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The Liberty City Council met in a special called session yesterday to discuss the purchase of a new piece of equipment. Mayor Steven Brown...

 

The Council voted unanimously to proceed with the purchase.

 

Another special called meeting is scheduled for 5pm today for a second reading of a budget amendment, necessary for the purchase. The meeting will be held at City Hall and is open to the public.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10.
 
“Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” says KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where it does not exist. Through this program, we have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of our neighbors and participate in the spirit of the season.”
 
Collection sites for donations have been established at all of KSP’s 16 posts and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region offices throughout the state as well as the agency’s headquarters in Frankfort. Visit the KSP website at kentuckystatepolice.org for a listing of the locations. 
 
KSP is also teaming up with Kroger and Pepsi for special collection events on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at designated Kroger stores throughout the state.
 
LOCATIONS INCLUDE: 
302 Brighton Park in Frankfort
300 Trademore Center in Morehead
890 Richmond Plaza in Richmond
1650 Bryan Station Road in Lexington
1265 Goss Ave. in Louisville
808 N. 12th St. in Murray
1670 Starlight Drive in Owensboro
1019 Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin
181 S. Highway 127 in Russell Springs
2835 S. Highway 27 in Somerset
106 Marketplace Circle in Georgetown 
311 Boone Station Road* in Shelbyville
 
Suggested donations include non-expired canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. 
 
The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations in the areas where they are collected says Lawson.
 

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SPRINGFIELD, KY - Springfield police believe they stopped a man planning a mass shooting at a Washington County business. 
 
Officers were called to LB Manufacturing on a report of a suspicious vehicle and trespassing complaint Monday afternoon, November 19, 2018. Police say the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Matthew Smith, became combative and raised a gun toward an officer. After a brief scuffle, the officer took Smith to the ground and handcuffed him. Police said Smith had several guns in his vehicle, including one that appeared to be a fully automatic weapon. Police say all of the handguns on Smith’s body were fully loaded with a round in the chamber. Police also found a Colt AR 15 A-2 with a 40-round magazine in the front passenger seat and a .308 rifle was under that firearm. While clearing the AR-15, police realized that it had been modified to be fully automatic. 
 
Smith is being held on charges of Attempted Murder of a police offficer, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Trespass and Wanton Endangerment. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is assisting in the investigation. 
 
 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2018) – With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining in a national effort to send Thanksgiving travelers an important lifesaving reminder to buckle up – every trip, every time. 

 

“The upcoming holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, so we’re asking motorists to always wear a seat belt,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “If you buckle up, your risk of injury or death in a crash is greatly reduced. A seat belt is your best defense against an impaired, speeding or distracted driver.” 

 

There were 1,090 crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday last year in Kentucky, resulting in 231 injuries and four fatalities. Of those fatalities, one was not wearing a seat belt and one involved alcohol. 

 

“As we reflect on gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving, we asked fellow Kentuckians to share why they are thankful for their seat belt,” said Siwula. “These are real stories of lives saved just by taking a few seconds to buckle up.”

 

Of the 614 motor vehicle fatalities so far this year, 53.3 percent were not restrained.

 

“There is only so much the law can do,” said Siwula. “Personal responsibility behind the wheel is the key to saving more lives. We hope when people hear these stories on the radio, it will encourage motorists to use a seat belt – every trip, every time.”

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.

 

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Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Somerset, Kentucky resident was arrested on Saturday, November 17, 2018 following a traffic stop by Deputy Zach Mayfield.

 

Roscoe Sheerwood Godby, Jr.,  age 45 of Shopfield Road, Somerset was operating a 1998 Toyota Camry on Allens Way when Deputy Mayfield conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Paul's Carwash South.  Pulaski 911 Dispatch confirmed that Mr. Godby was being sought on a Kentucky Probation and Parole Warrant for violating the terms of his parole.

 

Deputy Mayfield placed Roscoe Godby, Jr. under arrest and with the assistance of Deputy Marcus Harrison began a search of the vehicle.  The search produced 23.77 grams of suspected methamphetamine in a clear plastic baggie, 5 small baggies containing suspected methamphetamine totaling 9.17 grams, a small quantity of marijuana, four and a half xanax bars, eleven hydromorphone pills, two sets of digital scales and two glass pipes.  In the trunk of the vehicle, deputies found 16 white pills later identified as promethazine. A search of Mr. Godby produced $213.00 cash which was also seized. A set of brass knuckles was located in the subject's back pocket.

 

Additionally, a Police Scanner was located in the vehicle at the time of the search.

 

Mr. Godby was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on the following charges:

1.  Carrying a Concealed Weapon

2.  Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug

3.  Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree. 1st Offense (>or =2 gms.Methamphetamine).

4.   Possession of Marijuana

5.  Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree-Drug Unspecified

6.  Drug Paraphernalia -Deliver/Manufacture

7.  Possess/Use of Radio that Sends/Receives Police Messages.

8.  Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Off. (<10 D>U> Drug Unspecified Sch. 1 & 2).

9.  Absconding Parole Supervision (Warrant)

 

Sergeant Cary York and Deputy Aaron Curtis of the PCSO also assisted at the scene.

 

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At last night's meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court, a visitor addressed the court.

Albert Thomas Jr., presented a petition from some of his neighboring residents, requesting black topping for School House Road.

Judge Executive Randy Dial explained the reasons why that would not be feasible...

Under General Business, a member of the Ethics Board, Jim Vaught, requested to be removed from that board. Judge Dial recommended Jennifer Collins to fill that seat. Collins is the Director of the Ag Center. The Court voted to accept Collins to replace Vaught.

The Court also accepted Excess Fees from the Casey County Sheriff's Office totalling just over $8,150. 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for December 3rd.

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The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10.

 

“Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” says KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where it does not exist. Through this program, we have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of our neighbors and participate in the spirit of the season.”

 

Collection sites for donations have been established at all of KSP’s 16 posts and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region offices throughout the state as well as the agency’s headquarters in Frankfort. Visit the KSP website at kentuckystatepolice.org for a listing of the locations.

 

KSP is also teaming up with Kroger and Pepsi for special collection events on Dec. 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at designated Kroger stores throughout the state. The locations include:

 

302 Brighton Park in Frankfort;

300 Trademore Center in Morehead;

890 Richmond Plaza in Richmond;

1650 Bryan Station Road in Lexington;

1265 Goss Ave. in Louisville;

808 N. 12th St. in Murray;

1670 Starlight Drive in Owensboro;

1019 Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin;

181 S. Highway 127 in Russell Springs;

2835 S. Highway 27 in Somerset;

106 Marketplace Circle in Georgetown and

311 Boone Station Road* in Shelbyville (*11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

 

Suggested donations include non-expired canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices.

 

The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations in the areas where they are collected says Lawson.

 

“The holidays are a time when people come together to support one another. Last year, 419,507 pounds of food were donated from individuals, businesses, school groups, social clubs, scout troops and civic organizations throughout the state,” he notes. “Feeding our neighbors is a noble cause, but it takes a team effort. Together we can take a stand against hunger and help make the holidays bright for families in need this year.”

 

Click on the following link to view a video about the Cram The Cruiser program: https://youtu.be/s82XudR4698

 

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Adair County (November 19, 2018) - On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Post 15 was notified of a prisoner who had escaped while being transported to an Adair County Court proceeding. Units from the Kentucky State Police and Columbia Police Department responded to assist the Adair County Sheriff’s Department in locating 25 year old William Loy of Columbia but were unsuccessful.  On Sunday, November 18th, 2018, Trooper Clint Bale received information that the escapee was possibly armed and staying at a residence on Spring Street in Columbia. Trooper Bale along with several other units responded to the residence and attempted to call Loy out on the P.A. The home owner gave consent to search resulting in Loy being located hiding behind several mattresses. Loy was arrested and charged with escape 2nd degree and resisting arrest. Loy was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Trooper Bale was assisted at the scene by the Columbia Police Department, Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

 

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On Thursday, November 15th, 2018 Detective Josh Dicken responded to the Taylor County Hospital Emergency Room to speak with a victim regarding an alleged rape that occurred Wednesday night. After collecting evidence and obtaining a statement from the victim, Detective Dicken along with units from the Campbellsville Police Department located the suspect, 33 year Christopher Roark of Louisville, at a residence in the city limits of Campbellsville. Roark was charged with Rape 1st degree; non-related outstanding warrants were executed by the Campbellsville Police Department. Roark was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 

 

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Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on November 1, 2018 Samantha Poynter, age 26 of Somerset was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Poynter’s arrest concluded a year-long investigation into a heroin ring operating in Pulaski County. Numerous agencies participated in the investigation including the Somerset Police Department, the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

 

In December of 2017 Narcotics Detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office developed information that Samantha Poynter, along with numerous other individuals, was currently operating a heroin enterprise in Pulaski County.  An investigation started into the drug trafficking organization which ultimately led Detectives to the source of Poynter’s heroin supply in Cincinnati.

 

The Sheriff’s Office contacted the DEA for assistance and discovered they were familiar with the source of Poynter's supply of heroin.

 

On January 11, 2018, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office received information that Poynter was on her way back to Somerset, from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She was allegedly transporting a quantity of heroin. Law Enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Somerset Police Department, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and DEA located heroin when they executed a search warrant at her residence later on the same date.

 

Law enforcement then focused their investigation into the alleged source of the supply of heroin, Stephen Ushery, age 35 of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Ushery, also known as "Vito", had a residence in Pulaski County as well. Surveillance began on the Ushery residence as investigators continued to gather evidence into his drug enterprise. On September 13, 2018, Ushery was traffic stopped on East Highway 80 by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and the DEA. Ushery, along with a female in the vehicle, Kimberly Sweeten, age 35, was taken into custody.  Ushery had a large amount of cash on his person at the time of the stop. A search warrant was then issued for Ushery’s Rosemont Avenue address in Pulaski County. Upon searching the residence, Detectives located approximately 40 grams of heroin inside of the residence.

 

Suspects in this case were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in October 2018.

 

The following individuals were indicted and have been arrested:

 

  • Samantha Jade Poynter, Age 26, Somerset, KY – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

  • Stephen W. Ushery, Age 35, Cincinnati, OH – Conspiracy to distribute over 1000 grams of heroin

  • Kimberly Sweeten, Age 35, Cincinnati, OH – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

  • Diana Chiree Sullivan, Age 26, Somerset, KY – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

  • James T. Hargis, Age 31, Somerset, KY – Conspiracy to distribute over 100 grams of heroin

 

Sheriff Greg Speck stated, “Organizations like these have created drug problems for residents of our community and surrounding communities.  Drug traffickers, from other states, with a supply of dangerous drugs infiltrate our neighborhoods with the sole purpose of profiting from the vulnerabilities of drug addicts.”  Sheriff Speck also added “We are fortunate enough to have established great relationships with federal agencies, along with local agencies, to fight the flow of drugs. These partnerships are essential to the continued fight to combat the constant flow of heroin and other dangerous drugs, at their source, from entering our community.”

 

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Fourteen civilian employees were honored today by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony in Lexington highlighting their performance and public service during the past year.

 

“The Kentucky State Police has a wide array of individuals with diverse talents and skills who contribute to our public safety mission on a daily basis,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “Without them, our success would be impossible. I thank each of them for their service.”

 

Somerset resident Randall J. Adams was named 2018 KSP Civilian Employee of the Year. A 29-year veteran of the agency, Adam is a Police Telecommunicator II at KSP Post 15 in Columbia.

 

Adams distinguished himself during a 2017 incident when a military veteran, who suffered from PTSD, told his family that he was going to commit suicide somewhere in Cumberland County. Unable to make contact with the subject by phone, Adams left a voice mail message that he was also a veteran and just wanted to help. A short time later, the subject returned the call stating that he had already shot himself in the chest. Through labored breathing, the subject described his surroundings and Adams was able to direct troopers to the location. The subject was transported from the scene and received medical treatment that saved his life.

 

A Columbia, Ky. native, Adams is a 1978 graduate of Adair Co. High School and a 1983 graduate of Campbellsville University. He is the son of the late Jessie Adams of Columbia and Verlene Adams of Somerset. 

 

Other KSP civilian employees who received awards included:

 

Administrative Services Award

Alicia Parham, Internal Policy Analyst III, Strategic Planning Branch

 

Supervisor of the Year Award

Heather Ellis, Administrative Section Supervisor, Intelligence Branch

 

Forensic Services Support Award

Carolyn Trader-Moore, Forensic Scientist Specialist II, Eastern Lab

 

 

Commercial Vehicle Support Award

Matthew Lawson, CVE Inspector II, Region 1-Henderson

 

Post Operations Support Award

East

Gary Hopperton, Maintenance Worker II, Post 6- Dry Ridge

 

West

David Maes, Administrative Specialist II, Post 1-Mayfield

 

Driver Testing Award

Harold Masden, Certified Driver’s Test Administrator I, Driver Testing Branch-Louisville

 

Police Communications Support Award

Randy Adams, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 15-Columbia

 

Megan Smith, Police Telecommunicator I, Post 12-Frankfort

 

Eric Smith, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 9-Pikeville

 

Supply/Properties Management Award

Charles Breidert, Automotive Technician IV, Supply Branch

 

Information Technology Award

Kim Bradley, Forensic Computer Examiner III, Electronic Crime Branch

 

Records Technical Support Award

Shane Adams, Administrative Specialist III, Criminal Identification & Records Branch,

Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons Section

 

Special Enforcement Support Award

Lynne Spencer, Criminal Intelligence Analyst II, Drug Enforcement/ Special Investigations West

 

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With more than 22,000 tons of salt on hand, combined with more than 80 snow plows, salt spreaders, and other equipment ready in Russell, Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, and Wayne counties.
 
Since October, district crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep District 8 state roads passable during inclement weather.
 
When weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.
 

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The Russell County Ambulance Service in partnership with Russell County Schools, Lindsey Wilson College of Nursing and PHI Air Medical will be conducting a training exercise on Monday, November 19, 2018 at approximately 9:30amCT. The training exercise will include a simulated school bus accident involving another vehicle and several patients. There will be other agencies involved such as the Jamestown Police Department, Jamestown Fire Department, and the Kentucky State Police. This simulated event will occur near the Russell County Ambulance Station on Ferco Way in Jamestown. This will be a training exercise that will provide students with a hands on, real world “Mock” emergency. All agencies involved strive to provide a learning environment that will prepare students for true emergencies they may encounter as future healthcare providers. This event is a training exercise only, and there is no reason for concern or alarm. Thank you for your encouragement and support of our youth.
 

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(Adair County, KY November 17, 2018) - Trooper Daniel Forbis is investigating a two vehicle collision that occurred November 16th, 2018 at approximately 8:29amCT in the limits of Columbia at the intersection of North KY 55 and the Veteran’s Memorial Highway.  Charles Shirley, age 75 of Columbia, was traveling south on KY 55 in a 2005 GMC truck.  Shirley was slowing down for a red light when his vehicle was struck in the back by a 2015 Chevy Tahoe being operated by Brandy Hancock, age 40 of Greensburg.  Both occupants were wearing a seat belt.  Shirley was treated and released from TJ Health Columbia Hospital.  Trooper Forbis was assisted at the scene by Adair County EMS. 

 

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The Russell County Board of Education will meet on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Russell County Board of Education Central Office.
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Recognition: Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Teacher of the Month: David Boger
5. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. School Activity Fund Reports
D. Financial Report
E. Personnel Reports
F. Field Trips
6. Presentation of Fiscal Year 2018 Audit
7. Revised Job Description-Early Childhood Community Liaison
8. Addendum: Educational Consultant Services Contract-Sharon Mudd
9. Pre-Apprenticeship Program
10. Shortened School Week for Student I.D.#S19-02
11. Liability Insurance for Bus Fleet
12. Fees/Charges
13. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Checklist for Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center
14. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
15. Public Comment
16. Adjournment
 

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There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County on Dowell Rd, Charles E Peck Rd, Steve Dr and Joe T Petty Dr. for anyone who was without water due to a water line break. The Advisory is until further notice.

 

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A Russell Co. man accused of shooting and killing his step-cousin last month was in court on Wednesday.
 
At a preliminary hearing on November 14, 2018 in front of Judge Scarlett Latham, 42-year-old Jason W. Clark had his case waived to the grand jury. Clark is charged with Murder in the shooting death of 35-year-old Brandy Johnson on Oct. 28, 2018 outside of Coe’s Steakhouse in Russell Springs, KY where she was a waitress.
 
Clark pled not guilty earlier this month. His bond remains at $1 million. Police said Clark bought the gun the same day of the shooting with the intent to kill Brandy Johnson. According to Kentucky State Police, Clark confessed to the shooting.

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