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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2021-07



Fireworks at this week's meeting of the Pulaski County Fiscal Court.

Jeff Henderson has more...





With kids going back to school, many parents may have questions or concerns. 

Jeff Henderson spoke with Superintendent of Pulaski County Schools, Patrick Richardson...





A Science Hill man was arrested Monday night following a two vehicle accident near Liberty.

Deputy Geoffery Brown, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, responded to the call shortly before 11pm, about a mile East of Liberty on KY 70.  There he found 30 year old James Dakota Hall, standing outside his vehicle.  Hall stated he had crossed the center line into on-coming traffic. The arrest citation notes Mr. Hall smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech.  

Deputy Brown located a box of Coors Light beer on the side of the road with 3 bottles left, which were still cold. Inside Hill's 2001 Mazda Tribute, was an empty bottle of the same.  

Mr. Hall failed field sobriety tests. He blew a .175 in the breathalizer.

James Hall was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, & Carless Driving.



The Somerset City Council met this week.

Jeff Henderson has more...





A teenage girl reported missing in the early morning hours yesterday has been located.

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was requested by Campbellsville Police for assistance with a possible missing person. An immediate search was initiated using ground searchers, K9 unites, ATV's, and public assistance. 

Crews simultaneously contacted local businesses and reviewed security  camera footage. 

13 year old Cheyenne Harmon was located safe around 7:30pm last night by police.




Boyle County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in the investigation of a stolen ATV.

A camoflauge Side by Side with full cab and truck bed was taken in the overnight hours Thursday night in the 4000 block of Lebanon Rd. 

If you live on Lebanon Road and have cameras, please check your footage to see if we can get a direction of travel or any suspect information. 

$1000.00 reward is being offered for a safe return. 

If you have any information please contact Captain Casey McCoy at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. 



Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports a Meth Bust, shortly after 12am this morning.

Deputies Kyle Peters, Brian Cloyd, Austin Coleman, K9 Sgt. Michael Mullins and Sgt. Dustin Price of the Lincoln County Jail Transport conducted an investigation at a residence on M. Sims Rd in the McKinney area. During the investigation, approx 6 grams of suspected methamphetamine and digital scales were located. 

As a result, an adult female and male were arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine 1st. 

While enroute to the jail, the female attempted to destroy suspected methamphetamine that she had concealed in her body. 

Thanks to Lincoln County EMS and Bluegrass 911.


Statement from Transportation Secretary Jim Gray Regarding U.S. 27/KY 70 Intersection in Eubank


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 22, 2021) – “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the citizens of Eubank have long agreed that continued improvements are needed to address the intersection of U.S. 27 and KY 70 in Pulaski County. While work has been done in the past to improve safety at this location, on-going alternatives have also been considered to curb crashes at the intersection.


Recently, the Governor asked me to reanalyze the Transportation Cabinet’s plan on moving forward. After much consideration about the path forward to address the concerns at this particular crossing, I am acting on my authority as Secretary to authorize a signalized traffic intersection. Traffic signals will provide a familiar and faster way to implement traffic improvements. Advanced warning flashers will also be installed ahead of the signalized intersection to warn drivers of the upcoming stop. We expect to implement the changes in less than three months.


The option originally proposed by our engineers called for an RCUT, and this solution still has a place in Kentucky to provide innovative, effective safety improvements. As is true for any improvement project, motorists have a role to play behind the wheel to ensure safe roadways, like obeying posted speed limits, driving sober and driving distraction-free.”



Recent grants have made more services available at the Pulaski County Recycle Center.

Jeff Henderson has more...




SOMERSET, Ky. (July 15, 2021)  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that KY 1742 in Casey County will be temporarily closed to through traffic beginning Monday, July 19, for culvert replacement.


Work will take place at mile point 6.1 (Branch of Dry Creek) between Sulphur Run Road and Harpers Way. 


Work is expected to last one week.


The start date and duration may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at and at  



  • Mark T Roberts, 30 of Liberty, was arrested by Officer Hunter Christian with Liberty PD for serving warrant, burglary 3rd degree, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, drug paraphernalia, possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, probation violation, & shock probation in felony convictions.
  • Christopher S Durham, 41 of Yosemite, was arrested by Deputy Hopkins with Casey Co SO for trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense, drug paraphernalia, possession of drug unspecified 2nd degree, operating on suspended/revoked OL, & persistent felony offender,
  • Zachariah M Richardson, 27 of Liberty, was arrested by Trooper Begley with KSP for trafficking in marijuana.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.

  • Myra C Reece, 38 of Somerset, was arrested by Deputy Hudson with Pulaski Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, DUI, no insurance, & operating on suspended/revoked OL.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

  • Jarod E Douglas, 29, was arrested by Deputy Peckler with Boyle Co SO for contempt of court, possession of handgun by convicted felon, hindering prosecution/apprehension 1st degree, & possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense.
  • Heather E Thomas, 31, was arrested by Officer Preston with Junction City PD for public intoxication – controlled substance & drug paraphernalia.
  • Dallas B Carlton, 28, was arrested by Deputy Abbott with Boyle Co SO for trafficking in drug unspecified 1st degree/1st offense, trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense, promoting contraband 1st degree, & tampering with physical evidence.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

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




The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday. 

A group representing the Trail Town Committee was in attendance as the court approved approximately a 4 mile section of Shut In Road as a shared walking trail. Casey county judge executive Randy Dial...

In other business, three openings have come up on the Casey County Ambulance Board. Jan Bastin was re-appointed for another two-year term. Kathy Hines was re-appointed for another four year term. Judge Dial postponed the third opening until next meeting.

There’s also been an opening created on the hospital board...

Under miscellaneous business, County Treasurer Debbie Vaughn will be off for a time due to health reasons. To fill that vacancy, Melissa Richards was suspended as Deputy Judge so that she may fill in as acting Treasurer until Debbie Vaughn returns.

Alyssa Sharpe was hired to fill the void at the Judge Executives Office at a rate of $10 per hour.

Judge Dial says representatives from FEMA have been conducting a site visit to assess flood damage in the county...

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court will be Aug. 2nd.




The Casey County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Barry D. Lee as the new Superintendent of the Casey County School District.  Mr. Lee’s official start date as superintendent will be August 2, 2021.


In his 19 years in education Lee has held many roles, including:

-Director of Special Education, 504, and Preschool Services 

-Director of Social Studies Curriculum 

-Principal at Casey County High School

-Special Education Teacher 

-Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach; Football Assistant Coach


Mr. Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Learning & Behavior Disorders from Campbellsville University. He continued his education at the University of the Cumberlands where he also received professional certifications for Principal, Director of Special Education, and School Superintendent.


For the past nine years he has served in the roll of Director of Special Education, & Preschool and recently Social Studies and 504’s. He also served as the Director of Special Education in Pulaski County for two years.


He is an adjunct professor at two of his alma maters, Eastern Kentucky University, where he 

teaches for the Curriculum and Instruction Special Education Program, and an adjunct with Campbellsville University, where he established the “Casey County Grow Your Own Principal” program for teachers in Casey County.


He currently serves on the Commonwealth’s Education Continuum workgroup for Successful Transition to Postsecondary.


He was elected Vice-President for the Kentucky Council for Administrators of Special Education (KYCASE) last year, and now serves as President-Elect for that association. 


He is a past president of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) and past chair of the State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children (SACEC), and still a member, and also a member of the Kentucky Middle State Advisory Board for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. 


He is a strong advocate for all students and for educators. 


He is married to Kristy Lee, who has also served as a teacher in the Casey County School system for the past 19 years. They have two children; a son Skyler Mason, and a daughter, Raegan Nicole. They enjoy camping, kayaking and the lake life!




A call of a vehicle sitting in the roadway leads to the arrest of two people on drug charges.

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle responded to the call shortly after 4am Monday morning, about six miles east of Liberty on Doe Creek Road. 

30 year old Lauren B. Montgomery, of Lancaster, was in the driver's seat of a 2021 Buick Encore. She stated she'd ran out of gas. Sheriff Weddle noted she had slurred speech. Ms. Montgomery failed field sobriety tests. When asked to put her hands behind her back, she tried to run back to her vehicle. She was arrested on charges of DUI-Controlled Substance, and Resisting Arrest.

A passenger in the vehicle, Russell Brummett, 27, also of Lancaster, also had slurred speech, and had 4 empty syringes in his pocket. He stated he'd been using heroin. Mr. Brummett was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance.




  • Richard A Pike, 38 of Parksville, was arrested by Officer Christian with the Liberty PD for improper display of registration plates, 2 counts failure to produce insurance card, failure to wear seat belts, operating on suspended/revoked OL, & license to be in possession.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.


  • David E Crozier, 65 of Columbia, was arrested for DUI, no insurance, no registration plates, possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.


  • Donnie R Davis, 39 of Harrodsburg, was arrested by Deputy Simpson with Boyle Co SO for trafficking in meth over 2 grams & cocaine over 4 grams 1st degree/1st offense, trafficking in marijuana 1st offense, & drug paraphernalia.
  • Joseph W Hardin, 34, was arrested for 3 counts possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, tampering with physical evidence, promoting contraband 1st degree, & possession pf drug unspecified 1st degree/1st offense.
  • Aquanis K Howard, 21, was arrested for possession of drug unspecified 1st degree/1st offense, contempt of court, & fleeing/evading police 2nd degree – on foot.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.


  • Tavin L Grayson, 34, was arrested by Officer Mattingly with KSP for speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, reckless driving, operating on suspended/revoked OL, DUI – controlled substance 1st offense, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, possession of handgun by convicted felon, & improper display of registration plates.
  • Brandi D Hurst, 37, was arrested Officer Abell with Lebanon PD for no insurance, operating on suspended/revoked OL, trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense, possession of synthetic drugs 1st offense, drug paraphernalia, possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle, & persistent felony offender.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.


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




A Liberty man arrested after he was found passed out at the pump.

On Tuesday, Deputy Jayson Grider, with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office, responded to a call from Windsor Grocery of an individual who was unresponsive at the gas pumps. 

42 year old Brian P. Carmicle, of Liberty, was arrested and charged with DUI-controlled substance. 

He was transported to the Casey County Jail.

Sheriff Chad Weddle assisted.




Very important meeting tonight for local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Post Commander, Claude Wyatt...



For more information, call 606-706-1715.




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


It was the last meeting with retiring Superintendent Marion Sowders...



The Board will meet in a special session Thursday to continue the process in selecting a new Superintendent.


A contingent of Bus Drivers were at last night's meeting, and requested the board re-visit their pay-scale at their next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 9th.




The Liberty City Council met in regular session Monday.


Mayor Steven Brown asked for a motion to approve a Resolution seeking matching funds to continue Flood Control studies by the Corps of Engineers...



That motion was approved.


The Mayor also asked for recommendations for blacktopping operations this fall. That issue was tabled for a later meeting.


The Council received one bid for repairing the Pedestrian Bridge on the Liberty Island walking trail. Mayor Steven Brown...



That motion was approved.


A City Police car that was damaged in an accident will be replaced with a new 2021 Dodge Charger with a total cost to the City of around $3,000.


Mayor Brown gave an update on repairs to an auger at the City's Sewer Plant...



There was a somewhat lengthy discussion concerning stray dogs running loose in Liberty. The City Attorney says there is already an ordinance in place, however, the Council discussed updating the ordinance at a future meeting.


The next regular meeting of the Liberty City Council is scheduled for Aug. 9th.




The Pulaski County constable charged with trying to kill an FBI agent during a shootout during his arrest last year intends to plead guilty to the charge.


Jeff Henderson has the story...





The Casey County Fiscal Court met in a special session Friday.


First on the agenda was a Memorandum of Understanding, related to the Opiod lawsuit.  Judge Executive Randy Dial...



County Attorney, Tommy Weddle stated he did have a couple of issues with the Memorandum...



The motion was approved.


Also on the agenda was an adjustment to the Inter-Local Agreement with Bluegrass 911, adding another county.  Judge Dial...



The motion was approved.


The court then went into executive session to discuss possible real estate acquisition. They later returned with no action taken.


The Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on July 19th.




Two people hurt Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of U.S. 27 and Ky. 70.

Ethan Carter, 19, of Eubank, was transported to Lake Cumberland Hospital, and later transferred to UK by Air Evac.


A passenger, 19 year old Carlee Whitis, of Somerset, was flown from the scene to UK Medical Center by Air Methods.


The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says, Carter was driving a 2016 Honda Accord and tried to cross 27, pulling into the path of a 2008 Chevy SUV, driven by 28 year old Justin Wilson, of Harrodsburg.


Wilson was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the scene by Somerset-Pulaski County EMS.


That investigation is on-going.


Eubank Police, & Fire Department, and Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue personnel also responded.




Liberty man arrested following crash around 9am Wednesday morning.


Dispatch reported the single vehicle accident almost 2 miles north of Liberty on KY 49.  Upon arrival, deputies found 45 year old James R Troxell, of Car Sasser Road, Liberty, was the driver of an '09 KIA Sorento. He had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. 


After failing field sobriety tests, Mr. Troxell stated his back was hurting and requested an ambulance. He was transported by Casey County EMS to the ER at Casey County Hospital.


Mr. Troxell was cited for DUI, and Careless Driving.


Deputy Jayson Grider, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, investigated.




A single vehicle crash Thursday sent a local girl to the hospital and her dad to jail.


Deputy Geoffery Brown, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, responded to a 911 call of a vehicle all over the road on KY 49, around 8:30pm Thursday. The caller later reported the vehicle had crashed about a mile north of Liberty. 


The juvenile was transported to Casey County Hospital, then later transferred to UK Hospital in Lexington for treatment.


The driver, 63 year old Wayne E Pemberton, of Strong Branch Rd., Liberty, refused transport.

Deputy Brown says Mr. Pemberton had slurred speech and was staggering while walking. He reportedly had to lean against a vehicle to keep from falling down, did not realize he had been in an accident, and was falling asleep while talking. 


After failing field sobriety tests, Pemberton was placed under arrest and taken to the Casey Co. Hospital to be medically cleared.


While at the hospital, the Deputy learned that the junvenile stated her father had picked her up from a friends house and the two were not wearing seat belts because she was trying to keep him awake while driving.


After getting checked out, Mr. Pemberton was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of DUI, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.




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


Casey County Judge Executive Randy Dial conducted the ceremony to swear in the newest Board Member, Mrs. Terri Price...



Mr. Darrell Barlow was elected as the new Chairman of the Board, and Charles Durham was elected as the new Vice Chair.


The Board then went into Executive Session to continue the process of selecting a new Superintendent.


The next regular meeting of the Casey County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, July 12th.




A Dunnville man was arrested after his pickup truck hit a structure at a local restaurant.


Deputy Jason Grider, with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office responded to the call shortly after 6am Thursday morning at the Bread of Life Cafe, about six miles south of Liberty on US 127. Upon arrival, he found a 2004 GMC Sierra pickup in the yard of the business with the engine running and the transmission in reverse, the driver passed out at the wheel. The truck had struck a generator building, causing damage to the corner of the structure.


The arrest citation states that 48 year old Jeffrey Curtis Swinney, of Red Hill Rd., Dunnville, appeared to be impaired with slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.  He was in possession of two plastic baggies with suspected Methamphetamine. 


Mr. Swinney was charged with DUI-Controlled Substance, Possession of Meth-1st Deg., & Careless Driving. He was lodged in the Casey Co. Jail.




  • Justin Lee Adams, 36 of Kings Mountain:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/2nd Off (Methamphetamine); Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Deg; 3 counts of Persistent Felony Offender-1st Deg; 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment-1st Deg (Police Officer); DUI (Controlled Substance)-3rd Off (Aggravating Circumstance); Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL; Reckless Driving; No Motorcycle OL; & Disregarding a Stop Sign.
  • Christopher Michael Austin, 46 of Liberty:  Burglary-3rd Deg; Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle; Criminal Mischief-3rd Deg; No Insurance; Driving on DUI Suspended OL; & Expired Registration Plates/Receipt.
  • Clyde Edmond Miller, 45 of Liberty:  Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Deg (+2 grams Methamphetamine); Persistent Felony Offender-1st Deg; Possession Controlled Substance (Opiates); Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL; Obstructed Windshield; Inadequate Muffler; & Speeding (+ 12 MPH Over Limit).
  • Torie Beth Yocum, 42 of Liberty:  Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Deg (+2 grams Methamphetamine); Persistent Felony Offender-1st Deg; Possession of Marijuana; & Possession Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Ed Lee Edwards, 35 of Liberty:  Sexual Abuse-1st Deg (vic -12).
  • Larry W. Hager, 37 of Falmouth:  Complicity to Escape-2nd Deg; Persistent Felony Offender-1st Deg; DUI; Driving on Expired OL; No Insurance; & Careless Driving.

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




The Kentucky State Police (KSP), Richmond Post has been requested by Danville Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred just after 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, in Boyle County.


KSP Post 7 Troopers, Detectives and the Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates Danville Police responded to the Super 8 motel in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed a man was holding a female at knifepoint. Officers attempted to deescalate the situation, but were unsuccessful. One officer discharged their firearm, fatally wounding the man. The male subject was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Boyle County Coroner. An autopsy is scheduled at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort.


No officers or members of the community were injured during this incident. 


KSP Post 7 is conducting the ongoing investigation. The KSP Critical Incident Response Team, the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office, Danville Fire Department and the Boyle County Coroner’s Office assisted KSP Post 7 at the scene.


KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the commonwealth as requested by local law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP policy not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered.  Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case. 


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