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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-09



A Liberty man was arrested early Sunday morning after repeatedly calling dispatch and cussing out officers.

Micheal A. Vanleuven, 40, of Dry Ridge Road, was charged with harassing communications and public intoxication after making multiple calls to dispatch about his stolen vehicle.

Vanleuven told deputies that he had loaned his vehicle to a neighbor, but later changed his mind and wanted it reported stolen. Even after deputies spoke to the neighbor and confirmed that he would return the vehicle, Vanleuven continued to call dispatch over seven times and cuss out officers. At one point, he was transferred to KSP and he reportedly cussed out that Sergeant as well.

When 2 Deputies and a State Trooper arrived at Vanleuven's home, he stumbled towards their vehicles with a nearly empty bottle of whiskey. He had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

After being asked why he continued to call dispatch and cuss them, Vanleuven began to cuss at the Officers. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Casey County Jail.

Once the cuffs were removed, Vanleuven again called dispatch on his personal cell phone. The deputy jailer then took Vanleuven's phone and began booked him in.




Citizens and First Responders alike are invited to a Farm Safety Training Day this Saturday.
Brandon Long is with the Liberty-Casey County Rescue Squad...


You can view the flyer here...  ... or call Brandon for more information at 606-706-8608.




The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that beginning Monday, Oct. 2, crews will begin performing paving operations on KY 70X in Liberty.


On Monday crews will begin operations on KY 70X between the intersection of Cowden Street (mile point 2.2) and Beldon Ave. (mile point 2.4), this will include KY 2312 and all parking around the courthouse in downtown Liberty. 


Work will restrict traffic to one lane controlled by flaggers.


Work is expected to be complete on Wednesday, Oct. 4.


Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the area and to pay close attention to signage.


The starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.  


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  




On Wednesday, around 9:30pm, Casey County Deputy Tyler Luttrell received a call for Special Deputy Dustin Neat reporting an intruder at a residence on South 501, about 13 miles East of Liberty. Deputy Luttrell, and Special Deputies Eric Pruner and Dusting Neat went to the scene and made contact with the caller, Ryan Clements, who was sitting in the driveway and stated he'd seen a man walking threw the residence.

Clements stated when the suspect saw him in the driveway, that he went towards the back door. He believed the man was still inside. Deputies discovered a rear window had been busted out and the back door was open. Officers first cleared the residence, & then the Barn, but were unable to locate anyone.

Clements stated that the subject looked like Stanley Durham, who lives right across the road. As the officers conducted a search, they spotted a man lying face down in the weeds nearby. It was 55-year-old Stanley L. Durham, who stated his legs got tired and he was just resting. Durham stated at first that he was only on the porch looking around, then he was headed back home.

Durham was placed under arrest and transported to the Casey County Jail on charges of Burglary-2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief-3rd Degree, & Criminal Trespassing-2nd Degree.




A Liberty man was arrested following a single vehicle accident Sunday evening.

Deputy Jacob Atwood with Casey County Sheriff's Department, responded to the call of an accident with injuries on Shugars Hill Rd, about five miles SE of Liberty. Deputy Austin Harris advised that a female stated she observed the driver throw something into the field where the vehicle was.

K9 Kados was deployed for an article search and had a positive alert approximately 50 feet from the vehicle. In the field, Deputies located a green crown royal bag, containing marijuana, a marijuana grinder, and a broken glass pipe.

The driver, 20-year-old Isaac A. Kidd, of Possum Trot Rd., Liberty, admitted that he threw the bag after wrecking the 1993 Jeep Cherokee.

There was a skid mark approximately 30 feet long and Kidd advised that he was going too fast into the curve. He stated that he was traveling approximately 50 MPH prior to wrecking. Kidd was placed under arrest and transported to the Casey County Hospital for a blood test due to the severity of the injuries the passengers sustained.

Kidd stated that he had smoked Marijuana the day prior but had not smoked any that day.
He was transported to the Casey County Jail once he was released from the hospital.


Kidd is charged with:




Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports an injury accident that led to S. Hwy 27 being temporarily shut down and the arrest of a Stearns, KY, woman.

At approximately 9:45 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2023, units with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 14000 block of S. Hwy 27 regarding a motor vehicle collision with injury.

Once on scene, SGT Alex Wesley discovered a 2009 Ford Escape being operated by Leona Lyons, 52 years of age, of Stearns, KY, was traveling northbound when it crossed into the oncoming southbound lane and made contact with a 2002 Toyota Tundra pulling a trailer being operated by Daron Neal, 36 years of age, of Stearns, KY. Due to the large amount of debris on the roadway from the collision, S. Hwy 27 was temporarily shut down until the Kentucky State Highway Department could safely clear potential hazards.

Neal was transported from the scene by Somerset/Pulaski County EMS to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital to be treated for injuries. During the investigation of the accident, it was determined Lyons was an impaired driver at the time of the collision. Lyons was transported from the scene to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital by Dep. Dylan West for evidence collection purposes before being lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Lyons was initially charged by Dep. West with Wanton Endangerment 1 st Degree, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Controlled Substance 4 th Offense or Greater (Aggravated Circumstances), Driving DUI Suspended License 2 nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances) and Failure to Produce Insurance Card for the offenses at the time of the collision investigation. After lodging Lyons in the Pulaski County Detention Center, Lyons was discovered to be in possession of what is believed to be methamphetamine. Lyons was further charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1 st Degree, 1 st Offense (Methamphetamine), and Promoting Contraband 1 st Degree.

The collision investigation is ongoing by SGT Alex Wesley while Dep Dylan West conducts the criminal investigation.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene of the collision by the Somerset/Pulaski County EMS, the Tateville Volunteer Fire Department, the Pulaski County Rescue Squad SRT, the Kentucky State Highway Department and the Burnside Police Department.


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 also leave a tip on our webpage at You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411 or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.




Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the arrest of a Somerset man for Register Sex Offender
School Restrictions.

Deputy Dylan West, while performing duties as a School Resource Officer at Pulaski
Elementary School, stopped Carl Colegrove, 41 years old, for walking across the parking lot
during school hours. Colgrove was determined to be a registered sex offender, and by KRS
required to have advance written permission of the school.

Colegrove was charged by SGT Branson Patterson for Registered Sex Offender School
Restrictions and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

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 also leave a tip on our webpage at You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or
by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.




A deputy of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office was injured in a collision with another vehicle on Thursday morning, a West Kentucky 80.
Jeff Henderson has the story...


Sheriff Bobby Jones reports a motor vehicle accident with an injury involving a Sheriff’s

Dep. Ronald Hellard was traveling westbound in his Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office issued patrol vehicle on W. Hwy 80 near the intersection of Hwy 1248 when a 2005 Ford, being operated by Emily Edwards, 48 years of age, of Somerset, pulled out of a driveway, traveling eastbound on W. Hwy 80. The Edwards vehicle crossed into the westbound lane as Dep. Hellard approached.

Dep. Hellard, in an attempt to avoid a collision with Edwards, maneuvered his vehicle into the westbound ditch. Dep. Hellard’s vehicle continued in the ditch line until it struck a culvert, causing Dep. Hellard’s vehicle to overturn and come to rest on the roadway on its wheels.

Dep. Hellard was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital by units with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for treatment of minor injuries. He was released later in the day.

Edwards was determined to have not been injured in the accident. As the Somerset Police Department investigated the accident, it was determined that Edwards was under the influence of
an intoxicating substance. Edwards was arrested from the scene and charged with Operating
Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1 st Degree, Wanton Endangerment
1 st Degree (Police Officer), Criminal Mischief 1 st Degree, No Registration Plates, and Failure of
Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance/Securities 1 st Offense. Edwards was also
served a warrant for Non-Payment of Court Costs. Edwards was lodged in the Pulaski County
Detention Center.

The accident is under investigation by the Somerset Police Department. The Somerset
Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were assisted at the scene by the
Somerset Fire Department and the Somerset/Pulaski County Emergency Medical Service. Sheriff
Bobby Jones thanks all first responders for their rapid response in assisting Dep. Hellard in this

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 also leave a tip on our webpage at You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.



Authorities say the body found last week at a Somerset car dealership was that of an Indiana woman.

Jeff Henderson says, the death investigation is on-going...




Family members are asking for the public's help in finding a missing Casey County man.

A social media post says 20-year-old David (DJ) Whitt was last seen around 6:30 pm Tuesday near the Casey/Pulaski county line on KY-837 running into a cornfield. He has a black eye & a scratch on the left side of his face.

Whitt is described as a white male, approximately 5’11 ft tall, weighing 120-130lbs. He has brown hair & eyes.

If you have any information at all that could lead to the whereabouts of DJ Whitt, please contact local authorities.




At this week's meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court, Sheriff Chad Weddle presented his monthly activity report...


And Deputy Jailer, Sylvia Hatter, gave the monthly Jail report...




A local man was arrested on numerous charges over the weekend after a tussle with Deputies.

Sunday night around 11pm, Casey County Deputies Jacob Atwood and Austin Harris responded to a call about a verbal domestic dispute at a residence on Parton Ridge Road. Upon arrival, David J. Whitt, and Robert & Megan Welton were in the front yard. Whitt appeared to be throwing punches, and Megan had her hand over her face as if she had been hit.

Whitt and Robert Welton were against the porch when Deputies arrived. Whitt started backing away when they approached him. Deputy Atwood gave Whitt verbal commands to stop backing up, but Whitt refused to comply. He then turned and ran.

Deputy Atwood deployed his taser, and Whitt dropped to one knee, but then took off again. Whitt was tased again and fell to the ground.

Deputies attempted to place Whitt into custody, but he continued to resist. Deputy Harris was able to place one handcuff on him, but Whitt tucked his other hand underneath him and refused to place it behind his back.

Deputy Harris attempted to tase Whitt to gain compliance, but Whitt rolled onto his back and grabbed the taser. Harris stated that Whitt placed both of his hands on the taser, placing his thumbs on Harris' finger, pushing the trigger, causing the taser to strike both Harris and Whitt.

As the struggle continued, Deputies were finally able to successfully place Whitt into cuffs and walk him back to the residence. EMS arrived to evaluate Whitt, but he attempted to run again. Megan Welton's left eye was swelling shut where Whitt had struck her, and Robert Welton had a knot in front of his left ear.

20-year-old David Whitt was transported to Casey County Hospital for medical clearance and then transported to Casey County Jail.

He is charged with Public intoxication-controlled substance,  Assault-4th degree, Resisting arrest, Assault-3rd degree-Police Officer, & Fleeing/Evading police-2nd degree (on foot).




Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Monday.

Magistrates heard from representatives of two local trash collectors, concerning a rate increase...

Magistrates approved an increase of $3 per month for now, and they will re-evaluate the rate at the first of the year.

Casey County Judge Executive, Randy Dial presented the Ambulance Service Tax rates...

... The rates were accepted.

Judge Dial also presented a bid for the Sound System for the Ag Center...

... The bid was approved.

The County will repair our Outdoor Warning Sirens...Judge Dial...

... The bid was approved.

Magistrates approved a Pass Through Grant for the Ambulance Service, aggreed to establish Direct Deposit for County payroll, and approved a USDA Cruiser Grant for the Sheriff's Office. The also approved the hiring of Adam Brown to the Road Department.

In other business, the court approved Trick or Treat hours in the County from 5-8pm on Oct. 31st.

Judge Dial also gave an update on the AOC agreement...




Liberty City Council met in a special session Monday.

The Council heard a First Reading on an Ordinance relating to the Property Tax Rate in the City. The rate will remain unchanged and was approved by the Council.

A sensitive topic at the past few City Council meetings has been the controversial Lanhamtown Property project that was proposed as a possible addition to the City's Trail map. There was some more heated debate Monday as the Council came to a final decision.

Mayor Sam Haddad...




Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the arrest of a Somerset man on September 13, 2023 for Assault in the First Degree stemming from an investigation into a call deputies responded to on September 7.

Deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim on Day Meadow Drive at approximately 10:34 pm and found that the owner of the residence, Olivia Eichmann, had been shot. Ms. Eichmann was transported from the scene by Pulaski EMS and later flown to UK Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The sheriff’s office Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene. They spoke to Ms. Eichmann’s boyfriend, Randy Alex Davidson, who also resides with her. Davidson alleged that Ms. Eichmann accidentally shot herself. However, evidence was obtained that Davidson had shot Ms. Eichmann during a domestic violence altercation.

Based on the information, on September 13, the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant for the residence and also served an arrest warrant on Davidson for Assault in the First Degree, charging him with firing a gun and causing injury to Ms. Eichmann during the September 7 domestic violence incident.

Davidson is currently held at the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

The Criminal Investigation Division was assisted in the investigation by Lt. Richard Smith, Sgt. Alex Wesley, Sgt. Dan Pevley, Deputy Noah Wesley, Deputy Dylan West, Deputy Evan Whitis, as well as Lt. Daryl Kegley and Det. Tan Hudson with the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division.

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

You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both
Google Play and the App Store.




A Mercer County woman was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday in Casey County.

Casey County Deputy Hannah Lynn was dispatched around 4:30am to 125 KY-206, about 8 miles west of Liberty. The homeowner reported someone was knocking on their door.

Upon arrival, she made contact with 41 year old Kristin N. Young, of Salvisa, KY, who was crouched down in front of the residence hiding behind a vehicle parked in the driveway to the residence.

Young did not have a top on, or anything covering her chest area.

The arrest citation states Young was unsteady on her feet, talking out of her head, and had an odor of alcohol. On the way to the jail, Young stated she had consumed a whole bottle of whiskey.

She was taken to Casey County Hospital where she was medically cleared, then transported to the Casey County Jail.

Young is charged with Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree, Indecent Exposure-2nd Degree, and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.



Pulaski County Fiscal Court met in regular session this week.
Jeff Henderson has details...






The Casey County Grand Jury has handed down several indictments, including:


-Lyndsay B Wethington, 34 of 187 KY 1859 Liberty, indicted for tampering with physical evidence, possession of meth 1st degree/2nd offense, & drug paraphernalia.


-Timothy D Wilson, 60 of 365 Marvin Wahl Road Liberty, indicted for possession of meth 1st degree, drug paraphernalia, & possession of marijuana.


-Dakota Pevley, 19 of 2434 Shucks Creek Road Liberty, indicted for 2 counts possession of meth 1st degree/2nd offense, wanton endangerment 1st degree, drug paraphernalia, operating motor vehicle under the influence of substance, no OL, & criminal mischief 3rd degree.


-Heather L Garrett, 35 of 38 Primrose Street Russell Springs, indicted for possession of meth 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree, possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree, drug paraphernalia, operating motor vehicle under the influence of controlled substance 2nd offense – aggravating circumstance, possession of marijuana, & careless driving.


-April D Delong, 29 of 128 Denson Road Liberty, indicted for possession of meth 1st degree/2nd offense, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, & operating motor vehicle with expired OL.


-Denise M Frates, 60 of 109 Geneva Drive Russell Springs, indicted for possession of meth 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree, possession of marijuana, disregarding stop sign, & rear license not illuminated.


-William S Phelps, 42 of 413 Owens Branch Road Dunnville, indicted for fleeing/evading police 1st degree, persistent felony offender 1st degree, wanton endangerment 1st degree – police officer, persistent felony offender 1st degree, wanton endangerment 1st degree, persistent felony offender 1st degree, operating on a suspended/revoked OL, failure to maintain insurance, speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, reckless driving, & no/expired registration plates.


-Steven M Clements, 26 of 133 Peyton Cemetery Road Liberty, indicted for possession of meth 1st degree/3rd or subsequent offense, drug paraphernalia, & driving on DUI suspended OL.


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




Airman Brady Newton, a native of Lebanon, Kentucky, serves aboard a U.S. Navy warship operating out of San Diego, California.

Newton joined the Navy two years ago. Today, Newton serves as an aviation machinist's mate aboard USS Makin Island.


“Serving in the United States Armed Forces was a childhood dream of mine, but dreams are only dreams until you put forth the effort,” said Newton. "I enlisted to serve my country in the best way I knew how."


Newton attended Marion County High School and graduated in 2020.


Skills and values learned in the Navy are similar to those found in Lebanon.


“Growing up, my parents taught me to be respectful and to always have a strong work ethic,” said Newton. "Those valuable life lessons have been very important to me and have followed me into the Navy."


These lessons have helped Newton while serving aboard USS Makin Island.


USS Makin Island is an amphibious assault ship. According to Navy officials, these types of warships embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions.


Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice.


As a member of the Navy, Newton is part of a world-class organization focused on maintaining maritime dominance, strengthening partnerships, increasing competitive warfighting capabilities and sustaining combat-ready forces in support of the National Defense Strategy.


“The Navy contributes to national defense by making our presence known on a global stage to keep our adversaries at bay,” said Newton.


With 90 percent of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.


Newton and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.


“I am most proud of serving my country in any way I am needed,” said Newton. "This has always been a dream of mine. I couldn't think of any better commitment I could make in my life knowing that I am fulfilling my dream, and keeping my country safe.”


As Newton and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.


“Serving in the Navy has provided the opportunity to better myself while defending this beautiful nation and protecting the freedoms our forefathers fought for,” said Newton.


Newton is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.“I'd like to thank my parents, my little brother, and my family,” added Newton. "They have been the reason for me following through with joining and serving. My dad always told me to keep my word, and so I did."


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Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the indictment of a Somerset woman on September 8, 2023 for Knowingly Abusing or Neglecting an Adult following an earlier arrest on June 27, 2023 for the same offense.


On June 27, 2023, Sergeant Branson Patterson and Deputy Seth Gover responded to a call at the residence of Karen McDonald, age 67. During the initial investigation, Sgt. Patterson learned that Karen McDonald’s daughter, Abra McDonald, age 49, resides with her. Karen McDonald had been in the same spot on the floor where she had fallen several weeks prior. She was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital by ambulance.


The initial investigation was forwarded to Detective Ryan Jones with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division. In his follow-up investigation, Detective Jones determined that Abra McDonald made no attempts for several weeks to contact someone to assist her mother in getting up from the floor, despite having cellular phone service and nearby neighbors. Det. Jones also learned that the residence had no running water. On June 28, 2023, one day after being removed from the floor of her home, Karen McDonald passed away as a result of the physical trauma she sustained.


Based on his investigation, on September 5, 2023, Detective Jones presented evidence to the Pulaski Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned an indictment on Abra McDonald for Knowingly Abusing or Neglecting an Adult, a Class C felony in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, punishable by five to ten years’ imprisonment.


On September 8, 2023, the indictment warrant for these offenses was served on Abra McDonald. McDonald’s indictment warrant has the same bond continued from District Court of $250,000 cash.


No date has yet been set in Pulaski Circuit Court for McDonald regarding this new indictment.


Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about any crime to contact our tip line at 606-679-8477. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.




Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that, as November 7 nears, voter registration continues to grow in Kentucky, with 7,391 new voters added in August.


“While it’s too soon to predict turnout in November’s election, I’m pleased that in each of the past six months, more Kentuckians have registered to vote than have been removed from the rolls,” Adams said.


In August, Kentucky saw 3,512 voters removed – 2,689 deceased voters, 375 who moved out of state, 307 voters who were convicted of felonies, 121 who voluntarily de-registered, and 20 who were adjudged mentally incompetent.


Republican registrants account for 46 percent of the electorate, with 1,597,434 voters. Republican registration grew by 2,668 voters, a .17 percent increase.


Democratic registrants make up 44 percent of the electorate, with 1,527,360 voters. Democratic registration declined by 595 voters, a .04 percent decrease.


There are 351,865 voters registered under other political parties, 10 percent of the electorate. “Other” registration increased by 1,806 voters, a .52 percent increase.




The Liberty Fire Department recently received new equipment through a grant from the Kentucky Fire Commission. The new tools, including two Thermal Image cameras and a Gas Monitor, will help to improve the safety of firefighters.

The thermal image cameras will allow firefighters to see in smoke and darkness, which can help them to find victims and navigate hazardous environments. The gas monitor will detect hazardous gases, such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide, which can be deadly to firefighters.
In addition to improving safety, the new equipment will also help the Liberty Fire Department to provide a better service to the community.

The grant from the Kentucky Fire Commission was a welcome relief for the Liberty Fire Department, which has been struggling to fund its equipment needs. The new equipment will help to ensure that the department can continue to provide the highest level of service to our community.


The new equipment is expected to be put into service in the coming weeks.




A Liberty man is facing charges after he allegedly beat another man with a broom handle.

The Casey County Sheriff's Office says incident occurred around 2am Tuesday, at a residence on Ky. 910. The victim, Mark Roy, told Deputies that Bryan Thomas came into his room while he was asleep and started beating him with the broom handle. Roy suffered a deep gash above his right eye and was taken to the Casey County Hospital for treatment.

35 year old Bryan Thomas was arrested and charged with assault in the second degree. He told police that he had been hearing voices in his head and that he thought Roy was one of the voices.


He also said that he had done meth a few days before the incident.

Thomas was lodged in the Casey County Jail.

Deputy Tyler Luttrell continues that investigation.




A Liberty woman is facing charges after she allegedly tried to bring methamphetamine into the Casey County Jail.

Deputy Tyler Luttrell, with Casey County Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred just after 10pm Tuesday night, at the Salem Church off of Linnie Rheber Road. Deputies were called to the scene after receiving a report of a motorcycle and a white pickup truck parked at the church.

The deputies made contact with the three people in the vehicles, Vicki Middleton, Clayton Simmons, and Gary Schubert. Middleton had five warrants for her arrest.

Before transporting Middleton to the jail, the deputies asked her if she had anything on her person. She said no. However, during the transport, Middleton told the deputies that she had smoked meth two hours earlier.

When they arrived at the jail, the deputies asked Middleton one last time if she had anything on her. She again said no. However, the jail staff found a glass pipe with meth residue in it between Middleton's legs.

58 year old Vicki Middleton, of Creston Water Tower Road, Liberty, was arrested and charged with promoting contraband in the first degree (attempt), possession Meth-1st degree, and drug paraphernalia.




On September 4, 2023 Troopers with Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia made an arrest in an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of a child in Taylor County. The investigation was initiated when KSP Troopers received a report of inappropriate text messages between a juvenile and an adult male.


During the investigation, Troopers discovered that Michael Gribbins, age 55 of Campbellsville, had engaged in exchanging inappropriate and explicit text messages and photographs with a juvenile. Troopers also discovered Mr. Gribbins had engaged in sexual contact with the same juvenile in Taylor County. These incidents occurred over the past year, making the victim 15 years old at the time of the incidents.


Michael Gribbins was arrested and charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor – 1st Degree – Illegal Sex Act – Victim Under 16, Rape 3rd Degree, Sodomy 3rd Degree, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.


Mr. Gribbins has been lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and is currently being held without bond. The case is ongoing and being investigated by Detective Dexter Colvin.




On September 4, 2023 at approximately 3:30 A.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single-vehicle injury collision on Hatcher Road in Taylor County.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Joseph Bott, age 42 of Campbellsville, was traveling west on Hatcher Rd. in a Honda Pioneer UTV when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to exit the roadway and overturn. Mr. Bott was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned. 


Mr. Bott was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Coroner. A passenger in Mr. Bott’s vehicle, Jeremy Wood, age 42 of Campbellsville, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries. 


KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Taylor County Fire and EMS, Taylor County Rescue Squad, and Taylor County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Trevor High.




A Bradfordsville man was arrested on Saturday after a traffic stop.

51 year old Gregory N. Fowler, is charged with DUI-controlled substance, possession of Methamphetamine-1st degree, drug paraphernalia, disregarding a stop sign, no registration plates, no insurance, and driving on a suspended or revoked operator license.

Casey County Deputy Jacob Atwood was assisted by Deputy Austin Harris. Atwood stopped Fowler's vehicle for disregarding a stop sign. Upon approaching the vehicle, Atwood could smell a strong odor of marijuana. He asked Fowler to step out of the vehicle, and Fowler admitted to smoking marijuana.

Atwood conducted a search of the vehicle and found a bag of meth, drug paraphernalia, and no registration plates.


Fowler was arrested and taken to the Casey County Jail.


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