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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2021-12



Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on Saturday, December 18, 2021, Detective Matt Bryant with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to a 911 call in Bronston, Kentucky of a possible child sexual abuse case.

Detective Matt Bryant arrived at the residence and made contact with Edward Charles Bailey, age 35, of Bronston, Kentucky.

Detective Matt Bryant, through his investigation at the residence, arrested Mr. Bailey at the residence and charged him with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree, Victim Under 12 Years of Age. On December 28, 2021, Detective Matt Bryant secured an arrest warrant for Mr. Bailey charging him with an additional charge of Retaliating Against a Participant in Legal Process.

On December 29, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Edward Bailey appeared before Pulaski District Court for a Preliminary Hearing in which Detective Matt Bryant testified. At the end of the hearing probable cause was found to send the case to the Pulaski County Grand Jury. The case will be presented by Detective Matt Bryant and the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office soon to a Grand Jury for possible indictment.

Edward Bailey has been lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center where is remains as of this press release.

Deputy Trent Massey is assisting Detective Bryant with the investigation.

Detective Matt Bryant continues the investigation.




Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on Saturday, December 18, 2021, Deputy Alex Wesley responded to a call that an online group called "Predator Poachers" were talking with a male individual at the Cinema 8 Movie Theater in Somerset, Kentucky.  When Deputy Wesley arrived at the theater, there were three male individuals from the online predator group talking to another male individual.  The three male subjects told Deputy Wesley that they had tracked the other male down on social media, "Instagram."  The one male individual was there to meet an 11-year-old female to watch a movie.  The male individual had communicated with the 11-year-old female for the purpose of inappropriate relations.  The 11-year-old girl was not an actual person but a fictitious person the online group had created to lure in this individual.


As a result of Deputy Alex Wesley's investigation, he arrested Floyd T. Adams, age 46, of Eubank, Kentucky, for Procuring or Promoting the Use of a Minor Less than 12 Years of Age. 


Mr. Adams was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center, where he remains lodged as of this press release. 


Deputy Wesley was assisted during this investigation initially by Deputy Dan Pevley, Deputy Jay Picard, and Detective Matt Bryant of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division. 


After Mr. Adams was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center, Deputy Alex Wesley secured a search warrant for Adam'ss’ residence in tharea of Eubank, Kentuckyea.  Deputy Wesley, along with Deputy Austin Swartz, Deputy David Campbell, and Detective Matt Bryant, served the search warrant.  As a result of the search warrant, several electronic and storage devices were seized.  These devices will be submitted to the FBI for forensic examination.


On December 29, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Floyd Adams appeared before Pulaski District Court for a Preliminary Hearing in which Deputy Alex Wesley testified.  At the end of the hearing, Mr. Adams' case was sent to the Grand Jury, where it will be presented by Deputy Alex Wesley and the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office at a later time. 


Deputy Alex Wesley continues the investigation. 




Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on December 29, 2021, at approximately 12:06 AM, Deputy Tan Hudson and Deputy Noah Wesley encountered a 2004 Acura at a gas station near the Southeastern By-Pass (KY 914) near the 911 Dispatch Center. The Deputies investigation led to a search of the vehicle. Deputies checked the license plate on the vehicle and learned that the car had been reported stolen. There was a male and a female sitting in the back seat of the car and another female out pumping gas. The female in the back was identified as Brittany Woliver, age 32, from Carter Sells Road in Johnson City, Tennessee. Deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Located in the vehicle in a pouch was what Deputies suspected to be Fentanyl. 


Further investigation revealed another vehicle parked behind the Acura with two males in it. One of the males was identified as Justin Proffitt, age 32, of Dalton Lane in Somerset, Kentucky. The Deputies learned that Mr. Proffitt had an arrest warrant from the Kentucky Parole Board for Absconding (Fugitive) from Parole Supervision and Failure to Comply with Treatment Program for Substance Abuse. He was arrested for the warrant at that time. Deputies then searched the second car and found a wallet with 2,908.00 dollars in cash that belonged to Mr. Proffitt. While Mr. Proffitt was in the back seat of the Sheriff's vehicle, he became ill, and an ambulance was called to the scene. After the ambulance arrived, Mr. Proffitt stated that he had consumed some illegal drugs, but he didn't know how much. After Mr. Proffitt was removed by the ambulance, a small amount of suspected Methamphetamine and marijuana was located in the back seat of the Sheriff's vehicle. 


It was confirmed through Pulaski County 911 Dispatch that the 2004 Acura was stolen out of Tennessee and that Brittany Woliver, the female in the back seat of the Acura, was the person who had allegedly stolen the car. Ms. Woliver was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property involving the Acura. She was also charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense – (Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives). She was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center, where she remains lodged as of this press release. 


After Justin Proffitt was treated and released from Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, he was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center. In addition to serving the Parole Warrant, he was also charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense – (less than 2 grams of Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Marijuana (less than eight oz.) 1st Offense, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Mr. Proffitt remains lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center as of this press release.


All illegal drugs and cash were logged into evidence at the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. The illegal drugs will be sent to the Kentucky State Police Forensic Lab for examination. 


Lieutenant Richard Smith, Deputy Branson Patterson, and the Somerset/Pulaski County EMS assisted. 


This case remains under investigation by Deputy Tan Hudson and Deputy Noah Wesley. 


Sheriff Greg Speck asked that if you have any information about drug activity or any crime, contact our office at 606-678-5145. You can remain anonymous. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at




The Kentucky State Police (KSP), Richmond Post was contacted by Bluegrass 911 about a shooting in Lincoln County, shortly after 6:00 p.m. on December 27th. 


KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to Mountain Stop Store on KY 501, in Kings Mountain, where they discovered Greg Galloway, 33 years old of Kings Mountain, KY, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lincoln County Coroner. His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.


The initial investigation indicates Robin Dunn, 24 years old of Danville, KY, and Greg Galloway got into a verbal dispute. During the altercation, Dunn drew a firearm and shot Galloway, fatally wounding him.


Robin Dunn was arrested and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. He is charged with Murder and Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon.


The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Detective Luke VanHoose. He was assisted at the scene by KSP personnel, Lincoln Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Coroner's Office and Lincoln County EMS.




A Middleburg man facing new drug charges as he was arrested on outstanding warrants last week.

Deputy Geoffery Brown with Casey County Sheriff's Office went to serve warrants on 54 year old Brian Wesley Means on Wednesday. He was located sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle in a driveway on East Yosemite Road. A search of the area located a small metal container with suspected Methamphetamine and a black box containing a glass Meth Pipe.

Means was arrested on warrants for:

  • Probation Violation (Felony Offense)
  • Parole Violation
  • Failure to Appear

Mr. Means was additionally charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree, 3rd or Greater Offense (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.




A Liberty homeless man arrested for causing a disturbance at a local gas station Thursday evening.

Deputies with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office, responded to the call just after 8pm at Jack's Express, on S. 127, about five miles South of Liberty, where workers reported a man yelling and cussing in the parking lot. 

Deputy Geoffrey Brown was first on the scene and found 35 year old James Michael Terry, yelling and cursing in the parking lot, as well as going to the roadway. Deputy Vance Davis arrived a short time later and found Mr. Terry on the porch of a house, continuing his tirade.

Terry was taken into custody on charges of Public Intoxication of Controlled Substance, and Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree.

He was also served several outstanding warrants for Parole Violation, and 3 warrants for Failure to Appear, 2 from Casey County and 1 from Russell County.

Liberty Police Officer Hunter Christian assisted.




There are some very useful programs for farmers coming up in 2022 at your local UK Ag Extension Office.

Here's Casey County Ag Agent, Kelsey Woodrum...

For more information, stop in at your County Extension Office after the holidays.




The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is preparing to activate a new traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 27 and KY 70 in Eubank.


The new signal will be placed in flashing mode on Monday, Dec. 27, to allow motorists to become familiar with the signal. Motorists traveling U.S. 27 will continue to have the right of way. The KY 70 approaches will continue to be stop controlled and will be given a flashing red signal to indicate stop.


The signal will remain in flashing mode approximately two weeks before placed into full red-yellow-green operation. 


Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution while driving through this intersection as crews continue work to install and test the signal.


The dates for the signal activation may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers who travel this interchange should be alert for changes in traffic flow this new signal will create.


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  



Carol Moore, of Wildlife Matters Rehabilitation Haven in Nancy, reports a nightmarish scene at a local residence where authorities found numerous dead and dying exotic animals & reptiles.

A search warrant was executed after the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office became aware of the situation.

Jeff Henderson has the story...





The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session this week.

Under general business, the County will continue to participate in Opiod Litigation.
Casey County Judge Executive, Randy Dial...


That motion was approved.

Under road business, Judge Dial says he was able to negotiate a better price for a bridge replacement project...

The old Courthouse will get some much needed replacements for some aged grates...

That motion was made and approved.

Judge Dial updated the magistrates on federal ARCA funding for Casey County...

Sheriff Chad Weddle presented his department's monthly report for November...





  • Justin S Cooper, 41 of Danville: Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree - Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Degree/3rd or Subsequent Offense, DUI 3rd Offense, Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Operating On A Suspended/Revoked OL, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Improper Equipment, Obstructed Vision/Windshield, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
  • William R Wethington, 57 of Liberty: Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Degree/3rd or Subsequent Offense, Drug Paraphernalia, No Insurance, & No/Expired Registration Plates.
  • Teresa A Daniel, 32 of Russell Springs: Complicity to Commit Burglary 3rd Degree, Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree, Complicity to Commit Theft Over $1,000, & Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree.
  • Darryl L Durham, 47 of Nancy: Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $1,000, & Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd Degree - On Foot.
  • Amanda S Wilson a.k.a Amanda S Peyton, 35 of Liberty: Careless Driving, DUI - Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, No OL, & Prescription-Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container. 

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




A Casey County woman was injured in a two vehicle accident in Taylor County early Friday.

Captain Brian Pickard with Taylor County Sheriff's Office reports 56 year old Karla Riddle, of Liberty, was driving a 2014 Chevy Malibu, when she collided with an on-coming '96 Chevy Trailblazer, operated by 47 year old Stacy Brock, of Lebanon, who failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the center line.

Brock's vehicle then struck a guard rail and over turned onto it's side. She and a passenger, Richard Salee, 46 of Lebanon, were both extracted by Taylor Co. Fire/Rescue and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS for treatment of serious injuries.

Riddle went to Casey County Hospital by private means for treatment of minor injuries.

This accident happened around 5am Friday on KY 70, near the intersection of Gaddis Ridge. 




December 14, 2021

The release below was put out yesterday on Facebook and a press release was sent to the
media. Since then, we have had multiple people telling us about this scam.

Yesterday we posted that so far nobody had lost any money, but late yesterday a lady came to
the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office reporting that she was scammed and had actually sent in
over $2,000 dollars thinking it was a legit call. THEY PREY ON YOUR FEAR. It sounds legit if you
listen to what they are saying.


They want you to buy gift cards from Kroger or Walmart or any other establishment that sells
them. THIS IS NOT HOW THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR THE COURTS OPERATE. They will ask you to remain on the line with them. The lady stayed on the line for over two hours yesterday while
she went to various places to purchase the cards. They are using different names of police
officers to try to add to their legitimacy. We have heard they used Sergeant Raymond Lee,
Detective Campbell, etc. Today they used the name of a local judge and made it sound even
more legitimate.


Please help us spread the word for people not to fall for this. Call this office if you have

Sheriff Greg Speck wants to warn of a possible scam in our area.

We have received several calls today from citizens in Pulaski County who state that someone called them saying they had warrants on them or that they had an upcoming court date. So far, none of the calls have solicited money. The calls are coming from a phone number and so far has been an 802 prefix.

We want to let you know that the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office does not call and tell you that you have a warrant on you. We also do not call you about upcoming court dates. That should come from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Also, one of the callers told a person that she was under investigation for failing to show up for Jury Duty. The caller gave their name as Detective Campbell. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office does not have a Detective Campbell. Another person called the Sheriff’s Office, stating they received a call from someone who stated she had a warrant on her and that someone would be at her house in 30 minutes and then hung up on her.

We have contacted the number and when answered it gives you different prompts to connect you with the warrants division, supervisor on call, etc. We do not have an answering system on our phones if you call the direct line. A live person usually answers our phones.





December 16, 2021


Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on December 15, 2021, at approximately 8:38 PM, Deputy Tan Hudson and other officers responded to the Dollar General in Ferguson about a person driving a red truck stealing a money bag from another vehicle in the parking lot.


Before the officers got on scene a Dodge flatbed truck was in the parking lot with the red truck. The red truck and the flatbed truck left down south KY 1247. Kentucky State Trooper Adam Childress found the trucks sitting on the side of south 1247. When Deputy Hudson got to Trooper Childress, Trooper Childress was out with an occupant. At this time, the truck took off pulling into oncoming traffic. Deputy Hudson activated his lights and siren, but the truck continued to flee.


Deputy Hudson continued to pursue the truck until it made it to Gibson Lane in Bronston where the driver jumped from the truck letting the vehicle roll into a parked and unoccupied Nissan Altima. The Altima received extensive damage. Deputy Branson Patterson investigated the incident involving the damage to the Altima. The driver of the truck fled into a residence with Deputy Hudson chasing him on foot. Deputy Hudson found the driver hiding in a bathroom of the residence and arrested him without any further incident.


The driver of the 1999 Dodge Ram pickup was identified as Justin Stigall, age 30, from Aqua Trail in Somerset, KY. He also had an address in Bronston, KY. Mr. Stigall also had several outstanding warrants. He was charged with the following:

Charge 1: Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense

Charge 2: Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle)

Charge 3: Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)

Charge 4: Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree

Charge 5: Reckless Driving

Charge 6: No Insurance

Charge 7: Expired Driver’s License

Charge 8: Improper Display of License Plates

Charge 9: Rear License Plate Not Illuminated


Deputy Hudson also served three warrants on Mr. Stigall where he had failed to appear on other non-related charges. Mr. Stigall was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center where he remains as of this press release.


A passenger in the truck driven by Mr. Stigall, Christian Anderson, age 24 from Fred Stevens Road in Pine Knot, KY, fled on foot as well. Officer Eric Thomas, Burnside Police Department commanded Mr. Anderson to stop, but he refused. He was caught and taken into custody after a short struggle and was placed under arrest by Deputy Branson Patterson, Deputy Ryan Jones, and Officer Eric Thomas.


Christian Anderson was charged with the following:

Charge 1: Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)

Charge 2: Resisting Arrest

Charge 3: Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) Indictment Warrant


Deputy Branson Patterson also served an Indictment Warrant on Mr. Anderson for a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine). Mr. Anderson was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center where he remains as of this press release.


Additionally, because of this traffic stop and subsequent arrests, Trooper Childress was able to locate and retrieve stolen property that was involved in an un-related theft investigation currently being conducted by Deputy David Wesley.


Sheriff Greg Speck asked that if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our office at




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

Superintendent, Barry Lee...




Donations for Tornado Victims are being collected in Casey County.

Donations of clothing, water, & non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Casey County VFW building on W. Ky 70 today. The donations will be delivered to victims in Taylor County.

Donations are also being accepted for victims in Mayfield. Drop off those items at the equipment lot on S. 127 next to Bread of Life Cafe.

All donations will be appreciated.




Numerous families displaced & 1 woman killed early Saturday morning when a tornado moved through neighboring Taylor County.


Taylor County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Dooley states that the tornado touched down in NorthWestern Taylor County & proceeded to move across the Northern part of Taylor county. Areas affected included Quisenberry Road, Sanders Road, Feather Creek Road, Pleasant Hill Church Road, Kindness Road, & Finley Ridge Road before moving into Marion County.


70 families were displaced as their homes were heavily damaged or completely destroyed. There were several families who were rescued from their homes, several individuals who received injuries & 1 woman was killed.


Dooley states a Tornado Warning was issued by the NWS approximately 30 minutes prior to the tornado striking the area. He also states the CODERed alert system, proved effective & valuable in saving lives during the issuance of the tornado warning.


A damage survey was completed Sunday by NWS Louisville & it was confirmed the tornado was ruled as an E-F3 with 140 mph winds. The findings also states the tornado was at least 1/4 mile wide (wider in some areas) as it travelled 5 miles within Taylor County before moving into Marion County. NWS will be conducting additional surveys in Green & Marion counties later this week.


Dooley goes on to say he wants to applaud the community for the way everyone came together in unison to help support and help during this devastating time.


Taylor County Judge Executive Barry Smith stated Sunday that a State of Emergency has been declared for Taylor County.


A huge thank you goes out to ALL agencies & individuals who responded before, during, & after the storm.




  • Brandon D Earles, 31 of Yosemite:  Strangulation-1st Degree; & Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence) - Minor Injury.
  • Rocky D Shelton, 30 of Monticello:  Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $10,000); & 2 counts of Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree; Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
  • Aaron C Higgins, 27 of Jeffersonville, IN:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree/3rd Offense (Methamphetamine).
  • Megan E Kendrick, 35 of Liberty:  Assault-3rd Degree; Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree; Resisting Arrest; Obstructing Emergency Responders; & Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree.
  • Ronnie D Lee, Jr., 42 of Liberty:  Assault-3rd Degree; Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree; Resisting Arrest; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree; & Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  • Jacob D Eads, 20 of Liberty:  Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree; Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree; DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravating Circumstance); Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL; & Speeding (23 MPH over limit).
  • James M Morgan, 41 of Hustonville:  Assault-4th Degree-3rd Offense (Domestic Violence); Resisting Arrest; Menacing; & Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree.
  • Jamie L Sharp, 33 of Russell Springs:  Mail Theft; & Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree.
  • Matthew S Hafley, 29 of Junction City:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree-3rd Offense (Methamphetamine); DUI-Controlled Substance; Possession of Marijuana; & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jason M Cannon, 41 of Danville:  Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree-2nd Offense (Methamphetamine); DUI-Controlled Substance; No OL; No Insurance; Possession of Marijuana; & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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




Troopers with Kentucky State Police, Post 4 arrested a Taylor County man after a late night standoff with law enforcement. A little after 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5th, Troopers with Post 4 were working an ongoing investigation which led them to a residence on College Street in the Buffalo Community of LaRue County.  As a trooper attempted to make contact with an individual inside the residence, the person inside made verbal threats toward the trooper’s life. 

After the arrival of other KSP troopers, along with other local agencies, troopers made several requests for the individual to come out unarmed. After some time, KSP’s Special Response Team (SRT) was called to the scene. Around 12:30 A.M. this morning, the individual surrendered to KSP without further incident.  

James A. Deslongchamps, 42 of Campbellsville, was charged with terroristic threatening, 3rd degree, menacing and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the LaRue County Jail.

Neither Deslongchamps nor any law enforcement units were injured during the incident. KSP was assisted on scene by LaRue County Sheriff's Office, Hodgenville Police Department and LaRue County EMS. KY 61 was shut down for several hours due to the incident.




A Casey County Circuit Court jury found Randall Lee Atwood, 59, guilty of Second-Degree Manslaughter & First-Degree Wanton Endangerment following a three-day trial.


According to testimony at trial, Atwood shot & killed 33-year-old Elza E. King on November 4, 2020, near Calhoun Creek Road in Casey County. The men had been involved in an argument regarding property that King was purchasing located near land owned by Atwood and adjacent to a driveway leading to Atwood’s home.


The argument escalated and Atwood brandished a firearm as the two men argued. Atwood eventually placed his gun back inside his truck as King and King’s girlfriend, Savannah Lynn, got into King’s truck. King drove towards Atwood’s truck, where Atwood was standing near the driver’s side door. King slammed on his brakes before reaching Atwood’s vehicle, but King’s truck hit the side of the bed of Atwood’s truck just behind the driver’s side door before coming to a stop.


Atwood retrieved his 9mm handgun again and proceeded to shoot into the driver’s side window of King’s truck, striking King in the left shoulder. The state medical examiner testified that the bullet then penetrated King’s lungs and aorta before lodging in the back of his right shoulder. The medical examiner also testified that the autopsy report revealed the presence of an illicit drug in King’s blood.


Atwood made several statements immediately following the shooting, and never denied firing the weapon at King.  Atwood’s defense at trial was that he was acting in self-defense, although Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright maintained that Atwood initiated the confrontation and that Atwood was not in actual danger when he fired through the side of the driver’s window into King’s stationary truck. 


Atwood was initially charged with Murder but was convicted of the lesser offense of Second-Degree Manslaughter.  The conviction for Wanton Endangerment was based on the danger Atwood posed to Savannah Lynn when he shot into King’s truck.


The jury recommended the maximum sentences available for both charges – ten (10) years on Second-Degree Manslaughter and five (5) years on First-Degree Wanton Endangerment – and the jury recommended that the sentences be served consecutively, for a total sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison.


The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police Det. Marvin Blakey and Det. B.J. Burton, with assistance from the Casey County Sheriff’s Department and Casey County Constable Darren Wesley, who was the first member of law enforcement to arrive at the scene of the shooting. 


Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright commended the officers for their hard work and dedication in this investigation.   Wright further expressed appreciation to the jurors who served during this trial.  Wright said, “I respect and appreciate the jury’s decision in this case. 


They spent several days listening to testimony and deliberated for a considerable time before reaching their verdict in this case. I’m thankful that justice was served on behalf of Elza and his family.  The Commonwealth has always maintained that Elza’s death was unnecessary and was the result of an unlawful act, and the jury agreed.” Wright added, “my office remains committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens of this jurisdiction and will continue to aggressively prosecute those persons who commit criminal acts of violence against others.” 


Atwood, who was represented at trial by attorneys Theodore Lavit and Cameron Griffith, will appear before Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy for final sentencing on January 24, 2022.




A Casey County man is behind bars after fighting with police Wednesday.

Deputy Geoffrey Brown, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, went to serve a warrant at 3689 Poplar Hill Road, about 9 miles East of Liberty. There he found 37 year old Jeremy L. Owens laying in a ditch next to the roadway. 

Mr. Owens began yelling & kicking as Deputy Brown attempted to place him in handcuffs. Liberty Police Officer Hunter Christian arrived on the scene to assist. They eventually got Owens in custody. Both Officers had Owens' blood on their shirts.

Owens stated he had taken Methamphetamine earlier that day.


He was transported to Casey County Hospital, and once medically cleared, he was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Assault-3rd Degree-Police Officer, & Public Intoxication. He was also served with 3 Casey County warrants for failure to appear.




Secretary of State Michael Adams and the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association announce a new partnership to promote poll worker recruitment and voter registration among young people.


“We can’t have an election without election workers,” Adams said. “Our base of volunteer poll workers is aging out, and this partnership will help us find new ones as we prepare for the 2022 elections.”


“Student Y already provides Kentucky middle and high school students with the tools to register voters and advocate for voting in every election,” said Beth Malcom, Kentucky YMCA Youth Association CEO/President. “This exciting partnership will only further their opportunity to engage with our state government and increase teen civic activity across the commonwealth.”


Under Adams’ recently enacted election reform law, now any registered voter is eligible to serve as a poll worker. Thus, for every new registered voter, the Commonwealth will have a new eligible poll worker as well.


In addition to recruiting poll workers, the Office of the Secretary of State and the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association will hold high school voter registration drives and conduct voter education training.


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