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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2021-02

ONE PERSON KILLED AND TWO OTHERS INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, the Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred on East 80 at approximately 7:48 PM on February 23, 2021.


When Deputies arrived at the scene, they learned that a 2009 Jeep was Eastbound in the Westbound Lane when it struck a Westbound 2016 Dodge Ram Pickup head-on. The Jeep was being operated by a Hispanic male who was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroner. As of this press release, his next of kin had not been notified.

 

The pickup driver has been identified as Steve Phelps, age 56, of Somerset, KY. A passenger in the pickup was identified as Patrick E. Whitt, age 51, of Science Hill, KY. Mr. Phelps and Mr. Whitt were
treated at the scene by Somerset/Pulaski County EMS and then flown from the scene by Air Methods and PHI to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.


This case remains under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Deputies, the Sheriff Office's Accident Reconstruction Team, and the Pulaski County Coroner's Office.


The roadway remained closed until 11:42 PM.
 

Also responding to the scene were the Special Response Team, the Shopville-Stab Fire Department, and the Pulaski County Rescue Squad.

 

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PULASKI COUNTY: GREEN WASTE WEDNESDAY

 

Pulaski County residents took advantage of a new facility to get rid of their yard debris, and help their environment.

 

Jeff Henderson was on location yesterday in Somerset...

 

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Gregory S Crew, 42 of Liberty, was arrested by Casey Co Sheriff Chad Weddle for possession of controlled substance 1st degree 3rd offense - methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • Clarence A Lee, 33 of Somerset, was arrested by Somerset PD for failure to appear & trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – methamphetamine over 2 grams.
  • Christopher M Sams, 40 of Somerset, was arrested by Pulaski Co SO for no insurance, improper registration plate, operating on suspended/revoked OL, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana & failure to appear.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Amanda Roberts, 33, was arrested by Danville PD for theft by unlawful taking under $500, possession of controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – methamphetamine, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • Kendra N Hardin, 40, was arrested for assault 4th degree, terroristic threatening 3rd degree, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, menacing, & disorderly conduct 2nd degree.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.

 

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

 

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PULASKI COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Pulaski County Fiscal Court met Tuesday.

 

Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...

 

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Cheryl C Pelfrey, 49 of Irvine, arrested by KSP for theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting, promoting contraband 1st degree, & possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

  • April D Weston, 36 of Russell Springs, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams, & drug unspecified, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 2 counts of serving bench warrant.
  • Marvin L Owens, 36 of Russell Springs, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified, possession of marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Randy L Copley, 49 of Dunnville, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified, possession of marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • James C Pevley, 38, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for driving on suspended/revoked OL, possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, & failure to appear.
  • Katlynn R Herring, 21, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of heroin,  methamphetamine, 1st & 2nd degree drug unspecified, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Harlan P Bivins, 40, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, & probation violation.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

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

 

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4 ARRESTED ON CHARGES IN RUSSELL COUNTY OVER NIGHT

 

Several people arrested on drug charges in Russell County over night.

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston released a Statement on a Drug Trafficking Search Warrant executed by his department and Ky State Police at 1102 Jericho Road.  

 

Charges include: Trafficking in Meth 1st Degree 2nd or more offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 3rd offense-Drug unspecified, and Possession of marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

Arrested were: 

  • Marvin Owens age 36, 
  • Randy Copley age 49, 
  • April Weston age 37. 

 

Copley and Weston additionally charged with outstanding indictment warrants on Drug and parole violations. 

 

  • Arvin Stargell was also arrested on a outstanding warrant. 

The investigation is continuing and will be presented to Russell County Grand Jury. 

 

If you suspect illegal drugs being sold in your Neighborhood contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/wanted persons tip line at 270-343-8116 all callers will remain anonymous. 

 

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SOMERSET CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 

Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset City Hall...

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY SCHOOLS: VIRTUAL LEARNING TODAY 2/23/21

 

Casey County Schools are on Virtual status. Superintendent, Marion Sowders...

 

 

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LINCOLN COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES

 

A Lincoln County man arrested on theft charges over the weekend.

 

Casey County Sheriff's Deputy Jayson Grider arrested 37 year old Christopher E. Woodall, of Crab Orchard, Sunday after receiving a call of a shoplifter at Dollar General on the 127 bypass in Liberty. Woodall was located at McDonald's and taken into custody.

 

He's charged with:
- DUI-controlled substance 
- no operators license
- theft by unlawful taking or disp - shoplifting under $500

 

Woodall was also arrested on a Boyle County warrant for contempt of court.

 

Deputy Grider was assisted by Liberty Police Officer Hunter Christian.

 

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ACCIDENT LEADS TO ARREST

 

A Liberty man arrested after leaving the scene of an accident last weekend.

 

Deputy Geoffrey Brown with Casey County Sheriff's Department arrested 36 year old Rodney D. Johnson, 36, Friday after receiving a call of a non-injury accident on KY 49. 

 

Johnson is charged with:
- no registration plates 
- no registration receipt
- no operators license
- leaving scene of accident-failure to render aid or assistance

 

Deputy Brown assisted by Deputies Vance Davis and Eric Pruner.

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Megan A Locker, 26, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & possession of a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – drug unspecified.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

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

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Carolyn R Bubnick, 23 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified, promoting contraband-1st degree, & failure to appear.
  • Chase M Ashley, 19 of Somerset, arrested for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, careless driving, failure to wear seat belts, DUI, & violation of part federal safety regulation 392.
  • Joshua M Chandler, 40 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for violation of KY EPO/DVO, DUI, drug paraphernalia, & harassment.
  • Phillip J Grundy III, 32, was arrested by Pulaski Co SO, serving parole violation warrant, fleeing/evading police 1st degree-motor vehicle & 2nd degree on foot, wanton endangerment 1st degree, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief 3rd degree, reckless driving, & driving on a suspended/revoked OL.
  • Justin T Gabehart, 31 of Russell Springs, arrested by KSP for non-payment of court costs/fees/fines, no registration plate/receipt, no insurance, driving on a DUI suspended/revoked OL, DUI – controlled substance, & failure to register transfer of motor vehicle.
  • Aaron M Flynn, 40 of Nancy, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Jermaine L Christian, 39, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for trafficking heroin, possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance 1st & 2nd degree-unspecified, & failure to appear.
  • Victoria L Helm, 57, was arrested by Danville PD for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, & tampering with physical evidence.
  • Paul A Dunn, 58, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of methamphetamine, heroin, & drug paraphernalia.
  • David G Walls, 44 was arrested by Boyle Co SO for rear license not illuminated, possession of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

  • Zachary Asberry, 29 of Junction City, arrested by Lancaster PD for no registration plates/receipt, no insurance, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified, destruction of VIN #, no trailer plate, & theft of motor vehicle registration plate.
  • Esther Rugerio, 55 of Danville, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for trafficking LSD, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified.
  • Jorge Rugerio, 27 of Danville, arrested by Boyle Co SO for trafficking LSD, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified.
  • Phebe J Wilson, 48 of Hustonville, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams, possession of opiates. heroin, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Joey Gould, 38 of Hustonville, was arrested by Lincoln Co SO for possession of methamphetamine, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

 

  • James K Pinkston, 52, was arrested for possession methamphetamine-2nd offense, & 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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CLOSURES/DELAYS - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Here is a list of closings/delays for Friday February 19, 2021 (this post will be edited to update). Also keep a close eye on those who are closed multiple days:

 

**Subject to change.

 

SCHOOLS:

 

-Casey County – NTI Weather Day

-Danville Christian Academy - Virtual

-Danville Independent - Virtual

-Garrard County - Virtual

-Lincoln County Schools – NTI Day

-Marion County - Virtual

-Pulaski County Schools - Closed

-Taylor County Schools – Virtual  

-Science Hill Independent - Closed

-Somerset Christian - Virtual

-Somerset Independent - Virtual

 

BUSINESSES:

 

-Casey County Library – Closed

-Casey County Senior Center - Closed

-Cundiff Family Chiropractic - OPEN

-Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (closed for the rest of the week)

-Lake Cumberland Medical Associates Vaccine Clinic (closed for the rest of the week)

-Liberty Medical Clinic - Closed

 

CHURCHES:

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CLOSURES/DELAYS - THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Here is a list of closings/delays for Thursday February 18, 2021 (this post will be edited to update). Also keep a close eye on those who are closed multiple days:

 

**Subject to change.

 

SCHOOLS:

 

-Casey County Schools – NTI Weather Days 2/18 & 2/19

-Danville Independent - Virtual (through Friday)

-Galilean Christian Academy - Snow Day 2/18

-Lincoln County Schools – NTI Days (through Friday)

-Pulaski County Schools - Closed for the rest of the week (no in-person or no virtual)

-Taylor County Schools – Virtual 2/18 & 2/19

 

BUSINESSES:

 

-Adanta - Liberty - 2 hour delay**

-Casey County Circuit Clerks Office - Closed 2/18.

-Casey County District Court - Cancelled 2/18

-Ephraim McDowell Rehabilitation-Liberty - Closed 2/18

-Kids Team Child Care - Closed 2/18

-Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (closed for the rest of the week)

-Lake Cumberland Medical Associates Vaccine Clinic (closed for the rest of the week)

-Laura Scott Dentistry - Liberty - Closed 2/18

-Liberty Medical Clinic - Closed 2/18 & 2/19

-Phillips Child Development Center - Closed - 2/18

 

CHURCHES:

 

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COMMODITIES FOR CASEY COUNTY RESIDENTS 2/22/2021

 

 

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CLOSURES/DELAYS - WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2021

Here is a list of closings/delays for Wednesday February 17, 2021 (this will be edited to update). Also keep a close eye on those who are closed multiple days:

**Subject to change.

SCHOOLS:

-Boyle County Schools - Traditional Snow Day
-Casey County Schools – Traditional Snow Day 2/17
-Galilean Christian Academy - Liberty - NTI Day
-Lincoln County Schools – NTI Days 2/17, 2/18, & 2/19
-Pulaski County Schools – No Virtual/No In-person 2/17
-Somerset Independent Schools - Virtual
-Taylor County Schools - Virtual

-Campbellsville University - Closed/Remote Learning
-Somerset Community College - All campuses - Closed

BUSINESSES:

-Casey County Judicial Center will open at 10am for written drivers test, no road tests.
-Cundiff Family Chiropractic
-Driver’s testing - Liberty - Road test are cancelled for tomorrow. Permit test (written test) will still be given at your scheduled time. Circuit Clerk’s Office will open at 10 am. If you wish to reschedule your permit test, please call after 10 am and before your scheduled test time.
-Just Family Adult Day - Liberty - Closed
-Kids Team Child Care
-Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (closed for the rest of the week)
-Lake Cumberland Medical Associates Vaccine Clinic (closed for the rest of the week)
-Monticello Banking Company - All branches - Open @ 9 AM
-Tarter Offices & Plant- REGULAR schedule.

CHURCHES:

-The Hill Church - Casey - No Youth services

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CLOSURES/DELAYS - TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2021

Here is a list of closings/delays for Tuesday February 16, 2021 (this will be edited to update). Also keep a close eye on those who are closed multiple days:

**Subject to change.

SCHOOLS:


-Boyle County - Virtual
-Campbellsville Independent Schools - Traditional Snow Day
-Casey County Schools – Traditional Snow Day 2/16 & 2/17
-Danville Christian Academy - Virtual
-Danville Independent - Closed
-Galilean Christian Academy - Closed
-Garrard County - Closed
-Lincoln County - NTI
-Marion County Schools - Virtual
-Pulaski County Schools - Traditional Snow Day
-Russell County - Virtual
-Science Hill Independent - Virtual
-Somerset Independent Schools – Virtual
-Taylor County Schools - Virtual

-Campbellsville University - Virtual
-Lindsey Wilson College - Remote Learning
-Somerset Community College - all campuses Closed

BUSINESSES:


-Adanta Clinics - All - Closed
-ALL court facilities closed including ALL district courts - Closed
-Annie's Sweets & Gifts, Liberty - Closed
-B&K Tire Center/Napa in Liberty - Closed
-Bluegrass Clinic - Liberty - Opening at 10 AM**
-Boot & Shoe Station, Liberty - Closed
-Campbellsville Water Office - Closed
-Campbellsville City Hall - Closed
-Casey County Bank - Main branch only open @ 10 AM (drive thru only)
-Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis's Office
-Casey County Senior Center
-Casey County Veterinary Services - Closed
-Cundiff Family Chiropractic - Liberty
-Dunnville Childcare & Early Learning Center - Casey
-Ephraim McDowell Family Medical - Liberty - Closed
-Ephraim McDowell Rehabilitation - Liberty
-Galilean Christian Academy - Casey -Closed
-Green-Taylor Water District - Closed
-Goose Creek Candle Facility - Closed
-Just Family Adult Day - Liberty - Closed
-Kids Team Child Care - Liberty - Closed
-Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency Closed
-Laura Scott Dentistry - Liberty - Closed
-Little Caesars - Liberty - Closed
-Marion County Judge, PVA, County Clerk, Sheriff, Solid Waste, Economic Development (all offices in the David R. Hourigan building) Closed (no garbage pickup)
-Monticello Banking Company - All offices - Open @ 10 AM Close @ 3 PM**
-Phillips Child Development Center - Liberty - Closed
-Ridgetop Greenhouse - Casey - Closed
-Russell County Stockyard - not accepting livestock today, & no sales Wednesday.
-State Offices - Closed
-Tarter Industries - 1st & 2nd Shifts Closed
-Taylor County Court House - Closed
-Taylor County Extension Office - Closed
-USDA Service Center (Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource and Conservation, and the Soil Conservation Office) will be on telework status. Liberty office will be closed. (606) 787- 6581 please leave a message we will return your call. Or you can email: Magan.sullivan@usda.gov
-Village Restaurant - Closed

CHURCHES:


-Double Springs Baptist Church - Lincoln - no Food Pantry 

 

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PULASKI COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Pulaski County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday.

Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...

 

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Elizabeth Caldwell, 42 of Covington - Barbara Cain, 34 of Newport - Kimberly S Hensley, 45 of Newport - Amy L Traylor, 31 of Falmouth were all arrested by KSP for possession of methamphetamine.
  • Brandie L Hughes, 34 of Butler, arrested by KSP for criminal possession of forged instrument 2nd degree, possession of heroin, & possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified.
  • Loreal D Schaffner, 40 of Urlanger, arrested by KSP for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Dallas B Carlton, 27 of Danville, arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified, methamphetamine over 2 grams, & marijuana, tampering with physical evidence & promoting contraband 1st degree.
  • Billy L Wilson, 22, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing/evading police 1st degree – on foot, escape 2nd degree, & unlawful access to a computer 2nd degree.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Isaac M Guy, 56 of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for possession of meth, possession of firearm by convicted felon, & possession of controlled substance 1st degree/2nd offense-unspecified.
  • James N Cox, 32 of Crab Orchard, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for trafficking carfentanil/fentanyl derivatives-2nd offense, persistent felony offender, & criminal trespassing 3rd degree.
  • Colleen M Spears, 26, & Kevin Yocum, 56, both of Stanford, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for trafficking methamphetamine-2nd offense-over 2 grams, drug paraphernalia, & possession of controlled substance 2nd degree-unspecified.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

  • Brandon J Brown, 31, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
  • Cole J Chesser, 26, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine-2nd offense-over 2 grams, trafficking in synthetic drugs, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Roy T Edwards, 45, was arrested for possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, promoting contraband 1st degree, & possession of methamphetamine.
  • Tyshon M Montgomery, 30, was arrested for possession of marijuana & synthetic drugs.

Lodged in the Marion Co Jail.

 

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

 

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ICE STORM UPDATE

 

Forecasters calling for a major winter storm to impact central Kentucky.
Crystal Sallee has more...

 

 

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DISTRICT 8 STATE CREWS READY FOR WINTER WEATHER STORM

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews are ready to respond to the forecasted winter storm expected to impact the region with freezing rain, snow and ice.


Weather forecasts call for the system arriving in the District 8 region Wednesday lasting through early Friday. The system is expected to being as rain changing over to a wintry mix with the potential of ice accumulations of a half-inch or more for much of our area.


Damage to trees and power lines is likely – a condition that poses its own dangers to KYTC crews and can delay road response work. The potential for single-digit cold temperatures impacts the effectiveness of road salt which works best when temperatures are above the freezing point.

 

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid any unnecessary travel over the next several days.
KYTC District 8 crews spent the day Tuesday loading salt, sharpening chainsaws, and preparing equipment for an extended winter weather response.  


During the storm, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will work 12-hour shifts, focusing on keeping high-priority state routes, such as interstates and parkways, passable. Crews then concentrate on heavily traveled state routes before turning to lower-volume routes. With the expected ice and arctic temperatures, Kentuckians should be prepared for several days of snow-covered roads.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a snow emergency plan to deploy resources within each county, as needed, to cover routes based on priorities such as high traffic volume and connectivity to hospitals and other critical services. Snow priority maps for each county can be viewed online at http://SnowKY.ky.gov.


For real-time traffic information or to keep up with state snowfighters in your county, visit http://GoKY.ky.gov. Follow District 8 updates on Twitter and Facebook at http://twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8  or http://facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8.


KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Brandon L Griffin, 34 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail

 

  • Nancy R Peyton, 35, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, endangering the welfare of a minor, & promoting contraband 1st degree.
  • Vince D Peyton, 55, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for careless driving, no OL, drug paraphernalia. Possession of methamphetamine-2nd offense, & endangering the welfare of a minor.
  • Christopher L Richardson, 33, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence & failure to appear.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail

 

  • James K Adams, 31 of Lancaster, arrested by Garrard Co SO for driving on a suspended/revoked OL, drug paraphernalia, & carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Dannie Byrd, 54 of Lancaster, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for trafficking heroin, trafficking meth-1st degree/2nd offense-over 2 grams, drug paraphernalia, & trafficking in controlled substance within 1,00 feet of a school.
  • Cassie French, 36 of Lancaster, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for trafficking heroin, trafficking meth-1st degree/2nd offense-over 2 grams, drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance 2nd degree-unspecified, trafficking controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, license to be in possession, no insurance, & failure to register transfer of motor vehicle.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail

 

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

 

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CASEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING REPORT

 

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

 

 

The next regular meeting of the School Board will be March 8th.

 

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CITY COUNCIL STILL DEBATING SEWER RATES

 

The Liberty City Council met in regular session Monday.

 

The Council is supposed to set their salary after each election by the first Monday in May. That issue was tabled until the next meeting.

 

After dealing with some citizens complaints, the Council dove back into the quagmire of the issue of sewer rates. 

 

 

The Council has been discussing the current rate structure for several months, but haven’t been able to agree on a solution. 

 

A motion was made to adopt the last proposed rate, however, that was defeated by a vote of 3-2.

 

They will meet in a Special Session on Monday to revisit the issue.

 

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KSP INVESTIGATES OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN LAUREL COUNTY

 

The Kentucky State Police, London Post is investigating an Officer- Involved Shooting in Laurel County.

 

Shortly after 10:48 pm on February 06, 2021. Kentucky State Police was contacted by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department and requested us to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred on Chestnut Way in Laurel County.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance complaint where they encountered Michael V. Collins 59 years old of London, Collins was armed with a handgun. During a confrontation, a Deputy from the Laurel County Sheriff’s office discharged his agency’s issued firearm striking Collins. Collins was transported from the scene by Laurel County EMS to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in London and was later transferred by Laurel County EMS to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Collins is in critical condition but stable.

 

There were no injuries sustained by law enforcement personnel.

 

The investigation is continuing and is being led by Post 11 Lieutenant Tony Dingess. He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 investigative section, Laurel County EMS, and the Laurel County Sherriff’s Office.

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Jacob E Holt, 32 of Liberty, arrested by KSP for no insurance, giving officer false identifying information, driving on a DUI suspended OL, DUI, & possession of an open alcohol container in motor vehicle.
  • Jesse T Wethington, 36 of Liberty, arrested by Officer Christian with Liberty PD for no registration plates, DUI, & possession of methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail

 

  • Calvin Counsellor Jr., 43 of Somerset, was arrested for speeding 10 mph over the limit, failure to wear seat belts, disregarding stop sign, reckless driving, possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle, driving on a suspended/revoked OL, DUI, no insurance, & no registration receipt.
  • Tera S Childers, 37 of Columbia, was arrested for no registration plate/receipt, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, DUI, & license to be in possession.
  • Robbie A King, 40 of Somerset, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail

 

  • Patrick J Smith, 22, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for driving on expired OL, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified, drug paraphernalia, & no registration plates.
  • Heather E Thomas, 30, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for no registration plates/receipt, improper signal, no insurance, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-unspecified, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Chaz N Ingram, 26, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail

 

  • Cristin R Cheatham, 37, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine-1st degree/3rd offense, possession of controlled substance 1st/2nd/3rd degree-unspecified, identity theft, drug paraphernalia, prescription-controlled substance not in proper container, & resisting arrest.
  • Coty D Franklin, 27, was arrested for driving on suspended/revoked OL, no insurance, & possession of synthetic drugs.
  • Hannah M Buckman, 22, was arrested for no registration plates, failure to wear seat belts, & possession of methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Marion Co. Jail

 

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

 

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INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR JIMMY HIGDON

 

Senator Jimmy Higdon, of Lebanon, says his office is available to help those having trouble getting their unemployment, or have questions about the Covid vaccinations...

 

 

You can also email Senator Higdon at Jimmy.Higdon@lrc.ky.gov, or again that message line number is 1-800-372-7181. 

 

Office: 502-564-8100 ext. 717

Home: 270-692-6945

 

Website:  https://legislature.ky.gov/Legislators/Pages/Legislator-Profile.aspx?DistrictNumber=114

 

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PUBLIC MEETINGS COMING UP

 

  • Liberty City Council meets Monday at 5pm at City Hall.
  • Casey County Board of Education meets Monday at 7pm at the CCHS Cafeteria.

Those meetings are open to the public. We'll cover those meetings & have a full report on WKDO Local News on Tuesday.

 

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ICONIC LOCAL BROADCASTER & JOURNALIST PASSES AWAY

 

A Pulaski County media icon has passed away.
Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...

 

 

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JAMESTOWN MAN ARRESTED AFTER RUNNING FROM POLICE

 

A Jamestown man arrested after running from police Thursday.


Russell Springs Police Officer Lucas Justice observed a Toyota passenger car, driven by Michael Colyer. Officer Justice knew that Coyler had an active warrant for his arrest. Coyler began to evade Officer Justice and committed multiple traffic violations.  


Michael Colyer, age 35 was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. He was located hiding in the back of a building. 


Michael Coyler was lodged in the Russell Co. Jail on charges of Disregarding a Stop Sign, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle & On Foot), Burglary 3rd Degree, Driving on Expired Operators License, Bribery of a Public Servant, Failure to Notify Adrs Change to Dept of Transportation, and Reckless Driving. 


Michael Coyler was also served with an outstanding warrant. 


Officer Lucas Justice was assisted on scene by Russell Springs Interim Police Chief Melissa Taylor, Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Begley, and Russel County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronnie Golden and K9 Yogi.

 

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RECENT ARRESTS

 

  • Kaleb P Hatfield, 23 of Liberty, was arrested by KSP for distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Brandon C Mayfield, 31 of Somerset, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams, 2 counts carfentanil/fentanyl derivatives, & 2 counts of persistent felony offender.
  • Cody L Morris, 29 of Franklin, Indiana, arrested by KSP for speeding 17 mph over the limit, fleeing/evading police 1st degree-motor vehicle, reckless driving, disregarding traffic light, wanton endangerment 1st degree-police officer, & criminal mischief 2nd degree.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Gerald L Calhoun, 50 of Harrodsburg, was arrested by Mercer Co SO for murder, abuse of a corpse, & tampering with physical evidence.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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KSP: CASEY COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

 

The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Kaleb P. Hatfield, 23, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

 

Hatfield 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 uploading images of child sexual exploitation online.

 

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Liberty on February 4, 2021. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s digital forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Hatfield is currently charged with 20 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a class D felony.

 

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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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Flora J West, 42 of Bronston, arrested by Pulaski Co SO for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams & possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Steven W Worley, 30 of Somerset, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, DUI, rear license not illuminated, & driving on suspended/revoked OL.
  • Nathan K Lee, 31 of Somerset, was arrested for speeding 10 mph over the limit, driving on suspended/revoked OL, DUI, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Jordan M White, 33 of Danville, arrested by Boyle Co SO for improper signal, trafficking in marijuana, & possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Caleb J Wray, 36, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for improper signal, driving on suspended/revoked OL, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, non-payment of court costs/fees/fines, & failure to appear.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Gregory K Reed, 36 of Danville, arrested by Lincoln Co SO for assault 4th degree, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & failure to appear.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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BOYLE COUNTY DRUG ARREST

 

A Danville man arrested on drug charges.

 

The Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office says Deputy Hopper and K9 Deputy Abbott conducted a traffic stop on Lebanon Road Wednesday. During the stop K9 Aja indicated on the vehicle. 

 

Officers seized: 

  • Marijuana 
  • Oxycodone
  • 9mm Handgun
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • US currency. 

 

The driver, 31 year old Dion Johnson, is charged with Failure to Signal, Careless Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking Drugs-Unspecified and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Johnson was lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

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AG TALK

 

Ag Talk is broadcast every Wednesday morning at 8:45am, sponsored by Casey County Farm Bureau Board.

 

This week's guest is Alan Godbey, FFA teacher at Casey Co. High School.

 

 

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APPOINTMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR COVID 19 VACCINATION CLINICS THROUGH LCDHD

 

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department has received a limited supply of 700 COVID-19 vaccines and will be hosting clinics this week. This is only for those in Phase 1a or Phase 1b, including those 70 and older.

 

This is a one-time vaccine allocation from the state. Not every county in our district received an allocation.

 

We will schedule appointments for these vaccines beginning Tuesday, February the 2nd at 9:00 am EST/8:00 am CST (don’t call early, the service will not be operational). From the list below, call the county for which you would like to schedule an appointment. Once the automated attendant starts, dial “9”.

 

Adair: 270-384-2286

Casey: 606-787-6911

Clinton: 606-387-5711

Green: 270-932-4341

Russell: 270-343-2181

Taylor: 270-465-4191

Wayne: 606-348-9349

 

Remember, the supply is limited, and we anticipate much more demand than we have supply. We apologize in advance that we will not be able to accommodate everyone who wants a vaccine.

 

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CASEY COUNTY MAN DEAD AS A RESULT OF MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN ADAIR COUNTY THIS MORNING

 

UPDATE:

Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call from Adair county dispatch this morning at approximately 00:45 in regards to a fatal collision that had occurred seven miles east of Columbia on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway at the 56 mile marker.

 

Preliminary investigations indicate that Abel Vargas, age 21 of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2003 Nissan pickup westbound on the Parkway when he lost control due to slick road conditions. Vargas’ vehicle travelled through the median and overturned in the middle of the eastbound lane.

 

Howard Carpenter, age 47 of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2017 Nissan Rogue east bound and was unable to avoid the collision and struck the overturned Nissan pickup. A passenger in Vargas’s vehicle, Alejandro Diaz, age 20 of Middleburg, KY was able to exit the vehicle and was standing in the roadway when a 2021 freightliner semi operated by Allen McDaniel age 49 of Mclean, TX approached the scene and was unable to stop, striking Diaz and the Nissan Rogue.

 

Carpenter was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital with serious injuries. Diaz was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Adair county Coroner. McDaniel and his passenger, Vallerie McDaniel, age 48 were not injured.

 

This incident remains under investigation by Sergeant Adam Likins. Other KSP personnel, Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Adair County EMS, Adair County Coroner’s office and Air Evac Lifeteam assisted at the scene. 

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ORIGINAL POST...

Reports of a multi-vehicle accident this morning with at least one fatality.

 

This happened during the morning commute near the 56mm in the eastbound lanes of the Cumberland Parkway. 

 

The eastbound entrance ramp at exit 49 in Columbia, was closed.

 

We'll have more information as it is released by authorities.

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.

 

The Court went into executive session for about 45 minutes to discuss the sale or acquisition of real estate. No action was taken

 

Upon returning to regular session, Judge Executive Randy Dial said Casey County Hospital has made an offer to purchase the old Health Department property...

 

 

The magistrates voted to accept that offer.

 

Under road business Judge Dial says the four new trucks, ordered by the County, have been delivered and are being outfitted...

 

 

Under Jail Business, Judge Dial says more state inmates have been brought in...

 

 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court will be Feb. 15th.

 

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ARRESTS OVER THE LAST 24HRS

 

  • Raven D Allen, 22 of Carthage, TN, arrested by Pulaski Co SO for human trafficking-victim under 18, use of a minor in a sex performance-under 16, promoting a minor in sex performance-under 16, unlawful transaction with a minor-illegal sex act-under 16, prohibited use of electronic computer system to procure peace officer posing as a minor-sex offenses, & distribution of obscene matter to minor.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Timothy A Boyd, 30 of Perryville, arrested by Boyle Co SO for driving on a suspended/revoked OL, failure to wear seat belts, violation of a KY EPO/DVO, & assault 4th degree.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • David A Price, 41 of Harrodsburg, arrested by KSP for rear license not illuminated, possession methamphetamine-2nd offense, possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor, no registration plates/receipt, no OL, & obstructed windshield.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS / DELAYS 2/2/2021

Tuesday February 2, 2021 Closures / Delays:

 

Casey County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning NTI Day

 

Galilean Christian Academy Schools (Casey County) - NTI; Virtual learning continues NTI Day

 

Pulaski County Schools, Somerset & Science Hill Independent - In-person & virtual classes cancelled

 

Virtual classes only today:

  • BOYLE CO
  • LINCOLN CO
  • MERCER CO
  • RUSSELL CO
  • WAYNE CO

 

*Marion County (1 hour delay)

 

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LINCOLN COUNTY DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

A Lincoln County woman is charged with murder in connection to a body found inside a burned home in Stanford last week.


Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was notified just before 3pm Wednesday, of a residential structure fire on Maywood Rd.


KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene and discovered a man who was deceased inside the residence. 39 year old Jason Netherton, of Stanford, was pronounced deceased by the Lincoln County Coroner. His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville, for an autopsy.


As a result of the ongoing investigation, Tiffiney Griffin, age 35 of Stanford, has been arrested and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail. Griffin is charged with Murder, Arson 1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Abuse of Corpse.


The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Detective Frank Thornberry. He was assisted by KSP personnel, Lincoln County Fire Department, Lincoln County Coroner's Office and the Louisville Metro Police Department.

 

 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS 2/1/21

 

It's another NTI day for Casey County students.

 

Here's Superintendent, Marion Sowders...

 

 

Monday February 1, 2021 Closures / Delays:

 

Kids Team Child Care (Liberty) - Closed

 

Boyle County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning

 

Casey County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning NTI Day

 

Danville Christian Academy - In-person classes cancelled;

 

Danville Independent Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning continues

 

Galilean Christian Academy Schools (Casey County) - NTI; Virtual learning continues NTI Day

 

Garrard County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning continues

 

Green County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning continues

 

Laurel County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning

 

Lincoln County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; NTI Day

 

Marion County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning

 

Mercer County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning

 

Pulaski County Schools - In-person & virtual classes cancelled

 

Rockcastle County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; NTI Day

 

Russell County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning

 

Science Hill Independent - In-person classes cancelled;

 

Somerset Independent Schools - In-person classes cancelled;

 

Taylor County Schools - In-person classes cancelled; Virtual learning

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

  • Stephanie A Molique, 45 of Fort Wright, arrested by KSP for promoting contraband 1st degree & possession of a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – drug unspecified.
  • Shannon K Muller, 36 of Covington, arrested by KSP for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – drug unspecified.
  • Ashley Elliott, 32 of Covington, arrested by KSP for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – drug unspecified.
  • Melissa A Sexton, 31 of Erlanger, arrested by KSP for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – cocaine.
  • Phoenix M Hodson, 24 of Walton, arrested by KSP for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – drug unspecified.
  • Kiersten Sydnor, 25 of Florence, arrested by KSP for possession of a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – drug unspecified.

Lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.

 

  • Joseph L Mofield, 36 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for burglary 1ast & 3rd degree, theft by unlawful taking under $500, theft by unlawful taking from building over $500, theft be unlawful taking – firearm, persistent felony possession of firearm, & persistent felony offender.
  • Otis E Mink, 67 of Louisville, arrested for DUI, failure to give right away to emergency vehicle, & careless driving.
  • Dustin J Brown, 37 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset PD for trafficking in controlled substance 1st offense – heroin & drug paraphernalia.
  • Robert W Stanley, 38 of Somerset, arrested for theft by unlawful taking under $500, criminal mischief 3rd degree, & possession of burglary tools.
  • Jessie A Hawkins, 38 of Mount Sterling, arrested by Somerset PD for trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – methamphetamine over 2 grams, possession of controlled substance 2nd & 3rd degree – drug unspecified, possession of marijuana, & public intoxication – controlled substance.
  • Jacob A Carter, 23 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski Co SO for alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st & 2nd offense, disorderly conduct 2nd degree, menacing, resisting arrest, assault 3rd degree – police officer, & criminal mischief 2nd & 3rd degree.

Lodged in the Pulaski Co. Jail.

 

  • Megan A Locker, 26 of Danville, was arrested by Boyle Co SO for possession of controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – methamphetamine & contempt of court.

Lodged in the Boyle Co. Jail.

 

  • Tiffany Griffin, 35 of Stanford, was arrested for murder, arson 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence, & abuse of a corpse.

Lodged in the Lincoln Co. Jail.

 

  • Jonathon W Maupin, 27, was arrested for trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – methamphetamine over 2 grams, possession of synthetic drugs 1st offense, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Keith D Hamilton, 39, was arrested for trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree/1st offense – methamphetamine over 2 grams, possession of synthetic drugs 2nd offense, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Marion Co. Jail.

 

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

 

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