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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2020-05

BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR DRY FORK

 

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

 

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

 

This advisory is in effect until further notice.

 

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

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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2 PULASKI CO. BOYS FOUND SAFE

 

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


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


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


The investigation continues by Deputy Tyler Brummett.


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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

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

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

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

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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LAKE CUMBERLAND STATE RESORT PARK CLOSING JUNE 1ST

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will close on June 1.


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


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


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


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

 

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

 
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Case information


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Executive Branch Ethics Commission


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Testing expansion


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

 

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

 

Absentee Ballot Application Portal online


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

 

More information


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

 

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

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VOTE AT THE CASEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

 

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

 

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

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

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

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

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

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

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Weather permitting, the road will reopen within 2 weeks.

 

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NICHOLASVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER BOYLE COUNTY DEPUTIES FIND HIM PASSED OUT ON HIS MOTORCYCLE

 

A Jessamine County man was arrested Monday after authorities found him passed out on his motorcycle. 

 

Captain Casey McCoy and K9 Deputy Daniel Grigsby, with Boyle County Sheriff's Office, responded to the call shortly before 2:30pm to the entrance of Northpoint Training Center where they found 47 year old Erich Storck of Nicholasville passed out against a tree. 

 

Field sobriety tests were done, finding Storck to be under the influence.

 

Further investigation found Storck to be in possession of a loaded handgun and marijuana. He was transported to the Boyle County Jail on charges of public intoxication, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and violation of EPO/DVO. 

 

Northpoint Officers assisted.

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JUNCTION CITY TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 

Officers with the Boyle County Sheriff's Department conducted a traffic stop Sunday on Bellview Street in Junction City.

 

The driver, 42 year old Bradley D. Elder of Junction City, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was placed under arrest for Possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

 

Elder had also been part of an ongoing drug investigation stemming back to April 22. 

 

Due to that investigation Elder was additionally charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st Degree Methamphetamine (2nd or greater offense).

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Brannon Vires, 21 of Lexington, arrested by Officer Davis with Casey County Sheriff’s Office for Speeding (22 mph Over Limit), Reckless Driving, & DUI.
  • Christopher R. O’Neal Cook, 27 of Danville, arrested by Deputy Brown with Casey Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI-3rd Offense, Reckless Driving, & No Insurance.
  • Jake Ring, 22 of Liberty, arrested by Deputy Brown with Casey Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Reckless Driving, & License to be In Possession.
  • Logan W. Ponder, 19 of Bethelridge, arrested by Officer Brown with Casey Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI (under 21), Speeding (26 mph or more Over Limit), Reckless Driving, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & No Insurance.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Larry R Daniel, age 64 of Dunnville, arrested by the Russell County sheriffs office for DUI.
  • Alcaraz Medrano, age 37 of Columbia, arrested by Russell County sheriffs office for DUI, and failure to wear seatbelts.

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

  • Jason T. Jasper, 31 of Nancy, arrested by Somerset PD for Failure to Signal, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, & DUI.
  • Jed L. Wesley, 34 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (over 2 gms) (Methamphetamine), Delivery/Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia, & DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator).
  • Rebecca M. Schuler, 34 of Waynesburg, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Careless Driving, & No Tail Lamps.
  • Aleeshia B Dillaha, 36 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth, over 2 gms), Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, Delivery/Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia, & Failure to Appear.
  • Kenneth J Stigall, 47 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI-4th Offense, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.
  • Glen L Farmer, age 33 of Burnside, arrested by Pulaski County sheriffs office for DUI, endangering the welfare of a minor, terroristic threatening third degree, disorderly conduct second- degree, license to be in possession, failure to wear seatbelts, no registration plates, and failure to register transfer of motor vehicle.
  • Jarred B Polston, age 27 of Liberty, arrested by Somerset police for trafficking in controlled substance heroin, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, and trafficking and controlled substance third-degree drug unspecified.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Jessica Bever, age 45, arrested by Harrodsburg police for trafficking in controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, and failure to appear.
  • Derrick J French, age 40, arrested by Danville police for tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in controlled substance first degree, second offense, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

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

 

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COVID-19 BENEFITS FOR CASEY COUNTY STUDENTS

 

Students in the Casey County School System qualify for Covid-19 benefits of just over $300 per student.
 


Again, for more information, visit the Casey County Board of Education website, or their Facebook page.

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Liberty City Council held a special called meeting Thursday.

 

The council voted to declare the City's older garbage truck as surplus, as well as the fire departments cascade system.

 

Three people were appointed to the Property Code Enforcement Board, including Mayor Steven Brown, Richard Montgomery, and Rhonda Warner.

 

Councilman Richard Montgomery advised the council that there are several garbage customers that have not paid their bill. Consequently Rumpke Sanitation has ceased garbage collection at those addresses. Montgomery reported that it has been nearly a month since some of those customers have had their garbage picked up. The council discussed what could be done as possible fines/fees to those customers for not paying their bill. The matter was tabled until the next regular meeting.

 

Also on the agenda was audit results from the City's last audit. Mayor Steven Brown says the auditors had no findings which means a clean report. He says those auditors will present their findings at the next regular meeting on the second Monday in June.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Nicole R. Hicks, 35 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & No Registration Plates/Receipt.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Steban Flores, 52 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Derrick J. French, age 40, arrested by Danville PD for Tampering with Physical Evidence, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine-Over 2 grams), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Walter R. Roberts, age 47, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for No OL, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin).
  • Alyssa G. Hopkins, age 24, arrested by Danville PD for Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified).

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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PATCHY DENSE FOG THIS MORNING

 

PATCHY FOG WILL BECOME LOCALLY DENSE AT TIMES THIS MORNING, INTERMITTENTLY REDUCING VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE.

 

CONDITIONS WILL VARY WIDELY OVER TIME AND FROM ONE LOCATION TO ANOTHER, SO MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT TO RAPIDLY CHANGING VISIBILITIES.

 

LOW-LYING AREAS WILL BE MOST LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER FOG.

 

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POLICE FIND DANVILLE MAN PASSED OUT BEHIND THE WHEEL AT KROGER

 

A Boyle County man arrested at a Danville grocery store yesterday on drug & alcohol charges.

 

Around 3:40pm, Thursday, Danville Police responded to Kroger for reports of a male subject slumped over the wheel of his vehicle in the parking lot.  Officers were able to wake up the driver, identified as Brian Hundley, 37, of Danville.  Through investigation, several different illegal narcotics were discovered as well as drug paraphernalia.  

 

Hundley failed field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody on charge of:

1) Driving Under the Influence
2) Tampering with Physical Evidence
3) Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Heroin)
4) Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
5) Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree
6) Possession of Marijuana
7) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Hundley was lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Faith L. Taylor, age 40, arrested by Danville PD for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Insurance, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Cocaine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Tami Claus, 45 of Somerset, arrested by Lancaster PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & 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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KSP: CASEY COUNTY MAN SHOT AT HIS HOME YESTERDAY, ONE IN CUSTODY

 

A Casey County man is hospitalized after being shot at his home yesterday.

 

Kentucky State Police responded shortly before 5pm on High Ridge Road.

 

Troopers say 45-year-old Mark Baxter was shot by 43-year-old Daniel Porter during an argument.

 

Porter fled the scene, but he was apprehended a short time later.

 

He’s lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of Assault-1st Degree & Resisting Arrest.

 

Baxter's condition is unknown.

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SHOTS FIRED IN CRAB ORCHARD

 

Lincoln County Deputies responded Tuesday to the call of shots fired in the area of    US 150 East and Cedar Ridge Road.


The 911 caller reported someone shooting a gun from a moving vehicle traveling in the town of Crab Orchard. 


The suspect vehicle was located on Old US Hwy 150 and Hwy 1770, a traffic stop was initiated at Cordier Road/Hwy 78. 


Deputies made contact with 3 individuals in the vehicle, and a shotgun was located. 


The driver was arrested for Possesion of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 


Both passengers were also arrested for outstanding warrants. 


All 3 were lodged in the Lincoln County Jail. 


Stanford Police assisted.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Jamie Sharp, 31 of Liberty, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Mallory M. Cromer, 28 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for DUI, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Timothy L. Poynter, age 45, arrested by Danville Police for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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PULASKI COUNTY MAN INJURED IN SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, on May 18, 2020 at 8:58 AM, the Pulaski County
Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Puncheon Creek Road in Pulaski County to investigate
a gunshot wound. When Deputies arrived, they learned that a 68-year-old man had been
shot and that the person who shot him lived on Smith Ridge Spur Road. The victim was
taken to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and later transferred to the University of
Kentucky Hospital for treatment of his injuries.


At 9:33 AM, Deputies arrived at the suspect’s residence on Smith Ridge Spur Road and
established a perimeter at a mobile home where the suspect resided. Deputies
immediately attempted to contact the suspect with the loudspeaker on their Sheriff’s
vehicles, but the suspect would not respond to their requests to come out.
While the Deputies were at the perimeter, the suspect fired several shots while he was
concealed inside the mobile home. This weapon appeared to be a small-caliber gun.


At 11:15 AM, the suspect shot at and hit the passenger side window of Pulaski County
Sheriff's Office Deputy, Sergeant Cary York’s vehicle shattering the window. Luckily,
Sergeant York had exited the vehicle and was standing outside nearby but was not struck.


During this time, the Sheriff, using another vehicle as cover, returned fire toward the
suspect who was concealed inside the trailer with the gun barrel, pointed out the door
toward the Sheriff. Before this shooting, the suspect had been firing a smaller caliber
weapon, but this weapon was a larger caliber weapon believed to be a high-powered rifle.


Throughout the day, the Sheriff’s Office using loudspeakers on their vehicles attempted
to get the suspect to surrender, but he would not. Deputies even allowed the suspect’s
family members to try to talk the suspect into coming out peacefully, but he would not
respond to them either.


At 1:52 PM, the suspect fired a shot out the back door in the direction of Sergeant Cary
York. Sergeant York returned fire at the suspect.


This standoff continued throughout the day for 81⁄2 hours, with the suspect shooting
multiple rounds at random intervals out of the mobile home at members of the Sheriff’s
Office and Kentucky State Police Troopers.

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office also used tear gas as a less-lethal means to try to get
him to come out; however, the gas had seemed not to affect him.


At 3:46 PM Sheriff Speck turned over the scene to the Kentucky State Police’s Special
Response Team to try to get the suspect to surrender. The Special Response Team has an
armored vehicle that would make it safer to approach the mobile home. During their
attempts, the suspect brandished a firearm, and he was shot and wounded by the Special
Response Team. Shortly after that, the suspect was removed from the residence by the
Special Response Team.

 

An ambulance from the Somerset/Pulaski County EMS, who had been stationed nearby since the incident started that morning, was summoned to come to the scene to treat the suspect. He was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and later transferred to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He remains at the UK Hospital.


Felony warrants have been obtained for the suspect but could not be served on him, due
to his medical condition.


The initial shooting, where the 68-year-old man was shot by the suspect, is being
investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff’s Office will present this
case to prosecutors for additional warrants.


The shooting investigation involving the Sheriff’s Office and the Special Response Team
is being investigated by the State Police Post in London, KY.


A search warrant was obtained and executed on the residence. Located during the search
of the mobile home was a .270 large caliber rifle with scope, a .22 caliber rifle and a .380
handgun. Several spent shell cases were located inside the residence as well as live
rounds. The Sheriff’s Office collected these as evidence.


The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by KSP Personnel, Kentucky Fish & Wildlife, Eubank
Police Department, the Somerset Police Department, the Somerset/Pulaski EMS, the
Eubank Fire Department, and Pulaski County Animal Control.

 

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1 PERSON KILLED AND SEVERAL INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH NEAR THE CASEY/RUSSELL CO. LINE

 

A Casey County man died in a two vehicle accident Tuesday on Highway 127 near the Russell and Casey County Line.  

 

Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston says 26 year old Janson Sallee was a passenger in a 2020 Chevy Pickup, driven by Hayden Cain.

 

They attempted to pass another vehicle and crossed over into the path of a Cadillac Escalade driven by Darrell McClure. The Chevy rolled over multiple times. 

 

Sallee was reported unresponsive at the scene and was pronounced deceased at the Russell County Hospital. 

 

Both drivers, and a passenger in McClure's vehicle, Megan McClure, were all flown to Louisville area Hospitals. 

 

Other Passengers were taken to Russell County Hospital and treated for Injuries. 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

Deputy Luke Hughes was assisted at the scene by multiple Ems and Fire Agencies from both counties, Ky State Police, and Air Medical services.  

 

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING

 

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR * PORTIONS OF INDIANA AND KENTUCKY, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS, IN INDIANA, JEFFERSON. IN KENTUCKY, ANDERSON, BOURBON, BOYLE, CASEY, CLARK, FAYETTE, FRANKLIN, GARRARD, HARRISON, HENRY, JESSAMINE, LINCOLN, MADISON, MERCER, NICHOLAS, SCOTT, SHELBY, TRIMBLE, AND WOODFORD.

 

* THROUGH THIS EVENING *

SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH THIS EVENING. RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS. THIS HEAVY RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

 

* THIS RAINFALL MAY RESULT IN FLOODING OF LOW-LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. THE RAINFALL WILL ALSO LEAD TO RISES ON AREA CREEKS AND STREAMS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FROM 2009 TO 2018 AN AVERAGE OF 95 PEOPLE DIED ANNUALLY IN FLOODING, AND TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE DEATHS WERE IN VEHICLES. DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODWATERS!

 

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

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

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.

 

The Court voted to declare some pieces of Road Department equipment as surplus. 

Judge Executive Randy Dial...
 


That motion was approved.

 

Judge Dial is working on a grant to improve the phone system at the 911 center...
 


That motion was also approved.

 

Judge Dial says bridge projects are underway ...

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle gave a monthly activity report for April...

 

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LAST DAY FOR SCHOOL CHECK-UPS & MEAL DELIVERIES

 

Just a reminder that today is the last day for the Healthy Kids Clinic for Casey County preschoolers, kindergarteners, 6th graders to get their updated immunizations and physicals.


Today is also the last day for the Casey County schools meal delivery program. So if the child rides the bus they will deliver at regular time via the bus, if they do not ride the bus they will need to pick up their meals at the high school from 12-2 PM.

 

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PULASKI MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN CASEY COUNTY

 

A Pulaski County man was arrested Friday night in Casey County on drug charges.

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office tells us, 44 year old David M. Condon, of Science Hill, was driving a 2015 Chevy Cruze on East Ky 70, about 4 miles East of Liberty.

 

Condon was stopped for erratic driving. He failed field sobriety tests. Deputy Brown also found some pills in a green container, along with a small baggie of a white crystal substance, a meth pipe, and a straw with a brown powdery substance.

 

Mr. Condon was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of Reckless Driving, DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Kelly E. Allen, 37 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police Officer Martin, serving a Bench Warrant for Court, Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Codie-Michael W. Wilson, 27 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Trafficking Heroin, Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd/3rd Degree (drugs unspecified), & Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Evan D. Compton, 23 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD, Serving Parole Violation Warrant, Trafficking in Heroin, Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd/3rd Degree (drugs unspecified), & Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Dwight T. Myles, 31 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Trafficking in Heroin, Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd/3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of Marijuana.
  • Shane A. McLaughlin, 35 of Zanesville, IN, & Cameron J. Marcum, 32 of Ft Wayne, IN, both arrested by Somerset PD for Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in Heroin, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Brandon J. Botner, age 28, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense.
  • Sheila A. Kelly, age 60, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for 2 counts of Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Assault-2nd Degree, & Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Failure to Render Aid/Assistance.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Henry W. Brewer, 20 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, & Disorderly Conduct-1st Degree.
  • Jeffery Caudill, 43 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford PD for Possession of Heroin-1st Degree, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, & Carrying Concealed Weapon by Prior Deadly Weapon Felony Offender.
  • Cody E. Carrender, 31 of Somerset, arrested by Lancaster PD for No Registration Plates/Receipt, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Trafficking in Heroin.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

From The Buck Weather Center, Crystal here with a weather statement regarding a Flash Flood Watch for parts of The Buck listening area from Monday morning into Tuesday evening:

 

A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect Monday morning through Tuesday Evening including the following areas:

 

Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Bullitt, Casey, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Nicholas, Oldham, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, & Woodford.

 

From Monday morning through Tuesday evening, showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall will be possible. Rainfall accumulations of 1-3" will be possible, with isolated areas of up to 4" being possible as well. This heavy rainfall may lead to Flash Flooding in some locations. 

 

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

 

As always we will keep you updated and informed with the latest weather coverage here on 98.7.

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NEW CEO AT SPRINGVIEW HOSPITAL

 

Spring View Hospital today announced that veteran hospital administrator Reba Celsor will join its team as chief executive officer (CEO), effective June 8, 2020. Celsor comes to Spring View from West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg Hospital, where she has served as CEO since 2015. She replaces Jerry Dooley, who has served as interim CEO of Spring View since February.

 

“Reba is a dedicated healthcare leader known for strengthening operations, improving quality care and patient safety, and boosting employee and physician satisfaction at the hospitals she leads,” said Cherie Sibley, Central Division president of LifePoint Health, of which Spring View Hospital is a part. “She will be a tremendous asset to our team, and we welcome her capable leadership at this critical time. We look forward to working with Reba and Spring View’s physicians, staff and community members to continue advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

 

As CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg Hospital, Celsor expanded services and improved financial standing while maintaining high physician satisfaction and enhancing hospital safety overall. Prior to her time in Dyersburg, Celsor worked for LifePoint Health from 2006 to 2014, holding leadership posts including chief nursing officer (CNO), chief operating officer and interim CEO at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia. Prior to Raleigh General, she was CNO of Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Florida. She also served as LifePoint’s corporate director of clinical operations for the American Division.

 

“Reba’s executive leadership and clinical experience make her uniquely equipped to lead Spring View into the future,” said Rodney Lanham, chairman of the Spring View Hospital board of trustees. “We look forward to welcoming her to the Lebanon community and working together with her to expand the safe, high-quality care our region needs and deserves.”

 

A graduate of LifePoint’s CEO Leadership Development Program, Celsor has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2016. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado Technical University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and a nursing degree from Hopkinsville Community College.

 

“I am delighted to join the team at Spring View,” Celsor said. “All that I’ve learned about the Lebanon area and the hospital, its staff and physicians has made me eager to get started. We have great opportunities to build upon the great work already being done in this community and further advance the delivery of healthcare across this region.”

 

About Spring View Hospital

A LifePoint Health facility, Spring View Hospital has been an integral part of the Lebanon, Kentucky, community since 1944.  With 75 beds and more than 270 employees system-wide, Spring view offers a full range of health services.  To learn more, visit SpringViewHospital.com.

 

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NEXT WEEK IS NATIONAL MAILBOX IMPROVEMENT WEEK

 

Next week is designated as National Mailbox Improvement Week by the United States Postal Service. 


Paul Worley is the Postmaster of Junction City. He says there's a lot of mail boxes out there in need of some serious TLC, but there's a few simple things that will not only improve the looks of your mailbox, but also help the mail carriers...


 


If you have any questions or concerns about your mailbox, reach out to your local Postmaster for help.

 

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LINCOLN COUNTY FIREFIGHTER ARRESTED ON ARSON CHARGES

 

A Lincoln County volunteer firefighter charged with arson.

 

Kentucky State Police say two fires were intentionally set. The first on April 12 and the other on May 10.

 

Troopers say 20-year-old Jeffrey Knouse, of Stanford, was interviewed on three separate occassions, and confessed to setting the fires.

 

Knouse is a firefighter with the Lincoln Co. Volunteer Fire Dept.

 

He is facing two counts of Arson and was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Alvera M. Burkett, 35 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine) (over 2 grams), Perjury-1st Degree, & Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • James I. Moore, 49 of Lincoln Co., arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of AND Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Damon I. Lyttle, age 24, arrested by Danville PD for Burglary-2nd Degree, Assault-4th Degree, & Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (Foot).
  • Christopher M. Ferrell, 51 of Lexington, arrested by Danville PD for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, One Headlight, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), No Insurance, Identity Theft, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & No Registration Plates.
  • David Dwayne Wheeler, 42 of Hustonville, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Meth & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Adrian L. Beasley, 40 of Danville, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Signal, Possession of AND Trafficking in Controlled Substnace-1st Degree (Heroin), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • James Carrier, 35 of Waynesburg, arrested by Stanford PD for 2 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin & Opiates).

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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SOMERSET MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG & WEAPONS CHARGES

 

According to Sheriff Greg Speck, Adam Waddle, age 23, of Jarvis Avenue, Somerset, Kentucky was arrested for weapons and drug related charges on May 1, 2020.
 

On May 1, 2020 at 9:29 AM, Deputy Branson Patterson and Deputy Trent Massey saw Adam Waddle as a passenger in a vehicle traveling on North Main Street in Somerset, Kentucky. Both Deputies recognized Mr. Waddle and knew that he had warrants on him. The Deputies stopped the vehicle and detected the odor of what they believed to be marijuana coming from the vehicle.


The Deputies confirmed there were pending warrants for Mr. Waddle, so he was placed under arrest. During the search, the Deputies located a backpack sitting in the back seat of the vehicle that Mr. Waddle claimed belonged to him. This backpack contained two firearms, marijuana, and possible drug paraphernalia. One of the handguns was loaded with a round in the chamber. The second handgun was unloaded. Mr. Waddle is a convicted felon.


During further search of the backpack Deputies found a weight scale along with two boxes of 9MM rounds. During further search of the vehicle Deputies located a blue bag that contained multiple needles, multiple small baggies and a small baggie containing a crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine. A round orange pill with AN 415 on it, suspected to be suboxone was also found. Mr. Waddle claimed ownership of these items.


Upon searching Mr. Waddle’s person, a small baggie containing a leafy substance consistent with being marijuana was located.
 

Deputy Branson Patterson charged Adam Waddle with the following charges:
• Failure to Appear on a Pulaski County District Court Warrant
• Pulaski Circuit Court Warrant for Probation Violation (For Felony Offense)
• Possession of Handgun by a Convicted Felon

• Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm) (One Firearm was Reported Stolen on March 9, 2020 – Sergeant Richard Smith is investigating this theft which occurred in Pulaski County)
• Possession of Marijuana
• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)
• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified
• Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess

 

Mr. Waddle remains lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center as of this Press Release. No bond has been set for the charges except for the Failure to Appear Warrant for which a prior bond had been set for $200.

 

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2 ARRESTED IN PULASKI CO. TRAFFIC STOP

 

A traffic stop leads to drug charges for two people.

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports on Tuesday morning, Deputy Zach Mayfield and Deputy Trent Massey arrested Aleshia M. Taylor, age 19, of Bronston, on Beechwood Drive in Somerset. She was charged with DUI (Aggravating Circumstances).

 

Also arrested at that time was Emily A. Weston of Somerset who was a passenger in the vehicle. Ms. Weston was arrested for being intoxicated. 

 

Both were transported to the Pulaski County Jail, where personnel located two clear plastic bags containing a crystal rock like substance consistent with methamphetamine. Also located were two glass pipes, one of which had residue inside it. They also located several straws that appeared to be used for snorting drugs. 

 

In addition to the Alcohol Intoxication charge, Ms. Weston was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

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JEEP STOLEN FROM PULASKI COUNTY CAR LOT

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office request the public's assistance in locating a 2002 Jeep Wrangler shown in the attached photos that was stolen from Wildcat Used Cars during the night around midnight last night, May 10, 2020.

 

If you have any information about the theft of this vehicle or its location you are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 606-678-5145. The lead investigator is Deputy Zach Mayfield.

 

You can also leave an anonymous tip on our website by leaving a webtip. The link is http://www.pulaskisheriff.com/tip.php

 

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS OF A PHONE SCAM!

 

The Health Department is warning area residents of a SCAM ALERT.

 

The potential victim was contacted by phone asking for personal health information.

 

The scammer said they were from Lake Cumberland District Health Department, representing one of our county health departments. The scammer then asked for their Medicare number. 

 

Please know that LCDHD will not call and ask for your health information or Medicare number. 

 

If you get a call similar to this, hang up and call your local health department directly. 

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FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

The Casey County Farm Bureau Federation awarded Three $500 scholarships to seniors from the Casey County high school class of 2020. 

 

The recipients of these scholarships are Gracie Johnson, Alissa Sharp, and Kamrynn Davis. 

 

In addition, a $3000 scholarship from  the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation was awarded Gracie Johnson, daughter of Leo & Kim Johnson. 

 

Casey County Farm Bureau Federation sends Congratulations to all these students for a job well done. 

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KSP CONDUCTING DEATH INVESTIGATION OF ROCKCASTLE COUNTY ADULT/CHILD

 

The Kentucky State Police, London Post was called just after 2:00 pm Tuesday by the Rockcastle 911 in reference to a disturbance at a residence on Castle Village Drive in the Brodhead Community of Rockcastle County. 

 

KSP Troopers and Deputies with the Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office located a young juvenile and a man deceased inside the residence.  The initial investigation indicates that Ricky D. McClure, 52 years old of Brodhead, KY and the child appeared to have suffered fatal injuries as a result of gunshot wounds.  KSP is not searching for any suspects, and no charges have been filed in connection to the shooting.

 

The two were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Rockcastle County Coroner, and are being taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

 

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 11 Detective Ryan Loudermilk.  He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 Personnel, Rockcastle Sherriff’s Office, Mount Vernon Police Department, Brodhead Police Department, Rockcastle EMS, and the Rockcastle Coroner’s office.

 

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DANVILLE POLICE RESPOND: STREET FIGHT, SHOTS FIRED

 

Danville Police responded Tuesday, around 4pm, to the area of 106 Waveland Avenue for reports of a fight between numerous subjects in the street. 

 

Dispatch reported shots fired, and a Suzuki SUV was fleeing the area.  This vehicle was quickly located and stopped on Hustonville Road near Baughman Avenue. 

 

Other officers arrived on Waveland and several other subjects were detained. 

 

Witnesses reported 19 year old Tyrus McPherson, of Danville, had produced a firearm, fired a single shot.  Nobody was injured, however, several people received minor injuries from the fight.  The firearm and bullet casing were recovered from the scene. 

 

McPherson was lodged in the Boyle County Jail on charges of:

  • Wanton Endangerment- 1st Degree
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence

The investigation is on-going.

 

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NEW INFORMATION IN FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF 2 PULASKI CO. CONSTABLES

 

More information has come to light in the case against two Pulaski County Constables, Michael "Wally" Wallace, and Gary Baldock.

 

Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...

 

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APARTMENT FIRE DESTROYS DOWNTOWN LIBERTY BUILDING

 

A Liberty restaurant, which also housed several apartments beneath, has been destroyed by fire.

 

The Liberty Fire Department responded to the call around 1am for a reported fire in the bedroom area of Apt. #2, at Shaker Apartments, in the basement of El Ray Azteca Mexican Restaurant.

 

Fire Fighters encountered heavy smoke and no visibility. Conditions quickly deteriorated, spreading to the restaurant above. The building was evacuated and other units were dispatched to assist.

 

No injuries were reported.

 

Fire Fighters were on the scene for 11 hours.

 

Multiple units assisted on scene, including Casey County, Brush Creek, Clementsville, Dunnville, East Casey, Poplar Springs, & Evona Fire Departments, as well as Liberty-Casey County Rescue, Casey County EMS, and Liberty Police Department, with a total of 34 personnel.

 

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SOMERSET MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AS DEPUTIES EXECUTE A SEARCH WARRANT AT A HOME IN EUBANK

 

According to Sheriff Greg Speck, Brandon L. Roy, age 25, of Highway 39 in Somerset, Kentucky was arrested following a search warrant in Eubank, Kentucky.


According to the arrest citation, a search warrant was served on a residence in Eubank. When Deputies arrived at the residence, Sergeant Richard Smith with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, observed someone run out the back of the house and crawl under the house. Brandon Roy was located hiding under the house and came out when Sgt. Smith went under the house and located him. He then came out following the Sergeant’s commands.


When Deputies searched the house, they located methamphetamine, marijuana, Oxycodone pills, Amphetamine pills, Xanax Bars and some small orange pills.


Deputies were also able to locate three firearms and different types of ammunition. A pill bottle with white powder and a straw inside it was also located. Pipes used for the consumption of methamphetamine and marijuana were located inside the house.

 

Also, found close to where Mr. Roy was hiding under the house was a meth pipe and $1,343.00 cash. Deputies also located different sets of scales and baggies used to package drugs inside the house.


Deputy Logan Starnes, with the Sheriff’s Office, arrested Brandon Roy and he was charged with the following:
• Fleeing or Evading Police, 2 nd Degree (On Foot)
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2 nd Degree, 1st Offense (>or = 10 Dose Units Amphetamine) (Enhancement – Due to Firearms)
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (>or = 10 Dose Units Drug Unspecified) (Enhancement – Due to Firearms)
• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)
• Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
• Possession of Marijuana
• Drug Paraphernalia – Deliver/Manufacture

• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified)
• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified

 

Deputy Logan Starnes also served a Circuit Court Warrant for a Probation Violation where he had been previously convicted of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (> or = to 2 Grams Methamphetamine)


Brandon Roy was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $30,000 Cash or Property as of this press release.
 

Also assisting at the scene were Deputies Marcus Harrison, Nick Barber, Austin Swartz and Nathan Meadows.

 

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CASEY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

 

Casey County School Board employees will get a 1% raise.

 

Superintendent Marion Sowders comments on last nights meeting of the Board of Education...

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in special called session yesterday.

 

Three 2020 Mack Trucks were declared surplus to be sold at auction in June at Alabama.

The court advertised for bids for 3 replacement trucks. Two bids were submitted...

Judge Executive, Randy Dial...

 

The Court voted to accept the bid from World Wide Equipment.

 

The Fiscal Court declared two loaders at the County Road Department as surplus. The high bid on the W14 loader was from Rex & Laura Snow for $3,051. The magistrates voted to accept that bid.

There was only one bid submitted for the W-6 loader. $4,000 from William Pemberton. That bid was also accepted.

 

Judge Dial made some comments concerning the re-opening of County Offices...

 

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FIRE FIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A PRE-DAWN BLAZE AT A LIBERTY RESTAURANT

 

At least 5 units from the Liberty-Casey County Fire Department responded to an early morning fire at El Rey Azteka Restaurant in downtown Liberty.

 

No official word on the cause of the blaze, or extent of damages.

 

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PULASKI COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DUI CHARGES FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CASEY COUNTY

 

A Pulaski County man was arrested on DUI charges following a non-injury accident in Casey County early Sunday.

 

The Casey County Sheriff's Office responded to the call around 2:30am Sunday on Doe Creek Road, about four miles East of Liberty. The driver, 28 year old Steven K. Wesley, of Science Hill, failed field sobriety tests.

 

Wesley is charged with DUI, Possession of an Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & No Insurance. He was taken to the Casey County Jail.

 

Deputy Brown investigated.

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BOYLE COUNTY MAN TAZED TWICE IN TUSSLE WITH POLICE

 

Shortly after 7pm Friday evening, Danville Police were dispatched to Pollard Ln. for a male passed out in an SUV.

 

An officer located 27 year old Alec Camden, of Danville, unconscious in the driver’s seat. 

 

Camden attempted to pull away from the officer and fled into a residence. A Taser was deployed but ineffective, and Camden struck the officer in the face. Camden fled on foot with the officer in pursuit, and circled back to the SUV. Another struggle ensued between the officer and Camden. Another officer arrived on scene and subdued Camden with an effective Taser deployment. 

 

Camden was charged with Public Intoxication, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (On Foot), Assault 3rd-Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree, Menacing, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Camden was treated at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for minor injuries before being lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Jeremy D. Wilson, 31 of Liberty, arrested by KSP Trooper Cornett for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, & Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail. 

 

  • Justin W. Turner, 24 of Jamestown, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Felony Probation Violation, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Gary S. Robertson, 42 of Bowling Green, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Assault-3rd Degree (Police Officer).

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

  • Brandon L. Roy, 25 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Felony Probation Violation, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (Amphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st/3rd Degree (drugs unspecified).
  • Cora G. Collinsworth, 28 of Mt. Vernon, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified).
  • Jessie D. Weaver, 29 of Mt. Vernon, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Reckless Driving, DUI, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment-1st Degree, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, & Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified).
  • Mary N. Gaines, 37 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Timothy L. Grundy, 46 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office, Serving Parole Violation Warrant, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Courtney Flood, age 37, arrested by Danville PD for DUI, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (Hallucinogen), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd/3rd Degree (drugs unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & No OL.
  • Juan Reyes, age 45, arrested by Danville PD for DUI-3rd Offense, & Careless Driving.
  • Brian Harvey, age 33, arrested by Danville PD for Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Carrying Concealed Weapon by Prior Deadly Weapon Felony Offender, & Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change.
  • Bobby D. Hurd, age 33, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for multiple counts of  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth/Heroin/Drugs Unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Fadale J. Samora, age 28, arrested by Harrodsburg Police for Driving on a DUI Suspended OL (Aggravator), DUI, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drugs unspecified), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • Dalton Shepherd, 19 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Stanford PD for Rear License Not Illuminated, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a DUI Suspended OL, Unlawful Imprisonment-1st Degree, No Insurance, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Careless Driving, Criminal Mischief-1st/2nd Degree, Speeding (26 mph Over Limit), Assault-1st Degree (Police Officer), & Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

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

 

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COMMODITIES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TODAY

 

Commodities will be distributed today at 12pm at the Central Ky Ag Center, located just south of Liberty on US 127.

 

Motorists should be aware, there may be congested traffic in that area at that time. Please be patient and use extra caution, or use an alternate route to reach your destination.

 

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PUBLIC MEETINGS GOING VIRTUAL

 

The Liberty City Council will not have their regular meeting on Monday, but will host a virtual special called meeting, via Zoom, later this month.

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court will meet (on-line) Monday at 5pm.

 

The Casey County Board of Education will also host a virtual meeting Monday at 7pm.

 

We will have reports on those meetings on WKDO Local News.

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KSP POST 15 MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT

 

KSP Post 15 Columbia has released their monthly activity report for April.

 

There were 6 traffic accidents investigated by Troopers 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 2 fatal collisions in April in the Post 15 area:
21 year old Joshua Thomas, and Andrew Mays, 21, both of Marion County, were killed on April 22 in Marion Co.
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 5 compared with 2 through this same period in 2019.  Statewide, the fatality count stands at 182 compared with 214 through this same period last year.
 
During the month of April 2020, there were 106 citations written, 42 courtesy notices written, 366 complaints answered, 57 motorists assisted, 30 criminal cases opened and 57 criminal arrests made.

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Samantha D. Young, age 20, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Possession of Marijuana, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Charles W. Oiler Jr., age 45, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Clarrisa A. Yankey, age 30, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine: over 2 gms), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.
  • Zachery W. Hicks, age 26, arrested by Harrodsburg Police for Reckless Driving, DUI (Aggravator), Speeding (26mph over limit), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Failure to Signal, Resisting Arrest, Interference with an Officer, Escape-2nd Degree, Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Failure to give Right of Way to Emergency Vehicle, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Disorderly Conduct-1st Degree, Menacing, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, & Failure to Surrender Revoked OL.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 12AM-10AM SATURDAY

 

FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT EDT /11 PM CDT/ TONIGHT TO 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ SATURDAY...

 

* TEMPERATURE...LOWS SATURDAY MORNING IN SHELTERED LOCATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE MID TO UPPER 20S.

 

* IMPACTS...SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES SATURDAY MORNING COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL INTERESTS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS CAN KILL SENSITIVE VEGETATION. 

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...WIDESPREAD DAMAGING FREEZE LIKELY SATURDAY MORNING...

 

.RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES ON SATURDAY MORNING WILL RESULT IN A HARD FREEZE FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY AND SOUTHERN INDIANA.

 

THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED EAST OF INTERSTATE 65, BUT FREEZING CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 5/7/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday released a new timeline for reopening more of the state’s industries, but reminded Kentuckians it will not be business as usual anywhere until we have defeated the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He also updated Kentuckians on expanded testing, utility scams and federal support and funding.

 

“We have been up against big adversaries here in Kentucky. We are going to succeed against this adversary as well,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. May 7, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 6,128 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 208 of which were newly confirmed Thursday. The Governor read out several ages of the day’s positive cases, which demonstrated that all age ranges are contracting the virus.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 11 new deaths Thursday, raising the state’s toll to 294 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include a 94-year-old man from Butler, a 97-year-old woman from Edmonson, an 89-year-old man from Edmonson, an 80-year-old woman from Edmonson, an 86-year-old man from Edmonson, a 62-year-old man from Butler, a 73-year-old man from Warren, a 92-year-old man from Edmonson, a 78-year-old man from Jefferson, an 87-year-old woman from Grayson and a 66-year-old man from Hardin.

 

“Each one is more than an age, a gender, a county, even though that is the information we read every day. These are 11 Kentuckians we have lost, 11 families that are grieving,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

“They are going to have to go through this at a time when they can’t grieve a normal way.”

 

Gov. Beshear continues to encourage Kentuckians to light their homes green in honor of those we have lost.

 

At least 2,177 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.

 

Healthy at Work Phase 2

 

Today, Gov. Beshear announced the second phase of reopening the commonwealth’s economy, but urged patience and caution until we finish the fight against COVID-19.

 

All businesses should follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance, which will be issued as soon as possible. The new tentative dates for reopening are:

 

May 22 – Restaurants, with limited 33% capacity and outdoor seating

 

June 1 – Movie theaters, fitness centers

 

June 11 – Campgrounds, public and private

 

June 15 – Child care, with reduced capacity; and potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports

 

“That is when we are opening our restaurants on a limited inside capacity plus unlimited outdoor seating if they can get the spacing that is needed,” Gov. Beshear said. “This allows restaurants to be

open for Memorial Day weekend, but please be careful.”

 

The Governor added that Phase 3 is coming July 1 with bars, with limitations, and gatherings up to 50 people allowed.

 

Testing expansion

 

Gov. Beshear announced a new partnership with First Care Clinics to expand testing as more businesses reopen. First Care Clinics can now provide COVID-19 tests at 13 locations, seven days a week across the state, at no cost to employees or their employers. Kentuckians can schedule a test online.

 

“We’ve been working hard on a solution with the private sector that will significantly increase our testing capacity at the time people return to work, and return to worship,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our vision for this partnership with First Care is that it becomes the place folks go to get a test if they’re going back into work.”

 

First Care accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans. Most plans have waived copays so First Care will not collect anything from insured or uninsured patients being tested for COVID-19 at the time of the visit.

 

“To open Kentucky safely, we need testing. Right now, we have the capacity to do 30,000 tests weekly. A big part of being healthy at work is being able to be tested,” Gov. Beshear added.

“First Care is honored to partner with the Governor as part of his Healthy at Work initiative,” said Rob Pantoja, co-founder and CEO of First Care Clinics. “We’ve treated over 700,000 Kentuckians since we opened our first clinic and have some of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the industry. Our employees are extremely compassionate and are eager to help Kentuckians get back to their places of work and worship.”

 

Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), said the Bluewater Diagnostics Laboratory can now provide testing throughout Kentucky and in a variety of locations. The lab runs two drive-thru testing sites in Bullitt and Johnson counties, as well. To contact Bluewater Diagnostics about testing options, call 502-538-2980 or email cs@bluewaterdxlab.com.

 

“Ultimately, we need to have the private sector work in conjunction with us to build our capacity to do large scale testing,” said Dr. Stack.

 

Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Scammers threaten to disconnect electric service

 

Electric cooperatives across Kentucky are reporting a surge in scammers attempting to exploit Kentuckians amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Callers claim to work for a utility company or co-op and

threaten to disconnect service without immediate payment.

 

“We are in the test of our lives, let’s make sure we don’t let anyone take advantage of us at this

time,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

In March, the Kentucky Public Service Commission issued an order that halts disconnections for non-payment and fees for late payments. Gov. Beshear urges Kentuckians not to arrange payment or divulge personal information on the phone unless they are absolutely sure they are speaking with their utility company.

 

Kentuckians who suspect a scamming attempt should contact their utility and the Kentucky Attorney General’s office: online scam reporting form, ag.ky.gov/scams and Consumer Protection Hotline, 888-432-9257.

 

Federal Funding, Support

 

Gov. Beshear announced today that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been awarded nearly $22.9 million for relief of public transit agencies that have been hit hard by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. A list of the transit agencies, amounts of potential awards and areas of service is available here.

 

FEMA is coordinating two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes. The shipments are meant to supplement existing efforts to provide equipment to nursing homes.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced that Kentucky will receive $10.3 million for 25 health centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Centers will use this funding to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of the local communities. For more information, 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.

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RUSSELL COUNTY DRUG ARREST WEDNESDAY EVENING

 

A Russell County man is was arrested on Drug Charges late Wednesday.

 

Officers with the Russell County Sheriffs Office, and Ky State Police, executed 3 Warrants at 564 J. Tucker Road in the Eli Community, at the residense of William Curt Wilson. 

 

A search resulted in the discovery of approximately 3 grams of suspected Methamphetamine. 

Trooper Billy Begley charged Wilson with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, and possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also served with 3 Circuit court warrants by Russell County Deputy Corey Meyer. 

 

Additional Charges will be forthcoming when the case is presented to a Russell County Grand Jury. 

 

Sheriff Derek Polston reminds Russell County Citizens, if you suspect Drug activity in your neighborhood, contact the anonymous tipline at 270-343-8116.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Robert E. Followell, 52 of Elkhorn, arrested by Casey County Sheriff’s Deputy Brown for One Headlight, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Insurance, DUI, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Brandon M. Gadberry, 39 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Amber M. Huff, 32 of Jamestown, arrested by KSP for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Sale of Simulated Controlled Substance-2nd Offense, & Serving Warrant for Parole Violation.
  • William Colt Wilson, 36, Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for DUI, No Operators License, Improper Registration, and No Insurance.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Millard G. Dwyer, 57 of Somerset, arrested by Ky Fish & Wildlife for DUI, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, & Possession of Marijuana.
  • Beah R. Whitaker, 49 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Shoplifting-Under $500, No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance, & DUI (Aggravator).

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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FREEZE WARNING SATURDAY MORNING

 

...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EDT /8 AM CDT/ THIS MORNING...

 

...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT EDT /11 PM CDT/ FRIDAY NIGHT TO 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ SATURDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT EDT /11 PM CDT/ FRIDAY NIGHT TO 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ SATURDAY.

 

* TEMPERATURE...LOWS THIS MORNING WILL BE IN THE MID 30S. LOWS SATURDAY MORNING IN SHELTERED LOCATIONS COULD REACH THE MID 20S.

 

* IMPACTS...PLANTS THAT ARE SENSITIVE TO FROST MAY BE DAMAGED THIS MORNING. SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES SATURDAY MORNING COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS.

 

* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIDESPREAD FROST IS EXPECTED. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

 

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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...FROST EXPECTED THIS MORNING ALONG I-75 CORRIDOR...

 

...MORE WIDESPREAD DAMAGING FREEZE LIKELY SATURDAY MORNING...

 

THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS MORNING ARE LOCATED OVER EASTERN KENTUCKY.

 

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION FRIDAY, BRINGING IN RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES FOR SATURDAY MORNING.

 

THE HIGHEST CONFIDENCE IN FREEZING CONDITIONS ARE ALONG AND EAST OF A MADISON, IN TO BARDSTOWN AND GREENSBURG, KY LINE, WHERE A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT.

 

FREEZING CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE FARTHER WEST, TO JASPER, IN AND LEITCHFIELD AND TOMPKINSVILLE, KY WHERE A FREEZE WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 5/6/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday prepared voters to take part safely in the upcoming primary elections and revised travel restrictions as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

Today, the Governor also provided updates on coronavirus statistics and expanding testing efforts. He offered new details about primary elections that were moved to late June and issued a new executive order on travel restrictions.

 

“As long as we continue to be good neighbors, we can write our chapter in the history books about how to defeat this pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. May 6, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,934 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 159 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday, a day after the largest one-day total of new cases were reported.

 

“Obviously, that is less than half of yesterday, so we do still believe we are stabilized and hopefully plateaued here in the commonwealth,” the Governor said.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported eight new deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 283 deaths related to the virus.

 

“These are eight of us, these are eight of our citizens who are gone too early. These are eight families and eight communities in mourning today,” the Governor said. “Let’s prove that no matter how many days we have to report these, that we care just as much each and every day.”

The deaths include two women, ages 88 and 95, from Jackson County; a 72-year-old woman from Jefferson County; two women, ages 85 and 99, from Kenton County; two women, ages 57 and 63, from Muhlenberg County; and a 73-year-old from Russell County.

 

At least 2,125 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.

 

Testing update

 

Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to take advantage of expanding coronavirus testing across the state.

 

The Governor said the state’s partnership with Kroger will bring more testing next week in Louisville, Lexington, Elizabethtown and Corbin.

 

“Sign-ups are live now, right now,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need to fill up more than 400 slots each day. Let’s not have any more no-shows. Let’s get everyone tested.”

 

Information on how to register at dozens of sites throughout the commonwealth – including new drive-through operations in Pikeville and Ashland – can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Health care reopening Phase 2

 

Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Health Care Phase 2 is beginning with outpatient and ambulatory surgery and invasive procedures.

 

“This means that same-day or procedures that last less than 24 hours can be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals and other facilities,” said Dr. Stack, who added the facilities must first show they’re ready to operate under strict guidelines.

 

All patients must have COVID-19 pre-procedure testing per professional association guidelines consistent with KDPH guidance. The 10 rules of reopening also apply, which includes universal masking and personal protective equipment (PPE), closed common areas, along with requirements to follow specific procedure guidance.

 

Preparing for primary elections

 

Gov. Beshear offered new details on the coming primary elections, urging voters to get ready to request absentee ballots and announcing help from the Kentucky National Guard.

 

Last month, Gov. Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams agreed to move the primary elections to June 23 and to allow everyone to request absentee ballots. The Governor noted that voters in Jefferson County already can request an absentee ballot through the County Clerk’s Office website. An online portal for all voters to request the ballots is being created.

 

The Governor said National Guard leaders offered to help and members will work as poll workers and keep polling places operating safely. The Governor said he was proud of the guard for stepping in to help where in-person voting is necessary.

 

Gov. Beshear credited Kentucky National Guard Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton with offering to help with the election.

 

“We literally are spread out across the entire state and I would venture we probably have soldiers or airmen who live in virtually all 120 counties,” Lamberton said. “So it quite simply is a common-sense solution for the issue.”

 

Travel restrictions

 

Gov. Beshear said his administration is changing its travel restrictions to better comply with judicial findings and more closely mirror the guidance of neighboring states.

 

The Governor issued a new executive order that continues to ban anyone with a positive or presumptively positive case of COVID-19 from entering Kentucky, except as ordered for medical treatment. It also keeps in place requirements of social distancing on public transportation.

Those traveling from out of state into Kentucky and staying are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

“Basically, the court said, ‘We think Ohio’s is fine. We think yours should be more like Ohio’s,’” the Governor said. “So we’ve issued one today that’s just like Ohio’s. That’s what the court says will work, so that’s what we’ll do.”

 

Thank you

 

Gov. Beshear acknowledged that today is National Nurses Day, and it comes on National Nurses Week at a time when our health care givers are doing more than their share.

 

“Thank you to all of our nurses out there on the front lines at one of the most dangerous times, ever, to be a nurse,” the Governor said. “We appreciate you so very much.”

 

The Governor noted that today also is National Interpreter Appreciation Day. He praised Virginia Moore, the lead American Sign Language interpreter for his daily briefings, and all those who help work in state government.

 

Moore tied both honorific days together by teaching us how to sign the phrase: “Thank you, nurses.” Gov. Beshear then asked how to sign, “Thank you, Virginia.”

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Anthony V. Corrado, 26 of Nancy, arrested by KSP for Failure to Dim Headlights, No Brake Lights, Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree (over 2 gms), Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & License to be In Possession.
  • Charles T. Elkins, 60 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for DUI-4th Offense (Aggravator), Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Driving on a DUI Suspended OL-3rd Offense (Aggravator).

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Robert M. Combs, age 30, arrested by Danville PD for Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, No Tail Lamps, DUI, & No Insurance.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Alicia M. Shearer, 39 of Waynesburg, arrested by Garrard Co. Police for 2 counts of  Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin & Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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2 CITED FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING

 

Casey County Sheriff's Office reports on Monday, Sheriff Chad Weddle received a complaint of illegal dumping on Coffman Branch Rd. 


Yesterday, 34 year old James Norman, of Danville, and Darriel Jamison, 32, of Mount Sterling, were both cited for criminal littering, and both cleaned up the trash that was dumped along with other items.


Sheriff Weddle also advised the two that they would have to provide a receipt from a landfill as proof of proper disposal of the trash.

 

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FROST POSSIBLE THURSDAY MORNING

 

AREAS OF FROST POSSIBLE THURSDAY MORNING...

 

HIGH PRESSURE WILL GRADUALLY SLIDE IN FROM THE WEST TODAY AND TAKE CONTROL OVER THE REGION. WITH CLEAR SKIES, LIGHT WINDS, AND DRY AIR IN PLACE OVERNIGHT, TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE MID AND UPPER 30S FOR MANY LOCATIONS.

 

FROST MAY DEVELOP DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS THURSDAY, PARTICULARLY IN SHELTERED LOCATIONS AND VALLEYS.

 

SENSITIVE VEGETATION MAY NEED TO BE PROTECTED IN THESE AREAS.

 

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

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that Kentuckians will defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) by learning from the Greatest Generation and employing the qualities of personal responsibility.

 

“Those qualities of personal responsibility are critically important. My actions and how they impact other people, I am responsible for,” Gov. Beshear said. “Of integrity. Of knowing, we do not get days off when it comes to this virus, and knowing the impact that we can have on others. Work ethic. We have to have the work ethic to complete our task and to come out of this having protected those around us. Finally, faithful commitment. We are fully committed to defeating this virus. We are going to faithfully continue to do what it takes. This is our moment in history, and people’s lives depend on us.”

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

 

Gov. Beshear hailed the work of Kentucky’s great educators during Teacher Appreciation Week and Teacher Appreciation Day, May 5.

 

“We so appreciate the job our teachers are doing,” said Gov. Beshear. “What teachers have done in this time of crisis is truly amazing. From preparing work for children to complete at home to helping deliver food – thank you.”

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. May 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,822 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 625 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday. More than 300 of the positive cases were from testing at Green River Correctional Complex.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 14 new deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 275 deaths related to the virus. Many of those deaths were related to long-term care facilities, the Governor said.

 

The deaths include a 79-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman from Boone County; an 85-year-old man from Henderson County; a 77-year-old man from Hopkins County; two women, ages 59 and 70, from Jackson County; two men, ages 35 and 91, and two women, ages 63 and 69, from Jefferson County; and three women, ages 86, 88 and 96, and a 94-year-old man from Kenton County.

 

At least 2,058 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. The number of Kentuckians tested is at least 61,013.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), said focused testing in confined populations, like long-term care facilities, meatpacking and processing facilities and prisons, can often have much higher positivity rates once the infection enters the community.

 

“We are about to embark on a very aggressive program to test the long-term care facilities over the weeks ahead at a very brisk pace,” Dr. Stack said. “Thank you for what you have done, but I have to continue to emphasize that we must continue these efforts even as we are trying to ease health care back into a better level of functionality and even as the Governor has announced the Phase 1 reopening plan. The normal we return to will be a new normal. It will not be the same normal we left until we get access to a vaccine or until we get access to a fantastic treatment or cure.”

 

Dr. Stack also noted that Perdue Farms would be taking the necessary steps to test employees.

 

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.

 

Green River Correctional Complex

 

Gov. Beshear said mass coronavirus testing at Green River Correctional Complex was completed last week.

 

J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Governor’s executive cabinet, said more than 1,000 tests have been returned and a total number of positive cases linked to the facility currently stands at 342 inmates and 57 staff members.

 

Brown also provided an update on efforts to fight the coronavirus at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City. To address the outbreak at the complex, the facility is being dividing into housing units based on test results, contact with infected individuals and those in a vulnerable population. Brown said temperature checks and deep sanitizing are also taking place to help reduce the spread.

 

“We almost have a complete snapshot of the situation at Green River which allows us to go ahead and truly plan on how to address that population,” said Brown.

 

Testing update; new Pikeville location

 

Gov. Beshear offered an update on expanding efforts to boost testing throughout the commonwealth. The Governor announced a new drive-through testing site in Pikeville, as part of a partnership with the Pike County Health Department, Gravity Labs and Pikeville Medical Center. The testing is being conducted today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pikeville Medical Center, 172 S. Mayo Trail in Pikeville. The site can conduct 70 tests daily and filled all of those slots today.

For more information on testing locations and how to sign up visit, kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Unemployment insurance

 

Josh Benton, deputy secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, provided three updates to the state’s response to an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims.

 

He said there were changes coming to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

 

“This is primarily for individuals who do not normally qualify for unemployment insurance,” Benton said. “There’s about 100,000 of those individuals currently receiving benefits on this program.”

 

He said the minimum benefit for Kentuckians on PUA is $176 per week. Recipients need to request the benefits online every two weeks. To make things easier, people can submit wage history from last year to calculate the benefits.

 

“In more cases than not, it’s going to increase their benefit amount above that $176 a week,” Benton

said.

 

Second, Benton said employers will now be able to report return-to-work dates for their employees at https://kewes.ky.gov/. Benton said there were several exceptions, including for workers who are in at-risk categories or who are caring for at-risk relatives.

 

Finally, Benton said officials were working to clear the final claims from March and that the few remaining outstanding issues had to do with disagreements with the employer about terms of separation.

 

Healthy at Work

 

Gov. Beshear on Monday introduced new requirements for the Phase 1 of Healthy at Work.

Under the schedule outlined by Gov. Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate: Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain businessesconstructionvehicle or vessel dealershipsoffice-based businesses (at 50% pre-pandemic capacity; horse racing (no fans in attendance)pet care, grooming and boarding and photography. As long as progress in the fight against COVID-19 is not threatened, additional business sectors will be allowed to open May 20 and May 25.

 

The Governor said that he hopes to announce Phase 2 this week. He also said that his administration is working with faith leaders on guidance for houses of worship. The guidance has not been issued yet.

 

“Just because May 20 you can potentially reopen, doesn’t mean that you should,” Gov. Beshear said. “It has to be done safely. Our faith leaders have asked me to reiterate this – you should trust your faith leader in your congregation about when it is going to be safe to resume.”

 

Giving Tuesday

 

To honor Giving Tuesday, Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians who can to give to the Team Kentucky Fund.

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FLOOD WARNING FOR OUR LISTENING AREA

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR... SOUTH CENTRAL LINCOLN COUNTY IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY... EAST CENTRAL TAYLOR COUNTY IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY... CASEY COUNTY IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY... NORTHEASTERN ADAIR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY... * UNTIL 1230 PM EDT/1130 AM CDT/. * AT 930 AM EDT/830 AM CDT/,

 

RAINFALL FROM PREVIOUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HAS RESULTED IN AREAS OF FLOODING ACROSS THE WARNED AREA . UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN, BUT VERY LITTLE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. FLOOD WATERS WILL SLOWLY RECEDE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

 

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... LIBERTY, LAWHORN HILL, TEDDY, GILPIN, WALLTOWN, LANHAMTOWN, CANTOWN, EVANS FORD, MANNSVILLE AND ATTERSON.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

 

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MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

 

In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways.

 

“Safety is a mutual responsibility for motorists and motorcyclists alike,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We’re entering the warmer months and that typically means more drivers may operate motorcycles on our roadways. With more than 95,000 registered motorcycles in Kentucky, all road users must stay alert and look out for one another.”

 

According to NHTSA, per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash. Additionally, when motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.

 

“As one of the smallest vehicles on the road, a motorcycle may ‘hide’ in a vehicle’s blind spots, so we advise motorists to ‘look twice to save a life’ before changing lanes and making turns,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray. “Additionally, using a turn signal will alert motorcyclists of your intentions.”

 

In 2018 there were 1,501 crashes involving motorcycles in Kentucky. Of those crashes, 803 involved a motorcycle and at least one other vehicle, while 698 involved only the motorcycle.

“Just as we ask passenger vehicle drivers to obey all traffic laws, we expect the same from motorcyclists,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “Additionally, we ask that they take the extra step of using proper protective gear, including a helmet and reflective clothing.”

In 2018, the 1,501 crashes resulted in 322 injuries and 88 deaths to motorcyclists. Of those killed, 54 were not wearing a helmet.

 

The KOHS offers the following tips for drivers:

  • A motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle. The person under that helmet could be a parent, sibling or friend;
  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width – never try to share a lane;
  • Perform a regular visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections;
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo­torcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
  • Allow more following distance –three or four sec­onds –  when behind a motorcycle to give the motorcyclist time to maneuver around obstacles in the roadway, or stop in an emer­gency;
  • Pay attention.

The KOHS offers the following tips for motorcyclists:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet;
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it;
  • Signal intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals;
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear and using reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility;
  • Position in the lane where most visible to other drivers;
  • Never ride impaired; and
  • Take a rider training course. Find information at www.msf-usa.org

For more information on motorcycle safety, visit NHTSA’s website here.

 

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INTOXICATED MAN TURNS SHOTGUN ON DEPUTY

 

Monday evening, around 8PM, Boyle County Sheriff's Deputy Abbott responded to the area of US150/Cocanougher Rd. for a report of multiple shots fired. 

 

A male subject was located outside a nearby residence. When Deputy Abbott attempted contact, the man was in an agitated state and talking out of his head. He then ran toward the back of the residence where he picked up a shotgun and pointed it toward the Deputy. After a standoff of several minutes, the male identified as Danny Crowe of Cocanougher Rd. (who was confirmed to be under the influence of alcohol) finally dropped the weapon and was taken into custody. 

 

Crowe was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree - Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree, and Menacing.

 

Officers from the Danville Police Department responded to the scene as well.

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 5/4/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday offered new details on guidelines for businesses and health care providers looking to restart safely as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

The Governor provided updated information for employers relaunching under Kentucky’s Healthy at Work initiative and announced new partnerships to expand testing in Northern Kentucky and provide masks for Kentucky businesses.

 

“Let’s remember: Even as we work at being Healthy at Work, we are still dealing with a very deadly virus out there,” the Governor said. “We have to be gradual and we have to be smart. We have to make the right decisions and we need everyone on board.”

 

Gov. Beshear launched the Healthy at Workinitiative in late April to guide the smart, safe and gradual reopening of the state’s economy. The initiative sets out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for

 

Reopening America.

 

What began with the phased reopening of certain health care services continues as other business sectors prepare to relaunch operations in Phase 1 of Healthy at Work. State leaders asked partners in the business community for proposals on how they plan to operate while keeping their customers safe, and the state has already received more than 1,000 plans. The proposals, while not required, are expected to include best practices to safely operate and each industry’s capabilities for reopening.

 

Under the schedule outlined by Gov. Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate:

 

“It’s important that you meet these guidelines, these requirements, because it allows us to be healthy at work,” said La Tasha Buckner, the Governor’s chief of staff and lead counsel. “That allows us the successful reopening and to make sure we’re making advancements and staying at the plateau level and hopefully declining.”

 

As long as progress in the fight against COVID-19 is not threatened, additional business sectors will be allowed to open May 20 and May 25.

 

Health care reopening Phase 2

 

Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Health Care Phase 2 will begin Wednesday, May 6, 2020, outpatient and ambulatory surgery and invasive procedures may resume.

 

All patients must have COVID-19 pre-procedure testing per professional association guidelines consistent with KDPH guidance. The 10 rules of reopening also apply, which includes universal masking and personal protective equipment (PPE), closed common areas, along with requirements to follow specific procedure guidance.

 

“Healthy at work applies to being healthy at the hospital,” Dr. Stack said. “In fact, if anything there are additional protections because of the unique characteristics of hospitals and surgical centers.”

 

Northern Kentucky testing

 

Gov. Beshear announced a new partnership to expand coronavirus testing in Northern Kentucky.

The state is working with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to bring expanded testing to Erlanger and other locations. Free drive-through testing will be conducted May 11 to May 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 25 Atlantic Ave., in Erlanger. People should call 800-737-7900 to register. St. Elizabeth also is offering physician-consult testing at five testing locations.

 

“When we look back on our story of how we responded and what we had to do, what we’re going to see is that Kentucky’s labs stepped up to provide the testing that we needed,” the Governor said.

 

Partnership adds PPE, sanitizer

 

Gov. Beshear announced a partnership with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to get personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer to our small businesses as they prepare to be Healthy at Work.

 

The Governor also instructed the Cabinet for Economic Development to work with the Chamber. Together, we have been able to purchase 200,000 3-ply masks that are available for Kentucky businesses. Masks can be purchased at kychamber.com/maskorderform. They’re $1 each.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone wear a mask, but they don’t have to be disposable. You can also wear homemade cloth masks, but surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for health care workers.

 

Kentucky’s distillers, meanwhile, have retooled to provide needed hand sanitizer. To date, Kentucky’s distillers have donated more than 150,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to our health care providers.

 

Businesses in need can visit kyhandsanitizer.com and put in a request to purchase sanitizer with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

 

Green River Correctional Complex

 

J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Governor’s executive cabinet, provided an update on efforts to fight the coronavirus at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City. Mass testing was completed Friday at the facility and results are pending. Secretary Brown spoke about a new effort to address the outbreak at the complex by dividing the facility into three housing units based on test results and contact with infected individuals.

 

“I know that it’s been a difficult situation for everyone down in Green River,” Secretary Brown said. “But I want to commend all of those, particularly our corrections workers, and in fact the inmates who have cooperated all for the health and well-being of everyone there.”

 

CHFS Secretary

 

Gov. Beshear announced Monday that Eric Friedlander is now the official secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, a position he had ably occupied as “acting secretary” through the pandemic emergency.

 

“He has more than earned the full-time job,” the Governor said. “He has shown grace in times of great difficulty and he is exactly the kind of person I want to have going forward.”

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. May 4, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,245 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 163 of which were newly confirmed Monday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported eight new deaths Monday, raising the state’s toll to 261 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include six Jefferson County residents, men who were 69, 74, 86 and women who were 86, 89 and 98, a 79-year-old woman from Hopkins County, and 66-year-old woman from Hardin County.

 

“Losing eight people in a day to COVID-19, we want to do better,” the Governor said.

At least 1,921 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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PULASKI CONSTABLES BALDOCK & WALLACE

 

Two Pulaski County Constables are facing charges of Human Rights violations. Now some, closest to the Constables are questioning circumstances around the arrests.

 

Jeff Henderson has more from Somerset...

 

 

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2 INJURED BY SHOTGUN & 1 PERSON ARRESTED IN RUSSELL COUNTY

 

Russell County Sheriffs Department responded to a reported double shooting in the jabez area of Russell County near Hicks Road. 

 

The two male victims had wounds to their Backs, sides and their leg areas from what appeared to be wounds consistent with being from a shotgun. 

 

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and a shotgun was found along with other items during the search. 

 

James M. Chapman age 68 of Hicks Lane in the Jabez community was charged with 2 Felony Counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree by Deputy Nathan Ginn. 

 

Sheriff Derek Polston says the investigation is on-going, and more charges could be forthcoming from a Russell County Grand Jury. 

 

The Sheriffs Office was assisted at the scene by the Ky State Police, Russell County EMS, along with Air Medical Services.  

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8 ARRESTED IN RUSSELL COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of 8 people from traffic stops on suspected Drug Traffickers and a Search Warrant executed at a residence on Coomer Road off Bolin Road.

 

Jordan Foley age 27, Gary Hansford 43, Jeremy Graham 23, Rebecca Hensley 32, Nathan Stargell 39, Marissa Keith 26, Josh Montgomery 35, & Jeremy Ellison 40, were all arrested over the weekend on a variety of charges from Methamphetamine Trafficking, Possession of Controlled Substances, and outstanding warrants.

 

Deputies Nathan Ginn, Kenny Perkins, Chief Deputy Jerry Melton, Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin and K-9 nitro, & KY State Police, all assisted in the Search Warrant. 

 

Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County Citizens that if you suspect illegal Drug Activity, call the tip line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.  

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Christopher Eads, 20 of Liberty, arrested by KSP Trooper Scott for One Headlight, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Improper Equipment, No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance-2nd Offense, DUI-2nd Offense, & Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.

?Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • Felicia N Nava, 31 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Probation Violation (Felony).
  • Travis L. Passmore, 25 of Dunnville, arrested by KSP for DUI (Aggravator), Driving on Expired OL, Improper Signal, Booster Seat Violations, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
  • Michael W. Passmore, 36 of Dunnville, arrested by KSP for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), & Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified).

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

  • Robert C. Brown, 45 of Whitesburg, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), & Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
  • Stacey M. Dishman, 26 of Monticello, arrested by KY Fish & Wildlife for No Registration Plates/Receipt, DUI, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Signal, & Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
  • Adam T. Waddle, 23 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Felony Probation Violation, Failure to Appear, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Derek T. Olson, age 34, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Driving on a DUI Suspended OL-3rd Offense, No Operator’s License, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Donald T. Miller, age 40, arrested by Danville PD for Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Theft by Unlawful Taking-Shoplifting under $500, Burglary-3rd Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), & Serving Parole Violation Warrant.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 5/3/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to be ready to fill all available slots as the state undertakes more testing for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) than ever before.

 

“There are still, coming up this week, spots available in our Kroger partnership,” the Governor said.

 

“For this week, Ashland and the entire area around Ashland, you have a bunch more spots you can sign up for. We want to fill every one.”

 

Gov. Beshear noted that, despite the Ashland area being hit relatively hard by the coronavirus, there were still hundreds of available slots for testing this week.

 

“Please take advantage of it,” the Governor said. “Local leaders: Please reach out and push people to come and get tested.”

 

Gov. Beshear also highlighted other testing options around the state. Information about all coronavirus testing options is available at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

The Governor and the acting secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Eric Friedlander, provided updates on long-term care facilities.

 

“This is a major area of challenge that we continue to work through and we know that this is where, in Kentucky, COVID-19 devastates us,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’ve got to make sure we continue to use every single step to protect those in these facilities and make sure that we are doing our best every day.”

 

“I think we’ve been leaders here as we’ve been leaders in so many ways. We were one of the first to shut down visitation,” Friedlander said. “We’ve acknowledged that there are some very specific challenges in long-term care.”

 

When talking about working with the nursing home alliance, Friedlander said, “I think we’re all on the same page of making sure that we take care of that industry so that industry can take care of folks in their care.”

 

“Child care is a critical component to this state,” he said while talking about options for centers moving forward. “We’re trying to make sure we won’t lose capacity. When we come back, when we start to open up again that we won’t have lost capacity in child care.”

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. May 3, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,130 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 173 of which were newly confirmed Saturday and 80 of which were confirmed Sunday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Saturday, raising the state’s toll to 253 deaths related to the virus. For the first time in weeks, no new deaths were reported Sunday.

 

“For this Sunday, based on times of reporting, I get to announce zero new deaths,” the Governor said. “Just for one day, even if it’s just the official counts, that feels pretty good to read.”

 

The deaths on Saturday include two women, ages 81 and 90, from Adair County; a 90-year-old man and a 99-year-old woman from Jefferson County; and a 79-year-old woman from Logan County.

 

At least 1,892 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID19 UPDATE 5/1/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 1, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the number of tests completed for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) at five different sites this week and encouraged Kentuckians to fill up all available appointments throughout the commonwealth.

 

Gov. Beshear said, “Let me mention, especially yesterday we’re having no-shows at some of our Kroger locations. It is really important that we use every one of these tests. So if you sign up, please make sure you go and get tested.”

 

At many of the sites, anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. A few sites still have qualifying criteria for getting tested. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“We’re going to get through this together because we’re going to be strong, because we’re going to be resilient,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

In total, 57,648 Kentuckians have been tested. This week, 1,457 tests were performed at the Shawnee Park site in Louisville, 1,612 tests were performed at the BCTC – Lexington site, 1,125 tests were performed at the Bowling Green site, 934 tests were performed at the Owensboro site and 848 tests were performed at the Lexington Walgreens site.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced there would be no press conference tomorrow, in honor of what would have been Derby Day. “Let’s just take a day to breathe, to get outside, do some things that you enjoy doing that still fall within these guidelines,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s get refreshed, and on Sunday we’ll get back together again and I’ll give you an update on both of those days and we will move forward.”

 

Horses and Hope

 

Gov. Beshear wished Kentuckians a Happy Oaks Day and Derby weekend, saying it was a special time in the commonwealth even with races postponed.

 

He also recognized Horses and Hope and breast cancer survivors across Kentucky. Horses and Hope is a project of former First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program, University of Louisville, with the support of the Pink Stable, a committee of Kentucky horse owners, riders, trainers, farm owners, jockeys, and others.

 

The original mission was to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky's signature horse industry workers and their families, many of whom are uninsured and underserved. Today, Horses and Hope has been expanded to offer prevention and early detection programs for seven different cancers. For more information, contact Kentucky Cancer Program at 1-877-326-1134.

 

“Oaks Day is the day where they do a survivor’s parade, where those who have battled and overcome or who are still dealing with breast cancer get a great honor, where the twin spires light up pink. It’s a cause important to so many, including my family,” Gov. Beshear said, “I wanted to make sure that I honored those survivors like I would on any Friday before Derby by wearing a little bit of pink.”

 

Census update

 

Today, Kentucky moved up to 13th place in the nation for census responses rates. More than 59% of Kentuckians have already completed the 10-minute survey. Those who haven’t can fill out the census at my2020census.gov

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

 

Congratulations

 

Gov. Beshear congratulated Trish and Gary Galbraith and their son, Caleb, whom they adopted via Zoom in Kenton County on Wednesday.

 

“Congratulations to the Galbraith family and thank you to the judge and social workers who made this possible in an unconventional way,” said Gov. Beshear. “As the father of two amazing kids, I know the joy you feel in this moment and am so happy for you.”

 

Condolences

 

Gov. Beshear offered condolences to the family of Geri Thompson, 71, of Louisville, who passed away on April 29 from COVID-19.

 

“Today, we want to honor an incredible Kentuckian that we lost to COVID-19 on Wednesday,” said Gov. Beshear. “To Geri’s children, grandchildren, sister, nieces, nephews and friends, we’re thinking about you and your family as you mourn this loss. Team Kentucky, this is why we have to keep up the fight.”

 

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. Gov. Beshear also unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations in May. For more information, click here.

 

On Monday, the Governor will provide another Healthy at Work update, with official guidance for industries reopening on May 11.

 

Case information

 

As of 5 p.m. May 1, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,879 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 177 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported eight new deaths Friday, raising the state’s toll to 248 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include a 90-year-old woman from Graves, an 86-year-old woman from Marshall, an 80-year-old woman from Butler, a 93-year-old man from Carlisle, an 81-year-old woman from Jefferson, a 42-year-old man from Jefferson, a 67-year-old woman from Jackson and a 58-year-old woman from Adair.

 

At least 1,752 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

 

A Casey County woman arrested on drug charges Thursday.

 

The Casey County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance call, shortly before 4pm Thursday afternoon, about 6.5 miles North of Liberty on KY 49.

 

Sheriff Chad Weddle made contact with 22 year old Lauren F. Gillock, of Liberty, who was sitting in the drivers seat of a 2006 Ford Fusion with the engine running. Miss Gillock failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

 

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a Glass pipe with suspected Methamphetamine residue, found in a pink bandana, hanging on the rear-view mirror. A small baggie of Marijuana was found in the upper console sunglass holder on the headliner. Another baggie of Marijuana was found in the passenger door panel. A plastic Pipe with suspected Marijuana was located under the front passenger seat.

 

Gillock was charged with DUI, No Insurance, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

The drugs were sent to the KSP Lab for testing.

 

Deputy Jason Grider assisted.

 

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PULASKI CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: SCAM WARNING

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is warning the community of another SCAM that has occurred.

 

This scammer called from a Kentucky number saying that the potential victim was late on their electric bill and if he didn’t pay at that moment with a credit or gift card his electric would be shut off. The person didn’t pay it because he knew he wasn’t behind on his payment. He then called the number back and it did go to a KU- Old Dominion number.

 

People have a way of copying a business number and making you think it is legitimate. Utility companies do not operate this way where they ask you for to pay with gift cards.

 

Be aware if you receive these type calls, hang up and contact your Utility provider directly. When in doubt, contact a law enforcement agency.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Tyler R. Boyce, 19 of Helenwood, TN, arrested by KSP for Speeding-26MPH Over Limit, Reckless Driving, & DUI (Aggravator).
  • Ralph M. Turner, 33 of Monticello, arrested by Somerset PD for Stalking-2nd Degree, Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree, & Harassing Communications.
  • Anthony D. Cassidy, 26 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, & Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Jennifer Ray, 41 of Stanford, arrested by Garrard Co. PD for No Registration Receipt, Rear License Not Illuminated, Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Gary S. Holland, 57 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Garrard Co. PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), & Possession of Drug Parpahernalia.
  • Steven P. Snyder, 40 of Kings Mountain, arrested by Garrard Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jeremy R. Lamb, 39 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Phillip Lamb, 41 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford PD for Possession of Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Avery B. Parson, 41 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford PD for DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator), & 2 Counts of Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine & Opiates).

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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