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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-04



A Casey County man is facing charges after crashing a three-wheeled vehicle into a Liberty business over the weekend.

The Casey County Sheriff's Office posted surveillance video on social media, asking for the publics help in identifying the man who  caused damage to King Lube in Liberty on Saturday afternoon.

The footage shows the man, operating what appears to be a Can-Am Spyder, turn off of the 127 by-pass and ram the garage doors of the business, then pull away.

The video paid off, and on Sunday morning, officer Caleb Wesley, arrested 47 year old Colburn G. Combs, of Middleburg Rd., Liberty.

Mr. Combs was lodged in Casey County Jail on charges of criminal mischief-1st degree, and leaving the scene of an accident.




A Lincoln County man was arrested on DUI charges in Casey County last week.

Shortly before midnight Thursday, Deputy Jason Grider, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, noticed a vehicle that had pulled off the roadway, about eight miles east of Yosemite on E. Yosemite Rd.,  next to some logging equipment and performed a traffic stop.

The Deputy noted a strong smell of acohol. The driver, 30 year old Richard A. Bruner, of 69 Means Rd., Waynesburg, had slurred speech, and stated he had drank eight beers, ate dinner, then drank two more beers, about 20 minutes prior to the traffic stop.

Mr. Bruner failed field sobriety tests.

He was charged with DUI and lodged in the Casey County Jail.




A Pulaski County man was arrested on DUI charges in Casey County, Sunday night.

Deputy Jake Atwood, with Casey County Sheriff's Office responded to the call around 9pm, on E. Ky 70 in the Bethelridge area, in reference to a two vehicle accident near the Pulaski County line.
Witnesses stated that one of the drivers, Robert J. Wesley, age 39 of Science Hill, had left the area, headed toward Pulaski County.

Shelby Anderson, of Bethelridge, advised that her boyfriend, Timothy Pittman, also of Bethelridge, had went looking for Wesley because he had stated to them that the vehicle, a 2006 Scion XB, was stolen. During the investigation, Pittman returned to the scene with Wesley.

The citation states that Mr. Wesley showed signs of impairment. He stated he had drank a 6-pack of beer around lunchtime, and had done bath salts the day before. When asked how he ended up in the roadway, Wesley stated that he was being pulled by another vehicle and the tow strap had broke. He also told the Deputy that he had left the scene because he thought Pittman was dead and he didn't want to see a dead body.

Wesley failed sobriety tests and was transported to Casey County Hospital for a blood test.

He was lodged in the Casey County Jail on charges of DUI-2nd Offense, Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Failure to Render Aid, No Insurance, & No Registration Plates.




The Postal Service will temporarily close the Hustonville Post Office for building repairs beginning Friday, Apr. 21. Hustonville customers will have access to their PO Box mail in Hustonville. Retail services will be available at the McKinney Post Office.


The McKinney Post Office is located at 70 Busy Bee Street. During the time the McKinney Post Office will serve Hustonville customers, their hours of operation will be extended. Beginning Friday, Apr. 21, until further notice, the McKinney Post Office hours will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Currently, there is no information on when repairs to the Hustonville Post Office will be complete.




Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that voter registration remains steady as the May 16 primary election approaches.  
“Voter interest remains steady as May 16 approaches,” said Adams. “To vote in the Republican or Democratic primary election for constitutional offices like governor, be sure you register to vote by today’s deadline.”
In March, 6,407 new voters registered while 4,798 were removed – 3,608 deceased voters, 539 voters convicted of felonies, 334 who voluntarily de-registered, 267 who moved out of state, and 50 adjudged mentally incompetent.
Republican registration accounts for 45.7 percent of the electorate with 1,585,414 voters. Republican registration increased by 1,328, a .08 percent increase. Democratic registration accounts for 44.3 percent of the electorate, with 1,535,078 voters. Democratic registration decreased by 1,224, .08 percent decrease. There are 345,539 voters registered under other political affiliations, making up 10 percent of the electorate. Other party registration increased by 1,505, a .44 percent increase.
Adams reminds Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the May 16 primary election is Monday, April 17, at 4 PM. Register at




The Summer Music Series features live music in downtown Liberty, every 2nd Friday of the month through October, and the season kicks off tonight with Sydney Adams.

Heather Cundiff is with Liberty Tourism...





Liberty City County met this week and heard the 2nd reading of an ordinance raising the cost of water to the County by 20 cents per thousand gallons.
Mayor Sam Haddad...


The 2nd Reading was approved with the only "Nay" vote from Richard Montgomery. The increase will have to be approved by the Public Service Commission.

Doug Johnson was appointed as Zoning Officer for the City.

Liberty Police are asking the public to be diligent in locking your doors and keeping valuables out of site in your vehicle. Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett...

Liberty Police is also actively seeking candidates for a new Police Officer. For more information, contact the Liberty Police Department, or City Hall.




Pulaski County Fiscal Court met this week and heard a proposal for a County-Paid Fire Department.
Jeff Henderson has the story...






Sheriff Bobby Jones reports on Wednesday April 12, 2023, an Ohio man was arrested following a traffic stop.

The incident began when Detective Tan Hudson conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Highway 90 Loop 2 for traffic violations. Detective Hudson approached the vehicle, occupied by a female driver and a male passenger. The female provided identification, however the male subject did not have identification, only providing a name and date of birth. Detective Hudson went back to his vehicle to run both individuals through Pulaski 911 dispatch.

Detective Lieutenant Daryl Kegley and Detective Trent Massey, along with his K9 Leo, arrived on scene. Detective Kegley approached the vehicle and observed the passenger deleting information from his cell phone. The passenger provided Detective Kegley with the same name. Detective Hudson was unable to locate any person with the information provided.


The passenger finally admitted his name was Derrick Keeton, age 37, of New Carlisle, Ohio.

Detective Massey deployed his K9 Leo to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. Following Leo’s walk around the vehicle, Detective Massey stated Leo indicated to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle.

Once provided with the proper information, it was discovered Keeton had a warrant for his arrest in Laurel County and a warrant for his arrest in Ohio. Upon exiting the vehicle, Keeton turned over a baggie containing marijuana. Keeton also had a large amount of cash on his person.

Keeton was arrested on the warrants and was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center.


While en-route to the Detention Center, Keeton started complaining he was getting hot, sick to his stomach, and believed he may pass out. Lt. Richard Smith, partially lowered his rear window to attempt to help Keeton. Lt. Smith observed Keeton throw two baggies out the window and instantly stopped to recover the items. Lt. Smith was able to located 1 bag, containing suspected fentanyl and cocaine. Lt. Smith was not able to locate the second bag.

Keeton was transported on to the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Keeton was charged with the following:
1. Laurel County Circuit Court Indictment for Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1 st
Offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives); Trafficking in a Controlled Substance

1 st Degree, 1 st Offense (> or = 2 grams methamphetamine)

2. Fugitive Warrant from Ohio for Possession of Heroin or Fentanyl
3. Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1 st Degree 1 st Offense (> or = 4 grams cocaine)
4. Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1 st Offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl)
5. Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess
6. Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz.) 1 st Offense
7. Giving Officer False Identifying Information
8. Tampering with Physical Evidence


The case remains under investigation by Detective Tan Hudson of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s
Office Narcotics Division.

Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact
our tip line at 606-679-8477. You can remain anonymous. You can also leave a tip on our
webpage at




A weaving driver is facing drug charges after a traffic stop late Friday night.


Just before Midnight Friday, Deputy Jake Atwood, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, observed a 2003 GMC Sonoma Pickup that failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Ky 206 & west Hwy 70. The driver also drifted towards the centerline, then jerk the wheel to maintain his lane. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop about nine miles west of Liberty on Martin Road.


The driver, Josh Wooten, consented to a search of the vehicle and admitted there was Methamphetamine residue inside of a container in his pocket.


As the passenger stepped out of the truck, she was seen tossing a shiny container into the ditch. 41 year old Stacey R. Wooten, of 3253 Ky 78, Hustonville, later admitted there was dope in the container that they had just picked up at Five Star.


Stacey Wooten was arrested and transported to the Casey County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.


Deputies Tyler Luttrell, and Austin Harris assisted.




A Somerset woman was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend  following a single vehicle accident in Casey County.


Deputy Luttrell, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene around 1:30am Saturday morning, about eight miles south east of Yosemite on E. Ky 70. The caller stated that the female driver was waiting on a friend to pick her up, and not to call the law because she'd had a few shots to drink.


Upon arrival, Deputy Luttrell made contact with the driver, 22 year old Bret M. Coshnitzke, of 4434 Upper Line Creek Rd., Somerset. Her vehicle was badly damaged, with both front airbags deployed. She declined medical treatment and stated she had just left work at the Marina and had just taken a couple of shots when she turned onto KY 70. The arrest citation states she had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and was having trouble keeping her balance.


Coshnitzke failed field sobriety tests. Three small, empty vodka bottles were found inthe vehicle. She was transported to the Casey County Jail on charges of DUI.


Deputies Atwood and Harris assisted.




The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises boat owners that registration requests are now being accommodated at all County Clerk offices as of last week.


Annual registration renewals are typically accepted beginning in March, but additional time is necessary to allow the decal vendor to reprint and deliver tags required to complete the registration process. Current registrations do not expire until April 30.


Apparently there was an issue with the ink not sticking to the decals.

KYTC Secretary Jim Gray expects to have new decals available at County Clerk offices well ahead of the April 30 registration expiration for owners to update their tags and continue enjoying the open water.


Every motorboat registered in Kentucky must display a valid, unexpired tag. The boat’s registration number and boat number are printed on certificates of registration at County Clerk Offices and the tags are then peeled and placed on each side of the boat.


Due to a label defect, a reprint is necessary to ensure durability once exposed to water. New shipments are headed to each County Clerk Office.


Last year, more than 187,000 decals were issued by county clerks.




On the night of April 5, 2023, at approximately 9:49 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a call from Russell County 911 Center.  Russell County Sheriff’s Department requested investigative assistance regarding finding a deceased male inside a residence on Fox Lane in Jamestown.


KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene and learned Charles Maynard, age 22 of Jamestown, had suffered fatal injuries from apparent gunshot wounds.  KSP launched an investigation and determined that Charles Maynard had been shot by his brother, Lee Maynard age 18 of Jamestown.  Lee Maynard fled from the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival at the residence. 


An arrest warrant has been issued for Lee Maynard charging him with Murder.  Lee Maynard was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored sweatshirt and is considered armed and dangerous.


Anyone with information in regards to Lee Maynard’s whereabouts is urged to contact KSP Post 15 in Columbia at (270)-384-4796 or our hotline at (800)-222-5555.  Callers may remain anonymous when providing information pertaining to this case.


Detective Zach Scott, assisted by other KSP Troopers and Detectives, is continuing the murder investigation.


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