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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2021-06



A close call with a Deputy's cruiser lands a Dunnville man in jail.


Deputy Geoffery Brown, with Casey Co. Sheriff's Department, reports as he was traveling on Contown Road, he met an '05 Dodge Neon on his side of the road. Deputy Brown initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 40 year old Michael J. McKnight, who stated he was texting at the time.


He also stated he was taking Suboxin, and had smoked Marijuana earlier. 


Some Marijuana was located in a medication bottle in the driver's door.


Mr. McKnight was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving while Texting, DUI, Possession of Marijuana, and Improper Equipment. 


He was taken to the Casey County Jail.




The Casey County Board of Education met in a special session last night at Liberty Elementary School.



Superintendent, Marion Sowders...



Mrs. Terri Price was approved as the newest member of the board...





A Bronston man is facing numerous drug charges.

Pulaski Co. Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on Sunday, Deputy Trent Massey and other officers went to a residence at 391 Flynn Road in Bronston, to serve a warrant on 27 year old Jacob William Lemaire.
He was found sitting at a table with a handgun and digital scales.  Mr. Lemaire was arrested on the warrant without incident.  

A search of the residence resulted in the siezure of over 75 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 5.5 grams of heroin, numerous small plastic baggies, six sets of digital scales, five glass pipes, nearly $1,100 in cash, a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, a 50-caliber rifle, 130 full suspected Xanax tablets and numerous half tablets.

Mr. Lemaire is charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine (over 2 grams), Trafficking Heroin (over 2 grams), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.





Casey County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing person.


58 year old Douglas Polston was last seen walking North on US 127. 


His family has not heard from him in weeks and is trying to locate him. 


Polston is a white male, partially bald with sandy-gray hair, and gray beard.


If you any information as to the where-abouts of Douglas Polston, please call 606-787-9411.




  • Jeremy S Bandy, 40 of Campbellsville, arrested by Sheriff Chad Weddle with the Casey Co SO for DUI, no OL, no insurance, possession of meth & heroin 1st degree, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Dustin M Sheene, 34 of Kings Mountain, arrested by Trooper Begley with KSP for driving on suspended/revoked OL, possession of drug unspecified 1st degree, drug paraphernalia, & DUI.
  • Christopher N Watson, 36 of Liberty, arrested by Deputy Brown with Casey Co SO for no registration plates/receipt, no insurance, reckless driving, possession of meth 1st degree, DUI, drug paraphernalia, trafficking drug unspecified 3rd degree, & serving warrant for other police agency.
  • Aaron C Higgins, 27 of Jeffersonville, IN, arrested by Deputy Vance Davis with Casey Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.


  • Jayme D Barker, 35 of Somerset, arrested by Deputy Meadows with Pulaski Co SO for possession of meth & heroin 1st degree, bail jumping 1st degree, & probation violation.
  • Jacob W Lemaire, 27 of Somerset, arrested by Deputy Massey with Pulaski Co SO for possession of handgun by convicted felon, trafficking meth over 2 grams, & heroin over 2 grams 1st degree, possession of firearm by convicted felon, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Corey B Gibson, 23 of Burnside, arrested by KY Fish & Wildlife for motorboats to be registered & numbered, no personal flotation device, no approved fire extinguisher, operating boat/watercraft under the influence, failure to have signaling device when required, failure to appear, possession of marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Charlie T Wesley, 50 of Somerset, arrested by Deputy Hudson with Pulaski Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree, public intoxication – controlled substance, & possession of marijuana.
  • Glenda W Ard, 49 of Concord, NC, arrested by Deputy Hudson with Pulaski Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree, & public intoxication – controlled substance.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.


  • Matthew S Warner, 26, was arrested by Officer Hale with Harrodsburg PD for trafficking meth over 2 grams 1st degree/2nd offense.
  • Heather L Cornish, 30 of Harrodsburg, arrested by Harrodsburg PD for possession of meth & drug unspecified 1st degree, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.


  • Jeffrey A Chambers, 35, was arrested by KSP for trafficking cocaine over 4 grams 1st degree/2nd offense, trafficking marijuana, possession of drug unspecified 3rd degree, wanton endangerment 1st degree, persistent felony offender, drug paraphernalia, speeding 10 mph over the limit, no registration plates/receipt, improper registration plate, improper display of registration plate, no insurance, obstructed windshield, driving on a DUI suspended OL, & improper lane usage.
  • Benjamin A Sallee, 29, was arrested by KSP for speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, reckless driving, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, DUI, & no insurance.
  • Daphne M Crowe, 46, was arrested by KSP for possession of meth 1st degree/3rd offense, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, drug paraphernalia, & contempt of court.
  • Eric T Aubrey, 42, was arrested by Washington Co SO for no registration plates, possession of marijuana, & possession of meth 1st degree/2nd offense.
  • Marchello M Dixon, 40, was arrested by Lebanon PD for possession of meth 1st degree, possession of marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.


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




On Thursday, June 24, 2021, a Casey County Circuit Court jury convicted Kevin J. Russell, age 41, of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree [two (2) grams or more of methamphetamine], Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and of being a Persistent Felony Offender. The jury recommended that Russell serve twenty (20) years in prison.


According to testimony at trial, Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Begley and Casey County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Shepard went to Russell’s residence on Kentucky Highway 49 to serve arrest warrants on Russell in August 2019. While there, Trooper Begley noticed some empty baggies commonly associated with the sale and/or use of illegal drugs. Trooper Begley obtained permission to search the residence and found several items indicative of drug trafficking. Trooper Begley testified that he located over 145 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a large quantity of empty plastic baggies, a set of digital scales, marijuana, and $714 in cash. Russell admitted to the officers that all the items belonged to him.


Kentucky State Police Detective George Atwood also testified at the trial. Det. Atwood testified that he has worked in law enforcement for over 30 years and that he has worked in narcotics investigations for a large portion of his career. Det. Atwood testified that he believed the drugs in this case were possessed with the intent that they be sold, and he further testified regarding the street value of crystal methamphetamine. According to testimony, the methamphetamine seized from Russell had a potential street value of between $14,000 - $20,000.


After hearing the evidence in the case, the jury found Russell guilty of the crimes charged.


Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright, who prosecuted the case, informed the jury of Russell’s criminal history during the penalty phase of the trial, which included a 2010 conviction in Casey Circuit Court for Manufacturing Methamphetamine as well as several other offenses. The jury found Russell guilty of being a Persistent Felony Offender and recommended the maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison.


Wright commended Trooper Begley and the other officers for their efforts in removing such a large quantity of illegal drugs from Casey County. Wright added, “my office will continue to aggressively prosecute those persons who choose to profit from the production and/or sale of illegal drugs in this jurisdiction.”


Formal sentencing for Kevin Russell is scheduled for August 9, 2021, before Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy.




A Russell County man was arrested Sunday after tusseling with Police.


The Casey County Sheriff's Office says Deputies Vance Davis and Aaron Schoenbachler responded to the call of a suspicous car parked on a property on E KY 70.


29 year old James E. Stacy, of Russell Springs, was arrested on charges of DUI-controlled substance, driving on suspended or revoked operator license, fleeing or evading police 2nd degree (on foot), resisting arrest, 2 counts of assault 3rd degree - police officer, possession of defaced firearm, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (meth).


Mr. Stacy was lodged in the Casey County Jail.




A Casey County man arrested Friday after crashing his ATV while under the influence.


Deputy Vance Davis, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, arrested 29 year old Tracy G. Earles Jr., of Liberty, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol after receiving a call of an ATV accident in the woods on Carman Creek.


Earles was lodged in the Casey County Jail.




The Kentucky State Police Post 11 London responded to a fatal crash that occurred just after 08:50 am today. The accident happened on US27 near the Tucker Road intersection of McCreary County, Kentucky.


Upon arrival and through investigation, officers found 32 year old Tiffany J. Renfro, of Parkers Lake traveling north on US27 operating a 2015 Black 4-door KIA Optima when she crossed the center line and collided with a 2016 White International tractor trailer operated by 48 year old Kenneth W. Bray, of Somerset, Kentucky.


Renfro was pronounced deceased at the scene by the McCreary County Coroner’s Office. Bray was not injured in the crash. Drugs and alcohol are not known at this time and Renfro was not utilizing her seat belt at the time of the collision. Traffic had to be rerouted around Tucker Road for several hours while Reconstructionist processed the scene.


Assisting on scene: KSP Trooper Dackery Larkey: CVE Officers, McCreary Co. Sheriff’s Department, McCreary Ambulance Service, McCreary Coroner’s Office, Whitley City Fire Department and Kentucky State Highway Department. Trooper Larkey continues the investigation.




Liberty City Council met in a special called meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall.


The council approved a second reading of an ordinance amending the budget for 2020/2021. 



The council also approved a second reading of an ordinance adopting the new budget for 2021/2022 which includes a 3% cost of living increase for city employees.


There is a possibility of another special meeting which could happen before the next regular meeting concerning litigation and acquisition of property.


The next regular meeting of the Liberty City Council is scheduled for Monday, July 12th.




A Lancaster man arrested during a traffic stop in Junction City.

The Boyle County Sheriff's Office reports, Captain Casey McCoy and K9 Deputy TJ Wren conducted a traffic stop Sunday on Shelby Street in Junction City. The vehicle's registration plate did not match the vehicle. The driver, identified as Douglas A. Shearer of Lancaster, was found to have a suspended license and seven active warrants. 

Warrants included felony theft by deception-including cold checks and theft by failure to make required disposition of property. Counties included Casey, Fayette, Clark, Bourbon, Garrard and Harrison Counties. 

Further investigation found Shearer has done work in Boyle County. In the previous cases Shearer has been paid for jobs but never completed his work. If any citizen of Boyle County has been victimized by Shearer please contact the Sheriff’s Office, or your local law enforcement agency.




Two Pulaski County Constables were convicted in federal court last week of violating peoples rights.


Jeff Henderson has the story...





The selection process is underway to find a new Superintendent for Casey County Schools.


A selection committee met last night at the Board Annex, lead by Tim Eaton, with the Kentucky School Boards Association...



Acting Board Chairman, Vernon Clark, listed the criteria for the position...



The committee went into executive session. They'll meet two or three more times over the next four weeks. Those meetings will be closed to the public. No names of potential candidates will be released until the final decision has been made.



The Liberty City Council met Tuesday. This was a special called meeting due to Monday’s regular meeting having to be rescheduled.


R.F.H. CPA's presented their audit of the City for fiscal year 2020. Kevin Fisher is the audit manager and stated that the city received a clean audit opinion...



The council opened bids received on two city police cars declared surplus...



A representative of MAVERICK USA DOT COM addressed the council with a proposal for flood mitigation. Jeff Jones is with Maverick USA...



Again, Mr. Jones assured the council there would be no out-of-pocket cost to the City Of Liberty or Casey County. No action was taken.


The council approved a resolution relating to maintenance of city streets. As well as a resolution relating to municipal Road aid in the amount of $44,000 from the state of Kentucky.


The council also approved a first reading of the amended budget for 2020/2021 and adopted that amended budget with a 3% raise for city employees.


The agenda had one last item for the council to go into executive session related to property and litigation, however that was postponed and will be revisited at a special called session on Monday, June 21 at 4 o’clock at Liberty City Hall.




The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night at Libery Elementary School.

Superintendent Marion Sowders...



Also at last night's meeting, Bus Driver, John Ellis, representing a large group of drivers & bus monitors, addressed the Board requesting a pay increase. They had initially requested $20 an hour for drivers, however, last night Mr. Ellis stated that if they did not receive $17 an hour for drivers, and $12 for monitors, they would not sign a contract for service for the coming school year...



Mr. Ellis expressed hope that the Board would resume negotiations.  Many drivers stated that they would not be driving this morning.  A short time later, the one-call went out from Mr. Sowders...


The Board will meet in special session this evening at 7pm at the Board Annex, however, that meeting is a work session in the selection process for a new Superintendent.




The Liberty City Council met in a special called work session meeting Thursday.


The only item on the agenda was a budget review.



Mayor Steven Brown says the City showed a small profit thanks to federal covid funds...



The council will study the proposed budget over the next few days and then reconvene on Tuesday at 4 o’clock at City Hall for a first reading. 




The Casey County Fiscal Court met in special session this morning.


One of the reasons for this morning's meeting was to re-new Casey County's participation in the Inter-Local Agreement as part of the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area.


Judge Executive, Randy Dial...



The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for Monday, June 21st.




Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that another female has come forward in the case against Terry Flinchum who was originally charged on April 9, 2021, by Lieutenant Bobby Jones with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree. At that time, a female victim in her 30’s, reported to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office that she had been sexually abused by Terry W. Flinchum, age 63, of Somerset, Kentucky. That offense occurred back in February 2021.


On April 29, 2021, a second female, also in her 30’s, reported to Lieutenant Jones that she had the same type of encounter with Mr. Flinchum back in February of this year. After investigating the second incident, Lieutenant Jones presented his investigation to the Pulaski County Grand Jury. 


On June 2, 2021, the second indictment was returned charging Terry Flinchum with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree.


According to the additional allegation made by the second victim, the abuse occurred at Mr. Flinchum’s Residence/Office on Whitetail Run off Ferry Road where he had prepared her taxes over the last three years. That was the same location the first offense occurred.


On June 3, 2021, Deputy Junior Fortenberry, with the Sheriff’s Office Court Security Division served the indictment on Terry Flinchum at the Justice Center where he was released on a $5,000 cash/property bond.


Mr. Flinchum is scheduled to be arraigned on June 24, 2021, at 9:00 AM in Pulaski County Circuit Court.


The case remains under investigation by Lieutenant Bobby Jones and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation’s Division.




The owner of several local country stores has been arrested for gambling violations.


In a joint effort between the Casey County Sheriff's Office, Liberty Police Department, and Casey County Constable, search warrants were executed at three locations; Crockett Trail, Sallies I (Valero), and Sallies II (arcade). 


A total of 19 gambling machines were seized between the three locations, along with large amounts of cash, and other gambling related items. 


37 year old Jitendrakumar (Jack) Patel, of Liberty, is charged with 3 counts of possession of a gambling device and 3 counts of promoting gambling 1st degree.


Mr. Patel was transported to the Casey County Jail.




The Casey County fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.


Connie & Tashanda Cundiff, representing the Trail Town Committee, addressed the court concerning adding Shut-In Road as a hiking and biking trail...



The magistrates will take up the matter at the next meeting.


Under general business, there were two seats becoming available on the Library Board. Donna Carman‘s term has ended, and Greg Powell's term is expiring. The court appointed Rosemary Sparr to fill the vacancy, and re-appointed Greg Powell for another term.


Also under general business Casey County judge executive Randy Dial presented the magistrates with the yearly bids. For the most part the bids remain the same or slightly higher than last year. Most were non-competing bids and were approved. The one exception was the bid for Road tiles. Judge executive Randy Dial...


The motion was made and approved.


The next meeting of the Casey County fiscal court will be Monday, June 21st.



An Elk Horn man faces DUI charges following a motorcycle accident Friday evening.


Deputy Geoffrey Brown, with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office, responded to the call around 6pm Friday, about ten miles North of Liberty on Dry Creek Road. At the scene, he found a wrecked '97 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The driver, 41 year old Garnett Truman Glover, was injured, and unable to perform field sobriety tests. He was able to blow into a breath-alizer, which registered .150.


Mr. Glover was flown to UK Hospital in Lexington for treatment of his injuries, and was cited to court on charges of Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License (Aggravated Circumstances), DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravted Circumstances), No Registration Plates, & No Insurance.




Special Deputy Brian King with Casey County Sheriff's Office stopped at 2021 Ford Ranger pickup, for speeding, just after 11:30pm Sunday Night, about six miles North of Liberty on US 127. He suspected the driver, 20 year old Logan Wade Ponder, of Liberty, was impaired, and called Deputy Geoffrey Brown to conduct a field sobriety test. 


According to the arrest citation, Ponder's speech was slurred. He failed the field test and was transported to the Casey County Hospital where he refused a blood test. Ponder was then taken to the Casey County Jail on charges of DUI.


A search at the Jail resulted in the discovery of plastic baggies and illegal drugs.  Other charges added at that time include Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Trafficking Heroin, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.




  • Rodney D Johnson, 36 of Liberty, arrested Officer Vance Davis with Casey Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree, possession of marijuana, & failure to appear.
  • Dustin K Luttrell, 33 of Liberty, arrested by Officer Vance Davis with Casey Co SO for theft by deception – cold checks under $10,000, criminal possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree, persistent felony offender I & II, improper signal, license plate not legible, no registration plate/receipt, no insurance, possession of meth 1st degree/2nd offense, drug paraphernalia, DUI, possession of firearm by convicted felon, fleeing/evading police 2nd degree – on foot, resisting arrest, trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree, & tampering with physical evidence.
  • Leeann Brock, 47 of Liberty, was arrested for no registration plates, no insurance, drug paraphernalia, possession of meth 1st degree, & DUI.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.


  • Gary D Huff, 54 of Somerset, arrested by Officer Harrison with Pulaski Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.


  • William B Tompkins, 29, was arrested by Lebanon PD for improper signal, careless driving, no insurance, possession of handgun by convicted felon, drug paraphernalia, & trafficking meth over 2 grams 1st degree.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.


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




Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of 2 individuals after the discovery of a abandoned UHaul Truck in a field off Hwy 1611 on Thursday morning 6/3/2021. 


Sheriff Polston reports that a Go Cart- a Red Honda 4 wheeler and a Husky Generator  was reported stolen from a residence in Eli from Royce Roy Road. At the Scene on Hwy 1611 Landowners, Sheriff Polston and  Deputies recovered  a U Haul Truck,a Husky Generator, and a Stolen Silver Dollar. The generator was later identified as being stolen from Royce Roy Road.  The Go Cart and 4 wheeler was taken out of  town that night to Campbellsville and then transported out of state. 3 Vehicles which were involved in the thefts was towed out of Eli at the scene.


Two  individuals was later arrested, one that evening was served with outstanding warrants and possession of Methamphetamine by Deputy Nathan Bradshaw. Both suspects were served warrants on Friday for the Burglary, as the investigation continued.


James Davis from the Webb’s Cross Roads area and Thomas Blackburn from the Eli Community was both arrested and Charged with, Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking under $10,000 and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.


More arrest are forthcoming locally and across State Lines. 


Sheriff Polston and Deputy Nathan Ginn are heading the investigation and we’re assisted by Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and other Deputies from the Sheriffs Office. Law Enforcement Officers from the state which the 4 wheeler and Go cart have been taken were notified and are working with Local Officials as well.


Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County Citizens that if you see something suspicious and out of the ordinary to report it to local dispatch at 2703436600. Your call can help catch individuals involved in Drug and Theft Activities. The Drug/Wanted persons tip line is 2703438116. All callers will Remain anonymous. 




Food Stock 2021 invaded Somerset over the weekend, hosted by the City of Somerset, and Horse Soldier Bourbon.


Jeff Henderson has the story...





The Summer Food Service Program is a way to make sure kids don't go hungry during their break from school.


Here's Casey County Schools Superintendent, Marion Sowders...



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