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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2022-09



The mother of three young children is facing charges after Danville Police found the kids alone in her vehicle.

Danville Police responded to 25 Holladay Drive, shortly after 7pm Saturday night, in reference to unattended children.  Upon arrival, officers located three children inside a vehicle ages, 4, 2, and 2 months.  They determined the kids had been there for around a half hour or more.

The mother of the children, 26 year old Cynthia Goins, of Danville, was found inside an apartment with a male subject who was suffering narcotic intoxication.  Officers rendered aid to the man, who was actively overdosing on an unknown substance.  

Danville City Fire and Boyle County EMS responded to the scene and the man, later identified as Hunter Blake, was transported to the local hospital for further treatment.  

Goins was charged with 3 counts each of wanton endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a minor.  A search of her vehicle yielded small amounts of marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine.  Goins was additionally charged with possession of all three substances.  Social services assisted Danville Police during the incident and the children were released to a family member.  They were unharmed.

Around 6am the next morning, Danville Police returned to the same area, where Hunter Blake was found, looking for his vehicle and phone.  He had been released from medical treatment.  Blake had no recollection of the previous events and believed he had been released from jail.  He was determined to be under the influence and was charged with public intoxication.  Due to his level of intoxication, Blake was cited and released back to the hospital for further treatment.


According to court records, a Russell Springs man who was facing a murder charge and four counts of assault stemming from a May 2020 car accident pled guilty in Russell Circuit Court on Tuesday to amended charges.

Haiden Cain’s murder charge was amended to a second degree manslaughter charge, and two first degree assault charges were amended to two second degree assault charges. Cain, age 30, was also charged with two additional second degree assault charges, DUI second offense, speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the limit, failure to give oncoming vehicle half of the highway, and reckless driving.

Under the guilty plea to the charges and amended charges, Commonwealth Attorney Matthew Leveridge recommended a sentence of 10 years on the manslaughter charge and a total of 10 years on the remaining charges with several of those running concurrently to each other, for a total of 20 years to serve.

Cain, who was indicted last year, was facing the charges from an auto collision in which law enforcement officials said he was traveling north on U.S. 127 when he attempted to pass a vehicle in a non-passing zone and collided with another vehicle.

Cain’s vehicle left the roadway and flipped multiple times. The crash resulted in the death of 26-year-old Janson Sallee, a passenger in Cain’s vehicle. Two individuals in the other vehicle were flown from the scene of that wreck and two minors were in the other vehicle.

Formal sentencing will be on October 25th. Cain, who was out on bond, was taken into custody and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



Pulaski County Fiscal Court met in regular session this week.

Jeff Henderson covered the meeting for 98.7 The Buck...




Another person has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in central Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police responded to the call of a two vehicle injury accident on E. Ky 80 in Russell County, just after 5pm Monday.

Investigators say a Yamaha Wolverine UTV, operated by 70 year old Edward Robertson, of Russell Springs, pulled onto 80 from Foley Rd., into the path of a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Van, driven by Rylie Kean, age 27, also of Russell Springs.

Mr. Robertson was transported to Russell County Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the Russell County Coroner.

The collision remains under investigation.

Jamestown Police, Russell County Sheriff's Office, Fire, & EMS also responded.
The mishap occurred just days after a similar accident in Taylor County.

69 year old Jason Jones died at the scene after his ATV was rear-ended on Bengal Rd., Friday morning.

That crash also remains under investigation.



Somerset City Council met in regular session this week.
There was a discussion concerning the homeless in the city.


Jeff Henderson covered the meeting...




A Yosemite man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Russell County over the weekend.

Kentucky State Police stopped a '99 Chevy Cavalier on Rose St. in Russell Springs around 11pm Sunday night for a seat belt violation.

A passenger in the vehicle, 37 year old Patrick Michael Sisco, of Yosemite, had a warrant for his arrest. He was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription pills. Also discovered during the search was a handgun and a large sum of cash.

In addition to his warrant, Sisco is charged with Trafficking meth-1st degree, Possession of controlled substance-1st degree,    Possession of a Handgun by a convicted felon, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication, & Menacing.

He was lodged in the Russell County Jail.

Trooper Jake Smith was assisted at the scene by other KSP Troopers, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, and Russell Springs Police.




Shortly after 12am Monday, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies Zack Nicholason and Logan Smith along with Sergeant Michael Mullins went to a residence on S Old Ottenheim Road in reference to serving an arrest warrant as well as following up on complaints of drug activity.

Upon arrival, Deputies observed evidence of narcotics usage in plain view. As they attempted to make contact, a man was seen fleeing through the residence.

Deputies secured the scene for a drug investigation. As they were conducting a protective sweep of the residence, a male suspect was found hiding inside a closet. He was wanted on (5) outstanding felony warrants from multiple surrounding counties. The man, who's name was not released, was placed under arrest and lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

Further investigation revealed suspected methamphetamine and suboxone inside the home.

As the investigation continues, authorities say more arrest(s) are expected.




Authorities in Pulaski County are trying to determine the cause of a fire at an un-occuppied home in Somerset this week.


Jeff Henderson says there were no injuries, but the investigation is on-going...




The Fiscal Court approved the minutes from the regular session of August 15, 2022. 


Magistrates accepted the treasurer's report and approved budget transfers. 


They also accepted tax rates from the School District and Ambulance Taxing District. The School Board approved the compensating rate and the Ambulance District took the 4% increase. 


The Extension District's compensating rate was approved by the court. 


Randy Watts and Lisa Peek were appointed to the Extension District Board. 


The court voted to purchase new voting machines as mandated by the state. The cost is $83,000. At least $75,000 of the cost will be reimbursed to the county over the next 2 years  


The court approved the purchase of 2 mowing tractors on the state pricing contract for the road department. 


The Casey County Detention Center's policy and procedures manual was approved. 


A request by the East Casey County Water District for the court's support of a Clean Water Act grant was approved. 


Payment of the monthly bills was approved.   




A Casey County father & daughter were cited on drug charges following a traffic stop Thursday morning.

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle reports, he met a 2007 Nissan Altima, with excessive window tint, headed South on US 127. The Nissan turned onto West KY 70. Sheriff Weddle initiated a traffic stop for speeding near the intersection of Lower Brush Creek Rd.

The driver, 57 year old Huland R. Jones, of Liberty, had expired Operator's License. Liberty Police Chief Garrett also responded to the scene, with K9 "Mako" alerting to the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a Meth Pipe with residue in the center console.

Mr. Jones failed field sobriety tests. He stated the Meth Pipe was not his, and that the vehicle belonged to his wife, Lorane Pritchett, who has been locked up in the Casey County Jail for a few weeks. He also stated he did use Meth approximately three days prior.

Jones was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of Speeding (3mph over limit), Excessive Window Tint, DUI (aggravating circumstance), Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving on Expired OL's.

A passenger in the car, Haley Jones, age 18 of Liberty, was cited for Possession of Methamphetamine. Officers found Meth in a container on her key-ring. She was also charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, due to her two year old daughter being in the vehicle. The child was released to a family member.

Deputy Hannah Lynn also assisted.




A Windsor woman is facing charges after being found passed out at the wheel at a local church.

Deputy Hannah Lynn, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, was dispatched to Patterson's Chapel Church, on Thompson Ridge Road, in the Windsor community, shortly after 1pm Wednesday afternoon, in reference to someone slumped over the wheel of a 2023 Ram Pickup.

Upon arrival, she made contact with 53 year old Lesia Sue Luttrell, who was laying on the wheel with the motor running. The arrest citation states Luttrell had slurred speech, glossy eyes, and was unsteady on her feet. She failed field sobriety tests.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a baggie containing crystal methamphetamine. Luttrell stated she had used meth the night before.

She was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of DUI, Driving on Suspended OL's, and Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree.

Sheriff Chad Weddle assisted.




A report of two people sleeping in a car on private property leads to drug & weapon charges.


Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle responded to the call Wednesday morning around 8:30, 6.5 miles North of Liberty on KY49. The caller stated the vehicle was behind a trailer, belonging to Rita Wethington. Roy Wooley and his wife Taylor were inside the vehicle with possible drugs inside.


Sheriff Weddle responded, along with Wooley's probation officer, Tyler Harrold & located the two, asleep in the front seat. After waking them up, they noticed a holstered pistol in the passenger side door panel as Taylor was exiting the vehicle.


The .25 caliber pistol was loaded, with one in the chamber.


Wooley granted consent to search the vehicle, which turned up a leather pouch, containing a meth pipe, 2 straws, & digital scales, all with residue, along with a piece of paper with brown suspected methamphetamine.


Wooley stated all the items, including the gun, were his. And that he had used meth earlier that morning.


Roy H. Wooley III, of Liberty, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense, Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon.


He was lodged in the Casey County Jail.




Somerset City Council met in regular session this week.
Jeff Henderson covered that meeting for 98.7 The Buck...





A check on a suspicious vehicle leads to drug charges for two Wayne County women.


Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron says, in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Deputies Derek Dennis and James Barnett noticed the women sitting in a vehicle at a Monticello business on South Main Street, where drug transactions have been occurring.


After approaching the vehicle, Deputy Barnett located a cigarette pack laying on a rear tire. Inside it was a plastic bag containing over 4 grams of methamphetamine.


The driver, 40 year old Carrisa D. Pyles of Monticello, admitted the  meth was hers, and she was going to sell it to the other woman.


The Deputies then followed Pyles to to her residence on Frisby Street where she lives with 34 year old Samantha R. Appleby.

They followed Pyles inside where they observed marijuana and two more bags of suspected methamphetamine laying in plain view.


A search the residence resulted in additional illegal narcotics and a set of digital scales being seized. Appleby stated that all these items belonged to her.


Both women were lodged in the Wayne County Jail.


Pyles is charged with trafficking Meth-1st degree (over 2 grams).  


Appleby is charged with trafficking Meth-1st degree (over 2 grams), possession & trafficking drugs unspecified-3rd degree, possession opiates-1st degree, illegal possession of a legend drug and, possession of drug paraphernalia.





The Liberty City Council held a public hearing yesterday prior to their regular meeting for public discussion concerning a proposed 4% increase in the property tax rate. There were a few in attendance and no action was taken.


The public hearing was followed by the Council's regular meeting.


The Council advertised for bids to repair the water systems "mother tank" located on Dry Ridge. Jay Hoffman addressed the council to answer any questions and gave details of the work to be performed, which will include a new mixing system to improve water quality and liner.

The bid of $113,850 was unanimously approved.


The council held a second reading of an ordinance related to the City's property tax rate, with an increase of 4%. That second reading was approved by a vote of 4 to 3, with Mayor Steven Brown breaking the tie.


The Council also held a first reading of an ordinance to allow Mayor Brown to sign an agreement accepting funds from the opioid settlement. There will have to be a second reading which will be held during a special meeting on Wednesday at 5 o’clock at Liberty City Hall.


Councilman Richard Montgomery addressed the council, suggesting a 5% increase for City employees. There was no official motion made, and no action was taken at this meeting.




A suspect driving a stolen car from Casey County has been arrested for robbing a liquor store in Oldham County.

Police say a man with a gun walked into Prospect Liquors on U.S. 42, shortly after opening Friday, wearing a mask and demanded money.

The suspect took off in a silver sedan, headed toward Jefferson County. No one was injured in the robbery.

25 year old Isaac Beck, from Tennessee, was arrested by Salem Police that afternoon on separate charges. He has now been charged in connection with the Prospect robbery.

Oldham County Police say Beck was driving a Toyota Camry, reported stolen from Casey County, at the time of the robbery.

Beck was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of robbery, and wanton endangerment.




One person arrested after a mailbox was damaged, and shots fired.

It happened in the early morning hours Monday. Casey County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a location about 14 miles East of Windor at 450 Hatter Rd., Kings Mountain. A mailbox was damaged by a vehicle. The victim reports the perpetrators then returned with a second vehicle, got out and fired 5 shots from a gun.

The investigation led officers to the residence of 18 year old Spencer Gillock, at 100 Phillipee Spur Rd., Waynesburg. Gillock stated he drove by the property on Hatter Rd., and hit the mailbox with a Chevy Silverado pickup, then shot a gun in the direction of the sky.

He was transported to the Casey County Jail on charges of Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, and Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree.

Deputy Schoenbachler investigating, with assistance from Officer Atwood.


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