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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-10



A Pulaski County man was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop in Casey County Friday evening.

Deputies with Casey County Sheriff's Office stopped a 2010 Mazda 6 on East Ky 70, when the registration plate returned with a verify proof of insurance status, and stopped the car at the intersection of KY 837.

40 year old Michael S. Abbott, of Estesburg Rd., Eubank, was a passenger in the vehicle, operated by Brandon Luna.

Abbott initially refused to give his information. Deputies noticed a lump in Abbott's mouth, which he said was dip, but appeared to be a white substance. He was advised to spit it out, which he did and handed over a white substance inside of a plastic baggie. Abbott later admitted that it was methamphetamine.

Abbott was placed under arrest and transported to Casey County Jail. He is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine-1st degree, 2nd offense.

Deputy Jacob Atwood was assisted by Deputy Tyler Luttrell.




A Pulaski County woman is facing a decade behind bars in an elder neglect case that resulted in death.
Jeff Henderson has the story...






Liberty City Council's zoning committee met in a special called session Friday afternoon to discuss a zoning change for two adjoining properties on Hustonville Stree.

Zoning Officer, Doug Johnson...


The committee voted unanimously to change the zoning designation on both properties, from single-family to muli-use. The changes will have to be brought before the City Council before becoming final.



Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the arrest of a Somerset man for Escape 2nd Degree.

On October 18, 2023, SGT Preston Pittman received information about the possible location of Christopher Hendrix, 22 years of age. With this information, a search warrant was obtained for 212 Chandler St., Somerset, KY. Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Somerset Police Department served the search warrant on Chandler St. Located at the residence was 43-year-old Judy Hendrix.

Judy Hendrix was found to have a Probation Violation warrant out of Pulaski County. She was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center and held without bond.

Deputies later obtained further information on Christopher Hendrix’s location, and permission to search the residence of 322 High St., Somerset, KY, was obtained by a resident. Christopher Hendrix was found during the search, hiding in a closet.

Hendrix was taken into custody and transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center. He is currently held without bond.

Hendrix escaped custody on April 20, 2023, while he was on work release through the Pulaski County Detention Center while serving a four-year sentence for Receiving Stolen Property, multiple counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest and Probation Violation.

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 on a Pulaski County Circuit Court Indictment.

On October 18, 2023, Courtroom Security Officer Carla Wells arrested Nathan Prather, age 43, on an indictment warrant for Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Registered Sex Offender School Restrictions and Persistent Felony Offender. The indictment stemmed from an investigation into the damage done to a church van at Saline Baptist Church by SGT Dan Pevley.

Prather was arrested at the Pulaski County Judicial Center and taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center. His bond was set at $15,000 Cash or Property.

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 on October 18, 2023; a Texas man was in custody following the search of a property in the Ansel community of Pulaski County.

On Wednesday, Deputy Evan Whitis received information a fugitive from justice out of Virginia and Texas was hiding in Pulaski County. Deputy Whitis was informed Cody Schneider, age 30, of Texas, was staying at a residence on Fairview Road. Deputy Whitis confirmed with Pulaski County 911 that Schneider had active warrants for his arrest with full extradition in the United States.

Acting on this information, Deputies went to 1427 Fairview Rd., Science Hill, KY, in the early morning hours. Deputies surrounded the residence and encountered individuals outside who stated Schneider was inside the house. Deputies forced entry into the residence and were unable to locate Schneider but located an open window in the rear of the residence. One of the individuals on scene told Deputies they just arrived home and were carrying in groceries when Schneider saw vehicles approaching the residence. The individual stated Schneider ran into the residence before law enforcement arrived. Unable to locate Schneider, the Deputies left the scene.

On Wednesday afternoon, Deputies returned to the residence in an attempt to locate Schneider. Once at the residence, Deputies were advised by a citizen that Schneider was at a neighboring barn. After a brief search of the area around the barn, Schneider was located hiding in a weeded area.

Cody H. Schneider was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center. He is currently held on a charge of Fugitive-Warrant Not Required.

Deputy Whitis was assisted on the two incidents by Sergeant Preston Pitman, Deputy James Pitman, Deputy Seth Gover, Lieutenant Richard Smith, Deputy Dylan West, Deputy Noah Wesley, and Sergeant Cody Cundiff.

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.




The body of a man found in Lake Cumberland late last month has been identified as Michael Shane Stringer, a 49-year-old man from the Ferguson community.

Stringer had been missing since December 2021, when he was last seen working on a houseboat near the marina.

The cause of death is still being investigated, but officials say there is no evidence of foul play.

This is a tragic story, and our thoughts are with Stringer's family and friends during this difficult time.




An Anderson County woman was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Casey County Deputy Tyler Luttrell stopped a truck for traffic violations.

The driver, Jerry Garrett, had a suspended license.

Deputy Atwood ran the K9 around the truck and it alerted.

A search of the vehicle located a bag on the passenger side containing a straw with residue in it, a scale with residue on it, and a plastic baggie with residue in it.

The passenger, 26 year old Elizabeth Lawrence, of Poor Ridge Rd., Lawrenceburg, admitted the bag was hers and that she and Garrett had both done meth the previous day.

Elizabeth Lawrence was arrested and lodged at the Casey County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, and Drug Paraphernalia.




Commonwealth Policy Center held a press conference with several legislators at the Kentucky Capitol to address the confusion and misrepresentation of Kentucky's pro-life laws. Pro-abortion advocates have been arguing that these laws disregard and hurt women. "This couldn't be further from the truth," said CPC Executive Director Richard Nelson. "Many of the laws enacted in the last six years empower women. Laws like the Ultrasound Bill fully inform women about their pregnancy. Abortion Pill Reversal legislation, fully informs women about the side effects of chemical abortions and gives women a choice if they change their mind. The Baby Dropbox bill gives them a safe place to give up their baby in anonymity."


Nelson said that other bills recognize the humanity of the unborn. The 15-week Abortion Ban protects human life in the second trimester. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans late term abortion because the baby feels pain in the womb. The Human Rights of the Unborn Act ban targeted abortions based on gender, ethnicity, disability and race. "These are all reasonable bills that most Kentuckians support. Yet we have a narrative pushed by the far left abortion lobby confusing Kentuckians and undermining all of the pro-life protections," Nelson said.


Robin Sertell, an abortion survivor, also spoke about the impact of failed abortions. "Because of the abortion attempts on my life I was told I'd never walk. I was told I'd never talk, and here I am speaking to you today," Sertell said. She talked about the humanity of the pre-born and the need to protect them. "Once a baby survives an abortion, they are your constituents, your sisters, your wives, your mothers, your friends, and your neighbors."


Sertell humanizes the Born Alive Infants Protection Act passed in 2020 (but vetoed by Gov. Beshear). In 2021 the Kentucky legislature passed the bill that went into effect without Gov. Beshear's signature. While abortion survival is rare, it does happen. According to the Lozier Institute between 2020 and 2021, 35 babies survived abortions in four states. While only a handful of states are required to compile this information, it's estimated that several hundred babies survive abortion in the U.S every year.




Sheriff Bobby Jones reports on Sunday October 15, 2023, a Rockcastle County man was
arrested following a call for service at a residence.

The incident began when Deputy Marcus Harrison responded to a status check on
Shoreline Drive. Upon arrival, Deputy Harrison spoke to family members of the female that
lived at the residence, who stated they had not spoken to her in over 18 hours. A male subject
could be heard inside of the residence but refused to answer the door. Deputy Harrison spoke to
the male subject, later identified as Johnnie Bullock, age 76, of Mount Vernon, through a
window in the residence. Bullock told Deputy Harrison the female was breathing but

Lieutenant Richard Smith arrived on scene and Deputies forced entry into the residence. Once
inside of the residence, Deputies located Bullock laying on the bed on top of the female.
Somerset/ Pulaski EMS arrived on scene, where they administered treatment. The Pulaski
County Coroner’s Office arrived on scene and pronounced the female dead. During the
investigation, Deputies did not see signs of foul play.

In plain view of the bed, Deputies located methamphetamine, marijuana, glass smoking pipes,
and digital scales. Located just under the bed, Deputies located a large bag containing suspected

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division was called out to assist on scene. A
search warrant was obtained for the residence. Upon execution of the search warrant, Deputies
located A large quantity of suspected heroin, Oxycodone, Gabapentin, and baggies.
A search of Mr. Bullock’s person uncovered over $3,500.00 in currency.

All items seized at the residence were weighed and field tested at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s
Office. The suspected methamphetamine field tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed
in total 972.5 grams (a little over 2 pounds). The brown substance suspected to be heroin field
tested positive for heroin and weighed in total 50.9 grams.

  • Bullock was arrested and charged with the following:
  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1 st Degree 1 st Offense > 2 grams methamphetamine
  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1 st Degree 1 st Offense > 2 grams heroin
  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1 st Degree 1 st Offense (> 10 dose units drug unspecified)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance 3 rd Degree – Drug Unspecified
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess

The death investigation remains under investigation by Deputy Harrison and the Pulaski County
Narcotics Division. Deputy Harrison was assisted on the scene by Sergeant Preston Pitman,
Deputy Seth Gover, Deputy Evan Whitis, and Deputy James Pitman.

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



On October 15, 2023 Deputy Jacob Atwood, with Casey County Sheriff's Office, initiated a traffic stop on a silver pickup truck due to the registration being expired, the vehicle was operated by 45 year old Kyle Maddox, of KY-551, Liberty, KY.


Upon contact with Maddox The Deputy advised him of the reason for the stop and ask for his documentation and a form of identification for the passenger Merry Sandor. Deputy Atwood returned to his cruiser to run the documentation and then went back to speak with Maddox. There was an additional passenger in the back seat, Steven Bradford.


Consent to search the vehicle was granted. Atwood asked the occupants to exit the vehicle and step to the front of their vehicle and I began frisking Maddox for weapons.


While frisking Maddox the Deputy observed Sandor digging in the coin pocket of her pants and appeared to be pushing something down into the pocket. When asked what she was doing, she said she was fixing her pocket, when she was frisked for weapons Atwood felt a small hard lump that he believed to be narcotics. She then pulled a crystal like substance from her pocket and handed it to Atwood. Sandor advised that she had a glass pipe inside of her purse. The Deputy advised her to step back to his vehicle where he asked if she had anything else and she reached into her waistline and pulled out a brown napkin, containing two separate plastic bags that contained a crystal like substance.


Sandor was placed under arrest and transported to the Casey County Jail.
Officer Austin Harris assisted.





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 baker's dozen "red flags" from the State Auditor's Office for Pulaski County.

Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...





Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.

Two members of the Ambulance Board were re-appointed for another term. Algie Atwood and Kay Brown were re-appointed for a term ending June 30th, 2026.

Judge Executive Randy Dial was approved to enter into a contract to accept a Spay/Neuter Grant from the Department of Agriculture.

Some kitchen appliances at the Jail were surplused to be destroyed.

Casey County Jail will be receiving new equipment to allow for Video Arraignment.  Judge Dial...

Judge Dial says, as a result of the latest Census, Magisterial Districts will remain unchanged...

The Court went into executive session for about 20 minutes to discuss pending litigation, with no action taken.




  • Whitney L. Finn, 35 of Liberty:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense, Driving on Suspended or Revoked Operator's License, & One Headlight.
  • Roy D. Patterson, 37 of Kings Mountain:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/3rd Offense, Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, DUI-Controlled Substance (Aggravating Circumstance), Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, No Insurance-2nd Offense, Driving on Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts.
  • Danielle N. Sears, 30 of Lancaster:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense, Drug Paraphernalia, & Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument-1st Degree.
  • Christopher S. Luster, 28 of Liberty:  Bail Jumping-1st Degree, & Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree.
  • Mary A. Robins, 43 of Liberty:  Assault-1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, & DUI-Controlled Substance.
  • Lowell C. Cochran, 37 of Liberty:  Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $1,000), 4 counts-Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree, Theft-Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, & Criminal Mischief-1st Degree.
  • Sara L. Mays, 38 of Liberty:  Burglary-2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief-1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Possession of Burglary Tools, Complicity to Commit Burlgary-3rd Degree, Complicity to Theft, & Criminal Trespass-1st Degree.
  • Aaron J. Jackson, age 28 of Danville:  Burglary-1st Degree, 4 counts-Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree, Assault-2nd Degree, Fleeing Evading Police-1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (Police Officer), DUI, Driving on Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Speeding (26 mph or more over limit), & Reckless Driving.

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




Casey County Board of Education discussed a fleet of new school buses, and new turf for athletics at their regular meeting last night.

Superintendant, Barry Lee...





Somerset Mayor, Alan Keck, addressed the Somerset City Council this week, concerning Opiate fund appropriation.


Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...




On October 10, 2023 at approximately 9:26 A.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on KY 55 near Shearer Cemetery Road in Russell County.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Tyler Yarberry, age 37 of Columbia, was traveling north on KY 55 in a 1999 International dump truck when he approached a 2007 Saturn passenger car traveling south on KY 55 operated by Jeremy Branham, age 35 of Russell Springs.  Mr. Yarberry noticed Mr. Branham’s vehicle cross the centerline of the roadway and into the northbound lane.  Mr. Yarberry steered his vehicle into the southbound lane in an attempt to avoid a collision however, Mr. Branham returned to his vehicle to the southbound lane.  The vehicles then collided in a head-on manner.


Mr. Branham was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Russell County Coroner.  Russell County EMS treated Mr. Yarberry at the scene for minor injuries.


KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County Fire and EMS, Russell County Rescue Squad, and Russell County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Brandon Roark.




The issue of health insurance sparked a heated debate at this week's meeting of the Pulaski County Fiscal Court.

Jeff Henderson reports from Somerset...





On Friday, Casey County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Atwood arrested 70-year-old Robert M. Woodward for DUI and drug possession.

Woodward was initially reported trying to get into the back door of a residence on KY 906. When Deputy Atwood arrived, Woodward was gone, but he returned shortly thereafter.

Deputy Atwood noticed that Woodward's pupils were constricted and glassy, and he asked him if he had taken anything. Woodward said no, but then pulled out his medication from the door panel. He also had a bottle of marijuana and a pipe in his possession.

Deputy Atwood asked Woodward to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. Woodward was arrested and transported to Casey County Hospital for a blood test. He was then taken to Casey County Jail and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Lincoln County Deputy Ron Luster assisted.




The Liberty City Council met in regular session on Monday.


The council approved a second reading relating to the property tax rate which will remain at 20.4 cents per $100 assessed value.


The council voted not to pursue a trail on Lanhamtown Road, although the issue may be revisited in the future.


Mayor Sam Haddad told the council that a new sewer rate has been negotiated with Tarter Gate...


Mayor and Haddad also told the council members that an estimate to repair the damage to Liberty Dam is about $100,000 and they have applied for a grant which would hopefully be an 80/20 grant for the city...



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