatment system is operating at 200% capacity on equipment designed to run at 50%, and there is no money for repairs (in the event of a breakdown). Currently, the city would be unable to obtain a loan to make repairs.

 

At the end of the a three hour meeting yesterday, there was still no proposals on the table.

Mayor Steven Brown...

 

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

Richard S Delong, 38 of Liberty, arrested by Officer Zimmerman with Liberty PD for assault 4th degree, strangulation 2nd degree, DUI, driving on DUI suspended OL, possession of marijuana, 2 counts of drug paraphernalia, & trafficking meth over 2 grams 1st degree.

 

Travis L Luttrell, 38 of Dunnville, arrested by Officer Christian with Liberty PD for possession of meth 1st degree, drug paraphernalia, & parole violation.

 

Nancy J McGowan, 40 of Lexington, arrested by Deputy Grider with Casey Co SO for no registration plates/receipt, possession of marijuana, & DUI.

 

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

Angela M Martin, 43 of Jeffersonville, arrested by Somerset PD for failure to appear & possession of meth 1st degree.

 

Roberto Bravo, 28 of Somerset, was arrested for rear license not illuminated, reckless driving, failure to wear seat belts, no insurance, license to be in possession, no OL, DUI, & possession of meth 1st degree.

 

Keema Huff, 40 of Somerset, was arrested for trafficking meth over 2 grams 1st degree, criminal possession of forged instrument 2nd degree, theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, & 2 counts of trafficking opiates 1st degree.

 

Jerry C Newland, 35 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for failure to appear, DUI, possession of meth 1st degree, trafficking carfentanil/fentanyl derivatives, drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct 2nd degree, & resisting arrest.

 

Morgan N Gilbreath, 19 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for public intoxication – controlled substance, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & possession of meth 1st degree.

 

Bryan A Wood, 48 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset PD for trafficking drug unspecified 2nd degree.

 

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

Michael T Griffin, 34, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for improper signal,  rear license not illuminated, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, & trafficking meth over 2 grams, 1st degree/2nd offense.

 

James R Haight, 32, was arrested for trafficking drug unspecified 1st degree & bail jumping 1st degree.

 

Dequenton S Alcorn, 37, was arrested for trafficking meth over 2 grams 1st degree/2nd offense, possession of heroin 1st degree, driving on suspended/revoked OL, & no insurance.

 

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

Tyler Marples, 38 of Lebanon, arrested by Russell Co SO for DUI, drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin 1st degree, & no insurance.

 

Christina Marples, 38 of Lebanon, arrested by Russell Co SO for 3 counts of serving bench warrant for court, possession of heroin 1st degree, & drug paraphernalia.

 

Shelly M Garner, 46 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Co SO for trafficking meth over 2 grams 1st degree, & tampering with physical evidence.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

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

 

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ROAD WORK - LINCOLN COUNTY STARTING MONDAY 4/12

Lincoln County - The project to replace a low water crossing on KY 698 scheduled to begin Monday, April 12.

 

The crossing over McKinney Creek (mile point 4.649) closed on January 15 following a statewide load rating analysis of select steel culverts. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) bridge preservation engineers determined the closure necessary due to deterioration of the steel pipes and insufficient supporting material above the pipes.

 

The detour using KY 198 will remain in place until the new structure is complete and the roadway reopens.

 

Work is expected to be completed in approximately 4 weeks. The start date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.

 

A low-water crossing provides a roadway over a stream and can become quickly impassable when the stream rises.

 

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ROAD WORK - PULASKI COUNTY STARTING TUESDAY 4/13

Pulaski County - Beginning Tuesday, April 13, U.S. 27 at the Pitman Creek bridge will be reduced to one lane as crews perform routine bridge inspections.

 

The lane closures will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14, north bound starting approximately 9 a.m. each morning and ending by 4 p.m.

 

The date and duration of the lane closures may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

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COMMODITIES FOR CASEY COUNTY RESIDENTS 4/12/2021

Commodity distribution will take place for Casey County residents ONLY, Monday April 12th. See below for more information:

 

**Do NOT block traffic & remain in your vehicle per COVID-19 guidelines.**

 

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PULASKI COUNTY DRUG ARREST

 

Pulaski traffic stop leads to drug arrest Sunday.

 

Sheriff Greg Speck reports that, Deputy Tan Hudson stopped a vehicle on US-27 for cancelled registration plates. Deputies noticed what appeared to be methamphetamine and pills in plain view.  Further investigation uncovered a large amount of a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine, several Xanax pills, digital scales, plastic baggies and $215 dollars in cash.  

 

29 year old Carah W. Bell, of Somerset, was placed under arrest. While in transport, Ms. Bell stated that she had more Methamphetamine on her person.  Three more plastic baggies of a crystal substance were found.  Bell was lodged in Pulaski County Jail.

 

In all, Deputies located 91.5 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, 14 Xanax tablets, 0.7 grams of suspected heroin, along with plastic baggies and digital scales.  

 

Carah Bell was charged with Trafficking Meth & Heroin (1st Degree), Trafficking Unspecified Drug (3rd Degree), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Deputy Marcus Harrison and Lt. Richard Smith assisted at the scene.  

 

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CASEY COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT CLOSED, JUDGE'S OFFICE CLOSED TO IN-PERSON VISITS

 

The Casey County road department and recycle are temporarily closed due to active covid cases among employees. 

 

The Judge Executive’s Office is closed to in person traffic, due to exposure to active covid cases. They are available by phone at 787-8311. They hope to reopen on Monday. 

 

Road issues can be reported to the Judge’s office. 

 

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MAGNETIC HEROIN

 

Police find Heroin in magnetic boxes during a traffic stop in Boyle County, on Monday.

 

K9 Deputy Tanner Abbott, with Boyle County Sheriff's Department, and Harrodsburg Officer Blake Darland, stopped the suspect vehicle at Save A Lot  in Danville. During a search of the vehicle, officers located two magnetic boxes underneath the vehicle. Inside, they discovered approximately an once of Heroin. 

 

The occupants of the vehicle, 31 year old Keshia Dunaway, and Ronald Grupka, age 30, both of Danville, were charged with Failure to or Improper Signal, Trafficking Heroin and Drug paraphernalia.

 

Both were lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County fiscal Court met and regular session yesterday. 

 

As the meeting opened, Judge Executive Randy Dial announced that magistrate Steve Martin had been involved in an accident... 

 

 

The court voted to hire two part-time employees at the central Kentucky Ag Expo Center...


 

 

The court also voted to approve Mitchell Phillips for another term on the Tax Appeals Board as his current term was expiring.

 

Under Road business, Zach Carman was hired as an operator at the road department on 90 days temp-at-will at $10.85 per hour.

 

Judge Dial says two near-by jails are closing, and he is in negotiations with those counties to acquire their inmates for the Casey County Jail.

 

 

County Attorney Tommy Weddle addressed the court and requested permission to apply for federal grant money to pay for a Victims Advocate. That motion was approved. Mr. Weddle also notified the magistrates that he was in need of office space to continue child support services for the county. Mr. Weddle also provided magistrates with information to announce funding by FEMA for COVID-19 related funeral expense assistance...

 

 

For more information, or to apply for the funeral assistance, log on to the FEMA DOT GOV website, or call 844-684-6333.

 

The court went into executive session for about 15 minutes to discuss property acquisition. No action was taken.

 

Judge Dial requested permission to advertise for an opening for a new employee at the 911 Dispatch Center That motion was approved.

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court will meet again on April 19th.

 

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LAKE RESCUE LEADS TO ALCOHOL CHARGES

 

A Liberty man is facing charges after being rescued from Lake Liberty.

 

Deputy Geoffrey Brown, with Casey County Sheriff's Office responded to the Lake for a call for help Sunday evening around 8:30pm. Upon arrival, there was a person in the middle of the lake near an overturned kayak. 

 

Special Deputy Brian King, and a pedestrian, took a civilian boat and resued the victim.  Deputy King noticed a backpack floating near the kayak, which was found to contain ice and alcohol beverages. 

 

The subject, 40 year old Benjamin C. Pennington, stated the pack did not belong to him.  He was brought back to land and checked for injuries by Casey County EMS, however, Pennington refused treatment. 

 

Further investigation uncovered two open alcohol containers inside Pennington's vehicle at the scene. 

 

He failed a breathalizer test and was charged with Operating a Boat or Watercraft while under the Influence, and Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.

 

Liberty Fire Department, Casey County Ambulance Service, and Rescue Squad personnel assisted at the scene.

 

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CASEY COUNTY DUI ARREST

 

A Russell Springs man arrested in Casey County over the weekend on DUI charges.

 

Casey County Sheriff's Deputy, Geoffery Brown, arrested 63 year old Arvin C. Stargel around 6pm Sunday, about 12 miles South of Liberty on US 127.  Deputy Brown was traveling behind Stargel and initiated a traffic stop when he noticed him swerving in the roadway.  The citation states Stargel had slurred speech, and failed field sobriety tests. 

 

He was charged with DUI-3rd Offense, Reckless Driving, Obstructed Windshield, and Driving on Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.

 

Stargel was transported to the Casey County Jail.

 

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FAYETTE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER RUNNING FROM BOYLE CO. DEPUTIES

 

A Fayette County man arrested after running from Boyle County Deputies over the weekend.

 

On Saturday, Boyle County Sheriff's Office K9 Deputy Tanner Abbott and Deputy Braydon Hopper conducted a traffic stop on Old Wilderness Road in Danville. While attempting to make contact with the driver, the vehicle took off making a right turn on Lexington Road. Deputies pursued the vehicle until it came to a stop on HWY 33 by Fisher Ford Road. 

 

Deputy Hopper and Harrodsburg Police were able to locate +/- 1 ounce of Methamphatamine that was tossed out of the vehicle during the pursuit. 

 

43 year old Brian L Wilson, of Lexington, was charged with:
Failure to or Improper Signal, Speeding over 26mph, Wonton Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Driving DUI Suspended, Disregarding Traffic Control Device, Criminal Mischief, Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking Methamphetamine and Drug paraphernalia. 

 

He was lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

Harrodsburg Police assisted in the investigation.

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

Yvonne R Ryan, 39 of Thousand Stick, KY, was arrested by Pulaski Co SO for trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense, trafficking in heroin 1st offense, & trafficking in drug unspecified 3rd degree/1st offense.

 

Joseph B Gambrell, 38 of Science Hill, was arrested by KSP for possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of handgun by convicted felon, possession of marijuana, & possession of drug unspecified 1st degree/3rd offense.

 

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

Kayla M Brown, 26 of Harrodsburg, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense & drug paraphernalia.

 

Brian L Wilson, 43 of Lexington, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, improper signal, 2 counts wanton endangerment – police officer, fleeing/evading police 1st degree – motor vehicle, driving on DUI suspended OL 1st offense agg circumstance, possession of marijuana, trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense, tampering with physical evidence, reckless driving, disregarding traffic light, & criminal mischief 1st degree.

 

Nathaniel S Davis, 22, was arrested by Harrodsburg PD for possession of handgun by convicted felon, reckless driving, disregarding stop sign, improper signal, failure to notify DOT of address change, & possession of marijuana.

 

Tony A Tyree, 62, was arrested by Harrodsburg PD for possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, possession of marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.

 

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

Christopher Richardson, 33 of Nicholasville, was arrested by Lancaster PD for assault 2nd degree, menacing, terroristic threatening 2nd degree, possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, drug paraphernalia, & failure to appear.

 

Paul A Dunn, 58 of Lancaster, was arrested by Garrard Co PD for speeding 15 mph over limit, failure to produce insurance card, & possession of heroin 1st degree/1st offense.

 

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

Craig E Scott, 42 of Russell Springs, was arrested by KSP for operating motor vehicle on expired OL, DUI – controlled substance, possession of marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.

 

Jeremy R Boutwell, 23 of Columbia, was arrested by Russell Springs PD for public intoxication – controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of handgun by convicted felon, & tampering with physical evidence.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

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

 

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DANVILLE TRAFFIC STOP LANDS 3 IN JAIL ON DRUG CHARGES

 

A traffic stop in Danville sent three people to jail on drug charges.

 

On Monday, Boyle County Sheriff's Deputy Simpson stopped a vehicle on the S. Danville Bypass for traffic violations. The driver had active warrants for his arrest. Deputies also  discovered approximately 4 ounces of suspected methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia.

 

Arrested:
 

Doug Wheeler (33) of Campbellsville, KY
-Trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two warrants for his arrest.

 

Angela Bradley (40) of Bean Station, TN
-Trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

Joseph Harrington (22) of Lebanon, KY
-Trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of methamphetamine.

 

All three were lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
 

Assisting Deputies: Brown, Abbott, K9 Aja, Jewell.

 

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KTC: APRIL IS NAT'L DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

 

In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to drive home a life-saving message for all motorists – buckle up and put the phone down.

 

“This past year has reminded us that small actions can have a positive impact on our safety and health,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “As Kentuckians continue to come together to battle COVID-19, we’re asking for the same dedication to safety each and every time you enter a vehicle.”

Kentucky’s Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign features videos, radio spots and digital advertising that will run throughout the month. 

 

“Preventable deaths are the hardest ones to accept,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray. “By committing to two simple yet critical actions, we can prevent crashes, the severity of injuries and the number of deaths on our roadways.”

 

While anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, texting and the use of phone while driving is especially risky because it combines all three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive.

 

“If you must use your phone, safe practices like waiting to text or post until you parked off the roadway or having your passenger give you driving directions can reduce the risk of preventable crashes,” said KYTC State Highway Engineer James Ballinger.  “Texting and driving is illegal for all motorists, but we want people to stop because it’s the right choice, not just because it’s the law.”

 

Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads.  According to KOHS, each year in Kentucky, distracted driving results in more than 50,000 crashes, more than 15,000 injuries and approximately 200 deaths.

Ballinger realizes the temptation to interact with the phone while driving may be difficult to ignore, so drivers should be prepared for a safe journey before getting in the vehicle.

 

“Pre-enter your destination in navigation, utilize your phone’s Do Not Disturb option, put your phone in the glove compartment or give it to your passenger,” said Ballinger.  “When you get behind the wheel, putting away your phone should be as automatic as putting on your seat belt.”

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing a seat belt gives motorists the best chance of preventing injury or death if involved in a crash. Properly fastened seat belts contact the strongest parts of the body, such as the chest, hips and shoulders. A seat belt spreads the force of a crash over a wide area of the body, putting less stress on any one part, and allows the body to slow down with the crash, extending the time when the crash forces are felt by the occupant.

 

“Sometimes even the most attentive drivers are involved in a crash caused by other drivers,” said Ballinger. “That is why wearing your seat belt is the best defense against serious injuries and death.”

According to KOHS, each year in Kentucky, more than half of those killed in motor vehicles are not wearing a seat belt. 

 

For more information, please visit kyhighwaysafety.com

 

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