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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2022-03



The Casey County Board of Education met in special session Monday.

The first item of business, Casey County Judge Executive swore in new board member, Tim Childress.

The Board will advertise for bids for food service.

They also addressed some much needed maintenance to the tennis courts and running track at the High School.

Superintendent, Barry Lee...





A Casey County man was arrested Friday after threatening Fire Fighters who were trying to put out a grass fire on his property.

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle responded to the call shortly before Noon Friday, of a disturbance on Neff Road, about 14 miles north of Liberty. Dispatch advised the Fire Department was on the scene, where 45 year old Jody K Padgett, of 787 Neff Rd., Liberty, had set the fire on his property and it was getting close to structures on neighboring property. 

Padgett was not allowing Fire Fighters to extinguish the grass fire, and was threatening them and throwing metal objects at them and their vehicle.

Upon arrival, Sheriff Weddle noted Padgett was yelling in a public place and ordered him to turn around and put his hands behind his back, he was under arrest. Mr. Padgett said he wasn't going to jail and took off running. Sheriff Weddle deployed his taser, which was ineffective. 

During the foot pursuit, Padgett stopped and charged Sheriff Weddle and Liberty Police Officer Christian with a metal object. The Officers were assisted by several Fire Units in taking Padgett to the ground and placing him in custody.

Padgett was in possession of a bag of Methamphetamine at the time.

He was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance, Assault-3rd Degree (Police Officer), Assault-3rd Degree (EMS/Fire/Rescue), Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree-2nd Offense, Menacing, & Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree (on foot).




This week is national "Kick-Butt's Week" and the Casey Youth Coalition at Casey County High School hopes it will inspire classmates and others to kick the habit.

Kyra & Karis are with the CYC...


Check out the entire CCHS Rebel Report here...



Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.


Post Commander Glen Phillips and other members of the Casey County VFW addressed the court concerning refreshing the Doughboy monument and the flag pole at the Court House... 

The magistrates voted to allow the VFW to proceed with their plans at their discretion. The project will be completed at no cost to the county.


The Fiscal Court held a 2nd reading and adoption of Budget amendment. They accepted the Conservation District budget. The Magistrates also gave Judge Executive Randy Dial permission to advertise for yearly bids.


Under road business the Magistrates  voted to give Judge Dial permission to apply for a rubber-modified asphalt grant. The Court will also be excepting bids for road repair on Reynolds Creek and South Fork Creek Road. 


The Court accepted a budget for the new fiscal year presented by the jailer, and noted there will need to be some revisions.


Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle gave his monthly report for the month of February. 


The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for Monday, April 4th.




Kentucky State Police Post 15 is investigating a two vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Sunday March 20, 2022 at approximately 10:43 AM on Bridgewater Rd., in Adair County.

Preliminary investigations indicate that Jessica Wilkinson age 28 of Columbia KY was operating a 2019 Chrysler Van north bound on Bridgewater Rd., when she crossed into the south bound lane striking a 2003 Ford Mustang head-on.

The operator of the Mustang, a 16 year Juvenile from Columbia, KY was unable to avoid the collision because of the hillcrest.

Wilkinson and her two passengers Derek Wilkson, age 31 of Columbia, KY and a three your old passenger received minor injuries.

The operator of the mustang and one other juvenile passenger were transported to T.J. Health in Columbia, KY.

A juvenile passenger in the back seat was pronounced deceased by the Adair County Coroner.

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Brandon Roark. Trooper Roark was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Adair County Sheriff Department, Adair County Rescue Squad, Adair County Fire and EMS.




The Kentucky State Police is investigation a three vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at approximately 4:52 PM on Hwy 68 between Campbellsville and Lebanon.

Preliminary investigations indicate that Melissa Roberts, age 48 of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2021 Acura west bound on HWY 68 when she crossed the center line and side swiped an east bound 2015 Ford Focus operated by Noah Kammerer, age 20 of Evansville, IN.

That collision caused Roberts to skid sideways into the path of another east bound vehicle, which was a 2011 GMC pickup operated by Jared Pittman, age 21 of Bradfordsville, KY. Pittman struck Roberts in in the passenger side.

Roberts was transported to Springview hospital where she succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision.

Kammerer and Pittman were also transported to Springview hospital and treated for minor injuries.

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan. Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Marion County Sheriff Department, Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County Fire and EMS.




Two Yosemite residents arrested on theft charges Tuesday.

32 year old Jennifer Crawford, and Steven Crawford, age 50, both of Yosemite, are facing charges in connection to a stolen trailer from August of 2021. 

Jennifer Crawford is charged with receiving stolen property over $1,000 but less than $10,000, tampering with physical evidence, and endangering the welfare of a minor for her part in the stolen trailer. She's also charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (meth) and drug paraphernalia after a search of her residence, and two charges of assault 4th degree after speaking with two of her children about injuries they received.

She was lodged in the Casey County Jail.

Steven Crawford is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $1,000 but less than $10,000, tampering with physical evidence, and endangering the welfare of a minor. He's also charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense (meth) and drug paraphernalia. Steven was not arrested due to a disabled person in the home and caring for a child.

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle investigated.




A Casey County man arrested on drug and other charges following a traffic stop late Wednesday.

Just before 9pm, Casey County Deputy Geoffrey Brown observed a '97 Dodge Dakota pickup crossing the white line on US 127. The truck also had expired tags. Deputy Brown initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Castle Rock Rd., about five miles north of Liberty. 

The driver, 39 year old Jerry A Peavey, of KY 1547, Liberty, could not produce a driver's license, or proof of insurance.  He stated he had smoked marijuana earlier. Dispatch advised Mr. Peavey had an active warrant out of Pulaski County. 

Peavey stated he had some marijuana, and gave it to Deputies Tyler Luttrell, & Vance Davis. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of around 90 grams of Methamphetamine, several small clear baggies, a set of scales, Marijuana & Meth pipes, several syringes, and $186 in cash.

Mr. Peavey failed field sobriety tests. He was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of:

  • Reckless Driving
  • No Insurance
  • No Registration Plates
  • Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL's
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine-1st Degree (over 2 grams)
  • DUI-Controlled Substance (Aggravated Circumstance)
  • Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle




A Taylor County man was arrested on DUI & other charges Monday.

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle arrested 36 year old Jeremy Wilhoit, of Campbellsville, on charges of speeding 19 mph over limit, no registration plates, driving on suspended or revoked operator license, DUI-controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and possession of Methamphetamine-1st degree. 

Sheriff Weddle was assisted by Deputy Jayson Grider, LPD Chief Steven Garrett and K9 Mako. 

Thanks to the dispatchers at Bluegrass 911 Communications for their assistance.





It was a lengthy meeting last night for members of the Casey County Board of Education.


Here's Superintendent, Barry Lee...



The next regular meeting of the Casey County School Board is scheduled for April 11th.




Liberty City Council met in regular session yesterday.

A motion was made to extend Dale Hoskins' membership on the Housing Authority Commission to September 30, 2025. That motion was approved.


There were several visitors at yesterday's City Council meeting, including a doctor and several nurses. They addressed the Council concerning their recent discussion about a possible occupational tax…



The visitors voiced concerns that an occupational tax would be unfair and might make workers leave our area. Mayor Brown stated that there were very few cities left in the state that do not have an occupational tax, the closest one being Lawrenceburg.


That lengthy discussion dominated the rest of the meeting which was then adjourned with no action taken.


The next regular meeting of the Liberty City Council is scheduled for 
April 11th.




A Casey County couple are facing charges after a child was reportedly being held over the side of a bridge.

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle responded to the call of a domestic dispute, shortly before 9am Thursday, on Reynolds Creek Road, about five miles north of liberty. The caller stated a man removed a small child from a vehicle and looked like he was attempting to drop the child over a bridge.


A witness stated the man got out of the passenger side of the vehicle, walked over to the female driver and started yelling & cussing at her, then removed the child, described as approximately 3 years of age. The witness stated the man held the child over his head and walked over to the side of the bridge, then held the child by its feet over the side. The man was reportedly yelling and cussing at the child, then threw the child back inside the vehicle.

On Friday, Sheriff Weddle spoke with the man, identified as 36 year old Dennie Procario, of Liberty, who stated they were not fighting, and he was just playing with the child. The mother of the child, Kabrina Nester, 28 of Liberty, coroborated that story and didn't see anything wrong with it.

Both were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. 

Procario was additionally charged with wanton endangerment-1st degree, and assault-4th degree (child abuse). He was lodged in the Casey County Jail.




Crystal Sallee has details on this hazardous weather system...



* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5
  inches. Locally higher amounts possible.

* WHERE...Portions of east central and south central Kentucky.

* WHEN...From 10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ this evening to 10 AM EST /9
  AM CST/ Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Gusty winds between 25 and 30 mph could
  cause some blowing snow early Saturday morning. Wind chills
  will drop to the single digits and lower teens Saturday


If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

For Kentucky Road Conditions please visit




A 911 Dispatch report of a reckless driver leads to a DUI arrest Wednesday.

Casey County Deputy Geoffrey Brown received a "Be On Look Out" for a vehicle that was all over the roadway on KY 70. He spotted the 2021 Mercedez van about seven miles East of Liberty, near Yosemite. Deputy Brown observed the van cross the center line several times & initiated a traffic stop.

The driver, 28 year old Ketan B. Patel, of Maryland, failed field sobriety tests. His breathalizer reading was .280. 

Mr. Patel was arrested on charges of reckless driving, no insurance, possession of open alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle, and DUI. He was lodged in the Casey County Jail. 

Deputy Brown was assisted by LPD Officer Hunter Christian.




A Kings Mountian man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday.


Lincoln County Deputies were patrolling the Kings Mountain Community after receiving complaints of possible drug activity. 


They observed a Chevrolet Pick Up on Old Kentucky 501 with equipment violations and initiated a traffic stop. 


A search of the vehicle located a key magnet box containing two baggies of methamphetamine and another of heroin. 


The driver, 49 year old Anthony R. Miller, of Kings Mountain, was arrested on charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine over 2 grams, Possession of Heroin, Endangering the welfare of a minor, and Inadequate silencer. 


He was transported and lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.


A juvenile passenger was turned over to the care of her family. 



A Liberty teen has been arrested in connection with a burglary at a local church.


Deputy Jayson Grider, with Casey County Sheriff’s Office, responded Sunday morning to Bethlehem United Methodist Church on KY 1547, where victims reported a Martin guitar, a flat screen tv, some keys, & food items, with a total value of nearly $1,300, missing from the church.


Deputy Grider seen 18-year-old Tanner B Wilkinson on Bell Hill on W KY 70 just days earlier, in possession of a guitar matching the description of the one taken from the church.


Mr. Wilkinson was lodged in the Casey County Jail. He admitted to entering the church building through an unlocked window & took the guitar & other items, before exiting through a side door. No damage was done to the building.


The stolen items were recovered at his residence on Rodgers Road & returned to the church.


Wilkinson is charged with Burlgary 3rd degree & theft by unlawful taking over $1,000.




Another litter bug has been busted.

On Monday, Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle cited Charles Johnson, of Stanford, on a charge of criminal littering after receiving a compliant of a large amount of garbage that had been dumped on Upper Brush Creek Rd. 


Just days earlier, a Hustonville man was cited for the same charge, in the same area.


Both men were ordered to pick up the garbage along with a one-mile stretch of Upper Brush Creek.



The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.


Skipper Todd with the Casey County Conservation District presented the magistrates with their annual report, which was accepted.


Judge Executive Randy Dial asked for a motion granting him authority to sign a tire waste agreement. Once the dates are finalized, Casey County will once again participate in the waste tire amnesty program...

The motion was approved.


Judge Dial also asked for authority to sign an agreement with Columbia Gulf Gas concerning their usage of County right of ways on Caney Fork Road to perform upgrades to their gas line. That motion was approved.


The Court accepted excess fees from the Sheriff's Department.


The magistrates voted to approve some temporary repairs to Gateway Park so that youth baseball may proceed for the season. The court is still looking into the possibility of moving the Little League field to a new location...


Judge Dial also noted that the Casey County Board of Elections has opted to use one central location for voting, at the Pork Producer's Building at the Central Kentucky Ag Expo Center. Voting will be open the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday prior to election Day, as well as election day itself. Judge Dial and the magistrates along with County Attorney Tommy Weddle voiced concern that there would only be one central voting location...


The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court will be Monday, March 21st.




  • Ronald Clayton Satterly, 40 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st deg-second offense-methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance first-degree hydrocodone, DUI Controlled substance 2nd offense, possession of controlled substance 3rd-degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, & careless driving. 
  • Rance Eddie Cole Kidd, 29 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st deg-second offense-methamphetamine, & possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Robert Blaine Miller, 43 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st deg-3rd or subsequent offense-methamphetamine.
  • Gary W Schubert, 53 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st degree-methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, & possession of controlled substance 1st degree-2nd offense-meth.
  • Ricky E Davis, 54 of Danville; burglary 2nd degree, persistent felony offender 2nd degree, & public intoxication.
  • Edgar Jackson Propes II, 35 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st deg-3rd or subsequent offense methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI-controlled substance, possession of marijuana, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, no insurance, no tail lamps, & speeding 17 mph over the limit.
  • Lincoln Brent Wells, 33 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st degree-methamphetamine, driving on a suspended or revoked operators license, & improper windshield.
  • Robert L Allen, 33 of Liberty; 2 counts of wanton endangerment 1st deg.
  • Kellen G Sanders, 33 of Liberty; receiving stolen property over $1000, & persistent felony offender 2nd degree.
  • Dakota Lee Tyler Lemons, 27 of Liberty; burglary 2nd degree, persistent felony offender 1st degree, & theft by unlawful taking.
  • Ricky L Ray, 58 of Campbellsville; theft by unlawful taking over $1000. 
  • William Tyler Hayes, 28 of Liberty; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding 17 mph over the limit, failure to wear seatbelts, no insurance, and careless driving.
  • Billy Ray Martin, 60 of Liberty; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking marijuana less than 8 ounces-2nd or subsequent offense, possession of controlled substance 1st degree-hydrocodone, possession of controlled substance 3rd degree, & possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Joshua Lee Wooten, 31 of Elkhorn; strangulation 2nd degree.
  • David D Jones, 29 of Liberty; possession of controlled substance 1st deg- 2nd offense-methamphetamine, & possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Roger Dale Collins, 52 of Windsor; Obsecuring the identity of a machine.
  • William Michael Wellington, 27 of Liberty; receiving stolen property over $1000, & persistent felony offender 2nd-degree.
  • Otis B Collins, 35 Liberty; receiving stolen property over $1000,
  • Joseph Ethan Chesser, 32 of Bethelridge; receiving stolen property over $1000, & persistent felony offender 2nd degree.

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



Three people arrested in a Boyle County narcotics investigation.


Deputies with the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Thursday on Hillcrest Drive in Danville.


47 year old James “Jimmy” Baker III, was seen running from the rear of the residence. He  was quickly apprehended without further incident. Methamphetamine, marijuana, digital scales and cash were found during the search.


Baker is charged with:
* Trafficking Methamphetamine less than 2 grams
* Tampering with physical evidence
* Fleeing/evading Police 2nd Deg. 
* Poss. Marijuana 
* Drug paraphernalia 


Kari Carter, 30 of Danville, and Mary Fletcher, 34 of Stanford, were also arrested on active warrants during the investigation. 


All three were lodged in the Boyle County Jail. Captain Casey McCoy led the investigation.




Sheriff Greg Speck reports that Jason Woods, age 43, of Providence Road in Somerset, Kentucky, was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday evening, March 1, 2022.


As part of an ongoing drug investigation, Deputy Dan Pevley and Detective Lieutenant Daryl Kegley went to 2955 Providence Road to assist the FBI with the execution of a Federal Indictment on Mr. Woods after receiving information Mr. Woods lived at this residence. Deputies attempted to make contact with Mr. Woods by knocking and announcing but initially received no response. Deputies could hear people moving around inside the residence and hear a large dog inside the residence. 


After approximately an hour, Mr. Woods verbally responded to Law Enforcement officers and came to the front door of the residence after a short time. Upon Mr. Woods exiting the residence, Deputies detected an odor of marijuana coming from the residence. Mr. Woods had a large amount of money, $1,201.00, in his pocket.


A search warrant was granted for the residence. Before making entry, Law Enforcement contacted the Director of the Pulaski County Animal Control, Adam Scales, to assist with removing the large dog located inside of the residence. Additional Sheriff’s units and members of the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force arrived to assist in searching the residence.


Deputies made entry into the residence and located a female inside the residence. Upon searching the residence, Deputies located a large quantity of drugs to include the following:


Approximately 203.3 grams of heroin

Approximately 65.7 grams of cocaine

Approximately 75.2 grams of methamphetamine Approximately 125.8 grams of marijuana Approximately 15.4 grams of mushrooms Suboxone and Xanax The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the residence was $46,000.00.


Deputies also located and seized a lockbox containing $15,715.00 in cash. Deputies located 6 digital scales, baggies, ledgers containing suspected drug transactions, concealment devices, and an RF detector. Drug dealers sometimes use RF detectors to alert them that someone may be wearing a wire.


“The amount of drugs removed from this operation likely saved lives,” stated Sheriff Greg Speck. “The amount of heroin alone, would have placed roughly 2,000 doses of heroin on the streets of Pulaski County.” Sheriff Speck further stated, “Narcan is administered to people who are overdosing and is used to counteract the effects of opioid type drugs. We also located two empty containers of Narcan at the residence.” “We can only speculate why the two empty Narcan containers were there.”


Sheriff Speck said, “early in my administration going back to 2015, we investigated drug cases by developing confidential sources which led to large roundups of individuals trafficking in illegal narcotics”.  He went on to say, “this approach worked for several years, but over time, developing those sources became increasingly more difficult, due to the sources unwillingness to assist in investigations to the point we had to change our approach on how we investigate drug cases.”  While we still use confidential sources when available, we now use drug interdiction as our primary approach to investigating illegal drug cases. This involves traffic stops and tracing drugs back to their origin and conducting search warrants.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, starting in 2017, assigned Deputies to the FBI and DEA as Task Force Officers.  This allows the Sheriff’s Office to reach beyond the traditional jurisdiction of the Pulaski County line and go after the sources of these illegal narcotics. In those cases, the Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with our federal partners. Many of those cases are not reported on locally because those sources are in other counties or other states and are part of ongoing investigations. Due to the sources being in other jurisdictions, those charges are filed outside of this county, but the drugs would have eventually made it here to our streets and homes. Drugs have been and will continue to be a major focus of my administration.”  “The limited manpower at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will continue to be a challenge beyond my administration.”  


The investigation is ongoing by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force. Assisting Lieutenant Detective Kegley on the scene were Lieutenant Detective Bobby Jones, Detective Sergeant Cody Cundiff, Detective Todd Wilson, Detective Matt Bryant, Detective Joey Johnson, and Lieutenant Richard Smith.

Mr. Woods was charged with the following charges:


* Pulaski Circuit Court Warrant for Failure to Appear

* Pulaski Circuit Court Indictment for Bail Jumping, 1st Degree

* Federal Indictment for Possession with the Intent to Distribute (Methamphetamine)


In addition to the warrants, Mr. Woods was charged with the following:


* Aggravated Trafficking in Controlled Substance 100 grams or more of heroin

* Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense over 4 grams (Cocaine)

* Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense over 2 grams (Methamphetamine)

* Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense (Hallucinogen)

* Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified)

* Trafficking in Controlled Substance 3rd Degree 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified)

* Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8 ounces

* Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon


Mr. Woods was lodged at the Pulaski County Detention Center, where he remains lodged as of this press release.


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




According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron a Wayne County man has been indicted by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Southeastern Division at London.


On February 24, 2022, evidence was presented in the United State District Court on Cody Upchurch of Monticello, Ky. by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration with an indictment being returned and an arrest warrant being issued. This indictment came after several months of undercover investigations by the Wayne County Sheriff Office, the Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney Office. 


On March 1, 2022, Sheriff Catron, Deputies Derek Dennis, Allen Cash, Cody Neal, Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force Director Wayne Conn and Monticello Police Department Lieutenant Josh Asberry took Upchurch into custody at his residence on Bell Street. Deputy Derek Dennis served and arrested Upchurch on the Federal Arrest Warrant for the charges of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a methamphetamine mixture, possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. At the time of Upchurch’s arrest, he was found to have 31.5 grams of methamphetamine on his person. Deputy Dennis then transported Upchurch to a Federal Detention Center in London, Ky. Upchurch was then interviewed by the U. S. Attorneys Office and the Drug Administration.


On March 3, 2022, Upchurch will be arraigned in front of a United States District Court Magistrate on the above charges.


The investigation is continuing by all involved agencies with more indictments and arrest expected.


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