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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 4/30/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 30, 2020) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians that we need to be the smartest, not the fastest, in reopening our economy in order to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) without causing a spike of cases in the commonwealth.

 

He announced additional testing sites and updated Kentuckians on N95 mask decontamination, unemployment insurance payments, the state budget and new efforts to support working families.

 

“You, the citizens of the commonwealth of Kentucky, are taking on a pandemic that happens once in every 100 years, and while we have lost too many, you are doing something this world has never seen and not just flattening, but plateauing the curve here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Your actions every day are saving lives. And as we go to make a slow, gradual transition from healthy at home to healthy at work, we need you now more than ever to be bought in and to be committed and to make sure that we do what it takes to protect one another.”

 

N95 mask decontamination for frontline health care workers

 

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, announced that Kentucky hospitals will

now be using the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ that uses vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP) to decontaminate N95 respirator masks for up to 20 reuses without degrading filter performance.

 

“We need everybody to use this resource,” Dr. Stack said. “We have to maximize N95 respirator supplies while we still try to acquire more of them to build up a resource should we need them at a later point.”

 

Unemployment insurance update

 

Josh Benton, deputy secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, announced the state was able to clear an additional 1,050 of the 29,000 remaining initial March unemployment claims yesterday. There are 27,915 March claims remaining. This evening, 8,000 people who applied in March but have not provided identity documents will receive a direct email.

 

State budget

 

Today, the Office of the State Budget Director released the Quarterly Economic and Revenue Report, which includes an unofficial revised revenue estimate for the General and Road Funds.

The FY 2020 revenue shortfall estimate for the General Fund ranges from $319 million to $496 million (2.8% to 4.7%) and the shortfall estimate for the Road Fund ranges from $116 million to $195 million (7.5% to 12.5%).

 

“So all 50 U.S. governors are pushing, are lobbying, are pressing the federal government and Congress to include direct budget assistance to states and local governments that are facing the same thing,” Gov. Beshear said. “Remember, this type of assistance was done in the Great Recession, but what we are facing right now is a worldwide health pandemic that comes with another great recession. They did it then. They need to do it now.”

 

Operation American Resolve

 

The Kentucky Air National Guard will present a two-ship C-130 flyover across the commonwealth of Kentucky on Friday, May 1. The aerial demonstration is part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts.

The flyover locations include Frankfort, Lexington, Pikeville, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Louisville.

 

“At each location they are specifically flying over selected medical facilities throughout the entire state,” said Adjutant General Hal Lamberton. “This is a show of honor and respect for the military from everybody to the first responders, to the hospital workers, to those essential personnel who have been engaged in the pandemic response at this junction.”

 

SNAP

 

Kentucky is one of the pilot states for a new program allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – or food benefits – recipients to use benefits online, including for delivery orders. Amazon and Walmart are currently the only retailers that have partnered with Kentucky for online SNAP purchasing.

 

Amazon will ship statewide. Walmart will deliver to select locations and also offers grocery pickup as an option to SNAP recipients and all other households. Shipping and delivery fees, when applicable, must be paid with another means of payment. They cannot be paid with SNAP benefits.

More information on who can become an online SNAP retailer and how to apply is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer

 

. Kentuckians can apply for SNAP by calling 1-855-306-8959 or at www.benefind.ky.gov.

 

“This is good. This is going to provide an extra level of safety. It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time,” the Governor said. “We got over 600,000 individuals on SNAP who we want to make sure they can take advantage of this in their communities.”

 

Testing update

 

The Governor urged Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing at many, but not all, of the sites. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“Let’s make sure that everybody has opportunity, that everybody signs up and that we have the level of testing that we need,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Tentative reopening schedule

 

This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative.

 

Yesterday, the Governor unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations in May. However, he cautioned that in all cases, it will not be business as usual and will require adherence to the 10 rules to reopening, along with industry specific requirements. For more information, click here.

 

Census update

 

Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at my2020census.gov

 or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Condolences

 

Gov. Beshear offered condolences to the family of Jerry Maze, 77, of Owingsville, who passed away from COVID-19 on April 29.

 

“We appreciate Jerry and Jerry’s family and everything Jerry has done for this world and for his family giving us this opportunity to honor him today and to let the rest of Kentucky know that we lost somebody very special,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. April 30, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,708 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 174 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Thursday, raising the state’s toll to 240 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case.”

 

The deaths include a 77-year-old man from Bath, a 66-year-old man from Grayson, a 93-year-old woman from Daviess, a 71-year-old woman from Jefferson and a 97-year-old woman from Grayson.

 

At least 1,675 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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LINCOLN COUNTY TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS

 

Two Lincoln County men arrested following a traffic stop.

 

Shortly before 1am Wednesday, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department K9 Deputy Michael Mullins and K9 Luma were on patrol in the Hazlett Hollow area due to numerous complaints of drug activity. K9 Deputy Mullins conducted a traffic stop for speeding. Upon further investigation, a significant amount of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, & cash was located inside the vehicle.

 

The driver, 54 year old Kelvin Maurice Alcorn, of Stanford, was arrested for
1) Trafficking in a controlled substance (Meth) (Heroin)
2) Speeding 26 mph over
3) Reckless driving
4) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
5) Obstructed view
6) Tampering with physical evidence
7) No seat belts
8) License plate not legible

 

The passenger, 43 year old Jeffrey Caudill, of Stanford, was arrested for
1) Trafficking in controlled substance (Meth)
2) Possession of drug paraphernalia
3) Open container

 

Both were lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Zachary J. Cogdill, 21 of Nancy, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Timothy W. Taylor, age 28, arrested by Danville Police for Speeding 12 MPH Over Limit, DUI (Aggravator), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, & Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
  • Detrick S. Shaw, age 43, arrested by Danville Police for Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, & Disarming a Police Officer.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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STOLEN SHEBY CO. CAR FOUND IN RUSSELL CO.

 

A car reported stolen out of Shelby County is found in Russell County.

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the recovery of a stolen 2014 Nissan Maxima in Russell County belonging to Jose Carias of Shelbyville.

 

The was reported stolen January 7th. 

 

Deputy Corey Meyer continues that investigation. 

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office.

 

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REMAINS FOUND IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on April 28, 2020 at approximately 8:00 PM, Detectives
with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office received a call from someone saying they had
found human skeletal remains in a wooded area off South 27 near the McCreary County
line. The caller said they were hunting dry land fish (mushrooms) when they discovered
the remains. Lt. Bobby Jones and Lt. Daryl Kegley responded to the scene and
determined they were human remains. The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office was then
summoned to the scene as well as other members of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office’s
Criminal Investigation Division.


Upon arrival at the scene, the Detectives and the Coroner began to investigate and collect
evidence. The remains were collected and will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office
for identification. It is unknown at this time whether the remains are male or female, but
there were women’s clothing found near the body.


Detectives were assisted at the scene by the Tateville Fire Department.
The investigation is ongoing by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Criminal
Investigation Division.


If you have any information concerning this investigation, you are asked to contact the
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office at 606-678-5145. You can also leave an anonymous tip
on the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office web page at http://www.pulaskisheriff.com/tip.php.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 4/29/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday laid out the state’s plan to gradually reopen business activities while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

The Governor unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations. However, he cautioned that in all cases, it will not be business as usual and will require adherence to the 10 rules to reopening, along with industry specific requirements.

 

“We’ve got to do this right. I believe we can do this right,” Gov. Beshear said. “When we phase back in to work, remember, you don’t need an in-person meeting. Use the telephone. And now that we are starting to open up health care, see your doctor if you need to.”

 

This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative, which set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear said that as long as Kentucky keeps up the fight against the coronavirus with promising results, the following business sectors are in line to restart:

 

May 11 – Manufacturing, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, professional services (at 50% of pre-outbreak capacity), horse racing (without spectators), pet grooming and boarding

May 20 – Retail, houses of worship

 

May 25 – Social gatherings of no more than 10 people, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services

 

“We were able to come to an agreement yesterday with Churchill Downs. They will start accepting horses and people on the backside of the track May 11,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

He said that for May 20, houses of worship would be allowed in-person services at a reduced capacity and that everything is contingent on being able to do social distancing, cleaning, sanitation and other accommodations.

 

“A crowd is still going to be a dangerous thing until we are further along in defeating this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s something we need to continue to avoid.”

 

Not reopening yet

 

The Governor said that a couple of industries and businesses are not quite ready to open, which include restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, campgrounds, youth sports, summer camps, day cares (except for essential health care workers) and public pools.

 

“Another that we want to be in Phase 2 is gyms. Later, but not in Phase 1: movie theaters, campgrounds and youth sports. We hope in this summer, and we don’t know if it will be in June or perhaps early July, we hope that we will be able to do some youth sports,” the Governor said.

 

Healthy at Work reopening process

 

During the Healthy at Work phases, the Department for Public Health will evaluate individual businesses’ ability to safely reopen. Industry groups and trade associations are encouraged to communicate with and gather input from their membership to develop and submit reopen proposals on behalf of their members. Individual businesses may submit via the online reopen form. All proposals will be evaluated according to White House guidelines and other public health criteria. This step will ensure that Kentucky businesses are able to comply with public health protocols and CDC guidelines.

 

Emergency Management Center

 

Gov. Beshear delivered Wednesday’s news conference from the Kentucky Emergency Management Center in Frankfort. He emphasized the work the center is taking on in organizing efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and introduced Michael Dossett, director of the division of Emergency Management.

 

“We are currently at Level 3 for this operation. We have about 100 people working this incident seven days a week,” Dossett said. “In this event, we are in support of the Governor, Department of Public Health, the Kentucky National Guard and every Cabinet in state government is represented here at the Emergency Operations Center. We are supporting all 120 counties with managing resources they need during this pandemic event.”

 

Testing update

 

The Governor urged Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing at many, but not all, of the sites. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Gov. Beshear said the registration for next week’s drive-through testing as part of the state’s partnership with Kroger is now available online.

 

He also highlighted new testing options available across the state, including through the Oldham County Health Department (sign up on their website), Buffalo Trace District Health Department (sign up by calling 606-564-9447) as well as sites serving Jessamine, Pendleton and Owen counties.

 

Green River

 

Gov. Beshear said mass testing is underway at the Green River Correctional Complex.

He said that as of this afternoon, approximately 250 tests have been conducted. The entire prison, staff and inmates, will be tested by Friday afternoon.

The Department of Corrections has also started to update their website daily at approximately 6 p.m. with confirmed COVID-19 cases by institution, including the key implemented initiatives.

 

Census update

 

Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at my2020census.gov

 or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. April 29, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,539 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 184 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 10 new deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 235 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case.”

 

The deaths include a 96-year-old man and a 101-year-old woman from Grayson County; a 94-year-old woman from Hopkins County; a 94-year-old man from Jackson County; four men, ages 58, 72, 84 and 94, and a 66-year-old woman from Jefferson County; and a 56-year-old man from Warren County.

 

At least 1,668 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

Casey County Deputy Jayson Grider initiated a traffic stop on US 127 after observing a vehicle with an altered license plate. Rance Kidd, 27, of Liberty was cited for license plate not legible and no insurance. A passenger in the vehicle, Austin T. Hogue, 24, of Liberty, is charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense (meth) and drug paraphernalia after consenting to a search.

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle and Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett arrested Tiffany Propes, 29, of Liberty, on charges of public intoxication-controlled substance (excludes alcohol) and resisting arrest after observing Propes’ erratic behavior on Beldon Ave.

 

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a vehicle operating in a reckless manner on US 150 East. Before the vehicle could be located, the vehicle struck a guardrail, then continued to drive in the oncoming lane, the vehicle then struck another vehicle in the rear. Minor injuries were reported in the collision.

Deputies assisting were Taylor, Mullins, Harness and Detective Oney. SPD Chief Middleton and Officer Hill. Lincoln County Fire and EMS.

Billy Lyons, 45 of Liberty, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI (Aggravator), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Reckless Driving, Improper Lane Usage, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Roadway, Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Failure to Render Aid/Assistance, Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree, & Improper Passing. He was lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

Terri E. Carmen, 58 of Bronston, arrested by KSP for No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance, DUI (Aggravator), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Possession of Methamphetamine. Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

Terril L. Trigg, age 49, arrested by Danville Police for One Headlight, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, DUI (Aggravator), & No Insurance. Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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LEBANON MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

On Monday, April 27, 2020 units from Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 7:40amET, 7 miles north of Springfield on Mayes Creek Rd.

 

40 year old Anthony Moore of Springfield, KY stated a male subject showed up at his residence and demanded that he give him his car keys. When Moore refused, the subject got angry, pulled out a pistol, shot him, and fled the scene. Moore was able to positively identify the shooter as 36 year old Alvin Miller of Lebanon, KY. Miller was located several hours later on Little Davis Road in Springfield and taken into custody.
 

Miller was charged with assault 1st degree and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Miller was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Moore was air lifted to UK Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.
 

This incident is under investigation by Detective Marvin Blakey, with assistance from KSP Aircraft, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. 

 

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ONE PERSON INJURED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN RUSSELL COUNTY

 

A Jamestown man injured in a single vehicle accident.


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston says 33 year old Cody Wayne Downey was traveling south on 1680 in a 2004 Chevy SUV when he ran off the road & hit a tree.


Downey was air lifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Hospital. 


Russell County EMS, Jamestown Fire Department and Kentucky State Police assisted at the scene.


That investigation is on-going by the Russell Co. Sheriff's Department.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 4/28/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2020) – As Kentuckians take the first steps toward restarting our economy, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday shared new guidelines to help businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

The Governor unveiled a new, 10-point plan that aims to guide businesses as they prepare for a gradual reopening while continuing to keep all workers and patrons safe. He said the guidelines apply to most employers.

 

“There are things that are similar to all businesses. These are things that are in the White House’s plan for reopening. And just like we talk about 10 steps for defeating the coronavirus, I want to talk about 10 steps for Healthy at Work,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative, which set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

The 10 rules to reopening a business under the Healthy at Work plan are:

Continue telework where possible
Phased return to work
Onsite temperature/health checks
Universal masks and other necessary PPE
Close common areas
Enforce social distancing
Limit face-to-face meetings
Sanitizer/hand wash stations
Special accommodations
Testing plan

 

Testing update
Gov. Beshear praised the partnerships and personal efforts that are expanding Kentucky’s capacity to expand testing throughout the commonwealth. The Governor highlighted new testing options in Oldham and Mason counties.

 

The Oldham County Health Department is asking everyone to register for testing there through its website, and Buffalo Trace District Health Department asks those seeking tests to call 606-564-9447.

 

“This is the most testing we’ve had in Kentucky at any point, and it’s growing,” the Governor said.

 

“People are taking advantage of these testing sites, and they need to keep taking advantage of these.”

 

Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Masks

 

Gov. Beshear played a video Tuesday showing an easy way for everyone to make a cloth mask. The Governor said that by May 11, everybody working for or visiting an essential business that is reopening should be wearing a mask.

 

“This isn’t something you can be fined for, and again no one is going to be arrested for not wearing a mask,” the Governor said. “But should you if you’re going to the grocery store? Yes. Think about it: None of us knows if we are infected but asymptomatic with this virus. This protects you and other people.”

 

He said every Kentuckian should wear a mask when going to the grocery, into any place of business or any place where social distancing of keeping at least six-feet apart might be broken.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, displayed a variety of available mask designs and showed proper use.

 

“When you wear these, it has to cover your nose and go beneath your mouth,” Dr. Stack said.

 

“Ideally, it also should go below your chin.”

 

Unemployment payments

 

Gov. Beshear provided an update on the state’s efforts to work through an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims. He said nearly 174,000 claims have been paid out totaling more than $173 million.

 

However, he noted that about 37,000 claims from March remain unprocessed. The Governor said a variety of issues were causing the delays, including employer separation and identity verification issues.

 

“There have been significant steps taken, but we want to get through everything from March this week,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Census update

 

Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at my2020census.gov

 or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. April 28, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,375 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 230 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 12 new deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 225 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case” pending more investigation.

 

The deaths include a 75-year-old man from Adair County; two women, ages 77 and 85, from Campbell County; two women, ages 71 and 84, from Graves County; a 55-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man from Jefferson County; two women, ages 89 and 92, and two men, ages 77 and 89, from Kenton County; and a 72-year-old woman from Russell County.

 

“That’s a lot of Kentuckians to lose in a day, even to something this deadly,” the Governor said. He urged everyone to remember the families who are grieving by lighting up houses and business with green lights, the color of compassion and renewal.

 

Gov. Beshear also talked about the death of Lillian Press, who with her husband, Leonard, helped create Kentucky Educational Television among many other initiatives. The Governor noted with grief that Lillian Press, who died out of state on Sunday night, was a personal friend of his who had a great, positive influence on his life.

 

“She was 95 years old, but let me tell you: she was healthy, she was sharp,” the Governor said.

 

“She’s really special and she had more years that she should have been able to give to us.”

 

He noted that Lillian Press organized and directed the Governor’s Scholarship Program.

 

“More than a decade after she made it happen, it was something that changed my life, that changed the course of how I felt about myself and how I interacted with others,” Gov. Beshear said. “She did get to see the first person who graduated from the Governor’s Scholar Program become a governor. I’m very proud of that, and I know she was too, because I had an opportunity to talk to her after the election.”

 

At least 1,617 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

“That is a real positive. We love every time somebody moves to the recovered column,” Gov. Beshear said.

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LINCOLN COUNTY DEPUTIES ARREST DRIVER AFTER NEAR COLLISION WITH TRACTOR TRAILER

 

While on patrol Monday, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies Nick Adams and Brian Cloyd observed a passenger car turn in front of a tractor trailer in the intersection of US 150 and US 27.  The rig had to brake abruptly to avoid a collision. 

 

The Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the car & learned the driver, Jose Duran Delgado, of Lexington, did not have a drivers license. Along with several other traffic violations, the driver also had in his possession 2 forged instruments (fake Social Security Card, & US Permanent Resident ID). 

 

He was charged with Reckless Driving, 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged ID, Giving an Officer False Information, Identity Theft, & Several Traffic Violations, and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. 

 

Stanford Police assisted.

 

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COVID-19 FUNDING FOR SEVERAL AREA HOSPITALS

 

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Saturday the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health will receive federal funding.

 

Through the CARES Act, the program will receive nearly $3.9 Million Dollars to aid in the healthcare efforts of 46 rural hospitals

 

The CARES Act funding allows hospitals maximum flexibility in how they respond to COVID-19 within their communities, including for testing and laboratory services as well as the purchase of personal protective equipment to minimize COVID-19 exposure.

 

Hospitals in our area receiving funding include:

  • Casey County Hospital in Liberty
  • Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford
  • Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital in Harrodsburg
  • Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center in Mt. Vernon
  • Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID-19 UPDATE 4/27/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2020) – As Kentucky took the first step in reopening its health care industry Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear offered new details on restarting the sector while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Going through this tonight, I hope gives you an idea on how we are going to gradually do this with strict compliance to guidelines, and to make sure we can do it in a smart and a safe way,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is the way that we are going to move into a broader Phase 1 reopening.”

Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, outlined a four-phase structure to gradually bring more health care services back online.

 

This phased reopening of health care services is the first step under the Healthy at Work initiative the Governor introduced to help businesses restart operations safely when the time is right. The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

Today, under Phase 1, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:

Hospital outpatient settings;
Health care clinics and medical offices;
Physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists;
Dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)

 

This initial Phase 1 does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons and other industries or other settings, nor does it apply to elective surgeries or procedures.

 

Phase 2 is set to begin Wednesday, May 6. At that time, outpatient surgeries and other invasive procedures can resume, though hospital and care facilities will have to meet strict guidelines.

 

Phase 3 is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 13. Hospitals and care facilities can begin doing non-emergency surgeries and procedures at 50% of their pre-COVID-19-era patient volume.

 

Officials want the final stage, Phase 4, to being Wednesday, May 27. At that point, most of the restrictions on types of procedures and volume will be left to the facilities to determine. However, oversight and guidelines meant to ensure that capacity remains in the system will continue.

Dr. Stack emphasized that this is a phased, gradual reopening of services and that any COVID-19 resurgence may require adjustment. For full guidance on criteria for reopening and new best practices, click here. The Governor added that more industry reopening dates would be announced soon.

 

Contact tracing

 

Until there is a vaccine or an effective treatment method, things will look and be different, the Governor said. A significant new infrastructure will be needed, and the state is preparing to hire more than 700 people across the state to help with contact tracing. A request for proposals will be issued this week to support the state with infrastructure and staffing.

 

Masks

 

The Governor said that by May 11, everybody working for an essential business that is reopening should be wearing a mask. Going to the grocery, into any place of business or any place where social distancing of keeping at least six-feet apart might be broken, the Governor said every Kentuckian should be wearing a mask.

 

Safe dentistry reopening

 

As of today, dental offices may reopen under Phase 1, provided they follow certain protocols and

have the proper equipment to do so. The Board of Dentistry, along with the Kentucky Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Hygienists’ Association and a number of other groups have developed the following guidelines for safely operating dental offices under Phase 1.

 

Unemployment payments

 

The Governor said Kentucky was making great strides in addressing an unprecedented wave of unemployment insurance claims.

 

Nearly 283,000 claims from March have been processed, and an additional 149,000 March and April claims will be processed tonight. He also said of those, 150,000 first-time payments went out Monday. About 30,000 claims from March will be paid this week. He said if you filed in March and still have not been paid, a new hotline will be announced tomorrow just for these Kentuckians.

“Our goal is to get through those last March claims this week,” Gov. Beshear said. “If you filed in March and you haven’t received anything yet, I’ll be darned if we are not going to get it done this week.”

 

Testing sites and eligibility

 

Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

 The Governor said through the partnership with Kroger today the state tested about 300 Kentuckians.

 

Census update

 

Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at my2020census.gov

 or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. April 27, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,146 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 87 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Monday, raising the state’s toll to 213 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case” pending more investigation.

 

The deaths include a 73-year-old man from Fayette County; two women, ages 81 and 88, from Hopkins County; and a 90-year-old woman from Jefferson County. A 62-year-old man from Jefferson County who also died is listed as the probable case.

 

At least 1,521 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

More information

 

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

 

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

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IMPAIRED ADAIR COUNTY DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER 2 SEPARATE ACCIDENTS IN CASEY COUNTY SATURDAY

 

An Adair County man was arrested over the weekend after being involved in two separate accidents in Casey County.

 

Deputy Tim Pierce, with Casey County Sheriff’s Office, says 64 year old David Earl Crozier, of Columbia, was involved in a Hit & Run accident, late Saturday afternoon at the intersection of US Hwy 127 & Short Town Road. Witness, Donald Mathews, reported a 2001 Buick struck his vehicle in the driver’s side front fender and fled the scene without stopping.

 

A short time later, Crozier was involved in another accident in Clementsville, on West KY 70.

 

Mr. Crozier failed Field Sobriety Tests and was taken to the Emergency Room at Casey County Hospital, where he refused chemical testing.

 

The arrest citation lists Alcohol as a contributing factor.

 

He was cited to Casey District Court on charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Render Aid/Assistance.

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

Last week, Deputy Vance Davis, with Casey County Sheriff’s Office, cited 42 year old Jeremiah E. Crawley, of Liberty, on charges of no registration plates, no insurance, and DUI, after responding to a one-vehicle accident on KY 49.

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On Friday evening, Boyle County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Deputy Abbott, attempted to stop a Ford pickup truck on Main Street in Danville. The driver accelerated at a high rate of speed. Fleeing from deputies and Danville Police through several streets in Danville. The truck ran several stop signs, red lights and traveled the wrong way on a one-way Street.

 

Due to the driver’s dangerous actions, Deputy Cloud attempted to used his patrol vehicle to stop the pursuit. The vehicles became entangled. The pickup then accelerated, dragging Deputy Cloud’s patrol vehicle with it. The truck then ran into a residence on Apache Trail.

 

After a brief scuffle, officers were able to get the driver out of the truck and into custody. A Danville Police Officer was transported to Ephraim McDowell for treatment of a non-life threatening injury sustained during the scuffle.

 

Deputies found two containers with a crystal like substance believed to be Methamphetamine and several used needles inside the pickup truck. The driver was identified as Austin Howell from Harrodsburg.

 

Howell was charged with Fleeing and Evading 1st Degree, Speeding 26 Over, Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment 1st, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Assault 3rd, Disregarding Traffic Light, Improper Passing, Disregarding Stop Sign and Improper Signal.

 

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On Saturday, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle collision on Ky Hwy 698.

 

Upon arrival Constable Eddie “Popcorn” Brown and Deputy Nick Adams made contact with the driver who appeared under the influence.

 

Sgt. Thacker performed field sobriety tests on the subject and determined the subject was under the influence.

 

The subject was arrested and transported to Fort Logan Hospital for medical clearance for the jail. While at Fort Logan Hospital, the subject had attempted to conceal a small baggies of meth in the bed sheets of the bed in the Emergency Room while being medically cleared due to the collision.

 

The subject has been lodged at the Lincoln County Regional Jail.

 

Deputy Jake Adams also assisted with the collision scene. Deputy Nick Adams is handling the investigation.

 

The subject is charged with:

DUI

Tampering with Physical Evidence

Possession of Meth

 

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

 

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CAUTION: DENSE FOG THIS MORNING!

 

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ THIS MORNING...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ THIS MORNING.

 

* VISIBILITY...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS.

* IMPACTS...LOW VISIBILITY WILL CREATE CHALLENGING DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR TRAVELERS EARLY THIS MORNING, PARTICULARLY DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE.

 

IF DRIVING...SLOW DOWN... USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS...AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU. 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 4/26/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentuckians to remain vigilant in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as the state takes an initial step toward reopening certain health care operations Monday.

 

“Tomorrow is the first day since this virus hit that instead of adding restrictions, we are reopening some areas,” the Governor said. “We are starting with health care for some very simple reasons. First, people have not been able to go in to some types of visits and important appointments to keep themselves healthy. And people can grow unhealthy or have other issues that are unrelated to COVID-19.

 

“Second, we need to get our health care industry moving again because as we want to test more people we will need our health care industry to be operating at a greater level to make that happen. And third, in thinking about how to do this gradually in a way that protects people, in a way that we can always take a temperature as we move forward, health care is the place to start.”

Gov. Beshear says the phased reopening of health care services is the first step under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced to help businesses restart operations safely when the time is right.

The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

On April 27, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:

Hospital outpatient settings;

Health care clinics and medical offices;

Physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists;

Dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)

 

“From a public health standpoint, from a medical standpoint, we would probably prefer to wait even longer before lifting any restrictions,” Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said. “But we’re trying to balance competing societal needs: people’s need to get back to work, people’s need to perform other important functions in society, people’s need to pursue their lives, with the need to keep people safe.”

 

This guidance does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons and other industries or other settings for which separate guidance has already or will be provided in the future. This guidance does not apply to elective surgeries or procedures, which will be addressed in a subsequent phase.

Dr. Stack emphasized that this is a phased, gradual reopening of services and that a COVID-19 surge may require adjustment.

 

For full guidance on criteria for reopening and new best practices, click here.

Testing sites and eligibility

 

Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. For more information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“This week we have more testing statewide than we have ever had before,” the Governor said.

Update on voting in primary election

 

Gov. Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams have announced new voting guidelines for the June primary. Click here for more information.

 

Census update

 

Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians can fill out their Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information As of 5 p.m. April 26, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,074 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 202 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported three new deaths Sunday, raising the state’s toll to 208 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include two women, both age 88, from Adair County and an 88-year-old woman from Jackson County.

 

“They are people that are truly missed by their friends and by their family,” the Governor said. “Let’s make sure we give them just as much effort tonight, lighting our homes up green and our places of business. Let’s make sure that we ring bells tomorrow at 10 a.m. These are three Kentuckians we’ve lost, and we need to show that color of compassion.”

 

At least 1,511 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

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

 

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

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PULASKI COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER

 

The Pulaski County Recycling Center is in operation, but taking precautions.

 

Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...

 

 

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3 CASEY TEENS INJURED IN ROLL-OVER ACCIDENT

 

Three Liberty teens were injured in a roll-over accident on KY 910 yesterday.

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle responded to the scene around 1:30pm Thursday afternoon, about 10 miles South of Liberty. He says 18 year old Ethan W. Clements, of Byrd Ridge Rd., Liberty, lost control on a wet road. The '98 Ford Ranger he was driving over turned several times.

 

Clements and 2 of his passengers, Austin Crowe, and Austin Stamper, both 18, both of East Pumpkin Chapel Road, Liberty, were all transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset by Casey County EMS.

 

Sheriff Weddle says the wet road conditions were a factor.

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 4/23/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2020) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Monday, April 27, the state will begin the gradual restart and reopening of our Phase 1 health care services and facilities, although they will operate vastly different than they did before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“To do this safely, make sure you are going above and beyond. This is our proof of concept in the medical community. We have to prove that we can do this the right way,” Gov. Beshear said.

On March 23, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order ceasing all elective procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and increase hospital capacity to treat patients.

Thanks to Team Kentucky’s extraordinary efforts to flatten the curve up to this point, Gov. Beshear and the Department for Public Health feel safe easing some restrictions on health care procedures and facilities.

 

The Governor said the phased health care services reopening is the first step under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced Tuesday to help businesses reopen safely when the time is right.

“Doing this right is about saving lives, making employees safe and making sure the people they serve are safe when we reopen,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

Gov. Beshear said a foundational basis for safely reopening the economy requires a massive scaling up of testing capacity in the commonwealth.

 

Guidance for Health Care Practitioners and Facilities

On April 27, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:

Hospital outpatient setting
health care clinics and medical offices
physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists
dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)

 

This guidance does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons, other industries, or other settings for which separate guidance has already or will be provided in the future. This guidance does not apply to elective surgeries or procedures which will be addressed in a subsequent phase.

 

“This is intended to be a phased, gradual reopening so that we can do this thoughtfully, safely, and see the consequences of our actions to make the necessary adjustments,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health.

 

Dr. Stack emphasized that this is a phased, gradual reopening of services and that a COVID-19 surge may require adjustment.

 

Telehealth

In all phases, health care practitioners should still maximize telehealth rather than in-person services.

 

Visitation

Health care facilities should still not allow visitors except when necessary in end-of-life situations, or for vulnerable populations or minors, and even then, visitations should be kept to a minimum.

 

Waiting Rooms

Health care facilities should also eliminate traditional waiting room or common seating areas and use non-traditional alternatives, for example, a parking lot “lobby.”

 

Social Distancing

Health care facilities should maintain social distancing, keeping people at least six feet apart in all possible settings, and employ other steps to minimize direct contact between individuals within the health care setting.

 

Screening and Sanitization

Health care facilities should screen all health care workers, patients and others for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival for shift or visit. Staff should be required to stay home if sick. Staff should plan for and ensure enhanced workplace sanitizing, enhanced hand hygiene compliance, and easily accessible hand sanitizer throughout the facility.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 

Each health care setting must be able to procure necessary PPE via normal supply chains.

 

All health care providers and staff must wear surgical/procedural masks and gloves while in health care office/facility.

 

All patients and other persons in health care office/facility must:

 

Wear a surgical/procedural mask while in health care facility

 

Wear either a surgical/procedural mask or cloth mask/face covering in all other health care settings

 

Special Considerations

 

In high-touch clinical settings (e.g., physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.), health care workers should wear non-latex gloves in addition to enhanced hand hygiene practices described above. Any objects and contact surfaces used for clinical services should be sanitized between patients.

In high-aerosol risk outpatient settings (e.g., dentistry, oral surgery, pulmonary services, etc.), we seek additional input from these professionals regarding steps to assure the safety of both their patients and clinical staff.

 

Testing Sites and Eligibility

Gov. Beshear announced that just today, the state ran 6,769 tests. In addition to health care facilities, Kentuckians can be tested free of charge for COVID-19 at:

 

Kroger sites

 

Throughput of 300-330 tests per site per day

 

All Kentuckians are eligible to be tested at Kroger sites
Louisville (Jefferson County)

Shawnee Park, 4501 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211

Testing conducted Monday, April 27- Friday May 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Hand sanitizer and face mask to be distributed at the site

 

Lexington (Fayette County)

Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40508

Testing conducted Monday, April 27- Friday May 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hand sanitizer and face mask to be distributed at this site

 

Owensboro (Daviess County)

Owensboro Community College at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303

Testing conducted Tuesday, April 28- Thursday April 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Bowling Green (Warren County)

South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Testing conducted Tuesday, April 28 - Thursday April 30 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

 

Walgreens site

Through a separate partnership with Walgreens, Gov. Beshear said the company would offer a drive-through testing option in Lexington, starting Friday.

 

The location is 2296 Executive Drive, Lexington, KY 40505

 

The site is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

 

Visit walgreens.com/coronavirus for additional information on registering and eligibility
Update on long-term care facilities

 

Gov. Beshear announced that as of Thursday, 530 residents and 251 staff had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of those, 85 residents and one staff member have died of COVID-19 or complications from COVID-19.

 

Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the precautions the state is taking in long-term care facilities, including: encouraging all residents to wear masks, cancelling communal dining and social activities, minimizing entry into resident rooms, restricting non-essential personnel from entering the building, daily temperature checks and adopting a low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care.

 

Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services provided other updates on how the cabinet is working with so many organizations and local officials to respond to the needs of long-term care facilities.

 

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Today, Gov. Beshear recognized Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25, an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a critical role in health care and patient advocacy.

 

“We are thankful for the laboratory medicine profession,” Gov. Beshear said. “To every lab professional out there working during this very trying time, we appreciate you.”

 

Condolences

The Governor sent condolences to the family of Patsy Carol Stith passed away on Monday at St. Elizabeth in Fort Thomas related to COVID-19. Stith was 76 years old. Patsy was an active senior who enjoyed yard work, gardening and making crafts.

Patsy was a mother to three sons. She was “mamaw” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has a sister and brothers, along with many friends, who will miss her. We mourn her loss the Governor said.

 

Gov. Beshear also sent his condolences to family, friends and colleagues of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Vick. Vick, 43, passed away April 22 after a traffic accident on Western Kentucky Parkway. He was a husband, father and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had been in law enforcement for 17 years.

 

Deputy Vick was the school resource officer at Hanson Elementary, but had just completed an overnight security detail at Madisonville North Hopkins High School’s COVID-19 testing site, according to Hopkins County Sheriff Charles Young.

 

“He was helping people get testing during this crisis. Tonight, we remember him and all he contributed,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor said thank you to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and Kentucky’s Circuit Court Clerks for donating 1,500 COVID-19 swab tests, which were delivered to the DPH warehouse in Frankfort today.

 

Every year, April is National Donate Life Month. Although different this year, we are still honoring those donors who gave the gift of life, the recipients who are alive today because of them, and those 1,000 Kentuckians today on the waiting list. Everyone can do his or her part to be kind and register as an organ donor to give the gift of life. www.donatelifeky.org.

 

Case information

As of 5 p.m. April 23, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,481 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 161 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported six new deaths Thursday, raising the state’s toll to 191 deaths related to the virus.

 

The newly reported deaths include a 68-year-old male from Muhlenberg, a 62-year-old female from Jefferson, an 87-year-old female from Adair, a 73-year-old male from Henderson, a 77-year-old male from Jefferson and a 93-year-old female from Kenton.

At least 1,335 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

To date, at least 42,844 people have been tested. At least 1,115 people have ever been hospitalized with 302 currently hospitalized.

 

At least 570 have ever been in the ICU with at least 163 people currently in the ICU.

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients and victims, which unfortunately highlights existing disparities in health and health care access.

The Governor said with about 78.36% of the known cases accounted for, 76.36% of Kentuckians who tested positive were white, 13.48% were black or African-American, 5.13% were Asian, 4.96% were multiracial and 0.08% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

 

The Governor also said with about 73.36% of the known cases accounted for, 92.11% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 7.89% were Hispanic.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 85.86% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 79.27% white, 17.68% black or African-American, 1.83% Asian and 1.22% were multiracial.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 82.72% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 98.73% non-Hispanic and 1.27% Hispanic.

 

More information

The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

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

 

Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing. Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s press conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider

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INTERVIEW WITH SOMERSET MAYOR ALAN KECK

 

Jeff Henderson reports from Pulaski County where he spoke with the Mayor of Somerset, Alan Keck...

 

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 4/22/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the phased restart of Kentucky’s economy will begin next week, on Monday, with a segment of the health care services industry.

 

He said initially the easing of restrictions will allow for diagnostic and radiology testing, as well as non-urgent, emergent, in-person office and ambulatory visits.

“We are very close to coming to a consensus and an agreement in being able to put out guidelines for the gradual reopening of many of our hospital and health care services,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will be moving from this phase to others. Health care is a good and important place to start some of our reopening.”

 

The Governor said Kentucky will go through three phases in dealing with coronavirus: sacrifice, planning and patience and perseverance. The Governor said now we are in the planning and patience phase.

 

“Whether it is shuttering a business temporarily, or if it’s that you’re not going to work right now because of what has happened with this virus,” he said. “Whether it is changes to your life, your children not going to school, we have shown that we can pass the test of sacrifice.”

The Governor said the phased health care services reopening is the first under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced Tuesday to help businesses reopen safely when the time is right.

The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

Gov. Beshear said a foundational basis for safely reopening the economy requires a massive scaling up of testing capacity in the commonwealth.

 

Expanded Testing

The Governor also said drive-through testing in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) will be expanded with a significant focus on African-American communities.

“We have seen the disproportionate impact – especially in the death rate – of this virus and so the commitment we are making teaming with Louisville and Lexington is that we are going to run more tests in that week, with the capacity of 1,500 per week in each of those locations,” he said.

On Wednesday, he announced an expansion of the state’s pact with Kroger and other new partnerships to bring drive-through testing to communities throughout the commonwealth.

The new testing sites with Kroger will be located in Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro and Bowling Green. Kroger testing is open up to everyone who needs a test. Those seeking to obtain a test can get location and registration details at the KrogerHealth website.

 

Testing will be conducted April 27 to May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Louisville’s Shawnee Park, 4501 W. Broadway; and at Lexington’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike.

 

The testing also will be done April 28 to April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Owensboro Community College, 4800 New Hartford Road; and at Bowling Green’s South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road.

 

“This announcement on increased testing is a really great step for us here in the City of Louisville,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We all want to open up our economy in small steps as soon as we can but it’s absolutely critical that we have the testing that will be our guide.”

Through a separate partnership with Walgreens, Gov. Beshear said the company would offer a drive-through testing option in Lexington, starting Friday. The location is 2296 Executive Drive. The site is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Visit walgreens.com/coronavirus

 for additional information on registering.

 

“We are so excited to have these two new testing opportunities in Lexington,” said Mayor Linda Mayor Gorton of Lexington. “Our city acted early and quickly to prepare for COVID-19, and the numbers show Lexington citizens have done a great job at following social distancing recommendations. I greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation.”

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health also talked about different types of testing.

 

“Now we want clinician judgment to be the primary guide and if patients have concerns that they should get tested,” said Dr. Stack. “But remember, I’ve urged every step of the way that you should seek a test in partnership with a clinician who can help you know if the test you’ve gotten is useful for your particular situation and what you should do with the information when you get it.

‘We really need the hospitals and others to start using this test capacity, particularly as we look to start reopening some medical facilities next week. We have to see these numbers go up,” Dr. Stack added.

 

Case information

As of 5 p.m. April 22, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,373 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 196 of which were newly confirmed.

“Given that we are doing more tests and how those numbers have gone up and down, we do believe from the total number of tests that we have plateaued,” the Governor said. “Nobody wants 196 new cases, but we are not seeing a day-over-day increase, and when we average it all out we’re not seeing a three-day-over-three-day increase, which we were seeing as early as about two weeks ago.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 14 new deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 185 deaths related to the virus.

 

“They are very special people that we have lost, whose families are hurting,” the Governor said.

The newly reported deaths include a 68-year-old woman from Boyd County; a 74-year-old woman from Campbell County; a 71-year-old man from Fayette County; a 96-year-old woman from Graves County; a 76-year-old woman from Grant County; an 88-year-old woman from Hopkins County; three men, ages 50, 74, 87, two women, ages 85 and 80, and a 58-year-old of undisclosed gender from Jefferson County; and a 68-year-old man and an 83-year-old woman from Kenton County.

The Governor highlighted the death of Stanley Lee Buckler of Lexington, whose daughter-in-law wrote a Facebook post after his death on April 21 from the coronavirus.

 

“To Stanley’s entire family, we are thinking about you,” the Governor said. “When you look around you tonight and see those green houses and places of business, you see the color of compassion and renewal, know that even though we can’t be with you physically, we are all with you.”

At least 1,311 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

 

“We want that number to keep going up each and every day,” Gov. Beshear said.

To date, at least 36,075 people have been tested. At least 1,105 people have ever been hospitalized with 301 currently hospitalized.

 

At least 564 have ever been in the ICU with at least 161 people currently in the ICU.

 

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients and victims, which unfortunately highlights existing disparities in health and health care access.

The Governor said with about 84% of the known cases accounted for, 77.18% of Kentuckians who tested positive were white, 13.38% were black or African-American, 4.83% were multiracial, 4.56% were Asian and 0.04% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

 

The Governor also said with about 80% of the known cases accounted for, 91.98% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 8.01% were Hispanic.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 85% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 79.74% white, 17.73% black or African-American, 1.89% Asian and 0.64% were multiracial.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 84% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 98.72% non-Hispanic and 1.28% Hispanic.

 

More information The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

 

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

 

Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing. Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s press conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol

 (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media #TeamKentucky#TogetherKY#Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

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DRIVER FACING DUI/DRUG CHARGES AFTER REFUSING TO STOP FOR A LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY

 

One person was arrested on Drug/Alcohol charges following a police pursuit by mulitiple law enforcement agencies.


It all began shortly after 7pm Tuesday, when a Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy observed a Cadillac car, traveling west on US 150 towards Boyle County. Deputy Cloyd observed the vehicle traveling erratically and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop and continued to towards Boyle County. 
Deputies were able to finally stop the vehicle as it crossed into Boyle County. Investigators say the driver was under the influence. 


Suspected methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia were located inside the vehicle. 


The operator was placed under arrest and charged with:  DUI, Fleeing/Evading police 1st degree (motor vehicle), Reckless driving, Improper lane usage, Possession of controlled substance 1st degree, Possession of drug paraphernalia, & Prescription controlled substance not in proper container.


Stanford Police, Boyle County Sheriff's Office, & Danville Police assisted.

 

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TUESDAY'S COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Yesterday Gov. Andy Beshear announced the launch of “Healthy at Work,” a new initiative to help Kentucky businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019.

 
Healthy at Work offers a phased approach to reopening Kentucky’s economy. It is based on criteria set by public health experts and advice from industry experts. Businesses can visit HealthyAtWork.ky.gov to get more information and resources.


Also as of yesterday, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,192 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 177 of which were newly confirmed.


Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 17 new fatalities, raising the state’s toll to 171 related to the virus.


At least 1,266 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.


To date, there have been 33,328 people tested. At least 1,076 people have ever been hospitalized with 286 currently hospitalized.


558 individuals have ever been in the ICU with at least 165 of those currently remaining in the ICU.
The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.


Each day you can listen to the Governors new conference on our sister stations 92.7 & 99.9 or stay updated with us here on The Buck. I'm Crystal Sallee reporting for 98.7 news.

 

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EPHRAIM McDOWELL TESTING IN 5 COUNTIES

 

Ephraim McDowell Health announces one additional positive Covid-19 case from tests they performed.  The patient is a Boyle County resident and is self-quarantining at home.

 

Ephraim McDowell Health is now offering Covid-19 testing at facilities in five different counties.  If someone thinks they may have Covid-19, they can call (859) 936-8350.  A nurse answering the call will assess your symptoms and advise you of the steps you should follow.

 

That may include a visit to your primary care provider, a visit to your local Emergency Room or a visit to one of Ephraim McDowell’s five testing facilities. 

 

The five testing facilities are:

  • Ephraim McDowell Walk-in & Primary Care (1541 Lebanon Road, Danville)
  • Ephraim McDowell Haggin Primary Care (470 Linden Avenue, Suite 5, Harrodsburg)
  •  Ephraim McDowell Liberty Family Medical Center (511 Middleburg Street, Liberty)
  • Immediate & Primary Care at Fort Logan Hospital (110 Metker Trail, Stanford)
  • Ephraim McDowell Springfield Family Medical Center (280 Lincoln Drive, Springfield). 

 

Please do not go to one of these testing facilities unless you are asked to do so by the Ephraim McDowell Call Center or an Ephraim McDowell health care provider.

 

 

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JEFF HENDERSON WITH PULASKI JUDGE EXECUTIVE STEVE KELLY

 

Jeff Henderson reports from Pulaski County, where he spoke with County Judge Executive Steve Kelly, concerning the latest Coronavirus information...

 

 

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GOV. BESHEARS COVID19 UPDATE FOR 4/21/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the launch of “Healthy at Work,” a new initiative to help Kentucky businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

The Governor has urged all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home, following federal and state guidelines on social distancing and limiting contacts. However, Kentucky families and businesses also must prepare for the day when we begin to reopen our economy.

“We want to make sure that when we hit that mark, knowing that we may only know five days in, that we’re ready and that when it is safe to do something, we can immediately start doing it,” the Governor said.

But he warned against opening up too soon.

“When we look at the long-term reopening of the economy, we do it by not being foolish or making risky decisions,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s how we come out of this strong.”

Healthy at Work offers a phased approach to reopening Kentucky’s economy. It is based on criteria set by public health experts and advice from industry experts.

“This is going to be a dialogue with your business, your trade associations, employee groups,” said La Tasha Buckner, the Governor’s chief of staff and general counsel. “We’re all going to be working on this. We want to make sure we’re doing this the best way and not the quickest way.”

Phase 1 is a state-readiness evaluation. Phase 2 is an individual business-readiness evaluation. This approach will ensure the commonwealth’s citizens can safely return to work while still protecting the most vulnerable Kentuckians.

During Phase 1 of Healthy at Work, the Kentucky Department for Public Health will determine whether Kentucky has met certain public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

During Phase 2 of Healthy at Work, the Department for Public Health will evaluate individual businesses’ ability to safely reopen.

“Our new normal is not going to be the old normal,” Gov. Beshear said. “Every plan has to be really different from what regular operations looked like before.”

Among other things, each business proposal is required to explain its ability to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees, adequate access to hand sanitizer and disinfectant, and minimal direct contact between employees and the public.

“Doing this right is about safety. That’s our number one concern,” the Governor said. “It’s also the right thing for the economy. Avoiding a second spike will restore our economy faster.”

PPE update
Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the levels of PPE available in the commonwealth. He praised all of the individuals who have answered the call and donated these essential items for our health care workers.

“In the last week, we have more gloves, surgical masks, face shields, respirator masks and coveralls,” the Governor announced.

Among the PPE items where Kentucky has seen growth in inventories, Gov. Beshear reported the state has on-hand about 1.5 million surgical masks, 365,000 N95 masks, 930,000 KN95 masks, 446,000 face shields, 4.5 million gloves and 37,000 gowns. All areas showed improved stocks over the past couple of weeks.

“This wouldn’t happen two weeks ago,” the Governor said of the boost in available PPE. “These gains were not possible two weeks ago.”

Drive-through testing
Gov. Beshear continues to urge people to sign up for testing at four recently announced new drive-through testing sites in and around the communities of Madisonville, Paducah, Somerset and Pikeville.

Those seeking to obtain a test can get location and registration details at The Little Clinic website.

The Governor also announced another drive-through screening site in Christian County. The local health department is partnering with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to provide tests Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tie Breaker Park. People wishing to sign up for testing should contact the Christian County Health Department.

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the testing capacity still needs to be increased.

“Right now, the testing capacity is only one-third or one-fourth of where we need to be.”

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 21, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,192 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 177 of which were newly confirmed.

“This suggests that we have likely plateaued,” the Governor said. “It means we are not on the increase and we are not decreasing.”

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 17 new deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 171 deaths related to the virus.

“Seventeen is a hard number to take. These are 17 individuals to be missed; 17 families that will be grieving; 17 communities that will be grieving,” Gov. Beshear said. “They are more than just their ages, genders and home counties. Let’s make sure we are doing everything we can to not have days like today.”

The 17 newly reported deaths include an 81-year-old man from Butler County; two women, ages 90 and 94, and a 92-year-old man from Graves County; a 58-year-old woman from Grant County; three men, ages 80, 85 and 90, and two women, ages 80 and 81, from Hopkins County; a 52-year-old man from Jackson County; two men, ages 71 and 81, and an 81-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 73-year-old man and a 93-year-old woman from Kenton County; and an 86-year-old woman from Lyon County.

Gov. Beshear took part Tuesday morning in a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the Kentucky victims of the coronavirus after the number surpassed 150 a day earlier.

A Kentucky State Police Honor Guard marked the losses during the ceremony, which took place in the Capitol Rotunda.

“Today at 10 a.m., we had the bells ringing in the Capitol Rotunda, and a Kentucky State Honor Guard placed a wreath at the foot of the statue to President Abraham Lincoln,” the Governor said. “Our flags at the Capitol are still flying at half-staff, because these are wonderful, amazing people who we have lost.”

To highlight that each of those lost is more than a statistic, Gov. Beshear on Tuesday remembered John “Doug” Woods of Hopkins County, who died of COVID-19 within two days of Freda, his wife of almost 64 years. He said the loss to one family so quickly was devastating.

“It’s just too much too soon,” one granddaughter wrote of their loss.

She continued, referring to his service in the U.S. Air Force, “you will forever be my favorite veteran.”

At least 1,266 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

To date, at least 33,328 people have been tested. At least 1,076 people have ever been hospitalized with 286 currently hospitalized.

At least 558 have ever been in the ICU with at least 165 people currently in the ICU.

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients and victims, which unfortunately highlights existing disparities in health and health care access.

The Governor said with about 77% of the known cases accounted for, 76.91% of Kentuckians who tested positive were Caucasian, 13.56% were African-American, 5.24% were multiracial, 4.23% were Asian and 0.05% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

The Governor also said with about 72% of the known cases accounted for, 92.57% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 7.43% were Hispanic.

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 84% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 78.47% Caucasian, 19.44% African-American, 1.39% Asian and 0.69% were multiracial.

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 82% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 99.29% non-Hispanic and 0.71% Hispanic.

More information
The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov

kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing. Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s press conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol

 (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider.

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FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR 4/22/2020

 Widespread frost is expected tonight as high pressure will bring clear skies, light winds, and chilly temperatures. 

 

The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a Frost Advisory, which will be in effect from 2 AM EST to 10 AM EST Wednesday morning.

 

Lows tonight will generally be in the middle 30s with lower temperatures in sheltered rural locations.

 

Impacts will include damage to plants that are sensitive to frost.

 

A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

 

Be sure to stay updated with all of your weather information here on 98.7 The Buck.

 

 -Crystal

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MONDAY'S COVID-19 UPDATE

 

 

Yesterday Gov Beshear advised the commonwealth’s education leaders to keep facilities closed to in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.


He said the move is in line with newly released guidelines from the White House and Kentucky’s own benchmarks that the commonwealth must meet in order to start reopening the state’s economy while keeping Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus.


He said schools were being asked to continue nontraditional instruction and food service for students in need.


Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who is also secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, appeared Monday via video link to offer an update on unemployment as the state continues to process an increased amount of claims and payments.


She said on average the state is seeing about 13,000 new claims per day, as officials continue to staff up.She urged those seeking benefits not to reapply and not to open a new claim if they have already applied. The only people who need to reopen a claim are those requesting an additional 13 weeks because the original benefits have expired.


Gov. Beshear said there were 102 new confirmed cases bringing the statewide total to 3,050. Unfortunately, there were six new deaths reported raising the state’s COVID-19 death total to 154 
There are 1,144 Kentuckians that have fully recovered from COVID-19. 


There have been 32,830 people have been tested for coronavirus across the state. At least 1,017 people have ever been hospitalized with 263 currently hospitalized.


At least 532 have ever been in the ICU with at least 147 people currently in the ICU.


Remember that you can tune into our sister stations 92.7 & 99.9 each day at 5:00 to listen to Gov Beshears news conference. Reporting for 98.7 news I am Crystal Sallee.

 

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BOYLE COUNTY DEPUTY INJURED DURING PURSUIT

 

The Boyle County Sheriff's reports that shortly after 1:30am Monday morning, Deputies Abbott, Cloud, and Wren were requested by Garrard County Police Department to assist one of their officers that was in a vehicle pursuit.

 

Deputies were able to intercept the pursuit in the Junction City area. The vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed on Old Hustonville Road and continued towards US 127. The vehicle crossed US 127, where Deputy Wren had the roadway shut down for public safety. The vehicle crossed US 127 then went into the ditch and then back onto the highway. The vehicle struck the Garrard County Officer’s cruiser, disabling it. The suspect vehicle then struck Deputy Wren’s cruiser, also disabling it.

 

Deputies were able to get the vehicle to stop in the grass just off the roadway. Once contact was made the driver refused to exit the vehicle and after a brief scuffle the driver was able to be taken into custody.

 

Deputy Wren sustained a broken hand during the collision. The Garrard County Officer was not injured.

 

Charged was James Peavley from Lincoln County. Garrard County is leading the case but charges are pending from Boyle County.

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.

 

There were 4 checks approved for mowing operations, and one check approved for the County’s portion of a Sheriff’s Cruiser Grant.

 

The court heard a 2nd Reading of a 2nd Budget Amendment, which was approved.

 

Judge Dial also gave a 1st Reading of the 20-21 Budget. Before the vote, Judge Dial gave some comments concerning some changes to the numbers that will likely affect our County road funds…

 

 

The Court approved the 1st Reading of the Budget.

 

The Court also approved the Annual Standing Order which pays Payroll & Utilities.

 

The Magistrates voted to advertise for yearly bids for Jail services, General Fund, & Road Fund.

The Court accepted the Extension District Budget for 20-21.

 

The also approved the A.O.C. re-imbursement agreement.

 

Under Road Business, the Court voted to reclassify Ryan Luttrell from Laborer to Backhoe Operator, and voted to hire Jordan Glass as CDL Operator.

 

Under E-911 Business, the Magistrates voted to purchase an Emergency Backup Generator for the 911 tower at a cost of just over $6,800.

 

Judge Dial also noted that Casey County has returned to a Zero status for COVID-19…


 


Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle gave the monthly activity Report…

 

 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court will be May 4th.

 

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STOLEN VEHICLE FOUND ON FIRE

 

On Friday, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the Waynesburg area. 


Upon further investigation, it was determined that the vehicle was a stolen truck belonging to the City of Danville Water Dept. 


This investigation also led to an area in Pulaski County. 


Deputies involved were Cloyd, Harness, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Boyle County Sheriff Deputies Ruhe and Hopper along with Detectives from the Danville Police Dept.


That investigation is on-going.

 

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SUNDAY'S COVID-19 REPORT

 

 

The Governor praised the thousands of health care workers, front-line workers, and everyday heroes as well.


Gov. Beshear urged people to sign up for testing at four recently announced new drive-through testing sites, one of those being in Somerset. People in and around the testing site communities can sign up for testing that begins tomorrow. Those who are seeking to obtain a test can get location and registration details at KROGERHEALTH.COM/COVIDTESTING. Those eligible for the tests include people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, shortness of breath and cough; health care workers and first responders who may have been exposed to coronavirus; and anyone with mild symptoms who also may have been exposed to COVID-19. The testing is done free of charge. The overall goal of the partnership is to conduct 20,000 tests over the next five weeks. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours.


Gov. Beshear reiterated the details about newly announced benchmarks that the commonwealth must meet in order to start reopening the state’s economy while keeping Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus. The Governor said the state’s seven benchmarks – which reflect guidance from the White House – would determine the phases for reopening parts of the economy.


As of yesterday Gov. Beshear announced the highest number of cases to be reported which was 273 new confirmed cases. Bringing the statewide total to 2,960.
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported four new deaths Sunday, raising the state’s total to 148 deaths related to the virus.
At least 1,122 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky. 
To date, at least 32,319 people have been tested. At least 1,011 people have ever been hospitalized with 265 currently hospitalized.
At least 532 have ever been in the ICU with at least 149 people currently in the ICU.


Remember to tune into our sister stations 92.7 The Wave and 99.9 The Big Dawg each day at 5:00 to catch Gov Beshears news conference. Reporting for 98.7 news I'm Crystal Sallee.

 

 

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STATEWIDE TESTING BEGINS FOR CORONAVIRUS

 

Pulaski County Judge Executive Steve Kelley announced Friday, the free drive-through coronavirus testing site this week in Pulaski County has been moved from the Kroger parking lot to the parking lot of the Center for Rural Development.


The testing is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30AM-5:30PM.


People must have symptoms or meet other criteria to be tested and they must register in an advance and get an appointment. 
 

Information and appointments can be made at www.krogerhealth.com or https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing.

 

 

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2 ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DANVILLE BURGLARY

 

On Friday, around 7:00am, Captain Casey McCoy and Deputy Daniel Grigsby, with Boyle County Sheriff's Office, responded to a business on Bluegrass Pike that had been broken into over night. 


Multiple items including a GMC pickup truck were taken from the business. A tip on Social Media led to the discovery of the vehicle, located off of HWY 27 in Waynesburg. 


First on scene was an off duty Lincoln County deputy who witnessed Angel Devine of Harrodsburg run from the vehicle. Once Boyle deputies arrived on scene, Deputy Mullins and K-9 Luma conducted a track which lead to 8810 HWY 1247. Chris Snow of Waynesburg and Devine were found inside the residence. Also located inside were the stolen items from Bluegrass Pike. 


Both Snow and Devine were charged with receiving stolen property. Snow also had 7 active warrants, all for theft related charges. Devine also had a theft related warrant.


Danville Police, & Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

 

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THURSDAY'S COVID-19 UPDATE

 

 

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COVID-19 SCAM ALERT

 

The Mercer County Sheriff's Department is warning area residents of a COVID-19 Scam. 

 

Investigators say there is a woman posing as a Health Department inspector, offering special COVID19 food service certificates for a cash fee. 

 

She is described as dark blonde, driving a cream-colored Toyota Prius, and wearing a royal blue scrub top and pants. 

 

There is no such thing as a COVID19 food service certificate. 

 

If you are approached with an offer of this nature, contact authorities immediately.  

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE

 

 

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CONGRESSMAN JAMES COMER & KY AG DANIEL CAMERON TO HOST VIRTUAL TOWN HALL TODAY

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman James Comer has announced plans to host a second COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, April 16, 2020 to update constituents on federal efforts to respond to the coronavirus. He will be joined at the beginning of the call by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who will speak on efforts to combat scams posing as COVID-19 charity and relief efforts.

 

The town hall will begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern and 1:30 p.m. Central on Thursday, April 16. Residents of the 1st Congressional District can call 855-962-1276 to participate in the conversation and can also sign up for the call by visiting comer.house.gov/live.

 

After opening comments from Congressman Comer and Attorney General Cameron, Congressman Comer will spend the remainder of the call taking questions from callers about federal action to help Americans affected by COVID-19.

 

Throughout this crisis, Congressman Comer and his office have continued to keep an open line with constituents to answer questions and listen to concerns. Constituents can continue to find information and seek guidance on cdc.gov/coronavirus. For more tips, information and resources, visit comer.house.gov/coronavirus.

 

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FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT 4/16/2020

A Freeze Warning will be in effect for The Buck listening area starting at 12 AM EST tonight until 9 AM EST tomorrow morning.

 

High pressure will bring mostly clear skies, nearly calm winds, and cold temperatures to the region tonight into early tomorrow morning.

 

Low temperatures are expected to drop to around the upper 20s and low 30s tonight into the early morning hours of Thursday. Widespread frost and freeze conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

 

A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions may kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) EXTENDED

 

The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) has been extended until April 30th.

 

This program supports imcom eligible clients with utility assistance. 

 

For more information, contact the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency at 606-787-9209.

 

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SHERIFF WILL RESUME VEHICLE INSPECTIONS

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office says they will resume vehicle inspections with social distancing measures.

 

As always, if you need a deputy to inspect at your location call 606-787-9411.

 

If you want an inspection at the sheriff's office, call for instructions 606-787-6821.

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FREEZE WARNING!

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1amET TO 9amET WEDNESDAY.

 

* TEMPERATURE...LOWS WEDNESDAY MORNING ARE EXPECTED TO DROP INTO THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S.

 

* IMPACTS...WIDESPREAD FROST AND FREEZE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS, OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED OUTDOOR PLUMBING.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. TAKE STEPS NOW TO PROTECT TENDER PLANTS FROM THE COLD. 

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING REPORT

 

The Casey County Board of Education met Monday evening.

 

Superintendent of Schools, Marion Sowders...

 

 

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1ST CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 HITS CASEY COUNTY

 

Casey County now has it's first confirmed case of the Coronavirus.

 

Casey County Judge Executive Randy Dial called a press conference this afternoon at the Judicial Center, where Shaun Crabtree, Director of the Lake Cumberland Health Department, gave details...

 

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Judge Dial urged the public to comply with CDC guidelines to help keep the spread of the virus to a mininum.

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CASEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONFISCATES DRUGS & CASH IN EASTER SUNDAY BUST

 

A Liberty man arrested on Easter Sunday for drug charges.

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle answered a call of a reckless driver shortly after 4pm Sunday afternoon on Ky 206 & Ky 70.

 

Sheriff Weddle spotted the vehicle pulling out of a driveway on 206, heading west. The '94 Mazda Pickup crossed the center line and eventually turned onto Hatfield Road and then into a private driveway. When the Sheriff activated his lights, the driver jumped out. He was ordered several times to get back in the truck. After he got back in, the truck started rolling. The driver opened the passenger door and threw out a bag of Crystal Meth. When the truck stopped, the driver was taken into custody.

 

A Marijuana crusher, 5 Klonopin pills, & a pack of rolling papers were discovered inside the truck.

 

The driver, 49 year old Christopher Richardson, of 171 Moxley Road, Liberty, stated he was delivering the Meth to another person and was to be paid $100.

 

Officers confiscated over $1,900 in cash.

 

Richardson was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of Reckless Driving, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine - over 2gms), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Deputy Jayson Grider assisted.

 

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DEPUTIES SAY YOSEMITE MAN WAS INTOXICATED & WAVING GUNS

 

A Casey County man arrested Saturday after witnesses reported he was intoxicated and waving a gun.

 

Deputies Brown & Pierce, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, responded to the call shortly after 6pm Saturday at the Dollar Store in Yosemite. The caller stated 31 year old Shannon R. Phelps, of Yosemite, was on a Side by Side, drinking alcohol and waving guns at people. 

 

When Deputies arrived, they found Phelps in the drivers seat with his hands raised. Phelps reportedly smelled of alcohol and had in his possession, 4 hand guns, and 2 long rifles.

 

Phelps failed sobriety tests and was taken to the Casey County Hospital for blood testing, then taken to the Casey County Jail.

 

He's charged with DUI-3rd Offense, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, ATV Violations, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Crystal Sallee has highlights from yesterday's COVID-19 update from Gov. Beshear...

 

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

New numbers, unemployment information, and a new executive order in regards to workmans compensation. 


Crystal Sallee has highlights from yesterday's COVID-19 Update from Gov. Beshear...


 


There are still no confirmed COVID-19 cases here in Casey County.

 

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FROST AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES POSSIBLE SATURDAY MORNING

 

FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM EDT /2 AM CDT/ TO 9 AM EDT /8 AM CDT/ SATURDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM EDT /2 AM CDT/ TO 9 AM EDT /8 AM CDT/ SATURDAY.

 

THE FREEZE WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TEMPERATURE...LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S, WITH UPPER 20S POSSIBLE IN SHELTERED VALLEY LOCATIONS. * IMPACTS...WIDESPREAD FROST IS POSSIBLE.

 

CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION COULD BE DAMAGED.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE

 

Crystal Sallee has a synopsis of yesterday's COVID-19 update from Gov. Beshear...
 


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Kentucky is now beginning to see the surge point of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are now 204 new confirmed cases bringing the state total to 1,346. There are also 8 new COVID-19 related fatalities bringing the statewide total to 73. In the LCDHD District, Casey County remains at having 0 confirmed COVID-19 cases. On a positive note there have been 339 Individuals that have fully recovered.
Gov Beshear continues to reiterate NOT to travel unless it is for work or for getting essential items, this even includes no family gatherings for the Easter holiday. Also there should be no out of state travellers coming to Kentucky to stay, if they do then they must do a 14 day quarantine.
There is also a new Executive Order that covers a few of the following things:
                        (1) For all essential life-sustaining stores that continues to remain open, it limits to 1 person per household for in person business. There are a couple of exceptions such as if you have minor children with no childcare or if there are adults who have mental or physical impairments who needs assistance. Gov Beshear asks that businesses who are allowed to stay open, please use good judgement to make sure these guidelines are being followed. 
(2) This also bans door to door solicitations. 
(3) An additional 30 days will be added to needed prescriptions without being seen by your physician.
In regards to unemployment, access has been granted to federal funding, so the additional $600 payments will start being dispersed for unemployment.
Don't forget to listen in to the Governor's Daily News Briefs to our sister stations 92.7 The Wave & 99.9 The Big Dawg. 
Reporting for 98.7 news I'm Crystal Sallee.

 

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CASEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT

 

CASEY CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT FOR MARCH...

  • 15,075 Miles Driven 
  • 33 Warrants Served 
  • 4 Cases Opened 
  • 669 Hours Worked by Court Security 
  • 11 Accidents Worked 
  • 7 DUI's 
  • 56 Vehicle Inspections 
  • 40 Total Arrests 
  • 14 Citations for Non-Arrestable Offenses 
  • 86 Total Citations 
  • 47 Total Summons, Subpoenas, and Evictions 
  • Total Calls Responded To 327
  • Total Hours Worked By the Sheriff's Office 1,520

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Kenneth L. Kemp, 43 of Jamestown, arrested by KSP for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration, & Persistent Felony Offender II.
  • Gerald E. Bramley, 63 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, & Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Chloe R. Casada, 19 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset PD for Burglary-2nd Degree.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Shaun T. Crank, 40 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (on foot), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Burglary-3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

 

A TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT FOLLOWING THE RECENT COLD FRONT WILL RESULT IN STRONG WINDS OUT OF THE NORTHWEST WITH GUSTS UP TO 30-35MPH THROUGH THIS EVENING.

 

THESE WINDS MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES AND MAY BLOW OVER UNSECURED, LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS.

 

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SUMMARY OF GOVERNOR BESHEAR'S 5:00 NEWS CONFERENCE FOR TODAY 4/8/2020

As of yesterday from Gov Beshear's COVID-19 news brief, he states Kentucky is now beginning to see the surge point of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are now 204 new confirmed cases bringing the state total to 1,346. There are also 8 new COVID-19 related fatalities bringing the statewide total to 73. In the LCDHD District, Casey County remains at having 0 confirmed COVID-19 cases. On a positive note there have been 339 Individuals that have fully recovered.

 

Gov Beshear continues to reiterate NOT to travel unless it is for work or for getting essential items, this even includes no family gatherings for the Easter holiday. Also there should be no out of state travellers coming to Kentucky to stay, if they do then they must do a 14 day quarantine.

 

There is also a new Executive Order that covers a few of the following things:
(1) For all essential life-sustaining stores that continues to remain open, it limits to 1 person per household for in person business. There are a couple of exceptions such as if you have minor children with no childcare or if there are adults who have mental or physical impairments who needs assistance. Gov Beshear asks that businesses who are allowed to stay open, please use good judgement to make sure these guidelines are being followed. 
(2) This also bans door to door solicitations. 
(3) An additional 30 days will be added to needed prescriptions without being seen by your physician.

 

In regards to unemployment, access has been granted to federal funding, so the additional $600 payments will start being dispersed for unemployment.

 

Don't forget to listen in to the Governor's Daily News Briefs to our sister stations 92.7 The Wave & 99.9 The Big Dawg. 

 

 

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SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED TONIGHT 4/8/2020

Crystal here in The Buck Weather Center to update you on the severe weather threat we will in the overnight hours across the listening area.

 

The SPC has placed almost the entire state of Kentucky in an ENHANCED risk for tonights severe weather event. With that being said, threats with these storms will include damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain, cloud to ground lightning, and we can't rule out possible tornadoes.

 

The timing for these storms locally will be between 12 AM EST to 2 AM EST. So please stay weather aware especially since this will take place at night. We can expect a Severe Thunderstorm Watch to be issued as well as a possible Tornado Watch. We will definitely see some Severe Thunderstorm Warnings as well.

 

Be sure to have a NOAA weather radio on hand or if you can't, I’ll be live in the Weather Center here on Classic Country 98.7 "The Buck" WKDO.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Crystal Sallee has highlights from yesterday's COVID-19 Update from Gov. Beshear...

 

 

Hear the Governor's daily update at 5pmET on our sister-stations, 92.7 The Wave, & 99.9 The Big Dawg.

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ESCAPEE FROM WAYNE COUNTY JAIL MAY BE IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, Albert L. Young Jr. of Monticello, Ky., an inmate at the Wayne County Detention Center has escaped from that facility. Young was serving a 5-year sentence at the Detention Center as a State prisoner on the charge of assault-3rd degree-on Police Officer or Probation Officer.


On April 6, 2020 at 8:30 PM, Alvin Parmley a guard at the Detention Center was conducting an outside perimeter check when he noticed the escapee partially through a security fence that goes around a recreation area. Clamps that held the security fence in place had been loosened up enough so Young could get through. Before Parmley could get to Young he was able to take off running east across a field towards Kentucky Highway 90. Parmley was unable to catch up with Young on foot.

At 8:32 PM Monticello Wayne County 911 Dispatch Center was notified by the Detention Center of the escape. Multiple units from the Wayne County Sheriff’s, Monticello Police Department along with guards from the Detention Center searched a large area in the north eastern side of Monticello and other locations in Wayne County throughout the night including several buildings and residences. The search failed to produce Young.

The search is continuing for Young by multiple units from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello Police Department and the Kentucky State Police. An arrested warrant has been issued by the Kentucky Department of Corrections for committing the crime of escaping custody.

Young is 20 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes with multiple tattoos on his right and left forearms and on his left hand.

Young has ties to Pulaski County and the Lexington areas. Anyone with information on where Young may be is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 606-348-5416, Monticello Wayne County 911 Dispatch Center at 606-348-9111 or the Kentucky State Police at 606-878-6622.

 

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COVID-19 INFORMATION UPDATE

 

So far, there still have been no confirmed cases of the CoronaVirus in Casey County.

Crystal Sallee reports on the latest update from Gov. Andy Beshear...

 

 

Catch the Governor's live update daily at 5pm Eastern Time on our sister stations, 92.7 The Wave, & 99.9 The Big Dawg.

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MARION COUNTY MAN ARRESTED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

 

The Kentucky State Police is investigating a shooting that occurred on April 5th, 2020 at approximately 8:48 PM EST on Clear Creek Road in the Raywick community of Marion County.

 

KSP Post 15 was contacted by the Marion County 911 Center to respond to a complaint of 48 year old Timothy Mays of Lebanon being in violation of his KY EPO/DVO, by showing up at the petitioner’s residence.

 

When Units arrived they discovered that 42 year old, Nina Devonne Hunt of Raywick, KY had been assaulted and had a single gunshot wound to her head.

 

During the investigation an arrest warrant was obtained and Troopers were able to locate and arrest Mays charging him with Assault 1st Domestic Violence and Violation of a KY EPO/DVO.

 

Mays was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

Hunt was transported to Springview Hospital by EMS and airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

 

KSP Detective Marvin Blakey leads the investigation.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Casey County Sheriff’s Deputy Jayson Grider arrested Jody K. Padgett, 43, of Liberty, for alcohol intoxication in a public place after receiving a call of Padgett causing a disturbance toward firefighters that were on the scene at his residence.

Other arrests over the last 24 hours…

 

  • Kenneth J. Dyer, 34 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Springs PD for Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified).
  • Gerald J. Popplewell, 45 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Springs PD for Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified), & Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz.).
  • Angela F. Passmore, 37 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Springs PD for Violation of an IPO, Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified), Promoting Contraband-2nd Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Thomas M. Aldridge, age 67, arrested by Danville PD for DUI.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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HEALTH EXPERTS CONTINUE TO WARN: COVER YOUR FACE

 

With COVID 19 cases on the rise, and more local cases expected in the coming weeks, health experts are reminding people to cover your face when you must go out to public places...

 

 

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RECKLESS DRIVING COMPLAINT LEADS TO DUI ARREST

 

Deputy Brown, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, responded to the complaint around 7:30pm on Dry Ridge Road.

 

On his way, he met the vehicle he was looking for, traveling over the yellow line. Deputy Brown turned around and observed the 1988 Ford Ranger Pickup run the stop sign at the intersection of East KY 70.

 

Deputy Brown stopped the vehicle on KY 70 and asked the driver to perform Field Sobriety testing.

 

The driver, 19 year old Chris Eads, of Liberty, admitted he took Neurontin, and snorted Methamphetamine before driving.

 

Eads was taken to the Casey County Hospital for blood tests. He was cited for Reckless Driving, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Operator's License, No Registration Plates, & DUI.

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • On Friday, Sheriff Chad Weddle arrested Eric S. Herring, 39, of Yosemite, on an indictment warrant for charges of bail jumping 1st degree and persistent felony offender and a bench warrant for failure to appear. Herring was also arrested on a Lincoln County warrant for failure to appear.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Jack W. Lusk, 32 of Jamestown, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Receiving Stolen Property-under $10K, & Possession of Marijuana.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • James W. Meece, 21 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Careless Driving, DUI, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Barry E. Feese Jr., age 29, arrested by Danville PD for Driving on a DUI Suspended License-3rd Offense, DUI-3rd Offense, & Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Ernest W. Slaven, age 51, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Possession of Marijuana, No Registration Plates, Obstructed Windshield, Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense (over 2 grams), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Micheal W. Humes, age 56, arrested by Danville PD for Violation of a Ky EPO/DVO.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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UPDATE: 2ND ARREST IN KIDNAPPING/ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, on Thursday, April 2, 2020, the second person was arrested in relation to this case. On April 30, 2020, Detective Todd Wilson with the Pulaski County
Sheriff’s Office applied for and was granted an arrest warrant charging Zachary B. Kinnard with
the Kidnapping charge in Pulaski County. The Danville Police were asked to assist, which led to
today’s arrest.


Arrested for Kidnapping (With Serious Physical Injury) was Zachary Kinnard, age 29, of
Danville, Kentucky. He was arrested in Danville by the Danville Police Department. He was
lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center and is under a $150,000 Cash or Property Bond.
The investigation continues by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation
Division.

 

According to Sheriff Greg Speck, on Friday, March 27, 2020 at approximately 2:15 PM,
Sheriff’s Deputies, the Somerset/Pulaski County Emergency Medical Services and the Nancy
Volunteer Fire Department responded to Brock Road in Nancy, KY regarding a gunshot victim.


The victim was located and identified as Jermaine Bennett, Jr. from Winchester, KY. Mr.
Bennett had been shot in the leg and had zip ties around a wrist and an ankle. He was flown, by
Air Methods, to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington for treatment of his injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office contacted the University of Kentucky Police Department who responded to
the hospital to contact the victim and further assist in the investigation.


Jayme Barker, age 34 of Winchester, Kentucky was quickly identified as a suspect but at the
time her whereabouts were unknown. The Sheriff’s Office contacted the Somerset Police
Department to assist with the investigation. Ms. Barker was thought to be in the Somerset city
limits at the time. The Somerset Police Department immediately responded, and two Detectives
were sent to the Sheriff’s Office to assist. Other Somerset Police officers were sent to a possible
location to see if Ms. Barker was there. She was not at that time.


The Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset Police Department, working together, located Ms. Barker
in Somerset on the following evening, March 28, 2020 at approximately 9:00 PM. She was
taken into custody and later charged with Kidnapping, Assault 1st, and Tampering with Physical
Evidence. She was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.


The Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset Police Department were assisted by the University of
Kentucky Police in this investigation.

 

This case remains under investigation by Detective Todd Wilson with the Sheriff’s Office’s
Criminal Investigation Division and Detectives with the Somerset Police Department.

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • On Wednesday, Casey Co. Sheriff Chad Weddle cited Donald S. Gooch, 22, of Lexington, during a traffic stop on Elmore Hill Rd., on charges of no insurance, no registration plates, and DUI-2nd offense. Assisted by Deputy Tim Pierce.

Other arrests over the last 24 hours…

 

  • Jack W. Lusk, 32 of Jamestown, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Receiving Stolen Property-under $10K, & Possession of Marijuana.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Jerica D. Cline, 26 of Nancy, arrested by Somerset PD for Possession of Methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • John Bruce, 58 of Lancaster, arrested by Garrard Co. Police for Criminal Trespassing-2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Resisting Arrest, Impersonating a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Menacing.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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KSP POST 15: MARCH 2020 ACTIVITY REPORT

 

During the month of March 2020, there were 8 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

 

There were two fatal collisions during the month of March in the Post 15 area.

  • Joshua Thomas age 21 of Marion Co KY was killed on 03/22/2020 in Marion Co KY.
  • Andrew Mays age 21 of Marion Co KY was killed on 03/22/2020 in Marion Co KY.

This brings our yearly fatality count to 5 compared with 1 through this same period in 2019.

Statewide fatality count stands at 127 compared with 159 through this same period in 2019.

 

During the month of March 2020, there were 844 citations written, 138 courtesy notices written, 463 complaints answered, 100 motorists assisted, 61 criminal cases opened and 170 criminal arrests made.

 

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PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNING OF COVID-19 SCAMS

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is warning the public to be aware of SCAMS related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the government stimulus.

 

Be suspicious of people contacting you soliciting money, or identifying information over the phone, such as social security numbers, bank account information, etc.

 

The elderly are considered "High Risk" for this virus, as well as these types of SCAMS. Please be diligent in getting the word out to those who may fall victim to these scammers.

 

If you receive information about a SCAM, contact law enforcement immediately.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Teejay Cork, 27 of Bethelridge, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI-2nd Offense.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Austin C. Young, age 26, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Assaut-3rd Degree (Police Officer), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-1st Degree, Interference with an Officer, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (on foot), & Menacing.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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NELSON COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING ROOMMATE

 

A Bardstown man is charged with the murder of his roommate.

 

Bardstown Police responded to the scene at Stephen Foster Ave. around 6:30am Tuesday morning for a report of a trespasser. There, they found Joseph R. Cahoe, 52.

 

Cahoe told Officers he had killed his roommate at a home on North 2nd St.

 

The body of an unkown male was found at that location.

 

Cahoe was taken into custody and charged with murder.

 

No further information has been released.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Stacey Solomon Jr., 24 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Reckless Driving, No Operator’s License, & DUI.
  • Robert W. Snowden, 49 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, & Violation of a Ky EPO/DVO.
  • Kevin L. Jasgarszewski, 40 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Indecent Exposure-2nd Degree.
  • Timothy B. Bates, 33 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Possession of Methamphetamine, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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