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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2021-08

SHERIFF'S IGY6 CHARITY MOTORCYCLE RIDE SATURDAY

 

Sheriff's Departments from five counties are teaming up for the First Annual South Central Kentucky Sheriff's IGY6 (I Got Your 6) Charity Motorcycle Ride, this Saturday.

 

Russell Co. Sheriff, Derek Polston, says the ride will begin & end at Jamestown City Park...

To pre-register, or for more information, contact any of the Sheriff's Departments in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, or Russell Counties.

 

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KY 698 IN LINCOLN COUNTY CLOSED THURSDAY 8/26

KY 698 in Lincoln County to be Temporarily Closed Tomorrow

Closure is for railroad crossing maintenance

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2021) – The railroad crossing on KY 698 (mile point 4.3) in McKinney in Lincoln County will be closed tomorrow, Aug. 26, for maintenance operations to be performed. 

 

Crews will close the route at approximately 8 a.m. ET and will re-open by approximately 3 p.m. ET.  The date and duration may be adjusted.

 

A signed detour route will be posted during the closure. 

 

Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

 

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

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SOMERSET MAYOR IS ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

 

The Mayor of Somerset is honored with a prestigious award.
Jeff Henderson has the story...

 

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BEWARE OF EXCESSIVE HEAT TODAY

 

...Heat Index Values from 100 to 105 Degrees Today...

 

Temperatures in the 90s and dew points in the 70s will push heat index values over 100 degrees in many areas. The heat index could approach 105 in southwest Indiana and the urban areas around Louisville.

 

Take extra precautions to prevent heat stress if you work outside or engage in strenuous outdoor activities. Drink plenty of fluids and take breaks in the shade or air conditioning.

 

Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked vehicle.

 

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PULASKI COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

Jeff Henderson covered the Pulaski County Fiscal Court meeting yesterday...
 

 

 

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ROAD CLOSURE IN PULASKI COUNTY

Ringgold Road South Closed in Pulaski County

Route closed at KY 80 intersection as pavement project continues; KY 3263 open

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2021) – Work is progressing on the KY 80/Ringgold Road pavement project. Crews reopened the north side of Ringgold Road (KY 3263) earlier today and have moved the closure to south Ringgold Road.

 

Ringgold Road south is now temporarily closed to through traffic between the KY 80 intersection (mile point 3.5) and Sunset Drive.

 

This closure is expected to last four weeks.

 

KYTC asks motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect delays, and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

 

The duration of the closure may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. 

 

Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

 

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

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FLAG MARCH THIS WEEKEND

 

The Russell County Honor Guard is hoping you will join with them in celebrating and honoring the American Flag with a special Flag March this Saturday in Russell Springs.


Frank Irvin is one of the organizers for this event...
 


For more information, find the Russell County Honor Guard on facebook, or call 270-566-4334.

 

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SOMERSET MAN ARRESTED IN RUSSELL COUNTY

 

A Somerset man was arrested on drug & burglary charges in Russell County.

Russell Springs Police Chief Tim Pierce, says Officer Kyle Wilson responded to the call of a break-in at Cumberland Lodge. 33 year old Mark P. Bonham, of Somerset, admitted to breaking into the room, which was not rented at the time. There were numerous back packs in the room, believed to be abandoned property. After further investigation, Officer Wilson found a firearm, a large quantity of cash, and suspected methamphetamine.

Mr. Bonham was charged with: Burglary, 3rd Degree, Trafficking Methamphetamine, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense, and Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Jail.

Russell County Sheriff's Deputies Dustin Bunch, & Joshua Phipps assisted on scene.

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SOMERSET CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 

The Somerset City Council met in regular session Monday.
Jeff Henderson covered the meeting...

 

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES

 

Friday Night Games:

  • Casey County Rebels lost to Louisville Holy Cross Cougars 21 - 14
  • Lincoln County Patriots defeated Somerset Briar Jumpers 50 - 20
  • Pulaski County Maroons defeated Belfry Pirates 55 - 13
  • Wayne County Cardinals defeated Clinton County Bulldogs 42 - 6
  • Adair County Indians defeated Russell County Lakers 46 - 7
  • Thomas Nelson Generals defeated Marion County Knights 34 - 7
  • Southwestern Warriors defeated Madison Southern Eagles 55 - 14
  • Danville Admirals defeated Garrard County Golden Lions 23 - 20


Saturday Night Games:

  • Boyle County Rebels defeated Tates Creek Commodores 31 - 6
  • Taylor County Cardinals defeated Rockcastle County Rockets 34 - 28

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CASEY COUNTY VFW CALLS FOR SHOW OF PATRIOTISM AS THE 9/11 ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES

 

As we approach the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, Glen Phillips, Commander of the Casey County VFW Post #5704 in Liberty, reminds us to show some extra patriotism during this time...

 

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BENEFIT RIDE FOR KENDRA WETHINGTON THIS WEEKEND

 

The public is invited to a fundraiser event Saturday at the Pork Producer's Building. There will be a Motorcycle Ride, followed by live music, a meal, and auction.


Sarah Publow says, the ride will happen rain or shine...

Again the number for more information, 810-247-6081.

 

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CASEY COUNTY INDICTMENTS

 

  • Bradley B Cox, 19 of Liberty;  Trafficking Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense (over 2 grams).
  • Hunter M Gillock, 25 of Liberty;  Trafficking Methamphetamine-1st Degree.
  • Steven M Sheene, 35 of Middleburg;  2 counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine-1st Degree (over 2 grams).
  • David R Hall, 37 of Paint Lick;  Assault-1st Degree (Domestic Violence), & Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree.
  • Travis L Luttrell, 38 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/3rd Offense, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Joshua L Dial, 35 of Liberty;  Trafficking Methamphetamine-1st Degree (over 2 grams) (firearms enhanced), 2 counts of Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication, Menacing, Possession of Marijuana, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Justin R Brewster, 33 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Driving on Suspended/Revoked Operator’s License, & No Tail Lamps.
  • Tiffany G Miller, 32 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Larry N Bryant, 42 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/3rd Offense, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Gary J May, 45 of Liberty;  Trafficking Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense (over 2 grams), 2 counts of Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree, Trafficking Marijuana-2nd Offense, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Careless Driving, No Insurance, Communication Device Violation, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Michael W Cochran, 43 (address unknown);  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jaylan S Waddle, 25 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • LeeAnn Brock, 47 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, DUI (Aggravating Circumstance), No Insurance, Expired Registration Plates, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Rodney D Johnson, 36 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Possession of Marijuana.
  • Logan W Ponder, 20 of Liberty;  Trafficking Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives-1st Degree, Promoting Contraband-1st Degree, DUI-Controlled Substance-2nd Offense (Aggravating Circumstance), & Speeding (21 mph over limit).
  • Brian A Reynolds, 38 of Columbus, IN;  Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree, Speeding (26 mph or more over limit), Reckless Driving, & Improper Passing.
  • Chasity H Naylor-Goode-Ragan, 40 of Liberty;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/3rd Offense, DUI-Controlled Substance, Giving an Officer False Identifying Information, & No Operator’s License.
  • Joshua E Evans, 33 of Hustonville;  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, DUI-Controlled Substance/2nd Offense (Aggravating Circumstance), Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Driving on Suspended/Revoked Operator’s License, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
  • Cameron C Donaldson, 21 of Louisville;  Trafficking Marijuana (over 8 oz), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Michael J McKnight, 40 of Dunnville;  Tampering with Physical Evidence, Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, & Possession of Marijuana.

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

 

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CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

The Casey County fiscal court met in regular session Monday.

 

Kim Cain presented the court with the district tax rates for the health department...

 

Jan Banks presented the tax rate from the Casey County public library...

 

Judge executive Randy Dial presented some county tax rates...

All those rates were approved.

 

Judge Dial presented the magistrates with a first reading of a budget amendment to include some federal grant money...

 

Deborah Vaughn was reappointed as treasurer. Melissa Richards was removed as acting treasurer and re-appointed as deputy judge executive.

 

Judge Dial told the magistrates, active Covid numbers are on the rise...

 

The next regular meeting date for the fiscal Court is Labor Day, so barring any special meetings, the next regular scheduled meeting will be the 3rd Monday in September.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER

 

A Russell County man has pled guilty to murder.


35 year old Jason W. Clark, of Jamestown, was charged with killing Brandy Johnson at Coe’s Steakhouse in 2018. He plead guilty Monday in Russell Circuit Court to charges of Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence.


The Commonwealth is recommending a sentence of 25 years in prison.

 

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SEN. RAND PAUL VISITS RUSSELL CO. HOSPITAL

 

Sen. Rand Paul stopped by Russell Co. Hospital last week to talk about some issues with the hospital, and address some questions from the board & staff.

 

Jeff Henderson has the story...

 

 

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CASEY COUNTY VFW BUDDY POPPY DRIVE

 

The Casey County VFW will be collecting donations Saturday on the Bypass in Liberty.
New post Commander, Glen Phillips says they'll be doing a Buddy Poppy Drive...

 

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LIBERTY & SOMERSET MEN ARRESTED DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN PULASKI COUNTY

 

Two people were arrested Wednesday, following a traffic stop on US 27 in Somerset. 


Deputy Hudson, with Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office, stopped a 2019 Nissan Altima. Discovered inside the vehicle were approximately 85 grams of methamphetamine along with digital scales, and multiple needles.
 

Marcus Floyd Smith, age 49 of Brook Drive, Liberty, & Scotty Lee Nevels, age 41 of Chandler Street, Somerset, are charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine-1st Degree-Over 2 Grams, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Smith is also charged with Driving on Suspended or Revoked Operator’s License
 

Both men were lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WILL COVER SECURITY AT PULASKI PARK

 

Jeff Henderson reports on the latest meeting of the Pulaski County Fiscal Court...

 

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PCSO: 2 CAR CRASH LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS

 

Pulaski County Sheriff's Officers fourn more than expected when responding to a two-car crash in Pulaski County, Sunday on W. Ky 80 near Mill Springs Battlefield.


Deputies responded to the scene just before 11am Sunday, when they noticed that a passenger, 33-year-old Daniel Brosnan of Somerset, seemed to be under the influence. Further information led deputies to finding a backpack that Brosnan had attempted to throw away.
 

Inside the backpack, officers found over 132 grams of methamphetamine, and nearly 25 grams of cocaine, along with a needle and digital scales.
 

Deputies say the driver, 39-year-old Mary Gaines of Ferguson, also seemed to be under the influence. She had an active arrest warrant in Russell County. A loaded handgun was found in the glove compartment. Gaines also had $170 in her purse and a set of digital scales.
 

Gaines was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license, trafficking meth & cocaine, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also cited for promoting contraband when deputies found Lortab on her at the Pulaski Co. Jail.
 

Brosnan was charged with public intoxication, trafficking meth & cocaine, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

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CASEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING REPORT

 

The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night.
It was the first regular meeting with new Superintendent Barry Lee at the helm...

The Board's next regular meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11th, however, a special hearing was tentatively scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 2nd to set the district's Tax Rate, which remained unchanged from last year.

 

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LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Liberty City Council met in regular session Monday.

 

Mayor Steven Brown reported that the City has received an Agreed Order from the Division of Water for a reduced Water Penalty...
 


Mayor Brown says, this is a one-time only reduction, to give Liberty the chance to take action. He said Sewer Plant numbers are improving...
 


More good news, the Department of Local Government has approved a Grant request for studies by the Corps of Engineers to help reduce flooding...
 


There was some discussion about flood mitigation & perhaps talking with the County about moving Gateway Park.

 

Councilman Andy Lawhorn brought up the need for an Occupational Tax for the City...
 


No action was taken.

 

The next regular meeting of the Liberty City Council is scheduled for Sept. 13.

 

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SOMERSET CITY COUNCIL REPORT

 

Somerset City Council met in regular session Monday.

Jeff Henderson covered the meeting...

 

 

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DONUTS AT DOGWALK

 

A Wyoming man was getting no where fast Sunday. 


He was arrested shortly before 5pm when Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle found him driving in circles in the parking lot at Dogwalk Market in Dunnville. 


The subject, 45 year old Joseph F. Rauchwater, of Casper, Wyoming, had previously been running around in the parking lot with a large knife, causing a disturbance. 


He's charged with DUI-controlled substance, careless driving, license to be in possession, no insurance, disorderly conduct 2nd degree, possession of methamphetamine-1st degree, & possession of marijuana, & drug paraphernalia.


Mr. Rauchwater was lodged in the Casey County Jail.


Deputy Jayson Grider made the arrest.

 

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BUSTED WINDSHIELD: BUSTED

 

A Monticello man was arrested on drug charges in Russell County late Wednesday.

Russell County Sheriff's Deputy, Corey Meyer, stopped a vehicle for a broken windshield at the Cumberland Lodge. 

27 year old Brandon Bratcher was arrested on charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine-1st degree/2nd offense, Possession of Heroin-1st degree (Enhanced), Possession of a Handgun by a convicted Felon, Theft of Identity, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Bratcher was also served with a outstanding Felony warrant out of Monticello. 

Mr. Bratcher was lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.

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DANVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT IN CASEY COUNTY

 

A Danville man was arrested Wednesday morning after trying to out run deputies.


According to the citation, Deputy Jayson Grider with the Casey County Sherriff’s office was travelling West on 70, when he attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 2004 Chevy Silverado, driven by 41-year-old Justin Cooper of Danville. 


Cooper continued on West 70 into Taylor County through Mannsville, Stoner Creek, W 70 back into Casey County, & onto Chicken Gizzard Road travelling about 3 1/2 miles, where Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle entered the pursuit. 


Sheriff Weddle was ran off the roadway by Cooper, who travelled into a hay field before wrecking. Cooper then jumped out of the driver window before being arrested.


A search of the vehicle revealed a glass pipe & suspected meth laying in the floor board.


Justin Cooper was charged with:
-wanton endangerment 1st degree – police officer
-reckless driving
-improper equipment
-obstructed windshield
-DUI – 3rd agg circum
-possession of meth 1st degree/3rd or greater offense
-drug paraphernalia
-resisting arrest
-fleeing/evading police 1st degree – motor vehicle
-failure to wear seat belts
-driving on suspended/revoked OL 3rd offense – agg circum
-criminal mischief 3rd degree
-bail jumping 1st degree
w/ additional charges stemming from warrants out of Boyle County.

 

He was lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

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DISTRICT COURT IN CASEY CO. IS CANCELLED FOR TUESDAY

 

District Court, under Judge Michael Loy for Tuesday August 3rd has been cancelled.  

If you were scheduled to be in court Tuesday, please contact the Casey County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 787-6510 for your new court date.

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PULASKI FISCAL COURT PART 2

 

Jeff Henderson reports on more fall-out from the last meeting of the Pulaski County Fiscal Court...

 

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