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.
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.
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.”
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
Gary Hopperton, Maintenance Worker II, Post 6- Dry Ridge
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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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
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
The Adair Co. School Board met on Thursday evening.....
The Russell County Boil Water Advisory that included Dowell Rd, Charles E Peck Rd, Steve Dr and Joe T Petty Dr. has been lifted.
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.
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.
An Adair County inmate escaped last night while being transferred from the Adair Judicial Center to the Adair County Regional Jail.
According to police, the inmate escaped just before 11:00pmCT Tuesday night. He is 25-year-old William Loy, who is 5’6” tall, weighs 140 pounds and has brown hair. Loy was last seen wearing a red & black jacket and no shoes. If you have any information on Loy’s whereabouts, call 911.
The Adair County School Board will meet for a "Regular School Board Meeting" at 6:00pmCT on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at the Adair Co. Board of Education Conference Room.
***Meeting called to order***
***Adair County Elementary students will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
***School Showcase presented by Adair County Elementary School Students***
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. APPROVAL OF TREASURER'S REPORT
5. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
6. APPROVAL TO WRITE WHAS GRANT FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
7. APPROVAL OF REVISED PROCEDURE 09.12 AP.2
8. APPROVAL OF PURCHASING PROCEDURE GUIDELINES FOR FUND II FEDERAL GRANTS
9. APPROVAL OF SHORTEND SCHOOL DAY/WEEK FOR FOUR (4) STUDENTS
10. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
11. SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
12. PUBLIC COMMENTS
13. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - David Jones
14. PRESENTATION OF AUDIT REPORT FOR 2017-2018 - Mike Jones, Mather & Company
15. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE - David Jones
16. REPORT ON EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810(1)(F) STUDENT DISCIPLINE
November is recognized as American Diabetes Month here in the United States. November 14th is World Diabetes Day across the globe. County Judge Executive, Gary Robertson, has signed a Proclamation declaring November 14th as Diabetes Awareness Day in Russell County. If you have diabetes, take steps today to improve your control -- it is not always easy, but it is worth it! If you don’t have diabetes, talk to your health care provider to see if you are at risk. For additional information about diabetes contact your local health department and speak to the diabetes educator.
Pictured is: Judge Robertson, signing the Proclamation for Diabetes Awareness Day, November 14th and Jamie Lee, RN, CDE, Diabetes Education Coordinator for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Columbia Police are investigating a bomb threat to the Adair Judicial Center.
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 11:54amCT, Adair County 911 received a call that the Adair Judicial Center would blow up in 20 minutes. Court Security Officers along with the Sheriffs Department and Columbia Police, immediately began evacuating the building. The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department and other emergency services were placed on standby. Officers conducted a search of building and the building was reopened in approximately 1 hour. Circuit Court was in session at the time of threat.
Once the building was opened, Officers turned their focus toward the origin of the call. Officers were able to track down the call and after investigation determined that 36-year-old Nathan James Popplewell of Jamestown, KY had purchased a non-contract phone on Tuesday morning and placed the call. The call was an attempt to keep his wife from appearing in court as she was on the docket for 1pm.
Popplewell was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Columbia Police Sgt. Jr Murphy who was assisted by Sgt Gary Roy. Popplewell was charged with Terroristic Threatening 1st degree. The charge is a Class C felony and can carry a sentence of a minimum 5 years up to 10 years if convicted.
Columbia Police are continuing the investigation.
Hodgenville, KY (November 13, 2018) - Kentucky State Police Post 4 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle collision in Larue Co. on Tuesday morning, November, 13, 2018.
At approximately 11:33amET, KSP received a call of the 2-vehicle collision on Campbellsville Road (KY 210) in Larue County. Joseph Bell (29) of Radcliff was traveling east on Campbellsville Road in a 2012 Honda Accord. Jose A. Gonzalez-Tigane (31) of Louisville was traveling west in a semi-tractor trailer on Campbellsville Road. For unknown reasons Bell crossed the centerline and into the path of Gonzalez-Tigane’s vehicle.
Bell and a passenger, Jeffery Holtzclaw (33) of Radcliff, KY, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Larue County Coroner’s Office. Gonzalez-Tigane was not injured. The affected area of Campbellsville Road was shut down for approximately 4 hours to allow troopers to investigate the collision.
The collision is still under investigation by Trooper/Reconstructionist Brandon Brooks.
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck warns the residents of Pulaski County of a scam that has affected some members of the community.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has had two complaints today (Tuesday). In this scam, the caller will tell people that they have missed a court date; failed to show up for Jury Duty; or failed to appear at a Grand Jury hearing. They will usually want you to buy prepaid credit cards, such as Green Dot cards. The scammer will give a phone number for you to call. When you call, the scammer will ask you to read the numbers off the card. When you do this, they have your money. The scammer uses threats to make you think you have no other option but to pay or you will be arrested. Today’s incidents involved the scammers telling the potential victim that they are from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. You should know that the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office does not operate that way.
Sheriff Speck advises the public to “NOT SEND MONEY OR ANYTHING OF VALUE TO THESE INDIVIDUALS!” “DO NOT GIVE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL INFO. TO ANYONE OVER THE PHONE". You should contact authorities in the area (law enforcement) to ascertain the validity of any call like this. Authorities would not contact you by phone to get money to keep someone out of jail.
Since many of these scam operations are located outside the continental United States, prosecution or recovery of the victim’s money is very difficult.
The Casey County Health Department will have a walk In Hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Monday November 19th from 8-3:30. No appointment necessary.
The Casey County Health Department has vaccine available for insured and uninsured individuals.
Please call the health department at 606-787-6911 for more information.
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky is on track to get $2.5 billion as part of a 20-year-old Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
According to KNN, since the first payment in 1999, Kentucky has collected more than $2 billion under the agreement reached by the tobacco industry and state attorneys general. According to Kentucky's Attorney General, the Settlement Agreement has helped early childhood education, health programs, cancer research and more. Kentucky received $102 million in April and is on pace to collect another $5 million over the next five years, bringing the total for Kentucky to nearly $2.5 billion.