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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2020-06

FLOODING REPORTED IN CASEY COUNTY MONDAY WITH MORE RAIN EXPECTED THROUGH WEDNESDAY

 

Heavy rains caused some problems in Casey County yesterday.

 

Floodwaters entered businesses in Liberty and caused some roads to close.

 

Campbellsville Road right near downtown is one of the worst trouble spots with water over the roadway. Most of that receded late yesterday evening, but it left behind debris and rock.

 

Casey County Emergency Management director Rick Wesley says several roads were impassable at one point— parts of Woodrum Ridge, Highway 49, and Bryant Ridge— were all covered with water.

 

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 8pm this evening with more thunder storms expected today.

 

We could see an additional 2-3 inches of rainfall today.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Carson Doyle, 28 of Lexington, arrested by KSP Trooper Cornett for Speeding (20mph Over Limit), Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (LSD), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (Amphetamines), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Reckless Driving, & Following Another Vehicle Too Closely.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Andrea M Fobbe, 38 of Jamestown, arrested by Russell County Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Methamphetamine), & Persistent Felony Offender.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Henry W Thomas, 54 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Blake T Tuttle, 28 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Reckless Driving, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Rachel N Keith, 29 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Nikka D Dykes, 32 of Nancy, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-2nd Degree.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Theresa L Peddicord, age 45, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Reckless Driving, Rear License Not Illuminated, & DUI-3rd Offense (Aggravator).
  • Jason L Asbury, age 37, arrested by Junction City PD for Failure to Appear, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Registration Plates, No Insurance, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle & on Foot).

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Dennis Clem, 30 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, & Selling Controlled Substance to a Minor.
  • James R Powell, 20 of Adairville, arrested by Stanford PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Methamphetamine), Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Dustin T Flannery, 36 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Methamphetamine), Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Failure to Signal, No Insurance, & License to be In Possession.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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PADUCAH MAN FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES FOLLOWING POLICE PURSUIT IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, Joey L. Ellis, age 39, of 621 Clarence Gaines Street, Paducah, Kentucky, was arrested on June 27, 2020, following a pursuit that occurred on North Highway 1247 near Freedom Church Road.

 

The pursuit continued onto Pulaski Ellison Road and then onto Ellison Eubank Road. The pursuit ended up in a soybean field. Ellis placed his vehicle in reverse, abandoned it, and fled on foot. The empty vehicle collided with two Pulaski County Deputies patrol vehicles resulting in substantial damage to both vehicles. When he ran, the Deputies were yelling at the him to stop. With the assistance of Sergeant Richard Smith's K-9, Deputies were able to catch the suspect. He then started to fight with the Deputies who were attempting to restrain him. Deputies were soon able to get him into handcuffs.
 

The pursuit began when Deputy Nathan Meadows saw a vehicle, later discovered to be driven by
Joey Ellis, cross the center line on North Highway 1247 near Freedom Church Road and suspected him to be an impaired driver. When Deputy Meadows activated his emergency equipment, Mr. Ellis refused to stop. Deputy Meadows observed Mr. Ellis driving entirely on the left side of the roadway as well as running three different stop signs without slowing down.

 

He then saw Mr. Ellis drive off into a soybean field and exit the vehicle to flee on foot. Before exiting the vehicle, the Mr. Ellis put his vehicle in reverse. His vehicle began moving backward and struck Sergeant Richard Smith's (who had joined the pursuit) vehicle and then continued back onto the roadway and struck Deputy Meadow’s vehicle as well. Both Deputies patrol vehicles sustained significant damage.

 

After Deputies arrested him he was charged with the following charges.


Deputy Nathan Meadows charged Joey Ellis with the following charges:

  • Charge # 1 Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)
  • Charge # 2 Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)
  • Charge # 3 Reckless Driving
  • Charge # 4 Disregarding a Stop Sign
  • Charge # 5 Criminal Mischief, 1 st Degree
  • Charge # 6 Carrying a Concealed Weapon (large bladed knife found under the driver'sseat in the vehicle)
  • Charge # 7 Failure to Wear Seatbelt

When Deputies searched the vehicle, they located a cigarette pack that contained precisely 2.2
grams of a white crystal-like substance suspected to be Methamphetamine. Also located were
several marijuana cigarettes, loose baggies, and exactly $2,635.00 cash in U.S. currency.

 

Deputy Marcus Harrison, who arrived and assisted with the search of the vehicle, charged Joey
Ellis with the following:

  • Charge # 1 Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1 st Degree, 2 nd, or Greater Offense (Methamphetamine)
  • Charge # 2 Possession of Marijuana
  • Charge # 3 Drug Paraphernalia – Deliver/Manufacture
  • Charge # 4 Fleeing or Evading Police, 2 nd Degree (On Foot)
  • Charge # 5 Resisting Arrest
  • Charge # 6 Criminal Trespassing – 3 rd Degree

When the suspect was identified, Pulaski County 911 Dispatch told the Deputies that the suspect
had an active Indictment Warrant for his arrest. This warrant was the result of an investigation
back in February 2020, in which Detective Matt Bryant, with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office,
served a search warrant on Valley Drive in Science Hill, KY (This was a previous address of
Joey Ellis). In this search warrant, drugs were located, mainly Methamphetamine was found.
During the follow-up investigation, Detective Matt Bryant discovered that Mr. Ellis had a prior
felony conviction in 2014 for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – First Degree -
Methamphetamine from McCreary County. In this Indictment, signed June 3, 2020, Mr. Ellis
was charged with the following:

  • Charge # 1 Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1 st Degree, 2 nd, or Greater Offense (Methamphetamine)
  • Charge # 2 Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2 nd Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Charge # 3 Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3 rd Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Charge # 4 Persistent Felony Offender I

These indictments were served by Deputy Nathan Meadows.


Joey Ellis was taken to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for minor injuries and was then
transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center, where he remains lodged as of this press
release.


This case remains under investigation by Sergeant Richard Smith, Deputy Nathan Meadows,
Deputy Marcus Harrison, and Detective Matt Bryant from the Sheriff's Office Criminal
Investigation Division.


Sheriff Greg Speck asked that if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our office. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at http://www.pulaskisheriff.com. You can remain anonymous.

 

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DANVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN MARION COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Boyle County woman was killed in a single vehicle accident in Marion County early Sunday.

 

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene around 1am Sunday, on highway 49 approximately (2) miles north of Bradfordsville. 

 

31 year old Rachel R. West, of Danville, apparently lost control in a curve. The 2004 Chevrolet car traveled off the road, striking several trees and overturned. 

 

Marion County Rescue Squade, and Bradfordsville Fire Department responded to assist in extrication due to entrapment in the vehicle. 

 

West was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. 

 

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies Jeff Caldwell and John Purdom investigated.

 

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SHOTS FIRED IN JUNCTION CITY

 

A man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly fired a shotgun through the door of his girlfriend's residence.

 

It happened around 9:30pm Friday evening, Boyle County Sheriff's Deputies Ruhe & Conley, along with Juntion City Police Chief Preston, responded to Northtown Apartments in Junction City in reference to shots fired.  It was reported that a male wearing camouflage was armed with a shotgun. 

 

Deputies located and detained John L. Washington. A search of the area resulted in deputies locating a 20-gauge Mossberg shotgun and two rifles. 

 

Multiple witnesses reported, Washington went to the apartment of his former girlfriend, armed with a shotgun, and stated he was going to kill her. Witnesses say Washington  fired three to four rounds through the front door, in close vicinity of the victim. 

 

No injuries were reported during this incident. This case is currently under investigation by Deputy Ruhe.

 

Washington was lodged in the Boyle County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder-Domestic Violence, & Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Christopher W Richardson, 49 of Liberty, arrested by Deputy Brown with Casey Co. Sheriff’s Department for Reckless Driving, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (+2gms Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jeremy Fulton, 30 of Cincinnati, OH, arrested by KSP Trooper Cornett for Improper Display of Registration Plates, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, DUI, No Insurance, & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Jonathan D Carnes, 34 of Richmond, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Rape-1st Degree, Sexual Abuse-2nd Degree, & Sexual Misconduct.
  • Anthony D Cook, 30 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Springs PD for Driving on Expired OL, No Insurance, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Daniel E Muthig, 28 of Cedar Rapids, IA, arrested by Russell Springs PD for Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Criminal Mischief-1st/2nd Degree, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (foot), Theft by Unlawful Taking-Auto (+$500), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), & Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Vehicle & Foot).
  • Glen A Blankenship, 22 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Springs PD for No OL, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Steven W Reynoso, 34 of Lexington, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (foot), & Reckless Driving.
  • Harold D Hall, 46 of Pikeville, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia, & Failure to Appear.
  • Leonel Segura-Vasques Jr., 18 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for DUI, & Possession of Marijuana.
  • Jordy A Phelps, 35 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset PD for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Carah W Bell, 28 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd/3rd Degree (drugs unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of Legend Drug, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Heroin), & Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth).
  • Heather N Lindsey, 35 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), & Failure to Appear.
  • Carla R Wilcher, 53 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for DUI-2nd Offense, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Jeffery W Puckett, age 35, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Dept. for Theft by Unlawful Taking (+$500), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia, No Brake Lights, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
  • Destiny L Bonella, 22 of Danville, arrested by Danville PD for Identity Theft, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth & Heroin), Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Timothy J Walls, age 25, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Speeding (+26mph Over Limit), DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, Reckless Driving, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.
  • Brandon L Vanover, 26 of Danville, arrested by Danville PD for DUI, & Driving on Expired OL.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Tabatha L Baker, 50 of Eubank, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Meth), Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of Legend Drug, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

  • Cory P Hafley, 38 of Springfield, arrested by Lebanon PD for Disregarding Traffic Light, DUI, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of Marijuana.

Lodged in the Marion Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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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, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, and Perry. In Kentucky, Adair, Allen, Barren, Boyle, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Garrard, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, Larue, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Meade, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Ohio, Russell, Spencer, Taylor, Warren, and Washington.

 

Through this evening A stationary boundary over the region will combine with a tropical airmass to develop a slow-moving band of showers and storms with heavy rainfall today.

 

Rainfall totals 1 to 3 inches of rain are forecast through this evening, with locally higher amounts possible. Additional rounds of heavy rains are possible with scattered storms developing this afternoon.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Martha L Propes, 66 of Liberty, arrested by Officer Smith with Liberty Police Dept. for Theft by Unlawful Taking-Firearm, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, & Resisting Arrest.
  • Beverly Mardis, 42 of Elkhorn, arrested by Deputy Brown with Casey Co. Sheriff’s Dept. for Reckless Driving, No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance, DUI, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Spencer R Silvers, 25 of Richmond, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance (+4gms Cocaine), & Unlawful Transaction with a Minor-2nd Degree.

Lodged in Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Sharai B Hogue, age 31, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Dept. for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor-1st Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, & Improper Signal.
  • Tracy L Orange, 32 of Perryville, arrested by Danville Police for DUI.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Jonathan Cannada, 37 of Eubank, arrested by KSP for Assault-2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, & Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  • Devon M Branson, 37 of Lancaster, arrested by Garrard Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), & Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

  • Taevon S Ellery, 23 of Springfield, arrested by Springfield Police for Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Burglary-2nd Degree, Assault-4th Degree, & Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree.

Lodged in the Marion Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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ARREST REPORT

 

  • Sascha J Hunt, 45 of Cedar Rapids, IA, arrested by Russell Springs Police for Theft by Unlawful Taking (+$500), Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Christopher J Grady, 29 of Cedar Rapids, IA, arrested by Russell Springs Police for Auto Theft (+$500), Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), & Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Tony L Cole, 55 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for No Insurance, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, DUI, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Methamphetamine), Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Resisting Arrest.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Justin S Cooper, age 40, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Careless Driving, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Driving on a Suspended OL, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Robert L Burgess, 51 of Danville, arrested by Danville Police for Cruelty to Animals-2nd Degree.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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DANVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER RUNNING FROM POLICE

 

A Danville man arrested on drug charges Wednesday following a police pursuit.

 

Boyle Co. Sheriff's Department K9 Deputy Abbott attempted to traffic stop a white Chevy truck on Alum Springs Road in the Parksville community. The driver refused to stop and turned onto Yates Road, where an off duty Mercer County Deputy was able to block the truck. 

 

After a brief scuffle, deputies pulled the driver from the truck and into custody. The driver was identified as 40 year old Justin S. Cooper of Danville. During the arrest Methamphetamine, Heroin, distribution bags and scales were found in Cooper’s possession.

 

Cooper was charged with Fleeing and Evading 1st Degree, Careless Driving, Driving on DUI Suspended License, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession Drug Unspecified, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Promoting Contraband.

 

He's lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

Mercer Co. Deputy Gaddis assisted.

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Braxtaun T Jones, 22 of Columbia, arrested by Russell Springs PD for DUI, & Disregarding a Stop Sign.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Leshawnda D Dumphord, 34 of Monticello, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), & Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.
  • Michael W Randolph, 65 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree, & Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.
  • Francis M Clark, 21 of Bardstown, arrested by KSP for Speeding-20 mph Over Limit, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Insurance, DUI, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), & Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Lori L Baker, 46 of Harrodsburg, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, Escape-2nd Degree, & Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (+2gms Meth).
  • Chaz N Ingram, 25 of Lancaster, arrested by Danville PD for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), Possession of Marijuana, & Disregarding a Stop Sign.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Devon M Branson, 37 of Lancaster, arrested by Garrard Co. Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), & Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
  • Betty Hartness, 38 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), 2 counts of Burglary-2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (+$500), & Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

  • Benjamin A Buckland, 31 of Lebanon, arrested by KSP for Possession & Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor, Sodomy-2nd Degree, & Promoting Minor in Sex Performance.

Lodged in the Marion Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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PULASKI MAN INJURED IN STAND-OFF WITH POLICE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AND TAKEN TO JAIL

 

A Pulaski County man, injured in a shoot-out with Police, has been released from the hospital and is facing numerous charges.

 

According to Pulaski Co. Sheriff Greg Speck, on June 23, 2020, Charles Wilson was released from the University of Kentucky Hospital today and with the assistance of the University of Kentucky Police Department the Deputies took him into custody.


Deputies transported Mr. Wilson, age 51, of 130 Smith Ridge Spur Road to the Pulaski County Detention Center where he was lodged.


At 9:33 PM, Deputy Ryan Jones served the Pulaski County District Court Warrants on Mr. Wilson. The current charges are:
? Attempted Murder (Shooting the Initial Victim)
? Wanton Endangerment – 1 st Degree – Police Officer (2 Counts) Shooting at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies
? Wanton Endangerment – 1 st Degree – Police Officer (5 Counts) Shooting at Kentucky State Police Troopers


This case remains under investigation by Detective Sergeant Cody Cundiff with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and Detectives with the Kentucky State Police.
 

This case will be presented to a Pulaski County Grand Jury where further charges are anticipated.

 

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3 CHARGED IN WEEKEND THEFTS

 

Three people are facing charges in connection with weekend thefts.

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle, along with Deputy Jayson Grider arrested Gary Luttrell and Teri Wilkerson and cited Eric May on charges from a burglary that took place on June 19.

 

Wilkerson and Luttrell stole a truck in Texas and used it on Friday to haul stolen items, including a lawnmower) from a property on W KY 70.

 

The two stole a car from a car lot in Adair County on Saturday.

 

Gary Luttrell, 47, of Mt. Pleasant, TX is charged with:

  • 3 counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000
  • burglary 3rd degree
  • criminal mischief 3rd degree

Teri Wilkerson, 21, of Mt. Pleasant, TX is charged with:

  • 3 counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000
  • burglary 3rd degree (complicity)

Eric May, 45, of Liberty, is charged with:

  • burglary 3rd degree (complicity)

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SOMERSET CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 

Jeff Henderson reports from Pulaski County on yesterday's meeting of the Somerset City Council...

 

 

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SCHOOL SURVEY FOR FALL RE-OPENING

 

The Casey County Board of Education sent out a one-call yesterday, asking for parent in-put on a re-opening plan for the fall semester...

 

 

Parents can access the survey on the district website, and school facebook pages.

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TODAY IS PRIMARY ELECTION DAY

 

Numbers through mid-day Monday, indicate Kentucky is on pace for a record turnout for Today’s Republican and Democratic primaries.

 

In-person voting is underway at the Casey County Courthouse. That is the only place you may vote in person. No other precincts will be open.

 

Voting will go until 6pm this evening.

 

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CASEY COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

 

  • Bryan Wesley Means, age 53 of Yosemite; Possession of controlled substance first degree – third offense -methamphetamine.
  • Amanda Vaught, age 40 of Liberty; trafficking in controlled substance first-degree - second offense – heroin, trafficking in controlled substance first-degree/second offense - methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of persistent felony offender first degree.
  • Kevin Shane Hatter, 42 of Liberty; Fleeing or evading police first degree, driving under the influence, reckless driving, improper passing, and driving with expired operator’s license.
  • Cory Michael Graham, age 31 of Campbellsville; fleeing or evading police first degree, driving under the influence - third offense, trafficking in controlled substance first-degree - methamphetamine, driving on a DUI suspended license – aggravator, possession of controlled substance second degree, possession of controlled substance third degree, drug paraphernalia, speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, disregarding a stop sign, reckless driving, and two counts of persistent felony offender first degree.
  • Brenda Lou Williamson, age 56 of Liberty; trafficking in controlled substance first degree – methamphetamine over two grams, drug paraphernalia, and persistent felony offender first degree.
  • Lloyd Jeff Mason, age 49 of Liberty; trafficking in controlled substance first-degree - over two grams -methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.
  • Jantzen Clifton Hale, 38 of Liberty; trafficking in controlled substance first degree over two grams -methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, driving on expired operator’s license, rear license not illuminated, obstructed windshield, and persistent felony offender first degree.
  • Christopher W Richardson, age 49 of Liberty; trafficking in controlled substance first degree – second offense over two grams -methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, possession of controlled substance third degree, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and reckless driving.
  • Nickolas Tyler Carman, age 33 of Yosemite; theft by unlawful taking over $500, and receiving stolen property over $500.
  • Jordan Alexander Lynn, age 29 of Liberty; driving under the influence -fourth offense aggravator, driving on a DUI suspended license -third offense aggravator, assault third degree, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance, fleeing or evading police second- degree, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct first- degree, menacing, and three counts of persistent felony offender first degree.
  • Shawnta R Wilson, age 39 of Elkhorn; trafficking in controlled substance third-degree/2nd offense/drug and unspecified, possession of controlled substance first-degree/3rd offense -meth, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and persistent felony offender first degree.
  • William E Roberts, age 49 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance first-degree/methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Tabatha T Edwards, age 23 of Liberty; theft of identity, possession of controlled substance first-degree/methamphetamine, and tampering with physical evidence.
  • James Gene Prather, age 39 of Somerset; theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $500, and persistent felony offender first degree.
  • Jonathan Scott Cundiff, age 39 of liberty; burglary second degree, unlawful transaction with a minor second- degree, theft by unlawful taking over $500, and three counts of persistent felony offender first degree.

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

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Alex. S. Elmore, 51, of Kings Mountain was arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff Chad Weddle on a warrant for probation violation. Elmore is also charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (meth) and drug paraphernalia.
  • Jordan Hale, 28, of Liberty, was arrested by Sheriff Chad Weddle, along with Trooper Billy Begley and LPD Officer Tyler Martin on an indictment warrant on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree (over 2 grams - meth) and trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree (less than 2 grams - meth). Hale was also charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (meth) and drug paraphernalia.
  • Sheriff Chad Weddle, and Trooper Billy Begley, arrested Jantzen Hale, 38, of Liberty, on an indictment warrant for trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree (meth) and persistent felony offender. Hale is also charged with resisting arrest.
  • Gary Luttrell, 47 of Mt. Pleasant, TX, arrested by Deputy Brown with Casey Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Identity Theft, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument-1st Degree, No Registration Plates, Driving on DUI Suspended OL, & No Insurance.
  • Teri Wilkerson, 21 of Texas, arrested by Casey Co. Deputy Tim Pierce for Public Intoxication, & Possession of Marijuana.
  • Donovan G Anderson, 32 of Liberty, arrested by Casey County Sheriff’s Department for Reckless Driving, DUI, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in a Proper Container, No Insurance, and Failure to Appear.
  • Jeffrey D Rodgers, 38 of Middleburg, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (meth).

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Baldomero Domingo-Mendez, 30 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for DUI, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & No Insurance.
  • Joshua G Godbey, 39 of Science Hill, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree, & Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree.
  • Troy L Doss, 46 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP while Serving Parole Violation Warrant, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle & on Foot), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, Reckless Driving, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Obstructed Windshield, No Insurance, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Meth), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Fernando L Lopez, 34 of Bowling Green, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (over 2gms Meth), Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (drug unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, & Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL.
  • Perry B Bishop, 25 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (over 2gms Meth), Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (drug unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, & Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument-2nd Degree.
  • Mark A Williams, 27 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth).
  • Skylor N Turner, 30 of Columbia, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Failure to Render Aid/Assistance, & DUI.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Geovonia Coleman, 37 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (over 2gms Meth).
  • Tiffany D Evans, 42 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL, No Registration Plates, DUI-3rd Offense, Unlawful Access to Computer-1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Non-Payment of Court Costs/Fees/Fines.
  • Steven W Reynoso, 34 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for No Tail Lamps, Failure to Signal, Driving on a DUI Suspended OL, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI-3rd Offense (Aggravator), Wanton Endangerment-2rd Degree, & Failure to Use Child Restraint in a Motor Vehicle.
  • Tomas J Hargis, 24 of Somerset, arrested by Ky Fish & Wildlife for Operating Boat/Watercraft while Intoxicated, Failure to Keep to Right in Channel, & No Fire Extinguisher.
  • Christopher A Muse, 28 of Science Hill, arrested by Ky Fish & Wildlife for Reckless Driving, DUI, & Failure to Wear Seatbelts.
  • George D Johnson, 47 of Ferguson, arrested by Somerset PD for DUI-2nd Offense, No Insurance, Failure to Transfer Motor Vehicle, No Registration Plates, Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree, & Failure to Appear.
  • Scott A Kennedy, 26 of Monticello, arrested by KSP for DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator), Reckless Driving, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Speeding-26 mph or more Over Limit.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Nicholas R Gill, 28 of Danville, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, Careless Driving, Speeding-24 mph Over Limit, & One Headlight.
  • Thomas E Devine, 79 of Harrodsburg, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for DUI, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree.
  • Katlynn Herring, 20 of Stanford, arrested by Danville PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth).

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Dustin T Flannery, 36 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for No Brake Lights, Inadequate Muffler, Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, License to be In Possession, Obstructed Windshield, & Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
  • Rhonda Sam, 50 of Stanford, arrested by Stanford PD for Improper Start, Disregarding Stop Sign, DUI, License to be In Possession, No Insurance, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree.
  • Jaylan McPherson, 21 of Danville, arrested by Lancaster PD for Possession of Marijuana, Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Resisting Arrest.
  • Cammy Pennington, 43 of Science Hill, arrested by Stanford PD for Tampering with Physical Evidence, Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance, Promoting Contraband-2nd Degree, Failure to Surrender Revoked OL, & Possession of Cancelled/Fictitious OL.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

  • Zachary T Beyer, 27 of Lebanon, arrested by Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), & Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance.
  • Darlene E Davis, 32 of Springfield, arrested by Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office for Improper Registration Plate, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Meth), Driving on Expired OL, & No Insurance.

Lodged in the Marion Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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USDA: CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

The USDA has set up a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (C-FAP) to help benefit area farmers.

 

Stephanie Ho has details...

 

 

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BIG EVENT SCHEDULED AT THE CENTRAL KY AG/EXPO CENTER

 

The Casey County Ag/Expo Center has been a huge asset to our community and a lot of folks have been wondering when events will be allowed to resume there.

 

Casey County Judge Executive, Randy Dial, stopped by the WKDO studios this week to address that issue and ask for some help from the public...

 

 

Again, if you'd like to volunteer, or get more information, that number is 606-787-8311.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Casey Co. Sheriff Chad Weddle served an indictment on Jantzen Hale, 38, of Liberty, on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree (meth), persistent felony offender, drug paraphernalia, driving with expired operators license, rear license plate not illuminated, & obstructed windshield.

Other arrests over the last 24 hours…

 

  • William M Dalton, 49 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Assault-4th Degree (domestic), Unlawful Imprisonment-2nd Degree, Assault-3rd Degree (Police Officer), & Resisting Arrest.
  • Jordan R Dick, 28 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Cocaine), & 2 Counts of Trafficking in Controlled Substance (drugs unspecified).

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Kevin D King, age 40, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Disregarding a Stop Sign.
  • Sanchez L Bailey, age 27, arrested by Danville PD for Possession of Synthetic Drugs.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Melissa New, 50 of Eubank, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI, No Tail Lamps, Rear License Not Illuminated, No Registration Plates/Receipt, Obstructed Windshield, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & No Insurance.
  • Logan H Hensley, 22 of Danville, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department for Speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, Reckless Driving, No Operators License, & Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

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

 

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PULASKI SHERIFF: SCIENCE HILL MAN WAS SELLING DRUGS FROM SOMERSET MOTEL

 

According to Sheriff Greg Speck, Jordan Ray Dick, age 28, from Science Hill, Kentucky was arrested this afternoon on drug-related charges following an investigation by Detective Matt Bryant, Lieutenant Daryl Kegley, Deputy Trent Massey, and the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force.

 

After receiving multiple tips on Jordan Dick, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Division began an investigation. Following a traffic stop today, the Detectives received additional information that Mr. Dick was selling Heroin from the Quality Inn in Somerset, Kentucky. During a search at the hotel, the Detectives located multiple baggies containing suspected illegal drugs. When the drugs were field-tested, one baggie contained just over 10 grams of Fentanyl, one baggie contained just over two grams of suspected Heroin, and another baggie contained over two grams of Cocaine. These items will be sent to the lab for further testing. During the search, the detectives also located a suspected Hydrocodone Tablet, a small baggie of suspected marijuana. The Detectives seized $3,000 in US currency.

 

Jordan Dick was arrested at the motel and charged with the following charges:

· Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1stDegree, 1st Offense – (greater than 2 grams of Fentanyl)

· Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1stDegree, 1st Offense – (less than 4 grams of Cocaine)

· Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1stDegree, 1st Offense – (more than 2 grams of Heroin)

 

Mr. Dick was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

 

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IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING IN PROGRESS AT CASEY CO. COURTHOUSE

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person absentee voting is now available Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM only at the Courthouse Square.

 

Election Day - June 23 voting will be from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM also at the Courthouse Square. No other precincts will be open.

 

If you would like to request a ballot be sent to your house for mail-in voting, visit govoteky.com.

For more information, call the Clerk's Office 606-787-6471.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Brian W. Means, 53, of Yosemite arrested by Sheriff Chad Weddle on an indictment warrant on a charge possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 3rd offense (Methamphetamine).
  • Kevin S. Hatter, 42, of Yosemite was served an indictment by Sheriff Chad Weddle on charges of: fleeing or evading police 1st degree, DUI, reckless driving, improper passing, driving on expired OL.

Other arrests over the last 24 hours…

  • Boyle County Sheriff’s Department: Captain Casey McCoy and Deputy Al Isaac’s responded to Chestnut Grove Ridge Road in reference to a hit and run. A search of the area found the involved vehicle and the driver Daniel D. Rogers of Parksville. He is charged with Leaving the scene of an accident, DUI (aggravated) 3rd offense and criminal mischief. While being treated at EMRCM for his level of intoxication, Rogers made threats towards Deputies. An additional charge of terroristic threatening 3rd degree was added once transported to the Boyle Co. Jail.
  • Nicholas R Gill, 28 of Danville, arrested by Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Office for Speeding (26 mph or more over limit), & DUI.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

  • Alexander R Bilodeau, 32 of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, arrested by Jamestown PD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, & Possession of Marijuana.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

Casey Co. Sheriff Chad Weddle cited Dustin Luttrell, 32, Celesta Waddle, 51, Katie Hundley, 26, and Jaylan Waddle, 24, all of Liberty, on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument 1st degree, after they knowingly deposited fraudulent checks then withdrew the money.

 

Other arrests this week...

 

? Jeffrey Elkins, 59 of Jamestown, arrested by Jamestown Police for DUI 2nd offense, no registration plates, and no operators license.

 

Lodged in the Russell county jail.

 

? Kameron N Espey, 28 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for wanton endangerment 1st degree, unlawful imprisonment 1st degree, violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, and stalking 1st degree.

? Dwight T Myles, 31 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for trafficking in controlled substance 2nd offense (Heroin), and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

? Anthony L Barron, 58 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for criminal abuse 1st degree.

? James E Fulz, 32 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for trafficking in controlled substance 1st-degree (Methamphetamine).

? David O Morales Gamboa, 21 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for DUI aggravator, reckless driving, and license to be in possession.

? Samuel L Baker, 21 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Resisting Arrest, DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, & Failure to Appear.

? Edward S Sneed, 39 of Bronston, arrested by Somerset PD for Felony Probation Violation, Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), & Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot).

 

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

? Jerry A Reynolds, 32 of Harrodsburg, arrested by Mercer County Sheriff's Department for 1st degree sexual abuse.

? Heather R Rector, 27 of Nicholasville, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Department for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance 1st-degree (Heroin), endangering the welfare of a minor, and unlawful transaction with a minor 1st degree (under 16).

? Jimmy T Howard, age 43, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff's Department for DUI, reckless driving, resisting arrest, wanting endangerment 1st degree, possession of controlled substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), menacing, violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, and driving on a DUI suspended license.

? Russell E Thompson, age 62 arrested by Danville PD for DUI.

? Candace L Thompson, 23 of Danville, arrested by Danville PD for DUI, Instructional Permit Violations, & No Insurance.

 

Lodged in the Boyle county jail.

 

? Joshua Eversole, 26 of Somerset, arrested by Garrard County Police for murder, and parole violation.

? Justin Cooper, 40 of Junction city, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Department for DUI 3rd offense, possession of open alcohol container in a motor vehicle, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, license to be in possession, and failure to appear.

 

Lodged in the Lincoln county jail.

 

? Philip T Orberson, 25 of gravel switch, arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Department for assault 3rd degree on a police officer, and resisting arrest.

 

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.

 

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

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FAYETTE COUNTY MAN LEADS POLICE ON PURSUIT INTO LINCOLN COUNTY

 

A Lexington man is arrested on numerous charges after leading police on a pursuit that ended in Lincoln County.

 

Authorities were in pursuit of a vehicle in Berea in the early morning hours Tuesday, in regards to an active kidnapping. Officers tried to stop the suspect in another county, but he led officers on a chase into Lincoln County.

 

Stanford Police said the chase ended when the suspect got out of his vehicle and fired at officers. Police returned fire and were able to get the victim to safety.

 

54 year old David Wilson ran on foot after the shooting. Police say he tried to break into a residence but the homeowner was armed. Wilson took off again. He was eventually located in a house under construction and taken into custody.

 

Wilson is lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Felony Parole Violation, Driving on a DUI Suspended License-3rd Offense (Aggravator), DUI, Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Burglary-1st/3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, & Assault-3rd Degree (Police Officer).

 

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ADAIR COUNTY TRUCKER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN ALBANY

 

The Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury collision on KY 90 near Albany today around 4:15 a.m. CT.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2016 Kenworth being operated by 37 year-old Robert Albertson of Columbia was traveling east on KY 90 approximately 6 miles northwest of Albany.  For an unknown reason, Albertson crossed the centerline into the westbound lane, off the westbound shoulder overcorrected causing the vehicle to overturn spilling the load of live chickens.  

 

Albertson was wearing his seat belt and was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

 

Sergeant Randall Honeycutt investigated the collision, and assisted by the Clinton Co Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, EMS, Air Evac 43, and KYTC.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID-19 UPDATE 6/16/20

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 16, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Everybody needs to remember that COVID-19 is still out there, it spreads aggressively and it can be deadly. As part of Team Kentucky we all have to do our part and remember there are three things you can do to help stop the spread of COVID,” the Governor said. “No. 1: Socially distance, wash your hands and wear a mask; that’s critically important. No. 2: Make sure you regularly get tested for COVID-19. We need that all over the commonwealth. And No. 3: If you’re contacted by one of our contact tracers, make sure you talk to them.

 

That’s how you protect yourself and everybody around you. If we can do those three things, we can continue to reopen Kentucky, to do it safely and to protect one another.”

 

The Governor’s team also offered new information on guidance for public pools and gatherings of up to 50 people.

 

Case information

 

As of 4 p.m. June 16, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 12,829 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 203 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported seven new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 512 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“We have come so far, we have sacrificed so much, we have shown so much compassion for one another,” the Governor said. “Let’s continue to be good people, because that’s what’s going to defeat the coronavirus.”

 

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 72-year-old man from Allen County; a 43-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman from Boone County; a 77-year-old woman from Green County; an 80-year-old woman from Hardin County; and two women, ages 74 and 89, from Jefferson County.

At least 3,431 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.

 

Updated Guidance on Pools, Larger Gatherings

 

On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear’s administration offered updated guidance covering public pools and gatherings of up to 50 people.

 

Census Update

 

Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

More Information

 

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

 

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

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ROAD WORK IN CASEY & PULASKI COUNTIES

 

  • KY 2310 in Casey County remains reduced down to one lane at Luttrell Creek for bridge replacement. Work expected to last 'til about mid August.

 

  • In Pulaski Co., the KY 90 bridge over the Cumberland River (mile point 3.2) is reduced to one lane as crews perform routine bridge inspections. That closure will be in place through Friday (June 19th), from 8am-5pm each day.

 

Motorists are urged to use extra caution in the work zones and allow extra travel time.

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey county fiscal court met in regular session Monday.

 

The Court approved the second reading and adoption of the 2021 budget. Casey County Judge Executive Randy Dial...

 

 

Dial says The COVID-19 pandemic will likely cause later amendments to this budget.

 

 

There was an increase to the cost of health insurance for county employees.

 

 

The motion was approved.

 

Two members of the Casey County Ambulance Service Board had terms coming up for expiration, June 30th. The court voted to reappoint Kay Brown for a 3-year term, and Shirley Hines was reappointed for a one year term.

 

The court voted to enter into a road maintenance agreement with Columbia Gulf Transmission. The agreement will close Caney Fork for about two weeks beginning July 14th. This is for inspection and maintenance of the gas lines. The court approved the agreement with a $500,000 performance bond.

 

In the reverse salt auction the court received a low bid of $76.60 per ton for salt from the Detroit Salt Company. That bid was excepted.

 

Under miscellaneous business, Judge Dial says he’s received several calls about events at Gateway Park & the Central Kentucky Ag Expo Center. Due to state mandated guidelines because of COVID-19, the court voted to keep the park closed for now. That will be reevaluated at the next meeting. Events at the Ag Center are also on hold. Events at the Pork Producers Building will resume, and the court voted to reopen the RV park.

 

Judge Dial commented on lost revenue to the county from COVID-19.

 

 

Casey county sheriff Chad Weddle gave his monthly activity report for the month of May.

 

 

The next regular meeting of the Casey Co. Fiscal Court will be Monday, July 6th.

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Casey C. Sheriff Chad Weddle served an indictment warrant on Lloyd Jeff Mason, 49, of Liberty, on charges of: trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree (meth), & drug paraphernalia.
  • Sheriff Weddle served an indictment warrant on Brenda Williamson, 55, of Liberty, on charges of: drug paraphernalia, trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree/2nd offense (meth), & persistent felony offender.
  • Gary Schubert, age 51 of liberty, arrested by Casey County Sheriff’s Office for possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle, DUI, driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, no insurance, and no registration plates.

Other arrests over the weekend…

  • Stephanie Bennett, 32 of Jamestown, arrested by Russell County Sheriff’s Office for contempt of court, possession of controlled substance 1st-degree (meth), possession of controlled substance 3rd-degree (drug unspecified), and illegal possession of a legend drug.
  • Trent W Tieman, 55 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell County Sheriff’s Office for trafficking in controlled substance 1st-degree (meth..over 2 grams), drug paraphernalia, and felony probation violation.
  • Sarah E Cox, 40 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell County Sheriff’s Office for trafficking in controlled substance 1st-degree (meth..over 2 grams), tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Tommie W Cape, 63 of Columbia, arrested by Kentucky State Police for driving under the influence.

Lodged in the Russell county jail.

 

  • Bryan J Beshears, 43 of Ferguson, arrested by Somerset Police for public intoxication of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
  • Cody L Meece, 28 of Somerset, arrested by Kentucky State Police for no registration plates or receipt, no insurance, failure to wear seatbelts, DUI 3rd offense (aggravator), driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, and failure to surrender revoked operator’s license.
  • Ronnie B Miller II, 26 of Nancy, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI 2nd offense (aggravator), reckless driving, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Patrick Thomas, 30 of Newport, arrested by Somerset Police for public intoxication of a controlled substance, and disorderly conduct 2nd-degree.
  • Malia A Smith, 23 of Cincinnati Ohio, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI, and speeding 21 mph over the limit.
  • Christopher J Hubbard, 40 of Barbourville, arrested by Kentucky State Police for failure to wear seatbelts, driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, and DUI.
  • John W Daugherty, 49 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for DUI (aggravator).
  • Donald G Gibson II, 46 of Ferguson, arrested by Somerset Police for driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, DUI, and possession of controlled substance 1st-degree heroin.
  • Ronnie B Miller II, 26 of Nancy, arrested by Somerset Police for reckless driving, DUI 2nd offense (aggravator), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Brian A Snyder, 37 of Harrodsburg, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff’s Office for possession of controlled substance 1st-degree (meth), possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, driving on a DUI suspended license, and rear license not illuminated.
  • Travis O McConathy, 31 of Nicholasville, arrested by Ky Fish & Wildlife for alcohol intoxication in a public place, assault 4th degree, and strangulation 2nd-degree.
  • Shannon Sinkhorn, 42 of Junction City, arrested by Harrodsburg Police for trafficking in controlled substance 1st-degree (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.
  • Kelsey Shelton, 26 of Stanford, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff’s Office for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
  • Arnold Cook II, age 45, arrested by Junction City Police for disorderly conduct 2nd-degree, and indecent exposure 1st degree.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • James J Mattingly, 20 of Lebanon, arrested by Lebanon Police for DUI, and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.
  • Tony A Taylor, 58 of Stanford, arrested by Lebanon Police for DUI 4th offense (aggravator).
  • John S Long, 35 of Lebanon, arrested by Lebanon Police for public intoxication of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance 1st-degree (heroin), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.

 

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

 

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BOYLE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

 

On June 11, 2020, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Kelly A. Cole, 25, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

 

Cole was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect was uploading images of child sexual exploitation online.  

 

The investigation resulted in the execution of a knock and talk at a residence in Junction City on June 11, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Cole is currently charged with ten counts of possessing or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor (Class D felony). Cole was lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center.

 

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

 

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

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL HELD A SPECIAL SESSION THURSDAY

 

The Liberty City Council held a special work session Thursday.

 

 

Councilman Richard Montgomery asked Mayor Steven Brown if salaries would remain flat for the coming year...

 

 

Mayor Steven Brown says the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on restaurant tax revenues was smaller than expected...

 

 

Salaries at the city water department were up. Mayor Brown says there are two new trainees...

 

 

Utility bills at the water department we’re also up...

 

 

Profits are also down for city gas...

 

 

Councilman Richard Montgomery noted that the rate structure for water and sewer were "out of whack." There was a discussion on developing a new rate structure that would be fair across-the-board for all customers, and create a profit for the city... 

 

 

No action was taken.

 

The council voted to amend the 2019/2020 budget, and adopted the new budget.

 

There could be another special Council meeting before the end of the month to address sewer rates.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Coy A. Marcum, 43 of Jamestown, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Serving Bench Warrant for Court.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

  • Wesley G Denton, age 43 of Louisville, arrested by Somerset Police for alcohol intoxication in a public place, criminal trespassing third degree, and possession of marijuana.
  • Christie J McKinney, age 44 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset Police for trafficking in controlled substance-1st degree methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

  • Robert W Lewis, age 46, arrested by Kentucky State Police for attempted murder.
  • Kelly A Cole, age 23, of Junction City, arrested by Kentucky State Police for possession of a matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

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

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FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE GARDEN PROGRAM

 

Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency's Garden Program. 

 

Eligible households will receive vouchers for garden supplies.

 

Garden Program benefits will be offered until Friday, June 12th, or until the funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

 

For more information, or to apply, visit their office at 85 Beldon Ave., Liberty, or call 606-787-9209.

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL MEETS TODAY

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PULASKI RECYCLING IS OPEN

 

Pulaski County Recycling Center is open and ready to serve our community.

 

Jeff Henderson spoke with Danny Masterson...

 

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Stephanie J Portman, age 37 of Russell Springs, arrested by Kentucky State Police for possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Russell county jail.

 

  • William C. DeRousse, age 29, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Signal, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Jonathan W Maupin, age 27 of Bardstown, arrested by Boyle County Sheriff’s Department for possession of synthetic drugs second offense, disregarding a traffic light, and promoting contraband first degree.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • William JT Daily, age 28 of Lancaster, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for DUI.

Lodged in the Lincoln county jail.

 

  • Brandon K Thomas, age 35 of Lebanon, arrested by Lebanon Police for speeding 20 mph over limit, DUI-2nd offense aggravating circumstances, failure to signal, and reckless driving.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.

 

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

 

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STOLEN MOTORCYCLE CRASH LEADS TO DRUG BUST

 

Boyle County Sheriff's Department:

 

On 06/09/2020 Deputy Braydon Hoper and K9 Deputy Tanner Abbott got out with a motorcycle that had been laid over at the intersection of Knob Lick and White Oak in Junction.

 

After further investigation it was found that the operator Gregory Smith of Nicholasville had two active arrest warrants. Smith was then placed under arrest and searched incident to arrest.

 

Found on Smith was a clear bag containing +/-6G’s of a crystal-like substance and approximately $1500.00 in cash. found on the motorcycle was a confirmed stolen Glock 9mm pistol and two black digital scales.

 

Smith was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia, Driving DUI Suspended 2nd, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property.

 

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • On Monday, Casey Co. Sheriff Chad Weddle cited Felicia A. Gross, 31, of Liberty, after responding to a call of a domestic on June 6. Gross is charged with trafficking in marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • Saturday, Sheriff Chad Weddle arrested 33 year old Tommy D. Gross, of Liberty, after receiving a call of a physical domestic on KY 1547. Gross is charged with assault 4th degree, strangulation 2nd degree, trafficking in marijuana, & possession of drug paraphernalia.

Other arrests over the last 24 hours…

 

  • Timothy M. Perry, 53 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for DUI-3rd Offense.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Scott A. Sullivan, 52 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance, DUI Aggravator, & Failure to Appear.
  • Sarah M. Pharis, 39 of Monticello, arrested by Somerset PD for Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, DUI-3rd Offense-Aggravator, No Insurance, Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change, & Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree.
  • Jerry J. Sears, 41 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Violation of a KY EPO/DVO, Sexual Misconduct-Spouse, & Assault-4th Degree-Domestic Violence.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Jonathan W. Maupin, age 27, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Synthetic Drugs-2nd Offense, Disregarding Traffic Light, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.
  • Gregory L. Smith, age 55, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a DUI Suspended OL-2nd Offense-Aggravator, & Felony Probation Violation.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Christopher Pence, 29 of Ferguson, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking-Auto (over $10,000), Theft by Unlawful Taking Contents from Vehicle (over $10,000), & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
  • Michael G. Coy Jr., 41 of Waynesburg, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500), Theft by Unlawful Taking-Contents from Auto (over $10,000), Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, & 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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PULASKI COUNTY FAIR CANCELLED

 

2020 Pulaski County Fair is cancelled due to Covid-19.

 

Ryan Cash is President of the Pulaski Co. Fair Board. He says it was a very difficult decision, but due to the restrictions currently in place, and the health and well-being of the many volunteers, exhibitors, vendors and community members, they have called the event off for this year.

 

Plans are being put together to host the Miss Pulaski County Fair, Miss Teen and Miss Pre-Teen Pageants on Saturday, July 18th.  A 4-H showcase is also planned, with a date to be announced in the future.  More details will be released on these events later.

 

If conditions improve, other events may be added throughout the year.

 

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SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TODAY

 

...GUSTY WINDS TODAY... ...SCATTERED SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE...

 

WINDS WILL COME IN FROM THE SOUTH THIS MORNING AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT, AND MAY GUST TO NEAR 40 MPH AT TIMES. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE WEST AS THE COLD FRONT PUSHES THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON, WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH CONTINUING TO BE A POSSIBILITY.

 

SCATTERED STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG AND AHEAD OF THAT COLD FRONT AROUND MIDDAY AND MOVE EASTWARD THIS AFTERNOON. A FEW OF THE STORMS MAY BECOME SEVERE WITH GUSTY WINDS AND HAIL. ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE, WITH THE BEST TORNADO CHANCES ALONG AND EAST OF THE US 127 CORRIDOR FROM MID AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING.

 

IF YOU ARE IN A MOBILE HOME OR OTHER PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE LOCATION, YOU MAY WISH TO SEEK SHELTER IN A MORE SECURE SPOT WELL BEFORE STORMS ACTUALLY APPROACH. IF YOU FEEL YOU MAY NEED TO GO TO A PUBLIC TORNADO SHELTER TODAY, THE CDC RECOMMENDS PREPARING A "GO KIT" WITH PERSONAL NEED ITEMS INCLUDING HAND SANITIZER AND CLOTH FACE COVERINGS.

 

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MORE ARRESTS FROM THE WEEKEND

 

  • Jerry W Gibson age 52 of Liberty, arrested by Kentucky State Police for failure to wear seatbelts, disregarding a stop sign, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possession of an open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle, and DUI aggravator.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • Justin K Bledsoe age 27 of Columbia, arrested by Russell County Sheriffs Office for no tail lamps, no registration plates or receipt, failure to wear seatbelts, license to be in possession, driving on a DUI suspended license, possession of controlled substance third-degree drug unspecified, possession of marijuana, and no insurance.
  • Nathan P Harden age 33 of Jamestown, arrested by Russell Springs Police for possession of controlled substance first-degree drug unspecified, illegal possession of a legend drug, driving on a DUI suspended license, no motorcycle operators license, no insurance, no registration receipt, disregarding a stop sign, and possession of marijuana.

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

  • Kyle D Wilson age 35 of Nancy, arrested by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for careless driving, DUI second offense aggravator, and no insurance.
  • Rex W Cummins age 52 of Shelbyville, arrested by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for operating a boat or watercraft while intoxicated, and drinking alcohol in a public place. 
  • James E Hoskins age 50 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriffs Office for DUI, & no insurance.
  • James M Randall 36th Ave., Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriffs Office for DUI, menacing, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, no insurance, possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Charles E Carrender age 30 of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI.

?Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • John M Caddell age 39 of Versailles, arrested by Boyle County Sheriffs Department for failure to signal, possession of controlled substance first-degree heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • John M Caddell age 39 of Versailles, arrested by Boyle County Sheriffs Department for failure to signal, possession of controlled substance first-degree heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

All suspects should be considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 

 

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SOMERSET CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 

Jeff Henderson reports from yesterday's meeting of the Somerset City Council...

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING REPORT

 

The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night. Superintendent Marion Sowders...

 

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL MET MONDAY: '19 AUDIT; SEWER RATE INCREASE

 

The Liberty City Council met in regular session yesterday afternoon at City Hall.

 

The 2019 audit results are in. The city got a clean audit with no findings. Kevin Fisher is the manager in charge of the audit with RFH CPAs...

 

 

Councilman Richard Montgomery proposed a new garbage ordinance to deal with delinquent customers. Mayor Steven Brown...

 

 

Councilwoman Carla Turner brought up a discussion concerning speeders on Riverview Drive. The council took no action, but will look into installing speed limit signs in that area.

 

The Council heard a first reading of an amendment to the budget, as well as the first reading to adopt the budget. They will meet later this week for a special work session. 

 

Mayor Steven Brown says the council must consider an increase to the sewer rates...

 

 

The council will meet again this Thursday at 5:30 at City Hall.

 

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THE BODIES OF 2 SWIMMERS PULLED FROM LAKE CUMBERLAND

 

The bodies of two college students from China have been recovered.

 

Russell County Emergency Management Director H.M. Bottom, says the two were found in the area where divers and emergency responders had been looking since they went missing Friday on Lake Cumberland.

 

Their bodies have been turned over to the Russell County Cporoner’s office.

 

The swimmers, both in there 20's, disappeared Friday when they tried to catch a houseboat that was drifting off between Jamestown Marina and Wolfe Creek Dam.

 

Crews from several counties joined the search Sunday on Lake Cumberland.

 

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PULASKI COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

According to Sheriff Greg Speck, Deputies arrested William Brown, age 37, of Alice Lane, Science Hill, Kentucky early this morning, June 5, 2020, at 1:17 AM for attempting to elude Deputies and for drug-related charges.

 

Deputies were dispatched to a residential alarm, and while on their way to the alarm, someone called dispatch and said they heard a motorcycle near where the alarm was and that it was heading toward Highway 914. (It was later determined that Mr. Brown’s leaving on the motorcycle had nothing to do with the alarm activation).

 

Deputy Steven Alexander observed a motorcycle and saw it disregard a red light at the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Highway 914. When Deputy Alexander attempted to stop the motorcycle, Mr. Brown accelerated and would not stop. Deputy Alexander followed at a safe distance with his emergency equipment activated. Deputy Alexander saw the motorcycle wreck on the off-ramp that leads to the Cumberland Parkway. When the motorcycle stopped, Mr. Brown began running but was soon caught by the Deputies and taken into custody.

 

The Somerset/Pulaski EMS responded to the scene and took Mr. Brown to the Lake Cumberland Hospital for treatment of his injuries that occurred when he lost control of the motorcycle and slid along the roadway.

 

After he was treated at the hospital, he was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center by Deputy Alexander and lodged where he is currently at as of this press release.

 

Other agencies, in addition to the Deputies, that responded to the scene to assist include the Somerset Police Department, the Somerset/Pulaski County EMS, and the Somerset Fire Department.

 

Following the arrest, Deputy Brandon Smith, using K-9 Leo, was able to locate 28.4 Grams (1 Ounce) of Methamphetamine. Also discovered was $1393.00 cash.

 

William Brown was arrested for the following charges:

1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1stDegree, 1st Offense (greater than 2 grams of Methamphetamine)

2. Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rdDegree – Drug Unspecified

3. Tampering with Physical Evidence

4. Disregarding a Traffic Controlled Device – Traffic Light

5. Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle)

6. Speeding 26 MPH over the Speed Limit

7. Careless Driving

8. Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)

9. No Insurance

 

Deputy Steven Alexander also served a Madison County District Court Warrant that charges William Brown with the following:

1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1stDegree, 1st Offense (greater than 2 grams of Methamphetamine)

2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The investigation continues by Deputy Steven Alexander and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Narcotic Division.

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Joshua Boblitt age 34 of Junction City, arrested by Officer Martin with Liberty Police for menacing, fleeng/evading police second- degree on foot, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct second- degree.
  • Tommy D Gross, age 33 of Liberty, arrested by Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle for assault fourth degree, strangulation second- degree, trafficking in marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • Kevin P Fisher, age 41 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriffs Office for DUI aggravator.
  • David A Moses, age 53 of Burnside, arrested by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for operating a boat or watercraft while intoxicated, and failure to operate a boat at idle speed at harbor.
  • Larry L Ramsey, age 55 of Lexington, arrested by Somerset Police for wanton endangerment first degree, wanton endangerment second- degree of a police officer, failure to signal, improper turning, disorderly conduct second- degree, fleeing or evading police second-degree motor vehicle, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, leaving the scene of an accident failure to render aid or assistance, resisting arrest, no insurance, terroristic threatening third- degree, DUI second offense aggravator, and failure to appear.
  • Christopher J.R. Phelps, age 30 of Burnside, arrested by Somerset Police for trafficking in controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine over to grams, and persistent felony offender first degree.
  • Donald K Matthews, age 39 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and public intoxication of a controlled substance.
  • William E Brown, age 37 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriffs Office for trafficking in controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine over to grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contempt of court.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Taylor E.M. Dixon, age 21, arrested by Danville Police for possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, giving officer faults identifying information, violation of conditions of release, failure to appear, violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, and possession of controlled substance first-degree drug unspecified.
  • Mason D Reynolds, age 20, arrested by Danville Police for possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Daniel S Martin, age 21, arrested by Danville Police for DUI, wanton endangerment second- degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Cassarah M Farson, age 27, arrested by Danville Police for assault third degree on a police officer, public intoxication of a controlled substance, and disorderly conduct second- degree.
  • Angela C Duncan, age 35, arrested by Danville Police for DUI second offense, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, no registration plates, and failure to appear.
  • Bert T Sykes, age 42, arrested by Harrodsburg Police for DUI aggravator, leaving the scene of an accident failure to render aid or assistance, driving on an expired operators license, wanton endangerment first degree, no insurance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Michael D Cochran, age 44, arrested by Danville Police serving a parole violation warrant, possession of controlled substance first-degree methamphetamine, and bail jumping first degree.
  • Dexter C Grey, age 34, arrested by Danville Police for possession of controlled substance first-degree drug unspecified, and trafficking and controlled substance first degree second offense methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • Jesse R Turner, age 58 of Somerset, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriffs Office for careless driving, no tail lamps, DUI, no insurance, and failure to wear seatbelts.
  • Christina Shackleford, age 32 of Waynesburg, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriffs Office for burglary third degree, and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.

Lodged in the Lincoln county jail.

 

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

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID 19 UPDATE 6/5/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on case information and encouraged people to follow public health guidance this weekend as Kentuckians continue the fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

Gov. Beshear also noted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday and he asked all Kentuckians to keep her family in their thoughts.

Gov. Beshear said, “We grieve with her mother, Tamika Palmer, and we are committed to building a more just and equitable commonwealth.”

 

Case information


As of 4 p.m. June 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,977 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 289 of which were newly confirmed Friday.

 

“Remember, COVID-19 is still out there spreading aggressively and it can be lethal to certain populations,” said. Gov. Beshear. “Let’s make sure we’re keeping our social distance, let’s make sure we’re wearing masks and let’s protect one another.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported eight new deaths Friday, raising the total to 466 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Friday include a 66-year-old man from Daviess County, a 48-year-old man from Fayette County, an 82-year-old woman from Franklin County, an 86-year-old woman from Graves County and an 89-year-old man and 52-, 77- and 87-year-old women from Jefferson County.

“We’ve lost a third health care worker, and like the first two we lost, this person worked in a long-term care facility,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ll be reaching out to her family to see if they want us to share her story. Let’s make sure that we remember not only the seriousness of COVID-19 but that we continue to show our compassion to these families.”

 

At least 3,316 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.

 

 

Stay Safe This Weekend


This week, the Governor consistently reminded Kentuckians that the novel coronavirus is still in our midst and we need to take precautions to prevent its spread. The Governor and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

 

Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently, covering food and individually wrapping plates.

 

Pharmacy refills update


?Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order that extends previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. This order will be in effect until July 7.

 

Price-gouging update


Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting price-gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.

 

Healthy at Work


To see the state’s full reopening schedule and industry-specific guidance, including updates announced this week, visit healthyatwork.ky.gov.

 

“Follow the rules, be healthy at home and be healthy at work,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s continue to make sure that we work to defeat this pandemic.”

 

Week in Review


To review updates and case information from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday visit https://governor.ky.gov/news.

 

More information


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

 

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

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KSP TROOPER & 2 OTHERS INJURED IN HIGH SPEED CHASE IN ROCKCASTLE COUNTY

 

Troopers chased a stolen car in a high speed pursuit Thursday.


Kentucky State Police attempted a traffic stop on I-75 South near the 72 mile marker in Rockcastle County just after 1pm.


The driver continued a high rate of speed, before taking Exit 62 in Mount Vernon.  While traveling on KY-461, the vehicle drove in the oncoming lane of traffic, that's when Troopers disabled the car.  


The driver, 44 year old James N. Small, of Berea, his passenger, and the KSP Trooper were transported to Rockcastle Co. Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, where they were treated and released.


James Small was lodged in the Rockcastle County Jail on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking U/$500, Fleeing and Evading 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree, No Operator’s License, No Insurance, and No Registration.


Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Vernon Police, and Rockcastle County EMS also responded.

 

 

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PULASKI COUNTY AMONG 7 RURAL COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE FEDERAL WATER FUNDS

 

Pulaski County is one of seven rural utilities to receive $16.6 million in federal loans and grants for water improvement projects, Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg, made the announcement Thursday.

 

Legg says the grants come from the federal USDA water and waste disposal loan and grant program.

 

The grants and projects include:

  • Southeastern Water Association, Inc. – This Rural Development investment ($500,000 loan/$110,000 grant) will be used to complete the replacement of aging, undersized waterlines and three booster pump stations. Another pump station will be upgraded in Pulaski County.


Other areas receiving funds include:

  • City of Caneyville in Grayson County
  • Levee Road Water Association – in Montgomery County
  • Montgomery Co. Water District #1 
  • City of Lancaster in Garrard County
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • City of Auburn in Logan County

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • William E. Brown, 37 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine) (over 2 gms), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • David G. Bridgewater, 36 of Campbellsville, arrested by Somerset PD for 2 counts of Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle & on Foot), No OL, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, & Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Mark A. Stinnett, age 29, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance (Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine) (over 2 gms), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Joshua T. Sterner, age 23, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Stephen S. Basham, 48 of Nicholasville, arrested by Lancaster PD for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Opiates).
  • Shonna Alban, 43 of Somerset, arrested by Lancaster PD for Possession of Marijuana, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, & Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified).
  • Charles R. Hendrix, 44 of Somerset, arrested by Lancaster PD for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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COMMUNITY SADDENED AT PASSING OF LOCAL FIRE FIGHTER

 

A beloved local Fire Chief has died.

 

A post on the Brush Creek Volunteer Fire Department's social media page says: 

 

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our Chief Gale Scott. Chief Scott was loved and respected by all in our community and surrounding counties.

 

Gale was also an active member with the Liberty Fire Department, and with Liberty-Casey County Rescue Squad.

 

We ask that you keep the Scott family, Brush Creek Fire Department, Liberty Fire Department, Liberty-Casey County Rescue Squad and Emergency Service Community of Casey County in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

 

Bartle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

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RUSSELL COUNTY COMMODITIES TODAY

 

Russell Co. Judge Executive, Gary Robertson and the Russell County Fiscal Court in conjunction with the Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland program will distribute commodities today at the First Baptist Church, at 392 E Hwy 80 (across from the Dollar Store) beginning at 12pmCT until all commodities are given away. 

 

This will be DRIVE THRU ONLY! NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO GET OUT OF THEIR CAR.

 

For more information call Judge Roberton's Office at 270-343-2112.

 

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2 ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

A Somerset man and another from Warren County, arrested on drug charges.

 

Sheriff Greg Speck says, on May 27th, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office’s arrested Walter B. Smith, age 33 of Bowling Green, and 45 year old James D. Brown, of Aztec Trail in Somerset.

 

The Sheriff's Office received a complaint of possible drug trafficking of pills and heroin in the Antioch area of Pulaski County. Deputies Matt Bryant, & Alex Wesley, located the suspected vehicle on Scenic Trail. During an investigation, Deputies located drugs and drug paraphernalia.

 

Walter Blaine Smith was charged with:
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Opiates)
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Meth)
• Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)
• Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree

 

James D. Brown was charged with:
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Opiates)
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Meth)
• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified
• Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)
• Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree

 

Both were lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

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ARMED PULASKI MAN THREATENS PEOPLE & POLICE

 

A Pulaski County man is behind bars after authorities say he threatened people with a rifle, then ran from Deputies.

 

Sheriff Greg Speck says 33 year old Carl Mark Wells, of Somerset, was arrested around 11pm Monday night on Hilltop Drive in Nancy.

 

Deputy Alex Wesley responded to a call of a man armed with a .22 rifle threatening people
and police. When units arrived, they located Mr. Wells inside, destroying property. Deputies say Wells fled out the back door into a wooded area. He was later located in a creek laying in the water. Mr. Wells resisted the Deputies trying to make the arrest, but he was finally placed into a cruiser. He continued to make threats toward the police that had responded.

 

Mr. Wells is charged with:
• Wanton Endangerment, 2nd Degree – Police Officer
• Fleeing and Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)
• Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree
• Terroristic Threatening, 2nd Degree
• Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree
• Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense)

 

Wells also had a warrant on him for a Probation Violation in Leslie Circuit Court and a Bench Warrant out of Lincoln Court for Failure to Appear.

 

Mr. Wells was lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

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LIBERTY PROPERTY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETS TODAY

 

The City of Liberty's Property Code Enforcement Board, designated by the Liberty City Council, will hold its first meeting today at 4:30pm at City Hall.

 

The only item on the agenda is dilapidated property.

 

The meeting is open to the public, but limited to 10 people.

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Stephanie D. Luttrell, 47 of Russell Springs, arrested by Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), & Failure to Appear.
  • Joshua Gyde, 20 of Liberty, arrested by Liberty Police Officer Smith for DUI (under 21), Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, No Registration, & No Insurance.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Nicole R. Hicks, 35 of Russell Springs, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for No Registration Plates, No Brake Lights, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle), No Insurance, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, & Resisting Arrest.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • Paul J. Schilling Jr., 43 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Reckless Driving, License to be In Possession, No Insurance, & DUI (Aggravator).
  • Carl M. Wells, 33 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree (Police Officer), Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot), Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, Terroristic Threatening-2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Felony Probation Violation, & Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Bria A. Peterson, age 30, arrested by Danville PD for Failure to Wear Seat Belts, DUI (Aggravator), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, No Insurance, & Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change.
  • Stephanie Wilson, age 29, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for Criminal Abuse-1st Degree (Child 12 or under).

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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RCSO RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT MONEY FOR NEW OFFICERS

 

Russell County Sheriff's Department, and 18 other Kentucky police and sheriff’s departments were among dozens nationwide to receive part of more than $400 million in federal money Tuesday to pay for police officers on the street.

 

The Department of Justice dispurses the funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). 

 

Russell County Sheriff's Office will receive just over $144,000 for new personnel.

 

Sheriff Derek Polston says...This Money will now allow us to Hire 2 additional Deputies and place them at the Salem Elementary School and Russell Springs Elementary. When we reapply next year I will put a grant in for Jamestown Elementary School as well. I want to Thank Susan Melton for all the hard work she did for writing the Grant, Superintendant Michael Ford and the Russell County School Board, Russell County Fiscal Court, my office Staff and Deputies for everything they do as well. 

 

Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.

 

The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications requesting more than 4,000 law enforcement positions.

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 


Judge Executive Randy Dial welcomed everyone to yesterday's meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court.


 


The Court awarded Yearly Bids yesterday:

  • Road Oil > Hudson Oil
  • Tiles > Atwood Concrete Products
  • Crushed Stone > Hinkle
  • Washed 8 Stone > Gaddy Shamrock
  • Chip & Seal > Gaddy Shamrock at a rate of $6,500 per mile (Labor Only)

Jail Bids:

  • Bread > Bimbo Bakery
  • Milk > Borden Dairy
  • Food Service (Non-Food Items) > Brown Food Service
  • Food Service (Food Items) > Brown Food Service
  • Cleaning Service @ Judicial Center > B&H Cleaning

In other business, Judge Dial recommended reserving some additional Road Salt...


 


The motion was approved.

 

The Court went into executive session for about a half an hour to discusss possible future real estate aquisition. There was no action taken.

 

Judge Dial also encouraged everyone to participate in the Census to benefit our County...

 

 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court will be Monday, June 15th.

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S COVID-19 UPDATE 6/1/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Case information


As of 4 p.m. June 1, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,046 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky.

 

“Kentucky has had 131 new positive cases with zero new deaths on Sunday and 214 new cases with eight new deaths on Monday,” reported Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner for Public Health. “We continue our efforts to expand testing, ramp up contact tracing and urge the public to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

 

The total number of reported deaths attributed to coronavirus stands at 439 Kentuckians.

The deaths reported Monday include an 84-year-old woman from Campbell County; an 82-year-old woman from Gallatin County; a 98-year-old woman from Grayson County; three men, ages 33, 53 and 75, from Jefferson County; a 90-year-old woman from Kenton County; and an 88-year-old man from Logan County.

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians to light their homes, places of business and places of worship green for compassion.

 

At least 3,232 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: for Sunday’s information, click here; for Monday’s information, click here.

 

Monday morning


Monday, the Governor addressed an event that occurred when the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the Kentucky National Guard were dispatched to 26th and Broadway around 12 a.m. Monday. While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon. LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire resulting in a death.

“Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event,” the Governor stated.

 

Gov. Beshear also joined Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, along with attorney Lonita Baker to speak about the search for justice in Taylor’s death and the need for calm on the streets of Louisville. To view the news conference, click here.

 

More information


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

 

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

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KSP: 52 CHILDREN DIED IN HOT CARS LAST YEAR

 

During the first week of June, KSP is sending a plea to parents and caregivers with ‘Keeping Kids Cool’, a statewide initiative to provide awareness about leaving children in hot cars. It may seem like common sense, but statistics show that these deaths are continuing to happen across the U.S.

 

According to the National Safety Council, 52 children died in 2019 of vehicular heatstroke and Kentucky accounted for two of those. One child in Texas has already died this year from being left in a hot car. Since 1998, there have been 850 child-related vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. These include instances where a child has been forgotten in a car, accidentally locks themselves in a vehicle or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car.

 

KSP spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson says the most common reason children are left in a hot car is the parent or caregiver forget they are there. A majority of parents are misinformed and like to believe they could never ‘forget’ about their child.

 

“As both a trooper and a father, I can’t emphasize enough the danger involved with hyperthermia,” says Lawson. “None of us want to believe that we would get so distracted with our day or other activities that we would exit our vehicle without our child. But it happens and it happens too often.”

Lawson continues to say that it can be a matter of minutes before a child is in distress from being left in a hot car.

 

“Temperatures inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes,” adds Lawson. “When you combine that with a warm weather day and the facts that a child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than adult, you have a recipe for disaster.”

 

In 2000, Kentucky passed “Bryan’s Law,” which makes a person liable for second-degree manslaughter or first-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than eight years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death.  The law was named after 11-month old Bryan Puckett, who died July 13, 1999 after being left in a hot car by his babysitter.

 

Lawson offers the following safety tips:

  • Look before you lock. Make this a priority and a habit.
  • Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows down.
  • Make it a habit of opening the rear door of the car every time you park to ensure no one is left inside.
  • To enforce this habit, place an item that you can’t start your day without such as a purse, briefcase, employee badge, phone, etc.
  • When at home, keep your vehicle locked at all times, even in the garage.
  • Never leave keys within reach of children.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the inside, floorboards and trunk of all vehicles in the area.

KSP asks citizens to keep an eye out for children left in vehicles on hot days and to call 911 if they see an unaccompanied child in distress.

 

* https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/motor-vehicle-safety-issues/hotcars/

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Bruce Thompson, 35 of Columbia, arrested by Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change, DUI-4th Offense, Possession of Marijuana, & Driving on a DUI Suspended License.

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

 

  • James W. Harrison Sr., 51 of Waynesburg, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for No Registration Plates, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, & DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator).
  • Maranda M. Morris, 24 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change, Criminal Littering, Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Failure to Render Aid/Assistance, DUI (Aggravator).
  • James L. Wilkinson, 56 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office on 2 counts of Murder, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
  • Raul Valdez, 49 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office for DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravator), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Insurance, & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Paul D. Meece, age 44, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office for Reckless Driving, Improper Driving on the Left Side of the Road, DUI, Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Failure to Appear.
  • Joshua L. Denney, age 35, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff’s Office, Serving a Warrant for Parole Violation, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree (drug unspecified), & Improper Signal.
  • Demarkus K. Masterson, age 31, arrested by Harrodsburg Police for 2 counts of  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin & Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Possession of Marijuana.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Robert J. Tillery, 37 of Berea, arrested by Garrard Co. Police for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (drugs unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Choemae Bradley, 30 of Mount Vernon, arrested by Garrard Co. Police for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Registration Plates, No Insurance, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree/2nd Offense (drugs unspecified), Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Mark A. Wilson, 50 of Stanford, arrested by KSP for DUI (Aggravator), & Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle.
  • Derek L. Perkins, 27 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office for Theft by Unlawful Taking (under $500), & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin).

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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